President's M message ...................... ............ ............... 2
From the Secretary's Desk ................................. ................. 2
Editor's Lines .................................................. .............2
Legislative Representative Report .................. ........................... 5
Minutes of Scheduled Meetings .............. ............................... 6
Ditch Digger Days ......................................................... 13
Isthmus Episodes...................................... ...................... 20
News Condensed from The Panama Canal Spillway ............................... 26
Recipes ............. ................................................... 25
Weddings ................................................................ 32
Births .................................. ................... ........... 34
Deaths .................................. ................... ........... 36
Late News ................................ .............................89
Sales & Locator Service ......................................... ............ 88
Alabama .............. 43 Kentucky..............71 North Carolina .......... 79
Arizona ...............45 Louisiana...............71 South Carolina........... 81
Arkansas...............46 Maryland...............76 Texas .................. 82
California...............52 New Jersey ............77 Virginia..................86
Florida ................64 New York .............79 Washington .............87
Vigilant Real Estate...... 89
DATES TO REMEMBER
5 DEC Regular Meeting PCSF, Gulfport Community Center
(Annual Christmas Party)
25 CHRISTMAS DAY
1 JAN NEW YEAR'S DAY
2 Regular Meeting PCSF
6 Regular Meeting PCSF
6 FEB Regular Meeting PCSF
14 St. Valentine's Day
16 Washington's Birthday
4 MAR Ash Wednesday
6 Regular Meeting PCSF
APRIL 30, MAY 1 and 2 REUNION The Bayfront Concourse Hotel
COVER PICTURE: Submitted and drawn by our talented artist Jaye Thompson Barrett
of Orange Park, FL. Jaye was born in the Canal Zone a member of a well known family.
This unique Christmas Wreath represents the tropical flowers and fruits of Panama
known to Jaye. Clockwise from top- the Mango, CannonBall Tree Flower,Rose Apples,
fl ? If, Lignum Vitae Fl, Guanabana, Genip, Cashew, Pineapple, Naranjilla, Tamarind
Pods, Hibiscus, Papayas & If, Holy Ghost Orchid, Avocado, Royal Poinciana fl & If,
Jacaranda f., Coconut, Banana, Bird of Paradise, Frangipani, Breadfruit & If., Woodroses
and Ylang Ylang.
The Panama Canol Society of Florida, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Russell M. Jones
Albert F. Pate
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
William F. Grady
J. F. Warner
Russell M. Jones
Albert F. Pate
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Ross H. Hollowell
Nolan A. Bissell
Carl H. Starke
Jack F. Morris
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
The CANAL RECORD is published by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
for the good and welfare of its members.
The CANAL RECORD is published five times each year, once in March, June,
September, November and December.
MEMBERSHIP FEES $10.00 ANNUALLY. To receive the CANAL RECORD,
all persons MUST BE MEMBERS and pay ANNUAL DUES of $10.00. Entered as 2nd
Class matter at the POST OFFICE at Saint Petersburg, Florida Second Class
Postage paid at Saint Petersburg, Florida, Post Office.
PRINTED BY DIXIE PRINTING OF ST. PETERSBURG, 634 2nd Avenue
South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 40th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, Florida 33733.
THE PRESIDENT SAYS:
At this time of year in Florida when the nights are wonderful for
sleeping, in the upper 50's, and the days in the upper 70's to the low
80's, we know that the holidays of Christmas and New Year's are not
far away. The few short months that your elected officers and the ex-
ecutive board of your Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. have
served has been a great time of satisfaction to us.
This year we have enjoyed a wonderful Picnic, a beautiful annual
luncheon in Sarasota, and the planning for our Annual Christmas party
on the first Friday in December is well under way.
We the elected officers and the Executive Board are very much
heartened by the addition of new members and a decrease in delin-
quent members who have brought their membership up to date. To
have growth in membership is always a good sign and brings a feeling
of wellbeing for our Society.
Our coming Christmas party will be highlighted by the reap-
pearance of the Spartones from Lakewood High School, who have
always been a pleasure to hear and see especially when they get some
of us (who would rather have a slow waltz) to get up and dance with the
Please accept my thanks for the wonderful few months of my
presidency and the help and support of the membership of our Society
and may I extend to all of you my Best Wishes for the coming
Christmas Season and may the New Year bring to all the best of health
and prosperity in the year of 1981.
Russell M. Jones
FROM THE SECRETARY'S DESK
Members, members, members how wonderful it is to have all
these new members joining or being given gift memberships. Our
group is certainly growing. At press time, we have 91 new members
since the directory issue, and each days mail brings more. We now
have more than 2700 members.
As the holidays approach I would like to wish each and every one
"Felices Pascuas y Un Bien Ano Nuevo". Hope to see you all at the
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. is growing. It is grow-
ing because our group wants to always keep in touch and this is the one
big way that we may. It is interesting to note that Pat Beall and I
mailed 2,698 copies under Bulk Mailing; one copy went via regular mail
to Costa Rica and three copies were not mailed as they belong to the
Secretary/Treasurer, Editor and "Pat" who got this issue prepared
and mailed, respectively ... .2,702.
I have been reading several articles in the news about the Postal
system is going to the 9-digit Zip Code. When and if this does go into ef-
fect I will need your help to get to me your new Zip Codes. If we do not
receive them immediately so that we may make the necessary changes
it will delay the mailing of the edition to follow after the Zip Code
change takes place. I know you will all want to cooperate as it will take
time to perhaps retype all the master address sheets all 2,702.
Along those same lines. Please take out your November 1980
Canal Record and turn to page 7. Under "Area News Reporters" (I
forgot to give this information to Jean Mann) please add: Mrs. Betty
Rathgeber, 200 Baldwin Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028 AND Page 9
fourth and fifth lines from top of page. Delete. ADD: Office of person-
nel Management, Civil Service Retirement and Insurance Systems,
Washington, DC 20415.
Our president requested that the membership see what goes on at
the Record Editor's house the first of five months out of the year. Here
it is in picture form after all the address labels have been checked.
September 1980 Record on the way by "Pat" Beall and Anna Collins.
Photos by Pat Beall.
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I wish to thank Jay Barrett, my niece, for submitting the front
cover of our December 1980 issue. She is truly an artist and I know
you will appreciate her endeavors. Also, Mary Hanna for submitting
the Greetings on the inside back cover. It is just a clever idea ... Thank
Please submit all material for the March Canal Record by the 26th
January 1981. If it is typed doubled spaced, 30 January.
Once again it is time to thank all who submitted material, especial-
ly the Area Reporters, to make our Record interesting to read. And at
this time may I ask that more of the old timers send in some memoirs.
Christmas Greetings, Best wishes for Health, Happiness and Pros-
perity in the New Year.
ANNA T. COLLINS
LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE REPORT
No action due to Congress being adjourned until 12 November
Retired and Active Federal employees residing in the state of
Florida who have Blue Cross, Blue Shield can call a toll free number in
Jacksonville regarding benefits, claim service and information, Mon-
day through Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. 1-800-342-2492.
WILLIAM F. GRADY
1981 DUES ARE PAYABLE NOW
Why not send a membership to a former Zonian friend as a
Christmas gift. Just use the Application for Membership in the back of
the book, submit with $10.00 and Jean Mann will see that a gift card is
sent by Christmas.
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
5 September, 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. The Chaplain, Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation which
was followed by thirty seconds silent prayer in memory of those who
had passed away since our last meeting.
The President welcomed the 107 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition as
their names were called:
Mrs. Grace Wilson Dunedin
Olga and Leonard Caisse Lakeland
Trudy Roberto Clearwater
Agnes Conner Dalton St. Petersburg
Mrs. Grace Schack Dunedin
Harry Cain Sarasota
Berta Scott St. Petersburg
Elmer Abbott St. Petersburg
Vi and Emerson Fuller St. Petersburg
Jean and Bill Gaches St. Petersburg
Madge Hall Sarasota
Billie and Cliff Beaty St. Petersburg
Art Cherry Clearwater
Marie and Fred Dube Clearwater
Mr. Jones told the members about the July picnic and the August
Luncheon. Both events were a great success and enjoyed by all those
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the June 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 cost
of living for July was .1%, the lowest in 13 years. The 7.7% increase
will be realized in our 1 October checks. The Congress is still kicking
around the once a year cost of living increase and nothing has been
Mr. Jones reported on the action taken by the Executive Commit-
tee at its recent meeting.
The President then presented commemorative belt buckles to:
Mr. Daile Keigley for serving as budget and auditing officer for so
Mr. Nolan Bissell for serving many years as chairman of the
Nominating committee and for his help in securing a 2nd class permit
with the Post Office for the mailing of our Record.
Mr. Bill Grady who has served as Legislative Representative for
many years and kept the membership informed of pertinent legisla-
Each gentleman thanked the President and spoke briefly.
Four members would celebrate birthdays during September and
six couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes went out to all.
People who had birthdays and anniversaries during July and August
were then recognized and best wishes went out to them also.
Many members reported on members and friends who were ill and
Mr. Jones then welcomed back our vice-president, Mr. Al Pate,
who had been ill. Mr. Pate thanked all the members who had sent cards
and get well wishes.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:35
Nolan Bissell receiving belt Bill Grady thanking President
buckle from President Jones. Jones for belt buckle.
Daile Keigley thanking President
Jones for belt buckle.
3 October 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. The Chaplain, Mrs. Dorothy Yocum, gave the Invocation which
was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of those who
had passed away since our last meeting.
The president welcomed the 106 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition as
their names were called:
Mr. and Mrs. McNamee Davie, FL
Cy Fields New Port Richey
Landon Gunn, Jr. Orlando
Mr. and Mrs. Denis Stout Ohio
Mr. Joe Olson Albrook AFS
Linnie Turner St. Petersburg
Beryl and Gaddis Wall Clearwater
Charlotte Eckert Palmetto
Florence Harrison Palmetto
Ross and Marge Hollowell Pinellas Park
Bessie Lyons Clearwater
Ruth Baltozer St. Petersburg
The Secretary/Treasurer read the .minutes of the September
meeting. As there were no additions, corrections or omissions, the
minutes were approved as read. The financial statements of the Socie-
ty 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 cost
of living for July increased .1% and August was .6%. Such a small in-
crease was due to the drop in the mortgage interest rates. Congress
will convene on 12 November and we will just have to wait and see
what happens. Rep. Bauman introduced an amendment to the recon-
ciliation bill to continue with the COLA twice a year. The amendment
passed by a vote of 309 72. Five representatives abstained.
Mr. Jones asked all past-presidents to stand and be recognized.
There were 5 past presidents present.
The President told of traveling to Marianna Caverns for a picnic
hosted by the Panama Canal Society of Dothan, AL. Many of the
Dothan members told Mr. Jones that they plan to come to the Reunion
and play in our golf tournament.
Six members would celebrate birthdays during October and six
couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes went out to all.
Our past-president Mr. Eugene Askew was celebrating his birthday on
our meeting day, and the members sang Happy Birthday to him.
The President then introduced Mr. Walter Volmuth, of General
Telephone, who spoke to members on Companion Service. This is a
special service offered by General Telephone for people who live alone.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:20
Congratulations to Daniel McConaughey, who is ranked number 1
in his Senior class at St. Petersburg High School, and who has also
been selected for listing in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN HIGH
SCHOOLS. Danny is the son of Robert McConaughey, member, of
Panama, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Richard McConaughey,
members, of Ocala, FL and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Harvey, members, of
St. Petersburg, FL.
Congratulations to Dr. and Mrs. William H. Beeby, Titusville, FL
who celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary on October 5, 1980.
Mrs. Arline Winerman, daughter of Emma Lee Schmidt and the
late August T. Schmidt, was awarded a Doctorate in Educational Ad-
ministration at the 11th annual
Commencement for Nova Univer-
sity held at the Sunrise Musical
Theatre in Florida on July 27,
1980. Arline's doctoral work was
done on a program to meet the
needs of school districts on Long
Island, New York, through the
utilization of the expertise and ex-
perience of retired school ex-
ecutives. Her degree was con-
ferred in February, 1980.
Dr. Winerman was born at Gor-
gas Hospital, lived in Balboa, and
graduated from Balboa High School in 1953. She graduated in 1957
from Duke University with a B.A. in Business Administration and
received an M.S. in Elementary Education in 1970 from C. W. Post Col-
lege. Arline completed her certificate of Advanced Study in Educa-
tional Administration at Hofstra University in 1976.
Since 1976, Arline has been employed with the Suffolk County
Organization for the Promotion of Education and is currently the
Assistant Director as well as Director of Inservice Education for
Teachers on Long Island. She previously taught elementary school and
was Director of a Federal Project concerning Individualized Instruc-
In honor of Madeline Shore's 92nd birthday, her daughter and son-
in-law "Sis" and Bill York of Aiken, SC hosted an "open house" celebra-
tion on August 9th. Among those present were her granddaughters,
Nancy Coffey and husband of Melrose, FL, Norma Holder, husband,
and two daughters of Georgia, son and daughter-in-law Charles and
Anne Shore of Hicksville, N.Y., daughter-in-law Lorna Shore of Aiken,
and great grandson Stephen of Aiken.
Also attending were Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Murphy, Eddie and
Florence Metz, Rose Shacoski, and numerous Aiken Canal Zone
retirees and neighbors.
Christina Isabel Braun, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gustav J.
Braun, Jr. of Alexandria, VA, and a May 1980 honors graduate of Duke
University was elected this date to membership into PHI BETA KAP-
PA the national scholastic honors society in recognition of her high
academic achievement in the arts and sciences while at Duke Universi-
ty. The primary purpose of the Society is to honor and encourage all
those whose undergraduate studies give clear promise to substantial
contributions to the intellectual and moral life of the nation. Miss
Braun is presently a graduate student at the University of Virginia,
Graduate School of Art and Sciences, Charlottesville, VA.
NOTICE REUNION NOTICE
Any member wishing to have a table at the reunion for sale of
items pertinent to the canal or Panama MUST submit a letter of re-
quest to the Society prior to 1 April 1981. A letter of confirmation will
be sent by the Society.
Class of 1941 will hold their 40th Reunion in St. Petersburg, FL
during our Annual Reunion. For further information, please contact
Betty Irvin Quintero, 1845 S. Highland B-6, Apt. 7, Clearwater, FL
33516 and Isabel Gibson, 2020 Oxford St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710.
THE CASE OF THE ZONIAN
by Jack and Joan deGrummond
We are in the month of October, the anniversary month of the
Panama Canal turnover to Panama, which calls to mind one of the con-
sequences of this act. This is a commentary about a person, a group of
people, young and old, a "dying breed", a someone from a passing era
and place THE CANAL ZONE. He was and still is best known as a
The Canal Zone has been and gone! It was an era of the Zonian -
to him, an era of pride, a life and memories, but he carries the title, "Zo-
nian", to hold as his and his alone.The era, of course, is the time span of
the Panama Canal from early construction days to October 1, 1979,
when as the result of the new United States-Republic of Panama
"Panama Canal Treaty" the Canal Zone became non-existent. From
that fateful day there will be no more Zonians added to those in ex-
istence, and time will see those eventually reduced in number to zero.
We cannot coin the title, "Canal Zonian" or "Zonian", without
acknowledging that all of those many thousands who were part of the
Canal Zone era were part of one of the wonders of the world the
Panama Canal constructed and owned by the United States Govern-
ment. There is no doubt that his act struck a traumatic blow to those
with fond and nostalgic memories.
Who really is a Zonian? There are many generations of Zonians
from construction-day "old timers", followed by those who came to the
Zone over the years some who brought their children with them,
and then those who were born on the Isthmus, mostly in the Canal
Zone, up to October 1, 1979.
Who were these people of this era? They were of many na-
tionalities, races, colors and creeds. They had various skills, crafts and
professions needed for work in the complex Canal and Zone construc-
tion, operation, civil functions and services. However, there were
other components of people, such as those involved in the many
military bases, contracting, oil handling, concessions, and some other
special operations; also church and fraternal groups, organizational
and private clubs and other authorized activities in the Canal Zone.
All of these people formed one of the most unique societies in the
world. This society was, of course, not tightly knit. Not only spread
throughout the Canal Zone, it was segmented. The people did not all
mingle in a social sense, although in groups and in living areas on the
Zone there was a fraternal bond.
Considering these circumstances, the term "Zonian" must be
thought of as pretty much all-inclusive. Certainly we would not want to
exclude anyone who felt he was a Zonian and wanted to be known as
one. However, there may be some who might qualify, but who might
not wish to be known under this term. It is understandable perhaps,
because some folks may have been unhappy on the Zone for one reason
or another. Then, too, no society is without its adversities and failings.
The position of the Zonian was cause of considerable envy. There were
those who thought the Zonian felt he was specially privileged; and
there were some Zonians who by their actions brought about a dislike
of the Zonian by some factions all of which did not help the Zonian
image. There may be others who are not in the least interested in what
might or might not be a Zonian.
For those who are interested, perhaps in the final analysis a prere-
quisite to being known as a Canal Zonian would be for one to have lived
in the Canal Zone long enough to feel the life of the society there, to be
a part of it, and it a part of them.
To many of us who were born there it was our homeland, a very
strong tie to the Canal Zone with deep feeling about being known as a
Canal Zonian. Perhaps because the Canal was an American undertak-
ing, the strongest segment of Zonians were Americans who came to
the Canal Zone to work and live. Following them were their children
and children's children who grew up on the Zone, went to school, mar-
ried and had jobs there.
For the sake of posterity, however the Zonian may be
remembered, the majority were a loyal and dedicated group of people,
and earned high praise for their ability and knowledge and their desire
to be a credit to the Canal Zone community. Their spirit and the part
they played in the American Panama Canal history will never be
A recession is when your neighbor loses his job, a depression is
when you lose your job, and a panic is when your wife loses her job. -
Louis Rukeyser, syndicated columnist.
In these 20 years of work among the people, I have come more and
more to realize it is being unwanted that is the worst disease any
human being can ever experience." Mother Teresa, 69, the
Albanian-born Roman Catholic nun who won the Nobel Peace Prize for
her work among the poor in Calcutta.
DITCH DIGGER DAYS
We Salute and Pay Honor to The "Old Timers"
A few highlights of our life in Panama.
John C. Jensen and I married in Union Church, Cristobal, Sept.
23, 1913. John having been there in 1912.
We spend two weeks honeymoon at the Hotel Washington, Colon,
Atlantic entrance, at which point, one year later, John supervised the
mounting of the cannon guarding this entrance, called then, Fort
Washington, later Cannon, at Pacific side at Ancon.
Our first quarters were at Porto Bello, ruins of old city of Panama,
settled in 1519, was a bishopric. Porto Bello, by tug boat, and here the
rock used in construction of the Toro Point, breakwater, at Atlantic en-
trance, was transported from.
Many thrilling events occurred here, a beautiful place. I learned to
swim, the hard way, fell from canoe given to me by John, on my birth-
day, named "Jimmy" my nickname, on the Isthmus. Later taught to
dive, incidentally my first and last high one was from SS ANCON,
Capt. of which we knew well. I make it OK but never again. Left that to
Two dangerous events took place in one day. Our party set out to
explore an old abandoned Cocoa plantation, in the usual way, first a
man, then a woman, all armed, according to a jungle rule at that time,
not only for protection, but for target practice later. John and lead man
shot a diamond marked snake hanging from a branch just ahead, under
which I had to pass and would, no doubt, have been bitten. In addition
to firearms, each man carried a machete, a long wide and heavy blade
knife, used to clear heavy growth.
That day, saw plenty of cat prints, where they came at sundown to
drink; later a large leopard, (kin to jaguar of So. America they claimed),
shot, just 12 miles from our quarters in Porto Bello, the skin of which
John sent to the States and made into a beautiful rug, unfortunately
destroyed in a flood in Virginia. In addition to this, a muff was also
made which I still have, a beautiful fur. After an exciting day, return-
ing home, I saw a patch of beautiful ginger lilies. In trying to pick them
I slipped from a wet log and landed in quick sand; it required four men
to drag me out. In doing so, I struck my knee on a sunken log, ending an
exciting day across the Isthmus to the Ancon Hospital.
One month later, this adventure was truly a terrifying one, same
party of friends, set out in a power boat, to Drake Island, where accor-
ding to Panama history, Sir Francis Drake is "resting". This trip was
for lobster fishing; men folks caught many huge ones, cooked and ate
them around the fire. On our return home trip, a sudden terrific
tropical storm came up, in which all could have perished as the waves
were reported at times to have been nearly 50 ft. high. That boat,
thank goodness, was new and large, rode so high at times, we thought
it would never settle down; we women spent the time in the bottom of
it, soaking wet, and praying. We certainly thanked God when our feet
were once more on land; that trip was most too exciting.
If anyone wanted a thrill they sure would have found it. One day
John and I were in the canoe in the bay near Y.M.C.A. Here the Gov.
boats emptied the garbage, trash, etc. from the quarters. Sharks came
from deep water to bay, to feed at that time. Somehow a little baby one
must have gotten lost and suddenly appeared at side of canoe. The
water here was shallow and clear. That little rascal deliberately "up-
chucked" some of that garbage; it landed smack in my lap, then swam
away. We were amused at the time, but returning ashore, and learning
that "baby" could have been of the man-eating family, which, according
to the natives, many were caught here. His row of teeth were as
dangerous as his daddy's. Suddenly I didn't feel so well, and hurried
out, to follow that baby's tactics.
One trip we didn't enjoy so much; saw an old native village from
the boat, called "Nombre de Dios" (ridiculous name for such a place).
The inhabitants were reported as being savage, and at one time a
white missionary landed there, but no one ever learned of his fate;
here the sand looked almost black. Needless to say, we hurried on.
At that time alligator hunts were numerous. From different loca-
tions tourists could take a launch to the estuary of the Bayano River
where many "gators" would sun themselves on the banks at low tide.
However, the noise of the power boats sent them overboard. Since
were were in Porto Bello, we took canoes thru narrow passes then to a
beautiful lagoon; quite a few "gators" in the sun, their eyes looked like
big rubies. Naturally we weren't too close. No shots were fired. The ex-
pert hunters stated it required an express bullet between the eyes as
the way of killing them.
Since Porto Bello was to be closed soon, our farewell party was
one of the most impressive and enjoyable ones. The invitation came
from the "Head" of a small island, called "Lost Island". To reach this
we set out in canoes; all Spanish speaking people with exception of
about six. We were welcomed and treated royally wonderful food,
champagne, wines, etc. After their "feast" they started their annual
ceremony of "Bearing of the Cross", a large wooden one, carried by
young natives, in biblical robes and traditional steps; the Cross was
covered with gorgeous flowers of all colors, made by the women from
A handsome Spanish priest took a beautiful pink rose from the
Cross and gave it to me. This I treasured for two years; when opening
the box to send home, those horrible cockroaches had devoured it.
Our next move was to Cristobal. It was with regret we left Porto
Bello, land of beautiful flowers, old Spanish forts, etc. My favorite
flower was orchids called "Lady of the Night", this one with a
fragrance not always found in orchids. Adventures never to be
Our first quarters here in Cristobal was a two-family unit. Shortly
after John received a fine promotion and was given a lovely cottage.
Before the opening of the Canal, we walked thru Culebra Cut,
later called Gaillard Cut. Here, many stones were found, mostly the
moss agate, from which were made rings, pins, etc. Several of these I
Being here at the opening of the Canal was everlasting
memorable, especially the dinner reception for Gov. Goethals at Hotel
Washington. My dress of white sheer silk, said to have been "woven
from parts of the pineapple" hand embroidery in pink roses, truly
beautiful. When I looked for it later, to send home, it had been stolen.
As to when, I never found out, no doubt the beauty of it was a great
temptation to someone. The memory of it and the night it was worn
still lingers on. At this time John received pres. Roosevelt medal for
his "services in the construction of Panama Canal".
Next moved to Gatun, first set of locks. Ships towed thru by "elec-
tric mules". Sad to state, here one of our friends, Mr. Cleveland, was
Gatun Lake, fresh water, artificially formed, 85 feet above sea
level, only one of its kind in existence. While here an explosion of the
U.S. powder vaults occurred killing three guards and many horses,
ripped our door sills, broke windows. Every article on the dresser
went sky high. Next day we went to survey the damage. A white stal-
lion, frightened, came running toward us. John hastily opened my
parasol at him. That animal stopped as though he had been shot, and
headed back where he came from. Thank goodness parasols were in
style then and John had done extensive reading.
While in Gatun, at the Y.M.C.A. we met Capt. Amundsen, on the
way to explore the North Pole. His ship was anchored in Gatun Lake
until the barnacles were removed from it by the fresh water.
Capt. Amunsden gave a lecture and had an exhibit of clothing, re-
quired equipment; he sold post cards to be mailed at last point. John
addressed one to me in Altoona, which reached there 13 years later,
postmarked "Pole Haven". Dick took it to High School, for exhibition,
article in paper, just a short time later it was stolen. This was a great
sorrow to me and a great loss. I still often wonder who was so small.
After work on the Gatun Locks was completed we moved to Colon
Beach near the old Christ Episcopal Church built in 1865, very in-
teresting. Our quarters were near the Ocean. A hurricane struck one
night; next morning we were amazed to find a large sailing vessel
blown ashore, almost to our front door.
Work having completed, we were leaving for home; have many
times regreted we did not take advantage offered to John to go to
Honolulu, but at that time, it seemed so very far from home.
By Dick Carrolls' Aunt Bea: Born Dec. 4, 1887 91 years young, 1977.
(The above notes by Bea Jensen were given to Chuck Van Steenberg.
The notes were handwritten. Macel (Goulet) Thomson typed them
making some minor changes making them easier to read... Editor's
HURRY If you act now it is not too late to order a Society
Plate, $2.50 or Society Decal ($1.50) for a friend as a "stocking stuffer"
for Christmas. Just use order form in back of book and mail to Panama
Canal Society, Box 11566, St. Petersburg, FL 33733.
(The following is a reminiscence written by Mrs. Bruce G. (Grace
Aloise) Sanders, Sr., for sharing with the former Zonians of Northwest
Arkansas at the fall luncheon held in October 1980. It was read to the
group by her son, Bruce Sanders, Jr.)
To all you ex-Canalers, greetings:
I have been asked to tell something about my life in the Canal
Zone in the construction days as they were in 1910. Those of you who
were in those days know all about
them, but there are many here
who weren't there at that time.
My husband, Bruce Sanders,
Sr., went to the Zone in 1908. He
was a nurse, and was assigned to
the Line Hospitals, and worked
from Nombre de Dios and Porto
Bello to most of the Zone towns.
He came home on vacation after
two years and we decided to get
married, and I came back with
him on a United Fruit boat out of
New Orleans. It docked at 5th and
Front Street. Just before we
went ashore, one of the officers,
told us the Chinese crew mutinied
about three days out of New
Orleans and things had been quite
tense aboard ship. We were sure glad we didn't know about it.
Front Street looked like what we see in movies of the streets in
the early days of Western towns. Everything looked strange, the
buildings were so plain all needed paint and all had the same
weatherbeaten, gray look. The oddest thing was the three-sided open
saloon across the street from the dock, with sidewalk tables all oc-
cupied by men playing cards. I was told it was poker they were playing
and it was an endless game. Fast as a man quit, another took his place.
The gold pieces were clinking as they changed hands. The Commission
paid the American employees in gold andI heard that same clink-clink
in every town I lived in near bachelor quarters.
Lunch time, or dinner time as it was called, was near so we rode
into Cristobal to eat at the Hotel, an American built house, 3 stories
high. Each floor had a wide screened veranda all around. The second
and third floors were bachelor quarters. The first floor was the mess
hall. That veranda had tables covered with white cloths and real
napkins in napkin rings, each with the name of the man using it. Here
was where the men wearing coats ate. Inside were tables that seated
six or eight men, and it was here the coatless men and those wearing
overalls ate. Each table had a large bottle of red liquid in the center
that I was told held what the men called "Gorgas's Cocktail," a mixture
of rum and quinine. Everybody seemed to like it, for they helped
themselves quite generously. Col. Gorgas said "If people would take
three grains of quinine every day, it would kill the malaria bug before
it could multiply and cause them to have malaria." Malaria in its
various forms was responsible for most of the deaths in Panama. The
cocktail was the easy painless way to get five grains of quinine into the
men with no fuss. The dinner cost 30 cents and started with soup and
ended with dessert, and if seconds were needed, that was OK.
After eating, we drove back to Fifth Street. The beach road
started there (Fort DeLesseps was built on this beach) and it ran in
front of the old Washington House past Christ Church to Colon
Hospital grounds. Here the road ended. The French built their hospital
over the water, and on the land side was the old Panama Railroad
Hospital. In 1916, this was torn down and the concrete hospital
Atlantic-siders knew as Colon Hospital was built on the site.
We left the next day for San Pablo where Bruce, Sr. was stationed
when he left for vacation. That was a six-weeks vacation which an
employee had to take or lose it. When he reported to the Dispensary,
he found he had been transferred to Miraflores. San Pablo had many
empty houses people were moving to other towns as the work there
was finished for a time and no new people were being moved in, but as
long as Americans were living there, a doctor and nurse had to be re-
tained. That's why I came back with him we knew the houses were
empty and Bruce would have to stay until the people had all moved
out. We never thought of being transferred. So much for plans. He had
been transferred to Miraflores.
We found only two American families lived there the doctor
and Sanitary Inspector. We lived in the doctor's house while they went
on six weeks vacation, all the time trying to get back to San Pablo. The
six weeks were up and we went to the Tivoli and lived there two
weeks, and it cost more than our salary could stand, and we had
employee rates. We then got a room in Panama after a long search.
Everybody renting rooms to Americans had a full house.
We finally found a room that we paid first class hotel rates for, but
it belonged in Skid Row somewhere. The building had been the
Railroad Station since the Railroad was completed. Someone had
recently bought it, and it was called "The Station Hotel." We could
look down from one end at the people getting on and off the trains. It
was a most miserable excuse for a place to live. I spent my first
Christmas in Panama there Christmas 1910 and nowhere in
Panama City was there any sign of Christmas. Only the West Indians
celebrated they marched all night, singing and clapping their hands.
In February, we were finally transferred back to San Pablo. Our
first Canal house was nothing like I had ever seen people live in. There
were thirty of these buildings. They had been storage places and bar-
racks for the French while they were digging a set of locks there. It
seemed to me the Commission was so desperate for housing that
anything that had a floor, four walls, and roof qualified for living
quarters. These thirty buildings were across the Chagres from San
Pablo in a place called Caimita Mulata, a town known on the maps of
Europe before our Plymouth Rock or Jamestown were ever stepped
on. After the French left, the jungle covered the houses and town until,
twenty years later, they were found by U.S. Engineers surveying for
the U.S. Canal. They reported the find, and the jungle was cleared and
houses cleaned up, and by partitions run here and there, they made
three rooms with very odd shapes. For windows, they cut holes in the
walls, and hung heavy wood shutters that, when closed, made the palace
dark as midnight. Our bedroom was as wide as the bed was long. No
room to walk at either end. Making that bed was a problem. We lived
here a week, then got a house in San Pablo, another town with no
streets, a few wood sidewalks, no electricity. We used two student
lamps, all we were allotted. The kerosene we bought in five gallon tins.
When empty, we boiled our clothes in them. There was no commissary
in San Pablo. It was closed one day without warning, and we were told
to send our order to Cristobal Commisary Office Headquarters. First,
deposit about three commisssary books of $15 dollar value, then once a
week send in an order to cover each day, and it would come on the Cold
Storage train that left Cristobal Cold Storage every morning about
2:30 a.m. to deliver supplies for the hotels and commissaries all along
the line. A bill came with the order showing cost and what our balance
on hand was. It arrived at our house about 5:30 or 6:00 a.m.
When the town was finally closed, I was the last American out. I
spent one night alone there before they moved us to Gorgona, and at
that town, I was moved three times in three weeks because they
had no house available but moved us into houses belonging to people
on vacation to keep me from living alone at night in a town with only
After living in every type French house in five different towns,
and four-family and one-family houses in other towns, and watching
new modern houses being built in Balboa and New Cristobal it was
strange we never lived in a brand new house between 1910 and 1949,
the year my husband retired with 40 years 8 months and 5 days of
Canal service. My memories of those days are of the odd houses I lived
in but I had lots of fun living in them.
R. C. Worsley, Balboa, R. de P. My health is excellent for my
age, and I continue actively heading the above company (Agenca R. C.
Worsley, S.A.). Passed my 90 birthday on August 6, 1980, and was
duly congratulated by my many friends and various organizations here
with which I am actively participating. My first three years (plus) with
the Isthmian Canal Commission was in Culebra in the Quartermaster
Department, doing frequent side work for Harry Farish, Surveying Of-
ficer, and on certain Sundays with Col. Goethals at his Sunday morning
meetings. Mr. John F. Warner was like my second father from the first
Sunday after I arrived on the Isthmus, and we remained close friends
during his life here. He was Sunday School Superintendent when I
first met him.
There was a little old lady who lived alone and suffered arthritis.
Someone asked "What do you do all day? Are you very lonely?" She
said. "Oh no, I keep busy with four men in my life. I get up with Charlie
Horse; around all day with Will Power; dine with Art Ritis and go to
bed with Ben Gay, but I like Jim Beam and Jack Daniels the best."
Slips That Pass In The Night!
During my 28 years service with the Port Captain, Cristobal
Marine Bureau, Panama Canal Company, I served for ten years as
Shorthand Reporter for Marine Accident Investigations for the Board
of Local Inspectors.
The first case I took by myself was that of an accident sustained
by the MS DALFONN. When I had completed the transcript of the
case, before submitting it, through channels, to the Governor of the
Panama Canal for signature, I proofread it, it was proofread by my im-
mediate supervisor and by the Port Captain. It was then mailed to the
Marine Director's Office, proofread by the Administrative Assistant to
the Marine Director and by the Marine Director before being sent to
the Governor for final reading and signature.
After the Governor had read the case, he called the Marine Direc-
tor and asked how he could go about arranging to "sign on" the MS
DALFONN. Naturally, the Marine Direcor was curious as to why the
Governor wanted to do that, and in reply to his inquiry, the Governor
told him to look on Page 16, Line 9 of the MS DALFONN Case, which
"That the Pilot had no criticism of the manner in which the Master
and crew of the MS DALFONN carried out their cuties." and he
wanted to "sign on" so he could carry out some "cuties", tool
CLARA M. CHAMBERS
Two Cristobal High School Boys Trek Across Isthmus
From Balboa in Less Than 23 Hours
There are many stories told about persons who have attempted to
walk across "Hell's Strip", as the Isthmus of Panama was once called;
stories written on the immortal pages of history telling of bloodshed
The twenty-six days of struggling through dense and tractless
jungle by Balboa, who first beheld the calm waters of the Pacific from a
peak east of the present city of Panama, could never be termed "A
Boy's Whim". However, that is just what the latest story of Isthmian
transit on foot by Marvin Keenan, sophomore, and Burton Turberville,
freshman of Cristobal High School, might be called.
Each boy had long had this ambition, and when the Easter
Holidays gave them the opportunity to put aside their school
books, they made their plans to walk from the west coast by the light
of the tropic moon instead of the tropic sun. On Monday afternoon, the
boys rode to Panama City on the late train. Upon arriving on the west
coast they boldly set forth on foot, after first securing Conductor J. F.
Frensley's signature of their paper, recording the hour of their depar-
ture as 6:15 p.m., April 15.
Signatures with hours of arrival were secured at various points
enroute. At Corozal many dogs ran out to bark, and the boys com-
menced to sing to keep up their courage. A guard at the asylum came
and wanted to know if they had escaped. Reaching Darien sometime
between three and four o'clock in the morning, Burton said that his
swollen feet caused him to lessen his speed, and he advised Marvin to
not hold back on his account.
So with the fleetness of the proverbial hare, Marvin forged ahead,
leaving Burton like the tortoise, not asleep but slowly tramping over
the trail. Marvin reached Gatun at 8:35 a.m., and Burton trudged in
with his shoes in his hands at 3:35 p.m.
Balboa had made the trip in twenty-six days, but these fifteen
year old boys viewed the blue Atlantic from the peaks of Gatun in less
than twenty-three hours from the west coast. The boys seemed disap-
pointed that no mountain lions or boa constrictors crossed their trail,
as their hunting knives were carried for such emergencies.
The boys have made light of blisters and swollen feet, but have
hobbled around stiffly for a couple of days. They deserve praise and ad-
miration for what they accomplished showing by their grit that they
will never be among those classified as "stall-fed cattle".
Blood will tell after all, as Marvin comes of strong Massachusetts
pioneering stock. Burton was born in Virginia and the names of Henry
Clay and George Rogers Clark appear on his family tree.
(Photo of Marvin C. Keenan who now lives in Bowie, Md. and Frank
Burton Turberville, Jr. now living in Springfield, Virginia but prepar-
ing to move back to North Carolina since retirement from REA-
USDA, meet on the steps of the George Washington Masonic
Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia after more than 45 years and discuss
a "stroll across the Isthmus" which they took more than 45 years ago
while students at Cristobal High School Article was from an April
1934 issue of The Panama American.
Submitted by Frank B. Turberville, Jr.
Diablo Commissary in the FIFTIES
In the above picture I can spot myself (sixth from left), Rita McElroy
Hoyle behind me. Thelma Albritton Koenig and Sara Pyle Rowley
behind Rita. Marie Farrell Collins is in front of me. Believe that's Mrs.
Boswell and Frances Gilley at the head of the line and George Tar-
flinger's wife third from end of line.
This picture must have been taken at Christmas time note decora-
tions and package in Shirley Cavanaugh's (foreground center) hand.
Willie Calloway DuVall is with all the milk. Think that is Mrs. Marine
in bottom foreground and Mrs. William Hyde (black hair, black dress
in front of baldheaded man) next to last line. That's me last line next to
last and Sara Rowley (I think) in front of me.
Do you recognize anyone else??????
Submitted by Bea Monsanto Rhyne
APO Miami 34002
MY SON NOBODY
by Catherine Farley
There are five little boys living in my house George, age 9; An-
thony 6; Martin, 4; Paul, 1; and Nobody. I really don't know how old
I think he arrived sometime between George and Anthony, and he
has got progressively bolder since Martin and Paul arrived. Some of
the things he does are unbelievable, and yet I cannot say he is all bad.
Nobody just taught Martin his prayers and he did a perfect job of it.
This is absolutely amazing, considering I had been trying for months
with no success at all.
The thing that really galls me about him is the way he eats. When
I shop I buy in quantity so that I can get all the specials and save
money the giant sizes of cookies, ice cream by the gallon, fruits by
the gross, meats by the roasts. Nobody goes through it all in a day -
all except the meat, that is. I don't think I would mind so much if he en-
joyed his food, but when I find peanut butter sandwiches in poor An-
thony's drawer and bananas in poor Georgie's bed, that is going too
That rascal just the other day took two bites out of a delicious, ex-
pensive, juicy red apple and threw the rest down the toilet. I found out
about it when the plumber left it with his bill.
George, Anthony, Martin and Paul take very good care of their
clothes. It is always Nobody who throws their dirty underwear into
the toy box and carefully hangs their best camel's-hair coats on the
floor of the closet.
George, Anthony, Martin and Paul are very careful about their
toys too. It is always Nobody whot ears up the coloring books, spills
paints on the bed and carves "Zorro" on the headboard.
George, Anthony, Martin and Paul love each other very much.
They never fight with one another. But they fight with Nobody all the
time. They have to. He always starts the fight.
He manages to get around on his own quite a bit too. At the
Mother's Club meeting last month I overheard the mother of two teen-
age girls wondering about her missing lipstick. Nobody saw it. Nobody
took it. Nobody put it back a week later. I wonder what he wanted with
it. Or maybe she has a Nobody too.
I can honestly say that my Nobody causes me more worry and ex-
pense than anybody. And I can't even claim him on my income tax.
Submitted by Marion Fleming
A DREAMY CANAL ZONE CHRISTMAS
City streets are filled with people,
Store windows are all aglow,
Crisp air is full of snowflakes swirling
With no place for them to go.
A cold wind keeps the trees all bending,
And summer seems so long ago,
Then a church bell starts me to dreaming
Of a Christmas that I used to know.
Where gentle trade winds are blowing,
And warm, white sands instead of snow,
Where sparkling waves reflect the light
Of a sun that's hot and bright.
And you're surrounded by dark, green jungle,
Instead of branches stark and bare,
Then, oh! how I wish, I wish that I were there.
YOU ASKED FOR IT
JIMMY DEAN SAUSAGE CAKE
1 lb. Hot sausage
1 /z C. Brown Sugar and 1 C. White Sugar
2 large eggs
MIX and SIFT separately
3 C. Flour, 11/2 t. Baking powder, 1 t. Pumpkin Pie spice and 1 t. ginger
1 C. Black Coffee 11/2 t. Baking Soda
Flour Mixture and coffee alternately with meat mixture
BEAT well after each addition
1 C. Raisins seedless (pour boiling water over raisins and let stand for 5
min. Drain well and pat dry. Prepare raisins before starting
1 C. Walnuts or Pecans, chopped
FOLD into well greased and floured small bundt pan. May be baked in
two loaf pans.
Bake for 11/2 hours until done in 350 F. oven.
Frost with whipped Philadelphia Cream Cheese.
After many telephone calls I learned it was Gwen DeTore who had
baked this delicious cake for the July picnic. Gwen mentioned that this
cake may be decorated with candied fruit and would make a gift during
the holiday season. It is a cake that ships well, however do not ice with
the cream cheese if it is to be mailed.
NEWS CONDENSED from The Panama Canal Spillway in part -
dates appearing after each article for your information.
***The establishment of the Canal Improvements Division in the Com-
mission's Office of Executive Planning has been announced by the Ad-
ministrator. Guillermo Van Hoorde, Jr. has been named chief. The
responsibilities of the new division are to accomplish studies and
reports concerning Canal improvements, marine operations and Canal
***Beached Vessels in Canal Demolished. In order to clear from view
vessels beached in Panama Canal waters, the Commission coordinated
efforts with the Army's 3/7th Special Forces to cut below the waterline
those beached vessels which were still partially visable. The freighter
"Tairona" was moved several weeks ago after it had been sunk in April
1976 near the entrance to the Cristobal Harbor. The hulk of the
"Quidnet" was partially submerged in Gatun Lake where it was moved
in September of last year after sinking in the Canal channel that July
***Employees of the Panama Canal Commission contributed ideas and
performances that saved the government more than $3 million during
fiscal year 1979.
***Effective September 21, the Construction Division of the Engineer-
ing and Construction Bureau will become the Construction Manage-
***Visitors cards may be issued to bona fide visitors of Panama Canal
Commission employees and dependents who have full purchase
privileges. The visitor must reside outside the Republic of Panama to
be eligible.... 9/5/80
***Effective October 15, 1980, the Postal Assistance Unit will return
to sender all mail bearing a Canal Zone address intended for persons
and organizations that are not authorized military postal privileges.
***Charles M. Newbury, assistant chief of the Community Services
Division, has been appointed division chief, succeeding Ray M. Mur-
phy, who has retired; John R. Haner, superintendent, Building
Management Branch, has been named assistant chief; and Lyda Lobo,
assistant housing manager, Balboa, has been promoted to housing
***The spillway at Miraflores was completed in 1914 at the same time
as the Canal to act as a flood control facility to protect Miraflores
Locks. Whenever the water level of Miraflores Lake rises higher than
541/2 feet, one or more of the spillway's eight gates is opened to divert
excess water into the Rio Grande River. Otherwise, water would enter
into the machinery that opens and closes the locks' miter gates. Sixty-
two years of water flowing over the spillway have taken their toll and
gradual erosion of the foundation has led to an Engineering and Con-
struction Bureau project to construct a stilling basin at the toe of the
In May of this year, the J. Young company was awarded the con-
tract to construct the stilling basin. The company plans to remove the
water from the hole at the toe of the spillway, fill the hole with "lean"
content and then cover that with a reinforced concrete slab. Before
construction of the stilling basin can begin, a cofferdam must be built
downstream. According to project manager Major James Ball, a U.S.
Army engineer assigned to the Panama Canal Commission, the project
will cost an estimated $2.8 million and will be completed in November
***The dredge U.S. "Rialto M. Christensen" eats away at the tons of
earth and rock to be removed at Mamei Curve. Canal Channel is being
widened at the four problem areas identified in a study Tabernilla
Curve, Gamboa Reach, Mamei Curve and Bohio Curve, all in Gatun
Lake. When all projects have been completed safer transit conditions
for all vessels in the Canal lake channels will become a reality.
***Two new division chiefs assigned in Engineering and Construction
Bureau. Frank A. Lee, chief of the Electrical Div. since July 1972, has
been assigned as chief of the Maintenance Division. He replaces
Walter E. Jobush who has retired. Numan H. Vasquez, chief, Specifica-
tions and Estimates Branch, has been promoted to chief of the Elec-
trical Div ... 9/26/80
***The Panama Canal Commission had a birthday with a celebration
last week in the Administration Building Rotunda commemorating the
Commission's first year of operation. PC Commission Administrator
D. P. McAuliffe and Deputy Administrator Fernando Manfredo Jr.
each addressed the gathering. The Administrator noted that approx-
imately 13,500 oceangoing commercial vessels transited the Canal dur-
ing the past year, carrying more cargo or tonnage than in any year in
the history of the waterway. About 45 percent of these had beams in
excess of 80 feet, he said, which indicates that the Canal management
will have to consider accelerating improvements to increase the
capacity of the waterway and maintain efficiency.... Another matter
of top priority in the coming year, McCauliffe said, is dealing with
problems which are resulting in a diminishing of the "quality of life"
for Commission employees.... Manfredo stressed that the Canal must
continue to retain, recruit and train its skilled work force, which he
said it was directly responsible for the success of the highly productive
year which just passed The ceremony ended with a champagne
toast to the continued success of the Canal enterprise in the coming
***In June of this year, the Office the Executive Secretary was reor-
ganized and became the Office of Executive Administration, and with
the new title came changes in the office's functions and responsibil-
ities. Joseph J. Wood was named director of the office and has an-
nounced the appointment of James E. Ferrara as deputy director....
***After the Tampa Bay accident in May when a large section of the
Tampa Bay Bridge collapsed after a ship struck one of the support
structures, a joint study by the Commission's Marine Bureau and the
Engineering and Construction Bureau reassessed the possibility of a
ship striking one of the support structures, or piers as they are called,
of the bridge that spans the Panama Canal. Of particular concern was
pier number 7, the main span pier near La Boca which is 130 feet from
the channel's east edge. In order to take all possible precautions
against such an accident, a protective rock-filled dike was designed
which will halt a ship before it can come into contact with pier number
7. Construction on the project began last month. The dike being built
around the pier extends out on either side in front of the pier to form a
protective- barrier. The entire dike will be made of basalt, a durable
rock that is minimally affected by weathering processes caused by the
tides, wind and sun. The rock left over the third locks cut project is be-
ing used. The "armor" of the dike, the two outside layers of rock, will
be made of rock slabs and boulders weighing a minimum of a ton each.
The $345,000 project is scheduled to be finished no later than
***Two contracts, totaling nearly $9 million, for the purchase of a new
tugboat and four new towing locomotives, together with spare parts,
were signed last Thursday by R. P. Laverty, acting director of the
General Services Bureau and the Commission's contracting officer.
These purchases are part of the continuing program of improvements
to maintain the efficiency of the Canal. The total of these contracts
represents the largest amount of money committed at one time in the
recent history of the Panama Canal. A contract for $3,896,974 was
awarded to Bollinger Machine Shop & Shipyard of Lockport, LA for
the 3,000 horsepower tug. A $3,992,800 contract for the four new tow-
ing locomotives and $849,760 for spare parts was awarded to Mit-
subishi Corp. of Japan, the only bidder in the world-wide solicitation.
Provisions are made in both contracts for an on-sight inspector from
the Commission during the construction of these projects.
***Gasoline prices went up July 30 in the Panama Area Exchange
pumps to premium gasoline $1.62.6 per gallon at the self service pumps
and to $1.64.6 per gallon in the full service lanes. Regular gasoline
went to $1.57.8 at the self service pumps and to $1.59.8 at the full ser-
vice pumps. Gasoline prices in the Republic of Panama were $2.11 for
premium and $1.98 for regular.... 8/8/80
***The second phase of the Joint Patrol involving the Canal Commis-
sion Police and the Panama National Guard began July 31. As a result,
approximately 100 additional Panama National Guardsmen, who have
recently completed Joint Patrol training, will be patrolling in the
Canal area.... 8/15/80
***Effective October 5, employees who are in the non-manual and
related categories and who were hired prior to October 1, 1979, will
receive a pay increase of approximately 9.1 percent. The increase for
those employees in the lower grades will be slightly higher. The pay in-
crement does not represent a cost-of-living increase, but is based on
the pay comparability adjustment between government white-collar
workers and employees doing the same level of work in private enter-
prise. The pay for top level federal executives remains limited to
***The Meteorological and Hydrographic Branch will hold a flood ex-
ercise next week during which all concerned divisions and bureaus
within the Commission will be alerted just as they would be under ac-
tual flood conditions. The exercise is held annually before the flood
season for the Canal watershed area which begins this month and ends
with the end of the rainy season in late December or early January.
***Members of the Residents' Advisory Committees, representatives
of Parasio, Pedro Miguel and Ciudad Arco Iris (Rainbow City), and
labor union representatives met last week with Democratic Congress-
man from Kentucky Carroll Hubbard, Jr., his first trip to Panama, to
discuss issues of community concern. Hubbard is chairman of the
Panama Canal Subcommittee of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries
Committee of the House of Representatives.
In a statement opening the meeting, Commission Administrator
D. P. McAuliffe described a recent ABC news report that blamed the
current backlog of ships on a pilot slowdown as "patently unfair and
unbalanced." McAuliffe explained that the Canal is still in the throes of
a shipping surge that began in mid-August and that more ships had ar-
rived in the last quarter than in any other quarter in the last five
years. The pilots are working extra hard, he said, and "nobody is loaf-
In his opening statement, Congressman Hubbard explained that
although he had been against the Carter-Torrijos treaties, he was go-
ing to work for legislation to implement them in the best possible way.
"The United States wants closer ties with Panama," he said, "and a
free and prosperous Latin America."
The three-hour session closed with Hubbard's saying that he
wanted to be of help and reminding residents that there were many
people worse off than they. He said that the U.S. wants the treaties to
work to the best advantage of the the U.S., Panama and the free world.
ZONIANS IN ALABAMA LONG FOR 'HOME'
By Alfonso Chardy
Herald Staff Writer
(Reprinted from THE MIAMI HERALD, Saturday, Sept. 27, 1980)
DOTHAN, ALA. Since the autumn of 1979 about 200
newcomers have settled in this peanut-growing city of 50,000 tucked
away in the southernmost corner of Alabama near the Florida-Georgia
They are part of the exodus from Latin America. Though they are
refugees in a sense, they are not fleeing from violence or property like
the Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans who have flooded Miami.
The new residents of Dothan are U.S. citizens, many of them
native-born, but they feel like foreigners here in the land of their
forefathers. They are Zonians, former residents of the now-defunct
Canal Zone, the 10-mile-wide strip of land straddling the Panama
One year ago, the United States ended 76 years of sovereignty
over the zone and turned it over to Panama as the new pacts took ef-
fect. The pacts set in motion the process to give Panama control over
the canal itself at noon Dec. 31, 1999.
Since the treaties took effect on Oct. 1, 1979, Zonians opposed to
the new order in Panama have been trickling out. Many are coming
here and trying to get on with their lives in a new setting. However, in
reality many continue remembering what they consider their "home-
land," more than 1,500 miles away in the tropics.
Over the years, thousands of retired canal employees have re-
settled in the United States, clustering in several towns in the South
and West. Dothan is the latest addition to that network of communities
where Zonians have set up havens of nostalgia and the first in the post-
A dozen homes stand empty here ready to receive new occupants.
Dothan has been added to the list of communities mentioned in the
Canal Record, a magazine published by Zonians living in the United
States to preserve the bond of brotherhood through an organization
called The Panama Canal Society.
The largest concentration of Zonians is in the Florida cities of St.
Petersburg, Miami, and Tampa. There are also sizeable numbers in
California, Texas and Georgia, though there are groups in all 50 states.
There is even one Zonian in Alaska, and 13 are in Hawaii.
There are about 10,000 members of the society, founded in 1932
aboard the steamship Ancon, the first vessel to transit the canal when
it opened in 1914.
In Dothan, the Zonians are highly visible. City officials and
businessmen welcome them. At least two of Dothan's larger banks
have sent representatives to Panama to attract more Zonians to
Dothan, which was founded in 1885.
If nothing else, Zonians come here because of the civic promotion
and because other Zonians have preceded them. The natives are
friendly and not altogether in disagreement with Zonians' bitterness
over the transfer of the Canal Zone to Panama.
Nonetheless, Zonians stick together. Many have built or bought
homes in fashionable Brentwood, an area of pine and oak trees that
some already call The Little Canal Zone.
Among the latest arrivals is the family of Cato and Peggy May.
Cato retired as a canal policeman and Peggy left her job as canal ad-
One of their two daughters, Tamara, 19, came with them. The
other daughter, Valerie, stayed in Panama because she is married to a
Zonian contractor who remained behind.
Cato came reluctantly. He was pressured to leave Panama by
Peggy. Though born in the United States, Cato says he feels like a
"I miss Panama terribly," he says. "I guess we could have stayed
down there even after the treaties. After you live in one place for so
long you develop roots. That's my problem. My roots are now in
Peggy disagrees, "It would have been too painful to have stayed
in Panama, what with all the changes coming into effect. I always want
to remember the Canal Zone as it was before the Panamanian take-
over. I don't want to see how the Panamanians transform it."
A few blocks from the Mays' house lives Charles Belden, who
lived in Panama for 50 years.
"I don't live in the past," said Belden, "but I will never go back to
His house is filled with Panamanian mementos, such as layered
molas, pieces of cloth patchwork made by Panama's Kuna indians.
Another resident here is John O'Donnell, who worked in the Zone
as a marine machinist. He and his brother James, who is still in
Panama, are native to the Zone, part of more than 200,000 persons
born in the area during the American era.
Other residents include former canal policemen Jesse Gettle, Ed-
die Filo, Gardner Harris and Bob Lawyer, who has gone to work as a
security guard at a nearby nuclear plant.
Dottie Yost, who retired as manager of a small cafeteria in the
basement of the canal's Administration Building, is now a crosswalk
guard outside Dothan High School. "It is a new start and a way to
forget," she said.
A highlight of Zonian existence here is a daily ritual of the past.
About 10 or 15 Zonians gather every morning around a rectangular
table at the small cafeteria of the Montgomery Ward department store
at Northside Mall.
Zonians go there for breakfast or just coffee to reminisce. The cof-
fee shop gathering was a popular Zonian pasttime in Panama at the
Balboa Clubhouse near the Administration Building.
The Dothan store manager officially has designated a table for the
Zonians and a small sign reading Panama Canal Society hangs above it.
Some Zonian males still wear guayaberas. A few sport caps bearing
Canal Zone symbols.
At home, many watch a regional ABC television affiliate only
because it originates in nearby Panama City, Fla. Zonians get together
periodically to prepare Panamanian meals such arroz con polio
(chicken with rice), sancocho (a thick chicken broth mixed with corn
and sweet potato) and sopa borracha, (rum cake).
Every year Zonians from around the United States travel to
Florida for an annual reunion. The 1980 gathering was last April in St.
It was the first such convention without a Canal Zone in Panama
a sobering reminder that the place they once called home is becom-
ing a yellowed memory.
John and Margaret Klasovsky of Merritt Island, FL announce the
marriage of their daughter, Antonia (Toni) to Ralph M. Vitola, Jr. on
July 18, 1980 at the Divine Mercy Church. Toni has a degree in Art.
Ralph is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Vitola of Fort Lauderdale, FL
and has a degree in Pharmacology from the University of Florida. The
young couple will reside in Ocala, FL.
Mrs. Lilia Dora Willoe and Capt. Harry Lacy were married Oc-
tober 18, 1980 at the St. Jerome Catholic Church, Largo, FL. A recep-
tion was held at the Largo Elks Lodge #2159 for a host of friends who
congratulated the happy couple.
Debra Ann Halko and James Andrew Brigman, Jr. were married
October 11, 1980 at 11:00 a.m., at First United Methodist Church, Boca
Raton, FL. James' father, James Andrew Brigman, Sr. (former Chief,
Canal Zone Civil Defense) was his best man. Debra is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. John Halko, Sr. of Boca Raton, FL. Debra is a senior at
Florida State University and a Music major; James is in the construc-
tion business. After a honeymoon cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman
Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico the couple will reside in Tallahassee, FL.
The wedding of Carol Lynn Baker and Michael Goodwin took
place on 31 May, 1980 in Houston, TX. The bride is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Floyd W. Baker of Gatun, R of P; is a graduate of Cristobal
High School and holds a degree in Interior Design from the University
of Florida. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Goodwin of
Houston and has a degree in Architecture also from the University of
Florida. Deborah Swearingen (nee Carey) formerly from Coco Solo was
matron of honor. The couple's first home is at 12803 Northborough
#505, Houston, TX 77067.
Patrician Marie Snider, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Snider of
Margarita, R de P. and Kenneth Morgan of Topeka, KS were married
July 25, 1980 in Assumption Catholic Church, Topeka, KS. Among the
members of the wedding party were: Beth Earnest, matron of honor
and Theresa Herring, bridesmaid, sisters of the bride, Michele
Earnest, flower girl, niece of the bride, Timothy Herring, brother-in-
law of the bride and Bill Snider, altar boy, brother of the bride.
Patricia is a graduate of Cristobal High School and attended
Washburn University, Topeka, KS. She is presently employed at St.
Francis Hospital. Mr. Morgan graduated from Washburn University
and is associated with the Town and Country Realty, Inc. of Topeka.
Among those attending were the bride's brothers, Jim Snider,
Houston, TX, Tom Snider, New Orleans, LA, Mike Snider, Topeka, Mr.
and Mrs. Stephen Earnest, Michel and Stevie, Houston, TX, Mr. and
Mrs. Timothy Herring, Margarita, R de P., Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Snider
and Bill, Margarita, R de P. and Brian Allen, Topeka.
Kathleen Elmendorf and Marc Nieman of Princeton, IL were mar-
ried in July 1980 in Spring Valley, IL. Kathy is the daughter of Frances
Dwyer Abraham, Spring Valley, IL and Bill Elmendorf, California.
Cathy Jean Buckelew and Michael Fenton Filo were united in
marriage August 8, 1980 at St. Columba Catholic Church in Dothan,
AL. Father Matthew O'Connor officiated.
The maid of honor was Melisia Ann Newman, the bride's sister
and the best man was John Harris. Ushers were John D. Lane and
Michael Harris. The ring bearer was Christopher M. Woods of
Williston, ND, a nephew of the groom.
A reception was hosted by the bride's parents in the church hall.
After a wedding trip to Brunswick and St. Simons Island, GA, the
couple will reside in Dothan.
The day after the wedding, the grooms parents, Catherine and Ed-
die Filo hosted approximately 130 guests in the church halls in honor of
Shirley Jean Fears and Frank Adrian Anderson, III were married
in a unique ceremony at the Chapel of Morgan's Gardens, Miraflores,
Panama on August 23, 1980. The Rev. Francis A. Lynch, C.M. of-
The bride wore a pollera made by the groom's mother. Mrs. An-
tonio Filos-Diaz acted as consultant for accessories for the pollera. The
bride carried a family prayer book topped by cotteya orchids and
The bride's attendant, Miss Janice R. Kunkel, wore a blue and
white montuna and carried a bouquet of red anthuriums. Alexander
Livingston served as best man. Ushers were Edward Frensley, John
McGuiness, Rick Doubek and Barkley Hayes. They wore long-sleeved
Alexander Livingston, Jr. dressed in a white guayabera was the
ring bearer. In charge of the bride's book were her sisters, Mrs.
Thomas McLean and Tami Fears.
Typical Panamanian foods were served at the reception which
was held in the two bohios. A conjunto played Latin music.
Shirley's parents are Mr. and Mrs. George W. Fears of Ancon,
Panama and the groom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Anderson,
Jr. of Dothan, AL.
The bridegroom did his undergraduate work at the United States
International University in San Diego, CA. He did his graduate work
at Florida State University in Tallahassee. The bride attended Delta
State University in Cleveland, MS and the University of Florida.
Th- -ouple will go to Gainesville where the bride will continue her
studies for a degree in Horticulture and her husband will teach and do
Erin Nicola Dailey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Dailey
was born July 21, 1980 in St. Petersburg, FL. Paternal grandparents
are Earl and Charlotte (Wahl) Dailey.
Jean and Moy De La Pena welcomed their sixth granddaughter
Ruth Elizabeth Tsuya born August 13,1980 in Bisbee, AZ to Mr. and
Mrs. Tsuya (Jean De La Pena). Ruth is also welcomed by her sister
Harry and Nancy Jones of St. Petersburg, FL announce the birth
of their first child, a son, Matthew Bryan, born August 28, 1980. Pater-
nal grandparents are Alton and Vera Jones of Largo, FL. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack Headley of Kansas City, MO.
John and Margaret Klasovsky of Merritt Island, FL announce the
birth of their fourth grandson, Daniel John, Born on May 20, 1980. The
proud parents are Nick and Nancy (Ebel) Klasovsky who reside in
Kent, OH. Nancy is a school teacher, and Nick is working toward his
degree in Business Management at Kent University.
Mr. and Mrs. James Mullins (nee Karen Newlon) of Austin, TX an-
nounce the birth of a daughter, Jamie Marie, on September 21, 1980.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Newlon of Gamboa, R.
de P. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Earl Mullins of Dothan,
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Riley (Mary Ann Grimes) of Gulf Breeze, FL
announce the birth of their first child Michael Ann on August 25, 1980.
Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Riley of Pensacola, FL
and Mrs. William C. Grimes also of Pensacola.
William and Loisdene Smith of Butler, PA announce the birth of
their third grandchild, Matthew Towery Smith, born September 26,
1980. He has an older sister, Kerri 5, and brother, Ryan 2. Parents are
Randall and Susan Smith of Chesterton, IN. Matthew's great grand-
father is Clyde J. Towery of Marion, KY and great grandmother is
Catherine Smith of Hagerstown, MD.
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy P. Herring of Margarita, Panama announce
the birth of their first child, Thomas Andrew on 13 October 1980.
Maternal grandparents are Lee and Kathy Snider of Margarita and
paternal grandparents are George and Margaret Herring of Wapp-
ingers Falls, New York, former Canal Zone residents.
A little girl, Amy, was born on August 14, 1980 to Dr. and Mrs.
Keith Wrenn in Corning, AR. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Earl Wrenn, Springdale, AR. Maternal grandparents are Dr. and
Mrs. Stanley Arnold, Marked Tree, AR.
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas McLain announce the birth of their first
child, a daughter named Deidre Erin, on September 6, 1980 at Sarasota
She is the first grandchild of the paternal grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. John A. McLain of Sarasota and of the maternal grandmother,
Mrs. Peggy Goodman of Amarillo, TX.
Diedre has three great grandmothers. Sharing the honor are Mrs.
Esther Sasso, FL, the paternal great grandmother and the maternal
great grandmothers: Mrs. Emma Jackson and Mrs. Martha Goodman
Dr. and Mrs. Fred Wells, of Perth, Australia, announce the birth
of their first child, Jacqueline Summerfield, on September 9, 1980 in
Perth. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Wells of
Kerville, TX and Mr. and Mrs. J. Summerfield of Perth are the mater-
nal grandparents. Also sharing honors is Mary N. Orr of Sarasota, FL,
a very proud great aunt.
Lt. and Mrs. Scott Graham of Tucson, AR announce the birth of
son Bradley John on 18 November, 1980. Maternal Grndparents are
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Collins of St. Petersburg, FL and paternal grand-
parents are Mrs. Doris Graham of Clearwater, FL and Mr. Gerry F.
Graham of Clearwater, FL. Paternal great grandparents are Capt. and
Mrs. Perc Graham of Pinellas Park, FL and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight M.
Van Evera of Pinellas Park. Maternal great grandmother is Mrs. John
J. Kotalik of Jacksonville, FL.
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Mrs. Hazel Bucher, 84, mother of Beth Waddell, of Kerrville, TX
died October 21, 1980. Hazel lived in the Canal Zone for many years
and was well known by her many friends on the Atlantic Side. She
lived with Beth in Margarita and after Beth retired she came to Kerr-
ville with Beth to make her home there. Other survivors are a daugh-
ter Mrs. Dorothy Belt of Cape Coral, FL; a brother and sister both of
East Liverpool, OH; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Word has been received that Mrs. James T. Butler, Jr. (Mama
Lola Butler) passed away August 30, 1980 at the San Fernando
Hospital in Panama, R. de P. She is survived by two daughters; two
sons; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Bessie Bridges Calloway, 91, member, passed away
September 15, 1980 in Winter Park, FL. She was the widow of Vern D.
Calloway, a Roosevelt Medal of Honor holder. She went to the Canal
Zone from Jackson, MS in 1923 as a grade school teacher in Pedro
Miguel, then taught in Cristobal until her marriage in 1928. The
Calloways retired to Florida in 1950. She was active in the DAR, UDC,
Retired Teachers Assn., and many other civic organizations in the
Canal Zone and in Florida. She is survived by her son Vern D.
Calloway, Jr. of Tempe Terrace, FL; grandsons Daniel of Duke Univer-
sity and Scott of University of Florida; two nieces and two nephews.
Mrs. Sara B. Christner, 76, former member of St. Petersburg, FL
passed away September 5, 1980. She was a former clerk-typist at the
Dredging Division. She is survived by several cousins, including Edith
Groom of St. Petersburg.
Mr. Dorman S. Conklin, Jr., Box 4171, Jackson, MS 39216, has in-
formed us that his father, Mr. Dorman S. Conklin, Sr., member, of
Rose Hill, MS died October 8, 1980.
Lea K. Dugan, 86, died September 5, 1980 at the home of her
daughter, Marion D. Fleming in Huntsville, Alabama. She was born in
Kristiansand, Norway, immigrated to North Dakota when she was 6
and went to the Canal Zone in 1909 to live with her sister, Anna
Elizabeth Johnson, and family. In 1911 she was employed by the Com-
missary Division. In 1916 she married Walter C. Dugan in San Jose,
Costa Rica. She was working at Gorgas Hospital when she retired in
She was very active in many organizations: taught a Sunday
School class at Balboa Heights Baptist Church, was President of the
Women's Missionary Society, President of the American Legion Aux-
iliary, member of the Eight and Forty, spent many hours as a
volunteer worker for the Red Cross during World War I and World
War II, served as Worthy Matron of Orchid Chapter No. 1, and was a
member of the Daughters of the Nile. It was while serving as Worthy
Matron that negotiations were begun with Reverend Sexson, Founder
of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls. She constituted 3
assemblies in the Canal Zone and, later, a Tri-Assembly. She was the
first Supreme Deputy to serve in the Canal Zone, later was appointed
Supreme Inspector and served from 1964 to 1978 as Supreme Love, re-
maining a member of the House of Gold until her death.
She received a Roosevelt Medal in recognition of two years of con-
struction service. She did not forget the country of her birth. She was
interested in Scandinavian seamen who were hospitalized in Gorgas
Hospital, whether they were from Norway, Sweden, Denmark or
Finland. She often acted as interpreter between doctor and patient as
well as between nurse and patient and, in many other ways, befriended
these men who were ill and so far from home. In 1954 King Haakon of
Norway recognized this volunteer service by bestowing upon her the
St. Olavs Medaljen (the highest honor possible in Norway).
Lea Dugan led a full and interesting life, touching many lives
meaningfully. It was a great joy when she attended the last Reunion
and saw so many of her friends. She is survived by her daughter,
Marion Dugan Fleming, three grandchildren, and two great-
Mrs. Lillian D. Evans former member of Greenley, CO passed
away in October after a short illness. She is survived by three
daughters, Norma Harrington, Greenley, CO, Muriel Neill of Birm-
ingham, AL, and Barbara O'Shaughnessy of Asuncion, Paraguay;
grandson Harry Parker of New York and several other grandchildren.
Mrs. Alberta D. Farrell, 68, died in St. Petersburg, FL, October
17, 1980. Alberta lived on the Isthmus for many years and was the
widow of Frank Farrell, Postmaster. She is survived by her father
John B. McDougall, now of Baton Rouge, LA; a daughter Betty F.
S-earingen, Ft. Collins, CO; two brothers, John B. McDougall, Jr.,
Baton Rouge and William P. McDougall of Houston; three grand-
children, Jody, Lee and Paul.
Mr. Walter R. Fender, 72, member, of Bradenton, died October 9,
1980 in Melbourne, KY. He retired from the Oil Handling Plant Mt.
Hope in 1965 with 30 years of government service and he was a Mason.
He leaves his wife, Fronie Fender; a brother, Victor and a sister, Violet
Fender, both of Melbourne. Services were held in Melbourne.
Mr. Allen Roger Flinn, 75, of Brookings OR, passed away on July
29, 1980 of Leukemia. He was retired from the Locks Division, Control
House at Gatun, and a member of Warren Masonic Lodge #10,
A.F.&A.M. His widow, Bea survives him in Brookings.
Mr. William Gaudette, member, of Flagler Beach, FL passed away
on October 8, 1980 after a lengthy illness. He was retired from the
Panama Canal in 1954 as a Canal Zone Policeman. Survived by his wife
Ida Gaudette and one sister, A. Munn.
Mr. Philip Green died October 1980 at his home, 6245 Mon-
tgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH, 45213. He is survived by his wife,
Marcella Gaeb Green.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Paul E. Hemenway, 65, of Bradenton, FL, died
September 3, 1980. He was a Veteran of WWII and the Korean Con-
flict. He came to Florida from Panama Canal Zone in 1962. He is sur-
vived by his wife, Mary; a son, Paul T. of Philadelphia, PA; two daugh-
ters, Kathleen East of St. Petersburg and Cathy Crawford of Michi-
The Rev. John S. Hild, C.M., 73, a Vincentian Father, passed away
September 30, 1980 in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. Father was or-
dained in 1935 at the Cathedral of SS Peter & Paul in Philadelphia and
immediately was assigned to St. Marys Mission, Balboa, Canal Zone.
His duties later took him to the Atlantic Side of the Isthmus and to the
Interior of Panama. Father Hild was later stationed in Alabama and
New York. In 1965 he was transferred to Ontario. Burial was in the
Vincentian Community Cemetery at Princeton, NJ.
Mr. William C. Hitchcock, 77, member, of Sarasota died August
24, 1980 at Memorial Hospital. He worked on the Atlantic Side as
Stevedore and was chief of Transportation Operation for the Army in
Caribbean area. He was a veteran of World War II and a retired lieute-
nant colonel in the Army Reserve. He leaves his wife Maxine K. Hitch-
cock; a son, William Hitchcock, Jr. of Washington, DC and two grand-
Mr. William M. Jensen, member, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away
September 14, 1980. Bill was employed by the Postal Division from
1939 until his retirement in 1965. Survivors are his wife, Bernhilda
(Bee); four daughters, Jo Carder, Oakland, CA; Julia Kaufmannof
Balboa, R. de P.; Jan Noethe of Goshen, IN and Jean Schriver of Dubu-
Richard Henry Kinsey, age 52, member passed away on
September 7, 1980 in Dothan, AL where he was residing after recently
retiring from the Canal Zone Police Department.
He was an active leader in a variety of community affairs ... a
Scout Master of the Boy Scouts of America, a Deputy of the Interna-
tional Supreme Council and Executive Officer of the DeMolay in
Panama, an active member of the order of Rainbow for Girls and coach
for the police baseball team.
He served as Almoner for the Panama Canal Scottish Rite Bodies.
He was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a past commander of the
York Rite Bodies, a past Potentate of Abou Saad Temple, District
Grand Master for the Canal Zone Masonic District from 1975 to 1977
and Past Master of Army Lodge A.F.&A.M. He was Secretary for Ar-
my Lodge for the past nine years.
He was also the Chairman of the Abou Saad Shriners Crippled
Children Committee. He had a major role in sending more than 200
crippled and burned children, mostly Panamanian youngsters to
Shrine Hospitals in the United States, Mexico and Canada for treat-
ment and healing at no cost to the families.
He was a veteran of the Army and Navy having served in World
War II and the Korean War. He was a life member of the V.F.W. and
the American Legion.
Prior to his departure from the Isthmus, he was honored by the
Government of Panama and he was presented the Vasco Nunez de
Balboa in the Grade of Caballero in recognition of his humanitarian
contributions to the Isthmian community. The Panama Canal Commis-
sion also presented him the keys to the locks in the Grade of Master
Mr. Kinsey is survived by his wife, Beverly, a son Richard, II and
two daughters, Diana and Janet.
Mrs. Ruth Walston Lauder, 65, died September 12, 1980 in Lex-
ington, KY. She is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren, her
step-father, Paul D. Barnard of St. Petersburg and a sister Mrs. Adrian
W. Webb of Bristol, Maine.
Mr. Abraham Lee Lincoln, 70, member, of Pinellas Park, FL died
September 25, 1980 after a long illness. He retired from the Panama
Canal and was past exalted ruler BPOE Lodge 30, New Orleans, LA.
Survivors are two sons, Patrick L. of the Republic of Panama and John
R. of New Orleans; a brother, Pal A. of Jensen Beach, FL; and three
The Rev. Vincent C. Loeffler, 71, a member of the order of Vincen-
tian Fathers and a missionary who was expelled from China in 1954,
died October 12, 1980 at Germantown Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.
Father Loeffler was expelled by the Communist regime for being "a
convicted imperialist running dog." To humiliate him before a crowd
gathered at the border, a military guard stripped him. Father Loeffler
recalled that he had become the second target for prosecution in
Kiangsi Province, after the Communists had convicted and jailed
Bishop John O'Shea. They had a hard time proving that the bishop was
an imperialist, because he had scrupulously forced the rigorous life-
style of peasants on his priests requiring them to eat the same food,
sleep on hard mats, etc... "They couldn't prove anything against me,"
he said. "I don't think any of us were thrown out for preaching religion.
The Commies had preached freedom of religion, so they had to find ex-
cuses." ... Father Loeffler had been sent to China shortly after his or-
dination in 1936 at the Cathedral of SS Peter & Paul. When he re-
turned in 1954 he was later assigned to Balboa, Canal Zone. He is sur-
vived by three brothers, all in a religious order; five sisters, including
Sister Teresa, a member of the Order of the Daughters of Charity.
Burial was in the Vincentian Community cemetery at Princeton, NJ.
Mr. A. R. (Bob) Lombroia, age 80, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL passed
away September 17, 1980 in Dothan, AL. Bob went to the Canal Zone in
1923 as a golf professional for the Gatun Golf Club. He later went to
work for the Panama Canal, retiring in 1962 as a carpenter foreman,
Maintenance Division. Mr. Lombroia is survived by his daughter, Jane
(Lombroia) Burke of Dothan, a granddaughter, Joan P. Barker and a
great grandson, David Anthony Barker, both of Belmont, NC.
William K. Ward, reports the death of Loseph W. Ludlum, 60,
May 19, 1980.Joe graduated from Balboa High School in 1939 and work-
ed in the Warehouse Division after the war. He attended Bradley
University, Peoria, IL and subsequently obtained a Master's degree
from Cornell University. He resided in New Jersey and worked for the
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce for years. He is survived by a son
and daughter and a brother Warren Ludlum of New Jersey.
Ben J. McConaghy, member, of Somerville, MA, passed away
September 24, 1980. Born in Philadelphia, PA March 6, 1908, he came
to the Canal Zone as a young boy and attended the Canal Zone schools.
Ben was well known in the baseball circle. After the war he left the
Isthmus and played ball on a team for Connie Mack. Survivors are his
son, Ben; daughter, Eunice; two grandchildren, Kim and Ben; two
brothers, James of Clearwater and John of St. Petersburg, FL and two
sisters, Gertrude Roberto of Clearwater and Margaret of St.
Mrs. Dorothy Weir Montanye, 78, former member, of Vernon, CT
passed away October 19, 1980. She was the widow of John Montanye
and lived in the Canal Zone for 54 years, employed by the Panama
Canal. She lived in Fairhope, AL for many years and had been a
member of the Society until she was taken ill and moved to Vernon to
make her home with son Kenneth. Dorothy was a member of the Order
of the Eastern Star of the Canal Zone. She leaves another son John, Jr.
of Carlsbad, NM; a sister, Jessie Degenaar of Meridian, MS; seven
grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Mr. Jack A. Muller, Jr., 54, and Mrs. Elizabeth S. Muller, 50, were
among the 301 persons killed in the tragic jetliner disaster at Riyadh
Airport, Saudi Arabia, on August 19, 1980. They were residents of the
Canal Zone from 1953 to 1957. He was an electrical engineer for the
Panama Canal Co. and she worked for the U.S. Army at Fort Amador.
After three years with the U.S. Strategic Air Command in Omaha, NE
he transferred to the FAA Technical Center in Pomona, NJ as an elec-
tronics engineer. At the time of his death, he was a navigation facilities
expert on assignment for one year with the International Civil Avia-
tion Organization. He was acting as an aviation consultant to the Saudi
Arabian Government. They were to return to their home in New
Jersey in October. He was born in the Canal Zone the son of the late
Jack A. and Margaret T. Muller, long-time residents. He graduated
from BHS in 1944. They are survived by a son, Andrew of Paducah, KY
and a daughter, Jackee Beth of Rochester, NY. She is also survived by
her mother and a sister of Sacramento, CA. He is also survived by four
brothers, John W. of DeLand, FL, Walter E. of Annandale, VA, George
E. of Anaheim, CA and William A. of Garland, TX; and two sisters,
Adrienne Neuhaus of Pinetop, AZ and Catharine E. Peabody of Albu-
It has been reported that our member Mrs. Carl N. Nix
(Marguerite) of Route 1, Box 58-A, Liberty Hill, TX passed away
September 1980. No other information has been received.
Mr. Anders Sandberg, 79, member of St. Petersburg, FL passed
away September 27, 1980 after a long illness. He retired from the
Panama Canal in 1957 as a painting foreman. He was past master of
Sanctorum Lodge 747 F&AM, Brooklyn. Survivors include a niece
Hazel Bonora of Shelter Island, NY.
Mrs. Betty Slaughter Ostrander of Houston, TX passed away in
September 1980. Betty worked at the Panama Railroad Commissary
as a Fashion Coordinator. She is survived by her husband Frank of
Houston; three sons Jeffery, MS, John T., FL, and Perry, TX and
Mr. Dean Studebaker, member, of Brandon, FL passed away 11
September 1980. Dean was a civilian employee with the U.S. Navy on
the Isthmus and worked at the Supply and Tank Farm on the Pacific
side. He is survived by his wife America; two daughters and one son.
Mr. Robert C. Worsley, "an original Canal Construction-day
worker" 90, member, of Panama, died 14 October 1980 while visiting a
daughter in San Francisco. A holder of the Roosevelt Medal, Worsley
went to the Canal in 1911. Later he went to work for the Union Oil
Company at its Balboa office, and at the time of his death was general
manager of the R. C. Worsley Shipping Agency in Panama (Ed Note:
see News From Panama this issue and CZ March 1979.) Worsley was
renowned in the Canal area and Panama for his selfless service to
others, his energetic lifestyle and his prodigious memory. He was the
recipient of numerous awards, including the YMCA Man of the Year
1978; Panama government's Vasco Nunez de Balboa award; the Boy
Scouts Silver Beaver Award; the Panama Canal Public Service Award
with a gold medallion; the 50-year Veterans Medal from the Grand
Lodge of Massachusetts; and the 1979-80 Man of the Year Award from
the Department of Latin America Reserve Officers Association.
Known survivors are widow Anna DeLaMater Worsley, CA;
daughters Roberta Richards, CA, Jackie Williams, LA, Helen Cook,
TN, Marie Val Patick, IN; three sisters in North Carolina, Emma Lee
Schmidt, Wanita Williams, Marie Turnage; three brothers Gilfred,
Francis and James; nieces Lois DeLaMater Bates, HI and Arlene
Schmidt Winerman, NY; nephew William L. DeLaMater, Panama, R.
de P.; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
**Eteral rest give to them, 0 Lord; and let
perpetual light shine upon them.**
POEM FOR THE LIVING
by Theodore Koeber
When I am dead
Cry for me a little.
Think of me sometimes,
But not too much.
It is not good for you
Or your wife or husband
Or your children
To allow your thoughts to dwell
Too long on the dead.
Think of me now and again
As I was in life
At some moment which it is
pleasant to recall.
But not for long.
Leave me in peace
As I shall leave you, too, in peace
While you live,
Let your thoughts be with the living.
Submitted by a member
L(JCWe t/01 PANAMA CANAL
Katie McConaughey, APO Miami 34002 I am in search of
stories, memoirs, etc., from early Canal days, both construction period
and later. I am working on a long-range project to try to compile and
edit these stories into one memorable collection. If you have anything
along these lines, or know someone who does, please send them to me
or write to me at PSC Box 848, APO Miami 34002.
Panama Canal Society of Dothan
With all of the excitement of summer now gone, we are getting
ready for all of the excitement of fall and for the wonderful weather
we have been having.
The Society held its semi-annual picnic on September 27th at the
Caves in Marianna, FL. We were most happy to welcome the president
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Mr. Russell Jones and his love-
ly wife, Edith. There were approximately 65 members present. It was
a beautiful day for a picnic.
The Society extends its sympathy to Stella Nita and family on the
death of our dear friend and member, Tony Nita. Sympathy is also ex-
tended to Beverly Kinsey and daughters on the death of Richard
Kinsey and to Jane Burke on the death of her father Bob Lombroia.
Mildred Patton stated that on July 26, 1980, her son-in-law
Michael W. Basham, returned to Ft. Rucker, AL from the Republic of
Korea after completing his one year tour. He was met by his wife, Lin-
da, his two children and his mother, Mrs. Martha Bradford and sister,
Kathy and his mother-in-law, Mildred Patton. Prior to departing Osan
Air Base, Korea, Mike met with Major Tom Ebdon, USAF, for a brief
chat. Tom was about to go on a flight too but was able to talk awhile. It
was their first encounter in over ten years. Mike, Linda, Karlito and
Susan reside at 44 Thorne St., Ft. Rucker, AL 36362.
Under ideal golfing weather with temperatures in the seventies
and blue, blue skies, the "GAS HOUSE GANG" of Cristobal held its
Fourth Annual Invitation Golf Tournament at the Olympia Spa in
Dothan. Not only has the number of entrants grown year by year, but
the Committee has been increased in order to manage the growing
numbers. Abie Anderson as Chairman was assisted this year by Bud
Thomas, Hugh Norris and Joe Burgoon.
Former Zonites arrived from all over the country. California was
represented by Irene and Ray Will, Tom and Helen McGuinness, Bill
LeBrun, Wanda and John Johnson, Ora and Art O'Leary and Tom and
The Middle West was represented by Nyra and Jim Riley from
Missouri. They liked our town and golf courses so well that they
bought a home here in Dothan. From Illinois for the fourth year came
Elsie and Hal Willett and Donna and Harold Thompson. (Bernice
(Rathgeber) and Andy Jackson, on their first visit, had an enjoyable
one. The four Rathgeber sisters, Bernice, Norine Lucas, Louise Hunt
and Marge Ruoff from the Canal Zone had a grand reunion of their
own. This has been the first time in years that the four sisters have all
been together. Ohio sent us Millie and Harry Heintz for their second
Eddie and Jane Curtis came again from New Jersey. We also had
our first entrant from Puerto Rico, Rosemary (Dignam) Martinez. We
welcomed Eletheer and Jim Catron from South Carolina on their first
visit to Dothan. North Carolina sent its prime golfers, Maggie and Gor-
don Dalton; Dr. Tom and Edith Alley; Bonnie and L. B. Wilson (who
favored us with some delicious apples from their area); Bill Halvosa,
Sr. and his handsome son Bill, Jr. from Miami. Kurt McCleary arrived
from Texas for his second tournament, and this year Dale Bishop,
Louie and Elena Hooper, and "Bocas" Leeser completed the entrants
from that state. Marian and Gene Gregg arrived from Louisiana for a
repeat performance. Jody Wainio, who is on the golfing team at her
college, managed to convince the school that she needed a leave of
absence in order to carry out her golfing finesse here in Dothan. The
"wanderers" Tom and Marian Scott, arrived in their beautiful 26 foot
travel home. We hope they will make Dothan a permanent stop in their
Floridians won again with their large representation of golfers.
Norman and Agnes Anderson, Frank A. Anderson, II, Al Baldwin, Bud
Budreau, Joe Bongiorni, Clara and Jack Brayton, Stu and Kay Brown,
Frances and Hoyt Byrd, Pat Conley, Bob Coulthard, Fern and Jack
Campbell, Roscoe Collins, Don Darden, Bob Diaz, Aura and Bud
Erickson, Foy and Kerner Frauenheim, Cy Fields, Dave and Bess
Gaul, Doris and Archie Gibson, Isabelle Gibson, Pete Hale, Webb
Hearne, Jane and Fred Huldtquist, Bob and Carolyn Johnson, Hod and
Jan Jenner, George and Eley Hall, Bob Kersting, Mary and Val Lynch,
Dottie and Mike LaCroix, Vic and June May, "Doc" Herb Mitten, Fred
Mead, Juanita and Dick McConaughey, Bert Powell, Elmer Orr,
Eileen and Ed O'Brien, Al and Dot Pate, Ruth Powell, Don and Edythe
Rogers, Bob Roy, Dick and Thelma Stoudnor, Betty Quintero, Irl
Sanders, Milt Sanders, Richie Seeley, Mel Smith, Roy Stoutenburg,
Ruth and Pete Tortorici, Iris and Albert Terwillinger, Bill and Jean
Wheeler and Bill Wichmann.
Alabamians Marian and Luther Fleming, Virginia and Ed Blount,
Lois and Jack Smith, and Frances and Jim Coman represented various
parts of the State and as always, all the local CZ Dothanite golfers
turned out en masse to take part in the tournament.
The affair got off to a great start with the morning Coffee spon-
sored by the UNITED FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIA-
TION which brought all the golfers together for much chit-chat and
reminiscing. After two days of golf, a Mexican Best Ball Tournament
beginning after the coffee, and 18 hole Medal Play Tournament the se-
cond day, the tournament came to a close with the Banquet attended
by 204 happy and relaxed golfers and spouses. The Olympia Spa hosted
a cocktail party prior to the Banquet and awarding of prizes. Jim Com-
an, our genial Master of Ceremonies, kept the evening moving with his
amusing comments apropos to the tournament. With the aid of Bud
Thomas, he presented the many prizes. Prizes were awarded to the
first 7 foursomes in the Mexican Best Ball whose names are too
numerous to mention, but first place honors went to the team of Pete
Hale, Cy Fields, Don Darden and Edythe Rogers. Joey Burgoon was
Low Gross Winner and Gordon Dalton, Runner-Up in the Medal Play
for men. Jane Huldtquist and Jody Wainio were Low Gross and
Runner-Up for the women.
Again, what Canal Zone Golf Tournament, or any get-together,
would be complete without Elmer Orr's repertoire of "bajun" jokes.
We were sorry that some of the golfers who had reservations
were unable to attend because of unexpected illnesses in their families,
so, next year we look forward to seeing Bob and Marian Bowen, Bill
York, George Black, Grace Roach and Paul Richmond.
Plans for next year's tournament are underway with tentative
dates for October 4th through October 7th. Remember golfers, get
your reservations in as soon as you get your invitation because the
Olympia Spa has limited us to 70-75 room accommodations. We did
have to turn away late entrants this year which we were sorry about,
but do remember that golfers will receive preference over non-golfers.
We welcome the following new families to Dothan .. Adolph
Belden, Blanche Bishop, Peter and Ruth Palanica, James and Joan
(Holgerson) Collins, Roy and Amanda Wallace.
A peaceful and wonderful Holiday and New Year to all.
CATHERINE WHELAN FILO
Maxwell Smith, Youngtown Lucille and I returned recently
from a trip to Alaska to celebrate our 45th Wedding Anniversary. We
flew from Phoenix to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory,then to
Juneau by way of the narrow gauge railroad to Skagway and down the
Lynn Canal on the sightseeing vessel "Fairweather." At Juneau we
boarded the beautiful ship "Prinsendam" sailing to Glacier Bay and
through the inside passage to Vancouver, B.C. (The Prinsendam is the
ill-fated shop that made the headlines in the news. We travelled on her
next to last trip to Alaska.).
The Northwest Arkansas Panama Canal Society gathered for its
annual fall luncheon on October 12, 1980 in Fayetteville, AR. Among a
total of 84 attendees, several first-timers were happily greeted by old
and friends and acquaintances. Outgoing president and secretary, Carl
and Petie Maedl, relinguished their offices to Dick and Mary Condon
who will coordinate the group's meetings in 1981 and 1982.
i Robert and Virginia Hursh,
France and Mack McLendon
Carl Maedl presenting
gavel to Mary Condon
Luke and Frances
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY REUNION 1981
The Bayfront Concourse Hotel will be host for the 1981 Reunion
- April 30, May 1 and May 2, 1981. It is important that you make your
room reservations early. You may check in early and stay as long as
you wish at reunion rates.
Each morning the members will be gathering for an informal "get-
together". On Thursday and Friday you will be "on your own" for
lunch although the hotel will have a pay as you go buffet set up for our
There will be a luncheon for all golfers just prior to the golf tour-
nament at Sunset Golf Club on Snell Isle, on Thursday 30 April at
11:30. Tee off will be at 1:00 P.M. See reservation forms for prices and
Registration at the reunion will be held Wednesday evening from 7
to 9, Thursday morning, Friday morning and Friday night at the ball,
and Saturday morning. Be sure that you register and get your badge,
this is a good way to let your friends know that you are at the reunion,
and to find your friends as well.
On Friday at 1:30 P.M. we will hold our Annual Business Meeting.
This will include the election of officers for the coming year, as well as
important business that can only be transacted by a vote of members
attending an annual meeting.
Friday night will be our Panama Canal Society Ball. This will be
held at the Coliseum and will feature The Jimmy Taylor Band and will
highlight Lucho Azcarrga from Panama. There is ample parking at the
Coliseum, with uniformed security patrol, for those who drive their
own automobiles. However, large air-conditioned busses will be
available to pick up members who wish transportation to the Coliseum
and return on staggered schedule. The bus fare will be $1.00 round-trip
and reservations must be made in advance. We would remind those
staying at the hotel, that if they drive from the hotel to the Coliseum,
they may have trouble finding a parking place when they get back to
the hotel, because Friday night is a big night at "Websters" (the hotels
disco). There are no alcoholic beverages sold at the Coliseum, so you
will have to supply your own. Ice and set-ups will be furnished at no ad-
ditional charge. In the past many of our members have worn Polleras,
Montunas and Montunos. This has given the ball a very colorful at-
mosphere and is reminiscent of "carnival en panama". So, if you wish,
do wear your polleras and montunos.
On Saturday we will hold our Annual Luncheon. Space is limited
to 740, so get your reservations in early. We will have a guest speaker
who will be announced at a later date.
PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU SEND IN FORMS
Reunion Reservations Procedures
The Executive Committee and the Reunion Committees try very hard to make your
visit to St. Petersburg and our Annual Reunion a pleasant experience, and you can help
by following a few very simple rules.
We expect a large crowd again this year, so once again we will accept reservations
for reunion activities from members in good standing only, prior to 1 March 1981.
Members in good standing being those whose 1981 dues are paid or are being paid with
their reservation requests. One check for dues, ball, and luncheon is acceptable, just be
sure that your reservation forms are made out properly. After 1 March reservations will
be accepted from non-members on a first come, first serve, basis. Prospective members
may join the Society and make their reunion reservations at the same time, and during
the member only period.
DO NOT send hotel reservations to the Society. This will only delay your confirma-
tion of a room.
DO NOT send reservations for reunion functions to the hotel. The Society plans and
pays for all reunion functions and any reservations sent to the hotel or to the Coliseum
could result in your not having a reservations for an event you are interested in.
RESERVATIONS FOR REUNION FUNCTIONS MUST BE PRE-PAID
DO talk to your friends who are attending and send reservations for all people in
your party at the same time. Please don't ask for a table for twenty four (or any number)
unless you are sending the money for that many reservations. It is sometimes impossible
to shuffle the reservations to add "just one more couple" after the table and seating has
Tickets for reunion functions may be picked up on Wednesday night, and between 9
A.M. and 12 noon on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. If you are unable to pick up tickets
at any of these times and wish to have the tickets mailed to you, then a stamped, self-
addressed envelope must be sent. Please keep in mind that once the tickets are mailed,
your seating has been decided and cannot be changed.
CLIP AND SEND THIS ROOM RESERVATION BLANK WITH DEPOSIT TO:
BAYFRONT CONCOURSE HOTEL
333 It Street South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
Toll Free Number (FL) 800-282-8923 (National) 800-237-0736
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC. REUNION
APRIL 30, MAY I AND 2,1981
Please print the information below:
City State Zip
Arrival Date Time
Departure Date Time
Room Rates $29.00 plus tax single $40.00 plus tax double
REUNION GOLF TOURNAMENT
The 1981 tournament will be held on 30 April at the Sunset Golf and Country Club on
Snell Island, approximately 2'/z miles from the Bayfront Concourse Hotel.
There will be a luncheon at 11:30 A.M. and tee off times will start at 1:00 P.M.
This course is the site of the Suncoast Seniors Tournament and the former site of the
L.P.G.A. Orange Blossom Classic. Sunset is not overly long, but very exacting.
A handicapping system (Peorial will be used.
Entry fees, green and cart fees and luncheon reservation must be received by 23
Entry Fee. ....................... 3.00
Green & Shared Cart Fee ........... ..... $10.40
Luncheon.. .... ...... ........... $ 5.00
You may have guests (not playing) at the luncheon.
Please indicate who you desire to share the cart with and other two players to make
up the foursome. Requests will be honored as much as possible.
Prize winners names will be posted prior to the Annual Meeting and Awards will be
presented toward the conclusion of this meeting.
Committee members are: C. J. (Joe) Collins, Eugene Askew, R. W. (Pat) Beal, Fred
and Jane Huldtquist.
Please send your checks payable to C. J. COLLINS. 2301 Woodlawn Circle W., St.
Petersburg, FL 33704 EARLY along with the form on other side.
Entry Fee.. ..... ..... ... .. $3.00
Green & Shared Cart Fee ........... $10.40
Luncheon ... ............ ........$ 5.00
Guest Luncheon. ......... $ 5.00
TOTAL ENCLOSED...... $__
Not much moss grows on these former Zonians. Except possibly
for campaigning politicians, this has got to be the most peripatetic
Glynn and Etta Fay Terrell, along with their two dachshunds took
off in September on what was going to be a long enjoyable trip to the
west coast of Canada via Minnesota. They were joined in St. Joseph,
MO by son Lance in his van. Weather in Minnesota turned out cold and
rainy, but they did enjoy Lake Itasca State Park where they walked
across the Mississippi River, which has its source there. They crossed
into Canada through International Falls and met with more cold, damp
weather. They spent two days in Winnipeg, Manitoba, went on to
Regina in Saskatchewan where they decided enough was enough.
From this point, they took a leisurely trip back home through Min-
nesota again, Iowa and Missouri. In St. Louis, they enjoyed touring the
Botanical Gardens. They hope to make this trip again, but in warmer
Bruce and Dorothy Sanders, accompanied by Carl and Helen
Newhard, drove to Memphis, TN in early August to meet Mom, Grace
(Aloise) Sanders, and bring her to Bentonville. On August 17, a group
of old Canal Zone friends helped Mom celebrate her 90th birthday.
Dorothy Sanders, Grace Aloise Sanders and Bruce Sanders, Jr.
George and Edith Engelke, Howard and Evelyn Engelke, Bill McCue,
Mom Sanders, Glynn Terrell, Carl and Helen Newhard, Charlotte Mc-
Standing: Carl Maedl, Bud Balcer, Charles Malsbury, Red Nail, Alice
Nail, Harry Butz. Seated: Petie Maedl, Lee Butz, Betty McGilberry,
Mom Sanders, Virginia Favorite,Etta Fay Terrell, Gloria Malsbury.
On floor: Betty Blacker, Dorothy Sanders.
Several group outings were made during the summer on board the
pontoon cruiser, Las Cruces, II on Beaver Lake. Dorothy, Mom, and
Bruce left Bentonville in mid-October, following the fall luncheon of ex-
Zonites for California via Sioux Falls, SD, Interstate 90, and British
Ralph and Marie Shuey are in Germany. They wrote that they had
just been on a week's trip in Switzerland and five days in the Tyrolean
Alps in Austria, and were planning a drive into the Cologne area
where Marie was born to visit with relatives.
Harry and Lee Butz went to Pittsburgh PA in October to help
daughter Esther pack her apartment's appointments to bring home.
She looking to greener pastures in her field of work in Oklahoma or
Kansas. While in Pennsylvania, the Butzes were entertained by Jack
and Betty Purvis and their daughter, Susan.
Mike and Minnie Burton tripped to Georgia to visit members of
Mike's family. Then Minnie flew to Mansfield, OH to visit her son,
Robert Crooks, and his family. The Burtons also stopped for an over-
night visit with Mike (Eldridge) Jr. and his family in Brandon, MS.
They returned home to Fayetteville, AR, barely in time to partake of
an early Thanksgiving dinne with family members, including a number
of out-of-towners, at the Whitlocks. Fred and Jane Huldtquist had ar-
rived to visit his mother, Bates Wiesman. George and Catherine Lowe
drove from Wilmington, DE to Houston, TX where they picked up
Mary Jo Yeager and Mattie Lee White and brought them to Fayette-
ville. They all came together at the home of Andy and Frances
Whitlock for turkey and trimmings on October 26th.
Charles and Gloria Malsbury flew out to San Diego and San
Clemente area in October to visit some former neighbors. They had
P re i~F"a~;
such a nice time except for encountering some of that Los Angeles
smog which devastated their sinuses. They enjoyed flying over the
Rockies and seeing the colorful aspen en route westward. Nine days
later, they flew back over the same mountains snow covered and
Ora May Clayton visited family in Alabama this summer. Her sis-
ter from Jacksonville, FL met her there and returned to Rogers for an
extended visit. In December, both will retrace the route to Florida to
spend the winter.
Dick Condon also visited family in October. His is in Ohio. Other-
wise "things are fairly quiet at Condon Manor."
George and Edith Engelke's elder son, Johnny, and his family
came from Massachusetts during the hot-hot time of summer. From
Bentonville, they went to Mexico City where the weather was
delightful. George and Edith have been enduring the mixed blessing of
having their house painted inside and out an awful mess to live with,
but isn't it beautiful when finished.
Jack and Joan Corliss have rejoined the working class, he at
Western Auto, she at K-Mart. Their kids are doing well in school.
Daughter Leslie returned to Panama during summer vacation to visit
friends, and enjoyed it thoroughly.
Virginia Favorite's grandson, Stephen Favorite, age 15, whose
home is in Peru, spent three weeks with her in August. During part of
his stay, they visited in Missouri with Virginia's daughter Ginny Lynn
Neidt and her family.
Virginia Hursh and her sister from California attended a
needlework workshop in Hartford, CT in October. Then went to
Washington, DC for some sightseeing.
Rojo and Kathleen Huffman of Rogers spent October 27th at son
Willy and Cathy Huffman's home in Conway, AR, enthusiastically
celebrating their granddaughter's second birthday.
Bill Engelke's wife, Denise, her nephew, Alan, and friend Ronnie
Miller and her children, Ted and Nicole, all from Watsonville, CA,
spent a few days this summer with Howard and Evelyn Engelke in
Bentonville, AR. They were on a two-month cross country trip. In July,
Howard and Ev travelled to Spring Valley, Il to attend the wedding of
their niece, Kathleen Elmendorf, to Marc Nieman of Princeton, IL.
Kathy is the daughter of Ev's sister, Frances Dwyer Abraham of Spr-
ing Valley, and Bill Elmendorf of California. Also attending the wed-
ding were July Engelke Montanaro of Silver Spring, MD, and John,
Laurie, Rick, Lee, and Joy Engelke of Balboa, Panama, who had been
visiting Laurie's parents, Howard and Rita Will in San Diego, CA.
Following the wedding, the younger Engelkes returned to Bentonville,
AR with Howard and Evelyn where they spent a month before return-
ing to Balboa.
In October, Valma Orham of Dallas, TX was Howard and Ev
Engelke's guest for a week. While here, she attended the Northwest
Arkansas Pan Canal Society luncheon where she enjoyed getting
together with many old friends she had known in the Zone.
Jim and Veva Folsom visited their daughters in Atlanta and south
Georgia for a couple beautiful weeks in October.
Theo Hallin has taught a couple correspondence courses for the
Continuing Education Division of the University of Arkansas, and has
rewritten some of the curriculum, such as a course of study in ninth
grade English. The courses are presented for remedial and make-up
work, and attainment of GET certificates.
Betty McGilberry's busy month of October included a trip to visit
friends in Lynchburg, VA, and entertaining houseguests, Mac's
youngest brother and his wife, who came from Mobile, AL to take in
the fall arts and crafts fairs and antique shows.
Booths Smithson toured Europe through the month of September.
She flew over with a group, and at the conclusion of that tour, joined
another one, visiting eight countries in all. Even the generally high
prices ($1.50 for a cup of tea) did not extinguish her appreciation of the
beautiful greenery of the countryside, the cleanliness, good roads,
and wonderful railraods. Favorite area: southern Germany.
In August, Bill and Dolores Jarvis of Bella Vista, AR entertained
Bill's Brother, Hardy Jarvis, and his wife, Grace from Jacksonville, FL.
Hardy and Grace were formerly residents of both Gatun and Los Rios.
The Jarvis', Walter and Dolores spent the month of September in
California visiting their son, Navy Lt. Jan Jarvis and his family, and at-
tending a five day "home organist" festival at Asilomar, Monterey.
Jeffrey Jarvis resigned his position as First Officer flying DC-6's
throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America in order to
attend the United Airlines' flight training school in Denver, CO. At the
completion of his studies there, he received his Flight Engineer's Cer-
tificate to fly DC-8's. He is now in Bella Vista with his parents until he
Marian and Roy Roeglin, Dolores Jarvis' sister and brother-in-law
spent a week in Bella Vista enjoying the beautiful fall colors, seeing
the Passion Play at Eureka Springs, AR, and having a marvelous vaca-
tion. They live in Milwaukee, WI.
Mildred Makibbin Higgins quit temporary work as a secretary at
the University of Arkansas this October since her husband, Edwin
Higgins, retired, was invited to go to work (at tender age of 72) at Ran-
co Building Supply. Mildred hopes to finish her book about life in the
Canal Zone and subsequent family life in the U.S. Mildred's brother,
Tom Makibbin, after retiring as Canal Pilot is back at it again. Her
brother, George Makibbin, is still in business in Panama City. Brother
Henry Makibbin lives in Fayetteville, AR with Mildred and Ed.
Luke and Frances Palumbo were fortunate to have all four of
their children at their Fayetteville, AR home during the summer -
Judy, Sara, Luke T. and Jim with his wife Karen and daughter
The Coclasures, Walter and Addie, daughter Marian, grandsons
Danny and Freddy are charmed with their new addition to the family,
a pullet rescued from the highway and named Chick-Chick. C-C is
already showing her gratitude by presenting them with an egg every
day. Now if she could just lay some bacon ....
David Coclasure is enjoying his work with Boeing Aircraft Com-
pany in Wichita, KS. He would like to hear from old friends. His ad-
dress: 1221 West 14th Street, Wichita, KS 67203.
Danny and Freddy Coclasure, ages 12 and 14, would like to locate
a friend who was their neighbor in Gatun in 1978. They would ap-
preciate having the address of Sam Knoke, son of Charles Knoke.
Write to the Coclasures at P.O. Box 927, Rogers, AR, 72756.
Karl and Fern Glass enjoyed a short two week visit from
daughter, Sylvia Landrum, and children, Misty (5) and C. M., Jr. (2)
from Gatun. Sylvia's husband, Mack Landrum, is now beginning an ap-
prenticeship for tug boat captain.
Ralph Morales, Jr. and his family have been living in Tulsa, OK
for five years. He works there at a foreign car dealership. Quite a
number of people were delighted that Ralph drove over to the
Society's fall luncheon accompanied by his sons, Ralph, III and Nathan
Ray and Polly Witt of New Blaine, AR were visited this year by
their children from Panama Canal. Son John is now working for the
Marine Division on tugboats. After John and wife Eula departed, their
children, Ray Hunter and Evonne (Cissie), spent an additional six
weeks with their grandparents who took them on a 6,000 mile tour of
the western states. Daughter Paula and her husband Donald Adams
and their three little girls were up visiting in March and April. Donny
works for F.A.A. and they live in Cardenas.
Georgia Gwinn came for the fall luncheon from her home in
Springfield, MO, and was a guest of Carl and Petie Maedl. In August,
Georgia enjoyed a bus trip to northern Michigan and Canada. She has
been doing volunteer teaching in Springfield schools for eleven years.
Bud and Jean Perry are newcomers to NW Arkansas area and
were welcome first-timers at the fall luncheon. Bud, born and raised in
the Canal Zone, is in Springdale, AR to build the new Kawneer
aluminum plant. Current address: 2307-B Green Acres Road, Spring-
dale, AR 72734.
Ernest and Lois VanHorn are enthusiastic Arkansas retirees.
"Greetings from Hot Springs, AR, the heart of Razorback country. En-
joying every day of retirement. All the family in the best of health. Our
oldest son Ernest was happily married to Cheryl Mann of Chicago on
August 23, 1980 in Columbia, SC. We enjoyed the renewal of old ac-
quaintances at the annual picnic in June. We have had several former
Canal Zone friends visit us this year."
Earl and Max Wrenn were among the visitors to the VanHorns in
Hot Springs, AR, for a most pleasant week. Another happy bit from
the Wrenns: a new granddaughter, Amy, was born in August to Dr.
and Mrs. Keith Wrenn.
Except for a couple local trips, the motorhome of Red and Alice
Nail has added few miles this year. The Nails, Vern and Edith Bircher,
Pete and Sue Warner, and Betty McGilberry used it to go to the Arts
and Crafts Fair at War Eagle, AR in May. It was swept of cobwebs
again in October to take the Nails, Birchers, Nobby and Peggy Keller,
Jack and Joan Corliss, and Red and Kathleen Huffman (Rogers, AR
residents all) to the CZ Society fall luncheon in Fayetteville, AR. In Oc-
tober, Alice took off in the Jeep Wagoneer to visit family and friends
back in the hometown in Illinois, while Red peeked in at his security
guard business, completely spoiled the dogs and cat, and dehydrated
the meager crop of pears for midwinter snacking.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
The Panama Canal Society of Southern California enjoyed a
delightful luncheon at Lawrence Welk's Country Club Village Inn, in
the Pauma Valley just north of Escondido, CA, on Saturday,
September 6, 1980, with 118 members and guests attending (see
listing). The Invocation was given by Mr. Robert LeRoy Dill, Chaplain,
and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. John R. deGrummond.
With clear California weather, a pleasant atmosphere and jovial
fellowship, it was a most enjoyable meeting.
Welcome, New Members!
Mr. Irwin Z. Frank, 17528 Orna Drive, Granada Hills, CA 93144.
BHS Class of 1952. Irwin is the President of Arrow Management Co.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifton J. Sasso (Thelma M. Torbert), 4040 Hancock
St., Apt. 1012, San Diego, CA 92110. Phone: (714) 222-4421.
Karl and Barbara Marohl, 7151 21st Street, Westminster, CA
92683. Ph.: (714) 891-6813.
LTC and Mrs.Vernon L. Schafer ("Catsy"), Coral Tree Plaza, Apt.
1-A, 3634 7th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. Ph: (714) 298-4557.
News of Members and Friends
Bob and Ruth Adams returned in mid-October from a five-week
trip to northern California and Oregon. "it was a trailer trip, and some
friends from here joined us up north to do some salmon fishing. We had
planned to bring home tons of salmon and were all equipped with can-
ning material, but didn't catch a single fish! Very disappointing, but we
had a wonderful time, just the same. We did have a busy summer as far
as houseguests are concerned: Bob's sister and brother-in-law, Kathi
and Bob Lessiack, their daughter, Sue Stabler, and their grand-
daughter, Jennie Lessiack, and bring her up here for a few days. All of
them stayed with us. Then a few days later, Bob's brother and sister-
in-law, Roger and Katy Adams arrived. They stayed with the Yoders.
Before everyone left, our daughter and her family, Howie, Gerry, Ray
and J arrived. Our house, which has only two bedrooms, was filled to
more than capacity, but we all had a wonderful time.
Estrella and Sara de la Pena were pleased to have their sister,
Eva Gil, of Mexico City with them during August and September.
Eva's son and grandchild and a friend also visited with them for a short
time. Eva enjoyed seeing so many friends when she attended our socie-
ty's luncheon in Escondido with Estrella, Sara and Juanita.
Inez Evans "For three weeks in June, Erma Forbes and I
toured the Alps countries with our Sun City Travel Club. A delightful
experience. We had two days and nights in Oberammergau, Germany,
and were greatly impressed by the marvelous performances of the
Passion Play. Another 'high light' for me was having my daughter, Peg
Darden, who lives in Machenback, Germany, drive to Lucerne,
Switzerland, to meet us. She took Erma and me on an exciting trip to
the top of the world (or so it seemed to me). What a delightful happy
time we had in Lucerne, and also Interlachen, with Peg. We rejoined
our tour there and I had to say 'Hasta luego' to Peg. In September, Lin-
nie Carol Turner of St. Petersburg, FL, was visiting me, and she, Erma
Forbes, Martha Furey and I drove to Welk's Country Club together
for the society luncheon."
Erma Forbes "Inez Evans and I had a grand trip to Europe
with the Sun City Travel Club in June. Our main objective was to see
the Passion Play in Oberammergau. We saw Switzerland, Austria, a
bit of France and Italy, too. We stayed with a nice German family in
Oberammergau. Only 5,000 people can see the play at one time. Seeing
the Dolomites, Brenner Pass, Lucerne, Salzburg, Interlachen and Inn-
sbruck was great and the scenery through the Alps was just magni-
ficent. Three hours after we returned, my son, Jim, Nancy and two
children, Jamie and Heather, left for Seattle, where they bought a
camper and had it shipped to Europe. This is Jim's sabbatical year and
he will be spending it at the Cranfield Institute, Bedford, England,
teaching at the Cranfield School of Management. They had a terrifying
experience in Yugoslavia on August 3d (please see Nancy's letter
below). Fortunately they had already been to Paris saw some of the
night life, paid $90 for hotel accommodations which did include a Con-
tinental breakfast. They saw the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the
Vatican, climbed the Tower of Pisa, saw the lovely museums in
Florence, the Parthenon and the Acropolis in Greece, and many other
sights. The children will be in school in Bedford this school year. My
daughter, Joan, and family are still in Newport, OR. They have had no
fallout from Mt. St. Helens, but I have a niece and nephew in Van-
couver, WA, who have had lots of it. I had a call from Jessie Lindsay
from Bellingham, WA, in mid-August. She, Walter, Judy and family
were leaving two days later for another year in Japan. She says ex-
penses there are sky high."
Nancy Forbes' letter to Erma "Thursday, August 7, 1980 I'm
writing a brief letter to you to explain a change in our itinerary. On
early Sunday morning, Aug 3, we were in an accident in Yugoslavia
which totaled our camper, but from which we all walked away with a
few bumps and scratches, and with maybe 80-85% of our salvageable
belongings. We appreciated your prayers for traveling mercies as
never before, since God was certainly taking care of us. The oncoming
driver, who had fallen asleep, his passenger and two in a car following
closely behind us were killed. I think that two or three in that car were
only injured because we took the initial impact. I still can't really write
much about it. The next two days were spent in Belgrade, and were
assisted by the Canadian Embassy with reports, insurance, etc. We
took the train to Vienna on Tuesday night, arriving there with four
large pieces of luggage which we hope to send ahead to Cranfield, if we
can find a way, and our canvas bags which we're using to carry our im-
mediate needs. We hope to be able to stop in Switzerland and the
Netherlands if we can work it out, probably by train. Each day helps
and certainly the beautiful and clean city of Vienna has been a pleasant
start. Prices are high, except we've located in a student dorm which is
very reasonable and people seem nice. Thank you for your prayers,
and most of all for God's loving protection and care. We are all fine
physically, and each day helps to ease the mental shock and
Berta (Hunter) Hazzard suffered with an enlarged right foot and
leg in August, and was unable to get out for about two months. Earlier,
her sister in Texas was very ill, and Berta spent two months with her.
When she left, her sister was fine.
Norine Hall Kaufer "I returned September 13 from that
gorgeous Caribbean cruise aboard the T.S.S. FAIRWIND. What fun
both my granddaughter, Carole Cochrane, and I had the loveliest sur-
prise while we were anchored in Colon Harbor directly in front of
the Hotel Washington, Christ Church By-The-Sea, and the second
house down from it (where we lived in 1950), I was paged to come to the
Purser's office. I said to some of my friends, 'There's my phone call
from the shore!' I hurried down to the office, and there sat my son, Ted
- he had come aboard with our ship's agent, and said he could stay
aboard 7 or 8 hours and get off with the pilot in Gatun Lake. He got to
see one of our 'Pro' shows with Las Vegas chorus girls, and had a prime
rib dinner with us. What fun! Saw Andrew Lim on the Locks first he
came out by our ship in a little Army launch; then walked the length of
the Locks. He sent aboard two beautiful pieces of driftwood he had
painted for my daughter, Nancy, and me. I also saw Bobbie Williams
Egolf and 'Squeaky' Helmerichs aboard they came out to see a Mrs.
Danielsen. On October 3d, driving down with Pat Leach Koenig in her
new Chevy Van for the BHS-CHS Reunion in San Diego were Mrs.
Maria Boynton of San Jose (her husband was a conductor on the old
P.R.R.), her daughter, Niza, and son-in-law, Bob Greig (Pat, Niza and
Bob live on a lovely ranch at San Juan Bautista near Morgan Hill), and
Norine Kaufer of Los Gatos. We all enjoyed both the visit with all our
old and dear friends, and love the dinner and dancing in the
Catamaran's lovely ballroom. Norine Hall Kaufer, Balboa High School,
Class of 1919, was presented a beautiful orchid corsage for being the
oldest graduate there (several there from BHS '38) by Conrad Horine.
The three Horines Conrad, Norma and their daughter, Carol (the of-
ficial photographer for the party), surely put on a grad affair, with lots
of work to make it so successful! A NOTE: When I, Norine Kaufer,
started at San Jose State University in 1976, I had to send for my
transcript of credits from Balboa High School, and they sent me a
photostatic copy from there from my graduation 57 years before.
How's that for well-kept records!"
George Muller wrote that his brother and sister-in-law, John and
Betty Muller of DeLand, FL, were lucky last-minute fill-ins for a
DeLand group cancellation to the Passion Play in Oberammergau in
George and Auristela Poole traveled to Ann Arbor, MI, in
September to enter their youngest granddaughter in the University of
Michigan. They then drove to Buffalo and on NY State Freeway back
home to Schenectady to rest up. They send kind regards to all of our
Jack Ridge enjoyed seeing long-time friends and relatives (his
niece and nephew and their spouses: Hank and Virginia Ridge Dolim
and Lawrence ("Rocky") and Reeta Ridge; and his granddaughter,
Nancy Ridge McCullough) at our luncheon in Escondido. He was hap-
py, too, to see so many Canal Zone friends at the BHS-CHS Reunion in
San Diego. Jack will be celebrating his 90th birthday on October 24
with family and friends at the home of his granddaughter, Christine
(Cartotto) Ressa, and husband, Michael, and sons, Vinnie and Stevie
Ressa, Bellflower, CA.
Thelma and Clifton Sasso "We attended the BHS-CHS Reunion
on October 4 and enjoyed getting together with friends from the Canal
Zone. We hope to be able to attend all the future California Society's
functions. We moved from Florida on June 8th, and have been
members of the PC Society of Florida for the past three years, since
my retirement from the Panama Canal Company."
David LeRoy Smith and Roy Ballard enjoyed their first real vaca-
tion in some time in June when they spent two weeks in the San Fran-
cisco Bay area. "We enjoyed visiting Aileene and her family groups:
David, Brian, Paul and Gary and families. Friends in residence nearby
included Norine Kaufer. What a delightful day we sepnt with her! She
is an exceptional lady, and one easily loved and admired. She ex-
emplifies the joy of living and shares her enthusiasm with everyone. Of
course, we talked of PCSSC, but back beyond, and although we did not
know each other in the Canal Zone, it's like we were neighbors there,
with so many mutual experiences and memories! I was thrilled and
honored that Norine gave me some of Louis' photographs enlarge-
ments of photos of Panama. I could hardly believe it when she said to
take ones I had especially admired! I'll use them as a basis for some oil
paintings I plan to do when I retire. I shall always be grateful, because
Louis really captured the flavor of the days I remember! Thank you
constantly! Regrettably, I had scheduled a singing engagement for
September 6, so we were unable to attend the luncheon surely
missed seeing everyone it was the first meeting I've missed in
almost two decades! Hope the next meeting is at the SS PRINCESS
LOUISE and nearer for us here. Best to all. The Songsmiths"
Grace Schack Wilson, 874 Manor Drive So., Dunedin, FL 33528,
wrote that the BHS '40 Class had a good turnout at the PC Society of
Florida Reunion in April. "John Clark came and stayed with us (his
wife, Jeanne McLavy) was not able to attend. John is a plastic surgeon
in Maryland. Kay Ritchie came also from Pennsylvania. Jackie (Bowen)
and Lin Hall spent a month with the Jim McConaghys. Gloria and Joe
Burgoon came over for a week while they were here, so we had a
femme luncheon at the country club Gloria, Elaine McConaghy,
Gertrude (McConaghy) Roberto, Isabel Gibson, Doris Gibson (Archie's
wife), Lorraine Terry and myself. We had a great time more yak-
king than eating!"
Jack and Joan deGrummond In August we flew to British Col-
umbia, a part of Canada we had read and heard so much about and
dreamed of seeing some day. Our trip became a reality when Verone
("Ronnie") and Cecil Vockrodt invited us to visit them at their home in
Victoria, B.C. After living in the Canal Zone for 33 years, they moved
to their home which they had purchased earlier. What a delightful
home they have! A pretty house in yellow trimmed in white, and a
separate garage with a big laundry and utility unit offset close to the
house. They are located on a prime area of shoreline which is away
from the city itself, in a rural area of nice residences with intermixed
small farms. The house is located on a bluff above the shore where a
moderate changing tide brings the pleasant sound of rippling waves
over the rocks and beach. There are many seashore birds to see, and
the cry of the ever present gulls is familiar. There are also seals that
frequent the area. Among the many improvements that the Vockrodts
have made to the house are big picture windows that have a tremen-
dous view. Overlooking their lovely yard, out through a few branches
of three great spruce trees is what I call "Ronycecil Bay". It is a part of
the inland waterway connecting the Strait of Georgia (between Van-
couver Island and the Canada mainland) and the Strait of Juan De Fuca
(between the island and Washington State). As it is a shipping channel,
there are always freighters, container ships, tourist ships, logging
rafts and many other types of ocean-going craft to see. Weekends and
holidays bring out the sailboats and fishermen. Of added interest is
that a section of the Canadian-U.S. border runs north to south through
the waterway and straight across this imaginary line is the U.S. island
of San Juan. On a clear day looking east, right over the middle of San
Juan Island can be seen the snow-capped Mount Baker in the northern
corner of Washington State.
As an historical twist, the Vockrodts' property has a tie-in to the
illicit liquor traffic of the past. At the edge of their property is what is
left of some concrete steps going down a small ravine into a little cove
on the beach. They were used by the "Rum Runners" smuggling illegal
booze, who were engaged "in the trade". First it was to satisfy the
thirst of those who didn't go along with Prohibition in Canada from Ju-
ly 1916 to May 1924. Then when Prohibition in the U.S. was initiated in
July 1919, it added another dimension to those exciting times.
British Columbia is an interesting province, and has an excep-
tional combination of terrain and climate. The western extremity is
really the Island of Vancouver which is about 300 miles long. It is the
largest island west of the mainland, but there are many small islands
and innumerable bays and inlets along the entire coast of B.C. Most of
the island is separated from the mainland by bodies of ocean water
called straits. Over fifty huge ferryboats on various routes each carry
several hundred vehicles of all kinds and passengers to and from the
mainland. Thse ferryboats are really something, with two decks for
cars, buses, campers, etc., a cafeteria, a restaurant, and lounge area on
a deck above (passengers aren't allowed to stay in their cars), and a big
upper deck for promenade, and a great view all around. Of course,
there is regular air travel a 20-minute hop between Victoria and
Vancouver on the mainland. Because the Japan current flows along the
coast here, the climate in winter is much milder than inland. Victoria at
the western tip of the island is the "garden city" with hanging flower
baskets on lampposts in the center of the city and the many gardens
around homes and parks, including Butchart Gardens. It is a delightful
city with its old and modern atmosphere. Regularly scheduled fer-
ryboats from Seattle and Port Angeles bring their passengers, cars,
campers, etc., right to city-front docks. Lots of American and foreign
tourists flock to Victoria especially in summer.
We went on a great tour of Vancouver Island with Ronnie and
Cecil in their Mercedes sedan. Traveling on the main highway which
runs up the eastern side of the island, we used the town of Campbell
Rier as a base. From our motel porch we could see salmon fishermen all
over counted over sixty private boats at one time. From there we
went to the most northerly town of Port Hardy. It was really a boom
town, since the newly improved highway to it has brought lots of
development. Can't say how the aboriginal Indian community we saw
there will make out. The island is so big it has much of interest to offer
with lakes, mountains, rivers, beaches and shoreline to make an en-
Our next trip was much more extensive and, again because of the
Vockrodts' careful planning, their agenda developed a marvelous 9-day
tour of much of the best part to see in B.C. We started with the fer-
ryboat trip to Vancouver on the mainland one hour and 45 minutes.
After a good breakfast aboard, we walked around deck. Winding
through some island passages and open water, we were reminded of
Gatun Lake, but on a bigger scale. Vancouver is a big, spreading city
north of Victoria, the principal city and port of B.C. We traveled north-
east, seeing many lakes, rives and falls, but most impressive from the
winding highway were the Canadian Rockies and other mountain
ranges. The peaks towered like another world in the misty sky above.
Some had crevasses of snow and high, permanent glaciers. It's
fascinating to see the railroad trains hanging on to ledges above the
rivers or going through tunnels and under snow sheds. We spent
several days in the Banff-Lake Louise area which is in the Banff Na-
tional Park in the Province of Alberta just across the B.C. border.
The tourists in cars, campers or backpacking were all over the place.
Still, we could nudge our way around and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
The cable car sky lift at Banff provides a great view around,a nd it
looks like a toy city in the valley below. Lake Louise is especially pret-
ty when the sun brings out the fine blue water and the sparkling snow-
covered terraces, which at the end of the lake form a backstage bet-
ween mountain sides that rise from the lake. We next headed north
through the Jasper National Park to Jasper. On the way, a point of ma-
jor interest was the Athabasca Glacier, a "tongue" of the Columbia
Icefield, largest in Canada. Waters reach the Atlantic, Pacific and Arc-
tic Oceans from the Icefield atop the Continental Divide.
Jasper, in the heart of the Rockies, is also very popular with
tourists. By taking the Jasper Sky Tram to Whistler's Mountain, the
grandeur of the panoramic view of Athabasca River Valley, the lakes
and surrounding towering peaks is breathtaking. Interesting to us was
that in this glacier area the meltwater flowing down the rivers looks in
color like iced milk shake. Also, the beautiful colors of the lakes is
made by rock, under the ice, ground to powder consistency, washed in-
to the lakes where it is held in a suspended state, and the light reflec-
tion on the particles produces the color.
Homeward bound we took a different route, seeing more of the
scenic beauty of this part of B.C. We were fortunate in seeing some of
Canada's wildlife as we traveled. During our stay in Canada we were
impressed by the friendly attitude of the Canadian people we met. On
our trip we reminisced with flashbacks to our life in the Canal Zone,
and Ronnie played her excellent tapes of Panamanian music by the-
one-and-only Lucho Azcarraga y su Conjunto! There is much more we
would like to see of this province to our north, and we hope that some
day we can return to fascinating British Columbia.
News From San Diego
by Conrad Horine
Frank Leves writes that he is now temporarily on the tuna boat
"Diana C." San Diego based. He doesn't expect to get to Panama,
unless the boat needs repairs! He wasn't able to make the big San
Diego BHS-CHS Reunion in October, but sends his regards to
everyone from him and his family.
Among those attending the San Diego Reunion were Joann (Hum-
mer) Haugen and her sister, Betty (Hummer) Hemenway. Their grand-
father was Charles D. Hummer who helped dig the Canal, operating a
steam shovel. Their father, Joseph Hummer, was born, worked and
died on the Canal Zone. Their brother left the Zone last year.
Gretchen (Diez) Evans and her husband, David, celebrated their
20th wedding anniversary by enjoying a trip this summer to the
Carmel Beach Festival in Monterey-Carmel, CA. They are the parents
of three active teen-aged children: a daughter in junior high, one son in
junior year of high school, and one son a physics major at the Universi-
ty of California, San Diego. Gretchen is still trying to pursue a musical
career with a job as Youth Choir Director at a local church, teaching
piano, and managing a concert series at the local library in Chula Vista.
Her husband has written a paper for his engineering society and it is to
be presented in Chicago in November.
From Anaheim, George Muller writes that he and Winifred spent
the first two weeks of August on vacation visiting his two sisters,
Adrienne Neuhaus in Arizona and Catharine Peabody in Albuquerque,
NM. They then took a trip north to visit Winifred's sister in Salt Lake
City. Upon returning, he received word of the death of his brother,
Jack in the Saudi L-1011 crash on the 19th. (See With Deep Sorrow.)
Eva Jeanne (Doyle) Hanson of Arcadia writes that they were
unable to attend the San Diego Reunion as they were going on a
Mediterranean cruise in October.
Betty (Smith) Scears and her husband, Ray, spent some time vaca-
tioning in Nebraska, and then took a European vacation to London,
Paris, Normandy, Brussels and parts of Germany. Betty's father was
Robert Smith, a crane operator at Balboa. For ten years she was an
airline stewardess, and is now a nursing assistant. Her husband is a
lead mechanic with World Airways. They live in Hayward, CA.
Also from the San Frncisco Bay Area, Jim Lovelady writes that
he is a Publications Consultant for IBM, and expects to be transferred
to Tucson in the near future. He planned to be married in September
San Diego, California
October 4, 1980
The 1980 BHS-CHS Reunion in San Diego is now history. Over 170
people attended the great affair. The food was exceptional and
everyone enjoyed dancing to some old songs from Panama. Bill
Wright, BHS '53, a free-lance writer, gave a brief talk about his ex-
perience in covering the Panama Canal Treaty from the point of view
of the Canal Zone employee. His talk was generally well received. Mrs.
Norine (Hall) Kaufer was presented with an orchid corsage for being
the oldest alumnus in attendance. Others in attendance traveled all the
way from Florida, Texas and Arizona. Next year, plans are for an even
bigger affair on September 12 or 19.
MRS. NORINE (HALL) KAUFER
Henry Adams, Percival Alberga, Wynifred Alberga,Randolph
Alberga, Isaac Attia, Ruth (Bauman) Yielding, Kelly (Bauman)
Adams, Patricia (Boggs) Lord, Donald Brayton, Bill Brooks, Claire
Brooks, Eugene Caldwell, Kathryn Caldwell, Dr. Milton Callero, Steve
Cartotto, Tina & Cartotto) Ressa, Janice (Cameron) Ross, Marie
(Christian) Morgenthal, Tookie (Christian) Morriss, Virginia (Chris-
tian) Egert, John Clay, Shirley (Crews) Finalson, Jack deGrummond,
Chuck Drummond, John Finlason, Nancy (Gibson) Callero, Joan (Gib-
son) Conover, Betty Gilbert, Karen Gilbert, Kurt Gilbert, Krisma
(Gilbert) Sales, Edna Glaser, Ellen (Greenleaf) Johnson, Norine (Hall)
Kaufer, George Hatchett, Ruth Hatchett, John Hawthorne, Betty
(Hummer) Hemenway, H. Joann (Hummer) Haugen, William Heim,
Jeraldeen Heim, Loretta (Hirschfeld) Adams, David Hollowell,
Thelma Hollowell, Fern (Horine) Dabill, Conrad Horine, Norma
Horine, Carol Horine, Ben Hemenway, Peggy Huey, Robert Hut-
chings, Marion Hutchings, William Jones, Mil Jones, Louis Katz, Rita
Katz, Maurice Kelleher, Beverly (Gregory) Post, Fay (Keegan)
Thomas, Richard Laschinger, Pat (Leach) Koenig, Gerald Lee, Albert
Lerma, Francis Schaak, Marsha McNamara, Llona (Sears) Schaak,
Grace Mizarchi, Moises Mizarchi, Raphael Mizarchi, George Muller,
Winifred Muller, Janet (Nesbitt) Laschinger, Raymond Nesbitt, Lon-
nie Nesbitt, Raymond Nickisher, Nancy (Norton) Carter, Edward
O'Connor, Janice (Osorio) Attia, Dot Patterson, John Rice, Jack Ridge
Sr., Joan (Ridge) deGrummond, Reeta Ridge, Rocky Ridge, Judith
Roe, James Roe, Robert Roe, William Russon, Melda Russon, Virginia
(Ryan) Hunter, Olga, Sissie (Roe) Spreuer, Anne (Sasso) Sullivan, Clif-
ton Sasso, Maritza Sasso, George Schulte, Shirley (Smith) O'Connor,
Woodrow Speir, William Spreuer, Edward Sullivan, Joanne Sullivan,
Mildred Sutherland, Dale Taylor, Jack Taylor, Lee Taylor, H. R.
Thomas, Louis (Cito) Towery, John Tudor, Thelma (Turbert) Sasso,
Nancy (Turck) Schleicher, Gladys (Wertz) Brayton, Anne (White)
Tuthill, Warren Wood, Michael Young, Bill Wright, Evelynn
(Belanger) Wood, Francis Conover, Robin Roseen, Irwin Frank, Maria
Boynton, Thomas Rice, Marion (Snyder) Rice, Art Farrell, Elsie
(Kenedy) Stercho, Russell Marri, Philip Nehring, Jane (Husted)
Gephart, Sandra (Husted) Cusumano, Bob Gephart, Hampton Tedder,
Louie Singer, Francis Singer, Willy Lawson, Betty Lawson, Clare
Tedder,Bob Gregg, Niza (Boynton) Gregg, Melony Montia, Lance
Hughes, Alex Blois, Tom Jenkins, Bill Bailey, Helen Larson, Dick
Tawes, Jim Phelps, Jennie Phelps, Bill Quinn, Kay Quinn, Jennifer
Quinn, Dick Tattleman, Jacqueline (Dowler) Vencill, Moshe Friedman,
Antoinette (Toni) Huff,William Johnson, John McGann, Lois McGann
The following classes from BHS were represented; 1928, 34-5;
37-8; 40-45; 47-8; 50; 52-4; 56; 58; 60; 63; 65; 68-73. The following classes
from CHS were represented: 28; 34; 37; 39-42; 44; 46-9; 53 and 59.
Attendance at Summer Luncheon
Lawrence Welk Village Inn,
September 6, 1980
Adams, Robert & Ruth (Westman)
Aguirre, Isabel (Peterson)
Guest: Jerry Montanino, grandson
Argo, Emmett & Adele
Bourgeois, Joseph & Ruth (Huber)
Brayton, Donald & Gladys (Wertz)
Guest: Robert "Pappy" Grier
Browder, Edward & Marie
Cheeseman, Forrest & Lola
Cotton, Arthur & Dorothy (Wertz)
Guest: Dottie Manthorne, daughter
Daniel, Chick & Murel
deGrummond, Jack & Joan (Ridge)
de la Pena, Estrella & Sara
Guest: Eva Gil & Juanita Magruder
sisters; and Chayo Carillo and
Dill, Robert & Mayme
Guest: LeRoy & Nellie Gray and
Dolim, Hank & Virginia (Ridge)
Guest: Lawrence ("Ricky") &
Guest: Linnie Carol Turner
Fawcett, John & Beverly (Neville)
Finlason, John & Shirley (Crews)
Guest: Charles Heim
Folger, Elizabeth (Hearn)
Forbes, Erma (Caswell)
French, Alice (Foster)
Hammond, Mary (Acker)
Hardie, William & Olive
Hearn, Capt. Jack & Ethel (Kriziza)
Guest: "Cele" Hearn, sister, and former
Asst. Chief Nurse, Gorgas Hospital
Hollowell, David & Thelma
Horine, Conrad & Norma (Dry)
Irving, Joseph & Vera Grace
Johnson, Ellen (Greenleaf)
Guest: Bill Bailey, son
Jones, A. Paul & Rose
Jones, J. Arthur & Anna (Mans)
Kenway, Joseph & Helen
Lang, Col. Edmund & Zona (French)
Guest: Howard & Rita (Laurie) Will and
their dtr. & son-in-law, Norine and
O'Leary, Arthur & Ora
Phillips, Noble "Bud" & Marion
Schafer, Catherine (Taylor)
Seedborg, Hedvig (Sundberg)
Guest: Elizabeth Kling
Guests: Fay & Herb Thomas, dtr. & son-
in-law, and Dorothy (Messer) Barnes,
former PC resident
Spreuer, Bill & Olga (Roe)
Totty, Cynthia (Evarts)
Guest: Della & West Nash, dtr. & son-
Townsend, Harry & Jeanne (O'Brien)
Guests: Jim & Evelyn (Townsend) Cullen
Maurice & Marie Hammond, Jim James
former PC resident
Wheeler, Malcolm & Faye
White, P. Alton
Will, Ray & Irene (Laurie)
Guests: Charlotte Laurie, mother of
Irene & Rita Will
Wright, Milton & "Chubby"
Other guests: Payne, Ira & Dorothy and
Nancy (Ridge) McCullough, grand-
daughter of Jack Ridge
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EDITOR: I have just received the following note regarding the 1981
BALBOA UNION CHURCH CALENDARS "Dear Friends, The
1981 Balboa Union Church calendar is ready. It was printed in Panama.
We are pleased with the printing. The committee submitted the wrong
dates for Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter.
There is a correction slip with each calendar. Calendars are $2.50 each.
Postage: Regular mail, $.53 for one, and $.79 for two. Airmail, $.80 for
one, and $1.32 for two. Postage for a package of six is $2.50. Please add
postage to your orders. It is easier if you use personal checks. NO U.S.
MONEY ORDERS! Send orders to: LUCILLE KANE, PSC Box 794,
APO Miami 34002."
"Deats" DeVore and Henri Skeie toured the West in August
through 17 states covering over 8,000 miles on Triple A's Magnificent
West Motorcoast Tour.
We saw scenery of undescribable beauty, visiting places we had
dreamed of seeing. Pike Peak Valley of the Gods, Yosemite Park,
Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, San Francisco,
Carlsbad Caverns to name a few visited with family and Canal Zone
friends along the way.
In Cordele, GA, our first stop, Nina Short Hurt and her family
took us to their home for a short visit. Nina is the daughter of the late
Beatrice Skeie Short and James L. Short on through Chattanooga
and Nashville to the Grand Ole Opry.
In Missouri visited Silver Dollar City crowds of people here
- traffic bumper to bumper took us one hour to go seven miles. Jack
DeVore, his wife Patty Bain DeVore and daughter, Tita drove from
Fayetteville, AR where Jack is a professor at the U. of AR to spend the
night with us in Bronson, MO at the Ramada Inn.
Through Kansas to Dodge City Temp. 1040. The whole coun-
tryside was dry and scorched the corn dried up in the fields. In
Lamar, CO we stayed at the Cow Palace a lovely tropical setting
surrounds their indoor pool the weather getting cooler now as we
climbed the mountains. In Pike's Peak it was 420 the morning we left
- we could see our breath!
Our next stop was the Chapel at the Air Force Academy. The
chapel is a many spired structure with the Rockies in the background.
Colorado is a beautiful state the scenery changing on both sides of
the road every few minutes with the mountains and magnificent rock
In Salt Lake City, Utah we stayed across the street from the Mor-
mon Temple and heard the celebrated Mormon Choir broadcast Sun-
day in the Tabernacle. Then on around the Great Salt Lake through
sage brush country to Lake Tahoe.
In San Franciso we rode the cable cars, dined at Fisherman's
Wharf, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge through Sierra National Park
to Bass Lake. Vera Bolek and her sister Esta Hval drove from their
homes in Mariposa to spend a few hours with us at Bass Lake. Vera
comes often to the reunions but it was our first visit with Esta in over
25 years. Yosemite National Park is gorgeous largest granite
monolith in the world the waterfalls, gorges, giant Dequois, huge
Ponderosa Pines are magnificent ate lunch in the Wawona Hotel
which is over 100 years old. On to Carmel then to San Simeon for a visit
to Hearst Castle. This is a magnificent structure, best described as a
shrine of beauty. Some of the columns over 1,000 years old. The ceil-
ings imported from Greece, Italy here too, people were wall to wall
standing in line to take the tour.
Arrived in Los Angles August 27th our highlight here was a reu-
nion with "Boz" and Bill French, Ethel and Jack Hearn. Boz picked us
up at our hotel and took us to her home in Santa Ana. Ethel and jack
came from Carlsbad to have dinner with us. We four women had gone
to the Canal Zone together in 1940 nurses at Gorgas you can im-
agine what a wonderful reunion.
On to Las Vegas Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon words
cannot describe its beauty. In El Paso, TX we walked across the Rio
Grande to visit Juarez. Traffic reminded us of Panama. What a shock
to see the Rio Grande a small muddy stream. Eleanor McDougall took
us to her home in the valley for dinner. Eleanor was Red Cross Direc-
tor at Gorgas for many years. She lived in St. Eustatius for years -
gave us news of Mose and Velta Sharp.
Then Carlsbad Caverns far surpassed our expectations you
have to see it to believe it.
In San Antonio, TX Marilyn and Van Carter from Kerrville met us
at the hotel to show us the River walk and beautiful city. We visited
the Alamo impressed again by the huge beautiful old trees. Then on
to the Astrodome in Houston to New Orleans. Here we had our first
rainy day we found New Orleans dirty, crowded with rude people. It
was disappointing remembering our many visits there when the
Panama Line took us there for vacations in the past.
After 31 days it was nice to be in Florida again drove along the
coast line to St. Petersburg. Florida is a lovely state too. If you haven't
taken a bus trip try it. Its a great way to see our country.
John and Margaret Klasovsky, Merritt Island The information
is very vital, that in the June 1980 issue which refers to encouraging
the younger generation to join the Society, especially. We noticed
more young people than ever before in attendance at the Ball, and we
thought it great! Our daughter Toni and her husband to be, then,
Ralph Vitola, attended for the first time and had a wonderful time, and
are so enthusiastic that they are planning definitely to attend next
year. And, they also aroused the enthusiasm of our other two sons here
in the U.S. so that they also are anxious to attend.
Son Ivan and his wife, Chrisee, and son Adrian of Fort Clayton
visited us in May. Ivan is a Planner-Estimator with the Army Engineer
Corps. Son Michael, with his wife Marsha and son lan came from Penn-
sylvania for Toni's and Ralph's wedding in July. Mike is a building con-
Retirement can get boring, once you have the house and the lawn
in shape, (false optimism that "lawn in shape" as soon as you
eradicate one pest some other one attacks) you cast about for
something to relieve the boredom. I got interested in our local Home
Owners Ass'n., and after only three years here, they tried to get me to
run for President. I refused, pleading lack of knowledge, so I got se-
cond best, Vice President. I don't consider it as a meritorious award,
simply because I attended meetings regularly and spoke up, and
volunteered to do a few things that others were either afraid of or
didn't have the time to do, they decided I should get more to do. It's the
same wherever you go, it was the same in C.Z., but, there is satisfac-
tion to be gained in doing your civic duty, however thankless the job.
I really enjoy getting the Canal Record read it cover to cover in
one sitting, and enjoy being able to reminisce afterward.
Borgie Misenheimer, Winter Haven I visited Ed and Gladys
Elkins Light in Aberdeen, SC and Evelyn Light in Minot, ND in early
October. The Ed Lights have just installed two solar collectors for
heating their home. This is one of the first of such experiments in the
Aberdeen area and they are proving to be very successful. Gladys and
I drove to Jamestown, ND to visit Mae Wold who taught math in the
Cristobal Junior High School and retired in 1953. Mae is now living in a
nursing home, is very cheerful and except for failing eyesight is in
quite good health. Mae said that our visit made her the happiest she
had been for a long time. Mae's address is Central Dakota Nursing
Home, Jamestown, ND 58401.
Jack and Dorothy Chase were visited by their son Alfred from the
Canal Area recently and their daughter Phyllis Birchett of Vicksburg,
Al and Ann Houston are soon returning to their Winter Haven
condo after having spent the summer in the San Diego apartment.
St. Petersburg and Area
Art and Ora O'Leary from San Diego, CA flew in for a few days
visit on the Suncoast and while here visited with Harry and Mary
Egolf of Seminole and Elizabeth and Dale Keigley of St. Pete. Frank A.
Baldwin and his wife from Miami picked them up in their car and they
went on to the Golf Tournament in Dothan, AL together.
Virginia Preston and Jim Wood of St. Pete journeyed to Miami for
a few days visiting with their daughter Ann Wood and Antonio
Suescum who were there for a convention. On their way home they
stayed in Ft. Lauderdale with Milly and Gil Rowe.
Oscar and Marnette Wenborne and daughter Susan spent ten
days in Denver, CO visiting daughter Nancy and Ron Stutesman and
their two grandsons.
Phyllis and Tuck Hummer went to North Carolina mountains to
see the fall foliage and then on to visit with son Charles, Jr. and his
wife Greta Hummer in Virginia where they recently moved from the
Patty (Gangle) and Hugh Harvey of Diablo surprised his parents
Virginia (Thomas) and Ralph Harvey of St. Pete with a visit on their
fortieth anniversary. Ralph and Virginia had planned a lovely party for
the occasion and Patty and Hugh were going to add to the festivities -
however, owing to a delayed plane and the fact that oldsters do not
party as late as the younger crowd, the guests had left before their ar-
Jim Violette from Seattle visited his parents Bill and Jean of
Seminole for two weeks in September. He works for Jafco and attends
the University of Washington.
Ed and Peggy (Reinig) Fucik were joined on a trip in upper
Michigan, to make a circle drive of Lake Superior in late July, by Betty
(Comley) and Barney Forgeson. En route the latter couple visited with
Betty's sister Mary Jane (Comely) Lacklen and husband Jesse and
family in Arlington, VA. While there they also saw Ann (Green) and Al
Tillman of Arlington.
Sam Moody of the Canal Zone spent ten days with the Forgesons in
St. Pete and while here also saw Charlie and Muffet Stahl (ex-
employee of U.S. Army in CZ) and Bip and Kay Nelson (she was head
nurse at Corozal), recently retired to Sarasota. Zeno and Gladys Knapp
(she operated the beauty shop at Curundu) of Lake Panasoskee also got
to visit a bit with Sam.
Although the election will be over before this gets to our readers,
maybe you will be interested in the fact that the oldest delegate to the
Democratic Convention was 97-year-old Margaret Keough Hazard,
mother of Rowland Hazard, who was District Attorney of the Canal
Zone for about 18 years. Mrs. Hazard has been attending conventions
since 1948 and she plans to attend the next convention too.
Another Democrat, whose campaign ad was sent to me, was John
M. Zelnick of Broken Arrow, OK. Unfortunately he was defeated in a
primary race for a Senate seat I was informed. He is the son of Ruth
(Wright) and Ernest Zelnick of Hendersonville, NC.
Sorry not to include equal time for the Republicans, but none of
those races came to my attention.
Don Shirley of Laredo, TX was in Dunedin visiting his folks Ruth
and Jim Shirley in October.
Tom and Marion Scott (she was a nurse at Corozal Hospital) of Ft.
Lauderdale, have sold their condo and bought a motor home and are
traveling for awhile.
Dorothy Schnell (Mrs. R. F.) a former Pacific Side resident has
moved from the Suncoast to Masonic Homes, Elizabethtown, PA,
17022 and would enjoy hearing from old friends.
Herb Mitten has returned from California, permanently he says,
and living in Seminole, FL.
Suzie and Judy Violette have also moved, this time to 907 Sand-
tree Dr., Palm Beach, Florida 33410.
Mary (Sharp) Kaufmann and her family have moved across the
country and now live at 85 Alameda Ct., Shrewsbury, N.J. 07701.
Ray and Sally Caldwell, and children, Ian and Rachel, who were
stationed in Madrid in the Foreign Service have now moved to 790 Col-
umbine St., Denver, CO 80206.
Clara Saarinen of St. Pete and Irene Ladrach of Seminole enjoyed
a seventeen day trip to Alaska recently. Both were nurses when they
lived in the Canal Zone.
FRANCES (VIOLETTE) SHARP
News From Sarasota
Summer vacationers come and go in our beautiful Sarasota area.
"Mac" and "Snookie" McCullough enjoyed an extended visit here
with their daughter and family, Ed and Joan Ohman and son, Jason, of
Balboa, Panama. Also their son, Tommy McCullough and daughters,
Crystal and Shari, of Turnersville, NJ visited with his parents for
three weeks prior to transferring to Spain. Tommy is an Electrical
Engineer with the U.S. Navy.
John and Gladys McLain entertained Mr. and Mrs. Melvin
Menges for several days prior to their return to Margarita, Panama.
Gladys' brother, Walter Watson, Assistant to Area Manager of FAA
and a resident of Cardenas Village, weekended with the McLains while
en route to a FAA business conference in Atlanta, GA.
Their son, Douglas McLain, his wife and daughter, Diedre Erin,
departed the Sarasota area to accept the position of Band Director of
Cristobal High School, which is also his alma mater. They will be living
in Margarita, Panama.
Mrs. Jeanne Burgoon enjoyed a weekend visit with her daughter
and son-in-law, Karen and Harold O'Neill of Hollywood, FL.
Ray and Diane Murphy and son, David, visited with her mother,
Mrs. Helen Roscoe, following Ray's recent retirement and departure
from Balboa. The family have now moved in to their lovely retirement
home in the Phillippi Gardens area. So happy to have such nice
newcomers to our area. Another daughter Sue (Roscoe) and Jack
Lubera of Miami also joined a family get together.
Joyce and Jack Clarke motored to Atlanta, GA and enjoyed a
week's visit with his daughter, Nancy Kresge, and son John.
Myrtle and Bill Hughes had a nice week-end visit with their
daughter Sandra Claflin and family in Merritt Island, FL.
Fran Orvis' grandson, Bobby Orvis, a psychiatric technical at
Sarasota Palms Hospital, spent a two week vacation on the C.Z. with
his parents, Bob and Lottie Orvis, in Diablo. Her other grandson, Carl
Orvis, a 1980 BHS graduate, visited with her in Sarasota before repor-
ting to basic training at the U.S. Naval Training Center in Orlando. He
graduated from the Center in October and has been assigned duty in
Memphis, TN. His brother, Bobby, attended the graduation
Fran Orvis and Gladys Conley joined a group for an excursion tirp
to Sea World and Disney World.
Carl and Virginia Starke and daughter, Cassie Lou, had a wonder-
ful two week visit in San Diego, CA.
Jay and Harry Cain had an interesting trip to Exmore, VA,
visiting with an elderly friend, shucking and eating delicious oysters,
and picking apples in an orchard, which they shared with friends and
neighbors on their return home. Later they also enjoyed gathering
beautiful shells and swimming on their semi-annual visit to Sanibel
Meyer and Reba Slotkin and the Allen K. Millers attended the
NARFE Convention in Albuquerque, NM, as delegates of the Sarasota
NARFE Chapter of which they are top officers. Afterwards the
Millers motored to Portland, OR to visit their daughter, Martha
Young, and then to Breckenridge, CO to visit their other daughter,
Margie, and her husband, Don Schieve.
Tinsie and Barney Barnes motored to Ridgeley, WV for their an-
nual visit with Barney's sister, Elma Carder and family and to enjoy
the beautiful colorful fall leaves.
Mina Dee has had a wonderful and busy summer. Firstly, visiting
with her son, Pete Lang and family in Balboa. Then later in the sum-
mer she flew to Portland, OR for an extended visit with her other twin
son, Bill Lang and family. On her return to Sarasota she had as
houseguests her niece, Lois H. Jones of St. Pete, with her daughter,
Margie Sage and children Cody and Kelly visiting from Seattle, WA,
who came especially to attend the wedding of her brother, Richard
Jones in St. Petersburg, FL. Another visitor Freeland Hollowell, Jr.
came from Dothan, AL to visit his great-aunt Mina.
Blanche and Walter Hartman has as their houseguest her niece
Mrs. David Powell (Mabel Stempel). Mabel was returning to her home
in Calgary, Canady following a summer visit in Salinas, Ecuador with
her mother, Mrs. Dora W. Chatburn.
Edna and Jim Million and three grandchildren spent their sum-
mer vacation at Lake Champlain, VT. While there they visited the
Ernest Zelnicks and Truman Hoenkes at their summer home in Ver-
mont. Later in the summer their son and daughter-in-law, Roger and
Mary (Wilmoth) Million joined them for a week's visit before returning
with their children to their home in Somerset, NJ.
"Pop" Ebdon fulfilled one of his goals when he and his son, Joe Eb-
don Jr. flew to Winnipeg, Canada and rode the Canadian Railway to
Vancouver, B.C. After spending several days sightseeing there, they
returned to Winnipeg to visit in the area before flying back to Sarasota
after an interesting eleven day trip.
Billie Galloway and her sister, Robin Comer, returned from a
week's visit in Avon, CT with Mrs. Charlotte Herr.
Mayno and George Walker enjoyed an anniversary cruise on the
S.S. NORWAY travelling to St. Thomas, VI and to Little San Salvador
in the Bahamas. Also enjoying a similar cruise on the NORWAY at a
later date were Florence and Tommy Dee, with a group of mutual
friends. A great time was had by all.
Bev and Fred Ebdon took an extensive trip in their motor home
travelling 10,000 miles in two months. Driving to Missouri to pick up
their grandsons, Tom and Rusty (Paul and Connie's sons) at their
maternal grandparents home, they went sightseeing in many places in-
cluding Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Sequoia Parks and Dodge Ci-
Later they were joined by their son, Jim Ebdon and family of
Napa, CA, who were travelling in their Airstream Camper and went
sightseeing in Crater Lake, Lava Beds and Lava Caves and other
places en route to a family gathering at the Paul Edbons' in The Dales,
Following a ten day visit with Paul and family, Bev and Fred
visited Jim and family in Napa, CA. They later drove to Page, AZ
meeting with the Alien K. Millers, for a Lake Powell, AZ boating trip
and then to visit in Breckenridge, CO with the Millers' daughter,
Margie and her husband, Don Scheive. They had the pleasure of hiking
and a Jeep mountain drive with C.Z. friends, Ed Gormerly and wife,
and a stop in New Blaine, AR for a visit with former Atlantic Side
neighbors, Polly and Ray Witt.
Later a stop in Texas included a visit with Fred's brother, Billy
and wife, Susie (Fahnstock), and two elderly aunts.
They had a long, safe trip visiting with many family and friends
and were glad to see them all well and it is nice to be home again.
Mobile home travelling is a great way to go!
GLADYS B. HUMPHREY
Ginger Rood, London We have been in London for five years. I
spent 30 years in the Canal Zone my parents Mr. and Mrs. Fer-
nand Espiau are members of the Society. I was reared in Curundu as
Ginger Espiau. I graduated from BHS in 1954. I married Ken Rood in
1955 at Albrook AFB chapel. My husband got out of the service locally
and we remained in the CZ. My two children Karen and Kenny were
born at Gorgas. Karen is employed in London with Micro Devices as a
quality control inspector. Kenny is a senior at Eastern Kentucky
University. After graduation this spring he will go on to earn his
Masters' degree in marine biology, hopefully at William and Mary Col-
lege in Virginia. Ken and I keep busy here by speaking to local
organizations about the CZ and Panama. I am deeply involved with the
Humane Society. It was great to go to the Shrine convention in August
and see so many of our dear friends ... Our house is open to all Canal
Zonians traveling on 1-75. Just call us and we'll give directions how to
find our house since we live way out in the country. As of this time we
are the only Rood's listed in the phone book for the entire county so
we're easy to look up.
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
Sue and Dewey Chelette write from their new address: Rt. 4, 312
Ranchette Drive, Monroe, LA 71203. They started building their new
home over Easter weekend and moved in on June 28. Sue's father
(Leroy Barfield) came to visit for "a few days" via diesel truck (a
childhood wish) and stayed a month, helping and working on the house.
He left before the job was done but came again in August with wife
Doris and niece Elizabeth (that's Sarah, Sue's sister's daughter).
Elizabeth got very much into that popular Deep South sport tubing.
The Ouachita probably moves as slowly as the Tangipahoa here, Sue!
Everyone helped celebrate Eddie's 16th birthday and Dorane's 9th,
then took off to Florida for a much-deserved rest with plenty of Mom's
home cooking In October brother Mike Barfield and Terry drove up,
having just returned from an Air Force stint in Germany. Sister Sarah
and Gerry are expected later for a visit on their way to the Southwest.
While Sue finishes the draperies, Dewey and sons Eddie (16) and David
(13) have been chopping wood like a record blizzard were in the offing.
They've already had two fires even though they had to leave all the
windows open and the air-conditioning on, full blast.
Richard and Via Mae Dinkgreve received a visit from Audrey
Bowman and her mother, Edna Benoit, in August. Audrey was on a
five-weeks' vacation, visiting relatives and friends in Georgia and
Texas. One Texas stop was with Milton "Lefty" (ex-Electrical Div.) and
Thelma Davis. The Davises are in excellent health and enjoying their
retirement in Garland. In September the Dinkgreves received several
telephone calls from Herbert and Mary Takke (he was with the Elec-
trical Div. and she was with the School Div.) who live in Fairhope, AL.
The Taakes were having checkups at Ochsner Clinic and they all spent
one afternoon in a four-hour bull session of "do you remember so-and-
so or remember when such-and-such happened?" Richard says
one of the "so-and-sos" was Dorothy (Denis) and Robert Douglas (Fire
Div.) They were neighbors of the Dinkgreves on the First Street Circle
in Margarita for many years and are now living in New Port Richey.
Dorothy and Via Mae were schoolmates in Balboa and Richard worked
with her at the Q.M. Depot in Corozal in the late '30s. Working with
Dorothy were quite a bevy of young ladies including Rita Strauss,
Elsie Neely, Elsa Smith, Alice Boyd, Virginia Woods and that lady of
ladies, Mrs. Stella Bradney. The Dinkgreves report receiving a birth
announcement from Charles and Diane Clark of Hollywood, FL, for
their son, Heath Evan Clark, born July 16. Charles is the son of Mary
and the late Charles Clark. He worked at the All American Cable Co.
in Balboa from 1936 to 1952. They lived in the last and highest house on
the hillside in Cable Heights, which overlooked Panama City and the
Bay. The Dingreves spent many a tropical evening on the Clark's front
porch, sipping drinks and enjoying the view and listening to the music
and singing from the Atlas, Balboa and El Rancho beer gardens. May
now lives in North Miami Beach and her oldest son, Thomas and his
wife, live nearby. Richard says all that remembering kinda gives one
the blues, but then it's super to remember the grand people they knew
in the Zone and the wonderful times they had.
Kathleen and John Gough have just returned from a great six-
week visit to the Chicago area where they were the guests of John's
brother Larry and his wife Pat in Golf, IL. Larry and Pat visited
Kathleen and John in the old Canal Zone and recalled the wonderful
fishing trip they all took in Panama Bay. At that time you could get a
bucket of freshly caught shrimp from a passing shrimper through
trading. Remembering Pat's yen for fresh shrimp, John bought several
pounds off a dock in Lafitte, LA, and hand-carried them to her in
Chicago. Larry's daughter Gail was married while they were there and
they got to see a host of relatives at the wedding and reception. Their
son Bill Gough III came up from Largo, FL, to attend the festivities.
They spent a lot of time in Chicago with John's mother, Augusta M.,
who is in her 80s. Augusta spent 1949-50 on the Zone and remembers
meeting President Arnulfo Arias while shopping in Morrison's on the
corner of 4th of July Avenue and J Street. Visiting the Goughs in Mar-
rero this summer were their granddaughter Linda Lee Gough and
their grandson John R. Gough III, as well as their son John R. Gough
II who is still an employee of the Canal Commission. Carole
Wiskowski, a nurse and friend of John, also stopped by. Linda Lee's
visit was unintentionally extended to six weeks because she came
down with chicken pox. Kathleen and John are enjoying that good old
U.S.A. privilege of voting in local and national elections, and haven't
missed a one since they arrived. John sent some picture and a new car-
toon to share with us see below.
Ken and Bitsy Atkinson enjoy
short visit to home of John and
Kathleen Gough in Marrero, LA.
John Gough III enjoys working on
radio controlled swamp buggy in
Grandpa's shop in Marrero, LA.
All systems are GO for the Greggs. Gail took a week's vacation
with friend, Rosemary Jones to Harlan, KY in August. Then on to
Mason, WV, to visit Gail's grandparents. On their way home they
stayed in Oak Ridge, TN, and saw the Museum of Science and Energy.
Near Chattanooga they took in Rock City and by now are buried in
books again. Her poppa, Gene Gregg, writes in a breezy 1-2-3 short-
hand form that he had a visit from June Fattorossi, teacher CHS, going
back for another year. Charles Sonkup and family visited on return to
Curundu and Army customs. Roland Casanova stopped in with George
Lapp, then back to Balboa Commission Housing. Roy Knoop, teacher
and family, visited, going back to Curundu Jr. High. Marian and Gene
went to Dothan, 6-11, Gas House Gang IV, where Gene successfully
defended Golf Title High Gross, second year in a row, box cigars and
a case of beer was the result. Saw dozens of ex-Zonians and commis-
sioners of G.H.G. in Dothan. Dr. M. Hon brought Bob Boyers, clubs
from Seminole for Gene to use. Commissioners recommend Gene buy
his own for improvement. Laura is teaching English in Jackson, LA,
and likes it. Lynn and Clayton are going to Costa Rica for 10 days in Oc-
tober; young Carlyle.is Mandeville. Young Gene was 12 on Oct.14. Gail
is in her last year at the LSU Med Center in New Orleans. Nancy
works for law and order at LSU, protecting football fans and players
from each other. Helen enjoys the Mandeville High Flag Squad. Gene
ends by saying he just can't think of more ...
Rusty Folger has sent us a pic-
ture of the "love of her life,"
Jason Richard George Folger. At
age 41/h months Jason is already
built like a star tackle and what
hair there is, is R-E-D! Rusty had
a great time at the Elks Conven-
tion in New Orleans recently,
then made a quick trip to Florida
for George's sister's 50th wed-
ding anniversary. Rusty keep
busy as a Kelly Girl and has en-
joyed assignments at the Vieux
Carre Commission and the new
Orleans Tourist Commission. On -
Dec. 12 she and Jason, along with -
Wayne and Lisa, of course, leave
for Panama to spend the holidays
with Gary and Silvia, and Rusty's
niece and her husband, the
Kirkbys, and their two children.
Mrs. Edna Benoit writes that her grandson, Ronald C. Bowman,
has been appointed assistant city manager of Boerne, TX. Ronald was
born in the Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School in 1973.
He studied at Canal Zone College until 1975 and completed a bachelor's
in political science at St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX. He has
since received a Master's in public and institutional administration,
also from St. Mary's. Edna and her daughter, Audrey Bowman, recent-
ly returned from a trip to Texas and had a delightful tour of Boerne
with Ron. Boerne is located 20 miles west of San Antonio and Ron's ad-
dress,is 127 Greenhaven Drive, San Antonio 78201. Audrey's oldest
son, Robert and his wife, Jill, and their three children, live in Germany.
He is a major in the Air Force. Audrey's daughter, Beverly, is living in
Balboa with her husband, Joseph Wood, and their three children. Joe
is executive secretary for the Canal Commission.
Marie Wright Gibson has left Clearwater, FL, and now resides at
707 El Dorado Blvd., Apt. 1322, Houston 77062. Since arriving, she's
spent some time with Judy Crooks Daily in Austin and met Nancy
Bateman at a Zone gathering in Houston. Judy is working for the In-
ternal Revenue Service and Nancy is with the Department of Energy
Dick Sena writes that Tom Peterson and Bob Rankin spent
several days in New Orleans recruiting for the Panama Canal Commis-
sion in October. They managed to get together for a dinner visit during
their busy schedule. Hadn't seen Tom in several years and they
reminisced about their days in Personnel. After a visit to Destin, FL,
the Senas stopped in Pensacola to visit Helen and George Rahn.
George was with the Water Treatment Plant. The last time their paths
crossed was in 1972. Their visit was short, but Elaine and daughter
Rene are going back for a longer visit while Rene's husband, Darrell is
in Las Vegas on a convention in late October.
Got a postcard in September from Bill and Gret Warren, traveling
in New Paltz, NY, and expecting to be home in Florida by mid-October.
"The four-months' trip has been fantastic, but, you know what, I'm
ready to be home." They wrote it, but I don't believe it! Eastern
Canada, they say, is BIG and beautiful. They saw Ruth Warner on
their New England safari. I'd love to play gypsy wanderer with the
Warrens, wouldn't you?
Joe Frazier, Associated Press writer, had an amusing article from
Panama City in the local newspaper on October 19. "Ships lined up like
a string of beads in the sea, waiting their turn for transit ... a backlog
of several days in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans ... a commission
bulletin denied the problems are due to Panamanian participation.
PATT FOSTER ROBERSON Louisiana Reporter
Blow up of a new Panama postage stamp.
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Blow up of a new Panama postage stamp.
Has the Balboa Post Office really been fenced in?
un solo terrtoio, una sol
Blow up of a new Panama postage stamp.
"One territory, one flag." No comment.
Jim Doran, Severna Park Dad, James R., visited us in April'80
full of Irish humor. He's been to the states since retirement in '75,
enough time to qualify as a native. Mike Doran, my brother, spent
some time in Washington, DC in July and paid us a visit. He is a
highway management consultant in Lafayette, CA. The Teske Family,
Dave and Pat (nee Doran) plan to venture to Maryland during
Thanksgiving with the entire family for a vacation, an event we are
looking forward to with pleasure. Last year we investigated the cor-
ners and crevices of Washington, DC. My sister, Pat enjoys the farm
life (especially the horses) in Green Bay, WI. Dave's dental practice is
For three years I've been engaged in our own design/construction
business. Just finished a cafeteria and office building for Litton In-
dustries in College Park, MD. Presently working on a restaurant in
Georgetown, furniture store in DC and American Bankers Association.
Our son, Jimmy, is in the 7th grade almost taller than his dad. For
those who know his dad, also know that's no big deal. Cherie is a
member of our Community Assoc. Board of Directors and continues to
report on her practical and advanced education in community politics.
We continue to keep in touch with Fr. Brian Cox, Mr. and Mrs.
Dick Cox, (Eileen (Cox) and Jeff Cowell, Mark Driscoll, my cousin,
Charlie and Greta Hummer. Had a great telephone conversation with
Joe Trower two weeks ago. The best communicator in our family is my
grandmother, Charlotte Laurie.
Judy and Bill Wymer, Darnestown Bill, Jr., who was born in
Gorgas Hospital, has graduated from New College in Sarasota, FL. His
major is psychology and he is pursuing graduate studies at the Univer-
sity of South Florida, Tampa. Since my retirement from federal ser-
vice (a Registered Professional Entomologist) have been Manager of
the American Registry of Professional Entomologists. Judy is a
primary resource teacher in the Montgomery County Public Schools
and says "hello" and "please write" to her friends from her days of
teaching school in the Canal Zone School System. We have four other
children, Frenda Ann, a junior at Drexel University in Philadelphia,
James Paul, a freshman at the University of Vermont, Burlington,
Frederick J., a twelfth grader at Wootton High School, Rockville, MD,
and Sarah Louise, a tenth grader at Wootton High School.
We are on the Planning Committee for the Canal Zone Reunion
held in the Washington, DC area.
(Canal Zone resident from August 1941 to February 1958, with several
return trips on official government business from 1958 to 1974.)
We have had a hot and dry summer, but a busy one also. In April
Jack and I flew down to Tampa, FL to visit family and friends and to
attend my 40th St. Pete High School reunion. This was my first re-
union and it was wonderful seeing so many of my schoolmates.
While in Florida we visited with Vie and June May in Holiday.
Fred and Jane Huldquist, Carl Starke and family were there also. We
also visited with Pete and Helen Corrigan in Sarasota. We hadn't seen
them since we left the Canal Zone in 1954. It was a wonderful trip and
we are still enjoying it.
July 8th Reb and Higgie Higginbotham arrived from their travel
north and we sure enjoyed showing them around especially the Lan-
caster and Hersey (PA) area. Jane and Ed Curtis also joined us for
some of our trips.
The 11th of July we drove up to the Poconos in Pennsylvania for
our annual Canal Zone reunion. We were so glad to see everyone and to
see some new ones. Those who attended this year included: Ed and
Jane Curtis, Robert (Dinky) and Mary Dennis, Eugene and Faye
Hamilin, Reba and Higgie Higginbotham, Bob and Marion Hazedine,
Jean (Dennis) Herbert, Bill and Betty Hanna, Aggie (Tonneson) and
Ed Jamke, Walter Jones, Bernice (Rathgeber) Jackson, Olive (Kaler
and Len Krouse, Wilma (Reynolds) Kirkpatrick, Jo (Dennis) Konover,
Norine (Rathgeber) Lucas, Tede (Duff) Lyng, George and Catherine
Lowe, Jean (Kaler) and Frank MacAndrews, (Edna (Smith) and Jim
Million, Bill and Muriel Poole, John Poole, Bill Price, Jack and Betty
(Searcy) Rathgeber, Eleanor (Hammond) and Augie Schwindeman and
their 3 grandchildren Shannon Murray, Shawn Murray and Susan
Simansen, Andy and Betty (Brooks) Stergion.
Our visiting and seeing each other each year is so nice that we
always hate to see it come to an end and we all look forward to next
year to meeting again.
Oct. 6th Jane and Ed Curtis left for the Golf Tournament Reunion
in Dothan, AL with Norine Lucas riding down with them. They arrived
at Lou (Rathgeber) and Joe Hunts' finding Bernice and Drew Jackson
from Illinois and Marge (Rathgeber) Ruoff from Balboa, Canal Zone.
Also there was Anne Rathgeber from Tallahassee. They all had a great
After the Golf Tournament Norine drove to Tallahassee with
Anne Rathgeber for a week's vacation with Anne at her home before
Ed and Jane Curtis drove down to Lakeland, FL to visit Ed's
sister Maize Schwarzsrock. On their return home they plan on visiting
Reba and Higgie Higginbotham in Jacksonville, FL.
Margaret Considine, Gloucester City Have had some enjoyable
visits with Doris (Pennington) and John Palmer in Mercerville. Most
recent was September 28 when they took me to a wonderful
Oktoberfest in Yardville, complete with oompah band and Schuplattler
dancers and let's not forget the delicious pork 'n sauerkraut dinner,
washed down with Black Cat Liebfraumilch and topped off with
Beehive cake! Regards to all Canal Diggers.
Aurie and George Poole, Schnectady On way back home from
Michigan stopped off at Toronto, Ontario, Canada for a few days which
turned into a week. Then on to Montreal and down to Connecticut.
Good to see old friends and hard to leave. Up north to where Route #1
starts (and we were down to Key West to see where it ends). Enjoyed
all the beautiful fall color foliage. Have to actually see it to appreciate
the wonderful color. We go every year. Regards to all.
Robert L. Dwelle, Ithaca I am retiring from Cornell University
at the end of this school year July 1, 1981. It is my hope to move out
to Albuquerque, NM where I have bought a house. I am attempting to
make as many preparations as possible early so I can escape a final
mad rush in making this move to the southwest. There is much sorting
and disposing of the junk I have managed to squirrel away over the
past 16 18 years to say nothing of the preparations needed to ship
things which I know I will be using in Albuquerque. I am looking for-
ward to living in the dry climate of New Mexico after the years spent
in overcast Ithaca ... In July 1979 I spent a week on the Isthmus -
primarily for business reasons and the humidity nearly did me in. I
NEVER remember the climate on the CZ as being so humid. This, I
can do without. Following the rather uncomfortable visit back to the
Isthmus I went to San Juan, Puerto Rico where I was the guest of an
old friend from the days I lived in Carcacas, Venezuela. While it was
humid there, too, it was not as miserable as Panama. Hurricane
"David" livened the final days of my stay in San Juan.
C. Howe, Horse Shoe Carmen and Charlie Howe have had a
busy year. They have moved into their new home on the mini-farm in
Horse Shoe about five miles from their other home that they sold. In
May and August they became grandparents again with a new baby girl
born to Don and Peanut Bonner and a son to Danny and Sheila Howe.
This for the present makes seven grandchildren. Carmen and Charlie
celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in June with friends and
relatives at the home of their daughter Peanut who lives nearby.
In October, Lloyd and Jo Kent from Boca Raton visited them and
enjoyed the beautiful fall colors and cool weather of the mountains.
Also, Carmen and Peanut drove down to Tina Boostrums' wedding in
Birmingham, AL. They were pleased to see so many friends from the
Jay and Lori Gibson and family of Gamboa, spent two weeks dur-
ing the summer at the home of Don and Peanut Bonner.
Emma Lee Schmidt, Farmville My brother, Bob Worsley from
Panama came up in September to attend our family reunion. He had a
pacemaker put in last year, is doing fine, still dancing, swimming, etc. I
am very happy that my daughter, Arline, after so much work has
received her PHD (see Congratulations). While visiting Arline and hus-
band on Long Island last October Arline and I took a tour to Nova
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
The fall colors have been so beautiful this year and we and all
visitors have enjoyed them to the utmost.
Houseguests of Jack and Jean Dombrowsky have been Bill and
Skip Hollowell from Orlando, FL, Peg and Bill Hutchison, Aiken, SC,
and Edna an Jim Million, who were returning to Sarasota from St.
Albans Bay, VT, where they have purchased a summer place. Camilla
and Noel Farnsworth from Balboa were in the area and visited Jean
Helen and Don Boostrom were guests of Ruth and Bill Tillman for
10 days. Later Bill and Ruth went to Birmingham, AL, to attend the
wedding of Christina (Tina) Boostrom and Charles Lee Stallings on
Marguerite and John Runck spent two weeks in Ogunquit, ME,
the first part of October.
Bob and Lillian VanWagner drove to Findlay, OH, to visit their
son Bob and family the last of October.
Betty and Paul Bentz, with Betty's sister, Margaret (Pal) Clopton
from Boulder, CO, spent ten days in the Outer Banks and Myrtle
Beach, SC area.
Irene and Henry Donovan, on their way back to Florida from New
England, were guests of Emily and Howard Johnson for three days in
Sept. while they were here, we had a picnic so they could see their old
friends, the Paul Bentzes, J. W. Greenes, and Ruth Sill.
Ernest and Ruth Zelnick returned from Vermont in Sept. In Oc-
tober, they drove to Simsbury, CT, to see their daughter, Carol and
family. Then to Little Rock, AR and Tulsa, OK to visit their sons Paul
and John, and their families.
Betsy and Truman Hoenke are still in Vermont. Betsy is recover-
ing from surgery and we are looking forward to their return to
Jo and Lloyd Kent from Boca Raton, FL, were houseguests of
Carmen and Charlie Howe in October.
Emily and Howard Johnson left the last of October for their
winter home in St. Petersburg. On their way, they stopped at Jekyll
Island, GA, to see Chet and Jean Hill and Dr. Jack and Lila Strump.
who were vacationing there.
ALICE H. ROCHE, Reporter
AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA
Our September 4th dinner meeting at Marino's was attended by
41 members and guests, including one new member, Donald Boland,
who was in the process of moving his family to West Columbia, SC. The
guests consisted of Lorna Shore's sister from Canada, and the Rupp
family from Columbia, SC Dr. and Mrs. Rupp, son Christopher, Dr.
Rupp's mother, and Mrs. Rupp's sister from Panama.
The pre-Christmas dinner is scheduled for December 13th at the
Holiday Inn in Aiken. Meetings are usually held in March, June,
September and December so if you should be passing through dur-
ing those months, check with someone here we'd love to see some
out-of-towners in attendance.
A number of visitors came by this way the past few months ... in
late Augsut George and Charlotte Tully of St. Pete visited the Charles
Greens and also called on Charles and Virginia Dubbs ... Pete and
Ruth Tortorici stayed with Iris and John Waggoner for a weekend
enroute from Inverness to Dothan, AL to play golf with the Gashouse
Gang ... Bob Sheppherd, former of the Gatun Locks, stopped to see
Evelyn Condon on his way from New Jersey to Pascagoula, MS where
he now resides ... and the latter part of August Bob and Billy Rowe en-
joyed the visit of son Bobby and family. While here, the four "girls"
made a trip to Six Flags in Georgia.
In September, Charles and Nora Green traveled to visit their son,
Edward and family in Kalamazoo, MI, and returned via Aliquippa,PA
where they stayed with their daughter, Virginia Machak and family.
The John Eversons attended the NARFE Convention in Albu-
querque and there met Winter Collins and wife, Kay and Alien Miller,
and Frank Chollar.
Paul and Leona Badonsky's house was the scene of a family reu-
nion in August when son Leo arrived on 30 days leave from Panama
and Al and Paula Leitch (Badonsky) and two sons came in from Athens,
GA. During Leo's stay, Virginia and Don Wilcox stopped by enroute to
their home in Texas from visiting their daughter in Raleigh, NC
Betty Barr is keeping busy working for a real estate agent in
Aiken and tells us their son, Peter James Barr, Jr., has completed
his four years with the Navy, is living with them in Aiken, and plans to
continue his schooling.
Lorna Shore' traveled to Canada with her daughter Charlen of
Miami where they spent one week with Lorna's family before driving
back to Miami.
In late September, Bud and Hazel Kilbey made a trip to
Farmersburg, IN to visit their daughter Tina Luken and family.
Don and Peggy Hutchison drove to Hendersonville, NC on
September 5th to help Jean Dombrowsky celebrate her birthday.
Later that month they welcomed Bob and Vicki Boukalis (Hutchison)
who were on leave from Panama. They had arrived at Charleston -
saw Diane Cox and family in Ladson, SC and after a stay in Aiken, con-
tinued on to see Bob's parents in Weatherford, TX, and Gary Hut-
chison and family in Weslaco, TX.
The Catrons were busy in September Eletheer attended a high
school reunion in Virginia that month and they also traveled to Lake
Placid, FL to visit Billy Catron, and while there joined by Jimmy
Catron and family. Then in early October, Eletheer and Otis drove to
Dothan, AL to participate in the golf tournament.
Ed and Esther Niskanen, Houston We recently had several
houseguests from Panama. Esther's parents, Rose and Jim Evans from
the Atlantic Side and sister Jackie, John and Elliott from Las Cumbres
all enjoyed the many sights of the big oil city. Rose and Jim also visited
with their son George Evans and his family in Houston. Barbara and
Jim Slover, who are now living in Germany, visited with us for several
days. Among the highlights of their trip was a night spent at
"Gilley's", the now famous Western night spot where the movie "Ur-
ban Cowbowy" was filmed. They also vistied Galleria II and sampled
all of that good ole Mexican food. The Johnstons, Calvin and Margie,
Esther's aunt and uncle from Vina del Mar, Panama, will be our next
visitors. We are truly enjoying our retirement in Texas and friends
are always welcome.
William A. Muller, Garland Our new address is now 4613 Elm
Ridge Ln, Garland, TX 75042. My mother, Margaret T. Muller, was a
long-time member of the PCSF until her passing in 1976. My parents
were married in the Christ Church by the Sea in Colon on Christmas
Eve, 1913. Dad died in the Canal Zone in 1945 and Mom retired to Albu-
querque after five years with the old "Coupon Section" in 1950.... We
all graduated from BHS: John in 1932, Walter 1938, Adrienne 1941,
George 1942, Jack 1944, William 1946 and Catharine 1949 were all
graduates of the former CZJC and Jack attended one year before go-
ing on to the University of Oklahoma. John was also a graduate of Iowa
State College and Walter the United State Naval Academy. I received
a second Associate Degree from the, now, Canal Zone College in 1977..
. John retired from the Panama Canal Company in December 1969 to
DeLand, FL. John and wife Betty are PCSF members and so are we.
George and wife are members of the PCSSC (Southern California). I
retired from the Panama Canal (Company) Commission in May. Jean
and I returned to Garland, TX where we have resided between our
Canal tours ... In regards to our family: son, Alien and wife Peggy are
in Germany with our granddaughters, Donna and Ellie Jean. He is
with the U.S. Army 501st Finance Company. They have extended their
tour of duty to June 1982; son, Dean is in the Chicago area working in
computer technology and is planning on returning to Texas later this
year; daughter, Beverly and husband Jan are now living in Bremerton,
WA and working t the U.S. Navy Shipyard.
Sue Graham, Kerrville The follwoing appeared in the San An-
tonio, TX paper Aug. 30, 1980 in part On the local scene -
Panamaniacs slate picnic. The 30th anniversary picnic of the
Panamaniacs will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in Pavilion 4 at MacAr-
thur Park ... a barbecue dinner will be served at6 p.m.... For more in-
formation call John Avila or Gladys Heritage ... Sue continues ...
The "Panamaniacs" are former employees of PAD, Curundu who
were employed during WWII and then transferred to air depots in the
U.S. The San Antonio area has so many air bases, many of those who
were in PAD started renewing acquaintances, thereby the
"Panamaniacs" was born. Very few of the members were former Pan-
The picnic held August 30, 1980 at MacArthur Park, San Antonio
was well attended. A three piece combo entertained with dance music;
there was beer-on-tap; soft drinks; and a catered beef barbecue dinner.
The following "Panamaniacs" and Panama Canal Society
members attended. (Society members indicated with asterisk.)
San Antonio: Mr. and Mrs. John Avila, Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Foogelle, Mr.
and Mrs. Wm. Crothues, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hagadus, Mr. and Mrs.
Douglas Heritage, Mr. and Mrs. John Herrman, Mr. and Mrs. Horacio
Lobo, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Danders, *Mrs. Elizabeth Sudron, Mr. and
Mrs. Louis Waber, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Wiggs, Mr. and Mrs. Emory
Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Herndon, Mr. and Mrs. Ray
Leinweber, Ms. Irene Chan, *Ms. Marguerite Orr, *Lt. Col. and Mrs.
Tom C. Marine, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Star, Dr. and Mrs. Tom Reser. Del
Rio, TX: Mr. John Drane, Ms. Shirley Farrar. Beeville, TX: Mr. and
Mrs. Wm. Gayle. Houston, TX: Mr. and Mrs. Claire Highwood.
Baytown, TX: Mr. and Mrs. John Pollock. Helotes, TX: Mr. and Mrs. C.
R. Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Simon. Big Spring, TX: Mr. and Mrs. S. T.
Cheatham. Austin, TX: Mr. and Mrs. Newton Cobb, *Mr. and Mrs. Ed-
ward Coyle, *Mr. Henry Lee. Boerne, TX: *Mr. and Mrs. George Pat-
ton. Kerrville: *Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Byrd, Mrs. Jane Schultis, *Mrs.
Betty Marshall, *Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Graham, *Mr, and Mrs.Robt.
Grier, *Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Litton, *Mr. and Mrs. Edward Webster,
Mrs. Hazel Bucher, Mrs. Beth Waddell, *Mr. and Mrs. Fred Workman
& son Chris, *Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Davison, *Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wells,
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Fleckenstein, *Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Lessiack, *Mr.
and Mrs. James Fealey, *Mrs. Wade Carter, *Mrs. Richard Johnston.
Oklahoma City, OK: Mr. and Mrs. Durwood Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Ver-
non Wagoner. Los Lunas, NM: Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Waddle. Ft.
Huachuca, AR: Mr. Ruth Allen. Ocala, FL: *Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Coplan. Coco Solo, R.P.: *Mrs. Betty Snow.
Immediately upon return from my trip to Florida on August 17, I
began preparations for the Dessert Bridge party I had planned for
September 9 at the Country Kitchen in Ingram, TX.
With all my plans firmed up, on August 27, I entered Sid Peterson
Memorial Hospital on Monday, September 1. Consequently, my party
plans went down the drain. With the help of several friends, all of the
80 women invited were notified that the party had to be cancelled. My
daughter, Alice Wiedenhoff (Mrs. John) and her family came from Ft.
Worth and she "specialed" me during my hospital stay.
During the latter part of September, I started plans to hold a
"Mola Display" at the Butts-Holdsworth Memorial Library from Oc-
tober 26 through November 2. Alice called to tell me that her husband,
John, had to be hospitalized on October 19. The "Mola Display" was
postponed until sometime in mid-November. Harold drove me to Ft.
Worth on October 17 so that I could babysit our two grandchildren,
Bill, age 9, and Jolice, age 61/2. As of this writing, John is undergoing a
series of tests in Harris Hospital and Alice is there with him.
Our grandson, Jeffery Thompson, son of Dr. and Mrs. Jeff D.
Thompson (daughter Jeanne) of Kerrville, was graduated with honors
from Tivy High School in May. He was President of both his Junior and
Senior classes and gave the Welcome Address at the Commencement
Exercies. He is now attending college at San Angelo State University,
San Angelo, TX. His sister, Janene, who was 17 on September 27, is a
Senior at Tivy High School. She is the President of both the Student
Council and National Honor Society. Jeanne has taught at Tivy for the
Past seven years. Her primary area is mathematics but she began
teaching a computer science course this fall. She is currently working
on her second Master's degree, which will be in computer science.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Neal (Liz Hanna) and their 7-year-old son,
Brian, were houseguests of her parents, Parker and Chita Hanna, for
three weeks in August, during which time Liz celebrated her ?? birth-
day and was feted with several parties. Bill Graham and Jack par-
ticipated in the annual Heart 0' the Hills Golf Tournament. They tried
hard, had a lot of fun, and look forward to "winning" next year.
Mrs. Betty Marshall had her son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and
Anne, of Gatun, visiting with her for three weeks in September. Dur-
ing this time, they drove to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to visit Eddie's twin,
John, and his family.
Mrs. Joseph Baialkowski (Ethel) is recuperating from hepatitis
which was first diagnosed in February. During her lengthy illness, she
was visited by her children: Mrs. Earl Sayre (Beth) and two sons of
Portland, TX; Jay Bialkowski of Littleton, CO; Mrs. J. Wynne
(Charlotte) and two sons of FL; and Charles Bialkowski of Houston.
The Robert F. Dunns of Kerrville were visited by their children
from the C.Z. this summer.
Dale and Jackie Bishop of Greenwood Forest had her parents,
John and Kitty Schmidt of Pasadena, MD, visiting with them for
several weeks during the later part of September and early October.
While they were with Jackie, Dale traveled to Dothan, AL to par-
ticipate in the "Jimmie Wainio Memorial Golf Tournament."
Bill and Sue Graham enjoyed a visit during the 4th of July
weekend with daughter Donna Day, her husband, Larry, and son,
David, of Dallas. Also, in mid-July, they were visited by Sue's nieces,
Mrs. Bob Cecil (Susan Barrett) and daughter, Stacy, of Rockville, MD,
together with Mrs. Helen Barrett of Jacksonville, FL (Susan's mother
and Sue's sister). As it was a "first" for Susan to see the Hill Country
and San Antonio, they spent most of their time sightseeing and en-
joyed a boat ride along the Riverwalk on the San Antonio River. The
last weekend in July, they traveled to Houston and visited with
another niece and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Molinaro (Joan Bar-
rett) and her mother, Helen, who was recuperating from an illness.
They also visited with their nephew, Matthew Barrett. While in the
Houston area, they took in the largest enclosed air-conditioned Flea
Market they had ever seen. On display for sale was some beautifully
carved furniture from the Far East. To their surprise, the salesman
was Phillip Sanders, formerly of Margarita. From August 5 to 7, Irene
McLaughlin, ofLos Fresnos, TX (former Zonian and neighbor) visited
them in Kerrville. During her stay, she was entertained with a bridge
dinner. Guests included: Chita and Parker Hanna, Liz and Jack Neal,
Betty Marshall, Beth Waddell, and her mother, Hazel Bucher. Irene
and Sue dropped in one morning to see Dave and Elizabeth Davison,
and Elizabeth brought Irene up-to-date with news of former co-
workers at Coco Solo Hospital. On Columbus Day Weekend, Bill and
Sue drove to the valley to visit Irene. While they were there, Irene
entertained her four-table bridge club. Sue won first prize and Bill sec-
ond. It was a delightful party and they enjoyed meeting Irene's
friends and neighbors. They also drove to Port Isabel and along South
Padre Island where they could still see traces of damage caused by
Hurricane "Allen." Irene's home escaped damage, but her citrus crop
was hit hard by the storm. Her home is on "Resada", part of the Rio
Grande, and reminded the Grahams of being in the C. Z. around Gatun
Lake near Gamboa.
Clara M. Chambers
Mrs. Earl (Evelyn) Mangham, Carthage The article "Panama:
Where U.S. Diplomacy is Working For Americans Near the Canal,
Life Goes on as Before" which appeared on pages 30 32 U.S. News &
World Report, Sept. 29, 1980 is too flowery and light-hearted about
the "give-away". This magazine is usually a dependable, conservative
publication. However, the article has raised doubts in my mind. I
would be interested in hearing the opinions of your readers, who have
been in the "Canal Zone" recently. Panama must have changed a heck
of a lot since I grew up there, to have become such a country of sweet-
ness and fair play.
Mrs. Jules F. (Marjorie) Billard (Editor's Note: Marjorie is a
new member). I am anticipating with pleasure the issues of the Record.
I am enclosing photographs of my husband and me so all may link my
name to may picture. My maiden name was Bullock and I was born in
the Canal Zone 1918. My husband is a native of Maryland and is a
retired Colonel, USA.
Marjorie and Jeff Billard
Marvin Keenan, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Hollowell
Submitted by F. B. Turberville, Jr., Springfield
Mary Stephenson and Emmy Lou Clarke,
from St. Petersburg, FL
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FOR SALE: Panama Canal Photographs of Construction Days
and later. 6 different sets (10 in each set). Pictures have dates and
identification on each $4.75 per set. Bee Winford, 122 Oak Hill St.,
Lakeland, FL 33801. Tel: 813-682-6350.
WANTED: To purchase, "Boy Mechanic" published by Simon &
Schuster, Inc. and the Popular Mechanics Co. (originally sold in
Commissary) Book I 1913; Book 4 1925; Book 5 1940 and
Book 6 1945. Mary Hanna, 1493 Carolyn Lane, Clearwater, FL
WANTED: Canal Zone School year book between the years 1960
to 1965. Willing to pay a good price for same. Please contact Mrs.
Roger L. Chisholm, Route 4, Box 241, Union, MS 39365.
WANTED: Photos of the old "ANCON" and "CRISTOBAL" in
use during early 1930's any scenes. Will pay for copies or copy
photo and return same. State your price. Please contact George
M. Chevalier, P.O. Box 905, Chula Vista, CA 92010.
WANTED: CHS CLASS 1973 planning a reunion 10th in Dallas,
TX. ALL classmates or anyone knowing classmates please send
names and addresses to Ede Marsh Stribling, 19250 S. Central Pt.
Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045 or Debbie Meeker Buchmeyer, Box
461, Wortham, TX 76693.
WANTED: BHS CLASS 1971 10 Year Class Reunion to be held
June 5-7, 1981 in New Orleans, LA. All classmates or anyone
knowing classmates please contact Jane D. Souder, 6150 Fireside
Dr., Centerville, OH 45459, Tel. (513) 435-2427; Randy Edwards,
1446 N. Dearborn #5B, Chicago, IL 60610, Tel. (312) 951-6361 or
Katie Olliver Haas, 138 Back Creek Road, Seaford, VA 23696, Tel.
home (804) 898-3455, work (804) 827-3020.
WANTED: Information, memoirs, or photos which I may copy on
the history of the Panama Railroad. For 11z years have been
researching and manuscript accepted by the U. of OK Press. Con-
tact Gene Hull, National Railway Historical Society National
Director, 3507 E. Washington 31, N. Little Rock, AR 72114.
FOR SALE: Second Printing of "Beauty is a Ring in My Nose" by
co-authors Marvel Iglesias and Marjorie Vandervelde. $6.00
postpaid. Velde Press, 402 Lakeshore Dr. Emmetsburg, Iowa
50536. Order now for Christmas.
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NEWS REPORT FROM THE NORTHWEST
Visitors to the northwest were four from Florida Mary Jane
and Cash Paulson, Emmy Lou and Howard Clarke and six from
Panama Betty and Tom Clarke La Boca, Jim and Ann Slover, La
Boca, Doris (Chan) and Neilson Etchberger, Corozal.
During the week visit of the Etchbergers we toured, shopped,
visited and had fun. We saw the Oregon Coast; Tillamook and Blue
Heron Cheese factories; the destruction of the Toutle River and ash
burned parts of Castle Rock, WA from Mt. St. Helen's May eruption;
attended a luncheon at the London home, where we all saw our first
bear catching salmon in the river; and sixteen ex-Zonians gathered at
my home for a successful covered dish dinner. Each tried to convince
Doris and Neilson the N.W. is the perfect retirement area. Four out-of-
towners joined the party who were Ceil Davis, Paulsbo, WA; Ada
(Jackson) and Tex Butler, Sandy, OR and Mary Lea (Azcarrada) Fog-
gia, Lake Oswego, OR.
Doris and Ceil were assigned the table decoration job carving
their first real pumpkins into Jack O'Lanterns. They did a dandy job -
had a lot of laughs doing their creative art work and proud of their
final results. All too soon their week visit was over and they were on
their way back to the Isthmus to work.
Just heard from Raymond Bush and family who have returned to
the N.W. to live. Welcome back.
Ada and Tex Butler flew to Winter in Panama. Mary Lea and fami-
ly will join them for the Christmas holidays.
'Tis the season to be thankful So to you Anna, thanks goes to
you for your excellent work of compiling the reports, letters and
notices into the Record making it the best reading material around.
To one and all the best of the holidays.
ao MARTHA B. WOOD
Now how about this! Three Wheelers became grandparents
within three weeks and all were granddaughters. I know that doesn't
happen very often.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray W. Wheeler, Sr. of New Port Richey, FL an-
nounced the birth of their granddaughter, Christy Lynn born
November 12, 1980. She is the second child of Capt. and Mrs. Robert
W. Wheeler of Warner-Robbins, GA. Maternal grandparents are the
Joe Campbells of Inverness, FL and maternal great-grandmother is
Mrs. Florence Mallette of Dunedin, FL. Christy Lynn is Florence's
The first granddaughter in this series arrived for Eddie Wheeler
of Utica, NY. Kelsey was born October 27, 1980 in Aspen, CO to Mr.
and Mrs. Russ Finegan.
And the second granddaughter to arrive was Christina, born on
November 3, 1980 to Mr. and Mrs. Kyron Wheeler. Grandfather is
Charles Wheeler of West Redding, CT.
On Sunday, November 23, 1980, Edward G. Spearman celebrated
his 95th birthday hosted by Ted Englebright at the Aztec Inn in Tuc-
son, Arizona. He was surrounded by 30 of his friends.
Mr. Spearman would like for his Panama Canal Zone friends to
know that he is in good health; however, he is confined to a wheel chair
and is presently living at the Arizona Elks Major Projects. If any of his
Zone friends would like to inquire or communicate with him, please ad-
dress all correspondence to:
Norris L. Ganson, Esq.
32 North Stone Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Mr. Ganson will see that all letters and cards are taken to Mr.
Spearman and that all inquiries concerning Mr. Spearman will be
TEN YEARS AGO?
'Tis the night before Christmas, and all thru the casa
Not a creature is stirring, Caramba, que pasa?
The stockings are hanging, con much cuidado,
In hopes that St. Nick will feel obligado
To leave a few cosas aqui and alli
For chico and chica (and something for me).
Los ninos are snuggles all safe in their camas,
(Some in vestidos and some in piyamas).
Little cabezas all full of good things,
They're all esperando lo que Santa brings,
But Santa esta at the corner saloon
Muy borrachito since mid-afternoon
Mama esta sitting beside las ventana
Shining her rolling pin para manana.
When Santa returns to his home zigzagguendo
Lit up like a arbol of Christmas, cantando
She'll send him to cama con un heavy right -
Merry Christmas a todos y a todos good night.
Wishing you an abundance of
good things for the holidays
Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
?OSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, Florida 33733.
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