Vol. 13 SEPTEMBER, 1979 No. 3
President's Message ....................................................... 2
Editor's Lines ............................................................. 2
From the Secretary's Desk ................................................... 4
Legislative Report ........................................................... 4
Survey on the Canal Record ................................................. 5,6
Minutes of scheduled Meeting ................................................ 7
PICNIC NOTICE ............................................................ 11
Ditch Digger Days ..................................... ................... 12
Isthmus Episodes ............................................................ 13
N ew s Clips .................................................................. 20
Condensed News from The Panama Canal Spillway ............................. 28
Retirem ents ................................................................. 40
W weddings .................................................................... 41
Births ....................................................................... 42
D deaths ...................................................................... 45
Sale and Locator ............................................................ 79
Republic of Panama ............... 50 Louisiana ....................... 69
Canal Zone ...................... 49 New Jersey ..................... 71
Alabama ........................ 51 New York ....................... 71
Arkansas ........................ 53 North Carolina ................... 72
California ....................... 56 Ohio ............................ 73
Florida .......................... 60 Pennsylvania .................... 74
Georgia ......................... 68 South Carolina ................... 75
Kansas .......................... 68 Texas ........................... 76
Virginia .......................... 78
Ramada Inn (South) ............... 8 The Crisp Co. Real Estate ......... 11
Vigilant Real Estate ............... 15 Fred The Plumber (CZ Brats) ...... 11
Canal Zone License Plates STANAWAY ..... 19
PLEASE PATRONIZE OUR ADVERTISERS
DATES TO REMEMBER
22 SEPT Jewish New Year
1 OCT Yom Kipper
4 OCT thru 6 California Jam, San Clemente, CA
5 OCT Regular Meeting PCSF, Gulfport Community Center
10 OCT thru
12 3rd Annual "Gas House" Golf Tournament, Dothan, AL
14 OCT Fall Luncheon, Holiday Inn, Fayetteville, AR
27 OCT Society Picnic, Lake Seminole Park
2 NOV Regular Meeting PCSF, Gulfport Community Center
22 NOV THANKSGIVING DAY
7 DEC Regular Meeting PCSF, Gulfport Community Center
15 DEC Hanukkah
COVER PHOTO: Miraflores Lake, Locks and Ancon Hill as viewed from under
Control House at Pedro Miguel Locks. Photo submitted by Skip Rowley, Canal Zone
The Panama Canal Society o[ Florida, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Jack F. Morris
Charles C. Fears
Jean B. Mann
Anna T. Collins
Dorothy C. Yocum
William F. Grady
Paul M. Disharoon
J. F. Warner
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Jack F. Morris
Charles C. Fears
Jean B. Mann
H. L. Clarke, Jr.
Robert J. Roy
Eugene I. Askew
Albert F. Pate
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Even though the temperature was rather warm we had a pleas-
ing turnout for our "old fashion" picnic with games of skill, a water-
melon eating contest, and fried chicken aplenty. Everyone seemed to
have a good time, what with many prizes awarded the contestants,
"and it didn't rain!!!!!"
OCTOBER PICNIC Elsewhere in this publication you will
find information regarding our newest affair, to be held when the
temperature is cooler and everyone has returned from vacation.
Entertainment will be presented like you have never seen before!
Come on out and enjoy a good laugh with the rest of us.
Your Executive Committee is planning to promote more activity
in the form of entertainment for the pleasure of our members
throughout the year. Past President Gene Askew is Chairman of our
Golf Tournament Committee and he is arranging tournaments to
start in the near future and an annual big Reunion tournament for
next spring. If you are any kind of golfer send in your name, address,
telephone number and handicap to Gene immediately. We would ap-
preciate hearing from members as to the type of activities you would
like us to promote (bridge, pinochle, bus trips, outings, fishing trips,
etc.). Remember, this is your organization and we are trying hard to
do all we can for YOU, and unless we hear from you we have no way
of knowing what you might desire. So, sit down right now and send
us your suggestions. The same holds true regarding our CANAL
RECORD, we would like your comments concerning contents, your
likes and dislikes, what you prefer. Make suggestions, help our Edi-
tor to publish a better Record if you think it needs improving.
Due to inflation, and for the sake of economy, it is imperative
that our contributors condense their articles for publication. The
Record Editor is required to trim lengthy articles but retain as much
interesting information as possible within reason.
Our 1980 Annual Reunion will be held at the Ramada Inn South,
St. Petersburg, the latter part of April and the Annual Ball will
again be held at the beautiful Coliseum. More information later.
It has been a long hot summer and as I type I wonder how we
used to get along without air conditioning, especially when we lived
in the Canal Zone with its humidity. I don't even remember that we
had a fan! Well, when the mailman brought our electric bill
yesterday it was exorbitant!! We are planning on getting a few fans
and turning the thermostat UP so the bill will go DOWN. And I also
thought it would be wise to take a survey of the Canal Record since
it has been three and a half years that I have been the editor. Our
president gave me the green light.
You will find the questionnaire in this issue which I hope you will
please fill out and send in as soon as possible so that I may follow
through on suggestions. Our printer mentioned it would be easier for
them to staple the publication if the size was 8'/2 x 11 inches, thus
question 10. The executive committee is interested in long range
planning and would like to please all of us, thus question 14.
I was happy to see Eva Harte at our July picnic which gave me
an opportunity to order one of Neville's golden huacas and five Canal
Zone Seal jewelry pendants for my daughters as Christmas gifts.
The seals are a terrific item this year and will become a great
collectors item. Another item is the 1979 Panama Canal Plate by Al
Sprague. Hurry and get an order in to Tom and Pat Plucker. This
issue of the Canal Record carries an ad for License Plates. Please
patronize our advertisers, especially our members who have such
creative hobbies. The Wild Life Calendars for 1980 by Jim Wilson
would make a wonderful Christmas gift. Do your Christmas shopping
If you intend to give a friend a gift of the Canal Record act im-
mediately so that our Secretary/Treasurer will have the information
by 1 October 1979 and their name will be in the Annual Issue.
After I drop the mail sacks with the September Canal Record
(by the way, it utilizes my entire station wagon) at the post office I
shall pack our suitcases, then Joe and I are heading west to visit
with family and friends. We will celebrate our 35th wedding anni-
versary with five of our children.
Keep the news coming, in a condensed form, to be received by
October 26th for the December Record. Thanks, to all, for your co-
Enjoy the coming holidays, especially the family gathering at
ANNA T. COLLINS
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
PRESIDENT- JACK F. 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
FROM THE SECRETARY'S DESK
We now have over 2,500 paid memberships in our Society, and
you will soon be receiving the Annual Issue with the names and
addresses of most of them.
We try very hard for accuracy, but so much depends on you the
members. You are the ones to notify us when you change your
I WILL BE TAKING THE ANNUAL ISSUE TO THE
PRINTERS ON 1 OCTOBER, SO I NEED YOUR NEW ADDRESS
PRIOR TO THAT TIME.
Pleasell Help us keep up to date as to where you are.
LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE REPORT
FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE RETIREES WILL GET A 6.9 PER-
CENT INCREASE IN THEIR ANNUITIES EFFECTIVE SEPTEM-
BER 1. Last March we got a 3.0 percent increase to protect our annu-
ities from the inflation that occurred during the last half of 1978.
Below is a list of turncoats who betrayed their constituents,
American taxpayers and their own records to provide the margin of
victory for the payaway on June 21, when the House passed
legislation vote of 224-202:
Bill Alexander (D-AR), Jerome A. Ambro (D-NY), Ike Andrews
(D-NC), Robin L. Beard (R-TN), Charles E. Bennett (D-FL), M. Cald-
well Butler (R-VA), Norman E. D'Amours (D-NH), George E.
Danielson (D-CA) Mendel J. Davis (D-SC), Butler Derrick (D-SC), John
D. Dingell (D-MI), Hamilton Fish, Jr. (R-NY), Floyd J. Fithian (D-IN),
Bill Hefner (D-NC), Ken Holland (D-SC), Ed Jones (D-TN), Jim Jones
(D-OK), Elliot Levitas (D-GA), Joseph Minish (D-NJ), John M. Murphy
(D-NY), John P. Murtha (D-PA), Stephen Neal (D-NC), Robert A. Roe
(D-NJ) and Leo Zeferretti (D-NY).
GAO supports a once-a-year cost-of-living adjustment to be given
in July instead of each March and September. The recommendation
was made by the Budget Committees of the House and Senate. The
once a year adjustment would save the government about $300
million, congressional analysts have said. Office of Personnel
Management told subcommittee members at the hearing they do not
plan to propose legislation to reduce the number of annual retiree
raises. NARFE members told subcommittee they also opposed the
change. The average federal employee would lose nearly $250 in the
first year under the new adjustment formula, because the lag
between increases in the Consumer Price Index and annuity adjust-
ments would be about 15 months.
WILLIAM F. GRADY
SURVEY ON THE CANAL RECORD
Circle the most appropriate choice in each of the following items.
1. How long have you been a member of the Panama Canal So-
ciety of Florida, Inc.?
1. less than a year 3. 5 10 years
2. 1 5 years 4. over 10 years
2. How thoroughly do you read The Canal Record?
1. read from cover to cover 3. read one or two sections
2. read over half 4. just leaf through
3. Which of the following sections of the Canal Record do you
like most? (Please number in order of your preference)
___ President's Message
___ Minutes of Scheduled Meetings
___ Condensed News from The Panama Canal Spillway
Ditch Digger Days
___ Canal Episodes
___ State News
___ Sale & Locator
(In items 4-7 how would you rate The Canal Record?)
4. General appearance
1. excellent 3. fair
2. good 4. poor
5. Use of photographs
1. excellent 2. good 3. fair 4. poor
6. Quality of covers
1. excellent 2. good 3. fair 4. poor
7. General readability
1. excellent 2. good 3. fair 4. poor
8. Would the publishing of general interest, freelance articles
increase your reading of the Canal Record if we could
procure them free or at a low fee?
1. Yes 2. No
9. Would you like to obtain commercial advertising for The
Canal Record to help defray the cost?
1. Yes 2. No
10. Would you like the size of the Canal Record to change to 81/2
x 11 inches like many other magazines?
1. Yes 2. No
11. When I finish reading The Canal Record, I
1. save it 2. pass it on to others 3. throw it away
12. Do you feel The Canal Record fulfills its purposes to inform
members of coming reunions and other events international-
ly; to let you know what your friends have accomplished; to
let you know where your friends are; and to inform members
of legislative policies, all of which bring us together "To pre-
serve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"?
1. Yes 2. No.
Please us this space for further suggestions, comments, or
13. Do you subscribe to the Panama Canal Spillway?
1. Yes 2. No
14. (Not pertaining to the Record) To assist the Executive Com-
mittee of our Society in long range planning, please list acti-
vities you would like to have at the Annual Reunion and for
events during the year.
15. Would you submit your favorite recipe and purchase a
Panama Canal Society Cookbook if we printed one?
1. Yes 2. No
PLEASE COMPLETE, CUT OUT AND SEND TO
RECORD EDITOR TODAY!
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, FL
1 June 1979
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Jack Morris at
1:30 P.M. The President led the assembled group in the Pledge to the
Flag. The Chaplain, Mrs. Dorothy Yocum 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 96 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Archie and Doris Gibson Dunedin, Loraine (Terry) Gilmore -
Dunedin, Grace Schack Dunedin, Ruth Gelleher Clearwater,
Johanna Freudigmann Tampa, A. L. Lincoln St. Petersburg,
Ruby Boggs St. Petersburg, Roxie Peters St. Petersburg,
Edith Kieswetter St. Petersburg, Beatrice Winford Lakeland,
The President displayed a gold pendant bearing the seal of the
Panama Canal, which was donated to the Society by Mr. and Mrs.
Neville Harte. The pendant to be presented to a deserving individual
on behalf of the Society. Mrs. Anna Collins suggested we present the
pendant to our retiring chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, who served
as our chaplain for the past seven years. The assembled group was in
100% accord. The President then presented the pendant to Mrs.
Hicks with the thanks of all the members for her years of faithful
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the Annual
Reunion. As there were no additions, corrections or deletions, the
minutes were approved as read. The financial reports of the Society
and the Blood Bank were read. As there were no questions, the
reports will stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
In the absence of the Legislative Representative, Mr. Bill
Grady, Mrs. Jean Mann read Mr. Grady's report. The Cost of Living
was up 4.4% as of 30 April with two months still to go. NARFE has
hired Washington attorney Donald Dalton and counsel, to represent
civil service retirees in the fight to merge civil service retirement
with Social Security.
Mr. Morris explained that The Side Door Deli was at our
meeting to provide coffee and donuts at 30 cents each.
Mr. and Mrs. Grady arrived and the President invited Mr.
Grady to say a few words.
The President reported that the 1980 Reunion will be held April
25 and 26 at the Ramada Inn. The coliseum will be the site of the
Ball. Mr. Charles Fears, Vice-President, will be Reunion chairman for
1980. It has been suggested that the Reunion be extended a day or
two. This will be taken under consideration.
The July picnic will be held at Ft. DeSoto Park on 6 July.
Luncheon will be held 3 August at Bradford Coach House in St.
Petersburg. Price will be $5.00 per person.
Mr. Morris then recognized the past presidents who were
present. Being recognized were:
Howard L. Clarke Dewey Goodwin
Rob Roy Ross Hollowell
The President then introduced the Executive Board members:
Charles Fears Vice-President
Jean Mann Secretary/Treasurer
Howard Clarke Past President
Rob Roy Past President
Gene Askew Past President
Gaddis Wall Past President
Four members would celebrate birthdays in June. The members'
sang Happy Birthday. Five couples would celebrate anniversaries
and Best Wishes went out to all.
Mrs. Mann moved that the Society host the August luncheon for
Dolly Barbour and Eleanor Connor. Motion seconded and carried.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:25
P.M. Respectfully submitted,
JEAN B. MANN
At the RAMADA INN ...
We are nice people, Doing nice things for
3600 34th Street South St. Petersburg, Florida
THE SUNSHINE CITY
6 JULY 1979 FT. DeSOTO PARK PICNIC
(Pictures courtesy of Gaddis Wall)
Seated Marie and Fred Dube L to R Rob Roy, Gene Askew,
Standing: Gene Clinchard, Alton Jones
L to R Ernie Yocum, Bob
Herrington, Vera and Alton Jones,
Howard Clarke, Beryle Wall, Dot
Yocum, Dot Herrington
L to R Howard Clarke, Della
Noonan, Alton Jones, Mary Orr,
Madge Hall, Joe Hickey
L to R Jack Morris, Charles L to R Sid Hayes, Milton
Fears Sanders, Rusty Hayes
Back Row: Dick Ma-
honey, Ray Caldwell.
Wood, Jim Wood,
Above: L to R Grace Morris Above: L to R Eva Harte,
Kathy Morris (granddaughter), Helen Saarinen, Paul Saarinen
Joyce Fears, John Fears Dick Mahoney, Al Waldorf
Jo COME TO THE OCTOBER PICNIC
Our president and vice president feel that more members would
attend a picnic during the cooler months of the year. Therefore, come
to the October picnic to be held on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1979
at the Lake Seminole Park, 10015 74th Avenue North, Seminole, FL
from 9 AM to 4 PM, SHELTER NO. 8 overlooking the lake. There
are 10 picnic tables under cover and a few located not under cover,
but under trees. Barbeque pits are available for those who wish to
cook or re-heat food. Restroom facilities are very close by. Please
bring all those fall goodies to share with members, your beverages
and utensils in your picnic basket. Should you wish to be more com-
fortable, please bring lawn chairs.
Various activities will be planned and since Halloween is on the
31st, just four days away, please bring a Halloween costume for
which prizes will be awarded for the most original, etc. Come on out,
bring a friend and have a fun day!
For your information, directions to Lake Seminole Park are as
If coming from the SOUTH on HWY 19, go North to 74th AVE.
Turn LEFT, continue West passing over STARKEY RD to 10015 -
74th AVE. and turn RIGHT into the park. HOLIDAY CAMP
GROUNDS is directly across the street on the left.
When coming from the Clearwater area, drive SOUTH on
ALTERNATE 19 (or Seminole Blvd.). Turn LEFT on 74th AVENUE
and then turn LEFT again into the Park at 10015 74th AVE.
For those members coming from the Beaches, go North on
GULF BLVD. to 150th AVE., turn RIGHT, go across Madeira bridge
and bear left to SEMINOLE BLVD. Then RIGHT to 74th AVE., etc.
Many of you will have your own method finding the park and for
those who haven't been here too long and need further directions,
please consult your maps.
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DITCH DIGGER DAYS
WE SALUTE AND PAY HONOR TO
THE "OLD TIMERS"
Harry C. Bradley, Las Cruces I am indebted to Governor
Parfitt of the Canal Zone giving the date of a banquet honoring Col.
Hodges, Army Engineer of the Pacific Division. The Governor had
the Canal Zone Library find this information and sent our U.S.
Senator Pete Domenici copy of the Panama Morning Journal, date of
Oct. 22, 1913 and a copy of one page of the Canal Record of Oct. 22,
1913. This banquet was held on night of Oct. 21, 1913, and attended
by 300 persons and listed alphabetically. Held at the Titoli Hotel
Ancon. This ends long search of one full year. Nor did I find a date of
blowing up the dike on Pacific Side letting waters come up to
Now for some other old history:
President's Taft's visit to the Canal Zone with daughter Helen,
probably late 1913. Helen's dance program arranged by the Brass for
her so that no obscure Canal Digger would get to dance with her -
so the morning paper rather angrily reported.
Sunday, April 27, 1918 Flowler flew across Isthmus in a
hydroplane taking off from Pacific Side to near Gatun. Daring for
those days as no water in between these locations.
Midnight Mass at catholic church near Ancon Hospital with
nurses Miss Helen Russell and Miss DeTour Dec. 24, 1913.
Colon Nurses transferred to Ancon Hospital 1913.
Lillian Russell Colt, the actress at the Washington Hotel as a
tourist 1913 or 1914. I sat across the room.
Nora Angel and I were frequent visitors with Robert Beverley
near the old Colon Hospital 1913 1914.
Bob Beverley married a nurse I think her name was Pearl
Snakely. Bob later became Secretary to the Governor of the Zone.
Very dear friend's, Bob's sister Jeannie and her brothers Bob and
Dr. Beverley. Jeannie, and her dear friends Helaine Brewer, Nora
Angel, Kathleen Parker and Mrs. Simpson all lived in Government
bachelor apartments near the Colon Hospital. Last but not least, our
gang of electrical workers, Fred Bradley, Foreman, going to Culebra
Cut before Empire was abandoned in early 1913 to connect a cable of
telephone wires laid in the bottom of the big ditch. Wonder what
happened to it when those slides started?
Buy a Society Plate if you do not have one, or send one to a friend
who just joined our Society.
The picture below was taken by the late Buck Lockridge at the
Balboa Stadium over 35 years ago and submitted to the Record
Editor before his death. Left to right: Al Ward, Spanish Teacher,
Balboa High School; "Zip" Zierten, Assistant Principal, Balboa High
School and Al York, Principal, Balboa High School. In background,
old Balboa Junior High building and Ancon Hill. (Ed.: The girl on the
left looks like Margaret Kunkel Herring, as I remember her over 35
years ago, am I right????)
How many of you remember Marilla Wales, an accounting clerk,
of the field accounting section, building division, Balboa Heights in
early 1941? Marilla finished a teaching stint in Guatemala prior to
coming to the Canal Zone. Shortly after the war she married a navy
employee, Fred Pope, and had children. She lived in Cocoli in navy
housing. Marilla departed from the Isthmus in 1948 or 1949 and
returned to California. Today she is Mrs. Earl Salisbury of 5375 E.
Falls View Drive, San Diego, CA 92115, and a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Southern California.
Leo J. Krziza of Oceanside, CA sent in a newspaper report of
Marilla's great accomplishment and states "All the old building divi-
sion personnel knew her well for her strong character. I guess her
strong constitution paid off well. At 72, how many of us will try
Please read on -
For Marilla, Life began at 70 San Diego Native wins Medal at
San Juan Run By Dave Campbell
(Taken from the Capistrano Valley, Laguna Niguel, Wed. May 30,
1979, in part.)
Marilla Salisbury is living proof that you can teach an "old
person" new tricks. For the 72-year-old San Diego native, "life began
at 70," she claims, and the payoff came about at the San Juan Capi-
strano 10-kilometer race. The
week-end of the event, she took -
the city by storm. The mother of
two and grandmother of five,
Marilla returned to San Diego
with a shiny gold medal and a
Red, White and Blue ribbon, sig-
nifying her victory in the
women's 60 and over division.
Adorned in her "trademark," a
yellow sunbonnet that she says
has visited 16 different
countries, the retired junior high
mathematics teacher negotiated
the lengthy course, passing a
host of runners many years her
Never mind the fact that she
was the only entrant in her
division. She showed more en-
durance than some of the others
half her age, as "Some, I under-
stand, fainted along the way,"
Now that she has completed her first six-mile race, what athletic
endeavors are there left for a 72-year-old to conquer? "Now, I want
to run a marathon (26 miles)," she said.
"Sunbonnet Sue," as her husband Earl, 75, calls her, began her
career at the ripe old age of 70, although she has always been fitness-
conscious and has kept a close eye on her diet. She worked out by
jumping on a mini-trampoline, but suffered a locked knee and had to
have surgery which held her up for the best part of a year. After
getting the doctor's clearance she resumed her running and took two
test runs at the six-mile jaunt then on to San Juan. To prepare
for the 26-mile, Marilla admits it will take longer. She is working
hard at it by running two miles each morning and a two-mile jog in
Marilla, who holds a master's degree in health education from
start by walking a quarter of a mile each day for a week, then a half
mile and then build up gradually", says Marilla. "I'm trying to get
my daughter to run with me. I said 'mother's going to beat you, if
Craig M. Leffingwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Leffingwell
(Janie Hamlin) of New Canaan, CT. recently received the degree of
Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut School
of Dental Medicine in Farmington, CT. He also received an award
for achievement in oral surgery from The American Association of
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
The graduation ceremony was attended by his parents; his
grandmother, Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin of Largo, FL; Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Leffingwell of New Canaan and his wife's family, Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Graham and Kathleen Graham of Bloomfield, VT.
Dr. Leffingwell and his wife, Jane, will move to Chicago where
he will start his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the
University of Illinois.
Bess Calloway, widow of a Roosevelt Medal holder, celebrated
her 90th birthday, July 26, 1979. Her son, Vern, Jr., his wife, Lois,
son, Dan (junior at Duke U.) and son Scott (entering freshman at U.
of FL) were there to help Bess celebrate at the Winter Park Towers
Health Center. Also two friends in the Winter Park Towers whom
she has known since 1923 when she first went to Panama as a
teacher in Pedro Miguel: Helen Baker and Shirley Price.
A Three-in-One Party was held for Pete Monaco on his 91st
birthday, his daughter Adelaide on her 51st birthday and for
granddaughter Debbie on her 19th birthday on May 12, 1979 at the
Elks Lodge, Panama City, FL, from 7 P.M. with cocktails and dinner
with music by Frank Schenk combo. (Debbie was born at Gorgas
They are talking about
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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
Five sons told their parents
not to worry about money, menu
or details for their 50th wedding
anniversary celebration, accord-
ing to honorees Capt. and Mrs.
Charles Stuart Townshend who
were feted in grand style, May
5th in the Quarterdeck Room, St.
Petersburg Yacht Club. Five
sons are: Charles Stuart II and
wife, Kim, Donald and Kathy,
William and Jan, John and Joan
and Alan and Pat. The family
traveled from all parts of the
United States and one son had to catch three flights to make it.
Lots of love and champagne toasts from gold cups were made
and each wife wore an orchid corsage orchids grown by Captain
Townshend. A day to be remembered!
A little information about the Townshend sons, above 1. to r: John
is with the International Business Machines in Houston, TX; Bill is a
construction engineer building the subway in Baltimore, MD; Alan is a
professor working with the handicapped children in West Virginia;
Stuart is a retired Colonel and is working for the State of New York
as an architectural engineer in Cincinnatus, NY, and Donald is a pilot
for Pan American Airways and living in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Also in
photo is "Aunt" Doris Townshend.
On June 10, 1979, Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Denton celebrated their
40th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows at San Marcos
Episcopal Church in Panama City before a crowded church and with
their children and most of their grandchildren present. Their oldest
son Charles, who graduated from Balboa High School, who is a
Political Scientist working with the University of Costa Rica,
brought his family. Their second son Peter, also a Balboa HIgh
School graduate, now working with the Miami Herald, brought his
oldest son. Their daughter Lois, also a Balboa High School graduate
now working at Florida International University, came from Miami.
Then they all went to the Island of Contadora for five days of fun in
the sun and where during a four hour fishing trip three of the
children caught sailfish, one of which was seven feet long.
On July 4, 1979, in the Medallion
Room of the Inn of the Hills in
Kerrville, the Fortieth Wedding
Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Jo-
seph A. Bialkowski former Canal -
Zoners, was celebrated from 2 un-
til 5 o'clock. The party attended by
150 people was given by the Bial-
kowski children and their spouses.
The children are Captain and Mrs.
Earl A. Sayre (Beth), Portland,
TX, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Bar-
rett (Bialkowski), Denver, CO, Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph D. Wynne (Char-
lotte), Pensacola, FL, and Mr.
Charles Bialkowski of Houston, TX.
The six Bialkowski grandchildren also helped their grandparents
to celebrate this joyous occasion.
Other ex-Canal Zoners who were present for the festive event
were Mrs. Hazel Bucher, Mrs. Beth Waddell, Mr. and Mrs. James
Agee, Mr. and Mrs. James Hoverson, Mrs. John Burns, Mr. and Mrs.
E. H. Davison, Mr. and Mrs. Parker P. Hanna, Mr. and Mrs. Jack
Neal (Elizabeth Hanna) and their son, Bryan, and Mr. and Mrs.
George Patton, who have retired to Boerne, TX. We missed Mrs.
Betty Marshall who was ill at the time and Mr. and Mrs. William R.
Graham, who were visiting in Florida.
THE LEISY ANNIVERSARY
Etta and Henry celebrated
their 50th Anniversary this
spring. Bob had all the family at
his place in New Bern, NC. Ralph
and family flew in from Bryan,
TX and Hank and family drove
up from Montgomery, AL, as did
Etta and Henry. Bob entertained
with a real North Carolina "Pig
Picken" for the seven
grandchildren, family and
Left to right: Hank, Etta, Henry,
Ralph and Bob
Please refer to Kerrville
News, reported by Jackie.
Bishop, Reporter, on page 82,
Canal Record, June, 1979 re
Schmidt's 50th Anniversary.
At the Balboa High School Awards Assembly William Cosgrove
Hall received an appointment to the U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY at
Annapolis, MD. He also qualified for appointment to the Air Force
Academy and received an alternate appointment to the Merchant
In addition to the appointments, Will, President of the class, re-
ceived the "MR. B. H. S." award, presented by the American Legion.
Will is the son of John and Anne Hall of Balboa, C.Z. and the
grandson of John and Madge Hall of Sarasota, FL.
The Student Government Association of Penn State/York has its
first woman president. She is Marcia Coffin, a two-year letters, arts
and sciences major, who will head the association during the 1979-80
academic year. Miss Coffin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W.
Coffin of York, (formerly from Gatun, CZ) served as treasurer of SGA
and vice president of Keystone Honor Society. She is a graduate of
Central High School.
On the masthead of the June 1979 Canal Record under
Executive Committee it reads H. J. Clarke, Jr. It should be H. L.
Clarke, Jr. The Editor regrets this error. Also, picture center right
last page should read Mrs. Diane Hickey Irvine and Herb Spector.
The Gladys Graham Cookbook which was originally printed in 1948 is
being printed again and would made a terrific gift. If you recall,
Gladys was a charter member of the American Pen Woman in the
Canal Zone. See Sale and Locator.
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*****6/18/79 Camarillo Daily News (CA) Man Completes Long Hike -
Reaches Panama Canal Ten months after starting out from Texas,
Gary Moore has arrived at the Panama Canal and the end of what he
says was a 3,000 mile hike through Mexico and Central America, that
left him lonely and sore-footed, but wiser. Moore, a 28-year-old long-
distance walker and freelance writer from Tupelo, MS, said he left
the Texas desert near Brownsville, Aug. 14. He reached the banks of
the Panama Canal June 14th in a torrential tropical rainstorm, wear-
ing a cowboy hat, dark hiking clothes and a light backpack. After
crossing the Bridge of the Americas, he told a reporter: "It felt really
fine, really nice crossing that bridge." He said he felt great, and he
had to cut holes in his shoes. He got lost in the Guatemalan jungle
for four days and didn't think he'd emerge alive, and spent hours
explaining himself to superstitious Indians in Panama, to explain the
recent disappearances of two girls and the deaths of a number of
Moore said he decided to hike through Mexico and Central
America while walking 3,600 miles across the United States, from
the East Coast to California, from May 1977 to January 1978.
(Submitted by Adele (Holt) Young)
The patrol hydrofoil missile ship Pegasus set a new record in
June for passing through the Panama Canal. The record time from
the Pacific side Miraflores Locks to the Gatun Locks -
Atlantic side was two hours and 41 minutes. The previous record
holder was the destroyer Manley, which completed the transit in
four hours and 38 minutes.
PLEASE GET CHANGE OF ADDRESS IN IMMEDIATELY!
ANNUAL ISSUE GOES TO PRINTER OCTOBER 1, 1979.
Quite a Locomotion, Paterson Hoopla
Marks Return of No. 299
by Ted Sherman from the Star-Ledger, in part
A Paterson relic that was ridden out of town on a rail 73 years
ago came back the same way yesterday, as the city formally
welcomed back Engine No. 299 from Panama with all the pomp and
ceremony it could muster. The scene was pure Americana, with the
60-ton locomotive pulled slowly into Paterson Erie Lackawanna
Station on a low flatcar at the head of an eight-car passenger train to
the strains of a brass band. The station was decked out with banners,
flags and local officials.
Its arrival brought to an end a journey that began in February
in Balboa, Panama, when the Panama Canal Co. gave the Alco-Cooke
engine back to Paterson. No. 299 was built in Paterson in 1906 as
part of an order for 100 engines for the Isthmian Canal Commission,
to help build the Panama Canal. The locomotive was kept in service
until 1953 when it was retired and placed on display in front of the
Balboa Heights Railroad Station in Panama. Paterson located the
locomotive there last year during a three-year search for locomotives
constructed in the city during Paterson's industrial heyday. The city
wanted the engine back to place it in an industrial museum being
constructed in the former Rodgers Locomotive Works.
After the signing of the Panama Canal Treaty, officials of the
Panama Canal Co. approved the request and gave Paterson the
engine as a gift. But, as the grimy, black work engine and its tender
were pulled away from its display area, the matter suddenly created
a storm of protest in Panama, with newspapers there claiming they
were being robbed of their heritage. While Paterson began touting
its gift as "The Great Train Robbery," the Panama Canal Co. said the
engine's removal was done under the provisions of the treaty and it
continued on its way.
Yesterday's welcome home ceremony began as nearly 800
persons boarded a special Conrail train for a champagne lunch and
short trip from Paterson to the Meadowlands and back. The
passengers included Alfred E. Kahn, the president's chief inflation
fighter who was born in Paterson; Fred Cotton, civil affairs director
for the Panama Canal Co., State Transportation Commissioner Louis
J. Bambaccini, and other officials. Also on the train were many
Paterson schoolchildren and senior citizens, as well as others who
paid $25.00 apiece to go along for the ride, which began 10 minutes
The air was festive, with passengers in one packed car singing
"I've Been Working on the Railroad" to the accompaniment of a
banjo. Hundreds of blue-and-white engineer's caps were distributed
and balloons were hung throughout the train.
At Conrail's South Paterson railyard, the train again stopped
and hooked up with the star attraction, No. 299, whose old brass
whistle was hooked up with a special air line from the rest of the
train. Its hoarse, hoot sounded repeatedly as the old engine led the
train slowly into the station with Paterson Mayor Lawrence F.
Kramer and his family standing in the cabin.
Steam-cleaned and repainted in black and silver, the locomotive
was met by a large crowd. The passengers disembarked and then No.
299 was backed out to pull in again for the photographers and
television crews, as a band played "God Bless America." Speeches
about the rebirth of Paterson were made, flags waved and balloons
released. Karmer said, "The magic comes when people really feel -
when that spirit gets in the air." Submitted by Lyla Esler.
Other interesting Headlines from various newspapers
throughout the country (many submitted by member Mrs. Henri
Skeie) are as follows:
*****In an effort to downgrade the position of the Panama Canal
pilots, Canal Company officials have issued a memorandum
outlining a program for the indoctrination and training of new
pilots. This scheme has been devised to further promote the ill
conceived pilot apprentice program as the future source of Panama
The Panama Canal Pilots Branch has voiced strong opposition to
the apprentice program as the only source of training for future
pilots. Numerous members of the international maritime community
have also urged the Canal Company to bring pilot entry
requirements up to international standards.
Captain Norman Werner, president of the Panama Canal pilots,
has sponsored legislation to permit Panamanian students to study in
the United States Maritime Academies as a more acceptable
program than the apprentice program. He has also endorsed
graduates of the Escuela Nautica in Panama as a source of future
Panama Canal pilots.... Star & Herald
The Pilots Association policy will continue to oppose the Panama
Canal company apprentice program for future pilots and will not
participate in the training of individuals who seek to become pilots
with only apprentice program background. Such opposition is based
on the knowledge that ill prepared pilots will only degrade the world
reputation of the Panama Canal.
*****Star & Herald 4/30/79 RP Won't Accept Implementation
Opposed to Treaty's Spirit The President of Panama, Dr.
Aristides Royo, on his arrival on a state visit to Spain, handed a
letter he wrote to President Carter, to the United States Envoy in
Madrid, Terence Todman. The letter refers to the Torrijos-Carter
Treaties. President Royo tells Carter of his concern for certain
events which have taken place during the process of issuing the law
that will place into effect, the 1977 Panama Canal Treaty and its
annex accords, and makes a series of observations to the North
In the opinion of the President of Panama, the bills for placing
into effect the Treaties, approved within the committees of the
House of Representatives are in open opposition to the objective
spirit and goals of the 1977 Treaty, and stresses this point by telling
Carter: "I must make known to you that the Panamanian
government will not accept the validity of any disposition of the law
to place treaty into effect, which explicitly or implicitly violates, con-
tradicts or modifies not only in detriment of my country, but with
perhaps irreparable damage to the spirit, the goal and the objectives
of an agreement, the conclusion which submitted the patience of the
Panamanian people to such a hard and prolonged test."
*****Panama Canal 'a rip-off for taxpayers by Barbara Rudolph
The Panama Canal Treaty will not only cost Americans the
Canal, it will cost them $4 billion as well, a furious congressman
charges. "President Carter promised us the public would not pay a
penny for the transfer of the canal to Panama, but it's a big lie," said
Rep. George Hansen (R-Idaho). When the Senate approved the treaty
last year they were told the transfer cost would be $350 million and
that would be met by increased canal tolls. "But my office judges
that the American taxpayer will be shelling out $4 billion and
that's a conservative estimate." "This treaty is a monstrous fraud
and I intend to expose it." And to do just that he has introduced Bill
HR-1958 which asks the House to secure guarantees that Panama -
not the U.S. Treasury will pay all expenses arising from the
transfer of the canal.
*****Star and Herald 5/21/70 On the Labor Front by James J.
AFGE Local 14 members view with alarm, the recent pronounce-
ments by high ranking local government officials which contained the
implicit threat of violence should the United States Congress fail to
pass implementing legislation acceptable to them. Even more
disturing is the loud and conspicious silence from the United States
Embassy in response to these threats.
The employees in the Canal Zone are frustrated and angered by
the failure of the Carter administration to deliver on the promises it
made regarding employee benefits and protections. We have said all
along that there are numerous ambiguities in the treaties that
remained to be resolved. As each day passes we see more and more
dedicated and trained employees retiring or resigning rather than
staying on and putting forth their best efforts to make the treaties
work. It has been reported to me that over 947 employees so far this
year have submitted papers indicating that they plan to retire and
we are only in the month of May.
Nonetheless, Local 14 will continue to operate within the
appropriate legal framework to ensure that our lobbying efforts on
behalf of all Canal Zone employes bear fruit. We deplore and reject
threats of violence by any person or group, and we sincerely hope
and believe that reason will prevail in the end.
*****Star and Herald 5/23/79 Pact Violation Could Disrupt Canal
Manila (A) Panama yesterday warned that world shipping
through the Panama Canal could be affected if the U.S. Congress
fails to respect "The spirit and letter," of the treaties on the
interoceanic waterway. Panama alleges that U.S. President Jimmy
Carter committed the U.S. to the payment, but a sector of the House
of Representatives say it is up to Panama to cover the costs.
Aquilino P. Villamonte, Panamanian delegate to the Fifth UN
Conference on Commerce and Development admitted during an
interview yesterday that Panama simply lacked the required money
to face such expenses. In a speech before delegates of 159 nations
attending the conference, Villamonte warned that if the House
approves a legislation demanding that his country cover the,
expenses, it is possible that Panama would not be able to guarantee
"the operation of Canal under efficient and secure conditions." He
pointed out that if adequate resources are not available to permit
proper operation of the canal, vessels would suffer delays transitting,
costing the government and commerce millions of dollars. The U.S.
State Department has calculated the cost of 870 million and
according to Rep. David Bowen (D-MS) the House Merchant Marine
Committee calculated the cost at $829 million.
Villamonte said that the Panamanian people were justifiably
concerned and alarmed over the current debate, emphasizing that his
country "would not accept any provision that would explicitly or
implicitly violate or modify the spirit, objectives and terms of the
*****Largo, FL Sentinel 5/24/79 Panama Owes Private Banks $2.4
Once the canal becomes the property of Panama, the U.S. will be
faced during the next 20 years with the continuing pressure to raise
tolls and appropriate funds to cover the ever-expanding appetite of
the Panamanian Government for more and more money. Will the rest
of Latin America thank us then for converting the canal into a money
machine for one small country at the expense of the rest of our
friends to the south? Even if we were to allow a wholesale and
continuing escalation of toll rates, no conceivable increase could
cover such a massive debt and debt service.
What is the prospect for after 1999? If the financial situation in
Panama is not cured and the report gives us little hope of that -
whatever its intentions, Panama will be led to barter its principal
asset for foreign assistance. Economic disaster could lead Panama to
trade its independence or at least control over the canal for economic
Is it so far fetched to envision oil rich states, the Soviets, or
others paying Panama for control of a major pressure point of the
United States? It becomes clearer than ever that for the safety of
Panama, the United States and the world of Panama Canal users, the
canal should rest where it is in the hands of the only nation which
can properly maintain it and treat it as a trust for the benefit of the
world the United States of America we built and paid for it.
*****Japan Eyes Building Second Panama Canal Star and Herald -
Tokyo (AP) Japan is interested in the construction of a second
Panama Canal close to the present one, possibly with the United
States, with a total cost of $8.3 billion, the financial daily Nihon
Kezai reported yesterday.
The daily said the matter was brought up when Gen. Omar
Torrijos visited here as Chief of Government at the beginning of last
year and discussed the possibility with Japanese financial tycoons as
a means of strengthening economic ties between Panama and Japan.
It added that Shigeo Nagano, president of the Chamber of Commerce
and Industry, later recommended that the Japanese firm Penta-
Ocean Construction Co. study the matter. They acquired experience
when it participated in work on the widening of the Suez Canal in
Egypt. Nagano later proposed to Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira to
give thought to the matter as a means of improving economic
relations with the United States and Panama, the spokesman said.
He added that the proposed canal would be 23 feet deep, 60
miles long, from 220 to 440 yards wide and with capacity to handle
the transit of 300,000 to 500,000-ton oil tankers. Only 40,000-ton
tankers can transit the present canal. The new canal would be built
12.5 miles south of the parallel to the present canal, over a period of
ten years, he said.
Panama 'Invites' Non-Aligned Nations to Keep Eye On Treaty Imple-
Foreign Minister Carlos Ozores Typaldos invites the attention of
all non-aligned nations,whose solidarity and support have repeatedly
been manifested in her favor at international forums, to maintain a
constant vigilance over the procedures on the implementation of the
1977 Panama Canal Treaties, known as the Torrijos-Carter Treaties .
... implementing legislation of which is now under in the U.S. House
of Representatives with bills begin presented, that if approved,
would violate the letter and spirit of said Torrijos-Carter treaties."
*****Carter worried House may yet block canal treaties St.
Petersburg Times 6/8/79.
*****6/19/79 Star and Herald Implementing Vote on Canal Treaty
House Speaker Rep. Thomas "Tip" O'Neill agreed Wednesday to
postpone for one week the vote on legislation to implementation the
Panama Canal treaties because of the forthcoming summit
conference between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Observers are of the opinion that an adverse vote on the canal
treaties would have an enormous psychological effect on the fate of
SALT II in the Senate. The arms limitation treaty must be approved
by a two-thirds vote.
*****6/21/79 Major Victory for Carter as Hansen Amendment
Rejected 220-200 by Jim Adams (A) Star and Herald
Washington President Carter won a major victory in the
House on a Panama Canal treaty bill Wednesday night after a debate
marked by the first secret House session in 149 years. The House
rejected 220-200 an amendment that Carter's supporters said would
have wrecked the treaties which call for turning the canal over to
Panama. The amendment sponsored by Rep. George Hansen, R-
Idaho, would have required Panama to pay all U.S. costs of carrying
out the treaty, estimated at between $870 and $2 billion.
But the House had yet to take a final vote on the treaty
implementation legislation and some opponents vowed to wreck the
treaties by defeating the bill.
Republican congressman Robert E. Bauman requested the
secret session saying that he wanted his colleagues to hear
something which was sufficiently grave to influence the approval of
the law regarding the Canal. At the end of the session, which lasted
one hour and a-half, Democratic representative, John Murphy, said
the House had been told that it is the policy of some Panamanian
government officials to distribute arms and promote insurrections in
other countries. House Democratic leader Jim Wright, said
Panamanian support to the Sandinistas was discussed, but said "I
believe we all knew about it or at least presumed it".
*****6/22/79 St. Petersburg Times editorials. A worthy survival
Whew. That was close. Thank goodness the obstructionist mem-
bers of the U.S. House of Representatives,- including Pinellas
County's own C. W. Bill Young and Richard Kelly, lost.
Their attempt Wednesday to subvert the Panama Canal treaties
could have jeopardized the lives of thousands of American soldiers in
Panama. The die-hard opponents of the Panama Canal failed by only
20 votes, but they failed. And on Thursday the nay-sayers lost again,
by 22 votes, when the House passed legislation implementing funding
the transfer of the Panama Canal. What's frightening is how close
they came to wrecking the product of 14 years of negotiation
between the United States and Panama and weeks of debate in the
The Panama Canal treaties are not the whim of one president,
struck in secrecy, out of reach of the American people. They were
debated exhaustively in the Senate, a debate that was broadcast to
the public. But the House wanted to horn in on the action. Rep.
George Hansen, R-Idaho, launched a drive to sabotage the word of
the President and incidentally devastate relations with Latin
America. Hansen wanted Panama to pay this country's costs for
carrying out the treaty, as well as the expenses of Americans
remaining in the Canal Zone. The price up to $4 billion would
have been enormous and unfair.
Hansen called his legislation "the Honesty Amendment" because
he said the administration claimed turning over the canal would not
cost a dime. The administration did give cause for complaint. Only
after the Senate approved the treaties did officials admit it would
cost this country $870-million to implement them. But that is not a
reason to gut the legislation. The signing of the Panama Canal
treaties marked a new level of maturity in American foreign policy, a
willingness to treat Latin American countries as partners in this
hemisphere instead of as lackeys to Uncle Sam's demands.
The conduct is a disappointment to many Americans and
certainly to the Floridians who had hoped for a better performance
from their representatives, including freshman Bill Nelson of Mel-
bourne. The consolation, of course, is that they were in the minority.
(This editorial really has made my blood boil!!! Ed.)
*****7/31/71 House stand by canal treaty restrictions
Washington (AP) The House voted overwhelmingly Monday
to stand by its version of a Panama Canal treaties bill that the
Carter administration says would amount to breaking the treaties.
On a vote of 308-98, House members indicated they will not compro-
mise on the restrictions added to their version of the canal
legislation. One controversial section of the House measure asserts
that the Congress may still block the canal treaties, even though
they have been signed and ratified.
The legislation under consideration now is designed to carry out
details of the transfer, including the establishing of U.S.-controlled
commission that will oversee operations of the canal for the next 20
Differing versions of the bill have been passed by the House and
Senate with differences to be worked out by a conference committee
representing the two bodies. However, with its vote, the House
instructed its representatives on the conference committee to refuse
to compromise on restrictions that were voted into the house version
but which do not appear in the Senate bill. The instruction is not
binding, but the House could vote down any agreement reached by
The House version of the legislation asserts that, under the
Constitution, Congress must vote separately on whether to transfer
the canal and other property to Panama, despite the terms of the
treaties.... That position was rejected by the Senate.
NEWS CONDENSED from the Panama Canal Spillway in part -
dates appearing after each article for your information.
***Running Running It took a 70-year old woman and a four-year-
old child to convince Phil Gonzales that he could be a runner.
When the ex-Green Beret saw the pair finish the entire 26 miles
in a California marathon, it was goodbye to chunkiness and hello to
Last week Phil and fellow running convert Pete Reckas ran the
54 miles across the Isthmus, a feat accomplished by only a handful of
people. Phil and Pete completed the run from Colon to Amador
causeway in10 hours 20 minutes, believed to be an Isthmian record.
The two were fed the necessary fluids and carbohydrates along
the way from a van used as a mobile aid station. Pete had lost six
pounds and Phil ten, by the end of the journey.
The dream of running the Isthmus originated with Phil, who
lived here after being discharged from the Army in 1974. For three
months Phil worked with Dr. Daniel Gruver operating a clinic on the
San Blas island of Istupo. The years he had spent as a medic in
Vietnam prepared him for the life he led among the Cunas in
Panama's tropical jungles.
Afterward, Phil returned to the United States and to school,
where he earned his license as a registered nurse. He now works at
the Loma Linda University hospital in Los Angeles.
His running companion is a claims examiner with the Veterans
Administration in San Francisco. The two met when Phil applied for
VA benefits after serving in Vietnam. Despite widely different back-
grounds Phil fought the war while Pete actively protested it -
the conversation and sharing that is part of running has made them
close friends. Their relationship continues despite the fact that they
now see each other only a few times a year for marathons or special
events such as the Isthmian race ..... 12 April 1979
***U.S.-citizen employees who will remain with the Panama Canal
Commission, and their dependents, will need to have certain
documents in their possession on October 1, 1979, the date of entry
into force of the Panama Canal Treaties and establishment of the
Panama Canal Commission.
The documents, which will include passports, entry/exit permits
and identification cards, will be needed as identification, to prove
eligibility for various treaty rights and benefits, for access to
Department of Defense facilities, and for entry or exit from the
territory of the Republic of Panama.
***As of October 1, 1979, Canal Commission employees and their
dependents who resided in the former Canal Zone will be required to
register their firearms with the authorities of the Republic of
Panama. The registration process will begin on June 1 and run
through September 30, 1979. Registration will become effective on
October 1, 1979, and will remain valid for one year from that date .....
27 April 1979
***The Panama Canal paid tribute last Monday to 21 individuals and
organizations who have made outstanding voluntary contributions to
the Isthmian community. At the Ninth Annual Panama Canal Honor-
ary Public Service Awards ceremony held in the rotunda of the
Administration Building where members of the civilian and military
community received official recognition and commendation for their
dedication to service improving the community.
Gold medallions and certificates were presented to four, silver
to five, and bronze to 12 persons and organizations.
The Panama Canal Public Service Award was established in
1970 to encourage and recognize Isthmian residents, including
employees, and organizations for assisting the Canal organization in
accomplishing its mission.
Nominations are requested each year from Panama Canal top
management, the Armed Forces, civic, labor, fraternal, religious
groups and other Federal agencies in the Canal Zone. Nominations
are then reviewed by the Incentive Awards Committee and the
recipients are named by the Canal Zone Governor.
The award is in the form of a certificate which carries the
photograph of the incumbent President of the United States and the
Governor of the Canal Zone, accompanied by a gold, silver, or bronze
The design for the medallion was taken from the plaque
honoring Col. David D. Gaillard that is set in the face of Contractor
Hill. Each medallion is accompanied by a small replica for wearing in
a lapel or dress.
Executive Secretary J. Patrick Conley presented the bronze
awards, Lt. Gov. James H. Tormey presented the silver awards, and
Gov. H. R. Parfitt presented the gold awards.
The first gold award went to Jean D. Burns, chief of the Specifi-
cations and Estimated Branch, who for the benefit of thousands of
children on the Isthmus, has the past six Christmas seasons visited
hospitals, schools, churches, orphanages, nurseries, and community
centers, using his vacation time and money for transportation, gifts,
candy and costumes to bring happiness to the community. Doris
Burns accepted the award for her husband.
The second gold award was presented to S. Sgt. Luis A. Cordero,
USAF, who was cited for his voluntary work with church groups,
cub scouts, orphanages, the Red Cross, boy's baseball league and
other community activities, including assistance to couples in
The third gold award was presented to the Elks Panama Canal
Lodge 1414, Balboa for its 53 years of dedicated service to the
Isthmian community, and especially for its public service projects
such as the youth activities program, the scholarship program, the
social and community welfare program and the Elks Club Activities
Program. The Elks have provided yearly scholarships for several
years to deserving young men and women including blind students.
For the past 17 years, they have held Christmas parties for the blind
and retarded children of the Helen Keller School in Panama and have
sponsored many other activities which have greatly contributed to
the social welfare of the community.
The fourth gold award went to Mrs. Charlotte B. Kennedy for
her extensive involvement with her fellowman. She was cited for her
service to the Cristobal-Margarita-Brazos Heights Civil Council, the
Atlantic Roller Rink Committee, and her many activities with the
Canal Zone Chapter of the American Red Cross where she has
trained hundreds in first aid, artificial respiration and in the use of
cardiac pulmonary resuscitation, all on a voluntary basis. Mrs.
Kennedy also worked from the Canal Zone assisting in the Managua
earthquake disaster relief, she worked with the National Disaster
Relief in Louisiana during hurricanes Hilda and Betsy and in Texas
during hurricane Beulah.
Silver awards went to the following:
Judge Darrell F. Brown, who until a few months ago served as
Cristobal Magistrate. He was cited for his tireless and consistent
contributions to the betterment of the Isthmian community.
Phillip A. Henry, for his deep concern for the welfare of the
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hudson, for their voluntary work with the
Mrs. Anona Kirkland, for her outstanding contributions to the
Isthmian community, serving as organist at various churches and
chapels and as a founder of the Isthmian Chapter of the American
Guild of Organists.
The U.S. Army Thrift Shop for its outstanding service to the
Pacific side community by using proceeds from reselling used
merchandise to support many community projects.
Bronze awards were presented to:
Andrew B. Barna, for his contributions to the Atlantic side
community where he has donated countless hours serving in activi-
ties of the Holy Family Church, the Margarita Recreational
Association, in sports, and civic organizations.
Capt. Kenneth L. Bivin, for his benevolence and his sincere and
continuous concern for the public welfare, especially as blood donor,
averaging one contribution every 11 weeks for the past 7 years.
Mrs. Hilda Butcher, for her many years of dedication as a
Sunday School teacher and her participation as an instructor in the
Summer Recreation Program, and her service to the International
Girl Scouts, Ciudad del Nino in La Chorrera and other volunteer
services in Panama.
The Canal Zone Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps for its
many years of service to the Isthmian community assisting and
participating in many activities sponsored by local fraternal and civic
Fred A. Cotton, for his many contributions to the Isthmian
community during the past 12 years, especially to the youth of the
Pacific Baseball Little League and other sports leagues.
Sylvia Goldman, for her interest in the welfare of the people in
the Isthmian community, serving as a volunteer at the Fort Gulick
Dispensary and Coco Solo Teen Club; organizing drives to benefit
John R. Gough, Sr., for his many outstanding contributions over
the years to civic and church activities on the Isthmus.
Andrew J. Meyers, for his deep involvement in the scouting
program in the Canal Zone where he has served as assistant scout-
master and military liaison officer for the Canal Zone contingent to
the 1974 jamboree at Farragut State Park in Idaho.
James J. O'Donnell for his dedicated service of 20 years to the
betterment of both working and living conditions in the Canal Zone,
especially his service to the Coco Solo, Balboa, Diablo, and Los Rios
civic councils and his efforts in behalf of the Boy Scouts, Balboa Gun
Club, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Canal
Zone Labor Union and AFGE.
Southern Command Network for its invaluable service to the
Canal Zone military and civilian communities through its public
service contributions in the entertainment and information field.
USAFSO Rescue Coordination Center for its professional and
dedicated efforts in coordination of all military and civilian search
and rescue efforts for the United States Southern Command and its
area of responsibility.
Mrs. Frances West, for her extensive involvement in the Canal
Zone community as a member of the Army Community Services, de-
voting more than 2,500 hours of her time to community projects,
participating in or directing welcome committees, family affairs and
other civic programs ..... 4 May 1979
***Life in the Great Outdoors Awaits Retired Deputy Executive
Secretary Bob Jeffrey Except for three years in the Navy taking
part in amphibious operations in the Pacific during World War II, the
major portion of Jeffrey's Federal career has been spent in the Canal
Zone. He arrived here in 1952 and taught History and English at
Balboa High School for four years. He moved from there to a job in
the personnel Bureau, then on to the Office of the Executive
Secretary, where he's given an opportunity he says influenced the
future course of his career.
At heart, he is an outdoorsman. He holds a lifetime membership
in the National Rifle Association and is an expert shot. He has
traveled all over the Isthmus of Panama, into area accessible only by
jeep. Ostensibly the trips are birdwatching ventures he was vice-
president of the local chapter of the Audubon Society last year.
When Jeffrey, wife Janet and daughter Jan go back to the
United States, Jeffrey says he may donate his services to a group
known as "The Nature Conservancy." It is, he says, an extremely
efficient organization run by a businessman that has saved hundreds
of areas in the United States from ecological ruin.
The Jeffreys will make their retirement home in Bisbee, Ariz.,
an old mining town southeast of Tucson. Jeffreys grandfather, the
family patriarch, was a welshman who went West in the 1870's at age
17 and became a pioneer mining foreman in Bisbee ..... 11 May 1979
***Panama Canal Railroad employees were assured this week that
the Panamanian Government will not displace them when control of
the operation is transferred October 1.
Eduardo Shafer Ramirez, director of Ports, Railroad and Marine
Bunkering for the Panamanian Government, emphasize the fact that
experience cannot be bought and it will be needed to train new em-
ployees, and for future railroad expansion plans.
Shafer stressed there will be a few changes as a result of the
David Amado, a labor relations specialist on Panamanian
President Aristides Royos advisory staff, said his government is
planning to issue a sample payroll check during the two pay periods
in September to those employees who are going to transfer with the
Panama Railroad. Amado hopes this procedure will allow employees
to double check their wages and deductions before the Panamanian
Government begins paying them in October.
Those employees currently in a temporary position with the
Railroad Division were assured they would be continued in a
permanent capacity with the Panamanian Government to maintain
continuity and efficiency on the Railroad.
Provisions for retirement after October 1, also are being
established. The plan would encourage employees to transfer their
U.S. Civil Service retirement funds into the Social Security program
currently in effect in Panama.
According to Amado, the laws in Panama give employees the
right to unionize provided they meet the established requirement: a
minimum of 50 members, 75 percent of the membership is Pana-
manian and all directors are Panamanians. Third country nations
wishing to remain with the Railroad will be issued a contract as are
other third country nationals working for the Panamanian Govern-
***William L. DeLa Mater, Protocol Officer and Aide to the
Governor-Civic Council Staff Officer, was the recipient of the 1979
"Man of the Year" award presented last Friday by the Canal
Zone Department Reserve Officers Association of the United States
The presentation was made by Col. Charles R. Clark (Ret.) a
previous recipient of the "Man of the Year" award, who served as
master of ceremonies at the award dinner held at the Fort Amador
Officer's Open Mess.
The award was for outstanding, exceptional and tireless efforts
on behalf of the national defense of his country, the support of the
youth of the Canal Zone and Panama, and his promotion of good
international relations ..... 18 May 1979
***Cristobal and Balboa high schools and the Canal Zone College will
hold their last graduation ceremonies under the auspices of the Canal
Zone Government next week.
Gov. H. R. Parfitt will present diplomas to Cristobal High's
largest graduating class. The ceremony will feature music by the
CHS Senior Band, and graduation speeches by graduates Egberto
Willies and Jacqueline Sell.
The 134 graduates in this 62nd graduating class invited
Governor Parfitt to participate in this year's commencement
exercises in appreciation for the strong tradition of academic
excellence established and maintained through the years in the Canal
This year 410 seniors will receive diplomas at Balboa High
School's 66th commencement exercises. Ninety-three of the
graduating class are honor graduates and 22 members of the class
are completing the graduation requirements in only three years.
Music is by the Balboa High School Band under the direction of
Bert Thompson and Air Force Chaplain Andrew 0. Gwinn will give
the invocation. Maureen Ferguson, Harry Conley, and Kenneth
Pierce will speak on the Senior theme, "This Is The Day" and
William C. Hall, President of the Class of 1979, will deliver the
Diplomas will be presented by Dahlstrom and Doris E.
Etchberger who will represent the Governor's Advisory Council on
At the Canal Zone College's Commencement exercises, the
Processional and Recessional will be played by Victor Galindo, a
member of the graduating class.
Demetrio Basilio Lakas, former president of the Republic of
Panama and graduate of the Canal Zone Junior College, will be the
graduation speaker. Dr. Glen E. Murphy, dean of the college, will
present awards to outstanding graduates, and degrees will be
conferred by Ronald L. Seeley, chairman of the board of trustees.
Class Valedictorian Edna O'Marr will give the farewell address
and the benediction will be given by the Reverend Milton A.
Cookson, pastor of St. Andrews Church of Cocoli.
Following the graduation program, the local college chapter of
Phi Theta Kappa, National Honorary Scholastic Fraternity will hold
a reception in the student lounge to honor graduates ..... 25 May 1979
***The Balboa High School class of 1959 will hold its 20th year
reunion this weekend. There will be a get-together at the Elk's Club
beginning at 5. There will be a dinner-dance at the Quarry Heights
Officer's Club from 7 to midnight with music by the Willie Moro
orchestra. Beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, a picnic is planned at the
Rodman Officer's Club bohio-pool.
***Canal Zone residents are invited to visit the second annual
National Arts and Crafts Fair that opens at 7 p.m. Friday June 15,
and continues through Saturday and Sunday at the El Dorado
Shopping Center in Panama City.
More than 150 craftsmen featuring handicrafts from the various
provinces of Panama will participate in the annual fair that is
sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce and Industries. There will
be woodcarvings from Bocas del Toro. Herr Province will feature
earthenware and cross-stitch needlework. From Code there will be
the reedlike birdcages, miniature houses, airplanes and other designs
made from the stem of sugarcane; beadwork including wall hangings
and room dividers made of "lagrimas de San Pedro", artificial
flowers and clay products.
Artesans from Veraguas will feature fibercrafts and the long
Guaymi dresses that have become popular for casual entertaining.
***No decisions reached yet on issue of Canal Zone Domestics, but in
the meantime residents may be interested in familiarizing
themselves with Panamanian law as it now applies to domestics in
Articles 230 and 231 of Title VII of the Labor Code state the
Article 230 Domestic employees are persons who habitually
and continuously perform cleaning, aid, or other household services
in the homes of single persons or families.
Article 231 The relations of domestic employees will be gov-
erned by the following rules:
1. The contract may be verbal or in writing.
2. The work of domestic employees shall not be subject to a time
table, but they will be entitled to a complete rest from 9 p.m. to 6
a.m. and shall be paid weekly rest and annual vacations. The domes-
tic employee shall enjoy paid rest during legal holidays or days of
national mourning, unless the employer orders him or permits him to
perform services, in which case the work shall be paid with a 100 per-
cent surcharge on the wages earned.
3. In the employment contract relative to domestic service, the first
two weeks will be considered as a probation period and either of the
parties may terminate it at will, subject to verbal notice of 24 hours.
Once the probation period has expired, the party who wishes to term-
inate the contract must give notice to the other 30 days in advance,
which may be done verbally.
4. In order for the employer to terminate the service contract of a
domestic employee without just cause, he shall pay an indemnity
according to the time served as follows: a) From two weeks to three
months, the amount equivalent to a week's wages; b) From three
months up to one year, the amount equivalent to two week's wages;
c) From one year to two years of service the amount equivalent to a
month's wages; d) From two years to four years' service, the amount
equivalent to two months' wages; e) From four years to six years'
service, the amount equivalent to three months' wages; f) From six
years to ten years' service, the amount equivalent to four months'
wages; g) From ten to fifteen years of service, the amount equivalent
to five months, wages; h) From fifteen years to twenty years' service,
the amount equivalent to six months wages; and i) Twenty years or
more, the equivalent to seven months' wages.
5. The employer may demand, at his expense, as an essential require-
ment before entering into the contract, a health certificate that will
be given free of charge.
6. In case of an infectious contagious disease of the employer or of
the person who inhabit the house where the domestic employee pro-
vides services, the employee shall be entitled to put an end to his
contract, without prior notice or responsibility. The employer shall
have the same right unless the domestic employee has contracted the
infectious or contagious disease from the employer or the persons
who inhabit the house. In this case, the worker shall be entitled to a
leave of absence until his complete recovery and payment of his full
wages during the first three months of his illness.
7. If the domestic worker becomes seriously sick and is unable to
work for more than four weeks, the employer will be entitled to put
an end to the contract once that period of time has expired without
any further obligation than to pay to the other party a month's
wages for each year of continuous service or fraction of time not
under six months.
8. The domestic employee is entitled to permission from his employer
to attend school, provided it is compatible with his hours of work.
9. Unless there is an agreement to the contrary, it is presumed that
the remuneration of the domestic worker includes board and lodging,
besides payment in cash. Food may be healthy, abundant and
nutritious and the sleeping premises comfortable and hygienic.
10. The employer shall pay for the expenses of the funeral of the
11. The infringement of the provisions of this Chapter shall be
punishable by a fine of twenty-five to one hundred balboas decreed
by the competent authority of the Ministry of Labor and Social
Welfare or by the labor tribunals ..... 1 June 1979
***The Honorable Demetrio B. Lakas, former president of the
Republic of Panama and an alumnus of the Canal Zone College,
addressed the 1979 graduating class last week.
Lakas said the Canal Zone College has many friends and sup-
porters among the people of the Republic and the highest levels of the
Government of Panama. In closing he said, "As we enter into a new
era of political relationship between our two governments, it is my
hope and strong recommendation that this college will continue
to be an important part of the future of this area. The college is
needed for its educational programs and what it can achieve in higher
education for the work force of both the United States and Panaman-
ian governments. The College is also needed to continue to serve as
an important bridge of friendship between our two nations ."
***The Johnnie Walker-Hugh Norris Farewell Tournament will be
held tomorrow at the Summit Hills Golf and Country Club. The
thirty foursomes that will participate use the popular Mexican style
of play. About twenty visiting low-handicap golfers who are warming
up for the Viceroy International Amateur Invitation Tournament
which begins next week will help make up the foursomes ..... 8 June
***A total of 50 apprentices in the Panama Canal Apprenticeship
Training Program became full-fledged journeymen and journey-
women last Friday when they were presented certificates of com-
pletion at a graduation ceremony held at the Canal Zone College
Training Program became full-fledged journeymen and
journeywomen last Friday when they were presented certificates of
completion at a graduation ceremony held at the Canal Zone College
auditorium. Master of Ceremonies Electrical Division Chief Frank A.
Lee welcomed the graduates and their guests and introduced
Panama Canal and military officials who participated in the program.
The graduation address was delivered by Jorge A. Teran
matetowboat, Dredging Division, an honor graduate of the Class of
The graduation certificates were presented by Col. John J.
Plunkett, director to Engineering and Construction graduates; John D.
Thurber, to Marine Bureau graduates, and Col. Pleasant H. West, to
Headquarters, 193rd Infantry Brigade graduates.
***The Canal Zone and Panama Branch of The National League of
American Pen Women, Inc. presented Fine Arts Scholarships to two
Canal Zone College students last month.
For the second year in a row, Phillys Walker was awarded the
branch's principal Fine Arts scholarship for $480. Her parents are
Mr. and Mrs. Willys Walker of Gamboa.
A scholarship for $240 was given to Maria Lopez, the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Francisco Javier Lopez of Panama City.
***Richard J. Danielsen receives the Thanks Badge, the highest
adult honor given by the Girl Scouts. Mrs. Patricia Parfitt made the
presentation at a Girls Scout Adult Recognition Dinner ..... 15 June
***Jeanne Bensen, of the Panama Railroad Manager's Office, was
recently honored by the International Boy Scouts of the Canal Zone
who presented her the Council's International Thanks Badge in
recognition of her many kindnesses to that organization over a
period of many years. She was the first woman outside the scouting
organization to receive the Thanks Badge, which has been awarded
to a number of Canal officials during the 32 years of the organiza-
tions existence. 22 June 1979
***Capt. Robert F. Boyd, chief, Transit Operations Division will
retire June 30 after 35 years of Canal and Canal-related service.
Boyd in March 1943 was assigned to the USAT Cristobal as third
officer. The Cristobal, a Panama Railroad ship that had gone to war
was operating in the European and Mediterranean theaters during
World War II.
From 1943 until 1946, Boyd advanced through various officer
positions to chief officer. He was appointed a Panama Canal pilot-in-
training in October 1949. Since April 1951, when he qualified as a
Panama Canal pilot, he has made many exciting and challenging
transits on all types and sizes of vessels. He was second half control
pilot on the initial Canal transit of the Queen Elizabeth 2. Boyd has
participated in a number of special projects related to Canal im-
provements, cut widening and new technology which involved sev-
eral visits to the Swedish State Shipbuilding Experimental Towing
Tank in Goteburg, Sweden, where extensive use is made of com-
His expertise has also been applied extensively to testing of the
Japanese-built towing locomotives and development of procedures
for their use; and inter-ship action studies of the performance of
large vessels in restricted waters at the U.S. Naval Research and
Development Center, Washington, D.C.
Since his appointment as chief of the Transit Operations
Division in July 1977, Boyd has been the key management offi-
cial responsible for the smooth operation of the waterway.
He and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, will make their retirement
home in Miami, but they will return to Panama often to visit their three
children: Robert Jr., and electronics technician, Diane, who is
married to Michael Petrosky, a businessman in Panama; and Nancy,
who is married to Edward McAleer, assistant treasurer of the
Panama Canal Company.
***The office of Personnel Management has approved a one-year ex-
tension to the Canal organization's major RIF early retirement
option. The Company/Government or Panama Canal Commission em-
ployees may retire voluntarily with 20 years of service at 50 years of
age, or with 25 years of service at any age, through September 30,
1980. As in the original approval, only employees who were on the
rolls of the Company/Government on November 27, 1978 are eligible.
After September 30, 1979 this option won't be applicable to
individuals who have transferred to DOD units.
An employee who is offered a new position in the RIF notice and
who turns the offer down may still have the right to appeal; but it
may be in the employee's best interest to accept the offer in case the
appeal fails or in case a better offer is made by the Personnel Bureau
at a later date, but prior to October 1, 1979. As vacancies occur
before October 1 due to retirements and resignations, new offers will
be made to RIF'ed employees in all cases where it is possible to do
so.... 29 June 1979
***Good news for the approximately 800 Canal employees currently
scheduled to be demoted in October because of the reduction in
force. Under the new Civil Service Reform regulations there is
protection for the demoted employee in two ways through grade
retention and through pay retention. To be eligible for grade
retention an employee demoted through RIF must have served at
least 52 consecutive weeks at a grade or grades higher than the one
to which demoted. There are two ways an employee can become
eligible for pay retention. The first is at the end of the two-year
period of grade retention. The second is if the employee is not
eligible for grade retention because he or she has less than the
minimum of 52 consecutive weeks in the grade held prior to
***Fourteen first-year graduate physicians and two new residents
joined the Gorgas Hospital staff last week.
Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Italy, Panama and the
United States, including Hawaii, are among the countries of origin of
the new physicians at Gorgas.
***SCN-TV will present a series of interviews with Panama Canal co-
chairmen of subcommittees on treaty implementation. The purpose
of the interviews is to inform the public on the ways treaty
implementation will affect the communities and individuals in the
Canal Zone. The first interview will cover the police situation in the
Canal Zone; the second employee documentation; the third, licensing
and the next, ports. In August the other four interviews will cover the
railroad; nonprofit organizations (August 12); Commercial services
(August 19); and end with the topic of housing on August 26.
***On October 1, the Canal Zone Postal Service will be discontinued
in accordance with Treaty requirements. By that date, the Military
Postal Service will be expanded locally to provide the services
previously provided by the Canal Zone Postal Service. Eight Air
Post Offices will offer service to U.S. citizen employees of the
Panama Canal Commission. Patrons will be assigned boxes free of
charge, the location of which will depend upon the individual's place
of residence, area of employment and the availability of boxes.
While the Military Postal Service will be providing basically the
same services as the Canal Zone Postal Service does now, the cost
will in most cases be cheaper.
The Military Postal Service, which has APO numbers out of
Miami is considered an extension of the Miami Post Office.
Probably the most sought after of Military Postal Service
privileges is "SAM" and "PAL". Space Available Mail means that
patrons only pay the Fourth Class postage for an item which is flown
to the United States as space is available on an aircraft. After
arriving in the United States it moves by surface transportation to
Parcel Airlift Mail, is a variation of SAM in which the patron
pays an additional variable service charge to purchase space
available airlift service from the United States port of entry to the
***The Panama Canal Authority has established a "Labor Exchange"
to assist Panama Canal Company/Government employees who have
received RIF notices to find positions with activities being
transferred to Panama or which will be established as a result of the
Treaty. The "Labor Exchange" office is located in the Paraiso High
***All Canal Zone residents and their dependents must obtain
Panamanian vehicle driver's licenses prior to October 1, 1979. The
Panama Canal Treaty provides a 90-day grace period commencing on
October 1, only to U.S. citizen employees of the Commission and
Applicants must pay the licensing fee of $10 at a branch of the
Banco National and obtain a certificate in Spanish from a doctor or
medical laboratory indicating blood type and glucose count before
going to the National Guard Licensing Office. If the test is performed
either at Gorgas Hospital or Coco Solo Hospital, the charge will be
Procedures to obtain Panamanian driver's licenses by U.S.
citizen employees and their dependents will be announced at a later
date. 6 July 1979
Mr. William R. Andrews
Mr. Edwin B. Baumbach
Mr. Robert D. Blanchette
Mr. Robert F. Boyd
Mrs. Betty 0. Boyer
Mr. Robert L. Boyer
Mr. Archie B. Carroll, Jr.
Mr. John W. D. Collins
Mr. Jack M. Dietz
Mr. Daniel D. Douglass
Mrs. Jean C. Earl
Mr. Thomas D. Erickson
Mr. Anthony S. Garcia
Mr. William Gillespie
Mr. Eugene T. Gregg
Mrs. Marian S. Gregg
Mr. William M. Hagler
Mrs. Elsie E. Hartwell
Mr. Robert P. Hauth
Mrs. Kathleen M. Huffman
Mr. Robert L. Husband
Mr. Marshall W. Irwin
Mr. Courtland F. Johnson
Coco Solo Hospital
Office of Safety Officer
Mr. Paul F. Karst, Jr.
Mr. Warren E. LeDoux
Mr. Dabney B. Meeker
Mrs. Erin B. Moser
Mr. Paul Moser
Mr. Fernando Ostrea
Mr. Clinton B. Russell, Jr.
Mr. Fred J. Ryan
Mr. Joseph M. Schack
Mr. Charles M. Tatman
Mrs. Sophie Y. Tatman
Mrs. Ruth E. Thompson
Mrs. Rita S. Will
Mr. Wallace E. Woodruff
Port Captain Balboa
John C. Schmidt, son of CMS John E. Schmidt, Jr. of Tyndall
AFB FL and Patricia B. Schmidt of Tallahassee, FL was married to
Betty Jean Gonzalez of Pensacola, FL on April 28, 1979. John is a
graduate of the Canal Zone College and Florida State University.
After a honeymoon in Texas and Colorado Springs the couple have
made their home in Tallahassee where John is a Deputy Sheriff with
the Leon County Sheriffs Department.
Lisa Huls, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Huls, of Jupiter, FL
and Scott Fenwick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford C. Fenwick, also of
Jupiter, were united in marriage in a double ring ceremony on
January 20, 1979 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Tequesta. The
wedding was performed by Father Robert Hostler. The reception
was held at the home of the bride's parents. The young couple honey-
mooned at St. Augustine and Disneyworld. Both Lisa and Scott
graduated from Jupiter High School. Scott is self-employed at the
Studio Woodworks. They will live in the Jupiter Farms area.
Timothy Dube, son of Marie Agnes Burns, grandson of Al and
Marie Dube was married on May 4, 1979, to Elfriede Lewier of
Spangdahlem, West Germany.
Janeil Sue Meyers and Gordon Ray Million were married July
14, 1979 at Faith Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, FL. The bride is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barron of Bradenton. The
groom who was born and raised in the Canal Zone is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Harold J. Million of Sarasota. The couple reside in
Miss Sharon Jean Haydel became the bride of Charles E.
Braunlich on April 28 at the Catholic Church of the Resurrection in
Memphis, TN. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis J.
Haydel (BHS '48) of 5566 Knight Arnold, Memphis. She was
graduated from Wooddale High School and attended Memphis State
University. She is a graduate of Sea Isle Vocational-Technical Center
and works as a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital East. Out-of-town guests
included the bride's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Haydel
of Metairie, LA; her uncle Norman (BHS '50) and his family; Robert
Saarinen from the Canal Zone; and Carol Saarinen Smith from
Iceland where her Air Force husband is now stationed. The
bridegroom is with Ford Motor Co.
Miss Rene Suzanne Navaille and Darrell Wayne Crawford were
married August 4 in the chambers of Judge L. L. Trauth in Gretna,
LA. The bride was graduated from Balboa High School in 1970 and
from Patricia Stevens College, St. Louis in 1971. She is employed by
Southern Bell Telephone Co., New Orleans. The bridegroom is asso-
ciated with his father in a family business, Crawford Tire Co.,
Harvey, LA. The bride's mother and stepfather are Mr. and Mrs.
Dick Sena of Chalmette, LA.
Miss Sheila Lynn Webb and Mr. Russell "Rusty" Owen Smith
were married on June 23 at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Ancon. The
bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Webb and the groom is
the son of Mrs. Carolyn Johnson and Mr. Owen Smith, all of the
Karin Ann Willey and Edward M. Davis were married June 2,
1979 at St. John's United Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX. The
Reverend J. William Wade performed the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William W. Willey, of
Houston, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Davis of
Former Canal Zone residents attending the wedding were the
groom's sisters, Florence and Carolyn and Mr. and Mrs. John Terry,
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Seeley and daughter, Stephanie, Ron Bowman,
Tony Dover, Stephen Patchett, Julie Boos, Edna Benoit, and Audrey
Bowman, (of the Canal Zone).
The bride is a graduate of Texas Technical University, Lubbuck,
and is employed by Louisville Title Co. The groom is a graduate of
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, and is teaching
adaptive Physical Education in the Houston Independent School
District. They reside at 9475 Roark Road, #513, Houston, Texas.
Captain and Mrs. Daniel M. R. Haff of Argyle, NY announce the
birth of a grandson, Graham Haff Booye, born March 3, 1979.
Parents: Denise and Bernard Booye, Bellevue, WA.
Also, granddaughter Caitlin Murphy Dougherty, born April 24,
1979. Parents: Danelle and Dennis Dougherty, Chicago, IL.
We neglected to previously announce the birth of our first
grandchild, a granddaughter, Brooke Cameron Booye, born
September 2, 1977, Bellevue, WA.
Mr. and Mrs. John Kammer, Jr. announce the birth of a son,
John J. III in Ft. Lauderdale. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John J.
Kammer (nee Mary Jane Carey) of New Jersey and Mr. William
Soane of Miami and the late Mrs. Soane. Great-grandparents are
Mrs. Ann C. Carey of Randolph, NJ and Mrs. Jessie Soane.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bush, formerly of Gatun, CZ, now living
in Tampa, FL, announce the arrival of their first grandson, Matthew
Raymond Tybas born to Sharan (Bush) and William Tybas in Gig
Harbor, WA on May 16, 1979. Matthew weighed in at 8 pounds, 5
ounces. Paternal grandmother is Jean Tybas of Tacoma, WA.
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Morales of Maryville, MO, announce the
recent births of two grandchildren. Ian Lars was born to Lars Keith
and Marcells Hawk Morales on February 21, 1979 ... AND
Ken Reid and Francie Flynn Morales are the proud parents of a
nine pound, nine ounce baby girl, Monica Jean born June 12, 1979.
Both families reside in the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hack have a grandson, Jonathan Peter,
born June 1, 1979. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Peter 0. Salaban (Mary
Beth Hack) of Glenview, IL. The new baby has a sister Rebecca
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Hare of Ocala, FL announce the arrival of
their new grandson. Mary and Jeff Hare have adopted Stephen John,
born on June 11, 1979. The other happy grandmother is Mrs. Helen
Barrett of Jacksonville and great-grandmother is Mrs. Susanna G.
Kotalik. Notes of congratulations may be sent to the Hares at 413
Holly Lane, Mauldin, SC 39662.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Boland, of Meridian, MS, formerly of Curundu
Heights, CZ, announce the birth of their second child, a son, Kevin
Harry, on July 2, 1979. Mrs. Harry Boland of West Columbia, SC, is
the paternal grandmother and Mrs. Jessie Degenaar of Dunedin, FL,
is the maternal grandmother, and was in Meridian to welcome her
Mr. Robert E. Bakker of San Jose, Costa Rica and Yvonne H.
Cassidy of Downey, CA announce the arrival of their new
LaRee Ann was born February 20, 1979 in Biloxi, MS, joining
her four older sisters and parents, LaRee and Charles Lowery. Greg
Leach, Jr. was the first born of Melody (Bakker) and Greg Leach in
Blytheville AFB, AR on April 5, 1979, and first born of Rene (Balder)
and Ronald Johnson of Anchorage, AK, is a girl Racheal Rone, born
July 1, 1979.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Weaver (nee Judy Paulson) announce the
birth of their first child, Brian Andrew Weaver on April 10, 1979.
Brian was born in Coco Solo, C.Z. but now resides in the United
States. Maternal grandparents are Cash and Mary Jane Paulson of
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Martin of Tallahassee, FL announce the
birth of their second child and first daughter, Jessi Lynn, born on
July 20, 1979. Mrs. Martin is the former Jane Paulson. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Cash Paulson of Tallassee, FL.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Vance of Lolo, Montana announce the
birth of a son on May 14, 1979. The baby, who has been named Gerald
Andrew, joins a sister Kristen and a brother Jeremy. Mrs. Vance,
the former Carolyn Bliss, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D.
Bliss, Jr. of Campbell, CA who were in Lolo to welcome their 9th
grandchild. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Clift
who reside in Campbell, CA.
Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin of Largo, FL announces the birth of her
first great-granddaughter, Kate Leffingwell, born July 28, 1979 in
New Canaan, CT. Parents are Charles and Ann Leffingwell and
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Leffingwell, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Markley (Helen Jean Haky) announce the
birth of their first child, Jonathan Anders, on May 31 in Chicago. The
family now resides in Coraopolis, Pa. Maternal grandmother is Marie
Haky of Munhall, Pa.
TORRIJOS CHEERED IN NICARAGUA St. Pete Times 8/19/79 (in
part) Managua Panama's Gen. Omar Torrijos was given a hero's welcome
under a pelting rain and the roar of two Mustang fighter airplanes upon his
arrival Sat. Torrijos arrived for a two-day visit as a new law permitting free-
dom of the press went into effect in Nicaragua. He was met at Augusto Cesar
Sandino International Airport by Interior Minister Thomas Borge, who
recently returned from Cuba. "When a people determines to free itself there
are no weapons, no determination, nor murderers that can stop that
liberation," Torrijos said. Once a friend of the now-deposed Nicaraguan Pres-
ident Anastasio Somoza, Torrijos became one of the most outspoken support-
ers of the Sandinista National Liberation Front. Panama was the first country
to formally recognize Nicaragua's ruling juanta last June. St. Pete Times
8/20/70 (in part) Torrijos has warned that if the U.S. does not turn over the
Panama Canal Zone on Oct. 1 as scheduled, Panama would have the legal
right to take over the area. When asked what alternatives Panama has if U.S.
does not implement the new treaty, Torrijos said that such failure would in
effect erase the 1903 treaty now in effect. "Therefore we could, without
violating any norms of international law, push them from the canal," Torrijos
said at a news conference in Managua.
With Deep orrowu
Mrs. Guy Allen (Cicely K.) member, of Ne1w Orleans, LA passed
away on 1 August, 1979. The only known survivor is her daughter,
Mrs. M. L. Shoemaker.
Mrs. William Barlow, age 90, passed away on June 3, 1979 in
Tampa, FL where she made her home with daughter and son-in-law,
Ruth and John Schmidt since 1974. Mrs. Barlow known as "Grams"
to all who knew her was admired for her keen wit, friendly spirit and
the creative handcraft she accomplished to the very end. Mrs.
Barlow spent much of her life in the Canal Zone. After Mr. Barlow
retired in 1944 they made their home in New Jersey until 1962 when
they moved to Tampa. When Mr. Barlow passed away in April 1975,
Mrs. Barlow was very ill. Memorial services were held 5 June 1979
for both Mr. and Mrs. Barlow at the Wesley Memorial Church.
Survivors also include two sons, Henry L. of Cape Coral, FL, Chester
"Bud" of Toms River, NJ and two daughters Phyllis Lachmann of
Toms River, NJ, and Carolyn Vezine of St. Cloud, FL; several
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Patricia Catherine Convery, 50, of Seminole, FL, died July
31, 1979. Survivors include her husband Vincent J.; two sons; two
daughters; and a brother William James Gavin of Norwalk, CT and a
sister Barbara Ann Decker, of Hickville, NY and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Mae B. Dodson, member, 81, of St. Petersburg, FL, died
June 10, 1979. Mae was a registered nurse and retired in 1963 from
the Canal Zone.
Mr. Z. K. Esler "Bud", member, 79, of St. Petersburg Beach, FL,
died June 18, 1979. Bud retired from the Bureau of Posts 22 years
ago. He was a life member of Lansing Lodge 33 F&AM, honorary life
member of CZ Postal Employees Union 23160, member of Holiday
Isles Lodge 1912 BPOE, Madeira Beach and Orchid Chapter 1 OES.
Survivors include his wife Lyla M.; a step-daughter Patricia Brosius,
a sister and three grandsons.
Mr. James Lee Ewing, son of the late Clair and Mary Ewing,
formerly of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone, passed away, July 12, 1979,
at the Veterans Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. Jimmie was
born and grew up on the Canal Zone. He is survived by his wife,
Dusty, and 2 aunts, Mrs. Dorothy Montanye and Mrs. Jessie
Degenaar, and several cousins.
Mrs. Lillian Farr, of College Station, TX, passed away June 24,
1979. Lillian retired from the Commissary division in 1957 with over
30 years service. She is survived by her daughter Florence May Farr
Mrs. Thomas Fenton (Margaret Million) 89, member, and one of
our "old timers", died April 30, 1979 in Tampa, FL. Mrs. Fenton was
a resident of the Canal Zone from 1911 to 1933 where she lived with
her former husband, George Million. She is survived by her sons
Harold J. Million and Howard D. Million and several grandchildren
Mr. Otis C. Fuller, member, 84, passed away July 9, 1979 at
Perry Point Veterans Home in Maryland, after a long illness. Mr.
Fuller was retired from the Electrical Division in Balboa in 1952 and
lived in St. Petersburg from that time until 1974. He was a member
of Abou Saad Temple Shrine and Isthmian Lodge AF&AM, both of
Balboa and the Canal Zone Chapter 1 Royal Arch Masons and Canal
Zone Commandery No. 1. He was a World War I veteran. Survivors
are his wife, Josephine; his son Joseph, five grandchildren and one
great-grandson. Josephine will be residing with her son and family
P.O. Box 578, Big Pine Key, FL 33043.
Mr. Ralph R. Grassau, 72, member, died June 7, 1979 in
Freeport, IL. He was a retired budget analyst of the Panama Canal
Company. He served as lector and was on the finance committee at
St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was a life-member of Elks Lodge,
Marguerita and past district deputy grand exalted ruler. He is
survived by his widow, Eva Bares; one son, Ralph R., Jr. of Houston,
TX; his mother and two sisters.
Curtis Fraser Green, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Green,
Gamboa, CZ was killed instantly July 6, 1979, in an automobile acci-
dent in Gastonia, NC. Curtis was a graduate of Balboa High School,
Class 1977. Other survivors include his sisters, Andrea, Amy Jo and
brother Lee all of Gamboa; grandfather, Harold M. Fraser; several
great uncles and great aunts, cousins and uncle, Andrew W. Fraser
Mrs. Les Virginia Hendricks, 85, of New Bern, NC, passed away
on May 9, 1979. A long-time resident of the Canal Zone, she was the
widow of A. B. Hendricks, a holder of the Roosevelt Medal. She is
survived by her son, Al Hendricks; three grandchildren and four
Mrs. Gladys Kennedy, member, and her daughter Elizabeth
"Betty" Alrick Carroll were killed June 23, 1979 morning when fire
engulfed their two-story home in Riverdale, MD. Neighbors were
awakened by a loud explosion of windows popping and to the glare of
flames. When firemen arrived at 1:54 a.m., smoke and flames were
already billowing from the second floor bedroom where the two
women slept. Mrs. Kennedy was very active in the community and
taught sewing from her home. Betty, a 1947 graduate from Balboa
High School, was a secretary for a Washington legal firm. The only
known survivor is Helen Barnes of Tennessee.
Mr. Eugene F. Kleasner, 78, member, of Gulfport, FL, died
August 6, 1979. Eugene retired from the Locks Division as general
foreman/lockmaster, Pedro Miguel in October 1962. He was a veteran
of World War I. Survivors include his wife Madge S.; two daughters,
Bonnie Wilson, Balsom, NC, and Jeanene Zimmerman, Salem, OR;
two brothers, a sister, six grandchildren, and two great-grand-
Mr. Glessie C. "Buck" Lockridge, member, 74, of St. Petersburg,
FL died as a result of automobile accident on June 29, 1979. Buck
retired in 1961 with over 31 years service from the School Division
where he was athletic supervisor. Mr. Lockridge was Legislative
Representative 1963 through 1967 and a member of our society's ex-
ecutive committee for the years 1972 through 1975. He was a
member of local chapter 17 NAARP and Twin Brooks Golf Club, past
president and life-member of Diablo Heights Spinning Club. He is
survived by a daughter, Mrs. Beth L. Huls, Jupiter; a brother C. 0.,
San Clemente, CA, and four grandchildren.
Mr. Clarence R. Mason, member, of Vancouver, WA, died
recently at his home. Served in U.S. Navy in World War I; was a life
member of Chagres Lodge, Balboa, Scottish Rite Bodies in
Vancouver, WA, Abou Saad Shrine in Balboa. He was an electrician
with the Canal from 1939 to 1948. Survivors are his wife, Helen; two
sons, Robert of Vernita, WA, and Victor of Gresham, OR; seven
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Joseph J. McGuigan, 88, member, widow of former Canal
Zone District Attorney Joseph J. McGuigan, died March 24, 1979, at
the home of her daughter Kathleen M. McGuigan, El Cangrejo, who
was for many years with the Office of the Financial Vice President of
the Panama Canal. Mrs. McGuigan went to the Canal Zone with her
parents in 1906. She was an employee of the Isthmian Canal
Commission and a Roosevelt Medal Holder. Her late husband was
also a Roosevelt Medal holder. She was a first cousin to General
William C. Gorgas. Mrs. McGuigan is also survived by a son Gayle
who is a lawyer in New York City, and two grandchildren.
Madelyn Field of California writes that Lloyd A. Ponson, died on
March 20, 1979 at his home in New Orleans, LA. He is survived by
his wife, Evalina, his mother, Sarah Prestenback and five children
and ten grandchildren. Lloyd was employed in Canal Service from
March 1, 1941 to September 1950.
Mr. James Millard Reeves, 82, member, of St. Petersburg, FL,
died July 11, 1979. He retired from the Panama Canal Co. and was an
engineer for the federal government. He was a member of Barracks
155 Veterans of World War I. Survivors include his wife, Olymphia,
and a son, Armando, New York City.
Mr. Ralph F. Schnell, 82, member, of St. Petersburg, FL, died
July 19, 1979. Mr. Schnell retired in December 1957 with over 35
years service as a statistician with the Panama Canal Co. He was a
member of Royersford Lodge NO. 585 F&AM, Royersford, PA and
American Legion Post No. 14. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy
and a sister, Lillian Clymer of Haddonfield, NJ.
Mr. Albert A. Shore, 69, member of Aiken, SC, passed away
May 29, 1979. Mr. Shore was a native of Empire, CZ and retired as
shift engineer in the electrical division with over 30 years service.
He was a 32nd degree Mason, Shriner and a veteran of WWII.
Survivors include his wife, Lorna Penny Shore; his mother, Mrs.
Madeline G. Shore, Aiken; three daughters, Miss Charlen Shore,
Homestead, FL and Mrs. Diane S. LeBlanc and Mrs. Sandra Davis,
Miami, FL; one sister and two brothers.
Mr. Frank L. Taylor, 85, former member, of St. Petersburg, FL
died August 9, 1979. Mr. Taylor was a filtration plant operator for
the Panama Canal Company. He was a World War I veteran and a
member of the American Legion. He is survived by his wife Jean.
Mrs. James (Ruby) Tennien passed away July 6, 1979 at her
home in Rolling Hills, CA. Her husband was employed by the Canal
and they lived in Pedro Miguel many years ago. No known survivors
other than a niece, Ruby. Reported by Ida Barlow
Mrs. Weiss of Tampa, FL has informed us that her husband,
Otto J. Weiss, member, passed away last October 15, 1978.
**Eternal rest give to them, 0 Lord; and let
perpetual light shine upon them.**
Do not look forward to what might happen tomorrow; the same
everlasting Father who cares for you today, will take care of you to-
morrow, and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or
he will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagi-
nations. St. Francis de Sales
u ewg tom. .
PANAMA CANAL ZONE
A "Sentimental Journey" Dinner and Fashion Show Benefit was
held at the Governors Mansion on May 24, 1979.
The Fashion Coordinator and Commentator was Ms. Ann W.
Suescum, (former Ann Wood) who also did the research for the show.
Ms. Susescum is a Third genera-
tion Zonian and wrote the
commentary with her grand-
mothers in mind: Nellie Shipley
Preston and Mattie G. Wood.
One of the eight models of the
23 variety of fashions from 1904
to 1915 included Ms. Virginia
Ann Suescum (Granddaughter of
Jim and Virginia Wood St.
The fashions included
Traveling Outfit to Gala Ball
Gowns. Each model was dressed
with matching accessories to
blend with the times, hats and ,
gloves and matching parasols
and fans completed each
The menu for the night was Left: Ms. Virginia A. Suescum -
Roosevelt Fruit Punch, Gothals 1905 Schoolmarm outfit Model
Chichita, Delesseps Pate de Foie Right: Mrs. Ann Wood Suescum-
Gras, Stevens Asst. Raw Veg. w/ 1911 Ball Gown, Fashion Coordi-
Tivoli dip, Culebra Cut Roast nator and Commentator.
Turkey, Gaillard Baked Ham, Empire Range Rolls and Butter,
Gorgas Bollas de Maiz Nuevo, P.R.R. Tropical Fruit Platter,
Cristobal Asst. Pastries, Gatun Cheeses and Chagres Ice, that was
served in the lovely setting of the garden and lights.
Dressed for the occasion and gracious hosts were Gov. and Mrs.
H. Parfitt who were attired and costumed as Col. and Mrs. Gaillard,
and Ms. Beverly Parfitt entertained with a trip back in time of
A surprise visitor dressed as Teddy Roosevelt was Frank
This lovely Sentimental Journey and memorable evening was
attended by over 300 guests and the proceeds donated to the
Children Hospital in Panama City.
ANN WOOD SUESCUM
Vincent D. Ridge, known to all as "Vince" and the son of
"oldtimer" John E. Ridge, Sr. who makes his home base with John,
Jr. in Miami, FL, was installed as the 50th Exalted Ruler of
Cristobal, Canal Zone Lodge 1542 at the Open Installation held April
7, 1979. .. taken in-part Crossroads, April, 1979.
Brother John McLain, Jr., Sarasota, FL writes that he is alive
and kicking and is always looking for some news from his friends.
Made a visit up Inverness, FL way and paid a visit to Paas Parker and
Bill Egger ... says he is now getting started on his yard work (you
know, 15 minutes work, one beer, 15 minutes work, one beer!!) .
some yard work!! Says he keeps calling the Quartermaster number
to do the work but no one answers!!!! Oh well, can't win them all ...
And, an Old Cristobal man called up the Commissary the other
day and said:
"Send me 30,000 cockroaches at once."
"What in heaven's name do you want with 30,000 cockroaches?"
"Well, you see. I'm moving today, and the rules say I must leave
the premises here in exactly the same condition in which I found
them." Crossroads, May and June, 1979.
A family reunion was held recently at the home of Dr. Harry
Dowell and his wife, Zona (Boggs) Dowell in Coco Solo, CZ. Zona's
sisters, Mrs. Don DeMarr (Stella) of Arlington, VA and Mrs. Albert
(Anita) Collins and her daughter Alita of Fort Valley, GA joined
family members living in the Canal Zone and in Panama.
Republic de Panama
Rufus L. Carey, Playa Coronado The weather here is nice
since this is our wet season in Panama. Robert Knapp left yesterday,
July 29th for New Orleans, LA, with his wife Ruth. She is going to
have a medical checkup while there. Lt. Stan Watts retired. He had a
successful eye operation and told me he is a new man now. His wife,
Josephine, is retiring September 30th. She is a nurse with the school
division. Col. Charlie Stough retired of M.S.A. living here in Playa
Coronado had a successful heart operation at Walter Reed hospital in
Washington, DC and is back playing golf. The Mintons, Faye and
Preston are fine. Preston always has some kind of project going.
They have a beautiful home here. The Batemans, Joe and Carmen
are now visiting their daughter and son-in-law and grandchildren in
Washington State and expect to visit the Trims, Pres Jr. and Pres
Sr. and their families in Arkansas before departing for Panama. Jim
Howe is back home now here after two weeks in the Army reserve.
His wife, Niza, is one of the top bowlers of her class. Capt. Burkett,
well known as Johnny, is taking it easy since he finished his
dredging operation at Punta Chame. Regards to all my friends in the
Fred L. Denton, Punta Paitilla I was delighted to receive the
Canal Record upon joining the Society. I found it most informative
and interesting. I retired four years ago from what was then called
the Office of the Comptroller. We live around the corner from the
Holiday Inn on the 17th floor of a condominium designed by Hal
Sander called Bahia Mar. We have a beautiful view of the city of
Panama as well as Amador, the deep sea anchorage with the ships
awaiting transit and the islands of Taboga and Taboquilla. However,
our enterprises do not give us much time to enjoy the view. Ruth
keeps busy providing Stateside newspapers to the Canal Zone and
Panama as well as being a spare teacher in Balboa High School and
in the Curundu Junior High.
The Panama Canal Society of Dothan held their schedule
meeting June 14, 1979. The following officers were elected for the
Charles E. Belden.................. President
Rudy Gangle.................. Vice-President
Catherine W. Filo......... Secretary-Treasurer
We welcome the following new families to Dothan Edna and
Cecil Kovel who moved from Sarasota, Florida; Mike and Enid
Kandrin (Atlantic Side); Mary and Freeland Hollowell with children
Freeland, Jr., David and Laurie, (Laurie is already making a name
for herself with the Dothan swimming team) and Woody and Elsie
Woodruff (Elsie will move here when she retires from the U.S. Army
in the next few years. We are very happy and proud to have you
here in our friendly city.
Our sincerest condolences to Bud and Betty Huldtquist for the
loss of their son, Johnny Olsen, who was a victim of a hit and run
here in Dothan on May 29th. Services were held at St. Columba
Catholic Church, Dothan, Alabama. May he rest in peace.
We had two great picnics. One was held on the 19th of May at
the Marianna, Florida state park and the other was held on the 4th of
July at the Northfield Recreational area in Dothan. About 90
attended both picnics. There was a little horseshoe pitching, a little
poker, watermelon eating contest. It was great fun for all and the
food delicious as always.
Many, many visitors have been coming in and out of Dothan this
summer. Lorraine Dugan and children Trisha and Brian were
visiting Lorraine's parents John and Mary Urey; Bea and Sid Hayes
(St. Petersburg) were guests of Woody Woodruff and Bob and Ann
Lawyer. Jack and Fran Hern with children Johnny and Mitch are
visiting with Jack and Margaret Hern and Bud and Dot Yost. Young
Johnny is to participate in the Future Masters of America Golf
tournament. Also participating in this tournament are Billy and
Tommy Sullivan, sons of Helen and Bill Sullivan who are visiting
with Bud Thomas. Also visiting with Bud are Lynn and Richard
McClendon daughter and son-in-law of the Sullivans. All are from the
Canal Zone. Stella and Tony Nita have their daughter Mary Ann
(also from the Canal Zone) with them for a month. The Hunt's house-
hold (Joe and Louise) was invaded by their son, Joe, daughter Jackie
from Balboa and daughter Janet Watkins with husband Norman and
Jean Harris just returned from a trip to Ft. Worth, Texas
visiting with Polly Jica a former nurse in the Canal Zone. Jean was
accompanied by Jackie June who is a nurse at Corozal Hospital. Rita
Orr from San Antonio joined them and the three went to Laredo,
Texas and visited Mexico. Jean said she was going to stay home the
rest of the year but she is off again in August to Scottsdale, Arizona
for a China-Burma-India nurses and doctors convention and from
there to Las Vegas to visit with Chris and Herb Newhouse. This has
been Jean's dream for many years. Hope she wins a lot of money.
Flossie and John Fallon hosted a lovely garden party for their
guests Blanquita and Tommy Toda from the Canal Zone and for
Helen and Bill Sullivan also from the Canal Zone. I think their
prayers were answered because it was a beautiful night no rain,
no bugs and quite cool. Cecil Kovel made a terrific bartender uni-
form and all. I think he will be hearing from future party givers
about a job as bartender.
Rosemary Anderson underwent surgery but we are happy to
report that she is at home looking and feeling very well.
Have a beautiful and fun fall season.
The annual Blanche Shaw Northwest Arkansas Panama Canal
Society picnic, held as always on Fathers' Day (June 17th) at Agri
Park, Fayetteville, AR, seemed especially enjoyable this year. A
beautiful day, no flies, a goodly gathering of great people, including
these out-of-the-area visitors: Raymond and Helen Shelton, Elkland,
MO; Paul and Alice Bidstrup, Lampe, MO; Ernest and Lois Van
Horn, and son Craig, Hot Springs, AR; F. K. Atkinson and Marie
Miller, Hot Springs, AR; David Hallin, Memphis, TN; Georgia Gwinn,
Herbert and Willa Engelke, Springfield, MO; Ed and Bernice Yeater,
Winslow, AR; Peter and Janice Butz, Catoosa, OK; Curtis Sanders,
Los Rios, CZ; Morris and Ruth Cherry, Salinas, CA; Keith and
Winona York, Corozal, CZ.
Bill and Dot Loehr wrote that they were sorry to have missed
the picnic. They are selling their retirement home. (See Kansas
Paul and Alice Bidstrup spent the winter in Yuma, AZ. There
they found George Russon and had a fine time talking about the
"good old days." Paul and Alice have sold their motorhome, but have
not stopped travelling. Alice's sister, Mildred, is in New Jersey, and
is a grandmother five times over. Alice dislikes the thought that her
home for forty-two years (our lovely old Canal Zone) will change
drastically after the give-away. She has much company in that.
Ernest and Lois Van Horn, after many trips last year, have
settled down to having their house remodeled. They didn't realize
what they were getting into! (And they have company in that!) The
Van Horns have had visitors from California, Ohio, Canal Zone,
Pennsylvania, and Florida the past year, and enjoyed them all
immensely. Quote: "After visiting them on leave for 27 years, it's
nice to have them finally return the visits."
Earl and Maxine Wrenn interrupted their yard and garden work
to attend the wedding of their younger son, Keith, in Atlanta in
April. While there, they saw Tommy Roth and Marilyn Roth Banks.
Keith will be practicing medicine in Corning, after September 1st.
Son Chris Wrenn and family, from Galveston, TX, visited his parents
for a week over Memorial Day holidays.
Keith and Winona York, currently residents of Corozal, CZ, have
bought a home in Fayetteville, AR. Another quote: "Love the area!"
Keith has already retired, and Winona hopes to retire from teaching
within the next three years.
Morris and Ruth Cherry left their Salinas, CA, home in early
April and drove to Bradenton, FL where they visited Ruth's sister-
in-law, Iva Krag. Then they went to St. Pete to attend the Pan Canal
Society reunion. "We met so many old friends, it would take a whole
day to name them all. We really had a good time, and God willing, we
will return for the 1980 affair." They then visited Ruth's sister in
Somers Point, NJ, and spent a week in Avalon, NJ, where they had
raised their children. Upon returning to Somers Point, Ruth became
ill and spent a few days in the hospital. When she recovered, the
Cherry's drove to Bentonville, AR to visit the McCues and to attend
the NW Ark Pan Canal Society picnic in June. Morris says, "There
again we met a lot of 'old' friends. I say 'old' because I left Panama in
1964. I am a young 75, and a lot of these old friends are younger than
Bill and Charlotte McCue were pleased to have the Cherrys
visiting them for the week they were in the area, and also welcomed
Les and Coryne Anderson, who stopped in for several days while en
route to see their daughter in Davenport, 10. Despite the fact that a
good bit of Chi's time was taken up by obligatory jury duty for three
months, she and Bill are relieved to have about all the rocks cleared
from their grounds. And that's not a small task. Ask any local resi-
Bob and Virginia Hursh were visited by Mr. and Mrs. R. B.
Mathews II (Bo and Jeanne) who were on their way to attend their
son's graduation at Oklahoma State Tech at Okmulgee, OK. Bo
retired from PC Co. in April, Jeanne in fall of '78, and they are now
residing in Lutz, FL.
Virginia Favorite and family are having a notable summer. She
reports: "My granddaughter, Wynne Favorite, graduated from
Sewanee Academy, TN, on May 19th. Her parents, Ben and Ada,
with son Ben, Jr. and daughter Wiese attended the graduation, then
all came to Bentonville to visit me and friends and relatives
(Engelkes). While in Bentonville, they enrolled Wynne in the
University of Fayetteville and attended several orientation classes
with her. First weekend in June, we all drove to Maryville, to visit
with Don and Virginia Neidt (my daughter) and family. I was sorry to
have them leave on June 9th for Biloxi, MS to visit Ada's mother,
Mrs. Howell Wynne. On June 24th, I am going to Panama to visit
and to attend the wedding on August 4th of my son George and Sara
Howard and Evelyn Engelke have also been seeing kith and kin:
"Norman and Agnes Anderson, enroute from Detroit to their home
in Boca Raton, FL stopped for a few days' visit with us before
proceeding on to Hot Springs for a visit with Agnes' father, Mr. F. C.
Atkinson, former Dredging Division employee. During their short
stay, they managed a little sightseeing, a trip to the Azalea Festival
at Honor Heights Park in Muskogee, OK, and an evening renewing
acquaintanceship with the Bentonville members of the Engelke clan.
Following the Anderson's visit, Howard and Evelyn took off for a
two-week visit with Eve's sister, Frances Abraham and family in
Spring Valley, and with daughter Judy Montanaro and family in
Silver Spring, MD."
Luke and Frances Palumbo are having a full summer, and
temporarily, a full house! At breakfast today (in July) were their
daughter Sara, her husband, Bill Holmes, and their two children
from Tacoma, WA; Frances' three sisters, Helen Todd from Trenton,
MO, Willetta Todd from Lee Summit, MO, and Thelma Secrest from
Laurel, MD; Thelma's daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Scott
Birdsong and their two children; and Luke and Frances. Luke says
they're having a ball! Earlier this year the Palumbos spent several
weeks back on the Zone with children and grandchildren. Their sons,
Luke and James are high school teachers in Cristobal. Their
daughter, Judy Hicks, has a nursery school in Margarita.
Charles and Gloria Malsbury spent a couple pleasant days in Hot
Springs, AR, where they attended a play about the adventures of
DeSoto, and were witnesses for a friend who was becoming a U.S.
Dick and Mary Condon spent about a month in Europe. They
took an American Express tour to visit in Switzerland, West
Germany, Austria, and Hungary. Then, on their own, visited with
friends in Germany. En route back home, they visited in New York
with Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Karsh. He was a radio officer on the
PanCanal ship. Balboa teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ognibene visited
the Condons over the Fourth, and they all took in the Springdale
parade and rodeo. Ronald Jacobs, who teaches in Cristobal, also
visited the Condons, as did Allen Griffin, who was a librarian in
Cristobal and now lives in Texas. Daryl Bullinger, Asst. to Supt. at
Gatun Locks, and wife Verna also stopped in briefly. They had flown
from the Zone in their own plane, had been visiting relatives in
North Dakota, and were on their way to visit their son in Houston
before flying back to the Zone.
Pete and Sue Warner's sons are globe-trotting again. Robert, in
the Army, has been assigned to the Azores. Stuart is on his way to
England to attend Oxford University for a semester of work toward
his Master's Degree in International Business.
In April, Walter Brown of Merritt Island, FL visited his mother,
Nannie Brown, and his sisters in Fayetteville, AR. At the same time,
Fred and Jane Huldtquist from Seminole, FL visited Fred's mother,
Bates Wieman, in Fayetteville.
Eldridge and Minnie Burton visited their son, Command
Sergeant Major (Ret) Robert Crooks and family at 69 Winding Way,
Mansfield OH. They then attended the graduation ceremonies at the
College of Mississippi where their daughter-in-law, Caroline Burton,
received her Master's Degree of Combined Sciences. Andrea Daily,
daughter of Judith Crook Daily, visited with her grandparents, the
Burtons, for several weeks this summer.
Andrew and Frances Whitlock, in Fayetteville, were happy to
have overlapping visits from their daughters, Andrea Lea Collins of
St. Louis, MO, and Jacqueline Stringer of Mishawaka, IN.
In June, Jack Brown, with wife Gloria and son Alan, from Long
Island, visited with his mother, Nannie Brown, and his sisters,
Minnie Burton and Frances Whitlock, in Fayetteville. Mattie Lee
White from Houston, TX, visited with the Whitlocks and Burtons at
the same time that Jack and his family were there. This was the first
time that the three sisters and brother had been together in over 32
Theo Hallin attended the biennial state convention of the Delta
Kappa Gamma Society at Eureka Springs, AR, in April. She also
attended a day-long session of the Arkansas Retired Teachers As-
sociation as a delegate from Washington County, AR.
Betty McGilberry has flown (she hates flying) to California to
visit her mother, attend a class reunion, AND to attend the
centennial celebration of the operation of the family ranch.
PLEASE NOTE: Our fall luncheon get-together is scheduled for
October 14, 1979 (second Sunday) at the Holiday Inn, Fayetteville,
Arkansas. Would love to see you all there. Reservations are
necessary, so if you can join us get in touch with Carl and Petie
Maedl (President and Secretary, respectively), 701 Henryetta Street,
Springdale, AR, 72764 (phone: 501-751-5851) for your reservations
Ruth L. Straus, Burbank In October 1978 I went to Medford,
OR to visit with my daughter Dorothy Romeyn, her husband Bill and
grandson Cliffie. Departing from the bus I was tripped and suffered
a cut on my head, fingers and concussion of the inner ear. It wasn't
much of a visit with the loss of balance and the pain. Returned home
again and then flew to daughter Ida's at 201 SW Monroe Circle N.,
St. Petersburg, FL 33703. They are all doing fine. I saw my doctor
there and then returned home. I have another great grandchild,
Dorothy's daughter Kathy had a baby girl December 27, 1978,
Darlene Denise Deppe.
Niza (Boynton) Greig, San Juan Bautista (Please refer to
Canal Record June 1979, pages 89 and 90. The Greigs operate a
AQHA Breeders, boarding and training Ranch Ed.) We extend an
invitation to anyone from the Canal Zone coming out west to drop by
and visit us. We do have camping facilities for guests (although it is
definitely not our business). We have so many friends that travel and
most have motor homes or trailers that we have extended this invi-
tation for several years. We have outdoor flush toilets, etc. and elec-
trical hook-up for those having campers. Maybe someday the Panama
Canal Society and the California Society can plan a reunion
somewhere in between the U.S.A. I have a few friends in Florida
that I had graduated with in Balboa, however have lost contact so
maybe through the Record we can get in touch again. No gas
problem in this community, we take care of our own.
David LeRoy Smith, Los Angeles Just have to say again how
greatly I appreciate the work you all devote to keeping us together
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Welcome, New Members
Mrs. Yolanda C. Brassell (nee Revesz), 18550 Hatteras No. 28,
Tarzana, CA 91356. Yolanda was previously a member of our society.
She resided on the Canal Zone from 1941 to 1948. She graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1945 and from Canal Zone Junior
College in 1948.
Mrs. Margaret Buy (nee White), 5630 Severin Drive, La Mesa,
CA 92041. Margaret resided on the Canal Zone from 1910 to 1945.
She attended Ancon School and her freshman and sophomore years
at Balboa High School. She also attended Canal Zone Junior College
for two years. She served as a secretary for the United States Army
and at the American Embassy. She is the sister of P. Alton White.
Ronald M. and Betty (nee Crooks) Ingram, 5232 Ocaso Ave.,
Buena Park, CA 90621. Ronald was an electrician working with Louis
Sommers from 1940 to 1943 and then with the Mechanical Division
from 1948 to 1950. Betty was a clerk-typist with the Mechanical Di-
vision from 1945 to 1946. When they returned to the Canal Zone in
1948, Betty was Women's Editor of the newspaper La Nacion until
1950 when they returned to California. Betty graduated from Balboa
High School in 1943 and from Canal Zone Junior College in 1945.
James P., Jr. and Carol (nee Kacer) Sullivan, 1565 Seneca Lane,
San Mateo, CA 94402. Jim went to school on the Canal Zone and he
would have graduated with the Cristobal High School class of 1951,
but his father retired in 1950. He is now an attorney. Carol spent
vacations on the Canal Zone in 1973, 1974, 1976, and 1978.
Notes from our members
David Smith, our President Emeritus, reported that he visited
Moises and Jean de la Pena in San Diego in April, and he had a
wonderful time. During his visit, Moises and Jean were presented
with a new granddaughter, Christana Ann, by their son Richard and
his wife, Carmen.
Joan deGrummond sent us a news-filled letter from the Canal
Zone. She stated that one might say that they are on a "Working
Vacation." She's working and Jack's on vacation, but they are having
a good time socializing on the weekends.
She and Jack sold their home in Coronado to a Panamanian
doctor, whose wife and four lovely children fell in love with the
Joan's father, Jack Ridge Sr., went to the Zone late in December
with the intention of staying a month, but remained until mid-April.
He is now back in the U.S. following his favorite baseball team, the
Pittsburgh Pirates. Joan said that her father had a wonderful time
visiting with all the people who had returned to the Canal Zone for
one last visit before the treaty goes into effect.
Joan reported that she sponsored several visitors to the Canal
Zone, among them Cecil and Verona Vockrodt of Vancouver Island,
B.C., Al Houston of San Diego, and Jean de la Pena Tsuya and her
husband. Jean went to the Zone to attend the tenth anniversary
reunion of her Balboa High School graduating class.
Joan plans to retire on September 8. She and Jack plan to sail to
New Orleans on October 5, heading then back to California. We'll be
happy to have them back again.
Thelma Reppe reported that she had a delightful -visit in
Portland, Oregon, where she and Hedy Seedborg were guests of Karl
and Velinore Winquist for the Rose Festival. Their activities
included a trip up the Columbia Gorge to see the magnificent falls,
attendance at the Parade of Lights, the beautiful Rose Parade, and
Festival of Bands. They visited Rhododendron Park, Rose Gardens,
and Japanese Park, as well as many other beauty spots. The climax
of the trip was a visit to Astoria, where they stayed overnight and
sailed up the Columbia River on the Canadian Naval ship TERRA
Thelma also spent a few days in Yosemite National Park in May,
an ideal time she said. She will be flying to Columbus, Ohio, in mid-
July for a ten-day visit with her sister and her brother and their
A note from Aileene Smith Hoyle saying that she regretted
missing the last Luncheon.
Dorothy Straus Romeyn said that anyone is welcome to visit her
and her husband in Medford, Oregon, where she is getting to be a
A letter from Art and Dorothy Cotton stated that they had had
a two-month visit on the Canal Zone.
Mary Kate Underwood advised us that her husband, Van, was in
the hospital for eight months and had had three operations. He is at
home now, but remains a bed patient.
Zonella Field is looking forward to the deGrummond's return
and all the interesting things that they will have to tell. She sees her
aunt, Geneva Bliss Shrapnel from time to time as well as Dot and Bill
Allen, when they aren't travelling.
The Phillips family is planning a reunion this month. Betty and
Fred Gerhardt will come from Venezuela to visit Bud and Marion
Phillips who live in Laguna Hills and Mildred and Paul Kline who
live in Tustin. The whole family will take a trip to Alaska for two
Luella Mullane decided to continue as a member of our society
even though she knows few of the members any more. We're happy
about the decision.
Martha Paliwoda also remarks that she knows very few of the
members now. She commented that she attended the wedding of Bob
Hanson and Doris Cassell in Balboa over sixty years ago. She
reported that she had dinner with Anna Bickford recently. Martha
has known Anna since Martha was eleven years old. Anna is now 93.
Robert and Ruth Adams went on a three-month trailer trip
touring the New England states and eastern Canada. During that
time, their son Donald and his wife Paula added a new daughter,
Kimberley Dawn Adams, to the family tree. The Adamses are
expecting a visit shortly of their daughter and son-in-law, Helen and
Gerry Laatz, with their two sons.
Marion and Bud Phillips' son Richard with his two daughters,
Kathleen and April, visited with the former in July. During the visit,
the Phillipses sponsored a picnic at the Laguna Niguel Park for
Canal Zoners now living in the area.
Ethel Wanke proudly announced that she now has eleven great
grandchildren. The latest addition was a son born to their
granddaughter Nancy, who is the daughter of Ethel's son Ronald.
We have had reports that Ethel caught a cold while visiting England
and that she has been under the weather for quite some time.
Florence Berude Seiler advised us that her temporary job will
end soon and that she will have to find something to fill the void.
Florence substituted at Saddleback Hospital for a woman who was
injured in an automobile accident and who is now well enough to
F. K. Farrington wrote that his wife had been in the hospital.
Although Daphne was home at the time he wrote, she apparently
must return to the hospital for more surgery.
When Emilie (Mollie) Brown wrote us, she was planning a trip to
Harrisburg, PA, in April to attend a Widows of World War I
convention and then on to Richmond, VA to visit her son and his
family. Mollie sent us a newspaper clipping about Permelia Clay-
bown. The article described Mrs. Claybourn's life on the Canal Zone
and told of her riding a concrete bucket, run by cable, across the
Canal, the only woman to do so. Mrs. Claybourn is now 93 years old.
Jeanne Townsend reports that Harry gets in lots and lots of golf
and that she has been playing every Thursday with the Elks wives.
Both Jeanne and Harry bowl, and she plays lots of bridge.
Dot and Bill Allen took a Caribbean cruise in March, visiting
nine ports that they had not seen before and three familiar ones.
Their "little dividend" Twinks or Nella Nan was to be married on
Dot's and Bill's 44th wedding anniversary, May 25, to Tom Webster,
an Air California pilot. They will no longer be able to spell her name
News Gleaned from The Panama Canal Spillway
Norman Larsen received a Special Acts or Services Award in
recognition of his heroic action in the rescue of a seaman who had
fallen overboard from a transiting vessel in Miraflores Lake.
For the benefit of any of our members who might be interested
(please refer to Canal Record, June 1979, page 34) about a special
reunion sponsored by Ruth and Kelly Bauman, Conrad Horine, and
Bill LeBrun, to be held Oct. 4, 5, 6, 7, San Clemente, CA. Their
reunion last year was a great success. Ruth W. Adams
Jane Fugua, Cocoa In June I retire from the Patrick AFB and
shall go to Balboa to live with my daughter Stephanie (Mrs. Alex
Hinek) who is still working in the Marine Traffic Control Division.
Doubtless it will be as strange as if I were in a completely new
country, but I shall enjoy living on Morgan Avenue in an apartment
under one of the old wooden houses and will mourn the passing of so
many things even while I welcome visits from my friends who come
for a last look and goodbye at a way of life we shared for so many
years. My son-in-law is in the plumbing division. My children are
scattered. Philip lives in Cocoa near me; Suzanne is based in Eugene,
OR, and has enjoyed reforesting with a co-op there which enables her
to work in the northwest and Alaskan Islands; Barbara married
David Robertson of Billings, MT and they have spent the last five
years in the far east with Exxon drilling groups; Patricia left civil
service in Washington to marry a Navy man who retired and went to
work in Esfahan, Iran. She and son Michael were hastily evacuated
to live with me since last December. Her husband, Frank Schiavd
was one of the last Americans to come out last February. They now
live on Long Island and contemplate going to Saudi Arabia. My son
Terry is also with the Panama Canal.
Pastor Beeby has taken a part-time interim pastorate at the
First Baptist Church of Cocoa Beach, FL. The church has had a very
sad experience in the past two or three years. He is looking for the
Lord's blessing in building up the Sunday School, visitation, and a
Bible teaching ministry.
The George Smiths of Clearwater just returned from an
extensive trip to Texas, Colorado, and Ohio visiting family and
friends. An enjoyable two weeks were spent camping in Colorado.
While going through Canton, 0, George remembered Earl Romigh,
who spent over 37 years working for the Dredging Division, lived
there. The Smiths stopped in to visit Earl only to find him
recuperating from a long bout of serious illnesses. Earl hopes to be
able to drive his car again in the near future. He used to keep up a
large correspondence with friends from the Canal Zone and since he
is not able to write, George knows Earl would enjoy hearing from his
Al Waldorf of Seminole just returned from California where he
visited his three sisters in Escondido.
Left to Right: Jody Avery, Grace Thomas (92) Stacy McConaugh-
ey, Gail Avery, Virginia Thomas Harvey and Dan McConaughey.
Dwight Van Evera of Pinellas Park just returned from from the
hospital after surgery and seems to be doing nicely with the care of
nurse Evelyn Van.
Jake and Janeth Baker of Corozal, CZ were visiting Janeth's
mother, Lilia Dora Willoe of Largo for two weeks on their way to
Santa Barbara, CA to attend their oldest son's Frank, graduation
from Brooks Institute, School of Photographic Arts and Science,
where he will receive his B.A. degree as an honor student. They
were accompanied by their two other children, Diane 16 and Randall
Ann Pennock of St. Pbetersburg flew to Ocean Springs, MS in
July to visit her brother, W. C. Williford and family. While there her
son, Terry and family from Caracas, Venezuela joined them. In early
August Ann left Ocean Springs for Washington, DC where she
visited another brother, J. S. Williford, who was an apprentice diver
before WW II at Gatun Locks, and family. Then on to Boston, MA for
a trip to the Cape for a week with Faith Mello. Ann should return to
St. Petersburg early September.
Vonna Hamilton Huldtquist's daughter and son-in-law, Nan and
John Whalen and daughters Kamber and Shannon were visitors from
Hong Kong. Vonna's sister June and brother-in-law, Vic May are now
living at 6704 Cheshire Dr., Holiday, FL 33590.
Lorraine Terry Gilmore's uncle, Captain Winthrop E. Terry
(Winthrop, by the way graduated from Annapolis Naval Academy
and met his wife, the late Alma Mann who was a red, white and blue
troup swimmer and an olympic diver, on his first duty station, Canal
Zone) from Santa Clara, CA is visiting her.
The Archie Gibsons are all settled in their new home in Dunedin
and have their daughter-in-law Marjorie and grandson, Mike from
Alexandria, VA as houseguests. Also, Pat and Karen from Tavenier,
FL and Chris who is stationed in Charleston, SC. Big Archie flew
north to drive aunt Agnes Johnston back to St. Petersburg where
she will live with Isabelle Gibson until she finds a home. Agnes left
the Canal Zone in 1922.
Elaine and Jim McConaghy have recently returned from the
Canal Zone where they visited with Lin and Jackie (Bowen) Hall and
where Jim played in the Viceroy International Open golf tourna-
ment. Elaine had a Surprise Sweet Sixteen party for Jim to celebrate
his birthday and his recovery from open heart surgery. Jim's doctor
said his heart was as good as a 16-year-old. Among the many guests
were the Bill and Vivian Neals from Panama and Greg Gramlick
(Gladys was visiting her ill mother up north).
Lorraine and Tim Mann are awaiting the birth of their first
grandchild in Virginia.
Betty (Shorty) and Jim Morris of Clearwater are currently in
Lee and Grace had a small gathering at their home on the 4th of
July. Those enjoying the affair were Trudy and Don Roberto, June
and Vie May, Lorraine Gilmore, Vonna Hamilton Huldtquist, Elaine
and Jim McConaghy, Doris and Archie Gibson and daughter, Ginny,
and mother, Mrs. Grace Schack. (Grace would sure like to hear from
some of her old friends.)
My brother Joe has recently retired from the Canal Zone and
will be coming to St. Petersburg to live in August.
I have been busy this summer covering art shows for my
daughter, Patsy and son Jim. Jim who is a Wild Life Artist lives in
Members, please call me (733-8607) with news for the next issue.
GRACE SCHACK WILSON
John and Ruth missed the Reunion in April due to John having
Open Heart Surgery, but we are happy to say he did beautifully and
recovered rapidly and with time to heal will be like his old self again.
Anyone knowing John will realize not being able to work hard like
he has been used to, will be quite an ordeal for him.
While he was in the hospital Madelyn and Sam Field from
California came by and parked their trailer in the driveway visiting
with me a few days. When John came home from the hospital the
Fields returned for a couple more days which picked up John's
spirits, naturally, going over old times fishing on the Caiman out
of Panama Bay.
On June 22, 1979, John and Ruth Schmidt together with Dot and
Bob Herrington, Janet and baby Keith H. drove to Mobile AL to
celebrate the 60th anniversary of Dot's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas J. Jordan. A party planned and prepared by their children
brought more than 200 guests.
Our next visitors will be Iris and Bob Waggoner when Bob re-
tires and they are enroute to Aiken, SC to check out living conditions
up there for a permanent home. Marcella Schmidt is expected to
arrive any day from San Jose, Costa Rica for a lengthy visit with us.
Tampa and area members, please call me with news for the
Sue and Bill Graham of Kerrville, TX spent a couple of weeks in
Florida visiting with Bill's brother, Perc and Miriam Graham. Bill
enjoyed golfing with Perc at Mainlands. One day Sue, Miriam and
Anna Collins enjoyed a delicious lunch in Sarasota at the home of
Robin Comer and Billie Galloway. After lunch Ruth Gatz and Maxine
Hitchcock came in to call. A fabulous dinner and delightful evening
was spent with the Norman Demers at their beautiful home in
Largo. A day visiting with the Joe Collinses and dinner at the Yacht
Club. The night before leaving the bay area Doris and Gerry joined
all the Grahams for dinner. In Jacksonville Sue and Bill visited with
Helen Barrett and Sue's mother, Mrs. Susanna Kotalik. Then Mary
Hare from South Carolina joined them and they drove to Texas
visiting with Ron Molinars in their new home at Houston. Helen
went on with Sue and Bill to Kerrville spending two weeks while
Mary visited with Joan and family. Helen later spent two weeks
with Joan, Ron and Annie before returning East to go visit her first
St. Petersburg and Area
Virginia and Jim Wood had a visit from Marjorie (nee Weigold)
Gardiner of Los Almos who stopped over in St. Pete for a few days
en route to spend a vacation with her brother, Don Weigold, and
sister-in-law Alice of Sanibel. While she was here she saw several of
her former schoolmates from Balboa High: Betty (nee Comley)
Forgeson and Barney; Betty (Haldeman) Underwood and Cal;
William Violette and Jean; Frances (Violette) Sharp and Roy; Phylis
(Lewis) Gabrio and Alma (Symonds) Burrow and Tom.
Florence Beeson has joined the Suncoasters who winter here,
her address 736 Island Way, Apt. 1203, Clearwater, FL 33515. The
summers she will continue to spend in North Carolina at Highlands
Court. Shirley Smith of Clearwater will be her guest this summer.
Ray and Louise Caldwell had Gary Laatz visiting from the Canal
Zone. Vernon Douglas of the C.Z. also spent some time visiting them
The Reunion here sparked the interest of the group in
northwest Florida, Pensacola area and they sent along news of the
formation of a chapter there. On May 12 on the patio of Bea and Earl
Sears home in Pensacola they had a moonlight get-together of some
of their friends from the Zone. After drinks and empanadas they had
a business meeting. Since they were not all well acquainted they
used name tags and took turns introducing themselves and giving a
little information about where they lived in the Zone, what they
thought of retirement and bits and scraps about family.
Pictured above: Front row Bea and Earl Sears. Second Row Maria
Thiel, Helen Rahn, Eleanor Willman, Bob and Terry Smith and
Mildred Hearne. Third row Jack and Barbara Sanders, John
Hearne, George Rahn, LaMar and Mary Sizemore, Webb Hearne,
Chuck Lavallee, Mary Jane Pollack, Clyde Willman and Dottie
Lavallee. Not shown Dorothy and George Krehl. (Gordon Thiel
Evidence of the group's enthusiasm was shown by the fact the
Rahns had just arrived that day from Fort Smith, Arkansas and
Chuck Lavallee, who had been helping Mary Jane Pollack in her
move from San Antonio also made it to Pensacola just in time to
change and get to the shindig. Barb and Jack Sanders are finishing
up work at UWF and will be returning to the Zone in June, Jack
with an advanced degree in physical education and Barb in
marketing. Barb took notes at the meeting and it was decided to
meet quarterly and share responsibilities of organizing events and
collecting news and notifying the group of details; and because of
estimated size, they would limit themselves to those living in
Pensacola. Once or twice a year they hope to expand the group and
invite those beyond the geographical limits of the city. The next get-
together was scheduled for August 16 with Webb and Mildred
Hearne making arrangements for a pool party at the Carriage Hills
Golf and Country Club. The above information was forwarded to me
by Bea Sears as well as the pictures of the group taken by Gordon
Thiel of the first meeting. In the future they will be submitting their
reports directly to the Record Editor.
My mail bag seems to overflow with news. A note from Vivian
and Walter Mikulich tells me they have moved again, and their
newest address is Route 7, Box 397, Apt. 308, Sequim, Wash. 98382,
and it sounds as though they plan to stay there. Know they would
enjoy hearing from friends who might be living near them especially.
Jessie and Walter Lindsay, daughter Judith and their two
grandchildren were getting ready to leave Japan for the summer.
For those of you who do not have their States address (usually mid
June to Aug.) it is: 3808 Bennett Ave., Bellingham, Washington
Beverly (nee Comley) Dilfer flew in from Panama visiting with
her sister, Betty and Barney Forgeson for ten days. She had been in
Boca Raton, Fla. prior to coming here.
Betty Forgeson would like some news or information on the
whereabouts of: Josephine McKim, an ex-champion swimmer from
CZ: and Mary MacGillavry, who married a Mancel Keene; as well as
Mary Welby Beverly and Elizabeth. None seem to be members of the
Society and she would like to get in touch with them. Her address
is 196 4th Ave. N., Tierra Verde, FL 33715.
St. Petersburg residents are traveling all over the globe this
summer: Elmer and Bellamy Abbott to London, Paris and Nepal;
Frances and Roy Sharp to Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and
Fiji Islands; Des and Julian Hearne to Alaska and Marge and George
Daniels are on a Western tour.
News from Clearwater
In July, two of our children came to visit with us at different
times. Our daughter, Dorothy Gerhart, and children, Suzanne and
Brian, were here for 10 days. Dorothy's husband, Jim, could stay
only one night on his way to Oklahoma, but joined Dorothy and
children later in Texas where they drove to California to visit with
Jim's brother. June and her husband, Davis Stevenson, visited with
us the latter part of July for 1 week on their way to New Orleans to
attend the wedding of Lou and Emelia Fourmigue's daughter, Kay
On August 2, Joyce and Landen Gunn came to spend a few days
with us and to attend the Pan Canal luncheon at the Bradford Coach
House in St. Petersburg.
Milly Sutherland is in Brighton, MI, visiting her daughter,
Marsha and family. From there she will go to Rochester, MI to
visit her son, Owen, and family.
The Walter McBrides left for Honolulu, HI on June 6th where
they visited for two weeks with relatives before flying back to
California for another week's vacation.
Joe and Mildred Hickey visited their son, Joe, Jr. and wife,
Debbie, in Frankfurt, Germany for six weeks. Young Joe is an Army
Lieutenant stationed there where they live in a lovely condominium
right in the center of the city. While abroad, the Hickey's also toured
Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Bavaria and Austria. They also
visited the John Schmidt family who live in Heidelberg. John is the
San Diego State, hopes other "so-called senior citizens" will be in-
spired by her efforts and take up a fitness regimen themselves. "You
son of Ruth and John Schmidt of Tampa.
The Sherman Hammonds had their daughter, Sandra and
husband, Ed McIlvaine and children for a short visit before they
traveled on to California, Oregon, Washington and Vancouver. They
also visited Sandra's sister, Karen McCullough and her husband,
Don, in New Jersey, returning to Florida for another visit with the
Hammonds before returning to the Canal Zone. Grandson, Ken
McIlvanie and his wife Dianne and daughter, Jeannine, visited with
the Hammonds for three weeks after visiting Diane's relatives in
England. Mrs. Edel Batalden from the Canal Zone also visited for
Mary and Bob Hanna had their oldest son, Bobby, and his family
for a nice visit. They left to see Jean's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack
Ross in Alsaka before returning to the Zone. Also visiting this
summer, was Bill and his family. They have left to visit Dee's
parents, Col. and Mrs. H. Davis of Redlands, CA, and will make a
short stop again in Clearwater before returning to Balboa.
News from Sarasota
Will Hall of Balboa, CZ had a week's visit with his grandparents,
John and Madge Hall of Sarasota. He later visited relatives in
Washington, D.C. and LaPorte, PA, before reporting to accept his
appointment at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
Bob and Lottie Orvis and children of Balboa, CZ visited with his
mother Mrs. Roger Orvis (Fran) and also with their older son Bobby
who is employed in this area.
Mr. and Mrs. Luke Palumbo and sons of Margarita, CZ visited
with Mrs. Gladys Humphrey and also with her son Donald
Humphrey and family of Palm Bay where they had the opportunity
to tour the NASA Space Center at Cape Canaveral, FL. On leaving
Sarasota they motored to Fayetteville, AR.
Mary Orr enjoyed a visit with her niece and nephew Mary Linda
and Guy Fealey of Balboa, CZ. While here they visited with long-
time friends in the St. Petersburg area before flying to visit their
parents the Fred Wells and Jim Fealey's of Kerrville, TX.
Mina Dee was the guest of her grandson and spent a month in
Portland, OR visiting her son Bill Lang and family. In July her son
Pete Lang and family of Balboa, CZ were her houseguests as well as
visitors with his wife's parents, the Earl Dailey's of St. Petersburg.
Allen and Kay Miller had an extended visit in Breckenridge, CO
with their daughter Margie Schiewe and husband, where their
daughter Martha Young of Portland, OR joined them for a family
reunion. The Miller's also motored to Montana to attend their
Robbin Comer and Billie Galloway had a wonderful visit with
Billie's son and daughter and families in Houston, TX.
Ms. Lola Cheeseman of Brea, CA was the houseguest of Francis
Days Jones and was entertained at a Buffet Dinner, renewing
friendships of Canal Zone Days.
Ms. Jackie Schoffield Cassidy has been in Florida on a sabbatical
leave from the Schools Division in the Canal Zone and was a week-
end houseguest of Maxine and Bill Dixon in Sarasota.
Rae Ebdon accompanied her mother Mrs. Edith Eppley to
Bentonville, AR where she will visit with her relatives. Rae returned
to Sarasota to join her husband Joe Ebdon and flew to Delaware to
visit their son Dick Ebdon and family and then met the Jim Millions
at the home of Roger Million in New Jersey, after which the Sr.
Millions and Ebdons motored to visit the Truman Hoenke's of South
Carolina at their summer home in Vermont.
Jerry and Pat Detamore, formerly of Balboa, CZ, and now
"motor-homing" in the U.S. and Mexico, were the guests of the
George Walkers and met there with several former co-workers and
Fred Walker of Balboa, had a short visit with his parents,
Mayno and George Walker, and also with his sisters, before report-
ing to a Communications School in Dublin, OH.
Tommy and Michael Peregoy, sons of Carole Walker Peregoy,
spent the summer in Richmond, VA with their paternal grandparents
and other relatives. The night before their departure, Tommy had
the thrill of winning his first trophy in the Dirt Bike (BMX) races at
GLADYS B. HUMPHREY
Mrs. Eva S. Collins, Atlanta My daughter Jeannette and I
flew to England the middle of May for a holiday to see cousins and
friends not seen for many years. Jeannette could only stay two
weeks, but I stayed two months, touring Scotland, England and
returning to the town where I was born and spent my childhood.
Everything was the same as I remembered only much smaller than
in memory. Had some very cold wet weather at first. Altogether the
trip was lovely and I am saving up for the next trip. If you are trying
to place me I lived in Gamboa, C.Z. 1941 to 1951.
William S. Loehr, Ozawki We have sold our retirement home
of 20 years and finally built the VA specially adapted wheelchair
home. We have been trying for 14 years. Our new address is 514
Village Lane, Lakeside Village, Ozawki, KS 66070. Visited the John
Terrys In Houston, TX in February, then learned from the June
Record that John had been in the hospital, so sent him a card.
Eleanor Becker's joie de vivre has returned full force. Her new
address is 1685 Upham St., Apt. 1, Lakewood, CO 80215. In May she
spent a week or so at Vail enjoying the beautiful ski resort, and
knowing Eleanor, probably at least toying with the idea of taking a
turn on the slopes herself. Back in Lakewood, she's feeling good and
keeping busy with her activities in the Hobby Horse Club,
Parliamentary Club and Women's Club. She promises to send her
delicious recipes for Corn Cob Jelly and Zucchini Bread, which brings
up a thought why doesn't the Panama Canal Society of Florida
put together a cookbook? If anyone wants to talk about it, your
Louisiana Reporter is ready and willing to listen.
Richard and Via Mae Dinkgreve of Metairie write that they
received a visit from Audry Bowman (Accounting Div., Balboa) and
her mother, Edna Benoit, early in June. Audry was on two-weeks
leave and Edna had just returned to her Metairie home from a six-
months visit to the Zone. On the Fourth of July, Via Mae received a
telephone call from Frances Violette Sharp, who was between planes
at the New Orleans International Airport, and feels that it's really
wonderful and thoughtful when friends of yesteryear take time to
call. The Dinkgreves were also delighted to learn of the birth of
Helen Jean Haky Markley's first child (see Births section). Now
Marie Haky has her three grandchildren living within 30 miles of her
home in Munhall, PA.
Dennis "Skeet" Gilbert writes from London where he works for
Mackin that they've wrapped up the job there and will probably be
working out of Lafayette, LA, for a few months. Wife Robin is fine
and young son Kevin is "growing like a willow," according to his dad,
They are looking forward to returning to the States and some
sunshine after so long in London.
Carolyn and Bob Johnson of Margarita are looking good! Drove
for Rusty Folger to New Orleans International Airport on their
arrival from the Zone en route to the Elks Convention in Dallas in
July. Carolyn was well stocked with pictures of her son Rusty's
wedding to Sheila Webb (see Weddings section). Not to be outdone
Rusty Folger showed her photos of Wayne and Lisa's wedding in
New Orleans. Bob meanwhile passed out a very few of the tiny
handmade Panamanian hats annually used as souvenirs at the Elks
National Convention by the Canal Zone delegation and highly prized
by all. The party was good, the company better. My only regret was
my own early departure for back-to-work duties.
The 1979 edition of the BHS-CHS Alumni Index published by
Conrad S. Horine, Bonita, CA, is well worth the $4 donation. Though
not mentioned in the title, the Canal Zone College is also included.
We have been requesting old Zonians, Caribbeans and Conquista-
dores to form a permanent collection in developing the Index. Those
answering the plea have included Mrs. A. Earl Gerrans of Ft.
Lauderdale with Dr. Gerrans' BHS '25 yearbook. Clair and Annette
Godby's mom sent in their books and the notations made in Clair's
were especially touching and confirmed the loss we all felt at his un-
timely death at such a young and vital age so many years ago. Other
yearbooks have come in from Mrs. R. K. Knox of Ruidoso, NM; Mrs.
Oscar (Dorothy) Rohr of Portland, OR; and Mrs. Ida A. (Mead) Smith
of St. Pete. Local folks who let me borrow their books to make lists
of the grads for the Index include Tommy Jordan, Joyce (Dugas)
and Bob McIlhenny. Thank you all for your generous cooperation.
We still have a long way to go to complete the series, so don't forget
us when you decide to clean out the house.
Along those same lines, I personally am interested in Canal
Records from before Sept. 1955. If you have any you would like to
get rid of, please contact me.
Was absolutely delighted to learn that the Panama Collection in
the Canal Zone Library-Museum has been transferred to the Library
of Congress. Work began on this transfer in 1967.
A message for those of you still trying to decide where to retire
- many years ago Winter Collins asked me to serve as a sort of
Louisiana representative for anyone interested in retiring to this
state. I have been collecting materials ever since, but haven't had
near the number of queries that I would like. So, if you think "Lovely
Louisiana" deserves consideration, let me know the specifics and I'll
get the information to you.
Dorothy and Oscar Rohr of Portland, OR, stopped in briefly
following the Reunion to visit and leave some charming old Zonians.
Dorothy is the daughter of Gus Holzapfel who was Chief Clerk,
Dredging, Div., from 1908-38, and was born in Gorgas and lived in
Pedro Miguel and Gamboa. Her sister Ruth (BHS '30) also lives
in Oregon and is married to Dwight "Doc" Cochran who worked for
the Filtration Plant until leaving the Zone about 1942. The Rohrs'
springtime odyssey covered 8,000 miles in six weeks. While in Flor-
ida they also enjoyed Cypress Gardens, Disney World, Busch Gar-
dens, and Cocoa Beach to watch the launching of a satellite. In New
Orleans they attended the 36th Reunion of the 18th Army Engineers,
who had Oscar stationed in Alaska during the war. Heading toward
home they visited in Fort Worth with Marvin and Margie Cochran
and later stopped in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Reno and Eugene, Ore.,
which is also home for Wally and Lee Swanson, mutual Zone friends,
who now are appliance store owners.
Oscar and Dorothy Rohr Marvin and Margie Cochran
Margaret M. Considine, Gloucester City In June I had the
pleasure of attending a 40th Anniversary Mass for Rev. Fr. Edward
Manion, C.M. He was a Gloucester boy, and when he was ordained
for the Vincentian Mission Order his first assignment was Our Lady
of Miraculous Medal Church in Cristobal. It was hard to believe that
it had been forty years since by mother and a delegation of ladies
from the parish met the boat! Through the year I had the pleasure of
visiting Doris and John Palmer in Mercerville near Trenton. It is
good to have such good friends only an hour's drive away, especial-
ly now that we are in the midst of the gas crisis. Best wishes to all
the Canal Diggers.
David and Dora Mcllhenny, New York City Dora retired on
May 5th and since then we have been travelling to New York visiting
along the way with old friends. We spent a week with son Dudley
and became better acquainted with our 21/ year old granddaughter.
At the moment we are in Boston and plan to leave for England next
week for the rest of the summer.
Joseph and June Quintal, Pleasant Valley We moved from
Port Hueneme, CA to Rt. 2, Box 551, Creek Road, Pleasant Valley
where we are making it our permanent home. Our daughter Carole
Ann also lives here. She wanted us close to her. Her husband
Edward Purdy, Jr. is a fire dispatcher in the Dutchess County Fire
Department. Our son Larryjo Quintal and wife are in Ventura, CA.
Mrs. Margaret Morris, Wallace Spent the month of April in
Panama and the Zone visiting my sons, Bob and Charles and their
families. My daughter, Margie, formerly from California now living
in Texas, and family joined me and the boys for a nice visit the
first time the three children had been together in ten years. Margie
and I transmitted the Canal together, a first for both after all those
years living there. It was a wonderful experience watching the pro-
cess of taking a ship through that big ditch. Linda Morris had a
dinner party for me and invited guests included Mr. and Mrs. Norris,
long-time friends of "MO", Jim and Rae Hannigan, and Mr. and Mrs.
Francis Reimann, Linda's parents.
GREETINGS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
The Panama Canal Society of WNC had their annual picnic at
Lake Julian on July 7th. Among the guests were Gene and Julie
Herrman, Max and Alice Conover, Debra Pope, granddaughter of the
Clarence Howells, Fred and Ida Willoughby and Jack and Edith
Bricky and Jim Pattison from the Canal Zone spent several
weeks here in July with her parents, Barbara and Tom Coleman.
Jean and Jack Dombrowsky had their son, Dale, his two sons,
their daughter, Barbara, her husband, Bruce Harman, and three
daughters with them for a week in July.
Ruth and Ernest Zelnick are spending the summer in their new
cottage on Lake Champlain at Grand Isle, Vermont.
The Wendell Greenes and Ruth Sill are going on a tour of Opry
Land in Nashville, Tenn., and the beautiful horse farms of Kentucky
in August. The Greenes' nephew, Kenneth Greene, and his two
children from Washington State spent several days with them.
Ruth's grandson, Fred Peck, visited her on his way home to Prince-
ton, N.M., from an island off the coast of Honduras where he was
with a group studying marine biology.
Betty and Paul Bentz had their grandson, Chad Davidson, from
Stuart, FL, with them for a week.
Ethel and Pete Cooper spent part of the summer here at
Emily and Howard Johnson, Bea Tyrrell and I returned early in
July from a very enjoyable seven week freighter cruise to
Jugoslavia, Italy and Spain. Others in our group were Betty and
Lonnie Van Siclen, Peggy Yerkes, Marguerite and Paul Hertgen
from Ft. Lauderdale and Anna Wright from Gulfport, FL.
Anita (Morales) Buehlmann, Marion Ken is taking early re-
tirement in June from the Whirlpool Corporation Marion Division.
He was director of manufacturing. We bought a house in Boca Raton,
FL and have been going there for nine years on vacation. Now the
10th year will be for good. Sold our house and the station wagon. It
is hard to leave such a lovely house with the trees, shrubs and
flowers that we planted and watched grow, but we have done it be-
fore. One thing we will not miss is the Ohio winters.
My brother Ralph Morales and wife Deya bought a home in
Lakeland and are enjoying Florida. His daughter Edna, hubby and
kids live there also. Luella does too. Ella Mae, four children and her
husband, who is a surgeon with the U.S. Air Force are back from
their stint in England and are at March AFB in California where he
is second in command at the hosptial. My brother John, wife
Margaret and two of the children Roy and Roseanne are living in
Maryville, MO. John was in the Canal Zone to greet their grandson
and Margaret was there to meet their granddaughter. Jim is in
Baltimore with wife Mary. His five children are all grown and live in
Baltimore. Electra, my sister is still living in Staten Island and her
daughter Anne Stapler LoFranco also lives there. My sister Nesta
(Lee) and husband Bob live in Honolulu, HI. Her son Kerry is in
Alaska instructing Karate. Warm blessings to all.
Tim Ladd, Chardon Things are doing fairly well for the
Ladds. Felicia and David bought some land outside of Lincoln, NB
and have built a log house. We were out there last November and
helped them move in. Carane is moving into the small house with an
acre of land that she bought. Elizabeth keeps busy with her tatting
- decorated stationery. She has had orders from a good many
states, including California and Texas. She also has a few detail
outlets in gift shops near here. The writing has been neglected, but I
hope to get at it again after the garden is in. Wet weather has
slowed things down, but should finish this week. Our two older
grandchildren are both in school now Diane will go into the third
grade and Daren will go in the first this fall. Deidre, the three-year-
old, faces two eye opreations this year. Will see Barbara Ladd Lulfs
of Dallas at a cousin's wedding in Akron this week. Her dad's name
was also Dwight and they were on the Zone when we were. We had
our usual enjoyable visit with the Washabaughs this year, but we'd
like to see some of the rest of you, also. Hasta la vista!
Washabaugh Family Reunion
On June 9th, the James Wagner Farm, at Cherry Grove set in
the middle of the Alleghany State Forest just east of Warren, was
the scene of a family reunion for the Perry Washabaugh family, the
first time the whole family had been together since Perry and Rita
retired from the Canal Zone in 1970. Jim and Mary Louise Wagner
were the hosts at the gathering along with their six children. Then
Master Sgt. Perry drove on from Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid
City, SD. Next, Theresa Harvey and her four girls arrived from
Saginaw, MI, followed by Paul and his two young daughters from
Springfield. Last, CTR 2 James drove up from Fort Meade, MD,
bringing his sister Ruth Macel De Salvo and her three children,
which made this group complete. The older folks spent most of the
time reminiscing, but the children spent a lot of time riding the
ponies, playing with the baby ducks and rabbits, going for walks in
the woods and finding baby deer and they even talked Grandpa into
lining the farm wagon with hay, attaching the tractor, and taking a
long ride around the hills. Another high point of the reunion was a
"Gong Show" which the children organized.
Mel Harvey, Theresa's husband, has accepted a position as
Director of Physical Therapy in Methodist Hospital, the largest
hospital in Indianapolis. The Harveys new address is 5940
Provincetown Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46250.
We visited with the Belands in Rapid City, MI whenever we
were up to see Theresa. Norma is very cheery and chats about her
beautiful flowers and of the company she is expecting despite her
serious illness. We are now in Rapid City, S.D. with Perry and his
son Robert after spending a week in Indianapolis helping the
Harvey's get settled in their new home. On the way here we visited
with "Curly" Cairns in Mount Hope beautiful Wisconsin farm lands.
The corn is real high and everything is so green, the cattle are so fat
and everything looks so prosperous. Enjoyed an evening talking and
reminiscing. We should be back at Mary Louise's by Labor Day.
Mrs. J. W. Coffin, York Here is news of our family: Kathy
graduated from High School June 6th. She is going to Penn State,
York Campus, majoring in agriculture. Nannette has been nominated
for Who's Who in High School. She will go to Penn State after gradu-
ation from high school. Marcia is going to Penn State, York Campus
then will go to Main campus at Middletown. Joe works as a school
bus driver for Central High School.
AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA
At Aiken State Park, on June 23rd, forty-two members and
guests enjoyed a picnic lunch of fried chicken, ham, and a great
variety of "pot luck" dishes. New members attending were Mr. and
Mrs. Jim Westendorff and Mrs. Madeline Shore of Aiken, S.C., Mrs.
E. M. Revis of St. George, S.C., and Edwin Barnes of Devereus, GA.
Guests included the Catron grandchildren, Ed and Karen Lotterhos
of Mississippi and Hazel and Bud Kilbey's daughter and son-in-law,
Charlotte and Eddie Mullins of Georgia. The Marino Restaurant in
Aiken (formerly the Capri) will be the site of our next dinner get-
together on September 19th.
Dorothy and John Everson are driving to Greenville, SC to
attend the Palmetto State DeMolay Conclave being held July 19th-
The luncheon of the Canal Zone Reunion in Washington, D.C.
was attended by Peggy and Don Hutchison with her sister and
brother-in-law, Marian and Harold Liebert of Alexandria, VA. Later
they drove to Pennsylvania to visit relatives. Their son-in-law, Jerry
Cox, is presently on sea duty in the Mediterranean.
Hilda and Lee Myers were delighted to have "Lee, Jr." of
Carrabelle, FL with them for a brief stay in June.
Members of Mrs. Willard Percy's family have been traveling to
Aiken Mrs. Henry A. Pridgen (Gay Edwards) of Lakeland, GA, for
a visit in May, and in June Mr. and Mrs. William Willoughby (Ann
Edwards) of Huntsville, AL, and grandson Fred W. Willoughby
from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Mid-July found Leona and Paul Badonsky with a full house -
daughter Paula, her husband Al Leitch and their two active young
sons, one of whom follows his grandfather around like a shadow ...
and as an extra bonus, Leo Badonsky who had traveled from the
Zone to participate in the Army Golf Tournament at Ft. Devon, and
is spending two weeks in South Carolina before his return to duty.
Enroute to New York in April to spend a month with relatives,
Dorothy and Harry Willenbrock stopped off in Durham, NC to see
their daughter, Susan Wiseman. Harry's friends are delighted to see
him back on the golf course after his second session of open-heart
At the annual South Carolina NARFE Convention in May at
Myrtle Beach, Eletheer Catron received an award for her work in
increasing the membership of the Aiken Chapter by a substantial
Kay and Bill Butler of Clearwater, FL were guests of Trudi and
Lee Clontz the weekend of June 9th which included sessions of
bridge and golf after which they returned home with their station
wagon loaded with good South Carolina peaches and numerous
seedlings from LEE's garden. Too bad the larger magnolia tree
wouldn't fit into the car!
In early May, Nora Green made a trip to Aliquippa, Pa. to be
with her daughter and family and then came home so that
Virginia and Thomas Machak and granddaughter Shelby Jean could
visit Charles and Nora in Aiken.
"A rolling stone gathers no moss" and Gertrude Smouse doesn't
either in May she attended the Clemson Senior Citizens Week
with Evelyn Condon, Peggy Hutchison and Trudi Clontz ... in June
she drove to Venice, FL with a neighbor and in July attended the
Summer Festival Concerts in Brevard, NC.
July saw Hazel and Bud Kilbey's three granddaughters arrive
- Laura Seeley from California, and Renee and Audrey Luken from
Kentucky. Laura Seeley had spent several weeks with her parents in
the Canal Zone, and after a few days in Aiken flew to Dallas to visit
her brother Glenn Seeley and family before returning to Huntington
Beach, CA, where she is a school psychologist.
Nellie Jansen has covered quite a bit of territory the first half of
this year a trip to England where she stayed with her niece in
Reading then on to the low countries and Germany (Freiburg,
Heidelberg, the Black Forest), and coming back, she continued west
to visit her brother, John Bruland, in Idaho. While there Nellie made
side trips to Lake Louise and Banff, then came back to Aiken by way
News From Kerrville
Barbara (Egolf) and Louis Dedeaux of Margarita, CZ are visiting
with Iris and Richard Hogan. Richard is recovering slowly from
serious surgery and has appreciated their nearness.
The R. C. Calvits had a surprise visit from Macon (Speedy)
Michaux in April. He was attending special reserve training in San
Antonio Reserve College. Macon also visited with the Robert (Pappy)
Mrs. Emily Grier of California visited with her son Robert and
family in May.
In June a no-host dinner party was held at the home of Kathi
and Bob Lessiack in honor of Polly and John Michaelis who are
leaving Kerrville in July to make their home at 7231 Teak Way, Alta
Loma CA 91701. Others attending were Fred and Marion Wells, Jim
and Honey Fealey, Dick and Iris Hogan, Dale and Jackie Bishop, Bob
and Anna Calvit and Ezra and Helen Smith. An original oil painting
by Sue Graham, a beautiful Texas Hill Country Scene, was presented
to the Michaelis's by the group as a farewell gift to remind them of
their time in Kerrville.
Panama Canal Society of Houston
In spite of the gasoline shortage, an unusually good turnout
made the mid-year meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Houston
a success. The meeting was held on Saturday, June 23, at the
Please note change in our name. Efforts to have only one
organization in Texas did not materialize so the local membership
voted to revert to the old name. This action leaves the door open for
other areas within the State to use the Texas designation, e.g. East
Texas, West Texas, and so on. Distances are just too great to make
frequent gatherings possible.
At our June meeting, the belle of the ball was Myrtle and Lou
Souders' great-granddaughter. Helen Souder McDougal, the doting
grandmother also attended the meeting along with her daughter,
mother of La Belle Petite.
Laurita Barber was among the absentees but with a perfect
excuse she was on a trip to Moscow, Russia that is. She reports
glowingly of its interesting places. She also told us that Letha and
Louis DeArmas, teachers from Balboa, visited here enroute to
Word from our twosome in Lancaster is that both Dal and Grace
Thornton had bouts of virus but they have recovered and are
managing to survive the Texas' heat which can be deadly! Grace's
brother, Larry Keegan and his wife, Sarah, visited in Lancaster for
two weeks during June. Larry and Sarah now live in Greenwood,
S.C., having retired from the Canal Zone some months ago.
Delores White returned from her visit to Kentucky.
Florida is claiming two more of our members, Vic and June May.
Iva Standefer attended another family reunion, this one of the
the Standefer clan. It was held at McConn State Park on Lake
Whitney near Clifton, Texas. 89 members were there some having
come from South Carolina, Louisiana, Oklahoma and, of course, many
towns in Texas. It was a good opportunity for Iva to introduce her
new son-in-law, Norman DeLoof.
Marion and Irene Hollowell attended the reunion in Florida and
reported "a good time was had by all".
In June, Marion received his 50-year blue cap and pin from the
Scottish Rite Temple. Forrest Young and Lou Souder were there for
the occasion. All three gentlemen are going to transfer their mem-
berships from the Canal Zone to Houston.
Luke and Joyce Standefer returned from their vacation at New
Braunfels where Holly and Glen enjoyed the rapids as all young folks
do. No comment on the subject from Luke and Joyce.
JESSIE L. BUSH
Col. James D. DeMarr, Arlington Stella (Boggs) my wife, left
here yesterday for the Canal Zone. She will be visiting with our son,
Glenn K. DeMarr who is on the Canal Zone police force in Balboa.
Her sister Anita Collins of Fort Valley, GA will join up at the Dr. P.
H. Dowell residence where the other sister, Zona Boggs is in Coco
Solo. The three sisters then will take a trip to Salinas, Ecuador to
visit their aunt Dora Chatburn.
POSTAL SERVICE MARKS END OF ERA
WITH SPECIAL LAST DAY CANCELLATION
The Canal Zone Postal Service will mark its closing on September
30 with a special, last day of operation cancellation.
The die hub machine cancellation will be used at Balboa and Cris-
tobal post office on that date only. There will be no over-the-counter
window service; patrons may obtain the last day cancellations either by:
-forwarding the pieces to be cancelled under separate cover to
the Postmaster, Balboa or Postmaster, Cristobal by September 1. The
pieces must be pre-addressed and affixed with Canal Zone postage.
Any number of covers for cancellation may be submitted in bulk, but
will be returned through the mail.
-depositing the pre-addressed, stamped covers at either Balboa or
Cristobal post offices on September 30. The pieces will be returned
through the mail.
Collectors should remember to submit only normal-sized envelopes
since the cancellation will be done by machine and to use only Canal
Zone postage for their return.
Actual die hub machine "" iAHl C ., L
cancellation to be used 90 '--_
by C.Z. Postal Division ASI. A .'
on September 30
-- -.- SALE AND LOCATOR SERVICE -= -
FOR SALE: 1980 Wild Life Calendar by well-known Florida artist
Jim Wilson, son of Grace (Schack) Wilson. All pictures are copies
of original drawings and are suitable for framing. $4.50 which
includes handling and postage. Grace Wilson, 874 Manor Drive
South, Dunedin, FL 33528.
FOR SALE: Tropical Cooking in Panama by Gladys R. Graham is
in print again! More than a cookbook it is a handbook of Tropical
Foods and How to Use Them. 41 illustrations. Forward by Walter
R. Lindsay, fromer Director of Canal Zone Experimental Gardens
Summits. $6.00, includes mailing costs. Send orders to: Mrs.
George W. (Jean) Fears, PSC Box 742, APO Miami, FL 34002
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, PSC Box 2177, APO
Miami, FL 34002.
Samuel and Norma Irvin just returned from vacation in North
Carolina and our son's graduation in New York. Our son, Samuel S.
Irvin III, graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings
Point, NY on June 25th. In addition to a B.S. in Marine Transpor-
tation, he received a license as Third Mate in the Merchant Marine
and a commission as Engisn in the Naval Reserve.
Tommie A. Davidson, Jr. son of Paul and Blanquita Schield of Liv-
ermore, CA recently received his B.A. in Spanish from the University
of California at Santa Barbra. Mr. Davidson will continue his gradu-
ate studies at that university. Mr. Davidson's grandmother is Sonia
Guizado de McNatt of Panama City, Panama and his uncles include
Richard McNatt of Balboa, CZ and John A. McNatt of Juneau,
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Application for Box 11566 DUES
Membership St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I ......... .................. ......... hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society pf Florida, Inc., and enclose $10.00 as my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues for the year ....................... which entitles me to a
subscription of the CANAL RECORD for one year.
N a m e (W ife ) . . . . . . . .
S tre e t . . . . .. B o x . .
C ity .............................. S tate ....... ... Z ip C ode ........
Form er PC E m ploym ent ....................... .... .......................
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)
N a m e . . . . . . . .
Address ............... ............................... Box .............
City ........... ................. State ............. Zip Code .........
T e le p h o n e . . . . . . . .
N am e ...................................................................
A d d re ss .. . . . . . . .
City ............ ......... ....... State ............. Zip Code ........
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 PANAMA CANAL ZONE
FEBRUARY 26, 1904
With the signing of
THE HAY-BANAU VARILLA TREATY
THEODORE ROOSEVELT, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
CHRISTENED FOR ALL WORLD COMMERCE
AUGUST 15, 1914
S. S. ANCON
SEPTEMBER 6, 1977
WASHINGTON, D. C.
With the signing of two treaties with
GENERAL OMAR TORRIJOS OF PANAMA
JIMMY CARTER, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
SEPTEMBER 30, 1979
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PANAMA CANAL TREATIES
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. 0. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
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sobekcm:Name Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
sobekcm:PlaceTerm St. Petersburg, Fla
sobekcm:statement UF University of Florida
sobekcm:SerialHierarchy level 1 order 26217 1979 (Volume 13)
2 51 September (Number 3)
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