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VOL. 17 SEPTEMBER 1983 NO. 3
J. F. Warner
OFFICERS FOR 1983
Anna T. Collins
Victor H. May, Jr.
Jean B. Mann
Richard W. Beall
William F. Grady
Sergeant at Arms
Anna T. Collins
Victor H. May, Jr.
Jean B. Mann
Richard W. Beall
Albert F. Pate
Eugene I. Askew
R. Fred Huldtquist
Peter W. Foster
The President's M message .................................
About our new President .................................
Past President's M message .................................
From the Secretary ......................................
Editor's Corner ..........................................
Legislative Report ...................................... .
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings .................
Proposed Amendment to Constitution ......................
A activity R report .....................................................
R etirem ents .................................. ......
1984 R union N ews ................................
1983 R union .....................................
Panama Canal M useum?............................
The Canal Zone in Uniform ...........................
N ew s C lip s .........................................
News Condensed from the "Spillway" .................
Your Reporter Says .................................
Alabama ..................... 40
California ..................... 44
Florida ....................... 46
Louisiana ..................... 50
W eddings ...........................
With Deep Sorrow. ...................
Letters to the Editor ..................
Looking Back ........................
N otices ............................
For Sale or W anted ...................
sippi .................. 51
Carolina .............. 52
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Carolina ............... 56
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Vigilant Real Estate 31 Harris Real Estate
74 Precision Instrument 54
Front Cover: Mrs. Anna T. Collins, President of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida for 1983-84.
Back Cover: Tug Trinidad II, drawn by Isthmian artist, John B. Morton, of the
Panama Canal Commission.
Sept. 9, 10, 11
DATES TO REMEMBER .
Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., 5730 Shore Blvd.,
Gulfport, Fla. Guest speaker from Suncoast Chapter of the
American Heart Association.
Panamanian Annual Picnic MacArthur Park, San Antonio,
8th Annual West Coast Canal Zone Reunion, Catamaran Hotel,
San Diego, Calif.
Regular Meeting, Panama Canal Society of Aiken, S.C. at
Western Steer, Aiken, S.C., at 1:00 p.m.
Annual PCSOFL Picnic, Lake Seminole Park, Seminole, Fla.,
10:00 a.m. Meeting to follow lunch.
Fall Luncheon, Northwest Arkansas Canal Zone Society, Holiday
Inn, Fayetteville, Ark.
Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., 5730 Shore Blvd.,
Gulfport, Fla. Guest speaker, Robert F. Hendricks, pharmacist
from our corner drugstore.
Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., 5730 Shore Blvd.,
Gulfport, Fla. Holiday party with entertainment.
Christmas Meeting, Panama Canal Society of Aiken, S.C.,
Ramada Inn, Aiken, S.C., for dinner.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
ol (A Non-Profit Organization)
o To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
C P.O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
The CANAL RECORD is published by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., for the good and welfare of its members, and is
published five times a year in March, June, September, November and December.
The membership fee is $15.00 annually. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year. Entered as 2nd.
Class matter and 2nd. Class Postage paid at the Post Office at St. Petersburg, Florida.
Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $1.50 postage to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida will become the property of the Society and will
be retained in our files and archives.
Printed by ROBERTS PRINTING, INC. Dunedin, FL 33528
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 40th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
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I wish to thank the members who elected me your 30th
president. I have accepted the challenge and shall endeavor
to do my very best. My goal throughout this year 1983-84,
which will bring us into the 80th Anniversary of the
Panama Canal Celebration (1904-1984), is to provide in-
teresting activities, to operate the organization smoothly,
and to increase our membership "to preserve American
ideals and Canal Zone friendships." I know our future ac-
complishments will demonstrate this.
I am extremely proud to announce to you a little in-
formation about your Executive Committee members. I
am especially proud to have Victor H. May, my Cristobal
High School 1938 classmate, serve as Vice-President as he
is a decision maker, helps to implement new ideas, carries
out all his duties in an efficient manner, and is an asset to
our Society for he believes in its ideals. Vic's performance
on the committee last year was superlative. He has been
appointed as the 1984 Reunion Coordinator and has over
75% of the leg work accomplished already. He is also
chairman of the ad hoc Bylaws Committee. Vic is married
to the former June Hambleton and they have two
Our Secretary/Treasurer, Jean Mann, has served in
this office since being elected at the Annual Meeting in
January 1972. Jean is the daughter of the late past presi-
dent of our Society, Ernest M. Kieswetter and Edith, a
kindergarten teacher at Pedro Miguel and Gamboa, who
now resides with the Manns. Jean and Edward have two
daughters, one son, and one granddaughter.
Richard W. "Pat" Beall, our Editor, became the
assistant to the Editor in June 1980. Pat was appointed
Editor after the editor resigned in July 1981. Pat lived in
the Canal Zone for many years and retired from the U.S.
Army Communications Command. He has a daughter,
two sons, and a grandchild.
Peter W. Foster, a new appointee to the Executive
Committee, is known by many of you as he was born in
Colon and retired after 34 years as Chief, Panama Canal
Telephone Section. With his experience on the Canal he
too will be a great help to the operation of our Society. Pete
will be in charge of our October picnic at Lake Seminole
Park. Pete is married to the former Marjorie Harrington
of Akron, Ohio, and they have two daughters and two
Another new member is R. Frederick Huldtquist,
well-known to our Society as he served on the second golf
tournament committee and co-chaired the "Chagres
Open" in 1983. Fred was born in the Canal Zone and re-
tired in 1977 as Port Engineer, Balboa. Fred has offered to
chair the 1984 Golf Tournament and is moving ahead with
those plans. Fred has also been appointed to the Nomina-
ting Committee. Fred is a good organizer and will bring
many good suggestions for the betterment of the Society.
Fred is married to the former Jane Presley who serves on
our Budget and Audit Committee.
Eugene I. Askew does not really need an introduction
as he has served many years on the Executive Committee
and was our president 1974-76. Gene also chaired the first
golf tournament in 1980. This year Gene will chair the
Assistance Committee, formed to help members in the
hour of need; annuity information, and any other
assistance. His telephone number is (813) 867-1822. Gene
is married to the former Ethel Zozak who has served on the
Audit and Budget Committee in the past and they have two
sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren.
Our past president, Albert F. Pate, completes our
Executive Committee and he will serve as Chairman of the
Nominating Committee. He is married to the former
Dorothy Wolf and they have one daughter.
These people are your key members who will keep the
wheels moving for the Society. December's issue of the
Canal Record will bring you more information on other
appointees who make the Society functions enjoyable for
The Executive Committee also approved the appoint-
ment of Sandy May Robinson as Membership Chair-
person Recruitment of Zonian "Brats." Sandy will
reach out to all of you through the mails and will have a col-
umn in the Canal Record.
We endeavor to have good programs throughout the
year unless business meetings will not permit a program.
In the months to come we shall have a speaker on drugs
purchased at your drug store, a picnic, a speaker about
your heart, and a holiday party. We invite all to attend as
many meetings as possible to keep our chain of friendship
We thank Joe Collins for hosting the July Lun-
cheon/Meeting at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club at which
time we heard Patricia Broad's very interesting and infor-
mative talk, "The Presidents' Wives."
Dorothy Yocum and her committee are also thanked
for the lovely August luncheon at the Wine Cellar. Our
theme was the 69th anniversary of the opening of the
Panama Canal. The members once again related in-
teresting happenings while they lived in the Canal Zone.
A quorum was not established at the afternoon session
of the Annual Meeting which resulted in much unfinished
business. One item of great importance was the Revision of
the Bylaws. We shall follow the current bylaws as closely as
possible. Therefore, your cooperation is asked to please
send all correspondence to the official address: Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc., P.O. Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, FL 33733-1566, to the attention of the person
or addressee. For your information:
Other than routine
Dues (Society & Blood Bank)
News for Record
Order Society Plate & Decal
idea and many stated they had items to donate. This is a
big project. We all have memorabilia to donate, however,
money is needed MILLIONS to erect a building to
house these items and to maintain the building. A paid
curator, volunteers to be a director, trustees, staff, and
MANY volunteers to organize and to keep up the museum.
The Panama Canal Society Executive Committee
members cannot take care of this matter. We need
VOLUNTEERS to establish a non-profit Panama Canal
Museum Development Fund, Inc. (a suggested name), to
do all the leg work to get the museum on the ground. We
know monies may be secured from grants, state and federal
funds, memorials, etc. It is there for the asking. Do we go
forward with this dream or do we donate our items to local
museums? Please write to us (Attention: Museum Com-
mittee) and volunteers come forward. Only when we get
volunteers may we go forward with the Panama Canal
Museum Development Fund, Inc.
To the Area Reporters, I wish to thank you for your
excellent reporting and continued cooperation with the
Record Editor which results in an informative publication.
On this Thanksgiving Day lift your hearts in prayer
for all His blessings.
Anna T. Collins
Another item of importance was the presentation at
the luncheon of a check in the amount of $12,102.49, the
residual assets of the Canal Zone Credit Union to our
Society by R. E. Angermuller, President. Ron stated, "It
is suggested that this money to be donated today to the
Panama Canal Society be invested in the best interest bear-
ing account available to assist the Society in its financial
needs in the future. Strongly recommend that the principal
remain untouched except in the event of an emergency
need." We are indeed appreciative to the Board of Direc-
tors and all members of the credit union for this generous
gift. At the recommendation of our Audit and Budget
Committee the Executive Committee voted to place this
donation into a separate account and into a
Money Market/Limited Checking Account which is fully
insured by FSLIC.
Also at the Annual Luncheon, Pat Beall, a member
of the Museum Committee, appointed by last year's ex-
ecutive committee, spoke to the members regarding a
museum to be established to preserve artifacts and
memorabilia of the Canal Zone. The members liked the
c6roat our nEzM7 iLE IIC2
Anna T. Collins was born in Elkins Park, Pennsyl-
vania, to the late John J. Kotalik, Sr., a Roosevelt Medal
holder, and Susanna G. France, now residing in Jackson-
ville, FL. She graduated from Cristobal High, Class 1938,
and attended Canal Zone Junior College.
Her career started as a clerk learner with the Com-
missary Division. Anna met her future husband, Charles
Joseph (Joe), while working at the disbursing office, 15th
Naval District, Balboa. Their first date was to see Bob
Hope, Jerry Colonna, Dorothy Lamour and the group per-
form at Ft. Amador.
Today, after Anna gave up a 15-year civil service
career as Fiscal Accounting Clerk to become a homemaker
and mother, and Joe retired as Commander, U.S. Navy,
they live in St. Petersburg.
Anna was a Girl Scout leader for over 15 years and
while she served in that capacity was also a Den Mother for
her three sons. She was active on Parent Teacher Associa-
tion boards, sang in church choirs and after moving to St.
Petersburg became active in the community. Other than
serving on many committees and again working with Girl
Scout Cadets and Senior troops, Anna was president of the
St. Petersburg Retired Officers' Wives' Club 1975-76;
Christmas Toy Shop Project, Inc. (a toy-giving to needy
children) 1978-80, Entre Nous 1977-78; St. Anthony's
Hospital Auxiliary, Inc. 1980-81. She was a charter mem-
ber of Abilities Rehabilitation Center Guild and their
Treasurer for 1980-82 and is currently serving as First
Vice-President Interlock Club, an organization of past
presidents. Anna serves on several club boards and volun-
teers in many capacities at St. Anthony's Hospital where
she is the Auxiliary Volunteer Coordinator. Anna was
selected to be a member of the 1977 Royal Court of the
Queen of Hearts for providing needed support to the Heart
Association and other needy agencies in the city of St.
Anna became active in the Panama Canal Society in
1972 after moving to St. Petersburg. In 1974, Anna be-
came an assistant to the Record Editor. In January 1976,
she became the Record Editor and held that office until her
resignation in July 1981. Anna was instrumental in giving
the Record a new look using a table of contents with sec-
tions in a sequential form. She recalls the interest taken by
Gaddis Wall, the first president she worked under, in the
Record as it would come off the press. In 1982 Anna be-
came the Vice-President and was Reunion Coordinator
and Chairperson of the Society Ball 1983.
Anna and Joe have six living children: Charles, a
teacher and Gregory, a nurse, both of Mississippi; Jen-
nifer, (Mrs. Dale O. Thomas), Michigan; Lucy, (Mrs. J.
Scottt Graham), California; and Bernadette Catlett and
Timothy of Florida; and they have six grandsons and three
The closing of our 50th Anniversary Year was an
event to be remembered. The compliments are still coming
in regarding Chris Felps and her Registration Committee.
Those attending the Golf Tournament and Luncheon had
nothing but praise for Jane and Fred Huldtquist and their
Committee. It was a tremendous success. Mildred Hickey
and her Card Party and Luncheon Committee did a great
job for a first-time event. Thanks go to Anna Collins and
Committee for the huge success of the highlight of the Re-
union, our Annual Ball. The Coliseum was filled to capaci-
ty and everyone enjoyed dancing to Lucho's music, es-
pecially Roosevelt Medal holder, Robert L. Dill, from
California. Transportation to and from the Coliseum was
handled with precision by our Chairman, Victor May,
and Committee. Betty Malone and her Committee did an
outstanding job at the Annual Luncheon. Governor
Harold R. Parfitt's speech was the highlight of the day.
We were very proud to have three Roosevelt Medal holders
at the Annual Luncheon: Robert L. Dill, Thomas J. Eb-
don, Sr. (Pop) and Harry Ryan White. They were given
special recognition which they so justly deserve.
The entire Reunion was perfectly orchestrated with
the exception of one sour note, the Annual Meeting. I am
very sorry that the members were not able to vote on the
Revised Bylaws. The Committee on the Revised Bylaws is
still very active and in the near future you will be able to
compare the present Bylaws with the Revised Bylaws. This
is something you were not able to do at our Annual
Meeting due to an organized opposition by seven Past
Presidents and three members. As long as the members
didn't have the opportunity to vote on the Revised Bylaws,
we under the present administration have vowed to adhere
to the present Bylaws. Use of the word "we" is that I am,
according to the present Bylaws, a member of the Execu-
tive Committee. When you find out what the differences
are between the present and the Revised Bylaws, I am sure
you will want to have some actions taken prior to the next
The interest of the younger members was considered
in selecting the location for the Reunion. From all reports,
not only our younger group but all members were thrilled
to be on the beach. It was gratifying that so many of our
younger generation have joined our Society and it was a
pleasure to see them taking part and enjoying the activities
at the Reunion. They are the future of our Society. We
hope they will continue to participate and get more involv-
Something to remember that there is nothing more
past than a Past President. Let's turn the Society over to
those who work for its betterment.
These are some of the "firsts" starting during the past
year, look them over: 1. Report to the members on bus-
iness of Executive Committee meetings. 2. Projects to sub-
sidize monthly meetings, no cost to the Society. 3. Enter-
tainment at monthly meetings at no cost to the Society.
4. Discussions on when and where to hold meetings. 5.
July and August luncheons, Box Lunch Dinner Meetings
and "Carnavalito." The ice has been broken on several
items that have contributed to a more Democratic Society.
This next item deserves special attention and thanks.
We were overwhelmed when we received a check for over
$12,000.00 from the Canal Zone Credit Union which was
presented to our Society at the Annual Luncheon by
Ronald Angermuller, their last President. We sincerely
appreciate this gift and it will be used only as stipulated.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all
Chairpersons and Committee Members who worked very
diligently all year, sometimes under adverse conditions,
and also to thank all Chairpersons and Committee Mem-
bers who worked very hard to make the closing of our 50th
Anniversary Year a tremendous success.
Anna Collins is to be congratulated for being Reunion
Coordinator and also for being the First Woman President
of our Society. With her vast experience in all aspects of our
Society and with the cooperation of the membership she
will be an outstanding President. Let's give her our sup-
Let us work together for the good of our Society and
remember we are a social group to further our friendships
This was an exciting year with a lot of fun and inter-
esting changes for the betterment of our Society as shown
by our record attendance at our meetings. It was also a
very educational year for all of us and I hope the members
will insist on taking an active part in their Society.
The time has come when we are compiling the annual
Directory Issue. The deadline is 25 September. If you plan
to give friends or relatives a gift subscription and you wish
their names to appear in the directory, you must get the
membership fees to me before the 25th of September.
Once again this year, I shall ask you to send a
stamped, self-addressed envelope with your dues payment.
You can't believe the time it saves. Thanks again to all of
you who did this last year. I really appreciate it.
Elsewhere in this issue, you will find a detailed expla-
nation of the delinquent fee. Pay your dues early and don't
WHY A DELINQUENT FEE?
When members don't pay their dues on time, they
cause the Society a great deal of work and not a little ex-
pense. First, delinquent notices are sent out. This year 850
were mailed at a cost of 13c each ($110.50). But it took
28 hours just to address the postcards.
The Secretary/Treasurer maintains an alphabetical
file of all members. However, the Editor's files are by state
and ZIP code. When the Secretary prepares the list of de-
linquents for the Editor, it must be prepared by states from
an alphabetical file. (Time consuming? You better believe
The Editor must remove the delinquent's card from
his file and remove the name and address from the master
mailing list. As the delinquents pay their dues, any missed
Canal Records must be mailed (at the single copy rate -
75c for the June issue). The Editor then has to put the
member's card back in the file and restore the name and
address to the master mailing list. I'm sure you'll agree that
with 3500 members we can't send out individual notices
that it's time to pay dues. All dues expire on 31 December
and are delinquent after 31 January. We start in each
September issue to remind members about their dues, and
we continue in the Directory issue and the December issue.
This is our "Best Shot," we can't do any more.
Therefore, we want you to pay your dues on time. Hope-
fully, if you have been caught once with the delinquent fee,
you will never be caught again.
As you can see, the time expended on delinquent
members is extensive, and "time is money." It isn't fair
that the members who pay promptly should have to bear
the burden of those who don't.
Jean B. Mann
It looks like this last reunion was about the biggest
we've ever had, with a total of 1,945 registered not too
far short of the 2,266 we had at the 50th Anniversary Re-
union a year ago! It appeared that there were a great many
of the younger members present and we are certainly
glad that they are beginning to swell our membership and
become a part of the Society. One was heard to say, "This
is the only way we can all get together anymore!" We hope
that they will start taking an active part to keep the Society
going for years to come.
For the first time in three years, I had very little to do
- almost nothing. In fact, I was able to spend more time
with friends than I usually had time for in the past. Still, I
missed the boat on quite a few promising to come back
to them and never quite making it. However, I had the best
time I ever had in many, many years, and from all reports,
so did everyone else.
It looks like our next reunion will be held in the Holi-
day Inn Airport, in Tampa the same place we held
our 50th Anniversary Reunion. That's good news for all
those who wanted us to go back there, although you can
hardly beat a hotel on the beach. The members who want
to sit down will be glad, too!
A little over a year ago, I said there would be a contest
to see who would send in the best story depicting the 'ba-
jun' influence in the old Canal Zone, and with the help of
our esteemed Executive Committee, we have come up with
a winner. Charles R. (Bocas) Leeser was chosen the win-
ner for his story of "De Knife," and will shortly send him
his CZ monogrammed sports shirt and hope it fits.
"Bocas" didn't make the reunion this year, sorry to say -
he had another commitment.
It is always nice to receive newspaper articles, news
clips, obituaries, etc., from our members, which shows
they care about what goes into the Canal Record, and of
their interest in other members. It is gratifying to know
that members take the time to search for related stories,
etc., that depict news of others formerly of the Canal Zone.
One word of caution, however, PLEASE make sure there
is a date of that news article and from what source what
newspaper, magazine, etc. When something happens on
"Wednesday," I never know which Wednesday.
Thanks to all those who voted for me to continue as
editor for another year. I can't be sure if they like what I'm
doing or if they are glad they don't have to do it! They must
like what I'm doing because in her letter to me, "Mopsy"
Wood, Northwest Reporter, said the consensus of opinions
of those living out of the Florida area feel the Canal Record
is well worth the dues, and they all look forward to get-
ting no work done on the day of its arrival which is in-
deed a compliment. Thanks, "Mopsy"!
This issue goes to press in two days and there is still
lots of work to do, so I had better stop talking and get to
work. We seem to be getting more and more news from
you members out there the more the better.
Hasta Luego Pat Beall
The CPI-W figures released reflect a 1.7% increase in
the cost of living for the first 6 months of 1983, up to June
On March 23 the House passed its version of the
Budget for the next fiscal year, rejecting the President's
recommendation for a one-year denial of any cost-of-living
adjustment, but agreeing to a six-month delay in the effec-
tive date of the next adjustment. According to that House-
passed budget resolution, the effective date of the 1984
COLA for civil service, foreign service, and military re-
tirees, would be November, payable in December checks.
The House also agreed to an Administration proposal to
make permanent the reduced COLA for retirees under age
On May 19 the Senate finally agreed on a FY '84
Budget Resolution which, like the House, rejected the one-
year COLA freeze proposal, but assumed a seven-month
delay in the effective date of the 1984 adjustment. Ac-
cording to the Senate-passed budget, civil service, foreign
service, and military retirees, would have their next COLA
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
Fifty First Anniversary Reunion
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
13 May 1983
The Annual Business Meeting of the Fifty First Anni-
versary Reunion was called to order by the President at
9:30 A.M. The Pledge to the Flag was given and theChap-
lain, Mrs. Dorothy Yocum, gave the invocation, followed
by a few moments of silent prayer for those who have pass-
ed away since our last meeting.
The head table was introduced, consisting of Dorothy
Yocum, Anna Collins, Vic May, Genevieve Blinn, Jean
Mann, and Pat Beall.
Past Presidents of other PC Societies were recognized:
Rudy Gangle of Dothan, Ala; and Al and James Catron of
Past Presidents of the PCSF were asked to stand.
Recognized were: Ross Hollowell, Eugene Askew,
Howard Clarke, Russell Jones, Gaddis Wall, Jack Morris,
and Troy Hayes.
Mrs. Chris Felps reported on registration up to
Mrs. Anna Collins, Rules Committee, reported on
proposed rules for the Annual Business Meeting. Mr.
Vance Howard raised a point of order on limiting debate to
two minutes. Mrs. Grady moved to amend time of debate
to 10 minutes, per Roberts Rules of Order. Motion car-
Mrs. Collins, Program Chairman, reported and mov-
ed Reunion Program be adopted. Motion carried.
Mr. Vic May, Bylaws Committee Chairman re-
ported. The members had no objection to disposing with
the first complete reading of the Proposed and Revised
Bylaws, as each item will be taken separately.
Motion to amend Art. III Sec. 2 Eligibility; Add word
"active" before word "membership." Motion carried.
Motion to amend Art. III Sec. 3a. Strike word "indi-
vidual" and replace with word "active." Motion carried.
Motion to amend Art. III Sec. 3d. Honorary: Delete
first sentence and replace with: "The Executive Board shall
recommend to the Society the names of those individuals to
be considered for honorary membership. After notification
to all members printed in an issue of the Canal Record, in-
dividuals may be elected to honorary membership by a 2/3
affirmative vote of those present and voting at any Society
meeting." Motion carried.
Motion to amend Art. III Sec. 3b. Delete: "Both shall
be issued a membership card." Motion carried.
Motion to amend Art. III Sec. 4e. Change to: "Any
member delinquent in payment of dues, after notification
by the Secretary, shall be dropped from the rolls, Canal
Record discontinued, and all rights and privileges shall
cease." Motion carried.
Motion to amend Article III Sec. 4g (1): Change
from: "any Society meeting" to "any Annual meeting."
effective December 1984, and payable in the January 1985
checks, thereby putting these retirees on the same COLA
payment schedule as that recently legislated for Social Se-
curity. The Senate, however, differed more considerably
from the House in refusing to make the reduced COLA for
retirees under age 62 permanent beyond 1985.
In summary: The House Budget Resolution would
delay the 1984 COLA for six months, the Senate for seven
months; the House would make the "diet" COLA for
under-62 retirees permanent, the Senate would not.
The next step in the budget process is for the House
and Senate to confer and agree upon budget recommenda-
tions and spending levels acceptable to both chambers. As
Congress prepares for the Memorial Day recess the
House to return June 1, the Senate June 6 conference
on the FY '84 Budget Resolution has not been scheduled,
but will be among early business next month. NARFE is
working with Federal and military organization allies to
urge the least delay possible in next year's COLA and par-
ticularly concentrating on getting the House to agree with
the Senate in denying extension of the reduced COLA for
The move to cut out the COLA for 1983 and delay it
until January 1984 is still in the committee. No action has
been taken up to the deadline for the Canal Record (July
William F. Grady
Mr. Gene Askew read a prepared statement against
adoption of the Proposed and Revised Bylaws. Mr.
Howard Clark also spoke against issue.
Motion to amend Art. III Sec. 4, to add: "Election to
membership: Upon receipt of application and required
fees, the Secretary shall present the list of applicants for
membership at each Society meeting. Election to member-
ship shall be by affirmative vote by a majority of members
present and voting." Motion defeated.
Motion to amend Art. IV sec. la. Delete: "2nd. Vice
President and combine Secretary/Treasurer." Motion car-
Motion to amend Art. IV Sec 2a. Delete: "Parlia-
mentarian." Motion carried.
Motion to amend Art. IV Sec 3a. To read: "To hold
elected office ." Motion carried.
Motion to amend Art. IV Sec. 4b. To read: No elected
officer ." Motion carried.
Motion to amend Art. IV Sec. 4c. To read: "Oath of
office shall be administered by the presiding officer." Mo-
Motion to amend Art. IV Sec. 4d. To read: "Oath: I
promise to uphold the bylaws of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc., to the best of my ability and shall fulfill the
duties of my office as outlined in our bylaws and our Parlia-
mentary authority." Motion carried.
Motion to amend Art. IV Sec. 4e. Delete entirely.
Motion to amend Art. IV Sec. 4g. "The President
shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in carrying out
the duties of his office in the amount not to exceed
$100.00." Motion carried.
Motion to amend Art. IV Sec. 4i. Bonding of Of-
ficers: "The corporate officers shall be bonded in an
amount determined by the Executive Board. Cost of bond
is an expense to the Society." Motion carried.
As many of the members had left the hall and the op-
erational quorum became questionable, the remaining
business was suspended until after the election of officers.
The Nominating Committee's slate of officers were:
President Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Vice-President Mr. Victor May
Secretary/Treasurer Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Editor Mr. R. W. "Pat" Beall
As there were no nominees from the floor for each of-
fice, all nominees of the Nominating Committee were
The President administered the Oath of Office to the
newly elected officers.
As there was no longer a quorum present, the meeting
was adjourned at 12:25 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
At 2:00 p.m. with only 75 members present, the Chair
announced postponement of the Annual Business Meeting
until after the Annual Luncheon on Saturday, 14 May,
As there were only 35 members present on Saturday,
14 May 1983, the Annual Business Meeting was adjourned
with no further business being conducted.
3 June, 1983
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium,
The regular scheduled meeting was called to order by
the President, Mrs. Anna T. Collins, at 1:40 p.m. who
then led the assembly in the Pledge to the Flag. The
Chaplain, Mrs. Dorothy Yocum, gave the invocation,
followed by a few moments of silent prayer.
The President welcomed those present and recognized
the following guests:
Barbara (Egolf) and Louis Dedeaux Kerrville,
George Egolf Pinellas Park, Fla.
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Cory S. Pasadena, Fla.
Tom and Sandy Robinson Largo, Fla.
Betty (Chan) Snow Clearwater, Fla.
Fred Mead Dothan, Ala.
Jerry & Dolly Steiner Dunedin, Fla.
Mr. & Mrs. Magee Rogers, Ark.
The President urged all members to cooperate and
support the Society in order to have a successful year.
The Secretary read the minutes of the April 6 and 13
May Annual Business Meeting. As there were no correc-
tions or omissions, they were approved as read.
The Treasurer read the financial statements of the
Society and the Blood Bank, which included the large
donation from the Canal Zone Credit Union. The Presi-
dent announced that at the next meeting, a complete ac-
counting of Reunion receipts and expenditures will be
The Sec/Treas. announced that at the time of mailing
the June issue of the Canal Record, there were 400 delin-
quent members. In the three days since the mailing, 30
members had paid and their Records mailed at the single
copy rate. Cost of the June issue of the Canal Record was
$4864.00 and the cost to mail was $279.00.
Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that
the cost of living as of 30 April was .9% the lowest in-
crease for a four-month period in the past 10 years. The
House and Senate have finally agreed on a new budget. In-
cluded in the budget was the elimination of the 1984
COLA. A letter from Senator Chiles stated that in no way
would the merger of Civil Service and Social Security affect
the Civil Service Retirement Fund.
Mrs. Chris Felps reported that approximately 1,920
members registered at the 51st Annual Reunion.
The President reported that at our Annual Luncheon,
we were presented a check for the amount of $12,102.49
from the Canal Zone Credit Union by Ronald Anger-
muller. It was recommended during the presentation that
we invest the principal and attempt to keep it intact, using
the interest for Society welfare.
The President reported that she had appointed Mr.
Peter Foster and Mr. Fred Huldtquist to the Executive
Committee. She also appointed Mrs. Dorothy Yocum as
Chaplain; Paul Disharoon as Sgt. at Arms; Mr. Bill Grady
as Legislative Representative; Mr. Norman Demers, Mrs.
Jane Huldtquist, and Mr. Harry Egolf to the Budget and
Audit Committee; Olga Disharoon as Refreshment Com-
mittee, and the Bylaws Committee will be asked to con-
tinue to serve.
Mr. Vic May read a prepared statement about the
past reunion and gave pertinent facts about future re-
In the absence of the Record Editor, the Secretary/
Treasurer read a prepared statement urging the members
to work for a strong Society, and congratulating our new
president and wishing her a successful term of office.
The meeting adjourned at 2:35 p.m.
TO ALL MEMBERS
Following is a message delivered to members attend-
ing the Society meeting held on June 3, 1983.
At the annual meeting of the Society, May 13, 1983,
the only order of business that was concluded was the elec-
tion of officers. The shame of this is that only 104 members
of this Society that numbers 3700 elected your officers.
This was due to the successful efforts of seven (7) past
presidents, two (2) elected officers and two (2) members to
not only block passage or rejection, but to block complete
consideration of the proposed and revised Bylaws.
Those of us conducting this part of the meeting were
not expecting the actions that took place and therefore were
not prepared to stop them; this will not happen again.
Since we are still operating under the present Bylaws,
there are a few provisions in them that I would like to bring
to your attention.
I do not find anywhere in the Bylaws that past presi-
dents retain control of the Society or that they must be con-
sulted about any actions taken by your officers.
Your officers swore, under oath, to uphold the Consti-
tution and Bylaws and follow the dictates of the Executive
Your president, as senior officer, shall enforce strict
observance of the Constitution and Bylaws.
Your president and I intend to see that the provisions
of the Constitution and Bylaws are carried out.
It is intended, with approval of the Executive Com-
mitee, to review the proposed and revised Bylaws and re-
print them along with the present Bylaws in the December
issue of the Record. In the same issue we will advise mem-
bers as to which meeting of the Society they will be voted
on. Please look for them in the December issue.
The Society does not vote on expenditure of funds -
the Executive Committee does this for you.
The Society does not vote on the suspension or expul-
sion of a member this is taken care of by eight (8) mem-
bers of the Executive Committee.
Annual meeting to be held in April. In the future this
rule may require that members attending our reunion will
have to pay in-season room rates which can run from $75
to $100 plus per day.
There are other provisions in the present Bylaws that I
do not feel that you would agree with, so when they are
printed in December, please take time to read them.
Thank you for listening to me we will continue the
policy that was started last year "we will keep you in-
Vic May Vice President
PROPOSED AMENDMENT #3
CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
ARTICLE IV Officers, 2nd Paragraph
The Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor shall
be paid a salary for work performed in connection with
their duties, the salary paid to be determined and set from
time to time, by a majority vote of the full Executive Com-
mittee. The Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor
shall have no vote on any proposed salary changes. The
President is authorized an expense account up to one hun-
dred dollars annually. An officer appointed by the Presi-
dent may be removed from office by the President for just
The Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor shall
be paid a salary for work performed in connection with
their duties. The salary paid is to be determined and set
from time to time by a majority vote of the Executive Com-
mittee. The Executive Committee shall have the authority
to appoint paid assistants) to the Secretary/Treasurer and
the Record Editor when required. Their salaries shall be set
in the same manner as those of the Secretary/Treasurer
and the Record Editor. The Secretary/Treasurer and the
Record Editor shall have no vote on any proposed salary
changes. The President is authorized an expense account
up to one hundred dollars annually. An officer appointed
by the President may be removed from office by the Presi-
dent for just cause.
The adoption of this amendment is recommended by your officers and Executive Committee. Action to be taken at the
Regular Meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida on November 4, 1983, at 5730 Shore Blvd., Gulfport, Fla.
Victor H. May
Chairman, Bylaws Committee
Li -ci ~ -.
"Ditch Diggers" Ocala, Fla. Picnic, April 5, 1983, at Lake Walenda. L. to R.: Doris Harned, George Booth, Ralph Curies, Jim
Fox, Pat Beall, Mel Fox,. Marie Curies, Frank McLaughlin, Anna McGlade, Dick McConaughy, Margaret McConaughy,
Patsy Booth, Mike Progana, Virginia Booth, Garnet Anderson, Eugenia Egger, Ginny Pearl, Juanita McConaughy, Virginia
Townsend, Bob McCarrick, Betty McCarrick, Dan Harned, Sandy McCarrick, Howard Anderson, Harry Pearl, Willie
Moore, "Red" Townsend, Vera Stevens, Peggy Wertz, Andy Anderson, Shirley Anderson, George Bates with Elmer Stevens hid-
den in the back.
The Panama Canal Society of Southern California
had a picnic at the Long Beach Recreation Park on Sun-
day, July 10, 1983. It's been quite a few years since we've
had one, and by popular demand and the volunteer efforts
of George and Carol Metivier, it was a fun day. George
had reserved an area for us as well as putting up signs,
making it easy to find the CZ group. Quite a few groups
came together, so as you can imagine, the picnic feasts
were quite varied and all delicious looking. Several of us
were sporting our CZ T-shirts and Kenny Stone even
opened up shop to sell more T-shirts. Marion and Tom
Rice had a large group and were the last to leave at 8:00 in
the evening! Some familiar and some new faces were seen
Kappi and Bert Asensio
Sheila Gilbert Bolke
Donna Geyer Bowman
Bill and Claire Brooks
Charlie and Hazel Heim
William Heim and son
David and Thelma Hollowell
Conrad and Norma Horine
Charles and Lucille LeBrun
Karl and Barbara Marohl
Mary Evans Martin
Carol & George Metivier
Margaret (Cole) and Fred Padilla
Bill and Catherine Quinn
Jim and Rusty (Alberta LeBrun) Quinn
Tom and Marion (Snider) Rice
Olivia (Diaz) and Andy Rodriguez
with their two children
Montford and Bess Stokes
Ken and Celine Stone and Patrick
Jerrye and Al Stumpf
Guest: Elizabeth Kling
Guest: Inga Reed
Mary Kate Underwood
Edmundo Valentin and daughter Elis Valentin
Guests: Grisel and Analida Gordon
Bob and Elizabeth Wallace
Milton and Chubby Wright
Irene and Ray Will
There were a few children and grandchildren whose
names I did not get, but we had a good crowd (between 75
and 80 people). It was fun and next year a PICNIC will
again be on our agenda of activities!
Canal Zone 4th of July Picnic. Tallahassee, Fla.
Canal Zone Picnic, 4th of July, 1983, Tallahassee, Fla.
The "younger" generation of Canal Zone kids put to-
gether a super fine picnic for the 4th of July down at
Wacissa Springs just outside of Tallahassee. Trying to
improve on last year's reporting and picture taking I de-
cided to go and join in. I'm glad I did ...
Besides the "cool waters" for swimming, there was an
egg toss, watermelon eating, apple bobbing and seed spit-
ting contests for everyone to join in. When the rain came
it was welcome, for it was really hot and the rain felt
Winners for the events were as follows: Egg Toss:
Karen Saarinen and Steve Tochterman; Watermelon
Eating: Paul Overstreet, Karen Saarinen, Carol Sul-
livan and Mary Lou Jablonski; and the Seed Spitting was
won by Karen Saarinen and Steve Tochterman. I do
want to report that the egg toss had some questionable par-
ticipants and without question, HARD BOILED EGGS.
No matter how far back Ed Overstreet got his egg just
would not break ....
A highlight of the occasion was the announcement by
Steve Tochterman of his pending marriage and engage-
ment to Mary Kelleher of Tallahassee, daughter of Dave
and Bette Kelleher, of Dothan, Alabama.
A really special day for those who attended and special
thanks must go to Karen and Don Saarinen for the efforts
they put forth to make it a very enjoyable affair.
Those attending were: Kyle Kosik, Carol Sullivan,
Mary Lou Jablonski, Tom Frensley, Martha and Beth
Bell, John Corrigan, Lisa Adams, Mark Cicero, Pat
Gordon, Rick Mead, Tim Marston, Lorraine Husum,
Janet (Husum) Herrington, George Husum, Barb Hall,
Karen (McIlvaine) and Don Saarinen, Judy Ellington,
Jerry Carlton, Jerry Sheffield, Richard Livingston,
Steven Tochterman, Anne Rathgeber, Judi (Rathgeber)
and Keith Whitter and daughter Megan, Val, and Mary
Lynch, Ed and Mary Overstreet and sons, Tom, David,
Paul, and John, Jill Paulson and her nephew Brian
Lots of good food, beer, friends and other talk to re-
mind us all of the great times we all shared in the Canal
John (Bill) Schmidt
Bremerton, Wash. Canal Zone Picnic
June 26 was the date of a local Bremerton, WA, Canal
Zone Picnic at Illahee State Park. Those attending were
Floyd, Bev, and Beth Baker; Randy and Cheri Hender-
son; Warren and Ellen Lyman; Sue (Lyman) Bentley;
Mounyen (Lyman) Clifton and Mark and Michele;
Tom and Marilyn Marsh; Pat, Dan, and Stephanie Nel-
lis; Minnie and Lee Kariger; Nancy and Darrell Eide;
Cecil, Jay, Cheryl and Donna Caudill; John Ruble Jr.;
Anthony Bibbo; Dick, Cristy, Mark and Pat Bjorneby;
Dale, Kim and Bonnie Fontaine; Patti (Fontaine)
Reisdorfer and son; Jim and Noralie Shobe; Jim and
Francis Young; Anne Rocker; Martin and Kay Clontz;
Don and Sandi Seymour; Ted Paine; Warren and Ann
Patton; Bob and Carolyn Wick; Phil, Weulcia, Lenora,
Leslie and Mathew Wilkens; Jim and Sherry Hansen;
Dick, Diana, Joe, Judi, Cathy, Jim, Richard, John, and
Mike Cunningham; Tom Wiggins; Binnie Mans; Ken
Bosley; Mike Bjorneby; Bob Blanchette; and Kathy
Federal Way, WA
Capt. Edison J. Holgerson
Mr. Robert F. Ausnehmer
Mr. Roland Basmeson
Mrs. Jacqueline R. Ward
Mr. Melvin G. Attkisson, Jr.
Mr. William C. Crews
Mr. Linton E. McDonald
Mr. Philip E. Moshier
Personnel Opn. Div.
Canal Protection Div.
Canal Protection Div.
36 years, 6 months, 10 days
33 years, 5 months, 1 day
29 years, 7 months, 25 days
21 years, 1 month, 5 days
20 years, 2 months, 3 days
22 years, 10 months, 24 days
26 years, 6 months, 5 days
26 years, 6 months, 27 days
1984 Reunion News
Your 1984 Reunion will be held April 11-12-13-14 at
the Tampa International Airport Holiday Inn Hotel.
The time and place was agreed upon by the Executive
Committee based upon the following facts:
1. The Society Bylaws mandate that the reunion be
held during the month of April.
2. Tampa Int'l Airport Holiday Inn Hotel offered us
off-season rates plus other favorable considerations. (Off-
season rates usually go into effect 20 days after Easter; in
1984 Easter is April 22.)
3. Hyatt-Regency Hotel, Tampa. Only available
April dates are 18-19-20-21. (These dates fall during Holy
Week Annual Ball would have to be held on Good Fri-
day, April 20).
4. Surfside Holiday Inn Hotel, Clearwater Beach.
Only firm available dates are May 9-10-11-12. (I could
possibly have the last weekend in April if I am willing to
wait and find out if business falls off right after Easter.)
This is much too late for consideration.
1. Coliseum, St. Petersburg Available April 13
(Even if Coliseum is sold, it is felt that our contract for 1984
will be honored.)
2. Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa No date available in
3. Egypt Shrine Temple, Tampa. Only available
date is Thursday, April 12 (For a Ball can handle 1,400
with table seating; Banquet without a Ball can handle 1,800
- the dance floor is used for seating 400 extra persons.
4. Hyatt-Regency Hotel (For use only in conjunc-
tion with reunion being held at hotel) Main ballroom
can handle 1500 plus another room directly across hallway
would seat another 200 persons. (However as stated above,
April 18-21 is Holy Week and the Ball would have to be
held on Good Friday, April 20).
Thought I would take the time to let you know how
decision was made.
Coordinator, '84 Reunion
Complete information concerning the 1984 Reunion
will be published in the December issue of the Canal
In order for me to compile and submit to the Record
Editor by October 25, all information must be in my hands
no later than September 15, 1983.
This deadline includes information pertaining to
special functions, such as a Class Reunion, Past Matron
Luncheon, Nurse's Tea, Picnic at DeSoto Beach, etc.
All functions must be cleared thru me; and I will clear
with the Hotel otherwise the hotel will not honor your
Mail all information to: Vic May, Coordinator '84
Reunion, c/o P.O. Box 11566, St. Petersburg, FLA 33733.
Coordinator, '84 Reunion
P.S. All requests must be submitted in writing.
REUNION COORDINATOR'S REPORT
We have received praise and "thank you" notes for
another enjoyable reunion. Many folks complimented on
the fine location as they enjoyed the beach, especially the
younger folks who spent the greater part of the night danc-
ing and visiting until early morn on the beach.
Chris Felps and her wonderful Registration group
registered 1,945 people from Wednesday evening through
Saturday morning. They even worked at the entrance to
the Coliseum until after 10 p.m. There were many who did
not register, therefore we estimate there were over 2,000
ex-Zonians and guests attending our gala reunion.
The "Chagres Open," our fourth golf tournament,
was a tremendous success best ever, chaired by Fred
and Jane Huldtquist. (See committee report). The golfers
and luncheon guests enjoyed every minute of the friendly
gathering and play, especially winning the wonderful selec-
tion of prizes and door prizes. Each person attending the
luncheon was also given a glass.
Friday morning's Annual Business Meeting was a
disaster. There was a large assembly, however seven past
presidents were not in favor of the proposed Revised
Bylaws being passed so instead of a two minute debate on
any one subject, the body moved to have a ten minute
debate which slowed down the meeting. Prior to recessing
at 12:25 p.m. the election of officers was held. We did not
have a quorum at 2:00 p.m. when we again were to meet,
thus once again we were rescheduled to meet after the An-
nual Luncheon on Saturday. Each member received a 50th
Anniversary ash tray.
Our Ball with Lucho and the Jimmy Taylor Orchestra
was again a big affair with 1,800 plus. Our thanks to all the
committee helpers: Carol and Ray Masino, Fern and
Warren Morse, Susanne Morse and Agnes Dalton.
Vic May and his committee did a terrific performance
in transporting our members to and from the Coliseum. Fif-
teen buses were used for this trip and with the increase in
bus cost, we lost a few dollars, but we gained from the Ball,
so a small token to our members from the Society!
nie and Dotty Yocum registering members.
Coliseum bound on one of Vic's buses.
Vic and June May.
On Thursday our first Card Party/Luncheon chaired
by Mildred Hickey was a great success even though only
49 attended. (We hope more card playing members will
join us next year.) Each member was given a 50th An-
niversary glass and there were many prizes awarded. Bev
Stiles and Flo Mallett assisted Mildred with this lovely af-
fair. We were honored in having Pat Parfitt join us for
On Saturday morning very few people claimed their
door prize. A beautiful crystal bowl donated by Marge
Foster was won by A. J. Driscoll; Haucas donated by
Neville E. Harte were won by Rick Carpenter, Hugh
Morris and Emo Everson; C.Z. shirts donated by vendors
Husum and Cronins were won by Dolly Housley and
? Evans; calculator donated by Guarantee Savings & Loan
by B. J. Allison; a 5-pound bag of Wonder Rose Rice
donated by the Mayor of Colusa, California, was won by
Henri Skeie; Pollera Doll made by and donated by
Cecelia Perra was won by Anita Schwindeman; a framed
mola by Sid Smithson. 50th Anniversary ash trays and
mugs were won by numerous members, some claimed and
many unclaimed. I left the hotel very late Saturday after-
noon and these items were left to be given to members as
door prizes at future Society meetings as voted and approv-
ed at our April Executive Committee Meeting.
The luncheon was attended by 759 members. Betty
Malone and her committee are to be complimented for this
lovely affair. The tables were all decorated beautifully with
fern and assorted hand-made colored plastic hibiscus. Each
attendee received a glass.
President Pate welcomed all and announced that our
Annual Business Meeting would resume after the lun-
Mr. James L. Berfield, Vice-Mayor of Clearwater,
spoke a few minutes and thanked us for coming to beautiful
Clearwater Beach for our convention.. He apologized for
not having arranged for more parking.
It was an honor having three Roosevelt Medal holders
present really the highlight of the Reunion. No offense,
Governor Parfitt. Mr. Robert Dill, Harry White, and T.
J. Ebdon, Sr., were presented to the members present.
Roosevelt Medal holders with Al Pate,
White, Thomas J. Ebdon, Sr.
Our people then enjoyed an interesting talk by our
guest speaker, Governor Harold R. Parfitt, and he was
presented with a small token from the Society.
The next speaker was Mr. R. E. Angermuller,
former president of the Canal Zone Credit Union, who
presented a check for $12,102.49, residual assets from the
credit union. What a big surprise. The check was most
graciously and appreciatively accepted by Al. Pat Beall,
committee member, then spoke on a proposed Panama
It was then time for the farewell speech by our retiring
president, Al Pate:
"We are rapidly coming to the close of this Admini-
stration which has been the 50th Anniversary Year. This
has been a very busy year and it has been the hope and
dream of your President to make this a fruitful, enjoyable
and memorable year. Improvements for the good of the
Society have been started and it is my hope that they will be
continued and completed.
"A few of our achievements are the excellent work of
our Audit and Budget Committee, increase of interest in
our Finances in the bank, reporting the actions of the Ex-
ecutive Committee to the membership for their approval
and adoption. General membership did not have to sub-
sidize any of our meetings, luncheons or picnics. We have
not only paid our own way but have turned in a sizeable
amount into the Treasurer.
"We had four outstanding affairs: July luncheon,
August luncheon, December Christmas party covered dish
luncheon and February Carnivalito. Also two chicken box
lunch affairs at our monthly meetings and a picnic in No-
vember. Our attendance has increased tremendously at
all our functions and meetings with the Carnivalito in
February topping them with an attendance in excess of
200. A committee has been appointed to find a place, such
as a museum, for Panama Canal artifacts and memor-
abilia. Last, but by no means least, the complete Revision
of our Bylaws, a major accomplishment which we hope to
"Our members' participation and active support in all
activities has been very rewarding. We have had a very ex-
citing, interesting and lively year.
"At this time I want to thank all the Chairpersons and
Committee members who worked so diligently during the
entire year. Time will not allow me to thank you indi-
vidually, but I know who you are and you know who you
are. I will remember you always.
"Olga Caisse and Olga Disharoon will you please
rise for recognition for exceptional work, dedication and
donations during the year. Our thanks and appreciation.
"Will Anna Collins, Chris Felps, Betty Malone,
Mildred Hickey and Victor May please rise.
"Also special thanks and appreciation to our Reunion
Coordinator, Anna Collins, for a tremendous job, and to
all our Reunion Chairpersons, we thank them for all the
hard work they have done."
A gavel with a stand was presented to Al for the in-
coming president, styled and made by Robert C. Hurdle
of Dothan, Alabama. "My thanks and blessings go to
In closing Al stated, "We hope you go home with a
song in your hearts and pleasant memories that will last un-
til we meet again. Hope to see all of you at the next re-
I was proud to have been your Reunion Coordinator.
Was it work? Sure it was taking in all the reservations,
seeing that Betty, Mildred, and Vic got their reserva-
tions and turning the monies over to Jean, our Treasurer.
Many letters had to be written and many telephone calls
made to get your reservations in on time, contacts with
Muriel Whitman, the chairperson for the Class Reunion.
Of course there was much leg work with all the planning
with the hotel, Coliseum, Lucho, Jimmy Taylor, etc. Be-
ing in charge of the Ball was really an added task with as-
signing the tables and giving the Coliseum a list of all mem-
bers at each table. If I looked tired I was. I was working
under stress as Joe had suffered a heart attack the day after
Christmas. It was a pleasure working for you and the re-
sults were very satisfying and rewarding. Many thanks to
all the Chairpersons and their committees who deserve the
credit for a job well done.
Anna T. Collins
Vendors Eva and Neville Harte.
SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF ROOSEVELT MEDAL
y iiiatr ll
Anna Kotalik Collins. Ross H. Holowell, ? Ethel Kozak Askew, Vince Ridge, President Albert Pate, Grace Jones Carey, Maria
Wolf (Holmelin), Dorothy Wolf Pate, Muriel Holmelin Whitman, Frances Violette Sharp, Harlan P. Crouch, Walter G.
Brown, Fred Huldtquist, ?John Madison.
STEVE WAGGONER BLISTERS
SEMINOLE LAKE COUNTRY CLUB IN
Young Steve Waggoner, fresh from his graduation at
the University of Florida, where he has been playing for
four years on the University's golf team, blistered the Sem-
inole Lake Country Club, shooting a 4 under par 68 to win
the Chagres Invitational sponsored by the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc., on May 12, 1983. Steve shot the
Out Nine in 37 and the In Nine in 31. He collected 7
birdies, 8 pars, and 3 bogies.
Steve majored in Physical Education in college, but is
postponing a teaching career until he tries for a chance in
the major leagues of golf the PGA. He is currently
working as an assistant professional trainee at the Iron-
wood Country Club in Gainesville, Fla. In 1981, Steve
won the NCAA Long-Ball Driving Contest at San Jose,
California, with a 306 yard drive. In 1982 he won the Ed-
ward R. Stevens Memorial Amateur Championship, held
at the Gainesville Country Club, and then went on to win
the Greater Gainesville Amateur Championship held at the
Ironwood Country Club.
Steve was born in Kansas City, Mo., and went to the
Panama Canal Zone as an infant spending his growing up
years on the Atlantic Side. He graduated from Cristobal
High School and completed his degree in Education from
the University of Florida in 1983. His parents, Bob and
Iris Waggoner, reside in Aiken, South Carolina. His
sister, Patty Ann, is married to Harry Dockery, Jr., who
is a member of the United States Air Force.
When asked about his future plans he said "My
dream is to qualify as a golf professional and pursue a
career on the PGA tour."
Congratulations Steve for an outstanding game in the
"CHAGRES." If this is a sample of your ability, we pre-
dict great things for you.
Golfers awaiting tee-off time.
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL 1983
The Annual Golf Tournament appropriately named
the "Chagres Invitational" again set the pace of the re-
union with a big "shot-gun" start on Thursday, May 12,
1983, at 9:00 A.M. at the Seminole Lake Country Club,
Seminole Fla. Coffee and doughnuts were served at 8:00
A.M. and all 138 golfers (men and women) were checked
in by 8:45 A.M. 42 guests joined the golfers at 1:30 P.M.
for lunch and enjoyed a "mini-reunion" on the terrace of
the clubhouse and cheered on the golfers as they passed
The weather man cooperated with beautiful weather
and the course was in excellent condition despite the
numerous lakes and sand traps which offered a challenge to
The "Mean Machine" Bar circulated on the course
for "libations" and the official photographer, Tex Stahler,
was kept busy snapping pictures all morning.
The golfing group was pleased to have in its ranks this
year, former Governor Harold Parfitt, State Senator Dan
Jenkins, and our good Father Francis Lynch. 21 states
and Panama were represented in the tournament.
Scoring was determined by the Official Calloway Sys-
tem from Pinehurst, North Carolina. Gross Scores ranged
from 68 (four under par) to an astronomical 137. Prizes in
the two divisions were awarded on a percentage basis
depending on the number of entrants. The committee
would like to invite more women participants next year.
The Low Gross Women's Champion this year is Jane
Huldtquist, shooting an excellent 88. The Low Net
Champion is Ruth Tortorici with a net 74. Other low net
winners were Ginny Canupp, Monte Lowry, Nancy
Gallin, Kay Wilburn, Doris Post, Ethel Cooper, and
Adele Walbridge. Closest to the Pin on #3 was Ginny
Canupp, and Closest to the Pin on #16 was Camilla
L to R: Ruth Tortorici, winner, low net; Jane Huldtquist,
winner, low gross; Foy Frauenheim and Kay Wilburn.
The Low Gross Men's Champion this year is Steve
Waggoner, shooting an outstanding four under par 68.
The Low Net Champion is Bob Malstrom with a net 69.
Other low net winners were Bob Boyer, Bob Nordstrom,
Bill Catron, Gene Hamlin, Marc Stock, Pete Hale,
Mack Walbridge, Terry Corrigan, Jim Orvis, Noel
Farnsworth, Dan Jenkins, Mac Lane, Jim DesLondes,
David Bell, John Lenick, Ed Mulroy, Gene Askew, Ray
Murphy, Mel Smith, Carl Starke, Chuck Crawford,
Bob Coulthard, Bill DeLaMater, Bud Thomas, Ray
Will, Bernard Dorfman, George Downing, Bill York,
Kerner Frauenheim, Tom Larsen, Mac McCullough,
Jim McNamara, and John Marquard. Closest to the Pin
on #7 David Bell, and closest to the Pin on #10 Mel
Two "headache" baskets were given away as door
prizes and were won by Rick Shapiro and Jim Hoverson,
Jr. Personalized bag tags were given to each golfer. Two
beautiful gold putters were donated by Jim Will from Cali-
fornia and were won by Bob Malstrom and Ruth Tor-
The low gross and low net champions in both divisions
will have their names engraved on the large "RIDGE"
plaque that is the perpetual trophy of the Panama Canal
Society. Representing the Ridge family this year were
Vince and Dotty Ridge from Pennsylvania.
The committee would like to thank the Panama Canal
Society of Florida for its generous donation of mono-
grammed old-fashion glasses. Everyone present received
one of these beautiful glasses as a "keepsake" of the 50th
Anniversary of the Society.
The tournament was co-chaired this year by Jane and
Fred Huldtquist with their committee consisting of Bob
and Betty Boyer, Foy and Kerner Frauenheim, Dotty
and Ed Neville, and Joe and Anna Collins.
Dorothy Pate and Joe Collins. Golf prizes on display.
Suggestions for next year's tournament, i.e., trans-
portation, scoring, pairings, prizes, etc. will be enthusias-
tically welcomed by your committee, and we will be look-
ing forward to a great turnout again next year. So 'til then,
keep your head down, eyes on the ball, and swing easy.
Jane and Fred Huldtquist
FORT DESOTO BEACH PARTY
A beautiful day welcomed the 850 participants at the
beach picnic an ideal day for swimming, getting a sun
tan, and just meeting old friends. They started straggling
in as early as 8:30 a.m. and most had left by dusk. The pic-
nic was held at a different pavilion than last year and even
though there was no set program, a great time was had by
all just relaxing and being among friends. Most of the
crowd swam, ate, and played games amongst themselves.
Harlan and Georgia (Butler) Crouch, andJudy (Butler) and
Mary and Bob Hanna.
Park, May 14,
The development of a new idea was initiated this year:
five guest books were provided and approximately 400
names were signed in, all with the school and class year.
These names are being computerized and should be
available shortly. Classes from '40s to the '80s were
represented at this year's picnic. Those not members of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida were urged to become
Betty (Flenniken) Dunning and Carol (Flenniken)
The picnic coordinator said all were looking forward
to next year's picnic as it has become such a popular event
Y& '- g....
Back row L to R: Bob Matheney, Art O'Leary, Angus
Matheney. Front row L to R: (IHNI), Walter and Pearl
Brown, Elizabeth Wertz Stahler, (IHNI).
L to R. Doris Post and her mother, Esther Currier, and
Dorothy Hamlin at the annual reunion luncheon.
Bobby Dockery Fort DeSoto
Photo by H. Crouch.
Dottie and Al Pate (past president), Pat and Hal Parfitt (gover-
nor), Anna and Joe Collins (president).
Geneva Bliss Shrapnel, George and Mayno Bliss Walker.
Gene Hamlin, Carthage, N.C., and mother, Dorothy Hamlin
of Dunedin, FL.
Governor Harold R. Parfitt and wife, Pat.
George McClintoch, Gloria (McClintoch) Lord, Bellamy
Laatz Abbott, Helen (Adams) Laatz, Capt. Elmer Abbott,
and Douglas Lord.
CHS -'73 Reunion, May 12, 1983, at the home of Brian
DeRaps, Tampa, FL. (Standing, L to R): Mike Mjornaby, Joe
Smith, John Lee, Jerry Coffin, John Shoppe, Chris Lasher,
Ralph Hepner, Jack Wholman, Brian DeRaps, Brian Love.
(Second row, L to R): John Dohle, Mike Johnson, Leland
Cummings, Steve Aponte. (Front, L to R): George Fryer, Guy
Damiani, George Cruz.
Ross and Marge Hollowell.
Ray andjeanne Wheeler, George and Virginia Booth.
Group photo of Roger and Mary Million, Joan Lawler, Sue
Mable, Sheila Farbman and sister, Bootsie Levitz, Dot
Meisner, Sona Canas, Mickey Lavallee and Donna Jones.
BHS class 1958 at Clearwater Beach. Sitting on the sand, left to
right: Joan Harris (Lawler) and Roger Million. Second Row:
Sue Pitney (Taylor), Dottie Meissner (Miller) and Sonia
Valley (Canas). Third Row: Sue Halvosa (Mable), Micky
Lavalle and Billie Sue Richard (Spencer).
1935 BHS classmates Gene Hamlin, Bill Poole and Bill
Jones at the reunion.
Sue Mable, Gladys Meid, Betty, Roger and Mary Million -
Clearwater Beach at the reunion.
Lawler Harris -
Pitney, Dona (Jones) Brophy and Joan
- class of BHS '58, 25th Anniversary, during
Gene Sexton Clary and classmate Peggy Hutchison.
At Clearwater we hurriedly flew out of the car as the
world of being "stateside" quickly faded into the early
The cool ocean breeze whispered its way through the
waiting fingers of palm fronds warmly welcoming us
while the moonlight waltzed on white sand
Watching each incoming wave rolled us back in the
womb of time as gentle memories swell forward to be put
on display by smiles free from tensions
The distant sounds of thunder with periodic flashes of
lightning revealed itself as the Zonian family reunited ...
huddled happily together; talking noisily in unison, taking
pictures, drinking, dancing and sharing the part of them
that is the Zone
When we walked into the hotel lobby we instantly ac-
quired the glow of a moment when life was less compli-
cated; we were children again with dreams and visions yet
to be reached and we felt the warmth and excitement that
can only come from finding home
Susan M. C. Smith
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Burchett, Richard and Sonja; Chalmers, Jim; Coffey, Daniel and Carolyn; Corrigan, John P. III and Gloria (Ely);
Corrigan, Larry and Sue (Mitten); Dedeaux, Jon; DeLaMater, Bill; DesLondes, Jim and Linda; Dibble, Frank;
Dishong, Chris and Evelyn (Foster); Egger, Richard; Egger, Richard Jr.; Flores, George O. (Lanky); Fox, Sylvia
(Perra); Freund, Gilbert; Garcia, Jose and Emma; Garcia, Joseph; Goodrich, Ed B. and Catherine; Greene, Leon and
Cecilia; Halvosa, Bill Jr.; Harvey, Hugh; Hayse, Barkley; Hayse, George; Hern, Jack; Herring, Joe and Tracy;
Huerbsch, Richard; Hunt, Jacquelin; Husum, George; Husum, John; Husum, Mike; lanoale, Diane; Jane, Penny;
Johnson, Eleanor (Lewis); Kaufmann, Tommy and Julie (Jensen); Kelleher, Bernie; Kerley, Frank and Nena; Laatz,
Helen (Adams); Lane, William; Lawler, Joe; Lee, John; Lewis, Norman and Bernice; Lim, Alex and Josephine
(Kam); Linton, Richard and Angela (Brennan); Love, Brian; Maloney, Gerald; Maravilla, Joseph R. and Francis;
McConaughey, Dave and Donita (Crull); McIllvaine, Ed; McGuinness, James (Chickenman), Cheri (Gayer); Mead,
Burton F.; Mead, Burton F. II; Mead, Gladys (Miller); Meissner, Dorothy; Mizrachi, Enrique; Modica, Chris;
Modica, Lisa; Mokray, Arthur; Morales, John A. Jr.; Morales, Lars K.; Morgan, Richard; Morse, Robert (Doc) and
Rosie; Nellis, Renee; Nickisher, Lee; Nordstrom, Bob; Palumbo, James and Karen; Pattison, Francis (Bricky Col-
eman); Pattison, Tom; Patton, Mike; Phillips, Douglas; Phillips, Richard; Rose, Thomas, Eilene, and Hughes;
Sanders, Bruce III and Sandy; Seeley, Wayne; Spradlin, Lloyd; Staneszewski, Robert; Stevenson, June (Rowley);
Tanner, Marty (Irwin); Tuttle, Carl T.; Underwood, Kenny and Kathy (Kelleher); Valentine, Margaret; Valley,
Sonia; Vann, Delores (Stephenson); Waino, Richard and Jean; Wertz, Lenny; Will, Bill; Will, Henry; Will, Robert
and Denise (Bullinger); Williams, Jack; Winberg, Rolando; Wong, Julio and Margaret
Abbott, Arlene; Anderson, Frank; Bailey, Kenneth and Marie; Belden, Joan; Benny, Bill and Dot; Blount, Lucy and
Nancy; Burgoon, Joe; Burke, Charlene (Rose); Clark, Alice; Clark, Huey (Lee), Tara; Compton, Jerry, Mary
(Will); Derrer, George and Flossie; Fallon, Flossie (Kane); Filo, Eddie and Catherine; Finley, Max and Bernice;
Gangle, Rudy and Marie; Gettle, Olga; Greene, Era L.; Hawthorne, David; Hern, Jack and Margaret; Hill, Fred and
Alicia; Hill, Glenn; Hill, Kerrie; Hollowell, David; Hollowell, Freeland; Janssen, Arwin John and Maggie;
Kelleher, Sue; Kinsey, Beverly; Kovel, Edna (Tompkins); Luke, Peggy; Lynch, Francis Father; McGriff, Corbin
and Muriel; McNamara, James (Jim); Mead, David Fred; Norris, Hugh and Ara; Patton, Mildred; Rose, David and
Mary; Scott, Tom and Marion; Seeley, Vernon; Stinson, Harry and Jane, Keith, Patricia, Ralph; Tanner, Amanda
(Smith); Tease, Anne (Gilley); Thomas, Hugh M. (Bud and Lois); Valentine, Robert and Susan; White, H.R.;
Wilkins, Philip; Wise, Polly; Woodruff, Marion and Elsie
Boatwright, Craig, Lisa, Charles, Guy and Jeanne; Hazeldine, Bob and Marion; Matheney, Robert and Evelyn;
Munson, Helen (Daniel); Parks, Matthew
Huffman, Willard and Kathleen; Maedel, Carl and Petie; Nail, William (Red) and Alice
Allen, Dot (Hoffman) and Bill; Ambort, Paul and Beverly (Arnold); Bailey, Bill (Bee); Barnes, Dorothy (Messer);
Bolke, Sheila (Gilbert); Bowman, Donna (Geyer); Brayton, Donald and Gladys; Corbin, Joan (Hunter); Cronan,
Joe; Cronan, Will; Dill, Robert L. and Rosa; Donahue, Landy (Cruz); Forsythe, Robert (Bob) and Alice; Gill, Ray
and Pat; Green, Mary; Grills, Joe; Hawthorne, John; Holcomb,Jack; Hunter, Fred and Catherine (Woodard); John-
son, Ellen (Greenfield); Kane, Betsy (Allen); Kelso, Lee; Koncir, Mike and Sandy; Lane, David; Lively, Isabelle
(Zemer); Maggiori, Julia; Marquard, John; McGuinness, Tom and Helen; O'Leary, Art and Ora; Pitney, Sue
(Taylor); Provost, Robert and Mildred; Quinn, Alberta; Quinn, James; Raymond, Husum; Rice, Tom, Marion,
John and Mary; Ridge, John Herman; Ridge, Regina; Robertson, Betty; Robertson, Ruth (Brown); Russell, Jim and
Eleanor; Scears, Betty Smith; Schafer, Catsy (Taylor); Schwindeman, George and Mary; Shrapnel, Geneva (Bliss);
Spradlin, Lloyd; Stone, Kenneth H.; Taylor, Dale and Shirley; Tedder, Hampton and Claire; Will, Gray; Will, Ray
and Irene (Laurie); Will, Jim; Williams, Cathie (Hunter); Wright, Milton and Cornelia (Chubby); Yarnell, Missy
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Babbitt, Thelma; Babbitt, Woodie and Dorothy
Cunningham, Tom and Chris; Howe, Gerald E., Lucy (Driscoll), John T.;Johnson, Jose M. and Donna Marie; Law,
B. J. (Becker); Richey, Cathy (McIntire)
Aanstoos, Virginia; Abbott, Elmer and Bellamy; Abernathy, Winston and Lucille; Adams, Bill; Adams, Don and
Paula; Ainsworth, Larry and Laine; Albritton, Mary; Alexaitis, John and Irene; Alexaitis, Paul; Allegretti, Sherry;
Allen, Tod; Allen, William; Allen, William J.; Allgaier, George and Gertrude; Allinder, Anne; Allison, Bonner and
Elisa; Anderson, Bob; Anderson, Carrol and Shirley; Anderson, Frank and Shirley; Anderson, Andy and Garnet; An-
dress, Charles P.; Arabie, Yvonne; Arney, Russ and Pauline; Arnold, Michelle; Arnold, Steve; Arnold, Virginia;
Askew, Ethel, Gene; Askew, Steve; Ateek, George Jr.; Ateek, George and Francis; Audy, G.E.; Aukinson, Ken and
Bitsy; Avery, Gail (Harvey); Bacon, Delaine; Baker, Marlene; Baker, Thomas; Baldwin, Gladys (Lowande);
Balent, Tracy; Ball, David; Ball, Kathy Clairihew; Baldwin, Frank; Banks, Arthur and Marilyn (Roth); Barbour,
Dolly; Barfield, Leroy; Barkowitz, Paul; Barnes, Barbara; Barnes, Brian; Barnes, Robert L.; Barnes, Robert W. and
Betty L.; Barnwell, Grace; Barrett, Bill and Evy; Barriteau, Danielle; Bateman, Bruce III; Bateman, BruceJr. and
Diane; Bates, George and Betty; Baumbach, Bessie M.; Baumbach, Edwin and Aloha; Beall, Pat; Beaty, Cliff and
Billie; Beaty, Virginia; Beil, Sherry; Beil, William; Bell, Martha; Bell, Carlton and Elizabeth; Bell, David and
Vicki; Bell, Martha; Bell, Ricardo Jose; Bennett, Dana; Bensen, Don and Chris; Bensen, Ed and Jeanne; Bertrand,
Phyllis (Phillips); Bingham, Bill and Kathy; Bingham, BillJr.; Bingham, Debbie; Bircher, Sarah; Bissell, Nolan and
Louise; Bissell, Steve and Irene; Bitter, Charles and Dorothy; Bittle, Jobi C.; Black, George; Blair, Jack, Eleanor,
Dain and Eric; Blevins, Jeff and Elena (Maxwell); Blevins, John; Bliss, Gerald D. (Budd) Jr.; Bloise, Annette;
Boehning, Bill and Gladys; Bonneau, George P. and Digna; Bonneau, Roy and Becky; Booth, George and Virginia
(Garcia); Borell, Vikki; Boswell, Jerry D. and Shirley; Boughner, Adah; Boyd, Robert and Mary; Boyer, Bob and
Betty; Boyer, Harriet; Brandon, Mark; Brassey, Ed and Fran; Brassey, Wayne; Brayton, Jack and Clara; Breden-
camp, Jerry; Bredenkamp, Diane; Bremer, Dalys (Escoffery); Bright, Adamary; Brigman, James A. Sr. and Beverly;
Brigman, James Jr. and Debbie; Brokaw, Judy; Brome, Dennis; Brome, Ronald and Winifred; Brown, Kathryne;
Brown, Stewart and Catherine; Brown, Walter and Pearl; Brundage, Ben; Bryan, Ingrid (Errhalt); Buck, Skeeter
and Audrey (Duncan); Budreau, Bob; Burgoon, Jeanne; Burrow, Tom and Alma; Butler, William and Stella;
Buckett, David John; Byrd, A. Hoyt and Frances; Byrne, Dan; Cain, Jay; Caldwell, Ray and Louise; Calvit, Helen;
Calvit, Tim; Camby, Skeeter; Camby, Shirley; Campbell, Bill; Campbell, Ida; Campbell, Jack and Debbie; Camp-
bell, Jack and Fern; Capron, Jackie (Whaler); Carey, Grace (Jones); Carlin, Bill and Jeanne (Dorgan); Carroll, Ar-
chie and Margaret; Caisse, Leonard and Olga; Casteno, Jimmy; Casteno, Kathy; Catron, Jim; Catron, William and
Dorothy; Chase, C.W. Jr.; Chase, Dorothy; Cheshire, Jon; Christoph, Carolyn; Christoph, Larry; Christoph, Mau-
reen; Church, Carol (La Croix); Cicero, Larry; Cicero, Mark; Claflin, Sandra (Hughes); Clarihew, Bob, Ellen;
Clarihew, Lynn; Clarihew, Rob; Clark, Jeff; Clarke, Howard and Emmy Lou; Clements, Caleb and Ruth (Egolf);
Clemmons, Stu and Joan; Clinchard, Connie; Clinchard, Gene; Clontz, Lee and Trudi; Cofer, Donna; Coffy,
Dolores; Cohen, Sarah (Barfield); Colbert, Harry and Graciela (Cabanas); Coleman, Alexis; Colley, Edna (Curles);
Collins, Roscoe and Marie; Collins, C.J. and Anna; Coloski, Pamela R. (Hawthorne); Comer, Robin; Conley,
Gladys; Conley, J. Patrick and Bess; Conover, Dick and Elaine; Cooper, Ethel; Corrigan, Evelyn; Corrigan, Marie
(Mrs. Jack); Corrigan, Michael; Corrigan, Pete and Helen; Corrigan, PeteJr.; Corrigan, Rosie; Corrigan, Sue; Cor-
rigan, Terence and Lillian; Cotton, Tyke and Edith; Coulthard, Robert; Crawley, Jean; Crawford, Chuck;
Crawford, Mary L.; Crider, Rose; Crocker, Linda; Cron, Cheryl; Crook, Doug and Rose; Crook, Phyllis; Crouch,
Anne; Crouch, Harlan and Georgia (Butler); Crouch, Marian; Cunningham, Dick; Cunningham, Ed.; Cunn-
ingham, Judy; Cunningham, Lynn; Currier, Esther; Daggett, Ed and Hazel; Dailey, Bob and Jessie; Dailey, Earl
and Charlotte; Dalton, Agnes; Daly, Darlene; Daly, Pat; Danielson, Mary; Daniels, George and Marge; Date, Daryl;
Date, Donna; Date, Loretta; Davis, Mahlon and Mary; Davison, Norman and Vera; De Armas, Luis and Ligia;
Deakins, Roger and Violet; Dee, Tom and Florence; Dee, Mina; Dejernette, Woody; Dekle, Debby; Demers, Nor-
man; DeRaps, Brian and Michele; Dertien, Yvette (Burgoon); DeStaffino, Don; Dietz, Jack and Lucy; DiRoma,
Sugar (Callaway); Disharoon, John and Liz; Disharoon, Paul and Olga; Dixon, William and Maxine; Dolan, Ed and
Bonnie (Davis); Dorfman, Bernard and B. Grace; Dovel, Jack and Milly; Dowell, Clay; Downs; Phillip and Pauline;
Doyle, Gloria (Rice); Dreger, Ellen; Drummond, Dora; Dube, Al and Marie; Dudak, Helen; Duncan, Diane; Dun-
can, Martha; Ebdon, Fred and Bev; Ebdon, Joe and Ray (Newhard); Ebdon, T.C. Sr.; Ebdon, Tom; Edelen, Doris;
Egger, Thomas and Ginger; Egger, William and Margie (Keepers); Egolf, Debra; Egolf, George and Roberta; Egolf,
Harry and Mary; Ehrman, Gerry; Engelke, Bob and Nellie (Wood); Erikson, John and Aura; Escalante, Ben and
Ellie; Evans, Sophia; Everson, Emo and Phyllis (Buechele); Fadden, Donald; Fadden, Roland and Maria (Smith);
Fadden, Donald; Farbman, Adele; Farbman, Evelyn; Felps, George and Genevieve (Chris); Fender, Fron; Fessler,
Paul and Tillie; Field, Cy; Field, Mel; Field, Rusty; Fishbough, Leon and Virginia; Fisher, Jon and Sue (Phillips);
Fitzgerald, (Mickey) Mabelle (Walker); Flores, Lori; Flowers, Clyde, Sarah; Foldi, Ken; Ford, Rudy; Forgerson,
Betty (Comley); Forrest, Melody; Forrest, Paul; Foster, Debbie; Foster, Harry; Foster, Janice; Foster, Jay; Foster,
Nancy; Foster, Pete, Marjorie (Harrington); Foster, Woody and Ruth (Rose); Fox, George and Grace (Kam);
Frangioni, Ralph and Tony, Jr.; Frauenheim, Kerner and Foy; Frensley, Richard and Jeanine (Nellis); Frensley,
Thomas; Frensley, Tom Jr.; Freudigmann, Jo; Fulcher, Aldon and Libby; Fulop, Mike and Kathy; Fulton, Sandra;
Furlong, Dave; Gallin, Nancy; Gallin, Shelly; Galloway, Wilhemenia; Garber, Bill and Alice; Garber, Jane; Garber,
Tim; Gatz, Ruth; Gauger, Bradley; Gauger, Geoffry; Gauger, George W. and Irene; Gauger, Karen; Geyer, Lynda;
Gibson, Bob; Gibson, Isabelle A.; Gibson, Noel and Trudi; Gilbert, Dennis and Christy; Gilland, Donna; Gilley,
Frances; Gilmore, Lorraine (Terry); Glover, Lori (Bernhardt); Glover, Terry; Goguen, Al, and Dot; Gomez, Henry;
Gomez, Lucille; Gomez, Norma; Grady, William F. and Beth; Graham, Virginia; Gramlich, Greg and Gladys;
Grape, Geri (Whaler); Greene, Mike and (Neely) Marion; Gribbons, William and Rita; Griffin, Laurel; Griffin,
Craig; Grinnell, Barbara (Hickey); Gritt, Rick and Lynn (Budreau); Grothe, Fred; Guest, Stan; Gunn, Eric; Gunn,
L. H. and Joyce; Gunn, Lanny, Haff, Ted; Hale, Anne; Hale, Glenora; Hale, Hugh; Hale, Jim; Hale, Pete; Hall,
Helen, Howard; Hall, John W.; Hall, Mary Lou; Hall, Penny; Hallett, Carlton; Hallett, Judy; Hallett, Mae;
Halvosa, Billy; Hamlin, Dorothy; Hammond, Barbara; Hammond, Catherine; Hammond, Mildred (Seeley); Ham-
mond, S.A.; Hammond, Tyrone; Hanna, Robert and Mary; Hanners, Dorothy; Harber, Frank and Michelle; Harn-
ed, Dan and Doris; Harold, Chester and Hilda; Harper, Mildred; Harrison, Mary; Harte, Neville and Eva; Harvey,
Ralph and Virginia; Hayden, James (Jim); Hayden, Rita; Hayes, Marty; Hayes, Mary; Hayes, Patricia; Hayes, Sid;
Hayes, Troy and Evelyn; Heilman, Dal; Heinz, Angie; Hendrick, Don III; Hendrick, Don Jr.; Henter, Emley;
Henter, Ted Sr.; Herbert, (Dennis) Jean; Hernandez, Maria K.; Hernandez, Michael; Hearne, Julian, Des; Herr-
ington, Janet (Husum); Herrington, Robert C. and Dorothy; Hickey, Joseph and Mildred; Hicks, Dorothy; Hicks,
Dr. James; Hicks, Kenneth; Hicks, Kim; Hicks, Robert and Sue (Mable); Hobbs, Jeannette (Will); Hockett,
Catherine (Crews); Hoffman, Wade and Marina; Holland, Dionne; Hollowell, Cody; Hollowell, Ross and Marge;
Hollowell, Tinker; Hollowell, William T. and Skippy; Holmelin, Pauline; Hoppe, Eric; Hoppe, Fred and Melinda;
Hoppe, Ted; Housley, John and Dolly; Houston, Al and Ann; Howard, H. Vance Jr. and Georgia; Howard, Tracy
and Kay; Howe, Vicki (Dunning); Howell, Clarence; Hoyle, Warner and Rita; Huldtquist, Fred and Jane (Presley);
Huldtquist, Vonna; Hull, Richard and Helen; Hull, Robert and Lia; Humphrey, Donald; Humphrey, Gladys
(Bliss); Humphrey, Jack; Hunt, Darlene (Woodruff); Husum, Edward and Ellie; Husum, Lorraine; lanoale, Daniel
J.; Ingle, Sandy; Irwin, Chris; Irwin, Mike; Jablonski, Michael; and Mary; Jablonski, Michael and Mary Lou;
Jackson, Teresa; Jacques, Donald and Valbina; James, Sherry (DeRaps); Jeffcoat, Nancy (Morency); Jeffcoat, Wen-
dy Ann; Jenkins, Dan (Senator Fla.); Jennings, Peter; Johannes, Jennie; Johns, Billy Joe and Evelyn; Johnson,
Carolyn Glenn; Johnson, Jeff; Johnson, Robert; Johnston, O.A. and Isabel; Johnston, Kathryn; Jones, Alton E. and
Vera; Jones, Edwin and Ellen; Jones, Frances Days; Jones, Harry; Jones, Horace; Jones, Jim; Jones, Kathy; Jones,
Larry and Jennifer; Jones, Lois; Jones, Russell and Edith; Jorgensen, Betty; Jorgenson, Kenneth; Joustra, Co and
Grace; Kapp, Kit; Karpinski, Ken and Peggy; Kat, Bert and Helen; Kaufer, Ted; Kaufer, Ted and Anita; Keigley,
Daile and Elizabeth; Kelleher, Maurice (Bud); Kelleher, Sue; Kelly, Dean; Kent, Lloyd and Joanne; Kerley, Frank
and Dorothy; Kimball, Tom and Sheri; Kirk, Fread E. and Jean E.; Kissam, Gen; Klasovsky, John and Margaret;
Kleefkens, H.A. (Louie) and Virginia; Klipper, Salem; Knapp, Alice; Knapp, Zeno and Gladys; Knotts, Charles
and Fidie; Kolenda, John and Jody; Koncir, Mike and Sandy; Koperski, Evelyn; Kredell, Mark; Kredell, Mike;
Kulig, Keith and Mary Nell; Kulig, Mark; Kunkel, Karl; Kunkel, Pat; Kunkel, Paul A.; La Croix, Mike and Dot;
La Porta, D.; Labella, Bob; Ladrach; Irene; Landers, Leonard and Frances (Wickham); Larson, Robbie (Smith);
Lavallee, Charles D. and Dorothy I.; Lawrence, Arthur and Judy (Butler); Lawson, David and Alicia; Ledoux, Bet-
ty; Lee, Dalys and Eusebio; Lerchen, Frank and Martha; Leves, Charles; Leves, Frank; Leves, Yane; Linker,
Jackie; Little, Richard and Jane (Wheaton); Loftis, Lorraine; Long, Don; Long, Hazel; Lord, J. Doug and Gloria;
Mable, Bee; Madison, Flora; Madison, John A.; Madison, Marina; Madison, Ray, Peggy, and Phyllis; Magge,
Susan; Magie, Bob and Shirley; Mahoney, Dick and Thora; Malcuit, Bernard and Pamela; Malin, Donna; Malin,
Ed and Gloria; Mallett, Florence; Mallett, Richard L. Jr. and Kim; Mallett, Richard and Ruth; Malone, Betty;
Mann, Jean; Mann, Tony and Anna; Manning, Sheila (McFarbman); Marshall, Chuck; Marshall, James and Kay
F.; Marti, Ted and Debbie; Martin, George, Margaret; Martin, Milton and Jane (Paulson); Masino, Raymond and
Carol L.; Mason, David and Kathy; Martinez, Ronald and Jean; Matheney, Angus and Martha; McBride, Robert;
McBride, Walter G. and Marjorie R.; McConaughey, Richard andJuanita; McConaugney, Dan; McCoy, Max (John
M.) and Myrtle; McGahhey, Norma; McGlade, Anna; McIlvaine, Jim and Rayma; McKeown, Albert; McLain,
John and Gladys; McNamee, Kitty; Medinger, Robert; Meeker, John and Edith; Meeker, John III and Suzy;
Melant, Vie; Meriwether, Michael; Messer, Bob and Martha; Messer, Charles and Susan; Michaelis, John and Polly
(Typaldos); Millard, Melvin and Rachel; Miller, Kay; Misenheimer, B.H.; Mitchell, George and Boots; Mitten,
Herb Dr.; Mohl, Fred; Monaco, Al and Doris (Ehrman); Moore, Jane; Moore, Maurie; Moore, Robert and Maria;
Moore, William R.; Morency, Charles and Marie; Morris, Jack and Grace (Lawler); Morris, Jim and Marie, John;
Morris, Richard; Morris, Richard; Morse, Robert; Morse, Rosie (Castrellon); Moseley, Millie; Mullins, Mark;
Mulroy, Ed; Murphy, Ray; Musselman, Don and Dorles; Myers, Lynn; Nagy, A.C.; Nagy, Carmen; Nehring, Karl
and Lynn; Nellis, Jim and Carol; Nellis, Richard; Nellis, Wayne and Margie; Nelson, Gotfred Kathleen; Nelson, Jef-
fery; Nelson, Mary Lou, Nesbitt, Debbie (Meeker); Neville, Edward and Dorothy; Newlons, Cookie; Nichols,
Dorothy; Nita, John and Marcia; Nitch, Joe and Edith; Nolan, Marina; Nolan, Susane (Little); Normand, Jeanne;
Noonan, Betsy; Nordstrom, Elmer and Margaret; O'Connor, Barbara, Gary, John, Sharon; Ogletree, Edna
(Hewitt); Orr, Mary; O'Sullivan, Willeen; Orvis, Bob; Orvis, Carl; Orvis, Fran; Orvis, Jim; Orvis, Julie; Orvis,
Nita; Oster, Evelyn; Overstreet, David (Tater); Overstreet, Ed; Overstreet, Ed III; Overstreet, George; Overstreet,
John; Overstreet, Kathi; Overstreet, Tom; Owen, Michele; Owen, Patricia; Owen, Tess; Owens, Helen; Palmisano,
Joe; Paolucci, Daniel J.; Park, Al; Park, William; Park, William J. and Peg (Corrigan); Parker, Joyce (Seeley);
Parker Dick and Rich Ann; Parker, Pos D.C. and Gloria; Pate, Albert and Dorothy (Wolf); Pate, Deborah M.; Paul,
Harold; Paulson, Cash and Mary Jane; Paulson, Cynthia; Paulson, Leo; Paulson, Mike and Jill; Pennock, Ann;
Pepe, Margaret; Pepper, Jim and Janice; Peppers, David; Peppers, Mary Ann (Brandon); Peterson, Dorothy A.;
Petrovish, Cindy; Pittman, Sibby (Hallen); Pollack, Allen; Pollack, Debbie; Pope, Margaret; Post, Doris; Poston,
Wheary andJuanita; Powell, Bill; Powell, Bill and Laurena (Keller); Powell, Mary; Powell, Ruth; Price, Thomas E.
and Maria; Pustis, Louise; Ray, Alice; Redhead, Carlos; Reece, Virginia; Reilly, Frank; Reinheart, Margaret; Ren-
ski, Charles and Marey; Reyes, Charlotte; Reyes, Diva; Reyes, Harry; Reyes, Juan; Reyes, Maritza; Reyes, Roy;
Reyes, Tomas; Rice, Marlene; Richards, Billie Sue; Richey, Hobart and Lisa; Rick, Celia Thompson; Rick, Ed-
ward; Ridge, Alan; Ridge, Jo; Ridge, Maurya; Ridge, Pat; Ridge, R.L. (Dusti); Ridge, Rosemarie (Dusti); Rigby,
Edwin F. and Hua W.; Risberg, Robert and Pat; Roach, Scott and Lori (Flores); Robert, Domenic; Robinson, Dee;
Robinson, Jody; Robinson, Tommy and Sandy (May); Rodgers, Tom and Kathy; Rogers, John and Rene; Rohden,
Helen; Rohden, Richard; Rose, Elizabeth A.; Rosenbluth, Beth; Roth, George and Tommy; Rowley, Sara; Roy,
Robert (Rob); Rozmeski, Jeff; Rozmeski, Paul and Lil; Rudolf, Frank; Saarinen, Clara; Saarinen, Paul and Helen;
Salter, Mercedes (Peterson); Salter, Robert E. and Lynne; Sanders, Doris; Sanders, Irl; Sanders, John C.; Sanders,
John M.; Sanders, Mary Nell; Sanders, Mildred; Sanders, Milt; Sargent, John and Erica; Sass, John, Susan, Coya,
and Valerie; Sausel, George A.; Sauter, Harvey and Mildred; Saville, Kathy (Malin); Schneider, Raymond and
Anne; Schafer, Joseph; Schafer, Marie; Schoch, Morgan; Schofield, Catherine; Scott, Ed; Scott, Priscilla
(Koperski); Seidman, Ben; Seidman, Lilly; Seiferlein, Amos and Elma; Selvey, Patricia; Sergeant, Bea; Setzer,
Tate; Setzer, Toddles (Warren); Shapiro, Rick; Sharber, Joyce; Sharp, Roy and Frances; Shedlock, C.H. and Lois;
Sherriff, Emma; Shipley, Marge; Shobe, John; Shobe, Stephanie; Shultz, Lee W.; Skeie, Chris; Skeie, Henri; Slice,
Tom; Slowick, Evelyn; Smail, Robert and Linda; Smith, Dudley; Smith, Alberta (Mead); Smith, Anita; Smith,
Bartley, J.; Smith, Charles and Sally; Smith, Colleen; Smith, Donna; Smith, Douglas; Smith, Elsie; Smith, Linda;
Smith, Mel and Mim; Smith, Randy; Smith, Rob; Smith, Vera; Snow, Betty (Chan); Sommers, Lucky; Spector,
Norman and Angie; Spiars, Pat (Kerr); Stabler, Marty; Stabler, Terry; Stahl, Charles, Stahl, Marie; Stahler, Ernest
L. and Elizabeth (Sis); Starke, Carl and Gini; Starke, Cassie; Stearns, Alex and Linda; Stearns, James and Ana;
Steiner, Jerry and Dolly; Stern-Montangye, Audrey, Frances; Steiner, John; Stiles, Beverly; Stock, Bill and Fran;
Stocker, Douglas and Kathleen; Strickland, Johnie; Stroop, Lilia; Stroop, R.B.H. III; Sugdinis, Matt; Suisman,
Bob; Sutherland, Mildred; Swann, Steven; Taber, Alice; Taber, Carlie; Taber, Jack; Taliercio, Kay; Taylor, Sheila
(McNamee); Terwilliger, Ann; Terwilliger, Twig; Thomas, Ben; Thompson, Gordon and Marion (Lowande);
Thompson, J.C.; Thompson, Jan; Thompson, Ruth; Thompson, Victor; Tochterman, Steven; Toda, Blanguita;
Toda, Cindy; Toda, Marylin; Toda, Thomas; Tokarz, John; Tokarz, Sue; Tomford, Dennis; Tomford, Richard and
Helen; Tomford, Richard Jr.; Tortorici, Pete and Ruth (Schmidt); Toscar, Aaron and Joan; Townsend, Frank;
Townsend, Marvel (Davison); Townsend, Wes and Virginia; Trimble, Brian; Trimble, George and Lee; Trout, Wal-
ly and Beth; Trower, Jim; Turner, Paulina; Turner, Rupert; Underwood, Clarence and Betty; Vail, Elaine; Veno,
Irene L.; Vigletti, Hilda; Violet, Bill; Violet, Jean; Voyles,Joan; Voyles, Julie; Voyles, Vance; Voyles, Virgil; Wag-
goner, Steven; Walbridge, Adele and Mack; Waldorf, Al and Cecilia; Walker, George and Mayno (Bliss); Wall, Byrle
and Gaddis; Ward, Hampton; Ward, Kitty; Ward, Mary J.; Warner, Ruth; Warren, Leon (Bill) and Gretchen;
Watkins, Fred and Terri; Watson, Joe; Weaver, Marty and Judy (Paulson); Webb, Adrian; Webb, Ruth; Webster,
Cynthia; Webster, Muriel; Welch, Chris and Kathleen; Welch, Gerard and Grace; Welch, Jerry; Wenborne,
Marnette; Wenborne, Susan; Wertz, Edna M.; Wertz, Joe; Wertz, Peggy; Whaler, George and Virginia (Krueger);
Wheaton, John; Wheeler, Bill; Wheeler, Jeanne; Wheeler, Mary L.; White, Choppy; White, Elaine; White, Everett
and Catherine; Whitman, John and Muriel; Whitney, Carol; Wichman, Bill and Barbara; Wicks, Irma; Wilburn, Ed
(Lucky) and Kay (Purdy); Wilder, Tom; Williams, Grace; Williams, Nancy; Williams, Roger and Dorothy; Wilson,
Grace; Wilson, Lee; Wilson, Roy; Wilson, Twila (Darden); Windle, Maggie (Williams); Windle, Robert; Winterber-
ger, Susan (Ehrensberger); Wiseman, Susan (Willenbrock); Wolf, Marie; Womble, Colin; Womble, Luella; Wood,
James; Wood, Virginia; Wright, John and Connie (Clinchard); Yerxa, Donald and Betty; Yocum, Ernest and
Dorothy; Yocum, Jane; Young, Connie; Young, Dean; Young, Joe; Zablocki, Anthony and Julia; Zachary, Ralph;
Zachary, Susan; Zemer, Terry; Zumbado, Bob
Ambrose, John; Barnes, Charles; Barnes, Edwin F.; Bartlett, Patrick and Janet; Bircher, Sarah; Brassy, Wayne;
Bright, Pat; Brookins, Rosette; Brusich, Jim; Brusich, Pricilla; Burda, Ray and Janis (George); Canupp, Virginia;
Collins, Mark (Muck); Collins, Robin (Gibson); Coy, Dick and Freida; Damiani, Guy and Becky; Detamore, Jerry
and Pat; Dockery, Bob, Mabel and Carl; Dockery, Eve, Norton and Evite; Fears, Charles; George, James and Emily
(Ambrose); Harris, Ralph and Joan; Hunt, Joe; Jacques, Mae; Krebs, Joann (Foster); Leach, Mary (Scigliane); Mc-
Carragher, Pat and Pennye; Mills, Gerald H.; Mills, Shirley M.; Munkers, Mary; Nesbitt, Debbie (Meeker);
Nesbitt, Jim; Perra, Cecilia; Rucker, Carolyn (Holmes); Scigliane, Lou and Mary; Taylor, Joan (Aanstoos); Taylor,
John; Valentine, Danny; Vaughn, Dave, Bev, (Dockery); David and Cassia; Waldron, Bill and Nell
DeLaMater, Lois (Bates); Warner, Ruth (Conner)
Arndt, Diane (Olma); Arndt, Joan (Powell); Egolf, Bruce and Sue; Jackson, Andrew and Francis; Malstrom, Bob and
Cross, Jim and Eleanor
Sink, Ann; Sink, David
Finneman, Tom; Lavallee, Mickey; Parker, Scott; Riddle, Doyle
Arabie, Lorna; Barraza, Ralph; Brown, Caryle; Brown, Clayton; Brown, Lynn; Brown, Rayne; Fetherston, Ed;
Finneman, Joe; Folger, Davis; Folger, Wayne and Lisa; Foster, Elton; Fryer, George; Gavker, Tim; Gregg, Gene
and Marion; Haydel, Edward; Haydel, Vivian; Marchand, Helen; Newman, Janine A.; Wanio, Fred
Donaldson, Robert and Elaine
Bender, Suzanne; Driscoll, Mark; Duncan, Elizabeth (Haywood); Hanbury, Louise; Haywood, Francis (Veach);
Haywood, John; Henter, Ted and Mel (Little); Jablonski, Steve; Kromer, Jack and Irene; Manning, Caro; Mann-
ing, Pat; Slimon, Heather; Slover, Jim and Barbara; Trower, Pearl
Blackmon, Daniel and Anne; Gillespie, Bill and Cheryl; Leon, Pamela; Spagna, Maryann
Bauman, Eugene and Louise (Scigliane); Cosgrove, C.J.; Dorcey, Taska and Judith (Holgerson); Frensley, Thomas
and Marjorie; Hockin, Marianne (Fields)
Farnsworth, Camilla and Noel
Adams, Robby and Pat; Bailey, Sue (Halley); Cassibry, H.W. and Chita; Puchon, Charles and Linda; Ramey, Otis
M. Jr.; Scranton, Ruth; Scranton, Leonard and Ann; Smith, Owen and Gerda; Wade, Lee and Jean
Bain, Jack A.; Smithson, Sid; Strey, Robert
Cockle, George; Smith, Susan; Wagoner, Tory
NEW JERSEY 23
Brancone, Edna M.; Bredenkamp, James and Gloria; Corbliss, Leah B.; Cuba, Tina; Eber, David A. and Helen;
Etienne, Jane (Bevington); Etienne, Martin; Herbert, Dennis and Jean; Jamke, Aggie; Johnson, Genevieve; Key,
Francis; Konover, (Dennis)Jo; Million, Roger and Mary; Lucas, Norine (Rathgeber); Peterson, Julius; Rega, Carla;
Rega, Dawn; Schwindeman, August and Mary
NEW MEXICO 5
Clary, James and Karen (Husum); Lewis, Royce, Sue and Ted
NEW YORK 9
Bevington, Marion; Coffin, Jerry; Kirkpatrick, Wilma; McDowell, John and Elsie; Michaelsen, Billy and Mary;
Page, Andrew and Florence
NORTH CAROLINA 32
Angermuller, Ron and Linnea; Blaney, Bob and Trudy; Catron, James and Eletheer; Clary, Gene Sexton; Dom-
browski, Jack and Jean; Garlitz, Barbara (Bartlett); Hamlin, Gene; Hepner, Ruth and Susan; Huff, Maenner and
Antoinette; Jones, Luther and Essie; Kicks, Ruth; Martin, Glenn and Denise (Ward); Riddle, Doyle; Roth-Roffy,
Charles J. and Helen (Giavelli); Steel, James, Shirley and Suzanne; Stewart, Joyce (Nearing); Van Dyke, James; Van
Dyke, Rosario; Wainio, Bob and Jean; Williams, Wayne and Francis
Kirk, Fred and Jean; Moore, Lloyd and Mart E.; Reynolds, Vince; Ridge, Robert and Patricia; Webb, Dorothy,
Forsythe, Ed and Cindy (Moore); Geyer, Donovan and Theresa; Halliday, Thomas and Marjorie; McGuire, John
and Vera; Pool, William R.; Rick, Edward and Cecilia; Ridge, Vincent and Dot
SOUTH CAROLINA 27
Brady, Rick; Browne, Carl and Blanche (Alder); Catron, James and Eletheer; Everson, John and Dorothy; Giavelli,
Charles and Ann; Green, Charlie and Nora; Hagan, J.H. and Tillie; Hutchison, Donald and Peggy; Kapinos, Andy
and Vera; Pierce, Kay (Frangioni); Ridge, Loren; Smith, Frank and Maggie; West, Alfred and Horace; Willenbrook,
Harry and Dorothy; York, Bill and Sis
SOUTH DAKOTA 2
Morse, Fern and Warren
Barnes, Ernest and Helen; Berger, Ernie and Nellree; Carpenter, Maxine (Mrs. Henry T.); Carpenter, Richard and
Margaret; Jankins, Albert and Wanda; Maxwell, Dennis and Tammy; Thomson, Mort and Macel; Wikins, Greg
Baker, Glen and Diane; Berneski, Steve; Bjorneby, Mike; Boswell, Mike; Boswell, Terry; Boswell, Therese; Burda,
Ralph; Burza, Mike and Irene; Cagle, Susan, Tyler W.; Calvit, Tim; Chase, Charlie and Marilyn; Cooke, Arden;
Creel, Colin; Day, Donna Marie (Graham); Dedeaux, Louis; Dedeaux, Louis and Barbara (Egolf); Dohle, John;
Dolan, Joseph II; Dowell, Winship and Katie; Downing, Daphne; Downing, George and Ann; Doyle, Linda
(Mendenhall); Emery, Jane (Madison); Ernest, Steve; Falls, Phyllis (Allen); Fehrenbach, Albert; Field, Rusty; For-
rest, Ron and Elaine; Frauenheim, Gene and Lynn; Fulton, Debbie; Gibson, Hollie; Gibson, Joy; Gibson, Marie;
Gillespie, Bill; Gillespie, Russell; Graham, Donna; Grymala, Pat; Hayes, John D.; Howle, Charles and Bonnie
(Bell); Johannes, Jennie; Jones, Al and Lola (Frauenheim); Jones, Jack and Sue (Hermen); Krueger, Buck and Bar-
bara; Krueger, Valerie; Lane, McNair; Lane, Robin; Lee, Ken; Lenick, Anabelle (Bassett); Lenick, John; Maston,
Cardle; McArthur, Ed Jr.; McMillan, Vicky; Meeker, Debbie; Meeker, Lynn; Melanson, Ted and Nora; Mit-
chusson, John and Mary Jane; Morgan, Joanne (Barnes); Morgan, Joanne; Morse, Susanna (Kotalik); Mulroy, Ed-
ward and Agnes; Olsen, Cheryl; Parfitt, Harold R. and Pat; Paterson, Roberta; Ridge, Elbert; Rios, Roger;
Sandefur, Jack and Gloria (Ingram); Sanders, Phil and Debbie (Boswell); Shirley, Donald; Snider, Jim; Snyder,
Rod; Spiars, Patt (Kerr); Steiner, Allen and Bonnie; Snyder, Roderick; Terry, Ernest and Lucille; Trim, June
(Foster); Trim, Preston (Monty); Vaughn, Mary (Clement); Webster, Terry and Ellen
Cannaday, Mable (Eberenz); Cruz, Armando; Cruz, George; DeMarr, Stella (Boggs); Domenicucci, Judith (Rogers);
Dovel, Jack and Milly; Eberenz, Alex; Eberenz, Leo and Madeline; Gilead, Rosemary; Hawkins, Mimi (Goguen);
Horning, Bob and Vickie (van't Veld); Howell, Jack and Lucille; Knick, John and Geraldine; Kuntz, Bill and
Naomi; Larsen, Tom and Alice; Murray, Elizabeth; Riggs, Forrest and Dot; Toner, Bernard
Baker, Floyd; Baker, Paul A.; Bundy, John; Dobbins, Kirk; Doherty, Neil and Tammy (Schick); Paine, Karen
(Goest); Paine, Ted and Billie; Stock, Marc; Wood, Jim and Sue; Young, Frank
WEST VIRGINIA 1
Lowry, Robert W. and Montana P.
Pananta Canal Mueunl,
The following address was given by the Co-Chairman
of the Museum Committee at the Annual Luncheon dur-
ing the past reunion.
As the Annual Luncheon was not a business meeting,
the outstanding response given by those present to the pro-
posed Panama Canal Museum cannot be considered as of-
ficial even though there were more members present at the
Luncheon than there were at the aborted business meeting.
Action will be considered official if members read the
address given by the Co-Chairman and send in the attach-
ed ballot no later than 1 October 1983. The Museum
Committee wishes to initiate action as soon as possible,
with the hope of publishing continuing accounts of progress
in the December issue of the Canal Record toward
establishing a Panama Canal Museum.
MUSEUM COMMITTEE REPORT
Over the past several years there has been a growing
interest by members of the Society in preserving the arti-
facts and memorabilia of the Canal Zone, with the pos-
sibility of establishing a museum.
Therefore, on March 24, 1983, the President ap-
pointed Mrs. Anna T. Collins and myself as Co-Chair-
men of a Museum Committee, to look into such a project.
As neither Mrs. Collins nor I have had any experience
in establishing a museum, the first thing we did was to re-
cruit some knowledgeable people as committee members.
We wrote to three persons, for a start, and they accepted
the position as committee members of the Museum Com-
mittee. They were:
Mr. Vern D. Callaway, Jr. attorney -Edgewater,
Fla., who would be of great value in legal matters and has
always been a staunch advocate of preserving Canal Zone
Mrs. Irene V. Chan Museum Technician and As-
sistant Curator of the U.S. Army Medical Museum, San
Antonio, Texas; previously responsible for the operation
and function of the USARCARIBAIR Museum situated
on the causeway, Ft. Amador. She has also been associated
with several other museums in the United States.
Mr. Adrien M. Bouche, Jr. Orem, Utah -
whose experience in resurrecting the old photo plates found
in the Canal Zone, has given him a deep insight into Canal
Zone History and lore. He has also acted as Advisor on
Canal Zone artifacts to various institutions in the United
Since we have formed, correspondence from one has
been passed to the other so we all know what we are talking
about. Our next step is to find out what is required in
establishing a museum and what it will take to keep it runn-
ing. As an initial step, we have been authorized by the Ex-
ecutive Board to purchase two books recommended by Irene
Chan: "The Management of Small History Museums, and "So
You Want a Good Museum, both by the same author. The
next step was to inquire from Mr. Callaway, attorney, what
our legal possibilities are in obtaining real estate, grants,
artifacts and memorabilia, furniture, models, etc. His
answer is, and I quote:
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
Assuming the Panama Canal Society of Florida deter-
mines to establish a museum-library in the United States,
the organization intends to facilitate gifts and donations by
preparing form documents that can be used by donors. At
present, we envision preparation of the following type
1. Sample Will causes that can be incorporated in the
donor's Will to (a) donate specific books, papers, memora-
bilia, furniture, models, and artifacts, (b) donate funds for
use by the museum, (c) donate property both real estate
and personal for sale by or use by the museum.
2. Sample forms for a Codicil to a Will to do the same
type of things mentioned above, but without the necessity
of redoing an existing Will and by just adding to it. De-
pending on the laws of the donor's residency, these may be
able to be self-prepared and executed.
3. Sample deeds of gift of personal property to record
the transfer of ownership from donor to the museum.
4. Sample conditional deeds of gift whereby the donor
could keep possession of the item or items until a later time,
but the ownership passes to the museum.
5. Sample similar documents for contributions of real
NOTE: It is possible that donors could use the value
of the donation as a charitable tax benefit since we envision
creation of a non-profit entity to be the recipient of all
In continuing his discussion with me, he pointed out
that the Society should be aware that funds are going to be
necessary for the legal work involved, for interim storage,
for expenses of persons who would be making the contacts
to get the project going. Initially, this would have to come
from the Society's funds.
Secondly, it would be wise to decide that the aim is to
establish a facility preferably in the St. Petersburg, Tampa,
Clearwater area because of the location of the Society's
Headquarters, the closeness to a large portion of the mem-
bership, the possibility of establishing a tourist attraction,
and the nearness of a number of major universities and col-
leges from the library research angle.
Once approval is secured from the members of the
Society, it would seem that the Chairperson of the project
should be someone without another full-time job or occu-
pation, and someone with a lot of patience and enthusiasm.
The Committee should investigate every avenue of
funding and support available at the community, state,
federal and commercial level without turning control over
to an outside agency rather, that it be run by a Board of
Directors entirely composed of Society members or by in-
terested ex-Canal Zone residents.
I must add that an inquiry was made to the Smithson-
ian Institution initially to house and operate the museum
for us. They indicated interest but are in the process of a
major revamping of exhibits in their museum. The expense
of keeping exhibits there, in shipping, visual coordination,
etc., would be of great expense, and control of our exhibits
would be lost to the members of the Society and to ex-
Canal Zone members.
With these facts, as I have given them to you, I will
answer any questions you may have. I may not be able to
answer all of them, but I'll try. After the questions period, I
will ask for your approval of this project. Your approval or
disapproval will determine whether we proceed as outlined,
or whether we disband the Committee.
Richard W. Beall
Co-Chairman, Museum Committee
|Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
|P.O. Box 11566
|St. Petersburg, Fla. 33733
j PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
ID I am in favor of the project. I am a member of the'
O I am NOT in favor of the project. I am a member of the!
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The Canal Zone in Uniform
His decorations include the Army Commendation
Medal, Air Assault Badge, and is a Jungle Expert.
His parents are Capt. and Mrs. Donald E. Petersen,
currently stationed at Fort Gulick, Panama. His brother
Julio (Papo) Aponte is living in Puerto Rico with his wife
Steve attended the 1983 Annual Reunion in Clear-
Captain Stephen L. Aponte
Captain Stephen L. Aponte was born in San Juan,
Puerto Rico, later attended Canal Zone schools and grad-
uated from Cristobal High School in 1973 where he was
Class President during his senior year. After attending
Texas A&I University and enrolling in their ROTC pro-
gram, he graduated in 1978 with the rank of 2nd. Lt. in the
Capt. Aponte graduated from the Field Artillery Of-
ficers Advance Course and recently attended the Field Ar-
tillery TACFIRE Support Course, and is now stationed at
Fort Hood, Texas, as III Corps Artillery Liaison Officer.
Lt. Col. Ralph F. (Jerry) Clarke
Lieutenant Colonel Ralph F. (Jerry) Clarke, retired
from the U.S. Army, was born in Lenoir, N.C. He rose
from the ranks and received his commission as a 2nd. Lt.
in 1954 at Fort Gulick, Canal Zone. Retiring after 28 years
in the Service, his primary duties were with Military In-
Some of Lt. Col. Clarke's decorations include the
Legion of Merit; Bronze Star; Croix de Guerre (French);
Good Conduct Medal with 4 loops; Pacific WWII Medal;
Europe WWII; Korea and Viet Nam service medals.
He is married to Maria N. Clarke, formerly of Ger-
many, and has three sons.
Arlen: former student at Coco Solo Elementary,
Margarita Elementary, and Curundu Jr. High, is in his
final year of ROTC at Texas Christian University.
Bruce: Former student of Coco Solo, Margarita, and
Ft. Clayton Elementary, is currently a Staff Sergeant, Ar-
mor, stationed at Ft. Knox, Ky., as an instructor at the US
Army Armor School.
Eric: a former student of Margarita, Cristobal High
School, Balboa High School, and Canal Zone Junior Col-
lege. He was the catcher of the Ft. Gulick Yankees cham-
pionship team during 1960-63. Currently with Prudential
Life Insurance at Crystal Spring, Md.
Lt. Col. Clarke's mother, Josephine Clarke, resides in
The Collins' have six living children, four of whom
are members of the Panama Canal Society, while Mrs. An-
na T. Collins was recently elected President of that body.
Two children currently reside with their parents.
Maj. Lawrence F. (Larry) Cotton
Cmdr. Charles J. (Joe) Collins
Commander Charles J. (Joe) Collins, born in
Akron, Ohio, rose through the ranks in the U.S. Navy to
be commissioned an Ensign in 1956.
His primary duties during his 30-year, 2-month ten-
ure in the U.S. Navy was with the Supply Corps. His last
duty prior to retirement was Commanding Officer of the
U.S. Navy Finance Office in Jacksonville, Fla.
Joe married the former Anna T. Kotalik, at Gatun,
Canal Zone, in 1944. She was the daughter of Susanna
Kotalik ofJacksonville, Fla., and the late John J. Kotalik of
Jacksonville, Fla. Her father was a Roosevelt Medal
holder. She was raised in the Canal Zone and attended
Canal Zone schools. Cmdr. Collins was stationed in the
Canal Zone for 6Y2 years at Com 15 Submarine Base,
U.S. Naval Station, Rodman.
His decorations include the Presidential Citation and
13 additional service awards.
Major Lawrence F. Cotton (Larry) was born in Col-
on, Rep. of Panama, attended Canal Zone schools and
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1955. He receiv-
ed an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy
from the Canal Zone in 1955 and graduated from there in
1959, which was the first graduating class of the U.S. Air
Force Academy. Maj. Cotton won the middle-weight box-
ing championship during his Academy tour.
His major duties during his 20-year, 28-day service
career has been that of Instructor Pilot; Reconnaissance
Pilot; Executive Officer of a Phantom jet squadron in
Korea; and subsequently as Executive Officer of a training
squadron at Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C., up to his retire-
ment. An interesting footnote in his career was that he was
once controlled by his twin brother, Lee, during a mission
in Saigon. His call sign was "Panama." Lee was under-
standably elated when Larry finally came back within
radar range indicating he was safe again.
Larry's decorations include the Distinguished Flying
Cross with oak leaf cluster; Meritorious Service Medal
with oak leaf cluster; Air Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters;
Air Force Commendation Medal and many other awards
Maj. Cotton's parents, Ernest L. (Tyke) Cotton and
Edith (Wikran) Cotton, both still reside in Largo, Florida.
He married the former Sharon (Sherry) DeRussy Stillman,
born in Washington, D.C. She is the daughter of Maj.
Gen. Robert M. Stillman and "Noopy" Stillman of San
Antonio, Texas. Larry's twin brother, Lee, lives in Rogers,
Ark., and has a grandson. His sister, nicknamed "Brat,"
is a successful computer genius. Larry's son, Bob, grad-
uated from Rice University this past May with a degree in
The Cottons make their home in San Antonio, Texas.
Sherry is a tenured school teacher while Larry is pursuing a
second career as a free-lance writer, currently writing a
series of audio cassette scripts on real estate for the new
Major Stanley J. Guest, born in Comanche, Okla.,
rose from the ranks in the U.S. Army to receive his com-
mission as a 2nd Lt. on Dec. 28, 1944, at Ft. Sam
Houston, Texas. He also attended Cameron State College,
Maj. Guest's duties have included the American
Theater; Asiatic-Pacific Theater; Battalion Adjutant, 824
MP Bn., Ft. Deven, Mass.; Company Commander, 824
MP Bn.; Assistant Provost Marshal, HQ 2nd. Army, Bal-
timore, Md.; Executive Officer, 548 MP Bn. Ft. DeLes-
seps; and Prison Officer, USARCARIB (Canal Zone).
His decorations include the Soldier's Medal for Valor;
American Defense Medal with cluster; WWII Victory
Medal and other campaign medals.
Maj. Guest's wife, Anne, was born in Wilkensburg,
He retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years of ser-
vice to his country.
Former Ballerina has
Lifetime of Memories
By Billie Ellis
News Chief Staff
Broadway that magical word filled with
glamour, glitter, promises of fame and fortune that has
beckoned aspiring actors, actresses and dancers for genera-
tions. Only a few make it, thousands never do. Dorothy
Hall Chase made it, but almost didn't.
"I had studied ballet for so many years I was a snob
about it" she says. "I thought it was THE ONLY dance. I
was told in no uncertain terms that if I wanted to make it in
the theatre, I had better learn the other dances, that I
would make more money as a Radio City Rockette than I
ever would in ballet. In a condescending manner, I
learned, not realizing that I would learn to love it as much
as I did ballet." And Dorothy did become a Rockette, a
role she thoroughly enjoyed. She also appeared on Broad-
way with Ray Bolger and other greats until she gave up
dancing professionally to get married. It was a rich, re-
warding and glamorous time of her life she will always
Dorothy Hall's career began in New York in 1921
when she wasn't quite four years old. She became an assis-
tant to her teacher when she was 13 and passed the neces-
sary examinations for membership in Dancing Masters of
America (as the organization was then called) before she
She studied under the famous choreographer Michael
Fokine, the Ballet Mistress of Radio City Music Hall
Florence Rogge, and many other well-known teachers of
ballet, tap, modern and ballroom dancing.
In 1934, Fokine started his own Ballet Company.
Dorothy's years of excellent training plus her ability to
adapt to Fokine's Russian style earned her solo parts in
"Les Sylphides" and "Spectre de la Rose" and many
other ballets. "Spectre de la Rose" is the ballet that Fokine
created for Nijinsky. Paul Haakon was the featured male
dancer in all of Fokine's ballets and Dorothy well remem-
bers what a thrill and honor it was to be his partner,
especially in "Spectre."
In 1936 Dorothy was selected for both ballet and tap
parts in the Broadway musical "On Your Toes" with Ray
Bolger. The production ran for a full year and was a big
success. "Working with Bolger" she said, "was terrific.
He is such a great person."
In 1937 Dorothy joined Fokine in England where he
produced several ballets for the Monte Carlo Ballet Russe.
In 1939, Dorothy auditioned for the Radio City
Music Hall Rockettes and worked there for a summer ses-
sion while waiting for Ballet Theatre to open. Many of
Fokine's students became members of the original Ballet
Theatre Company, and among these was Orest Sergievsky
with whom Dorothy had danced on several occasions. With
Radio City Music Hall, the Ballet Theatre Company, and
still another Broadway musical "Louisiana Purchase,"
Dorothy was able to fulfill her need to dance and perform.
It was during the Ballet Theatre rehearsals that Dor-
othy met the man who would become her husband. He was
H.J. (Jack) Chase from the Panama Canal Zone, who
was visiting his friend, Sergievsky. In 1941 Dorothy mar-
ried Jack and they moved to Panama. They had two chil-
dren, Alfred and Phyllis, and after the children reached
school age, Dorothy opened her own dance studio.
The Panama Canal Zone had a Special Education As-
sociation for the Handicapped in their school system. Dor-
othy became interested and involved in working with these
children on a volunteer basis, in addition to her own studio
The Chases retired and moved to Winter Haven in
1971. Dorothy misses her students, but still keeps up on ev-
erything she can. She retains her membership in Dance
Masters, and recently received her 50-year pin. She is look-
ing forward to the organization's national convention
this summer in California when she will be reunited with
some of her former students.
From: The Winter Haven News Chief, April 24, 1983
Hot weather can be very dangerous for the elderly. It
can lead to life threatening heat exhaustion, heart failure,
To help you learn how to protect yourself, symptoms
to watch for, and what the remedies are, the U.S. Office of
Consumer Affairs has published a special report. For your
free copy of Heat Stress, write to the Consumer Informa-
tion Center, Dept. 652K, Pueblo, Colorado 81009.
The body needs time to adjust to hot weather. There-
fore, a sudden increase in temperature is especially serious,
because it can put a dangerous strain on the heart and
blood vessels before the body has a chance to acclimate
The reason the elderly are more vulnerable to heat
stress than younger people is that they don't adjust as well
to heat. They perspire less. They are also more likely to
have health problems requiring medicines that work
against the body's natural ability to adjust to heat.
It's important to know the warning signs of heat
stress. Early symptoms feeling hot, uncomfortable, and
listless are mild and usually pose no threat unless they
persist. However, because the serious signs of heat stress
are usually preceded by milder ones, it's important that
you get medical attention if you experience any of the
following: dizziness, rapid heartbeat, diarrhea, nausea,
cramps, throbbing headache, dry skin but no sweating,
chest pain, great weakness, mental changes, breathing
problems, or vomiting. These symptoms can also signal
other major problems, such as heart failure. If you ex-
perience any of them, call a doctor immediately.
Here are some ways of keeping cool, so that heart
stress can be avoided:
Fans and air conditioning can provide lifesaving re-
lief from heat stress, especially if you have any history of
heart disease. If you don't have air conditioning go some-
place that does, such as a library, shopping mall, senior
center or movie.
Cool baths or showers provide relief from the heat
because water removes extra body heat 25 times faster than
cool air. Placing ice bags or wet towels on the body is also
Curtail physical activity during extremely hot
weather. Activity adds to heart strain.
Avoid hot foods and heavy meals. Digesting them
adds heat to your body.
Your body needs more water in hot weather. Don't
wait until you are thirsty to have a drink. If you are taking
any medication or have a problem with body water bal-
ance, CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR for advice on
how much water you should drink.
Avoid alcohol. It acts as a diuretic, resulting in fast
water loss. In addition, alcohol can promote a sense of well-
being making you less aware of the danger signs of heat
When you order Heat Stress (free) you'll also re-
ceive a free copy of the Consumer Information Catalog.
Published quarterly by the Consumer Information Center
of the General Services Administration, the free Catalog
lists over 200 selected free and moderately priced federal
Senior Consumer July 1983
Mrs. Jean Bailey, Public Affairs Office, Ft. Lee, VA.
Public Affairs Office
U.S. Army Troop Support Agency
Fort Lee, Va. 23801
TSA, Fort Lee, Va., April 29 -Jean Bailey, public af-
fairs officer for the U.S. Army Troop Support Agency,
retires April 30 with more than 27 years' federal service.
Bailey came to TSA in July 1980 after serving 20
years in Panama as public information officer for the Inter
American Geodetic Survey, a component of the Defense
The TSA Public Affairs Office, under her leadership,
received the Department of the Army Command Informa-
tion Award of Excellence for implementation of an out-
standing internal information program in support of em-
ployees and customers of the U.S. Army Commissary
In addition to Department of the Army certificates of
appreciation and retirement, Bailey received the Com-
mander's Award for Civilian Service for exceptional per-
formance as public affairs officer from Jul 27, 1980,
through April 30, 1983. Col. Robert J. Yuhas, deputy
commander, TSA, presided at the ceremony.
During her service with IAGS, Bailey traveled exten-
sively in Latin America to cover mapping developments in
the field. She played a major role in organizing interna-
tional symposia for engineers and scientists.
She received outstanding performance awards from
four directors of IAGS and in 1975 was cited as DMA's
Outstanding Person of the Year for her achievements in
public and diplomatic relations.
Bailey also received the Panama Canal Public Service
Award from Harold R. Parfitt, 17th Governor of the Pan-
ama Canal, for her efforts to improve the status of the
working female employee. She was the first Federal
Women's Program Coordinator for the U.S. Army in Pan-
ama; she founded and presided over the 33rd Chapter of
Federally Employed Women, Inc., and served on the
board of directors for the international organization.
Her civilian experience included 10 years as a stringer
for Time magazine and a staffer on the Panama American
newspaper in the Republic of Panama; and a reporter for
Sun Newspapers and script writer for the Macquarie
Broadcasting Network in Sydney, Australia.
Bailey is married to Dr. William T. Bailey, who was
chief of nuclear medicine at Gorgas Hospital, Panama, un-
til his retirement in November 1980. They have three
children: Steve, a teacher at Robious Middle School in
Richmond, Va.; Patricia, a medical student at the Tulane
University School of Medicine, New Orleans; and Thora
Lee, who is employed by Clark & Cramer Real Estate
Company in San Francisco, and two grandchildren,
Mikhail and Meghan. Dr. and Mrs. Bailey reside in Rich-
(U.S. Army Photo Naomi Payne)
Lipzinski hotter than the weather
in come-from-behind seniors' win
Hole-in-one on 5th adds excitement to Senior Tourna-
The hot weather last weekend was apparently just
what Todd Lipzinski needed, as he pulled from two shots
back of Saturday's leader to shoot a 75 Sunday and win the
Kent County Senior Tournament at Briarwood Golf Club
"I've been the runner-up about four times before
this," said Lipzinski after the 36 holes of play concluded
and he knew the win was his. "But this is the first time I've
won it all. Of course, this is the first time the good putters
From: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sports News/June 17, 1983
Arthur Kerr of the Balboa Lions Club was selected
for Governor of the Panamanian Lions for the 1983-84
term during elections conducted at the National Conven-
tion at El Volcan, Chiriqui. Kerr won by a count of 103
votes to 69 over the other candidate, Plutarco Castillo, of
the Arraijan Lions Club. Kerr is a retired employee of the
Canal Zone and resides at Villa de la Fuente, Bethania, in
the outskirts of Panama City. He is the second member of
Balboa Lions Club to become a Panama Lions Governor.
The other is Glenn Williams, still active, and founder of
the Balboa Club presiding the Lion district including
Panama and Costa Rica, now separated.
From: Star & Herald
Panama, R.P., Tuesday, April 19, 1983
KENT COUNTY SENIOR TOURNAMENT WINNER
Todd Lipzinski (seated) carded a 76-75 to overtake runner-up
Jerry Bohr, who held the lead after Saturday's opening round. Bohr
finished 74-79for the tournament.
She's Taught First Aid
To Three Generations
MARGARITA (SCNews) "I've taught Red Cross
first aid to three generations," Charlotte Kennedy said as
she recalled her 55 years of teaching groups and individuals
how to initially take care of injuries.
In 1925, at the age of 17, Kennedy began her first aid
career in coal mining country of Wyoming.
"The U.S. Bureau of Mines sent out a safety team in
a Union Pacific railroad car," she recalled. "Their job was
to teach first aid to the miners, and I felt it was important
that women be trained, too. I got permission to take the
course along with the miners. But I couldn't be an instruc-
tor until I reached the age of 20."
She said each year the bureau and the mining com-
pa ies held contests in first aid. In 1927, she asked permis-
sioi, for women to enter the contest. Two women teams en-
tered the field of 99 teams, "and the women teams placed
first and second," Kennedy said. "The team I captained
took the gold medal that year. We were a little faster and a
"Cravats had to be just right and knots had to be
square. You just couldn't save someone if you used a gran-
ny knot," she joked.
Kennedy said she had always lived around mining or
construction camps. Both her first and second husbands
were engineers and "engineers never lived near civiliza-
tion," she said. "We were long distances from hospitals
and someone had to know what do do" in an emergency.
Kennedy came to Panama in 1942, from Nome, Alas-
ka. Her husband had been working with Army Engineers
on the Ft. Pick Dam. When that was completed, he turned
in his resignation and took a job with a private company in
Nome. Not wanting to lose him entirely, the Corps of
Engineers gave him a year's leave of absence without pay,
and someone had to know what to do" in an emergency.
resign, they would accept it.
So the Kennedy family went north to Alaska, where
her husband helped build a power plant, power lines and
Charlotte Kennedy reminisces about her 55years in Red Cross,
over 40 of which have been spent in Panama.
(Photo by Pat Currans)
"In mid-1941, we got a cable from the chief of Engi-
neers, asking if my husband would accept a job in the
Canal Zone," she said. "He flew down here right away
and I stayed behind to close up the apartment and arrange
for me and the children (ages 6, 14 and 16) to follow him
In October, she boarded a ship in Alaska and sailed to
Seattle, where she got a car and drove to New Orleans. "In
New Orleans we were to sail to Panama, but the Japanese
attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 caused the ship to be can-
After war was declared, the only way she could get her
family reunited in Panama was to take a job here herself,
set up housekeeping and then go back and get the children.
She accepted a job with the engineers and then, six months
later, was granted permission to go back to the states and
bring her children here.
Her interest in first aid continued on the Isthmus. "In
the 1950s the military instituted extremely active safety
programs," she said. "The military also felt that in the
event of an emergency, the men in uniform could better
carry out their duties if they knew their wives could take
care of themselves." This resulted in Operation Distaff, an
organization of the wives, with the wife of the commander
of the then Caribbean Defense Command as president,
and the wives of the other services' commanders as
members of the senior council.
"I worked like mad getting all these people trained in
first aid," Kennedy said. "I held three classes a day, one in
the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the
Once the military became active in first aid and civil
defense, the canal communities joined in and Kennedy
trained them, too.
And she's still active in first aid training. She works
both sides of the Isthmus, at Coco Solo Hospital on the At-
lantic side and at Gorgas on the Pacific. "I've given classes
at every U.S. military installation in Panama, except Ft.
Sherman," she remarked. "The folks come from Sherman
to Ft. Davis for their classes."
She said she's not the oldest resident in Panama. "I'm
just the little old Red Cross lady," she smiled. Joking about
her 75 years, she recalled a class of Boy Scouts she was
teaching, and one of the youngsters, put up to it by his
father, asked her, "Mrs. Kennedy, is it true you gave first
aid to Balboa?"
"And who else do you think could have bandaged his
ankle when he fell off a rock in Darien?" she asked him.
"But let me tell you one thing, young man, and you can
tell your father, too, that I never did treat Christopher Col-
SCNews June 17, 1983
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From the "SPILLWAY"
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Panama Canal publication. Yearly subscriptions are avail-
able: regular mail $6.00; regular mail students $4.00;
airmail $19.00. Send check or money order payable to the
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Canal to monitor ship traffic
The Engineering and Construction Bureau is current-
ly installing a closed circuit television (CCTV) system to
provide improved Canal traffic surveillance. With the com-
pletion of the project in 1984, the Marine Traffic Control
(MTC) job of monitoring the movement of ships in the
Canal will be facilitated.
The CCTV system will provide accurate vessel loca-
tions for scheduling purposes and indicate the operating
status of the Canal's many support vessels. It will also
graphically demonstrate Canal weather conditions, such as
rain and fog, both of which can affect traffic. Through the
use of special television cameras that are designed for mini-
mal light conditions, the Canal can be observed both day
Says Dale Wagner, acting senior transit operations of-
ficer, "Well see what's happening on the Canal immediate-
ly, rather than having to wait for input from the field. Since
we'll see events as they happen, we'll be able to offer a
more efficient and safer operation."
A series of 18 television cameras will be located on
newly constructed towers at key sites along the Canal.
They will transmit pictures, via a network of microwave re-
lay links and coaxial cables, to six television screens that
will be located at the MTC center in La Boca.
Through a programmable, computerized remote con-
trol and switching system, which is another part of the
CCTV project, operators at the MTC center will be able
both manually and automatically to shift the positions and
focus the field cameras for specific views of the Canal. Indi-
vidual operators will also be able to select, independently of
each other, which of the 18 cameras to monitor at any one
time on the six screens at the MTC center.
Canal customer seeks world record
by Susan K. Stabler
"I'm the lady who's sailed singlehandedly across the
Atlantic more times than any other lady," said Margaret
B. Hicks from aboard her tiny 21-foot, 3-inch fiberglass
rig, Anonymous Bay. Ms. Hicks' recent arrival at the Pan-
ama Canal Yacht Club in Cristobal marked the completion
of her third solo transatlantic crossing.
A rugged, 49-year-old individualist, Ms. Hicks has
sailed the Atlantic twice from east to west and once from
west to east. This time, she departed from her home port in
Southampton, England, at the end of October 1982, and
she doesn't plan to reach home again until April or May of
1985. It will take her at least that long, she says, to circum-
navigate the globe.
Another woman, says Ms. Hicks, is also currently
making such a circumnavigation. Depending on who
finishes first, Ms. Hicks will become the fourth or fifth
woman to have sailed around the world alone. She says,
however, "No other woman has done it in a boat as small
The size of the Anonymous Bay is something of a story
it itself. Several years ago, Ms. Hicks competed in the
"Mini-Transat," a transatlantic race for small sailboats.
The race is restricted to boats that are no more than 6.5
meters long. To qualify, the Anonymous Bay had to be
shortened by 9 inches, which Ms. Hicks says was cut from
"Let's just say I finished within the specified time
limit," says Ms. Hicks of the race. She was, in fact, the last
to finish. That is when she learned that the only boats to get
treated with any fanfare were the ones that finished either
first or last. This dubious honor was bestowed on Ms.
Hicks as the result of a 9-day delay she experienced en
route because of illness.
Ms. Hicks enjoyed her stay in Panama, saying,
"Everyone was very friendly, and I was made to feel wel-
come." After transiting the Canal, she plans to stop at the
Perlas Islands. From there, she and Anonymous Bay will set
off on their own into the vast Pacific Ocean. Ms. Hicks ex-
plains that solo sailing is an "ego trip" for her. She admits,
however, that she's now at the point where she doesn't
need to prove anything and "wouldn't mind some com-
Public service recognized at
PCC award ceremony
Nine individuals and five organizations were honored
by the Panama Canal Commission at the 13th Annual
Panama Canal Honorary Public Service Award Cere-
mony, held last Thursday in the rotunda of the Administra-
tion Building in Balboa Heights. This year, six silver, and
two gold medallions were presented.
In remarks made during the ceremony, Administrator
D.P. McAuliffe expressed his admiration for and gratitude
to all the award recipients and to the many individuals and
organizations who, although not named at this event, have
contributed so much to improving the quality of life on the
The climax of the ceremony was the presentation by
Mr. McAuliffe of the gold medallions, the Commission's
highest honorary award. The gold citations read:
To C. William Homa for giving unselfishly of his
time and energy to community projects and activities on
both sides of the Isthmus. He has served as a member of
the Executive Board of the Panama Canal Council of the
Boy Scouts of America, as chairman of the Canal Zone
Selective Service Appeals Board, and as the assistant chair-
man of the United Way Budget and Allocations Commit-
tee. He has volunteered many years of service to the
C. William Homa, left and Frank H. Robinson, right, display the
gold medallions they received at the 13th Annual Panama Canal
Public Service Award Ceremony last Thursday. They are ac-
companied by Panama Canal Commission Administrator D.P.
McAuliffe, and Deputy Administrator Fernando Manfredo, Jr.
Photo by Arthur Pollack
To Frank H. Robinson for his many years of serv-
ice to the Isthmian community. Devoting countless hours
to the Boy Scouts of America over a period of 20 years, he
has served as scout master and, since 1973, as post advisor
to Explorer Post 21, the post that most actively supports the
annual ocean-to-ocean cayuco race. He has also contrib-
uted to the safety of the community by giving talks on the
poisonous snakes of Panama.
Silver medallions were presented by Deputy Admin-
istrator Fernando Manfredo, Jr., to the following:
Jacqueline Bryant, The Panama Fire Department,
Dr. Nathan B. Gale, The Lions Club International (Pan-
ama), The Panama Council of the Boy Scouts of America,
and Robert W. Samuels, Jr.
Chief Financial Officer Walter D. Bjorseth presented
the bronze medallions to the following:
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, T.
Sgt. Horace McDermott (USAF), Robert E. O'Connor,
Capt. Wilfredo Rosario (USAF), The Rotary Club-Pan-
ama West, and Rev. Reinaldo Toppin.
In addition to the medallions, each recipient was pre-
sented with a certificate of official recognition and commen-
dation, signed by Administrator McAuliffe.
High mast lights installed at
Pedro Miguel Locks
Bright lights are shining at Pedro Miguel Locks, the
last of the locks to receive high mast lighting. The system is
expected to be completed there by the end of this month, at
a cost to the Panama Canal Commission of close to
The new lighting system has been in use for the last
few weeks and, although there are still a few loose ends to
be tied, the "major and important" part of the work is
finished, according to Mitch Blanchette, construction rep-
resentative for the project.
The system provides saturation illumination of the
area. The high masts enable the lights to shine on areas
large in circumference, and they are also close enough to-
gether that the light cast from one pole overlaps with the
light cast from neighboring poles.
The placement and intensity of the lights are factors
responsible for their effectiveness. They do the job so well,
Mr. Blanchette claims, that they "make it like daylight,"
lighting up the locks like a great big football field.
25,000th ship measured at Cristobal
by Susan K. Stabler
With its first Panama Canal transit on Thursday,
April 7, 1983, the Dutch general cargo vessel Houtmangracht
earned the distinction of being the 25,000th ship to be
measured at the Atlantic entrance. Tolls for the 319- by
52-foot vessel amounted to $5,634.14.
Vessels are assigned a permanent Panama Canal iden-
tification number the first time they are measured, and
they keep the same number for all subsequent transits. The
number remains the same regardless of changes made in
the ship's name or structure.
According to J. L. Ransom, director of Admeasure-
ment, a vessel's Panama Canal identification number is
used by the Commission for a multitude of things. It is
used for communication with the ship, for example, when
ascertaining estimated arrival time; it is used in the Com-
mission's computer system to schedule the ship's transit;
and it is used for billing purposes.
In addition, the number is used to call up information
from the Commission's data bank about the vessel's han-
dling characteristics and transit requirements, such as
amount and qualifications of pilots, extent of tugboat assis-
tance, and amount of line handlers. As Mr. Ransom says,
"The number is a key factor in identifying a particular
vessel, and it is referred to in virtually every aspect of the
On the Pacific side, over 15,000 ships have been given
Panama Canal identification numbers, bringing the total of
first-time Canal users to over 40,000. The disparity be-
tween the numbers issued by admeasurers at the Atlantic
and Pacific Canal entrances is explained by the fact that,
until recent years, most of the world's major shipbuilding
nations such as the United Kingdom, West Germany,
France, Spain, Italy, and the Scandinavian countries -
were located directly across the Atlantic Ocean. Today,
Japan, Korea, and Taiwan are also recognized as notable
shipbuilding nations, thus increasing the number of first-
time Canal users at the Pacific side.
Executive RAC meeting
Members say "dark clouds gathering"
because of uncertainties in future
Residents' Advisory Committee (RAC) representa-
tives met in executive session on April 29 in the Adminis-
tration Building board room. Panama Canal Commission
Administrator D. P. McAuliffe chaired the meeting.
Having recently attended congressional budget hear-
ings in Washington, D.C., the Administrator said discus-
sions concerning the Commission's 1984 budget went well.
He also mentioned the Panama Canal Commission Board
of Directors' meeting, which was held recently in Washing-
The Administrator also spoke of the Commission's
Honorary Public Service Awards, urging RAC representa-
tives to inform the Incentive Awards Committee about
individuals or organizations that deserve special recogni-
tion. Recommendations may be made before the end of
each year by contacting the committee at Building 5553 in
Mr. McAuliffe stated that he had nothing to report at
this time on the extension of privileges for U.S. employees,
on transfer-of-function (TOF) housing, or on cost-of-living
allowance (COLA). These issues continue to be of priority
interest at official levels.
Assistant General Counsel John L. Haines and Dr.
Aura Feraud an attorney in the Office of General Counsel,
explained the current status of procedural guarantees re-
sulting from recent amendments to the constitution of the
Republic of Panama. All persons subject to Panamanian
law are now guaranteed certain key rights, such as the right
to counsel from the time of first being detained; the right to
make a telephone call to seek assistance; and the right to
know the reason for detainment.
Gatun representatives expressed a major concern,
voiced also by other participants, about the adverse effects
of morale and motivation growing from the lack of a deci-
sion on the privileges question. The spokesman said that
"too many dark clouds" were gathering over employees
that would not disperse until the problems are resolved.
Regarding the possibility that the Fort Gulick com-
missary may close one day per week, Col. Lawrence Bell,
deputy installation commander of the 193d Infantry Bri-
gade, said that surveys are being conducted but that no de-
cision has been reached.
Coco Solo-France Field representatives asked that the
Administrator continue to pursue a revision, particularly
for civilians, in the U.S. Army Dental Activities-Panama
(DENTAC) policy that requires separate sittings and
charges for routine dental work. The Administrator said he
would look into the matter but noted that this may be part
of DENTAC's worldwide policies.
On the possibility of residents purchasing Canal-area
quarters, it was stated that the only sites currently being
considered for sale purposes are those turned over to the
Republic of Panama at the time the treaty went into effect.
The Administrator expressed interest in the various
cable television surveys being conducted in the Canal area,
noting that it would contribute to the quality of life.
U.S. counselor representative Lynn Shiveley re-
minded RAC members of upcoming passport renewals,
and several representatives questioned the Administrator
about resuming publication of the Panama Canal Review.
R.P. laws govern use of crosswalks
and video arcades
To help Panama Canal Commission employees and
their families keep abreast of laws and enforcement proce-
dures in the Republic of Panama, the Office of General
Counsel has provided information on two important regu-
First, the Government of Panama has recently put in-
to effect a regulation prohibiting children under the age of
14 from entering commercially operated establishments
that house electronic video games unless they are ac-
companied by at least one of their parents. Violations of
this prohibition can result in $10-50 fines being levied by
the mayor's office against the parents of the offending
Even though enforcement of this regulation has been
sporadic, it should be carefully observed. Young persons in
video arcades in Panama City and Colon should be pre-
pared to establish to the satisfaction of inquiring authorities
that they are not under age. Such inquiries are most fre-
quently made after 8 p.m.
Second, the Municipality of Panama has announced a
policy of strict enforcement of rules requiring pedestrians to
use marked crosswalks and specially constructed overpasses
when crossing streets and highways on the Pacific side of
the Isthmus. Persons failing to observe these rules will be
subject to fines of up to $25 and may have to attend a lec-
ture on the subject of safe street crossing.
Captain Terry makes Canal history
"It's history in the making." This statement was
made by Capt. Theodore L. Bailey, Navigation Division
towboat training officer, as Capt. Sarah Terry became the
first woman towboat master on the Panama Canal.
Captain Terry began the 5-year tug training program
in July 1978 and served for 3 years as an apprentice. In
1981 she became a mate trainee, in 1982 a mate, and on
May 4, 1983, a master. To complete the program each stu-
dent must successfully pass either the 500- or the 1,500-ton
exam. Captain Terry decided to sit for the more difficult
1,500-ton exam and passed the program with a grade
average of 98 percent.
Capt. Sarah Terry, the first woman to become a Panama Canal tow-
boat master, receives her tugboat license as Panama Canal Commis-
sion Marine Director Capt. George T. Hull, left, and Capt.
Theodore L. Bailey, Navigation Division towboat training officer,
Originally from Chatham, Mass., Captain Terry has
had an affinity for water and navigation since childhood.
Her father has always been an avid sailor, and one of Cap-
tain Terry's first childhood memories is participating in a
family capsize exercise that took place when she was 4 years
old. As a youngster she attended sailing school and in 1970
bought her first boat, a 35-foot wooden sailboat.
In the past year, Captain Terry achieved another first
when she was elected the first woman commodore in the
history of the Panama Canal Yacht Club. Captain Terry
lives at the club aboard her 44-foot fiberglass sailboat with
her husband, Craig Owings.
Police force expansion planned
"Don't wait until your home has been burglarized to
call the police." That is the advice to residents of the Pan-
ama Canal Commission housing areas from Canal-area
police chief Capt. Jose T. Campodonico. Instead, the Na-
tional Guard captain recommends that residents call the
police station immediately if suspicious-looking persons are
seen in area communities.
Captain Campodonico has been in charge of police
vigilance in the Canal area since April 1, 1982, when the
National Guard assumed full responsibility for law enforce-
ment pursuant to the provisions of the Panama Canal
Treaty. During the 30-month transition period prior to that
date, Panama shared police vigilance with the United
States in the Canal area.
Under his command is a complement of 350 people,
150 of whom are assigned to the Atlantic side. By the end of
the year, 90 more are scheduled to be assigned to the Canal
area. The captain said that 60 percent of the 80 recruits
who are entering the National Guard's police academy are
to be assigned to his unit. The academy's curriculum in-
cludes extensive English courses. Although most of the
police personnel currently assigned in the Canal area are
bilingual, English courses are also conducted at the station
for those who need them, the captain said.
U.S. Medicare benefits do not
apply in Panama
In response to inquiries by Panama Canal Commision
employees regarding eligibility for U.S. Medicare benefits
in Panama, General Counsel Dwight A. McKabney has is-
sued the following statement: "There would appear to be
no legal ground on which to contend that the U.S. citizens
resident in or visiting Panama are eligible for payment un-
der Medicare of medical expenses incurred on the
Mr. McKabney's statement is based on provisions in
the Health Insurance for the Aged Act, which indicate that
only persons actually resident in the United States are eli-
gible to receive Medicare benefits.
There are limited circumstances when such benefits
are available for treatment received in Mexico and
Canada. For example, treatment in Canada or Mexico
may be reimbursed under Medicare for persons living near
the border, where the nearest medical facilities are outside
of the United States. Even in these circumstances, the ben-
eficiaries must be U.S. residents.
The Panama Canal College is celebrating its Golden
Anniversary this year, having served the Isthmian com-
munity since 1933. During its one-half century of opera-
tion, it has grown beyond its original purpose, which was to
provide a local, U.S.-accredited institution for children of
Members of the Canal community began to express
an interest in establishing a local college in the early 1920's,
but the number of students did not yet warrant official ac-
tion. By 1927, however, when Canal-area schools grad-
uated 71 students, the movement for a college began to
gain momentum. That year, as in the years preceding,
graduation day was greeted with mixed emotions because,
for many, it signaled the beginning of a lengthy separation
as students left for the United States to continue their edu-
It wasn't until the effects of the Great Depression be-
gain to be felt on the Isthmus in 1930 that official interest in
a Canal college was generated. With many Canal employ-
ees furloughed or placed on reduced wages, they were un-
able to finance a U.S. education for their children. Nor
were the children, once they graduated from high school,
able to find work on the Isthmus. A serious problem was
developing, and Canal officials began to seek a solution.
With space available in the Balboa School, the Canal
Zone Junior College was born. The inaugural ceremony
was held the first week in September in the patio of the
school's first home.
In 1933, even before the college opened its doors, the
Roosevelt Administration approved funds for a combined
high school and junior college. Construction began immed-
iately, and in November 1934 the college moved into the
concrete building that is now an annex to Balboa High
With rapid expansion, the college had outgrown its
quarters, and in 1963 it moved into the three-story building
in La Boca previously occupied by the technical school. Sit-
uated on the banks of the Pacific entrance to the Panama
Canal, the refurbished building became the permanent
home of the college.
The college's administrative system was flexible
enough to enable the school to make the transitions re-
quired under the Panama Canal treaties of 1977. Under
the terms of the treaties, the U.S. Department of Defense
took over operation of Canal-area schools on October 1,
1979. This included the college, which was renamed the
Panama Canal College.
The college's 50th year is being recognized through-
out 1983 with a number of special events and activities. In
this way, the entire Isthmian community is able to partici-
pate in the Golden Anniversary of its college.
Note page 62 of the June 1983 issue of the Canal Record for a
listing of the Golden Year's activities through December 10, 1983.
5/20/83 Commission strengthens security
Canal college serves community
for 50 years
by Michael Smith and Stanley S. Perkins
Michael Smith is professor of history and Stanley S. Perkins is
instructor of English at the Panama Canal College.
Acts of terrorism and violence are becoming increas-
ingly common throughout the world. Because the perpetra-
tors of these acts are usually seeking instant notoriety, they
often select internationally known landmarks as their tar-
Even though the Panama Canal has generally been
free of security threats over the years, it is a compelling fact
that it could become such a target. For this reason, Panama
Canal Commission Administrator D.P. McAuliffe states,
"It is a matter of prudence that we pay attention to se-
Employee awareness of the security aspects of their
work places will be developed by actively supporting secur-
ity improvements and developing a security consciousness,
"all of us will be more alert to unusual occurrences."
Access to Commission facilities will be controlled. In
the near future, employees may be required to identify
themselves to gain entry to Commission facilities, and
photo-identification badges may have to be worn at certain
locations. Visitor controls will be augmented, and inspec-
tions of parcels and vehicles will increase. Measures similar
to these have long been in effect in public areas in the
United States and are being employed generally through-
out Panama as well.
The increased security measures are expected to re-
duce the property losses increasingly sustained by the
Commission and Canal employees. They will also provide
the organization and its employees with the proper safe-
guards to continue the effective operation of the Canal.
Canal area computerizes
by Oleta Tinnin
"Macro," "macro," "hardware," and "software"
are becoming familiar terms for Canal-area residents of all
ages as an unprecedented invasion of machinery sweeps us
into an advanced stage of computerization. U.S. govern-
ment agencies on the Isthmus are relying more and more
on computers to facilitate data control, and even the school
system is beginning to get into the act.
The Panama Canal Commission implemented its first
computer in the mid-1960's. Through the years, newer
models have continuously updated the Canal computer
system and many functions have been added.
Department of Defense Dependents Schools
(DODDS)-Panama has not only computerized its admini-
strative records, it has begun to place computers in the
schools for student use in a 5-year program that will put ed-
ucational ATARIs in every DODDS school in the Canal
area. Elementary through junior college students will be
given computer training to prepare them for the technolog-
ical world they will encounter after graduation.
Computers may or may not be taking over the world,
but it seems fairly certain that in the Canal area, at any
rate, they have come to stay.
Pilot Understudy Program launched
The Panama Canal Commission's new Pilot Under-
study Program (PUP) was described by Administrator D.
P. McAuliffe as a "significant commitment to world com-
merce" during a program orientation session held last
week. The purpose of the orientation was to explain the
program to the instructors and inspectors who will be work-
ing with the pilot understudies.
Developed by the Marine Bureau and the Human Re-
sources Development Staff, the PUP is designed to produce
highly qualified pilots-in-training. The understudies enter
PUP, a 36-month program, through the merit selection
process. After they complete the program, they will begin
the 9-year Pilot-in-Training Program. By 1944, the first
group of understudies could be fully qualified as Canal
Eight Panamanians who possess a nautical education
and seagoing experience will be the pioneers in the under-
study program when it begins on July 1. Among them will
be six graduates of the Panama Nautical School, a graduate
of the Mexican Nautical School, and a nongraduate whose
training and experience qualified him for the program. All
are between 27 and 31 years of age; and one of them is the
son of one of the first Panamanians to become a Panama
Canal towboat master.
The program was coordinated through the planning
stages by Capt. David B. Flanagan, assistant chief of the
Navigation Division; Judith A. Baerg, chief of the Train-
ing Plans and Programs Branch; and Capt. George
Markham, acting chief of the Pilot Training Unit. The ac-
tual program will be conducted by an experienced pilot
working under the pilot training officer, Capt. R. D.
"We worked backwards to create the PUP," Captain
Flanagan explained: "First, we determined the character-
istics of the best possible Panama Canal pilot. Then we
made a topic list of all the required behavior and
knowledge. Using this topic list, the Commission has
created a program that will train the perfect Canal pilot."
Saying that the topic list will allow for changes and im-
provements in the program, Captain Markham added,
"This program is fluid. It's not set in concrete." Captain
Markham and Captain Flanagan encouraged the active
and dedicated participation of all instructors and inspectors
to produce a new cadre of skilled professionals who are well
equipped to join their fellow pilots in carrying out their
duties on the Canal.
Speaking on behalf of himself and Deputy Admini-
strator Fernando Manfredo, Jr., Mr. McAuliffe applauded
the new program. "A high standard of training must be
our continuing objective," he said to the group of approx-
imately 70 people gathered at the Panama Canal Training
Center. "How well you do will be an indication of how well
the Commission does in preparing for the future."
Manfredo to shippers in London:
Canal capacity at record high
Panama Canal Commission Deputy Administrator
Fernando Manfredo, Jr., returned last week from London,
where he and other Commission officials met with repre-
sentatives of the International Maritime Organization and
the International Chamber of Shipping. The purpose of the
meetings was to obtain the informal response of the ship-
ping industry to the possible adoption of the Universal
Measurement System by the Panama Canal. Similar
meetings were held earlier this year in New York and
While in London, Mr. Manfredo held a press con-
ference that was attended by 24 press representatives, in-
cluding reporters from major newspapers and shipping
journals. Mr. Manfredo spoke of the Canal's excellent
operating record. He attributed this record to a highly skill-
ed work force, to major capital projects such as the ac-
quisition of four tugboats, the purchase of additional tow-
ing locomotives, and the installation of high mast lighting
at all locks and to innovations that have been imple-
mented to improve service such as the new transit book-
Mr. Manfredo stated that these improvements have
enabled the waterway's capacity to be increased to some 42
vessels per day, including larger vessels, which would en-
sure a sufficient capacity margin through most of the cur-
rent decade. He added that the Commission's goal is to
maintain adequate levels of capacity to meet shipping de-
mand efficiently and safely at a price that would not dis-
New retirement rules resolve
"Catch 62" on service credit
Recent changes in retirement regulations will enable
employees under the Civil Service Retirement System
(CSRS) to receive Civil Service Retirement credit for
post-1956 military service and escape the famous "Catch
Individuals who first became covered by the CSRS on
or after October 1, 1982, will receive CSRS credit for
post-1956 military service at the time of retirement only if a
deposit for the military service is made to the CSRS.
Individuals who first became covered by the CSRS
before October 1, 1982, will have the option of either (1)
making the deposit for post-1956 military service or (2) re-
ceiving credit as in the past and having their annuity re-
computed at age 62 to eliminate post-1956 military service
if they are eligible for Social Security old age or survivor
benefits. Included are individuals who were, prior to Octo-
ber 1, 1982, covered under the CSRS and again employed
under the CSRS on or after October 1, 1982.
The deposit for coverage will be 7 percent of the basic
military pay received after December 31, 1956. Basic pay
does not include "allowances," such as flight or combat
No interest will be charged to current employees if the
deposit is made before October 1, 1984. For recently hired
and future employees, no interest will be charged on de-
posits made within 2 years after the date of employment.
If the deposit is not completed within the above time
limits, interest will be charged at the rate of 3 percent per
year from October 1, 1984 (or from the end of the 2-year
grace period), through December 31, 1984.
Effective January 1, 1985, the interest rate on deposits
will change to a variable rate determined annually by the
Secretary of the Treasury. The annual interest rate will be
based on the average yield of new investments purchased
by the CSRS during the previous fiscal year.
Deposits for post-1956 military service must be made
to the employee's employing agency. Except as noted be-
low, military service credit applications made by employees
or survivors of employees who die in service must be filed
with the appropriate office of the employing agency, which
is also the office responsible for computing the amount of
Employees who retire or separate with title to an an-
nuity after September 8, 1982, but before October 1, 1983
(and the survivors of such employees), may file an applica-
tion to make a deposit for post-1956 military service direct-
ly with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) only
in conjunction with an application for retirement benefits.
Employees who plan to retire on or before September 30,
1983, should complete deposits with their agencies to en-
sure expeditious processing of their retirement applica-
tions. If a deposit is not made prior to separation, an appli-
cation to make the deposit to the OPM must accompany
the application for retirement.
After September 30, 1983, a deposit must be made be-
fore separation. These deposits must be made to the em-
ploying agency. Survivors of employees who die after Sep-
tember 30, 1983, must make or complete the deposit with
the deceased employee's agency.
Eligibility for deposits is based on honorable active du-
ty service in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air
Force, or Coast Guard; the Regular Corps or the Reserve
Corps of the Public Health Service after June 30, 1960; or
service as a commissioned officer of the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration, formerly the Coast and
Geodetic Survey and Environmental Science Services Ad-
ministration, after June 30, 1961.
Deposits may be made for any period of service, but
not for less than a full period of service. Consecutive
periods of service with no break in service constitute one
"period of service." Lost time, such as periods spent away
without leave (AWOL), does not constitute a break in ser-
vice, but such time is not creditable for retirement and
must be subtracted from the total service time for retire-
ment computation. Military service performed prior to
January 1957 is included in the computation of an annuity
whether or not a deposit is made for service after December
Individuals who are receiving military retired pay
may make deposits under the following conditions:
An individual receiving retirement pay based on a
service-connected disability incurred in combat or in the
line of duty, or awarded under the reserve retiree provi-
sion, may make a deposit without waiving the retired pay.
An individual who is receiving retired military pay
for any other reason may make a deposit, but must waive
the retired pay prior to the commencing date of annuity be-
fore receiving credit for the CSRS.
Individuals who make deposits for post-1956 military
service are entitled to credit for the service under both the
CSRS and the Social Security System if they are otherwise
eligible. A deposit for military service is not required for
the military service to be creditable for leave accrual and
The agency payroll office will establish a deposit ac-
count as well as procedures for accepting future deposit
payments or installment payments. If the employee does
not make the payment in a lump sum, a payment schedule
will be established to permit installment payments, by allot-
ment or otherwise, of no less than $50 each or such larger
amount necessary to complete the deposit within 36 months
of the initial payment date. Survivors may not make in-
stallment payments, but must complete the payment in a
The employee (or survivor) is responsible for pro-
viding documentation of basic military pay. If complete
and actual pay records for the entire period of military ser-
vice are not available, the employee can request an esti-
mated earnings statement from the military service when
they file their application for deposit.
Towboat landing nears completion
Towboat operations at the Panama Canal will become
even more efficient with the completion of a tug landing on
Miraflores Lake. Designed to handle even the largest of
Panama Canal Commission tugboats, the landing will pro-
vide mooring facilities for tugs assisting vessels in the lake.
The Marine Bureau's interest in a landing grew when
the oil dock that was being used as a tie-up facility was
damaged in 1979. The Engineering Division was called
upon to prepare feasibility studies and cost estimates to de-
termine the best site for the new landing. Based on this in-
formation, the present site opposite the Miraflores Pipe
Shop was selected.
Crews work on the first of three sections of the new tugboat landing in
Miraflores Lake which will provide mooring facilities for tugs
assisting transiting vessels. In the background, a ship passes Mira-
flores Locks caisson number 2.
Photo by Kevin Jenkins
While the facility is being constructed, towboats are
tying up along the Miraflores Locks upper wingwalls. This
is less than ideal as the wingwalls can only be used for crew
changes, and the boats must lock through Miraflores to
Balboa, where they can dock for services. In addition, the
present arrangement is not cost efficient because, lacking
an electricity supply, the tugs must continually run their
The new landing will provide water, fuel, air, power,
supplies, and telephones and will be illuminated by mer-
cury vapor lighting, which will make it usable around the
clock. A 1-ton-capacity jib crane will also be on hand to help
with the loading and unloading of supplies and with the
performance of minor maintenance and repairs. The land-
ing is designed to accommodate two tugs, one on each side,
but it could handle more if necessary.
The structure will consist of an 82-foot-long by
20-foot-wide dock connected to the shore by a 110-foot-
long access bridge, both made of reinforced concrete and
supported by steel pilings.
INTEL to offer ship-to-shore
A coastal station to provide ship-to-shore telephone,
telegraph, and telex services to ships and passengers is
scheduled to go into operation in Panama during the first
quarter of 1985. It will also provide support services for the
Operated by the National Telecommunications Insti-
tute (INTEL), the station will have its receiving and opera-
tions center in Corozal. The operations center will control
the transmission center, which will be located in Chepo and
which will have a minimum range of 2,000 kilometers.
Construction of both facilities is scheduled for completion
about August of next year when the installation of equip-
ment will begin.
INTEL engineers said that, in addition to offering
commercial services to the maritime industry and to pas-
sengers and crews aboard oceangoing vessels, the station
will transmit information concerning the movement of
ships located near maritime ports.
Operation of INTEL's coastal station will serve to fill
a gap that has existed since October 1980, when the
U.S. Navy closed down a station it had been operating here
since 1960. At present, limited commercial services are be-
ing provided by two privately owned stations.
Community reps meet with Administrator
Recreation, health care among
Medical issues, budget cutbacks, and progress on the
resolution of longstanding concerns were the major areas of
discussion during the latest executive session of the Resi-
dent's Advisory Committee.
Cutbacks in Recreation Services Branch activities
were a major concern of all representatives at the meeting.
Because services on the Atlantic side are already so limited,
cutbacks are being made primarily on the Pacific side.
Nevertheless, the programs in Gamboa and Atlantic-side
communities will be studied to determine ways to econo-
mize. One of the changes affecting the Pacific side will be
the limitation of swimming pool operating time to 40 hours
per week, beginning on October 1. The affected com-
munities will help determine the new schedule. The sum-
mer program will not be trimmed on either side of the
Isthmus, though more use will be made of volunteers to
Cuts are being made throughout the Commission, not
just in the General Services Bureau. Commission financial
priorities are (1) Canal operations and those activities di-
rectly supporting the waterway, (2) training programs, and
(3) other support and service activities. The Canal's finan-
cial picture looks grim through Fiscal Year 1985, so rein-
statement of services now being cut is unlikely.
Walter C. Bottin, chief of the Employee Services
Branch and president of the Group Insurance Board, was
present to answer questions regarding health insurance. He
said that every effort is being made to minimize any future
increases in premium rates.
Another insurance-related concern involved the prac-
tice whereby an insured patient signs a blank claim form
for the doctor or clinic to complete. Though this has not
been considered a serious problem, a new claim form is be-
ing designed that will make it possible for the insured per-
son to be aware of services and charges.
Some local hospitals require a downpayment before
admitting a patient. Mr. Bottin explained that this is a
sound business practice, enabling the hospital to cover
charges for extra services not paid by the insurance com-
Procedural guarantees under the treaties and how
they compare to the recent constitutional reforms and
changes in Panama's judicial code were another topic of
concern to the RACs. The U.S. Embassy was asked to dis-
seminate information on this topic so that area residents
may be better informed about what to expect when dealing
with Panamanian law enforcement authorities.
Gamboa residents raised recurring concerns, in-
cluding the resurfacing of Gamboa Bridge. Col. J. J. Plun-
kett, director of the Engineering and Construction Bureau,
stated that Panama has overcome the problems that have
delayed repairs and that work should begin early in July.
Residents of Coco Solo expressed concern over power
irregularities experienced there in recent months. Colonel
Plunkett explained that many of the problems were caused
when brush fires in the dry season damaged transformers.
Other problems are caused by power fluctuations, and it is
virtually impossible to compensate for them.
Numerous rumors surfaced at the meeting that were
refuted outright. No housing areas are scheduled for turn-
over to Panama in the immediate future. The Diablo Boy
Scouts are not losing their building. A request from Pan-
ama for the use of the building across from the Balboa
Theater is under study but as yet no decision has been
made. Mr. McAuliffe also refuted the rumored 55 percent
rent increase, saying that findings from the rent review are
not expected for some time and that such a large increase
would not be considered.
Courtroom rights and duties defined
The responsibilities and rights of individuals involved
in judicial proceedings over traffic violations in the Re-
public of Panama have been outlined in a bulletin issued by
the traffic court. The bulletin cautions that noncompliance
may cause delays and errors and that offenders can be fined
An individual's duties are listed as follows:
To speak only when requested by the judge or of-
ficial in charge.
To speak and act with respect and courtesy.
To give correct and truthful information at all
To comply strictly with directions and procedures
given and to appear on time for appointments.
An individuals' rights are listed as follows:
To be heard and to be permitted to render any
To present witnesses who can give relevant testi-
To request or to render, at the appropriate time,
any evidence that would lead to the finding of the truth.
To start any appeal action against the judge's deci-
sion within 24 hours.
To be represented by an attorney (not mandatory).
To be allowed a period of 48 hours to pay the fine, if
the judge so decides. (Ordinary traffic tickets must be paid
by the date on the citation.)
R.P. constitutional changes
Individual legal guarantees were included among the
recent amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of
Panama. The amendments were approved in a constitu-
tional referendum held on April 24 and became effective
after publication in the nation's Official Gazette.
The following provisions represent changes that have
gone into effect as a result of the amendments:
Individuals detained by police authorities must be
immediately informed of the reason for their detention and
the legal rights to which they are entitled.
Individuals detained must be informed of the
charges against them before they make a statement.
Persons accused of a crime must be considered in-
nocent until they are found guilty in a court of law and
must be given the right to obtain legal assistance.
A person cannot be accused of any wrongdoing be-
fore a preliminary hearing is held. While investigations are
being conducted, the person under investigation is referred
to as "the suspect" rather than "the accused."
All requests for writs of habeas corpus must be
given priority over all other pending cases and will be proc-
essed whenever submitted, without regard for normally
scheduled working hours.
Paper bearing tax stamps is no longer required to
be used in civil cases or in cases of criminal complaints filed
by private individuals.
The traditional vacation recess of the judicial
branch has been eliminated. Under the 1972 Constitution,
the entire judiciary went on vacation during the month of
March and during Holy Week, sometimes causing delays
in matters pending before the courts.
One of the major provisions introduced by the consti-
tutional amendments is the direct election by popular vote
of Panama's president, two vice presidents, the mayors,
and members of the Legislative Council. They will all serve
5-year terms. The new provisions eliminate the
505-member Assembly of Community Representatives,
which, under the 1972 Constitution, elected the president
of the Republic and one vice president for a 6-year period.
Elections under the amended Constitution are to be held in
Computer simulator provides
data for Cut-widening study
Panama Canal pilots will navigate simulated ships
through a simulated Gaillard Cut as part of a comprehen-
sive study on the possibility of widening the Cut and the
entrance channels of the Canal. The Panama Canal Com-
mission has arranged for the Computer Aided Operations
Research Facility (CAORF) in Kings Point, N.Y., to
create the simulation through an interagency agreement
with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime
Gaillard Cut a 7-mile stretch running between
Pedro Miguel Locks and the Chagres River crossing is
the narrowest part of the Canal. Because of its 500-foot
width and its sharp curves, large vessels cannot meet safely
in this section. The one-way traffic restriction has become a
matter of increasing concern as the trend toward larger ves-
sels continues. After all other capacity-related projects
planned by the Commission have been implemented, the
limitations of Gaillard Cut and the narrow channel en-
trances would put a ceiling on Canal capacity.
The current study is aimed at determining the optimal
configuration and width that will permit uninterrupted,
two-way traffic of the large Panamax-size vessels through
the Canal. The solution will take into consideration the cost
of the volume of material that will have to be excavated and
the degree of safety that will be afforded to transiting
Successful completion of the study will provide the in-
formation necessary for the Board of Directors to render a
decision regarding the project. In the meantime, the Board
has created the Cut Widening Feasibility Committee to
establish guidelines and to monitor the study, which is
scheduled for completion in 1985.
Culebra Cut, Culebra. Looking north from west bank, south of Con-
tractors Hill, showing shovel no. 256 caught in Cucaracha slide.
February 7, 1913.
Overall responsibility for the project has been assigned
to the Office of Executive Planning. In this regard, the
chief of the Canal Improvements Division, Guillermo Van
Hoorde, Jr., has been appointed project manager. As tech-
nical secretariat to the Cut Widening Feasibility Commit-
tee, he will also coordinate all phases of the project and
keep the committee members abreast of the progress being
made. Melvin Bierman, deputy director of the Engineering
and Construction Bureau, is charged with the administra-
tion of the agreement with MARAD.
Photo by Katie Wingenbach
Sue Wallace, this year's Atlantic-side Independence Day parade
marshal, maintains the spirit of the Fourth at her own home with
this symbolic firecracker bush. Ms. Wallace, a native of Colon, was
chosen as parade marshal because of her service to the community.
Your Reporter Says... ..
NEWS FROM DOTHAN, ALABAMA
The incoming president of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida was presented with a beautiful wooden gavel
which was made by Bob Hurdle of Dothan, AL. Bob says
that he will make a gavel for each new president until he is
not able to do so. Thank you, Bob.
Annabelle and Wayne Henderson had a surprise
visit from their nephew, John Jay Mayo, who resides in
Golden, Colo. John spent three weeks with them. He lived
with the Hendersons for one year while in the Canal Zone
and he attended Canal Zone schools.
Barbara O'Connor and her sister, Grace Williams,
from St. Petersburg, were also guests of the Hendersons in
May. They attended the May luncheon at the Olympia
Spa and met many old friends. From Dothan they went to
Ft. Walton Beach, FL, to visit Barbara's son Johnny.
From the former Panama Canal Zone arrived Anna-
belle's niece, Emily Wilkinson McLean, her husband
Gary and two sons for a visit of eleven days. Emily attend-
ed the June birthday luncheon. The McLeans are on an
extended vacation to Canada, Colorado, California, and
Texas before returning to Panama.
Martha Bradford spent some of the summer with her
son and daughter-in-law, SFC Michael and Linda
Basham of Wahiawa, Hawaii, and grandchildren Karl
and Susan. Martha says it was like going home to the
Canal Zone. She also said "If I had met Tom Selleck, I
would have stayed longer." Amen.
Things have settled down to normal at the home of
Jim and Joan Collins after a visit from kinfolks. First,
Jim's mother, Inez B. Stafford, from Detroit, arrived just
in time to spend Mother's Day and Jim was delighted as it
was the first Mother's Day he had spent with his mother in
30 years. Then, son Jimmy and bride Kathy (Newbury)
were able to visit for one week during a break from school
for Kathy and teaching for Jim at Ft. Sill, OK. Daughter
Julie Blanchard and her family, Gary and son Derrick,
spent one week of their vacation after having visited with
Gary's folks in Texas. Gary is manager of Hardee's on
campus at Loyola University in New Orleans. While they
were here in Dothan, Julie's brother, Jerry, was able to
have a few days off from work with U-Haul in Tampa.
Jerry also attends United Electronic School.
Here are the happenings at 106 Huckleberry Lane ...
from the David Kelleher tribe. Dave and Betty are keep-
ing busy with three children at home. They also occupy
their time with gardening, golfing, soaps, MTV, and com-
munity activities. They became proud grandparents
November 29, 1982, with the birth of Kristopher Angel
Arosemena. He is the first child of Angel and Patricia
Kelleher Arosemena, who presently reside in Miami.
Steve and Margaret
Kelleher Marsalona are still
living in Ft. Lauderdale.
They are anxiously awaiting
for June to arrive when they
will be visiting Dothan on
their way up the east coast.
Mary Kelleher is living in
Tallahassee, FL. Steve
Tochterman and Mary visit
Dothan quite often. Mary is
employed with FSU Police.
She is presently attending a .
police academy to become m'ui "
certified. Davy is working for
a heating and a/c company in Walter Kelleher
Dothan and is majoring in computer science. Walter just
graduated from Northview High School Dothan. He
is Susy. She is finishing her junior year at Troy State -
Dothan and is majoring in computer science. Walter just
graduated from Northview High School Dothan. He
received a two-year music scholarship to George Wallace
Community College. He visited Panama during the sum-
mer before beginning school in the fall. Betty's mother,
Mabel Watts, lives in Tallahassee. She just celebrated her
78th birthday over Memorial Day weekend.
Dennis and Cristy Gilbert of San Jose, Costa Rica,
attended the Clearwater reunion and then came to Dothan
to visit John and Mary (Gilbert) Urey and Milly
(Gilbert) Patton. Many old friends attended a lovely
cocktail party hosted by Ralph and Ida Dugas and Milly
Patton at the Dugas' residence.
Tom and Lorraine Dugan and children, Tricia and
Brian, of Panama, are in Dothan spending the summer
with the John Ureys. The Dugans enjoy Dothan very
much and have not missed a summer since the Ureys mov-
Dothan Elks Lodge News: PER Tom Thompson pre-
sented a most prestigious award for Elk of the Year to
Wood Woodruff. Brother Woody was commended for his
untiring efforts and all the hard work he did around the
lodge. He was always available when a chore needed to be
done. Brother Woody thanked PER Thompson for the
honor bestowed upon him and also expressed his thanks to
the three stooges who helped.
News from Vince and Dotty Ridge: We left the P.C.
Society Reunion Sunday and stopped off at Kissimmee to
visit Jack and Lil Robson for two days then on to St.
Augustine, FL, to cat and dog sit for brother Pat Ridge,
and wife Jo, who flew to California for son David's gradu-
ation from California Maritime Academy. We enjoyed the
sun and surf for a week. We then drove to Dothan and a
too-short stay with Elsie and Woody Woodruff who
hosted a mini reunion with old (?) Canal Zone friends.
Then back to Pennsylvania via Virginia.
Until the next issue have a safe and happy sum-
Catherine (Whelan) Filo
No moss grows on Martin and Marilyn Annen and
two children. Marilyn teaches windsurfing almost daily,
and has organized the Northwest Arkansas Windsurfing
Fleet. In June, they hosted the Arkansas State Champion-
ship competition which drew competitors from several ad-
joining states. Martin is doing some substituting in the
Gulf for regular captains who are on leave from the Loui-
siana offshore oil port. Son Marty is spending several
weeks with Marilyn's brother and family in Michigan,
salmon fishing in the Great Lakes. Daughter Marla at-
tended a basketball camp and an orchestra camp.
Bob and Betty Balcer took a nine-day vacation in
Arizona where they visited daughter Susan who is taking
Medical Assistant courses. On the way home, they stopped
in Kerrville, TX, for a short visit with Iris and Dick
Hogan, old bowling companions of Bob's.
Addie Colclasure is delighted to have her grand-
daughter, Wendy Colclasure, 13, from Hawaii to spend
part of the summer with her. At the same time, Addie's two
sisters from Kansas are visiting her. They follow a brother
and his wife from Colorado Springs. Grandson Danny is
only a little slowed down as a result of breaking an ankle.
Nevertheless, he and brother Freddy, are preparing to go
to St. Louis with their church choir to participate in a con-
cert. Danny has a solo part; Freddy operates the sound
Marian Colclasure has taken university courses this
summer to qualify for teaching at high school level.
Jack and Joan Corliss are taking mini-vacations and
thoroughly enjoying them. For instance, they drove over to
Tulsa to see the show "Oklahoma" which was presented in
an amphitheater, and they are going to Kansas City to see
the Kingston Trio perform and to take a riverboat ride on
the Missouri River.
Mary Lou Engelke, daughter Cathy Crowell, and
three granddaughters spent several weeks in Florida, join-
ing her mother who was visiting Mary Lou's sister. Earlier,
Mary Lou journeyed to Washington State to congratulate
daughter Margaret Gallardo on earning her college
George Engelke spent considerable time in the spring
and early summer in the hospital, laid low by pneumonia
type illness. He is now home, doing well, and working hard
to regain the old zip, abetted by Edith and the Engelke
Virginia Favorite had a quick visit from son Russell
who drove up from New Orleans in late June to spend a
few days with her and Engelke relatives.
Herb and Willa Engelke had their fingers crossed for
awhile this summer. They left their Springfield, Missouri
home tojoin Herb's daughter Mollie, andherhusband, Bob-
by Joe Williford, and their children in Mississippi where
they were visiting Bobby Joe's mother, and where all the
younger Willifords broke out with chicken pox! So far,
Herb and Willa seem to have escaped the plague. When
the Willifords returned to Panama, they were accompanied
by niece Jenny Grammer, daughter of Herb's eldest
James Huffman, the younger son of Kathleen and
Willard, flew in from England for a month's visit. While
he was here, they went to Kansas City, MO, and watched
two games between the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas
City Royals. Later on, Jim went down to Conway, AR,
and spent two weeks visiting his brother, Will, and Kathy
and three girls. While visiting at Will's, Jim was asked to
play on the softball team his brother plays on, and they won
the tournament in Little Rock, and Jimmy came home
with another trophy. The Huffmans already have trophies
in the bedroom, living room, garage, and even up in the at-
tic. Rojo and Kathleen have had the "MS Kathleen" out
for a few spins and intend to get their fishing licenses and
try to catch some fish in Arkansas. Their garden is out-
standing this year. They've already had (mid-July) tur-
nips, radishes, onions, cabbage, and cauliflower which
Huey and Anne Hale from Tarpon Springs stopped
by in July to visit several people in the area the Con-
dons, Wrenns, and Kellers.
Though a great gun enthusiast and collector, Nobby
Keller was unable to do anything about the squirrel family
in residence in his attic except let them grow up. He and
Peggy helped Mama Squirrel by placing water and food in
their garage. Then when the babies got big enough for
Mama to take them out for a walk, the Kellers closed their
access to the attic and wished them well.
Though she is hesitant to speak about it until she's
more proficient, Betty McGilberry confessed that she is
learning to windsurf. Al and Miriam Bissett of Sarasota
stopped in for a visit with Betty in July. They were travel-
ing with their two dogs in their new Winnebago to Canada,
with stops with friends and relatives along the way. While
here, they all spent a lot of time on Beaver Lake at the An-
nen's on sailboat and pontoon. Al also got in touch with
George Engelke who was once his boss.
Jessie Newhard's son, John Albright, his wife Judy,
and two girls visited her for a couple weeks. Carolyn, 11,
arrived by plane a week ahead of the rest of the family, who
drove from Denver. John, Judy, and Carolyn departed a
few days later, leaving Stephanie to visit a little longer.
Grandson Donnie Albright, from Barnsdall, Oklahoma,
also spent a week with Jessie. In June, her visitors were
Ruth and Arthur Smith from Sun City, Arizona. She is
anticipating with pleasure the visit in late July of Edmund
Rogers, his wife Amy and their two sons from Diablo,
RdeP, and their daughter, whose husband is Judge Brown,
of Little Rock.
Nancy and Dorothy Sanders were favored with an all
too short one week visit in April by son Bruce III and San-
dy, up from Los Rios, RdeP, to visit their two Stateside
sons and other family members. With no trips planned, the
summer routine of yard, garden, and pontoon boating on
Beaver Lake is fully occupying the Sanders this year.
Joe and Libby Vowell were visited in July by their
son Charlie, who no doubt basked in their approval of his
new daughter, Casey Ann, who was born in May, and is,
according to Libby, very, very pretty and smart! Charlie
will attend a high school reunion in St. Petersburg, FL,
and will return to the Vowell's in Arkansas with his wife
Jacque and Casey Ann, who have been visiting her
parents, the Richard Crowells, in Deltona, on their way
back home to Arizona. Also visiting in July is the Vowell's
eldest son, Joe, and his wife Greta, and daughters Amy
and Allison, from Diablo, RdeP. Their itinerary includes
a visit with Greta's family in Kansas, and a week in Vail,
Colorado, where Greta will take some courses related to
her job as a nurse with DOD.
John and Polly Michaelis embarked on another of
their long, long vacations in April, touring and visiting
friends throughout the Southeast. They returned home in
late June in time to welcome son Zack and his wife and
daughter from California. Then tlley all went to Houston
for a family reunion with son Greg, daughter Irene, and
Brothers Mike and Pat Mika, sons of Mike and
Kathleen Mika, and grandsons of Karl and Fern Glass,
competed in Judo at the National Sports Festival in Col-
orado Springs in July. Each placed third in their respective
divisions, thereby earning an invitation to the February
Olympics trials in Colorado.
Red and Alice Nail were pleased that Richard and
Loraina O'Neill, with their 2Y2-year-old daughter,
Christina, chose to spend their week's vacation in north-
west Arkansas, visiting the Nails and some of the area's at-
tractions. Loraina is the daughter of Arnold (Buck) and;
Lorraine Landreth. They arrived in time to help prepare
for and to participate in the annual Nail Funny Farm (as
Loraina dubbed it when she was just a child and didn't
know better) Fourth of July Picnic and Bottle-Rocket Bat-
tle.This event was started back in 1976, the Bicentennial
Year, when Al and Polly Zon stopped in over the holiday
on one of their coast-to-coast tours. That year, it was
limited mostly to showy fireworks and a few bottle rockets
that Al and Alice fired at young fruit trees in a mock naval
battle. This year, it included a couple dozen or more peo-
ple, ages 1 Y to 69, colored lights strung in the back yard,
homemade ice cream, volleyball, badminton, lots of con-
versation, and thousands of bottle rockets shot off in a
hilarious battle conducted by grown men, ages 25 to 38,
and one boy, age 10, in a thick young grove of trees. The
smoke of the battle actually grew too thick to take pictures
of the action. Fire precautions were taken (extinguishers
and water buckets), and I think next year that safety glasses
will be mandatory, though there have never been any
casualties. The celebration concluded with a colorful
display of fireworks. In consideration of neighbors, small
children, and animals, no loud bangs were set off. Al and
Polly, where were you? Y'all come next year. BYOB
(Bring Your Own Bottle-rockets.)
During June, Evelyn Engelke was pleased to receive
a visit from old friends, Dr. Andrew and Lia DeBoer,
former residents of the Canal Zone, who were returning to
their home in Jacksonville, FL, after attending the gradua-
tion of their daughter Louise from medical school in
Texas. The DeBoers were accompanied by Els Schute, an
old friend of theirs, from Rotterdam, Holland. In July,
Ev's daughter, Judy Montanaro, flew in from Silver
Spring, Maryland, for a two-week visit. A few days after
her arrival, Ev's eldest son, John, and his three children
came from LaBoca, RdeP, for a visit. His wife, Laurie,
visited her parents in California, then joined her family in
Arkansas for a couple weeks before they all returned to
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
The hot days of summer have finally caught up with
us and find us hoping already for a cool reprieve! Freezing
and then canning the produce from our gardens or well-
stocked supermarkets keep us busy and our shelves are
already groaning from the weight!
Many in this area find home the coolest place to be, so
there are only a few adventuresome souls! Prior to the ar-
rival of summer, though, they took off for trips here and
Petie and Carl Maedl of Springdale attended their
first Pan Canal Reunion in Clearwater, Florida. They
reported that it surpassed all expectations as they visited
with countless friends, former neighbors, etc., going on to
take in Epcot Center and the Kennedy Space Center.
While in the vicinity, they enjoyed the hospitality of Andy
and Shirley Anderson, both at Dunnellon and at their
mountain cabin at Spruce Pines, N.C. They also visited
Bob and Marjean (Metzger) Koperski at Koperski's
weekend retreat in Avon Park, Florida, and Clyde and
Sarah Flowers in Port Orange. While in North Carolina,
they were guests of Clara Jorstad, and of Jon and Susie
Jorstad and two sons, who share the Jorstad homestead
near Bethel. Before returning home, they spent a week
with daughter Pam and Vince Gutowski and three grand-
children, now nicely settled in Charleston, Illinois. In July,
the Maedls traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to visit
The "Sip & Sew" group of ex-Canal Zonites, who meet once a
month at each other's homes in Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and
Fayetteville, Arkansas. L. to R. (Back row): Evelyn Engelke,
Betty McGilberry, Kathleen Huffman, Georgette Robertson.
L. to R. (Front row): Virginia Favorite, Gloria Malsbury,
Dorothy Sanders, Jessie Newhard, Glen Conklin, Etta Fay
Terrell, Frances Palumbo, Lee Butz. Missing are: Mary Con-
don, Petie Maedl, Alice Nail, Beulah Smithson, and Maxine
daughter Pat and Jim Krough, then joined the rest of the
Maedl clan at Pelican Lake and Rainey Lake, where Carl
caught his first walleye in Canadian waters. A visit to
Grace and Jim Pfau at Lake Cormorant brought the add-
ed bonus of seeing Chuck and Alice Latimer, formerly
with the Canal Zone schools division, and now residing in
Bates Wieman was delighted with a 10-day visit from
her two sons, Fred and Bud Huldquist. This was the first
time that they were all together since they were married!
Florabelle Helmericks and daughter, Christine, of
Houston, Texas, brightened the Easter holidays for Bates
by a visit. While in Fayetteville, Jack and Gloria Brown,
stayed with her, too.
Have you ever heard of the Whitlock, Burton,
Brown, Wieman Bridge Tournament? This was and is in
session every time these ardent bridge players get
On May 30, Eldridge and Minnie Burton visited
Minnie's sister, Mattilee White, in Las Cruces, New
Mexico, along with her daughter, Nancy Koepplinger, of
Audra Dugan reported that she hasn't been married
yet or buried!! She is fine and trying to keep cool!!
Theo Hallin's sister, Vesta Evans, from Carey,
North Carolina, has spent a pleasant time with her. Theo's
daughter just returned from a trip to Okinawa (where her
husband is stationed), Japan, Hong Kong, Mocao and
Communist China. She found it all most interesting.
Mildred and Ed Higgins had no news of their own,
but mentioned that their two sons were both in the
Mediterranean area. David, chief warrant officer on the
Ike D. Eisenhower Aircraft Carrier and Bart, 1st Class
Sonar, has his family with him in Sicily. So far, the two
brothers have not gotten together.
The Luke Palumbos drove east to Maryland, New
Jersey, and Ohio to visit his family for four weeks. They
also saw Ruth Beck and said that she was looking good.
Judy Palumbo, who was teaching Physical Education in
Cristobal High School last year, will be teaching English
there, starting in the fall. She, with Vannia, one of her
Panamanian students who has lived with her for three years
while she attended high school, will visit the Palumbos in
August. Jody is attending a workshop in California to up-
date for her English position. Toddy Palumbo and family
will also be up in August so the Palumbos will have a
houseful!! The more the merrier!
Clayton and Hazel Lovitt of Mariposa, Calif.,
former residents of Gatun in the '40s, stopped to visit the
Condons in April on their way home from a trip to the
Other former Zonians who have been guests of the
Condons recently were Lois and Charles Salyer of Jack-
sonville, Fla., Emmy Lou and Howard Clarke of St.
Petersburg, Fla., and Wendell Allen of Mount Vernon,
Mary Condon drove to Michigan in early July to at-
tend a reunion of some of her former students in Bergland.
While she was in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she
went to Mercer, Wis., to visit Jim and Harriet Norman in
their summer home there. They are still "Zonians,"
employees of DOD.
Ronald and Alice Jacobs drove over to Springdale
from Locust Grove, OK, to visit the Condons one day in
July. Ronald is also a "Zonian" and an employee of
Lee and Harry Butz, Sr., are happy to announce the
engagement of their daughter, Esther, to William Clair,
with the wedding scheduled for October 15. (See
Engagements and picture.) They will live in Jenks
Oklahoma, about 150 miles from Springdale, so it will be
easy driving orflying distance!
Peter Butz and his family took a trip to Tyler, Texas,
where they visited the Paul Richards family. On their
return to Sapulpa, OK, they spent several days at Six Flags
where they rode everything that moved! Now, home finds
them busy with their large garden. Peter's thumb seems to
be picking up the same green color of his father's and
Don't forget the Annual Luncheon of Northwest
Arkansas, held on October 9 at Fayetteville Holiday Inn.
Be seeing' ya.
Well, our Annual West Coast Reunion is set for the
weekend of September 9-10-11 at the Catamaran Hotel in
San Diego. Please call your friends and invite them to this
event. Remember, this is not just for BHS and CHS alum-
ni, but for any and all who have a special place in their
heart for the Zone. We will also have a live band this year.
So remember to mark your calendar, plan to be there and
bring a friend. A special thanks to George and Carol
Metivier for a very successful picnic. Everyone had a good
time and we will certainly plan on a repeat next year.
Florida Reunion May 1983
This year at the Florida Reunion, we had a booth sell-
ing memo pads and stationery with the matchbox logo as
well as T-shirts with the Canal Zone seal. Kenny Stone
was the push behind the T-shirts and he manned the booth
with the help of David Lane and Donna Geyer Bowman.
We sold out of T-shirts and did pretty good with the memo
pads and stationery. We also shared our booth with Lynda
Geyer who had prints (signed and numbered) for sale. We
will have some of these prints for door prizes at our Re-
union in September. As usual, a good time was had by all
and the usual lack of sleep. Saw quite a few of our Califor-
nia members there, to name a few: Bill Bailey, Donna
Geyer Bowman, Don and Gladys Brayton, Kathleen
(Steiner) and Court Bennett, Robert and Rosa Dill, Joe
Grill, Ellen Johnson, Bud Kelleher, Lee Kelso, David
Lane, Zeke and Fern Morse, Art and Ora O'Leary,
Robert and Millie Provost, Tom and Marion Rice and
their kids, Claire and Hampton Tedder, Kenney Stone,
Irene and Ray Will, and Chubby and Milton Wright. It
From Bob and Millie Provost reporting on a
delightful trip to the 51st Annual Reunion in Florida. We
left Torrance, California, near the end of April in our
Mini-Mirage motor home (via Las Vegas, of course) to
Rockledge, Alabama. We made such excellent time, we
detoured through Hot Springs, Arkansas, and spent a day
there at a fantastic RV camp heated indoor swimming
pool, sauna, whirlpool, exercise rooms all for $10. What
a sweet deal. After a few days on top of Sand Mountain in
Alabama, we left for Atlanta and spent a couple of days
there. On to Columbus, Georgia, for an overnight visit at
kinfolks, and finally on to St. Petersburg, via Plains,
Georgia, where we saw the home of the best President
Panama ever had plus the famous "Billie" filling station.
After a few days at Madeira Beach and Seminole, Florida,
we checked into Surfside Holiday Inn and registered for the
Reunion. Space precludes all whom we met and renewed
old acquaintances .. some I haven't seen in 40 plus years!
The highlight of the Reunion was of course, Lucho!
Needless to say, "Old Rubberlegs" danced his fool legs
and arms off! Arms? How else can you dance Panamanian
style mon? After resting 24 hours (mon, I was bushed!), we
got back in the swing of things and acquired many ar-
tifacts, etc., of Panama at the Reunion. Only too soon it
was all over. We said our goodbyes and started our way
home. We enjoyed Wilson Purvis and his wife Ethel for 3
days at Epcot Center. Stopped in Dothan, Alabama, to
visit Ralph and Ida Dugas, and John and Maria Urey.
Homeward bound, we stopped in Juarez and Las Vegas,
then long last home! A great trip and would you believe,
my Mini-Mirage never faltered and gave me 17 mpg! Fan-
tastic! See everyone at the picnic.
Kappi and Bert Asensio arrived from Corpus
Christi, Texas, on July 8 to be the guests of Charlie and
Hazel Heim. Bert, Charlie and Ellen (Greenleaf)
Johnson were cheerleaders at CHS just a few years back.
Kappi and Bert attended the picnic on July 10 with
Charlie and Hazel. During the first part of May, Bill and
Nancy (Gill) Guthridge were visited in San Diego by her
sister Dot (Gill) and Bob Burnhart of Hernando Beach,
Florida, and brother Jack and wife Dara Gill, of Free-
mont, California, while enroute on a tour of the Orient for
From Janice Cameron Ross ... the first part of May,
I took a cruise to Mexico with my longtime co-worker of
Long Beach Naval Base days, Anne Copley. Accompany-
ing us were Mr. and Mrs. Paul Miller, of Laguna Hills.
We went on the new SS Tropicale of the Carnival Cruise
Lines, sailing out of San Pedro and stopping at Puerto
Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. We enjoyed the
ship very much, best of the cruise ships I have ever been on
so far. The rooms were larger, being arranged differently
than other ships, and with unusual amenities such as TV in
each room (for movies) and every outside room had large
windows instead of portholes. Anyone living in Southern
California would enjoy leaving from San Pedro seemed
so nice to only have a 30-minute drive to board the ship.
Don and Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke had Vern and Catsy
(Taylor) Schafer, Lou and Sue (Taylor) Pitney, and
Tom and Layne (Taylor) Ashton as guests for golf and
dinner at their home in Rancho Bernardo, California.
Tom and Layne were visiting Mr. and Mrs. Schafer for two
weeks in San Diego.
Tom Tettenburn was honored at a retirement dinner
on Saturday, July 2, at the San Diego Naval Air Station,
North Island, upon his retirement from the U.S. Navy.
Martha Hawk, daughter of Mrs. Gladys Hawk and
the late Murray Hawk of Panama, was married in Naples
Plaza (Long Beach) on May 14, 1983, to Craig Vokey.
Martha's sister and brother-in-law, Lars and Marcella
(Hawk) Morales, and Kenny and Frances (Flynn)
Morales were there. Also at the wedding were Dave and
Betsy (Morrison) Vosburgh, Steve Cartotto, Tina (Car-
totto) and Mike Ressa, Joan and Jack de Grummond,
Mahlon Hawk and Pat Vogel who presently is a repre-
sentative for Argentine Arlines. Jack de Grummond wore
his Montuno shirt and hat and danced a lot! Mahlon
Hawk, Martha's brother, played bass and Steve Cartotto
brought his electric piano and everyone danced in the
streets! Literally! Martha and Craig had arranged with the
city to block off that portion of Naples Plaza next to their
home for the reception.
Helen Dudak of Orlando, Florida, was able to spend
just one day at the Canal Zone reunion in Clearwater
before starting on a cruise of the Caribbean, a stopover in
Jamaica and in Panama for a tour of Balboa, including
Balboa Union Church and her former home on San Pablo
Street and then on to Los Angeles where she left the
cruise tour. She was met there by Lolita (Provost)
Packard, BHS '40, who entertained Helen for several days
at her home in Westminster, Calif. Lolita invited several of
L. to R.: Florence Peterson, Carolee Payne Phillips, Jack
DeGrummond, Jeannette Payne, and Helen Dudak, at the
home of Lolita Provost Packard, Westminster, CA, May 29,
L. to R.: Lolita Provost Packard, Nancy Norton Carter, and
Joan Ridge DeGrummond, classmates, BHS '30, at
Lolita's home, Westminster, CA, May 29, 1983.
Helen's friends from Canal Zone days for a delightful lun-
cheon at her home on May 28. Those attending were:
Mrs. Al Payne (Jeannette) of Riverside, Calif., and her
daughter, Mary Carolee (Payne) Phillips, who resided in
Albrook AFB in the '30s and '40s; Florence Peterson,
Glendale; Nancy (Norton) Carter, BHS '40, San Diego;
and Jack and Joan de Grummond, BHS '40, of Laguna
Hills. The following day, Helen and Lolita visited in
Pasadena with Mrs. Lillianne Rolofson, widow of Dr.
Rolofson, former pastor of Balboa Union Church. Helen
flew on to Seattle to see Margaret Haw Teegarden.
Margaret toured her through the city and past the public
library building that her husband, Clark Teegarden,
designed, and the hospital where Margaret volunteers as a
librarian. After visiting with Clark and Margaret and see-
ing her lovely home, they drove to Auburn for a visit at the
Health Care Center with Sue Core Odom, which
Margaret had arranged. Sue was waiting for them in the
lobby, dressed smartly in a red dress with black trim and
jewelry. Helen was so happy to see Sue again it has been
about 20 years since she last chatted with Sue at one of the
Panama Canal Society reunions in Florida. Helen also
visited in Richland, Wash., with Barbara Comber
McDougal, BHS '49. Many members will remember Bar-
bara and her mother, Teresa Comber, who worked in the
Mechanical Division Superintendent's office for Mr.
Jack and Joan de Grummond left California on June
10 with their trailer for a family reunion in Kerrville,
Texas, staying with Joan's sister-in-law, Julia Belle
(Wilson) Ridge, in her lovely new home which is next door
to her son-in-law and daughter, Don and Cathy (Ridge)
Adams. The focal point of the reunion was the Ceremony
for the Profession of Sister Therese Ann Ridge (Mary E.
Ridge), Sister of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacra-
ment, at Incarnate Word Convent Chapel, Corpus Christi,
on July 2. (See Congratulations)
Following the ceremony and reception arranged by
the Sisters, all the family (at one time there were 30) spent a
few days at "The Island House," a retreat on Padre Is-
land, Corpus Christi, as guests of the Sisters. Joan and
Jack then trailered over an upper route for two weeks be-
fore returning south to Kerrville, touring Lake Mead, the
Grand Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona area, cliff
dwellings, old copper-mining town of Jerome, the Petrified
Forest and Painted Desert in Arizona, then to Santa Fe,
Taos adobe Indian dwellings and Las Vegas.
Col. and Margaret Meigs Molloy and daughter,
Cathy, are spending the summer in Okinawa. He is
teaching graduate classes through the University of
Donna Dickson Hudson attended the University of
Utah on a scholarship for the Preventative Education for
Youth. The course dealth with alcoholism and drug abuse
and will be helpful in her volunteer work.
Once again Sam Maphis will be officiating in the Big
8 conference. His season will begin September 2 and end
November 21, so watch your football games and look for
Sam every Saturday. There are five Big 8 officials in Col-
orado. The only games he can't officiate are the Colorado
games since he was a quarterback for the University of Col-
orado from '52-'56. In 1965 he even officiated in Panama.
Capt. and Mary Jane Ugarte Weade's youngest
daughter graduated from the University of Northern Col-
orado in Greeley, June 11. Mary Jane was a member of the
Epsilon Pi Tau, an honorary Industrial Arts fraternity, and
nominated to the National Dean's List. Their son,
Michael, and his wife Jan, and two children from Panama,
spent two months with them visiting Yellowstone and the
Raymond and Barbara Geddes Shaw had several
guests. The 109th annual Shriners convention was held in
DenverJuly 3 8. Vance and Georgia Howard came early
and spent a few extra days. To name a few of the others
who came to our fair city are Rolando Linares, Davis and
June Rowley Stevenson, Skip and Beverly Rowley, and
Chuck and Dottie Lavalee.
In February, Chuck and Linda Nicolaisen Thatcher
and infant son, Michael, visited and skied in
The Shaws also met Ann and Antonio Suescum at
Club Med in Ixtapa, Mexico, where a good time was had
B. J. Becker Law and daughter, Cathy McIntire
Ricky, and two sons attended the convention in Florida.
Then B. J. flew to Balboa, Panama, to visit her daughter,
Valerie McIntire Dempsey, and husband Bud, and
grandchildren for two weeks. While there, she visited with
Larry and Angle Proback Gramlich, Dorothy Rowley
Gerhardt, Edward H. Sinclair, and Maruja Charles.
B.J. and Milt then went to Salem, Oregon, for the Zone of
Skeet Shoot. Milt won a medal for his class in the 410
Mary Eleanor Becker has been quite ill and spent
May and June in the hospital severe anemia and
cataract operations on both eyes. She is doing fine and back
Val, Bud Dempsey, and children vacationed in Col-
orado. They also visited Donny and Paula Witt Adams
and children in Griffin, Georgia, and Bud's parents
Herschell and Florence Dempsey, and brother, Warren,
in Anniston, Alabama.
An informal get-together was held at the Law's in
honor of Val and Bud. Those in attendance were Mary
Eleanor Becker; Mary Jane and Fred Weade, and
daughter Mary Jane and son, Mike and Jan Crecelius
Weade, and children; Cathy and Jim Richey and
children; Buckeye and Bette Tarrell Swearingen; Bill
Fulleton; Darlene Tuttle; and Fred and Donna Hudson.
My husband, Bob, and I are off for 2/2 weeks to
southern Spain. We'll see how my Panamanian Spanish
does in the mother country.
Penny Pennington Graham
The Annual Panama Canal Reunion in Florida
always brings many nice visitors to our Sarasota area. Mrs.
Marion (Neeley) Greene was hostess for the Monday
Morning Coffee Group which brought many of the ladies
together, namely Mrs. Harold J. (Marion) Bevington of
Rock Stream, N.Y., and her daughter, Jane Bevington
Etienne of Fort Lee, N.J.; Geneva Bliss Shrapnel of Seal
Beach, CA; Nellree Berger of Signal Mountain, TN;
Nellie Berger Brown of Sebring, FL; Isabel "Toodles"
Warren Setzer of Sun City, FL, and Mickey (Walker)
Fitzgerald of New Smyrna Beach, FL.
After the reunion Dorothy Messer Brown of
Lakewood, CA, visited with her brother, Robert, and
Martha Messer of Venice. She spent several days in
Sarasota as the houseguest of Mina Dee and enjoyed some
of our interesting attractions, as well as our nice
George and Mayno (Bliss) Walker had several re-
unions following the annual reunion in May. Mrs. Geneva
(Bliss) Shrapnel, her 90-year-old aunt; Bill and Dot
(Hoffman) Allen, all of Seal Beach, CA, and their
daughter, Betsy Allen Kane of Ventura, CA, and brother,
Gerald (Budd) Bliss, Jr., of Campbell, CA, were their
house guests in Sarasota. Other family members joined in
the family gathering at their home, namely Curtis and
Emily Bliss of Rockledge, FL, and theJ.O. Barneses and
Gladys Humphrey of Sarasota.
"Going on 90 and Going Strong" topped the birthday
cake for Geneva who was able to celebrate the reunion oc-
casion with a birthday reception with family and friends in
Sarasota. Neil and Catherine Haynie O'Brien were the
hosts at the home of Ned and Dorothy Conlon.
Prior to the 1963 BHS/CHSS 20th Anniversary Class
Reunion held in Clearwater in July, the Walkers had
another family reunion with friends in their home. Their
son, Fred R. Walker, and wife, Kay (Mills) Walker, and
son of Panama were on their Stateside vacation, and also
their daughter, Jeanne (Walker) Wagner and daughters
from Chugiak, AK, and daughter Mabelle (Mickey Wal-
ker) Fitzgerald and son, Patrick, of New Smyrna Beach,
FL, were house guests. They were joined by other family
members, namely Carole (Walker) Peregoy, Barney and
Rae (Bliss) Barnes, Walter and Blanche (Walker) Hart-
man, as well as Gladys Humphrey and daughter, Donna
J. Mann and children, all of Sarasota, as well as her son,
Donald L. Humphrey, of Palm Bay, FL.
A pleasant surprise was having an overnite visit with
Capt. Greg Fischer, U.S.N., Vicki (Baldwin) Fischer
and daughter, Kristin, and son, Robbie, of EWA Beach,
Hawaii, to join in the gathering. Vicki and Jeanne
Wagner are classmates and the family came to attend the
Class Reunion in Clearwater.
Vernon Bryant and his mother, Allena McHan Kel-
ly, of Seminole, accompanied by Jody Roberson and his
wife, Delores of Tampa, FL, came to visit Tom Hughes of
Deer Park, TX, while he and his wife were here for his
parents' wedding anniversary. They were joined by
Sarasotans, Leneve and Jerry Stroop, who all had a great
time talking over old times and reminiscing about their
high school days with Tom, his parents, and sister, Sandra
Vernon, Jody Roberson, and Jerry Stroop were class-
mates with Tom at Cristobal High and it had been several
years since they had been able to get together.
Welcome to George O. "Lanky" Flores, who re-
cently moved to 1867 Rita Street in Sarasota. Lanky re-
tired in 1980 as Chief of the C.Z. Fire Division and re-
mained in Panama until he decided to move Stateside and
decided Sarasota would be a great place to live. He is look-
ing forward to getting reacquainted with the Sarasota
Bob and Dolores Hammetter enjoyed a visit with
their daughter and family, Max and Robyn (Hammetter)
Suter and son, Alfred, of Jacksonville, FL. They came
over in their family plane. While here they celebrated
Robyn's birthday in June. Max left after a weekend visit
and came back later for his family's return home.
In July the Hammetters drove to Winter Park, FL,
for a birthday visit with Mrs. Helen Swearingen of that
Pete and Ruth Sawyer are presently in N.C. at The
Cradle of Forestry in Pischah, N.C., where they have been
serving as volunteers with the Interpreter Society and
Forest Service Volunteers. They have enjoyed doing this
work for the past several years and look forward to return-
ing each year.
A recent note from the Sawyers tells of meeting Mavis
Fortner in Hendersonville, N.C., as she was homeward
bound to Florida, and how much she enjoyed talking
"Canal Zone." The Sawyers also recently visited with
their daughter, Susan, and family, in the Washington,
Fred Mohl and his wife, Trudi, who live in the Gulf
Gate area, spent the month of July in California visiting
Trudi's 92-year-old mother.
Al Bissett flew to England to attend a young friend's
wedding in Sussex, England. After the wedding he enjoyed
extensive travel in southern England with the groom's
parents. Later he was entertained by friends in Wales and
also was the guest of Baron Von Toll on board a West
German frigate in Portsmouth Naval Yard before return-
ing to Sarasota in the middle of May.
Richard Reinhold of Bentonville, AR, has been in
Sarasota several weeks to be with his cousin, Bill Price,
while he recovers from his recent eye surgery and lens im-
Allen and Kay Miller enjoyed a summer visit by
their daughters, Marjorie (Miller) of Colorado Springs,
CO, and Martha (Miller) Hoskins, of Portland, OR.
Joyce and Jack Clarke returned in July following a
month in Savannah, GA, with his daughter, Nancy
Clarke Kresge, and her son, John.
Gladys B. Humphrey
Jessica Matheney of St. Petersburg celebrated her
90th birthday on April 26, 1983, with a cocktail and buffet
dinner at the Pasadena Golf Club. Many of the 70 friends
joining the celebration were friends of the family from their
days on the Canal Zone. Out-of-state celebrants were Bob
and Evie Matheney from Sun City, AZ, Grover and
Freddianne Matheney from Panama and son Angus
Matheney from Peking, China. What a gala occasion!
The new Showa University Research Center, 10900
Roosevelt Boulevard, St. Petersburg, FL, announced its
first business advisory board, to oversee and make recom-
mendations to the institute's board of directors.
Stuart Clemmons, former business principal and
presently a consultant to Chase Manhattan Bank in New
York, was named business advisory board chairman.
Clemmons also is co-chairman and president of the
U.S.-Japan Foundation for Biomedical Research. The
nonprofit institute is dedicated to international cooperation
by research scientists to understand disease causes and to
the eventual prevention of some of the incurable diseases
such as cancer and virus infections.
"Stu," son of Joseph B. Clemmons, Jr., of St.
Petersburg, and the late Isabelle Bitter Clemmons, is a
1958 graduate of Balboa High School. He, his wife Joan
and their three children are also residents of St. Petersburg.
Penny Lou Hall graduated from St. Petersburg
Junior College on May 11, 1983, with honors and with an
Associate Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. Capping
Penny Lou Hall, graduate of St. Petersburg Junior College, with
honors and Associate Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.
ceremonies were held at the Belleview Biltmore Country
Club in Clearwater on May 13. Penny Lou is the daughter
of William S. and Mary Lou Hall, formerly of Diablo,
Canal Zone, and now living in St. Petersburg, FL.
Penny is going to Galveston, TX, where she will be
godmother to Tara Elanie Griffite, baby daughter of Ra-
quel (Biboo) and Charles Griffite and will enjoy a happy
On May 1, Barbara O'Connor and Grace Williams
took off from St. Petersburg and drove to Dothan, Ala-
bama, for a visit with Alfred DeWayne and Annabelle
Henderson in their delightful home. While there they at-
tended the monthly meeting of the Birthday Club. There
were quite a few ex-Canal Zonites present and many mem-
ories revived. I would love to name everyone but my
memory has let me down. As I would surely miss several
names, I will just say it was a very delightful occasion and
not mention any.
We went from Dothan on Thursday, May 5, to Ft.
Walton Beach, FL, where we visited Barbara's older son,
John O'Connor, his wife Sharan and daughters Tracy
Lee and Melissa Lynn who have just moved into their
own home. Address: 1202 Thomason Drive, Ft. Walton
Beach, FL 32548. It is close to where they were living and
very nice. We stayed there until Saturday when we drove
The following Friday, John and his family came to St.
Petersburg to attend the Panama Canal Society Reunion.
They stayed with us until Sunday when they returned to
Ft. Walton Beach for work, school, and normal (?) life.
I would love to tell you more about the Reunion but
my usual good health passed me by during the week of
traveling and I was unable to attend most of the gala af-
fairs. The only one thing I can tell about was the Past
Matron's luncheon. My voice was gone but the pen could
still work. Our attendance, including members and guests,
was 54. Our special soloist, Nellree Berger, Past Matron,
enchanted us with her lovely voice during the meeting.
Dorothy Pate presided as Retiring President and intro-
duced Mrs. Dorothy Yocum who will assume the presi-
dential duties at the meeting in September. Dorothy Pate
was commended on the excellent and progressive year just
Colleen O'Connor Lau accompanied her husband
Technical Sergeant Ernesto Lau from Austin, TX, to St.
Petersburg, FL, where they visited her mother, Mrs. Bar-
bara O'Connor. T/SGT Lau has been ordered overseas to
Korea for one year. They may come to St. Petersburg to
settle residence for Colleen until his return. Any mail for
Colleen may be sent c/o Mrs. Barbara O'Connor, 4034
32nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713 and it will
be promptly delivered,
Alton and Vera Jones made a 14-day trip to Virginia
where they had a most enjoyable visit with Luther, Frank
and Essie Jones and children, and other relatives of Alton
Jones. Also Bill and Annie Laurie Halvosa while in
Raleigh, VA, and with George and Frances Phillips in
Virginia Beach. What a happy visit!
Olga and Leonard Caisse of Lakeland, FL, are vaca-
tioning in Costa Rica with relatives, going by way of
Panama to visit friends. Aren't vacations wonderful?
The Panama Canal Society Reunion brought about a
family reunion.'The four Hewitt sisters: Nora Hewitt
Greene, Helen Hewitt Alexander, Edna Hewitt Ogle-
tree and Margaret Hewitt Sapp, planned to be together
for the closing of the Fiftieth Anniversary Year. On Mon-
day, May 15, all the kinfolk went to Edna Ogletree's for a
family get-together. Included at this all-day affair were
Charles and Nora Green, Aiken, SC; Helen Alexander
and family, San Antonio, TX; Margaret Sapp and family,
St. Petersburg, FL; Edna Ogletree and family, St.
Petersburg, FL; and Isabel Gibson. It was a memorable
visit for all attending all the reunion activities and then con-
tinuing doing things together for another week.
On Sunday, June 5, Emma Sherriff who lived in
Panama during the construction days and later, celebrated
her 87th birthday at the home of her niece Dorothy and
Albert Pate. Among the 25 guests who attended this joy-
ous birthday party were the following former Zonians:
Pauline Holmelin, Marie Wolf, Rose Wolf Alexander,
Charlene Alexander Edwards, Edna Hewitt Ogletree,
Margaret Hewitt Sapp, and Muriel Holmelin Whit-
man. Emma received birthday congratulations from Presi-
dent Ronald Reagan and Congressman C. W. Bill Young.
Dr. Deborah Pate visited her mother and father,
Dorothy and Albert Pate and her grandmother, Marie
Wolf, during the Reunion and attended all activities. Dr.
Pate was selected to study under the world renowned radi-
ologist, Dr. Donald Resnick, in San Diego, CA, this past
Elizabeth (Sis Wirtz) Stabler underwent surgery on
July 6 and was in serious condition for awhile. She is now
recovering at home but will be confined to bed for six
weeks. I feel sure that cards or notes would do much to
make her feel better. Her address is in the annual issue of
the Canal Record, but I will make it easy for you: Mrs.
Elizabeth Stahler, 1873 S.W. Cassia Avenue, Palm Bay,
On July 1, the Panama Canal Society of Florida held
its meeting at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, courtesy of
Joe Collins. Anna Collins, our President, was in charge of
the brief meeting then what a luncheon! Simply
beautiful and simply delicious! The table centerpieces were
liberty bells topped with small United States flags. All
joined in a salute to "Our Country" and in singing that old
favorite, "God Bless America." After we finished lunch
with a variety of fantastic desserts, we were introduced to
Patricia Broad, a Director of the St. Petersburg Public
Library for the past year. She is the holder of a master's
degree in Library Science. Her pet hobby is reading and
telling stories, and how well she does it! She truly held our
interest as she told us of "The Wives of the Presidents."
Each person present received a 50th anniversary ash
tray, as a gift from the Society. The lucky winner of the
Door Prize, a beautiful painting donated by Sue Graham
of Kerrville, TX, was Elizabeth (Mrs. Tex) Stahler.
The meetings of our Society are truly wonderful to
look forward to. Don't miss them if you can possibly at-
Anna and Joe Collins no more than returned home
from the Reunion in Clearwater when their daughter, Jen-
nifer Thomas, husband Dale and sons, Brent, David and
Ryan Charles arrived from Troy, MI, for a two-week va-
cation. They were all happy to meet their new aunt and
cousin as Bernadette was home with her son, Richard
Anna's niece, Donna Marie Graham Day, of Dallas,
TX, spent several days after the Reunion with her aunt,
Mrs. Perc Graham. Another niece, Susan Kotalik
Morse, spent several days with the Collinses so all the rela-
tives had a lovely visit while at the beach and over meals.
On June 2, Bernadette's beautiful girl Carla Marie
Catlett was born. On June 5 when Carla Marie came
home to Grandma and Pop pop's house, Gregory and
Karen Collins (Dr. Hutchinson) of Jackson, MS, and
their two girls, Cheryl and Bonnie Anna, born March 29
with Charles of Meridian, MS, arrived. "Only grand-
parents would have enjoyed our busy six-day visit. Babies
are precious and enjoying the beach with one and a half
year old children was delightful," said Anna.
Charles's wife, Nancy, was off to Rome, Italy, for a
month on a grant with the University of Mississippi
Humanities Department. Charles later met Nancy in New
Orleans upon her return where they then spent the July 4th
weekend with Greg and Karen's family at the
Hutchinson's home in Baton Route. Nancy told them all
about her interesting trip to the many churches, museums,
concerts and classes. It was a marvelous trip and the knowl-
edge gained will be passed on to Nancy's music and
humanities students this year and for years to come.
Charles who is an Ensign in the Supply Corps,
U.S.N.R., is attending the Naval Supply Corps School,
University of Georgia, Athens, for two weeks. While there
Nancy is visiting her folks in South Carolina.
Susanna and Richard Morse with children Michael
and Michelle and Susanna's mother, Carmen Kotalik,
and Johnny visited the Collinses while they attended the
BHS/CHS '63 20th Class Reunion in July.
The Canal folks have been busy and active around
here this summer. Several people have been kind to this re-
porter and sent me all kinds of "goodies" to have sent in to
the Canal Record I appreciate that ....
Viola (Stephens) Whitehead of Tallahassee had a
very nice "Old Timers" get-together in April when
Gushie Renz of Mobile and her sister, Erna Hower of St.
Petersburg, Fla., arrived for a week's visit. Maud Mason
and Lois Woodruff, both of Tallahassee also made for a
wonderful reunion. Viola said that the friendships go back
for some 54 years. Three of the ladies arrived in Balboa in
1929 as their husbands were employed by the Dredging Di-
vision and they all lived in Gamboa. Viola couldn't speak
enough of the good times the friends had during the week-
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L. to R.: Erna Hower, Maude Mason, Viola
Whitehead, Lois Woodruff, Gushie Renz.
Anne Rathgeber and Mary Jane Paulson hosted a
baby shower for Debbie (Elich) Patton. To wrap up the
summerJan took off with her daughter, Marcia Nita, and
grandson, Tony, in the camper for Iowa, Wisconsin, Can-
ada, Pennsylvania, NewJersey, North Carolina, and back
On the 3rd of May, Annie Rathgeber hosted a "typi-
cally sumptuous" birthday dinner for Mary Lynch. I am
sure that some 'lady reporter' could really describe this
much better than I but all I can really say is the dinner
was truly outstanding and the table setting was just elegant.
Joining Mary for the celebration was her husband, Val,
Eunice Richard, a former writer for the Pan Canal Infor-
mation Office who now lives in Jonesboro, Georgia, and
myself a very hungry neighbor.
There was a no-host 4th ofJuly party held at the Paul-
son's house (Cash and Mary Jane). The hot dogs, burgers
and watermelon made for a real fireworks day. Crowding
in and around the pool were: Jane (Paulson) and Milton
Martin and Alan and Jessie; Leo and Cynthia Paulson
and Lisa and Naren; Marty Weaver and Brian (Judy was
in New Orleans for a soccer game); Jill and Mike
Paulson; the Overstreets, Mary, Ed, John, Paul, Kathi,
Tom and David "Tater"; Anne Rathgeber, Judi
(Rathgeber) and Keith Whitter and daughter, Megan;
Mary and Val Lynch; Bess and Pat Conley and sons
Harry and Tom; Neil Patton; Skipper Berger; Ed and
Betty McElroy from California; and Jane Yocum from
Clearwater, Fla. The really 'big' news of the day was the
announcement of the birth of a baby boy to Neil Patton
and his wife, Debbie (Elich).
A great family reunion was held at the Paulson's
when Mark and Maria of San Francisco visited with Cash
and Mary Jane bringing together all seven grandchildren
for the first time.
Louis and Barbara Dedeaux passed through Talla-
hassee on their way back to Pensacola from the Reunion.
Beth (Wainio) and Ted Deaton visited Jane and Milton
Martin in July on their way back to Gatun.
John Overstreet (New Mexico State), Kathi (U. of
Fla.) and Paul (Kings Point) visited with their parents, Ed
and Mary, during the summer. Paul was on his way to Los
Angeles to work for the Presidential Lines where he will sail
for the Far East.
With true Canal Zone spirit, the hobbitt Hoagi" soft-
ball team, made up mostly of former Zone residents, won
their division in slow pitch softball with 10 wins and no
losses, and were proclaimed champions of the Sunshine
League. Rick Mead along with Ed Overstreet (coach) had
these great players: Steve Tochterman, Chris Holt, Mike
Coffey, John Corrigan, Marty Weaver, Jerry Breaden-
kamp, Mike Patton, George Husum, John Overstreet,
Kyle Kosik, Mark Cicero, Danny Coffey, Jim Thomp-
son, Asst. Mgr. Tom Overstreet, and Jerry Carlton.
Tom Overstreet enjoyed a visit from one of his
friends from Panama, Fulo Real, who is the son of Dr. and
Mrs. Eduardo Real. Kathi Overstreet has received phone
calls from Pat MacNeil, a close friend from the Zone. The
MacNeils, formerly from Gatun, are currently living in
the Virgin Islands.
Shirley (Woodruff) Hicks, BHS '50, tells me she is
going off on a short trip to Virginia to visit with her
children and grandchildren. Her son, Tom Parker of
Alexandria, Va., will be coming up to Manasas Park, Va.
to be with his daughter. Jeannine Stanton, and coming all
the way from Ft. Dodge, Iowa, will be daughter, Susan.
Shirley said that Susan will return to Tallahassee with her
to help out while Shirley has surgery. We all wish her a
In concert, Florida State University: Shirley Woodruff Hicks,
piano, with Lois Hicks (age 14) turning pages, young Canadian
violinist, Robin Chadwick.
Tallahassee has another Canal Zone family. In
early June, Keith and Judi (Rathgeber) Whitter and
daughter, Megan, moved here from Biloxi, Miss. Keith is
starting back to college at Tallahassee Community and
Judi is working at Kindercare, while Keith will be continu-
ing his professional skills as an orthopedic technician at
Tallahassee Medical Center.
Anne Rathgeber will have her other daughter, Don-
na, and her husband, Ron Crump, coming for a visit in
mid-July along with her other two grandchildren, Erika
and Sean. Visiting also will be Billy Hultin of Panama.
Donna and Ron are living in Conway, S.C.
On the 18th of June, my mother and dad, Kitty and
John Schmidt, from Pasadena, Md., arrived for a week's
visit on their way out to Kerrville, Texas, to visit with my
sister, Jackie and Dale Bishop. Both of my folks have been
through some difficult times these past two years both
having major surgery and recovering well enough to make
this summer visit with their children.
L. to R.: John Clifford Schmidt, Jonathan Ryan Schmidt,
John E. Schmidt, Sr., John E. Schmidt, Jr. (Bill).
This was the first chance they had to see their great-
grandchild, Jonathan Ryan, and it was special for me to
have them see my new house and just to be with them. We
had lots of fun, visiting with the children, eating out and
eating lots of good food everywhere, made for a special
visit. This also was the first occasion that the family has had
to get four generations of Schmidt males together. Dad,
myself, son John, and his son, Jonathan.
Speaking of son John, I must brag a bit if I may. He
was just notified as to his selection as one of the "Outstand-
ing Young Men of America for 1983." I am sure everyone
will agree with me that it's nice to know your son joins an
elite group of young men from the entire United States
who have demonstrated their excellence in professional
endeavors and civic activities. John is a deputy sheriff in
Leon County, here in Tallahassee.
Maud Mason had some company recently from
Ithaca, NY, in Sara (Ferguson) Ekholm who graduated
from BHS and is now a retired librarian from Cornell Uni-
versity. Also, I think it is special to note that Maude Mason
has lived here in Tallahassee since 1939, making her, I be-
lieve, the most-senior member of the CZ retirees in this
That's it from Florida's capital city for now. I'm off
on a month's trip out to Texas and Colorado. Will visit
with Joyce (Zeeck) Mundel and family; my sister, Jack
Bishop; my daughter, Kathleen and John Day, and my
newest grandson, John Brandon, in Colorado Springs.
John (Bill) Schmidt
A quarterly reminder letter to Mr. and Mrs. Fernand
Espiau, 1 Wren Street, New Orleans, has been returned
marked: "Moved, not forwardable." Can anyone help us
out with a forwarding address?
Richard and Via Mae Dinkgreve, Metairie, report
having had a visit from Edna Benoit and her daughter,
Audrey Bowman, of Balboa. Audrey visited her mother
while her brother, Bert, and his family, made a trip to
Cancun, Mexico. Edna is adjusting to a pacemaker and
doing very well. Audrey's son, Ronald C. Bowman, was
recently appointed city administrator of Boerne, Texas,
which is 16 miles northwest of San Antonio. Ron is a
graduate of Balboa High School and the Canal Zone Col-
lege. He earned a bachelor's and master's degree from St.
Mary's University, San Antonio. Congratulations, Ron!
Retired Zonians John and Shirley Finlason of San Diego while
visiting the Goughs of Marrero, La.
Kathleen Gough of Marrero feels like a bride after
the installation of new kitchen equipment and countertops,
completed just in time for the arrival of cousin John and
Shirley Crews Finlason of San Diego. John and Shirley
were born, reared and retired from Zone employment;
John as chief engineer for Ports & Terminals, Marine Divi-
sion, and Shirley as administrative assistant, Construction
Division, E&C Bureau. Their children (also reared on the
Zone) are Frank, a civil engineer, Naval Oceanographic
Services, Korea; Jack, a production engineer, International
Cold Storage, Wichita, Kansas; and Lois (Mrs. Keith
Larson), a mother of four living in Simi Valley, Calif. En
route, John and Shirley visited Bob and Delle Dunn
(retired from Dredging Division), ex-Canal pilot
"Cookie" and Clare Ocheltree, and John's brother Luis.
From Marrero they went to Florida to see John's sister
Madge and John Hall, Bucky and Ann Hall, all ex-
Zonians. John has also reported that his sister-in-law,
Billie Drummond Finlason, wife of his older brother
Frank, died at home on June 7. Billie and Frank were
Gene Gregg from Mandeville has recovered enough
from the Reunion to drop us a few lines. He went with wife
Marian, young Gene, Lynn, Clayton and their two,
Carlye and Rayne, spending a week in Clearwater and en-
joyed the beach, hotel and Reunion. Back in Louisiana, he
saw Roland Casanova and told him all about the Reunion.
Roland now plans to go next year. Laura and Helen are in
summer school at LSU and Nancy is still policing. There
was an impressive picture of her and her squad car in a re-
cent issue of the LSU student newspaper. The lady ob-
viously likes her work. Gail and her husband Bob have
moved to Denver where Bob reported to Fitzsimmons on
June 24. Bitsy Gates Buckley phoned the Greggs from
Seabrook, S.C., to invite them to her wedding to George
Anson on June 25 and reported that Leo and Leona
Saunders Snedeker will be there on their sailboat to which
they have retired. Gene expects to be in Clearwater the end
of July. Bev Dockery Vaughn, the chairman of the 1963
CHS reunion, invited him to get in on the planning. Gene
promises us lots of pictures for the next issue.
Mrs. Ora V. "Ding" Stich phoned from New
Orleans about her forthcoming trip to Panama in August
to see her sister, Winifred Hausmann. She will return via
Singer Island, Fla., to babysit her grandchildren Kathryn
Marie and Natalie Ann for daughter Mrs. William F.
"Rusty" Barnes III, the former Winifred Ann Stich,
who is expecting a child Sept. 1. "Ding," who was born on
the Zone, retired in 1972 after 23 years' service as Gorgas
medical librarian. She is the daughter of the well remem-
bered and dearly loved Winnie Ewing, housemother at
CZJC's boys' dorm 1943-70.
Mike James of Montegut dropped us a note. He was
with the Terminals Division in Cristobal and lived in Mar-
garita until he left in 1979. In Louisiana he earned a Coast
Guard boat captain's license and is presently captain/
engineer on the M/V Sea Robin III with the Marine Divi-
sion of United Gas Pipe Line Company. The Sea Robin is
one of the largest (140 feet long) aluminum boats in the
Gulf and has 11 staterooms. Mike carries pipeline mainten-
ance crews to various gas production platforms out to 100
miles offshore. He fishes a lot on his off-duty hours while
on the boat and has caught as many as 100 red snapper in
one hour. With his wife Vilma and sons Billy, 7, and
Freddy, 5, they like living in Montegut very much. The
boys are happy to report that their YMCA-sponsored soc-
cer team finished the spring season ranking fourth among
Patt Foster Roberson
On his way to Brazil, Peter D. Baas, 1550 East
Second St., E19, Pass Christian, took time to drop us a
note. He was graduated from Cristobal High School in
1968, the year his father retired from the Royal Nether-
lands Steamship Company in Cristobal. From 1970-75 he
was in the U.S. Air Force and is now an oceanographer
with the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office working in
antisubmarine warfare. The work sounds exciting and
challenging and, best of all, says Pete, it requires world
travel. Pete is still single probably not much action on
the bottom of the sea.
Susan Halley Bailey writes from Gulfport that her
brother Mike Halley (BHS '64) married Anna Escarzaga
on April 16 in San Antonio, Texas, where he is stationed at
Lackland AFB. Susan's mother and stepfather, Robby and
Pat Adams, along with Susan drove out for the wedding.
Susan's father and his wife, Milt and Winnie Halley,
made it in from El Paso, Texas. Ana's father, Jim, flew in
from Miami to give the bride away. The wedding was very
lovely with a reception at the Lackland NCO Club. Car
trouble forced the newlyweds to cancel plans to attend the
Reunion. They are now at home at 2500 Westward Drive,
#1802, San Antonio, Texas 78227. On April 30 Robby and
Pat left for a 7-day Caribbean cruise on the Holland Lines
Veendam, with Jack and Fern Campbell of St. Pete. They
report having a marvelous time and got special treatment
when one of the tour guides heard Jack and Robby talking
"Bajun" to each other. After the cruise they stayed in
Florida and visited Robby's sister, Mina Dee, in Sarasota
for a few days before going to Clearwater for the Reunion.
Susan arrived in Clearwater May 10 for the Reunion and
says this year was the most enjoyable yet. She saw many
old friends including Bob and Nellie Wood Engelke and
family, and the entire Rose family Dave, Mary,
Kathy, Beth, Charlene, Eileen, Mike and Sheila. Next
year Bill will be able to join Reunion festivities. Mean-
while Bill and Susan motored to Donaldsonville, La., over
Memorial Day weekend to attend a family reunion of the
French side of Bill's family on their new 1983 Harley
Davidson Electra Glide. They are tentatively planning a
trip by motorcycle to Vicksburg and Natchez sometime in
August with another couple.
Catherine and John Boswell, Hattiesburg, have
spent the winter and spring taking round dance lessons and
now are members of the first round dance club in Hatties-
burg. They plan to dance with members of clubs in Biloxi,
Gulfport and in Louisiana. They recently returned from a
walking tour of the New Orleans' French Quarter, listen-
ing to street singers and enjoying the instrumentalists, tap
dancers and artists around Jackson Square. They ate lots of
raw oysters, shrimp and crawfish gumbo, and the next day
boarded the Voyager for a sightseeing cruise on the Missis-
sippi River. The Boswells are looking forward to a visit
from daughter Jean, husband and their daughters from
Brazil, and daughter Deanna and husband from Cali-
fornia, on their way to a three-year Air Force assignment in
England. They then leave for an Amtrak trip to the West
Coast, north to Seattle, Glacier National Park, Milwaukee,
Don and Agnes Bowen of Ocean Springs are proud to
report that on April 29 they became grandparents with the
arrival of Sarah Colleen, whose parents are Stephen and
Mary Sullivan Bowen (BHS 1971) of Baton Rouge, La
Clairee and Roger Chisholm of Union welcomed
Catherine and John Boswell for a few days' visit recently.
They've also enjoyed very much recent visits from John
and Polly Michaels and from Red and Alice Nail of
Rogers, Ark. Weather makes the garden "iffy" this year,
but watermelon, peanuts, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes
seem to be holding their own. Clairee has put up 8.5 gal-
lons of blackberries picked by Roger and the grand-
children. Briars and scratches cannot get in the way of a
man and his blackberry pie! Paul has progressed very well
since his fall last October and has moved back into his own
Bill Epperson, Ocean Springs, phoned with some in-
teresting news items. The Eppersons have recently had
visits from John Fisher, now of Dallas and retired general
auditor and assistant to the director; Bill Hollowell, water
works; and Pappy Greer, Balboa maintenance. They plan
to spend Christmas with their son who lives in Margarita
and is acting lockmaster of Gatun. Bill retired from his job
in Rodman where he was from 1946-73. His favorite past-
time now is his shrimp boat. He also reports that Nancy
Williford became the bride of Ron Farnsworth, a tugboat
captain, in January. Nancy's mother lives in Ocean
Springs and her late father, William, will be remembered
as having retired from Cristobal maintenance in 1981.
Miss Susan Holcomb and I run into each other reg-
ularly at the USM library where Susan works and I study.
She says her brother Jack made it to his first Reunion all
the way from Weaverville, Calif., and in true CZ form
"had a blast." Her father, Morgan "Porky" Holcomb,
has moved from W. Va. and now resides at 315 North 25
Ave., Apt. 19, Hattiesburg, MS 39401. After Jack's fun
was told, all the Holcombs hope to make the next Reunion.
Leavell and Elena Kelly of Hattiesburg spent four
days in Jackson in May tending to their granddaughter,
Somer Leigh, 3, while their daughter Janet (Mrs. Tony
Hodges) gave birth to a son, Steve Kelly Hodges. Janet's
sister, Carol Ann, and her husband, Randy Puzon, came
over from Dallas to see the baby before leaving for a vaca-
tion to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The Kellys have enjoyed
recent visits from Faye and Bob Lee of Mobile who lived
in Gamboa and retired from the Police in 1973, and from
Elouise and Charles Hagen of Route 2, Box 329-P,
Theodore, Ala. Charles worked in Refrigeration in Balboa
and left the Zone around 1969.
Got a nice note from Doris Nolan Lefferts of Wil-
mington, Del., who has yearbooks from Balboa High
School for 1928, 1929, 1939 and 1931 for sale. Write her if
Dear, lifetime friend from BHS days, Jean Harris
Turner Milosevich, 2900 S. Lincon, Apt. 115, North
Riverside, Ill. 60546, wrote recently of taking a long lei-
surely trip to Florida for R&R with husband Mark. Then
in March it was off to San Diego for two weeks to see her
girls and be sure they are settled all right and doing well.
Linda Kapinos Puchon, Biloxi, writes that she is ex-
pecting her first baby in January. With husband Capt.
Charles Puchon, Linda thoroughly enjoyed the Reunion
and is already making plans to attend next year with the
new baby. Linda's sister Carol Kapinos Smith and her
husband, Maj. Robert O. Smith, USAF, are now living
in England at Bentwaters AFB. Carol is really enjoying the
tour, doing a lot of traveling and subsidizing her trips with
her cake decorating business which she learned while they
were stationed at Albrook in the early '70s. Linda: Do let
your sister Carol know that Deanna Boswell Barry, sister
of Carol's ballet classmate Jeannie Boswell, has arrived in
England at Upper Heyford for three years with the USAF.
Contacts are important and that's what the Canal Record
is all about!
There is no end to the joy one feels in hearing folks tell
about attending their first Reunion. That's how it was
when Mrs. Leonard H. (Ruth) Scranton, Sr., phoned
from Pascagoula. She was at the Reunion with her son
Leonard, Jr. (CHS 1956) and his wife Ann and saw many
old friends from her 1929-59 years on the Zone. She also
reports that visiting her in May were Janet and Ross Cun-
ningham of St. Pete on their way to Denver to visit son
Tommy and his family. The Cunninghams and Scrantons
were neighbors in Balboa in 1948 and in Margarita around
1950. In June, John "Bud" and Aura Erickson of New
Port Richey spent a week with Ruth during their yearly
family reunion. Daughter Mary Lou Scranton Rakes and
her three children also visited.
Gerda and Owen Smith of Osyka enjoyed a lovely
10-day visit in April from Gerda's Uncle Hugh and Aunt
Lilo from Luneburg, W. Germany. Gerda's daughter,
Karen, and three of the four children, buzzed over from
Copperas Cove, Texas, for two days. The oldest grand-
child had school lessons due. In May the Smiths went to
Bradenton, Fla., to visit with Gerda's mother and step-
father. While there they also had lunch and a grand tour
with Ken and Ruth Thompson which they all enjoyed
very much. They were also able to get their fill of straw-
berries in a pick-your-own patch. They had a "fantastic
time" at the Reunion before heading home to await a visit
from Buck and Barbara Krueger of Austin to share a little
country living on their way home from the Reunion. For
all the hams among us, the Panama Canal Net meets every
day at 2100 UTC on 28.690 MHz with HP1XWA (the
Rev. Fred Rayburn) and HP1XYP (Norm Gillis)
holding down the Panama end.
Next best thing to attending the Reunion is having
kind and considerate friends like Bill and Gretchen War-
ren of New Port Richey who sent me a copy of the program
and order of business. It is certainly impressive and reflec-
tive of all the hard work that goes into putting on the Re-
union. It grows larger and larger each year as more and
more people gather. The only regret is that the editor was
unable to have his luncheon-meeting with reporters. To a
serious volunteer reporter this is the most important order
of business in attending the Reunion. It is the Record itself
that links us all together and we must always be alert for
ways to improve it through the sharing of our policies and
procedures. Its full worth might be measured in a casual
statement made recently by the Warrens, "The Record is
one of our best enjoyments in retirement; I think Beall has
improved the Record tremendously, don't you?" Yes, I
do, and I would like to take a strong stand for the im-
mediate reinstatement of that reporters' meeting "in per-
petuity" as an official function of the Reunion. The War-
rens shared the fun and excitement of this year's Reunion
with daughter Kathryn Ann and her husband Jim Le-
wark of New York. Since being home from their world
travels, the Warrens have become quite domesticated with
painting, reroofing and electrical projects around the house
as well as church and civic club activities. They continue to
be most supportive of me in my pursuit of a degree for
which I am deeply grateful. Itchy feet will probably set
them off again before long. We'll keep you posted!
Patt Foster Roberson
Our annual picnic was held at Lake Julian on July 21.
Officers elected were: Betty Quintero, President; Ronald
Angermuller, Vice President; Jean Dombrowsky, Secre-
tary; "Pat" Patino, Treasurer; and Alice Roche, Re-
We welcome new members: Linnea and Ronald
Angermuller, Ruth and Louis Everson, Norma and Sam
Irvin, Elizabeth (Betty) Quintero, Ruth and Pete
Sawyer, and Pauline and Dave Speir.
Among those attending were "Toi" and Maenner
Huff, Brevard, N.C., Edith (Huff) and Jack Wil-
loughby, Toxaway (summer), Pauline and Dave Speir,
Toxaway, their guests, Damaris and Dave Speir,Jr., and
daughter, Peggy, from Panama.
Bonnie and LeRoy Wilson, Balsam, N.C., had as
guests Jane Whitney, her daughter, Marcia Nita and
grandson, Tony, from Tallahassee, Fla.
Agnew and "Pat" Patino's guest was their brother-
in-law, Edward Cockefair, from Lehigh Acres, Fla.
Janet and Ross Cunningham are at Conastee Falls
for three months and were at the picnic with two grand-
daughters, Annjanette and Katie, daughters of Linda
Sue (Cunningham) Walker. Early in August, Janet and
Ross expect their son, Ed, his wife Judy and three children
from St. Petersburg, and later, son Dick and his wife,
Lynn, from Hialeah.
Jean and Jack Dombrowsky brought their son, Dale,
with his three boys, Scott, Michael and Jason; also, Jean's
sister, "Bricky" Pattison, who is up from Panama for
about 10 days. Jean and Jack spent a weekend with Peggy
and Don Hutchison in Aiken, S.C., and attended their
picnic in June.
We lost one of our oldest members when Mrs. Bar-
bara Coleman passed away in May (See: With Deep Sor-
"Dess" and Julian Hearne went back to St.
Petersburg in July as their daughter Jane, her husband.
Bob Krajczynski, and two sons, David and Steven, were
coming. Jane and Bob plan to attend the C.Z. High School
reunion at Clearwater. When the Hearnes return to Hen-
dersonville, Jane and the boys will come with them to
spend about a week.
Ruth Sill flew to Minneapolis, Mn., to be with her
sister, Irene Hauser, for two weeks in July.
Betty Bentz's daughter, Joan Davidson, from
Stuart, Florida, spent two weeks with her in June, then
they flew to Stonington, Conn., for a week with Alan
Bentz and his family. Betty's grandson, Chad Davidson,
was with her for a week after she returned.
Carmen Howe, "Peanut" (Howe) Bonner and
Jolene and Jacklyn Bonner went to Boca Raton, Fla., for
a week in July. On their way, they stopped to see Beth
(Hatchett) and Wally Trout in Daytona. While in Boca
Raton, they stayed with Lloyd and Joe Kent. Llorie
(Kent) Gibson from Gamboa was also there. Carmen also
visited her sister and her husband, Marita (Joudry) and
Virginia and Ralph Harvey were weekend guests of
Carmen and Charlie Howe in June on their way back from
the Northeast. I was so happy they stopped in to see me.
Betty Quintero is all settled here in North Carolina
and has had several house guests. Her aunt, Mae Cross,
Mae's daughter, Katherine Carson, and grandchildren,
Stephanie and Stevie were here in June. In July her
daughter, Beth Hilton, and granddaughter, Amanda,
spent some time with her.
Norma and Sam Irvin are in their new house and
their son, Tom, and his fiancee, Karen Zahnow, from
Charlottesville, Va., came for the weekend of the 4th.
Tom just graduated from the University of Virginia and
has a position as supervisor of the University Bus System.
Sam III, was home from sea and his engagement to Jenny
Bagley from Goldsboro, N.C., was announced. John is
coming in August for ten days from Galveston, where he is
attending the Texas Maritime Academy.
Alice H. Roche
El Nino is playing havoc with the NW weather leaving
it anything but desirable. So on these cold wet days I
cleaned out the "collection" room. It's amazing what one
finds! Notes, important papers, tools, stamps, and scads of
junk mail. Rather than turn the heat on, I sat by the fire-
place and burned the trash. You'd be surprised how a day's
burning can warm up a cold house.
I found a letter I've been hunting since January. It
came from Lucille Davis with a poem written by her
daughter, Bonnie Dolan. It tells it the way it was for so
many of us, and I thought you would enjoy it too.
Another find was a segment of a letter from Mrs.
Ethlyn Wood for "I Remember when .. .," that was ex-
plaining her life on the Canal during construction.
"My father, James Christian, worked for the
railroad as a gandy dancer (Track Foreman). Our first
home was a box car. We were furnished with a French cook
and a water boy. The water boy used to travel a mile for
the drinking water, and when it came, it was full of im-
purities and polliwogs. Mother had to strain and boil it.
You could hear the alligators barking at night and the mos-
quitos were plentiful! One night a robber came and pulled
our car door half open. We had a porch in front of the
door. I told Mother about it she said, 'Who left the front
door open?' So naturally, I had to go out and pull that
heavy door enough to close it, and finish closing it from the
inside, and that robber was still on the porch! He tried to
get in again, but this time Father came out with his gun.
Too late, he was gone, and we saw him running through
the swamp and the bushes."
I had a nice note from Emley (Mead) Henter. It's
funny how one's memory doesn't update itself, after leav-
ing the Isthmus. She reactivated mine, and told me the
whereabouts of the rest of the Pedro Miguel Mead family.
It was very nice hearing from her.
Mrs. Betty Clarke (Las Vegas, Nev.) will be having
visitors from Panama Ivan and Chrisse Klasovsky.
After their visit, she plans to fly up for the NW Picnic Re-
union, and spend some time with me. I'm looking forward
to her visit.
Lucille Davis (Poulsbo) had surprise visits from Lee
and Bonnie (Kleasner) Wilson of North Carolina; Joe
and Ann (Chase) Dolan of Austin, Texas. Ann was
visiting her sister, Elsie (Chase) Carafel, in Seattle.
Jane Journey informed me of the picnic reunion of
Bremerton-Zoners at Illahee State Park, Bremerton. It was
hosted by Floyd and Beverly Baker. Hopefully they will
send that information in to the Record. Tom and Marilyn
Marsh, mentioned the Park Ranger served in the Army on
the Canal Zone. All who attended this affair were notified
re the upcoming Panama Canal Picnic Reunion August 6,
Ft. Stevens Park, OR.
Glen and Gladys Lasher completed their cross-
country trip to Florida and back. Mary (Dillon) and John
Connard stopped by for a very short visit and overnight
with them. Connie (Lasher) Pennington and children ac-
companied Glenn and Gladys to Yellowstone National
Ann Laura Johnson hosted a very nice pot luck lun-
cheon for Howard and Emmy Lou Clarke, (Fla.) during
their very short stay with her. Ten were in attendance;
Glen and Gladys Lasher, Grady and Margaret Har-
dison, Mary Stephenson, Evelyn Miesse and me. Since
their visit was so very short, further partying was not pos-
sible. They left for Victoria, BC, then east over the Cana-
dian Highway, reentering the U.S. for Wyoming to visit
son, Rocky Mason and family, before returning to
Florida. Tho short, it was very nice to see them again.
Ann Laura Johnson, Mary Stephenson, John and
Martha (Johnson) Stephenson and children are vacation-
ing in Sun River, OR.
Walter Robison is visiting his sisters in Maryland.
His daughter Winnie, and John Towery are keeping busy
during his absence. Johnny and Jesse Bunker have been
fishing, but I haven't heard of any big catches of late!
Margaret Hardison had surgery and is now well on
the mend. She invited Evelyn Miesse and me to come
down and pick cherries as they had a bumper crop. The
day we picked, to pick, started out beautifully. On our ar-
rival in McMinnville, OR, the heavens opened with a
typical "Panama downpour" with thunder and lightning.
We thought it would let up enough for us to pick, but it
didn't, as it started to come down harder, then hailed.
Hard to believe that this is July! Since picking was out for
the day, we toured the surrounding territory, lunched
together, before Ev and I returned to Vancouver.
We "old timers" had a lot of fun with the marlin pic-
ture (Pg. 53 June issue). Johnny Towery and Jack
Bunker agreed the man was Mr. Barlow (manager of the
Balboa Yacht Club) and not Mr. Schmidt, and the girl
was Marie Schmidt. The boy hidden between Muller and
Mr. Barlow might be a Cryan boy; then between Barlow
and Sonny Howell might have been Theodore Schmidt.
The ones behind the marlin's head and between Lewis and
Marie have all of us guessing. The marlin was hoisted up
at the Balboa Dry Docks, and might have been caught by
John Schmidt, which weighed well over 1000 lbs, and was
an all-time record. He was denied the honor because some-
one held the pole for a moment. We all agreed that that was
a feat he should have gotten credit for, despite the rules.
I hear enough "fish" stories here in the NW, and es-
pecially of those that "got away." It does my ole heart
good to show this picture of a real fish, to those who speak
of their "got aways," for a comparison. Their faces show
disbelief, but we know don't we?
On July 1, a potluck dinner was given by Weulcia
and Phil Wilkens in their Suquamish home welcoming
Pat and Dick Bjorneby here on leave. Those guests atten-
ding were: Mathew, Lenora, and Leslie Wilkens; Cecil
and Donna Caudill; Kathy and Billy Snider; Don and
Sandi Seymour; Floyd and Beverly Baker; Ted and
Billie Paine; and Mark and Cristy Bjorneby.
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During the early hours of Saturday, May 7, 1983, the
first contingent of Zonians residing in the Canal area
started to arrive at Omar Torrijos airport (Tocumen), to
start their long awaited trip to the 51st annual Panama
Canal Society Reunion.
Gibby Freund and Jim Bradley were busy at work
coordinating the seating arrangements with officials from
Pan-Am at the airport. It's believed that they spent most of
the night at the airport making sure that everything was in
Shortly before take off, Gibby Freund took roll call
and found that the following persons were present:
Diane and Jim Bradley
Jim and Linda Deslondes
Gibby panicked when he discovered that there were
five persons missing. He proceeded out to the lobby at the
airport where he found Charlie Leves sound asleep stand-
ing in the Pan-Am ticket counter line. After Leves was
awakened it was learned that he had a bad night due to a
lack of sleep. Charlie spent the night saying good-bye to his
friends at the Elks Club.
Shortly thereafter Robert and Denise Will in the
company of Lenny Wertz and Rene Nellis came through
the airport entrance doors hauling what appeared to be
wooden crates. It was later learned that the contents of the
moving crates were fifty bottles of local spirit water known
We all had an enjoyable trip to the port of entry
Miami. Upon our arrival most of us became concerned re-
garding the amount of duty that would be imposed by the
Customs officials. Needless to say we all made it through
that hurdle with room to spare.
Our first evening in Clearwater was one to be remem-
bered by many of us who enjoyed seeing friends that we
have lost contact with through the years.
Many of us participated in the golf tournament that
was held at the Seminole Golf & Country Club. Needless to
say we want to thank Fred Huldtquist and Bob Boyer
and the others that were responsible for coordinating this
event. These persons did fantastic job arranging this event
which was followed with a luncheon.
The night of the Ball at St. Pete, we were joined by
other Zonites such as Gloria and Jack Corrigan, Dick
Morgan, Joe Lawler, Howie Laatz, Tom Kauffman,
Rich Wainio. We understand that Larry and Sue Cor-
rigan were also supposed to be in attendance. However, it
was later learned that Larry decided to tour Bradenton,
Florida, prior to arriving at the dance. The truth is that he
missed the turn-off to the Coliseum. ...
On Saturday, some of us attended the luncheon, and
thoroughly enjoyed Governor H. R. Parfitt's speech, and
another group went to the picnic that was held in St. Pete.
Both of these events were well received by those of us who
had the opportunity to be present. Needless to say it was
difficult for us to accept the conclusion of this great reunion
among relatives and friends that we have long cherished
through the years in the Panama area. One consolation is
that next year we can expect more of this great event.
The following information was received from Mr. W.
Eugene Bondurant, District Grand Master of the District
Grand Lodge at the Panama Canal. I am sorry this was
received after the last book went to print, I hope that all
members understand that the Editor of Canal Record has
a deadline one month before the Record goes to print. So
sometimes our news is a little old, but the word I have is
that "News about old friends is never old."
The five Masonic lodges which meet in the Canal area
under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts
which is the third oldest Masonic Grand Lodge in the
world. Only the Grand Lodge of England and the Grand
Lodge of Ireland are older. The Grand Lodge of Massa-
chusetts is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year and
the official observation was held in Boston on 8-11 April
A group of Masons and their wives traveled from the
Canal area to Boston to participate in the activities schedul-
ed in connection with this occasion. The contingent led by
District Grand Master Gene Bondurant and his wife,
Jane, included: Hugo Adams, Fred and Lydia Boalt,
Herb Breaden, John and Evelyn Dorsa, Don and Lydia
Garrido, Dick Gilman, Guy and Ruth Hall, Rolando
Linares, Jr., Bob and Joyce McAuslin, Dave and Vilma
Patton, Bob Redfern, Ed and Rose Rindfusz, Bob
Thompson, Jim and Sue Wallace, and Ed and Lorraine
Waishkey. This group was joined by members of local
lodges who now reside in the States. They were Aldon and
Libby Fulcher and Tom and Barbara Peterson from
Florida; Curtis and Alberta George from Alabama; Bob
Arnold from Mississippi; and Howard and Arlene
Osborn from New Hampshire.
There were delegations at this observance from 41
states and several foreign countries. The Panama Canal
party was privileged to have an informal dinner in its honor
on Friday evening after their arrival. The next three days
were filled with special tours, banquets, parade, and other
activities planned for the anniversary celebration. It was
also a real pleasure to see our States members again and to
renew acquaintances with Massachusetts Masons who have
visited the Panama Canal lodges in the past. Everyone
from Panama had an enjoyable three days and came away
with a new appreciation of Bostonian hospitality.
The group that is leaving here this week to attend the class
reunion with "Lucho" were picking up their tickets and
anxious to go. I am sure that Chris Skeie will do a great
job in getting it all together. Wish I could go!
There is another Balboa High School reunion being
planned for Labor Day weekend, September 2 to 4, in
Austin, Texas. This reunion is for the class of 1973 and
anyone else in the area to attend. Addresses of 1973 gradu-
ates and funds and information will be handled by Valerie
J. Krueger or Glenn Seeley and may be sent to Balboa
High School Reunion Committee, P.O. Box 1658, Dallas,
The summer is the time when many go on leave and
take vacations. I was lucky this year to go up with my hus-
band and 12-year-old son to meet the two older children in
school and we all went to EPCOT for four days. Dr. Sues-
cum went on to Cornell University to take continuing
medical education courses. Then Sue Knapp Light flew
over from Huntsville, Alabama, and my parents Jim and
Virginia Wood from Seminole, Florida, and my son, R.
Antonio Suescum II, and my nephew, Robert Andrew
Engelke, decided to take a trip to visit some southern
states. During our trip through Florida, Georgia, North
Carolina, and Tennessee we saw all the sights, and shops
and some friends and relatives. One stop was in Cooksville,
Tenn. We visited with Ellen Rogan Cimicata (cousin) and
second cousins met also.
L. to R.: Robert A. Engelke, Jill Cimicata, Tonito Suescum
and Mary Cimicata. Jill and Mary and the granddaughters of
Ruth Preston White of St. Augustine, Fla.
This article appeared in the Bourne, Texas,
Ronald is the son of Audrey Benoit Bowman of Bal-
boa, and brother of Beverly Bowman Wood also of Bal-
boa, and brother of Maj. Robert Bowman of North Caro-
lina. The new City Administrator is the grandson of Mrs.
Endna Benoit of Metairie, La.
Ronald C. Bowman, assistant Boerne city ad-
ministrator since August, 1980, Monday was named City
Administrator, effective June 1.
Bowman, a native of Ancon, Canal Zone, is a gradu-
ate of Balboa High School and earned his Associate of Arts
degree in business administration from Canal Zone Col-
lege. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St.
Mary's University in 1978 and his Master of Science in
Public and Institutional Administration from the same uni-
versity in 1980, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Prior to
coming to Boerne, he was associated with Vicon, Inc., in
San Antonio. While residing in the Canal Zone he worked
in the engineering division and with recreation services at
Balboa Heights, and Pedro Miguel.
I try to mention the new sights in and around Pan-
ama; there are three. Two new restaurants one called
Charlot Pub the restaurant has a menu of international
food, good seafood, and the decor has scenes from Charlie
Chaplin films. Charlot Pub is located behind Sara Fashions
on Via Espana. Another new restaurant is Las Tinajas,
and is a great place to take your visitors. The menu is
essentially Panamanian with the tamales and ropa vieja
and tamales and ceviche and has a nice show with Panama-
nian dancers and a great place to take newcomers. This
restaurant is located on Calle 51 near Hotel Conquistado.
Another new sight is the mausoleum to contain the re-
mains of former Panama Commander Gen. Omar Torri-
jos that is being completed in Fort Amador and should be
completed July 31. The stained glass in the mausoleum was
commissioned by Bob Sprague and the mausoleum was
commissioned by artist Carlos Arboleda.
Jean Marie Gramlich, age 12, received another
award for gymnastics. Representing the girls team from
Panama she took 1st place for her floor routine against the
girls representing Recreation Services for PCC. Jean
Marie also spent one month visiting her grandparents
Gladys and Greg Gramlich (retired Lock Master) in
Dunedin, FL. The highlight of Jean's visit was 2 weeks of
gymnastic classes at LeFuer's Gymnastics School. She also
enjoyed a short stay with her Aunt, Uncle & Cousins;
Beverly (Gramlich) and Gary Whitehead and dts. Terri
4th generation Zonian, 15-year-old Gregory Stephen Gramlich,
caught a 130# Sailfish off Bona Island (Pacific) in just under 25
minutes. Fishing is still one good thing politics and changes can't
Several nice events have been in Panama, road pro-
ductions of EVITA and CATS. "Cats" was a Natioinal
Ballet presentation and "Evita" was presented by the
Celebrity Events of the Americas from Cincinnati.
Miss Elizabeth Bylan, daughter of Mrs. Jeanne
Bennett and Bob Byland, both Panama Canal Commis-
sion employees, was chosen to represent Panama in the
Miss Universe contest. Congratulations to Lisa on being a
lovely "Miss Panama."
Canal Record member was written up as a DISTIN-
GUISHED KAPPAN and her name is Margaret Leigh.
Margaret is presently the Principal of Diablo Elementary
School. Hasta luego!
Ann Wood Suescum
President Bill York and his lovely wife, Sis, enter-
tained the members and their guests at their lovely house
with a no-host luncheon on June 18. It was a delightful
day: not too hot, no bugs, and their yard was a lovely spot
to sit and enjoy our lunch.
A letter was received from Lucy Rivera, Cameron,
SC, telling us she had moved up here after retiring from
nursing at Coco Solo. Her daughter, Mildred Ryan, is
married, has one son 7 years old, and lives in Miami. Son,
Jose, Jr. goes to Southern Methodist College in
Orangeburg and is in his 4th year. We hope Lucy will be
able to attend some of our meetings.
Harry and Dot Willenbrock visited daughter Susan
in St. Pete and they all attended the CZ Reunion. Then
Dot and Harry traveled on to Pensacola to visit Dot's
brother, and on home. Sue entered her quarter horse in the
Tampa Fairgrounds Amateur Western Pleasure Show and
came in first. Congrats, Sue!
Bud Kilbey is recuperating slowly but surely from
some heart problems. They are happy that daughter Tina
and family are living in Martinez, GA, where both Tina
and hubbie are working.
The Clontzes attended the CZ Reunion, and stopped
over to visit the Downs and Butlers. Lee is back to doing
some golfing with Harry Willenbrock and Paul Badon-
Gertrude Smouse has moved to Zelienople, PA. She
will be near her sister and brother, and closer for daughter
Carolyn and family to visit which they have done twice!
We all miss her.
We're sorry to report that one of our members,
Lucille Drew, passed away on May 16. We returned from
the fun Reunion to receive this sad news.
The Badonskys traveled to Ohio for a short trip, and
then went to Athens to celebrate their grandson's (Adam)
birthday, and visit daughter Paula and family. Son Leo
and wife Gabrella also joined them to wish Adam Happy
The Priesters are taking exercise classes three days a
week and enjoying it thoroughly, and Buck has lost 20 lbs!
Son Doug and family live in Chapin, SC, and owns his
own seed & feed business. His wife is an RN, and they
have 2 daughters.
We were happy to hear the news that Virginia Dubbs
and George Tully were married this month. Verna and
Andy Kapinos stood up with them in a quiet ceremony.
We wish them a lot of happiness. Verna and Andy were at
the Reunion, saw many friends, and daughter Linda and
her husband were there, too. They all went to EPCOT for
a few days, enjoying it thoroughly. Daughter Carol and
family, stationed in England, are taking a trip to Germany.
Bill and Sis York visited in Nashville with Sis's
brother, Norman Shore, and wife Ann, then went on up
to New York to see brother, Charles Shore, and wife Ann.
Charles is recovering from open heart surgery; then back
down to FL to visit daughter Nancy and family and of
course over to Thompson, GA, to visit Norma and family.
In their spare time they also visited Hilton Head all this
since the Reunion!
Bob Rowe had surgery in May; son Bobby came up
for two weeks to be with both Billie and Bob, as Billie had
eye surgery. Bob is recuperating nicely, but hasn't been
able to make it to Atlanta and a Braves' game yet.
The Catrons were at the Reunion. Billy and Otis
made a short golfing trip up to Homestead, VA. Eletheer
became ill the day of our picnic and was in the hospital for 3
days, with an infected arm, but recuperated enough to
make a trip with Otis up to NY to see his sister and visit
Niagara Falls. Jim and family visited them for a weekend
from Madison, Fla.
John and Dorothy Everson were at the Reunion and
attended the baptism of their granddaughter at the St.
Christopher Episcopal Church on June 5, followed by a
reception at Robert's home. Robert had to have a second
operation on his elbow and is recuperating okay. They saw
Jack Watson and family; Jack is talking about retiring
soon. They also talked to Frank and Ann Cunningham,
and Frank reports he is holding his own.
The J.D. Tate's had a family reunion in Cashier,
NC. Daughter Louise and Irl Schlegel and their son and
daughter, from Brownsville, TX, and David and Jane and
their two boys from Spartanburg, SC, joined J.D. and
Ethel for 10 days of fun and relaxation. Aunt Maribelle
Westman is expecting a visit from Corina Hinkle. Cor-
ina's children, Lacy Ann and Sandy, both live and work
Nora and Charles Green attended the Reunion, with
Nora seeing all of her sisters. Daughter Virginia Ann and
family visited them after their return.
Olga Holmes had Henrietta Baggot (Ozark, AL)
and daughter Alice Gundlack (Jacksonville, FL) visiting
her. Olga had been to NJ to visit her mother, and to
Savannah to visit daughter Carolyn and on to Jacksonville
to see daughter BeeBee.
Jim Westendorff has been in and out of the hospital,
is now home. Daughter Candy and husband came home
for Father's Day, and Edna Mae, Jim's sister, and hubbie
Lorna Shore is so proud of grandson Stevie's
baseball team. The teams here are divided into two Divi-
sions American and National. Steve is with the Ameri-
can, and his team was tops, and then they won over the
National, so received two trophies. They also were able to
go to Atlanta and see the Braves play. Steve is going to the
Bahamas for a month with his mother. Lorna and Steve
were down to Miami to visit their daughter and grandson
Larry and Sarah Keegan attended the wedding of
their grandson Andrew in Rome, GA. (See: Weddings.)
Met Cliff Dugas, son of Norman Dugas, and Uncle Ralph
Dugas who grew up near Larry. Small world.
I understand that Virginia Smart had an operation
on her gall bladder and is recuperating. Daughter Beverly
is here helping out.
Jack and Jeannie Dombrowsky visited us for the
weekend of our picnic, from Hendersonville, NC. Also,
Wilma and Eddy Kennerd made a quick overnight stop
on their way to VA, so we all had a good gabfest, and
caught up on the news in Dothan and Hendersonville. Our
grandson Wally (son of Dianne Hutchison Cox) finished
his basic course at Orlando, is home for 2 weeks, then on
up to Great Lakes for further study. He enjoys the Navy.
Dianne was named top secretary during National Secretary
Week, which was quite an honor and surprise. (see clip-
Our next meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 29, at
Western Steer, at 1 P.M. Our Cristmas Meeting will be
Saturday evening, Dec. 10, at Ramada Inn, for dinner.
This article is being written in quite a hurry, as I just
found out the deadline is tomorrow.
Let's see, back in May, Patricia Austin came to visit
Mom and I. Patricia was well rested by the time she left, as
all it did for the week she was here was rain. During Pa-
tricia's last weekend with us, Jimmy McCarrick flew in
and he got a chance to spend the night with us. But, as
usual, being a corporate pilot, Jimmy was off and flying the
next day. The day Patricia left, Donald Love came in to
visit us ONLY for a few days. We managed to keep him for
a week. Mom and I hadn't seen Donald since we all left
Panama on that last charter flight. It was fun finding out
what had happened to us after that most memorable flight.
Scott Parker graduated from Eastern Kentucky Uni-
versity in May. He is currently living and working in
Houston. Scott got to Corpus just in time to help Mom
move to Alaska to join Dad. And of course help me move
into my apt. What a sense of timing! Before Mom left we
had Bob and Dory Knick and Kathy and Winship
Dowell over for a barbeque. It was enjoyable and the
stories (The number of Zonians in Corpus is grow-
The Slimon's, Don and Yolanda, are back in the
Corpus area. Son Scot was in visiting for the summer. He
just left to go back to his final year at Kings Point. Lisa
(Williams) and Tim Keith-Lucas were in town visiting
Lisa's parents (John and Gerd Williams).
On Mom's way to Alaska she stopped off in Dallas to
visit Valerie Krueger and also saw Colin Creel, Bob
Medinger and his lovely girlfriend Donna. When they
came to see Mom they brought her a rose in a vase. Mom
was really touched by this. She also had dinner with Ro-
seanna (Eastham) and Jerry Blais and son Eric. Mom
had a lovely time visiting and remembering. It was a nice
way to leave Texas.
Mom is doing fine, and seems to enjoy Alaska. But
then she hasn't experienced winter yet. But most of all, she
is glad to be with Dad.
This month my brother Marc and Marc Theriault
finally made their trip to the big U.S.! And what a trip!
Their first stop was in Houston. I flew up from Corpus to
surprise them and that I did! They didn't even recog-
nize me, at first. Then that nite we went to Drake and Col-
ette Carlisle's new lovely home, for a get-together. Jimmy
Snider, Roderick Snyder, Cheryl Olsen and her son and
daughter, Mike Boswell, and of course Wade Carlisle.
Wade is getting so big and just the happiest baby, always
grinning. The two Marcs were happy to see people they
hadn't seen in a long while. I got a chance to catch up with
Then Ellen Scott had a really nice 4th of July barbe-
que at her lovely home. She was bombarded with the crew
of the previous night. Plus there were quite a few others.
Saw Cathy and Jerry Wiegle, Debbie and Phil Sanders,
June and Monty Trim, Mike Morris, Katz, Sue Lane,
and other Zonians that I didn't get their names. It was real-
ly a nice time. You learned the hard way not to walk by the
pool with dry clothes on. Ellen was a delightful hostess.
The two Marcs stayed a few more days with us in
Houston. Then they decided it was time to visit "J.R." in
Dallas. They stayed with Valerie, I flew up that Thursday.
We celebrated Colin Creel's birthday Friday night along
with Barry Crull, Bob Medinger and Donna. Bob has a
huge home in Plano, Texas, and he is doing very well in re-
frigeration and air conditioning. But as I was told, Bob
works just about 24 hours a day. Colin is a service man for
heating and air conditioning, and he seems to work quite a
bit. I also saw Jean Medinger who is living and working in
Dallas and happy.
Saturday, Tina (Eastham) and Mickey Kelleher,
had us all over to celebrate little Mickey's 1st birthday.
Had shis kebabs, and really terrific food. There I saw
Roseanna (Eastham) and Jerry Blais, and met son Eric. I
had not seen Roseanna in a long time so I really enjoyed
catching up and filling in the years.
Sunday was spent at Lake Dallas in Bob's boat. While
out there we ran into Frank Berry and his wife, and Eddy
Lehmann. I found out that Tony Lehmann is in Calif.
and doing well. Seems like everywhere you go you run into
more Zonians. It is so much fun.
The weekend in Dallas had to end. How Valerie kept
her sanity, with all our antics, I'll never know. It was truly
a good weekend. I met other Zonians, and got a chance to
visit with old friends. Seeing my brother was great, as I
knew this would be the last time for a while. Marc is in
Alaska visiting Mom and Dad. Marc Theriault went to
Connecticut to visit his folks. The two Marcs will meet up
there and fly back to Panama. With all that went on those
two weekends, I didn't get much time to find out anything
about what was happening back in the home territory.
Barry Crull has been in Dallas visiting. He came out
there from Florida when he heard of Roy Henderson's ac-
cident. He visits Roy everyday in the hospital. Roy is now
doing fine. We all pray for Roy's continuing recovery.
I enjoyed my weekend so much in Dallas that I am
now in the process of making arrangements to move there.
So by the time this gets out to everyone, I do hope to be liv-
ing there. I will naturally continue to report from there.
My last news is about babies. La Donna (Lentz) and
Michael Sarna had a baby girl, Theresa Marie. Guy and
Lesa West have twins, Albert John and Danielle Nora!
All four are very proud parents, and rightly so.
I will close now, but must thank everyone for their
support. I keep receiving such positive reactions from
everyone, and it really helps. So thanks and see you next
Billie Bowen Martin and Nealie Van Siclen arrived
in Kerrville on April 27 for a visit with Bea and Harvey
Rhyne. Billie came from her home in Miami and Nealie
from New York City. It had been seven years since these
three best friends had been together. They kept the tires
spinning and the midnight oil burning for a week.
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BHS Class of '39 Bea (Monsanto) Rhyne, Billie (Bowen)
Martin, Nealie Van Siclen, Marion (Orr) Wells taken at coffee
honoring Billie & Nealie.
Billie and Nealie were guests of honor at a Coffee
hosted by Marion Wells in her home, where they met
many old friends whom they had not seen since high school
and Red, White, and Blue Troup days.
The Rhynes were pleasantly surprised to receive a call
from Hiram Overall as he and his wife, Delores, were
passing through Kerrville. Unfortunately the Overalls were
leaving the area, but promised to return soon for a real
Dr. Frank Smith visited Bea and Harvey on his way
to California to meet sons Mike and Nick. The three con-
tinued on to Mexico City to attend son Andy's wedding.
Bea's brother, Bill Monsanto, came to see the
Rhynes after a visit with the Rhynes Jr., in El Paso. It was
Bill's first trip to this part of Texas and Bea was in her glory
showing off the Hill Country to her brother.
Marilyn and Wade Carter left at the end of June for
St. George, Utah, where their daughter Kim was getting
married (see Weddings). In addition to Utah, they visited
friends and family in N.M., Ariz., CA and Nevada. They
returned home to Kerrville on July 19.
Many of you will remember the delicious Chinese
food prepared by Alberto Chang at the Gamboa Golf Club.
Alberto, his wife and three sons, left Panama about two
years ago to go into the restaurant business in California.
They passed through Kerrville in June on their way to a
better job in Florida.
Marion and Fred Wells have had their son Allan, his
wife, Kathy Jane (Melanson) and their three children:
Chandra, Krista and Michael from Atlanta visiting them.
While Kathy, Jane and Allan were here, Ted and Nora
Melanson drove up from Houston to see the family.
Bill and Jean Violette were overnight guests of the
Wells in Kerrville witnessing the beauty of the Hill Coun-
Mary Linda (Wells) Fealey and little son, Guy
Ethan, arrived to spend some time with Marion and Fred
and paternal Grandma Honey Fealey. The Guy Fealeys
will be relocating from Pheonix, Ariz., to Washington
Joan Ridge, daughter of Bob and Pat, is working at
the Kerrville Lion's Summer Camp for the handicapped
children. She is gaining experience towards her college
Joann Fields, from Diablo, Panama, is spending a
month with her parents, J. B. and Annette Fields, in
Bob and Verla Grier had Bob's mother, Mrs.
Samuel Grier, visiting them while his sister, Margaret
Grier, toured China. Margaret came to Kerrville on her
way home. Mrs. Grier returned to her home in California
Iris Hogan had a reunion with all five of her children,
their spouses and her grandchildren. It was the first time in
12 years that they had all been together. Mike, Mary and
Ralph live in the Dallas area; Leslie and her family came
from Frazee, Minn., and Lois and her family came from
Deltona, Florida. (See photo)
Iris Hogan's family reunion L. to R.: Mike Richmond, Mary
(Richmond) Chiles, Ralph Richmond, Iris Hogan, Lois
(Richmond), Healan, Leslie (Richmond) Winkelman.
The Hogans had a short visit with Bud and Betty
Balcer, who overnighted in Kerrville while on their way to
visit their son, Paul, in Shreveport, LA.
The C. J. O'Sullivans, (Sully and Frances Patchett)
were visitors of Bob and Anna (Patchett) Calvit in June.
As a surprise they brought their granddaughter, Tami
Walker, and great granddaughter, Jerimi Walker. While
in the area they spent a few days with their son, Paul
O'Sullivan, of San Antonio.
Bob and Ruth Adams were visiting Bob's mother,
Mrs. Austin Yoder, and his sister Katherine Lessiack, in
John and Kitty Schmidt of Pasadena, Maryland,
visited their daughter and family, Jackie, Dale andJeanne
Bishop, for three weeks in June and July. While in Kerr-
ville, the Schmidts saw their grandson, Mark Bishop, who
was home for a weekend from San Angelo, Texas, where
he attends Angelo State University. Prior to coming to
Kerrville, the Schmidts were with their son, John E.
Schmidt, Jr. (Bill) and family in Tallahassee, Fla.
Earlier in June, Anne and Hughie Hale with their
daughter, Glen, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, stopped in
Kerrville on their way to Pueblo, Colorado, to visit with
Anne's sister and her husband, Helen and Ray Magan.
On 4th of July weekend, Fritz Munn paid a surprise
visit to the Bishops in Kerrville. He is the son of Louise
and George Munn of Omaha, Nebraska. The Munns and
Bishops were next door neighbors in Los Rios. Fritz's
father, George Munn, was with the Canal Zone Police
Department until retirement. Fritz has relocated from
Omaha to Dallas, Texas.
Grandma Shower, June 8, 1983. Gigi Fleckenstein and Anna
Lee Young, the honorees.
The Kerrviille Grandmas honored Anna Lee Young
and Gigi Fleckenstein on June 8 with a Grandma Shower.
Anna Lee's granddaughter, Laura Marie McDowell, was
born in Austin, TX, on April 8, and Gigi's son and
daughter-in-law, who are in Saudi Arabia, are expecting a
blessed event soon. (See: Births.)
The shower/luncheon was held at the home of Marion
Wells in Greenwood Forest. Hostesses were Marion
Wells, Marilyn Carter, Helen Smith, Honey Fealey and
Bea Rhyne. Out-of-town guests were Mrs. Samuel Grier
and Ruth Adams from California and Gigi's sister,
America Noriega, of Panama.
The ladies enjoyed a full afternoon of games. Prizes
were won by Verla Grier, Marilyn Carter and Iris
Two delightful poems, composed and read by Marion
Wells, were presented with the cards and checks.
The highlight of the afternoon was a tape-recorded
song, composed and sung by Lionel Johnston, dedicated
to the Grandmothers of Kerrville.
The unmentioned grandfathers, or most of them, are
still with us and we love them; but they just don't get in-
vites to grandma parties.
No one has more fun than the PANAJUCHIS of San
Antonio. The event in June was their TV debut on Chan-
nel 41. Rosa Williams, Ines Benavides, and Dora Flores
were interviewed by a local TV personality and showed
molas, huacas, chaquiras, and other lovely artesania of
Panama. Then the whole city was treated to a show that
only Panama can come up with Gloria Jean Williams,
Mary Benavides, Joe Ann Flores, Ivan, Elizabeth,
Monica and Aimee Thompson danced the tamborito, to
gay music Panamena, in georgous polleras with temble-
ques, gold combs and all the cadenas. It's a great show any
place in the world and left the audience begging for more
and "please come back soon."
To celebrate their 1st anniversary, 150 attended a pic-
nic at McArthur Park with sumptuous buffet of em-
panadas, sancocho, caraminolas, guandu con arroz, arroz
con polo, and sopa de gloria. Dancing the cumbia to
music tipica went on 'til the wee hours and left the
Mexican-American guards wondering 'who are these
Panamanians?' Sergeant-of -Arms Johnny Flores did his
best but he was overwhelmed. Some of the many revelers
were: Norman and Carlota Fassett, Mary Gay, Jim and
Noris Rogers, Johnny and Dora Flores, Ivan and
Elizabeth Thompson, Charles and Cecilia Smith,
Frank and Zita Aguirre, Mariano and Oderay Gon-
zales, Jeanne and Charley Stough, Rosa, Gloria and
Grace Williams, Elsa Thompson, Lupe and Wally
Balzac, Gloria Calvert, Henry and Adelaide Fidanque,
Roger and Elizabeth Comer, Louis and Gloria
Marquez, Elsa Reyes, and Dr. Rodolfo and MitziJacob-
There's no stopping these Panajuchis. The number of
Panamanian-Americans resident in San Antonio has
grown by leaps and bounds they now number about
300. Many transferred to the States with IAGS, from Pan-
Canal and other service and military units. With boundless
enthusiasm and energy, they are building a float to ride in
the once-a-year Battle of Flowers Parade, complete with
bohio, palm trees, and pollera-clad beauties.
A group of us went to Mexico (with Chas. Jr. and
Alicia, George and Gina Stough, visiting from Ohio) and
gosh it was fun back bartering with the shopkeepers. We
bought wool rugs, leather bags & bullfight posters. Sitting
in a cool cafe in Nuevo Laredo, drinking Carta Blanca, it
suddenly occurred to us, "How are the Panamanians go-
ing to get back into the U.S.A. without their passports?" A
couple approached us and asked, "Are you from
Panama?" (I wonder how they knew?) It was Victor and
Teresita Oliver. Victor was with Security for PanCanal
and now is with Immigration & Naturalization Service in
Laredo. A perfect ending to a fun day.
Remember 3 November when we all got off work?
Well to give thanks for our many blessings, Mary Gay is
collecting all manner of newborn baby gifts to be presented
to the first baby born in San Antonio on 3 November,
Panama Independence Day. A folklore festival dance was
held and a mountain of gifts collected. Wish you all had
been there y que nadie llore!
Jeanne Flynn Stough
A big welcome to a newcomer to our greater Washing-
ton metropolitan area: Mr. John Wainio. John seems very
excited and happy about his new position in Economics
with the Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
John is the son of Anne (Torbert) and John E. Wanio,
formerly of Curundu, Canal Zone. They retired in 1974
and now reside in Miramar, FL.
John received his degree in Economics from the Uni-
versity of North Carolina, then on to Texas A&M for his
master's degree. He worked in College Station, TX, for 7
years prior to his move to our area. John (nicknamed
"Johncito" while in Panama) now lives at 201 East Alex-
andria Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301.
Macon Michaux (born in Balboa) and his wife who
now reside in New Jersey were visiting their daughter,
Holly Michaux Enders of Severna, Maryland. In June
the entire Michaux clan went to the Shenandoah Valley
area to look at houses and a great deal of land with their
real estate agent. They love the area and are interested in
moving there. Perhaps more newcomers for our area?
Just picked a name from the Canal Record in the
Washington, D.C. area and I hit the jackpot! I talked to
Marian (Sealey) Leibert who was happy to tell me that
she and her husband were waiting for the arrival of Donald
and Peggy (Sealey) Hutchison (her sister) for a nice visit.
All will then go to Canada to their family home on Prince
Edward Island. Peggy's daughter Vicki and her husband
Bob Boukalis, who are still living and working on the
Pacific side of Panama, are expected to join them when all
will continue on to Canada. A wish for a wonderful and
happy family reunion.
Stella (Boggs) DeMarr, your reporter, just got back
in July from a long trip that took in the Panama Canal
Society Reunion in Clearwater and St. Petersburg,
Florida. Continued on to Panama, on the same plane that
Lucho was returning on. No! We did not dance! Visited
with my sister Zona and her husband, Dr. Paul Dowell,
DVM in Coco Solo. Came back to the United States to
visit with another sister, and husband, Anita and Albert
Collins, in Fort Valley before my return to Arlington, VA.
Panama was good medicine for me even if the area has
changed drastically. I saw our Santa Rita home where my
late father Max R. Boggs and Victoria built their retire-
ment home so long ago. It is still beautiful with the same
gorgeous view. There is also a huge bohio but alas no
hammock, no breadfruit, no papayas, nor mangoes in
Anyone interested in buying cattle land and jungle
land with many rivers located on the Atlantic Side in the
Maria Chiqhita area near Porto Bello? Wish to start
another "Jungle Jim" adventure? Just a thought to stir up
a dream and a memory! Perhaps you rode horseback on
that lovely land of Dr. Dowell's. He had so many friends
and visitors there. Any lucky ones to remember?
Stella (Boggs) DeMarr
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Butz, Sr., announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Esther Lenor, to William
Clair, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Clair, of Quincy, Il-
tico, Virginia, on June 30. Upon graduation in December
he will be stationed in Pensacola, Florida, for flight school
Esther Lenor Butz and William Clair.
The bride-elect was a graduate of Cristobal High
School and a 1972 graduate of the University of Arkansas
at Fayetteville, with a degree in Commercial Art. She is
presently employed as a draftsman by an engineering firm.
The prospective groom is a 1974 graduate of Quincy
College of Illinois. He is employed as an accountant with
the Illinois Department of Revenue, having received his
CPA from Oklahoma. The wedding is set for 2 P.M. on
October 15 at the First United Methodist in Springdale,
2nd. Lt. Jeffrey N. Hallin, U.S.M.C.
Graduation, or "June Week" at the Academy, as it is
traditionally called, was also a family reunion for the Hallin
family. Besides Jeff's parents, it was attended by a number
of relatives including his brother Steven, a senior at
California State University at Long Beach, majoring in In-
dustrial Engineering; his sister, Kristen, a junior in high
school; his uncle, David Hallin of Memphis; and Mrs.
Henry Hallin, Sr., of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Jeffrey Noel Hallin, son of Colonel and Mrs. Henry
E. Hallin, Jr., USMCR, (Retired), and grandson of the
late Henry E. Hallin, Sr. (Heinie), graduated from the
United States Naval Academy on Wednesday, May 25,
1983, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the
United States Marine Corps.
A graduate of Glen. A. Wilson High School in Haci-
enda Heights, California, Jeff was active in campus activ-
ities, including membership in the marching band, Field
Science Club, tennis, junior varsity water polo team, track,
and California Scholarship. He was an active Boy Scout
and earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Before entering the Naval Academy, Jeff attended the
University of Southern California for one year. He was an
International Relations major and was on the Dean's List
for academic achievement.
At the Naval Academy, Hallin graduated with a
Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Applied
Science. He reported to the Marine Basic School in Quan-
VOLUNTEER SCOUTER RECEIVES
SILVER BEAVER HIGHEST AWARD
Thomas Neilson Etchberger, born Sept. 11, 1921, in
Ancon in the former Canal Zone, began his association
with Scouting in 1929 when he joined Cub Pack 10 in
Gamboa. Upon reaching Scout age, Tom joined Troop 10
where he progressed through the Scouting ranks achieving
to just one merit badge short of the Eagle rank.
In 1967, with a son of his own moving through the
Scouting ranks, Tom was asked to fill a Troop 21 Commit-
tee Member position, launching 15 years of dedicated ser-
vice to Panama Canal Zone Area Scouting. In addition to
his duties as Committee Member, Tom has held such posi-
tions as Den Dad, Assistant Scoutmaster, First Aid In-
structor, Recorder and Judge at Council First Aid Meets,
Instructor and Judge at Council Camporees, Member
Eagle Scout Review Board, Scouting Coordinator, and
spaghetti chef. He attended the National Scout Jamboree
in Idaho as Assistant Scoutmaster in 1969 and has also
served as Neighborhood and District Commissioner. He
has assisted in several leadership training courses and has
furnished transportation for equipment, supplies, and
personnel for unit, district, and council events. He has as-
sisted in every Scout-O-Rama program, missed only one
Awards Dinner since becoming involved in the local
Scouting Program, and attended various Roundtable and
District Commissioners meetings and dinners.
Tom has earned the coveted Wood Badge neckerchief
and beads, as well as a place of honor in the prestigious
Order of the Arrow Brotherhood. He has received the
Canal Zone Council's "Las Buenas Obras" Award, sev-
eral Council awards, and many awards from Troop 21.
During World War II he served with the SeaBees in
the South Pacific and after his discharge was employed by
the Navy in the Military Sea Transport Service. When
MSTS was decommissioned, Tom went to work with the
Panama Canal Dredging Division and later worked in the
Canal Protection Division until his retirement in De-
He is married to the former Doris C. Y. Chan, first of
two recipients in the Canal Zone of Scouting's Silver
William and Myrtle Hughes celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary with a reception at their home in
Sarasota, hosted by their two children, Thomas Hughes
and his wife, Lorna, of Deer Park, TX, and Sandra
Hughes Claflin of Merritt Island, FL. Guests included
Myrtle's sister, Bernice Stephenson, with her son-in-law
and daughter, James and Marie (Hunter) Westover of
Pinellas Park, FL, and two of the Hughes' five grandchil-
dren, Forrest and Brett Clafflin. Other guests were
former friends and neighbors from the Canal Zone, now
living in the area.
Sandra presented her parents with 50 red roses in
honor of the occasion, and they also received a golden
money tree from their many friends. They also received
many congratulatory messages and phone calls including
anniversary congratulations from President and Nancy
They were married in Ancon, C.Z., on May 19,
1933, and moved to Sarasota in 1961 following Bill's retire-
ment from the C.Z. Police Division and Myrtle's retire-
ment from the Marine Bureau.
MRS. COX NAMED TOP SECRETARY
Many secretaries at the Naval Supply Center were
honored at various events recently during National Secre-
tary Week, but no one was more pleasantly surprised than
Mrs. Dianne Cox of the Storage Office.
Mrs. Cox was chosen by the Mills House Hotel as the
area's top secretary and was presented a free week's vaca-
tion for two at the Holiday Inn in Cocoa Beach, FL.
More than 40 "Bosses" responded to an invitation to
write letters entering their secretaries in the contest,
according to Sallie M. Sinkler, the Mills' Concergre.
Assigned to the Storage Division, Mrs. Cox has been
employed at the Naval Supply Center since September
Award-winning secretary on the job.
William and Myrtle Hughes with their children, Sandra
(Hughes) Claflin and Tom Hughes, who hosted their parents'
50th wedding anniversary.
As Division Secretary, Mrs. Cox provides timely ad-
ministrative support for 113 employees in the division. She
is described as a "truly super secretary."
LCDR Thomas P. Higgins, Storage Division Direc-
tor, nominated Mrs. Cox for the award which was
presented at a luncheon at the hotel honoring area secre-
taries and Dianne in particular.
A photograph of that presentation appeared in the
Mrs. Dianne Cox is the daughter of Don and Peggy
Hutchison of Aiken, S.C.
From: Charleston Naval Supply Center, May 1983.
Jeanne K. Bishop Kerrville, Texas.
Ralph's wife, Winnie, Mrs. Mary (Ridge) Gribbin and
daughter Mary Ann (Trenton, N.J.); Joseph and Sue
Ridge and son Michael (Burlington, Iowa); Mrs.
Margaret (Ridge) Coffey and son Richard (Jefferson,
LA); Mrs. Dottie (Ridge) Tully (Jefferson, LA); Robert
and Patricia Ridge (Columbus, OH) and daughters Joan
Ridge (Chico, CA), Rosemarie (Archer, Fla.,) and their
grandchildren, Seamus and Blaise; Vince and Dot Ridge
(Emmaus, PA); Jack and Joan (Ridge) DeGrummond
(Laguna Hills, CA); Stephen A. Cartotto (N. Hollywood,
CA); Elbert Ridge (Kerrville, TX); Mrs. Toby Hackett
(Boquete, Chiriqui, Republic of Panama) and Janet War-
ren (Jefferson, LA).
Jeanne K. Bishop, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale
Bishop, of Kerrville, Texas, was chosen as a member of
the Ingram Tom Moore High School chapter of the Na-
tional Honor Society. Members are chosen on the basis of
scholarship, leadership, citizenship, service and character.
Jeanne has completed her sophomore year at ITMHS. Her
grade point average is 93.6 and a 92 is required for selec-
tion to the National Honor Society. She was one of five
students chosen from her high school for this honor. In ad-
dition, at an earlier date in the school year, Jeanne was of-
ficially nominated as a National History and Government
Award winner, a position of honor few students can hope
to attain. In fact, the Academy recognizes less than 10% of
all American high school students. Jeanne was nominated
for the award by her history teacher. She will appear in the
United States Achievement Academy Official Year Book,
published nationally. The Academy selects USAA winners
upon the exclusive recommendation of teachers, coaches,
counselors, or other school sponsors and upon the Stan-
dards of Selection set forth by the Academy. The criteria
for selection are a student's academic performance, interest
and aptitude, leadership qualities, responsibility, en-
thusiasm, motivation to learn and improve, citizenship, at-
titude and cooperative spirit, dependability, and recom-
mendation from a teacher or director.
July 2, 1983 was a time for family reunion as mem-
bers gathered in Corpus Christi, Texas, to celebrate the
First Profession of Vows of Sister Therese Ann Ridge
(alias Mary Ridge), now a member of the Sisters of the In-
carnate Word and Blessed Sacrament.
Officiating was Sister's cousin, Reverend Michael J.
Cody, a former Zonian, serving in the diocese of Seattle,
Washington. Homily was given by her uncle, Reverend
Mr. Ralph Ridge, a permanent deacon in Trenton, N.J.
Those in attendance included Mrs. Julia B. Ridge (Sister
Therese's mother), Don and Cathey (Ridge) Adams
(Sister Therese's sister), and son Damian (Kerrville, TX);
Tammy (Kessler) Shaffer
Babe and Bill Kessler announce the marriage of their
daughter, Tammy Ann, to Terry Scott Shaffer, on May
14, 1983, in St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church in San
A reception followed the ceremony at Incarnate Word
College where Tammy received her degree in Business and
Terry in Nuclear Medicine. Many of the family and
Tammy and Terry now reside in San Antonio, Texas.
Out-of-town guests in addition to Mr. and Mrs.
Robert King of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, were Mr. and
Mrs. Lawrence Berglund from Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs.
Wendy Koon from Tulsa, Ok.; Mr. and Mrs. John
Fawcett of Rancho Bernardo, Ca.; George and Ann
(Medinger) Stillman of Germantown, Md.; Peter and
Fig (Leber) Dehlinger with son Jason of Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla.; Sarah Adair and husband David Haynes of Lon-
don, England; Richard Wainio from Balboa, Panama;
Mr. and Mrs. William Halvosa of Raleigh, N.C.; Miss
Claude Aycock and John Aycock of Rocky Mount, N.C.;
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kienzle of Raleigh, N.C.; Captain and
Mrs. M. Wayne Foscue and children, Wendy and
Karin (Foscue) Long
Karin Lee Foscue and Joseph Gil Long were mar-
ried April 16, 1983, in the University Baptist Church at
Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Robert Warren
King of Hawaii and the late Macon Wayne Foscue II
who was an electrical engineer with the Panama Canal
Company. The bridegroom is the son of James Ogden
Long of Hinesville, Georgia, and the late Mrs. Edwina
Karin was given in marriage by her brother, Captain
Wayne Foscue, of Savannah, Ga. Julie McNabb Foscue,
also of Savannah, was her sister-in-law's matron of honor.
Pamela Way, niece of the groom, was the bridesmaid. The
flower girl was Wendy Foscue, four-year-old niece of the
Daniel Andrews of Harrison, Tenn., was his
brother's best man. Ushers were Pat Norton, Tom
Gurganus, Richard Cole, and Rick Kreiselman.
A buffet reception for 175 guests was held at the Hotel
Europa in Chapel Hill.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and the
University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The bride-
groom is a graduate of Georgia State University and re-
ceived his MBA from the University of North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Long are employed at Blue Cross-Blue
Shield in Chapel Hill where the bride is a programmer/
analyst and the groom is Director of Information Systems
After a week's honeymoon in Bermuda, the young
couple have made their home in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Kimberly (Edwards) and Mark Stephens
Kimberly Dawn Edwards, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John Edwards of Hampton, Georgia, formerly of
the Canal Zone, became the bride of Mr. Mark Stephens
in a double ring ceremony April 16 at the Hampton United
Mrs. Lauri Goodrich of Balboa, Panama, was her
sister's matron of honor.
The bride is a 1977 graduate of Balboa High School
and is now employed by the Bank of Hampton.
After a church reception hosted by the bride's parents,
the couple left for a trip to Florida.
They are now making their home at 119 Oxford Cir-
cle, Hampton, GA 30228.
The bride was manager of Crew Scheduling for Air
Florida and is now attending college in Texas. The bride-
groom is an airline pilot for Delta Airlines.
Debbie (Niskanen) and Don Johns
Miss Debbie Niskanen, daughter of Esther and Ed
Niskanen, former residents of Ft. Clayton, became the
bride of Don Johns on Saturday, February 12, 1983, at the
United Spring Methodist Church in Houston.
"The Lord's Prayer" and "Sunrise, Sunset" from
Fiddler on the Roof were sung by Diana and Johnny Sim-
mons, both former classmates of Debbie's at Balboa High
School and now residents of Houston. The wedding and
reception were videotaped by Robert Wood, also a former
BHS graduate and now a resident of Lafayette, Louisiana.
After a champagne brunch, the couple flew to San Juan,
Puerto Rico, for a week's Caribbean cruise of St. Thomas,
Barbados, and Nassau.
Debbie is a graduate of The University of South Caro-
lina and was previously employed in Houston for two years
as an oil accountant. She now enjoys working part-time as
a beauty consultant.
Don is a 1970 graduate of Iowa State University with
a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He was formerly a
captain in the U.S. Air Force and is now employed as a
pilot with Continental Airlines. The couple now resides in
The Woodlands, a suburb of Houston.
Debbie is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James
J. Evans of Colon, and niece of Mr. and Mrs. C. H.
Johnston of Vina del Mar, all who attended the wedding.
Don is the son of Mrs. Ruth Johns of Arlington
Patricia Ann Newbury, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Newbury (Emily Riley), of Dothan, Ala., was
married on July 24, 1982, to Mr. Charles Paul Lenard,
Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lenard, Sr., of
The bride was given in marriage by her father in a
ceremony at the Central Presbyterian Church in Miami,
Fla. Members of the wedding party were Katherine Col-
lins (Newbury), sister of the bride; Joe Newbury, brother
of the bride; and Bradley Johnston. A reception followed
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jones.
Out-of-town guests included the bridegroom's
parents; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Riley, grandparents of
the bride; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Murphy, Sarasota,
Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Nick DiBetta and son, Frankie, of
Harrison, NY: and Katherine Newbury of Ft. Sill, Okla.
The couple honeymooned in Hawaii and are now re-
siding in Lewisville, Texas.
Laurie (Keegan) and James Kidd announce the marriage of their
son, Andrew, of Marietta, Ga., to Cathy Cagle, of Rome, GA.
Married 18 June 1983 in Rome, Ga, at the home of the bride's
parents, followed by a reception at home. Andrew is in the USAF
stationed at Holloman AFB, Alamogordo, NM.
Katherine Anne Newbury, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Newbury (Emily Riley) and granddaugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Riley of Dothan, Ala., was
married on June 9, 1982, to Mr. James L. Collins III,
son of Mr. and Mrs. James Collins, Jr. (formerly of
Margarita, Canal Zone) of Dothan, Ala.
The bride was given in marriage by her father in a
ceremony at the St. Columbia Catholic Church, Dothan,
Ala. Maid of honor was Patricia Newbury (sister of the
bride). Attendants were Denise Collins (Meissner) of
Virginia and Lisa Williams of La Boca, Panama. Best
man was Jeremy Collins, brother of the groom. Grooms-
men were Peter Collins, brother of the groom, and Joe
Newbury, brother of the bride. A reception followed at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Newbury.
The couple honeymooned at Panama City Beach,
Fla., and are now residing at Fort Sill, Okla., where the
groom is serving in the U.S. Army, while the bride is
attending Cameron University.
A miscellaneous shower was held at the home of Mrs.
Elsie Woodruff, hosted by Elsie Woodruff, Betty Kel-
leher, Jean Harris, and Kelly Wainio.
Kathryn Ann Kopplin and Richard Jordan Horter
were united in marriage on January 1, 1983. The wedding
and reception were held at the Hilton Hotel in Dallas,
Texas. Kathy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph D.
Kopplin of Dallas and Rick is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Milton Horter, Jr., of Austin.
The bride is a graduate of Texas A&M University and
is employed as a Programmer for Lab Force, Inc., in
Dallas. Rick was born in Ancon and graduated from Bal-
boa High School. He is now attending the Univ. of Texas
The groom's maternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Jordan of Mobile, AL. His paternal grand-
parents are the late Frances and Milton Horter, Sr.
The couple reside in Arlington, TX.
James J. Fealey and Sarita Bryson, formerly of the
Canal Zone, were married on May 6, 1983, in the
Bahamas. Jim is the son of Honey (Bergman) Fealey and
the late James Fealey of Kerrville, Texas.
William J. Wichmann and Mary Elizabeth Martin
were married on Saturday morning, July 2, 1983, in St.
Anthony's R.C. Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL. A recep-
tion took place after the ceremony at the Fort Lauderdale
residence of the bride and groom.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard
Chang of Toronto, Canada, and the groom is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Wichmann of Tallahassee, FL.
Former Isthmians in attendance included Mr. Frank
A. Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Bongiorni, Mr. and
Mrs. Dan Douglas, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Doyle, and
Dr. and Mrs. D. D. Douglass.
The groom is an attorney with the Hollywood, Fla.,
law firm of Hunter, Calvo, Wichmann and Sward. The
bride is a marketing executive with Alamo Rent-A-Car in
Fort lauderdale, FL.
Tom and Barbara Peterson of Sarasota, Fla., are
happy to announce the arrival of their first grandchild,
Thomas Michael Little, born April 22, 1983, to Michael
and Elaine (Peterson) Little of Balboa, Panama. The
maternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Charles (Margaret)
Peterson of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Little
of Harlingen, Texas, and the paternal great-grandmother
is Mrs. Thomas Denier of Port Richey, Fla.
Captain Joseph and Lynne Rozmeskie announce the
birth of a daughter, Laura Elizabeth, born July 23, 1982.
Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rozmeskie of Tam-
Gigi and Bill Fleckenstein announce the birth of
their second grandchild and second granddaughter, born to
their son and his wife, John E. and Brenda Fleckenstein.
Kristin Nicole was born June 14, 1983, in Alqaiq, Saudi
Steven and Carla Mohl of Albany, GA, announce
the birth of their first child, a son, Frederick Lewis, on
May 27, 1983, at Phoe Putney Memorial in Albany.
Steven is the son of Mr. Fred A. Mohl of Sarasota, FL,
formerly a Lieutenant with the Canal Zone Fire Depart-
ment, and the late Mrs. Edna Mohl.
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Hanna of Fort Dodge, IA, an-
nounce the birth of their second daughter, Amanda Jean,
born July 15, 1983, at Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort
Dodge. Amanda joins a sister, Mindi Sue, 2 2 years old.
Mrs. Hanna is the former Laura Humphrey, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Duane L. Humphrey of Fort Dodge and
the great granddaughter of Mrs. Wilhelmina Humphrey
and the late LeRoy L. Humphrey, also of Fort Dodge.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Swearingen (Debbie Carey) of
Houston, Texas, announce the birth of their son, Brandon
Yates, on June 2, 1983. Brandon weighed in at 6 lbs. 12
oz. Paternal grandparents are Buckeye and Bette (Far-
rell) Swearingen of Ft. Collins, CO., and great-grand-
mother Helen Swearingen of Winter Park, IL. Maternal
grandparents are Howard and Thelma Carey of Las
Casey Ann Vowell was born May 16, 1983, weighing
7 lb. 5 oz. to Charles and Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, St.
John, Arizona. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph A. Vowell of Rogers, Arkansas. Maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Crowell, Deltona,
Michael and Michelle (Urey) Perez are proud to an-
nounce the birth of their first child, a son, Ryan Jeffrey,
born July 8, 1983 the same date as his mother's. Ryan
weighed in at 9 lbs. and 2 ozs. and is 21 inches long. Proud
grandparents are Lt. Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. Ernest Perez
of San Jose, CA, and John and Mary Urey of Dothan,
Hello! My name is
Anna Frances Myers and I
am one-year-old. My Daddy
is Charlie Myers of Tal-
lahassee, Fla, Fla. He is an
engineer on ships and that is
how he met my Mommie,
Natasha, in Russia. He was / '
born in the Canal Zone. His
Daddy, my granddaddy,
worked for the Canal Zone
Customs for 33 years. My
granddaddy told me to tell all
his friends "Hello!" Anna Frances Myers
Frank and Virginia Williams of Melville, Long
Island, New York, announce the birth of their first grand-
child, Stephanie Alexandria Vafiadis, daughter of Ruth
(Williams) and Stelios Vafiadis, on February 17, 1983, at
Huntington Hospital, Huntington, New York.
They have now returned to Cairo, Egypt, where
Stelios is employed as Technical Services Manager for the
Middle East by the Coca Cola Company.
Proud grandparents again are Woody and Ruth
(Rose) Foster. Eric Lee, second son, was born 20 April
1983 to their son, Bill, and wife Loraine, of Cocoli,
Panama. Maternal grandparents are Gene and Jane Gaul
of Hollidaysburg, Pa. Woody and Ruth Foster are from
Boca Raton, Fla.
Norman and Kerry Robertson of Austin, Texas, an-
nounce the arrival of their daughter, Katherine Ida, on
June 12, 1983. The proud grandparents are Betty Mead
Robertson of Colusa, Calif., and LTC and Mrs. Delbert
Jellum of El Paso, Texas.
Marcus and Roberta (Hollander) Williamson are
very proud to announce the birth of their first grand-
daughter, Tatiana Maria Williamson, on March 12,
1983, to their son, Mark, Jr., and his wife, Myriam
Williamson, in Ft. Meade, Md. They had a nice visit with
grandma, Ruth Hollander, and grandpa, Charles
Hollander, only ten days before Ruth died. Their other
grandchild, Phillip Marcus, was born October 26, 1982,
to their youngest daughter, Paula, and her husband, Steve
Cunio, in Newport News.
Norman and Kerry Robertson of Austin, Texas, an-
nounce the arrival of Katherine Ida on June 12, 1983.
Proud grandparents are Betty (Mead) Robertson of Col-
usa, Calif., and Lt. Col. (Ret.) Delbert and Helen
Jellum, of El Paso, Texas.
Bill and Aurora Le Brun of West Covina, California,
announce the birth of their daughter, Laura Renee Le
Brun, on June 21, 1983.
Dirk and Janet (Sutherland) Jennings announce the
birth of their son, Luke Manzanillo, born June 28, 1983,
in Manzanillo, Mexico. Grandparents are Mrs. LeeJenn-
ings of San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. Mildred Sutherland
of Clearwater, Fla.
Justin Daniel Harned, being held by Danielle Harned, god-
mother, and Paul Byron, godfather.
Ron and Lynne Harned announce the birth of their
second son, Justin Daniel, born 10 March, 1983. Justin
was christened in a 75-year-old christening dress. Grand-
parents are Doris and Dan Harned of Green Cove
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Anna M. Bickford, 97, of Reedley, California, died
June 26, 1983. Mrs. Bickford and her husband, the late
Dr. Harley Gray Bickford, went to the Canal Zone in 1918
after the WWI Armistice was signed. She remained in the
Canal Zone after her husband's death and was employed in
the Administration Building. Upon retiring, she came to
California in the '40s. She was a longtime member of the
Panama Canal Society of Southern California.
She is survived by her son, Nathan, of Fresno, Calif.;
a daughter, Ruth Pemberton, of New Orleans, La.; eight
grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a great great
grandson, and a sister, Flora Carberry of Lodi, Calif.
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 Lodge
1542, Cristobal, Canal Zone; member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida; and a member of the Police As-
sociation of the Canal Zone. He came to Sarasota in 1966
after retiring from the Canal Zone after 31 years and 18
days of government service.
He leaves his wife, Jeannette; a sister, Catherine
Pruitt, of Los Angeles, California; and a brother, Warren
Cain, of Bear, Delaware.
Barbara B. Coleman, 89, of Hendersonville, N.C.,
died May 17, 1983, at a local hospital. She had been a resi-
dent of Hendersonville since 1953, formerly living in the
Canal Zone. Mrs. Coleman was the widow of the late
Thomas G. Coleman who died in 1981. She was a lifetime
member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Fern Leaf
Chapter of Ancon, Canal Zone, and she was a member of
St. James Episcopal Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Jean Dom-
browsky of Hendersonville, N.C., and Frances Louise Pat-
tison of the Canal Zone; four grandchildren and seven
Neoma Compton, 90, died at Lawrenceville, Illinois,
on April 26, 1983, where she taught in public schools from
1912 to 1917. Mrs. Compton and her late husband, Rolla
A. Compton, lived in the Canal Zone from 1917 to 1940.
She is survived by a sister; a brother; and a foster
daughter, Mrs. Ralph Shuey, of Neosho, Missouri.
Joseph B. Copello, 65, of Clearwater, Florida, died
June 6, 1983. Born in Massachusetts, he was employed
with the Department of Defense in the Panama Canal
He was past exalted ruler of the Elks and a Little
League baseball coach while in Panama.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Hanna; children,
Joseph Jr. of Titusville, Fla., and Marguerite Robles of
Panama, R.P.; a brother, Andrew, of Stoughton, Mass.;
and seven grandchildren.
Charles K. Cross, Sr., 80, of North Miami, Fla.,
passed away May 25, 1983. He retired from the Panama
Canal Company after 41 years of service. He was a mem-
ber of the Holy Family Catholic Church Ushers Club,
Knights of Columbus, and the Panama Canal Society of
Survivors are his wife, Mae; daughter, Katherine
Carson; son, Charles K. Jr.; brother, Douglas; sister,
Mary; and five grandchildren.
Dr. Louie H. Crowl, 84, of Sacramento, California,
passed away recently. He was well-known as the District
Dentist at Cristobal from 1932 to 1935. He is survived by
his wife, Cleo; daughter, Carol Oxley, of Etna; three
grandchildren; a sister, Bess Jensen; and brother, Harry
C. Crowl, both of Bluff City, Iowa.
Parmely M. Daniels, 45, of Oakton, died May 14,
1983, as a result of a canoe accident in the Potomac River
in Bethesda, Md. He was born in the Canal Zone where
his father then was a consultant.
He is survived by his sons, Michael, Jeffrey and Ed-
ward, all of Reston; his father, Parmely C. of Arlington; a
brother, Richard W. of Alexandria; and a sister, Sarah D.
Keener of Randolph, NJ.
Margaret M. Dietz, 71, of Port Orange, Florida,
died June 14, 1983. She worked as an accounting clerk for
the Railroad and Terminals Division in Cristobal, Canal
Zone, prior to her retirement in 1965, when she accom-
panied her husband who retired at the same time.
She is survived by her husband, Olin A. Dietz, of Port
Robert Owen Dockery, 35, of Atlanta, Georgia, was
killed in an automobile accident in Atlanta on June 7,
1983. He died as a result of the accident caused by an in-
He had been living in Atlanta for the last 20 years,
although he was born and raised in Margarita, Canal
Zone, leaving in 1963 after his father retired. He was last
employed by the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta. Pre-
viously, he did a lot of work with the Atlanta Zoo, specifi-
cally the Reptile House where he set up many of their
He is survived by his mother, Eve Dockery; his
brother, Jerry; and two sisters, Beverly (Vaughn) and
Joan Katzenberger Fitzpatrick of Granada Hills,
California, died May 9, 1983. She is survived by her hus-
band, Francis E. Fitzpatrick, CZJC '36.
Audrey (Rogers) Gerhart, of Curundu, Panama,
died in Paitilla Hospital on January 12, 1983. Born in
North Carolina, she was educated at Catawba College and
the University of North Carolina. During WWII she was a
Lt. Cmdr. in the Navy at Oak Ridge, Tenn. Shortly after
arriving on the Canal Zone she worked on the preservative
painting of the murals in the rotunda of the Administration
Building. In addition to her painting, she was a bowler,
astrologer, and taught Sunday School at the Balboa Union
Church, of which she was a member.
She is survived by her husband, W. K. Gerhart, of
Dr. Wayne Gilder, 85, of Birmingham, Alabama,
died May 1, 1983. Dr. Gilder graduated from Tulane
Medical School in 1920, interning at Gorgas Hospital. He
retired from government service in 1953 as Superintendent
of the Colon Hospital, taking up residence in New Or-
leans, La., practicing medicine with the United Fruit
Company until retiring in 1957.
Following the death of his wife, Agnes, in 1979, Dr.
Gilder moved to Birmingham, Ala., where he resided until
Survivors are John Gilder, son, of Bethesda, Md.;
daughter, Marjorie Gordon, of Belvedere, Calif.;
daughter, Nancy Bookout, of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.;
daughter, Donnie Brady, of Birmingham, Ala.; brother,
Grady Gilder, of San Antonio, Texas; and nineteen grand-
John W. B. Hall, 83, of Sarasota, Fla., died June 13,
1983. Born in West Medford, Mass., he retired from the
Panama Canal Company 21 years ago as chief stevedore
foreman. He was a member of the Faith Presbyterian
Church, an Army veteran of WWI, and a member of Elks
Lodge 1519, Sarasota, Fla.
He leaves his wife, Madge; a son, John W. Hall of
Sarasota; and two grandchildren. Memorial Services were
held Sunday, July 3, at the Faith Presbyterian Church,
Phoebe K. Hughes, 72, of Mobile, Alabama, died
recently following a short illness. Born in Mobile, she came
to the Isthmus as a young woman and graduated from
Cristobal High School. She married the late Chief Wilma
Clyde Hughes, USN, and they were stationed in China
and the Isthmus of Panama. Mrs. Hughes was employed
by the Air Force and U.S. Navy and retired several years
Survivors are three daughters and sons-in-law; Mrs.
Wm. C. (Jean) Arden of New Orleans, La.; Mrs. Wm.
(Velma) Holmes of Sacramento, Calif.; and Mrs. Michael
(Linda) Adler of Sussex, England; nine grandchildren and
one great grandchild; four sisters, Mary Goodlowe, Doris
Mitchell, Mrs. Paul (Marjorie) of Pompano Beach, Fla.,
and Mrs. Arvill (Frances) Bennett; and one brother, John
Kelly, of Tennessee.
LeRoy L. Humphrey, 69, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, died
June 25, 1983, at Trinity Regional Hospital. He was born
in Paraiso, Canal Zone, and was employed for a number of
years with the fire department in the Canal Zone, although
he had returned to Ft. Dodge to attend school previously.
Returning to Ft. Dodge, he was employed by M & JR
Hakes Company for a number of years and later became
business agent for Teamsters Local No. 650, retiring in
1968. He was a member of Teamsters Local No. 650; the
Eagles Club; the American Association of Retired Persons;
and the Panama Canal Society. He served 12 years as civil
defense director for the City of Ft. Dodge and was known
as Santa Clause for the Lions Club Retarded Children's
Christmas Party and at the Crossroads Mall.
Survivors include his wife, Wilhelmina (Brown); sons,
Donald and Duane, both of Ft. Dodge; 10 grandchildren
and one great-grandchild.
John (Jack) B. Hutchings, 61, of Pompano Beach,
Florida, died May 8, 1983. He was born in Colon, Rep. of
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; four children,
Phyllis, Patty, John B. Jr., and Stephen; a brother, Alba B.
of St. Petersburg, Florida; a sister, Barbara Ann Schmidt
of Marietta, Georgia; and his mother, Barbara Hutchings,
of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Ruth H. Hollander, 89, ofJacksonville, Florida, died
July 6, 1983. She was the wife of Charles S. Hollander,
former Canal Zone Credit Union Treasurer and admini-
strative assistant to the Maintenance Engineer, and left the
Canal Zone upon his retirement in 1953. She was a resi-
dent of Balboa from June 1949.
She is survived by her husband, Charles S., of Jack-
sonville, Fl.; a sister, Mrs. Bertie Holzman, of Ocean City,
NJ.; daughters, Rita Stamm, of South Orange, NJ., Bea-
trice Irwin, of Alhambra, Ca., Rosemary McCorkle, of
Mandarin, Fl., and Roberta Williamson of Titusville, Fl.;
ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Cyril M. Labb, 80, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina,
died May 10, 1983. He was a former employee with the
Motor Transportation Division in Ancon, Canal Zone.
While in the Canal Zone, he married Dorothy Brown and
upon retirement went to Oregon in the lumber business,
then to Corning, California, where they had olive groves.
In recent years they moved to Rocky Mount, N.C., to be
near Dorothy's sister, a widow of a former Canal Zone
Stephen C. Lessard, 74, of North Port, Florida, died
June 18, 1983. He retired from the Panama Canal Com-
pany 16 years ago where he was chief accountant on the
Atlantic side after 20 years of service. He was a member of
the San Pedro Catholic Church; was a Navy and Army
veteran of WWII; and a graduate of Canal Zone College.
He leaves his wife, Adelina; a son, Charles S., of Col-
lege Station, Texas; a sister, Irene Trudeau, of Woon-
socket; and four grandchildren.
Andrew S. Liebermann, of San Diego, California,
died 1 September 1982. He is survived by his sister, Mrs.
Ethel Huvula, of San Diego, California.
Betty H. (Olchin) Londynsky, 55, of Los Rios, Pan-
ama, died March 13, 1981, following a lengthy illness. The
wife of Canal Pilot Captain Samuel Londynsky, she was
engaged in private law practice, maintaining an office in
Ancon, Panama. She was an active participant in com-
munity affairs and served as president of the Canal Zone
Bar Association on two occasions.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two
sons, both graduates of the U.S. Merchant Marine
Academy: Jeff Londynsky and Paul Londynsky; and a
brother, Jack Olchin, County Attorney of Nassau County,
Emily Josephine (Baylor) Riley, 73, of Dothan,
Ala., died May 26, 1983 at the home of her daughter, Emi-
ly (Riley) Newbury, following a brief illness. A native of
Jutogh, India, where she spent her early life, she moved to
Cork City, Ireland, until 1926, after which she moved to
the United States. She resided in the Panama Canal Zone
for approximately 30 years before relocating to Dothan,
Ala., where she resided for the past three years. She was a
member of the St. Columbia Catholic Church and the Pan-
ama Canal Society of Dothan.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph J., of Dothan;
one daughter, Emily J. Newbury, of Dothan; two sons,
William B. of Medford, Mass., and John G., of Balboa,
Rep. of Panama; eight grandchildren and 13 nieces and
Samuel H. Rowley, 77, of Clearwater, Fla., died
after a long illness on June 18, 1983. Born in Quogue,
Long Island, New York, he came to Clearwater from the
Panama Canal Zone where he worked for the U.S. Gov-
ernment for 30 years, retiring on June 30, 1966, as a tow-
boat master on the Canal. Captain Rowley was a Past
Master of the Darien Masonic Lodge, Balboa, Canal
Zone; a member of the Canal Zone Abou Saad Shrine
Temple; Largo Shrine, Fla.; and a member of the
Masters', Mates' and Pilots' Association.
He is survived by his wife, Sara, of Clearwater; three
children, Dorothy, June, and Samuel H. Rowley, Jr., of
the Panama Canal Area; seven grandchildren; a brother,
Everett; and a sister, Viola Hawkins, of Long Island, New
Marjorie Swinson, widow of the late Capt. Everett
Swinson, passed away on June 12, 1983, in Gloucester,
Mass. Marjorie was well-known as an artist in the Canal
Zone. Her ashes were placed at Forest Lawn next to her
Marie A. Van Clief, 88, of Tampa, Florida, died
June 6, 1983. She retired from the Postal Accounts on Oc-
tober 30, 1956. She was a Life Member of the O.E.S.
Chapter #1; Member of the Grand Cross of Color, Order
of Rainbow, and served with the Red Cross for over 50
years. She received many citations from U.S. Presidents
and Canal Zone Governors for her volunteer work.
She is survived by her daughters, Helen F. Leves and
Emma E. Brown of Tampa, Florida; son-in-law, Yane
Leves; granddaughter, Nina B. Kosik, of Balboa, Panama;
grandsons, Charles E. Leves, of Balboa, Panama, and
Frank R. Leves, of San Diego, California; and three great
Andrew L. VanSiclen, 70, died May 28, 1983, in
Vancouver, Washington. He was a marine surveyor in the
He is survived by his wife, Mamie (Williams); three
daughters, Marilyn Beckman, Diane Jones, and Rene Dol-
lar; three sons, Andrew L. Jr., Robert, and Lonnie; thir-
teen grandchildren and four great grandchildren; three
brothers, William (Lonnie) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Fred
of Atlanta, Ga., and Robert of New York, NY.; and three
sisters, Anna Wright and Matilda Vogle of St. Petersburg,
Fla. and Cornelia VanSiclen of New York, NY.
Arthur E. Venable, of Scott City, Missouri, died
April 14, 1983. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth
Vowell of Rogers, Arkansas.
E. Lorraine Zent, 77, of Sante Fe, New Mexico,
passed away on 26 May, 1983 after a brief illness. She was
the widow of the late Llewellyn (Lew) Zent.
The Zents resided on the Canal Zone from 1943 until
Lew retired from IAGS in 1963. They were active in many
organizations during their 20 years on the Zone.
Lorraine is survived by her children; Lou Ellen (Mrs.
Wm. Gaines) of Zephyrhills, Fla.; Elizabeth (Beall) of
Alexandria, Va.; Martha (Mrs. George Bull) of Yalaha,
Fla.; Margaret (Mrs. Howard Garner) of Garden Grove,
Calif.; Lt. Col. Llewellyn (Butch) Zent II of Springfield,
Va.; fourteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Letters to the Editor
How much I enjoy the lovely big "Record!" I can't
see well but I do recognize a few "old-time" faces. I've
sprained both my shoulders but I'm not old enough to use
a cane yet only 92!
Daughter, Elizabeth Reynolds, is driving over from
Chatham, N.Y. in May for a couple of weeks. I get calls
and letters from quite a few former CZ'ers and do enjoy
them so. Julia Holmes, whose husband worked at the Bal-
boa Cable Office came to see me last summer. Stella
Courtney writes all the time. Cousins from Colorado I've
never seen before stopped by to see me last summer and
write such interesting letters. Ronnie and Cecil Vockrodt
correspond all the while. I hear from my two grand-
daughters, Shirley Young and Gail Burt once a year, with
pictures. I've 8 grandchildren and I've never seen any of
them! All working and taking care of their families all in
Hello to anyone enquiring and God bless you all. Connie Young and her 1981 Suzuki motorcycle; her husband, Joe
Young, and his 1100 cc Yamaha motorcycle attending a cycle road
Phoebe Neville Enduro in Daytona Beach. The Youngs travel from their home base
Eldorado, Ark. in Titusville, Fla.
.. I am always impressed with the information and
the very hard work that must go into publishing the very
excellent Record as well as keeping your files current on so
many people. I receive many. publications from various
organizations and the Record in my opinion is by far the
best and it is very readable. However, each time I receive
my copy, I suffer from that incurable chronic illness of
homesickness for our Canal Zone.
S. .Pat, I want to congratulate you on your con-
tinuing excellent and informative magazine. Outside of
yourself and a few others, no one knows how many
thankless, long and tiring hours are spent on each issue.
My wife and I hope that you will be the editor for many
Mrs. Roberta (Hollander) Williamson of Titusville,
Fla., says that her youngest son, Frank, has just completed
his plebe year at the United States Naval Academy. John,
her 'middle' son, has just completed his freshman year at
the University of Tampa where he is an honor and scholar-
Roberta was born in Ancon and graduated from Bal-
boa High School in 1950.
.. I enjoy the Canal Record very much it keeps
me posted on all my friends from the 'good old days.' Keep
up the good job ...
... Glad you are keeping the Record non-political, as
a ruling on page 3 of Vol. 15, #5! That was a most friendly
thing to do! Thanks....
Mrs. Mary C.
Santa Maria, CA
My congratulations on the revised Canal Record
Kenneth and Ruth M.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Morales and daughter,
Monica Jean, visited Maryville, Mo., and stayed with
Ken's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Morales, for 2 2
weeks. In the middle of May they went to Long Beach,
California, to the wedding of Martha Hawk and Craig
Vokey. Martha graduated from Balboa High School in
While in the area they visited the Sequoia and
Yosemite Parks, boarded the SS Queen Mary and the
"Spruce Goose." They visited Bakersfield, Livingston
Hollywood, etc. They also visited Dave and Betsy (Mor-
rison) Vosburgh. At the end of their trip they went to
Marrero, Louisiana, to visit Mrs. Frances P. Walker who
is Frances' grandmother and Monica's great grandmother,
and they had a very nice visit with her.
I sure do enjoy the Record and like the new size;
so much easier to handle, and too, it doesn't get so battered
up in the mail. Keep up the good work with the Society
and the Record....
Mrs. Lillian R.
South Windsor, CT
During the Easter vacation, Jim and Dorothy Bryant
had their daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth (Betty) and
Theron Jule and their granddaughter, Sheri Lyn Bishop
as guests for ten days. They are presently residing in Quin-
cy, California. Betty is a personnel management admini-
strator with the U.S. Forest Service and Theron is em-
ployed by the Plumas County Maintenance Div. Sheri is in
the tenth grade at Quincy High School. They visited many
of the attractions in Florida which included Disney World,
Sea World, and Busch Gardens. The family Easter picnic
also included Beverly (Bryant) and Warren McGuire as
well as their grandson, Michael, who all reside in Tampa,
Fla. It was quite an occasion as Betty had not been back
home for a visit since she graduated from Balboa High
School in 1964.
Dorothy A. Bryant
Ann and Jim Slover send greetings to all their
friends. The last year has been a busy and wonderful one
for us going out on the "El Chocho" with Capt. Ed Mack.
Though Ed and Eleanor will be leaving in August, we will
continue to work and go out with the new owners.
Our plans for retirement are unsettled at this time,
however we plan to be in Florida fishing with Ed before
long and having a great time with our friends there. I was
up last November and spent six wonderful days with
Bucky and Eleanor Buehler before going to Inverness for
a short visit with Nancy and Anna McGlade, then on to
Texas. Susie and Dan Wells are great; just bought a new
house and Susie is working at Ft. Lewis. Nancy is still
teaching in Inverness and is following in my footsteps by
being in O.E.S. and working with the Rainbow Girls
Jim hasn't worked with his rocks much either, but we
plan to take a lot with us plus all his equipment.
Marsha (Hellmund) and Jim Slover are fine. He is a
Sr. Control House operator at Miraflores now. Our two
grandsons are 9 and 6 and growing so tall. Johnny is play-
ing soccer again this year and Charlie is waiting for next
year when he will also be old enough. Both are train nuts
like their father.
APO Miami, 34002
We thoroughly enjoy reading the Canal Record
and can appreciate all the hard work that goes into it to
make it a fine magazine.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed N.
Keep up the good work! Everyone out here com-
ments on the great job you're doing on the Canal Record!
Frances D. Morales
APO Miami, 34002
Joan and Jack D.
Laguna Hills, CA
We begs de pardon, please excuse on de ovasight for
de annual dues. Wid all dese checks and de money flowing,
I can't keep up wid where it is going.
So please to let dis incident pass and curse me as a
forgetful rass. I cross my heart and tell you straight, de next
payment won't be late!
Ken and Peggy Karpinski
Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Enjoy the fine work you are doing. The Record is
most welcome and we love to read it cover to cover. Thank
you very much.
Fred Banan, Sun City, AZ, BHS '31; Bob Hazeldine, Sun
City West, AZ, BHS '34; and Jack Brown, Northport, NY.
BHS '34, during Jack & Gloria Brown's visit to Bob's home.
Viewing the Grand Canyon was impossible due to thick snow and
dense fog, they said.
Thought that we'd write and let you know what's go-
ing on in the Blue Grass state. We had a very mild winter
and are having a warm but rainy spring. Can't do any
farming yet but the man working my land thinks he might
get in the fields in the latter part of May.
Barbara (Green) and I live in a modest little cottage
on our land near Henderson. We take trips around the
country to let Barbara see what the United States is like.
She grew up in Colon and has been to a few places in this
country. Last November we spent some time in the Smoky
Mountains and Gatlinburg, Tenn., and she liked Knox-
We drove out to visit with her family in Houston and
this summer we plan to go there for a few weeks' visit.
While there we will see several of the Canal Zone families
we know living in and around Houston. It is good to keep
in touch with all our friends of the old days.
Barbara loves to putter about in the flowers in our
front yard and has done a very good job of gardening ....
Barbara and Walter Alvis's home in Henderson, Kentucky.
We also have a large vegetable garden .. hope it will keep
us off welfare this year!
The very best to everyone and we do hope to get to the
Barbara and Walter Alves
We enjoy each issue of the Record, the re-hash, in-
fo, and nostalgic touch of a pleasant past. ...
Frank & Bertie P.
.. The Canal Record improvement is well worth the
increase in dues. Thank you.
Colonial Beach, VA
ALERT TO ALL PASSPORT REQUESTERS
More than one letter has crossed the desk of the editor
alerting former members born in the former Canal Zone,
that in the future, passports will state "Republic of Pan-
ama" as their birthplace, when in fact they were born in
the former Canal Zone. When this policy was questioned,
the Passport Office in Houston, Texas, answered, "It is
the policy of the passport office to list the country of birth as
it is presently known. However, Canal Zone may be listed
as the place of birth on your passport if a written, signed
statement of your reasons for objecting to Panama being
listed as your place of birth is submitted along with your
passport." The reasons should be obvious your U.S.
citizenship could be questioned, Security clearance denied,
Another member, Mrs. Etta F. Terrell, of Benton-
ville, AR., took the matter a step further. She wrote two
Congressmen and a Representative from Arkansas. Repre-
sentative John Paul Hammerschmidt immediately wrote
the State Department, and the State Department's reply is
shown in its entirety for future reference by members.
The 'Canal Zone' was finally placed in the passport in
Mrs. Terrell's case, but it was not done "gladly" as stated
in the State Department's letter. Nevertheless, it would ap-
pear that the letter from the State Department would reflect
the policy more so than a passport office.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Washington, D.C. 20520
Junio 1. e Iy
Dear Mr. Hammerschmidt:
I am replying to your letter of May 24 requesting on behalf
of your constituent, Mrs. Etta Terrell, information which would
explain why her daughter's place of birth in her U.S. passport
reads Panama when she was born in the former Canal Zone.
The Department's policy regarding the entry of the Canal
Zone as the place of birth in the U.S. passport was recently
changed as a result of the Panama Canal Treaty. However, as an
accommodation for persons born before October 1, 1979, Passport
Services will still enter Canal Zone as place of birth for
those persons requesting it. If Mrs. Terrell's daughter was
born before October 1, 1979,the New Orleans Regional Passport
Office should have complied with her request.
If Mrs. Terrell's daughter meets the above criteria,
Passport Services will gladly rewrite her passport, at no
charge, to show Canal Zone as her place of birth. To effect
this change, she should submit her passport, along with her
written request, one new photograph, and a copy of this letter
to the New Orleans Regional Passport Agency, International
Trade Mart, Room 400, 2 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana
I hope this information will be of assistance to you in
providing your constituent with a solution to her problem.
With cordial regards,
for Legislative and
John Paul Hammerschmidt,
House of Representatives.
Gene Sexton Clary and Mavis Fortner in Hendersonville, N. C.
Mavis Fortner, of Orange City, Fla., reports that her
long overdue vacation was just super. She spent most of her
time with Genie Sexton Clary of Hendersonville, N.C.
They both had a great time reminiscing, talking 'bajun,'
listening to Lucho music and visiting friends. While on a
trip to Mount Pisgah, they ran across Martin (Pete) and
Ruth Sawyer who are part-time workers with the Forestry
Service there. They also visited Betty Quintero in her
lovely new home and helped Betty get rid of many of her
packing boxes for Genie's big move to the Tampa Bay area
in the future. An enjoyable afternoon visiting with Ruth
V. Sill was next, with a surprise visit by Joann Davidson
and her mother, Betty Bentz. Joann was a schoolmate of
Mavis's. They also made several side trips in the area with
Genie's stepfather, William L. Russon, who regaled them
with stories of the Dredging Division in times gone by.
Mavis also visited other close friends in the area, ending
her whirlwind tour of North Carolina.
Daughters Kathleen, Priscilla and Mary Brown, of
former residents of the Canal Zone, William and Shirlee
Brown, now residing in Weirton, W.V., have been keep-
ing busy since their departure from the Canal Zone in
Kathy was an early graduate from Brooke High
School in May 1983. Her future plans are to join the U.S.
Air Force in August. She will be taking a communications
job, and has already passed her military test. She was born
in Coco Solo Hospital and attended Coco Solo and Mar-
garita Elementary schools.
Priscilla, a 1982 graduate of Brooke High School at-
tended a year of college at West Virginia Northern Com-
munity College and enlisted in the U.S. Army. She leaves
for Basic Training in October and is an animal care specia-
list. Her basic training will be at Ft. Dix, NJ, after which
she will be sent to Walter Reed Medical Center. Priscilla
attended Coco Solo and Margarita Elementary schools and
Cristobal High School.
Kathleen M. Brown, high school graduate and future Air Force
Mary Brown, sophomore, Brooke High School, Weirton, W. V.
Mary is on her summer break and will be a sopho-
more at Brooke High School. Mary attended Coco Solo
and Margarita Elementary schools.
Anyone wishing to correspond, please write to the fol-
lowing address: 4115 Freedom Way, Weirton, WV 26062.
Mrs. Howard E. Walling of Seattle, Washington,
writes that she applied for a birth certificate from the Vital
Statistics Unit, APO Miami, 34011, and was advised that
the practice to register and issue certificates of births that
occurred in Panama was discontinued on May 1, 1950,
and that all the files held in the Canal Zone were trans-
ferred to the Republic of Panama on July 26, 1951.
Therefore, those birth certificates of those born in
Panama, (not the former Canal Zone) please request them
through: El Registro Civil, Apartado 5281, Panama 5,
Rep. de Panama, ATTN: Mrs. Nuvia de Garcia.
Our thanks go to Mrs. Walling for helping to clear up
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MEMORIES OF PANAMA
By Bonnie (Davis) Dolan
Walking barefoot to school and parents didn't know,
playing hooky down in the swamps where the alligators
grow. Taming a boa as a pet along with stray dogs and cats
found in the basement of the Diablo Commy behind the
wooden slats. Running in the DDT spray as fast as I could;
and playing in the street after dark longer than I should.
Sliding on palm fronds down green
grassy hills, sneaking home after a mud
ball fight to avoid being killed. Meeting
with friends at the teen club and watching -
midnight shows were the highlights of
many weekends not to mention side trips
to the El Rancho.
Dancing to Lucho and his conjunta
during Carnival season, burying the fish
at dawn for a good reason.
Passing ships through the locks sizes
large and small, never to forget the
history of it all.
Walking on white sandy beaches and
resting under a palm to watch beautiful golden sunsets as
the ocean's roar becomes calm. Loving memories of family
and friends I've known and remembering the beautiful
land of Panama where I have grown.
Living at the crossroads of the world during this time
always to be thankful to God for this life which is mine.
In my many years of living in the Zone, I made a lot
of friends among the West Indian folks among whom were
many interesting characters.
I knew all the maids in the neighborhood and still keep
in touch with my own beloved Agatha Myrie who worked
for me from 1948 to 1975 when I retired.
Then there was Frenchie, handyman and jack-of-all-
trades, who could fix anything if he managed to stay sober
Also I thought highly of old Sam, the one-armed
gardener who could keep my yard looking great with only
the use of his trusty machete. He'd lost an arm in a sugar
cane mill when he was a boy in Jamaica. He used to tell me
of the time when he helped train the renowned fighter
Roberto Duran (Mano de Piedra) and used to run with
him on the Bella Vista Beach when Duran was just a boy.
Many years later Duran paid for Sam's plane fare to the
States so he could see him fight at Madison Square
I also gratefully recall how the two Panamanian (not
West Indian) custodians, Victor and Fernando, were so
helpful to me in my work at the Los Rios School.
Many residents of Diablo will remember the old Ja-
maican man who faithfully delivered the Star & Herald early
each morning. When he had completed his route, he could
always be found in front of the Diablo Clubhouse selling
the last of his papers.
One morning on my way to work, I stopped at the
Clubhouse to pick up some empanadas to take for coffee
break. As I was leaving I stopped to chat with the old fel-
low. I said, "You know you've been delivering my paper
for a long time but I've never known your name." He
replied, "Well, Ma'm, my name is Bill Bailey." I smiled
and said, "Now that's a coincidence, for my name used to
be Bailey and I have a son called Bill Bailey." He grinned
and chuckled and said, "Well, Mistress, MAYBE WE IS
I often wonder where those old friends of mine are to-
ELLEN E. JOHNSON
ALLIGATOR PEARS, CACA PILOTS
AND STAR APPLES
By Charlie Heim
On May 16, Hazel's and my nineteenth wedding an-
niversary, we enjoyed a visit from Moy and Jean
de la Pena. They brought us an apricot tree which Moy
planted in our small orchard. What a fine visit we had for
three days! Of course, conversation was mainly about the
Canal Zone and our misspent youth.
Moy, of course, talked of his friends in Ancon, the
beautiful family of Salterio's (Gladys, Jimmy, Grace,
Joseph and Arthur), Jimmy and Lilia Booth, Charlie
Pescod and his great family. Then we talked about Red
Michaelson and the time he had to eat his hat in front of
Cristobal High School, because of his brag that Balboa
High School would absolutely kill us in a soccer game.
What a great sport he was. His mother had made a cake in
the form of a black hat and in front of all of us, he devoured
his hat. Needless to say, he was given a generous ovation.
Moy then asked me to tell him and Jean some of my
tales of the Atlantic side, about which I love to talk.
I talked first about alligator pears. Bert Asensio, Jack
Digman and I, on one of our scouting trips, ended up in
Mount Hope Cemetery. I have never seen alligator pears
so lush and beautiful, so I took some home. After about
three trips, my mom asked me where I was getting these
pears. When I said I got them at Mt. Hope Cemetery -
that ended my contribution to the family larder, as far as al-
ligator pears were concerned. How was I to know, at that
tender age, that alligator pears grew better in cemeteries?
Moy and Jean thought that was pretty funny and after
a couple more beers, I told them the story of the Caca
I never was a great fisherman, like the Wirtz family,
but, man, could I catch Caca Pilots! They were about six
or seven inches long and brightly striped, yellow and black.
I brought home a string of them, two or three times, and
the whole Heim family enjoyed them with fries. Then the
roof caved in when my father asked, "Charles, where are
you getting these fish?" And I answered, "Down at the
Blue Hole." Again a young innocent. How could I know
that all of the raw sewage ran out at the Blue Hole, as it was
called, and hence the name Caca Pilot for this great little
fish? Not being familiar with the French language, how
was I to know what "Caca" meant?
There was a better experience with star apples. For
some reason that I can't remember, this delectable fruit on
the Pacific side wasn't on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus. I
discovered this fruit of the gods when I was courting my
future wife, Thelma Dowell. If I remember correctly, Bar-
naby Street in Balboa was lined with these trees. Bert Asen-
sio and I would load paper sacks with fruit and take them
back to Cristobal with us. My mom couldn't take offense to
this fruit, as it didn't come from cemeteries or the Blue
Between my courting of Thelma and picking all the
star apples, I became good friends with Art (Keyhole)
Tonneson, Bob and Jack Rathgeber and their lovely fam-
ilies. Bob and Key have now gone up to the great Canal in
the Sky, but they are never very far away from my
thoughts. Key's wife still visits us and we enjoy her com-
In conclusion, let me say "hello" to Doc Dowell and
Zona, Al and Anita Collins, Elsie and Jimmie Yates,
Tyke and Edith Cotton, Bill and Skip Hollowell, Tom
and Margaret Rankin, Sis Goodenough, Ellen Green-
leaf, Harvey and Mildred Sauter, and all the beautiful
people of whom I have such fond memories. And a very
special "hello" to my sisters, Louise and Snookie.
If any of you should visit Southern California, our
home here in the San Bernardino Mountains is your home,
along with all the goodies in the freezer and an open bar.
From the book, "Panama: The Canal, the Country and the
People" by Arthur Bullard.
TELL THE COLONEL
If you have any cause to kick, or feel disposed to howl,
If things ain't running just to suit, and there's a chance to
If you have any ax to grind or graft to shuffle through,
Just put it up to Colonel G. like all the others do.
See Colonel Goethals, tell Colonel Goethals
It's the only right and proper thing to do,
Just write a letter, or, even better,
Arrange a little Sunday interview.
Casey is an engineer and treated awful bad,
Eight minutes overtime they worked the poor defenseless
So Casey sees the Colonel, with tears in his eyes, and says:
"I can't stand for this no more without lay-over days."
"Dear Sir, the commissary here," writes Mrs. Percy Jones
"Is charging me for a porterhouse which ain't no more
And, I assure you Colonel, that the pork chops that they
Is rotten. I enclose herewith a sample, just to smell."
Mrs. Hobbs and Mrs. Dobbs are neighbors in a flat,
And Mrs. Hobbs calls Mrs. Dobbs a dirty this and that,
Then Mrs. Dobbs reciprocates, and maybe both are right,
But in the end, the Colonel has to arbitrate the fight.
Don't hesitate to state your case, the boss will hear you
It's true he's sometimes busy, and has other things to do.
But come on Sunday morning, and line up with the rest, -
You'll maybe feel some better with that grievance off your
See Colonel Goethals, tell Colonel Goethals,
It's the only right and proper thing to do.
Just write a letter, or, even better,
Arrange a little Sunday interview.
Submitted by Wes "Red" Townsend
Locks sub as sub drydock in 1914
by Janet G. Len-Rios
For a brief period back in 1914, about 5 months before
the Panama Canal was officially opened to world shipping,
one chamber of Gatun Locks served a special purpose for
the U.S. Navy it was used as a drydock for a group of
submarines. The Mount Hope drydock of the then Isth-
mian Canal Commission (now the Panama Canal Com-
mission) was being used to service Canal dredging equip-
ment and could not be spared for the repair and re-
furbishing of the submarines, so a lock chamber, which was
not being used for any other purpose, was used.
The five "C" class submarines, unimaginatively
called the C-l, C-2, C-3, C-4, and C-5, comprised the First
Division of the submarine flotilla of the U.S. Navy. They
had arrived from Guantanamo, Cuba, on December 12,
1913, and were stationed at Cristobal.
Five U.S. Navy Class "C" submarines drydock at Gatun Locks for
refurbishing. Behind them the ladder dredge "Corozal" also uses the
locks for repairs.
From the Panama Canal Historical Photo Collection -
April 6, 1914.
The vessels measured 105 feet long by 16 feet in maxi-
mum beam and had a saltwater draft of 14 feet. The first,
C-l, was built in 1908, and the others were built during the
following 2 years.
Placed in drydock in the east chamber of the upper
level of Gatun Locks, the vessels were lashed together in
one rank, side by side, and handled as a group. Seamen
walking on the lock walls controlled the movements of the
group by towing lines, attached two forward and two aft,
10 to 12 men on each line.
A large portion of the overhaul work was done by the
Isthmian Canal Commission Mechanical Division, which
prepared ladders, blocks, battens, cradles, and other equip-
ment in the chamber for the work. Mechanical Division
employees replaced the manhole plates on the ballast and
fuel tanks; pressure tested the hull, fuel tanks, and ballast
tanks; renewed rivets, if necessary, and made the plates air-
tight to pressure; cleaned the ballast tanks and painted
them with two coats of anticorrosive paint; provided a
pump capable of giving a water pressure of 3,000 pounds to
the square inch for testing the high pressure air service;
and, on submarine C-4 only, lined up the diving rudder
bearings and journals.
The tender Severn, on which the submarine crews
messed and slept, was berthed alongside the upper ap-
proach wall of the locks, providing handy access for the
crews, who overhauled the submarine machinery and
valves, as well as cleaned and painted the hulls of the boats.
Docking in fresh water had an additional benefit for the
Severn in that it killed the barnacles growing on the vessel's
The submarines were drydocked at Gatun Locks from
March 9 until April 11. Upon leaving the locks, the flotilla
spent 2 days in maneuvers and tests in Gatun Lake before
leaving the Bocas del Toro for target practice.
History of the Canal Zone Police
Continued Part 3 of 4 parts
On June 12, 1944, the Canal Zone Police radio-tele-
phone system was installed. Much of the credit for obtain-
ing this system went to Chief A. O. Meyer who believed in
the system and pushed for the necessary funds for its pur-
chase. The new UHF radio system enabled the police for
the first time to communicate between station and patrol
car, patrol car and station, and station to station. This gave
the Police Division thirteen fully equipped radio patrol
cars. Ten of the cars were placed in constant service, seven
in the Balboa District and three in the Cristobal District.
The various townsites were divided into patrol areas and
were patrolled in a manner that allowed no more than two
to four minutes of time to elapse before a policemen would
arrive on the scene when help was needed. This was due in
large part to the new radio system. While realizing the
benefit of the radio system, the policemen of the day were
leery of it as they felt that the radio might mean a reduction
in force levels. Chief Meyer quickly put his rumor to rest.
The first major uniform change in Zone Police history
was implemented in 1945. Uniform color was changed
from khaki to steel gray. Officers were issued service-style
hats, and the Sam Browne belt was used for the first time.
Shirts were long sleeved and worn with a tie. Jodhpur
pants, boots, and leather puttees completed the Zone Police
In 1946 there were forty-five more policemen on the
rolls than in 1938. The reason for the increase was that
twelve policemen were used for the police service in the
towns of Cocoli and Margarita which had been built prior
to 1938. Six men were stationed in each town. Sixteen
policemen were assigned to duties in the Mechanical and
Industrial Areas at Balboa and Cristobal. The guarding of
these areas was performed by the military in the Second
World War. These measures were discontinued after the
war, which left the main security responsibility with the
Canal Zone Police.
Sixteen policemen were used for radio patrol service
and relief in the towns of Balboa, Ancon, Diablo Heights
and Cristobal. They enforced civil law by making arrests,
and in addition were required to conduct routine police in-
vestigations. The town of Diablo Heights had been built
after 1938. The areas patrolled in Ancon, Balboa, and
Cristobal had expanded since 1938 with the additions of
Williamson Place and Gavilan in Balboa, Chame and the
Old Corral in Ancon, and Camp Beird in Cristobal. No
regular police service was maintained in these areas prior to
The increase in the workload was due to the general
increase of crimes since 1938. During fiscal year 1938, the
Canal Zone Police made 3,151 arrests, whereas 7,735 ar-
rests were made during fiscal year 1946, for an increase of
one hundred and forty-five per cent during a nine-year
On October 1, 1949, the police beat at the Canal Zone
Air Terminal at Albrook was discontinued as the airlines
stopped their operations in the Canal Zone. The manning
of this beat required four policemen who were later placed
in other needed areas.
Effective July 1, 1950, the Police and Fire Division
was separated into two separate divisions, each headed by a
chief reporting directly to the Director of the newly formed
Civil Affairs Bureau. At this time, Police Headquarters
was formerly transferred from the Administration Building
in Balboa Heights to the Civil Affairs Building, the former
site of the recently closed Canal Zone Air Terminal.
On October 1, 1950, George Herman was appointed
Chief of the Police Division. On this date, the Police Divi-
sion changed from a forty-eight-hour work week to a forty-
hour work week. In order to accomplish this, the Police
Division had to employ an additional thirty-three men.
Until the new officers were hired and trained, the men
assigned the round-the-clock beats worked forty-eight-hour
work weeks, but received eight hours of overtime pay.
On December 31, 1951, the Police substation at
Cocoli was closed and abandoned.
;e Motorcycle Officer, Balboa, Canal Zone,
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband the Duke of Ed-
inburgh, made an official visit to the Canal Zone on
November 29, 1953. On the Pacific side of the Isthmus one
of the most pressing problems to be dealt with was the Divi-
sion's manpower level. From a security standpoint it was
considered necessary to block off every street and roadway
along the Queen's planned route. In addition, ten motor-
cycle policemen and a carload of plainclothes officers
preceded the Queen's car in the royal convoy. Officers
were tied up in communications work, crowd control, and
assigned to regular police details which had to be carried
on. Forced with inevitable manpower shortages, the
military police and Locks Security Guards were called in to
assist the Police. To effect the necessary coverage, every
available policemen of all ranks in the Balboa District was
used, plus twenty temporary transfers from the Atlantic
On August 14, 1955, R. W. Griffith became the ninth
Chief in the Police Division's history. Prior to Griffith's
retirement in 1957, a major change in the Canal Zone
Police Officer's uniform was initiated. The uniform was
changed to a two-tone blue color, which was to remain the
official color of the Canal Zone Police throughout the dura-
tion of its operation. Trousers were dark blue, while shirts
were light blue and long sleeved. The hat was service style,
dark blue, and matched the trousers. Stripes designating
rank once more appeared on the shirt sleeve.
1957 also saw the first Canal Zone Police patch devel-
oped for the uniform. The patch, which was worn on the
left shoulder, was triangular in shape. The Seal of the
Canal Zone Government appeared in the center of the
patch. The words "Canal Zone Police" flanked the seal on
each side, and a red, a white, and a blue tip capped the
three corners of the triangle.
Benjamin A. Darden was appointed Chief of the
Police Division in October 1957, At this time, political
unrest in the Republic of Panama began to manifest itself
in sporadic violence targeted against the Canal Zone com-
munity. The Canal Zone Police had handled mass border
disturbances centered around Panama's claim to so-
vereignty in the Canal Zone for some time. But Darden
realized that it had become essential for the Canal Zone
Police to allocate the necessary funds to develop the
capacity to train and equip police personnel in the handling
of large-scale riot situations.
In accordance with Chief Darden's plans to deal with
the ever-increasing political tension on the Isthmus, the
Governor of the Canal Zone directed that all police officers
be required to reside in the Canal Zone as a condition of
their employment. The reasoning behind the directive was
that should a civil disturbance affecting the Canal Zone oc-
cur, the governor wanted all police officers in a position to
be able to respond immediately if called to quell the distur-
By 1959, leaders of Panamanian student groups began
to openly broadcast over local radio stations for the people
of Panama to join them in a flag-bearing visitation in the
Canal Zone on November 3, the date of Panama's inde-
pendence from Columbia. On November 3, the Canal
Zone Police authorities permitted peaceful groups of Pana-
manian students to place small banners on the Miraflores
Swing-Bridge and other landmarks in the Canal Zone.
However, several student groups were not satisfied
with the Canal Zone's gesture of symbolically allowing the
Panamanians to express their aspirations of sovereignty.
Physical violence touched off the arrest of two Panaman-
ians who attempted to reaffirm Panama's sovereignty in
the Canal Zone through the destruction of property along
Fourth of July Avenue. Similar riot conditions occurred in
Cristobal on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus.
In the course of the rioting, much property damage
was caused to local Panamanian business establishments
situated along the Canal Zone/Republic of Panama
borders. One hundred and twenty injuries were reported to
area hospitals, and thirty-five Canal Zone Police officers
sustained injuries because of the border clashes.
In 1960, the Police Division discontinued the use of
red Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Motorcycle patrol had
fallen into disfavor because of three line-of-duty fatalities
directly related to motorcycle accidents received by mem-
bers of the force.
In a memorandum to the Governor, dated January
18, 1960, the Civil Affairs Director requested that the title
of Major assigned Chief of Police be discontinued. The
position title officially was designated Chief, Police Divi-
sion. The original purpose of the title of Major was for war-
time expediency. During the post-war years, the Chief was
rarely seen in uniform, and the military title tended to be
confusing to people unfamiliar with the police organiza-
On December 20, 1961, a specially furnished interro-
gation room equipped with a tape recorder was opened for
use in the Balboa Police Station. A new polygraph machine
was purchased for use in the interrogation room of the
Balboa Police Station. Detective Sergeant Robert A.
Engelke became the Division's first qualified polygraph ex-
pert upon completion of training at the Keeler Polygraph
In December of 1961, instructions were issued by the
Chief of Police Eugene S. Shipley changing the police uni-
form shirt to short sleeve. This uniform change applied to
all ranks below that of lieutenant, but did provide for ex-
ceptions for personnel who required long sleeves for
During the later part of fiscal year 1962, radio and
traffic patrol car colors were officially changed from green
to black and white. The color combination was black with a
white top, doors and trunk cover. The vehicle identification
door markings were changed to a decal which illustrated a
reproduction of a Canal Zone Police badge.
The Thatcher Ferry Bridge was a $20 million suspen-
sion bridge built across the Panama Canal. Constructed at
the site of the former East and West Ferry Slips, the bridge
1. Canal Zone
connected the Pan-American Highway and linked the cities
of Panama and Colon with the rest of the Republic. The
bridge was named in honor of Maurice A. Thatcher, the
sole survivor of the Isthmian Commission.
Opening ceremonies of the official bridge dedication
were to be carried out on the afternoon of October 12,
1962. Undersecretary of State George W. Ball was to de-
liver the keynote address. The President of Panama,
Roberto F. Chiari, and numerous other dignataries from
the Americas were in attendance.
Public opinion in Panama was against the naming of
the bridge after Maurice Thatcher. Leftists within the Re-
public favored calling it "The Bridge of the Americas."
Demonstrations were scheduled for the day of the bridge
dedication. The Canal Zone Police, alerted to the planned
demonstrations, compiled a group of police officers from
both districts to the bridge to protect the dignataries in the
event the demonstrators became violent.
2. Canal Zone Police Officers in midst of crowd at Thatcher Ferry
Bridge Dedication ceremonies, October 12, 1962.
At the height of the ceremonial proceedings, the
crowd of over 5,000 spectators turned hostile. Clashes
broke out between the Canal Zone Police and the crowd at
the police-line barricades. The situation graduated to near-
riot proportions. The Canal Zone Police did not attempt to
contain the demonstrators, and the contingent of fifty-five
police officers removed the dignataries from the platform
and directed them to safety via a bridge exit.
The demonstrators, having successfully marred the
dedication ceremonies, poured onto the center-span of the
bridge and marched back and forth displaying anti-
American banners. The two commemorative plaques set at
the entrance to each bridge approach were pried loose and
destroyed. However, that proved to be the extent of the
property damage. Aside from five injuries suffered by
police personnel, there were no reports of personal injury
as a result of the demonstration.
On November 17, 1962, a group of Panama National
Guardsmen were attempting to arrest an American ser-
viceman in the Canal Zone near the Tivoli Hotel. A spec-
tator who became involved in the incident was shot by one
of the Guardsmen in the leg. The man later lost the leg as a
result of the injury. The Panama Government refused to
release the Guardsman to Canal Zone Police custody.
In October and November of 1962, ten crosswalk
guards were hired by the Police Division to handle the
many crosswalks in the Canal Zone. By doing this the
police officers were relieved of this responsibility.
In May of 1963, after satisfactory preliminary wearing
tests, the straw trooper hats were adopted for wear by the
Canal Zone Police. The benefits of this type of hat were
readily apparent. They provided more protection from the
sun and rain, and were more suited to the tropical climate
than the four-pointed white police cap.
During the last quarter of fiscal year 1963, the Police
Division purchased one handie-talkie portable radio for use
by foot patrolmen. The initial test radio greatly enhanced
the foot patrol officers ability to be linked with his central
station and motor patrol units in a system of instantaneous
communication. The portable radios were readily adopted,
and brought another dimension to the tools available to the
At 4:45 p.m., January 9, 1964, Balboa Police Station
Desk Sergeant Robert Lawyer telephoned the Balboa Dis-
trict Police Commander Gaddis Wall, who was to later
serve as Chief from 1968 through 1972, and informed him
that about two hundred Panamanian students were march-
ing into the Canal Zone up Gorgas Road towards Gorgas
Hospital. As the major political issue of the period involved
Panama's emotional claim of sovereignty in the Canal
Zone, Captain Wall told Sergeant Lawyer to begin calling
in off-duty policemen in the event they would be needed.
A police car picked Captain Wall up at his home and
immediately drove to a point on Heights Road at Cashew
Place. From there he could see about two hundred male
and female students from the National Institute marching
up Gorgas Road, completely filling the roadway. The
students leading the group were carrying a Panama flag
and a National Institute banner. The students continued
marching, and when they were in front of the Canal Zone
Governor's quarters, they paused and sang the Panama
National Anthem. The students then continued to march.
Police personnel were stationed at Heights Road and Ro-
osevelt Avenue to divert the students back to Panama
should they take that route. In addition, an official police
photographer was called in to take pictures of the demon-
3. Balboa District Police Commander, Gaddis Wall, and five
Panamanian National Institute students with school banner in front
of Balboa High School, Balboa, Canal Zone, January 9, 1964.
The students did not go down to Heights Road and
Roosevelt Avenue, but instead circled behind the Admini-
stration Building and went down the steps leading to the
Goethals Memorial Monument. When it was discovered
that the students were taking this route, police personnel
were stationed at the bottom of the steps to stop them from
going any further into the Balboa townsite. Police person-
nel did manage to contain the peaceful advance of the
students at the bottom of the steps.
The leader of the students, a Panamanian youth dres-
sed in the National Institution uniform, talked briefly with
Captain Wall near the Goethals Memorial. Shortly there-
after Chief Shipley issued instructions that permitted four
of the students to proceed to the flag pole in front of the
Balboa High School under police escort, display their flag,
and sing the Panama National Anthem to symbolize Pana-
manian sovereignty in the Canal Zone. Chief Shipley
made it clear that they would not be allowed to raise the
flag on the flagstaff. The leader of the Panamanian
students attempted to explain to his large group of followers
what had been agreed to. The students loudly shouted their
displeasure with the compromise. Finally, after about forty-
five minutes of effort, the students agreed to the proposal.
The leader of the students, however, stated that he would
need five students to go to the flag pole, instead of four.
This was immediately agreed to. The students were at this
point slightly leery of the situation and wanted assurances
that the five would not be harmed by the group composed
of four hundred Canal Zone residents and students gath-
ered around the Balboa High School flagpole. They were
given that assurance by Captain Wall. The principal of
Balboa High School and the Superintendent of Schools
were asked to speak to the Canal Zone students and explain
what was going to take place and advise them not to inter-
fere. This being done, the five students were allowed to
pass through police lines and go to the flag pole. When they
arrived at a point just outside the hedges which surrounded
the flag pole, it was discovered that a sixth student had join-
ed the group. He was carrying a large banner which stated
that Panama was sovereign in the Canal Zone.
An argument developed among the six National Insti-
tute students. One of the six insisted on raising the flag.
This student left the group and returned to the main group
of Panamanians gathered at the front steps below the Ad-
ministration Building. He returned shortly thereafter, still
arguing that Panama's flag be raised on the flag pole. At
this point, Liaison Detective Pedro Martin and Policeman
Felipi Cazobon, acting as interpreters, attempted to per-
suade the group to go ahead with the ceremony as agreed
upon earlier. At this time, the American students at the
high school begin singing the American National Anthem.
This angered the Panamanian students. They insisted on
being allowed to stand inside the hedges which surrounded
the flag pole. They were allowed to do this by Captain
Wall. However, they still insisted on raising the Panaman-
ian flag on the flag pole. The American students had form-
ed a ring around the flag pole, and now the two groups of
students were shouting at one another. Because of the in-
creasing likelihood of a physical confrontation between the
students, a police detail was set up between the two groups.
Captain Wall, realizing that the students would not
settle for anything less than raising the flag, ordered them
to stop the ceremonies and return to the main group. The
students refused to obey the order and continued to argue
and shout. Captain Wall ordered the detail of policemen to
remove the students from the area, using their twenty-six
inch riot batons to push them in the direction of the main
group. The Panamanian students resisted violently. In be-
ing pushed backwards, two of the students tripped over the
hedges which surrounded the flag pole and they fell. They
got up and continued to resist violently, and once again
they fell. When they reached Gorgona Road, they dis-
played the now-torn Panamanian flag to the large group
there. The sight of the torn national banner enraged the re-
mainder of the students. Several rocks were thrown from
the group, one striking Policeman Patton on the front of his
helmet liner. The students, apparently by direction of their
leaders, then began to run in the direction of the Admini-
stration Building. As the students passed the Administra-
tion Building, glass could be heard breaking on the east
side of the building. The students continued up Heights
Road in the direction of the Governor's house. Once
beyond the Governor's house, the students began rolling
empty fifty-five gallon drums down the road, and glass
could be heard breaking on the roadway near the hospital.
The students marched on down Gorgas Road to Fourth of
July Avenue, throwing rocks at the policemen as they
went. Chief Shipley got on the radio and informed all units
that as long as the students kept going in the direction of
Panama they were to ignore the property damage.
A cordon of fifteen policemen at Gorgas Road by St.
Luke's Church was formed with Lt. Richards in charge.
The students were at this time stoning the policemen,
breaking street lamps and traffic control standards, and
throwing rocks at cars that went by.
When the students arrived at Fourth of July Avenue,
a group of between three hundred and five hundred people
was forming on "J" Street. This large group joined the
students at the National Institute. The demonstrators then
moved out onto Fourth of July Avenue in mass, and again
were throwing rocks. The police booth at the Ancon Gym-
nasium was broken into and the furniture taken out and
smashed. The demonstrators then moved up Culebra
Road where they set fire to three cars parked there. Cars
were also being burned on Fourth of July Avenue in front
of the District Court Building. The rioters then set fire to
Braniff offices on President Kennedy Avenue, and also to
the Canal Zone Pharmacy.
The main body of the demonstrators marched down
President Kennedy Avenue in the direction of the Tivoli
Guest House. Canal Zone Policemen were sent from the
Gorgas Road location to the Tivoli Guest House to bolster
the officers already there. A great deal of congestion was
caused on Roosevelt Avenue due to the Police's rapid evac-
uation of the Tivoli. From a point opposite the north end of
the Tivoli parking lot to Frangipani Street, people could be
seen coming from streets leading out of Panama headed in
the direction of President Kennedy Avenue. The detail of
policemen at the Tivoli had to use tear gas to keep the
crowds from coming any closer to the Tivoli Guest House.
The large unruly group of demonstrators then went to
Shaler Bus Terminal and burned the shed located there.
The mob continued down President Kennedy Avenue to
the Ancon Railroad Station, numbering now about two
thousand Panamanians. Once there, the crowd began to
throw molotov cocktails at the Ancon Laundry and at the
Ancon Train Station, starting both places burning. Fire-
men had arrived and were attempting to put out the fire at
the train station. However, the mob stoned the firefighters
which hampered efforts to extinguish the blaze. The mob
continued to advance toward the train station, and the
small squad of police officers defending the Canal Zone
border fired their revolvers over the heads of the oncoming
demonstrators. This caused the group to retreat somewhat.
Vehicles which were attempting to enter the Canal Zone
from Frangipani Street were being stoned and molotov
cocktails thrown at the vehicles. Rioters pushed many
vehicles onto Frangipani Street in an obvious attempt to
prevent people from fleeing into the Canal Zone.
A large crowd in the back of the Ancon Freight House
was throwing rocks and molotov cocktails at the Building.
Several policemen moved into the area in an attempt to dis-
perse the crowd. The policemen had no more tear gas, so
they fired shotguns and revolvers over the heads of the
demonstrators to keep them away from the freight house.
Meanwhile, at the District Courthouse, the demon-
strators had torn down the fence on Fourth of July Avenue
and were trying to reach the District Court's offices and
Judge Guthrie Crowe's private residence. The small num-
ber of policemen stationed at the Courthouse quickly ran
out of ammunition. Molotov cocktails were thrown at
Judge Crowe's house, forcing him to send his family to
safety in the company of United States Marshall Clayborn
McClellan. Fire personnel arrived on the scene and at-
tempted to put out the fires. However, the demonstrators
continued to pelt the firemen with rocks in an attempt to
prevent them from putting out the fires. Time after time
the several thousand demonstrators charged Crowe's house
only to be forced back by the policemen stationed there.
Judge Crowe, who had remained in his residence and
helped the Canal Zone Police combat the rioters, later
stated, "I have never seen policemen conduct themselves
in any better fashion, under fire and most trying condi-
tions. They acted with great restraint and were hopelessly
outnumbered at all times."
The Limits Intersection of Balboa Road and Fourth of
July Avenue, initially was the quiet spot. The crowd of
over two thousand demonstrators rapidly moved from the
area of the Institute to the Limits. At the Limits a very
small group of policemen stood between the mob and the
residential areas of Balboa. As the crowd became more and
more unruly, the policemen moved their lines to the area
by the police booth. Stones were being thrown at the police-
men, and the mob charged the lines of the policemen. The
policemen were poorly equipped to handle the demonstra-
tors, not having any tear gas or shotguns. Therefore, as the
crowds charged, the men shot over the heads of the
demonstrators with revolvers forcing them back. Time and
time again the crowds came and time and time again they
were forced back by the policemen. Eventually, additional
men and the necessary supplies were sent to the Limits.
About 8:00 p.m., January 9, 1964, Lieutenant Gov-
ernor David Parker, the Acting Governor of the Canal
Zone, telephoned General O'Meara, commander of the
United States military forces in the Canal Zone. O'Meara
was informed of the gravity of the situation and immedi-
ately assumed command of the Canal Zone areas. The mil-
itary was then sent in to secure the boundary on the Pacific
side of the Isthmus and remove rioters. Throughout this
time frame, the Canal Zone Police continued to serve on
the boundary line along with military personnel who, for
the most part, were unfamiliar with the locale. When mar-
shall law was effectively declared, the Canal Zone Police,
placed under control of the military, were responsible for all
security in the interior of the Canal Zone.
Much of the action at this time centered around the
Tivoli Guest House and the Shaler area. Sniper fire began
from the area of the Legislative Palace. At the same time
large groups of demonstrators continually charged the
Tivoli area, and were forced back with the use of tear gas.
Concertina wire was strung along the boundary to prevent
the large groups from entering into the Canal Zone.
Riot conditions did not develop as fast in the Cristobal
District. However, they were not long in coming. Word
spread fast of the confrontation at the high school, and it
proved to be the excuse that was needed by many of the
persons who came out to riot. Personnel in the Cristobal
District were placed on alert, and riot squads formed. At
9:14 p.m., a group of about fifteen hundred persons
marched into the Canal Zone to Cristobal's Administration
Building and were kept under surveillance by members of
the police riot squads. By this time the Army had already
been called to Balboa, and a decision was made not to wait
until the last minute to make a decision to call out the Army
in the Cristobal District. A short time after the mob entered
the Canal Zone, they began to throw rocks and break win-
dows. It wasn't until 10:30 p.m. that American military
troops were able to relieve the badly outnumbered Canal
Zone Policemen. By this time, fire had broken out at the
Colon Railroad Station, and numerous windows had been
broken out at the Central Employment Office, License
Section and the Railroad Station. After the troops arrived
the mob turned its attention to the Masonic Temple and
the YMCA. At the YMCA the mobs had broken windows
and were looting the building. Upon the arrival of the
police and the Army, the building was in the process of be-
ing looted, and four persons were arrested in the building.
As of 8:00 a.m. on the 10th ofJanuary, there had been
twenty-seven casualties including three deaths. Many
dependents of military personnel living in Colon were
evacuated during the first few hours of the demonstrations.
Many of these were housed in various locations in the
Canal Zone. About 8:00 a.m., January 10th, about two
hundred demonstrators went to Coco Solo Hospital to try
and disrupt operations at that location. However, Special
Forces people were sent to prevent the demonstrators from
getting close to the facility. Tear gas was used to keep the
For the next week, the destruction and violence be-
came sporadic. The police operated with personnel divided
into two twelve-hour daily shifts for a considerable length of
time. As time went by the situation gradually returned to
normal. However, the tension and vivid memories of the
violence and ill feelings did not quickly fade. As in many
demonstrations of this kind, the hoodlums and trouble-
makers took advantage of the situation for their own gain.
This element of the rioting served to only worsen the
violence and prolong the destruction in Panama and the
Diplomatic relations between the two countries were
broken during the 1964 Panama Riots. The Organization
of American States was called in to mediate the situation.
Formal hearings were held by the OAS in an attempt to
help both the United States and the Republic of Panama
understand the cause of their differences and seek its solu-
The Canal Zone Police was placed on alert status in
May of 1964 due to the continued political unrest in Pan-
ama. This situation was intensified because of the Repub-
lic's scheduled Presidential elections that month. While
there were no major incidents in the Canal Zone, several
fires were set in the Republic of Panama and fragmentation
bombs were set off. On May 22, 1964, five men, one
American and four Panamanians, were arrested in a
private residence located at Curundu, Canal Zone, for
making fragmentation bombs. On June 8, 1964, a demoli-
tion expert was killed while he was attempting to dismantle
one of the bombs which had been confiscated in the May
Also in May of 1964, five civilian dispatchers were
hired to replace the five policemen who had previously per-
formed these duties. In addition, five police privates who
were assigned to the Balboa Piers were relieved of this as-
signment and replaced by guards of the Terminals Divi-
sion. In taking these measures, the Police Division made
ten additional police officers available for regular police
In August of 1964, the first of four armored trucks was
placed in service for use in civil disturbances. One was
placed in service in the Cristobal District, while the other
three were assigned to the Balboa District. These vehicles
which carried a crew of four were made at Motor Trans-
portation Division expressly for police use. The vehicles
were encased in quarter-inch armor plate which made the
vehicle extremely heavy and awkward. Under ideal condi-
tions the vehicle could dispense a great deal of tear gas and
also afford the crew maximum protection. However, their
extreme bulk made them less than ideal for police use.
These vehicles were taken out of service in 1972.
In January of 1965, six sergeants were promoted to
the rank of lieutenant to serve in the newly established posi-
tion of shift commanders. This meant that each shift would
have a lieutenant shift commander, a sergeant roundsman,
a desk sergeant, and the remainder of the platoon compos-
ed of police privates.
In February 1967 the emergency recall system was
completed. This system allowed the central police station to
alert groups of policemen in their homes to come into the
station because of a crisis or emergency situation. The en-
tire emergency recall system was hooked into the telephone
at the officers' residence. This feature relieved the central
stations of the job of manually calling in officers on an in-
dividual basis. In the years after 1964, political unrest was
to become commonplace in the Republic of Panama, and
the possibility of it spilling over into the Canal Zone was
quite real, as evidenced in the 1964 riots. There was a need
for the capability to call large numbers of officers into the
station at a moments notice.
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4. Canal Zone Police Penitentiary at Gamboa, Canal Zone, circa
To be continued Part 4 in December issue
Second and third graders at Pedro Miguel 1933. Anyone know the names?
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
I SEVENTH ANNUAL GAS HOUSE GANG
INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Dothan, Ala., October 3, 4, 5, 6, 1983
end to: Mr Hugh Norris
I P.O. Box 953
Dothan, AL 36301
S Please reserve room(s) for me.
My room deposit of $25/person is enclosed, made out
to OLYMPIA SPA GOLF RESORT HOTEL.
S My entry fee of $13 is enclosed, made out to Hugh
INorris (address above). YesD No I
S Non-package Plan people wishing to attend Cocktaill
IParty and Banquet pay $15/person, to Hugh Norris, isl
enclosed. YesD NoO
I request this foursome for Medal Play on October 5.
1If no request, check here l.
I I am registering under the Golfers Special Package
Plan. YesO NoO
I am registering under the NON-Golfers Special
package Plan. Yes NoE
The annual Panama Canal Society of Florida Picnic/
Meeting is set for Friday, October 7, 1983, beginning at
10:00 a.m. The picnic will be held in Shelter No. 8 in the
Lake Seminole Park which is a Pinellas County park lo-
cated near Seminole, Florida, with its entrance off of 74th
Avenue North (Park Blvd./County Rd. 694) and between
Starkey Road and Seminole Blvd. (A19A).
This is a "bring your own food and beverage" picnic.
(No alcohol permitted in county parks.) Come on out for a
day of fun!
For further information contact Pete Foster at (813)
785-8555 or any of the Society's officers.
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 Cristobal High School Class of 1934 is planning a
50th reunion in Panama, January 25-27, 1984. Anyone in-
terested please contact: Jerry Gorin, 101 Glenwood Ave.,
Pawtucket, RI 02860.
Annual Picnic Fox Lake Park, Titusville, Fla.,
October 22, 1983 for retired PanCanal employees of
Brevard County. 12:00 noon to dusk. Bring your own
lunch and refreshments Call 305-269-3868 for further
Betsy (Morrison) Vosburgh, 6638 Atoll Ave., No.
Hollywood, CA 91606, would like to offer her assistance in
locating members of the Balboa High School class of '69,
and designing any flyers required in promoting a BHS '69
reunion (15-year) during the next Panama Canal Society
reunion in Tampa, 1984. Who will pick up the ball, gang?
Those interested in a 10th anniversary reunion for
BHS '76 please contact Helen Malin Christiansen, RR 2,
Box 224-C, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501, or Janet Men-
denhall Wesley, Rt. 4, Box 980, Williamston, N.C.
27892. All CHS graduates are welcome as well. Please en-
close a small donation along with current addresses and
The Northwest Arkansas Canal Zone Society will hold
its Fall Luncheon on October 9, 1983, at the Holiday Inn,
Fayetteville, Arkansas. For reservations and/or further in-
formation, please call Edwin P. Higgins, President,
Route 5, Box 172, Fayetteville, Ark. 72701. Phone: (501)
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
12. FIESTA HISPANCIA (Aud.) 7:00 p.m ?
13. BANDA MILITARY de PANAMA Oct. ?
14. SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
15. ANNIVERSARY BALL
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.
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.
For Sale: Book "Rails to the Diggings" Construc-
tion Railroads of the Panama Canal, 224 pages, soft
bound, 8 Y2 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.
For Sale: MOLA ART color slide sets of sixty slides,
printed narration and bibliography. This remarkable slide
set and narrative carefully guides the viewer through a
close, easy-to-understand analysis of Mola art. The slide
program explains many meanings and types of molas, set
within a very vivid and colorful mola collection. This pro-
gram is ideal for education art studies and art enthusiasts.
Cost $99.95 per set. Le Page, P.O. Box 157, Manchaca,
Wanted: Japanese "1000 head or 1000 face" China,
imported to Canal Zone in early 1930's. Also: Royal Doul-
ton "Leedspray" cup and saucer with green border.
Roberta (Hollander) Williamson, 1020 Dawn Dr., Titus-
ville, Fla. 32796. (305) 269-1948.
URGENTLY NEEDED: Maps, photographs, man-
uscripts, taped or written personal experiences in and
about the Spanish fortifications, trails, roads and churches,
throughout all or part of the Republic of Panama.
Proper credit will be given to all donors of pertinent
material in forthcoming book dealing with the Spanish
presence during the years 1500-1850.
Write to: Art Tolp, Sr., P.O. Box 2073, Fort Myers,
Wanted: Royal Doulton Mugs, Figurines, Animals,
China. Paying $35 ea. for tiny 1 4" mugs. Please contact
Claudis Howell, 1205 Fountainhead Dr., Deltona, Fla.
32725. Phone (305) 574-434.
Wanted: Roosevelt Medals with bars. Will pay $230
for 2 bars; $325 for 3 bars and $500 for 4 bars. Will not be
resold. For my personal collection. Brad Wilde, Star Rt.
2, Box 480, Susanville, CA 96130.
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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.
For Sale by Owner: Hendersonville, N.C. Beautiful
custom-built home situated on 1.7 acres. Three bedrooms,
2 baths, 2 V2 years old, minutes to town, county taxes only.
Features a magnificent stone fireplace with Heatola-
tor, flanked by massive floor-to-ceiling book cases in
beautiful, spacious living room plus large bay window.
Large master bedroom with 10 ft. walk-in-closet. 26 x 14
Florida room is bright and cheerful All Anderson win-
dows. Custom kitchen is well-appointed with solid wood
cabinets and lazy susan shelving plus large breakfast bar.
This all-electric home has many extras paneled double
garage with electric door opener, two exhaust fans in attic
plus large attic fan. Special amenities for your pets large
aluminum utility shed and much more. Owner Financ-
ing. Write or call Gene S. Clary, P.O. Box 1909, Hender-
sonville, NC 28793. Phone (704) 693-3310.
For Sale: 1880's French Canal Bonds. Used by
DeLesseps to raise money for his attempt to build the
With no control stamps $27.50
With 1-4 control stamps $37.50
With 7 control stamps $50.00
Limited number available. Brad Wilde, Star Rt. 2,
Box 480, Susanville, CA 96130.
Wanted: Royal Doulton Figurines, Tobies,
Animals, Vases and Whiskey Flasks, etc. Will buy one
piece or entire collection. Call or write for offer. I also buy
Sebastian Miniatures. Pat Thomas, P.O. Box 15285,
Orlando, Fla. 32858. Tel: (305) 298-1041.
For Sale: Antique maps and prints of the Americas.
For illustrated catalogue (includes section on Panama -
mostly pre-1850), send $1.00 to: K.S. Kapp, Box 64,
Osprey, Fla. 33559.
Wanted: Anyone having pieces of Boda Swedish
Crystal, Pyramid Pattern, to sell, please contact Vera L.
Hanna, Box 1199, APO Miami, FL 34002.
Wanted: Cristobal High School 1939 Year Book. If
you have an extra one hanging around, please contact
Anne Lenick, 10039 Bordley, Houston, Texas 77042.
For Sale: Memo pads, 5 2 x 8, 100 sheets per pad,
with Canal Zone Matches design across top. $3.00 each
plus 50c postage. Send order to Sheila Bolke, (make
checks payable to Panama Canal Society of Southern Cali-
fornia or PCSSC), 12707 Gibraltar Drive, San Diego, CA
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
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 50c mail-
ing charge. Decal same color, size and design 50e
each, plus 20 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,
For Sale: Minton China set. "Crasmere" pattern.
107 pieces. Mint condition. Asking $1000.00. Gene S.
Clary, P.O. Box 1909, Hendersonville, NC 28793. Phone
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: 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 M diameter, 2" deep, /2 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.
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t oeA THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLOI
Application for Membership
S St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, hereby apply for membership (Renewal) to the
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
Zip Code _
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.
RIDA, INC. ZONE
SOCIETY PLATE AND DECAL
Society Tag, $4.00 ea.
Society Decal, $1.50 ea.,
Please mail to:
State Zip Code
Number wanted, Tags
Number wanted, Decals
Total enclosed $_
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1984 Dues are Due 1 January
delinquent after 31 January
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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.
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