VOL. 15 NOVEMBER, 1981
The President's Message ............................................ 2
From the Secretary ................................................. 2
Editor's Corner ..................................................... 3
Legislative Report ................................................ 5
Minutes from Scheduled Meetings ................................... 6
Activity Reports ..................................................... 8
News Clips .......................................................... 14
News Condensed from "The Spillway" .............................. 25
Your Reporter's Say ................................................. 39
Alabama .................. 39 North Carolina ............. 62
Arkansas................. 42 Northwest................. 63
California ................ 46 Panama................... 66
Florida ................... 53 South Carolina ............ 70
Louisiana ................ 58 Texas ...................... 72
New Jersey ............ 61 Virginia .................. 74
50th Anniversary Panama Canal Society Reunion 1982 ......... ,Center
Congratulations ................................................... 76
W here Are You? ..................................................... 80
Favorite Cooking Recipes ........................................... 81
W weddings ............................................................ 82
B irths ............................................................... 86
With Deep Sorrow ................................................. 88
From Members at Large ............................................ 94
Looking Back........................................................ 103
N notices .............................................................. 109
For Sale or Wanted ................................................. 111
Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation ........... ISBC
Vigilant Real Estate ........... 38 Sky Plumbing................ 75
DATES TO REMEMBER ...
4 Dec Regular Monthly Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., 5730 Shore
6 Dec Panama Canal Society of So. California Luncheon, Hotel
Laguna, Laguna Beach, CA
11 Dec Pre-Christmas Dinner, Holiday Inn, Aiken, SC
8 Jan Regular Monthly Meeting, PSCOFL, 1:30 p.m., 5730 Shore
5 Feb Regular Monthly Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., 5730 Shore
5 Mar Regular Monthly Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., 5730 Shore
28 Mar Panama Canal Society of Southern California Spring Lunch-
eon/Annual Business Meeting. Hyatt Long Beach Marina
Hotel, 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
Mrs. Jean B. Mann Albert F. Pate
Secretary-Treasurer 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.
MEMBERSHIP FEES $10.00 ANNUALLY. To receive the CANAL
RECORD, all persons MUST BE MEMBERS and pay ANNUAL DUES of
$10.00. Entered as 2nd Class matter at the POST OFFICE at Saint
Petersburg, Florida Second Class Postage paid at Saint Petersburg,
Florida, Post Office.
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.
PRINTED BY MODERN PRINTING OF ST. PETERSBURG, 3021
Lown Street North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33713.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 40th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
VOL. 15 NOVEMBER 1981 NO. 5
THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE ...
The Christmas Party with Olga Disharoon as Chairperson was a great
success. This year we were entertained with Christmas music and songs by
the Starlighters, a local vocal group. The Christmas goodies were in ample
supply as was the punch and coffee.
The plans for the 50th year (Golden Anniversary) of our Society are well
under way with the following persons as Chairmen of the following
All reservations for the Ball, Annual Luncheon, table seats, must be made
through Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer. Registration with special name
tags and ribbons and complimentary 50th year gold pens will again be
taken care of by Georgia Howard, chairperson. Procurement of and
selling of other Society memorabilia will be handled by Pat Beall.
The luncheon menu and collection of tickets, will be under the direction of
Edith Jones. Elsewhere in this issue will be instructions for your guidance.
The Annual Business meeting will include the voting for officers for 1982-
1983. Once again the voting will be by voice vote, however our Sergeant at
Arms, Paul Disharoon will again be in charge of counting the votes by a
show of hands, should the voice vote be in question.
Vice President, Al Pate, will again be in charge of bus transportation
from the Holiday Inn, Tampa, to the Coliseum, St. Petersburg and return.
The Golf Tournament is again under the chairmanship of Joe Collins
who handled it so well last year.
You will find elsewhere in this Record, explicit instructions from some of
the chairpersons. Your officers and the Executive Board are going "All Out"
to make this the biggest Reunion we have ever had.
RUSSELL M. JONES
FROM THE SECRETARY'S DESK .. .
The Directory Issue is now history. There are incorrect addresses therein,
but for the most part it is accurate. I cannot stress too much the importance
of getting your change of addresses to me as soon as possible. We must give
the printer one month to get our publications set up, proofed, printed, and
assembled, that is why we publish deadlines. Material received after the
deadlines often must be left out. If your address is incorrect and you have
not already sent in a change, please let us know. The Post Office informs us
when a Record is not delivered, and the reason, but often the forwarding
address is only temporary, so we take no action until we hear from you.
Please read all the Reunion information contained in the insert of this
issue, and follow the directions for making reservations. It would be a great
help to me if you would remember to pay your dues when you send in for your
reservations. We are a large organization now with over 3,000 family
memberships and we try to do our best for you.
The Holiday Season is upon us and I sincerely hope that each and
everyone of you has a most Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
EDITOR'S CORNER ...
My first issue of the CANAL RECORD is now past. Outside of the fact
that it was sent almost 4 weeks late (not my fault, honest!) and a very
hurried proof-reading was made to minimize any further delay, we never-
the-less received some very fine comments, both written and oral from you
good folks. However, as a raw recruit, I did make a few booboo's for which I
must apologize. To MRS. JOSEPHINE DENNIS my most sincere
apologies for naming her as the "late" JO DENNIS. She is 88 years young
and still lives in Princeton, NJ. I wish her good health and hope she forgives
me. I also have become aware of my other mistakes or errors, and I promise
they will be minimal or non-existant in the future.
The memorabilia for the 50th Anniversary reunion is coming along fine.
Everything has been ordered (before prices go up next year) and should be
here soon. The Panama Canal Zone seal, in color, with appropriate lettering
depicting the 50th Anniversary, etc. in gold will be available on coffee mugs
and ashtrays. The Canal Zone Seal will also be placed on hi-ball glasses,
with the same lettering, but only in gold color. The name-tags will also be
new, with much the same as on the hi-ball glasses. Golfers in the
tournament will also receive a moment of the 50th Anniversary, as will
each registrant as he enters the door.
Several articles have been submitted to the editor of a political nature. As
the CANAL RECORD'S main purpose is "To preserve American Ideals
and Canal Zone Friendships", the Executive Board sustains a ruling that
they would be disregarded and eliminated from the RECORD in the future.
Publication of some of these articles would not be in the best interests of the
NEW AREA REPORTERS!
John (Bill) Schmidt 904-878-4222 Rt. 7, Box 1371
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Ann Wood Suescum Balboa 2-52-3963 PSC Box 387
APO Miami, FL 34002
To cover as many areas as possible, the CANAL RECORD is looking for
more volunteer reporters. We need reporters for Georgia, Mississippi,
New York, the Mid-West; Florida East Coast; San Antonio and
Austin, Texas; and Atlantic Side, Panama. Please write to the editor for
It is evident that you can't please everybody, as the results show from the
center-fold questionnaire published in the September issue. Although the
response was generally poor, I must feel obligated to use those answers
returned to me as a sounding board in my future commitment to the
RECORD to a degree. In looking back through the old CANAL
RECORDS, I find articles, and the general input to be easy-going,
informal and having a "homey" effect. That wasn't difficult with quite a
few less subscriptions having to be mailed. Today we have about a 30%
increase over what we had ten years ago, covering a wider area, and with
members becoming more reaching and searching to continue old Canal
Many answers received were forthright and constructive in nature; some
were flippant and others were generally non-committal. However, the over-
all trend and tone of the answers have given me much food for thought and
action. Those who answered were usually positive and adamant in at least
one of the 1'4 questions. That in itself was a pretty good clue. Results of the
questionnaire, as of October 31, were as follows:
100% positive for the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
48% Dislike nothing; 33% no comment; 12 criticisms, (6 con-
95% content; 4 criticisms, (2 constructive).
85% no suggestions; 15% suggestions (5 valid and useful).
99% approve of news articles.
66% no comment; 21% valid suggestions, 15 answers to
94% in favor of more photos.
60% not in favor; 18% in favor; 22% no comment for enter-
62% no; 2% yes, 36% no comment to provide talent at enter-
48% no; 13% yes; 38% no comment to hold reunions outside
33% yes, 20% no; 47% no comment for open Business meet-
90% yes; 10% no, to purchase moments.
40% yes; 20% no; 40% no comment for Dinner-Dance at
18 comments were received. 9 were usable and construc-
The results of the questionnaire will be presented to the Executive Board
and will be evaluated. Some answers were simply impossible to place in
effect, since we do not have the personnel or facilities to initiate them.
Question 13 was voted down by the Board as being too expensive; catering
for 1000 + would lack pizzaz and flavor; would interfere with "visiting" by
members and as being too hectic, as well as cutting into Lucho's time to
dance. The Board also felt that the response to that question in the time
specified was not sufficient to merit further consideration.
One suggestion I picked up real quick was one suggested by Emily
(Horine) Brooks, who asked why an Essay Contest could not be initiated,
depicting Jamaican old-timers; to preserve some of their accounts in their
beautifully descriptive language. Charlie Heim of California wrote an
article called "Nostalgia" in the March issue, 1981 which was very well
received, and he has sent another article called "A Man Called Albert,"
which is in this issue. Both are outstanding, and from the answers in the
questionnaire, members are asking for more of the same. How about it? I
know many of you have anecdotes that you can recall that should be
printed, and some should go down as part of the Canal Zone history. A
suitable prize could be presented during the 1983 reunion for the best essay.
More on that subject later.
Looks like there is a move a-foot to charter a plane from Panama for the
50th reunion. Also heard through the grape-vine a very fluid grape-vine, I
might add, that there is a similar move going from Houston and from
California. I have already found out that you can get in trouble for not
printing facts, so I'm going to get out from under right here. Just as an aside
I would be more than willing to print any notices you may have in that
If you ever get a chance to see the American Automobile Association
travelogue called "The New Panama So you thought it was a Canal",
please do so. It is beautifully presented, in color, and narrated by Clint
Denn, with no political overtones. It's about 2 hours long and the cost to
non-members of the AAA is $3.50 (members $2.75) and well worth it.
Your 1981 Annual issue has to be mailed out about the same time that this
December issue goes to press, so I'll say "Hasta la vista" for now, and
"Felices Pascuas y Prospero Aio Nuevo".
RICHARD W. (PAT) BEALL, Editor
LEGISLATIVE REPORT ...
The proposal to postpone our next cost-of-living raise again, from March
1, 1982 to September 1, 1982, has now been tabled indefinitely.
The government plans to revise the method of figuring the Consumer
Price Index -W (on which our cost-of-living raises are based) will not go into
effect for Social Security programs and other government benefit programs
until January 1985. There are 81 million people who receive Social Security
benefits, government pensions or annuities, food stamps and other federal
benefits; all of whose increases are based on the CPI-W.
The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
(CPI-W) for September, announced October 23, 1981 by the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, was 279.1, up 0.9% above the August index of 276.5, and 7.9%
higher than the December 1980 index of 258.7. The final percentage
adjustment for the next COLA will be determined when the additional
percentage gains for October, November and December, together with the
7.9% increase for the first 9 months, is established.
House bill HR 4331, fully restoring the social security minimum benefit
for all present and future recipients, was amended by the Senate in mid-
October to provide restoration only for current beneficiaries residing in the
United States, EXCEPT for those receiving Government (federal, state,
county and local) annuities in excess of $300 per month. Those Government
retirees would lose one dollar of social security minimum for every dollar of
Government annuity over $300 until their social security checks equalled
the amount to which they would have been entitled on the basis of their
actual wage-work history. HR 4331, amended by the Senate, has been sent
back to the House where the Ways and Means Committee is expected to
review it and report out their own version to the full House. Action is
WILLIAM F. GRADY, Legislative Representative
MEETING WAS HELD ...
A meeting was held with the Director of Catering of the Holiday Inn,
The menu for the Reunion Luncheon is:
Potatoes with Butter and Parsley
Green Peas with Pearl Onions
Rolls with Butter
Apple Pie with wedge of cheese
Hot Coffee Iced Tea
Each table will be for 8 people with the Head Table seating 10. The tables
will be ready for the committee at 10 a.m. There will be four entrances to the
dining room. Each person must hold and show his or her ticket to enter the
dining room. The tables will have numbers and a master plan of the seating
arrangement will be on display outside the dining room.
EDITH L. JONES, Chairman, Luncheon Committee
* q CHERISH NOW YOUR LOVED ONES DEAR, % *
T, FOR CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR. *
RECAP OF MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETINGS
5 June 1981
85 members and guests were present. Members standing for special
Mary Lou Engelke Rogers, AR
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Sylvestre St. Petersburg
Robert Hicks St. Petersburg
Robert Stanszewski Rep de Panama
Peggy (Falk) Lott St. Petersburg
Reports on upcoming picnic, fall luncheon and 1982 reunion were given.
4 September 1981
72 members and guests were present. Members standing for special
Ruth Thompson Bradenton
Linnie Turner St. Petersburg
Olga & Leonard Caisse Lakeland
The President announced that Olga Disharoon will chair the Christmas
Party at the December meeting. He also announced that the 1982 reunion
will be April 15 16 17, 1982 at the Holiday Inn, Tampa Airport, and the
Golf Tournament will be held at the Sunset Golf Club in St. Petersburg
again this year. Mr. Jones encouraged all members to fill out and return the
questionnaire in the September Record.
Mrs. Anna Collins was presented a gift (a pair of Cloisinee vases) from
the Society in recognition and appreciation of her years of service as Editor.
2 October 1981
75 members and guests were present. Members standing for special
Mr. and Mrs. George Felps St. Petersburg
Betsy Noonan Sarasota
J. C. Thompson Tampa
Frances Gilley Tampa
Jo Freudigmann Tampa
Ruth Baltozer St. Petersburg
Bessie Lyons St. Petersburg
The President thanked Bo Mathews for chairing the August Luncheon.
He asked for a round of applause for Bo and Jeanne Matthews for a job well
Mr. Jones announced the Reunion chairmen. They are:
Georgia Howard ................................. Registration
Jean Mann ............................. Reservations & Tickets
Edith Jones......................................... Luncheon
Jean M ann ................................................Ball
Al Pate ........................................ Transportation
Joe Collins ...................................Golf Tournament
Pat Beall .............................. Awards & Memorabilia
Bill Grady, Legislative Representative read an article from the Tampa
Tribune telling of a group of Panamanian refugees in Miami calling
themselves the Panamanian Democratic Front. This group is organizing to
overthrow the President of Panama and go back to the 1946 treaty. 83-year-
old Arnulfo Arias is working with them. Beth Grady read a letter written to
the Tampa Tribune by a man who resented being called a "double dipper".
The well written letter gave many indisputable reasons why the so called
"double dippers" should not be maligned.
JEAN MANN, Secretary/Treasurer
WHY NOT GIVE A SOCIETY TAG ONLY $2.50
OR A SOCIETY DECAL, $1.50
AS A GIFT TO A MEMBER *
WHO DOES NOT HAVE ONE ON HIS CAR?
not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes
back to you. John Greenleaf Whittier *
"C A R N IVA LITO"
(by Joyce Dargan Correspondent)
Amid brightly colored balloons, streamers, and Panamanian artifacts,
The Canal Zone Reunion Group of the Greater Washington, D. C.
Area held its Fouirth Annual Reunion to the theme of "Carnivalito" on
Saturday and Sunday, May 30/31, 1981 at the Tysons Corner Ramada Inn.
The reveleers from 29 States, The District of Columbia, Panama and the
Canal Zone danced to the music of long time Isthmian musician Ivanhoe
"Sonny" Seixas and his Gatun Lake Boys at the Saturday evening dinner
dance. Other entertainment that evening was provided by the Panamanian
Folkloric Group dancing the Tamborita and other Panamanian dances.
This group also entertained at the brunch on Sunday. King John Nolan,
Jr. and Queen Janet Grossman were selected to preside over the
Over 275 people attended the weekend festivities and, from all
indications, had a smashingly good time. Numerous door prizes from
Panama were awarded, and a spirited auction of the Carnivalito
decorations, replicas of Panama Railroad station signs, hand made
miniature bohios, and other goodies was conducted by Master of
Ceremonies Joe Dargan, Jr. after the brunch Sunday. An added treat was
the auctioning of several prints of lithographs of familiar Canal Zone
scenes by Dan Fiori donated by the artist that day.
Plans for the 1982 Canal Zone Reunion are well underway, reports
Committee Chairman Ted Norris. For information on the 1982 Reunion
contact Ted Norris, 1906 Prout Place, Falls Church, Virginia, 22043. Other
recent activities of the Washington group included a picnic held at the finca
of Jack and Millie Duval on August 16, and a great deal of activity has
taken place since the Reunion making preparations for the publishing of
the Group's Fourth Directory. This year's Directory will contain over 740
names, addresses, and other data of and about Zonians and will be
available in early November, 1981. The directory may be ordered from Ted
Morris at the above address for a donation of $3.50 each.
Canal Pilot Elected to High Shrine Post
Abou Saad Temple shines as Ill. Charles H.,Taylor, Past Potentate, is
installed as President of the Southeastern Shrine Association.
The Annual Southeastern Shrine Association (SESA) Convention was
held August 6, 7, and 8, 1981, on sunny Miami Beach with over 10,000
Nobles attending from over thirty Shrine Temples of the Association, which
includes Panama where Abou Saad Temple was founded in 1919. Also in
attendance were many of the ladies and their families of the Nobility.
The Headquarters Hotels for this extravaganza were the Deauville and
Carillon Hotels. The Deauville was the convention home of the Nobility of
Abou Saad Temple of P nama and their ladies and families that
accompanied them. The entire Divan was in attendance, to include: Ill.
Donald P. Garrido, P tentate, and his lady, Lydia: Noble Hugo A.
Adams, Chief Rabban, and his lady, Jean; Noble John J. Dorsa,
Assistant Rabban, and his lady, Evelyn; Noble Richard A. Gilman,
High Priest and Prophet, and his lady, Joann; Noble Virgil E. Voyles,
Oriental Guide, and his lady, Joan; Noble Willy W. Nowotny, Treasurer,
and his lady, Wilma; and Noble Robert J. Saarinen, Recorder. It has
been many years since any event has had the fine representation of Past
Potentates of Abou Saad as did this convention, and it was a pleasure to
have with us: Ill. Bernard I. "Emo" Everson, Potentate 1954, and his
lady, Fea; Ill. Charles D. "Chuck" Lavallee, Potentate 1958, and his
lady, Dotty; Ill. C. William "Bill" Homa, Potentate 1962, and his lady,
Trudy; Ill. H. Vance "Shorty" Howard, Jr., Potentate 1966, and his
lady, Georgia; Ill. Cliff Beaty, Potentate 1968, and his lady, Billie; Ill.
Daniel R. Harned, Potentate 1971, and his sister-in-law, Ruth; Ill.
Charles H. "Charlie" Taylor, Potentate 1972, and his lady, L'Dora; Ill.
Thomas C. "Tommy" Peterson, Potentate 1979, and his lady, Barbara;
and Ill. Charles R. "Ron" Lavallee, Potentate 1980, and his lady, Judy.
Ill. John A. Everson, Potentate 1960, and his lady Dotty were unable to
attend as planned due to an accident Dotty was involved in we missed
them both and wish Dotty every wish for a speedy recovery.
The Units and Shrine Clubs of Abou Saad turned out in force to aid in the
installation of Illustrious Sir Charles Harlan Taylor, PP, as President of
the Southeastern Shrine Association for 1981-82. The Units represented
were: the Legion of Honor, the Clowns, the Steel Band of the Shrine Club of
Puerto Rico, the Past Masters, the Kitchen Krew, the Motor Patrol, the
Director's Staff, the Purveyors and the Oriental Band.
The installation of Ill. Sir Charles included a full schedule of events, at
which many of Shrinedom's highest dignitaries were present during the
busy three days. A colorful opening ceremony, seminars, business
meetings, luncheons, receptions, concluding with the Grand Parade
through Miami Beach were some of the activities programmed. Highlights
of the convention were the President's Banquet; Abou Saad Temples
Banquet and the new President's Pageant "90 North" with a film
presentation entitled "Man of Many Hats" produced by Kaye Richey.
There were 32 Shriners attending from Abou Saad Temple in Panama,
while 47 Shriners of the Temple attended from all parts of the United States.
The hospitality room was nearly always filled with Shriners and their
ladies renewing old friendships and enjoying each others company for the
short three days. Departure time came all too soon however, and it climaxed
a hectic, busy and wonderfully filled three days.
Illustrious Charles H. Taylor
President, Southeastern Shrine
The Abou Saad Temple of Panama's contingent at the annual
southeastern Shrine Convention in Miami Beach at the Deauville
Abou Saad's Potentate Donald P. Garrido
congratulates the new Southeastern
Shrine Association's President from
Panama, ILL. Sir Charles H. Taylor, with
Oriental Guide Richard A. Gilman.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF SAM (SKIP) ROWLEY, JR.
1981 WEST COAST REUNION A HUGE SUCCESS
The reunion held on September 11-13 in San Diego was a resounding
success! 163 registered for the Banquet/Dance, and 145 attended the PC
Society of S. California Luncheon on Sunday. The Catamaran Hotel, with
its open-beam banquet room and adjacent sun deck was a beautiful setting
for our reunion. Listed below are the names of those who attended the
Audrey & Percival Alberga-C'28
Cecil & Lilia Alberga
Sheila Gilbert Bolke
William R. Bailey-B'54
Kathleen Steiner Bennett-B'56
Carol Newhard Bleakley-C'55
Diane Staples Bochowski-'56
Helen George Boswell-C'63
Donna Geyer Bowman-C'54
Edna Mueller Brancone-C'34
Grace Birkeland Brown-B'19
Eugene Caldwell, B
Ellis (Jack) Carey-B'38
Ruth Kupka Carey-B'41
Nancy Norton Carter-B'40
Nell Wardlow Clark-C'32
Ann & Hollis Collins-C'43
Joan Gibson Conover-B'52
Fern Horine Dabill-C'39
Lucille Journey Davis-B'38
Ann Keller Daykin-'56
Jean Stinehart de la Pena
Moises de la Pena-B'33
Shirley Dyer Erickson-B'41
Eric & Noreen Ernest
Gretchen Diez Evans-B'47
Mrs. Ruth Frank, Irwin's mother
Bob & Millie French
John & Maralyn Hohan
Ellen Greenleaf Johnson-C'34
Wanda Harrington Johnson-C'45
Minnie Kleefkens Kariger-C'29
Virginia Hughes Kullberg-B'35
Joanie Rode Langford-'72
Larry & Linda Layman
James LeRoy Lundy-B'48
Joan Horter Lundy-B'48
*Georgiana & Jim Mau
Helen Seaman McGuinness
Thomas F. McGuinness-C'41
Paul W. Morgan-B'62
"Tess" Walsh Morgan-B'63
Rosemarie Nickisher Carr-B
Margaret "Cita" Gates Plue
Beverly Gregory Post
Mildred & Robert Provost-B'38
Harvey Glen Rhyne, Jr.-B'64
Mrs. H.G. Rhyne, Jr.
Marion Snyder Rice-C'41
Joan Steiner Robinson
Bill & Melda Russon
Thelma Torbert Sasso-B'35
Jannis Spradlin Satterwhite-B'64
Alberta (Betty Smith) Scears-C'55
Catsy Taylor Schafer
Peggy Horter Sheridan-B
Leona Sanders Snedeker-C'45
Olga Roe Spreuer-C'35
Celine & Kenneth Stone-C'57
Ann Sasso Sullivan-B'63
Pat Hatchett Thomas-B'46
Anne White Tuthill-C'40
Mickie Boyd Tuttobene-B
Jacquelene Dowler Vencill-B'69
Robert & Jeannette Wilford-C'50
Denise Bullinger Will-'73
Gayle Alexander Will
Irene Laurie Will-B'39
Rita Laurie Will-B
B=Balboa High School
C=Cristobal High School
Listing prepared by Norma & Conrad Horine and Joan Ridge
Mr. Charles E. Chase Jr.
Mr. Robert J. Derrick
Mr. Robert J. Grochowski
Mrs. Patricia M. Risberg
Mr. Richard A. Staab
Mr. William J. Monzon
Mrs. Helen M. Shapiro
Mr. John W. Andrews
Mrs. Jeannine D. Carlin
Ms. Joyce I. Levy
Mr. Thomas C. Peterson
Mr. Samuel G. Porter
Mr. Eugene J. Schill
Mr. Alfred S. Rego
Mr. George H. Scoggin
Mr. Samuel L. Catlett
Mr. Kemmis R. Clovis
Mrs. Lilia Digna Rozmeski
Mr. Jack M. Ruoff
Mr. Arnold F. Hames
Mr. Milton L. Whitson
Administrative Services 20
Office of Equal Oppor. 20
Administrative Services 24
Administration Services 38
Data Processing Sys. 28
Office of Executive Plan. 22
Administrative Serv. 10
Personnel Operations 26
Motor Transportation 21
Transit Operations 14
Canal Support 38
Community Services 18
Office of the Director 26
Canal Protection 13
I'M A NEW MEMBER
I see you at my meetings, but you never say "Hello" -
You're busy all the time you're there, -with those you already know,
I sit amkongst the members and yet I'm a lonesome guy.
The new ones are as strange as I, but you old members pass me by,
But, darn it, you folks asked us in and talked of fellowship -
You could just step across the room, but you've never made the trip.
Why can't you nod and say "Hello", or stop and shake my hand?
Then go and sit among your friends now that I'd understand.
I'll be at your next meeting, perhaps a nicer time to spend,
Do you think you could introduce yourself? I want to be your friend.
GET A FRIEND TO JOIN OUR SOCIETY
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News Clips .
From The Washington Post, September 3, 1981; by Marlise Simons,
Special to the Washington Post Mexico to Offer Railway Alternative to
Panama Canal for Cargo.
MEXICO CITY, Sept. 2 An old forgotten railway that rolls across
Mexico's narrowest neck of land is about to turn into a busy path between
the seas designed to lure traffic from the Panama Canal.
Within three months, when U.S.-built trains start hauling containers
from coast to coast in less than a day, this land bridge will both be a very old
dream come true and a sign of times in which Mexico hopes to change
rapidly from an agricultural nation into a modern industrial one.
Besides servicing Mexico's own fast-growing petrochemical and other
industries spinning off the oil boom, the new corridor aims to cash in on the
container trade flow between the Far East and Europe as well as traffic
between the U.S. west and east coasts, much of which now passes through
The Mexican government agency organizing the rail service says that
ships, by not sailing as far south as Panama and avoiding the waiting lines
there, can save up to five days by using the Mexican route. The sea distance
between New York and San Francisco, for example, is reduced by more than
On both sides of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, at the ports of Salina Cruz
on the Pacific and Coatzacoalcos on the Gulf of Mexico, construction gear is
still chipping away at new container terminals.
Giant cranes are already in place to pick containers off the ships, put
them on trains and lift them back on board again on the opposite coast. The
old 175-mile, one-way railroad has new sleepers and 22 bypass tracks. The
government says it has invested almost $100 million and expects to recover
it within five years.
Although the swampy, hot route across the isthmus is relatively dull, for
centuries this narrowest point of the North American mainland has caught
the imagination of dreamers, entrepreneurs and military planners wanting
to connect the Atlantic and the Pacific.
The Spanish conquerors hauled their cargo across Mexico not far from
here. They unloaded their galleons coming from the Philippines at
Acapulco and took their spoils to Veracruz on their way to Spain. Long
before the Panama Canal construction began, the isthmus with its swollen
rivers was seriously considered as the site for an interoceanic canal. One
plan even involved pulling ships along a broad-gauge railway right across
A British entrepreneur, Lord Cowdry, laid the railroad, in 1907 and it
proved to be a profitable enterprise. Yet the line's period of glory was short;
seven years later the canal opened, and Mexico was in the middle of
During World War II, the U.S. military built airports on the isthmus
and carved a highway across the Sierra Madre mountains. This road is
coming in handy today.
Running parallel to the rails and recently overhauled, it can
accommodate trucks that are to ferry refrigerated containers across the
isthmus in six hours, half the time it takes by train. Both road and train
traffic will end at vast new docking areas, where Mexico is also building
container storage and repair sheds.
But for all its modern approach, the Mexican scheme is not likely to pose a
serious business threat to the aged Panama Canal, shipping experts say.
Mexico plans to move 70,000 containers in the last months of this year,
while the Panama Canal handles that many in three days.
In the following years, though, the Mexicans hope to move 500,000
containers per year, roughly equivalent to the load of 500 large ships.
Fernando Bueno Alvarez, who heads the government agency running the
land bridge, said: "We're really offering a third option. To go from west to
east, say, you go either across the U.S. by train, which is the fastest and
most expensive; you go through Panama, which is the cheapest but the
slowest. Or you come to Mexico. It's a matter of price or time, whichever is
The competitiveness of the Mexican route, shippers say, will depend
largely on the speed with which the unloading, crossing and loading can
take place. Ship to ship, they reckon the whole operation will take three
days. "If it works smoothly it can save a big shipping company now going
through Panama one ship per year," an American said.
While Panama charges tolls based on tonnage, Mexico's rates will be
based on container size. "A 20-foot box will cost $430 ship to ship, and a 40-
foot one will cost $620," said Bueno Alvarez.
Mexican officials who have promoted their new route among the world's
trading nations say they have found a great deal of interest, particularly in
West Germany, Australia, Sweden and France. Japan, the second largest
user of the Panama Canal, is already said to be reconsidering some of its
But Mexico is clearly also out to cash in on the new facilities to relieve its
own heavily clogged and antiquated port system. Backlogs of industrial
supplies and foodstuff have caused dramatic losses in the past few years of
Mexico's oil-financed industrial boom.
Its shortage of transport facilities prevents it from diversifying its foreign
markets. Against stated policy, it is increasing its U.S. trade over relatively
short truck or train routes.
Coatzacoalcos, Mexico's principal oil port, is greatly overcrowded but is to
get relief from the new installations at the container docks.
The land bridge, the government says, will also bring a great economic
boost to Salina Cruz and the southern isthmus where almost 1 million
people live in poverty despite the area's potential wealth. Salina Cruz has
been chosen as one of four industrial "development poles" away from the
large cities, to spread opportunity and slow the growth of Mexico's urban
Coatzacoalcos, another of the four, is already feeling the impact of rapid
development: in five years its population as multiplied five times. "Salina
Cruz is next," said a government official. "The region around it has wood,
minerals, natural gas and cheap hydroelectric energy. It's virtually
untapped. Now it will grow fast. Unfortunately, we cannot avoid growing
By Richard Furno The Washington Post
PANAMA CANAL TREATY FADING AS U.S. ISSUE
from: State Times, Baton Rouge, LA October 28, 1981
By Walter R. Mears, AP Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) All's well at the Panama Canal, where business
That is the word from the administration of Ronald Reagan, once the
most prominent foe of the treaties that relinquished U.S. control of the
Panama Canal Zone and will yield the waterway itself at the end of the
The issue was settled before Reagan got to the White House, and it has
faded now. There was a time when Reagan audiences used to wait for the
guaranteed applause line: The canal is American, bought and paid for, and
ought to be kept. It was a show-stopper at Reagan rallies in 1976, a
conservative issue long after that.
But the conservatives lost. The canal treaties were approved in 1977, and
the zone was delivered to Panamanian sovereignty on Oct. 1, 1979.
The worst-case prophecies of conservatives who called the deal a
dangerous giveaway have not come to pass. There has been some friction
between the two governments over implementation of the treaties, but
The administration says those items are being handled through normal
One point that irks Panama is the fact that the canal commission, which
will operate the waterway until Panama takes it over in the year 2000, is an
U.S. government agency. Jimmy Carter proposed creation of an
independent corporation, but Congress decided otherwise.
Theoretically, the canal is under joint control, but the United States is the
senior partner. The commission is run by a board comprised of five
American and four Panamanian members. What's more, it takes all five
U.S. representatives to form a quorum, no matter how many Panamanian
members are on hand.
Things like that irritate the Panamanian government, which has talked
of complaining to the United Nations.
But nothing has happened to validate the claims of treaty opponents that
the Panamanians might cozy up to Fidel Castro or other communist
regimes, and that militants could disrupt operation of the canal once the
surrounding zone was relinquished by the United States.
"The administration's position is that the treaties are working out well,"
said'Sen. Howard Cannon, D-Nev., "and the situation in Panama is of no
alarm or concern to the executive department, which is busy putting out
fires and attempting to create stability elsewhere in Central and Latin
Cannon had asked the White House and the State Department for an
appraisal of the canal situation. He wrote to Reagan and to Secretary of
State Alexander M. Haig Jr. He got replies from Richard Fairbanks, the
assistant secretary of state who deals with Congress. Fairbanks reports
that everything is fine.
In the latter days of his White House campaign, Reagan avoided rhetoric
that would have suggested he was going to try to change the treaties he
inherited. "Carter renounces treaties, I don't," he said in a campaign
Cannon asked whether the administration has any plan to abrogate or
alter the deal. Fairbanks said no. "President Reagan, during the campaign,
categorically stated that the treaties are now the law of the land and that he
intends to abide by their provisions," Fairbanks said.
CANAL ZONE SAID MUCH THE SAME DESPITE TREATIES
August 23, 1981
By Tom Fenton, Associated Press Writer
BALBOA, Panama (AP) The roads have more potholes and the jungle
is creeping over some of the once close-cropped lawns that made the
Panama Canal Zone a little America in the tropics.
But most Americans staying on after the signing of the Panama Canal
treaties say that except for red tape, life hasn't changed all that much now
that they live under the flag of Panama, at least not yet.
"The (American) police will be phased out next March. I think you will see
more Americans leaving before then in anticipation," said James
O'Donnell, president emeritus of the American Federation of Government
Employees Local 14.
When the canal treaties took effect Oct. 1, 1979, granting Panama
sovereignty over the Canal Zone, 3,591 Americans were employed by the
Panama Canal Co. and the Canal Zone government, official records
As of this past July 24 about 2,130 U.S. citizens were employed by the
Panama Canal Commission, the agency created by the U.S. Congress to
run the waterway until Americans pull out completely in the year 2000.
U.S. police and courts have continued to function in the former Canal
Zone during a 30-month transition with jurisdiction over Americans. Both
will be phased out by April, leaving Americans entirely subject to
The Americans who have stayed continue to receive the same salary as
well as the 15 percent tropical-pay differential. They reside in housing that
may rent for as little as $100 a month for a two-bedroom duplex.
They can import one car duty-free every two years, but instead of
shopping at company stores they must now buy at U.S. military
commissaries. They also may use the military postal system.
Both Panamanians and Americans still refer to the area as the Canal
Zone despite a Panamanian government campaign to promote use of
Whatever the term used, the former zone still provides a sharp contrast to
the teeming slums in nearby Panama City just across the Avenue of the
Martyrs, as Panamanians call it, or Fourth of July Avenue, as it is known to
The major complaint of Americans is that it now takes mountains of red
tape to accomplish matters that could be handled before by mailing a check
to the Canal Zone government.
Now the Americans must go to the government of Panama for
automobile, airplane and boat licenses, as well as for birth, death and
The Panamanian government has set up offices in the zone, but the
procedure is the same as at any other Panamanian office.
For many Americans, having to deal with the Panamanian government
came as shock.
Said Georges Bouche, whose grandfathers helped build the canal: "Take
a simple thing like getting license plates. It took me an hour and a half of
waiting in line and innumerable forms plus I had to pay in cash."
Others complained it now takes two days to import a car, a procedure that
took only a few minutes under the old system.
Bouche and other Americans also claimed that Panama frequently
changes policy without prior notification.
"The way we found out they had changed the railroad schedule was when
we heard the train go by," said Bouche, ombudsman for American
The Panama Railroad runs parallel to the canal and is used by workers
The railroad and all rolling stock were handed over to Panama when the
new treaties took effect.
Carlos Lopez Guevara, a Panamanian treaty negotiator and former
ambassador to Washington, said the Americans were spoiled by the Canal
Zone government and that they had it better than citizens living in the
"They've been encapsulated; they feel themselves privileged," Lopez
Guevara maintained, adding that "some are still fighting the treaties."
Lopez Guevara, who now has a private law practice, said there is a lot of
red tape in Panama but he said it also exists in the United States and that
Zonians were just being forced to live in the real world.
O'Donnell, 53, whose father came to the Zone as a planner in 1927, said
most Americans have accepted Panamanian jurisdiction and that in
retrospect "the treaties were a good thing."
"There is less animosity now toward Americans. There's been a lessening
of tension. We're no longer the punching bag for Panama's problems," he
O'Donnell, who is the canal's chief electric-power dispatcher, said that
Americans "aren't as gung-ho as they once were" and he predicted
declining morale eventually will take a toll on the canal's efficiency.
"The canal is like an old car going down the road. The door falls off and
you can keep going. But eventually it's going to stop," he said.
Much of the equipment on the canal, opened in 1914, is original, including
the lock gates. Repair and maintenance depends on highly specialized
technicians, who must build parts no longer available commercially.
Some Americans said they were worried about losing American police
and courts next April.
"If we think we're in the right we don't think anything about talking back
to a police officer," said a young American woman who works for the
"That's not the case with the National Guard (Panama's army and police
force). They can haul you in for disrespect if they don't like your attitude. It's
a whole different cultural attitude. We feel more like our officials are there to
serve us," the young woman said. She asked not to be identified.
During the transition, National Guardsmen and American police
patrolled jointly. In some aras crime, especially theft, declined since
guardsmen began patrolling.
William Drummond, an American policeman and former president of the
Policeman's Union, said he believes the fears are justified.
He said guardsmen are not worried about violating a person's civil rights
and that they stop and search on whim.
He said he has seen guardsmen make frequent use of their powers to
arrest for disrespect. The Panamanian criminal justice system has its
antecedents in the Napoleanic Code, whereas the American criminal justice
system is based on English common law.
Under the former Napoleonic system, people arrested are presumed guilty
by virture of their arrest. A defendant has the responsibility to prove his
innocence to a judge.
Similar criminal justice systems are used throughout Latin America.
Also affected by the treaties are the descendants of the mainly West
Indian blacks brought to Panama during construction days because they
could work well in the tropical heat.
Panamanian governments have long considered them privileged
Panamanians, since the U.S. government allowed them to shop at duty-free
company stores and extended many of the privileges granted to Americans
so long as they were employed by the Canal Co.
This group lost all those privileges with the treaties. Their housing was
turned over to Panama, which promptly increased rents, cut down on
maintenance and grass cutting, vital to controlling insects and snakes.
The West Indians were given the opportunity to emigrate to the United
States under the treaties, and many are believed to be waiting to see what
happens in Panama before making a final decision.
STATEMENT FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR TO
COMMEMORATE THE SECOND YEAR OF OPERATIONS OF
THE PANAMA CANAL COMMISSION
OCTOBER 1, 1981
The two years since the implementation of the Panama Canal Treaty
have been not only a time of change for the Canal organization, but also a
time of demonstrated continuity and achievement. The period has been
marked by innumerable adjustments carried out by the Panama Canal
Commission in compliance with the treaty, while at the same time
providing uninterrupted transit service to international shipping.
Now in its 68th year, the waterway continues to carry the ships of the
world safely and efficiently across the Isthmus. Larger ships and more
tonnage are transiting the Canal than ever before in its history. The
uninterrupted service which this complex enterprise has continued to
provide to the world stands as a tribute to the dedicated and skilled work
force of the Panama Canal Commission.
Traffic passing through the Canal has reached record levels. During the
past year, nearly 14,000 oceangoing vessels carried a record of
approximately 189 million Panama Canal net tons of cargo and,
correspondingly, the Canal realized a record in tolls revenues of about $303
million. This record traffic demand strained the waterway's transit
capacity and occasionally resulted in shipping delays at the Canal, which
were remedied quickly through the all-out efforts of the Canal work force.
In an effort to provide better service to Canal users, the Commission has
made operational changes, including the hiring of additional Canal pilots
and improving marine traffic control procedures for scheduling vessel
transits. At the same time, the Commission's capital improvement program
has been accelerated and investments this past year were substantially
higher than those of the prior year.
Early in its second year, the Commission faced a serious financial deficit
resulting from an unforeseen series of events. Immediate remedial actions
were taken and, although the financial picture is incomplete, I am pleased
to report that we anticipate closing out the year at or near the break-even
This rearkable financial turnaround during the past several months is, in
large measure, attributable to the hard work of the men and women of the
Commission who are responsible for carrying out programmed austerity
measures. That they have done so even when some of those measures hit
close to home is a further tribute to their unflagging dedication to the Canal
The record traffic that has moved through the Panama Canal during the
past two years under the challenging conditions of treaty transition is
ample evidence that the waterway remains efficient and cost effective. I am
confident that the Panama Canal will continue to meet the needs of world
commerce during the next decades and well into the 21st century.
The Deputy Administrator, the Honorable Fernando Manfredo Jr., joins
me in expressing appreciation to members of the Commission and their
families, as well as to the countless other individuals associate in various
ways with the Canal enterprise, whose spirit of cooperation and
commitment has resulted in two years of successful operation.
SPEECH BY MR. FERNANDO MANFREDO JR.
Deputy Administrator, Panama Canal Commission to
American Association of Port Authorities
October 28, 1981
The Panamanian Deputy Administrator of the Panama Canal
Commission addressed a meeting of the American Association of Port
Authorities in Los Angeles on October 28, where he told port representatives
and members of the shipping industry that the United States will remain
responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Panama Canal until
the year 2000 and that Panama has a treaty commitment to keep the Canal
open and efficient after that date.
In his speech Fernando Manfredo, Jr., second highest official in the U.S.
government agency that operates the waterway, attempted to clarify
misconceptions concerning the Canal that are causing concern among
many of its customers since the implementation of the Panama Canal
treaties two years ago.
He stressed that a major goal of the treaty is to create an umbrella of
mutual cooperation and stability under which the United States and
Panama can each accomplish its responsibilities in regard to the waterway.
An important aspect of this cooperative agreement, Manfredo said, is the
recognition on both sides that Panamanians will participate increasingly
in all facets of the Canal operation. This fact has led to some
misconceptions that the organization has lost or is replacing its critical U.S.
citizen employees too rapidly and that Panamanians have not mastered the
necessary skills to efficiently operate and maintain the facility, he added.
The Deputy Administrator said that the performance of the Commission
over the past two years is proof that the organization has retained the
skilled work force required to fulfill its mission of providing safe, efficient
transit service. He said while the treaty requirement that the Panamian
component of the work force be expanded is being accomplished through
the preferential hiring of Panamanians, the Commission's management
still recognizes the experienced U.S. citizen employee as the backbone of the
skilled work force.
He said that on a 24-hour a day, 365-day a year basis, the Canal has
continued providing uninterrupted transit service to international shipping
during the past two years, with traffic at record levels. This past fiscal year,
Manfredo said, nearly 14,000 oceangoing vessels, more than 38 each day,
transited the Canal. The average size of the vessels was the largest in the
Canal's 68 year history, he said, and they carried a record 171 million long
tons of cargo.
Manfredo said that in the long run, the level of training and experience
are the key components that will determine the Canal's ability to provide
quality transit service to users. Accordingly, he said, the Commission is
spending more than $5 million annually on training programs to ensure
that sufficient numbers of skilled employees will be available to meet future
The Deputy Administrator went on to say that it is concerning the Canal
itself, rather than its personnel, that the greatest misconceptions have
arisen. He challenged as "patently untrue" the commonly held views that
the Canal is obsolescent, that the United States is no longer expending
sufficient funds to maintain the waterway, and that necessary capital
improvements are not being undertaken since the Canal will eventually be
given to Panama.
Manfredo said that when increases in the number and size of vessels
transiting the Canal strained the existing capacity of the waterway during
the last year, the Commission undertook a number of steps to provide an
immediate improvement in service. Among them, he said, was the
acceleration of the Canal organization's capital improvement program,
resulting in investments being increased by more than 50 percent from the
prior year, with particular emphasis on projects to expand Canal capacity.
The Deputy Administrator said that projects now underway will increase
the sustained capacity of the Canal from the current 37 to 40 vessels per day
to 42 to 44 per day, with a corresponding improvement in the facility's
ability to handle larger vessels.
Operationally, he said, changes being made which will provide more
immediate improvement in service include the hiring of additional pilots,
improved Marine Traffic Control procedures for scheduling vessel transit,
the testing of a transit booking system offering advanced reservations in
the transit schedule, and improved maintenance and training programs.
The improvements now underway will augment Canal capacity by at
least 15 percent by 1983, Manfredo said, a capacity level considered to be
sufficient to meet the traffic demand forecast for the remainder of the
Maintenance of the waterway, always high priority, is receiving added
emphasis, he said. Of an operating and capital budget in FY 1981 of
approximately $419 million, Manfredo said that the Commission spent
nearly $100 million, Manfredo said that the Commission spent nearly $100
million, or virtually one dollar out of every four, on maintaining and
improving the Canal.
The Deputy Administrator stated that the Commission turns the page on
its second year of operations "financially and operationally sound," and
preliminary data show it near a break-even position. He emphasized that
the Canal organization is required by law to meet all expenses through tolls
and other revenues, at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer.
Concerning the issue of tolls, the Deputy Administrator said that the
Canal's toll rate policy has remained unchanged since the opening of the
waterway in 1914. It is based, he said on the law requiring that rates be set
at a level high enough to enable the agency to recover all its costs, but no
He said that for the first sixty years of the Canal's operation, trade
through the waterway continued to increase at a fairly rapid rate and rising
operational costs were more than offset by additional revenues. But double
digit inflation and declining growth in Canal trades caught up with the
Canal in the mid-1970s, necessitating two tolls increases, and a third was
necessary when the treaty was implemented, since that agreement
committed the United States to increase payments to Panama from $2.3
million to more than $75 million annually.
Manfredo said the Canal organization is now faced with the prospect of
having to raise tolls again in FY 1983, as a result of a sharp decline in
revenues that will result from the loss of Alaskan North Slope oil through
the Canal when the trans-Panama oil pipeline is opened in 1982.
The Deputy Administrator assured his listeners that the Commission's
management is aware that the Canal does not have a captive market, since
there are alternatives to the waterway, and realizes that there are limits
beyond which toll rates cannot be raised if the waterway is to remain an
economical means of transportation. Accordingly, he said, the Commission
is implementing a number of cost reduction measures in an effort to
minimize future toll rate increases.
Manfredo expressed confidence that the Canal will continue to perform
its vital mission to international shipping throughout the current decade.
Beyond that, the Deputy Administrator said, various projects are under
consideration that would ensure that a waterway with sufficient capacity to
handle future traffic demands is available.
Among them is a sea level canal. Less costly, the Deputy Administrator
said, is the possibility of enlarging the present Canal by widening Gaillard
Cut and, going a step further, constructing a third set of locks parallel to
those already in existence.
The Cut widening, which could cost as much a a half billion dollars, would
allow an increased transit capacity of up to 50 vessels daily, he said. The
third locks project could enable the Canal to accommodate vessels of up to
150,000 dead weight tons, as opposed to the current limitation, set by the
physical dimensions of the locks themselves, of 65,000 dead weight tons.
Manfredo said that decisions made within the shipping industry itself in
regard to such things as the future size of vessels, the depth of harbors and
the construction of bulk terminals capable of handling large vessels are
very much interrelated to the future direction that will be taken with respect
to the Panama Canal.
September 9, 1981
In response to a recent rumor that Panama Canal unions have decided
not to allow passage through the Panama Canal of Australian vessels or
other vessels with Australian crew members aboard in retaliation for a ban
placed by Australian maritime unions on so-called "flag of convenience"
vessels in New South Wales ports, the Panama Canal Commission denies
categorically that passage through the Canal by the vessels of any nation is
The Canal continues to function efficiently and, as of this date, has a
backlog of only 20 vessels awaiting transit.
September 22, 1981
Scheduled maintenance and valve repair to the center wall culvert is
currently underway at Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal Commissions
Both lanes at Miraflores will remain in serving using single culvert
operations during the maintenance work, which should be completed by the
end of the month.
Relay locksages have been implemented to help minimize delays for
vessels waiting to transit the Canal.
A PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR
God grant us this year a wider view
So we see others' faults through the eyes of YOU-
Teach us to judge not with hasty tongue,
Neither THE ADULT ... nor THE YOUNG,
Give us patience and grace to endure
And a strong faith so we feel secure,
And instead of remembering, help us forget
The irritations that caused us to fret,
Freely forgiving for some offense
And finding each day a rich recompense
In offering a friendly, helping hand
And trying in all ways to understand
That ALL OF US whoever we are
Are trying to reach "an unreachable star"-
For the GREAT and SMALL .. .the GOOD and BAD,
The YOUNG and OLD ... the SAD and GLAD
Are asking today, "IS LIFE WORTH LIVING?"
And the ANSWER is only in LOVING and GIVING-
For only LOVE can make man kind
And KINDNESS of HEART brings PEACE OF MIND,
And by giving love we can start this year
To life the clouds of HATE and FEAR.-
From LOVINGLY, Poems for all Seasons by
Helen Steiner Rice.
NEWS CONDENSED FROM "THE PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY"
***"ALIANZA" JOINS TUGBOAT FLEET. As part of its continuing
improvement program to increase Canal efficiency and to keep pace with
the demands of the world maritime industry, the Panama Canal
Commission officially took possession of the latest member of its tugboat
fleet, the Alianza, at a ceremony held July 22 in Gamboa.
The tug Alianza was built by Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyard of
Lockport, La., especially for work in the Canal. Members of the Bollinger
family and other representatives of the company were on hand for the
ceremony. Fred A. Cotton, director of the General Services Bureau signed
the acceptance documents for the Commission while Donald "Boysie"
Bollinger signed for his company. The keys to the tug were then presented to
acting Marine Bureau Director Capt. Richard Dickins. Administrator D. P.
McAuliffe offered remarks which included his thanks to everyone involved
with the construction and acquisition of the Alianza.
After the tug was christened by Mrs. Fernando Manfredo, wife of the
Commission's Despute Administrator, officials and visitors were given a
With its 3,000 horsepower and two diesel engines driving twin propellers
in Kort Nozzles, the Alianza has the capacity to pull in excess of 90,000
pounds ahead and 70,000 pounds astern. There are also structural
innovations in the design of the pilot house which allow the tug master
greater visibility. The Alianza is the first tug purchased by the Commission
to have flanking rudders which allow the vessel to be steered while backing,
thus increasing its maneuverability.
The Alianza is assigned to work in the Cut, Miraflores Lake, the north end
of Pedro Miguel Locks and the south end of Miraflores Locks.
Photo by T. G. Kaye Richey
After receiving the traditional champagne christening at a ceremony in
Gamboa, the Commission's newly acquired tug "Alianza" uses its
firefighting equipment to salute onlookers.
***DIALING CHANGES. Several simple changes are being made in the
Canal Area telephone dialing procedures by the Communications Branch
in order to avoid operational conflicts between the Instituto Nacional de
Telecomunicaciones (INTEL) and the Canal area telephone systems. The
changes will affect only calls made from Commission telephones and will
become effective August 7th. Users from the Republic of Panama INTEL
system will continue to dial the six-digit directory number as before.
Likewise, callers wishing to reach Commission numbers from the United
States or anywhere else in the world will continue to use the same six-digit
directory number. 7/31/71
***SOCIAL SECURITY REQUIRED FOR DOMESTICS. It is
mandatory for an employer to enroll any domestic employee who works for
him or her more than four hours a day in addition to more than four days a
week. The employer must first apply for an employers number after which
he will be issued an identification card with a permanent "numero
patronal". The employee must also apply for a Social Security number. The
employee will then be issued a photo-identification card indicating his or
her permanent social security number. The proportions of the employee
salary which must be paid by the employer and the employee are computed
monthly by Social Security. The current rate is 9.75% for the employer's
share; 6.75% for the employees share, for a total of 16.5%. Effective July 1,
1982, the rates will be 10.5% for the employer and 7.25% for the employee.
***NO CANAL ZONE MAIL FORWARDED AFTER OCTOBER 1.
Effective October 1, 1981, the U.S. Postal Service will return to sender all
mail bearing a Canal Zone address. Everyone who still receives mail
through a former Canal Zone address should take whatever steps are
necessary to have their address changed.
***LARGEST COMBINED TUG-BARGE TRANSITS THE CANAL.
The Belcher Company integrated tug and barge gives credence to the old
adage that "looks can be deceiving." Although it appears to be one vessel,
and indeed travels as one, close inspection reveals that it is made up of a
mammoth sized barge which is pushed by a powerful tugboat. In fact, the
barge was constructed specifically to accommodate the tug which snugs into
and is fastened to a U-shaped housing in the barge's stern. From bow to
stem, that is the barge's stem and the tug's stern, it measures 696 feet with a
beam of 105.1 feet, making it the largest vessel of its type in the world. The
tug has a 15,200 horsepower engine and a 21 foot screw, capable of an
average of 12 knots at sea, even with swells of up to 14 feet. 8/14/81
***RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING "SPILLWAY" readers may
recall an article in the May 1, 1981 issue about the incredibly heavy rainfall
during the month of April this year over 12 inches more rain than the 20-
year average rainfall for that month. That wet trend seems to be continuing.
Both June and July also showed somewhat higher than average rainfall for
1981, bringing the total accumulated watershed rainfall recordings to a
remarkable 70.17 inches, compared to a 20 year average of 43.14 inches.
Overall, 63% more rain has fallen this year than is usually expected.
***ELECTRICITY RATES TO INCREASE OCTOBER 1st. Elec-
tricity rates for residents in the Commission housing areas and non-profit
organizations in the Canal area will be increased 19.4% effective with meter
readings for October 1 consumption. The increase is necessary to bring
employee electricity rates in line with residential power schedules of the
Tennessee Valley Authority, in accordance with the Commission's
comparability pricing policy. The new rates apply to employees of the
Panama Canal Commission and to Department of Defense civilians living
in Commission or military quarters. 8/21/81
***SIX NEW LAUNCHES AUGMENT DREDGING DIVISION
FLEET. Six new red, white and blue Commission launches arrived in
Canal waters on August 7th. While the launches are for the Dredging
Division, which drew up their conceptional designs, they were met and
received in Limon Bay by engineers and naval architects of the Industrial
Division, the division charged with all actual designing of floating
equipment, and whose job it was to determine whether the new launches,
built at a total cost of $1.8 million by the Robert E. Derecktor Company in
Mamaroneck, NY, conformed to design specifications. Five of the six boats,
the "Pargo", the "Bonito", the "Pompano", the "Tintorera" and the "Ulha"
are designed as dredge tenders. Forty-six feet long with a twenty foot beam
and a draft of four feet, three inches, each launch is equipped with a pair of
six-cylinder 174 horsepower Detroit diesel engines and propellers that turn
in Kort Nozzles. Each has a pushing or towing force of 8,000 pounds. Each
also has a capacity for 1,900 gallons of fuel. The five new dredge tender will
be handy all-purpose boats, used to move the floating crane "Goliath" and
to assist the drillboat "Thor", however, they will be assigned pretty much
full time to the on-going aids-to-navigation maintenance efforts of the
The sixth launch, the "Flamenco" although fitted much the same as the
other five, is structurally different from the dredge tenders. Rather than
being rectangular in shape, the "Flamenco" has a pointed bow with a full-
bodied superstructure and a capacity for 35 passengers. It's primary
purpose will be to carry employees to and from the dredges during shift
changes. Since the "Flamenco" has many of the same features as the other
five, it can be used for more strenuous jobs if the need arises. 8/28/81
***OPEN HOUSE TO MARK "CRISTOBAL" RETIREMENT. An
open house will be held aboard the SS Cristobal from 10 a.m. until noon on
September 19, to give the public an opportunity to bid a fond farewell to the
vessel before it sails on Voyage Number 522, its last from the Isthmus, The
Cristobal, which has served the Canal so well for so many years, is being
retired after 42 years of service, including four years and five months of
military duty during World War II, and will be turned over to the U.S.
Maritime Administration for disposal. The Cristobal is the last in a long
succession of former Panama Railroad ships that were closely associated
with the Canal enterprise from its beginning. A special commemorative
certificate on the retirement of the Cristobal will be distributed to those
attending the open house. The Seal of the Panama Canal Commission will
appear on the certificate, making the certificate an historical as well as a
sentimental keepsake. Music will be provided by Tito Mouynes and his
Conjunto, whose popular music filled the air on many of the Cristobal's
"college specials" when it was a passenger ship. There will be water salutes
by the Fire Division and harbor tugs, and ships in the harbor will blow their
whistles in a traditional farewell salute.
***ANNUAL FLOOD EXERCISES SET FOR CANAL
WATERSHED AREA. The Meteorological and Hydrograph Branch will
hold a flood control exercise on September 10 and 11. During the exercise, all
concerned Commission divisions and bureaus will be alerted just as they
would be under actual flood conditions. The exercise is held annually just
before flood season for the Canal watershed area, and is concerned only
with a flood situation in the area which would threaten the operation of the
Canal. It is designed to pin-point potential problem areas and to assure that
the appropriate personnel are informed and prepared in the event a real
flood occurs. Improvements and modifications are incorporated in the plan
each year as a result of critiques and recommendations of exercise
***"CONSTANTINE" SHIPS OUT TO BUILDING 28. Sailing on a
sea of mahogany and surrounded by glass, the John Constantine, a 10
foot model of a four-masted barque, has found a new port in Building 28 in
Balboa. The model, which is the property of the Library-Museum, was on
display in the lobby of the former Civil Affairs Building until its recent loan
to the Commission's newly established Navigation Division. The
meticulously detailed model ship is historic first because it is representative
of a colorful era in sailing, and secondly because its builder, John
Constantine holds an honored place in the history of the Panama Canal.
Born in Greece in 1859, John Constantine first came to the Isthmus in
1882 to work for the French Canal Company. He later joined the Isthmian
Canal Commission in 1905 as a pilot and captain. In 1914, the Panama
Railroad Company appointed him as the first Panama Canal pilot, and it
was he who piloted the SS Ancon on the first official transit of the Panama
Canal that same year.
Captain Constantine devoted many years to building his namesake,
which he presented to the Panama Canal Pilots Association in 1924.
Instead of being modeled after a particular ship, the John Constantine
was built to represent the typical late nineteenth-century sailing vessel. The
ship was constructed from the hull up just as if it had been built in a
shipyard hull even has ribs similar to those on a real vessel. Deck
machinery and five lifeboats, each equipped with two sets of tiny oars, are
visible on deck and are built exactly to scale. The John Constantine
features four fully-rigged masts, and the decks are inlaid with strips of
mahogany. It is the interior of the ship, however, which holds the real
The John Constantine sat for almost 25 years in the former Cristobal
Port Captain's Office before anyone discovered what lay below deck. The
model was presented by the Panama Canal Pilots Association to the
Library-Museum in 1954, and Capt. Furman D. Saunders was given the
task of restoring it. When he took the model apart, it was revealed that
Captain Constantine had completely furnished the ship's interior to scale,
from the cargo space and crew's quarters to the officers' cabins.
The furniture, right down to the buckets and cuspidors, is typical of the
late nineteenth century. The attention to detail is particularly evident when
one discovers that the floors in the officers' lounge are parquet, or
patterened wood inlay.
This photo was presumably taken during presentation ceremonies to the Panama Canal Pilots Association in
1924. The only names available are as shown.
Seated, front row, left to right: EGGLESTON, PARSONS, BOOMER, TERWILLIGER, MILLER,
CONSTANTINE, ? ? SNEDECKER.
Standing, back row, left to right: OSBORNE, HUNTER, LANGVARDT, ? ? WESCOTT, ? ? WILL, BOYCE.
Housed in a specially constructed glass and mahogany case measuring
15 feet long, 40 inches wide and 7 feet high, the model had to be removed
from the case so that the two could be carefully transported to Building 28
by Maintenance Division personnel.
***NEW NAVIGATION DIVISION NOW COMMISSION'S
LARGEST. Effective October 1, the Marine Bureau's Transit Operations
Division and the Canal Support Division will officially merge to form the
Navigation Division. The newly formed division will assume all the
functions and responsibilities of the other two divisions, primarily Canal
pilotage, Marine Traffic Control, tug and launch operations,
admeasurement and deckhand operations. With personnel numbering
approximately 2,150, the new Navigation Division will be the largest single
division within the Commission.
CALKINSINS NAMED CHIEF OF NEW DIVISION. Capt. William C.
Calkins, chief of the Marine Bureau's new Navigation Division, is a native
of Massachusetts, where he attended Tabor Academy before serving in the
United States Navy. He later graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime
Academy, then held various positions with Texaco, eventually achieving
the position of master of the "Texaco Nevada." He joined the Panama
Canal organization in 1968, became a fully qualified pilot in 1976 and later
held the position of assistant Port Captain, senior assistant Port Captain
and Port Captain. In 1979, he was named chief of the Canal Support
Division, a position he has held until his present appointment as chief of the
***LYKES SHIPPING LINES TO CARRY COMMISSION CARGO.
With the decommissioning of the SS Cristobal, the Panama Canal
Commission will ship its cargo under a Military Sealift Command contract
with Lykes Brothers Steamship Company, Inc. to effect the movement of
northbound and southbound cargo, including privately owned vehicles,
beginning with the southbound voyage leaving New Orleans on September
20, 1981. The operation will continue in New Orleans in much the same
manner as it has been conducted, except that instead of cargo being loaded
on the SS Cristobal, it will be loaded on a Lykes vessel. To ship a privately
owned vehicle south-bound will require the same procedure as in the past.
The procedure for handling northbound shipments of privately owned
vehicles should be finalized within the next year. Further information will
be forthcoming in following "Spillway" issues. 9/18/81
***NEW "REVIEW" DUE OUT SOON. The newest edition of the
"Panama Canal Review" is sue on the Isthmus soon, with the distribution
to Commission employees scheduled for the first part of October. The 68
page, full color magazine contains features on the Canal's part in shipping
exhibitions in Hong Kong and China; the Meteorological and
Hydrographic Branch and the SS Cristobal, among many others.
***VISITORS' STATESIDE DRIVER'S LICENSES GOOD ONLY
30 DAYS: Friends or relatives of Commission employees who are visitors
to the Isthmus are advised that a stateside driver's license is valid in
Panama for only 30 days. Persons who plan to operate a motor vehicle on
the Isthmus for longer than 30 days are required to obtain a Panama drivers
permit. To obtain this permit, which is valid for one year, one must go to the
License Section of the Traffic Department Sub-station in the former Civil
Affairs Building and present his or her U.S. driver's license together with
the tourist card that has been extended past the 30 day limit; two passport-
size pictures and other legal entry or exit documents. A blood and glucose
examination is also required, which may be done in any laboratory in
Panama, and are to be presented along with the other documents. The cost
of the Panama Driver's license is $20.00.
The modern entrance to Colon's newest Free Zone sector, located
along Randolph Road in what was once part of the military section of
France Field, is representative of many developments in the Colon
area utilizing former Canal Zone lands.
Formerly the home of the Canal Zone Credit Union, this building in
Balboa now houses another financial institution, the new branch of
the Caja de Ahorros which offers savings, loans, investments and
other services to its customers.
After easing away from the pier at Cristobal, the venerable old SS
"Cristobal" prepares to depart from the Isthmus for the last time,
leaving behind a host of happy memories and nostalgic remembrances
of days gone by.
Shoppers and passersby alike are dazzled by the mouth-watering
colors of strawberry sundae pink, bright pumpkin orange and hot-dog
mustard yellow which adorn the new El Rey grocery store housed in
the former Ranbow City Commissary building at the main entrance to
Ciudad Arco Iris on the Atlantic side.
Looking like they are standing side by side, but actually separated by
Balboa Road, the Balboa Branch of Panama's Banco Nacional, left,
and the General Services Building, at right, formerly housed the
Balboa Housewares Store and the Housewares Annex.
INTEL, Panama's National Institute of Telecommunications, now
occupies the building which was for many years the Balboa home of
the All American Cables and Radio, Inc. on Gavilan Road.
***DREDGING DIVISION REMOVES BLASTED SHOAL: It is a
rare occurance, not to mention an eye-catcher, to see the mechanical giants
of the Dredging Division fleet all working in one location. This was the case
in September when two operations were undertaken concurrently, which
involved the drill-boat "Thor", the dipper dredge "Rialto M. Christensen"
the clamshell dredge "Goliath" and the suction dredge "Mindi" as well as
numerous launches and other small craft.
A large shoal, in the form of an out-cropping of basalt rock in the west side
of the channel at the Canal's Pacific entrance, had been troublesome for
many years. Ships with deep drafts had to be scheduled so that they could
maneuver around it at low tide. Dredging operations had also been affected
by the shoal, since the very hard rock could not be removed by the cutter-
head suction dredge. Visitors to the Balboa Yacht Club were treated to an
unusual show of force as the drill-boat "Thor" began a six-day blasting
operation while the "Rialto M. Christensen", the largest dipper dredge in
the world, and the "Goliath" stood by. The tons of rock blasted loose in the
300 foot by 112 foot area were then removed by the "Goliath" and the
"Christensen" and put into hopper barges. After a week-long operation,
Dredging Division Chief Paul Whitlock reported that the shoal had been
At the same time, the suction dredge "Mindi" was assigned the task of
clearing the access channel to the Diablo public boat ramp, which had not
been dredged since 1972, and became unusable for boats at low tides
because of silt and mud. Because the "Mindi" was not designed to work in
less than 23 feet of water, a special sprinkler cooling system was developed
and installed to maintain an adequate operating temperature in the
dredge's ladder pump. Having to work with the tides, the "Mindi" dredged a
swath from the dock to the Canal channel approximately 650 feet long, 250
feet wide and ranging from 10 feet deep closest to the ramp, down to 20 feet
deep near the channel.
***GENERAL SERVICES REORGANIZES. A number of
organizational changes in the Commission's General Services Bureau went
into effect on October 1, 1981 as a result of a reorganization and consolida-
tion of services and the disestablishment of the Water Transportation Di-
vision. On that date, the bureau's Supply and Logistics Services and the
Protection and Support Services were renamed Logistics Services and
Support Services, respectively.
In the reorganization, the Sanitation Division of the Office of Health and
Safety was merged with the Grounds Management Branch of the
Community Services Division under the direction of Willard S. Sweeney.
This new division is organizationally assigned to the Logistic Services.
With the retirement of the SS Cristobal and the disestablishment of the
Water Transportation Division, the three offices in the New Orleans area,
the Shore Staff of the Water Transportation Division; the Procurement
Division and the Financial Management Office were reduced in scope and
size and have been consolidated into a new Logistical Support Division in
New Orleans, also under the bureau's Logistic Services. 10/9/81
***COMMISSION EMPLOYEES who receive mail through the Republic
of Panama post office are advised to take care when using "R.P." in giving a
return address or when giving the Panama address to correspondents.
"R.P. not only stands for "Republic of Panama"; it also is an abbreviation
for the "Republic of the Philippines". The problem is, of course, that mail
handlers have no way of telling the difference.
***LANDSLIDE AREAS KEPT UNDER SURVEILLANCE. Cur-
rently, two slide areas are being monitored by Engineering Division
personnel, and emergency excavation and drainage have been undertaken
preparatory to more extensive work scheduled for the dry season.
In 1979, the Engineering and Construction Bureau noticed some
indication of slope movement on Cocoli Hill located on the Canal's west
bank near the Miraflores Locks south approach wall. Upon further
investigation, engineers discovered a deep-seated landslide on the hill.
Although the entire slide has not moved enough to threaten the Locks, there
are now isolated areas at the top of the slope that are giving away or failing.
Soil, rock and other debris from these small failures have accumulated at
the lower bench or flat area of the slope and some loose material has spilled
into the channel. The Maintenance Division is in the process of cutting back
the top of the hill with bulldozers and other heavy equipment in order to
decrease the weight and resulting pressure within the slope to stabilize the
The second active slide presently being stabilized is on west Empire Hill,
approximately two miles north of Contractor's Hill along Gaillard Cut.
Cracks in the slope material were first discovered in 1971. In 1978 the
forward part of the hill moved but then remained stable until June of this
year when the rate of movement increased significantly. Stabilizing
operations are currently being carried out, and as with the slide on Cocoli
Hill, further excavation is planned for the dry season.
***LOCAL SCOUT WINS NATIONAL COMPETITION. John
Dillon's plywood "flag" depicting the Commission Seal won the Southeast
Regional Sub-camp, regional and national competitions in the "Boy's Life"
patrol flag contest and made him the overall winner from a field of 2600 flag
entries at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree held at Fort A.P. Hill, an
Army reserve outside of Fredricksburg, VA. A First-Class scout with Troop
21, John is one of nine Canal Area Boy Scouts who made up the Canal Zone
Patrol which was part of Florida's Boy Scout Troop 422. Some 32,000 Boy
Scouts from all parts of the world, including the Far East and Africa
participated in the jamboree at the 7000 acre camp in historical Virginia.
The Canal area Scouts who also attended the jamboree are Guillermo
Suescum, Steven Hill, Morgan Jones, Robert Dillon, Wilber
Velarde, Thayne and Rahn Olaso, and Shayne Briscoe. 10/16/81
***CANAL COMPLETES RECORD YEAR, McAULIFFE SAYS:
Panama Canal Commission Administrator D. P. McAuliffe told members
and guests attending last week's meeting of the local chapter of the U.S.
Navy League that the Panama Canal just completed a record year for
tonnage of shipping and cargo moved through the waterway.
The Administrator, guest speaker at the luncheon honoring the Navy's
206th birthday, presented an update on Canal operations since the
implementation of the treaties just a little more than two years ago. The
following is a summary of his remarks:
While the past two years have been a time of change, they have also been
a time of achievement. Within the framework of the newly established
relationship between Panama and the United States, the Canal has
continued to meet the demands of international shipping for safe, efficient
transit service between two great oceans.
The most important indicator of the Canal's utility is the volume of
commercial cargo that passes through the waterway. Since 1950, cargo
tonnage has increased by over 400 percent, reaching a record 170 million
long tons this year, with a corresponding record of $303 million in toll
In addition, since 1975 transits have increased yearly, with nearly 14,000
oceangoing vessels flying the flags of 75 nations passing through the
Canal this year. U.S. flag vessels were most numerous, followed by Liberia,
Greece, Panama and Japan, the five together accounting for over 55 percent
of all oceangoing transits.
Aside from changes wrought by the treaty, the Canal today exists in an
economic and technological environment that has changed significantly.
Many alternatives to the Panama Canal are available to shippers and in
some cases are already being used. The landbridge and minibridge
concepts, which involve the shipment of goods by sea an rail, have proven to
be very competitive with the Canal route. The new trans-Panama oil
pipeline currently under construction will have a significant negative
impact on Canal revenues.
Added to this is the fact that there has been a marked increase,
particularly during the last 10 to 15 years, in the size of vessels transiting
the Canal. In 1965, approximately 850 Canal transits were by vessels with
beams of 80 feet or greater, while last year transits by vessels of that size
totalled 6,400. The growth in transits of the largest vessels that use the
Canal those of 100 foot beam and over has grown from 115 transit in
1965 to nearly 2,300 in the past year.
Taking into account the factors of increased and larger traffic and the
availability of alternatives to the Canal, it is incumbent upon the Canal's
management to continue to maintain and improve the waterway so that it
will remain an important link in the world transportation chain.
Accordingly, the Commission has taken a number of steps to improve the
service provided to users and has accelerated its capital investment
program. Operational changes being undertaken include enlarging the
Canal pilot force, improving marine traffic control procedures for
scheduling vessel transits, expanding training programs, and
implementing cost reduction measures to keep operating costs down in
order to forestall the need for toll rate increases.
Despite these efforts, a tolls increase may be required to offset the loss of
revenue that is expected to occur when the transisthmian pipeline becomes
operational early in 1983.
In the area of capital improvements, investments in FY 1981 were
increased by over 50 percent from the prior year, with particular emphasis
placed on projects to expand Canal capacity. Projects underway 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 as high as 44 per day, with an
attendant improvement in the Canal's ability to accommodate larger
The locks towing locomotive and tugboat fleets are being expanded and
modernized by the acquisition and replacement of major equipment. Four
new tugboats are being acquired, three of which have already been
delivered, and ten additional locomotives are scheduled to arrive early in
The contract for construction of a tie-up station in Gaillard cut just north
of Pedro Miguel Locks was recently awarded to a Panamanian contractor,
Sosa and Barbero, S.A. When completed, the tie-up station will increase
Canal capacity and allow more flexibility in moving large ships through
The many projects now underway or planned, which will be completed by
1983, will augment Canal capacity by over 15 percent, giving the waterway
sufficient capacity to handle projected traffic demands into the 1990s. Other
projects are being reviewed to insure sufficient capacity beyond the year
Concerning the Commission's financial status over the last two years, the
Canal organization completed its first year of operations with a modest
profit, $2.7 million, which became an additional payment to Panama under
the terms of the treaty. Early in the second year, however, the prospect of a
substantial budget deficit loomed large as the Commission experienced
nearly $24 million in unanticipated financial requirements, ranging from
increases in the ship accident reserve to tow track repair and replacement to
personnel costs. Since the Commission must meet all expenses through tolls
and other revenues, at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer, prompt action was
Canal organization management reacted to the financial downturn by
enacting an extensive austerity program designed to reduce day-to-day
operating costs without impacting at all on the efficiency or safety of the
Canal operation or affecting its maintenance program. The result was a
remarkable financial turnaround during the last half of the fiscal year,
largely attributable to the collective efforts of the men and women of the
Commission, who carried out the austerity program while managing and
operating the Panama Canal effectively. The Commission turns the page
now on its second year of operations financially and operationally sound.
Although the final financial results are not yet available, the Commission
expects to show that its second year of operation was completed near a
The performance of the Commission over the past two years has
demonstrated that it has retained the skilled work force required to run the
Canal. $5 million is spent annually on in-house technical and management
training programs, and Panamanian educational institutions are being
sought out to augment the training efforts.
The number of Panamanians in senior professional and supervisory
positions is increasing as Panamanians gain experience and become more
qualified. At present, there are Panamanians in top management positions
in the important Electrical, Dredging and Locks divisions, as well as
numerous Panamanians in management and first line supervisory
positions throughout the Commission. There is every reason to expect that
this number will increase steadily as training and recruitment programs
It would be remiss, however, not to acknowledge, along with the promise
Panamanian employees offer for the future, the valuable contribution made
by the experienced U.S.-citizen employee, who still constitutes the backbone
of the skilled work force, the essential fabric of the operation. The success of
the Canal enterprise will continue to depend upon the effective teamwork of
skilled people of both nationalities for the foreseeable future.
***COMMISSION ADDS PROGRESSO" TO TUG FLEET.
Continuing its commitment to improving service, efficiency and
responsiveness to the needs of the shipping community, the Panama Canal
Commission added a new tug, the Progreso, to its fleet, at an acceptance
ceremony held October 15 in Gamboa.
The Progreso is the sister tug to the recently acquired Alianza which
joined the fleet on July 22 of this year. Like the Alianza, the Progreso was
built by Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyard of Lockport, La., especially
for work in the Canal.
Fred Cotton, director of the General Services Bureau, signed the
acceptance documents for the Commission, and Don Bollinger signed for
his company. The keys were then presented to Capt. George Hull, Marine
Bureau director. Administrator D. P. McAuliffe addressed the gathering
and commended the Bollinger company for the fine craftsmanship that
went into building the tug. He emphasized that the purchase of the Progreso
is further evidence of the Commission's dedication to continuing to improve
its service to world shipping.
After the ceremony, Irene Hull, wife of Capt. George Hull, christened the
Progreso which officials and visitors then boarded for a demonstration ride.
Among those present was Roberto M. Heurtematte E., a member of the
Panama Canal Commission Board.
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NEWS FROM DOTHAN: It was a quiet summer in Dothan with some of
us traveling and others having their family and guests. Eddie and I went to
Williston, North Dakota to take our daughter Katie and grandsons Chris
and Matthew back home after they had spent a month visiting us in
Dothan. We had never been in that part of the country before and it was so
different than any other place that we have been... very few trees and kind
of barren. But all in all, we thoroughly enjoyed it.
In September, we had our fall picnic at Falling Water Park in Chipley,
Florida. It was a beautiful cool day and those that attended had a wonderful
Jean and Bud Harris went to Syracuse and Norwood, New York,
visiting their family. They were gone for 3 weeks. Emy and Jack Dover of
North Carolina were guests of the Harris's during the "Gas House Gang"
We welcome the following newcomers to Dothan Ralph and Ida
Dugas and their daughter, Leanna, from Panama and Kay Daniels from
the former Canal Zone.
Hope you enjoy reading this lovely poem by Leila B. Lauer.
A THOUGHT AT CHRISTMAS TIME
There must come the time when you grow wrinkled and gray
And you are tired and so weary you can hardly find your way
Then you may sit by the fire-side, as back your mind drifts
Trying to decide just which have been God's greatest gifts
Perhaps it was fame or success or even great wealth
And surely one of the finest has been that of good health
But all these would be as hollow as the dull sound of a gong
If it had not been for those good people who helped you along
Who came with solace and cheer, when you were sick-down and blue
These are your true friends, God's greatest gift to you.
May you enjoy, together with your loved ones, the deeply enriching
experience of the spiritual inspiration of the Holidays and its message of
Peace and Good Will.
CATHERINE (WHELAN) FILO
The Fifth Annual Gas House Invitational Golf Tournament held at the
Olympia Spa in Dothan was a success. We had 118 for golf and 232 for the
banquet. There were many old familiar faces and some new ones trying out
our tournament for the first time, coming from the states of Alabama,
Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana,
Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Texas and Panama. Guests collected on the law the evening of the 5th with
an Open Bar, popcorn, and live music by Ginnie and Juan. Bob
Bud Thomas, Chief of the Gas House Gang Golf
Tournament Committee; Donna Thompson, Jim
Catron and "Bocas" Roy Leeser, on the fairways
at Dothan, AL.
Bob Hurdle, Eletheer Cartron, Catherine and Eddie
Filo at the Cocktail Party preceding the Banquet, at
Dothan, AL during the Gas House Gang Golf
Some of the 232 members and guests for the Gas House Gang Golf Tournament at the cocktail party preceding
the Banquet at Dothan, AL. (From some of the stories the editor has heard, there was no apparent shortage of
jokes, laughter and liquid refreshment that is, if you can believe "Bocas" I do now.)
Marian Gregg. Shir-
ley Marine and
Jerry Ward, with the
old "Bajun Profes-
sor in background
Gene Gregg, Randy Gangle and Jim Coman, the
MC for the Golf Tournament.
Tom Marine, Marian Gregg, Bill Ward, Jerry "Poss" Parker,
Ward and Shirley Marine at the Golf magnificent as W.D.
Tournament Banquet in Dothan, AL. Fields.
ALL PHOTOS (THIS PAGE) FROM GENE GREGG
Coulthard entertained us with a few lovely ballads and "Pos" Parker
told a story that he never finished maybe next year we will hear the
ending, huh, "Pos?"
A cocktail party was held prior to the banquet and gave the guests the
opportunity to mingle and visit. Jim Coman, our MC, did a great job as
always and introduced Mr. Elmer Orr, our favorite, amusing Bajun story
teller who has become an integral part of our Awards Dinner. We would also
like to thank Jim Catron for the pictures he submitted and hopefully he
will remember to replace the "flim" when it runs out.
Due to insufficient golf carts at the Spa, the golfers were sent out in two
shifts both days, playing a Mexican Best Ball morning and afternoon. The
winners of the tournament are too numerous to mention as we had prizes for
15 four-man teams. The first place team consisted of Drew Jackson, Bob
Roy, Butch Ryan and Norman Anderson. Congratulations. At your
request, the Chairman claims next year's handicapping will be improved,
the Club Pro will assist in the handicapping of the teams.
F. A. "Abie" Anderson has stepped down from the Chairmanship -
turning it over to "young blood" (sic): Thanks Abe, for your years of capably
managing this popular event. You did a fine job. Thanks to Bud Thomas
and his Committee of Jim Coman, Joe Burgoon and Hugh Norris.
Thanks to Dave Rose for handling the Hospitality Cart which was a
welcome sight. Last but not least, thanks to all of you who came, without
you there would be no tournament.
Our tournament next year will be held October 4 7, 1982, with Scotch
Foursome the first day of play and Medal Play the second.
Hope to see you all next year and look for more information on our
tournament in following RECORDS. Y'all come.
BUD and LOIS THOMAS
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS: The Northwest Arkansas
Panama Canal Society held its annual fall luncheon on October 11th atthe
Holiday Inn in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It was attended by ninety-one
persons who thoroughly enjoyed meeting old friends and making new
ones. A slide presentation featuring pictures of the Guaymi Indians taken
by Bill Bailey with commentary by Luke Palumbo followed the business
meeting. Dick and Mary Condon remain in the offices of President and
Secretary for 1982.
And speaking of the Condons: "In August, Jane and Jay Pittington of
Kent, Washington visited us on their way home after a trip to Panama in
July. Jane was a home economics teacher in Balboa High School. Jay
worked for PanCanal after leaving the Air Force, having been stationed at
Albrook. They left the Zone in the 50's. We hadn't seen them since then.
What reminiscences we shared! Later in August we had the pleasure of a
visit from Ben Mazzoni, a former Cristobal High School math teacher,
now residing in Rexmont, PA. He was on a coast to coast trip visiting his
former Panama Canal friends. Hence, we were brought up to date on how
many of our mutual friends are doing. In September, Mary Condon made a
trip by car, accompanied by a sister and brother-in-law, to Charlotte, NC,
Washington, DC, Boston, and Philadelphia. In the Boston area, she was the
guest of Ann Palmisano of Quincy and Mary Collins of Cambridge, both
former teachers at Fort Kobbe Elementary School in the 50's. In the
Washington area, she visited Wendel Allen, a former Zonian in the 40's."
Max and Earl Wrenn: "In October, we visited both of our boys on our
way to Florida, where we spent time with June and Vic May, Fuonie
Fender, and Tommy and George Roth. Loved seeing so many friends,
and the highlight of the trip was my hot-air balloon venture a birthday
present from Chris and Nancy and the fulfillment of a long-awaited
event. Also stopped for a visit with Lottie Tinnin in Louisiana on the way
Georgia Gwinn: "In September, I went on a bus tour to the west coast.
The sixteen days were most enjoyable. Also in September, Barbara Clark
a recent schools division employee, retired Sept. 8. spent a week with me.
What fun we had! Harold and Katsy Chappell went to NW Ark Pan
Canal Society luncheon with me."
Edith Shuey Lovell, who lives in Orange City, Florida was visiting her
parents, Ray and Evelyn Shuey, in Neosho, MO just in time to attend the
Zonians' fall luncheon. It was her first attendance at such a function and
she really enjoyed meeting old friends.
Andrew and Frances Whitlock: "Andrae Lee Whitlock Collins, our
oldest daughter, was married in St. Louis, MO on September 25 to Cecil
Ballance. Andrae Lee and Cecil visited us here in Fayetteville for ten days.
Jacqueline Belle Whitlock Werbrouck, our second daughter, and her
husband, Marcel Werbrouck, visited us here in September. We, and
Frances, are going to Panama to visit our son, Paul, Chief of the Dredging
Division, who will retire in December."
Walter and Addie Colclasure: "We enjoyed a visit from Ellen Coyle
from Texas, and a short afternoon visit from Nelson and Helen Wise, also
from Texas, and their son John and his wife."
"Karl and Fern Glass enjoyed two great vacations this year. January
and February, we returned to the "Zone" to visit daughter Sylvia and
Mack Landrum and family. We traveled over most of Panama and were
unhappy with changes. Also traveled to Costa Rica where we visited with
Dick and Miriam Chesson. In June and July, we traveled to the
Northwest to visit with son Dan and Kathy Glass and family at
Vancouver, Washington. While there and on the way, enjoyed visits with
Dwight and Pat Van Evera and Ken and Lenore Kerr at Sedona;
Electa Devermeyer at Soap Lake; Jack and Anne Rocher, Jimmy and
Mary Young, Earl and Gwen Almquist on Camano Island; and Jim
and Juanda Pennington at Guthrie, Oklahoma."
Gena Thompson: "I always thought being in the Panama Canal Area
was near Heaven. But now I find Northwest Arkansas is Heaven. I'm glad
to be here."
Theo Hallin returned October 5th from a Truck Tour through New York
State and New England with stops in Lake Placid, NY, Stowe, VT, North
Conway, NH, Danvers and Boston, MA, and Newport, RI. She also spent
some time in Memphis, TN, visiting son David and touring new installa-
tions at Federal Express where he works.
Frankie Thompson declares that she loves it here in Rogers, Arkansas.
So does son Bobby. In August, they were visited by Bob and Gay
Konnigan and their children, Kristy and Scott. Shown around the area
by an enthusiastic Frankie, the Konnigans almost bought a duplex here,
but the time was not quite right. Bob has four years to go in Panama, but
they left here with the intention to return. When Frankie took the
Konnigans to Tulsa airport to depart this area, Dr. Mary Graham came
out and met them there. Of course, Bob and Dr. Mary had lots to talk about.
Frankie had a recent letter from Bob telling about Dr. Denny Weldon
having had open heart surgery from which he is recovering well and he is
expected back to work soon.
Dr. Mary Graham has been in touch with Thelma Godwin, who was in
the Canal Zone from 1935 to 1966 and taught on both sides of the Isthmus.
Thelma still says "My heart is on the Atlantic side." Both Mary and Thelma
would like to hear from old friends, or better yet, see them. Here's how: DR.
MARY GRAHAM: 1500 S. Frisco, Tulsa, Oklahoma: THELMA GODWIN,
3903 S. Riverside Drive, Apt. 3, Tulsa Oklahoma ("Please come and drop in
Also in August, Frankie Thompson was visited by Dr. Mary Graham
for a few days, on one of which they lunched with Mary Lou Engelke.
Bud and Jean Perry, currently living in Springdale, AR, recently were
dinner guests of Mary Lou Engelke.
Virginia Favorite and Betty McGilberry drove to Louisiana in
August to visit family and friends. Virginia visited her son Russell and
family in Slidell, and while there, visited with Roland Casanova.
Betty McGilberry visited with Hedy Horn in Covington, LA. The two
of them got together one evening with Lorraine Currier and Betty
Evans for a great visit.
In October, Jane Funderburk came up from Texas to spend some time
with Betty McGilberry in Rogers and Boots Smithson in Springdale.
Among other enjoyments, Betty and Jane exercised Betty's growing
expertise in playing bridge. Boots and Jane drove to Springfield, MO to see
Susan Cutbirth, ex-CZ nurse, and they talked and talked and talked.
Lee and Harry Butz were visited for a few days by Barbara Clark,
newly retired from the Schools Division, on her way to her home in
California. Barbara enjoyed her first visit to our Zonians' luncheon in
October where she met many old friends. Esther Butz came home from
Tulsa to see Barbara and to attend the luncheon. Lee, Harry, and Esther
spent a weekend in Sapulpa, OK with Peter Butz and his family.
Bud and Betty Balcer took a two week vacation from Bud's job with
WalMart (a retail firm similar to K Mart) and drove 2,800 miles through
Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, and back
home to Bentonville. They visited with Bud's folks, L. F. and Edna
Balcer in McGregor, Iowa, Bud's brother and wife, Dr. and Mrs. Charles
Balcer in Sioux Falls, S. Dakota, spent two days at Mount Rushmore,
visited with Mrs. Ralph (Ruby) Robinson in Denver, CO. They hadn't
seen Ruby in over 20 years. They used to bowl together at Diablo Heights.
After all that traveling they were both glad to get back home.
Howard and Evelyn Engelke were visited in early October by Jean
and Moy De La Pena of San Diego, California. While here, the de la Penas
enjoyed trips to Eureka Springs (the Little Switzerland of the Ozards), Bella
Vista and Lost Bridge Village, and the Apple Festival in Lincoln, as well as
to Harbor Village in Grove, Oklahoma. Unfortunately, Moy and Jean were
too early to see the beauty of the fall colors in the Ozarks, but they promised
to return in the future for this treat.
Bill Engelke, working for GELCO in Salinas, California, spent a
weekend in late October with his parents, Howard and Evelyn Engelke,
prior to his return home from a business trip to the east coast. While in
Bentonville, he enjoyed seeing other members of the Engelke clan and
watching the Arkansas/Texas football game (Soooie! Ole!).
Charles and Gloria Malsbury flew from Tulsa to Boston in September
for a ten-day tour of New England to see the fall foliage and other pleasures
and treasures. Their stops were scheduled for Boston, Bar Harbor, Bangor,
ME, North Conway, NH; Stowe, VT; Lake Placid, NY; Sturbridge, MA; and
back to Boston.
Audra Dougan visited her son, John P. Dougan, and his wife, newly
lcoated in Ames, Iowa for a week in mid-August.
Virginia Hursh is keeping busy and is so very appreciative of the many,
many notes of friendship and encouragement that she has received since
Bob's totally unexpected death last February. Quote: "This is what keeps
Tom Robertson, Jr. is temporarily working at Ft. Shafter AFB in
Hawaii. He left the mainland mid-September for an indefinite stay of two or
Jack and Joan Corliss tripped to Dothan, Alabama where they stayed
with John and Flossie Fallon, and attended the Gas House Gang
banquet. The Corlisses and Fallons went over to Panama City beach for a
couple days and had a wonderful time despite the rain. Joan, daughter
Leslie, and Maurya Ridge visited in Texas for a week with Chuck and
Shirley Cavanaugh and saw Bucky and Barbara Krueger. Jack
Corliss is working full time (and then some) at the Kawneer plant in
Springdale, and enjoys the job.
George and Edith Engelke were visited this fall for a few days by Dick
and Maxine Reinhold from St. Paul, Minnesota. The Reinholds have
bought a house in Bentonville, AR, and plan to live there after eventual
Cathy Crowell is working toward a degree in nursing. She is currently
attending the Community College, and will enroll in the University of
Arkansas in January.
Bob and Connie Engelke have been doing nothing startling, he says,
but have been looking forward (in late October) to Halloween preparations
with three great-granddaughter (Cathy Crowell's girls) who will invade the
neighborhoods consummately costumed.
Red and Kathleen Huffman modestly claim to have been doing
nothing either unless you want to count their trip to Illinois to visit his
cousins, the trip to New York to visit her family, including a weekend at her
sister's ski lodge at Lake Placid, and seeing "Sugar Babies" on Broadway,
and attending horse races at Aqueduct in New York, and harness races in
Walter and Dolores Jarvis have been staying home but expect to be in
Michigan at Thanksgiving with son Lt. J. P. Jarvis who has been
transferred there from California. A few days in Milwaukee with Dolores'
Nobby and Peggy Keller hosted relatives in late October. His sister
Laurena and her husband, Bill Powell, came visiting from Ft. Myers,
Florida. And his brother, Louis Keller arrived from Maryland via Texas
on a business trip.
Bill and Chi McCue left home in late September. They stopped in
Russellville, AR to see Pres Trim, Sr. Then to Dothan, AL where they
stayed at the golf club where the ex-Zonians had their tournament. The
McCues got up early to greet the golfers as they teed off, and attempted to
play a round but it had been a while since they had gone the distance. A
phone call to Bob Hurdle had clued them in on the tournament. They did
see Don and Vi Rudy and many others. From there, they went to New
Smyrna, FL. Saw Leo Snedeker and Les and Corinne Anderson. Then
to Titusville; saw Margaret Nordstrom, Kay and Roger Howe, Don
and Ginger Miller, and Elmer Nordstrom; and played golf.
Then to Merrit Island; saw Dottie and Mike LeCroix. Then to Ocee;
saw Cliff and Louise Rhodes. Then to St. Pete; saw Marty and Hilda
Brennan. Then to Holiday; saw Ethel and Harold Peranti. Then to
Inverness; saw Peggy and Harvey Smith, and Max and Jean Sanders.
Finally, to Atlanta; saw Carol and Bill Dillon. Whew!! 2,800 miles, Sept. 21
to Oct. 9. And had the aging car checked out after they got home to
Carl and Helen Newhard drove to Sarasota, Florida to see Carl's
mother, Mrs. Edith Eppley, and his sister and her husband, Rae and Joe
Ebdon. They also dined with the Harry Cains. And they stopped in Ocala
to visit Virginia and Harry Pearl. The trip was enhanced by having
wonderful weather for driving.
Pete Warner went back to Washington State where he graduated from
high school to renew boyhood acquaintances. It was his first trip back to the
scene in 48 years. He had a great time and told the "boys" to hang in there -
he'd be back in another 48 years.
Eldridge (Mike) and Minnie Burton visited her daughter Judy Daley
and two kids in Austin, TX in September. They also went to Mansfield, Ohio
for a week with her son, Robert Crooks, his wife and three boys. In
October, Mike and Minnie babysat Mike, Jr's children in Jackson,
Mississippi while he and his wife went on a ten-day business trip for Carrier
Co. on a chartered ship. As long as they were away from home, they went on
to Covington, GA to visit a niece and nephew, Moyers Winn, Jr., and other
relatives for a week.
Bates Wieman's visitors in late October were George and Catherine
Lowe from Delaare. George showed slides of the Zone and Panama at a
NARFE meeting in Bella Vista while they were here. Rounding out the
family reunion were Mattie Lee White from Arizona and Mary Jo
Yeager from Texas who stayed with Andrew and Frances Whitlock.
ALICE NAIL, Reporter
NEWS FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA The President's
Corner If you missed our last meeting in San Diego, you have probably
heard by now that it was a wonderful affair. The attendance of all who
drove down was greatly appreciated by your officers. We'll try to do even
better at the next meeting, so tell all your friends, and let's have an even
bigger turnout at the December 6th meeting at the Hotel Laguna in Laguna
The response to my appeal for greater participation at our luncheons was
very encouraging. We had over 145 members and guests at the luncheon,
and 163 attended the Reunion Banquet/Dance the night before. Everyone
enjoyed both affairs and all are looking forward to an even bigger West
Coast Reunion next year.
I was particularly pleased when so many people stayed around after the
luncheon on Sunday to talk about old times. Don't forget to call at least two
other people and talk with them each month. I know that they would love to
hear from you, even if it's only, "Hello! How are you?" Why not pick up your
phone and do it right now?
I sincerely hope that each of you can make the next meeting in Laguna
Beach, and look forward to meeting each of you then. Conrad S. Horine,
SHEILA BOLKE reports that on Sunday, September 13, 1981, glorious
weather in San Diego set a perfect background for our society's luncheon at
the Catamaran Hotel. The deck outside the dining room overlooked the bay
where cocktails were served, and everyone had a chance to say hello, visit,
and in general catch up with the news of friends. Many people had stayed
over from the BHS-CHS Reunion the night before, so there were a lot of
friends to see. Everyone gathered for lunch, and Mr. Robert L. Dill gave
the Invocation, with Conrad Horine leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
Conrad then greeted and welcomed everyone quite a turnout 145
smiling faces. New members, Jane Ellis, Dorothy Birkeland Harrie,
Mary Ethel Martin, Margaret (Atwood) and J. D. Sullivan, were
introduced. Sheila Bolke suggested that she would be in the lobby after the
luncheon to register any other guests who would like to join the society (in
fact, she acquired 13 more new members, plus the 5, for a total of 18 new
familiess!. Luncheon attendance listing is enclosed.
Lottery vendors, Ruth Westman Adams and Grace Birkeland
Brown, had been very busy before lunch, and three prizes were offered.
Following a delicious and delightful luncheon, Kathleen Steiner
Bennett, Al Zon and Bud Phillips picked the winners. Two of the lucky
winners were Betty Smith Scears (all the way from Hayward, CA) and
Ida McDade of San Diego. The lottery also added $70.00 to our society's
bank account. After this bit of fun, the program was topped off by the
talents of a young singer who had auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera,
Kim McCart, and her accompanist, Roy Baker. Kim sang "The Lord's
Prayer" in tribute to our departed members. She then presented a short
program that had been her audition for the "Met". Roy Baker presented a
talented piano presentation, and Kim closed with, appropriately enough,
"Summertime". All too quickly it was time to go but we'll see you all on
December 6th at th Laguna Hotel!
NEWS OF MEMBERS AND FRIENDS ... Art and Dot Cotton had a
good visit with Earl and Olive Unruh at their beach place in Cambria
during the summer. Thje Unruhs are doing fine. Art and Dot certainly
enjoyed the luncheon at the Catamaran Hotel, where they met Sam Roe
and Mandy Marchosky. Art hadn't seen Mandy since Cristobal days, 40
Lucille Journey Davis of Poulsbo, WA, came down to visit with Catsy
Taylor Schafer in San Diego for a few days, and they attended the Alumni
Reunion and our society luncheon together.
Moises and Jean de la Peina traveled north to Ripon, CA, during the
summer to attend the reunion of Jean's high school graduation class, their
50th anniversary. It was really great to see her friends again, some of whom
she hadn't seen for the entire 50 years! Moy's brother, David, made the trip
with them, so they decided to extend it a bit and traveled north to Grass
Valley and on to Lake Tahoe and Reno. They wandered down through the
Moe mining country and visited the historic spots before returning to Los
Angeles where they visited Sara and Estrellafor afew days. Shortly after
returning home, their daughter, Jean Tsuya, of Arizona arrived with her
two girls, ages 3 and 11 months. During their month's visit they took in
Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Sea World, the Zoo and Wild Animal Park
- really kept very busy. Moy's and Jean's house was the gathering place on
weekends, as their sons, Jim and Richard, and their families came over to
visit with their sister. Jean said all six granddaughters got along very well
on these occasions. Moy and Jean had invited Charlie and Hazel Heim
and Mandy Marchosky to be their guests for the reunion and luncheon
weekend. Mandy was able to be with them, but the Heims had company and
could not make it this time.
Mrs. Jerome Evans (Inez) attended the luncheon with Erma Forbes
and Martha Furey. It was an easy drive for them from Sun City, CA, and
all enjoyed the pleasant location of the Catamaran Hotel, and a good get-
together with friends. Inez wrote that she, Erma and Martha were saddened
to lose their good neighbor and long-time friend Robert (Bob) Miller, who
passed away on September 22nd.
Conrad and Norma Horine made a trip up north after the reunion, and
they drove down through Oregon, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and
spent a few days in San Francisco on their way home.
Joseph B. Jenkins (BHS '53), 2118 Bennett St., Glenwood Springs, CO
81601, was sorry to miss the reunion in San Diego. He had just moved to
Colorado to oversee building of Union Oil Company's oil shale plants. If
you're passing through his area on I'70, Joe asks that you stop by to see him.
Norine Hall Kaufer, BHS '19, missed the reunion and luncheon,
because she is actively involved in her Radio Broadcasting Class at UC San
Jose. Since she has the best Spanish accent in her class, she portrays the
Spanish lady in a play they are rehearsing. Norine plans to fly down to
attend our December 6th luncheon.
Ira M. and Dorothy V. Payne celebrated their Golden Wedding
Anniversary on June 21st. The reception was held at the B.P.O.E. Elks
Lodge #1687 in Escondido, CA. The Paynes were married on June 18,1931,
in Los Angeles, CA. 124 dear friends and relatives were present, some from
Florida, Washington, Colorado, Idaho and neighboring cities in California.
Present also were Dorothy's maid of honor, Amy Thomas Juday, and her
husband, Merton, both into their 80's they drove down from San
Bernardino. What a lovely Surprise! Occupying one table were dear friends
from the Canal Zone, namely, Emmett and Adele Argo, Howard and
Rita Will, Ida McDade and Col. Thomas O'Donnell and his wife,
Tanya. Tom represented his brothers, John, James and Paul, who were
in Alabama. Many long distance calls, telegrams and cards were received -
Best wishes to Ira and Dorothy Payne, Valley Center, CA, former Atlantic
side residents, on their Golden Wedding Anniversary, June 18, 1981.
Guests, former Zonians, attending Golden Wedding Anniversary party on
June 21, 1981, for Ira and Dorothy Payne, in Escondido, CA. L-R: Emmett
Argo, Col. Tom O'Donnell, Howard Will, Rita Will, Tanya O'Donnell, Ida
McDade and Adele Argo.
among them was one from President Ronald Reagan and his wife,
Nancy. Ira and Dorothy have one daughter, Marjean Payne Howard,
living in Federal Way, WA, and five grandchildren. The Paynes retired
from the Canal Zone in March of 1969, and now reside in Valley Center, CA.
Jack Poole and his brother, Bill, of Lansdowne, PA, attended the Florida
reunion in April. They enjoyed seeing long-time friends: Dick Erbe, Bob
Ridge, Ted Henter, Harlan Crouch, Royce Lewis, Roger Williams,
Bill Ward, Gene Hamlin, Mrs. Hamlin, Jim Riley, Bob Boyer and Val
Gorham, to name a few. Lisle Gorham passed away recently in Dallas,
TX, He and I worked together on rewiring both the Atlantic and Pacific
Locks in 1950 for telephones. Jack, his brother, Bill and wife, Muriel, took
in a little reunion of former Zonians in the Poconos on July 10th. They
visited there with Eddie Curtis, Jack Rathgeber, George Hall, Frank
Key, Auggie and Eleanor (Hammond) Schwinderman, Aggie
Tonneson Jamke, and George Lowe, who gave them a wonderful slide
show on the Panama Canal. Since his retirement, Jack has spent several
winters in the Zone, and always enjoyed traveling, at leastone way, aboard
the SS Cristobal. He was hoping when he wrote that he'd be able to make
one last voyage on "our ship" before she was retired from service with the
Water Transportaion Division.
David L. Smith, President Emeritus, and Roy W. Ballard, Vice
President/Entertainment Chairman, hosted a delightful luncheon at their
home in Los Angeles on August 23, 1981, for members of our Board of
Governors who were able to attend: Paul and Mildred (Phillips) Kline,
Thelma Reppe, Hedvig Sundberg Seedborg, Chris Simonsen,
Francis Fitzpatrick, and Jack and Joan (Ridge) deGrummond.
General society business was discussed, including future planning and
consideration of preparing the Constitution and By-Laws.
Anne White Tuthill, CHS '40, attended the reunion in San Diego, and
invited Georgiana (Carnwright) and her husband, Jim Mau, of Santee,
Roger Weidoff, BHS '42 and his wife, Lenore (Ross), 5701 Pepperidge
Way, Concord, CA 94521, traveled to Washington, DC, where they visited
Hugh and Ruth Maloney; to Boston, MA; and to San Antonio, TX, to see
Tommy and Shirley Marine. Rog says they hope to make the next
reunion, or any other Canal Zone parties planned.
Jack and Joan DeGrummond We were sorry to miss the September
luncheon and reunion, but were away 6 weeks in N. California again at
Trinity Lake, camping in our trailer with Jack's brother, Lyle, who had his
trailer. We went boating, fishing, blackberry picking, and took trips around.
Pigeon hunting was on and we could hear hunters banging away in early
dawn. Then the deer hunters came in late September. A forest fire developed
in the mountains they say from loggers' equipment and we could see
the smoke 12 miles away. Interesting, because we saw firsthand the fire-
fighting activities centered at a Ranger Station 6 miles from our
campground. There were 633 firefighters, including some Indians and
Mexicans brought in. Many camped out all over under the trees in the area.
We came home on a zigzag route: first to the coast at Eureka; down through
the REdwood Highway and Avenue of the Giant Redwoods; over to Ft.
Bragg and Mendocino on the coast; back through Napa Valley, the wine
country, and over to San Francisco; along the coast to Moriterey, Sardine
Capital, then inland down Rt. 101 to home.
George and Aurie Poole of Schenectady, NY enjoyed the Fall season in
the New England states and traveled home via Danbury, CT where they
visited old Canal Zone friends. They will be heading down for St.
Petersburg, FL soon to spend the winter, as they have been doing for the
past 25 years. They send their kindest regards to all their friends.
Please welcome 18 new families!
Mr. and Mrs. Court Bennet (Kathleen Steiner), 16971 Bolero,
Huntington Harbor, CA 92649.
Major and Mrs. Gordon F. Boswell, USAF (Helen George), 143
Ferndale Court, REdlands, CA 92373.
Mrs. Donna Geyer Bowman, 29101 Ridgeview Drive, Laguna Niguel,
Mr. and Mrs. Hollis C. Collins (Ann Winn), 207 S. Solomon Drive,
Anaheim, CA 92807.
Miss Jane J. Ellis, 161 Date Ave., Imperial Beach, CA 92032.
Mr. and Mrs. John Erickson (Shirley Dyer), 995 Monte Drive, Santa
Barbara, CA 93110.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harrie (Dorothy Birkeland), 18408 Conestoga
Drive, Sun City, AZ 85373.
Mrs. Virginia Jennings, 655 W. California Street, Vista, CA 92083.
Mrs. Mary Ethel Martin, 5336 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA
Mrs. Helen Daniel Miller, 1302 E. Candlewood Avenue, Orange, CA
Chaplain (Major) and Mrs. Paul W. Morgan, USA (Stacia "Tess"
Walsh), 225 N. Rose, #214, Burbank, CA 91505.
Mr. Douglas L. Morse, 8606 Ferndale Street, San Diego, CA 92126.
Mr. and Mrs. Warren W. Morse (Fern Marcotte), Winter: 8606 Ferndale
St., San Diego, CA 92126. Summer: 316 Center Street, Vermillion, SD 57069.
Mrs. Allen F. Plue (Margaret "Cita" Gates), 312 Wildcat Drive, S.E.,
Olympia, WA 98503.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Scears (Betty Smith), 864 Hohener Avenue,
Hayward, CA 94541.
Mrs. Anne Magee Severy, 4022 Via Los Padres, Oceanside, CA 92054.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth S. Stone (Celine), 10415 Bevis Avenue, Mission
Hills, CA 91345.
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Sullivan (Margaret Atwood), 3901 San Joaquin
Drive, Los Alamitos, CA 90720.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest H. Terry (Lucille Crews), 3003 30th Street,
Lubbock, TX 79410.
Mr. and Mrs. David C. Whitehead (Adrienne G. Morse), 5978 Bataan
Circle, San Diego, CA 92139.
JOAN RIDGE deGRUMMOND, Reporter
Roy Ballard, Jack deGrummond
L-R: Paul and Mildred (Phillips)
Kline, Francis Fitzpatrick and
David L. Smith, President Emeritus,
L-R: Chris Simonsen, Joan (Ridge)
deGrummond, Thelma Reppe and
Hedvig (Sundberg) Seedborg.
Photos taken by DAVID L. SMITH at his home in Los Angeles, CA, during
meeting of Board of Governors, PCSSC, on August 23, 1981.
NEWS FROM ST. PETERSBURG ... The Canal Zone Past Matrons
Associations of Florida resumed their monthly meetings after the summer
holidays, at The Pier in St. Petersburg on September 23rd. The hostess was
Mrs. Ethel Askew and the new officers for the 1981-82 term are: Mrs.
Vance (Georgia) Howard, President; Mrs. Al (Dorothy) Pate, Vice
President and Grace Williams, Secretary/Treasurer. We were pleased to
have Mrs. Thomas C. (Barbara) Peterson join our group. She is a recent
arrival from Balboa and now residing in Sarasota. Mrs. Barbara Clarke,
a recent retiree from the Dept. of Defense schools on the Atlantic side was
also a welcome visitor and was a guest of Mrs. Ernest (Dorothy) Yocum,
and on her way to California.
Roy and Frances (Violette) Sharp have had a delightful vacation in
Europe. Starting at Brussels, Belgium, they went to Frankfurt, Germany,
then on the Romantic Road to Switzerland by motor coach. They then
traveled over the Rhine, from Basil to the Netherlands where they spent a
few days, after which they flew home. Frances reports that the Locks on the
Rhine were very different from the ones with which we are familiar, but they
were very interesting.
If anyone would like to get in touch with Colleen O'Conner Lau, call
her at 813-525-3509 or write c/o R.P. O'Conner, whose address is in the
CANAL RECORD. She hopes to be in the Annual issue as soon as she gets
a permanent address.
Robert P. O'Conner Jr. underwent surgery in St. Petersburg General
Hospital during October. By the time you read this, he should be well on the
way to recovery and back to his job as Security Guard at the same hospital.
Mrs. Ralph (Gertrude) Pearson was in the hospital and had a cornea
transplant on her eye. The last I heard, she is doing well and is pleased with
Robert and Marybelle Hicks are to be congratulated on the recent
celebration of a wonderful Golden Anniversary. The members of her family
gathered at the Hick's home for this special occasion. Out-of-town guests
were: sister, Alice (Knapp) Fowler; sister, Virginia (Knapp) Nelson
and husband Sandy from Birmingham, AL; Zeno Knapp Jr. and wife
Gladys from Lake Panasoffee, FL; Robert L. (Bob) Knapp came the
furthest distance from Coronado Beach, Panama; daughter Dorothy
Chapman and her husband Dr. Bob from North Carolina; daughter Mary
Alice Kelley and her husband, Ken and their son Mark and his wife
Hope, with the Hick's first great grandchild, all from Houston, TX.
It was the first time that the Kanpps have been together since 1966, so it
was, indeed, a wonderfully happy occasion.
Ethel Askew also had a 50th celebration. She visited the 50th Reunion of
her high school graduation in a suberb of Chicago, Illinois.
Mrs. Frank (Marie) Wolf says, "Who says life gets dull at 88? Three
birthday parties and one Silver Anniversary in one week, and we had four
generations at two of the birthday parties! The first party was at the Senior
Citizens Center, then I had a surprise party at the Louisa Spa with a nice
informal buffet and a lovely birthday cake with 'Happy Birthday Marie
(Queen of the Spa)', but my official birthday on October 25th was given by
my daughter Dorothy Pate and husband, Al. Twenty-five 'kin-folk'
attended. Those who are former Zonians were: Rose Alexander, daughter;
Karen Alexander Fountain and her son Joey; Charlene Alexander
Edwards and daughter, Stacy; Pauline Homelin; John and Muriel
Homelin Whitman; Pauline and Bill Arnold; Emma Sherriff; Edna
Hewitt Ogletree and Margaret (Hewitt) Sapp. Also had a surprise call
from Bob (Benny) and Annie Calvit in Kerrville, TX.
Besides the many cards and gifts I received, the biggest surprise was a
card from President Ronald Reagan and a letter from Representative Bill
Young. Also received a lovely corsage from Grace Williams with her
trademark (A Williams Original!)"
In September, Anna and Joe Collins visited with their son, Charles
and wife Nancy in Meridian, MS enroute to greet their first granddaughter
Cheryl (See Births) at her home with mom and dad, Karen and Gregory
Collins in Jackson, MS. On their return home, they stopped over at the Spa
in Dothan, AL where they enjoyed a visit with many friends at the Cocktail
Party which opened the Gas House Gang's Annual Golf Tournament.
GRACE WILLIAMS, Reporter
NEWS FROM LARGO-SEMINOLE .. "Marty" Hayes made a trip
north during the hot September days. Went to Wilkes Barre, Pa. to visit his
sisters and then to Chicago to visit son Michael, daughter-in-law Roberta
and grandsons Martin and Eric. Had a great time, but was glad to get
home to the warm weather.
"Issy" Gibson also went visiting "up north". Took off in her car for
Charleston, S.C. first and then headed on to upper New York State with/ide
trips on the way north and on the way home. Had a lovely trip with
absolutely no car trouble.
Shirly (Persons) Smith is leaving early November for Ft. Worth, TX to
attend the marriage of her eldest grandson Michael Patrick O'Connor to
Cheryl Rene Johnson on November 7,1981. Michael is the son of Shirley
and Ed O'Connor. After all the wedding "do's" in Texas, Shirly will go
to California with the O'Connors and spend Thanksgiving and Christmas
with them. Will return shortly after the New Year. More wedding news later.
Also heard from "Marty" Hayes that Harlan (Nito) Mittag of
Minneapolis, Minn. is visiting in Panama due to the serious illness of his
father, A. A. (Mitt) Mittag.
Ruth Powell and I took off on an AAA escorted, motorcoach tour to see
the Fall colors. Had a marvelous time meeting new people and visiting new
places and gaping in wonder at the beauty of the Adirondacks & Catskills of
New York, Green Mountains of Vermont, White Mountains of New
Hampshire, the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and the Poconos of
Pennsylvania. First fall I had ever seen and I was really impressed! AAA
did a wonderful job on the routing and motel-hotel-food reservations and
our tour guides were super. It was really a trip I could recommend highly to
BETTY QUINTERO, Reporter
NEWS FROM CLEARWATER... The Brown Baggers and the Sewing
Club are having our Christmas party and luncheon at the "Sea Ketch" in St.
Petersburg on December 8th. There will be about twenty or more of us. We
even have a picnic in the summer. It's nice to be with our Canal Zone
friends. We Zonians are a special bunch, don't you all agree?
Sara and Sam Rowley met the Rowley Jr's, with their daughters
Renee and Adriane down in Miami for the Southeast Shrine Convention
and had a wonderful time seeing lots of folks. The Ernest Yocums went
down with us, and aside from leaving my brand new bathing suit in the
hotel, it was a terrific five days. We flew back just in time to welcome again
the Rowley Jr's who drove back to Clearwater. Skip and Bev spent most of
their time checking out their home they bought a year ago. We did take a day
off and went to see Sea World. My niece Joy Vanvliet Johnson and her
daughter Pam went with us. Skip and Bev then drove up to Jacksonville to
see the Landen Gunn's in their new home. While they were at the Gunn's,
our daughter June Stevenson drove down from Carrolton, Ga with her
daughter Lori Lee, who had just graduated from West Georgia College.
Lori could only stay a few days as she had a job waiting in Charlotte, NC,
but June stayed a few more days before her return to her job and family in
Joyce & Landon Gunn, with Beverly Rowley, Renee
& Adrianne Rowley at the new home in Jacksonville,
FL of the Gunns.
Fred and Jane Huldquist of Seminole and mother Ruth Presley of
North Redington Beach had Jane's brother, Col. and Mrs. Lem Presley
from Shreveport, LA and their daughter and son-in-law Karleen and Tom
Hightower with son Travis from Dallas, TX as their house guests. Travis
is Ruth Presley's first great-grandson.
Ruth and Caleb Clement of Virginia Beach, VA were the house guest of
Mary and Harry Egolf of Seminole, and they enjoyed renewing old
friendships in the west cost area.
Maxine and Earl Wrenn of Springdale, AR spent two very enjoyable days
with June and Vic May before they winded their way down to Sarasota,
Sam and I and our grandson, Lt. Kenneth Gerhart are flying down to
Panama December 12th. Kenneth is being transferred from Germany to Ft.
Sill, OK. However, he will be going down to Panama for the holidays and for
The wedding. Lori Lee will be married to Virgil Snow on December 19th at
the Balboa Union Church. It will be done in the Spanish motif with Lori
wearing a wedding pollera and all the attendants wearing polleras as well. I
have never seen a wedding pollera, so I am looking forward to all the
festivities. Sam and I were married in the same church 49 years ago on
September 19. The married couples will then return, after their honeymoon
in Contadora Island, to Charlotte, N.C. where they both have jobs. We will
return to Clearwater about the 1st of February, mas o menos.
SARA ROWLEY, Reporter
NEWS FROM SARASOTA ... Sarasota residents are great travelers as
you will note Edna and Jim Million spent the summer in their new home
at St. Albans, VT and enjoyed many visitors. The George Roths of
Sarasota, Reba and Rodney Higginbotham of Jacksonville, FL and
Lillian Ryan of South Windsor, CT stopped over to visit in their lovely
home. Also their Roger Million and family of Somerset, N.J. and Gordon
Million and family of Bradenton, FL vacationed there, and a great time
was had by all. Gordon Million attended a seminar in Connecticut and
accompanied his parents on their return to Sarasota.
Joyce and Jack Clarke motored to Savannah, GA for a visit with his
daughter, Nancy Kresge and her son.
Jay and Harry Cain went on an interesting gem mining trip to
Franklin NC and found several nice stones. They also spent their annual
Thanksgiving week at beautiful Sanibel Island, FL a "Sheller's Paradise."
Bill Lierman spent several weeks visiting with his children and families
Franny Jones enjoyed another trip to Panama visiting with her
daughter and family, the John Brophy's of Diablo, R.P. and seeing friends
and former co-workers again. On her return she welcomed a visit in her
home with John and Mary Hare of Ocala, FL.
Mike Dee accompanied her son, Pete Lang and family of Balboa, RP to
North Carolina where they enrolled their daughter, Patti, at Western
Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. En route they visited her nephew,
Freeland Hollowell and family, in Dothan, AL.
Tinsie and Barney Barnes motored to Ridgeley, WV to share his
sister's 81st birthday. They enjoyed the beautiful fall leaves in brilliant
color and mailed some back to Sarasota friends who used them as
decorations in their homes.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY REUNION
APRIL 15, 16, 17, 1982
Our "Golden Anniversary" Reunion number 50 is coming up. We know
you won't want to miss it. We have been working all year to make this
Reunion the biggest and the best.
The Holiday Inn, Tampa Airport will be the host hotel for our reunion. It
is important that you make your room reservations early. Also, don't forget
to send a deposit of one night ($54.12 tax included). If you are flying in to
the reunion, the Holiday Inn has a courtesy car which travels between the
airport and the motel at half hour intervals.
Registration at the reunion will be held Wednesday evening from 7 p.m.
to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. 1 p.m., 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m.;
Saturday, 10 a.m. noon. Be sure you register and get your badge.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings, members will gather for an
informal get-together. On Thursday and Friday, you will be "on your own"
for lunch, however the hotel will have a pay as you go buffet set up for our
There will be ajluncheon following the golf tournament at Sunset Golf
Club on Snell Isle in St. Petersburg on Thursday April 16th. See reservation
form for prices and further information.
On Friday at 1:30 p.m. we will hold our Annual Business Meeting. This
will include the election of officers as well as important business that can
only be transacted at an annual meeting.
Friday night will be our Panama Canal Society Ball. This will be held
at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg and will feature The Jimmy Taylor Band
and will highlight Lucho Azcarraga from Panama. There is ample parking
at the Coliseum, with uniformed security patrol, for those who drive their
own automobiles. However, large air-conditioned buses will be available to
pick up members at the hotel, who wish traAsportation to the Coliseum.
Buses will return on a staggered schedule. The bus fare will be $2.00 round-
trip and reservations must be made in advance. There are no alcoholic
beverages sold at the Coliseum, so you will have to supply your own. Ice and
set-ups will be furnished at no additional charge. However, coolers will
not be permitted. In the past many of our members have worn Polleras,
Montunas and Montunos. This has given our ball a very festive
On Saturday we will hold our Annual Luncheon. Space is limited to 864,
so get your reservations in early. Our guest speaker will be announced at a
A small road map can be provided to make your Tampa/St. Petersburg
travels easier, if requested, with a self-addressed stamped envelope.
PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU SEND IN FORMS
We expect a large crowd this year, so once again we will accept reservations for reunion
activities from members in good standing only. prior to 1 March 1982 Members who are in good
standing are those whose 1982 dues are paid, or are being paid with their reservations requests.
One check for dues, ball and luncheon is acceptable Be sure that your reservation forms are made
out property. After 1 March, 1982 reservations will be accepted from non-memberson a first come,
first serve basis. Prospective members may join the Society and make their reunion reservations
at the same time, during the pre-March I period.
RESERVATIONS FOR REUNION FUNCTIONS
MUST BE PRE-PAID
DO talk to your friends who are attending and send reservations for all people in your party at
the same time. Requests for large table reservations will not be honored without payment for all
seats reserved. It is sometimes impossible to shuffle the reservations to add "just one more
couple" after the table and seating has been made. I f you are unsureofsomeones ability to attend
for your group, make a reservation for them. Refunds will be made up to 12 noon on Friday April
Tickets for reunion functions may be picked up between 9 a.m and 12 noon on Thursday.
Friday and Saturday If you are unable to pick up tickets at any of these times and wish to have
the tickets mailed to you, then a S A.S.E. must be sent. Please keep in mind that once the
tickets are mailed, your seating has been decided and cannot be changed.
DO NOT send hotel reservations to the Society. This will only delay your confirmation of a
DO NOT send reservations for reunion functions to the hotel. The Society plans and pays for
all reunion functions and any reservations sent to the hotel or to the Coliseum could result in your
not having a reservation for an event in which you are interested.
DO NOT BRING COOLERS TO THE COLISEUM. Ice and set ups are furnished and
coolers will not be allowed. Snacks are permitted.
A CHANGE THIS YEAR. No ball tickets will be sold at the Coliseum, so plan ahead. If
available. tickets will be sold at the reunion on Thursday. Friday and Saturday
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
50th Anniversary Reunion
If reserving more than one room, please list one name for each room reserved.
Please print or type. This will be returned to you as your conformation.
For Arrival On Depart On
Please Reserve Room(s) For Persons
* If double room requested, please provide names of other occupant.
City State Zip
* Rates: $54.12 incl. 6% tax for Single. $54.12 incl. 6% tax for Double
* CHECK IN TIME: 2:00 P.M. CHECK OUT TIME: 12 noon
* You must guarantee your reservation with a first night's deposit to include 6% tax,
by major credit card or check.
METHOD OF GUARANTEE:
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,PERSONAL CHECK TRAVELLERS CHECK
CRED. CARD EXP. DATE:
REFUND POLICY: Full refund will be returned up to 6 p.m. on date of arrival,
provided member receives a cancellation code number from the Holiday Inn, Tampa,
by letter or by telephone. (813-879-4800).
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
RESERVATION FORM FOR SOCIETY BALL
April 16, 1982
535 4th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, Florida
$8.00 per person. Please make reservations for people.
I also desire bus transportation to the Ball.
($2.00 per person)
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REUNION GOLF TOURNAMENT
The 1982 tournament will be held on 15 April at the Sunset Golf and
Country Club on Snell Island, St. Petersburg, 600 Snell Isle Blvd NE. If
coming from 1-275, take 22nd Avenue Exit, turn left and go to the end, then
turn right and then left over the bridge to Snell Island Blvd.
A shot-gun start will be used, with tee off time at 0830 A.M. A
handicapping(Peoria) will be used.
There will be a luncheon and prizes awarded at the Country Club after the
luncheon, lunch time will be at approximately 12:30. You may have guests
(non-players) at the luncheon. Please indicate who you desire to share the
cart with and other players to make up the foursome. To insure playing
partners and the foursome desired, submit entry forms asd payments
together for all four players.
The large plaque with the winners of low gross and low net for men and
ladies will be presented at the luncheon on Saturday 17 April at the
convention site. The low gross and low net winners will be presented their
Committee members are: C. J. Collins, Fred and Jane Huldtquist,
Dave Rose (Dothan Rep), Gene Askew. Pauline Arnold will take
photographs during the tournament. *
Please send your entry form and checks, payable to: C. J. COLLINS,
2301 Woodlawn Circle (W) St. Petersburg, FL 33704. As Early As Possible -
use form on other side.
RESERVATION FORM FOR LUNCHEON
April 17, 1982
Holiday Inn, Tampa Airport 4500 West Cypress St., Tampa
Price: $9.50 per person, including tax and gratuity. Please make Luncheon
reservations for. people.
Total Amount Enclosed
GOLF TOURNAMENT ENTRY FORM
LIST FOURSOME AND WHOM YOU DESIRE TO SHARE CART WITH
Estimated Handicap -
Entry Fee..................................... $3.00
Green & Shared Cart Fee .................... $11.00
Luncheon... .................................. $5.00
Non Players & Guest Luncheon ............... $5.00
TOTAL ENCLOSED ............ $
Entry Fees and Luncheon Reservations must be received on or
before 12 April 1982.
Luncheon Reservations must be firm No Refunds unless
requested prior to 12 April.
A limited number of golf reservations will be allowed for late
Carole Walker Peregoy motored to Richmond, VA where her sons had
been spending the summer with their paternal. She was accompanied by
her parents, George and Mayno Walker, also of Sarasota. While in the
vicinity they visited with Col. Don Demarr, USA retired, and wife Stella
(Boggs) of Arlington, VA and went sightseeing so her children could learn
and see the many historical areas in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C.
George and Tommi Roth had an extended trip to visit George's family
in New York. The trip also included Canada, around the Gaspe Peninsula
into New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. They visited in Alexander Cita, AL
with former Gatunites, Carmen and Charles Turner and his brother,
Hugh Turner. Later they were joined in New York by their son-in-law and
daughter, Arthur and Marilyn (Roth) Banks, who returned via
AMTRAK to their Tampa residence.
Many people like our Sarasota area as we had many visitors too. Ruth
and Caleb Clement were houseguests of her brother, Harry and Mary
Egolf in Seminole, FL. They visited friends, co-workers and neighbors in
the Sarasota area during October. Following their Florida visit they drove
to Houston, TX to spend the Thanksgiving holidays with their son-in-law
and daughter, Steve and Mary Vaughn and young son. Later plans
include spending the Christmas holidays with their younger son Caleb
"Cubbie" and family in Grants Pass, OR before returning to Virginia
Beach, VA where their son Comdr. Orrin P. Clement, USN, resides with
Maxine and Earl Wrenn of Springdale, AR were the houseguests of
Tommi and George Roth. They also visited with Fronie Fender at her
home in Bradenton, FL.
Malcolm and Faye Wheeler of Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA made
a month's motor trip visiting with family and friends in Kansas, Texas,
Louisiana and Florida. They spent several days with the George Walkers
who had an "Open House" gathering for them to renew friendships with
former Canal Zone co-workers, classmates and friends.
Jackie Cassidy vacationed in the Florida area and spent several days
with Maxine and Bill Dixon before returning to her teaching position
with the DOD in Panama.
Helen and Carl Newhard of Bentonville, AR came to Sarasota to visit
his mother, Edith "Mom" Eppley and his sister and brother-in-law, Rae
and Joe Ebdon.
"Pop" Ebdon's sister-in-law, Gladys Sullivan, and her brother,
Robert Ashton, of Fort Lauderdale, FL spent several days here with him.
Sandra Hughes Claflin of Merritt Island, FL spent the Labor Day
holiday with her parents, Myrtle and Bill Hughes.
Summer visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Corrigan Sr. were
their son, Tim and his wife, Candi (Koepke) of Balboa, R.P. Candi's
brother, Henry B. Twohy and his wife, Carolyn (Holgerson) spent
several days with the Corrigans. Both Tim and Henry are members of the
Police in the R.P. and were on vacation.
Buckey and Ann Hall, with their daughter, Jill, returned to Sarasota
after spending the summer at their home in Laporte, PA. Their son, Will,
who is in his 3rd year at th e U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, spent his
summer "leave" in Laporte with his family.
Carl Orvis and a friend, both stationed at the Pensacola Naval Air
Station, spent the weekend in Sarasota with his grandmother, Mrs.
Frances Orvis and with his brother, Bobby Orvis of Anna Maria, FL. He
also enjoyed seeing his cousin, Kathi Orvis, who was visiting her father,
Maj. James Orvis, USAF retired, of Temple Terrace, FL while she was on
her vacation from Phoenix, AZ.
Mrs. Dora Walker Chatburn arrived from Salinas, Ecuador for a visit
with her sister and brother, the Walter Hartmans and George Walkers.
During her stay they took a trip to visit her nieces, and their families, Anita
(Boggs) and Albert Collins of Ft. Valley, GA and Stella (Boggs) and
Don DeMarr of Arlington, VA.
Maxine Hitchcock enjoyed a summer visit by her son, William C.
Hitchcock, Jr. and family of Bethesda, MD. Bill is the Marketing
Manager for the Book Department of American Chemical Society and
Virginia is Editor of the World Bank. In October they were sent as
representatives of their respective companies to the International Trade
Fair in Weisbaden, Germany. They enjoyed touring in Switzerland and
Germany after the close of the Fair.
The Thomas C. Petersons of Balboa, RP recently retired to Sarasota
and enjoying company in their lovely new home in Lake Sarasota.
Rolando Linares and family of Balboa, RP spent part of their vacation
The Bill Carlins, also recently retired from the Panama Canal
Commission, are now getting settled in their lovely home in Georgetowne,
Just want you to know that"Sarasota Adds Years to Your Life, and Life to
GLADYS B. HUMPHREY, Reporter
Rusty Folger, New Orleans, attended the Elks Convention in Las Vegas
this July with Carolyn and Bob Johnson of Kissimmee. They stopped
over for parties and dinners and sightseeing in Austin, Texas, whooping it
up with old friends Barbara and Buck Krueger; Maggie, Ed and Kevin
Mulroy; Shirley and Chuck Cavanaugh; and Ann and Joe Dolan.
Other attractions visited before Las Vegas included the Painted Desert,
Petrified Forest and Grand Canyon. Rusty says it was one of the greatest
conventions that she can remember. Afterwards she flew on to California
with her niece. Bob and Carolyn drove there to visit Bob's brother. Gary
and Silvia Folger spent three weeks states-side in August, saw Disney
World and visited with the Johnsons and with Flossie and George
Derrer in Dothan, AL. On August 15 Rusty became a grandmother for the
second time as Jordan Matthew Folger was born to Wayne and Lisa in
New Orleans. A picture has been promised for the next issue, right, Rusty?
Gene Gregg, Mandeville, scrawled us a few pages in his laid-back style.
He writes that Gas House V in Dothan was a big blast. Joe Burgoon,
Hugh Norris and Bud Thomas did a No. 1 job. Poss Parker was
magnificent in a W.C. Fields in Philadelphia and Bob Coulthard is still in
great voice and warming up for the 50th. Anyway, Ben Mazzoni visited the
Greggs in August on his way west.Mrs. Horn and Mrs. McGilberry also
stopped, while Roland Casanova and George Lapp of Balboa came by
"to warn of the coming insurrection and better rearm." Helen, the Gregg's
No. 5 daughter, is doing down to Coco Solo with Lourdes de la Garza over
Christmas. A visit is planned with daughter June Clayton in Franklinton
to visit the fair and see her new house. Also heard from Paul Hieronymus
in Coco Solo and he wasn't optimistic about the old Zone. And saw Mary
and Herb Taake in Fairhope and Jenny and Donald James in Ocean
Springs on way back from Alabama. Gene promises us some Alabama
pictures for the next issue.
Good news from old friend, Wilma Hidalgo. She's finally swung a one-
bedroom apartment in Diablo after too many years in El Cangrejo. Nina
Brown Kosik and Lori have also moved to a two bedroom in Balboa,
walking distance to BHS for Lori. In July Wilma attended a retirement
party for Bill and Neenie Carlin (nee Dorgan) who have retired to
Sarasota. Dear Wilma it is so nice to know that I'm not the only old lady
still in school. Good luck with your psychology and sociology courses at -
get this, folks the Panama Canal College. Makes one wonder what
happened to all the Canal Zone Junior College and Canal Zone College
records, doesn't it?
Mary L. Butts (McGroarty) writes from 2801 Bayview Drive, Alameda,
Calif., to remind us that forwarding addresses may be obtained from the
post office for a small fee. Enclosing a self-addressed stamped envelope is
also wise, she advise. She was a Canal Zone resident from 1927 to 1965.
Since retiring in 1980, Jim "Smiley" Morris and his family have
relocated to 2220 Banyon Drive, Clearwater, where Jimmy is now a realtor
associate with Vigilant Real Estate. The firm is owned by Jim
McConaghy, a former Zonian and Society member.
The pool and patio of the Ellen and Jackie Osborne home, 2083 Shawn
Drive, Baton Rouge, served us well for a happy Labor Day Bash. John and
Jeanie Blaskovich with son, Michael, 8, came over from Lafayette. John
was with the Electrical Division in Balboa from 1973-6. Les and Andrea
Smith were there with daughters Chris, 11, and Kim, 8. Les worked on the
Zone in the Executive Secreatry's office from 1974-9 and is with the U.S.
Geological Survey now. Jack and Janet Holt with Leslie, 11, came up
from Kenner. Jack was with Engineering from 1971-9 and is now a
community planner with the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land
Management. Former C.Z. police and probation officer )1965-79), Tom
Mallia enjoyed the festivities. He is currently with the U.S. Probation office
in New Orleans. Down from Monroe in north Louisiana, came Marie and
Jerry Iverson. Ellen and Marie are sisters. From 1960-7 Jerry was with
the C.Z. Police while Marie worked with the Army Security Agency at Fort
Clayton. Jerry finished Law School at LSU in 1970 and now practices in
Monroe. Their three children were born on the Zone. Helen, 20; Ann, 16;
and John, 14. Bonnie Bishop Steiner came over from Houston where she
works for a travel agent, having left the Zone in 1972. Her son, Jerry
Curtis, BHS '81, is going to the Panama Canal College and is a well-known
motorcycle racer. He was the No. 1 champion of the Panama race in May.
Her sister Billie Bishop Parault from Addis also attended. Billie was born
on the Zone and lived many years in Curundu Heights. The Osbornes
enjoyed recent visits from Jim and Judy Wheeler of Balboa with their
children, Jeri, 10; Jana, 9; and Jamie, 6, who were returning to Panama
on the last southbound trip of the Cristobal. Jim was a lieutenant with the
police force and now works on special assignment dealing with the
changeover and teaches criminology at Panama Canal College. Steven
and Kandi Helin, were here vacationing and looking for a retirement
home. Jack and Lil Warford (Judy's parents) from Vero Beach also
stopped in to see the Osbornes. They are Army retirees from Curundu.
Heard from old BHS chum Velma Medina Reilly up from Albrook with
hubby Dave and four children to enjoy Disney World and buy a house in
Dothan, AL. Maybe in retirement we'll get to see each other.
I attended a national convention in Miami Beach the end of October and
was fortunate enough to catch up with old friends Winnie and Ron Brome
and son Dennis. Enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner with them and friends
from Naples, FL, and Bogota, Colombia. Denny is a history teacher and
guidance counselor at Miami Lakes Junior High and still puttering around
with a lovely 1957 Corvette. A bit later another couple of former Diablo
neighbors dropped in Jim and Genevieve Bartlett. Jim was with the
Fire Department and retired from Customs. He's eager to catch up with the
Alexander brothers Howard and/or Jimmy. Howard was the first
person Jim met on the Zone and Jimmy is a retired C.Z. police officer. Please
write me if you know Howard or Jimmy Alexander's whereabouts. Having
babysat the Bartlett children, I was also eager to learn their current
doings. Pat, BHS '62, is a district engineer for FAA in Atlanta. He is
married to the former Janet Smith, BHS '62, and they have two children,
Kathy, 8, and Kenneth, 5. Barbara, BHS '60, is a CPA in Hickory, N.C.
and is married to Dr. Richard Garlitz. Their children are Jennifer, 15;
Kevin, 14; Kyle, 12; Christopher, 10; and Todd, 6. How time flies!
Member Wiltz Schexnayder writes from Amite that things are rocking
along as usual, but he'd like a little more rain for his garden.
Richard and Via Mae Dinkgreve got their annual visit from Audrey
Bowman in September. She was on 30 days' leave, looking well and still
enjoying life on the Zone. Her mother, Edna Benoit, returned to her home
in Metairie after a visit of 90 days on the Zone in August. (Richard, we're
really supposed to say Panama now and not the Zone.) Richard was
shocked to learn of Dorothy S. Leach's death and extends sympathy to
her daughters, Patricia in Panama and Marion in Hamburg, N.Y., and
their families. He says Dot was born in Mississippi and went to the Canal
Zone in 1935 where she met and married the late John Leach of the
Railroad Division. She worked with Richard from 1951-63 and had
previously been employed as a part-time teacher with the U.S. Army and the
Schools Division. When John retired in 1963, they moved to Panama City,
Fla. John died in 1972 and she moved to Gulfport, Miss., then Biloxi. For
years she did a puppet show on the Atlantic side, designing, making and
planning the whole show.
Dick Sena wrote about the buffet he attended to commemorate the
decommissioning of the SS Cristobal held Sept. 3. This was the New
Orleans' sendoff as the vessel returned to Panama for final farewell
ceremonies. For Dick it was a mixed emotions situation a sad goodbye
since he has been associated with the vessel since joining the organization
in 1952 and a glad time to see old friends and renew friendships. Among
those he remembers at the buffet were Joe Quintas, Peggy Guchereau,
Jean Piedscalzo, Nick Tacko, John Forte, Gladys Olivier, Bob
Austin, T. C. Donner, Irene Price, Gertrude Broders, Phern
Pannia, Moses Cobbs, Joan Bensel, Jack Jackson, Mary Foster,
Oscar Bourg, Russ Capitelli, Tom Ender, Joe Vicidomina,
Marguerite Poole, George Brugier, Ray Ratley, Pat Orr, Jack
Ruoff, Lloyd Roberts, Mrs. George Christensen, John Christensen,
Mrs. Tom L. Lloyd and various naval personnel connected with the Naval
After several near misses, I finally made a good connection with my
favorite band of gypsies Bill and Gret Warren. We spent a happy few
hours poking around the Arts and Sciences Museum and having lunch in
the Museum's quaint dining room. Then like butterflies, they were gone -
back to New Port Richey probably to rest up for their next expedition to
parts unknown. Gret's going to send us a favorite recipe once she's settled.
Thank you for the gift and for the lovely visit and I hope to see you again
PATT FOSTER ROBERSON, Reporter
1981 has been a very busy year for us as we attended three Canal Zone
reunions during the year.
April 25 saw us on our way to the St. Petersburg reunion, stopping first in
Jacksonville to visit with Reba and Higgie Higginbotham. We had a
wonderful time at the reunion, seeing so many we hadn't seen since we left
the Zone in 1954. Jo (Dennis) Konover and Jean (Dennis) Herbert,
from our Poconos reunion, were also there and we all enjoyed the well-
Then on May 30, Jack, Norine Lucas and I rode down to the
Washington, D.C. reunion with Edward and Jane Curtis. Also attending
were Jo Konover, Jean Herbert and Toodles (Warren) Setzer from
the Poconos reunion group. We enjoyed the signs of various Canal Zone
towns and the Panamanian dancers in their beautiful Polleras. It brought
back wonderful memories of the Canal. Norine enjoyed visiting with
Connie (Trowbridge) Bishop whom she hadn't seen in years.
On July 10, 11 and 12 we had our reunion at a new motel in the Poconos -
Best Western Hills Motor Lodge in Tannersville, PA. We enjoyed our stay
there and had a wonderful time seeing everyone again.
This year's gathering included Jack and Gloria Brown and Bernice
their wonderful neighbor from Northport, N.Y., Marge (Dennis)
Bain, Princeton, N.J.; Edward and Jane Curtis, Woodbury Hts., N.J.;
Granny Jo Dennis, Princeton, N.J.; Bob and Mary Dennis, North Hill,
PA; Rosemary (Millett) Gilead, Arlington, VA; Eugene and Faye
Hamilin, Carthage, N.C.; Bob and Marion Hazeldine, Sun City West,
Arizona; Jean (Dennis) Herbert, Trenton, N.J.; George and Elcy Hall,
N. Miami, FL: Aggie (Tonneson) and Ed Jamke, Tenafly, N.J.; Bernice
(Rathgeber) Jackson, Des Plaines, ILL; Olive (Kalar) and Len Krouse,
Springfield, PA; Wilma (Reynolds) Kirkpatrick, Rochester, N.Y.; Jo
(Dennis) Konover, Princton, N.J.; Norine (Rathgeber) Lucas, Brick
Town, N.J.; Tede (Duff) Lyng, Rochester, N.Y.; John and Veva
McGuire, State College, PA; Francis and Jean (Kalar) McAndrews,
Moscow, PA.; Bill and Muriel Poole, Landsdowne, PA.; John Poole,
Lansdowne, PA.; Jack and Betty (Searcy) Rathgeber, Glassboro, N.J.;
Eleanor (Hammond) and Augie Schwinderman, Ramsey, N.J.;
Bernard Toner, Larton, VA.
We had such a good time and the service at the Hill Motor Lodge was
wonderful, that we are going there next July 9, 10, 11.
Our two daughters and their husbands, Penny and Bill Whilden and
Linda and Bill Rowse, gave Jack and I a surprise 40th wedding
anniversary party on September 13. It was a wonderful surprise and we are
still enjoying each minute of memories.
Jane and Edward Curtis and Norine (Rathgeber) Lucas just arrived
back in Jersey from a trip to Dothan, AL. Ed was in the golf tournament.
After the tournament Ed and Jane drove Maize (Curtis) Schwarzrock
back to Lakeland, FL. While there they also visited with Ed's other sister
Norine, Marge (Rathgeber) Ruoff, Bernice (Rathgeber) and Drew
Jackson visited with Lou (Rathgeber) Hunt while in Dothan. Then
Norine rode back to New Orleans with Marge to visit. While in New Orleans
they drove to Biloxi, Miss. for a short visit with Judi (Rathgeber) and
Keith Whitter and their new daughter.
Then Norine flew to Jacksonville and visited with Edith (McLaren)
Hicks before being picked up by Ed and Jane for the drive home.
BETTY (SEARCY) RATHGEBER, Reporter
NEWS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA ... We have been
enjoying the fall colors, although they were not as brilliant this year due to
the extremely dry weather.
Emily and Howard Johnson left for St. Petersburg the last week in
October. I will meet them in December for a freighter cruise in the
Julian and Odessa (Des) Hearne went back to St. Petersburg in
September. We will look forward to seeing them here again next summer.
Ruth and Ernest Zelnick came back from Vermont in September.
During their summer there, Betty and Barney Forgeson visited them.
Peggy and Don Hutchison were house guest of Jack and Jean
Drombrowsky for several days in October. Hutch has made a wonderful
recovery from his illness this summer.
I missed sending in the news of Carmen and Charlie Howe's 8th
grandchild. Bill and Sue Howe had a baby girl, Carolyn Ann, in
Recently all four Jourdry sisters; Rosita Saurez, Carmen Howe,
Marita Loftis and Alba Joudry were together with their mother,
Marina, for the first time in many years. Marita and Joe Loftis came
from Ft. Lauderdale with their daughter and her husband, Eloise and Jim
Barnes. Alba came from California and is now living in Brevard,
NC. Rosita's granddaughter, Nikki Suarez, and her mother were here,
Earlier this year, Marina Joudry went to Maryland with her son,
Gilbert and his wife, Lenore (Shick), from Ft. Lauderdale, to visit her
granddaughter Susan (Joudry) Rice and husband Paul. While there, she
saw 6 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great!
Steve and Irene Bissell came through Hendersonville this summer and
called on Mildred and Wendell Greene.
Betsy and Truman Hoenke returned from Vermont in late October.
Their daughter, Diana Bauer, from Ann Arbor, Mich., spent two weeks
with them in Vermont and Kitty Meissner was with them for a week the
last of September.
Betty and Paul Runnestrand were with me for several days early in
October. They were going to spend 10 days in Highland, NC, and then on
north to visit their daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Mark Antin and
sons in New Jersey.
ALICE H. ROCHE, Reporter
PACIFIC NORTHWEST NEWS
August 1 arrived the weather predictions were for dry-warm-sunny. Well,
it was dry, and we were thankful for that. Neil and Dorothy Doherty who
welcomed former Isthmians, are to be thanked for hosting this successful
reunion for the Pacific Northwesterners, as we had a marvelous time
getting acquainted and reacquainted.
Distance visitors were: John and Janice Herring; Leslie W. Croft
Jr., from Panama; Nancy Slover Florida; Dr. Mike and Lil
Szczukowski Tennessee; Ruth Metzgar Minnesota; Norine Hall
Kaufer; Bill and Joan (Doherty) Stoltz from California.
Honorable mention goes to Mrs. Grace E. McCaslin, who at 94 made the
appreciated effort to attend. She was a former teacher at the Ancon School.
Best friends from Zone school days were reunited after a span of 52 years.
Ada (Jackson) Butler and Miraflores (Smith) Petrey lost contact with
each other after graduation, and were delighted to see and find each other at
The following signed the register, each helping to make this a memorable
day. Claudia (Davis) Allsup; Lisa Almquist; Fran and Earl Almquist;
Margaret Anderson; Mary E. "Mebs" Ausnehmer; Floyd and
Beverly Baker; Carl N. Berg; Donna Blomquist; Jack and Lucille
Bunker; George and Ada Butler; Mounyen (Lyman) and Jimmie
Clifton; Leslie W. Croft Jr.; Mike and Virginia Cunningham; Cele
Davis; Margaret Davis; Neil and Dorothy Doherty; Neil and
Tammy Doherty; Jim and Clover (Shobe) Duffus; Paul and Connie
Ebdon; Barrell and Nancy Eide; Elizabeth Engman; Ida Jane
(Matheson) Farley; W. E. J. and Mary Jean Garrow; Lois Hamilton;
Margaret and Grady Hardison; Ed and Lori Herring; John and
Janice Herring; Jan and Heidi Huff; Clare and Irene Johnson;
Jackie Johnson; Bud and Harriet Journey; Jane Hall Journey;
SOME OF THOSE ATTENDING THE NORTHWEST PANAMA CANAL
SOCIETY PICNIC AT FT. CANBY STATE PARK, ILWAC, WA ON 1
AUGUST, 1981. "
Mary (Sullivan) Young; Maycel
MacLean; Lucille Bunker; Tammy
Doherty; Dorothy Doherty;
Honorable Mention as an attendee
to the Northwest Panama Canal
Society Picnic went to Mrs. Grace
McCaslin, 94 years young, who
was a former teacher at the Ancon
Claudia (Davis) Allsup and Mar-
"Old time Jack Lighting Conejo
Poachers" get together after 20
years each claiming to have shot
the biggest conejo. L to R John
Towery, Jack Rocker, Jack
Bunker and Jimmy Young.
The whole Doherty family
attended the Northwest picnic.
Martin and Kay Klontz
Norine Hall Kaufer; Suzanne and Walter Kleefkens; Martin and
Kay Klontz; John and Colleen Kotalik; Glenn and Gladys Lasher;
Tim and Betty Lasher; Miriam (Bateman) and David Lewis; Bill and
Marty Lohr; Neil Lohr; Scot and Kathy Loizeau; Warren and Ellen
Lyman; Donald and Marcel MacLean; Marilyn and Tom Marsh;
Donald McCaslin; Grace E. McCaslin; Ruth Metzgar; Evelyn
Miesse; Gary Moore; Pat and Dan Nellis; Miraflores (Smith) Petrey;
Brian Pyeatt; Peggy and Al Rankin; Roy J. and Ligia K.
Richardson; Cathy and Jerry Robinson; Eric J. Rocker; Jack and
Anne Rocker; Dorothy (Holzaffel) and Oscar Rohr; John D. Doris;
Nora, Leisa Ruble; Betty and Bob Skimming; Nancy Slover; Ralph
and Helen Smith; John and Margot Stokke; Bill and Joan (Doherty)
Stoltz; Roland and Isabelle Stemmer; Joe, Lori, Jeff, Lisa
Stephenson; Ede and Heidi Stribling; Dr. Mike and Lil
Szczukowski; and Isabelle Taylor; John and Winnie (Robison)
Towery; Andy and Mamie (Williams) Van Siclen; Billie Ruth
(Marsh) Steven; David Wallace; Dan and Susie (Slover) Wels; Phil
and Weulcia Wilkins; Jim, Sue, Jesse, Alex Wood; Martha B. Wood;
Jim and Mary (Sullivan) Young.
Two volunteered for the 1982 Reunion, and they are Connie (Balmas)
Ebdon and Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens. The location will be at The
Dalles, Oregon. Pertinent information will appear in the March '82 Canal
Record. If, in the neighborhood, make it a point to join us you won't be
sorry. There is no Canal Zone today, but the friendships made while there
will live on.
I wish to thank Mr. Chambers for the very enlightening article
submitted in the June '81 Canal Record (page 46). I finally understand how
our Civil Service Annuity fund works. And to the Editor, there were many
very interesting articles in the June issue Thank you for all your hard work
putting it together.
I went to see Elba Rowley in Dallesport, WA, and found her in good
health. One of her 17 year old twins was home, and I was quite amazed!
When I last saw John, he was a little 7 year old, now, all of 6 feet tall. My
how time flies!
Bonnie (Davis) Dolan and children spent a week in Poulsbo, WA,
visiting her mother, Lucille Davis and sister Kay Pyeatt before returning
to the Isthmus. I'm sure Lucille showed off her part of Washington, and had
a good time.
That's the news, so to each and all MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY
MARTHA B. WOOD, Reporter
Tommy and Marilyn Marsh in Oregon City are saying this has been
their People Summer. Last year we took the Love Boat to Alaska, so we
planned to see "old" friends this year. We flew to Tampa and stayed with
Bill Turner and his Mom in Zephyrhills for a few days before we attended
the St. Petersburg reunion. It was great to see so many friends and
neighbors from Zone days. My sister Marjean (Metzger) Koperski of
Miami brought our mother Ruth Metzger (88 years young) over and both of
them were surprised at how many folks they knew. It was a treat at the Ball
to see Gay Thomas, Joy (Randall) and Alfred Maele, classmates at
CHS after so many years.
After a brief visit in Miami we flew on to New Hampshire where we had a
great visit with good friends Hazel and Howard Richards, with an
evening with Arlene and Howard Osborn. Our next stop was
Washington, DC with three fun filled days together with Nancy and
Gerry Cox (He was C.O. at Coco Solo) and the last stop was Minneapolis
with Marilyn's brother Bill Metzger (CHS 1943) and family.
When we returned to Oregon City, Edythe had a visit fromKenny Willis
who came by and Margaret and Grady Hardison brought Rhoda and
Ray Brians by for an evening of visiting. Tom's sister Susan (Marsh)
DeBoer came and stayed with us for 10 days and Beverly and Floyd
Baker, who just retired, shared a week-end here on their way to settle in
Federal Way, WA. In July, we also had a visit from Chris and Judy
Edwards (P.W. Officer, Coco Solo) and a weeks visit from Marjean and
Bob Koperski of Miami, FL. In keeping with our year of "people surprises"
we had a visit from Evelyn and Florian Cassidy, the Chaplain who
married us 33 years ago. We had lost track of each other some 20 years ago,
and he happened to get a hold of a recent CANAL RECORD directory and
got our addresses. We got to be good friends when they were stationed in the
Canal Zone and when they were stationed in Boston, Florian baptized
Another neat surprise was a gathering of four members of the Class of
1946 of CHS. With a few phone calls to make arrangements, 4 members of
the Class of 1946 got together at Washington Square to do some catching up.
Jeannie Kuller Perry of Waldport; Dottie (Engler) Johnson ofTigard;
Thelma Pucci of Mexico City and Marilyn (Metzger) Marsh of Oregon
City. Several of the girls hadn't seen each other since graduation, so it was a
fun time. Thelma was house guest of the Perry's and they came up to Tigard
to see Dottie and called Marilyn. The group poured over the yearbook to get
up to date on as many of the classmates as possible while they enjoyed
lunch at TGY Fridays. The possibility of a Class reunion somewhere in 1983
was discussed, as that would be a 37th Anniversary.
In September, Elsie and Joe Brown (of the Power Branch) expect to be
visiting the Northwest and the Marsh's are looking forward to a visit from
Marilyn's mother, Ruth Metzger has been with them since July and will
be returning to Florida for the winter at the end of October. Edythe and
Heidi are also staying with us, but they expect to be moving to California at
the end of the year.
MARILYN MARSH, Reporter Pro-Tem
ISTHMIAN NEWSREEL ... NEWS FROM PANAMA
Ann Wood Suescum, our "new" Reporter from the Panama area, has
just furnished us with her first report, and an added interview that she
arranged and conducted... a very good job. She has become registered with
the Panama Canal Commission Press Office and will be on the mailing list
for press releases. These press releases will augment the "News Clips"
column and news of deaths, births and marriages will also be placed under
those columns. Since Ann has accomplished all this in only one week.
including the photographs, I think she has done a tremendous job and is to
be commended for her first news report! (Editor)
I recently received a request from Mr. Beall asking me to become the
"Panama" area representative for the Canal Record. I hope to get the news
up to him and this report will be short as to make the November deadline.
My husband, Dr. Antonio Suescum and myself, just returned from
Cancun and met with the Raymond Shaw's (wife: Barbara Geddes
Shaw) and had a wonderful time, Cancun is beautiful with beautiful water
and beaches. Ray and Barbara are now retired and live in Denver,
Bill and Babe (Flynn) Kessler of La Boca, R.P. announce that their
daughter Tammy Ann Kessler received her B.B.A. Degree with high
honors (Magna Cum Laude) from Incarnate Word College, San Antonio,
Texas, in August 1980. Tammy was very active in college activities and was
a member of Alpha Chi, and Alpha Kappa Psi. She was also a recipient of
several scholarship awards. As a result of her high academic standing, she
was nominated, selected, and named for inclusion in "Who's Who Among
Students in American Colleges and Universities." Their oldest son, Bill
Jr., will graduate from Florida State University at Tallahassee this coming
December with a B.S. Degree in Criminology. Bill, also a Dean's list student,
plans to further his education by entering Law school at Loyola University,
New Orleans, LA, in the fall term of 1982. Another son, Mike, is preently
in his Freshman year at the University of New Orleans. Mike tried out for
and was successful in making the university baseball team as a pitcher.
Two other sons, Tim and Brian, are at home with Mom and Dad and are
looking forward to relocating in the States in the near future.
Diane and Kenny Morris let me know that Kenny Jr. who is now a
Junior at the University of New Orleans is doing just great, he plans to play
on their Baseball team and aspires to continue on to play professional ball
when he finishes college. Once again proving that the Old Canal Zone
continues to deliver good sportsman. Diane is one of the busiest people
around and enjoys her job with the Office of the Public Affairs Office and
she plans to continue her education and go back to College here, good luck,
I hope in the future to have more local news, as soon as the word gets
around that I will be sending the reported news up to the CANAL
RECORD. One note of interest is the REUNION CHARTER that we are
trying to get set up here to go to the reunion in April. We hope to have a
charter fly into Tampa and we need the names of those interested in this
venture. The Charter would leave April 13 and return to Panama April 18. If
interested you may contact any of the following names: Jim Bradley,
Gibby Freund, Ann Suescum or Henry Twohy, all receive mail at APO
ANN WOOD SUESCUM, Reporter
UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT NOW BE-
LONGS TO HISTORY:
Police Private James C. Wood in front Last Chief of Police Wm. F.
of Old Tivoli Hotel about 1937. Kessler, 1973-1982, with
Sgt. Ralph W. Gibson.
Exclusive Interview with last Chief of Police of Canal (Zone) Area by
Panama Reporter: ANN WOOD SUESCUM
By Panama Reporter Ann Wood Suescum
Q. Give your feelings on being the last Chief of Police?
A. Historically there probably will be some significance attached to it. I
myself am very pleased that I was able to serve as Chief of Police from 1973
until the end of the police function on March 31,1982. In particular, with the
advent of the Treaty, the past several years have been exceedingly
challenging. I, of course, hate to see the Canal police cease to exist, and
know that the interaction of the police in all phases of community social,
business and fraternal activities will leave a void which will never be filled.
Q. Have you had any contact with any former Chiefs of Police
during the last year?
A. No, and this is not unusual. Once officers retire there is usually not too
much contact with them.
Q. Have you solicated any comments from former Chiefs on the
A. No, the Joint Patrol concept was worked up by a staff of very
competent police personnel and there was no need to solicit outside opinion.
Q. What have been some highlights of your career?
A. Naturally, being Chief of such a fine organization a the Police
Division and its fine complement of personnel has been a very high point in
my career. I am a firm believer in education and training and am
particularly pleased that we were able to continue a very active training pro-
gram for division personnel and to provide and qualify so many personnel
in all aspects of law enforcement work. Without a doubt one of the
highlights was that I was successful in having Nova University of Ft.
Lauderdale, FL present their Undergraduate and Graduate Degree
Criminal Justice Program to our personnel. As a result over 20 officers
received their Master's Degrees and a significant number of other officers
also received their Bachelor's Degree.
Q. Tell us some of the personalities you met throughout your law
A. As a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and
by attending their annual conferences I have met a significant number of
prominent people who function within the Criminal Justice System.
Locally, we always seem to have some visiting personalities or heads of
State, but it is rare that we actually come in contact with the person
Q. Do you ever receive mementos from their visits?
A. Usually no, but in some cases the officers or personnel involved in
special security operations have received letters or certificates of appre-
Q. Have you received any significant awards?
A. Most of the awards are received as a result of work performed by the
officers in the field. As an example, we have received special recognition
from a number of federal agencies such as the Secret Service, F.B.I.,
Treasury Branch, D.E.A., and from some international law enforcement
agencies such as Scotland Yard.
Q. Did you have communication with other international
agencies in cases involving dope, jewels, counterfeit, kidnapping,
A. Yes, in case such as you mentioned the exchange of information from
one law enforcement agency to another is almost routine in nature. This is
especially true here with the Canal being the funnel for world commerce.
Q. Have you ever been involved in any comical situation?
A. As all law enforcement officers, I have experienced quite a few. So
many in fact, that I wish I had recorded them.
Q. Do you think that at the end of the police function most of the
officers will find jobs with the Commission or other federal
A. I don't see any problem at all. I am sure those who remain will be
offered positions which they qualify for.
Q. When the transition period is over and the police function
ceases, will there be any forum where former police officers may
stay in touch?
A. Of course there is the CANAL RECORD and most of the former
officers are members of the Panama Canal Society so that is one way.
Additionally, former Lt. George Tochterman has started a police
newsletter. In it, he asked for contributions from both present and past
officers. The newsletter serves a very useful purpose and I would like to see it
continue. Members of the Canal Zone Police have always enjoyed a very
close working relationship, and wherever they may now work or live they
like to keep in touch with one another.
Q. I understand you are going to write the history of the Canal
Zone Police Division.
A. Right now we are trying to write a brief history of the division.
However, I would like to, at some later period in time, publish a more
detailed history of the division.
Q. What are your thoughts concerning the transition period as it
related to the police and its mission?
A. For the most part it has been challenging, rewarding, and very
frustrating at times. The most visible aspect of the treaties has been the
working relationship between the Commission Police and their PNG Joint
Patrol counterparts. It was very noticeable because of the uniformed patrol
aspect in which the officers were constantly in the public eye and open to
close scrutiny as well as quick criticism. To be involved in the planning and
preparation and actual implementation was quite unique. Personally it was
extremely difficult to motivate people to actively participate in planning
and training individuals who were going to take over their positions.
As I've said numerous times before, one of the most difficult tasks was
working with individuals who were part of a military organization and not
a professional law enforcement agency. We were however, very fortunate to
have the cooperation of the PNG and subsequently a joint training program
was worked out to everyone's satisfaction.
Q. What will happen to the Balboa and Cristobal police stations
after March 31, 1982.
A. The Balboa Police Station complex will revert to Panama and I
assume they will continue to utilize it as a police substation.
The Cristobal Police Station as part of the Cristobal Administration
Building will remain with the Commission, I'm certain though, that space
will be made available for PNG use should they request it.
Q. How do you feel about the length of the 30 month transition
period, and do you feel it ws too long, or too short?
A. To me, as I'm sure for most of the officers, it was too long. I would say
that within a 24 month period we had satisfactorily accomplished the goals
and objectives which we had set for ourselves. The period itself was
enjoyable because we were doing something unique; rewarding because
the solution fit the problem and frustrating because the transition period we
Q. When the Commission police function ceases how do you
perceive the PNG will carry on with the law enforcement function?
A. Only time and history will answer that question. I however, sincerely
hope the PNG would continue to police as they did with us during the
Q. Do you leave a career feeling that you and your officers have
upheld the highest tradition of the "Canal Zone Finest"?
A. Definitely, I feel that the high esteem and professionalism we enjoy
today and the way I hope we will be recommended is a tribute to those
officers and personnel who were associated with the Police Division from
1904 to the present. I don't think there is any doubt in anyone's mind that
the police didn't live up to their motto: "Serving the Community."
ANN SUESCUM, Reporter
NEWS FROM AIKEN ... In August Olga Holmes took a Greyhound bus
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. Back row, left to right: William and
Dorothy Catron (Harper), Karen Lotterhos; Joe and Penny Letterhos
(Catron), Sylvia and James 0. Catron Jr. Front: Kristen Catron,
Eletheer, holding Glenda Catron, Ed Letterhos, James 0. Catron Sr.,
to Ozark, AL to visit Henrietta Baggott and family, and from there
journeyed to Dothan, AL to visit other ex-Canal Zone friends. Dorothy
Hicks visited Olga one weekend in October, and I hear they had a busy
Dorothy and John Everson enjoyed a September trip to Montreal with
a group of NARFE members including time out in Atlantic City to try out
the slot machines, and a stop to see "Sugar Babies" in New York. They plan
to attend a Jester meeting in Myrtle Beach in early November.
Bud and Hazel Kilbey's daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and
Eddie Mullins, have been busy razing a 107-year-old Baptist church which
was scheduled for demolition. They will use the lumber to build a new house
on their lakeside property just west of Grovetown, GA. In October Bud
visited his daughter and son-in-law, Tina and William Luken and
grandchildren near Farmersburg, Ind.
Dorothy and Harry Willenbrock departed for New York in August,
where they attended a godchild's wedding then enjoyed a few days with
Anna Kiernan in Connecticut. The trip back was made via Durham, NC
where they spent some time with daughter Susan. In October, while
enroute to Florida, Ray and Marsha Davidson stopped briefly at the
Willenbrocks and phoned "hellos" to several friends while in Aiken.
Another member of the Kapinos family is now in the Service Linda
Kapinos graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BSN -
cum Laude in August and enlisted in the Air Force. Lt. Kapinos will be
stationed at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Miss.
Peggy and Don Hutchison's son-in-law, Jerry Cox, has been
promoted to Chief, and is now on the Admiral's staff in Charleston, SC.
Peggy and Don made a trip to Hendersonville, NC to see Jean and Jack
Dombrowsky and enjoyed the changing Fall colors alongthe way. Doris
Hutchison visited them in Aiken in September, and the Rodney
Higginbothams of Jacksonville in October.
Houseguests of Mrs. Willard Percy in August were her daughter and
son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Willoughby of Huntsville, AL.
While traveling the latter part of August, Leona and Paul Badonsky
stopped at Danville, VA where they stayed with Gladys Freeman for
several days. In October, the Badonskys and Eletheer and Jim Catron
were among those who attended the golf tournament at Dothan.
T. CLONTZ, Reporter
NEWS FROM KERRVILLE ... Greetings from the fabulous Hill Country
of Texas! We are enjoying the beautiful fall weather, with such clear blue
skies. For those who do not know, the weather is one of the attractions that
has drawn so many ex-C.Z. people to this area. Can't beat it!
The summer traveller's have all now returned. Ezra and Helen Smith
traveled for 3-1/2 months in their Airstream trailer. They went to Flathead
Lake, MT to fish for Kokonee salmon and did well. They visited Harrietta
Elich and also met George Bland one day at the marina. George's father
was a doctor at Coco Solo. On their return to Texas, a visit was made with
Mary Jane and John Mitchusson of Denison, TX. Kathi and Bob
Lessiach went on a fun-trip to Lake Texoma on the Texas-Oklahoma
border. There, they met Ruth and Bob Adams (Kathi's sister-in-law and
brother) from Laguna Hills, CA. The Adam's Airstream trailer converted
into a houseboat by being secured aboard a huge self-propelled float... an
operation called "camp-a-float" and spent a week on the lake with the trailer
as a snug retreat. Fishing was poor but card-playing and togetherness was
wonderful. In September, Dale and Jackie Bishop had a visit from Dale's
daughter, Edie, who lives in Bethesda, MD and works at the National
Institute of Health. Donald L. Byrd has been transferred to Houston with
City Corps as a loan officer.
Gigi and Bill Fleckenstein was thrilled with the visit of their son,
John and his wife, Brenda from Saudi Arabia. John is a chemical engineer
with Arabian American Oil Co. (ARAMCO) and will be returning in
December to spend the holidays here. Jim and Honey (Bergman) Fealey
visited her sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Bob Carpenter in October.
They also visited their son and daughter-in-law, Guy and Mary Linda
(Wells) Fealey in Phoenix, AZ. Mrs. Fred Wells spent several weeks in
Atlanta with Dr. and Mrs. Alan Wells and daughters, celebrating the
arrival of Michael Alan and doing grandma chores!
Kerrville attracts lots of visitors from Panama. Les and Muriel
Johnston were recently visited by Minnie Vogel, who attended a Lions
Club Dinner party while here. Les is currently the President of the Heart 0'
the Hills Lions Club. Wilma and Willie Nowotney were also the
Johnston's guests. Visiting Marilyn and Wade Carter was Dr. Frank
Smith from Greenville, SC. He was on his way driving to Panama! We have
since heard from him while he was in Cerro Punta, Panama. The most
recent guest to the Carter home, from Panama, was Esther Moxon, a
delightful person who is forever "young", and who confessed to being
Carnival Queen in 1929! She said that living in Panama is now costly.
Regular gas costs $2.12/gal. Those attending a lunch held in her honor
were: Marilyn Carter, Sue Graham, Verla Grier, Jean Litton, Kathi
Lessiach, Bea Rhyne and Helen Smith. Esther returned to San Antonio
to continue her vacation with her daughter Nancy Burns, and said that
her brother, Leon Greene and wife Cecilia are now in Africa on vacation.
The Carter's were surprised with a phone call from Robert Knapp from
Coronado Beach, Panama, while visiting brother Zeno and wife Gladys in
Florida. He said a week in the U.S. was enough for him and wanted to get
back to his beach.
Visiting Betty Marshall from Gatun, is her daughter-in-law Ann
Marshall, wife of Edward Marshall. Ann will be going to California
where she will meet Betty's mother, Mrs. John Millard from Jefferson, OH
and who has visited the Canal Zone several times. Kathleen and Waldo
Gilley arrived in San Antonio with their prize show dogs in June and were
met by Kathleen's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Litton and Robert Dunn
and his Bronco. They spent a week looking around Kerrville and the San
Antonio area for a motorhome. One was eventually purchased in Kerrville
and all hands pitched in to give it a complete going-over. Kathleen and
Waldo, with their prize dogs then headed for New Jersey, where they
travelled to many shows up to New England. They returned to Kerrville in
August with boxes of trophies of all descriptions and spent another week
looking over the surrounding area. They stated that the only way to travel
throughout the States was by motorhome. Since they will not be back for a
couple of years, they sold their motorhome, but plan to buy another when
they come back. The Littons and the Dunns finally took the Gilley's back to
San Antonio for their departure to New Orleans and the Panama Line to
Cristobal. Waldo is the mechanical supervisor of the Pacific Locks and
Kathleen is President, Club Canino de Panama and a licensed dog trainer.
Clara Chambers wants to share her good fortune (actually a miracle)
with all her friends, so she writes: "When I was born, in Kenton, OH, my
right eye was completely turned in, or cross-eyed. As a consequence, I had to
wear a black patch over my left eye to strengthen the other, however the net
result never proved to be totally adequate. A week before we left the Canal
Zone in 1966, my eye doctor found I had cataracts in both eyes, to add to my
lack of coordination of my right eye with my left.
Within six months after settling in Kerrville, four ophthalmologists told
me I had Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy in both eyes, along with cataracts, and
could not perform surgery until the very last resort, or until I was legally
blind from my cataracts. However, I was sent to a Cornea Specialist in San
Antonio who said he would remove the cataract and implant an interocular
lens in my right eye. He said that about a year ago, a new substance called
Helon had been discovered, which came from the comb of a rooster, and was
being used effectively to coat corneas during cataract surgery.
On September 13, I entered S.W. Methodist Hospital, San Antonio,
accompanied by my own very special nurse, Alice Chambers
Wiedenhoff. Surgery was performed on Sept. 14th. with local anesthesia
and lasted an hour and a half. The next morning, the doctor removed the
bandage and was told to go home. Three days following surgery I went for a
post-op checkup and miy eye tested "50/20". A week later, during my second
checkup, my eye tested "20/20" with slight astignatism, and was told to
return on the 20th October, when he would remove the stitches and which
would clear up the astigmatism. The doctor told me it was fantastic that my
eye should test that well, as I had worn glasses for year round "75/225" for
the right eye. I felt that the Lord had performed a miracle and had answered
my prayers and those of my many, many friends.
Now I can see things with both eyes after ignoring the use of that right eye
for 71-1/2 years, and it appears to me that I am seeing a whole new world. I
just wonder how I ever drove a car using only one eye. Colors are three
shades more vivid to me with that eye, and when I look at them with only my
left eye, they appear to be almost a dull grey. I am not only seeing a new
world, but I am discovering a wardrobe full of bright, beautiful colors that I
never knew before!
The doctor said he would not operate on the left eye until six months have
elapsed, which should make my second surgery due about March 15,1982.1
am already counting the days!
Also, I want to add that on October 11th, we had the pleasure of having
Dale and Betty Cockle as visitors for a few hours. They had been taking a
drive from Austin, where they have located, following Dale's retirement
from the U.S. Army as a full Colonel.
Timothy C. Calvit, son of Anna and Benny Calvitis attendingTexas
State Technical Institute in Waco, TX and is now in his second year of
Surveying and Engineering. Anna's and Benny's daughter Helen is still
with the Police Div. in Balboa... Eleanor Miller was recently honored for
having given 1500 volunteer hours at our local hospital. Eleanor worked at
the M.T.D. and her husband Arthur was the butcher at the Balboa Commy.
Kenneth (Red) Coleman is visiting his sister, Tina Matthew in New
Jersey for several months.
It's time to conclude this lengthy report, so in that vein, let me say, from
all the "Zonians" here in Kerrville, A Merry Christmas and a Happy New
MARILYN CARTER, Reporter
Sunday, August 16, was a fun Pan Canal Get-together with a no-host
picnic at the home of Jack and Millie Dovel in Vienna, VA. This brought
together many classmates and old time friends, including Leoni Ender
Lam, a former Colon Carnival Queen, and George and Mayno Walker of
Sarasota, FL who were house guests of their niece, Col. Don and Stella
(Boggs) DeMarr of Arlington, VA. The Walkers were honored with a
despedida which included Leoni, Blossom Lam Hurst and the DeMarr
Carole Walker Gregory and sons of Sarasota, FL motored to
Washington, D.C. for an educational sight-seeing trip and were guests of
the DeMarrs, their aunt and uncle. They were thrilled to "touch, see and
smell" the beautiful horses in the stables at Ft. Meyer. It reminded them of
their good ol' days of caring for their horses at Ft. Kobbe.
Caroline Hulsebosch Estelle has moved from Chase City, VA to Ft.
Myers, FL. She grew up on the Atlantic side in New Cristobal, (Ninth Street)
in the days when that beach area had turtles penned-up in the water nearby,
and sometimes the turtles were lined up on their backs on the beach ...
waiting to go to the market. At one time, Caroline's father, Pete
Hulsebosch was manager of the Atlas Brewery on the Atlantic side. Had
an interesting telephone chat with Elsie (Fowkes) Jackson, 84 years old.
I shall visit her now and then to get some of her true stories for the CANAL
RECORD. She was a nurse at Colon Hospital for many years also
helped in the big move to Coco Solo Hospital. She was the first woman they
ever gave a Navigation License to in the Canal Zone. Her love for the seas
had her on a 62 day trip to Australia just four years ago. An Alexandria
newspaper had a story about her talents and experiences last week.
"Hello" to Charlie Heim in California! Ole! Such a nice letter from him of
some happy memories! He said, "... your Dad taking the Wheeler and the
Rankin boys and myself to his Finca (banana farm) in Higante (near Barro
Colorado)... what a great time we had! "Also... 'when you had your show
at the Colon Theater and Bert Asensio and I put on our act and sang
'Playmate Come out and play with me' great fun!"
They were great naturals for show-bizz! Now he informs me that Bert has
had a major throat operation is doing well, but cannot speak. Charlie says
Bert would appreciate a card or letter. Send to: Bert Asensio, 6020
Edgewater, Corpus Christi, TX 78412. Thanks, Charlie.
STELLA BOGGS DeMARR, Reporter
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William J. Monzon, left, is presented with the Panama Canal Com-
mission's "Master Key Award" in the rank of "Master Customs Am-
bassador", by Administrator Dennis P. McAuliffe, in recognition of the
faithful, diligent and efficient manner in which he carried out his duties and
responsibilities as a Custom/Laison/Cargo Inspector with the Canal Zone
Government and Panama Canal Commission during the past 38 years. He
also received a Letter of Commendation from Joseph J. Wood, Director,
Office of Executive Administration, Panama Canal Commission.
Joseph T. Lykes Jr., chairman of the board of Lykes Bros. Steamship Co.
Inc. has announced a change in management in the Interocean Stevedoring
Inc. (ISI) a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lykes. Jack M. Ruoff has been
named president of the company and chief executive officer. Ruoff was
Jack M. Ruoff
formerly general manager of the harbor terminals at the Panama Canal for
the Panama Canal Commission. He began his career with the Panama
Canal Company as a graduate intern in the management program and
later worked as assistant to the director of the company's transportation
and terminals activity.
Many compliments have been passed on to the editor on Ellen E.
Johnson's article, "The Chagres River" which appeared in the September
issue of the CANAL RECORD. I think the following copy of a letter to
Ellen from Col. R. Selee, Civil Affairs Director of the Panama Canal in the
early 1950's, best describes the feeling of those who have passed on their
compliments to me. (Ed.)
29 September 1981
Miss Ellen E. Johnson
114 Calle Conejo
Alpine, California 92001
Dear Miss Johnson:
Your thumbnail sketch of the Chagres River which appeared in the
September CANAL RECORD is the best thing of its kind ever to come my
way. I just hope that I am not violating any copyright regulations by
making a copy of it for my own personal Panama file for that is exactly
what I am doing.
Pieces of this kind are going to spice up the RECORD which is already
a very special gem to all served in this part of the world and loved it as most
of us do.
My congratulations and thanks for your splendid refresher of the
R. Selee, Colonel, USA, Retired
Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary to "Emo" and Phyllis Everson on
27th August! They are going on a cruise in October to celebrate belatedly -
as an anniversary gift from their children!
CONCERTO WINNERS FROM PINELLAS COUNTY
Pinellas County had all the winners in the
recent annual Concerto Contest, held at the
University of South Florida under the auspices
of the Florida State Music Teachers
Association, District 8. The district includes
Pasco, Hillsborough, Polk and Hernando
First-place winner in the senior division was
pianist Stephen Glassburn, son of Paul and
Sharon (De Vore) Glassburn of Clearwater.
A senior at Pinellas Park High School, Stephen
is a former pupil of Martha Wright and now Stephen Glassburn
studies with Dr. Gary Wolf, University of senior division winner
Central Florida, Orlando. Stephen has won the
district contest five years in a row.
He has appeared as soloist three times with the Florida Gulf Coast
Symphony; placed first in the Pinellas County Chopin Competition; and
has played in the honors recital of the National Music Camps, Interlachen,
Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Danielsen of Largo, Florida, formerly of
Gatun, Canal Zone, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathie
Marie to Harry Winship Dowell, son of Dr. and Mrs. Paul H. Dowell
of Coco Solo, Republic of Panama. Kathie and Winship are 1973 graduates
of Cristobal High School. Kathie is a graduate of Texas A&M University
with a degree in Medical Technology and is presently employed with the
University of Texas System Cancer Center in their Veterinary Resources
Division near Bastrop, TX.
Winship is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University with a degree
in International Marketing and is employed by Dowell, a division of Dow
Chemical Company and is presently living in McAllen, TX.
Plans are being made for an April 17th wedding in Largo, FL.
Robert G. Grier Jr., son of Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Grier of Kerrville,
TX, was recently selected for an award
of a three year Army ROTC
scholarship. Winners were chosen for
their grades, leadership potential,
character, personality and appear-
ance. Robert (Bobby) is a sophomore at
Texas A&M at College Station, TX.
At the Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida of September 4, 1981, President Russell M. Jones called upon a
surprised Anna T. Collins, former Editor of the CANAL RECORD, and
presented her with a pair of cloisinee vases in behalf of the Panama Canal
Society as a richly deserved gift and token of their appreciation for her 6
years of dedicated and unselfish service to the Society as editor. Visibly
moved, Anna addressed her thanks to those attending the meeting and
stated that "I will cherish them forever and whenever I gaze upon the lovely
vases, I will reflect on the 'Good old days' and remember all my friends of
Mr. Malcolm E. Wheeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm R. Wheeler of
Rancho Bernando, CA has recently written a Course Handbook entitled
"Product Design Liability", published by the Practicing Law Institute,
which is used as a reference manual by attorneys and related professionals.
He is a partner of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed of Los Angeles, CA and a
Professor of Law at the University of Kansas, as well as one of the defense
counsels for the Ford Motor Company Ford-Pinto case. In November he will
be participating in the Forum Institute of Management Second
International Conference on Product Liability and Consumer Protection, in
Munich, Germany. His sessions include a Case Study in the Ford-Pinto case
and its implication on "criminal negligence", and is also on the panel
discussion entitled "Corporate Counsel vs Plaintiffs Counsel" with Melvin
Malcolm is a graduate of Balboa High School, Class of'62, after which he
attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of '66 and then
continued his graduate work at Stanford Law School.
IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO SEND A GIFT MEMBERSHIP OF THE
CANAL RECORD TO A FRIEND, DAUGHTER OR SON FOR
Where Are You?
I'm interested in locating any relative of Elinor M. Babbitt, who was a
Worthy Matron of Orchid Chapter, O.E.S. #1, Canal Zone. Please contact:
Margaret G. (Cita Gates) Blue, 312 Wildcot Dr. S.E., Olympia, WA 98503.
Betty Forgeson writes: I would like to find the whereabouts of two very
close friends of mine who I knew back in the late 1920's or early 1930's. We
were schoolmates and playmates together on Ancon Boulevard!
1. Mary Welby Beverly lived on Ridge Road. Her sister's name was
2. Mary MacGillvery who married a Mancel Keene and the last I
heard from them was that they were living somewhere in California. Her
father was connected with the Canal Zone Commissary Division.
3. Josephine McKim lived in Ancon near the Christian Science
Church. Had a sister Jane who became a renowned artist. Her father, Fred
worked in the Property Section in the Administration Building. She was a
world champion swimmer.
4. Also, does anyone happen to know what happened to all the Red,
White and Blue Troup memorabilia that Henry Grieser our famous
coach had collected and had on display in his Irish cottage? It was like a
museum, located in Cork, Ireland at the time he died a few years ago. Was it
by chance sent to the Canal Zone Museum in the old Civil Affairs Building?
We had visited Henry Grieser in Ireland as had the Roger Collinge's just
before he died, and all the Red, White and Blue Troup pictures, trophies,
newspaper articles, etc. he had on display in a loft toom of his cottage would
most assuredly be an asset and of great interest to and in a Canal Zone
Museum. I remember especially the pictures of the Troup performing for
such dignitaries as Charles Lindbergh, the Prince of Wales, Admiral Byrd
and President Roosevelt.
The Editor would like to know the whereabouts and/or addresses of the
Stephen C. Black Joseph C. Rhodes Jack E. Herr
Kenneth E. Compton Glen L. Rollins Walter Lewellin
Thomas S. Dube Burman S. Spangler Gerald L. McDaniels
Russell L. Godwin Ernest L. Van Horn Jerarl L. Peterson
James G. Johnson Bruce A. Chance Fred S. Southerland
Johnny S. Matthews Gary W. Cox David A. Sparks
Everett R. Midyett Robert M. Fletcher Robert J. Ward
Please send replies to: Editor, CANAL RECORD, 1408 Byram Drive,
Clearwater, FL 33515.
We are trying to locate Mrs. Ernest L. (Elizabeth "Sis") Stahler. She
has dropped her membership in the Panama Canal Society of Southern
California. She once lived in Hemet, CA but we were informed that she was
moving to Florida early this year. We have also heard that she has a
daughter on the Florida Keys somewhere. Any information would be
greatly appreciated. R. J. (Bob) Sieler
55 San Juan Grade Rd. #79
Salinas, CA 93906
ITALIAN EGG PIE
Good with hot broccoli and carrots tossed with an oil and vinegar
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 med. green pepper,
seeded and cut into rings
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
6 large eggs
1/4 cup water
1-16 oc. c. whole peeled tomatoes,
chopped and thoroughly drained
6 oz. part-skim mozzarella cheese
(shredded 1-1/4 cup)
1/4 c. chopped parsley
1 tsp. dried oregano
pepperoni or sliced Italian Salami
cut into strips.
In a med. sized skillet heat oil over mod. heat. Stir in onion and green
pepper; cover and cook 1 minute. Uncover; increase heat to mod-high and
cook 1 minute longer, stirring frequently until onion is golden. Remove from
heat. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a med-sized bowl, beat eggs with water
until frothy. Stir in tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, parsley, oregano, onion
and green pepper. Pour mixture into a greased 10 inch pie plate or quiche
dish. Arrange pepperoni on top of egg mixture around rim of dish and
towards center. (Immerse salami, if used).
Bake in center of oven 20-25 minutes, until mixture is no longer liquid in
center. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.
MAVIS J. FORTNER
1480 N. Carpenter Ave.
Orange City, FL 32763
RED AND WHITE SALAD
1 env. of Knox gelatin, plain
1/4 c. cold water
1/4 c. boiling water
1/2 pint whipping cream
1 c. salad dressing (Miracle
1-1/2 c. white meat of chicken or
tuna (in water)
1 pkg. raspberry jello
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
2/3 c. sweet pickles, finely chopped
or India relish
1 c. sliced celery, chopped up
Few drops lemon juice
2 c. tomato juice
Soak Knox gelatin in cold water and add boiling water to dissolve. Whip
the cream, stir in the salad dressing and then the dissolved gelatin. Add the
chopped eggs, pickles, celery and the chicken or tuna, whichever you use.
Add the pinch of salt and a few drops of lemon juice. Pour mixture into a
rectangular glass dish or pan, 6 x 9" or larger and set in the refrigerator to
jell. Dissolve the raspberry jello in one cup hot tomato juice and add one cup
of cold tomato juice. When mixture is fairly cool, spoon gently over jellied
white layer. (If too warm, it will melt the white and spoil the looks). Cover
the pan with aluminum foil and leave in refrigerator overnight to set. Cut
into squares, makes 12 to 15 pieces. Serve on a lettuce leaf and no dressing is
3634 7th Ave. #1A
San Diego, CA 92103
Mrs. Betsy Baltozer and Mr. John R. Brock were married in the
Alcazar Garden, located on the Prado of Balboa Park, San Diego, CA on
July 25, 1981. The new Mrs. Brock is the daughter of James C. Foster of
Diablo, and Evelyn P. Foster of Baton Rouge, LA. Mr. Brock's parents are
currently back in Saudi Arabia with the U.S.G.S. after attending their son's
wedding. Mrs. Brock has been working on and off in accounting since
leaving the Zone in 1978. Mr. Brock is a power plant operator in San Diego
and is a member of the California National Guard.
Former Zonians present for this special occasion were: David "Spider"
and Adrienne (Morse) Whitehead and their daughter, Crystal, and
Douglas L. Morse, all of San Diego. From Phoenix were Guy M. and
Mary (Wells) Fealey, who graciously agreed to be the photographers after
arriving and finding there wasn't one.
Laura Lynne Seeley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Seeley of
Balboa, and Richard Alan Rydell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guinard H.
Rydell of Colorado Springs, CO, were married in the Garden Courtyard of
the Newporter Inn at Newport Beach, CA on July 18, 1981. Attending the
couple were Miss Virginia Colwell as maid of honor, and Jack Rydell,
brother of the groom as best man. Other out-of-town wedding guests
included the bride's brother, Glenn D. Seeley and his wife Christina,
with their daughter, Stephanie, and William Talley of San Rafael, CA.
Laura's maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kilbey of Aiken,
SC. Her paternal grandparents are Mrs. Marie L. Seeley of Titusville, FL
and the late Morris M. Seeley. At the time of his retirement, Bud Kilbey
was Superintendent of the Service Center Branch. Both sets of
grandparents were long time Panama Canal employees, and Morris
Seeley was a Roosevelt Medal holder.
The couple are at home in Mission Viejo, CA following their two week
wedding trip to Hawaii.
Laura ana nicnara nyaeii
Deborah Rebecca Jones, daughter of John and Mary Jones of San
Pedro, CA, and Boyd Allen Preston, son of Alice B. Preston of Reseda,
CA, and the late Harry F. Preston, were married June 27th, 1981 at St.
Peter's By the Sea Presbyterian Church, Rancho Palos Verdes.
Mrs. Preston received her bachelor's degree in child development for
California State University, San Diego. She is the co-director of the La
Rambla Presbyterian Preschool, San Pedro, CA.
The bridegroom received his bachelor's degree in marketing from
California State Universeity, San Diego in 1979. He received a master's
degree in marketing from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI
this year. He is a Brand Assistant for Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati,
A reception was held at the La Venta Inn, Palos Verdes Estates.
Former Canal Zone residents attending the wedding included Mr. and
Mrs. James C. Wood of St. Petersburg, FL, aunt and uncle of the
bridegroom. Mrs. Ann Bartholomew of Hot Springs, AR, aunt of the
bridegroom and Mrs. Mary Poole Ausman of Palos Verdes, CA.
After a wedding trip to San Francisco and the Napa Valley, the couple
moved to Cincinnati, OH where they plan to reside.
Boyd and Deborah Preston
Mary Edna Cronan and James Francis Spallino were joined in holy
matrimony at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Santa Maria, CA on
August 8, 1981. A reception followed for the three hundred invited guests.
The bride is the daughter of Mary A. Cronan and the late William J.
Cronan of Santa Maria, CA. The groom is the son of Joan and Frank
Spallino of Malibu, CA.
The bride was escorted to the altar by her brother James Cronan, and
her eldest brother John Cronan of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Celia Miller of
Utah stood as matron of honor for her sister Mary. Two of the groomsmen
were Mary's brothers, Joseph and William Cronan. Eight of Mary's
friends were bridesmaids, one of whom was Norine Kaufer of San Diego,
CA. She and her brother Teddy of Tampa, FL were guests of the Cronans
before and after the wedding.
The new Mrs. Spallino was born and raised in the Canal Zone and
attended school there until her father's retirement in 1972. She is the
granddaughter of the late Mary and Thomas Foley.
The groom graduated from St. John's College at Camarillo, CA and is
currently in a supervisory position at the Northern Barbara County
The newlyweds are now at home in Santa Maria after an ocean-side
vacation to Carmel, CA.
Mary Edna and James Spallino
Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Barkley of Hermitage, TN announce the
marriage of their daughter, Karen Sue to Gary R. Thomson of
Casselberry, FL. Gary is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Morton Thomson,
Jr. of Memphis and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W.
Goulet, former residents of Cristobal. Among out-of-town guests at the
wedding were Capt. John M. Thomson of Colorado Springs, CO, who
was his brother's best man; Dr. and Mrs. Wm. R. Routt, nee Thomson, of
Jackson, TN; Mr. and Mrs. J. Morton Thomson, Sr. of West Chester, PA;
Miss Rita Goulet of St. Petersburg, FL; Mrs. Leo Goulet and Miss
Stephanie Goulet of Fremont, MI, and Miss Beverly Goulet of Dallas,
After a wedding trip to Hilton Head Island, SC, the bride and groom went
to Casselberry, FL where he is employed as an electrical engineer with
Helen Jeanne Malin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Malin of
Balboa, former Canal Zone, was married to Marvin Dean Christiansen
on September 5,1981 in an outdoor setting at the OLD LOG CABIN in Lake
View, Iowa. Marvin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Christiansen of
Lake View, IA. The Reverend Clarence McConkey of Lincoln, NE, former
minister of the Balboa Union Church, officiated at the ceremony. The
couple work for the Department of Agriculture in Omaha, NE, and their
home address is 3208 S. 21st St., Council Bluffs, IA 51501.
Steve Burgess, son of Jean and Nelson Burgess, formerly of Coco
Solo, C.Z. was married on September 22, 1981, to Deborah Armbruster,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Armbruster of Panama City. The
couple will reside on the Pacific side of the Isthmus.
Marvin Duane Wright was married to Glorie DeLourdes Burgoon
on August 5, 1981. The wedding took place in Curundu, Rep of Panama.
Duane is the son of Mr. and Mrs. (Ted) Young of Kerrville, TX. Gloria is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Burgoon ofDothan, AL. The couple
spent their honeymoon in Hawaii and visiting both parents in Kerrville, TX
and Dothan, AL. They will continue to live in Curundu.
Marijane McQuery and Allen Lance Staley were married on August 7,
1981 in Salt Lake City, UT. Marijane is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert (Rod) McQuery and was graduated from the University of
Kentucky. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen M. Staley of
Peter P. Collins and Denise L. Meissner were united in marriage on
October 2, 1981 at the home of Peter's parents, Jim and Joan Collins of
Dothan, AL. Denise was given in marriage by Mr. Charles Newberry, who
represented the bride's father, Carl R. Meissner. Mrs. Emily Newberry
represented the bride's mother, Dorothy Meissner. (Denise's
grandmother, Kathryn Meissner, cut and served the cake at Charles and
Emily Newberry's wedding). Peter and Denise will reside in Hayes, VA.
Tracy and Kay Howard III proudly announce the birth of their son,
Kerey Christopher, on July 21, 1981 in Largo, Florida. Kerey weighed in
at 6 pounds 9 ounces, with blue eyes and brown hair. Kay and Tracy
(Harland Vance) reside at 544 Lakeside Place, Largo, FL. Paternal
grandparents are H. Vance and Georgia Howard Jr. of St. Petersburg,
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis F. Gilbert are very proud to announce the birth of
twins, Andrea Rene and John Fredrick on August 5,1981, in Singapore,
Rep. of Singapore. Andrea weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz. and John weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz.
The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. Gilbert of San
Jose, Costa Rica, and the paternal great grandparents are the late John F.
(Buckshot) Gilbert, of Balboa, Canal Zone.
William and Amy Fall of Gardiner, NY are the proud parents of a
daughter, Morgana Lynn, born August 1, 1981. Grandparents are Mrs.
Virginia Fall of New York and the late Wilbur Fall. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Warren Frevert of Long Island, NY.
William and Carol Anne (Saarinin) Smith are happy to announce the
birth of their son, Matthew William, born August 22,1981 and weighed in
at 9 lbs. 4 oz. This is their first child, but the fourth grandchild of the
paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin V. Smith, of New Port
Richey, FL. The father, William, is assigned to McDill AFB, Tampa, FL.
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher and (Pidgie Byrd) Stone were blessed with
the birth of a daughter, Sarah Nicole on July 30, 1981 in Austin, TX.
Paternal grandparents are Mrs. Nancy Alice Stone of Kerrville, TX and
Capt. Rex L. Stone of Lee, Maine. Maternal grandparents are Mr. W. R.
(Bob) Byrd and the late Mrs. Mildred A. Byrd of Kerrville, TX.
Danny and Kathy (Malin) Saville announce the birth of their first
child, Shane Jason, on July 10, 1981, at El Paso, TX. The family lives at
5313 Richard Pelles, El Paso, TX 79924. Maternal grandparents are Edwin
and Gloria Malin of Balboa, Panama.
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Kelly announce the birth of their first grandchild. A
little girl, Kelly Joy, was born to Dan and Annette (Kelly) Marah on
August 8, 1981.
Born recently to John and Gail Kammerer, a daughter Patricia
Mary, weighing in at 7 pounds 12 ounces. Paternal grandparents are John
and MaryJean (Carey) Kammerer. Great grandparents are Ann C.
Carey and the late Jack Carey.
Charles and Linda Lusky are the proud parents of a baby girl, Maryce
Kathleen born September 26, 1981, at the St. Vincent Hospital, Portland,
OR. Paternal grandparents are Mrs. Estelle J. Lusky of Salem, OR and
the late Julius Lusky Sr.
Mrs. Alberta (Mead) Smith announces the birth of her first grandchild,
Saul Arron Smith, born May 11, 1981 to Robert and Diane Smith Jr. in
Dr. and Mrs. Alan H. Wells of Atlanta, GA announce the arrival of
their first son, Michael Alan on September 18th, 1981. Michael joins his
two sisters, Chandra and Krista. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Wells of Kerrville, TX. Mrs. Katherine Melanson of Balboa, Rep. of
Panama and Mr. Ted Melanson of Houston, TX.
Karen and Gregory Collins of Jackson, MS announce the birth of their
first child, Cheryl Hutchison Collins, born 6 September 1981, weighing 7
lbs. 8 oz. and 20-1/2 inches long. Paternal grandparents are Anna and C.
Joseph Collins of St. Petersburg, FL, and paternal great-grandmother is
Susanna G. Kotalik of Jacksonville, FL.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Forsythe of Rancho Cordove, CA (formerly of
Gatun and Balboa) proudly announce the birth of their first granddaughter,
Andrea Mae Wilkinson, born November 8th, 1981 at Sacramento, CA and
weighing 9 Ibs, 7 oz. 23 inches long. Her parents are Edna M. and William
Wilkinson. Maternal grandparents, the late Grace and Dan Forsythe.
Mr. and Mrs. Keith G. Whitter (Judi Rathgeber) announce the birth
of their first child, Megan Renee on October 22, 1981 at Biloxi, MS.
Maternal grandparents are Mrs. Anne (Carpenter) Rathgeber of
Tallahassee, FL and the late Donald R. Rathgeber. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John A. Hitter of Belleville, IL.
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John J. Kennedy passed away August 16, 1981 at his home in
Brandon, VT. He worked as a construction foreman on the Third Locks
Project in the Canal Zone, and retired for reasons of disability in June, 1953.
He was active for many years in the American Legion and was Commander
of the Canal Zone American Legion in 1946-47. He was also President ofthe
Canal Zone Baseball league in 1946.
Survivors include his wife, Mary (Patton) of Forestdale, VT; a son,
Peter F. of Forestdale, VT; two daughters, Amie E. Uchida of Long
Beach, CA and Mary K. Yancer of Charleston, SC; two grandchildren and
several nieces and nephews.
Tom Bell, a supervisor of the Navy Public Works Department, Rodman,
Canal Zone passed away on August 15,1981. He was a Past Exalted Ruler of
B.P.O.E. Lodge #1414 in Balboa; a former Boy Scout leader and an active
member of many civic organizations.
He is survived by his wife Anita, and a daughter, Sue Bell of Norfolk,
William Wood, 71 years of age, of 450 32nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, died
on September 2, 1981. He was an accountant for the Panama Canal
Company and retired in 1965. He was a life member of Chagres Masonic
Lodge; member of the Scottish Rite and Abou Saad Temples of Balboa,
He is survived by his wife, Josephine S. Wood.
Carl E. Borgis, 83 years of age, of Mena, AR, passed away on June 24,
1981. He was a Past Master of Army Lodge in Balboa, Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth and a daughter, Juanita, of Panama.
Raymond L. Harvey, 81, of Meridian, MS, passed away on May 30,
1981. He retired from the Cristobal Motor Transportation Division in 1962.
He was a member of Sojurners Lodge in Cristobal and was a member of the
Panama Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Opal; a daughter Carol Elaine who works in
Cristobal; four granddaughters and one grandson.
Dorothy Selby Leach of Biloxi, MS, died August 9, 1981 in Panama
City, Rep. of Panama. She was the widow of John Leach and was an
employee of the Panama Canal Company. She was also a member of the
Eastern Star in the Canal Zone.
Survivors include two daughters, R. J. (Patricia) Bjorneby of Coco
Solo, Panama, and J.J. (Marion) Papson of Hamburg, NY. She is also
survived by three sisters and eight grandchildren.
Thora Mykland Smith died on July 30, 1981, from Greenville, SC. She
came to the Canal Zone in 1950 and lived there until her husband retired
from Gorgas Hospital in August, 1979.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Frank P. Smith, and four children.
Aaron V. Sigfrid, 76, of 2522 56th St. S., St. Petersburg, died September
12, 1981. He was born in Parkers Prairie, MN and retired from the U.S.
Army in the Canal Zone as a civilian engineer.
Survivors include a son, James R. of Orlando, FL; a daughter Sharon
Howell of El Paso, TX; three brothers, Burger of Minneapolis, MN;
Edward of Parkers Prairie, MN, and Stuie from Virginia; a sister, Alfa
Sigfrid of Minneapolis, MN and four grandchildren.
Opal Lundy passed away last November, 1980, in Hattiesburg, MS. She
was the widow of William E. Lundy. She is survived by two daughters,
Libby Davis and Opal; and a son, Leroy Lundy of California.
William R. Dunning, of 3301 Palmyra St., Tampa, FL, passed away on
23 June 1981. He was a retired machines and member of the Elks Lodge in
the Canal Zone. He is survived by his wife Elva R. of Tampa; three
daughters, Sandy Engle of Lakeland, FL, Patricia Hunt of the Panama
Canal, and Vicki Howe of Lakeland, FL; a son, William R. of the Panama
Canal; two brothers, David of Springdale, PA, and Robert of Pittsburg,
PA; two sisters, Kathryn Ferguson of Sarasota, FL, and Ann Domenic
of New Kensington, PA; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; several
nieces and nephews.
Leslie Adams, age 72, of 1248 Pineview Ave., Clearwater, FL, died
August 19, 1981, at Morton Plant Hospital. She was born in Surrey,
England, and left the Panama Canal Zone in 1977.
She is survived by her husband William Adams, a retired Police Officer
of the Canal Zone; two sons, John, of Detroit and Sean of Chicago, IL; a
daughter Patricia Toentes of Tulsa, OK; two granddaughters and one
Della Noonan, 69, of 4107 Prudence Dr., Sarasota, FL, passed away on
August 23, 1981, at Memorial Hospital. She was born in the old Camp Bierd,
Canal Zone, the seventh child of Frank and Theresa Raymond and was the
sister of the well-known Dr. Frank Raymond of the Raymond Clinic in
Panama. She retired in April 1968, after 38 yeras of service with the former
Supply and Community Service Bureau. The late Mr. Noonan was for many
years the manager of the Norton, Lilly and Co. Steamship Agents in
Cristobal and Balboa.
Surviving are two nieces, Marie Raymond Bierbaum of Dothan, AL,
and Therese Raymond Bennet of New York state; two nephews, Frank
J. Raymond of Diablo Heights, Rep. of Panama, and James G. Raymond
of Seattle, WA; and sisters-in-law Mary B. Raymond of Diablo Heights,
Rep. of Panama, and Elizabeth Noonan of Sarasota, FL.
A Mass of Resurrection was held at St. Martha's Catholic Church in
Sarasota, FL, and a memorial mass was held at the Sacred Heart Chapel in
Ancon, Rep. of Panama.
Blanchard V. Hutchings, 80, of 2352 Eighth Ave., St. Petersburg, FL,
passed away on September 5, 1981. Born in Columbus, MS, he retired 25
years ago from the Panama Canal Company as a customs inspector with 37
years service. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida and
was a Catholic. Survivors include two daughters, Susan Gregory of
Warren, MI, and Jacquelyn Baker of Utica, MI; a son, Victor H. of
Cypress, CA; a brother Byrne of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; a sister, Amelia
Hunter of Pompano Beach, FL; a sister-in-law, Barbara Hutchings of Ft.
Lauderdale, FL; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Beatrice K. Flinn, 63, of Brookings, OR, passed away August 28,1981. She
was the widow of Allen Flinn who, until his retirement, was Control House
Operator at Gatun. She was born in Marlden, CT and left the Canal Zone in
She is survived by her brother, Richard Rampalske of Raleigh, NC; and
her two sisters, Cecelia O'Hare of East Meadow, NY and Madaline
Kirmss of Newport Ritchey, FL.
Joseph A. Snyder, 91, passed away on September 10th, 1981, in
Chicago, IL. He is survived by his wife, Helen M. of Boca Raton, FL; a
daughter Jane of Chicago, IL; a son, Joseph R. of New Jersey; seven
grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Herbert T. Souder, formerly of Charlotte Harbor, FL, passed away at
his new place of residence in Enfield, CT, on August 22,1981. He is survived
by his wife, Viola C. of Enfield, CT, who was also hospitalized at the time of
his death; and a son, R. Souder of Enfield, CT. Mrs. Souder was released
from the hospital for a few hours to attend the funeral of her husband.
Dorothy K. Schnell, 77, of Elizabethtown, PA, died September 19,1981.
She was born in Bethlehem, PA, and was the widow of the late Ralph S.
Schnell. She retired from the Panama Canal in 1957 with 35 years of
service as a statistician. Survivors include a brother, Henry N. Bassett of
C. Roland Jones, 83, of 5960 30th Ave. S., Gulfport, FL, passed away
October 2, 1981. He retired from the Engineering Division, Panama Canal
Company in 1960, where he was a civil engineer for 32 years. He was a
veteran of World War I and graduated from the University of Maine in 1923.
He was a member of the Pasadena Community Church, Masonic Lodge of
Waterville, MA; the American Legion and the Genealogical Society.
He is survived by his wife, Hattie; a son Charles of St. Petersburg; a
daughter Barbara Hey, St. Louis; two sisters, Lucille Jones and
Marjorie Hadlock, and seven grandchildren.
Duane T. McNeil, 68, died September 22, 1981, in Bradenton, FL. Born
in Oxford, MA, he came to Florida in 1966 from the Canal Zone where he
was a marine traffic controller. He was also in the Naval Reserve. He retired
from the Marine Division with 30 years of service.
He leaves a daughter, Edith L. Farrell of Richardson, TX; a sister,
Margaret Daggett of Dunnellon, FL, and two grandchildren.
William A. Howard, age 59, died on 27 September, 1981, in the David
Hospital in the Republic of Panama. Since his retirement, he had been
living in El Volcan. He is survived by his adopted son, Luis, his niece Agnes
Higgerson of Laredo, TX; his cousins, Annie Torbert Wainio of
Miramar, FL, Thelma Torbert Sasso of San Diego, CA, Woodrow G.
Torbert of Hallandale, FL, and William L. Torbert of San Jose, Costa
Elmer F. McClellend, 73, of Port Charlotte, FL, passed away September
23, 1981, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital. A native of Newark, NJ, he retired
as YMCA Director in Balboa eight years ago. He was a member of their Port
Charlotte United Methodist Church and was a veteran of World War II.
He leaves his wife Anita; a daughter Ann Vanhoose of Port Charlotte; a
son Charles of Springfield, VA and five grandchildren.
Dolores M. Welch, age 59, of Lakeland, FL, passed away August 4,1981,
in Lakeland. Born and reared in the Canal Zone, Dolores spent most of her
life on the Isthmus, graduated from Balboa High School in 1940, and retired
as an Intelligence Analyst from USSOUTHCOM in 1976.
She is survived by her sister, Virginia Ann Sawyer of Austin, TX and
three brothers, Paul E. Welch of Longmeadow, MA, Edward E. Welch of
Lakeland, FL, and Gerard J. Welch, 2214 Stacy Ct., Palm Harbor, FL.
Maude Kilcorse, 92, of 304 14th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL, died October
17, 1981. Born in Ohio, she was a long-time resident of the Canal Zone and a
former member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Fred Engle, 73, of Tampa, FL, passed away on March 21, 1981, in St.
Joseph's Hospital, Tampa, FL. He retired from the Panama Canal Co. as a
sheet metal worker with the Maintenance Division. He is survived by his
wife, Marjorie L. Engel.
Edward J. Friedrich, 69, member of Santa Clara, Rep. of Panama, died
on August 1, 1981 in Gorgas Hospital. Born in Louisville, KY, close to
Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, he was originally employed
in 1938 at the Mechanical Division in Balboa, then moved with the shops to
Cristobal in 1950. He returned to the shops in Balboa and ran the shops
until his retirement in 1969 with 30 years service. He then moved to San
Diego, CA, for two years, returning to Panama in 1971, to make Panama his
Survivors include his wife, Alyce; his son, Louis Tremblay of La Boca,
Panama; sister Helene and brothers Charles, Ted and Leo of Louisville,
Hazel Alsing, passed away on 13 October, 1981, at the San Miguel
Convalescent Home in Concrd, CA. She had resided in the Canal Zone for a
great many years and was a nurse supervisor at Gorgas Hospital. She was
active in the Baptist Church in Concord, CA. She has no known survivors.
Maude Ryder Kelly, 84, of 5150 10th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL, died
October 19, 1981. Born in Philadelphia, PA, she came to St. Petersburg from
Pittsburgh. She was a retired secretary for the Panama Canal Co., and a
Catholic. She is survived by two sisters; Estelle Mehring of Adelphia, MD,
and Mary Allison of Norfolk, VA.
Word has been received of the death of John Whidden in March, 1981,
from a long illness. Survivors include his wife, Betsy Whidden of Temple,
Robert L. Miller, 80, passed away on September 22, 1981, at his home.
He was employed as an electrician with the Panama Canal Company before
retiring and moving to Sun City, CA 16 years ago. Survivors include his
wife, Marjorie; a daughter Charlene Miller Bernard of Alexandria, VA;
a son, Malcolm of Afton, WY; a brother, several grandchildren and great
Marceline Brady Rice, 87, died on August 27, 1981, at St. John of God
Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. She was married in 1916 and in 1918, she and
her husband moved to Panama where her parents were living. Her husband
died in Panama in 1931 and Marceline moved to California in 1939. She is
survived by her three sons, all of whom were born in Panama; Tom and his
family; Julian (Bud) and his family, and Ed Rice and family.
Christina G. Bruckner, 75, of 4700 Azalea Way S., St. Petersubrg, FL,
died October 25,1981. Born in Washington, D.C., she came to St. Petersburg
from Balboa Heights, Panama in 1951, and was a member of the First Unity
Church. Survivors include a niece, Margaret D. DeStenfo, Alaska.
Word has been received of the death of Electra (Lucky) Baldwin. She
passed away in her home after a lengthy illness in September. She was the
wife of Rev. William W. Baldwin of El Volcan, Rep. of Panama.
Madeline Givaelli Shore passed away on September 10,1981, in Aiken,
SC, at 93 years of age. Mrs. Shore was the widow of Charles Peter Shore,
a Roosevelt Medal holder and lived in Empire during the construction
days. She also resided in the Canal Zone from 1960 to 1972.
Survivors include her daughter, Leona "Sis" York of Aiken, SC, and
two sons, Norman J. Shore of Sherman Oaks, CA and Charles S. Shore
of Hicksville, NY.
H. Jennie Gave of Cincinnati, OH, passed away on April 21, 1981, two
weeks before her 90th birthday. She resided on the Pacific side of the
Isthmus from 1909 to 1937. She is survived by her daughter, Marcela G.
Green of Cincinnati, OH.
Raymond J. Kielhofer of Mountain Home, AR, passed away July 20,
1981. He was employed by the Panama Canal Company in February, 1940,
and retired in 1969 as supervisory control house operator of the Locks
Division on the Pacific side, and had 29 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Lenore, a son, Robert of Clearwater, FL, a
daughter, Lynne Agan of Burnesville, MN, a brother, Joseph of Antigo,
WI, a sister, Frances Saver of Chicago, IL and 5 grandchildren.
Katheryn (Kay) Tannassy, 72, of 501 Citrus Way, Oceanside, CA, died
October 23, 1981. She was a resident of the Canal Zone from 1960 to 1973
when her husband Louis retired as Chief, of Specifications and Estimates.
While in the Canal Zone, she was employed a a secretary at G-2 USARSO
and then for the Personnel Dept., Panama Canal Co. until she retired of
disability in 1968. While in California, she became an active member of
GYRO. Daughters of the American Revolution; the Huegenot Society and
the Emblem Society of the Elks.
She is survived by her husband, Louis; her daughter, Karen Brouch of
Clovis, CA; her sister, Dorothy Marre of Modesto, CA; four nieces; one
nephew and three grandchildren, John, Christine and Jessica.
Dr. Arthur Spingall of Fredricksburg, TX, passed away October 4th,
1981, of a heart condition. His first job in the Canal Zone was that of
Quarantine Officer and later was a surgeon in Gorgas Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Bernice (Trout).
Judge John E. Deming, who served as magistrate of the Balboa Court
from 1955 to 1970, died on Monday, October 26, in Dothan, AL, following a
brief illness. He was 71 years old.
A native of Nebraska, Judge Deming was a member of the Omaha law
firm of Schmid, Snow, Ford and Deming before being appointed Balboa
magistrate and had earlier been with the office of the District Attorney in
Omaha. He was a graduate of the University of Nebraka, a U.S. Army
veteran of World War II, and a colonel (retired) in the Army Reserve.
Judge Deming had returned to the Isthmus several times after his
retirement to serve as relief magistrate and was last here for several months
in 1979, when he served as Cristobal magistrate.
While residing in Panama, Judge Deming took an active part in civic and
social affairs of the community. He served at various times as president of
the Reserve Officer's Association, the Canal Zone Red Cross and the Fed-
eral Bar Association, C.A. Chapter. He was a member of the Interamerican
Bar Association, the Nebraska Bar, honorary member of the Canal Zone
Bar, a member of the American Legion, and was active in the Canal Zone
Surviving him are his wife Bernice and three sons, John, Dennis and
William, all in the United States. Mrs. Deming's address is 2101 Rosedale
Court, Dothan, AL 36301.
Reed Edwin Hopkins Jr., a former employee of the Canal Fire
Division, Gorgas Hospital on October 11. He was 67 years old.
Mr. Hopkins was born in Punxsutawney, PA, and came to the Isthmus in
1915 with his parents. He retired in 1962 and had been employed at the
Balboa Fire Station.
Surviving Mr. Hopkins are his wife June and son Reed of Diablo
Heights, a daughter Barbara Gubosh of Houston, six grandchildren, and
a sister Ruth Whipple of Dunedin, FL.
A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 15, at Corozal
Cemetery where interment followed.
Anthony J. Kucikas, a well-known former employee of the Panama
Canal organization, died suddenly on October 5th in San Jose, Costa Rica,
where he and his wife were visiting. He was 67 years old.
Mr. Kucikas, had made his home in the Volcan in Chiriqu Province since
his retirement in 1971 as a lead foreman in the Maintenance Division.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, Mr. Kucikas had served in the U.S. Army here
before going to work for the Canal in 1951.
Surviving him are his wife Gladys, of the Volcan; a son Anthony, who
lives in Massachusetts; and daughters Kathy, who lives in Ccalifornia,
Luz, who lives in Pennsylvania, Stella, who is a nurse at Gorgas Army
Hospital and lives in Los Rios, and Marielena, who lives in Panama City.
John B. McDougall, 91, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Nov.
9, 1981) in Denham Springs, LA, where he moved two years ago. Born in
Philadelphia, he came here in 1958 from the Canal Zone and was a secretary
for the federal government. Survivors include two sons, John B. Jr., Fort
Lauderdale, and William P., Houston; a sister Sarah J. McDougall, St.
Petersburg, and eight grandchildren. Downs Funeral Home.
From Members at Large...
TO: De Heditor in charge of de book far de Panama Canal Society for old
people retired from de Zone.
Dere Mr. headitor:
De Panama Canal Society is a good ting because we de people dem cyan
know were are hold friends is residing even tho many of dem does remove
from time to time. Dis is a good ting because for hex ample we get a lickle
chance now and den to drink a rum and talk about all dem dat we know.
Lass week gone I did receive a letter from my hold friend Willie who is
residing in Rio Abajo. He did force to remove from him house in Paraiso
because de Panamanian government did kick him out because dey doan want
no West Hindian people dem living in dat section again. Dat is a terrible
ting to kick a man out of him house. I can't believe it but Willie doan make no
poppy joke about dat. Willie did try to make a lickle negosio wid de
government people dem, but does spanyards dem did vex and cast his r-
out. Dem is a bunch of teef. Dey take away every ting from de people. We are
lucky we doan live in the Zone again. Tink about dat.
Willie did tell me about a hold woman friend of mine name Myrkle.
Seems dat she was in her room in Colon one nite and her belly did feel a pain,
so she ate a can of fish and den went to bed. As she wake in de marning-time
her mout did swell up, so she gone to de doctor and tole him wa' happing,
derefore she must be alergic to fish. De doctor did examine her and tole her
dat she was not alergic to de can of fish, but wha did pass was that after she
eat de fish, a bug did come out in de nite and bit her on the mout, derefore her
mout did swell up. Date a terrible ting because it cost you money to fine out
about dose bugs dem.
You recall Clarence Brathwaite? He was working in de Balboa Clubhouse
but his job did loss.
Well, Mr headitor, dat is all de news fram Panama side. Tell me friend hex-
president Bugle-Bird Clark I sen me best and all dose ting.
Julia E. Shockey of Hagerstown, MD writes: Just can't tell you how
much I enjoyed the 1981 reunion. Saw many friends and people I had
worked with, but mostly their children. I went to the Canal Zone in 1929
with my husband, and we lived in two non-housekeeping rooms in the old
nurses quarters #204, I think it was. There were 24 families in that old
house, but so many have gone now. Also lived in Balboa and then Pedro
Miguel; worked at the PX at Ft. Clayton, then the Central Labor Office, and
then worked for the Navy. I retired from Rodman in 1966 and returned to my
home in Maryland. Also lived in Orlando, FL a short time, but due to a
sister's illness, moved back to Maryland. The last place I lived in the Canal
Zone was in Cocoli, where I lived alone from 1953 to 1966.
I'm glad I have some happy memories and they will never go. The friends
I knew remember me and that is worth much more than money. I wish I had
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