VOL. 17 DECEMBER 1983 NO. 5
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J. F. Warner
OFFICERS FOR 1983
Anna T. Collins
Victor H. May, Jr.
Jean B. Mann
Richard W. Beall
William F. Grady
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
Vigilant Real Estate 66 Harris Real Estate
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Front Cover: "Christmas Scene" was drawn and presented to the Canal Record by
Brad Pearson, Alameda, California. Brad has given much of his time and talents to
the Canal Record in the form of caricatures for the Secretary's and Editor's columns
as well as the Legislative Representative. He also provided the back cover for the
Christmas 1982 issue of the Canal Record.
Back Cover: Tug Trinidad II, drawn by Isthmian artist, John B. Morton, of the
Panama Canal Commission.
DATES TO REMEMBER .
Dec. 2 Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., 5730 Shore Blvd.,
Gulfport, Fla. Christmas Holiday party with entertainment.
Dec. 4 Christmas Luncheon, Anderson's Pea Soup Inn, Carlsbad,
California. 10:30 a.m. $8.50 per person.
Dec. 10 Christmas Meeting, Panama Canal Society of Aiken, S.C., Ramada
Inn, Aiken, S.C. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. B.Y.O.L.
Jan. 6 Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m. 5730 Shore Blvd. Gulfport,
Fla. Guest Speaker is Rick Rutan of the Evening Independent.
Feb. 3 Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m. 5730 Shore Blvd., Gulfport,
Mar. 3 Carnivalito Buffet/Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 5730 Shore Blvd.,
Gulfport, Fla. Buffet at 12:30 p.m. Meeting at 1:30 p.m.
Mar. 10 3rd Annual Dinner/Dance, Ramada Inn at 1-70 and Kipling,
Apr. 11-14 52nd Annual Reunion, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Holiday
Inn Airport, Tampa, Florida.
Aug. 11 3rd Annual Picnic, Colorado. See Colorado "Activities" for details.
The President's M message ............................................. 1
From the Secretary .................................................. 2
Editor's Corner ...................................................... 3
Legislative Report ................................................... 3
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................ 4
A activities .............................................. ........... 5
Retirements ....................................................... 14
The Canal Zone in Uniform ........................................... 15
N ew s Clips ......................................................... 16
Award Certificates .................................................. 19
News Condensed from the "Spillway" .................................. 21
1984 Reunion Information and Reservation Forms ................. Centerfold
Your R reporter Says................. ................... .......... 28
Alabama...................... 29 Mississippi .................. 38
Arkansas...................... 29 North Carolina .............. 40
California ..................... 31 Northwest ................... 40
Colorado ...................... 32 Panam a .................... 41
Florida ....................... 32 South Carolina ............... 46
K entucky ..................... 36 Texas ...................... 47
Louisiana ..................... 37 V irginia .................... 49
The Younger Generation ......................... 50
Congratulations .................................................... 51
W here Are You? .................................................... 53
W eddings ......................................................... 53
Births ............................................................. 57
W ith D eep Sorrow ................................................... 58
Letters to the Editor ................................................. 62
Looking Back ................................................. ..... 67
N otices ............................................................ 74
For Sale or Wanted .................................................. 74
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HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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My term of office is half over. On the homefront in
September our members learned about "Heart Attacks"
from guest speaker Carlos Estevez, M.D., a St. Petersburg
cardiologist. In October, thanks to Pete Foster, his com-
mittee and our wonderful cooks, we enjoyed delicious pic-
nic food, several fun games and visiting. Two of our guests
from Panama joined our Society. Perhaps you have noticed
the names of many new members in the Annual Issue. Get
a new member so that they may come to the Reunion to
enjoy the greeting of long-lasting friends. Sandy Robinson
has been recruiting many new members. In November
Pharmacist Robert Hendricks gave a very interesting talk
on drugs purchased over the counter while taking pre-
scribed drugs. Always talk to your pharmacist when pick-
ing up a new prescription.
In the September Canal Record the Bylaws Chairman
wrote that the Proposed Bylaws were to be printed in the
December issue. It was felt that since the 1984 Reunion in-
formation has been inserted as a centerfold in this issue, the
Bylaws would be inserted in the March 1984 Canal
Record. These Bylaws are to be reviewed by our members
and we request that you bring your copy along with you to
the Reunion when you attend the Annual Meeting.
We hope you are planning to attend our 80th An-
niversary Panama Canal Reunion in April 1984. Please
read the centerfold our Reunion Coordinator Vic May has
prepared for you and please follow all directions in submit-
ting your reservations.
It has been proposed that each member attending the
Reunion be presented a "President's Cup" of clear heat-
resistant glass made by Libby Glass Company. The mug
will also bear the Society's logo and the president's term of
office in a rich blue. Perhaps we could carry on this pro-
cedure each year.
It has also been recommended that a solid bronze
80th Anniversary Panama Canal Medallion be purchased from
the Royal Cruise Line to be sold at approximately $3.00.
This would be a treasured keepsake and would always
bring back memories of our days spent in the Canal Zone.
We were disappointed in the response to the Museum.
As of October we only had 14 returns of which 3 were not
in favor and 10 were, with one questionable, as this
member realized the great expense and feels we could not
undertake this project alone. No volunteers came forward
to do the ground work. At the November Executive
Meeting we shall take a vote as to whether or not we should
drop the proposed Panama Canal Museum.
I spent three days last week with the Association of
Florida Hospital Auxiliaries, Inc., at the Buena Vista
Palace in the Walt Disney World Village Hotel Plaza. The
recently opened Palace towers 27 stories and is lovely -
delicious food and excellent service. There are tennis
courts, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, paddle boats. The
village is unique for shopping and transportation is sup-
plied to Disney World and EPCOT Center. I couldn't help
thinking this would be a great place to hold our 1985 Re-
union so upon leaving the Palace I spoke to the Sales
Manager telling him our needs and asked him to quote us
prices, etc. What do you members out there think?
I feel strongly about the need to recognize those
members who give of themselves to better our organization
and who work to support our purpose. Thus, I continue
to give you bits of information on five more terrific Com-
Norman Demers, our Chairman, Audit and Budget
Committee, was born in Berlin, NH, and transferred to
the Canal Zone while serving in the U.S. Army in
September 1939. He worked at the old Receiving and For-
warding Division, Terminals Division in the Accounting
Division, and retired as Deputy Director of the Transpor-
tation and Terminals Bureau in December 1973. Norm is
married to the former Cecile Gibson who was born in the
Old Colon Hospital. Cecile retired in April 1972 as Office
Manager, Central Employment Office.
Harry Egolf, a member of Norm's committee, was
born in Reading, PA, and went to the Canal Zone at the
age of two. Harry worked for the Supply Department most
of his career and retired in 1975 as Deputy Director, Supp-
ly and Community Services. Harry served on the Ex-
ecutive Committee last year. He is married to the former
Mary Bradney, a local girl, who also retired in 1975 as
Administrative Assistant to the Health Director. They have
one son, William, who lives in Orlando, FL, and a
daughter, Katherine, who lives in Panama and is the As-
sistant School Principal with the Defense Command.
Ruth Mary Jane Presley Huldtquist is serving her
second year on the Audit and Budget Committee. Jane was
born in Fort H.G. Wright, NY, and went to the Canal
Zone in 1930 with her dad who was in the U.S. Army. She
graduated from Balboa High School, Class of 1942. Dur-
ing World War II Jane was a member of the Cadet Nurse
Corps and attended Memphis State University. She retired
April 1979 as Budget Analyst from the Office of Engineer
and Construction Bureau. Jane has served on our Reunion
Golf Committee for two years and last year co-chaired the
Chagres Invitational with her husband, Fred. Jane is also
president of the Women's Golfers Association, Seminole
Lake Country Club.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum has been our Chaplain since
April 1979. She was born in Wadsworth, OH and with her
husband, Ernest R. Yocum, who worked with the Army
Commissary, went to the Canal Zone in 1945. They left in
1950 only to return again in 1961. Dorothy worked for the
Air Force and later retired in 1976 as Agent Cashier, Coco
Solo Hospital. The Yocums celebrated their 45th wedding
anniversary this year. Dorothy has served on many com-
mittees within our Society and chaired our August Lun-
cheon. She is Worthy Matron of the Canal Zone Past
Matrons of Florida, O.E.S.
Paul M. Disharoon has continually served as our
Sergeant-at-Arms since 1977. Born in Norfolk, VA, Paul
went to the Canal Zone at the age of 5 with his parents. He
graduated from Balboa High School, Class of 1939, and
served an apprenticeship at Balboa. Paul retired in 1973 as
Mechanical Foreman from the Electrical Division, Power
Branch. He is married to the former Olga Jimenez. They
have two sons, Frank and John, and a granddaughter,
Audrey, all of St. Petersburg. Paul also serves on many
committees during the reunions.
Come to our December 2nd meeting at 12:30 P.M. to
enjoy a light-finger food "holiday" luncheon brought by
our members. Our meeting will be at 1:30 P.M. and there
will be a program of songs. There will be many "gifty"
prizes also donated by members so please come and begin
the holiday season in great spirit.
It is easy to celebrate the Chanukah, Christmas and
the New Year when family and friends can be together with
the smell of pine and delicious holiday goodies. I wish all of
you good health, joy, peace, and God's blessings this holi-
day season and throughout the coming year.
Anna T. Collins
Here it is the end of another year and time to say
"Felices Pascuas y Un Bien Ano Nuevo" to each and
everyone of you. There are so many of you out there that I
have never met, but after twelve years at this desk, your
names are familiar and you are "family." Aren't we lucky
to have this Society to help keep the family together? Not a
day goes by that I don't have some thought of our life on
the Zone. What happy days they were and what a shame
that they are gone forever. You know, we all share some
A bouquet of roses to Dorothy Bitter, who spent
three days working with me in October. What a lovely per-
son she is a joy to work with.
As you will read in this issue, Vie May, our reunion
coordinator, has the "1984 bash" well in hand. Vic will
leave no stone unturned in his efforts to make this reunion
a memorable one for all. Get out your suitcase and put on
your traveling shoes and join us in April. I guarantee you
will never regret it.
Time to say "adios" for now. Sincerely hope to see
you in April.
Jean B. Mann
TO PAy DUE$
31 DECEMBER 1983
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It's hard to believe, but another year is coming to a
close. Mucho agua has gone under the dam. It seems only
yesterday that we held our annual reunion and now we are
planning for another coming up soon! Vic May, our re-
union coordinator, is doing a fine job and is covering all
angles in a professional way.
I'm happy to announce that there will be a Reporters
Luncheon once again this coming reunion on April 13 at
noon. We seemed to accomplish a great deal during our
first luncheon a couple of years ago and I have had several
requests for a repeat performance. You reporters will get all
the details in good time.
This issue will outline the criteria for award certificates
that were developed recently. Pictures of the awards are
shown and the criteria follows. These certificates were de-
signed, laid out and printed by member Dave Furlong, a
former Atlantic sider, who did a tremendous job. So now is
your chance, as a member of the Society to recommend a
worthy nominee for one of those awards.
There were many members who did a great deal to
make the 1983 annual reunion a success. Nearly all those
members were listed on the back of the Annual Luncheon
Menu. Mildred Sutherland's name was omitted from the
Card Party/Luncheon roster of assistants. Sorry, Millie
- you did a great job. It's a little late, but your efforts were
As long as I'm thanking people, I have to finally admit
that the job as editor is getting a little too big for one per-
son, so I have to give my heartfelt thanks to my helper,
Dorothy Bitter. She has done a lot over and above her job
description in helping me in nearly all phases in putting the
magazine together. Knowing how swamped I get some-
times, she has insisted in helping me and it is very much
appreciated. If the magazine keeps growing as it has, and
the members keep subscribing as they have, I'm going to
need some more help. In the meantime, Dorothy has been
filling in beautifully and has been most helpful to me.
So far, the response to the news and the format that is
part of the Canal Record has been very gratifying. In all
the many letters that I have received, only one has said he
didn't like it which gives me about a 99% score for those
liking it. Please feel free to write your comments to me -
pro or con. A little feedback is always necessary to judge
how the magazine is getting to you folks. Do you like it?
What do you want more of? What don't you like? Let me
know I'll appreciate your comments.
I get so many letters from you members, most of a
congratulatory nature, and I find it difficult to answer them
all in good time. Please forgive me if it takes awhile to
answer your letters. With all the new members coming in,
the job is becoming quite large in every respect.
A new column has been added to the Canal Record
called "The Younger Generation," reported by Mrs. San-
dy Robinson of Clearwater, Fla. Sandy has made great in-
roads in binding the younger Zonians together and is in the
process of finding new members of that group. Sandy and
Stacy Parker of Corpus Christi have done a great deal in
reporting news from the younger generation and are to be
commended. Keep up the good work, ladies news from
the sons and daughters is always welcome in the Canal
Deadline for the March 1984 issue is January 25,
A Merry Christmas to you all and a very happy and
prosperous New Year!
MOVING SOON? Make sure the Canal Record follows
you! Notify the Secretary-Treasurer immediately of any
anticipated change of address.
The Reagan administration has decided against
renewing efforts next year to get Congress to reduce Civil
Service retirement or any other entitlement benefits. The
reason is the upcoming election year and the administra-
tion's concern about antagonizing anymore than necessary
sizable voters. Civil Service retirement benefits seem
reasonably safe for at least the next few years, but are still
vulnerable down the road.
The cost of living through September 1983 reached
3.0% with 3 more months to go to complete the full year's
effect. It is still expected that government retirees and sur-
vivors will have to wait until 1 January 1985 for their
COLAS and possibly every January thereafter.
Lack of time this year will prevent Congress from act-
ing on legislation that would increase the government's
share of premiums to the Federal Health Program
(FEHB). While federal, postal union and retiree leaders
would have very much liked to see such legislation enacted
this year, they take comfort in the fact that Congress will
also take no action on the administration's proposal to
place government employees and retirees on a voucher
health insurance system.
The office of Personnel Management announced the
new health insurance premiums for government employees
and retirees will rise an average of 19% next January. We
will have an opportunity to switch plans during the open
season that will be held November 14 to December 9, 1983.
All employees and retirees may request cost com-
parison booklets and charts to help them make up their
minds. NARFE National's Retirement Life magazine will
also provide an excellent assist in reaching a decision on
whether to keep the old plan or change. Note especially
pages 8, 9 and 10 of the October 1983 issue recently receiv-
William F. Grady
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
1 July 1983
St. Petersburg Yacht Club, St. Petersburg, Fla.
The scheduled luncheon meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida was called to order by the Presi-
dent, who introduced members and guests who signed the
Virginia and George Booth Ocala, Fla.
Hazel Currier Idaho Falls, Idaho
Doris Post St. Petersburg, Fla.
Billie Hultin Los Rios, Panama
Emo and Fi Everson Sarasota, Fla.-
Thomas Ebdon Sarasota, Fla.
Marie Hunsucker St. Petersburg, Fla.
Margaret Lawson St. Petersburg, Fla.
Marc Stock Renton, Washington
Ann Lucier St. Petersburg, Fla.
George Provost St. Petersburg, Fla.
Patricia Broad St. Petersburg, Fla.
Nan Truitt St. Petersburg, Fla.
Harriet Waddell Tampa, Fla.
Kathy Johnson St. Petersburg, Fla.
Evelyn Oster Orlando, Fla.
Bill and Evelyn Barrett St. Petersburg, Fla.
The President led the group in the Pledge to the Flag
who then sang "God Bless America" accompanied by
Dorothy Hamlin at the piano. A few moments of silence
followed for those who passed away since our last meeting.
The President thanked Joe Collins for hosting the
luncheon. In the absence of the Chaplain, Mr. Peter
Foster gave the invocation which was followed by a
The President recognized Past Presidents Rob Roy,
Troy Hayes, Russell Jones and Al Pate.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the June
Meeting. No financial report was available, being only the
1st of July. She also reported that Legislative Representa-
tive Bill Grady called in the cost of living as of 31 May to
Mr. Vic May reported on the 1984 Reunion which is
to be held April 11-12-13-14 at the Holiday Inn Tampa
Airport. Deadline for reunion information is September 15
for publication in the Canal Record.
The President reminded those present of the August
5th Luncheon/Meeting at the Wine Cellar Restaurant. She
also announced that the gavel she was using was presented
to the incoming president by Robert Hurdle of Dothan,
Alabama. He plans to make one for each incoming presi-
dent in the future.
The President also announced that Peter Foster had
been appointed chairman for the annual picnic. It was
moved that the picnic be held in October, was seconded
and motion carried.
The guest speaker, Patricia Broad, was introduced as
being Director of the St. Petersburg Library, and she gave
a talk on "The President's Wives."
As there was no further business, the meeting ad-
5 August, 1983
Wine Cellar Restaurant, Redington Beach, Fla.
The August Luncheon/Meeting of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida was called to order by the President at
12:35 p.m. who then led the assembly in the Pledge to the
Flag. The Chaplain, Mrs. Dorothy Yocum, gave the invo-
. cation, followed by a few moments of silent prayer.
The President welcomed those present and the follow-
ing stood for recognition:
Robert and Liz Staneszewski Panama
Jose and Lucy Rivera South Carolina
Irene Smith Largo, Fla.
Peggy Sylvestre Simpson Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.
Genevieve Blinn St. Petersburg, Fla.
Kathleen Stocker Seminole, Fla.
Gene Gregg Louisiana
Kathryne Egolf Panama
Kitty McNamee Davie, Fla.
George and Elsie Hall Miami, Fla.
Gertrude Pearson Alameda, Calif.
The President thanked Dorothy Yocum for the 'pot
scrubbers' favors she made and used for decorations. Lun-
cheon was then served.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the July
Luncheon meeting and gave the financial report of the So-
ciety and that of the Blood Bank.
In the absence of the editor, Mrs. Dorothy Bitter
gave news of members and friends.
The President announced that the September meeting
will be held at the Gulfport Community Center and the
speaker will be from the Suncoast Heart Association. Our
picnic will be held in October at Lake Seminole Park.
Legislative Representative Bill Grady reported the
cost of living index rose at the end of June by .3% and to
1.8% for the first six months of 1983. This is the lowest
figure for that period in the last 10 years. The House has
voted to hold up the COLA for 1984 and give it in the Jan-
uary 1985 annuity checks, but the Senate did not act before
the deadline therefore it should be resolved by September
The President reported that the $12,102.49 gift from
the Canal Zone Credit Uniion has been put into a separate
account to preserve it and its interest for future use as need-
Kitty McNamee moved that the President be author-
ized to attend each chapter of the Society in the United
States at a time convenient to the President with all ex-
penses paid, in view of the interest of each chapter and for
the good of the Society. Motion was seconded. After discus-
sion, Mr. Pate moved that the original motion be referred
to the executive committee for further study. Motion
seconded and carried.
The President then read a letter from Air Panama In-
ternational reporting senior citizen fares between Miami
and Panama. She then turned the program over to Doro-
thy Yocum, Chairperson of the August Luncheon, who
drew the door prizes.
Two members celebrated birthdays during August
while Dorothy and Al Pate celebrated their anniversary.
The President thanked Dorothy Yocum and her com-
mittee for a lovely afternoon, and as there was no further
business, the meeting adjourned at 2:50 p.m.
7 OCTOBER 1983
A short business meeting was held at the Annual Pic-
nic held at Lake Seminole Park, Fla., starting at 11:00
A.M. President Anna Collins welcomed the 73 members
and guests who were present, including Past Presidents
Eugene Askew, Howard Clarke, Troy Hayes, Ross
Hollowell and Robert Roy.
The following members and guests from out of town
were recognized: Biff Clarke, Panama; Buddy and
Beverly Williams, Panama; Dorothy Sousa, Panama;
Beverly Shirley, Panama; and Jane (Madison) Emery of
Corpus Christi, Texas.
Jane Madison Emery, Houston, Texas, Robert Roy, Dunedin,
John Madison, Clearwater.
St. Petersburg residents Theodore Celmer and Wil-
liam G. Elliott were "First Timers" to a Society meeting.
Mr. Elliott went to the Canal Zone in 1907 at the age of 7
with his parents, Samuel and Martha Elliott. Samuel
Elliott was an Electrical Engineer at Miraflores Locks. Bill
attended grade school in Pedro Miguel and was a graduate
of Balboa High School, Class of 1918. Bill was employed as
a Motion Picture Operator in Balboa, Pedro Miguel, and
in various other townsites in the Canal Zone. He returned
to the United States in 1920. "It pays to advertise." Bill,
with his friend, Ted Celmer, came to the picnic meeting as
a result of having read the newspaper announcement of the
Gene Askew, Past President and Gus Peterson.
Bert Mudd, visitor, and Tess Owen.
Howard Clarke, Past President and Leslie Clarke, Panama.
The Editor, Pat Beall, announced the release dates of
the Annual Issue and of the December issue of the Canal
Record. Current membership'news was made available.
Legislative report included information that the cost of
living through August 1983 reached 2.6% and that the
COLA increase is expected to be postponed until 1 January
Response to the proposed Panama Canal Museum
has been slow. Mrs. Irene V. Chan, Museum Technician,
is expected to come to St. Petersburg in regard to dis-
cussing this possible project. Volunteers are needed as well
as money from various sources. More information is ex-
pected to be available and prepared for presentation at the
Information concerning the 80th anniversary com-
memorative medallion for the Panama Canal Anniversary
(1904-1984) was given by President Collins. Since in-
dividual cost will be based upon quantity ordered plus ship-
ping, there is a need to know what reasonable quantity the
Society should order for its members who may wish to have
them. It is expected that cost may be about $2.95 each.
It was suggested that a "President's Cup" be pre-
sented at no cost to each member attending the annual
reunion. It would be made of heat-resistant clear glass by
the Libby Glass Company with the Panama Canal
Society's logo and year of President's term of office printed
in a rich deep blue. Additional cups may be purchased at a
cost of about $1.00 per cup.
Vic May, Reunion Coordinator, requested that res-
ervations for the annual reunion be made as early as possi-
ble. The December issue of the Canal Record will have all
the necessary forms. Registration is expected to be simpli-
fied for attending members and their guests. Mr. May em-
phasized that persons follow form instructions carefully and
Luncheon Committee Chairperson, Mrs. Olga Dish-
aroon, requested that members sign up at the 4 November
1983 regular meeting for the type of covered dish they
would like to bring to the annual Christmas party to be
held on Friday, 2 December 1983. Mrs. Disharoon sug-
gested that members put their names and addresses on
their dishes and food containers. Members were also advis-
ed to use only aluminum foil or strong plastic wrap in place
of their regular covers or lids. Gifts for the Christmas party
drawing should be wrapped prior to bringing to the party.
After enjoying a delightful and bountiful buffet, a
number of members participated in the "lawn type"
games organized and conducted by Vic May and Pete
Foster with the assistance of Marge Foster, Jerry Bos-
well, Paul Disharoon and Joe Hickey. Registration of
members and guests in addition to conducting the door
prize drawing was taken care of by Olga Disharoon. Prizes
were awarded for:
Door Prize Biff Clarke, a bottle of wine.
Oldest Gus Peterson at age 88, a packet of Canal
Zone match design stationery.
Youngest Charles Jones at age 4, a packet of
Canal Zone match design stationery.
Traveled the farthest inside of the United States -
Jane (Madison) Emery) from Corpus Christi, Texas, a
bottle of wine.
Traveled the farthest from outside of the United States
- Biff Clarke, Chorrera, Panama, a bottle of rum.
Winners of'the Panama Canal Society ashtrays:
Clothespin and Glove team players (10):
Phyllis Hummer, Walter G. McBridge, Ernest
Yocum, Trudy Roberto, Sara Rowley, Dorothy Sousa,
Tess Owens, Frank Stock, Beverly Shirley and Helen
Egg Pass team players (8):
Trudy McConoghy Roberto, Helen Tomford, Tess
Owens, Dorothy Sousa, Marina Madison, Irene Lad-
rach, Betty Chan Snow and Beverly Shirley.
Egg Toss team (2):
Trudy Roberto and Doris Carter.
Joe Hickey a retchet set donated by Beth Grady.
Betty Chan Snow a Panama Canal Society cup.
Pete Foster a bottle of wine.
Canal Zone match design stationery was donated by
the Panama Canal Society of California and the wine and
rum by the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
The end of a lovely day, perfect weather, perfect food
and companionship came at about 2:00 P.M.
WEST COAST REUNION
America's finest city (San Diego) cooperated in giving
the Panama Canal Society of Southern California a sunny
but very warm welcome for the Eighth Annual West Coast
Reunion. Over 160 people registered for the 3-day Re-
union. Activities started off with a "Duffer's Delight" Golf
Tournament with Ken Stone winning closest-to-the-pin,
and Fern Dabill winning low net. Friday night everyone
gathered at the Hospitality Room to register and of course,
to see who else was there.
Stella (Boggs) DeMarr of Arlington, VA, in Pollera Costume.
Saturday's events started with registration and a no-
host bar in the afternoon on the Catamaran Terrace
overlooking the beautiful bay. In the evening, there was a
delicious roast beef dinner and dancing to the music of
Tony DiBona. Dancing was again led by Roosevelt Medal
holder Robert and Rosa Dill, and they were the last ones
to leave the dance floor at midnight.
At the luncheon on Sunday, the Color Guard from the
U.S. Marine Corps presented the colors which was most
impressive. Chaplain Robert Dill then offered the Invoca-
tion followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. After a tasty Ter-
iyaki Chicken luncheon, table prizes were awarded to each
table as well as 12 door prizes. The door prizes were several
large color photographs of various Canal scenes, a Panama
Canal Society T-Shirt, several Union Church calendars, as
well as several signed and numbered prints of various
Panama scenes by Lynda Geyer, a talented artist (CHS
1957). Winners were Bill Brooks, Birdy Cerbonne, John
Finlason, Fred Kirk, Glenn deMarr, Ed Rice, Peggy
Sheridan, Shirley Finlason, Norma Horine and R.J.
Wallace. The film, "An Ounce of Prevention," sent by
the Panama Canal Commission was shown, and then the
meeting was adjourned. Youngest member attending the
luncheon was the two-month-old daughter of Bill and
Aurora LeBrun a real doll!
Youngest attendee, 2 months old Laura with parents, Anna and
WEST COAST REUNION WEEKEND
Hugh (Tony Adams)
Robert & Ruth Adams
Emmett & Adele Argo
Lloyd & Margaret Belland
Donna (Geyer) Bowman
Joseph & Joan Bremer
Marcela (Hilzinger) Broe
William & Claire Brooks
Ed & Marie Browder
Gene & Cristina Burch
Robert & Gertrude Byerly
Vincent & Birdie Cerbonne
Mary Ethel Evans Martin of Woodland Hills, CA, and Lillian
F. Ryan of South Windsor, Conn.
Arthur & Dorothy Cotton
Fern (Horine) Dabill
Chick & Muriel Daniel
Stella (Boggs) DeMarr
Robert & Rosa Dill
Jennie (Dunscombe) Dillingham
Muriel (Israel) Dorfman
Chuck & Cookie Robinson
Bob & Judy Roe
Vernon & Catsy (Taylor) Schafer
Louise Evarts Sowa
William & Olga Spreuer
Ken & Celine Stone
Sue Taylor Pitney
Frank (Bootsy) Leves, Susan (Taylor) Pitney, and Catsy
Dale & Shirley (Keepers) Taylor
Jack & Gladys Taylor
Hampton & Claire Tedder
Cynthia (Evarts) Totty
Joan (Dimpfl) Vickery
Robert & Elizabeth Wallace
Ethel (Krziza) Hearn
Larry & Linda Laymann
Bill & Aurora LeBrun
Royce & Sue Lewis
Joan (Horter) Lundy
Mary (Evans) Martin
John Dimpfl Vickery and Dad, Joseph Dimpfl of Arizona.
John & Helen (Daniel) Miller
George & Winifred Muller
Art & Ora O'Leary
Fred & Margaret (Cole) Padilla
Ed & Rose Rice
Tom & Marion Rice
David & Kathleen (Sheridan) Waters
Grant & Audrie Westbrook
Malcolm & Fay Wheeler
Pam (Leeser) Widdecke
Warren & Jill (Mitchell) Wojcik
18th REUNION, TANNERSVILLE, PA
This past July we held our 18th Reunion and for the
3rd time holding it at the Best Western Motel in Tanners-
Our Reunions are held the second weekend in July,
making this the weekend of July 8, and people came from
all parts of the country. We are all so glad to see each other
as this is the only time many of us get to see each other.
The first night, after eating dinner, we went out onto
the driveway of the motel with our blankets and sweaters
(the nights get very cool at times) and watched the slides
that Bill Poole, George Lowe and Jack Brown brought.
We always enjoy watching the slides and see so many of the
past reunions and places where people have visited.
Back row. Len Krouse, Gene Hamlin, Jack Rathgeber,
Horace Leffert, Andy Stergion. Front: Frank McAndrew, Ed
Curtis, Sibby (Hallen) Pittman, Bill Michaelsen.
Shirley (Keepers) and Dale W. Taylor of San Diego,
William & Polly Evarts
John & Beverly Fawcett
John & Shirley Finlason
Robert & Alice Forsythe
Ray & Pat (Kuller) Gill
Joe & Annabelle Grills
Carolina (Bringas) Hilzinger
David & Thelma Hollowell
Conrad & Norma Horine
Al & Ann Houston
Paul & Rose Jones
George & Jean (Phillips) Kabacy
Bob & Nell Kariger
Lee & Minnie Kariger
Bunny (Israel) Karlan
Toodles (Warren) Setzer, Grace (Jones) Carey, Eleanor
The next day some of us golfed, went swimming and
of course visited with everyone while sitting in our chairs
under a high tree. Saturday night we watched more slides
and visited some more. George had a slide made from a
post card that had Jack Rathgeber's Mother and Dad
(Nolan and John), his Auntie Bowers and her husband
along with the Ingrams on the beach in Panama. Needless
to say, Jack was very surprised to see it.
Betty (Searcy) Rathgeber
Our 2nd annual family potluck picnic was held Sun-
Collins, Colorado. The following ex-Zonites were in at-
tendance. Mary Eleanor Latermann Becker, Milton &
Bertha-Jane Becker Law, Daniel Klotz and son Neil,
Buckeye & Bette Farrell Swearingen and son Randy,
Robert (Snowflake) Jones, Raymond & Barbara Geddes
Shaw, James & Alice Ward Wier and grandson J.J. Cole-
man, Richard Scott, Bob & Penny Pennington
"r Graham, James & Muriel Tatelman O'Rorke, Jim &
Cathy McIntire Richey and sons Dirk & Lance, Darlene
Doris (Nolan) Lefferts, Aggie (Tonneson) Jamke, Priscilla Tuttle, Jackie Sena, Jose Miguel & Donna Marie John-
(Sibbey) Hallen Pittman. son, Fred & Mary Jane Ugarte Weade, Bill Fulleton &
Gus Nellis who arrived from Florida.
Those who attended the Reunion were:
Jack and Gloria Brown, Northport, N.Y.
Marge (Dennis) Bain, Princeton, N.J.
Grace (Jones) Carey, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Eddie & Jane Curtis, Woodbury, N.J.
Robert (Dinky) & Mary Dennis, North Hill, Pa.
Eugene E. Hamlin, Jr., Carthage, N.C.
Jean (Dennis) Herbert, Trenton, N.J. -
Aggie (Tonneson) Jamke, Tenafly, N.J. -
Jack Tonneson, California
Olive (Kaler) and Len Krouse, Springfield, Pa.
Wilma Reynolds Kirkpatrick, Rochester, N.Y.
Joe (Dennis) Konover, Princeton, N.J.
Frank Key, Dumont, N.J.
Tede Duff Lyng, Rochester, N.Y.
George & Catherine Lowe, Wilmington, Del. Back row, L to R: Milt Law, Bill Fullerton, Valerie (McIn-
Doris (Nolan) & Horace Lefferts, Wilmington, Del. tire) Dempsey, Bette (Farrell) and "Buckeye" Swearingen.
Mary & Bill Michaelsen, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Front row, L to R.: Jim and Cathy (Mclntire) Richey, Mike
Jean (Kaler) & Francis MacAndrews, Moscow, Pa. Weade.
Bill & Muriel Poole, Landsdowne, Pa.
John Poole, Lansdowne, Pa.
Priscilla (Sibby) Hallen Pittman, Boynton Beach,
Vincent Reynolds, Chesterland, Ohio
Jack & Betty (Searcy) Rathgeber, Glassboro, N.J.
Eleanor Hammond & Aug Schwindeman & Grand-
daughters Shannon & Shawne Murray, Ramsey, N.J.
Tate & Toodles (Warren) Setzer, Sun City Center,
Andy & Betty (Brooks) Stergion, Corning, N.Y.
July '83 Party at 'Law' home in Lakewood, Colo. Back row, L to
R. "Bud" Dempsey, Rocco Ursini, Fred Weade Ron and
Nancy (Wenborne) Stutesman. Front row, L to R. Mary
Eleanor (Latermann) Becker, B.J. (Becker) Law, Mary
Janes (Ugarte) Weade.
The 3rd annual dinner dance is scheduled for March
10, 1984, at the Ramada Inn at 1-70 and Kipling in Lake-
"d wood, Colorado. Mike and Donna Marie Johnson are in
Back row.- Augie Schwindeman, George Lowe, Jack Rathge- charge of the arrangements and can be contacted at 2861
ber. Front row:. Frank Key, John Poole, Robert (Dink) Den- South Logan, Englewood, CO 80110 (303)-789-1600,
nis. or B.J. Law (303)-988-2221.
Our 3rd picnic has tentatively been scheduled for Sat-
urday, August 11, 1984. It was decided that a picnic in the
mountains might draw a larger crowd, and many of us are
planning on making it a weekend affair. Committee mem-
bers in charge of this affair are Bill Fulleton -
(303)-669-0390, Ray & Barbara Shaw (303)-696-7387,
and Buckeye Swearingen (303)-226-1400. You out-of-
staters come join us for the fun.
Penny Pennington Graham
NORTHWEST ANNUAL PICNIC
Our hosts Mary Ausnehmer and Murray Falk suc-
cessfully chose the right day and spot for our annual picnic
reunion. It was even warm and dry for 124 attending Zoni-
ans. Many of the younger set went swimming or wading in
the nearby lake.
Twelve out-of-staters joined us and they were: From
Arkansas, Karl & Fern Glass; California, Jack Holcomb;
Florida, Lloyd & Jo Kent; Edwin & Peggy (Falk) Lott;
A.J. Metzgar; Nevada, Betty Clarke; Lloyd & Edie
VanKirk; Panama, Al Briem.
Lillian & Gene Nott; Fred & Billie Paine; Connie
(Lasher) Pennington and children; Miraflores (Lock-
wood) Petrey; Jack & Anne Rocker; Brenda & Harvey
Senecal; Jim & Noralie Shobe; Bob & Betty (Lockwood)
Skimming; Regena & Duane Smelser; Joe & Lori
Stephenson; Martha (Johnson) Stephenson; Billie Ruth
(Metzgar) Wallace; Jim & Sue Wood and children; Yours
truly; and Jim & Mary Young.
Lloyd and Jo (Hatchett) Kent of Boca Raton, Fla.
Those who signed in from the Norhwest were; Fran &
Earl Almquist; Susan Almquist; Mary E. Ausenhmer;
Floyd & Beverly Baker; Carl N. Berg; Curtis L. &
Margarita Berg; Harvey R. Berg; Donna Blomquist;
Mrs. J.C. Boyington; Betsy and John Brock; John,
Michele & Marc Bundy; Jack & Lucille Bunker; Jim &
Hannah (Rowley) Byrd; Neil & Dorothy Doherty; Neil
& Tammy Doherty and daughter; Jim, Clover (Shobe),
Josh, & Tina Duffus; Paul, Connie & Rusty Ebdon;
Darrell & Nancy (Kariger) Eide; Elizabeth Engman;
Glenda & John Ewell; Murray & Candy Falk; Ida Jane
(Matheson) Farley; Bonnie & Dale Fontaine; Kathy,
Dan, Karen, Laura & Luis Glass; Wayne & Jeanette
Hamilton; Jim, Loretta & Gregory Hardison; Margaret
& Grady Hardison; Ed & Lori Herring; McRoy & Betty
(Clay) Hoverter; Ann Laura Johnson; Lee & Minnie
Kariger; Erin (Rocker) and Sheila King; Walter
Kleefkins; Martin & Kay Klontz; Ed Lanzner; Glenn
& Gladys Lasher; Tim & Coleyne Lasher; Tom &
Marilyn Marsh; Donald McCaslin, daughter and guest;
Evelyn Miesse; Gary, Jan (Doherty) and Heidi Moore;
Jim Shobe and Wayne Hamilton.
Jim Shobe and Wayne Hamilton.
Photo byJ. Bunker.
Two friends remet after a separation of 35 years, who
were Wayne Hamilton and Jim Shobe. So, if you think
you won't know anyone, forget it. Friends who have lost
contact with each other over the years have remet to pick
up where they left off.
A mishap was suffered by Marilyn Marsh in a bicycle
accident. Fortunately she wasn't seriously injured, al-
though scrapes and bruises are very painful.
Pac. N. W. CZ Reunion, Ft. Stevens, OR. August 3,
Erin (Rocker) King and daughter, Sheila.
Margaret (Plummer) Jenkins, Emma Plummer, Tillie
Lawrence, (sister of Emma), Mary (Plummer) Thompson
(Mary and Margaret are twins).
Jim Byrd, Ted Payne, Glen Lasher, Gene Nott.
Photo by Gladys Lasher.
Fern and Karl Glass of Diamond City, Arkansas.
Photo byJ. Bunker
We were having such a good time, getting reacquaint-
ed with friends we hadn't seen in years, yet, it was time to
return home after a most enjoyable day.
Betty Skimming and Floyd Baker volunteered to
host the 1984 NW Picnic Reunion, to be held on Camano
Island in Washington. Pertinent information will appear in
the March 1984 issue of the RECORD.
HILL COUNTRY ZONIAN 3rd ANNUAL PICNIC
The following is an account of the Hill Country Zon-
ians picnic, submitted by Honey Fealey.
The Hill Country Zonians held their 3rd Annual Pan-
Canal Picnic on Saturday, August 20, at the Louise Hays
Park in Kerrville. The weather was beautiful, a sunny day
with a nice healthy breeze coming off the Guadalupe
A fun time was had by all 165 people attending.
The menu for the day was Bar-B-Que Brisket and
Sausage, Black-Eyed Peas, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw,
Pickles, Olives, Jalapenos, Onions, Tomatoes (home
grown), Rolls and Fruit Bars.
Bill Fleckenstein, Don Adams, LesJonson, Bob Dunn, Ezra
Les Johnston chaired a committee which consisted of
Bill Fleckenstein, Bea (Monsanto) Rhyne, Iris
(Deadeaux) Hogan, Helen Smith and Honey (Bergman)
Fealey. Les Johnston and Bill Fleckenstein also took
charge of the Cooking and Carving Committe, which in-
cluded Ezra Smith, Bob Dunn, Don Adams, and Mac
The cole slaw was concocted in Helen Smith's kitchen
by Del Dunn, Verla Grier and Muriel Johnston. The
potato salad was tossed together in Honey Fealey's kitchen
by Marion (Orr) Wells, Jackie (Schmidt) Bishop, Iris
(Deadeaux) Hogan and Anna (Patchett) Calvit. All
cooking committees said it was a fun time for all (except the
peeling of 5 dozen eggs!). The home-grown tomatoes were
grown in Anna and Bennie Calvit's garden and from a
friendly Greenwood Forest neighbor. A keg of beer was
brought by Pappy Grier. Bob Byrd performed the duties
of Master of Ceremonies and music was provided by Wade
frame, crafted and donated by Honey Fealey and won by
Shirley Givonetti of Kerrville. Third Prize was 2 decks
of Mola playing cards, donated by Bea Rhyne and won by
Betty Marshall of Kerrville.
The Master of Ceremonies was assisted in pulling the
numbers from the box by Mrs. Helen Yoder of Kerrville,
the oldest former Zonian present, and Mrs. Donatilla
Raybourn of Austin, the person who resided in the Canal
Zone the longest.
Helen Yoder, Hill Country Zonians Picnic, August 20, 1983.
COLE SLAW GANG
Helen Smith, Dell Dunne, Muriel Johnston, Veria Grier -
Hill Country Zonians.
At the registration table was a game, handled by
Verla Grier, which tested the abilities of children and
adults to guess the number of M&M candies in two glass
containers. The children's bottle was a Pac-Man container,
which held 1,611 M&M's. Five-year-old Brendon Ray-
bourne, of Austin, Texas, won this by guessing 1600. The
adult bottle contained 662 and was won by Mac Lane of
Center Point, Texas, who guessed the exact amount.
Lovely door prizes were donated and won by the fol-
lowing: First Prize was a lovely pair of Ceramic Pollera and
Montuno figurines, handcrafted and donated by Nellie
Kline of Austin and was won by Roy Carpenter of Lem-
arque, TX. Second Prize was a Batea donated and hand-
crafted by Del Dunn of Kerrville, with a motif of the prim-
itive Fish God, won by Mary Carpenter of Lemarque,
TX. Third Prize was a Mola Kleenex Box, handmade and
donated by Helen Smith, which was won by Susan Ray-
bourne of Austin.
A Lottery Board was set up and enjoyed by all who
took a chance. Vendors were Helen Smith and Bea
Rhyne. Prizes for the Lottery Board were donated and
won by the following: First Prize was a Canal Zone agate
rock clock with a map of the Republic of Panama on the
face, made and donated by Les Johnston and won by
Ellen Coyle of Austin. Second Prize was a Mola picture
Kathy (Ridge) Adams played games with the chil-
dren, for which prizes were also handed out. There were
numerous other joke prizes given out which provided a fun
time for all.
Of the 165 people present, there were the following
out-of-state Zonians present: Roger Adams (Fla.), Estlle
(Davidson) Crews (Kans.), Louis Dedeaux (Fla.), Joan
(Ridge) De Grummond (CA), Mary (Ridge) & Maryann
Gribbin (LA), Polly & John Michaelis (Ark.), Becky &
Joan Ridge (N.J.), Elbert "Bubber" Ridge (Fla.), Anita
Seifert (Pan.), and Sue (Lessiack) Stabler (Pan.). The
following out-of-town Zonians were present: Carlos & Ana
Raquel Beechner (San Antonio), Gerald, Nivia & Gerald
Jr. Brown (San Antonio), Randy & Stephen Byerley
(San Antonio), Mary & Roy Carpenter (Lemarque),
George & Sue Cotton & 3 children (San Antonio),
Michelle Cunningham (San Antonio), Ed & Ellen Coyle
(Austin), Bob & Terry Christensen & 2 children (New
Braunfels), Jack & Marylee Davison (Fredericksburg),
Ann & Joe Dolan (Austin), Frank and Nellie Kline & 3
children (Austin), Carmen & John Kotalik (El Paso),
Priscilla and Mac Lane, (Ct. Point), Sue & Mac Lane &
2 children (Houston), Tim & Pam Lane (Houston), Dona
and Gerald LePage (Austin), Beth McDowell (Austin),
Nora & Ted Melanson (Houston), John & Mary Mit-
chisson (Dennison), Richard & Sue Morse (El Paso),
Claire & Clifford Ocheltree (Houston), Rita Orr (San
(Antonio), Fred & Susan Raybourn & three children
(Austin), Sonia Rhyne and two children (El Paso), Diane
Roche and 2 children (San Antonio), Eloise Saska (San
Antonio), Cliff & Jennifer Sasso and 1 child (San An-
tonio), Beth & Ward Sayre (Corpus Christi), Ed & Betty
Sebik (San Antonio), Paul &Jacquelyn Shacklette and 2
children (Ozona), John & Nelva Simmons (Austin),
Leonard & Sally Talburt (Johnson City) and Pat &
Howard Urick (San Antonio).
The Committee wishes to thank all who attended and
for making the picnic worthwhile. Also a special thanks to
the young ladies and gentlemen who attended, which was
delightful for all of the retirees. The next event for the Hill
Country Zonians will be a dinner on December 3, 1983.
Submitted by Honey Fealey
FORMER ZONIANS GET-TOGETHER
PICNIC, GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE
Elena and Leavell Kelly of Hattiesburg, andJerryejenner Tis-
dale with son Brad of Gulfport.
The biggest news in Mississippi is a report on the pic-
nic arranged by Chita and Hugh Cassibry and Hattie
and Duncan Laird, all of Ocean Springs, on Sept. 24 at
Gulf Islands National Seashore, Davis Bayou, Miss. Hugh
was rousted out before dawn to "occupy" a large picnic
shelter or bohio in the park for our mid-morning arrivals.
This recently constructed campground is truly lovely with
large shade trees, clean grounds, a bathhouse, fishing pier,
restrooms, barbeque grills, boat dock and nature trail.
Davis Bayou is open year-round and free literature is
available for the asking. But I digress. The weather co-
operated beautifully. Hattie sent out the invitations com-
plete with the Canal Zone seal and collaborated with Chita
in the preparation of mouth-watering empanadas. Duncan
furnished a croquet set and other games and Chita hung
her lovely mola collection for decorations and they were a
gorgeous sight. Catherine Darnall brought some delicious
homemade fudge with pecan halves that everyone enjoyed.
John and Lynn Boswell Turner with sons William and David
John and Catherine Boswell of Hattiesburg, Miss., with
Catherine and George Darnall of Gulfport. Hugh's sister, Peggy Hinds, a commercial artist, prepared
Ted and Shirley Brown of Pascagoula, Miss.; Marion Amos of our Canal Zone sign which was carefully rolled up after-
Ocean Springs, Miss; and Martha Richardson of Gautier, Miss. wards to be put away and used again next year. Those pre-
sent who signed the roll included Jesse Adcock, Marion
Amos, Peter D. Baas, Catherine &John Boswell, Ted &
Shirley Brown, Bob & Suzanne Cassibry, Hugh &
Chita Cassibry, Catherine & George Darnall, Bill &
SMichelle Deaton, Hildegarde & Bill Epperson, Nancy
Williford Farnsworth, Elena & Leavell Kelly, Hattie &
Duncan Laird, Rick & Lou Scranton Rakes, Bud &
Nancy Farnsworth with Nyles, Canal Zone; Tommy Williford
of Ocean Springs, Miss.; Jessie Adcock of Biloxi; and Hildegade
and Bill Epperson of Ocean Springs.
Peter Baas of Pass Christian; Michelle and Bill Deaton with
son Will of Pascgoula; and Duncan Laird of Ocean Springs.
Martha Richardson, Ruth Scranton, Torrence & Mary
Sneed, Wayne & Jerrye Jenner Tisdale, John M. &
Lynn Boswell Turner, Tommie Williford and this
Patt Foster Roberson
Hugh and Chita Cassibry, Hattie and Duncan Laird, all of
Ocean Springs, Miss., picnic organizers.
F\ti Tz mEPAI
Mr. Melvin G. Attkisson, Jr.
Mr. William C. Crews
Mr. Linton E. McDonald
Mr. Philip E. Moshier
Mr. John W. Hoffman
Mr. Beverley Ricker
Mrs. Virginia E. Barsness
Mrs. Roberta D. Burns
Mr. Arthur Doubleday
Mrs. Dorothy R. Gerhart
Mr. Richard C. O'Donnell
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Canal Protection Division
Canal Protection Division
Office of the Director
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Owned and operated by Bernard J. Petit,
Former Panama Canal Employee
The Canal Zone in Uniform
He has been awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Na-
tional Defense Medal, American Defense Medal, WWII
Victory Medal, with 6 knots to his Good Conduct Medal.
Both his parents are deceased. He married Dorothy
H. (Bryan) who was born in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and whose
parents are also deceased. His son, Donald E. Loehr, lives
in St. Joseph, Missouri, and his daughter, Ginger
Johnson, lives in Circleville, Kansas. His grandchildren:
Debbie is married to David Kern of St. Joseph, Mo.;
Dandy is married to Gary Theissen of Mayetta, Kansas;
Cindy Loehr is from St. Joseph, Mo.; and James W.
Johnson lives in Circleville, Kansas.
Cmdr. Orrin P. Clement
Commander Orrin P. Clement was born in Marga-
rita, Canal Zone. He attended Canal Zone schools and
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1965. He became
an Aviation Officer Candidate and graduated from Pensa-
cola, Florida, in 1969 where he received his wings as Naval
At present, he is assigned to the USS Nassau, LHA4,
homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.
His decorations consist of the following: Air Medal,
Navy Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation,
Navy Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Navy Ex-
peditionary Medal, Sea Service Ribbon, Viet Nam Service
Ribbon and Viet Nam Campaign Ribbon.
Commander Clement's parents, Caleb and Ruth
Clement, both reside in Pensacola, Florida, and who
formerly resided in Gatun. He is married to Mary Carol
(Thompson) who was born in Jackson, Mississippi and
whose mother also resides in Pensacola, Florida. His sister,
Mary Ruth (Clement) Vaughn resides in Houston,
Texas, and his brother, Caleb Jr. (Cubby) lives in Grant's
Sgt. 1st Class William S. Loehr
Sergeant First Class William S. Loehr was born in
Glasgow, Missouri. His duties are that of Mess Sergeant
with 22 years of service in the U.S. Army. He was awarded
the grade of Master Baker while on duty in Corozal, Canal
Capt. J. Scott Graham & wife, Lucy
Captain J. Scott Graham was born in Moody AFB
Hospital in Valdosta, Georgia. His father, being an Air
Force Officer, traveled widely, therefore Scott's education
varied. Upon graduation from high school, he entered the
Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, and after 4 years at
the Citadel he graduated as a Second Lieutenant in 1977.
His present duties are being Chief, Titan Training,
15th Air Force Directorate of Missiles, March AFB, River-
His decorations include the Air Force Commendation
Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, and Combat Read-
iness Medal. His parents, Maj. Gerald Graham, retired,
and Doris L. Graham, both live in Florida. He married
Lucy Collins who was born in Newport, Rhode Island,
and whose parents, Cmdr. and Mrs. Charles J. Collins,
reside in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. (Anna) Collins is
currently the President of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida. Grandparents are Mrs. Perc Graham who lives in
Pinellas Park, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Van Evera,
also of Pinellas Park and Susanna Kotalik ofJacksonville,
Florida. Capt. Graham's brother, Lee, is a Lieutenant in
the U.S. Navy stationed at Oceania N.A.S., Virginia.
Master Sgt. William A. Uhde
Master Sergeant William A. Uhde was born in Ber-
tha, Minnesota. His present duties are that of Air Force
Radio Maintenance Instructor and has had 14 years of ser-
vice with the U.S. Air Force.
His decorations include the Meritorious Service
Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, having received
three of each.
During his tour in the Canal Zone, he served as Post
Commander of the American Legion Post #1 in Balboa
from 1977-78 and as the Department Commander of the
American Legion during the Treaty transition.
He is married to Linda V. who was born in the Phil-
ippines. His parents, Alfred and Masie Uhde, reside in
Parkers Prarie, Minnesota.
Spec. 4 Diana L. Biswick
Specialist four Diana L. (Kinsey) Biswick was born
in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, later attended Canal Zone
schools and graduated from Balboa High School in 1972.
Upon joining the Army, she was the second female to
take the Basic Training Course at Fort Leonard Wood,
Missouri, and her high average resulted in her being sent
to Fort Belvoire, Virginia, also as the first female attend-
ing. She was subsequently stationed at Fort Campbell, Ken-
tucky, where she was in charge of the engine shop, keeping
the 101st Airborne planes refueled. Due to her pregnancy,
she was put in charge of the tool room. Within 3 weeks, she
readied for an IG Inspection and passed with a 99%. She
was asked to write up a job description and the IG Team
wanted it included as a permanent regulation for others to
Her decorations include the Sharpshooter Medal,
Good Conduct Medal and a Certificate of Inspector Gen-
eral Inspection for 100%.
Diana's mother, Beverly Kinsey, resides in Dothan,
Alabama. Her husband, Mark L. Biswick was born in Se-
wickley, Pennsylvania, and whose parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Chester Biswick also reside there. Her sister, Janet, is mar-
ried and lives in Michigan while her brother, Rick, is re-
siding with his mother in Dothan, Ala.
Diana is no longer in the service, having two children,
but she says she would do it again and maybe stay in the
service longer next time.
GOETHALS INSPIRED PICTURES
IN ADMIN. BUILDING'S
ROTUNDA, ARTIST DECLARES
Van Ingen Says He Was Only To "Put On Paint"
To those who were on the Zone during construction
days, when the Panama Canal was yet but an embryonic
idea an inspiration taking material shape by dint of
labor and endless scheming and who knows from first-
hand contact just what the dream of Colonel Goethals
represented, have probably taken more than just a passing
interest in the mural decorations that adorn the central
dome of the Administration Building.
These scenes, so realistically reproduced by the artist,
W.B. Van Ingen, seem to embody the entire plan and ac-
complishment of the builders the gigantic scale, the
minute detail, the general order and confusion, all woven
into a pictorial representation of the whole. They were the
result of a fired imagination, working in accord with
balanced scientific skill, and were the sum of Van Ingen's
study, observation and association with the herculean
Mrs. Rene C. Reynolds, for 20 years a resident of the
Zone, and now the directress of the Panama Tourist
department, had the good fortune last month to talk with
the creator of these decorations, while he engaged in re-
touching and cleaning them. The result of this conversation
was a letter written to Mrs. Reynolds by Mr. Van Ingen,
wherein he told the story of the murals from inception to
The letter is reproduced below and sets forth in in-
spirted language the emotions and trials experienced by the
artist during the creation of his work.
The letter follows:
My dear Mrs. Reynolds:
"Colonel Goethals made the pictures in the rotunda of
the Administration Building. I was but his assistant
employed to put on the paint.
"It came about this way. The Colonel one day asked
me to go out with him in the Yellow Peril he would show
me the La Pita slide. Once there he told me of liking a
sketch I had made and thought it would be a good idea to
turn it into a painting for the walls of the Administration
Building. Would I stay down another ten days and look
over the blueprints which would then be here?
"That sketch was afterwards developed into the frieze
which is below the four big pictures. I remember very well
making it. I did so in my room at the Tivoli. It was some
thirty feet long, and as that amount of space was more than
my easel provided, I had to tack the paper around the walls
of the room. Even then there was some inconveniences at-
tached to making it, for the bedspread and the bureau and
the chairs would insist on getting in my way. I recall that
once I fell over my shoes and banged my shins against the
rocker of a chair which hurt me. But I caught the scene. It
was to see the Cut as I had seen it while walking along the
East bank looking towards the West, and condensing into
one picture the many pictures I had seen.
"It seems to be that an artist must work on some such
principle. He must see with his mind's eyes that which his
physical eye has seen. This, my experience warns me is not
always easy to do. Man is often blinder in one eye than the
"Once Colonel Goethals told me I had seen the Cut as
he had seen it, the four square pictures gave birth to them-
selves. I toured the big Cucaracha slide. There was a motto
on the Colonel's desk, 'Life is one damned slide after
another,' and the slide at Cucaracha was the damnedest -
I must I must paint that slide if it took all the paint in the
pot. Between you and me and a stone post, it was no easy
task. My mind's eye was myopic. But one day when I was
on the ninety-foot berm, I got a glimpse of the Cut, and lo!
there was Contractor's Hill, black as a bat on the left; Gold
Hill a little further along on the right, between them the big
Cucaracha lay sprawling, while in the distance the Cut
wound its way toward Gatun Lake. It was easy then to ap-
ply the paint to the canvas.
"When it came to show the making of the locks, I was
all in confusion. All I could see was confusion and I caught
it. I could vaguely decipher that this was Egypt with the
pyramids left out. But there were big steps of the pyramids
themselves right down here in Panama. And I could see a
lot of little Ethopians climbing up and down them. Also
there were queer shapes that kept repeating themselves,
which I was told were concrete molds. Then it was told to
me that the big iron buckets that were crossing the locks on
wires and cranes, were carrying the concrete to the molds
- that the big round hole was a culvert that would even-
tually carry the water away from. the locks when they were
being emptied. So gradually I emerged from my confusion.
When later this painting was finished, I took a photo of it;
my lack of skill with the camera pronounced itself, so I con-
sulted a regular Fifth Avenue photographer. Taking the
negative to the light, he looked at it quizzically and asked
me if it was a picture of the Tower of Babel. Thank God, I
had not been blind.
"The story of the big gates and the spillway is very
simple. The gates were to be floating skyscrapers. I was
looking at them while the structural steel frame was being
erected, and all I had to do was to add the noise of the big
Roman amphitheatre being riveted.
"And the spillway was but a built in the tropics. I've
often wondered since, do the giant tarpons think them-
"I believe Colonel Goethals saw the canal as it was in
the making. I'm glad if you think I caught a little of his in-
From the Star & Herald, September 16, 1929
The ties that bind Kanuga Village
There was something in J. Henry Davie that made
him do good deeds. For years his good deeds had been of
the bread-and-butter, good-citizen variety things like
pushing for a new street light, beautifying a creek or sup-
porting water projects. He had been a concerned school
board member. He had served a term as mayor. He had
done a stint as lieutenant governor of his service club,
where he held perfect attendance.
By the time I met him, J. Henry Davie was still in-
volved in his ordinary do-gooding, but he had added an ex-
otic twist that somehow lifted him beyond common philan-
thropy. He had set himself the goal of providing neckties
for every male Cuna Indian in Panama.
"They call me the necktie guy," said J. Henry Davie.
For the past dozen years, J. Henry Davie has been
shipping boxes filled with neckties to the Indians of the
Caribbean coast of Panama, mostly isolated tribesmen who
wear no shoes. He figures that there are probably 65,000 of
the Indians, and he has already shipped out over 21,000
This is not just foolishness, insists J. Henry Davie,
who, when he is not rounding up neckties, peddles "manu-
factured homes" in a pine scrub subdivision called Kanuga
Village, south of St. Cloud. It is serious stuff, a way that he
can give something to those who have so little in a world
that has provided him so much.
"You wouldn't ask why I do it if you could look at
those Indians when they slip a necktie on," said J. Henry
Davie. "You see them straighten up. They walk tall and
proud. It changes their whole outlook. You can't believe
what a necktie means to them."
Seeds for J. Henry Davie's necktie mission were
planted in his childhood, when his parents, in the fashion of
the time, sent him off to Greensboro Bible and Literary
School in North Carolina. There, he met a Panamanian
Indian student who went by the American name of Peter
Miller. Peter Miller came from an archipelago in the Car-
ibbean Sea, off Panama, where he had been marked early
as one of the most promising children in the islands. His
father, recognizing his son's potential, defied the tribal
leaders who wanted the boy raised in tribal manner. Peter
Miller was smuggled off the islands and shipped to America
to get an American education.
Despite the differences in their upbringing, J. Henry
Davie and Peter Miller became fast friends. J. Henry
Davie marveled at the way Peter Miller could climb trees,
using his wide, bare feet almost as a second pair of hands.
J. Henry Davie also was impressed with Peter Miller's
dedication to God and to bringing a better way of life for
the island people he had left behind.
After J. Henry Davie graduated from Greensboro Bi-
ble and Literary School, he and Peter Miller lost contact.
Peter Miller, J. Henry Davie assumed, had gone on to
serve God and the Cuna Indians. As for himself, J. Henry
Davie had gone to work for the railroad.
Although he had not pursued a life of devotion to re-
ligious good works, J. Henry Davie had an innate sense of
charity and began to do good deeds. As he grew more pros-
perous eventually he acquired his own oil distributor-
ship his do-gooding increased, though in an uninspired
way. He often wondered about Peter Miller, and what the
Indian had done with his life.
By chance, in 1970, J. Henry Davie learned that Peter
Miller was visiting the United States on some religious mis-
sion for his people. This was exciting news for J. Henry
Davie, who quickly invited his old friend to visit him.
J. Henry Davie took Peter Miller to lunch at the Ro-
tary Club as if to show the Indian that he, J. Henry Davie,
was in his own way dedicated to the welfare of those less
fortunate, too. "Service Before Self" was the motto J.
Henry Davie emphasized.
The Rotarians, to J. Henry Davie's delight, lived up
to the advance billing he had given them, and offered to
help Peter Miller's people by donating clothing. J. Henry
Davie said that he would coordinate the collection of the
When Peter Miller was ready to leave, he invited J.
Henry Davie to come to Panama, and J. Henry Davie
agreed at once. Not only would he come, he said, he would
bring the clothing with him.
In the weeks before his departure, J. Henry Davie
went rushing about the Rotary district, collecting all the
clothes he could find shirts, pants, ties, belts, Rotarian
discards of all descriptions. Then he flew off to Panama
without a second thought, although, except for trips to
Canada, he had never left the United States before.
Peter Miller met J. Henry Davie and, after a struggle
with customs officials who were suspicious of J. Henry
Davie's great loads of Rotarian clothing, the two men set
off together to make deliveries. They and their party ven-
tured out to sea in ocean-going kayaks that had been made
from dugout trees.
There were nearly 400 islands off the coast of Panama,
and about 70 of them were inhabited by the Indians. Each
day the kayaks, laden with clothing, would make their way
from one island to the next. Upon their arrival at an island,
J. Henry Davie and his party were often greeted with a
ceremony in their honor. The Indians danced. They made
music. They did something significant with six bamboo
At the conclusion of these affairs, the local chief, with
great solemnity, would distribute the clothing that J.
Henry Davie had brought along. It was during these distri-
butions that J. Henry Davie first witnessed the Indians'
reaction to neckties. The standard practical clothing the In-
dians accepted with a certain graceful stoicism. But when
they received the ties, their faces would nearly split from
smiling. When they got the ties on, even the most miser-
able, defeated-looking Indians seemed to go through a
transformation that left them with the demeanors of bank
J. Henry Davie saw this process repeated on island
after island. Soon his supply of ties was depleted. But
when, after 30 days in Panama, he finally departed, he
knew that he had found a good deed that he could do for
For a dozen years now, J. Henry Davie has been ship-
ping boxes full of neckties to the Cuna Indians. With wind-
falls and dry spells in his necktie collection drives averaged
together, J. Henry Davie has managed to send off what
amounts to one 150-necktie box every month. His last ship-
ment, a month ago, was made up mostly of ties he got from
an undertaker in Kissimmee. But collecting the ties is only
part of his mission.
J. Henry Davie has made an art out of necktie ship-
ping. He prefers to ship in scotch or bourbon boxes which
he picks up from the liquor store on Tuesdays before nine
in the morning. These boxes are just right for about 150
neckties, folded in half, with the little hangers and stuffing
removed. When he has made a particularly rich haul of
neckties, he sorts them between the boxes, making sure
each box has a good mixture of neckties, wide and narrow,
solid and patterned, bright and understated.
"Since I can't deliver the ties in person, I want to do
the best job I can on this end," said J. Henry Davie.
He gets reports from time to time from Peter Miller,
who describes the effects the ties are having. Recently,
Peter Miller sent along a group of photographs, showing
whole villages decked out in the ties, looking rather
haughty. One man had let the whole thing get away with
him. The Indian, barefoot in front of a thatched hut, had
acquired a dress shirt and trousers and a derby hat to com-
plement his tie. He insisted that everyone call him
The Ledger/Monday, September 26, 1983
Kindly send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your
dues payment. PLEASE DO IT NOW! It is later than you
City names park in honor of benefactor
By Paul Martin
Surrounded on four sides by single-family homes, the
12-acre tract stands as it always has, covered with oak trees,
tall grass and large rocks. But the future parkland at least
received a name last Thursday when the Austin City
Council, responding to neighborhood wishes, officially
christened in the "Hubert C. Schroeter Neighborhood
Actual planning and work on developing the park is not
due to begin until October, when the beginning of the next
fiscal year makes available $100,000 for the purpose. The
park will be designed to serve residents of the Mesa Park-
Angus Valley subdivision in far Northwest Austin.
The new park is located off Duval Road north of U.S.
183, bounded by Beaver Creek Drive, Black Hawk Drive,
Running Deer Drive and Big Trail.
According to Stuart Strong of the parks department,
groups wanting to name a park after a person have to dem-
onstrate to the parks board that the person "was somebody
who made a noticeable contribution to the city or the
development of parks, or, as in this case, was someone who
made a significant contribution to the development of this
Schroeter, said Strong, "was one of the prime movers
to acquire a park in that vicinity."
Schroeter, who died last December, was one of the
founding members of the Mesa Park Civic Association. The
park that now bears his name was one of the neighborhood
group's main goals when it was formed, recalls Fran Lucas,
a neighbor and longtime friend of the Schroeter family.
The family moved to Mesa Park in 1976 when
Schroeter retired from 22 years service in the Panama
Canal Zone as an electrical engineer. The family was at-
tracted to Austin by the area's natural beauty. "Their
main hobby is nature and birdwatching," says Lucas.
"The whole family was active in the Audubon Society."
Schroeter and his wife, known as Bert and Val to
friends, participated in the formation of the neighborhood
group as a means of protecting at least their own corner of
Austin. Most of the group's meetings for the first few years
of its existence were held at the Schroeter house.
Originally, the land for the park was dedicated to the
Austin Independent School District for a school site by the
subdivision's developer, says Al Whitcomb, president of
the Mesa Park Civic Association. However, the city's de-
segregation plans put an end to plans for a neighborhood
school in the area.
Austin American-Statesman Thursday, August 18, 1983
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CRITERIA FOR AWARDS
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD:
1. The Distinguished Service Award is established to
reward meritorious or exceptional service to the Society
while practicing the ideals and purposes of the Society as
outlined in the Constitution and Bylaws.
2. Weight and review factors:
a. Period of service to the Society.
b. Time and effort expended to services rendered.
c. Dedication in performing services to the Society.
d. Contributing factors such as:
(1) Distances traveled to perform services.
(2) Illness of nominee or family.
(3) Other factors not covered under paragraph
2.a. and c.
FPOm DSTINGUISHED SERVICE
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, GREETING:
WHEREAS, Inwitnes of the high degreof ea ptial s erirmderd to tf
Panama Card Sodmey o Ffarida Aqsp(id fry tdi m-m6er, and bt^ltffidt
and Ca Z onefiendships, ,w tfreof 6e it
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3. Recommendations may be made by any Society
a. Recommendations must be in writing and pre-
sented to the Society through the Executive Committee.
b. The Executive Committee will review and rec-
ommend approval or disapproval to the Society.
4. Announcements of nominees for the awards) shall
be published in the Canal Record.
5. After names of nominees have been published in
the Canal Record, nominees) may be given the Distin-
guished Service Award by a 2/3 majority vote of members
present and voting at any Society meeting; the citation read
and award presented.
6. Elected officers will sign the award certificate. Cor-
porate seal and ribbon will be affixed.
7. This award will not be presented more than two (2)
times per year to non-Society members.
8. Blank certificates shall be in the custody of the Sec-
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION:
1. The Certificate of Appreciation is established to re-
ward services or performance by individuals or groups to
2. May be awarded to committee members for faith-
fully and effectively performing their duties; guest speakers
and others who have given benefit to the Society.
as a token of 'ur esteem and sincere appreciation
for outstanding service rendered
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
3. Certificates to be presented at the discretion of the
President on behalf of the Society.
4. There will be no limit to the Certificate of Appre-
ciation presentations to regular or non-members of the
5. Names of recipients of this award shall be publish-
ed in the Canal Record.
6. The corporate seal will be affixed to each certificate
7. Blank certificates shall be in the custody of the
APPROVAL OF CRITERIA:
1. Approval of the criteria for awards was accom-
plished September 22, 1983, at a regular Executive Com-
mittee Meeting by the Executive Committee. They shall be
included in the proposed and revised bylaws as part of the
Since the Criteria for Awards was approved by the
Executive Committee on September 22, 1983, there has
been four nominations for the Distinguished Service Award.
These four nominations were approved by the Executive
Committee on October 27, 1983, to be published in the
Canal Record. These nominations may be approved by a
2/3 majority vote of members present and voting at any So-
ciety meeting; the citation read and award presented. The
four nominees are:
Citation: It is highly recommended that the Distin-
guished Service Award be given to Ethel Askew, who serv-
ed under eight presidents of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc., as a member of the Budget and Auditing
Committee. Mrs. Askew spent many hours without re-
muneration reviewing Logs, Books, Treasurer's state-
ments, Bank statements and various other reports, and
showed great dedication to our Society while accomplishing
her duties. Mrs. Ethel Askew has therefore fulfilled all the
requirements of our Distinguished Service Award in the
above stated office, and during this time, Ethel served on
other committees when requested.
Submitted by: Mrs. Anna T. Collins. Approved by
the Executive Committee on October 27, 1983.
DAILE D. KEIGLEY.
Citation: It is highly recommended that the Distin-
guished Service Award be given to Daile D. Keigley, who
served under eight presidents of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc., as Budget and Auditing Committee
Chairman from 1971 through May, 1982. Many hours
without remuneration were spent reviewing Logs, Books,
Treasurer's statements, Bank statements and various re-
ports and when requested, a budget for the year was sub-
mitted. Mr. Keigley is indeed dedicated to our Society and
he has fulfilled all and above the requirements of our Dis-
tinguished Service Award.
Submitted by: Mrs. Anna T. Collins. Approved by
the Executive Committee on October 27, 1983.
WILLIAM F. GRADY.
Citation: For conscientious, outstanding and unselfish
devotion to duty as Legislative Representative of the Pana-
ma Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Mr. Grady's tireless efforts, initiative, industry and
intelligent research in keeping the members informed of all
legislative proposals and actions pertaining to their welfare
and interests can only be classed as being above and be-
yond what can ever be expected of an appointee.
He has always generously and willingly served in this
capacity for a period of fifteen years, never missing a
meeting during this time, except in cases of personal emer-
His exemplary and loyal attendance, plus the fact that
he has to travel over 100 miles round trip to make his
monthly presentation proves beyond a doubt that William
F. Grady puts the welfare and interest of the members
above his personal expense, time and needs.
The entire membership has benefited from his always
intelligent, efficient and thoughtful services. The superior
manner in which he compiles the details he presents,
reflects great credit to this Society.
It affords the Executive Committee much pride and
pleasure to highly commend Mr. Grady for this Distin-
guished Service Award.
Submitted by: Albert F. Pate. Approved by the Ex-
ecutive Committee on October 27, 1983.
DOROTHY K. BARBOUR.
Citation: For conscientious and conspicious devotion
to duty in the true spirit of the Panama Canal Society's
beliefs to preserve Canal Zone friendships, through the
dispensing of the Society's refreshments at each of their'
Regular Meetings for the past seven years. From the prep-
aration, serving and clean-up, Dorothy has displayed ex-
treme unselfishness and determination in providing timely
and welcome refreshments to over 4,750 members and
guests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida during these
past seven years. Her willingness and perseverance in per-
forming these tasks during this period will long be remem-
bered by those she has served.
Submitted by: R.W. Pat Beall. Approved by the Ex-
ecutive Committee on October 27, 1983.
From the "SPILLWAY"
Canal anniversary celebrated in Colon
by Carmela Lowe de Gobern
Activities commemorating the 69th anniversary of the
opening of the Panama Canal were held on the Atlantic
side of the Isthmus. These activities, titled "Know Your
Canal," were sponsored by the Panama Institute of Cul-
ture (INAC) and the Society of Friends of the West Indian
Museum (SAMAAP), in collaboration with the Panama
Canal Commission, the University of Panama, and the
Panama Institute of Tourism (IPAT).
The inaugural ceremony, held in the auditorium of
the Regional University Center of Colon, was attended by
officials of the Government of Panama, the Panama Canal
Commission, the Panama National Guard, and other
agencies of the Republic.
At this Ceremony Panama Canal Commission Ad-
ministrator D.P. McAuliffe presented the Master Key
Award in the grade of "Master Builder" to the Canal con-
struction-day veterans for their important contribution to
the creation of the interoceanic waterway. Deputy Admini-
strator Fernando Manfredo, Jr., participated as the main
speaker of the evening.
The week-long activities included lectures, slide pre-
sentations, conferences, panel discussions, art and photo-
graphic exhibits, a writing contest, and cultural events, all
held with the objective of educating the public on Canal-
A commemorative fair, held on the grounds of the
University Center, climaxed the week of anniversary ac-
Personal documents available
Persons interested in obtaining copies of birth certifi-
cates, marriage licenses, death certificates, and adoption
papers filed in the former Canal Zone prior to October 1,
1979, may request them from the Registrar of Vital Statis-
tics located in the Employee and Cargo Documentation
Section of Building 5140, Diablo Heights. (Telephone
Applications for these documents are also available at
the Medical Records Section of Coco Solo Army Clinic.
Copies of marriage certificates are $1 and all other
documents are $2.
Information concerning divorces which occurred in
the former Canal Zone may be requested by contacting the
Agency Microfilm Unit, located in Room 145-P of the Ad-
ministration Building in Balboa Heights. (Telephone
Television cameras focus on
by Roy Naylor and David Constable
The amount of attention the Panama Canal receives
from the communications media attests to the waterway's
longstanding importance in the eyes of the international
community. From around the world come writers, photog-
raphers, artists, and producers seeking information to satis-
fy the public's interest in the Canal.
In addition to visits by representatives of the news
media, television crews frequently come to Panama to pre-
pare documentaries for audiences as far flung as Asia and
Europe. In recent weeks, as a typical example, the Panama
Canal Commission has hosted television networks from
two countries West Germany and the United States -
each planning to broadcast documentaries on the Canal.
Arriving in late July, a television crew from West Ger-
many spent about 2 weeks on the Isthmus gathering ma--
terial to go into a 30-minute documentary. Produced by
German Television (ARD), the film presentation is
scheduled for airing on October 24 before an anticipated
audience of between 15 and 20 million people. The broad-
cast date was chosen to tie in with the 80th anniversary of
Panama's independence from Colombia and of the 1903
Panama Canal treaty.
The documentary is intended to show what has devel-
oped since the official opening of the Canal on August 15,
1914. Coverage will include the full range of Canal opera-
tions as well as projects now being carried out by the Com-
mission to improve service to Canal customers. Of special
interest was the Marine Traffic Control center, where the
team spent time with Senior Transit Operations Officer
Bruce G. Sanders learning how ship movement is moni-
tored. The team also gave considerable emphasis to Dredg-
ing Division activities.
In addition, the film will feature an interview with one
of the construction day workers, and there will be footage
of Colon, Panama City, and the oil pipeline recently put
into operation on the Isthmus.
Another film crew came to Panama in August to work
on a documentary that will be a tribute to the men who
built the Panama Canal. It is being produced by the Public
Broadcasting System (PBS) and is scheduled to be aired
over more than 242 U.S. television channels in mid-Febru-
ary of next year.
The recent visit by a PBS team was for the purpose of
collecting more film footage and conducting interviews
with Commission Administrator D.P. McAuliffe, Deputy
Administrator Fernando Manfredo, Jr., and several Canal
construction veterans. Making the trip to Panama were
Roman Foster, director and producer of the documentary,
and three technicians. Robert King, who is in the Commis-
sion tug training program, is the production assistant.
Mr. Foster said the documentary is aimed at "sharing
the pride those Canal builders feel in the ac-
complishment." He said it will cover events dating from
the era of the ill-fated French canal-building effort up to the
Coordinating such visits by production teams is not an
easy task. Arrangements must be made for interviews with
Commission personnel; clearances must be obtained for
entrance into restricted areas; logistical support must some-
times be provided by the Graphic Branch; Canal transits
must be arranged through the Marine Bureau; Canal
guides must be available to provide escort service; and de-
pending on the nature of the documentary, other Commis-
sion divisions must often be called upon to provide infor-
mation and assistance.
In charge of making these arrangements is Diane
Morris, public affairs specialist in the Commission Office
of Public Affairs. She says, "It requires lots of work and
careful scheduling. Frequently, schedules have to be shifted
when bad weather makes filming impossible or when a par-
ticular ship that a television team had hoped to shoot dur-
ing daylight hours transits at night instead."
Scows, launches arrive at Canal
Towed by tugs down the Mississippi River and across
the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, two split-hull
dump scows, each transporting two launches, were recently
delivered to the Panama Canal Commission. The dump
scows and launches were manufactured by the Twin City
Shipyard, Inc., of St. Paul, Minn.
After completion of the required testing, the scows
were put into service with the Dredging Division. Measur-
ing 215 feet in length with a 50-foot beam and a 14-foot
depth, each is capable of transporting 1,300 cubic yards of
Two gigantic hydraulic rams, one at the bow and one
at the stern, cause the split hulls of each scow to come apart
longitudinally for the release of the dredged material. Once
the material is dumped, the hull is closed and pressurized.
The scows can be operated from their engine rooms,
from control consoles on their desks, or from up to one-
fourth of a mile away via radio control. Under normal con-
ditions, they will be operated using radio control from the
bridge of the pusher tugs that are used to tow them.
Each scow is equipped with two engine rooms and a
four-cylinder diesel generator to operate the push rods,
lighting, ventilators, and the fire and washdown pumps.
One of their interesting features is the "Christmas
tree" masts of colored lights that provide towboat captains
and other personnel with useful information. The lights in-
dicate whether or not a scow's hull is open or closed,
whether or not its generator and hydraulic system are run-
ning, and whether or not its hydraulic system is pressuriz-
In addition to those festive-looking lights, the scows
are equipped with fluorescent lighting for general illumina-
tion in the engine rooms that comes on automatically when
the generator starts. When the generator is off, the lights
can be operated through a shore power connection.
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Four new Panama Canal Commission launches are delivered, safely
nestled in the hoppers of the new dump scows.
The engine rooms have ventilators that also come on
automatically with the generators. In case of a fire, these
rooms are protected with equipment that sprays carbon di-
oxide when the temperature rises above a certain level.
Julio Rodriguez, chief of the Dredging Division's Op-
erations Branch and contracting officer's representative for
the purchase of the scows, reports that they are certified by
the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Bureau of Ship-
ping for full ocean service. He claims that they are "a re-
flection of the most modern state of the art in the
industry," with all the safety and operational features that
can be put on barges of this type. Because of this, their de-
sign has created a great deal of interest throughout the
Beginning next year, the Dredging Division plans to
buy at least three more scows of similar design at the rate of
one per year.
Like the scow contract, the contract for the four
launches, totaling just over $1 million, was awarded last
September. Jointly designed by the Industrial Division and
Twin City Shipyard, the launches are made of aluminum.
In theory aluminum boats are more desirable than steel
ones because they are lighter and, with the same engine,
can achieve faster speeds with better fuel efficiency. Be-
cause aluminum is harder to work with, however, it has not
been used very often in the past. Twin City was able to
overcome this problem through the use of computerized
lofting and cutting techniques, as well as modern welding
Powered by diesel engines, the launches are 56 feet in
length and 14.5 feet in beam. They are capable of carrying
up to 48 passengers as well as an operator and 2 crew-
Christened the Ray II, Tern II, Sailfish II, and Flying
Fish II, the boats will replace four launches of the same
Area cleanup continues after
"As high as an elephant's eye" it's not. But the grass
in the areas of Ancon and Diablo Heights is higher than
usual, which can be blamed indirectly on the storm Mother
Nature sent through the area last month.
Sanitation and Grounds Management Division chief
Willard S. Sweeney explained that the division has had to
divert grounds keepers from their normal duties for the
task of removing the debris left behind by the storm that
toppled trees in the Canal area on August 11. "We won't
be able to resume regular grounds maintenance until
around the middle of September," Mr. Sweeney said.
August 11 was the day a heavy rainstorm, ac-
companied by high winds moving in opposite directions,
hit the Pacific side of the Canal area and coastal sections of
Panama City. The haphazard direction of the high-velocity
winds caused trees to be uprooted. Some of the trees fell on
houses, parked cars, and streets.
Luis Perez, supervisor of the Southern District of the
Grounds Maintenance Branch, said that between 2:30 and
3 p.m. that day, 102 trees were uprooted and 194 were
damaged in the Canal area alone. About 60 percent of the
damaged trees will have to be removed. Most of the trees
will be replaced, except in areas close to buildings and
parking lots to prevent a possible reoccurrence of the kind
of damage that took place last month.
"It was a very good cooperative effort," Mr. Sweeney
said of the work that was done immediately following the
storm. Responding to the emergency were units of the
Motor Transportation and Fire Divisions of the Panama
Canal Commission and units of the Panama Government's
Canal Area Office of Highway and Housing Maintenance,
Sanitation Department, and Ministry of Public Works.
Workmen from all these units pitched in to clear highways
and houses blocked by fallen trees and branches during the
hours following the storm.
When the debris removal is completed, the work will
not come to an end. Remaining will be the long-term tasks
of resodding and replanting trees. Seedlings cultivated in
the Grounds Management Branch's tree nursery at Cor-
ozal will be used.
According to Mr. Perez, the biggest problem his per-
sonnel are encountering in the cleanup effort is the removal
of tree stumps. But through teamwork, he said, the job is
Administrator issues statement
Administrator D. P. McAuliffe has issued a statement
on behalf of Deputy Administrator Fernando Manfredo,
Jr. and himself informing employees that efforts to extend
the use of U.S. military shopping and postal facilities by
U.S.-citizen and certain third-country national employees
of the Panama Canal Commission beyond September 30,
1984, have been unsuccessful, Mr. McAuliffe added that,
although he and Mr. Manfredo had pursued every possible
avenue, to include discussions with the highest ranking of-
ficials of the Government of Panama, these efforts have
In addressing the situation, Mr. McAuliffe pointed
out that the authorization for Commission employees to
use these facilities for a specified period of time is a treaty
agreement contained in Article XIII of the Agreement in
Implementation of Article III. He stated that the treaty
contains no provision for extending the time frame, and
that the Government of Panama considers itself to have no
authority under its Constitution to change any article or
clause of the treaty. In addition, the Government of
Panama sees the implementation of this agreement as a
highly visible treaty milestone with substantial political and
economic implications. However, the affected Panama
Canal Commission employees will continue to have access
to certain activities on military bases such as educational,
recreational, social, and medical facilities. These will not
For those Commission employees who will lose entitle-
ment, he explained that the Commission is working to de-
termine the amount of a cost-of-living allowance (COLA)
that is permitted by the implementing legislation to offset
the expected rise in the cost of living. Mr. McAuliffe said
that the financial strains on the Commission will have to be
taken into account in developing that COLA.
The Commission will also be working with the Gov-
ernment of Panama and the commercial sector in an effort
to encourage the development of convenient commercial
and postal facilities, especially in those remote Canal areas
where such services are virtually nonexistent. In this con-
nection, a detailed market survey of the Panamanian ser-
vices that are available is being conducted and will be
distributed when completed.
Panama Canal Commission employees whose spouses
are employees of the U.S. Armed Forces in Panama will
continue to have entitlement to use U.S. military shopping
and postal facilities, as will their dependents, Mr. McAul-
The Administrator added, "Mr. Manfredo and I are
making this announcement now on the recommendation of
our senior managers to facilitate the planning by all con-
cerned. There is much work to be done to maintain Canal
efficiency and work force effectiveness in this forthcoming
period of change. We ask for your full cooperation and as-
sistance in meeting this challenge."
Tropical paradise restored at
by Rita Kohn Tsigas
Morgan's Garden, which dates back to the 1930's and
has been enjoyed by generations of Isthmian residents, is
going through a process of rejuvenation. The garden is lo-
cated on Gaillard Highway between Corozal and Fort
Throughout its existence, Morgan's Garden has been
open to the public. Church and community functions,
birthday parties, scout outings, garden club meetings, and
even weddings have been held in the lush, 12-acre tropical
garden park. Use of the garden has declined in recent
years, but there has been a resurgence of interest in restor-
ing the area.
The driving force behind this movement is a small
staff of office workers and grounds maintenance personnel
who have been employed for decades by the garden's
founders Pat Morgan and her now deceased husband,
Charles. Working with them are Jane Simpson, a longtime
resident and companion to Ms. Morgan, and Jim Foster, a
retired Panama Canal Commission admeasurer who has
recently volunteered his services to "help get the place back
Morgan's Garden and the Morgan family's many
years of community service are part of local history. Mr.
Morgan's side of the family has Isthmian ties dating back
to the Canal construction era, when his grandparents came
to Panama. His parents were the owners of the Ancon
Greenhouse. Ms. Morgan established her own ties on the
Isthmus by coming to Panama in 1925 to work as a nurse
in Gorgas Hospital. "Minnie" Kirkpatrick, as she was
known in those days, married Charles 2 years later.
In 1929 the Morgans leased the 12-acre plot on Pigeon
Hill, thereafter known as Morgan's Garden. Years of ar-
duous work were needed to transform the tract of unculti-
vated jungle into a beautiful tropical garden. A massive
land-clearing and rock-excavation project and an antera-
dication program took place before the Morgans could be-
gin their creative landscape designing. As a result of their
work, stately royal palms, coconut palms, gladiolas, exotic
anturiums, and a whole variety of flora abound in the
Ms. Morgan's botanical interests extended to other
areas. She learned the-art of flower arranging and offered
classes, which became so popular that over 300 students are
said to have attended a single session. She was the founder
of the Cardoze River Garden Club over 40 years ago, and
she participated in the landscapingg of the grounds sur-
rounding the University of Panama, a project to which she
donated 250 plants. She traveled to rural communities in-
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Morgan's Garden stands readyfor a new generation of visitors.
Photo by Arthur Pollack
structing farmers on proper agricultural techniques, and
because of this work, she was awarded the country's Order
of Vascoe Nunez de Balboa in the grade of "comendador"
and was made an honorary Panamanian citizen.
Though Ms. Morgan is no longer actively involved in
the garden, it has always been her hope that Morgan's
Garden would continue to be enjoyed by the Isthmian
community. This, too, is the goal of the current restoration
The garden staff is happy to provide tours from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. from Monday through Saturday and welcomes
private parties. Ms. Simpson says, "People can call and set
up an appointment, or just drop by, and I'll be happy to
explain the origin of the beautiful trees and flowers." Visi-
tors can also enjoy the other attributes of the garden: a
swimming pool, bohios, a barbecue pit, picnic areas, and a
Garden clubs, officers' wives clubs, other civic groups,
and individuals are invited to hold their events at Morgan's
Garden, as well as to participate in the restoration project.
In addition, if there is sufficient interest, the staff will offer
classes in flower arranging. For more information, call
Canal purchases fourth
A new Panama Canal towboat is in the making and
should be joining the Commission fleet next summer.
Because of the high level of performance shown by the
Alianza, Progreso, and Amistad, the new tug will be con-
structed using the same general design, with twin-screw
propellers in Kort nozzles for greater thrust and flanking
rudders to increase maneuverability. "We've had good ex-
perience with the Alianza-class tugs," says Deputy Marine
Director Capt. R.A. Dickins. "They're highly reliable,
rugged boats that require very little unscheduled mainte-
The Boston Shipyard Corporation of East Boston,
Mass., was awarded a contract for over $2 million last
month for the construction of the new tug.
Commission Contracting Officer Richard Morgan re-
ports that the bidding was unusually active, with 20 bidders
in four countries participating a record for this type of
contract. "We usually consider 6 or 7 to be a good
response," he says. With all this competition, Mr. Morgan
feels that the Commission is getting a real bargain on the
The contract offers the Commission the option to buy
a second, identical tug from the shipyard before the end of
January 1984, but Mr. Morgan plans to wait and see how
progress is going on the first before making a decision.
"Because it is a new firm and one we've never dealt with
before, its performance will be a big factor," he says.
While the purchase of a second tug remains uncertain,
Mr. Morgan and other Commission officials are focusing
their attention on the arrival of the first, expecting to put
the Alianza's third sister into service within a year.
for peace mission
Battleship even the word is formidable. And when
it is used to describe a vessel like the U.S.S. New Jersey, it's
easy to see why.
With a beam of over 108 feet, the ship shares the
record with another battleship as the widest to squeeze
through the 110-foot-wide locks at the Panama Canal. Its
length of over 887 feet and its 18-level construction, with 11
levels above the main deck and 7 below, also contribute to
its immensity. Amazingly, in spite of its large dimensions,
the ship can move at speeds of over 35 knots.
But it is armament, rather than size, that makes the
NewJersey the imposing vessel that it is. In addition to pow-
erful conventional weapons, including nine 16-inch guns,
the New Jersey has long-and medium-range cruise missiles
as well as a system for defense against missiles and aircraft.
The vessel also has heavy armor, ranging from 7 to 17
inches thick. Because of all this protection and other
features, naval officials describe the vessel as "the most sur-
vivable ship ever built."
Launched on December 7, 1942, a year to the day
after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the NewJersey was first used
during World War II. For the next few years it saw a
great deal of action, participating in the capture and occu-
pation of the Marshall Islands; the Battle of the Philippine
Sea; the "Marianas Turkey Shoot;" the IwoJima landing;
and the strikes against Guam, Palau, Ponape, Manila,
Luzon, Formosa, Okinawa, and the Chinese mainland.
The war came to a close and the ship was decommis-
sioned in June 1948, only to be called back to action in No-
vember 1950 after the outbreak of the Korean War. A sec-
ond decommissioning in August 1957 met with similar re-
sults. Because of the Vietnam conflict, the ship was recom-
missioned in April 1968 and served until December 1969.
The New Jersey has been called to service again, but
this time the circumstances are different. Speaking at the
recommissioning ceremony last December, President
Ronald Reagan outlined the role the vessel will be expected
to play. "America needs the battleship once again to pro-
vide firepower for the defense of freedom and, above all, to
maintain the peace. She will truly fulfill her mission if her
firepower never has to be used."
The United States Government hopes that bringing
back the New Jersey and its sister ships, the Iowa, Missouri,
and Wisconsin, will better equip the Navy to protect and de-
fend the interests of the country and its allies.
The decision to reactivate these ships rather than to
build new ones was made on the basis of both time and
money. Capt. William M. Fogarty, who commands the
New Jersey, explains that it takes from 7 to 10 years to
design and commission a new ship. Modernizing the vessel
with the latest weapons and electronic technology took only
18 months, and, at a cost of $326 million, the bill of getting
it in "shipshape" was considerably less than it would have
been to build a new one.
Over 6,000 people signed up to serve in about 1,500
positions aboard the NewJersey. Captain Fogarty feels that
his all-volunteer crew is made up of "the best men
available in our Navy." Women are not allowed to serve
on the ship because it is a combat vessel.
Leo J. Cannon, a management analyst with the Panama Canal
Commission Office of Executive Planning, strolls the decks of the
U.S.S. "New Jersey" for old time's sake. One of the many Com-
mission employees who toured the vessel while it was docked at
Balboa, Mr. Cannon fondly remembers the summer he served as a
sailor aboard the battleship on a training cruise in the North Atlantic
with a group of Naval Academy midshipmen.
Photo by Kevin Jenkins
The NewJersey is now on its first official voyage since
its recommissioning, demonstrating U.S. concern for and
support of the countries it visits. Panama was one of the
stops it has made along the way. The vessel was docked in
Balboa over Labor Day weekend, which gave a number of
local residents the opportunity to climb aboard for a
Mini-oil-skimmers join Canal fleet
The Panama Canal Commission oil pollution control
program has been enhanced by the addition of two mini-
oil-skimmers, which arrived on the Isthmus in August.
These skimmers joined the two large oil skimmers and
another mini-skimmer already in the inventory of the
Dredging Division Aquatic Weed and Oil Pollution Con-
trol Unit and are available for the fight against oil pollution
in Canal waters.
The mini-skimmers were designed by the English firm
Vikoma International, Ltd., and are capable of recovering
any type of oil that floats on water. As the name implies,
the apparatus is compact in size and lightweight. It is
operable by two people and easily transported to the site of
an oil spill. The mini-skimmers can be used in shallow
waters because their draft is only 8Y4 inches when empty
and 9 % inches when full.
These features make the mini-skimmers especially
useful along shorelines. While the larger skimmers have
outperformed other methods of oil collection (such as
polyurethane foam, other absorbent materials, and long-
handled dippers) their size has prevented them from get-
ting into hard-to-reach areas. The mini-skimmers, how-
ever, are designed to get into tight spots and are the perfect
complement to the larger vessels.
The mini-skimmer is composed of a combined power-
pack and pump unit, two hydraulic lines, an oil-suction
hose, an oil-discharge hose, and a skimming head com-
prised of 32 pickup discs. These discs are oleophilic, which
means that oil adheres to them but water does not. When
the unit is operational and the discs are turning, the oil is
deposited in the weir, or collect-head. It is then suctioned
through the pump power unit, through the hose, and into a
drum or barrel, where it is deposited.
Most ships using the Canal leave clean water in their
wakes. A small number, however, spill oil and thereby en-
danger wildlife and create fire hazards. Spills can be caused
by mechanical problems, carelessness, and on rare occa-
sions, by accidents.
The detection, containment, and cleanup of oil spills
are performed by the Aquatic Weed and Oil Pollution
Control Unit. The unit is divided into three operating
areas, each of which has been assigned a mini-skimmer.
Personnel from all three areas are on call around the
clock to check on spills in the Canal and oil leaks in adja-
cent land areas. Water surveillance teams trained to detect
oil spills regularly patrol each section of the Canal. In addi-
tion, many spills are reported by casual observers who call
the Commission's oil spill hotline.
As soon as the source of a spill is located, efforts are
made to contain the oil and correct the cause. The mini-
skimmers will be important elements in the cleanup opera-
tions. "The mini-skimmers are excellent pieces of machin-
ery. They are economical and highly efficient."
Insurance Board announces rate,
The 1984 rates and benefits for the Panama Canal
Area Benefit Plan (PCABP) have been announced by the
Group Insurance Board (Panama Canal area). The an-
nouncement was made following approval by the Office of
Personnel Management of the proposals submitted by the
Insurance Board in July.
The final rate and benefit schedule represents the In-
surance Board's efforts to minimize the 1984 rate increases
and benefit reductions in the face of rising health care costs
worldwide. Walter C. Bottin, president, says, "The main
reason the Board was able to accomplish this task is that
people enrolled are being more careful about how they use
their medical insurance. They have kept costs down, and as
a result, the rate increase will be small. Because of the good
experience, only the most liberal of the benefits had to be
reduced to keep this year's increase at an acceptable level."
Mr. Bottin expresses the hope that PCABP's good ex-
perience with claims will continue. Participants are asked
to continue to review doctors' and hospital charges and to
report any questionable practices and charges to the Group
Insurance Board by calling 52-7831.
More police patrol Canal area
Sixty new police were added to the contingent of the
Balboa police station this week. The new units were trained
at the National Guard's Police Academy (ACAPOL) and
will be assigned to patrol duty in the Panama Canal area.
Balboa police said the new units raise the total of Na-
tional Guard personnel assigned to the Balboa police sta-
tion to 400.
The station also received 50 new radios, which will in-
crease vigilance and protection capabilities in the area. Ac-
cording to the Balboa police, crime and vandalism have de-
creased in the area as a result of the cooperation the police
are receiving from the community.
A message from the Administrator
on the conclusion of FY 1983
The fourth year of operation of the Panama Canal
Commission, which concluded on September 30, was one
of accomplishment, during which the service provided to
Canal users was emphasized and the costs of using the
Canal were maintained at a competitive level. The Panama
Canal is, as we embark upon the fifth year, more modern
and more efficient as a result of our cumulative efforts
throughout this period.
Last year, a toll increase was necessary. However, be-
cause the maritime industry was caught up in a severe re-
cession, the Commission management decided to keep the
toll increase small, under 10 percent, even though it was
known that the increase would not fully cover the antici-
pated revenue loss. The management plan was to comple-
ment the toll increase with internal cost reduction measures
so as to balance overall expenditures with revenues. That
plan succeeded through the effectiveness and ingenuity of
all Commission managers, who carefully implemented
austerity measures so that there would be no adverse effects
on the Canal operation, maintenance, and safety. It is in-
tended that such cost reduction measures will be continued
to enable the Panama Canal to remain cost-competitive in
the marketplace of world trade.
The initiation of a transit reservation (booking) sys-
tem on a permanent basis last year, as requested by many
Canal users, was further evidence of the commitment of
Commission management to provide responsive service.
Noteworthy among the accomplishments with respect
to the Canal were the acceleration of key maintenance proj-
ects, technical improvement of locks overhaul procedures,
and the initiation of a second-generation marine traffic
control system designed to improve the surveillance and
control and thus, safety of vessel traffic.
Transit efficiency was increased and ship delays
sharply reduced, even while transits by the largest vessels
the Canal can accommodate those of 100- to 106-foot
beams reached a record-setting 20 percent of total
oceangoing transits. Improved Canal service was also re-
flected in the marine safety record, which showed a marked
reduction in vessel accidents both in absolute and relative
All of these accomplishments are a credit to those ded-
icated, skilled men and women citizens of the United
States, the Republic of Panama, and other countries -
who work to keep the waterway operating efficiently. To
retain these strengths in the challenging years ahead, train-
ing programs have been developed and are in effect with a
major emphasis on increasing the participation of qualified
Panamanians. Panamanians now compose over 75 percent
of the work force and these employees are increasingly vis-
ible in craft and supervisory positions. A number of collec-
tive bargaining agreements also were concluded during the
year, thus establishing a positive and constructive relation-
ship between the Commission and its employees.
As fiscal year 1983 closed, the Board of Directors of
the Panama Canal Commission took action to phase out
the wage base which has been in effect since October 1,
1979, thus eliminating an inequitable condition affecting a
growing segment of the work force. This action will provide
equitable salary treatment to all employees. However,
another segment of the work force will be faced with an ad-
verse treaty-derived situation at the end of fiscal year 1984,
and fair and equitable treatment will also be required at
The Deputy Administrator, Fernando Manfredo, Jr.,
joins me in expressing appreciation to all the members of
the Panama Canal Commission for persevering in the face
of adversity during a year in which a world-wide recession
in the maritime industry and the diversion of the Alaska
North Slope oil trade to a trans-Panama pipeline resulted
in a significant decline in vessel traffic and Canal operating
revenues. There are many challenges ahead, but, with the
assistance of all, these will be met satisfactorily as they have
been over the past 4 years. The Panama Canal has a tradi-
tion of excellence of which we can all be proud.
How's the Canal Doing?
The following statistics indicate Canal operations
and usage during the month of September:
Average oceangoing transits 29.8 ships per day
Average ready backlog 11.2 ships
Average Canal waters time 17.1 hours
(including transit time)
Average in-transit time 7.6 hours
Ships with beams over 80 feet 48.3 percent
Ships with beams over 100 feet 21 percent
Ten of 13 towers and ten of 18 high resolution
cameras have been installed at key points along the Canal
and are providing "eyes" for marine traffic controllers and
other key operations personnel through display screens set
up at the Marine Traffic Control Center.
Ten supertankers and 15 regular-size vessels used
the Panama Canal booking system in September, the
system's seventh month of operation
Priority placement program outlined
for rotating employees
The Panama Canal Treaty of 1977 calls for "the
periodic rotation, at a maximum of every five years," of
U.S. and other non-Panamanian employees hired by the
Commission after October 1, 1979.
U.S.-citizen employees who are subject to the 5-year
rotation requirement are eligible to enroll in the priority
placement program for Department of Defense (DOD) po-
sitions within the continental United States. For purposes
of this program, the continental United States is divided in-
to four "zones." Generally, priority placement assistance
will be given for positions in the DOD zone that corre-
sponds to the employee's home of record for repatriation
purposes, or in the southeast zone, at the employee's
choice. When an employee is selected for such a position,
the Commission will pay for repatriation costs, and the
receiving DOD agency will reimburse the employee for
temporary quarters subsistence expenses at the new duty
Affected employees may register for the program as
early as 12 months before the completion of their fifth year
of employment. At about this time, affected employees will
receive a letter reminding them that their employment with
the Commission will be coming to an end and inviting
them to visit the Office of Personnel Administration in An-
con or Cristobal for assistance in enrolling in the priority
Under the program, employees will be given priority
for positions in as many as four grade levels their cur-
rent grade and the three grades immediately below it. In
some instances when an employee is selected for a position
at a lower grade level, an attempt will be made to maintain
the employee's current salary, provided it falls within the
salary range authorized for the position.
Employees will be given priority for positions in a
maximum of five fields, but a significant factor in the selec-
tion of the different fields is recency of experience. Em-
ployees are to be registered only for positions for which
they are sufficiently qualified.
Employees who receive no job offers will be dropped
from the program at the time of separation from the Com-
mission. Declining an offer will also lead to removal from
the program. To avoid this situation, Edilma Rodriguez,
supervisory personnel staffing specialist, advises that em-
ployees start out by registering only for positions and
grades in which they are seriously interested, increasing
their options later if they receive no offers. Once an offer is
made, the employee has 24 hours either to accept or decline
Employees who have re-employment rights with
DOD or other Federal agencies are not eligible to partici-
pate in the priority placement program; nor are non-em-
ployed dependents. Grade retention rights held by em-
ployees as the result of an earlier reduction in force will not
be extended under the program. Employees are further
cautioned that promotions within the enrollment period
may affect their eligibility for priority placement.
Housing and COLA issues discussed
Residents' Advisory Committee (RAC) representa-
tives met recently with Panama Canal Commission Ad-
ministrator D.P. McAuliffe and Deputy Administrator
Fernando Manfredo, Jr., in the board room of the Admini-
stration Building in Balboa Heights. It was the first execu-
tive session to be held since the summer recess.
The Administrator commented on the depressed eco-
nomic situation in the United States and worldwide, which
is also having a depressing impact on the Canal. He com-
plimented Commission management for the work being
done to ensure the financial viability of the Canal. He said
the Canal today is more efficient, has more modern equip-
ment, and offers better service than ever before.
The Administrator stated that, while no particular ac-
tions resulted from the Board of Directors meeting held in
July, the principal outcome of the September meeting was
a unanimous decision on a plan to phase out the new wage
base over a 21-month period. He said the plan is structured
to have minimal financial impact on the Commission in the
difficult 2 years ahead.
On the matter of extending purchase and postal privi-
leges for U.S. and third-country-national Commission em-
ployees beyond the treaty-mandated October 1, 1984, cut-
off date, the Administrator repeated that such action was
very unlikely. He said bids are being solicited from exper-
ienced consulting firms to conduct a study on an appro-
priate cost-of-living allowance (COLA) to offset the loss of
privileges. He said affected employees can expect "fair"
and equitable treatment." The Office of Executive Admin-
istration is making a survey of shopping facilities in the Re-
public of Panama that will be made available to all concern-
ed in due course.
The Administrator expressed regret on behalf of the
Commission regarding the inconvenience to be experienc-
ed by residents of those housing areas that will be affected
in the implementation of the housing relocation plan. Mr.
Manfredo said that, with the Board's approval, he has writ-
ten a letter to the President of Panama asking that special
consideration be given to transfer-of-function employees
who are not eligible for housing under Department of the
Panamanian and U.S. Southern Command represen-
tatives have agreed in principle to a lease-back arrange-
ment which would provide sufficient housing for qualified
RAC representatives again raised questions about
procedural guarantees under the Panama Canal Treaty
and the extent to which they are covered by Panama's con-
stitutional reform and the new Judicial Code. The consul
general of the U.S. Embassy, Howard Gross, was present
at the meeting and agreed to provide a State Department
interpretation on this matter. The Embassy will also soon
publish information about official passport renewals.
RAC representatives asked that the basis for the up-
coming increase in electricity rates for Panama Canal
Commission housing areas be clarified. It was also re-
quested that any discussions regarding the possibility of fu-
ture rent increases for Commission housing take into ac-
count the apparent reduction in housing maintenance
caused by budgetary constraints.
Representatives asked that the SPILLWAY publish
any new information pertaining to U.S. income taxes, to
include recent court decisions and any appropriate legal
comment by the Office of General Counsel.
U.S. Army Medical Activity (MEDDAC) representa-
tives were asked why Gorgas Army Hospital patients are
now required to pay for services at the cashier window in
the main building when treatment is provided elsewhere in
the hospital. Lt. Col. William Lohmiller, MEDDAC exec-
utive officer, said the new procedures were instituted to
conform with requirements of the Army Auditing Agency.
Patients must follow the new procedure whether paying in
cash or through health insurance.
Col. Lohmiller will also look into problems related to
patients' records that are no longer kept in the Gorgas
medical records section because they have been sent to the
central depository in St. Louis for permanent storage.
On other matters of interest, Col. Lohmiller reported
that a $2.2 million contract has been let for upgrading ser-
vices at Gorgas, especially in the emergency room. In addi-
tion, a total of six new ambulances are expected to arrive in
January: four for MEDDAC and two for the Commission.
This should alleviate the problem of ambulance service on
the Atlantic side.
Representatives asked why the Claims Branch is cur-
rently not paying theft claims. Mr. NcAuliffe said the
Claims Branch is awaiting a legal opinion on the applicabil-
ity of the governing regulation in areas where the United
States does not provide its own police protection and on the
legality of the regulation under the nondiscrimination pro-
vision of the Treaty. He said that the Office of General
Counsel is expected to provide an opinion soon.
Several matters were discussed of special concern to
Atlantic-side residents. Mr. McAuliffe agreed that the new
access road leading to the Atlantic Maintenance Branch is
not satisfactory and said the appropriate Panamanian
authorities have been so informed; the Panama National
Guard will be asked to assist in eliminating parking prob-
lems around the Cristobal administration building; Mr.
Manfredo will look into the apparently illegal use of fishing
nets in certain Atlantic-area waters; and Mr. McAuliffe ac-
knowledged that some Atlantic-side residents have been in-
convenienced by the necessary closing of the Road Run-
ners Hobby Shop. Atlantic-side representatives stressed the
importance of having COLA studies include adequate con-
sideration of their situation.
Gamboa representatives expressed concern over the
continued unsafe condition of the Gamboa Bridge. It was
also noted that two Gamboa residents assembled clues that
enabled the Panama National Guard to apprehend a thief
in the area.
Mr. McAuliffe remarked on recent concerts presented
by the Banda Republicana in Balboa. He said that a recent
performance had been poorly attended and he hoped addi-
tional performances would be held and that the community
would take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy this ex-
The Administrator asked that employees continue re-
ferring questions and rumors to the Office of Ombudsman,
stressing that the ombudsman is an essential link between
the administration and the employee.
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NEWS FROM DOTHAN, AL.
Fall is officially here but Dothan does not know about
it. We are still having fairly warm weather and we still have
many flowers blooming.
On September 29 we had our fall meeting after a de-
lightful luncheon at the Olympia Spa. We had approxi-
mately 87 members present. At this meeting we welcomed
the following new members Thomas and Doris Etch-
berger, Dick and Linda Collver, Alice (Strauss) Mc-
Lean (who previously resided in Pasadena, Texas but is a
Zonian) and Mr. and Mrs. D.T. Barrington. Welcome to
Dothan and we are very happy to have you here. Election
of officers was held for the year 1983-1984. Here are the
results of that election. James Riley President;
George Fears Vice President and Catherine Filo -
Jean Harris flew to Las Vegas in July for a reunion of
World War II China-Burma Medical Personnel. While
there she saw many shows and good friends, Christine and
Herb Newhouse. She did not say whether she was a win-
Muriel (Moore) McGriff and hubby "Mac" took a
three-week leave from Dothan and visited the West Coast.
They visited in El Segundo with brother Eddie Moore and
wife and with their nephew Eddie, Jr. and family. After a
few days in El Segundo, the McGriffs and the Moores (Ed-
die Sr. and wife) flew to Honolulu for eight days. While
there they visited the Arizona Memorial, the Punchbowl,
The Polynesian Cultural Center and the Zoo. They saw
the Kodak Show which was very good for being a free
show. The nightclub tours were lots of fun. A car was
rented for a couple of days and they took a ride around the
island. The shopping at the Ala Mauna Shopping Center
was great as was the Luau at Paradise Cove. While in
Honolulu, Muriel looked up Lee (Morales) Lamontagne
who resides there. They spent an evening with Lee and her
charming husband. Later Muriel and Lee had lunch to-
gether and talked of good old times in the Canal Zone
where they were born and raised across the street from each
other. They had not seen each other in about 30 years. On
returning to the mainland, they spent a few more days with
Eddie and wife and also visited with brother Howard
Moore who was recuperating from open heart surgery. He
is doing very well. Eddie and Letty took us to the Spruce
Goose, Howard Hughes' Flying Boat, and while there they
also visited the Queen Mary. Eddie then drove the McGriffs
to San Diego where they visited with former Zonites Lou
and Woodrow Spradlin who reside in Escondido. We also
visited Tijuana and Old Town in San Diego and tasted
their famous "Margaritas." They sure had a wonderful
time but said it was good to get home.
Muriel and Mac McGriff and Margaret and Jack
Hern had as their guests their sister Alice (Moore) Jack-
son and husband, Neil from Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
While here they went fishing and spent a few days in
Panama City, FL.
Maggie (Whelan) and John Janssen had as their
guests their son, Major Arwin J. Janssen, Jr. and his two
children Carrie and John Robert. While here they went to
Epcot and Disney World before returning to Virginia.
We were all saddened by the sudden death of Ger-
trude Mullins. She will be greatly missed by her many
friends. Our sincerest condolences to her children and her
mother and sisters.
During the Gas House Golf Tournament held in early
October we had the privilege of seeing so many old friends
and neighbors. the Yorks from Aiken, SC, and Chet
and Jean Hill from Maine. We all lived on Boqueron St.
in Los Rios. Had a chatty and delightful lunch with Anna
Collins, Dot Pate, Anita Buehlman. Margaret Hem
also was with us. They bought peanuts to take back as
Dothan is the "Peanut Capital of the World."
Speaking of peanuts our traditional Peanut Fes-
tival was held the third week in October. It is a week of fun
and events. The fairgrounds have all of the newest rides,
food, games, and everything else fairs have. Saturday is the
last day of the festival and it ends with a beautiful parade
which takes about two and a half hours. It is estimated that
about 250,000 are on hand to watch the parade. Louise
Mandrell and Hank Williams, Jr., were the featured art-
ists. Terrance Know of "St. Elsewhere," Mary Mc-
Donough from "The Waltons" and the young man who
plays the son in the "Jeffersons" all rode in the parade.
The annual Gas House Gang Golf Tournament was
held the first week in October. There were approximately
116 golfers and 225 who attended the banquet. We all
missed Elmer Orr and his Bajun jokes but Robbie Adams
did a fine job.
Mary Rose and daughter held a lovely shower lun-
cheon for Mary Kelleher of Tallahassee who will be mar-
ried to Steve Tochterman on November 25 in Dothan,
AL. Mary is the daughter of Betty and Dave Kelleher of
Dothan and Steve is the son of Arlene and George Toch-
terman of Green Bay, WI. Arlene had just arrived from
Green Bay especially to attend the shower. I worked with
Arlene at the Canal Zone Credit Union and it was great
seeing her again.
I wish you all a bountiful Thanksgiving, a blessed
Christmas and a Happy New Year. God bless you all.
Catherine (Whelan) Filo
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Our annual fall luncheon was held on October 9th at
the Holiday Inn in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The weather
was cooperative, and the informally conducted get-together
was one of the most enjoyable ever.
Herbert and Mary (Mehl) Taake came up from
Fairhope, Alabama, to attend the luncheon and visit
friends in NW Arkansas. They were guests of Dick and
In early August, "Mom", Grace (Aloise) Sanders
flew into Tulsa from Oakland for an annual visit with
Bruce and Dorothy Sanders. With the assistance of some
Bentonvillians, she celebrated her 93rd birthday. In Oct-
ober, Boyd and Emily Ferry of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania,
dropped in for an afternoon visit with the Sanders, and
Verna Limkemann of Quincy, Illinois, was an overnight
Luke and Frances Palumbo had great fun in August.
Son Luke T. (Toddy) and his family (wife, Irma,
daughter Lisa and sons Oscar and Kenneth) visited them
from Panama. Also daughter Judy Palumbo and a friend
spent a week with them.
Elizabeth Hallin and her husband, Lt. Col. Thomas
Wall, U.S.M.C., travelled recently to Okinawa, Hong
Kong, Macao, and Communist China.
Karl and Fern Glass wrote thusly: We had a wonder-
ful trip to Panama and even to Costa Rica in January and
February while visiting daughter Sylvia and Mack Lan-
drum in Gatun. There were still a few friends left in Pan-
ama and many changes. We even had a nice visit with
Alice and Red Nail visiting in Balboa also. Had a good
visit with Tex Bristol and family in Florida on the way
home. We had another fine trip in June-August visiting
Canal Zone friends along the way to a visit with son Dan
and Kathy Glass in Vancouver, Washington. We visited
with Dale and Judy Mason (Panama) in Dallas, and Gor-
don Schuetz and family (Army) in El Paso. Also a nice lit-
tle visit with Charles Judge in Tucson. It was great to visit
with Lil and Bob Sieler in Salinas, California, and the
Jack Doughtys in Oregon. Found a great bunch of Zon-
ians in Washington and enjoyed seeing so many at the
Northwest picnic on the Oregon Beach. What a lovely visit
with Electa Dueuermeyer at Soap Lake. Then in Iowa,
we really enjoyed renewing friendships with Mike and Or-
ma Olhausen who left the Zone in 1956 and whom we
hadn't seen since.
Ralph and Marie Shuey drove to California, Ken-
tucky, to visit Ruth and T.G. Madden on their 90-acre
farm for a week. Delta Sampsell came from Frederick,
Maryland, and joined them. It was like old times, and they
really enjoyed being together again. From there, they
drove to Huntsville, Alabama, to visit with young Ralph
who is still working for SAI and doing well. On their way
home, they stopped to see Edith (Shuey) and Morris
Lovell in their lovely new home in Mountain Home,
Bud and Betty Balcer haven't been too adventurous
since their return from Arizona in July. Much of their stay-
ing close to home stemmed from the hot dry summer in
northwest Arkansas. However, they were glad to see Bob
and Iris Waggoner of Aiken, SC, when they stopped by
for an overnight visit on September 25. Willard and
Kathleen Huffman and Bill and Chi McCue were invited
over, and several hours were spent reminiscing about bowl-
ing and golf enjoyed while they all were in the Zone. Then
on Oct. 5 a phone call informed the Balcers that Boyd and
Emily Ferry of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, were in the area.
They spent a couple days with the Balcers before heading
on to Blytheville, AR, where Emily has family. While here
they were taken to Eureka Springs, where Emily got in
touch with more relatives and other local attractions. They
also had visits with Bruce and Dorothy Sanders and Mom
Sanders, with Bill and Chi McCue, and with George and
Edith Engelke who were neighbors to the Ferrys in
Cristobal. In August, Bud's mother, Mrs. Edna Balcer
of McGregor, Iowa, celebrated her 75th birthday, and Bud
and Betty drove home to enjoy it with her. Also there were
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Balcer of Sioux Falls, SD, Mrs.
Greg Amble and children of Rochester, MN, Mrs. Fred
Bachtell of McGregor, IA, and Mrs. Joe Craig of
The Huffmans, Kathleen and Willard, were visited
by John and Laurie Engelke and family from Panama.
They spent a beautiful day out on Beaver Lake, picnicing,
and really got a thrill watching Joy, the youngest of the
Engelke clan, catch a fish over the side of "MS Kathleen."
Claude and Lena Planchon from Panama stopped by for
a nice visit and some talk about the possibility of the Huff-
mans going to Panama in January for a fishing trip.
Etta Fay Terrell and Jessie Newhard had a perfect
month of vacationing in England. They left Bentonville for
New Orleans on August 27. That was a necessary depar-
ture place because someone (Andrea and Paul, daughter
and son-in-law of Etta Fay) had to babysit Etta Fay's dogs.
They flew to New York where they joined Jessie's son and
daughter-in-law, Brian and Penny Albright, and then all
flew to London. Brian and Penny had been to England sev-
eral times before, but this was a first for Etta Fay and Jessie
so they were all eyes, taking everything in. Four days were
spent in London, taking in the usual tourist spots West-
minster Abbey, Tower of London, Mme. Toussaud's, etc.
Brian rented a car and southern England was toured, see-
ing Bath, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Dover, and Canterbury.
They went back to London, Penny returned to the U.S.,
and Etta Fay's daughter Andrea joined them. Again a car
was rented, and they enjoyed touring northern and middle
England, seeing castles in good condition and in ruins. The
cathedrals were marvelous and awe-inspiring. Hadrian's
Wall, an ancient Roman wall stretching from east to west
across northern England was most interesting. York was a
beautiful city, and the Yorkshire Dales were appreciated by
all. They stayed in bed-and-breakfast homes and inns and
ate in pubs. Meeting the English people in their homes was
most enjoyable. In Chester, they met former Canal Zone
residents, John and Mildred Lingwood, and their
daughter, Deborah. John was with Pacific Steam Naviga-
tion Co. on the Atlantic side, and they lived in Brazos
Heights. They were in the process of moving into a new
home which they intend to name "Brazos" as they loved
their years on the Zone. In Bury St. Edmunds, the tourers
visited another former Zone resident and friend ofJessie's,
Mary Darley. Her father also worked for Pacific Steam
Navigation Co. in the 1930's. Mary's sister is Mrs. Elsie
Bullock, wife of Asa Bullock. Former Atlantic siders, they
now live in California. At last, the group drove back to
London where they regretfully said farewell to a lovely
country. After landing in New Orleans, Etta Fay found she
had brought back one unwelcomed souvenir a cold.
They were tired following their long trip, but after a little
rest back home in Bantonville, Jessie and Etta Fay are
ready to go again!
Maud Cook flew west in early October to visit family
and friends in Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona.
Primary motivation for the trip was to visit with daughter
Lucille Nanney and her husband and to see the grand-
children and great-grandchildren. With good weather and
wonderful hospitality all the way, Maude had a wonderful
trip. Bud Cook (LynnJr.) came up from El Paso, TX, for
a fall visit with his parents, and he and Lynn Sr. got the
Cooks' extensive yard buttoned up for the winter.
In July, Mary Lou Engelke, daughter Cathy
Crowell, and three granddaughters drove to Florida to see
son Bobby Engelke, his wife Nellie Lynn (Wood), and
their children in St. Pete. Mary Lou went to Miami for
a few days' visit with her sister, Margaret Samples, and
her family. Mary Lou's mother, Elizabeth Haines, and
brother, John Haines, were visiting there at the same
time. Richard Crowell picked up his three granddaughters
(Cathy's girls) and took them home with him to Deltona,
where they stayed until Cathy and Mary Lou stopped for a
short time and gathered up the girls to take them along to
Jacksonville where they visited Mary Lou's youngest
daughter, Susan Engelke. From Susan's, they drove to
Hinesville, GA, to see son Tommy Engelke and his wife,
Alice (Parthenais), and baby son, Evan, before returning
home. In September, Mary Lou flew to Baltimore, MD, to
attend a surprise 80th birthday party and family reunion
for her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Haines. All of the brothers
and sisters were there, some of their families, Mary Lou's
daughters Susan and Margaret, and some of Mrs. Haines'
friends. They had a great time! Also in September, Bobby
Engelke and his 3-year-old daughter drove up from Florida
and spent about ten days with Mary Lou, completing the
"Honey-do" list for Grandma and Mama.
Susie (Mrs. Mugsy) Magee flew out to California
with son John Magee who was up from Panama on vaca-
tion. She spent a couple months visiting with two of her
daughters, Anne Severy in Oceanside, and Susie Allen in
Nobby Keller accepted an invitation to attend a semi-
nar conducted by the National Rifle Association in Cape
Girardeau, MO. The purpose of the seminar was to train
NRA Instructors to be Counselors. Nobby has been an In-
structor in pistol, rifle, and shotgun.
Bill and Charlotte McCue attended a reunion of
Navy postal clerks of World War II held in Kansas City in
September. Although about 90 people were assembled, Bill
didn't know any of them but did find a couple of people
who knew friends of his. Though they found no old friends
there, Bill and Chi enjoyed the reunion and some of the
group's planned activities, particularly the Passion Play at
Eureka Springs, AR, which they declared superbly pre-
While Carl Newhard was visiting his son Bruce and
family in Battle Creek, Michigan, he had the opportunity
to eat at the world's largest breakfast table. Cereal corpora-
tions of the area annually block off the shopping center and
serve a breakfast featuring their products. The event is at-
tended by thousands of people. He also saw the Michigan
500 auto race and the Northern Hemisphere Hot Air Bal-
loon Races. Visiting son Sam Newhard in Tiffin, Ohio,
Carl enjoyed their more private breakfasts. In August, the
sons and their wives reciprocated with overlapping visits to
Carl in Bentonville. His October visitors were his sister,
Rae Ebdon, her husband, Joe, and his father, Pop Eb-
don, all from Sarasota. Their visit was planned to coincide
with the fall luncheon of this area's Zonians.
Jack'and Joan Corliss were pleased to have Jo Ridge
and son David stop by to say hello in September when they
were in the area to see Maurya Ridge who is in school at
the University of Arkansas. In October, the Corlisses had a
wonderful time when they attended the Gas House Gang
Golf Tournament in Dothan, Alabama. After the tourna-
ment, they went to Panama City Beach accompanied by
Flossie Fallon, to spend several days at a condominium.
Really lovely, says Joan. An added pleasure was that
Joan's sister, Joy Johnson, came to see them while they
were there. Back home again, the Corlisses had a nice sur-
prise visit from Bob and Marie McCoy who were on their
way home to Ohio from New Orleans. More surprise visi-
tors were Ed and Esther Niskanen who stopped in to see
them and Alice and Red Nail. The Niskanens were re-
turning home to Spring, Texas, near Houston, from a trip
to Ed's home ground in Maine where they have a bunch of
acres and pine trees. During their so-brief visit, the Nails
did their arm-twisting best to convince the Niskanens that
they should relocate to these Ozark hills.
Betty McGilberry, accompanied by daughter Katie
and son-in-law Jim Ames, flew out to Vancouver, Wash-
ington, in late August for a visit with Ann Laura Johnson.
For a week, Ann showed them the state of Washington and
part of the Oregon coast. Then they all flew to Ketchikan,
Alaska, where they boarded a boat for a week-long cruise of
the inland waterway. They had beautiful weather and
enjoyed every minute of the cruise. Mid-September, Katie
and Jim returned to Arkansas, and Betty and Ann took off
for California by car. They stopped at several spots new to
Ann, including Lake Tahoe where they had a delightful
visit with Roger and Toni Swain at their lovely new home,
and with Bob and Alice Forsythe who were there. From
there, they visited some of Betty's relatives in Placerville
and Merced, CA, and then went on to spend a night in
Yosemite National Park, another new place for Ann. They
also went to Glacier Point and the Sequoia Big Trees at
Wawona. From there, they headed back to Ann's home,
with a stop at the Swain's home in Sacramento where they
had a chance to visit with the Swain's daughter Nola and
their oldest son Bode and his recent bride. Back in Van-
couver, they were treated to sightseeing and lunch in
Portland by Ann's daughter, Martha Stevenson. Betty
also had the opportunity to visit with some ex-Zonians
when Ann invited them to lunch Mary Stevenson,
Tom and Marilyn Marsh, Mopsy Wood, and Margaret
and Grady Hardison. A trip to a lodge near Mt. Hood
was interesting. After a marvelous six weeks of travelling
and visiting, Betty returned to her home in Rogers, AR,
pleasantly exhausted and in need of a vacation from vaca-
Bill and Dolores Jarvis of Bella Vista, AR, made
three trips to Wisconsin and Michigan in three months. In
May, they drove to Mt. Clemens, MI, for the first commu-
nion of their grandson, James Christopher (Chris) Jar-
vis. The annual Grimm family reunion was held in Mil-
waukee in August, so they drove to Milwaukee for that.
Jeff was unable to get time off this year as he was scheduled
for Ground School in the 707 jet, and he didn't want to
miss that, Joyce planned a birthday celebration for Jan on
October 2, so back up to Michigan went Dolores and Bill.
They have had enough travelling to last them a long time.
Dolores and two of her "Organ Belles" friends attended a
four-day amateur organ convention in Kansas City, MO,
in September. They had a very delightful time. This was
Dolores's seventh convention.
Our 1983 Southern California Reunion was enjoyed
by all, seeing old friends again and talking about old times.
There is not enough space here to mention everyone who
attended, but we were particularly glad to see those that
came from "out of Southern California." It was a long
way to come and we appreciate their attendance. If you did
not make it, then you missed a great time and we expect to
see you next year. All of your friends were asking about
I have moved to Northern California and I have turn-
ed over the Secretary/Treasurer Office to Norma Horine.
It is difficult to do that job so far away from the center of
things. Norma has very generously offered to take this of-
fice until we have another willing volunteer. If anyone
would like to do this job, please contact Conrad Horine.
Secretary/Treasurer involves doing the banking, balancing
the checkbook, keeping the books for the Society, keeping
track of reservations for the various luncheons and, in gen-
eral, keeping us all together. It really involves about two
days per month of concentrated effort. To me, it was quite
rewarding as it gave me the opportunity to be in contact
with all the members and the new friends I made are a de-
light! I'm really going to miss the "job."
I have offered to continue as Editor. So please send
your articles, your good news, announcements, etc. to me:
Sheila Bolke, 5 Black Forest Court, Lafayette, CA 94549,
telephone (415) 284-5227. The next deadline is January 25,
1984. That Newsletter goes in the March Canal Record.
Speaking of the Canal Record, a special thanks to Pat Beall
which may be of interest to our members since not all of
our California Society members receive the Canal Record
from the Florida Society.
Remember! When the Newsletter is a little thin, it is
because I did not hear from you all out there!
NEWS FROM MEMBERS
On September 3, 1983, when the Cleveland Indians
played the Oakland A's (and beat the A's), a Canal Zone
group posing as the "Eddie Napoleon Fan Club" met in
Oakland, CA. Eddie Napoleon, first base coach for the
Indians, enjoyed drinks and dinner with Paul & Blanquita
(McNatt) Shields, Jerry & Ann (Keller) Daykin, Paul &
Diane (Staples) Backowski and Don & Sheila (Gilbert)
Bolke. It was fun getting together. Eddie commented on
the fact that as he has traveled with the team across the
United States, he has seen lots of CZ Friends! .
summer! Starting with the absolutely terrific Florida Re-
union, we then had house guests Ed & Esther (Rey-
nolds) Nishanen. They spent several days with us taking
in all the San Francisco sights and tourist spots. After they
left, Ray and I took off for Vancouver to celebrate our 4th
Anniversary even had the Bridal Suite at the Sheraton
Landmark. Then on to British Columbia to take in some
fishing. Then I left for Florida (again) to pick up my
mother. Vera Smith, and we left for Honolulu for a 7-day
cruise of the Islands aboard the SS Independence.
AIR PANAMA INTERNATIONAL has sent a letter
to us advising us that they have started a brand new service
"Senior Citizens Fares" to Panama and Guayaquil, effec-
tive September 1, 1983. Fares are: Round trip from Miami
to Panama $275.00, and round trip from Miami to Guaya-
quil $375.00. For further information, call Air Panama In-
ternational toll free 800-2-PANAMA.
SOME XMAS IDEAS
A gift subscription to the PANAMA CANAL SPILL-
WAY, the official Panama Canal publication. Yearly
subscriptions are available: Regular mail $6.00; Regular
mail-students $4.00; and airmail $19.00. Send check or
money order payable to the Panama Canal Commission,
to the Office of Public Affairs, APO Miami, Florida 34011
if you wish to receive "The Spillway" news in its entirety
on a weekly basis. Mail is fairly prompt and the regular
mail fee would seem a good bargain. Actually, 52 weekly
issues for $6.00 is a fantastic bargain!
T-SHIRTS with the "Seal" on the back of the
shirt in 4-colors, silk-screened process. T-shirts are 50%
cotton, 50% poly. Sizes are ladies M (8-10), L (12), XL
(14-16) and Men's S, M, L & XL. Shirts are $8.00 each
plus $1.50 postage and handling. Order from Kenny
Stone, 10415 Bevis Street, Mission Hills, CA 91345.
MEMO PADS (100 sheets per pad) or STATION-
ERY (10 letterhead, 10 second sheets, 10 notes and 20
envelopes) with Canal Zone Matches logo across the top.
Memo pads are $3.00 each plus $.50 postage, and sta-
tionery is $4.50 each packet plus $.50 postage. Order from
Norma Horine, 5728 Barley Court, Bonita, CA 92002.
Sheila Gilbert Bolke
Jim and Cathy Richey and sons Dirk and Lance
spent a great vacation week in Mazatlan, Mexico, barely
returning in time for the picnic.
Fred and Mary Jane Ugarte Weade had the follow-
ing house guests, Hanna Kupfer came from Panama the
end of September and Mary Jane's sister and brother-in-
law, Captain Phil and Ruth Ugarte Green came from
Bob Geddes from Gamboa, Panama, came in early
August to visit Ray and Barbara Shaw. The Shaws also
had as their guests at a bar-b-que, Maruja Charles and her
two sons who were visiting her sister.
Jane Dickson Cox formerly of Pedro Miguel, has
written and illustrated a children's book. It is based on an
old authentic French Christmas Carol which she learned by
word-of-mouth in French as a child. The book is called
"The Littlest Shepherdess." Both the book and the carol
are selling well. It's a combination story and coloring book
with the words and music on the front inside cover. Jane's
publisher has arranged several guest appearances around
the country on T.V. talk shows and in bookstores, to pro-
mote the book.
My husband Bob and I spent 2-1/2 weeks in Spain in
July. We had a fantastic time. My Panamanian Spanish
worked out just fine. I was even able to translate for
members of our group.
Penny Pennington Graham
MOVING SOON? Make sure the Canal Record follows
you! Notify the Secretary-Treasurer immediately of any
anticipated change of address.
Time marches on and events take place so quickly up
here in the Panhandle that they come and go without my
recording half of them. We have no formal Canal Zone So-
ciety in this area so my news is catch as catch can!
People are really discovering and liking this area for a
permanent retirement residence. Among our recent lo-
cators are Louis and Barbara Dedeaux who are in process
of moving in their new home this week at 8415 Loftin
Drive, Pensacola, Fla. 32514. Their phone number is (904)
478-9072. Barbara is now employed as a bookkeeper for a
personnel firm in Pensacola and enjoys her new job.
Those of you who knew Greg Suber (former minister
of the Gatun Union Church) will be interested to know he
visited briefly with Caleb and Ruth Clement while on
home leave from Turkey where he has served as a minister
for the past 7 years.
Ruth and Caleb Clement are just completing a two-
week trip to Houston with their daughter, Mary Vaughn
and family. Bea and Earl Sears are currently travelling
through New England (Mass. and Main) where they are
visiting with sons Greg and Douglas and families. They
will then visit in Ohio before returning to Pensacola.
Clarence and Laura True accompanied their son and
daughter-in-law Bob and Irma True to Baltimore in May
to visit their son Bill and family. While there, son Stan
True flew down from Maine for the weekend and they had
a mini-reunion. The Trues also visited during the summer
months with several grandchildren from Orlando. Their
youngest son, Bruce, has been visiting from Oregon for the
past three weeks. He was joined by Debbie True (daugh-
ter from Calif.) for one week of that stay. The past week
has been so beautiful here on the beaches. This is the ideal
time to enjoy swimming and picnics now that the weather
is cooler and all the summer visitors have returned home.
Miles and miles of beautiful white sand, rolling surf and
Webb and I joined the Gas House Gang in Dothan
for their annual golf tournament on October 3-6. Thor-
oughly enjoyed visiting former co-workers, old friends and
making new ones who now live in that area or came for the
festivities, the local folks did a bang-up job of entertaining
us and the weather cooperated in fact, it was really too
warm, but at least there was no rain.
If any of you people out there are just a tiny bit bored
with retirement and would like to make a little or a lot of
money to supplement your income, how about contacting
the Hearnes at 6496 Bull Run Court, Pensacola, Fla.
32503 or call (904) 476-3901 and let us tell you more about
it. Webb and I are Independent Representatives for Amer-
ican Professional Marketing, Inc. which is a multi-level,
four-year-old company distributing automotive additives
and nutritional products with sole marketing rights
throughout the United States. We are having a ball with
this business and think some of you would too. Have fun
and make money while you travel! Let us hear from you.
On November 6, the Hearnes will be heading for
Texas for a couple of weeks where we will visit the newly-
weds, John and Ephie Hearne in Houston and then go to
Corpus Christi to visit Jim Hearne who has bought a
town house in the area and will be moving in around the
middle of November.
Sarasota has had their many comings and goings in-
cluding some prominent personalities.
The Reverend John H. Smith, Pastor of Trinity
Episcopal Church in Rutland, VT, spent a week visiting
with his parents, Rob and Elsie (Neely) Smith. Also en-
joying being with his sister, Robbin (Smith) Larson; her
husband, Ron and son, Danny of Bradenton, as well as
with his uncle and aunt, Mike and Marion (Neely)
Greene. Rev. Smith's daughter, Allison, has enrolled for
her freshman year in St. Lawrence University in Canton,
N.Y. and their foster son, Jon Roberts, is a freshman in
college in New Hampshire.
The Mike Greenes and Rob Smiths also enjoyed a
visit by their cousin, Robert Cousineau and his wife,
Jean, of Glendora, CA. Robert's father was the first Presi-
dent of the Panama Canal Society of Southern California.
When Gladys Conley attended the American As-
sociation of University Women (AAUW) meeting in Sara-
sota, she was surprised to learn that guest speaker, Dr.
Terry Palls, Professor of Spanish at New College in Sara-
sota, was a former Zonite. Terry (Louise) Palls is the
daughter of Charles and Thelma Louis of Maitland, FL.
She is a 1957 CHS graduate and now has her PhD degree
in Spanish. She is presently on the Staff at New College
University of South Florida and is Associate Professor
teaching Spanish, Latin American Literature and Culture.
She has also been on local radio and television stations dis-
cussing her recent trips to Cuba and Montevideo,
The many friends of Ruth (Horter) Spooner will be
happy to learn that she recently moved from Minneapolis,
MN, and is making her home at 3531 Seaview St., Sara-
sota. Her daughter, Kristen Spooner, who works for
Peoples Express Airlines in New York and her son, John,
in the advertising field in Minnesota, accompanied their
mother to help her get settled in Sarasota.
Following a summer visit at their summer home in
Laporte, PA, Bucky and Anne Hall travelled to the West
Coast where their son, Ensign Will Hall is presently as-
signed to Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego, CA.
(Will was Valedictorian and President of BHS Class of
1979, which was the last senior class to graduate from Bal-
boa High School in the Canal Zone. i.e., it is now BHS,
Panama). En route to the West Coast the Halls visited with
former Zonites, including the Horace Smiths in Ohio;
Buckeye and Betty Swearingen in Colorado, in Portland,
OR with Dr. Harry Westerberg, formerly with the Coco
Solo Hospital Staff, and with his cousins, John and Louis
Finlason in California.
The Labor Day Holiday weekend brought a happy
family get-together for Fran Orvis. Her son, Bob and
Lotty Orvis with their daughter, Nita, of Daytona Beach,
and their son, Carl Orvis, 3rd Class Petty Officer Aviation
Electrician, stationed at Pensacola Naval Base, joined the
family group. Carl stayed with his older brother, Bobby
Orvis, in Sarasota. Nita Orvis a 1983 BHS graduate is at-
tending Daytona Beach Community College, working with
Olan Mills Photographers part-time and is also training to
be a Paramedic. Fran's older son, Jim Orvis and wife,
Julie of Temple Terrace also joined the family group and
spent the holiday with them.
Rolando Linares, Jr. of Balboa, R.P. came to the
States to attend a Shrine Convention and was later joined
by his wife and children. During the five weeks' vacation
they visited with the Eddie Dolans in Jacksonville, the
George Booths in Ocala, where he also saw Mike Pro-
gana, former Locks employee, and were house guests of
Tommy and Barbara Peterson in Sarasota.
Mary Orr enjoyed a week's visit with her brother,
Robert Orr and his wife, Eloise of Houston, Texas. Bob
has recently retired from Powell Electric Manufacturing
Company in Houston and they are presently enjoying
ranch life in Luling, TX.
Mina Dee had a full exciting busy summer with many
of her family getting together, several meeting for the first
time. Mina's niece, Dora Welsh; her husband, Bryce, and
son, Douglas, of Scotland were met in Tampa by Mina's
son, Pete Lang and his wife, Mary Lou (Dailey) Lang,
visiting up from La Boca, R.P., who drove them to Disney
World in Orlando, FL. Later they came to spend two
weeks with Mina in Sarasota and meet more of the rela-
tives, namely, Mina's granddaughter, Helen Lang of
N.Y., who was visiting her father, Pete Lang, and his in-
laws, Earl and Charlotte Dailey of St. Petersburg, FL.
Also visiting at Mina's home were her niece, Lois Hollo-
well Jones and her daughter Marge (Jone) Sage and two
children of Seattle, WA, and her son, Rick Jones and wife,
and Lois' grandson, Jason Jones, all of St. Petersburg,
FL. Also visiting was her nephew, Rob Roy Adams, son of
Pat and Robbie Adams of Pass Christian, MS. Besides en-
joying all the entertaining by family and friends, they all
had great fun playing golf and spending time at Sarasota's
beautiful beaches. Mina's granddaughter, Helen Lang, of
N.Y. had a pleasant visit with her cousins, Tom Lang and
his wife, Kathy, who is the son of Bill and Mary Jo (Cole)
Lang of Portland, OR. She enjoyed showing them around
New York City. The Tom Langs also visited his mother's
brother, Uncle Joe Cole and his wife in Vienna, VA, and
they all had a wonderful time together.
Helen Lang of New
York and her father Pete Lang of LaBoca,
Jay Cain travelled by AMTRAK for a two weeks'
visit with her sister, Myrill Weicksel in Wayne, N.J. and
with other friends and relatives in Philadelphia and South
Jersey. Edna Campbell also travelled on the same AM-
TRAK trip to visit some of her relatives in the area.
Joyce and Jack Clarke spent two weeks in Savannah,
GA, with his daughter and grandson, Nancy Kresge and
Bev and Fred Ebdon had a visit during the summer
from their son, Jim Ebdon; his wife, Connie (Pustis), and
two children of Napa, CA. A quick midnight trip to the
Cape in their new camper to see the space shuttle CHAL-
LENGER blast off what a sight; three busy days at EP-
COT and Disney World, a trip to Sea World, and lots of
trips to the beaches were enjoyed. Connie's mother,
Louise Pustis of Clearwater, FL, was a houseguest during
the kids' visit. Guess she liked Sarasota as she moved here
BHS Class get-together at Twentieth (20th) Anniversary of BHS-
CHS 1963 Class Reunion at Clearwater Beach, Florida in July
1983. Richard Harrington, Debbie Wilder, Carole Peregoy
and David Albanese.
After Jim and family left for California, Bev and Fred
travelled to Arkansas to meet their other son, Paul; his
wife, Connie (Balmas), and two children from The Dalles,
OR, who were visiting Connie's parents, Frank and
Marvella Balmas in Missouri. After a short visit with Ray
and Polly Witt in New Blaine, AR, it was back home to
Sarasota as it was too hot and too dry in Arkansas.
In October, Fred and Bev loaded the camper again
and headed for the Panama Canal Reunion in Fayetteville,
AR. This time, Rae, Joe and "Pop" Ebdon travelled
with them. Following the Reunion, "Pop" and the Joe Eb-
dons visited a few days with Rae's brother, Carl Newhard,
in Bentonville. AR, while the Fred Ebdons visited with
their good friends, Ray and Polly Witt.
Then a quick trip to Houston, TX, for a visit with
Fred and Joe's brother, Bill Ebdon and his wife, Susie
(Fahnestock), and a get-together with Pop Ebdon's two
sisters. No ages mentioned, but in January the combined
ages of all three will be 299 years. The group returned the
middle of October to Sarasota to get ready for another trip.
Bill and Myrtle Hughes visited their daughter, San-
dra Hughes Claflin and family in Merritt Island, FL,
where they celebrated the special occasions of Sandra and
Bill Hughes' birthdays.
Billie Galloway and her sisters, Ruth Gatz, Maxine
Hitchcock, and Robin Comer were guests of her son, Joe
Galloway in Atlanta, GA. They were joined by another
sister, Alice Jones of Rosedale, MS, and Billie's daughter,
Anna Katherine Danniel, of Texas, to attend the wed-
ding of Billie's granddaughter, Kari Jo Galloway, to
Marc Cassiday on October 2, 1983, in Atlanta, GA. Fol-
lowing the wedding, the group drove to Rosedale and En-
terprise, MI, before returning to Sarasota.
Franny (Days) Jones flew to Corpus Christi, TX, to
spend the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with her
son, Cmdr Albert D. Jones, U.S.N., and his wife, Lola
(Fraunheim) Jones and their daughters.Their eldest
daughter is a first-year student at the University in San
Marcos, TX. Franny also enjoyed a summer visit with her
nephew Timmy Days from Mexico City, where he is cur-
Rae and Joe Ebdon drove to Wilmington, Delaware,
for a five weeks' visit with their son Dick Ebdon and his
wife, Kathy, and children. Dick was recently promoted as
Western Marketing Manager for Carpet Fibers with DU-
PONT INDUSTRIES. He will be moving with his family
to Irvine, California, in the near future. The Joe Ebdons
also visited the Truman Hoenkes and Jim Millions in
Vermont, and with Dick's mother-in-law, Mrs. Agnes
Ruff of Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Gilbert Smith with his daughter Julie of LaBoca,
RP, were the guests of the Bill Carlins in Sarasota. Julie
has entered the University of Florida in Gainesville for her
Jr. year, and will be roommates with Melanie Carlin. Gil
also visited his son Larry who is attending Pinellas Voca-
tional School. His daughter Linda, a recent graduate of
Florida State University in Tallahassee has returned to
their home in LaBoca to join her mother Mrs. Susie (Pin-
cus) Smith, a teacher on the Zone, and her grandmother
Mrs. Alice Pincus, who makes her home with the family.
The George Walker children had a happy family reunion at the
1963-BHS-CHS Class Reunion held at Clearwater Beach, Florida
in July '83. Jeanne Walker Wagner (1963), Chugiak (An-
chorage) Alaska, Frederick R. Walker (1961), Los Rios,
Panama, Mabelle (Mickey) Walker Fitzgerald (1959), New
Smyrna Beach, Florida, Carole Walker Peregoy (1966),
Sarasota members of Donald Humphrey's family
motored to Palm Bay, Florida, to attend a surprise birth-
day celebration in his honor held at the Basin Street
Lounge in the Ramada Inn of that city, hosted by co-
worker Cindy Durant and others. He was truly surprised
to see the 100 or more friends, family members, and co-
workers from the Harris Company, and the Grant Volun-
teer Fire Department, as well as his friend and co-worker
Bob Smith, who drove down from Franklin, WV, espe-
cially for the occasion. Besides the good dance music and
the delicious birthday cake, they had special entertainment
(a belly dancer) which was enjoyed by all. He also received
a congratulatory long distance phone call from his cousin
Mickey Walker Fitzgerald of New Smyrna Beach, FL.
Guests included family members and their guests,
namely his daughters, Danna and Dellree Humphrey
of Palm Bay; his mother, Mrs. Gladys B. Humphrey; his
sister Mrs. Donna H. Mann and her children Debbie,
Donald, Douglas, and Deannine; his cousin Carole
Walker Peregoy; and his aunt and uncle George and
Mayno Walker, all of Sarasota; also another aunt and un-
cle, Curtis and Emily Bliss of Rockledge, FL, and Glen
Cameron of Palm Bay, and Karen King of Ft. Myers.
Additional festivities included a family get-together for
a delicious home-cooked birthday dinner party.
Donald was later presented a large photo album with
many pictures of the party to make it a most memorable
Enjoy the happy holiday season sharing with family
and loved ones. May all have a good, healthy, prosperous
Gladys B. Humphrey
The usual summer exodus took place with Viola and
Emerson Fuller driving to Michigan to visit daughter
Nancy (Fuller) Whitaker and family at Whitmore Lake,
as well as stops along the way to visit friends.
Stan Spetch went to Maine for a visit with his
Irene and Henry Donovan travelled to Boston for a
visit with her sister and then on to New Hampshire where
Virginia Reece had spent the summer; all three returning
to St. Petersburg together, stopping in Roanoke, Va. to
visit Frances Moomaw; in Charlotte, N.C. to see Janet
(Stockham) and Jim Reece; and in Atlanta, Ga. to see
Eunice (Olive) Richards.
Barney and Betty (Comely) Forgeson visited Blan-
che (Adler) and Carl Browne in New Hampshire and
while they were there Neely Van Siclen came, Ed and
Mary Doolan from Sarasota and Betty Price from San
Antonio, Texas, arrived so it was quite a party. They took
a drive to Canada by car and on their way home Barney
and Betty visited her sister, Mary Jane (Comley) and Jeff
Lacklen in Arlington, Va. and also saw Ann (Greene)
Tillman and Al while they were there.
George and Beverly (Comley) Dilfer spent a month
in the States, making their headquarters at their condo in
Boca Raton and traveling around to golf resorts, meeting
with Gordon and Maggie Dalton in Pinehurst, N.C. After
George's return to Panama, Beverly came for a visit with
Betty and Barney in Tierra Verde and then the three went
visiting in north Florida.
Daile and Elizabeth Keigley returned recently from
a trip to Arvada, Colorado, to visit son Richardd and
family, stopping en route for a visit with Stanley Glenn of
Longview, Texas. On the return leg of their journey they
visited daughter Ann (Keigley) Holshouser and family in
Dick and Thora Mahoney had visits from both son
Rick and daughter Maggie Winfrey and families during
the class reunion. The grandparents were babysitters while
children went to the Class Reunion in Clearwater. Later
Thora and Dick went for visits in Atlanta with Maggie and
family, and in Chattanooga, Tenn. with Rick, his wife and
two children. Afterwards they went to Red Cedar Lake,
Wis., to visit a nephew and take part in a reunion with part
of Dick's family.
Roger and Joyce (Haldeman) Collinge probably
hold the record for being gone the longest, having left April
28 for Europe and returned October 10. During part of the
time they rented a house in southern Germany where they
had as visitors: Katy and Roger Adams of Sarasota;
Diane and Paul Gessler of Ft. Meyers Beach; (the daugh-
ter of Gail (Haldeman) and George Hollingsworth). In
Yugoslavia in June they were visited by daughter Joyce
(Collinge) and Gary Minke from Jakarta, Indonesia, and
their four children. After spending the next three months in
Austria they returned to Germany where they saw Lynn
(Frauenheim) and Karl Koch and their two children,
Danile and Thomas of Buchenbach; Sara (Collinge) and
Don Ulrich of Algonquin, Ill.; and visited with Jessie and
Walter Lindsay, Judy, and her two children in Wurz-
burg. Judy Lindsay has transferred from Japan and the ad-
dress for all the family is now c/o Judy Lindsay, Wurzburg
American Elementary School, APO N.Y. 09801.
Some of the summer visitors included Huey and Patti
(Gangle) Harvey, the son and daughter-in-law of Ralph
and Virginia (Thomas) Harvey. Their temporary trans-
fer to Boston for about a year gave them a chance to visit
his parents, and hers in Dothan, Alabama, before taking
up their assignment.
The Caldwells, Ray and Louise had a ten-day visit
from son Ray and Sally and two children during the sum-
mer. Their most recent visitors were Frank and Ellen
Castles from Falmouth, Mass.
Frances (Violette) and Roy Sharp were visited by
their daughter Mary (Sharp) and Ed Kauffman and three
children of Shrewsbury, N.J. At the same time Annette
(Violette) and Bill Deming and their two children of Co-
lumbia, Md. were visiting the Seminole home of William
and Jean Violette so there was a mini-family reunion with
the addition of Frank Sharp, Trish and Jerry Violette,
who live in the area and longtime friends Alma (Symonds)
and Tom Burrow.
Tuck and Phylis Hummer received a short visit from
Dorothy Orr of Tallahassee. She plans to move to
Houston, Texas, where she will be closer to daughter
Kathy (Orr) Kinnon.
Gene and Ethel Askew entertained daughter Nancy
and Jack Goodwin and three children from Panama twice;
first on their way north and again for ten days before their
return home. Meanwhile, grandson David Gomez came
from Mobile, Alabama, and after driving him back home
Gene and Ethel went on to Austin, Texas, to visit Gene's
sister. Bob and Maureen Askew and baby Claire came for
a couple of weeks from West Point. After that visit Ethel
and Gene took off again for Nashville and Gene's high
school class reunion making it a busy summer.
Henri Skeie and Deats De Vore participated in an
Elderhostel program in England this summer. They at-
tended courses of a week each in Cambridge University,
Birmingham University and Brighton Polytechnic.
Waiting in Miami airport for our British Airways
flight to London we sat next to Judge Crowe who was on
his way to Dundee, Scotland, for an Elderhostel program.
July 13 we left London via motor coach for Cam-
bridge a two-hour drive. Our dormitory was Piele Hall,
a beautiful 100-yr.-old building; our rooms overlooked
"the square," a lovely garden with huge trees and profuse
flower beds. Our course was Cambridge Collections old
manuscripts, glass watches and porcelain collections, classi-
cal sculpture and instruments. We toured Sandringham
Castle, owned by Queen Elizabeth, and Anglesey Abbey
and the Round Church built in the days of the Crusades.
Our second week was in Birmingham. The dormitory
was a modern building on the outskirts in a beautiful wood-
ed area. Our course was "Historic Towns." We toured
Warwick Castle, Wedgewood Pottery factory, a walking
tour of Stratford-on-Avon, loved the thatched roof cot-
tages. That night we saw "Julius Caesar" at the Royal
On to Brighton via train for our 3rd week. Brighton is
on the English Channel (Lindbergh lived here for many
years). The weather was still sunny and hot, the beaches
thronged with people. We visited the site of the Battle of
Hastings, Battle Abbey, all over Sussex Country, "up the
Downs and over the Wealds" stopping for a tour of
Arundel Castle and along the beach to see the white
cliffs of Dover.
On our own for the 4th week saw the magnificent
sights in London. Westminster Abbey (made a brass rub-
bing), Parliament House, Big Ben, Tower of London,
changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, #10 Down-
ing Street, a boat ride on the Thames to Greenwich and all
the pigeons on Trafalgar Square.
The last few days we toured Scotland by train, taking
the "Flying Scotsman" to Edinburgh, across to Glasgow,
up to Balloch for a boat ride on Loch Lomond.
The classes were taught by faculty of the host Univer-
sity, with special extracurricular activities offered. It was an
exciting and stimulating experience living and learning
with the summer students.
Louise Barnes took off in all directions this summer.
Bob, her son from Panama, arrived June 20. The next day
they drove to Stone Mountain and Blairsville, Georgia.
Bob is interested in property there for retirement. On the
way to Missouri to spend some time with Louise's sister
they visited with Ruth and "T.J." Madden in Kentucky,
stopped to see Marie and Ralph Shuey, Alice and Red
Nail in Arkansas. In Diamond City they ran into Nicky
Thomson who was on vacation from Panama. Then down
to Pasadena, Texas, to pick up Joanne Barnes Morgan.
Louise, Joanne and Bob flew to Aruba where Joanne
was born the family moved to Panama before she was
old enough to remember. "There were so many changes in
Aruba, it has become a vacation paradise, a beautiful
They flew on to Panama for a week with Bob, Irene,
Billy and Kevin. It was Joanne's first visit in 11 years.
Many changes here too it was fun to visit with Wink
Green, her daughter, Barbara, Doug Schmitt, Carol and
Jerry Coffee and Joanne Mathis. Joanne returned to
Texas after a short stay with Louise in St. Petersburg.
Isabelle Gibson writes us:
I left St. Pete on September 12 and drove to Hender-
sonville, N.C. to pick up Betty Irvin Quintero. Spent a
few days in that area with a trip to Highlands one day. Bet-
ty's brother Sam was away so Norma joined us. They have
a lovely new home with a beautiful view also.
We left early on September 17 and drove to Silver
Spring, Md. We stayed with Betty's daughter Carol and
her husband Pat Manning and their son John. Another of
Betty's daughters, Beth and her granddaughter Amanda
spent time with us both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday
night Carol and Pat drove us to Dulles International where
we boarded our British Airways flight to Heathrow in Lon-
don. The Caravan Tour people met us at the airport and
that began a wonderful 3 weeks.
We stayed in London 2 days then boarded our Coach
for a trip through history. We had a great driver and our
Tour Director was so knowledgeable that he made the
whole thing come alive. We were in Plymouth and Bristol,
England, then on to Wales. We had a 3 2 hour ferry ride
to Ireland and it was a fun trip. We stopped in Wexford,
Killarney and Dublin, Ireland. What beautiful country
and people. Back across on the ferry with a night in
Cheshire, England. In Scotland we stopped in Glasgow,
Inverness and Edinburgh. That too is a beautiful country.
Back to England with stops in York, Stratford-on-Avon
and back to London.
We shopped every place and took loads of pictures.
Fortunately we also bought postcards every place because
neither of us had much luck with our pictures. We only had
3 days that it rained and the weather was in the 50's and
60's which we both loved. It was such fun we can't wait to
take another trip next fall. Can't say enough good things
about Caravan Tours.
Back home the same way and arrived in St. Pete on
October 13, with wonderful memories.
Lots doing with our family right now. Daughter
Karen got married in July to a Georgia native. They will
make their home here in London for awhile until they get
another assignment. Karen is hoping to get down to the
Florida area so she can show off her new husband to old
Summer visitors to our home included Mike Bjorne-
by on his way to Buffalo. Mike always brings a touch of the
Canal Zone with him and a bottle of Ron Cortez. My
mother Mary Espiau has been traveling a lot this summer.
She stopped here for a week after attending a granddaugh-
ter's wedding in Boston. Then in July she and my father
Fernand Espiau drove up for Karen's wedding.
Number one son Kenny is now studying hard (I hope)
at the University of Louisville's School of Medicine. Bus-
iness took husband Ken up that way this week and he,
Kenny and several friends got together for a Chinese din-
Ken and I are leaving London this September after
eight years. We will still be in Kentucky, just a little further
north. It seems every time we try to get south, we move the
other way. We are in the process of selling our home and
relocating to the Greater Cincinnati Airport area near Flor-
ence, KY. I hope that I'll be able to get some more news
from former Zonians for the next issue.
Again our reminder letter to the Fernand Espiaus of
1 Wren Street, New Orleans, was returned marked "Mov-
ed, not forwardable." We are concerned. Could someone
in that area please check on them for us and let me know.
We were greatly relieved to get a happy letter from
Mrs. Ann Gerhardt from Walker who is recovering beau-
tifully from cataract surgery. Miss Annie will be 84 on her
next birthday and is the widow of Louis Gerhardt, Mt.
Hope master baker of many years ago.
Most of the time it's pretty thankless, but once in a
while something really neat happens to your reporter. John
Gough of Marrero just sent me a surprise present a
1950 issue of the Panama Mirror. On the cover is a picture of
Ray Nichisher carrying Julene Page as they prepare for
the piggy-back race at the BHS Frolic. Recognizable on-
lookers include Faye Tucker and Donnie Ponder. Diane
C. Skinner is credited for taking the picture. Inside is a
column by Louise Glud entitled "Tagging the Teens."
The first article is about the Zonian yearbooks being
available for $3, according to staffers Fran Dwyer, Arlene
McKeown, Annette Godby and Flo McCarty. There is
alsp a picture of pianists Beverly Pope, 4, and brother
Rolfe, 6, of Cocoli. What great luck! Thank you very
much, John. It's a real treasure!
Their granddaughter Linda Lee Gough, 16, spent six
weeks with John and Kathleen Gough this past summer,
visiting friends in New Orleans and enjoying shopping
trips to the malls. In September Kathleen andJohn headed
to Detroit for a week with Max and Ethel Schiebold
(John's sister). They attended the 1983 Antique Auto Show
in Dearborn and had a lot of fun one evening making pop-
corn balls for the Lincoln Park Heritage Festival. On
another day Ethel and John made the rounds of 27 garage
sales. That must be a new record! From Detroit they drove
to Chicago for three weeks with John's folks. The highlight
of the visit was a family reunion and the celebration of
John's 59th birthday. Among his gifts was a 1946 Bendix
Drop-Leaf Radio Table and a Fisher Metal Detector. In
his mother's front yard he retrieved some 60 coins, in-
cluding a 1900 Indian Head penny and a 1937 Buffalo
nickel. Some folks just have all the luck!
Linda Lee Gough and grandmother Kathleen C. Gough, Mar-
Gene Gregg of Mandeville finds things a little slow at
the moment. Young Gene is on the freshman football team
and really likes the game. They went to the Gas House
Gang VII in Dothan in October and had a fine time.
Howard and Pat Urick paid them a surprise visit on their
way from Texas to Charleston to Panama, and promised to
stop back in November or December for a day. Rube and
Lil Seidman visited for two weeks in August.
Joann Hummer Haugen of Metairie dropped us a
quick note. They are moving back to Fullerton, Calif., in
November and are happy to be going home again after two
years in New Orleans. Besides Mardi Gras and marvelous
shrimp and crabmeat, she'll especially miss being able to
drive up to Arkansas to see her brother and his family on
long weekends. Her sister, Bette, lives in Vista, Calif.,
though, so she'll be seeing more of her. How families do
manage to get spread out in our modern times!
Got a quickie note and picture from Judy Hooper of
Alexandria. Husband Enoch was recently installed as the
1984 president of the Cenla Pacemakers Kiwanis Club of
Alexandria. Congratualtions, Enoch! The Hoopers have
four children: Van, Valeria, Vanessa and Wade.
Enoch and Judy Tipton Hooper of Alexandria, La.
For the history buffs among you and those on your
Christmas list, I have just discovered an interesting book,
The Panama Story, by Jean Gilbreath Niemeier. It can be
had for $6.50 from Binford & Mort Publishers, 2536 SE 11
Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97202. It is the outgrowth of a
1966 thesis project and tells the history of Panama as re-
flected in the columns of the Star & Herald and its prede-
cessor La Estrella.
Patt Foster Roberson
Marion Amos, 1005 Villa Maria Apts., Ocean
Springs, has found rewarding work with the Literacy Pro-
gram at the Adult Education Center and with writing a col-
umn for a Catholic newspaper. She also enjoys spending
time with daughter Claire in Seattle, and with daughter
Cathy in Slidell, La.
Peter Baas, Pass Christian, enjoyed himself in Brazil
in between oceanographic surveys and took a few days off
to sightsee before returning to the States.
Tom and Martha Barnes of Gautier are staying busy
transporting children to the Shriner's hospitals in Shreve-
port and Galveston. They drove down to Fort Lauderdale
to visit Jim and Lollie Cuthrell and enjoyed hashing over
old times in the Zone. Jim was with the Industrial Division
at Mount Hope. They aso went over for a short visit with
Caleb and Ruth Clements and drove up to Hattiesburg to
pay a surprise visit to Morgan "Porky" Holcomb only to
find he had moved (back to West Virginia, folks, sorry, but
this is my first chance to let you know). Tom sees Woody
Richardson quite frequently and they enjoy puttering
around together. The Barneses are always glad to see any
Zonians who might be passing through. They live two
miles off I-10 on Exit 61 (Gautier-Van Cleave Road).
Phyllis Chase Birchett, Vicksburg, Miss., with 2nd place soccer
trophy won in Tallahassee tournament.
Phyllis Chase Birchett, Vicksburg, and her women's
soccer team took second place in a recent Tallahassee
tournament. Soccer is the up-and-coming sport these days
no matter what your age. While the youth program in
Mississippi is widespread throughout the state, the adult
women's program is isolated in the Vicksburg-Jackson
area. Consequently the truly dedicated women players
have to travel out of state to get any kind of competition.
The Mississippi Over-30 women's team on which Phyllis
plays and her husband, Tommy, coaches, naturally
jumped at the opportunity to travel to Tallahassee to parti-
cipate. Mississippi and Florida (Tallahassee) had met pre-
viously in a tournament in New Orleans on the 4th of July
when Mississippi defeated Tallahassee and claimed the
Region III runners-up trophy for the Over-30 class. While
in New Orleans, Phyllis ran into Judy Paulson Weaver
who plays for Tallahassee. Phyllis and Judy went to Saint
Mary's School together, kindergarten to third grade, but
Judy moved to the Atlantic side after that and they had not
seen each other in nearly 27 years. Jack and Dorothy
Chase drove up from Winter Haven to see Phyllis play.
Catherine and John Boswell, Hattiesburg, covered
about 5,000 miles on their recent Amtrak trip. It was not at
all tedious because they had 10 stopovers. In Arizona they
spent four days with Lenore and Kenny Kerr of Sedona.
Although Lenore was incapacitated by a water skiing acci-
dent, she was her usual cheerful self. Kenny took the Bos-
wells to the Grand Canyon and to sightsee around Sedona.
Son, Gordon, met them in San Bernadino, Calif., and
they spent several days with Gordon, Helen (George) and
Ashley, 7, at their home in Redlands. Then it was off to
San Diego with its Sea World, Old Town and Mission
Bay. The next stopover was two weeks with John's aunt
and uncle in Hillsborough, Calif., and his mother in Bur-
lingame, Calif. Back on Amtrak they traveled north to Ta-
coma along the coast, rented a car and drove to Paradise
Inn, Mt. Rainier. Hikers and mountain climbers were
scrambling off in all directions, but the Boswells opted for
more leisurely activities at the visitors' center, watching the
earthquake recorder at work and learning something about
glaciers at slide shows. A few days later they drove to Seat-
tle, visiting the Space Needle, enjoying a boat trip to Vic-
toria, B.C., and the beautiful Butchart Gardens, and tak-
ing the Royal Hudson Steam Train Excursion to Squa-
mish, Vancouver, B.C. Back on Amtrak, they proceeded
to Glacier National Park Lodge and Two Medicine Lake in
Black Feet Indian Country. Their last stopover was a week
in Milwaukee, their hometown, which they left in
December 1941. Much was new and changed, but they
managed to find their way around.
Since Ted and Shirley Brown, Pascagoula, moved to
Mississippi, Shirley has become an RN for the Migrant
School Program doing what she likes most and moving
around. Ted is piloting ships in Pascagoula. He says it's
much easier than the Canal Zone because the ships slide
through the mud easy if overloaded. Patcher is in Houston
and Kathy in Boston. She has a new son, Brandon. Con-
nie is a student at Miss. State University and Mike is a
junior in high school, enjoying the school band.
Mrs. George H. (JudyJewell) Carnright of Braxton
writes that her stepdaughter Georgianna, husband Jim
and two sons live in San Diego. George, the younger,
finished college this spring in Colorado. Judy remembers
well her enjoyment of tropical fruits and vegetables in Pan-
ama. She even liked turpentine mangoes and says any fruit
bowl can be greatly improved with a dressing of 1/3 cup
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
1984 REUNION -
TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT -
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL
4500 WEST CYPRESS STREET
P.O. BOX 25157, TAMPA, FL 33622
WEDNESDAY THRU SATURDAY, APRIL 11-14
7:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.
9:00 A.M. to 12 Noon
1:00 to 5:00 P.M.
9:00 A.M. to
9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
11:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
7:00 to 9:00 A.M.
8:00 to 9:30 A.M.
9:30 A.M. to 12 Noon
1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
2:00 to 4:00 P.M.
6:30 to 8:00 P.M.
8:00 P.M. TO 1:00 A.M.
(Doors open at 6:30 P.M.)
7:00 to 9:00 A.M.
9:00 to 11:30 A.M.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11
THURSDAY, APRIL 12
Cash Continental Breakfast
Area Reporter Luncheon
1954 Class Reunion
C.Z. Police Reunion
FRIDAY, APRIL 13
Cash Continental Breakfast
Annual Business Meeting
Past Matron Luncheon
Health Bureau Tea
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
Cash Continental Breakfast
Doors open for Annual Luncheon
Seminole Lake C.C.
Lobby Area, Next to
Lobby Area, Next to
Cypress Cove and
Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N.,
Lobby Area, Next to
!!! HOPE TO SEE ALL OF YOU NEXT YEAR !!!
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
1984 CONVENTION TO RETURN TO
SUPER BOWL CITY TAMPA, FLORIDA
The Holiday Inn Tampa International Airport received a double dose of good news recently when we were informed
that we had been selected to host the NFC Champion team during Super Bowl XVIII and your 1984 Reunion.
For those who missed the 1982 convention, the hotel features 3 lounges, 2 restaurants, a plexiglas-covered pool area
which includes ajacuzzi, health club and sauna. Other features include a gift shop, beauty salon, free airport limousine service
and plenty of parking. Golf and tennis will be available to those who care to indulge. We are currently constructing a brand
new restaurant (Calpyso) and lounge (Toucan).
Our entire staff is excited about hosting your convention again and we are dedicating ourselves to making it your finest,
ever. Looking forward to Apr. 11 thru 14, 1984.
1984 HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Tampa International Airport Holiday Inn Hotel
4500 West Cypress St. Ph: (813) 879-4800
Mail Address: P.O. Box 25157, Tampa, Florida 33622
1. Reservations and payment are to be made DIRECTLY to the Hotel.
2. Use the Hotel reservation form provided in this Record. MUST be accompanied by a 1-night room deposit.
3. RESERVATION CUT-OFF DATE: March 25, 1984. Reservations will be accepted after this date (at reunion
rates) on a SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS.
4. Overflow reservations will be booked at the Admiral Benbow Hotel at reunion rates.
5. Reservations in writing will be CONFIRMED IN WRITING until Hotel cut-off date 3/25/84.
6. Reservations made by phone WILL NOT receive written confirmation.
7. Reunion room rates WILL BE IN EFFECT from Apr. 8 thru Apr. 17 (10 Days).
8. Reunion room rates: $55.00 plus tax per day, single or double Covers two (2) persons per room. Each extra person
in a room WILL BE CHARGED $5.00 PER DAY. Total persons allowed in a room = 4 persons.
9. Major credit cards may be used to pay for all hotel services.
10. Holiday Inn has 27 rooms that can accommodate guests using wheelchairs.
11. Transportation: Airport/Hotel/Airport will be furnished on request (no charge). When you have your luggage and are
ready to leave the airport, go to the auto pick-up area outside of the baggage area, call the hotel on the direct line pro-
vided, identify yourself as a guest, and hotel van will be sent to pick you up (no charge).
12. Check-in Time: 2:00 P.M. Check-out Time: 12 Noon.
13. Guests (members) traveling by air that require luggage storage after check-out time, see BELL CAPTAIN.
14. Shuttle service between Holiday Inn and Admiral Benbow Hotel will be available on request.
15. No charge for parking around hotel or in hotel parking garage.
1984 REUNION RESERVATIONS
1. DEADLINE (cut-off) DATE for reservations, cancellations or refunds for Annual Ball bus transportation, Annual Lun-
cheon/Card Party IS MARCH 21, 1984. Reservations MUST be in my hands NOT LATER than this date.
2. Reservations for the Annual Ball and Annual Luncheon ARE LIMITED to a member and spouse or companion, PLUS
NO MORE than 4 GUESTS. A TOTAL of 6 PERSONS per reservation. If reservations for these events are received
covering more than 6 persons, the reservation plus payment will be RETURNED.
3. Reservations MUST BE IN WRITING, using the appropriate reservation form provided in this Record.
4. Reservations WILL ONLY be accepted from members who have PAID 1984 DUES.
5. Total payment MUST accompany reservation requests. One check may cover all.
6. PLEASE list the name and state of residence of each person that the reservation covers on the back of the reservation
form. If any person is not a society member please show a (G) behind their name to denote guest. Thank you.
7. Check(s) in payment for the above reservations are to be made payable to: The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
One (1) check may cover all of the above reservations PLUS payment of dues.
8. Mail reservation plus payment to: The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., P.O. Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Fla.
9. Please note on front of envelope Reunion Reservation.
10. If you would like to sit with another group at the Society Ball or Annual Luncheon please show the name of the member
MAKING THE RESERVATION for the other group on the back of your reservation form this will help us to cross-
11. Reservations for other events and payment for them are to be made directly to the chairman of the event.
1984 REUNION REGISTRATION
1. Registration tables will be set up, Wednesday thru Friday, in the Baypoint Ballroom.
Registration tables will be set up, Saturday, in the Timberwood Room.
2. Registration lists will be set up according to the STATE or FOREIGN AREA you reside in. A GUEST registration list
will also be provided.
3. Registration hours: Wednesday, April 11 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.
Thursday, April 12 9:00 A.M. to 12 Noon 1:00 to 5:00 P.M.
Friday, April 13 8:00 to 9:30 A.M. 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. At Coliseum 6:30 to 8:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 14 9:00 to 11:30 A.M.
4. When you register you will receive your name (identification) badge and your PRE-PAID Society Ball, Bus, Annual
Luncheon and Luncheon/Card Party tickets. (Note:) If you wish your maiden name or nickname included on your
badge, please inform the registrar before your badge is made out.
5. Tickets will be FILED under the NAME AND STATE OF RESIDENCE of the member who ordered the tickets.
6. We prefer not to mail tickets as we will not ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY for tickets that are lost.
7. Those unable to pick up tickets at the hotel may pick up tickets at the Coliseum registration table UNTIL 8:00 P.M. After
8:00 P.M. you will have to contact Vic May.
8. Pick up all other tickets: Golf/Luncheon, H.S. Reunion, Past Matron Luncheon, Health Bureau Tea, C.Z. Police Re-
union, from the chairman of the event.
OTHER REUNION INFORMATION
1. SPECIAL BARS will be set up in the reunion area on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
2. SPECIAL DRINK PRICES will be in EFFECT at these bars only. They DO NOT APPLY at the regular hotel bars.
3. When you check in you will receive a hotel welcome letter. Those that check in on Wednesday may use this letter as iden-
tification for obtaining special prices at reunion bars only.
4. After registering, the name (ident.) badges will identify members for special drink prices at reunion bars.
5. Tennis and golf will be available at the Hall of Fame sport complex See Bell Captain for playing times. Hotel will pick up
the tab for those staying (registered) at the hotel.
6. Poolside entertainment will be provided until 10:00 P.M. Wednesday & Thursday.
7. Restaurants) will be open to serve three meals daily.
8. Food & beverages will be available until 4:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 14 (after Society Ball).
9. Continental breakfast will be sold in the lobby (next to hotel restaurant) Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
10. Car rentals available thru hotel.
11. ALL associated activities (events) MUST be cleared by the reunion coordinator.
12. VENDORS must request permission to sell, in writing, stating what they are selling, days they are selling and space re-
quired, and receive approval from the reunion coordinator. A VENDOR FEE will be charged. Mail requests to P.O. Box
11566, St. Pete, Fla. 33733. ATTN: Vic May, coordinator.
APRIL 12,1984 LUNCHEON/CARD PARTY PRICE: $8.00 ea.
Chairman, Mildred Hickey
Time: 11:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Menu: Fresh fruit cocktail Chicken divan Tomato Florentine Rolls & Butter Apple Crisp Beverage
(Coffee, tea or milk)
Luncheon will be served at tables for 8
Make up your own tables for cards or bridge.
PLEASE USE Luncheon/Card Party reservation form for ordering these tickets.
PLEASE LIST name and state of residence of each person that reservation covers on the back of form.
APRIL 12, 1984 1954 CLASS REUNION
Chairman, Sheila McNamee Taylor
Cristobal High School, Class of 1954, will have their 30th Class Reunion in conjunction with the 1984 Pan Canal Society
Reunion, in Tampa, in April. For details and reservations contact: Sheila McNamee Taylor, 7200 Longbay Blvd., Sarasota,
FL 33580. Ph: (813) 355-5883.
Come to the Annual Business Meeting
APRIL 12, 1984 AREA REPORTERS LUNCHEON
Chairman, Richard W. (Pat) Beall
All Area Reporters are invited to a Luncheon/Meeting during the 1984 Panama Canal Society Reunion, to be held at
noon. Details and reservations will be provided by the editor to each reporter listed in the 1983 Annual Issue of the Canal
APRIL 12, 1984 C.Z. POLICE REUNION
Chairman, Bonnie Dolan
A Canal Zone Police Reunion is being planned in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society Reunion in 1984. Pay-as-
you-go bar and snacks will be available. For further details and reservations contact: Bonnie Dolan, 6505 Heidi Street,
Jacksonville, Fla. 32211.
APRIL 13, 1984 PAST MATRON LUNCHEON
Chairman, Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
The Past Matrons are holding a luncheon, in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society Reunion in 1984. For further
details and reservations contact: Dorothy Yocum, 11452 Imperial Groves Dr. W., Largo, Fla. 33544. Ph: (813) 595-0846.
APRIL 13, 1984 HEALTH BUREAU TEA
Co/chairmen, Irene Ladrach and Kitty McNamee
Health Bureau personnel are invited to a tea during the 1984 Panama Canal Society Reunion. Sponsoring this event
are Irene Ladrach and Kitty McNamee. For further details and reservations contact one of the co-chairmen when you arrive
at the hotel on Wednesday or Thursday.
NOTE TO CHAIRMAN OF: '54 Class Reunion, C.Z. Police Reunion, Past Matron Luncheon and Health Bureau
Tea. The hotel has been advised that you are planning your event. You should contact Mr. Jim Wilks, Sales Mgr., Tampa
Int'l Airport Holiday Inn, P.O. Box 25157, Tampa, FL 33622. Ph: 879-4800 prior to Dec. 15, 1983, to make initial ar-
rangements for your event; by March 20, 1984, confirm that event is still to be scheduled; and by April 7, 1984, give final con-
firmation (on food & beverages) to the hotel.
APRIL 13, 1984 SOCIETY BALL PRICE: $8.00 ea.
Chairman, Vic May
Tickets: LIMITED TO 1800
Place: Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N., St. Petersburg
Time: 8:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.
Music: Lucho Azcarrage Jimmy Taylor Band
B.Y.O.B. No alcoholic beverages sold at the Coliseum
Setups, including ice furnished, no charge
Snacks: May be purchased at the Coliseum
Ice Coolers: ARE PROHIBITED
Dress: Ladies; long or short dress or dress slack suit
Men: Suit or Guayabera
Reservations: Will be made on a "First come, first served basis"
Parking: Available for 115 cars
APRIL 13,1984 BUS TRANSPORTATION PRICE: $3.00 R/trip
Chairman, Pete Foster
Bus transportation will be sold on a round trip basis between Tampa Airport Holiday Inn Hotel St. Petersburg Col-
iseum and return.
Until reservations come in we are not able to provide information other than instructions that will be included with your
tickets, and bus schedules will be prominently posted in the hotel lobby.
**PLEASE USE Society Ball/Bus Transportation reservation form for the above tickets.
**PLEASE LIST name and state of resident of each person that the reservation covers on the back of reservation form. If
any person is not a society member please show a "G" behind name to denote guest. Thank you.
APRIL 14, 1984 ANNUAL LUNCHEON PRICE: $10.00 ea.
Chairman, Betty Malone
Held in Bayfront Ballroom Doors will open at 11:30 A.M. Luncheon served at 12 Noon.
SEATING: Will be assigned at round tables for 8 persons.
MENU: Salad Chinese pepper steak Rice Baby Belgian carrots Rolls & butter Lime sherbet -
Beverage (Coffee, tea or milk).
Price includes tax and gratuity
**PLEASE use Annual Luncheon reservation form for ordering these tickets.
**PLEASE list the name and state of residence of each person that reservation covers on the back of the form.
IF you want to sit with another group PLEASE show the name of the MEMBER MAKING THE RESERVATION for the
other group on the back of this form.
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON
APRIL 12, 1984
The Fifth Annual Golf Tournament will again be held at the Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Boulevard,
Seminole, Florida, on Thursday, April 12, 1984.
The entrance fee is $25.00 per player which includes the Greens Fee, Shared Cart Fee, Morning Refreshments, Prizes,
and Luncheon. It will be a shotgun start at 9:00 A.M., but players are asked to be at the Club no later than 8:30 A.M. for
registration, and morning coffee and refreshments. The fee for non-playing Luncheon Guests is $6.50 per person, and they
are asked to be at the Club no later than 1:30 P.M. If they prefer to come earlier and visit with the players as they pass
through the clubhouse area, they are welcome to do so.
Scoring will be done by the Official Calloway System as in the past. This is the only feasible and fair method because so
many of the players do not have an established handicap.
Prizes will be awarded after the Luncheon for Low Gross, Low Net, Closest-to-the Pin, and other spot prizes for both
the Men's and Women's Divisions. We would like to encourage more women participants. Golf reservations will be limited
to 144 players and 36 guests. We are sorry that we cannot accommodate more, but this is the Club's maximum seating capa-
city. Reservations will be accepted through April 5, 1984. After that date we cannot make any refunds for cancellations. So
we urge you to submit your reservation early.
To facilitate the Committee, please list your foursome and include full payment with your registration form. If you do not
have a foursome, please mention anyone you might like to play with, and the committee will endeavor to honor your request,
otherwise we will pair you with people we think you might enjoy playing with.
We did explore the transportation problem between the hotel and the golf course, but we are sorry to say that the "lead"
time required by the transit system made it impossible for us to guarantee the number of people who would need transporta-
tion. So as in the past you will be required to furnish your own transportation to the club. Sorry about this!
Many of you have asked that we furnish you with a receipt of your entry fee, and an acknowledgement that you are play-
ing in the tournament. If you require this, please send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your registration form and
check, and we will be happy to let you know. Rest assured though, if you do not hear from us, you can consider yourself play-
ing. All pairings will be posted in the hotel the evening of the 11th of April, near the registration area.
Heretofore, the golf tournament has been considered a Society sponsored event, even though it is a self-supporting event.
In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws currently in effect, our golf tournament has been reclassified as an activity being
held in conjunction with the Reunion, until the current Bylaws are amended or changed. So, as in the past, you will submit
your registration form and check made payable to: R.F. Huldtquist (See form and address on page H ). Be assured that
we have not "fallen out of grace" with the Society, it is but a technical point that must be remedied.
DIRECTIONS TO SEMINOLE LAKE COUNTRY CLUB FROM THE HOTEL
Take Interstate 275 South over the Howard Frankland Bridge and continue on it towards St. Petersburg until you reach
Exit 15. Turn off to the right at this Exit and continue straight on 74th Avenue (or Park Blvd.) until you reach Park St., a large
busy intersection. You will see a tall condominium complex on your left. Make a left turn and about a 1/2 block on Park St.
make a right turn and follow Augusta Blvd. in to the Clubhouse. Reverse directions to return. Early in the morning allow
yourself between 45 minutes to an hour for travel time.
1984 Dues are due 1 January 1984
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Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Mail along with this form to:
Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc., P.O. Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, FL 33733
NOTE on Envelope: Reunion Res.
Please show name and state of
residence of each person that this
reservation covers on back of form.
SOCIETY BALL/BUS TRANS.
Make check payable to:
Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Mail along with this form to:
Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc., P.O. Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, FL 33733
NOTE on Envelope: Reunion Res.
Please show name and state of
residence of each person that is
covered by this reservation on back
If a person is not a society member
show a "G" behind name to denote
April 12, 1984
$8.00 per person. Please reserve tickets for people.
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SOCIETY BALL/BUS RESERVATIONS
April 13, 1984
8 P.M. to 1 A.M.
$8.00 per person. Please reserve tickets for people.
$3.00 per person. Bus-Roundtrip from hotel people.
Total amount enclosed $.
Make check payable to:
Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Mail along with this form to:
Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc., P.O. Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, FL 33733
NOTE on Envelope: Reunion Res.
Please show name and state of
residence of each person that is
covered by this reservation on back
ANNUAL SOCIETY LUNCHEON RESERVATIONS
April 14, 1984
$10.00 per person. Please reserve tickets for people.
Total amount enclosed $
SCity State Zip
GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM
Check payable to: April 12, 1984
R.F. Huldtquist and mail to:
PRINT NAME_ PHONE
8447-140th St. N.
Seminole, FL 33542 ADDRESS
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GOLF & LUNCHEON PERSONS @ $25.00_
HOTEL RESERVATION LUNCHEON PERSONS @ $ 6.50
Make payment for 1-night deposit by TOTAL ENCLOSED $
either check or check-off method of
payment to the hotel.
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(813) 879-4800 DATES April 11-14, 1984
LEAST TYPE OR PRINT RATE: $55.00 Single-Double
SThis reservation card must be used to insure accommodations and must be
received by hotel no later than two weeks prior to intended arrival date.
FOR ARRIVAL ON DEPART ON Cut off date for reservations is March 25, 1984 after which
DAY/DATE DAY/DATE rooms will be sold on a space available basis at our published rate.
PLEASE RESERVE ROOM(S) FOR PERSONS You must guarantee your reservation with a first night's deposit of major
credit card number. Credit Card # Exp. Date
NAME METHOD OF GUARANTEE
ADDRESS __ __AMX VISA PERSONAL CHECK
SBAC MC ____ DC TVLRS. CHECK
CITY STATE ZIP REFUND POLICY
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St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
NOTE ON ENVELOPE: Reunion Res.
It is very important that checks for these reservations be made out to:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Please include checks for all members for reservations made for your party, however ONLY ONE check is necessary for
the entire packet if you prefer.
Make check payable to:
Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Mail along with this form to:
Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc., P.O. Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, FL 33733
NOTE on Envelope: Reunion Res.
Please show name and state of
residence of each person that this
reservation covers on back of form.
SOCIETY BALL/BUS TRANS.
Make check payable to:
Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Mail along with this form to:
Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc., P.O. Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, FL 33733
NOTE on Envelope: Reunion Res.
Please show name and state of
residence of each person that is
covered by this reservation on back
If a person is not a society member
show a "G" behind name to denote
Make check payable to:
Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Mail along with this form to:
Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc., P.O. Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, FL 33733
NOTE on Envelope: Reunion Res.
Please show name and state of
residence of each person that is
covered by this reservation on back
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$8.00 per person. Please reserve
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Seminole, FL 33 42
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payment to the hotel.
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GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM
April 12, 1984
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Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
NOTE ON ENVELOPE: Reunion Res.
It is very important that checks for these reservations be made out to:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Please include checks for all members for reservations made for your party, however ONLY ONE check is necessary for
the entire packet if you prefer.
salad oil, 3 T lemon juice and 1/3 cup honey. She gracious-
ly sent regrets in being unable to attend the picnic, but may
be able to join us next year.
Hugh and Chita Cassibry, Ocean Springs, spent a
week in October on St. George Island, Fla., with Bill and
Barbara Wichmann, and Wanda and Al Jenkins. They
then drove to Chattanooga to see the leaves change. Son
Bob and his bride, the former Suzanne Puckett of Ocean
Springs, are enjoying married life following their June 25
marriage. Suzanne just graduated from the University of
South Alalbama in computer science. Bob is a contract ad-
ministrator at Ingalls Shipbuilding. The couple is at home
at 4628 Hilltop Drive, Ocean Springs. Daughter Linda
and husband Maj. Joe Mack are now stationed at Fort
Belvoire, Va., with son Joe Wilton who will be a year old
on December 30.
This summer Lou, Angie and Alice Dossett enjoyed
the company of Angle's sister, Carmen Pinel, and niece,
Carmen Canosco-Pinel, of Panama who came to cheer up
Alice following successful knee surgery. They brought
about a ton of goodies from Panama including empanadas,
michos, roca, queque and coffee. While here they enjoyed
many Mississippi attractions including the Vicksburg Civil
War battlefield, beaches, seafood, and of course journeyed
to New Orleans and its French Quarter. The Dossetts were
saddened when they left, but are now looking forward to
their visit to Panama in 1984 after Alice graduates. They
plan to arrive in Panama in time for Alice to attend the
graduation of her former classmates at BHS.
Hattie and Duncan Laird, Ocean Springs, visited
Sandy Laird Perkins and her family in England this past
spring. Son Duncan B. is working in Gulfport with the
Dept. of Agriculture. Hattie says she and Chita really en-
joyed organizing the picnic and has had three people stop
by the house and two others phone regretting their being
unable to participate and encouraging a repeat next year.
It was indeed a pleasant surprise to receive a letter
from Larry Mohler of the old Coast-to-Coast Motorcycle
Gang. He is looking for a 1947 BHS yearbook and resides
with his wife Nancy and daughter Jennifer at 4218 Peek-
skill Lane, Fairfax, Va. 22033. Larry left the Zone in Octo-
ber, 1952, with two crated-up motorcycles, a Triumph and
a Velocette. His family was already State-side living in
York, Pa. In July 1953 he was drafted and after basic train-
ing was sent, of all places, to Alaska. He returned to York
in 1955, moved to Scranton, Pa., in 1957 and on to
Virginia in 1961. Most of his work is in D.C. He's in
heavy equipment and has had motorcycles since his Zone
days. Right now he has three: one to ride to work and the
other two are touring machines, mainly ridden to motorcy-
cle races and for pleasure. Larry has a motorcycle shop at-
tached to his house and repairs them when he's not fooling
with his new word-processing computer. Larry says he'd
sure like to catch up with Dick Burns who he went into the
service with. Dick was living in New Jersey then, but used
to go to Kansas City to visit relatives. They used to ride to
all the races in the East before they went in the service. If
anyone can help these two old friends get together, go
ahead and contact Larry at the address given above. Larry
would really like to hear from any of the old gang. Ad-
dresses this reporter was able to pass along to him were
Ray and Helen Magan, Earl Boland, Lowell Jones
through his father, Choppy and Elaine White, and Jean
By the time you read this Linda Kapinos Puchon,
Biloxi, will have pinned on her new captain's bars, so now
Captains Linda and Charles Puchon at Dog River Campground,
Ala., in October.
it's the Captains Linda and Charles Puchon. Linda also
wants us to know that she experienced a miscarriage in July
and she and Charles are both doing fine now.
Just when this reporter got to London and attempted
to look up old classmate Fred Sill, it was learned that
United International Pictures had transferred him to
Panama where his address is Box 5252, Panama City 5.
Some days you just can't win!
Gerda and Owen Smith with their big green parrot
Flaco are doing nicely over in Osyka. The garden came in
like a roar and after eight hectic weeks is now safely tucked
away into the freezer and 168 jars. Owen specialized in
Grandma's pickles while Gerda developed her own recipe
for ripe cucumber pickles, German style, and ketchup.
Owen's daughter Carol with grandchildren Toby and
Kyle popped in just long enough to catch some 18 catfish,
go on a hayride, picnic and swim in the wellwater pond. At
last report they were expecting a visit from Gerda's daugh-
ter Karen, her husband Mike and three of their four
children. The fourth is on a farm in Pennsylvania visiting
and working for his other grandmother.
Last news from Bill and Gret Warren came from
aboard a Polish freighter somewhere on the Red Sea. Fol-
lowing a brief stint of domesticity back in August, wander-
lust overcame them and off they flew to Amsterdam for a
week before embarking for a 90-day cruise which would in-
clude a transit of the Suez Canal and on to Saudi Arabia,
Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong and Yokohoma. They're
expecting to be back in New Port Richey by mid-Decem-
ber. Before they left, Jack and Clara Brayton helped the
Warrens celebrate their 42nd anniversary. Clara stood up
with them when they were married at Cristobal Union
Church by the Rev. Cecil Morgan. Daughter Kathy and
husband Jim Lewark of NYC recently visited ex-Zonians
Pat Hannigan and her husband in Wilmington, Del.
Jim's a second year member of the Marshall Chess Club
and will play in the next club championship. A feline per-
sonhood has come into their lives with a few utterly divine
names and mannerisms. As a point of reference as soon as
possible, you must see "Cats," based on T.S. Eliot's
marvelous Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. It was one of
the cultural highlights of this reporter's summer in Lon-
don. Kathy's brother Dave was up from New Orleans for
two weeks of army reserves at Bayonne, N.J., in August.
He's a captain now. Meanwhile his wife Dianne took son
Bradley, 6, and his three cousins to Disney World. Dianne
is finishing up her paralegal studies at Tulane University in
New Orleans this fall semester.
CORRECTION to September item from Bill Ep-
person: Nancy Williford married Ron Farnsworth in
May 1980. Their son, Nyles Allen, was born January 18,
1983. Nancy is the daughter of the late William C. Willi-
ford who retired in 1976 and died in December 1980.
Bergueline Goe announces that the Balboa Union
Church Auxiliary calendars are off the press and ready for
distribution. The cost for one calendar and postage is
$4.35. This year the Mary-Martha Circle offers a set of
cookbooks for $5.35. Orders may be sent to Bergueline at
PSC Box 2773, APO Miami 34002.
Patt Foster Roberson
As I write this, the trees are at their peak of color and
it is truly beautiful.
As usual at this time of year, we have many arrivals
and departures. Des and Julian Hearne were here for a
few days to close up their summer home. Alice and Max
Conover will leave the last of October.
Emily and Howard Johnson went back to Florida
early in October. They were expecting Chet and Jean Hill
to visit them in St. Petersburg.
Ruth and Ernie Zelnick returned in September from
their summer at their Vermont cottage. Visits from their
children were highlights: Carol and Jim Richmond with
Emily and Scott from Simsbury, Conn.; and Paul and Jan
Zelnick with Marc andJulie from Little Rock, Arkansas.
In July, the Zelnicks flew to Idaho where they spent ten
days camping in the Stanley Basin of the Sawtooth Moun-
tains with John and Nancy Zelnick with Murray, Paul,
Leila and David all from Tulsa, Oklahoma. No sooner
had the Zelnicks returned here from a summer of activity
then they took off for the fiftieth anniversary of the town of
Norris, Tenn., where Ernie worked for TVA before going
to the Canal Zone. Then they left for a visit to Chicago to
attend a high school reunion of Ernie's class and took a de-
tour home via Tulsa and Little Rock.
Betsy and Truman Hoenke came back in the middle
of October from their summer in Vermont. Among their
visiting friends this summer were Dick and Joyce Daniel-
sen and Rae and Joe Ebdon.
Rae and Joe Ebdon spent several days with Jean and
Jack Dombrowsky on their way home from Vermont in
September. Edna and Jim Million, also on way from Ver-
mont, stopped for a few days in October. Peggy and Don
Hutchison came up from Aiken, S.C., to see the Dom-
browskys. Their daughter, Barbara Harmon, and three
girls were here on a visit in the summer.
Bill Tillman is flying to Yambu, Saudi Arabia, the
latter part of October for three weeks on ajob for Westing-
house checking on electrical centers. He will have a stop-
over in Rome on the way out and in London on the return
Ruth Sill's son, Fred, stopped to visit her for several
days on his way back to Panama from London.
Betty Bentz and her sister, Margaret Clopton, from
Denver, left in mid-October for a trip to Savannah, Ga.,
Charleston, S.C., and 4 weeks at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Mildred and Wendell Greene's sister-in-law, Helen
Greene Miller from Orlando, spent a few days with them.
While she was here, she was a house guest of Eugenia
Elsie and "Woody" Woodruff ccame up from
Dothan, Ala., to visit Betty Quintero for a few days in ear-
ly September. Then Isabel Gibson came from St.
Petersburg and she and Betty went on a three-week tour of
England, Scotland and Ireland. The trip exceeded their
hopes and expectations and they had a wonderful time.
When Sam Irvin returned to New Orleans in Octo-
ber, Norma and he drove down, stopping to see Bob
Bowen in Murfreesboro, Tenn. On the way back, Norma
visited Betty and Roy Evans in Slidell, La., Jim and
Myrna Lowe, Woodland, Ala., and Gail and John Ed-
wards in Hampton, Ala.
Alice H. Roche
After the Annual Picnic reunion, Lillian and Gene
Nott continued on their way to tour the State of Washing-
ton before returning to their home in Grants Pass, Or.
Betty Clarke and I took a three-day tour around
Washington. Unfortunately the North Cascades and Hur-
.icane Ridge where shrouded in dense fog. Sightseeing was
zero visibility, however we lucked in, when we stopped to
visit Zone friends, near the still beautiful Lake Wenatchee.
We found Claude and Mary (Plummer) Thomson;
Mary's sister, Margaret, and her husband Jim Jenkins;
Mrs. Emma Plummer, their Mother, visiting from St.
Petersburg, Fla., and, the twins' aunt and Mother's sister,
Tillie Lawrence from Quartzite, Ariz. Our time was
short, yet we were able to have a very nice visit together.
While in Sequim, we weren't as lucky, for we phoned
friends and found none at home, so we visited the Sequim
Game Farm, which was interesting and fun.
A.J. Metzgar was given a different kind of a tour by
Jim and Sue Wood. He had a taste of camping, hiking, bi-
cycling, and visiting with another Gatunite, Bill Smith
and his family in Estacada, Or., as well as Washington
State. When Betty and I arrived, we all took a tour of the
devastated area of Mt. St. Helens. If the opportunity ar-
rises, see it, its truly awesome. One can't fathom the de-
struction that took place in May 1980, until you are there.
The next day we gathered at my home for a pot luck
dinner, where the Reunion, trips, and bygone days were
rehashed. Everyone had a good time.
Betty Clarke has returned to Las Vegas, and A.J.
Metzgar continued on to Hawaii, where he saw Wally
Betty McGilberry and Mary Stephenson.
Ann Laura Johnson is hostess to Betty McGilberry;
Katie (McGilberry) and her husband, Mr. Ames of
Arkansas. They have left on a sightseeing trip to the North
Cascades, Canada or Whidbey Island, Wa.; and will
return to get ready for their coming flight and boat trip in
and around Alaska. On their return, Katie and her hus-
band will return to their home, while Betty and Ann Laura
will drive to California to visit family and friends. I'm anx-
ious to hear what they will say about their trip in Alaska.
I heard from Doris and Neilson Etchberger, and
they have now moved to Dothan, Alabama.
I received a letter from Diana (Clarke) Evans in
which she wrote, "The Florida Class Reunion was an ab-
solutely unforgettable experience. Of course, none of us
has aged in the past 20 years and the closeness of the class
of '63 is a very marvelous feeling.
The last weekend of August, four '63 CHS graduates
and their families 'reunited' for a patio boat/camping trip
on Trinity Lake in Northern California. The grads were:
Diana (Clarke) Evans, Jack Holcomb, Celia (Cronan)
Miller and Will Will. The weather was perfect, the water
was wonderful and the chefs only gourmet!
Celia and Diana also attended an "A"s baseball game
in Oakland, and saw Eddie Napoleon, first base coach for
the Cleveland Indians and had a short sweet chat after the
game. Too bad we missed Marcy.
Ann Laura Johnson and Betty McGilberry had a
grand vacation trip with their tours of the Northwest;
Alaskan Inland Passage and California. In Sacramento
they visited the Roger Swains. On their return to Vancou-
ver, Ann Laura hosted a luncheon for Betty, to visit'with
former Zone friends. Those who attended the very nice
luncheon were Mary Stephenson; Margaret and Grady
Hardison; Tom and Marilyn Marsh with granddaughter
Heidi; and yours truly.
Dorothy Ramsey of Hugo, Mn., traveled to Cleve-
land, Ohio, to visit her daughter Nancy and family. Nan-
cy's husband had just undergone surgery of six by-passes.
Dorothy then Amtraked to The Dalles, Or., to visit her son
Jim and his family. The Hardisons drove to The Dalles to
revisit and catch up on the news of the Ramsey family.
Margaret Hardison made the comment that Jim and his
sons have taken to the Columbia River the way most Zon-
ians who fished, took to the Chagres River. Jim and Nan-
cy Ramsey's #2 son has entered Oregon State University
in Corvallis, Or.
Friday, Oct. 14, this reporter is heading north to An-
chorage, Alaska, for a short visit with her nephew, Bradley
London and his family. Methinks it is the cold weather
time, but the opportunity is there, and I am going to go.
My sister Betty is also going with me, so together we'll
have a good time.
To each and all, Merry Christmas and a happier,
healthier New Year.
Martha B. Wood
1983 is coming to an end, and I must close out the
year with mixed feelings of the Panama area (to include the
old Canal Zone). I must say that with the housing and priv-
ilege loss for many persons, this will be a year to remem-
ber. It is very hard, in all sincerity, to be a good reporter
from this area and not be political. Very difficult.
As I am sure that the Canal Record will reprint the
articles from the Spillway concerning the many changes, I
won't go into the happenings in my reporting, but many
persons do stop and tell me to let the people know that they
are very unhappy. Many of us have deep love for Panama
and always will continue to do so, but due to the unfor-
tunate happenings they will leave with a bad taste in their
The cartoon relates to all the TOF's that will be look-
ing for housing. (For those of you who don't know who the
TOF's are: it's all your friends who are Teachers, Doctors,
Nurses, Postal employees, and several other groups.) All
TOF's have to get out of housing by October 1, 1984, un-
less they have a spouse working for the Commission and
can put the house in the spouse's name. That is a lot of
^^ Sla^ I
Since the last printing of the Canal Record we here in
Panama experienced heavy rainstorms and one developed
into a big storm with a wind shear that tore trees up and
many fell on houses and cars (See Spillway article)
The USS New Jersey with all its 887 feet, came for a
visit and had open-house.
One lovely afternoon, Mrs. D.P. McAuliffe, wife of
the administrator, gave a tea for Mrs. Marie L. Seeley,
Mother of Ronald L. Seeley. Guests for the Tea were
Mrs. Berta Quinn, Mrs. Byron Efthimiadis, Mrs. John
Dorsa, Mrs. Walter Reitz, Mrs. Antonio Suescum, and
Mrs. William Burns, and Mrs. Ronald Seeley. Those
who wished had a lovely tour of the home and enjoyed talk-
ing to Mrs. Seeley about her exciting past and travels with
e, Marie L. Seeley, and olie Seeley.
News from Mrs. Mary M. Zemer and her recent
travels. The Zemers flew to New Orleans on July 27 and
visited with their youngest daughter, Shirley Zemer
Swenson, (BHS 1952) and her family for a couple of days.
Daughter Shirley and grandson John Swenson went by car
to San Jose, California.
They arrived in San Jose in time to attend the wed-
ding rehearsal dinner for the members of families and at-
tendants on August 4, at the beautiful club in Burlingame,
California. The Wedding was held on August 6, at the
United Methodist Church in Burlingame. The bride and
groom were greatly surprised on leaving the church to find
a horse and carriage waiting for them. The carriage was
appropriately decorated and with a "Just married" floral
heart on the back of the carriage. After a ride of several
blocks, the newlyweds arrived at the home of the bride's
parents for the reception which was held in the patio and
garden area. The weatherman was kind, furnishing a
beautiful day. Champagne and a scrumptious buffet was
served by local caterers, followed by dancing and visiting
among the guests.
Jimmy (the groom) is the son of Phyllis Zemer
Wright (BHS 1945) and James Wright both of San Jose,
During this time a reunion of most of the second and
third generations of Zemers was held. A touch of Panama
was in the beautiful table linens used on the buffet table -
heirlooms from the Zemer and Milloy families.
Our final visiting in California was cut short upon be-
ing notified that the Delta Liner Santa Mariana was sailing 5
days early, so we left San Francisco on August 25, and had
10 delightful days on board the ship. As Emmett says, this
was the best of our vacation and reminiscent of the Panama
Railroad voyages taken so many years ago in the "good old
The year of 1983 is nearing its close, so we, Emmett
and Mary, would like to extend Holiday Greetings to all
Reviving an old custom that was popular during the
early days of the Panama Canal, the Panama Republicana
Band is planning to give concerts on the steps of the Ad-
ministration Building of the Panama Canal Commission in
On September 6, 1983, the large wooden old quarters
that are known to many students as "Old Penn State Hil-
ton" was turned over to the Rep. of Panama. It is my un-
derstanding that the building in turn will be given to the St.
Mary's School to expand their operations.
The Panama Club of Plants and Flowers will be bring-
ing Mr. Michael Polychrones (decorator of the White
House) to Panama to teach a seminar/workshop for Christ-
mas decorations. The Seminar will be held at the ATLAPA
Morgan's Garden is being restored and the garden
staff is happy to provide tours and is welcoming private
parties. The gardens that have been a part of many during
the many years since the 1930's hopefully will get a helping
hand and back in shape. Morgan's Garden, a lovely tropi-
cal jungle, has been a site for parties and tropical weddings
over the years, including for many years the St. Luke's
A 20 year class reunion for the Balboa High School
Class of 1964 is being organized and held in 1984. Joe
Bremer and Chuck Moses are trying to contact all in-
terested persons. Those interested may contact Dr. Joe
Bremer, 727 North Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, Ill. 60302.
Joe may also be called at AC-312-383-6131. Class of 1964
needs your support! Jim Farnsworth and Marcia Dubbs
Winford may be contacted in care of APO Miami, 34002.
This is a report from the Rolando Linares family ...
This year's home leave was enjoyable and exciting for
the whole family, and proved to be very beneficial for my
wife, Mayra. Ana, our second daughter, went to Muncie,
Indiana, for a Thespian Convention at Ball State Universi-
ty. She then went to Texas where she visited with Charlie
and Marilyn Chase and family. She then went to Bob and
Linda Morris' home for a week. Their daughter Vicky
and Anna have been close friends for a number of years.
I went to Denver, Colorado, for the Shrine Conven-
tion. Had a real good time and got to visit with Ray and
Barbara Shaw. They have a beautiful home, and Ray can
barbecue some real good hamburgers. On July 9 I met
Ana, my wife Mayra and son Roll (they flew in from Pan-
ama) and, after overnighting in Miami, flew to Boston. In
Boston, Mayra went into Massachusetts General Hospital
for six days for tests to see if the ailment which she has had
for the last four years could be diagnosed. The diagnosis
was multiple sclerosis (MS). Even though the news was not
good, it was a relief to know what her problem is after all
this time. The doctors there have sent the necessary medi-
cation for her treatment to Gorgas, and she has been on it
for a couple of weeks.
From Boston we went to Jacksonville, Florida, where
we got to see Ed and Bonnie Dolan, Ed's mother, sisters
and brothers (his father was in the hospital at the time),
Paul and Sarita Quackenbush, Tom and Blanquita
Toda, Bud Antone and Tommie McKeown, an old
Canal Zone Junior College classmate of mine whom I had
not seen in twenty years. From Jacksonville we drove to
Ocala and stayed two days with George Boot, who was be-
ing a bachelor for a few weeks (Virginia, his wife, was va-
cationing with their children in Panama). It was good to
see George again, and, as usual, he was the perfect host.
Also saw Mike Progana, who took Mayra, Roli and me to
dinner at a very good restaurant. While we were in Ocala
our daughter Ana and Mayrita (she flew up from Panama
while we were in Jacksonville) went with some friends to
After Ocala, we drove to Tampa, met up with our
daughters, and drove to Sarasota where we spent three
wonderful days with Tom, Barbara and Diane Peterson.
While there we saw the Allen Millers and the John Dorsas
(who were vacationing in Sarasota).
The day we left Sarasota for Tampa, we drove to Bra-
denton to see the Napoleons. The only one home was
young Eddie, who was busy washing the car. Marcie and
Steven were on their way down from Cleveland, while Ed
and the Cleveland Indians were on their way to Baltimore.
I did get a chance to talk with Marcia on the phone a few
days later. She said they are all doing well, and Ed is very
happy that he is in the Major Leagues (needless to say, so
On August 10 we flew from Tampa to Miami, where
we were met at the airport by Rosita Pollack. She drove us
to her home for a stay of about five hours, after which she
took us back to the airport. We flew down to Panama later
on that afternoon. Although we all had a very good time, it
was good to be back home.
A Golden Anniversary party was held at the home of
Angela and Frank Azcarrage for LUCHO and AIDA Az-
carraga. A lovely anniversary party was held with the
toast for another 50 years to our favorite musician
"LUCHO" and his lovely wife of 50 years, Aida. I am
sure that all our readers, including myself wish the Azcar-
raga's many happy returns.
Golden Wedding Anniversary, Aida and "Lucho" Azcarraga
and family toasting!
On October 6, Tony Bennett sang to a satisfied au-
dience and had continuous applause during his hour and a
half concert at the Anaynisi Theatre at the ATLAPA Con-
Tony Bennett's one-night presentation was spon-
sored by Shows International, one of the investors is well
known Grover Matheney and before the performance
a small Cocktail party was held in the ATLAPA Green
Room for Mr. Bennett and approximately 12 persons at-
tended. Some of the people attending the cocktail party
Singer Tony Bennett and Matheneys and Dr. and Mrs. An-
were Sandy and Yole Hinkle; Grover and his wife Fred-
die Anne Matheney; Dr. and Mrs. Antonio Suescum;
John McTaggart and Miss Tammy Matheney, plus other
selected guests. After a wonderful show and of course the
all-time favorite, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," the
show ended with great applause.
Following the show, an invitation-only dinner was
held for Mr. Tony Bennett at the Marriott Hotel, and I
was able to meet a very soft spoken and very nice man. Mr.
Bennett is considered one of the great Pop singers and has
given five Royal Performances in England and last year
sang for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip during their
trip to San Francisco. Mr. Bennett was presented with the
Life-time Achievement Award from the National Academy
of Popular Music for his extraordinary contributions to the
Remember when we used to call the friendly "men in
blue" to come and help us open our door when we were
locked out of our houses? Well, the men in blue are gone
and the charge now for this assistance (if not during office
hours) will be $20.00.
One of the sights around town is the many "patio
sales"; some streets in the old Canal Zone area had as
many as seven on one street. I guess many families are
thinking of moving into smaller quarters (with the TOF
move) and starting to weed out.
John and Mary (Morland) Coffey took a whirlwind
vacation late this summer. They called it a partial "recruit-
ment trip" to encourage former classmates and friends to
attend the Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion. In
Florida they visited Reggie and Bev (Boyett) Hayden in
Miami and in Tallahassee two of their three sons, Michael
and Danny. Then on to Houston, Austin, College Station
and Dallas. In Austin they spent a day with Bud and
Diane (Delaney) Yarborough. In College Station they
visited with another son, Patrick, a junior at Texas A &
M; Alan Smith, son of Gisela and George Smith, former-
ly of Gamboa, studying to be a vet at A & M; and Rod
Snyder, formerly of Coco Solo and Gardenas, who drove
up from Freemont for the weekend. In Dallas they were the
houseguests of Ray and Arsi "Cuchi" (Vinas) Croft.
They all spent a great evening together with Alice Lim.
From Texas they flew to California where they spent a day
with Lloyd and Maggie (Stevens) Spradlin and fam-
ily in San Diego; then on to Thousand Oaks where they
were the guests of Tony and Suzy Dyer and son, Ryan.
While there they also visited with the Dyers, Sr. who they
report are healthy, happy and enjoying life as usual. In San
Jose (Sunnyvale) they spent a weekend with Robert and
Joe Lowe, and their wives, Shirley and Linda. They then
drove to Bear Valley, where they spent two days relaxing in
the wilderness with Carol (Voortmeyer) Nickisher (hus-
band Ray was just finishing a dam project in Guri,
Venezuela). From California they flew to Colorado,
visiting friends in Denver and Boulder. Finally, back to Ft.
Lauderdale where John stayed for an additional two weeks
to play some golf and Mary returned home. Mary couldn't
say what part of her vacation she enjoyed the most "It
was all wonderful." She did say, however, that a definite
highlight was when Tony Dyer got them tickets to a
Dodger baseball game. She was able to reacquaint herself
with Tommy LaSorda who played semi-pro ball for her
dad here in Panama quite a number of years ago.
The Class of 1963 celebrated first class. A really great
reunion to be remembered always.
The 1963 classes of BHS and CHS were once again
reunited by a 20 year class reunion held in Tampa, Fla.,
July 28-30. Traveling from Panama to Florida represent-
ing BHS were Jack and Fran (Yost) Hern, Diane (Stev-
enson) Bradley, Buddy and Val Dempsey, Rafael
Reyes, Kenny Underwood, Louie Vogal, Robert (Bob)
Panzer, Norm and Janet (Hunt) Watkins, Robert (Bob)
Boatwright, Tim and Taffy Corrigan. From CHS: Col-
lin and Alberta (Wilder) Corrigan, Vincent and Penny
(Wilder) Canamas, Robert and Jeanne (Bedsworth)
Hauser, Tom and Loraine (Urey) Dugan, Richard and
Carol (Rowley) Dillon, Pierce Lagadier and represent-
ing both CHS and BHS were John Frensly, Gib and
Approximately 300 people from all over the U.S. and
some other countries were present at the reunion.
The main organizers for this reunion were Leslie
(Hendricks) Litzerberg, Chris Skeie (BHS) and Bev
Standing: Margie (Morris), Leslie Litzenburger (Hendricks),
Ms. ?, Margaret (Mahoney), Fran Hem (Yost), Selma
Klipper (Skeie). Kneeling: Kay (Sergeant), Carla (Elich).
Diane Bradley (Stephenson), Doloris Yann (Stephenson),
Fran Hem (Yost), Peggy Flynn, Carol (Thompson), Bob-
by Lou Wellington (Harrington), Garth Feeney.
John Paterson, Gilbert Freund, Eugene Linfors.
The Holiday Inn at Clearwater Beach was the host for
this gala affair. Two hospitality rooms were open 24 hours
a day a cocktail party was held Saturday night with a sit-
down dinner and a short ceremony welcoming those that
were there, and a prayer was said by Rev. Paul Morgan
(BHS) for those who had passed away or were too ill to
come. The greatest attraction (short of renewing old friend-
ships) was having none other than LUCHO from Panama
bringing back so many great memories.
I am sure all who attended will agree it was one of the
most fantastic and moving experiences and those that were
not able to attend were greatly missed and we hope to see
you at the next one (expected in about 5 years).
Thanks go out to Chris, Leslie, and Bev for making
our 20th reunion a memorable one.
Jean Marie Gramlich First Place, Women; Mr. Javier Gon-
zalez First Place, Men..
Jean Marie Gramlich, age 12, was presented with the
First Place trophy for overall high scorer in the gymnastic
competition held last August 20 and 21 at the University of
Panama. Jean holds the Grand Champion Title as No. #1
gymnast for one year until the next competition to be held
August 1984. Jean has received two gold and three silver
medals along with her trophy. Jean Marie is the daughter
of Larry and Aggie Gramlich of Diablo, R.P.
In spite of the recession, Panama has some nice new
restaurants. One "tiny" cute little one is "Rincon
Swisso," a small eight-table with European food. A restau-
rant called "Le Saint Tropez" has great French food -
both are located in the El Cangrejo area. The "Le Saint
Tropez" is absolutely French, with personal attention by
Monsieur Laporte. Also is the "Casco Viejo" that is lo-
cated down by the Old French Plaza in the middle of the
city. This restaurant also serves fine French food.
A visitor to Panama was Mrs. Blanquita (McNatt)
Shield and her daughter Tana. They came to visit with
Blanca's mother and her brother Richard. While they
were here, I was able to take them out to Las Rejas (Peru-
vian cuisine). Had a lovely luncheon and Gladys (Miller)
Mead also went with us.
Going through some things while cleaning closets I
came across a Christmas postcard of my grandparents,
Nellie and Harry F. Preston Sr., with a 1922 postmark. I
would like to share with the Canal Record a sixty-six-year-
old Xmas wish.
Christmas Greetings from the Panama Canal
Mighty ocean steamers
plow this pretty lane -
Plowing 'mongst the tree tops,
'Twixt a mountain chain-
Skirting forest jungles,
high above two oceans,
calm as Galilee
Never is it frozen,
never tempests beat,
Never does the snow fly,
never chilly sleet,
Always is it peaceful
even in the rain -
Land of nodding palm fronds,
Southern Cross and wain.
Land of tropic splendor,
land of virgin soil,
Pilgrim hearts beat briskly here
skilled in robust toil
Speeding steel-clad monsters,
oft to Plimsoil laden
With wealth from far-off Tartary,
Greenland, Sydney, Aden.
Pilgrims speed these to thee
Ships and goods and wealth,
Wishes best and Christmas cheer,
Happiness and health-
Pilgrims speed them daily
through this pretty lane,
High above two oceans,
'Twixt a mountain chain.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays
Ann Wood Suescum
Thirty-six members and friends gathered at our Sep-
tember meeting which was held at the Western Steer at 1
P.M. Guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Frangoni from
Clearwater; Dr. Frank Smith from Greenville, SC. Ed
Barnes came up from Sparta, GA, and the B.J. Hartleys
from West Columbia, SC. President Bill York presided,
and a good time was had by all.
Our next meeting will be on December 10 (Saturday)
at the Ramada Inn in Aiken Buffet, BYOL, 6:30 P.M.
Come join us!
Bill and Sis York managed to run up and down Flor-
ida, via Thompson, GA, spending a couple of days with
daughter Norma and family in GA and Nancy and family
in FLA. They also attended the big bash in Dothan, along
with Leona and Paul Badonsky and Otis and Eletheer
Catron. AND all three won prizes, with Bill winning
FIRST. Bill and Sis will be driving up to NY via Nashville,
Tenn, where they will pick up her brother Norman Shore,
to attend a class reunion on Long Island.
Mrs. Russel Percy had her daughter Gay (Mrs.
Henry Pridgen) from Cordele, GA, for a visit and they
traveled to Huntsville, ALA, to visit daughter Ann (Mrs.
Wm. Willoughby). Gay's daughter Paula attends
Statesboro (GA) College and spent a weekend with grand-
Billie and Bob Rowe were only able to attend one
Braves' game in Atlanta. They have both recuperated from
their illness and are fine.
Lorna Shore had a visit from Helen and Joe Roth-
Roffy of Fayetteville, NC, who used to live in Los Rios and
Balboa. Joe was with the Building Division.
Verna and Andy Kapinos had a visit from Alice and
Red Nail, who had been to Atlanta, GA, to visit the Deta-
mores. Verna is presently serving on jury duty in Charles-
ton. They had been up to PA to visit Verna's mom and on
to Massachusetts to visit Andy's family, and said the
foliage was beautiful.
Hazel and Bud Kilbey had a visit from their daugh-
ter Jolie and Ron Seely, and later granddaughter Laura
(Seely) and new hubbie came from CA to visit them.
Daughter Tina and hubbie are both working in Augusta;
one of their daughters is also working, one daughter is in
the Army, and they still have one child in school. Daughter
Charlotte and family visit often, and Charlotte is still
working at Ft. Gordon.
Blanche and Carl Browne had many guests and
visitors at their lake home in Canaan, NH, among them
Betty Price (her cousin), from San Antonio, TX; Betty
and Barney Forgeson of Tierra Verde, FL; Nealie Van
Siclen from NY; Carl's daughter Missy Hansen from
Parkersburg, W. VA; Grace and Ed Mac Vittie from Buf-
falo, NY/Sun City, AZ, and Peg and Don Hutchison of
Aiken, SC. Upon returning home to Columbia, SC, they
had a call from Dot and Roy Kennedy and another from
Billie Bowen Martin and a girlfriend, and all spent sev-
eral days at the Brownes.
Leona Badonsky, Eletheer Catron,
Dothan Golf Tournament.
Bill Delmater, Bob
The Badonsky's visited their daughter Paula and
family in Athens and Leo and wife in Oxford, GA. While
at Leo's, they attended a party given by Leo's company,
and Leo was presented with 1st prize in a company golf
tournament. Like father, like son!
Carl Browne, Grace Mc Vittie, Blanche Brown and Ed Mac-
Vittie in Canaan, N.H.
Had a call from Kathryn Meissner in Hayes, VA,
informing us that Wilma Kennerd's brother, "Buba"
Wickens, had died very suddenly, leaving a wife and six
children. Kathryn said daughter Adele is still in the real
estate business and keeping busy. We were sorry we
couldn't stop and see them this year they have such a
lovely spot there. J.D. and Ethel Tate had a visit from
their brother-in-law Donald Weigle. Alice (Westman)
didn't make the trip. Donald went on up to visit Peggy
Bill Kessler, Woody Woodruff
Budreau, Eddy Filo at Dothan Bash.
Brugge in Foxcroft, VA, came back and spent a few days
with Maribelle Westman before returning home. J.D.
was in the hospital for an operation but is recuperating very
well. They're going up to the mountains to enjoy the colors
and plan to spend the Christmas holidays in Brownsville,
TX, with their daughter Louise and family.
The Willenbrocks were down to St. Pete to visit
daughter Susan for several weeks and are presently in Ohio
to visit relatives and then plan to stop in Zelienople, PA, to
visit Gertrude Smouse. They will continue on to NY and
will visit Anna (widow of Mickey) Kiernan, in Conn.
Evelyn Condon is still working as financial Secretary
of First Baptist Church here. She took a trip up to Ohio to
visit her sister and is going to see the fall colors this
John Everson is recovering from surgery his eye-
lids were too heavy! so he had them 'lifted' he and
Robert Goulet!! Then Dorothy had a freak accident and
had to have several stitches in her forehead. Other than
that, they're okay.
Bob and Vicki (Hutchison), Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison)
Boukalis in Aiken.
Our daughter Vicki and hubby Bob Boukalis flew up
from Panama to Wash. DC where we met them, staying at
my sister Marion (Sealey) Leibert's. They toured DC
and we all left for Boston to visit Marion's daughter, then
on to Prince Edward Island, Canada: Helen and Wally
Mathews from Panama flew into Bangor, ME, driving up
to the Island. They certainly enjoyed the lobster, oysters
and clams, along with the fresh trout. Wally and Bob
rented a boat to fish for large tuna, but no luck they did
catch some mackerel, though, and really enjoyed the day.
They left the Island together, touring Mass. and NY, spent
a night at the Bunny Club at Atlantic City, then drove over
to Roanoke, VA on the Blue Ridge Mt. Parkway, and on
to Aiken. They visited with Dianne (Hutchison) and
Jerry Cox in Ladson, SC, where Bob and Jerry fished
every day for fresh-water bass. They left for Weatherford,
TX, to visit Mom and Dad Boukalis and Bob's brother
Ken and sister Cinthia and family, and Mike and
Michelle (Urey) Perez and new son, Ryan.
On our return from Canada, we drove over to NH to
visit the Carl Brownes and the MacVitties came the next
day. We all drove up one evening to an inn and were join-
ed by Mary and Ed Doolan. They all looked great and it
was a nice visit. We planned to visit Mary (Mrs. Tom)
MacNeill in Pittsford, VT., but our car broke down and
Blanche Brown, Ed MacVittie, Mary Doolan and Ed
Doolan in Vt..
we had to stay in Rutland, VT. While sitting in the lobby
of the motel, who should walk in but Harry Egolf he
and Mary were there to visit her sister Anna. So they
drove us to the garage to check on our car, and gave us a
tour of Rutland. It's a small world! And we surely were
happy to see a familiar face!
The following happenings relate to former Zonians in
the Kerrville area. Joe and Ann (Chase) Dolan spent the
month of June traveling, by car, about the Northwest and
Southwest of the U.S. Family and old friends were visited
along the way. Among them were: Marilyn and Charlie
Chase in Arlington, TX; Irma (Patchett) Kruzick in
Kirkland, Washington; Cecile (Journey) Davis, in Pouls-
bo, Washington; Pat LeBrun in Sacramento; and Bar-
bara (Nobles) Widen in San Jose, California. A week was
spent with Elsie (Chase) and Emile Carufel in Sumner,
Washington. Emile worked for the Fire Division and Locks
Division on the Atlantic side. He now operates his own
trucking business on the West Coast. After a visit to the
Grand Canyon, the Dolans toured down to Sun City,
Arizona, where they spent a week with Ann's other sister,
Lillian (Chase) O'Hayer and her husband, Bill. Bill was
the Public Works Officer at Coco Solo for many years. The
highlight of the visit with the O'Hayers was a pool party
with their three children, seven of their nine grandchildren,
and their four great grandchildren!
This summer Marilyn and Wade Carter spent part
of their vacation in the company of their daughter,
Vanette (Carter) Dutchover and her husband Joe. They
toured Utah, went to Las Vegas and vacationed in Rui-
doso, New Mexico, where the Dutchovers reside. A fun
time, but not profitable, was had at the famous Ruidoso
Downs race track.
In September, Rick and Renee (Carter) Collins and
their children, Elizabeth, Christopher and Christina
visited Marilyn and Wade. The grandchildren had fun
riding around Kerrville in the "funny old car" (Marilyn's
antique '26 Dodge touring car) with Grandpa Wade as
chauffeur. Rick and Renee live in Broken Arrow, Okla-
On September 9, Ted and Anna Lee Young left their
home in Kerrville for Racine, Wisconsin to visit their
daughter, Nancy (Brown) and her husband, Major Wal-
ter Archibald and the grandkids, Danny, Chris, Teddy
and Kathy (in order of age). On arriving Sunday, the
11th, they celebrated Ted's birthday with a huge "Happy
Birthday, Grampa" cake. Ted says he got his share, but
little Kathy got most of the coke! While there, they visited
the Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee and Anna Lee made
almost all of the garage sales in town. Temperatures drop-
ped into the low forties while there, but the weather stayed
nice and real cool. After spending a week in Racine, it was
off to the Washington D.C. area to visit daughter Debby
(Brown) and her husband Joe Ford (formerly with CPO
in Panama). The weather stayed beautiful and cool for the
week, during which a tour of the Washington sights was
made and again Anna Lee made all the garage sales!
Then it was off to Taylors, South Caroliha, to visit with
Ted's brother, Lewis, and his wife Louise. One day they
visited the Biltmore Mansion and Gardens near Asheville,
N.C., built by G.W. Vanderbilt, grandson of Cornelius,
and still owned by the family. What a place! Eighty-some
bedrooms and that's not counting those for the servants.
Visit it if you are in that area, it is worth it. Anna Lee never
missed a garage sale in the Taylor-Greenville area either.
Those Vanderbilts were lucky they weren't at home. Then
it was back home after driving 3,795 miles and after having
most enjoyable visits with the kinfolk mentioned. Like Ted
said, "Pooped but pleased."
Camille (Ellis)Jones, Harvey Rhyne, KimJones, GilJones,
Louise Jones, Sept. 16, 1983.
Harvey and Bea Rhyne went to Hawaii in Septem-
ber. The islands are beautiful and must have been where
the concept of Paradise began. Honolulu is a metropolis
with four-lane highways and Interstate I!! Maui is a
quiet, peaceful island with fruits and flowers growing in
profusion, unattended. The "Icing on the Cake" was a
stopover in Los Angeles to attend Bea's family reunion,
plus a tour of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove,
Visitors continue to come to the Hill Country. Some
just visiting family and friends; others to look for retire-
ment homes. Elsie and Ray Larson, of Los Rios, Panama,
came to visit Les and Muriel Johnston in September. The
visit was brief as the Johnstons left two days later for Pan-
ama; however the Larsons stayed on and located them-
selves a home on the Guadalupe River in Kerrville. Elsie
and Ray hope to return when they retire in 1984. Welcome
to the Hill Country.
Mattes and Selwyn Orr of Loghill Village, Colorado,
held a mini family reunion with Robert and Eloise Orr
and Fred and Marion (Orr) Wells in Luling and Kerr-
ville. Both Mattes and Bob have joined the ranks of
L to R: Fealey, Marilyn Carter and Marion Wells at Buzon, a
unique shop in Kerrville, Texas, August 24, 1983.
Fritz and Kathleen Cheney were guests of Bob and
Del Dunn. After a visit of several days, the Cheneys head-
ed for San Antonio to be with Fritz's mother, Mrs.
Clarence A. Cheney, on her 91st birthday, October 20.
They will also visit Fritz's sister, Blanche (Cheney) Root
while in San Antonio. On their way home to Middleton,
Tenn., they plan to stop in Austin, TX, to visit the Ed
Mulroys, Milt Horters, and Bucky Kruegers.
Dick and Iris Hogan had a visit from Dick's son,
Bill, in October. Bill was on his way from Okinawa to his
new station at George AFB, Victorville, CA. The Hogans
had Iris's brother, Louis Dedeaux, visit them for a few
days in August.
Lois (Bergman) and Bob Carpenter of Phoenix, Ari-
zona, visited with her sister, Honey Fealey. They enjoyed
looking around the beautiful Hill Country of Texas. While
they were here, Becky Green and Anne Stahl, both form-
erly from the Canal Zone, drove up from San Antonio to
spend the weekend with Honey and the Carpenters.
Paul Kunkel came to visit his brother Ed and sister-
in-law Marge. Pappy Grier did the honors of chauffeuring
Paul around Kerrville seeing the sights and calling on old
I'd like to take this time to wish everyone a Merry
Christmas and a most Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Few Zonians will ever write us with any news so we re-
porters have resorted to writing to one another. It was good
to know that Martha "Mopsy" Bradley Wood and
others in the Northwest enjoyed the foto of the 1000 lb mar-
lin (Pg 53 -June issue). Only 13 years old at the time but I
knew something big had happened and carried that beaten-
up old foto around the world in a footlocker for almost 50
years. Now I know why. Between us we remembered it was
our celebrity fisherman Louis Schmidt who caught the
record-breaking marlin. With his one arm and one leg he
performed outstanding feats and even took Clark Gable
fishing. Left to right the people in the foto were: Walter
Muller, Vincent Bradley, Mr. Barlow, Theodore
Schmidt, Sonny Howell, Marlin, Bill DeLaMater, John
Towery, Norman Dugas, Aubrey Lewis, Thelma
Anderson (in the back) in the front ?, and Marie Schmidt.
I wish someone would identify all the cute tads in the Pedro
Miguel foto (Pg 82, Sep. issue). The only ones I recognize
are Eileen Malone, top row center, and Adrian Bouche,
next to top row, third from right.
Winter is upon us in San Antonio and when the ther-
mometer went to 42 0, this reporter fled to Mexico City just
1 hour 20 minutes flying time away. It was fabulous, sunny
and cool, a delectable 55 to 750. About 7500 elevation, no
pollution and never snows. The size of the city was over-
whelming, 70 solid miles of buildings crammed shoulder to
shoulder, with 13 million inhabitants including the poor
people up the mountainside. They have subways, gorgeous
broad avenues, and loads of bargains (silver is not one of
them). We went to the silver-mining town of Taxco where
the silver finished product was more expensive than in
Mexico City. Down from the heights to 4500 elevation, we
found the charming city of Cuernavaca which was my
favorite. In the countryside around they grow mangos,
soursop, guandu, bananas, monkeyplums, star apples and
I gorged on them all. But the most intriguing sight was acre
upon acre of cactus grown deliberately. It is a species of
agave which is called maguey, from which a sweet liquid is
drawn to make their favorite drink "pulque." But it takes
eight years to maturity! The flower bloom appears, is care-
fully cut out, the sweet liquid pours into the cavity, and
then the plant dies! This "pulque" must be a real wall-
The happiest ones among us recently were Issy and
Richard Errhalt they went back to Panama to live.
Richard came to San Antonio with IAGS in 1980 and was
called back to work at Army CPO in Corozal. They were
packed and gone before I had time to call and find out how
they managed that?
In September my handsome husband Charles Stough
went to a reunion in Arizona of the 158th Infantry Regi-
ment. This was one of the first outfits to arrive in Panama
after Pearl Harbor to save the Panama Canal from the
Japs. Along the Canal they installed those hundreds of
smoke pots to conceal the canal in smoke, and, to impede
low-flying aircraft, those hundreds of zeppelin-sized bal-
loons sailing on long, long strings. Never mind that as they
sailed away to the South Pacific in 1943, one soldier com-
mented, "They ought to cut all those strings and let the
damned place sink." I know there were lots of gals in the
Zone with beaus in the 158th so that's why I tell you this.
They went thru the South Pacific and wound up in Japan
in Sep. 1945. Sixteen were killed in combat from Company
K and there were 20 companies. Count your blessings.
Great New Discovery: FRENCHIE'S Bar-B-Que &
Steak House at 1903 Jackson Keller in San Antonio, own-
ed and run by Yaya and Norris Guidry who came up from
Panama in 1951. Delicious home-style cooking, very rea-
sonable, and warm hospitality. Tell them you're from Pan-
ama and it will probably be on the house. Yaya makes car-
aminolas when she can find the yucca and her telephone
number is 341-0805.
Plans go forward on the Panama float for the Battle of
Flowers parade next April, grand master of which will be
our famous Mayor Henry Cisneros. (He collaborates with
Henry Kissinger to solve the problems of Central
America.) IPAT, Tourist Agency of Panama, is sending 20
members of the Ballet Folklorico to entertain during the
fiesta and all members of the Panama-American Club in-
cluding FRENCHIE'S are pitching in to supply room and
board, transportation, iron costumes, etc ..
And last but not least, welcome to Allison Janette
Smith, born in August in Austin, sweet new baby girl and
first in the hearts of parents Michael and Ruth Anne
(Kelleher) Smith and grandparents Ruth and Bud
Kelleher and Tita and Charles Smith. Mother and baby
are doing fine.
Jeanne Flynn Stough
Mr. Ted Norris of Falls Church, Virginia, Chairman
and his committee of the Canal Zone Reunion of Washing-
ton, D.C. area are very pleased with the success of their re-
cent Area Reunion. It was a Carnival fun for everyone! It
seems that the write-ups in the Canal Record did some
good. The event really brought in a good response which
means a large crowd and good sales of our "Canal
goodies" in the souvenir department thanks to Editor
Pat Beall, too!
The Virginia-Maryland-Washington, D.C. area
Canal Zone Reunion welcomes anyone who wishes to keep
alive the memories of the Canal Zone. We are, as you say,
"hanging in".... We renew old friendships recall im-
portant experiences, some funny, some sad nonethe-
less, all wonderful and special! There are no dues for this
once a year event. Anyone who ever lived or worked ci-
vilian, Army, Navy, etc., or went to any of the schools in
the Zone are all welcome to any of our reunions, North,
South or wherever, just to keep together our friendships
and our love of our family life in the jungles of Panama!
Your reporter tried the San Diego reunion last year
and enjoyed it so much that she again traveled over there
for the 1983 September reunion. It was just as exciting as
the Florida reunion on a smaller scale, however, but
nice. I flew to Phoenix, Arizona, to join Glen DeMarr and
Fern Dabill Horine and drove to California. We were
guests of Conrad and Norma Horine in their beautiful
home on a hillside.
Conrad Horine, David Hollowell and the others on
the committee .. and their wives Oley to them! They
do a good job in keeping everyone happy .. but of course,
the view, the ocean, the inner-bay and good weather
always helps. Do try it! Next year?
Back to the Virginia news it's fabulous to have
two homes and the Anstines have just that! They pur-
chased a home in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Monroe and
Alva Anstine are settled there for the winter. Ruth
(Anstine) and Harold Waller with Monroe and Alva live
in Arlington, Virginia, but you can be sure the clan will be
gathering in sunny Florida for the winter holidays.
Herbert and Tita (Galindo) Peterson have definitely
moved here from Florida and reside in Springfield, Vir-
ginia. Another newcomer is George Nadeau and his wife
who are living in Maryland. George is Lydia (Gravatt)
Nadeau's son, a handsome Police officer who lived in
Balboa at one time. Lydia retired in Balboa and now lives
at College Station, Texas. Perhaps some of the Atlantic
siders remember the good old days when Lydia danced and
entertained at many functions the Clubhouse, Strangers
Club and U.S.O. travels.
Rosemary (Millett) Gilead had a happy and busy
summer. She rented a big home (9 rooms) at St. Michaels,
Maryland, near Easton. She had many friends and family
around her. Liz Beall, Pat Lennevlle, Encarnacion
Gonzales (from Panama, now living in Millburn, N.J.),
daughter, Kathleen, Robert Gilead and family ... plenty
of swimming and tennis.
Rosemary's daughter, Kathleen, is expected back
from a four-week trip to Kevins Her Kifissia, Greece. The
Gilead family lived there three years ago and Rosemary is
anxiously waiting to see Kathleen and to hear all about
their friends there.
Sarah P. Storey of Arlington, Virginia, retired in
June from the State Department and is enjoying this new
step in her life. While in Balboa, her husband worked for
the F.B.I. Sarah worked for the Navy and then the Ameri-
can Embassy in 1950. We talked about friends, some of
whom I had forgotten.
Jerry Gorin, Carlton Horine and Billy Stone got
together in San Francisco last winter for a luncheon and the
Reunion idea came about. It is the 50th Reunion for the
Class of 1934 of Cristobal High School. It is scheduled for
February 2-4, 1984. Jerry Gorin has sent out a newsletter
looking for the whereabouts of more of the Class of '34. So
far, seventeen members are in touch. Names of additional
members will be most welcome. Please send to: Jerry
Gorin, 101 Glenwood Ave., Pawtucket, RI 12860.
A letter from Colin Campbell, professor at Dart-
mouth College, tells us he is fine. After leaving Cristobal
and on to college, he spent seven years in active duty with
the U.S. Army and then went on to Dartmouth as a very
happy professor. He and his wife are able to spend the
winter term in Venice, Florida, and last year he saw
Mayno and George (Bliss) Walker and others from
Stella Boggs DeMarr
First let me apologize for not making the September
issue. The deadline was by before I even realized it. Won't
It was great to see so many of the young Zonians at
the Reunion this past year! Sure hope that everyone who
attended will be there again next year and that each of you
will consider joining this great society!
During the Reunion my husband, Tom, and I en-
joyed having Cheryl Olsen and Steve Aponte as house
guests! Cheryl is draftsperson for a local firm. Steve is still
in the service and is now stationed in Ft. Hood, Texas.
In the last month I've heard from a few of you and I'd
like to pass on what news I've got!
Terry (Varoz) and Rocky Bringas are living in El
Paso, Texas, where Rocky is the manager of a local jewelry
Kathy (Villareal) Kolenda lives in Spring, Texas,
with her husband, son and 5-week-old daughter. She re-
ports that she is a nurse at Sharpstown Hospital in Houston
where she works with newborn babies!
Bryant Chevalier called to report that he is on the
California boarder Patrol and is living in Chula Vista, Cali-
fornia. He's busy getting ready for his sister's wedding
which was to take place in September!
Jeanne Stanfield writes that she's living in Auburn,
Alabama, where she's the Secretary to the Superintendent
at Chewada State Park. She says she's a Falcon and
Auburn Tigers fan and in her spare time she enjoys water
Cheryl (Kresge) and Billy Gillespie write that they
had a busy summer in Barnstable, Massachusetts. This
was due to the fact that Billy was able to spend the whole
summer at home! He's now on a West Coast run which
will take him from Los Angeles to Alaska and onto the
Panama Canal! On his way out to the coast he was able to
spend some time with Debbie (Alberga) and Clifford Fer-
ral in their home in Riverside, California.
I now need to ask for your help! I am presently trying
to put together a list of as many "Younger Generation"
addresses as I can, so I would appreciate each of you send-
ing me whatever addresses you can! At the same time, if
there is someone you would like to get in touch with drop
me a line, I may have their address!
I really enjoy hearing from each of you and since this
is your section of the Canal Record I hope to hear from lots
more people in the future! You can get your news into me
by writing to me at: Sandy May Robinson 1865-B
Bough Ave., Clearwater, Florida 33520 or calling me at
Till the next issue! Sandy Robinson
1984 Dues are due 1 January 1984
Delinquent after 31 January
"Connie Bishop is one of the most caring adminisra-
Stors I have ever worked with. She understands that the
manager's role is to support the scientist," said L. Earl
Laurence, NIADDK executive officer.
Ms. Bishop's retirement plans include travel to
SEurope and Hawaii and plenty of golf and tennis. She
plans to stay in the area because she finds Washington a
stimulating place to live.
Constance Bishop Retires From Administrative Career
Constance L. Bishop, deputy executive officer, Na-
tional Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes and Digestive and
Kidney Diseases, retired May 27 after 39 years of govern-
As deputy executive officer, she advised the NIADDK
executive officer in matters relating to the overall mission
of the Institute and guided day-to-day administrative activ-
During her 22 years at the Institute, Ms. Bishop serv-
ed in many capacities. She came to NIADDK in 1961 as a
travel clerk. In 1962, she became a special assistant in the
Office of the Director, and in 1964, was promoted to ad-
ministrative assistant. In 1965, she became administrative
officer and was made deputy executive officer in 1979.
She was born in Ancon, Canal Zone. Her father, a
pipeline suction dredge engineer, helped build the Panama
Canal. In 1941 she got ajob with the Panama Canal Com-
pany, a branch of the Federal Government, as a student as-
sistant at a salary of 40 cents per hour. After 17 years there
in the administrative and personnel areas, she took ajob in
private industry. Two years later, she changed jobs and
came to the United States.
Ms. Bishop planned to go into the Peace Corps but
while vacationing in Washington, visited NIH and decided
to apply for a job. "At NIH you are doing something to
help others; at other agencies you don't get that feeling,"
she said. She and her young daughter then moved bag and
baggage to Maryland when she was hired.
She has received several awards. Among them are the
NIH Superior Performance Award in 1965, a special cash
award for preparation of an NIADDK Information Hand-
book in 1967, the NIH Director's Award for superior ser-
vice in coordinating administrative functions for US-
USSR cooperative research efforts in 1976, and a Special
Achievement Award from the NIADDK Director in 1981.
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Jim Wood's birthday Virginia Wood, Bobby Engelke and
Nellie, with Robert and Angela Engelke, Ruth Preston White
(St. Augustine, FL), Beverly Preston Olesek (Miami, FL), and
Ann Wood Suescum (Panama).
James C. Wood cele-
brated his 70th birthday
with a surprise Halloween
costume party held in his
home and given by his
daughters and son-in-law.
His daughter, Ann Wood
Suescum (Panama Re-
porter), flew up for this
happy occasion. Daughter
Nellie Engelke and son-in-
law Bobby were also party
organizers that included a
fun Halloween theme. All
the guests arrived in cos-
tume and participated in
fun and good food for this Roy Sharp, winner of first
occasion, prize costume.
MICHIGAN WOMAN RECEIVES HIGH AWARD
Mrs. Alcibiades (Marvel Elya) Iglesias recently re-
ceived recognition of her 50 years as missionary to Kuna
Indians of San Blas, Panama, with the prestigious award
Connie L. Bishop
(Panama Government's highest for civilians) the Vaso
Nunez de Balboa, as grann official."
The award banquet was held September 23, 1983, at
Ft. Amador Officers Club, Panama.
Cited in the decoration statement was the meritorious
work of Mrs. Iglesias in founding (with her late husband, a
Kuna leader) mission schools and education, pioneering in
health and feeding programs. And in carrying on the mis-
sionary programs continuously since 1933. She was born
in Frankfort, Michigan.
United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, MD 21402 (301) 267-2291
25 May 1983
SARASOTA MAN GRADUATES FROM
UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
ANNAPOLIS, MD William Cosgrove Hall, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Bucky Hall of 1542 Georgetowne Lane,
Sarasota, graduated from the United States Naval Acade-
my on Wednesday, May 25, 1983, and was commissioned
an ensign in the United States Navy.
He will report to naval flight school, Pensacola, Fla.,
following temporary assignment to Naval Air Station Mir-
amar, San Diego, Calif.
At the Naval Academy, Hall experienced four years of
intensive academic, physical and professional training cul-
minating with a bachelor of science degree with a major in
Ensign William C. Hall
Michael Coffey and Shawn Tippins
John and Mary (Morland) Coffey are happy to an-
nounce the approaching marriage of their son, Michael
David, to Shawn Alice Tippins, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Leroy Tippins of Tampa, Florida. Michael is em-
ployed with Curtis-Mathes in Tallahassee. Shawn grad-
uated from Florida State University this past August with a
degree in Finance. An April wedding is planned in Tampa.
10 Scottish Rite Masons Honored
Washington, D.C. On Monday, October 17,
1983, ten members of the Panama Canal Scottish Rite
Bodies, Balboa, Republic of Panama, were honored by the
Supreme Council, 33 0, for the Southern Jurisdiction of the
United States of America, at their biennial session held in
Washington, D.C. Elected to receive the Thirty-Third De-
gree and be coroneted an Inspector General Honorary of
the Supreme Council were: Raymond M. Dragseth,
Richard A. Gilman and Edwin L. Rindfusz of Balboa,
and Donald P. Garrido of Corozal. Elected to the rank
and decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of
Honour were: John M. Carothers, Jr., of Howard AFB;
Norman C. Dutt of Berkeley, California; Ralph R. Rice
of Los Rios; Thomas E. Sellers of Aiken, South Carolina;
Joseph M. Steuart of Balboa; and James W. Wood, Jr.,
of Coco Solo. Messrs. Dragseth, Garrido, Gilman and
Rindfusz received the Thirty-Third Degree from the Su-
preme Council in an impressive ceremony on Wednesday,
October 19. A special ceremony is planned in November at
the Scottish Rite Temple, Balboa, Republic of Panama, to
invest the newly elected Knights Commander with rank
and decoration. These high honors are conferred on these
men for outstanding service to the Scottish Rite, Masonry,
and their community.
Where Are You?
LOOKING FOR: Thomas Monett Davis
Mrs. Thomas Dunn is looking for Thomas Monett
Davis, the only descendant of a branch of her family.
Tom married Ann DeWitt Briscoe, daughter of Dr.
Briscoe, about 1955. Information may be sent to Mrs.
Thomas Dunn, 813 Orleans Drive, Rogers, Arkansas
72756; phone (501) 636-0579.
A reception followed at the Ramada Inn which was at-
tended by the family and the many friends of the bride and
groom. Out-of-town guests included the bride's grand-
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fernand Espiau of New Orleans
and former residents of Curundu.
After an extended honeymoon on the Atlantic Coast,
the couple will reside temporarily in London, Ky.
Laura Karen Rood and Hugh Roger Ramsey were
married on July 9, 1983, in the First United Methodist
Church in London, Kentucky.
Karen is the daughter of Ginger and Ken Rood,
presently of London, Ky. She graduated from Cristobal
High School in 1974 and attended the Canal Zone College
prior to leaving the Zone. She is presntly employed at Micro
Devices of London, Ky.
The bridegroom is the son of Colleen Prout and the
late Harold Lloyd Ramsey of Atlanta, Ga. He is em-
ployed with the Federal Aviation Administration as an air
Laura Karen Rood and Hugh Roger Ramsey.
Elaine (Peterson) Little, Diane Peterson, Mr. & Mrs.
Donald Heintz, and Dennis St. Lawrence.
Carol Peterson and Donald Heintz were married on
Sunday, June 26, 1983, at the Bee Ridge Presbyterian
Church in Sarasota, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
C. Peterson of Sarasota, formerly of Balboa. The groom is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Heintz of Longwood,
Carol was given in marriage by her father. Diane
Peterson, sister of the bride, was maid of honor and
Elaine (Peterson) Little, another sister, was the
bridesmaid. Dennis St. Lawrence, brother-in-law of the
groom, was the best man.
A reception was held at the Holiday Inn, Lido. Out-
of-town guests included many relatives and friends of the
bride and groom and their families.
The bride is employed by AT&T in Orlando and the
groom is a manager at Peoples Restaurant on International
Drive in Orlando.
After honeymooning at Paradise Island, Nassau, the
young couple are residing in Orlando.
Gayle (Bruce) and Stosh Markiewicz were married
in Dublin, California, on September 20, 1983. Gayle is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Bruce. Their vows were
taken at the Lutheran Church of Resurrection. At the
reception, she soon found that she was no "match for her
new husband," in a food fight anyway. Pictures of the
wedding are courtesy of Bonnie (Wertz) and Bill Lock.
Their new life will start in Phoenix, Arizona, soon after the
This couple's romance is no pie in the sky affair more like cake in
Ann French Ford and William E. Bevin were mar-
ried April 23, 1983, at the Highland Park Presbyterian
Church in Dallas, Texas.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Virginia Ford,
Austin, Texas and Mr. Richard Ford of Dallas, Texas.
She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.
The groom is the son of Capt. and Mrs. Kenneth
Bevin of Diablo Heights, Panama. William is a graduate
of Wake Forest University and Columbia Bible College.
Ann and Bill are now studying linguistics in prepara-
tion for work with Wycliffe Bible Translators. They are
residing in Dallas, Texas.
Esther Lenor (Butz) Clair
Esther Lenor (Butz) Clair
Esther Lenor Butz and William Eugene Clair ex-
changed wedding vows in a double-ring ceremony on the
afternoon of October 15 at the First United Methodist
Church in Springdale, Arkansas. The Reverend Joe
Taylor, pastor, performed the ceremony.
Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Harry F.
Butz, Sr. of Springdale, Arkansas and Mr. and Mrs. Wil-
bur E. Clair of Quincy, Illinois.
Music was provided by Mrs. Shirley Daetwyler, solo-
ist, accompanied by Mrs. Judy Van Hoose.
Mrs. Peter L. Butz, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma and
sister-in-law of the bride was matron of honor. Bridesmaids
were Mrs. Harry F. Butz, Jr., of Reno, Nevada and
sister-in-law of the bride, Linda Hansen of Tulsa, Okla-
homa and Lois Wilson of Springdale, Arkansas.
Brother of the groom, Stephen Clair, of Quincy, Il-
linois, served as best man. Groomsmen were Harry F.
Butz, Jr. of Reno, Nevada and Peter L. Butz of Sapulpa,
Oklahoma, brothers of the bride and Don Clair, of Spring-
field, Illinois, brother of the groom.
Out-of-town guests included Mrs. Verna Limke-
mann of Quincy, Illinois, Betty Frankenberger of St.
Louis, Missouri, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Sanders and Grace
Sanders and Mrs. Etta Fay Terrell of Bentonville, Arkan-
sas, Mrs. Betty McGilberry of Rogers, Arkansas, Mr.
and Mrs. Luke Palumbo of Fayetteville, Arkansas and
many friends of the bride and groom, from Tulsa, Ok-
Following a week's cruise on the Song of America in the
Caribbean, the couple will be at home in Jenks, Oklahoma.
John and Ephie Hearne, March 12, 1983.
Ephie Willis and John Hearne were married on
March 12, 1983, at Marlin Chapel in Humble, Texas. The
bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Willis
and the bridegroom is the son of Webb and Mildred
Hearne. Ephie's sister, Mary Ann (Sis) Cuneo was her
maid of honor and her cousins, Margaret Henson, Mary
Lyle and Katrina Martin were bridesmaids. Jim
Hearne, brother of the groom from Corpus Christi was
best man and his ushers were Verne Turpin, Jack Smith
and Bill Morton. A reception for family and friends was
held at Marlin Chapel immediately following the
ceremony. Among the guests, formerly from the Canal
Zone, were Bill and Imo Hampton, John and Florence
Terry and Milton and Thelma Davis. John is employed
in Houston, Texas, by the Smith Air Freight Co. and he
and Ephie currently reside at 1100 Langwick (Apt. #707)
Aldeena Belle Mountain, daughter of the late Mr.
and Mrs. Albert Dean Mountain, Jr. of Brooksville, FL,
and granddaughter of Mrs. Mae Lovejoy of Sarasota, FL,
was married on August 6, 1983, in the University Church
of Christ in Tallahassee, FL, to Mr. Timothy Richard
Clark, son of Mrs. John Richard Clark of Dothan, AL,
and the late Mr. John Richard Clark who was Education
Director for the Department of Defense in the Panama
Aldeena was given in marriage by her brother, Albert
Dean Mountain III of Clearwater, FL. Anne Reidel-
berger of Tallahassee was maid of honor. Sue Biggart, of
Brooksville, FL, was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were
Emily Bringardner, Martha Lloyd and Dawn Holley,
all of Tallahassee. Junior bridesmaid was Traccy Biggart
Roy Miranda, Tallahassee, served as best man.
Groomsmen were Doug Hall, Jeffrey Clark, Randy
Burnette and Tom Blake, all of Tallahassee, and Dave
McCurly, Atlanta, Ga.
A reception for 150 guests was held in the Fellowship
Hall of the church immediately following the ceremony.
The bride is a graduate of Brooksville High School
and attended Florida State University. The bridegroom is
Aldeena Belle Mountain and Timothy Richard Clark.
a graduate of Balboa High School, Canal Zone College and
the University of Kansas.
After a wedding trip to St. Augustine, FL, the couple
will reside in Tallahassee where the bride is employed by
the Dept. of Professional Regulations for the State of
Florida and the groom is employed by Westinghouse
Mary Katheryn Green and David Frederick Mead
were married September 17, 1983, at City Hall in Colusa,
California. A reception was held in the City Hall Audi-
torium immediately following the ceremony.
Elizabeth De Lourdes Burgoon and Jeffrey Mark
Lyle were united in marriage May 7 at the St. Columbia
Catholic Church, Dothan, AL.
Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B.
Burgoon, Sr. of Dothan and Mr. and Mrs. Charles L.
Lyle, Sr. of Neptune Beach, FL.
A program of wedding music was presented by
organist Mrs. L.E. Hambeau and vocalist Steven E.
Kamishlian, who sang Ava Maria, Panis Angelicus, The Wed-
ding Song and Ice Castles.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Mrs.
Glorie B. Wright of Panama, sister of the bride, served as
maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Lourdes E. Zuniga
Brid, cousin of the bride from Panama, Caroline Inman
and Mrs. Sandy Delaney; Shannon Inman was the junior
bridesmaid. Erika Whitestone and Stephanie Sheets
Coy, niece of the bride, were the flower girls.
Elizabeth DeLourdes Burgoon and effrey Mark Lyle.
The groom's father served his son as best man.
Groomsmen were Joseph B. Burgoon, Jr., brother of the
bride, Charles L. LyleJr. and David Whitley. Stephen
Sheets Coy, nephew of the bride, was the ring bearer.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at City
After a wedding trip to Panama City, FL, the couple
are now residing in Florence, AL.
Miss Kim Faye Carter and John A. Baird were
united in marriage on July 1. The ceremony was per-
formed in the Mormon Temple at St. George, Utah. C.
Jack Lemmon of the L.D.S. Church sealed the couple in
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wade
Carter, Jr. of Kerrville, TX. The groom is the son of Mrs.
Jo Baird and the late Wm. Baird of Shuqualak, Miss.
Mrs. Renee Collins, sister of the bride, and Rick
Collins, brother-in-law of the bride, were witnesses to the
Following the ceremony, a dinner reception for 25
guests was held in the Cameo Room of St. George.
Kim graduated as an honor student from Balboa High
School in 1977. She obtained her BS degree from Brigham
Young University in Elementary and Special Education.
Kim is employed as a Special Education teacher in
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Baird in Front of St. George Temple.
John received his BS degree from University of
Southern Mississippi and his master's degree from Missis-
sippi State University. He is employed by Union Texas
Petroleum Company of Houston.
The couple honeymooned in Bryce Canyon, Zion Na-
tional Park, Salt Lake City, and southern Utah. They now
reside in Houston, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Barry and Karen (Sherry) L. Winters.
Karen J. Sherry and Barry L. Winters were mar-
ried on August 19, 1983, in the Little Church of the West
in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Karen is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Arthur
Sherry of Curundu, Panama. She is a 1975 BHS graduate
and an elementary school teacher in Round Mountain,
Nevada. Her husband, Barry, is employed by Steve's Auto
Attending the wedding and reception, along with her
parents, sister Linda, and brothers Arthur and Mark,
were her grandmother, Mrs. Alice Sherry Ethridge, and
cousin, Geraldine Fitz Gerald, daughter of Barbara
(Sherry) Fitz Gerald.
Lisa Rose Adams and Paul Kevin Parks.
Lisa Rose Adams of Los Rios and Paul Kevin Parks
of Balboa, Republic of Panama, married August 6, 1983, at
Bethany Baptist in Hahira, Georgia.
T he bride is the daughter of John F. and Rose M.
Adams of Los Rios. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Charley Parks of Sun City, Arizona, formerly of Panama.
The newlyweds are now residing in Balboa, Panama.
Andrew Smith, son of Dr. Frank Smith and the late
Thora Smith, married Marcia Gutierrez in Mexico City
on June 11, 1983. Both bride and groom are recent gradu-
ates in Engineering from Clemson University.
After the wedding, they left for an extended honey-
moon in Europe.
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MarthaJ. Spinney-Walker and Gregory R. Walker
announce the birth of their first child, Amanda Lane, born
March 21, 1983, in Ventura, California.
Maternal grandparents are Captain and Mrs. Harold
F. Spinney, formerly of Los Rios, now retired in Nar-
ragansett, Rhode Island, spending summers at Portage
Lake, Maine. Paternal grandfather is William H. Walker
of Medford Lakes, New Jersey. Paternal grandmother is
Angela Walker of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and paternal
great-grandfather is Samuel Walker of Riverside, New
A son was born to Angelo and Barbara (Detamore)
Colorni of Manila, the Philippines, on August 30, 1983.
Daniel weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. The proud grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Detamore of Ellwood, Georgia, and
Mr. and Mrs. Vittore Colorni of Montova, Italy.
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Lipzinski announce the birth of
their daughter, Julia Elizabeth, on July 7, 1983, in
Hazen, North Dakota.
The proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus
(Todd) Lipzinski of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Karen (Jones) and Clifford Gabriel announce the
birth of their first daughter, Sarah Chance, on May 19,
1983. The happy family lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and
will be moving to Glenn Dale, Maryland, in December.
Kay and Allen Miller of Sarasota, Florida, are happy
to announce the birth of their first grandchild, Michael
Allen Hoskins, on July 29, 1983, to Martha and Dale
Hoskins of Portland, Oregon.
Mr. and Mrs. S.F. Mason, IV (Rock and Elaine
(Herring) of Alcova, Wyoming, announce the birth of
their son, Joshua Patrick on May 4, 1983. Grandparents
are George and Margaret Herring of Wappingers Falls,
New York, and Howard and Emily Lou Clarke of St.
Phil and Debbie (Boswell) Sanders of Houston,
Texas, announce the birth of their second daughter,
Shelley Rae, born September 1, 1983, at Woman's
Hospital of Houston, Texas. Shelley joins a sister, Marla
Michelle, 16 months old. Maternal grandparents are
Jerry and Shirley Boswell of Holiday, Florida. Paternal
grandparents are Irl and Dottie Sanders of Beacon
Mrs. Virginia Fall is proud to announce the birth of
her second grandchild, a son, born to Rebecca (Becky)
and Victor Van Carpels. Little Willie has a 2 -year-old
cousin, Morgana, daughter of William and Mary Fall.
Dr. and Mrs. Fred E. Wells, of Perth, Australia, an-
nounce the arrival of Jacqueline's brother, David Sum-
merfield, born August 28, 1983. Maternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. James Summerfield of Perth, Australia.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Wells of
Eileen (Dolan) and Robert L. Powell of Conroe,
TX, announce the birth of their son, Travis Bradley,
born November 9, 1982. Maternal grandparents are Ann
(Chase) and Joe Dolan of Austin, TX. Paternal grand-
parents are Lera and Donald Powell of Conroe, TX.
Bill (Scotty) and Pat Scott of Curundu, R.P., happi-
ly announce the arrival of two granddaughters this year.
Jacquelyn Anne is the firstborn of Harvey and Bren-
da (Scott) Senecal of Auburn, Washington. Arriving on
January 16, 1983, Jacquelyn weighed 9 lbs. 2 oz. at birth.
Her paternal grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Harvey
Senecal, Sr., of Marshall, Minnesota.
On August 10, 1983, Jamie Leigh arrived at Gorgas
Army Hospital in Panama, the first child of Jim and Pam
(Scott) Reid. She weighed 8 lbs. 8 M oz. at birth. Jamie
Leigh's paternal grandparents are Erika Reid of Tacoma,
Washington, and the late Joseph L. Reid, former Coco
Jacquelyn and Jamie's maternal great-grandparents
are Selma Baron of College Station, Texas, and the late
Otis Baron, former Curundu Heights resident.
Herb and Judy Engelke of Rogers, Arkansas, an-
nounce the birth of a daughter, Margo, on August 10,
1983. Paternal grandparents of the baby are Herb and
Willa Engelke of Springfield, Missouri.
Bill and Shirley Engelke of Moraga, California, an-
nounce the birth of a son, William Howard, on August
30, 1983. The baby is the grandson of Evelyn and the late
The Christensen family is proud to announce two
new additions: Katrina Joleen Shipley and Arianne
Katrina was born to Nelson and DeeDee (Christen-
sen) Shipley of Fontana, California, on September 13,
1983. She joins a brother, Christopher John Shipley.
Maternal grandparents are Alice Christensen and the late
Rialto M. Christensen.
Arianne was born to Robert and Terry (Case)
Christiensen of New Bruanfels, Texas, on October 17,
1983. She joins two brothers, John and Timothy
Woodruff.. Maternal grandparents are George and Lucy
Case. Paternal grandparents are Alice Christensen and
the late Rialto M. Christensen.
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Woodford M. Babbitt, 74, died September 9, 1983.
He went to the Canal Zone at age 9 and attended Canal
Zone schools, graduating from Cristobal High School in
1929. He was employed on the Madden Dam Project and
by the Dredging Division; saw active service with the
SeeBees in the Pacific and was awarded the Bronze Star;
returned to work with the Dredging Division and in 1951
he married Dorothy Keeler, a nurse in Ancon Hospital.
After eight years in the U.S. he was re-employed by the
Dredging Division from which he retired in 1967.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Washington,
Willy Mary Beall, 93, of Tampa, Florida, passed
away on September 22, 1983, after a long illness at
Medicenter Nursing Home, Tampa. She was a nurse in
the front lines in WWI and was the supervisor of the Cen-
sorship Bureau of the Panama Canal Company during
WWII, being fluent in eight languages. Some time after
her husband, the late Cyril Beall died, she moved to New
Jersey to work at Tenacre Foundation, the Christian
Science Sanitorium and School for Nursing.
She is survived by her sons, Richard W. (Pat) of
Clearwater, Fla., and E. Donald of Tampa, Fla.; and a
daughter, Mavis G. Fortner of Orance City, Fla.; five
grandchildren; Carol Fritz of Marietta, Ga., Richard W.
Jr. of Tampa, Fla., Robert G. of Palm Springs, Calif.,
Brian of Tampa, Fla., and Kenneth G. Fortner of River-
dale, Ga., and three great-grandchildren.
Dorothy Burns Bowen, 64, of Murfreesboro, Ten-
nessee, died May 8, 1983, after a lengthy illness. The wife
of Charles R. (Bob) Bowen who taught at the Canal Zone
College from 1947 to 1975, she was a graduate of Ten-
nessee Women's College and the University of Chicago.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Bob, of Mur-
freesboro, Tennessee; a daughter, Ann Murphy, and a
grandson, Logan of Lowville, New York; two brothers,
George Burns of Sonoma, and William Burs of Wilm-
Thelma C. Camby, 63, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died
September 14, 1983. She left the Panama Canal Zone
seven years ago where she was a budget analyst for the
U.S. Army. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. She is survived by a son, Virgil G.
Camby of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two daughters, Carolyn J.
Mullins of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Marilyn J. Harley of
Lutz, Fla.; her mother and stepfather, Marie R. and
Joseph Kuhn of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two sisters, Eula M.
DiRoma and Willie Marie DuVall, both of St. Petersburg,
Fla.; six grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Eleanor M. Cross, 69, died August 7, 1983, at In-
dianapolis, Indiana. She left the Canal Zone in 1965 and
was the owner and operator of the Gatun Beauty Shop.
She is survived by her husband, James C. Cross,
former manager of the Gatun Retail Store.
Estle H. Davison, 78, of Kerrville, Texas, died Oc-
tober 2, 1983. He was a heavy equipment operator for the
Panama Canal Company and lived in the Canal Zone from
1935 to 1970. He retired in 1967 and moved to Kerrville in
1970. He was a member of the Balboa Masonic Lodge,
Shriners and Scottish Rite Bodies.
Survivors include his widow, Elizabeth; a daughter,
Estelle Davison-Crews of Shawnee, Kan., and a grand-
GeorgeJ. Hoffman, 95, of DeLand, Florida, diedJu-
ly 16, 1983, at his home. He was a meat cutter at the Com-
missary Division and left the Canal Zone in 1950. He was a
member of the Masonic Lodge in DeLand and the DeLand
Elks Lodge and the Stetson Baptist Church. He was pre-
deceased by a daughter, Maxine Cawl in Balboa, Canal
Zone, in 1964.
Survivors include his wife, Martha of DeLand; three
daughters, Betty Schmittgen of Elyria, Ohio, Marian
Laisy of Williston, Fla., Arlene Reider of Scotch Plains,
N.J.; sons, Edward of Santa Ynez, Calif., George Jr. of
Grand Junction, Colo., and Donald of California; 14
grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Jewel Lockhart Horan, 76, of Vincennes, Indiana,
died February 22, 1983. She was the widow of Thomas B.
Horan, former conductor with the Panama Railroad.
She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Horan Blair
(BHS '41) of Vincennes, Indiana, and one grandson,
Robert Blair of Fordland, Missouri.
Robert S. Horning, Sr., diedJuly 20, 1983, at Nor-
thern Virginia Hospital, Arlington, Virginia. He is surviv-
ed by his wife, Vickie.
Thomas A. Jenkins, 78, of Malvern, Pennsylvania,
died August 4, 1983, at Paoli Memorial Hospital. He was
the husband of Catherine H. Gerhard Jenkins. He spent
much of his life in the Canal Zone, attending their schools
and he later attended Villanova University and worked as
an electrical engineer at Coco Solo Naval Air Station. He
later worked as an electrical engineer with the U.S. Navy
in the Canal Zone. He was a member of the Villanova
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons,
Thomas A. Jr., Joseph B., John P., and William J.; two
daughters, Marie D. Everett and Kathleen A. Cuartas; a
sister, Ruth J. Bain of St. Petersburg, Fla. and 19 grand-
Horace (Hod) F. Jenner, 72, passed away in Pen-
sacola, Florida, on August 1, 1983, after a lengthy illness.
He retired from the Supply Division in 1971 as a buyer.
He is survived by his wife, Janet; a son, Jim of Ocean
Springs, Mississippi, and two daughters, Christy Gioriano
of Colorado and Jerrye Tisdale of Gulfport, Mississippi,
and four grandchildren.
Lucille M. Jordan, 81, of Mobile, Alabama, passed
away at her home on October 4, 1983. She is survived by
her husband, Thomas T. Jordan of Mobile, Alabama, and
four children, Marjorie Hall, Mobile Ala., Tommie Lou
Horter of Austin, Texas, Thomas M. Jordan of Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla. and Dorothy J. Herrington of Clear-
water, Fla., and eight grandchildren.
Thomas M. Kaufmann, 45, of Balboa, Panama, met
an untimely death on October 16, 1983, in Santa Clara,
Panama. He was the Assistant Branch Chief (Pacific Area)
of the Panama Canal Commission Canal Protection Divi-
sion and was formerly a supervisor at the Canal Zone
Penitentiary. Born and raised in the Canal Zone, he was a
sports enthusiast and was a member of the BPOE Lodge
1414 and a 5-point veteran.
Robert F. Kredell, 21, of Austin, Texas, was killed
in a motorcycle accident in Austin on September 23, 1983.
He spent most of his life in Coco Solo, Canal Zone, and
was attending college in Austin.
He is survived by his mother, Anna G. Fadden; his
stepfather, Capt. Leon Fadden; five brothers, George,
Michael, Mark, Thomas and Samuel; two sisters, Marian
and Kathleen Kredell.
Harold W. Leffingwell, of New Canaan, Connec-
ticut, died September 15, 1983, at the age of 62. He was
born in Kansas City, Missouri, and served in the U.S. Air
Corps in World War II. He joined the IBM Corporation in
1949 after graduating from the University of Southern
California and was actively employed at the time of his
He is survived by his wife, Janie Hamlin Leffingwell;
two sons, Dr. Craig Leffingwell of Chicago, Illinois, and
Charles Leffingwell of New Canaan, Connecticut, and one
Nathaniel Litvin, 69, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
September 12, 1983, at the home of his daughter in Seattle,
Washington. He retired from the Engineering Division,
Panama Canal Company 10 years ago. He was a 330
Mason and was the Deputy District Grand Master in the
Canal Zone until his retirement.
He is survived by his daughters, Ruth Beder, of Seat-
tle, Washington and Naomi Litvin of New York. His
brother, Melvin Litvin, resides in St. Petersburg, Fla., and
his sister, Eleanor Romero resides in Mexico City, Mex-
Elizabeth L. Luhr, 73, of Brandon, Florida, died Ju-
ly 20, 1983, in Brandon. She is survived by her husband,
Chester A. Luhr. of Seffner, Fla.
Robert A. Messer, 70, of Venice, Florida, died on
Sunday, October 2, 1983, at home. He was raised in the
Canal Zone, graduating from Balboa High School and
worked for the Mechanical Division, Balboa, as an In-
dustrial Engineer. He later moved to Shiroi Air Base in
Japan and in 1959 transferred to Laughlin AFB in Texas.
He retired to Venice in 1979. He was a Life Member of
BPOE Lodge 1414 in Balboa, a member of the Balboa
Yacht Club and the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
He leaves his wife, Martha of Venice; a son, Charles
of Texas; a daughter, Patricia M. Rogers of Texas and a
sister, Dorothy M. Barnes of California.
George W. Metzger, 72, of Ormond Beach, Florida,
died at home on 28 July, 1983. He was born in Chester,
Pa., and retired from government service with the U.S.
Navy in Panama in 1966.
He is survived by his wife, Armenia of Ormond, Fla.;
a daughter, Dorothy Stumvoll of Curundu, Panama; a
son, George of Holly Hill, Fla., and three grandchildren,
Erica, Diana and Douglas.
Minnie (Pat) Morgan, 86, died on Tuesday,
September 27, 1983, at her home at Miraflores. She was
born in the hills of N.C. but raised in Barium Springs or-
phanage, N.C. Through the orphanage she received her
nurse's training and joined the U.S. Army Corps in 1918.
She served in Germany from 1920 to 1922 and was then
assigned to Ancon Hospital. She resigned from the Army
in 1924. For many years she and her husband, the late
Charles Morgan, ran the Ancon Greenhouse and the
gardens where they made their home. She became an ex-
pert in the raising of plants and flowers and in the art of
flower arranging and for many years taught classes at the
Balboa YMCA which culminated in flower shows noted for
their excellence. Mrs. Morgan is survived by a step-
daughter, Virginia Cooper of Tampa, Florida; a cousin, L.
Gentry of Waynesville, N.C.; and a niece, Ruth Nebus of
Gertrude Joustra Mullins, 52, of Dothan, Alabama,
died September 10, 1983. She moved to the Panama Canal
Zone early in her life from Paterson, N.J., where she was
born, and lived most of her lifetime in the Canal Zone. She
resided in Dothan since 1977. She was a member of the
Curtis Memorial United Methodist Church and the
Panama Canal Society. She was the widow of Curtis L.
Mullins, Sr., a retired civil service employee.
Survivors include two sons, Curtis L. Jr. and Brian,
both of Dothan; one sister, Karen of Dothan; her mother,
Jacoba Joustra of Sarasota, Fla.; two sisters, Grace Joustra
of Sarasota, Fla. and Catherine Melville, Middletown,
N.Y., and several nieces and nephews.
Sanna Wanetta Munden, 90, of St. Petersburg, Fla.,
died September 15, 1983. She was a member of Unity
Survivors include a daughter, Sanna L. Offutt of
Pinellas Park, Fla., a son, James H. of Panama Canal
Zone and nine grandchildren.
Barbara Rae O'Connor, 59, of 4034 32nd Ave. No.,
St. Petersburg, FL, died Thursday, October 6, 1983. Born
in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, she came here in September
1979 from the Panama Canal Zone. She was a member of
O.E.S. Coral Palm Chapter No. 23. Cristobal, Panama;
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.; and the Jungle
Circle of the Garden Club of St. Petersburg, Florida. Sur-
vivors include two sons, Gary W. of St. Petersburg and
John P. of Ft. Walton Beach, Fl., a daughter, Colleen Lau,
St. Petersburg; two sisters, Grace Williams of St.
Petersburg and Shirley Chancellor of Eureka, California,
and two granddaughters.
EthelJ. (van'tVeld) Oliver passed away on April 22,
1981 at Arlington Hospital, Virginia. Ethel was 57 years of
age and was born in Gorgas Hospital. She graduated from
Balboa High School in 1945 and left the Canal Zone in
She is survived by her mother, Etalvina van'tVeld of
Falls Church, Virginia; two brothers, Cecil and Hendrik; a
sister, Vickie Horning and a daughter, Robin Lynn
Ethel E. Owen, 86, of Clearwater, Florida, died
September 8, 1983. She was the widow of Gilbert Brady
Owen who was a Roosevelt Medal holder. She was a
member of the Episcopal Church of Ascension, Clear-
water; life member of Coral Palm Chapter #23, Cristobal;
holder of the Grand Cross of Colors, Order of the Rainbow
for girls, and member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, St. Petersburg, Fla.
She is survived by her two daughters, Mildred O.
Sutherland and Margaret O. Shipley, both of Clearwater;
a brother, Joel C. Johnson of Deerfield, Missouri; grand-
son, Owen C. Sutherland of Rochester, Michigan; and
granddaughters Janet C. Jennings of Guanacaste, Costa
Rica, Marsha S. McNamara of Prescott, Arizona, and
Julia S. Shaffer of Key West, Florida, and ten great-grand-
Dorotha E. "Dot" Rector, 80, of Great Falls, Mon-
tana, passed away August 13, 1983, at Great Falls, Mon-
tana. She was formerly a physical education instructor with
the Schools Division, Panama Canal Company and a
member of the faculty.
She is survived by her sister, Ann Rector Williams of
Francis A. Reimann, 92, died suddenly at the home
of his daughter, Mrs. Linda Morris, in Richardson, Texas,
on March 11, 1983. Born in Chicago, Mr. Reimann was
married to Carmen Campos of Costa Rica. He was em-
ployed by the Panama Canal Co. and then the U.S. Army.
For the past several years the Reimanns had made
their home with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Morris in Balboa and went with them follow-
ing Mr. Morris' retirement from Panama Canal Co. ser-
vice, to make their home in Richardson, Texas.
Surviving are his wife Carmen, three daughters,
Maria Thomas of California, Linda Morris of Richardson
and Marge Gibbs of Ancon, seven grandchildren and one
Esther R. Sasso, 88, of Sarasota, Florida, died
August 19, 1983, after a long illness. She moved to
Sarasota in 1977 from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and
was active in the St. Thomas Jewish community and was a
member of Temple Emmanuel.
She leaves seven children; Walter C. Watson of
Panama City, Panama, Joseph M. Watson, Thelma
Maguire and D. Gladys McLain, all of Sarasota, Fla., J.
Douglas Watson of St. Thomas, Beatrice M. Perez of
Brooklyn, N.Y., Joy S. Finnimore of Beverly, Mass.; a
brother, Jacob A. Robles of Panama City; three sisters,
Gladys R. deCastro and Elaine A. Robles of St. Thomas
and Edith R. Frankel of Riverside, Calif.; 22 grandchildren
and 28 great-grandchildren.
Matthew Shannon, 86, of St. Petersburg, Fla.,
passed away on August 10, 1983, at home. He came to Pan-
ama in 1923 as a businessman and joined the Panama Canal
Company in 1983 where he was a painter foreman for the
Dredging Division. He was a well-known local sportsman,
a charter member of the old Panama golf course and a one-
time local Isthmian golf champion. Mr. Shannon was a
Navy veteran, a member of the American Legion and
former member of Elks Lodge #1414, Balboa.
Survivors include his wife, Lydia; two daughters,
Charlotte Wahl Dailey of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mary
Switzer of Orlando, Fla.; three brothers, Patrick J. of
Jacksonville, Fla., George of California and Tom of
Florida; a sister, Mabel Payne; four grandchildren and six-
Harold E. Small, 67, of Port Charlotte, Florida, died
October 16, 1983. He was the entomologist for the U.S.
Army (Atlantic Area), prior to transferring to Washington,
D.C. in 1957. He was a member of the Church of the
Good Shepherd, was a Mason, member of the Scottish
Rite Temple, Abou Saad Shrine, Elks, American Orchid
Society and was active in the Boy Scouts and Demolay.
He leaves a daughter, Derrienne, of Virginia; two
sons, Harold III of Korea and George of Virginia; a sister,
Betty Moser of Arizona and two grandchildren.
Louise Z. Small, 62, of Port Charlotte, Florida, died
September 16, 1983. She came to the Canal Zone in 1957
from Washington, D.C. and was an assistant auditor for
the Dept. of the Navy. She was a member of the Church of
the Good Shepherd; OES and Gulf Coast Orchid Society.
She is survived by her husband, Harold E. Jr. of Port
Charlotte, Fla.; a daughter, Derrienne Small of Virginia;
two sons, Harold III of Korea and George of Virginia and
Edward Spearman of Tucson, Arizona, died January
4, 1981 in Tucson. He was a Roosevelt Medal holder
(#640) and bar (#2860) signifying four years of service with
the Panama Canal Company prior to 1914. There are no
Charles F. Van Steenberg, 63, of Silver Spring,
Maryland, died September 17, 1983, at Johns Hopkins
University Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, following a
lengthy illness. Born in the Canal Zone, he graduated from
Balboa High School in 1937. He worked in the Telephone
Section of the Electrical Division in Balboa and later with
the U.S. Navy at 15th N.D., Ft. Amador. He left the
Canal Zone in 1957 to continue federal service at Ft.
Meade, Md., where he retired after 38 years of service in
1976. He was a member of the IBEW and Model Railroad
Club in the Canal Zone. He was also a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, AARP, NARFE, Lions
Club, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Calvert Marine Socie-
ty and the Wicomico Yacht and Country Club.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth C. (O'Brien); two
daughters, Corrinne Frances of Charlottesville, Va., and
Jean Maureen Restuccia of Key West, Fla.; a brother,
John R. of Amherst, Mass.
Albert G. Turner, 82, died 26 August 1983 at
Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona. He was a member of
Sojourners Lodge, Panama, and the Tucson Shrine Tem-
ple. There are no known survivors.
Joseph A. Vowell, Sr., died at his home in
Huckleberry Hills, near Rogers, Arkansas, August 17,
1983. He began his Panama Canal service as Conductor
with the Railroad Division in 1951, and retired as Yard-
master in 1975.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of Rogers; two
sons, Joseph, Jr., Panama Canal; Charles, St. Johns,
Ariz.; two daughters, Rosalie Hultenschmidt, Beaver,
Wa.; and Kathleen Sharpensteen, New Orleans, La.,
eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Nina E. Warner, 86, of Bradenton, Florida, died
August 3, 1983. She was the widow of Paul H. Warner,
son of John F. Warner, founder of the Panama Canal So-
ciety of Florida, who died in 1955. She was the last member
of the family to have worked in the Canal Zone, thus be-
coming eligible for membership in the Society, and enjoyed
attending the annual reunions when she was able. She will
be interred in Deerfield Township Cemetery, Clarksburg,
She is survived by Marjorie L. Warner, M.D., a
daughter, of Bradenton, Florida.
Adrian William Webb, Jr. "Bill," 58, of St.
Petersburg, Fla., died September 1, 1983. he left the Pan-
ama Canal Zone in 1969 and was a retired Navy chief petty
officer. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, Korea
and Vietnam; a member of Loyal Order of Moose No.
1145, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Master Mason of Grand Lodge
No. 139 F & AM, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
and Fleet Reserve Association.
Survivors include his wife Ruth L.; a daughter Adele.
M. Kelley, Phoenix, Ariz.; his mother Pearl L. Trower,
St. Petersburg, Fla.; his father Adrian William "Doc"
Webb Sr., and his step-mother Dorothy Webb, both of
Bristol, Maine; two sisters, Mary Lou Hall, St. Peters-
burg, Fla., and Sandra Walters, Becket, Mass.; and two
brothers, Sam J. Webb, Calif., and Roberto "Nino"
Trower, Rockville, Md.
Therlon E. Wickens, of Chesapeake, Virginia, died
October 11, 1983, of a heart attack. He was an electrician
with the Army Engineers at Ft. Davis, Canal Zone, when
he retired in November 1981. He held Life Memberships
in the AF & AM and the V.F.W.
He is survived by his wife, Aida, M. (Duarte)
Wickens of Chesapeake, Va.; his eldest son, Timothy of
Sparks, Nevada; six other children, and a sister, Wilma
Kennard of Dothan, Ala.
Daniel C. Zitman, 75, of Escondido, California, died
March 13, 1983. He retired from the Panama Canal Com-
pany in 1966 from the Accounting Division.
He is survived by his daughter, Ellen F. MacIsaac, of
Letters to the Editor
Dear Mr. Heditor:
I am writing to you because I may need a lickle help
from de hold people society dem.
Last week gone I was in me house watching me telly-
vision chube when a man did come on and sed dat de
Miami Hurricane Center was sending a Florida hurricane to
de Texas coast.
I taught he was making a joke so I didn't pay him no
mind, but he came back again and said de cane was on de
way. I did look at him as a foolish rass who was black up on
Gorgona rum and again I didn't pay him no mind because
he had to be stewpid.
You know what did happen ? De cane did reach and
did lick down tings all about de place. I tell you I couldn't
believe me high-sight. Dat is de first time in me life dat I
did see a breeze like dis.
All class of tings was flying trew de hair de trees
dem was breaking off and de roof tops was takin off in de
sky. A friend of mine was sleeping in his lickle peas and rice
bed when rain water did wet his rass because his roof was
A next man got a pain in his belly because he needed
to go to de service. As he went to de service his toilet bowl
was gone and he started to puff up. You could sick if you
can't go to de service you did know dat?
I know you don't believe it but did you know a boat
could sail on a roadside? Well, I tell you I did experience
dat. A big boat and some lickle boats dem remove from de
seaside and was sailin down the roadside. No, I am not
making no joke. I saw dat in truth. It was a terrible ting and
I did catch fright.
I did pack up me tings to go but I didn't know where
de rass to go because if I went out of me house de rain would
catch me and I would take a cold in de head. I can't afford
to take no chance to sick again.
I cannot believe dat foolish rass in de Miami Hur-
ricane Center could send a cane to my side like he want to
kill me off.
I beg you to contact me hold friend, Hex-President
Bugle Bird Clarke and report dis incident. He is a friend
of de Mayor of St Petersburg and has de influence to find
out dat stewpid rass so dat he don't skylark wid de hur-
ricane dem again.
Dis is de worse ting I did see in me hole life since de
fire did burn down Colon city and dose whomans dat was
making business on Cash Street had to remove to de Harmy
tents to make a bread. You recall dat?
I don't like to write dis class of emergency letter but
dat man is a hidiot and may kill off me rass and I don't
want to dead yet.
Roy R. Wilferd, former Panama R.R. Conductor, Nina White,
John M. White, former Panama R.R. Engineer, Lois Sayler,
Chas. R. Sayler, former Panama R.R. Engineer at Jacksonville,
Fla. July 1983.
.... Just a quick note to tell you how much we en-
joyed the Record. Also, would like to suggest that you
change the reunion date to the first week in June, so those
who have kids in school can attend.
.... We all enjoy the larger edition so much with the
pictures especially and so much more news. You are to
Mrs. Vernon L.S.
San Diego, Calif.
.... .Thanks for all your loving work. We do ap-
preciate it. I have to hide the book before John gets it or I
can't read it for a week.
Orange City, Florida
To: De Membership of the Panama Canal Society for
Hole People retire from de Canal Zone:
A letter and a shirt did reach me here last week gone. I
had to reed de letter tree times before it did register on me
mind dat I did win a prize.
Look at dat I didn't buy no chance ticket and I
didn't pay no Rifa and I came out on top. I don't know
what it tis but a prize is a good ting and I want to say
"tanks" to all de membership dem.
De shirt fits good and I look swift like dose Jasper Boys
dat does sport around Colon City, to rass. I am glad dat de
prize did send to a honest man like me and not to one of
does Bamboo Lane teef because dey wouldn't say "tanks"
(Charles L. Leeser, Jr. of Houston, Texas, won his CZ
monogrammed shirt for the best article submitted, depic-
ting the 'bajun' influence in the old Canal Zone, during the
past year. Ed.)
and spent several days with Marge and John Oliver. (Cor-
ozal Bakery '52.) On the way north we called Ed and Win-
nie Compton (Gatun) in West Virginia.
July 13 was a special day. Patsy Ryan came to our
house for a two-week visit from Engelwood, Florida. We
really enjoyed each other's company. Had tried to get Ad-
die Colclasure to come at the same time but she had other
plans. Patsy and I did talk to the Fiests on the phone.
July 27 was a sorry day had to take Patsy to the In-
ternational Airport for her trip home.
.... Surely appreciate all the good work all you good
people are doing in getting the Canal Record to the press
and people on time! It's never been better ...
Ocean Springs, Miss.
.... The September Canal Record is tops. Pat is do-
ing an outstanding job. He is AAA +. Am happy to see the
1984 reunion is going back to the Holiday Inn at Tampa.
We have attended about 15 reunions and that is the best
location to date ....
Bob & Trudy B.
.... The Record is a great publication my con-
gratulations to all involved in it.
Mr. and Mrs. WendellJ. Greene, Marie (Haggerty) Ewing,
Gene Sexton Clary.
Bill and Dot Loehr formerly of Clayton/Corozal
'49-'55 writes that they spent last winter on the west coast
gabbing and goofing. Visited with George and Gertie
Fiest formerly of IBM at Pacifica, Calif. Was supposed
to go to their cabin at Clear Lake but rain messed up the
roads. Flew to Hawaii for 10 days. Spent too much money
and came back to California.
Was in Washington, DC, area in April and called
several Zonites in that area. Then to Petersburg, Virginia,
Olsens to move again!
We are moving again. This time to the "wine capital"
of California Napa. Reno is a good retirement city but
its winters are too severe. Napa is an hour north of San
Francisco and very close to Travis AFB and Mare Island.
It is also a good retirement area as it has a large and vig-
orous group of federal retired employees, mostly from the
I still play golf quite often. The course in Napa is ac-
tually within and a part of a vineyard. Although the winters
are rainy and cool, it has many very pleasant days and a
The Emmett Collins are the only Canal Zoners I see
with any frequency. Emmett still works every day at a
My family Kathleen (1968) lives in Reno; Mike
(1972) and Dorothy (1973) live in Napa; Keith (1975) is
now in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as a professor.
I truly enjoy receiving the Canal Record and still plan
to return to a reunion and a golf match.
Philip C. Olsen
Lillian Abrams, of Clermont, Florida, called in our
office wanting to publish in the Canal Record that she
wishes all members of the Society a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year.
Our son, Don Loehr is on a 6-month contract in
Saudi Arabia and may extend to 18 months. Will know
more when wife Marlene and daughters Cindy, with Deb-
bie and husband David Kern, all meet in Hawaii in
Our daughter, Ginger Johnson has a married
daughter, Dandy and Gary Thiessen. Also a son, James
Williams. We all live in a 90-mile triangle so we are close.
Guess that's all for now. My hand is objecting to this
Bill and Dot Loehr
Jean F. Inzer writes: Charles is a 1st Lieutenant in
the Army and will graduate next year from Medical School
and then will become a Captain. He hopes to do his resi-
dency at Ft. Gordon, near Augusta, Ga. but won't be sure
about that till next year. His son, Christopher was 3 2
when the photo was made. His daughter, Alisa M., was six
months old. Chris is now 4/2 and Alisa, 1 2 years old.
Richard H. Farrington, Jean Campbell Farrington Inzer,
with granddaughter Alisa Maria Farrington, Charles A. Farr-
ington with son Christopher.
My other son, Richard, is not married and is now 27.
He is a respiratory therapist in a hospital here in Atlanta.
Oh yes, Mrs. Esther Campbell had her 96th birthday
this month on August 2. She still lives in Fullerton, Califor-
LTC Phil Breunle (recently selected for promotion to
full Colonel), previously assigned for 5 years with the
Health Bureau and his wife, Judy, enjoyed a wonderful
reunion with Margaret King, who formerly worked in the
Office of the Executive Secretary. She came to San Antonio
to visit with her son, Capt. Jim King and his wife, Alice.
Jim, who was recently selected for promotion to Ma-
jor is now assigned to the same unit and works with Phil at
Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
CPTJim King and his wife Alice.
Shawn Judy, Kris, Melissa, and LTC Phil Breunle with
Margaret King on confirmation day in San Antonio, (daughter
Kara yearsr) was busy eating donuts and missed the picture!)
During her visit, Margaret attended the confirmation
of Shawn (14 years) and Melissa (13 years) Breunle, to
whom she so skillfully taught church school when they were
small children attending St. Lukes Episcopal Church in
Ancon over 10 years ago.
Fun was had by all on this important occasion and
happy reunion of old friends.
Phillip C. Breunle
Ft. Sam Houston, Texas
.... I really enjoy the Record and would hate to miss
Martha J. S-W
Santa Paula, Calif.
... Your well-organized efforts and drive resulted in
a wonderful Record! You and all your helpers deserve a
'Stand up and Hoot' ovation!
Jack & Grace C.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
.. Please pass on to Pat Beall my congratulations for
an outstanding Canal Record. It is truly outstanding!
Mrs. Roberta G.
.... Keep up the good work, we all look forward to
good reading material, which we get in the Records.
.... I enjoy the new size Canal Record. It is easy to
read and the pictures of friends much better to see. I feel
closer to each one and enjoy visiting through the Canal
Mary Alice M.
From the Torstenson's in Texas:
We have thoroughly enjoyed our commuting life -
winters in our home in Kingsland, and summers in our
mobile home on Pokegama Lake at Grand Rapids, Minne-
sota. Last June we took off for a three-week trip to Norway
and Sweden. We flew to Stockholm, Sweden, where we
picked up a rental car, then drove across Sweden to Nor-
way. After spending about a week visiting relatives and
spending time in their mountain retreat we took off from
Oslo across the whole of Norway for Sogndal and Bergen.
'Then we drove back to Oslo via the Fjord country.
What made the trip so extra special was that we were
not alone. Accompanying us were our two grandchildren,
Nathan Gruman, age 7, and Gillian Gruman, age 5.
They are the children of Bill and Mary Margot Torsten-
son Gruman, CHS class of 1966. A lot of people thought
we were brave taking the children, but they were so good
and such good company it made the trip a pleasure all
The only rough part of the trip was the harrowing bits
provided by our rental car. It was a brand new Ford Escort
that seemed to be afraid of the dark. After about 2 weeks of
traveling it would stop in the middle of tunnels. After
waiting a bit it would work for a while. The trouble was
that it started this business while we were in the mountains,
miles from a town with a repair man. The children were
wonderful during it all, for drifting backwards down a nar-
row mountain road can be scary. Our best greetings to our
Lucile E. Torstenson
Mr Gahhey & Co.
Panama Pepper, Pepa Sauce
106 Sycamore St. Dothan, Al.
This letter is sent to you announcing the formation of
a new enterprise, as above letterhead, McGahhey & Co.
"AJI-BRAND, PANAMA PEPPER, PEPA-SAUCE."
It is with great pride that we begin this new venture
and family oriented business and announce the soon to be
released to the culinary markets, a new and delicious HOT-
SAUCE, "AJI-PEPA-SA UCE. "
So named in honor of Morris Monroe Seeley, known
as "PEPA" to friends & family. Pepa first made "PEPA 'S
AJI-SAUCE" around 1907, from a wild jungle HOT pep-
per known as "AJI" (ah-hee) in the Panama Canal Zone.
Made from a secret family recipe of vinegar, spices, tender
loving care, & a wink. Used sparingly in soup, salad,
seafood, meat, poultry, gravies, fish & Bloody Mary's. The
flavor enhancing ability of "PEPA 'S AJU-SAUCE" is our
family's tradition and a gourmet's delight.
We are proud to announce that "PEPA'S AJI-
SAUCE," will be the first HOT SAUCE ever to be;
1. Salt free, 2. Fully digestible 3. First ever with a
warning on the label: "Avoid contact with skin," "Keep
out of reach of children."
We, the board of directors, happily dedicate our prod-
uct & product excellence, for the inspiration given by Mrs.
Morris Monroe Seeley, "Memma."
For further information please contact the following;
Larry N. McGahhey .................. (205) 794-5813
Sam Roe, Jr. ....................... (205) 794-4506
1601 Fieldcrest Apts., Dothan, Al. 36302
I wish to thank all of you who sent cards and called us
on the phone when Matt passed away on August 10, 1983.
As many of you know I had broken my hip in May and was
still hospitalized when Matt left us and could not attend a
service for him. Since it was also his wish that no services
be held, his family in Jacksonville, FL, had a private Mass
in his memory. At times like this it is heartening to know
how many lovely friends we have! I am now living with
Charlotte and Earl Dailey, my daughter and son-in-law,
at 5145 Huntington Circle, N.E., St. Petersburg, FL
33703 (Tel: 525-0456).
Lydia M. Shannon
.... You are all doing a darn good job, especially the
Mr. & Mrs. James E.S.
Clyde (Soupy) Campbell, former tugboat engineer at Cristobal and
Charlie Sayler, former railroad engineer. Picture taken at Man-
chester, Tenn. May 1983.
From Edmund R and Grace E. Mac Vittie, 10130 For-
rester Drive, Sun City, AZ 85351
Report from this fine State of Arizona:
Well, here we are back in sunny Arizona after a very
fine summer vacation in our summer condo in Williams-
ville, New York. In June I picked up Carl J. Browne in
Avon, New York, and we drove down to Cornell Universi-
ty, he for his 45th reunion and me for our annual Con-
tinuous Reunion Club reunion. It was a great week as we
heard many fine forums and on Saturdy afternoon we
heard President Gerald Ford give an excellent talk at Bailey
Hall to a full capacity house.
Then in July we had an unexpected visit from F.R.
"Bob" and Agnes "Pete" Johnson as they were on their
way back from visiting the famous Thousand Islands in
Upper New York. They spent 5 days with us and we visited
all the art galleries and museums in the neighborhood.
They also saw more of the Mac Vittie family who still live
in that fine area. We visited with them in the summer of
'82 and it was great to see them again.
Then in September, Grace and I went over to Ver-
mont and New Hampshire to spend four days at Carl and
Blanche Brown's summer home in Canaan, New Hamp-
shire. The Doolans, Ed and Mary, were nearby in Ver-
I They are all talking about
mont and we met at Lyme, New Hampshire, for an ex-
cellent dinner at the famous inn there with Carl and Blan-
che, also. Ed is now taking up soaring and enjoying it very
much and Mary looks very healthy and happy. It was a
great four days for Grace and I as the countryside is very
conducive to resting and enjoying reading in the solitude of
After returning here from the East we went to a party
hosted by Dr. Robert 'Bob' and Evie Matheney in honor
of Frank Albert Baldwin who stopped in the Phoenix area
for one night on his way to Caifornia to see the O'Learys.
At the party were the following Canal Zoners Ben and
Helen Chisholm, Henry Murphy, Dr. Dan and Marion
Herschel and of course we four. Many others were there
but not of the background of the Panama Canal. It was a
fun evening and many memories of our days down there at
the "Big Ditch" were discussed with much fun as the even-
ing progressed with talk and food and drinks. A memorable
We are still trying to get a chapter started here and
with the help of Gerald and Pat Doyle we will work
seriously on it this winter. Gerry is doing well in his ar-
chitectural work of restoring old buildings and ranches
which have a marvelous history of their makings of the
West and which should be preserved for future generations.
Richard Catleft in his father's montuno, Sarah (at right) and
MaryJ. Polite in center.
REAL ESTATE REALTOR
JIM McCONAGHY, C.R.B. Owner
MEMBER CANAL SOCIETY
Two Offices to serve you
in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg Area.
5503 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida
2468 State Rd. 580, Clearwater, Florida
Left to Right: In
Parsons, Stephy Bec
with Ralph Perkins
Taylor behind him;
Ellis, Eddie Corrigp
son, Jerry Opp, Pa
Simon, Anne Haul
Taylor. Seated on
Brooks and Robe
Teachers: Mrs. Eli
arten Cristobal Nursery School
Canal Zone 1944
Bus: Larry Stafford, Roy Perkins, Gerard
Wallace, Kay McClure, Patty Doyle, Johnny A
k and Tommy Sellers. Standing: Bunchy Gegg
in front of her; Jimmy Longo with Michael
Keith Kulig in front of Roger Grifith; Timmy
an, Roy Hearn, Claudine Portillo, Billie Gib-
t Maedl, Nancy Simon, Tamara Leon, erry
erg, Max Hanna, Layne Taylor and Susan
ground: Peter Corrigan, Julian Hall, Jimmy
rt Hamltaon. Driver: Claibourne Hawks.nny
zabeth Simon and Mrs. Catsy Taylor.
6th Grade Pedro Miguel School, Canal Zone Teacher: Miss
1st Row, L to R: Blanche Adler; ?; ?; Babe Maguire; Ellen
"Betty" Mead. 2nd Row, L to R: Susan Ewing; Athea But-
cher; Roy Boggs; Tom Bender; ?; ?. 3rd Row, L to R: Ruby
Kent; Joe Hunt; George Chorseepoles; Junior Taeiman;
Betty Morrison. 4th Row, L to R: John Trower; Paul Ber-
nard; Bob Morris, Martha Bradley (Wood); Bob Gorden;
Submitted by Martha Wood, Vancouver, WA.
Dorothy Hamlin 's music class: Jean (Kieswetter) Mann and
I.H.N.I. (I have no idea), early 1930's.
History of the Canal Zone Police
Finai Part 4
In 1967, two detectives were added to the staff of the
Detective Section. Their main responsibility was to investi-
gate and report on offenses involving juveniles under the
age of21, with particular emphasis on drugs and alcohol. It
was at this time that the crime statistics began to reflect an
increase in juvenile crime and the use of drugs and alcohol.
On the evening of October 11, 1968, the government
of Arnulfo Arias was overthrown by the Panama National
Guard. President Arias and several of his cabinet members
were given political refugee status in the Canal Zone.
There was a great deal of property damage and loss of life
in Panama. Because of the violence, the Canal Zone Police
were placed on alert. During the weeks that followed the
coup, many other supporters of Arias asked for and were
granted political refugee status in the Canal Zone.
Throughout this period of delicate international diplomacy,
the Canal Zone Police were responsible for the safety of
Arias and his followers.
On the morning of December 14, 1969, an attempt
was made to overthrow the Government of Panama's
strongman, General Omar Torrijos. The coup attempt was
headed by National Guard Colonels Ramiro Silvera and
Amado Sanjur. General Torrijos, at the time in Mexico,
returned to Panama to stop the attempted coup. On June
8, 1970, the two colonels escaped from Panama's Carcel
Modelo where they were being confined for their part in
the coup. Upon their escape, they fled into the Canal Zone
and received political asylum. The colonels later were sent
to the United States. However, tension in the Canal Zone
heightened as General Torrijos became increasingly critical
of the Police Division's role in protecting the lives of his
In April of 1970, the drug problem in the Canal Zone
had reached epidemic proportions. A significantly high
percentage of the Police Division's time was being devoted
to narcotics arrests. To combat this new problem a new
narcotics section of the Balboa Detective Section was esta-
blished. Two men were assigned the duties of drug related
In May of 1971, the new Detective Section Annex was
officially opened. The Canal Zone Police Detective Section
had grown under the influence of Chief Wall, who had
served as Chief of Detectives in the Cristobal District dur-
ing the 1950's. Wall placed a premium on scientific criminal
investigatory techniques, and helped improve the equip-
ment available to the Police Division in regards to ballis-
tics, handwriting analysis, and other areas. Upon Wall's
insistence, existing crime-scene photographic equipment
was updated, and a photography laboratory constructed.
During fiscal year 1971 a uniform change came about.
Officers of the rank of lieutenant were authorized the wear-
ing of white shirts. In addition, the new police blue pants
were in use.
The triangular-shaped police patch was replaced by a
new design in 1971. The Canal Zone Police's second and
final patch was four-sided, and retained the Seal of the
Canal Zone Government in its middle. The words "Canal
Zone" were above the seal, while the word "Police" was at
the bottom of the patch. The patch was bordered in police
blue and was largely gold in color. This was in sharp con-
trast to the predominantly black coloring of the triangle
On May 24, 1971, the worst traffic accident in the
history of the Canal Zone occurred when a passenger-filled
bus crashed through the guard rail on the east approach of
the Thatcher Ferry Bridge. The bus plunged over the
guard rail and landed in the LaBoca tank farm ninety-nine
feet below. Rescue operations carried out by members of
the Canal Zone Police and other emergency units helped
keep the death toll down to thirty-eight people.
Thirteen months after being appointed Chief of the
Canal Zone Police, Charles S. Smith retired from federal
service. His successor, William F. Kessler, who took con-
trol of the Police Division on July 1, 1973, was placed in
the most difficult position of any Police Chief since the time
of George Shanton. For Kessler was responsible for pro-
viding the continued high standard of police service to the
Canal Zone in an increasingly hostile environment. To do
this, the Police Division needed to attract and retain quality
personnel, as well as implement planned programs needed
to keep the Canal Zone Police current with modern trends
and technology in law enforcement. Yet, Kessler found
himself working in an environment in which the United
States Government was determined to remake its relation-
ship with the Republic of Panama as Treaty talks were
underway in earnest. The outside pressure being applied
on the Canal Zone from the United States coupled with the
repeated threats of violence from Panama toward the
Canal Zone kept the Police Division in a constant state of
In the months that followed Kessler's appointment to
the Chiefs position, the Police Division decided to do away
with the ten-series code which had been used in previous
years. It was replaced by a clear-speech method. clear
speech was preferred because it proved effective in avoiding
confusion in critical police communications. Also in 1973,
high-visibility light bars and loud speakers were installed
on police vehicles. The light bar replaced the single light
which had been used for many years. The addition of the
loud speaker was also beneficial as police officers in the field
were able to effectively be heard by the public during emer-
gency situations or disturbances.
In 1973, a Police Records Section was established in
the Balboa Police Station to centralize the records of the Di-
vision and to facilitate the new data processing system
which was being placed into use.
The rapidly increasing amount of vehicular traffic
passing through the Canal Zone's jurisdiction demanded
improved enforcement techniques by the Police Division.
In March of 1974, the Canal Zone Police purchased three
radar guns. Though the Canal Zone Police had employed
radar methods in traffic enforcement for years, the new
speed guns were mobile and hand operated. The techno-
logical improvement in radar equipment more than
doubled the number of speeding violations issued by the
Division within a year.
On August 18, 1974, the Canal Zone Police took the
initiative to provide the Panama National Guard with a
Liaison Office within the Balboa Station. It was hoped that
close contact with the National Guard would lead to the ex-
change of mutual police information and help rebuild rela-
tions that had become strained over the years. Captain
Guillermo Ferrofino was the National Guardsman named
to serve as head of Panama's Liaison Unit.
On April 13, 1975, Suzanne Moore was hired as the
first female Canal Zone Police Officer. At first, many vet-
eran officers openly doubted the decision of allowing a
woman to enter a field which had been exclusively for men
in the past. However, Officer Moore's performance won
her acceptance from her fellow officers who realized that
women did have much to contribute to the law enforcement
field. Since 1975, many women joined the ranks of the
Canal Zone Police and handled their work in a professional
On July 10, 1975, thirty-six Haitians were found
adrift at sea by the M/V Rirruccia. The Haitians were
found in a small wooden boat which was unsuited for the
number of passengers it was carrying. The M/V Rirruccia
picked up the Haitians and brought them to the first port of
call, Balboa. Immigration officials met the boat when it ar-
rived at Pier 18. The Haitians refused to get off the boat.
After a short time, the Haitians agreed to disembark and
were bused to the Corozal Immigration Station. The
French Ambassador to Panama was notified of the situa-
tion and immediately made plans to return the refugees to
Haiti. A twenty-four hour police guard was placed on the
Haitians while they were at the Immigration Station. The
police guard was later increased when the Haitians stated
that they would not go back to Haiti for fear of political re-
prisals from their government. However, no escape at-
tempts on the part of the Haitians developed. On July
14, the group was bused to Tocumen International Airport
for the flight back to Haiti. Once at Tocumen, the pilot of
the BOAC flight refused to take any of the Haitians aboard
fearing for the safety of the other passengers. The group was
then taken back to the Corozol Immigration Station and
other arrangements were begun.
The French Ambassador finally was able to have the
Haitians flown out of the Canal Zone's Howard Air Force
Base by way of a chartered airplane. This agreement was
concluded only after it was stated that a contingent of
Canal Zone Police Officers would accompany the Haitians
on the flight to ensure its safety. On August 11, 1975, the
Haitians were taken to Howard Air Force Base and board-
ed a chartered COPA flight for Haiti along with fourteen
Canal Zone Policemen who accompanied the flight. Once
in Haiti, the Haitians were turned over to the authorities
and the police officers returned to Panama on the charter
flight. A total of 1,028 work hours by the Canal Zone Police
were involved in the Haitian affair.
In the early morning hours of December 24, 1975,
newsmen from the Republic of Panama were observed
filming three fully uniformed members of the Panama Na-
tional Guard directing traffic in the Canal Zone at the in-
tersection of Gaillard Highway and Frangipani Street. A
further check of the boundary line revealed two other Na-
tional Guardsmen at the National Avenue-President Ken-
nedy Avenue Intersection. Additionally, four other traffic
officers of the Panama National Guard were stationed at
traffic control points in Canal Zone territory along the
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Group of Zone Police Officers at Empire, Canal Zone, 1913
The National Guardsmen reportedly had been or-
dered into this unilateral action by Panama's Director of
Traffic for the official purpose of expediting the backlog of
holiday traffic in the Panama City area. The Guardsmen
had also been instructed by their superiors to issue "cour-
tesy citations" to any vehicle bearing Canal Zone license
plates committing traffic violations.
Panamanian officials requested permission from the
Governor of the Canal Zone to leave the National Guards-
men in place until January 9, 1976, the twelvth anniver-
sary of the 1964 United States/Panama Riots. The Na-
tional Guard had reportedly received intelligence that leftist
students would attempt to march on the Canal Zone to
commemorate the tragic event. Panama reasoned that the
National Guardsmen would prevent such an attempt from
A proposal was submitted to the National Guard that
was readily accepted. The agreement reached allowed a
twenty-four hour joint patrol in the Canal Zone Police's
boundary car, and an eleven-hour joint foot patrol at "J"
Street and Fourth of July Avenue. It was further agreed
that the two National Guardsmen on joint patrol would act
only as observers, and were not empowered to perform any
law enforcement function in the Canal Zone. They were al-
lowed to carry weapons for their own protection, however.
Joint patrol began that day at 3:55 p.m.
The idea of joint patrol was extremely unpopular with
members of the Canal Zone Police. The operation was has-
tily planned and contained few guidelines. Further, the of-
ficers felt that joint patrol was another attempt on the part
of the Panamanian Government to force the issue of sover-
eignty over the Canal Zone. The joint-patrol program
ended on January 9, 1976, with no apparent success.
To further add to the unrelenting pressure placed on
the Canal Zone Police Officer during the mid-1970's, the
Internal Revenue Service began disallowing the captive-
tenancy deduction that had been granted members of the
Police Division since 1959. The Internal Revenue Service
ruled that the officers did not fulfill all necessary require-
ments of a captive tenant according to the Internal
Revenue Service's revised interpretation of an existing
statute. Originally, only a handful of officers were singled
out to pay retroactively assessed tax deficiencies. By 1977,
all Canal Zone Police Officers had been affected by the ad-
verse ruling, which, in most cases, meant the officer owed
the United States Government thousands of dollars in defi-
Officers of the Police Division had followed in good
faith the instructions of the Canal Zone Government/Pan-
ama Canal Company in claiming the captive tenancy de-
duction. The officers perceived that they were being pres-
sured by their own government to be less vocal in their crit-
icism of the proposed Panama Canal Treaty. Feeling un-
justly dealt with, many Canal Zone Police Officers united
and obtained legal counsel to fight the Internal Revenue
Service's adverse ruling.
The first tax case arising from the captive tenant issue
was Benninghoff vs. the Commissioner of the Internal
Revenue Service. Heard before the Fifth Circuit Court of
Appeals, the court handed down a split decision against
Benninghoff. A later case, Frensley et al vs. the Commis-
sioner, was heard in a Florida tax court. Though a decision
has yet to be reached concerning this case, the Canal Zone
Police Officers made a strong argument to prove that the
entire Canal Zone was in fact their business premises. So
persuasive was the case against the Internal Revenue Ser-
vice that both Houses of Congress introduced remedial leg-
islation to disallow the retroactive assessment of back taxes
on employees of the Canal Zone Government.
During the 1976 United States presidential campaign,
the Panama Canal became a major issue. Patriotic fervor
swept through communities in the United States where the
vast majority of American citizens, when speaking of the
Canal, believed, "We bought it, we paid for it, and it's
ours!" But, as the idea of Panamanian sovereignty over the
Canal Zone had become the basis for the continuation of
the Torrijos Government in Panama, there was no realistic
way the trends toward a new Panama Canal Treaty could
On October 26, 1976, one week prior to the American
presidential election, a 1976 Toyota Land Rover parked in
the Balboa Retail Store/Commissary parking lot exploded
and caught fire at 3:40 p.m. The Land Rover was ripped
and torn by the force of the explosion which detonated at
the rear of the vehicle in the area of the gas tank. The ex-
plosion caused the vehicle to burn due to the rupturing of
the gas tank. Two vehicles parked nearby were badly
Upon the request of Chief Kessler, a United States
Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team was sent to the
scene to examine the vehicles and debris to determine by
what means the blast had occurred. After examining the
wreckage, a cause for the explosion could not be deter-
mined due to the large quantity of water used by Fire Divi-
sion personnel to extinguish the fires. However, the blast
appeared to have been greater than one caused by an ordi-
nary gas tank explosion.
It was raining at the time of the explosion, and one
early theory as to the cause of the blast was that lightning
had struck the gas tank of the Toyota. The parking lot was
crowded with afternoon shoppers at the time of the inci-
dent, but no one reported seeing any sign of lightning.
At 1:39 a.m., October 31, 1976, an explosion device
was detonated under the rear portion of a 1969 Toyota
owned by Police Officer William Drummond. At the time
of the explosion, the vehicle was parked unattended in the
driveway of Drummond's residence. There were no in-
juries as a result of the explosion, but moderate property
damage occurred to Drummond's two privately owned
motor vehicles and the front of his residence.
The Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team again
was summoned to the scene of the explosion by the Canal
Zone Police. A determination made from the evidence col-
lected revealed the explosion was caused by a timed-explo-
sive device detonated by a battery/clock-type mechanism.
Although it was never proven, there appeared to be no
coincidence that Drummond's home was chosen for the site
of the explosion. At the time, Drummond was a Canal
Zone labor leader who was highly critical of the proposed
treaty. The bombing was believed to be a scare tactic to
silence his criticism. With the Drummond bombing, it was
evident that the explosions were not isolated cases, but
were deliberately set to demonstrate the vulnerability of the
Canal Zone's civilian population to armed terrorist attacks.
At 7:25 p.m., October 31, 1976, the most powerful
destructive bombing incident occurred in the parking lot of
the Coco Solo Hospital. A series of three separately timed
explosions caused three cars in the parking lot to be de-
stroyed. Residents of adjacent buildings were evacuated,
and the hospital area sealed off by police units.
The investigation showed a total of seven vehicles had
been damaged by the explosion. There were no personal
injuries. The west entrance to the hospital luncheonette
had been blown open. Glass on the main entrance door to
the hospital was shattered. Nine windows were broken in a
ward used as a nursery. The operating room was tempor-
arily rendered unserviceable. Wreckage from the blast was
scattered seventy-five yards about the area.
A small plastic soap dish with a seven-inch partially
burned fuse had been fastened by a magnet under a 1964
Buick in the parking lot. As a result of the explosions, a
1977 Chevrolet was turned upside down after the blast. Be-
cause of the extreme damage to the hospital area, it was
estimated that a large quantity of C-4 explosive was used.
About 12:41 a.m., November 1, 1976, on the eve of
the United States presidential election, an explosion occur-
red near House 0926 on Amador Road in the Balboa town-
site. The bomb caused no personal injuries, and damage
was moderate to extensive to the residence. It was believed
that the bomb had been thrown from a passing vehicle off
an exit ramp of the Thatcher Ferry Bridge which crossed
over Amador Road.
Subsequently, all entrances leading into the Canal
Zone were manned by Canal Zone Police Officers. Police
Division personnel, who were detailed to twelve-hour
shifts, were stationed on the east and west approaches of the
Thatcher Ferry Bridge, as well as on its centerspan. Chief
Kessler was granted authority by Canal Zone Governor
Harold Parfitt to stop and search all vehicles entering the
After the unprecedented enforcement procedures en-
acted by the Police Division, there were no further in-
stances of bombings in the Canal Zone. At the time, it was
unclear if the cessation of terrorist activity resulted from the
fear of eventual capture, or was related to the newly elected
American President's decision to support the negotiation of
a Panama Canal Treaty.
The Carter-Torrijos Treaties of 1977 mandated that
the Police Division be phased out of existence at the com-
pletion of a thirty-month transition period on March 31,
1982. Law enforcement responsibilities would then be to-
tally assumed by the Panama National Guard, who would
assume complete jurisdiction in the areas of the former
As a result of the Carter-Torrijos Treaties, the Canal
Zone Police experienced an unusually high turnover of per-
sonnel. Many of the Division's middle-management per-
sonnel sought other federal employment and transferred in
large numbers to positions in the United States, mainly
with the United States Bureau of Customs. Between 1978
and 1981, eighty-five police officers transferred out of the
Division. Fifty-four others resigned outright and returned
to the United States. Forty members of the Canal Zone
Police decided to retire, many taking advantage of the
special early retirement options granted by the Treaties.
Canal Zone Police Officers, compound of the Balboa Central Station,
Balboa, Republic of Panama, January 1982.
Though working at reduced manpower levels, the
Canal Zone Police professionally carried out security oper-
ations in connection with the official visit of United States
President Jimmy Carter to the Canal Zone in June 1978.
Over one hundred and sixty Police Division personnel
worked more than 1,400 hours of overtime to ensure the
American President's safety at the formal ceremonial ex-
change of the Instruments of Ratification of the 1977
In order to bolster the Police Division's personnel
levels to meet the challenge of the thirty-month transition
period scheduled to begin on October 1, 1979, recruit
training was intensified. The Canal Zone Police's training
program was of fourteen-week duration, as the rookie of-
ficer received ten weeks of comprehensive formalized class-
room and field training, and four weeks of on-the-job train-
ing with an experienced officer. Twenty-seven police of-
ficers were graduated from the Canal Zone Police's Recruit
Training Program during fiscal year 1978.
During this period, Chief Kessler moved to create in-
centives for the remaining police officers to continue their
service with the Police Division. Arrangements were for-
malized with Nova University to offer graduate and under-
graduate criminal justice courses in the Canal Zone. By
October 1, 1979, twenty Canal Zone Police Officers
graduated with master's degrees in Criminal Justice. Six
others received bachelor degrees, and many other officers
had only to complete minimal additional requirements
before receiving their degrees. Such educational programs
not only enabled the Police Division to retain a significant
percentage of veteran officers, but provided a measureable
increase in the professional ability of the officers who
replaced the experienced middle-management personnel
lost to transfer.
The Treaties had created a unique situation with re-
gard to the law enforcement mission in the Panama Canal
area, as the former Canal Zone came to be called. Never
before had two national governments held concurrent
criminal jurisdiction over the same geographical area. No
precedents or guidelines existed for the Police Division to
use in planning. Therefore, Chief Kessler and his staff
designed the operational programs and policies which were
to guide the Police Division through the thirty-month tran-
sition period with the Panama National Guard.
In cooperation with the National Guard, the Canal
Zone Police devised a Joint Patrol training effort which be-
gan in April of 1979. Over a dozen individual classes rang-
ing in length from three days to three weeks were attended
by National Guardsmen and Canal Zone Police Officers.
The material for the courses, presented by instructors from
both police organizations, including Joint Patrol opera-
tions, Canal Zone Police and Panama National Guard or-
ganization and procedures, constitutional and criminal law
of the United States and the Republic of Panama, and in-
service training instruction on crisis intervention and be-
tween members of the National Guard and Police Division.
Also, police administrators were able to identify areas of
potential problems in the Joint Patrol which required addi-
tional policy discussion and revision.
The National Guard began the transition period on
October 1, 1979, with one hundred Guardsmen assigned to
work with the Police Division, now officially referred to as
the Canal Commission Police. In August 1980, the second
phase of the transition was completed as one hundred addi-
tional National Guardsmen joined Joint Patrol operations.
By June 1981, the Joint Patrol entered into its third phase
of implementation, as the National Guard increased its
personnel to full operating strength. With phase three came
the National Guard's patrol vehicles. Only the Canal Com-
mission Police shift commanders and patrol sergeants were
able to operate marked Police Division vehicles in the
former Canal Zone area.
Prisoner Exchange Treaty signing, Gamboa Penitentiary, Gamboa,
Republic of Panama, September 26, 1980.
To logistically support the Joint Patrol operation, of-
fice space within the Balboa and Cristobal District Central
Stations was relinquished to the National Guard and Pana-
ma's National Investigative Unit, the D.E.N.I. Police
Headquarters was moved from the former Civil Affairs
Building to make space for the National Guard, and trans-
ferred to the site of the renovated Balboa Housewares
The transition period was marked with controversy.
The National Guard was a strict military-style organiza-
tion, and National Guardsmen were often poorly trained,
poorly equipped individuals with little formal education.
The Canal Commission Police Officer, facing great uncer-
tainty about the future of his family and professional
career, was asked to work with and train the man who was
to take away his job. Yet, like the four Zone Police Officers
sent to keep order in an American community at Porto
Bello in the Republic of Panama back in 1911, the Com-
mission Police continued to serve the community in the
professional manner that had become the trademark of the
Final lowering of American flag from place of honor at Administra-
tion Building, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, September 30, 1979.
On March 31, 1982, a simple ceremony was held at
the foot of the Administration Building in Balboa to mark
the final day of the Police Division's operation. A special
commendation from the International Association of
Chiefs of Police was presented to the remaining Police
Division members in recognition of their significant con-
tribution to law enforcement in the Canal Zone. The com-
mendation read in part:
Whereas, the Canal Zone Police Division was estab-
lished in 1904 for the purpose of preserving the in-
tegrity of the United States interest in an unfamiliar
and challenging setting: and
Whereas, the Canal Zone Police Division has per-
formed its mission for a period of 77 years, trans-
forming every crisis into an opportunity and every dif-
ficulty into a positive action, meeting its obligations
professionally and loyally: and
Whereas, the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977 termi-
nated the 1903 Isthmian Canal Treaty, thereby trans-
ferring the Canal Zone to the Republic of Panama,
which will bring to an end the work and responsibility
of the Canal Zone Police Division on March 31, 1982;
now therefore, be it.
Resolved, that the International Association of Chiefs
of Police does hereby hail the Canal Zone Police Divi-
sion for its 77 years of productive, professional law en-
forcement activity, and commends it for its dedicated
service, having performed brilliantly in a multicul-
tural, multilingual, international setting, fraught with
perilous times and laden with salutary experiences ...
The Canal Zone community and its police organiza-
tion yielded to the progressive ideas of the times. The Pan-
ama Canal, it was believed, was to be best served through
the exercise of jurisdiction by the Republic of Panama over
the entire Isthmus. Having outlived its utility to the Isth-
mian waterway, the Canal Zone Police disappeared from
the Panamanian landscape like its former police districts
which had been covered by the flood waters that had
created the Panama Canal.
Author William F. Kessler
Chief, Police Division
March 31, 1982
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PS Form (See imtrucuon on reverse)
PS Form 235
July 1982 3,Z.
(See instruction on reverse)
The Cristobal High School Class of 1934 is planning a
50th reunion in Panama, February 2-4, 1984. Anyone in-
terested please contact: Jerry Gorin, 101 Glenwood Ave.,
Pawtucket, RI 02860. A tentative schedule is as follows:
Thursday, February 2,
1984 10:00 a.m. Brief meeting, lobby
El Panama Hilton Hotel
Rest of day free
Friday, February 3 9:00 a.m. Board bus for Cristobal
10:30-11:30 a.m. Tour High
12:00 noon Lunch, Hotel Wash-
1:30-3:30 p.m. Free
3:30 p.m. Board bus for Panama
at Hotel Washington
Saturday, February 4 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cocktails, El Pan-
ama Hilton Hotel
8:00 p.m. Dinner
NOTE: Dates have changed from original schedule.
Further information may be obtained from Jerry Gorin,
BHS-CHS Class Reunion of 1960 25th Class Reunion
Interest has been expressed in having a 25th reunion
in conjunction with the annual reunion of the Panama
canal Society in 1985. We need help from all our class
members to make this possible by knowing the current ad-
dresses of our members. Contact one of those listed below
with names and addressees of the Class of 1960.
Further information will be provided on progress
made in the Canal Record.
Barbara Bartlett Garlitz BHS '60
38 Laurel Ridge Road
Hickory, NC 28601
Marvel Davison Townsend BHS '60
3528 N.W. 30th Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32605
Jim Will CHS '60
162 Covina Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90803
CHS Class of 1974 Reunion. Immediate help is need-
ed in locating members of CHS '74. Plans are being made
to hold a 10th reunion in conjunction with the Society's
Annual Reunion in 1984. Anyone knowing the wherea-
bouts or addresses of members in this class please contact:
Sandy May Robinson, 1865-B Bough Ave., Clearwater,
FL 33520, or call me at (813) 535-8681. All help is greatly
Balboa High School Class of 1964
20 Year Class Reunion Summer of 1984
Address all inquiries to: Joseph Bremer, 725 N. Oak Park
Ave., Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Tel: (312) 383-6131
The Annual Picnic/Beach Part will be held April 14,
1984, during the Annual Reunion festivities in Tampa,
Fla. for the younger age group of Zonians and former Zon-
ians. Although this function is not under the auspices of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida and their agenda, it will
still remain under the capable hands and management of
Chris Skeie, Doug Crook and Bob Engelke, who have di-
rected this popular activity during the past few years. The
Beach Party/Picnic will be in the same location as last year
- Ft. DeSoto Park. More information will be forthcoming
in the March issue of the Canal Record.
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
Charge for 1/20th (Approx. 3-1/4 "x 1 ") page is
$2.00. 1/5th page is $4.00. Send all ads to P.O. Box
11566, St. Petersburg, FL 33733, c/o The Editor.
Ads accepted from members only.
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: Anyone having pieces of Royal Doulton
Coachman or Hunting Scene patterns to sell, please con-
tact Alice Strauss McLean, 7874 Spencer, #15, Pasadena,
EXPLORE THE WONDERS OF THIS FASCI-
NATING CRAFT. SEE THE WHOLE STORY OF
CUNA INDIAN MOLA ART AS THE WOMEN SEW
THEIR MOLAS TOGETHER. LEARN THE
SECRETS OF APPLIQUE AND REVERSE APPLI-
QUE AS THESE TECHNIQUES ARE SO SKILLFUL-
LY CREATED BY THE CUNAS.
THIS REMARKABLE SLIDE SET AND NARRA-
TIVE CAREFULLY GUIDE 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.
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FROM: MAIL TO: LE PAGE
P.O. Box 157
Yes, we would like to purchase color slide
set(s) of MOLA ART. I understand all sets include sixty
slides, printed narration and bibliography. Price per set is
$99.95. Enclosed is my check money order _
in the amount of $ Purchase Order No.
Conditions for sale of this program prohibits any form
of reproduction or transmission of its contents by photo-
graphic or electronic or any other reproductive method.
@Gerald J. Le Page 1983
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
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.
BALBOA UNION CHURCH calendars are avail-
able. They are $3.50 each plus postage. Send orders to:
Mrs. Bergueline Goe, PSC Box 2773, APO Miami, FL
For Sale: TROPICAL COOKING IN PANAMA,
by Gladys R. Graham. A 129-page Hand/Cook book to
help you remember recipes and the names of vegetables
and animals that were edible. Send check for $6.00 to: Jean
Fears, 627 Wimbledon Dr., Dothan, Alabama 36301.
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.
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: Book "Rails to the Diggings" Construc-
tion Railroads of the Panama Canal, 224 pages, soft
bound, 8Y2 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: Bing & Grondahl plates: Christmas 1972,
73, 74, 75, 76, 77; Mother's Day 1974, 75, 76, 77. Write:
R.L. Johnson, 2434 Brookside Ave., Kissimmee, FL
For Sale: Pen Sets. (#1) Panama Railroad Original
Rail, Tie & Spike, 1853-1869 (#2) French Rail on Tie,
Construction Era, (#3) Panama Canal Matches Large
cover & small box embedded in plastic on mahogany -
Plus Panama Canal photographs of Construction Days -
early 1900's to late 1930's Six different sets, 10 photos
per set. Pictures have dates and identification on each.
$4.75/set. Write for prices and information on Pen Sets.
Bee Winford, 1227 Oak Hill St., Lakeland, FL 33801.
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.
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.
For Sale: Famous controversial T. Shirts, banded for
wear by the U.S. Military in Panama, depicts present
mood of Canal employees. Colorful and attention-getting
logo. Quality shirt of 50% cotton, 50% polyester. First of a
series. $10.50 each, included postage. Makes an excellent
gift. Ed Armbruster, PSC Box 814, APO Miami, FL
For Sale: Beautiful brick house situated on 4 acres of
rolling hills overlooking Lake Guntersville. In sportman's
paradise, Guntersville, Alabama. 3 bedrooms, 2 bath,
large living room, spacious family room, formal dining
room. Excellent retirement house, spacious grounds for
horses and garden. Contact Ed Armbruster, PSC Box
814, APO Miami, FL 34002.
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THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Application for Membership
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, hereby apply for membership (Renewal) to the r..n.iiii. .i..inii
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and enclose my $15.00 annual membership fee,
for the year 1984. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for I
one year. I ORDER FORM
State Zip Code
OCIET Y PLAIL AIND UECAL
Society Tag, $4.00 ea.
Society Decal, $1.50 ea.,
?lease mail to:
$_ Check M.O. Cash
Membership and subscription fee is $15.00 per year, per family. (One household) I
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 iCity
renewal membership fee prior to 1 February.
Memberships expire on 31 December and renewal must be postmarked by 31 January
in order to avoid delinquent fee. State Zip Code
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 Number wanted, Tags
same time (in advance). Number wanted, Decals
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE. |
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs. Total enclosed
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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: One hour
video tape, "Panama and
the Panama Canal," nar-
rated by Chris Robinson,
(Dr. Rick Weber of Gen-
eral Hospital). Beta $37.50,
VHS $40.00, includes
postage. Contact Ed
Armbruster, PSC Box
814, APO Miami, FL
Wanted: Anyone having pieces of Boda Swedish
Crystal, Pyramid Pattern, to sell, please contact Vera L.
Hanna, Box 1199, APO Miami, FL 34002.
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: 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: 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.
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733-1566
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on
Form 3579 to Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733.
2nd Class Postage
At St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
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