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We all hope and pray that none of our members were injured by these
The June Canal Record was mailed earlier than usual as we have
an Assistant. Richard W. Beall Pat who lived in the Canal Zone
for years and retired from the U.S. Army Communications Command
(USACC) or (USA Comm CMD). He has a daughter; two sons and a
grandchild. Pat worked with the Boy Scouts for years and received the
Silver Beaver Award, the highest adult award in scouting.
With the first mailing, Pat learned that there is more to mailing
the Record than putting address labels on and filling mail sacks. There
is the tying of many small bundles of five or more of the same zips,
large bundles, filling mailing sacks, loading them into the car and
unloading them onto a carrier at the bulk mailing section of the post of-
fice. Now we are preparing our master sheet of addresses by State, in
Zip Code order.
While the Record was on its way to you, Joe and I left for Troy, MI
to visit our daughter Jennifer Thomas, husband Dale and our two
grandsons, Brent and David. We arrived in time for grandma to make
Brent's third birthday cake, a train with the engine, coal car, flat cars
for each of the guests with their name, each topped with a different
type of small candy and the caboose. The children loved the cake -
party a success. Our vacation was centered around the boys of course,
who we loved and enjoyed.
One big day of fun was when we drove to Sandusky, OH to the
Amazement Park Cedar Point. I believe we were on three different
carousels, Cedar Downs, Giant Wheel, Sky Ride, Frontier Lift, Anti-
que cars, Funhouse and back and forth to Kiddieland Ride Area where
the boys rode together on various small cars and a motorcycle like in
Chips. I was glad the boys are still young as there are so many rides I
no longer feel a desire to take. A new treat for me was the French fries
with vinegar. Never saw a more cleaner park with young ladies and
men (college and high school age) walking by with their dustpans and
brooms. Throughout the park were gorgeous flower islands radiant
Another day was spent strolling through the picturesque streets of
the historic Greenfield village at Dearborne, MI, which represents 300
years of American development a tour of our heritage. Some of the
buildings were occupied by Noah Webster, Abe Lincoln, Thomas
Edison, Robert Frost and others. There is the birthplace of Henry
Ford, his school house and workshop where he built his first auto-
mobile. All buildings, etc., were moved from their original place by
Henry Ford. There is Stony Creek Sawmill and a carriage shop among
other shops. Many crafts are demonstrated just as they were done in
the early days and still done today basket weaving, bread and
cookie baking, buckets and barrel making, candle dipping, glass blow-
ing, leather and pottery work, printing, silversmith, tintype photo-
graphy, etc. A walk through the general store chock full of antiques
brought back memories of items seen at grandmothers years ago. An
authentic 1913 merry-go-round from Germantown, PA that just may
have been the one I used to ride when I was a young child in Elkins
Park, PA and that afternoon we took a ride on it with our grandsons.
The Ice Cream Parlor was an authentic spot too with the small round
tables and chairs; the tall glass jars of corn, stick and rock candy; the
old fashion fan circulating the air from the ceiling and the sundae
dishes and soda glasses just as I had remembered them years ago. We
drove back to the entrance of the village in the Century-old Steam
Train which the boys really enjoyed.
On a Friday evening we drove downtown Detroit to the
Renaissance looked the place over as it was the area to be used a
few weeks later for the GOP convention. The Italians were having a
festival in the area of the Chrysler Fountain so there were booths of all
types along the river walk; sausage and various foods being cooked,
hundreds of people eating and drinking, a band playing, a vocalist sing-
ing, people dancing all enjoying the evening along the underground. I
am told during the summer in June and July there is an ethnic festival
each Friday evening and they truly draw the crowds. There did not
seem to be a shortage of funds in the city everyone was spending
money; the city was clean and we liked what we saw.
Early one morning we packed a picnic lunch and drove to Wind-
sor, Canada by way of the tunnel. A drive along Lakeshore Blvd. was
colorful with several parks landscaped with many beautiful flower
beds of roses and various other flowers. Large homes similar to those
across the river in Grosse Point, condominiums, small homes and beach
houses, hotel and motels lined the drive. We stopped at a park that had
a fountain and found a picnic table under a shady tree. Two elderly
Canadian ladies later joined us with their picnic lunch. After eating we
strolled the park and admired the flowers and watched the fountain as
the water changed from one formation to another. There was a large
freighter passing on the river and closer to shore were some speed
boats practicing for the Sunday races, which races later were cancelled
because of the high winds. We returned to Detroit via the bridge and I
must say we visualized a solid line of backed-up traffic during the con-
vention as we were stopped almost halfway over the bridge waiting
the customs inspection.
After two weeks of enjoyment with the family and cool weather it
was time to bid farewell. Enroute home we stopped in Indianapolis, IN
at the Melvin Harveys (Theresa Ann Washabaugh) only to find Rita
and Perry there waiting for us to arrive. After a delicious dinner the
children entertained us with a piano recital. The next day Theresa Ann
gave me a tour of the city. Like most cities there is some restoration
and construction going on downtown. There is much culture offered
and my nieces will benefit greatly by living there. There are many,
many large old homes of grandeur, many new areas with large stately
homes and areas with average size homes all built well with new shop-
ping malls nearby.
I returned home to celebrate the Fourth of July at a good old
fashioned picnic supper and later watched and listened to the program
and fireworks display from Philadelphia, PA on the Public Television.
Throughout the summer I thought of our members who were suffering
from the intense heat wave. So far this year, I believe Florida has
proved to be the best place to live.
One of our members asked me why I do not identify my work in
the Records. I feel that it is not necessary. All reports are written by
the Editor unless another name appears. Other items bear the
members name which I edit.
Just a reminder that all ads in the "Sale and Locator" section cost
$2.00 for members only, and payment should accompany the ad.
Material for the December issue of the Canal Record should reach
me by the 26th of October unless typed double spaced, then October
31st. Thank you for your cooperation and all the nice compliments sent
to the Secretary/Treasurer and the Editor.
ANNA T. COLLINS
LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE REPORT
The Cost of Living Allowance for January through June was 7.7%
which represents the pay raise to go into effect in September unless
Congress kills it.
Both the House and Senate have voted to change the twice-a-year
COLA system to once-a-year, to fight inflation, for the fiscal year start-
ing October 1, 1980. The House's bill would give retirees the
September raise and cancel the March increase next year. The Senate,
would cancel the September increase and give retirees their annuity
raises next March. The issue will have to be settled in House-Senate
conference. While Congress moves toward a one-time raise suspension,
the Carter administration is pushing hard for a permanent end to
Suggested 75% of actual increase for retirees. This would be a
bigger increase, percentage wise, than employees get. Nothing was
said about the annual in grade increase employees get.
Suggested change in retirement system. If you retire on June 1st
give the retiree the increase for the month of June only, not the entire
six months which is the system now.
Observers say it is unlikely Congress will consider a permanent
change to retired pay adjustments until next year.
Legislative Hot Line 1-202-234-0503.
One must pay for these calls, but if the call is made after 11:00
P.M. to 8:00 A.M. one will just pay a few cents to hear a recording of
the pending bills, action taken and those passed.
WILLIAM F. GRADY
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IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
President Russell M. Jones ........................... 525-5697
Vice-President Albert F. Pate ............................ 544-2352
Secretary/Treasurer Mrs. Jean B. Mann ................... 867-7796
Record Editor Mrs. Anna T. Collins ....................... 894-8484
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium
6 June 1980
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Russell Jones,
at 1:30 P.M. The President led the assembled group in the Pledge to
the Flag. In the absence of the Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks gave
the invocation which was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in
memory of those who had passed away since our last meeting.
Mr. Jones welcomed the 92 members and guests who were pres-
The following members and guests stood for special recognition as
their names were called:
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Morales Lakeland
Leonard and Olga Caisse Lakeland
Pat Beall Clearwater
Sara Rowley Clearwater
Mr. Jones announced the plans for the picnic to be held 11 July at
Lake Seminole Park. The picnic has been postponed one week because
of the 4th of July. Our group will meet in shelter #8 and there will be
signs directing members to the shelter.
The President then announced that the August Luncheon will be
held 1 August at the Crown House Restaurant in Sarasota. Mrs. Jay
Cain is chairman of the luncheon committee. Mr. Jones called on Mrs.
Cain to give information on the luncheon.
Mr. Jones spoke of the Christmas party, and announced that the
Lakewood High School Spartones would entertain at the Christmas
The President called on Mr. Jack Morris for a Reunion Report.
Mr. Morris reported that we definitely realized a profit from our last
reunion and this amount would be used to defray Society expenses
during the year.
Mr. Jones asked for a volunteer to chairman the Christmas party.
Mrs. Olga Disharoon will be chairman.
The Secretary read the minutes of the Annual Reunion Meeting.
As there were no additions, corrections, or omissions, the minutes
were approved as read. The financial statements of the Society and the
Blood Bank were read. As there were no questions the reports will
stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the
windfall profits bill with a 10 per gallon gas tax was passed by the
Congress without the 10t per gallon tax and the President vetoed the
bill. Congress overrode the presidents veto. The CPIW figure as of
April 30 was 5.5%.
Mr. Jones presented Mr. Jack Morris with a commemorative belt
buckle crafted by Mr. Gary Miller. A gift from Gary Miller.
Mr. Jones then presented Mr. Joe Collins with a belt buckle on
behalf of the Society for his past help in doing the heavy work involved
in the mailing of the Record.
Mrs. Collins presented a medal commemorating the Panama Canal
and the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915, to Mr. Jones
for the Society. The medal was donated by our member Mr. Bill Roddy
of San Francisco, CA.
Mrs. Mann moved that the Society host Dolly Barbour and
Eleanor Connor at the August Luncheon. Motion seconded and car-
Nine members would celebrate birthdays during June and 4
couples would celebrate their anniversaries. Best wishes went out to
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:25
Some Members at June Meeting.
Past Pres. Jack Morris receiving
Belt Buckle from Pres. Jones.
Pres. Jones presenting Belt
Buckle to Joe Collins.
Pictures courtesy of Pat Beall
Mrs. Collins presenting PanCanal
Medal to Pres. Jones for Society
on behalf of Mr. William C.
JULY PICNIC REPORT
Warm breezes blew over Lake Seminole as the large crowd of 151
former Zonians gathered to have a picnic on July ll1th. President Jones
welcomed all and prior to partaking of the picnic food Dorothy Yocum,
our Chaplain, recited a blessing.
Members came from Holiday, Largo, Seminole, St. Petersburg,
Clearwater, Sarasota, Hudson, New Port Richey, Tampa, Holmes
Beach and Pinellas Park that is folks on the Homefront. Summer
time is for travelling and visiting and thus, we had several members,
relatives and friends from out of town. Frank and Margaret
McLaughlin of Floral City, FL; Fred and Bonny Dube, Leisure City,
FL; W. S. (Sandy) and Jole Hinkle, LaBoca, R. de Panama; Betty and
Bud Huldtquist, Dothan, AL: George and Jean Egger with daughters,
Carol and Barbara, Fairfield, FL; Brenda Egger White, Houston, TX;
Skip and Beverly Rowley with daughters Renee and Adriane, Los
Rios, R. de P.; Jennifer Hanna, Balboa, R. de P.; Marc and Terry Han-
na, Balboa R. de P. (the three Hanna children are grandchildren of
Mary and Bob Hanna of Clearwater); Ralph and Deya Morales and
Ralph Morales III of Lakeland, FL.
Of course, the food spread on the table was the greatest prepared
by the best cooks that used to live in the Canal Zone. President and
Mrs. Jones brought a large hamper with hundreds of warm scrump-
tous empanadas which were prepared by two young members and
baked by Edith Jones. (Come fellows, give us an ad for the Canal
Record so that we may all patronize you.) A new item to most of us was
a cake made with Jimmy Dean sausage and was it ever yummy.
Naturally, your Editor had a taste of all those delicious and delectable
Once again the crowd was by the lake as Jim Trower of New Port
Richey had his scale model steam driven tug boat Gorgona in the
water. Jim made a hit with us last year so we were all so very happy to
have him entertain us with his fantastic maneuvering of his tug boat
on the lake.
The minutes turned into hours and the visiting continued into the
mid afternoon before the last group collected all their belongs and
departed for home. I gathered items forgotten, a few of which had
names fixed thereto so I was able to telephone members to come pick
up their belongings. However, I still have a blue and white casserole to
No doubt about it, the picnic was a great success.
AUGUST LUNCHEON REPORT
It was a gala affair and Jay Cain, Chairlady, and her committee
are to be highly commended and thanked from the bottom of our
hearts for entertaining us in such a tremendous way. We could not
have enjoyed the day without all their endeavors which showed their
interest in our Society.
There were 157 at the luncheon and they hailed from Balboa and
Los Rios, R. de Panama, Texas and Virginia, plus the following Florida
cities: Sarasota, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Beach, Largo,
Seminole, Clearwater, Gulfport, Lakeland, Davie, Holmes Beach,
Palmetto, Venice, Temple Terrace, Sun City Center, Lutz, Bradenton,
Holiday and North Port.
The Crown House Restaurant was a delightful location to have
chosen for our affair. The parking is ample (very large), a portico at the
entrance (I often wondered why all restaurants and public buildings do
not have porticoes); beautiful entrance with tropical plants and
Spanish tile steps.
Maxine and Bill Dixon were inside to the right to greet us. A little
beyond sat Mary Orr and Gladys Humphrey who collected tickets and
gave out name tags. As we entered the banquet room to the left was
the Lottery Vendor from "J" Street, Gladys Conely, with her board of
lottery tickets one for each of us and they were FREE! The room
was large, spacious enough for groups to visit, good lighting and lovely
decorated. To the left was a lounge with a bar for our convenience and
Our president, Russell Jones, welcomed the members and guests.
He then called on Jay Cain, who graciously welcomed all and
presented the "Key to the City" to President Jones. The large golden
key with flowers attached was made and donated by Maxine and Bill
President Jones led the group in the pledge of allegiance to the
Flag of the United States of America.
President Jones then called on Mary Belle Hicks who gave the in-
vocation. The President then asked us to take thirty seconds of silent
prayer in memory of member Cyril D. DeLapp who had passed away
yesterday; for Anthony Nita who is very ill in a hospital and for all ill
members who are about to answer God's calling and in memory of
those who have been called.
The delicious luncheon was then served. The green crispy salad
was topped with tangy creamy dressing that really enhanced ones
appetite. The English Cut of Beef was the best our group was ever
served rare in the center and very well done on the edge and
TENDER without lots of tenderizer. The meal was served very warm
and completed with a delightful walnut cake. The coffee was good and
plentiful. I know all members will return to The Crown House
Restaurant when in or passing through Sarasota.
When the meal was over and we were enjoying our second or
third cup of coffee, Chairlady Jay Cain announced that we would now
have the Lottery drawing. Two young daughters of Skip and Beverly
Rowley from the Los Rios, R. de Panama, Renee and Adriane drew the
numbers (couldn't have been more appropriate). Carl Starke called out
the number, in bajun of course. The lucky number and winners were as
2488 Still on Board 2712 Toodles (Warren) Stezer
3675 Florence Harrison 3972 June May
1994 Still on Board 0587 Still on Board
6149 Gladys McClain 1601 Ray Meade
1389 Vern Calloway, Jr. 3576 Ruth Hardy Thompson
4429 Still on Board 5035 Virginia Starke
5641 Mary Egolf 0000 Martha Messer
5944 Mary Orr 2001 Robert Messer
8227 Clara Chambers 2409 Still on Board
6346 John Hall 9613 Walter Hartman
6446 Fran Orvis 2093 Dick Danielsen
6842 Joyce Clarke 7831 Kathryn McNamee
8525 Harry Cain 2207 Cece Gove
3279 Renee Rowley
The prizes were lovely items such as a crocheted pot holder,
decorative candle in holder, boxed gift stationery, beautiful red light
wool evening scarf, cigarette lighter with Seal of the Panama Canal
and others. These prizes were all donated by Mayno Walker, Maxine
Dixon, Gladys Conely, and Jay Cain.
We each received a table favor consisting of a small memo book,
pencil and key ring donated by the various banks in Sarasota con-
tacted thru the efforts of Mayno Walker who was not present as she is
visiting relatives in California. The flower arrangement was donated
by Madge Hall.
After the drawing President Jones recognized Troy Hayes, past
president, who was present. He then told about the wonderful picnic
we had had last month.
Bill Grady, our Legislative Representative, was then called upon
to give his latest report.
President Jones then stated that he and his committee is planning
the biggest and best Reunion for 1981. He thanked Jay Cain and all her
Committee again for the wonderful day.
Bill Dixon, Gladys Humphrey, Maxon Dixon (Lottery Board, sorry the
numbers did not show) Gladys Conely, Jay Cain and Mary Orr.
Members with head table in background: Anna Collins, Jean Mann,
Mary Belle Hicks, President Jones, Edith Jones, Al and Dorothy Pate
and Joe Collins.
More members and guests at luncheon.
Pictures courtesy of Skip Roweley
V. G. Canel, Panama Canal Information Officer, Panama Canal
Commission, APO Miami, FL 34011 has informed us of another special
issue of the Panama Canal Review being planned for October 1, 1980 to
coincide with the 1st anniversary of the entry into force of the new
Panama Canal treaties.
The commemorative edition, which will be designated as the fall
edition, will be the only one published in calendar year 1980.
Next year we plan to resume our regular semi-annual schedule of
For those who worked for the U.S. Navy during the 1950s while
Rear Admiral Milton E. Miles, USN, was the Commandant, Fifteenth
Naval District, they may be interested to read his book "A Different
Kind of War". The setting is China coastal area and concerns the U.S.
Navy's guerrilla forces in World War II.
A very interesting first hand report well written. One copy is
available at Selby Library, Sarasota (Also available at the Central
Library, St. Petersburg, 3745 9th Ave. No. Ed.).
The annual fall get-together of Zonians in northwest Arkansas
and surrounding area will be held on October 12, 1980 at the Holiday
Inn at Fayetteville, AR. The buffet luncheon is scheduled to start at
1:00 p.m. but why not arrive a little earlier to chat with old friends.
Formal membership is not required all past and present Zonians are
welcome. Reservations are not mandatory, but are advisable, so if you
are not on the mailing or phone roster but would like to attend, notify
Carl and Petie Meadl, 701 Henryetta St., Springdale, AR 72764.
The Class of 1941 will be celebrating its fortieth anniversary next
year. Betty Irvin Quintero, 1845 S. Highland B-6, Apt. 7, Clearwater,
FL, 33516 and Isabel Gibson, 2020 Oxford St. N., St. Petersburg, FL
33710, thought it would be fun to have a get-together at the Annual
Reunion next April. Unfortunately they have lost touch with their
classmates over the years and need help. Anyone interested in this get
together, or anyone having the current address of 1941 grads, should
drop a note to either of the above ladies.
FRANCES V. SHARPE,
BHS CHS REUNION
It's been two long years since the last Southern California BHS-
CHS reunion. Everyone has been asking when will we have the next
one? So now is the time to start planning on being in San Diego on Oc-
tober 3, 4, and 5.
The banquet and Dance will be held at the Catamaran Hotel
located at 3999 Mission Blvd. in the Pacific Beach area. Make your
room reservations directly with the Hotel by filling out the form below
and mailing it with your first night's deposit directly to the Hotel.
If possible plan to arrive on Friday night and stay until Sunday.
Here is the tentative schedule:
Friday night and Saturday morning Hotel Check In
Saturday Afternoon (2:00) Registration and No Host Bar
Saturday Evening (6:30) Banquet
Saturday Evening (8:00 to 12:00) Dancing
Registration, Banquet, and Dance will be held in the Kon Tiki
Room which has a large outside patio.
Cost of the Banquet and Dance will be $16.00 per person and your
reservations would be appreciated as soon as possible to facilitate
planning. Send your check to:
5728 Barley Court
Bonita, Calif., 92002
Why not do it today. Please write and call all your friends so we
can make this an even bigger reunion than before.
3999 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92109
ORGANIZATION: B.H.S. C.H.S. REUNION DATES October 3-5, 1980
RATES: SINGLE $38.00 DOUBLE/TWIN $42.00
CITY STATE ZIP
No. in Party No. of Nights Accommodation
AMOUNT DEPOSIT ENCLOSED
ACCOMMODATION DEADLINE DATE: SEPTEMBER 12, 1980
ENCLOSE FIRST NIGHT DEPOSIT
Empire, Canal Zone
NORINE HALL KAUFER
This little family of three arrived in June, 1909 their dad had
come down on P.R.R. boat, steerage, jobless, earlier in 1909. He was
now a policeman when the family arrived on the P.R.R. steamer, AD-
VANCE, this all in 1909. The father had been put on the Police Force
on the recommendation of Col. George Washington Goethals, to whom
the father had a letter from Senator Stevens of Wisconsin, who had
been a classmate of Col. Goethals at West Point. In this letter to
Goethals, Senator Stevens had said, "Only thing I know too bad about
this man is he voted for me in Wisconsin"
The family lived in a nice little cottage (still one of the houses left
by the French after their unsuccessful attempt to build the canal); the
one older girl went to the Empire School. Then in 1910, this man was
offered the job of being the custodian or caretaker of Camacho Reser-
voir one mile from town.
What a lovely experience from 1910 to 1919. It was like a private
estate. This was Camacho Reservoir which was the lake that furnished
Empire with water under the
I.C.C. (Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion) and kept up to standard by
the crew of colored men and their
machetes. A nice house was on
the hill overlooking the lake and
below the spillway that carried
off the excess lake water at the
height of the rainy season.
Orange trees, some coffee trees
(they used a coffee tree with its
pretty shiny leaves for a Christ-
mas tree their first Christmas
there), alligator pear trees -
these in the jungle above the
house where natives had lived
and planted them, and then this
land had been bought from them
by the U.S. Government for this
water shed. The family had chickens, but they were often bothered or
carried off by the wild cats or pumas whose cry could be heard at night
in the jungle.
By the stream below, the big water pipes grew "Job's Tears", a
beautiful bead that grew on a long stem with its own hole in the center.
The author has seen these gray beads, dyed many colors in the West
Indies and also Hawaii. They may have another name there, more
This was a great Sunday afternoon walk (no cars around in profu-
sion) for folks from Empire, one mile away and even Culebra two miles
away to come to the lake, and many picked the "Job's Tears" only if
they were friends of the caretaker; if not, they got hollered at, and
threatened with arrest.
One interesting thing was the surprise visit often at noon by Col.
Gaillard to check on the grass-cutting men to see how clean they were
keeping the grounds and lake for the water supply. He walked all the
way from Culebra dressed in his Army uniform quite a dapper look-
ing little man, always with his swagger stick it was over two miles
We went to school, Jennie and I, for five years on the train; one to
Corozal, four to Balboa High for me on the Panama Railroad. Most of
the time we went from Camacho to the Empire Railroad Station by
horse and buggy. Good old Sandy, the horse, so reliable, would stop
suddenly at the Pump Station so my Dad could talk with the pump
operator, sometimes so suddenly he'd almost throw the driver off the
After our mother's death in 1914, our Dad took us that summer on
a lovely trip by ship to New Orleans, up to Enid, Oklahoma by train
where we met our half sister, Eleanor, and took her on the rest of the
trip with us to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to meet our mother's only
brother, a Mr. Weiher, Aunt Ann and their two children, Chester and
Tootie (we met her again years later here in California); went to
Sheboygan to meet our mother's mother, Grandma Weiher, a lovely
German lady who spoke little English; saw the state fairs at both
Milwaukee and St. Paul, Minnesota; then out to Spokane to see my
father's half sister, Aunt Jessie and Uncle Grant Hopkins and my
cousin, Gordon. (We later saw Aunt Jessie in Seattle in 1926 and 1956.)
And oh yes, out to Pacific Beach near Hoquiam and Aberdeen to see
our father's only sister, the Original Jane (Jennie, later Jane Hall and
Jane Kaufer, 3 generations). We met our future stepmother between
Denver and Salt Lake City, Mary Loyola McAuliffe.
We came back to Empire that 1914 to find the Government offices
moved to Balboa Heights with the Disbursing Office and Administra-
tion combined. The Fifth Infantry were in the town with us still at
Camacho Reservoir. I went to all of the Officer's Club Dances, later on
in 1917, and had Army horses to ride supposedly with a soldier to ac-
company you, but my Dad, P. A. Hall, thought his daughter, Norine,
was safer riding alone.
Going to school on the train was fun with kids getting on at
Paraiso. That's where we saw Mr. McGrath, the then Manager of
Balboa Commissary now his son is Father McGrath, part of the
Panama Diocese. More kids at Pedro Miguel, including my dear friend,
Lucille Koperski. I had known her and her older brothers, Red, Leon
and Mabel's husband in Culebra before that. The eighth grade at Cor-
ozal was great, but the four years at dear Balboa High was the
greatest, where we had Jessie Daniels as Principal; our dearest Olga
Frost for Spanish and French. She was new that year of 1915, from Mt.
St. Vincent's on the Hudson. I kept up with her and told her all about
the old bunch out here in California until 1975 or so. How she would
have loved hearing who was at our three great Canal Zone high school
reunions, where so many of her former pupils were present up to 1950
ot so. I remember so well, while I was up here on a visit to my
daughter, Jane E. Cochrane, how we went by her home and her sister,
Florita's. Olga came to the door surprised to see us, with a little black
smudge on her face, that being the day they were allowed to burn rub-
bish in their back yards.
We had some real good times, those WW I years. We had bond
rallies at the docks where we high school kids had to give 3-minute
speeches on the US Bonds. We even had the ballet of Monte Carlo with
Anna Pavlova perform at the Balboa docks. My sister and Catherine
Miller got a chance to go backstage to meet one of the ballet dancers
with that troupe, because she happened to be from Ohio, where our
dear friends, Col. and Mrs. Griffith were from and were friends of the
The day the Armistice was signed, November 11, 1918, the minute
the news came to our high school, we really ran out of classes. I was in
the Chemistry Lab; we put out the Bunsen burners and ran to the
waiting Army trucks, where we were transported all over Panama Ci-
ty in celebration. Later on, my brother-in-law, Ewing Journey, told us
he was one of the truck drivers that day.
Our class, BHS 1919, had several parties and picnics at Camacho
Reservoir, and graduation was really great that year. Then graduation
in 1919, only ten or twelve in my class, so the graduation exercises
were held at the National Theatre in Panama City. Each one of us was
given a box seat there for our friends and relatives. They all felt real
high class with their high box seats. It was really impressive, and we
felt really superior walking down that theatre aisle to the "Triumphal
March" from "Aida". As with many Latin American countries, this
lovely theatre's boxes and stage were decorated heavily with gold leaf
and red velvet curtains so sumptuous looking.
The summer of 1919, after my graduation, I was employed as
Postmistress at the now small Empire Post Office. By now, even the
Army had moved out to Fort Clayton and Fort Davis on the East Bank
of the Canal. Only a few natives and few Empire residents used this
post office. I never could get the safe open according to the combina-
tion; had to wait for some man to help me. Funny event lots of
general delivery, one Panamanian native said to me what sounded
like "Juan Estamp", so I looked up "Juan Estamp". He said, "No, no,
want a stamp." (The Spanish way of putting E's in front of any word
starting with an "s".)
Some more interesting happenings at Camacho Dam. First when
the heavy rains overloaded the lake and would flow over the spillway
millions of little minnows would come over, and as they died from ex-
posure, our Negro helpers would have to shovel them out in buckets.
We had a nice rowboat on the lake. Once when we went for a ride in it,
we saw a mama alligator teaching her little baby alligators to swim in
an inlet. One of my Dad's bosses and one of the Empire school teachers
used to use the rowboat on our lake. They always said later, when they
were married, they did all their "sparking" (as they called courting
then) there on that lake and rides in the rowboat.
Each day my father had to make a report on the daily rainfall and
the elevation of the lake, and had to mark the time each black man
worked, for they were paid by the hour; this time book was inspected
by some man from the Time Inspection Bureau; that's where we first
met Mr. Moody; also met Fred Sill, later head of one of the depart-
ments of the then new Panama Canal Company. Mr. Leo McIntyre
used to ride up on horseback for inspection of some kind. This was in
regards to the land there.
When this P. A. Hall family first moved to Camacho Reservoir in
1910, there was a narrow gauge track, and one car with outside ben-
ches pulled by a little engine. We have a picture of that car and engine
with our family of four on it, the PEAKES from Empire and Mr.
Misgivings and wife he was at that time a secretary to Col. George
We had a little car that ran down to Empire, by propulsion, I
think, on this same narrow track, which we rode to school and to the
chapel church; then later, the track was taken up and a road made,
where we drove with our horse and buggy; one of these outfits was
bought from some Army officer at Camp Otis at Bas Obispo, but the
one used most was Sandy, the horse, and another buggy.
This family of 4 moved to Gatun late in 1919. My father was given
the Agua Clara Reservoir, there to be a custodian. I worked for the Ar-
my for a short time; then when the Negroes had a strike, I was called
by Paul Wilson of the Civil Service to go to work at the office of the
Cristobal Mechanical Division at the Mt. Hope Dry Dock. I worked for
Mr. Bill Stone, Pete Hulsebosch and Mr. William De La Mater, Sr.,
and it was there I met Louis A. Kaufer. I worked on the desk beside
him. We were later married on July 13, 1922. We had a nice little wed-
ding, first married by Father Burns at Miraculous Medal Churchside
Chapel; then down by car to Old Cristobal to be married on the Canal
Zone. We sailed for New Orleans that afternoon after a nice reception
at Mrs. Louis A. Kaufer, Sr.'s house. Bernice Kaufer and Dr. Mac had
stood up for us. Dr. Cook, Marian Witherill Whitehead's stepfather,
and Mrs. Villere were there. Then to the Stranger's Club for cham-
pagne, Doc Cook's invitation; just made the ship. Pete Hulsebosch of
Mech. Div. was there with a big bunch of roses for me.
We lived in New Orleans for two years on January 9, 1924, we
had our first child, Jane Bernice Kaufer.
In June, 1924, Louis returned to Panama to work in the
Mechanical Division in Balboa. Jennie, after graduation from
Skykomish, Washington High School, came down to New Orleans to go
to Panama with me and my baby, Jane. I had taken Jane to Texas to
see her Grandpa Kaufer; she was the first grandchild in that part of
the Kaufer family.
We lived in the Flats in Balboa until we were transferred to the
Cristobal Shops in 1930. My son, Theodore Louis, was born in Gorgas
Hospital in October, 1925, and Grandma Kaufer (Mollie Duffy) came to
live with us. She passed away in 1936, 3 years after our dear Nancy
was born in May 1933, at Colon Hospital. P. A. Hall died in 1934 in Seat-
tle, WA. In 1959 Louis retired and we came to California to live. This
was written in 1980, here in Los Gatos, California.
The below article was submitted by members Mr. and Mrs.
Palmer Smith, Jr., Johns Island, SC, taken from the News and Courier,
Charleston, SC, June 6, 1980.
Editor at Large, VI
by Arthur M. Wilcox
Editor News & Courier
My wife and I are graduates of Balboa Canal Zone High School
(Class of 1940, if you must know!). So we had followed with much in-
terest all the debates over giving the Panama Canal to Panama (not
BACK to Panama, as some people like to say). I had also attended
White House and State Department briefings and written a little bit
on the subject and I felt pretty well-informed on change when we
returned to the Canal Zone in May for our first visit in 40 years.
Mentally prepared to cope as I believed myself to be, I was never-
theless thoroughly depressed by what I saw. It's not so much that
everything has changed physically for the worse, though things are
not as neat and clean as they used to be. Balboa High School is still
there, looking just as it did all those years ago. The Prado, that
elegant, tree-lined avenue conceived by Chief Engineer Goethals as
the key visual element of his planned city of Balboa, still stretches
from the base of Ancon Hill between rows of red-tiled roofs to the "Cir-
cle" where the post office, the theater and what used to be called the
"clubhouse" form the center of town.
The old theater where my wife and I made our valedictory
speeches (on the League of Nations, for heavens sake!) as honor
graduates of Balboa High has been replaced by something new but
that's about as far as the physical change goes. Outside of Balboa, the
"company towns" so often disparaged by critics of so-called "col-
onialism" in Panama are much as they always were, though there is a
notable change from Anglo-Saxon complexion to something darker.
Many of the old canal employees have left. They have been replaced by
people from Panama who are being "cross-trained" in canal operations.
They are supposed to run the canal efficiently when the Americans are
finally all gone 20 years from now.
About that prospect, the Americans are somewhat reserved, un-
willing to commit themselves to public doubts and at the same time
naturally reluctant to praise their replacements too freely. In the
meantime, the canal goes on. Ships move with computered regularity
from Balboa at the Pacific end to Cristobal at the Atlantic end and vice
versa. If there are significant problems, nobody told me. At both ends
of the canal fleets of anchored ships, undeterred by the higher tolls
that Panama has imposed, wait to take their turns to enter the locks.
Still, one who remembers the old days cannot help choking up a
bit at the atmosphere which prevails, which I will describe for lack of
better words as snotty anti-American. It is not merely that the Canal
Zone itself, territory which Americans of imagination, integrity and
enterprise had carved out of the jungle at immense sacrifice has been
obliterated, right down to the post office signs, it is also the down-
grading of the American image which Panamanians as well as
Americans ought to be treasuring.
When I was a high school student, of course, the American flag
flew over the Zone and not all that obtrusively, I might add. There
was a flag on Ancon Hill, in front of the Administration Building.
Naturally, flags flew above the naval and military installations all
committed to the defense of Panama as well as the Zone. If there was
any conscious effort to rub American proprietorship into Panamanians
by flag-waving, it escaped me. Not as many American flags flew in the
Canal Zone, in fact, as flew in American small towns of the period.
It's quite different now. The Panamanians have taken over the
Zone and hoisted THEIR flags and they are rubbing it in, but good! On
top of Ancon Hill, the highest hill in Balboa where our Army head-
quarters stands, there is a Panamanian flag 150 feet long and 50 feet
high. It flies night and day, illuminated by floodlights at night. Maybe
that's not so bad, though there's room to wonder how a country like
Panama which is always complaining about being poor finds money for
such jingoistic frivolities. What really sticks in the craw, though, is
that the American flag is seen almost nowhere and then only on suf-
ferance. We are allowed to hoist the Stars and Stripes only where the
Panamanians say we can and that's not many places. Wherever it goes
up the Panama flag goes up too, only it goes up first in the morning and
comes down last at night. That applies even on our own military posts
which are jointly occupied now by U.S. and Panamanian troops.
As I remembered those posts as they were before World War II,
they were spotlessly kept, garrisoned by U.S. troops who looked and
acted like seasoned professionals, which indeed they were. As they are
now well, the less said, the better! If anything, the Panamanian
soldiers with their close cropped hair and physical fitness have the ad-
vantage. Our soldiers look pretty tatty by comparison.
Americans told me, too, that the Panamanian soldiers were the
better jungle fighters and, in a sneaking way, they expressed admira-
tion. American have no love,however, for the way that Panamanian
soldiers and police continually rub it in concerning who is in charge
As I said, the Panamanians have turned into sticklers for flag eti-
quette. Woe betide the unobservant American who happens to be pass-
ing by as the Panamanian flag is going up and down and fails to snap to
attention. If he gets off with three hours of interrogation by a mean
sergeant and his machine gun toting subordinates, he'll be lucky.
So, all in all, it isn't good to be an American today in what was
once our Canal Zone and now isn't. It's a shame, for Panmanians owe us
everything their independence, their comparatively high standard of
living, even the good water they drink which practically nobody else
in Latin America, outside of those who stay in fancy hotels, can enjoy.
It's a truism, though, that when it comes to gratitude, nothing is
scarcer in international politics.
NOTE: These two articles appeared in the June 1980 issue of the
"PROCEEDINGS of the United States Naval Institute," and are
shared with us by one of our members.
"Military Aspects of the Panama Canal Issue"
(See J. Child, pp. 46-51, January 1980; G. R. Evans, pp. 70-71, February 1980; R. B. Howe,
P. 93, March 1980 Proceedings)
Frank B. Turberville, Jr. One of the interesting diversions in
reading the Proceedings in recent years has been the development of
perception as to when an active duty officer/author was expressing
honest convictions or carrying out orders. I cannot but observe how
Captain Howe appears to have done both.
Captain Howe states, "Lieutenant General D. P. McAuliffe, then
CINCI, the deputy ..., myself, and many others were able to convince
most of our interrogators that the value of the canal to the United
States and the free world navies and commerce has not diminished and
that, at least until the year 2000, our military posture in the area was
not seriously degraded by the treaty (emphasis added)" "At least until
the year 2000" appears to be an attempt by Captain Howe to reconcile
his personal reservations; but does he think that the year 2000 (a mere
20 years away) is the end of historical necessity for the United States?
All of this brings two quotations to my mind. In December 1944,
from a town named Bastogne, a Colonel McAuliffe, gave a one word
reply, "Nuts," to an enemy surrender demand that still rings in
history. More recently, in reference to our canal situation in Panama,
retired CNO Admiral Thomas H. Moorer made the observation, "In
military affairs there is no substitute for possession." History bears
out the truth of Admiral Moorer's statement, and no one can say that
this is not the honest conviction of a distinguished and patriotic
American, free from the encumbrances of orders contrary to his better
Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, U.S. Navy (Retired As a former
Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, advisor
to the President and long familiar with Panama Canal history and in-
teroceanic transit problems, I read this article with more than cursory
interest. Significant for what it fails to state as well as for what it
relates, it requires comment derived from the lessons of experience.
The Panama Canal Treaties of 1977 represent a profound mis-
judgment by the U.S. Government in the stream of history. It is still
too early to say how these treaties will affect the strategic balance be-
tween the Soviet Union and the United States is the big loser. We gave
away strategic assets vital to U.S. interests.
The Panama Canal, under U.S. sovereign and operational control,
represented safe and expeditious transit of ships between the Nor-
thern and Southern hemispheres. Tolls were just and equitable. The
United States protected the zone and canal from "lawlessness and
disorder" in accord with U.S. obligations under the Hay-Pauncefote
Treaty of 1901.
In these connections, it must be recognized that the Republic of
Panama is not a great power, but a small tropical country of some
1,710,000 population, about one third of which live near the canal.
Moroever, it has long been recognized, and stressed in many addresses
in the Congress, as an area of "endemic revolution and endless political
intrigue." Its record of instability is truly astounding. (Gustave
Anguizola, The Panama Canal: Isthmian Political Instability from 1821
Based primarily in Cuba, Communist power is now well estab-
lished in the Caribbean and is extending its control with demands for
the surrender of the U.S. naval bases at Guatenamo, Cuba, and in Puer-
to Rico. Panama has been closely associated with Soviet Cuba and
served as a staging area for the overthrow of the pro-U.S. constitu-
tional government of Nicaragua. The result has been that the entire
Caribbean is well on its way toward becoming a Communist sphere of
The assertion that the Panama Canal is becoming "increasingly
obsolescent" is unsupported. Extensive studies have shown that it is
not obsolete, but approaching capacity saturation with total transit
traffic in 1978 of 13,808 vessels (Panama Canal Company Canal Zone
Government, Annual Report, 1978, p. 43).
In regard to vulnerability, the canal was protected during World
Wars I and II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, and the Cuban Missile
Crisis without a single injury, and it can be protected again. It goes
without saying that any target, regardless of type, is critically
vulnerable to atomic attack. Consequently, no passive defense
measures, in design features, such as a "sea level" route can offer pro-
tection to the Panama Canal. The only effective defense of any target
from nuclear attack is the combined military and naval might of the
United States, coupled with its statesmanship and industrial capacity.
True, the Navy has 13 large aircraft carriers that cannot transit.
But these carriers do not have to transit. They can be, and should be,
prepositioned in times of growing tension by use of other routes that
are far safer than that through the Soviet-infested waters of the Carib-
bean. The recently constructed superships, some with nuclear power,
were built for use on routes not requiring transit of the canal or use of
U.S. ports. Thus, arguments using the carriers' size are irrelevant and
should be so recognized.
One of the major lessons of Panama Canal history is that the canal
requires centralized authority for its sustained efficient maintenance,
operation, sanitation, and protection. Experience in both the construc-
tion and operation of the canal has shown that these vital functions
cannot be satisfactorily performed by a hodge-podge of commissions,
committees, and boards as provided in the 1977 treaties, but require
strong executive control.
What has been long needed for the canal, and is still needed, is a
project for the major modernization and operational improvement of
the existing waterway by the simple and relatively inexpensive
method of constructing a third set of larger locks for handling larger
vessels. Such a program was developed in the Panama Canal organiza-
tion as a result of World War II experience, promptly won the ap-
proval of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a postwar project, and is
provided for in pending legislation (H.R. 1930, 96th Congress). It is
known as the Terminal Lake-Third Locks Plan, or Balanced Lake-Lake
Plan, and has been ably described by experienced authorities on the
canal question (Proceedings, March 1955, pp. 263-75, and April 1956,
pp. 395-99; also Congressional Journal, 21 June 1956, p. 10756 and 29
August 1957, p. 16504).
Recent history, especially that of Nicaragua, after the surrender
of sovereign control by the United States of the U.S. Canal Territory
conclusively shows that the real struggle on the Isthmus, as stressed
in many addresses in the Congress, is not between the United States
and Panama, but between the United States and the Soviet Union in
what informed leaders recognize as part of the war for the world. The
retrocession of the Canal Zone to Panama instead of being "bold and
imaginative" was an abject act of appeasement and of abdication of
treaty-based responsibilities that will inevitably result in future con-
flicts and recriminations, as well as much higher transit tolls.
There is no better way to conclude these comments than by
quoting the words of the late Major General Thomas A. Lane, a
distinguished Army engineer with Canal Zone experience, who stated:
"The belief of some officials that U.S. operations and defense of
the Canal under treaty provision, instead of under sovereign authori-
ty, would eliminate the friction of recent years is a calamitous misjudg-
ment of the present scene. Marxist-Leninist subversion would be in-
tensified by such a retreat. Friction would mount and the U.S. position
would become intolerable. The United States would be compelled to
use force against the Republic of Panama, or to withdraw and allow the
Canal to be operated and defended by another lessee." (Strategic
Review, Winter 1974, p. 4)
Ross and Marge Hollowell of Pinellas Park, FL have submitted
the following from The Asheville Citizen & Times, June 18, 1980.
Truman and Carter
President Carter died and when he got to heaven one of the first
persons he saw was Harry S. Truman. He introduced himself and
Truman said,"How are things back in the States?"
Carter said, "Not so well. Iranian militants took over our embassy
in Iran and are holding hostages."
Truman said, "You sent in the Marines, didn't you?"
Carter said, "No, and also Russia has invaded Afghanistan."
Truman said, "You sent in the Marines, didn't you?"
Carter said, "No, and also Castro has emptied all his prisons and
nut houses and sent them to Florida."
Truman said, "You sent in the Marines, didn't you?"
Carter said, "No."
Truman said, "Next you'll be telling me you gave away the
Taken from the St. Petersburg Times, May 25, 1980 Pedro the par-
rot is back on his perch. UPI TAMPA Pedro the charming
middle-aged parrot is back in his carport, calling neighborhood dogs
and warning children that cars are coming.
Missing since May 9, he was found at a seafood restaurant with a
nautical motif on the north side after an anonymous phone caller
tipped his owners, Carl and Bob Bartram. (ED. NOTE: Members)
The restaurant owner told the Bartrams that a man came to the
restaurant with Pedro and a hard-luck story. "I bought the bird in good
faith," the owner said.
"We called him Pedro and he laughed," said Mrs. Bartram of the
The restaurant owner gave Pedro back to the Bartrams, who had
advertised a reward.
Bartram has babied the multi-colored, 35-to-40-year-old Pedro for
26 years, since he acquired the bird while single and a machinist in the
Panama Canal Zone.
From his carport perch, Pedro has dominated the neighborhood.
"Watch out for the car," he yells to children.
"Champy! Champy!" he calls to the dog next door, imitating the
woman living there.
Taken from the Sarasota Journal, May 21, 1980 (in part) Sarasota-
Manatee Airport Authority members officially dedicated the new
United-Republic-Delta terminal building at Sarasota-Bradenton Air-
port as the Donn Wood Terminal Tuesday afternoon. Wood, 34, who
was instrumental in the construction of the facility, was killed in an
auto crash two weeks after the building opened. He was a properties
expert for United Airlines. Participating in the dedication were
Herbert C. Godfrey, senior vice president, United Air Lines; Deborah
Thompson, Wood's fiancee and Flight attendant, Jim Dryer, chairman
of the airport authority and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wood, Donn Wood's
And from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 1, 1980 Letters to the
Editor (in part) Airport Honor Deserved Sir: On May 20, the
Delta-Republic-United Airlines Terminal building was named for the
late Donn H. Wood .... I know most of your readers did not know Donn
Wood, and I thought you and they might be interested in knowing a lit-
tle more about this man your cities have paid such an high honor to.
Donn was 34 years old at the time of his tragic and untimely death
in an automobile accident on Dec. 30, 1979, in New York. He was born
and raised in Portsmouth, VA. He attended the U. of Virginia, served
his country as a Supply Corps Officer in the U.S. Navy, and received a
law degree from the U. of North Carolina before joining the property
division of United Airlines. He was living in New York City. Donn's
responsibilities included airports in many southern and eastern cities.
I talked to him about various projects he was involved with, he
was more enthusiastic with the successful completion of the new ter-
minal building at your airport. I know he would be deeply touched and
highly honored at knowing the building he cared for so much now
stands in his name.
To paraphrase Will Rogers, I never met a person that didn't like
him. His vitality and vibrant spirit seemed always to bring joy to those
Those of us who knew him and loved him will miss him dearly. It is
most worthy action you have taken for a most worthy human being.
THOMAS E. WOOD
Taken (in part) from Consumer Education Project Project to
Train Volunteer Leaders to Conduct Consumer Education Courses,
Fairfax, VA Newsletter, June 1980 MARGARET BRAUN
RECEIVES GOVERNOR'S CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION -
On May 17th, Mary Ann Shurtz presented to Mrs. Margaret A. Braun,
the Governor's Certificate of Appreciation. This Certificate is given by
Mrs. Dalton to outstanding volunteers, nominated by their groups,
who have given of their time and energy to the community. Mrs. Braun
is the first who will receive this certificate.
Mrs. Braun was one of the first volunteers to sign up for the
Volunteer Speakers Bureau. She has given untold hours to the Con-
sumer Education Project. She has spoken to numerous groups in the
Northern Virginia area including retirees, high school students, and
women's groups. She has taught courses at the College for Living
especially addressing women and the new credit regulations.
Margaret holds degrees in economics and counseling and continues to
take consumer related graduate courses to keep abreast of issues and
gain new perspectives. In addition she serves as Secretary to the Ad-
visory Board of the Virginia Consumer Education Project. (Editor's
Note: Mrs. Margaret Braun is married to Col. Gustav J. Braun of Alex-
Congratulations to Inez Thompson of Huntsville, AL who
graduated from the U. of Montevallo, AL with a bachelor of Science
Degree. She has been elected to Who's Who in American Universities
& Colleges. (See Sarasota, FL news)
Congratulations to Laura Jeanne Timm, on her graduation from
McArthur High School in Hollywood, FL. Laura is the recipient of
many awards including the American Legion medal and certificate for
Citizenship. (See Sarasota, FL news)
Elizabeth Kay LeDoux, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Warren E. LeDoux
of Deltona (retired) formerly of
Margarita, CZ, graduated on April
20, 1980 from St. Leo College,
Florida, with an Associate of Arts
degree in Secretarial Science.
Mr. and Airs. William A. Wichmann of Tallahassee, FL, formerly
of Los Rios, Canal Zone are pleased to announce the graduation of
their son, William J. Wichmann, from St. Mary's University School of
Law, San Antonio, Texas. Commencement exercises were held on May
17, in San Antonio and the happy parents attended the ceremonies and
spent some time in Texas before returning to their home in Florida.
The prospective attorney was born in the Canal Zone and at-
tended schools there, graduating from Balboa High School in 1973. He
studied at the Canal Zone College until 1975 and completed his pre-law
work at St. Mary's with an undergraduate degree in 1977. After taking
the Texas State Bar Examination in July he visited his parents and
other family members in Florida. He will appreciate hearing from
classmates and friends who can write to him at 2607 Waverly St., San
Antonio, TX 78228.
At a recent Trial Riders Horse/Pony game show in Palm Bay, FL,
Dellrie Humphrey, daughter of Donald and Dottie Humphrey of Palm
Bay, won the overall high point
trophy for the Show for independ-
ent horse and rider, with her pony
This included Pony High Point,
and five trophies and ribbons for
first place in Pony Barrels, Pony
Flags, Pony Hair Pin, Pony Poles
and the open class Combination
Race as well as a second in open
class Jumping Figure 8. She also
received added points and rib-
bons, riding her new horse, "Fox-
fire", winning a 2nd, 4th and 6th place against older riders in the
Junior and Senior Class.
Dell, now 13, has been riding since she was four and worked with
and trained the pony herself.
GOLDEN WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS
George and Gertrude were honored May 3, 1980, on their Golden
Wedding Anniversary at a dinner party held at the Holiday Inn North,
St. Petersburg, by their children
John Allgaier and daughter
Louise Barkley. Many friends,
neighbors, and relatives from
Pennsylvania and Missouri, and
former Canal Zone employees at-
tended. Their son John was
Master of Ceremonies and
presented color slides of their life
from a picture of their wedding
day, May 3, 1930, and 30 years of
living in the Canal Zone. His talk
covered many incidents that had -
occured while living there. At the
end of the slide presentation and F P
when the lights were turned back .
on there on the wall were two
large oil paintings John had made
of his father and mother,
which he then presented to them. Mr. and Mrs.
(Sgt. Paul Barkley has just been George P. Allgaier
transferred from Ft. Greely, AK, to Ft. Ord, CA where Louise and
family are now located.)
They are talking about
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
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Cotton of San Diego, CA were honored by
their children and grandchildren on the occasion of their Fiftieth Wed-
ding Anniversary at a buffet open house on May 10, 1980 from 3:00 to
6:00 p.m. at the David Horners, Spring Valley, CA. Many family
members and friends shared this happy celebration with them.
Robert and Lillian Sieler
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Sieler's 50th Wedding Anniversary
celebration was moving in more ways than one. Near the end of the
formal reception given for them by their daughter and son-in-law, Pete
and Bobbie Ann Buckalew of Salinas, CA, the place was literally mov-
ing to the tune of an earthquake (4.9 magnitude on the Richter Scale)
centered somewhere between Salinas and Hollister.
Robert and Lillian Sieler were married April 12, 1930, in
Wenatachee, WA. The couple has one daughter, three grandchildren
and a great-grandchild. The Sielers have lived in Salinas for seven
years. Robert retired from the Postal Division and Lillian retired as a
telephone operator from the Panama Canal.
The couple was feted at a buffet dinner with 62 guests April 1L A
formal sit-down luncheon was held at 1 p.m. on April 12th in the Moose
Lodge in Del Ray Oaks for 187 guests and Sunday morning, April 13th,
the couple and 32 guests, which included five generations, attended
services at the Methodist Church in Salinas followed by a brunch at
the home of the daughter, Bobbie Ann Buckalew and her husband,
DITCH DIGGER DAYS
We Salute and Pay Honor to The "Old Timers"
Edith Carkeet (Mrs. Stuart G.), Memphis, TN We enjoy the
record even though so many of the "Old Timers" like my husband,
whom we knew during the construction days are gone. He lived in the
Zone from 1909 til 1916.
I have enjoyed being with him on several special occasions in the
Zone, one when he was presented the Silver Medallion, 50 year open-
ing of the Canal, Goethals Monument dedication, and recognition of the
Roosevelt Medal Holders, of which he is one.
Stuart's father, George Carkeet, Sr., built the form for the flag pole
which was replaced recently and this nearly broke my husband's heart.
He is very bitter about giving the Zone back to the Panamanians and
thinks President Carter very stupid to do this. Stuart suffered a
stroke in January 1979 and is confined to a wheel chair. I am, a come
lately, second wife and several years younger than he for which I am
grateful and can take care of him. Only wish we could attend some
more of the reunions.
Harry C. Bradley, Las Cruces It took two years for me to find
out exact dates of happenings in the Zone in the early days. The last
important date is Sunday morning, Aug. 31, 1913 at 0930 when the
earth dike near the Miraflores Locks was blown up. Governor of the
Zone, H. R. Parfitt gave me this information by letter September 24,
1979. By the way, does any one in your St. Petersburg area have a let-
ter from the Governor later than this date? You know we gave the
Canal over on September 30, 1979. I wonder who took down our flag?
The other important date to me was the banquet honoring Col.
Hodges of the First Division, October 31, 1913 at the Tivoli. The Gover-
nors' office sent me two copies of the Panama Morning Journal, giving
date of Oct. 21, 1913. None of my friends could furnish these dates. The
above banquet was for the completion of the Canal when the order to
break ranks was given. (Harry Bradleys name listed therein.)
This completes my search and it may be of interest to those few
"Ditch Diggers" still around.
George M. Lowe, Wilmington, DE I have just received my copy
of the Canal Record for June 1980 and as usual started to read all about
the many doings and friends of years gone by.
On page 42 there is a photo with the title "And were these swim-
mers at Balboa Pool taken before or after???" donated by Miriam Bubb
Smith. The photo is actually at poolside of Pedro Miguel Clubhouse
Swimming Pool. A good magnifying glass will show such ex-CZers, as
Mr. Mead, Horace Weltmer, the Sundquist girls and the Mead girls
I do so enjoy The Record for its ability to recall things past. My
dad, George Lowe, my maternal grandfather, William Frances Mor-
rison, my uncle Walter G. Brown and my great-uncle John Belcher
Fields were all Roosevelt Medal holders. My hobby is collecting Canal
Zone memorabilia and postcards of both the Canal Zone and Panama of
which I have a fairly large collection. I commend all of you who work
and make the Canal Record possible. I, for one, am deeply grateful.
Mary Eleanor Becker, Lakewood, CO The picture is the opening
of the Pedro Miguel Swimming Pool which my father, Gustav A. Later-
mann, helped to build. I have pictures which my father sent me similar
to the one in June 1980 Record.
My name was Mary Eleanor Latermann. I married a C. Z.
policeman, (Frederick A. Becker) Dec. 22, 1928. My brother's name is
John Latermann. Frank Key and many others raised in Pedro Miguel
knew my family.
The Bubbs lived in Incubator Row (213) and we lived in 212. Kileys
lived next door to us; the Journeays lived downstairs beneath the
Kileys. We had the Wilhites and later on the Enrights beneath us.
Beneath the Bubbs lived the Quinn family, next door the Lenows
and up above the Lenows the Pierces.
Ruth Hutichon Powell, May Rodgers (Mc????????), the Key Fami-
ly, Ada Jackson Asccaraga and so many others lived in Pedro Miguel.
Also Wilhelmena Fransen Bohan, the Barlows, Evans Meads,
Claybourns, and so many others, I could fill pages with names.
I'm well at the present time. My great-grandchildren are really
growing. Soon two of them will be ready for kindergarten and first
grade. I'm still doing volunteer work at the Senior Citizen's Center
two days, four when needed, a week. I do a lot of crocheting (purses of
many sizes) for the Santa Claus Shop and Nursing Homes.
Regards to all from the Pay Roll Branch, and other many friends.
(With apologies to Isaac Watt)
How doth the busy little maid
Improve the dirty clothes!
She rubbeth them with all her strength
Until the washboard shows.
She spreadeth them upon the grass
Where little insects play;
"It makes them clean and white", she says
In her decided way.
She starcheth them without restraint
Until they stand alone,
And when you touch a collars edge
It cutteth to the bone.
And then she eateth up a steak,
Your Sunday dinners hope,
Asketh for five bucks in advance
And carteth off the soap.
Submitted by EVA HARTE
FORMER CANAL Lockmaster Triggerman for Missiles taken
from Panama Canal Review 12-5-58. Balboa Heights, Canal Zone and
graciously presented by George A. Sausel, Lakeland, FL.
A one time Zonian, who used to help put ships through the
Panama Canal's locks, is now helping to put guided missiles through
The former Zonian is George A. Sausel, who was a lockmaster at
the Pacific Locks when he retired in February 1956. He is now working
at the Missile Testing Center at Cape Canaveral, FL.
In a recent letter to friends he said: "I went to work for an elec-
trical contractor last April At present I'm employed at Cape
Canaveral at the Missile Testing Center. The last event of national
consequence was the launching of the Thor-Able (Pioneer). It went sky-
high, looked things over in the atmosphere outside of this world, and
then decided to come back home like the Prodigal Son, but just burned
itself up on the way. Too much of a hurry, just like people these days.
"This is terribly interesting work at the Cape, and I've had my
sights set on it for some time and finally made it. What am I doing? I'm
Chief Triggerman on the Giant Firecracker."
NEWS CONDENSED from The Panama Canal Spillway in part -
dates appearing after each article for your information.
***President Carter appointed the nine members of the binational
Board of the Panama Canal Commission, the U.S. Government agency
that operates the Canal.
The five U.S. members of the board are Michael Blumenfeld, John
A. Bushnell, John W. Clark, Clifford B. O'Hara and William Sidell. Ed-
win Fabrega Velarde, Roberto Heurtematte Espinosa, Gabriel Lewis
Galindo and Ricardo A. Rodriquez are the four Panamanian members.
***The Commission and Panamanian Fire divisions are now carrying
out annual inspection of homes in the Canal area .. 4/18/80
***The Panama Canal Commission paid tribute last week to 19 in-
dividuals and organizations whose voluntary acts and services have
enhanced the quality of Isthmian community life and have aided the
Canal organization in accomplishing mission.
This years ceremony marked the first presentation by the new
Commission and the Tenth Annual awards program was held in the
Rotunda of the Administration Building. Commission Administrator
D. P. McAuliffe praised the recipients of this year's awards.
The bronze medallions were presented by Chief Financial Officer
of the Canal Commission Walter D. Bjorseth; the silver medallions
presented by Deputy Administrator Fernando Manfredo Jr.; and the
gold medallions were awarded by Administrator McAuliffe.
The first Gold Public Service Award was presented to Cristobal
Lodge No. 1542, Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks for its
many years of continuous support to the Atlantic side community.
The second gold award went to the Cristobal Woman's Club for its
72 years of continuous contributions to the welfare of the Atlantic side
McAuliffe presented the third gold award to Bruce Quinn for his
many years of dedicated service to the improvement of Isthmian com-
munity life, especially in the area of the performing arts.
Deputy Administrator Manfredo presented the first of the silver
awards to MSgt. Luther M. Bailey USAF for his voluntary work with
the Isthmian community.
The second silver medallion was presented to Lt. Col. Ollie R.
Guinn USA, for his outstanding voluntary contribution to youth,
especially through management of the Junior football league program.
Dr. Hedley C. Lennan of the Medical Care Unit was presented a
silver award for his dedicated service to the elderly of the community.
The fourth silver medallion award was presented to Major
Clarence E. Merwin III, USAF, for his many hours of volunteer work
with the Scouting program, serving as a member of the executive
board of the Panama Canal Council.
MSgt. Enrique B. Sandi, USAF, received a silver award for his
social, cultural and religious contributions.
A Silver Panama Canal Honorary Public Service Award went to
Dr. R. Antonio Suescum for voluntarily devoting many hours of his
personal time and money toward improving health conditions and
medical services in the Canal area.
The first bronze PC Honorary Public Service Award was
presented to James T. Bird for his many contributions to the Isthmian
A bronze award went to Lt. Col. Monico L. Cisneros, USA.
Bronze awards were also presented to the following: Mrs. Eloise
H. Clark for improving the quality of life in the Latin American com-
munity. Fred L. Denton, for his extensive involvement with the Isth-
mian community as director of American Chamber of Commerce of
Panama; Mr. and Mrs. George Downing for their many years of
outstanding contributions to the Atlantic side community, especially
with youth; the Howard AFB/Albrook AFS Junior Officer Committee
for interest in welfare of people in the military and civilian community;
the Howard AFB Family Services for meeting the needs of service
members and their families for improving the life of the AF communi-
ty; Richard Kohnke for his dedicated service to international
understanding, cooperation and goodwill through the Friendship
Series of Baseball tournaments. Mrs. Sharon Monheit for her signifi-
cant contributions to the Atlantic side communities as a Red Cross vol-
unteer, etc. and The Social Actions Office, 24th Composite Wing for its
contributions to the military and civilian communities by providing a
crisis intervention telephone listening referral service (HELP) .
Each recipient had many reasons for the award listed but space would
not permit in its entirety .. 4/25/80
***Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Michael
Blumenfeld inspected the Gatun Locks during his visit to observe
Panama Canal Commission operations.
***P.C.C. exempt from hiring freeze. The only U.S. Government agen-
cy to receive an exemption, the Commission received special dispensa-
tion to make it possible to fulfill operational needs to meet treaty re-
***Thomas C. Peterson, chief, U.S. Recruitment Section, has recently
been designated the Program Coordinator of the Placement
Assistance Program. 5/2/80
***The cost of shipping a car, one way, is $316 for employees going on
leave who wish to take their car. 5/9/80
***Ricardo R. Varela has been appointed Associate Director of Office
of Human Resources Development, in the Office of Personnel Ad-
ministration. The board mission of this newly established unit is to
train and develop the PC Commission work force to achieve the max-
imum potential of all its members, with special emphasis toward train-
ing and developing Panamanians so that the Canal is managed and
operated by an essentially Panamanian work force by the year 2000.
As a Grade 14, Varela is the highest grade Panamanian manager in the
Canal Commission with the exception of the Deputy Administrator.
***The Gatun Recompression Chamber has been moved to the In-
dustrial Division in Mount Hope where it will remain for six weeks.
***Shirley H. Barca has been appointed chief of the Accounting Divi-
sion's Claims Branch, succeeding Thomas E. Spencer who has com-
pleted a long career with the Canal organization.
***The unveiling of a bronze bust of Harold R. Parfitt, last Governor
of the Canal Zone, took place at the ceremony in the Rotunda of the Ad-
ministration Building on Tuesday of last week. In attendance were Pan-
Canal Commission Administrator D. P. McAuliffe, Deputy Ad-
ministrator Fernando Manfredo, religious, military and community
leaders of the Canal area and Governor Parfitt himself.
Parfitt was Governor of the Canal Zone from April 1975 through
September 1979 and was Lieutenant Governor from June of 1965 to
September of 1968. This was his first visit to the Isthmus since his
departure after the implementation of the Panama Canal treaties of
October 1, 1979.
The bronze bust was the result of appreciation for the Governor
on the part of 98 community organizations, said master of ceremonies
Joseph Wood, acting executive secretary of the Commission. The bust
was made originally from clay, then was shipped to Columbia for
casting in bronze.
The plaque under the bust reads: "Harold R. Parfitt Last Gover-
nor of the Canal Zone His dedicated and effective leadership in-
spired the employees of the great waterway to superior achievement
- Donated by the citizens of the Isthmian community with admiration
In accepting the honor, Governor Parfitt said, "The Panama Canal
has always been very special to me, and to be linked to its history in
this fashion is an incredible honor."
Later, at a luncheon sponsored by the Panama Council of the Navy
League at the Union Club in Panama City, the Governor spoke extem-
poraneously about his new home and life in Texas.
***Guess who made the "Talk of the Town" in the April 21 edition of
the prestigious New York Magazine, along with notables such as
87-year-old traveler, author and commentator Lowell Thomas; LtCol
John N. Snell of British Defense Ministry and others. It was Antonio
Zarco, the Choco Indian chief who works as palancaman in the
Metrologic and Hydrographic Branch of the Engineering Div. The
reporter described Zarco was wearing a scanty tribal costume that
was made mostly of beads, and said that the television reporters took
quite an interest in the Choco, pushing through the crowd to point
their cameras at him. Through an interpreter Zarco told him about
helping to train astronauts in jungle survival techniques.
Zarco was one of 1,800 persons who attended the Explorers Club
annual banquet, which this year celebrated its 75th anniversary in the
grand ballroom of the hotel Waldorf Astoria. Zarco was one of the 12
guests of honor and two pages of the program were devoted to pic-
tures of him noting his contributions to the teaching of jungle survival
and his services to the former U.S. Air Force Tropical Survival School
at Albrook between 1955 and 1975. .. 5/23/80
***Treaty requires rotation of new hirees after five years for U.S.
Citizen and other non-Panamanian Commission employees. This ap-
plies only to employees hired on or after October 1, 1970. An extension
of tours of duty will only be granted when there are no qualified
Panamanians for the position.
***Balboa High School to graduate 394 seniors at June 6 exercises.
***Father Francis A. Lynch, C.M., pastor of St. Mary's Church and
chaplain delegate for the U.S. military in Panama, will celebrate the
thirtieth anniversary of his ordination on June 3. Known for his deep
concern for people, Father Lynch has spent 26 of those 30 years as a
priest in the Canal area. To commemorate the anniversary and to show
their appreciation for all Father Lynch has done over the years,
parishioners have ordered 1,000 medals struck in a nickel-silver alloy.
Proceeds from the sale of the medals will pay for the minting and the
profits will go to Father Lynch as an anniversary gift.
Father Lynch first arrived on the Isthmus in 1950 he lived in Col-
on and worked in Gatun and at the Colon Hospital. Later he worked in
Balboa, Paraiso, Pedro Miguel and Red Tank. After 12 years he re-
turned to the states.
Recalling the first years in Panama, Father Lynch said, "I felt like
a missionary and I loved it," adding, "there was a lot of footwork in
those days. I practically went from door to door. He performed so
many marriages he said laughingly "they called me 'Marrying Sam'.
He was assigned to Philadelphia, PA and later to the Niagara
University at Niagara Falls and then to Brooklyn prior to returning to
Panama to live in Balboa and take charge of Sacred Heart Chapel. Last
year he was appointed to a three-year term as pastor and superior of
St. Mary's Church.
Father Lynch likes to help out people console, as a result he
organized the annual weekend marriage encounter that has been held
now for'seven years. In his spare time he likes to paint and sculpt and
to play golf, but usually he can be found performing all the functions of
a parish priest. Asked what he would do if he could turn the clock back,
Father Lynch said, "I'd do it all over again." 5/30/80
***Treaty limits off-Isthmus recruitment to critical skills. The Com-
mission will augment training programs for Panamanian employees
and apprentices and will increase the participation of Panamanian na-
tionals at all level and areas of employment in the Commission .
Before the off-Isthmus recruitment of personnel will be authorized, ex-
haustive efforts must be made to fill the position with a qualified appli-
cant from the local labor market.
***The Honorable Ambler H. Moss, Jr., U.S. ambassador to Panama,
addressed members of the new Board of the Panama Canal Commis-
sion at their first meeting on June 2nd. It was a historic occasion for
both countries as well as the Canal itself. He noted that during the
negotiations for the treaties, the Panamanian negotiators emphasized
the significance of the Board as a principal means to give Panama a
voice in policy making and supervision of the Canal enterprise.
***Panama's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Carlos Ozores, told the
Board Members that the importance of the Panama Canal to the world
trade bestowed historical significance to the installation of the Board.
He said the new treaties had created a new relationship between
Panama and United States because of the Canal. He referred to the
Board as a "policy making body" and also noted the R. of P's objections
to the Treaty implementing legislation, Public Law No. 96-70 .
Tomas Paredes Royo, recently replaced Gabriel Lewis Galindo on the
Board. Paredes was appointed in February as Executive Director of
the Executive Bureau of Panama Canal Affairs, Ministry of the
Presidency. He was previously finance manager of Corporation Finan-
ciera Nacional and had taught engineering at the University of
Panama and served on the board of several Panamanian business
***Lt. Richard H. Kinsey of the Police Division was doubly honored
last week in recognition of his numerous humanitarian contributions to
the Isthmanian community over a period of years. Kinsey was
presented the Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa in the rank of Caballero
(Knight) as Panama's acknowledgement of his humanitarianism by
Panama's Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations Juan Manuel
Castulovich.... That same day Lt. Kinsey was awarded the Key to the
Panama Canal in the grade of "Master Almoner" by Acting Admin-
istrator Fernando Manfredo, Jr. at a ceremony in the Administrator's
***Canal Zone Credit Union voted to liquidate. The membership will
be informed by mail of specific details regarding changes in office
hours and other matters to be effective during the liquidation period.
***The head of the Canal organization's Washington, DC office,
Panama Canal Commission Secretary Thomas M. Constant, had ended
his career with the federal government and is accepting a position as
an officer with an international firm in Washington Succeeding
Constant as the Commission's Secretary is Col. Michael Rhode, Jr.,
USA, who was military assistant for PC Affairs to the Assistant
Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Administrator D. P.
McAuliffe presented Constant the Distinguished Service Award, the
Canal's highest recognition for service, and the prestigious "Master
Key to the Canal" in recognition of his outstanding service.
***PCC sets policy concerning promotion, internal placement ... An
appraisal board of at least three members will be appointed by the
selection official to evaluate, rank and recommend candidates for all
permanent position vacancies to be filled at grade NM(LN)-7,
MG(LM)10, and above. For other positions, a recommending official
will be designated by the selection official to do the appraising. There
must be at least one U.S. and one Panamanian citizen on each appraisal
***In accord with the provisions of the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977,
all applicants for examination through the Central Examining Office
who claim dual nationality must file as U.S. Citizens. Such applicants
must present a U.S. passport or provide satisfactory proof that ap-
plication has been made for a passport. Dual nationalities will have to
present a U.S. passport before appointment to a position from a CEO
***A retirement party will be held for Smiley and Marie Morris on
June 21 at the Fort Amador Officers' Club. 6/13/80
***The estimated four thousand barrels of Alaskan crude oil that
spilled into the Canal on June 7 when the Texaco Connecticut struck
the Canal's east bank near Gamboa have not affected the normal opera-
tion of the waterway, but what significant effect the spill will have on
the environment has yet to be determined .... Cesar Von Chon, an
ecologist and chief of the Oil Pollution and Aquatic Weed Branch of the
Dredging Division, said that by using skimmers, polyurethane foam,
LCMs, a vacuum unit and an average of 132 men per day, about ten
percent of the oil has been recovered from the waterway ... According
to Dr. Nick Smythe, environmentalist for the Smithsonian Tropical
Research Institute (STRI), fresh water oil spills such as the one in the
Canal are uncommon, and there is a lack of data about their aftermath
on the environment.... Although the Dredging Division has been busy
cleaning up the largest oil concentrations, the supervisors have been
asked to report or to pick up any sick or dead fish, birds or other
wildlife in order to help identify what species are being affected and
how. Dr. Gale offered the services of the Audubon Society to help
gather this ecological data and the facilities of the MEDDAC
Veterinary Clinic in treating oiled birds.
***Sixty-three apprentices of the Panama Canal Commission's In-
dustrial Training Program became full-fledged journeymen on June 6,
when they were presented certificates of completion at a graduation
ceremony held at Panama Canal College auditorium. The graduat-
ing class made up of 50 Panamanians and 13 U.S. citizens, represented
***Eighty-three receive degrees at Panama Canal College graduation
at the forty-sixth annual commencement exercises on June 5. .
Gerald J. Welch, Director of the PCC's Executive Planning Staff, con-
ferred the degrees upon the 83 students that evening, among them his
son Gerard E. Welch, who as president of the college's honor society
gave the welcoming address .... 6/20/80
***Commission personnel promoted into first-line supervisory and
middle management positions are advised that they must complete
"Core Courses for Supervisors and Managers," a group of Commission
training courses developed to enhance their job performance and
managerial skills.... The courses are taught by instructors of the U.S.
Office of Personnel Management and the Commission's Human
Resources Employee and Management Development Program.
***About one third of the oil that spilled on June 7 when the Texaco
Connecticut struck the Canal has been recovered Von Chong
reported that there still has not been any significant visible harm to
the aquatic life or wildlife ... Bierman explained that the Commission
has decided to use nontoxic chemical collectors which facilitate the
recovery of the oil. This type of chemical is acceptable to the Smithson-
ian Tropical Research Institute and to the Miraflores Filtration Plant.
***The Veterinary Activity, USA MEDDAC Panama, has been inform-
ed that the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Pet Bird Stations at Miami, New
York and Los Angeles are filled and temporarily unable to provide
quarantine space for pet birds. Bird owners must apply for quarantine
space at least two months in advance of their departure from Panama.
***The October 1, 1979 issue of the Panama Canal Review, which
featured a night scene of the Balboa Heights Administration Building
on its cover, has won third place in the "house organs" category of the
Blue Pencil Awards for outstanding government publications. The
award was presented to Willie K. Friar, assistant information officer
and Review editor. There were 525 entries submitted to the contest
and 73 received recognition.
***Studies show Panama plant capital of the Americas by Susan H.
Liang. The Missouri Botanical Garden has recently completed a study
entitled, the "Flora of Panama." The result of almost forty years of
endeavor, the study comprises extensive botanical information that is
of interest and benefit to scientists the world over. Scientists from the
Garden reveal that there are more plant species in Panama and
neighboring Colombia than in all of North and South America put
together and that almost 1,000 of these are endemic to Panama alone.
More new plant species have been collected in Panama than in any
other Central American country.
The Missouri Botanical Garden has been active in Panama since
1926, when a tropical station was set up in Balboa using the private but
world-famous orchid collection of Charles Powell as a nucleus. Known
locally as "The Orchid Garden," the station was transferred to the
PCCo in 1939 and became a branch of the CZ Experimental Garden....
In 1943 the Missouri Botanical Garden initiated formal research on the
flora of Panama and for the next 27 years sent expeditions from the US
to make collections and observations and then to return to the home in-
stitution to catalogue the material prior to the next trip out.
In 1969 the Garden opened the Summit Herbarium and Library at
Summit Gardens. The following year a field station was set up in
Panama with cooperation of the Smithsonian Tropical Research In-
stitute which offered space for an office and drying facilities, and the
herbarium and library were moved there.
The year around resident botanist is Tom Antonio, a 30-year-old
botanist and doctoral candidate who was born with a need for "making
order out of confusion" around him and with a passion for collecting
and classifying. Antonio recently sent a package of dried plant
specimens to a doctor working in cancer research. The plant is known
to have many curative properties and will be examined and tested to
see whether it could be a cure for cancer. Antonio collects approx-
imately 80 different plants a day in addition to collecting and studying
his speciality, Spiraruna, a small bush or tree with red fruit and dis-
tinct lemon smell, which he became fascinated with while on a field trip
to Costa Rica. Eight species of Spiraruna are already known in Panama
but Antonio says that he has found even more.
***No DOD medical care for visitors unless they are eligible for treat-
ment in military facilities in the U.S. Visitors who do not qualify for
treatment at U.S. military facilities may receive medical attention
from any of the numerous clinics or private practice physicians in the
R. de P. It should be remembered that MEDICARE does not cover in-
dividuals outside of the U.S. nor do many private insurance policies.
***Lt. Col. Thomas A. Rehn, a career officer in the Army Corps of
Engineers, has been appointed Assistant to the Director of the
Engineering and Construction Bureau and assumed his new duties ear-
ly this month.
***U.S.-R.P. have concluded an agreement which permits American
citizens convicted by Panamanian courts to serve the remainder of
their sentences, if longer than six months, in U.S. jails. Panamanian
citizens convicted in U.S. courts, including those in the former Canal
Zone, will be able to serve the remainder of their sentences in a
Panamanian jail if they so choose. The U.S. and Panama exchanged the
instruments of ratification in Washington, DC effective June 27 of this
***Canal area residents are once again feeling the effects of the
Hylesa moth which plagues the Isthmian community from time to time.
The last major infestation was in 1971 .... The moth is about one inch
long with grey wings and a hairy plump body. Persons who come in
contact with the toxic barbs that are found on its hairs can develop a
red itchy rash.
***Banco National de Panama opened a branch in Balboa Wednesday
following formal inauguration ceremony on Tuesday. The new bank is
located in the building that formerly housed the old Housewares An-
nex, Bldg. 726-A at the end of the commissary complex between Balboa
Road and Clinton Street. Preserving the exterior charm of the old
wood frame structure, the interior of the building was completely
remodeled, with the addition of concrete walls, terrazzo flooring and a
new white bricked facade that faces Roosevelt Avenue. The new bank
is completely air-conditioned but overhead fans maintain a touch of
early 1900 in the Canal Area. A bilingual staff of six tellers and a drive-
in teller are serving the public from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lottery tickets
will be cashed there .. 7/18/80
Mr. Donald L. Adams
Mr. Eugene R. Adams
Mr. Howard M. Armistead
Mrs. Aristea C. Arosemena
Mrs. Bertha I. Atkinson
Mr. Donald D. Austin
Mrs. Laura Baldwin
Mr. Franklin A. Balmas
Mr. Peter J. Barr
Mrs. Marguerite Y. Budreau
Mrs. Jean D. Burns
Mr. Clyde R. Campbell
Mrs. Joan Van Vliet Corliss
Mr. John B. Corliss, Jr.
Mr. Frank R. Costanzo
Mr. Nelson E. Day
Mr. Noel E. Gibson
Mr. James Gordon Guhlin
Mr. Robert Hassler
Mr. Edison J. Holgerson
Mr. Joseph E. Hudgings
Mrs. Anna B. Honea
Mr. John A. Hunt
Mr. William L. Keller
Mr. Calvin M. Landrum
Mr. Russell Lawrence
Mr. Jack G. Lenneville
Mrs. Pauline S. Little
Mr. Robert R. McCoy
Mr. Thomas W. McGraw
11/ 3 Locks
12/29 Office of Financial V/Pres.
12/29 Office of Financial Mgmt.
10/ 2 Police
10/ 6 Canal Support
12/ 7 Railroad
10/20 Administration Bldg.
10/ 6 Engineering
12/15 Port Captain
12/29 Financial Planning
12/15 Engineering & Const.
12/ 8 Protection & Sup. Serv.
12/20 Transit Operations
12/15 Transit Operations
12/15 Off. of the Adminstrator
12/15 Transit Operations
12/20 Canal Support
11/ 4 Water & Lab. Branch
9/30 Gorgas Hospital
12/16 Transit Operations
Mr. Drummond McNaughton12/29
Mr. George J. Marceau
Mrs. Grayce L. Nadeau
Mr. Richard R. O'Neal
Mr. Gerald Oster
Mr. Otis M. Ramey, Jr.
Mr. Elbert F. Ridge
Mr. Roy J. Richardson
Mr. Carl 0. Riggs
Mr. Charles E. Salmon
Mr. Alfred W. Sandrock
Mr. Paul H. Shacklette
Mr. Mason T. South
Mrs. Pauline L. Speir
Mr. Harold R. Stauffer
Mr. Mark T. Tartar
Mr. Walter E. Trout
Mr. Homer E. Welsh
Mr. William E. Welch
Mr. Sylvan A. Welty
Mr. George L. White
Mr. Albert L. Wilder
Mr. Maurice L. Wilson
Mr. William J. Wood
Mr. Calvin Ray Aldridge
Mr. Raymond E. Allen
Mr. Kenneth R. Atkinson
Mr. Theodore F. Babich
Mrs. Wilma H. Banks
Mr. Donald T. Barrington
Mr. Adolph Belden
Mr. Robert J. Bloemer
Ms. Bertha B. Brown
Mrs. Catherine M. Brown
Mr. Fay McKinley Brown
Mr. William E. Burns
Mr. Roland C. Casanova
Mr. Chas. A. Cavanaugh, Jr.
Mrs. Shirley A. Cavanaugh
Mr. Julius Cheney
Mrs. Sarah D. Cheney
Mr. Edward F. Cirulli
Mr. Edmund S. Coe
Off. of the Genl. Counsel
Office of Director
Office of Director
Protection & Support Services
Panama Canal Area Library
Off. of Financ. Mgmt.
Mr. James L. Collins, Jr.
Mr. Jesse D. Collins, Jr.
Mr. J. Patrick Conley
Mr. Thomas M. Constant
Mr. Robert E. Daisey
Mr. Amos DeRaps
Mrs. Florence E. Derrer
Mr. George A. Derrer
Mr. Vernon C. Douglas
Mr. Howard J. Eastham
Mr. John F. Edwards
Ms. Mary H. Engelke
Mr. Robin L. Erixon
Mr. Evan G. Evans, Jr.
Mr. Arthur W. Farrell
Mr. Wolford W. Foster
Mr. Gilbert L. Fritts
Mr. Eddie B. Goodrich
Mr. John H. Harris
Mr. Alfred D. Henderson
Mrs. Anna H. Hernandez
Mrs. Hope H. Hirons
Mr. Walter Hirsch
Mr. Arthur Alfonzo Honea
Mr. Samuel S. Irvin, Jr.
Mr. Robert L. Johnson
Mr. Maurice S. Kelleher
Mrs. Barbara L. Kelly
Mr. Lloyd M. Kent
Lt. Richard H.Kinsey
Mrs. Grace M. Lawrence
Mr. James W. Lowe
Mr. Richard D. McGraw
Mr. Robert B. McIlvaine
Mr. Edward S. Mack
Mr. Xylon Q. Marshall
Mr. Ernest R. Martin
Mrs. Jo Anne S. Mathis
Mr. Theodore D. Melanson
Mr. Robert 0. Morgan
Mr. James W. Morris
Mr. Earl E. Mullins
Mr. William A. Muller
Mrs. Alice F. Myers
Mr. Dan George Nellis
Off. of the Exec. Secty.
Off. Secty.,Wash., DC
Office of Financial
Office of Financial
Office of Equal Opportunity
Recreation Services Office
Office of Executive Planning
Panama Area Personnel B.
Data Processing System
Mrs. Patricia R. Nellis
Mr. Eugene C. Nott
Mr. Clifford B. Ocheltree
Mr. Paul V. O'Donnell
Mr. Ed. C. Overstreet, Jr.
Mr. Edward T. Paine
Mr. Bobby S. Parker
Mr. Robert W. Parker
Mr. Duane M. Perkins
Mr. Charles E. Phelps
Mr. William E. Pierson
Mr. Carl W. Reynolds
Mr. John C. Rimkewich
Mr. Lloyd A. Roberts
Miss Elizabeth A. Rose
Mr. Paul V. Rozmeski
Mr. Vernon R. Seeley
Mr. Benjamin Schoenleber
Mr. Leo Von Shadeck
Mr. Raymond N. Shaw
Mr. Johnny M. Simmons
Mr. Hamilton I. Slimon
Mr. Howard F. Small
Mr. Gerald H. Smith
Mr. Joseph C. Smith
Mr. Thomas E. Spencer
Mr. Ralph L. Stinson, Jr.
Mr. Ralph C. Stone
Mr. Richard Swearingen
Mr. Chas. J. Roth-Roffy, Jr.
Mr. Albert C. Terwilliger
Mr. Joseph L. Tuminelli
Mr. Wilbur H. Vantine
Mr. James B. Wallace
Mr. Roy S. Wallace
Mr. Stuart Wallace
Mr. Roley J. Wesley
Mr. Donald W. Wilson
Mr. Wayne E. Wilson
Mgmt. Info. System
Eng. & Const. Power Br.
Data Processing Systems
Off. of Financ. Mgmt.
Patricia Cecilia Hannigan and Stephen Glenn Autman were mar-
ried on May 25, 1980, in the Church of Saint Joseph on-the-Brandywine,
in Wilmington, DE. Patricia is a third generation "Zonian", having
been born in Colon Hospital. She was graduated from Balboa High
School in 1967. She is the daughter of Mrs. Agnes E. Hannigan and the
late Joseph C. Hannigan. Her maternal grandparents were Mr. and Mr
George F. McDade, who resided in Balboa for many years. Steve is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Autman of Wilmington. They are making
their home at 321 Old Kennett Road, Wilmington, DE 19807.
On May 3, 1980, Patricia Loree McKenney, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Elwin J. McKenney of Sacramento, CA and Peter Roger Swain,
son of Captain and Mrs. Roger H. Swain, formerly of Gatun, Canal
Zone and now residing in Citrus Heighs, CA, were united in marriage
in the garden of the bride's parents home. Matron of honor was the
sister of the bride, Mrs. Cheryl Lakich. The best man was R. Booke
Swain, brother of the groom. After a honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico the
newlyweds are at home at 1528 37th St., Sacramento, CA 95816.
Patricia graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.
Peter attended Canal Zone College and California State University,
The wedding of Miss Laura Jean Humphrey and Randy Gene Han-
na took place on April 19, 1980 in the Trinity United Methodist Church,
Fort Dodge, IA. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Hum-
phrey and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy L. Humphrey of Fort
Dodge, IA. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hanna. After
a wedding trip to Colorado they will reside in Fort Dodge.
Virginia deHaven Orr and William C. Hitchcock, Jr., both of
Washington, DC were married on Saturday, April 12, 1980 at St.
Thomas' parish. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter T.
deHaven of Stanford, CT. The groom's parents are Mr. and Mrs.
William C. Hitchcock, Sr. of Sarasota. Mrs. Hitchcock, accompanied by
her sister, Mrs. Robin Comer of Sarasota, attended her son's wedding.
The couple are residing at 1615 Q Street, N.W., Apt. 204, Washington,
Donna Francis Reiffel and Raymond James Kelly were married
April 4, 1980 at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA.
Pastor Dr. Hiram Campbell officiated at the ceremony. Raymond's
brother Jonathan was his best man and his sisters Annette and
Theresa were bridesmaids. Donna is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
William Rieffel of New Orleans and Raymond is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Dean Kelly of Hornell, NY. After a wedding trip to the Bahamas the
couple will reside in New Orleans.
Elizabeth Ann Hallin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry E. Hallin of
Fayetteville, AR and Maj. Thomas U. Wall, U.S. Marine Corps, were
married at a private ceremony on May 31, 1980 at the First United
Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville.
Born in the Canal Zone, Miss Hallin, who retains her maiden name,
is a graduate of Fayetteville High School where she was a cheerleader
and a member of the Choralettes, and of the University of Arkansas,
where she was a member of Mortar Board, Zeta Tau Alpha, and the
Uarkettes. She received her master's degree from Purdue University,
has taught at both St. Olaf Col-
lege and the University of Min-
nesota, and is currently a doctoral
candidate at Minnesota. Inter-
rupting her doctoral studies, she
served as an Officer of Marines
for three years, during which
time she was assigned to the
White House as a Presidential
military social aide. She is
presently a First Lieutenant in
the Marine Corps Reserve sta-
tioned at El Toro, California.
After a champagne brunch with
a Swedish ring cake flown in from
Minneapolis for the wedding, the
couple left for a brief honeymoon
in New York City. In mid-June
they returned to their home in Irvine, California.
Vida L. Dietz became the bride
of Harry F. Bytz, Jr. May 18 at
the Rose Gardin at Idlewild Park
in Reno, Nev.
Vida is the daughter of Toni
Cadrett of Reno, Nev. Harry is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry F.
Butz, Sr. of Springdale.
After a honeymoon to Lake
Tahoe and Sunriver, Ore., the cou-
ple will reside in Reno, Nev., .
where both are employed with
Sierra Pacific Power Co.
Annette Joy Kelly and Dan D. Marsh were united in marriage
June 21, 1980 at 7:00 p.m. at the Christian Temple in Wellsville, NY.
Rev. Peter Moon, pastor officiated. Annette is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Dean Kelly of Hornell, NY and Dan is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Donald Marsh of Wellsville, NY. Theresa, sister of the bride was maid
of honor. Jonathan, Raymond and Raymond's wife, Donna were also in
the wedding party. After a wedding trip to Toronto, Canada, the
young couple will reside in Wellsville, NY.
Laurie Lynn Patten and Frederick Michael Doyle were married
June 14, 1980 at St. Vincent's Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg, FL.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Patten (Bud) and
granddaughter of Mrs. Merrill Patten (Alice) also of St. Petersburg,
FL, formerly of Diablo, Canal Zone. The groom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. William A. Doyle. The brides sister, Sandra Sue, who is attending
college in Gainesville, FL was the maid of honor. Her brother, Bennett
William Patten, who attends St. Petersburg Junior College was also in
the party. Out of town guests included the bride's uncle Mr. Bennett J.
Williams and Mrs. Williams of Fairhope, AL. After a honeymoon in
Highlands, NC the couple will return to Gainesville, FL where they
both will be graduated from the University of Florida in August. Fred
has accepted a position with IBM and the couple will live in
Sandra Sue, Bud Patten and Mrs. Frederick
Mr. and Mrs. George P. Allgaier of St. Petersburg, FL wish to an-
nounce the marriage of their grandson, John Allgaier, Jr., son of Mr.
and Mrs. John Allgaier of Tampa, to Cheryl Ann Dees daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Dees on May 17, 1980 in Tampa, Florida.
Capt. and Mrs. Henry Johnstone of Atlantic Highlands, NJ an-
nounce the birth of their third grandchild, Elizabeth Grace Moffat,
born May 18, 1980. The proud mother is Kathleen Johnstone Moffat of
Doris and Dan Harned of /
Green Cove Springs, FL are hap-
py to announce the birth of their
first grandchild, Jason D. born f
January 9, 1980. He is the son of
Ron and Lynn Harned of Miami,
Harvey and Sonia Rhyne of El Paso, TX announce the birth of
their first baby girl, Taffy Arlene Rhyne, born February 27, 1980. Taf-
fy has three older brothers, Landon 16, Kenneth 13, and Erick 4. Her
paternal grandparents are Harvey and Bea Rhyne of the Panama
Mr. and Mrs. Glen E. Stribling (Edithe Marsh) announce the birth
of a daughter, Heidi Sue, born April 10, 1980 at St. Joseph's Hospital,
Tacoma, WA. Heidi weighted 7 lb. 3 oz. and was 21" long when she ar-
rived. Proud grandparents are Marilyn and Tommy Marsh of Oregon
Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Kinsey of Dothan, AL (formerly of
Balboa) proudly announce the birth of their new granddaughter Donna
Rae Beswick, born May 9, 1980 at Karlburt, Germany. Her parents are
Diana Lee and Mark Beswick. Donna is also welcomed by her sister
Dr. and Mrs. Chris Wrenn, Bowling Green, KY, have a new
daughter. Courtney Wrenn was born on July 3, 1980. She has an older
sister, Christina, age 5. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Wrenn
of Springdale, AR.
Born to David (Spider, BHS-1968) and Adrienne nee Morse
(BHS-1973) Whitehead, a baby girl on August 27, 1979.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen David Jones (Eileen Ridge, CHS) of West
Reading, PA, announce the birth of their first child, Stephanie Marie,
on November 20, 1979. Maternal grandparents are Vincent and Dottie
Ridge of Margarita, who are vacationing in Pennsylvania and getting
to know their first grandchild. Stephanie's great grandfather is Jack
Ridge of North Hollywood, CA.
Mr. and Mrs. Caleb C. Clement, Jr. of Grants Pass, OR announce
the birth of their second daughter on July 5, 1980.
The baby has been named Marilee, for her father's sister, Mary
and his paternal great grandfather, the late Leon J. Egolf of Gatun.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Caleb C. Clement of Virginia
Capt. and Mrs. Stephen D. Vaughn, USA of West Point, N.Y. are
receiving congratulations on the birth of their first child, a son, Drew
Stephen, on August 4, 1980.
Mrs. Vaughn is the former Mary Ruth Clement. Capt. Vaughn is
an instructor on the staff at West Point.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Vaughn
of El Paso, TX and Mrs. and Mrs. Caleb C. Clement of Virginia Beach,
VA. Drew is Mr. and Mrs. Clement's first grandson and fifth grand-
Born to David and Kathy Cooper of Grand Prairie, TX a son on
July 22, 1980 at 9:33 P.M. Lee Matthey Cooper. Grandparents, Dorcas
and George Cooper of Deming, Washington.
3itth eep orroaw
Mr. Frederick C. Atkinson, 89, member, passed away June 28,
1980. He retired as the Assistant to the Superintendent of the Dredg-
ing Division in 1952 after 25 years of service with the Panama Canal
Co. After his retirement, he and his wife, Agnes, made their home in
Hot Springs, AR. Survivors are: his son, Frederick C., Jr. of Mil-
waukee,WI; his daughter, Agnes M. Anderson of Boca Raton, FL;
seven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
Mr. Roy Frederic Bessey, 90, Portland, OR, an engineer on the
Panama Canal and noted author and expert on planning died July 28,
1980. He did drafting and design work on the Panama Canal and later
worked for the Navy, the National Park Service, the Public Works Ad-
ministration, the Resources Planning Board, the Bonneville Power Ad-
ministration and in the executive office of the president. He was a con-
sultant for many engineering projects in the U.S., Soviet Union and
China. Survivors are his wife, Glenna; son, William Cahoone Bessey,
San Francisco, CA; two daughters and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Helen Matthews Bierwagen passed away on June 11, 1980, in
Hemet, CA. She was a clerk for the US Army in the Panama Canal
Zone for 20 years. She is survived by her widower, Amos Bierwagen,
of Hemet, and a niece, Kay Croissant, of Pasadena. Mr. Bierwagen
wrote that he and Helen had known each other since 1935 "We were
on board the same ship one day out of New Orleans when Pearl Harbor
was attacked. We served with the US Army as civilian employees
since that time. We were married on June 9, 1961, shortly before
Helen's retirement. We lived in Curundu and Diablo Terrace until Oc-
tober 1970 when I retired and we took up residence in Hemet, where
we have been active in the San Jacinto-Hemet Rockhound Club. This
association stemmed from our participation in activities of the Canal
Zone Gem & Mineral Society. We prided ourselves in having the
greatest collection of Panama and Canal Zone polished gemstones in
the world. This is based on our knowledge of the type and quality of
collections that were put together between 1961 and 1970 when the
Canal Zone Club was at its best. Helen took a lot of pride in the fact
that William the Conqueror was her ancestor, that she was a
Mayflower descendant and was born a Daughter of the American
Mr. Paul M. Bramlett, 57, member, died on May 26, 1980 at Gorgas
Hospital. He went to the Panama Canal in 1951 and at the time of his
death was an operations supervisor at Miraflores Locks. He was a U.S.
Navy veteran and member of the Isthmian Lodge, the Veterans of
Foreign Wars, the American Legion and had been a member of the
Elks Lodge 1414. Surviving are his wife Margaret (Ditty); two
daughters Debra, student at Panama Canal College and Dianna
McGann and a granddaughter.
Mrs. Sarah-Jean (Williams) Brown, 59, member, passed away May
30, 1980 at Gorgas Hospital. Born in Ancon Hospital, she went to
Cristobal High School for three years and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1938. Her parents James and Augusta Williams were Canal
construction day people. Survivors are her husband Lawrence (Larry);
sister Mrs. Lois Geddie; son James and daughters Mrs. Lois Jordan
and Tula Brown.
Mr. Arnold Bruckner, 83, of St. Petersburg, FL died June 4, 1980.
Mr. Bruckner retired in 1951 as the Canal Finance Director. Survivors
include his wife Christina G.; a sister Mrs. Roy Bittinger, Johnstown.
Mr. Cyril D. DeLapp, 66, member of Dallas, TX, passed away July
31, 1980. Cy retired with 28 years service with the Canal Zone Police
Dept. from 1942 to 1970. All of his service was on the Atlantic Side at
Cristobal. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, Dallas; daughters
Catherine E. Haught, Tulsa, OK; Nancy E. Bryan, Dallas; Joan E.
O'Hagan, Dallas; son, Cyril D. DeLapp, Colorado Springs, CO; two
brothers; two sisters and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Mary I. DeYoung, 91, of St. Petersburg, FL died May 25,
1980. She was the widow of John Thomas DeYoung who retired from
the Canal Zone Police in 1946. Mary worked for the Mechanical Div.
Survivors include a son John C., a daughter Virginia Simpson, Lehigh
Acres; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two great,
Mrs. Alexander Dombrowsky (Edna), 88, died on June 3, 1980 in
Miami Shores, FL where she made her home with her son Alan. She
was the widow of a Roosevelt Medal Holder and had lived on the Canal
Zone from 1912 to 1938. She is survived by a brother Herbert McClain
of Coral Gables, FL; two other sons, John of Hendersonville, NC and
Dr. E. F. of Dallas, TX; 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Frank (Aileen Butler) Flynn passed away June 30, 1980 at
the age of 97 in Kalamazoo, MI.
Aileen, as she was known in the Canal Zone from 1914 to 1919,
taught music in the old Balboa High School and was organist of St.
Mary's Church in Balboa under Fr. McDonald, also society editor of the
Star & Herald, plus many other activities including multiple visits to
Aileen was the last of the old Canal Zone Butler families which
consisted of her father, James E. Butler who answered the call of Ted-
dy Roosevelt and left the Michigan Central Railroad on December 1904
and became chief car inspector of the Panama Railroad in 1905, and her
mother, Margaret Twoomey, plus her brother's T. Jimmy and Michael
Butler, her sisters, Margaret (McCormack), Macel (Goulet), Marie
(Gallagher), and Gabrille (Dawson).
She is survived by her son's, Joseph E. Flynn, a retiree of C.Z. in
'71 and a member, and William a Flynn, both of Kalamazoo, a grandson,
Patrick Flynn of Kalamazoo, a granddaughter, Mrs. (Peggy Flynn)
Mattey and two great grandsons, James and John Mattey of Sumpter,
Mrs. Cele (Senk) Garavanta, 60, member, of Land O'Lakes, FL
died recently at St. Joseph Hospital, Tampa. Cele taught 4th grade at
the Diablo Elementary School, retiring in 1974 with 14 years service.
She was a member of the College Club served as president and held
other positions. She was also a member of the Altar Society of the
Sacred Heart Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, F.
Jack of Troy, MI; a daughter, Andrea of the home; two brothers and
two sisters all of New Britain, CT and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Barbara Geoghegan, member, of Johnston, RI died of a heart
attack on February 21, 1978. Only known survivor is her husband,
William H. Geoghegan, Jr.
Dean Glen E. Murphy, Panama Canal College has informed us of
the death of Roger C. Hackett, former member, former Dean of the
Canal Zone Junior College on April 21, 1980 in Raleigh, NC. Dean
Hackett retired after 32 years of service with the Division of Schools of
the Canal Zone in 1962. Mr. Hackett taught social studies in Cristobal
High School from 1930 through 1935, he was transferred to the Canal
Zone Junior College as instructor and served until 1940, when he was
also appointed as Chairman of the Faculty in addition to his teaching
responsibilities. He was appointed to the position of Dean in 1943 and
served in that position until his retirement.
Dean Hackett held a AB degree from Indiana U and MA degree
from Harvard U. He also completed additional graduate courses at Ox-
ford U in England and U of Colorado. He took a personal interest in the
students at JC and he was frequently consulted following his retire-
ment concerning the accomplishments and current mailing addresses
of former students and by persons doing research and writing concern-
ing the Canal and the Zone College.
Mr. Hackett is survived by his wife, "Bobby" Lyon Hackett;
daughter, Mrs. Martha Hackett Walsh and two grandchildren, Douglas
Lyon and Elizabeth Hollis Walsh, all of Raleigh.
Rear Admiral Joseph L. Herlihy, 78, died on June 10, 1980, at his
home in San Jose, CA. The Somerville, MA, native entered the US
Naval Academy in 1920 and was commissioned an ensign four years
later. He was the officer responsible for providing fuel to the Pacific
fleet when Pearl Harbor was attacked in December 1941. After being
graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College in 1942, he returned to
Pearl Harbor as supply officer for Admiral Chester Nimitz. He was
promoted to Commodore during the war. After becoming the top sup-
ply officer at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo after the war, he
went on to command the Naval Supply Center at Norfolk, VA. Admiral
Herlihy retired from the Navy in 1964 and soon became a business pro-
fessor at San Jose State University. He was a lifetime master in the
American Contract Bridge League. He leaves a son, Michael, of El Cer-
rito. Admiral Herlihy was well known to some of our members. His
wife, Mary Corrigan, preceded the Admiral in death on April 10, 1980
at sea while they were on a cruise.
Mr. Fred B. Hill, 84, member, of St. Petersburg, died July 19,
1980. He was a retired Canal Zone policeman having retired 27 years
ago and a veteran of World War I. He is survived by his wife Francisca
C.; a son, Fred B., Jr. of Panama Canal; two daughters, Lila H.
Stephens of Atlanta, and Dianne Kelly of St. Petersburg; eight grand-
children and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Myra Harris Holcomb, member of LaBelle, FL passed away
February 24, 1980. Myra worked for the Army Engineer Corps in the
Canal Zone and retired in early seventies. Only known survivor is her
husband Harry E. Holcomb.
Mrs. Mary Josephine Hughes, member, of Boynton Beach, FL
passed away August 1, 1980. Jo was the widow of Ulrich Hughes who
worked with the Electrical Division and passed away in 1960. Mary
lived on the Isthmus from 1924 to 1961. Survivors are a son Marshall
W. of 27 Eleuthera Dr., Ocean Ridge, FL and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Tress Morau, member, passed away at Methodist Medical
Center in St. Joseph, MO on March 19, 1980 after a long illness. She is
survived by her husband Lyle B. Morau who retired from the Canal
Zone Police in 1963.
Mr. Harry C. Nicholls, member, of St. Petersburg, FL, died June
18, 1980. Mr. Nicholls owned and operated the automobile agency in
Panama and moved to the States in 1970. Survivors include his wife
Mr. Anthony Nita, member, of Dothan AL, died in a Birmingham
hospital on August 4, 1980. He was buried in the family plot at Man-
chester, NH, his hometown. Toni worked with the Pacific Locks Divi-
sion and retired from that division in July 1975 with over 26 years ser-
vice. He was a friend to the Choco Indians of the Darien area in the
Republic of Panama. Survivors are his wife, Stella of Dothan; three
daughters; Helen Hotz of North Carolina; Maryann of the Panama
Canal and Toni of Florida; a son John of Tallahassee, FL and three
John F. Parsons of Tampa, FL passed away January 15, 1980 after
a lingering illness. He was Planner and Estimator with the Mechanical
Division in Cristobal until he resigned in 1946 to enter private business
in Marine Construction in Tampa for sixteen years. He was Consul
General for Panama in Tampa and West Florida.
He is survived by three children.
Mr. Louis Joseph Poletti, 65, member, of New Philadelphia, OH,
died May 27, 1980. Mr. Poletti retired in 1975 from the office of the
Governor-President of the Panama Canal with over 34 years service.
He graduated from Stafford Business College and was a member of the
Knights of Columbus at New Philadelphia. Surviving are his wife,
Mary A; a son and two daughters, Michael of Fort Benning, GA, Mrs.
Tom (Patricia L.) David of Columbus and Rose M. of the home; two
brothers and two sisters and a grandson.
Mrs. Celeste Clark Powell, 68, member, of Dunedin Beach, FL,
passed away June 23, 1980 in Mease Hosepital. Celeste was born in
Easton, MO and went to the Canal Zone in 1927. She was an accounting
clerk for the Supply Division until 1964. She was a member of the Fern
Leaf Chapter of Eastern Star. She is survived by her husband Bronson
B. (Bun) Powell; two daughters Joan P. Arndt, Crystal Lake, IL and
Celeste P. Fulton, Glendale, CA; a brother George Clark, Raytown,
MO; two sisters, Frances Dyer, St. Joseph, MO and Mildred Fogelberg,
Southington, CT and five grandchildren.
Mr. Peter S. Proback of Rensselaer, NY writes that his wife, Mrs.
Proback died last March, 1979.
Mrs. Daisy M. Randall, 87, of St. Petersburg, FL, passed away in a
nursing home May 18, 1980. Daisy was the widow of the late Robert E.
Randall who died February 25, 1953. She is survived by three
daughters, Mrs. Violet S. Deakins of Titusville, FL, Mrs. Charlotte Tul-
ly of St. Petersburg and Mrs. Arleen Bowers of Dayton, OH; 9 grand-
children and 14 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Joseph E. Reduga, 56, died March 8, 1980 at Kissimmee, FL,
where he and his wife made their home for the past 18 months. He had
retired as a lead foreman, air conditioning and refrigeration for the Ft.
Gulick Post Engineers. He was a member of Lodge 1542 Cristobal
BPOE and a life member of the VFW and a member of Post 10,
American Legion of Kissimmee. Survivors are his wife, Josephina; his
daughter Rita Snider and a son, Johnny, a member of the U.S. Navy
stationed out of Jacksonville, FL.
Mr. John S. Skinner, Jr., member, of Miami, FL died on January
14, 1980 in Birmingham, AL. He is survived by his wife, Pauline J. and
son Stanford J. Skinner of Birmingham, AL.
Mrs. Marion Boomer Taylor, 68, member, a former well known
resident of Colon and member of a prominent Atlantic side family, died
August 5 in South Fulton Hospital, Atlanta, GA following a brief ill-
ness. Mrs. Taylor was taken ill while she was a houseguest of Mrs.
Eunice Richard in Jonesboro. Marion lived on the Atlantic side since
she was a child. Her father Capt. George Boomer was one of the
original Panama Canal pilots and served as Assistant Port Captain in
Cristobal during World War II. She was married to the late Dr. Surse
J. Taylor, Jr., whose father, Dr. Surse J. Taylor, Sr. was one of the
founders of the Samaritan Hospital in Colon. She was employed for
many years with the Canal Zone Division of Schools on the Atlantic
side. She came to the United States following her retirement and made
her home in St. Petersburg, FL. She is survived by her brother-in-law
and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Pierpoint of Mount Dora, FL, and
Mr. Harry C. Walbridge, 68, member, of Golden Gate, FL, died
June 7, 1980. An "oldtimer" born April 10, 1912 at Cristobal, Canal
Zone, spent his childhood on the Canal Zone, later working for the In-
dustrial Division. He later transferred to Huntsville, AL and retired
from government service there. He was a member and past master of
Darien Lodge A.F. & A.M., Balboa; Scottish Rite, Araba Temple,
Naples Scottish Rite Club, past secretary Naples Hi-12 Club and
P.W.O.S. Ft. Myers No. 4, White Shrine and Cypress Chapter No. 236
OES. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mildred Walbridge and one
daughter, E. Sharon of Golden Gate; a brother, Gordon Walbridge Con-
neaut, OH; two sisters, Mrs. Barbara Drebing, Aurora, CO and Mrs.
Harry A. (Phydelis) Nethery, Santa Barbara, CA.
**Eternal rest give to them, 0 Lord, and let
perpetual light shine upon them.**
A 9 i 6t()/O PANAMA CANAL
Leon G. Greene, Balboa In the current March issue I saw a
remark about the Bridge of the Americas being a Toll Bridge. Am
pleased to say, "tain't so"! At least it hasn't been up to yesterday.
Perhaps, its the Autopista from Arraijan to Chorrera that they re-
ferred to. This will be done (so they say) in 3 to 4 months and most
everyone is of the opinion that there will be a toll charge and
justifiably so, as its a super highway with 4 lanes and center median
and will save considerable time and traffic confusion.
Also noted that Parking Meters have been installed in the Zone
Area. It might be that something like this is planned for the future but
up to now we haven't any nor heard of anything like it.
Recently was given an old copy of a 1925 ZONIAN. I recall that
sometime ago someone wrote asking for old Zonians this one is
available and will be pleased to give it to whomever writes first.
Balboa Post Office arcade has been taken over by several lottery
vendors who seem to be doing an active business ... no need to go to
Jay Street or Tivoli Ave. for your tickets! Stevens Circle in front of the
post office has been taken over by numerous vendors the most col-
orful, of course are the San Blas women who are even doing their sew-
ing there. It seems to be quite an attraction for the tourists for molas,
old bottles, sea shells, paintings, flowers and leather goods.
Saw Bob Worlsey whizzing by today on his way to the bank. He
seems to get younger every year! Passed Emmett Zeemer in the VFW
... he looked good but mentioned he had had a bad accident some time
ago ... didn't seem to slow him down any. Had lunch with Sam Moody
recently doing fine despite a bad cataract operation. He is the
greatest booster for the Panama doctors.
Ceil and I just returned from a trip around South America on the
Delta Line ... this used to be the Grace Line and now very much up-
graded and is super-super good! Any of you out there with a hankering
to travel should not miss this one its a sure bet. They have 4 of
these passenger-cargo boats and ship out of San Francisco with stops
at L.A. and Mexico, thru the Canal to all of the main ports on the East
Coast thru the Strait of Magellan (beautiful) to Chile, Peru and
Ecuador then home. The ship is your hotel with excellent service ...
the best we have ever had any place. They can carry 100 passengers
and have a doctor aboard. A most interesting experience.
Our very best regards to all our friends out there and thanks for
the good work you all are doing on the Record.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Leon also submitted the "bajun" DE H'INCOME
TAHX, however it had been published in the Canal Record VoL 5,
March, 1971, No. 1. Should there be requests for this poem by Gold
Coast Gus I shall be happy to include it in the next issue.)
Mr. and Mrs. Burt Mead of Balboa visited with Burt's father Fred
Mead for two weeks in July. David Corrigan is Mrs. Mead's son. Burt's
youngest son, Keith will enter Florida State this fall. Burt and family
made a side trip to San Diego to visit with the Lloyd Spradlins.
George R. Tochterman, PSC Box 1053, APO Miami 34002 I am
in the process of organizing a newsletter idea for all former members
of the Canal Zone Police now called the Canal Commission Police.
Over 150 former Officers, many of them retirees have responded
already but I am hoping to reach others through the Canal Record. I
encourage any former members to contact me if they haven't already.
F. A. Cotton, General Services Director, Panama Canal Commis-
sion ... I am deeply grateful for the opportunity provided me by the
Society to renew old acquaintances and meet new ex-Zonians. The en-
tire three day affair was a thrill for JerryMcElroy and myself. It was
well planned, everyone seemed pleased with the accommodations and
arrangements, and Jerry and I were most pleased with your hospitali-
ty.... Please send me about ten application forms as there are several
people in my office, and elsewhere, that would also like to join. .
Again, I thank the Panama Canal Society of Florida for giving me the
opportunity to speak to you about the Panama Canal Commission and
the former Canal Zone.
James E. Craig, Tuscumbia An eventful Spring for us. Our son
Jon married Lorraine Cooney in New Orleans on 12 April. Jon is with
the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding there. On 31 May our
daughter Paula was married to Leigh Gordon in Centreville, VA. ....
Many of you will remember two of our neighbors here, Jim and Dot
Hayman (Locks Division) ... We have completed construction of an ad-
dition to our house and have room for visitors. So, drop in on us here in
the beautiful Tennessee Valley.
Panama Canal Society of Dothan
It has been a hot and lazy summer here in Dothan. Many visitors
here this summer. Ruth and Dick Hern; Jack, Fran Hern and children
visited with Margaret and Jack Hern. They came to attend the 40th
wedding anniversary of Margaret and Jack. The reception was held at
the St. Columba Catholic Church Hall on the 14th of June. Many came
to wish them much happiness and health. During the evening they
were presented with a money tree.
Election of officers was held in July during our semi-annual dinner
meeting. President Rudy Gangle, Vice-President Dorothy Yost and
Secretary-Treasurer Catherine Filo.
Maggie and Johnny Janssen had their son, Capt. Arwin J.
Janssen, visiting with them for three weeks. He brought his children,
Carrie and John Robert. While here they all visited Disney World for a
few days. While at Disney World they met with their daughter,
Patricia Janssen Beck, Pat's husband, Gene and their children who had
been visiting with Helen and Rex Beck in Merritt Island.
We regret to report that Tony Nita is in the hospital in Birm-
ingham, AL and is not feeling too well. We send him our prayers for a
Frank and Rosemary Anderson will leave for Panama via the S.S.
Cristobal on August 13th to attend the wedding of their son, Frank Jr.
and Shirley Fears. Speaking of weddings, our son Mike Filo will mary
on August 8th to Cathy Buckalew of Dothan, AL.
We welcome the following new residents to Dothan: Richard and
Beverly Kinsey, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fugleberg, Earl and Mary
Mullins, George and Flossie Derrer.
Catherine and Eddie Filo had as their guest Catherine's brother
Fenton (Bud) Wheland and his wife Rosemary who reside in Boulder
City, NV. While here is when we had that terrific hot spell but they
said they did not mind as it gets hotter in Nevada.
CATHERINE WHELAN FILO
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, St. Johns Hello from Arizona. It has
been two years since my husband Charlie Vowell and I left the Zone
and I wanted to let old friends know what we have been up to.
Charlie is employed by Salt River Project as a machinist at the
Coronado Power Plant. We are currently living in a trailer park but we
are making plans to move to our five acres by the beginning of Fall. We
have made good friends here and it is surprising how small the world
really is. Jack and Madolen Blumlien live here (Jack used to work with
the Electrical Division). Marianne (Cutler) Isaacison married a local
boy and has three lovely children. Her father was a Doctor at Gorgas
Hospital. Then there are others who have been to Panama in Military
I am busy with the Christian Women's Club as their Decorating
Chairman and I am the current President of the local Homemaker's
Club. I have also been asked to teach a Arts and Crafts class through
the local college branch next fall.
Charlie and I drove to Arkansas in June to visit Charlie's folks Joe
and Libby Vowell. My parents, Dick and Ila Corwell drove from
Florida and Leon and Kathy (Vowell) Sharpensteen, and Arthur
Venable (Libby's brother) joined us for a mini-reunion. We spent
several days talking up a storm. We even got to spend some time with
Kathy (Engelke) Crowell and MaryLou Engelke and Erin, Alison and
We attended the Reunion of the Northwest Arkansas Panama
Canal Society. Charlie and I had a great time visiting with everyone
we know there. I was glad I got the chance to visit with The Balmas'
and to see "Daddy" Van Horn (from Balboa Assembly #1). We had so
much fun we will try to make it back to Arkansas next June. That's all
It has been SO hot!! How hot has it been? Well, Lynn and Maude
Cook recently received a phone call from their son, Bud Cook, from
Saudi Arabia inquiring as to how they are getting along in these news-
making temperatures. Their answer was reassuring. The Cooks are do-
ing fine. And they must have told Bud about their night blooming
cereus which apparently loves this weather it has bloomed itself in-
to local fame. The Cooks, by the way, celebrated their sixty-third wed-
ding anniversary in April.
Carl and Petie Maedl traveled to Minnesota the latter part of
May, and while there, attended Petie's 45th class reunion at Gustavus
Adolphus College in St. Peter. Following this, they enjoyed a cruise on
the St. Croix River, leaving and returning to Hudson, WI. They visited
their daughter Pat and family in Minneapolis. A grandson, Todd
Krough, is bat boy for the Minnesota Twins this summer, and the
Maedls attended one of the Twin games. In June, they traveled to Pitt-
sburgh and had a good visit with daughter Pam Gutowski and family.
On the way back home, they stopped near Lima, PA to see Smitty and
Luke and Frances Palumbo had a delightful weekend in the St.
Louis area where they went for the wedding of Luke's former
student's (Richard Sullivan) daughter, Colby. They also saw Dick's
mother, Ada Sullivan Parsons, whom they hadn't seen for 29 years. An
added bonus they spent two days with Max and Arden Armstrong
Weich and saw Arden's mother and sister.
Willard (Red) and Kathleen Huffman have been to visit Red's
sister in Decatur, Il. They brought his aunt back for a couple weeks
stay. Son Willy, his wife and two daughters spent the 4th of July
holidays with them.
Earl and Maxine Wrenn are ecstatic over the arrival of a new
granddaughter, Courtney, courtesy of son Dr. Chris Wrenn and his
wife, of Bowling Green, KY. The grandparents baby sat older sister
Christina several weeks while the parents prepared to welcome their
new daughter. Dr. Keith Wrenn and wife came from Corning, AR to
spend the 4th of July weekend with the Wrenns.
Glynn and Etta Fay Terrell have been sort of baby sitting, too.
Daughter Andrea and husband Paul Oliver stopped by one their way
to vacationing in Minnesota, and left their dog and cat to keep Sammy
and Trudi, the Terrells' dachshunds, company.
Vernon (Sam) and Edith Bircher were pleased to have son John
home for ten days while he was on leave from his assignment to a
nuclear submarine. Betty Quintero came from Clearwater, FL to visit
in July. The ladies cooked up a storm while Sam escaped to temporary
employment with a local company. It was too hot for him to play golf
anyway. Daughter Sarah has been holding down two jobs this summer.
She is going back to school in Milwaukee early in order to go camping
with a school group before classes start.
Andy and Frances Whitlock enjoyed a ten day visit from daughter
Andrea Collins from St. Louis. In March, second daughter Jacqueline
Stringer become Mrs. Marcel Werbrouck in Mishawaka, IN.
Bates Wieman's granddaughter Nancy Huldtquist Whalen and
her two children came in June from their home in Hong Kong for a
visit. After joining husband John Whalen in Chicago and visiting with
his parents, the family will leave the U.S. at San Francisco and stop for
further vacationing in Thailand en route home.
Carl and Helen Newhard took off in mid-May for Michigan where
they went to Coopersville for a family gathering and bass fishing. On
June 1st, their eldest granddaughter, Kristine, son Bruce's daughter,
graduated with honors from Harper Creek High in Battle Creek. Then
the Newhards went on to visit son Sam and family in Tiffin, OH for ten
days. Then on again to Falmouth, ME for two weeks. They had a
delightful weather all the way just cool enough for a sweater. They
arrived home on June 29th, after making a visit or two along the way
and encountering a couple of bad storms, to plunge into this infamous
1000 weather and to find everything parched and desert-like.
Tom and Georgette Robertson took a trip to St. Pete to visit
daughter Pam Malcuit and family. The main purpose of the trip was to
attend their granddaughters' (Debbie and Jennifer) first ballet recital,
and it was well worth the trip. They had another wonderful evening
when Mike and Marian Green entertained them with dinner in
Sarasota, and they were able to renew acquaintance with George and
Tommy Roth, Rob and Elsie Smith, Emo and Vee Everson, Harry and
Jay Cain, Tom and Cece Gove. Elena McCann Kelly spent a day with
them and Harvey and Peggy Smith drove from Inverness to spend a
day, too. The Robertsons also enjoyed visits with Connie Chase and
Tom Robertson, Jr. returned to Panama recently for a week's
stay, the high point of which was a fishing trip on which he boated, for
the first time, a sailfish.
Bruce and Dorothy Sanders say yardwork and gardening at the
Sanders homestead took a back seat with the arrival in mid-June of
Bruce III and Sandy from the Panama Canal area. During their all-too-
short visit, they made several automobile trips around the heartland
area and enjoyed frequent outings aboard the pontoon craft las Cruces
II. On one such occasion, they were joined by Jack and Joanne (Harte)
Morton and son Lee of LaBoca, and Mike (former CZ police) and Kathy
(Glass) Mika of Rogers. Dorothy and Bruce are now (late July) awaiting
the arrival of "Mom," Grace (Aloise) Sanders, in mid-August for an
Ozark celebration amid former Zonites of her 90th birthday!
Betty McGilberry foresook coast-to-coast travel for a short trip
next door to Edmond, OK to visit childhood friends and their families
over the 4th of July holidays.
Harold and Jerry Harp and daughter Mary came up from the Zone
for a vacation and to check on the home that they bought a couple
years ago in Bentonville, AR.
Jack and Joan Corliss, with visitors Jim Bradley and wife went to
Colorado to visit, among others, Buckeye Swearingen. Jim seems in-
clined to consider this area as a possible future homesite following his
retirement in a few years.
Walter and Addie Colclasure are keeping out of the heat except
when Addie taxes the grandsons to their summer recreation classes in
tennis, swimming, fishing, and skating. Both boys, Freddie and Danny,
will be in school bands this year. Never a dull moment in that
Marion Colclasure is working on her Master's Degree in math this
summer at the University of Arkansas.
Molly Engelke Williford is up from the Zone with her two sons.
They are visiting her sister, Marguerite Engelke Grammer.
Mary Lou Engelke is anticipating the imminent arrival of
daughter Susan Engelke who is coming from Jacksonville, FL to live in
Rogers. Mary Lou, daughters Susan and Kathy, and Kathy's three
daughters are then going to Washington State to visit another
daughter, Margaret Gallardo and her family for a couple weeks before
Virginia Favorite and Jessie Newhard drove Virginia's grand-
daughter Wynne Favorite to Baltimore after the college year closed.
Wynne's dad is Ben Favorite. They stopped en route in Chattanooga
where another granddaughter, Wiese Favorite was graduating from
Jessie stopped off in Washington, DC for the three weeks that
Virginia was in Baltimore. Then they drove to Steubenville, OH to
visit Jessie's sister for a couple of days before coming home, arriving
on June 12th. Russell Favorite, wife Ann, and two children arrived
from Laredo, TX on June 14th for a week's stay. Happily, they were in
the area in time to attend the annual Zonians' picnic, so had a chance to
visit with almost everyone.
Bill and Charlotte McCue were visited in July by Dick and Iris
Hogan from Kerrville, TX. The Hogans are on an extensive trip. Bill
and Chi have been "doing nothing" except that they have managed, in
this awful heat, to play more golf than they have for several years.
Bud and Betty Balcer went to Sioux Falls, SD to attend Bud's 45th
Class Reunion. It was a day-long affair, and they had a great time.
They also visited Bud's parents in Iowa for several days. Then went to
Ohio to see Betty's parents, their daughter, and Betty's sister for a
week. Another great time. It helped that their trip preceded the mid-
west heat wave. They came home to find that their newly done lawn
was not surviving the heat dead, DEAD!
George and Edith Engelke's summer has been highlighted by a
visit from Ruth Powell from Largo, FL.
Howard and Evelyn Engelke left in April to visit son Bill and wife
Denise in Salinas, CA. While there, they attended the 50th Wedding
Anniversary celebration of Bob and Lillian Sieler hosted by the Silers'
daughter Bobby Ann and her husband, Pete Buckalwe, at Seaside.
The Engelkes then went to San Digo to visit Moy and Jean De La
Pena, who escorted them to Sea World, the zoo, a wild animal farm,
ball games, a spaghetti place, etc. "Had a ball!" Evelyn's birthday was
celebrated at the De la Penas' with cake, wine, and festivity. The
Townsends, Harry and Jean dropped in to visit in the evening, adding
pleasure to the occaison. The Engelkes also managed to have a short
visit with Pop and Ruth Cherry. Still euphoric about it. Evelyn says
they had a wonderful California visit, doing all those things and seeing
all those people.
Martin and Marilyn Annen were visited in July by Martin's two
sisters for several days. They were all busy swimming, skiing, sailing,
and fishing. Marilyn and the two children went to Corpus Christi in
June to be with Martin who had previously gone down to work as a
Mooring Master. They had a good time crabbing, fishing,a nd sightsee-
ing. Back in Arkansas, Marilyn and the children went to a dude ranch
in Mt. Home and to Blanchard Springs. Son Marty also spent some
time at a Boy Scout camp.
Harry and Lee Butz enjoyed a two week trip west to Reno, NV
where they attended the wedding of their older son, Harry Jr. on May
18th. While there, they attended a dinner-show at the fabulous MGM
Grand Hotel a real treat! On their return, the Butzs stopped over to
visit Virgin and Russ Hellmund in Monte Vista, CO. The snowcapped
14,000 foot high Sierras sounds a high plateau where energetic farmers
grow alfalfa, barley (fQr Coors, no doubt!) and potatoes. Extensive ir-
rigation is used with mile-long watering equipment. The Hellmunds
had just returned from a five month absence, spending it in Florida
with daughter Linda and family, and on to Balboa, Panama with
daughter Marsha and family. Russ took the Butzs to see the Great
Dunes National Monument which is a huge stretch of sand piled up by
southwest winds which dropped it as it swooped up the high mountain
- Sangre del Cristo range 55 square miles.
In June, Harry and Lee entertained their three grandchildren
while Peter Butz, their father, attended a school for two and a half
weeks in the East. While there, he visited the newlyweds, Bruce
Richards and his wife in Manchester, MA.
Esther Butz came home from Pittsburgh, PA for a two week vaca-
tion with her parents in July. It was too hot to do anything, but nice to
be home anyway.
The annual fall get-together of Zonians in northwest Arkansas
will be October 12, 1980. (See "Notice")
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
Welcome new members:
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore E. Anderson (Marie A), 4941 63rd St., San
Diego, CA 92115. Phone: (714) 583-2205.
Mr. and Mrs. George Chevalier (Joan), Box 905, Chula Vista, CA
92010. Residence: 92 Shasta St., Chula Vista. Phone: (714) 426-8954.
George was born in Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone, in 1925. He
graduated from Balboa High School in 1943, and is now with the
Department of Justice in the Immigration Service at San Ysidro.
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick C. McKelvey (Louise McLaughlin), 962
Franklin St., Santa Monica, CA 90403. Phone: (213) 828-3600.
SPCO Dave Shearer, Namtradet 1032, USMCAS (H), Tustin, CA
92710. Dave is a Navy Senior Chief. He lived at Ft. Clayton, Canal
Zone, from 1938 to 1941.
Mr. John E. Ridge, Sr., Lankershim Lodge, 7817 Lankershim
Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91605. Phone: (213) 765-1122.
Mrs. Cynthia E. Totty, 13520 Maryearl Lane, Poway, CA 92064.
As you may recall, at our Annual Business Meeting on March
23rd, it was suggested that we return to picnic type meetings, so we
requested a response from our membership in our April Newsletter.
Only 21 responses were received, as follows:
No. 1 Prefer picnic as a fun get-together only, in addition
to 3 luncheons each year ............................ 5
No. 2 Would be willing to attend picnic meetings ................. 2
No. 3 Prefer to have one picnic and two luncheons each year ....... 1
No. 4 Prefer all sit-down, restaurant-type luncheons .............. 16
Three members voted for two options.
Needless to say, from above results it looks like the membership
as a whole would like to continue with luncheon meetings.
News of Members and Friends:
Bill and Boz French were in Mexico this month for a trip through
the highlands south of Guadalajara.
Mary Butler Journeay welcomed Shirley Moffett of Sun City, AZ,
for a visit recently. Shirley then visited with Beverly and John
Fawcett of Rancho Bernardo.
Norine Hall Kaufer has just completed her story, the early life of
the Halls, and we'd like to share it with our members. (Please see
feature sections) Norine is now in her eighth semester at San Jose
State University, and was thrilled to receive an "A" in her Radio-TV
class! "Took four courses in Political Science, one being U.S. and
Latin American Government and Politics; also Meteorology and
United Nations. My daughter, Nancy Leach, was in Brussels, Belgium,
in June to visit her daughter, Ann Marie Leach Romera, her husband
and their daughter. She drove to Holland, saw the canals; to Paris to
see the Louvre; to Waterloo Battlefield, and some Nazi prisons. Her
son, Raymond, wife and baby girl still live in Chehalis, WA, only 35
miles from Mt. St. Helens. Mary Leach (Robertson) Egolf now lives
with her sister, Pat Leach Koenig in Monterey, CA.
"I surely enjoyed my visit with David Smith, his sister, Aileen
Hoyle, and Roy Ballard recently in San Jose Aileene lives only a few
miles from me in Redwood Estates. I plan to go on a Caribbean cruise
with my granddaughter aboard the "FAIRSEA" from August 30 to
September 13. We'll visit several islands, overnight in Gatun Lake (go
through Gatun Locks only); to San Bias Islands and back to Florida. So
many wonderful memories come back to me when I think of Joe and
Mary Corrigan Herlihy, and our grand 'Around the World Cruise' we
had in 1972 we three were together almost night and day!"
Martha Jone Paliwoda enjoys the Newsletters, and passes them
on to Stella Newbold Frampton, who is retired and living in Panama
City, her birthplace. Martha spent a few days in Palm Srpings in
Chris Simonsen, former secretary-treasurer and a member of our
Board of Governors, phoned to let us know that his wife Ruth Lasher
Simonsen, suffered a stroke over a year ago which has disabled her.
Christ vistis with Ruth every day at the convalescent hospital in
Anaheim. The Glenn Lashers of Vancouver, WA, were down for a visit
recently. The John Lashers live in Marion, NY he is Chief Engineer
of Maintenance at a hospital there.
Jack and Joan deGrummond In June we had a pleasant 3-week
trip in our trailer to Northern California where we joined Lyle
deGrummond, also of N. Hollywood, with his trailer. We enjoyed
fishing, boating and camping at Wyntoon Park Resort at Clair Engle
Lake. My father, Jack Ridge, arrived here in early July following a
visit with members of the family in New Jersey, Ohio and Iowa. We
have tickets for the baseball games at Dodgers Stadium next week,
and Dad will be there to root for his home team the Pittsburgh
News from San Diego, California
by Conrad Horine
George Chevalier writes that after he retired from the US Air
Force in July, 1972 he worked for the PC Co. for 6 years at Coco Solo
and Balboa. He was first employed by the Supply Division and then the
Police Division. He resigned in June 1978 and now works as an Im-
migration Inspector at San Ysidro, CA. (He did not care to live under
Panamanian authority.) Of his five children, three are still in college
and the youngest is a 10th grader in high school.
Tookie Christian Morriss is a real celebrity. She recently won her
12th career club golf title by nailing down the women's championship
at the Rancho Bernardo Golf Club. In 1961 she took her first title by
winning the women's crown at the Port Hueneme CB Golf Course in
Oxnard. In 1962 and 1963 she was champ at the Armed Forces Club on
Guam. In 1966 and 1977 she was titleholder at the Kings Country Club
in Hanford, CA. She has been champ at the Rancho Bernardo Golf Club
four times and held the title of the Women's Divison of Rancho Bernar-
do West twice. In 1974 she took club champion of both clubs. She says,
"Golfing is my bag". She reports that her brother James J. Christian
died in September, 1978 in Colorado at the age of 59.
Frank Stabler went to Havana, Cuba for six weeks on March 5 to
May 17, 1980 to interview and interrogate political prisoners. He work-
ed at the American Interest Section on the Swiss Embassy while in
Havana. He was there prior and up to the time the Cubans started
coming over from Mariel to Key West. He found it very interesting
and took a lot of photographs while there.
"I hope to go fishing on a San Diego based tuna boat and get to
Panama for a brief visit sometime this summer '80' ", writes Frank R.
Leo J. Krziza is still a bachelor and plans to continue that status,
but there is an abundance of Widows that would like to alter the
"status quo". He says that he is enjoying living in the Air Conditioned
environment of Southern California and also if you like taxes, you'll
love it here." He works or keeps busy as a "bookkeeper" with a large
Law Firm with seven attorneys. Keeping busy precludes falling into
that senior citizen syndrome.
From Las Vegas, NV Anne Tuthill writes that she is working
her way back to San Diego, CA. She is looking for a job as Program-
mer. She reports that Georgiana Carnright and her husband stopped
by a couple of months ago. She is looking forward to the next San
Diego, BHS-CHS Reunion on October 4, 1980.
Richard "Buckeye" Swearingen retired from the Canal Co. on
May 2, 1980 and have set up home in Fort Collins for one year to see if
they can take the cold weather. "If we can't take it, don't know where
we'll try next". His address is 2925 Wagon Wheel Dr., Ft. Collins, CO,
JOAN R. deGRUMMOND
Mrs. R. H. Swain, Citrus Heights Our daughter Nola graduated
from California State University, Sacramento on May 24th. Nola is
presently employed as assistant park ranger at Rancho Seco Park.
... It was a big month for us with our Peter getting married on May 3.
Arthur and Dorothy Cotton, San Diego You did a great job
with the reunion and I know you had a lot of work to have everything
go along so well. We arrived back in San Diego to find a lovely recep-
tion planned for our fiftieth anniversary.
Virginia Ridge Dolim and L. "Rocky" Ridge sent in the below pic-
tures taken at the Annual Reunion in St. Petersburg.
The "WE EIGHT" Group 1934-38
L. to R: Betty Haldeman Underwood, St.
Pete; Virginia Ridge Dolim, LA; Evelyn
Pearl Corrigan, FL; June Hambelton
May, Holiday, FL; and Bernice
Rathgeber Jackson, IL.
Tom Rice, LA; Vonna Hamilton,
Largo, FL; Andrew Jackson, IL
and Virginia Dolim.
Lawrence "Rocky" Ridge
and Dorothy Messer
Barnes (CA); Rita Laurie
Will in left background.
Mary Nelle Brugge Johnson, VA;
Vance Howard, Jr., St. Pete; and
Fern Horine Dabill, AZ.
Ellen E. nee Greenleaf (Bailey) Johnson, Alpine I have been liv-
ing in this small mountain community for almost 2 years now which is
located about 25 miles from San Diego. I attend the California Society's
functions and enjoy getting together with friends from the Zone whom
I would not see otherwise. My son Bill Bailey lives quite near me in
Santee. My other son, Richard C. Bailey and my 8 year old grandson,
Chris, of Balboa visited me last month. While they were here we went
to Sea World and enjoyed a harbor cruise in San Diego Bay where
there are many Naval vessels based.... The retired complex where I
live offers a variety of recreational facilities and I have made new
friends but there are no friends like the ones from the Zone. I do a little
volunteer typing at a local hospital and at the library. Have joined an
amateur theatre group called the Alpine Players and get out a monthly
newsletter for them. In February and March my cousin's wife,
Louise LaChapelle, from Massachusetts visited me and we managed to
get to all the places of interest in spite of our rains and floods. The
LaChapelles lived in the Zone for 15 years and my cousin, Bob, worked
at Balboa Commissary until his retirement in 1969. He passed away in
1978. Louise's former neighbors, John and Ann Peterson of Fallbrook
came down and spent a day with us.
The next week George and Joan Fitzgerald dropped in for a brief
visit. In March I attended a birthday party for Percy Alberga in River-
side. All the Alberga boys and their sister Joyce Alberga Pinto, from
Colon now live in the same neighborhood in Riverside with their
families.... Every now and then I get up to Seal Beach to visit my old
friend and co-worker in the Cristobal Housing Office, Grace Brown.
Grace spent two months with her daughter, Barbara and son-in-law
Fred Whipple earlier this year at their home in Medford, OR ... Catsy
Taylor Schafer is active in the DAR and Colonial Dames and invited
me to a lovely dinner and reception of the CD a few months ago. Catsy
is also very knowledgeable about geneology and found that she and I
share the common ancestor (Greenleaf) so are somehow distantly
John P. Hawthorne, P.O. Box 442 South Laguna 92677 I was
employed by the Marine Div. as was my father Joseph P. Hawthorne.
My mother was employed by the schools Div. as Mrs. N. Hawthorne
and is now currently living at 126 N. Eastern St., Greenville, NC. My
father passed away in October 1979 and is survived by his widow Mrs.
Virginia Hawthorne of Bogalusa, LA. I wish to continue on the family
membership with the PanCanal Soc. for I have many friends there,
having grown up in the Zone, 1942 to 1963.
Foy Frauenheim, Seminole We made a trip to our daughter
Lola Jones, in Virginia Beach in February to meet our daughter Lynne
Hoch and her family who flew over from Germany. We drove them to
Florida for a week, then they flew out to California to visit Lola and
Forrest Cheeseman and Betty and Carl Wilson, aunts and uncles of
Lynne. I'm sure they enjoyed their tour of the U.S. as it had been
several years since they had been here. June 12 Lola and her girls flew
down from Virginia to spend a month with us. Lola's husband LCDR
Albert Jones is on board an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean. We
drove to Merritt Island, FL to visit our son Neil and Darlene (Daly)
who had a get-together the night before with Ron and Fran (Stabler)
Meyer and two children, Bill and Pattie Benny and two children, who
were on vacation from the Canal Zone, and Tom and Conney Stoakley,
former C.Z. policeman and now Criminal Investigator with Immigra-
tion Service, in Dallas. We picked up Neil's Van and drove to Houston
to spend a few days with son Gene and Lynne (Wellington) who now
have four children. Greg the last one, is four months old. On our way
home we stopped overnite in Disneyworld. Lola's girls surely enjoyed
themselves but needed to stay another day they said. Gene and
family are visiting us for two weeks. Gene is attending a partner
developing school at Innisbrook in Tarpon Springs, FL.
I received word of the death of Silva Carpenter the first week of
May from her daughter Pamela Navarro.
Clifford V. Russell, Sarasota Helen and I returned July 11, 1980
after a 60 day trip on the Jugolinje Freighter "TUHOBIC" sailing from
Savannah. Our ports of call were Savona and Trieste, Italy;
Thessalonika, Greece; Split, Bar, Cibenek and Riejka, Jugoslavia. At
Split, we were able to get in a bus tirp to Dubrovnick.
Bronson B. "Bun" Powell of Dunedin Beach, FL is spending the
summer with his daughter Joan P. Arndt and family of Crystal Lake,
Jean Egger, Fairfield One of George's old companies called him
to go to Saudi Arabia for three weeks. Now he knows why he never
wanted to go there. I still have my Cadette Scout troup and one day a
week at school library. Barbara, Carol and I went to Winter Haven for
canoe training and Carol made Senior Life Saver at scout camp .
George's brother Dick, his wife Sheila Leach, four children, Margie,
Arthur, Maureen and Rory spent six weeks here. During that time our
daughter Brenda from Houston and her family spent three weeks with
us. We all made a trip down Icthnetucny Springs on tubes which was
fun. Also took a trip to Disney World ... Derek Egger, Mary Ann, and
two daughters were up from the Canal to visit Mary Ani's mother in
Gainesville and stopped by to see us ... George was called again from
Boston they need an electrical engineer on a project in Trinidad in
January 1981 for one and half years. If contract talks go well we will be
off again We made the picnic in St. Pete with our daughter and
granddaughter. Brenda sure did enjoy seeing friends she had in
Barbara J. Cunningham, St. Petersburg (from Hicksville, LI, NY)
- In March my sister Martha Cowell flew from New York and I flew
from St. Pete to San Juan, Puerto Rico to visit my son Jay. We were
surprised to see the growth in the country since we were there four
years ago. I had emergency surgery in May and am at present at my
sister's house recuperating. On my return home in September I plan to
visit with the Ross Cunninghams in Conastee Falls, NC for a few
Mary Belle Hicks, St. Petersburg Our daughter Mary Alice,
husband Ken Kelly with their daughter, Joy, were here from Houston,
TX for a three week visit with us. Also visiting was our daughter
Dorothy Ann with husband Dr. Chapman and son, David, from North
Carolina for a two week stay.
Cristobal High School classmates, Class of 1959, at the home of
Herb Spector in Seminole at a party following the P.C. Reunion. Plans
are being made to contact all class members for a 25th Reunion in 1984
in connection with the P.C. Reunion.
Back Row: Ella Mae (Morales) Conrad; Jean (Owen) Young and
Second Row: Keith Kulig; Diane (Hickey) Irvine; Huey (Lee) Clarke;
Alice Tabor and Katie (O'Brien) McCain.
Front Row: Herb Spector.
Sue and Bill Graham of Kerrville, TX with their daughter Donna
Marie Day and grandson David of Dallas were in St. Petersburg for a
week in June to visit with the Perc Grahams of Pinellas Park. Perc has
been on the sick list for sometime and is recuperating nicely at home.
While here they stayed at the Joe Collinses, however, Anna and Joe
departed for Troy, MI two days after their arrival.
Shirley Woodruff Hicks, Tallahassee It doesn't seem possible
but mother and I have been in Tallahassee three years while I relearn-
ed piano and finished my master of music degree at Florida State
University. All exams have now been played and the degree due
(following our oral exam on key board music in general music) in
August. I am of course in the uneviable position of now looking for a
job (college or university music faculty or staff accompanist) in today's
depressed economic climate.
Of my four children, only the youngest, Lois Hicks, II, is at home.
The other three are married Susan (23) and Paul Knebel live in
Omaha, NB, while Jeannine (22) and Matt Stanton live in Springfield,
VA, where she is an engineering (civil) technician and draftsman; while
Tom (24) and Beth Parker live in Arlington, VA ... My first grandchild
was born to Tom and Beth last November 26th. Jennifer Ann Marie
Parker is the first great-grandchild for mother, Lois Browning
Woodruff, and my Dad, the late Barton Collins Woodruff.
I would like to make a public statement of gratitude and apprecia-
tion to mother. While I have pursued this advanced degree, with all the
physical work at the keyboard, the long hours at the books, the hours
spent coaching, tutoring and accompanying other musicians, Mother
has been running the house, cooking the meals, helping raise Lois
Elizabeth. I could not possibly have done it alone.
Vern Calloway, Jr., Temple Terrace I certainly enjoyed
meeting so many great people at the luncheon today. I was telling
someone about the street in North Port, FL and they suggested I write
it up for the Record.
North Port is a small town on US 41 between Venice and Port
Charlotte developed by Gen Development Co. Someone in that com-
pany apparently was an ex-Zonite when the streets were being
planned and laid out because if you turn north on Biscayne Drive you
will pass these east-west streets: Cristobal, Cascadas, Coco Solo, Porto
Bello, La Boca, Trionfo, Gaillard and San Pablo. North-south streets in
the same area include: Chicopa, Los Rios, Bayano, Ancon and Gorgas. I
have asked the former Police Chief, and the Mayor (a lady retired Ma-
jor) who is responsible and apparently no one in North Port knows, as
the names were chosen prior to the development of the area. Certainly
brings back nostalgia tho!
St. Petersburg and Area
A surprising number of our residents stayed in their air condi-
tioned homes this summer and entertained a steady stream of visitors.
Peggy (Horter) Sheridan of El Valle, Panama, and her sister
Marion (Honey Horter) Conners and Honey's daughter Peggy Con-
ners, of Hilton Head, SC arrived in June for a few days of visiting with
Isabel Gibson. From here Peggy planned to visit Hilton Head and then
go to the West Coast.
Jessie and Walter Lindsay of Misawa, Japan arrived for a few
days visit with your reporter and Roy. While here they managed to see
a few of their many friends. Also visiting us in June was our daughter
Mary (Sharp) Kauffman and our two grandchildren, Anne and Earl
from Alameda, CA, while daddy was on sea duty.
Frank and Martha Lerchen had a month's visit from their grand-
daughter Theresa Moser and took her on a Bahama cruise during her
stay. Their son Frank Lerchen, Jr. also came from Washington, DC for
Bill and Jean Violette of Seminole had a visit from Annette
(Violette) Deming, granddaughter Alison, and son-in-law Bill Deming
all of Columbia, MD. Later their son Jerry Violette came from
Okmulgee, OK during his semester break from Oklahoma State Tech.
Andy Frazer had a visit from son James A. Frazer, wife Patricia
(nee Tinsley) and granddaughter Sherri, all of Corozal. While on vaca-
tion they had travelled to Texas and Arkansas before coming here.
They also visited Patricia's mother, Virginia Tinsley in Bradenton.
Ann (nee Knapp) and Ray Schneider went to Arlington, VA
recently to visit daughter Anita (nee Schneider) Roeckel and their four
grandchildren. While there they also visited their niece, Lenor Knapp
of Falls Church, VA.
Ella (nee Jones) and Stan Specht have sold their home in south St.
Petersburg and moved into an apartment at 1197 Eden Isle Blvd. N.E.,
No. 2, St. Petersburg, FL 33704.
Dick and Thora Mahoney had a visit from grandsons Troy, 10 and
Michael, 8, Winfrey of Atlanta. Their daughter Maggie (nee Mahoney)
Winfrey joined her children for a week's visit before taking them
home. In late June son Patrick Mahoney and wife Nancy with Jenifer,
9, and Ryan 4, arrived to house-sit while Thora and Dick took a trip to
London and then to Ireland where they toured by car for three weeks.
For those planning similar trips, they found prices had really
escalated. Patrick and his family stayed on for a visit after their
Other summer travellers from our area included Harry and Mary
Egolf, who spent three weeks touring the countryside in England.
They also enjoyed a day's visit with Carol (nee Bruland) Allen and her
daughter Heidi, who now live in Reading, England.
Irene and Henry Donovan left on their usual trek north to see
daughter Peggy Ann Donovan, who is a social worker in South Bend,
IN and then on to Illinois, Detroit, Boston and home.
Viola and Emmerson Fuller left to visit daughters Joyan (Fuller)
Thompson in Greenbelt, MD and Nancy (Fuller) Whitaker in Ann Ar-
Rita and Warner Hoyle left in June on a trip to see their three
children and families. First on their calling list was Cathy and Terry
Coleman and grandchildren in Vici, OK. Then on to Glastonbury, CT to
see Phil and Virginia (Hoyle) Lankarge. While in Connecticut they
drove for a visit with Jessie Forsstrom who is in the Greenwood House
Nursing Home in Warwick, RI. Last was Dick and Ann Hoyle and
children in Stafford, VA.
Joyce (nee Haldeman) and Roger Collinge went to Waupaca, WI
for a family reunion. Sara (Collinge) and Don Ulrich and children came
from Chicago while Joyce (Collinge) and Gary Minke and their four
children arrived from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The latter family
is enroute to Djakarta, Indonesia where Gary will be chief Geologist
for Amoco Indonesian Oil Co. Tharon (Haldeman) Mitchell from
Houston, TX came for a few days to join the reunion.
FRANCES VIOLETTE SHARP
Clearwater and Area
Sara and Sam Rowley, of Clearwater, went to Panama last
December to spend Christmas with their three children, Dorothy
Gerhart, June Stevenson and Skipper Rowley. However, Sara spent
Christmas and New Years in Gorgas Hospital. We returned to Clear-
water in February after recuperated enough to travel. Visiting
Panama is not the same as it was during the Canal Zone days,
everything for the Zonians is now under the Army and living is not as
pleasant, but still we enjoyed being with our children and grand-
children. In June, Skipper and his wife Beverly with their two
daughters Renee and Adriane came up to visit us and about the same
time Dorothy and Jim Gerhard with their two children, Suzanne and
Brian, also came. In October June and Davis Stevenson with his
mother Muffie, and son Davis will be coming up and we will all drive up
to pick up their daughter Lori Lee, who is in college in Carrollton, GA
and we will all go to Gatlinburg, TN to celebrate her 21st birthday.
The Frangionis have had their daughter Kay Pierce (Jerry)
visiting from Lewiston, NY. Their son Ralph and family visited from
Fort Walton, FL. Naomi has been ill and is now recuperating so en-
joyed having her family with her for their vacation. Kay, who
graduated from Balboa High would like to know where her classmates
of 1951 are. She would like to keep in touch.
The Robert Hannas had their son Thomas and wife Stella with
their two children Marc and Terry visiting from Balboa, R de P. They
also had granddaughter Jennifer, daughter of Robert Jr.
In May and June the Joseph Hickeys went to Germany to visit
their son, Joe, Jr. in Frankfurt. They also went to Berlin and took
several side trips into East Berlin. On their return from Germany they
went up to Massachusetts and brought daughter Dianne Irvin's two
children back for a visit with them for the rest of the summer.
Bob and Dot Harrington have had their three grandchildren from
North Carolina for the early part of the summer. Dot and Bob then
went to Panama to visit their son Russell. They will return August
George Martin went to North Carolina to visit his sisters but is
now home. Margaret says their son Glen left the Panama Canal and is
working at a Marine Corps Base in Albany, GA. She also said the Burt
Kats' daughter Marion and husband Richard Linkh with their two
children Greg and Margaret are visiting the Kats for the summer.
They are from Warwick, NY.
Milly Sutherland had her two grandchildren from Gamboa
visiting her this summer. Jill and Dodd are the children of Janet
I stopped in the lovely store owned by Jack and Debbie Campbell
at 1363 Main St., Dunedin. They feature investment and commercial
diamonds, fine crystal and China, and watch repair. They suggested I
invite the former Zonians to come in and browse whenever they are in
News from Sarsota
Summertime visitors in Sarasota were at their peak and a con-
tinuous round of get-togethers was enjoyed by many.
Tom and Georgette Robertson of Springdale, AR have been
visiting their daughter, Pam, and husband Col. Bernard Malcuitt,
USAF, in St. Petersburg and with them were the dinner guests of
Mike and Marion Greene, who later held an informal "open house" for
them to visit with their many former C.Z. friends.
Tommy and Barbara Peterson and daughters of Balboa with his
mother, Mrs. Margaret Peterson of St. Petersburg, were the
houseguests of Allen and Kay Miller. While here the Tom Petersons
selected their lovely future retirement home and we're happy to have
them be among our active Sarasotans.
Dick and Marilyn Gayer and children of Balboa visited with her
mother, Joyce and Jack Clarke in Sarasota. Earlier they had visited in
Connecticut with Dick's family and to see their son, Richard K. Gayer,
who is a student at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. The
Clarkes also had a surprise visit from their son-in-law, Larry Layman
of San Diego, CA, who was formerly with the Canal Zone Customs and
is now with U.S. Customs at the Mexican Border. The Clarkes also
visited in Savannah, GA with Jack's daughter, Nancy Kresge.
Mrs. Sandra Pay of San Diego, CA had a week's visit with her
father, Mr. William Lierman and was the guest of honor at a cocktail
buffet to meet and visit with many mutual friends.
Mrs. Jeanne Burgoon is very proud of her granddaughter, Laura
Jeanne Timm, daughter of Harold and Karen (Magnuson) O'Neill, on
her graduation from McArthur High School in Hollywood, FL. Laura
was the recipient of many awards including the American Legion
Medal and Certificate for Citizenship, the Senior Class Trophy for
Citizenship and a music award presented by the Chorus. Laura plans
to major in Business Administration and will attend the Ft. Lauder-
dale Business College.
Ruth E. Thompson Bradenton During the month of May,
Ken and I traveled to Huntsville, AL to visit with our family, Ken
Thompson, Jr., his wife Lucy and the grandchildren, Inez, Diane and
We also attended the graduation ceremonies of Inez who
graduated from the University of Montevallo, AL with a Bachelor of
Science Degree with high honors. For her outstanding scholastic
endeavors and campus leadership she has been elected to Who's Who
in American Universities & Colleges. Her biography is in the 1979-80
edition of Who's Who. We are so proud of her accomplishments.
Inez was born in Panama and lived in Curundu. Her father worked
for the U.S. Army at Corozal as an Ordinance (ammunition) Inspector
and is now an instructor at the Red Stone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL.
Her grandfather, Ken Thompson, retired from Motor Transporta-
tion Division, P.C. Co. in 1971 and I retired from Gorgas Hospital, July,
Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Wood (Dona Eaton). their sons and fami-
ly, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wood and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wood, and
Edna Thirlwall Tipton, all of Portsmouth, VA flew to Sarasota in May
for the dedication of the Donn Hamilton Wood Terminal Building at
the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport in honor of their late son. (See article
elsewhere in this issue ED)
Blanche and Walter Hartman enjoyed a weekend with her son,
Leo McIntire and wife of Broken Arrow, OK. Leo is the Oklahoma
Systems Analyst Representative of the Systems Engineering
Laboratories, Inc. and had been on a business trip at their Home Office
in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
At a later date the Hartmans were surprised with a visit from her
granddaughter, Cheryl Mclntire, a Business Administration major at
the University of Tulsa, when she came to Ft. Lauderdale in charge of
the Grand Opening preparation of a new Chi Chi's Restaurant in that
city, in connection with her management training.
Mrs. Frances (Days) Jones had the pleasure of a visit from her
daughter, Don, and husband, Capt. John Brophy with daughters Han-
nah and Charlene of Diablo. Also Minnie Kleefkins Barnhardt of
Squim, WA, who was here for the April P.C. Reunion. Houseguests in
May were Dick and Don (Eaton) Wood and families and Edna
(Thirlwall) Tipton, all of Portsmouth, VA, who were here for a special
dedication honoring their son, the late Donn Hamilton Wood.
Della Noonan entertained Cele Perra at a morning coffee and
shared a visit with Margaret and Ross Hollowell of Pinellas Park who
called on others while visiting in the area.
The Harry Cain's nephew, Mike Cain and family of Coral Gables,
FL enjoyed a visit while on a Florida vacation. Also Harry's brother,
Warren and wife, Frances of Seminole stopped over to tell the
highlights of their tour of Egypt, Jordan and Jersusalem.
Bev and Fred Ebdon had an enjoyable week's visit from her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Moody of Tampa.
Joe and Rae Ebdon's nephew, Carl "Red" Newhard, Jr. and wife,
Helen, of Rogers, AR spent a few days visiting friends and family in
the area. Also their son, Maj. Tom Ebdon, USAF was here for a short
visit prior to his transfer to his new duty station in Osan, Korea.
The George Walkers entertained Carlton Horine and wife of
California and his sister, Emily Brooks of Lutz, FL. They also had a
family get-together with mutual friends to visit with their daughters
Jeanne M. Wagner and daughters of Walla Walla, WA; Mikey W. Fitz-
gerald and children of New Smyrna Beach, FL and Carole Peregoy
and sons of Sarasota. The George Walkers later jet-planed to the West
Coast to visit with family and friends in the California area.
Billie Galloway and her sister, Robin Comer, had a five-day visit
with her son, Joe Galloway and family in Atlanta, GA.
Carl and Virginia Starke with their daughter, Cassie Lou, tra-
velled to Holiday, FL to spend a short vacation with Vic and June May
Mrs. Donna Humphrey Mann and children of Sarasota, accom-
panied by her brother, Donald L. Humphrey of Palm Bay, FL jet-
planed to Ft. Dodge, IA to enjoy a two weeks' vacation with their un-
cle, LeRoy L. Humphrey and family.
Sunday, April 20, 1980 was a very special day for Bob Hammetter,
he not only celebrated his birthday but his only grandchild, Max
Alfred Suter, young son of Max and Robyn (Hammetter) Suter of
Jacksonville, FL was baptized on that day in the Trinity Lutheran
Church in Jacksonville.
Following the baptismal ceremony a brunch was enjoyed at the
parents' home. Among the many guests attending were the god-
parents, Mrs. Helen Swearingen of Orlando (formerly of Gatun) and
Gordon King of Jacksonville; the paternal grandparents, Dr. Max
Suter of Jacksonville and Mrs. Eugenie Suter, Assistant County Com-
misner, of Fort Lauderdale; the maternal grandparents, Robert and
Dolores Hammetter of Sarasota; and Mrs. Bess Lane of Orlando,
(formerly of Gatun).
Midshipman Will Hall, who is completing his first year at the U.S.
Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, spent the weekend with his uncle
and aunt, John and Shirley Finlason in San Diego, CA while on a mid-
shipman's cruise while the ship was in port. He is the son of Anne and
John "Bucky" Hall of LaPorte, PA and the grandson of Madge and
John Hall of Sarasota.
News has been received from Lt. Col. Vern D. Calloway Jr. USAF
(Retired) Judge Advocate, who has recently established a Law Prac-
tice in Venice, FL. He and his wife, Lois, now living in Temple Terrace,
FL are planning to move to Venice when housing is available and are
looking forward to seeing and renewing C.Z. friendships in the area.
Their older son, David Calloway, is a senior at his father's alma
mater, Duke University in Durham, N.C. and the younger son, Scott is
in his second year at the University of Gainesville. Vern is the son of
Mrs. Vern D. Calloway (Bess) of Winter Park, FL.
Al and Miriam Bissett and the Allen Millers joined a three-week
tour and friends flying to many European countries, including London,
Yugoslavia, and Paris, France.
A New Orleans tour by plane and aboard the "Mississippi Queen"
was a real VIP pleasure trip for a large group of Sarasotans, including
the Harry Cains, the William Hughes, the Henry Lutz', Gladys Conley
and Fran Orvis, who was joined by Pat Harris of Oakley, CA. While in
New Orleans the Cains had the pleasure of a telephone visit with Dr.
Wayne Gilder and also visiting with one of our Panama Canal consti-
tuents, Leonor K. Sullivan.
Jeanne Burgoon attended the International Bowling Convention
and Tournament meetings in Seattle, WA and Mt. Ranier and took a
ferry boat trip to Victoria, Canada through the San Juan Islands and
the Bouchard Gardens.
A group of C.Z. friends surprised Madge and John W. B. Hall at
their home on the occasion of their 55th wedding anniversary, June
18th. John Hall has had an extensive illness but is now greatly im-
proved. Their many cards and greetings have been greatly ap-
GLADYS B. HUMPHREY
Jean Campbell Farrington Inzer, Atlanta My grandson,
Christopher Andrew Farrington, is now 1 year old and walking all
over the place. Seems he just got here yesterday.... My son, Charles
Farrington, will soon be leaving Florida to go to Maryland to a medical
school to become a doctor. He now works at Bayfront Medical Hospital,
St. Petersburg, as a clinical chemist .... Mother, Mrs. Esther Camp-
bell, is still in California and this year in August will be 94. We wish
she would come and be with us, but you can't bring her to think
Georgia is better than California ... Do enjoy the Canal Record very
much. Wish you had more pictures of people we knew in school.
(EDITORS NOTE: Jean went to school with Jean Mann. How about it,
classmates let's hear from you with some pictures.)
News from the Dinkgreves is that they are very good, medical and
otherwise. Via Mae and Richard celebrated their 45th wedding an-
niversary in April belated congratulations! In February they had a
visit from Roland Cassanova, Via Mae's cousin. He retired from the
Maintenance Division in Cristobal in January. He bought a home in
Slidell, LA, in February and, until it was ready for occupancy in May,
he stayed with his aunt, Edna Bit, in Metairie. In March, Edna and her
daughter, Audry Bowman, of Balboa, spent 30 days visiting Audry's
son, Robert, who is with the U.S. Air Force in Germany. In February
Bob Daniels of Dallas spent the weekend before Mardi Gras with the
Dinkgreves. He saw several parades with the Dinkgreves' daughter,
Sylvia, and her family. These were his first New Orleans parade and
he thoroughly enjoyed seeing the floats and catching doubloons and
beads, jumping, diving and scrambling with the other "kids," old and
young. Several hours before he was due to leave for Dallas, Frank
Chris of Miami came to visit. Imagine the discussions they had concer-
ning the "good ole days" in the 40s and 50s in the Electrical Division in
Balboa, these three ex-Field Office employees. In April the Dinkgreves
received a phone call from Diane Haby Joliffe of Beltsville, MD, with
the big news that she and Richard are expecting their first child at the
end of 1980.
Rusty Folger phoned from New Orleans in June with "Grand-
mother News". On May 31 her son Wayne and Lisa Folger presented
her with an 8 lb., 4 oz. Jason Richard George Folger, complete with red
hair and the first grandbaby on both sides. Swinging into the spirit of
things, Rusty immediately staged a two-day champagne party. Rusty's
best friends, Carolyn and Bob Johnson, formerly of Margarita and now
retired in Kissimmee, FL, became grandparents on June 2 when Carol
Leigh and Norman Dixon of Cristobal presented them with Kyle Owen
(after Carol Leigh's daddy), weighing in at 8 lb., 13 oz. Carolyn and Bob
were in New Orleans the end of July for the Elks Convention at the
Fairmont Hotel. They hurried home to Kissimmee a bit early to
welcome Carol Leigh, her daughter Toby and infant son Kyle, up from
the Zone on a short vacation.
Change of address for Dr.
and Mrs. Clayton Brown, 1310
Dante St., New Orleans 70118,
with daughter, Carlye Gregge,
who was born in January 1980.
A second child is expected in -
Carlye Gregg Brown and
Uncle Gene Gregg
Kathleen and John R. Gough Sr. arrived in the New Orleans area
in June 1979 after 35 years in the Zone. He was employed as a budget
program analyst in the Budget Branch, Office of the Financial Vice
President, at the time of his retirement. He spent 21 years in the
Budget Branch. Kathleen had almost 30 years' service with the U.S.
Army Southern Command and was acting comptroller of the Strategic
Communications Command, South, when she retired. Their two sons
were born in the Canal Zone. John II, 33, works for the Panama Canal
Co. water system. Bill, 31, was employed for a time with the Canal, but
is now working as a machinist in Florida. Bill attended the last Reunion
and saw many friends there. After spending a few months with
Kathleen's sister, Isabel, at her home in Westwego, the Goughs finally
purchased a single-family residence (sound familiar?) in Marrero, about
four miles from Isabel. The killer flood that inundated the New Orleans
area last April 13 got them too. For a day or so they thought they had a
waterfront lot on some big lake. These past few months have been hec-
tic, getting the place dried out and restored. Their first ex-Zonian visi-
tor was Paul Elia who spent an evening with them before going on to
Washington, DC. Mrs. Hide Drew called from the airport a couple of
times. In July the Goughs had a visit from recently retired Ken and
Bitsy Atkinson (formerly Frensley). Ken was a church brother of
John's for many years. Bitsy was secretary to the financial vice presi-
dent and spent many an hour helping get budgets out each year.
Granddaughter Linda Lee Gough arrived July 16 to spend a few weeks
with John and Kathleen. Their grandson John III is in the Volcan vaca-
tioning with his dad, John Jr. Kathleen and John plan to visit their
folks in Chicago and Detroit later this year. John has just qualified for
enrollment in the Institute of Children's Literature writer's course.
After 30 years of telling homespun stories to children on the Zone,
some fans thought he should get them down on paper for other
children to enjoy. Since telling and writing are a lot different, John
considers it necessary to get some good training first. The Goughs are
adapting nicely to Louisiana and feel there's a lot to love here. quite
frequently, though, their thoughts go back to the good old ex-Canal
Zone, to the many friends they found there, to the lush tropical
greenery, the blue Pacific, the memories of 35 wonderful years. (Two of
John's cartoons may be found elsewhere in this issue.)
Gene Gregg sends us news from Mandeville, near the shores of
Lake Pontchartrain. He and Marian enjoyed the Society bash in St.
Pete. In April they were visited by Ed McFarland, BHS teacher, on his
way with family to Cape Cod and retirement. Tom and Shirley Marine
stopped for a few hours on their way back to San Antonio after the
Reunion. In June, Jim, Karen and Angelina Palumbo visited a few days
on their way back to his parents in Arkansas and hers in Iowa. Jim is a
CHS teacher due back in August. Dick Bock, CHS teacher, called from
New Orleans on his way with family to Denver and retirement. In July
the Greggs picked up Bob Parker, Elba and son from the SS Cristobal.
They were on their way to Ocala and retirement. Marian and Gene
have been invited by Abie Anderson back to Dothan for the Gas House
Gang Golf IV and are going. Daughter Laura Gregg graduates from
LSU Aug. 8 and celebrates her birthday Aug. 9. She's majoring in
history and Spanish and hopes for a teaching position in Louisiana. The
Greggs have also enjoyed several visits with Roland Casanova in
Just received a lovely long letter from a happy new bride Jean
Harris Turner Milosevich (BHS '52). She and Mark have moved to 2900
S. Lincoln, Apt. 115, North Riverside, IL 60546. Her son, Jackie, was
also recently married.
And speaking of brides the former Mrs. Simon (Lois) Mansberg
is now Mrs. Henry Ragan. She had intended to go to the Reunion this
year, but remarried instead. Mr. Ragan is a retired high school princi-
pal from the public school system. He is employed as a principal in a
private academy near Lafayette. To add frosting to the cake, his lovely
young granddaughter presented them with a beautiful little great-
grandson a week after Lois and Henry were married. How's that for
Rutherford "Sonny" Rivet, BHS '52, made the news here by way
of the Associated Press wire service. His wife, Mrs. Ina Rivet, former-
ly of Anaheim, CA, and a 10-year resident of the Zone was quoted as
claiming, "This canal was built by Americans and the Panamanians can
never run it the way it should be run." Sonny was demoted and took a
sharp drop in pay as a result of the canal takeover, and the family is
bitter. Their daughter, Robbin, 16, claimed that classes in her
American school are not as happy as they were because leaving the
canal is the major topic of discussion. Others quoted in the article were
Canal Information Officer Vic Canel and Richard Spence, a former
Canal Zone Post Office worker.
Got a friendly, newsy letter from former Zone neighbor, Merlena
Searle of Englewood, FL, who had just returned from two weeks in
Aiken, SC, where she stayed with Olga Holmes, recently widowed. We
all "did time" on the Gamboa Ridge. The Holmes' children are Bebe
and Carolyn. Merlena's daughter, Dale, came for ten days in June to
soak in the Gulf and sunshine. Merlena goes to Colorado in July to see
Dale and Donna and avoid the humidity.
From Elaine and Dick Sena in Chalmette, there's news that they
are off to Destin, FL for a little frolicking in the surf. Richard's going
too, claims he needs a vacation after a summer as a Goodyear Tire
distributor. The rest will be good before he heads back to school. Senas
got word from their good friends, Phyllis and Gilbert Sanzari, that
they are pulling up stakes in Las Vegas and heading for Bradenton, FL
to resettle. That'll make visiting much easier, Dick says.
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From my favorite seasoned world travelers, Gretchen and Bill
Warren (who for some unknown reason call New Port Richey "home")
comes some good tips and advice for anyone planning to see the world
aboard a freighter. Freighters place the transporting and handling of
cargo on a priority over the pleasure and convenience of the
passengers, officers and crew. The captain processes documentation
with port authorities so passengers may have shore leave. The War-
rens' Lykes Line's cabins were spacious and comfortable with plenty
of storage space, two single beds and a large bath with shower. The
four passengers on their trip dined in the Officer's Mess at a separate
table. The food was excellent, well prepared and offered a wide selec-
tion on each daily menu. Their trip was 90 days with 17 days ashore.
This is typical of freighters. The Warrens recommend that if anyone
takes a freighter trip to try for a 12-passenger carrier. The trip would
be more fun with more people to share your leisure time. Lykes Lines
offers 12-passenger freighter service out of California that covers the
Orient and Southeast Asia in much less time than their trip out of New
Orleans. By now the Warrens have sallied forth in their camper, wagg-
ing their VW behind them, on a trip to the Northeast and Canada. By
late fall, they might be "home" (see what I mean?).
PATT FOSTER ROBERSON
News from Pasadena Maryland On July 6th, A Schmidt Family
Reunion was held in Sparks, Maryland. Of the original seven Schmidt
children from Baltimore, MD, four are living and attended the reunion
along with some 120 other off-springs of the original Karl and Caroline
(deceased) of Burg Geminden Kreis Alsfeld, Germany. The four
children included the one surviving male child, John E. Schmidt of
Pasadena, MO, former control house operator, Pacific Locks. John's
wife, Kitty, was there and also son, John E. Schmidt (Bill), Jr. of
Panama City, FL
Capt. and Mrs. Daniel M. R. Half, Argyle In the past two years
Dan has covered quite a few more miles, leaving "Fiddler's Green"
periodically, sometimes in the spring, sometimes in the winter, still
with Cove Shipping Co. of NYC. In the fall of 1978 he made a grain run
to the Russian Black Sea Ports on the "S.S. Cove Leader". Then onto
the VLCC Tankers in 1979, flying to France to take the "T. T.
Williamsburgh" to the Persian Gulf around Africa to Bonaire in the
Dutch Antilles. This year it was the "T. T. Brooklyn" on a round trip
from the U.S. Gulf around Cape Horn to Alaska and he is going this
month on the "T. T. Stuyvesant" on the run from Alaska to Panama.
He obtained his Valdez Pilotage in 1978.
Daniel was recently married and now living in Seattle. After a suc-
cessful lens implant operation on an eye that was injured when he was
a young boy, he resumed his sea career and at present is an Able
Seaman working towards his Third Mate's License. Dana (Ted) is at-
tending NYS Maritime College at Ft. Schuyler where he will be a Se-
cond Class Cadet next Sept. He is presently aboard the "T. S. Empire
State" on his ten weeks Summer Sea Term. Danelle and family live in
Chicago, Illinois and Denise and family in Seattle, WA. Both are
subscribers to the Record.
Last Fall we had a most pleasant surprise when Sherman Ham-
mond and wife knocked on our door. Capt. William Nebring and Millie
came for an enjoyable stay from Pennsylvania this past January. Capt.
Theodore Jablonski, Joan and family are expected mid-July. Regretful-
ly Dan will not be here. Their son Steve who attends Calhoun Marine
Engineering School, Baltimore, MD, is a welcome guest here during
In the animal line Dan went from cows to pigs and next will have
sheep. We still have our dog, cats and flock of chickens.
Very few people retire to this North Land so our old friends are
really scattered and we miss those familiar faces.
Amy McCormack Charlotte, NC .
"Have a nice day", we always say,
To our visitors to North Carolina,
If you think it sounds "corny" and a little absurd
Stick around a while longer,
We mean every word.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
We had our annual picnic at Lake Julian on July 23rd. Among the
guests were: Alice and Gene Lombard, Bonnie (Kleasner) and LeRoy
Wilson, Alice and Max Conover, Clara Jorstad's daughter Judy with
hr husband, Fred Rose, and four of their five children, Dana, Annette,
Jan and Fred. The Roses are from Huntsville, AL.
Ross Cunningham and his granddaughter, Ann Janette Walker,
from Sacramento, CA, were at the picnic. Ross, Janet and Janet's
mother, Mrs. Potter, are spending the summer here at Conastee Falls.
Gene and Alice Lombard are here for three months at the "Old
Mill". Their daughter Elaine and her husband, Ross Newland, were
here for a week in July.
Alice and Max Conover have purchased a condominium in the Flat
Rock area for a summer residence.
Bonnie and LeRoy Wilson have their summer place at Balsam,
Clara Jorstad is now teaching an adult string class and she will be
playing in a production of "Oklahoma" the last week of July.
Dess and Julian Hearne are arriving the first week in August.
They have bought a mobile home in the Halfway Tree Park and plan to
spend summers here.
Emily and Howard Johnson went to Destin, FL, for three days in
July. They met their son Jim and his family from Houston, TX, there.
Rose Critzer from Diablo visited with Ruth and Bill Tillman in
Bricky Pattison spent the month of June visiting her parents,
Tom and Barbara Coleman, stopping off for a short visit with her son
Jimmy in Palm Bay, FL, before returning to the Zone. Jimmy is now
employed with the Harrison Conductor Company in that area.
Jack and Jean Dombrosky's son Dale, his wife Lynn and their
three sons visited them the first of July. Later that month, Barbara
Dombrowsky Harmon, husband Bruce with their family and Bruce's
parents were guests of the Dombrowskys.
ALICE H. ROCHE
T. Dwight (Tim) Ladd, Chardon I had a short hospital visit in
April and am thoroughly confused by Medicare and Aetna, the com-
pany under which we receive benefits through the Ohio State
Teachers Retirement System. Elizabeth is going through the headache
of being appointed guardian for a cousin who is in poor health. The con-
clusion of my hospital stay is that the hip girdle muscles are simply ag-
ing faster than the rest of me, and all I can do is exercise and lose some
weight. I'm managing to get around fairly well and have planted quite
a bit of garden, but rain is holding me up in that area right now.
We had our yearly visit with the wandering Washabaughs, Perry
and Rita, in the fall and also had a visit with their daughter Theresa
Harvey, who dropped in with husband Mel and her four charming
daughters on their way from Indianapolis to Albion, PA.
Our girls are both well and busy. Carane is head of English depart-
ment at the junior high school where she teaches. Felicia (Dixon) has
been working as a Writing Specialist at the University of Nebraska,
helping students who have problems with writing. It is a funded pro-
gram which ran out on June 30th, so we're not sure what she will be do-
ing. The three grandchildren had a siege of chicken pox but have
Elizabeth is fairly well, although she has spurs on her heels which
are painful at times. She still makes her stationery with tatting, and it
sells quite well.
If any of you are in this area, give us a call at 216-635-5498 and
we'll tell you how to get here.
Henry "Hank" DeRaps, McMinnville Made my first reunion in
April since retiring in 1970. Flew to Tampa, FL on April 7th to visit my
son, Brian and wife Michele. Stayed until April 21st and returned
home with wife, Marian. The reunion was like "Old Home Week" for
me. Was so surprised to see so many of my former co-workers and
friends from the Canal Zone. Grady and Margaret Hardison, also from
McMinnville, motored to St. Pete, quite a drive Wish everyone
could see Oregon at this time of year (May). It is so beautiful. Azalea
and rhododendron in full bloom in their many varied colors. It is really
a sight to behold.
Tom and Marilyn Marsh, Oregon City 1979 was a great year.
Visitors during the summer were Ernie and Phyllis Faris of Kingman,
AZ and Marilyn's mother, Mrs. Ruth Metzger ... In July, Floyd and
Beverly Baker of Gatun met us for a weekend at Mt. Ranier National
Park and to our surprise we were snowed in for a time.... In October
we took off for Eypt on a Maupin Tour which included a couple of camel
rides and visits to the Pyramids, Sphinx, Aboul Simbel, King Tut's and
other tombs plus as many ruins and landmarks that could be crowded
into 15 days. On our return trip we left the tour in London and had a
wonderful week sightseeing ... Our area has had only one light shower
of ash from Mt. St. Helens Volcano eruption. We can see the ash in the
distance, but prevailing winds take the ash elsewhere.
AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA
On Saturday, June 7th, approximately 70 members and guests en-
joyed a picnic lunch at the Aiken State Park. At that time the next get
together was scheduled for September 4th dinner at the Marino
Restaurant in Aiken.
The picnic resulted in a "mini" family reunion for Hazel and Bud
Kilbey, whose guests included Eddie and Charlotte Mullins (Kilbey)
and their son Clayton and his wife from Grovetown, GA, and William
and Tina Luken (Kilbey) and children, Renee, Audrey, and Wayne of
Nellie Jansen is on her way to becoming a leftiee". She's wearing a
cast on her right arm the result of a misstep while taking her even-
ing constitutional. Included in the artistic decorations on the month old
cast is a cat contributed by Eddie Lotterhos, the grandson of Eletheer
and Otis Catron.
Among recent visitors to our town were the John Gallaghers of
Orange City, FL, who with their daughter, stopped to see the Jacksons
and Lorna Shore ... Rodney and Reba Higgenbotham of Jacksonville
who were houseguests of Peggy and Don Hutchison ... Gretchen and
Bill Warren who celebrated a wedding while staying at Dorothy and
John Everson's ... Dorothy and Mack Hicks who called on Verna and
Andy Kapinos while enroute to Charleston by camper and Helen
Barr of Balboa, a guest of Peter and Betty Barr.
Surprises never end when John Kelin of Pensacola was visiting
his sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Harry Willenbrock, this
reporter discovered, after some conversation and a search in an old
yearbook, that they had been in the same graduating class of a New
York City high school (never mind the year!).
From what we hear, Leona and Paul Badonsky's grandson, Bobby
Leitch and his guests had a swing time in Athens, GA, on his 5th birth-
day his grandparents had taken a pifata with them for the celebra-
This spring, Buddy and Marion Phillips spent some time with
Peggy and Don Hutchison, and while here visited the Browns and
Tates in Columbia ... called on John and Iris Waggoner... and went to
see Jim Westendorff who was hospitalized at that time. Marion also
attended a bridge luncheon hosted by Evelyn Condon in her honor.
The latter part of July, Dorothy and John Everson will spend four
days in Charleston, SC at the DeMoly Conclave, and Gertrude Smouse
will be on her way to theMusic Festival at Brevard, NC.
With regard to the "younger" generation, we hear that Carol
Smith (Kapinos) will be receiving her bachelor's degree in business ad-
ministration in August from St. Leo's College in Hampton, VA, and
that Norma Holder (York) and family, chose the hottest weekend in Ju-
ly to move into a new home in Thomson, GA.
Panama Canal Society of Houston
Summertime must mark the period for family reunions. Laurita
and Tom Barber will be enjoying one with their clan on the 26th.
Grace and Dal Thornton will be joining the Thornton clan in
Leonard, TX, for the "Leonard Picnic" which has been repeated an-
nually for more than 100 years! How about that for a record?
Helen Souder McDougal flew in from Guatemala to visit her folks,
Lou and Myrtle Souder, and simultaneously, her brother Murrill
Souder arrived from New York. One might call that a family reunion,
Joyce and Luke Standefer spent their vacation in Mobile where
they visited Joyce's sister and family.
Norman and Jo Ann (Standefer) DeLoof journeyed to his home en-
virons of Gurney, IL, to visit his folks. With Lake Geneva, WI, close by,
they took advantage of seeing that well-known spot as well.
lone Brown (Mrs. Al) had cataract surgery and tho' confined to
her home for the convalescent period, she is doing well.
Jessie Langton Bush anxiously awaits the arrival of her daughter
and two younger granddaughters from Venezuela early next month.
Former Canal Zone resident, Wilbur A. White, died on May 20. He
retired from civil service in 1952, and lived in Houston for 28 years.
Our forthcoming meeting scheduled for July 26 will be "piqnique"
style at the home of Florence and John Terry.
In July the Dale Bishops enjoyed a visit from Jackie's brother,
Douglas Schmidt and his wife, Sharon (Booth) and daughter, Cheryl.
Doug and family left the Canal Zone in May and visited his parents,
John and Kitty Schmidt in Pasadena, MD and then on to Mission
Viego, CA to visit Sharon's parents, Ken and Jo Booth. On their way
back to Miami to catch the charter back to Panama, they stopped off in
Kerrville for a week's visit. While in Kerrville, Doug was asked to
speak on a local radio program and also taped a "Good Evening, Kerr-
ville" show for the local Channel 10 television. Doug spoke on the Canal
and answered questions put to him both by the public who called in on
the radio program and by the local commentator of the 30-minute TV
Mrs. Harold Chambers (Clara), Kerrville I spent most of the
summer visiting family and friends. Five weeks were spent in Ft.
Worth with our daughter, Alice Wiedenhoff (Mrs. E. John). From July
5th thru July 12th I baby-sat my four grandchildren in that area, while
the parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Wiedenhoff and Mrs. andMrs. J. F.
Spafford, III of Denton TX (Carla) took a Caribbean Cruise from Miami
on the M.S. Song of Norway.
On July 20th I flew to Washington, DC, to visit our son, Richard L.
Chambers and family in McLean, VA and to attend the wedding of
their youngest daughter, Pamela L. Chambers to Gary Bonner on July
26, 1980 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Falls Church, VA.
While in the DC area, I visited with Mr, and Mrs. Paul R. Furr of
Falls Church, VA and Mrs. Paul Koenig (Francine Furr) of Arlington,
VA. Mrs. Furr (Edna) was in Fairfax Hospital and had undergone eye
surgery. I also spent a day with Mrs. Herbert H. Lewis (Thelma) at the
Retirement Center in Annandale, VA, where she resides.
On July 28th, I returned to Denton, TX and on July 29th, with my
daughter Carla and her two daughters, Jodi, 13 and Jenni, 11, started
on a trip to Florida by car. During our Florida trip, we visited with Vic
and June May of Holiday; Al and Dorothy Pate of St. Petersburg -
Carla and daughters visited Lt. Col. and Mrs. Bernie Malcuitt and
family. I saw many former Canal Zone friends at the Luncheon
Meeting of the Panama Canal Society in Sarasota on August 1st; at a
meeting of the Monday Morning Coffee Group in Sarasota on August
4th held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. Wickenhauser of Sarasota; and
at the Sewing Club meeting, of mostly ex-Canal Zone friends, at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Huldtquist in Seminole on August 6th.
While in St. Petersburg I was also the luncheon guest of Mrs. Roy
From St. Petersburg we continued on to the east coast, visiting
with Mrs. J. A. May, an aunt and great aunt, in Pompano. Carla and
daughters visited with Mr. and Mrs. Jack LaBera (Sue Roscoe) and
family in Miami. We also visited with Mr. and Mrs. Bob Wade (Gail
Bohannon) and family and the LeRoy Barfields in Clermont.
On our return trip to Texas, we spent two nights in New Orleans,
LA where we were joined by Carla's husband, Joe, from Denton, TX. I
returned to Kerrville via plane from New Orleans to San Antonio and
the rest of the family drove back to Denton.
July is reunion time here and the turn-out to the picnic is always
good. This year the picnic was held in the northern part of the state at
Lagoon Amusement Park. I guess you'd have to call it Utah's answer
to Disneyland!! The Tangerine Terrace was reserved for our group and
the management arranged a special price for admission. Besides the
numerous "rides" that you find in such parks, there was a pioneer
village that is quite authentic. An old bakery had fresh-baked cookies,
cinnamon rolls and bread for sale and there was a working blacksmith
shop as well as typical houses with antique furnishings. Other ac-
tivities of the day were swimming and golf for those interested. Even
with all there was to do, the visiting with old friends was the most en-
joyable part of the day.
In May Adrien and I took a trip back East to see our families but
managed to see several Canal Zone friends along the way. We saw
Winter Collins as well as Viola Lambert in Albuquerque, NM. Viola
keeps up with teaching by substituting in the schools in Los Lunas.
In Kerrville, TX Fred and Marion Wells came to the motel to see
us and then took us around the city so we could get a good look at it.
After driving across from El Paso, we were impressed with the rolling
country and a river with a good flow of water. No wonder Kerrville is
such a popular place.
Ed Parker, from Coco Solo, has been a close friend for many years
so we were happy to spend a few days with him in New Orleans. Ed
lives right on Lake Catherine and has a boat and dock close to the back
door. After leaving Ed we stopped to talk with Ken and Marie Bailey
for an hour or so in Lillian, AL.
We next visited "Pete" and Bob Budreau in Parker, FL. Since
Adrien and "Pete" are brother and sister, there was a lot of,
"remember when ..." as part of the visit. Bob has a beautiful boat. We
spent one day on the water and saw Parker and Panama City Beach
from a different angle. Bill Schmidt visited one evening and we all en-
joyed seeing slides of the Canal Zone and various parts of Panama.
Adrien saw Pete Monaco on the street one morning and we saw Trixie
and Flo Trasavage briefly.
From there it was on to Osprey, FL where we spent a few days
visiting my parents. When we left, we stopped a few hours to visit
Henry Butcher in Ocala. We saw Andries and Lia deBoer in Jackson-
ville. We lived next door to them in Ancon for several years when An-
dries was Chief of the Industrial Health Branch.
Adrien's folks are living in Brownsburg, VA after leaving the
Zone last August. We stayed a few days with them and then went on to
Vineland, NJ my old hometown. While there we drove up to Patter-
son so Adrien could see the old locomotive "299". He spent many hours
on that locomotive in the Canal Zone and the people in Patterson had
many questions to ask him. The locomotive is now being displayed at
an industrial museum in the area where it was built.
From N.J. we drove back to Utah and our grandchildren who still
couldn't understand why we had to be away for so long. We were just
in time for the abundant sweet cherry harvest. The fruit season is in
full swing now and the wheat is ripening to a lovely shade of gold. The
lines, "Oh, beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for
purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain ..." describe Orem,
PACIFIC NORTHWEST NEWS
I see by the Society books, I haven't turned in any reports since
my trip to Florida. So here goes February I flew to Tucson, AZ to
visit my Dad, Fred W. Bradley. For a 91 year old, he is in good health
and spirits. He has since fallen, now wears a brace for a fractured back,
and is determined to keep walking rather than be in a wheelchair.
From all reports, he is doing just fine.
My trip to Tucson, meant a four hour wait between planes in
Denver, CO. Ruby Radel and her daughter Rosalie Meier met me at the
airport. It was so good to see and visit with them again. I almost con-
vinced Ruby to join me on my return trip home. She is now a
homeowner in Denver, yet still plans to visit me.
In May, Betty and Dick London had a pot luck dinner at their
home on the Washougal River for a few Zonians who were: Jesse and
Lucille Bunker; John and Winnie Towery; Glenn and Gladys Lasher;
Ann Laura Johnson; Evelyn Miesse and me. It was the day after the
May 18th Mt. St. Helens big eruption, and a beautiful day to enjoy
Evelyn Miesse and I drove south to California. Evelyn dropped me
off in Walnut Creek to visit with Mrs. Ethlyn Wood, while she con-
tinued south to visit her relatives. I had a very good time, and found
Mrs. Wood well. Her activities keep her on the go. We went to Con-
cord, CA for a family gathering with Doris B. Hand and Graham
In June, Betsy (Hewitt) Nichols, (daughter of Clarice and John
Hewitt), dropped by for a short visit. She was between planes after
returning from Guatemala on her way to Mexico before returning to
her home in Omaha, NB. Her aunt and uncle (William and Helen
Walbert) were showing her the highlights of the Portland-Vancouver
area for her short stay, and I felt quite honored that she took the time
to visit with me. She is as vivacious and lovely as ever.
July Mary Stephenson phone to say she was flying to Panama
for a visit with her son Mike and Elaine (Asbury) Stephenson.
July also brought Olga and Paul Disharoon to the N.W. for a short
full week of visiting, dinners and sightseeing. It was just great to have
them. Between the Bunkers, Towery's and Evelyn Miesse we showed
them our part of the country, which I'm sure they have told you all
about by now. A funny thing happened in Astoria, OR ... We ran into
Kay and Dick Pennington (Orlando, FL) who were also sightseeing
with Richard, Connie (Lasher) Pennington and the three children.
Never know who you'll run into in this small world.
Glenn and Gladys Lasher are well and enjoying their garden and
visitors, who have been Jim and Noralee Shobe; Dick and Kay Penn-
ington; and Mary and John Connard.
Ann Laura Johnson is keeping busying walking 5 to 8 miles a day,
for fun and health. She has lost weight (planned) and is the envy of a
number of us who have so little will power. She and her daughter, Mar-
tha Stephenson, and family are enjoying the summer by camping and
Lucille and Jesse Bunker are always on the go sightseeing, enter-
taining, offering transportation to visitors to out of the way places and
just being excellent hosts. Their daughter Jackie and Bill Knowlton
bought a home in Lake Oswego, OR, so the Bunker's are kept busy
helping them get settled.
News from Dorcas and George Cooper of Deming, WA, find them
in Grand Prairie, TX, enjoying their first grandchild. They saw Sam
and Norma Porter and Margena Wood in the Dallas, TX area.
We have our Volcano you have threats of Hurricane and Tor-
nados. Mt. St. Helens will be around for awhile, though it's ash won't.
I have asked Evelyn Miesse to write a short report of her flight by
plane over St. Helens, since she was there, and can tell it better than I.
My flight is scheduled for next Tuesday, weather and Volcano permit-
ting. Evelyn's report "Viewing the destruction of a very beautiful
area is not only heart rending but awesome and undescribable. We
flew around the Northside and viewed the crater venting steam. Also
we saw the remains of what was once beautiful Spirit Lake and now is
a devasted area."
August brought forth the long awaited Picnic reunion. The
weather could have been MUCH warmer, but the Zonians always bring
their warm friendships which makes up for our unpredictable weather.
The group were all ages and their enthusiasm was as usual outstan-
ding. This year our visitors were: Tommy L. and Bud Horter (Austin,
TX); Lee Kariger, (Cypress, CA); Keith and Lea Lane (Provo, UT);
Kathy, Lee, Mike and Bill Snider (Margarita, Panama); Rita and Perry
Washabaugh (Albion, PA); and recently retired and settling in Sequim,
WA, Pat, Dan, Stephanie and Gordon Nellis.
The Northwesterners who signed in were the following: Earl and
Fran Almquist; Minnie Rudge Barnhart; Patty and Bob Berg; Bob
Blanchette; John and Michele (Greene) Bundy; Dell and Donna Bun-
nell; Mike and Virginia Cunningham; Marion L. Davis, (our Chairman);
Neil and Dorothy Doherty; Neil and Tammy Doherty; Jim and Clover
(Shobe) Duffus; Paul and Connie (Balmas) Ebdon; Nancy and Darrell
Eide; Bud and Clara Emery; Fred and Grace Gemmell; Steve and Bar-
bara (Rudge) Halko; Margaret and Grady Hardison; Jan (Doherty) and
Heidi Huff; Ted and Diane (Van Siclen) Jones; Bud and Harriet
Journey; Jane Journey; Mary Kellener; Holly and Isaac Lane; Dave
and Mariam (Bateman) Lewis; Don and Maycel MacLean; Marily and
Tom Marsh; Bob, Mary, Wendy and Robyn McAuslin; Don and
Christine Olson; Mike and Inez Plucker; Brian Pyeatt; Peggy and Al
Rankin; Jim Replogle, Donna and Earl Robertson; Jack and Anne
Rocker; Jack and Neva Short; Roland and Isabelle Stemmer; Doec and
Leona Stevenson; Joan (Doherty), Patty, Angela and Bill Stoltz;
Edythe Stribling and infant Heidi; Steven J. Tahterman; Andy and
Mamie Van Siclen; Bob and Michele Van Siclen; Dan and Susie (Slover)
Wells; Phil and Weulsia Wilkins; James, Sue, Jesse and Alex Wood;
Harold and Helen Young; and me.
A "first time event" was experienced at the picnic. The entire
Doherty family were all together at the same time and same place.
Depsite the "unusual" cold wave, the NW Picnic Reunion was a
complete success, and I thank Lucille Davis for her hard work and
sincere efforts in making this a very warm friendly gathering for the
Endangered Species the Zonian. She asked and was rewarded with
a volunteer Neil Doherty 1981 Chairman. Pertinent information
will be announced in due time.
After the reunion, I visited Lucille for a couple of days. We took
the ferry to Seattle heading for the Pike Public Market, which was
closed. (Sunday in Seattle is not the day for tourists.) On Monday, we
again ferried towards Sequim, where we joined Harriet Journey, her
mother, Mrs. Johnson, Jane Journey and Minnie Barnhart for lunch
and sightseeing. I had a real good time with Lucille and friends. Tues-
day, I returned home with a slightly bowlegged car laden with fruits
and vegetables bought to can for winter use. Yes, I had a marvelous
time and know those that missed the Reunion missed a lot of fun.
MARTHA B. WOOD,
L to R: (at the Picnic) Dick London, Lucille Bunker, Lois Hamilton,
Ann Laura Johnson, Ellen London, Gladys Lasher, Mops Wood, Win-
nie Towery, Glenn Lasher and John Towery
Kay and Dick Pennington
Bud and Clara Emery
Paul and Olga Disharoon at Jim, Clover (Shobe) Duffus
Multnomak Falls, OR and Joshua
July 19, 1980
Kathy and Lee Snider Miriam (Bateman) and
Margarita, Panama Dave Lewis
Minnie Rudge Barnhart Tommy L. Horter and
NOW HEAR THIS
Plans for the Gala Reunion of 1981 are progressing well and the
Executive Committee wishes to inform you that we have on our pro-
gram the Second Luncheon and Golf Tournament at Sunset Golf Club
planned for April 30th. On May 1st our Ball will be held at the Col-
iseum with guest artist LUCHO AZCARRAGA (from Panama,
of course!) alternating with a local band, which will please everyone
with their favorite music for dancing and listening pleasure. The An-
nual Luncheon will be held at the Bayfront Concourse Hotel which will
again be our headquarters for the Reunion.
Other events are being arranged for your enjoyment while in the
Sunshine City State and full details with registration forms, etc. will
appear in the December issue of the Canal Record. Please mark your
calendar with these dates and events AND do plan on attending the
Panama Canal Society of Florida's 49th Annual Reunion.
Conrad Horine of 5728 Barley Ct., Bonita, CA 92002, would like
the following people to contact him for information in the next issue of
the BHS-CHS Index: Ellen (nee Bailey) Johnson '34; Nell (nee Wardlaw)
Clark '32; William L. Barber '58; Vilma (nee Bejarano) Gordon '48;
Deanna (nee Boswell) Thompson '67; Lee (nee Brown) McCaskey '47;
William Catron '64; Donna (nee Daniel) Pierce '62; Patricia (nee Der-
tien) Vazques '69; Angel Vazquez '66; Zona (nee French) Lang '29; Ray
Gill '43; Pat (nee Kuller) Gill '48; Elizabeth (nee Hearn) Folger '30;
Adrienne (nee Morse) Whitehead '73 and Vincent Ridge '37.
While driving through Georgia I saw a billboard that read "The
farmers of Georgia apologize to all the farmers of the United States for
putting Jimmy Carter in the White House." ... No doubt we all watch-
ed parts of the Republican and Democratic conventions on the televi-
sion with mixed emotions. In two speeches there was reference to the
give away of the Canal by Jimmy to create better relations with Cen-
Be good citizens and go to the polls on November 4th and vote for
the presidential candidate of your choice.
Many Happy Returns to Charlotte Laurie who will celebrate her
93rd birthday this month. And best wishes to all members who will
have a birthday in September, October and November. Get well wishes
also to those members on the sick list we wish you a speedy
recovery ... Welcome to all the new members who joined during and
after the Reunion. Hope you enjoy the Canal Record and come to our
rZ TwItK WLE wUST UUED IN TH1 Cn4AL ONE TOo L. (4r"
(see News from Louisiana section)
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Jim Trower's GORGONA
INFORMATIVE FOR THE TRAVELLER
Bertha Scott of St. Petersburg, FL recently returned from a trip
to Panama and would like all to know that an American citizen born in
the Republic of Panama or in the Canal Zone is no longer required to
take out a Panamanian Passport. All one needs is a Passport and
Tourist Card which entitles one to visit for thirty days and may be
granted an extension for an additional sixty days, provided that he is
duly registered at the Immigration Department of the Foreign Office,
located at 28th Street and Cuba Ave., altos del Cuartel de Bomberos
"Ricardo Arango", Panama City, or in any other Migration Office in
the Republic. Mr. Romagnoli, Telephone Balboa 52 4801, is the per-
son you may contact for a "PAZ Y SALVO" certificate (revenue
clearance) which must be obtained prior to departure. It is also
noted that Tourist must not engage in any employment or in any other
kind of paying activity. Violators will be fined from fifty to five hun-
dred Balboas And remember that one needs two passport size pic-
ture for the Tourist Cards.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Application for Membership
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and enclose $10.00 as my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues for the year which entitle me to a
subscription of the CANAL RECORD for one year.
City State Zip Code
Former PC Employment
Amount Enclosed $ Check_ M.O. Cash
DUES $10 PER YEAR PER FAMILY (One Household)
PLEASE SEND MONEY ORDER UNLESS CHECK IS ON STATE'S BANK.
Dues of the Society shall be $10.00 a year by calendar years, and shall entitle members
in good standing to receive the Canal Record and Annual Issue.
Dues shall be considered payable in January of each calendar year, and will be
considered delinquent on February first in any calendar year.
New members will be accepted after July 1st in any year for $5.00 in dues for the
balance of that particular calendar year provided the following year's dues are paid in
advance at the same time.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
ENCOURAGE YOUR EX-ZONIAN FRIENDS
TO JOIN THE SOCIETY!
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
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