PANAMA CANAL TUG
JOHN F. WALLACE
VOL. 17 JUNE 1983 NO.2
J. F. Warner
OFFICERS FOR 1982
Albert F. Pate
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Richard W. Beall
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
William F. Grady
Albert F. Pate
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Richard W. Pat Beall
Russell M. Jones
Victor H. May Jr.
Harry C. Egolf
The President's M message ...........................
Editor's C orner ..................................
Legislative R report .................................
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ..........
R etirem ents ......................................................
The Canal Zone in Uniform ........................................... 5
N ew s C lips ......................................................... 8
News Condensed from the "Spillway" ................................. 11
Your Reporter Says ............ ................ ... ............ 20
Alabam a .................... 20 M ississippi ................ 29
Arkansas...................... 20 North Carolina .............. 31
California..................... 22 Northwest.................... 34
Colorado...................... 25 Panam a .................... 34
Florida ....................... 25 South Carolina ............... 35
Louisiana..................... 28 Texas ..................... 36
V irginia .................... 39
C congratulations ..................................................... 39
W eddings ..........................................................41
Births ............................................................. 43
W ith D eep Sorrow .................................................. 45
Letters to the Editor ................................................. 47
L cooking B ack ...................................................... 51
N otices .......................................... ................. 60
For Sale or W anted .................................................. 63
Vigilant Real Estate 10 Harris Real Estate
19 Precision Instrument 4
Front and Back Covers: Pen and ink drawing of the tugsJohn F. Wallace and Trinidad
II, provided by Isthmian artist, John B. Morton, of the Panama Canal Commission,
with his kind permission.
DATES TO REMEMBER .
Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., 5730 Shore Blvd.
Sixth All-in-one-day Annual Reunion of Statesiders,
Ramada Inn, Greater Washington, D.C. area.
NW Arkansas Zonians' Picnic Agri Park, Fayetteville,
Ark. 11 a.m. to .
PCSOFL Luncheon/Buffet at St. Petersburg Yacht Club
BHS/CHS '63 Class Reunion, Holiday Inn Surfside,
PCSOFL Luncheon, Wine Cellar, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Seventh Annual Pacific Northwest Canal Zone Reunion
Picnic, Fort Stevens State Park, Area "C," (between
Seaside and Astoria, Oregon) 10:00 a.m. to dusk.
Colorado Picnic Morse Park, Lakewood, Colo. Call (303)
985-5307 for further information.
Third Annual Hill Country Zonians' Picnic Louise Park,
Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., 5730 Shore Blvd.
Panamaniac Annual Picnic MacArthur Park, San
Sept. 9, 10, 11 West Coast Reunion, Catamaran Hotel, San Diego, Calif.
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Our 50th Anniversary Year is rapidly coming to a
close; by the time you have read this, the reunion will be
over and I'm sure not forgotten. It's regrettable that the
full details of the reunion will not reach you until the Sep-
tember issue of the Record. This is unfortunate, but in
order to get reasonable rates at the hotels for our members
we have to wait until "off season" time for our reunion.
Our February 4, 1983, "Carnivalito" was a huge suc-
cess over 200 members attended. Our chairman, Olga
Disharoon, and her committee outdid themselves. It was a
festive and memorable affair.
We had a chicken and fish box lunch and an enjoyable
meeting on April 1, 1983. Again our members generously
participated and donated delicious cakes for our dessert.
It has been rewarding to see how our members have
taken an active interest in all our activities and meetings.
Through the leadership and hard work of our chair-
persons and their committee members many items have
been accomplished which added to a tremendous year.
After appointing an Audit and Budget Committee,
from their first report we found out that our dues had to be
raised and they also suggested we try to cut down on our
expenses. This resulted in the Record being trimmed from
100 to less than 70 pages.
The general membership has not had to subsidize any
of our meetings, luncheons, or picnic. We have not only
paid our own way but have turned in a sizeable amount in-
to the treasury.
At our first meeting of the Executive Committee it
was determined that there was a need to revise our Consti-
tution and Bylaws, with the stipulation we have a profes-
sional parliamentarian to help us. A complete revision was
made as you know. An outstanding Bylaws Committee was
appointed and assisted by a national and state registered
parliamentarian, Genevieve Blinn, who generously do-
nated her time and services in accomplishing this enormous
task. They did an outstanding job. I'm unable to report at
this writing whether they will be adopted or not. If this
revision is not adopted we will have "Missed the boat."
Another first, in accordance with Robert's Rules of
Order, is that summaries of Executive Committee
meetings are now being presented to the general member-
ship for their approval and adoption. This gives our mem-
bership an opportunity for more active participation in
We have had a very successful and enjoyable year, due
to the cooperation and support of the members.
At this time I would like to express my sincere thanks
and appreciation to all the chairpersons and their commit-
tee members who were in charge of our regular and special
monthly affairs and all those involved in working on our
special projects. We do have a lot of gifted and talented
members in our Society.
Here's hoping we all enjoyed the ending of our 50th
By the time you read this, the reunion will be over -
the renewed friendships, the class reunions, the Lucho afi-
cionados, the shrieks, the kissing, the embraces all past.
As I write this, the reservations are still coming in and it
looks like there will be a good crowd on hand. There won't
be any news or photos of the reunion in this issue, but you
can bet that they will certainly be in the September issue.
In fact, while the reunion is in progress, I will be busy put-
ting the issue together, which is probably why you didn't
see much of me at the time. Hope you all enjoyed yourself
You might be interested to know that the wheels are
already turning towards the 1984 reunion with an eye
towards Tampa again. With the turnouts we have been get-
ting, a more central area seems appropriate. After the 50th
Anniversary bash we had last year we thought it might go a
little slow this year, but not so!
Besides my regular duties as editor, I was appointed to
head a committee to come up with a Certificate of Achieve-
ment, in order that the President and the Board may be in
a position to present these to worthy members who have
contributed so much of their talents and time to the Society.
I asked Mrs. Anna T. Collins and Mr. Dave Furlong to
assist in this endeavor. The final result was that we adopted
a Distinguished Service Certificate together with the Cer-
tificate of Appreciation. Both certificates were composed
and prepared for printing by Dave Furlong, who did a
magnificent job and the Board lost no time in approving
them both. I must commend Dave for an outstanding job
- right in front of everybody!
I have heard some nice comments about the new col-
umn, "The Canal Zone in Uniform," and all I need is
some more members to send me their information with
photo, please, so we can keep this column going. So many
members have had an interesting background in the armed
forces. We would all like to share that with them.
As promised in the last March and June issues, there
will be a prize given to the person who is selected as the one
who contributed the best article depicting early-day exper-
iences, adventures, etc., or stories of "Bajuns." We want
to preserve that delectable dialect, and writing it down for
publication is a great way to do it.
As usual, the last issue had its share of errors. It's fun-
ny, but everything I ask my assistant to proofread comes
out alright. It's my share of the table that's messy. Who
could have overlooked 1904-1902! (CZ Police story
headline). But we are getting better!
Those little caricatures you see alongside the secre-
tary's and my column were created by Brad Pearson of
Alameda, California, at our request. The last I heard, he
had about 30 track meets to officiate, so I don't know how
he had the time to sit down and draw something for us.
However, Bradley was always one to get things done if I
recollect my high school days right! Thanks, Brad, I owe
you a letter.
Oh yes, that photo in my column last issue was of
Jean (Kieswetter) Mann, our renowned secretary and my
sister, Mavis (Beall) Fortner of Orange City, Fla., in their
younger days. I barely survived the photo insert, so I will
refrain from telling you what year that was!
In one of my infrequent smart moves, I decided to
take a day off and attend the Marion District Ditch Diggers
Picnic at Lake Walenda Camp Grounds near Ocala, Fla.,
on April 5. I was made welcome by one and all and enjoyed
myself very much. I'm not one to dwell on lunchtime very
much, but they shared their food with me and it was
delicious. Wes Townsend told me I came too late to get
any empanadas this time but promised to get me some fish
heads and rice next time. I might pass that one up, Wes.
Got reacquainted with several old friends and made a few
new ones. A most enjoyable time for me. Thanks again you
all your spirit is tremendous.
Since April 25 was the deadline for this issue, there
will be no news of the reunion herein. Therefore, the elec-
tions will not be posted, or the Annual Business Meeting
minutes or any photos or news. All this will be in the Sep-
tember issue of the Canal Record.
Retraction: In the last issue, Arkansas Reporter
news, I let "Janice and Peter Butz and family at their
'Bust B' ranch in Sapulpa" slip by. It should have read:
their 'Busy B' Ranch. I'm sure that caused some embar-
rassment, and I apologize. We are making progress on the
proofreading problem however. This and the future issues
should be quite an improvement.
The deadline for the September issue is July 25, 1983.
Hope to see you at the reunion.
Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Despite the fight put up by federal and postal em-
ployee unions and retiree and other groups, the House and
the Senate approved coverage of new federal and postal
workers under Social Security coverage, which has been
signed by the President. All present and future members of
Congress and political appointees as well as federal judges
would also be covered, effective January 1, 1984. This
means that all future federal employees and the above will
be paying 7% into civil service as well as another 7% to
Present workers will not be brought into Social Securi-
ty nor will it effect those already retired, however the civil
service retirement system will become a dying one, grad-
ually declining as revenues dry up, estimated in about 30
or more years. Employee leaders are fearful that as rev-
enues decline there would be a possibility of benefits being
As the latest figures haven't been released up to this
issue's press time, it is reported that CPI-W up to the end
of February 1983, is .1%.
William F. Grady
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
4 February 1983
The scheduled Carnavalito meeting of the PCSOFL
was called to order by the President, Albert F. Pate, at
12:25 p.m., who then led the assembled group in the
Pledge to the Flag. Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the invoca-
tion. The head table was introduced, which included Mrs.
Genevieve Blinn, a national and state registered parlia-
mentarian; Rick Rutan, club reporter for the Evening Inde-
pendent; Lucy Graham, daughter of our Vice-President;
and Ernie Yocum, husband of our Chaplain.
The President recognized the past presidents present:
Troy Hayes, Howard Clarke, Rob Roy, and Russell
The following members stood for recognition as their
names were called:
T.J. Ebdon Sarasota, Fla.
Edith and Tyke Cotton Largo, Fla.
Marion and Mike Greene Sarasota, Fla.
Elma Smith Keenan Bowie, Maryland
Mary and Dick Condon Springdale, Ark.
Charles and Emily McCullum Roseburg, Ore.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Geyer Reading, Pa.
Al and Dorothy Goguen Seffner, Fla.
Dorothy and Winton Webb Perry, Ohio
Alene and Richard Duncan Missouri
John McDowell Valhalla, N.Y.
Rita Washabaugh Sheffield, Pa.
Paul Cole Fairborn, Ohio
Emma Sherriff Sarasota, Fla.
Irl Sanders New Port Richey, Fla.
Beverly Vaughn Douglasville, Ga.
Gene and Julie Hermann Holiday, Fla.
Ray Wheeler New Port Richey, Fla.
The President then turned the meeting over to Mr.
Leonard Caisse, Chairman of the Carnavilito. Lunch was
served buffet style and the delicious and varied menu was
enjoyed by all.
The meeting reconvened after lunch. The Secretary
read the minutes of the last meeting. The President re-
quested the minutes include that the obituaries, births, and
weddings would be placed on the bulletin board below the
podium in the future. The minutes were then approved.
The Secretary/Treasurer gave the financial report of the
Society and the Blood Bank.
The Editor introduced Mrs. Dorothy Bitter as his
new assistant, and announced the deadline for the June
issue was April 25.
The Legislative Representative reported that the
COLA for 1982 was 3.9%. He also stated that President
Reagan asked Congress to delay the COLAs for govern-
ment and military retirees and survivors following the 1983
COLA until June 1985. The 1983 COLA would then be
paid in '85 and the 1984 COLA would be paid in '86.
However that would take an act of Congress.
Eleven members celebrated birthdays during the Feb-
ruary meeting, while six couples celebrated their anniver-
Mr. Pate announced the breakdown of the salaries of
Society employees. The Sec./Treas. and Editor each re-
ceive $350/mo. plus $85.00 expense allowance for use of
Dorothy Goguen, Al Goguen, Dick Tomford, Helen
Tomford, Julie Herman, Gene Herman and Louise Barnes
enjoying the Panamanian food buffet at the Carnivalito.
their vehicles, etc. The Editor's assistant receives $50/mo.
The Audit Committee has completed its audit for
1982 and will be printed in the March issue of the Record.
Mr. Pate announced that the Bylaws Committee has
completed the proposed revised bylaws. They will be
printed as a centerfold in the March issue of the Record for
all members to read and study prior to the annual business
meeting at the reunion in May.
Mr. Troy Hayes was asked to present the slate of of-
ficers submitted by the Nominating Committee for
1983-84. The slate is as follows:
President Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Vice-President Mr. Vic May
Sec./Treas. Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Editor Mr. R.W. "Pat" Beall
Mrs. Anna Collins, Reunion Coordinator, reported
on reservations already received, as well as vendors who
have applied to sell. She also announced that our guest
speaker for the March meeting would be Mr. Thomas
Ravelli, President of Chapter 17, NARFE, and Mayor of
South Pasadena, Fla.
Mr. Vic May announced that no bus tickets would be
sold at the hotel during the reunion. All those requesting
tickets by mail would have a reserved seat on a specific bus.
Schedules will be posted at the reunion.
Mrs. Allgair, member from the floor moved we re-
peat the box chicken dinner in the near future. Motion
made and seconded for April. Motion carried.
Mr. Pate announced a meeting on Friday, May 6, at
Gulfport for all committee chairmen to finalize plans for
the reunion. Members are cordially invited to attend, also.
Sergeant-at-Arms reported 198 members and guests
in attendance today.
Mr. Leonard Caisse once again took charge of the re-
mainder of the meeting for costume judging and the lottery
drawing for door prizes.
The meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.
4 March 1983
The meeting was called to order by the President at
1:30 p.m. In the absence of the Chaplain, Mrs. Jay Cain
gave the invocation, after which the President led the as-
sembly in the Pledge to the Flag.
Past Presidents, Russell Jones and Ross Hollowell,
were recognized as were the following members and guests:
Bob Maynard Lake Placid, Fla.
Harriet Elich Poulson, Mont.
Janie Leffingwell New Canaan, Conn.
Emma Plummer Satellite Beach, Fla.
Anna Suescum Panama
Jerry Boswell Panama
Froni Fender Bradenton, Fla.
And other members of the St. Petersburg, Fla. area.
The Secretary read the minutes of the previous
meeting. The President had a lengthy addition he wished
added to the minutes. Objection made and seconded.
The Treasurer read the financial report and Blood
Bank status. No objections, so reports will stand for audit.
The Editor reported 3602 Canal Records mailed out
in March, with Florida getting 66 new members; Texas
with 20; APO Miami with 17; California with 13; Wash-
ington with 10; Alabama with 9; and North Carolina with
The Legislative Representative reported that the
COLA for 1982 would be reflected in the May 1 annuity
paychecks. The January 1983 CPI-W broke even. What
you could buy for $100 in 1967 would cost you $252 in
1980 and $293 in 1983. Members of Congress have stated
they will not vote against the merger of Social Security and
Civil Service, however they stated they will not vote for a
reduction of Civil Service benefits.
Nine members celebrated birthdays during March
and one couple celebrated their anniversary.
Mrs. Collins, Reunion Coordinator, reported on res-
ervations received to date. The Hotel informed Mrs. Col-
lins that they would begin to confirm hotel reservations.
Mr. Vic May stated he needed volunteers to ride the
busses. All committee chairmen need volunteers.
The President announced the appointment of Tex
Stahler as official photographer for the remainder of his
term. He also stated that Mr. Beall had been appointed
chairman to draw up a Certificate of Achievement to be
given those who do outstanding work for the Society. Mr.
Beall selected Mrs. Anna Collins and Dave Furlong as
members of that committee.
The President then asked the collector to pick up res-
ervations for the Box Chicken Lunch to be held April 1. He
announced that the regular meeting would be held at 1:30
p.m. following the luncheon.
Mrs. Collins introduced Mr. Thomas Ravelli, Presi-
dent of Chapter 17, NARFE, and Mayor of South Pasa-
dena, Fla. Mr. Ravelli spoke about NARFE its aims
and accomplishments. He was pleased to note that almost
all those present were members of NARFE. Mr. Joseph
Merrick, membership chairman and second vice-president
of Chapter 17 spoke briefly.
The President recognized member Mr. Vance
Howard who spoke on the revised and proposed bylaws.
He emphasized several points he hoped the members
would consider to bring up at the annual business meeting
during the reunion.
Mrs. Ann Suescum, member and reporter for Pana-
ma spoke briefly and said she believed we would continue
to see an increase in membership as more and more Com-
mission employees are showing an interest in the Society.
After the door prize drawing, the meeting was ad-
journed at 3:05 p.m.
1 April 1983
The regularly scheduled meeting was called to order
by the President at 1:35 p.m. The invocation was given by
the Chaplain, Mrs. Dorothy Yocum, and was followed by
a few moments of silent prayer for those who have passed
away since our last meeting. The President led the group in
the Pledge to the Flag.
The President welcomed the 91 members and guests,
especially past presidents: Troy Hayes, Russell Jones,
Ross Hollowell, Rob Roy, and Gene Askew.
The following members stood for recognition:
Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Crouch Safety Harbor, Fla.
Ida Poe Rocky River, Ohio
The Secretary read the preceding minutes and were
approved as read. She also read reports of the Society and
the Blood Bank. As there were no questions, the reports
will stand for audit.
The Secretary read the report of the Executive Com-
mittee. Mr. V. Howard objected to portions of the report.
Discussion followed. Report was accepted.
The Editor reported on the progress on the Museum
Committee. He asked for ideas and suggestions from the
members. The response from the members was favorable.
The Legislative Representative reported there was no
increase in the cost of living for January and only 1% for
February. The merging of Social Security and Civil Service
seems to be settled, effecting only those joining the payroll
after 1 January 1984. It looks as if the merger will become
law at this time.
Six members celebrated birthdays during April. Four
couples celebrated anniversaries.
Mrs. Anna Collins, reunion coordinator, reported on
reservations and progress.
Mr. Vic May, transportation chairman for the re-
union states he still needs helpers. As Chairman of the By-
laws Committee, he reviewed and compared some points
in the revised, proposed bylaws and the current bylaws. He
urged members to read and compare the bylaws and to
decide how to vote. Much discussion on the revised bylaws
followed. Mrs. Beth Grady spoke of several points she
questions in the revised bylaws.
The door prize drawing was then held, and the
meeting was adjourned at 3:35 p.m.
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The Canal Zone in Uniform
Commander T. Jack Humphrey was born in Ancon,
Canal Zone and after attending Canal Zone Schools, grad-
uated from Balboa High School in 1930.
He was employed by the Building Division, Panama
Canal Company when he volunteered for service in De-
cember 1942. He was commissioned a Lieutenant, junior
grade in April 1943 and was activated in July of the same
His duties as Ordnance Officer brought him a variety
of assignments, including duty on the USS Bunker Hill,
CV-17, 3rd. and 5th. Fleets, Pacific Ocean; (The Bunker
t" Hill was rammed by 3 Kamakazi planes after penetrating
the protective screen on May 11, 1945, approximately 50
SI miles off Okinawa about 11:00 a.m. which put her out of
commission for the remainder of the war. (See photo);
Bureau of Ordnance, Washington, D.C.; Navy Gun
Factory, Washington, D.C.; Navy Ammunition Depot in
Cartagena, Spain, as Commanding Officer; Navy
Ordnance Plant, Louisville, Ky.; Navy Weapons System
Command, Washington, D.C. After 26Y2 years of service
with the U.S. Navy, he retired in July, 1969.
Cmdr. Humphrey has received the Presidential Unit
Citation with Star; the Philipine Liberation Medal; the
Philipine Presidential Unit Citation with Star and the usual
His father, the late J.H.K. Humphrey was the Assis-
tant Chief Quartermaster, Panama Canal Company when
he retired in 1941 after 34 years of service. His brother is
He is married to Betty Lou (Johnston) formerly of
McKeesport, Pa., whose parents are also deceased. They
have three children, plus 10 grandchildren, including TJH
Cmdr. T. Jack Humphrey III to carry on the Humphrey name.
The Bunker Hill shortly after being hit by a kamikaze
during the sixth Kikusui, May 11, 1945.
(NAVY DEPT., NATIONAL ARCHIVES)
Some of the duties Cmdr. Russon has been assigned,
has been sea duty while in the Merchant Marine aboard
the SS Monterey, SS Mahimahi, SS Liloa and the SS Mission
Soledad. While in the Coast Guard, he served aboard the
USCGC Minnetonka and the USCGC Klamath, usually as
Engineering Officer. He was also Port Engineer for U.S.
Army Transports, Fort Mason, Calif.; U.S. Coast Guard
Hull and Boiler Inspector, covering San Francisco and
Long Beach, Calif.; Honolulu and Washington, D.C.;
Naval Architect for the USCG at San Francisco and Wash-
ington, D.C. and Executive Officer for the USCG Eastern
Area Evaluation Div., New York.
His decorations include the Merchant Marine Enemy
Action; Merchant Marine, South Pacific; Merchant
Marine, Atlantic; Merchant Marine WWII; U.S. Naval
Reserve; Pearl Harbor; Korean War and American Occu-
Cmdr. Russon retired in 1970 with over 30 years of
USNR and USCG service, after which he spent 2 years in
Rotterdam, Holland as Manager, Machine Development
and Installation, building container ships under the U.S.
He is married to Melda G. (Westin) of Bellingham,
Wash. and they have a son, Lawrence who is also a
C.M.A. graduate and a 3rd. generation marine engineer,
who is now the Program and Development Manager for
the National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp. of San Diego,
His parents are, William L. Russon of
Hendersonville, N.C. and the late Thurza Russon,
stepmother. His uncle, George Russon, resides in Sun
City, Arizona; cousins Dolores (Russon) Campbell is from
Cleveland, Ohio, Carol (Russon) Wright is from Akron,
Ohio and Dr. George Russon is from Auburn,
Washington. Gene (Sexton) Clary, stepsister, is from
Cmdr. William L. Russon
Commander William L. Russon, USCG, was born
in Cleveland, Ohio but was raised in Pedro Miguel by
Lillian and Fred Sundstrom. He attended Canal Zone
schools for 11 years and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1938. He then attended and graduated from the
California Maritime Academy in 1941 with a B.S. in
Marine and Electrical Engineering, a USNR commission
and a 3rd. Assistant Engineer's license. He also attended
the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and graduated as a Gener-
al Duty officer with a marine inspection specialty.
Maj. James E. Orvis
Major James E. Orvis, born in Ancon, Canal Zone,
is a graduate of Balboa High School in 1949.
He later joined the Aviation Cadets of the U.S. Air
Force and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant
at Bryan, Texas in 1953.
Some of Maj. Orvis's duties included that of
Instructor Pilot and Maintenance Test Pilot in various
locations throughout the U.S. including the Vietnam
theater of war. He is now retired from the U.S. Air Force
and is living in Temple Terrace, Florida with his family.
He received his BS degree at the University of South
Florida in 1975.
During his service, Maj. Orvis has been awarded 3 Distin-
guished Flying Crosses; 13 Air Medals; the Air Force
Commendation Medal and the Vietnam Medal of Valor
His parents are Mrs. Roger A. Orvis of Sarasota, Fla.
and the late Roger A. Orvis. He is married to Juliann G.
(Gabbert) who was born in Salina, Kansas, and whose par-
ents Mr. and Mrs. John Gabbert reside in Ocala, Florida.
His brother, Robert G. Orvis resides in Daytona Beach,
Maj. Orvis is currently self-employed as an Income
He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal
with oak leaf cluster; the Air Force Commendation Medal
with two oak leaf clusters and many other decorations.
Mike's parents are Lionel L. and Doris L. Barfield of
Clermont, Florida. He was married to the late Theresa
McAlinden of Glasgow, Scotland, whose parents, both de-
ceased, were also from Glasgow, Scotland.
SMSgt. Barfield has two children; Michael L. Bar-
field, a son of 17 years of age, and a daughter, Sharon S.
Barfield, 12 years of age. His sister, Sarah B. Cohen, is
from Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, and his other sister,
Sue B. Chelette, is from Monroe, Louisiana.
Col. Clarence R. Underwood
sYer 3g[. Lionel L. (IVlIKe) tanTlela
Senior Master Sergeant Lionel L. (Mike) Barfield,
born in Colon Hospital in 1942, attended Canal Zone
Schools and graduated from Cristobal High School in
Still active in the United States Air Force, he is the Di-
rector of Education at the AFLC NCO Academy and
Leadership School at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.
Colonel Clarence R. Underwood, born in Ottawa,
Illinois, joined the U.S. Army as an enlisted man, subse-
quently receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant
while on assignment to Quarry Heights, Canal Zone in
During his tenure of service, his duties have included
that of Finance Officer, Budget and Accounting Officer
and Comptroller in various theatres.
Col. Underwood has received the Bronze Star; Legion
of Merit; Army Commendation Medal; American
Campaign Medal; American Defense Service with Star;
WWII Victory Medal; National Defense Service Medal;
Korean Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal and
the Meritorious Unit Citation.
His parents, Clarence H. and Amelia Underwood are
both deceased. He is married to Betty G. (Haldeman) who
was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, and whose parents, Ezra
P. and Bessie G. Haldeman who retired from the Panama
Canal Company in 1947, are also deceased.
His sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joyce (Halde-
man) and Roger Collinge reside in St. Petersburg, Florida.
After 33 years of service in the U.S. Army, the
Underwoods currently reside in St. Petersburg, Florida.
From the Star & Herald, Panama, January 30, 1983
National Eastern Star Officers to make
Official Visit to Chapters on Isthmus.
Arriving next Sunday for an official visit to the three
chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star on the Isthmus
are the Most Worthy Grand Matron, Carol C. Strizek and
the Most Worthy Grand Patron, David J. Miller. They will
be attended during their visit here by the Deputy to the
Most Worthy Grand Matron, Inez H. Clark of Curundu.
Mrs. Clark was born in David, Chiriqui, the daughter
of Curtis L. Berg, field engineer for the United Fruit Co.,
grew up on the Isthmus, graduated from Balboa High
School in 1959 and went on to study at Brevard Junior Col-
lege in Florida. She is the wife of Fred L. Clark, director of
outdoor sports and recreation at Ft. Clayton, and they have
three children; a son with the "Old Guard" at Ft. Myers,
Va. and two daughters, both in Curundu Jr. High School.
Besides serving in various capacities in the O.E.S.,
Mrs. Clark was also President, Soroptimist International of
Colon; Noble Grand of Rebecca Lodge, Balboa; Advisory
Board member International Order of Rainbow Girls,
Balboa; Treasurer of Christian Womens Aglow Interna-
tional, and Thrift Shop Board Advisor.
Mrs. Clark will accompany the OES dignitaries dur-
ing a week-long visit to the various OES chapters, the
American Embassy, the Deputy Administrator of the Pan-
ama Canal and sightseeing in and around Panama City
and the Atlantic side.
The site of the Panama
Canal was probably deter-
mined by a Nicaraguan
postage stamp sent to
members of the U.S. Con-
gress by an obsessed
Frenchman, the engineer
Philippe Jean Bunau-
The U.S. fully realized
the need for a canal across
the midsection of the Americas when the battleship Oregon,
desperately needed for the Spanish-American War, took 68
days to reach the Caribbean from San Francisco. By 1899,
a bill was pending in Congress to build such a canal but
through Nicaragua, not Panama. This put Bunau-Varilla
in a tizzy. He had worked on the French Panama Canal
project until its failure in 1889, then devoted himself to sell-
ing the French rights to the U.S.
Then, a fateful event: In May 1902, Nicaragua's
Momotombo volcano erupted. The tragedy provided a
golden opportunity for Bunau-Varilla. He found Nicara-
guan postage stamps illustrating a smoking Momotombo
and sent them to Congress. The implicit question: Why
not choose a country without volcanoes Panama, for in-
stance? And, in 1904, Congress so voted.
St. Petersburg Times Parade April 3, 1983
Reagan nominates new chief
for readiness command at MacDill
President Reagan on Thursday nominated Army Lt.
Gen. Wallace H. Nutting for promotion to the rank of full
general and a new assignment as commander in chief of the
readiness command at MacDill Air Force Base. Nutting,
54, is now commander in chief of the U.S. Army Southern
Command in Panama. He is a native of Newton, Mass.
The readiness command is responsible for coordinating the
land defense of the United States and for support of civil
From St. Petersburg Times, April 1, 1983
PLEASE COPY AND FILE THE FOLLOWING
WITH YOUR IMPORTANT PAPERS:
Information concerning addresses for services pro-
vided by Office of Personnel Management (formerly U.S.
Civil Service Commission):
To report Non-Receipt of a check:
To question the correctness of an annuity rate:
Annuitant Services Div.
Office of Personnel Management
Retirement and Insurance Programs
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The Senior Consumer
COL. LEE A. RIGBY
COLONEL RIGBY PROMOTED
TO C-5 PROGRAM DIRECTOR
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio Colonel
Lee A. Rigby, assigned to the Aeronautical Systems Divi-
sion here, has been named program director for the C-5B
Program, Deputy for Airlift and Trainers. He is respon-
sible for fielding the C-5B weapon system which includes
planning, implementing and managing the $9-billion air-
craft product program.
Colonel Rigby was born May 16, 1937, in West
Chester, Pa., and graduated from Balboa High School,
Canal Zone, Republic of Panama, in 1955. He received a
bachelor's degree in industrial arts education and a com-
mission as a second lieutenant through the Air Force Re-
serve Officers' Training Corps from Virginia Polytechnic
Institute, Blacksburg, Va., in 1960. He earned a master's
degree in industrial education from the University of
Maryland, College Park, Md., in 1974 and is a graduate of
the Squadron Officer School, Command and Staff College
and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces Corre-
Upon graduation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute,
the colonel entered active duty and received supply officer
training at Amarillo Air Force Base, Texas. The following
year he was assigned to Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.,
where he served as the supply officer in January 1963.
His military decorations and awards include the Meri-
torious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Air
Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster.
Colonel Rigby is married to the former Joyce L. Jones
of Mullins, S.C. They reside in Beavercreek, Ohio, with
their two sons: Gary and Craig.
United States Air Force
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
(Editor's note: Lee's father and stepmother, Edwin F.
and Hua Rigby, reside in Tampa, Florida, and his step-
brother, John E. Bundy, married to the former Michele
Greene, lives in Seattle, Washington.)
INSURANCE AND YOU: Medical
Supplement Policies Won't Pay
Q. Is there a law that prohibits me from collecting
benefits from two separate Medicare supplement insurance
policies for the same claim?
-S. H., Winter Park
A. No, but the benefits you would receive from the two
policies combined could not exceed 100 percent of the al-
lowable expenses for the submitted claim.
Medicare supplement, or "Medigap" insurance pol-
icies are designed to cover some of the "gaps" Medicare
doesn't pay. If you had two Medigap policies, only one
would pay the one that had been in effect for the longest
period of time.
The coordination of benefits in Medigap policies can
be illustrated as follows:
Suppose your Medigap policy says that, after a certain
deductible, it will pay for 20 percent of your medical ex-
penses not paid by Medicare Part B, which pays 80 per-
If your doctor charges you $200, and if Medicare says
$150 would have been a "reasonable" charge, then Medi-
care will pay 80 percent of the $150 which would be
$120. Your policy would pay the remaining 20 percent of
the $150 which would be $30.
If you had a second Medigap policy, it would not pay
benefits because your first policy compensated you for 100
percent of the reasonable (allowable) charge.
Rather than buy more than one Medigap policy, it
might be wiser for you to buy other types of policies to sup-
plement your Medigap coverage. For example, an in-hos-
pital indemnity policy would pay you a stated amount for
each day you are hospitalized, regardless of any other type
of health insurance coverage you have.
Remember that Florida law requires Medicare sup-
plement policies to provide certain minimum coverages,
and that policies which offer less coverage must bear a
stamp indicating that they are not Medicare supplement in-
From the USA Today, Jan. 18, 1983, and the Congressional
Record, March 16, 1983.
Big Ships, Volume Dam Up Seaway
(By Susan Morgan)
PANAMA CANAL. The Panama Canal is in
danger of becoming just a tourist and history book attrac-
tion unless it receives a major overhaul.
With last year's record $320 million in earnings and
joint U.S. Panamanian administration assured through
the end of the century, it might be reasonable to assume
Panama can sit back and watch the tolls roll in.
The chief problem, however, is capacity. Most ana-
lysts believe the present canal can survive through the end
of the century, but improvements will be vital after that.
The 51-mile-long canal's three main locks, which raise
ships 85 feet above sea level, can only accommodate vessels
of up to 67,000 tons.
Current energy costs mean it is cheaper for bulk cargo
vessels of up to 250,000 tons to take the longer route
around South America with some cargoes. The second
problem concerns volume. In the 1970's, as traffic in-
creased, severe bottlenecks became common, with up to
180 ships sometimes waiting for a week.
As a result of what canal administrator Dennis Mc-
Auliffe calls "the chill that passed through the industry,"
capacity was raised to around 43 ships a day. At the same
time, congestion is being relieved by the new trans-Pana-
manian oil pipeline.
Nevertheless, Panamanian analysts concede that new,
long-term answers are needed.
One group, to which McAuliffe belongs, favors ex-
panding the canal. This would require two new and larger
sets of locks at the Atlantic and Pacific terminals, and
widening and straightening of the Gaillard Cut, often
dubbed "the Snake."
The project, costing up to $3 billion, would open the
canal to vessels of up to 170,000 tons, putting it on a par
with the Suez Canal.
The more daring solution is to build an entirely new
sea-level canal 10 miles west of the present one for up to
$10 billion. The main advocate of this option is Japan,
second to the United States in canal usage.
Panamanians are irked by the U.S. lack of interest in
development. Even though less than 6 percent of U.S.
maritime traffic passes through the canal, the total is 62
percent of all traffic. The 1977 Panama Canal Treaty, how-
ever, removed any serious stimulus for significant U.S. in-
vestment in the canal.
PANAMA CANAL COMMISSION
APO MIAMI 34011
March 10, 1983
Mr. Richard W. Beall
Editor, Canal Record
1408 Byram Drive
Clearwater, Florida 33515
Dear Mr. Beall:
Your letter of January
to me for reply.
17, 1983, has been referred
Certified copies of birth, death, and marriage
certificates may be obtained by writing to the Vital
Statistics Unit, Panama Canal Commission, APO
Miami 34011. The fee is $2.00 for birth and death
certificates and $1.00 for marriage certificates.
Another item of information in which your readers
may be interested has to do with records of the now-
defunct District Court for the District of the Canal Zone.
Although the original records are now stored in a Federal
Records Center in the United States, the Commission
has many of the records on microfilm for the purpose of
assisting persons to obtain certified copies from the
Records Center. Persons wishing to obtain copies of
District Court records should write to the Agency
Microfilm Unit, Panama Canal Commission, APO
I hope this information will be helpful to you and
your readers. Please let me know if we can be of any
Pandora G. Aleman
Chief, Records Management Branch
Deputy Agency Records Officer
I'm sorry to say that it is not possible to obtain
replacements for Roosevelt Medals. The medals were
numbered, with each number corresponding to an
employee, and no extras were made. Occasionally, for
whatever reason, an employee did not receive his medal.
Anyone wishing to inquire about such unclaimed medals
may write to the Personnel Director, Panama Canal
Commission, APO Miami 34011.
The Records Management Branch can provide
certain employment information about former employees
of the Canal organization and, if more information is
needed, can refer requesters to the proper source.
Inquiries may be directed to the Records Management
Branch, Panama Canal Commission, APO Miami
REAL ESTATE REALTOR
JIM McCONAGHY, C.R.B. Owner
MEMBER CANAL SOCIETY
Two Offices to serve you
in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg Area.
5503 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida
2468 State Rd. 580, Clearwater, Florida
From the "SPILLWAY"
1976-82 District Court records
sent to archives
Records of the United States District Court for the
Canal Zone covering the years 1976-82 have been for-
warded to the Washington National Records Center in
Suitland, Md., where they have joined the court's earlier
records. This action was taken after the court closed on
March 31, 1982. The Administrative Office of the United
States Courts and the National Archives and Records Ser-
vice have authorized access to these records by the public,
and individuals may request certified copies of the court
records under applicable access procedures.
Individuals who wish to obtain copies of court records
should write to the following address: Agency Microfilm
Unit, Panama Canal Commission, APO Miami 34011 (or
Balboa, Republic of Panama).
FEGLI participants advised to
review old beneficiary forms
Commission employees are advised that those who
completed Federal Employment Group Life Insurance
(FEGLI) Designation of Beneficiary forms prior to April
1981 should review the forms to ensure that they reflect the
Prior to April 1981, the only form of "occupational
insurance" was the standard $10,000 policy purchased in
addition to the "regular insurance." Some employees com-
pleted designations naming one individual to receive the
payment for the "regular insurance" (now referred to as
"basic insurance") and another individual to receive the
payment for the "optional insurance." If such a designa-
tion is currently on file, any "additional optional
insurance" the employee may have acquired subsequent to
the filing of that designation would also be subject to pay-
ment to the person named as beneficiary of the "optional
Persons who wish to make our new Designation of
Beneficiary forms should call the Employee Services Branch
at 52-3160 or 52-7831.
Administrator assesses current
operations of the Panama Canal
"The Panama Canal is in its best operational condi-
tion ever and will continue to provide the international
shipping community with the most efficient transit service
possible in the years to come," said D.P. McAuliffe, Ad-
ministrator of the Panama Canal Commission, in a state-
ment issued at the beginning of the new year.
The year just ended has been one of substantial
progress at the Panama Canal. Thanks to an aggressive
program of capital improvements, high-level maintenance,
and specialized training, the daily capacity of the Canal is
now at 42 to 44 oceangoing vessels. This is one of the factors
responsible for a significant reduction in Canal waters time,
expediting the transit of ships through the vital waterway.
"Our ability to efficiently and safely transit vessels through
the Canal is now better than at any time in the Canal's his-
tory," Mr. McAuliffe reported. With the many other im-
provement projects currently underway, the Canal organi-
zation can virtually assure its customers that they will exper-
ience little, if any, transit delays, added the Administrator.
Widened Mamei Curve boosts
Panama Canal's transit safety
Curves along the route of the Panama Canal require
careful navigation on the part of Canal pilots. For this
reason, Canal officials are very pleased that the project to
widen Mamei Curve was finished in December.
Since the first transit of the Tokyo Bay in April 1972, the
number of Panamax vessels utilizing the waterway has sky-
rocketed. Because they tend to be much larger, it is more
difficult for these ships to take sharp curves without crossing
into the opposite lane of traffic.
Realizing that the Canal had to keep up with the times,
Gov. David S. Parker ordered a comprehensive study in
1973 to identify and eliminate possible safety hazards. With
input from the Panama Canal Pilots Association, four prob-
lem areas were identified Gamboa Reach, San Pablo
Tabernilla Curve, Mamei Curve, and Bohio Curve. The
Engineering Division was then asked to develop plans to
make these areas safer for Panamax vessels.
To gather the necessary information, the Engineering
Division made a thorough search of technical literature,
visited several different waterways and research facilities,
and investigated Canal accident records. In addition, a
transit observation program was conducted to chart the
path followed by longer ships and to monitor the difficulties
they encountered in the identified problem areas.
With the information compiled, engineers were able to
widen the designated areas. The project to widen San Pablo
Tabernilla Curve from 800 to 1,300 feet and to decrease the
sharpness of the curve was completed in fiscal year 1975.
The goal of the Gamboa Reach project was to widen that
segment of the Canal from 500 to 650 feet, and the work was
finished in March 1979.
PCC Board gathers for meeting
The Panama Canal Commission Board of Directors
met this week for the first time since the appointment of the
three new U.S. members and the four new Panamanian
Dr. Carlos Ozores Typaldos, Panama's ambassador to
the United Nations, Deputy Labor Minister Luis Ander-
son; Dr. Fernando Cardoze Fabrega; and Oyden Ortega
Duran were present on behalf of Panama. The U.S. mem-
bers present were William R. Gianelli, chairman of the
board; John A. Bushnell; William Sidell; Andrew Gibson;
and Brig. Gen. William W. Watkin, Jr. (USA Ret.).
Although the formal meetings did not get underway
until the morning of Wednesday, January 26, the board
members had a busy schedule of activities beginning on
Monday which included an overflight of the Canal and a
partial transit of the waterway.
In addition, several members visited the Balboa dry-
dock to see the Miraflores Locks miter gate overhaul in pro-
gress; some were given a tour of Dredging Division facili-
ties, which included a visit to a dredge in operation; and
several boarded a towboat where they observed the crew
assisting ships in and out of the locks.
A visit to the Miraflores Locks was scheduled for Tues-
day so that board members could observe the locks opera-
tions. Their visit coincided with the transit of Queen Eliza-
beth 2, the vessel that holds the record for the largest toll
ever paid for a Canal Transit. The members also received a
briefing on overall Canal operations and maintenance in
the newly renovated mini-theater at Miraflores Locks.
Prior to their first session, board members met with the
Commission's personnel director, chief financial officer,
and industrial relations officer. One of the members also
met with local union officials.
In addition, special presentations were made by repre-
sentatives of the Engineering and Construction Bureau and
the Office of Executive Planning on the subjects of draft
restrictions and Canal traffic and toll revenues.
Long dry season affects ship drafts
The maximum draft allowable for ships transiting the
Panama Canal will be reduced from 39 feet 6 inches to a flat
39 feet on February 8, the Panama Canal Commission
announced last week. Further gradual draft reductions may
be required as the dry season continues. Notice of the draft
reduction was sent out to international shipping on January
17. As a matter of policy, the Panama Canal issues draft
restriction notices 3 weeks in advance of the effective date,
which provide Canal users with ample time to modify the
loading of vessels.
The current draft restriction is attributable to one of
the earliest dry seasons in the history of the Panama Canal.
Rainfall during the months of November and December
was of such a low level that it prevented Gatun and Madden
lakes from reaching their full capacity. Since last November,
the Commission has been taking all possible measures to
conserve water, such as short chamber and tandem lockages
and the curtailment ofhydropower generation. The project
currently underway to deepen Gaillard Cut will also
provide supplemental water storage capacity.
Board of Directors holds first meeting
for fiscal year 1983
Wages among many key issues discussed
The Panama Canal Commission Board of Directors
reached agreement on a number of issues important to the
operation of the Canal during 2 days of formal meetings
last week. The board meeting was preceded by 2 days of
briefings by Commission managers and visits to Canal in-
stallations which enabled the board members to observe
firsthand the efforts being made to enhance the efficiency
and safety of the waterway.
One of the actions taken by the board was to raise
salaries of all employees on the New Wage Base by 2 per-
cent, retroactive to October 1, 1982. This raise will be in
addition to the 2 percent increase they already received on
that date and will make the total annual increase for this
wage group equivalent to that received by pretreaty
The board agreed to other adjustments to the wage
base, to be implemented on or about April 1, as follows:
Raising the salaries of non-manual employees in
grades 9 and above and manual employees in grades 10
and above to rates equivalent to those paid pre-treaty
Establishing increased rate ranges in a few selected
occupations, as required to enhance recruitment and reten-
tion in positions below the grade levels mentioned above.
William R. Gianelli, chairman of the board, stated
that the wage base changes should improve the competitive
position of the Commission in the labor market and help
the agency to attract and retain the best qualified person-
In another action, the board approved the establish-
ment of a vessel booking system as a permanent service to
Canal users. The booking system will be available on a
voluntary basis for all Canal customers and could be used
by them in emergencies or whenever the need arises for an
assured timely transit. The system will become effective on
or about April 1, 1983.
The board also approved the budget premises for
fiscal year 1985, thus permitting the Commission to im-
mediately begin preparation of the agency's budget for that
year. The proposed fiscal year 1985 budget will be
presented to the board for approval at its July meeting.
In addition, the board voted to propose to the Presi-
dent of the United States a tolls increase of 9.8 percent. For
a detailed report on the proposed tolls increase, see the ad-
Tolls increase recommended
A 9.8 percent tolls increase was recommended by the
Panama Canal Commission Board of Directors last week
during its first meeting in fiscal year 1983. If the rates are
approved by the President of the United States, 30 days ad-
vance notice must be given to the public before the rates
may go into effect. This would be only the fourth time in
the 68-year history of the Panama Canal that tolls have
been raised. It would also be the lowest increase ever.
Panama Canal tolls are based on net vessel tons of 100
cubic feet of actual earning capacity determined in accor-
dance with the Canal's rules of measurement of vessels.
These rules of measurement have been in effect since the
opening of the Canal in 1914 and have been amended
twice, once in 1938 and again in 1976. In accordance with
the measurement rules, a vessel is assigned a Panama
Canal net tonnage which forms the foundation for the tolls
that it pays.
When the Canal opened for commercial traffic in
1914, tolls were levied at the rate of $1.20 per Panama
Canal net ton for laden vessels; $0.72 for vessels in ballast
(without cargo), and $0.50 for warships and other vessels
measured on a displacement basis.
The tolls collected were also subject to a limitation
based on a decision by the United States attorney general.
The total tolls collected, according to this limitation, could
not exceed $1.25 per net registered ton for the same vessel
measured under the maritime laws of the United States.
This procedure became known as the "dual measurement
system," It was found to be difficult to administer and was
eventually eliminated in 1983.
That same year also saw a revision of the laden toll
rate. This rate was reduced from $1.20 to $0.90 per
Panama Canal net ton while the ballast and displacement
toll rates remained the same. This reduction was made
possible due to the elimination of the dual measurement
system. Overall, however, Canal toll revenues were essen-
These rates remained in effect until the 1970's when
the worldwide recession and, later, the reopening of the
Suez Canal resulted in a decline in the number of vessels
using the Panama Canal. This reduced activity, in addition
to the impact of inflation, contributed to the disparity be-
tween operating costs and revenues that the Canal organi-
zation experienced at that time.
To offset these adverse circumstances, the Canal orga-
nization, was required to raise toll rates for the first time in
its history. Toll rates were increased 19.7 percent in 1974
followed by a 19.5 percent increase in 1976. Another toll
rate increase, amounting to 29.3 percent, went into effect
on October 1, 1979. This increase was principally due to
new financial commitments mandated by the Torrijos-
Carter treaties, which went into effect on that date. Canal
toll rates are now $1.67 per Panama Canal net ton for
laden vessels, $1.33 for ballast vessels, and $0.93 per dis-
placement ton for warships and similar vessels.
Currently, the Canal is again experiencing a signifi-
cant reduction in the number of transits due primarily to
the loss of Alaskan crude oil trade to the new trans-
Isthmian pipeline in Panama. This important trade has
been using the Canal since 1977, reaching a peak in fiscal
year 1982 when the Canal earned over $50 million in tolls
and related revenues from this traffic. The virtually com-
plete loss of this trade has contributed to the Board of
Directors' decision for approving the latest tolls increase.
In addition, there has been a downturn of other trades due
to worldwide economic conditions.
Considerable efforts have been made to minimize the
impact on Canal users. The Commission is required by law
to balance revenues with expenditures each fiscal year, but
the new tolls increase is expected to make up only part of
the anticipated loss of revenue. The balance will be covered
through careful financial management. In this way, the
Commission will continue to provide efficient service that is
competitive with the costs of other transportation alterna-
tives available to the users.
R.P. enacts new criminal code
A new criminal code has been enacted by the Govern-
ment of Panama and will become effective throughout the
Republic on March 22, 1983. It contains 391 articles and is
based on modern trends in criminal law.
The legislation incorporates for the first time into the
Panamanian criminal justice system a concept known as
the "day-fine" ("dias-multa"). Used in most cases where
fixed fines were once assessed, the "day-fine" is based on
the convicted individual's ability to pay. Such data as in-
come, means of subsistence, and expenses are used to cal-
culate the sum that the individual will be charged for each
day's penalty handed down by the judge. The minimum
penalty under this system is a 25 day-fine and the max-
imum is a 365 day-fine. When the convicted individual
lives solely on wages (that is, he has no other source of in-
come other than his own labor, the law provides that a day-
fine levied against him cannot exceed 50 percent of his
earnings for that period. Finally, it should be noted that, if
an individual fails to pay a day-fine which has been impos-
ed upon him, he may be jailed for half the number of days
set for that fine.
The legislation also makes illegal a number of actions
not previously considered criminal in nature. Among the
new crimes are two that are concerned with child custody
and support and with alimony. First, a relative who takes
custody of a minor without authorization from the child's
legal guardian is subject to imprisonment for a period of 6
months to 2 years. Second, noncompliance with a judicial
or administrative obligation to pay alimony or child sup-
port may result in a prison sentence of 6 months to 1 year,
or in a 50 to 100 day-fine. These penalties can be increased
by one-third if the defendant either resigns from a job or
divests himself of funds in an effort to avoid such an obliga-
Under the new law, stiff penalties may be imposed for
improper financial transactions. For example, the inten-
tional distribution of checks without sufficient funds will be
punishable by a term of imprisonment of 1 to 3 years and
by a 50 to 100 day-fine. When such a check is issued due to
carelessness or negligence, the penalty will be a 50 to 75
day-fine. An unjustified stop-payment order may subject
the offender to imprisonment for 1 to 3 years and to a 100
to 200 day-fine. In addition to imposition of the foregoing
penalties, a copy of any conviction of these check-related
offenses will be forwarded to the Bankers' Association of
While these penalties are relatively severe, the law also
provides that if a bad check, or a check upon which an im-
proper stop-payment order has been placed, is paid in full
within 48 hours of the time the insufficiency or stop-
payment order is reported, no criminal sanctions will be
imposed but a 20 to 40 day-fine penalty will be maintained.
Also of interest is the fact that crimes against the col-
lective security (for example, arson, flooding, piracy, hi-
jacking, and acts adversely affecting the public health) have
been expanded in the new code to include illegal drug ac-
tivity. The possession of drugs is distinguished from traf-
ficking, and providing minors with drugs is to be severely
punished. In addition, the kind of drug and danger associ-
ated with it will determine the severity of punishment im-
The law also provides that the illegal exercise of a pro-
fession (such as medicine, law, or public accounting) for
which a special license or credentials are required may
result in imprisonment for a period of 6 months to 2 years
or in a 100 to 150 day-fine.
Medical doctors who fail to notify the authorities of
diseases when required may receive 20 to 100 day-fine. Is-
suance of a false medical certificate regarding the existence
or nonexistence of an illness when such a statement could
damage other people is punishable by a 40 to 150 day-fine.
When the purpose of this certificate is to wrongfully detain
an individual in a psychiatric or medical institution, the of-
fender may be imprisoned for 1 to 3 years.
Copies of the entire criminal code may be purchased
in Spanish from the Panama Bar Association headquarters,
located on Mexico Avenue in Panama City, at a cost of $6
each. Commission employees and their dependents with
questions concerning specific provisions of this law may
refer them to the Office of General Counsel which will at-
tempt to answer them as time permits.
Africanized bees settle in Panama
A nest of Africanized bees made an unwelcome ap-
pearance at Miraflores Locks last week as Panama Canal
Commission employees prepared to dewater the east lane
in connection with the miter gate overhaul. The nest was
safely eliminated, with only a 2- or 3-hour delay exper-
ienced at the work site.
The nest was discovered in the skylight of a caisson be-
ing installed in the lower locks chamber. The moment the
bees were sighted, the area surrounding the caisson was
vacated, and Sebastian Aguilera, an environmental health
technician in the Sanitation and Grounds Management Di-
vision was called to the site. Covered from head to foot in
heavy protective clothing made for this purpose, and arm-
ed with appropriate equipment, Mr. Aguilera extermi-
nated the 20,000 to 30,000 bees in the caisson. No one was
hurt in the incident, and work on the locks was safely
Africanized bees arrived in the Canal area from South
America in March 1982. Ever since their presence on the
Isthmus was verified, a high state of readiness has been
maintained by the Commission's Sanitation and Grounds
Management Division, the U.S. Army Medical Activity-
Panama (MEDDAC), and the Defense Facilities Engineer
(DEE) to effectively counter the presence of the bees and
educate the public as to their habits and behavior. During
this time over 150 swarms and nests have been eliminated
within the Canal area by Commission or Department of
Defense control teams.
Tolls increase to be effective March 12
The first increase in Panama Canal toll rates in over 3
years will go into effect on March 12. The rate increase was
approved by the President of the United States and pub-
lished in the Federal Register on February 9.
The tolls rate hike will be 9.8 percent, which increases
rates from $1.67 to $1.83 per Panama Canal net ton for
vessels laden with passengers and cargo, from $1.33 to
$1.46 for vessels in ballast, and from $0.93 to $1.02 per dis-
placement ton for warships and other specialized vessels as-
sessed on that basis.
Complex maintenance tasks completed
during scheduled Canal-wide lane outage
The Panama Canal Commission successfully com-
pleted a wide range of renovations and maintenance pro-
jects at Miraflores, Pedro Miguel, and Gatun Locks during
scheduled lane outages at all three locks from February 6 to
13. A similar outage in opposite lanes begins this Sunday,
February 27, and will continue through midnight on
The simultaneous shutdown was planned in conjunc-
tion with the Miraflores Locks miter gate overhaul, which
requires that each lane be dewatered for a period of 1 week
so that the chambers can be prepared to receive the refur-
bished gates. The gates, currently in the Balboa drydock,
are scheduled to be returned to the locks during the latter
part of March.
Readying the chambers for the refurbished gates calls
for replacing hollow quoin plates and making adjustments
to the concrete sills. Hollow quoin plates, elongated slabs of
thick metal, form a vertical seal between the miter gates
and the lock chamber walls. Worn, eroded plates are
blasted out and surrounding concrete receptacles are resur-
faced before the new, Japanese-made plates are installed.
The final step in new quoin plate installation involves pour-
ing hot babbit between the plates and the concrete wall.
Because the dimensions of the miter gates have been
altered somewhat during the overhaul process, an essential
part of the dry chamber work is to make corresponding al-
terations to the concrete sill on the chamber floor. The sill
provides the horizontal seal between the miter gates and the
chamber floor, necessitating precision fit.
New roads to ease traffic
Two roads are being built by the Panama Ministry of
Public Works that will ease traffic congestion into and out
of the Canal area. Both roads will link up with Via Ricardo
J. Alfaro, known as Tumba Muerto.
Plans disclosed by the ministry indicate that Test
Block Road, which traverses the entrance of the Curundu
Riding Club, will be widened and repaved with asphalt ce-
ment and will be extended 1 kilometer to make the linkup
with Via Ricardo J. Alfaro. The road, which will be named
Via Juan Pablo II, has an estimated cost of $82,000.
Another project will join Via Ricardo J. Alfaro with
Friendship Road, near the installations being built for the
Institute Panameno de Rehabilitacion Especial (IPHE).
This road will pass through a housing development now
under construction and empty into Via Ricardo J. Alfaro
by way of El Dorado Boulevard, which will be widened.
The new road is to be called Via General Omar Torrijos
Scheduled for completion in approximately 3 months,
the two roads will also provide easy access to the offices of
the Ministry of Public Works as well as other offices of the
Panama government that are to be installed in the Curun-
du area. Already operating in the area are a telephone ex-
change, the Civil Aeronautics Board, the Sanitation and
Traffic departments, and the National Guard Engineer
Corps headquarters. The Customs Department also plans
to set up installations in the area.
Pope John Paul II to visit Panama
Pope John Paul II is scheduled to arrive at Gen. Omar
Torrijos International Airport at 9:30 on the morning of
March 5 for a 1-day stay in Panama. As he has done in his
visits to other countries, his first act upon arrival from San
Jose, Costa Rica, will be to kiss the ground. He will then be
greeted by President Ricardo De la Espriella, the Presi-
dent's cabinet, and members of the diplomatic corps.
Following the official welcoming ceremony, the Pope
will be flown by helicopter to Albrook Air Force Station for
a concelebrated field mass to begin at 11 a.m. The mass is
expected to be attended by thousands, and strict security
measures will be observed, according to a spokesman for
the committee organizing the visit.
Pastors of the different Catholic parishes of Panama
City and Colon will select members of their congregations
to receive Holy Communion from the Pope at the field
mass. Other communicants will receive the sacrament from
bishops and other priests who will be assisting the Pope
during the 2-hour celebration. In keeping with the ecumen-
ical spirit, Christians of other denominations are also plan-
ning to attend.
Following the mass, the Pope will have a rest stop at
the home of Apostolic Nuncio Jose S. Laboa. It is there
that he will say his regular Saturday rosary that will be
broadcast live by Vatican Radio at 2:45 p.m.
Commission distributes report
on vessel measurement system
The Panama Canal Commission this week began
worldwide distribution of a consultant's report recom-
mending a change in the Canal's vessel tonnage measure-
ment system. Shipping lines using the Canal, shipbuilders,
major commodity shippers, and other private and govern-
mental organizations are being sent copies of an executive
summery of the report, which is based on a 2-year study by
the Commission's tolls consultant, Arthur Andersen & Co.
In releasing the report, Panama Canal Commission
Administrator D.P. McAuliffe stressed that the report was
only a recommendation, and that final action on the rec-
ommendation would be taken by the Commission's Board
of Directors only after both informal and formal procedures
had been followed to gather comments from interested
The Panama Canal has been using a tonnage mea-
surement system derived from national tonnage certificates
since the Canal opened in 1914. However, in 1982, 57
maritime nations began implementing the new Universal
Measurement System (UMS) adopted after many years of
research and development under the auspices of the Inter-
national Maritime Organization of the United Nations.
"The Panama Canal Commission recognized its re-
sponsibility to world shipping to investigate the new ton-
nage system and initiated a study in 1980 to determine
whether the UMS could be integrated with our present
system as the basis for Panama Canal tolls," the Admini-
strator said. "Arthur Andersen & Co. has developed a
mathematical approach to permit derivation of Panama
Canal tonnage from the builder's Universal Tonnage certi-
ficate in minutes in comparison to the task that now re-
quires weeks of calculations and physical verification."
In making the announcement, Mr. McAuliffe empha-
sized that because tolls must by law be set to recover costs,
the change would have no impact on Canal revenues. The
new system would only apply to new vessels constructed
under UMS, and current customers would continue to
have their tolls computed on their present tonnage. The
study indicates that the change would result in little or no
change in the tolls paid by individual ships.
In addition to requesting informal comments on the
report copies now being distributed, the Commission also
plans to hold a series of symposiums over the next several
months to discuss the ramifications of the new system and
gather additional comments. These symposiums are plan-
ned for Panama, New York, London, Tokyo, and a site to
be selected on the west coast of South America. Following
these meetings and the evaluation of informal comments,
the Board of Directors will consider whether to proceed
with the formal legal procedures such a change would re-
Oil skimmer arrives
The Panama Canal Commission has purchased its se-
cond oil skimmer, a vessel with a tank that is capable of
holding up to 34 barrels (or 1,428 gallons) of recovered oil.
The 30-foot-long boat is now undergoing a thorough series
of tests before its formal acceptance. At that time it will join
the other Dredging Division oil skimmer as part of the
arsenal that is available to fight against oil pollution in
Panama Canal waters.
Most ships using the Canal leave clean water in the
wakes. A small number of users, however, spill oil into the
Canal, endangering area wildlife and creating fire hazards.
A number of spills are the result of careless action on the
part of ship personnel who, even through its prohibited, de-
posit oily wastes into the Canal when they wash down
decks, clean tanks, or pump bilges. Spills can also be caus-
ed by mechanical problems, by carelessness in bunkering
operations, and on rare occasions, by accidents.
Oil spills must be detected, contained, and cleaned
up. These activities have been assigned to the Dredging
Division's Aquatic Weed and Oil Pollution Control Sec-
tion, headed by Cesar Von Chong.
To make control efforts more manageable, the Canal
is divided into three operating areas, each with a control of-
ficer: John C. Jordan for the Pacific area, Roger A.
Graham for the Atlantic area, and Mr. Von Chong for the
central area. On call around the clock, the control officers
monitor spills in the Canal and are also concerned with oil
leaks in the adjacent land areas.
One of the biggest clean-up jobs in Canal history took
place in 1980 after a vessel ran into the bank near Gamboa
and lost 4,000 barrels of oil in the waterway. For 27 days,
personnel from throughout the Commission contributed to
the clean-up effort. Every available weapon was used, in-
cluding the Commission's first oil skimmer. The skimmer
outperformed other methods in every way, except for its in-
ability to get into tight areas.
to attend papal Mass
by David Constable
They came in droves, on foot and by motor vehicle.
Some came on crutches. Their main purpose was to see
and hear Pope John Paul II and to witness the first visit
ever of a pontiff to Panama.
They started gathering at sunup on Saturday, the day
of the visit, in an area once called Albrook Field, not far
from the Panama Canal Commission Administration
Building. Now designated "Parque Industrial Simon
Bolivar," the area had been cleared by work crews of the
Ministry of Public Works and Civic Action platoons of the
National Guard. It was there that the Pope would lead a
concelebrated field Mass, one of the three public appear-
ances he made during his 1-day visit to Panama.
Members of the National Guard were at their places
long before the crowd started to gather for the Mass.
Security agents, not easily identifiable, mingled unob-
trusively with the crowd, which grew in numbers that
morning to an estimated 300,000 people.
Among those assembled to attend the Mass were Pan-
ama Canal Commission Administrator D.P. McAuliffe
and Deputy Administrator Fernando Manfredo, Jr., who
had been invited by President Ricardo De la Espriella.
Many other Commission employees were also in atten-
Known as the "Pilgrim Pope" because of his exten-
sive travels throughout the world, the Pope arrived at the
Parque Industrial Simon Bolivar by helicopter, which had
taken him from General Omar Torrijos Airport following
welcoming ceremonies and an exchange of greetings with
President De la Espirella. Disembarking from the helicop-
ter, the Pope boarded the "pope-mobile," distinguished by
a bulletproof glass cubicle in which the Pope was able to
stand and impart his blessing. The pope-mobile circled the
orderly crowd on its way to the newly built altar.
There was silence as the Pope mounted the red-
carpted stairs leading to the top of the huge, covered alter,
which was beautifully decorated with tropical plants and
flowers. At the appointed time, the long-awaited pontifical
A chosen few, 202 to be exact, received Holy Com-
munion from the pontiff himself. They were parents of
local priests and lay workers. Thousands more received
Holy Communion from the 200 priests assisting with the
Mass, who went into the crowds. Archbishop Marcos G.
McGrath and other bishops participated.
The Mass lasted 90 minutes, and most of the crowd
remained until the conclusion, when the Pontifical March,
the Panama national anthem, and the Hymn of Jesus were
played. The Pope went from there to the home of the papal
ambassador (the apostolic nunciature) where he rested
before completing the day's busy itinerary.
Many spectators at the field Mass marvled at the
Pope's ability to withstand Panama's intense heat in his
heavy ecclesiastic raiment. "Just imagine," one woman
said. "We live here and we find it suffocating. He must be
suffering immensely." Indeed, many people were over-
whelmed both by the heat and by the press of the crowds
and had to be given emergency first-aid treatment. Some
were taken by ambulance to nearby hospitals for further
Heavy-lift ship makes transit
by Susan K. Stabler
"Captain, you have the distinction of skippering the
ugliest ship to transit the Canal today." That was the
cheery message radioed by Commission Towboat Master
Charles Flockhart to the captain of theJumbo Challenger dur-
ing the vessel's approach to Gatun Locks for her recent
Whether or not the vessel is "ugly" is strictly a matter
of opinion, although most people would agree that the
squat, top-heavy looking ship is unusual. Measuring just
63 feet wide by 360 feet long, the blue-hulled Jumbo
Challenger is not jumbo-sized in the traditional sense. Her
two massive, upright booms, however, do make her some-
thing of a giant in the category of heavy-lift vessels.
Each of the two booms has a lifting capacity of 500
tons, which means a tandem capacity of 1,000 tons the
greatest lifting capacity of any ship of this type in the world.
By comparison, the Panama Canal Commission's floating
crane Hercules has a lifting capacity of 250 tons. The Jumbo
Challenger was launched in Holland in October 1982. An
exact duplicate, the Fairmast, is scheduled to be launched
shortly, after which the two sister ships will share the
honors in heavy-liftdom.
The Jumbo Shipping Company is based in Geneva,
Switzerland. All 11 ships in the company's fleet are design-
ed as heavy-lift vessels with a lifting power ranging from 60
to 1,000 tons. The holds of these jumbo ships are like shoe-
boxes rectangular and unobstructed, with lids that come
Heavy-lift vessels specialize in carrying complicated,
heavy, bulky cargos. They tote such things as large con-
signments of locomotives; tugs, landing crafts, dredges,
and barges; prefabricated helicopter landing pads for off-
shore oil drilling operations; and a wide range of industrial
Explorers of all ages to compete in
historic trans-Isthmian race
Special thanks go to Robert R. Arnold, Richard "Pat" Beall,
and Wesley "Red" Townsend for their assistance in the preparation
of this article.
One of the most interesting and original events on the
Isthmus is the Explorers' annual ocean-to-ocean cayuco
race. During the 3-day event, cayucos are paddled some 50
miles through the Panama Canal.
A cayuco is a small, wooden boat that is made by dig-
ging out a tree trunk. These boats were originally used by
pre-Columbian Indians for transportation on rivers and
along the coast.
The race was the result of a brainstorm by Gerald A.
Doyle, Jr., former chairman of the Canal Zone Explorer
committee. Mr. Doyle was once described in a local news-
paper as "the live wire who keeps thinking up challenging
stunts for the Explorers to do."
With the help from a number of other interested
adults, the race became a reality in 1954 and has been held
every year since. The 30th annual race will be from March
25 through 27 this year.
Panama Canal Commission electrical engineer Daniel
George was one of the Explorers who participated in the
first race, representing Post 12 of Gatun. He also entered
the following 2 years and was a member of the winning
crew in 1955.
Although 1955's winning time of 8 hours and 56
minutes seems long in comparison to today's records, Mr.
George points out that the early racers took any boat they
could get, while nowadays the crews are able to select and
modify their cayucos for speed. Most race officials agree
that Explorers also spend a lot more time practicing and are
far more competitive than they used to be.
David Miller, chief of the Industrial Division Admini-
strative Branch, was another Post 12 representative in
three of the early races. Mr. Miller participated in 1955,
1956, and 1956. He recalls that crews relied on fresh limes
and lemons to quench their thirst during the race and on
hats, suntan lotion, and long-sleeved pajamas to protect
themselves from the scorching, tropical sun. They also
wore bathing suits under their clothing so that they could
take a quick dip whenever they felt like cooling off.
In those days the Explorers used to stay over in Gatun
and Gamboa after the first two legs of the race. An in-
teresting fact about the 1954 race is that the participants
spent the night in jail not because they had misbehaved,
but because that's where the Police Division had offered to
put them up.
Over the years the boats have been modified, the
course has been altered somewhat, different customs have
come and gone, and other changes have been made, but
one thing about the race has remained constant. The goal
is, and always has been, to win. Mr. Miller remembers that
comradery and the good times that made the race enjoy-
able, but adds that the biggest incentive for participation
was "eyeballing the first-place trophy."
Most of today's racers still have their eyes on that
trophy. Trophies are also given out to the second-, third-,
and fourth-place boats, and rotating trophies are presented
to the winning all-female and mixed crews.
To make the race a little more interesting (and to com-
pensate those who don't do so well) early race officials came
up with the Lead Anchor Award and the Hard Luck
Award. The first is given to the boat that finishes last
within qualifying time limits, while the other goes to the
crew that experiences the most difficulties during the race.
Although the majority of participants enter the race in
competitive, "trophy" boats, others who want to par-
ticipate on a non-competitive basis are welcome. These
crews are not eligible for a trophy, but they get a patch if
they complete the race.
Only registered Explorers are allowed to participate in
trophy boats, but "patch" boats may be composed of adult
advisors or Explorers who are in the race strictly to enjoy
themselves. Another difference is that, unlike trophy boats,
patch boats are not limited to four people.
In recent years the number of adults entering the race
has grown and the rivalry among them has intensified. In
fact, for the first time ever, race officials are offering a
rotating trophy to the winning patch boat this year.
The growth in the number of adults participating may
be a recent trend, but the idea itself goes back to the second
race in 1955. Wesley "Red" Townsend, who was the ad-
visor of Post 3 in Balboa, and Explorer Joel Esslinger
managed to finish the grueling race and earn patches that
Originally a "man's event," the race was opened to
females when they were admitted to Exploring. According
to Mr. Townsend, the first female to earn a patch was Kelly
Coe, another representative of Gatun's Post 12. Ms. Coe
helped her three male crew members on the Steer Clearto
capture fourth place in 1977. Crews may now be composed
entirely of either sex or of any combination of the two.
Not only does the race build up Exploring in the com-
munity, it also encourages the young people involved to de-
velop a number of positive character traits. Practicing dil-
ingently for months before the race teaches them a lot
about discipline. Teamwork is another thing they have to
learn as they work together toward a common goal.
The race can also be instrumental in the development
of leadership. A body of cayuco captains, elected by each
crew, makes the decisions on how to deal with infractions
and other problems that arise during and after the event.
One area where the adult advisors exercise full control
is in matters of safety, and these rules are strictly enforced.
Escort boats accompany the cayucos at a safe distance
throughout the race to offer assistance if it is needed.
The Panama Canal Commission helps out by pro-
viding officials to coordinate the movements of the cayucos
to prevent any interference with Canal traffic. The Com-
mission also gives the boats a free transit of the waterway.
Winners of the 30th annual ocean-to-ocean cayuco race pose with
their trophies. From left are captain Mark Dekle, Brian Robin-
son, queen Myra Brannon, John Thurber, and Alen Dekle.
Sponsored by the U.S. Navy, the crew paddled through the Panama
Canal in 5 hours 45 minutes 45 seconds.
Photo by Don Goode
Commission makes early transfer of
buildings to RP
Earlier this week, the Panama Canal Commission
turned over keys for three buildings in Santa Cruz to the
Panama National Guard. The action and an accompany-
ing letter of authorization permits the National Guard to
utilize the facilities for a police academy pending their for-
mal transfer to the Government of Panama.
In a brief ceremony on Monday, Lt. Col. Julian Melo
B., chief of the National Guard's police force, accepted the
keys for Buildings 78, 79, and 332 from Edward M.
Chism, the Commission's staff assistant to the administra-
tor. After promising that the academy would "in no way
interfere with the peaceful way of life in the Gamboa com-
munity," Colonel Melo turned the keys over to the
academy's commandant, Lt. Carlos Arana. A number of
representatives of the Gamboa Residents' Advisory Com-
mittee (RAC) were present for the ceremony.
Plans for the use of Building 78 (the former Santa
Cruz School) include the setting up of administrative of-
fices, classrooms, a library, and a language lab. Building 79
(the old gym) will be the dorm area for students and facul-
ty. Plans for Building 332 (the former Sanitation and
Grounds Management Branch field office) are not finalized
at this point in time. In addition to these facilities, the
academy will have use of the adjacent tennis and basketball
courts and baseball field.
JCE meets, discusses watershed
The need to regulate the use of lands located in the
Canal watershed and other conservation measures were
discussed last week at the fifth meeting of the Joint Com-
mission on the Environment (JCE), a binational organiza-
tion established pursuant to the 1977 Panama Canal Trea-
The main interest of the commissioners was the pres-
ervation of the watershed, which provides water for opera-
tion of the Panama Canal. The 2-day meeting was held in
Panama and included a visit to the Miraflores Locks and
an overflight of the watershed.
After an exchange of views, the joint commissioners
approved a resolution citing their concern over deforesta-
tion in the watershed. The resolution has been submitted to
the governments of Panama and the United States, urging
that renewed measures be taken to conserve the watershed.
As part of the agenda, the JCE received a briefing by Dr.
Sergio Castillo, head of the National Directorate of Renew-
able Resources (RENARE).
Members of the JCE are Dr. Abdiel Adames, presi-
dent; Dr. Pedro Galindo and Daniel Muschett representing
Panama; and co-president Mary Rose Hughes, Dr. Nor-
man C. Roberts, and Paul D. Guth for the United States.
The next meeting of the commission is scheduled for
June 29 and 30 in Panama City.
Maintenance Division scores big point
for overhaul safety
The Panama Canal Commission Maintenance Divi- -
sion recently completed 32,000 man-hours of work with
only one minor accident, which earned safety awards for a
number of very deserving Maintenance Division super-
visors. The work was accomplished during the Miraflores
Locks miter gate overhaul in two 12-hour shifts per day
and included east and west chamber sill work, sand-
bagging, and the inspection and repair of the barnacle-
lined culverts where a scrape immediately becomes an in-
When asked for the secret of this success story, safety
specialist Bob Winford said, "It reflects a superior job by
the supervisors." He explained that these supervisors
maintain a safety program throughout the year to assure
that equipment is performing properly, that the correct ..
protective clothing is worn, and that all personnel follow es-
tablished safety regulations.
During the current overhaul, this program has been
strictly enforced. Diligent supervision has assured that
proper safety precautions have been taken, even during the
final hours of the long shifts when eyelids become heavy
and cutting corners might be tempting.
The "Hercules" lifts the first of the four refurbished miter gates back
into position at Miraflores Locks, marking the beginning of the end
Sof the overhaul. See page 4 for a photo review of the miter gate
Photo by Kevin Jenkins
.Site of former Tivoli Hotel
Stakes on new appearance
by David Constable
The site where the Tivoli Hotel once stood has taken
on a new look. Since 1972, when the hotel's sprawling
wooden structure was torn down, the area has remained
vacant, except for a small building occupied by the admini-
strative offices of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Insti-
tute. There is now a new concrete structure on the site,
built for the Library of Tropical Sciences.
The Smithsonian Institution, which is the parent or-
ganization of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute,
Two Miraflores Locks miter gates, held in place by buoys, float in built the library to provide a center for the scientific study
Miraflores Lake, awaiting the end of the overhaul when they will be of tropical flora and fauna. It will be used by recipients of
reinstalled. Each gate carries an air compressor that pumps air into Smithsonian Institution scholarships, students from uni-
the hollow sections of the gate to keep it afloat. versities in Panama, and research scientists from all over
Photo by Kevin Jenkins the world. It is also open to the public.
The Library of Tropical Sciences occupies the site of the former Tivoli
Built at a cost of approximately $500,000, the library
has about 20,000 volumes and 800 bound magazines
covering a wide range of scientific and technological fields.
The library's director, Dr. Carol Joplin, says that most of
the books are in English, but that there are some in Spanish
and a few in French.
The library's holdings began with a small collection
which, since 1923, was kept by the Smithsonian Tropical
Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island. The collec-
tion increased as a result of private donations and the
Smithsonian's acquisition program. The books were trans-
ferred in 1968 to a building in Ancon opposite the Gorgas
Army Community Hospital and remained there until the
new library was completed.
Inaugurated on April 7, the library is now operating
on the following schedule: from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday,
Wednesday, Thursdays, and Fridays; from 8 a.m. to 8
p.m. on Tuesdays; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Satur-
"QE2" breaks own record
The Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth 2 has made its tenth
transit through the Panama Canal Friday and in so doing
broke its own toll record.
It was the first transit of the QE2 since the new toll
rates went into effect this March. As a result of a 9.8 per-
cent increase, the cruise liner paid a total of $97,696.38 -
$8,547.76 more than its previous record toll established on
January 25, 1980.
Aboard were 1,053 crew members and 1,559 passen-
gers, nearly all of whom gathered on the right side of the
963-foot liner to watch the transit through the waterway.
The QE2 remained at the Cristobal dock until 8 p.m. when
it departed on the rest of a 61-day luxury cruise.
Although the locks' chambers are just 1,000 feet long
and 110 feet wide, the huge liner, just as it has on all its
previous transits, went through the Canal as smoothly as
possible due to careful advance planning and efficient
handling by the Marine Bureau.
Military retirees on PCC rolls lose
As required by a recent act of Congress, letters were
mailed early last week to all Commission employees who
were identified as military retirees, notifying them of the
requirement that the Commission deduct from their pay an
amount equal to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in
their uniformed service retirement pay. The COLA offset
will be reflected in the "Pay Adjustments" block of the
employee statement, beginning April 25, 1983.
Employees who are military retirees but who have not
received a letter notifying them of the COLA offset, should
contact the chief of the Personnel Records-Administrative
Branch. Office of Personnel Administration, at 52-3311 or
Employees not now identified as military retirees and
who are identified as such at time of separation will be sub-
ject to retroactive deductions in accordance with the law.
Fair promotes commerce
"Panama is more than just a canal," says the narrator
at the beginning of a film shown at the Panama Canal
Commission pavilion at the David International Fair last
month. Prepared for the fair by Paul Evans and Roger
Guerra of the Commission Graphic Branch, the film sur-
veys the riches of Chiriqui and the provincial capital,
Indeed, Panama is more than a canal. Yet, the water-
way is one of the attractive features of the country that
make it a logical site for an international gathering such as
the annual fair in David.
Held in mid-March, this year's fair was the 28th. Or-
iginally a local event, the fair grew to include other coun-
tries. This year 12 countries participated the United
States, Israel, Taiwan, France, Colombia, and all of Cen-
tral America except Belize.
The city of David has allocated a generous space to the
fairgrounds. The enclosed area is crisscrossed by shaded
lanes lined with numerous permanent structures to house
exhibits. There is also a bullfighting ring and an amphi-
theater to handle large events. During the 10-day fair,
many temporary pavilions are erected, such as the tent
used by the Commission for its exhibit.
The Panama Canal Commission exhibit attracted a
lot of attention. Emphasizing the Canal's contribution to
Panama and to the international maritime industry, the ex-
hibit depicted a scene of the Canal with a container ship in
transit. Shiny metallic objects, called "flickers," were used
in the exhibit's design. As they fluttered in the wind, the
scene was put into constant motion. Adding to the pa-
vilion's popularity were the videotapes on the Canal and
places of interest in Panama.
While most of the pavilions were filled with native
products, the U.S. pavilion had an international theme and
focused on business enterprises in Caribbean countries. In
fact, business activity was in evidence all over the fair-
grounds and represented many nations.
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News from Dothan, Alabama
A "warm" hello from chilly Dothan. What happened
to Spring? We had already planted our vegetable garden
and now we have to run out at night and cover it. Hope it is
The president of the Dothan-Zonian coffee klatch,
Jack Hern, asked me to inform any visitors who may come
this way and wish to join them at coffee, that they now
meet at Albertson's Coffee Shop which is located on the
Ross Clark Circle. They had to leave their original meeting
place at Montgomery Ward because the cafeteria was
closed. There is another group that meet at Porter Square
Mall on Main Street. This group is headed by Bill Benny.
Oh yes, they meet at 9:30 a.m. I also wish to inform any of
the ladies that the Birthday Group meet for lunch on the
first Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the Olympia
Spa on Highway 231 South. Please join us if you can.
There are usually about 60 women at these luncheons.
In the early part of February about 15 Dothan-
Zonians had an opportunity to go to Atlantic City, New
Jersey. This was a two-day excursion .. and at a fabulous
fare. Those that went had a great time and are looking for-
ward to going back. They did say it was a bit cold.
In February, Elsie and Woody Woodruff drove to
Florida for a visit with Elsie's sister and brother-in-law,
Grace and Jack Morris of Pinellas Park. From there they
drove to the Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Resort to join their
daughter, Linda Weir, who was there with her boss at-
tending meetings. Linda is the executive secretary to the
President of Swett and Crawford, an insurance brokerage
firm in Los Angeles, CA.
While in the Orlando area, Elsie and Woody over-
nighted with good friends, Nina and Ivan Jenkins in
Deltona. Charlene and Chuck Fowler of Springfield,
MO, who have been vacationing in the area in their motor
home, were dinner guests at the Jenkins. It was fun talking
over old times as several years ago Charlene and Elsie
worked together at Ft. Amador, and Chuck, Ivan and
Woody were co-workers at Miraflores Locks.
From Florida, Elsie, Woody and Linda drove to
Douglasville, GA for a short visit with Darleen (Wood-
ruff) and Joe Hunt, Jr. and their three daughters.
Captain and Mrs. Joseph M. Hunt, Jr. and three
daughters spent the Easter holidays with their parents, Lou
and Joe Hunt and Elsie and Woody Woodruff.
John and Mary Urey returned to Dothan after
spending a month in San Jose, Costa Rica, and Panama.
While in Costa Rica, Dennis and Cristy Gilbert had a
lovely dinner party honoring the Ureys on their 40th wed-
ding anniversary. Highlight of their celebration was a
"serenata" by a ten-piece mariachi band. In Panama, the
Ureys visited with Tom and Lorraine (Urey) Dugan and
with many friends on both sides of the Isthmus. There have
been many changes in Panama, but the hospitality remains
the same Great!
Father Dan Renaldo (formerly of St. Mary's, Balboa)
and Father Francis Lynch (formerly of Sacret Heart, An-
con) were visitors in Dothan. Father Dan is on the Novena
Band and was on his way back north from Florida and
Father Lynch is now in Tallassee, AL, which is near Mont-
gomery. They played golf with some of their former
parishioners. It was real good to see them.
A group went on a chartered bus tour of the Bellin-
grath Gardens which are in Mobile, AL, and are one of the
most beautiful gardens in the United States. Unfortunately
that day was the one in which the rains came and flooded
Mobile, New Orleans, etc. They were able to see slides and
were taken in a bus around the gardens and visited the
lovely homes. In spite of the rains they all had a good time.
Catherine and Eddie Filo had Bev and Jim
Brigman as guests for a few days. Bev and Jim live in
Tampa and are always the Filo's host for the reunion. They
had come to Tallahassee to spend the Easter holidays with
their son, Jimmy and his family. Bev was able to attend
our April birthday luncheon and saw many of her former
Canal Zone friends.
Our congratulations to Helen Peddrick who was
elected National Secretary to NARFE. Helen is from
Lillian, AL and a member of the Dothan Society. She is
now in Washington, D.C. fulfilling her new job.
Our condolences to Frances Sampsell on the death of
her husband, H. Lee, and to Wilma Kennerd on the
death of her mother, Hilda Wickens.
Arlene Abbott and Kathleen Daniel visited Panama
for three weeks in March. Arlene went to see her sons who
still reside there. On April 10, Arlene, Kathleen and Alice
Clark flew to Hawaii for a few weeks. While in Hawaii
they were guests of Kathleen's daughter. These girls never
May you all have a safe and fun summer and God
Catherine (Whelan) Filo
"When winter comes will spring be far behind?" is
one of the thoughts uppermost in our minds of this corner
of our state. The rain and cold temperatures have taken
their toll on our enthusiastic gardeners but hopefully, it will
Audra Dougan was delighted with a visit, however
short, from John's youngest brother, Bernard, and his
wife, from New Jersey. Bernard works with a construction
company there. Audra's son, John Pat, who received his
master's in government from Harvard, is now living in
Ames, Iowa, and works for radio station WOI. His wife
hopes to get her business degree at Iowa State, squeezing
her courses in between her working hours. Their daughter,
Ann, is 15 and very active in all acrobatics.
Theo Hallin enjoyed a fascinating 7-day trip to
Alaska on a cruise, which started from Paducah, Kentucky.
The Statendam of the Holland American Line had shore
trips to Ketchikan, Juneau, and Sitka. Theo was thrilled as
they cruised Glacier Bay and saw huge chunks of ice break
off the glacier and heard its boom. She spent Christmas in
California and in March went to New York with 8 mem-
bers of the Fayetteville High School drama group. In May,
Mrs. Hallin will attend an Annapolis graduation of her
stepson, followed by a trip to West Point with her son,
David, for a wedding.
Mary and Dick Condon made a trip to Panama in
February, visiting in Florida and the southern states as
well, during a month's period of vacationing. They also en-
joyed being present at the regular monthly meeting of the
Pan Canal Society in Gulfport where over 100 people were
present. They had a marvelous time renewing old friend-
Max and Earl Wrenn are proud to announce the
birth of their grandson, Jessie, to Keith and Melissa
Wrenn. This raises their total to 4 grandchildren. The Sr.
Wrenns naturally went to see their newest, visiting the
Staats in Harlingen, Texas, while in that area.
Georgette Robertson is busy, showing her two York-
shire terriers which have been bringing in ribbons of all
colors in the dog shows in novice classes. Joplin is next and
will be the real test.
In the early part of March, Mike and Minnie Burton
went to Brandon, Mississippi, to visit Mike, Jr. and fam-
ily. While there, they baby-sat with their grandchildren
while Mike, Jr. and his wife took a trip. Mattie Lee
White, Minnie's oldest sister, from Las Cruces, New Mex-
ico, visited the Sr. Burtons in April. Brother Jack Brown
and Gloria from Northport, New York, spent two weeks
with the Burtons, followed by Florabelle Helmrichs and
daughter, Christine, and Mary Joe Yaeger from
Houston, Texas, over the Easter holidays. This is the ad-
vantage we have in being centrally located just great
The Andy Whitlocks, too, have had housefuls, with a
visit from Andy Lee Collins and their daughter and son-
in-law, Frances and Mark Powers from St. Louis, Mis-
souri. The Whitlock's grandson, Andrew Whitlock, the
2nd, is now taking up mechanical engineering at the Uni-
versity of Arkansas.
In February, Petie and Carl Maedl drove to Min-
neapolis to join a tour group, led by Petie's brother and
wife, to Israel. To visit this small but beautiful and fasci-
nating country with so much history, both ancient and cur-
rent, was a thrilling experience. They were amazed at the
cover of colorful flowers spread over one area, and the
great number of newly planted trees. Despite the unrest in
the Middle East they did not sense any uneasiness as they
traveled. While in Minnesota they visited family, including
Pat and Jim Krough and the grandchildren in Deep-
haven. They are making plans to go to Florida in May for
the Panama Canal reunion. Before returning home, they
expect to spend a few days with Pam and Vince Gutowski
and three grandchildren, newly moved to Charleston, Il-
linois. Vince teaches at Eastern University.
The Harry Butz family is anxiously waiting for
spring. Their garden can only boast of a few English peas,
planted in February, and only three inches tall!! Bruna
Butz, Harry's mother, just celebrated her 93rd birthday
and is doing very well.
News from Northwest Arkansas
Sarah Bircher will soon be a certified CPA. She re-
cently passed the exam and has only to complete the re-
quired term of employment in the field. Sarah graduated
from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is
employed by the accounting firm of Arthur Anderson in
Atlanta, Georgia. She is the daughter of Vernon and
Bud and Betty Balcer were visited during the Easter
holidays by Bud's brother and wife, Dr. Charles Balcer
and Elizabeth, from Sioux Falls, SD.
Virginia Favorite's Easter visitors were her daughter
and family, Ginny Lynn and Don Neidt and three
children from Skidmore, MO. The season's rotten weather
was ignored while they played bridge with Dorothy
Sanders and Evelyn Engelke.
In April, Evelyn Engelke ignored continuing un-
pleasant weather and left home for a visit with her sister,
Frances Elmendorf, and family in Illinois, stopping en
route to see brother- and sister-in-law, Herb and Willa
Engelke in Springfield, MO.
A long bout with pneumonia in January kept Leslie
Corliss from attending her classes at the University of Ar-
kansas, so upon recovery, she enrolled in American College
where she is taking courses in Business Management.
Brother John Corliss will soon graduate from high school
and is already enrolled in Rankin Technical Institute in St.
Louis where he will start in late August to attend classes in
instrumentation, a rather new field.
Mary Lou Engelke's household roster was reduced in
March when her daughter-in-law, Alice, and her baby son
left for Ft. Stewart, GA, where Tom Engelke will be sta-
tioned for awhile. In mid-April, Mary Lou was visited by
Fred and Helen Cavanaugh from Rockport, ME. The
Cavanaughs lived in the Canal Zone in the '50s.
Rojo and Kathleen Huffman have added a new 12 x
12 aluminum, screened-in patio to their house, but due to
the unusually cool weather have not been able to enjoy it
much. The cool weather also delayed Rojo's garden work,
and they haven't even gotten "MS Kathleen" out of the
garage to go fishing, as of late April. Rojo is doing a little
landscaping planting dogwood trees around the house
and spreading topsoil over the back yard. They are plan-
ning to be at the Florida reunion in May. The Huffmans
spent Easter in Conway, AR, with son Willy, Kathy and
three children, then went to Hot Springs and the horse
races, and had an enjoyable mini-vacation.
Bill and Charlotte McCue flew to San Diego to visit
Bill's uncle the last couple weeks in February. They
planned to play a little golf while there but the rains
came and a little earthquake. They did, however, enjoy
visiting and dining with Moy and Jean de la Pena a couple
Harold and Jerry Harp left Panama for the States in
January, spent a couple of months bumming around in
Idaho and skiing in Colorado, and finally arrived at their
home in Bentonville, AR, on March 8. They are now
waiting for that well-advertised "good" Arkansas weather
to arrive so they can get on with some yard work.
Also awaiting better weather is Addie Colclasure,
who recently had some additions made to her home (bed-
room, shop, and basement) which left the yard pretty
Marion Colclasure's new interest is her video
camera, tapes, etc., with which she works as much as her
many other activities allow time for. She is also the
organizer of a Monopoly tournament, held at the school
where she teaches, which will generate funds for the mul-
tiple sclerosis drive.
David Colclasure, working at Boeing Aircraft in
Wichita, KS, has been elected to the position of House
Chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Red and Alice Nail finally made that return trip to
Panama in January. They were accompanied by daughter
Lisa, son-in-law Steve Graves, and baby Stephanie.
Though a lot of changes have occurred in the nineteen
years since they lived in the Zone, it was still wonderful to
get back there. The sun was still just as hot, the ocean as
salty, and the palm trees as beautiful. Steve loved the place,
the climate, the people everything he has heard the
family talking about for years so much so that he would
have liked to find a job there and stay. The Graves re-
turned to the States loaded with souvenirs. The Nails re-
turned loaded with a severe case of Torrijos' Revenge. But
it was worth it.
PUT THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR! The North-
west Arkansas Zonians' picnic will be held on June 19 at
Agri Park, Fayetteville, from about 11 a.m. to__ Bring
your table service and a food dish of your choice. Tables,
chairs, and beverages are furnished. See you!
PCSSC 1983-84 officers and spouses (L to R) Norma and
Conrad Horine, Geneva Shrapnel, Sheila Bolke, Robert and
Rosa Dill, David and Thelma Hollowell, and David Smith,
their posts for 1983-84: President, Conrad S. Horine;
Vice-President, David C. Hollowell; Secretary-Treasurer
and Newsletter Editor, Sheila Gilbert Bolke; Chaplain,
Robert Leroy Dill; Co-Chaplain, Geneva Bliss
Shrapnel; and President Emeritus, David Leroy Smith.
Ronald Wanke expressed our gratitude to the officers, and
moved the slate be accepted as presented. The motion was
seconded and unanimously approved. David Smith gave
special thanks and appreciation to these hard-working of-
ficers and to all past officers of our Society, who stepped in
with dedicated service to bring the Society to the great
status that it enjoys today.
In a survey last year, the membership indicated a high
interest in again holding an annual picnic. In response, a
picnic has been planned for July 9 at the Long Beach Rec-
reation Park. Also, there will be the San Diego Finest City
Celebration in August at Balboa Park in San Diego. We
will have a booth, and hope many members will plan to
come and picnic with us then. There will be a flyer the first
part of June with all the pertinent details for both these
events, with time, location, etc. I sincerely hope that all of
you will be able to attend one or both of these picnics. We
would particularly like to see a large turnout of the younger
crowd. Come out and enjoy getting together with old
friends and new friends
The Annual Business Luncheon of the Panama Canal
Society of Southern California was held on Sunday, March
6, 1983, in the Harbour View Room aboard the SS Princess
Louise at San Pedro, in the Port of Los Angeles. The Pledge
of Allegiance was led by Conrad Horine, and the invoca-
tion was given by Geneva Bliss Shrapnel, Co-Chaplain.
New members were introduced: Carol and George
Metivier, BHS '51 and Sharen ("Sherry" Hammond)
Valentine, BHS '56. Members then introduced their
guests. Nominating Committee Chairman, David Leroy
Smith, presented the slate of officers for the coming year
- all 1982-83 officers accepted nomination to continue in
Some PCSSC Past Presidents (L to R) Paul E. Kline,
1971-74; William P. Quinn, 1978-79; Robert K. Adams,
1979-81; center, David Leroy Smith, 1966-71; and far right,
Conrad S. Horine, 1981-84. Not pictured is Francis E.
The chance of winning something always adds interest
to our get-togethers! Door prizes: a foam ice chest con-
taining natural fruit juices was donated by member, David
Lane, CHS '55, President of Escondido Juice Co., and
won by Geneva Shrapnel. A license plate "Canal Zone
Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke, center, Secretary- Treasurer and Newsletter
Editor, PCSSC, with Joan (Ridge) deGrummond and Ruth
(Westman) Adams, who formerly held this post.
Bill and Dot (Hoffman) Allen with Geneva (Bliss) Shrapnel,
center, of Seal Beach.
1903-79, Funnel for World Commerce" was won by
Wally Hammond, and a lovely woven "chakara" made
by the Guaymi Indians of Tole, Panama, was won by
Dorothy Hayward. These prizes were donated by Joan de
Grummond. Table Prizes: Sheila Bolke used the "Canal
Zone Matches" design, same as on our membership direc-
tory, to design some interesting stationery. On each table
she placed a packet containing a pad of stationery with
extra plain sheets, note paper (and envelopes) with printed
heading of the CZ Matches design. These packets were
prizes for one member at each table who had the lucky
seating number selected. Sheila gave special recognition to
Stephen Cartotto, BHS '70, who did the graphic work for
our 1981 Membership Director, featuring the Canal Zone
Matches label. She sent Steve a packet of stationery in
appreciation for his contribution to the society. The lottery,
which is a big hit, brought in $35.00 to our treasury, and
prizes of $10.00 each were won byJo Booth, Bob Adams,
and David Hollowell.
Joan de Grummond
Members and guests attending our Annual Business
Luncheon aboard the SS Princess Louise in San Pedro, CA,
on March 6, 1983:
Robert and Ruth (Westman) Adams
Bill and Dot (Hoffman) Allen
Kathleen (Steiner) Bennett
Guest: Joanne (Steiner) Robinson
Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke
Donna (Geyer) Bowman
Grace (Birkeland) Brown
Guest: Nora Bates
Jack and Joan (Ridge) deGrummond
Guest: Kenneth and Josephine Booth
Robert and Rosa Dill
Guest: Marguerite James
John and Shirley Finlason
Wally and Mary Hammond
Guest: Sherry Valentine, dtr
David and Thelma Hollowell
Conrad and Norma Horine
George and Carol Metivier
Guest: Dtr, Kelly Metivier
Warren and Fern Morse
Noble and Marion (Hutchison) Phillips
Bill and Kathryn Quinn
Guest: Dtr, Jennifer Quinn
Robert and Judith Roe
Janice (Cameron) Ross
Guest: Lydia Litherland
Guest: Elizabeth Kling
Geneva (Bliss) Shrapnel
William and Sissy (Roe) Spreuer
David LeRoy Smith
Guest: Edith Wimmer
Ken and Celine Stone
George and Janice Wanke
Warren and Evelyn (Belanger) Wood, Sun Valley, CA, in their
new trailer in January 1983.
Evelyn (Belanger) and Warren Wood celebrated
their new life as retirees in January with their purchase of a
28-ft. fifth-wheeler. They've traveled to Las Vegas in their
new RV for a bowling tournament and plan to camp out in
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in April to see the desert
blooms at their peak.
Emmett and Mary (Milloy) Zemer of Panama really
appreciate the Florida Society's annual membership direc-
tory, as well as the quarterly "Canal Record." They en-
joyed a cruise last fall on the M/S Sagafjord along with their
son Bill and his wife Janet, who have the Sandpiper Travel
Service in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Emmett and Mary
planned to attend the Flower and Coffee Festival in Bo-
quete, Panama, this spring.
Maurice ("Bud") Kelleher, North Hollywood, CA,
vacationed this spring in Panama and New Jersey, where
he enjoyed visiting with family members and friends.
Dale and Shirley (Keepers) Taylor received a 25th
Anniversary gift from their son Lance of a trip to Lake
Tahoe. It was a great gift and they really enjoyed their trip.
Martha Paliwoda missed our March Luncheon be-
cause she was the Official Hostess for the blind group with
which she is involved, which met for their annual conven-
tion in Fresno. It was a lot of work, but very rewarding.
Hats off to Martha!
Received a note from Lee Kariger that wife Minnie
(Kleefkens) is doing well since surgery in November and
hopefully will be rejoining us soon for our meetings.
Ray and Betty (Smith) Scears were recently in Aca-
pulco, not only enjoying the city and the famed divers, but
having a chance to visit with their son Art and wife Patty.
Art and Patty work on the Royal Viking Star and the ship was
in port for two days.
Cash and Mary Ann Paulson from Tallahassee,
Florida, stopped in for a weekend to visit with Inez Evans
in Sun City, CA, in January. They were returning from
the Christmas holidays in San Francisco where they had
been visiting with their son. It was great to see them, and as
always, time went too fast.
Zonella Bliss Field enjoyed the Christmas holidays
with the California contingent of Blisses at Bud and
Eleanor Bliss in Campbell, CA. Geneva Bliss Shrapnel of
Seal Beach, CA, Emily and Curt Bliss (Rockledge, FL),
Jack and Zonella Bliss Field, as well as Ken and Manala
Bliss Curry, Jerry and Betty Ruth Bliss and children
were all sharing a "California Green Christmas" with
Eleanor and Bud.
Norine Kaufer of Los Gatos, CA, has been assigned
to the Gill Cable TV Station as a "Station Hostess" for the
Senior Citizen Program put on by seniors by the Thomp-
son Publications of San Jose, CA, each Wednesday at 6:00
P.M. Remember to tune in if you live in that area to see
our own Norine!
Sugar Di Roma has moved back to Largo, Florida,
and is busy working on the CHS Class of 1943 Reunion
which will be held on May 12 during the Florida Reunion
and looks forward to seeing many of the California gang
Catherine Walters, who joined the Panama Canal
Society of Southern California in 1943, recently celebrated
her 96th birthday on April 6, 1983. Eleanor Barlow and
Marti Barlow Lisowski joined her for an Easter
Luncheon and had a lovely visit. Although belated, we
wish Mrs. Walters a very happy birthday and many more.
Dot and Bill Allen attended our March Luncheon
still on a cloud they still have not come back to earth
from the joy of their first grandchild, Derek Allen
Webster, who arrived last May. As Dot says, we waited
together 43 years to enjoy the status of grandparenthood!
Not to be outdone by Harry
Dockery's hole-in-one in Al-
buquerque, N.M. (Canal
Record dated December
1982), recognition should be
given another former Zonian
and Atlantic-sider member,
P.R. (Percy) Alberga, who
also made a hole-in-one at the
Paradise Knolls Golf Course,
Riverside, Calif., on October
It was made on hole #11,
length 140 yds. (Thank
heavens there were not too
many members in the
clubhouse to buy drinks for.)
Not bad for a guy who
celebrated his seventieth birth-
day on March 1, 1983, at a
great party of 65 friends and P.R. (Percy) Alberga at
relatives at the home of his his 70th birthday party at
son, Randy Alberga, in Riverside, Calif.
Walt and Bess (Tapleton, BHS '37) Morton of Pros-
pect, Oregon, spent the Christmas holidays with son Jim
and family in Dallas, Texas. Then heading west, they stop-
ped in Sun City, Arizona, to visit Bess' sister and her hus-
band, Margaret and Gordon Dalton, who were enjoying
the desert climate for a few winter months. To escape the
cold of Oregon, Bess and Walt then stayed in West Covina,
CA, for a few months near their daughter Margie and her
family. Before leaving for home on April 1, Joan and Jack
De Grummond hosted a luncheon for Bess and Walt and
some of their Canal Zone friends in this area, including
Ruth and Bob Adams, Gladys and Don Brayton,
Marion and Buddy Phillips, Florence Seiler, Marjorie
French, Lucille and Steve Fulop, Bill LeBrun, Evelyn
and WarrenWood and Madge De Grummond Freese.
(L to R) Irene (Laurie) and Ray Will, Ruth (Westman) and
Bob Adams, Don Brayton, and Gladys (Wertz) Brayton,
(L to R) Steve Fulop, Joan (Ridge) and Jack deGrummond
and Lucille Fulop.
The Annual West Coast Reunion held by the Panama
Canal Society of Southern California will be held Septem-
ber 9, 10, 11, 1983, at the Catamaran Hotel, San Diego,
Calif. For more information and a further update, contact:
Conrad Horine, 5728 Barley Court, Bonita, Calif. 92002,
since additional information will not be published in the
Canal Record due to lateness in arriving in California.
The 2nd annual dinner dance was held at the Ramada
Inn at 1-70 and Kipling on March 26. Thirty-three ex-
Zonians managed to attend in spite of our record snowfall
this year. As a matter of fact, winter may never end.
The following managed to brave the elements, and ar-
rive for a good time. Bill Fulleton, Darlene Tuttle, Jim
and Kathy Richey, Ray and Helen Edwards Magan,
Fred and Donna Dickson Hudson, Dan and Jane
Dickson Cox, Milt and Nancy Stutesman, Bob and Pen-
ny Pennington Graham, Buckeye and Bette Farrell
Swearinger, Bob and Margaret Meigs Molloy, Mary
Eleanor Becker, Richard and Norma Bock, Robert and
June Alexander, Dan and Vallorie Meehan, Jose and
Donna Johnson, and Sandra Sanchez.
We dined, danced, and listened to Lucho. It was remi-
niscent of the good old days in the Zone.
An Easter theme was carried out for the banquet.
Some of the winners of door prizes took home fancy Easter
baskets. The door prizes were donated by B.J. Law,
Eleanor Becker, and Donna Hudson. A few of the lucky
winners were Kathy Richey, Margaret Molloy, Helen
Megan and Dan Cox.
After the frivolities were over, we decided to get down
to business and elect officers.
- Jose Miguel Johnson
Donna Dickson Hudson
B.J. Becker Law
Mary Eleanor Becker
Penny Pennington Graham
A picnic will be held at Morse Park in Lakewood, Col-
orado, on Sunday, August 15. We would love to see you
there. Come to "Colorful Colorado" to vacation and join
us. If you need any further information my phone number
is (303) 985-5307, or call B.J. Law (303) 998-2221.
Penny Pennington Graham
Alton and Vera Jones enjoyed a pleasant Easter holi-
day with Bob and Kelly Maynard in Lake Placid, Florida.
Mildred Harper drove to Lake Placid, Fla., to spend
the Easter weekend with Dorothy, Bill and Glenda
Catron. Wonder if they saw the Joneses and Maynards?
Grace and Jack Carey had their two grandchildren,
Matthew and Eliza, for the Easter holidays. Also, another
granddaughter, Mina Carey from Illinois surprised them
for a short visit. And to really have a full house, Grace's
sister, Belle Schroder of Colorado, with her daughter from
Connecticut also visited them. It was a happy visit with
Sara Rowley had the Sewing Club at her house for a
Spring Picnic which was held in her (lovely back yard).
The parentheses are those of Aura Erickson who wrote
this part of the article! It was a very nice spring day so we
all sat out on the new patio. Everyone signed their name,
and though we did more talking than sewing, everyone en-
joyed the nice weather. Those attending were Aura Erick-
son, Flora Maddison, Jean Wheeler, Elma Seiferlein,
Ruth Bigelow, Edith Cotton, Carlie Taber, Mildred
Harper, Eleanor Buehler, Mildred Sutherland, Grace
Carey, Ethel Straub (Huntoon), Florence Mallet, Vera
Jones, and my guest, Wilma Kirkpatrick (Reynolds),
who spent two months in Clearwater visiting all of us.
Sarasota is a very busy and popular place as we have
had many nice visitors and new residents.
Carolyn Christoph with her son and daughter-in-
law, Larry J. and Maureen Christoph, moved here
recently from Houston, TX, where she had resided follow-
ing her retirement from Coco Solo Hospital in 1981. Her
son, Larry, is employed as a Computer Programmer with
ANNACOM in Sarasota.
Colin and Rosemary Campbell are part-time resi-
dents in Venice, FL, and were here this past winter. He has
been a professor at Dartmouth University in Hanover,
N.H., for 26 years. He and his wife are co-authors for their
classroom text book (5th edition) entitled "An Introduction
to Money and Banking." He has the honor of having been
appointed the Loren M. Berry Professor of Economics
Chair at Dartmouth.
Colin is a 1934 graduate of Cristobal High School and
classmate of Fred Ebdon and Mayno Walker. An after-
noon get-together was held at the Walker home for the
Campbells to renew friendships with Atlantic Side residents
and other friends during his early school days.
His father, the late Mr. James S. Campbell, was the
Clerk of the District Court, Cristobal, CZ., in the 1930's.
Mrs. Lee Worsley Schmidt, accompanied by her
sister, Mrs. Juanita Williams of Farmville, N.C., visited
Lee's sister-in-law, Mrs. John (Agnes) Schmidt and son,
Cliff, in Sarasota. They had been to Panama to visit Lee's
nephew, Bill DeLa Mater and wife for ten days. During
their visit in Florida they went to EPCOT and Cape
Canaveral, and visited with friends in Orlando. They also
stopped in Savannah, GA, to visit with Nancy Clarke
Edna Thirlwall Tipton of Portsmouth, VA, was the
house guest of Frances D. Jones for a month. During her
Florida stay she also visited her sister Mavis Thirlwall
Lane in Lake Worth, FL, and with Isabel (Toodles) War-
ren Setzer in Sun City Center, FL.
Prior to her Florida visit Edna visited her daughter,
Judy, and family, the Enoch Hoopers in Alexandria, VA.
Edna hosted a lovely luncheon at the Hyatt House for
a get-together with a group of childhood friends, class-
mates, and others. A great time was had by all reminiscing
about happy days growing up in the Canal Zone.
Dick Wood of Portsmouth, VA, came for the Bent
Tree Golf Tournament in Sarasota and was a guest of
The Robert Smiths (Elsie and Rob) enjoyed a nice
visit, too, when their granddaughter, Kristen, daughter of
Reverend and Mrs. John H. Smith of Rutland, VT, spent
her spring vacation from high school here.
Billie Galloway had Easter week visitors also as her
son, Joe Galloway and family of Atlanta, GA, spent the
holiday in Sarasota. Anna Galloway had a classmate, Lee
Anne Moore, make the trip with the family. En route
home while passing through Ocala they had the thrill of
seeing space shuttle 'Challenger' in flight.
Ed Barnes of Sparta, GA, enjoyed a week's visit with
Allen and Kay Miller. The Millers invited mutual friends
to a delicious chili supper and later showed slides of their
Jean Barker enjoyed a ten-day visit with Jim and
Julie Boukalis from Weatherford, TX, and their young
grandson, Jon Paul, son of Jack and Cynthia (Boukalis)
Easter vacation brought Dick and Kathy Ebdon and
children of Wilmington, DE, to visit with his parents, Rae
and Joe Ebdon. Mrs. Agnes Ruff, Dick's mother-in-law,
was also a visitor and enjoyed several nice festivities. Dick
and Kathy had a short vacation and flew to Freeport in the
Bahamas, while Geoffery and Jennifer stayed with their
Tom Hughes of Deer Park, TX, and his sister, San-
dra H. Claflin of Merrit Island, FL, spent a week in Sara-
sota with their parents, Bill and Myrtle Hughes.
Barney Barnes was celebrating his 83rd birthday and
his sister, Elma Carder of Ridgeley, WV, came to share
the occasion. She was accompanied by her grandson, Mike
Carder, who enjoyed everything from his first plane flight
to the many baseball games and other sights of interest in
Florida Rae and Barney planned for him.
The Barnes have just learned his niece, Lois Ann
Carder, who has visited here often with her grandmother,
has been named one of the princesses at the Shenandoah
Apple Blossom Festival in Keyser, WV. Lois Ann is a
sophomore at Potomac State College in Keyser.
George and Tammy Roth have had as house guests
during the holidays their son-in-law and daughter, Arthur
and Marilyn Banks of Tampa.
Other visitors were Dick and Mary Condon from
Springdale, AR, and later Bill and Ethel Staats from Har-
Mac and Snookie McCullough's holiday guests were
their son and family, Don and Karen (Hammond) Mc-
Cullough with Dawn Melissa and Heather from Milling-
ton, NJ, for a week before they went to Clearwater to visit
Karen's parents, the Sherman Hammonds.
Jack and Joyce Clarke enjoyed a visit from her
brother, Richard Bell and his wife from New Bern, NC,
and Joyce's niece, Elizabeth Irwin Quintero, who re-
cently moved from Clearwater to North Carolina. Later
the Clarkes drove to Savannah, GA, to visit his daughter,
Nancy Clarke Kresge and her son, John.
Maxine Hitchcock has returned from a week in Be-
thesda, MD, visiting with her son, William C. Hitchcock,
Jr. and family.
Kay Brown recently returned from a two weeks' holi-
day and Easter visit with her son, Dr. Stewart Brown and
family in San Jose, CA. On her return she received a
phone call from Phil Stewart in Bradenton, FL. He had
graduated from Balboa High School in 1965 with her son
and had read in an earlier issue of the Canal Record that
her son had visited her in Sarasota and wanted to contact
In April, Jeanne Burgoon attended the Women's In-
ternational Bowling Tournament and Convention in Las
Vegas, NV, and participated in the bowling tournament.
Joe and Rae Ebdon with his brother Fred, and Bev
Ebdon motored to Leesburg, FL, to visit their niece, Lori
Franklin, and attend the concert there. Lori is the
daughter of Omar and Ann (Newhard) Franklin of
Visalia, CA. She is a member of the Continental Singers of
California who have been on their Spring Tour travelling
through the southern and eastern coast states giving con-
certs. Later they flew to Europe giving concerts in Holland,
West Germany, Switzerland, and Portugal.
Judy McCullough is spending a month in Europe
visiting with her brother, Tom McCullough, who is a
civilian employee of the U.S. Navy in Madrid, Spain. She
plans to use her Eurail pass for trips to Paris, Switzerland,
Austria, and Italy. During the weekends Tom and his two
daughters plan to show her the "sights" in Spain.
Gladys B. Humphrey
The home of Alton and VeraJones has been a mighty
popular place during the month of February. The Brown
Baggers met there on February 6. We always have an ex-
ceptional time when we go there, but this time they had a
surprise. We were joined at the meeting by Adamary An-
derson Bright from Jacksonville, Fla.; and Bill and Annie
Laurie Halvosa of Raleigh, N.C. and to make the party
complete, we welcomed Fred Huldtquist, Verna Gaskin,
Wilma Kirkpatrick, Josephine Jones and Edward H.
Neville. The regular group in attendance were Dorothy
Herrnington, Edith Cotton, Chris Felps, Dorothy
Pate, Isabelle Gibson, Muriel Whitman, Pauline Ar-
nold, Allene Kelly, Dorothy Yocum, Jane Huldtquist,
Grace Carey, Mildred Sutherland, Barbara O'Connor,
Mildred Hickey, Ruth Powell, Sarah Rowley, Louise
Pustis, Mary Egolf and Beverly Stiles. Vera and Alton
Jones completed the group. What ajoy to meet old friends!
The Joneses are expecting more house guests in Feb-
ruary, namely Ed and Gladys Light of Aberdeen, S.D.
Later, Horace and Dorothy Smith; Bob and Kelly
Maynard; and Harriette Elich are expected to arrive.
February 4. Viva La Carnival!
The regular meeting of the Panama Canal Society had
a slightly irregular side on this date and that is the part I
will tell you about. The Gulfport Community Center was
decorated with pennants and serpentine resembling a com-
pass. The entire motif of the day was Panamanian.
Leonard Caisse was in charge of the program. The table
decorations, prepared by Olga Caisse were figurines of
Polleras and Montunas with miniature palms and casitas.
The food was typical empanadas, carimanoles, platano,
polenta, Johnny Mazetti, seviche and even sopa borracha.
In remembrance of our favorite noon pastime, prizes
were won by Barney Forgeson, Jean Kirk, Ray Wheeler,
Anna Collins, Marion Greene, Louise Barnes, Olga
Disharoon, Sugar DiRoma, and Bobbie and George
Egolf. All the prizes had been donated.
Thomas J. (Pop) Ebdon, Sr., age 94, won a prize for
being the oldest "young" member present.
(L to R) Vic May, Carl Starke, Bob Herrington, June May,
Vonna Huldtquist and Sandra May Robinson.
More than two hundred were in attendance at the
Carnivalito. Charles H. McCullum of Roseburg,
Oregon, had to travel the farthest. Others who travelled a
good distance to attend were the Don Geyers of Reading,
Penn.; Elva (Smith) Keenan of Bowie, Md.; Mary and
Dick Condon of Springdale, Ark.; Aline and Richard
Duncan from Missouri; Beverly (Dockery) Vaughn of
Douglasville, Ga.; and Paul Cole of Fairborn, Ohio.
(L to R) Vera Jones, Barbara O'Connor, Sara Rowley,
Elizabeth Stahler, Vonna Huldtquist, Grace Williams, and
Dorothy Yocum, being judged for best costume.
Those in costume were paraded to Lucho music; the
members present were to select winners. Results were:
Most authentic Pollera won by Grace Williams, who re-
ceived a Panamanian Floral Batea; Second prize won by
Elizabeth Stahler, receiving a railroad tie and rail stand; a
prize was won by Vonna Huldtquist for best Montuna,
who received two Canal Zone Seal glasses; best authentic
Montuna costume was won by Barbara O'Connor who
was given a Canal Zone Seal ashtray; most authentic San
Blas costume award was given to Vera (Mrs. Alton) Jones
who was presented a Mola apron; best Spanish costume
was won by Olga Caisse who received a crocheted figurine
towel holder, and "Tex" Stahler won two silver match
boxes for his pirate costume. All prizes were donated by
The success of this gala affair was due to the efforts of
Olga and Leonard Caisse, Olga and Paul Disharoon,
Anita and Ted Kaufer, VeraJones, Dorothy and Ernie
Yocum, Edna Ogletree, Dorothy Herrington, Chris
Felps, and Dorothy Pate.
Chester Harrold, of Safety Harbor, with his 1957 BMW-Isetta
which he restored.
Roy and Frances (Violette) Sharp were on tour to
Africa. The trip, scenery, the wild animals in their native
habitat was thoroughly enjoyed and truly a pleasure to see.
The highlight that made their trip a true experience, how-
ever, was when they went to the airport in Kigali to fly to
Rowanda and discovered Sister Maria Teresa from India
was also at the airport to catch another plane. The Sharps
had a short talk with her and shook hands in parting.
On their return they stopped to visit their daughter,
Mary Sharp Kauffman and family, where they met their
new 12-year-old adopted grandson.
J. Morton Thomson, Jr., Counsel for the Defense
Depot, Memphis, Tenn., retired March 31, 1983. A re-
tirement luncheon was held at the Officer's Club at the
depot and all five Thomsons and their spouses were able to
attend. Four of them live in Memphis and John flew in
from Iowa City as a surprise for his dad. John is writing his
dissertation at the University of Iowa and then will go
overseas for a year before returning to his teaching position
at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
I want everyone to note that the lack of news in this
report does not indicate that all the Zone folks here in Tal-
lahassee have just up and left I just can't seem to find
news. No one calls with news unless I make 25 individual
calls to each family otherwise I won't get it. I guess a
'real life reporter' would go out and scratch for it but
sorry, I haven't been able to do that. I do have a bit of news
and I hope I can make up for it the next time. ...
Tallahassee Open Golf Tournament. You all
know by now that a fellow by the name of Bob Charles was
the winner in a sudden-death playoff. Well, to bring the
game to our home level, at least two Canal Zone folks had
something to do with this tournament.
Working as one of the many "marshals" for the game
was Jim Coman, from Montgomery. He was here for a
week during the match and also visited with an old friend
and former Air Force buddy, Arlie Watkinson. It is inter-
esting to note that Arlie was one of the first officers I work-
ed for back in Albrook AFB in 1951. Also working at the
tournament again for the second year was Annie Rath-
geber. This year Annie stayed out of the sun and worked in
the photocopy tent.
Canal Zone folks highly visible. Driving through
the campus of FSU the other day, I noticed a man walking
towards me from some distance wearing a guayaberaa.' I
thought to myself he must be from the Zone. As I came
nearer, I could see that he was straining to see who was in
the car. He spotted me a block away. You see, he saw the
Panama Canal Society tag on the front of my car. I always
say if you've got it, flaunt it. The other fellow was
George Gauger, one of the most recent new Canal families
Annie Rathgeber spent two weeks in Panama in
March as the guest of Diane and Kenny Morris and their
daughter, Kelly. Her time was spent much too quickly, she
said, as there were a number of old friends she didn't get to
see. However, she did enjoy a beautiful three days at the
home of Capt. and Mrs. Ove V. Hultin on Contadora
Island. She enjoyed a wonderful family get-together with
Janet and Norm Watkins, Jerry and Jim Farnsworth
and Jacquelin Hunt, remembering old times and the fun
they had together. Also, she and a friend of her brother,
Mike Carpenter, transited the Canal aboard the luxurious
cruise ship, Royal Odyssey. Kelly Morris took her to the Col-
on Free Zone where Annie made a number of purchases -
totally unnecessary but irresistible at the price, she says.
Joe and Bev Wood hosted a lovely cocktail-party at
their home in Balboa. Annie said it was wonderful seeing
so many she knew. As Annie was telling me about her trip,
she commented about the close ties the people of the old
Zone have something you will never find anywhere else
in the world. Amen.
That's all from Tallahassee for now. Sorry I missed
you all during the reunion, but a work conflict with my
schedule made it impossible to get away. Next year, my
work will HAVE to agree with the reunion time frame.
John (Bill) Schmidt
Joan (Mrs. Herbert J.) Bensel, New Orleans, took a
quick minute to drop a note. She doesn't get to see any ex-
Zonians and is still working in the New Orleans office.
To alleviate the fears of many friends concerning the
recent widespread flooding in Louisiana, John R. Gough,
Sr., of Marrero reports they didn't get it this time. The
water got to within an inch or so of coming in their home,
but then went down after 11 inches of rain fell in 24 hours.
Pvt. John R. Cough III, 82nd Airborn Infantry Ex-Zonian
- third generation, and his grandmother, Kathleen C. Gough.
John was up all night stacking furnishings and doing what
he could to minimize damage. Having been through two
floods they consider themselves seasoned veterans. No mat-
ter, John says, it beats the earthquakes in California. Their
grandson spent a few days with them earlier this year after
completing jump school with the 82nd Airborne Division at
Fort Bragg, N.C. If any of his old Cristobal High School
classmates would care to write: Pvt. John R. Gough III,
264-77-5065, HHC EUSA TANGO, KOREA, APO San
Francisco, CA 96801. John is stationed in South Korea
and hopes to get in police work after his military duty.
Kathleen and John have been busy landscaping this
spring. They planted Golden Cone Arbor Vitae, calad-
iums, cannas and a rose bush, then separated and repotted
staghorn ferns for hanging baskets on the patio. John's also
had some fun restoring 1920-40 radios and gets great plea-
sure out of haunting flea markets and garage sales for the
relics. Let him know if you have one you'd like to get rid
of. Plans include a visit to Detroit to see Max and Ethel
Schiebold (John's sister). They are no strangers to the
Zone. Max was mayor of Lincoln Park, Mich., when he
made a trip down about 10 years ago. He remembers
meeting Gov. Parker and Civil Affairs Director Frank
Castles, who presented him with a beautifully handcrafted
baton with the Canal Zone seal imbedded in the top which
he proudly displays to this day. The Goughs also will visit
John's hometown of Chicago in September to stay with his
mother, Augusta, and to see other close relatives there.
Augusta Gough, who recently turned 87 years young, was
on the Zone in 1949-50. She still counts that time as one of
the most pleasant experiences of her life. Early in 1984 the
Goughs hope to fly to Panama to visit sons, John R.
Gough II, and William E. Gough III. John is with the
Panama Canal Commission's Water System and Bill is
with Hammer Construction Co.
Gene Gregg in Mandeville reports that the Gregg
gang in Baton Rouge, Zachary and Mandeville (which is
very near New Orleans) stayed high and dry during the
flood. On April 7 they visited June Clayton in Franklinton
and were forced to detour to get back home because of ris-
ing flood waters. On April 9 they visited the R. J. Helm-
richs in Lake Village, Slidell they're OK and didn't get
flooded. Several Greggs are looking forward to going to the
reunion this year. Marian, young Gene, Gene, Lynn and
her two children are going. Clayton is going to fly. Helen
can't go because of final exams which she is trying to get
rescheduled, then maybe go. Laura and Nancy may fly.
Gene has heard from Bob Mowery, BHS adviser, and
Roy Knoop, BHS teacher, and reports they are fine. He's
also heard that Tom Marine's wife Shirley broke her leg
over in San Antonio and Tom has been busy as a nurse.
Young Gene got chicken pox in mid-April with his dad as
ward boy. In New Orleans Bob graduates May 14 so he
and Gail can't go to the reunion, but maybe next year after
they settle in Denver.
Got a happy little note from Joann Hummer Haugen
in Metairie. She's a 1954 BHS graduate and went to nurs-
ing school in St. Petersburg. Her brother Bob and wife
Wanda lived in Diablo in the early '60s while he was in
apprentice school, then moved to Los Rios and Gatun
before retiring to a farm in Belleville, Ark., to raise
chickens, pigs and cows. Her sister, Bette, left the Zone in
1956 and lives in Vista, Calif., now. Wonder if she's still
riding horses like she used to in Pedro Miguel and Diablo.
Joann's family, husband Dick, and sons Tim, 16, and
Gary, 12., enjoy trips to "Finca Hummer" when school
Heard from Vivian (Mrs. Edward) Haydel in
Metairie and was deeply saddened to learn of the death of
her older son, Francis J. Haydel, in February. (See
"With Deep Sorrow" section.) Francis was a 1948
graduate of Balboa High School. Friends in Florida are
urging the Haydels to attend the reunion and feel it will do
them good to get away for awhile. Vivian has also promised
to tell son Norman about the BHS Class of 1950 reunion in
1985. Norm and his family also live in Metairie, La.
Wiltz J. Schexnayder in Amite dropped a line to say
their part of Louisiana was also concerned with the
flooding, but they stayed dry. His brother hasn't been able
to work the garden and it's even been too wet to mow, so
it's a quiet time for taking life easy and waiting for
everything to dry out.
Mrs. Frances P. Walker in Marrero reports that Mr.
and Mrs. Kenneth Morales and baby daughter Monica of
Diablo Heights spent a week with her in November. Mrs.
Morales is the former Frances Flynn, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Abdiel Flynn (Pat Walker) of Panama, and Mrs.
Walker's granddaughter. Abdiel serves as sports editor of
the English section of the Star & Herald.
Patt Foster Roberson
For nearly a week in early April, Mother Nature in-
undated large parts of Mississippi and Louisiana with
record-breaking rain and flooding. The Corps of Engineers
pronounced it the 500-year flood. Friends, neighbors and
strangers worked shoulder-to-shoulder to minimize the
aftereffects of the devastation and to help others less for-
tunate. I am happy to report that all our ex-Zonians fared
extremely well; there were a few close calls, but sources in-
dicate that no one was flooded out. I am especially grateful
to the good friends who phoned (when they could finally
get through) to check up on my welfare.
Eleanor Bogart, 1583 Crofton Parkway, Crofton,
MD 21114, has bought a townhouse next door to me in
Hattiesburg where she'll spend the winters. Her husband,
the late Maj. Gen. Theodore F. Bogart was the Army
commander of the Southern Command at Amador from
1960-64. He was stationed at Paraiso with the 5th Infantry
from the late 1930s until after Pearl Harbor. Their son,
Ted Jr., teaches electronics technology at the University of
Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and we believe we
went to first grade together at Diablo Heights with Miss
Cornelia Molmberg as our teacher.
Katherine Boswell, Hattiesburg, recently had a call
from Vivian Kozan of Balboa who was trying to catch up
with the Boswell's daughter, Deanna. Vivian, a former
student of Dorothy Chase, now teaches dancing herself.
Deanna and her husband, Col. Gregory Barry, are being
transferred to Germany in July and plan to make a stop in
Hattiesburg on their trip from Sacramento to New York for
departure. Then the Boswells are thinking about an Am-
trak trip to the West Coast, up to Seattle, Vancouver,
Glacier National Park, Milwaukee, and Chicago. They
also plan a weekend trip to Pensacola shortly to visit with
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Thiel, who they know from Balboa,
the Locks Division and the Diablo Camera Club. While in
Pensacola, they all plan to take in an organ concert as John
Boswell is quite an organ buff. Hank and Frances Sum-
merford phoned the Boswells from Centerville, Tenn.,
concerned over the flood especially since the Boswells live
on a lake. All's well!
Jewell (Mrs. George H.) Carnright, Braxton, sent
us a newsy little letter concerning her activities since the
last report. Her life is involved with family and small-town
activities. The weather has kept her inside when her three
acres need mowing, but she's looking forward to a family
reunion in Port Gibson shortly, also a big church revival
and Eastern Star installation.
Chita and Hugh Cassibry wrote a nice letter from
Ocean Springs. This summer marks their 10th year away
from the Isthmus. Hugh retired in 1973 and after they
came up, Chita retired from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pasca-
goula in 1980. Now that they're both retired, they spend a
lot of time out in the bass boat fishing. They've also taken
up bird watching and just returned from a 10-day visit to
Mexico City and Merida. They spent Christmas at Ft. Bel-
voir, Va., with their daughter, Linda, and her husband,
Joe Mack, who is stationed there, where their son, Joseph
Wilton, was born December 30. Their daughter, Peggy,
lives in Atlanta with her husband, Kerry Vix, and two
sons, Chris and Mike. They see each other pretty often as
it's just a good day's drive away. Bob, the youngest
Cassibry, lives at home until his marriage to Suzanne
Puckett on June 25. The newlyweds will make their home
in Ocean Springs where Bob is a contract administrator at
Ingalls. Ex-Zonians in the area include Hattie and Dun-
can Laird and the Don Bowens. The Cassibrys plan to at-
tend the Reunion in Florida and are looking forward to see-
ing old friends from around the country again.
A warm welcome to the Society is extended to Mr.
and Mrs. R. L. (Lou) Dossett of Hattiesburg. Lou began
his Canal Zone career as a private at Fort Clayton. After
discharge in 1962 he immediately went to work as an Army
civilian employee for finance in Corozal, then in 1966 he
switched to the Pan Canal accounting division at the Ad-
min. He is married to the former Angela Maria Pinel-
Valenzuela of Panama City and they have one daughter,
Alice, 16, an honor roll junior at Blair High School, who
finished the 10th grade at Balboa High School. After grad-
uation here Alice and her parents are looking forward to a
vacation trip to Panama for the graduation ceremony of
Alice's former BHS classmates and to visit relatives. Lou
misses his days with the old Pan Canal Bowling League.
He enjoyed a recent phone call from Ted Tindall of Farm-
ington, N.M., and they plan to get together one of these
days. Their reunion was possible through Lou's listing in
the Canal Record.
What a pleasant surprise to discover Miss Susan Hol-
comb at USM, recognized because she was carrying one of
those popular string bags from Panama. Susan works in
the catalog department of the library and lives at 312 North
39 Avenue, Apt. 19, Hattiesburg, MS 39401. She attended
Margarita Elementary School through the sixth grade and
is still homesick for the Zone. Her brother Jack graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1963, has a master's and
works as a hydrologist for the U.S. Forest Service. Jack,
wife Carole and children Amy, 12, and Byron, 3, can be
reached at Box 1444, Weaverville, CA 96093. Another
brother, Dan, graduated from CHS in 1967 then served in
the Navy until 1971. Dan is currently employed as the
Gatun lockmaster and lives with wife Terry and children
Heather, 8, and Cristi 5, whose address is PSC 903, APO
Miami. Their father will be remembered as Morgan
"Porky" Holcomb, who retired as Gatun lockmaster in
1972 and now lives at 215 Maxwell Hill Road, Beckley, W.
Va. 25801. Mrs. Holcomb has been deceased since 1981.
By the time you read this, there will be an addition to
the family of Leavell and Elena Kelly of Hattiesburg.
DaughterJanet (Mrs. Tony Hodges) ofJackson is expect-
ing momentarily. Elena has her suitcase packed and by the
door, ready to go to Jackson for the birth and to take care of
the Hodges' daughter Somer, 3. The Kellys' other
daughter Carol is planning a 10-day vacation in Mexico in
May as a breather from her master's studies which are ex-
pected to be completed this fall. A newlywed, her husband
is Randy Puzon, a paramedic, and they reside in San An-
tonio. During the flood the Kellys heard from Catherine
Rose Hignett, an ex-Zonian friend who lives and works in
London for the BBC. The Kellys are hoping for a visit
from Catherine Rose later this year.
Andy and Verna Kapinos, ex-Zonians living in
Aiken, S.C., visited with Charles and Linda (Kapinos)
Puchon in Biloxi the first week of April. The Kapinos had
to return to South Carolina for R & R because they worked
so hard on cooking and doing odd jobs around the house.
Mrs. Kapinos finally got to eat at the famous Court of Two
Sisters Restaurant in New Orleans but because of the rain
and flooding they could not enjoy the usually lovely Gulf
Coast. Chuck and Linda plan to attend the Reunion and
EPCOT Center while in Florida.
When the rain dampens your spirits, take a trip,
which is exactly what Gerda and Owen Smith of Osyka
did. It was off to Copperas Cove, Texas, to visit Gerda's
daughter and her family for a few days. After a very relax-
ing and delightful visit, they went to Austin to drop in for a
visit with Buck and Barbara Krueger and Eddie and
Agnes Mulroy. In sightseeing around Fredericksburg and
Austin, they found a Chinese grocery that reminded them
of the ones in Panama down by the market. Owen is part of
a group of ex-Zonian amateur radio operators who are on
the air at 1430 Z at 7.295 MHz on Monday, Wednesday,
Friday, and Saturday, and at 2100 Z at 28.690 MHz every-
Jean (Mrs. Lee) Wade of Clinton, brings us up-to-
date on her family. They moved from Atlanta to Gatun in
1963. Lee was with the AT&T subsidiary, Transoceanic
Communications Inc. Some of their first friends were the
families of Moreland, Coffey, Rankin, Urey and
Alexiatis. They were active in the Margarita Baptist
Church and Jean was in Sweet Adelines, Womens' Club,
Newcomers' Club, bowling and square dancing. She
worked with Anita Oberholtzer at the Fort Davis pre-
school until 1976 when she transferred to CPD Division
and them to marine bunkering. She now works in Jackson
for HUD. Lee was active in Boy Scouts, Elks 1542, Gatun
Saddle Club, commodore of Gatun Yacht Club and built
and repaired boats at Pier 1 in Coco Solo with Rankin,
Huldquist, Urey, Ridge, Seigler and Shobe. Their son
Hal, 1316 Timber Creek Road, Benbrook, TX 76126,
graduated CHS in 1968, attended CZC a year before com-
pleting his education in 1972 at USM, Hattiesburg. He
married Famie Harris of the Philippines in 1975, return-
ing to CZ for the honeymoon. They gave the Wades their
first grandchild, Michelle Lee, in March 1982. The
Wade's older daughter, Melanie, was active in CZHA,
and was gymkhana champion for several years. She mar-
ried H. Dale Williamson of Jackson in April 1982 and is
expecting her first-born in August. Tracy Wade was born
at Coco Solo Hospital in 1967, was a student at Margarita
Elementary and a cheerleader for two years. She is a high
school sophomore and would like to hear from all her CZ
friends. Since coming stateside in February 1979, the
Wades have had visits from former Zonian friends John
and Mary Urey of Alabama, Elaine (Carrol Coe)
Harvey of the Zone, John and Sue Fisher of Florida,
Thurman (Buck) Long of Texas, Jim and Reba Gattis of
Alabama, Jim and Gloria Bredenkamp of New Jersey,
and Mississippians Odie Ramey, Glenda Phares Broome,
and Phil and Nell Bennett.
In other news from dear friends, Carolyn Johnson of
Kissimmee, Fla., is kicking back after a "stupid heart at-
tack." She's looking for BHS yearbooks from 1943, '44,
and '45. She and Bob are keeping so busy around the
house and yard that they just may decide to go condo one
of these days.
Warren and Joe Marquard of Sunnyvale, Calif., are
working diligently to complete a tiny Toby jug collection
between visits with their three children. They are especially
interested in finding Mr. Pickwick, Mr. Micawber and
Mel Millard phoned about disposing of his old Re-
views. First things first, though, so he's going to see if the
kids want them first. Daughter Barbara is now in Cali-
fornia and son, Kenny, is an electrical supervisor on the
Locks. Mel was a safety officer for engineering and con-
struction and lived in Gatun 1943-47, Pedro Miguel
1947-51, Balboa 1951-61, and Los Rios 1961-68. He is
happily retired now in Holiday, Fla.
My best BHS friend, Jean Harris Turner Milose-
vich of 2900 S. Lincoln, Apt. 115, N. Riverside, IL 60546,
is back on her feet after a disabling accident, but still not
back at work fulltime. She and Mark were able to enjoy a
brief trip to Florida several months ago and are now plan-
ning a trip to San Diego to see Jean's daughters, Debbie
Velma Medina (Mrs. Dave) Reilly, PSC Box 218,
APO Miami 34002, writes about having seen fellow BHS
classmate Pat Quinn in the play "The Effects of Gamma
Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" at the Panama
Canal College, La Boca. (Thank you for the playbill,
Velma.) Pat co-directed it with brother Bruce and Bruce
also produced, and designed the set and the lighting. Pat
says her interest in "Gamma Rays" grew out of a desire
"to expose the bitterness borne of the oppressive mind and
to glorify hope which springs eternally from the creative
spirit." She dedicated her performances to all freedom-
loving individuals everywhere.
Bill Underwood, Dalton, Ga., hopes to make a trip
down to Mexico City this summer to spend a few weeks
with his sister and her husband who are there for nine
months on sabbatical leave from the University of Indiana.
Our favorite globetrotters have been home almost a
month at this writing so are probably planning their next
odyssey. On this most recent trip Gretchen and Bill War-
ren left last June 11 on a trip through much of the western
U.S., then on to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii,
and Mexico. Along the way they found the World's Fair in
Knoxville a disappointment. Visited the Dean and his wife
formerly of St. Luke's on the Zone in Louisville, Ky.
Visited Gretchen's relatives in Minnesota including
105-year-old Aunt Beck. In Molson, Wash., they attended
a school reunion where Bill completed high school seeing
classmates he hadn't seen in 50 years. From Los Angeles
they flew to Sydney, Australia, for a week then on to
Christchurch, N.Z., and a 16-day 2,000-mile Good Sam
Caraventure tour. On Fiji the climate, growth and farm
produce reminded them of Panama. The accommodations
were luxurious and the ocean warm. They stayed three
days then flew to Honolulu touring the islands for 17 days
before returning to the States. After a little rest and visiting
with friends and relatives, they spent Christmas in
Houston with daughter Kathryn Ann and husband Jim
Lewark at Jim's parents. Then the Mexican caravan
rounded up and headed south of the border for 48 days tak-
ing in the Yucatan, Cancun, Chetumal, Palenque,
Tehuantepec, Mexico City, Queretoro, and Guadalajara.
Back in New Orleans they spent a week with son David
and his family before finally heading home to New Port
Richey, Fla. Immediate plans are to attend the Reunion
with Kathryn Ann and Jim down on vacation from New
York City. Whew! I'm tired just writing about it all!
Patt Foster Roberson
We were all so saddened by the sudden death of Diana
Bauer, daughter of Betsy and Truman Hoenke. (See:
With Deep Sorrow)
Joan (Hatchett) and Lloyd Kent from Boca Raton
spent a week with Carmen and Charlie Howe in April.
The Howe's daughter, Shirley McHenry, from Rens-
selear Falls, N.Y. was with them for Easter.
Mary (Sill) and Ted Peck of Princeton, N.J., visited
Ruth Sill for several days the last of March.
Betty Bentz went to Taylors, S.C., to spend a few
days with Eula and Herbert Driscoll.
Jack and Jean Dombrowsky plan to go to the re-
union in May.
Emily and Howard Johnson are back in Henderson-
ville for the summer.
Marie (Haggerty) Ewing of Sarasota, Fla., spent an
afternoon with Mildred and Wendell Greene.
Betsy and Truman Hoenke went to Florida in March
to visit friends and relatives in St. Petersburg, Sarasota,
and on the east coast. The Hoenkes left for Vermont in
Carl Richmond of Simsbury, Conn., spent several
days in March with her parents, Ruth and Ernest Zel-
nick. Ruth and Ernest leave for Vermont the first of May.
I went to Florida in February and spent time with
Betty and Paul Runnestrand in Winter Park and Emily
and Howard Johnson in St. Petersburg. Came back to
N.C. with my youngest brother and his wife, made a-"pit
stop" and went on to Minnesota with them. Spent most of
my time in Wisconsin with my brother, Ron Hazel and his
wife, Mina. After I got home, my daughter, Noralie
(Roche) Shobe, from Bellingham, Wash., was here with
me for a week. I'm looking forward to the Runnestrands
coming for a week the first of May.
Alice H. Roche
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Margaret Davis of Azalea, Ore. made three major
tours last year covering Mexico, Europe, and the
Eastern part of the U.S. (Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and
Georgia). In April she plans to visit Panama and later to at-
tend the Florida reunion. On her return from one of her
trips, she learned of winning, with a color slide, "Best in
Show" in the National Grange photo contest.
John Towery is recuperating from an operation in the
hospital. Johnny is from Vancouver, Wash.
Glenn Lasher was also hospitalized and is now well at
home. Tim Lasher, Connie Pennington of Oregon and
Betsy of Miami, Fla. arrived to assist and give moral sup-
port where needed.
Glenn and Gladys are preparing for an extended
motor trip in the spring to the East.
Ed Napoleon of Bradenton, Fla. was signed as first
base coach with the Cleveland Indians. He will be in Tuc-
son, Ariz. for spring training at the same time of my visit
with my dad, Fred W. Bradley. We'll have a reunion with
some of the family while there.
Voices from Isthmian days came from Bob and Alice
Forsythe (California); Harry Hatch (New York) and Roy
Boggs. Roy is planning on attending the Florida reunion
and wanted information and an application for member-
ship to the Society. All sent posthaste to him.
Olga and Paul Disharoon (Fla.) spent two wonderful
weeks with me. Despite our 'usual' wet weather we did
have some beautiful days for them to enjoy sightseeing.
One day in particular, they were able to see what few of us
here have seen that being ALL the mountains and
Olympic Range clear as crystal. To top off their visit, a pot
luck dinner gathered friends. Fishing, hunting, "do you
remember" and "whatever became of .?" were the
main topics between Paul and Jesse Bunker, John
Towery, Grady Hardison and Dick London. The ladies:
Olga, Lucille Bunker, Winnie Towery, Lois Hamilton,
Betty (Bradley) London, Evelyn Miesse, Margaret
Hardison and I spoke of recipes, sights, families, friends
and activities past and present. Margaret was pre-
occupied wondering when her first grandchild, now due,
would make its appearance (see Births).
Anna Laura Johnson will be showing off the North-
west to Capt. W.K. and Becky Morgan (Ala.) in March
and April. Later this year, Ann Laura and Betty McGil-
berry (Ark.) will tour Alaska.
Kathy Bush is attending college and working on her
master's degree in Business Management.
My daughter, Marcy and her son, Steven (Fla.) are
spending two weeks in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband,
Ed Napoleon, who is coaching the Cleveland Indians.
Marcy's aunt, who knows all the interesting sights in and
around Tucson is giving her the grand tour, and they are
having a ball.
I received a note from Mary Hatchett (Calif.) who
suffered a heart attack September 10 followed later by triple
by-pass heart surgery. From her note, it seems she is re-
covering nicely and I hope she continues to do so. They
plan to move to Boise, Idaho in May, and to attend our 7th
Annual Panama Canal Picnic Reunion (see Notices).
I received a letter from Doris Etchberger wherein she
informed me of the upcoming wedding of her son, Tom on
April 22 in Russellville, Ark. Doris and Nielson will fly up
for the event. Also, Doris will be retiring on June 10, 1983.
Her sister, Betty (Chan) Snow will retire on March 31 and
will be leaving the Isthmus around the 18th of April.
Martha B. Wood
Carnival started this year with what seemed a huge
exodus to the interior of Panama and out of the country.
Lines of cars over the Bridge of the Americas could be seen
for miles. From reports this year, Las Tablas and
Penonome had the best reputation for a good time.
This year the Panama Canal College is celebrating its
50th Anniversary. They plan to have several events to
honor this special anniversary. First, they opened a new
computer center and held a play with Hollywood actress,
Pat Quinn, in "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-
the-Moon Marigolds." They have new "T" shirts and a
new bookstore with another planned drama production;
the Ballet Nacional, plus the Curundu Chamber Ensemble
will perform in concert. Congratulations, Panama Canal
A new sound will soon be heard in the Canal area
housing. The word is that we will be getting Cable TV in
the near future. Of course it will be something that you
have to pay for as they do in the U.S. The REXSA Com-
pany already have cable in many parts of Panama and has
its satellite receptor on Tumba Muerto Road. We should
get all the VHF channels, including the Movie channel;
News channel from Atlanta; 9 from Chicago, 5 Music
Television with channel 10 and channel 12, the all-sports
channel and they are on 24 hours a day.
The Cayuco Race this year was a success, with a few
added attractions such as a pep rally, awards to the best
looking cayuco, paddle and crew shirt. The CZAR Band
(Canal Zone Always Rocks) provided the music. The din-
ner banquet was held after the race for trophy and patch
Phi Delta Kappa Panama, has had a very active
year. They held a Scholarship Auction, with auctioneer
Hank Thompson, and a PDK Picnic for their dry season
event with about 60 adults and 16 children attending. The
new proposed slate of officers was announced with Elaine
Lewis (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Vestal of
Pasadena) as President; Vice-President/Programs -
Sylvia Goldmann; Vice-President/Membership Tom
Leavy; Recording Secretary Patricia Matthews; Cor-
responding Secretary Therese Goldfarb; Treasurer -
Ruth Lee Lam; Publicity Katherine Egolf (daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Egolf, Seminole, Fla.). Bobby
Berger (daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Berger) at-
tended the Association of Children with Learning Disa-
bilities (ACLD) Conference in Washington, D.C. Kathy
Egolf began work as Assistant Principal at Fort Clayton.
Congratulations on your promotion! Kathy also attended
the Department of Education's Advisory Council on De-
pendent's Education in Washington, D.C.
Pete and Marylou (Dailey) Lang in the new Balboa Clubhouse
The new addition to the old Balboa Clubhouse is the
Clubhouse Bar (see photo). Note the old Balboa Dispen-
sary and Prado in the background. This cantina has a live
band which plays salsa, disco and rock. It is open 24 hours
a day and has valet parking.
On the wetter side: Seven women and 28 men dove
into two oceans (the Atlantic and Pacific) and the Panama
Canal in one day trying for the Guiness Book of World
Records, on March 5, 1983. The group observed the
following schedule: 7:00 a.m. at Perico Island; 10:30 a.m.
at Gatun Yacht Club; and 1:00 p.m. at Toro Point (Light-
house), Ft. Sherman.
Of course, with satellite coverage all over the world,
you all know that the Pope was here for a visit. His re-
ception in Panama was exceptional.
A reunion for the graduates of Balboa High School,
Class of 1974, has been tentatively scheduled for the sum-
mer of 1984 in Tampa, Florida. A committee has been
formed to gather addresses so that as many classmates as
possible may be invited. Anyone who knows of a BHS'74
graduate is urged to share it with Llori Gibson by calling
her at 56-6384 or writing her at PSC Box 3544, APO
Miami, 34004 or with Jennifer Jones at PSC Box 476,
APO Miami, 34002.
Reminder to readers: The old Court records have
been sent to the Washington National Records Center. In-
dividuals who wish to obtain copies of court records should
write to: Agency Microfilm Unit, Panama Canal Commis-
sion, APO Miami, Fl. 34011. Supervisor of the Microfilm
Unit is Carolyn Holgerson Twohy.
Just about every former Zonian dreams of returning
to Panama at least once during their lifetime, and Bea and
Nick Nichols (CZ '46-'70) of Memphis, Tennessee,
formerly of Curundu Heights, were no exception. But a
nostalgic trip down memory lane proved to be somewhat
traumatic for the Nichols when they returned to Panama
recently for their dream trip. They visited their old neigh-
borhood while spending 10 days on the Isthmus as house-
guests of old neighbors, Pat and "Scotty" Scott in
Curundu. Although the Nichols thoroughly enjoyed their
stay, they not only found few of their old neighbors still
around but were more surprised to find that even their en-
tire old neighborhood was gone! Only the building founda-
tions remained to remind them of a once thriving, lively
neighborhood where their son, Jimmy (BHS '66) had
grown up among dozens of other kids. (All remaining
Curundu Heights housing has been transferred to the Gov-
ernment of Panama as a result of the treaty.) But one of
those "kids" was Vicki (McCoy) Boatwright who, with
her husband, Bob, and their three children, entertained
the Nichols with an evening of reminiscing and delicious
bar-b-q'd tenderloins at their Ancon home. The Nichols
also enjoyed one of former neighbor Marie McCoy's
famous fish fries at the home of Jacquie (McCoy) and
Fred Cotton in Balboa Heights, and Florinda and Roger
Wells treated them to an evening at an Italian restaurant in
Panama City during their brief stay.
Other highlights of their trip were shopping and sight-
seeing incursions into Panama and the former Canal Zone
as well as a trip to the Interior and attending services at the
Crossroads Bible Church, formerly Curundu Protestant
The Nichols arrived in Panama on the eve of the
Pope's visit and thus were on the fringe of local excitement
at that event, viewing the papal helicopter as it arrived for a
huge mass at Albrook Field. On the Delta Airlines flight
home to Memphis with them was a notorious criminal
(under custody of Federal authorities) who captured the
limelight with popping flashbulbs and TV cameras when
their plane landed at Memphis, adding intrigue to an ex-
citing 10-day odyssey for these happy, but tired former
Ann Wood Suescum
We held our luncheon meeting at the Western Steer at
1 p.m. on March 23 with 30 members present. Nellie
(Bruland) Janson was visiting from Pennsylvania and we
were happy to see her. Our next meeting will be a no-host
picnic at our President's house Bill and Sis York, on
Saturday, June 18, at 11 a.m. They have a lovely home
and lawn and we have enjoyed our past picnics there im-
The Clontzes, Kapinos, Wilenbrocks, Eversons,
Catrons and Hutchisons plan to attend the reunion in
Clearwater in May.
Lucille Drew has been ill and having treatments. She
is slowly recuperating. Her brother was down for the
Masters and son Russel and wife were here for a few
Jim Westendorff is ill but was able to attend his
daughter's wedding (see Weddings).
Nellie Jansen visited Dorothy and John Everson for
a week, and they visited Eve Gardner in North Augusta.
Eve is still under the doctor's care for her heart and
Bud Kilbey was in the hospital again and is re-
cuperating slowly at home. Tina and family are moving to
Aiken on May 23. Her husband is working in Augusta and
staying with Charlotte and family until Tina moves down..
Charlotte works at Fort Gordon. Daughter Jolie and Ron
Seeley visited for a couple of days on their way from
Panama to Washington, D.C.
Trudi and Lee Clontz are expecting a visit from her
brother Max and wife of N.C. Lee went to the Masters one
day with Bob Rowe and Bob Davis, Lorna Shore's son-in-
Lorna Shore had her daughter Sandy and Bob Davis
and grandson visiting for a week, which Lorna enjoyed
thoroughly! Bob played golf with Paul Badonsky and
dragged Lee Clontz out, with Hutch. Lee's retirement
from golf apparently improved his game!
Bob and Billie Rowe attended the Masters and plan
to attend some of the Atlanta Braves games. They are avid
sports fans and love the Braves.
Jim Catron worked again at the Masters and at Heri-
tage at Hilton Head as a Pinkerton man. Jim still works at
one of the golf clubs here and is President of the Senior
Citizens Club in Crosland Park. Jim and Eletheer were
down at Davies, Florida, for three weeks to baby-sit young
Bill's daughter while Bill and his wife went to Colorado to
ski. When they returned, Jim and Bill spent three days
golfing at Lago Mar.
Paul and Leona Badonsky visited Florida to attend a
wedding. Their son Leo and wife live in Oxford, Ga., and
is working for Hercules.
Gertrude Smouse took a trip to EPCOT and Disney
World, Fla., and recommends EPCOT highly. Her
brother Bud and wife visited her upon her return.
Peg and Hutch visited the Rodney Higgenbothams
in Jacksonville, Fla., for four days, travelling to St.
Augustine and around and over to Cedar Keys. Reba and
Higgie have a beautiful home on the St. John's River, and
two of their sons and families live nearby. The other two
sons are in the Jacksonville area.
Carl and Blanche Brown visited Sue (Ewing)
Bishop and Bish, and also saw Norma (Evans) Harring-
ton and hubby, and Dot and Roy Kennedy from Col-
orado. The Bishops and Brownes went to Las Vegas and
on to California to visit the Bishops' daughter; then the
Brownes visited Arizona; saw the MacVitties; flew
through the Grand Canyon and also saw it by bus. They
saw the Dr. Bob Matheneys and Capt. Prince and wife
(ex-Marine Director). Blanche will have a short visit in
Panama, returning before the reunion. Ruthie (Brown)
Robertson is coming to Columbia and driving down with
the Brownes to the reunion.
J.D. and Ethel Tate, with Maribelle Westman
visited Ethel's sister and hubby, Alice and Don Weigold in
Kaye (Frangioni) and Jerry Pierce have their first
grandchild, Sara Elizabeth Hancock, born to daughter
Kathy and Jack Hancock in Lake Jackson, Texas. Kaye
met her Mom and Dad, Naomi and Ralph at brother
Ralph's in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and they travelled on to
Texas for the Easter weekend. Celebrated Dad Frangioni's
birthday and Kaye's daughter Jan came from Houston to
join them. Jan works for IBM.
Bill and Sis York went to see the Shore girls, staying
with Sandy, Bob and son Adam, then travelled on down to
Key West. They returned to Marathon Keys, fished for
grouper with Sis catching the most. They saw Bernice and
Grace Dorfman. Norma (York) Holder has been ap-
pointed Guidance Counselor in Thompson, Georgia
I reported in the last issue that Andy Kapinos was
still working well, he has just retired! from the
Edna Mae (Westendorff) Reavis lives in St. George,
S.C. Her son, Hugh Turner is a retired Lieutenent Col-
onel living in Florida; has three children. Daughter, Pat
(Turner) is living in Clearwater, Fla., and has two
children. Edna's hubby retired from Dynatron in New
Betty and Pete Barr are going to Texas to visit son
Reb and wife. He is a patrolman for the county. Son Jim is
in Texas and will return to Aiken to further his education.
Son Sean and wife have a daughter, Kristina Nicole -
the first granddaughter for the Barrs. Betty and Pete may
go on to Oregon and Washington so Pete can do some
Nora and Charles Green had a visit from Frank and
Anis Moran, formerly of Ft. Randolph, now living in
Delaware. They were also visited by the Joe and Leo
Hickeys. The Greens plan to go to the reunion and Nora
and her three sisters will have a family reunion of their
Wilma and Eddie Kennerd visited us, returning
from burial services of Wilma's mom, Mrs. Hilda
Wickens, in Virginia.
Dianne (Hutchison) and Jerry Cox attended their
son Wally's graduation from Boot Camp (Navy) in Orlan-
do. Wally is there attending school to learn electronics.
It's a dry season-like day here in Corpus Christi, just
the day to type up my Canal Record report.
We finally got four Parkers together for a week this
past March. Dad (Bobby) came in from Alaska to thaw
out and Scott was in for spring break. Although we missed
Marc, it was nice to have the majority of the Parkers under
one roof again, as it seems it will be quite some time before
we get together again. Mom (Teddy) is definitely joining
Dad in June. I have decided to stay in Corpus Christi and
make my fortune. Scott is not real sure where he will go
once he graduates. Marc is excited about his trip to the
U.S. this July. He will be stopping by Texas to visit me,
then on to Alaska. Marc hopes to visit friends on his trip, if
possible. Enough update on the Parker clan.
Let's see in January we had a visit from Mike
Wood. Unfortunately, Mike had broken his tailbone while
riding his motorcycle. So sightseeing was limited. Still it
was nice to see him again. Mike is living and working in
Wally and Vilma Snyder came by for a night in their
motor home on their way to Mexico via California.
I got a chance to slip up to Houston for a weekend,
stayed with Patti Austin. Besides seeing the Houston reg-
ulars, I saw Wade Carlisle, Drake and Colette's new son.
He was two weeks old then and just a punkin. Naturally,
Aunt Stacy intends to spoil him thoroughly. Also in
Houston visiting her brother Russell, was Liz Gillespie.
Liz as you know attends Mass. Maritime, and has grown
into a lovely lady. Liz also got a chance to see her longtime
friend Karen Williams who flew up to see her.
I talked with Victor Weeden who is living in Detroit.
It seems 1982 just wasn't his year. After getting two cars
stolen and then the crunch of unemployment, he is defi-
nitely looking forward to a bright 1983. He also said that
his brother Derrick is in New Mexico and very heavy into
theater. Derrick is both acting and directing and will grad-
uate this year.
Eddie Overstreet called from Charleston, S.C.,
where he is in the Air Force. He gave me some nice news
for my report. He is the proud godfather of Roberta San-
chez's baby. Kenny Coleman is an Air Traffic Controller
in England with the Air Force. Paul Overstreet is a sopho-
more at Kings Point, and received a job offer to be a pilot
in Panama. Kathy Overstreet is a freshman in Gaines-
In talking with Ted Kaufer he informed me that
Steve and Lee Featherston were in New Orleans and Lee
owns a bar there. Tom Gabriel stopped by to say hello to
the Kaufers and is now on a ship headed for Africa.
I talked with Mike Cirulli's wife Missy. I wanted to
see how she was getting along after the birth of their son
Matthew Keith. Missy told me that Mike was informed of
his son's impending birth while on a bus headed for
Bob Knick just moved here to Portland two days ago,
with his wife Dori. Bob and Dori were in Oklahoma City
April 12, 1983. Bob has been transferred to Corpus
Christi, so I will be seeing him. Sure is nice to have another
familiar Zonie face around.
Now that I am at the end, I would like to thank all
those I have talked to and all those who called to give me
news. Also, thank you for your words of kindness and sup-
port it is deeply appreciated. Until next time, may all
your days be happy
The Texas hill country continues to attract former
Zonians. We welcome Jerry Pilote, who has recently
retired from Gorgas Army Hospital. Jerry has had an in-
teresting career as a Navy/Army/PanCanal nurse. She
joins Marilyn Carter as a staff nurse in the Star Light
Hospital in Center Point.
The highlight for us here in Kerrville is visits from our
friends and families. Marion and Fred Wells had Hattie
and Duncan Laird visit them on their way home to Miss.
Jean and Ray Wilson also came to the Wells' home while
visiting in this area. Dorothy (Dedeaux) Pape visited with
her sister and brother-in-law, Dick and Iris Hogan. She
was on her way to Boynton Beach, Fla., to visit her
daughter. On the way, she stopped in Houston to see Ann
and George Downing and in Pensacola, Fla. to see Louie
and Barbara Dedeaux. In March, Mary Ruth (Clement)
and Steve Vaughn, with their two children, visited with
Iris and Dick. They were on their way from Houston to El
Paso to spend the Easter holidays with Steve's parents.
They stopped by again on their way back to Houston. This
was a delightful visit, as it had been over 8 years since the
Hogans had seen Mary Ruth and they had never met her
husband. Dorothy Orr drove from her home in Tal-
lahassee, FL to Houston and on to Kerrville for a visit with
Harvey and Bea Rhyne. She also visited with Bob and
Donna Helmericks and Cinda and Robbie Spilling in
Slidell, LA on her way home. Leo Eastham came to see
the Rhynes while on home leave. While in the area, he
visited his sisters and brothers-in-law Rosanna and Jerry
Blais and Carmen and Mickey Kelleher in Dallas, and
met his two nephews. George and Eleanor (Fitzgerald)
Robinson from San Francisco, met his sister, Thirza
Guttman, at the Rhyne home for a pleasant afternoon of
family reminiscing. They will be the house guests of the
Guttmans in San Antonio for a few days then on to Pen-
sacola to visit George's brother and sister-in-law, Albert
and Vi (Stroop) Robinson. From there they head for
South Carolina for a visit with Eleanor's brother and sister-
in-law, George and Joan Fitzgerald.
Leo Eastham, Jim Dertien and Pat Fallon are the
first gringoes (to our knowledge) to have gone overland to
the San Blas Islands. They took their trail bikes to Chepo.
From there they went over the mountain, across the Con-
tinental Divide, to Carti on the roadbed that is being
prepared. It was an arduous trip, made in approximately
10 hours, but the experience was well worth the time and
effort. The cruise ships have added the San Bias Islands to
their itinerary. The cluster of Indians in their cayucos, div-
ing for coins tossed by the tourists, is reminiscent of our
trips on the SS CRISTOBAL and SS ANCON to Port au
Prince, Haiti. The Indians are fast learners. Their prices
for cold sodas and cerveza increase as the ship appears on
Frank and Nellie Kline, with Nellie's brother, he
Rev. Fred Raybourne, were our visitors in Kerrville.
They have found their home in Austin and keep busy mak-
ing exquisite ceramic Pollera figurines, several of which
have found homes in Kerrville.
With the arrival of spring, the "snow birds" are
heading home. C. A. M. Monsanto, Bea's uncle, headed
north for his home in Iowa the first week in April. He re-
ports a safe trip home but found snow and sleet waiting for
Marilyn Carter was delighted with a unique gift from
her husband, Wade, for their 26th wedding anniversary in
February. It is a 1924 authentic antique Dodge touring car.
The Carters have had lots of fun touring in it; causing all
heads to turn as they pass. It runs like a deer and can get up
to 45 mph. Marilyn is becoming a member in the Antique
Car Association and looks forward to attending in her
Marilyn Carter in her 1924 Dodge touring machine.
Speaking of weddings, there soon will be one in the
Carter family. Kim Carter has announced her engage-
ment to John Baird of Shuqualak, Miss. Plans are now be-
ing made for a July wedding in the Mormon Temple in
Utah. John is employed with an oil company in Houston as
a CPA and Kim is a special education teacher in Houston,
where the couple met.
Honored guests, Muriel Johnston and Marilyn Carter at the
grandma shower, February 18, 1983.
Marilyn Carter and Muriel Johnston were hosted
with a "grandma" shower on February 18 in the home of
Honey Fealey. Co-hostesses were Iris Hogan, Bea
Rhyne, Marion Wells, and Helen Smith. A delicious
luncheon was served to the sixteen guests present. Winners
of the fun games were Clara Chambers, for the most
grandchildren; and Dottie Hattier and Julia Storm.
Marilyn Carter was celebrating the birth of her grand-
daughter, Christina Renee, who was born January 29 in
Tulsa, OK. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Rick Collins of
Glenpool, OK. Muriel Johnston was celebrating the birth
Clara Chambers was honored as the grandma with the most grand-
of her grandson, Matthew Garrett, born February 1 in
Studio City, Calif. The parents are Mr. and Mrs. Lionel
Johnston. The monetary gifts given the "grandmas" will
be forwarded to the grandchildren.
It's spring at last and love is in the air in Texas. Tam-
my Ann Kessler and Terry Shaffer were married in May.
It was a month of revelry with showers and family reunion
added. Tammy's mom and dad, Babe & Bill Kessler,
came from Dothan with brothers Bill, Mike, Tim, and
Bryan. Uncle Pete Flynn from Los Angeles. Joanne
(Flynn) and Charley Farley from St. Louis. Rita
(Duran) and Jim Hofman from Houston. Tammy and
Terry first met at Incarnate Word College where Terry
received his degree in nuclear medicine in May.
Another recent wedding was Ruth Ann Kelleher and
Michael Smith, both ex-Zonians who knew each other
slightly in the Zone; in Texas it was love at first sight!
Michael graduated from the Coast Guard Academy at
Kings Point and is the son of LTC & Mrs. (Tita) Charles
Smith of Ft. Clayton and Ft. Amador for many years.
Ruth Ann was a beautiful bride with her mom and dad
present, Ruth and Bud Kelleher; plus dear friends, Tina
(Eastham) and Maurice Kelleher and Roseanna (East-
ham) and Gary Bias.
A lovely addition to our city is Camille Rhyne, on a
year's sabbatical from her job in Balboa. Camille is a
student at the University of Texas and working hard.
Watch out for the love bug, Camille!
Adelaide Fidanque and Tita Smith just got back
from Panama so we had lunch and they told me all about
it. Here's some news: It's very hot and dry yet. As of this
writing (April), no rain for four months; even El Valle is
going dry. How many saw the story in March of the
tourists held hostage by an escaped prisoner on an island in
Panama? The island was Coiba; two of the tourists from
San Antonio. When the terrifying ordeal was over and the
maleantes lay dead on the ground, the last straw the
trustees filled them full of another round of bullets just for
good measure! Panama is into the computer age. You can
pay your telephone bill electronically at the old Cable Of-
fice in Balboa. The girl who sits at the computer punches
you in, out pops your bill, and then she marvels, ". es
un milagro." A beautiful pink marble memorial to Torrijos
is going up at Ft. Amador, near the tennis courts and gas
station on the way to the officers club. Sweet Girl Guardia
are directing traffic in Balboa and they work best when
everyone is watching, holding up lines of traffic in 950
while they give out tickets. In dry Plava Coronado visitors
drop in at Faye and Preston Minton's to take a bath or
just get a glass of water. Rhoda Fox is fine; her lovely villa
with swimming pool, is every ex-Zonian's home away from
All those dear souls who care about me will be
gratified to know I am halfway through the 5-ft. wool rug
with the Seal of The Panama Canal. I've been at it for 13
years and it didn't take them that long to dig it! To all those
who ever finished one, I salute you.
Texas is covered with bluebonnets but all I can smell is
Ilang Ilang. This report is done in haste and I'm afraid
would not make my beloved English Prof, Roger Collinge,
very proud of me. Wish, too, that I could draw like Dave
Young, son of Mary (Sullivan) and Jim Young. His cover
for the Dec. '82 Canal Record was super.
Panamaniacs will hold their annual picnic on Septem-
ber 3 at MacArthur Park in San Antonio. The more the
merrier. If you can come, please call Betty Sebik at
512-824-5756 or Jeanne Stough at 512-755-4395.
Jeanne Flynn Stough
Hello dere! Washington, D.C. had distinguished
Canal Zone visitors for a week in April. They were here for
the Directors Annual Meeting of the Board of Commis-
sion, and the Capitol greeted them with some of the coldest
spring weather ever plus much, much rain!
Elizabeth (Zent) Beall of Alexandria, Va., had a
lovely get-together at her home to welcome some of these
visitors on April 13. Some of the guests were: Ella Ger-
chow, Secretary to the Administrator, Panama Canal
Commission; Betty Burns, Protocol Officer for the
P.C.C.; Ron and Jolie Seeley; Rich Wainio; Barbara
(Boyer) and Jim Slover of Laurel, Md.; Rosemary
(Millet) Gilead; Robert and Vickie (van't Veld) Horn-
ing and Joan Unitas. What an exciting dinner party with
a lot of chatter (bajun too), laughter of days gone by and
present stories. And, as usual, no one wanted the evening
to end. This strong love and pride that Canal Zone people
carry with them just keeps growing, growing silently .
and when they get together watch out!
More about Elizabeth Zent Beall: Besides being
petite, pretty and blond, she works at the Veterans Admini-
stration building in the Capitol. She is also on the Canal
Zone Reunion Committee of the Virginia, Maryland, and
Washington, D.C. areas. She is also an artist and has been
working on scenes from the Canal Zone and molas in
watercolor. A nice, busy gal.
Vickie (van't Veld) Horning was simply super-elated
again at meeting another friend from Balboa school days 34
years ago in Barbara (Boyer) Slover of BHS '49.
Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Kennerd (Wilma Wickens),
who used to live in Chesapeake, Va., now live in a nice
brick rambler in Dothan, Ala. Wilma's brother, Therlon
(Bud) Wickens, his wife and six children have lived with
his mother, Mrs. George J. Wickens (Hilda) in Chesa-
peake, Va., since March '82 when Bud retired from the
Army as a civilian employee on the Atlantic side and came
back to the U.S.
Mrs. Leoni (Ender) Lam of Colon, Rep of Panama,
has her two sons living with her in Alexandria, Va. Gerard
is attending the University of Maryland and Ralph is
visiting for about a month. Leoni mentions having had
lunch with Thelma Lewis who looks very well, and was
amazed how Thelma can remember all the names, dates
and history, too, of anyone you want to know about in
Cristobal, Colon, and Panama. A very alert and entertain-
Fern (Horine) Dabill of Phoenix, Ariz., visited the
Capitol February 20 for four days during a Reserve Of-
ficers' meeting at the Hilton. Your reporter strutted
around with Fern to several of the military functions as a
guest, and had a delightful time. She will be going up to
Idaho to see her daughter, Carole, perform in the play "A
Doll House." She has the lead role as Nora. Then she will
attend Carole's graduation from college on May 28.
Glen De Marr, of the Arizona Police Force spent the
Easter holidays with his parents, Col. and Mrs. (Stella
Boggs) James D. De Marr in Arlington, Va. It certainly
was wonderful to have our family all together again. Four
big handsome sons (blowing my own horn again!) James,
Jr. (in helicopters) and family came down from Gilberts-
ville, Penna. Victor (in computers) came from Chicago
and Barry (a banker) and his family live here in Arlington,
Well folks, now that I feel like a peacock, I'll sign off.
Stella (Boggs) De Marr
Meyer S. Slotkin candidate for Second Vice-President of
the Florida Federation of Chapters of NARFE.
Mr. Slotkin has been a member of NARFE for over
eight years, holding various positions in the Sarasota
Chapter, including President. For the past three years he
has served as District 8 Leader and was General Chairman
of the 1981 Florida Federation NARFE Convention in Sar-
asota. He is currently a member of the Federation Execu-
He left the Canal Zone in 1963 after 7 Y2 years of ser-
vice as the Assistant to the Chief of the Engineering Divi-
sion, Panama Canal Company.
Kathleen Elizabeth Bradford, daughter of Martha
Bradford of Dothan, Alabama, was recently inducted into
the Gamma Beta Phi Society of the Dothan-Fort Rucker
Campus, part of the Troy State University system. This is
a society which honors outstanding scholastic achievement
in school. This is not Miss Bradford's first initiation, for
she was also inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Society
while a student at the local Dothan Junior College, George
C. Wallace State Community College, in October of 1981.
Miss Bradford is studying Science Education with her ma-
jor in chemistry.
50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration
(Back row) Patricia Risberg, Diane Schmenk, Bob Geddes,
Bill Geddes, Barbara Shaw. (Front row) Robert and Florence
Robert and Florence Geddes were honored on the
occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary November 28,
1982, at a luncheon at the Ramada Inn in Ocala, Fla. It
was hosted by their five children and guests included
spouses, children, grandchildren, other relatives and
friends. Patricia and her husband "Bud" Risberg with
their daughters, Lori and Maureen, and Lori's new hus-
band, Scott Roach; along with Diane, husband Tom
Schmenk and their children Karen and David from
Lafayette, Indiana; Robert and his son, Michael, from
Panama; William from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Barbara
and her husband Ray Shaw and their son, Allen, from
Denver, Colorado, were all able to be there for the occa-
Robert, Sr. retired from the Water and Laboratories
Branch of the Canal in 1972 and settled in Ocala. Fla. It
was a wonderful party and included many "remember
when" stories that kept the honorees and guests laughing
continuously, plus several memorable gifts.
Other current or ex-Zonian guests included the "Pos"
Parkers of Inverness, Fla., with their daughter Sherry and
daughter-in-law Michelle, and the Bill Burns of Balboa,
St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida, cele-
brated Volunteers Week, April 18-23, 1983, with a Volun-
teer Awards Program and Afternoon Tea on April 19,
1983. Receiving the 5,000 Bar for having completed 5440
in-service hours as of 1 March 1983, was Rita Hoyle. Her
husband, Warner Hoyle, received the 4000 Bar for com-
pleting 4457 3/4 hours. These hours have been earned only
since December 1976 when the Hoyles retired in St.
Petersburg. Rita wears many hats at the hospital Infor-
mation Desk, Discharge, Admitting, Mail, Flower Deli-
very, Surgery Information Lounge, Blood delivery to In-
tensive Care Units, and many others plus being the Volun-
teer Director's right hand. Warner works in the electrical
and electronics maintenance shop.
Barbara and Louie Dedeaux, with son, Jon.
25th Wedding Anniversary
The good wishes friends sent with their picture and
especially the notes (both those to us and the ones to
Clements and Egolfs) were the next best thing to hav-
ing them here with us to celebrate our 25th wedding an-
niversary. What a wonderful, lasting surprise our
friends' response to Maryruth's poem was overwhelming!
Our celebration was quite special. My sister, Ruth
and Caleb Clement and brothers, George and Bobby and
Harry and Mary Egolf co-hosted a family dinner party at
the "Wine Cellar" in North Redington Beach, Fla. We
were so pleased Anne and Bucky Hall could join us; Anne
was my matron-of-honor and Bucky was an usher. The
evening was highlighted with a champagne toast by my
brother, Harry, and a cake ablaze with sparklers. Then
when we thought it couldn't be topped, we were presented
with an album full of photographs of dear friends.
We enjoyed the weekend visit in Pinellas and Semi-
nole and then my brother George returned to Pensacola
with the Clements and us, so we are enjoying his visit now.
On the 29th (the day of our anniversary), Louie took
the five of us out to dinner. He and I were later surprised
that evening when the Wilmans and Littons came by
Clements' apartment for yet another celebration. Then to
top the evening off, we received telephone congratulations
from the Hogans, Swearingens, and the Vaughns.
Louie and I are still undecided where we will settle,
but we're looking real hard everywhere we travel.
We are excited about going to the reunion in May
since Jon will be coming up from Panama so, if you'll
be there, watch for the three of us in the crowd.
Louie joins me in thanking all our friends throughout
the years for the time they took to share in this celebration
of this important milestone in our lives our silver wed-
Barbara and Louie Dedeaux
The General John A. Lejeune Award for Inspirational
Leadership, one of the highest awards given to Marine
Corps Officers, has been awarded to Colonel Jack R.
Hammond, USMC, for his "outstanding contribution" to
Marine aviation in training, tactics, planning and effective
employment of fighter assets while serving as Command-
ing Officer of Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron 115. The
consistently high marks attained by his squadron in every
aspect of operation have been a direct result of his leader-
ship, airmanship, dedication and professionalism. (The
Squadron 115 was on the USS Forrestal when the Libyan
skirmish was an international incident. Jack logged 150
carrier landings himself and was the first Marine Colonel
to log a night carrier landing in a Phantom.) Colonel Ham-
mond has served 22 years in the Marine Corps.
Jack went to Balboa High School ('55) and CZ Junior
College. He is married to Dee Selby (BHS '57) and they
have two children, Mike and Tracy. They are now sta-
tioned at Beaufort, SC, and Jack is Commander of Marine
Aircraft Group 31. He also holds the Distinguished Flying
Cross, Air Medal with Bronze Star, Meritorious Service
Medal, 21 Strike/Flight Award and the Navy Commenda-
From Panama Canal Society of Southern California
Newsletter, April 1983.
The engagement of Carol L. Peterson and Donald
P. Heintz is announced.
Carol is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C.
Peterson of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Balboa, Canal
Zone. Donald is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Heintz of
The bride-elect attended public schools in the Canal
Zone and received an A.A. degree from Canal Zone Col-
lege. She is also a recent graduate of the College of Educa-
tion, University of South Florida, with a degree of B.A. in
Exceptional Child Education, Emotional Disturbance, and
is currently employed in Orlando.
The bridgegroom-elect graduated from the Culinary
Institute of America in New York and is presently
employed as manager of Peoples Restaurant in Orlando.
A June 26 wedding in Sarasota, Fla., is planned.
Ms. Betty Webster of Santa Clara Enterprises,
Panama, was honored on her 83rd birthday at a celebra-
tion held November 13, 1982, in Santa Clara. Co-
celebrant, Jack Kerr and Ms. Webster were honored by
over 100 guests from all walks of life who came from all
parts of Panama for this special occasion.
Mrs. Inez H. Clark
APO Miami, FL 34004
Judy McLain, daughter of John and Gladys Mc-
Lain of Sarasota, Fla., was presented the 1982-83 Profes-
sional Achievement Award at Barry University in Miami,
Fla. on April 26, 1983. Judy is Reference Librarian at
Barry University and received the award for an article pub-
lished in the Professional National Journal.
Her mother, Mrs. Gladys McLain, attended the pres-
Leo and Carol (Ruoff) Goulet report that on Febru-
ary 10. 1983, Leo was elected President and Chief Op-
erating Officer of the Gerber Products Company in Fre-
mont, Michigan. Leo was formerly Executive Vice Presi-
dent of the General Merchandise Division.
1982 also ended very happily for them with the mar-
riage of their youngest daughter, Stephanie, to Carlos A.
Alonzo of Honduras.
The wedding took place in Dallas on December 18.
Stephanie's sister Beverly was her maid of honor and her
cousin, Carol Berger, served as bridesmaid.
It was like a mini-reunion, as in addition to Beverly
and Bob Berger, out-of-town relatives included Leo's sister,
Mary Zagone; Macel and Mort Thomson and daughter,
Regina; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Thompson; Mr. and Mrs.
William Routt (Mary Thomson) and son, Will; and Mr.
and Mrs. Jack Ruoff and daughter, Dianne. A very happy
time for all
Lee Moreland Schnake and Bryan Karl Colquitt
were united in marriage December 18, 1982, at the First
United Methodist Church in Dickinson, Texas. A recep-
tion followed at the home of the bride's parents in Dickin-
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Edward G.
Schnake of Dickinson. The groom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. James A. Colquitt of Houston.
Best man was Richard Colquitt, brother of the
groom and groomsmen were John Schnake, Keith
Schnake and Paul Schnake, brothers of the bride.
The bride is a graduate of Dickinson High School and
the University of Houston Central Campus with a BBA de-
gree in accounting. She is a financial analyst for Texas
Commerce Bancschares. The groom is a graduate of
Memorial High School and the University of Texas at
Austin with a BBA degree in accounting, and is now an ac-
countant with Davidson, Eagleson & Co.
After a skiing/wedding trip to Banff, Canada, the
couple will reside in Houston, Texas.
Charles V. Bialkowski and Cecelia M. Kraus were
married March 14, 1983 in Resurrection Church in
Cecelia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roland D.
Kraus of Cheektowaga, New York. Charles is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Bialkowski of Kerrville, Texas.
They will make their home at 8336 Lenore, Houston,
George Flores, Pat Risberg, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Roach, Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Geddes.
Lori Ann Flores and William "Scott" Roach were
married on November 26, 1982, in St. Teresa's Catholic
Church in Titusville, Florida. Lori is the daughter of Mrs.
Patricia Risberg of Titusville and George Flores of Pana-
ma. Scott is the son of William Roach of Tampa, Fla. A
reception followed at the Royal Oak Country Club which
was attended by both families and many friends. Lori's at-
tendants were her stepsister Maureen Risberg and her
cousin, Karen Schmenk of Indiana. Scott's best man was
Richard Huerbsch and the groomsmen were Dean Young
and Eric Risberg, all formerly of the Canal Zone. Lori is a
4th generation Zonian; her great grandfather, Thomas
Geddes, was one of the construction day workers; her
grandfather, Robert Geddes, retired from the Canal in
1972; her father retired as Chief, Fire Division, in 1980;
and her mother retired in 1981. Scott's father also retired
from the Canal in 1980, making this another in a long list
of marriages between Zonian families, even after leaving
the area to reside permanently in the U.S.
Lori graduated from Florida State University with a
degree in Dietetics and is employed by Medical Center
Hospital in.Largo, Fla. Scott is employed at Albertson
Southco in Largo.
Lori and Scott now make their home in Clearwater,
Sandra Marie and Steven Lee Grimes.
Sandra Marie Mann became the bride of Steven Lee
Grimes on Friday, March 25, 1983, at Lakewood United
Methodist Church, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Sandra is the daughter of Ed and Jean Mann of St.
Petersburg and Steven is the son of Lester Grimes of St.
Petersburg and Colistabel Grimes, also of St. Petersburg.
Sandra is a senior at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, and
Steven is employed by Foster and Kleiser, A Multimedia
A reception followed the ceremony at the Sheraton-St.
Petersburg Marina and Tennis Resort which was at-
tended by the bride and groom's many friends. The couple
will reside in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Catherine Ann Neville and John Newell Davidson
were married January 6, 1983, at Clearwater United
Methodist Church, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward
H. Neville, Jr. of Seminole, Fla. She graduated from Bal-
boa High School, Trinity University, the University of
Texas at San Antonio and the University of Florida. She is
a staff accountant with Arthur Young & Co. of Tampa.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. & Mrs. McCoy
Davidson of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He graduated from
Tuscaloosa High School and the University of Alabama.
He is a certified public accountant with Cherry Bekaert &
Holland of St. Petersburg.
The couple will reside in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Morton Thomson, Jr., announce
the marriage of their daughter, Regina Louise, to Mr.
Joseph Anthony Toarmina on March 12, 1983, at the
Holy Spirit Church, Memphis, Tenn.
Regina is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs.
Arthur W. Goulet. She is an accountant with Arthur
Anderson Co. and "Tony" will graduate in May from
Memphis State University with a degree in electrical
Out-of-town visitors for the wedding included Mr.
and Mrs. P.V. Zagone (nee Mary Goulet) and two
daughters; two granddaughters; and Miss Beverly Goulet
of Dallas, Texas.
Cheryl Ann Mclntire and Kenneth James Burkemper,
married March 26, 1983, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Cheryl Ann McIntire and Kenneth James Bur-
kemper exchanged wedding vows on Saturday, March 26,
1983, at Christ the King Church in Tulsa, Okla. officiated
by Father Jerry McCarthy, Asst. Pastor. McCarthy had
served at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Balboa, C.Z.,
many years ago.
The bride was given in marriage by her father, Leo A.
McIntire, with her sister, Vicki McIntire, as Maid of
Cheryl is a graduate of Monte Cassino High School in
Tulsa and attended the University of Tulsa. She is the
daughter of Alene and Leo A. McIntire of Tulsa and the
granddaughter of Mrs. Walter (Blanche) Hartman of
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Burkemper of
Des Peres, Mo., and is a graduate of the National Associa-
tion of Scuba Diving in San Diego, Calif.
The couple drove cross-country en route to Miami,
Fla., stopping overnight with the Walter Hartmans in Sar-
Mr. Burkemper is employed with Scuba Underwater
Unlimited in Sales and also Scuba diving instruction.
Cheryl is employed at Houlihan's. They will reside at 500
NE 164th Terrace, North Miami, Fla. 33162.
Joseph A. Bialkowski and Lorene Raney were con-
ferred the Sacrament of Matrimony on February 26, 1983,
at the Notre Dame Church in Kerrville, Texas. The bride
was attended by her daughter Colene Tom of Beeville, and
attending the groom was his son, Joseph A. Barrett, of
At the reception which followed the church ceremony
at the Kerrville Holiday Inn, the bridal pair were con-
gratulated and wished many years of wedded bliss by those
Among the out-of-town guests were many ex-Canal
Zone friends, which included Beth Waddell, Sue
Graham, Chita Hanna, Betty Marshall, James Agee,
Aline and Fred Cornels, Dale and Jackie Bishop,
George and Rufina Patton from Boerne, Texas; the
bride's son-in-law, Steve Tom and granddaughter, Cathy
from Beeville; the groom's daughters, Mary E. Sayre
from Portland and Charlotte V. Wynne from Pensacola,
Fla.; and son, Charles V. Bialkowski and fiance, Cecelia
M. Kraus, from Houston, Texas.
Frierson were mar-
ried April 18, 1983,
at Thaddeus Episco-
pal Church in
Aiken, S.C. The
bride is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs.
James W. Westen-
dorff of Aiken and
the groom is the son
of Mr. and Mrs.
William E. Frier-
son of Gadsden,
The bride is a
graduate of Aiken Mrs. Frierson
High. She attended Candace Marie Westendorf
Midlands Tech in
Columbia and is
employed by the
Baptist Medical Center in Columbia.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Spring Valley High
in Columbia. He is employed by Columbia Cable Televi-
Following a reception at Houndslake Country Club,
the couple left for a wedding trip to Asheville, N.C. They
will reside in Columbia.
A daughter was born to William P. and Sharon
(Bush) Pybas of Gig Harbor, Washington, on January 17,
1983. Kellie Nicole weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. at birth. Her ma-
ternal grandparents are Raymond and Lucille Bush of
A son was born to James and Loretta Hardison of
Vancouver, Washington, on March 27, 1983. Gregory
Allen weighed 10 lbs. 11 oz. at birth. Paternal grand-
parents are Grady B. and Margaret Hardison of
Ted and Mel (Little) Henter are proud to announce
the birth of their second daughter, Elizabeth Lynn, born
October 12, 1982. She joins her sister, Emley Rose. The
proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ted Henter of St.
Petersburg, Fla., and Mrs. Pauline Little of N.
Weymouth, Mass., and great-grandmother, Lorraine
Schriftgiesser, also of N. Weymouth.
Beth (Wright) and Robert McDowell announce the
birth of their first child, Laura Marie, born April 8, 1983,
at 8:13 a.m. in Austin, Texas. She weighed 5 lbs. 6 oz. at
birth. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ted Young of
Mahlon and Donna Knox of Sarasota announce the
birth of their first child, Jodi Dawn, born February 21,
1983, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, weighing 7 lbs. 8 oz.
Paternal grandparents are Dorothy and the late
Robert S. Knox of Sarasota. Mr. and Mrs. Warren
Parent of Manchester, N.H. (formerly of Bradenton,
Fla.), are the maternal grandparents. Paternal great-
grandmothers are Mrs. Florence Harrison of Bradenton,
Fla., and Mrs. Mable Knox of Topeka, Kansas.
Jim (Smiley) and Marie Morris proudly announce
the arrival of granddaughter Jamie Lynn Wheeler, born
to Lennie and Cori (Morris) Wheeler on January 31,
1983, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jamie Lynn weighed in at 7
lbs. 9 oz.
Paternal grandparents are John and Marge Wheeler
of Louisville, Kentucky. Paternal great-grandparents are
Jim and Betty (Shorty) Morris. Maternal great-grand-
parents are Helen and Joe Cicero of Clearwater, Florida.
To Keith and Melissa Wrenn, a son, Jessie. Proud
grandparents are Max and Earl Wrenn of Springdale,
Joc and Mrs. Jeffrey Curtiss (Kathy Foster) proudly
announce the birth of their daughter, Lisa Marie, on
January 10, 1983, in Naples, Italy. Lisa weighed 8 lbs. 15
oz. and measured 22 inches long. Jeff, a U.S.N. Chief
Broadcast Journalist and family are currently stationed in
Sigonella, Sicily. Lisa's maternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. John H. Foster of Tampa, Fla. Her paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George R. Curtiss of Con-
cord, Calif. Lisa joins her brother, Kirk.
Lt. (j.g.) and Mrs. Harry V. Black (Nidia Huff-
man) announce the birth of their first child, William
Wade, on February 13, 1983, in Oakland, California.
The proud grandparents are Wade and Marina
Huffman of Longwood, Florida, and William and Robbie
Black of Daderville, Alabama.
J. Drake and Colette (Foster) Carlisle announce the birth
of their son, Thornton Wade, on January 18, 1983, in
Maternal grandparents are Pete and Marge Foster of
Palm Harbor, Fla., and paternal grandparents are Lou
Carlisle and the late Captain Thornton Carlisle of
Mrs. Juan Hidalgo announces the birth of her first
great-grandson, Daniel Alexander, on January 27, 1983.
The proud parents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth George
Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Hidalgo of
Fort Clayton, Panama, and Miami, Fla. Daniel's aunt is
Wilma Hidalgo of Diablo, Panama. He is a fourth genera-
tion Hidalgo family member.
The Hidalgos were well-known in Gamboa where Mr.
Hidalgo was employed at the Gamboa Signal Station for 30
years. Mrs. Hidalgo has been very active in community ac-
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn D. Seeley of Dallas, Texas, an-
nounce the birth of a son, Nicholas Byron, on March 21,
1983. Maternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Byron K.
Efthimiadis of Balboa Heights and paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Seeley, also of Balboa
Heights, Panama. Great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
C.W. Kilbey of Aiken, S.C., and Mrs. Marie L. Seeley
of Titusville, Fla.
Olympia, Washington, March 1983. Judy, Will, and baby
Will and Judy Graham of Olympia, Washington, an-
nounce the birth of their first child, Lauren Marie, born
January 30, 1983. Lauren weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz.
Paternal grandparents are Bill and Sue Graham of
Kerrville, Texas. Maternal grandparents are Paul and
Betty Beeman of Olympia, Washington.
Eddie and Karen Davis of Houston, Texas, an-
nounce the birth of their first child, a son, Mark Edward,
born March 9, 1983. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mil-
ton Davis of Garland, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. William
W. Willey of Houston, Texas.
Captain and Mrs. Daniel M.R. Haff of Argyle,
N.Y., announce the birth of their fifth grandchild, Chris-
topher Cameron Dougherty, weighing in at 9 lbs. 15 oz.
on December 28, 1982. The proud parents are Dennis and
Danelle (Haff) Dougherty of Chicago, Ill. Christopher
has a two-year-old brother, Matthew, and a 3 /2 -year-old
Angel and Patty (Kelleher) Arosemena of Miami,
Florida, announce the birth of their first child, Kristopher,
on November 29, 1982. He weighed 9 lbs. and 14 oz. at
birth. Dave and Betty Kelleher of Dothan, Ala., are the
proud grandparents of their first grandchild and traveled to
Miami with great-grandmother Mabel Watts of Tallahas-
see, Fla., to see the newest member of the family. Aunt Sue
and Uncles Davy and Walter Kelleher of Dothan, and
Aunt Mary Kelleher and "Uncle" Steve Tochterman of
Tallahassee sent down a car full of teddy bears and Christ-
mas presents to their first nephew. Kristopher's Uncle
Steve and Aunt Margaret (Kelleher) Marsalona of Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla., have been frequent weekend visitors.
Paternal grandparents are Mrs. Eduvigis Quintero
and Mr. Angel Arosemena of Panama City, Rep. of
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Dr. Diana Hoenke Bauer, 40, died unexpectedly
February 26, 1983, at the home of her parents in Hender-
sonville, N.C., where she was visiting. Born in Ancon,
Canal Zone, she graduated from Balboa High School in
1960. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she
earned her doctorate in philosophy and biology from the
University of New Mexico. She was recently employed at
the University Hospital pathology and immunology de-
partment of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
She is survived by her parents, Truman and Betsy
Hoenke, of Hendersonville, N.C., and a brother, Roger
A. Hoenke, of North Hero, Vt.
Harry V. Cain, 75, of Sarasota, Florida, died April
12,' 1983, at Memorial Hospital. He attended the Episcopal
Church of the Redeemer; attended the University of Il-
linois; was a state trooper in New Jersey and a police officer
in the Canal Zone; was a life member of BPOE 1542, Cris-
tobal, C.Z.; past member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida; and a member of the Police Association of the
Canal Zone. He came to Sarasota in 1966 after retiring
from the Canal Zone after 31 years and 18 days of govern-
Lucy Charters, who worked at Amador for the Army
during 1960, died October 3, 1982. Her husband, Delbert
Charters, a food supervisor for the U.S. Army & Air Force
Post Exchanges in the Canal Zone in the early 1960's, died
on December 10, 1982. They had been living in Lawton,
Okla. for the past 10 years where Del retired from govern-
JosephJ. Cicero, 72, of Clearwater, Fla., died March
30, 1983. Born in Atlantic City, N.J., he retired from the
Panama Canal Company as a security officer on Novem-
ber 30, 1972, after 26 years of service.
He was a professional baseball player for the Boston
Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and the Cincinnati Reds.
He also coached in the South American League. He was a
Catholic, a member of the Oldtimers Baseball Association,
National Association of Federal Employees, and the Largo
Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Clearwater, Fla.;
a son, Joseph L. of Balboa, Panama; two daughters,
Patricia Finneman of Gatun, Panama, and Marie Morris
of Clearwater, Fla; 12 grandchildren and three great-
Thomas C. Clarke, Jr., 62, died February 7, 1983,
in Las Vegas, Nev. He retired in 1981 after 21 years with
the Locks Division, Panama Canal Co.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; two children, Diana
and Chris; and four grandchildren.
Lester Victor Forsgren, 25, of Kerrville, Texas, died
February 3, 1983 at his home. He was born in Coco Solo
Hospital and attended Canal Zone schools until his father
retired from the Panama Canal Company. He was a mem-
ber of the Zion Lutheran Church. He is survived by a
brother, Dennis Forsgren, of Kerrville, Texas.
Rosalie Zapata Forsgren, 59, of Kerrville, Texas,
died at her home on February 3, 1983. She was born in the
Republic of Panama and was the wife of the late Lester V.
Forsgren who died July 4, 1976, in an automobile accident.
She was a member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
She is survived by a son, Dennis Forsgren, of Kerr-
ville, Texas; a grandson, Shane Adam of Kerrville; and a
granddaughter, Faith Rae of Missouri.
Perc F. Graham, 80, of Pinellas Park, Florida, died
20 February 1983 after a long illness. He retired from the
Canal Zone Fire Division in October 1959. He was a Life
Member of Sojourner Lodge, AF & AM, Cristobal, Scot-
tish Rite and Abou Saad Shrine Temple, Balboa, Panama.
Survivors include his wife, Marion E. of Pinellas
Park, Fla.; a son, Gerald (Jerry) of Oldsmar, Fla.; a
brother, William R. Graham of Kerrville, Texas; a niece,
Donna M. Day of Dallas, Texas; a nephew, William H.
Graham of Olympia, Washington; and three grandsons,
Jerry, Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla., Lt. E. Lee Graham, USN,
Virginia Beach, Va., Capt. J. Scott Graham, USAF, of
California, and five great grandchildren.
Francis J. Haydel, 53, of Mississippi, died February
15, 1983, at Hinds General Hospital, Jackson, Miss. A na-
tive of New Orleans, he lived in the Canal Zone, grad-
uating from Balboa High School in 1948 and was a grad-
uate of Louisiana State University. He was a veteran of the
Korean War and a former resident of Memphis, Tenn. He
was an agency manager for Allstate Insurance, Co. for 20
years and a member of Jackson Bible Church.
He is survived by his wife, Audie Evans Haydel; sons,
Kenny and Gregg, both of Memphis; daughters, Joan
Haydel of Memphis and Sharon Braunlich of Little Rock,
Ark.; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Haydel of Metairie,
La.; a brother, Norman Haydel of Metairie; and one
Taylor W. Hunter, 40, of New Orleans, La., died
January 26, 1983. He is survived by his wife, Marigen, of
New Orleans; his mother, Virginia (Pat) Hunter, of
Santee, Calif.; and two brothers, Fred, of Topeka, KS, and
Bill, of Merced, Calif.
Bernhilda (Bee) Jensen, 66, of Dubuque, Iowa,
passed away March 26, 1983. She worked as a nurse at
Gorgas Hospital, the Public Health Stations at Paraiso and
Balboa, Pedro Miguel Locks and Balboa High School.
She enjoyed activities at the Balboa and Pedro Miguel
Yacht Clubs and was a member of the Pacific Trail Riders
Saddle Club. In 1965 she received the Master Key to the
Panama Canal in the grade of "Angel of Mercy for the
Canal Zone." She retired in 1974.
She is survived by her four daughters; Mary Jo
Carder of Friday Harbor, Wash.; Julie Kaufmann of Bal-
boa, Panama; Jan Noethe of Clinton, Iowa, and Jean
Schriver of Dubuque, Iowa, and seven grandchildren.
Rita Strauss McAllister, 66, of Pensacola, Fla., died
January 21, 1983, at a local hospital. She was born in
Gorgas Hospital, graduated from Balboa High School in
1934 and was the daughter of the late John R. and Alice
Strauss, a former Roosevelt Medal holder. She had made
her home in Pensacola for the last 22 years.
Survivors include her husband, William C., of Pensa-
cola, Fla.; three sons, John of Boulder, Colo.; William of
Pensacola and Tom Nicholson of Urbandale, Iowa; a
daughter, Alicia Church of Key West, Fla.; three sisters,
Cele Mickle of Fairhope, Ala., Alice McLean of Pasadena,
Texas, and Jean Oldham of Jal, New Mexico; and five
Ralph A. Morales, 65, of Lakeland, Florida, died
February 22, 1983, after a short illness.
He was a native of Ancon, Canal Zone, and retired on
January 13, 1979, as a deep-sea diver and welder. He was a
Baptist; a member of the Lakeland Masonic Lodge 91; the
Lakeland Shrine; and the Panama Canal Society of
He is survived by his wife, Deya; four daughters, Ella
Conrad of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Edna Foster, Yvonne
Arabie and Luella Womble, all of Lakeland, Fla.; a son,
Ralph A., Jr., of Broken Arrow, Okla.; five sisters, Electra
Stapler of Staten Island, N.Y.; Anita Buehlmann of Boca
Raton, Fla.; Lee LaMontagne of Hawaii; Muriel Adkison
and Violet Morales, both of Panama; three brothers, John
Morales of Maryville, Mo.; James Morales of Baltimore,
Md.; and Luis Morales of Colorado.; sixteen grand-
children; and two great-grandchildrefi.
H. Lee Sampsell, 73, died March 31, 1983, at
Flowers Hospital, Dothan, Ala., following a lengthy ill-
ness. A long-time Isthmian resident, he was a supervisor at
Miraflores Control Tower of the Locks Division when he
retired in 1970 with 38 years of government service. He
lived in Dothan for six years and was a member of the Pres-
byterian Church, a Mason and a Shriner. Burial was held
in Fayetteville, Tenn.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Fanning Sampsell
of Dothan; two nephews and two nieces.
William M. Sergeant, 80, of St. Petersburg, Fla.,
died February 25, 1983. He retired from the Panama
Canal Company as a civil engineer in 1970. He was a
World War II Navy veteran and a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include a nephew, George Daniels, of Bel-
leair Bluffs, Fla., and three nieces.
Anna Mae (Sampsell) Smith, 67, of Glen Burnie,
MD., died on July 19, 1982, at the South Baltimore
General Hospital, following a short illness. She was the
wife of the late Melton Smith and the daughter of the late
Joseph B. Sampsell, a former Canal Zone employee. She
was active in the English Consul Christian Church and a
member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived
by two sons; Bruce of Newport News, VA.; Chris of Glen
Burnie, MD.; two daughters, Mrs. Cindy Schneider, of
Glen Burnie, MD., Mrs. Phyllis Pitarra of Baltimore,
MD.; nine grandchildren; and a brother, H. Lee Sampsell.
Melton B. Smith, 79, of Glen Burnie, MD., died on
Nov. 26, 1981, at the South Baltimore General Hospital,
following several weeks of illness. He was a native of
Ayden, N.C., and went to the Canal Zone in the early thir-
ties. His work was all with the Locks Division as a locomo-
tive operator and a painter foreman. He left in 1951 and
resided in Glen Burnie where he was active in the English
Consul Christian Church, was a Mason and a Shriner. He
is survived by his wife, Anna Mae Smith; two sons, Bruce
of Newport News, VA., Chris of Glen Burnie, MD.; two
daughters, Mrs. Cindy Schneider, of Glen Burnie, MD.,
Mrs. Phyllis Pitarra, of Baltimore, MD.; and nine grand-
James (Scottie) Stark, of Monterey, Calif., died Oc-
tober 17, 1982. He went to work for the Panama Canal
Company in 1942, then worked in Colombia and Vene-
zuela for oil companies, but returned to the Canal Zone in
1951, working for the U.S. Navy at Rodman. He made his
home in Monterey for the last 8 years since his retirement.
He is survived by his widow, Mary Wrenn Dawson
Stark of Monterey; a son, Lt. James K. Stark, Jr.; a
daughter, Mary Chris DeBaun; and one granddaughter,
Katherin Wren DeBaun.
Fred J. (Sunny) Sundstrom, Jr., 54, of Pasadena,
Caliornia, died 22 March 1983 after a short illness. He was
the son of Fred and Lillian Sundstrom, both deceased, for-
merly of Pedro Miguel. Raised in the Canal Zone, he grad-
uated from Balboa High School and the Canal Zone Junior
College and completed his education at the University of
Arizona. He has been an instructor at Arcadia High
School, Arcadia, Calif., for the past 20 years.
He leaves his wife and three grown children.
Viola I. Taylor, 87, died February 28, 1983, at
Pasco, Washington. She left the Canal Zone on November
30, 1956, when her husband retired. She was the wife of
Raymond Taylor of the Postal Division.
Walter Michael Trasavage, 71, of Panama City,
Fla., died March 18, 1983, at home. He retired as a
machinist from the Panama Canal and settled in Florida 13
years ago. He was a member of St. Dominic's Catholic
Survivors include his wife, Florence, of Panama City;
a daughter, Mrs. Dona Burke, of Knoxville, Tenn.; two
stepsons, Kenneth and Robert Budreau, both of Panama
City; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a
daughter-in-law, Mrs. Jack Budreau, of Adelphi, Md.;
and a brother, Konstant Trasavage, of Whittinsville, Mass.
Charlotte L. Tully, 66, of Kenneth City, Fla., died
February 15, 1983. She and her husband left the Canal
Zone in 1961 where she was a past president and former
district deputy of the Emblem Club and Rebekah Lodge.
She was a retired interior decorator, a Presbyterian, a
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, AARP,
Kenneth City Homeowners Association and a lieutenant
with the Kenneth City Crime Watch.
Survivors include her husband, George A., Jr.; a son,
Dennis M. of Miami; two daughters, Sharon L. of Clear-
water, Fla., and Gail M. Silvis of Warner Robins AFB,
Ga.; two sisters, Violet D. Lakins of Titusville, Fla., and
Arleen Bowers of Dayton, Ohio; and 11 grandchildren.
Hilda (George J.) Wickens of Chesapeake, Virginia,
died suddenly at her home February 20, 1983. She was the
widow of the late George J. Wickens who passed away in
1964. She has been a member of the Panama Canal Society
since she retired from the Panama Canal Company ap-
proximately 26 years ago, and looked forward to each issue
of the Canal Record. She was living with her son, Therlon
E. Wickens, since he retired as an employee of the U.S.
Army in the Canal Zone in 1982.
She is survived by her daughter, Wilma (Wickens)
Kennerd of Dothan, Alabama; her son, Therlon E.
Wickens of Chesapeake, Virginia; and six grandchildren.
Letters to the Editor
(L to R) Jim McGough, Mary McGough, Anna Maria
Carmona, Peter Smith, Tom Smith, Connie Smith, Betty
Smith, Marjorie Fowler, "Pam" Smith, Don Fowler,
Gertrude Smith, Teesie Smith, Pam Smith, Mary Ann
Smith, "Dito" Smith.
The Smith Family Celebrates Pam's 80th
On Saturday night, October 17, 1982, a large group
of admiring "kin" honored J. Palmer "Pam" Smith, Jr.
on the occasion of his 80th birthday. The honored guest
was at his usual debonair best. He regaled one and all with
an array of anecdotes and tales of yore. Accompanied by
his beloved wife, Gertrude, he was hale of heart and strong
of limb; a remarkable specimen of fourscore years and the
envy of those decades younger.
The celebration was held in the low country of South
Carolina, just south of Charleston on John's Island, one of
many sea islands in the area and where Pam has had his
home since his retirement from the C.Z. Health Bureau in
1964. It took place at Rast's, a famous restaurant known
for its uniquely prepared barbecue chicken. Present for the
"extravaganza" were Pam's oldest son, J. Palmer
"Pam" Smith III and his wife Teesie, from Radnor, Pa.
Pam (BHS '49) is currently Operations Manager for the
Eastern Region of the Container Corporation of America.
Orlando "Dito" (BHS '50) and his wife, Mary Ann, of
Charleston, W.V., joyfully joined the party. Dito, retired
from the U.S. Air Force, is an instructor at Citadel Col-
lege and Vice-President for the Lindbergh and Associates
Consulting Firm in Charleston, S.C. Pam's daughter,
Mary (BHS '58), and her husband, Jim McGough, came
from Huntsville, Ala. where Mary is the Director of Edu-
cation for Army Installation of the Education Division for
Redstone Arsenal. Rounding out the gathering of children
were son Peter (BHS '63), and his wife, Connie, and their
13-month-old son, Todd Palmer. Peter is an ear, head,
and neck surgeon at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. If
having all of his children with him on this auspicious occa-
sion weren't enough, Pam was blessed with the presence of
his sister, Marjorie Fowler and her husband, Don, from
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and his sister-in-law, Betty
Smith, of Vineland, N.J. and her son, Tom, from Cincin-
nati, Ohio. Accompanying Tom was Anna Maria Car-
mona from Spain. All guests stayed at Kiawah, a resort
located a few miles from Pam's and Gertrude's home,
"Hickory Hill Plantation."
The evening included the giving of many presents and
testimonials from Pam's adoring family. Dan Fogelberg's
'Leader of the Band' was sung to the honoree as well as a
specially composed song sung to the tune of 'Give My
Regards to Broadway.' Also included was the recorded
music of LUCHO and the "wild" assembly did an uncon-
trolled rendition of the tamborito! Needless to say, it was a
most memorable evening for all which will long be remem-
bered with much fondness.
St. Louis, Mo.
News of Mary Fagen:
I have received a message from Mrs. Isabelle
Cousins of New York concerning her sister, Mrs. Stanton
Salisbury, nee Mary Fagen.
Mrs. Salisbury was a nurse at Gorgas Hospital before
her marriage. She is currently in a nursing home The
Village Green Nursing Home, 30 Munson Street, LeRoy,
New York 14482.
I am sure many of her friends who remember her as
Mary Fagen will be glad to have news of her. I am sure,
too, that her family will appreciate an item giving her cur-
rent address in the Record.
Jessica K. Maurer
/^~F. CArneEirE ^//^/*gy
Scotmmuncant rnter of this parish
is invited to be present on
THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT 1983
The Parish of Saint Paul in San Diego
THE HOLY EUCHARIST with DAILY MORNING PRAYER
beginning at Nine in the morning
in the gracious presence of
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
and His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh
Identification may be required.
This admission card guarantees a eat to the holder
only until Eight forty-fii in the morning, 27 February
Her Majesty The Queen's Visit to St. Paul's Episcopal
Church, San Diego, Calif., February 27, 1983
San Diego has been preparing for the Royal Visit for
weeks. On January 2 or soon after, 25 people arrived at St.
Paul's to inspect the premises for security. New locks were
put on doors, outside shrubbery was spruced up, and in-
doors the pews and floors were waxed. The latter with
"non-skid" as Father Carroll said, "I don't want a
The congregation received the word that "those pa-
rishioners who supported the church and had been at-
tending regularly would have priority to admission tickets.
A committee was set up to review the membership, as only
580 tickets were available for 1000 members. We were all
impatient to see if we would be fortunate enough to get one
- and they weren't mailed out until a week before the oc-
The first five pews on each side of the aisle were roped
off the right side for the Queen and her entourage and
the left side for the church officials and their wives.
You had to be in the church by 8:45 and so I went at
7:00 a.m. and stood in line with others who wanted to pick
a good vantage spot. While waiting amid police and all
sorts of secret servicemen, they brought in two beautiful
German shepherds to sniff out bombs as a last inspection.
Sharply at eight, we were allowed through the door and
went through a security check just as you would at the air-
port. They opened our purses and dug through them. I
went and sat by the aisle, five rows behind where the
Queen was to sit. We also had to show our personal invita-
tion cards and an I.D.
Because it was the Lenten season, the altar was not
decorated. However, there were stunning bouquets at the
entrance of the church where the Queen would enter and
the front of her pew had three bouquets of lovely spring
flowers attached to it.
The Queen never takes Holy Communion outside of
the United Kingdom (I guess it would be too easy to poison
her or make her sick. She always carries her own drinking
water bottled in England.) Anyway, the Communion ser-
vice was held first with Father Alden Franklin, Father
James Carroll, and two Bishops: Retired Bishop Water-
storff and our new Bishop Morton, who comes from Geor-
gia and talks and looks like Jimmy Carter!
At the exact moment we finished Communion, we
could hear the motorcade arriving and the ministers went
down the aisle to greet the Queen and escort her in. Father
Carroll came back up the aisle and led her to her pew. She
looked very nice in a light colored orchid suit with two
enormous diamond brooches on her left lapel (flower-
shaped). Her flat hat tilted over her right ear and had a
white flower on it; she wore pearl earrings and had a dark
purse and dark pumps. She walked ramrod-straight and is
not very tall. Prince Philip followed behind with Bishop
Morton and he was in a dark business suit with a maroon
tie and a pastel shirt. As Father Carrol ushered her in, he
handed her a special prayer book that we had made as a gift
from the parish.
All three of our choirs sang (about 64 people) and it
was beautiful. Some of the songs were played at the Royal
couple's wedding on November 20, 1947.
The two pews behind the Queen were filled with her
guests, including the Ambassador of Great Britain to the
United States, and our Ambassador to the Court of St.
James, London, their wives and her ladies-in-waiting, and
their husbands or escorts. The third row held secret service-
men in dark suits and blue and white pin strip shirts. The
fourth row held parishioners, and I sat on the aisle of the
5th row. During the service, Prince Philip read the first
lesson: 1 Corinthians 3: 11 to 23. He had a nice voice and
enunciated clearly. Father Carroll's sermon was based on
that lesson and he spoke for only a few minutes short
At the end of the service, they all marched down the
aisle again she was about as far away as my typewriter
(her hair is blonder than I thought) and he isn't as tall as he
looks in his pictures. As they entered the court side of the
church, the local Cameron Highlanders bagpipe group
started playing and another group did the Highland Fling.
It was very colorful.
Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip didn't
know that they had honored me by coming to church on
San Diego, Calif.
The Rudy Burdas of Stone Mountain, Georgia:
During the month of January we took off for Panama.
Drove down to Miami, spending time on the way to visit
with friends and relatives in Lakeland, Fla.; visited Capt.
and Mrs. E. Evans in Longboat Key, Fla.; the Bem-
beneks in Ft. Myers, Fla., and Dubois in Miami, Fla.
Left the car with friends and spent four weeks in Panama
and the Canal Zone being overwhelmed, feasted, and
given attention by friends and relatives after an absence of
four and a half years.
Saw a lot of changes, some sad ones in the Zone, but
that's 'water-under-the-bridge.' Enjoyed the visit to El
Volcan, the good road and the new hotel in Bambito.
On our return to the U.S.A., we again took time to
visit friends in Panama City, Fla.; Dr. and Mrs. F.H.
Cofer and Dr. and Mrs. John Mallory. Stopped in
Dothan, Ala., to call and visit with friends such as the
Gangles, Hearns, Dugases, Mary Willis Mendez, Filos,
When we returned to Stone Mountain, both of us
went for our annual physical, and our physician decided he
didn't like the look of my E.K.G. (Rudy). He made an ap-
pointment at Emory University Hospital for an angio-
graph, which resulted in my being operated on the next
day, and I became the father of "quintuplets" five by-
passes. A week later I was home doing fine, improving dai-
ly and twenty pounds lighter.
Julieta, my all, is a tough one on me, controlling my
impatience to get going and doing things again, but the
doctor's orders are to take it easy for at least six weeks he
knows best. Won't be coming to the shindig in May, but
should be well represented by sons Ray and Ralph and
wives. Until next time ....
Rudy and Julieta Burda
Stone Mountain, Ga.
Francis Coyle of Minneapolis, Minn., says, "you people don't
know what living really is! I trainedfor this on Colon Beach had
a paddle tho' instead of a snow shovel. "
Anne Parks visits:
Just returned from a month's visit with my parents on
the way to Jacksonville, Fla., to visit my brother George
Trimble and his wife, Leona. He is a graduate from
Balboa High School and C.Z.J.C. I believe he is of the
BHS '58 class.
We also went down to the Florida Keys to visit 3 of our
7 children: Lisa, married to Craig Boatwright (Customs
Inspector) and their 3 children. Lisa works for the U.S.
Navy at Boca Chica. Our eldest, James, and wife Chris
and daughter Kate are anticipating the arrival of a baby in
March. Susan and her husband, Manuel Casis are also in
the Keys (Sugarloaf). Our son Matthew is a sergeant in
the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas, and keeps in
touch with the Kerrville and Dallas Zonians.
We still have 3 children in Panama: Paul is with the
Panama Canal Commission, while Charles and Larry
work for contractors. Larry and his wife Gail (Shrader)
just welcomed their beautiful little Kisa Raynell on
December 7, 1982, in Paitilla Hospital. They are all
delighted with each other!
Since last year, we have travelled to the reunion in
Southern California at San Diego and renewed some lovely
acquaintances. My sister Jane and her husband, John
Alley, attended, as did my parents, Katherine and James
Trimble. Recalling school days, I realized that my brother,
sister, and I, all went to the Zone in 1940 and all graduated
from Balboa High including all seven of our children! It
was certainly the very best of life, all 42 years on the
Anne M. Parks
Sun City, Arizona
Former Panama Railroaders at Jacksonville, Fla., in February
1983. Charlie Salyer, Locomotive Engineer, R. G. (Dick)
Condon, Train Dispatcher, and John M. White, Locomotive
Sister receives British decoration
Last summer my sister, Doreen Sargeant, retired
from the British Government and received a beautiful cer-
tificate signed by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip of
England and was notified she had been awarded the Most
Excellent Order of the Member of the British Empire. She
could either go to England to receive it from the Queen or
could receive it from the British Ambassador in Washing-
ton, D.C. She chose the latter and on December 9, 1982,
she travelled to Washington.
With her went her niece Jeanette Collins Green and
husband Joseph; her son Frederick Henning and his wife
Lucy, and myself.
The Embassy was decorated beautifully and the mili-
tary were in full-dress uniform, as was His Excellency, Sir
Oliver Wright, the British Ambassador who pinned the
medal on Doreen. Afterwards there was a champagne re-
ception in the hall room. It was a lovely day and we will all
remember it for a long time.
Eva S. Collins
Children of Sue (Taylor) and Lou Pitney who moved to San
Diego this year. They have lived and attended schools in Tunisia,
North Africa; Costa Rica; Holland; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Tokyo,
Japan. (L to R) Layne Catherine, Jeff, Clark, Nicholas and
Bill Taylor Pitney. They are the grandchildren of Catsy Taylor
Schafer and the late Bill Taylor of the Personnel Division,
Panama Canal Company.
George Tochterman, retired lieutenant, Canal Zone
Police, and his wife Arlene (McKeown) are just starting to
settle down after 2 V2 years of travelling about the United
States. They purchased a condo in Green Bay, Wisconsin,
November 1, and George says he is staying there until the
Packers win the Super Bowl again. The Tochtermans have
travelled out West twice since December on ski trips. On
their latest trip they spent three weeks in Park City, Utah,
skiing and visiting with Arlene's brother, Billie
McKeown, and wife Barbara and were able to have a nice
visit with Carol and Bill Affeltranger at their residence in
Clearfield, Utah. The entire Tochterman family was to-
gether for 10 days in early January, including six days on
the ski slopes at Lake Tahoe. Gary and wife Sue reside in
San Jose, Calif., and Steve works for the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement and lives in Tallahassee,
Green Bay, Wisc.
HOLIDAYS A TIME FOR MORRISON -
Each issue I love to read about old C.Z. friends and I
keep meaning to write well, here it is April and I'm
finally getting around to sharing this ....
My brother Bob got married at Thanksgiving and
provided the Morrison clan with our first reunion in 7 V2
years! The wedding was held at Tulsa, Okla., where Bob's
wife, Leslie Foltz, lived with her parents. Bob came to
Tulsa from NYC (the Bronx where he and Leslie are
now living); Marilou came from Mobile, Ala.; Bill from
Texas (although he is now living in Orlando, Fla.); Nancy
and two sons from Roanoke, Va.; Bob, Sr. and Teddy
from Ormond Beach, Fla.; and I flew to Tulsa from North
Hollywood, Calif. (without my husband Dave, who like
Nancy's husband Sam, had to work that weekend) ....
At Christmas, Dave and I flew "back East" to join his
brother John (up from Atlanta, Ga.) at his parent's home
in Batavia, NY. Clarence and Ynez were disappointed
there wasn't a white Christmas but we felt right at home.
And we had a great time anyway ...
We're still talking wistfully about our visit to Panama
last Carnival; what a wonderful trip that was after being
away for over ten years .. managed to catch up with a few
old friends, especially the Moraleses whom we hope to see
up our way soon ...
Thanks again to the Panama Canal Society for pro-
viding this means of staying in touch.
Betsy (Morrison) Vosburgh
N. Hollywood, Calif.
George D. Pool-songwriter.
George Poole retired from the Panama Canal as As-
sistant Superintendent of the Gatun Locks in 1953. A
native of Virginia, he was first employed by the Panama
Canal in 1934 as an electrical welder in the Mechanical
Division. He transferred to the Locks Division in the
following year as towing locomotive operator, then control
house operator until called to active duty as a major in the
Coast Artillery in 1942. He was promoted to colonel shortly
before his separation from the service in 1946. He returned
to the Panama Canal Co. as Senior Control House Opera-
tor at Gatun Locks before being promoted to Assistant Su-
Some time thereafter, he and his wife wrote the follow-
ing poem or song:
St. Petersburg and the Bay Area
(TUNE HOME ON THE RANGE)
Oh, give me my seat, right here in St. Pete
Where the aged and lonely may play
Where no one is told, You are growing too old
And green benches are crowded all day.
Home, Home in St. Pete,
Where the northern and southerners meet
Away from that cold In this sunshine of gold
Where nature is always a treat.
And if you would wed, To the altar be led
Then come to this city so fair
And be not ashamed, Though you're slow and lame
Sometime some old man you may snare.
So come to St. Pete while you're still on your feet
Get away from that ice and that snow.
And when you arrive, You'll start feeling alive
Maybe meet some old friends that you know.
So do not delay, but hasten away
To this town by the side of the Bay
And think while you sit, What a wonderful skit
Watching Grandma and Grandpa at play.
Submitted by Mr. and Mrs. George D. Poole -
Winter residents of St. Petersburg.
The following article, a copy of the booklet "The
Panama Canal Twenty Fifth Anniversary, August 15,
1914-August 15, 1939" was provided by the Panama
Canal Commission Library-Museum.
The espirt de corps of the Canal organization has been
handed down by a group of pioneers in its construction.
The spirit of The Panama Canal is nowhere better ex-
emplified than among a small group of men who par-
ticipated in the construction of the Canal and who have
continued in its service and watched the growth of traffic
through this great artery of world commerce. Their ranks
have grown thin but their spirit of service is just as much
alive and just as keen today as when they stepped from the
gangplanks of the old Allianca, Panama, or Advance, in
Cristobal into a life that then offered little compensation for
work under a tropical sun except in adventure.
Many of the highest and most responsible positions in
the Canal service are now occupied by these men who serv-
ed under the early leaders, Wallace, Stevens, Goethals,
Shonts, Gorgas, and others. Most of them began their
work in minor positions but worked their way to the top by
their initiative and ability.
Only a few of the men who came to the Isthmus in
1904 and 1905 are still in service but there are more than
300 oldtimers who have three or more years of construction
service. In addition, there are several hundred others who
have retired during the past few years, many to return to
the United States, a land grown unfamiliar to them after
years in the tropics. Others who have retired live con-
tentedly in their adopted homeland on the Isthmus of
Panama, many of them to be near their children who are in
the Canal service. Added to these is the ever-lengthening
list of those who have passed away, no longer to recount
their experiences in the fantastic days when the "Big
Ditch" was being dug.
An accurate picture of the days between 1904 and
1914 cannot now be painted but it is burned indelibly into
the memory of most of the men who took part. They
watched Culebra Cut widen and deepen from a puny gash
in the hills at Empire and Culebra to an immense man-
made canyon wide and deep enough to float the biggest
ships. They remember when Gamboa Dike was blown up
and the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific were joined for
the first time.
They saw many a construction town spring up
mushroom-like, only to disappear as rapidly when the
Canal was completed. They heard the words of commen-
dation from President Theodore Roosevelt and President
William Howard Taft who visited the Isthmus during con-
struction days. They saw the waters of Gatun lake rise and
cover more than 160 square miles of jungle lands. They
watched the modern miracles of Gatun, Pedro Miguel, and
Miraflores locks rise from bedrock foundation. At last they
watched the S.S. Ancon make its way slowly through the
newly made channel to lead the procession of world com-
merce through the completed Canal, and the titanic task
When the first American workers began to arrive on
the Isthmus during 1904 and 1905 the work of sanitation
was far from complete and the major problems of housing
and feeding the vast army of workers needed for the work
had not yet been solved. The boat trip from New York to
Cristobal offered little in the way of comfort, and the im-
mediate problem of the pioneers when they arrived was to
find a place to eat and sleep. Housing conditions were
deplorable during those days, and food, which was scarce,
sold at fancy prices.
During the first eight months of the work approx-
imately 600 Americans were employed, and by the end of
1905 there were approximately 2,000 on the rolls.
Although many of these had been sent to the Isthmus by
the first two Isthmian Canal Commissions, the others had
been employed by one of the four recruiting agents in the
United States, a large number were attracted to the work
by the spirit of adventure, many of them had served under
"Teddy" Roosevelt when the Rough Riders charged up
San Juan Hill in Cuba, and others had hunted the insurec-
to Aguinaldo in the Philippines.
All three Chief Engineers of the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission, John F. Wallace, John F. Stevens, and Colonel
George W. Goethals, devoted much attention to the impor-
tant problem of assembling the thousands of workers in
many varied fields of endeavor upon whose services the
success of the great venture would stand or fall. On a trip to
the United States in the spring of 1905, Mr. Wallace
devoted much of his attention to the employment problem.
When Mr. Stevens was appointed Chief Engineer in 1905
he brought to the Isthmus with him Jackson Smith, who
had been connected with construction work in Jamaica,
Ecuador, and Mexico and had wide experience in
recruiting and handling labor in the tropics. He im-
mediately established an organization for the employment
of both skilled and unskilled labor.
During the first few years, preference in employment
was given to bachelors because there were no houses
available for families and one of the conditions of employ-
ment was "An employee will not be permitted to take his
family to the Isthmus until he has gone there and secured
quarters for them."
Although the Isthmian Canal Commission obtained
by the purchase of the French Canal Company's property
and rights more than 2,000 houses, practically all of them
were dilapidated. These were hastily renovated but they
were not sufficient, and box cars were rolled onto sidings
and fitted into living quarters. Tents were pressed into ser-
vice and as late as October 1906 an official report stated
that "At Gatun we have 326 silver men and 83 gold men in
Some of the employees who arrived in 1904 were
housed in one of the old Ancon Hospital ward buildings
and food was supplied by operation of a bachelor's mess.
However, during 1905 the need for the ward for hospital
use forced the employees to make provisions for quarters in
Panama City and various groups established clubs and
messes in rented space. One famous club in Panama City
in those days was the "Parrot Club," which required that
each member own a parrot. The few families who came to
the Isthmus during those first two years lived temporarily
in Panama or Colon until the frame quarters left by the
French could be renovated.
The food problem was one of grave concern to the
Canal authorities and to the employees. Very little produce
of any kind was raised on the Isthmus and exorbitant prices
were charged. There were not adequate means of refrigera-
tion, which is of much greater importance in the tropics
than in the temperature zones.
To these grave problems affecting the prime
necessities of life was added that of suitable recreation. The
men were 2,000 miles from home and in a strange environ-
ment. The cities of Colon and Panama were not then the
modern cities of today and offered little to amuse a home-
sick young man accustomed to home and friends. Those
who were at work in construction camps along the 47-mile
line were even more isolated, for the modern highway and
motor car were not then known, and most of them had to
content themselves with a "Saturday-night fling" in one of
the two cities.
All of these conditions were materially improved dur-
ing the first few years after the construction of the Canal
was started. A program for the construction of new quarters
was carried forward on a large scale in 1906, 1907 and 1908
and the report for the fiscal year 1908 reported that 491
new buildings had been constructed during the year, bring-
ing the total number of buildings up to 3,313. The report
also stated that 12,000 plumbing fixtures had been installed
at a total cost of $1,000,000.
The Panama Railroad erected a cold storage plant,
bakery, laundry and wholesale warehouse at Cristobal, and
ample refrigerating facilities on the Panama Railroad
steamers were provided. By 1908 a number of refrigerated
cars were placed in service on the Panama Railroad, and
from that time forward both refrigerated and ordinary sup-
plies were furnished daily to all settlements where work was
Four Y.M.C.A. clubhouses, which were the first
centers of community activities, were established at
Culebra, Empire, Gorgona and Cristobal during the early
construction years. These four clubhouses, built by the
Commission but partially supported by membership fees,
were the forerunners of the present excellent system of
clubhouses, motion picture theaters, gymnasiums and
playgrounds, and soon became popular gathering places.
Others were later added. Entertainments of a wide variety
were provided and more were added from time to time.
Out-door sports, such as baseball and tennis, soon became
popular among the American residents and well before the
close of the construction period the pattern of life on the
Isthmus assumed in many respects the appearance of an or-
dinary community in the United States. The Clubhouses
were co-sponsored jointly by the Y.M.C.A. and the Canal
Commission until 1917 when the arrangement was discon-
tinued by mutual consent and the present system of the
Bureau of Clubs and Playgrounds established.
Thus the hardship and privations of the first few years
of construction were gradually ameliorated but not until
some time after the Canal was opened to traffic and the
permanent towns established was the Canal Zone a place in
which one would willingly choose to live. However, on
April 1, 1914, when the permanent organization was
established, there were many employees who had already
served three, five, eight or ten years, and many of them re-
mained. The Panama Canal had become their life's work.
It was their career.
Every effort was made to stabilize the force and such
great progress was made during the seven years of con-
struction under Colonel Goethals that when the Canal was
completed in 1914, a great majority of the employees con-
sidered their work a lifetime profession and the transition
from a construction force into one for the operation and
maintenance of the Canal was made without confusion or
Soon after Colonel Goethals was appointed Chief
Engineer he recommended that a special medal be de-
signed and presented to all American employees who had
been employed for two years in the work. This idea was ap-
proved by President Roosevelt and was received with
enthusiasm among the employees. The medals for two
years of service, with bars for each additional two years of
service, were struck from bronze recovered from old
machinery left on the Isthmus by the French. On one face
of the medal was carried the likeness of President Roosevelt
for whom the medals were named, and on the obverse face
the seal of the Canal Zone. The Roosevelt medals were
highly prized by the employees and many an old-timer, be-
cause of them, resisted an impulse to tell the boss abruptly,
"I quit." According to the record, there were issued 7,391
Roosevelt medals; 3,883 first bars (indicating for four years
of service); 1,865 second bars (six years); 636 third bars
(eight years); and 41 fourth bars (ten years).
Throughout the time Colonel Goethals was in charge
of the work and while he was Governor of The Panama
Canal he gave particular attention to the welfare and hap-
piness of the employees. He provided means for all em-
ployees from the highest to the lowest to voice any com-
plaint which they might have with the assurance of having
them adjusted promptly. He himself listened to thousands
of complaints and no one could have been more patient in
such matters. He usually set aside Sunday mornings for
employees to have a personal interview with him if they felt
aggrieved over some subject or wished him to adjust even
personal differences, and whether they came from a group
of American foremen requesting better terms of employ-
ment or a common laborer complaining of ill treatment by
his boss, all were patiently heard. When the complaints
seemed justified, they were investigated and the necessary
steps taken for adjustment.
Outstanding among the oldtimers who came to the
Isthmus in the earliest days of construction and made their
way to the top is C. A. Mcllvaine, Executive Secretary.
Perhaps no one in the Isthmus is more intimately familiar
with Canal affairs, both past and present, than Mr. McIl-
vaine. Mr. McIlvaine, who was first employed December
28, 1904, is a native of Ohio. He was first employed as a
clerk, and served as clerk or secretary in the administra-
tions of Chief Engineers John F. Wallace and John F.
Stevens, and of Col. George W. Goethals, Chairman and
Chief Engineer of the Isthmian Canal Commission. When
the permanent organization was formed, he was appointed
Executive Secretary and he has served in that capacity
under all seven Governors of The Panama Canal.
Another "04" man who holds a responsible position is
Robert W. Glaw, Paymaster, who is a native of East
Dubuque, Ill. Mr. Glaw was first employed as a clerk on
October 11, 1904, just two months before Mr. McIlvaine
joined the service.
Two of the men who came to the Isthmus during 1905
are W. H. Kromer, Comptroller, and C. M. Lupfer,
Chief Clerk. Both were employed as clerks and both were
natives of Pennsylvania. Mr. Kromer was born at Bath,
Pa., and was employed November 25, 1905. Mr. Lupfer
was born at Blaine, Pa., and was employed August 2,
1905. Edward H. Parmelee, General Storekeeper, is a
native of Hartford, Conn., and was employed as clerk
December 18, 1905.
Dr. Troy W. Earhart, Chief of the Surgical Clinic of
Gorgas Hospital, andJ. J. McGuigan, District Attorney of
the Canal Zone, both entered the Canal service in 1906, as
did Chief of Police Guy Johannes, and Samuel Grier,
Superintendent of the Transportation Division. Mr.
McGuigan's native home is Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He was
employed as a clerk January 23, 1906. Dr. Earhart was
born at Mulberry, Ind., and came to the Isthmus as an in-
terne May 19, 1906. Chief Johannes, who served through
the construction days as a policeman, was employed
November 19, 1906. His home is Baltimore, Md. Mr.
Grier is a native of Ireland. He was first employed as a
machist on March 3, 1906.
The Supply Department of The Panama Canal is
headed by Roy R. Watson, Chief Quartermaster, and J.
H. K. Humphrey, First Assistant Chief Quartermaster.
Both came into the Canal service within less than a month
of each other early in 1907, and both have watched the mad
scramble for living quarters for more than 32 years. Mr.
Watson was born at Mattoon, Ill., and was first employed
as a clerk for the Isthmian Canal Commission on March 9,
1907. Mr. Humphrey is a native of Charles City, Iowa,
and was originally employed as stenographer on January
Three other men who hold high positions with The
Panama Canal, who were employed during 1907, are
Courtenay T. Lindsay, General Manager of the Panama
Railroad, Frederick DeV. Sill, Director of Admeasure-
ment, and Crede H. Calhoun, Chief of the Division of
Civil Affairs. Mr. Lindsay was born in Glendale, S.C.,
and was first employed as a stenographer May 28. Mr. Sill
entered the service August 1, 1907, as rodman. He is a
native of Cohoes, N.Y. Mr. Calhoun was born at Liberty
Mills, Ind., and entered the service as postal clerk on
September 12, 1907.
George W. Greene, Municipal Engineer, was born at
Muncy, Pa. He was employed as rodman with the Central
Division on January 13, 1909, and has served continuously
in the Municipal Division since it was formed. A. Lyle
Prather, now Receiving and Forwarding Agent, began
work with the Canal Commission on July 24, 1909, as
draftsman. He is a native of Coffeyville, Kansas.
Four of the men who served more than three years
during the construction period and who hold responsible
positions are Frank H. Wang, General Counsel; Ralph Z.
Kirkpatrick, Civil Engineer; John G. Claybourn, Superin-
tendent of the Dredging Division; and A. C. Garlington,
Electrical Engineer. Mr. Wang is a native of Fort Edward,
N.Y. He entered service January 10, 1910, as a postal
clerk, and served many years as Assistant Chief of the Divi-
sion of Civil Affairs. Mr. Kirkpatrick, who is a well known
student of the history of the Isthmus, was also employed
January 10, 1910, as draftsman. He served many years as
Chief of the Section of Surveys. He is a native of Bardolph,
Ill. Mr. Claybourn is a native of Albert Lea, Minn. He
was employed as rodman on August 17, 1910. Mr. Garl-
ington was born at Newberry, N.C. He was first employed
as operator in the Electrical Division on November 26,
These are only a few of the men who participated in
the major work of the construction of the Canal. There are
many others who also hold responsible positions in the
Canal service today. All of them have made the Panama
Canal service their life's work and today their interest in its
growth and development is as great as when they arrived
on the Isthmus more than a quarter of a century ago.
From such men has been transmitted to the younger
men of the Canal organization of today the esprit de corps
which made the construction of the Canal a success and by
means of which the gateway between the Atlantic and
Pacific oceans was thrown open to world commerce.
An interesting snapshop sent by a reporter that needs further identifi-
cation. Size Marlin? Etc. (L to R) Front row: Walter Muller;
Mr. Schmidt; Sonny Howell;John Towery; Norman Dugas;
Aubrey Lewis; Thelma Anderson (or Marie Schmidt?) Circa
The following list of articles were printed in the Na-
tional Geographic magazine that pertain to the Panama
Canal. Original copies may be obtained by sending your
order and remittance to: National Geographic Society,
17th and "M" Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.
All remittances to be in U.S. funds or equivalent. Prices
apply in United States and its outlying areas. Elsewhere,
add 60 cents per copy. Postage prepaid.
Original copies 1913-1937 $15.00 per copy
1938-1962 9.00 per copy
1963-1967 5.00 per copy
1968-1972 3.00 per copy
1973 and on 1.70 per copy
The Jungles of Panama. By David Fairchild, XLI,
pp. 131-145, 14 ills., Feb., 1922
Nature's Transformation at Panama: Remarkable
Changes in Faunal and Physical Conditions in the Gatun
Lake Region. By George Shiras, 3d, XXVIII, pp.
159-194, 33 ills., maps, Aug., 1915
Panama, Bridge of the World. By Luis Marden.
LXXX, pp. 591-630, 23 ills. in black and white, 22 ills. in
color, map, Nov., 1941
Redeeming the Tropics. By William Joseph Sho-
walter. XXV, pp. 344-364, 13 ills., Mar., 1914
Who Treads Our Trails? A Camera Trapper
Describes His Experiences on an Island in the Canal Zone,
a Natural-History Laboratory in the American Tropics. By
Frank M. Chapman. LII, pp. 331-345, 18 ills., map,
Exploring Ancient Panama by Helicopter. By Mat-
thew W. Stirling. Photos by Richard H. Stewart. 227-246,
Included: Archeological sites in provinces of Chiriqui
Exploring the Past in Panama. By Matthew W. Stirl-
ing. Photos by Richard H. Stewart. 373-399, Mar. 1949
Included: Auzero Peninsula, Tambor Region.
Hunting Prehistory in Panama Jungles. By Matthew
W. Stirling. Photos by Richard H. Stewart. 271-290, Aug.
Panama, Link Between Oceans and Continents. By
Jules B. Billard. Photos by Bruce Dale. 402-440, Mar.
Robin Sails Home. By Robin Lee Graham. 504-545,
We Drove Panama's Darien Gap. By Kip Ross.
368-389, Mar. 1961
Battling with the Panama Slides. By William Joseph
Showalter. XXV, pp. 133-153, 15 ills., Feb., 1914
The Dream Ship: The Story of a Voyage of Adven-
ture More Than Half Around The World in a 47-foot Life-
boat. By Ralph Stock. XXXIX, pp. 1-52, 43 ills., map,
Honors to Colonel Goethals; The Presentation, by
President Woodrow Wilson of the National Geographic
Society Special Gold Medal. XXV, pp. 677-690, 6 ills.,
Panama, Bridge of the World. By Luis Marden.
LXXX, pp. 591-630, 23 ills. in black and white, 22 ills. in
color, map, Nov., 1941
The Panama Canal. By Lieut. Colonel William L.
Sibert. XXV, pp. 153-183, 24 ills., Feb., 1914
The Probable Effect of the Panama Canal on the
Commercial Geography of the World. By O. P. Austin,
XXV, pp. 245-248, Feb., 1914
A City of Realized Dreams (San Francisco). By
Franklin K. Lane. XXVII, pp. 169-171, Feb., 1915
Other recommended reading, as listed in the Congres-
sional Record, March 16, 1983:
RECOMMENDED READINGS OF BOOKS
Dozer, Dr. Donald M. "The Interoceanic Canal
Problem in the Americas," chapter of "Colloquium on
Latin America," Center for Strategic Studies, Georgetown
University, New York; Federick A. Praeger, Publishers,
1965, pp. 51-78.
Du Val, Miles P., Jr. "Cadiz to Chathay: The Story
of the Long Diplomatic Struggle for the Panama Canal."
Palo Alto, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1947: West-
port, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1968; and, Panama, RP:
Editorial Universitaria, 1973, the last in Spanish.
S"And the Mountains Will Move: The
Story of the Building of the Panama Canal." Palo Alto,
Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1947; and Westport,
Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1968.
Flood, Hon. Daniel J. "Isthmian Canal Policy
Questions." (Ho. Doc. No. 474, 89th Congress.) Wash-
ington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1966.
Harding, Earl. "The Untold Story of Panama."
New York: Athene Press, 1959.
Sibert, William L., and John F. Stevens. "The
Construction of the Panama Canal." New York: D. Ap-
pleton & Company, 1915.
Speller, Jon P. "The Panama Canal: Heart of
America's Security." New York: Robert Speller & Sons,
Bradley Hon. Willis W. "What of the Panama
Canal?" Congressional Record, Vol. 94, Pt. 10 (Apr. 21,
1948), p. A2449-53.
Du Val, Miles P., Jr. "The Marine Operating Prob-
lems, Panama Canal, and the Solution." "Am. Soc. of
Civ. Engrs. Proc.," Vol. 7 (Feb. 1947), pp. 161-74.
"Panama Canal: Its Marine Operational
Problems and the Solution." Address before the Pinnacle
Club of New York, N.Y., October 4, 1982.
Helms, Hon. Jesse. "Panama Canal: Evolution of a
Plan." Congressional Record, Vol. 124 (Aug. 25, 1978),
S"U.S. Isthmian Canal Policy." Congres-
sional Record. Vol. 128 (March 30, 1982), pp. S3075-76.
Thompson, Hon. Clark W. "Isthmian Canal Policy
of the United States Documentation, 1955-64." Con-
gressional Record, Vol. 110, Pt. 16 (Sept. 2, 1964) pp.
History of the Canal Zone Police
Continued Part 2 of 4 Parts
On March 26, 1909, in accordance with an agreement
between the Government of Panama and the head of the
Department of Civil Administration of the Zone, a Zone
Police Sergeant and three first-class policemen were sent to
Porto Bello to keep order in the American settlement there.
Under the terms of the settlement, the Zone Police would
enforce the laws of the Republic of Panama and would turn
their prisoners over to the Panamanians and their court
system. The real significance of this event was not realized
at the time. Yet, to have United States Policemen enforcing
Panama law on Panamanian soil was remarkable. This co-
operation highlighted the special relationship between the
Zone Police and the Panamanian authorities which existed
during Panama's early political development.
On September 1, 1909, the police station at Las Sa-
banas was made an outpost of the station at Ancon. Another
outpost called Camp Plantation was established near the
Las Cascadas Plantation. There were then eight outposts in
the territory covered by the Zone Police. They were Mount
Hope, which exercised control from the tributary of the
Folks River to the Cristobal Police Station; Frijoles, which
covered the area from the Folks River tributary to Taber-
nilla; Matachin, which was responsible for police activities
as far as Gorgona; Buena Vista, which provided coverage to
Las Cascadas; Camp Plantation and Cerro covered as far as
Empire; Cucaracha, which went to Paraiso; and Las
Sabanas, going as far as Ancon.
On September 2, 1909, a mounted patrol was estab-
lished in connection with the Ancon Station. The mounted
patrol consisted of two men, one on duty between three
o'clock in the afternoon and ten o'clock in the evening, and
the other from ten at night until daylight. The patrol
covered the territory along the new Ancon Road and over
Balboa Road to the Commissary.
On October 11, 1909, seventy prisoners were trans-
ferred from the Culebra Penitentiary to a new convict labor
camp located on the south side of Gold Hill. These prisoners
were to be used in the construction of a new road between
Empire and Paraiso. The housing of these prisoners in the
new stockade eliminated the necessity of transporting them
long distances from the Culebra Penitentiary to the work
place. Seventeen officers, who were also quartered at the
camp, were in charge of the convicts.
The stockade, once the site of a former European labor
camp, consisted of a fourteen-foot wire fence enclosing
about an acre of land. Inside the enclosure were four
buildings, three of which had been converted into cell
houses for the prisoners. The fourth building served as a
mess hall. The guards occupied two buildings on the outside
of the enclosure.
Felony prisoners worked with a ball and chain, with
one guard for each ten prisoners. Misdemeanor prisoners
worked on municipal improvements. Prisoners serving
terms of a week or ten days cared for the police station
worked on municipal improvements. Prisoners served
terms of a week or ten days cared for the police station
buildings and grounds. Felons sentenced to the Penitentiary
at Culebra were used primarily on highway construction
work. Men who were serving sentences for misdemeanors
were normally confined in the jails of Gorgona and Empire,
and were used on municipal work in the area. The work ef-
fort of the prison population proved of significant value to
the Isthmian Commission in its attempt to unite the Canal
Zone by roads. Also, the convict labor did much to help
beautify the developing Zone communities.
During the month of October 1909, a special effort was
made to rid the Zone of idlers, and as a result thirty-seven
arrests were made for vagrancy.
In February of 1910, the Acting Chief of Police, Lt.
Charles W. Barber, who later was to serve as Chief from
1912-1915, submitted a plan to reorganize the system of
policing in the Canal Zone. The police organization which
existed prior to the reorganization consisted of a Chief of
Police, and an Assistant Chief of Police at headquarters in
Ancon; four lieutenants in charge of central stations; two in-
spectors and two hundred and forty-two policemen. Under
the new reorganizational plan, the Canal Zone was divided
into eighteen police districts, each with a station house with
a commanding officer, and with a detachment of men vary-
ing from two to thirty in number. The number of men was
dependent upon the population of the communities the sta-
The reorganization provided for four police districts,
the lines of which conformed to the judicial districts. In each
district there was a central station and several substations.
The central stations were located in the villages where the
sessions of the district court were held. The districts were
organized as follows: In the Ancon District the central sta-
tion was in Ancon with substations in Balboa, Las Sabanas,
Corozal, Miraflores, Pedro Miguel; in the Empire District
the central station was in Empire with substations in
Paraiso, Cucaracha, Culebra and Las Cascadas; in the
Gorgona District the central station was in Gorgona with
substations in Bas Obispo, Matachin, San Pablo, Taber-
nilla, and Frijoles; in the Cristobal District the central sta-
tion was in Cistobal with substations in Bohio, Gatun,
Mount Hope, and Porto Bello.
A police lieutenant was in charge of each central police
station and was accessible to headquarters by telephone.
From the central stations the lieutenants directed the work
in their districts and kept themselves informed of all cases
brought into court. All permanent records were kept at the
central stations, while only a memorandum or blotter was
kept at the substations. This relieved the substations of a
great deal of paperwork and served to free a man for patrol
duty in each substation who would normally have been oc-
cupied with record keeping.
At the time it was understood that as the canal work ad-
vanced many of the substations would be abandoned. This
was especially true of the substations in the Gatun Lake
region, where the townsites would soon be covered by
water. The central stations, however, were located in set-
tlements where it was probable there would be a permanent
population, and all improvements made on the buildings
and grounds would have a permanent value.
The Chief of Police and the Assistant Chief of Police
resided in Ancon, and one of the two were at police head-
quarters every day. One of the inspectors in the new
organization would inspect all uniformed policemen, in-
struct them in their duties, and inspect the jailhouses, sta-
tions and prisons. The other inspector had charge of investi-
gations and the operation of the detective unit. The new or-
1 Assistant Chief
118 First Class Policemen (white)
96 Policemen (black)
In late February of 1910, James Perry Fyffe, a former
practicing Attorney at Law, newspaperman, and colonel in
the Third Tennessee Volunteers during the Spanish-Ameri-
can War, was named the third Chief of the Zone Police.
On August 10, 1910, the police station at Frijoles was
transferred to the village of New Frijoles on the Panama
Railroad relocation. The new site was on the south side of
the railroad track, which ran nearly east and west on a high
bank overlooking the new town. This brought the total
number of police stations, or outposts, between Gamboa
and Gatun to two. One was located at Monte Lirio, about
seven miles from Gatun where the policeman was stationed
in an old boxcar. The other covered a section from New Fri-
joles to Monte Lirio, and also covered a territory of about
In August 1910, the Department of Civil Administra-
tion sent representatives to Jamaica to purchase horses for
use by the Zone Police. Eleven horses were purchased at an
average cost of $115. With the purchase of the eleven
horses, the total number of horses in use by the Zone Police
On September 23, 1911, the finals of the Canal Zone
Police pistol tournament were held in Gorgona. In the
match, two men, John W. Maddera, who was a first class
policeman, and Leo A. McIntire, who was a corporal, tied
for first place. After a shootout, John Maddera was declared
champion. He was awarded a bronze medal about the size
of a peso, which had on its face an enameled pistol between
the words "Police" and "Canal Zone," and on the reverse
side "Highest Score 1911." The trophy was awarded by
Chief of Police Fyffe.
This pistol tournament was the first of the annual pistol
matches to be held by the Zone Police. The preliminaries for
these matches consisted of instructions, practice and prac-
tice for record. In the practice for record there were two
classes, target and moving figure shooting. The distances
were fifteen, twenty-five, and fifty yards. The time limit for
five shots at the bulls-eye target was thirty seconds, and at
the moving target, ten seconds. Colt service revolvers were
On September 1, 1912, newly appointed Chief Barber
reorganized the Division of Police in order to conform with
the redistricting of the Canal Zone territory. This was due to
the depopulation of part of the Gatun Lake area and the ex-
tension of the Canal and fortification efforts at different
points. The Gorgona Police District was abolished'and the
greater part of its territory merged into the Empire District.
The Bohio Subdistrict was absorbed into the Gatun Subdis-
trict, which was part of the Cristobal District. This left three
districts; Ancon, Empire, and Cristobal.
The boundaries of the Ancon District were coincident
with the administrative district of Ancon. The subdistrict of
Miraflores was abolished, being consolidated with the sub-
district of Pedro Miguel. A new subdistrict was designated
to include Naos, Flamenco, Culebra, and Perico Islands,
which were policed for some time without distinct district
designation. Ancon District was then divided into the
subdistricts of Naos Island, Balboa, Las Sabanas, Corozal,
and Pedro Miguel.
The boundaries of the Empire District were aligned
with the administrative district of Empire and Gorgona.
The subdistricts of San Pablo and Tabernilla were abolish-
ed, and their depopulated territory was merged with that of
the new subdistrict of Gorgona. The subdistricts of Empire
were designated as Paraiso, Culebra, Las Cascadas, Bas
Obispo, and Gorgona.
The Cristobal District remained the same with subdis-
tricts of Gatun, Toro Point, and Porto Bello.
The police stations at Ancon, Empire, and Cristobal
were designated as central stations of their respective
districts, and the other stations as substations and call sta-
tions. The substations of the Ancon Station were Naos
Island, Las Sabanas, Corozal, and Pedro Miguel, while the
other in Balboa and Miraflores were call stations.
Empire Central Station had substations at Paraiso,
Culebra, Las Cascadas, Bas Obispo, Matachin, and
Gorgona. Call stations were at Cucaracha, Golden Green,
Gamboa, and Frijoles.
The substations of Cristobal Central Station were
Gatun, Mount Hope, Toro Point, and Porto Bello, with
call stations at Monte Lirio and Colon Hospital.
This reorganization enabled the division to dispense
with the services of one lieutenant and five corporals,
though the number of first-class privates was increased by
five. The number of lieutenants was then three; sergeants,
eight; corporals, fifteen; first-class privates, one hundred
twenty-two; and second-class privates, ninety.
During the fiscal years 1912 and 1913, there was a
reduction in the funds allotted for the operation of the Divi-
sion of Police and Prisons.
However, no reduction in force levels was necessary.
Up to this time the cost of maintaining police-watchmen to
protect the property of the Panama Railroad Company was
paid out of Civil Administration funds. The men employed
to guard prisoners while at work on Canal Zone roads were
also paid out of Civil Administration funds, as opposed to
Canal Zone funds. Because of the reduction in funds, the
Panama Railroad was to carry on its payrolls the police
watchmen employed in guarding railroad property, with the
administrative supervision of these police officers remaining
with the Department of Civil Administration. This plan
relieved the Civil Administration of the funding of such ser-
vice, and served to protect the interests of the Panama
On August 1, 1913, the work of inspecting the Canal
Zone public slaughterhouses and public markets was turned
over to the Division of Police and Prisons, and placed under
the immediate jurisdiction of the Chief of Police. Seven
markets and one slaughterhouse were operated in the Zone
at the time. The force which was authorized to inspect
market operations consisted of one inspector and four
foremen. Under the new arrangement, the Division of
Police and Prisons managed the force to ensure compliance
with all health and sanitation regulations.
On July 17, 1913, the Gorgona police station was dis-
continued and all police officers were transferred to Bas
Obispo. On July 18, 1913, the Cucaracha Call Station was
abolished. On December 15, 1913, the police station at Las
Cascadas was abandoned, and the necessary protection
then furnished from the Empire Central Station.
In January 1914, the Isthmian Central Commission
adopted by letter ballot a resolution which changed the
amount of money given each prisoner discharged from the
Cnal Zone Penitentiary. Previously a prisoner was given
$7.50 to provide himself with clothing and maintenance un-
til he found ajob. Under the new resolution, the sum paid to
the discharged convict varied between $5 and $25, accor-
ding to the circumstances. The amount in each case was to
be determined by the Warden.
On December 26, 1913, certain rules and regulations
for the administration of the prisoners in the Canal Zone
Penitentiary were amended. Some of the more notable
2. Loss of tobacco privileges.
3. Loss of letter writing privileges.
4. Solitary confinement on bread and water.
5. Solitary confinement on a diet of bread and water
and handcuffed to the door.
6. Reduction in grade.
7. Loss of all or part of good time.
8. Wearing of ball and chain for such period as in the
judgement of the warden, or deputy warden, may
Prisoners assigned to work outside upon beginning of
their terms of imprisonment shall be clothed in stripes and
shall be known as Grade A prisoners. When a prisoner of
this grade has earned a total of 90 good points, he shall be
transferred to Grade C or E, as the conditions may require.
Effective August 31, 1914, the police district of Em-
pire was abolished with part of its former territory going to
the Balboa and Cristobal Districts. The substations and call
stations of the Balboa and Cristobal Districts then being:
Margarita Island (Coco Solo Point)
In September 1914, three motorcycles were ordered
from the United States for the use of the Police and Fire
Divisions. The Central Police Station at Ancon and
Cristobal were each supplied with a motorcycle, while the
third was to be used in reserve by the Police and Fire In-
spectors. The motorcycles assigned to the central police sta-
tions were to be used in the enforcement of speed regula-
tions, patrol services, and for emergency calls. They were
to replace three horses which were no longer fit for service.
On April 15, 1914, the Police and Fire Divisions were
merged under one administrator. Chief Barber headed
both divisions and was given the title of Chief, Police and
Fire Division. The positions of Fire Chief and Assistant
Fire Chief were abolished.
The uniform of all officers from the Chief to first class
policemen was a campaign hat with roughrider dents and
leather hatband, khaki coat with five buttons of prescribed
design, four pockets, single standing collar and shoulder
straps, khaki foot breeches, puttee leggings, and tan shoes.
The Uniform policemen wore khaki helmet, khaki coat and
trousers as described above, leggings and tan shoes. White
standing collars were worn by all officers in uniform. For
each two years of service in the Police Division, a quarter-
inch wide service stripe of brown-colored braid was worn
on each sleeve by all officers.
In addition to regular law enforcement functions, the
Zone Police assisted in the depopulation/relocation pro-
gram of the Canal Zone during 1915. In the process of ac-
commodating the creation and subsequent expansion of
Gatun and Madden Lakes, 1,136 houses were either evac-
uated and destroyed or dismantled and moved to new loca-
tions. The police were also assisting United States Customs
in the suppression of the opium traffic which had made a
resurgence after the Panama Canal opened to the world's
shipping in August of 1914.
United States Army Captain Harry D. Mitchell was
named Chief of the Zone Police by President Woodrow
Wilson on February 5, 1915. The last of the select group of
military officers to be appointed to the Chief's position by
the President, Mitchell realized that the role of the Zone
Police on the Isthmus needed modifications now that the
Panama Canal had become operational. The construction-
era atmosphere within the Canal Zone communities had
been replaced by a sense of permanence among the Canal
employees. After several years of life in Panama, the Canal
workers had come to feel that the Canal Zone was their
home, begun raising families, and had tied their futures to
the Panama Canal.
Mitchell introduced changes in the Police Division's
promotional policies, changes that enabled officers to rise
through the ranks to the top administrative positions within
the Zone Police. By such measures, the Zone Police began
the development of a quasi-military organization that al-
lowed the police to become an integral part of the civilian
community it served.
On July 8, 1917, Guy Johannes replaced Mitchell as
Chief of the Police and Fire Division. Johannes, who had
arrived on the Isthmus of Panama as a member of the pro-
visional Marine Brigade that set up the first permanent
American military post in December 1903, was sworn in as
a Policeman First Class in 1906. Johannes, whose appoint-
ment had gained the approval of the Governor of the Canal
Zone, was the first civilian to serve as the Zone Police
Zone Police Station, Pedro Miguel,
Canal Zone, 1917
Additions were made to the police force in 1917 for the
purpose of protecting Canal structures when participation
in the war was imminent. Upon the declaration of war this
work was transferred to the military establishment.
Although the United States was only in the First
World War for 18 months, the two fiscal years 1918 and
1919 were the periods in which the Canal was most effected
by war conditions. No major changes were noticeable in
the Commission's operation of the Canal and its various
divisions prior to July 1, 1917, nor were they felt to any
degree after June 30, 1919.
While the war caused no major change concerning the
functions and relations of the various units within the
Commission, the fundamental control of the Commission
during the war was vitally altered. This was accomplished
by an Executive Order issued on April 1917 by the Presi-
dent of the United States under authority granted to him
by the Panama Canal Act of 1912. The President ordered
that the commanding officer of the troops stationed in the
Canal Zone had exclusive authority and jurisdiction over
the operation of the Panama Canal and all its associated
activities, including the governmental control of the Canal
Zone. While this order was in force, the Governor of the
Canal Zone was subject to the orders of the military in re-
spect to the operation of the Canal and in the administra-
tion of the Canal Zone.
By the fiscal year 1920, the extra police activities
forced upon the Panama Canal by the war had largely sub-
sided and the normal course of police work was resumed,
although at no time was it strictly comparable to that of a
municipal police force in the United States. Confidential
investigations with regard to matters affecting the Canal
and the United States Government on the Isthmus were
imposed upon the organization and other activities de-
parted widely from normal police routine because of the
transient nature of the floating population.
The actual work in Canal villages was of a simple
routine nature, complications arising mainly in the port
areas. Some of the trouble was experienced with the opium
or narcotic traffic on the Isthmus. A continuous patrol of
the harbors was maintained to strictly enforce navigation
laws and prevent smuggling and other irregular ship traf-
fic. A launch patrol was maintained on Gatun Lake and the
Chagres River. Details of police also worked on the locks,
and motorcycle patrols remained on duty in the Balboa and
Cristobal pier areas. By 1922, the drug problem had been
brought under control.
In 1926, a service-style hat replaced the pith helmet
worn by the Zone Police officers. By 1930, the uniform had
undergone several other innovations. The high-collared
uniform blouse was replaced by a blouse open at the neck,
and worn with a shirt and tie. Rank was designated by
crescent moon-shaped pins worn on the lapels. The Divi-
sion chief and the district commanders were identified by
two such crescent-shaped pins. Lieutenants wore one pin,
while sergeants wore one crescent in a vertical position
During 1931, all employees of the Panama Canal and
the Panama Railroad were fingerprinted by Zone Police
detectives for identification purposes.
Under police regulations in effect on March 17, 1935,
the age limits for employment with the Police Division was
set at a minimum of twenty-one years of age. The maxi-
mum age for hiring was forty. In 1935, the average age of
gold roll employees who were United States citizens was
40.67. Of the one hundred and thirty-nine gold roll em-
ployees, only twenty-two were under thirty years of age.
The average age of the silver roll employees of the Police
Division was 48.67 years old. Only three of the silver roll
employees were under thirty. In view of these facts, it was
recommended that the maximum age limit for initial hiring
purposes be reduced to thirty years of age.
The Police Division employees in 1935 worked
twenty-eight days per month, with two days off every thirty
days. The Police Division at the time requested that they be
given four days off a month. Management backed up this
request on the basis of health and morale purposes. Most
employees of the other divisions were working forty hours
per week by virtue of Congressional legislation and enjoyed
more than four days off a month. One of the immediate
problems with granting the additional two days off a month
was the fact that eleven additional policemen would have to
be hired to make up the difference. After reviewing the sit-
uation, the Executive Secretary granted the Police Divi-
sion's request for additional time off. However, the new
policy was not put into effect until the close of fiscal year
1935 because of budgetary requirements.
Another work condition which troubled the Zone
Policemen in 1935 was the reserve system. The reserve
system amounted to one reserve period every four days and
involved the policemen spending one eight-hour shift
period at the station. This was not an unusual system, as it
was practiced by many police forces in the United States.
The policemen also requested that the reserve system fall
by the wayside. But their request was denied by manage-
ment on the basis that the elimination of the reserve system
would have necessitated the hiring of more than the eleven
policemen needed to keep the force up to strength once the
four-day-off per month system was put into use. The
policemen did not push the reserve system issue at the time
as they felt they could lose their earlier gains.
Zone Police Substation, Gatun, Canal Zone, May 1939
Additionally, in May of 1935 a committee of police-
men approached the Executive Secretary and requested
that pay grades be established in the Canal Zone that cor-
responded to pay rates in Washington, D.C., plus a
twenty-five per cent tropical differential. The Executive
Secretary readily agreed that the Canal Zone Police force
could be compared to that of Washington, D.C. However,
the Executive Secretary stated that no money had been
budgeted for such police salary increases.
In 1939, a sergeant was placed in charge of the police
station in Gamboa to supervise personnel performing
duties in Gamboa and the surrounding area. This was
necessary because of the increase in the activities and the
expansion of the Gamboa townsite, which was the center of
Canal dredging operations.
On May 24, 1941, a police substation was established
at Cocoli, with four policemen assigned to duty there. On
October 31, 1943, the Division Engineer Camp at Camp
Butler was closed as there was no further need for a police
substation at that location.
Chief Johannes retired on June 30, 1943 after serving
as Chief of the Zone Police for over twenty-six years. Little
official information in the form of Zone Police records sur-
vive from this period, however, for Johannes, whose
leadership of the Zone Police encompassed the two world
wars of the twentieth century, realized the strategic impor-
tance of the Panama Canal and the surrounding Canal
Zone to the United States. Johannes would not compro-
mise the security of the area by releasing details of police
operations and manpower levels.
In August of 1943, Lieutenant Colonel Hugh A. Kel-
ly, the Military Assistant to the Governor, made an inspec-
tion of the Canal Zone. One of Kelly's recommendations
adopted by the Zone Police was for the discontinuance of
breeches and puttees. Trousers were to replace the mili-
tary-like uniform of Chief Johannes' day. However, the
change proved controversial as many police officers were
convinced that trousers would detract from the appearance
of the police uniform. It was argued that since most of the
officers patrolled on wet, muddy streets and roads where
mosquitoes and insects were frequently encountered, put-
tees were more practical. It was felt trousers would become
sloppy-looking under those conditions.
Canal Zone Police personnel in front of the Balboa Station, Balboa,
Canal Zone, circa 1943. (Note change of uniform hatshield in first
On September 14, 1943, the horses owned and used
by the Police Division were either released to other Divi-
sions, sold, or retired. ChiefA. O. Meyer, appointed to his
position July 1, 1943, felt the horse had outlived its useful-
ness in a modern society.
In a general order dated July 31, 1943, Chief A. O.
Meyer ordered the discontinuance of the term "first class
policeman." Thereafter, all police officers, except those of
rank, would be referred to as policemen. When it was nec-
essary to differentiate between the two distinct pay rolls,
the designation of gold and silver would be used.
Effective July 1, 1943 the grade of major was estab-
lished. The Chief of the Police and Fire Division was to
hold this rank. The Assistant Chief was to hold the rank of
On April 30, 1944, all Canal Zone Police services fur-
nished to the Division Engineer were discontinued, and
substations at Curundu, Camp Chiva, and Camp Harri-
son were turned over to the military police.
On May 1, 1944, the Division Engineer released eight
sergeants and twenty-one gold roll policemen who were
performing duties in its construction camps and housing
areas. During this time thirty-one men left the Police Divi-
sion for varying reasons. This left the Division with fifty-
four ranking officers, two hundred and thirteen gold police-
men, and forty-eight silver policemen. This was considered
to be the minimum force required to efficiently police the
(To be continued) Part 3 of 4 parts in September
Those interested in a Balboa High School Class 1973
reunion, to be held later this year please contact: Valerie
Krueger, c/o The Bloom Agency, P.O. Box 47906, Dallas,
JULY LUNCHEON/MEETING July 1, 1983 -
SOCIAL HOUR 11:30 A.M. BUFFET 12:30 P.M.
Ballroom, St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
Our members enjoyed the luncheon so much last year
they have requested that we return to the St. Petersburg
Yacht Club, 11 Central Avenue, located downtown St.
Petersburg bordering Beach Drive and 1st Avenue North.
Joe and Anna Collins have graciously accepted to co-chair
Sorry, no parking for guests, however there is a park-
ing lot south of the club and to the northwest 1st Avenue
and 1st Street North.
A few of the items on the buffet will be Hot Chicken
Salad, Beef Burgundy, Rice Pilaf, Shrimp Salad, braised
Celery with fresh Mushrooms and Almonds, Marinated
Green Beans, Potato Salad, Assorted Molded Salads with
Fruit and Cottage Cheese, Assorted Relish Trays, Tossed
Salad, Dressings, Rolls and Butter, Assorted Desserts such
as: Bavarian Cream, Chocolate Eclairs, Cream Puffs and
Drinks will be available at a cash bar: Wine and beer
$1.25; Mixed $1.50 and Call Brands $2.00. Tax and ser-
vice charge included.
PROGRAMME: Patricia Broad was made a Direc-
tor of St. Petersburg Public Library last May she has
been 26 years with the City. She graduated from Washing-
ton University receiving her master's degree in Library
Science at the University of Michigan. Her hobby is
reading and telling stories from the many books she has
found interesting. Her subject will be "The Presidents'
Wives." Don't miss this!!
BUFFET LUNCHEON RESERVATION
JULY 1, 1983
lease make reservations at $9.75 each $
JChecks should be payable to: Panama Canal Society of
MVAIL Reservations and check to: Mr. C. J. Collins
| 2301 Woodlawn Circle W.
| St. Petersburg, FL 33704
[DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS OR
CANCELLATIONS: June 28, 1983
Class of BHS Reunion. Help is needed in locating
members of the Class of 1950. Plans are being formulated
to hold a 35th. Reunion in conjunction with the Society's
reunion in 1985. Anyone knowing the whereabouts/ad-
dresses of members please contact one of the following:
Shirley (Smith) O'Connor 13942 Yankton Way,
Westminster, Calif. 92683; Pete Lang, PSC Box 1193,
APO Miami, Fla. 34002; Jean (Powell) Arndt, 677
Eleston Dr., Crystal Lake, Ill. 60014; John E. Schmidt,
Jr., 2739 Vassar Rd., Tallahassee, Fla. 32308. Thanks for
any help you may provide for us.
The Third Annual Hill Country Zonians' Picnic is set
for August 20, 1983, at the Louise Hays Park, Kerrville,
Texas. For reservations and further information, call or
write to : Les Johnston (512) 257-8514, #4 Paradise Ave.,
Kerrville, Texas 78028 or Iris Hogan (512) 367-5366, 100
Wedgewood Lane, Kerrville, Texas 78028.
AUGUST LUNCHEON/MEETING Friday, August
5, 1983 SOCIAL HOUR 11:30 A.M. LUN-
CHEON 12:30 P.M. BANQUET ROOM, THE WINE
CELLAR, 17307 Gulf Boulevard North, North Redington
One of the finest restaurants in the Bay Area has been
selected for your luncheon with Dorothy Yocum in
charge. The menu will be Wine Cellar Salad, Crepes with
Chicken and Broccoli, Mornay Sauce, Belgium Carrots,
Asparagus, Famous Wine Cellar Bread and Butter, Apple
Strudel Chantilly, Coffee, Tea, and Sanka.
Cash Bar Beer $1.50, Wine $1.75, and Cocktails
The program will be another surprise!
Both the July and August Luncheon/meetings pro-
mise to be very enjoyable occasions. Why not bring a guest
along; someone to whom you should return an engagement
r --- ----------I-
S LUNCHEON/MEETING RESERVATION
AUGUST 5, 1983
lease make reservations at $7.75 each $_
IChecks should be payable to: Panama Canal Society of
IMAIL TO: Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
| 11452 Imperial Groves Dr. W.
SLargo, FL 33540
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS OR
CANCELLATIONS: August 2, 1983.
Tel. No. ______-------
Balboa and Cristobal High School Classmates:
It is hard to believe that this year will be the
BHS/CHS '63 Twentieth Class Reunion! The wheels have
been put in motion and planning for the reunion has
It will be held in Clearwater, Florida, the last week-
end of July 29, 30 and 31, 1983.
It will be a joint reunion of BHS and CHS Classes.
We are also extending an open invitation to any other grad-
uates of the Canal Zone. We are hoping for a large and ex-
We are trying to contact as many of our classmates as
possible for this Gala event. Please send us any addresses or
clews as to the whereabouts of other members of our class.
Upon receipt of names and requests, we will send you a
Hotel Reservation Card; a Personal Information Card and
a Reunion Reservation.
The most exciting news is that LUCHO will be play-
ing at our dance.
Our reunion will be held at the new Holiday Inn-Surf-
side, Clearwater Beach. Also, on the beach within walking
distance, is an array of cabarets and eating establishments.
Travel between the hotel and Airport will be provided
by local Chiva Company (Limo).
Hope you are as enthusiastic about this reunion as we
were when we graduated.
Chris Skeie Bev Vaughn (Dockery)
5725 80th. St. #33709 3826 Briarcliff Drive
St. Petersburg, FL 33709 Douglasville, GA 30135
Tel: (813) 544-1014 Tel: (404) 942-1032
The SEVENTH ANNUAL GAS HOUSE GANG
INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held
in Dothan, Alabama, October 3, 4, 5, 6, 1983. The Olym-
pia Spa Golf and Country Club was recently taken over by
the Jack Nicklaus Enterprises and there are many changes
taking place. The club has been renamed the OLYMPIA
SPA GOLF RESORT HOTEL and the rates and schedule
of events are as follows: Golfers Special Package Plan will
be $170.00 plus tax per person, double occupancy, and in-
cludes all Gratuities. Lodging: Monday-Tuesday-Wednes-
day nights. Golf with cart (18 holes) Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday. Dinner: Monday, Tuesday and
Banquet Wednesday evenings. Breakfast: Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday. For persons with non-golfing
spouses, the cost will be $120 plus tax for the non-golfer
and includes all of the above except golf. Entry Fee for the
Tournament is $13.00 per golfer.
Golf rates for those not under the Package Plan: Non-
Members $16.80 per day greens fee and cart 18
Members $5.25 per day cart fee.
Entry Fee is $13.00 per golfer.
Persons in the hotel under the Package Plan are in-
vited each night for the Special Gas House Gang Buffet.
We will have our usual Cocktail Party hosted by the Spa
prior to our Banquet on Wednesday night, October 5.
The Spa has again set aside 60 rooms for us until Sep-
tember 20. We are limited to 144 golfers and 280 for the
Banquet. People staying at the Spa under the Package Plan
will be given preference. There will be a Mexican Best Ball
Tournament on October 4 composed of a 4-man team (A,
B, C, D players) and Medal Play on October 5. Make up
your own foursome for Medal Play if you wish. Send entry
fees and room reservation deposits to Hugh Norris, P.O.
Box 953, Dothan, AL 36301. Hugh Norris will make room
reservations for you and your roommate. Room deposit is
$25 per person and check should be made out to the Olym-
pia Spa Golf Resort Hotel. Confirmation of reservations
will be made by the Olympia Spa. Entry fee checks should
be made out to Hugh Norris and sent along with names
and handicaps of golfers in order to set up pairings. If you
are making up your own team for Medal Play on October
5, send team members' names and handicaps. Package
Plan reservations should be received no later than August
31, 1983. Reservations received after that date will be held
to fill in any cancellations.
Those persons not on our mailing list and interested in
coming for a fun time should contact us by writing or call-
ing Hugh (Bud) Thomas, 1903 Adrian Road, Dothan,
AL 36303; phone 205-793-4760 or Bill Sullivan at 1404
Northfield Circle, Dothan, AL 36303; phone
Be sure to specify arrival date when sending in your
Hope to see you at the tournament.
Gas House Gang Tournament Committee
SEVENTH ANNUAL GAS HOUSE GANG
INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Dothan, Ala., October 3, 4, 5, 6, 1983
end to: Mr Hugh Norris
P.O. Box 953
Dothan, AL 36301
Please reserve room(s) for me.
My room deposit of $25/person is enclosed, made out
Ito OLYMPIA SPA GOLF RESORT HOTEL.
S My entry fee of $13 is enclosed, made out to Hughl
INorris (address above). YesD NoE I
Non-package Plan people wishing to attend Cocktail
1Party and Banquet pay $15/person, to Hugh Norris, isi
enclosed. YesE Nol
I request this foursome for Medal Play on October 5.1
If no request, check here O.
I I am registering under the Golfers Special Package
klan. YesDE NoEO
SI am registering under the NON-Golfers Special
package Plan. YesE NoEl
The Panama Canal College's 50th Anniversary Co-
ordinating Committee cordially invites you to participate
in the many special events planned throughout the year.
Two events of particular importance to stateside alum-
ni are the June 2 graduation exercise and reception, and
the Golden Anniversary Ball on December 10.
The graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. in the
Balboa High School auditorium. A champagne reception
honoring the original graduating class will immediately
follow in the College auditorium.
Of interest to all former students and graduates will be
the organization of a permanent Panama Canal College
Alumni Society during the reception.
The Golden Year's activities will culminate with the
formal Golden Anniversary Ball at the Union Club in Pan-
ama City. Lucho Ascarraga will provide the music. Tickets
will go on sale in early fall, and can be purchased by mail.
The Anniversary Committee urges your participation
at these events and needs your address and the addresses of
any other College alumni you know. Please send all ad-
dresses as soon as possible to: Panama Canal College; De-
partment of Defense Dependents Schools; Panama
Region; APO Miami, 34002.
Remember, if we don't know where you are we can't
let you know what's happening.
Ted S. Corin, Chairman
Anniversary Coordinating Committee
PANAMA CANAL COLLEGE
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY EVENTS FOR 1983
1. OPENING -
COMPUTER CENTER (Rm.133)
2. DRAMA THE EFFECT OF
GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-
THE-MOON MARIGOLDS (Aud.)
3. OPENING STUDENT BOHIO
4. OPENING -
5. SAMPLER SERIES (Rodman
6. SCN SERIES (Community Scene)
7. DRAMA EQUUS (Aud.)
8. BALLET NATIONAL (Aud.)
9. CHORAL CONCERT (Aud.)
(SWEET ADELINES, PACIFIC
PIPERS, LA BOCA CHORUS)
10. GRADUATION (BHS Aud.)
11. STUDENT TALENT SHOW
12. FIESTA HISPANCIA (Aud.)
13. BANDA MILITARY de PANAMA
14. SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
15. ANNIVERSARY BALL
One day All day Canal Zone Statesiders Reunion
The Sixth Annual Reunion of the Canal Zone State-
siders will be held at the Ramada/Tyson's Inn on June 11,
1983. Brunch tickets are $10.75 each; Dinner/Dance
tickets are $19.75 each, or the "Combination Special" of
$28.00 for both the Brunch and Dinner/Dance. Make
checks payable to Ted Norris, and mail to him at 1906
Prout Place, Falls Church, Va. 22043. There will be door
prizes, a lottery, a "King" and "Queen," special cayuco
races, and more.
0 0 0 0
Northwest Canal Zone Picnic Reunion.
The Seventh Annual Pacific NW Canal Zone Re-
union will be held on Saturday, August 6 at Fort Stevens
State Park, Oregon, Site "C." The park is located on the
coast between Seaside and Astoria. Starting at 10:00 a.m.
to 6:00 p.m. Remember to bring your picnic lunch. Mary
"Mebs" Ausnehmer is the honcho of this get-together.
Charge for 1/20th. (Approx. 3-1/4 x 1 ") page
is $2.00; 1/5th. page is $4.00. Send all ads to Editor,
1408 Byram Dr., Clearwater, FL 33515. Ads ac-
cepted from members only.
Wanted: Royal Doulton Tobies, Lg. Devil (two
faced) $400.00, small $150.00; Clown $250.00; Tiny Jugs
$35.00; Figurines, Animals & China. Claudis Howell,
1205 Fountainhead Dr., Deltona, FL 32725. Phone
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Constrction Indusrial *Marine* Lega
1901 W. NAHEIMT ffSlMjtT., L NG fBEACH, A 9081
For Sale: Replicas of GOLDEN HAUCAS OF
PANAMA in 22 Kt. gold plate over sterling silver. Cast in
various motifs and sizes. Made by Neville A. Harte, 3602
Brixton Lane, Holiday Lakes Estates, Holiday, FL 33590.
Tel: (813) 937-7525.
For Sale: Book "Rails to the Diggings" Construc-
tion Railroads of the Panama Canal, 224 pages, soft
bound, 8 Y x 11 ", color cover, 168 photos and 32 draw-
ings/maps, many never published before. Contents in-
clude: Where first locomotives came from; The French Era
and their peculiar railroad operation; % book devoted to
the America effort, highlighting management structure of
railroad; changes to routes; the famous "R" Tower
covered in detail and many other facts and figures never
covered before. Not a rehash of hundreds of other books
about the Canal. Data carefully compiled including on-site
interviews and research. Write publisher: Charles S.
Small, 11 Dandy Dr., Cos Cob, CT 06807. Cost $25.00.
Wanted: KYOTA dinner china. "Regina" pattern
#7005. Purchased in Commy in mid-'50s. Mrs. Howard
Buehler, 2501 Stonehaven Place, Trouble Creek Villas,
New Port Richey, Fla. 33552 or call collect (813) 849-9109.
For Sale: Canal Zone Boundary Markers. Round,
bronze plaque, 4 2 diameter, 2" deep, M raised letters
saying "Canal Zone Boundary" with numbers. Very rare
and hard to get. Some with pictures. Alone, $200.00.
Plaques on wood from the Balboa Police Station desk,
$250.00. Write: James L. Fulton, Jr., PSC Box 2070,
APO Miami, FL 34002.
For Sale: We are interested in disposing of some of
our Royal Dalton Toby Jugs (large and small) if anyone is
interested. Mr. and Mrs. Milton J. Halley, 6609-B Es-
condido Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912.
For Sale: Modern Ranch 3-bedroom house with
mountain view and 40 acres of land in beautiful northwest
Arkansas; deep well, central heating and air, stone
fireplace, excellent TV and radio reception, school bus and
mail, one hobby house, one hay barn, fruit trees, grape
vines and a creek bordering property. Six acres cleared and
balance is timber. Asking $68,500. Tel: (501) 749-2779 or
write Oscar Hall, c/o T.E. Rowe, Rt. 4, Box 277,
Berryville, Arkansas 72616.
For Sale: Military Railroads on the Panama Canal Zone.
This booklet of 66 pages with 10 photographs and 33 maps/
drawings completes the story of the railroads on the
Panama Canal Zone which was started with Rails to the Dig-
gings. The maps show the rail facilities at the six forts, fac-
ing two oceans, together with the connections to the Pan-
ama Railroad. After World War 1 there were major arma-
ment additions and these led to changes and additions to
the military railroads. The 365-ton railway guns which
made two trans-isthmian trips are covered by drawings and
photographs. The first railway gun was built six months
before the Canal Zone came into being. 8-1/2 x 11 size.
Printed by the electrostatic process. 10 photos 33 maps
and drawings. Cost $7.50 postpaid to members of the
Society. Charles S. Small, 11 Dandy Drive, Cos Cob, CT
Wanted: I'm interested in trying to locate (4) tiny
Toby Jugs to complete collection. Have extras willing to
swap. Warren D. Marquard, 260 South Mary Ave., Sun-
nyvale, CA 94086.
We have a number of old Canal Records on hand
which we wish to give anyone who might want them: 2 of
1971, 5 of 1972, 5 of 1973, 5 of 1974, 5 of 1975, 4 of 1976,
5 of 1977, 4 of 1978, 2 of 1979, 5 of 1980, 2 of 1981. Would
be willing to pay the postage rather than throw them out.
Ted & Emily Henter, 1372 49th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg,
Wanted: BHS, CHS, CZJC or CZC yearbooks all
years. Canal Records from before September 1955. Canal
Record Annual issues from before 1966. Panama Canal
Reviews all issues. Patt Foster Roberson, 2915 Glen
Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.
For Sale: 50th. Anniversary Playing Cards. Blue
with gold design of Society emblem $2.00 plus 50 mail-
ing charge. Decal same color, size and design 50
each, plus 20r mailing. Order from Douglas Crook, 5150
15th. Ave. South, Gulfport, FL 33707.
Wanted: Anyone having pieces of Royal Doulton
Coachman or Hunting Scene patterns to sell, please con-
tact Alice Strauss McLean, 7874 Spencer, #15, Pasadena,
Urgently Needed: Photographs, slides, black & white
postcards, maps, drawings, brochures, newspaper or mag-
azine articles (Spanish or English), books Any form of
written or pictorial information depicting or describing the
towns of Panama City (old or new), Nombre De Dios, Por-
tobelo, Castillo San Lorenzo, Chagres River, Las Cruces
Trail (especially showing the old stone pavement).
This material is for use in a forthcoming book about
the Spanish Colonial fortifications and routes of inter-
oceanic communication between and within the area above
I can use original negatives or prints, and am equip-
ped to copy them and hereby guarantee unharmed return
to original owners. Due credit in print will be given to
sympathetic lenders or donators of such material.
Please contact: Arthur R. Tolp Sr., Free lance Writer
- Photographer, P.O. Box 2073, Fort Myers, FL
For Sale: Pen Sets. (#1) Panama Railroad Original
Rail, Tie & Spike, 1853-1869 (#2) French Rail on Tie,
Construction Era, (#3) Panama Canal Matches Large
cover & small box embedded in plastic on mahogany -
Plus Panama Canal photographs of Construction Days -
early 1900's to late 1930's Six different sets, 10 photos
per set. Pictures have dates and identification on each.
$4.75/set. Write for prices and information on Pen Sets.
Bee Winford, 1227 Oak Hill St., Lakeland, FL 33801.
j! r and
S-T- his book re-lives the
drama that was Lonnie
t born primitive to be-
come an educated,
Christian tribal leader;
in history, level with two
famous long-ago Kunas of San Blas Islands. He married
Marvel Elya, a Michigan girl who helped lift the tribe ...
stitched up the victims of sharks and alligators trans-
lated the Bible into Kuna. Imported a burro, but the
Kunas warned the pregnant that their babies would have
long ears if they looked at it. **A new book about mission
adventures of a former primitive Kuna. Release date is in
November, by same authors as "Beauty is a Ring in My
Nose." Also printed in Spanish. Book orders will be filled
in order received, as soon as possible. $7.00 each. Velde
Press, 402 Lakeshore Drive, Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536.
Any member who knows the names and addresses of
known and living Roosevelt Medal holders, whether they
are Society members or not, please drop the editor a card
with your information, so that we may up-date our roster.
Please send to Editor, 1408 Byram Drive, Clearwater, FL
Wanted: I am anxious to purchase whatever pieces I
can locate of "Rose" Minton China. Would appreciate
any calls (collect) at 504-861-0797 or write to Mrs. Ora
Virginia Ewing Stich, 7103 Maple Street, New Orleans,
For Sale: Panama Canal Buckles, Collector's Series,
solid bronze. Type A: Rectangular with Pedro Miguel
Locks and Seal. Type B: Oval with CZ seal. Uncondi-
tionally guaranteed. $12.50 each or two for $24.00. Mike
Carpenter, 645 James Lee Rd., Ft. Walton Beach, FL
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OiL THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC. zoNC,.
S ; Application for Membership
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, hereby apply for membership (Renewal) to the E"M 1MM u
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and enclose my $15.00 annual membership fee,
for the year 1983. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for
(PLEASE PRINT) SOCIETY PLATE AND DECAL
Name (Spouse) Society Tag, $4.00 ea.
Society Decal, $1.50 ea.,
Street Box _
City State Zip Code Please mail to:
Amount Enclosed $_ Check M.O. Cash
Membership and subscription fee is $15.00 per year, per family. (One household)
Please send money order unless check is on State's Bank
Delinquent charges of $2.00 will be assessed to those members who do not remit for
renewal membership fee prior to 1 February.
Memberships expire on 31st. December and renewal must be postmarked by 31
January in order to avoid delinquent fee.
New memberships will be accepted after 1 July in any year for $2.50 in membership
fees and $5.00 for subscription to the Canal Record for the balance of that calendar
year, providing the following year's membership and subscription fees are paid at the
same time (in advance).
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE.
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
State Zip Code
Number wanted, Tags
Number wanted, Decals
Total enclosed $
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Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733-1566
2nd Class Postage
At St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on
Form 3579 to Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733.
PANAMA CANAL TUG
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