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VOL. 18 MARCH 1984 NO. 1
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
T he President's M message ............................................. 1
From the Secretary .................................................. 2
Editor's C orner ..................................................... 3
Legislative R report .............................................. ... 4
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................ 5
Activities ........... ............................... ............ 7
R etirem ents .............................. .......................... 10
The Canal Zone in Uniform ................... ........... ............. 10
N ew s C lips .................. ....... ................................ 13
News Condensed from the "Spillway" ............................... 15
Y our R reporter Says............. ....................... ............. 28
Alabam a ...................... 28 M ississippi .................. 38
Arkansas...................... 29 North Carolina .............. 40
C alifornia ..................... 31 Northwest................... 41
Colorado...................... 32 Panam a .................... 43
Florida ....................... 33 South Carolina............... 45
K entucky ..................... 36 Texas ...................... 46
Louisiana ..................... 37 V irginia .................... 48
The Younger Generation ........................ .: 49
Existing Constitution & Bylaws ............................... Centerfold
Proposed Bylaws ............................................. Centerfold
New Members Since Last Issue ............................... Centerfold
Congratulations ..................................................... 50
W eddings .......................................................... 53
B irth s .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 5 7
With Deep Sorrow ................................................... 58
Letters to the Editor ............................ ........ ............ 61
Looking Back ....................................................... 67
A nnouncem ents .................................................... 74
For Sale or W anted ..................................... ........... 76
Vigilant Real Estate 23 Harris Real Estate
35 Precision Instrument 12
Back Cover: Tug Trinidad II, drawn by Isthmian artist, John B. Morton, of the
Panama Canal Commission.
DATES TO REMEMBER .
Mar. 2 Carnavalito/Buffet/Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, Buffet at 12:30;
Meeting at 1:30 p.m., 5730 Shore Blvd., Gulfport, FL.
Mar. 31 3rd Annual Dinner/Dance, Ramada Inn on 1-70 and Kipling,
Apr. 11-14 52nd Annual Reunion, PCSOFL, Holiday Inn-Airport, Tampa,
May 4 Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m. SPIFFS, 2201 1st Ave. N.,
St. Petersburg, FL.
Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m. SPIFFS, 2201 1st Ave N.,
St. Petersburg, FL.
1984 Statesiders Reunion, Ramada Hotel at Tysons, Va.
Regular Meeting of PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m. SPIFFS, 2201 1st Ave.
N., St. Petersburg, FL.
NW Annual Picnic, Camano Island State Park, WA (See
3rd Annual Picnic, Colorado. Call Bill Fulleton (303) 669-0390 for
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In December we enjoyed a delicious Holiday covered
dish luncheon prior to our meeting and later sang Christ-
mas songs. We thank Olga Disharoon and her committee
for the beautiful decorations, prizes and a lovely day.
I wrote in the December 1983 Canal Record that a
"President's Cup" was proposed to be given away to
members coming to the 1984 Reunion and it was also rec-
ommended that a solid bronze 80th Anniversary Panama
Canal medallion be purchased for resale. Even tho I talked
about this to the members at our October picnic and to
some members while in Dothan, Alabama, who felt it was a
great idea, our Executive Committee recommended that
the decision should be voted upon at the November
meeting. Much to my disappointment, both items were de-
feated. The members felt that we should not spend money
to give a cup away nor should we take money out of the
treasury to purchase a medallion for fear we would not sell
them and we would lose money. I was extremely disap-
pointed for I felt that we who built and maintained the
great Panama Canal would like to have had a keepsake
which could be put into a key ring, watch fob, charm
bracelet, necklace or mounted for display purposes as the
medallion could have been.
A disappointment of the Executive Committee and of
many members of the Society is the little interest shown in
the Panama Canal Museum. The committee recommend-
ed to the membership at the January meeting we drop the
idea of going forth with the museum as there was no en-
thusiam shown by members and no volunteers to get the
ground work accomplished (only 15 replies to our request
as to whether or not we should undertake the museum proj-
ect). The recommendation was accepted. A motion was
made to drop the Museum Project. Motion carried. Shall
we put the Canal Zone Museum on the "back burner" as
one member who is from out of state suggested after the
It was learned in November that we would have to
look for another meeting place in the very near future since
remodeling will be taking place at the Gulfport Community
Center which would take away the large meeting room.
The members were informed of this situation so after look-
ing around the city it was decided at the Society's Execu-
tive Committee meeting on January 26, 1984, to start
meeting at the St. Petersburg International Folk Fair So-
ciety's building (SPIFFS), 2201 1st Avenue North, St.
Petersburg, in May 1984. SPIFFS is an umbrella organiza-
tion of 43 ethnic groups which annually put on a Folk Fair
at the Bayfront Center where they sell their food and pres-
ent entertainment of song and dance.
The downstairs meeting room to the left as one comes
in the front door seats 180, with a dance floor, for a sit-
down dinner or many more without the dance floor. There
is a very large kitchen with an open bar with ample space
for four coffee and doughnut lines. To our advantage there
is a storage place for our coffee pots and perhaps some
cups, napkins or other supplies, for a rental fee of $30.00
per year and the rent for the meeting room is $30.00 per
month (less than we are now paying for our present home).
I'm tired of carrying those coffee pots!
Directions to SPIFFS, our new meeting place, should
one be coming from the North on 275 Take the 5th
Avenue North Exit bearing to the right and turn left at
22nd Street to 1st Avenue North. Travelling from the
South Take Highway 19 to 1st Avenue South, turn right
then left at 22nd Street to 1st Avenue North. SPIFFS is a
large two story building with parking to the rear, west side
of the building and there is also a large parking lot west of
the building, after the next building to the SPIFFS
The Executive Committee received the Audit Report
for 1983 on January 26, 1984. A cursory review by the Ex-
ecutive Committee indicated that the Budget and Audit
Committee has done a thorough and competent examina-
tion of the financial records of the Society. Their recom-
mendations will be studied and the Executive Committee
will take action where deemed appropriate. I would like to
take this opportunity to commend the Budget and Audit
Committee for their outstanding audit and to thank them
on behalf of the Society for their services rendered.
Many of you know that Dorothy E. Bitter has just
completed one year as a helper to our Editor. In January at
a Special Executive Committee meeting the members ap-
proved a transportation allowance for Dorothy. She was
born in New York and went to the Canal Zone in 1943 to
work in the Coco Solo Submarine Base Disbursing Office.
She later transferred to the Coco Solo Naval Hospital to
become its first Agent Cashier and Secretary to the Ad-
ministrator until its disestablishment. In 1954 she was
assigned to a newly established position as a Navy Medical
Liaison Representative within Gorgas Hospital. She also
became active with a pioneer group working for the ad-
vancement of special education for children with special
needs. Dorothy is married to Charles Bitter who retired as
a Marine Engineer with the Dredging Division. They have
lived in Florida since 1968.
Olga Disharoon, our Refreshment Chairman,
graduated from the National Institute of Panama in
February 1939, with a teacher's degree. She taught school
at Pablo Arosemena in Colon. Later she worked for the
Social Security in Panama City and Colon. Her last posi-
tion was for the Statistics Bureau in Panama. Olga left
Panama in 1973 with her husband, Paul. They have two
sons, Frank and John and a granddaughter, Audrey. Olga
has been a wonderful volunteer for the Society since 1980.
Vic May, Reunion Coordinator and his committee, is
busy working on all facets of the Reunion.
The Society is once again happy to invite the many
area reporters to a luncheon on Thursday, April 12, with
our Editor, to show our appreciation for all their efforts in
submitting the news which makes the Canal Record so en-
If you are not a golfer, but are a card player, please
make a reservation to play cards. Much news may be heard
over the card table as in any other part of the convention
center. Join Mildred Hickey on April 12.
Get your reservation in for golf as there is a limit of
144 players with an extra 36 luncheon guests. Fred and his
committee will really show you a good day. That day is
On our agenda at the Annual Business meeting Fri-
day, April 13, will be the election of officers; the enactment
of the proposed Revised By-Laws; presentation of cer-
tificates of appreciation and Distinguished Service awards
and any other business to come before the membership.
The Executive Committee accepts and recommends ap-
proval of these revised by-laws to the membership. Please
read the old and the revised laws to be prepared to ap-
prove these laws and by all means, please bring your copy
of the By-Laws inserted in this issue with you to the Annual
Meeting. Lets have a good attendance at this meeting.
Hurry and make your reservation for the Society Ball
featuring Lucho and the Jimmy Taylor Band on Friday,
April 13. This is always the best night of the Reunion .
dancing to Lucho's music. If you can't go to Panama, we
bring Panama to you with Lucho. Vic is Chairman of the
Ball so you know it will be great. Remember, we only have
We are happy to announce that our guest speaker is
no stranger to us and it will be his second time to speak at
our Annual Luncheon. Mr. Fred A. Cotton, Director
General Services Bureau will be the Commission's repre-
sentative and guest speaker at our luncheon on Saturday,
April 14. Betty Malone and her committee will see to it
that you have a delicious luncheon served and the room will
certainly be decorated beautifully. We who heard Fred
speak on April 19, 1980, are looking forward to another in-
teresting talk on the Panama Canal.
Look for Marge Foster and her Reception Commit-
tee when you arrive at Reunion Headquarters to register
and to receive your identification badge.
God willing, we shall see you at the Holiday Inn
Hotel, Tampa, on Wednesday, April 11, 1984, to enjoy
another gala reunion known only to "Zonians."
Anna T. Collins
Unless your 1984 dues are paid, this is the last issue of
the Canal Record you will receive. If you haven't yet paid
dues, you have already qualified for the $2.00 delinquent
fee. So if you wish to continue your membership, drop a
check in the mail for $17.00.
DON'T DELAY DO IT TODAY
I have just completed my twelfth year as your
Secretary/Treasurer and I have truly enjoyed the job. I
have renewed many old friendships and made many new
friends. You are a great group and I am proud to be
associated with you and the Panama Canal Society of
Florida. Twelve years ago we had 2111 members. Now we
have over 3500 members and we are still growing. Each
batch of mail brings new members. I know that the excel-
lent Canal Record is the reason for our continued growth.
Speaking of the "Record,' many of you have commented
favorably on the "Wanted" poster in the December issue.
I must confess that your Editor's Assistant, Dorothy Bit-
ter, came up with that one. Cute?
A bouquet of roses to all of you who sent self-
addressed, stamped envelopes with your dues payments.
You cannot know how much time you save me. Thank-
you, thank-you, thank-you!!
Reunion time is drawing near and I am already look-
ing forward to seeing one friend whom I haven't seen for
30 years. Last year I met her children at the reunion and
this year she is coming with them. Isn't that great?
I do have to stay close to my desk at the reunion, so I
sincerely hope you will all stop by and say "Hi."
Until April Adios
It is 1984 and I hope everyone had a happy holiday
season and are looking forward to a prosperous new year
(notwithstanding a likely delay for our COLA, as small as
it may be). It looks like we are getting behinder and be-
hinder on that score.
Membership seems to be on the upswing and at this
moment we seem to be crowding 3700 members into our
files. It is taking Jean Mann, our Secretary/Treasurer and
I, a lot longer each day to keep up with the increase in
change-of-addresses and such. Our file system is becoming
more cumbersome and the approval of the purchase of ad-
ditional filing cabinets will fill only a small gap.
On the suggestion from a member, a major in journa-
lism, and whose opinion I respect (but don't always agree
with), the titles of a couple of columns have been altered
slightly. This is all done to improve the function of the
Canal Record and is not a change just for the sake of
The December issue provided your Editor with a few
grey hairs. As you have seen by now, the last page of the
reunion center-insert had to be scratched out and two new
pages inserted in its place. As a consequence, the Decem-
ber issue was mailed several days late. The issue probably
would have been mailed considerably later, had not some
exceptional helpers come to the aid of your Editor.
Although I didn't think they would fit in my home all at
once, amidst the 3700 Canal Records, boxes, and all the
other mailing paraphernalia, I am deeply thankful for the
very gracious help of the following members plus one!
Walter and Marge McBride, Dick and Helen Tomford,
Grace Schack Wilson, Trudy McConaghy Roberto, my
sister, Mavis Fortner, and my good friend (ex-squadron
mate from Canada) Frank Joyce. The job was humming
right along with these great people, and again, my grateful
The Canal Zone in Uniform column is drying up. It is
drying up so badly that I was forced to include my own
meager accomplishments (great gads!) to fill it up a little. If
I get no further response from my letters to those still in the
services, or those retired, I will have to discontinue the col-
umn. New members with known service affiliations will
soon get a letter, as did the others, and hopefully the col-
umn will survive.
The response to the Panama Canal Museum ques-
tionnaire was extremely sparse, unfortunately. Moreover,
Mrs. Irene Chan, professional museum curator, and an
old Canal Zone school friend, provided the Executive
Committee with some facts and professional expertise on
establishing a museum. A big factor was heavy financial
obligations, and another was the recruitment of local help
to assist in establishing such a project. This project was
studied by the Executive Committee on January 5, 1984
and the decision was made to abandon the project. The fi-
nancial obligations required and the lack of volunteers to
work at the local level were the deciding factors in giving up
this worthwhile project. It is truly unfortunate that the
project did not get off the ground, as there are many
members who had valuable and unique memorabilia and
artifacts to contribute in order that the world will know and
understand how the Canal Zone worked and who made it
work. As Editor, I'm finding out each month about a new
facet or experience concerning the Canal Zone I never
knew before. It's too bad we can't show it to the world for
all to see and share.
The forthcoming reunion is gaining momentum -
reservations are coming in and keen anticipation reigns for
an outstanding get-together. Many members liked the
beach hotel but the rest seem to prefer the proximity to
large shopping areas and more restaurants. Vic May, your
reunion coordinator has a pretty good handle on every-
thing. The registration rules are a little more stringent than
before, but they are there to help make your stay a little
more enjoyable with less hassle in the long run. I am look-
ing forward to meeting with all the Area Reporters once
again where we will get the chance to combine our efforts to
make the Canal Record a better publication with more
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE
FOR ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 1984-85
The Nominating Committee composed of Albert
Pate, Dorothy Bitter, Chris Felps, Fred Huldtquist and
Vera Jones met at the home of the Chairman on January
17, 1984 and submit the following slate of nominees for
election for 1984-85.
Victor H. May
Peter W. Foster
Robert C. Herrington
Jean B. Mann
Richard W. Beall
James W. Morris
ABOUT THE COVER
Bradley L. Pearson, of Alameda, California has
done a great deal of art work for the Canal Record and
sharing his work with us is greatly appreciated. He grad-
uated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1944
and was a U.S. Navy commissioned officer. He has sailed
all the oceans of the world and retired in 1978 after having
enough salt water pass under the bridge. He was elected
union official of the International Organization of Masters,
Mates and Pilots, AFL-CIO; worked at Walt Disney
Studios, Burbank, Calif.; is a Master Official with the
Athletics Congress of the U.S. (track & field); and has two
of his oil seascape paintings in the New York Museum of
Modern Art. Brad has been married for 28 years and has a
He grew up in the Canal Zone and track and field en-
thusiasts will remember him for his accomplishments while
attending Balboa High School.
Reagan to ask pension cuts:
Washington President Reagan will ask Congress to
delay a 1984 cost-of-living increase in pensions for 3.2 mil-
lion federal government and military retirees, the Office of
Management and Budget said Friday.
The delay would match one already imposed on peo-
ple receiving Social Security retirement benefits.
OMB spokesman Edwin Dale said the delay in cost-
of-living increases in Civil Service and military pensions is
in line with legislation already passed by the House, but
bogged down in the Senate.
Dale noted that Congress has approved a six-month
delay in the payment of cost-of-living increases on Social
Security payments, and said the delay in federal pensions
would be nearly the same.
Tampa Tribune, December 31, 1983
Decrease in cost-of-living increases planned:
Washington The Reagan administration is prepar-
ing a budget proposal that would substantially reduce the
automatic cost-of-living increase allowed to retired federal
workers who receive government pensions exceeding a cer-
tain amount, such as $10,000 a year.
The proposal is designed to control the cost of the
Civil Service Retirement system, which, with outlays of
$20.8 billion last year, was the government's fourth biggest
benefit program, after Social Security, Medicare and un-
Patrick Korten, a spokesman for the Federal Office of
Personnel Management, and Edwin L. Dale, Jr., a spokes-
man for the Office of Management and Budget, said the
details of the proposal would be included in the budget re-
quest that Reagan submits to Congress next month. They
said it resembled a proposal by Rep. John N. Erlenborn,
R-Ill., an expert on pension law.
Under the Erlenborn proposal, which is being used as
a model by some administration officials, retired federal
workers with pensions up to $10,000 a year would receive
the full cost-of-living adjustment, as Social Security reci-
pients do. But if the Civil Service pension, combined with
military retirement and Social Security benefits exceed
$10,000 a year, the retired federal worker would receive on
60 percent of the ordinary cost-of-living increase on the
amount over $10,000.
Under the current formula, the full amount of Social
Security benefits and Civil Service annuities is adjusted to
reflect increases in the Consumer Price Index.
Korten described the Civil Service pension system as
"hugely expensive and enormously generous," much bet-
ter than either Social Security benefits or private industry
The administration proposal faces stiff opposition
from the National Association of Retired Federal Em-
ployees, which has 500,000 members. Joseph E. Oglesby, a
spokesman for the association, said the proposal would
violate a "Moral obligation" for former government em-
Oglesby said it "could have an adverse effect on re-
cruiting. The Civil Service retirement plan has always been
one of the primary inducements in recruiting."
New York Times
Changes in Social Security Affect Older Persons
Assistant Manager, Social Security Office in Tallahas-
see informed that:
*January 1, 1984 3.5 increase in benefits for
*Persons 62 and older can earn more. Persons aged 62
to 65 can earn $5,160 without losing benefits.
*Persons 65-70 can earn $6,960. If you are 70 or
older, there is no ceiling.
*Medicare premium will increase from $12.00 to
Check with your local Social Security Office for fur-
The Senior Consumer, January, 1984
The COLA for the complete year of 1983 stands at
3.3% the lowest COLA In 11 years.
William F. Grady
New PCSOFL Meeting Place
Members are reminded that
all future meetings held by
the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, starting at our May
meeting of May 4, 1984, will
be held at the St. Petersburg
International Folk Fair
Society's building (SPIFFS),
2201 1st Avenue North, St.
Petersburg, Fla. See Presi-
dents Message for direc-
PLANNING TO MOVE? Americans are almost
always on the move. Some of our members (BLESS
THEM!) send us their new mailing addresses before the
Canal Records go into the mail. Others let the U.S. Postal
Service notify us and the Postal Service charges us 25 cents
for each new address. We not only have to pay this 25 cent
postal information fee, but also lost the Canal Record
mailed to you at the old address as only the address label is
returned and the Canal Record tossed away. If you plan
to have a new address, please, kindly, help us keep our
budget (and workload) in balance by mailing change of ad-
dress (or name) information to the Secretary/Treasurer as
soon as you have knowledge of what it will be and when.
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
September 2, 1983
Gulfport Community Center, Gulfport, FL
The regularly scheduled meeting was called to order
by the President, who then led the assembly in the Pledge
to the Flag. The Chaplain, Mrs. Dorothy Yocum, gave
the invocation, followed by a few moments of silent prayer.
The President welcomed those present and the follow-
ing stood for recognition:
Norma Ross Wurston Treasure Island, FL
Julia Masse Treasure Island, FL
Deya Morales Lakeland, FL
Johnny Strickland St. Petersburg, FL
Waldo Gilley Panama
Anna Bartlett St. Petersburg, FL
Erna Hower St. Petersburg, FL
Randall Ford St. Petersburg, FL
The Secretary read the minutes of the August Lun-
cheon meeting and were approved as read. She followed
with the financial statement which was approved and will
stand for audit.
The President introduced Dr. Carlos Estoves, guest
speaker, a cardiologist who gave a slide presentation on the
heart and heart attacks. He reported on causes of heart at-
tacks and ways to assist in preventing them, after which he
hosted a question and answer session.
The Editor, Richard Beall, reported that he mailed
the September issue that morning. He also announced that
the winner of the story contest was Charles L. Leeser of
Houston, Texas, and read a Bajun "Thank you" from
Charlie. He then read birth notices received since the
Record had been published.
The President announced that Mr. Bill Grady in-
formed her that the COLA was up to 2.1% for 1983 and
rose .75% in July.
Eugene Askew reported on the duties of the Assis-
tance Committee of which he is Chairman. They will help
any who need it in time of sorrow and has all the necessary
forms; assisting in any way.
Vic May explained the proposed amendment that is
printed in the September issue of the Canal Record; ex-
plaining the need, which will provide for assistants to the
Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor.
The President explained about the purchase of a
$10,000, 42-month, Certificate of Deposit. Our $5,000 CD
was redeemed and $5,000 was added for the purchase, as
recommended by the Budget and Audit Committee.
The President reported that the motion made by Kit-
ty McNamee, authorizing the President to visit other
Societies during the year, expenses paid, was considered by
the Executive Committee which felt it would be a financial
drain, not being budgeted, and did not recommend ap-
proval. Motion was made to adopt findings, was seconded
Peter Foster reported on the October Picnic to be
held at Lake Seminole on 7 October. He recommended
holding the picnic on Saturdays in the future, enabling
more people to attend.
Dorothy Yocum reported the August Luncheon at
the Wine Cellar was a success and that 102 members and
Vic May, Reunion Chairman, reported reunion
plans were coming along smoothly. Marge Foster will be
Registration Chairman; Betty Malone, Luncheon Chair-
man; Mildred Hickey, Card Party Chairman; Fred and
Jane Huldtquist, Golf Tournament Co-Chairmen; and
Vic May will be Ball Chairman.
The meeting was then adjourned.
October 7, 1983
Lake Seminole, FL
A short business meeting was held at the Annual Picnic site
starting at 11:40 a.m. The invocation was given by Mrs.
Dorothy Yocum, followed by a few moments of silent
prayer, after which the President led the group in the
Pledge to the Flag.
The President welcomed the 73 members and guests
including Past Presidents Eugene Askew, Howard
Clarke, Troy Hayes, Ross Hollowell and Robert Roy.
Out-of-towners recognized were:
Biff Clarke Panama
Buddy and Beverly Williams Panama
Dorothy Sousa Panama
Beverly Shirley Panama
Jane (Madison) Emery Corpus Christi, Texas
St. Petersburg resident, Theodore Celmer and
William G. Elliott were "First Timers" to a Society
Meeting. Bill went to the Canal Zone in 1907 and
graduated from Balboa High School in 1918 and was
employed as a motion picture operator. Ted came after
having read the announcement in the newspaper.
In the absence of the Secretary/Treasurer, the reading
of the minutes of the last meeting and the Treasurer's
report was dispensed with until the November meeting.
The Editor, Pat Beall, announced the release dates of
the Annual Directory and current membership news was
The Legislative Report included information that the
COLA through August had reached 2.6% and that the in-
creased allowance is expected to be postponed until 1
Response to the proposed Panama Canal Museum
has been slow. Volunteers are needed and building will be
costly. Mrs. Irene Chan, Museum Technician will discuss
this project in the near future with the Executive Com-
President Collins provided information regarding the
80th Commemorative medallion for the Panama Canal
Anniversary 1904-1984 initiated by the Royal Cruise Line
for presentation to passengers transiting the Canal. It is ex-
pected that the cost may be about $2.95 each.
It has been suggested that a "President's Cup" be
presented to each member attending the reunion at no cost
to the member. Made by Libby Glass Company, the Socie-
ty logo and year of President's term of office printed in
deep blue; additional cups may be purchased by members
Vic May, Reunion Coordinator, requested that reser-
vations for the reunion be made as early as possible. The
December issue of the Canal Record will have all the
necessary forms. He emphasized that members follow in-
Luncheon Committee Chairperson, Mrs. Olga Dish-
aroon, requested that members sign up for the 4
November regular meeting for the type of covered dish
they bring to the Annual Christmas party on December 2,
1983. Members were also advised to use only aluminum
foil or plastic wrap in place of regular covers or lids.
After enjoying a delightful and bountiful buffet,
members participated in "lawn type" games organized
and conducted by Vic May and Pete Foster, with the
assistance of Marge Foster, Jerry Boswell, Paul Disha-
roon and Joe Hickey. Olga Disharoon conducted the
door prize drawing and the registration of members.
Prizes were awarded as follows:
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 farthest in the U.S. Jane Madison
Emery, a bottle of wine.
Traveled farthest outside the U.S. Biff Clarke, a
bottle of rum.
Winners of Panama Canal Society ashtrays:
Clothespin and Glove team players (10)
Phyllis, Hummer, Walter McBride, Ernie Yocum,
Trudy Roberto, Sara Rowley, Dorothy Sousa, Tess
Owens, Fran Stock, Beverly Shirley and Helen Tom-
Egg Pass team players (8)
Trudy Roberto, Helen Tomford, Tess Owens,
Dorothy Sousa, Marina Madison, Irene Ladrach, Betty
Chan Snow and Beverly Shirley.
Egg Toss team (2)
Trudy Roberto and Doris Carter
Joe Hickey, a ratchet set donated by Beth Grady
Betty Chan Snow, a Panama Society cup.
Pete Foster, a bottle of wine.
President Collins announced that the guest speaker for
the November 4 meeting will be Mr. Robert F. Hendricks
of the Shoppers Drug Mart who will speak on the subject of
The end of a lovely day, perfect weather, perfect food
and companionship came at about 2:00 p.m.
November 4, 1983
Gulfport Community Center, Gulfport, FL
The regularly scheduled meeting was opened by the
President at 1:30 p.m. who led the assembled group in the
Pledge to the Flag, followed by Dorothy Yocum who gave
The President welcomed those present, especially
Roosevelt Medal holder Thomas Ebdon of Sarasota. She
also welcomed Mr. and Mrs. Greene from Sarasota and
Mr. and Mrs. Stabler from Palm Bay, Fla.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the Sep-
tember and October meetings and both were approved as
read. She also read the financial reports of the Society and
Blood Bank, which were approved for audit.
The President then introduced Mr. Bob Hendrick, a
pharmacist, as guest speaker, who spoke on generic drugs.
A short question and answer period followed.
The President announced that the December issue
had gone to press and that the November issue would be
mailed next week.
Bill Grady, Legislative Representative reported the
cost of living through September was up .3%. The Office
of Personnel Management has announced an average in-
crease of 19% on hospital insurance premiums. The House
voted to hold the COLA until January 1985 while the
Senate committee voted to go along with it but no floor
vote was taken in September.
Gene Askew, Assistance Chairman, reported on
information and procedures to follow on the death of an an-
Vic May, Bylaws Committee Chairman explained
the proposed bylaw amendment as printed in the
September issue of the Canal Record. The Executive Com-
mittee recommends approval. It was moved to accept the
recommendation which was seconded and carried.
The President spoke about giving the "President's
Cup" at the next reunion, stating that the Executive Com-
mittee felt the membership should vote on the issue.
Dorothy Pate moved that the Society purchase the cups to
be given away at the next reunion. Motion was seconded.
Discussion followed. Vote taken and motion defeated.
The President spoke about the bronze medallions
given by the Royal Cruise Line (see October minutes).
Motion was made to purchase 10000 medallions for resale.
Motion seconded and motion defeated.
Mr. Beall read nominations for the Distinguished
Service Award who were Dorothy Barbour, William
Grady, Ethel Askew and Daile Keigley, with their cita-
tions. Names will be published in the December issue of the
Canal Record and voted on at a future meeting.
Olga Disharoon reported on plans for the Christmas
party. She also asked for donations of door prizes.
The President announced that the response to the
museum inquiry in the Canal Record was poor. Irene
Chan had met with the Executive Committee, outlying
needs and costs of establishing a museum. Volunteers are
needed if we are to proceed with this project.
The door prize winner was Harry Egolf.
The meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
December 2, 1983
Gulfport Community Center, Gulfport, FL
The regularly scheduled meeting was called to order at
1:30 p.m. by the President.
The President commended Olga Disharoon and her
committee, and all who prepared food for the delicious of-
fering that we had just enjoyed. She welcomed those pres-
ent and recognized the following:
M.E. Kline Largo, FL
Angus Matheney Rep. of Panama
Ruth Bigelow Pinellas Park, FL
Kitty McNamee Davie, FL
Teresa Campbell St. Petersburg, FL
Catherine Rodgers St. Petersburg, FL
Pinky Bouchard Maine
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the No-
vember meeting, which were approved as read. She also
read the financial reports and Blood Bank which were ap-
proved for audit.
Mr. Beall reported that the December issue was ready
for delivery, however because of an error of the reunion in-
sert, an additional insert is being prepared and must be ad-
ded prior to mailing which will cause a slight delay in the
Sunshine Chairman Jackie Linker reported.
Bill Grady, Legislative Representative reported that
the cost of living increase through October was 3.2% The
COLA for 1984 is still in the balance until Congress acts.
The President announced that there is a possibility we
may have to find a new meeting location. Nothing is
definite yet, but any suggestions from members would be
Vic May informed members of GEHA Health Insur-
ance, one of the alternatives for retiree coverage.
The President asked that Olga Disharoon and her
committee stand to receive a round of applause for a job
well done in preparing the Christmas Party that we all en-
The drawing of the door prizes was held, which was
followed by a brief session of singing Christmas carols.
The meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
The Brevard County contingent of the Canal Zone
Society held its annual picnic on October 22 at Fox Lake
Park in Titusville, Florida. Despite inclement weather
which confined all activities to the shelter of the large
pavilion, a good time was had by all just reminiscing with
The picnic was well-attended with quite a few out-of-
town guests, among them Jack and Clara Brayton from
Crystal River, Fla., just back from a 3-month trip to
Alaska; George and Virginia Booth and Mike Progano
from Ocala, Fla.; Ann, Cathy and Twig Terwilliger from
Inverness, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Clark Wade from Pomona
Park, Fla.; Willy, Skippy, Tinker and Geven Hollowell,
Ted and Alice McGann and Edna Rogers from Orlando,
Fla.; Jess and Judy Hallett Lawrence and family from
Lake Worth, Fla.; Grace Hotz, Margaret and Curtis
Coate, Bob and Carolyn Johnson from Kissimmee, Fla.;
Pete and Marge Foster from Palm Harbor, Fla.; Jerry
Boswell from Holiday, Fla.; Dot and John Gallagher
from Orange City, Fla.; Mae and Carlton Halleck from
Largo, Fla.; Lil and Paul Rozmeski from Tampa, Fla;
Mike and Ann Hall from Palm Bay, Fla.; Edward
Hallinan from New Smyrna, Fla.
Brevard County members attending were: Don and
Ginny Miller, Dick and Thelma Stoudner, Don and
Netta Bruce, Sue and Donald Bruce, Jr., Marie Seeley,
Roger and Violet Deakins, Joe and Blanche Stabler, Jim
and Rita Hayden, Ken and Alice Daily, John and
Dorothy Stevens, Phil and Carol Whitney, Bill and
Gladys Weigle, Ruth O'Neil, Max Biltoft, Helen and
Rex Beck, Mr. and Mrs. Russ Bartholome, Pearl and
Walter Brown, Dot and Mike LaCroix, Pat and Bud
Risberg, Inez Darling Reide, Ev and Blanca Figueroa,
Tom and Isabel Price, Mary Lou Crawford, Pete Hale,
Luria Hendrick, Margaret and John Klasovsky, Mr.
and Mrs. Jim Favale, Les and Joan Hendrick, Art and
Maxine Logan, William and Sylvia Wigg, Ivan and
Connie Johnson, Ava Hollowell, Al Gallin, Carmel and
Al Vermette, Curtis and Emily Bliss, Don Dertien and
Eddie and Helen Jones.
Next year the picnic will probably be held in Merritt
Island, so watch your Canal Record for an announcement
of the date. Everybody is welcome to share the good times
we have been having for the last five or six years.
HILL COUNTRY ZONIANS'
The Third Annual Hill Country Zonians' Christmas
Dinner was held December 3, 1983 in the La Fuente Room
of the Inn of the Hills, Kerrville, Texas. Ninety-seven
former Canal Zone residents and friends enjoyed the buffet
dinner and socializing with old friends and neighbors, who
came from as far away as Aiken, S.C., Florida and Pan-
LesJohnson, Florine Wilder, Jim Agree and Beth Waddell at
Hill Country Xmas Party.
Les Johnston, assisted by his committee: Honey
Fealey, Iris Hogan, Verla Grier, Helen Smith and Bea
Rhyne did an outstanding job of providing a memorable
evening. Hand-crocheted Xmas corsages, made by the
committee, were presented to the ladies, and to the gentle-
men, Poinsettia boutonnieres made by Marion Wells.
Dale Bishop was Master of Ceremonies, assisted by
Honey Fealey. He held the group's attention with his in-
troductions and comments. Harvey Rhyne drew the win-
ing numbers for the many prizes donated and won by the
following: Canal Zone Rock Clock, made and donated by
Les Johnston, won by Jack Davison; Christmas Batea
(Montuno clad Santa Claus) painted and donated by Del
and Bob Dunn, won by Fina Patton; Ceramic Christmas
Trees, donated by Nonie's Ceramics, won by Wade
Carter, Muriel Johnston and Louise Johnson; Christmas
Stockings & Stuffed Christmas Tree, made and donated by
Verla Grier, won by Jackie Bishop, Elizabeth Davidson
and Gladys Turner; Crocheted Christmas Towels and Hot
Pads & Crocheted Santa Claus, made and donated by Iris
Hogan, won by Harvey Rhyne and Bob Blades; Mola
Picture Frame, made and donated by Honey Fealey, won
by June Burns; Christmas Kleenex Box, and Mola
Kleenex Box made and donated by Helen Smith, won by
J. B. Fields and Joe Bialkowski; Christmas Centerpiece
Candle, won by Paul Givonetti; Christmas Soap Dish and
Cup, won by Mary Orr; Christmas Guest Towels, won by
Sue Graham; and Christmas Candy Jar, won by Marylee
Davison. Barrel (Gerald) Martin won the Christmas
Tree Candy Jar by guessing the correct number of gum
Barrel (Gerald) Martin.
The out-of-town guests were: Helen (Hewitt) Alex-
ander, San Antonio, TX; John and Odell Beasley,
Dallas, TX; Bob and Hazel Blades, Dallas, TX; Clark
and Beth (Spears) Coldiron, San Antonio, TX; Ed and
Ellen Coyle, Austin, TX; Jack and Marylee Davison,
Fredericksburg, TX; Leo and Camille (Rhyne) Eastham,
Balboa, Panama; Charles and Nora (Hewitt) Green,
Aiken, S.C.; Tony and Louise Johnson, Uvalde, TX;
Buck and Barbara (Bartholomew) Krueger, Austin, TX;
Henry Lee, Austin, TX; Gerald and Donna LePage,
Manchaca, TX; Thomas and Shirley Marine, San An-
tonio, TX; Gerald and Paula (Kuyoth) Martin, San An-
tonio, TX; Ed and Agnes Mulroy, Austin, TX; Mary
Orr, Sarasota, Fla.; George and Fina Patton, Boerne,
TX; Elbert "Bubber" Ridge, Tampa, Fla.; Susan
Smith, San Antonio, TX and Robert and Gladys Turner,
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
Our Annual Holiday Luncheon was held at Ander-
sen's Pea Soup Inn, Carlsbad, CA, on Sunday, December
4, 1983, in the upstairs private dining room. It's the first
time our luncheon has been held here. Many people know
Andersen's by its distinctive windmill tower and Tudor
style, like the ones in Buellton and Santa Nella. Doing the
honors at the registration table were Louise (Evarts) Sowa
and Cynthia (Evarts) Totty, greeting the 74 members and
Harvey Rhyne, Bill Graham, Dale Bishop and Charles
Gladys (Salterio) Turner and Barbara (Bartholomew)
PCSSC's Vice President, David C. Hollowell, and his charming
wife, Thelma, of Imperial Beach, CA. December 4, 1983.
The invocation was given by our Chaplain, Robert
Leroy Dill, with special remembrance for members who
have recently passed away. Pledge to the Flag was led by
our President, Conrad Horine, who conducted the
business of the meeting.
Evelyn and Warren Wood were very helpful in sell-
ing "billetes de loteria." The winners were Joanne (Rec-
cia) Mays, Rosa Dill, Howard Will, and a percentage to
help with the society expenses.
Door prizes were prints of sketches by Lynda Geyer,
and the winners were:
Evelyn (Belanger) Wood "Panama Viejo"
Barbara (Haskell) Pitman "Cuna Girl"
John Drew "Tamborito"
Shirley (Crews) Finlason "Toucans"
Joan (Ridge) deGrummond "Cuna Girl"
The prints, each numbered and signed, were done by
Lynda Geyer, Gallery 71, 7120 Biscayne Blvd., Miami,
FL 33138, who has some of her first series available. She
will have a new series at Florida Society's annual reunion
in Tampa, April 11-14, 1984. Special thanks to Sheila
(Gilbert) Bolke, who purchased the prints for our society
at Florida's reunion last May, and sent them from her new
home in Lafayette, CA, to be used for prizes.
Barbara (Haskell) Pitman, Jo Booth, Warren Pitman (of
Vista, CA) and Kenneth Booth (of Mission Viejo, CA, at our
Members were in a festive mood, created by Vice
President David Hollowell and his wife, Thelma. Prizes
were set up for each table by tickets taped on bottom of din-
ner plates at random. In the lucky seats were Capt. Jack
Hearn, Catsy (Taylor) Schafer, Dot (Hoffman) Allen,
Don Brayton, Mary Price, Buddy Phillips, Jo Booth,
Jill (Mitchell) Wojcik, Donna (Geyer) Bowman, Arlyne
Reccia and John Drew. Each of the winners received the
table centerpiece, a beautiful Christmas Cactus plant.
Captain and Mrs. Jack H. Hearn (Ethel Krziza of Carlsbad,
CA, t PCSSC's holiday luncheon, December 4, 1983.
In "tune" with the season, Thelma and David ar-
ranged for a delightful program of Christmas music,
presented by Cemberly McCart, soprano, accompanied
by Janette Ferguson, pianist, of San Diego. "Cem" in-
vited members to sing along with her in several carols.
It is always a little absurd to hear our group sing "I'm
dreaming of a white Christmas. ." because for us it's
always been a green Christmas! And if you live in Southern
California, it still is!
As always, it's fun to see friends. Our next meeting is
March 4 at the Mission Viejo Inn.
HOLIDAY LUNCHEON ATTENDANCE
Sunday, December 4, 1983
Anderson's Pea Soup Inn,
Adams, Bob & Ruth (Westman)
Allen, Bill & Dot (Hoffman)
Argo, Emmett & Adele
Bowman, Donna (Geyer)
Brayton, Don & Gladys (Wertz)
Browder, Ed & Marie
Cotton, Arthur & Dorothy (Wertz)
Dill, Bob & Rosa
Guests: Jerry Hopf
deGrummond, Jack & Joan (Ridge)
Guests: Kenneth & Jo Booth
Drew, John & Esther
Guests: John's parents, Mr. & Mrs. Drew
Finlason, John & Shirley (Crews)
Grills, Joe & Annabelle (Lee)
Hammond, Mary (Acker)
Hearn, Capt. Jack & Ethel (Krziza)
Hollowell, David & Thelma
Irving, Joseph & Vera Grace
Johnson, Donald & Stephanie (Milburn)
Guest: Esther (Kriziza) Condry
Lang, Col. Edmund
Miller, Helen (Daniel)
Phillips, Noble ("Buddy") and Marion (Hutchison)
Pitman, Warren & Barbara (Haskell)
Pitney, Susan (Taylor)
Price, CDR Mary
Guests: Betty Price
Guests: Joanne (Reccia) Mays
Ralph & Arlyne Reccia
Schafer, Catsy (Taylor)
Sowa, Louise (Evarts)
Standish, Christian ("Chris") & Ethel
Totty, Cynthia (Evarts)
Will, Howard & Rita (Laurie)
Wojcik, Jill (Mitchell)
Wood, Warren & Evelyn (Belanger)
Yeilding, Ruth (Bauman)
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Capt. Richard Belzer
Capt. Peter Bolton
Capt. Leonidas Crirides
Dr. Henry De La Garza
Capt. Gilbert L. Fritts
Capt. ChristianJ. Gundersen
Capt. EdwardJ. Hughes
Capt. James William Lowe
Capt. Edward S. Mack
Capt. Benjamin Schoenleber
Capt. Hamilton I. Slimon
Capt. Wilbur H. Vantine
Capt. James B. Wallace
Capt. John M. Waters
Mrs. Virginia E. Barsness
Mrs. Roberta D. Burns
Mr. Arthur Doubleday
Mrs. Dorothy R. Gerhart
Mr. Richard C. O'Donnell
Mrs. Doris M. Leeser
Mrs. Elsa E. Watson
Mr. Dwight A. McKabney
Mr. Floyd C. Smith, Jr.
Mr. Johnny Vaucher
Mr. Turner E. Avery
Mrs. Thelma H. Barrett
Mr. HueyJ. Sigur
Mr. Albert Mc. White
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Office of the Director
Financial Planning Division
Administrative Services Div.
Office of General Counsel
Sanitation & Grds. Mgt. Div.
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The Canal Zone in Uniform
Colonel William J. Monsanto was born and raised in
the Canal Zone. He graduated from Balboa High School in
1940 and attended and graduated from Canal Zone
College in 1942.
Enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II, he
-served in Europe as a rifleman in the infantry, earning the
Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star. He was cap-
tured during the Battle of the Bulge and spent the re-
mainder of the war in German POW camps.
Bill returned to college in 1945 and received his BS
degree from the University of Southern California and his
MS degree from the University of LaVerne.
Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1948, Bill
served continually in various staff and command
assignments until his retirement as a colonel in the Military
Police early in 1983. A graduate of the U.S. Army Com-
mand and General Staff College and the Industrial College
of the Armed Forces, he was also a military instructor in
tactics and management to regular and reserve military of-
Col. Monsanto is the holder of the Legion of Merit,
Bronze Star for Valor, the Meritorious Service Medal with
Cluster as well as many other service medals.
Bill now resides with his wife, Betty, and his sons,
William and Steven in Santa Ana, California, where he is
Col. William J. Monsanto employed by the State of California.
Col. James D. DeMarr
Maj. Hobert I. Askew
Major Robert T. Askew was born in Ancon, Canal
Zone. He attended Canal Zone schools and upon gradua-
tion from Balboa High School, attended Tennessee Tech.
University. Having entered the ROTC program, he was
commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engi-
neers after graduation.
He was fortunate to come home for his first assign-
ment and resided at Ft. Kobbe, Canal Zone for four years.
This was followed with a short stay at Ft. Belvoir and then
was assigned to Ft. Knox. From there he was sent to
Georgia Tech. University for his master's degree to pre-
pare him for teaching Computer Science at the United
States Military Academy at West Point, where he is an as-
sistant professor. In August, Maj. Askew is being reas-
signed from the U.S. Military Academy to the Command
and General Staff School in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
His decorations include the Army Commendation
Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters and the Meritorious Service
He is married to the former Maureen Brosnan of
Tucson, Arizona and they have a daughter, Claire. Maj.
Askew's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Eugene I. Askew of St.
Colonel James D. DeMarr was born in Hyattsville,
Maryland, graduating from the University of Maryland as
an electrical engineer in 1930. Shortly thereafter, he was on
extended active duty as a Lieutenant in the Signal Corps
Reserve. Early in World War II he served as Assistant
Signal Officer at Quarry Heights. He also served in Cali-
fornia, and then returned to the Canal Zone as Command-
ing Officer of the 530th Aircraft Control and Warning
group at Albrook AFB. He was also assigned to the Penta-
gon, Korea, Japan and to Philadelphia, Pa.
He retired in 1963 as Signal Officer of the First U.S.
Army at Governor's Island, N.Y.
His decorations include the Bronze Star, American
Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Ar-
my Commendation Medal, World War II Victory Medal,
Korean Service Medal, U.N. Service Medal and National
Defense Service Medal with 8 overseas bars.
Col. DeMarr married Stella Boggs in 1946 at the
France Field Chapel, daughter of the late Max R. Boggs
and Victoria A. Boggs of Cristobal, Canal Zone. They
have four sons; James D. Jr. of Pennsylvania, Glenn of
Mesa, Arizona, Barry Boggs of Arlington, Va. and Victor
of Chicago, Ill. Col. DeMarr also has a daughter by his
first marriage to Fern Morgan of Pedro Miguel, named
Laura (DeMarr) Drons of Brooklyn, N.Y. Stella has two
sisters, Zona (Boggs) Dowell of Panama and Anita
The DeMarrs reside in Arlington, Virginia.
Adrian M. Bouche III, was born in Gorgas Hospital
in Ancon; attended Canal Zone schools and graduated
from Balboa High School in 1969. He was awarded a four-
year military (Army) scholarship and entered Brigham
Young University in the fall of 1969. In 1972 he transferred
to the Air Force ROTC Program. He graduated with a
B.S. degree and was commissioned in 1973.
He entered active duty on 20 March 1974 at Albrook
AFB and was assigned to Craig AFB, Alabama for phys-
iological training and then to Ft. Rucker, Alabama for un-
dergraduate pilot training helicopter. He was the top Air
Force pilot in his class and received his wings 17 December
In July 1975, he was stationed in Nakhom Phanom,
Thailand and later was at Korat Royal Thai AFB and
Udorn Royal Thai AFB as well as Utapao Royal Thai
Naval Air Station. He was with the Aerospace Rescue and
Recovery Service and is credited with four life-saving
I-/u 1mIcnara w. 8eali
Capt. Adrian M. Bouche III
Bouche was promoted to First Lieutenant in 1976 and
re-assigned to Kadena AFB, Okinawa. While there he was
sent on temporary duty to Clark AFB, Philippines and
Osan AFB, Korea. He was promoted to Captain in 1978.
From August 1978 until August 1981, he was sta-
tioned at Hickman AFB, Hawaii where he was with the
Space Recovery Program and was a helicopter test pilot.
Presently he is stationed at McClellan AFB, California as
Chief Helicopter Pilot with the Special Operations of the
Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service.
His awards and decorations include the Air Force
Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Out-
standing Unit Award; Combat Readiness Medal; National
Defense Ribbon; Overseas Ribbon; Air Force Longevity
Ribbon with Oak Leaf Cluster; Small Arms Ribbon with
He has received a master's degree from Pepperdine
University and attended the Air Force Squadron Officer
School and the USMC Command and Staff School. He is
married to the former Beverly Olsen and they are the
parents of two sons and a daughter.
He is the son of Adrien and Jean Bouche who now
live in Orem, Utah since Adrien retired from the Marine
Bureau in 1976.
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Flying Officer Richard W. Beall, R.C.A.F., was
born in Java, Dutch East Indies; came to the Canal Zone
in 1930 and attended Canal Zone schools until 1938. He
graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy in 1940
and subsequently entered the Royal Canadian Air Force.
He received his wings as pilot in Canada and was sent to
Europe where he joined a fighter squadron in southern
England, flying Spitfires under the leadership of Wing
Commander "Johnnie" Johnson, the ranking air ace of
Europe. He later followed the invasion into Europe and
was in Germany at the end of the war there. He vol-
unteered for the Pacific theater but his assignment was
cancelled just prior to leaving, upon the dropping of the
Pat served on many jobs in the Canal Zone until he
became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1950, when he be-
came employed by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Corozal
as a cable splicer. He retired from the Signal Corps as
General Foreman, Outside Plant after 30 Y2 years of serv-
He is now divorced and has three children; Carol
Fritz of Marietta, Ga.; Richard W. Jr. of Tampa, Fla.
and Robert of Palm Springs, Calif. He lives in Clearwater,
Florida and is currently Editor of the Canal Record.
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Isthmus waterway plan shapes up
Colombia-Panama sea level waterway plans will enter
a formative stage at the end of the year when the binational
commission studying the project meets in Panama City.
The group plans to discuss retaining a consortium of
engineering firms from the two countries to carry out in-
depth feasibility studies. The 135-mile, shallow-draft
waterway is expected to cost no more than $2 billion. It
would carry vessels of up to only 10,000 tons.
Commission members are now finishing preliminary
studies. Mauricio Obregon, one of those heading the
commission named by Colombian President Belisario
Betancur, says detailed studies will tale two and a half years
and construction five years. Obregon is the country's am-
bassador at large for the Coribbean region. Most members
are engineers (ENR 10/20 p. 17).
Waterway (arrow) would link two
Easy cut. The latest proposed route begins on the
Caribbean, at Colombia's Gulf of Uraba, and follows the
Atrato and Cacarica rivers to the international frontier.
There a channel would have to be cut about 10 miles
through what Obregon calls the lowest continental divide
anywhere, a stretch of unconsolidated earth that rises to on-
ly 325 ft above sea level, to join Panama's river system.
The route continues along the Paya and Tuira rivers to the
Gulf of San Miguel on the Pacific.
The waterway will run at sea level and feed no locks,
says Obregon, even though the tidal difference between the
two seas is as great as 17 ft. The water will flow in one di-
rection or another at 2 /2 knots. But the central part of the
waterway will have a fresh water stretch of at least 30 miles.
That will keep saltwater species from migrating between
the Caribbean and the Pacific, Obregon says.
In addition to the excavated cut, the waterway will re-
quire about 50 miles of river dredging. That will cost $1
per cu meter, compared with $5 a cu meter for earth exca-
vation. The volumes of material to be excavated and
dredged have not been determined.
Cheapest option. One reason for the low project cost,
Obregon says, is that no explosives will be necessary. No
other proposed canal can be constructed without blasting
through large stretches of solid rock, he says. For example,
a previously proposed route using the Atrato and Truando
rivers entirely in Colombia requires removing up to 2 Y2
billion cu yd of rock, according to Obregon. That is more
than 10 times the amount of material excavated for the
Panama Canal. "Nuclear explosions would be necessary to
make its construction economically feasible," says
Obregon. "That proposal is a possibility for the future but
not the present."
But he says a new link is vital now. To conserve scarce
fresh water required for locking through the Panama
Canal, it will be closed to small ships before the end of the
century. They are vital to Central and South American
Obregon initiated studies for a canal 13 years ago
when he was president of the Corporation for the Develop-
ment of Choco, the region through which it would run.
That group worked with the Interoceanic Canal Commis-
sion, a U.S. organization.
Options considered, ranged up to a 270-mile deep-
draft waterway with hydroelectric dams, but interest waned
for lack of financing (ENR 3/10 p. 22). Obregon says the
newest plan is the only one that can be carried out before
the end of the century. And it is the only proposal for a
waterway "to complement the existing canal. The other
plans are for replacements."
The new waterway will aid the local economy also.
The project would convert swamp lands into cattle ranch-
ing areas. In addition, hydroelectric dams are planned on
the Atrato upstream from the canal that would also regu-
late the flow of water into the waterway.
Engineering News Record, Dec. 15, 1983
Submitted by Conrad Horine,
Following a small sailboat through Miraflores Locks, the "Royal
Odssey" makes its first transit.
December 30, 1983
The Dream was to link the world's two greatest
oceans, and in 1904 the United States set to work to dig a
water passage across the narrow Isthmus of Panama.
Eighty years later, in choosing "The Panama Canal An
American Dream" as the theme for the Royal Odyssey's
1983-84 winter cruise season, Royal Cruise Line is cele-
brating The Dream come true.
Eight special cruises aboard the Royal Odyssey are being
offered in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the
beginning of the American construction effort. The high-
light of each cruise will be a daylight .transit of the Panama
Passengers will more fully appreciate the experience
after reading their complimentary copies of David McCul-
lough's best seller, "The Path Between the Seas," widely
acclaimed as the finest account of Canal history ever writ-
The Canal transit from ocean to ocean takes about
nine hours, starting at either the Atlantic or the Pacific en-
trance to the waterway. A ship moves through three sets of
locks and across the huge, man-made Gatun Lake during
the 50-mile passage. Because of its history, no part of the
Canal trip is more interesting to passengers than Gaillard
Cut, a nine-mile stretch that was carved through the rock
and shale of the Continental Divide. It was here that the
principal excavation for the Canal was required and here
that devastating slides occurred during construction and
soon after the Canal was opened.
The first of the Royal Odyssey's anniversary cruises be-
gan on December 22, 1983, when the vessel steamed out of
Miami bound for Acapulco. Passengers saw the sights on
Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and Cartagena, Colombia, before
making their Canal transit two days after Christmas.
Rather than heading directly to its next port of call at Cal-
dera, Costa Rica, the vessel docked for a few hours in Bal-
boa at the Pacific end of the Canal, allowing officials of the
Panama Canal Commission, the organization that admini-
sters the waterway, to come aboard to take part in a com-
During the ceremony, Commission Administrator D.
P. McAuliffe assisted the master of the Royal Odyssey, Capt.
Gregory Avdelas, in presenting bronze medallions to two
passengers whose combined Canal transits total 56. All
other passengers on the anniversary cruises are also receiv-
ing the medallions as souvenirs of their transits.
Explaining that no part of the Canal construction ef-
fort better symbolizes the determination and spirit of the
Canal builders than the digging of Gaillard Cut, Mr. Mc-
Auliffe presented Captain Avdelas with a plaque con-
taining a piece of rock taken from the Cut.
Passengers aboard the Royal Odyssey experience the
Panama Canal in style. The ship's luxurious accommoda-
tions include eight decks and a choice of 19 types of deluxe
staterooms, with special family and group rates. The
Greek-registered vessel is 627 feet long and 81 feet in beam.
With 405 staterooms, it can accommodate 816 passengers,
in addition to a crew of 381.
Among the incentives being offered to lure passengers
aboard are $50 certificates for shipboard purchases, shore
excursions, celebrity entertainment, complimentary wines
and special activities.
The vessel usually operates out of the Mediterranean,
sailing from its home port of Piraeus, Greece. The Panama
Canal cruises are planned to coincide with the Caribbean
dry season, when the skies are blue and cool breezes pro-
vide a welcome relief from the tropical heat.
The Canal anniversary promotion has been so suc-
cessful that Royal Cruise Line plans to extend the celebra-
tion into its 1984-85 season. Senior Vice President for
Marketing, R. Duncan Beardsley, says that the enthusiasm
of the American public for the idea of seeing the Panama
Canal, the fulfillment of an American dream, has resulted
in this year's cruises being sold out earlier than any
Canal Zone Society
may need a new home
Where, oh where does all the time go? I'm not going
to tell you when I met with the Panama Canal Zone Society
and showed them the Evening Independent slides. It was 'way
It was fun to be with that group again and see some
people I met about a year ago when Anna Collins was
about to be installed as the large club's first woman presi-
I keep bumping into Mrs. Collins at meetings. She
belongs to a bunch of clubs and organizations and her hus-
band Joe belongs to others. I even ran into them at a party
not too long ago for one of Joe's civic clubs.
I learned something interesting about the Zone club's
meeting hall. The members and board of directors are in-
vestigating other large halls because the Gulfport Commu-
nity Center may be converted into a senior recreation cen-
ter. That could interfere with rentals to large groups in the
If that hall becomes unavailable, several other large
clubs will be scouting for meeting places, too. In addition, a
few downtown clubs have changed bases recently because
of a fire at the restaurant where they normally meet. Some
of those clubs also will be looking for a new spot to meet.
At the meeting I attended, 75 members and guests
showed up to discuss business, fun and snacks. I sat at the
head table with Pat Beall, editor of the Canal Zone Record,
the club's newspaper. On the other side of Pat was Jean
Mann, who has been an active member and office holder
for several years.
Also at the meeting were Paul and Olga Disharoon,
who kept track of whose who at meetings. They register
members and guests at the door.
Last time I was with that club, they had a Carnivalito
going, complete with costumes of Panamanians and the
San Blas Indians indigenous to the Canal Zone area.
One thing about the carnival made a lasting impres-
sion on me. It is an insidious appetizer called seviche. It
should be served in fireproof dishes, because it will melt
I was warned in advance about the seviche, and took
only the tiniest of tastes from a little paper cup. It is a vege-
table mixture with hot pepper, and it clears the palate for
the next bite of food. It also could clean your eardrums and
the inside of your skull if you took a big bite.
All kidding aside, I liked it.
I was warmly welcomed to the Canal Zone Society
meeting. In fact, the prize ticket issued to me won the
drawing. For several very good reasons, I declined the kind
offering and donated it back to the club.
Because I am not a member of most of the clubs whose
meetings I attend, it is my feeling that I should not be eli-
gible to win prizes given at the meetings. Additionally, eth-
ical policies of the Times Publishing Company wisely pro-
hibit employees from accepting any job-related freebies.
There was a third reason for declining this particular
prize. It was a large, beautifully mounted photograph of a
Canal Zone scene. I never have been to the Zone and was
not familiar with the scene. For someone who spent a
career or a childhood there, the photo had much more sen-
timental value, and I simply could ot deprive someone of
the opportunity to have it.
St. Petersburg Independent, Wednesday, January 25, 1984
This photograph appeared in the magazine, Science '83, October
issue, 1983 under an article titled, "The Other Einstein." It
was found on the plane by member Harry Chan enroute to Tampa,
Fla. Six members of the Red, White and Blue Troupe are
recognizable, How about the others, members?
Panama asks loan payment delay
Panama has requested a moratorium on interest pay-
ments on U.S. Loans to the Panama Canal Commission,
saying more than 200 workers, including some Americans,
may otherwise be laid off because of budget cuts. Gen.
Dennis P. McAuliffe, administrator of the commission,
said Thursday that economic difficulties have reduced
trade and slashed toll revenue, forcing the commission to
propose staff cutbacks to reduce spending. The Canal
Commission is scheduled to pay $10-million in 1984 and
19-million in 1985 on its outstanding foreign debts.
St. Petersburg Times, January 7, 1984
On Unordered Merchandise
Goods you did not order that are sent through the
mail to you need not be returned. You should be sure,
however, that the delivery was not accidental and that you
or someone in your household in no way authorized the de-
livery of the merchandise.
Order With Caution
Ordering by mail can present problems, if you aren't
careful. The best advice to follow when considering mail-
order shopping is the same one that applies to the rest of
our consumer purchases compare prices before buying.
Most of the items which are available through the mail are
also provided by local merchants. By checking with local
merchants first, you will be able to determine if the lower
price will determine the purchase, for example, or a combi-
nation of price and ease of repair will be more important.
There are reputable firms engaged in mail-order ser-
vice. And there are disreputable firms advertising more
widely than reputable ones. Do not do business by mail un-
less you are convinced in advance that you are dealing with
a reputable business. You may want to check with the Bet-
ter Business Bureau or the Division of Consumer Services
of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services before ordering by mail.
A Federal Trade Commission rule protects consumers
who order merchandise by mail. This rule gives consumers
the right to know when to expect the merchandise to be
shipped. For example, if an ad says that the manufacturer
will "rush" an item in less than a week, it must be shipped
within that time. I no date is stated, you have the right to
have the merchandise shipped within 30 days. If the seller
does not ship within the stated time, or within 30 days, you
have the right to cancel the order and get your money back.
The seller must also notify you of delays.
You can have your name removed from the majority
of mass mailing lists by stating so in a letter to:
Mail Preference Services
6 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
If you would like your name added to the mass mail-
ing lists, the Association can respond to your request.
The Senior Consumer, November 1983
From the "SPILLWAY"
Commission facility treats the bends
by Susan K. Stabler
An underwater diver who experiences the "bends"
usually experiences another thing very clearly pain. The
only treatment for this pain, and for any other symptoms
that may accompany it, is to place the diver in a recompres-
The Panama Canal Commission operates two recom-
pression chambers at the Salvage and Diving School in
Gatun for the benefit of Commission divers. In several in-
stances, because there is no other such equipment south of
Mexico City, the local chambers have also aided distressed
divers from other parts of Central and South America.
The bends, or decompression sickness, is brought on
when a diver returns to the surface to normal atmos-
pheric pressure too quickly.
Under normal conditions, the blood contains oxygen,
carbon dioxide, and nitrogen. If the pressure outside the
body is increased, as is the case when scuba diving, more of
these gases enter the blood stream. Then, if the pressure
suddenly returns to normal, the extra gas dissolved in the
blood forms bubbles. The oxygen and carbon dioxide bub-
bles are quickly absorbed, but the nitrogen bubbles float
through the blood becoming lodged in, and obstructing,
small blood vessels.
The most common symptoms of this condition are
sharp, prolonged excruciating pains in the joints and
muscles. In fact, the term "bends" comes from the way a
victim doubles over in pain. The most serious damage
usually occurs in the nervous system. The symptoms in-
clude paralysis, double vision, loss of balance, convulsions,
and coma. Milder symptoms of decompression sickness in-
clude rash, itching, and unusual fatigue.
A common misconception about the bends is that the
underwater depth of the victim's last dive determines treat-
ment. This is not so. Rather, symptoms are examined and
matched to U.S. Navy diving tables which prescribe at-
mospheric pressures and time frames designed to relieve
the symptoms. Treatment in a recompression chamber
might take anywhere from 2 /2 to 38 2 hours, beginning in
most cases at a level of pressure equivalent to that found 60
feet under water. The key is to treat the symptoms and not
the depth of the dive.
Each of the Commission's recompression chambers
looks like a large white torpedo with tiny portholes along
the sides and a large, hatch-type door at one end. Pressure
valves and gauges are mounted on the outside, and tele-
phone communication between inside and outside can be
set up in moments.
Inside the chamber are two compartments. The com-
partment closest to the door serves as an intermediary be-
tween the outside world and the inner compartment, where
the injured diver is treated. This inner compartment can
accommodate an adult in a horizontal position and an at-
tendant, who sits alongside the diver throughout the treat-
ment to monitor the victim's progress and administer first
aid. The attendant will be "taken to" the same pressure
depth as the diver and, for this reason must remain in the
chamber for the entire recompression procedure.
Kenneth Willis, general foreman of the Salvage Depot
and Diving School, says the ideal situation is to have one
skilled person inside and three outside, although the job
can be accomplished with a minimum of one in and one
out. The person on the outside can pass food, supplies, and
medications into the intermediary compartment for use by
the occupants of the inner compartment. This sort of com-
munication is particularly critical during lengthy treatment
The newer of the Commission's chambers was pur-
chased and brought to the Isthmus from Louisiana in 1974.
It is, says Mr. Willis, the preferred chamber because of its
location inside the building, which offers ready access to
shelter, telephones, and a fresh pot of coffee. The older and
larger chamber sits on a sheltered barge at the Salvage De-
pot and Diving School. It is considered mostly a back-up
Play ball! Pacific Little League
gears up for swinging season
Girls and boys who want to be in the swing of things
will register now for the Pacific Little League's 1984
season. This year, the league will be open to all dependents
of Panama Canal Commission employees and to children
of all residents of Commission housing areas. League presi-
dent Joseph J. Wood says that he and other league officials
are hoping that a significant number of young people living
and attending schools in Panama will taken advantage of
the new policy.
Students at St. Mary's and Department of Defense
Dependents Schools are also eligible to participate.
The league is for youngsters between the ages of 7 and
12 and is composed of a peewee league (ages 7 and 8), farm
league (9 to 12), and little league (10 to 12).
While Canal youth have always played baseball in one
way or another, the first organized little league on the
Isthmus got its start in 1949. Jack Corrigan, logistic ser-
vices director for the Commission's General Services
Bureau, remembers the date well because that was the year
he became too old to play. Apparently, Mr. Corrigan de-
cided that if he couldn't play little league baseball, he'd
grow up to be league president instead, and he served in
that capacity for many years.
Until recently, the league was registered with the na-
tional official little league organization in Pennsylvania.
Local teams were represented in the national champion-
ships at least twice, as Mr. Corrigan recalls, and succeeded
in placing second or third on one occasion, evidence of the
talent of local players. The Pacific Little League was the
beginning, in fact, for two players who went on to the ma-
jor leagues. Jamie Cocanower is now a pitcher for the Mil-
waukee Brewers, and Eddie Napoleon also made it to the
majors as the first-base coach with the Cleveland In-
In addition to developing athletic skill, the league also
provides an important source of recreation for the young
people who take part. But beyond that, it provides an op-
portunity for learning and maturing. In many cases little
league baseball is the youngsters' first exposure to organiz-
ed sports, taking them from the realm of free play into a sit-
uation where they must abide by established rules.
Each rainy season, a registration drive is held to help
league officials plan for the upcoming season based on the
number of interested players. Shortly thereafter, tryouts
are held. Since everyone who tries out is likely to make a
team, the primary purpose of the tryouts is to give team
managers an idea of players' skill levels before the selection
process begins. The season usually opens in January and
runs through April, culminating with an awards picnic.
Although the league is not officially connected with the
Panama Canal Commission, a large number of Commis-
sion employees are involved in it.
In addition to the board members, a number of adult
volunteers work as coaches and managers on league teams,
and umpires and scorekeepers are paid for their services.
Funds from registration and from sponsors and adver-
tising help to finance the league.
"Australia II" returned home via
The Australia II, winner of the America's Cup, transit-
ed the Panama Canal on the deck of a large container ves-
sel. The world-famous sailing yacht was heading back
home to Australia after the defeat of the Liberty.
The Australia II made history when it captured the cup
by beating the Americans in the seventh and final race of
the series on September 26. The cup had been in U.S.
hands since 1851, when the schooner America won it in a
race around England's Isle of Wight. The 27-inch silver
trophy is now in the possession of the Royal Perth Yacht
Club in Western Australia.
In congratulating Prime Minister Robert Hawke on
Australia's success in the race, President Ronald Reagan
said, "All Australians must be justifiably proud of the ex-
traordinary team effort, skill, and sportsmanship that
brought off this magnificent victory."
Some of this pride was evident when a small contin-
gent of Australians who live in Panama went to Miraflores
Locks to give the yacht an Aussie salute as it passed by. The
yacht itself was barely visible, safely tucked among large
Tucked between containers on the deck of the Act 6, the America's
Cup winner "Australia II" gets a ride through Miraflores Locks,
during its recent transit of the Canal en route to Australia.
Photo by Arthur Pollack
containers on board the Act 6, but the Australians were able
to get a glimpse of the precious cargo as the ship made its
final descent into Pacific waters.
Led by Pauli McIntosh, an employee of the British
Embassy, the Australians began planning their visit to the
locks the moment they learned the yacht would be making
a Canal transit. Helping them with these plans were the Act
6's agent, Norton Lilly & Co., and the Panama Canal
Commission marine traffic control center, which kept them
up-to-date on the ship's progress through the wateway.
They were given a grand welcome at the Miraflores Locks'
tourist pavilion by the Panama Canal Guide Service.
Training still key to maintaining
Panama Canal's efficiency
The efficiency that has become a trademark in the op-
eration and maintenance of the Panama Canal is a true re-
flection of the training provided by the Panama Canal
Commission Apprentice School. From its classrooms
emerge most of the supervisors, foremen and leaders that
are required to oversee the craft occupations. But there is
more to be learned.
The concept of an apprentice program goes back a
long way in Canal history. The idea began to take form in
1906 on a very small scale, with apprentices being trained
in basic skills. There was no classroom instruction, how-
ever, until Gov. George W. Goethals approved for a formal
apprentice program on March 11, 1915. A school was es-
tablished and assigned to the Mechanical Division, and
classes were given on a part-time basis in shop, mathe-
matics, and related subjects.
Following this low-key beginning, the operation was
made a responsibility of the Division of Schools in 1936,
and on July 1, 1953, it was transferred to the Electrical Di-
vision. It moved again on July 1, 1965, to the Personnel
Bureau, forerunner of today's Office of Personnel Admini-
stration, which now operates the school through the Indus-
trial Training Branch of the Human Resources Develop-
The program has had its ups and downs. In 1930, the
scope and activities of the Apprentice School were reduced
drastically as a result of the Economy Act passed that year.
The program was rejuvenated in 1960 when, because of a
stipulation in the 1955 Remon-Eisenhower Panama Canal
Treaty, it became necessary to increase the number of ap-
In the interim, classes were taught on the Atlantic side
in such places as the Red Cross building in Cristobal and
the second floor of the Margarita Clubhouse. On the Pacif-
ic side, classes were held in the ROTC building behind the
Balboa Fire Station and, for some time, in the Panama
Canal Training Center complex. During the 1940's and
50's, the only permanent instructors were Phillip T.
Green, an electrical engineer who was mainly responsible
for modernizing the framework of the school, and Willard
E. Percy, a mechanical engineer who was also a graduate of
Today, the school is located in Building 2-A in the Bal-
boa Industrial Area and has a total staff of 15. Of its 11 in-
structors, 8 are former apprentices. William R. Dunning,
Jr, is the branch chief. The others possess teaching degrees.
Thirty-two crafts are taught at the Apprentice School.
Six are taught in courses of 3-year duration, and the re-
mainder require a 4-year study program.
The students come from three principal backgrounds.
They may be young people with high school or college
training who have fulfilled the Apprentice School entrance
requirements; they may be in-service journeymen who
seek the benefits of updated courses in such subject as dig-
ital techniques, microprocessor fundamentals, and motor
controls; or they may be Upward Mobility Program parti-
cipants who receive training at the Apprentice School.
In the beginning days of the apprentice program, ap-
prentices were all U.S. citizens. But the class composition
has changed over the years. A survey of Apprentice School
graduates covering the period of 1962 through 1969 reveal-
ed that approximately 90.5 percent were Panamanian citi-
zens employed either by the Canal organization or by the
U.S. Armed Forces. The Panama Canal Treaty of 1977,
which calls for an increase in Panamanian participation in
Canal employment, has contributed to a further increase in
that percentage, which now approaches 100.
Another important change took place in the student
body on July 9, 1973, when Jacqueline Toussant made
history by becoming the first female apprentice. At that
time, Ms. Toussant was a nurses' aide at Gorgas Hospital.
Now, she is a full-fledged electrician at Miraflores Locks.
Women have since become an integral part of the Appren-
The Canal apprentice program, almost as old as the
Canal itself, continues to have an invigorating effect on the
Commission's work force.
Austerity keynotes 1984-1985
In a memorandum dated October 31, 1983, Panama
Canal Administrator D. P. McAuliffe instructed all senior
management officials to immediately implement measures
intended to reduce operating costs within the organization.
Current information compiled by the Office of Finan-
cial Management indicates that the decline in Canal traffic
experienced during fiscal year 1983 and the worldwide re-
cessionary trends will continue and possibly worsen before
any improvements are seen. Therefore, the original break-
even budgets projected for fiscal years 1984 and 1985 now
have the potential of showing significant deficits. The
Panama Canal Commission is mandated by law to recover
all costs of its operation.
Effective November 1, 1983, and until further notice,
a freeze is placed on new appointments to the Commission.
A new appointment is defined for this purpose to include
new hires for permanent and temporary positions.
Exceptions to the hiring freeze will be considered on a
case-by-case basis by the Administrator and/or the Deputy
Administrator. The primary justification for exceptions will
be the continued operational effectiveness of the Canal.
In another cut-back measure, the use of overtime will
be held to an absolute minimum. Officials responsible for
the approval of overtime have been instructed by the Ad-
ministrator to scrutinize any such requests, to determine if
the work is essential.
All Commission managers and employees are in-
structed to exercise prudence in expenditures for supplies
and materials and other expenses. The Office of Executive
Planning will increase its efforts to encourage energy con-
The Administrator has stressed to senior managers
that the measures cited are only immediate, stop-gap mea-
sures. They are just a beginning of the entire range of ex-
penditures that must be closely examined.
Meeting the monumental challenge of these reces-
sionary times will, in Mr. McAuliffe's words, call for "in-
novative management techniques and the cooperation of all
employees. Together we must maximize the cost reductions
in all areas while minimizing the impact on the operational
effectiveness of the .-waterway and the motivation and well-
being of Commission employees."
Spanish anchors reflect ancient history
By Oleta Tinnin
In 1918, two giant-sized historic Spanish anchors were
set in place in front of the Terminals Building (now the Na-
tional Port Authority) in Cristobal. Those anchors are still
there 65 years later, a mute witness to the ingenuity and
perseverance that brought them there.
The story of the anchors begins at the time of the first
transisthmian transit by an oceangoing vessel, which oc-
curred in 1517, almost 4 centuries before the opening of the
Panama Canal. This feat was effected by the Spanish ex-
plorers, who saw the Isthmus as a shortcut for getting ships
from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, to be used by Vasco
Nunez de Balboa to explore the coastline.
Their method was to dismantle the ships at Acla on
the Atlantic coast and to transport the sections overland to
the Pacific coast, where they were reassembled. Not all of
the materials that left Acla reached their intended destina-
tion, some of them being lost or abandoned en route. Even-
tually, however, two brigantines were operating on the
Pacific Ocean, creating a precedent for transporting ships
across the Isthmus that continued for many years. This ac-
tivity merged with other transisthmian ventures when Pan-
ama City was founded in 1519 and a route for transporting
gold was established between Panama City on the Pacific
coast and Nombre de Dios on the Atlantic.
At some point during this period, two ships' anchors
were left near Las Cruces, a resting point on the trans-
isthmian gold route. According to legend, the anchors were
taken up the Chagres River by boat and unloaded at Las
Cruces for overland transport to Panama. One of the 40
men carrying one of the anchors stumbled and fell. The
others dropped the anchor, which crushed and killed 7 of its
bearers. For years this location bore the name of Matasiete,
or "seven killed."
One of these anchors was found by the forty-niners
who followed the route of the old gold road across the
Isthmus prior to the opening of the Panama Railroad. In
February 1855, the Star and Herald ran the following letter
from a forty-niner in Miner's Ravine, Calif.:
"In order to impress upon the Government of
New Granada (now Colombia) the enterprising spirit
of the Yankee nation you will cause the ancient anchor,
located a short distance this side of Cruces, to be removed
from the place where it has been so long reposed and placed
at some convenient point where it can be loaded with dis-
patch upon the first train of cars that enter Panama. .
Who, among all the immigrants of every State in the
Union, that has viewed that old anchor has not hoped to
hear some day of its reaching Panama?"
Apparently, this request was not carried out, for both
anchors were found in 1911 by U.S. military forces operat-
ing on the Isthmus. Instead of taking the anchors to Pan-
ama City, they planned to transport them to West Point,
N.Y., where they were to be mounted above the entrance
to the library of the United States Military Academy.
The plan was put into action, and the anchors were
pulled on sledges by block and tackle to a raft and floated
down the Chagres River. At Gamboa, the raft was tied up
to the dock, awaiting the arrival of the train that was to
transport the anchors by flatcar to a ship in Cristobal.
At this point, fate and the President of the United
States intervened. "There is a rumor that it is contem-
plated removing Spanish anchors from (the) Isthmus to
West Point," the Secretary of War wired the Chairman
and Chief Engineer of the Isthmian Canal Commission
(ICC) on May 21, 1911. "The President directs that this
not be done."
Meanwhile, however, the raft had broken loose from
its moorings at Gamboa and floated downstream, colliding
with a log and breaking in two. The anchors sank to the
bottom of the Chagres River.
After receipt of the President's directive, ICC officials
arranged to have the anchors pulled out of the river by a
Panama Railroad locomotive. Apparently destined never
to reach the Pacific shore, the anchors were taken by flatcar
to the Mount Hope storehouse, where they remained until
their removal to Cristobal in 1918.
Americans remember those who served
At 5 a.m. on Monday, November 11, 1918, a spon-
taneous victory celebration broke out in France that spread
to country after country as the air waves picked up the
news that "the war to end all wars" had ended.
Whistles blew and bells pealed over impromptu
parades around the globe, businesses closed, and prayers of
gratitude were offered by war-weary people the world over.
In New York City, a crowd of more than 1 million jammed
Broadway, and tons of ticker tape showered out of windows
along Wall Street.
Poppies, which bloomed on many French battlefields,
became the symbol of the tragedy of war and of the renewal
of life. The war poem "In Flanders Field" depicted their
Artificial poppies were sold in the United States to aid
children in France and Belgium who were victims of war.
The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars
espoused the poppy campaign in aid of veterans and the
families of those killed in the war. They held poppy sales
and set up shops where disabled veterans earned spending
money by making the artificial flowers.
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first anni-
versary of the Armistice a national holiday and decreed
that the day should be solemnized with veterans' parades,
religious and secular services, and two minutes of silence to
honor the dead.
In 1920, an English Unknown Soldier was buried in
London's Westminster Abbey and a French one at the Arc
de Triomphe in Paris. The following year, in Chalons-sur-
Marne, France, Sgt. Edward F. Younger was designated to
choose an American Unknown Soldier from among the un-
identified bodies disinterred from American cemeteries in
Europe. A body from eachcemetery was placed in a casket
and taken to Marne. Faced with the four sealed caskets,
Sergeant Younger bowed his head for a moment, then
began to circle them slowly. On the fourth round, he step-
ped to the second casket and placed on it a bouquet of white
roses. The casket was brought home on the cruiser Olimpia
and placed in the Capitol rotunda where thousands passed
On Armistice Day, three days later, flags were flown
at half mast from sunrise to sunset. At 11 a.m., the casket
was lowered into the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ar-
lington Cemetery. The plain white marble tomb was in-
scribed: "Here rests in honored glory An American Soldier
Known but to God."
In 1938, 20 years after the war ended, Armistice Day
became an annual, legal holiday in the United States. As
decreed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, traffic stopped
all over the United States at 11 a.m., in silent tribute. The
silence was pierced by rifle volleys, followed by the haun-
ting strains of taps. In 1954, Armistice Day was renamed
Veterans Day to embrace the servicemen of all U.S. wars.
Three years later, at Honolulu, men stood at attention
and women wept as flowers were placed at the base of a
flagpole rising out of the water above the sunken battleship
Arizona. Flower leis were dropped into the sea to honor the
1,102 men entombed in the ship.
An Unknown Soldier of World War II and one from
the Korean conflict were interred in the Tomb of the Un-
known Soldier in 1958. On November 11 of that year, over
4,000 veterans participated in a parade in Long Beach,
Calif., which was viewed by more than 100,000 spectators.
Veterans Day is a time that U.S. citizens set aside to
pause and pay tribute to those who have suffered and died
in the service of their country. This year Americans around
the world will remember especially those servicemen who
were attacked as they slept recently in Beirut, and others
who have made sacrifices for their country during the year.
Security measures in force
As part of the Panama Canal Commission's increased
security program, a number of changes are being imple-
mented at the Balboa Heights Administration Building and
at certain other installations.
While in the Administration Building, employees are
required to wear their Commission identification cards in
plastic holders attached to the collar or breast pocket. These
holders are now being issued. Parcels are being routinely
checked, and visitors to the building are being issued dis-
tinctive identifying badges.
Certain entrances are being locked to prevent access
by unauthorized personnel. Most of these, however, will
continue to be available as emergency exits.
The restaurant and check-cashing facilities will remain
open for unrestricted use by the public, but positive identi-
fication of visitors will be required for entry into the upper
levels of the building. Basement stairwells will have cypher
locking devices to deny access to the general public, and
routine elevator service will terminate on the first floor ex-
cept for handicapped people and the transport of heavy
Identification cards and packages are being routinely
checked at other installations, such as the Marine Traffic
Channel deepening increases Canal's
water storage capacity
The following is excerpted from an article about the Canal that
was furnished by the Public Affairs Office to "Dredging and Port
Construction, a monthly magazine published in Surrey, England,
and dedicated to covering world-wide dredging and port develop-
ments. The story appeared in the magazine's October 1983 issue.
By Vicki M. Boatwright
When the first ship slipped silently through the blue-
green waters of the Panama Canal on August 15, 1914, it
marked the fulfillment of a dream dating back to the ex-
plorations of Columbus. The first serious attempt to create
a water passage between the world's two great oceans was
made by the French in 1881, but the credit for making the
dream a reality belongs to the United States.
The monumental effort to bridge the divide required
the excavation of approximately 262,000,000 cubic yards
of earth and rock between 1881 and 1914. A little known
fact, however, is that more material has been removed
from the Panama Canal since its completion than was re-
moved during its creation. Between 1915 and 1981, ap-
proximately 389,000,000 cubic yards of spoil were dredged
for maintenance or improvement of the waterway.
Dredging is a year-round business at the Canal. Silta-
tion resulting from tidal variations at the sea level entrances
to the waterway and from the rivers that empty into the
Canal's water reservoirs at Gatun and Madden Lakes, as
well as erosion along the Canal banks, exacerbated by pro-
peller wash, make necessary the constant monitoring of the
channel to ensure a navigable depth for transiting vessels.
In addition, as the number and size of vessels using
the waterway have increased year by year to record levels,
projects have been undertaken to give the Canal the capa-
bility to respond in an efficient manner to the growing de-
mands for service, and at the same time to ensure the safety
of these vessels while they are in Canal waters. One such
project, completed in 1970, was the widening of the nar-
rowest earthern portion of the Canal channel in Gaillard
Cut, from 300 to 500 feet. Sixty years before, it was the
Cut area, then called Culebra, the Spanish word for
"snake," that had posed the most formidable problem for
the Canal diggers as they carved through the solid rock of
the Continental Divide.
Today, a project is underway to deepen the Canal
channel by three feet, with the objective of maintaining a
navigable draft of 39.5 feet substantially the year-round.
To appreciate the importance of this project, one must first
understand the essential role that water storage plays in the
operation of the Panama Canal.
The Isthmus of Panama experiences just two seasons
each year, an eight-month rainy season that extends from
about mid-April to mid-December and a four-month dry
season. During the rainy season, the water that is necessary
for the transiting of vessels and the generation of hydroelec-
tric power billions of gallons per day is stored up in
two artificially-created lakes, Gatun and Madden, that
were formed by the harnessing of the Chagres River.
A ship begins its transit at sea level at either end of the
Canal and is raised through a series of lockages to the level
of Gatun Lake, over which it must travel approximately
27 /2 miles to arrive at the locks at the opposite end of the
Canal and complete its transit. With a minimum normal
operating lake level of 84.5 feet, Gatun Lake's navigable
channel bottom is at Precise Level Datum 40, which allows
vessels to transit with a maximum draft of 39.5 feet and
with a minimum 5-foot clearance between the keel and the
channel bottom. The depth of the Canal channel also con-
forms to the elevation of the locks' sills, with the maximum
navigable depth being controlled by the depth of water over
the sill at the south end of Pedro Miguel Locks.
With the transit of each vessel through the locks, 52
million gallons of fresh water from Gatun Lake are lost into
the oceans, water that must be replenished by rainfall into
the Gatun Lake watershed and from the Madden Lake
reservoir, which normally fluctuates between elevation 200
and 252 feet above sea level.
With the onset of dry season, the maintenance of the
normal lake levels becomes a serious problem as the mighty
Chagres River, which feeds Madden Lake, slows dramati-
cally. If the dry season is unusually long, extending well in-
to the rainy season months as it did this year, Gatun Lake
can drop to a very low level. (This year the lake level fell to
81.5 feet.) As this occurs, the Canal administration must
implement draft restrictions for transiting vessels that will
ensure the required minimum keel clearance (5') above the
elevation of the navigable channel bottom of PLD 40.
Every inch that the draft is reduced (this year it went to 36
feet) represents a loss of revenues for Canal customers, who
must limit the amount of cargo that their vessels carry.
The deepening of the Canal channel will lower the
channel bottom from PLD 40 to PLD 37, and will allow the
lake level to fall an additional three feet without affecting
the drafts of transiting ships. It is estimated that the three-
foot deepening will allow enough additional water to be
stored in the 163-square mile Gatun Lake to transit 12 ad-
ditional ships per day at maximum draft.
The project, which got underway in 1979 and is
scheduled for completion in May of 1985, will involve the
removal of some 5,640,000 cubic yards of material at an es-
timated total cost in excess of $24,000,000. Approximately
one-third of the Canal channel through Gatun Lake and
Gaillard Cut will require deepening, since nearly two-
thirds of this portion of the waterway is already PLD 37 or
deeper. The excavation will extend from the north end of
Pedro Miguel Locks to the south end of Gatun Locks,
which includes Gaillard Cut and Gatun Lake.
While Gatun Lake is by far the larger of the two areas
to be dredged, with its 650 to 1000-foot wide reaches, it
represents less of a logistics problem than the 500-foot wide
Gaillard Cut, where the center portions can only be worked
during the few hours each night when the Cut is clear of
Responsibility for the huge undertaking belongs to the
Panama Canal Commission's Engineering and Construc-
tion Bureau, whose Dredging Division is working around
the clock to get the job done on schedule. Nearly every ma-
jor piece of the division's floating equipment has been
utilized for the task.
The strategy for the dredging operations has been first
to deploy the 300' by 50', 28-inch cutter suction dredge
Mindi ro remove all material up to medium soft rock be-
tween Gamboa and Gatun Locks. The 10,000-horsepower,
diesel electric Mindi has a 108-foot ladder with a maximum
digging depth of 72 feet and can discharge dredged
material up to 12,000 feet using a combination of 28-inch
steel floating and shore pipe.
The Mindi is doing all of its work in Gatun Lake,
pumping spoil an average of 3,000 feet to the banks of the
lake, well away from the Canal channel.
The 280,000 ponds of force of the Rialto M. Christensen,
a 15-cubic yard diesel electric dipper dredge, is being used
to remove the rocky spoil that is being fragmented by drill-
ing and blasting in Gaillard Cut and, to a lesser extent, in
Backing up the Christensen when it is out for mainten-
ance or repairs is the steam-driven dipper dredge Cascadas.
Although the 13 2 -cubic-yard Cascadas is nearly as old as
the Canal itself, it still plays an important role in dredging
operations. With a maximum digging depth of 58 feet, the
dredge is on standby all year, not only for the channel
deepening project but to provide a slide-removal capability.
The drillboat Thor will complete all the subaqueous
drilling and blasting that the channel deepening requires
within the next year. Its work schedule is coordinated with
that of the Commission's Marine Bureau to avoid inter-
ruption of Canal transit operations.
Removing the shoals that the Thor and/or transiting
vessels kick up is the Manitowoc 4600 Vicon barge-
mounted crane Goliath, using a 7 2-yard clamshell bucket.
The Goliath makes 40 to 60 passes per hour up to a depth of
50 feet, doing all of its work at night during periods when
the channel is clear of ship traffic.
The Dredging Division's fleet of 10 non-self pro-
pelled, tug-pushed dump barges is being used to carry the
spoil dredged by the Christensen, Cascadas and Goliath an
average of 15 miles to dump sites in Gatun Lake, far from
It is estimated that yearly maintenance dredging of
from 1.5 to 2 million cubic yards of material will continue
to be necessary to maintain the navigable Canal bottom.
In addition, the Panama Canal Commission is con-
tinuing to look for ways to improve the waterway and its
service to customers. With channel deepening completed,
work will begin on a project to increase the radius of cur-
vature of Bohio Curve south of Gatun Locks in Gatun
Lake to 4500 feet to improve visibility and provide a safer
maneuvering distance in the curve. With an estimated cost
of $8 million, the project will require both subaqueous and
land drilling and the use of a dipper dredge to remove ap-
proximately 905,000 cubic yards of material.
For the longer term, by 1985 the results will be
available from a comprehensive study currently being con-
ducted by the Commission concerning the possibility of
widening Gaillard Cut and the entrances to the Canal. The
study is aimed at determining the optimum configuration
and width of the channel to allow uninterrupted two-way
traffic of Panamax-size vessels through the Canal. At pres-
ent, the 500-foot width and sharp curves of Gaillard Cut
make it impossible for large vessels to meet safely. As the
trend toward larger vessels continues, the limitations of
Gaillard Cut impose a ceiling on the number of ships that
can transit the Canal per day.
Successful completion of the study will provide the in-
formation that will enable the Board of Directors to render
a decision regarding the project.
Pre-Canal range lights remain
essential aids to navigation .
By Oleta Tinnin
Even during the days when "stars to steer by" were
considered to be ample aids to navigation on the open seas,
it was obvious that something a little more detailed was re-
quired on the Panama Canal.
Consequently, 32 lighthouses, or range lights, were
included in the Canal's system of navigational aids. These
lighthouses are used by Canal pilots to guide vessels along
straight lines in the Canal channel, called straightaways.
The lighthouses are arranged in pairs and groups of three,
and are placed so that, when a pilot turns a ship into a
straightaway and aligns himself properly with the set of
lights, he will be sailing in a safe path.
Each time the Canal channel is altered, the range
lights along the stretch must be realigned to conform to the
new dimensions of the channel. Since the lighthouses are
too large to be easily moved, new lighthouses must be con-
structed at new sites. The discarded lighthouses, or range
towers, are then painted black, so that they will be less vis-
ible and will not be mistaken for the new ones.
The story of the Canal range lights began in 1911,
when the first lights were installed in the area of what
would become Gatun Lake. Just mapping out the locations
for the lights was an ordeal, as lighthouse surveying parties
had to work their way through swamps, tropical forests,
and dense jungle growth to run survey lines. In the process,
they carved a 1,400-acre, polygon-shaped clearing out of
the forest an area that now comprises the lake floor.
The transportation of materials for the lighthouses and
their foundations presented other problems. As Gatun
Lake came into being, it was sometimes possible to trans-
port materials and equipment by water, with deliveries
made at the desired site as the lake rose to meet it. The
lighthouses were built on dry ground, but in some cases,
the lake eventually reached the bottom of the foundations,
completely surrounding the structure with water.
Many of the lighthouses were located at a great dis-
tance from the lake, however, and other means of transpor-
station had to be found. Taking the material as far as pos-
sible by water, barges threaded their way through forest
projections in the lake, first towed by steam launches and
then poled into the vegetation-choked waters nearer to
land. Once on solid ground, the material was carried by
rail if the terrain permitted. If not, supporting structures
were built that were more expensive, at times, than the cost
of the lighthouses they led to.
Two types of lighthouses were constructed: a simple
one that required minimal materials was built in hard-to-
reach areas, and a more ornate type that would present a
pleasing appearance to transiting visitors was built close to
The lighthouses and bases were constructed of rein-
forced concrete and varied from 30 to 90 feet in height. The
stairs are reinforced concrete spirals that form part of the
Special care was taken to design the lighthouses so
that they would withstand high winds and earthquakes. A
test of this capacity presented itself during severe earth-
quakes in Panama in 1913. Although considerable damage
was done to the walls and ceilings of the new Balboa
Heights Administration Building, then under construction,
not one of the lighthouses suffered the least damage.
The first range lights were gas lanterns, which were sup-
posed to burn for regular intervals of from 2 to 7 months.
Whenever one of them burned out ahead of schedule, an
aids to navigation crew had to get it lit again as soon as
humanly possible, even if it meant taking a midnight
launch ride to a range light in the middle of Gatun Lake,
or hacking through the jungle in the midst of a predawn,
torrential rainstorm. The advent of electric range lights,
with continuous-lighting safeguards built into the system,
somewhat alleviated this problem, but aids to navigation
personnel admit they still occasionally have "interesting
impromptu trips to jungle-based lighthouses."
Electric range lights actually caused one problem,
however, in the early days. When slides in Culebra (now
Galliard) Cut carried lighthouses with them, broken elec-
trical wires became a hazard to repair crews. To minimize
this danger, a looped cable was installed along both sides of
the Cut, which made it possible to break the circuit at any
Range lights continue to be an essential part of the
Canal's aids to navigation system, and like all Canal equip-
ment, they are constantly being upgraded and improved.
The old lighthouses are gradually going out of use, particu-
larly the ones located away from the Canal, because as
changes in the Canal channel make relocations of the range
lights necessary, the lighthouses are being replaced by
metal, diamond-shaped structures that are easier to build
and less expensive to replace.
Some of the original lighthouses are still in use, how-
ever, and continue to provide an old-world atmosphere as
they maintain their stand beside the Canal, waiting to aid
the next vessel and to charm each visitor transiting the
Vote on Proposed and Revised By-Laws
Annual Business Meeting 9:30 a.m.
April 13, 1984
as new language develops at sea
By Susan K. Stabler
In ship-to-ship communications, there are times when
a misunderstood message can be more dangerous than no
message at all. For this reason, a four-man British team has
developed and submitted to the International Maritime
Organization (IMO) a new, universal language of the sea
Panama Canal Commission pilot Captain Norman A.
Werner says this type of basic communication is prevalent
on the high seas where ships of different countries come in-
to proximity. He adds that a possible application locally
could be communication between a Canal pilot and a non-
English-speaking ship captain maneuvering a vessel in
either the Pacific or the Atlantic anchorages.
The need for a common maritime language is widely
recognized. Mariners of all nations sail the same seas in the
same kinds of ships, they visit the same ports, conform to
the same laws and conventions, and receive instructions
from pilots and harbor authorities all over the world. They
need to be able to talk to one another, often under condi-
tions of stress or imminent danger.
Technology has greatly eased the procedures for ver-
bal communications between ships. Very high frequency
(VHF) radio makes it possible for ships' officers to talk di-
rectly to one another without leaving their stations. For a
long time, English has been the common language of the
sea. In fact, IMO regulations require that ship-to-ship and
ship-to-shore communications concerning safety and nav-
igation be in English regardless of the nationality of the
Yet not all ships' officers speak English equally well.
For most, it is their second language. The introduction of
VHF means a non-native English speaker has to handle the
enormously complex task of delivering and receiving
speech in a foreign language, sometimes at a speed of 80
words a minute or more.
In creating Seaspeak, the British team has tried to
establish VHF conventions and procedures. Seaspeak
shows how a call should be initiated and the proper way to
interrupt, to hand over, and to end a dialogue. For exam-
ple, a Seaspeak message might be: "Question what is
your ETA at the dock entrance?" and the reply must start,
"Answer my ETA at the dock entrance is. ." Every
possibility of misunderstanding for example, the use of
ambiguous words such as "channel," which might refer
either to a waterway or a radio frequency has been taken
It is expected that Seaspeak will serve a dual function.
It will enlarge the vocabularies of non-native English
speakers by providing them with carefully chosen and pre-
cisely defined words and phrases. It will also encourage na-
tive English speakers to confine themselves to a restricted
form of the language, rather than cluttering the airways
with idiomatic chatter. The team has recorded thousands of
radio conversations in order to analyze, with the help of a
computer, where ambiguities exist.
Also, before being submitted to the IMO, Seaspeak
was tested worldwide in Rotterdam, Bremerhaven,
Yokohama, and many other places. Comments and
criticisms from many countries influenced the final form of
The inventors believe that Seaspeak is a natural suc-
cessor to the IMO's standard marine navigational vocabu-
larly and that it may, in the course of time, be adopted by
RACs discuss housing, hospitals
Residents' Advisory Committee (RAC) representa-
tives met in executive session in the Gatun minitheater on
Wednesday, November 30. Panama Canal Commission
Administrator D. P. McAuliffe and Deputy Administrator
Fernando Manfredo, Jr., chaired the meeting.
The Administrator said he welcomes comments and
suggestions on ways to save operating costs within the orga-
nization, and he urged all employees to use liberal leave
days whenever possible as one means of reducing operating
Mr. McAuliffe commented on the security measures
recently implemented at each of the locks and at the Ad-
ministration Building in Balboa Heights, saying that they
are prudent internal measures and not the result of any ex-
ternal threat. He expressed concern that the press has dis-
torted the Commission's actions by relating them to some
imagined terrorist plots. The fact is, he indicated, this is a
dangerous world and prudence dictates that we become
more security conscious.
Mr. Manfredo said Panama President Ricardo De la
Espriella has informally commented favorably on a request
from the Commission to allow transfer-of-function (TOF)
employees ineligible for military housing to continue living
in Commission quarters. General Services Director Fred
Cotton stated that these employees may remain in their
quarters pending a decision from the Republic of Panama,
after which specific arrangements will be made for them.
Coco Solo-France Field representatives expressed ap-
preciation to Mr. Cotton and to Support Services Director
Mike Gordon for efforts to assist Atlantic-area residents in-
volved in Commission housing relocations. Mr. Cotton
said he hopes the current delay in the relocation process will
be relieved soon. He said residents considered to be in
"provisional" housing may remain in Commission
quarters until February 6, 1984.
Regarding a recent article in the SPILLWAY about
payments for claims on improvements made to Commis-
sion quarters after October 1, 1979, one representative in-
dicated that many residents feel that improvements made
before this date should be included. Mr. Mc.Auliffe noted
the concern but stated that legal and practical considera-
tions would not permit it and that he feels the Commission
has been forthright on this.
To a question about possible rent increases in the
future, Mr. Cotton said the rent comparability study con-
Come to the Annual Business Meeting
ducted every 3 years is scheduled for February. Mr. Mc-
Auliffe explained that rental and telephone rates are based
on comparability with similar services elsewhere and that
such comparability rates are favorable to Commission
New SPILLWAY schedule
Effective December 9, the Panama Canal SPILL-
WAY will be published every other week instead of weekly.
This action has been authorized by Administrator D.
P. McAuliffe and Deputy Administrator Fernando Man-
fredo, Jr., as a means of reducing costs during the serious
economic situation that is presently facing the Panama
Canal Commission. It is in line with austerity measures be-
ing taken by all units within the Canal organization.
The next issue of the SPILLWAY will appear on De-
cember 23. Managers and employees who have material
they wish to see published in the month of December and
all future issues should plan accordingly from this day for-
U.S. Capitol offers tours
Handicapped visitors to Washington, D.C., may be
interested in special tours of the Capitol offered by the U.S.
Senate Special Services office. Tours are available for
visitors with visual and/or hearing impairment, those con-
fined to wheelchairs, and the mentally retarded.
To schedule a tour, contact your senator's office; or
write to the U.S. Senate, Office of the Sergeant at Arms,
Room S-321, The Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.,
PCC puts freeze on personnel actions
The Panama Canal Commission is instituting pro-
cedures for the implementation of a work force reduction.
Administrator D. P. McAuliffe stated that the personnel
cutback is necessary because of the adverse economic situa-
tion affecting the Canal.
The Commission has set a target date of April 1 for
the reduction in force (RIF).
To assist in planning the RIF, a freeze on all personnel
movements became effective on December 25. The freeze,
which supplements the employment limitations imposed by
the Administrator in November, will continue through
April 30. The following exceptions to the freeze will be per-
mitted: promotions of employees in developmental posi-
tions; temporary promotions and details; and personnel ac-
tions to which the employing units have made commit-
ments and for which appropriate documents have been
submitted to the Personnel Operations Division.
Resignations and applications for retirements, once
submitted, may not be withdrawn during the freeze period.
This restriction is necessary to prevent disruption in the ad-
ministration of the RIF. Any requests for exceptions must
be submitted to the personnel director.
Library conducts professional
research for agency officials
Panama Canal Commission employees and managers
may be performing their duties the hard way, says Beverly
C. Williams, the chief of the Library Services Branch. She
and her staff encourage officials who are not taking full ad-
vantage of the resources offered by the Panama Canal
Library to call or visit.
As its name suggests, the library staff is service
oriented. Professional research on topics of official Canal
interest is conducted by the Resources and Services staff,
who consult the relevant materials in the library and, when
necessary, outside sources in government offices, institu-
tions, businesses, data banks, and universities.
One of the most widely used services is the Informa-
tion Desk, where answers to general questions are avail-
able. Subject matter ranges from biographical sketches of
prominent visitors to the Canal, to information on foreign
countries with which the Canal does business, and to
guidelines for interviewing prospective employees; supply
addresses and telephone and telex numbers of worldwide
government officials and agencies, companies, associations,
Queries regarding the Panama Canal, the former
Canal Zone, and on a more limited basis, the Republic of
Panama are researched by the Panama Canal Collection
staff. Since its inception 9 days after the opening of the
Canal, the Panama Canal Collection has been the
repository of Canal-related information and memorabilia.
The 33,599-piece collection includes a complete series of
the early Canal Records, a complete set of the Panama
Canal historical photographs, annual reports dating back
to the beginning of U.S. canal construction in Panama,
and microfilms of local newspapers, notably the Star &
Herald, whose forerunner dates from 1849.
In addition to conducting research on specific ques-
tions, the librarians provide a current awareness service -
a service that enables Canal officials to keep abreast of in-
formation on certain topics. Through this system, the
library maintains a register of specific subject areas in
which officials have declared short- or long-term interest.
"Hardly any item is too elusive, remote, or obscure to ob-
tain," says Ms. Williams. "Material can be got in one
form or another."
To help officials in their work, the library will compile
a list of materials on any subject.
The library's "outreach" program provides personal
contact between the library and officials. Its purpose is to
obtain input on what officials need and what the library can
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provide. It also brings officials and apprentices into the
library for on-site orientation into the most effective
methods of using the library's resources.
The library's technical services staff handles the
cataloging and processing of the books, periodicals, pam-
phlets, and microfilm received by the library. This work in-
cludes updating shelf lists, card catalogs, and other inven-
tories as new items are received.
The Library Services Branch is located on the second
floor of the National Directorate of Traffic and Land
Transportation (DNTTT) building in Ancon.
Canal expands CCTV coverage
Closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras are being
installed to help Panama Canal Commission marine traffic
controllers monitor transiting vessels, Commission equip-
ment, and existing conditions at certain locations on the
Canal and to selectively record events as they occur along
Marine traffic controllers started using CCTV on an
experimental basis years ago when a camera was installed
on Sosa Hill. A decision was made to have the coverage in-
clude all critical areas along the Canal namely, the three
locks, Gaillard Cut, and the Atlantic and Pacific ap-
System designs were completed for the project in
1981, and the installation began in 1982, after the equip-
ment was procured. With 14 of the 18 cameras now opera-
tional, the project is well ahead of schedule and should be
completed this fiscal year.
Transit controller Hugh Thomas makes a camera selection on a
closed circuit television monitor as he keeps abreast of operations on
the Panama Canal.
Photo by Arthur Pollack
The cameras are sensitive enough to allow marine
traffic controllers to monitor the waterway around the
clock, except in conditions of severe rain or fog. The
CCTV system has six display channels (one for each of the
areas of the Canal that is covered), with the number of
cameras per channel ranging from one to four. Joysticks
help marine traffic controllers find what they want to look
at, and switches allow them to zoom in on or back away
from the picture. The cameras can also be set to allow the
controllers to see what is happening in certain, preselected
locations with the push of a button.
The marine traffic controllers' instructions are trans-
mitted by telephone lines and UHF and microwave radio
systems to equipment houses at each of the camera sites,
where remote control receivers decode the messages and
relay them to the cameras. Unlike ordinary cameras, the
CCTV cameras operate without film. The video signal
they pick up is relayed to the marine traffic control center
via cable television and microwave radio links.
In a fraction of a second, high quality pictures appear
on the screens of video monitors at the marine traffic con-
trol center. The Cristobal harbor controller, who works in
the Cristobal signal station, has an independent system for
monitoring that part of the waterway.
To handle all this activity, the CCTV system includes
13 towers, 15 microwave radio links for video transmission,
and 8 cable television links. The system is designed to be
highly reliable and to require minimal maintenance. For
example, the cameras are enclosed in cylindrical pressuriz-
ed housings to protect them from the ravages of the en-
vironment, microwave waveguides are pressurized to keep
moisture out, and thorough grounding systems offer light-
Despite the complexity of this project, the Commis-
sion did not find it necessary to hire consultants or to rely
heavily on contractors. Instead, it drew on the skills of per-
sonnel from throughout the organization, including the
Engineering and Construction Bureau, the Marine
Bureau, the General Services Bureau, and the Graphic
Branch. The project also involved coordination with the
Republic of Panama and U.S. military agencies on the
microwave and radio frequencies.
Pedro Miguel miter gates
undergo extensive overhaul
Four miter gates from Pedro Miguel Locks are in the
Balboa drydock for refurbishing. Responsibility for this
phase of the overhaul is shared by the Panama Canal Com-
mission Industrial Division and Astilleros Balboa, S.A.
One of the major tasks of the Industrial Division has
been to replace the quoin bearing plates, the parts of the
gates that fit into the hollow quoins in the lock walls, and
the miter bearing plates where the gate leaves join together.
After the old plates were blasted away early last month, the
reaction castings were broached, and the new plates were
installed, bolted into position, and aligned with jacking
bolts and scopes and targets.
The next step was to pour babbit into the hollow be-
tween the plates and the reaction castings. "We try to use
as much of the old babbitt as possible," drydock coor-
dinator Rudy Smith reports. When the bearing plates are
blasted out, the old babbitt is removed with a torch, col-
lected, and melted down. During the melting, the im-
purities rise to the top where they can easily be skimmed
off. "We replace whatever is lost in the process with new
babbitt," Mr. Smith explains.
To prevent leakage while the babbitt is being poured,
the gates are sealed with a cement-like compound that is
scraped off when the job is done. The hot babbitt is poured
into a hole until it starts to rise out of the cavity around the
plate, indicating to the pourer that the cavity is full. The
jacking bolts are later removed and lead plugs are inserted
in the holes. Each of the 4 gates has 10 miter bearing and
10 quoin bearing plates, each of which must be poured
Astilleros Balboa, S.A., was awarded a $304,000 con-
tract to perform the scaling, grit-blasting, and painting on
the exterior of the gates, and the scaling and painting of the
interior in deteriorated areas.
Although less work is required on the interiors, it is
the most difficult part of the job because workers have to
crawl in through holes in the gates to perform their duties.
A complicating factor is that when the gates were designed,
it was assumed that the interior work would be performed
with the gates in a vertical position, rather than lying hori-
zontally on keel blocks as they do in the drydock. The work
is now done at the drydock to keep lane outages at the locks
down to a minimum.
Hot babbitt pours out of a large vat and into the cavity next to a quoin
bearing plate in a Petro Miguel miter gate.
Photo by Arthur Pollack
A number of new parts for the miter gates that had
been prepared in the Industrial Division Machine Shop
have already been installed on the gates. However, a great
deal of work needs to be done before they are floated back
to Pedro Miguel Locks.
Prior to the reinstallation of the gates, chamber work
will be performed in both the east and west lanes.
How's the Canal Doing?
The following statistics indicate Canal operations
and usage during the month of December 1983:
Average oceangoing transits 29.7 ships per day
Average ready backlog 11.6 ships
Average Canal waters time 17.7 hours
(including transit time)
Average in transit time 7.5 hours
Ships with beams over 80 feet 47.7 percent
Ships with beams over 100 feet 16.9 percent
Water levels at Madden and Gatun lakes remain
sufficiently high to maintain hydropower generation at
peak capacity. Meteorological and Hydrographic Branch
personnel are monitoring the lake levels to ensure an opti-
mum water supply for Canal operations through the dry
Tow track replacement at the locks continues on
Employees to see changes in pay
as new year begins
The new year brings with it certain pay changes for
Commission employees in the nonmanual and manual
Effective January 8, nonmanual employees will re-
ceive a 3.5 percent increase in their annual salaries. This
increase would normally have been granted in October
1983 but was delayed as a result of the President's recom-
mendation to Congress that the general schedule increase
be deferred until January 1984 in order to support his eco-
nomic recovery plan. The general schedule is the wage base
for most nonmanual grades.
Nonmanual employees will have their pay affected by
another change which is also to become effective on Jan-
uary 8. Recent changes in law will require Federal agencies
to compute the hourly rates for employees paid on an an-
nual basis by dividing their annual rates by 2,087 hours in-
stead of the present 2,080 hours. The new formula is to be
applied only in fiscal years 1984 and 1985. It will not be ap-
plicable beyond that time unless Congress takes action to
make it permanent.
Modification of the formula is expected to save the
Federal Government approximately $120 million a year.
Cruise line celebrates
A plaque was presented to the Royal Odyssey by Pan-
ama Canal Commission Administrator D. P. McAuliffe
following the cruise ship's transit last week. The transit was
Come to the Annual Business Meeting
the highlight of the "Grand Panama Canal Celebration"
held aboard the ship as it made its inaugural cruise of the
1983-84 winter season.
Royal Cruise Line has chosen "The Panama Canal
- An American Dream" as the theme for the Royal
Odyssey's eight winter cruises in honor of the 80th anniver-
sary of the beginning of U.S. construction of the waterway
Administrator McAuliffe and Deputy Administrator
Fernando Manfredo, Jr., were among the several Panama
Canal Commission officials who boarded the vessel when it
docked in Balboa to participate in a ceremony commem-
orating the upcoming anniversary.
Speaking to passengers and crew about the present-day
Canal organization, Mr. McAuliffe said that the Commis-
sion is composed of "a mix of Americans and Panama-
nians, all working as a team to ensure efficient, safe Canal
Capt. Gregory Avdelas gives Panama Canal Commission Admin-
istrator D. P. McAuliffe an honorary bronze medallion com-
memorating the anniversary transit of the "Royal Odyssey" after
Mr. McAuliffe presented the ship with a plaque containing a piece of
rock from Galliard Cut.
Photo by Arthur Pollack
The Administrator quoted from the well-known book
"Path Between the Seas" regarding the significance of the
"The creation of a water passage across Panama was
one of the supreme human achievements of all time, the
culmination of a heroic dream. The fifty miles between
the oceans were among the hardest ever won by human ef-
fort and ingenuity, and no statistics on tonnage or tolls can
begin to convey the grandeur of what was accomplished.
Primarily the Canal is an expression of that old noble desire
to bridge the divide, to bring people together. It is a work of
Mr. McAuliffe assisted the master of the Royal Odyssey,
Capt. Gregory Avdelas, in presenting bronze medallions
commemorating the construction of the Panama Canal to
two passengers who together had made a total of 56 transits
of the waterway. The liner will give medallions to all pas-
sengers on the eight anniversary cruises.
The Administrator then presented Captain Avdelas
with a plaque on behalf of the Panama Canal Commission
that features a piece of rock taken from Gaillard Cut. Mr.
McAuliffe told the captain that no part of the Canal con-
struction effort better symbolizes the determination and
spirit of the Canal builders than the digging of that 9-mile
portion of the waterway. As a final gesture, the Admin-
istrator was presented with a bronze anniversary medallion
by the captain.
Canal increases its competitive edge
There is a silver lining in the economic cloud hanging
over the Panama Canal, according to a viewpoint pres-
ented in The Journal of Commerce issue of November 19,
1983. The opinion expressed in the report is that the cur-
rent downturn in Canal business due to the worldwide re-
cession has had a beneficial side effect for Canal customers
and, in the long run, for the Canal itself.
Entitled "Traffic Dip May Foster Panama Canal's
Growth," the article was written by William A. Orme, Jr.,
who used as one of his sources an interview with Panama
Canal Commission Deputy Administrator Fernando Man-
Mr. Manfredo is quoted in the article as saying, "A
few years ago it was said that the Canal would soon be ter-
ribly overcrowded and obsolete. Now I am more convinced
than ever that the Canal will continue to be the best avail-
able alternative for most maritime transportation until
beyond the end of the century."
Contributing to the Canal's advantageous position,
Mr. Orme's article indicates, is the drop in Canal waters
time, i.e., the total amount of time a vessel spends from ar-
rival at the Canal unit completing its transit. The article
states, "there is virtually no delay for ships approaching the
As transits have become more convenient for ship-
pers, the Canal has increased its competitive edge over al-
ternative modes of transportation. Mr. Orme refers to
Mexico's dry canal an interoceanic container transport
facility using highways and railroads. Also known as the
overland bridge, the facility has not attracted the business
that was anticipated. Mr. Orme says, "A major discourag-
ing factor, Mexican port officials privately concede, has
been the Panama Canal's newly reduced transit time."
Likewise, enthusiasm for a sea level canal has dimin-
ished as the result of the Panama Canal's ability to ef-
ficiently handle the demands of world trade.
The one successful working alternative to the Canal,
says Mr. Orme, is the oil pipeline in Panama, which was
built in response to the requirements of supertankers too
large to travel the Canal. Nevertheless as Mr. Orme
stresses, the pipeline has not siphoned off all the Canal's oil
trade, with many smaller tankers counted among the
waterway's regular customers.
During the time the Canal is experiencing the effects
of the recession, the Commission is contemplating future
major investments for improvements, such as the widening
of Gaillard Cut. Meant to augment the Canal's capacity
and efficiency, these improvements would ready the water-
way for increased traffic demand that is expected in the
Once the current economic storm is weathered, there-
fore, the Canal can expect to serve a larger number of
customers, giving them the same good service enjoyed by
today's users. In this light, the Canal enterprise can be seen
as having the opportunity to emerge from the recession
stronger than ever.
Pennell lithographs reflect
By Susan K. Stabler
On the occasion of being awarded the Nobel Prize in
literature in 1970, Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote a lecture
in which he said, "The sole substitute for an experience
which we have not ourselves lived through is art and
literature." For those of us who did not live through and
experience the building of the Panama Canal, artist Joseph
Pennell provided just such a substitute in his lithographs
depicting the construction era.
There was little from that era that escaped Pennell's
attention. Whether his subject was the bottom of Gatun
Locks, a village in the jungle along the Panama Railroad,
or steamshovels at work in Culebra Cut, Pennell captured
the spirit and pride that went into the building of the
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Joseph Pennell captured the drama at Pedro Miguel Locks 74 years
ago in one of his lithographs now on display in the Commission Ad-
ministration Building. "This is the most monumental piece of work
on the Canal and the most pictorial, said the artist of the scene dep-
The Panama Canal Commission has a collection of
Pennell's Canal lithographs, 25 in total. They have recent-
ly been restored and framed, and 20 of them are now on
permanent display in the Administration Building in
Balboa Heights. The majority are hanging in the outer ring
of the rotunda on the second floor, and the others are in the
offices of the Administrator and the Deputy Administrator.
The remaining five lithographs and an etching are stored at
Pennell produced the Canal lithographs in February
and March of 1912, making only 50 sets. The Panama
Canal purchased its set later that same year. On seeing the
work, Col. George Goethals, then chief engineer of the
Canal, wrote to the artist saying, "I cannot express in
words the pleasure that these pictures give me as they il-
lustrate so clearly, forcibly, and vividly the work, and por-
tray actual conditions with a force which I did not think
could be developed in a picture."
Lithography is the process of printing from a plain
surface, such as a smooth stone or metal plate, on which the
image to be printed is ink-receptive and the blank area is
ink-repellent. Pennelll was not only proficient in this
technique, but according to Dr. Harry A. Broadd, pro-
fessor of art at Northeastern Illinois University, he was also
"the greatest influence on American artists in the produc-
tion of fine prints, etchings, and lithographs in the modern
Approximately 2 years ago, the Canal's lithographs
were carefully restored by the Northeast Document Con-
servation Center in Andover, Mass. They were plainly in
need of restoration, each of them displaying evidence of
foxingg," a term used to describe brown- or rus-colored
stains caused by dampness. Acidity in the original matting
materials and exposure to light also contributed to the dis-
coloration of the lithographs. Now that the works have
been cleaned and the damage arrested, they are protected
for the enjoyment of future generations.
Transfer of custody document signed
A formal Notification of Arrest and Transfer of Cus-
tody Agreement concerning U.S.-citizen employees of the
Panama Canal Commission and their dependents who are
arrested by law enforcement authorities of the Republic of
Panama was signed on December 21, 1983. The document
was signed by the U.S. Representative and the Pan-
amanian Representative and the Panamanian Repre-
sentative to the Coordinating Committee. The agreement
is wholly consistent with the requirements of the Panama
Canal Treaty of 1977 and related documents.
The agreement essentially establishes an effective
mechanism whereby the Panama Defense Forces will
promptly notify the Office of the Staff Assistant to the Ad-
ministrator of the arrest or detention of any U.S.-citizen
employees or their dependents. It further provides that the
Panama defense authorities who have custody of an em-
ployee or dependent will transfer the custody as soon as
possible to the Commission after such a request has been
made by the Office of the Staff Assistant.
When the accused individual's presence is requested
by the police authorities of the Republic of Panama for in-
vestigation or trial, the individual must be made available
to those authorities as soon as possible, but in no event later
than the first workday after the date on which the request is
made. The Staff Assistant or his representative will retain
temporarily the passport and entry/exit documents of the
accused until conclusion of the proceedings.
In assisting the Panamanian authorities in implement-
ing this new procedure and promptly notifying the Com-
mission of an arrest or detention of its personnel, it is im-
portant that all U.S.-citizen employees and their de-
pendents carry their Commission identification card at all
Passports, other documents to be
renewed by U.S. citizen employees
U.S.-citizen employees of the Panama Canal Com-
mission and their dependents will soon be required to re-
new their I.P. cards, official passports, and entry/exit
Beginning in March, U.S.-citizen employees will also
receive new passport applications for themselves and each
U.S.-citizen dependent. They will receive further instruc-
tions at that time concerning passport photographs and in-
terviews and procedures for obtaining new Republic of
Panama entry/exit cards.
Attempts are being made to make the redocumenta-
tion process as convenient as possible. Nevertheless, em-
ployees will need to accompany their family members to
the Documentation Section for passport pictures and inter-
views and again to obtain the entry/exit cards.
Your Reporter Says.....
NEWS FROM DOTHAN, ALABAMA
I hope that by the time you read this column that the
"Siberian Express" has gone back to Siberia and that you
are now basking in the sun. I never thought I would ever
say "Enough Cold" but I have been saying it many times
this winter. Eddie and I went to McAllen, TX to spend the
holidays with our daughter, Katie (Filo) Woods, grand-
sons Chris and Matt and son-in-law Bob, and met the
coldest winter in over 100 years in the Rio Grande Valley.
We almost froze to death because we had not taken the
proper clothing. Christmas Day we had no electricity,
therefore, no heat from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Yet it was great see-
ing our family and being with them for the holidays.
Dothan, AL Christmas/Birthday Luncheon Stella Buonviri,
Maggie Janssen, Vera Ryan, Marie Gangle.
Our Society held its annual Christmas dinner dance
on December 14 at the Sheraton Inn. There were approxi-
mately 85 in attendance. Our music was great. Many
Latin tunes were played. We also had an exchange of gifts.
Bill and Babe Kessler, George and Jean Fears and I sang
a medley of Zonian Christmas songs like Jungle Bells, The
Isthmus Song (to the tune of Chestnuts Roasting on an
Open Fire) and We wish you a Merry Christmas. It
brought many tears to our eyes. Incidentally the words were
from Bill and Liz Fahy. Thank you Bill and Liz. I must say
that the men never looked so handsome and the women
glamorous and beautiful. A special thanks to Jean Fears,
Tammy Fears and last but not least, George Fears for
decorating the room. It looked lovely with the poinsettias
and beautiful and appropriate streamers.
Kathleen Elizabeth Bradford, daughter of Martha
Bradford of Dothan, AL recently received announcement
of selection to Who's Who Among Students in American Univer-
sities and Colleges. This is an annual honors program honor-
ing our nation's leading college students. Ms. Bradford is
one of 34 students nominated by Troy State University at
Dothan/Fort Rucker for inclusion in the 1984 edition of
Who's Who. This annual volume presents biographical
sketches of selected student's accomplishments. Selections
are made by campus nominating committees and are based
on decidedly above average academic standing, communi-
ty service, leadership, ability and potential for continued
success. To document and recognize this honor, a certifi-
cate will be presented to Ms. Bradford by her college later
this year during commencement exercises.
Dothan, AL Christmas/Birthday Luncheon Kelly Wainio,
Linda Collver, Frances Sampsell, guest speaker.
Several of our transplanted "Zonians" have been tak-
ing advantage of the weekend excursions to Atlantic City
- not to walk on the boardwalk but to play on the gambling
tables. One of those that loves to go is our "youngster"
Dora Kridle. She never tells you how she is doing. Can't
Those going to Panama for the holidays were Paul
O'Donnell, Maggie and John Janssen who visited with
daughter Pat,son-in-law Gene Beck and grandchildren;
Margaret and Jack Hern Sr. visiting sons, Dick and wife,
Ruth and Jack, Fran and children, Johnny and Mitch;
Dave and Mary Rose visited their son-in-law Hugh
Thomas and wife, Eileen (Rose) and grandsons; Joe and
Louise Hunt visiting their daughters and family, Bill and
Dot Benny visiting son, Bill and wife, Patty and grand-
Going to warmer pastures, this time Hawaii, were
Milly (Gilbert) Patton who visited daughter Linda, son-
in-law, Mike Basham and grandchildren Karl and Susie.
Marie and Rudy Gangle were Hawaii bound, also. They
visited with their son Randy and family. They flew to the
big island of Hawaii and spent two days there. Believe it or
not they said it was cold there and could have used a
fireplace or kerosene heater. This is the island where the
Volcano Kilauea is situated. They all hated to come back to
cold weather. Not that I blame them.
Tom Sr. and Doris Etchberger went to Russellville,
AR to spend the holidays with son Tom, Jr. and family.
On their way back they had to be very careful because of
ice on the road.
Marty Bradford and daughter, Cathy, traveled to
North Carolina to be with daughter Patty and family.
Travis and Kay Wallace went to New Orleans to visit
with daughter, Gloria (Sigl) Maisano, husband Joe and
grandchildren. Kay said they were flooded and the weather
did not cooperate.
Elsie and Woody Woodruff spent the holidays with
daughter Darlene, son-in-law Joe Hunt Jr. and grand-
Ralph and Ida Dugas and daughter, Leanna, spent
the Christmas holidays visiting her daughter, Leslie
(Dugas) Firth, her husband Dick and daughter, Lindsay
in Santa Barbara, CA where Dick is presently director of
an environmental project for the Woodward Clyde Ocean-
eering Consultants. After Christmas, they all drove to the
Firth's permanent home in Danville, CA. They enjoyed
sightseeing and the fabulous shopping in San Francisco and
they sure were very happy to miss the freezing tem-
peratures that hit Dothan during that time.
Mary Ann Nita came from Panama to spend the holi-
days with her mother, Stella Nita, and brothers and sisters
who live in Tallahassee, FL and North Carolina respec-
We were sorry to miss Jean and Bud Harris's annual
open house. Heard it was great as usual.
A blessed and happy Easter to all and may we see each
other at our reunion in April.
We welcome Gene and Stella Buonviri as our newest
Catherine (Whelan) Filo
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Gerald B. and Bee Williams are now residing in
Harrison, Arkansas. Gerald retired from Systems Division
P.C.C. at the end of November 1983.
Lisa M. Williams, formerly of La Boca, entered her
senior year at the University of Arkansas. Her major is
nutrition/dietetics. Lisa completed two years at Illinois
State University before moving to Arkansas and trans-
ferring to U of A. Her address is Box 99, Pomfrett Center,
U. of A., Fayetteville, AR 72701.
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders spent Christmas and
New Year's in California. They drove both ways via 1-40,
encountering no adverse conditions. They were favored
with excellent weather and a pleasant and enjoyable trip.
They spent three weeks with their son Jack and his two
daughters, Jennifer, 13, and Jacqueline, 8, in Santa
Cruz. Jack was off Christmas week and his daughters were
with him for the entire three-week visit. On the evening of
their arrival, Dorothy and Bruce were pleased to be present
for Jacqueline's school Christmas program. It was fun to
be present on Christmas morning when Jack and the girls
opened their Christmas packages, and very reminiscent of
similar occasions, earlier in the Canal Zone, when Bruce
Jr. and Sandy's sons, Doug and Curt, were smaller. Dur-
ing the Christmas week, Dorothy and Bruce drove to
Benicia for an overnight visit with Bruce's brother Philip
(Pinky) and wife Laura (Walston). That afternoon, Phil
and Bruce drove over to Berkeley for a visit with Norman
C. Dutt of their Masonic Lodge in the Panama Canal
area. Many of you will remember those interesting letters
from Norman to the Lodge written as he was travelling
around the world with the U.S. Navy. The next day,
Dorothy and Bruce drove to Santa Rose for an all too short
luncheon get-together with Bill and Natalie Clute in their
new home. They were found in excellent health and spirits.
Following the visit, Dorothy and Bruce returned to Santa
Cruz via Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, and Half-
Moon Bay before nightfall. A highlight of their Santa Cruz
visit was a luncheon get-together with Jack and his
daughters and grandson Douglas and wife Pam of Camp-
bell who had just returned from a Christmas visit to the
Panama Canal area. It was Pam's first and she thoroughly
Jessie Newhard journeyed to Elgin, South Carolina,
to spend the holidays with her son Brian Albright and his
wife Penny. While there, she also visited Ann Keepers, an
old friend from Gatun, in Spartanburg. Then Brian drove
Jessie to Maryland where she spent a week with her sister
before scooting back home just in time to avoid the big
Etta Fay Terrell paced the floor a few hours on De-
cember 23 while waiting for daughter Andrea and her hus-
band Paul Oliver (and dog and cat) to arrive by car from
New Orleans. They made it safely over the snowy and slick
Ozark hills, and all enjoyed the holidays, appreciating the
lovely white Christmas through the windows while remain-
ing cozy inside the house.
Bill and Dolores Jarvis joined a large family reunion
in St. Louis for Thanksgiving. Son Jan Jarvis, his wife
Joyce and their two children came down from Michigan,
and they met at the home of Joyce's brother and his wife.
Kathleen and Red Huffman made a trip to New
York to celebrate the 86th birthday of Kathleen's mother,
Florence Donahue, a former resident of Ft. Gulick. The
Huffman's Christmas was enjoyed in Conway, AR, with
son Willie, his wife Cathy, and their three daughters.
Harold and Jerry Harp had several visitors in early
December. Don and Ellen Crull of Ocala, FL, were with
them a couple days. Then Jim and Betty Stewart came
from Manchester, TN, for a week's visit. And while they
were there, Clarence and Eleanor Sykes came over from
Diamond City, AR, accompanied by their son Eddie and
his wife Debbie (Ocheltree) who were vacationing and
visiting his parents. Youngest daughter Mary Harp, a
junior at the University of Arkansas, spent her Christmas
vacation in Boulder, Colorado, visiting her two sisters,
Laurie Morland and Jackie Terry, and their families, and
getting in some skiing. A fair turnabout the Terrys and
their two children had spent Thanksgiving with the Harps.
Harold had a very busy year; he has established a drilling
and blasting consulting service, and put 26,000 miles on his
car since March.
Evelyn Engelke flew to California to spend a couple
weeks with son Bill, his wife Shirley, their daughter Julie,
and rather new son William who was born in August. By
AMTRAK, Ev went to Hesperia, CA, for a few days with
Ruth and Rene Conlan, who then drove her to San Diego
to visit with Moy and Jean de la Pena. In December,
Evelyn flew to Maryland to spend Christmas season with
daughter Judy Montanaro and family.
George and Edith Engelke are hibernating at home
through the winter, and are pleased to be able to do so.
George spent the first half of 1983 in and out of the
hospital. He hasn't had to return since July, and is now do-
ing well. Though not yet driving, he enjoys occasional
forays through stores and about with friends Vickie and
Max Reinhold and brother Bob Engelke and sister
Mary Lou Engelke had an overnight visit in early
December from Richard and Shirley Biava. Richard
grew up in Gamboa. His father was well-known as
"Bevo" Biava; he now lives in Napa, CA. Richard, work-
ing with the State Department, is stationed in Honduras.
He and Shirley, on home leave, were travelling across
country from visiting his father and her brother in Cali-
fornia to Virginia to spend Christmas with their three
children before returning to Honduras for another two-
year tour of duty. Mary Lou, daughter Cathy Crowell,
and three young granddaughters were thrilled with their
first WHITE Christmas! Cold, yes but beautiful.
Bud and Betty Balcer spent Christmas in Glendale,
Arizona, near Phoenix, with daughter Susan and her hus-
band, Dick Burdette. Highlighting the visit were a trip to
the zoo and a basketball game between Denver and Phoe-
nix teams. Leaving home in mid-December and returning
in early January, the Balcers were thankful they missed
that period's extremely severe weather conditions. They
had a good Christmas AND good weather.
Libby Vowell was fairly snowed-in in mid-January,
but didn't feel she was missing a thing. Home is comfor-
table and the view out the windows is pleasurable deer
feeding in the yard, for instance. Another interesting
feature of her place, she says, is that it may be the only yard
in the world with male and female rocks. She swears they
Dr. Mary V. Graham returned to her home in Tulsa,
Oklahoma in January from New Orleans where she had
undergone surgery on her back in November. Though
wearing a back brace is still necessary, and using a cane
while walking is advisable, Dr. Mary is recuperating quite
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
With the winter winds whistling around the corners,
and the temperatures hovering near 150, above and below,
not many venture from their cozy homes. It has people
huddled by their fires and longing for the coming of spring.
However, the roads were clear enough at Christmas
for Peter Butz and his family to drive over from Sapulpa,
Oklahoma to spend the holiday weekend with his mother
and father, Lenor and Harry Butz, in Springdale. The
newlyweds, Esther (Butz) and Bill Clair, also came from
Jenks, Oklahoma so a happy time was had by all.
Frances and Luke Palumbo of Fayetteville were de-
lighted to have their daughter, Judy, fly up from Panama
for a long Christmas holiday with them. Frances is doing
much better and Luke said that she is now getting bossy -
a good sign!!
Gloria and Charlie Malsbury are proud owners of an
Oldsmobile "Omega." Gloria who has now learned to
drive said that it is her car. Though Charlie has been ill, he is
now doing very well.
Bonnie (Conklin) and Bill McLish from Lake
Charles, Louisiana, spent several days, after Christmas,
with Bonnie's mother and father, Glen and Joe Conklin in
Theo Hallin's daughter Elizabeth and her husband,
Thomas Wall, met Theo in Memphis where they spent
Christmas together with her brother David.
Theo is planning to go to Europe in March with 24
UARKETTS, a singing group of the University of Arkan-
sas. They will perform for civic organizations in West Ger-
many, Holland, Switzerland, France, England and Scot-
land. What a wonderful experience!
Virginia Hursh said that things were going along
fine. Her only problem is trying to lose the weight which
she put on during the holidays. She is not alone!
With their children so scattered, Mildred Higgins
said their only contact was through pictures, especially of
the grandchildren, being passed around. Bert, who is in
Sonar, and his family are expecting to be moved. David is
back in Virginia Beach and Ed is a greeter at Walmarts.
For the first time in nine years, Minnie (Brown-
Crooks) Burton's children enjoyed a happy, busy week-
long family reunion with their mother Minnie and
Eldridge in their home, in Fayetteville. The "children"
are Robert Crooks and family, from Mansfield, Ohio,
Judith (Crooks) Daily from Austin, Texas and Nancy
(Crooks) Koepplinger from Tucson, Arizona.
In October, Eldridge and Minnie visited Eldridge,
Jr. and his family in Brandon, Miss. on their way to
Georgia where they called on Eldridge's relatives in Atlan-
ta, Sparta and Covington. They returned to Fayetteville in
time to enjoy seeing Andre (Whitlock) Collins of St.
Louis, Missouri and Jackie (Whitlock) Werbrouck of
Osceola, Indiana who were visiting their parents, Andrew
and Frances Whitlock. Paul Whitlock, who lives very
close to his parents, Fran and Andy, invited them over for
Christmas dinner which he prepared!
With spring not too far away, get out your seed
catalogues and clean up your lawn mowers. It will be upon
us before we know it!!
During the past year we had 36 new family members
join the Southern California Panama Canal Society. I
welcome each of you and wish all of our members a won-
derful 1984. The Society exists because of you and for you.
We want to see you at each meeting there is a definite
void when you are not there. Your officers will always
strive to arrange interesting meetings at an affordable price
with lots of door prizes and great entertainment.
Your present officers have been able to operate with-
out an increase in dues. This is mainly due to your support
of the lottery, the West Coast Reunion, and the sales of our
mugs and T-Shirts. In closing out 1983, I would like to ex-
press my appreciation to the other officers who have given
so much of themselves to make the year such a success.
David and Thelma Hollowell for planning the lun-
Sheila Bolke for her work as Secretary/Treasurer and
putting out our Newsletter.
Ken and Celine Stone for their help with the Re-
union and as the driving force behind our T-Shirts.
Tookie Christian Morriss for organization of the
Reunion Golf Tournament.
Of course there are many others that were pressed into
service at the luncheons and the Reunion handling regis-
trations and selling lottery tickets. The Society owes all of
the above a great debt for the unselfish job they have done
during the past year and the coming year will be even bet-
ter. It has been a pleasure to serve you as your President.
NEWS OF MEMBERS & FRIENDS
Lee and Minnie (Kleefkens) Kariger of Sequim,
WA, celebrated Christmas early with Lee's daughter, Nan-
cy Eide and family in Bremerton, WA. They traveled
south then to Long Beach, CA, to spend the holidays with
son, Bob Kariger and his wife, Nell, and family. This is
their fourth trip in their new "Southwind" motorhome,
and their second trip to Southern California their first
was to San Diego to attend S. California's "West Coast
Reunion" last September.
THELMA AND DAVID HOLLOWELL:
David and I did have a marvelous vacation in Novem-
ber going principally to Thermopolis, Wyoming (between
snowstorms!), where we visited with David's sister, Vic-
toria Hollowell Allen (class of 1934, Cristobal High
School), her son Karl, with his wife Lynn, and daughters
Kim and Wendy. Vickie is employed in the office of the
children's hospital there, and Karl is happy to have com-
pleted two terms as mayor. This past summer he spent sev-
eral weeks of study in Egypt as part of a Fullbright scholar-
ship and then joined his wife for another study tour of
Greece. Both teach in the local high school in Thermopolis.
We had a delightful time at our festive Society Christ-
mas luncheon delight due in no small measure to the jol-
ly Zonites with whom we were seated. Barbara Haskell
Pitman taught at Balboa Elementary, grade one, about
1950-1956. She was thrilled to win the Geyer etching,
"Cuna Girl." Warren Pitman served in the Accounting
Dept. 1926-1958, at Balboa. Ken Booth served in the Ac-
counting Dept., Executive Planning Staff, Comptroller's
Office, and the Commissary Division 1928-1971. He and
his wife, Josephine Stumpf Booth, visited their daughter
and son-in-law, Sharon and Doug Schmidt, and grand-
daughter Cheryl in Panama for three weeks in August.
They followed this by a visit to Epcot at Orlando, Florida,
enroute home to California. But the nostalgic wonder of
the year occurred when Josephine met Ruth Bauman
Yeilding (at the luncheon) for the first time since graduating
from Cristobal High in 1937!
Jill Mitchell Wojcik and her brother, Greg Mitchell
enjoyed the Reunion in San Diego and enjoyed talking
with people who knew their father, Dr. Russ Mitchell and
mother, Dee Morrissey. Dee Morrissey is a Charge Nurse
on the Medical Surgical Ward at Fallbrook Hospital, Fall-
brook, California and has worked there for 17 years. Dr.
Mitchell has retired from the Navy and has a private prac-
tice for dermatology in Leesburg, Virginia, his home town.
Jill enclosed the following article on her father.
AN EXPLORING DOCTOR
By Angie Musolino
Times-Mirror Staff Writer
Many people would be satisfied to succeed in a single
career. There are a few, however, whose curiosity is so
strong, expansion into another area of work is inevitable.
Dr. Russell Mitchell of Leesburg is one of these.
Though his profession as a dermatologist has earned
him prominence in his field, his "hobby" of archaeology
may win him the coveted Explorer's Club Medal, for
which he was nominated last August.
The medal is the club's highest honor and is given to
those who the club feels have made outstanding contribu-
tions in exploration or scientific research. If Mitchell wins,
he joins ranks with past recipients of the medal who include
explorers like Robert Peary, Richard Byrd, Lowell
Thomas and Neil Armstrong.
Though Mitchell said he had always had an interest in
archaeology and did post-graduate work in that area, it
wasn't until he traveled to Panama in 1951 to complete his
medical internship that he became involved in exploring
Mitchell remained in Panama for 13 years. While as-
sistant chief of the out-patient department of Gorgas Hos-
pital in the Canal Zone, nearly all of his free time was de-
voted to delving into the country's past through artifacts he
found while excavating. At one time, Mitchell was the only
archaeologist to have permission to excavate all the lands
under the jurisdiction of Panama.
As an American, Mitchell was given two months of
each year off, following the old adage that the tropical cli-
mate is "bad for white man's blood." This spare time was
perfect for someone like Mitchell, who said he would "take
off for the interior" every chance he had.
As a result of his explorations, Mitchell has had ar-
ticles published in journals such as Archaeology, American
Antiquity, The Panama Archaeologist, and Ethnos. While
in Panama, Mitchell was secretary and president of the Ar-
chaeological Society of Panama. In 1963, he received
Panama's highest medal awarded to foreigners the
Vasco Nunez de Balboa.
Mitchell has contributed artifacts and information to
museums and to the archaeological department of the Uni-
versity of Minnesota, the Peabody Museum of Archae-
ology and Ethnology at Harvard, the National Museum of
Panama, and the University of Florida.
Mitchell's collateral contributions include a rare Bar-
red Hawk Eagle to the National Zoo, and a specimen of
Chiquian Marmoset from which the first certain intestinal
parasite was reported.
Mitchell said he has confined his explorations and
research to Panama primarily because the country is so rich
in history and there is so much to learn about it.
"There is so much history in that one country that
you could spend three lifetimes (excavating) there and not
even scratch the surface," he said. "When you start get-
ting involved in the country, you can't help but be aware of
Mitchell said that over the centuries, trade has left a
marked influence on Panama from both north and south,
so that to study the country, one must be aware of the other
"Even though an archaeologist may specialize in a
particular area, he must be aware of the history and litera-
ture of the countries around it," he said. "Pottery found at
different levels indicates trade and movement. So, bit by
bit, small clues contribute to the whole."
Mitchell left Panama in 1964, and after a year as chief
of the medical and surgery wards at Arizona State Hospital
in Phoenix, he accepted a residency from the Navy. From
1965 until 1967, Mitchell was commanding officer of the
first medical battalion and assistant division surgeon of the
first medical division.
For the next three years, Mitchell received residency
training at the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia. Mitchell
then traveled to Florida where, in the following three years,
he was chief of dermatology and chief of out-patient service
at Pensacola Naval Hospital.
Mitchell said that at one time, archaeology took up
more of his time than did medicine. Though Mitchell has
not been back to Panama for several years, he said he still
"keeps his fingers" in archaeology and current findings.
"Now all the journals have increased in number," he
said, "so it is impossible for one individual to subscribe to
it all. What you have to do is be aware and observant. You
have to know what you want and what to follow up on."
Mitchell said that he has never considered a career in
archaeology because there are too many archaeologists al-
ready. Amateurs make up a fair segment of these, so they
often make some of the best discoveries, Mitchell said.
"A lot of people are secretive about their finds and try
to keep them to themselves," he said. "But it takes under-
standing on the part of both amateurs and professionals to
share information and exchange ideas; and it is often to
each other's mutual benefit."
Mitchell moved to Georgetown in 1973 and then set-
tled outside of Leesburg with his wife Judith and their
daughter Crystal, a year and a half ago. He is currently a
dermatologist at the National Naval Medical Center in Be-
thesda, assistant professor at Georgetown University Medi-
cal School and consultant dermatologist at Prince William
Mitchell now divides his time between the Bethesda
Medical Center, an office in Manassas, and one in Lees-
burg. He hopes by next year, when his 20 years of active
duty will be up, he can stay closer to home, which he says
will be Leesburg from now on.
Mitchell said he doesn't expect he will be traveling
back to Panama for any extended period of time now,
because his practice keeps him so busy.
"It was fascinating getting out in the fields, though,"
he said. "One feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to
We welcome new members, Esther and Christian
Standish. Christian Standish was born in Colon Hospital
in 1915 when his father was helping to build the Canal. He
left the Zone in 1919, but returned when he was 15, and at-
tended Cristobal High School and was a member of Sea
Scouts, Ship 13. Mr. Standish says he was lucky to have
been a member of one of six sailing ships to transit the
Canal and sail out to Taboga Island in fact, he still has
the clippings of the newspaper article of the Canal transit as
well as pictures of their Sea Scout Drum & Bugle Marching
Team, and pictures of Sailing Craft Number Two with the
crew aboard. As he says, he wishes he had written the
names of the ship's members as "I only remember a few."
However, Mr. Standish would enjoy hearing from anyone
he knew during this period. (Christian Standish, 5396 Wil-
shire Drive, San Diego, CA 92116.)
Greetings from Colorado, the state of snow and cold
and more cold.
Col. (Ret). Robert Molloy is teaching classes once
again. This time at Peterson Air Force Base and Fort Car-
son in Colorado Springs. He'll be teaching graduate classes
for 4 months through the University of Southern Cali-
Their daughter Barbara Molloy is designing note
cards and the proceeds go to Friends of Wildlife in Boca
Margaret (Meigs) Molloy visited her mother, Della
Meigs twice in Florida after she suffered a serious fall at her
home in November. While there they lunched with Ray
and Frances (Violette) Sharp from St. Petersburg.
Fred and Mary Jane (Ugarte) Weade went to a wed-
ding in Tucson and visited with Harold and Sheila (Ran-
dolph) Price while there. The Weades are leaving for a trip
to Florida, Panama, and Costa Rica. They hope to
visit with many friends. While there Mary Jane hopes to
pick up materials to help with her teaching. She is presently
teaching Spanish at Dutch Creek Elementary School. The
program is sponsored by the P.T.A. and she teaches after
Barbara W. Bares, formerly of Curundu, now living
and working in Bynum, Alabama, spent the New Year's
holiday with Milt and B.J. (Becker) Law. Barbara had
visited with her son, Maurice, in California for Christmas.
Cathy (Mclntire) Spafford spent her New Year's
Eve in Lutheran Hospital recuperating from gall bladder
surgery. She is now back to work and doing fine. Her sons,
Dirk and Lance, stayed with Milt and B.J. (Grandpa &
Grandma) while she was in the hospital.
Our son, Todd, left for boot camp and the Marines in
San Diego, January 18.
Jose Miguel and Donna Marie Johnson had several
guests this winter, all ex-Atlantic siders. They were Tom
Gabriel, George Fryer, and Reid Stinnett, presently liv-
ing in New York.
Our 3rd annual banquet will be held March 31, at the
Ramada Inn at 1-70 and Kipling in Lakewood. If any fur-
ther details are needed, please call Jose Miguel Johnson at
Penny Pennington Graham
The last week in December, Bill and Myrtle Hughes,
with their daughter, Sandra (Hughes) Claflin and her
son, Brett Claflin of Merritt Island, FL drove to Dothan,
AL to spend a few days with Myrtle's nephews, Dr. Rus-
sell Pierson, formerly with Corozal Veterinarian Division,
and Mr. Bill Pierson and his family. It was a real nice visit
as they hadn't seen each other in several years.
The Jim Millions visited their daughter, Shirley
(Million) and Robert Muse in their home in Winter Park,
FL. Shirley is the librarian and teacher in Sanford Middle
School, Sanford, FL. They also visited in Jacksonville with
"Higgie" and Reba (Alexander) Higgenbotham.
Recently the Higgenbothams were the guests of Edna
and Jim Million and also visited other Canal Zone friends
John and Gladys McLain spent the Christmas holi-
days with their son, Douglas, his wife, Cindy and three
year-old grandson, Diedre McLain, of Coco Solo, R.P.
They also visited with family and friends and relatives on
the Pacific side.
Kay Brown spent the Christmas holidays in San Jose,
CA with her son, Dr. Stewart Brown, wife and two chil-
dren. She also visited with David and Dora Mcllhenny in
Green Valley, AZ, and with Ruth Puller and son, Sam in
Tucson, AZ. (Ruth is the widow of Sam Puller, formerly
with the United Fruit Company in Cristobal.) Kay was
Ruth's guest of honor at a luncheon which included other
United Fruit Co. friends, Dorothy and Bernard Ross and
Hal and Betty Gillick of Green Valley, AZ. En route
home she had a layover in Dallas, TX and was met by
Beverly and Hazel Halliday for lunch and a nice visit at
the Dallas Airport.
Louise Pustis, a recent Sarasota resident, spent the
Christmas holidays with her son, Joseph, and his wife, Jay
Pustis, in Washington, D.C. While there she toured the
White House, various museums and many other points of
Mary Orr went on her annual visit to spend the holi-
days with her sister and brother-in-law, Marion and Fred
Wells in Kerrville, TX. She also was the guest of her
brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Eloise Orr at their
ELBO Ranch in Luling, TX. (ELBO is named to signify
Eloise and Bob.) On her return home, Mary had a week-
end visit with her nephew and family, Allen and Kathy
Jane (Melanson) Wells in Stone Mountain, GA.
Frances Orvis and her grandson, Bobby Orvis,
drove to Daytona Beach, FL for the Christmas holidays to
be with Bobby's parents, Bob and Lotty Orvis and their
daughter, Nita, and their son, Carl, who came from Pen-
sacola Naval Base to spend the holidays with the family.
Fran's other son, Jim and his wife spent Christmas with
her mother in Ocala, FL and he later joined the rest of the
family in Daytona Beach before returning to his home in
Temple Terrace, FL.
In January, Fran had as her house guest, Mary Lee
Dunham of Clearwater, a friend of many years, who also
lived in the Canal Zone when her father and husband were
in the U.S. Military Service there.
Allen and Kay Miller drove to Colorado Springs,
CO in September to visit their daughter and son-in-law,
Marge (Miller) and Don Scheiwe for 10 days and then to
Portland, OR to see their new grandson, Michael, and
daughter and son-in-law, Martha (Miller) and Dale Hos-
kins. Michael, who was born 3 months prematurely, was
still in the hospital at that time. After being home in Sara-
sota for 10 days, the Millers flew back to Portland to help
take care of their grandson, who had had 3 major opera-
tions and spent 3 months in intensive care before being sent
home. They are happy to report that the many prayers
have been answered and the baby is progressingly nicely. It
was a joyous occasion to have Marge and Don Scheiwe
spend Christmas in Portland for a family reunion.
During the summer Gladys Conley went to Europe
with a group of 100 taking the Alumni Holidays trip. The
group flew to Frankfurt, Germany; motored to Weisbaden,
Germany where they boarded a ship and sailed down the
Danube, stopping in Budapest, Hungary and in Vienna,
Later, Gladys Conley, Jay Cain and Fran Orvis of
Sarasota; Johnny and Dotty Kozar of North Port, FL
and Alberta (Powers) Harris of Oakley, CA travelled on
the Island Princess, sister ship of the LOVE BOAT, Pacific
Princess, to seven ports on a Caribbean cruise through the
Panama Canal. While in Alcapulco, Mexico they were met
at the ship by George and Mayno Walker, who were on a
two-week Thanksgiving tour of Mexico.
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jay and Gladys met Rose-
mary (Dignam Reardon) Martinez for lunch at the Du-
pont Hotel, and also saw Dr. Luis Arsuaga, who was
formerly on the Dental Staff in Balboa. While going
through the Panama Canal, Bruce and Sandy Sanders,
former Margarita, C.Z. neighbors of Jay Cain, came
aboard with the Panama Canal pilot and had breakfast with
the former Zonites in the group.
Gladys Conley and Jay Cain each received a trophy as
first prize winners in the Ship's Bridge Tournament.
Mina Dee had a wonderful Christmas with her son,
Bill Lang, daughter-in-law Mary Jo, granddaughter
Catherine, grandsons Walter, Chris, Tom and his wife
Kathy, Portland, OR. She also visited Olympia, WA
where her son, Bill and his wife are now living. He is happy
to have a new job there as Administrative Law Judge for
Public Employee Relations Commission in Olympia. The
family also had a visit by Mina's niece, Lois Jones and her
daughter Margie Sage who lives in Seattle, WA.
On returning to Sarasota, Mina enjoyed a visit with
her daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Lang and granddaughter,
Shannon McPherson, who had spent Christmas with
Mary Lou's parents, Earl and Charlotte Dailey in St.
Petersburg, while granddaughter, Patti visited Mary
Lou's husband, Pete Lang in Panama.
Fred and Bev Ebdon report a last minute decision to
spend Christmas with our son Paul Ebdon and family in
The Dalles, OR saw Bev and Fred Ebdon packing the
camper and heading for points west on December 5th. A
short visit with Polly and Ray Witt in Arkansas, picked up
the cutest six-week-old puppy from the Witts and took to
our grandchildren in Napa, CA. What a way to make
friends with your kids!
Then a fast trip to Los Angeles to attend the wedding
of Bev's nephew, Terry Bollea, better known in the wres-
tling world as "Hulk Hogan" and in the movie Rocky III
as "Thunderlips." What a wedding. Believe it or not the
professional wrestlers are really nice people.
Left California for Oregon on a beautiful day, arrived
in The Dalles a day late in the worst weather to hit Oregon
in 100 years. We were stuck on 1-5 near Grants Pass for
about 2 hours due to two semi-trailers jackknifed across the
highway never saw so much ice in my life. Lots of cars
and trucks in the ditches but the old camper just rolled
along on the Michelin radials.
Snowed all six days we were at Paul's really had a
white Christmas temperatures dropped to 2 o below and
froze all the water pipes in the camper. I got the darndest
head cold while trying to thaw out the pipes and shovel the
snow. Bev says we had a ball, enjoyed an excellent dinner
at Walter and Susan Kleefkens.
Watched the weather and decided to make a run for
California. Got held up on 1-84 for an hour and a half due
to another jackknifed semi. Lots of ice again but we lucked
out as the worst ice storm hit Portland that night.
Couldn't get over the Mountain Pass to California so
we decided to take the coast road through the redwoods -
beautiful but gusty winds all day.
Arrived at Napa for another short visit with our son,
Jim and Connie Ebdon. Found out in spite of the puppy
they were still talking to us.
On the way home we stopped in Irwin, CA for a visit
with Dick Ebdon (Fred's nephew). Saw Joe, Rae, son
Tom and "Pop" Ebdon who were visiting Dick and
Cathy in their lovely home. Picked up Joe and Rae's
overflow baggage and home via Las Vegas. My advice is to
go through Las Vegas mighty fast, that's what we should
Took a chance and travelled back on 1-40 lucked
out as we travelled just ahead of another storm.
Home in time to see what was left of the best crop of
papayas I ever had. Lost over 50 beautiful papayas to the
big freeze that hit Florida. We had a great time but next
year we say home and protect our papayas.
Jay Cain flew to Miami during the Christmas holiday
for a visit with her nephew and family, Michael and
Sherry Cain and son, Jason and with Mike's mother,
Mrs. George (Nadine) Cain who flew in from Houston,
TX to be with her son and family and with her sister-in-
Martha Messer of Venice has returned from a two
weeks' visit with her children over the holidays. She spent
Christmas with her son and wife, Charles and Susan Mes-
ser in Grape Vine, TX before going to Fort Clark Springs,
TX to welcome in the New Year with her son-in-law and
daughter, Wayne and Patty (Messer) Rogers.
Jeanne Burgoon spent Christmas with her son-in-law
and daughter, Harold and Karen O'Neill, and her grand-
daughter, Laura Jeanne, in Deerfield Park, FL. Jeanne
spent New Year's in Hawaii with a tour group. During
their 10-day stay they visited five of the Islands by ship.
While in Honolulu, Jeanne met her niece Jacque Farne,
wife of Lt. Col. Mike Farne, USA retired. Also with her
cousin, Eleanor Kelly Farrell and her daughter.
Tommy and Barbara Peterson had an especially
happy holiday season with all their family being together.
Their youngest daughter Elaine (Peterson) Little, her
husband, Mike Little and young son, Tommy were
visiting from Balboa, R.P.; their daughter and her hus-
band, Carol and Don Heintz came from Orlando, FL,
and their daughter, Diane of Sarasota were all joined by
great-grandmothers Mrs. Margaret Peterson of St.
Petersburg and Mrs. Marie Denier and her son, Warren
Denier of Port Richey, FL. It was a special occasion as
there were four generations represented at the Christmas
gathering and a happy time was had by all.
Lee (Worsley) Schmidt of Farmville, N.C. had a
short visit in Long Island, N.Y. with her son-in-law and
daughter, Leonard and Arlene (Schmidt) Winerman,
and with them attended the 80th birthday celebration of
Leonard's father in West Palm Beach, FL.
Later, Lee and her daughter, Arlene, came to
Sarasota for a two-week stay with her sister-in-law, Mrs.
Agnes Schmidt and visited their many Zonite friends in
After leaving Sarasota, Lee and Arlene visited EP-
COT, Disney World and Cape Canaveral and other points
of interest. In New Orleans they visited Taylor Drysdale,
who formerly lived in Gamboa. Lee is especially proud of
her daughter who was recently appointed Assistant to the
Superintendent on the Board of Cooperative Educational
Services Organization. (BOCES) BOCES is unique to
New York State and oversees 18 local school districts in
Long Island and offers Special Education and Vocational
Elsie and Rob Smith enjoyed a visit with Alice
(Boyd) Preston of Cleveland, Ohio as their house guest.
Before coming to Sarasota, Alice visited her son-in-law and
daughter, Frederick and Beverly (Preston) Olesah and
family in Miami; her sister-in-law and her husband, Ruth
Ellen (Preston) and George White in St. Augustine and
with the William F. Powers (Lillian Marstrand) in New
While in Sarasota Alice was the guest of honor at
several functions and enjoyed seeing her Canal Zone
friends and acquaintances and reminiscing over happy
Canal Zone days. On leaving Sarasota, Alice visited
another sister-in-law and her husband, Jim and Virginia
(Preston) Wood in Seminole, FL.
Gladys B. Humphrey
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During December, I was invited by Gertrude Pear-
son to join a group going to the Showboat to see "The
Sound of Music" at a matinee on December 14. The show
and luncheon were both delightful but on the way home
- something happened. Gertrude and I were in the back
seat of a two door car with two other ladies in front, and all
of a sudden, I was on the floor between the front and back
seat. The next thing I knew, we were surrounded by Police
and paramedics. We all ended up in Emergency and I
spent the next five days in the hospital. Gertrude was there
ten days. The lady who was driving had her upper lip cut
and was bruised, but she did not stay in the hospital too
long. The other lady had a fractured shoulder. Well, our
Christmas went by the board. I am doing all OK now and
Gertrude is coming right along.
Had an interesting letter from Virginia Wood about
their Christmas trip and know you will enjoy it as I did:
"Jim and I took a great trip to Panama for the holidays.
We left New Orleans on December 12 aboard the S/S Brin-
ton Lykes of the Lykes Lines Freighter Line. There were on-
ly eleven passengers aboard, one being Alex Haley, author
of "Roots." Mr. Haley spends a minimum of six months
aboard freighters and says that he doesn't really care where
they are going, but it is the only way he can get writing
done and meet deadlines. He proved to be a most in-
teresting and pleasant person to talk to. The trip took
twelve days through beautiful sailing weather, with two
days each at Cartagena and Barranquilla, Colombia.
"Arrived early on the twenty second at Cristobal and
began transit at 3 p.m. Most of the transit was in the dark
with a full moon and a cool breezy night.
"Spent a busy three weeks with our daughter and son-
in-law, Ann and Antonio Suescum and their three chil-
dren, Virginia Ann and Guillermo home for the holidays.
Virginia from Mt. Ida College in Boston and Guillermo
from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, and
Tonito who is 13 years old.
"Spent a wonderful four days in El Valle as guests of
Lucho and Aida Azcarraga at their home. We had a place
in that lovely spot for 22 years and it was so good to be back
there. Couldn't believe how much it had grown and even
has a Super Mercado there now. Also visited with Jo and
Alex Lim, both retirees, making their home in El Valle
now. I worked with Jo many years at Fifteenth Naval
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Alice Boyd Preston of Amelia, Ohio spent ten days
visiting her sister-in-law, Virginia and husband, Jim
Wood in Seminole in January. Alice was in St. Augustine
visiting with Ruth Preston White and her husband,
George, and spent six days as guests of Rob and Elsie
Smith of Sarasota.
Ruth Preston White and her husband, George left
for Panama on January 16 and spent several days with her
niece, Ann Wood Suescum and her husband, Antonio,
before boarding the Explorer Cruise Line for a five-day
trip through the Canal; San Blas Islands; Pearl Islands;
Taboga Island and up the Bayano River in cayucas into
For those of you that "missed" the Tallahassee col-
umn last issue it wasn't because the folks around here
were not active and didn't provide me with some goodies
- I just Missed The Deadline!!! Sorry. Jan Whitney was
very busy in September hosting along with Alice and Bill
Garber, La Verne Larrabee, a patio party for a group of
DOD educators from Panama that were in Tallahassee to
attend a seminar.
The Panama group included the following: Ruth
Russell, Marty Hoffman, Jane Berger, Gene Bondur-
ant, Marcella Diaz, Shirley Makibbin, Marge Levy,
Kathy Egolf, Fran Banasick, John Bechels, Teresa Ar-
rington, and coming from Dothan was Frances Sampsell,
Alice Clark, and Rosemary Anderson. Libby and Alden
Fulcher came over from Niceville, Florida to make for a
"very" educated group that from what Jan tells me were
very impressed with our fair city.
Jan also had Edna and Clyde Holdan visit during late
summer. Both are former Canal folks.
In August, Harold (Bud) Green and three children
Amy, Andrea and Lee visited with the Gaugers. Harold is
with the Dredging Div. Then in Oct., Dr. and Mrs. Ernest
Kredel of the Industrial Health Div., came by to visit with
the Gaugers. George topped off his year with the visit to
Tallahassee of the President of Panama when he came to
receive an honorary degree from Florida State University.
George was very active in the planning and assistance dur-
ing the President's stay.
Pedro Miguel Yacht Club, Dec. 1983.
In late November, I received a wonderful surprise
visit from Mary and Fred Hatchett and son George and
Ruth Hatchett. My old Pedro Miguel friends were in
South Florida to witness the Space Shuttle launch and came
through here on their way back West. The visit was short
but full of laughter and a joy to visit with them.
Gamboa Penitentiary, with Panamanian Flag, Dec. 1983.
This reporter returned to Panama during the holidays
for a two-week visit with his brother Douglas. It has been
five years since I had been there and I must admit that I ex-
pected to be very disappointed. I wasn't. There were many
changes that have taken place and the most significant was
the buildup of "highrises" in the city of Panama. The
hardest change to take was not calling it the Canal Zone. It
was a fun-filled two weeks with Doug and Sharon taking in
all the new fancy eating places in Panama and visiting with
old classmates and friends. One of the highlights of the trip
was spending the day on the tug Progresso with Captain
Stefani working ships from Miraflores Lake up to Gam-
boa. Believe me none of the "professionalism" has been
lost by the Marine Bureau and its tug crews. Also had the
chance to visit the Marine Traffic Control Center and
receive the briefing on its operation by the Chief, Mr.
Sanders. The 3rd Annual "CZ Xmas Tree Burn" was
held on 7 Jan. 1984 at the home of Roy and Twila Wilson.
I was unable to attend but from all I've heard, it was
another success story. Twila tells me that they had over 60
trees for the burn and this year they added a "hayride"
and with over 30 children there it had to be fun. They
played volleyball and of course that turned into a "soccer"
game lots of food for Wilsons, Paulsons, Overstreets,
La Capras, Conleys, Courtney Spencer, John Steiner
and his new bride, Linda, Curt Darden and lots of others,
but the list has disappeared.
That's it from Tallahassee this time.
John (Bill) Schmidt
I^S I- .-
It would seem that most of our ex-Zonians have dis-
appeared now that the blue grass is white. Some of the
more hardy souls are still braving the deep freeze though.
Walter and Barbara Alves left their Henderson, Ky.
home the first of December and traveled to Hillsboro,
North Carolina to visit relatives and see some ancestorial
homes. Walter's great, great great-grandfather and family
settled in Hillsboro when they emigrated from Scotland.
That same ancestor was one of the group responsible for
establishing the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, and his two sons were the first secretary and treasurer.
Walter and Barbara collected some historical data and after
a few pleasant days started home.
Prior to going to the Zone, Walter had lived in Knox-
ville and took the opportunity to show Barbara the ole
town. They arrived back in Henderson and were fondly
greeted by their bulldog, Dugald and settled in for the
The holiday was made merrier by visits from the
children and grandchildren living close by. Tom and Ruth
stayed home in Jeffersontown and Susan and family were
in California. Walter traded the station wagon in for a
brand new 1984 Olds sedan and needs to put some mileage
on it, and a trip to Merced to visit Susan and her fine fami-
ly seems to be next in line. Shouldn't be too far off since
Walter says all their travels have to be done before crop
harvest in April.
Walter and Barbara want to extend best wishes to all
of whom they have known in the good ole Canal Zone and
hope they are well. God Bless All.
Bertha Hayes wants to put Lexington on the map
with the P.C. retirees. The Hayes have had a very busy
year. Last January (1983), son Win. Gardner, home for
the holidays brought a little Shih-Tzu puppy named Jing-
Lu. She has become a true family member according to her
standards. (I know all about those standards, Bertha. We
have been kept in line for the past five years by a proper lit-
tle Scottish Terrier named Max.) Bill stopped again in
April on his way to the Allenberry Playhouse in the Pocono
Mountains. He was on stage there until October.
Janet Hayes ready for the Junior-Senior Prom.
In May it was off to San Antonio. Granddaughter
Janet was graduating from MacArthur High School. A
promised surprise was Janet's selection to give the Com-
mencement Address before about 500 classmates and sev-
eral thousand adoring parents and friends. One ofJanet's
scholarships was a six-week study of French in Quebec,
Terminals Division "Gals" at Graham horn in Kerrville, Texas:.
Bertha Hayes, Chita Hanna, Beth Waddel, Sue Graham.
The gals are sitting under Sue's paintings.
Bertha writes their next stop in Texas was Kerrville
where they visited with ex-Zonian friends and neighbors.
While there they were surprised with a luncheon at a beau-
tiful lodge. Hosting were: Chita Hanna, Sue and Bill
Graham, Beth Waddell, Elizabeth and Estle (Dave)
Davidson, Betty Marshall, and Phil Phillips. They later
gathered at the Graham's lovely home for coffee and a
"showing" of Sue's beautiful paintings.
Next was a stop to tour Parker and Chita's "finca."
They have a large acreage of fruit trees and plants all
flourishing under their care.
After an enjoyable day in "Hill Country," Bertha says
it is fast becoming a little Canal Zone with new retirees
coming in all the time.
Grandson John Gardner returned to Kentucky to en-
joy some Blue Grass hospitality. He plans to return again
this summer for some more of the same.
The reason for many trips for the Hayes is son Col.
John D. Hayes who is stationed in Fort Sam Houston
now. They made two trips to Hawaii and so many others to
wherever John has been stationed throughout the years.
John frequently serves on special assignments and while in
Indianapolis recently, was able to spend Thanksgiving with
Gardner's brothers and their families are in St. Pete,
Florida and he and Bertha have spent many warm and
happy winters there. Brother Troy, thirty years in the
Canal Zone and thirty plus in St. Pete is doing amazingly
well in the real estate business. He and his lovely wife,
Evelyn still go dancing twice a week and have won many
trophies in ballroom competition. Brother Sid commutes to
Lexington frequently; his heart is still in Kentucky. He and
his wife Bea have a lovely lakeside home with fruit trees
and dozens of pet ducks.
I agree with Bertha that Kentucky doesn't seem to
beckon many ex-Zonians but while at the Turfland Mall
she ran into Lucille and Winston Abernathy who had
come from Falmouth, Ky. to shop in Lexington. Must
have been summertime 'cause the Abernathys go south for
If all goes well, look for the Hayes at the Reunion in
We Roods are going to try to to make the Reunion too.
Plans right now include the Mardi Gras. Keny will be on
spring break at the perfect time to see all the parades. Then
comes the World Fair in May. I hope Ken can get leave for
all my plans.
By the next issue of the Record it'll be warmer and I
should hear from some more of our Kentucky friends.
Many thanks to the members and old friends in Loui-
siana who sent season's greetings to this reporter, tem-
porarily far away in Mississippi going to school. As the
Siberian Express roared through the Deep South, it was an
exciting and exasperating holiday.
With a check for dues enclosed, Mrs. Joan 0. Bensel,
wife of Dr. Herbert J. Bensel, wrote a brief note. They live
in the River Ridge suburb of New Orleans.
Via Mae and Richard Dinkgreve of Metairie also
enclosed a dues check. They report in November a visit
from Audrey Bowman of Balboa and her mother, Edna
Benoit of Metairie. Audrey was on the final day of her
leave and said things were changing a lot but she still loves
the old Zone. A few days later Edna returned to visit bring-
ing her nephew, Roland C. Casanova of Slidell, formerly
of Margarita. Everyone had a marvelous time. Edna is do-
ing especially well with her pacemaker. Richard spent a
long week in the hospital for a digestive problem that finally
cleared up, fortunately without surgery.
Edward M. Fetherston, New Orleans, came forth
with some dues, but no news yet.
John and Kathleen Gough of Marrero enclosed "a
few more old goodies" for this lucky reporter along with
their dues check. Old goodies came in the form of Panama
Canal Reviews from the 1950s. To share some with you,
featured stories include the royal visit of Queen Elizabeth
II and the Duke of Edinburgh; commencement of
blasting of two million yards of rock from Contractors Hill;
a special issue devoted to the centennial of the Panama
Railroad; a nice story on Jessie Pugh's 1954 CZJC gradu-
action begun in 1938; the tradition of Christmas tree burn-
ing; a page on traveling the Inter-American Highway with
Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Doyle of Balboa, and their daughters
Claudia, 11, and Gwen, 7; the Theodore Roosevelt
Centennial Supplement including this part of his Cristobal
address, Nov. 17, 1906, ". I shall see if it is not possible to
provide for some little memorial, some mark, some
badge, which will always distinguish the man who did his
work well on the Isthmus ," which led to the famed
Roosevelt Medal. Special thanks to the Goughs you've
made my day!
As for news, John says this has been the coldest winter
he and Kathleen have experienced since settling in Loui-
siana back in 1979. The freeze devastated most of their
plants so they plan to start all over again in the spring. In
January they received a surprise visit from Gretchen and
Bill Warren, the ex-Zonian world travelers. Back in the
early 1950s, they spent many an evening with Gretchen
and Bill and with Kathy and Ray Stressman, Blanche
and Dee Bishop, and Clare and Lyle Godby, playing
canasta at the Stressmans in Curundu Heights. Faye and
Malcolm Wheeler also played with them at times. Also in
January, John gave a magic show for about 150 children at
the Marrero community playground. We know the show
was a huge success it took John two days to recover!
Gene Gregg of Mandeville claims a guy in a red suit
ran through the house Dec. 25 and practically ruined him,
but if I know Gene, he wouldn't have it any other way!
The really big Gregg news is that their oldest daughter,
Lynn Brown, had a baby girl, Hayley, on'Dec. 28 in
Zachary, and all's well. The Greggs have recently seen
Squeaky Helmericks, Roland Casanova and June Clay-
ton, and Jim Palumbo visited after being up in Arkansas
to see his folks. Marian, young Gene and Gene are looking
forward to the reunion. Gail and Bob in Denver say they
may go too.
A little note from W. J. Schexnayder in Amite says
all's well in that neck of the woods, but cold. They won't be
able to assess the damages from the freeze until spring.
Lottie Tinnin, up in North Louisiana, writes how
she enjoys the Canal Record to keep up with her friends,
though she is saddened by the deaths. She suffers with ar-
thritis in her knees, but manages to stay on the go and loves
working for her church. Jack is now in Washington, D.C.,
Over in the piney woods around Walker, La., Ann
Gerhardt has been hard at work first putting together a jig-
saw puzzle of solid numbers, then trying to decipher the
coded message to win the $100,000 prize. So far, not much
luck, but she's getting lots of help from friends and relatives
and a few eager computer science students. We'll keep you
posted, folks. Good luck, Miss Annie!
Patt Foster Roberson
We received a charming little Christmas card from
Pete Baas, Pass Christian. He went back out to the South
Atlantic after New Year's on another oceanographic survey
and won't be back until March.
Great plans are in the works as Catherine and John
Boswell of Hattiesburg peruse travel brochures in anticipa-
tion of a summer visit to England. Their daughter Deanna
and her husband, Col. Gregory P. Barry are now located
at the RAF base at Upper Heyford, 60 miles northwest of
London. Their address is Box 1945, APO New York
09194. Besides visiting the Barrys, the Boswells will tour
Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Austria and Yugoslavia. They
were also happy to report their son, Gordon, has just been
promoted to lieutenant colonel. He's stationed at Norton
AFB, California. The Boswells continue to enjoy the ac-
tivities of their round dance club and would like to hear
from other C.Z. retirees interested in round dancing.
Mrs. George H. (Judy Jewell) Carnright of Braxton
heard from Dean Huff that his wife, Patricia, died of a
heart attack on Aug. 18, 1983. Pat and Judy worked
together as RNs on the Zone. After retiring, the Huffs mov-
ed from Gary, Ind. to Port Charlotte, Fla. Pat was an Army
nurse before going to the Zone. After a nice visit with family
from Oklahoma, Judy enjoyed a church outing to the Bad-
dour Memorial Center in Senatobia, Miss., and to Mem-
phis where they enjoyed lunch at a waterfront restaurant.
Chita Cassibry, Ocean Springs, dropped a little note.
Their Christmas was a great one all the children and
grandchildren were with them.
Hildegarde and Bill Epperson, Ocean Springs, just
returned from the "Canal Zone Area" where they spent
the holidays with their son and his family. Bill Jr., and his
wife Janice Fain, and three children, Angela, 9 Y2, Billy
who will be 3 in March, and Aaron, 1 in February, live in
Margarita. Bill works at Gatun Locks. They all had such
fun with the children and only regret they don't live closer
together so they could enjoy their growing up years more
Leavell and Elena Kelly of Hattiesburg enjoyed
Thanksgiving with their daughter Carol Ann and her hus-
band, Randy Puzon, in San Antonio. Also in San Antonio
they saw Ritha Orr, retired head nurse from Palo Seco.
Their trip to Texas also took them to Austin for a visit with
Mrs. Val Schroeter and her daughters Suzie and Tina,
and Tina's husband, Cliff Mullins. Tina and Cliff were
over from Houston where Cliff was graduated last year in
chiropractic and Tina is studying it. Cliff is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Earl E. Mullins of Dothan, Ala., formerly of
Gamboa. We have also learned that Robert E. Anderson,
78, died Sept. 10, 1983, in Tampa. He is survived by his
widow Nisla, son John in Saudi Arabia, daughters Martha
A. Millikan and Kathy A. Guess both of Tampa, and two
grandchildren. Robert worked for the Dredging Divi-
sion in Gamboa from the early 1940s to the late '50s. Nisla
corresponds with Lena Kelly.
Got a snazzy letter from Capt. Linda Kapinos
Puchon of Biloxi on a nice new word processor. Her hus-
band Chuck is busy with U.S. Army Command and Gen-
eral Staff College these days. He has been working on it
almost six months and is just about through. The Army
allows their officers three years to complete it, so Chuck is
really speeding along. We're all proud to know his GPA is
91 percent that's terrific! Linda was recently promoted
to assistant charge nurse in the CCU at Keesler AFB. The
Captains Puchon hope to vacation this year at Cancun or
Cozumel, off the Yucatan Peninsula. Linda's father,
Adolph Kapinos, had surgery recently and should be well
recovered by the time you read this.
Mrs. Blanche G. Simms, Waynesboro, wrote us a
lovely long letter and enclosed a check for her dues. She
loves to read about people in the Canal Record who she has
not thought about for years. Her husband, Lewis, went to
the C.Z. in 1933 and stayed until his death in 1947. They
had one son, Warren Lewis, who is married to Jane Hurd
of Moss Point, Miss., and they have four children. After
leaving the Zone, Blanche taught school in Waynesboro for
25 years, and went back to school herself to earn a master's
and work toward a doctorate. She retired in 1972 and
spends her time traveling, refinishing furniture and work-
ing in Delta Kappa Gamma. She was the first person from
Wayne County to be invited to join DKG. She has a great
philosophy, "I stay busy whether it amounts to anything or
not." Blanche ran into Odie Ramey in the grocery store
recently. He had come over from Dothan, Ala., to be with
his father, Otis M. Ramey, Sr., who is not well. Odie took
him to Memphis to the docter and to stay with Helen for
awhile. Floy, Otis's wife, is in Restful Acres Nursing
Meanwhile out on the Osyka farm, Gerda and Owen
Smith shared two great days with Jim and Fulla Foster
from Diablo, looking at "moveable" homes and going to a
cattle auction. Then the Fosters were off to Oklahoma to
welcome a new granddaughter. Glen and Nita Swann and
their precious pup, Charlie visited from Choudrant, La.,
and they spent hours recounting Zone days with the Air
Force and Zonies. Owen's been busy plumbing on the big
freeze burstouts, endearing himself to half the neighbor-
hood. Biddy 'n' Roy, their Golden Seabright Bantams,
hatched four eggs which were promptly named Pip, Snap,
Krackle 'n' Pop. Then, Gerda writes with obvious relish,
in the stormy Christmas night, Holly cow brought forth a
calf (poor baby) and we named her Noel. Always
something new there at the end of the lane!
Jean and Lee Wade of Clinton spent an exciting two
weeks in California before Christmas, touring San Fran-
cisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Besides worlds of sight-
seeing, they dined at Fisherman's Wharf, shopped in
Chinatown and on Rodeo Drive, got to appear in a movie,
viewed the taping of a TV show, saw the Spruce Goose and
Queen Mary. In San Diego they enjoyed a lovely four-day
visit with Larry and Linda Layman, formerly of
Margarita, seeing the zoo and shopping in Tijuana. At Ed-
wards AFB they were privileged to see the Shuttle Colum-
bia make its landing. After 31 years, Lee has retired from
AT&T. Their daughter Melanie and husband Dale
Williamson had a girl, Kristi Leigh, on August 12.
Once again Rolf Arndt of Crystal Lake, Ill., and his
wife, the former Joan Powell, spent Christmas and New
Year's in Denver at the home of their son's in-laws and
Crystal's parents, Lois and Wally Clary. Diana also flew
out for the holidays. Crystal was graduated from Mesa
College in December and Lois had a graduation party for
her. Diana and Joan flew to Florida in May for the re-
union. They didn't get much sleep and Joan lost her voice
from talking so much, but they had a super time and can't
wait until April for the next reunion. Diana is still working
at the Medical College in Toledo and is living in an apart-
ment in Maumee, Ohio. She is taking evening classes at
the University of Toledo toward a business degree. Jimmy
quit his full-time job to attend Forest Institute full time
working on a Ph.D. in psychology. He works three nights a
week at a 60-bed alcoholic rehab unit run by Lutheran Gen-
eral Hospital. Rolf and Crystal and their poodles, Rex and
Charlie, still live in Grand Junction, Colo., and Rolf plans
to begin work toward an MBA in finance. Joan works as
payroll supervisor at McGraw Edison and Rolf is still in
sales for American Cyanamid.
Heard from Mrs. Tobi C. Bittel whose address is
now Bayfront Concourse Hotel, #814, 333 First Street S.,
St. Petersburg, FL 33701. In her Canal Zone life, Tobi was
with the Panama Canal Information Office.
After 17 years service as a volunteer reporter for the
Canal Record, this reporter was delighted to receive a love-
ly Christmas card and note from the Society's first lady
president. What a pleasant surprise. Thank you, Anna!
Alone in a strange motel in a strange town shortly
after Christmas who should suddenly appear on the 11
p.m. news but ole Bob Coulthard over WMBB-TV, Ch.
13, Panama City, Fla., telling all about the record low tem-
peratures and their effects on plumbing. Bob is with Roto-
Rooter in Panama City and is the big brother of Judy
Coulthard (BHS 1952). It's nice to see an old friend at a
lonely moment. Thanks, Bob!
Art Crucet (BHS 1946) wrote from Oklahoma in
search of some old Zonians. By the time he reads this he
will have received a Xerox of his class picture and, my,
wasn't he a handsome young man! His good friends and
BHS buddy, Ody Ramey, was through Oklahoma recently
and says his copies have been in storage since 1979.
By way of introduction, Art says he grew to manhood in
the shadow of the legendary Red Tank in Pedro Miguel.
That was a baaad bunch! Seriously, about the yearbooks.
My best advice is to write directly to the school, c/o Depart-
ment of Defense, Dependents Schools, Panama, APO
Miami. BHS, CHS and CZJC (or Panama College, as it is
now known) have all been fairly cooperative in responding
to requests for back issues though there is a charge, which I
can't quote because it depends upon the quantity you order
and the scarcity of that particular year. I do have extra
copies of Zonians from 1925, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1949,
1950, 1951 and 1952 if anyone is interested. And Beatrice
Smith Hibler, Austin, Texas, is looking for a 1973 Zonian.
Got a very nice Christmas card and note from my
best-est ole buddy, Lanny Gunn, and his charming wife,
Eddy, who claim to be up to their ears in old folks since
entering their latest venture the retirement home
business. I don't think they have decided yet whether they
are running it or it is running them. But you can be sure
they are enjoying all life's challenges in a happy, loving
Shirley B. W. Hicks, Tallahassee, faced the peaks
and valleys of 1983 with the aplomb that can only be
credited to her C.Z. roots. After healing an ulcer with the
drug Tagamet, she underwent gall bladder surgery. Her
daughter Susan came in from Iowa for a few weeks until
Shirley got back on her feet. Susan and Ron drive
18-wheeler trucks on cross-country hauls. Shirley topped
off the year by completing the second of four required re-
citals for a second master's degree, this one in accompany-
ing and chamber music. Her mother continues in good
health and traveled to Virginia with Lois and Shirley in
July to see her great-grandchildren. Jeannine presented
Shirley with a second grandson on March 27, the second
birthday of her older boy. Tommy and Beth's little girl was
4 in Novenber; Tommy is still with Motorola and Beth is
earning a computer science degree. Jeannine is with a new
engineering firm six miles from her home in Manassas.
Matty is still with Virginia Electric. Their boys, David
and Patrick, keep this busy. Lois, a freshman in high
school, sits second chair saxophone in the symphonic band
and was selected first chair saxophone in the junior high
school All State Symphonic Band. She also plays oboe in
the concert band and takes piano lessons.
The Margarita Union Church, Box 2401, Cristobal,
R. de P., is once again working in cooperation with the
Atlantic Religious Workers Association on behalf of the
elderly Panamanians and West Indians who reside in
Hogar Atlantico. Founded in 1963, this old folks home has
been attempting to meet the needs of the destitute for more
than 20 years. All of you remember with fondness a
Panamanian or two who worked hard with you or for you.
These are the people being served. Stop one moment and
think where you would be without your retirement
benefits. Hogar Atlantico has always depended on
American gifts to provide services to these old folks. The
Margarita Union Church has generously consented to
allow you to give through its church to make your gift U.S.
tax deductible. Please make your $10 check out to the
Margarita Union Church and specify in a separate note for
Hogar Atlantico. Sweet dreams and God bless!
Got a nice long letter from Helen Edwards Magan in
-2 degree weather in Pueblo, Colo., telling how beautiful
the scenery is looking out! The Siberian Express strikes
again. Helen and her sister have been talking about trying
to get some of the Pedro Miguel folks together for the 1985
reunion. Helen has written Willy Riley about this. Ray
Crucet, are you listening? I'll notify Jean in Chicago and
I'd like to see us put out a call for all former members of the
Coast-to-Coast Riders Motorcycle Club too. Seems a good
many of them were from Pedro Miguel. Let us hear your
ideas, especially those members we can currently locate -
Lowell Jones, Choppy White, Ray Magan, Earl
Boland, Leon Sharpensteen, Jerry Fox, and of course
our favorite police officers, Pennington and Hollowell.
We'll bring a scrapbook of all the newspaper clippings from
all the motorbike races in the early 1950s at Juan Franco,
Juan Diaz, Colon Stadium, Olympic Stadium, National
Stadium and Rio Cristal. We also have a list of the "official
nicknames" of all members, but does anyone remember
who our president was?
Good news is always welcome and old friend Dr. Gus
Mellander has plenty. His contract with the Passaic Coun-
ty Community College (N.J.) and its firebrand president
has been renewed through 1990. And, better still, on New
Year's Eve he announced his engagement to a charming
lady who serves as a counsellor at Rutgers University. True
love is simply the grandest and definitely worth waiting for.
Congratulatuibs, Gus! I predict that 1984 will be the best
year of your life.
Once again the Canal Record has brought old friends
together. Shirley and Simon Jones of San Mateo, Fla.,
read a little article in the Record about old friend Jean
Harris Turner (now Mrs. Mark Milosevich, 2900 S.
Lincoln, #115, North Riverside, Ill. 60546) and old friends
got together again after 12 years. We regret to report that
Jean's mother died quite suddenly in October.
Next to motorcycles, Larry Mohler of Fairfax, Va.,
will take his new computer. He's talked to old buddies Bob
Budreau, Earl Boland, Benny Andrews, Jerry Fox and
visited with Eddie Armistead in Pennsylvania. He's also
heard from Don Boland, Willie Hidalgo, Stuart Bush
and Ray and Helen Magan, and read with interest the
news in the Record about Owen Smith, who with his
brother Carlos used to ride bikes with Larry on the Zone.
Larry is also saddened to report his old friend Roberto
Hanson died in Hawaii about 12 years ago. Larry still has
an APB out for Dick Burns. OK, Larry, what do you
think about an '85 get-together?
Helen (Mrs. Emil) Munson, Sun City, Ariz., writes
that 1983 has been a year of readjustment for her. In May
she took Emil's cremains to Syracuse, N.Y., for burial.
The service was conducted by a Masonic Lodge. While
there she saw some of Emil's relatives and Bernice Hop-
kins, a friend from her early years on the Zone. From there
she went to the reunion in Florida, then on to Trenton,
Ga., for a couple of days with former neighbors who were
helpful during Emil's illness. After visits with relatives in
St. Paul and Wisconsin, she spent a little time in Arizona
before going to California in time to accompany her
daughter Helen in taking her granddaughter, Samantha to
National Gymnastics Camp in Eugene, Ore. The holidays
were spent with Helen, her husband John, and daughters
Rebecca and Samantha.
Letters with exotic postmarks are most likely from
Gret and Bill Warren, momentarily at home in New Port
Richey, after an excursion of several months to 14 coun-
tries around the world aboard a Polish freighter. Christmas
was spent in New Orelans with son Dave, his wife Dianne,
and son Bradley, 6. Next stop, who knows?
Patt Foster Roberson
By the time this report is printed we probably will
have our usual amount of snow but so far only a trace and
our inconvenience has been icy roads occasionally.
Both the Hoenkes and the Zelnicks braved the
weather conditions and with good driving and a guardian
angel made it safely on the recent trips during the Christ-
mas and New Year's Holidays. They reported that at times
it was slip and slide. Betsy and Truman encountered their
worst conditions on their trip to North Hero, Vt. to spend
Christmas with their son Roger. Earlier in the month they
made a trip to Ohio and Michigan to visit Truman's
brothers and sister with no problems with the weather. In
February they plan to fly to Seattle, Washington for a visit
with Merrill and Margaret Will, former Zonians. Both
couples plan to spend a few weeks in the Phoenix, Arizona
area. Ruth and Ernest drove to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
where they enjoyed Christmas with son John and his fami-
ly. They were with Paul and his family in Little Rock, Ar-
kansas for New Year's. Just before they left for Oklahoma
the Kenneth Bartels of St. Louis, Mo. stopped by for a
Bill Tillman was in Saudi Arabia in November on
business and due to illness shortened his trip. Fortunately
he returned in time as he is now recuperating from heart
surgery (6-by-pass) which was performed the first part of
December. His experiences in that part of the world were
nerve racking at times. Apparently just to be driven in a
taxi is risky to say the least. Ruth and Bill were happy to
have their son Bill and his family with them at Christmas.
Bill is presently teaching in Newport News, Va.
Antoinette and Maenner Huff of Brevard were
visited several times by their daughter Edith Willoughby
who is presently studying at the U. of N.C. at Chapel Hill.
They also had the pleasure of guests in October, Edward
and Helen Curry of Washington, D.C. (Edward was an
employee of the Canal Zone from 1940-48.) In December
the Huffs drove to Chapel Hill to visit Edith and from there
stopped to visit the Currys in Washington, D.C. before
continuing on to Hastings on the Hudson, New York
where they spent the Christmas and New Year's Holidays
with their daughter Christine and Charles Fewell and
Carmen and Charles Howe had the pleasure of hav-
ing their daughter Marion from Columbia, S.C. and their
son Danny and his family from Mt. Airy, N.C. with them
for the New Year's Holiday. During that same week Joyce
(Herring) Stewart with one son came from Charlotte,
Ruth and Louis Everson enjoyed a busy and happy
Thanksgiving as their two daughters and grandchildren
were here at that time: Kirsten and Alan Jackson from
Rochester, N.Y. and Phyllis and Michael List from Jack-
EXISTING CONSTITUTION AND
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
(A non-profit organization)
The Executive Committee will present a resolution to the membership for consideration and vote of ratification at the
annual business meeting to be held in the Ramada Inn South, St. Petersburg, Florida, Friday, April 27, 1979 at 2 P.M.
RESOLUTION: Whereas the Constitution and By-laws adopted by The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. on the
occasion of the 18th Anniversary, February 22, 1960, revised on the occasion of the 27th Anniversary, February 22, 1969,
and on several occasions thereafter, set forth and proclaim the proposition of perpetutity of the personal memories associated
with the great Panama Canal project.
AND: Whereas with the passage of time, recognition and prestige of the Society, growth of membership and respon-
sibility of services; We now propose the adoption of a revised Constitution and By-Laws more in keeping with the present
and anticipated future welfare of the Society.
BE IT RESOLVED: That the Constitution and By-Laws of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. as published in
the March 1979 issue of the "Canal Record" be adopted and forthwith proclaimed as the Purpose, Ideal, Aim and Govern-
ment of this Society.
DATE: January 16, 1979 PRESIDENT: Howard L. Clarke, Jr.
We, former employees of the United States Government having served in the construction, operation or maintenance of
the Panama Canal, and retaining the memories, of community life, of sharing various sacrifices, of the prevailing determina-
tion and urge for the full realization of American ideals and aims in this great project, and of the resultant strong bonds of
personal respect, of mutual assistance, and of neighborly friendship, do now thoughtfully and earnestly associate ourselves
together as the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., the principles and purposes of which shall be foremost allegiance to
the United States of America, fidelity to the constitution and by-laws, and the preservation of these ideals and friendships.
ARTICLE I Name
This organization shall be known as "The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.," a non-profit organization.
ARTICLE II Purpose
The purpose of this Society shall be primarily to promote the welfare of its members, to perpetuate the friendships form-
ed in the Canal Zone, to facilitate these aims by arranging social gatherings and meetings at convenient locations in the State
ARTICLE III Membership
Membership of this Society shall be open to all citizens of the United States of America, who were or are employed in
the construction, operation or maintenance of the Panama Canal, or who resided in the Canal Zone, in the cities adjacent
thereto, as well as citizens who were associated with the great project but with residence in the United States. Members of
families of such eligibles shall be eligible for membership.
Any member of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. guilty of conduct unbecoming a member of the Society shall
be liable to suspension or expulsion therefrom.
Charges against a member of the Society must be presented by a member, in writing, to the President, for a review by
the Executive Committee. The charges shall be read, and if the Executive Committee deems the same sufficient to justify in-
vestigation, they shall appoint a special committee, which will forthwith investigate the same and report its findings to the
Executive Committee. If the Executive Committee, by a majority vote, finds the member guilty under such charges, it may
suspend the member, for a definite time or expel the member from membership in The Panama Canal Society of Florida,
ARTICLE IV Officers
The Officers of this Society shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer and Record Editor. These officers
shall be elected by a simple majority vote of the members in attendance at the Annual Meeting of the Society, and shall hold
office for a term of one year, or until their successors have been elected or selected and take office. The terms of Officers
elected and appointed shall begin on the first day of the month following election. The President shall appoint "clerks of elec-
tion" whose duty shall be to assist in counting the votes on the floor. The President or designate shall administer the Oath of
Office over a public address system for all to witness. The Oath will be in the following manner:
"I having been voted the for ______
promise that I will faithfully execute the duties of the and will to the best of my ability,
preserve, protect, defend and enforce the Constitution and By-Laws of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and the
dictates of the Executive Committee.
The Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor shall be paid a salary for work performed in connection with their
duties, the salary paid to be determined and set from time to time, by a majority vote of the full Executive Committee. The
Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor shall have no vote on any proposed salary changes. The President is authorized
an expense account up to one hundred dollars annually. An officer appointed by the President may be removed from office
by the President for just cause.
Any elected officer may be removed from office by a majority vote of members in attendance at a monthly meeting, a
quorum being established, for failure to comply with the Constitution and By-Laws of the Society or the properly ordered
directive of the Executive Committee; inefficiency, ineffectiveness in performing the duties of office, or other adverse condi-
tions not in the best interest of the Society. Any member of the Executive Committee may submit this proposal to the
membership with the approval of a majority vote of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE V Official Address of the Society
The Official Address of the Society shall be Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733, and all first class mail pertaining
to the Society (this includes Society and Blood Bank dues, articles for publication in the Canal Record and request for infor-
mation regarding the Society or its members) MUST be sent to this address.
ARTICLE VI Meetings
The Society shall hold regular monthly meetings and an Anniversary Reunion once a year at a place that is suitable to
the Executive Committee. The monthly meeting falling closest to the Anniversary Reunion, or any special Society function,
may be omitted at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE VII By-Laws
The Society shall adopt such By-Laws as shall be appropriate for governing its functions.
ARTICLE VIII Amendments
The Constitution and the By-Laws of this Society may be amended at any Annual Meeting by a two thirds vote of those
voting, a quorum being present, or at any special meeting called for this purpose after suitable notice has been given to all
members stating the proposed changes and reasons therefore.
ARTICLE I Duties of Officers
1. The duties of the officers shall be those usually pertaining to such officers in any organization.
2. As the senior officer of the Society, the President shall enforce strict observance of the Constitution and By-Laws of
the Society and execute directives of the Executive Committee. The President's directions to subordinate officers of the
Society must be carried out, it being understood that the President will not give directions inconsistent with the Constitution
and By-laws or the voted directives of the Executive Committee. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Society
and Executive Committee. Subject to review and approval of the Executive Committee he shall designate the depository for
the funds of the Society and shall confer with the Secretary/Treasurer concerning the expenditure of Society funds, and in
case of the temporary absence of the Secretary/Treasurer, the President shall have authority for receiving and disbursing the
funds of the Society.
3. The President shall have authority to fill vacancies in any elected or appointed office for the unexpired term subject
to the review and approval of the Executive Committee. In the absence, resignation, or incapacity of the President, the Ex-
ecutive Committee shall have this authority to fill vacancies.
4. The President shall be responsible for the holding and safe keeping of surety bonds of bonded officers.
5. The Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President and shall assist the President in such duties as the
President may desire. The Vice President shall succeed the President upon death and in cases where the President does not
continue to serve for any reason.
6. The Secretary/Treasurer shall maintain adequate financial records and bank accounts and be accountable for the
proper handling and disbursement of all funds of the Society, shall be bonded in an amount determined by the Executive
Committee and, jointly with the President, shall sign all contracts and obligations authorized by the Executive Committee.
All checks of the corporation shall be signed by any two authorized officers. The Secretary/Treasurer shall issue serially
numbered membership cards as receipts for dues, and shall maintain an up-to-date roster of all members and their latest ad-
dresses, handle all correspondence, compile and be responsible for printing of the Directory issue to be mailed by the Record
Editor in November. The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep a record of business transactions of the monthly, executive commit-
tee and annual meetings.
7. The Record Editor shall perform all of the clerical and editorial duties pertaining to the publication of the Canal
Record. The Record Editor shall mail the Canal Records including the Directory Issue. The Record Editor shall be under
the direction of the President, shall observe the deadline set for articles to be published and see that the Record is mailed to
the members on time. The Record Editor shall deliver to the printer news items and pictures for the Canal Record. The
deadline for submitting the Record to the printer is set for the last day of the months of January, April, July and October.
8. Other officers considered necessary shall be appointed by the President for terms of office of such lengths as may be
found convenient, all subject to the review and approval of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE II Committees
1. There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the President, the Immediate Past President, Vice-President,
Secretary/Treasurer, and four other members to be appointed by the incumbent President at least one of whom shall be a
Past President. A quorum of 6 shall be required to transact business.
2. The duties of this committee shall be to see that the purpose and aims of the Society are properly executed, to con-
sider and conduct the business of the Society between regular meetings, to set policy for the Society, to consider all proposals
for amendments of the Constitution and By-Laws and to make recommendations to the Society for or against the adoption of
such proposals, to consider the justification for or against the adoption of such proposals, to consider the justification for and
to authorize the expenditures of the Society funds for other than routine purposes.
3. The Executive Committee shall determine the amount of the Secretary/Treasurer surety bond as may be deemed
sufficient to protect the interest of the Society.
4. It shall be considered improper to attempt soliciting favors in any form or discussing religion at the meetings of this
5. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to consider the request of the President for investigation and report
on any subject of interest to the Society and to perform such other executive functions as the President may request. The
President shall be required to hold an Executive Committee meeting at the request of at least 3 members of the Executive
6. The President shall appoint a Budget and Auditing Committee consisting of 3 members, one shall be designated
chairman. The President shall appoint one member as Budget Officer. These appointments shall be subject to review and
approval by the Executive Committee.
7. The duties of this committee shall be to audit the accounts and related records of the Secretary/Treasurer, and
render reports and recommendations to the Society annually unless shorter intervals are found to be preferable. At the time
these accounts and records are transferred to the incoming officer an audit shall be made.
8. There shall be a Nominating Committee consisting of five members. The President, with the concurrence of the Ex-
ecutive Committee shall make these appointments, one of whom must be a past president and Chairman of the Committee.
No member of the Committee shall serve more than two years in succession.
9. The duties of the Nominating Committee shall be to select the nominees for all offices, to secure acceptance for the
nomination and to present the slate at the February meeting of the Society. The slate of nominees shall be printed in the
March Canal Record. Elections shall be held at the Annual meeting. Presentation of the slate of nominees shall not preclude
nominations from the floor.
10. Other committees may be appointed by the President for specific purposes as the Executive Committee or the
membership may consider proper and advisable.
ARTICLE III Meetings
1. The regular monthly meetings of the Society shall be held on such dates, and at such hour and place as the officers
and membership may find convenient and desirable.
Note: For dates and places of the meetings refer to the Directory Issue.
2. The Annual Meetings of the Society shall be of the nature of a convention but preferably called an Annual Reunion,
and held during the month of April. The exact date depending on the circumstances and the availability of a suitable place
with facilities for this occasion.
3. Special meetings may be called by the President should circumstances justify such action or a special meeting may be
called upon the written request to the President of at least fifteen members. Timely notice stating the purpose of such
meetings shall be mailed to all members.
4. A Quorum for the proper transaction of Society business shall consist of sixty (60) active members in good standing
for regular monthly meetings and one hundred (100) active members in good standing for annual meetings. In case a
meeting of members representing less than a quorum needs to adjourn without any business, due notice shall be given con-
cerning the occasion of the next future meeting.
5. The order of business at meetings of this Society shall be as follows:
Pledge of Allegiance
Introduction of Visitors and Welcome by the President
Any other remarks by the President
Report of Secretary/Treasurer which includes Financial Reports
News of members of the Society by the Record Editor
Report of Legislative Representative
Report of Committees, special announcements, etc.
New business (includes speaker, if any)
6. Business transactions of the Society shall be conducted in accordance with the requirements of its Constitution and
By-Laws. In case the need for additional regulations arises, Roberts Rules of Order shall govern.
ARTICLE IV Dues
1. The dues of the Society shall be ten dollars ($10.00) a year by calendar year, and shall entitle members in good stan-
ding to receive the Canal Record and Directory Issue.
2. Dues shall be considered payable in January of each calendar year, and will be considered delinquent on February
first in any calendar year.
New members will be accepted after July 1st in any year for $5.00 in dues for the balance of that particular calendar
year provided the following year's dues are paid in advance at the same time.
AMENDMENT NO. 1
Article II Committees, of the By-Laws paragraph one (1) is amended to read:
1. There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the President, the immediate Past President, Vice-President,
Secretary/Treasurer, Record Editor, and three other members to be appointed by the incumbent President at least one of
whom shall be a Past President. A quorum of 6 shall be required to transact business.
This amendment proposed and voted upon at the annual meeting held in St. Petersburg, Florida on 25 April 1980.
AMENDMENT NO. II
ARTICLE IV By-Laws Dues. Add number 3.
3. The Society shall grant life membership to all living past presidents in gratitude and appreciation of past services.
This amendment proposed and voted upon at the annual meeting held in St. Petersburg, Florida on 1 May 1981.
AMENDMENT NO. III
ARTICLE IV Paragraph 2 Officers
The Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor shall be paid a salary for work performed in connection with their
duties. The salary paid is to be determined and set from time to time by a majority vote of the Executive Committee. The
Executive Committee shall have the authority to appoint paid assistants) to the Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor
when required. Their salaries shall be set in the same manner as those of the Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor.
The Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor shall have no vote on proposed salary changes. The President is authorized
an expense account up to one hundred dollars annually. An officer appointed by the President may be removed from office
by the President for just cause.
This amendment was proposed and voted on at the special meeting held in Gulfport, Florida on November 4, 1983.
PROPOSED AND REVISED
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
(A non-profit organization)
We, former and current employees of the United States Government, having served in the construction, operation,
maintenance or protection of the Panama Canal, do now thoughtfully and earnestly associate ourselves together, as the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. Our principles and purposes shall be allegiance, or respect, to the United States of
America, fidelity to our by-laws and preservation of ideals and friendships formed while working and living in the Canal
Zone or Republic of Panama.
ARTICLE I NAME
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
(A non-profit organization)
ARTICLE II OBJECT
SEC. 1 OBJECT SHALL BE:
a. To promote the welfare of its members.
b. To perpetuate lasting friendships.
c. Arrange social affairs and meetings.
ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
SEC. 1 CODE OF ETHICS:
a. It is the duty of all members to protect the society against fraud, misrepresentation, or any practice not ethical.
b. The spirit of fair dealing, cooperation, and courtesy should govern relations between members of the Society and by
accepting membership an individual assumes an obligation to conduct himself/herself in accordance with these ideals.
SEC. 2 ELIGIBILITY
a. Any resident of the Canal Zone, Republic of Panama, United States or other countries, who worked or who were or
are associated with the operation, maintenance, construction or protection of the Panama Canal, and family members who
were or are dependent on, reside or resided with this individual are eligible for active membership.
SEC. 3 THREE CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP
1. Age 18 years or over
2. Member and spouse (Both shall be issued a membership card)
b. Life: Conferred on President on completion of his/her full term of office.
c. Honorary Membership:
1. May be conferred on individuals, members or non-members for distinguished or exceptional service to the
2. The names of individuals to be considered for honorary membership shall be submitted to the Executive Board
and recommended by them to the Society. After notice has been given in the Canal Record, individuals may be elected to
honorary membership by a 2/3 majority affirmative vote of members present and voting at any Society meeting.
3. Active members elected to honorary membership retain their status, but are not required to pay dues or
4. Non-Society members may attend meetings and speak, but may not hold office, make motions or vote. They do
not pay dues or assessments and are not subject to other obligations. They shall receive a subscription to the Canal Record.
SEC. 4 ELECTION TO MEMBERSHIP
a. Upon receipt of applications with proper fees, the Secretary shall present a list of applicants at each Society meeting.
b. Election to membership shall be by an affirmative vote of a majority of members present and voting.
SEC. 5 DUES OF THE SOCIETY
a. Shall be fifteen dollars ($15.00) annually.
1. Ten dollars ($10.00) of this amount shall be for a year's subscription to the Canal Record (4 quarterly issues) plus
an annual Directory Issue.
b. Dues shall be due and payable to the Secretary/Treasurer on January 1 of each calendar year.
c. Dues are delinquent after January 31.
1. A delinquent fee of two dollars ($2.00) shall be imposed on dues payment not postmarked by January 31.
d. Dues for new members joining after July 1 shall be $7.50.
1. Five dollars ($5.00) of this amount shall be for a 1/2 year subscription to the Canal Record (September and
December issues) plus an annual directory issue.
e. Any member delinquent in payment of dues after notification by the Secretary shall be dropped from the rolls, Canal
Record subscription discontinued and all rights and privileges shall cease.
f. Re-instatement may be effected by payment of the current year's dues plus the deliquency fee stated in Article III
Section 5c. (1).
g. Dues of the Society shall be determined by recommendations of the Executive Board.
1. Recommendations shall be presented to the members at any Society meeting, as an amendment to the by-laws.
2. After notice of both the meeting and amendment have been sent out in the Canal Record, the Society may
approve and adopt the amendment by a 2/3 affirmative vote of the members present and voting.
h. Fiscal year of the Society shall be Jan. 1-Dec. 31.
ARTICLE IV OFFICERS
SEC. 1 ELECTED OFFICERS:
a. Shall be President, 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents, Secretary/Treasurer, and the Record Editor.
SEC. 2 APPOINTED OFFICERS:
a. Shall be Chaplain, Sgt.-at-Arms, Legislative Officer and Historian. They are appointed by the President.
SEC. 3 ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICE:
a. To hold office a candidate shall be an active member for at least one (1) year.
b. No officer, with the exception of the Secretary/Treasurer and Record Editor, shall serve more than two (2) con-
secutive years in the same office.
c. No member shall hold more than one (1) office at the same time.
d. To be eligible for office of President, a member shall have served at least one (1) year on the Executive Board.
SEC. 4 ELECTIVE OFFICERS shall be elected at the annual meeting by a majority vote of the members present and
a. Election shall be by written ballot, unless there is only one candidate per office; then election shall be by voice vote.
b. In advance of the election, the President shall appoint a sufficient number of tellers to handle the ballots efficiently.
c. Oath of office shall be administered by the presiding officer.
d. Oath: I promise to uphold the by-laws of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. to the best of my ability and
shall fulfill the duties of my office as outlined in the by-laws.
e. Removal from office: An officer shall be removed from office upon the recommendation of 51 % of the Executive
Board and a 2/3 affirmative vote of members present and voting, at any Society meeting, for failing to fulfill the duties and
responsibilities of his/her office as outlined in the by-laws.
f. Salaries and Expense Accounts: Secretary/Treasurer and assistantss, Record Editor and assistantss.
1. Shall be determined by the Executive Board.
a.. Shall require a majority vote of the board.
2. Secretary/Treasurer and Record Editor shall not vote on their own salaries.
3. Salaries shall be paid on the 1st day of the month following the month in which services were performed.
4. Increases in salaries shall not be considered more than one (1) time during a Society year (annual meeting to
g. The Society officers and Committee Chairmen shall be re-imbursed for expenses incurred in carrying out the duties
of the office on presentation of proper bills to the Executive Board.
h. Upon completion of a full term of office, the President shall be granted a life membership in the Society.
i. Bonding of officers: The Treasurer shall be bonded in an amount determined by the Executive Board. Cost of bond is
an expense of the Society.
SEC. 5 TERMS OF OFFICE: Officers shall be elected and appointed for a term of one (1) year or until their successor is
elected or appointed; they shall assume their office on the first day of the month following election to office.
SEC. 6 VACANCY IN OFFICE: Should the office of President become vacant during the year, the first Vice-President
succeeds to that office for the unexpired term. Vacancies in all other elected offices shall be filled, for the unexpired term, by
the Executive Board. Vacancies in appointive offices shall be filled by the President.
ARTICLE V NOMINATIONS
SEC. 1 THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE Shall consist of five (5) members as follows: Chairman to be appointed
by the President; two (2) to be elected by and from the Executive Board and two (2) to be elected by and from the general
SEC. 2 STATUS OF MEMBER Shall be an active or life member. The chairman should familiarize himself with the
Society's by-laws before meeting.
No member shall serve on the nominating committee for more than one term without an interval of at least one term
between times of serving.
SEC. 3 THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE Shall present the slate of candidates at the annual meeting, having sent
a written notice of the slate to the membership in the March issue of the Canal Record.
a. Nominations from the floor shall be in order, with the consent of the nominee.
b. Only members who have consented to serve, if elected, shall be nominated or elected to office.
c. Vacancies on the nominating committee shall be filled by the President.
ARTICLE VI DUTIES OF OFFICERS
SEC. 1 PRESIDENT Shall be chief officer of the Society.
a. Shall preside at all meetings of the Society and the Executive Board and perform all the duties of this office.
b. Shall have the overall responsibility for the administration of the affairs of the Society and shall require strict observ-
ance of the by-laws. He shall be kept fully informed of actions taken by all officers and committees.
c. Shall appoint all appointed officers.
d. Shall appoint chairmen of standing and special committees.
e. Shall appoint a nominating committee chairman.
1. Shall fill any vacancy on the nominating committee.
f. Shall countersign all checks with the Treasurer.
g. Shall make the President's report on the Society at the annual meeting.
h. Shall delegate duties to the Vice-Presidents in order to coordinate the work and objects of the Society.
SEC. 2 VICE PRESIDENTS:
a. Shall assist the President and, in their order, shall assume the duties of the President in his/her absence or inability to
b. They shall also perform any other duty delegated to them by the President.
SEC. 3 SECRETARY:
a. Shall record and keep the minutes of all Society and Executive Board meetings and shall furnish the President and
Executive Board members with copies of the minutes they require, ten (10) days prior to their next meeting.
b. Shall be custodian of the Articles of Incorporaton, the Seal, Records and Papers, except those assigned to others,
plus the Treasurer surety bond, furnishing xerox or copy to the President.
c. Shall receive and file all written reports.
d. Shall handle promptly all (official) correspondence of the Society as directed by the President.
e. Shall furnish carbon copies of all official correspondence or communications to the President for his files.
f. Shall order and maintain supplies, stationery, etc. as required.
g. In the event a Canal Record (any issue, quarterly) cannot be mailed out, the Secretary shall mail out notice cards of
Society meetings listed in that issue.
h. Shall read minutes at Society and Board meetings.
i. Shall collect and issue numbered membership cards for dues.
j. Shall, together with the Record Editor, be responsible for compilation of the annual Directory Issue of the Canal
1. Shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President or the Executive Board.
SEC. 4 TREASURER
a. Shall receive and deposit all funds, in the name of the Society, in a financial institution approved by the Executive
b. Shall sign checks for disbursement of Society funds with the counter-signature of the President.
c. Shall keep current financial records as well as past records.
d. Shall report the financial status of the Society at Executive Board and regular meetings; shall furnish each member of
the Executive Board with a copy of the current report.
e. Shall pay all current indebtedness before the date of termination of office.
f. Shall furnish reports and assistance as required for officers and committees to fulfull their assigned duties.
g. Books and records shall be audited prior to delivery to successor Provisions of Sec. 10b, as refers to Treasurer,
h. Shall deliver books and records for audit within 10 days after close of fiscal year.
i. Shall provide new President with a year-end report.
j. Shall issue written receipts for all cash collections, using numbered duplicate money receipts.
SEC. 5 RECORD EDITOR:
a. Shall perform all of the clerical and editorial duties pertaining to the publication of the Canal Record.
1. Under direction of the President.
b. Material, other than of a routine nature, submitted to or by the Editor for inclusion in the Canal Record shall be
brought to the attention of the President prior to printing.
c. The Record Editor and Secretary are jointly responsible for the compilation of the annual Directory Issue of the
d. The Editor shall be responsible for the distribution of the Canal Record.
SEC. 6 HISTORIAN:
a. Shall record in narrative form the history of the activities of the Society and read it upon request.
b. Keep an up-to-date scrapbook of news articles and pictures.
c. Keep record of all officers, appointees and committee members, with dates that each served.
SEC. 7 LEGISLATIVE OFFICER:
a. Shall keep abreast of all legislation affecting members of the Society.
b. Shall report on current legislation at all monthly meetings of the Society.
SEC. 8 CHAPLAIN:
a. Shall be responsible for devotions at the Society meetings or at other times at the request of the President.
SEC. 9 SERGEANT-AT-ARMS:
a. Shall perserve order at all meetings and perform such other duties as may be directed by the President.
SEC. 10 ALL OFFICERS:
a. Shall perform the duties prescribed in the parliamentary authority in addition to those outlined in these by-laws and
those assigned from time to time by the President.
b. When their successors take office shall deliver all official material and equipment to them immediately. Receipt for
property shall be exchanged. If necessary, Treasurer will have additional 30 days to comply.
ARTICLE VII PUBLICATION
SEC. 1 CANAL RECORD:
a. Shall be the Official Publication of the Society.
b. Issues shall be published and distributed quarterly, in the months of March, June, September and December.
c. An annual Directory Issue shall be published and distributed.
d. Deadline for submitting material for publication to the Record Editor shall be seven (7) days prior to the last day of
January, April, July and October.
1. Late material, i.e., officers' slate, audit report, election results or important announcements approved by the
President, shall be accepted by the Editor after the deadline.
e. Deadline for submitting material by the Editor for publishing in the quarterly issues shall be the last day of January,
April, July and October.
f. Distribution shall be made on receipt of an issue from the printer.
g. Prior to the selection of a printer for the Canal Record, at least three (3) bids shall be received.
1. The Executive Board shall consider all bids and make a final selection.
ARTICLE VIII MEETINGS
SEC. 1 REGULAR MEETINGS:
a. Shall be held monthly on the date, hour and location established by the Executive Board.
b. Notice of meetings shall be published in the quarterly issues of the Canal Record.
c. In the event that any issue of the Canal Record cannot be distributed, the Secretary shall mail out meeting notice
cards to cover that issue.
d. The regular meeting just prior to the annual meeting may be cancelled by the Executive Board.
SEC. 2 SPECIAL MEETINGS:
a. May be called by the President.
b. Shall be called on written request of at least 15 members of the Society, notice having been given to the membership
in the Canal Record.
SEC. 3 ANNUAL MEETING:
a. The annual meeting shall be held during the annual reunion of the Society at a place, date and hour determined by
the Executive Board.
b. Shall be for the purpose of electing officers, presenting the President's annual report and any other business that may
ARTICLE IX EXECUTIVE BOARD
SEC. 1 EXECUTIVE BOARD:
a. Shall consist of all officers and the immediate Past President.
b. Shall designate the financial institution in which funds of the Society shall be deposited.
c. Shall have the authority to appoint paid assistants) to the Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor, when
required. Their salaries shall be set in the same manner as those of the Secretary/Treasurer and Record Editor.
d. Shall be empowered to fill vacancies of any elected officer, except the President, until the time of the regular election.
e. Meeting may be regular or special:
1. Regular meetings of the Executive Board shall be held each month on a date, hour and place designated by the
2. Special meetings may be called by the chairman and shall be called upon written request of five (5) members of
the Executive Board.
f. All expenditure of monies shall have the recommendation of the Executive Board before being disbursed by action of
g. Shall determine price charged for ads printed in the Canal Record.
h. Shall report on actions taken, at each Society meeting.
ARTICLE X BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
SEC. 1 BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE:
a. The chairman and two (2) members shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Board.
b. Shall present a budget to the Executive Board at their meeting prior to Jan. 1.
c. Shall audit Treasurer's books and records and present their audit report for approval at the January meeting of the
Executive Board. Audit report shall be approved by the Executive Board and printed in the March issue of the Canal
ARTICLE XI STANDING & SPECIAL COMMITTEES
SEC. 1 STANDING COMMITTEES:
a. There shall be such standing committees as are necessary for the conduct of business and to carry out the objects of
b. The President shall appoint the chairmen of standing committees
c. Committee chairman may appoint members to his/her committee to assist in carrying out his/her responsibilities.
d. Chairmen shall, as requested, make a report at Executive Board meetings on the activities of their committees and
submit a written report to the President, at the annual meeting.
SEC. 2 THE FOLLOWING SHALL BE STANDING COMMITTEES:
a. By-Laws Shall make a study of the by-laws and make recommendations on amendments or revision to the
membership of the Society.
b. Program and Entertainment Shall make up the programs and entertainment to be presented at Society meetings
and functions throughout the year.
c. Luncheon Shall be in charge of all luncheons during the year except the annual luncheon.
d. Hospitality Shall be hostesses at all Society meetings and functions. See that the President is advised of the names
of long absent or new members or visitors, so that the chair may recognize them. Other duties as assigned by the President.
e. Publicity Shall arrange publicity through the news media, including TV and radio, for the general benefit of the
Society. Shall be responsible for keeping an accurate and up-to-date record of the Society's publicity and printed matter
concerning Society activities.
f. Sunshine Shall visit sick and hospitalized members, send out appropriate cards in the name of the Society and
furnish the Record Editor with the names of sick, hospitalized or deceased members.
g. Decorating Shall be in charge of decorating for all meetings and functions. Work closely with the program-
entertainment and luncheon committees.
h. Refreshment- Shall be in charge of refreshments served at meetings and functions other than at luncheons.
i. Advertising Shall secure advertising for Canal Record. See Article IX Section 1g.
SEC. 3 SPECIAL COMMITTEES May be created as needed by the President.
SEC. 4 The President shall be a member ex-oficio of all committees except the nominating committee.
ARTICLE XII QUORUM
SEC. 1 QUORUM FOR MEETINGS OF THE SOCIETY SHALL BE:
a. Executive Board 7 Members
b. Regular Meeting 50 Members
c. Annual Meeting 100 Members
d. Special Meeting 50 Members
ARTICLE XIII DISSOLUTION
SEC. 1 METHOD OF In the event the Society should be dissolved for any reason, after all bills are paid, any
remaining assets shall be distributed as determined by a majority vote of the remaining active members within the scope as
specified in Section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code as amended from time to time.
ARTICLE XIV PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
SEC. 1 ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER, NEWLY REVISED Shall govern the Society in all cases to which they are
applicable when they do not conflict with these by-laws.
ARTICLE XV AMENDMENTS
SEC. 1 METHOD OF AMENDING These by-laws may be amended or revised upon recommendation of the By-
laws Committee and by a two thirds (2/3) vote of members present and voting at any regular or annual meeting of the
Society provided written notice shall have been given.
a. Members) shall present proposed amendments to the Society, through the By-laws Committee.
b. Proposed amendments) shall be submitted in writing.
c. Proposed amendments) shall be published in its entirety in the next quarterly issue of the Canal Record.
d. Amendment(s) shall be adopted not sooner than the second (2nd) regular Society meeting, after publication in the
Canal Record (Skip one (1) meeting.)
1. Order of Business
Call to Order Standing Committee Reports
Opening Exercise Devotions Special Committee Reports
Welcome and Introductions Unfinished Business (if any)
Minutes (approval) New Business
Correspondence Election of Officers (Annual Meeting)
Treasurer's Report (Filed for audit) Installation of Officers (Annual Meeting)
President's Report & Remarks Announcements
Other Officer Reports (if any) Program
Executive Board Report (if any) Adjournment
2. No individual member shall take action in the name of the Society without authorization by the Executive Board.
3. Any member of the Society incurring expenses without the approval of the Executive Board shall be responsible for
4. Members of the Society shall notify the Secretary/Treasurer of any change in name or address, who in turn will
notify the Record Editor.
5. All reservations for Society functions shall be requested and pre-paid not later than the cut-off (deadline) date shown in
the announcement for each event. Refunds for reservations will not be made unless requests for refunds are received no later
than the cancellation date shown in the event announcement.
6. Debate shall be limited to three minutes and each member may speak only twice on the same subject.
7. In the event of a death of a member of the Society, a sympathy card shall be sent.
8. Appropriate cards may be sent to members on other occasions.
9. The Society mailing address shall be P.O. Box 11566, St. Petersburg, FL 33733 This address may be changed by
the Society when necessary. The headquarters address may be changed by the Society when necessary.
10. Tape recorders may be used only by the President and Secretary in all Society meetings.
11. Executive Board members shall notify the President or Secretary if unable to attend board meetings, and if
possible, provide a substitute with a report.
12. All Chairmen shall obtain approval of the Executive Board for any expenditures.
13. President, on completion of a full term of office, shall be presented with a Past President pin.
14. Past Presidents, who have served a full term of office, shall also be presented with a Past President pin.
15. The Society's Official Photographer shall submit a bill(s) for expenses to the Executive Board for re-imbursement.
Shall be issued complimentary tickets to all Society functions at which services are required.
16. Guest speaker (and spouse) shall be furnished lodging and complimentary tickets to all scheduled Society functions
at the reunion.
17. President shall appoint Pages to serve at the annual meeting.
18. The Society shall not permit sale of commercial articles at general or annual meetings without permission of the
19. The President shall have the privilege of appointing a registered parliamentarian, (member or non-member) who
shall advise on procedures when requested by the President or any member of the Society. Funds, when required for this
purpose shall be recommended by the Executive Board and approved by the Society at any meeting.
20. These rules shall be known as Standing Rules. They may be amended, suspended or rescinded at any regular or
annual meeting by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting.
January 26, 1984
Mrs. Anna Collins,
Chairman, Executive Committee,
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
St. Petersburg, Florida
Dear Mrs. Collins,
Your Auditing and Budget Committee has completed its examination of the
books and accounts of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., for the period
January 1 through December 31, 1983. As a result of that audit we are trans-
mitting herewith a statement showing beginning fund balances, receipts and ex-
penditures for the year and fund balances as of December 31, 1983 for both the
Society and Blood Bank.
All receipts for the year were deposited into the Society checking accounts
and all disbursements were made therefrom by check, either directly or by replenish-
ment of petty cash funds maintained by the Secretary-Treasurer, Canal Record
Editor, and the Chairman of the Refreshment Committee. All fund balances were
verified. All postings and footings of the Receipt and Disbursement Ledgers were
verified for the entire year of 1983. Check records were taped and balanced
against the Disbursement Ledger. Bank deposit slips and bank statements were
taped and balanced against the Receipt Ledger. All financial statements submitted
by the Treasurer were audited and verified.
A spot check was made of the Individual Society Membership Record Cards
and the system used by the Secretary-Treasurer for handling delinquency, current
membership, outstanding dues, former members, and members who have passed away,
continues to be a good workable method. It was found that at the end of 1982,
the membership totaled 3,374 paid members, and at the end of 1983, the paid mem-
bership totaled 3,556, or a total increase of 182 new members in 1983. As a
matter of interest our membership has increased by 3,335 members since 1947, of
which 567 have joined since 1981. As of this audit we currently have 319 delin-
quent members and hopefully each of them will renew their membership this year,
bringing our membership to a total of 3,875 plus any first time members that may
join this year.
As anticipated a temporary "bulge" is shown this year in our asset posi-
tion due to the increase in dues and interest. Accordingly, the generous dona-
tion from the Credit Union supplemented this "bulge". Because of our present
solvent position, no increase in dues is anticipated in the near future.
Our recommendations and comments are attached hereto, along with the 1984
Budget, a Projected Comparison Table for 1983 and 1984 assets, the Statement of
Income and Expenses for the period January 1 through December 31, 1983, and an
Analysis and Location of Assets of the Panama Canal Society.
The Audit and Budget Committee would again like to thank Mrs. Jean Mann,
Secretary-Treasurer for her full cooperation during the course of the audit.
Norman E. Demers ) carry C. Egolf
Chairman, Auditing & Budget Member
VJane Huldtquis Dorothy Herrington -,pJ
Member Alternate Member
THE PANAMA QANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA INC.
STATEMENT OF INCOME AND EXPENSES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCES AS OF
JANUARY 1., 1983 through DECEMBER 31, 1983
January 26, 1984
Fund Balances at January 1, 1983 (Checking A/C)
Certificate of Deposit
Total Fund Balances at January 1, 1983
Dues (Includes $16,200 prepaid for 1984)
Annual Reunion 1983
Annual Reunion 1984
Other Soc. Reimb. Activities
Sales (Tags & Decals)
Sales (Canal Record)
Overcollections & Refunds
Total Receipts for the Year $105,011.79
Annual Reunion (Includes $173.50 1984)
Other Soc. Reimb. Activities
Printing Costs of Canal Record and Directory
Taxes, State & Federal, Soc. See., Wkmen's
Postage(Canal Record-$1,302.50, Society-
Office Supplies (CR-$519.26, Soc.-$427.16)
Telephone (CR-$174.01, Soc.-$157.90)
Monthly Meetings (Rental of Hall, Hosp.)
Cost of P.C. Auto Tags & Decals
Overcollections & Refunds
Petty Cash(CR-$255.80, Soc.-$149.04,
Bank Charges 138.00
Total Expenditures for the Year $70,151.43
Balances at December 31, 1983
Checking Account (Unlimited)
Checking Account (Limited)
Certificate of Deposit
Total Fund Balances as of 12/31/83
Betty Bentz enjoyed a white Christmas with her son
Alan and his family in Stonington, Connecticut.
Sam and Norma Irvin had their three sons with them
for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. Tom
is presently the Supervisor of the University Bus System in
Charlottesville, Va. John was home for a month before
he had to return to Texas Maritime Academy in Galves-
ton. Sam Jr. is now in Charleston, S.C. for assignment to a
ship. Sam Sr. is still working as a Pilot in New Orleans
commuting back and forth to Hendersonville.
Elizabeth (Irvin) Quintero's daughter Beth and her
granddaughter Amanda of Silver Springs, Maryland were
with her at Christmas. In the middle of January Elizabeth
drove to Florida on an errand of mercy to be with her aunt
Mae Cross in Miami upon her discharge from the hospital.
She was accompanied by Alice Roche. They stopped off in
Orlando where Alice was the house guest of Paul and Bet-
ty Runnestrand and Elizabeth stayed for a few days with
her daughter Barbara. Plans are for Alice to visit the
Howard Johnsons in St. Petersburg and for Elizabeth to
be with friends in Clearwater before returning home.
Jack and I enjoyed a wonderful visit with Kathryn
and Adele Meissner in Hayes, Va. in November. So nice
to see Denise Meissner Collins, now of Dallas, Texas and
her brother Rusty and his little daughter Megan. We also
had the pleasure of seeing Wilma and Edward Kennerd of
Dothan, Alabama who happened to be in the area on
family business. We left the Meissners for Ahoski, N.C.
where we spent Thanksgiving with our daughter Barbara
and her family. Christmas was especially happy for us as
Barbara and Bruce with our three granddaughters and
grandson were able to drive over thanks to good weather.
Looking forward to the Reunion in April.
ALASKA is definitely a "must see" state! When I
saw Engine #1 at the RR Station, and read its history, I felt
"at home." It was built in 1907 for use in the construction
of the Panama Canal. How it ended there, I didn't find
out, yet what better place for a pioneer? While in An-
chorage, I phoned the three Record members for news and
to say hello. Ernest Krueger Jr. is the son of "Bucky"
and Barbara Krueger (Texas), and that he is very happy
living in Alaska. Michael Kotalik, is the brother of our
President, Anna Collins. Harry Akers Jr. and his mother
have traveled extensively abroad. Each very pleased I
Many greetings were received. Their news was most
welcomed during our record-breaking freezing holiday
season. Gatherings were cancelled due to power outages
and frozen pipes.
From the Isthmus: Harry and Thelma Chan will
retire in two years. Their sons, Bruce and Jim returned
home for the holidays. Betty (Chan) Snow, (Fla.) also
returned for the holidays and to attend the 50th anniver-
sary of the founding of the Canal Zone College. Beverly
(Chan) and Bud Williams are kept busy with work and
enjoying their grandchildren. They have purchased a
townhouse in Atlanta, Ga. with tentative plans of resettl-
Carolyn and Richard Dillon very interesting news
from a housewife's viewpoint of Isthmian life today. (see
Arizona: David and Dora McIlhenny have settled in
Green Valley and built their dream home. Dora's brother,
(England) arrived for a visit, and they all toured in Arizona
and Canada, where they met another brother they hadn't
seen for 38 years. Their reunion was most enjoyable. Dora
and David then flew to NY to visit son Dudley and family,
before returning to Green Valley.
Arkansas: Earl and Maxine Wrenn are enjoying
visits from friends, family and grandchildren. In
September they attended Earl's 46th High School Reunion
in Nebraska. Max commented that Earl had a great time
kissing all the gals and it was interesting to her to meet the
many she had only heard about; so to renew old friendships.
Nebraska: Clarice Hewitt attended two reunions.
One, family where 38 attended at daughter Harriet
Dokken's home. The other High School Class Reunion
held in Florida. Pinky and Clarice thoroughly enjoyed the
drive cross country and once again seeing the "Gatun
Alabama: Charles and Margaret Stanley wrote that
Danny, their son, is improving and taking steps at therapy.
He is also able to drive his van. While shopping, they saw
Lydia Plaisance and Alberta and Curtis George. The
Georges planned to drive to California to spend the holidays
with their daughter, Helen Boswell and family.
Doris and Neilson Etchberger are still unpacking
and finding less and less room for their belongings. Sound
familiar? Doris has been elected to serve as Secretary of the
local NARFE Chapter, while Neilson was asked to judge
the Knots & Lashing events at the Scout Camporee in Or-
mond Beach. There they saw the Morrisons (Esso), and
Both are beginning to feel the chill of winter, yet drove
to Arkansas to spend the holidays with their son Tom and
wife Diana. Irene Chan has retired and moved to
Honolulu, Hawaii. As Doris wrote "At least one Chan
has gone full circle their Father started in Hawaii and
now the first born has returned to Hawaii." Sadness has
hit the Etchberger family with the loss of Neilson's
youngest brother, James, who died October 20. My sym-
pathy is extended to the family.
Illinois: Art Sutton phoned on Christmas Eve, and
said the weather there was -30 F, and the wind chill was
yet another matter. Brrr, that's cold! His wife Helen, had
been ill and slowly recuperating.
Indiana: Dr. Ira and Dorothy (Godfrey) Brandt
visited their daughter Laura and husband in Cambridge,
England. Then drove to Scotland, through Herriot County
to meet the in-laws (Laura's). They spent the holiday
season with their other daughter, Liz, in Sacramento, Ca.
New York: Harry and Gladys Hatch are planning to
enjoy Hawaii for 3 weeks in February. Harry has retired
from his county job, so traveling the country are now in
their plans. Gladys has been ill this past year, tho scenery
changes can do wonders for morale.
Colorado: Ruby Radel's daughter, Rosalie and son,
Steve with their families live nearby, and they gather fre-
quently for visiting. Ruby visited her other daughter
Rachel and family in Oklahoma for a couple of weeks.
New Mexico: Dorothy (Knox) Thornton's son
Dick (Alaska) is working for his license of Electrical Con-
tractor. Dot is now working part time as Health Promotion
Advocate at the Senior Citizen center in Alamogordo. Her
stepmother Gladys Knox, is still going strong putting in 21
hours a week as receptionist at the hospital.
Nevada: Betty Clarke's son, Chris, was married
December 22, and Betty became an instant grandmother to
4 grandchildren. Betty drove to Los Angeles to visit her
family. While there she contacted Norm and Laurie
Lewter who were vacationing from the Isthmus. She then
flew to northern California to spend the holidays with her
daughter Diana Evans and children.
Washington: Betty and Bob Skimming reported that
Mary and Jim Young had returned to the Isthmus for the
holidays. Betty had a back operation and was improving
slowly, though kept busy planning the NW Picnic Reunion
for August 4.
Lucille Davis spent the month of August in the
hospital, and when back on her feet, she flew to Wasilla,
Alaska to visit Dan Jones and family, before they left for
his next job with the Foreign Affairs in Colombia, SA.
Cele's visitors were Reba and Higgie, who then continued
on to San Francisco to visit Myra Walston and daughter.
Cele flew to Jacksonville, Fla. to spend the holidays with
Bonnie Dolan and family.
Peggy and Al Rankin Peggy has not been well and
they are staying close to home, tho welcome visitors.
Ray and Lucille Bush are well, keep busy and enjoy
George and Dorcas Cooper are back in the USA on a
permanent basis I think? They plan to vacation in
Hawaii in February and March. Their two sons, Richard
and Dave with families visited them on their return.
Jack and Lera Walker both enjoying good health and
contentment. Their daughters live nearby to visit and
gather for holidays.
Roland and Isabelle Stemmer toured Germany and
Italy after Stem's retirement in June. They had a grand
time and their German friends will be their guests this sum-
mer. They plan to drive to Alaska together. Stem keeps
busy by doing teacher training for the college and will teach
a class for Central Wash. Univ. during winter quarter.
Glenn and Evelyn Kimberling went to Mazatlan,
Mexico twice. On one of their trips there, they arrived just
before hurricane "El Tico" hit. Evelyn said it was most ex-
Jim and Carolyn Forbis Jim retired from the PC
Police Force, (December '81) and settled in Washington, is
presently working for his electrician's license. Carolyn,
formerly with the CZ schools, is now the District Counselor
for the Orcas Island School District in the San Juan Islands.
Jim's sons, Mark and Michael visited with them
during the summer. Mark is married to Dawn (Wharry)
and both are presently attending the University of Arkan-
Oregon: Lucille and Mark Willoughby visited their
daughter Christine and family in Washington, D.C. On
their return Lucille was hospitalized for two weeks with
heart problems. She is now taking it easier and improving
George and Ada Butler have sold their home in San-
dy and moved to Metoluis, near Lake Billie Chinook, out
of Madras, Or. Ada mentioned it was "Sun Country." I
wonder what they are thinking now after this frigid winter?
Florida: Connie and Joe Young have changed roles.
Connie had a Labor Day bad accident on her bike, which
left her somewhat incapacitated and now wheel chair
bound till completely healed. Joe has taken over the house-
hold duties and doing quite well in his new job. Hopefully
Connie will recover completely before Joe calls it quits.
Lillian Abrams suffered a mini stroke. She enjoys the
many visitors and an occasional outing during her recuper-
Ruth Morris aboard the SS Independence en route to
Honolulu, Hawaii for a vacation and cruise.
John and Margaret Klasovsky enjoyed the visits
from their four children and their families. Afterwards they
drove to Pensacola to visit with friends. They saw the
Clements and Dedeaux and stopped in to see the
Paulsons. All seem to be well and enjoying their retire-
Vera and Alton Jones Vera flew to Dallas the last
of October for the University of Texas A & I Homecoming.
Two of her professors from the 'good old days' were there
one, 100 years old and the other 90 plus, yet none of her
classmates made an appearance. On her return, they had
visitors from Portland, Or., for a few days and all took in
the sights. December 10 was to be a family dinner to
celebrate Chris Jensen's 93rd birthday. It was also the day
that Vera became ill. She is well now and slowly regaining
Now that we have 'thawed out' here in the NW, and
enjoying a 'heat wave' by comparison, I wish each and all
Health and Happiness and a hope for World Peace beginn-
ing in 1984.
Martha B. Wood
Another year has gone by and it is time for me to pre-
pare another Christmas letter. If we stay here much longer
I may actually learn how to type.
On the local scene we had yellow fever going around
last summer. (We told them that our lawns were
"manicured" to prevent disease!) Several Indians died and
were some cases in the city. Only heard of one case in
C.Z. area. Don't know who but was here in Diablo where
we live. Workers came around in June and sprayed the
houses inside and out. Then while we were on leave they
did not cut our grass the whole time we were away. When
we came back ourt back yard was 2 feet deep in grass. They
really did a great job of wiping out mosquito breeding areas!
Worst part was the grass was flea infested. Could not walk
to clothes line without being attacked. We called for three
days before they finally cut it. Speaking of fleas, I can't
remember having any problems with them before. Some-
body out there drop me a line if you recall problems in the
past because I don't and I've had dogs and cats all my life.
These days pets must be watched closely and have regular
treatments. They have come in the house (the fleas that is)
twice and we had to fog the place. Some folks have dogs
that are allergic to fleas and have to be hospitalized from
time to time.
Houses are much in conversations now. For one thing
the houses in the Gavilan area of Balboa and the south cor-
ner of Diablo are being turned over to Panama soon the
date is somewhat unsure. Therefore housing is frozen and
no one may move except the people living in those areas.
They are supposed to move out, only most of them are not
putting in for housing. It seems that there are just not
many good houses available and let's face it, none of us
would want to move out of a roomy "family" house that we
felt at home in, into a tiny "four-family" apartment.
Then there are the T.O.F.'s (Transfer of function).
These people are mostly teachers who did work for Pan
Canal, but with the new treaty were transferred to Depart-
ment of Defense. They are losing their homes come Oct. 1.
They have been told to apply for military quarters but this
is just a diversion as there are not enough houses on base
for the service families as is. In fact a good section of Gam-
boa is now being used by the military to house its people
and there still aren't enough places.
Pan Canal people on the other hand get to keep their
houses but lose all privileges (unless they have a spouse
working for D.O.D. or the military). This means all shop-
ping must be done in Panama where a 4 roll pack of toilet
paper that sells for 91 in the commissary is $2.98, a 51c
light bulb $2.80 and gas that we buy on base for $1.45 is
$2.30 just to name a few. Also no movies, swimming
pools, shoe shops, and on and on, except of course at
Panamanian prices. But what hurts even more is no U.S.
post office to use. Magazines must be cancelled, no pack-
agesfrom family, no orders sent from Sears or Pen-
neys, unless of course one does not mind paying the duty
on such items. I just don't know if we can afford to send
two kids to college and live on the economy of Panama, but
on the other hand can we afford to educate them if we
retire, which we could do as Rich has his minimum time
in. Needless to say I'm trying to get a job with the military,
but then so is everyone else.
Over at Balboa Elks Club the whole back part that was
part of the restaurant is now a casino. It is not the clubs,
they only get a fee, it (as are all casinos in Panama) is run
by the government. Panama wanted to put one in the Elks
for a long time and as things went from bad to worse they
finally let them have their way. Do hope it helps business.
After the bomb killed so many in Beirut things got real
"tight" around here. We even had to show our I.D. to
park at Gorgas Hospital. Has let up a little now but seems
that security will be more rigid in the future. People who
work in the Administration Building must now wear a pass
and you can't just walk in the way we always did; must
have an appointment.
Don't know if you heard but Pan-Am has cancelled all
flights to Panama, and many students and relatives were
booked with them to come down for the holidays. That
makes Eastern the only U.S. airline still flying into here.
Hope they stick with us, know they have had problems.
In the arts, two of our local folk have been noted for
their talents. One Nancy Dupuis de Munevar who is a
member of the Panama Canal Branch of the National
League of American Pen Women (of which I am proud to
be a member) had one of her paintings included in the 1983
UNICEF greeting card collection. It is entitled "Christmas
in Panama." Check it out! Another Dottie Nelson from
Gamboa has recorded in album. Dottie is a Christian
singer and writes all her own music. Recently she was in-
troduced to someone who was impressed enough with her
to put up some $32,000 without which there would be no
recording. I have heard her sing and bought one of her
records and must say she does have a lovely voice.
Sad news, Pat Morgan died Sept. 27. Many of you
will remember her from Morgan's Gardens. She had been
ill a long time and I am sorry to say the gardens were really
getting run down. There is a big fight going on now over
who owns the gardens. No less than three people have
come forward with wills.
State side this past summer was a lot of fun. Bob flew
up to Boston early to stay with Aunt and Uncle. He was
hoping for a summer job but pickings were lean. Two
weeks later John took off to Canada and the World Boy
Scout Jamboree. He was an Assistant Scoutmaster of
Troop 202 from Florida, and the youngest asst. scout-
master with the U.S. contingent. Fifteen days later we were
all together in Boston where we enjoyed a big reunion and
backyard cook out. From there we traveled to Trenton to
see Richard's sister Fran, and then on to Florida and my
20th high school reunion. What a great time I had there.
From there we drove to Alabama to see Grandma Rowley.
She is living by herself back in the old home in Dickinson,
and has 2 children who came in to help with the cooking,
paper work and letter writing. From there we drove back to
Fla. to catch a flight home. Stopped a few days on the way
to take in Epcot Center. Wonderful!! Then to Panama.
Don't know how many more Christmas letters from
here you folks will receive but if this one turns out to be the
last, it would be O.K. with me. Our house in Ala. will be
half paid off this year. I am ready to get settled in!!
Well, here's to all the Christmases past and to the
Canal Zone that once was.
Dry Season is here!! With the dry season came many
retired visitors and family for the holidays and to leave the
"winter" and come South. For some reason or many
reasons, this Christmas had an EXTRA amount of return-
ing company. Anyway, whatever the reason we all were
glad to have them.
One of the highlights of 1983 was the 50th Anniver-
sary Ball of the PC College. It was held at the beautiful
Club Union and was a tremendous party. Everyone en-
joyed the food and of course the one and only "Lucho Az-
A 10-year reunion for members and friends (including
teachers of the Balboa High School and Cristobal High
School Class of 1974 will be held in Panama on May 19.
For information, write to Jennifer Jones, Box 476, APO
The big reunion for the BHS Class of '74 has been set
for June 29 in Tampa. For more information on that, con-
tact Debbie Foster Byrne, 4907 Murray Hill Drive, Tam-
pa, FL 33615 (813-886-0771).
News received that Kenneth L. Morris, Jr. gradu-
ated from the University of New Orleans after the Fall
semester, he received his BS degree in Business. Kenny is
the son of Kenny L. Morris, Sr. and Diane (Vestal) Mor-
ris. Kenny Jr. plans to reside in the New Orleans area and
may be contacted at 6846-B Seagull Lane, N.O., La.
70126. Kenny Jr. is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. James
Morris of Clearwater and Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Vestal of
News also received about a happy and well-known
local golfer, Pete Lang that aced No. 13 at Amador Golf
Course. He used a seven iron on the 158 yd. par 3. Larry
Banchrie witnessed the once-in-a-lifetime event on No-
vember 14, 1983. Several years ago, the word is, that Pete
killed a deer with his putter on No. 4 tee at Horoko Golf
Course. This was the first in local golf, but Pete says nothing
can compare to the Hole-In-One!!!
For those of you that were not lucky to return to drink
the water of the Chagres River, several visitors asked about
what building and areas belong to who and what. I checked
around the best I could and this is what I came up with.
The Old Civil Affairs building, (Old and first Airport)
formerly a museum and still used as a Panama Canal
Commission Library (until April 1984) is the Headquarters
of the Panama National Guard Traffic Department. All the
hangers on the Curundu side of the Allbrook Field are
utilized as workshops and warehouses of G-5 (Panama
Gov't.). The surrounding areas: The Balboa Police Station
is the Guardia National Police, the Balboa Amador is most-
ly Guardia National and Joint Committee, Defense and
Security and Public Health Military and Marine Opera-
tions. Flamenco Island, a division of the Anti-riot units.
Gamboa penal institution, and buildings are planned for a
Panama National Guard Training Academy. The areas go-
ing back to R.P. In 1984 October are the back part of
Gavilan area and Amador Road housing. The left side of
Diablo housing area; good part of Gamboa, and Ancon in
1985. So, if you come back for a visit soon, you will see
many changes. The beautiful weather and great fishing,
and many friends still around, but you will see changes.
Like many jokes, you can joke about yourself, "Zon-
ian" jokes are surfacing such as: "How many Zonians
does it take to change a light bulb?" Answer: "Two."
Why? "One to make the Rum and Cokes and one to call the
Electrician!" "What is white and sleeps two?" "A PCC
Maintenance Division pick-up truck!"
Pan American World Airways pulled out of Panama
after many, many years and also the first to fly into the
area. Sears and Roebuck also closed up and does not exist
here anymore. But we do have Taco-Bell, Kentucky Fried
Chicken, Burger King, Pizza-Hut, Dairy Queen; so win
some loose some .
Antonio and Ann Suescum and Tonito with author Alex Haley
of "Roots. "
Over Christmas Virginia and Jim Wood from Semi-
nole, Florida arrived to visit with me (my parents) and ar-
rived on the S.S. Brinton Lykes, and one of the twelve pas-
sengers was Alex Haley author of "Roots." He made the
trip very enjoyable with his many stories and talking about
his many experiences. When the ship docked we had them
over and exposed Alex Haley to some foods local to Pan-
ama and he enjoyed "Ceviche" the best.
The retiring Chief of the Panama Canal Commission
Industrial Training Branch (Apprentice School) is retiring
January 31, 1984 with 29 years of service. He has mixed
feelings about leaving and wrote a lovely poem about it.
With Bill's permission, I would like to share it with you.
LOCAL BOY BLUES or GRINGO's LAMENT
By Bill Dunning
It's been 43 years since I came to the Big Ditch
And now I guess I've finished my hitch
It's time to leave 1000 amigos
And time to leave 1,000,000 mosquitos
Now the treaty is under way
Things get sadder every day
I guess it's time to pack and leave
Tho my heart will surely grieve.
Remembering the Zone in the early years
Brings sweet memories that often bring tears
Our first 12 family on the ole Gold Coast
Was a "Cockaroach Manor" from post to post
Dog House Bar and Copa Cabana
Estelle Mack was the top banana
Trips on the Cristobal; stops in Haiti
"Trow me quartah Mama" "You too Lady"
Bilgrays Garden and the old Tropic Bar
We rode carrometas instead of a car
Polleras, Montunos, and Panama Hats
Kubski, Cicero and Terry Moore at bat
We caught Tarpon in the Chagres and lobster in Limon
Then the Japs bombed Pearl Harbor and put an end to
The soldiers went away to fight
And we had a blackout every night
In 43 we moved to Peter Mike
My chief transportation was a 2 wheel bike
I said goodbye to the Rex Theatre
Like Sly Mongoose I'd go back "latah"
In Pedro Miguel I learned to play ball
From old Coach Leisy who stood mighty tall
His swim teams competed with old Henry Grieser
Who coached in Gamboa and was another Old Geezer
Panama City was high wide and handsome
To see Jade Rhodora you'd pay a king's ransom
She had an act with a gorilla
That was better than "The Thrillah in Manilla"
Kelleys ritz was jumping and so was Happyland
While at the Atlas and El Rancho we were dancing hand
The day came when I bought my first car
And sealed the bargain at the Good Neighbor Bar
Many a day would find us skipping school
To go "Skinny-Dipping" at Cerro Azul
The nights we spent at Petes Catalina
Dancing & dining with some pretty nina
In 1950 our class pulled the curtain
We said goodbye to Ted Hotz and Zip Zeirten
Then back to Cristobal to start a career
And meet a girl named Betty who was really a dear
In 52 we tied the knot
We were young and happy and partied a lot
Til along came Korea and also the draft
I went in the Army and nearly went daft
After Korea we went up to College
I tried to study the right kind of knowledge
After a few years I had occasion to grin
Because along came Cheryl followed by Lynn
Back to the Zone in 64
Back to the life we remembered before
Went to work for old Phil Green
Taught more apprentices than I'd ever seen
The years from then were really a lark
Played 1000 games at Balboa Softball Park
Every Carnaval we went to Chitre
Where we danced every night and played ball every day
Then I took up that Scottish game
Thot I would win fortune and fame
After several rounds at Horoko
I learned why most golfers are loco
Golf is not all that sad
I learned many new words some good mostly bad
I soon developed a forehand flick
For throwing my 3 iron into the creek
The time at the Apprentice School flew very fast
All is behind me part of my past
The people I worked with I'll always remember
They were like family from May to December
Thru the locks with Cayuco Races
All our kids had sunburnt faces
Dry Season breezes -Tropical Moon .
It's hard to believe I'm leaving so soon.
And now the time has come to go
From the land I've watched my children grow
I'm sure I'll like the U.S.A.
But it will be different from
Las Tablas or Chitre
So goodbye to Taboga & Santa Clara Beach
Goodbye to the Napoli and eating se-vich
Goodbye to Summit, Brazos and Horoko
Or not Goodbye but "Hasta Luego"
I will finish this up and get it in the mail to Editor Pat
Beall, who is doing such a great job. If there is anyone in
The Panama Area that would like to help me out in this
report or if they would like to be the Panama Reporter for
awhile, just let me know. Just give me a call!
Many here are already calling for information for the
Reunion and seems like a nice group will be going up again
from this area. Also the many that are going to retire, plan
to go and dance to "Lucho" for sure!!!
Ann Wood Suescum
We held our Christmas Dinner at the Ramada Inn on
December 10. The following were present: Peg and Don
Hutchison; Geneva and Don Boland; Leona and Paul
Badonsky; Dot and Harry Willenbrock; Grace and B.J.
Hartley; Russell Percy; Frank and Fina Balinski; Olga
Holmes; Sandy and Bob Davis; Lorna Shore; Kay and
Jerry Pierce; Eletheer and James Catron; Billie and Bob
Rowe; Mel and Connie Menges; son Robert Menges;
daughter Evelyn and husband Tom Sellers; Evelyn Con-
don and guest, Howard Hilborne; Trudi and Lee
Clontz; and Dorothy and Jim Everson. Our President,
Bill York, was ill and could not attend. He had been in the
hospital and we're glad he is better. He and Sis felt good
enough to visit daughter Norma and family for Christmas,
then on down to Fla. to visit with Nancy and family.
Although Bill was reelected as President of our group, he
declined and our new President is Olga Holmes. She took
charge of our December meeting, and did a good job. Lor-
na Shore remains as Secretary/Treasurer, and Trudi
Clontz is taking over as Reporter.
We were very sorry to hear of the death of one of our
members who attended our meetings faithfully Ed
Barnes. We will miss him. We also have missed Bud and
Hazel Kilbey, who have moved to Augusta, GA, to be
nearer their two daughters and families (Tina and
Charlotte). Hope they'll visit us and come to our lun-
Russell Percy spent the Christmas holidays in Cordele,
GA with her daughter Gaye and family, and visited her
other daughter Ann and family in Huntsville, Ala.
The Hartleys had a nice visit from Dean Kelly,
Tugboat Capt. at Gamboa. B.J.'s boss, Roy and son
Keith Murphy stopped by on their way to Maryland.
Angela and Frankie Azcarraga also visited them after the
Larry and Sara Keegan spent the Christmas holidays
with their daughter Lauri Jo and family in GA.
Don Boland is remodeling an old home in Columbia;
wife Geneva is head nurse at Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Center in Columbia; one daughter, Jean, lives in Pensa-
cola; Cathy is in 8th grade and is an excellent student.
Don's mom, Marge, keeps busy went to Hawaii on a
trip; visited in Mississippi for Christmas where her other
son Earl lives.
Jim Catron and family stopped by to visit Eletheer
and Otis on their way to Boone to spend Christmas, and
stopped on the way back. Penny and family will join the
Catrons in Florida in Feb., as Penny's husband is going to
a lawyer's convention in Orlando.
Trudi and Lee Clontz visited her brother Max and
wife in Greensboro, NC, in mid-December.
Dot and Harry Willenbrock traveled to St. Pete to
stay with Susan over the holidays. They also visited with
Ruth Powell, Kaye and Bill Butler, and Isabel Gibson.
Betty and Pete Barr had a visit from son Reb who
lives in Inez, Tex. They all went up to Tenn. Sons Tony,
Jimmy and Scan all live in Aiken. Betty is still active with
Income Tax work and selling Mary Kay products.
Nora and Charles Green visited her sister in Texas
for the Christmas holidays. The Frank Morans, Atlantic
siders, stopped by in Aiken to visit them on their way to
Florida. Edward Green, son of Nora and Charles, lives in
Portage, Mich., and he and his family went to Florida for
the July Reunion of the Balboa/Cristobal Hi, and enjoyed
it thoroughly. On their way, they stopped over in Aiken for
a visit with their parents. Nora thoroughly enjoyed being at
the Kerrville Christmas party and seeing so many friends
- says they're a great group.
Blanche and Carl Browne drove to Avon, NY to
spend Christmas with Carl's mother very bad weather,
they had a slight car accident, and then Blanche slipped on
the sidewalk and was shaken up, bruising her shoulder. But
all is well now. She says there's going to be a great get-
together of the Pedro Miguel gang at the Reunion.
Ethel and J.D. Tate drove to Brownsville, TX to join
their daughter Louise and family for the holidays. They
had planned to visit Kerrville, but weather was so bad, they
Evelyn Condon spent Thanksgiving and Christmas
in Tennessee with a friend and family. She is still busy as
Financial Secretary of the First Baptist Church here.
Vera and Andy Kapinos drove to Miss. to be with
their daughter, for Christmas. Andy is recuperating from
The Badonskys spent Christmas in Athens with
daughter Paula and family, and with son Leo and wife.
Billie and Bob Rowe drove to Miami to be with son
Bob and family over the holidays.
We had a lovely surprise visit from Rosemary and
Adrian Anderson from Dothan, Ala. They were on their
way to visit the Capt. Chet Hills in Jekyll Island. We
drove to LA to visit our son Gary and family over Thanks-
giving week. Gary is going back to LA Tech to get his
degree. Spent Christmas with daughter Dianpe and Jerry
Cox in Ladson, SC.
Our next meeting is scheduled for March 22, 1 P.M.
luncheon, at Ramada Inn. This may be changed, so check
with someone if you're coming through here. Always love
See you at the Reunion!
Harvey and Bea Rhyne left for Panama December 9
to spend the holidays with their family: Barbara, Ed, Ed-
die and Cheryl Stanford and Camille and Leo Eastham
(see Announcements). Needless to say how much fun was
had being all together and watching the little ones prepare
for Santa's arrival.
A highlight of the trip was a day on Taboga Island.
They went on Ed Stanford's boat, the CAYMAN II. It was
a beautiful day spent walking through the quaint village -
and remembering other trips. Willie and Skippy Hallo-
well, their son, Cody, daughter, Tinker and her two
children Joe and Gwen, also Forest (Wise) Harris and
Karen Harrington shared the day of fun and sun.
The "comidas tipicas" were as tasty as remembered.
Pan de micha, tamales, shrimp and Payayas were at the
top of the list. The Papayas were ripening on the tree out-
Kerrville CZ Annual Xmas Party, Jim Hoverson; Pappy Grier;
side the kitchen door. Harvey had to race to get ahead of
Changes continue, as is to be expected. In addition to
the uncut grass and trash, more name changes were not-
iced. Balboa Road is now "Estado de Jamaica" and La
Boca Road is "Estado de Barbados." Most street signs have
disappeared, but the Barneby/Carr Street sign across from
Balboa Elementary is still there. The George Green Monu-
ment and Park in the Forest Preserve on Madden Road has
been renamed for Omar Torrijos. Building is booming and
all kinds of construction on-going in the former Canal
The weather was unusual, as it was all over the world.
The humidity was so high the change from rainy to dry
dragging on that even the lottery announcer described it
as "horrendous." Both Madden and Gatun lakes reached
an all-time high December 20, 1983. How well they
remember the last record-breaker in December 1944.
When the lake receded they had an eight-foot crocodile
under their clothesline in Madden Dam.
Bea and Harvey returned to Kerrville early in
January, having missed the record-breaking cold, but they
have not completely escaped as it is 16 at this writing.
Muriel and Les Johnston had their son Lionel and
wife Gladys (Maomi) and children Shannon and Mathew
from Los Angeles visit during the holidays. They also
had their son Gary and his bride, Connie, come from
Arizona. Out-of-town guests were Gary's friend and
former Zonian, Richard and Terri Hollander and their
two children. Richard is National Director for Home Com-
puters for Radio Shack in Ft. Worth, TX. Lionel Johnston
will soon be featured in a role in "After Mash," due to air
Fred and Marion Wells had Marion's sister, Mary
Orr visit throughout the holidays. Marion shared Mary's
time with their brother and family, the Robert Orrs of Lul-
ing, TX. Mary was the guest of honor on several occa-
sions, and was hostess for a farewell luncheon. Mary left
Kerrville early in January and headed for Atlanta, GA for
a visit with nephew Allan Wells, Kathy Jane (Melanson)
and family, before heading for her home in Florida.
Honey Fealey flew to Tacoma, Wash. to spend the
holidays with son Guy, Mary (Orr) and Guy Ethan
Fealey. They were joined by Jimmy Fealey and bride,
Sarita, who flew in from their home in Florida. While
there, Honey visited with former Zonians Mr. & Mrs. Bill
Lohr and Irma (Patchett) Kruzich.
The Lessiacks had their daughter Sue Stabler visit
during the Christmas holidays.
Bill and Sue Graham's holidays started off with the
annual Xmas party for former Zonians on Dec. 3 in Kerr-
ville. A party that was most successful and fun for all
thanks to the hard work of Honey Fealey and her indus-
Visitors started coming to our house with the arrival of
Sue's sister, Rita, and her husband, Perry Washabaugh
on Dec. 8-11 whereupon they then travelled to Jackson-
ville, FL to be with sister Helen Barrett and mother
Susanna Kotalik for Christmas.
Dec. 16: A very happy day, when son, Will, with wife
Judy, and granddaughter Lauren Graham flew in from
Olympia, WA for a stay of two weeks. Dec. 19: Grandson
David Day flew in from Dallas for a ten-day visit. Then
daughter Donna, with her new husband, Rodney Elliott,
arrived Dec. 23 for the Xmas weekend. Can you imagine
the excitement and frustration of all confined to the
house with record low temperatures of close to 9F. No
golf! No playing outdoors! Never in our 11 yrs. here in
Kerrville have we experienced such low temperatures for
such a length of time. Dec. 28: We welcomed our sister-in-
law, Marion Graham, who travelled with our niece, Lucy
(Collins) and nephew, Scott Graham, with their two sons,
Bradley and Paul. Lucy and Scott were on their way east
where Capt. Graham will be in Alabama, while Lucy and
boys visit in Pensacola, Ft. Walton Beach, and later in St.
Pete with their families. Sue felt sorry for those little boys
when they had to be awakened at 6:00 A.M. with a tem-
perature of 50 'F outdoors and abruptly loaded into the van
to continue with their trek east. Scott awakened early to
load the van and brought in two plastic clothes bags which
had frozen stiff where they had been hanging and if that
didn't look funny! But funnier was the bathroom in the
garage where the water in the commode was two inches
thick with ice! (Needless to say, no one used that 'service'
till the big thaw.) Never will Sue complain of the hot sum-
Judy, Lauren and Will Graham with Lucy, Paul and
Lauren Graham discovering a belly button with Grandpa Bill.
We were sad to say goodbyes to our children and fami-
ly. They are such a joy to be with and made our 1983
Christmas unforgettable with such love and mutual under-
standing. We were glad Marion stayed until Jan. 6 and
then flew home to Pinellas Park, FL. The Wednesday be-
fore Marion left, Sue entertained with a luncheon for
twelve former CZ friends and among them was out-of-
town visitor Mary Orr of Sarasota, FL.
Things got back to normal at the Grahams but it is
lonesome although nice. Bill is back at H&R Block for a
busy tax season. We hope your holidays were as exciting
and as happy as ours.
This winter is not so hot, with frozen pipes, flu, and
trying to make fish taste good when there is no corbina.
Christmas did bring a thaw with news from old friends and
discovery of new. All former Zonians. Anna Hudson Bal-
lou, new neighbor, recently returned from Indonesia with
her husband LTC Alfred Ballou. Anna worked for the
PanCanal (Treasury/Payroll) from 1938 to 1955 while liv-
ing with Dr. & Mrs. Frank Raymond in Diablo Heights.
LTC Ballou was with Army Security at Albrook Field
(behind the Balboa Library) when that was the only airport
we had. Imagine a time of no commercial, international
airport in Panama!
Everyone remembers Dr. Raymond, the beloved Dr.
Raymond, for many years the only American doctor in
Panama, who took care of all of us. He died some years
ago, but his wife Mary Raymond, in her 80's, still lives in
Diablo with her son Frank Raymond, Jr. We are sorry
you have been ill, Mary, and we are praying for you.
Good news from Catherine Malone in Orlando. At
88, she is still going, maybe not so strong, but recently re-
turned from a Caribbean cruise with daughter Eileen
Malone Staver. Eileen, a dynamo like her father Pete
Malone, runs a travel agency in Orlando, ALL WAYS
TRAVEL. Catherine and my mother grew up together in
the Canal Zone; so did Eileen and I in the '20s and the '30s
and I love them dearly.
Helen Rhodes, 88 and in good health, moved from
Florida to Colorado to be near Gwyn and Howard
Rhodes and her four grandchildren! Howard graduated
from BHS in 1940, retired from the Army as a Colonel,
and today his son Craig is on the Major's list. Good show,
Dusty. It was Panama that did it. I'll always be fond of
Howard; he took me to my first dance when no one else
Best treat was a visit with Daphne Downing. After a
trip to the North to see daughters Melissa and Dolores,
she and husband Roy Downing are now living in Houston
with son George and Ann Downing. We were neighbors
for ten years in beautiful Playa Coronado, RP, where Roy
tended bar, picked the mangoes, and made the chutney;
while Daphne as Mayor bounced around in the jeep, over
the "policia muertas," maintaining law and order and
bringing us the news. Now Daphne is doing the cooking
while Roy is quite ill. All the best, Roy.
The wedding in Kerrville of Camille Rhyne and Leo
Eastham, Jr. was lovely, with Tina and Roseanna and
their children there. I bawled, surprised the heck out of me,
thinking how happy Nena Hernandez Eastham and Leo
Eastham Sr. would have been to see their new daughter-
in-law and grandchildren. Nena and Leo Sr. died in
Gorgas Hospital in 1974/1975.
Sad news: Bill Keller is in Lehigh Acres in constant
pain with cancer. His wife Maria Thatcher Keller has
Alzheimer's disease. They worked many years for the
Panama Canal Company; Bill at the Locks and Maria as a
nurse for the Schools Division. As Bill could no longer take
care of her, Maria's sister took her back to Panama. One
prayer from each one of us just might help. It's called a
Prayer Blitz and while you're at it, please say one for my
aunt, Ellen Roberts Crabb, who is in very poor condition
It's difficult to "think San Antonio" when Zonians
are such wanderers:
Herb and Gail Dawson Plus 5, all fine. Sharon
made the Dean's List, Brian working in Hampton, Va;
Gail still pushing mola bikinis, label THE TWINS, watch
Titina and Bert Joyce Bert good as new after a
mild stroke a year ago. Would you believe it, for a month
or so he had trouble expressing himself. Sons Albert and
Richard in Loyola University, New Orleans; son Robert
selected "Mr. BHS" at the annual Christmas formal at
BillyJoyce's VisitedJim Kenealy, Bud Kelleher,
Pete Flynn, Gary and Harriet Dunsmoor in California
Bea and Harvey Rhyne Spent Christmas on the
Isthmus with grandchildren.
Mary and Jim Young Spent Christmas on the
Isthmus, awaiting birth of new grandchild.
Bromley Endara Still working for Army Engi-
neers. Son Roger from ASU worked for PanCanal
Engineering Div. this summer; Teddy at Tropic Test
Beverly and Bud Williams The book I wanted
was transferred to the Library of Congress! Due to budget
cuts, the Balboa Library will have reduced hours and soon
become a technical library only, no public service.
Margo and Donald Grimm Plan to retire from the
Locks in August '84, complaining his electric bill in Playa
Coronado is over $20 a month! Daughter Pat and grand-
children visited from Birmingham this summer.
June and Dave Stevenson Hanging on, 'til 1985
at least; it will be tough without US post office. Their sweet
little dog died and is buried at Playa Coronado.
Audrey and Chick Kline Sent a lovely Panama
Christmas card done by friend Nancy Dupuis de Munevar
for UNICEF. Jeff and Jan Kline to visit from NY in
Peg and Bob Lang My villa is waiting for me in
Playa Coronado anytime I want to visit!
Rhoda Fox Watts, Stevensons and Larrabees have
sold but new villas going up in Corondo all over the place.
Viola Dominguez Holland got married again!
Faye and Preston Minton All fine, it's still rain-
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all.
Hello and ole! Hope everyone had a healthy Christ-
mas and New Year! I say this because colds, and cold-cold,
"frio-frio" weather has been making everyone miserable
in our greater Washington area. It's amazing how strong
and hardy people really are .. they just get into their cars
and go-go-go no matter what! As if the sun was shining and
all is calm. Your "chicken" reporter just sits in a corner
with three sweaters on. Ugh!
From the desk of Margaret (Cauthers) Braun -
Dear Stella: I don't know if you need any news but I know
a good group of Zonians who lived in Pedro Miguel are in
the area here. (Wonderful will check up on this.) There
was a Boggs family who lived in Pedro Miguel in a two
family house up by the swimming pool. Were you a mem-
ber of that family? (No sorry to say I'm not. Secretly
though, all these years when asked that very same question
and this seems to always happen, I have said "Yes." I have
adopted that Boggs family hoping they don't mind a
little white lie that does no harm.)
Margaret tells me that she lived in Pedro Miguel all
her life in a house on Miraflores Street the road going
down to the lake from the railroad station, first house on
the street. Her father was with the Municipal Engineering
Division. She graduated from Balboa High in 1942; Canal
Zone Junior College in '45 and on to Duke University in
'47. She worked at G-2, Quarry Heights and also at the
American Embassy. She married an Army officer from Ft.
Clayton, Col. Gustav Braun in 1949 and since 1970 they
have lived in the Mt. Vernon area of Fairfax near Ft.
Belvoir. She teaches college; goes to George Washington
University Law School and Girl Scout Council of our na-
tion's capitol, which means a lot of meetings.
The Brauns took a three-week tour of the Peoples Re-
public of China in August with a professional educational
group, Phi Delta Kappa. They flew to Beiging and traveled
south to Canton, via plane, bus and train. They spent a
week in Hong Kong and flew back by way of Hawaii where
they visited for several days. One of the purposes of the
group was to interview Chinese college professors who wish
to come to the United States for graduate study. The group
visited universities in Beiging and Wuhan where several
professors were interviewed. They enjoyed the trip but sug-
gested that when considering a date for a trip to mainland
China, one should select the spring or fall as the
temperature was in the 100's and air conditioning is almost
non-existent! The trip was especially interesting to Gus
because he had lived in China as a boy in the '30's and he
could appreciate the changes.
They spent the holidays in Aspen, Colorado, for some
skiing with their two daughters (in medical school).
A telephone call to Olive (Aanstoos) Ford during the
holidays, in Hopewell, Va. tells us she is still a very lovely
gal athletic as usual, swimming, tennis and playing
golf. She is also busy at the Hopewell Country Club and
travels. She spent time visiting Ret. Gen. George Jones in
Tucson, Arizona also a trip with friends to Acapulco.
Come to the Annual Business Meeting
Her daughters came home for Christmas: Peggy goes to
the University of North Florida in Jacksonville; Frankie
lives in Tallahassee, Fla. where her husband has an inter-
esting job as Director for the Inland Game and Fishery
Commission; Jean lives in Richmond, Va. and works for
the famous company, "Calling Phillip Morrrrriiiisssss"
. if you remember that program. The Aanstoos family
lived on the Atlantic side near the Washington Hotel. The
Aanstoos girls, Olive and Helen, took time out to help the
Canal Zone USO in entertaining the troops during the
war. Shows took them to Nicaragua, Colombia, Canal
Zone, Ecuador, the Piers and also the Galapagos Islands
where few people have been which meant girls to dance
and entertain the isolated men. They really made you feel
like you were another Marilyn Monroe or a "Bob Hope
celebrity." Wild whistles and applause absolutely
thrilled just to see a girl!
Olive would love to hear from her friends Mrs.
Olive (Aanstoos) Ford, her address is in the annual issue.
Thelma Lewis, who lives in Annandale, says she has
"happy days" all the time since her son, Captain Herbert
Lewis, Jr. and his wife, Doris are living in the Alexandria
Some very good friends of theirs, the Walter Mc-
Brides of Seminole, Florida were up here visiting their son,
Peter McBride and his wife, residing in Alexandria. Dur-
ing their visit, they spent a day with Thelma, and an even-
ing with Herbert and Doris. The two families enjoyed one
another in reminiscing their Canal Zone days, and of
course, their health and up-to-date lifestyle now. In the
Zone they lived next door to each other in New Cristobal,
near the American Consulate and have always kept in
Thelma's other good news about Walter and Marge
McBride was their December itinerary to Okinawa to
visit Lt. David and Laurie (McBride) Hazlip and three
grandchildren. They took a course in photography to
prepare for their long trip and afterwards their "show
and tell" photo work will be enjoyed by their friends. How
can you miss with an itinerary like Hawaii, Okinawa,
Hong Kong and Japan?
Panama's Third of November (Independence Day)
causes quite a celebration in Washington, D.C. at the
Panamanian Embassy! Your reporter, and everyone living
in the area gets invited to this large function. One is greeted
by the Panama Ambassador to the U.S., Sr. Aquilino
Boyd and his wife in the receiving line, together with their
daughter, dressed in the beautiful Pollera. Hearing
Spanish, English, laughter, slaps on the back, cheek kissing
and good food, mainly empanadas, made for an interesting
evening, although I missed not hearing nostalgic music in
Your reporter enjoyed the holidays in Pennsylvania
with all our sons and families. Ice skating in the pond by
the house cold snow sleet happy to report
no broken bones.
Stella Boggs DeMarr
Time for another issue already! I'm really sorry to say
that I have not heard from very many of you in the last few
months! I hope this is just because of the hectic holiday
season! As I said in the last issue, this is your column,
without your news there can't be a column!
First this reporter would like to extend a big congratu-
lations to Evelyn Baraza and Tom Snyder! On January
4, in Panama, they became Mr. and Mrs. Tom Snyder.
They are currently living in Philadelphia, Miss., where
Evelyn is a doctor. Yes, there is now another Dr. Evelyn
Cheryl Olsen called me on New Year's morning (I
won't mention at what time!) from Bremerton, Washing-
ton. She and her children, Crystal and Lance, moved
there in November to be closer to her parents, Dell and
Donnal Bunnel. On her way out there she stopped in Cali-
fornia to visit with her sister Beverly and family. She says
all is fine with them and that maybe Bev might be expect-
ing her fourth child!
Jim Collins and his wife, Kathy Newbury, have just left
the States to return to Germany for another 3 years. Jim is
in the Army where he currently works on the Pershing
Tom Finneman is presently living in Richmond,
Kentucky where he is attending Eastern Kentucky Univer-
sity. He is hoping to receive his B.S. degree in Physical Ed-
ucation this May. He will then go on active duty in the Ar-
my as during college he was commissioned thru the
The last I heard from Clifford and Karen (Jones)
Gabriel they were planning to move, with their daughter
Sarah, to Maryland where Clifford had been offered a job
with the U.S.D.A. Let me hear from you Karen!
Mrs. McNaughton wrote in her Christmas card that
they are expecting Drummond, his wife Barbie and
daughter Holly, to return to the States in April after hav-
ing spent the last 3 years in Spain! Drum is a Lieutenant
and pilot in the U.S. Navy.
Ted and Beth (Wainio) Deaton write that "Santa
Claus" is broke but otherwise doing fine! "Uncle" Fred
Wainio spent the holidays with them and their 3 children
in Panama and while there took a fishing trip of course!
Beth writes that Jody Wainio is now job hunting in
Dothan, Alabama! Good luck Jody!
Sheryl (Ruoff) Alberga sent word that her sister
Gena and husband Dwayne are expecting their first child!
As for news from this reporter, my husband and I are
also expecting our first child so Gena I can sure sympathize
with you! My sister, Vicki, is living in Houston and is cur-
rently a E.M.T. (Emergency Medical Technician) with
Fort Bend County. She is hoping to soon be certified as a
Paramedic! Of course, with the Super Bowl happening
next week here in Tampa we can't help but be caught up in
all the hoopla! My cousins, Dick and Audrey Chambers
are a couple of the Redskin fans making their way to this
city for the big game!
Well, till next issue, I'll say "hope to see you at the
1984 Reunion and please take a few minutes to drop me
Sandy (May) Robinson
Michael J. Poletti, son of Mary A. Poletti, was pro-
moted to the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army on August
Presently stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky for special
courses after returning from Ft. Ord, California in
September. He will be sent to Germany next spring. He is
assigned to the Armored Division.
NEWS RELEASE VETERANS ADMINISTRA-
A.B. Carr, Jr. has been
named as the new Regional
Region for the Veterans Ad-
ministration Department of
Medicine and Surgery. The
Mid-Atlantic Region covers
all of 8 states and the District
of Columbia, extending from
New Jersey to North Caro-
lina and adjacent areas of
New York, Ohio, Kentucky
and South Carolina. Clinical
activities include 28 medical
centers and 7 separate out-
patient clinics, and employes A.B. Carr, Jr.
approximately 30,000 staff
Carr, 52, previously served as Medical Center Direc-
tor of the Westside VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
from 1980 to 1983, and as Assistant Director, VA Medical
Center, Richmond, Virginia from 1978 to 1980.
The new Regional Director first joined the Veterans
Administration after serving 18 years with the Panama
Canal Company, which operated the civil government of
the Panama Canal Zone. His last four years in the Panama
Canal Zone were as Assistant Health Director, where he
was responsible for the administrative functions of the
area's health care facilities maintained for the employees
and dependents of the U.S. Government agencies located
in Panama and elsewhere in Central and South America.
Carr served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1950 to
1953 and earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts
degrees at East Carolina College. In 1969 he was awarded
a second master's degree in Public Administration by In-
Mr. Carr will be located in Durham, North Carolina
with offices at the Durham VA Medical Center. A staff of-
fice is also operated at Veterans Administration Central
Office in Washington, D.C.
Elva and Vera Stevens with their two sons, Jim (standing) and
Elmer and Vera Stevens celebrated their 60th an-
niversary year in 1983 by traveling 13,000 miles in 33
states getting reacquainted with many friends and relatives
along the way. They say they could have doubled the
distance without seeing all they wish they could have.
A few ex-Zonians may remember that Steve was Resi-
dent Engineer on Balboa Bridge (as it was called during
construction) from 1958 to its completion, October 12,
1962. Steve has remained partially active in engineering
since his retirement in 1963 until three years ago. His last
project was in connection with the new football stadium for
the University of West Virginia at Morgantown, for which
he was structural consultant.
Shown on the picture with Vera and Steve are their
two sons, Jim (standing) and John (seated). Both were
born in the Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High
School; Jim in the class of '55 and John in '57. After
graduation from college (USC '60 for Jim and Miami of
Ohio '62 for John) each served in the Armed Services as
aircraft pilots for 20 years, Jim in the Air Force and John in
Jim is currently mechanical engineer for a firm in
Seattle, Washington, while John is principal scientist with a
firm in Washington, D.C. that specializes on defense proj-
Louis Robert Sommer, Jr., announces his engage-
ment to Gaye Coston of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The wed-
ding is planned for February 10, 1984 at the home of
Gaye's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Coston, in
Fayetteville. Bobby's parents are Louis Sommer of
Panama, R. de P., and Mrs. Frances Thomson of
Bob and Iris (Schmidt) Waggoner, of Aiken, S.C.
are very happy to announce the engagement of their son,
Steven Craig, to Cynthia (Cindy) Petnovish, daughter
of Mrs. Betty Sharpensteen of Toledo, Ohio.
Steve graduated from the University of Florida this
past April with a degree in Physical Education and is now
employed by Ironwood Golf and Country Club in Gaines-
ville, Fla., pursuing a career in professional golfing. Cindy
is employed by Holiday Inn in Gainesville.
An August wedding is planned.
John Dorsa, District Grand Master
Elizabeth (Betty Kay) LeDoux
Mr. and Mrs. Warren E. LeDoux announce the
engagement of their daughter Elizabeth (Betty Kay) to
Larry E. Frassrand, both of Dade City, Florida.
Elizabeth is a legal secretary to a Dade City attorney.
Mr. Frassrand is a deputy sheriff of Pasco County.
A June wedding is planned at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Dade City, Florida.
JOHN J. DORSA INSTALLED DISTRICT
On Tuesday, December 27, 1983, Rt. Wor. John
Joseph Dorsa of Los Riso, Republic of Panama, was in-
stalled as District Grand Master of the Right Worship
District Grand Lodge at the Panama Canal. In an impres-
sive ceremony at the Masonic Temple, Boston,
Massachusetts, Rt. Wor. Dorsa assumed the highest posi-
tion in District Grand Lodge at the Panama Canal and the
third highest position in the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge
of Massachusetts. The District Grand Lodge, and the
several Panama Canal Area Lodges which compose it,
work under the jurisdiction of the Most Worship Grand
Lodge of Massachusetts. Rt. Wor. Dorsa succeeds Rt.
Wor. W. Eugene Bondurant.
Rt. Wor. Dorsa was born in New York City and went
to sea at the age of sixteen. Sailing with the United States
Line Rt. Wor. Dorsa rose from an ordinary seaman to
command of his own vessel in just fifteen years. In January
1964 he joined the Panama Canal Company for the
demanding position of Canal Pilot, a position he still holds
The new District Grand Master is a Past Matron of
Darien Lodge, Balboa, and has previously held the posi-
tions of District Grand Lecturer, District Senior Grand
Warden, and Deputy District Grand Master in the District
Grand Lodge. He has been coroneted a 33', Inspector
General Honorary of the Supreme Council 330, Ancient
and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the
Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America, and
is presently the Almoner of the Panama Canal Scottish
Rite Bodies located at Balboa, Republic of Panama. Rt.
Wor. Dorsa is additionally a Knights Templar in the York
Rite, the Junior Past Potentate of Abou Saad Temple,
A.A.O.N.M.S., in Balboa, and a member of Panama
Canal Court No. 18, Royal Order of Jesters.
The new District Grand Master is married to the
former Evelyn Gusler of White Gate, Virginia. Mrs. Dor-
sa was pleased to accompany her husband to Boston for this
most important occasion.
Danna L. Humphrey with her very proud father, Donald L.
Humphrey, after just receiving her graduation ceremonies.
At the same ceremony, Danna L. Humphrey,
daughter of Donald L. Humphrey of Palm Bay and
Dorothy Frost Humphrey, also of Palm Bay, received her
Applied Science Certificate in Cosmetology, at the winter
commencement exercises. A graduate of Palm Bay High
School, Danna recently took the State Board Test at
Winter Haven, FL with other members of her graduating
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert C. Foster (Gil and Mil) celebrated their
Golden Wedding Anniversary on December 14, 1983. Pictured at
Atlanta's premier restaurant, Nikolai's Roof, with daughter, Betsy
Foster Astin and friends, Sara Broad and Olon Cagle.
Scott R. Claflin, son of Sandra (Hughes) Claflin of
Merritt Island, FL and grandson of Myrtle and Bill
Hughes of Sarasota, received an Associate Arts degree in
Business Administration at exercises held December 18,
1983 at Brevard Community College in Cocoa, FL.
Scott, a 1981 graduate of Merritt Island High School,
is now employed by Norsk Hydro Aluminum Co., in
Above are Marianne Hockin (Field CHS '67) on left. and her
partner Sandy Henbshaw, after winning the Michigan USTA
Michelob Lite State Doubles Championship at the 4.0 level. They
spent a busy summer of traveling throughout Michigan on the Battle
Creek Y Center's team, winning their division and going on to the
Championship. Marianne now plays on a 4.5 USTA team and
recently placed 2nd in the Battle Creek Y Center's "A" Mixed
Doubles Club Championship. Marianne's husband, Russ, is a
Sales and Marketing Coordinator with Kellogg's and they live in
Battle Creek with their four boys.
Linda Diane Densmore and George Barkley Hayes.
Linda Diane Densmore and George Barkley Hayes
were married on November 5, 1983, at the Sacred Heart
Chapel in Ancon, Panama. The ceremony was performed
by Father Rutledge. The organ music was provided by
Mrs. Pat Hunt. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Lilly
N. Nowotny of Corozaland and Mr. Maze E. Densmore
of Lake City, Florida. The groom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Sidney Hayes of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Linda was escorted to the altar by her stepfather Willy
N. Nowotny. Tina (Hayes) Bell of Gamboa was matron
of honor. Will McConaughey served as best man. Ushers
were Steve Parthenais, Rick Doubek and Bob McGuin-
Waiting outside the chapel to take the "surprised"
newlyweds to the reception was a decorated, champagne
equipped, Chorrio Chiva.
A lovely reception was held in the Room of the
Americas at the Amador Officers Club immediately after
the ceremony. Mrs. Angie Gramlich of Diablo, gifted the
happy couple with a beautiful three-tiered wedding cake
decorated with doves, ferns, and live orchids.
Special out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Sidney
Hayes, their daughter Mary Hayes, Mr. "Tom Selleck"
McDowell and his lovely wife Elsie.
The couple honeymooned on the island of Cantadora
and are now residing in Diablo. Their address will be PSC
Box 2636, APO Miami, FL 34002.
Camille and Leo Eastham, Chapel of St. Peters Episcopal
Church, Kerrville, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey G. Rhyne Sr. announce the
marriage of their daughter Camille Louise to Leo
William Eastham, Jr. at three o'clock Saturday,
November 26, 1983 in the Chapel of St. Peter's Episcopal
Church, Kerrville, Texas. The Reverend John B. Fields
performed the ceremony.
The bride was given in marriage by her father and
mother. Mrs. Barbara Rhyne Stanford, sister of the
bride, was Matron of Honor. Mr. Jim Dertien served as
Best Man. A reception was held at the Inn Of The Hills,
Kerrville, Texas, immediately following the ceremony.
Out-of-town guests were: Barbara Stanford, Jim
Dertien, Karen Harrington and Luigi Montovani from
Panama, R.P.; Sharon O'Brien, San Diego, California;
Cindy Copeskey Coman, Summerville, South Carolina;
Mary Orr, Sarasota, Florida; Dorothy Eastham, Oster-
ville, Massachussetts; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey G. Rhyne,
Jr. (Sonia Bowker) and children Erick and Taffy, El
Paso, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Rhyne, Kemah, Texas;
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Blais (Roseanne Eastham), Plano,
Texas; Mrs. Carmen Eastham Kelleher and son Mickey,
Dallas, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Guttman, San An-
tonio, Texas; Mrs. Ruth Ann Kelleher Smith and
daughter Alison, Austin, Texas; Melonie O'Brien,
Austin, Texas; Mrs. Dorothy Orr, Houston, Texas; Mr.
and Mrs. John Keenan (Kathy Orr), Houston, Texas;
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baldwin and children Laura and
Paul, Humble, Texas; and Col. and Mrs. Charles Stough
(Jeanne Flynn) Boerne, Texas
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey G.
Ghyne, Sr., Kerrville, Texas. The groom is the son of the
late Mr. and Mrs. Leo W. Eastham (Maria Hernandez).
The couple will return to Balboa, Panama where they are
both employed by the Panama Canal Commission.
Mr. and Mrs. Glen M. Cameron (Danna Lynn Humphrey)
January 7, 1984.
Danna Lynn Humphrey and Glenn Michael
Cameron exchanged wedding vows on Saturday evening,
January 7, 1984 at Peace Lutheran Church in Palm Bay,
FL. Pastor Schmitz officiated at the double ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Donald L. Humphrey of
Palm Bay, and Dorothy Frost Humphrey also of Palm
Bay. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel
B. Cameron of Palm Bay.
The bride was escorted and given in marriage by her
father, Donald L. Humphrey. Dellrie J. Humphrey was
her sister's maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Jennifer
Cameron, sister of the bridegroom; Dana Swawlla and
Debra Castro. Edward Guilbeau served as best man and
groomsmen were, Greg Cameron, the bridegrooms'
brother, Thomas Webb and Robie Jones, all of Palm Bay,
A reception for 150 guests was held immediately after
the ceremony. The bride's cousin, Debbie Mann of
Sarasota was in charge of the bride's book and Cindy
Durant, a close family friend, served the three-tiered wed-
ding cake. Mrs. Cameron danced the first dance with her
husband as "Endless Love" was played. This was followed
by "Daddy's Little Girl," which she danced with her
Out-of-town guests included the bride's uncle and
aunts, Fred Frost, Vivian Frost Queen and son, Billy;
Debbie Frost Schlotterbach, and cousin, James N.
Frost, Jr., all of Tampa, FL. Also the bride's paternal
grandmother, Gladys B. Humphrey; her aunt and god-
mother, Donna Humphrey Mann, and cousins, Debbie,
Douglas, and Deannine Mann; Carole Walker Peregoy
and aunt and uncle, Mabelle (Bliss) and George Walker
and Karen King, of Sarasota; cousin, Mabelle Walker
Fitzgerald of New Smyrna Beach and another aunt and
uncle, Emily and Curtis Bliss of Rockledge, FL.
The bride is a graduate of Palm Bay High School and
graduated from Brevard Community College with an Ap-
plied Science Certificate in Cosmetology. The bridegroom,
also a graduate of Palm Bay High School, is Vice President
of Cameron Development Company and President of
Coastal Sales in Palm Bay.
After a wedding trip to EPCOT and Disney World,
Mr. and Mrs. Cameron are now residing at 255 Mattison
St., Palm Bay, FL 32905.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Balcer of Bentonville,
Arkansas announce the marriage of their daughter, Susan
Pedersen, and Richard Burdette on December 7, 1983.
The Burdettes are at home in Glendale, Arizona.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Warner of Rogers, Arkansas
announce the marriage of their daughter, Pamela Jean,
and Peter A. Leidel on October 8, 1983. The ceremony
was held at the home of Peter's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Donald C. Leidel, in Washington, D.C. Out-of-town
guests at the wedding included the bride's parents, a
brother, Stuart G. R. Warner of San Francisco, and her
sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Gartenlub and
their three daughters of Long Island, N.Y. The young cou-
ple spent their honeymoon on the island of St. Maarten.
They are presently at home in New York, N.Y.
George; Mr. and Mrs. Marty Weaver; Mr. and Mrs.
Cash Paulson and Jill; Anna Wolf; Bill Kessler; Tami
(Kessler) Shafer; Janet and Keith Herrington; Karen
(Mcllvaine) Sarrinen; Julie Smith; Ronnie Bowman;
Bill Breaden; Laura Hansen; Michelle Owen; Adam
Myerson; Donna Malin; Jerry Bredencamp, Drake
and Colette (Foster) Carlisle, Carol Sullivan, Kyle
Kosik; Tod and Lori (Husum) Allen; Frank and Shirley
(Fears) Anderson, Joseph and Darlene (Woodruff)
Hunt, Jr. and daughters Lisa, Jo Ann and Kelley.
Joseph T. Palumbo and Rhea Lynn Nobel were
married in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 2, 1983. Joe
retired from the U.S. Army Strategic Communications
Command in 1979 after over 30 years' service. Both Joe
and Rhea reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Tochterman.
Mary Elizabeth Kelleher and Steven John
Tochterman were married on November 25, 1983 at the
St. Columbia Catholic Church in Dothan, AL. The bride
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David I. Kelleher, Sr. of
Dothan. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George F.
Tochterman of Green Bay, WI.
Margaret Kelleher Marsalona of Ft. Lauderdale,
FL, twin sister of the bride, served as matron of honor.
Bridesmaids were Mrs. Patricia Kelleher Arosemena of
Miami, FL and Susan Kelleher of Dothan, sisters of the
bride, and Susan Cross Tochterman of San Jose, CA and
Jane Garber of Tallahassee, FL.
The groom's brother, Gary W. Tochterman, of San
Jose, CA served as best man. Groomsmen were David I.
Kelleher, Jr. and Walter W. Kelleher, brothers of the
bride, of Dothan and Donald Saarinen of Tallahassee, FL
and James Snider of Houston, TX.
Flower girl was Nicole Sherer of Dothan. Ringbearer
was Brian Weaver of Tallahasse, FL. Following the cere-
mony, a reception was held at the church hall. After a wed-
ding trip to Panama City, FL and Lake Tahoe, NV, the
couple are residing in Tallahassee.
Some of the out-of-town guests included Mrs. Mabel
Watts, Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Ledgerwood, Mr. Tom
McKeown, Angel and Kristopher Arosemena; Steve
Marsalona; Mr. Maurice Kelleher; Mr. and Mrs. James
Tochterman and Jodi, Lori and Kristi; Johanna
Tochterman; Sophie Vaessen; Mr. and Mrs. James
"Smiley" Morris and son, John; Mr. and Mrs. Bill
Carlin and daughters Melanie, Sandra and Barbara; Mr.
and Mrs. Bryan Maher; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Mohl; Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Mohl; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Husum and son
Claudia Marie (Hanbury) Edwards.
Claudia Marie Hanbury was married to Bruce
Lynn Edwards on October 21, 1983 in Abilene, Texas.
The bride was given in marriage by her father, Dr. E.M.
Hanbury, Jr. of Belfast, Maine. Her matron of honor was
her mother, Mrs. Louise Hanbury, who was formerly a
nurse in Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone.
The bride is a 1970 graduate of Balboa High School
and of Louisiana State University. She is the executive
secretary to Texas Schramm, the president and general
manager of the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. The groom
is an independent oil man from Abilene, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwards maintain residence in Dallas
Theresa M. Hall and Frank H. Collingsworth were
married June 11, 1983 at Eastmont Baptist Church in
The bride was given by her father. Mrs. Valerie
Walker of Mobile, Ala., formerly of Cardenas, Canal
Zone served as matron of honor.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar R.
(Dick) Hall of Wetempka, Ala., formerly of Los Rios,
Canal Zone. The groom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Alvin
Collingsworth of Montgomery, Ala.
A reception was held in the fellowship hall of the
church following the ceremony. Attending were many
relatives and friends, including ex-Canal Zone friends;
Kitty and Tony Battistella, and Montgomery and
Charollet Guetter of Mobile.
The couple now make their home in Blacksburg,
Virginia. Theresa is employed by Hilton Inn and Frank at-
tends graduate school, studying for his master's degree at
Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Donna Marie Day (Graham) and Rodney Elliott with son,
David Day, looking on.
Donna Marie Day (Graham) and Rodney Eugene
Elliott were united in Marriage on November 3, 1983.
The ceremony was held at Ridgeview Presbyterian
Church, Dallas. David Day, son of the bride, was ring
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William
Graham of Kerrville, Tx. The groom is the son of Mrs.
Marie Elliott of Willis Point, TX.
Following the ceremony a dinner reception was held at
Gabriel's of Summit Hotel, Dallas. The couple honey-
mooned in San Antonio. They reside at 3940 Cortez, b
Dallas, TX 75220
-orado on June 5, 1983.
Richard L. Bock and Susan L. Baker were married
June 5, 1983, at Vail Interfaith Chapel in Vail, Colorado.
Susan is the daughter of Marjorie J. Baker of Denver,
Colorado and John M. Baker of Shawnee Mission, Kan-
sas Richard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Bock
of Alamosa, Colorado. A reception followed at Lord Gore
in Vail, Colorado which was attended by both families and
j friends. Richard is employed with Century 21 and Susan is
II employed by United Airlines. The couple will reside in
Frank H. Collingsworth and Theresa M. Hall. Vail, Colorado.
Britta L. Jorstad and Joseph Piotrowski.
Britta L. Jorstad, daughter of Nancy (Kariger) and
Darrell J. Edie of Bremerton, Washington, were married
on December 3, 1983 at Kiana Lodge in Washington state,
to Joseph Piotrowski. The bridegroom is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Chester Piotrowski of Schwenksville, Penn.
The bride is a 1982 graduate of Washington State
University in Hotel Administration and up until her mar-
riage was employed as head front desk manager at the
Holiday Inn in Richland, Wa.
The bridegroom is a 1978 graduate of the University
of South Carolina and is currently employed as a Personnel
Administrator for Bechtel Power Corporation in San Fran-
cisco where the couple is living.
Tracy Lee Schmidt and Harold Raymond Boyce,
Jr. were married on Oct. 8, 1983, at Maclay Gardens in
Tracy is the daughter of John E. Schmidt, Jr. and
Patricia Lee Andrews both of Tallahassee. Tracy attend-
ed schools in the Canal Zone and graduated from Lincoln
High in Tallahassee and is presently employed by
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold
Boyce of Tallahassee. He is employed by the Joint
Legislative Management Committee of the State of FL.
A reception was held at the home of Mrs. Clifford G.
Blitch and was attended by the family and the many
friends of the bride and groom. Out-of-town family includ-
ed Kathleen (Schmidt) Day, sister from Colorado
Mary A. Poletti, is proud to announce the birth of
her granddaughter, Maura Kathleen, September 22,
1983, to her daughter, Patricia and son-in-law, Tom
David of Columbus, Ohio. Their son, Brian Louis was
four years old November 30, 1983.
Captain and Mrs. Daniel M.R. Haff of Fiddler's
Green, Argyle, New York, announce the birth of their
sixth grandchild, Garth Hammond Booye, 8 lbs. 8 oz. on
October 3, 1983. Parents are Bernard and Denise (Haff)
Booye of Seattle, Washington. Garth has a six-year-old
sister, Brooke and a 4 /2 year-old-brother, Graham.
Warren and Josephine Marquard of Sunnyvale,
Pennsylvania, are happy to announce the arrival of their
grandson, Christopher Dey Marquard, born December
12, 1983, to Warren (Babe) and Leonor Marquard of
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Rose-
mond of El Paso, Texas.
Robert and Barbara Baldwin are happy to announce
the birth of their second child, Paul Allan, who was born
on September 26, 1983 in Humble, Texas. His sister,
Laura Elisa was born on October 29, 1980, also in Hum-
Grandparents are Frank A. Baldwin of Miami,
Florida and Don and Paula Stolts of Spokane,
Rollie and Maria Mans of Jacksonville, Florida an-
nounce the birth of their first daughter, Andrea Maria,
born October 19, 1983 at Baptist Memorial Hospital,
Jacksonville, Fla. Andrea joins a brother, Christian Paul,
2 Y2 years old.
Grandparents are Rose Mans of Jacksonville, Fla.
and the late Rudy Mans who passed away last year and
would have been very proud of Andrea.
Rene (Navaille) and Darrell Crawford announce the
birth of their first child Jeremy Todd Crawford born
September 20, 1983 in New Orleans, La.
Maternal grandparents are Elaine (Navaille) and
Dick Sena of Chalmette, La. Paternal grandparents are
Ursula and William Crawford of Harvey, La.
Bob and Vickie (Wicks) Wansley of Pensacola, FL
are receiving congratulations on the birth of twin
daughters, Susan Carol, weighing 5 lbs. 13 oz. and Jen-
nifer Ann, weighing 5 lbs., 8 oz., on Friday, December
16, 1983. The girls join a very happy big brother, Willie, 3
Proudly sharing honors are the maternal grand-
parent, Irma (Fayard) Wicks and the late Clifford C.
Wicks, of Pensacola and the paternal grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. L.J. Arreau of Jackson, Miss.
William and Sylvia (Dockery) Mathews with William Jr. and
Jean and Harry Dockery wish to announce the birth
of their twenty-fifth grandchild, William Patrick
Mathews, Jr. The baby is the son of William and Sylvia
William, Jr. is the second child born to Bill and
Sylvia. Their first child, a daughter, Christine Frances,
was born to them on April 23, 1982.
Bill is a native of New Mexico. He works as a driver
salesman for a beer distributor. The Mathews reside in
Albuquerque, near Sylvia's brother, John, his wife and
two children and their older sister, Kathy.
New PCSOFL Meeting Place
Members are reminded that
all future meetings held by
the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, starting at our May
meeting of May 4, 1984, will
be held at the St. Petersburg
International Folk Fair
Society's building (SPIFFS),
2201 1st Avenue North, St.
Petersburg, Fla. See Presi-
dent's Message for direc-
I"&44W Deep 4herron
Herman Braun, 69, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
December 7, 1983. He was a long-time resident of the
Canal Zone and was a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline M. and two
daughters, Marilyn (Lynn) J. King of Houston, Texas,
and Paula M. Wilson of Huron, Texas; and four grand-
children, Michael, Bryan, Shannan and Michelle.
Samuel L. Catlett, 56, of Sevierville, Tennessee,
passed away February 25, 1983 at Fort Sanders Hospital.
He had retired from the Panama Canal Company in July,
1981 and moved to Kodak, Tennessee where he made his
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Giavelli) Catlett
of Kodak, Tenn.
Mary L. Clements, 86, of Tampa, Florida, died
December 21, 1983. She retired from the Panama Canal
Company in August, 1953 after 32 years service and has
lived in Tampa for the past 30 years. She was a protestant
She is survived by a stepson, Leo B. of Smithtown,
Long Island; a daughter, Virginia Cooper; a brother,
Frederick Evans of Naples, Fla.; a sister, Betty Cubillas of
Coral Gables, Fla.; three grandsons and eight great-
Marion H. Connor, 62, of Belleair, Florida, died
November 19, 1983. She attended Canal Zone schools and
graduated from Balboa High School in 1939. She came to
the St. Petersburg area in 1980 from Hilton Head Island,
Survivors include her husband, John R.; three sons,
Robert B. of Pheonix, Ariz., John G. of New York City,
and James A. of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two daughters, Cyn-
thia Hood of Houston, Texas, and Marguerite Connor of
Mexico; a brother, Milton Horter of Austin, Texas; three
sisters, Marguerite Sheridan of San Clemente, Calif.;
Ruth Spooner of Sarasota, Fla., and Joan Lundy of La-
Jolla, Calif., and two grandchildren.
Michael A. Dolhoun, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died
suddenly in April, 1983. He was a former Canal Zone
Policeman in the 1940's and 1950's.
He is survived by his wife, Esther, and three children,
Beverly, Michael and Patricia and several grandchildren.
Thomas E. Doran, 80, of Pasadena, California, died
October 15, 1983. A well-known former resident of the
Canal Zone, he was a very interested member of the
Panama Canal Society of Southern California. He was a
member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1174,
the Pasadena Board of Realtors, and the Irish Pioneers.
He is survived by his wife, Vivienne H.; a brother,
James R. Doran of Panama; sisters, Irene D. Robertson of
Santa Maria, Calif., Mary Price and Margaret Quinn of
New York. Funeral services were conducted by his
nephew, Father Bruce Quinn of New York.
Virginia 0. Fishbough, 69, of Tampa, Florida, pass-
ed away November 24, 1983 in a Tampa hospital. She is
survived by her husband, Leon S. Fishbough of Tampa,
Jessie R. Forsstrom, 91, of North Kingstown, Rhode
Island, died December 12, 1983. She was the widow of
Capt. Albin B. Forsstrom. She had lived in the Canal Zone
for 37 years and then in Cranston, R.I. for 27 years.
Mrs. Forsstrom was a member of St. David-on-the-
Hill Episcopal Church and the Country Garden Club of
Oak Lawn. She served for 19 years as secretary of the
Pheta Chi Mother's Club of Rhode Island State College,
now the University of Rhode Island. She was a past presi-
dent of the Canal Zone Federation of Churches for Chris-
tian Services and an honorary member and past president
of the Cristobal Women's Club in the Canal Zone. She was
also a life member and past matron of Royal Pond Chapter
No. 2, Order of the Eastern Star in Cristobal, and a
member of the Past Matrons Society of Florida and the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
During World War II she received the highest service
award given by the Red Cross in the Canal Zone.
She leaves a son, William W. of North Kingstown; a
sister, Edna L. Grocock of East Providence, RI; four
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Smiley A. Graham, 80, of Elberta, Alabama, died
December 17, 1983. He is survived by his wife, Minnie
Sue Graham of Elberta; two sisters, Anna Hull of Spartan-
burg, S.C. and Nora Alhrich of Florida.
B.B. Gray, 76, died in his home in Decatur, Georgia,
January 16, 1984. He was born in Fayette, Ala. and went
to the Canal Zone in 1941, first working for the M.E. Divi-
sion and later for the Atlantic Locks. He retired in 1969.
Survivors include his wife. Mildred; daughter, Judith
Alba of San Francisco, and son James R. of Atlanta, Ga.
William T. Halvosa, Jr., 67, of Raleigh, North
Carolina, died October 24, 1983. Born in the Canal Zone,
he was the son of William T. and Rose Halvosa, Sr. He
was a 1933 graduate of Spaulding High School in Barre
and the Canal Zone Junior College in 1935. He later at-
tended Tulane University before returning to the Canal
Zone. From 1944 to 1946, he served with the U.S. Navy in
the Canal Zone.
Mr. Halvosa retired from the Canal Zone Postal Ser-
vice in 1976 as postmaster and has lived in Raleigh since
He leaves a widow, Annie Laurie; two sons, William
T. III of Miami, Fla., and Thomas L. of Chapel Hill,
N.C.; a daughter, Mrs. Jeannie Sperry, Hawaii and four
Charles W. "Wally" Hammond, 70, of Laguna
Hills, California, died July 27, 1983 of an apparent heart
attack while visiting relatives in Michigan. He was a
painter and carpenter supervisor for the Dredging Division
from 1942 until his retirement in 1969. He was a member
of Isthmian Lodge, AF & AM and served as Past Master,
as well as being a member of Abou Saad Temple Shrine.
He was also a past President of Gamboa Golf Club and was
a pilot owning his own aircraft.
He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Gravelle
Acker; a son, Col. Jack Hammond of Twenty-Nine Palms,
Calif., and two daughters, Sharon Valentine, of Phoenix,
Calif. and Delores (Dee Dee Kay) of Apache Junction,
Robert W. Hanson, 97, of Torrence, California, died
January 8, 1984. He was employed by the Isthmian Canal
Commission in 1907, working intermittently during the
construction period and the Panama Canal Company until
1919. He was a Roosevelt Medal holder, #6124 and Bar
He returned to the Locks Division at Gatun in 1934,
leaving there as General Foreman of carpenters. He mar-
ried Doris (Cassell) in 1917 in the old Balboa Union
Bob held life memberships in Ancon Lodge, AF 7
AM, the Scottish Rite Consistory and Abou Saad Temple,
and was also a charter member of NARFE Chapter 465,
Redondo Beach, Calif.
He is survived by his wife, Doris; a daughter, Alice R.
Hoyt; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Herbert L. Homer, Sr. of Cheektowaga, New York,
died September 27, 1983 in V.A.M.C., Buffalo, New
He joined the Canal Zone Police force in July 1939.
As a Police Sergeant, he was a past president of the Canal
Zone Police Association and formerly Station Commander
at Cocoli and Gamboa Substations. He resigned from the
Police in December 1953 and was employed by the Ford
Motor Company for twenty five years.
He is survived by his widow, Mary (Joyner) and his
five children and nine grandchildren. Military and
Masonic funerals were conducted in the Veteran Ad-
James B. Hunt, 63, of Miami, Florida died January
2, 1984. He was born in Ancon, Canal Zone and a
graduate of Canal Zone Junior College. In 1953 he
graduated from the University of Miami and was a veteran
of the U.S. Navy during World War II.
As a Florida resident since 1979, he was employed by
the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Authority.
He is survived by his fiance, Dorothy Tenhoven of
Miami; three brothers, Joseph M. of Dothan, Alabama,
Thomas F. of Miami, and John A. of Diablo, Panama,
and several nieces and nephews.
Edward F. Jamke, 72, of Tenafly, New Jersey, died
October 8, 1983.
Survivors are his wife, Agnes (Tonneson); three
daughters, Sharon Wood of Bergenfield, Patricia Brup-
bacher of Paramus, and Donna Rossotti of West Caldwell;
two sisters, Gertrude Schroeder and Josephine Jamke; a
brother, Peter, and six grandchildren.
Susanna G. Kotalik, 91, a young nurse who travelled
by herself to the Isthmus of Panama on the SS Advance very
late in the year 1914 to marry the Roosevelt Medal holder,
John J. Kotalik, January 9, 1915, Colon, died Sunday
(Jan. 22, 1984) in Jacksonville, FL.
Survivors include four daughters, Helen M. Barrett,
Jacksonville, FL; Rita F. Washabaugh, Sheffield, PA; An-
na T. Collins, St. Petersburg, FL; and Susanne K.
Graham, Kerrville, TX; a son, Michael J. Kotalik, An-
chorage, Alaska; a sister, Helen M. Kendra, Freeland, PA;
27 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.
Rufus M. Lovelady, of Tucson, Arizona, passed
away September 7, 1983. He was a longtime resident of the
Canal Zone and was instrumental in bringing unionization
to the Canal Zone, and held many local and national offices
in the union.
He is survived by his wife, Ida, of Tucson, Arizona.
John R. McLavy, 91, of Hagerstown, Maryland,
died November 2, 1983. He came to the Canal Zone in
1916 and was employed by the Health Bureau, later accep-
ting a commission in the Sanitary Corps of the U.S. Army
in World War I. He returned to the Canal Zone after the
war and was employed at the Filtration Plant at Miraflores,
and left for the U.S. shortly thereafter. He returned to the
Canal Zone in 1935 and was again employed by the Health
Bureau as a chemist, serving a total of almost 29 years with
He is survived by his sister, Esther McLavy Grooms
of Maryville, Mo.; a brother, Charles S. McLavy of Cof-
feeville, Ms.; his grandchildren, Dusty Clark Graham of
Hagerstown, David Clark of Zurich, Switzerland, Ann
Clark of Washington, D.C. and John Clark of
Hagerstown; and two great-grandchildren.
Edward C. Overstreet, Jr. 52, of Tallahassee,
Florida, died January 2, 1984. He was a native ofJackson-
ville, Fla. and lived in Tallahassee since 1980. He was a
retired Canal Zone Policeman, a member of the B.P.O.
Elks and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Tallahassee, Five
sons, Edward III of Charleston, S.C., John of Las Cruces,
New Mexico, Paul, of Kingsport, N.Y. Thomas and
David, both of Tallahassee; two daughters, Terri Good-
man of New Jersey and Katherine Overstreet of Gaines-
Helen T. Peddrick, 60, of Bethesda, Maryland died
of cancer on November 8, 1983. She had spent 30 years in
government service with the Army Map Service and the
Inter-American Geodetic Survey, including duty in the
Canal Zone where she retired in 1973 as chief of IAGS's
technical service branch. She was nominated in 1970 for
the Federal Woman's Award.
Mrs. Peddrick was elected as National Secretary of
NARFE in October 1982 and had been directing a major
recruiting effort until her death. She was a member of the
Performing Arts Eastern Shore Association and of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by five sons; Joseph of Atlanta, Ga.;
William of Miami, Fla.; and John, Michael and David of
Foley, Ala. She was buried in Foley, Ala.
William L. Russon, 85, of Hendersonville, N.C.
passed away suddenly at his home on January 21, 1984. A
native of Cleveland, Ohio, he was the husband of the late
Thyrza Vacher and lived in Hendersonville for the last
seven years. He served in the Merchant Marine during
WWI and following the war, worked for the Engineering &
Construction Bureau, Dredging Division. He retired on 1
July, 1957 as Chief Engineer of the dredge, Cascadas, after
32 years of service. He was a member of Isthmian Lodge,
AF & AM, Scottish Rite, the Panama Canal Society of
Florida and was a Christian Scientist.
He is survived by his son, William L. Jr. of Seattle,
Washington; a step-daughter, Gene S. Clary of Hender-
sonville, N.C.; a brother, George Russon of Inglewood,
Calif. and several nephews and nieces.
Everett B. Sackett, of Lee, New Hampshire, died
October 17, 1983. He was a reporter for the St. Paul
Pioneer Press, research director for the Panama Canal
Zone Schools, instructor at Harvard Graduate School of
Education and held other education posts before accepting
a position at the University of New Hampshire in 1938.
He is survived by his wife, Martha E. (Rowley)
Sackett of Lee, N.H.
Thelma Nichols Scott, 63, of Colon, Panama, died
January 5, 1984 at St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, N.Y. She
retired in 1980 from Canal Zone Area schools where she
taught physical education for many years. She lived on the
Isthmus since 1943 and was an early member of the Inter-
American Women's Club; a member of the Cristobal
Women's Club and was also active in the Cristobal-Colon
She is survived by her husband, Frank W. Scott of
Colon; a daughter, Dale S. Brokaw, and granddaughter,
Amanda of Garden City, N.Y.; a son, Frank N. of
Margarita, Panama and two granddaughters, Jennifer and
Suzanne of Margarita; a daughter, Tracy E. Herring and
three grandsons of Cardenas, Panama.
Viola Bissell Shea, of Burbank, California, passed
away July 19, 1983. She went to the Canal Zone with her
parents in the early Canal Zone days when her father was
employed with the Panama Railroad, making their home
in the old French quarters along Ancon Boulevard. She
was employed in the Collector's Office, Balboa Heights,
Later marrying Dr. Shea of Rochester, NY and lived in
New York for many years. After his death, she moved to
Hollywood, Calif. to be near her parents.
Geneva Bliss Shrapnel, 89, of Seal Beach, Califor-
nia, passed away September 14, 1983. She was a long-time
resident of the Canal Zone and Panama, and was Co-
Chaplain for the Panama Canal Society of Southern
California, where many will remember her for her inspir-
ing recitations and prayers.
She is survived by a son, Dr. Bliss Shrapnel of
Hawaii; a daughter, Judi Shrapnel Scott, of Connecticut;
six grandchildren; nieces, Zonella B. Field of San Fernan-
do, Calif., Gladys B. Humphrey and Mayno B. Walker of
Sarasota, Fla., and nephews, Gerald B. (Budd) Bliss of
Campbell, Calif., and Curtis H. Bliss of Rockledge, Fla.
Another niece, Dot (Hoffman) Allen and husband, Bill,
also lived close to "Aunt Neva" for the past seven years in
Raymond 0. Shuey, 81, died on January 19, 1984 in
Neosho, Missouri. He first went to the Canal Zone in 1920
and worked in the Accounting Department as Budget Ac-
countant. He married Evelyn Marstrand in Balboa, Canal
Zone in 1922. As a Reserve Officer, he was called to active
duty in World War II and served as a Captain in the
Finance Office at Wilmington, CA, port of Embarkation.
Following the war, he returned to the Canal Zone until his
retirement in 1951. He joined the Masonic Order in the
Zone, and later transferred his membership to a lodge in
Neosho, MO. Surviving Mr. Shuey are his wife, Evelyn, a
daughter, Edith Lovell of Mountain Home, AR, a son,
Roy of Orange Springs, FL, two brothers, Lloyd and
Ralph, both of Neosho, two grandchildren, and one great-
Margaret Dorothy Stepp, 66, of Charlestown, In-
diana, passed away on January 18, 1984 in Louisville,
Kentucky. She was a member of the Church of the
Ephiphany, Henryville, Ind. where her memorial services
She is survived by her husband, Charles; a daughter,
Judy (Stepp) Parietti of Asheboro, N.C.; a grandson, Scott
Charles Parietti, and granddaughter, Sara Jane Parietti,
both of Asheboro; a sister, Ruth (Wood) Lyon of
Charlestown, Ind.; three brothers, William Wood of Bran-
don, Miss., Bobby Wood of Lafayette, La., and Richard
Wood of Panama City, Panama.
Paul S. Stewart, 74, of Memphis, Tennessee, died
November 3, 1983. He was employed by the Canal Zone
Police Division as a police officer and retired after 30 years
of federal service After his retirement, he worked as a
security guard with First Tennessee Bank for ten years. He
was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a
member of Ridgely Masonic Lodge for more than 50
He is survived by his wife, Elva Kemp Stewart and a
daughter, Mayme Stewart Lightfoot of Somerville, Tenn.
Harry Ryan White, 92, of Summerdale, Alabama,
died January 19, 1984. Born in Tuscumbia, Ala. he was
employed by the Panama Railroad in 1908 at the age of 17.
He was one of the seven surviving Roosevelt Medal
Returning to the United States, he worked as switch-
man and conductor on five different railroads. He was a
Mason, a Member of the Order of Railroad Conductors,
the Panama Canal Scottish Rite, Abou Saad Temple and
the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include a son, Harry; three grandchildren,
and one great-granddaughter, all of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Ida B. Willoughby, 84, of Huntsville, Alabama, died
December 9, 1983. Born in North Bend, Nebrska, she
moved to the Canal Zone in 1939 and returned to the
United States in 1967 upon the retirement of her husband,
Fred. She was active in Coral Chapter, O.E.S. and Star
She is survived by her husband, Fred; a daughter, Ar-
dis Davis of Inkster, Michigan; two sons, Bill of Huntsville,
Ala. and Jack, a teacher at Balboa High School; five grand-
children and five great-grandchildren.
Chester C. Wirtz, 70, of Horseshoe, North Carolina,
died September 8, 1983 from a heart attack.
He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth "Sis" Stahler of
Palm Bay, Florida.
Christine Zeck, died November 29, 1983. She was
the wife of Carl Zeeck, formerly of Pedro Miguel and who
worked on the Pedro Miguel Locks. No further particulars
are available at this time.
Letters to the Editor
THE GETTYSBURG REDRESS
One score and six years ago our forefathers brought
forth upon this nation a new tax, conceived in desperation
and dedicated to the proposition that all men are fair game.
We are now engaged in a great mass of calculations,
testing whether this taxpayer, or any taxpayer, so confused
and impoverished can long endure. We are met on Form
1040. We have come to dedicate a large portion of our in-
come to a final resting place with those men who here
spend their lives that they may spend our money.
It is altogether fitting and torture that we should do
this, but in the legal sense we cannot evade, we cannot
cheat, we cannot underestimate this tax. The collectors, too
clever and sly to compute here, have gone far beyond our
poor power to add and subtract.
Our creditors will little note, nor long remember what
we pay here, but the Bureau of Internal Revenue can never
forget what we report here.
It is rather for us to be dedicated to the great task re-
maining before us ... that from these vanished dollars, we
take increased devotion to the few remaining. And .. we
are highly resolved that the next year will not find us in a
Contributed by F.J. Reilly
CONSULADO GENERAL DE PANAMA
Jack Paterson BHS '63 and Perry Raymond in Cairo, Egypt.
FROM CAIRO, EGYPT:
Those Canal Zone stickers show up everywhere, even
on the streets of Cairo. Jack Paterson (BHS '63) and I had
an impromptu reunion this October in Egypt. The turnout
was light as you can see but the enthusiasm was high. We
toasted some of that $50.00 a case U.S. beer and attempted
to identify the merits of living in Egypt versus Panama;
that took some deep thinking.
Jack should be in Cairo for another year or so, and if
you want to drop a line, your best bet is to: Security Divi-
sion, 11 Abul Feda Street Apartment 10/12, Zamalek,
FROM OUR FORMER SECRETARY/TREASURER:
I will be in England during reunion time 1984. I am
taking my grandchildren (two of them) for a visit to my
country. They will meet their English cousins for the first
time. My daughter-in-law is going, too, and we are really
looking forward to it.
THE EBERENZS OF STERLING, VIRGINIA,
Madeline left on a two-week trip to Ireland and the
Holy Land last March 16; on May 9 we left Washington
for the Reunion and were joined by our daughter on the
10th in Jacksonville, FL. Stopped at EPCOT before going
to Clearwater. Alex joined our party there. June 26 we
became great-grandparents as Mabel's daughter
(Elizabeth Price) gave birth to a son, Alexander.
We have hopes of having at least one of our children
with us for the 1984 reunion. Since our return to
Washington, we have enjoyed having nine of our grand-
children close by. John visited us from Panama in June.
An enjoyable 1983 year for us.
Leo Eberenz, Sterling, Virginia
And you are doing a fine job on the Canal Record
- I share my copies and enjoy every word It is nice to
know who went where, etc.
APO Miami, FL
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094-40th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
This is to inform you that the undersigned, Jorge T.
Velasquez, is the new Consul General of Panama in Tam-
pa, and as of this date, will carry on all matters concerning
the Government of the Republic of Panama. My new office
is located at 7905 Jackson Springs Road, Tampa, Florida,
33615, telephone (813) 886-0096. My secretary and assis-
tant will be Mrs. Lucy Dietz at the same address.
Please do not hesitate to call on us for any assistance
you may require.
Jorge T. Velasquez
Cannot begin to tell you how much I thoroughly
enjoy the "Record." Always look forward to receiving it.
Edna Mae R.
St. George, S.C.
FROM ERNEST E. PIERCE:
This summer a group of us ex-Zonians did have a
mini-reunion. Lucile A. Pierce Corkran (BHS '41) and
her husband, William H. Corkran, Jr. (Section of Survey
1942-43) hosted her brother, Ernest E. (Bud) Pierce
(BHS '43) from Dayton, Ohio and their former next door
neighbor (Morgan Avenue, Balboa) Gordon H. Davis
(BHS '40) from West Chester, Pennsylvania and their
families at their shore home near Trappe, Maryland.
I would welcome hearing from any Society friends
passing through Dayton, Ohio.
Ernest E. Pierce
NEW HONORARY CONSUL GENERAL FOR
Robert D. Von Tress reports that he has been named
the new Honorary Consul General for the Republic of
Dominica, and offers his services at 12127 Ridgelake
Drive, Dallas, Texas, 75218. Telephone number (214)
CHRISTMAS NOTE FROM THE STARTS:
We had the '77 Ford Granada painted a dark blue,
22,405 miles, so it should do us until 1987. The waterfront
flea bag cottage did very well last winter after improve-
ments. We were cozy no matter what the weather, hot or
cold, and always a beautiful view of the harbor and ocean.
We did not get to Taxco, Mexico last February but we
do have our plane tickets now for February 7 for one month
to March 8. We stay four weeks in the mountains of Taxco
where we both have many Mexican and American friends.
We had a great 23-day tour of Europe in May this year.
Four days in good old London which we know so well hav-
ing been there many times; then we took the Simplon-
Venice Orient Express train from Victoria Station to
Folkstone and crossed by ferry, looking back at the white
cliffs of Dover along the English Channel. We boarded the
17-car Continental part of the Orient Express through
France, into Switzerland (a stop for fresh croissants and
morning papers at Lausanne) then up the Rhone Valley
and through the 10-mile Simplon Tunnel into Italy to
Venice. There were 12 compartment; 2 diners; 1 Club and
2 baggage cars all restored and refinished as they were 100
years ago. Gee, what a train to be riding on in all its former
glory. (Remember Agatha Christie stories?) It was a 926
mile, 24 hour 8 minute, 64 Y2 c per mile trip. Dinner was 98
bucks for two WOW. We were in Venice 3 nights at the
Cavaletto Hotel, just off St. Mark's Piazza. Venice was
overflowing with tourists from all over the world, hotels
were all filled to capacity. Then on to Rome, to Athens for
a two-week TWA land and sea tour of Greece and Turkey.
One week on land in Greece and a week on the M/S
Aquaris, a great ship and crew with excellent food to our
surprise, also a birthday party for Dorothy with musicians,
wine and cake; also a big surprise invitation to the
Captain's Dinner. In the Aegean Sea we stopped at Crete,
Santorini and Rhodes Islands; Kusadasi and Ephesus,
Turkey where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians then on
to Istanbul where we saw the Mosques and the fourth
longest bridge in the world, linking Europe to Asia. It was
new since I was there in 1968. The Golden Horn and the
Bosporus have not changed much. Then back thru the
Dardanelles to the Island of Mykonos in the Aegean Sea,
then back to Piraeus near Athens to the airport for our
Olympic plane to London; overnite there and next day by
TWA to Boston and home by taxi.
One good ending for any trip is to put the key in the
front door and be home again. This was one of the best of
many tours we have ever taken the next best was a
three-week AMEX tour of the Alpines and Rhine in 1976
with a 3-day daylight trip by boat down the Rhine to Rot-
Here's to good health in 1984 and our best wishes for
a happy Christmas with family and friends.
Dorothy and Jim Stuart
CANAL ZONE GOLFERS:
Canal Zone golfers have formed a group called the
"Panama Canal Zone Golfers Association."
They play every Thursday at various golf courses in
the St. Petersburg and Clearwater area.
So far, the officers are: Jack Campbell, "Tour Direc-
tor"; Dr. Herb Mitten, Starter, and Gene Askew,
Any Canal Zone golfer who may be interested in join-
ing our group, call Jack Campbell at 347-8163.
HELEN DUDAK RETIRES:
Helen Dudak retired on September 30 after 30 years
of service with the U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory
of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Orlando.
Florida. During her final 13 years with the Lab, she was
their research librarian and thoroughly enjoyed it. Previous
to that she was secretary to the Research Leader of the
Market Quality Research Unit. Before that, she had spent
16 years with the Personnel Division of the Panama Canal
Company making 46 years of continual employment.
She is thoroughly enjoying retirement and the opportunity
to go and do as she wishes after so many years of watching
a clock and staying on schedule.
She stopped working on Friday and on Monday was
riding with Vera Perry, a retired CZ teacher, now living in
Winter Park no, make that Orlando on her way to
Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and a 2-week visit with
Dorothy Lobb, also a former CZ resident. They had a fine
visit, talking into the night, many times recalling many in-
cidents of interest on the Canal Zone.
THE F.R. JOHNSON'S CHRISTMAS CARD:
We had a busy year. Bob recovered his health after a
bout with pneumonia. We left for Torch Lake May 27,
making stops to see Ed and Helen Jones of Melbourne;
Grace and Ed Kienzle of Raleigh, NC; Mabel and John
Lawler of Jackson, Mich; arriving at Torch Lake June 7
with a temperature of 38 degrees that night.
A beautiful cool summer with guests: Emma and Ira
Solenberger, Dave, Judy and family from Kansas City,
also the Niemis from Plantation. Lots of bridge, golfing,
shopping, fun, even saw the Crums, Clark and Audry, at
the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island.
Took July 12 to 25 for a trip to see the Richardsons on
the St. Lawrence, McVitties at Buffalo, New York, Bran-
fields at Midland, Mich. Celebrated Pete's birthday (39)
three times: Brandywine Restaurant in Jackson, Mich.
with Mabel Lawler, the 23rd; Canopy in Brighton with
John Lawler, the 24th; Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth,
Mich. with the Branfields the 25th. Reunion with families
and friends up there GREAT!
We left Torch Lake September 24, back here October
7 with stops to see Esther, Earle and family, Milltown,
Wis., and brother Oscar of Frederic, Wis., Alan and
Marilyn Swanson, Moline, Ill., Wayne and Maybelle
Sollenberger in Springfield, Ill., made a side trip to Tam-
pico, Ill., to see our old family home (and Ronnie
Reagan's) 8 years as neighbors, saw Charles and Kay
Robbins, Elsie Oglesby at Murfreesboro, Tenn., Marion
and Luke Fleming, Frieda and John Stikes and 2 chil-
dren, Kevin and Karen with her husband another
wonderful reunion with family and friends.
Back home, we have been busy with our club activities
and Bob's PROS, senior citizen group here in Plantation,
an active and interesting club. Pete continues to paint and
write. Sold 3 more of her large paintings this fall that put
her on cloud 9! Spent our Thanksgiving holiday with Alex
and Dick Bassett at Sarasota. While over there, we saw Ed
and Mary Doolan, Donna and Harry Swan, too, at their
homes on Bird Key and Longboat Key.
1983 was a wonderful year. Come see us, we love com-
Pete and Bob
THE PARKS FROM ARIZONA:
Just a short note to let you know they still have my ad-
dress wrong. Also to let you know we are having the lovliest
weather here in Arizona. Had my granddaughter, Jeanne
Marie Boatwright over for Thanksgiving from Key West,
and our daughter Susan and her husband from Albuquer-
que, New Mexico. Sue is expecting our seventh grandchild
in March. Our son Jim and wife, Chris, of Key West will
celebrate Christmas with their girls, Katie and Shannie
Marie (9 months). Our son Larry and wife, Gail will
celebrate the holidays in Virginia with their lovely one-
year-old Kisa. Our Paul and his bride, Lisa (Adams) are
at home in Balboa, busy and happy. I attended the wed-
ding in August in Georgia. She was a lovely bride. "Baby"
brother Charles, now a Private at Ft. Lee, Va. was best
man. Charles was a member of the Honor Platoon at his
basic training graduation. He and his brother, Sgt. Mat-
thew Parks, now stationed in Germany, were out for a
visit to Arizona in September and thought the Grand Can-
yon was "awesome." Matt won big in Las Vegas, also.
Our daughter Lisa and husband, Craig Boatwright,
and three children are still in the vacation spot of the
universe Key West, Fla. Craig is with Customs and Lisa
is with the Navy. My brother, George (JC '60) Trimble
and wife and son, enjoyed the '83 reunion also. My sister,
Jane (BHS '50) and her husband, John Alley, are about
to start building on their land up north of 1-40 in Arizona.
Charlie and I love Arizona but miss all the kids and
friends. Have Happy Holidays ALL!
Anne and Charlie Parks
In October, Jim and Dot Bryant traveled to Northern Cal-
ifornia to spend two weeks with daughter, Betty, and fami-
ly in Quincy, California. Betty is the Personnel Man-
agement Assistant with the U.S. Forest Service. Our two
granddaughters, Bonnie and Sheri, are students at Quin-
cy High School. After a pleasant visit, we flew to Ontario
International Airport where we were met by Jim's brother
and wife, Bill and Pauline. We enjoyed a grand reunion
with them and a younger brother, Don, and family in
Rialto and Highland. These three brothers had not seen
each other since 1964. We shared an early Thanksgiving
dinner with all in Rialto before returning to our home in
Tampa in November.
Dorothy A. Bryant
FORMER ZONIAN WORKS THE
John Disharoon realized a lifelong dream when he
was hired by C.B.S. Radio Sports to work the "Super
John was selected to be the associate producer for the
radio broadcast which was heard world wide. Some of
John's responsibilities included the radio half-time show
and the locker room festivities of the winning team.
John directed Brent Musberger, Jimmy "The
Greek" Snyder, and former Philadelphia Eagles' coach
Dick Vermeil at half-time. He later explained that it was
an aewsome responsibility to have men of that magnitude
completely under his control and/or direction. The radio
half-time show lasted approximately eight minutes but
John said "it felt like an eternity."
At the end of the game John coordinated the locker
room activities with the radio booth so that they could be
aware of all the happenings. In other words, he kept
C.B.S. radio one step ahead of the Lombardi Trophy pres-
entation, the head coach's interview with C.B.S.-T.V.
and the Most Valuable Player's television interview.
In addition, John was there to coordinate President
Reagan's telephone congratulations to the winning team.
Are you still wondering how John Disharoon, of all
people, got selected for this job? John has worked for the
past nine years for C.B.S., N.B.C. or WTOG Television
networks. John has worked as a statistician or a scorer for
every Tampa Bay Buccaneer game since 1976.
John was born and raised in the Canal Zone and is a
1968 graduate of B.H.S. He has been employed as a
teacher in Pinellas County since 1972. He also coaches var-
sity baseball at St. Petersburg Catholic High School.
Larry and Linda Layman from San Diego had Jean and Lee
Wade from Mississippi for house guests in December. Also visiting
from San Diego were Janet and Wendy Cooper and Norman
CHEERIO! HOOT MON! ERIN-GO-BRAGH!
Along with 43 other San Diegans, I made a 21-day
tour of the British Isles last September. We flew from San
Diego to Dallas via American Airline, changed planes then
flew non-stop to Gatwick Airport outside London. We
overnighted in London and the next morning boarded a
Mercedes Benz tour bus in which we travelled for the next
17 days. Our Brendan Tour director was a young woman
from New Zealand who was well informed and we learned
a lot of interesting historical facts.
The first day we were taken to Windsor Castle, then
to Bladon where we saw Churchill's grave, then on to
Stratford-on-Avon and visited Shakespeare's home and
Ann Hathaway's cottage. The next day it was on to Coven-
try of Lady Godiva fame and on to York where we spent
the night. Then north to Edinburgh in Scotland followed
by Glasgow and then through the Highlands and on to the
lake country passing Loch Ness (no monster surfaced) and
Loch Lomond. Overnighted in Ayr, a fishing village on the
Firth of Clyde. Travelled through the Cumbrian Moun-
tains re-entering England near Carlisle where Mary,
Queen of Scots, was imprisoned. While in Scotland, I
found my maternal grandparents' name (they were both
born in Scotland) listed in a book of the clans and learned
they were of the Campbell Clan and that the Campbells
had massacred the entire Macdonald Clan in 1962 at Glen
After an overnight stop at Grasmere, England we
travelled through Lancashire past Liverpool to Chester
where we spent the afternoon in this unique Tudor town. I
had a couple of interesting experiences in Chester. After
coming out of the historical cathedral I struck up a conver-
sation with a lady sitting in the park with her dog. I asked
her if the dog was a Corgi, to which she replied that it most
certainly was and that her dog and the Queen's dog were
related inasmuch as they both had the same grandfather!
That was the closest I got to the Royal Family on the entire
trip. I decided to have my hair "done" in Chester and
found a beauty salon. When the girls finished my hair was
purple and I could have joined the punk rockers which one
sees many of in England.
Next we entered North Wales and drove along the
scenic north coast past the beach resorts of Colwyn Bay and
Conway Castle. All the street signs in Wales are in the
Welch language as well as English. There is one town in
Wales that has 57 letters in its name and is unpro-
nounceable unless you are Welch. Then we crossed the
Brittania Bridge to the Isle of Anglesey from where we took
the ferry from Holyhead across the Irish Sea to Dun
Laoghaire, a 3 /2 hour trip. We went on to Dublin, a
charming city, where we visited 12th century St. Patrick's
Cathedral, Trinity College Library where we saw the Book
of Kells, one of the world's most beautifully illustrated
manuscripts, written and painted about 800 A.D. in a
monastery. That evening we attended an Irish Cabaret
Show and dinner which was very entertaining. The follow-
ing day we visited the Irish National Stud Farm and saw
champion horses, also the Irish Sweepstakes Offices and of
course bought tickets but didn't win a thing. Drove
through the Vale of Tipperary and stopped at the Rock of
Cashel where St. Patrick preached. Overnighted in Ennis
in County Clair and attended a medieval banquet at Kanap
pogue Castle. The next day we travelled through Limerick,
viewed the Treaty Stone, King John's Castle and St.
Mary's Cathedral. Saw the thatched cottages of Adare,
lunched at Tralee and began the drive around the Ring of
Kerry along Dingle Bay to Waterville. The following day I
stayed at our hotel as I had picked up a cold, while the
others went on to Killarney. An old friend from my Canal
Zone days, Hugh Giblin, retired marine engineer who
used to work on the PC tugs, lives in this area. We had
been in touch tho' I hadn't seen Gib since 1951. He drove
70 miles from his hometown to my hotel and we had dinner
and talked of our days in the Zone and mutual friends.
Our trip continued the drive around the Ring and
Bantry Bay turning inland at Ballylickey and crossed the
Kerry Mountains into County Cork. Visited the town of
Blarney but didn't kiss the stone as I wasn't up to climbing
the 120 steps to get to the Castle. Instead I sipped Irish
Coffee in a pub with some of my fellow travellers. Drove
through Cork, country's 2nd largest city and thru pictures-
que ports of Youghal and Dungarvan. Overnighted at Ros-
slare, County Wexford. Passed thru Waterford and saw
where the famous crystal is made.
Returning to England from Ireland where we had
spent 6 days, we took the ferry from Rosslare to Fishguard,
Wales, crossing the St. Georges Channel in 3 /2 hours. The
ferries that make these crossings are big ships with
shops, restaurants, etc., and also sell duty-free liquor
so I picked up a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream. We had an
unpleasant experience when we landed at Fishguard as ev-
eryone had to get off the bus and all luggage had to be re-
moved from the bus and we had to walk it through customs
and not a bag was opened.
Took a tour thru Cardiff and overnighted at Penwyn.
The following day we crossed the Severn Road Bridge,
world's longest suspension bridge, to Bristol where we
viewed the S.S. Great Britain, the 1st ocean-going propeller
driven ship. On to Bath to see the Roman Baths. Then
thru Somerset, thru wild Cheddar Gorge, visited 12th cen-
tury Wells Cathedral and Glastonbury associated with
King Arthur. On to Torquay for a 2-night stay. Our hotel,
the Osborne, was an old one now being converted into lux-
ury time share apartments and it overlooks the Bay of Tor-
quay, sometimes called the British Riviera. Our tour next
took us to the West County, Plymouth, where the May-
flower sailed from and the home base of Sir Francis Drake.
Also drove to quaint Tintagel where we saw the remains of
King Arthur's Castle where the mythical Camelot was
thought to be. Then thru the Dartmoor National park and
passed the grim Dartmoor Prison, where many IRA mem-
bers are being held.
The final day of our tour we returned to London
visiting enroute the Fleet Air Museum where aircraft from
two world wars are exhibited and the prototype of the
supersonic Concorde may be seen. Crossed Salisbury
Plain, stopping to view the pre-historic monuments of
Stonehenge. Visited the Salisbury Cathedral where the
Magna Carta is on display. Before arriving in London we
toured the magnificent Hampton Court Palace and
gardens where the floral displays are breathtaking.
We then had 3 days and nights at the St. Ermin's
Hotel close to Buckingham Palace. On Sunday, a friend of
my son Bill, Jeff Kent, who lives in London and works for
British Airways called for me and gave me a grand tour of
the city as well as a lovely lunch at his home. That even-
ing along with the tour group I attended an Elizabethan
Banquet at St. Catherine's Docks in the Ivory House
which was once used as a warehouse to store ivory. It was
quite a roudy affair with King Henry and his court to en-
tertain us. On our last day in London we toured the Tower
of London and saw the crowned jewels, the changing of the
guards, the site of Ann Bolyn's (and many others) be-
heading. Visited the indescribably beautiful St. Paul's
Cathedral but did not get to Westminster Abbey. London
is in the process of cleaning the centuries of grime from
many of its buildings so many of them, including Big
Ben, were swathed in scaffolding. The Thames River has
been cleaned of pollution and is now rated among the
world's cleanest rivers.
In the early morning of our 21st day we left London
for the airport and then had a long 10-hour flight to Dallas
where we changed planes, went thru customs and arrived
at 6:00 P.M. in San Diego sooooooo tired and promising
myself to limit my travel to National Geographic for some
time to come.
Ellen E. Johnson
You are doing a superior job as editor of the
George W. P.
Congrats are in order for the new format of the
Burton E. D.
El Cajon, CA
I enjoy the new Canal Record but personally
would prefer the larger print.
Jack I. Burns was born
December 21, 1944 in Pan-
ama Hospital, R.P. He grew
up in the towns of Gatun,
Margarita and Cristobal. He
graduated from Cristobal
High School, Class of 1963
and the Canal Zone College,
Class of 1965. He received his
degree in Biology with a
Geology minor from Sul Ross
State University, Alpine,
Texas. After four years of ser-
vice with the Navy in the
Pacific, he earned his Jack I. Burns
master's degree from Sul
Ross. During that time he
started the Float Trip Guide Service in the Canyons of Big
Bend. He also worked as an employee of Villa de la Mina
and consulted as a Biologist for the State of Texas for the
Natural Area Survey and Chihuahua Desert Research In-
stitute. He taught Science in Alpine High School and Ray-
mondville, Texas for three years before accepting his pres-
ent position. Jack is married and lives with his wife,
Karen, in Ingram, Texas. He is the son of June Burns,
R.N. Kerrville, TX, and the late Jack T. Burns.
Jack was appointed Principal/Superintendent of the
Hunt Independent School District, Hunt, Texas, in 1980.
Since his appointment, Jack has become involved with a
unique business organization of the 5th and 6th grade
classes in the Hunt School that has attracted nationwide at-
tention as well as a resolution passed February 10, 1983, by
the Texas Senate of the 68th Legislature, honoring the 5th
and 6th grade classes at Hunt School.
The Economic Communique Project for the Advancement of
Economic Education University of Texas at Austin, Vol. 1,
No. 3 January/March 1983 reports the following:
"The 5th and 6th grade classes of Hunt School, under
the guidance of Principal Jack Burns and teacher Tracy
Gilbreth, are in the business of doing business and they are
doing very well. They are learning through first-hand ex-
perience how to start a small business, manufacture, mar-
ket and distribute a product, provide services, save, bor-
row, and invest money, deal with the public, and work for
a common goal. The group, which recently became a
member of the National Federation of Independent Busi-
nesses and as a unit of the "youngest" member of the
United States Chamber of Commerce, has been featured
on the "Today Show," "P.M. Magazine" and "That's
Incredible," and is given special coverage in the February
1983 issue of TEXAS BANKER'S MAGAZINE. This
program of free enterprise education was begun 10 years
ago, and through its various money making ventures, the
Hunt School 5th and 6th grade students have raised thou-
sands of dollars for school equipment and improvements,
and for trips for the participants. In 1981, the 6th grade
traveled to Cuernavaca, Mexico and in 1982 they spent a
week in Washington, D.C. with all expenses covered by
their business profits.
"During the 1981-82 school year, these ambitious
young people raised $20,000 as a result of their various ser-
vice and manufacturing enterprises. Their service activities
include operating refreshment stands, raking leaves and
sponsoring cake sales and talent shows. The main manu-
facturing enterprise for these students is the making and
selling of the "Texas Hill Country Weather Stone," a care-
fully selected piece of native stone suspended from a base of
barbed wire and weathered barn wood. These ingenious
weather stones are manufactured and marketed entirely by
the thirteen 6th graders and fourteen 5th graders of Hunt
School who sell them for $5.75 each. Complimentary rocks
are owned by President Ronald Reagan, Dallas Cowboy
Coach Tom Landry, and Newscaster Walter Cronkite.
"President Jason Moore and his fellow classmates-business
partners are currently negotiating with the president of
Neiman-Marcus in Dallas about distribution of their prod-
"These mini-entrepreneurs recently bought their own
building for manufacturing the weather stones which,
by the way, they do on their own time. They made an ini-
tial down payment and negotiated a 6 month loan at 10%
interest on the balance of the purchase price.
"The very adult-like responsibilities which these stu-
dents have undertaken have created a wonderful learning
situation for them. They have their own post office box, tel-
ephone and charge accounts, and they pay their own bills,
and answer all of their company's correspondence. "We
assume there is no limit to what these kids can do," said
Principal Jack Burns. "If they make a mistake, they feel its
impact immediately and directly. They are responsible for
solving problems." This unique "hands-on" experience of
running a business has enabled the students to see the
direct results of the application of academic skills such as
math, letter and report writing, oral communication,
organizational planning and decision making.
"At the beginning of each school year, the fifth and
sixth graders elect program officers and each student is
given a job. Those who fail to do their jobs properly lose
them temporarily. Only students with an "A" average are
allowed to work with account books or to operate the cash
"This year the sixth graders are planning their annual
trip for April 29-May 6 to Williamsburg, Virginia and Kit-
tyhawk, North Carolina. They already have their plane
tickets, but still need to raise several thousand dollars more
to cover their expenses.
"Both Burns and Gilbreth consider the program to be
very successful and, they say, it is supported enthusiastical-
ly by parents. The two school officials would like to form a
national association of "fifth and sixth graders" to promote
free enterprise education and practical business experience.
"So far," said Burns, "I have no knowledge of any other
school with a program like ours."
"Jack Burns, Tracy Gilbreth and the Hunt School
fifth and sixth grade classes will make a presentation at the
7th Annual Conference for Teachers of Economics/Free
Enterprise, June 6-June 7, at the University of Texas at
I enjoy the Canal Record so much. And like the
new size and larger print. Not many names that I recognize
Alice J. R.
You're amazing the Record gets better with
each publication. I hope they appreciate you.
FROM CASTINE, MAINE AND JEKYLL ISLAND,
We are down in Jekyll Island, Ga. for the winter and
sometimes the mail is slow in getting forwarded.
We had a great trip down visiting all our old friends
from the Canal Zone. Stopped and spent a night with
Agnes and Chris Hearon in Greenville. Agnes had the
Driscoll's over for dinner while we were there.
Then with other stops, we arrived in Dothan to play in
the tournament. Saw many old friends and had some good
golf. From there we joined up with Dick and Kay Potter
and went on down to Spring Hill to spend a couple of days
with Roger and Patty Michel as well as Edie and John
Meeker. From there we visited the Buehlers and spent a
couple of nights with the Stuarts. Should also mention that
we had a visit with Bud and Alice Myers while in Spring
Hill. While with the Stuarts, Judy and I took Mary Boyd
out to lunch. Fifteen years is a long time.
From there, we went on to spend several days with
Pink and Howard Johnson. While there, had some good
reunions with the Coopers and Abbotts. From there on to
Ft. Myers and a night with Jo and Anne Rheney. Not
On to Lehigh Acres and visited with the McAllisters.
Chet and I also played golf there. Following that, we spent
several days with Lila and Jack Strumpf before heading
for Key West. Chet passed Key West so many times by
ship that he wanted to see what it was like. While there, we
saw Marshall Harris and his wife, as well as Pam Michele
Back to Ft. Lauderdale and this time we had dinner
with Peg Yerkes. She looks great. Eventually after a visit
to Cypress Gardens we ended up with a few nights at Ed-
die and Helen Jones in Melbourne. Eddie's sister, Belle,
was there, too, and we had a great time and great golf.
Arrived here the 1st of November after five weeks on
the road. A little long. Love it here with golf nearly every
day. Warmer weather than Maine, but will be glad to get
back there in the spring.
Castine, Maine and Jekyll Is., Ga.
The Panama Canal Society of Southern California held their Decem-
ber Meeting at Anderson's Pea Soup Restaurant in Carlsbad, CA.
Susan Taylor Pitney and Linda (Toni) Huff help advertise the
specialty, splitting the pea.
Submitted by Wesley H. Townsend, Ocala, Florida:
PERSISTENT EFFORTS PAID OFF FOR
PANAMA CANAL SHRINERS IN 1913
As early as 1911, Shriners at the Panama Canal, mem-
bers of several temples in the United States, had organized
themselves into a Shrine Club. Soon there were enough
men interested, and already being Masons they sought to
petition to be Shriners.
Previously, Imperial Potentates Treat and Cunning-
ham (1911, 1912) had declined these men dispensation for a
Ceremonial at the Panama Canal, because technically they
had no masonic residence. The Panama Canal at the time
was not in territorial jurisdiction of either Knights Templars
or the Scottish Rite.
In 1912, however, both sects had taken care of this ob-
stacle, Knights Templar a Commandery there, and the
Scottish Rite in Louisiana adopted the Bodies at the Pana-
ma Canal into their jurisdiction.
The legal obstacle taken care of, the Imperial Potentate
of 1913, William Irvin, gave dispensation for a ceremonial
to be held on Labor Day, in 1913. Osman Temple was
chosen for the pilgrimage, mostly due to the efforts of J.
Harry Lewis, its Potentate and editor and publisher of the
national shrine magazine, The Crescent.
Legend has it when the vote for the pilgrimage was first
proposed to the Osman Divan, Lewis had already assured
its passage by electrically wiring the seats of the Divan.
When asked to vote by rising from their chairs, the Divan
did so unanimously.
There was great fanfare in St. Paul for the departure of
the 165 Nobles and their wives. They took a special train,
complete with their band and patrol, and headed for the
Panama Canal on August 19, 1913.
The ceremonial was held on a stage erected on the floor
of Miraflores Locks in the Canal. They erected a plaque on
the spot in the Canal (west side of the center wall in the
upper chamber of Miraflores Locks) where the ceremonial
was held. 170 weary Sons of the Desert were created Nobles
in the first ceremonial outside of the United States.
Later in 1918, Abou Saad Temple was established at
the Panama Canal.
Note: The above article appeared in the Denver Post during
the Imperial Session in Denver, Colorado, July 4-8, 1983.
Reprinted from Tropic Temple Topics
Third Quarter, 1983
Mrs. Pete Green, Kathleen Greiser, Dorothy Bitter, Charles
Bitter, Henry Greiser.
RETIREMENT LIFE IN IRELAND
Lackaroo, Crosshaven, County Cork, Ireland 1966 -
Henry and Kathleen Greiser in their manor home sitting
room with their daughter-in-law, Mrs. Pete Green and
visitors from Gamboa, Canal Zone, Dorothy and Charles
Henry and Kathleen lived a beautiful, quiet and al-
most idyllic retirement life in their charming manor house
situated on about two acres of well tended gardens located
several miles from the city of Cork, Ireland. Shawn, (not
pictured) their multi-talented house servant, wore four
"magical" coats while performing his varied chores. Blue
and white striped for cooking, cleaning, washing and iron-
ing. White for answering the ring of the door bell, serving
three daily meals and afternoon tea. Blue denim for work-
ing in the gardens and black when chauffeuring the family
Henry and Kathleen's happy, interesting and produc-
tive life together was enjoyably reviewed during this delight-
ful visit. Henry most modestly continued to insist that his
success with the Canal Zone's red, white and blue swim-
ming troupe was due in good measure to "good publicity
and good public relations." Henry, in his way, could
manage to somewhat convince others that this helped to
produce outstanding winners in any sport or field of
Henry and Kathleen Greiser's lovely home pictured on a typical
November day in the Emerald Isle.
Unfortunately a photo of Henry's most impressive and
well-earned trophy collection is not available for this issue.
(Does anyone "out there" have one?) We know Henry's
positive influence on the youth of the Canal Zone lives on in
those whose lives he so warmly, richly and affectionately
touched. Fond memories never fade.
In 1972 Henry and Kathleen died within a very short
period of each other. The end of a splendid era but not of
their fame and never of our deep respect and abiding ad-
miration and affection.
THE SINKING OF THE PANAMA
RAILROAD SHIP FINANCE
By Jeanne Flynn Stough
Another title to this story might be, "The Remarkable
Catherine Malone," who astounded me recently with this
account of her first trip to the Isthmus. In 1908, when she
was 12, the ship she sailed on, the PRR ship Finance, 24
hours out at sea in a heavy fog, sank ignominiously with 75
passengers and crew on board. It was one of those days you
At 12 years of age, she was then Catherine Haligan,
travelling with four sisters and a brother, her mother Mrs.
Haligan, and Aunt Minnie Mahoney. After a separation
of four years, they were going to join Mr. Tom Haligan,
father and husband, who worked for the Isthmian Canal
Commission, digging the Panama Canal for the handsome
sum of $125 a month. In 1908, life in Panama was all mud,
mange, and mosquitoes and sometimes the hardest part of
all was just getting there.
Sailing day was miserable, one of those cold November
days with rain and intermittent snow flurries. Catherine
hurried along the new York dock, sister by the hand; lug-
ging her trusty Gladstone filled with going-away presents,
new cambric, candles of citronella, and very expensive
chocolates. You remember the scene in the off-season: The
pushed-aside piles of grayish snow, the box cars parked on
the wharf; into the tunnel that was the dockhouse, the dol-
lies scooting about, the army of longshoremen in wet
slickers, the bales of cargo stacked almost to the ceiling dazed
by the clamour, the peculiar smells, the marvelous,
heavy salt sea air. All the way from Toledo in new shoes and
bonnet, Catherine felt famous and happy and the dreary
NY day didn't bother her at all. Soon she would see her
father. Shipside at last, she gazed in awe at the biggest ship
she had ever seen. Oh, it was a wonderful, wonderful world!
The Finance was a tub, built in 1883, 1649 tons, 300
feet long, 38 feet beam, and drew 23 feet.
A few thin, white wisps of fog hung in the air and drip-
ped from the jetties as the Finance sailed out into a choppy
Atlantic, making her way slowly through a thickening fog.
By evening the wind picked up and the ship was soon pitch-
ing and rolling in a hilly black sea; twisting sharply, her
fittings making low ominous groans. All night long the ship
felt the shock of waves and wind and the sound of the ship's
horn blew a moan every 45 seconds. The continuous volley
of foghorns and blasts of whistles tried the nerves of passen-
gers and crew. Other ships out there but nothing could be
seen beyond the bowsprit. Sometime during the early hours
of the following morning, she stopped. Locked in the fog,
helpless, she tossed aimlessly in a choppy sea.
At 8:30 a.m. disaster struck. A few passengers on deck
saw the giant bow of the freighter Georgic loom from out
of a dull gray wall. There was an exchange of sharp whistle
blasts from both ships and a passenger heard the Captain
shout, "Put your helm over. You are going to strike us."
He actually shouted! The Georgic came on. Towering high
above the Panama liner, she caught her fairly amidship on
the port side, cutting into the Finance like a knife into cheese,
and driving her up for a few seconds to lie on her beam
ends. When the freighter fell away there was only a dent in
her steel cutwater but the Finance was mortally wounded
with a great hole in her side. As she righted herself and
began to taken on water rapidly, Captain Mowbray and
those on the bridge knew from the first she was doomed.
Both ships immediately began the rescue work and the
Georgic was the first to lower lifeboats to the water. In 15
minutes she would be on the bottom of the ocean.
Everyone felt it. With the crash of the collision and the
rending of plates and timbers, there came a panic on the
Finance. A few of her passengers were on deck at the time,
some in the dining saloon, but many were in their rooms,
sleeping or dressing. In the dining room Catherine and her
sisters watched with dismay as the room stood on end and
flipped the cereal out of everyone's bowls. A man fell down.
Passengers came running from every part of the vessel,
many in their nightclothes, some with children in their
arms. Catherine saw the deck begin to fill with water,
sloshing across the floor and down the passageways. People
were fastening on life preservers and a man offered to take
her on his back. She said no, she had to mind the children
and find her mother. There had been no lifeboat drill and no
one was sure quite what to do. A Mr. Whitman put a life
jacket on her.
Below in the cabin, the water was rising when Mrs.
Haligan saw a small boat through the porthole. She held the
baby up and a man shouted to her to throw the baby to him.
This she succeeded in doing; she actually threw the baby out
the porthole, not believing that she would be able to reach
the deck herself. In the companionway she found Aunt
Minnie with the rest of the children and together they made
their way topside.
Also on board was the Cody family with Annie Cody,
8 years old. That would be Anna Cody Carey, mother of
Jack, Bob, and Mary Jane. In her cabin, Mrs. Cody was
dressing Annie when she heard the whistles, then the crash,
and felt the boat listing. "I saw a small boat come alongside
and I pushed Annie through the porthole. My brother-in-
law helped me rescue the other children, putting life jackets
on them before they jumped."
Catherine finally arrived at the outside deck and froze,
terrified. The once-imposing Captain was standing there,
looking deranged, his hair blowing sideways, with a pistol in
his hand. He pointed it at a lifeboat and yelled, "Get out of
there. Women and children first." The coal passers got out.
The Finance had listed so that walking her decks was difficult
and launching the lifeboats dangerous. Because of rusty
chains the first boat would not work at all. Many jumped
overboard. They finally got 3 boats and 2 rafts into the
water and rowed about picking up passengers from the
waves; passengers who wore but few clothes and so were
able to stay afloat.
To add to the confusion there came from within the
hull a dull boom as the ammonia tank exploded in the for-
ward hold. Up from the hold came oilers anf firemen,
climbing pell mell up every ladder, and with them came
Todd, the third engineer. Overcome by the ammonia
fumes, he staggered to the rail, steadied himself for a mo-
ment, and then jumped overboard. He was not seen again.
Everyone saw what happened to Irene Campbell, a
14-year-old black girl from Cristobal. She came on deck in
the first rush from below and grabbing the rail refused to
leave. When it was evident that the steamer was about to
sink, the wireless operator and two other men tried to break
her hold on the rail. But she was locked on with the strength
of hysteria and when the water came up to the deck they
were forced to leave her while they saved others. Irene, poor
thing, went down with the ship.
The Finance sank lower, taking a heavy list to port, her
decks awash. Catherine climbed along the slanting upper
deck, clinging to some rigging, hoping to see a lifeboat come
near. A wave broke against the side of the deckhouse.
Another wave, then the backwash, then another. Until that
last giant wave cracked over her; she let go and was swept
away. It turned her under and knocked her over, ripped off
her shoes, and carried her overboard. Judge S. E. Black-
burn said later, "In that wash of water along the deck I saw
children knocked down and two were washed across my
feet. I cannot understand how they were saved." She soon
surfaced, choking and sputtering, and was spotted treading
water, trying to stay afloat.
A lifeboat from the Georgic hauled her aboard, stunned,
shocked; she had been holding her breath for so long that
her eyes stung. A taste of salt filled her mouth, nose, ears;
dripping wet and numbing cold to the skin, she crouched,
clinging to the small boat that continued to toss on the
ocean. Her new shoes were gone everything that had
been comfortable and warm was gone. She whispered, Our
Father, who art in heaven please make it right again ...
help someone in need then she was hungry her
breakfast? her chocolates? unable to hold back a
warm tide of tears that flowed down her cheeks. In the ice-
fringed lifeboat they all pressed closer and saw the Finance go
Taken aboard the larger Georgic, Catherine paled with
digust and the nightmare continued. A nasty smell per-
meated the whole ship. The seamen wore the blackest and
greasiest clothes and in the matter of profanity they were ex-
pert. But from the hold came those putrid fumes, like gar-
bage? like hogs? like something rotten? What was it? The
freighter was carrying performing elephants consigned to
the Hippodrome in New York! Nervous, they did perform.
Aware that something was wrong, they trumpeted loudly,
straining at their bonds and causing anxiety to the mahouts,
the crew, and the frightened passengers.
By early afternoon the rescue was completed. The
Finance was gone and the wounded Georgic continued on her
way, carrying the forlorn cargo of survivors back to Man-
hattan. Four were drowned:
Irene Campbell, 14 year old colored girl living near
Henry Muller, a railroad conductor living at Basobis-
Charles Schweinler, policeman from the Canal Zone.
William Todd, third engineer from New York.
Now it was quiet. Storm abated, elephants calmed, the
rescued huddled in a mass, swilling that universal panacea,
hot cups of tea. They were numbed, lulled by the
consistent, monotonous hum of the ship's engine carrying
them right back to where they started from! In the distance
they could see a long column of ocean liners sailing out,
freed as the fog lifted. Bringing up the rear was the majestic
Cunarder Lusitania, in search of icebergs no doubt. It was
Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1908.
When they arrived back at the Panama pier in the dusk
of the evening, the trying experience they had been through
was evident. Many wore strange clothing: shoes that were
not mates, caps that belonged to stokers, all sorts, sizes, and
shapes of wrap-arounds. John Schanzenbecker, mail clerk
on the Finance, brought ashore three sacks of mail, all that
were saved of the 650 sacks on board. This clerk took the last
boat away from the Finance and saved the sacks at great per-
sonal risk. Most of the Finance's passengers were then trans-
ferred to the PRR ship Alliance to spend the night. Some
went home, others went off to find a better way.
The following day the Haligans and the Codys were
put on board Her Majesty's ship the Orinoco to try again.
They sailed south, through Cape Hatteras, heading now for
Jamaica. Everyone on board was ingenious in devising gar-
ments for the refugees to wear. When someone on board
won the ship's pool and gave the winnings to the Cody fami-
ly, they went ashore in Jamaica to buy Catherine a pair of
shoes. But nowhere could they find any big enough. It
didn't matter; it was warm now and barefoot "was better.
At last they arrived in Cristobal where the sea was flat
and green, sans luggage, sans household goods, sans every-
thing. Catherine wore a jacket that engulfed her, long pants
amputated at the knee, her mother's house slippers, and a
cap a sailor had given her. Her Irish father was waiting on
the pier, at first so happy, then dismayed to see in large let-
ters across his daughter's forehead "HMS Orinoco." This
was the Irish father that years before fled Ireland, the British
troops, and the great hunger; now his daughter delivered to
him courtesy of her Majesty. Everything else was gone,
somehow fitting, ready to begin the new life. The only thing
ever returned to them, months later, was one small box,
dried, stained, and caked with salt. In it were jars of
homemade preserves and tucked in the bottom a St. An-
Catherine Malone with Mrs. and Mrs. Sam Grier
Catherine Malone lives today in Orlando, Florida, a
vigorous grand lady of 88 years. Last year she sailed the
Caribbean with daughter Eileen Malone Stayer, grand-
daughter Molly, and great-granddaughter Amy. This year,
as she packed to sail on the USS Norway, Molly asked,
"Aren't you thrilled, Grandma, to be going on one of the
finest ships in the world?" Catherine scoffed back, "I'm on-
ly going to please Eileen. You know I don't like the water."
Has it ever occurred to anyone that, along with the
builders of the Panama Canal, there should have been a
Roosevelt Medal for the wives and children of construction
days? At least a mini-medal?
Passengers on board the Finance
J. E. Goodman
Edward H. Galligher
Charles W. Schweinler (drowned)
C. L. Nielsen
Mrs. Herman Holmquist & infant
M. F. Rodriguez
Charles S. McCallum
Mrs. A. E. LePrince & daughter
R. A. Conrad
Edward A. Brown
Judge S. E. Blackburn, wife & infant
A. P. Nucheesi
Mrs. A. G. Meyer
E. L. Warren
Mrs. John Hayes & niece
John F. McGovern
M. C. Azima & son
E. E. Fenharty
Charles H. James
B. F. Metcalf
Mrs. Wm. McCulloch
Miss Minnie Mahoney
Miss R. G. Blanchard
Mrs. S. F. Talbot & infant
Miss Irene Campbell (drowned)
Mrs. K. M. Gebhart & 2 children
J. R. Sweeney
George H. Simmonds
George R. McKee
Mrs. T. Haligan & 5 children
Mrs. Harvey A. Lincoln & 2 children
J. W. Martin & wife
Mrs. M. J. Cody & 4 children
Henry Muller (drowned)
H. 0. Jacrel
F. A. Thompson
Richard E. James
Miss Gladys Reams
Mrs. A. Schwartzberg
Charles A. Strum
F. H. Brundage
John Stewart, Iquique, Chile
Mrs. A. Stesthotti & 7-yr-old son
T. 0. McQueen, Culebra
G. Percival Chick, San Francisco
George Hall, San Francisco
15th Naval District Group, Someone's Home, Circa 1944-45.
Names, anyone? We have a few.
1923 SUB ACCIDENT SETS
SCENE FOR HEROIC DEEDS
By Oleta Tinnin
A Panama Canal legend was created 60 years ago to-
day in the aftermath of a collision between the United Fruit
Company steamship Abangarez and the U.S. Navy sub-
marine 0-5. The heroes of the legend were a barrel-chested
Canal dockmaster and foreman shipwright Shepperd J.
"Shep" Shreves, and Henry Breault, a torpedoman second
class on the submarine.
The day began for the 21-man 0-5 crew with routine,
pre-dawn orders to escort three other submarines the
0-3, 0-6, and 0-8 through the Canal from Cristobal to
deep water on the Pacific side. Commanded by Lt. Har-
rison Avery, the 0-5 left its home base at Commander Sub-
marine Base, Coco Solo, and entered Limon Bay, Cristo-
bal. Shortly after 6 a.m., the 380 foot, 5,000-ton freighter
Abangarez, under the command of Capt. W. A. Card, arriv-
ed from New Orleans via Havana and received orders from
the port captain to proceed to Dock No. 6, Cristobal, on
what turned out to be a collision course.
At 6:22 a.m., Captain Card saw that a collision was
imminent and sounded a danger signal. The Abangarez
backed away at emergency full speed and dropped the star-
board anchor. The 0-5 did not acknowledge the warning
and continued on course.
At 6:24 a.m. the Abangarez struck the starboard side of
the submarine, penetrating the engine room and the No. 1
main ballast tank. The 0-5 rolled to port about 15 degrees,
righted, and in less than a minute sank bow first to the bot-
tom of the bay. The freighter was undamaged.
"Just before we struck, I heard someone call from the
submarine's conning tower for everyone to come from be-
low," Captain Card reported at a board of inquiry that
placed the blame on the 0-5. "When we struck, someone
ordered the 0-5 crew to jump."
Sixteen men were quickly rescued, but five were re-
ported missing. One of these five was Torpedoman Breault,
who had made his way from the torpedo room to the deck
and had then returned to the inside of the submarine to look
for his friend, Chief Electrician's Mate Lawrence T.
Brown, who was sleeping in a forward battery room. Clos-
ing hatches behind him as he went, Torpedoman Berault
located his friend, but they were then unable to get to the
deck because of the deluge of water pouring in on top of
them. They locked themselves into the watertight torpedo
room as the ship hit bottom.
Mr. Shreves, who had trained as a diver back home in
Newport News, Va., before coming to work at the Panama
Canal, immediately volunteered to dive down to the 0-5 and
determine whether the five men were there.
In interviews held many years later, Mr. Shreves re-
called his experience. "I spotted the location by the bubbles
when they released the foul air," he said. "I went down
and into the engine room through the hole. There was a
dead sailor with his hand still on the controls (and) another
one drowned. But I rapped on the hull and the men rapped
back; they were entombed in the torpedo compartment
near the bow."
Leaving the pitch-black engine room. Mr. Shreves re-
quested equipment to raise the submarine, which had set-
tled into several feet of mud and silt. Working alone in the
murky water, he prepared the 0-5 for lifting, attaching
cables to the submarine and blowing air into the hull. The
Canal's 300-ton floating crane Ajax then hoisted the 0-5 to
the surface. Mr. Shreves, who had been in his diving gear
from 11 p.m. on October 28 to noon of the following day,
set a world record for continuous hours under water.
It was an emotion-charged moment when the 0-5 came
dripping from the water and the two imprisoned men
stumbled out, one fainting from the change of air. Both
were in good health.
"I was a big hero for a little while," Shreves recalled.
"The boys carried me around on their shoulders. Every-
body rushed down to the Strangers Club in Colon for a big
celebration; I went to sleep at the party and didn't wake up
until the next day. As far as I know, it was the only time a
submarine was ever raised in time to save the lives of men
Canal Zone Governor Jay J. Morrow presented Mr.
Shreves with a medal inscribed: "In Testimony of Heroic
Deeds In Saving Life From The Perils Of The Sea." The
800 men of the Coco Solo submarine base added to this a
gold watch, which was presented by the two men he had
saved. Mr. Shreves continued to work on the Canal until his
retirement on December 31, 1945, with 32 years of service.
On March 8, 1924, Torpedoman Breault was awarded
the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Calvin A.
Coolidge for his "act of selflessness and valor in going to the
assistance of hs shipmate even though he realized that the
0-5 was doomed."
The body of the fifth man was never recovered.
A Testimonial Dinner was given Shepperd J. Shreves
on July 31, 1945 at the Strangers Club, Colon, Rep. of
Panama. He was presented with the Lifesaving Medal of
Honor, awarded to him by the Treasury Department under
Acts of Congress, for gallant conduct displayed in rescuing
two members of sunken submarine 0-5, Cristobal Harbor,
October 23, 1923. Presentation was made at Balboa
Heights by Colonel M. L. Walker, U.S.A., Governor, in
the presence of the Heads of Departments.
Among those present at the Testimonial Dinner were:
Captain A. S. PITRE, Superintendent, Mechanical Division
W.H. BUTLER, Production Superintendent, Cristobal
Commander F.H. BLAKE, Asst. Superintendent, Mechanical
E.F. WELCH, Production Superintendent, Balboa
A.A. WHITLOCK, Asst. Production Superintendent, Cristobal
W. K. ANDERSON
H. F. ASHTON
N. M. BAGBY
H. A. BAILEY
R. I. BARNES
H. J. BEIDLEMAN
E. L. BETTY
H. P. BEVINGTON
Lieut. H. J. BILLINGS
Lieut. (jg)J. W. BIRD
F. C. BITTER
F. I. BITTER
W. C. BOUCHIER
Capt. G.H. BOOMER
D. C. BOTTONARI
D. M. BOWMAN
M. H. BREHMER
Capt. S.L. BROWN
T. J. BRUST
J. C. BRADLEY
T. A. BRENNAN
J. W. BUTLER
L. V. BJORK
W. R. CARLIN
J. S. CAMPBELL
J. J. CASSIDY
W. H. CASSWELL
L. B. CLARKE
H. L. CLARKE, JR.
E. L. COTTON
E. C. COTTON
C. F. CONKERTON
A. B. COLLINS
J. D. COLLINS
L. M. COLLINS
A. V. CORBETT
F. B. COYLE
E. F. CRIPPS
T. W. DAGANLL
W. F. DANIELS
L. R. DEUTEKOM
A. C. DIXON
G. C. DOUGH
R. 0. DIMBAT
W. C. DUNN
E. A. ECKHOFF
R. A. EDMONSON
T. E. ENGLEBRIGHT
J. E. ERIKSON
H. L. ESNEAULT
E. C. EVANS
E. A. FAGERBERG
J. M. FAHNESTOCK
C. F. FELT
Capt. C. B. BENTON
A. J. FREDRICKSON
F. C. FREY
G. H. FUREY
W. E. GAY
J. H. GENSINK
Dr. WAYNE GILDER
R. D. GIOVANNETTI
M. T. HANLON
J. J. HARDIGAN
H. R. HARRIS
C. P. HARRISON
G. W. HEIM
R. W. HILLS
G. R. HOLMELIN
W. C. HUFF
P. A. HOUSEHOLDER
A. E. JAMISON
H. F. JENNINGS
J. E. JEWEL
C. F. JOHNSON
E. B. JOHNSON
E. N. JOHNSON
R. L. JOHNSON
C. B. JONES
Dr. M. H. JUDD
E. L. KALBAUGH
J. L. KELLY
I. J. LA PLACA
J. F. LA RUE
F. C. LEA
H. E. LEE
C. L. LEESER
J. A. LIGHT
H. J. LINKER
A. B. LORD
G. C. LUCAS
R. C. LUMBY
A. G. LYNN
N. W. MAGNER
N. C. MAGOON
E. N. MANELIA
D. H. MANNING
E. P. MASON
E. G. MARQUARD
I. F. MANUSO
E. S. MacSPARRAN
R. I. McDONALD
J. V. McGIMSEY
P. M. McHAN
H. B. McPHETER
W. T. MELANSON
M. E. MILKE
A. S. MILLER
F. L. MILLER
J. A. MILLS
E. C. MISSILDINE
P. R. MOHLER
J. J. MOL
J. A. MORALES
C. R. MUELLER
W. G. NAYLOR
R. J. NEELY
P. C. NICHOLS
E. E. ORVIS
R. W. OWEN
L. B. OWEN
N. E. PARKER
R. L. PENNINGTON
Capt. G. W. PENSEYRES
R. G. PETERSON
D. M. PORTILLO
C. A. PRUDHOM
A. A. RANKIN
T. L. RANKIN
A. F. RAYMOND
P. W. REESE
C. L. RINDALL
F. W. RIOS
J. R. ROBERTS
H. R. RODELL
C. E. RUSSELL
W. R. SCHLIDENER
J. H. SCHOFIELD
L. H. SCRANTON
W. R. SHROSBEE
C. C. SHUMATE
J. H. SNYDER
J. A. SNYDER
J. T. SPARKS
L. C. PARKS
C. H. STARKE
E. E. STERN
J. N. STEVENS
R. M. STEVENS
J. G. STOCKELBERG
J. C. STOKES
M. A. STORY
L. B. STILWELL
R. J. STRAUSS
D. J. STRINGER
F. J. WEEK
J. R. TANKERSLEY
H. M. THOMAS
E. C. THOMSON
E. C. THOMPKINS
H. J. TURNER
A. J. TROOP
C. D. TRIGGLE
A. G. TURNER
B. G. TYDEMAN
J. P. WARD
Capt. J. L. WARDLAW, JR.
W. W. WARREN
H. L. WEBB
J. L. WELCH
C. W. WEST
R. C. WILEY
D. E. WILLIAMS
G. R. WILLIAMS
V. W. WIRT
J. A. WOODHAM
J. F. PARSONS, Chairman
E. P. LIGHT
V. G. CAMBY
H. K. PETERSON
R. L. HARRINGTON
B. K. LYONS
Dr. VERN PRIER, Toastmaster
CANAL ZONE GIRL IN MOVIES NOW
Miss Loretta Rush, Cristobal High School girl and
champion swimmer in Isthmian events, scored a hit in the
recent Fox production Big Dan, which was screened at the
Cecilia and America theatres last week.
Miss Rush is now living in Los Angeles with her
parents, who were for many years residents of Cristobal.
Her first picture was The Temple of Venus in which she ap-
pears as one of the pretty bathing girls.
For a long time she held the breast stroke swimming
championship for women in Panama doing the hundred
yards in one minute and five seconds, and only being
beaten by Miss Adelaide Lambert, also a Cristobal girl,
who today holds the world's championship for women for
the 150 yard dash.
The Panama Times, May 23, 1925.
MISS PEGGY WHITE
Peggy is very close to
organized labor as she is
the daughter of the late
Brother Hugh White,
founder of the Central e-
Labor Union of the Canal
Zone and for years a leader
in Local 811. Peggy was
an honor student at Balboa
High School and after
graduation she continued
her studies at the Canal
Zone Junior College on a
scholarship loan from the
Central Labor Union. She Miss Peggy White
was employed during her
summer vacation after one
year at the College, and was so very efficient in her work
that her employer persuaded her to continue on the job and
not to complete her course at the College. Peggy repaid her
loan to the Central Labor Union very promptly out of her
first wages, and thereby made it possible that another stu-
dent might have the benefit of this money for a scholarship
loan. The entire membership of the Canal Zone Central
Labor Union is very proud of the record set by Peggy, and
best wishes of the organization will go with her through life.
Labor Day Publication
Canal Zone Central Labor Union
Balboa, Canal Zone, September 1, 1941
Peggy now lives in Costa Rica; her sister, Gene, lives
in Kerrville, Texas and her brother, "Choppy" White,
lives in St. Petersburg, Fla.
UNION POSTAL UNIV U it ,"E
RIEPITHLICA DE PA RATIO
ES iASE ..A L ASTE OLADO LA Po N sOt ,
m A LA VUohLTA LA COMUNICAC1N E
OF WOMEN'S CL'BS
"Vii give a Receptiin ill honor of the l'reslihlt.
MRS. GEORGE W. GOETHALs
SAT'd4 I)AY AFTERNOON. AI'RI. THE E I;ITEENTH. 19
AT THE CLUB HOUSE, EMPIRE, CANAL ZONEI
This memorabilia, an invitation, was submitted by William L.
Russon, Hendersonville, N. C. and was sent to Julia B. Vacher,
mother of his late wife, Thyrza V. Russon.
The Northwest Annual Picnic Reunion will be held
August 4, 1984 (Saturday), at Camano Island State Park,
Camano Island, Washington, from 10:30 a.m. to dusk.
The hostess is Mrs. Betty Skimming. Bring your picnic
and join the fun.
The reserved area is easily reached by entering the up-
per road marked "Boat Launch" and is on the south end of
the park. There are no hookups for trailers, however spaces
are available on a first-come first-served basis. Tent sites
will be handled the same and the charge is $5.50 for a fami-
ly of six.
For further information, call Mrs. Betty Skimming,
1-206-387-1351 or write her at 854 W. South Rocky Pt.
Drive., Camano Island, Washington 98292.
FOR TRAVEL: Three families wanted, reservations
now, for one week during summer of 1984 at England
Resort. Interested in Continent tour either before or after.
Write or call Ms. Terry Zemer, 824 Third Ave. N.,
Apartment #3, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Tel: (813)
BHS Class of 1970: Anyone interested in a 15-year
class reunion in 1985 in Texas? We want opinions and ad-
dresses of former classmates. What about CHS of 1970?
Want to join us? Write any one of the following for more
Faye Wiser Finegan
7307 Broken Arrow
Austin, TX 78745
San Francisco, CA 94117
Vicki Sizemore Koenig
2503 Royal Vista
Killeen, TX 76541
Jacque Crowell Vowell
P.O. Box 2842
St. Johns, AZ 85936
The 1984 Statesiders Reunion format will be return-
ing to the Saturday night Dinner/Dance and Sunday
brunch, giving everyone more time to visit with friends.
The location again will be at the Ramada Hotel at Tysons
in Virginia which everyone has found to be very conven-
ient. If you have any ideas or suggestions on how to make
this reunion more enjoyable, please write them down on
the back of the Directory Order form or drop us a short let-
ter. The committee would love to hear from everyone. The
date for our 7th Statesiders Reunion will be the weekend of
June 23-24, 1984. Mark your calendar.
The Canal Zone Past Matrons of Florida are planning
a no-host luncheon at the Tampa International Airport
Holiday Inn, Tampa, Florida (Reunion Headquarters) at
12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 1984, during the Panama
Canal Society Reunion in Tampa, Fla.
All Past Matrons and the invited guests are invited to
attend. Please notify Dorothy Yocum, 11452 Imperial
Grove Drive W., Largo, Fla. 33544. Tel: (813) 595-0846.
Cost is $8.00 each.
Confirmed reservations or cancellations must be made
by Tuesday, April 10, 1984.
BHS CLASS OF 1974 REUNION: Plans are being
made to hold a Stateside reunion June 29, 1984, thru July
1, 1984, in Tampa, Florida. A Panama reunion is tenta-
tively being planned for May 1984.
Help is greatly needed in finding classmates! Please
contact Debbie Foster Byrne, 4907 Murray Hill Drive,
Tampa, Fla. 33615 or call (813) 886-0771.
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 Party 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.
SKYWAY BRIDGE: Take a N
left on Bayway Toll (A19A) 1-4
BHS CLASS OF '50 REUNION NOTICE: Al-
though planning is still in progress to hold a 35th Reunion
in conjunction with the Society's 1985 Reunion, the plan-
ning committee is discouraged by the poor response to a
letter requesting assistance in locating members of the
class. To insure success in this endeavor, we must continue
to locate members of the Class of BHS '50. Please contact
John E. Schmidt, Jr., 2739 Vassar Rd., Tallahassee, Fla.
32308 (904) 893-4969. Thanks for your help. A meeting is
planned for class members during the 1984 Reunion in
April 1984. Try to make it.
JULY LUNCHEON/MEETING-JULY 6, 1984-
SOCIAL HOUR 11:30 A.M.-BUFFET 12:30 P.M.
Ballroom, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Avenue
Once again our members have requested to have their
luncheon at the Yacht Club. Anna and Joe Collins have ac-
cepted to co-chair this affair.
The St. Petersburg Yacht Club is located downtown,
bordering Beach Drive and 1st Avenue North. Sorry, the
club policy is NO guest parking.
Parking is available one block west on 1st Avenue and
1st Street North, in front of the Soreno Hotel. Free parking
is on the approach to the pier next to Doc Webb's Senior
If you have attended the luncheon the last two years
then you know the Club which overlooks the Tampa Bay is
a lovely setting for our meeting and the food is truly
gourmet. The suggested menu is Beef Burgundy, a Hot
Chicken dish, Rice Pilaf, Shrimp Salad, three or four other
salads, assorted molded salads with fruit and Cottage
Cheese, Dressings, Rolls and Butter, Assorted Desserts -
Cream Puffs, brownies, chocolate eclairs, etc., with
Cost $10.50, tax and gratuity, plus cost for the Bar
We must have a minimum of 100 persons attending.
Deadline For Reservations or Cancellations
June 28, 1984
BUFFET LUNCHEON RESERVATION
JULY 6, 1984
Please make reservations at $10.50 each $__ .
Check should be payable to: Panama Canal Society of
MAIL Reservations and check to: Sec/Treas
Panama Canal Society of Florida
St. Petersburg, FL 33733
Deadline For Reservations Or Cancellations
June 28, 1984
City State____ Zip
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 addresses 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
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
A R I ME
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.
For Sale: Beautiful brick house situated on 4 acres of
rolling hills overlooking Lake Guntersville. In sportman's
pAadise, 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.
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: Famous controversial T. Shirts, banned 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: 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
Wanted: Anyone having pieces of Royal Doulton
Coachman or Hunting Scene patterns to sell, please con-
tact Alice Strauss McLean, 7874 Spencer, #15, Pasadena,
For Sale: Minton China set. "Crasmere" pattern.
107 pieces. Mint condition. Asking $1000.00. Gene S.
Clary, P.O. Box 1909, Hendersonville, NC 28793. Phone
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.
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: 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.
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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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
Canal Zone Police Commemorative Pistol: .45
ACP Colt, Royal Blue Government Model. Unique serial
numbers: CZP-1 Serial number stamped on weapon
and magazine. Slide on one side has Canal Zone Police
Badge in gold and the legend "Canal Zone Police
1904-1982.)) Reverse side of the slide has the legend "Colt's
Commemorative" also in gold.
The pistol will have plain rosewood grips, each with a
medallion in its center bearing the Seal of the Government
of the Canal Zone.
The pistol will come with a wood presentation case
bearing, on the upper left, a "burned in" badge of the
Canal Zone Police, and on the bottom right of the cover, a
plate with the legend "Canal Zone Police 1904-1982" with
additional space suitable for personalized engraving. The
case has a drawer covered with glass and is lined in velvet.
Colt Industries has been contacted to produce the
pistol. The price is $1300.00 plus shipping and insurance.
If interested in this nice collector's investment, write
and send a SASE to: Oswaldo I. Montalvo, (former
Police Lieutenant), 16927 Creekline, Friendswood, TX
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.
Statesider's 1983 Directory Order Form
__ Copies of 1983 Directory at $4.00 each.
Bumper stickers: 1 at $1.73; 2 at $3.25; or $1.50 each
for 3 or more.
__I am a Zonian
_...Zonians do it in the Canal
ITotal amount (postage has been included) $
IMake checks payable to: Mr. Ted Norris
ISend order to: 1906 Prout Place, Falls Church, VA 22043
Photographs Wanted: For publication in various ar-
ticles covering Canal Zone/Panama history. Most needed
are shots depicting, in Colon: Bolivar Avenue, Bottle
Alley, Barrio de Tolerancia, Bilgray's Beer Garden; In
Panama City: Central Avenue, "J" Street, Ancon Post
Office, old walls around New Panama City, Coconut
Grove, 4th of July Avenue, and any or all churches,
anywhere in the Republic. Remuneration by credit line
assured, or token payment offered. Please contact: Art
Tolp, Sr., P.O. Box 2073, Ft. Myers, FL 33902. All com-
munications will be answered.
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
j ) Box 11566 0
I J St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, hereby apply for membership (Renewal) to the r- --
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and enclose my $15.00 annual membership fee, i
for the year 1984. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for
one year. ORDER FORM
SOCIETY PLATE AND DECAL
(PLEASE PRINT) Society Tag, $4.00 ea.
Society Decal, $1.50 ea.,
Street Box _
City State _Zip Code iPlease mail to:
CZ Affiliation _
Amount Enclosed $__ Check ___M.O. __ Cash
Membership and subscription fee is $15.00 per year, per family. (One household)
Please send money order unless check is on State's Bank
Delinquent charges of $2.00 will be assessed to those members who do not remit for 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.
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