The Governor's Residence
Balboa Heights, Canal Zone
VOL. 16 SEPTEMBER 1981 NO. 3
The President's Message ........................................... 2
Editors Corner ....................................................... 2
Legislative Report ................................................... 4
From the Desk of the Past Editor ................................... 5
A activity Report ................. .................................... 5
R etirem ents......................................................... 8
News Clips .........................................................10
News Condensed from "The Spillway" .............................. 15
Your Reporters Say ................................................... 24
Alabama .................. 24 Louisiana .................42
Arkansas.................. 26 North Carolina............48
California ................. 32 Northwest ................51
Florida .................... 37 South Carolina............52
Texas ................. 53
Congratulations ......................... .... .. ................ ..... 56
Where are You? ................... ................................. 58
Area Reporter Listing ............ .................................. 59
Favorite Cooking Recipes .......................................... 60
Weddings ..................... ...................... ............... 63
B irths ...............................................................64
With Deep Sorrow ............... ................................. 64
And the Memory Lingers On ........................................ 69
From Members at Large .......................... .................. 75
Looking Back ..................... ................................. 79
N notices ..................... ... ....................... .............. 85
For Sale or W anted ................................................ 86
At Our Last Scheduled Meeting ..................................... 87
Late N ews ................... ................................. 89
Vigilant Real Estate ........... 23 Sky Plumbing ............86
DATES TO REMEMBER
4 SEP Regular Monthly Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 PM, 5730 Shore Blvd.,
12 SEP BHS-CHS Reunion, Catamaran Hotel, 3999 Mission Blvd., San
13 SEP Panama Canal Society of So. Cal., Catamaran Hotel, San Diego, CA
2 OCT Regular Monthly Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 PM, 5730 Shore Blvd.,
6 NOV Regular Monthly Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 PM, 5730 Shore Blvd.,
4 DEC Regular Monthly Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 PM, 5730 Shore Blvd.,
6 DEC Panama Canal Society of So. Cal. Luncheon, Hotel Laguna, Laguna
28 MAR 1982 Panama Canal Society of So. Cal. Spring Luncheon/Annual
Business Meeting, Hyatt Long Beach Marina Hotel, 6400 E. Pacific
Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA.
The Panama Canal 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 J. F. Warner EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Albert F. Pate Russell M. Jones
Vice-President j __ Chairman
Mrs. Jean B. Mann Albert F. Pate
Richard W. (Pat) Beall Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Daile D. Keigley Ross H. Hollowell
Budget and Audit Chairman
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum Nolan A. Bissell
Chaplain Carl H. Starke
William F. Grady *
Legislative Representative Jack F. Morris
Sergeant-at-Arms Richard W. (Pat) Beall
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.
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Petersburg, Florida Second Class Postage paid at Saint Petersburg,
Florida, Post Office.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of
Florida will become the property of the Society and will be retained in the
files and archives.
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VOL. 16 SEPTEMBER 1981 NO. 3
THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
On June 3, 1981, I received a letter of resignation from Mrs. Anna
Collins, Editor of the PANAMA CANAL RECORD for the past six
years. It is with regret that I and the members of the Executive Board
accepted her resignation from the Executive Board and the editorship of the
PANAMA CANAL RECORD.
By authority of the constitution of The Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc., and the By-laws Duties of Officers Article 1, paragraph 3, that I have
appointed Richard W. (Pat) Beall a member of the Executive Board and
Editor of the PANAMA CANAL RECORD to fill the unexpired term of
the aforementioned Anna T. Collins, effective July 5, 1981.
It is with personal regrets that we accepted Anna's resignation as I have
come to find out thru my experience with the Society the superb job that
Anna has done from her past performance as editor. We will miss you very
The annual Summer Luncheon of the society at the Holiday Inn Tampa
Airport (Cypress Street) will be only a very pleasant memory by the time
that you all read this. Our Annual Picnic at Shelter 8, County Park on Lake
Seminole, was as always, a big success and a great deal of fellowship
enjoyed by all. The food was plentiful and delicious.
Plans for our annual reunion in April 1982, which will be our GOLDEN
ANNIVERSARY REUNION are well under way and we the planners are
sure there will be many hours of fun and fellowship. The Annual Ball will
again be held at the Coliseum, St. Petersburg, with bus service from the
Holiday Inn, Tampa, and return. Lucho will again lend the atmosphere that
all Zonians enjoy so much. The Reunion Golf Tournament will be bigger
and better than in previous years. We, the Executive Board, will keep you
informed as to the progress of all the different committees as their plans
RUSSELL M. JONES, President
EDITOR'S CORNER ...
It was with regret that I learned of Mrs. Anna T. Collins' resignation as
Editor of the CANAL RECORD after some 6 years of dedicated service to
the Panama Canal Society of Florida. During the past year that I was
privileged to be her assistant, I became aware of the monumental effort that
she had put into the CANAL RECORD and of her special service to all
members of the Panama Canal Society. It was as if she were a dear friend of
each and every one of you, and she made sure you got your CANAL
RECORD on time, as you wanted it.
It is difficult for each of you members to fully appreciate the time and
effort that goes into getting the CANAL RECORD to you reasonably on
time and with all the news available for your information and enjoyment.
When I approached the Panama Canal Society a year ago to offer
assistance in any way, my subsequent assignment as helper to Mrs. Anna
Collins left me amazed and impressed at her consistency and proficiency as
Editor. I learned much, and couldn't help being a fan of hers. I'm not at all
sure that I can continue to give you the enjoyment that she has passed on to
you over the years, but I have promised the President, Mr. Russell Jones,
that I will do my best. Please bear with me as I learn to be as proficient as the
past editor. It won't be easy, but I look forward to the challenge. Mrs. Collins
has set a standard in editorship that will be hard to meet.
This issue of the CANAL RECORD will be my first as your new editor.
Transition periods sometimes go smoothly, and I hope this one is smooth.
The help and assistance I have been promised by the Society, during the
initial issues. will most likely be the salvation of this and probably the next
couple of issues of the CANAL RECORD. We hope this issue passes with
some grace, and I'm sure it will improve as experience takes hold.
The job offer by the President brought mixed reactions in me. It's true that
I was getting fat and lazy, lounging around the pool, and I was toying
around with the idea of finding some sort of gainful employment, but what I
had in mind was something of a "no responsibility" job, say from 11 a.m. to
3 p.m. and being off every third day, at a salary usually paid to executives
and the like. Since I have no pull with the White House, my hopes of finding
a job like that were pretty dim. Therefore, when Mr. Russell Jones (The
Boss) called me, it jolted me out of my complacency. I not only accepted
responsibility, but a certain amount of hard work and odd hours that I
hadn't counted on. Well, they say that sort of thing is good for the soul, so I
guess I'm on safe ground. After all is said and done, I think I'm going to like
being editor because I think it's worthwhile as a job and very satisfying to
know you are serving so many fine members of a wonderful organization.
And that's what it's all about, isn't it? Wish me luck!
Now that I will be closer to you members, I am printing a center-fold (no,
fellas, not a bunny) questionnaire that I hope you will fill out and send back
so I can get some ideas from you, the subscribers. If there is not enough
space for your answers, please complete your answers on extra paper and
enclose in the fold-out. Your comments will assist me in preparing future
issues and who knows, we might even ask for amendments to the
Constitution! Your comments will also help in programming the next
Reunion our 50th. Anniversary Reunion at least we will give it a good try.
Please fill out the questionnaire and send it back as soon as possible.
President RUSSELL M. JONES............................... 525-5697
Vice-President ALBERT F. PATE ............................. 544-2352
Secretary/Treasurer MRS. JEAN B. MANN .................. 867-7796
Record Editor RICHARD W. (PAT) BEALL ................... 461-1377
Due to the rising costs of the mail system, and more particularly due to the
fact that photographs sent by members for inclusion into the CANAL
RECORD can be easily lost by removing from the files for returning back
to the members, I must sadly say that in the future, all photographs and
articles sent to the CANAL will thereafter become the property of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and remain in the "working papers"
file of that issue. We cannot use negatives, so please do not send them. The
photographs will remain with the Society and will eventually be included in
the archives of the Society. A statement to this effect will be included in the
masthead on page 1 of each issue.
This issue will also feature a list of all the area reporters. This is usually
done only for the November or Annual issue, however we do have a couple of
changes, and it's for my edefication as well as yours. We have had cases
where news will get to us several months after the event, and we find that
there was an area reporter just a few miles away. You could have invited the
reporter over and saved yourself a lot of trouble right? Or a phone call it
doesn't cost that much. Remember that the area reporters don't get
reimbursed for their many phone calls, asking for news. The chances of you
members getting a faster response with your news is through your area
reporter. They see to it that the news is sent in time for the next issue, and
they have done a wonderful job so far. Please support your Area Reporter.
Last, but not least, I'm happy to report that I have a very capable
assistant in Betty Quintero of Clearwater, FL. She will assist me in much
the same manner as I assisted Anna Collins this past year. She has
already come over to look at the "office" and I am impressed with her
willingness and her suggestions. Between the two of us, we just might make
a pretty good editorial staff, although it looks like I'm stuck carrying the
mail bags! Welcome aboard, Betty!
LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE REPORT .
First, the good news: Medicare will continue to be the primary payer of
medical bills with FEHB the secondary payer.
The bad news: Although the CPI-W for the first six months of 1981 was
4.9%, the Budget Reconciliation Bill provides for the elimination of our semi-
annual COLA raises, with the next COLA showing up in our April 1982
checks, at which time the CPI-W for the entire 1981 calendar year will be
reflected in the checks.
Also, the minimum Social Security benefit of $122.00 per month, will be
retained until February, 1982, to give Congress time to find a way to prevent
elimination or to minimize the impact, and also to give the Social Security
Administration time to recalculate the minimum benefit due current
WILLIAM F. GRADY,
"Buy A Bumper Sticker Today"
Tell The World You Are From
The Panama Canal
FROM THE DESK OF THE PAST EDITOR .
When Margaret Ward gave up the editorship of the CANAL RECORD
"No more Deadlines; No more frustrations,
No more controversial situations!"
Now I know just what she meant by the above. When our family located
farther from home, the grandchildren arrived, I became more involved in
the charitable organizations of the community and my husband became
fully retired, the thought occurred several times to me that I should resign as
your editor of the CANAL RECORD. As the membership grew the job
became more time consuming and I found that I was neglecting my family -
family and friends should come first. Thus, I resigned.
As I slowly packed all the Canal Records of years gone by, old
photographs and files during the week of July 6th, I constantly became
aware of a sense of freedom. Oh, it's a wonderful feeling! These past five and
a half years as the editor have been very rewarding as I renewed old friends
and became acquainted with many interesting Zonions. I will miss the close
contact with all of you as you are a unique group. I look forward to serving
on a few committees in the future never too busy to help the Society.
"Pat" Beall will be terrific as our new editor and I await, as you all do, the
September CANAL RECORD.
ANNA T. COLLINS
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY AUGUST LUNCHEON
The usual August Luncheon of the Panama Canal Society was held at the
Holiday Inn Airport, in Tampa, and an unusually good time was had by all
the 110 members and guests present, in the "Lake Forest" room of the hotel.
Russell M. Jones, President, opened the luncheon with the appropriate
remarks, including the fact that Mrs. Anna T. Collins had resigned from
the position as Editor of the CANAL RECORD, and that he had appointed
"Pat" Beall to that position to fill the vacancy. He also stated that the Ball,
to be held in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Reunion next April, will
be held, as usual, in the Coliseum at St. Petersburg with "Lucho" at the
organ. Mr. Jones then proceeded with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
The Invocation was made by Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, followed by the
President introducing the head table.
The service at the Holiday Inn Airport was terrific. It wasn't long after
President Jones sat down, that all the members and guests were busy
having their lunch, which consisted of a slice of rye bread, topped with
Swiss cheese, thinly sliced turkey and ham, with lettuce & tomato, sliced
hard boiled egg, bacon strips, topped with Thousand Island dressing, carrot
curls and cucumber slices. For dessert, Key lime pie was served, with a
beverage of your choice.
The President then introduced Mr. Bo Mathews, program coordinator,
and Mrs. Jeanne Mathews, who in turn asked Mr. Jones to draw the door
prize. The door prize was won by Madge Hall, of Sarasota, which turned
out to be a beautiful ceramic painted pelican, provided by Jeanne
Mathews. Next to be introduced was Mary Jo Malone, Directory of Sales
of the Holiday Inn, who outlined the improvements that were being built to
the Holiday Inn Airport, stating that the increase to 500 rooms
construction plainly visible at this time, was scheduled for completion in
November and would not effect plans for our 50th Anniversary Reunion in
Bo Mathews then introduced the main speaker, Don Harrison, prime
anchorman for WTSP Action News (Channel 10) in Tampa, whose topic
was the television industry and it's effect to listeners and viewers. He
started his talk by briefly giving us some of his background and association
in radio and television. (See following notes in this column. Ed) Followed by
a question and answer period. There were many questions asked, and Don's
answers covered an unusual amount of ground. Competition is fierce, he
said, and he envisioned "specialty channels" in the future, such as one
channel for News, one for Sports, one for Shows, etc. He also pointed out
that anchormen were fast becoming more skilled as performers, in view of
the directors, writers and producers role in the industry. In answer to a
question about finding news, he stated that news was sometimes called in
by phone from citizens, and that "luck" was always a big factor at being at
the right place at the right time. Mr. Harrison always seemed to have
various anecdotes and examples on hand to embellish his answer, much to
the delight of the members present. He concluded his talk by stating that
complaints of news coverage, commercials or selection of programs was
more effective through letters to the station, rather than telephone calls. His
talk was very well received and enjoyed by all present. The humor he
injected into his answers made the whole complex business of television
that much more understandable and presentable.
Bo Mathews then turned the program back to Mr. Jones, President, who
recognized Bill Grady, who gave members present an up-date on
legislative bills with which we are concerned. (See Legislative Report).
President Jones then closed the Luncheon. Many stayed on to continue
talking to Don Harrison, and to old friends.
JULY PICNIC REPORT ...
Our Vice President Al Pate was on hand to greet us as we arrived at Lake
Seminole Park on July 3rd. Chris Felps arrived early and graciously
accepted the role to sign in our members and guests. It was rather hot
without a breeze which no doubt was the reason for the folks to arrive rather
slowly. At 10:45 VP Pate opened the festivities of the day by welcoming all
and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of
America, followed by a prayer and then a moment of silent prayer in
memory of those who had passed away since our last get-together.
We then participated in various games until picnic time. Winners of the
Clothespin and Glove game relay were Dorita Lacy, Ruth and John
Schmidt, Dot and Bob Herrington, Olga Disharoon, Edna Olgetree,
Sara Rowley, Margaret Hewitt Sapp, Billy and John Arnold and
Joe Collins. Fred Dube and Marie Burns won the Lawn Dart game.
Dot Herrington and Marie Dube won the Egg Throwing Contest with
Catherine Scofield and Olga Disharoon coming in second. We all
suspected the winners were tossing a hard boiled egg as the egg was
dropped and bounced many times as the distance between the girls became
greater and greater. Finally at approximately 32 feet the egg broke in
Marie's hands. Another large group won in a spoon and bean contest as
they all had a steady hand. It was fun!
The picnic table, centered with a blue basket of red, white and blue crochet
flowers with Old Glory in the middle, was laden with delicious goodies of all
kinds. The bran muffins, plantain, carrot salad and Charlie or Johnny
Mazetti seemed to me the most outstanding. Our Chaplain, Dorothy
Yocum, gave the blessing and we all filled our plates once or twice. It was
all so yummy good. You really missed out by not coming 'cause we all know
the Zonians are the best cooks in all the world. Much to our disappointment
there was one item missing empanadas. I overheard one gentleman say "I
had expected to enjoy some empanadas".
After lunch we enjoyed a sing-a-long with Al Waldorf helping Grace
Williams, Dottie Pate, Dottie Yocum and Anna Collins to lead the
group. Gene Clinchard has a wonderful voice but he refused to be a song
leader. Anna had typed the song sheets which we hope to use again at
Dottie Pate then awarded prizes to the O'Neils and Weigles who came
the farther distance; Rose Wolf who was the oldest present; Billy Boyer
who was the youngest present; Sara and Sam Rowley, the couple married
the longest; Russell Jones, who has a July birthday; Bill Weigle, the
oldest present to have been born in the Panama Canal Area and to Billy
Boyer, the youngest born in the Canal Area.
Then Al Pate, who was in charge of the picnic, said he had a few "Red
Roses" to pass out for several of our members. He especially wanted to
thank Dottie and Ernie Yocum for posting signs directing us to the
pavilion; Anna and Joe Collins and Dottie Pate for taking care of the
games; Anna for purchasing all the prizes; Anna and Dottie who spent a
couple hours one afternoon wrapping the prizes in red, white and blue and
while doing so planned all the games; and to all others who helped in any
way. He said the food was all so delicious, thanked everyone for coming and
hoped to see all at the August 5th Luncheon in Tampa.
We missed the Sarasota group, however the following members and
guests signed the guest book: Gene Clinchard, Connie and John Wright,
and Edna Ogletree from Pinellas Park; Richard "Pat" Beall, Marie and
Fred Dube, William and Stella Butler, Dot and Bob Herrington, Sara and
Sam Rowley, R. J. Roy and Gaddis Wall from Clearwater; Marie Burns
Jackie Linker, Irene Ladrach, Mary and Bob Boyd, Ceil and Alfred Waldorf,
Betty and Bob Boyer of Seminole; Chris Felps, Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. Pate,
Marie Wolf, Viola and Emerson Fuller, Lydia and Matt Shannon, Pauline
Arnold, John and Billy Arnold, Paul and Olga Disharoon, John and Liz
Disharoon, Cathy Schofield, Peggy and Tony Sylvestre, Olive Van Fleet,
Jessie Matheney, Fran and Bill Stock, Margaret Hewitt Sapp, Nat Litvin,
Russ and Edith Jones, Sid Hayes, Jean Mann, Eleanor Connor, Dolly
Barbour, Issy Gibson, Grace Williams, Barbara and Bob O'Connor, Frank
T. Disharoon, Henry Clancy, Anna and Joe Collins, all from St. Petersburg;
Frank P. and Margaret S. McLaughlin from Floral City; Ruth and John
Schmidt from Tampa; Peg Sylvestre Simpson from Ft. Walton Beach; Mr.
and Mrs. H. Lacy, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Yocum and Buddy Mertes of Largo;
"Bo" and Jeanne Mathews of Lutz; Rufus and Ruth O'Neal; Bill and Gladys
Weigle of Titusville; Jackie Briscoe Carney, Cincinnati, OH and Anna
Boyer with children Christina and Robert from Panama, R. de P.
Contributed by ANNA T. COLLINS
Don Harrison was the guest speaker at the August Luncheon of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, held at the Holiday Inn Airport, Tampa,
on 5 August 1981.
Don Harrison has been the prime anchorman for WTSP's Action News
on Channel 10 since January 15,1979. A Kansas City, MO native, he came
to the suncoast from KMSP-TV, Minneapolis, where he was leading
anchorman in that city for a number of years. He is a veteran of 25 years in
broadcast news, having held anchor posts in Kansas City and Baltimore.
His hobbies are reading, music and skiing. He is the father of three
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Mr. George N. Ateek
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Mr. Rolland C. Burdge
Mr. Felipi Cazobon
Mr. Donald L. Crull
Mr. Robert C. Dahn
Mr. Thomas N. Etchberger
Mr. George 0. Flores
Mr. Marvin Goebel
Mr. Gerald H. Halsall
Mr. Frederick B. Hill Jr.
Mrs. Josephine E. Hilty
Mr. John Henry Housley
Mr. Kenneth L Koplin
Mr. Billy Monroe Lohr
Mr. Howard John Lund
Mr. Robert Eugene McBride
Mr. Joseph Lucius McDaniel
Mr. Edwin R. Malin
Mrs. Lucy Melnikoff Nazarenko
Mr. James Richard Nellis
Mr. Marvin Parker
Mr. Ralph Norman Parker Jr.
Accounting, Payroll Br.
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Mr. Martin Rozen
Mr. Clarence Sadowski P.
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Mr. Walter Anthony Vamprine
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CANAL'S ROLE UNDIMINISHED, MISSION UNCHANGED
The following article about the Canal was furnished by the Commission to "The
Journal of Commerce," a daily newspaper published in New York and dedicated to
covering shipping, transportation and international news.
The Panama Canal is alive and well. The year and a half since the implementation
of the Panama Canal Treaty has been a time of change for the Panama Canal, but
also a time of continuity and achievement. The period has been remarkable for the
innumerable changes and innovations carried out by the Panama Canal
Commission in compliance with the treaty, while at the same time providing
uninterrupted transit service to inter-national shipping.
The Canal's management and entire operating organization have adjusted to the
new situation, and the ceaseless effort which goes into maintaining and improving
the waterway has been accelerated. Most importantly, the enduring mission of the
canal, to transit ships of all nations safely and efficiently between the world's two
greatest oceans, is unchanged. Within the framework of the newly forged
relationship between the United Staes and Panama, theCanal has continued to meet
the demands for its unique service, and the tonnage of shipping and cargo being
moved through the waterway is at record levels.
The Canal has made the treaty transition, and prospects for the future are
encouraging. Nevertheless, the Canal administration recognizes that if the facility is
to remain an economical means through which to ship an important share of world
trade, it must continue to provide efficient transit service at a competitive price.
Accordingly, efforts to improve the operation and increase the capacity of the
waterway are not being relaxed, and steps are being taken to minimize costs to ensure
that the Canal remains competitive.
Throughout most of its history, the Canal has been in the enviable position of
having a virtual monopoly on trade moving between Atlantic and Pacific areas. The
primary alternative to using the Canal route was simply a longer, much more costly
ocean voyage in the same or equivalent size vessel. For example, the alternative route
to the Canal for most commodities moving between New York and Los Angeles was
to sail an additional 8,000 miles via the Strait of Magellan. Between New York and
Yokohama the nearest competitor was the Suez route, which added some 3,000 miles
to the journey and from Ecuador to Europe the distance via the Canal was over 5,000
miles shorter than by way of the Strait of Magellan.
As long as the primary alternative was the longer route, the importance of the
Canal to world trade was obvious. As a result, with the exception of the years
encompassing the Great Depression and World War II, commercial cargo movements
through the waterway have grown year by year.
The Canal today exists in an economic and technological environment that has
changed significantly. Many alternatives are now available to shippers in addition
to the simple rerouting of vessels. In some cases, alternatives are already being used.
The landbridge and minibridge concepts, which involve the shipment of goods by sea
and rail, have proven to be very competitive with the Canal route. The minibridge
trade routes between the Far East and the United States have experienced
tremendous growth in cargo volume in recent years at the expense of the Canal trade.
A similar landbridge alternative will soon be operational in Mexico with container
facilities at Coatzacoalcos, on the Gulf of Mexico, being linked by rail to facilities at
the Pacific port of Salinas Cruz. Commission officials have been watching this
development with interest. The extent to which there will be a significant traffic
diversion from the Canal route to the Mexican system will depend on whether the
Canal continues to provide efficient transit service at competitive costs in the years
Another alternative that has been monitored closely is that of by-passing the
Panama Canal by vessels too large to transit the waterway. Coal shipments from the
United States to Japan via the Cape of Good Hope constitute the bulk of this type of
Canal bypass. The economies of scale derived from this mode are such that the
landed cost of this coal in Japan is as low or lower than that shipped via the Panama
Canal, despite the additional 5,600 miles in distance. Nevertheless, the volume of
bypass coal has increased only marginally in recent years, reflecting the limitations
placed on the route by the inability of U. S. loading ports and some Japanese
discharging ports to handle the larger vessels. Additionally, inland transportation
limitations, restricted storage areas in Japan, and the additional risks involved in
shipping larger quantities over long routes work to the advantage of the Panama
There are also alternatives available for other Canal trades. One trade of particular
importance to the Canal whose alternatives have been analyzed extensively is
Alaska North Slope crude oil (ANS). Many alternatives to the Panama Canal for
shipping this oil have been proposed, including numerous pipeline schemes, a
rearrangement of markets and sources (the so called "Swap" with Japan) and
Canal bypass via the Strait of Magellan in VLCCs (very large crude carriers).
The alternative that apparently will become a reality is the trans-Panama pipeline.
That pipeline, as now planned, will connect an existing onshore transshipment
facility near Puerto Armuelles, on Panama's Pacific Coast near the Costa Rican
border, with a new offshore facility to be constructed on the Caribbean side of the
Isthmus at Chiriqui Grande.
The pipeline system could be operational some 18 months after construction
begins, Canal administration expects that soon after it is completed, the ANS now
being moved through the Canal will divert to the pipeline. The impact on the Canal
could be significant since this trade currently generates about 1,100 large tanker
transits and over $40 million in Canal tolls revenue annually.
While the emergence of the alternatives just cited has tended to change the position
of the Canal to world commerce, there is still ample evidence that the Canal provides
an absolute advantage to world trade. Since the traffic downturns of 1974-75 that
resulted from the worldwide recession and the Suez reopening, transits through the
Canal have increased every year. This past year over 13,600 oceangoing vessels,
flying the flags of 75 nations, passed through the wat erway. United States flag
vessels were most numerous, accounting for over 14 percent of the total oceangoing
transits, followed by Libveria, Greece, Panama, and Japan. Together, vessels flying
the flags of these five countries accounted for over 55 percent of all oceangoing Canal
Turning night into day, high mast lighting at Miraflores Locks is an
important part of the Commission's program to increase Canal capacity.
Photo by Kaye Richey
Probably the most important indicator of the Canal's utility is the volume of
commercial cargo that passes through the waterway. The fact that cargo tonnage
through the Panama Canal has increased by over 400 percent since 1950 reinforces
the view that the Panama Canal is, and will continue to be, of great benefit to world
commerce. During this past year, cargo shipments moved through the Canal reached
a record 167.5 million tons. This year the tonnage has continued to increase and will
likely surpass 185 million tons by year-end. Nearly 60 percent of that total will consist
of shipments of petroleum, grains and coal.
In absolute terms, the United States and Japan are the primary users of the
Panama Canal, with over three-fourths of all Canal trade originating in or destined
for those two countries. The Canal continues to play an important role in U.S. foreign
trade, with nearly one-third of total U.S. corn exports moving through the waterway,
as well as approximately 30 percent of that country's phosphate exports, one-fourth
of all coal exports, and 15 percent of its total wheat trade.
However, other countries are proportionately more dependent on the Canal. For
example, the most recent data available to the Commission indicate nearly 70 percent
of Ecuador's imports and exports pass through the Canal and nearly half of Peru's
trade does so. Generally, most Central American and west coast South American
countries rely heavily on the Canal.
The successful performance levels reached during the last year and a half were
achieved under the very difficult and challenging conditions that accompanied the
implementation of the new Panama Canal Treaty. The terms of that treaty resulted
in a massive reorganization of the old Panama Canal Company/Canal Zone
Government into a new, streamlined U.S. government aency called the Panama
Canal Commission. The agency is headed by a presidentially appointed U.S.-citizen
administrator and a Panamanian deputy administrator, functioning under the
guidance of a nine-member, binational board of directors. Through this agency, the
United States government, in cooperation with the government of Panama, will
operate and maintain the waterway until the year 2000.
The careful planning and the dedication and sense of responsibility of the men and
women of the Canal's work force minimized the adverse effects of the required
organizational changes. The efficient operation of the waterway has continued. A
sufficient number of skilled employees to operate and maintain the Canal was
The Commission's towboat fleet is vital to the success of the Canal
operation and is currently being expanded and modernized.
Photo by T.G.F. Richey
retained, and extensive training programs have been set in motion that will ensure
that future personnel needs will be met.
The continuing increase in the size of transiting vessels is an important factor
affecting future planning. The trend toward use of larger vessels began to be
noticeable in the 1950s, and during the last 10 to 15 years, the increase in ship size has
been astonishing. In 1965, approximately 850 Canal transits were by vessels with
beams of 80 feet or greater. Last year transits by vessels of that size exceeded 6,000.
Moreover, the growth in transits of the largest vessels that use the Canal those of
100-foot beam and over has been equally impressive. Since 1965, this segment of
traffic has grown from 115 transits to nearly 2,200. This year those levels will be
A brief analogy may provide a better idea of the impact of that growth in ship size.
In 1965, approximately 12,100 oceangoing vessels passed through the Canal, each
measuring an average of about 6,350 Panama Canal net tons. If today the average
ship were the same size as in 1965, over 28,800 of those vessels would have to transit to
total the Panama Canal net tonnage which passed in 1980. Actual oceangoing
transits during the last year were just over 13,600.
Looking to the future, the trend of increased ship size will continue, but the rate of
increase is expected to slow. Experience has shown that the shipping industry still
considers the present Canal a useful passageway between the two oceans. Although
ship sizes have increased, in many instances, vessels have been deliberately tailored
to meet the physical limitations of the Canal (the Panamax size vessel is an example).
The majority of vessels now on order or underconstruction are within Canal size
As Canal traffic increases particularly in the area of large ship transits, it is
incumbent upon the Canal organization to continue to maintain and improve the
waterway if the facility is to remain an important link in the world transportation
chain. Accordingly, the Commission has taken a number of steps to provide
immediate improvement to the service provided to users and has accelerated its
capital investment program. Operationally, changes being made which will provide
more immediate improvements to service include the hiring of additional Canal
pilots, improved marine traffic control procedures for scheduling vessel transits, the
testing of a transit booking system offering advanced reservations in the transit
schedule, improved training programs, and the implementation of cost reduction
measures aimed at keeping operating costs down and forestalling toll rate increases.
The Panama Canal Commission meets all expenses through tolls at no cost to the
The Commission's capital program has been accelerated, and investments this
year have been increased by over 50 percent from the prior year. Capital is forced
from tolls and depreciation. Particular emphasis is being placed on projects which
will expand Canal capacity. Projects under way or planned during the next two years
will increase the sustained capacity of the Canal from the current 37 to 40 vessels per
day to 42 to 45 per day, with a corresponding enhancement of the facility's ability to
handle larger vessels.
The improvement projects include the recent installation of special high-mast,
high-intensity lighting in both lanes of Miraflores Locks. This lighting effectively
extends the number of hours of locks operations during which large beam vessels,
which for safety reasons have been restricted to daylight transit, can be moved
through the Canal. Similar lighting will be installed at Gatun Locks this year and is
scheduled for Pedro Miguel Locks in 1982.
Additionally, the locks towing locomotive and tugboat fleets are being expanded
and modernized by the acquisition and replacement of equipment. During fiscal
years 1981 and 1982, 10 additional locomotives are scheduled to arrive and four new
tugboats are being acquired.
On the waterway itself, segments of the Canal are being widened and curves
straightened. One such project, the Mamei Curve widening project, is now under way.
This is a multimillion dollar project involving the removal of millions of cubic yards
of earth by blasting and dredging.
Canal authorities are also studying the potential development of a system which
will allow for safe, one-way navigation through the Canal during periods of heavy
fog or rains, and the construction of a tie-up station north of Pedro Miguel Locks. The
tie-up station will increase utilization of the Pacific locks by allowing vessels to move
partially through the Canal before having to stop for large vessels moving
southbound through the narrow Gaillard Cut areaw of the wateray.
Excerpt from WEST WATCH, June 1981, Council for Inter-American
Security, Inc. Nothing printed here is to be construed as necessarily
reflecting the view of CIS or The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., or
as an attempt to aid or hinder the passage of any legislation before
PANAMA CANAL: THE AFTERMATH
by Kris Kolesnik
It is now three years since the Senate approved the controversial Panama
Canal treaties. Very little has been mentioned in the press about what is
happening down in Panama in the aftermath of the treaties. But Americans
returning from the canal paint a glum picture.
Crime and anti-American sentiment are rampant in Panama.
Particularly high are instances of burglaries and robberies. In fact,
few Americans will leave their homes for fear of returning to an
Panamanian police have replaced the American-run Canal Guard as the
chief law enforcement arm in the canal area. And that, according to many,
is where the problem originates. The Panamanian government is doing
nothing to discourage crime, so skilled Americans who operate the canal are
leaving in droves.
The mass exodus of skilled technicians has caused another concern: the
safety of the canal itself. American technicians are being replaced by
untrained Panamanians, and one source says a major canal accident is
"There was no great effort made to train Panamanians in
skilled positions," says the source, who just returned from Panama
after some months. "We turned over billions of dollars of
equipment that they can't run, and then spent millions more to
upgrade U.S. military facilities that we also gave them. We should
have used that money to train them. At least that way there would
have been a smooth and safe transition. Now we have to worry
about a major accident that could bottle up American cargo for
One political observer blames the Canal Zone problems on U.S.
negotiators sent there by the Carter Administration. According to that
observer, the Carter team "caved in to nearly every demand made by the
Panamanians. Our priority down there certainly wasn't the safety of U.S.
citizens or the canal. They were bad negotiations on our part, with the
wrong objectives in mind."
Present U.S. problems in Panama will grow worse. The situation is
merely another of a series of cases in which U.S. foreign policy loses sight of
American interests in vital areas of the world.
Hopefully, we learned valuable lessons in Iran and Nicaragua. But the
best here is that we will relearn those lessons in Panama.
Kris Kilesnik is Executive Director of Conservatives Against Liberal
NEWS CONDENSED from the Panama Canal Spillway in part -
dates appearing after each article for your information.
***WATERSHED PROTECTION PLANNED. The Panamanian
government plans to invest $40 million in a long range effort to preserve
and protect the Canal watershed. Under the new treaty, Panama has
assumed full responsibility for the protection and maintenance of the
watershed, and both the U.S. and Panama have committed themselves to
protecting Panama's natural environment. The plan includes reforestation
of over 14,000 hectares of land which have been deforested by agricultural
activity of settlers in the area. The government has been asked to imple-
ment laws that would allow the application of more severe penalties against
individuals who deforest the watershed. Irving Diaz, general director of the
Renewable Natural Resources Bureau (RENARE) warned that continued
deforestation could affect not only the Canal transits but also the
availability of drinking water for Panama City.
***"HYACINTH III" JOINS COMMISSION FLEET. A small
ceremony officially launched the newest member of the Commission's fleet,
the Hayacinth III, and simultaneously marked the retirement of the oldest
member of the fleet, the Hyacinth II, which has provided 99 years of
service to the Canal. The old Hyacinth was originally a wooden launch
built in 1882 by the French and was among the assets transferred to the
United States in 1904. It was rebuilt in 1928 in steel boilerplate by the
Mechanical Division in Balboa at a cost of $4,529 and christened Hyacinth
II. The fact that the Hyacinth III was built by the Industrial Division for
approximately $150,000 is a reflection of the changing economic times. The
Hyacinth III has been built to nearly the exact specifications of its
predecessor, with the exception of a more powerful 115 horsepower engine.
The boat's main responsibility will be in hyacinth weed control. 5/8/81
***SEVENTEEN RECEIVE COMMISSION HONORARY PUBLIC
SERVICE AWARDS. The Canal Commission paid tribute last week to 17
individuals and four organizations at the 11th Annual Panama Canal
Public Service Awards ceremony held in the rotunda of the Administration
Building at Balboa Heights. Gold Public Service Awards were presented to
Col. Neal R. Christiansen (USA); Louise de la Ossa Griffon; and Dr.
and Mrs. Charles L. Latimer. Silver Awards were presented to
Rebecca Kilgo Clayton; Alfred J. Graham; Jonathon J. Green;
Andrew Lim; Ronald L. Seeley; Sgt. and Mrs. Rickie Ansley. Bronze
Awards were given to LTC Jose Flores (USA); the Inter-American Air
Forces Academy; JI-2 Directorate, U.S. Southern Command; the
Reverend Canon Dennis N. Josiah; Arthur J. Kerr: Law
Enforcement, 193rd Brigade; Andrew J. Meyers; Dr. Henry
Stockwell and Sue Wallace. In brief closing remarks, Administrator D. P.
McAuliffe noted that although the awards ceremony was to commend the
doers of the community, he wished to acknowledge those who had
recommended the recipients for the awards, congratulating the recipients
for having so willingly and so generously given of their time and effort to
help others, he said, "We are all indebted to you for building a better
PANAMAAMA CANAL COMMISSION SEAL APPROVED. On April
29, a project that began in 1979 was completed. On that date, President
Reagan signed the executive order approving the official seal for use by the
Panama Canal Commission. After several revisions, a selection was made
from 35 suggested motifs and the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal
Commission finally approved the seal at their January 1981 meeting for
submission. The seal design was sent to Washington, D.C. together with the
draft executive order. Both were reviewed by the office of Management and
Budget, the Army Institute of Heraldry and the Department of Justice. An
executive order was then signed by President Reagan establishing thd seal
as official. 5/15/81
Panama Canal Commission seal
***EMPLOYEES COMMEMORATE TIVOLI'S CLOSING. In
nostalgic remembrance of the Tovoli Guest House, some 20 former
employees of the hostelry gathered on Sunday, May 3, for a service and
breakfast at St. Paul's Church in Panama City to commemorate the 10th
anniversary of its closing. Officially, the historic landmark closed it's doors
quietly and without fanfare at 5 p.m. on April 15, 1971, but for most of the
employees, closing day was not until May 1. All of the 95 regular employees,
some of whom worked for the Tivoli from 30 to 40 years, either transferred to
employment elsewhere in the Canal organization or retired. At the time it
was demolished, the Tivoli Guest House was the oldest public building in
operation in the Canal Zone. Its 65 years of existence spanned the period
from Canal construction days to the space age. The Tivoli began operations
in the limelight in November of 1906 when President Teddy Roosevelt came
to inspect the progress being made on the digging of the Canal and became
the hotel's first guest even before construction was actually finished. One
wing of the new building was rushed to completion in time for his arrival.
Some of the Tivoli's guests included presidents, scientists, world renowned
artists, treasure hunters, soldiers of fortune and exiled presidents from
Central and South America, the Prince of Wales, Charles Lindberg as a boy
of 11 years, and Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. In addition to movie
stars, congressmen, generals and admirals and many other officials, there
were thousands of tourists and visitors. Former Tivoli employees may not
recall John Barrymore, who came in the 1930's, but they do remember the
frequent visits of John Wayne, and they will never forget the to-do when
baseball greats such as Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Leo "The Lip"
Durocher, Phil Rizzuto and Charlie Keller came to the Tivoli, or the thrill of
seeing the astronauts. 5/22/81
***RP TRAFFIC MANUALS TO BE DISTRIBUTED. Holders of
military post office boxes will soon be receiving an English version of the
Republic of Panama Traffic Information Manual. One free copy of the
manual is being distributed to each family of a U.S. citizen employee of the
Panama Canal Commission, Department of Defense and active duty
military personnel, in accordance with the Agreement in Implementation of
the Panama Canal Treaty. Each Licensed operator is urged to review this
manual and become familiar with Panama's traffic, licensing and
registration regulations. A few minutes thus spent could prevent fines and
problems with Panama's traffic police. 5/29/81
***ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONIES HELD AT BALBOA,
CRISTOBAL HIGH SCHOOLS. Over 150 outstanding students were
honored at award ceremonies held on May 20 at Balboa High School. An
important part of the ceremonies was the presentation of the sought-after
appointments to the United States Military, Navy, Air Force and Merchant
Marine Academies. In addition, numerous scholarships worth thousands of
dollars donated by civic clubs, fraternal organizations, ROTC and other
groups were awarded to deserving students. Among the recipients of
awards was Paul Overstreet who received the Merchant Marine
Academy's Scholarship; Nancy Rankin, the most recognized and honored
senior at Cristobal High School was awarded the Professional Engineer's
Award; Kevin Croft is the year's recipient of the coveted "Bruce Wood
Outstanding Lineman Award" and Bill Willete received a scholarship
award from Elks Lodge 1542 BPOE for Teenager of the Year. 6/5/81
***CAPT. GEORGE T. HULL, Commander of the United States Naval
Station, Panama, has been appointed as the next director of the Marine
Bureau and will assume his duties in August. Hull will succeed Capt. John
D. Thurber, USN, who has been assigned as Commander, U.S. Naval
Station, Panama, upon completing his assignment with the Commission.
Hull graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1952 and has since held a
wide variety of positions.
***NEW TUG AUGMENTS CANAL'S FLEET. As part of its program to
increase Canal transit capacity, the Panama Canal Commission officially
took possession of the newest and most powerful unit of the Canal's tugboat
fleet at a ceremony held at the Industrial Division last week.
Richard D. Morgan, deputy director of the General Services Bureau,
signed the acceptance documents for the Commission while Paul Gibson,
project manager for Thunderbolt Marine Industries which built the tug,
signed for his company. The keys to the tug were then presented to Capt.
Richard Dickens, acting marine director, and Administrator D. P.
McAuliffe closed the ceremony with a few remarks to personnel who were
directly involved with the construction and purchase of the boat.
The tug, the H. R. Parfitt, is one of the most versatile and modern tugboats
in the world and the largest of its kind ever to be built in the Western
Hemisphere. It represents the second generation of tugs, or "water
tractors," to be built by Thunderbolt Marine Industries of Savannah,
Georgia, for use in the Panama Canal.
The tug appears well-suited for operating in the Canal, where a major
requirement for such a boat is high maneuverability. The tug's outstanding
feature is its unique cycloidal propeller system that enables the boat to
direct its thrust in any direction without changing its heading, thereby
allowing the tug to deftly maneuver ships in confined channels and in the
locks. The 4,000 horsepower vessel has a capacity for pulling 80,000 pounds,
forward or reverse, and 60,000 pounds sideways. Instead of the standard
screw propeller blade, each of the two 40-ton Voith-Schneider propulsion
units has five blades, each one six-feet high and weighing over 2,000
pounds, mounted perpendicular to the tug's bottom and rotating on a
In a remarkable display of maneuverability, the newest addition to the
Commission's tugboat fleet is put through its paces during a demonstration
at the Industrial Division.
These special units are built by the J. M. Voith Corporation of
Heidenheim, Germany, which is the only company in the world that
produces the cycloidal propeller system.
Accompanying the tug from Georgia was Capt. Arthur Robert Naismith,
expert tug master from the Harbor Board of New Zealand who, because of
his familiarity with tugs using the cycloidal propeller system, is used by
Voith Company to train tug masters to operate vessels with this system.
Capt. Naismith put the tug through its paces at the Industrial Division and
will now remain in Panama for two weeks to train the Commission's tug
In addition to maneuvering vessels, the tug's second mission is fighting
shipboard fires in the Canal. A firefighting monitor on board the tug can
deliver 1,500 gallons of water and foam per minute.
The new vessel was named in honor of Harold R. Parfitt, the last governor
of the Panama Canal Zone, who was present at the tug's christening in
Savannah on May 16. 6/12/81
***CANAL AREA SCHOOLS SALUTE GRADUATES. While the
beginning of June marks the end of spring in the States, and the settling in
of the rainy season in Panama, it is also the month for innumerable
graduating classes of U.S. colleges and high schools to gather at
commencement exercises. On June 4, 119 students graduated from the
Panama Canal College in its forty-seventh annual commencement
exercises. The graduation speaker was Dr. Charles L. Latimer Jr.,
deputy director of Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Panama
Region. On June 11, 72 students graduated from Cristobal High School.
Commission Administrator D. P. McAuliffe was the commencement
speaker, and at the same time, 340 students graduated from Balboa High
School. Three honor students, Robert Waldron, Elaine Raybourn and
Helen Hurst spoke at their exercises. 6/19/81
***PERCENTAGE OF PANAMANIANS IN PC WORK FORCE
INCREASES. The Office of Equal Opportunity recently issued a report on
an analysis of the Panama Canal Commission's Panamanian Preference
Program for the first half of fiscal year 1981. A similar analysis was issued
at the conclusion of fiscal year 1980. The major finding of the report is that
during the one-year period from March 1980 to April 1981, the
Commission's Panamanian permanent work force increased from 71.1
percent to 72.2 percent. The report for 1980 showed that approximately one
out of three position vacancies created by an optional retirement of U.S.
citizen employees was filled by a Panamanian citizen. The report also
showed that two out of every three vacancies were filled by Panamanians at
and above grade level NM-6 or its equivalent, and at below NM-5, nine out of
every ten positions were filled by Panamanians. At the same time, optional
retirements of U.S. citizens increased by 3.4%.
***THOMAS C. PETERSON AWARDED MASTER KEY AWARD.
For his 33 years of involvement in and commitment to Canal area
community fraternal organizations well-known for their social and
philanthropic programs, Thomas C. Peterson was awarded the Master
Key Award in the grade of Master Benefactor, at a ceremony held recently
in the Administration Building. 6/26/81
***INDEPENDENCE DAY 1981 EVENTS. (Pacific side) At 9 a.m. a
parade started the proceedings in Ft. Clayton. This was followed by
Patriotic exercises and a 50 gun salute in Ft. Clayton; fire-engine rides, pony
rides and balloon space capsules for children; a bowling tournament for all
at Ft. Clayton; square dance performance at Ft. Clayton; adult co-ed
basketball tournament and water carnival at Ft. Clayton; frisbee
tournament and small game tournament in Ft. Clayton; Typical Panamian
dance and aerial stunt demonstration, both at Ft. Clayton; barbershop-
style singing and Military police dog demonstration followed by music by
PETERSON (at left), stands with his
daughter Elaine, and his wife Barbara
and Commission Administrator D. P.
the "New Generation Band"; a band concert by the 79th. Army Band, all in
Fort Clayton; the well known fireworks display from Cocoli Hill, and
ending with a Teen dance at the Fort Clayton Teen Club.
(Atlantic side events) A parade starting at 11:30 a.m. in Ft. Gulick;
Patriotic exercises in Ft. Gulick; the First Gold Coast Bed Race; parachute
jump and swimming meet in Gulick Pool; children's activities from 1 p.m. to
5 p.m.; three mile run at Ft. Gulick; band concert by the Colon Bombero
Band in Margarita; and ending in a fireworks display at Margarita
Elementary School. 7/2/81
***LAW RAISES SALARIES FOR DOMESTICS: In accordance with
Panama's Law 13, dated June 13, 1981, domestic employees in the Canal
area are entitled to an increase in salary of $7.50 per month. The law, which
provides for salary increases for workers in the private sector who have
been on the rolls with the same employer since December 31, 1980, is in
effect retroactively to May 16, 1981. This means that employers owe their
domestic employees a salary increase of $3.75 for the month of May and
$7.50 for the month of June. Day workers are entitled to an increase of 50 a
day, and non-regular workers, such as gardeners, get an increase of 29 a
day. Part-time workers employed for 35 hours or more per week are entitled
to an increase of $30 per month and part-time workers employed for less
than 35 hours per week ar entitled to an increase proportionate to the
number of hours worked. All other workers in the private sector, including
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Transiting the Canal on the long haul from California to the Bay of
Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico, the seagoing tug "Rita Candies" enters
Gatun Locks pulling a barge carrying four of 17 turbo-compression modules
built in the United States by the Ingersoll-Rand Company for Mexican
Petroleum (PEMEX). The largest ever built, each module measures 32
meters tall by 17 meters wide and weighs 825 tons. Transportation for the
four modules will cost over $8 million. The modules will be placed on a
platform at sea where they will compress "sour" (natural) gas after it is
separated from petroleum. The compressed gas will then be carried by an
180-mile-long gas pipeline to shore where it will be used primarily by
workers in the Canal area commercial and non-profit activities, are
entitled to a salary increase of $30 per month. Violators of this law will be
subject to fines ranging from $100 to $5,000.
***EMPLOYEE CONDUCT CODE PUBLISHED: A pamphlet
containing the new code of conduct for employees of the Panama Canal
Commission is being printed and will be distributed to Commission
employees about the 14th of July. Printed in English and Spanish, the
pamphlet "Employee Code of Conduct" prescribes standards of conduct
and responsibilities which apply to Commission employees and sets forth
actions which are prohibited. Among the 28 regulations listed in the Code
are included the prohibitions regarding employee accepting gifts,
entertainment favors; the concealment, removal or mutilation of records;
outside employment and other activity; the use of Commission property;
indebtedness; and political activities. 7/10/81
***DRILLBOAT PLAYS KEY ROLE IN CANAL OPERATIONS:
With almost 40 years of drilling and blasting in the Canal, the "Thor"
continues to play a key role in Canal improvements and in keeping the
channel open to shipping. The hull of the "Thor" was built in 1941 by
Bethlehem Steel Company, and Ingersoll-Rand Company provided all of
the drilling machinery and equipment. Subsequently, in 1968, the original
percussion-type drills were replaced with modern rotary drills. Operating 16
hours a day, 5 days a week, the "Thor" is the workhorse of the Dredging
Division's Marine Construction Unit. Widening curves in the Canal,
deepening the channel and even blasting whole islands out of existence is
routine for "Thor" personnel. The "Thor's" drilling system was developed
specifically for the rock conditions of the Panama Canal. Four drilling
towers allow four drills to operate simultaneously. Compressed air produced
by diesel engines designed in 1926 operate the drills. A safety feature, the
use of compressed air eliminates the danger of sparks or electrical short
circuits. As is the practice with all Canal floating equipment, an engineer is
always aboard the "Thor" when it is in operation. Deepening the channel in
Gaillard Cut is currently the primary function of the "Thor".
The four drilling towers are a distinctive
feature of the "Thor."
***CAYUCO CHALLENGE MET BY OVER-30 GROUP: A friendly
rivalry developed as an offshoot of this year's Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race
when the over-30 crowd challenged the younger crowd to a 2-1/2 mile cayuco
race at Gamboa. Under the direction of Frank Robinson and Ken
Manthorne, the Explorer Scouts organized the outing which included not
only an exciting race, but also sizzling food and games for everyone. Despite
some spirit dampening mishaps, all the boats finished the course with the
over-30 Women's Team capturing first prize. 7/17/81
All in one cayuco? Mucho horsepower but out of sync. Most certainly they
got to the food in time.
***PERSONAL CHECKS FOR "SPILLWAY" NOT ACCEPTED.
The Office of Public Affairs announces that personal checks for
subscriptions to the "Review" or "Spillway" from anyone other than
those currently employed by the Comission cannot be accepted. However,
the Office of Public Affairs will be pleased to process any order when
remittance is sent in the form of a money order made out to the Panama
Canal Commission. 7/24/81
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF DOTHAN, ALABAMA ...
Greetings from Dothan! I am sorry that I did not get my news column in
the June 1981 issue of the CANAL RECORD, but due to the death of my
mother-in-law (Eddie's mother) in April, I was unable to send it in time.
Eddie lost his mother, Helen Bell, on the 16th of April. She had lived with
us for seven years. She had moved from Detroit, MI to be with us. We miss
her very much.
Our semi-annual picnic was held in May at the Caves in Marianna, FL.
Over 100 members, guests and some former Zonians from Tallahassee, FL
attended. Those from Tallahassee were Mary and Val Lynch, Annie
Rathgaber, Eddie and Ellie Husum, and a few more that I am unable to
recall at the moment.
In June we had our installation dinner at the Olympic Spa. The following
officers were installed for the year 1981-82; Mrs. Ted (Dot) Yost, President;
Mrs. John (Margaret) Hern, Sr., Vice-President, and Mrs. Edward
(Catherine) Filo, Secretary/Treasurer.
On February 27th, Wayne and Annabelle Henderson celebrated their
25th wedding anniversary with a party at their home. There were
approximately 57 guests present. Out of town guests were Annabelle's
nephew, Jack Johnson and his wife, Rita; Wayne's sister, Marie
Skelton and a friend from Pensacola, FL. Annabelle made her own table
decoration in a lovely crystal vase with silver flowers, ferns and silver
ribbons. We wish Annabelle and Wayne many more anniversaries.
From the Kellehers: We moved into our new home in January
1981. In February we had a combination 25th wedding anniversary and
housewarming party. There were 75 guests present. Family members
attending were daughter Margaret and her husband Steve Marsalona
from St. Petersburg, FL, who were married in Panama on August 28,1980.
Also attending were daughters Patricia, Mary and Susan who attends
Florida State University in Tallahassee, and son David Jr. who is in air
conditioning and refrigeration at Lively Technical School in Tallahassee.
Our youngest son, Walter will begin his junior- year at Northview High
School in Dothan in the fall. Also attending was Betty's mother, Mabel
Watts, formerly of Gatun, but now residing in Tallahassee. Susan and
Walter returned to Panama to spend the summer.
We have the following houseguests: Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Husum and
daughter Laurie of Tallahassee, FL; John Hunt, son of John Sr. of
Panama; Mark McKean, Jerry Breadenkamp, Mike Patton, and
Steve Tochterman of Tallahassee. Mrs. Gilbert (Sue Pincus) Smith of
La Boca also visited.
Henriette Baggott, wife of deceased Frank Baggott, would like all
to know how the family is progressing. I retired from the Army in the Canal
Zone in 1970 and have enjoyed retirement ever since. First settled in
Florida, then decided to live near one of my five children. That is how I came
to move to Ozark, AL.
Frank, my oldest, called the other night to tell me that he has received his
promotion to Lt. Col. in the food service of the Army. His wife, Suellen
works for Medicaid in New Jersey. His son is a senior in high school and an
honor student. They live in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Maxine (Baggott) Martin lives in Ozark, AL. She has a son and
daughter. Helene was just initiated into the Eastern Star, a Past Worthy
Advisor in Rainbows, is married and living in Atlanta, GA. Jon, Maxine's
husband, has retired after 21 years with the Army and is studying Law in
Montgomery. Steven, their son, is now a senior in high school and is
working an an attendant (part-time) at a nursing home.
Robert (Rue or Bob as he was known in high school in Balboa) is now a
Major in the Army and is assigned to the Presidio in California. He just
finished a tour of duty in Korea. His wife, Terry, got her degree in PT at
Penn State while he was stationed there in the ROTC. They have 2 children,
a boy of 10 and a girl of 8.
Arthur is living in Oxford, AL and works as a counselor at Talladega
Prison (A Federal prison). His wife works at the Post Exchange. They have
Alice is a teacher in Jacksonville, FL. She just bought a trailer and is
doing extra work in the summer for the school division.
I am doing fine here in Ozark. I have made many friends with the senior
groups and go into Dothan at least once a month to meet with former
Zonites for their monthly luncheon. Heard from Mary Scigliani last
month and from Olga Holmes. I do manage to keep in touch with a few
The following have been visiting former friends here in Dothan: Mrs.
Mariana Nolan of Panama visited with the Palancias after attending the
reunion and visiting Georgia Allen in Mobile, AL; Ruth Presley of
Reddington, FL visited with her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Bud
Huldquist. Also visiting them were Jane and Fred Huldquist from
Seminole and Mrs. Bates Wieman, (Fred and Bud's mother).
Sandra Harris and daughter visited from Panama with their parents,
the Cobias and her in-laws, Jean and Bud Harris. Also visiting the
Harris family was Rita Orr from Texas.
Irma Highley had her children Les and Annette from Cardenas,
Panama and their Baby, Summer. Alice and Bill Forstrom and
daughter Nancy from Rhode Island also visited.
Joe and Louise Hunt had their daughter Janet and her husband
Norman Watkins and family of the Canal Zone as guests.
Visiting Jimmie and Joan Collins from Panama is Joan's mother,
Nellie Holgerson. She has been here several months.
Emily (Wilkinson) McLean, husband and son visited with Wayne and
Annabelle Henderson for several weeks. They are still residing in
Mary and John Urey had their children for a while this summer.
Suzanne and Walter Kleefkins and daughters Kathy and Ginny from
The Dalles, OR were here for a few weeks. Walter is with the government
and Suzanne works with Social Security. Michelle (Urey) and Mike
Perez also visited from Texas and Lorraine (Urey) and Tom Dugan with
children Trisha and Brian from Panama were also guests of the Ureys.
Catherine and Eddie Filo had as their guests, their daughter Katie
Woods and grandsons Christopher and Matthew from Williston, ND.
Katie's husband Bob, works with the Otis Engineering Co. in Williston and
is in the oil phase of the company. They also had as their houseguests, Alice
and Bud Myers and their son, Paul, from Panama. Alice and Bud bought
some property here and we hope they make their future home here when
retirement comes around.
Margaret and Jack Hern had their granddaughter, Mitch, grandson
Johnny Jr. and son Jack from Panama for a visit.
Woody and Elsie Woodruff had the following visitors: Betty (Irvin)
Quintero from Clearwater; Mary Lou (Haines) Engelke, her daughters
Sue Engelke and Kathy Crowell were also overnight guests on their
return from Florida. Mary Lou lives in Rogers, AR.
Maggie and John Janssen's son John Jr. from Novato, CA came for a
short visit. John Jr. is now TDY in Germany.
Last but not least, Dothan was brightened by the visit of Lou Spradlin
from San Diego, CA. She comes to visit with Ted and Dot Yost who have
been friends for many years. Lou tries to come to Dothan at least once a
year. Believe me, we are always happy to have Lou here!
We welcome the following new families to Dothan: C. J. and Margaret
Spiros and their son, Rodney. C. J. was past exalted ruler of the Elks and
worked with the Court. Margaret worked with the schools division. Dora
Kridle, who came from Los Rios, Panama, is making her home with her
daughter, Lois Thomas and son-in-law Bud. Kelly Wainio, who
previously lived in Dothan, then moved to New Orleans for several years, is
back in Dothan. George and Jean Fears from Ancon, Panama now reside
in Dothan. George worked with Gorgas Hospital. We are glad to have you
here and hope you will be very happy.
I hope that all of you have a safe and wonderful summer.
CATHERINE (WHELAN) FILO, Reporter
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS ... The beautiful
Razorback area was the setting for the Arkansas State Federation NARFE
convention which was held at Mt. Sequoyah Assembly in Fayetteville May
20-22. President of Chapter 463, which hosted the convention is Mack H.
McLendon. Mack and Frances McLendon went to Panama in 1947
where Mack worked with United Fruit Company, and later with AID. They
retired to Fayetteville about six years ago. Mary Condon did a bang-up job
as convention chairman to make this the best Arkansas State Convention
ever, with 263 in attendance. Assisting Mary in addition to the McLendons
were a number of former Zonians: Dick Condon, Minnie and Eldridge
Burton, Frances Whitlock, Virginia Hursh, Maxine and Earl
Wrenn, Petie and Carl Maedl, Harry Butz, Esther Butz, and Glen
Georgette and Tom Robertson had a small family reunion with visits
from Tom Jr. from Oklahoma, and from Pam and husband Bernie
Malcuit and five little Malcuits from St. Pete, Florida.
Audra Dougan's son, John Patrick Dougan, his wife Marie and
daughter Anne are moving from Washington, DC to Ames, Iowa effective
this July to help maintain radio station WOI.
Andre Lee (Whitlock) Collins and her fiance, Cecil Ballance, both of
St. Louis MO visited her parents, Andrew and Frances Whitlock of
Fayetteville, AR. Andre's daughter, Frances Collins, also visited the
Whitlocks at this time. During their stay, Andre, Cecil, Fran Whitlock and
Minnie Burton took a trip to Murfreesboro, AR to try to find diamonds in
the Crater of Diamonds but were unsuccessful.
Jack and Gloria Brown and son Alan visited Frances Brown
Whitlock and Miker and Minnie Brown Burton in Fayetteville.
James and Karen Palumbo and daughter Angelina arrived in
Fayetteville in time to attend the Canal Zone picnic at Agri Park with
Mother, Frances Palumbo. "Dad" (Luke Palumbo) was in Ohio
attending his 50th high school class reunion!
Nobby and Peggy Keller had house guests for a short while. Her
brother, John Magee, his wife Phyllis, and the three kids were up to see
the Ozarks and loved the area. The Kellers also had a short visit from
Tuney and Dolly Housley while they were up this way visiting the
Huffmans. Joe and Greta Vowell and the girls also stopped by for a
short visit, bringing a copy of the "Star & Herald" which was very
Ralph and Marie Shuey spent last winter in Germany with Marie's
sister. While there, they took a trip into Switzerland and stayed a week, then
over into Austrian Tirol Alps for a week. They also spent two weeks in
Northern Germany near Koln with Marie's nieces. They had to have help
from the snowplows to get out to catch the plane in January... Back home
again in Neosho, MO, the Shueys were rudely awakened at 4:20 a.m. on May
13th. Lightning struck their house and did considerable damage.
Fortunately, Ralph and Marie were not harmed. They write: "Just after
getting the worst of the lightning damage repaired, our dear friend Delta
Sampsell from Frederick Maryland came for a two-week visit. We showed
her as much of the area as we could while she was here. Thornton (T.G.)
and Ruth Madden from California, Kentucky came by for a couple of days
while she was here. Also Red and Alice Nail from Rogers came up one day
for dinner so that four of the Birthday Club ladies were together for the first
time since we all left the Canal Zone. We took Delta to the Blanche Shaw
Picnic at Fayetteville on June 21st where she met so many old friends. On
June 23rd we put her on the plane at Joplin so she could return home. We all
had such a good visit and reminisced over old times."
Carl and Petie Maedl attended a centennial celebration at Grandin,
ND the latter part of June. Carl taught in Grandin in the early 30's. The
Maedls also visited Jim and Grace Pfau at Moorhead, Minnesota. Jim
and Grace are both teaching part time at Concordia College. The Pfaus
accompanied them on a trip to Winnepeg and Kenora, Canada. The Maedls
went on to a Maedl reunion at Pelican Lake, MN over the fourth of July.
Later they visited their daughter Pat and family in Minneapolis. They are
looking forward to a visit from their mission friend Marvel Iglesias of San
Blas, Panama in November.
In late May, Dorothy and Bruce Sanders were pleased to have Lee
and Minnie (Kleefkens) Kariger (longtime gold coasters) as overnight
guests. They also report their June and early July activities centered
around yard, garden, some hamming, and cruising aboard the "Las Cruces
II" on Beaver Lake. There was also some fishing, but not much catching.
Bill and Charlotte McCue were visited for a few days in May by Ted
and Hamner Cook, former Zone neighbors who now live in Virginia ...
The McCue's took a trip to the west coast to visit cousins in Seattle. They
made an overnight stop in Victoria and enjoyed the cool and dry weather.
They also enjoyed a talk by phone with Bud and Clara Emery. Their next
stop was Salinas, CA to visit Morris and Ruth Cherry. Ruth was in the
hospital a couple days but did get to visit with them at home for a fewdays.
The McCues also saw Bob and Lillian Sieler who live in the same mobile
home park as the Cherrys. Lillian was recovering well from a stroke, going
to therapy school, learning to write with her left hand. She was also using a
stationary bicycle and walking twice a day The McCues flew to San
Diego to visit with Bill's uncle. They also took in a County Fair and Balboa
Park Can't mention McCues without speaking of Golf. Chi says they
played this spring, but took a break when it became too warm.
"In March 1980, Pete Butz and family bought ten acres of land west of
Sapulpa, Oklahoma, which is west of a big city of Tulsa, OK. During the
past year, we have cleared four acres of land to a park atmosphere, made a
foundation for a 14' x 70' mobile home. In May 1981, we had the mobile home
put on our acreage and have been working to put it all in order. There is a lot
of work yet to do and anybody is welcome to come! My new address is: Peter
L. Butz; Route 1, Box 371-Z-10; Sapulpa, OK 74066."
Lee Butz spent several weeks in the East with her mother in April. In
May, she drove to York, PA where she visited the Gettysburg War Grounds
and found Harry's grandfather's name, Henry F. Butz, on the Penn
Monument! In the interim, Harry and Esther held the home fort, gardening,
cooking, and working. Later, they helped Peter move to his new property.
Esther has been working at the Springdale Kwik-Kopy as a layout artist...
Lee and Harry Butz celebrated their forty fifth wedding anniversary on
July 14th accompanied by their daughter Esther at the Bella Vista
Earl and Maxine Wrenn had a week's visit with the Staats from
Harlingen, TX on their way east the first of June. Also in June, the Wrenns
kept their eleven month old granddaughter and her six year old sister for a
week while Chris and Nancy attended a medical convention in San
Antonio. Keith Wrenn was operated on for a slipped disc early in June, and
the parent Wrenns went to Memphis to be with him. Keith, Melissa, and
Amy spent a week of July with Earl and Max.
John and Judy Engelke Montanaro and their children, Jim, Paul
and Julie, paid a ten-day visit to Bentonville to stay with Howard and
Betty McGilberry drove to Mobile with her daughter, Katie, and her
husband Jim Ames where they visited with their relatives. Katie and Jim
went on to Disney World for three days and returned to Mobile in time to
attend the wedding of one of Katie's cousins before they all returned to
Rogers, AR. Betty is busy with her small vegetable garden and other yard
work. Katie and Jim spend all of their spare time on the lake sailing and
Jo and Maurya Ridges visited Joan and Jack Corliss. Maurya and
Leslie Corliss will be going to the University of Arkansas in the fall.
George and Edith Engelke went to Massachusetts in May for the
graduation of granddaughter Kathryn Engelke from Smith College.
Kathryn is spending the summer working in Germany. They had a very
nice and hectic week attending functions on the campus with son John at
whose home in Wakefield they stayed. Recovering from a bug upon their
return, they have been gardening and canning up a storm.
On May 27th, Carl and Helen Newhard attending the wedding of
Wendy McDaniel to Tim Peelen at Tonganoxie, Kansas. Wendy's
grandmother, Jean Webster Bleakley Montgomery lived in the Zone a
number of years, and her mother, Marie Bleakley McDaniel was reared
in the Zone.
A reunion of the Newhard clan was held at Carl and Helen's home in
Bentonville, AR on July 19th. They had a glorious time reminiscing. Carl
and Helen's three boys and families were there: Carl Jr. and Helen from
Rogers, AR with Helen's sister and niece; Sam and Ann Newhard from
Tiffin, Ohio, with three daughters, Caroline, Nancy and Wendy; and
Bruce and Karen Newhard with Linda and Gary from Battlecreek,
Michigan. Also attending the reunion were Mrs. Fred Newhard (Jessie)
and Californians Dr. and Mrs. Omar Franklin (Ann Newhard), their
children Laurie and John, and Carol Newhard Bleakley. This was the
first reunion of the whole group at one time, and it had been a number of
years since several of them had been together.
In June, Jessie Newhard was visited for a few days by son John
Albright, his wife, and two step-daughters, Carolyn and Stephanie
Hibdon, from Lakewood, Colorado. Daughter-in-law Mrs. Alan Brian
Albright, her sister and three children stopped in for a day on their way to
San Francisco to attend a convention.
Glynn and Etta Fay Terrell's daughter and husband, Andrea and
Paul Oliver, were up from New Orleans in June for about ten days with
their dog and cat. "A regular zoo" says Etta Fay of the household which
already contains two dachshunds. Later, son Lance also visited for about
ten days from Austin, Texas.
Pete and Sue Warner were pleased that son Stuart Warner's
employer, an international advertising firm in New York, sent him to
England on business, and he was able to spend two weekends renewing
acquaintances made when he attended Oxford and visiting Stonehedge
which he had not seen before.
Mary Lou Engelke, two daughters, Susan and Kathleen Crowell,
and Kathleen's three daughters went to Florida for the month of June. En
route to and from, they stopped overnight with Elsie and Woodie
Woodruff in Dothan, Alabama. In Florida, they visited son Robert
Engelke and wife Nellie (Wood) and their four children, another son
Thomas Engelke, wife Alice (Parthenais). They spent a day with Sid
and Bea Hayes, and saw Jim and Virginia Wood (Nellie's parents).
They enjoyed the usual tourist visits Disney World, Busch Gardens, etc.
Also made a trip down to Miami to visit Mary Lou's sister, Margaret and
husband Edward Samples, brother Franklin Haines and his wife Jane.
Friends Betty Quintero and Freeland Hollowell were included in their
In late July, Jim and Virginia Wood stopped for a few days' visit with
Mary Lou and family on their way back to Florida from the west cost. Bob
and Connie Engelke and Red and Alice Nail were invited to share an
evening of barbecued chicken and lively conversation with them.
Red and Kathleen Huffman's summer visitors included their son
James from his Air Force station in California, and Kathleen's sister
Eleanor Donahue Callahan and her husband, daughter and daughter's
from Commack, New York. Everything happened while they had visitors -
plumbing stoppages and overflows, air conditioning problems, washing
machine failure. The Huffmans also had visits from a cousin and wife from
Illinois (non-CZ), and a nice five-day visit by Dolly and Tooney Housley
Bud and Betty Balcer went to Shreveport over Memorial Day weekend
to see their young granddaughter and her parents, Paul and Melissa
Rhoads, accompanied by daughter Susan Pedersen and her two sons,
David and Paul.
Sisters Julie and Sarah Bircher cruised (?) in July on a three-week raft
trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. A post card sent
out en route by mule assured their parents, Vernon and Edith Bircher,
that they were having a ball. Meanwhile, Edith has set up a home canning
factory in their garage from which ensues everything! Corn, tomatoes,
pickles, sauerkraut, etc. And Vern golfs. Son John was home on leave from
submarine duty and enjoyed both parents' activities to the fullest.
Addie Colclasure uses summer growing season to advantage, growing,
pickling, and preserving quantities of fruits and vegetables. Addie's
family's reunion (her grandfather's descendants about 150 of them, held
in Oklahoma, was such an enjoyable experience that the gathered families
voted to hold the affair annually.
Lynn and Maude Cook welcomed a visit from son Bud (Lynn Jr.) and
his wife who have lived in Saudi Arabia for several years. The younger
Cooks visited friend and relatives through a large part of the States on their
vacation, and Lynn and Maude enjoyed recent news of them all.
Virginia Hursh was pleased with a visit from Betty and Max Shimp
who now live in Florida and were en route home from California. Their first
contacts were by ham radio when the Shimps were stationed in Nicaragua.
They actually met when Betty and a daughter went to the Zone for medical
treatment. The Shimps were transferred from Nicaragua to Afghanistan to
Republic of Panama, where the Hurshes and Shimps became close friends.
Martin and Marilyn Annen have enjoyed their visitors this summer -
John Daniel and Lola and children, Marilyn's brother and family, and
friends from Sicily (Luccio Zappoli and Sylvia and Christina). Marilyn
and Sylvia both taught for military in Sicily. They had not been together for
sixteen years. Between visitors, Marilyn and children drove on a long trip
through Michigan, Niagara Falls, upstate New York, Vermont, Northern
Maine, and down the coast to Boston and Cape Cod, Washington, DC and
then back home... The Annens have introduced wind surfing to Beaver
Lake which laps at their back door and Marilyn is local agent for the craft.
Jim and Katie Ames do much of the demonstrating of the sport. In fact,
Jim came in first in a recent competition on the lake ... The Annens are
eagerly anticipating a visit from Beth Sayre and two sons from Corpus
Cristi in August.
Eldridge (Mike) and Minnie Burton happily received visits from
family members. Minnie's brother, Jack Brown, his wife Gloria and son
Allen came from Long Island, New York in June. Mike Jr. and wife
Caroline Burton and two daughters arrived for a brief weekend visit in
Mattie (Bates) Wieman left home for a couple months, traveling first to
Seminole, Florida to see son Fred Huldtquist and his wife Janie. The
Vockrodts, Cecil and Ronnie were there when she arrived. Ronnie
worked with Bates in the Balboa beauty shop for many years. Following
four days of visiting at Fred's, they all went to the CZ reunion together. The
Vockrodts had been touring the States for a month, still had five thousand
miles to go before reaching their home in Victoria, British Columbia. Bates
had a mini-reunion with another of the beauty shop operators, Ruby
Thibodeaux, who lives in Ft. Pierce. At the CZ reunion ("It was
wonderful!") Bates saw people she had known as a child in the Zone. And
she and everyone enjoyed Lucho's music. Janie Huldtquist won the
women's golf tournament at the reunion frosting on Bates' cake... A week
after the reunion, Fred took the family to Lake Lure, North Carolina, where
they have a condominium. A beautiful place, the scenery reminded Bates of
Panama ... She started her return trip via Dothan, Alabama to son Bud
Huldtquist's, and waited there for granddaughter Nancy Whalen,
coming from Hong Kong with her two children. Nancy and children later
joined her husband in Chicago to finish their around-the-world trip before
returning to Hong Kong for another year ... In early August, Bates is
moving from her apartment to a cottage. New address: 1931 Austin Drive,
Fayetteville, AR 72701.
John and Polly Michaelis, on an extensive trip of several months and
several thousand miles, detoured from Houston, Texas to Rogers, Arkansas
to spend a few days at the funny-farm of Red and Alice Nail. The
following note was extracted from John during their visit: "John A.
Michaelis (retired in 1973 as Clerk of Court at the Magistrate's Court,
Balboa with 37 years Government service) and wife Polly Typaldos of
Panama City visited with Alice and Red Nail in late June. They saw a lot of
the Rogers area and were duly impressed. Currently residents of southern
California, they are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this year
(March 25th) by taking a projected 12,000 mile cross-country tour in their
VW bus. Polly calls it a second honeymoon "Love Boat" cruise on wheels.
They have been visiting with CZ/RP retirees, friends, neighbors and with
family and kin, using as their "eastern" base Houston, where they have two
children (Irene and Greg) and four grandchildren. Son Zack and family
live two miles away from them in Alta Loma, CA. Their journey started on
March 20th, reaching Houston in time for a family reunion and anniversary
party hosted by their two children. After a month in Houston, they drove
leisurely through the South as far east as Pensacola (which they loved the
sea and beaches). They then back-tracked to Houston for the birth of their
fifth grandchild (all girls) late in May. (John says the roster now reads:
Angela, Theresa, Christina, Tiffany and Stephanie.) Five Queens.
What a poker hand!) Polly and John took over household chores for a
month while Gregory was away (he is an electronic engineer in oil explor-
ation) and Charmaine (Bud Risberg's daughter) was recovering from the
caesarean delivery. Thereafter having come up to the Ozarks to see the
Nails in Rogers and the Burtons in Fayetteville, they returned to Houston
for Stephanie's baptism. That done, they leave for the Pacific Northwest
and Canada ... The Michaelises altered their plans somewhat after their
initial visit to Rogers. A few days after they returned to Houston, they
backtracked to Rogers and, in a week's time, bought a new home that they
had viewed on the first trip. Being on the fringe of these negotiations made
the summer of '81 interesting and memorable to the stay-at-home Nails.
ALICE NAIL, Reporter
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA .
The President's Corner
I wish to thank each of you for your confidence in electing me President of
the Panama Canal Society of Southern California. We have an exceptional
group of officers and we hope this year will be one that everyone will
But we can't do it alone! We need your help, participation and support. If
our membership is inactive, our society will surely fade! Everyone of you
must be an active member, even when it is inconvenient. Talk and write to
everyone you know from your Canal days, encourage them to join the
Southern California Society, attend our luncheons and reunions.
Even if you don't "know them", call and kindle a friendship. After all, we
all have a unique experience in common. Call or write someone each month,
someone whom you haven't contacted recently. Maybe they are just hoping
you'd call but didn't want to bother you. It only takes a minute and I'm sure
they would be so grateful to hear from you.
Send any news or information you have about yourself or others to Joan
deGrummond for the Newsletter. Stories and anecdotes of individuals or the
Canal days are always welcome.
Most important we need your support in attending our meetings and
luncheons, even when it is a long driving distance. Call a friend and offer to
share rides. We plan to have more interesting meetings, so plan to stay a
little longer than in the past.
The San Diego meeting in September is designed to acquaint some of the
"younger people" with the society and bring new blood into the society. So
we must show them that the interest in the society is still there. Let's have a
large turnout in San Diego. See you there!!!
CONRAD S. HORINE, President
WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS of the Panama Canal Society of Southern
Mr. N. M. Marchjosky, 1852 W. 64th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90047.
Phone (213) 759-2877. Mr. Marchosky lived in Panama from 1915 to 1951. He
graduated from CHS in 1933, and was a self-employed dry cleaner.
NEW ADDRESSES ...
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Fulop (Lucille), 695-P Avenida Sevilla, Laguna
Hills, CA 92653. Phone (714) 837-2081.
Mr. & Mrs. Howard E. Munro (Edna W.), 3911 Oregon St., Apt. 12, San
Diego, CA 92104. Phone (714) 296-6482.
Mrs. Kathryn Lambert Nero, 916 Court St., Elko, NV 89801. Phone
(702) 738-4922. Kathryn would love to have any "Canalites" look her up if
they're passing through on Route 80.
NEWS OF MEMBERS AND FRIENDS.. .Bob Dill of Hemet traveled to
Ansbach, Germany, returning in late May.
Lucille and Steve Fulop are enjoying their new home in Laguna Hills -
"The surroundings are beautiful. Douglas came to see us in March. Then
Pauline and the children met him in New Orleans and they spent a month
at her parents' in Louisiana. Pinky, Joe & Leah (Garcia) will be up on
leave in July it will be good to see them."
Catherine Garrett, Kern City, CA, enjoyed a freighter trip to South and
East Africa from late January to mid-April.
Ethel and Jack Hearn, Oceanside, both had surgery this year they are
getting better, but it takes time. We missed them at our luncheon aboard the
SS Princess Louise in April.
Norma and Conrad Horine The Florida Reunion was a ball! At the
Thursday night CZ Schools' Reunion, the oldest graduate was Irene (nee
Stewart) Hollowell, NHS 1922. There was a turn-away crowd there -
about 40 couldn't get seats. Lucho was fantastic. I tried to get him to come
to the September reunion here, but he's booked for a 'round South America
Al and Ann Houston Back in San Diego, AL wrote that he and Ann
had been in Florida since last November. They attended the April reunion
in St. Petersburg, and stopped over in New Orleans for a couple of weeks on
their return to California. "We almost feel like New Orleans is our second
home, as we have spent so much time there since we retired."
Jane Journey, Winslow, WA, certainly keeps busy. She is the Second
Librarian in the Christian Science Reading Room, belongs to the Garden
Club, attends plays and the Light Opera. She is looking forward to the
August 1st reunion in the Pacific Northwest! Her sister, Norine Kaufer,
will join her there.
Norine Hall Kaufer reports a grand cruise from June 15 to June 27 to
the North Cape on the MS Funchal, a small, 10,000-ton ship owned by the
Portuguese Government and leased by the Swedish Tourist Company. We
sailed from Gothenburg, Sweden (we had been held up there 3 days on the
ship due to a strike of the Portuguese Engineers' Dept.), and up the
Norwegian Coast to Honningsvag, where the 1,000-ft.-high North Cape
Rock is "the top of Europe". (The most interesting people of the Cape trip
were the Lapps a race by themselves (like our San Blas Indians in the
south). There are 32,000 of them living in Russia, Finland and Sweden, and
20,000 in Norway. I saw a few of them they live in tents, more like tepees,
but covered with reindeer skins. Going up to the "top of the Europe", all
along the way we saw reindeer grazing they had been brought there for the
summer by the Lapps. The young deer were white; some had those huge
antlers, making them look top-heavy.) We then sailed south to Lofoten
Islands, base for the world's largest co-fishing fleet. Here, also, we saw the
peak of the Midnight Sun on the day of Midsummer's Eve. The sun never
sets here from May 12 to August 1. At Bergen, we saw the lovely home and
estate of Edvard Grieg, the famous Norwegian composer. On the 5th day we
sailed across the Arctic Circle I got a certificate for that! I was supposed to
crawl through a long tunnel, but was excused from that on account of my
black cane! Back to Gothenburg, and a lovely ride in a fine motorcoach to
Copenhagen, Denmark to a famous hotel, The Admiral, and a Farewell-to-
Scandinavia Dinner at the gorgeous Nimb Restaurant, which opened out
onto the famous Tivoli Gardens. Millions of flowers, and free entertainment
there. Then for me a plane trip to Brussels, Belgium, to see my
granddaughter, Ann Marie Leach Romera, her husband Juan, and two
of my great grandkids. Darryl and Nancy (Ridge) McCullough of El
Toro hosted a luncheon at their home for her parents, Vincent and Dottie
(Sanders) Ridge of Margarita, PanCanal, who were visiting for a few
days. Attending were many friends and relatives, former Zonians now
living in this area: Lee and Minnie Kariger, Larry (Rocky) and Reeta
Ridge, Hank and Virgipia (Ridge) Dolim, Jack and Ruth (Kupka)
Carey, Marion (Hutchinson) and Noble (Bud) Phillips, Maurice and
Ruth Fitzgerald, Al (Bud) and Jerrye (George) Stumpf, Ray and
Irene (Laurie) Will, Malcolm and Faye Wheeler, Jack and Lyle
DeGrummond and their sister, Madge Freese, Elbert Ridge, Joan and
Gina Ridge, Steve Cartotto, and Michael, Tina (Cartotto), Vinnie
and Stevie Ressa. Vince and Dottie also visited with Harry and Jean
(O'Brien) Townsend in El Cajon. The previous week, Vince and Dottie
attended the Elks' Grand Lodge Convention in Las Vegas, where Vince was
installed as District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler for the Panama Canal
Elks. Also attending the convention were six other Past Exalted Rulers of
the Cristobal, Canal Zone Lodge No. 1542: Mr. and Mrs. Nate Ashton,
Mike and Dottie LaCroix, Rusty ("Obie") and Elena Oberholtzer,
Bob and Carolyn Johnson, Ronnie Angermuller and Frank Foster.
Also, ER Howard Marks, 1542; Bobby O'Neil, Leading Knight, 1542;
ER Phil and Joanne Bonk, 1414; Joe and Frances Maravilla, Lk.
1414; Yane Leves, Jay and Diane French, Mr. and Mrs. Herb New-
house, Don and Netta Bruce, Paul and Lil Rozmeski and Mrs. Rusty
Jack and Joan deGrummond On June 26 we took off with our
trailer for a 3-week trip to Yellowstone National Park. On our route through
Las Vegas we made a swing over to Page, AZ, to rendezvous with Jack's
brother, Lyle, and their niece and family on Lake Powell. Enjoyed boating
and swimming on the lake and made a side trip to the North Rim of the
Grand Canyon it's quite spectacular with a different, less expansive view
of the canyon than from the south side. We went north past Zion and Bryce
National Parks where we had been before, and went into Capitol Reef Nat'l
Park. It's in a range of mountains with colorful formations like Bryce and
Zion, with some mountain tops resembling the dome of State Capitol
buildings across our country. Used by earlier explorers, some seafaring
men, a mountain barrier was called a "reef". We drove north, visiting a
college friend of Joan in Utah, and visited the Mormom Temple Tabernacle
and Visitors' Center in Salt Lake City, which was very nice to see. It seems
Mormons and their faith have a strong influence in Utah. Then up past
Bear Lake to Snake River, where in the canyon north of Alpine, WY, we saw
people running the white water rapids in rubber rafts and kayaks. On up the
Snake River to Jackson, WY, jammed to the hilt on July 4! The term
"Jackson Hole" in this area is an expression used by early explorers who
referred to any depression, such as valley surrounded by ranges of
mountains, as a "hole". North a short distance is the Grand Teton Nat'l
Park, and this range of jagged mountains is really a great sight. We saw
them from near and far with lots of snow still on the tops and crevices. Went
into Yellowstone Nat'l Park by the south entrance and camped in the only
commercial trailer camp in the park at Fishing Bridge, where the
Yellowstone River enters the north side of Yellowstone Lake. It's a beautiful
park with its green forest, open grass areas, rivers, falls, colorful canyon
and hot spring areas. We saw it in fine weather and covered about all of it,
except hiking trails. Saw popular Old Faithful geyser with about a
thousand other tourists. Lots of wildlife: moose, elk, bison, geese. If they are
near the road, it's easy to take pictures. But no bears moved them from the
park, we hear, for safety. Lots of foreign nationals visit the park. We left the
park by the west entrance, and south through Idaho Falls they were nice
and in the middle of town as river flows through. We took in Craters of the
Moon Nat'l Monument, a devastated-looking area covered by volcanic lava
from 2000-year-old eruptions. Mt. St. Helens' recent activity was similar,
but not so extensive. We drove south through Twin Falls, but they were 4
miles out of town, so we didn't look them up. We stopped by Reno and Lake
Tahoe, really a beautiful blue lake, on the way south and home.
Father John Kennedy, C.M., former Pastor of St. Mary's Mission
in Balboa, left St. Mary's in November, 1979. He spent most of 1980 in Rome,
taking a Theology up-date course, and getting to see most of Rome and Italy,
as well as a good deal of Europe. Saw Pope Woytyla many, many times -
"even got to shake his big Polish mitt!" In September 1980, Father was sent
to Saint Lazare Retreat House, Spring Lake, Michigan, to be retreat director
for a year (they give week-end retreats for lay people all year long, 50 at a
time). "I have been assigned to our parish in Miami, in the Liberty Town
area, where they had the race riots last year! Should be interesting."
Father's address after September 1: Rev. John Kennedy, C.M., 2000 NW
103rd St., Miami, FL 33147.
Thelma Reppe just returned from China! She enjoyed 12 days in
Canton, Ikweilin, Changshja, Peking and Shanghai. "Anna Wright flew
here from St. Pete, and we then flew to Hong Kong. Met Anna's son and
daughter-in-law (Richard and Ursula Wright) and off we went on a
fabulous tour, plus four days in fantastic Hong Kong."
Dorothy (Straus) Romeyn, Medford, OR, enjoys the newsletters.
"I love it up here we are famous for our roses (Harry & David C.), and pears.
I love the country living. It's a small-enough town to get acquainted with the
people. My mother, Ruth Straus, may not be able to visit me this year
because she had major surgery. She lives with my sister, Margaret
Edwards, in Burbank, CA. My sister, Ida Gifford, lives in Provo, Utah,
and my oldest sister, Mary Hollowell, has recently moved to Dothan, AL.
My father, Robert J. Straus, worked with the Locks Division. He died in
1977. I'm really grateful that I had the opportunity of growing up in the
Canal Zone. It was a good life. Tell all hello."
Catsy Schafer "During the month of May I made a trip back East to
attend the 50th Anniversary of my high school graduation. En route, I
stopped a week with daughter, Layne (Taylor) and her husband, Tom
Ashton, in Memphis, TN. We expect them in San Diego this month after
they go to Vegas for a few days. Daughter, Susan (Taylor) Pitney and four
children are summering in Hilton Head Island and will be here on August
8th on their way home to Tokyo. I plan to visit them in October, so am taking
Japanese language lessons. I was awarded a certificate for 300 hours by the
Veterans' Hospital here as part of our DAR Service to Veterans Program.
My other volunteer program is a weekly exercise class at St. Paul's Manor -
the coed participants are from 75 to 92 years and we have a great time."
Adele (Holt) Young really enjoys the Newsletters "My sons, Dick
and George Holt, were visiting us on Mother's Day, and they enjoyed
reading about their old schoolmates in the Canal Zone."
Ken and Jo Booth, Mission Viego, had a very interesting trip to Hong
Kong early this year which they enjoyed very much. They are now looking
forward to visiting their daughter, Sharon, her husband, Doug Schmidt,
and granddaughter, Cheryl, in Panama in August while Chery is on school
vacation. Sharon will be taking off some time too. On the way home they
plan to spend some time in Atlanta doing some sightseeing.
Pete and Rae Flynn and family of Chatsworth, in the San Fernando
Valley of California, hosted their annual 4th of July celebration at their
lovely home. Among their many friends attending were several former
Zonians, including Alex and Sheila McKeown and family, Granada
Hills; Bud Kelleher, Jim and "Mickey" Kenealy and Elbert Ridge of
Toluca Lake; John McGee, his wife and family of the Panama Canal;
John's sister, Susan McGee Allen, and her husband of Chatsworth;
Joanne Steiner Robinson of Westlake, and Pat Quinn and son of
Sherman Oaks. Pete and Rae just heard from Jack Johnson, who just
moved from Atlanta, GA to Tampa, FL. Pete's sister, Jeanne Flynn
Stough, and her husband, Charlie, recently moved from Playa Coronado,
RP, to a lovely home in San Antonio, TX.
Martha Paliwoda had a nice surprise recently when she heard of Mary
Curry! A retired Episcopal priest friend of Martha was conducting a
service at a swanky retirement setup in South Carolina. Mary introduced
herself to him and said she was the widow of the retired Bishop of Brazil,
and had been born and raised in Panama. Of course, he asked her if she
knew Martha, but she didn't. "She is much younger. I was telling Ruth
Bickford when she was out here to see her stepmother, Mrs. Anna McRae
Bickford. Ruth knew Mary well, as their fathers were both doctors there.
Ruth also knew Mary's husband who was the Dean of St. Luke's at that
time." I talk with Una Davis by phone from time to time. Una lives in
Yucaipa. She said she knew Mary well, as their families were neighbors in
Ancon, and they played together as children. Una would love to come to our
meetings, I'm sure, but from Yucaipa it would be difficult for her. The two
Day Girls who danced are in that area, too one in Hemet and one in San
FOR WOMEN GOLFERS: The following was taken from an article in the
"Golden Rain News", Leisure World, Seal Beach, CA, April 6, 1981,
submitted to us by Thelma Reppe:
"The girl with the golden arm, that sweet swinging Louise', as Louise
(Martin) Jones was known at Seal Beach, California. At the last meeting
of the Women's Golf Club at Seal Beach, Gilbert Jones, her son, presented
a check for $725 to provide trophies for the Louise Jones Memorial
Tournament, a new annual golf tournament. The gift was from three of
Louise's children, Lynn, Norbert and Gilbert. Louise is remembered in
Canal Zone golfing circles for winning the Isthmian Tournament (Ft.
Amador, Brazos Brook, Summit and Panama); also, at Ft. Davis and
Gamboa Golf Clubs. In the Republic of Colombia she captured the
Colombian Open." Editor's note: As a good friend, a Canal Zone gal, and
member of our society, Louise was well known to many of us. It was a loss to
all of us when this gentle, but competitive gal passed away on March 26,
1980. Louise was the widow of Norbert Jones.
A CELEBRITY IN A BONNET. A recently-joined member has sent us a
note with information for our newsletter, including records about being a
champion running grandma. She is known as "Sun Bonnet Sue" on T.V.
and in newspapers when the media covers amateur athletic foot races. This
lady is Mrs. Marilla Salisbury. She competes in the 70-75-year group in
running events and says, "It is not secret that I'm not fast." But what makes
this farm girl from Washington, now 73, so extraordinary and appealing
has nothing to do with speed, but everything to do with her attitude. She has
an intense desire to feel good through her fitness program and to transmit
her good feelings to others. She says, "Running has changed my life." She
didn't run as a younger woman. She started out on a gradual basis at the 70-
year-old mark. She has been in many events, such as Senior Olympics in
Puerto Rico, and recently in New Zealand for the World Veterans' Games
for Women Over 35. She has won 35 gold, silver and bronze medals, and
holds 14 world records. Marilla was raised on a farm in Washington,
graduated from high school, and in 1925 moved to Los Angeles with her
brother. In 1935 she graduated from Pasadena College; then 2 years of
teaching at Lake Elsinore, and 2 years missionary work in Guatemala.
Following this she went to the Canal Zone. "Things were lively there in
1939, and I taught Spanish at night to many Americans coming there,
which was lucrative, and worked as an accounting clerk by day." She met
her first husband, Fred Pope there. In 1951 they returned to the U.S., first
to Artesia, then San Diego, teaching at Horace Mann Jr. High from 1955 to
1973. Six years ago she married Earl Salisbury. By her spirited
participation she greatly contributed to amateur running sports events,
showing that women can "do it", and being a bit over the middle years'
bracket doesn't have to stop you. Marilla has two children, Mrs. Beverly
Pope Garrett of Camarillo, CA, with three daughters, and Rolfe Pope of
Santa Barbara, with two sons, making her really "The Running Grandma."
JOAN deGRUMMUND, Reporter
LARGO SEMINOLE Ruth (Hutchison) Powell and her sister
Doris Hutchison entertained their brother Donald and his wife Peggy
(Sealey) Hutchison from Aiken, S.C. Donald and Peggy then went to
Texas to visit their son Gary. While there, Donald became seriously ill, but
he and Peggy have now returned home. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to
Mr. A. A. Mittag from Panama visited with Marty Hayes and daughter
Patricia of Clearwater. "Mitt" then traveled to New York, Canada and
California where he joined his sons and Leon and Cecilia Green for a trip
to mainland China. Shirly Smith entertained for "Mitt" as well as for
Harold and Fran Sander who attended the reunion from Ft. Lauderdale.
Shirly then left on a trip to join Mildred Morrill in Spartanburg, SC, and
they both are vacationing in Highlands, NC.
Betty (Irvin) Quintero had as houseguests for the reunion, Elsie
(Lawyer) and her husband M. B. "Woody" Woodruff of Dothan, AL and
Sam Irvin and his wife Norma from Hendersonville, NC. Pat (Wallace)
and her husband Howard Urick of San Antonio, TX and Lucille (Pierce)
and her husband Bill Corkran of Trappe, MD also visited. Betty's
daughter Beth (Brown) Hilton of Orlando joined her in St. Petersburg for
the three days of the reunion. Betty also went to Silver Spring, MD to visit
her oldest daughter, Carol (Brown), her husband John "Pat" Manning
and their son John. While there, she attended the Washington, D.C. PC
reunion and was fortunate to see many old friends, including Thelma
(Anderson) Grizzard, Helen (Anderson) Brown, Elsa Bailey,
Rosemary (Millett) Gilead, Connie (Trowbridge) Bishop, Norine
(Rathgaber) Lucas, Jack and Betty Rathgaber, Eldermae Duff,
Ruth Diver, and Liz Beall.
ELIZABETH QUINTERO, Reporter
NEWS FROM PENSACOLA, FL ... There have been no mini-reunions
or general get-togethers of all the former Canal Zone residents who live in
this area, but there are more and more families settling here as time goes on,
and those of us who were friends in Panama continue to stay in touch in
Chuck and Dottie Lavallee just returned from the Shrine Convention
in New Orleans. They have had recent visits from the Cliff Beattys
and the Vance Howards and are presently entertaining their son Ron
and his wife and three children who are visiting from Panama. Dottie also
made a recent brief business trip to Panama.
Dr. and Mrs. H. Russell Meyers (former residents of Santa Clara)
recently sold their Panama home and are now permanently located in
Mary Ethlyn Grimes has had her mother with her for a few days and
has now accompanied her back to Indiana, where she will be spending a
week with her daughter Nancy and grandchildren.
Earl and Bea Sears are two of the busiest people around. Earl's time is
spent beautifying their yard which is now pretty enough to be a local park.
Bea is the active and very efficient president of the local organ club, which
has grown and accomplished great things under her direction.
Bob and Fran Russell attended the IAGS 35th Anniversdary
celebration in San Antonio in May, where they saw and visited with many
former Canal Zone friends. They also enjoyed a brief visit from Bob Jr. and
his wife Cheryl (Peterson) before they went on a trip to England.
Clarence and Laura True sold their home in Coral Gables and moved
the 1st of April to Apt. 45A, 200 E. Burgess Road, Pensacola, where they are
located within half a mile from daughter Mildred and son-in-law Webb
Hearne. Their son, Bruce True and wife from Selma, OR as well as son
Bill and family from Orlando are visiting them at present.
Webb and I have been taking many short trips recently, but the highlight
was two weeks in Texas during June. We visited son John in College
Station who is employed by a large oil supply company, and all spent a week
together in Corpus Christi, where son Jim is working as a Customs Patrol
Officer. While in Texas, we had an enjoyable brief visit with the Phil
Steers, Howard Gees, Jim Willis', Don Nungesters' and Ned
Dwelles'. We returned by way of Birmingham when Webb's father, James
M. Hearne died. He would have been 97 in September. It's great to have my
parents close by and it's an extra bonus to have visits from all my brothers
when they come to see Mother and Dad.
MILDRED HEARNE, Reporter
SARASOTA, FL NEWS... According to the "Sarasota Herald Tribune"
of June 27, 1981, Fred and Trudi Mohl are co-executive directors of King
Neptune's Frolic organization during it's traditional Fourth of July
celebration this year. Fred and Trudi, long time residents of the Canal Zone,
are to be congratulated for programming a full slate of activities and prizes.
Fred retired as Lieutenant in the CZ Government Fire Division and was
very active in civic affairs, both in the Canal Zone and in Sarasota.
The "Inquiring Photographer" in one of Sarasota's leading newspapers
also managed to question two of the visiting Canal Zone vacationists,
recently. They were Fred and Leona Lee. Fred is a Panama Canal
Commission employee, while his wife, Leona is a nurse, and daughter of the
late Alice and Max Hart. Fred is the son of Fred Lee Sr., a retired CZ
Postal employee and of Mrs. Beatrice Lee, a CZ retiree of the
The Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion held in St. Petersburg and
summer vacation time brought many visitors to Sarasota.
Mrs. Forrest Cheeseman of Brea, CA attended her first PC reunion and
was the houseguest of Mrs. Frances D. Jones. Lola also visited with her
sister, Foy and Kerner Fraunheim in Seminole.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur O'Leary of San Diego, CA were guests of Elsie
and Rob Smith and enjoyed renewing many CZ friendships again.
Mary Orr had Irene Wright Hollowell of Houston, TX as her
houseguest. She was entertained by many friends at cards and morning
coffees. Later Alan and Kathy Jane (Melanson) Wells and two
daughters of Atlanta, GA enjoyed their first Florida visit with great aunt
Mary Orr and also went sightseeing at the many Florida attractions.
Budd and Eleanor Bliss of Campbell, CA were houseguests of his sister
Mayno and George Walker. While here they also visited his brother,
Curtis and Emily Bliss of Rockledge, FL and other sisters, Gladys Bliss
Humphrey and Tinsie and Barney Barnes, who shared in honoring him
with a surprise 76th birthday party celebration.
Other reunion visitors included Col. Don DeMarr, USA Retired, and his
wife, Stella (Boggs) DeMarr, also Caroline (Hulsebosch) Estelle of
Virginia, who were guests of Stella's aunt, Blanche and Walter
Hartman, in their Glen Oaks home.
Joe and Anne (Chase) Dolan of Austin, TX spent several days with
Fred and Trudi Mohl. Joe recently retired as Chief of Customs in the Zone
and were enjoying their first reunion.
The Mohls also enjoyed a family reunion during Easter week when their
older son, Kenneth (Skeeter) arrived with his wife and three children
from Albany, GA. They were joined by their younger son, Steve, also from
Albany, who arrived for the long holiday weekend. After the family left the
silence was deafening but a good time was had by all.
Major Thomas J. Ebdon III, USAF, returned to the U.S.A. after he
completed a year of duty in Osan, Korea. He made a brief visit in Sarasota
with his parents, Rae and Joe Ebdon, before driving to Hill Air Force
Base in Utah for further training before reporting to his permanent station
at McDill AFB in Tampa.
Bob and Lottie Orvis with their daughter, Nita, of Diablo Heights, RP
arrived for a summer visit with his mother, Fran Orvis, and their older
son, Bobby Orvis. During the weekends they were joined by their other
son, Carl Orvis, an E-4 Aviation Apprentice stationed at the Naval Air
Station in Milton, FL. Bob and his family also visited his brother, Jim and
family Brandon, FL.
Boyd Bevington Jr. of El Cajon, CA enjoyed a visit with his mother,
Joyce and Jack Clarke. Boyd is with the Schools Division in El Cajon,
and is also doing research on his family's geneology.
Billie Galloway had as summer visitors her daughter and son-in-law,
Anna Katherine and Pat Daniel and children of Houston, TX. They
were joined by her granddaughters, Kari and Anna Galloway of Atlanta,
GA. The cousins enjoyed being together so a happy time was had by all.
John and Gladys McLain had a pleasant and enjoyable visit from Jim
Bedsworth, who is retired from the CZ. Postal Division and is living with
his family in Costa Rica. While in the area he visited other friends and
former neighbors as well as with the Donald Parkers in Inverness.
The McLains also enjoyed the visit of their son, Doug McLain and
family from Panama, where he is teaching at Crtistobal High School.
Four generations of the Humphrey family visited Gladys B.
Humphrey when her brother-in-law, LeRoy L. Humphrey, arrived from
Fort Dodge, IA. He was accompanied by his son, Duane and wife; his
granddaughter, Laura Jean (Humphrey) and Randy Hanna; and his
great granddaughter, Mindi Sue Hanna, for a two week visit.
A family reunion was held in Palm Bay, FL on Father's Day at the home
of his nephew, Donald L. Humphrey and family. Also present from
Sarasota was Donald's mother, Gladys Humphrey, and his sister,
Donna J. Mann and her children.
Mrs. E. Fenton Parks (Bertha), accompanied by her brother, Ernest
Goyette and wife of Cocoa, FL, visited with John and Madge Hall,
former CZ neighbors. It has been 14 years since Madge and Berrtha had
seen each other. En route they also visited with Ernie Goyette's cousin,
Dr. Bob Matheney in St. Petersburg.
Gini and Carl Starke with their daughter, Cassie Lou, visited June
and Vic May in Holiday, FL over the July 4th weekend and while there
helped the Mays celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.
Late in July the Mays, accompanied by their daughter, Sandy and Tom
Robinson of Largo, came for a weekend visit with the Starkes in Sarasota
and for the celebration of Cassie Lou Starke's birthday. Aunt Jane
Starke Koch of Sarasota also joined the group.
Jay and Harry Cain returned in June from their annual six-weeks
vacation. In Myrtle Beach, S.C. they visited former Margarita neighbors,
Tillie and Howard Hagan, as well as friends in Exmore, VA. In New
Jersey they visited Jay's sister, Myrle Weicksel, and other relatives. En
route home they stopped in Aiken, S.C. for a very special visit with Al
Degan, who has been very ill following several strokes.
Later in June Jay and Harry joined Maxine and Bill Dixon and their
cousins who were visiting from Huntsville, AL for a week at Sanibel Island.
Mina Dee tells of her wonderful vacation in Portland, Oregon with her
son Bill Lang and family. She was very proud to see her grandson William
Lang graduate from Reed College, and he has accepted a Teaching
Fellowship at Oregon State College. She also attended the beautiful
wedding of her grandson Tom Lang to Kathy Gilbertson of Portland,
Oregon. She has also enjoyed the visit of her son Pete Lang and wife and
granddaughters of Panama, who are also sharing their vacation with her
parents, the Earl Dailey's of St. Petersburg, FL.
Mrs. Tom Conley (Gladys) returned from an enjoyable tour of Norway
and other Scandinavian countries and share many interesting tales of her
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dombrowsky of Hendersonville, N.C. arrived for a
visit with the Thomas J. Ebdon's Jr., of Sarasota before going to a visit at
the home of their son Dale Dombrowsky and family in Lakeland, FL.
Barney and Tinsie (Bliss) Barnes had a fine visit here with his nephew
Mr. Calvin "Bud" Carder and wife from Barney's home town of Ridgeley,
West Virginia. The Barnes' had recently returned from a West Virginia trip
where they attended the Honor Graduation of his niece Miss Lois Ann
Mr. and Mrs. Fred R. Walker and sons vacationed in the States,
visiting with his parents the George A. Walkers of Sarasota; with his
sister Mrs. Mabelle Fitzgerald and family of New Smyrna Beach, FL; his
uncle the Curtis H. Blisses of Rockledge, FL, and another sister Mrs.
Carole Peregoy in Sarasota. They also visited with his wife's family in
Ohio and in Chicago. They were honored at a Bienvenido and Despedida
while at the home of Jerry and Kathy (Detamore) Denton in Tampa,
FL, seeing the Dave Rowe's, Gus Nellises and the Alba (Buddy)
Hutchings and families. Before returning to Panama, where he is
employed as Chief, Telephone Section, Panama Canal Commission, a
gathering of family members and friend spent the day at his parents' home
in Sarasota which included Mrs. Betty Malone, and Mrs. Betty
Jorgensen with her daughter Mrs. Shirley Magee and son Kenney
Jorgensen of St. Pete, FL. They reminised about earlier Cocoli resident
days and Telephone Branch activities. His other sister, Mrs. Jack D.
Wagner, also telephoned them from Walla Walla, Washington before their
family moved to Anchorage, Alaska. Many nice reunions with family and
friends were enjoyed during their Stateside vacation, as well as sightseeing
the many attractions in Chicago and Florida.
Ruth and Caleb Clement returned to the home of their older son, Lt.
Cmdr. Orrin P. Clement, USN; his wife, Carol, and two daughters in
Virginia Beach, VA, after a July visit north. They spent a week with their
daughter and family, Mary (Clement) and Steve Vaughn and son, Drew
at West Point, N.Y. and with relatives in Reading, PA.
Steve recently returned to civilian status and has recently accepted a
position in Houston, TX. The family arrived in Houston the first week in
August in time to celebrate their first wedding anniversary and Drew's first
birthday in their new apartment at 1846 Hollister, Apt. 16, Houston, TX
77080 and are looking forward to meeting former Zonites in the Houston
Ruth and Caleb's younger son, Caleb (Cubbie) lives in Grants Pass,
OR with his wife and two daughters.
GLADYS HUMPHREY, Reporter
NEWS FROM ST. PETERSBURG ... The Brown Baggers, who meet
each first and third Wednesday at different members homes were guests of
Barbara O'Connor and Grace Williams at their home on June 3rd.
What a happy day we had to celebrate our National Birthday at Seminole
Park! A group of ex-Canal Zoners and their families gathered for a day of
games, good and plentyful food, reminiscing and singing. There is
something about these folks who spent several years or more, on the
Panama Canal Zone, that really clicks when they get together. It is an
enviable group, not to be found in many places.
Had the occasion to visit at the home of our Vice-President, Al Pate and
his wife Dottie, the other day. As the noon hour struck, a mother duck with
her brood of seventeen half-grown youngsters, came up to the back door for
their regular luncheon handout. What a gaggle.
There are many members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida in St.
Petersburg, but I am not always able to get in touch with them. If you have
anything to tell your friends about, please call me, or write me before the
issue dates of our CANAL RECORD, and I will be glad to do my best to let
folks know that we are here and active. (See list of reporters, Ed.) I'll
appreciate it, and so will our other members.
GRACE M. WILLIAMS, Reporter
A reminder letter to Mrs. Dewey E. Chelette, 66A Colonial Drive,
Monroe, has been returned marked "Not deliverable as addressed" and
"Forwarding order expired." If anyone knows where Mrs. Chelette has
moved, please let us know.
Edna Benoit of Metairie and her daughter, Audrey Bowman of
Balboa, visited Audrey's son, Maj. Robert D. Bowman and his wife, Jill,
and their sons, Wade and Michael, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Bob
is an F-4E Phantom tactical fighter pilot. They enjoyed a ski trip to
Bertschesgaden in the Bavarian Alps and visited Salzburg, Austria, during
their 30-day trip. In June, Edna's son, Burton and his wife and two
daughters of New Orleans, visited Bob and his family for two weeks. Edna
recently left Louisiana for an indefinite stay in Panama with Audrey and
Audrey's daughter, Beverly Wood, and her family.
Richard Dinkgreve of Metairie writes that, since Via Mae fell and
broke her hip in March, she's kept him quite busy. She's home now and
improving with Dick's help and the use of a walker. In June the Dinkgreves
received a visit from retired Lt. Col. Tex and Marilyn Baumanna of
Alexandria, VA., who were on an extended trip of the South and Southwest
in their Toyota motor coach. They were members of the Lutheran Chapel in
Margarita in the late '50s and were stationed in Fort Gulick with the Army.
Violet Freker, who worked with Dick in Cristobal, has moved from
California and is now living in Fort Myers, FL. She plans to return to
California after selling her property in Fort Myers. Former Zonian
Lutherans may be interested to know that the Rev. Robert Gussick, who
was on the Zone from 1956 to 1959, is now the executive director of the
Lutheran Baja California Mission. The Rev. Hilbert Riemer is a
missionary to Korea; he was a vicar in the Zone in 1958 and 1959; one of his
many duties in Seoul is director of the Korean Lutheran Hour; he and his
wife have been living there for more than 20 years and have two daughters.
The Rev. Merle Schulz, vicar, 1960-1961, lives in Sterling, Colo., and is an
assistant vice president of a bank; he and his wife have a son and a
daughter. The Rev. Fred Illick, 1957-1958 vicar, is with the Lutheran
Church in Accident, MD; he and his wife, Marilyn, have three sons and a
daughter. The Rev. Arthur Meyer, pastor from 1959-1965, is now a
pastor in Norfolk, VA, and lives in Virginia Beach. The Rev. Carl
Bretscher, 1965-1970 pastor, has once again left the ministry and is now
attending college in St. Louis majoring in social work which he plans to
make his career upon graduation.
Paul and Terri (Smith) Flynn have left Maine for warmer climes. They
have settled in at 12310 Gebhart, Baton Rouge 70816, with children Ryan,
6, and Heather, 8. Paul was with the Coco Solo commy until 1979. Now he
works as a buyer for H. J. Wilson Co. The Flynns were recently visited by
Mike and Karen Ryan and son Ken from Panama. Mike is an inspector
for the Commission.
Tim Garber phoned from Metairie upon his return from La Boca, saying,
"I just got back from the Zone and it's still there." Tim may be reached at
Gene and Marian Gregg of Mandeville write of the great time they had
at the reunion in St. Pete. Daughter Gail has graduated from nursing
school and is working at Baptist Hospital in New Orleans. Daughter Lynn
and Dr. Clayton Brown have moved to Zachary where Clayton is busy
setting up his practice. Daughter Nancy is going to D.C. and New York on
vacation. Daughter Laura is going to summer school and will teach in
Iberville Parish. Young Gene went to D.C. on a school tour in June and
reported back that he saw Martha and George at Mount Vernon and they
are doing well. (Young Gene sounds like a chip off the old block.) Young
Gene is now at his Aunt Connie's dairy farm in Ohio for the rest of the
summer. The Greggs visited June Clayton in Franklinton, where she's
retired from DOD in Panama. Ben Mazzoni is expected for a visit in
September from Pennsylvania. After Gas House III and IV, the Greggs will
go to Dothan in October for Gas House V. Helen became a senior in Aug-
ust after a relaxing summer break.
John R. Gough Sr. of Marrero writes of a most exciting summer for
Kathleen and himself with a continuous stream of visitors.
Paul Elia, Jr.
In May, Paul Elia spent a few days with us while attending to business at
a nearby Naval airbase. Paul is a logistics engineer with ManTech
International Corp., of Lexington Park, MD. Sure enjoyed his company. We
had been long-time friends in the old Canal Zone. Note the handpainted
batea. John painted it in 1950.
In June, Linda Lee Gough, our 14-year-old granddaughter, spent three
weeks with us, swimming, shopping, sightseeing, making new friends in
New Orleans. She especially enjoyed dining out at the Blue Marlin in
Westwego as she loved to eat the fried shrimp freshly caught by the owner.
Linda was so impressed with the lifestyle here that she would like to have
stayed all summer.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
P.O. Box 11566
ST. PETERSBURG, FL 33733
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Please use additional paper and staple enclosed if not sufficient room for your
1. What do you like about the Panama Canal Society of Florida?
2. What do you dislike about it?
3. Are you content with the CANAL RECORD?
4. If not, what are your suggestions?
5. Are the news articles, etc. of interest to you in the CANAL RECORD?
6. What would you like to see more of, in the CANAL RECORD?
7. Would you like to see more photos with captions in the CANAL RECORD?
8. Would you like to see some type of entertainment at annual reunions?
Specify what type of entertainment.
9. Would you like to provide or be part of some sort of entertainment at
10. Would you like to see annual reunions held in areas other than Florida?
(This would require a change in the Constitution)
11. Should the Business Meeting held at the annual reunion be "open" to
membership for comments, motions, suggestions, etc. on the floor? (This
period would probably be limited in time or an over-lengthy meeting would
12. Would you like to be able to purchase 50th Anniversary moments at the
next annual reunion for a nominal fee?
13. Are you in favor of a Dinner-Dance on April 16 at our next reunion. Cost
will not exceed $20 per person. It is to be catered, and all vestiges of the
meal will be removed before the dance starts. Please answer this question
by 31 October, so we can program.
14. Any other comments?
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William Gough IV William Gough III
In July, our son William Gough III and our grandson William Gough
IV arrived from Tampa for ten days. This was the first time we had seen
Willy IV since he was a baby. He's almost 12 years old now. One of the first
things we did was to see the Ringling and Barnum Circus at the Superdome.
Next we took a trip up and down the Mississippi River on the sternwheel
steamboat Natchez. Willy made fast friends with the neighborhood kids
and spent a lot of time in John's shop building radio sets and rubberband
guns. He said it was the best 4th of July he had ever spent. His Dad got him a
huge bag of fireworks to blow off that evening.
Grandson John Gough III Bayou Segnette Fishing Hole
John Gough, Sr. Fishing the hard way at Bayou Segnette.
Also arriving in July was grandson John Gough III who will be 18 in
September. John was on the Cristobal High School football team and is
presently a member of the varsity team at Bonanza High School in Las
Vegas. His other grandparents, Lee and Myrtle Sparks (Lee was a
superintendent of the cold storage plant at Corozal) live in Los Angeles and
he seems them occasionally.
John's great love in Louisiana is fishing and crabbing. John will not only
catch but will eat anything that lives in the water. During his visit we've
made several fishing trips to local freshwater bayous to fish for bass, perch,
sacalait, catfish and crabs. Just this morning I hooked a big bass using live
crickets for bait. I got him into the shallows just as a speedboat passed by.
Guess what? That lunker got away as I was momentarily distracted. I
figured his size somewhere between 3 and 5 pounds. Luckily I had a witness.
Nevertheless, both my witness and I seem to extend our arms a little wider
everytime we relate the story about his one that got away.
Bob Hughes has finished coursework on a Ph.D. at LSU-Baton Rouge
and has returned to Fort Clayton with his wife, Kati and their daughters,
Jennifer and Rebecca. Bob will resume his position with IAGS while
drafting his dissertation.
In May, Mrs. Frances P. Walker of Marrero received a visit from her
granddaughter, Frances Flynn Morales, her great-granddaughter,
Monica Jean Morales, 2, and Frances' husband, Kenneth R. Morales.
They traveled 6,900 miles by Amtrak. Mrs. Walker is a first-generation
Zonian. Her daughter Patricia Walker Flynn is the second, Frances
Flynn Morales is the third and (Little Miss) Monica is fourth. This was
Monica's first visit to see her great-grandmother. Kenneth works for the
Panama Canal Commission at Pedro Miguel Locks and Frances is at
Marine Traffic Control. In April Kenneth and brother Lars were in
Maryville, Mo., visiting with their father, John A. Morales. Kenneth
traveled with Frances and Monica. Lars came with his wife, Marcella
Hawk Morales, and their son, Ian Lars. They all had a nice visit with
Grandpa John and Uncle Roy Morales.
Mrs. Jackie (Ellen Best) Osborne, 2083 Shawn Drive, Baton Rouge
70806, recently welcomed home her daughters Michelen, 8, and Shari, 5,
from a month's visit to grandmother's, Member Mrs. Earle (Phyllis) Best
of Jacksonville, AL. John and Janice (Scott) Herring and children,
Trina, Ian, Jeffery and Bryan visited the Osbornes recently. Janice is
with PanCanal Commission Personnel and John has the beauty salon and
restaurant at Curundu as well as a plastics company in Panama. Ellen is
expecting visits from Sandra Brunner, wife of Bill Brunner, who has
been in school in California and will be rejoining her husband at Morgan's
Gardens. Jim and Judy Wheeler of Diablo, with children, Jeri, Jana and
Jamie, are coming in from Florida en route to Panama. Jim is a police
lieutenant at Balboa and Judi works for the Army in Corozal. Kandi and
Steve Helen are also expected. Steven has been in school in New Orleans
with Tom Mallia and is also with the Balboa Police. The Wheelers, Helens
and Osbornes intend "doing" New Orleans in the very near future.
W. J. "Shorty" Schexnayder of Amite dropped us a line. He's up to his
elbows canning vegetables. He had a nice letter from William Devore who
was sorry to have missed the Reunion. Shorty expects the gathering of his
clan over Labor Day. Last year they had wall-to-wall kids over the wall-to-
wall carpeting. He's looking for Casanova any day now and was ready for
Vamprine recently when he came for a load of firewood.
Millie Damerau Sellers of Washington, LA, writes of the family's pride
over the achievements of their son, Walter P. Sellers III (see photo
elsewhere). Walton is working at the clerk of court's office in St. Landry
Parish this summer and expects to enroll in the LSU Law School, Baton
Rouge, in January. He is the grandson of well-known former Zonians, Mr.
and Mrs. Paul J. Damerau, also of Washington.
Lester and Andrea (Boyd) Smith of Baton Rouge with daughters,
Christina and Kimberly, spent part of the summer camping in the
beaches of Florida and visiting friends, relatives and Disneyworld. In
Pensacola they saw Les' parents, Terry (Personnel) and Bob (Army Civil
Engineering) Smith. Andrea's parents, Hoyt (Schools) and Frances
Boyd were visited in Clearwater. In Tampa they spent time with former
BHS classmates, Jim and Ellie Barnes. Andrea is BHS '65 and Les, BHS
Mrs. V. J. (Kelly) Wainio has moved from Gretna, LA, to 1000 Selkirk
Drive, Dothan, AL 36303. Her son, Fred, remains in New Orleans working
with Lykes Brothers Steamship Co. Daughter, Joann, is a junior at La.
Gret and Bill Warren try to make me believe they have an address in
New Port Richey, but how can I think that when I keep getting postcards
from such unlikely places as Tucson, Ariz.; Vancouver Is., Canada; Canby,
Ore.; Soap Lake and Moses Lake, Wash. In Tucson they visited with Mr.
and Mrs. Rufus Lovelady while the smoking tires rested. Daughter
Kathy and her husband Jim, joined them from New York City for two
weeks in Oregon. Kathy plans to finish a library science degree from Pratt
Institute in December. Maybe I'll get to see the Warrens on their return trip
through Louisiana. Son David and his family live in New Orleans.
PATT FOSTER ROBERSON, Reporter
NEWS FROM WESTERN CAROLINA ... We had our annual picnic at
Lake Julian on July 8th with an attendance of 43. Out of town members and
guests were: Clara Jorstad and her guest, Lilymae Crosswhite from
Waynesville; Ross and Janet Cunningham, their son, Richard, his wife
Lynn and two granddaughters Janet Ruth Cunningham and
Anjanette Walker; Thelma and Charles Louis, guests of Alice and
Max Conover; Jo and Lloyd Kent, guests of Carmen and Charles
Howe. Marion Howe and Carol Finn came from Columbia, SC, and
Bonnie (Kleasner) and LeRoy Wilson from Balsam, NC. We were glad to
see Della and Clarence Howell and Ethel Dodson from Asheville. They
haven't been able to be with us recently.
An election of officers was held, and they are: Carmen Howe, President;
Clara Jorstad, Vice-President; Jean Dombrowsky, Secretary;
Salvadore (Pat) Patino, Treasurer and Alice Roche, Reporter.
Alice and Max Conover are here for the summer in their condominium
Julian and Odessa (Des) Hearne have arrived for the summer and
their daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Robert Baldwin and daughter
Julie from Jacksonville, FL were with them for a week in July. Des's sister,
Ethel Ferguson, will spend the last week in July with them.
Emily and Howard Johnson flew to Vermont in June to spend several
days with Ruth and Ernest Zelnick. While they were there, Betsy and
Truman Hoenke had a picnic on their island with the Johnson's,
Zelnicks, George and Tommy Roth and Edna and Jim Million. The
Johnsons' son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Margaret with their two
children, Betsy and Jay from Houston, TX, spent a few weeks with them in
July. Jim is now manager of Compliance for Western Oceanic Co. in
Jo and Lloyd Kent from Boca Raton, FL were house guests of Carmen
and Charles Howe for a week in July.
Janet and Ross Cunningham came here on the first of July and will be
here through September at Conastee Falls.
Betty Bentz's son, Dr. Alan Bentz from Stonington, CN, was with her
for a week in June. Robert C. and Dorothy Bowen, Murfreesboro, TN,
were in the area and stopped to see Betty, as did Mary and Paul Dunn and
their seven children from Knoxville, TN. Paul Dunn was with the General
Counsel's Office at one time. Betty leaves early in August for two months in
Minnesota, Iowa and Colorado visiting her four sisters.
Jack and Jean Dombrowsky's daughter and son-in-law Barbara
and Bruce Harmon and their children from Ahoskie, NC, spent several
days with them. Jack and Jean are going to Miami the latter part of July to
put Jean's mother, Barbara Coleman, on a plane to Panama where she
will spend some time with her daughter, "Bricky" Pattison. The
Marian Gregg with daughter Gail at Gail's
graduation from LSU Medical Center in New
OUTSTANDING DISABLED STUDENT Walton P. Sellers III, left, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Walton P. Sellers Jr. ofWashington, LA, was recognized as the
outstanding disabled student attending LSU at Eunice for the 1980-81
school year. An LSUE committee selected Sellers, who has cerebral palsy,
to receive the award, which is given to a disabled student who shows
"courage and persistence in pursuit of his educational goals in spite of
personal handicaps." Making the presentation is Richard Collier,
institutional liaison officer and a selection committee member. Sellers, a
pre-law major, has maintained a near perfect grade-point average and is a
member of Gamma Beta Phi, a collegiate honor society.
Lynn Gregg Brown and son Rayne of Zachary, La.
Three sisters, all former Zonians, left to right: Annie Smart Gerhardt,
Cristobal, 1922-41; Connie Smart, Ancon and Cristobal, 1929-36; Bobbie
Smart Raymond, Cristobal, 1930-50. Taken in Livingston, La., May 1981.
Dombrowsky's will be gone about 3 weeks and will visit their son, Dale and
family, and friends in Florida.
Ruth and Bill Tillman left in the middle of July for Rochester, NY where
Bill will be on business. From there, they will go to Canada to visit Bill's
family. On their way back, they will stop in Vermont with the Ernest
Zelnicks and Truman Hoenkes.
ALICE H. ROCHE, Reporter
NEWS FROM THE NORTHWEST
Hello to one and all from the beautiful Northwest. If its a volcano, rain,
cold, occasional sunshine, or whatever turns you on, its awaiting your
My son Jim Wood and daughter, Mary Napoleon, attended the Florida
Annual Reunion and had the best time of their lives! God willing, I plan to
attend the 50th celebration.
After the reunion, Vera and Alton Jones flew to Portland, OR, to assist
her aunt, Gladys Cain, who had suffered a stroke. Evelyn Miesse and I
dropped by for a visit with the Jones' and found Margaret and Grady
Hardison. We had a good visit together, all looked in good health, and
Vera was busy plugging the Florida reunion by saying "Every former
Zonian should make at least one reunion."
Evelyn Miesse and I headed north for a change she went to a
photography seminar, and I to Bellingham to visit James and Lera
Walker. Lera informed me their daughter Ginger Graham and family
were now living in McMinnville, OR. Our visit was too short, as I had to
return to Everett to pick up Evelyn. In the early evening, we called on
Roland Stemmer in Mukilteo. We found him planting a large strawberry
patch in his garden. Despite a recent illness, he was full of energy and look-
ing good. He is teaching welding art in a local college and is also a welding
consultant. He and I both tried to phone Roy Boggs, but go no answer.
Bob and Kelly Maynard drove over from Polson, MT, for a visit. While
here, Bob and my son Jim went salmon fishing at Illwaca, WA. Each
caught their quota of two each. While the men were fishing, Kelly and I took
in the Pendleton Mills; the Volcano Center for an update of Mt. St. Helens,
and had lunch with Evelyn Miesse. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit, although
it was much too short.
Rhoda and Ray Brians, Margaret and Grady Hardison dropped in
to visit with Glenn and Gladys Lasher. Had I known they were coming, I
wouldn't have gone for a drive, but now knowing, was sorry to have missed
seeing them. I understand, through the report, that the Brians are hunting
down their "roots" (geneology).
Glen and Gladys Lasher picked cherries in the orchard of Jim and
Hanna Byrd, in The Dalles, OR. While in the area, they visited Elba and
Raymond Rowley; Debbie (Rowley) Shobe in Dallesport, WA, and
Noralee and Jim Shobe of Carson, WA. Gladys also mentioned receiving
a phone call from Betty and "Woody" Wood of Delta, CO. Sounds like
Gatun is regrouping in the Northwest with all our "Gold Coast" neighbors.
Ann Laura Johnson has been busy showing off the Northwest to her
relatives from Texas.
My daughter Marcy and family are in Nashville, TN, for the Minor
League baseball season. The Major leagues may be on strike, but it doesn't
effect the Minor League. While the Napoleons are in Tennessee, their
Florida house-sitters are Herb and Jackie Raybourne and family, who
are on vacation from the Isthmus.
August 1st is approaching quickly. Hopefully, many in, around or
visiting these parts will attend the Northwest Panama Canal Society Picnic
reunion. We are all wishing for a warm, dry, sunny day for this event, and
that report will be in the December issue.
Mrs. Bonnie (Davis) Dolan and children will be arriving July 17 for a
two week visit with her mother, Lucille Davis of Poulsbro, WA before
returning to the Isthmus.
MARTHA WOOD, Reporter
NEWS FROM AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA ... A number of our
members made the trip to the St. Petersburg reunion and enjoyed seeing old
friends from other parts of the country. Peggy and Don Hutchison had
made plans to drive to Weslaco, TX, to visit son Gary and family and to look
up friends along the way. They did manage to stop and see John and Opal
O'Berry in Brooksville, FL, and Lillian and Dick Abell in Fairhope, AL,
but the day after arriving in Weslaco, Hutch suffered a heart attack and
spent many weeks in the hospital. After his discharge, he and Peggy visited
Jean and Don Spencer in Ft. Mansfield. It was not until the end of June
that they were able to return home, where he is gradually getting back to
On June 20th, a party for seventy five relatives, friends and neighbors,
honoring James Otis and Eletheer Catron's 40th Wedding Anniversary
was hosted by their children and spouses Jimmie and Sylvia Catron of
Madison, FL; Billy and Dorothy (Harper) Catron of Davie, FL: and
Joseph and Penny (Catron) Lotterhos of Clinton, MS. Jimmie acted as
Master of Ceremonies and the evening highlighted by photo collections of
Otis and Eletheer's early days in the Canal Zone and the recollections of
various relatives and friends.
The following day, St. John's Methodist Church was the scene of the
baptism of Glenda Catron, daughter of Billy and Dorothy Catron, in
the presence of her many relatives from various parts of the country.
Among the visitors to Aiken this spring were: Mr. and Mrs. George A.
Tully of St. Petersburg, who called on Nora and Charles Green, and
Virginia and Charles Dubbs... Bill and Kay Butler of Clearwater, FL,
who stayed with Trudi and Lee Clontz, enroute to New England... and
Jerry and Pat Detamore of Atlanta, whose visit to Aiken was enjoyed by
Verna and Andy Kapinos.
Verna Kapinos reports that Maj. and Mrs. Robert 0. Smith
(Kapinos) and family are now stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, KS, where
Robert will be attending school for a year.
Dorothy and John Everson have accompanied Nellie Jansen on a
flying trip to Coeur d'Alene, ID, where they are visiting Nellie's brother,
John Bruland, and hopefully enjoying some cooler climate.
On July 1st, the Holiday Inn was the setting of a "Going-Away" dinner
for Lee and Hilda Myers, who have since moved to Carrabelle, FL, where
they are living near their son, Lee Myers Jr. and family. Those attending
were entertained by reminiscences of how various couples met and how
they arrived in the Canal Zone. We are sorry to see Lee and Hilda go, but
wish them good health and good fishing in their new location!
Bob and Lilly Rowe are looking forward to a visit by their
granddaughters Stacey and Kelly, who will stay in Aiken briefly while
their parents, Donna and Bobby Howe are occupied moving their
household goods from Bittendorf, IA, to their new home in south Florida.
On the 27th of June, after several weeks of "unusual" warm weather,
President Bill York and Sis delighted us by providing not only a beautiful
setting for our picnic but also an absolutely superb day. The picnic was
attended by 53 members and guests including new members Virginia and
Frank Smart of Aiken, and Kay and Jerry Pierce of Granitville. The
cakes, salads and fruits were excellent, as were the hamburgers and hot-
dogs prepared by Chef Otis Catron and very much enjoyed by all.
After partaking of the above goodies, a brief business meeting was held
and it was decided to have a dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn on October
1st. In addition, the date for our pre-Christmas dinner is set for Friday,
December 11th also at the Holiday Inn.
TRUDI CLONTZ, Reporter
NEWS FROM KERRVILLE, TEXAS ... The first annual picnic of the
Hill Country Zonians was held at the Louise Hayes Park, Kerrville, TX, on
Saturday, July 18.
Planners and organizers were: Marilyn Carter, Mistress of Ceremonies;
Marion Orr Wells, Coordinator and Treasurer; Bea Monsanto Rhyne,
It was an enthusiastic crowd of 126 people who came from as far away as
El Paso, TX. The Richard Morse (Susanna Kotalik) family won a prize
for coming the greatest distance, as did Bill Muller (Jean) family of
Garland, TX, and the John Lenick (Anne Bassett) family from Houston,
TX. At the time the prizes were being awarded for the longest distance
traveled, the Tom Stoakley (Connie) family from Carrollton, TX, were
swimming in the Guadelupe River. Other areas represented were: Austin,
Bandera, Boerne, Fredricksburg, Helotis, Ozona, San Antonio and
Wimberley. Out of town visitors who included the picnic on their itinerary
were the Peggy Washabaugh (Rita Kotalik) family from PA; Mary
Ridge and Joanne Fields of Panama; the Mattes Orr (Selwyn) from
Houston, TX, and also the Bob Orr (Eloise) family from Houston.
A delicious BBQ was prepared by Les Johnston and Bill Fleckenstein
who were at the park by daybreak firing up the pits and making sure the
briskits were "finger lickin' good." They were assisted by Bob Dunn, Ted
Young and Gary Johnston.
The toe-tapping music and public address system was provided by Wade
Carter, who had plenty of Lucho music taped, along with some calypso
and other favorites.
Each family brought a covered dish, including Sopa Boracha delicious -
prepared by Jeanne Flynn Stough of San Antonio. (How about sending in
the recipe, Jeanne? Ed.)
Iris DeDeaux Hogan; Kathi Adams Lesiack;
Gigi Fleckenstein; Tena Mathews.
In line for Les and Bill's BBQ and the Sopa
Ice-breaking games were played and the events winners are as follows:
Signature Game: Joanne Fields and Jeanne Bishop
Mystery Lady: Perry Washabaugh
Horseshoe Toss: Bob Grier and Tena Mathews
Bubble Gum Blow: Peter Shacklett, Marilyn Carter
A lottery board "Loteria Nacional de Kerrville" was in evidence. The
drawing was held after dinner. The First, Second and Third prizes were sold
by "billetera" Bea Rhyne. Winners were:
First prize: Baryl Martin, San Antonio
Second prize: Wade Carter, Kerrville
Third prize: Jeanne Bishop, Kerrville
With the cooperation of the weather, the excitement of seeing old friends
and renewing friendships, not to forget the excellent food, it was a very
successful affair. The consensus is that it will become an annual event for
The Harvey G. Rhynes (Bea and Glenn) have had a happy, busy time
since settling in Kerrville. Their daughter, Camille, and employee of the
Panama Canal Commission, came for a visit in April to see their new home
and the beautiful hill country. While Camille was with them, they took a trip
to El Paso and visited H. G. Rhyne, Jr. and family and also Maggie
Dillman. They made several trips to San Antonio and visited Bea's sister,
Thirza (Robinson) Guttman.
Leo Eastham, on his return trip to Panama at the end of his vacation,
spent a weekend with the Rhynes.
Also in April, the Lee Karigers (Minnie) overnighted with them on their
way to the reunion in Florida.
In June, their daughter, Barbara, her husband Ed Stanford and their
two children, Eddie and Cheryl spent two weeks with the Rhynes. They
were joined by their son, H. G. Rhyne Jr., and his wife, Sonia, and their
children; Kenneth, Erick and Taffy. It was the first time that Bea and
Glenn had their grandchildren all together and it was a great family
reunion. Unfortunately, Camille had to return to Panama or the reunion
would have been complete.
In July, the Herman Guttmans (Thirza), from San Antonio, spent one
weekend, and the Gerry LePages (Dona) having come up from Panama
on their vacation, spent a weekend at "Casa Rhyne". Bea and Glenn take
great delight in showing off Kerrville and the beautiful Guadalupe River
BEA (MONSANTO) RHYNE, Acting Reporter
NEWS FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS ... Congratulations and a "thank
you" to all of the Canal Zoners who made the 1981 Reunion in St.
Petersburg, FL during the month of April, the BEST EVER!
The Panama Canal Society of Houston had a luncheon and meeting at
the "Old Hickory Stick Restaurant" on June 20, 1981. In the absence of our
President Patrick Coakley, the Vice-President, John Terry presided
over our meeting. There was a good attendance.
On May 27, 1981, Irene Hollowell drove to Clifton, TX (near Waco) to be
present for the senior high school graduation of Evelyn Tyssen. Evelyn is
the granddaughter of Mrs. Walter Pollack, of Clifton, and a former
resident of Tri-Par Estates, Sarasota, FL. This fall, Evelyn will attend
Tarleton College, located in Stephenville, TX to study for a degree in
Mrs. Betty (Bob) Rathgaber had visitors from Dothan, AL during the
month of June.
Myrtle and Lou Souder enjoyed having their children with them for a
few weeks in July. Helen Rae McDougall flew in from her home in
Guatamala City, Guatamala. Merle Lou Souder arrived from New York
City. Quite a family reunion for the Souders, with children, grandchildren
and great-grandchildren. This was good for Myrtle, who has been ill for
Betty (Haldeman) Underwood of St. Petersburg, FL; Joyce
(Collinge) Minke of Indonesia, and Sara (Collinge) Ulrich of
Algonquin, IL were guests of Irene Wright Hollowell for a week. Joyce
and Sara are the daughters of Joyce (Haldeman) Collinge. They came to
Houston for the Memorial Services of Tharon (Haldeman) Mitchell who
Some people are the kind we remember, whether they are near or far. The
kind who are never forgotten, and that's the kind the Canal Zoners are!
Adios, until the next issue.
IRENE WRIGHT HOLLOWELL, Recording Secretary,
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF HOUSTON ... Our regular meeting
was held June 20 at the "Hickory Stick Inn". As always, it provided a
pleasant social interlude.
Ione Brown asks to be remembered to her many friends. She has been
under constant medical supervision but she believes she is over the hump.
Word from California member, R. Leroy Dill, came via postal from
Germany where he was visiting his nephew and family. The beautiful
scenic postcard made us envious. Knowing LeRoy, he made his visit a joy
for his hosts.
Iva Standefer, along with daughter Joann and son-in-law Norman
DeLoof, made a vacation jaunt to New Mexico and Arizona. They included
the Grand Canyon and other famous spots, and one less famous. Iva can
now tell you how to find a "lost city". San Marcial, where she once lived, is
no longer on the map! (An aside: Did you know that Marcial was the name of
the boy who had the loaves and fishes of Biblical fame?)
JESSIE L. BUSH, Corresponding Secretary
On June 13th, 1981, George A. Smith received his doctorate from the
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Dental Branch. He
will be practicing in Houston, Texas
George is the son of George F. and Gizela F. Smith of Pensacola, FL,
formerly of Gamboa and Corozal, Canal Zone, where George Sr. was a
Chief Engineer for the Dredging Division.
Dr. David McGowin (better known in the Canal Zone as Buster)
received the Doctorate of Ministry Degree on May 8th, 1981 from Luther
Rice Seminary in Jacksonville, FL. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree
from Sanford University in Birmingham, AL and his Master of Theology
degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New
Dr. McGowin is the son of Mac and Ruby McGowin of 204 Walker St.,
Prattville, AL. Mac McGowin was supervisor of the grocery and cold
storage of the Balboa Commissary for many years. Dr. McGowin was
Master Counselor of the Order of DeMolay and received the Chevalier
Degree for his work. He was also noted as one of the Outstanding Young
Men in America for 1975. The last four years has found Dr. McGowin as
pastor of the First Baptist Church in Warrior, AL. He has also been effective
and successful as pastor in Louisiana and Mississippi. Dr. McGowin is
married to the former Judy McGriff of Prattville, AL. They have one son
named Davis Harris. Dr. McGowin has also hosted several tours to the Holy
Land, Greece and Italy.
Dr. David McGowin
Chaplain and Mrs. John H. Markley announce the engagement of
their daughter, Mary Elizabeth to the Rev. Paul D. Ficzeri of Mesquite,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ficzeri Jr. The couple has planned a June 12
wedding at First United Methodist Church in Garland, TX. The bride-elect
graduated from Ashley Hall in Charleston, SC, and received a BA degree
from Southern Methodist University and an MA from California State
University. The prospective bridegroom graduated from Balboa High
School. He received a BA degree from Texas Christian University and a
master of religious education from Brite Divinity School at TCU. He is
minister of the First Christian Church in Mesquite, TX.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Bialkowski visited the Earl Sayre family to
attend the graduation of their daughter, Beth Sayre. She received her
Master of Science degree from Corpus Christi State University. She will be
employed by the Special Education Co-op of Cinton, TX as educational
diagnostician for the 1981-82 school year.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Snyder Jr., of Kittanning, PA wish to
announce the engagement of their daughter Sally Ann to Richard Lynn
Smith, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Smith of Butler, PA. An
August wedding is planned. Sally Ann is a student at Alleghany College
and Richard served with the Peace Corps in Togo, Africa, prior to attending
Slippery Rock State Teacher's College, and is presently employed as
assistant director of the Children's Rehabilitation Center in Butler, PA.
The engagement of Rose Marie Poletti and Dale Eugene Martini is
being announced by her mother, Mrs. Mary A. Poletti of New
Philadelphia. Rose Marie's father is the late Louis J. Poletti. Dale is the
son of Mrs. Marian Martini of Uhrichsville, OH, and the late Joseph
The bride-to-be is a 1973 graduate of Balboa High School in the Canal
Zone and a 1977 graduate of Bowling Green State University. She is
working toward her master's degree at the University of Akron and is
employed by the Claymont schools as a teacher for multi-impaired children.
Her fiancee, a 1972 graduate of Tuscarawa Central Catholic High at New
Philadelphia and 1976 graduate of Marietta College. He earned his master's
degree from the University of Dayton. He is a counselor at Tuscarawas
Central Catholic High.
Plans are being made for a June 30 wedding.
Miss Kim Carter, of Kerrville, TX was chosen to be recognized in a new
biographical reference book, "International Youth in Achievement." It will
serve as a reference book for business leaders. Kim is a senior a Brigham
Young University in Provo, Utah. She is majoring in special education and
graduates in December '81. In 1980, Kim was honored by being in "Who's
Who Among College Students." Miss Carter is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Wade Carter, Jr. of Kerrville, TX.
Where Are You?
This column was added to the CANAL RECORD during the last issue,
in the hopes that it would be used to attempt to locate lost friends, etc. You
members are encouraged to use this column as much as you like. In
conversations with friends, I have often heard: "I wonder whatever
happened to ---?" Now is the time to put your wonderings on paper and
send it in to us. You may be lucky and find someone you have always been
wondering about. Here's a letter that might fall into that category.
George M. Lowe writes: "I have just received my copy of the June 1981
CANAL RECORD, and with fond memories started to read the listing of
all those who attended when, to my surprise, I found no one attending from
Delaware. Then I saw the names E. Catherine (Beil) and George M.
Lowe listed under Connecticut. Please let me assure you that we still live in
Delaware." (Thank you for your letter, George. Just thought we would print
it so your friends wouldn't get mixed up with the Lowe's of Connecticut. Ed.)
Gloria Loizeaux writes: "In reading the June issue of the CANAL
RECORD, I notice someone is looking for the whereabouts of Keith
Stronack Allaun. He is a junior at Stanford University, and his address is
as follows: Keith Allaun, P.O. Box 9712, Stanford, CA 94305."
Area News Reporters
Mrs. Catherine Filo
Mrs. Alice Nail
Mrs. Joan DeGrummond
Mr. Conrad Horine
Mrs. Betty Rathgaber
Mrs. Gladys Humphry
Mrs. Alice Roche
Mrs. Trudi Clontz
Mrs. Irene Hollowell
Mrs. Jessie Bush
Mrs. Marilyn Carter
Mrs. Patt Foster
Mrs. Elizabeth Quintero
Mrs. Martha Wood
Miss Grace Williams
Mrs. Julieta Burda
Mrs. Mildred Hearne
Mrs. Sarah Rowley
Mrs. Stella Boggs DeMar
1506 Springhill Terrace
Dothan, AL 36301
2002 S. Dixieland Rd.
Rogers, Ar 72756
10658 Camarillo St.
N. Hollywood, CA 91602
5728 Barley Ct.
Bonita, CA 92002
200 Baldwin Rd.
Glassboro, NJ 08028
3444 24th Parkway
Sarasota, FL 33580
Hendersonville, NC 28739
837 Brandy Rd.
Aiken, SC 29801
5003 Madalyn Lane
Houston, TX 77021
2227 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77098
702 Blue Bell
Kerrville, TX 78028
4875 Maribel Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70812
1845 S. Highland, B6A7
Clearwater, FL 33516
5400 N.E. 49th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661
4034 32nd Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
663 Garden Walk Dr.
Stone Mount., GA 30083
6496 Bullrun Ct.
Pensacola, FL 32503
2248 Morningside Dr.
Clearwater, FL 33516
601 N. Lincoln St.
Arlington, VA 22201
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GOOD OLE' CHILE (Makes 6 quarts)
1 Large Onion chopped
2 Green Peppers chopped
1/4 c. cooking oil
for onions and peppers
4 lbs. Ground Beef the leaner
1-1/2 tablespoon Cumin
1-1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons salt
5 tablespoons chili powder
1 8 bz. can tomato sauce
1 28 oz. can tomatoes, crushed
1 16 oz. can tomatoes, crushed
Fill each empty can with water
for use later
4 tablespoons Masa flour
3 15 oz. cans pinto beans
Saute onions and peppers in oil. Remove from pan. Saute meat until it turns
light brown. Drain water and fat. Add the onions and peppers to the pot. Stir
in the spices; add the tomatoes, then add the cans of water. Cook covered
over low heat for 1 hour. Dissolve Masa flour in water until gooey and add to
the pot slowly stirring all the while. Simmer for 20 minutes more, then add
the drained pinto beans until the beans are hot. Garnish with grated
chedder Not recommended for kids under 10 years old unless followed by a
lot of ice cream.
1408 Byram Drive,
Clearwater, FL 33515
(Credit to Olgas friend, Garnett McLaughlin, Starbuck, VA)
1 Pkg. yellow cake mix,
1 lb. 2-1/2 oz. size
1 Pkg. Instant vanilla pudding mix,
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup cream Sherry
1/4 cup Poppy seeds
1 cup sour cream
Combine all ingredients, except Poppy seeds in bowl. Beat at medium speed
for 4 minutes. Add Poppy seeds and beat for 1 minute more. Pour into
greased Bundt or Angel Food cake pan. Bake 1 hour at 350, then cool cake
in pan on rack for 15 minutes.
3898 20th Ave. No.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
1 can corn, 16 oz.
1/2 can condensed milk
3 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 stick melted butter or oleo
1/4 cup Romano cheese (Optional)
Beat all ingredients in the blender. Pour into a greased rectangular Pyrex
dish (9"x5"x2" deep) and bake at 3250 for about 45 minutes.
3898 20th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
3 slices Bacon
2 cans Pork & Beans, 1 lb. ea.
3/4 cup Brown sugar
1 tablespoon Sweet relish
2-3 Green onions, diced
1 tablespoon Catsup
1 tablespoon Green pepper, diced
Lightly brown bacon in large saucepan. Add green onions. Drain beans in
colander. Add to bacon and onions along with other ingredients. Stir, heat
till hot. Pour into casserole and bake 1 hour at 3250. Even better for 3-4 hours
in crock pot on "high".
CAROL A. FRITZ
54 Musket Drive
Nashua, NH 03062
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup hot water
CANDIED ORANGE PEEL
Peel of 2 oranges
Clean oranges. Remove peel carefully in quarters. Cut into narrow strips.
Place peel in saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and then
drain water. Repeat this procedure 5 times. Dissolve sugar and hot water,
then add peel. Cook slowly until peel nearly absorbs all the syrup. Drain and
roll in sugar.
MAVIS J. FORTNER
1480 N. Carpenter Ave.
Orange City, FL 32763
Thomas N. Etchberger III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N.
Etchberger Jr. of Corozal in the former Canal Zone, was married on May
11, 1981 to Debra Sue Chenowith in a sunset wedding on top of Mt. Nebo,
Russellville, Arkansas. Ms. Chenowith is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
David McElrath of Russellville. The young Etchbergers are at home at
1006 East "I" Street, Russellville, Arkansas 72801.
Brian C. Plaisance, son of Lydia Plaisance and the late Joseph
Plaisance of Fairhope, AL was married on 27 June 1981 to Marcie
Elizabeth Hepner of Margarita, Rep. of Panama. She is the daughter of
Mrs. Edwin H. Hepner. The Plaisances' were married at the Margarita
Union Church and the reception was held at the Ft. Davis Officers Club.
They will reside in Gatun, Rep. of Panama.
Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Barkley announce the wedding of Karen Sue
Thomson to their son, Gary Richard Barkley, on the First of August,
1981, at the Highland Heights Methodist Church, Memphis, TV. Karen Sue
is the daughter of Macel (Goulet) and Mort Thomson of 4141 Nakomie
Ave., Memphis, TN.
On Friday, August 28th, Sally Ann Snyder and Richard Lynn Smith
were united in marriage at an afternoon garden wedding at Laube Hall,
Freeport, PA. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Snyder,
Jr. of Cowansville, PA, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William
C. (Loisdene) Smith of Butler, PA. The bride's parents hosted a dinner-
dance reception following the ceremony at Lube Hall. Sally and Richard
attended Slipper Rock State Teachers College in PA, and Richard has
accepted a position as Assistant Director of the Children's Rehabilitation
Center in Butler. He served with the Peace Corps in Togo, Africa.
The wedding announcement of Margaret Pullum-Agard to Christian
Anthony Lasher on April 11, 1981, was published in the "Late News" of the
June issue of the CANAL RECORD. Unfortunately there was no time to
have the photograph of the wedding party included in that issue. We
publish it now and extend our apologies to the Lashers, with the best
wishes from the CANAL RECORD.
Karla Agard, Maid of Honor; Margaret-Pullum Agard,
Bride; Christian Anthony Lasher, Groom; Guy Damiami,
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Hicks are very proud to announce the birth of
their first born, daughter Michelle Gale, arriving 3 weeks early on June 20,
1981 at Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL. Michelle weighed in at 5
lbs., 13 oz. Mother and daughter are at home and doing fine.
Lt. and Mrs. Kenneth G. Fortner, USN, of Riverdale, GA, announce
the birth of their son, David Gayle Fortner, weighing in at 5 lbs., 9 oz. on
June 21, 1981 at Clayton General Hospital, Riverdale, GA. A three year old
sister, Charisse Marie also welcomed David. Maternal grandparents are
the Rev. and Mrs. Elmer Nelson, former missionary to Panama, now
residing in the Dominican Republic on a four year tour. Paternal grand-
parents are Mrs. Mavis J. Fortner and the late Gayle G. Fortner of
Orange City, FL.
Ted and Mel (Little) Henter proudly announce the birth of their first
child, Emley Rose, born March 12,1981, and weighing in at 6 lbs., 6-1/2 oz.
Paternal grandparents are Ted and Emley Henter, Sr. of St. Petersburg,
FL, and the maternal grandparents are Mrs. Pauline S. Little and the late
"Bugs" Little of Boston, MA. Great-grandparents are Julius and
Lorraine Schriftgiesser of Boston, MA, formerly of the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Wade Carter, Jr. became grandparents for the second
time on May 7, 1981, when Christopher Wade Collins was born in
Glenpool, OK. His parents are Rick and Renee (Carter) Collins.
Christopher has a two year old sister, Elizabeth Ray Collins.
Phil and Virginia (Joyle) Lankarge announce the birth of their first
child, David Michael, on 27 June, 1981, at Mt. Sanai Hospital, Hartford,
Conn. David weighed 11 lbs., 9 oz. at birth. The Lankarge's live at 87 Pond
Circle, Glastonbury, Conn. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
W. W. Hoyle of St. Petersburg, FL and the paternal grandparent is Mrs.
Vera Lankarge of Glastonbury, Conn.
Terri and Jimmy Tillman are the proud parents of a new daughter,
Tiffany Marie, born June 16th. Paternal grandparents are Ruth and Bill
Tillman of Hendersonville, NC.
With Deep Sorrow .
Mrs. Catherine Lee (Pugh) Etchberger passed away on March 27,
1981, the day after her 88th birthday. Mrs. Etchberger was the widow of
Thomas N. Etchberger Sr., former Chief Engineer on the dredge
Cascadas and a former resident of Gamboa, Canal Zone. She was a
member of the Fern Leaf Chapter, OES, and during the war was very active
in the USO. At the time of her death, she was residing with her son William
C. of Williamsburg, Virginia. She is survived by three sons; Thomas N. Jr.
of Corozal, William C. of Williamsburg, VA and James L. of Jacksonville,
FL. She is also survived by a granddaughter, three grandsons and two
Capt. Burl C. Thomas passed away May 19, 1981 in Portland, Oregon.
He is survived by his wife Gloria, a son Jon, his mother, a brother and a
grandson. He worked in the Canal Zone for about eight years with the
Dredging Division and Marine Division as Towboat Master.
George L. Parkman, a Los Gatos native who was raised in San Mateo,
died in the Travis AFB Hospital in Fairfield, CA on May 15, 1981 after a
lengthy illness. He was employed with the Building Division in 1941-42 and
then entered WWII. He returned to the Canal Zone in 1946 to continue with
the Building Division until he was called back to active duty in 1950. He
retired from the Armed Forces in 1970. He is survived by his wife, Golda, of
Lodi, CA; a daughter Margaret J. Plumly of San Mateo, CA; seven
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
John A. Hickey, 83, of a St. Petersburg hotel, died May 30,1981. He was
born in New York City and was a retired repairman for National Cash
Register Co. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Robert Valentine of the
Panama Canal Zone.
Mrs. Florence M. Pierson, 73, of 1703 Westgate Drive, Dothan, AL died
May 25, 1981 after a brief illness at the South East Alabama Medical
Center. After her retirement from the Panama Canal with 34 years service,
she established the continuing Annual Student of Excellence in Accounting
Award at the Canal Zone College, which will have its 14th year of
presentation this year. She has made her home for the last four years in
Dothan. She is survived by her sons Russell E. Pierson who resided with
her; William E. Pierson of Dothan, AL; a sister, Mrs. Dora LeGrys of
Tempe, AZ; two brothers, Louis Husted of New Jersey and Albert Husted
of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; two grandsons, William and Edward of Dothan,
Nick Matt Elich, age 71, was killed by lightning while fishing on
Flathead Lake, Montana on June 9, 1981. With him at the time were his
brother-in-law John Ladner and good friend Bob Mayard, both of whom
were stunned by the jolt but not seriously injured. A Masonic Memorial
Service has been held in Polson, MT. Nick has managed the Sosa Hill
Quarry for 28 years. He was a member of Abou Saad Temple and was also
active as Past President of the Orchid Society. He retired in 1967 to Polson,
MT with is wife Harriet, and enjoyed gardening and fishing. He is
survived by his wife Harriet; daughters Barbara Schneider of Brandon,
FL; Margaret Schaefer of Plymouth, MN; Carla Revell of Seattle, WN;
two sisters and four grandchildren.
Blanche R. Briscoe, age 87, of 1707-1/2 18th Ave. N., St. Petersburg,
died June 19, 1981. She was born in Sackets Harbor, NY and came to St.
Petersburg 13 years ago from the Canal Zone. She is survived by a daughter,
Jacqueline Carney of Cincinnati; five grandchildren and two great-
Esther J. Pedersen, age 65, passed away on June 10, 1981. She resided
at 13499 126th Ave. N., Largo, FL. Mrs. Pedersen was born in Colon, Rep. of
Panama and came to the St. Petersburg area some 11 years ago after
retiring as the Transportation Clerk for the U.S. Army in Corozal. She is
survived by her husband Norman H; two sons, Norman H. Jr. and
Robert P. both of Panama Canal Zone; a brother Herbert Rattry of
Panama; two sisters, Ellen Shirer and Gertrude Snyder, both of
Dothan, AL and eight grandchildren.
Warren R. McNamee, age 74, died on July 1st, 1981 in Pembroke Pines
Hospital, Pembroke Pines, FL. He is survived by his widow, Kathryn, a
daughter Shiela (McNamee) Taylor and two sons, Brian of College Park,
MD, and Denis J. of Denver, CO.
Carl A. Widell, age 77, passed away 2 July, 1981 in Tampa, FL. A
resident of the Bay area for 15 years, he was a retired judge of the
magistrate's court in the Canal Zone. He was a member of the Egypt Temple
Shrine, Scottish Rite York Rite and the Harmonia Lodge 138 of West Palm
Beach. He was also the former Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star
High Twelve Chapter 264. Carl is survived by his wife, Harriet; two sons,
Robert W. of Auburn, AL, and Carl Jr. of Seattle, WA; one daughter,
Barbara W. Hopkins of Tampa; two sisters, Hilda Monson and Selma
Footer, both of West Palm Beach; eleven grandchildren and several nieces
Ruth Cherry, a Slinas, CA resident, died 2 July, 1981, while visiting her
daughter in Fremont. She was 73 years of age, and was a member of the
Fern Leaf Chapter of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her husband E.
Morris Cherry of Salinas; three children, Evelyn, Albert and Edward;
10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by
three sisters; Jessie Richards of Philadelphia, PA: Evelyn Kristire of
Somers Point, NY, and Dorothy Volz of Reedley, CA.
Edwin F. Bramin of 9818 Las Tunas Dr., Temple City, CA has been
reported to have passed away. No details have been reported nor other infor-
Virginia H. Kelly, age 77, of 311 19th St., Zephyrhills, FL died on June 7,
1981. She is survived by her husband, Thomas V. Kelly; three
grandchildren, Kenneth C. Bottonari of Bedford, TX, Patricia A.
Carpenter, and Dennis C. Bottonari. She is also survived by one great
LTC John F. Oster (AUX Ret) 66, passed away on June 11, 1981 at the
Veterans Administration Hospital, Bay Pines, Florida. He was buried on
June 16 with full military honors in Arlington Cemetery. He retired from the
Panama Canal Company as Chief, Wage and Classification Branch. Col.
Oster was a life member of Panama Canal Post #1, American Legion,
having served 3 years as Commander. He was also Commander of the
American Legion Department of Panama Canal, encompassing Panama,
Costa Rica and Guatamala. He was also a life member of B.P.O.E. Lodge
1414, Balboa; belonged to the Association of Former Intelligence Officers;
American Military Retirees Association, and Alumni Association of
Cornell University. He is survived by his wife Evelyn K. (Engel) of
Madeira Beach, FL; son John F. of Pomona, CA; brother Robert of Rocky
River, OH; sister Ruth Jackman of Orlando, and several nieces and
Mrs. Tharon (Haldeman) Mitchell, 65, died June 20, 1981 at her
residence in Houston, TX. Born in Ancon, Canal Zone; former resident of
Equador and a resident in Houston for the past 16 years, she had been
employed by Golemon & Rolfe Associates; member of W.I.C.'s (Women in
Construction) and member of the Panama Canal Society of Houston. She is
survived by her sisters, Betty (Haldeman) Underwood and Joyce
(Haldeman) Collinge, both of St. Petersburg, FL; sister Gail (Haldeman)
Hollingsworth of Ft. Myers, FL; brother George W. Haldeman of San
Francisco, CA: aunt, Irene Wright of Houston, TX and numerous nieces
Anthony Tezanos, age 88, died 13 July 1981. He resided at 1100 E.
Livingston St., Orlando. Born in Santander, Spain, he moved to Orlando
from the Panama Canal Zone in 1956 where he was Senior chief marine
engineer with the Dredging Division. He was a member of St. James
Catholic Cathedral; St. James Senior Club; National Association of Federal
Employees Chapter 95; Panama Canal Society of Florida, and American
Association of Retired Persons. He is survived by his wife, Elvia of
Orlando, FL; a nephew, a niece and several grand-nephews, all of Spain.
Theresa McAlinden Barfield, 39, of Robins AFB, GA died July 7,1981
in Augusta, GA after a lengthy illness. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland
and was in the Royal Air Force when she met and married Lionel LeRoy
Barfield Jr. (Mike) when he was stationed in England. She is survived by
her husband Lionel, son Michael Lawrence, and daughter Sharon
Susan, and two sisters, one in England, one in Scotland, and one brother in
George Howard Sanford, 72, died November 23,1980 in Nashville, TN
following an extended illness. He was employed by the Panama Canal with
the Special Engineering Division in 1940 and retired in the early 1960's. In
1954 he was transferred to the Duplicating Unit, later known as the
Graphics Branch. He is survived by his wife Bebe and two sisters, all of
Mary Ann Van Siclen, 94, of 5217 81st St. N., St. Petersburg, FL died 23
June, 1981. Born in New York, she came to St. Petersburg from Bayside, NY,
prior to which she was a long time resident of the Canal Zone. Survivors
include four sons, William of Fort Lauderdale, FL; Andrew of Vancouver,
WA; Fred of Atlanta, GA and Robert of New York City. She is also
survived by three daughters, Anna Wright of Gulfport; Matilda Bogle of
St. Petersburg and Cornelia Van Siclen of New York City; 19
grandchildren and several great and great-great-grandchildren.
William H. Ward, 78, of 370 Base Ave., Venice, FL died June 15, 1981 at
Venice Hospital. Born in Jersey City, NJ, he retired from the Canal Zone 17
years ago. He was a tugboat captain and life member of the B.P.O. Elks,
who conducted the services at the Gulf Pines Memorial Park in Englewood.
He is survived by a daughter, Margaret Rybicki of Atlanta and three
Rudolph D. (Babe) Melanson, 82 years of age, of Miami Shores, passed
away on June 14th 1981. He left the Panama Canal in 1957 where he was a
U.S. Government employee for many years. A native of Waverly, MA he is
survived by his wife Gretchen.
Jeffrey G. Urey, age 25, son of John W. and Mary G. Urey, died June
2, 1981 as a result of a traffic accident. Jeff was born in Panama City and
was raised on the Atlantic side where he attended Cristobal High School,
graduating with the Class of 1975. He also attended the South Florida Air
Academy in Ft. Lauderdale and at the time of his death was a student at the
George C. Wallace Community College in Dothan, AL. In addition to his
parents, Jeff is survived by three sisters, Suzanne E. Kleefkens of The
Dalles, OR; Lorraine Dugan of Los Rios, Panama, and Michele Perez of
Del Rio, TX. He is also survived by three brothers-in-law; 3 nieces and one
Yvonne H. Cassidy, 51 years of age, passed away on June 27,1981 at the
Stanford Hospital, CA. She spent most of her life in the Canal Zone and is a
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. She resided in Redwood
E. Jame (Lombroia) Burke, 56, of 602 Whatley Dr., Dothan, AL died
July 18, 1981 in a Dothan hospital. She was born in the Canal Zone and
resided there most of her life. She was a retired Civil Service employee and
oved to Dothan in 1974. She was a member of the St. Columbia Catholic
Church and was the widow of John F. Burke. Survivors include one
daughter, Mrs. E.G. (Joan) Barker of Belmont, NC and one grandson,
David Anthony, also of Belmont, NC.
James M. Hearne, 96, of Birmingham, AL, died June 21st 1981. A
lifetime deacon of Chalkville Baptist Church, he was employed with the
Dredging Division until 1946. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Hayden
H. Filip, Birmingham, and three sons; Julian S. of St. Petersburg,
William T. of Birmingham and James Webb of Pensacola, FL.
Kay Schoch, widow of Max Schoch, Ft. Lauderdale, FL died May 17,
1981 in a nursing home in Ft. Lauderdale. Max was a foreman with the
Municipal Division for many years in the Canal Zone. Survivors include
Tanya (Schoch) Hall and son Morgan Schoch, both of Ft. Lauderdale.
Joseph Perucca, father of Mrs. Patrick (Genevieve) Coakley,
passed away on July 14, 1981. He is survived by his widow and three
daughters from Houston, TX.
Alice Vivian (Noonan) Foser, 81, passed away on July 21,1981 at the
Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, FL. Her early days were spent in
the Canal Zone, as her father, Philip Hayes Noonan was employed by the
Isthmian Canal Commission (ICC) as an engineer. The family resided in
Empire. Before leaving the Canal Zone in the 20's, Alice was employed as a
secretary in the Administration Building in Balboa Heights. Her sister was
Lillian (Noonan) Doyle, who died last November. She is survived by a
brother, Harold (Jim) Noonan of Levittown, PA, and great nieces, Layne
(Taylor) Ashton of Memphis, TN, and Susan (Taylor) Pitney of Tokyo,
Henry E. Hallin, 87, of Fayetteville, AR, died on June 20,1981. He was
born August 28, 1893 at Little Rock, and was a retired electrician and Civil
Service employee of the Canal Zone. He moved to Fayetteville 30 years ago,
was an Army veteran of World War I, a member of the Fayetteville First
United Presbyterian Church, the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and was
one of the founders of the Canal Zone Association of Northwest Arkansas.
He is survived by his wife, Theodora Hallin of the home; two sons, Henry
E. Hallin Jr. of Hacienda Heights, CA and David A. Hallin of
Germantown, TN; one daughter Elizabeth A. Hallin of Irvine, CA; three
grandchildren and two nieces.
Banners and serpentine, noises and cheer,
Once more we know that King Carnival's here;
The beat of the tom-tom seems never to die,
And I watch from my porch as the mad throng goes by.
But with all their rich costumes, my soul kind of drags
With the gay natives wearing their bright-colored rags.
They care not for triumph, nor what people say,
They're out for enjoyment it's their show, their day.
And the dear little tots, too, you have to admire,
For you know they feel proud in "Pollera" attire.
So if you are weary of tropical sun,
Be like a kid again join in the fun.
Come on, don't be snooty, stop sniffing the air,
Get out on the street for the fun of the fair;
Applaud for the Queen, for her Court, for her reign,
God bless her, such joy she may n'er know again.
Make her feel happy, it's only her due,
And her dear shining eyes should be payment for you.
Oh, there's something so thrilling at Carnival time,
The rich and the poor, all the world seems in rhyme.
It's crude and it's beautiful, banal, yet grand,
And I look on with awe from my porch where I stand.
But amid all the graduer, and waving of flags,
My heart's with the natives in bright-colored rags.
Neville Harte at his Huaca Display from Holiday, FL (See
"For Sale" Column).
Joe Wood, Guest Speaker at the annual luncheon in a
c:-nd tfik <:A mo jLna ..o .
At the Ball Ed and Jean Bensen of Bradenton talking over old times
with Mary Nell Sanders of Palm Harbor.
Some more happy people at the Ball Lisa (Swisher) Wiese, and
mother, Arden Cooke, both from Panama.
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Olga Disharoon makes a charming subject at the ball in Panama's
native Montuna costume.
Carmen Frede Coy, Lucho, Grace Dorfman
Lucho Azcarraga receiving his well-deserved
plaque from Capt. Kerley, in the name of the
Panama Canal Y.M.C.A. and Rotary Club of
Panama, as President Russell Jones looks on.
Lu6ho at his best. He has already accepted the
invitation to play for the 50th Anniversary ball.
Otis Ramey, Betty Chan Snow, Howard and Emmy Lou Clarke at
the Ball in Montuno, San Bias, and Montuna costumes.
Some of the younger generation at the Ball We are proud of them.
for they represent the future of the Society.
Of the 111 who played in the Golf Tournament, four prominent
players were Art O'Leary, "Emo" Everson, Pat Conley and Frank
"INTRODUCTION TO THE CULTURE OF PANAMA"
Ellen E. Johnson
Beyond the Chagres
Beyond the Chagres River
Are paths that lead to death .
To the fever's deadly breezes,
To malaria's poisonous breath
Beyond the tropic foliage,
Where the alligator waits,
Are the mansions of the Devil .
His original estates
Beyond the Chagres River
Are paths fore'er unknown,
With a spider neathh each pebble,
A scorpion neathh each stone.
'Tis here the boa-constrictor
His fatal banquet holds,
And to his slimy bosom
His hapless guest enfolds!
Beyond the Chagres River
Lurks the cougar in his lair.
And ten hundred thousand dangers
Hide in the noxious air.
Behind the trembling leaflets,
Beneath the fallen reeds,
Are ever-present perils
Of a million different breeds
Beyond the Chagres River
'Tis said .. the story's old,
Are paths that lead to mountains
Of purest virgin gold;
But 'tis my firm conviction,
Whatever tales they tell,
That beyond the Chagres River,
All paths lead straight to hell!
From "Panama Patchwork" by
James Stanley Gilbert (1853-1906)
From Members at Large .
Margaret E. Rybicki writes that her daughter Elizabeth is staying
with her in Atlanta, GA. Son Joe is a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. He and
his wife Elizabeth recently moved to Nellis AFB where he has been
assigned as an F-16 fighter pilot.
Joseph Maravilla was the house guest of the Robert Clarihews'
in early July. He sends greetings to all his friends in the area and
hopes to settle somewhere here when he retires in 2 years.
Alton and Vera Jones flew to Portland, OR in May for a 15 day
visit with Vera's aunt, Gladys Hubbard Cain. In addition to visiting
her aunt, they also visited "Mopsy" Wood, Evelyn Miesse,
Margaret and Grady Hardison, Capt. and Mrs. Burl C. Thomas,
Mrs. Betty Thomas and others. They were saddened by the passing
away of Capt. Burl C. Thomas the day after they arrived.
Canal Society members John and Margaret Morales who now live
in Maryville, MO are finishing up a busy year of travel and visiting.
They have been in New Zealand for the past year. Margaret will join
him in August. He got back in time for visits from son Kenny and
daughter-in-law Frances (Flynn) and granddaughter Monica Jean in
late April. Then son Lars and daughter-in-law Marcela (Hawk) and
grandson Ian Lars arrived in early May for nine eventful days.
Daughter Jeanette (Morales) Oliver flew to New Zealand in mid-
March for two and a half weeks of sight-seeing and visiting John and
Margaret in Nelson, N.Z. Oldest son John Jr. and his wife Gloria
(Dalhstrom) are going to Hawaii in June. Gloria will have to return to her
demanding Army Civilian job in Ft. Clayton. John will go to Maryville to
visit his Dad and brother Roy. Roy is now working for Nodaway County,
MO as the Corrections Officer and a Deputy Sheriff. Youngest daughter
Roseanne (Morales) Zorie has been accepted to the School of Law at the
University of Missouri at Kansas City. She will start work on her law degree
in August of '81. Roseanne and her husband Robert "Honda Bob" Zorie
will live in the K.C. metro area. Bob will be working with the aviation
industry and is an airframe structural repair journeyman.
Darwin and Bernice Grier's family is together again, since their
youngest daughter Marilene and family have been transferred to
Stockton, CA. Her husband, Second Class Petty Officer Andrew J.
Whitehead is stationed at the Stockton Naval Annex. With them is their
new baby daughter born January 25, 1981, whose name is Valerie Lynn,
and their 3 year old son, Nathan Shaine. Also in Stockton is Barbara
(Grier) McGuire with her family. Her girl, Candice Marie is 4 years old.
Barbara is a first grade teacher at the Christian Academy there.
Frauenheim News from Seminole, FL: The Canal Zone reunion was an
excuse for us to have a family reunion as well. Our daughter, Lynn Hoch
and two children, Daniela and Thomas from Freiburg, West Germany,
arrived in April. Karl, Lynne's husband joined us for a few days before
returning to Ft. Lauderdale, where he was spending a week with friends. We
left April 14 for a weeks visit with our son Gene and family in Houston, TX.
Came back to Florida in time to greet our daughter Lola Marie and son-in-
law Cdr. Albert D. Jones and granddaughter Ashlyn. My sister Lola
Cheeseman arrived from California the same day, as did Frances Jones
from Sarasota, FL. On April our son Neil and wife Darlene (Daly) and two
boys came from Merritt Island. Gene and wife Lynne (Wellington) and
two younger children arrived to attend the Canal Zone reunion, so we were
altogether for the first time in six years! They all enjoyed seeing old friends
and hearing "Lucho" again.
FOY and KERNER FRAUENHEIM
In her letter to the Society in reference to the location of Keith Stronack
Allaun, Gloria Loizeau continues: "While I am writing I will throw in
information as to the whereabouts of our family. Herb and I are living at
Edwards Air Force Base, here in California as of January '80. Christy and
her family are in Nevada, where husband Ernie is working as a geologist.
Scott and wife Kathy (formerly Scheets, of Ft. Gulick) were married in
Coco Solo in May 1980, and now reside in Seattle. Janna is nursing in
Seattle; Linda teaching in California; Marc will be teaching math at prep
school in Chattanooga; and Laura and Marcia are students at Seattle
Pacific University. That's as brief as I can say it. We were in the Canal Zone
from '59 to January '80, living most of the time on the Atlantic side. Herb is
back in the Air Force as a surgeon. Someone gave us a gift subscription to
the CANAL RECORD and we are enjoying it."
Virginia Wood of St. Petersburg, informs us that her granddaughter,
Virginia Suescum of Panama, just returned from a month's tour on
Europe as a student. Grandson Guillermo Suescom attending the Boy
Scout Jamboree held in Washington, DC, as one of the 7 representatives of
the Perlas District, of Panama, and will be spending 10 days with his
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James C. (Virginia) Wood in St. Petersburg
on his way home. At the same time, another grandson, Robert Engelke,
spent all summer in Panama with his uncle, Dr. and Mrs. R. Antonio
Jackie Bishop of Kerrville, TX passed news on to us as follows: "In June,
my brother, John (Bill) E. Schmidt, Jr., and two of his five children;
daughters Tracy Lee and Ruth Ann, visited us on their way west. Bill
retired from the Air Force as a Chief M/St. on April 30th and is making his
home in Tallahassee, FL. He planned to visit friends along the way as well'
as with his daughter, Kathleen and son, Danny in Colorado Springs, CO.
His other son, Johnny and his wife live in Tallahassee and are expecting
their first child in August. Bill also planned to see our parents, John and
Kitty Schmidt in Pasadena, MD before returning home.
Also of note, Dale and I attended the First Annual Kerrville Picnic in July
and enjoyed seeing old friends. We feel the picnic was a big success and
commend all those responsible for all the planning and work."
These photos, although given to us two years later (almost to the date)
were too good to pass up. As the new editor, I'm not sure what went on two
years ago, but I was told that the gathering consisted of some good ole'
Zonites having a good time at Niza Greig's Running G Ranch, in San Juan
Bautista, CA, during July of 1979. I know the mails are pretty bad, but
please, guys, you can do better than that!
Mary Sullivan Young, Jimmy Young, Maria Boynton, Niza Boynton Greig
THE SAFARI: Jimmy Young, Charlie Norris, Mary Sullivan Young, Lee
Kariger, Niza Boynton Greig, Nancy Kariger.
BREAKFAST: Jerry Stumpf, Niza Boynton Greig, Regina Rau Stroop.
Jim Cochran, Warren Stroop, Al Stumpf
Looking Back. .
Marge (Dennis) Bain of Princeton, NJ, fondly recalls conversations she
had with her late mother, Mrs. Jo Dennis. "I remember my mother telling
me of folks living in railroad box cars until quarters were completed, and
about men packing a gun for two-legged varmints as well as four-legged and
crawling animals. Also that we had a boardwalk before Atlantic City -
boards laid across swamps and mud to travel on. My dad, Wes Dennis,
took us hiking on the old Las Cruces Trail when we were kids, before he died
there in 1933. He belonged to the Balboa Gun and Hunting Club. He was one
of the youngest men working on the Gatun Spillway, so he was called the
"Spillway Kid". She also spoke of places where she and my grandparents
lived mostly near jungle.
If only my mother could have written books. We have many old pictures of
dredging the Canal, etc.
What and where do we call home? Certainly not the Republic of Panama
as it is now.
My children are all 4th generation."
MARGE (DENNIS) BAIN
By way of introduction, Ellen E. Johnson, 114 Calle Conejo, Alpine, CA
"Enjoyed the reunion issue very much even tho' I was listed among the
Floridians rather than the Californians.
Since you so kindly published my term paper about Taboga, Morro Island
and the PSNC a couple of issues back, I am enclosing my second (and last)
term paper about the Chagres River I wrote while taking the course at the
Canal Zone College. If space permits, perhaps some former Zonians may
enjoy reading it, tho' things have changed so much since I wrote the article.
Hope to see some more Floridians at the Balboa-Cristobal High reunion
in September out here in San Diego."
THE CHAGRES RIVER
The Chagres River is considered to be one of the world's most valuable
rivers. It's source begins one half mile above sea level in the Panama
Cordellera mountain range, where a thousand streamlets meet in the hard
trap rock. From this basin the pure water passes over a gray crust lip
dropping into a limestone trough. From this beginning the Chagres begins
its course through jungle, mountain cliffs and plains. Fifty miles down river
the bed drops to less than 300 feet and this fast rate of descent gives the
current a normal speed of 7 miles per hour. The six major tributaries that
join the Chagres are Chagrescito, Esperanza, Piedras, Limpio, Mariposa,
and Chico. After passing the Chico Station maintained by Panama Canal
hydrographers, the river's speed diminishes as it meets it's own stilled
waters which have been impounded by Madden Dam. Before the river's
deep, narrow channel spreads into the man-made lake of 22 square miles at
240 feet above sea-level, there is no noticeable current. The Chagres delivers
80 billion cubic feet of water each year. The upper valley of the Chagres has
never been explored and is uninhabitated. Here abound all the creatures of
the jungle, as imagined in Mr. Gilbert's poem.
Madden Dam was completed in 1934 and prior to that the Chagres flowed
unhampered past the damsite at Alhajuela. As the river's speed lessened,
the bed broadened and the rate of fall decreased. Madden Lake flooded the
junctions of the rivers Bonito, Fea, Indio, Tranquella, Pequeni, Puente and
Azote Caballo so that now each of these flow independently into the upper
reservoir. Since the building of Madden Dam, the flow of waters of the upper
Chagres are controlled and when released electric power is generated and
sudden floods prevented.
Nineteen miles above Gamboa the Chagres bed turns in a sweeping bend
from southwest to west and near Gamboa it turns further to join the
Panama Canal at Gamboa. There the Chagres waters divide and flow in
two diametrical directions, one, to the right, northwesterly, into Gatun
Lake; two, to the left, southeastward into the world's only man-made
canyon, the 9 mile gorge called originally Culebra Cut, now known as
Gaillard Cut. Through this channel the Chagres flows across the
Continental Divide, the only river ever to do such a seemingly impossible
At Pedro Miguel it's waters flow through a single set of locks into
Miraflores Lake. From there the Chagres diluted by another imprisoned
river, Rio Grande, continues through a double set of locks at MiraFlores into
the Canal again and on a few miles further to the Pacific Ocean.
Before the Panama Canal was built the Chagres made it's way to the
Caribbean Sea. Joined by it's lower tributaries of Madronal, Limon,
Gatuncillo, Cano, Bailemono, Frigjoles, Frigjolito, Gigante, Trinidad and
Gatun. The Chagres waters now pour into turbines at Gatun which turn the
generators whose power is so necessary to the mechanics of the operation of
the locks of the Canal such as opening the huge lock gates, work the pumps
to fill the lock chambers, power the electric mules which take the ships
through the locks. There is a dam at Gatun 20 years older than Madden
Dam which holds back the Chagres waters and floods the junctions of all
the aforementioned tributaries except the first two. From a natural bed
which drops almost to sea level at the lower dam, the impounded stream
mounts to a height of 85 feet behind the earthen barrier. Here it spreads into
a lake with a surface area of 164 square miles. Ships transmitting the
Panama Canal pass through this lake where remnants of the vegetation
can be seen which preceded the construction of this man-made lake, once
the largest in the world.
The dam at Gatun was built about 7 miles inland from the Chagree
River's natural mouth below the old Spanish fort of San Lorenzo. A vast
concrete ramp was built across the river bed and spillway gates release the
excess waters from the locks and lake and the Chagres again flows on in it's
natural bed to the sea on the Atlantic coast of the Isthmus.
The high concentration of rainfall in Panama is the factor that is
responsible for the fact that during the wet season (approximately May to
December) the Chagres' normal stage is 10 feet higher than in the dry
season. The Chagres basin covers an area of 1300 square miles. Since the
dams were built this basin has stood 1/6 filled with Chagres water.
Could the Chagres speak what tales it could tell of the past! First to benefit
from living on the banks of the Chagres were the various Indian tribes who
fished its water and hunted in the lush jungle along its banks. It is believed
that the ancestors of these aborigines may have been Mongoloid people who
migrated ages ago from Asia to North America via the Bering Straights. If
this is true, the Chagres gave food and drink to these early wanderers as
they moved down through Central America on their way to South America.
The first European to sight the Chagres was Christopher Columbus in
October of 1502 on his fourth voyage to the New World. Rodrigo Bastides
had arrived in the New World two years earlier and had entered the eastern
rim of the Chagres area by passing to westward the point that Columbus
was later to name Nombre de Dios. Columbus course from Santo Domingo
would have taken him to Yucatan but on reaching the Gulf of Honduras he
met a native chieftain called Guimba. Guimba, through native interpreters,
told Columbus he would find to the south a "narrow place between two
waters". As Columbus fleet stopped along the coast of Tierra Firme, he
heard from the Indians of a great river which flowed across the "narrow
place and gave it a name that to Columbia sounded like Ganges. Actually
the name Chagres originates from the fact that Balboa some years later
called the provincial department Chagre after a district in Old Spain. A
blockhouse and Inn near the river was called Venta de Chagre. The river
was called Rio de Chagre or Rio Chagre for 3 centuries. How the name
acquired an "s" is not known tho' it could have been a typographical error
made on early maps.
When Columbus arrived at the mouth of the great river, the natives were
menacing but after being placated, Columbus was allowed ashore. He
strolled the river banks and saw many crocodiles and on his charts marked
it the River of Crocodiles. The natives offered to guide Columbus to a great
sea which they said could be seen from a hill a short journey inland.
Columbus decided against this, fearing hostile Indian attacks or floods as it
was the rainy season.
After lingering for some days, Columbus ships crossed the bar of the river
entering the open sea. Continuing eastward he came upon what is now
Limon Bay. After exploring the coast and discovering Port Bello, on
Christmas Day, 1502, Columbus fleet again sailed into the mouth of the
River of Crocodiles. The natives had mysteriously disappeared into the
jungles and days were spent repairing and provisioning his ships from
stores of food left by the Indians. Again the fleet sailed eastward after leav-
ing the Chagres. It was 6 years later before another white man sighted the
Chagres. This man was Balboa, who with a party of men and Indian guides,
sailed up the Chagres in search of gold at the village of a great inland chief-
ain called Comogre. This party went further into the interior of the Ameri-
can Continent than anyone ever had before. Balboa, of course, was later
to sight the Pacific from a hill aided by Indian guides.
In the next 300 years many expeditions of Spaniards and Englishmen
explored the Chagres River. Panama City on the Pacific side of the Isthmus
was founded Sept. 15, 1521. Porto Bello, on the Atlantic side, flourished as
the rich treasures of Peru passed through the Isthmus over the Camino Real
(King's Highway) also called Camino de Oro (Gold Road). The Camino Real
joined the Chagres at a place called Las Cruces from where the treasure was
floated down river to its mouth where it was transferred by lighters to
Nombre de Dios for shipment to Spain. In the mid-1500's Sir Frances Drake
and his men several times attacked the Spanish treasure trains on the
Camino Real and made off with much loot. The fort of San Lorenzo was
built at the mouth of the Chagres to prevent the pirates from making their
way across the Isthmus via the river to attack the city of Panama. The
English pirate, Henry Morgan sacked Porto Rollo in 1668 and in 1671 a
band of 400 of his men under the command of Capt. Joseph Brodely sailed 6
miles up the Chagres under the cover of darkness, went ashore and doubled
back and in a surprise attack caused the fort of San Lorenzo to fall. Though
it was dry season and the land route across the Isthmus was at its best,
Morgan, fearing treachery, decided to use the River Chagres to cross the
Isthmus to capture Panama. In five large boats and a string of canoes
carrying 1,200 men, Morgan traveled up the Chagres to the village of Cruz
where they had to abandon their boats because the river became too
shallow. From there they proceeded on foot by trail and on January 29,1671
saced Panama City.
For a number of years thereafter the Chagres flowed peacefully along its
course with little traffic. Then came the discovery of gold in California in
1848. While some ships were sailing around Cape Horn at that time, the first
chartered steamer to make the New York to Chagres run was the "Falcon".
Since the Union Pacific Railroad across the United States was not to be
completed for another 21 years, the Isthmus of Panama saw the arrival of
thousands of people on their way to California to seek their fortunes in the
gold fields. These '49ers, arriving on the Atlantic side, travelled by "bungo"
boats up the River Chagres for 3 days to Cruces and from there completed
their journey to the new city of Panama by mule back or on foot. From
Panama they traveled by ship to San Francisco. Later a few river steamers
brought from New Orleans carried passengers on the Chagres as far as
Gorgona, 40 miles up river. The last of these Chagres steamers was the
"William H. Aspinwall" built at Manzanillo Island (now Colon) and placed
on the river Feb. 6, 1851. She could carry as many as 400 passengers and
ran daily, 7-1/2 hours to Gorgona and 3 hours to return. During the Gold
Rush, what had been the native village of Chagres at the river's mouth,
soon had a village on the opposite bank known as Yanqui Chagres which
became a boom town as the traffic to and from California grew.
By Nov. 1851, the Panama Railroad, which was begun the year before,
had reached Gatun which eliminated the necessity for river travel from the
mouth of the Chagres to that point. Work on the railroad progressed until a
place called Barbacoas, 23 miles from Colon, was reached and here a bridge
was built across the Chagres which collapsed when almost completed. It
was later rebuilt and was the vastest wooden-trestle bridge the world had
ever seen, more than 600 feet long and 50 feet above the normal stage of the
Chagres. The first engine crossed the Chagres Nov. 26, 1853.
In 1881 work began by the French Compagnie Universelle de Canal Inter-
oceanique de Panama who planned a sea-level canal to cut through the
Isthmus. The idea was to dig along a line the surveyors had laid out and to
keep digging until the ditch became deep enough to connect the oceans. The
diverting of the Chagres was to be the final phase theorizing that the
Chagres would help the excavation by washing tons of soil down to the sea.
The sea-level plan proved impractical and in 1883 work began toward a lock
canal. But by Jan. 1889 with 2/5ths of the excavation completed, the French
Company went bankrupt and work ceased.
When the United States took up the task of completing the Canal, the
Chagres River was incorporated into the Canal as explained in the
beginning of this story.
Besides generating power for both the Canal Zone and Panama, the
Chagres now provides, with the aid of filtration plants, probably the purest
and best-tasting water in the world.
The violence and cruelty that have occurred along the banks of the
Chagres, the lust and greed of man staggers the imagination. Yet today the
majestic river flows serenely along its course. There is no lovelier view of the
Chagres than to see it from the Gamboa Golf Club at sundown or by the
light of a full moon.
To quote Mr. Gilbert again ...
"Then, go away if you have to go,
Then, go away if you will!
To again return you will always yearn,
While the lamp is burning still!
You've drank the Chagres water,
And the mango eaten free,
And, strange tho' it seems, 'twill
haunt your dreams ...
This Land of the Coconut-Tree!"
ELLEN E. JOHNSON
Robert Provost, member of the Panama Canal Society of Southern
California, sent this letter to his Reporter, Joan deGrummond:
Bob Provost I suggested to David Smith at our last meeting that
somehow, somewhere, we, who had memorabilia of the Canal Zone and
Panama, could donate it for a museum in later years, when people will only
remember something about the United States having built a canal there.
Also, I agree with David re publishing stories and experiences as we lived
them and/or recollect. I find my memories of the Canal Zone and Panama
fading, and fading fast, so I'd like to recollect an interesting incident that
happened to me back in 1941 when I first worked on the Zone: I went to work
in the Section of Storehouses under Eddie Japs, assigned to Section L (I
think) which was just behind the Balboa Commy on the other side of Balboa
Road. My boss was none other than "Broadway" Jones, a feisty
character if I ever met one. He had a daughter, Belle Jones (Schroeder),
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, who, as I recollect, was
beautiful, and had a figure to match. But no one ever really messed around
this "chick", because she was the Canal Zone's champion pistol shooter. I
remembered year after year she would shoot her "pistola" at events at the
CZ Police's Annual Shoot at the range behind the Cable Office in Balboa.
Anyway, while working for "Broadway", I had to handle customers at the
sales desk. One item we sold besides tires and electrical parts was radio
tubes. These tubes were kept in a large cabinet, and were continually in a
terrible mess, and one could never find a tube pronto. Finally, after a month
or so of being forced to go thru this mess, I took it upon myself to really
straighten it out. I spent days trying to figure out a logical means of doing it.
Finally, I succeeded, and the first customer I had who wanted a special tube
damn near dropped dead when I returned within a minute with the tube.
This customer turned out to be my boss in later years, known as "Spider" -
Leonard Stark, a pipefitter foreman. Anyway, Spider suggested the idea
be handled as an Employee Suggestion to "Broadway" and I might get
something for it. So I did I told "Broadway" and good old "Broadway"
said, "What are you telling me about it for, you should tell the Governor.
Now, don't bother me, and get back to work!" Yep, he was a taskmaster all
right never did he let me get off early during those 44-hour weeks we worked
for $62.50 a month (which included a 25% differential and less 2-1/2% for
Taking him at his word, I wrote the Governor, explained what I did and
how I did it. After I wrote the letter, all Hell broke loose! "Broadway" Jones
literally chewed me out for doing this. The bottom line was that the
Governor chewed him out for not handling the matter thru channels, and
Eddie Japs chewed him out for the same reason. However, Mr. Japs was
nice to me, thanking me for the improvement, "But next time, don't bother
the Governor." When I told him "Broadway" told me to tell the Governor,
poor old "Broadway" got chewed out again! Me I got a nice "thank you"
from the Governor, and exactly two weeks later I was transferred down to
the Storehouse in the Yards, with Mr. Japs saying, "You're an excellent
typist and you have a good head on your shoulders. I think you'll go far in
the Section of Storehouses, and I'd like to keep my eye on you." Today I look
back and wonder whether I would have or not, because three months later I
transferred to the Section of Surveys to work for Mr. Rodney Ely in Ancon,
and I remember correctly, they were located in the old Ancon Police Station,
where "Pappy" (Eugene Provost) worked for so many years.
CANAL SWIM Following is a clipping from a Panama newspaper
under the date May 11, 1915, submitted by Bob Dill, through his reporter,
SWIM FROM MIRAFLORES TO BALBOA -
MADE TRIP IN TWO HOURS
Last Sunday (May 9, 1915), a party of 10 local swimmers, Misses Ethel
Ruth Otis and Georgiana Wimmer, Mrs. Leroy Dill, B. L. Warner,
Wallace Grayson, Walter H. Beideman, J. R. Bingaman, Daniel C.
Luna, Harry D. Holmes and I.C. Moons, swam from a point just below
Miraflores Locks to the new dredge landing at Balboa Docks, a distance of
three and one-third miles. The time consumed was two hours, leaving
Miraflores at 1:30 p.m., and arriving at Balboa at 3:20. The trip was made
without any mishap and all finished in good condition. Upon arrival at
Balboa, the party was invited aboard the SS HUALLAGA, where a light
lunch was served, after which they returned to Corozal in an automobile."
(Although there have been several swimming events through the Panama
Canal by Canal Zone residents, the above appears to record the earliest
swim feat in Canal waters. Ed.)
A NOSTALGIC NOTE FOR CANAL ZONE HISTORY BUFFS,
submitted by Alice Nail, Reporter
On a sight-seeing trip to Eureka Springs, AR., which is preserved in its
turn-of-the-centuiry flavor, Mary Lou Engelke, her daughters and visitors
Jim and Virginia Wood learned that the town's old railroad has been
restored, and old steam engines and rolling stock acquired. One of the
outstanding engines is Alco No. 201, built in 1906-07, a straight-stack,
which was used for the construction of the Panama Canal. It was converted
to oil burning in the late 1930's. Of the hundred or so built, it is one of only
three now in existence.
Information to members: The Postal Service is planning in coming
months to impliment a four digit add-on to existing ZIP codes ZIP + 4. If
you are concerned about it, don't be. No one using the mails will be required
to use it. Its use will be entirely voluntary. It is intended chiefly for business
and volume mailers IF they choose to use it. If you'd like to know more about
ZIP + 4, write for: ZIP + 4 Pamphlet, U.S. Postal Service, Washington, D.C.
There will be a Dinner Meeting in Aiken, SC at the Holiday Inn on 1
October. The Aiken pre-Christmas Dinner will also be held at the Holiday
Inn, on Friday, December 11th. Please call the Area Reporter for details.
Anyone from Cristobal High School Class of 1973 who knows
addresses of other Class of CHS, please send to EDYTHE MARSH at 19520
So. Central Pt. Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045. A reunion is planned for 1983.
The Class of 1932 of BHS & CHS invite all graduates to attend their
50th Reunion to be held at the PCC Society Reunion in April 1982. If you are
interested, please contact:
The Starlite Children's Group will again perform for the Panama
Canal Society of Florida's December 4 Regularly Scheduled Meeting at 1:30
p.m. at 5730 Shore Blvd., Gulfport, FL. Also included are the usual
Aggie (Tonneson) Jamke or Wm. Michaelsen
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A one inch add (or 1/7th page) to members $2.00
A one inch add (or 1/7th page) to non-members $4.00
RATES for Commercial Advertisements have increased, due to inflation.
Enquiries may be made to the Panama Canal Society of Florida,, Inc. P.O.
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, FL 33733 for new rate schedule.
For Sale and Wanted
FOR SALE: 1978 (Final year of issue) Canal Zone license plates, $7.50
postpaid. Will buy old Panama and Canal Zone license plates. ANN
GUERRIERO, 140 Washington Place, Ridgewood, N.J. 07450.
FOR SALE: Replicas of the GOLDEN HUACAS OF
PANAMA in 22Kt gold plate over sterling silver. Cast in
various motifs and sizes. Made by NEVILLE A. HARTE,
3602 Brixton Lane, Holiday Lake Estates, Holiday, FL
33590. Tel: (813) 937-7525.
FOR SALE: A "Chocolate" brass pitcher, large size. Also a pair of
bookends, of Panama Railroad. First item sells for $30.00, latter items sells
for $60.00. MARY C. BECK, Rt. 3, Box 222, Shooting Creek Valley,
Hayesville, N.C. 28904. (You owe us $2.00 for placing this ad, Mary).
FOR SALE: "Rass" T-shirts (Retired American Sight Seer). $5.00 each plus
70; postage and 454r insurance and handling total of $6.25. BETTY
SEARCY RATHGABER, 200 Baldwin Rd., Glassboro, N.J. 08028. Tel: (609)
881-8312. (This one is on me, Betty. Didn't proofread last issue properly. Ed.)
FOR SALE: Copies of the 1979 printing of "Tropical Cooking in Panama"
by Gladys R. Graham is available from Mrs. Jean Fears, 627 Wimbledon
Drive, Dothan, AL. 36301. Send check for $6.00 and a copy will be mailed
FOR SALE: Panama Canal Buckles, Collector's Series, solid bronze. Type
A: Rectangular with Pedro Miguel Locks and Seal. Type B: Oval with CZ
Seal. Unconditionally guaranteed. $10 each or two for $19.00. MIKE CAR-
PENTER, 3100 Thurman Rd. SW, Apt. G-25, Huntsville, AL 35805. Tel:
WANTED: ROYAL DOULTON Figurines. Mugs, Animals. Paying for the
CLOWN $250.00; Lg. DEVIL $400.00; Sm. DEVIL (Mestophiles) $150.00;
Tiny Mugs $35.00 ea. CLAUDIS HOWELL, 1205 Fountainhead Dr.,
Deltona, FL 32725, Phone (305) 574-4346.
WANTED: Your Louisiana reporter is looking for old BHS, CHS, CZJC or
CZC yearbooks. Please mail collect to PATT FOSTER ROBERSON, 4875
Maribel Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70812.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Application for Membership
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, hereby apply for (membership) in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and enclose $10.00 as my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues for the year which entitle me to a
subscription of the CANAL RECORD for one year.
Former CZ Employment
Amount Enclosed $ Check M.O. Cash_
DUES $10 PER YEAR PER FAMILY (One Household)
Please send Money Order unless Check is on State's Bank
Dues of the Society shall be $10.00 a year by calendar years, and shall entitle
members in good standing to receive the Canal Record and Annual Issue.
Dues shall be considered payable in January of each calendar year, and will be
considered delinquent on February first in any calendar year.
New members will be accepted after July 1st in any year for $5.00 in dues for the
balance of that particular calendar year provided the following year's dues are
paid in advance at the same time.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE.
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
FORM TO ORDER SOCIETY PLATE AND DECAL
Please mail to
City State Zip Code
Society Tag, $2.50 ea. Number wanted
Society Decal, $1.50 ea., Number wanted____
--i OG t%
Late News .
FROM SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF "RETIREMENT LIFE"
CPI Rises 4.9% in 6 Months; No More COLA Until March 1
The Bureau of Labor Statistics on July 23 announced that the June 1981
CPI-W was 271.4, up 0.9 percent above May'2 269.1 index reading.
Release of the Juen index also established that the CPI-W had jumped 4.9
percent in the first half of this year.
The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act approved by Congress and
certain to be enacted into law by Presidential signature contains a
provision eliminating the September 1 cost-of-living adjustment which
Federal and Military retirees were previously scheduled to receive.
Therefore, the 4.9 percent increase in the CPI-W for the first six months of
1981 will be added to the percentage adjustments for the last half of the year,
and the total 12-month increase will become effective as a cost-of-living
adjustment March 1, 1982. This increase will be reflected in annuity checks
received April 1 of next year.
Since cost-of-living adjustments in the future will be based on a 12-month
rather than 6-month change in the CPI-W, we will attempt to help you keep
track of the monthly changes by a chart of each month's index reading and
percentage adjustment, along with a cumulative adjustment figure.
MONTH INDEX READING INCREASE CHANGE
Dec '80 258.7 -
Jan '81 260.7 0.8 0.8
Feb '81 263.5 1.1 1.9
March '81 265.2 0.6 2.5
April'81 266.8 0.6 3.1
May '81 269.1 0.9 4.0
June '81 271.4 0.9 4.9
Submitted by WILLIAM F. GRADY, Legislative Representative.
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733-1566
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on
Form 3579 to Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733.
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