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Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Place of Publication:
St. Petersburg, Fla
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five issues yearly
completely irregular


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Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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VO,. 18

NO. 3

J. F. Warner

FOR 1984-85

Victor H. May, Jr.

Peter W. Foster
1st Vice President

William M. Stock
2nd Vice President

Jean B. Mann

Richard W. Beall

Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Past President

Mrs.Dorothy Yocum

William F. Grady
Legislative Representative

Paul Disharoon
Sergeant at Arms

Joseph L. Hickey

Contents .
The President's M message ............................................
From the Secretary .................................................
E ditor's C orner ...................................................
Legislative R report ...................................................
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................
A ctiv cities ... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... .. ..
1985 R union .....................................................
R etirem ents ......................................................
The Canal Zone in Uniform ...........................................
Alan Ford Still Champion .........................................
N ew s C lips .......................................................
News Condensed from the "Spillway" ................................. .
Y our R reporter Says ..................................................
Alabam a ...................... 21 New Jersey .................. 35
Arkansas ...................... 23 New York ................... 35
California ..................... 25 North Carolina .............. 35
Colorado...................... 28 N orthwest................... 36
Florida ....................... 28 Panam a .................... 36
Kentucky ..................... 31 South Carolina............... 37
Louisiana ..................... 32 Texas ...................... 38
M ississippi .................... 33 V irginia .................. 41
The Younger Generation ........ 42
C congratulations ..................................................... '
W ed din gs ..........................................................
B irth s .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .
W ith D eep Sorrow ..................................................
Letters to the Editor .................................................
L cooking B ack .............. .......................... .............
A nnouncem ents ...................................................
For Sale or W anted ..................................................

Vigilant Real Estate 7
Nenna's Aloe Verama 7

Harris Real Estate 41 Russell Adams Realty,Inc. 2
Orange Villa Retirement Home 7

Front Cover: Cristobal Piers and City of Colon
Back Cover: TugboatJoseph C. Mehaffey. Panama Canal Commission photograph


Sept. 7 Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., SPIFFS, 2201 1st Ave. N.,
St. Petersburg, FL.
Sept. 14-16 West Coast Reunion, PCSOSC, Holiday Inn, 1355 North Harbor
Dr., San Diego, Ca.
Sept.15 Space Coast Annual Picnic, Kiwanis Island Park (on Hwy. 520)
Merrit Island, Fl.
Sept. 29 No Host Picnic, Davis Bayou Campground, Gulf Island National
Seashore Park, Ocean Springs, Miss.
Oct. 6 PCSOFL Annual Picnic, Lake Seminole Park, Shelter 8, Seminole,
Fl. 10:00 a.m.
Oct. 8-11 Eighth Annual Gas House Gang Invitational Golf Tournament,
Dothan, Ala.
Oct. 14 Annual Fall Luncheon, Northwest Arkansas Canal Society, Wyatt's
Cafeteria, Hwy. 71 north of Fayetteville, Ark. at 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 2 Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., SPIFFS, 2201 1st Ave. N.,
St. Petersburg, Fl.
Dec. 7 Christmas Party/Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, SPIFFS, 2201 1st
Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Fl. Eat at 12:00 noon, Meeting at
1:30 p.m.
Feb. 2 PCSOFL "Carnavalito", Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S., St.
Petersburg, Fl.
July 12-15 Pocono Reunion, Best Western Hill Motor Lodge, Tannersville, Pa.

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

n (A Non-Profit Organization)
STo preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
L P.O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733

The CANAL RECORD (USPS 088-020) is published five times a year in March, June, September, November and December by
Roberts Printing, Inc., 376 Patricia Ave., Dunedin, Fla. 33528.
The membership fee is $15.00 annually. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
Second Class postage paid at St. Petersburg, Florida.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, P.O. Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33733.
Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $1.50 postage to members only.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals
and Canal Zone Friendship.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida will become the property of the Society and will
be retained in our files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the
Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 40th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
Printed by ROBERTS PRINTING, INC., Dunedin, FL 33528

Lfie 99C6iCcnt -s

Dear Members -

It is my privilege to greet you as President of this fine
Society. I will attempt to bring you up to date on what we
have been doing since our last publication.
I am pleased to announce that under the capable chair-
manship of our 1st V.P. Pete Foster the 1985 Society Reu-
nion is shaping up into one big gala affair. For you that have
not been able to attend in past years GET READY -
The 1985 reunion will be held June 5th thru 8th. Pete will
have full information in both the Dec. '84 and March '85
issues of the Record. After you receive your Dec. issue A
Our August (Luncheon) Meeting and the annual pic-
nic in October will be held on the first Saturday of the
month. Our carnavalito meeting in February '85 will also
be held on the first Saturday. Each of these meetings will be
chaired by very capable individuals, June May (Aug. Lun-
cheon) Bill Stock (October Picnic) and our one and only
Olga Disharoon (Feb, Carnavalito).
Thanks to Joe and Anna Collins for arranging our
very delightful and delicious buffet luncheon meeting held
at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club on July 6th. It was attend-
ed by 121 members and guests. Joe and Anna assure us that
there will be more of these affairs to look forward to.
Your Executive Board continues to keep an eye on
Society funds, investing them to get the best possible returns
without risking the safety of our funds.

Pat Beall is providing the board with information so
that we may take steps to replace the two (2) antiquated
copying machines the Society owns.
I have appointed Pete Foster, Bill Stock and Shirley
Boswell to gather information for the Executive Board on
computers and software. We are actively pursuing the pur-
chase of equipment to modernize our operations which will
be of tremendous help to the offices of Secy/Treas and
Record Editor.
The registration list of the '84 reunion was compiled on
a computer, and instead of being subjected to normal prin-
ting procedures was photographed from the computer print
out, for inclusion in the Record thus saving quite a bit of
money on our printing bill.
Let me assure you that whatever decision is made, it
will be in the best interest of the Society.
Bill Stock is working toward the purchase of Past Pres-
ident pins. Hopefully, in short order all Past Presidents will
receive the outward recognition they deserve.
Pete Foster has submitted an amendment to the
bylaws which will be reviewed by the bylaws committee,
printed in the Dec. issue of the Record and hopefully be
adopted by the Society. Voting for officers and future
amendments to the bylaws will be done by mail-in ballots.
This will allow each of our 3800 + members the opportunity
to vote on these important decisions.
I will submit an amendment to the bylaws that will in-
crease the budget and audit committee to 4 members in-
stead of 3 members. I feel this committee is one of the most
important to this society and by having 4 members we will
be assured of at least 3 members for an audit.
Dorothy Yocum has consented to look into tour
packages for the society. When the weather turns cooler we
are looking forward to offering some tours to our society
members. Dorothy is already actively engaged in this pro-

Let me close by saying that I am fortunate in having
the great people that I have to work with this year. If Pete
and Bill continue on, this society will have excellent leader-
ship for the next two years. It is wonderful having these two
guys "Presidents in charge of all of our vices."

Vie May
Your Prexy

SFrom the


The deadline for address changes for the Annual Issue
of the Canal Record (November) is 25 September, 1984. It
is also the deadline for including new members in that issue.
I am trying to get the addresses for the following
Ralph and Jane Bender Orlando, Fla.
Guy Jones Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Tad and Cuca Campbell Lovett, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Brooks,Jr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
Nick and Debbie Brooks Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Just a reminder that in 1985, a member and spouse will
each be issued a membership card, as stipulated in our new
Bylaws. So when you pay your dues and get two cards in
return, remember that the Panama Canal Society of Florida
gives you a real bargain two for the price of one!

To our PSC, APO Miami (Panama area) members
and subscribers whose mail addresses are expected to be
changed as of 1 October, 1984: Kindly notify the Society's
Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Jean Mann, of your new mail-
ing address as soon as it may be immediately known by each
of you.
The annual issue is expected to go to the printer about
October 1, 1984, and it is hoped that when it does, that all
members will be listed with current mailing and/or home
addresses. Deadline for the annual issue will be September
25, 1984.

Jean B. Mann


Hwy. 41, 1 Block N. of Hwy. 54
Land O'Lakes, Florida 33539
Office: 813-949-3603
Eves: 813-973-1920

Each office independently owned and operated.



Alas, we have lost one of our true "go get the news"
reporters. John E. (Bill) Schmidt of Tallahassee, Florida
has decided to retire after two years of dedicated and devot-
ed service to the Canal Record. Bill has been a go-getter
ever since I've known him as a kid and he has done the same
for all those members in the Tallahassee area while he was a
reporter. He was one of those who made things happen, and
I'm sure the members in his area will miss him sorely.
Hopefully, someone else up there will take over the reins
and continue to give us the news from the Florida capitol.
Thanks for a wonderful two years of reporting, Bill. I'll miss
your reports, but we will still be in touch.
Letters are still coming in commending us on our
Canal Record. It has been pointed out to me that printing
them in the Canal Record leaves some doubt as to their ver-
acity as I fail to print the names of those who send them in. I
felt I did not have their permission to print their comments,
although I can prove each letter (from my files). It was poor
judgement on my part in that case. At the same time, I feel
that continuing to publish these comments is not necessary
any longer, therefore I will discontinue that practice. I may,
in the future, print one or two outstanding comments, both
pro and con, and will use the full name of the writer so long
as the letter is addressed to me personally.
We have been carrying our mailing list with Largo and
Seminole, Florida with the same Zip Codes for some time
now. While checking our files, this caused us to call both
Largo and Seminole Post Offices for clarification. Both of-
fices stated that any 33540, 33541, 33543 and 33544 Zips
were to be addressed to Largo. Zip 33542 remains as
Seminole. We have therefore changed those areas that re-
quired changing, for Postal purposes. Our regrets to any
members who may have been inconvenienced in the past
It's becoming fairly exciting around here lately. The
Executive Committee has recommended that the Secretary
and/or the Editor be provided with a computer that will cut
our work load considerably. A Committee has been formed
to look into the possibilities, fitting our requirements so
we shall see. I was also informed by our printers, Roberts
Printing, that a telephone modem is all we need to pipe our
input directly into their computer, which would also elimin-
ate considerable cost and labor. Needless to say, the
Secretary/Treasurer and I are eagerly awaiting the out-
come of the Committee report.

The Canal Record, as it leaves for the printers.

Something has been added to our masthead on page 1.
Upon checking with the U. S. Postal authorities, I felt it was
necessary in order to avoid printing anything derogatory or
controversial which is not what the Canal Record is all
about. Our wish is to keep upholding our aim which is
also on the masthead and that is To Preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships.
I have been asked to look into our advertising policies
and hopefully they will be printed in the December issue of
the Canal Record. Our commercial advertising rates have
always been considerably higher than those rates under
"For Sale and Wanted" column. The difference must be
clear to all concerned and some "member ads" may have to
be graded as commercial in the future. The decision by the
Executive Committee will be final.
I'm delighted to at last, get some of our champ Alan
Ford's story in our magazine. It's well worth reading, par-
ticularly if you are any kind of a sports fan. We're not only
looking at headlines we're sharing his observations, those
interesting facets that encompassed his career. Billy
Zemer, Alan and I supposedly set a local record for the 150
yard medley relay when we were kids that stood for a time
- like he said, they probably forgot to update the board.
Alan said he felt a little "uncomfortable" doing this inter-
view, so I hope he did it because we were swimming buddies
a long time ago. The war years did a lot to down-play his
record breaking feats, so most of us got tid bits of news, here
and there, from family and friends of his accomplishments.
The Canal Record is proud to print the story to remind
the world that we too, in the Canal Zone had a world cham-
pion. I hope we did his story justice.
The meeting place for the Society in Florida has gone
to a new meeting place (SPIFFS) that lacks adequate park-
ing space for its members. The Executive Committee is
aware of the problem and efforts are being made to provide
us with a nice, clean meeting place with lots of parking space
- so you members who don't want to put up with the inad-
equate parking situation, don't lose heart our President,
Vic May has that project on the top burner.

Part of the Editor's Office.
Regretfully, we have lost two more re]
Canal Record. Both Stella Boggs DeMarr o
Betty Rathgeber of New Jersey have asked t
their duties. I'm sorry to see them go the
us for some time and have done a good job
wish them good luck and thank them for ajob
will miss them. As a replacement for Betty I
have Jo (Dennis) Konover, 220 Forrestal
ments, Building 3, Princeton, New Jersey. ((

We welcome Jo into our Canal Record staff and I know she
will do a good job. Looking forward to receiving her next
Thanks, Dorothy Bitter for all your work and sup-
port. You are my shot in the arm.

Next Deadline is:

October 25, 1984

Pat Beall



The only definite fact about our cost-of-living-
allowance (COLA) is that it will not start coming out until
our January 1985 annuity checks.
After the September CPI-W is reported, about Oc-
tober 24, the final decision will be made in November as to
the actual COLA, by comparing the 1984 third quarter (Ju-
ly, August and September) with the third quarter of 1983
CPI-W which was 299.5%.
All we can do is wait and see. The CPI-W for June,
1984 is .03%.

William F. Grady
Legislative Representative

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Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

2 March 1984

The meeting was called to order by the President, who
turned it over to Mrs. Olga Disharoon who was Chairman
of our Carnavalito, after which Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave
the blessing.
The assembled members then enjoyed a varied assort-
ment of delicious dishes prepared by the members. The
President then thanked the Chairman and all her commit-
tee, including the ladies in the kitchen.
The President led the assembly in the Pledge to the
Flag and the invocation was given, followed by a few silent
moments of silent prayer for those departed.
The President welcomed the group and especially rec-
Harriet Elich Montana
Louise Pustis Sarasota
Mac and Jean Andrews Pennsylvania
Lisa Burkley
Penny and Freeland Hollowell, Jr.
Lee Ward Gaches
Donald Hendricks
Sandy and Tom Robinson Clearwater
The Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting and
were approved as read. She followed with the financial
reports, which will stand for audit as approved.
Mr. May reported on reunion reservations and urged
members to send them in as soon as possible. Mr. Foster
reported on bus schedules to the Ball and requested more
volunteers. Other reunion committee chairmen reported on
their progress.
The Legislative Representative, Mr. Bill Grady
reported that our COLA was still in the balance and if the
Senate passes the bill, we will have to wait for our 1983
COLA until 1 January, 1985. The cost-of-living for
January was .4% The cost of keeping one Congressman in
Washington is $1,964,000 per year.
The Sunshine Chairman reported on members who
were ill, and four members celebrated their birthdays in
The President announced that this was the last meeting
at Gulfport Community Center and that there would be no
meeting in April due to the Annual Reunion.
The meeting adjourned at 2:20 p.m.

4 May, 1984

The meeting was called to order by the President, Mr.
Victor May at 1:30 p.m. who led the assembly in the
Pledge to the Flag, followed by the invocation by Mrs.
Dorothy Yocum, Chaplain.
Mr. Sheridan, a representative of the Guarantee
Hearing Aid Center gave a short talk and slide presentation

of hearing and hearing aids.
The President welcomed the 66 members and those
Past Presidents who were present.
The Secretary read the minutes of the March meeting
and the financial reports and both were approved.
Mrs. Dorothy Bitter reported on the progress of the
June issue of the Canal Record, in place of the Editor who
was absent.
Motion was made and carried to accept the following
new members:
Norman and Janet Hunt Watkins
Lloyd and Michellene Murphy
Robert and Mary Lee
Margaret Knapp
Steven and Suzanne Hurtz
Dr. Victor Herr
The President chaired the motion to pay an extra
$20.00 for table set-up prior to meetings which was second-
ed by later amended to pay for table set-up for special occa-
sions only. Motion carried.
Mr. May introduced the officers for 1984-85, who are:
Mr. Vic May President
Mr. Peter Foster Vice-President
Mr. William Stock 2nd. Vice President
Mrs. Jean Mann Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Pat Beall Editor
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum Chaplain
Mr. Paul Disharoon Sergeant At Arms
Mr. William Grady Legislative Representative
Mr. Joseph Hickey Historian

The President also announced that Mr. Fred Huldt-
quist offered to chair the Golf Tournament for the 1985
Reunion. He then called on reunion committee persons to
report, and those reporting were: Betty Malone Lun-
cheon; Peter Foster Transportation; Marge Foster -
Registration, and Vic May Reunion Ball.
The Legislative Representative, Bill Grady, reported
that the COLA will become effective in December and will
be paid in our January 1985 paychecks. The COLA will be
computed by comparing the last quarter of 1983 with the
last quarter of 1984.
The President asked for volunteers for the Kitchen
Committee. Mrs. Anna Collins will take over those duties
in September.
Mrs. Mann provided a list of requirements for Assis-
tant to the Sec/Treas. job and urged those interested to see
her after the meeting.
Mr. Pete Foster gave a detailed, documented com-
parison of hotels for our 1985 reunion which will be held in
June to receive better hotel rates for members.
Three members celebrated birthdays in May, while
one couple celebrated their anniversary.

The President announced he had a supply of discount
cards for Sea World, for those interested, and adjourned the
meeting at 3:15 p.m.

1 June, 1984

The meeting was called to order by the President at
1:30 p.m. who then led the assembly in the Pledge to the
Flag, followed by the Chaplain, Mrs. Dorothy Yocum with
the invocation.
The President welcomed those 61 present and the fol-
lowing stood for recognition:
Marge and Art Sherry Panama
Skip and adrian Rowley Panama
Solveg Maria Graffer
Harry Foster
Margaret Lawson
Mrs. Edward Albin
The Secretary read the minutes of the May meeting
and the financial reports. As there were no questions, they
will stand as read and for audit. She also explained the
transfer of funds to short term CD's to generate more inter-
est rates as well as having funds insured.
Nolan Bissell asked for help in locating next-of-kin for
those whose cremains are in the Scottish Rite Columbar-
The Editor reported that he and Mrs. Bitter are in the
process of mailing the June issue of the Canal Record.
The President then introduced Mr. William Stock as
our new 2nd. Vice-President. He then explained the plans
to improve the office equipment of the Secretary/Treasurer
and Editor, to update record keeping.
Mr. May then announced that Olga Disharoon will
be Refreshment Chairman; Marge Foster will be Hospital-
ity Chairman, and Sandy Robinson will be Publicity
Mr. Pete Foster announced that a contract had been
signed with the Hyatt Regency hotel in Tampa for the 1985
reunion. He also announced some of the changes in the for-
mat for the '85 reunion.
The following names were read and approved for
Society membership:
Keith and Antonia Simms
Daniel and Veronica Barrington
Curtis Sanders
Bruno Lorenzo Emanuelle
Col. N.J. Riebe
Mather Luke Green
Roger and Linda Hutchison
James and Sherry Slice
Lois Harrison Kasper
Ted C. Marti, Jr.
Jo Ann Roebuck
Carolyn Bell Weathersby
Dr. and Mrs. Felix Hurtado
Three members celebrated their birthdays in June,
while two couples celebrated anniversaries.
The meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.




BHS/CHS '63 Reunion

The Class of '63 of Cristobal and Balboa High Schools
held a joint 20th High School Reunion. It was also open to
other classes who wanted to attend during the weekend ex-
travaganza. The festivities were scheduled to begin on Fri-
day but on Tuesday evening a report came in from the Surf-
side Holiday Inn, St. Petersburg, that 15 classmates had
already checked in. Needless to say everyone had anxiously
awaited this happening.
They came from all over of the 50 States. Both classes
had great attendance. A hospitality room for each class was
the gathering point during the weekend. These particular
rooms were full to overflowing with laughter, tears and lots
of free cheer. Yes, I think everyone in attendance had a
smashing good time!
By Friday afternoon most everyone had checked in,
registered with their class representatives and were enjoying
each others company with old war stories and the like. It
was a heart warming experience to see old friends renewing
their lives together again.
The highlight of the weekend was the Dinner and
LUCHO dance. During the dinner each class had an op-
portunity to out do each other with cheers and alma mater
singing. A candle was lit in memory of classmates that were
After dinner the fun really got going. LUCHO played
the music we all love so well. We danced until we couldn't
stand up, and our leg and arm muscles were crying for
Those in attendance from Cristobal High School were:
Elaine (Asbury) Stevenson, Mr. and Mrs. John Burns,
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Canamas (Penny Wilder), Mr.
and Mrs. Richard Carpenter, Diana (Clarke) Evans,
Mr. and Mrs. Collin Corrigan (Alberta Wilder), Celia
(Cronan) Miller, Pat (Daly) Hammond, Kathleen
(Delapp) Haught, Mr. and Mrs. David Vaughn (Bev
Dockery), Pat (Ernest) Holmes and husband, Mr. and
Mrs. Rusty Fields, Gene French, Mr. and Mrs. Edward
Green, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hauser, Harriett (Hewitt)
Dokken and husband, Jimmy Hoverson, Mr. and Mrs.
Bill Huff, Mae Jacques, Pat Kunkle, Patsy (Lee)
Moore, Pierre Legnadier, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond
Madison, Yvonne (Morales) Arabie, Margaret O'Brien,
Rene (Owen) Goodrich, Cheryl (Jackson) Klein and hus-
band, Diane (Ramsey) Ahlstrom and husband, Tom
Robertson, Diane (Roscoe) Murphy and husband,
Carolyn (Rowley) Dillon and husband, Sheila (Sanders)
Lawrence and husband, Gordon Sanders, Pat Seaman,
Lonne (Smith Montrose and husband, and Suzanne
(Urey) Kleefkens.
Cristobal High School had 2 teachers to attend. They
were: Mr. and Mrs. James Stearns and Mr. Gene Gregg.
A word of love and thanks go to them.
Other Cristobal High School classmates that were in
attendance were: Robert Rankin, Richard Rankin, Jim-
my Manning, Donald Humphrey, Carol (Beall) Fritz,

Keith and Mary Nell (Lee) Kulig, Mr. and Mrs. Terry
Webster, Ralph Morales, Dudley Smith, and Luella
(Morales) Womble.
A huge thank you to all who attended from the
Cristobal Committee, you all made it a tremendous success!

Beverly (Dockery) Vaughn
Douglasville, GA

CHS 1954-1984

The good times for some began on Monday, April 10. Each
day thereafter our ranks grew until by Thursday, April 12,
there were 17 graduates of Cristobal High School, 1954,
and family and friends expanded the group to 29.
At any given time, a gathering could be found either
poolside or in the lobby, re-establishing friendships that
originated in our youth.
We gathered together at the Columbia Restaurant in
Ybor City, Tampa, on Thursday night. Over an Arroz con
Polio dinner, such names as Mr.Beck, Bess Liter, Jam-
boree Night, and many tall tales were told. The group for
dinner had grown to 50 and it was super to see Andy
Fraser, Lewis Taber, Malcolm and Ken Stone, as well as
all the other CHS'ers who joined us. I must admit we felt
like celebrities with the pop of literally hundreds of flash

bulbs, as roll after roll of film was taken. Thank you Jody
Roberson for a memorable night.
Friday was another full day of "catching up", with
"Do you remember?" and "Well, I've been". Friday
night, our 20 persons plus about 1800 others met at the St.
Petersburg Coliseum for a super night of dancing to music
by Lucho. One of the best descriptions I've heard of the ball
is: The Strangers Club during Caraval with an extra 1000
people. (Remember, we are from the Atlantic side!)
During our three day sojurn, thoughts were given to
our classmates who can never join us, and a sincere wish
that those that can will do so in the years to come. None of
us will forget Bologna sandwiches at 5 a.m.; long distance
calls; hoarse voices, or the deep feeling of care and interest
felt by us all.
So, for Donna Geyer Bowman, Velvia Bringas
Fuller, Dick Cunningham, John Delany, Tony Dyer,
Barbara Hickey Grinnel, John Hayes, David Lane,
Sheila McNamee Taylor, Bruce Newhard, Jody Rober-
son, June Rowley Stevenson, Bruce Sanders, Dick
Sasso, Rudy Smith, Carl Tuttle and Arlene Vandergrift
Warerick, it was a great reunion. Let's hope there are lots
more for '54. See you for our 35th.

Sheila McNamee Taylor
Sarasota, FL


The Society's 1985 Reunion will take place June
5-6-7-8, 1985, at the Hyatt Regency Tampa.
The Executive Board selected the month ofJune as the
Reunion month in order to counteract the high increase in
hotel room rates during the peak season here in Florida.
The month of June is considered the low off-season month
in the sun-coast area.
Experience from the last three reunions has shown that
the Society requires a block of at least 400 hotel rooms to ac-
comodate our members and the ability to handle a luncheon
banquet of 650 people. Unfortunately, there are only three
hotels and one resort on the whole suncoast that can provide
us with a block of 300 or more rooms and the required ban-
quet seating.
Utilizing the above requirements, selection of the
Hyatt was based on the following:
a. The Hyatt Regency Tampa will provide a block of at
least 400 rooms at $50.00 per night for one to four
persons in a room and free parking for hotel guests.
In addition, the Hyatt can handle both the Lun-
cheon Banquet and the Annual Ball. The Hyatt is
located in the Franklin Mall (within easy walking to
much restaurants and good shopping).

There were many other details considered in the selec-
tion, but the above covered the major points.
Other hotels considered were as follows:
b. The Holiday Inn Surfside, Clearwater Beach, was
not available for our June dates. Also, if we changed
our dates for the Surfside, they could only offer 300
rooms and the three nights of the reunion in a fully
occupied (4 persons) room would cost $180.00 more
than the stay at the Hyatt Regency. In addition, the

Annual Ball would have to be held at the Coliseum.
c. The Holiday Inn Tampa Airport was available for
our June dates and could meet both our room and
banquet requirements. However, this hotel as the
reunion headquarters, would cost a member at least
$62.00 more than the Hyatt for the three nights. In
addition, the Reunion Ball would have to be held at
the Coliseum.
d. The Innisbrook Resort, Tarpon Springs, was not
available for our June dates (its off-season is
August). Innisbrook has many pluses but is a
RESORT and even at a discount, it would be much
more costly than staying at the Hyatt. In addition,
the Reunion Ball would have to be held at the Coli-
seum. Innisbrook should not be ruled out for some
future date if the Society's functions continue to

The selection of the Hyatt Regency Tampa will pro-
vide the following advantages to our members in addition to
the very low room rates:
1. The Annual Ball will be held at the headquarters
hotel, as a result, we anticipate a reduction of 40% on the
cost of Ball tickets.
2. No busses will be needed for transportation to the Ball
(which is an additional savings to our members).
3. Drinks at the Hyatts lounges will be at a 2 for 1 price,
except during the Hotel happy hours which at present
is $1.00 per drink.
4. Drinks at the Ball will be $2.00 house drinks and
$1.50 Beer/Wine. The Ball will not be a BYOB affair.
5. There will be free parking for guests of the Hyatt.
6. The Hyatts' facilities gives us the opportunity to hold

an open seating/no charge dance on Thursday evening
of our Reunion week in addition to the Annual Ball.
7. Members staying at the Hotel will be able to walk to
excellent stores and restaurants in Tampa's modern
Franklin Mall.
8. The Hyatt is easily reached via 1-275, 1-75, I-4 and
SR 60 (a detailed map will be published in December).
The primary consideration was the best possible re-
union at a minimum expense to the majority of members at-
tending the reunion. I sincerely believe that the Hyatt fits
the bill.


1. Will be held on June 5, 6, 7, 8, 1985 at the Hyatt
Regency Tampa Hotel.
2. Wednesday, June 5, 1985 Registration begins.
Members will be asked to mail in a "Pre-registration" form
so that their identification tags and registration lists can be
made up in advance.
3. Thursday, June 6, 1985 An evening "Open-
Seating/No-charge" dance in the Hyatt's Ballroom. (A
perfect opportunity for individual group and class
4. Friday, June 7, 1985 Annual meeting in the morn-
ing and the Annual Ball in the evening, both at the Hyatt.
5. Saturday, June 8, 1985 Annual Luncheon Ban-

Pete Foster
Coordinator, '85 Reunion


Preliminary information concerning the 1985 Reunion
will be published in the December issue of the Canal
In order for me to compile and submit to the Record
Editor before his deadline of October 25, all information
MUST be in my hands no later than October 15.
This notice is primarily for Non-Society Sponsored
Special Functions, such as Class Reunions, Past Matrons
Luncheon, Teas, Picnics, Co-Worker parties, etc.
The Hotel will not honor any requests unless they have
been authorized by the Reunion Coordinator. Therefore,
initial requests to the Hotel must be in writing and routed
through me as soon as possible.
Mail information and requests to Pete Foster, Coor-
dinator '85 Reunion, 2389 Citrus Hill Road, Palm Harbor,
Florida 33563.

Roger Burns, organist, is tentatively scheduled to play
for our dancing pleasure during our "Open-seating/No
charge" dance at the Hyatt's Ballroom during the annual
reunion on Thursday, June 6, 1985. He will also alternate
with Lucho during the Annual Ball on Friday, June 7.
An accomplished organist, Roger arrived in the
United States from England just over a year ago. His career
began at an early age and has studied both privately and at
schools and colleges for 11 years.
At 17, Roger turned professional and began entertain-
ing in England and throughout Europe, playing and sing-
ing jazz and pop. His music covers a broad spectrum of
categories ranging from ballads and jazz, through pop and

Roge Burns
Roger Bums

rock. Since arriving in America, he has completed a 6
month cruise venue and has appeared at various hotels and
resorts in the St. Petersburg and Clearwater area.
He currently hosts his own half-hour TV Show and
entertains Tuesday through Saturday at "Chief Charley's"
in Dunedin.

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The Canal Zone in Uniform

Senior Master Sergeant William R. Hogan has
recently been assigned as a Security Police Superintendent
with the 81st Security Police Squadron, George Air Force
Base, California. Bill, a 1959 graduate of Cristobal High
1* School and a former Cadet Captain in the CHS ROTC, re-
turned from an assignment in Okinawa, Japan in October

The son of Richard C. Hogan of Kerrville, Texas and Bet-
1 Itie J. Hogan of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bill enlisted in the Air
.u a Force in 1959 and has had assignments in Idaho, Turkey,
17 Texas, Vietnam, Italy, Hawaii, Alaska, Greece and Wash-
ington. Bill is a 1974 graduate of the University of Nebraska
at Omaha. His decorations include the Meritorious Service
Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak
leaf clusters, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Air Force
Outstanding Unit Award with five oak leaf clusters, the
Humanitarian Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal,
the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of
Galantry with palm. He is married to the former Cathy
Mullikin of North Platte, Nebraska.


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Scott Murray
Scott Murray takes after
his grandfather, Paul Jones
of Atascadero, California.
Murray, a 24 year old Navy
diver, is serving aboard the
USS Prairie, a destroyer
tender, the oldest continuous-
ly active commissioned ship.
The ship is a veteran of .
WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
The son of Dr.James and -
Norma Murray of Fostoria,
Ohio, Scott works on several
aspects of his diving talents Paul ones, retired to
Paul Jones, retired to
such as salvage, cutting and
such as salvage, cutting and Atascadero, served for 30years
welding, hull inspections and with the U.S. Government,
underwater photography, all w the Panama Cana
important to mata g working at the Panama Canal.
important to maintaining
water-tight hulls.
Murray joined the Navy in 1980 after studying politi-
cal science and economics at Miami University in Oxford.
After attending boot camp in San Diego and the Navy's ad-
vanced diving school at the Navy Diving Salvage Training
Command, he reported to the USS Prairie.
And, just as his grandfather did 30 years before him,
Murray is getting a first-hand glimpse of the rest of the
world and its people. He is the grandson of Rose and Paul
Jones of Atascadero, Calif. Rose was formerly employed
with the Commissary Division. Paul served his time at sea
as a marine engineer on all types of ships afloat in the
Panama Canal Area.

Lieutenant Colonel John C. Everson was born and
raised in the Canal Zone, graduating from Cristobal High
School in 1962. Upon graduation from Pennsylvania
Military College he was commissioned in the U.S. Army
Infantry, attended the Infantry Officer's Basic Course and
the U.S. Army Ranger Course at Ft. Benning, Georgia and
was assigned to the 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at
Ft. Carson, Colorado. He deployed in 1968 with elements
of the 5th Inf. Div. to Quang Tri, Vietnam, where he
served as an Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Comn
mander, earning the Combat Infantryman Badge, the
Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart. Following hos-
pitalization at Corpus Christi, TX and Gorgas Hospitals for
wounds, he was assigned to the 3rd Civil Affairs Group
(Airborne) at Ft. Clayton and graduated from the Special
Forces Airborne Course at Fort Sherman.

Lt. Col. John C. Everson

In 1971, he attended the Infantry Officer's Advanced
Course at Ft. Benning and was then assigned to the 82nd
Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C., where he served as a
Company Commander and in various Battalion and Bri-
gade staff positions. From 1974 to 1977 he taught ROTC at
the University of Puerto Rico and earned a MBA Degree.
Subsequently, he attended the U.S. Army Intelligence
School at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona and was then assigned to
the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Ft. Stewart,
Georgia, where he served as Deputy G2, S-3 and Executive
Officer of the 2nd Brigade. He graduated from the Armed
Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia in 1981 and was
assigned to the Intelligence Center Pacific at Camp Smith,
Hawaii where he served until 1984 as a North Korean
Analyst and as Indications and Warning Team Chief in the
CINCPAC Command Center. His current Assignment is
Executive Officer, 1st Brigade, 3rd Armor Division at
Kirch-Goens, Germany.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal for Valor
with Oak Leaf Cluster, The Defense Meritorious Medal,
the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clus-
ters, the Purple Heart as well as other service and campaign
He is married to the former Lynn Walker and they
have one son, John Jr. LTC Everson's parents are Mr. and
Mrs. B.I. (Emo) Everson of Sarasota, Florida and Lynn's
parents are Capt. and Mrs. F.D. Walker (USN Ret.) of
Longboat Key, Florida.


Second Lieutenant Robert B. Grier, Jr. was commis-
sioned in the United States Army Intelligence Branch, May
5, 1984 at Texas A. and M. University. He was also com-
missioned a Cadet Major in the Cadet Corps in Sept. 1983
as Public Relations Officer. As a member of the Ross Vol-
unteer Company, a Distinguished Student Award for
Outstanding Academic Achievement was given by the Col-
lege of Engineering. Also received was an Award from the
American Legion. He will graduate in December 1984 with
a B.S. Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, and go
on active duty in the Armed Forces. He is the son of Robert
B. and Verla Grier of Kerrville, Texas and grandson of
Mrs. Samuel Grier, Jr. of Fullerton, CA who resides with
her daughter Margaret C. Grier.


znc2 Lt. HODert b. irler, Jr.


On the occasion of the XXIII Olympiads being held in
Los Angeles at the time of this issue of the Canal Record, it
would be appropriate to honor one of our own Olympic
Champions Alan Ford, who just barely missed the gold
but left a lasting legacy in the annals of swimming.
Born and reared in the Canal Zone, he is the son of
Randall H. Ford and the late Wilma Ford of St.
Petersburg, Florida. Randall retired in 1955 as Assistant
Superintendent of the Motor Transportation Division after
37 years of service with the Canal organization. Alan's
grandfather, Walter G. Ford was a Roosevelt Medal holder
with three bars, and served as an engineer on the Panama
So much has been written, pictorialized and recorded
of Alan's accomplishments in the swimming field and it
would be difficult to quote from all the sources accurately
without publishing a small book. Excerpts of some of the
news items concerning his career are quoted here, followed
by an interview by the Canal Record. Questions were ask-
ed, which would not have been answered otherwise because
of his inborn reserved nature.

by Charles Loftus
Director of Sports Information
Yale University, Nov. 4, 1944

"A rusty-haired Yale student sat on the deck of the
magnificent exhibition pool of the Payne Whitney Gym-
nasium last March enjoying just as much as any of the cap-
acity crowd of more than 2,000 persons a comedy act which
was part of the annual Yale swimming carnival.
Then a few minutes later he stood on his starting box,
was off with the bark of the official's gun, and churned his
way 100 yards to the most electrifying performance in swim-
ming history....
The lad was Alan Ford and as the timers compared
watches and showed them to the official in charge, Mr.
James Koche, president of the Connecticut Amateur Ath-


letic Association, he clung nonchalantly to the side of the
pool while regaining some of the explosive energy he had
just spent....
The announcer stepped forward to his stand and as he
did so his broad smile indicated what he was going to say.
"A new world's record....forty-nine and seven-tenths
The history of the 100-yard free style swim goes back
47 years to Nov. 2, 1897 whenJ. H. Derbyshire of England,
competing at Glasgow, Scotland posted the then-astoun-
ding time of an even minute.....
Twenty five years later, Weismuller entered the pic-
ture. Weismuller was perfection personified a huge,
powerful body, coordination, stamina. In 1922 at Honolulu
he cut another four-tenths of a second with his startling
fifty-two and six-tenths time, and by 1925 had the record
down to fifty-two seconds.
Weismuller then sliced a full second to cut his record to
fifty-one seconds at Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1927 and the
swimming world agreed that this time would never be
In January of 1943 Ford filed claim to the undisputed
championship by doing what critics vowed would never be
done. His time was fifty and seven-tenths seconds. The
following month off came another one-tenth of a second,
and then on January 29 of this year his time was fifty and
one-tenth seconds, a full half-second lower than his
previous record.
Then came the blustry night in March 20, 1944 when
history was made. Ford swam without competition in his
favorite lane number five, and a week later at the Na-
tional Collegiates duplicated the time swimming in a field of
Ford today is the outstanding candidate for the James
E. Sullivan award of the A.A.U. and will be nominated as
the Connecticut choice for this coveted honor.
In addition to his 100 yard record, Ford is the title-
holder of the 100 meter event, and is second in backstroke
competition only to the great Adolph Kiefer.

Alan is a quiet, modest lad with a wide, infectious smile
and what the authorities and his contemporaries think of
him as a leader can best be exemplified by his honors on and
off the campus of Yale University. He was captain of the
freshman swimming team, now captain of the varsity, and
this year was voted as the outstanding swimmer by the Col-
lege Swimming Coaches' Assocition.
He is a member of St. Elmo's Society, an outstanding
Yale organization; and a member of the Aurelian Honor
Society, election to which is one of the highest honors that
can be accorded a Yale undergraduate. He is also a deacon
of the Church of Christ of Yale."

Alan Ford during his world record breaking performances.


Honorees were nominated in a poll of 1,150 coaches and
selected by a committee of six with final approval by the
Board of Directors of the Swimming Hall of Fame. Twenty
five honorees were inducted in 1966, including Alan Ford,
with such notables as Jack Medica, Wally Ris, Eleanor
Holm, and Esther Williams among others.
"The new swimmers selected in 1966 set milestones in
their sport. They broke long-standing time barriers. They
swam faster, further and more often than anyone else at that
time. From July 1913 to June 1952, almost 40 years, only
three swimmers Duke Kakanamok, Johnny Weis-
muller and Alan Ford held a world record in the most
popular of swimming events, the 100 yard freestyle. Weis-
muller held it for 20 years, Kahanamoku and Ford for 10.
Weismuller and Kahanamoku were inducted into the Hall
of Fame in 1965. With the induction of Ford in 1966, all
three are in the swimming Hall of Fame.
NOMINATION: Alan Ford, Panama to Yale Uni-
versiy, U.S.A. finally broke Johnny Weismuller's
100 yard world Freestyle record. He did this on the
13th of February, 1943. Thirteen months later,

March 18, 1944, Ford became the first man in the
world to go under 50 seconds for the 100 yard
Freestyle. Not only did he break "the four minute
mile" of swimming, it took 8 more years before
anyone else broke it again. Yaleman Ford is best
known for his 100 yard times, but he also twice held
the world 100 meter Freestyle record and twice the
National AAU 200 meter-220 yard championships."

Swimming Hall of Fame
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
December 23, 27, 28, 1966


CR: You have had so much written about your exploits
in the swimming field Time magazine, Life
magazine, New York Times and many more (all
copyrighted) that it is difficult to digest it all for the
Canal Record. I hope I may ask some questions
that may give our members a more personal aspect
of your swimming career.
While in the Canal Zone where you started your
swimming career, Coach Henry J. Grieser used
you mainly in the backstroke where you set many
Canal Zone records. Can you remember any of
Ford: Actually, the most serious swimming I did on the
Zone was freestyle in the middle distances (200 to
800 meters). Backstroke must have come naturally
because I don't remember making any conscious
decision to take up the stroke seriously. I do re-
member marvelling at Taylor Drysdale's stroke.
Taylor was a backstroker on the 1936 Olympic
Team and was working on the Zone as part of the
division appraising the "Third Locks" possibility.
My wife, Beverly and I visited the Zone in 1971
after 26 years and I was really surprised to learn
my record for 100 yards (15-17 age group) of
1:00.1 still stood. I really think they just quit up-
dating the record book.
CR: After you graduated from Balboa High School,
you went to Mercersburg Academy and then to
Yale University. Who turned you over and got you
to excel in freestyle? Was it an easy transition for
Ford: I was in the BHS Class of 1941, but in the Fall of
my senior year, I left to attend Mercersburg
Academy at Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. Mer-
cersburg was the perennial Prep School National
Champs and I had shown some promise as a swim-
mer. (Also school was becoming too much "sky-
lark" and my mother was getting tired of faculty
Swimming at Mercersburg was like jumping in-
to the North Atlantic in January compared to what
I was used to. Coach Grieser was pretty informal
about workouts and schedules except before the
annual meet with Cristobal, the 4th of July
Championships or trips to South America. No
more Pom-Po, Pullaway, sneaking up Sosa Hill to
steal sugar cane, or running down the chlorine
pipe to be "first" in those Shallow End ball games.
It was all business for two hours and when Coach

"King John" Miller said move you moved. I
had met KingJohn on the last South American trip
so he knew I could swim middle distances. Mer-
cersburg was four deep in the backstroke so in
King John's inimitable manner, I was told "I need
freestylers forget backstroke" so the transition
wasn't hard if I wanted to swim.
CR: You were the first to breakJohnny Weissmuller's
17 year old world record for the 100 yard freestyle.
Was this while you were at Yale?
Ford: Swimming at Yale was much more relaxed under
Coach Bob Kiputh. Bob was one of the finest men
I have ever known and had a great influence on my
education and swimming. Bob was the Women's
Olympic Coach in 1928; the Men's Coach in 1932
and 1936, and would be in 1948 and 1952, after
which he retired. Practice was still limited to two
hours a day, but was much more concentrated on
body-building and swimming technique.
By then the war was on and we all knew we were
on borrowed time, so swimming moved into a
summer season as we concentrated on making the
most of our time. The Summer of 1942 (sounds
like a movie) I became the fourth man to tie
Johnny Weismuller's :51.0 World Record for the
100 yard freestyle. Johnny set this record in 1927;
as time passed, it looked better and better. It was
tied by Peter Frick in 1936 (who swam against
Eddie Wood at Balboa) and then in 1942 by
Howie Johnson, Bill Prew and myself. I finally
broke the record in January, 1943 with :50.7 and
then a month later with :50.6.
CR: Did you break your own world record again at
some later date?
Ford: I joined the Navy in 1943 and after only six weeks
was assigned to Yale in the V-12 Officer Candidate
Program and so was able to finish both my educa-
tion and swimming career, even though it only
took another year and eight months. In January,
1944, I lowered the record to :50.1 and two months
later on successive weekends at the NCAA
Championships did :49.7 which has been com-
pared to breaking the four minute mile.
CR: Was this your best time ever, or did you unofficial-
ly better that at any time?
Ford: I had done better times in practice, but because my
last season was cut short by graduation, I was
never able to do them in competition or officially.
During this time I also set the World Record for
100 meters (approximately 110 yards) of :55.6.
I should explain that in the "olden days" world
records were recognized in both yards and meters,
but could not be set in a pool shorter than 25 yards
or 25 meters. Outdoor or Olympic pools are 50
meters. Because of the additional two turns on the
shorter pools, times are always faster so records
were always set in these pools. Today, only Ameri-
can records are recognized in yards and World
Records only in meters, and these must be set in 50
meter or Olympic size pools.
CR: How long did your World Record for the 100
meter freestyle stand?
Ford: The :49.7 record stood for eight years until Dick
Cleveland did :49.6 and the 100 meter stood for
four years until Alex Jany of France did :55.5.
While training for the 1948 Games, I broke his

time with a :55.4 to regain the record. Since meters
were rarely swum in the U.S., I lost track of times
and don't know how long this record stood.

The 1948 London Olympic Medal 50.5 mm in diameter. 59 na-
tions competed with 4106 athletes.

CR: During the 1948 Olympics held in London,
England, Wally Ris surged ahead of you in the last
10 meters to win in :57.3 a half second ahead of
you in second place. This time was :02.4 seconds
slower than your own world record. Was this
because you had just returned from service in the
U.S. Navy and were making a come back, giving
you little time to prepare for the Olympics?
Ford: By 1948 I was married, had a fmaily and was well
into an engineering career. I hadn't been in the
water since early 1945 and frankly was tired of
swimming and had no desire to swim. I had always
wanted to compete in the Olympics and when it
appeared the first post-war Games would be held
in London, I thought well, maybe. With Bev's
encouragement, I finally decided to give it a try
and we moved back to New Haven so I could try a
comeback under Bob Kiputh who also thought I
should try.
I got a job doing compressor research at Yale
and we scraped out a living for six months while I
spent every available moment in the pool. I raise
this point only because it is so great to finally see
the public and large corporations, especially
McDonalds, helping our athletes at various train-
ing centers throughout the country. We can't ex-
pect to compete with the Eastern Bloc and Soviets
unless we do something, and at last we seem to be
at least trying.
The Olympic Trials were held in Detroit and
three days before my event, I came down with pto-
maine poisoning. Stuffed with vitamins, honey
and sugar, I sneaked in third and qualified for the
team. Also tried the backstroke, but finished fourth
and missed the event. Incidentally, Coach Grieser

was a spectator at the tryouts, and Eddie Wood
closed out a great competitive swimming career
The Olympics in London was a great exper-
ience. I was second to Wally Ris in a race I thought
was much closer than our timed difference of 0.5
seconds. Swimming the 50 meter pool was always
hard for me. I am only 5'8 Y and the sustained
drive needed for long pools gives the 6-footers an
advantage. However, I had the advantage in the
short course pools where I could get around the
turns faster. Also, after a layoff, my legs were never
as strong as they once were. These are not excuses;
I did my best and was beaten by a great swimmer. I
only wish it had been 1944 and I can really sym-
pathize with our swimmers who had to miss
Moscow in 1980 (Another great Jimmy Carter
decision). Wally's winning time was :57.3 (an
Olympic Record) which, when compared to the
World record of :55.4 emphasizes the difference
between long and short course swimming.
CR: Did you continue to swim competively after the
Olympics and is swimming still a ritual for you on
a day-to-day "keep fit" program?
Ford: The Olympics finished my swimming career for
about 30 years when Master's Swimming entered
the picture. I tried to swim again in the 50-54 age
group, but I couldn't regain the enthusiasm. All
this "swim through the pain" nonsense. I've
been there and now when it starts to hurt, I quit.
Now it's time for fun and to keep in some
semblance of shape. I'm delighted to know that
another Zonian, Bill Grant is a National Record
holder and I was excited to hear that Shirley
(Dyer) Ericsson is a World Class in the Master's
Program. Great!
CR: Where are you working now and do you plan to
retire soon?
Ford: I am now semi-retired but doing some consulting
in engineering and computers. Spent most of my
career designing and building oil refineries and
chemical plants with an occasional food plant
thrown in. The most interesting was a fertilizer
complex in Visakhapatnam, India; the most edu-
cational a refinery for Royal Dutch Shell, en-
gineered in The Hague, Holland; and the most
pleasant, a frozen pineapple chunk and juice plant
in Hawaii.
CR: Have you any further comments you might like to
Ford: Bev and I have four children; a daughter, Joy, a
son, Randall (after my father) and twin sons, Bob
and Don. All are now out on their own and have
given us a total of six grandchildren.
Remembering swimming on the Zone always
brings back great and pleasant memories. It seem-
ed as though everybody, at one time or another
was either in the grandstands, sunning on "top
Board" or in the pool. It was much more social
than the Playshed or the ball games. As I recall,
there was even an occasional after dark "skinny
dip". But most of all, when I was younger, was a
chance to associate with my boyhood heroes.
"Swede" Westendorf, Eddie Wood, Tommy
Roth, Bill Fleming, George Haldeman, Henry
Brewerton, Bill Grant and Bill Violette to

name a few. They always had time for some horse-
play or some encouragement.
I remember Hank Brewerton betting me a
banana split I couldn't beat my old friend, Bill
Zemer at some distance. I finally did it and Hank
paid off even though I hadn't done it in the allotted
time. I remember how proud I was to have his un-
divided attention over a banana split in the Club-
house Ice Cream Parlor. It was a lot of fun.
CR: Did we fail to cover anything?
Ford: Well, I was runner-up in the Sullivan Award given
to the Outstanding Amateur Athlete in 1945-46,
and was inducted into the Swimming Hall of Fame
in 1966.
CR: You are truly an outstanding world champion
from the Canal Zone. I'm sure the members who
were not able to follow your career due to the vari-
ables of World War II, have relished, being at long
last, to follow your remarkable career. Thank You.


Alan Ford, swimming star of the 1940's and an Olym-
pian medalist, brought home another swimming award this
May. Swimming in the National AAU Master's Swimming
Tournament at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Ford and his
Michigan teammates splashed to a victory in the 200-yard
freestyle relay, setting a new national record for their age
group, 1:44.3 for 45 to 54 year old swimmers.

Alan Ford today still treading water with the best of them.

Ford, a Canadian Lakes member with a chalet in Hid-
den Valley, was swimming his first competitive meet in
almost 30 years.
While at the National Master, Al had a chance to visit
with Johnny Weissmuller 30 years after Ford broke his
world record in the 100-yard freestyle. This record topped

spectacular record-breaking years at Yale and proceeded his
trip to the 1948 Olympics.
He obtained his engineering degree in two-and one-
half years, but only after equaling or breaking 42 existing
swimming records.
At twenty-four and well past his swimming peak, Al
qualified for the first post-war Olympic games in London.
Al brought home a silver medal and a second place for the
United States in the 100-meter freestyle a feat that has
left him with a definite respect for the seven first place
medals Mark Spitz won in the 1972 Olympics.
After years of business experience with his Bay City
company, International Terminals, Inc., Ford's health
became a concern and last year he renewed his interest in
swimming. Mrs. Beverly Ford is obviously pleased that Al's
swimming has helped him cut down from a three pack of
cigarettes a day habit to a "sneak" and a cigar.
Will Al go back and try again? You bet your bubble
bath he will!
Maybe he wrinkles a little more in the pool now, but
Alan Ford can still tread water with the best of them.




By John W. Emery

A "new Floridian" is a person who has come to
Florida to live and adopted this state as his legal domicile.
Unique features of its tax laws, applicable to individ-
uals domiciled here, distinguish Florida from most other
states. These are:
1. No estate tax to be borne by your Estate.
No inheritance tax.
2. No income tax.
3. No tax on household goods or personal effects.
4. Tax on intangible personal property (stocks, bonds,
etc.) payable annually, much less than annual taxes
(income tangible, intangible, etc.) imposed by most
other states. No tax on money in banks or U.S.
Treasury securities.
5. Homestead exemption.
Precaution should be taken to make it evident that you
have adopted Florida as your legal domicile to insure enjoy-
ment of Florida's tax features and minimize a possibility of
conflict with, or claim by, another state.
The following steps of precaution are suggested:
1. File a Florida Declaration of Domicile and Citizen-
ship in the Circuit Court Clerk's office. The official
form may be obtained from one of our Trust offices.
2. Review your Will with your attorney. It might need
revision to conform to Florida law.
a. Be sure the Personal Representative you nomi-
nate is legally qualified to serve in Florida.
b. State in your Will that Florida is your legal dom-
c. It is preferable that witnesses to the execution of
your Will be local Floridians.

3. Transfer your securities, bank accounts, and valua-
bles to be kept in a safe deposit box in Florida.
a. A safe deposit box in Florida is not sealed upon
death of Co-Leasee.
4. Register and vote in all elections.
5. Obtain Florida license plates and operators license.
a. Register your boat.
6. In all legal and other transactions state that you are a
7. Transfer church, club, and other organization mem-
berships to Florida.
8. If you own your own home, apply for a homestead
tax exemption.

(Mr. Emery is the Senior Vice President of the National Trust Com-
pany, Ft. Myers)

The Senior Consumer
June 1984


The Panama Canal Society of Florida has elected of-
ficers for the 1984-85 term.
They are: Victor H. May Jr., president; Peter W.
Foster, first vice president; William M. Stock, second vice
president; Jean B. Mann, secretary-treasurer, and Richard
W. Beall, editor.
In addition to being elected president, May became a
grandfather June 18 when daughter Sandy and son-in-law
Tom Robinson presented him with Jessica May Robinson.

Rick Rutan
St. Petersburg Independent
Thursday, July 5, 1984

By Thomas R. Waring
Special Writer

AFTER 29 YEARS as a teacher and principal in the public
school system of the Panama Canal Zone, Seymour Isaac Barkowitz
has returned in retirement to his native Charleston. In recognition of
his service in education and civic affairs, he receivedfour awards from
the military and civilian administrations of the Canal Zone, now of-
ficially designated as the Panama Canal Area.
The honorary public service award, conferred by D.P.
McAuliffe, administrator of the Panama Canal Commission, com-
mends Barkowitz 'for his many years of volunteer work, especially
with the Jewish community. The gold medallion and certificate
represent the highest category of award that is bestowed by the authority
of the Panama Canal Commission.
Barkowitz served on the Boy Scout executive committee, and was
chairman of Red Cross youth activities. He was a member of the board
of directors of the Theatre Guild, and sang in a quartet that appeared
before many benefit shows. He was a volunteer cantor and lay reader,
and "assumed the role of spiritual leader of the canal area Jewish com-
munity.... He was called on by the Israeli embassy and the Jewish
synagogues of Panama to represent the canal area Jewish
community. "
For 10 years, Barkowitz acted as volunteer liaison for
the German Federal Republic reparation office to aid
holocaust victims residing in Panama. Other awards were

the Master Key from the Panama Canal Commission, in
the grade of Master Educator and Community Leader; a
certificate of appreciation from the 193rd Infantry Brigade
of the U.S. Army, and an award "for exceptional perfor-
mance" from the Department of Defense Dependents
Schools of the Panama Region.

AS A SOLDIER in World War II, Barkowitz marched
into Germany and received the Purple Heart and the
bronze star for action on the Siegfried Line. While still in
the Army, he studied German, Spanish and ancient Greek
at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Discharged from
service in 1946, he resumed his studies as a senior at the
College of Charleston and was second in his class at gradu-
ation in 1947. He also was captain of the basketball team.
Standing six foot four inches, he was an all-state center. He
was president of the student body and the Panhellenic Socie-
Seymour Barkowitz attended Bennett School, and was
graduated from the High School of Charleston in 1940. He
had a Boyce scholarship for four years at the College of
Charleston, and drew GI benefits in his senior year. After
graduation from the college, he went to Mexico City Col-
lege for a year to study Spanish. Returning in 1948 to
Charleston, he taught English and geography at the High
School of Charleston.

DURING THE SUMMERS of 1949-1953,
Barkowitz took courses at Middlebury College in Vermont
and Columbia University, leading to a master of arts degree
in Spanish from Middlebury. In 1950-1955, he taught
English and Spanish at Rivers senior-junior high school.

With the help of a Ford Foundation fellowship, he spent a
year in 1953-54 in Spain.
In 1955, he applied for an appointment in the U.S.
government school system, preferably in a Spanish-
speaking country. He was assigned for five years to a high
school in Balboa, on the Pacific side of the Canal Zone.
In 1959, Barkowitz received a National Defense
Education Act grant to obtain a second master's degree at
Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn. Back in the Canal
Zone, he was assigned to administer psychometric tests, and
to guidance and counseling services in junior high school.
He was placed on detached duty, and assigned by the civil
affairs director of the Canal Zone government the task of
creating and establishing the parole and probation office for
the Panama Canal Commission. Subsequently, he was
assistant principal of a junior high school for 10 years.
In 1972, he became principal of the school, by then
known as Corundu Junior High School. He held this post
until retirement last January. Prior to retirement, Barkow-
itz on two occasions was called on to assume the role of ac-
ting director (superintendent) of schools.

AS EARLY AS 1978, Barkowitz and his wife had
decided to return to Charleston as their home in retirement.
They bought a residence on the Isle of Palms, and moved
into it immediately on arrival from Panama. He is in-
terested in the Jewish Community Center, and service to
senior citizens. He belongs to Emanu-el Conservative con-
gregation. He still plays tennis, and enjoys walking on the
(Thomas R. Waring is a retired editor of The News and
Courier and The Evening Post.)

From the "SPILLWAY"


An original Al Sprague painting was recently
presented by the Panama Canal Commission's Chairman
of the Board, William Gianelli, and Administrator, D.P.
McAuliffe, to the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Commit-
tee of the U.S. House of Representatives. The painting por-
trays a ship entering a Panama Canal lock chamber and
shows the massive miter gates closing behind it.

The idea for the presentation came about while Mr.
McAuliffe was -admiring the many paintings that hang in
the committee's offices and noted the absence of any repre-
sentation of the Canal.

"NIC" takes first in annual cayuco race... "PM Magazine" captures action on film

Twenty-three trophy boats and seven patch boats
completed this year's ocean-to-ocean cayuco race through
the Panama Canal within qualifying time limitations.
Finishing the course in 5 hours 42 minutes 3 seconds earned
Alen Dekle, Ed Bringas, Paul Smith and Mark Dekle first-
place trophies. Trophies also went to the crews of the "Ut-

W. i w M
Local artist Al Sprague, at left, shows his painting to Panama Canal
Commission Administrator D.P. McAuliffe, center, and Rep. Nor-
man Shumway of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee dur-
ing the congressman's recent visit to Panama. the crew of the "NIC" demonstrates the style that enabled the boat to
take the race for the second consecutive year.

Photo by Arthur Pollack

Photo by Don Goode

most," "Almost," and "And Then What" for placing se-
cond through fourth, respectively, and rotating awards
went to "Situation Hopeless," the mixed-crew champions;
"Bejuco," winners of the all-female category; and patch
boat winners, "The Most." The Hard Luck Award went to
"Relax," and "Tequila Sunrise" earned the Lead Anchor
Award for finishing last. The Panama Council of the Navy
League of the United States, Panama Canal Elks Lodge
1414, Post 1 of The American Legion, and Post 3835 of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars all contributed funds for the
trophies awarded this year.

Brunner new Safety Division chief

William H. M. Brunner became chief of the Panama
Canal Commission Safety Division on April 15, replacingJ.
R. Maravilla, who retired on March 2.
In addition to the duties and responsibilities held by his
predecessor, Mr. Brunner is charged with providing
technical guidance to field safety personnel and assuring
that agency safety training needs are identified and fulfilled.
This change was made to enhance the safety organization of
the Canal and to further ensure that Commission
employees are provided a safe and hazard-free work envir-
Mr. Brunner joined the Canal organization in 1971 as
a general engineer in the Engineering and Construction
Bureau. Remaining within that bureau, he became assis-
tant to the chief of the Specifications and Estimates Branch
in 1975, was promoted to chief of the Atlantic Maintenance
Branch in 1978 and transferred into his last position as assis-
tant to the Engineering and Construction Director in 1981.
His recent appointment takes him out of the Engineering
and Construction Bureau and into the Office of Personnel
Administration. 4/27/84

Gatun Locks bulkhead slots drilled

The Panama Canal Commission Maintenance Divi-
sion drilled out and removed concrete blocks for two lateral
culvert bulkhead slots at Gatun Locks last week. The drill-
ing of the two slots in the upper level of the cast chamber will
help Maintenance Division personnel plan for the drilling of
an additional 107 slots. Bulkhead slot frames will then be in-
stalled in each of the 109 slots to accommodate the bulk-
This work is one of the biggest jobs planned in con-
junction with the next major locks overhaul involving four
Gatun miter gates. The Maintenance Division will also
break out and pour four concrete gate sills and other pro-
jects that will be tackled by the Locks Division include
overhauling the lintel on a rising stem valve, refurbishing
four bullwheels, performing T-culvert work, refurbishing
intake bulkheads, overhauling the pins on the bridge gates
and performing ongoing conductor slot work.
During the project, Maintenance Division personnel
tested new methods and equipment with the aim of cutting
down the time required for drilling, block removal and the
hand chipping of concrete.
The methods worked out during this exercise will cut
in half the amount of time that was required for previous in-

Congress postpones COLA for retired
military personnel

Congress recently voted to postpone the next retired
military cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) until December
1, 1984. All retired military employees currently having off-
sets by deductions from their Panama Canal Commission
pay will continue having deductions because deductions do
not stop when the yearly amount originally indicated is
The Department of Defense Manpower Data Center
(DMDC) will provide new offsets prior to the December 1
implementation date. These new offsets will be added to
current offsets. For example, if an employee is now having
$13.85 per pay period deducted from his or her Commis-
sion salary and DMDC provides a new offset of $14.15 per
pay period based on the December 1 retired pay increase,
the employee will then have $28 ($13.85 + $14.15) per pay
period deducted.
As in last year's procedures, because of the timing of
the retired pay increase the dollar amounts provided by
DMDC before December 1 will be estimates subject to sub-
sequent adjustment.


University inherits Canal equipment
to study earthquakes
by Roy Naylor

Hundreds of earthquakes occur every year all over the
world, but most are so small they are not felt. Here in the
Republic of Panama, the recording and analysis of earth
movements has been performed for many years by seismo-
graphic equipment that was first installed atop Ancon Hill
and later housed in the basement of the Balboa Heights
Administration Building.
After the Panama Canal Commission donated the
equipment to the Republic of Panama, it was installed at the
Geosciences Institute of the University of Panama and has
been operational there since August.
Technicians from Raytheon Service Company, which
holds a maintenance contract with the Albuquerque Seis-
mological Center of the U.S. Geological Survey, installed
the equipment at the university and trained operating and
maintenance personnel.

Ancon museum offers art displays
hobby shop

An old Ancon landmark that for many years served as
a masonic temple now houses the spacious Museum of Con-
temporary Art.
Owned and operated by the Panamanian Institute of
Art, which bought the building in 1980, the museum ex-
hibits works by local and visiting artists and operates a shop
for framing pictures and artwork. The building also houses
an engraving workshop where students and aficionados can
use the equipment and receive expert advice at a nominal
On permanent exhibition in the lower left wing of the
building are some of the 200-odd paintings by different ar-
tists, both Panamanian and foreign, owned by the institute.
Some remodeling work on the upper floor of the building is

under way to provide space for the rest of the institute's per-
manent exposition.
The museum is open to the public. Admission is free.
A non-profit organization, the institute finances its
operations with annual membership fees of $50 and with
donations from private local firms. Both the membership
fees and the donations are tax deductible.

Public service recognized by PCC

Seventeen individuals and five organizations were
honored at the 14th Annual Panama Canal Honorary
Public Service Award Ceremony on April 26 in the rotunda
of the Administration Building in Balboa Heights. Panama
Canal Commission Administrator D.P. McAuliffe express-
ed his gratitude to all the award recipients and to other in-
dividuals and organizations who have worked to improve
the quality of life on the Isthmus.
Mr. McAuliffe presented gold medallions to two recip-
ients. Seymour Barkowitz was recognized for his many
years of service to the Jewish community as cantor, lay
reader, bar mitzvah instructor, official representative,
spiritual leader and volunteer liaison for the German
Federal Republic Reparation Office to aid holocaust victims
residing in Panama. He was also cited for his volunteer
work with the Boy Scouts, Red Cross and Theatre Guild.
The Right Reverend Lemuel B. Shirley, the first
Panamanian bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Panama,
also received a gold medal for his initiation and sponsorship
of social, economic, cultural and educational reforms.
Silver medallions were presented by Deputy Ad-
ministrator Fernando Manfredo Jr. to seven recipients.
George W. Westerman was recognized for his long-
standing representation of and concern for the West Indian
The local branch of the Girl Scouts of America was
cited for almost 50 years of exceptional involvement, effort

Susan K. Stabler, Panama Canal Commission Public Affairs
Officer writer and photographer, receives a silver medallion for her
service to the Atlantic community.

and leadership in support of Isthmian youth activities and
civic projects. For her dedicated service to the Atlantic com-
munity, Susan K. Stabler also received the silver
medallion. The Panama Canal Branch of the National
League of American Pen Women and the British Aid Socie-
ty were recognized for encouraging creative works in art,
letters and music and for continuous support of aged and
destitute British West Indians residing on the Isthmus,
respectively. The other silver medallion recipients were the
Abou Saad Temple Crippled Children Committee, which
has helped more than 200 children receive medical attention
in U.S. orthopedic hospitals, and Frank De Abate, who
has devoted more than 30 years in service to the Balboa
Armed Services YMCA.
Chief Financial Officer Walter D. Mjorseth presented
bronze medallions to Dr. Ana Mora Wakeland, for her
commitment to the welfare of Isthmian women; Dee
Thayer, for her volunteer work and service to the Atlantic
community; Beth Sheley, for her leadership with volunteer
activities such as the Army Community Service organiza-
tion; Capt. Elliott B. Medina, for enhancing community
relations throughout the Air Force and Isthmian commun-
ities and neighboring Central and South American coun-
tries; Master Sgt. Anthony Hooks Jr. for exemplary ser-
vice to the Air Force community and support of Christmas
activities for a Panama elementary school; Jerry and
Caroline Hall, for extensive involvement with community
theatrical work; Phyllis Guilliams, for extraordinary con-
tributions to the Atlantic-side community; Lt. Dennis M.
Gardner, for working to improve the quality of life in
Pacific area communities; the Gamboa Woman's Club, for
more than 45 years of service to that community; J.
William Dunn, for significant contributions to the Isth-
mian community and the Balboa Armed Services YMCA:
Chaplain Charles D. Camp for his exceptional voluntary
service through the "Family Forum" television series; and
Clark L. Brandenburg, for voluntary efforts to provide
cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other first aid training
to interested individuals and organizations.

Housing plan to enter second phase

A progress report on the implementation of the
Panama Canal Commission's multiyear housing manage-
ment plan, which has been designed to concentrate eligible
Commission employees in selected housing areas while pro-
viding other blocks of housing that the Commission has,
determined to be beyond its needs for release to Panama,
was announced.
The first phase of the plan, covering the release to
Panama of 680 housing units in Balboa East, Southeast
Diablo, the Gamboa Ridge, Santa Cruz, France Field and
Coco Solo, has a target completion date of October 1 of this
year. After that date, additional sectors of housing presently
managed by the Commission will be transferred to Panama
in increments in accordance with diminishing Commission
housing requirements.
In the first segment of the second phase, approximately
400 housing units in Ancon and part of Margarita (Second
Street and Sixth Street areas) have been tentatively iden-
tified for release to Panama by the end of calendar year
1985. Housing assignment procedures that will take effect
with the start of this phase have been developed after taking
into consideration suggestions from community residents,

residents' advisory committees and a recently formed labor-
management housing committee.

"Atlas" celebrates 50 years of service
by David Constable


The crew of the craneboat Atlas proudly observed the
boat's 50th birthday on May 14. The oldest vessel built by
the Canal organization that is still in operation, it was gaily
decorated with pennants in observance of the event. The
fact that it continues to provide its valuable service after half
a century of use speaks well of the extensive maintenance
program at the Canal.
The Atlas measures 187 feet in length by 42 in beam
and has a draft of 12 feet. It is operated by a 17-member
crew under the leadership of Capt. Ingmar Engdahl. One of
the outstanding features about the boat is that it can be
pressed into service almost immediately. It is also self-
propelled to enable it to get to trouble spots and maneuver
into position without assistance.

Dredging Division Crane Boat ATLAS, Canal Zone
April 12, 1950

Designed and built by the Mechanical Division in 1934
for the handling of heavy loads, salvaging operations and
the transportation of sand, it was the successor to the Alexan-
dre La Valley, a craneboat that had been built in Scotland in
1887 and had served the first French canal company.
Up until the mid-70's, the Atlas served primarily as a
rescue vessel, and according to Dredging Division Support
Branch Chief Lin M. Hall, was used to tow everything from
disabled supertankers to 8-feet, dead-in-the-water banana
boats. Its present responsibilities include salvage operations
(such as pumping water out of sunken ships), transporting
locks locomotives and equipment, aiding in the mainten-
ance of buoys and mooring systems and even helping with
the removal of hyacinth from Canal waters.
Much has been written about the Atlas in the past, but
some of the nicest things have been said by those who have
considered themselves fortunate to have worked aboard the


Dollar Club invites interested persons to
provide assistance

The Dollar Club, an Isthmian charitable organization
that gives financial assistance to individuals and groups
through the collection of annual dues, is seeking new
During 1983, the club sponsored ten projects, among
them providing an elderly gentleman with a new hearing
aid, buying medical supplies for a clinic in the San Blas
Islands and contributing to the surgical costs for a little girl
who had lost an eye.
The $26 dues may be paid all at once, at a semi-annual
rate of $13 or quarterly at $6.50. To become a member,
make out a check or money order to The Dollar Club and
mail it to Box 2686, Balboa-Ancon, Republic of Panama.
Additional information is available by writing the club
or from any member of its board of directors. The board is
composed of chairman Joe Wood, treasurer Burt Mead,
secretary Dorothy Cogswell, Mary K. Vidaurri, John L.
Haines, Jr., Bill Cofer, George McArthur, Pedro Pinzon
and Dr. W. Bondurant.

New simulator ordered for training of PCC pilots

A new simulator manufactured by Tracor
Hydronautics Inc. will soon be incorporated into the
Panama Canal Commission's pilot-in-training program.
The simulator will serve four main functions it can
be used by training officers to formulate problem-solving
techniques, by instructors to demonstrate textbook techni-
ques, by students to solve Canal-related navigational pro-
blems and for testing. Printouts of each exercise can also be
used to facilitate post-exercise critiques.
According to Capt. Robert D. Valentine, chief of the
Pilot Training Unit, the simulator will be particularly
valuable in providing beginning pilots with problem-
solving experience with all sizes and types of ships that tran-
sit the Canal. On the other hand, it can also be used to
isolate a single aspect of a complicated maneuver and train
students to handle that one problem.
Putting a ship through the Canal involves constantly
applying corrections. How much and when is important.
The specific training offered by the simulator will give new-
ly appointed pilots experience in making these corrections.

Canal steps up mule rehabilitation

Maintenance on both installations and equipment is an
ongoing activity at the Panama Canal because it pays off
huge dividends in terms of efficiency.
Following this line of thought, the Locks Division em-
barked on a towing locomotive rehabilitation program in
1979. Up until recently, only one locomotive could be
repaired at a time under the program, and a total of 14 were
completed since its inception. Division personnel, however,
recently stepped up the program to include the simultane-
ous rehabilitation of two locomotives, one at Miraflores and
one at Pedro Miguel, and of an electric crane at Gatun. One
of three existing in the world, the crane was especially
designed for the Panama Canal by the Mitsubishi Corpora-
tion of Japan and has the unique capability of climbing the
locks' steep inclines and lifting heavy loads from any posi-

The rehabilitation process normally takes approx-
imately six weeks, and Locks Division officials have set a
target of eight locomotives for completion this year.
The project also calls for the incorporation of locomo-
tive design modifications to bring the units up to date with
newer locomotives.
While working on the locomotives to put them in op-
timum operational condition, Locks personnel are provided
with an opportunity to develop and evaluate statistical in-
formation concerning the replacement cycles of major com-
ponents. In addition to the work done under the rehabilita-
tion program, the locomotives undergo constant preventive
maintenance inspections to ensure their operational reliabil-


Eight RP students selected to attend
maritime academy

As a result of ajoint effort by the Panama Canal Com-
mission and Panama's Institute for the Development of
Human Resources (IFARHU), eight Panamanians will be
the first foreign students to be admitted to the Great Lakes
Maritime Academy, a division of Northwestern Michigan
The students are scheduled for 2 Y2 years of training.
They will then return to Panama for one year of sea duty
under the supervision of the Panama Nautical School, after
which they may sit for official certification as ships' officers
by the Consular and Maritime Affairs General Directorate
(SECNAVES). This will get them started in maritime
careers that could eventually lead them into positions as
captains of oceangoing vessels or Panama Canal pilots.
The eight students selected for the training successfully
completed the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the Test of
English as a Foreign Language.
The arrangements for the training at the academy
were negotiated by the chairman of the Board of Local In-
spectors, in an effort to provide the Commission with a sup-
ply of Panamanian candidates to fill future vacancies within
the pilot force. IFARHU will provide student loans for up
to $10,000 to cover tuition and room and board, and the
students will be responsible for any expenses in excess of
that amount.
The chief of the SECNAVES technical department,
said that the admission of the Panamanian students to the
academy is "an outstanding example of what can be accom-
plished through cooperation between governments."


RACs consider housing postal, medical concerns

At the last Residents' Advisory Committee executive
session, it was reported that plans were well under way for a
number of special activities to mark the 70th anniversary of
the Canal in August.
One of the major concerns addressed at the meeting
was the upcoming loss of military postal and shopping privi-
leges for U.S.-citizen Commission employees. On the sub-
ject of postal service, it was outlined what had taken place in
meetings with Panamanian postal authorities.
Panamanian authorities plan to increase the number of
postal boxes available, particularly at the Balboa Post Of-
fice. Efforts will also be made to provide mail service to

Gamboa and Gatun where there are no postal facilities at
After October 1, APO officials plan to redirect most
types of mail for a specified period of time; however, some
issues, including the redirecting of parcel post mail and duty
assessments on incoming parcels, still need to be resolved.
The housing situation was another big issue at the
meeting. General Service Director Fred A. Cotton said that
of the 680 units scheduled for turnover to the Republic of
Panama this year, those on the Atlantic side and in Gamboa
were virtually ready.
With the first phase of the turnover nearing comple-
tion, the current housing assignment freeze would be lifted
on the Atlantic side and in Gamboa and as soon as possible
thereafter on the Pacific side. The second phase quarters
targeted for turnover in 1985 include all of Ancon and 2nd
and 6th streets in Margarita.
Several representatives questioned a recent reduction
in medical helicopter service to the Atlantic side and Gam-
Although the helicopter crews are no longer on
24-hour duty, it takes only 15 to 45 minutes for the crews to
be assembled and to reach those areas.
Other matters discussed included questions on a cost-
of-living allowance, concern over the practice of allowing
certain penitentiary prisoners to venture unaccompanied
into Gamboa and problems associated with the lack of a
leash law and with excessive speeding through Canal-area

Panamanian participation in Commission
continues to rise

In spite of an agency-wide austerity program that went
into effect early this fiscal year, the percentage of Panaman-
ians employed by the Panama Canal Commission has risen
considerably. While the total number of people employed is
less, the percentage of Panamanians making up the Com-
mission work force rose from 69 percent in October 1979 to
77 percent in April 1984.
Of significance is the number of Panamanians who
have moved into positions of increasing responsibility
within the agency. For example, the number of Panama-
nians in the Canal pilot force rose from five in March 1980
to 16 in March 1984. During that same period, the number
of Panamanians in floating equipment positions increased
from 44 to 102, and in the power branch field the number
increased from 10 to 18. In the non-manual category, the
number of Panamanians in positions at grade 13 and above
rose from 12 to 35. Because of a considerable increase in the
number of Panamanian apprentices, from 179 to 289, even
more Panamanians are being trained to fill vital positions
with the Commission in the future.

Board meeting set for this week

The next meeting of the Panama Canal Commission
Board of Directors will be held in Panama during the week
of July 8. The board is comprised of Chairman William
Gianelli, U.S. members William Sidell, William W.
Watkin Jr., John A. Bushnell and Andrew E. Gibson; and
Panamanian members Carlos Ozores, Oyden Ortega, Fer-
nando Cardoze Fabrega and Luis A. Anderson.
Among the subjects they will consider are the Commis-

sion's budget program for fiscal year 1986; the payment of a
cost of living allowance to eligible employees who will lose
military exchange, commissary and postal privileges on
September 30; and a report from the Cut Widening Feas-
ability Committee.

PCC program augments Canal pilot force

Second group starts training;
first approaches final phase

Nestor Castillo, Nicanor Ceballos, Jose Pablo Gon-
zalez and Ramon Hall started pilot understudy training
with the Panama Canal Commission on July 9 of this year.
The second group of understudies selected for training
since the program began last year, they come to the Canal
with a wide variety of education and experience. Mr.
Castillo is a graduate of the merchant marine academy in
Mexico and has been an instructor at the school and aboard
the school's training ship. Mr. Ceballos and Mr. Gonzalez
are graduates of the Panama Nautical School and have
spent years at sea as ships' officers, while Mr. Hall has
worked his way up through the ranks during his many years
aboard oceangoing vessels. (See separate story on this

Anniversary showcase set

When the variety showcase commemorating the 70th
anniversary of the Panama Canal opens at the Balboa
Theater at 7:30 p.m. on August 14, all of the theater's 1100
seats are expected to be filled.
The colorful salute to the Canal on its 70th birthday
will be lavishly packed with entertainment, including sing-
ing, dancing, choral groups, other music and historical vig-
nettes. The variety showcase is one of the principal events
planned for the week of August 8 through 15, when the
Panama Canal Commission will celebrate the 70th anniver-
sary of the opening of the waterway and, at the same time,
pay tribute to the thousands of loyal workers responsible for
its construction and operation.

Board considers budget, benefits

The Panama Canal Commission Board of Directors
met on July 11 and 12 in the Balboa Heights Administration
Building to consider the fiscal year 1986 budget, hear a
report by the Cut Widening Feasibility Committee, decide
on the retirement of Commission equipment and debate a
number of other key issues affecting the operation and
maintenance of the Canal. (See separate statement by
Chairman William R. Gianelli on this page).
One of the major issues considered was the kind of
compensation that would be made to U.S. citizen
employees who will lose commissary, exchange and postal
privileges on October 1. After much deliberation, the board
decided to offset the privilege loss by increasing benefits for
only the affected employees.
The increase benefits include:
Provision of rent and electricity at no charge for
employees who live in housing administered by the Com-

mission. If this provision is determined to be taxable, the
Commission will seek to obtain an exemption for affected
Home leave travel at Commission expense on an an-
nual basis. Legislation will also be sought to increase educa-
tional travel for affected employees from one to two round
trips per year.
Payment of an equity adjustment for affected
employees on the Atlantic side.
In addition to these benefits, postal service options are
now under study. Also to be studied are options for
employees eligible to reside in Commission housing but not
currently doing so. The administrator will periodically
report to the board on how well all of the above measures are
working and identify problem areas that may require fur-
ther evaluation by the board.

Vital statistics office moves

The Panama Canal Commission vital statistics office
in Building 5140, Diablo, was relocated to the Agency
Microfilm Unit. The office is open for business at its new
location in Room 15-A of the Balboa Heights Administra-
tion Building.
The relocation makes it possible for persons needing
certificates of births, deaths and marriages that took place in
the former Canal Zone; records of the local district court;
and other similar documents to obtain the required material
in only one visit.
(Ed. Note: Mail requests may be directed to Panama Canal
Commission Agency Micro Film Unit, APO Miami, FL


RP postal guidance provided

Officials of the Panama postal system will be installing
600 additional post office boxes at Balboa in Mid-August.
These post office boxes are to accommodate Commission
employees who will no longer be able to use APO facilities
as of October 1, 1984.
In addition, Panamanian officials will be constructing
a 200-box post office underneath Building 215, Gatun. This
facility will allow Gatun residents convenient access to all
Republic of Panama postal services except for the receipt of
incoming parcels. Atlantic-side parcel delivery will con-
tinue to be available only at the Cristobal post office.
To assist Commission employees to notify cor-
respondents of address changes as early as possible,
Republic of Panama postal officials will begin preassigning
post office box numbers at special bilingual windows at the
Balboa and Cristobal post offices beginning August 1.
Atlantic-side employees, including Gatun residents, will be
able to get their Gatun box number assignments at the
Cristobal Post Office pending completion of the work on the
Building 215 postal unit.



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Eddie and I just returned from visiting our daughter
Katie (Filo) Woods and family in McAllen, Texas. We
decided that we would be very brave and brought our
grandsons, Chris and Matt (10 and 6) back with us for the
summer. So far, so good but some days it can get hectic.
Katie visited for one week but returned to her job in
John and Mary (Gilbert) Urey flew to San Francisco
for a visit with their niece, Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke and then
on to The Dalles, Oregon to attend the graduation of their
granddaughter, Jennifer Robinson and to visit with their
daughter, Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens and Walter. They
motored to Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia and
loved the beauty of the country. After a brief stay in Dothan
they drove to Del Rio, Texas to attend the first birthday of
their precious grandson, Ryan Jeffrey, son of Michelle
(Urey) and Mike Perez. From there they went to San
Antonio and visited with Mary's brother, John (Bucky)
Gilbert and family. Now they are glad to be home and rest-

Reunion reunites boyhood friends Bill Benny (left) and Bob Van
Siclen, after 40 years.

Bill's wife Dot and Bob Van Siclen

Jack and Margaret Hern had their son Dick
(Panama) for a few days and then he met wife Ruth
(Chance) in Naples, Fla. and from there went on a trip to
Greece. Also visiting the Hems wereJackJr. and wife Fran
(Yost) and children Johnny, Jr. and Mitch. JohnnyJr. has
been signed by the Atlanta Braves baseball team and went
to the Sarasota training camp. Congratultions, Johnny. We
wish you all the luck in the world.
Lou Spradlin from San Diego visited with Dot Yost.
Unfortunately, Dot had to enter the hospital during Lou's
visit but is doing better and is out of the hospital.
Mildred (Gilbert) Patton hosted a cocktail party in
honor of her brother Bucky and wife, Jackie, who were
visiting her. It was old home week for the former Canal
Zone police who reside in Dothan. Bucky's son, John and
family also were here. They all live in San Antonio.
Kathleen Elizabeth Bradford, daughter of Martha
Bradford of Dothan, Alabama, was recently nominated
and elected President of the Gamma Beta Phi Society of
Troy State University of Dothan/Fort Rucker. This is an
Honor Society which recognizes students for their excellent
scholastical records. Miss Bradford will serve as President
for the 1984-85 school year. She also served as secretary for
the previous year. She is currently working on finishing her
school work to achieve her Bachelor's Degree in Secondary
Education with her major in General Science. She would
like to teach chemistry, preferably overseas.
Theresa (Raymond) Bennett of Sabael, New York
visited her sister, Marie (Raymond) Bierbaum and
brother-in-law, Al Bierbaum. While in Dothan they went
to Columbus, GA to visit Theresa (Bierbaum) Brown and
her two children, Barbara(8) and William (2 Y2). Marie
and Al took their sister sight seeing to Montgomery, AL,
Panama City, FL and Tallahassee, Fl. Marie entertained
her sister with a luncheon at the Olympia Spa. Thirty
friends of Theresa attended this lovely luncheon.
Elsie and Woody Woodruff were visited in June by
their daughter, Linda Weir and granddaughter, Jennifer,
from Reseda, CA. Side trips included a three day visit to
Opryland and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and several
days with Joe and Darleen (Woodruff) Hunt, Jr. and
family in Douglasville, GA. On July 11, Joe and Darleen
and three daughters arrived in Dothan for a 10 day visit with
parents, Elsie and Woody Woodruff and Louise and Joe
Hunt, Sr. Joe Jr. and Darleen attended Joe's Balboa High
School Class of '64 reunion at the Holiday Inn in Clear-
water, FL. Joe and Darleen are now stationed at Ft. Leav-
enworth, Kansas where Joe is attending the Army Com-
mand and General Staff College.
Speaking of the '64 Balboa High School reunion in
Clearwater, those traveling with the Hunts included
Charlie Belden, Jr. from California who is visiting his
parents Charles and Joan Belden, Sr. The parents are
baby sitting Chas. while Charlie is at the reunion. Pat
(Janssen) Beck also traveled with the Hunts for the re-
union. Pat's husband, Gene Beck, is stationed at Howard
AFB in Panama. Pat came with her oldest son, Scan, for a
visit with Rex and Helen Beck of Merritt Island, FL and
Maggie and John Janssen of Dothan. Janet (Hunt) Farn-
sworth and her husband also went with the Hunts. They
sure had a car load and a good time.

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John and Maggie Janssen went to Minonk, Illinois in
June to attendJohn's 50th high school reunion in Flanagan,
Illinois. John said they all looked the same. Young as ever.
Do you really believe that?
The Panama Canal Society of Dothan held their
meeting at the Olympia Spa on July 19th. A delicious lun-
cheon was served before the meeting. Election of officers
was held and the following officers were re-elected:
Jim Riley ..................... President
George Fears .............. Vice President
Catherine Filo ....... Secretary-Treasurer
We voted to enter a float in this year's Peanut Festival
which is held in October. It will have a Panama theme. If
anyone is traveling about that time in this area, stay for the
parade which is the third Saturday of October. It is a lovely
parade. Our picnic will be on the 1st of September at Land-
mark's Park here in Dothan. You are all welcome.

DOTHAN, ALABAMA. Canal Zone street light (circa 1920)
enhances Dot and Bill Benny's backyard in Dothan, Alabama.

Kenneth and Marie Bailey of Lillian, Ala. have just
returned from a circle Pacific trip which included Hong
Kong; Kaohsing, Rep. of China, Taipai; Taiwan; Singa-
pore; Malasia; Australia; New Zealand and back to Hono-
lulu, Hawaii. Had many interesting shopping tours in
Ken has made several trips this year and I have accom-
panied him all very interesting. Singapore was really the
most interesting, with lush green tropical vegetation with
orchids blooming everywhere very clean. We had friends
there to show us interesting sights. Shopping was great in
Hong Kong, too.
Friends in Sydney we had met in Hong Kong in '83
showed us the harbor which was very beautiful boats,
boats everywhere. Had dinner at the Center Point Rest-
aurant overlooking Sydney.
Marie Bailey

Fourteen years after leaving the Canal Zone Henriette
Baggott will see another generation of Baggott's relocate to
Panama. Robert and his wife Terry were recently notified

by the U.S. Army that their next assignment would be with
the 193rd Infantry Brigade at Fort Clayton.
Henriette said; "It's a homecoming. Both Robert and
Terry met in Panama and are certainly excited about
Robert graduated from Balboa High in 1965. He has a
Bachelor's degree from Texas A & M and a Masters of Edu-
cation from the University of Southern California. Robert,
a major, is a graduate of the Army's Armor Branch School,
the Military Intelligence Officers Advance Course and the
Army's Command and General Staff College.
Major Baggottjust departed from San Francisco and is
now attending the Army Computer Management course at
Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis. He has served in
command and staff positions in Europe, Korea and the
United States.

Maj. Robert and Terry (Barris) Baggott with their two children,
Christine and Bob, Jr.

Terry Baggott, the former Terry Barris, attended the
Canal Zone Junior College from 1965 to 1967. She is a
graduate of Penn State University and presently is
employed by New York Fabrics of San Francisco.
Bob and Terry have two children. Bob, Jr., is thirteen
and will enter the eighth grade next Fall. Christine, soon to
be eleven, will be a sixth grader her first year in Panama.
The Baggott's "West Coast Branch" will visit in
Ozark in July enroute to Panama.
Happiness, Health and Love to All,
Catherine Whelan Filo
Area Reporter


The Annual Blanche Shaw picnic was held, as usual,
on Father's Day, June 17th, at Agri Park, in Fayetteville,
Arkansas. It was a pleasant day, with over 60 people,
former Canal Zonians and Armed Service personnel with
their guests, attending. President Higgins greeted and in-
troduced the newcomers which included Dr. William
Patricia and son Louis Shaw from Rogers, Arkansas;
Marcia and "Snowflake" (Bob) Jones from Ft. Collins,
Colorado; and guests of the Micheles; Tiffany, Angela
Snyder, with their father, John L. Snyder, of Houston,
The onslaught of hot weather since then has caused
most people around this area to stay in their cool air-con-
ditioned homes. Gardens, too, have suffered; the wet, cold
Spring prevented early planting so things are coming in a
bit late or not at all!! Most everyone tends their yard and
garden early morning or late evening.
Petie and Carl Maedl of Springdale, visited their
daughter, and son-in-law, Pat and Jim Krough of Deep
Haven, Minnesota, while attending a family wedding in
mid-June. Audra Dougan accompanied them to Ames,
Iowa, where she visited her son, John and his family.
Mary and Dick Condon were delighted to be invited
to the summer home of Alice and Ronald Jacobs, teacher
in Balboa High. They had a mini-reunion at Locust Grove,
Oklahoma, of old friends from the Zone, on the spur of the
moment. Among those as over night guests were Anne
(Sebring) and Jerry Bennett, from O'Fallon, Illinois,
Norma and Richard Bache from Alamosa, Colorado, and
Allen Griffin, former librarian at Cristobal High, who is
still working as a librarian at Ft. Worth, Texas. Verna and
Daryl Bullinger of Margarita, and Paul and Mrs.
Hieronymus of Oklahoma completed the guest list. Mary
and Dick visited only on Sunday.
In May, Mary Jo Yaeger from Houston, Texas,
visited Bates (Huldtquist) Wieman and other family
members in Fayetteville, Ar. Minnie Burton's sister Mat-
tie Lee White, from Las Cruces, spent several days with
Frances and Andy Whitlock. Minnie (Brown) Crooks
Burton, husband Mike (Eldridge) and Bates, attended the
Canal Zone Reunion in Florida in April. It was Mike's first
visit and he thoroughly enjoyed it, surprised at how many
people he met, whom he knew. Minnie, too, was surprised
to meet her former boss, Vincent Reynolds, of Ohio,
whom she hadn't seen for 35 years!!
Pat Devore said that she had recently attended a con-
vention at Las Vegas with her dance instructor. She stated
that the Francis Stokes Studio performs every year at the
University Theatre. Her daughter will be attending the
University of Arkansas in the fall.
Theo Hallin of Fayetteville, flew to California for a
visit with her daughter on the 4th ofJuly. While in the area,
she had a chance to see her step-son who lives in Irvine,
Hacienda Heights.
Frances Palumbo is doing quite well, and looks
marvelous. She said thatJim and Karen Palumbo were up
from Panama and spent almost a week with her and Luke,
who is becoming quite a gourmet cook! Judy Palumbo will
be up, soon, too to spend three weeks with her family.
Mildred Higgins, who is a member of the national
organization, M.U.F.O.N. said that they are trying to get
the truth of UFOs to the public. The organization is deter-

mined that the people know that UFOs are here and real,
and that the government is aware of them.
Don't forget the Annual Fall luncheon to be held on
Sunday, October 14th, at Wyatt's cafeteria on Highway 71,
north of Fayetteville, at 5:30 p.m. There is no set price, pay-
ing for what you eat. We welcome all former Canal Zone
residents and Armed service personnel. Please come and
enjoy this happy event.
Lee Butz

July 1984

Bruce and Dorothy Sanders drove to Tampa in April
for their very first attendance at a Society Reunion. Family,
friends, and former associates were many and made for a
most enjoyable occasion. On their return trip, they over-
nighted in Epcot, Inverness, and Dothan. Although unsuc-
cessful in their efforts to locate friends in Tallahassee, they
did enjoy getting together with Peggy and Harvey Smith
at the home of Jeanne Crouch Sanders and with Al and
Marie Bierbaum in Dothan. In mid-June, they sold their
pontoon cruiser, "Las Cruces II", which for seven years
had carried them and their friends on many picnics, cruises
and fishing jaunts on nearby Beaver Lake. They drove in
early July to Temple, Texas to join other members of the
Sanders clan and other Canal Zoners at the wedding of their
grandson, Curtis Michael Sanders and Kimberly Kay
This has been a busy summer for Jessie Newhard,
starting with a three week trip with her brother and sister-
in-law to Ohio and New York state to visit with two of their
sisters and their families. She returned home in time to
welcome Asa and Elsie Bullock from California and Elsie's
sister, Mary Darley, from Bury St. Edmunds, England for
a few day's visit. Soon, a week's visit from two grand-
daughters, Carolyn and Stephanie Hibdon, kept her well
occupied. The day after the girls left, her son, Brian
Albright, and his wife Penny arrived for a nice visit. While
they were there, her other son, John Albright, came for an
overnight stay. A most happy reunion. John later returned
for an overnight visit with his daughter, Mary Sue.
The house of Kathleen and "Rojo" Huffman has
been buzzing this summer. First, son James flew in from
England for a two-week visit. Jimmy and his father filled up
a couple of green stamp books by bowling. Jimmy will be
stationed in Texas for the next three years, which is good
because he can come home for a visit. In June, daughter
Mary and her husband Gary and two children, Casey and
Heather, came for a visit. Gary stayed for two weeks and
enjoyed sightseeing and skiing. Mary and the children
stayed for another three weeks and the kids really enjoyed
Beaver Lake. Jimmy got a week's leave from the Air Force
and came up in July. While he was here, Willie and Kathy
and their three children came up for water skiing and pic-
nicing. This is the first time that all of the Huffmans have
been together in four years. Grandma and Grandpa are
slowly recovering. Also enjoyed a visit from Jerry Cain and
his wife Bernice, who hail from Florida. Jerry was a Navy
Chief assigned to Coco Solo in the seventies.
Etta Fay Terrell's son, Lance, of Austin, Texas stop-
ped by for a three-day visit with her before going on his
vacation to Michigan tracing family history and visiting
Pete Warner is deep in genealogical charts, tracing his
and wife Sue's forebears. He has gone back past the

ancestor who was hung to the titled royalty of the Middle
Robert Warner, wife Leslie, and new son Robert II
are living in Catoosa, Oklahoma where Robert is a tugboat
captain on the Verdigris River.
Stuart Warner is working at San Francisco Port Com-
mission as an Assistant to Director of Finance and Ad-
ministration, writing procedure manuals.
June proved to be a busy month at Bob and Wanda
Hummer's "Finca Numero Uno". Roy graduated with
honors this year and will be attending Arkansas Tech at
Russellville in the fall. Tony is growing about as fast as the
farm animals. All the cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, rabbits,
and kids are going great. Jim and Gus Nellis of Florida,
former Zonians, came by for a couple days on their way to
Colorado to pick up Gus' motorcycle at "Buckeye"
Swearingen's. Mike and son Warren Bell of Gatun,
RdeP, stopped by for four days of fun on the Finca. The
Hummers really enjoyed having them all stop by, and ex-
tend a welcome to anyone and everyone to come by any-
In June, Bud and Betty Balcer made a trip to Iowa to
visit his stepmother, Mrs. Edna Balcer, then went on to
Ohio for a week with daughter Susan Burdette and grand-
son Paul Pederson, who was spending the summer with his
mother. In late July, the Balcers visited son Paul Rhoads
and family in Shreveport for a few days. Last, but not least,
they have reservations to leave August 27th for five weeks in
England. Traveling on their own, not with a tour group,
they will rent a car and see the country.
Addie Colclasure accompanied son David to Florida
in July to attend the 20th reunion of Balboa High School's
Class of '64. Disney World and Epcot were included in their
itinerary. Grandson Freddy Colclasure attended the band
camp at the University of Arkansas where he made the No.
1 band in July. Grandson Danny Colclasure started his
freshman year of college with summer courses at Ouachita
Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR, where he will major
in Music. Daughter Marian Colclasure's summer was
well-occupied by taking courses at the University of Arkan-
sas toward a Master's Degree in secondary education, with
emphasis in mathematics.
Jack and Joan Corliss had a wonderful time at the
Reunion in April, as usual, and plan to go again next year.
Joan regrets, also as usual, not being able to visit longer
with special friends in the course of the Reunion. The Cor-
liss kids are home for the summer. Son John is working for
an electrical company as an apprentice and is doing consid-
erable travelling on the job. He will return to school in St.
Louis in the fall. Leslie has graduated from Bryan Institute
in Tulsa as a Computer Programmer. Jack, Joan, John and
a friend of his took a canoe trip on the Buffalo National
River an eight hour trip in north central Arkansas,
and would like to do it again when there is more and swifter
water in the river. Joan says she did a lot of paddling this
Evelyn Engelke and Virginia Favorite travelled to-
gether from Bentonville, AR, to Panama for a month's visit
with their respective sons and families. They drove to
Slidell, LA, stayed a couple of days with Virginia's son,
Russell, and family, and he took them to New Orleans
where they boarded a plane to Panama. Both Evelyn and
Virginia spoke of the pleasure of being "home" and of their
enjoyment of the fruit and vegetables rarely available in
northwest Arkansas but fresh-picked in Panama, the
flowers, even the scents and sounds.

Evelyn's stay was on the Pacific side with her sons and
their families John and Laurie, and Louis and Wilma,
and children. She says they were on the go all the time -
shopping, looking, and routine getting around. But a spe-
cially enjoyable trip was made to the Volcan for five days.
Everyone went. They walked, fished, made some side trips
to Boquete and David, and appreciated the coolness of the
mountains. The lottery tickets she bought were purely a
Virginia spent her time on the Atlantic side with son
George and family in Margarita. Russel's daughter, ten-
year-old Jennifer, flew down with her from Louisiana, and
spent her first couple weeks there with friends Norma and
Carol Dixon, and the last couple weeks with George and
family. Not surprisingly, Virginia went swimming every
day in the Margarita pool. She ran into Skipper Berger
and had lunch with him; spent an afternoon with Ned and
Mike Blennerhassett at Santa Rita; went to Charlie
DeTore's retirement party where she saw many of the few
remaining Industrial Division employees. During the last
week of the visit, Virginia and Jennifer, George and
2 Y2 -year-old daughter Sarita went to Isla Grande for a
couple days.
The three of them, Evelyn, Virginia, and Jennifer,
flew back to New Orleans where they were met by Roland
Casanova who drove them back to Slidell. They spent five
days there before driving back to Bentonville. When I
reached them by phone, they were still unpacking, still bub-
bling, and looking forward to their next trip "home".
Dick and Maxine Reinhold have purchased Get-Up-
and-Go Passport tickets on Eastern Airlines and are really
using them. They attended the Reunion in April, and will
be going back to Florida before long. They have also been to
the Bahamas (February), to Minnesota to visit daughters
(May), to visit family and friends in Portland and Seattle
(July). On the west coast, they spent four delightful days
with Jane Journey on Bainbridge Island, and visited with
Max's brother near Seattle.
Dorothy Risse has moved into her brand new home in
Rogers, AR. So recently that she is still in an uproar and
breathless. But proud of having the house and expecting to
enjoy it when she finds places in it to stash her fur-
nishings and belongings.
John and Polly Michaels welcomed a visit from two
granddaughters, Angela, 12, and Tiffany, 9, and their
father, John Snyder, in June. The girls are the daughters of
the Michaels' daughter Irene, who lives in Houston, TX.
Traveling in a motorhome, the girls are being taken on an
extensive tour of the western states, with stops at many of
the major parks, before time to return to school. While in
Rogers, they enjoyed the Ozark scenery, the unusual old
town of Eureka Springs, and the resort of Dogpatch. The
annual June picnic get-together of the area's Zonians was
provided with its entertainment by an impromptu song by
The Kellers, Nobby and Peggy, and Peggy's mother,
Susie Magee, were visited in July by Peggy's sister, Susie
Allen, from Los Angeles. The Susies, mother and daugh-
ter, returned to California together. They will be joined in
September by Peggy for a little visit before the Rogers resi-
dents return home.
Red and Alice Nail drove the 600 miles to Rock
Island, Illinois in late June so Alice could join a group of
classmates for lunch. It was Red's first trip to her home-
town, and he was royally wined, dined, and cossetted by her
family and friends. The trip back to Arkansas was leisurely,

prolonged by stops at numerous interesting and/or histori-
cal places. Altogether, it was the sort of nice trip that makes
you reluctant to return to hum-drum routine.
George and Edith Engelke's routine was most happi-
ly interrupted by a two-week visit from son John and his
wife, Susan, in July. The younger Engelkes pitched in to
paint, prune, fix, renew, and generally rehab the place.
They even did windows! You can imagine what apprecia-
tion those accomplishments engendered. (Wonder if there's
any way I could claim kinship and well, probably not.)
Cathy Engelke Crowell graduated from Northwest
Arkansas Community College in May and received her RN
degree in nursing. The graduation ceremony was attended
by her grandmother, Mrs. Robert A. Engelke, her aunt,
Joyce Engelke May, her mother Mary Lou Engelke, and
her three daughters, Laura, Erin, and Alison Crowell.
Cathy is now practicing nursing at St. Mary's-Rogers
Memorial Hospital in Rogers, AR, in the cardiac unit.
In late June, Mary Lou Engelke's daughter
Margaret, her husband, Charles Gallardo, and their two
sons stopped in for a day. Mary Lou accompanied them to
their new home in Atlanta, GA, spent a few days there, then
went on to Jacksonville, FL, and joined son Thomas and
wife, Alice (Parthenais), and their young son, who were
visiting Mary Lou's daughter Susan. (Tom was on vaca-
tion, en route to his new assignment in Bamburg, Germany
for a three year tour of duty.) They all attended a Crowell
family reunion, had a very nice visit and a delicious Pana-
manian dinner. A few days later, Mary Lou, Tom, and his
family drove to St. Petersburg to visit son Robert, his wife
Nellie (Wood), and their four children. Mary Lou's sister,
Margaret Haines Samples, and her family came from
Miami to join them all for a Fourth of July barbecue at
Bobby's. Also at the barbecue were Virginia and Jim
Wood, Gladys Mead (visiting from Panama), Doug
Crooks and his wife and his mother, Phyllis Crooks. On
the next phase of her trip, Mary Lou flew to Baltimore,
MD, to visit her mother, Mrs. Frank Haines, brother
John, sister Betty, and sisterJune. They had a grand time,
highlighted by a detour to Atlantic City to try the casinos,
which was fun but not profitable.

Alice Nail


From the President.... another successful PCSSC at Long
Beach! The surprising part is not only the fine turnout of
members, but how late they stayed. Because of the drive to
San Diego, Norma and I had to leave at 4:00 p.m. and
there were still many there talking. Next year, why not plan
to come even for a few hours the more the merrier.
Margaret Knapp has been working on the West Coat
Reunion, and the plans are well underway. This will be a
memorable event this year with Tito Moynes from Pan-
ama to provide the music!
Conrad Horine

From Thelma Hollowell....our Picnic Roving
It was a beautiful day for our annual picnic in Long
Beach Recreation Park, Sunday, June 23. The weather co-

operated admirably and members did also. President Con-
rad Horine welcomed approximately 65 happy souls, most
of whom lingered long, visiting through the later afternoon.


Jan (Cochrane) Horine, Conrad Horine, Mrs. Louis
(Norine) Kaufer, David and Thelma Hollowell at the PCSSC
Long Beach Picnic, California.

Special thanks to all who attended, especially those
who included us in their vacation itineraries. William and
Dorothy (Strauss) Romeyn drove down from Medford,
Oregon, enroute to family reunions at Covina and Simi
Valley. Reminiscing was the order of the day, especially
Dorothy's tale of entering a USO dance contest in the Zone
during WWII with a member of the Merchant Marine -
who didn't know how to dance, but they won first prize!
The hilarious part, however, concerned a USO show in
which she and a girlfriend were performing for a ship com-
ing through the Canal. The friend flipped her during the
dance routine and Dorothy landed in the Canal!
The welcome mat was out also for Keith and Lea
Lane who came from Provo, Utah to join us. Keith worked
on the locks in the Electrical Division. His son, David Lane
lives in Escondido and was also at the picnic.
Also Norine Kaufer, our venerable San Joe State
University student, arrived from Los Gatos with daughter
and son-in-law, Jane and Jim Cochran. Jane was CHS '40
and Jim was stationed in the Zone during WWII and work-
ed from 1945-49 for the Navy there. Interestingly enough,
David Hollowell and Jim were both stationed at Coco Solo
at the same time in April 1944 but never met.
A crowd gathered around George and Carol Metivier
who delighted everyone with their historical photos of the
Canal Zone. George was born in Ancon and left the Zone in
1956. He has published books on the "Spruce Goose" and
on Long Beach, available through him and bookstores.
Some other people at the picnic that I had a chance to
say hello to and gather news....Ross and Janet (Potter)
Cunningham celebrated their 50th Anniversary in Hawaii,
then spent a week in Long Beach with Hedy Seedborg
(Sundberg) in February.... Thelma Reppe returned
recently from a six week tour of Europe with Anna (Van
Siclen) Wright.... Warren and Evelyn (Belanger) Wood
are certainly keeping up with current events they recent-
ly spent a vacation in Ireland and stopped off at the Ronald
Reagan Pub in Ballyporeen, County Tipperary!

News from Family and Friends

Vern and Catsy (Taylor) Schafer of San Diego enter-
tained at a buffet supper on April 14 when the Don Huffs of

Michigan visited his sister, Toni Huff. It turned out to be a
mini-reunion with Don Huff (BHS '56), Catsy Schafer
(CZJC Classes), Toni Huff (BHS '66), Henry Adams
(BHS '58), Loretta (Hirschfield) Adams (CHS '58), Dr.
Louis Katz (CHS '58) and Susan (Taylor) Pitney (BHS
'58). Also present were Laurie Huff, Rita Katz and Lou

Left to right: Don Huf, Balboa, Class of 1956; Henry Adams,
Balboa '58, Loretta (Hirschfield) Adams, Cristobal '58, Catsy
Schafer, CZJC classes; Toni Huff, Balboa '66; on floor, Dr.
Louis Katz, Cristobal '58 and Susan (Taylor) Pitney, Balboa

Catsy Schafer also keeps us up to date with the rest of
the family.... Tom and Layne (Taylor) Ashton of San An-
tonio, Texas returned May 26 from a 12 day tour of
Madrid, Escorail, Monserrat, Barcelona and Majorca with
Tom's company. Two weeks later they moved into their
new home at 8118 New Dawn, San Antonio 78250....
Layne Pitney. daughter of Lou and Sue (Taylor) Pitney,
left June 13 for two months in Paris. She will live with a
French family while taking a 3-week concentrated course in
French and then stay on to sightsee and visit friends in
Holland and the British Islas. Her brother, Jeff is visiting
former schoolmate in Tokyo for a month, and brother Bill,
a June graduate of Patrick Henry High School in San
Diego, has received a 4-year ROTC scholarship to The
Citadel in Charleston, S.C. this fall.... Michael Tyrone
Taylor and his sister, September Renee Taylor, children
of Renee Dupree and the late Michael Taylor, were both
graduated from Marquette University in June. Tyrone
received his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and
has been assigned to San Diego for three years. He and his
family arrived June 24 to make their home in El Cajon.
On May 20, Henry and Loretta (Hirschfield)
Adams, held a dinner party honoring her aunt, Mrs. John
E. Fisher from Plano, Texas. Mrs. Fisher, the former Ena
Salas of Colon, was visiting her niece in San Diego.
From Julian and Betty Rice....we sailed the Carib-
bean in February aboard the Sitmar Fairwind and had a
wonderful trip in every way. The highlight of course, was
Gatun Locks fantastic! Also great fun re-visiting the San
Bias Islands. On the return, we stopped at St. Petersburg to
visit Bette's sister, Lorraine Pericles. Our beautiful friend,
Issy Gibson (who is a fabulous cook) invited us to dinner
along with Angus Matheney and his mother, Jessie, who
looked like a million dollars. It was a wonderful visit, talking
over old times with old friends. Our visit was too short. The
only other person I talked to before leaving was Betty
(Haldeman) Underwood, and was saddened to hear of her
death a few weeks later.

Marilla (Pope Wals) Salisbury, 76 year old cham-
pion runner in her class, will carry the Olympic torch one
kilometer between LaJolla and Escondido in San Diego
county. Nicknamed "Sunbonnet Sue", she is now in
training also for the shotput, javelin and discus for a meet in
Rome next summer.
Saturday, July 21, Don and Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke
hosted a Zonian Get-Together in Lafayette, California.
With Lucho music on the stereo, seviche, arroz con polo,
flan, and a few glasses of spirits, everyone had a good time.
Catching up on news and friends were Paul and Dine
(Staples) Backowski, Jerry and Ann (Keller) Daykin,
Allison (Davidson) Scrabis and Bill Boegner, Phil and
Laura (Walston) Sanders, Gary and Harriet (Smith)
Dunsmoor, Stu and Joan Clemmons, J.B. Clemmons,
Blanquita (McNatt) Shields (Paul was on call), Judy
Hoopes, Ray and Carol (Voortmeyer) Nickisher, and our
lone CHS representative, Robert and Shirley Lowe. As we
were all saying goodbye, we were already planning the next
party! After the San Diego September Reunion, that is!
From Margaret Knapp....It's been like old Home
Week around here lately....on Wednesday, June 27, we all
met at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park for a picnic and
celebration of Ray Will's birthday. The "we" in this case
consisted of Steve and Lucille Fulop, Ray and Irene Will,
Bill and Pat Will and daughter, Christina up from
Panama, Doug and Pauline Fulop and three daughters
also visiting from Panama, Jay and Diane French and
their three sons, Marge French, Jurt and Kzell Kydell
(Mrs. French's niece and husband from Montana), Marie
and Gary Will, and of course, myself. Then on Friday,
June 29, there was another get together at Bob Wallace's in
Cypress in honor of Doug and Pauline Fulop. Having a
good time and talking about old times and catching up on
the new times were John and Helen (Daniels) Miller,
Pauline and Doug Fulop, Diane and Jay French, Ray
Amato, Bob Wallace and Margaret Knapp.

Steve Fulop, Marjorie French and Lucille Fulop of Laguna
Hills, CA, picnicking at Dana Point Marina, California in March,

Dot and Art Cotton had their son, Fred and wife,Jac-
que visiting them for two weeks in June. Then Fred and
Jacque went on to Pensacola to visit their son, Keith and his
wife and their new son, (who is also a grandchild and a
great-grandchild) Jared, born May 12, which was Art's
and Dot's 54th wedding anniversary.
A note from Ruth and Joe Bourgeois saying how
much they have missed seeing everyone the last two
meetings, but Ruth has been ill and is now on her way to
recovery. Hope to see them with us soon.
Bud Kelleher just returned from a fishing trip with
Jim Kenealy in La Paz, Baja California. I imagine we can
anticipate some "fishy" stories from Bud at the September
John Hanson, BHS '45, just returned from three
months in Sweden, teaching Brain Development and
searching for his "roots". Welcome back.
We could have a Canal Zone Reunion at the Tijuana
border in San Ysidro working there in Immigration and
Customs is George Chevalier, his son, George Bryant,
Norman Slade, Fred Leslie and Larry Layman.
From Robert Provost....
After reading Charlie Helm's account about his horse
called "Broomstick" in the last issue of the Canal Record, it
brought to mind an event that occurred to me back in the
good old days. "Chuck" Daniels (of the 4-leaf clover
fame) and I were good old buddies in building airplanes
back in my high school days (mid-thirties). One Christmas
I got the gift I dreamed of a 6-foot kit of a Piper Cub.
Oh, did I work on it meticulously to build this 6-foot
rubber-band powered model Y3 actual size! And it had
an innovation when the rubber band gave out, the pro-
peller would fold back to each side of the fuselage, so the
plane really became a glider. After working weeks on this
balsa, rice paper plane, the day came I finished it. Chuck
and I tested the plane off the garage rooftop at the Morgan
Avenue field just off Balboa Road until the plane glided
perfectly. Then we wound it up and tested it off the Admin.
steps until we put 200 turns and flew it from the top of the
Admin. steps. It flew perfectly from there almost to the cir-
cle in front of the Balboa Clubby right straight down the
Prado. We were elated. Then Chuck got Pappy's car and
we loaded the plane in the back seat with the wings sticking
out the rear windows and drove up to the top of Ancon Hill.
There, smack dab in its center, using a converted egg
beater to stretch out the rubber bands, and winding it up,
we put on a "triple" row of knots, one extra row beyond the
instructions. The moment of truth arrived. With bated
breath, I launched my 6-footer off the top of Ancon Hill in
the direction of Albrook Field over all of Balboa. With all
that stored energy in the rubber bands, the plane just started
to rise beautifully, straight for Albrook.
Then after she climbed about 300 to 400 ft., she
veered off to the left and continued in a climbing turn until
she was headed directly to Panama Viejo where she
straightened out and continued climbing. By now, she was
up near 2000 ft. Chuck had a pair of binoculars and was
excitedly calling out her flight. As she straightened out at
about 2000 ft., he called out that the prop had folded against
the fuselage perfectly and now she was in free flight! Only
one problem she was still climbing instead of gliding
down. Chuck lost sight of her as she climbed over Bella
Vista, still headed for Old Panama.
I had painted her a bright orange a favorite color of
ours in order to spot our planes in all the green foliage of
Panama but it didn't help in this case. Although I adver-

tised in both the Panama American and the Star & Herald
in both Spanish and English, the plane was never found!
Boy, was I sick! One major flight and it was gone forever!
Charlie, I know how you felt with your horse's four legs up
in the air I felt the same way! I don't think I ever built
another model airplane since that day.

L-R: Lolita Provost Packard '40, Chipi Azcarraga, Joan
Ridge deGrummond '40, Bob Provost '38, Gertrude Mc-
Conaghy Roberto '40, Paul Fessler '38, and kneeling, Nancy
Norton Carter '40, and Marie Haggerty Ewing '38.

L-R: Nancy Norton Carter, Lolita Provost Packard, Joan
Ridge deGrummond, Ralph McClain, BHS '40, and Bea
Monsanto Rhyne, BHS '39 at reunion ball, April, 1984.

Again, from Bob Provost:

And Selected Stories

At the last reunion, an exciting concept was evolved
between an "old timer" (me) and a "young timer" (Sheila
Bolke) to develop for posterity, a book (with future sequels)
relating all those great Bajun jokes, stories and poems
before they all pass on due to fading memories. I, for one,
once knew over 30 verses of "Sly Mongoose" and today all
I can remember are 5 verses (3 goodies and 2 baddies)! At
the reunion, I couldn't find a single person who remember-
ed the words to "Meesta' Christofur Columbus"!
But we need help and lots of it! Do you want to go
down in History? We can guarantee it. Just send us your
jokes, stories, etc. (we'll convert them into Bajun for you)
and they will be included under your name and Canal Zone

location. And don't worry, if two or more of you submit the
same item, all names will be included.
As another thought, and this occurred at the reunion
which cracks us all up, we were relating stores about our
youth using all those great nicknames we all had, when we
finally hit a story about "Pos" and "Pus", when one of our
listeners, a U.S. type who had married a CZ gal asked:
"For God's sake, doesn't anyone down there have a first
name?" So when you include your jokes, stories, etc. be
sure to include your nickname, and should any of your
jokes, stories, etc. include any personalities, be sure to in-
clude them.
We currently have enough material for Y3 to M of a
book which is tentatively planned to be published in soft
cover. The book is being planned to contain the following
sections: (1) Bajun Jokes, (2) Bajun Song Verses, (3) Bajun
Poems, (4) Bajun Stories, (5) Canal Zone Stories (a) Places
(b) People, (6) Potpourrie.
If you have any suggestions, ideas, etc. to help us im-
prove this book, tell us when you send us your material. The
input of all of you is necessary to achieve success in this ven-
Sheila Gilbert Bolke


Summer at last has appeared on our scene. Dr. Tony
Suescum visited for one week with Barbara and Ray
Shaw. They went to Vail. He was very unimpressed with
the snow in June. Barbara had lunch with Jane (Wheaton)
Little formerly from Cristobal and a recent resident here
from Orlando. Barbara received her degree in December
and now plans to begin work for Mountain Bell.
Jose MiguelJohnson and his wife had as recent guests
Anne and Steve Barger and daughter Samantha from
Wyoming. They are previous Atlantic siders.
Capt. Fred and Mary Jane Weade have summer
guests from Panama, their daughter-in-law Janet Weade
with children Lynley and Jason.
Kathy Molloy, daughter of Colonel (Ret.) Robert
and Margaret (Meigs) Molloy graduated from high school
and will attend Colorado State University this fall. She will
leave shortly to spend the rest of the summer with her sister
Barbara and grandmother Della Meigs in Tampa.
Donna (Dickson) Hudson won the Colorado State
Ladies Trap Shoot. She shot 97 out of 100 and won a silver
engraved belt buckle.
Bud and Val (McIntire) Dempsey saw Doug Crook
in Sarasota, Florida. They also visited the Dempsey's in
Alabama and her parents B.J. and Milton Law in Col-
orado with them were their two children Daren and An-
My husband and family and I are presently on our way
to San Diego to vacation and visit my oldest son, Todd who
is stationed at Camp Pendleton in the Marine Corps.

Penny Pennington Graham




Pensacola has grown in the nine years plus we have
lived here. There are condos, businesses, motels, apart-
ments and new homes springing up like mushrooms. Our
new downtown Hilton opened in June and an adjacent
Civic Center will be completed next year. It's getting to be
almost too metropolitan for us not so much like the sleepy
little West Florida town of a few years ago.
In February I went to Miami along with many
members of our local organ club for a musical extravaganza
sponsored by the AOAI (Amateur Organists Association
International). Enjoyed great music as well as instruction
and am proud to report that Bea Sears was named the out-
standing member of the year by this international organiza-
tion which consists of several thousand members. Congrat-
ulations, Bea! Bea is also one of the staff writers for AOAI
and contributes monthly articles to their publication, Hurdy

Bea Sears, in the dress of the Panamanian country girl, entertains at
the organfor the Keyboard Fun Organ Club, Pensacola, Florida -
her theme, naturally "A Night in Latin America".

Mildred Hearne, receives "un embrazo" from Dennis Awe, in-
ternationallyfamous organist, who appeared "in concert" at
Pensacola, Florida during May. Webb Hearne, in background,
looks on. Millie is Vice President of the Keyboard Fun Organ Club, a
local organization whose purpose is to promote all kinds of organ
music in Florida's Panhandle.

Bea and Earl Sears, as of this date (July 20) are enter-
taining their son, Jeff and daughter-in-law, Kathie
(Lavalee) and their two girls, Kate and Shauna from
Panama. The Sears have recently sold their home and are in
the process of moving to a town house. As of July 23 their
new address will be: 4300 W. Francisco, #22, Pensacola, FL
Carol and Orrin Clement with their three children are
on vacation in Pensacola while enroute to a new military
assignment in Montgomery, Alabama, and have been visit-
ing with his parents, Caleb and Ruth Clement. The Caleb
Clements have also had their daughter, Mary (Clement)
Vaughn and two children as house guests while her hus-
band was on active duty.
John Dedeaux has left Panama to live permanently in
the U.S. At present he is residing with his parents, Louis
and Barbara Dedeaux.
The George Smiths are proud to announce their son,
George has opened his own dental clinic for the practice of
general dentistry as of June 21 in Piano, Texas.
Lt. Col. Robert Smith, eldest son of Bob and Terry
Smith, stationed in England with the U.S. Air Force has
just been named Squadron Commander of the 78th Tactical

L to R: Mary Ann (Grimes) Riley, Karen (Foscue) Long and
Fig (Leber) Dehlinger on vacation in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

Mary Ann (Grimes) Riley of Gulf Breeze had a busy
and fun-filled Fourth of July week with the following
visitors: Karen (Foscue) Long of Raleigh, N.C. and Fig
(Leber) Dehlinger of Coral Springs, Fl. The girls enjoyed
swimming, sailing and sunning on Pensacola's beautiful
white beaches. Mary Ann's daughter, Michele, aged 3 and
Fig's son, Jason, also 3, kept the girls running and on their

toes. Fig is expecting her second child the first part of Sep-
tember. All three girls graduated from Balboa High School
in 1970. They look forward to being together again in Coral
Springs next summer.
Clarence and Laura True during the past few months
have had visits from their son, Bruce and wife, Mary from
Oregon; their son, Bill and wife, Mary from Maryland,
and son, Bob and wife, Irma from Seattle, Washington.
On June 17, the Webb Hearnes hit the road to Texas
to visit John and Ephie Hearne in Houston, and Jim in
Corpus Christie. While on our trip we also enjoyed renew-
ing old friendships with former Zonians. Had a delightful
visit from Ned and Jeane Dwelle while in Corpus; were
entertained in San Antonio by Ricardo and Alicia Lay;
spent one night with Honey Fealey in Kerrville, and while
in Houston, took a trip up to Willis, Texas where we enjoy-
ed great country cooking at the home of Bill and Imo
Hampton. Arrived back home on June 30.
No more news from the Pan Handle this quarter.
Mildred Hearne


With class reunions, graduations, weddings and other
festivities going on, Sarasota has had many of our people
coming and going.
The Balboa High School Class of 1964 held their 20th
Class Reunion in Clearwater, FL in July, which brought
Gene Hermanny of Fon du Lac, WIS here to visit as the
guest of Gladys Conley before attending their reunion
Also Dr. Fred Wells of Perth, Australia attended this
reunion and was the guest of his aunt Mary N. Orr of this
city. He visited with his parents, Fred and Marion Wells of
Kerrville, TX and enjoyed a telephone visit with his
brother-in-law and sister, Guy and Mary Linda (Wells)
Fealey of Washington State. En route home he stopped
over in Stone Mountain, GA to visit his brother, Dr. Alan
Wells and wife Kathy Jane (Melanson) Wells and
Edna Kovel of Dothan, AL drove down for a visit
with some former Sarasota neighbors. A morning coffee at
the home of Mayno Walker was arranged so some friends
could get together during her short visit here and reminisce
over good times here and catch up on friends still in Pan-
Douglas McLain, his wife and daughter, Diedre of
Coco Solo, Panama vacationed for several weeks with his
parents, John and Gladys (Watson) McLain. Later they
departed for a visit with his wife's family in Texas.
Ed and Joan (McCullough) Ohman and son, Jason,
of Cardenas, R.P. arrived for a summer vacation with her
parents, Mac and Snookie McCullough of Glen Oaks.
The McCulloughs went north with them to visit another
daughter, Sue (McCullough) Burk, her husband, Jim and
children in Keego Harbor, Mich. and to visit with their son,
Don and Sharon (Hammond) McCullough in Millington,
N.J. Besides enjoying family reunions, they took trips to
Niagara Falls and Bolbo, Canada.
Billie Galloway and sisters, Ruth Gatz and Maxine
Hitchcock went to Houston, TX to attend the high school
graduation of Billie's grandson, David, son of her daugh-

ter, Katherine and Patrick Daniels. Their other sisters,
Robin Comer and Alice Jones, who is visiting from
Rosedale, Miss. drove to New Orleans to attend their neph-
ew's wedding. Billie's grandmother, Anna Elaine
Galloway of Atlanta, GA spent the summer here with her.
Mrs. Louise Pustis flew to Washington, D.C. to visit
her son, Joe Pustis, and to attend her granddaughter
Jean's high school graduation.
George and Mayno (Bliss) Walker flew to Campbell,
CA to attend the wedding of their great niece, Beth Ann
Bliss, granddaughter of her brother, Budd and Eleanor
Bliss of that city. While in the California area they visited
with other relatives Malcolm and Faye Wheeler of Rancho
Bernardo, San Diego, CA and had the pleasure of seeing
Lawrence Welk in Escondido, CA.
Joe and Rae Ebdon are enjoying family visitors, as
their son, Dick Ebdon and family of Irving, CA came for a
visit. Also Bob Ashton of Ft. Lauderdale, FL came for a
visit with his brother-in-law, Joe "Pop" Ebdon.
Jay Cain enjoyed a recent visit by her newphew,
Michael Cain and family from Miami, FL.
Bob and Lotty Orvis and son, Carl, of Daytona
Beach drove down for a visit with his mother, Mrs. Frances
Orvis. Carl Orvis has recently completed his service with
the U.S. Navy and visited with his grandmother and broth-
er, Bobby Orvis of Sarasota and related interesting inci-
dents of his Navy years.
Allen and Kay Miller flew to Colorado Springs, CO
for a visit with their daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie
and Don Schiewe, as a surprise for their other daughter,
Martha Hoskins and Michael Allen, who was also visiting
from Portland, OR.
Gilbert Smith of La Boca, R.P. with his sons, Gilbert
and David, were houseguests of Bill and Jeannine Carlin
in this city, before returning to Panama in July. Gil and
Susie (Pincus) Smith with their two sons and her mother,
Mrs. Alice Pincus while on their summer vacation, first
visited their son, Larry, in Largo. Later Susie and her
mother visited Mrs. Pincus' son RichardPincus and family in
Hampton, Va. and attended the high school graduation of
her granddaughter, Theresa. Susie visited on the East
Coast and Texas, while her mother visited her brother and
wife, Louis and Opal Stilson in Orlando. Susie joined her
mother in Orlando before returning to their home.

Gladys B. Humphrey
Sarasota Reporter

St. Petersburg

Jessie W. Degenaar from Meridian, Mississippi,
spent several days visiting with Dorothy Hamlin this past
June. Then on June 19, Alton and Vera Jones took
Dorothy Hamlin, when they started on their motor trip
north; and dropped her at Carthage, North Carolina,
where she had a happy two weeks with her son and his wife,
Gene and Faye Hamlin. That was just a start for Dorothy
as she then headed North to Connecticut where she thor-
oughly enjoyed two months with her daughter Jane Leff-
ingwell and children. During her visit many other
members of the family joined with them for joyous reu-

Our recent Brown-Bagger meetings have been quite
enthused with the plans that were discussed by two of our
group for a glorious trip planned to the Northwest including
parts of Washington State, Canada and Alaska. Dorothy
and Bob Herrington and Jane and R.F. (Bud) Huldt-
quist are away at this writing but I hope to hear a lot about
this jaunt on their return. Will try to get it in the next issue.
It sounds exciting.
Colleen (O'Connor) Lau made a short trip to Hawaii
on July 1 where she had a delightful week with her husband,
Ernest Lau who had just completed his tour of duty in
Korea. They had planned to return to St. Petersburg to-
gether, but, through a mix-up in their tickets, Colleen
returned a week ahead of Ernest. They are now here and
preparing for his new assignment at MacDill Air Force in
June 20, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Dyer drove from Dalton,
Georgia where they had a two-day visit with Colleen Lau,
daughter, and Grace Williams, sister of their friend Bar-
bara O'Connor. After an evening of estatic chatter they
were joined the following evening by Barbara's younger
son, Gary, when his birthday was enjoyed with dinner and
an evening of remembering.
Part of the Pate family did a little traveling during the
past few months. Debbie's dad flew to Chicago to witness
her graduation from an internship in Radiology at the Na-
tional College of Chiropractic April 21, 1984. Debbie later
attended a work seminar in San Diego conducted by a world
renowned Radiologist, Dr. Resnick.
After returning to Chicago, Debbie, a Golden Retriev-
er, a parrot and a part of her belongings, including her Dad,
loaded into her '78 Toyota, headed for St. Pete. They made
it without incident.
On May 17th Dot and Al returned to Georgia to
attend Al's 51st High School Reunion while Debbie took
care of grandma (Marie Wolf).
On June 10th Debbie and her Dad loaded the Toyota
again, this time leaving the bird and Retriever with Dottie,
they headed for San Diego where Debbie will function as a
fellow under the direction of Dr. Donald Resnick, the
foremost authority on Skeletal Radiology at the Veterans
Administration Medical Center. She will be doing research
in Skeletal Radiology and biomechanics. This program will
last for one year.
On their way they stopped to visit Ginny and Ed
Blount in Mobile, Ala.; in Kerrville, Tex. they stayed with
Anna and Bob Calvit, visited Clara and Harold Chabers,
Florence and Lloyd (Mac) McConnell. It was a treat to
see them all after five years.
One of the highlights of their trip was taking the ride on
the Narrow Gauge Railroad from Durango to Silverton,
Colorado, a breathtaking experience. In Cortez, Colorado,
they visited with Lillian White. She was recuperating in
the hospital after her operation. We sure hope that she is
doing better now.
At Lake Havasu City (London Bridge Town) they
visited with Nate and Marguerite Ashton, Al's sister and
brother-in-law. It was great to be with them, they hated to
leave. In fact, Debbie continued on to San Diego while Al
spent a few more days with them. Marguerite and Nate
drove Al over to Las Vegas to catch his plane back to St.
Pete. Al says it was great seeing a lot of old friends and our
beautiful country. The best part of the trip was being with
his daughter and renewing their close relationship. This
time Debbie did 90% of the driving and took care of her
dad. Debbie never ceases to amaze her dad on what she can

A delightful Wedding shower was held for Jerri Lynn
Rodgers daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Rodgers, by her
Maid-of-Honor-to-be, (sister) Barbara Rodgers at their
home on June 9. Jerri will be married to Bret Robert Paul,
on July 21. Details and pictures are not yet available, that
too will be something to look forward to. There was so much
action at the shower that I couldn't begin to write it all. Just
wanted you to know.
Grace Williams


We are still unpacking from our latest move but I did
want to report what has been going on with the Kentucky
Donna Stube of Louisville, KY writes that she has
traveled a bit since her retirement from Balboa High School
in June, 1982. She spent a few months in London, made
frequent trips to Illinois to visit her mother and sister, and
this fall plans a trip to Michigan to visit Ron and Consuelo
Cappon, also recent retirees. Donna is settled happily into a
comfortable life in Louisville and is having a marvelous
time visiting with old friends, taking long walks and
reveling in her favorite pastime reading. She enjoys the
Record and spends many happy hours with each issue.
Donna says she really 'LUVS LOUAVULL'!
I had a pleasant phone conversation with Lucille
Abernathy of Falmouth, KY last week. Seems husband
Winston P. spent some time in Christ Hospital in Cincin-
nati for surgery on both legs due to artery blockage. He is
back home now in Falmouth and doctors expect a complete
if somewhat slow recovery. I'll bet some letters or cards
would help pass time and cheer him up.
Walter Alves of Henderson, KY told me this has been
a quiet spring for him and Barbara. They had planned a
trip to Merced, California to visit with daughter Susan and
her family but things on the farm interrupted the trip.
Susan may move closer so it'll be easier to see them. Pam,
the other Alves' daughter sold her cottage in Henderson
and is going to build a new home on the farm and be just
across the lane from Walter and Barbara. Pam and Glenn
are on a Caribbean cruise and her three children are staying
on the farm with their grandparents. Walter says that living
on the farm is so much more pleasant than being in the city.
Barbara has been busy with her flowers and outside chores.
They have a good vegetable garden in and will soon be can-
ning all that food to enjoy this winter. You do remember I
told you Walter had a quiet spring? He also got the farm
crops in and hopes to make some money this year. Sounds
like Walter's quiet spring has been busier than most folks
noisy one.
Also on the recent recovery list is Ethel Staples of
Louisville, KY. She had eye surgery for a lens transplant
and can really see well now. Herb is also doing pretty well.
They had a visit from daughter Gretchen Kroll and her two
sons, Ted and Tim from Fairfax, Virginia in June.
Congratulations Bertha and Gardner Hayes of Lex-
ington, KY. They celebrated their fiftieth wedding
anniversary March 24, 1984 in San Antonio, Texas. It was
in fact a whole week of celebrating filled with trips (Mexico,
etc.) dinners and special events. The celebration was

planned by son Col. John D. Hayes and his family and son
Wm. Gardner Hayes who flew in from California. The
'big surprise' on the twenty fourth was when Kerrville
friends came down from 'Hill Country' bringing a beautiful
scenic oil painting of Texas Blue Bonnets by artist Sue
Graham. Even Nancy and Ronald Reagan sent congratu-
lation wishes. Bertha said that made them feel that reaching
the fifty year mark must be a real accomplishment.

Bertha and Gardner Hayes

After their trip to Texas they went to the Reunion and
enjoyed meeting with friends and neighbors, some they
hadn't seen in forty years or more. Later the 'little' Hayes
reunion was held in St. Pete where everyone gathered at Sis
and Bea Hayes' house by the lake. Bertha and Gardner are
back in Blue Grass country now and want to invite you to
drop in for a visit at 649 Springridge Drive. Bertha also rec-
ommends the outdoor musical 'The Stephen Foster Story"
to anyone passing through the Bardstown area.
Cheryl Kline and her daughter Kim Phillips sur-
prised me on June 14th. On vacation from Panama, Cheryl
stopped at the post office in London, KY to find out where

The Kerville table at the 50th. Left to Right: Beth Waddell, Chita
Hanna, Betty Marchall, Dorothy, Sue Graham, June Hayes,
and Bertha Hayes.

we had moved. The only problem was that we had moved
yet again and she was not given our most recent address.
But being such a good detective and a great friend, she
nevertheless appeared on my front doorstep. I was expect-
ing her because she had called Ken at work to get di-
rections. We had a great time visiting and I hated to say
goodbye the next day. I hope she comes back soon now that
all the boxes are out of the way. We really enjoy our new
house. Lots of room and a great view. Ken bought a new
tractor to cut the grass because we have lots of ups and
Our daughter, Karen Ramsey is back in Kentucky.
She and her husband Hugh went to Oklahoma City in
May. Hugh is at the FAA Academy still and plans to join
Karen here in August. We talked Karen into returning to
have our first grandchild here. Kenny came in from Louis-
ville to see Karen and spent a week with us. He has a brand
new pet cockatoo named Laura, who decided to taste my
drapes. Guess she didn't care too much for them because I
only found a few holes near the top.

Ginger Rood
Kentucky Reporter


Sue Barfield Chelette of Monroe is eagerly looking
forward to spending part of November in Florida when her
parents, Doris and LeRoy Barfield, celebrate their 50th
wedding anniversary. Last summer she ventured down,
too, for her 20th class reunion accompanied by two of her
three children.
It's always a pleasure to hear from former Diablo
Heights neighbor, Rusty Folger of New Orleans. There's
been another red-haired addition to the Folger family. Her
third grandson, Jonathan Wayne, was born on the Fourth
of July, weighing in at 8 lbs., 7 oz. Jonathan's parents are
Lisa and Wayne Folger. Rusty is currently on a four-
month full-time assignment working with Louisiana Gas.
She's still found time to spend six days at the World's Fair,
stating it's fabulous and beats anything she's seen! Son
Gary and his wife Silvia arrived for a visit in July and
Rusty's had eight other house guests recently.
New member, Terrill Goudie of Metairie, dropped us
a note to say that the Balboa High School Class of 1975 is
planning a reunion for the 1985 Labor Day weekend. Loca-
tion has not been decided. All interested alums are invited
to contact Senior Class Vice President Julie Booz, 3110
Timer View Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479, home phone
(713) 980-8608 or work (713) 240-5464. An update on the
plans and location may be expected in the next issue.
Kathleen and John R. Gough, Sr., of Marrero, are
enjoying a visit from granddaughter, Linda Lee Gough,
who arrived from Fountain Valley, Calif., early in June.
After high school, Linda, 17, expects to stay with the
Goughs while attending a culinary school in New Orleans.
Her goal is to become a chef, and one day, open her own
restaurant. Adam Mitts, son of Marlene Mitts Bailey, is
currently an apprentice at the Delgado Community College
culinary program, New Orleans. On her way through New
Orleans recently, member Joan Ridge (Mrs. John R.) de
Grummond of Laguna Hills, Calif., telephoned greetings
to the Goughs and reminisced about the "good old days"

on the Zone with many of their mutual friends. Coincident-
ally, Linda Lee had met Joan's daughter, Tina, at a
Zonian reunion in California. Other summertime ex-
Zonian visitors included the Rev. William Cook and his
son, Mark, who spent a night. Mrs. Cook, the former
Beverly Steike, is John's cousin.

YEARS. O. Levergne Brown of San Antonio, Texas (left) and
John R. Gough, Sr. of Marrero, La. (right) served together in the
20th Troop Carrier Squadron (SP) at Albrook Field, Canal Zone in

The Goughs were especially delighted with a visit from
O. Levergne and Frances Brown of San Antonio, Texas.
Levergne and John were WWII buddies in the 20th Troop
Carrier Squadron at Albrook in 1944-45. They have visited
each other and been pen pals for the past 40 years.
Kathleen and John were saddened by the heart-attack
death of her youngest sister, Mrs. Bessie Cook, 61.
Interment was in Westwego, La., beside their mother, Mrs.
Helen Isabel Wood Cooke. John claims that summertime
is the best season for uncovering garage-sale treasures and
has the "booty" to prove it, including a 1939 Silvertone
AM-SW radio in a wood cabinet for $12 and a Remington
standard manual typewriter for only $5! Once again John
has generously sent us a few issues of the Panama Mirror from
1950. Some highlights include an hilarious account entitled
"The Carefree Life of a Quartermaster," excerpts from the
diary of Roy R. Watson, DQM; Louise Glud's column
"Tagging the Teens" featuring a profile on Carolyn
Smouse, a "blonde, peppy, athletic.. .planning to take up
nursing," and Miss Marie Weir's (BHS biology teacher)
tour of New Zealand and Australia; and articles on San
Bias, Salsipuedes Street, jungle survival techniques, and the
full text of a speech by Rep. Frank W. Boykin of Alabama
commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of Maj.
Gen. William C. Gorgas at his grave in Arlington National
Cemetery. Deepest appreciation to the Goughs for these
special treasures print journalism's a specialty!
Gene Gregg in Mandeville enjoyed a recent visit with
Capt. Ed Fetherston on New Orleans' West Bank, who's
fine and piloting in the Gulf. Roland Casanova of Slidell
gets over to Mandeville now and then. The Greggs and
Roland hope to get together with Wiltz Schexnayder of
Amite for a trip to the second annual Zonian picnic at
Ocean Springs, Miss., on Saturday, September 29. It will
be a real treat to be together with some of our favorite
correspondents and to get the opportunity to meet in person
finally. Just for the record, the picnic grounds are lovely,

there are no ants and the weather will be perfect. Bob and
Marcia Jones of Fort Collins visited the Greggs and took in
the World's Fair on their way back from a States pasear.
Laura Gregg is in Paris at the Institut Catholique taking
French and hopes to see Janet Brandenberg Manson in
England before she returns. Bob and Gail are visiting in
Mandeville from Denver and leave for Fort Rucker in July.
Gene had a letter from his old teaching pal, Bob
McCullough, Sidney, Mont., who he reports is not in good
Dona (Mrs. R.J.) Helmerichs writes that she and
Bob are still enjoying Slidell. She leaves July 26 for the
Olympic games in California and is very excited about it.
We'll expect a full report on the activities in the next issue.

A happy quartet of former Zonians Ellen Osborne, Billie
Greenwood, Andrea Smith and Laurie Tichener.

Billie Bishop has moved from Addis to 1941 South
Wood Crest, Denham Springs, LA 70726, and writes that
Ellen and Jackie Osborne have moved to 2633 Birchfield,
Harvey, LA 70058. Billie's brother, David Bishop,
dropped in for a few days, having come up for the Reunion
and to see his mom, Mrs. Blanche M. Bishop of Dothan,
Ala., and Mr. and Mrs. Allen W. (Bonnie Bishop)
Steiner of Dickinson, Texas. Other recent visitors included
Tom and Kathy Mallia and John Meeker. Billie hopes to
give her old Zone neighbors from down the street, the
Goughs of Marrero, a call. Perhaps they'll all meet up at the
Ocean Springs picnic in September.
From among his mother's collection of old papers,
Robert Wertz of Belle Chasse sent us a copy of the Balboa
Junior High School graduation exercises dated June 10,
1936. Some names you might recognize include the Rev.
J.V. Tinnin who gave the invocation and Byron Wilson
who directed the junior high orchestra. Salutatorian
Margaret Kunkel spoke on the early history of the Isthmus
of Panama, another salutatorian, Nancy Norton, spoke on
De Lesseps and the French failure, while Lolita Provost,
valedictorian, spoke on the present-day canal. The princi-
pal at this time was Cecil Rice and Ben M. Williams was
superintendent of schools.
Patt Foster Roberson


David L. Carlson (BHS '78) was graduated with
Highest Honors from the University of Southern Mississip-
pi on May 12. He is the son of Herbert H. Carlson of La
Boca, Panama, and Florence J. Carlson, Hattiesburg,
Miss. Also honored as the outstanding senior in biology,
David has accepted a two-year fellowship to join the Grad-
uate Group in Ecology at the University of California at
Davis. David is the eldest of three sons. Alan, 21, is junior
in the music department at USM and may be remembered
for his leading role in the recent BHS production of
"Pippin". Brian, 18, just enrolled as a freshman at USM.
The brothers are grandsons of Mr. and Mrs. Harry A.
Carlson, Society members of Kerrville, Texas.
Mrs. George A. (Judy) Carnright reports a traumatic
move from her old homeplace and acreage in Braxton to
1738 Camellia Drive, Jackson, MS 39204. It was getting
too much for her to keep up alone and now she's glad to be
near her family, has nice neighbors and is getting "church
Clairee (Mrs. Roger) Chisolm of Union reports being
busy these days putting up peas, apricots, relish, pickles and
jelly. Her grandchildren, Tina, 11, and Doug, 9, have
taken up racing go-carts and are doing quite well. Tina, the
only girl in the race, recently placed second at an Alabama
track against boys, 14-17. Doug placed 11th in national
tournament races in Alabama in his very first race, also
against teenagers and pros. The Chisolms enjoyed a recent
visit from John and Catherine Boswell of Hattiesburg and
Clairee says you should have seen John zipping around on
the go-carts. The Chisolms went to Texas over the Fourth
and spent a few days with Red Barnes and family.


Tina Chisolm, 11, proudly displays her trophy and winning go-

Member Joseph Garcia Jr. writes from Panama that
he would like to trade copies of BHS, CHS and CZJC year-
books and Panama Canal Reviews. He is currently looking
for Reviews dated August, September and October 1957,
and October 1962. If you can help him out (I can't) drop
him a line.
Mr. and Mrs. Leavell F. Kelly of Hattiesburg cele-
brated a delightful Mother's Day at a champagne brunch
before attending commencement exercises at the University

of Texas at San Antonio where daughter, Carol Ann (Mrs.
Randy Puzon), was graduated with a master's degree from
the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Carol and
Randy followed the Kelly's back to Hattiesburg, then went
on to Jackson to visit Carol's sister, Janet, her husband
Tony Hodges, and children, Somer, 4, and Stephen, 1.
After a few days at the World's Fair, Carol and Randy con-
tinued on to Tennessee and North Carolina before return-
ing to San Antonio. Carol attended Gamboa Elementary,
Diablo Heights and Curundu Junior Highs and was
graduated from BHS in 1969. Her freshman year was spent
at the University of Southern Mississippi and she earned a
BS from St. Mary's University, San Antonio.
Hattie Laird of Ocean Springs sent in an update
concerning the second annual Golden Coast Pan Canal
picnic which gets underway at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept.
29, at the Gulf Island National Seashore Park, Davis
Bayou, Ocean Springs, Miss. Hattie says to bring food and
drinks for your own family. And further information may
be obtained from her at (601) 875-0994, or from one of the
other ladies working on the arrangements for a successful
picnic Chita Cassibry at (601) 875-3698, or Hildegard
Epperson at (601) 875-3861, or Tommy Williford at (601)
875-1315. For the hardy souls who'd like to make a weekend
of it, camper hookups are available.
Larry Mohler, 4218 Peekskill Lane, Fairfax, VA
22033, is still building the mailing list for invitations to the
Coast-to-Coast Riders motorcycle club rally which is being
scheduled in conjunction with the '85 Reunion in Tampa.
Choppy White is looking into arranging a fun activity,
perhaps involving ying-yangs on the beach. More on that
later. Ray Magan and his wife, the former Helen
Edwards, of Pueblo, Colo., plan to be there and Eddie
Armstead will be expected down from Carlisle, Pa. If
you're not on the list and would like to be kept informed of
developments, contact Larry.
Capt. Linda Kapinos Puchon of Biloxi proudly
reports that her husband, Capt. Charles A. Puchon Jr.,
was graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi
in May with a second master's degree, this one in adult edu-

Capt. Charles A. Puchon, Jr. happily pinsflight wings on his
wife, Capt. Linda Kapinos Puchon, at Flight School, Brooks
AFB, Texas, in May.

cation, and has promptly begun work toward a Ph.D. in the
same field with completion projected for December 1985.
His dissertation title is, "A Study to Determine if the CLEP
General Examinations in Mathematics and in English Are
Valid Predictors of Success in Command, Control and
Communications Technical Training for U.S. Military
Officers." Linda, meanwhile, has completed flight nurse
training at Brooks AFB, Texas, and is plugging along on a
master's, also in adult education.

An announcement has
been received that Miss
Debra Lee Reilly,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
David (Velma Medina,
BHS '52, CZJC '54)
Reilly was graduated from
her mother's alma mater,
Balboa High School, on
June 13. Commencement
exercises were held at the
Balboa Theater. Congrat-
ulations, Debra! Miss Debra Lee Reilly
In an effort to track down Jack Shobe, formerly of
New Orleans, we got a lovely newsy letter from his mom,
Mrs. Jim (Noralie Roche) Shobe of Bellingham, Wash.
John, his wife and two daughters may now be reached at
Garden Flat, 45 The Strand, Ryde, Isle of Wight, U.K. Jim
and Noralie retired from Pan Canal in 1981 and bought a
big 80-year-old house on % acre in the Northwest, where
Jim is now working for the county. Their older son, Steve,
is in the Air Force at McCord, married with three children:
a girl, 7, and boys, 6 and 5. Their daughter lives five hours
away; her husband works on Bonneville Dam; and they
have a boy, 4, and a girl, 1. So, Jim and Noralie now have
seven grandchildren. They'll be at the '85 Reunion so
maybe we can round up some of the old Gamboa scooter
gang too, as I hear Billy Henderson and Willie Hidalgo,
among others, may come. Jim's heard lately from Bill
Schmidt, Bernice Herring and Allie McKeown. Harry
Akers spent the night a few months ago on his way to
Alaska. The Shobes see Hugh "Bucky" Smith and his
wife, Joan (Ellen J. Walker) who live nearby, along with
Jack and Ann Rocker, and Jim and Mary Young of
Camano Island, which is where the Washington picnic was
held on August 4.
Alberta Mead Smith of St. Petersburg has graciously
contributed her collection of Panama Canal Reviews to this
reporter for safekeeping. They're a welcomed addition to a
growing collection and any extras will be available for shar-
ing with others, so check your holdings and maybe we can
fill in the gaps.
Meanwhile down on the farm with Gerda and Owen
Smith, the garden may be winning as the green beans,
yellow snap beans, squash, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucum-
bers and more squash are all acomin' in. April found the
Smiths in Hagerstown, Md., and surrounding area to visit
Owen's mother, brother and other friends. Then back to
Osyka to greet and spend a few weeks with Gerda's mother,
her husband and an aunt from Germany, followed by a
stopover with Ken and Ruth Thompson from Bradenton,
Fla., who were on their way to the Rigolets to visit Ed
Parker. In May, Glen Swann Jr. of Choudrant, stopped
by for a rest. He was bicycling back home from the World's
Fair in New Orleans.

Letters and cards from Tampa, Ireland, Bath and
Norway have found their way across my desk as the
Warren's (Gretchen and Bill of New Port Richey, Fla.)
trek along on schedule and having a marvelous time.
They've discovered plaice (a fish dish) in Shannon, enjoyed
the Wearing of the Green, participated in a medieval
banquet using their fingers for forks, and danced to an orch-
estra with the fjords as a backdrop. They are planning a trip
to the World's Fair in October and are expected through
Hattiesburg for an overdue visit at that time.

Patt Foster Roberson

New Jersey

With a little bit of arm-twisting and a few drinks, Bet-
ty Rathgeber persuaded yours truly to take on the job as
New Jersey reporter.
Our Pocono Reunion was held the weekend of July
13th 15th.
There were lots of hugs and kisses, jokes galore, good
food and drink and a little bit of golf. They came from
Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Michigan,
New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and
These Zonians get around.
Those attending were: Marge (Dennis) Bain, Jack
and Gloria Brown, Grace (Jones) Cary, Ed and Jane
Curtis, Bob (Dink) and Mary Dennis, 2nd Lt. Carol
Dubill U.S.A.R., Fern (Horine) Dubill, Sara (Ferg-
uson) Eckholm, Gene Hamlin, Satshi and Betty Hanna,
Jean (Dennis) Herbert, Bernice (Rathgeber) Jackson,
Aggie (Tonneson) Jamke, Wilma (Reynolds) Kirkpat-
rick, Jo (Dennis) Konover, Horace and Doris (Nolan)
Lefferts, George and Catherine Lowe, Tede (Duff)
Lyng, Norine (Rathgeber) Lucas, Frank and Jean
(Kalar) McAndrews, John and Vera McGuire, Bill and
Mary Michaelsen, Bill and Muriel Poole, Jack Poole,
Bob and Pat Ridge, Vince and Dottie Ridge, Jack and
Betty (Searcy) Rathgeber, Carol Rathgeber, Vince
Reynolds, Sara (Pyle) Rowley, Jack and Shirley
(Gerchow-Edwards) Sargant, Augie and Eleanor (Ham-
mond) Schwindeman, Tate and Toodles (Warren)
Setzer, Andrew and Betty (Brooks) Stergion and Jackie
Tonneson. Jack McGuire and his wife had made a recent
trip to Panama and The San Blas Island and showed their
slides. Our two faithfuls George Lowe and Jackie
Brown showed theirs also. We had several first-timers join
us for this event and they are hooked.
Next year it will be held July 12 15, 1985.
Same Place Best Western Hill Motor Lodge, Tan-
nersville, Pennsylvania, 18372. Phone (717) 629-1667.
One of our highlights next year will be a golf tourna-
ment on a championship golf course in the Poconos. We
would like to invite all of you Zonians to come join us.

Jo (Dennis) Konover

Nyl& A&

New York

Greetings from New York. As a former Air Force wife
(my husband has since retired and works for General
Motors) I have run across many former Zonians in my trav-
els. Our last port of call was Dayton, Ohio where I came in-
to contact with Beverly Philips Gross (BHS '62). Her
daughter and my son were classmates at the same school.
Dave Larrison also lives there and teaches Spanish. He is a
former graduate of CHS '62. If anyone from Ohio,
Michigan, or New York would like their news placed in
future Records, please write and let me know. My address
is 5 Ironstone Dr., Rochester, N.Y. 14624.
We just returned from a nice visit with my parents,
Helen and Joe Flynn of Kalamazoo, Michigan. They en-
joyed hearing about the latest reunion. That was a first of
many for me. It felt like I was still in Panama.
If anyone sees a small blue stationwagon with license
plates ZONIAN while traveling in New York, you can be
sure that Camile Hendricks Bassett is behind the wheel.
She lives with her two children in Little Falls and has paid us
a couple of visits since our arrival a few months ago. She
teaches Spanish at the elementary, Jr. High and High
I received a nice letter from George Case a few weeks
ago. He is stationed in Hawaii with the U.S. Army and lives
with his wife and two daughters. I'm sure there are a lot of
Zonians living in Hawaii. Let us her from you as well.
Sara Rowley, reporter from Clearwater was visiting
Rochester and gave me a call. Sara along with Wilma
Kirkpatrick and "Pede" (Duff) Lyng took off for a BHS
reunion in the Poconos.
Speaking of class reunions, I hope the class of '64 had
as good a one as ours last year. We are working on our 25, so
all alumni of BHS '63 start preparing for the biggest ever.

Peggy (Flynn) Mattey

North Carolina

As our annual picnic is on the 27th of July and the
deadline for the Record is the 25th, I will report on the pic-
nic in the next issue.
Emily and Howard Johnson went back to Florida the
latter part of June to get ready for their move to their new
apartment in Freedom Square on the 25th of July. In the
middle of July, they met their son, Jim, and family from
Houston, TX, at Destin, Fla., and spent several days with
them. Emily and Howard will return to Hendersonville in
The welcome mat has been out at Jean andJack Dom-
browsky's. Their son, Dale, and three boys from Lake-
land, Fla., were here for a week and their daughter, Bar-
bara Harmon and her son from Ahoskie, N.C., spent
several days with them. Jean's sister, "Bricky" Pattison,
was here for two weeks. When she left here, "Bricky" went
to Tallahassee to visit Mary and Val Lynch, then on to see
friends in Dothan, Ala. Before returning to Panama, she
stopped to see her son Jimmy and his wife, Kat, in
Melbourne, Fla.

Betty Bentz will leave the last of July to spend a week
with her son, Alan, and his family at their beach cottage in
Stonington, Conn. In September, she will go to Colorado
for two months with her three sisters there.
While in the east giving speeches on pre-school train-
ing, Docia Clisbee Zavitkovsky spent a day with Ruth
Sill before returning to her home in California.
Linnea Angermuller's mother, Ethel Olson, is back
for the summer with Ron and Linnea. They are expecting
their daughter, Britta, from Houston, TX, in August.
Their son, Larry, is in the U.S. Navy at Norfolk.
Father Lynch from Tallahassee, Ala., was a house
guest of Betty and Bill Dunning and enjoyed a game of
golf with Bill and Ron Angermuller. The Dunnings often
see Betty's niece, Lisa Hunt Johnson and her husband,
William, from Cullowhee, N.C. Betty's mother, Lucille
Flenniken, from Knoxville, Tenn., and her sister, Freda
Flenniken Stohrer, from Dayton, Ohio, were here this
Sam and Norma Irvin have had several house guests
recently. Bill and Millie Nehring from Pennsylvania
stopped on their way home from the reunion. In May, Ken
and Betsy Bivin and their daughter, Margaret, from
Panama were here after Margaret's graduation from Con-
verse College. Ann Bowen Murphy and her family came
by on their way home to N.Y. from Murfreesboro, Tenn.,
where they had attended the wedding of her father, C.R.
Alice H. Roche


Those who attended the Florida reunion had nothing
but praise for those who worked so hard to make it a success.
Doris Etchberger mentioned seeing Roy Boggs and many
others. She felt sorry for the Taylor Band, as only a few hit
the floor while they were playing, but when LUCCHO
began to play the floor was jammed! There's just some-
thing electric about that Latin music that the States bands
just can't compete with. My daughter Marcy made an
honest mistake by getting her dates mixed for the Beach
Party, and arrived a day late with her son Steven. Anyway,
they had a good time and there's always next year, tho she
was sorry to have missed seeing her friends.
May brought Johnny Towery, Sr. to the NW to visit
his son John and Winnie. While in the area, he saw the
Bunkers and Mr. Walter Robison, who is still ill. Johnny
drove his Dad to Kirkland, Wa. to visit other relatives
before his return to his home in Palm Springs, Ca.
Mr. Walter Robison underwent surgery and is slowly
regaining his strength. We all wish him a speedy recovery.
Jack and Lucille Bunker are very happy again, with
their family back in the NW. Daughter, Jackie Knowlton
and family have returned from the East and will be living in
Steilacoom, Wa., where Dr. Knowlton will be working at
the hospital.
My sister Peggy drove North to visit after my Dad's
death. We toured in and around Vancouver, really enjoying
each others company a good change for all. The highlight
of her visit was the three sights of Mt. St. Helens. The
Toutle River damage; into the devastated area and a flight

over the Volcano. Was good being all together again and we
all had a good time.
Brad London (Anchorage, Alaska) and family are
visiting Dick and Betty (Bradley) London of Washougal.
I'll be anxious to see their children since my visit to them
last year.
Heard from Gene and Lil Nott (Grants Pass, Or.),
who had been on another trip for nine weeks. Their next
trip, if all works out, will be to drive their motorhome across
Canada to Nova Scotia. If plans don't work out, they'll be
attending the NW Reunion on Camano Island, August 4,
I am looking forward to the visit of my daughter and
grandson, Marcy and Steven Napoleon, beginning July
27th. It will be so good to see them again.
Betty Clarke (Las Vegas, Nev.) is also planning on
heading for the NW, and it will be good to see her again too.
That scorching heat of the desert gets a bit much after
awhile and changes weatherwise, are good for the soul, as
well as the body.
We are planning to make the NW Reunion, and hope
to see you there too.
Martha B. Wood
Northwest Reporter


Isthmian Newsreel

U.S. employees of the Panama Canal Commission are
approaching another milestone of the Panama Canal Trea-
ty. As you all know, the U.S. employees will lose all military
privileges as of September 30, 1984.
In recent months, the Commission retained the ser-
vices of an international firm to conduct a study in order to
derive at an equitable cost-of-living-allowance, commonly
known as COLA for those employees that would lose their
buying power as a result of having to buy in the local econ-
The Board of Directors concluded their summer meet-
ing, held at the Administration Building in Balboa Heights
on July 12. During the meeting, Panama expressed their
opposition to the payment of a COLA because such
payments would be made from Canal revenues.
The Administrator, Mr. D.P. McAuliffe submitted
an alternate plan that was reviewed and discussed at length.
The decision on the proposal was voted on July 12, and it
was approved by a 5 to 4 margin.
The alternate plan consists of the following benefits
that will be granted to U.S. Commission employees and
dependents, who will lose military privileges on October 1,
1984. They are as follows:
a. Free rent and utilities.
b. Employees will be permitted to utilize U.S. Embassy
diplomatic pouch (including parcels) from the U.S.
to Panama. However, employees will be required to
utilize the Panama mail system for sending mail to
the U.S.
c. Home leave travel is granted once a year instead of
once every two years.
d. Educational travel has been increased to twice a year.

e. Atlantic side residents will be paid an additional com-
pensation of $1,700 a year to cover transportation
costs for having to make their purchases on the Pacif-
ic side.
The Housing problem for some of the TOF's
(Transfer of Function) employees continues to be a subject
that has not been satisfactorily resolved.
Everything is green and beautiful here during the
rainy season. I have tried to acquire some additional news
for this column, but to no avail. Minds, hearts and words
are not "with it" at this time to give me the news. So until
next time. Hasta Luego!


Antonio "Tony" Suescum II, a ninth-grade student
at Curundu Junior High School attended the United States
Space Camp at the Alabama Space and Rocket Center in
Huntsville, Alabama early this past June.
During the week-long camp, Tony was exposed to a
program used by the National Aeronautics and Space Ad-
ministration (NASA) to train its astronauts which includes
computer lessons, rocket building, zero-gravity simula-
tions, freeze-dried meals and instructions on how to use
space suits.
The acid test came on Friday. Divided into astronaut
crews and mission control personnel, the campers did simu-
lated count-downs and launches of cricket-carrying space
shuttles. Tony's team, Uranus, successfully launched its
shuttle and received the reward of strenuous labor when the
parachute opened on schedule, setting the shuttle down in
the target area with the passenger crickets still alive and in-

Camp activities included a visit to Rocket Park, a col-
lection of Army missiles and NASA rockets, where they saw
Saturn I and V rockets and were briefed on the lunar lander
and the moon buggy; with Miss Baker, a tiny squirrel mon-
key who pioneered American space travel as the first living
creature sent into space; and to the multi-axis trainer that
spins astronauts to train them in disorientation.
Tony, who enjoyed every minute of his fascinating
experience says he would like to go back next year for the
advanced level camp. Meanwhile, he displays his certifica-
tion of completion and astronaut wings presented by
He also hopes to perhaps see himself on television or in
a magazine story about the camp, as both "Life" Magazine
and "P.M. Magazine" had crews at the camp that week.
Tony is the son of Dr. R. Antonio Suescum, a physi-
cian at Gorgas Army Community Hospital, and Ann
Suescum, who is employed by the Panama Canal Commis-
sion General Services Bureau, and is the grandson of
Virginia and Jim Wood of Seminole, Florida.

Ann W. Suescum
Panama Reporter

South Carolina

In June, twenty-two members attended the luncheon
meeting at Ryan's Steakhouse in Aiken including Hazel
Kilbey who drove over from Augusta to visit with us. The
September meeting is to be held in Columbia location
and date to be announced later.
After the Reunion in April, Dorothy and John Ever-
son spent about one month in Florida visitingJohn's broth-
er in Sarasota, Dorothy's brother John Watson, and their
son Robert Everson in West Palm Beach. After their re-
turn, Dorothy and John took off again and had a great
time on a cruise to Bermuda.
Peggy and Don Hutchison overnighted in Jackson-
ville with Reba and Rodney Higgenbotham enroute to
Tampa in April, and later spent several days with Doris
Hutchison and Ruth Powell (Hutchison). In May, Doris
and Ruth reciprocated by visiting them in Aiken, and while
here drove to Ladson, SC to see Jerry and Diane Cox
(Hutchison) and tour Charleston. Another day was spent
in Columbia, SC where they spent time with Ethel and
J.D. Tate, and Blanche and Carl Browne.

Antonio "Tony" Suescum II.

Tony and his fellow campers experienced weightless-
ness and triple gravity forces at the earth's largest space
museum adjoining the space flight center. At the Space-
dome Theater, the newest addition to the center, they view-
ed "Flyers" and "Hail Columbia" in a motion picture
system that gives the audience the feel of being suspended in

Adele and Kathryn Meissner (Hayes, VA).

Kathryn and Adele Meissner of Hayes, Va. visited
the Hutchisons for a weekend, and Adele went to Atlanta to
attend a Salvation Army Reunion. She has been out of the
Army for five years, and now works in real estate, and also
counseling work at a school part time. Peggy and
"Hutch's" other visitors were Jim and Julie Boukalis of
Weatherford, Texas who stopped overnight, accompanied
by their four year old grandson and a friend.

Jim Boukalis, grandson J. P., friend, and Julie Boukalis (from
Weatherford, TX)

In June, Steve LeBlanc and his grandmother, Lorna
Shore, traveled to Miami to attend the high school gradua-
tion of his sister, Sandy Marie.
Mrs. Melvin Menges reports that their daughter and
son-in-law, Evelyn and Tom Sellers of Falls Church, Va.
visited with them recently.
We are happy to report that Dorothy Willenbrock is
on the road to recovery after open heart surgery however
we have just heard that Iris Waggoner had the same opera-
tion on July 16th.
While we were enjoying warm April weather in Tam-
pa, Verna and Andy Kapinos made their trek to a chillier
climate when they visited their son-in-law, Lt. Col. Robert
O. Smith and family in England. From there they made a
tour to Belgium. Verna reports that her grandchildren are
now all teenagers.
Olga Holmes attended the christening of her grand-
daughter, Kyla Michelle Daniel inJacksonville, and inJu-
ly traveled to Dothan, Ala. to see Henriette Baggott who is
recovering from a stroke.
Hot Springs, Va. was the scene of some "hot golf" in
June when Otis Catron and son Billy of Miami arrived to
play there for a week. While staying at their daughter Pen-
ny's house in Mississippi, Otis and Eletheer drove to
Union, Miss. to visit the Roger Chisholms.
Sis and Bill York traveled with a "full house" when
they took off in a van in June with their daughters, Nancy
Coffey and Norma Holder, and their grandchildren,
Christopher Coffey, Anne Marie, Jessica and Christina
Holder motoring to New York where the children visited
with cousins, aunts and uncles for one week. Sis reports it
was a delightful trip.
In June, Nora and Charles Green drove to Madison,
Ga. to spend the day with Mr. and Mrs. Russell T. Billi-

son of Bloomington, Minn. They also visited with the
Joseph L. Hickeys when they were in Augusta to see their
son who is stationed at Fort Gordon.
As usual, Leona and Paul Badonsky made many
trips to Athens and Atlanta, Georgia to visit with their
daughter and family, and their son Leo and his wife. One
trip was special, in that they were able to spend time with
Mary Beth Salaban (Hack), her husband and two
children, who were houseguests of Paula. In June, Leona
and Paul drove to Litchfield Beach to meet Marilyn and
Robert L. Smith. Robert was in the service in the 60's in
the Canal Zone.
Kay Pierce reports that she and her husband very
much enjoyed the Canal Zone Statesiders Reunion in
Washington, DC which they attended in June. Also attend-
ing were Don and Geneva Boland of Columbia. On
Father's Day Kay had a surprise visit from her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Ralph Frangioni of Clearwater, Fla. They cele-
brated with a Father's Day dinner before the Frangioni's
continued on to Maryland.
Trudi Clontz



Nita and Ed Webster had their daughter Nancy
Webster Lindenmeyer and granddaughter Cary, Server-
na Park, MD visit them. Nancy also visited her sister
Marth Webster Baze, in her home in Austin, TX while in
the Hill Country. Martha's son Mark, graduated from the
U. of Texas, Austin in May with a Chemical Engineer
Degree. He has accepted a position with UPjohn Pharma-
ceutical Company, Kalamazoo, MI. Congratulations to
Mark and his family.
Anna (Patchett) and Bob Calvit had Al Pate and his
daughter Debbie stop by on their way to San Diego, CA
where Debbie will begin her internship as a Radiology
Chiropractor the first woman in this field.
Bob and Del Dunn were visited by their son, Bob, Jr.,
wife, Priscilla and their children Katrina and Randy from
Gamboa, Panama. Their granddaughter, Phyllis Allen
(mother is Theresa Dunn) graduated from high school in
Long Beach, CA. Grandson, Korbin Feron (mother is
Jackie Dunn) graduated from a two-year course in Diesel
Mechanics from New Mexico State, Las Cruces. Korbin is
spending the summer in Panama. He will join his brother
Keith in New Orleans, LA in the Fall. Cookie and Clair
Ochletree, Houston, TX, visited the Dunns over the Mem-
orial Day weekend and attended the State Fair in Kerrville.
Rev. J. B. and Annette Fields have their daughter Jo-
Anne, from Diablo, Panama, visiting them for the month
ofJuly. They will accompany Jo-Anne to Little Rock, Ark.
to attend the Supreme Assembly of Rainbow Girls.
Dr. Fred Wells, of Perth, Australia, is visiting his
parents, Fred and Marion Wells, and relatives in TX
before going to Clearwater, Fla. for the '64 BHS Class Re-
Nancy (Brown) Archibold, Racine, Wis., is visiting
her parents, Anna Lee and Ted Young in San Antonio,
TX. Nancy is also on her way to the '64 BHS Class Re-

The Harvey Rhyne, Jr. family, El Paso, TX, stopped
in for a visit with his parents on their way to the Magic
Kingdom and the '64 BHS Class Reunion in Florida.
Sue, Lou and Pancho Stabler, Coco Solo, Panama,
are visiting Sue's mother Kathy Lessiack and grand-
mother, Helen Yoder. Sue was a recipient of a Public Ser-
vice Award silver medal for service to the Atlantic commun-
ity. Congratulations, Sue.
Gigi and Bill Fleckenstein are glad to be home. Their
trip to Kentucky and Missouri in April was extended to July
due to Gigi's fall and subsequent knee operation. We are
happy to say that Gigi is improving daily and we hope she
will be fully recovered before long.

Albert (Robbie) Robinson and Vi (Stroop) Robinson, Pen-
sacola, FL. Robinsons left the Isthmus in 1953.

We have learned that Peter S. Proback, former police
officer in Balboa, is now in a nursing home in Gloucester,
VA. His address is: c/o Walter Reed Convalescent Ctr.,
P.O. Box 887, Gloucester, VA 23061.

Honey (Bergman) Fealy with great nieces Heather, Katie,
Natalie and great nephew B. C. Carpenter.

Muriel and Les Johnston have a houseful these days
with the following visitors: daughter Janette, her husband
Wally Teal and their family, son Richard, his wife, Colette
and their three children. All are from Gatun, Panama.
Janette has enrolled in the U.T. in San Antonio to get her
degree in Elementary Education. Les is in the V.A. Hospit-
al and expects to be there for about a week. He will have to
take it easy for a few weeks upon his discharge. Les and
Muriel are happy to have the family here at this time.
Barbara, Ed, Eddie and Cheryl Stanford, from
Balboa, Panama, visited the Rhynes in June. Former Zoni-
ans, Carl Hurt from Corpus Christi and Barrel and Paula
(Kuyoth) Martin and their two boys from San Antonio
spent an evening with the Stanfords and Rhynes.
The Carters had "Number One" grandchild, Beth
Collins from Oklahoma, spend a few weeks with them.
Beth celebrated her sixth birthday with grandma and
Bill LeBrun called from Austin to let us know he and
Aurora have moved from California to Austin. Welcome to
the Hill Country, folks. Bill asked for the date of our next
picnic. Much to my regret I had to tell him there would not
be a Fourth Annual Hill Country Zonians Picnic, for lack of
a leader plenty of interest, but.... We hope to concen-
trate all our efforts on a big Christmas party early in

From L-R: Lois Byrd, Bob Byrd holding Rachel, Pidgie
(Byrd) Stone holding Sarah and Chris Stone. June 10, 1984.

The W.R. "Bob" Byrds hosted a dinner for relatives
and close friends following the baptism of their grand-
daughter Rachel Langdon Stone on June 10, 1984 at St.
Peter's Episcopal Church. (See Births).
The Harry Carlsons sent us the following news of
their family: Harry and Rachel Carlson drove to Sandy,
Utah, in May, to visit their granddaughter Terry (Givon-
etti), BHS '67 and Ron Carroll and their six children. The
Carlsons met their youngest great grandson, Benjamin,


born July 4, 1983, and see him take his first steps. Son Jack
Carlson, BHS '66, is in LVN working in our local hospital.
Son Herb Carlson, still in Panama with Marine Traffic
Control, suffered a heart attack in June. He was released
from Gorgas in July and is recuperating. We wish Herb a
speedy recovery. Son Herb's three sons: David, Alan and
Brian are pursuing their educations. David and his mother,
Flo, graduated from Miss. U. this year. David will attend
Davis College in CA this Fall. Brian graduated from high
school in Hattiesburg, Miss. this year. Brian and Allan will
attend Miss. U. in the Fall.
Bea Rhyne

San Antonio

Texas is full of surprises and this was the best one of all:
Florence May Farr. We were kids together in the Canal
Zone, rascals those summers in Costa Rica, and I hadn't
seen her for 45 years! Well she's all grown up now and is a
delight. To update the many who will remember "Flossie",
she became a nurse when she came to the USA, worked as
an airline stewardess for eight years, and now is a Bio-
clinical Research Technician working for the Federal Dept.
of Agriculture at Texas A & M. Now called "Florence",
elegant lady and dyed-in-the-wool Texan, so proud of the
new home she just finished building in College Station. No
longer the imp I once loved, what a waste of talent! The only
time I got a rise out of her was when I told her I dated
Ducky Bryan too (she went steady with him). She looked at
me with some suspicion and said, "I never knew that"? She
doesn't believe me! Come forward Ducky Bryan wherever
you are and settle this argument.

L-R:June Cooper, Jeanne Stough, Chris Opersteny, Florence
May Farr.

Debbie Montalvo was a beautiful bride at her wed-
ding in July in Friendship, TX. Debbie is the daughter of
Dulce and Ozzie Montalvo who was a detective with the
Canal Zone Police. A beautiful wedding, according to Bill,
Tammy and Brian Kessler who came all the way from
Dothan to attend.
It was a pleasure to visit with Lil Halliday Boyd even
though the occasion was sad (see With Deep Sorrow). Lil's

dad Abe worked at Madden Dam and they lived for many
years in Pedro Miguel.
It finally dawned on me who B. Pearson was, aside
from superb artist of the Canal Record covers for Dec. '83
and March '84. He is Bradley L. Pearson, Vice-President
of my BHS Class of '41! First rate, so I wrote and told him
so. By return mail received a most welcome letter together
with a lovely water color of the San Francisco skyline.
Rhoda Fox called me long distance all the way from
Playa Coronado, RP, ecstatic with the news that Fred and
Sue Fox were on their way from Texas to visit her this sum-
mer. She also said to tell everyone that Viola Dominguez
did not get married again.

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Roshell and Mike Kessler.

A wonderful time was had by all last May when Mike
Kessler was married to the charming Roshell Yvonne
Austin of San Antonio. Mike and Roshell are back living
and working in Dothan, Alabama.
It's like another CZ reunion every time
CROSSROADS shows new mola designs in San Antonio.
At the sale last May I bumped into Tita Smith, Bea
Rhyne, Nealie VanSiclen, Rita Orr, Rosa Williams,
Ines Benavides, and Elena and Leavell Kelly from
Hattiesburgh. Ines had just returned from a visit to Panama
after having been gone for 18 years. Elena and Leavell were
visiting to see their daughter Carol graduate from Saint
Mary's University.
Sad the day we got the news of Bert Joyce's death, too
young, in Panama. Bert was a lawyer in the CZ; he went to
bat for the rights of women employees in the CZ and he
won. We have a lot to thank him for. For those who thought
it was too expensive, rest assured he really believed in what
he was doing. He was a Chairman of the Democratic Party
and he hated injustice. So long, Bert, I loved you like a
brother and sorry I wasn't there to say goodbye.
Three cheers for Geraldine Ferraro!

Jeanne Flynn Stough


Your reporter seems to like to report on the weather
each if you didn't know that our Washington,
D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas are hot! However, ex-
citing things seem to go on anyway in spite of the plus or
minus weather.
The "Grupo Folklorico de Panama" came up from
Panama to entertain us at a special function at the embassy.
They entertained at the Shoreham Hotel as well, with the
typical musicians in their native outfits, presenting their
songs and drum beats that make the group light up the stage
with joy and "gritos" of the Flirtation Dance that goes on
when all the pollera ladies get together....just beautiful,
graceful and exciting!
In April the ambassador, representative of Panama to
the Organization of American States, and Mrs. Leyton,
and the acting Secretary General of O.A.S. and Mrs. Mc-
Comie sent invitations in the metropolitan area to attend a
concert by "Musica Viva", a Panamanian choir, that has
already toured in South America and now up here for the
first time.
The choir of 25 or more had all the women dressed in
their colorful polleras and the men in white montunos... all
singing their hearts out, even their director, with songs of
Panama. They also included a melody of the Kuna Indians
of Panama as well as songs of Brazil, Peru, Columbia and
other countries. It was something new and beautiful.
While I'm still on the subject of music and dancing,
Mrs. Shirley (Van Der Dijs) Mills visited our area. You
may remember her for her beautiful pollera of white and
turquoise with all the trimmings at the Florida reunions
with Lucho.... vivacious and dancing merrily all the time. I
mention Shirley because even though she lives in the Atlan-
ta area, she entertains with talks on Panama culture, their
songs, music and dance. You may have seen her on televi-
sion now and then since she is such an active performer. She
has her masters in music, graduated from Balboa High
School and Canal Zone Junior College and was a former
Tourist Commissioner of Panama. While in Panama she
performed many times at the National Ballet Theater. She
now personally escorts tours on "Panama Rediscovered"
and "Panama and Costa Rita" for Air Panama. So, if
anyone is interested in a package tour, call Shirley Mills
(1-800-241-6773). Your reporter wonders why the Florida
Committee can't surprise us with a good "tipico" program
at the dance since we have Lucho. There must be many
good entertainers living in Florida that know the real tam-
A big hug to Mayno Bliss Walker for a memorable
pamphlet just received of the 50th Anniversary of the 1934
Cristobal High School Class Reunion held in Cristobal last
February. It had pictures of the school, local fruits, news of
everyone...even had a lottery ticket in it! A little more on
that visit.... George and Mayno Walker and your reporter
drove to Santa Clara Beach.... on the way, we stopped at all
the fruit stands looking for that good ole' cold coconut
water. Never found it as all were too young and warm. Saw
only one Guanaba (sour-sop) for $5.00. Visited long-time
of Santa Clara.... Betty Webster all by herself but looking
very well, relating her interesting stories about the start of
Rounsaville Santa Clara project, and of friends still living

A letter from Mrs. Helen (Anderson) Brown of
Midlothian, Virginia came to me and I appreciate her tak-
ing time to write news for the Canal Record, as follows:
"Four of us went back to the Canal Zone for a week on
April 16 after waiting more than 30 years.

Thelma Grizzard, Bill DeLaMater and Helen Brown.

Helen (Anderson) and husband, Clif Brown and
Thelma (Anderson) and husband, Taylor Grizzard
stayed at the Executive Hotel in Panama City, rented a car
and set out to see all the familiar places. Most of them had
changed and some were gone.
We did see Jackie (Bowen) and Lin Hall and Billy
DeLaMater and talked to Audrey (Benoit) Bowman on
the phone. Jackie and Lin arranged for us to ride on a tug
through the Cut and through Pedro Miguel Locks. Quite a
thrill for us after so many years away. We needed an extra
week to see and do all we would have liked.
A trip to El Valle took a whole day of our week but was
well worth it. The Panamanians were very cordial and we
would like to return for another visit in '86."

Stella Boggs DeMarr

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The Younger


The time is really flying by! Seems like just yesterday I
was sending in my last report. I guess that's what happens
when you have a new daughter to keep you busy! That's
right! On June 18th Tom and I became the proud parents of
Jessica! She sure keeps us on our toes!
On top of the above good news I am happy to say that
I've heard from a number of people lately!
Barbara Betcher Barkheim wrote that after leaving
the Canal Zone in 1972 she went to and graduated from a
School of Cosmetology. After working for a short time she
met and married Brian Barkheim in 1974 and in 1975 they
moved to Lewiston, Minnesota where Brian, his twin
brother and father farm. Barbara says she keeps real busy
with the farm and their 5 children, Jason (7), Justin (5),
Amy (4) and twins Tyler and Tod (2 M)! She says that she
doesn't get the chance to see many Zonians but that a little
over a year ago she visited Louisiana and Texas where she
saw John and Suzy Meeker, John Day, Debbie (Boswell)
and Phil Sanders, Mac and Sue Lane, June (Foster)
Trim and Cathy (Carlisle) and Jerry Weigle. Barbara
asked me to pass on the following, although she and Brian
have a Winona address they have a Lewiston phone
number so anyone trying to get their number be sure and
tell the operator it's Lewiston.
Patty Snider Morgan wrote with lots of news! She is
living in Topeka, Kansas where she is the Cardiology
Supervisor at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and
her husband, Ken, is an accounting student. They have 2
daughters, Bridgett (3) and Leslie Ann (7 months). Last
Christmas the Morgans traveled to Panama for the holidays
and to attend the wedding of Tom Snider and Evelyn Bar-

raza. While there they stayed with Teresa (Snider) and
Tim Herring and their 3 children Tom (3 %), Chris (2 A2)
and Mary (1). Ken also managed to take in some fishing
with Fred Wainio, Mr. Snider and Jim, Tom and Billy
Snider. On one trip he even landed a 308 lb. marlin which
became seviche at Tom's wedding reception!
Patty also wrote that her sister Beth is busy raising
Shelley (8) and Stevie (5) in Houston and her brother,
Mike, is studying law in Topeka. She also said that Brian
Allen is a Registered Respiratory Therapist in Topeka. He
is married to Carol Tucker.
I also heard from Bibi Simmons. She said she was
happy to see the "Younger Generation" column and would
like to get in touch with members of BHS Class of '72.
Tom and I had a surprise visit in June from Maurie
Moore! She called to say she was bringing a friend along
with her. The friend turned out to be LuAnne Ware
Patrick and her son, Cody (2)! They were in town from
Austin, Texas to attend the wedding of a friend of Lu's hus-
band, Mike. Lu and Mike are both Athletic Trainers with
the school system in Austin. Maurie is living in Melbourne,
Florida where she is a dental assistant!
In July my sister, Vicki, came in from Houston to
meet her niece! She was only here for 5 days but even so we
managed to get alot done! We all stayed with my parents,
June and Vic May, and the first night she was here my
mom had our cousins Jim and Marie Morris, Cori Morris
Wheeler and her daughter, Jaime and our aunt, Vonna
Huldtquist in for dinner. We then managed trips to Busch
Gardens and the Starkes in Sarasota! Sure was a short visit
but it was certainly enjoyed by all of us, especially Jessica!
Again, it was sure nice hearing from and seeing
everyone! To those of you who have written to me, I will get
answers off to each of you as soon as I have a free moment!
In the meantime please keep your news coming!

Your Reporter
Sandy May Robinson


George Edward McCain,
son of Katie O'Brien Rue-
blinger, of 4040 Green
Willow Drive, Jacksonville,
Florida, graduated on Mon-
day, June 18, 1984 from the
United States Merchant
Marine Academy, Kings
Point, N.Y. He was commis-
sioned an ensign in the
United States Naval Reserve
and awarded his third mates dp
license in the Merchant Mar- *-
"Eddie" is the grandson of Ensign George E. McCain
Edward and Eileen O'Brien
formerly of Cristobal, C.Z. and now residing in Jackson-

MaryJane (Comley) Lacklen retired 15June 1984 in
Arlington, Virginia after 21 years with the Arlington Public
Schools. Her last position was Secretary at Yorktown High
School. Her career with the U.S. Government started after
her graduation from Canal Zone Junior College in 1940
where she was employed for 5 years with the Canal Zone
Civil Intelligence. She then established permanent
residence in Arlington with her husband, Jesse and was
employed for a year with the U.S. agricultural Department
and for 4 years with an insurance company in Washington,
D.C. before starting to work for the Arlington Schools Divi-
She and her husband, who also retired from the Dept.
of Defense, now plan to travel extensively and to visit their
three children; son Cary, an attorney in Boulder, Colorado,
daughter, Patrice Ashcroft, an administrator for a private
school in Tallahassee, Florida, and daughter Diane
Caricofe, a pre-school teacher in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Miss Nancy E. Tinkler
of Whittier, California has
been selected for inclusion
in the 1983 edition of Out-
standing Young Women of
America. Miss Tinkler
was nominated by Con-
gressman David Drier of
the 33rd Congressional
District. The Outstanding
Young Women of America
is designed to honor and
encourage exceptional i
young women who have
distinguished themselves
through volunteer service
to their community, pro-
fessional leadership, aca- Nancy E. Tinkler
demic achievement, bus-
iness advancement, cul-
tural accomplishments
and civic and political par-
Miss Tinkler was born
in Ancon, Canal Zone; attended Canal Zone schools and
graduated from Balboa High School in 1966. She earned
her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Whit-
tier College and is presently a candidate for her Master's in
Business Administration from Whittier College. She has
also completed graduate work in Theatre Arts and is a
graduate of the Musical Theatre Workshop of Los Angeles
Civic Light Opera.
Presently employed as Vice-President of United Fed-
eral Employees Credit Union of Los Angeles County, Miss
Tinkler's main involvements have been her volunteer ser-
vice for the California credit union movement having been
previously selected as Miss California Credit Union, her ef-
forts on behalf of the Whittier Republic Women's associa-
tion along with her participation in many civic and college
theatre productions in the Los Angeles area.
Nancy is the daughter of Judith Vega Tinkler of
Whittier and the late Melvin F. Tinkler, both formerly of
the Panama Canal Zone.

During 1983, Suzanne (Suzie) Marie Corrigan and
Something Special earned over fifty (50) National points and
earned a Register of Merit in the following classes: Youth
Showmanship, Youth Western Pleasure, Youth Western
Horsemanship, Youth Bridle Path Hack (English Pleasure)
and Youth English Equitation.
Something Special is a 1979 American Paint Horse
Association Paint Mare. She is palamino and white color
and is bred to the Imaginator, an AQHA stallion for a
February of 1985 foal.
Susie and Something Special made their debut in the
show ring in March 1982 and have been consistently im-
proving all the time.
Suzie and her horse have achieved the following
1982 Grand Champion, Youth Western Pleasure,
Manatee County Sheriff's Mounted Possee Show Circuit,
Bradenton, Fla.

Suzie Corrigan and Something Special.

1983 Grand Champion, Junior Showmanship and
Junior Western Horsemanship. Reserve Champion, Junior
Western Pleasure, Venice Saddle Club Show circuit,
Venice, Fla.
1984 Reserve Champion, Youth Western Pleasure
and Youth Western Horsemanship, Florida Paint Horse
Club Show circuit.
Suzie also shows several of the family's Appaloosa
horses and will be spending a lot of time during 1984 and
1985 showing their 1981 Appaloosa Horse Club Mare,
Majestic Ambrose.
Suzie has already earned two National points with this
mare in Showmanship.
Suzie is the 15 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Peter T. Corrigan, Jr. and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Peter T. Corrigan, all of Sarasota, Florida.
She will be entering Cardinal Mooney Catholic High
School, Sarasota, Fla. in the fall of 1984, as a Freshman.

The President and
Chairman of the Board for
Pan American Bank of
Sarasota, recently an-
nounced a promotion
among the bank's staff.
Carole (Walker) Pere-
goy has been selected for
the position of Installment
Loan Officer. She has be-
come a loan processor in
both commercial and in-
stallment areas since join-
ing Pan American in Sept-
ember, 1978. Prior to her
promotion, she served as
Administrative Assistant.
Carole has taken courses Carole Walker Peregoy
through the American of
Banking, and is currently working towards a degree in bank-
ing at Manatee Junior College.
She is the daughter of George and Mayno (Bliss)
Walker of Sarasota, Florida.

San Francisco Giant's
scout Ken Parker an-
nounced Thursday that
Pensacola Junior College
shortstop Greg Litton has
signed a 5-figure bonus P%
contract with the Giants.
"We are very pleased we
are able to sign a player of
Greg's ability," Parker
said. "He has shown great
leadership qualities as well
as off the field, which is
what every organization is
looking for."
Litton, who hit .372 and
compiled 62 hits in 164 at
bats for the Pirates, was Greg Litton
the Giants No. 1 selection
in the Major League winter draft. His 62 hits included 14
doubles, two triples and nine home runs. Litton also scored
48 runs and had 48 RBI.
The PJC sophomore's defensive stats show just 16 er-
rors in 236 chances.
Litton will report to the Giants' Rookie League team
in Everett, Washington, June 1.
Greg is the son ofJean and Doug Litton of Pensacola,
Fla. The family resided in Coco Solo, Canal Zone until
1978 when they moved to Pensacola. Greg's sister, Donna,
attends Pensacola Junior College and his brother, Brent is
serving an electrical apprenticeship in Pensacola.

Marilyn (Roth) Banks,
wife of Arthur Banks of
Tampa, Florida, received
her bachelor's degree in
Industrial Studies from the
University of South Flor-
ida in Tampa, at it's spring
commencement exercises.
Marilyn is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. GeorgeJ.
Roth of Sarasota, Florida,
who also attended the cere-
Marilyn Roth Banks

Elizabeth S. Austin and 2nd Lt. Grayson S. Gilbert

Elizabeth Sandra Austin, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
and 2nd. Lt. Grayson Skaggs Gilbert wish to announce
their engagement. A September wedding is planned.
Elizabeth is the daughter of Robert L. and Alba C.
Austin of Diablo, Rep. of Panama. She attended Canal
Zone College, Indian River Community College and is a
graduate of Stetson University. She is currently working on
her M.B.A. at Nova University where she is employed.
Grayson is the son Spencer B. Gilbert and Ernestine
S. Ware of Ft. Pierce, Florida and attended Indian River
Community College, Stetson University and is a graduate
of Nova University. He is a member of the U.S. Army
Reserve and is currently attending the Armor Officer Basic

Mary Ellen (Stacy) Horine and Mr. Theo Hotz.

Mary Ellen (Stacy) Horine of Boone, N.C. received
her Ed. D. in Administration and Supervision at the Uni-
versity of North Carolina, Greensboro, at the May gradua-
The highlight of the day was to have Mr. Theo Hotz
congratulate her at the afternoon ceremony. Mr. Hotz was
Mary Ellen's principal at her graduation from Balboa High
School in 1950, and then 34 years later attended her gradua-
tion from Greensboro.
Mr. Hotz now lives at 1809 Brookcliff Drive, Greens-
boro, N.C. 27408. Dr. Horine is assistant principal at Har-
din Park Elementary School in Boone.


Janet Kimmons,
Starke, and Neil Pardun,
Rogersville, Tennessee,
announce the engagement
of their daughter, Rebecca
Jo Pardun to Eric Paul
Runnestrand, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Paul M. Run-
nestrand of Winter Park,
The wedding is plan-
ned for August 26, 1984.

RebeccaJ. Pardun
Eric P. Runnestrand

Betty Ann Bird, R.N.
was recently appointed
Assistant Vice President of '
Harris Methodist Health
System, Fort Worth,
Texas. Betty Ann was pre-
viously employed as Guest
Relations Coordinator at
Harris Methodist Hos-
pital. She was first
employed by Harris Hos-
pital as a Neurological In- /
tensive Care nurse after
graduation from Texas
Christian University in
1982. "
Betty Ann is a graduate Betty Ann Bird, R.N.
of Coco Solo Elementary
and Cristobal High Schools. Her father and mother,
Florence and James T. Bird, now live in Marlin, Texas.
He was formerly employed by the Panama Canal Company
as Deputy Director of the Transportation and Terminals
She would like to hear from old friends and her current
address is: 5029 Lincoln Oaks Drive, Apartment 1402, Fort
Worth, Texas 76132.

Miss Debra Bramlett, recent graduate of V. C. U. and
M. C. V. School of Nursing with a B. S. degree, was the reci-
pient of the "Yingling Senior Achievement" Award. A gift
to the institution to honor Dean Doris B. Yingling has been
used to establish an annual award to a senior student. Rec-
ognition is based on outstanding leadership ability, poten-
tial for professional growth, evidence of support for the
School of Nursing and evidence of concern for community
Debra is the daughter of Mrs. Margaret Bramlett and
the late Paul Bramlett of Lynchburg, Virginia.

James R. Wilson, BHS Class of 1962 has been
appointed Personnel Director, State Court Administrative
Office, Lansing, Michigan, with the responsibilities con-
cerning all employees of all state courts in Michigan (except
elected judges), under the Chief Justice of the Michigan
State Supreme Court. Jim previously served as Director,
Administrative and Legal Division for the Office of the
State Employer, Michigan, following his graduation from
Thomas L. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan.

Jane C. (Wilson) Caskey, BHS Class of 1965, was ap-
pointed manager of a San Antonio, Texas, Computerland
Store in December 1983 after a successful sales career in
which she was honored as Salesperson of the Month for
September 1983 from the nationwide Computerland Stores.
Her husband, William A. Caskey is executive Director of
the American Institute of American Banking in San An-
Jim and Jane are the son and daughter of Ray D. and
Gene Wilson who retired from the Canal Zone in 1972 to
live in Michigan.

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Patricia Ann Cirulli and David Craig Minshew.

Patricia Ann Cirulli and David Craig Minshew
were united in marriage onJune 16th at the First Christian
Church of Dothan, AL.
Parents of the couple are Edward and Jean Cirulli of
Dothan, formerly of Coco Solo, Panama and Dave and
Joanie Minshew of Gatun, Panama. Wedding music was
provided by Mrs. Virginia Denney, organist. She was given
in marriage by her father.
Matron of honor was Ann Finneman, sister of the
bride. Wendy Watkins of Dothan was the bridesmaid.
Father of the groom, Dave Minshew, served as the
best man. Joe Newbury of Dothan was a groomsman.
Nathan Finneman, nephew of the bride, was the ring
The parents of the bride hosted a reception at the
Dothan Elks Club after the ceremony.
The groom's parents hosted a rehearsal party at the
Holiday Inn of Dothan.
A miscellaneous shower was given by Ann Finneman
and Mrs. Beverly Kinsey at the home of Mrs. Kinsey in
The couple will reside in Dothan where the groom is
employed by Better Brands of Dothan and the bride is a stu-
dent at Wallace Community College.

Mr. andMrs. Michael David Coffey and their party, Back row, L
to R: Danny Coffey, Rod Snyder, Michael, John Patrick Cof-
fey, Jeff Clark. Bride's party, L to R: Mrs. Pam Coyle, Ms.
Pam Coyle, Ms. Tracy Horowitz, bride Shawn, Ms.Anne
Knox and Mrs. Cyndi Schwab.

Mr. Michael David Coffey of Tallahassee, Florida
and Miss Shawn Tippins of Tampa, Florida were married
in Tampa, Fla. on April 7, 1984.
The groom's party included Danny Coffey, brother of
the groom; Rod Snyder of Lake Jackson, Texas, formerly
of the Canal Zone; John Patrick Coffey, brother of the
groom, and best man; and Jeff Clark of Tallahassee, Fla.,
formerly of the Canal Zone. The bride's party included
Mrs. Pam Coyle, Ms. Tracy Horowitz, Ms. Anne Knox
and Mrs. Cyndi Schwab.
Michael Coffey is the son ofJohn and Mary Coffey
of Los Rios, Panama and Shawn is the daughter of Anita
Tippins of Lutz, Fla. and LeRoy Tippins of Plant City,
Attending the wedding from Panama were: John and
Mary (Morland) Coffey, parents of the groom; Mrs.
Gilbert Morland, maternal grandmother; Robin Mor-
land; Peter Morland; Mrs. Sunny (Morland) Mizrachi;
Burt and Carol (Morland) Mead; Bruce and Sandy
(Clinely) Sanders; Joe and Bev (Bowman) Wood; Nina
(Brown) Kosik. Additional family members attending on
the groom's side included Mrs. Sally (Morland) Williams
and son, Christopher of Southern Pines, N.C.; Ricky
Mead and Gil Corrigan of Tallahassee, Fla. and Keith
Mead of Dothan, Ala. Other out-of-town guests were:Jim
and Pat (Maedl) Krough of Deephaven, Minn.; Ms. Pat-
rina Guarnieri of Houston, Texas; Mrs. Alice Clark of
Dothan, Ala.; Tony Dyer of Los Angeles, Calif.; Lloyd
and Maggie (Stevens) Spradlin of San Diego, Calif.; Ray
Nickersher of San Francisco, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Dick
Peecher and Gary Boros of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Following a reception at the Ramada Inn, the couple
departed on a honeymoon cruise to Nassau and the Baha-
mas. They presently reside in Tallahassee where Michael is
employed by Curtis-Mathes, and Shawn is employed by
Fanfair, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. ThomasJ. Burbine of Littleton, Mass.
are pleased to announce the marriage of their son, Anthony
to Mary Beth Nelson on June 9, 1984 in Littleton.
Anthony is a machinist with Ge-Rad of Bolton, and
Mary is employed by the Sentry Insurance Co. of Concord.
After a honeymoon trip to Italy, they will reside at 193
Foster Street, Littleton, Mass. 01460.

Cherie Lee Danielsen and Frank Arthur Lee, Jr.

Cherie Lee Danielsen and Frank Arthur Lee, Jr.,
were married at the Maximo Heights Baptist Church in St.
Petersburg, Florida on April 14, 1984.
Attending the couple were Mrs. Susan Helmerichs
Duncan as Matron of Honor and Mr. Frank A. Lee as
Best Man. Mr. H.J. Danielsen, uncle of the bride, served
as usher.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the
Point Brittany Residents' Club in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Cherie is a 1975 graduate ofCristobal High School and
Frank is a 1973 graduate of Balboa High School. Cherie and
Frank will be residing in Houston, Texas.

Jeanette Marie Pridgen and Tracy Altman, both of
Sarasota, were married April 28, 1984 at the First United
Methodist Church in Sarasota.
The bride is the daughter ofJudith A. McCullough of
Sarasota and Carl Pridgen of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and the
granddaughter of Maurice "Mac" and Snookie McCul-
lough of Sarasota, Fla. The bride was given in marriage by
her mother, Mrs. Judy McCullough Pridgen. The bride-
groom is the son of Joan Wysocki of Elkins, W. Va., and
George H. Altman, Jr. of Sarasota.
Maid of honor was Carol Lynn Pridgen, the bride's
sister. Bridesmaids were Donna Lorenzen of Tucson,
Ariz.; Laurie Joseph of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Yvette
Payne of Sarasota, Fla.
Best man was Bill Hausler of Sarasota and
groomsmen were Ron Mogren,Joe Notarianni andJohn
Altman, the bridegroom's brother, all of Sarasota.
After a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple will reside
in Sarasota.

Miss Jane Holgerson, daughter of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Anton Ludwich Holgerson, and Milton Thompson
sealed their friendship and love by exchanging marriage
vows on December 30, 1983 at 3 p.m. The garden cere-
mony and reception were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Nick Barber nee Carole Salonick, formerly of Ft.
Clayton, R.P.), at Seal Branch, California. Pastor Jim
Landrum officiated at the wedding ceremony.
The bride was given in marriage by her brother-in-
law, Mr. Henry B. Twohy of Diablo, R.P. Mrs. Carolyn
Twohy, also of Diablo, attending her sister as Matron of
Honor. Serving as best man was the bridegroom's long-
time friend, Lou Carvalho of San Diego, Calif. Miss Kara
Kathleen Twohy was the flower girl and Henry B.
Twohy, III the ringbearer.
Mr. and Mrs. Thompson honeymooned on the Queen
Mary and their new address is: 5311 Victoria Place,
Eastminster, California 92683. Mr. Thompson is a retired
Lt. Col. U.S. Marine Corps, and is employed with Douglas
Aircraft Company as the Area Manager/Proposals.

Cathy Wainio of Miami, Florida and daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. John Wainio was Maid of Honor.
Former Zonians present were Irene and Ray Will of
Laguna Niguel, California and Margaret Knapp of Balboa
Island, California.
Dr. Ellenor is a native of California and is employed by
the V.A. Hospital in San Diego. The newlyweds will reside
at 1454 Big Canyon Terrace, Cardiff By the Sea, Califor-
nia, 92007.

Mr. and Mrs. Alexaitis... Cheryl and Paul.

Cheryl Alyson Cron and Paul Francis Alexaitis
were married June 23 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the
Apostle in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M.
Cron of St. Petersburg. The bridegroom is the son of Mrs.
John Alexaitis, St. Petersburg and the late John Alexaitis.
The bride is a graduate of Lakewood High School and
the University of Florida. She is financial aid supervisor of
typists at the University of Florida. The bridegroom is a
graduate of Cristobal High School and the University of
Florida. He is employed by Shea Associates.
They will live in Gainesville, Florida.

Penny Leeser and Dr. Gary Ellenor.

Penny Leeser and Dr. Gary Ellenor were married on
7 July, 1984 in the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, Rancho
Santa Fe, California.
Roy Leeser, father of the bride and Doris Leeser,
mother of the bride were present for the ceremony. Also
present was Doris Leeser's 91 year old father who made the
trip from Dothan, Alabama to see his granddaughter mar-

Eleanor Putaturo and Richard C. Bailey.

Eleanor Galena Putaturo, daughter of Mrs. Joseph
L. Putaturo of Panama City, Republic of Panama, and
Richard Clinton Bailey, son of Mrs. Ellen E. Johnson of
Alpine, California were married in a civil ceremony on July
4, 1984 in the Washington Salon at the Panama Hilton.
Ms. Theresa Kittredge served as matron of honor.
Mr. Roberto Novey was best man. Mrs. Marge Thrash of
Hawaii was in charge of the guest book and served as the
bride's hostess. The bride and groom's mothers were hon-
ored guests.
A buffet was served to 75 guests following the cere-
mony and a champagne toast coincided with the cutting of
the cake.
Mr. and Mrs. Bailey will reside in Los Rios and will
enjoy a honeymoon at a later date.

Elirabeth (Betty Kay) LeDoux and Larry E. Frassrand.

Elizabeth (Betty Kay) LeDoux, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Warren E. LeDoux of Deltona, Florida, formerly of
Margarita, C.Z. and Larry E. Frassrand, son of Mr. Ar-
thur Frassrand and Louise Frassrand of Dade City,
Florida, were married at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church
in Dade City, Florida on June 9, 1984.
Attending the couple were Miss Denise Pehr (a St.
Leo college roommate) of Glastonbury, Connecticut as
Maid of Honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Maureen Blum (a
St. Leo college roommate) of Belle Harbor, New York and
Mrs. Wynne Favorite Pedlow, of Baltimore, Maryland,
formerly of Margarita.
Mr. Arthur Frassrand, Jr., was Best Man for his
brother. Mr. Dale Neuner and Mr. Charles Meddars,
both of Dade City, Florida, served as ushers.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the
adjoining Church Hall.
Former Canal Zone Out of Town guests were John
and Dottie Gallagher presently of Orange City, Florida;
Chuck and Yolanda Price, presently of Tampa, Florida
and Steven Waggoner with his fiancee, Cindy Sharpsteen
of Gainesville, Florida. Over 200 friends and relatives at-
Betty Kay is a 1978 graduate of Cristobal High School
and a 1980 graduate of St. Leo College, and is employed as
a legal secretary in Dade City. Larry is a 1974 graduate of
Pasco High School and is presently employed with the Pas-
co Sheriff's Department in the K-9 Division.

Gail Lynn Johnson and Mark Christopher Wright.

Gail LynnJohnson and Mark Christopher Wright
were married May 26, 1984 in Miami, Florida.
The Bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren A.
Johnson of Cape Coral, Florida. The Bridegroom is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Wright ofJuno Beach, Florida.
Mark is a Captain in the United States Air Force. He is
an Instructor Pilot in the F-4 Phantom, at Homestead Air
Force Base.
Gail is working for Allstate Insurance Company as a
Computer Operator.

On July 14, 1984, at the Memorial Baptist Church in
Aiken, South Carolina, Evelyn Condon was married to
Howard Hilborn, also of Aiken.
Among the guests at the wedding were former Canal
Zone residents, Leona and Paul Badonsky, Nora and
Charles Green, Peggy and Don Hutchison, Dorothy and
Harry Willenbrock, and Trudi and Lee Clontz.

Cyndie L. Sherman and Dave E. Moochler were
marriedJune 9, 1984 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in St.
Augustine, Florida.
Cyndie is a 1975 graduate of Cristobal High School
and the daughter of Captain and Mrs. C.W. Lewis.
Dave is a 1977 graduate of Cristobal High School and
is the son of Capt. and Mrs. E.F. Moochler.

Diane McGovern and James L. Rinehart, Jr.

Diane McGovern and James L. Rinehart, Jr. were
married on June 30, 1984 at St. Mary's Church in Balboa,
R.P. The bride is the daughter of Alma McGovern of Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida, and the bridegroom is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Les Rinehart of Balboa.
Jim is a member of the United States Air Force; they
are scheduled for a tour of Spain in September.

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Cyndie L. Sherman and Dave E. Moochler.

Mayra G. Linares and David B. Seitz

Mayra G. Linares and David B. Seitz were married
on June 20, 1984, at St. Mary's Church, Balboa, Republic
of Panama. The bride is the daughter of Rolando and
Mayra Linares of Balboa, R.P. The groom is the son of
Donald and Donna Seitz, also of Balboa, R.P.
Katherine Barrere of Ft. Amador, R.P. served as
maid of honor, and Robert White, III of Gamboa, R.P.
served as best man. The ceremony was performed by
FatherJohn Kane, C.M., who was assisted by FatherJohn
Rutledge, C.M. The organist was Mrs. Pat Hunt.
After a short honeymoon trip to Playa Coronado, the
couple traveled to their new home in Lumberton, Mississip-
pi, where David is employed.

Summit Gardens


Victor and June May, w
of Holiday, Florida, are
proud to announce the
arrival of their first grand-
On June 18; 1984,
Jessica May was born to
Sandy (May) and Tom
Robinson of Clearwater,
Florida. Jessica weighed in
at a healthy 11 lbs. 8 oz.
and was 21 inches long at
birth! Already Jessica has
attended her first Canal
Zone Society meeting Jessica May Robinson
(July 6th) at which she was
welcomed as the youngest in attendance!
Jessica's paternal grandparents are Bill and Ann
Robinson also of Holiday, Florida.

Jose Miguel and Donna Marie Johnson announce
the birth of their first son, Jose Miguel, born on April 25,
1984! Jose weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. and was 20 inches long at
Jose's maternal grandparents are Andrew and Evelyn
White of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. His paternal grand-
parents are Herschel and Andrea Johnson of Panama.

Rachel Langdon Stone was born April 26, 1984 to
Mary Ann (Pidgie Byrd) and Chris Stone. Rachel has a
sister, Sarah. Paternal grandparents are Bob and Lois

Josse and Judy (McLain) Feintuch of Atlanta,
Georgia, proudly announce the birth of their first child, a
son, Ze'v, on July 11, 1984.
Maternal grandparents are John and Gladys
(Watson) McLain of Sarasota, Fla. Gladys was in Atlanta
to welcome her new grandson and was later joined by Mr.
McLain. Ze'v's paternal grandmother is Mrs. Rachel
Feintuch of Tel Aviv, Israel.

Jim and Karen (Husum) Clary are happy to
announce the birth of their second child, Anne Catherine,
on February 18, 1984 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Anne
has an older sister, Darien Genevieve, 4 Y years old.
Jim is presently employed by ATL Engineering
Services as an engineering geologist. Karen (BHS '70)
works for the Department of Biology at the University of
New Mexico as an ethnobotanical researcher.
Maternal grandparents are Ed and Ellie Husum of
Tallahassee, Fla., formerly of Balboa. Paternal grand-
parents are John and Dorothy Clary of Dallas, Texas.
Mrs. Mary L. Heath of Dallas, Texas is the paternal great-
grandmother and Mrs. Edna C. Sanford of St. Petersburg,
Fla., and formerly of the Canal Zone is the maternal great-

Jose Miguel and Donna Marie Johnson are the
proud parents of a son, Jose Miguel, Jr., (Joey) born April
25, 1984 at Engelwood, Colorado. He weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz.

Edward and Cindy (Moore) Forsythe proudly
announce the birth of their first child, Dylan Robert, born
onJune 13, 1984, weighing in at 7 lbs. 10 oz. in Bryn Mawr,
Maternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Ronald E.
Moore of Melbourne, Florida. paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Forsythe of Rancho Cordova,

Lauri and Mark Goodrich of Balboa, Rep. of
Panama are happy to announce the birth of their first child,
Megan Lee, 7 lbs. 5 oz. on March 10, 1984.
Proud grandparents are John and Gail Edwards of
Hampton, Georgia, and Catherine and Eddie Goodrich
of La Boca, Rep. of Panama.

Raymond and Doris (Marchuck) Jones of Rice,
Virginia, announce the birth of their son, Jonathon Burns,
on June 6, 1984. Jonathon joins his sister, Amanda Leigh,
and brother, Daniel James.
The maternal grandparents are Helen Marchuck of
West Palm Beach, Florida, and the late James A.

On October 22, 1983 in Houston, Texas, Cathy
(Carlisle) Weigle and her husband, Jerry, (who was also a
great coach) brought their first daughter, Lisa E'Lane into
the world.
Lisa's grandparents are Bill and Gladys Weigle of
Titusville, Florida, and Lou Carlisle of Houston, Texas.
Both the Weigles and the Carlisles are former residents of
Margarita, Canal Zone.

Glen and Danna (Humphrey) Cameron of Palm
Bay, Florida announce the birth of their first child, a son,
Glen Michael Cameron, Jr. on June 11, 1984 in Mel-
bourne, Florida. The baby weighed 6 Ibs. 13 M oz.
Donald L. Humphrey and Dorothy Frost Humph-
rey of Palm Bay, Fla. are the maternal grandparents. Mr.
and Mrs. Dan Cameron of Palm Bay are the paternal
grandparents. Maternal great-grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. John F. Frost of Tampa, Fla. and Mrs. Gladys B.
Humphrey of Sarasota, Fla. Glen is their first great-grand-
Mrs. Virginia Cameron of Malabar, Fla. and Mrs.
Ann Peacock of Franklin, N.C. are the paternal great-

Bill and Alice (O'Neal) Grove of Atlanta, Georgia
announce the birth of a daughter, Jana Claire on March 19,
Jana is the granddaughter of Ruth O'Neal and the late
Rufus C. O'Neal. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
W.A. Grove, Sr. of Baltimore, Maryland.

George and Edith Engelke announce the birth of a
great-grandson. James Michael Engelke was born on July
21, 1984, weighing 9 lbs. 5 oz., in Siloam Springs, Arkan-
sas, to Michael and Cheryl Engelke.
The baby's paternal grandparents are Paul and Jan
Engelke. James Michael has a sister, Leah, age 2 2.

Alfred Suter, son of Max and Robyn (Hammetter)
Suter ofJacksonville, Florida, proudly announces the birth
of a baby brother, Ellery Max Suter, born June 24, 1984,
weighing 9 lbs. 11 oz.
Maternal grandparents are Bob and Dolores Ham-
metter of Sarasota, Fla. The paternal grandparents are Dr.
and Mrs. Max Suter of Jacksonville, Fla.

Robert Sr., and Wanda Hummer are proud to
announce the birth of their first grandchild, a girl! Joanie
Marie Hummer was born June 1, 1984 and weighed 8 lbs.
7 oz. Her proud parents are Bobby Jr. and Rosemarie
Hummer, 4024 Collinswood Ave., Ft. Worth, Texas.

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Cindy (Copeskey), Mike and Andrew Coman April 30, 1984

Capt. Michael and Cindy (Copeskey) Coman,
Summerville, S.C. announce the birth of their first child,
Andrew Michael, born April 28, 1984. The baby's ma-
ternal grandparents are Maureen and Robert Copeskey,
Waverly, Tenn., formerly from Albrook, AFB. Paternal
grandparents are Frances and James B. Coman, Mont-
gomery, Alabama, formerly from Gatun, Canal Zone.


Denise and Robert Will with Raymond Robert

Denise (Bullinger) and Robert R. Will announce the
birth of their first child, Raymond Robert, born July 13,
1984 in Balboa, Canal Zone.
The proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond
R. Will of Laguna Niguel, California and Mr. and Mrs.
Daryl F. Bullinger of Margarita, R.P. Great-great-grand-
mother is Mrs. Charlotte Laurie of El Cajon, California.

Peter and Sue Warner announce the birth of a
grandson. Robert Keith Allen Warner was born in Tulsa,
Oklahoma on May 25, 1984, weighing 7 lbs. 3 oz. His par-
ents are Robert K.A. Warner and Leslie Ann Warner of
Catoosa, Oklahoma.

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Ernest E. Berger, 70, of Signal Mountain, Tennes-
see, died May 16, 1984 in a Chatanooga hospital. He was
born in Norfolk, Virginia, but had lived most of his life in
the Panama Canal Zone. He attended Canal Zone schools
in Gatun and graduated from Cristobal High School. He
attended the University of North Carolina and received a
degree in electrical engineering from Tri-State College in
Indiana. Both he and his wife retired from the Panama
Canal Company in 1971, when he was foreman of the Elec-
trical Instrument Shop, Electrical Division.
Survivors include his wife, Nelree Baker (Smith); a
sister, Mrs. Robert D. Brown (Nellie) of Sebring, Florida; a
brother, Claude E. Berger of Citrus Heights, California;
seven nieces (including Mrs. Shirley Walsh Derrico of Lan-
sing, Illinois and Mrs. John C. Tuley, (Marge Walsh) of
Sauk Village, Illinois); two nephews and several great-
nieces and nephews.

Fred W. Bradley, 95, died April 24, 1984 in Tucson,
Arizona. He held Roosevelt Medal #7407 and retired from
the Panama Canal in 1950 as Superintendent of the Pacific
Locks. He was a Life member of Isthmian Lodge AF &
AM. Scottish Rite and About Saad Shrine Temple. He was
a Charter member of About Saad Shrine Temple, Interna-
tional Brotherhood of Electrical Workers #397 and the
Canal Zone Credit Union, serving as President in 1949 and
He is survived by a brother, Joe L. Bradley of Tucson,
Arizona; three daughters, Martha B. Wood of Vancouver,
Washington, Betty B. London, Washougal, Washington,
Peggy L. Bradley of Tucson, Arizona and five grandchild-
ren and nine great-grandchildren.

Helen M. Cicero, 73, of Clearwater, Florida diedJuly
1, 1984. She left the Canal Zone 13 years ago where she
worked as a payroll clerk. She was the wife of the late Joseph
Survivors include a son, Joseph L. of Panama, and two
daughters, Marie L. Morris of Clearwater, Fla. and Pat-
ricia A. Finneman of Panama, R.P.

John B. Coffey, 76, passed away on June 6, 1984 at
San Fernando Clinic, Panama, R.P. He was born in Jersey
City, N.J. and came to the Isthmus as ti child with his
parents in 1910. He graduated from Cristobal High School
and Colegio La Salle in Panama.
He served with the printing plant in Mt. Hope and
transferred to the La Boca Printing Plant as Chief. He
retired with 40 years of service in 1970.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Melendez Coffey of
Colon; a son, John B. Coffey, Jr. of Los Rios; daughters,
Mrs. Joan Rienks of Corozal and Mrs. Mary Blennerhas-
sett of Santa Rita, Colon; sons-in-law Clarence Rienks and
E.A. Blennerhassett and daughter-in-law, Mary Coffey.
Also brothers William of Panama; Eugene, Robert, David
and James all in the United States; one sister, Mrs. Patricia
Lieour; six grandsons and two granddaughters.

Clare Comins, 92, of Silverton, Oregon, died March
17, 1984. He broke his hip when he fell on the ice at his
Survivors are his wife, Louise; a son, Clare L. Com-
ins; daughters, Barbara Yates, Corvalis, Oregon and
Marne of Los Angeles, California and several grandchild-

Mae Bell Cross, 75, of North Miami, Florida, passed
away April 22, 1984. After a 40 year residency in Panama,
Canal Zone, she lived in N. Miami for the past 20 years and
was recently preceded in death by her husband, Charles K
Cross. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic
Church, M.B. Womens Club, Delphinians of Miami Beach
and the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by her daughter, Katherine Carson of
Miami, Fla.; a son, Charles K. Cross, Jr. of California; a
brother, Richard K. Bell of North Carolina; a sister, Joyce
Clarke of Sarasota, Florida; five grandchildren and many
nieces and nephews.

Gilberte Giroux DeMaree, died July 12, 1984 after a
long illness at Centre Hospital, Victoriaville, Province of
Quebec. She was a long time resident of Sarasota Brad-
enton, Florida.
She leaves a brother, Georges, and a nephew, Pierre,
and a step-daughter, Edna Campbell of Sarasota.

Elsie E. Dorgan, 82, passed away December 27, 1983
in Newton, Pennsylvania, following a lengthy illness. She
was predeceased by her son, William J. Dorgan in
February, 1983.
Surviving her are her husband, William J. Dorgan,
who retired from the Electrical Division, Panama Canal
Company in 1958; and two daughters, Jacqueline Meketa
of Corrales, New Mexico andJeannine Carlin of Sarasota,

John A. DuVall, 54, of Dothan Alabama died May 9,
1984 in a Dothan Hospital following a brief illness. He was a
native of the Canal Zone and spent most of his life there. He
was a retired electrical foreman for the Panama Canal
Company and had lived in Dothan for the past 2 years. He
was a veteran of the Korean conflict and served in the U.S.
Army. He was a Protestant and a member of the Masonic
Order and of Abou Saad Shrine Temple.
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. William (Dorothy)
Benny of Dothan, Alabama; a brother, Robert A. of St.
Petersburg, Florida; two nieces, Terri DuVall of St.
Petersburg and Barbara DuVall of Connecticut; two
nephews, Joseph DuVall and William Benny, Jr., both of

Estelle D. Eno, 91, or Coral Gables, Florida, died
April 29, 1984 at Doctors Hospital, Coral Gables. She was a
resident of Coral Gables since 1945 and founded the non-
profit organization to continue philanthropic work she and
her late husband, Dr. Harry Eno, did in Panama. Dr. Eno
was a doctor with the U.S. Government during construc-
tion of the Panama Canal and later established his own hos-
pital, Hospital Samarian, which is still in Colon.

Helen M. Esbenshade of North Miami, Florida,
passed awayJune 8, 1984. She was preceded in death by her
husband, John M. Esbenshade.
Survivors include four sisters and three brothers.

Daphne Silvera Farrington passed away May 23,
1984. She and her husband resided in the Canal Zone from
1909 to 1923, where Mr. Farrington was with the Com-
missary Division.
She is survived by her husband, Flavel, of Canoga
Park, California.

Max W. Finley, 68, of Fairhope, Alabama, died
March 26, 1984.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice; two sons, S/Sgt.
Bruce Finley, United States Air Force, South Korea; Roy
Finley, Fairhope, Alabama and two grandsons.

GenovaJ. Gibbs, 69, died June 14, 1984 at his home
in Lehigh acres, Florida. He was employed in the Canal
Zone from 1943 until his retirement in June, 1972 as Mech-
anical Supervisor, Miraflores Locks. He was a charter
member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge #2602, Lehigh Acres and a
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; a sister, Edna
Davis Fitzgerald of Georgia and a brother, Romaine, resid-
ing in Arizona.

Margaret M. Halliday, 88, formerly of Pedro
Miguel, Canal Zone and Sebring, Florida, passed away
June 1, 1984 in Bradenton, Florida. Margaret and Abe
(who passed away in 1962) went to Panama in 1928. She
was a life member of Fern Leaf Chapter #4 OES.
She is survived by two daughters; Lil Boyd of San An-
tonio, Texas and Peggy Crawly of Bradenton, Florida; two
sons, Thomas of Fairfax Hills, Penn. and William of

Pequannock, New Jersey; a brother, William of Eustis,
Fla.; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A son,
Robert, passed away March, 1983.

Richard T. Hayden, 45, of Los Rios, Panama, pass-
ed away suddenly at his home on July 8, 1984. He was born
in Ancon, Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1948. After working in the United States he
returned to Panama where he was employed by the Panama
Canal Company in the Motor Transportation Division as
Mobile Equipment Maintenance Foreman.
He was a member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1414; the
Balboa Yacht Club and the Diablo Spinning Club. He will
be remembered as having caught a World's Record Pacific
Blue Marlin in 1960 and as having been the pitcher for the
first Canal Zone Little League All Star team which traveled
to the United States in 1951.
He is survived by his wife, Alejandra; his son, Richard
T. Jr.; a daughter, Jolly Lee of Los Rios; his mother,
Elizabeth M. Smith of Hawley, Penn.; a brother, Reginald
Jr. of Miami, Fla. and a sister, Lerlene Perra of New Provi-
dence, N.J.

Kenneth C. Hellums, 81, of Gretna, Louisiana, died
15June, 1984. He retired from the Construction Division in
1964 after 24 years and 3 months service with the Panama
Canal Company.
He is survived by his wife, Rose and two daughters,
Charleen Atwood and Jeanine Schuetz.

Annie M. Hobson, 86, of St. Petersburg, Florida died
June 1, 1984. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she left Panama
Canal Zone in 1945 to reside in Florida, where she was an
apartment manager. She was a member of St. Paul's
Roman Catholic Church and the Panama Canal Society of
Survivors include a sister, Margaret O.'Mara of Balti-
more, Maryland and a sister-in-law, Mildred Whelan of
Brooklyn, New York.

Gustaf William Holmelin, Sr. of Crosby, Texas died
May 22, 1984 in Gulf Coast Hospital, Bay City, Texas. He
was born December 6, 1920 in Colon Hospital, Rep. of
Panama and attended Canal Zone Schools, graduating
from Cristobal High School. He later attended and
graduated from King's Point Merchant Marine Academy.
He was subsequently employed by the Panama Lines and
was on the Ancon. After leaving the Panama Lines, he was
employed by the American Bureau of Shipping in Houston,
Texas. He was a Life member of the Far East Masonic
Order, Lodge 1, Tokyo, Japan and a member of Arabia
Shrine Temple, Houston, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria; daughter Gayle
Norris, and sons Victor and Gus, Jr.; his mother, Pauline
Holmelin; sisters Jean Kirk of Springfield, Ohio, Muriel
Whitman and Frances Haile of St. Petersburg, Florida and
three grandchildren. Burial was at sea.

Albert J. Joyce, Jr. of Panama City, Rep. of Panama
died unexpectedly of a heart attack on June 30, 1984. He
was born in the Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa
High School in 1950. He attended The Citadel and was

commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army in 1954. After
serving two years in Japan and Korea, he went to the Univ-
ersity of South Carolina Law School and graduated in 1960.
He then began practicing law in the Canal Zone and con-
tinued until 1979 when he became a partner in the law firm
of Berrocal, Casco Arias and Joyce.
He was active in community affairs and was President
of the Rotary Club-Panama West; Past officer of B.P.O.
Elks Lodge 1414; Balboa; life-member of the N.R.A.,
member of the Association of the U.S. Army; Past Presi-
dent of the former Canal Zone Bar Association and a long
time participant in many sports leagues and events in the
Canal Zone. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with
the rank of Major.
Among family survivors are his wife, Maria Victoria
(Faraudo); four sons, Albert, Richard, Robert and Ed-
ward, all of Panama City; and brother, William of La Boca,
R.P. and a sister, Eileen Rowland of Oklahoma City,

William H. Keller, Jr., 64, of Lehigh Acres, Florida,
died April 21, 1984. He left the Canal Zone eight years ago
after 35 years service with the Locks Division, Panama
Canal Company.
He is survived by his wife, Maria; a son, William; two
sisters, Doris Doughty and Ruth Carmany; a brother,
James Keller; his mother, Mabel McGuirk; his father and
step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Keller, Sr. and five

Ethel P. McDermitt, 81, died at her home in Pom-
pano Beach, Florida on February 9, 1984. She left her
native Nebraska at a young age to teach school in the -- al
Zone. It was there that she married her late husband, Floyd
who was Lockmaster for the Panama Canal Company. It
was in Panama that she began her painting and later exhi-
bited her work at several group shows and Arts Centers, in-
cluding the Winter Park Festival. She sold her work to raise
funds for missionary work in foreign missions in India and
She is survived by a son, Floyd, Jr. of Carrolton,
Georgia; two sisters: Edith Pollock of Sioux City, Iowa and
Agnes Macklin of Pender, Nebraska. She is also survived by
five grandchildren.

William J. McKeown, Sr., 79, died April 3, 1984 at'
the G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital in Arcadia,
Florida. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and went to
the Canal Zone in 1909.
"Willie" retired from the Oil Handling Plant, Mt.
Hope, in 1965 and was well known for his work with Little
League baseball. He played Twilight League softball for
many years. Additionally, he took an active part in many
Elks activities and especially the annual Cristobal-Balboa
Elks Golf Tournament. He was known to his many friends
as the "Quim".
He is survived by his daughter, Arlene Topchterman
of Green Bay, Wisconsin; two sons, William J. McKeown,
Jr. of Park City, Utah and Tom McKeown ofJacksonville,
Florida; a brother, Richard McKeown of Chula Vista,
California and two sisters, Abigail Kerr Walker of Falls
Church, Virginia and Gwendolyn DeTore, St. Petersburg,
Florida; 5 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Capt. Thomas C. Makibbin, 66, died May 9, 1984 in
Anchorage, Alaska. He was born July 5, 1917 in Ancon,
Canal Zone. Following his retirement as a pilot for the
Panama Canal, Capt. Makibbin moved to Reno, Nevada.
Surviving are his widow, Ethel of Reno; sister,
Mildred Higgins and a brother, Henry, both of Fayetteville,
Arkansas, and a brother, George, of Panama.

Teddy A. Marti, 65, of Trinity, Alabama, died
peacefully in his sleep after an extended illness on May 10,
1984. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and was adopted
by the late Fritz and Betty Marti. He graduated from
Balboa High School in 1938 and worked first at the Mech-
anical Division, then transferred to the Locks Division from
which he retired as Lock Master in 1976. He was a member
of Chagres Lodge, AF & AM, Abou Saad Temple, Elks
Lodge #1414, Balboa, the Panama Canal Society of Florida
and was a Christian Scientist.
He is survived by his wife, Ann, of Trinity, Alabama;
a son, Ted C. Marti of Clearwater, Florida; a son, Douglas
Marti, at home with his mother in Trinity; a daughter, Jo
Ann Roebuck, presently living in Japan, and seven grand-

John Molinaro passed away June 8, 1984 in San
Diego, California. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn
Argo Molinaro.

Sam Moody, 78, a long-time resident of Panama died
May 4, 1984 in Meridian, Mississippi. He was a graduate
of Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss. and was a retired
civilian employee of the Dept. of Defense in the Canal Area.
He was a life-time member of the Balboa Yacht Club,
holding positions as Commodore, Vice-Commodore, Sec-
retary/Treasurer and Mooring Master throughout the
years of his membership. He and Barney Forgeson were co-
owners of two pleasure boats, Skip I and Skipjack II from
1946 to 1960 when Forgeson left the Canal Zone.
After Sam's retirement, he remained in Panama
residing at Morgan's Gardens. During his retirement years
he spent a great deal of time aboard SkipJack III which he
built and chartered. He left Panama in May 1983 to be near
relatives in Mississippi.
He is survived by two sisters; Mrs. L.O. Culpepper of
Meridian, Miss.; Mrs. Cerese Hartness of Greenville,
Miss. and a number of nieces and nephews.

William E. O'Hayer, 77, of Sun City, Arizona, pass-
ed away recently. He was the head of the Public Works
Department at the Coco Solo Naval Station for 23 years. He
was also a life member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge #1542, of
which he was the Treasurer for several years. The family left
the Canal Zone in 1953 and resided in California until 1971
when they moved to Sun City, Arizona.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian (Chase) O'Hayer; a
daughter, Elaine Everett, and two sons, Bill and Tom, all of

Dorothy Parks, of Hayward, California, passed away
in October, 1983. Most people would probably remember
her as Dorothy Gibbons, as she lived in Pedro Miguel for a

number of years.
She is survived by her husband, Conney Parks; a
daughter, Patsy (Gibbons) Harmon and two grandchild-
ren, Denis and Claudia Harmon.

Floy P. Ramey, 81, of Waynesboro, Mississippi died
June 14, 1984 at Waynesboro General Hospital. She lived
in the Canal Zone from 1934 until 1958 when her husband,
Otis Ramey retired. She was employed for a number of
years by the Air Force at Albrook Field and has been a
devoted and active member of The First Baptist Church in
the Canal Zone and Waynesboro.
Survivors are her son, Otis Ramey, Jr.; two daughters,
Eloise Cade of Reno, Nevada and Helen Schmulbach of
Memphis, Tennessee; grandchildren Jack and Jim Wohl-
farth of Falkner, Mississippi, Janis Adams of Memphis,
Tennessee, Linda Crocker of La Belle, Florida and Otis
Ramey III of Dothan, Alabama. She is also survived by 7

Otis M. Ramey, 88, of Waynesboro, Mississippi died
May 10, 1984 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennes-
see. He went to the Canal Zone in 1934 and worked for the
Panama Railroad until he retired in 1958. He was first and
foremost a Christian and a staunch member of the Baptist
Church. He was also a Life Member of the Masonic Order
and a Shriner.
Survivors are his wife, Floy (see above); a son, Otis
Ramey, Jr.; two daughters, Eloise Cade of Reno, Nevada
and Helen Schmulbach of Memphis, Tennessee; grandchil-
dren Jack and Jim Wohlfarth of Faulkner, Mississippi,
Janis Adams of Memphis, Tennessee, Linda Crocker of La
Belle, Florida and Otis Ramey III of Dothan, Alabama. He
is also survived by 7 great-grandchildren.

Gordon C. Reif, Sr., 69, of Cincinnati, Ohio died
June 18, 1984.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, of Cincinnati; three
children, CDR Gordon C. Reif, Jr. of La Paz, Bolivia and
his wife, Roberta (Patterson); William Reif of Montreal,
Canada; and Betty Jane (Reif) Bunnell and her husband,
John of Windsor, New York. He is also survived by his
mother, Mrs. H.G. Reif of Dayton, Ohio; two sisters; Jane
Brasch of Dayton, Ohio and Helene Walsh of Arlington,
Virginia, and one brother, Cliff Reif, also of Dayton, Ohio;
and two grandchildren, Jack and Lauren Bunnell of Wind-
sor, New York.

Abner Shaw Riddle, 80, ofJupiter, Florida, died May
15, 1984 at The Hospital in Juniper. He was with the Exxon
Company from 1930 to 1962, serving in many of the Cen-
tral American countries, South America and the Far East.
He joined the U.S. Armed Forces in 1942, later rejoining
Exxon and was Manager in Panama until 1952. He was a
graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Survivors include his wife, Betty (Holm) and a sister,
Elizabeth Dunham.

Thelma N. Scott, 63, of Colon, Rep. of Panama, died
January 5, 1984 at St. Francis Hospital in New York after a
lengthy illness. She retired in 1980 from Canal Zone Schools
Division where she taught physical education for many

years. She was an early member of the Inter-American
Woman's Club and had recently joined the Cristobal
Woman's Club. She was also active in the Cristobal-Colon
Rotary Club.
She is survived by her husband, Frank W. Scott of Col-
on; a daughter, Dale S. Brokaw and granddaughter Aman-
da of Garden City, N.Y.; a son, Frank N. Scott and two
granddaughters, Jennifer and Suzanne of Margarita, R. P.;
and a daughter, Tracy E. Herring and three grandsons,
Conan, Philip and Galen of Cardenas, R.P.

Velta C. Sharp, 69, of St. Eustatius, Netherlands
Antilles, died in East Dubuque, Illinois on April 26, 1984.
She was a graduate of Cristobal High School and worked
for the U.S. Army in Ft. Clayton for a number of years. For
the past 20 years, she and her husband made their home in

the Netherlands Antilles.
She is survived by her husband, Clyde (Mose); two
daughters, B. Joan Falk and Carolyn M. Lange; and two
great- grandchildren.

The Rt. Rev. Charles A. Voegli, 79, died on March 2,
1984 at his home in Brooklyn, New York. Bishop Voegli
was well known to parishioners of St. Lukes Episcopal
Church in Ancon, where he served for many years. He
made news in 1964 when he was forced at gun-point to leave
Haiti but continued to function as bishop in exile until his
retirement in 1971.
Bishop Voegli, who never married was known for his
emphasis on the development of local clergy and lay leaders,
resulting in the Church in Haiti becoming a major force in
education and health.

Letters to the Editor


Enjoyed the June '84 Record. You did a bang-up job
proud of you! And you included a story on what I've ask-
ed all the Canal Zone folks to do not once but several
Charlie Heim related a story about the "old days".
I've done this a couple of times in the past and asked all
the people from the Zone to do the same for it will be within
these pages that these fantastic stories of the past will be
recorded about our unique life down at the "Crossroads of
the World".
So I'm pleading with you. Get on your Editorial Horse
monthly quarterly whatever and ask for all
members to turn in unique events in their life down there
for publication in this great periodical DO IT PAL!
I'll turn in one later about a trip in a Model "A" from
Gamboa to Gatun via the railroad tracks back in 1938 that
resulted in an accident and an R.P. policeman being ac-
cused of making a wrong report, for there was no way for a
Balboa car to be on the Cristobal side!
P.S. Work on Disney World at Epcot Center for our
Canal Zone Museum That's the logical place for a fan-
tastic human endeavor soon to disappear!

Linda Brundage Marshall

Mrs. Linda Brundage Marshall was a houseguest of
her father, Benjamin R. Brundage in St. Petersburg,
Florida. While in Florida, she attended the Panama Canal
Society's annual reunion where she was able to meet with
other family members and friends. Linda attended school in
Margarita, Canal Zone but returned to the United States
when about 10 years of age. Her memories of the Canal
Zone are still vivid and extremely happy ones.
Currently, Linda resides in Moline, Illinois with her
husband Joe and their young son, Robert. Linda's
daughter, Carol Ann, recently presented a new generation
to the family. Carol Ann's infant daughter, Danielle, has
made "Ben" a happy, though startled to realize it, great-
grandfather. Ben went to Moline to see the beautiful child
and saw for a fact, that he is indeed, the very proud father of
a grandmother.

Robert G. Provost
Torrence, Calif.

Barney and Betty (Comley) Forgeson had a dream
come true when they sailed on the majestic ship Queen
Elizabeth II this spring.
It was an 8 days cruise beginning and ending in
Southampton, England to Corunna, Spain, through
Tenerife, Canary Islands and Madiera, Portugal all very
interesting ports! It was the first time that the QE-II had
berthed at Corunna, so it caused quite a stir in that charm-
ing city with 10 to 15 thousand of its inhabitants visiting the
pier to see this largest ship ever to dock there! It was quite
inspiring to see that multitude waving and cheering "Bon
Voyage". It was fun practicing Spanish in all three ports
and especially exciting to see all the banana plantations in


Tenerife and Madiera, where bananas and Madiera wine
are the prime exports.
Back to London for a week of sight-seeing, riding the
double deckers and taking in five plays in that fascinating
city before flying to Athens, Greece. There we lucked into a
room at the Hotel Akistas with a gorgeous view overlooking
the hilltop awe inspiring Acropolis and its famous monu-
ment, the Parthenon. It was quite nerve-tingling the morn-
ing we climbed all the way to the top (over 230 ft.) and stood
there at the spot that is considered the "Cradle of Western
We took daily bus tours out of Athens to Cape Sou-
nion, Delphi, Corinth and its famous canal, Mycenae,
Epidaurus and an all-day Sunday cruise to three of the
Greek Islands Hydra, Aegina and Poros. This outing
was the hi-lite of our week in Greece and it was on this
cruise that we finally saw the picturesque Greece we had ex-
Back to London for a three days tour of Wales before
flying home and this was the icing on the cake of our
month abroad. Such beautiful scenery mountains,
tumbling rivers, quaint villages and pretty castles -
especially the Caernarfon Castle, scene of the investiture of
H.R.H. Prince Charles as Prince of Wales in 1969. Loved
all the sheep herds grazing all over the countryside and the
thatched roof cottages.
At this writing, travel lust has bitten again and we're
ready to go off someplace Maybe Alaska, this time!

Betty and Barney Forgeson
Tierra Verde, Florida

From Robert Forsythe, California:

Last December my son, Edward and his wife, Cindy,
nee Moore, came to California for the Christmas holidays
and visited with us in Rancho Cordova. They also visited
his sister, Edna, brother-in-law Bill and neice, Andrea in

Robert G. Forsythe
Rancho Cordova, Calif.

The Ubben's of Tallahassee, Florida write:

Matthew (Mateo) Ubben, son of Jack and Ceci Ub-
ben, graduated on June 18 from the University of Califor-
nia at Santa Barbara. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Political Science, with an emphasis in International Rela-
Mateo was a 1980 graduate of Balboa High School,
who moved from the Atlantic side of the Isthmus when his
father retired as a Canal Zone policeman.
He has since moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where he
took a position with Automotive Service Councils, Inc. as
their. administrative assistant. He plans to attend Florida
State University Law School next year on a part-time basis.
Presently, Mateo's twin brother Mark (Marcos) is at-
tending the University of California at Los Angeles. He is
following in his brother's footsteps and will also major in In-
ternational Relations.

Matthew D. Ubben
Tallahassee, Fl.

Grandpa Donald C. ("Pos") Parker with Megan Renee,
born May 11, 1984 and Breanne Marie Deraps, 3 years old.
Grandpa and grandma live in Inverness, Florida.

The Eberenz Clan
L to R: Mable (Eberenz) Cannaday, Alex, Madeline and Leo
J. Eberenz, Josephine (Eberenz) Sharp, Marie (Eberenz)
Lindsay and John.


Symbol: 'WO'; Atomic weight, 120; Occurances, found
wherever a man is found, seldom seen in a free state.
Physical Properties: Generally rounded in form.
Boils frequently, but may freeze at any moment. Melts
when treated properly; bitter if not used well.
Chemical Properties: Disturbingly active; possesses
great affinity for gold, silver and platinum and precious
stones. Violent reaction when left alone. Turns green if
placed beside a better looking specimen.
Uses: Highly ornamental, equalizes the distribution
of wealth. Is probably the most powerful income reducing
agent known.
Caution: Highly explosive when in inexperienced

Lloyd "Mac" McConnell has found the leisure life in Kerrville,
Texas. Submitted by Elizabeth H. Davison, Kerrville, Texas.

The Installation of Officers of the Balbo Assembly No.
1, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls was held
May 19, 1984 in Balboa, Rep. of Panama.
Officers installed were: Jazmina Rovi (first Panaman-
ian) Worthy Advisor; Kim Lauderbaugh Worthy
Assoc. Advisor; Priscilla Paul Charity; Renee Rowley
- Hope: Cathy Lanterman Faith; Carolyn Dragseth,
PWA Recorder; Pam Clark, PWA Treasurer;
Karen Kennedy Chaplain; Susan Dame Drill
Leader; Adriana Clare Love; Maria Len Rios -
Religion; Trina Clark, PWA Nature; Jennifer Nolan
- Immortality; Katia Valdez Fidelity; Christina
Nolan Patriotism; Lupe Patton, PWA Service and
Sherry Benninghoff Confidential Observer. Mr. David
Patton, the Guest Speaker and member of the Advisory
Board delivered an address titled "Decision and Crises -
What a Life!"


Dear Mr. Heditor:
I am writing to make you know dat I did remove from
Texas and now reside here in Halabama. Yes, dat's right -
I don't live in dat side again.
Dere is too much teef living dere and I was losing me
time waiting for dem to rob me rass house and maybe shot
me rass too. Dey does carry all class of gun and kept me in a
state of fright for me life. Dey got some teef here in
Halabama but not as bad as de Texas teef dem.
Dese people here was telling me dat dis place got a lot
of tournedos. You know about dat? Dey tole me dat dese
tings is some sort of whirling breeze dat can suck up me
'house, me car and all class of tings. I don't know ifdey are
making joke because I recall seeing dat same said ting on a
menu in a Spanish restaurant in Colon City, and it tis some
class of meat or de udder and it can't hurt you.
But since I know dat de people dem is always skylarkin
about de place, I still can't take no chance. So I am writing a
letter to start me own investigation to fine out if dey are
speaking de trooth because I may have to pack up me tings
and remove again to escape de danger.
I will make you know.

The Rev. Walter K. Reitz, for four years pastor of the
Balboa Union Church, has been invited to return to the
United Methodist missionary services in the Republic of
Panama, where he will serve as assistant to Bishop Secun-
dino Morales, bishop of the Evangelical Methodist Church
of Panam. Mrs. Mildred Reitz will serve as general direc-
tor of the Panamerican Institute, the Methodist-related day
school known to many former Panama Canal friends.
The Rev. Clarence M. McConkey, formerly pastor
of the Balboa Union Church from 1970 through 1977, has
been called to return to this same church as pastor on a two
year contract, as a special assignment from his United
Methodist Annual Conference of Nebraska.

Walter K. Reitz
APO Miami, FL

"A light heart lives long". That is the quotation
beside the graduation picture of Nell M. Wardlaw (Petie)
in the 1932 Cristobal High School yearbook "The Carib-
bean". Now she is Mrs. "Petie" Clark.
On June 23, 1984 "Petie" celebrated her 70th birth-
day at a lovely party at the Chez Orleans in Escondido,
California at which I was a privileged guest. Among her
many friends attending were former Zonites, her cousin
Gayle Alexander Wells and Virginia Hughes Kullberg.
"Petie" was her bubbly self much like she was back in
our high school days when she was into so many activities.
She has recently moved into a mobile home in Escon-
dido and says she is as happy as the day is long. The party
invitation stated "Birthdays are FUN as long as you're
around to enjoy them!" How very true!

Ellen E. Johnson
Alpine, California

Immediately following this year's annual Canal Zone reunion
in Tampa, Robert and Denise Will, Renee Nellis and Len-
ny Wertz were able to recuperate, as shown, in St. Thomas, U.S.
Virgin Islands.

Cecelia Wensing, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was guest of
honor at a picnic, April 24 at Seminole Lake Park. The pic-
nic was hosted by former Canal Zone nurses. Cecelia at-
tended the reunion and remained for two weeks as house
guest of Jean Long.
The day was perfect bright sun cool breeze -
72 at noon the food delicious. The peanut butter pies
made by Irene Ladrach were "out of this world".
A huge alligator entertained us swimming close to
the bank posing for pictures.
The following enjoyed the picnic: Ann Buchter, Kay
Butler, Doris Edelen, Irene Ladrach, Jackie Linker,
Jean Long, Tess Owen, Clara Saarinen, Henri Skeie,
Johnnie Strickland, Kay Taliercio, Cecelia Wensing and
Cecelia Waldorf. Hurry back Cecelia for another visit!

Henri Skeie
St. Petersburg, Fl.

From Bill Rounsaville:
I found the March 1984 issue of the Canal Record fas-
cinating and I want to congratulate you and the Record staff
on a great job.
The entire issue beginning with the cover (the impres-
sive Administration Building where I labored from 1937 to
1951) and including organization, format and coverage
reflect untold hours of inspired and loving effort by the
Record staff.
Two, among many outstanding highlights were the
Dillon's comments on the current situation on the Isthmus,
and the Panama Isthmian Newsreel, especially Ann Wood
Suescum's comments about "what building areas belong to
who and what". And Bill Dunning's fine poem which
brought back many fond memories.
Although I have worked for the U.S. Navy and work-
ed for the Corps of Engineers, USAEC and NASA, I still
have a strong sentimental attachment to the Canal Zone as
it was in 1937-51, and I keep in touch with more people that
I knew in the Canal Zone than all of the other organizations
together. Was it the "Chagres Water" or a "Lifeboat
Philosophy"? I don't know.
(You may well wonder "Who is Bill Rounsaville"?
Gene Lombard was Executive Secretary and I admired
him greatly, when I resigned as his Executive Assistant in
1951 to transfer to USAEC in Oak Ridge. Harry Egolf will
recall that we were fellow members and residents of Club
844 in Balboa. My sister-in-law, Evelyn Koperski retired
as School Nurse in 1977 and has a wide acquaintanceship
among ex-Zonians).

Bill Rounsaville
Lanark Village, Florida

Dick and Ila Crowell gathered their five children and
nine of their eleven grandchildren together for a family re-
union in late June. Daughter Bonnie and her husband,
Michael Morrison, were brave enough to open their Jack-
sonville home to the clan.
The oldest daughter, Dawn (Crowell) Parker, of New
Jersey, was followed by Dick and Ila along with another
daughter, Jacque (Crowell) Vowell and her baby, Casey
Anne from Arizona. They were just in time for Dick to take
movies of the arrival of son, Rick and his family. Rick and

wife, Linda had driven from Georgia in two cars carrying
their children, Ricky and Beth, as well as Rick's daughters,
Erin, Alison and Laura Crowell, who were visiting from
Arkansas. Pam Crowell, the youngest daughter (a
gorgeous school teacher) of Ormond Beach, was also there.
Pam and Bonnie had been cooking up a storm earlier that
week in preparation for the reunion.
Paul, Jennifer and Cassie Lee (Bonnie and Mike's
kids) were gracious enough to give up their bedrooms to
some of their elders. However, there was plenty of "floor
space" for all.
The first night we watched family slides until the slide
projector blew up. Then it was time for reel after reel of
home movies, most of them years old.
Dick was honored with a late Father's Day gift of a gas
grill and rotisserie presented by his kids and Ia. The men
were kept busy making "raspados con crema" from blocks
of ice with Dick's old ice scraper he had bought years ago at
the Chinese hardware store on "J" Street.

The Crowell Family Reunion

The next evening was celebrated with a meal con-
sisting of Panamanian fare such as Johnny Mazetti, em-
panadas both big and small, mangoes, yucca, patacones
and michas. Ila fried up the yucca and patacones while Dick
was to make the service three kinds fish, shrimp and
scallop. Ila whipped up her famous hot cheese spread, too.
Lucho was also on hand via cassette tape.
The Crowell clan was joined by Mary Lou Engelke
from Arkansas, who was visiting her daughter, Sue, in
Jacksonville. Tom Engelke was also visiting Sue along with
his wife Alice and son, Evan. Tom and his family are on
their way to Germany for three years. Since the Engelke
family are former Canal Zone "brats", they especially
appreciated being invited to partake of the good food and
The final reunion day was spent around the pool tak-
ing family pictures. Since Jacques's husband, Charles
Vowell, another Zoner, couldn't make the reunion, he was
represented in effigy (see photo) so that he wouldn't feel left
It was a very special weekend for the Crowell family
and plans are already underway for another reunion.


The 52nd reunion (my third) was so enjoyable, from
day one to day 4, I wonder whether each surpasses its pre-
decessors, or it just seems so because of the good planning
and the ardor of more and more wonderful Zone and
Panama people one has known and missed or not pre-
viously known.
I was surprised with the appearance of my daughter,
Katya De La Mater of Denver (she took my mother Ann
De La Mater's surname when Mom died). Katya too, was
overwhelmed with the festivities and camaraderie and plans
to attend next year. (Was glad to see a photo of her dancing
at the Ball, on page 18 of theJune Canal Record). The June
Canal Record is fascinating, full of news so interesting, hap-
py, and so sad. (Asi es la vida).
The only Panama type people I often see here are Bill
and Janet (Koperski) Taylor and sometimes Jan's
sister, Olive Nicholson and husband when they visit from
California; and Bob and Marg King of Hawaii Island
(he's still talented with the Bajun jokes); and Jo (Dennis)
Konover is now a regular winter resident here in beautiful
Waikiki. I love every single day, rain, shine or silver gray
(the locals call this angel mist rain).
Lois (De La Mater) Bates
Honolulu, Hawaii

The next Baas family reunion is scheduled for Nov-
ember 10, 1984 in Toledo, Ohio, forJean and Peter's wed-

Former Panama Railroaders, Doc Bennett Jr., Robert
(Snowflake)Jones and and Charlie Salyer at DeBary, Fla. June

William G. Wood retires again.

.... Also to let you know what a good reunion was held
this year. I think it was well planned and I hope the one's in
the future will be as good. The hotel in Tampa really treated
us well and this is the second time we have been there we
like it.
On the 12th of June, we are leaving for California to
see our son, Ernest get his Ph.D. from Stanford University
and then back to Washington to move our double wide on
the 25th to our new address. I have retired from private in-
dustry and the Federal service after 47 years and have had
enough. Hope to see you all at the next year's reunion.

William and Jeanne Wood
Sonary Crest Estates
2015 6th Ave. Spc. 4
Clarkston, WA 99403

Peter Baas, with fiance, Jean Hueve.

Peter Baas, who grew up in Brazos Heights and now
lives in Pass Christian, Miss., introduced his fiance, Jean
Hueve, of Mamaroneck, N.Y. to his family at a reunion
in Washington, D.C. last month.
The occasion for the reunion was the return of Maj.
Doreen Baas Brock, USAF, from Guam en route to
Alaska for her next tour of duty. The entire clan made
Matt Jr.'s home their headquarters during a week of sight-
seeing, picnicing and enjoying the noisy pleasures of being
all together again.
Ann Marie Baas Hesford and son Peter came from
Hampton, Conn. (Unfortunately, husband Art's flight
schedule interfered with his coming.) Christina Baas
Kowalski with husband Steve and three little ones came
from Trumbull, Conn. while Tom Baas with wife Ginny
and four youngsters drove in from Cedarburg, Wiscon-
son. Hilda Baas, the erstwhile den mother, flew up from
Miami, Fla.

The Panama Canal Club San Diego, California. Can anyone
provide date and names? Photo sent by Arthur Tolp, Fort Myers,
Florida. Purchased from effects of the late Anne Leslie, Cape Coral,










Gamboa Lighthouse


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Submitted by Mr. and Mrs. Pete Foster



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by Ruth F. Bozeman

Let's go back twenty-five years
And reset a famous scene;
A black ship full of sight-seers
On a blue bay fringed with green.

It was you, Ancon old dear
Leading a small fleet of ships,
Proud to be the one to steer
The most famous of all trips.

You were going out there to say
Two prodigious words of magic
Open Sesame! To a new Way
The world waited long to traffic.

You went through, as Goethals said;
"Just as planned, without a hitch"
Very proud you must have made
All those who dug the "Ditch".

Someone said that when divided
This narrow stretch of land:
The two worlds would be united,
And continue hand in hand.

They were right, years have passed
Since that memorable date,
Those same hands are not just clasped
They are twined in strong embrace.

Again you're going to travel through,
This time a greeting to convey:
Happy Birthday from the multitude
From the most famous Waterway.

After that, who knows, a trip along,
No crowds, no flags unfurled,
Just you, discarded and forlorn
Saying farewell to our world.

Don't you care, dear old Ancon,
No matter what comes next,
We won't forget you sailed us on
Through many a stormy crest.

(submitted by Mayno Walker, Sarasota, FL)

The following is a bit of nostalgia that should set a lot of folks
"remembering the good old days" and life as it was in the
Canal Zone. The flysheet and the accompanying newspaper
clipping from the Panama American 1938, gives you an
idea of our local boys' ingenuity.
The letter to the Panama Railroad gives an idea of
what was thought of to keep active and out of trouble!
Where are these entrepreneurs today? Bob Calvit per-
servered and was finally hired by the Panama Canal. He
retired as General Inspector, Contract and Inspection
Bureau, Panama Canal Company and retired in January,

1976 with 37 years of service. He married a Canal Zone girl,
Anna Patchett and they have two children, Helen and
Tim. Bob and Anna live in Greenwood Forrest, Kerrville,
Bob Van Siclen left the Isthmus. He served as an of-
ficer in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and is now the
father of seven children, including twins. He is now the
Director of Security for Mobil Corporation, New York
Sorry, I could not get any information about Scotty

Bea Rhyne
Texas Reporter



Everybody likes to see neat looking people; but to be
neat, you must have shined shoes.
We guarantee a satisfactory shine on every pair of
shoes we collect from you.
We will call for your shoes in the morning, and return
them in the afternoon.


One tone Shoes 10 cents
Two tone Shoes 15 cents

Van Siclen

If True

by Eduardo

Boys Cloak Honest
Work With Dignity
"Shoe shine boy,
"You work hard all day,
"Shoe shine boy,
"You've got no time to play."

This is the theme song of three American boys from
Balboa who have organized the "Ritz Shoe Shiners" to
make themselves semi-self-supporting until the Panama
Canal decides to prefer local talent instead of importing
"brains" from the States.
The three boys are Arthur "Scotty" Michaelson, 20;
Robert Elmer Van Siclen, 19, and Robert Calvit, 21. All
three attended Balboa High School and upon their gradua-
tion two years ago, two of them applied for jobs with the
Panama Canal through George A. Daveneau, Chief, Divi-
sion of Personnel Administration.
Since then, not even a promise of ajob has come their
way. Periodically, the boys go to the Administration Build-
ing to renew their applications for employment. That's the

extent of their contact with prospective employers until it is
time again to renew the applications.
Two weeks ago, Scotty, Bob and Ben decided that they
were fed up with it all. Sitting in the Clubhouse under the
inspiration of a couple of Coca Colas, they laid plans for the
organization of the Ritz Shoe Shiners, which there and then
became a going concern.
From 8 a.m. until noon the boys visited as many
houses as possible in Ancon and Balboa and asked for shoes
to shine. From noon until 4 p.m. they shine and polish and
whiten, and then for two hours until 6 p.m. and supper
time, they deliver.
In the two weeks of operation of the Ritz Shoe Shiners,
Inc. a trade involving between 30 and 60 pairs of shoes a
day has been built up. The trio collects, cleans and delivers
more than 200 pairs of shoes weekly in Ancon and Balboa.
Thus far, each of the three youths has made approximately
$12 for two weeks in business an average weekly profit of
$18, split three ways.
All ot their customers are interested in the boys enter-
prise and initiative, and think the whole thing highly com-
The prices, as listed on a mimeographed flysheet which
the boys distribute, are ten cents for white shoes and shoes of
one tone, while the moderate fee of 15 cents is charged for
two-tone shoes.
Among the syndicates clients is George A. Daveneau,
Chief of the Service Bureau, Personnel Division, Panama
Canal. Mr. Deveneau is a good customer, but the boys are
hopeful that some day when they call at his house, he will
hand out a job or two instead of a couple of pairs of dirty

Panama American

Balboa, Canal Zone
March 31, 1937

Mr. P.L. Malone
Panama R.R. Co.
Balboa Hgts. C.Z.


As suggested by you in our conversation of March
29th, we take this opportunity to re-submit the following re-
William Benny, Thomas Wyatt, Robert VanSiclen,
John Ridge, Canal Zone boys would like to have permis-
sion to make a round trip across the Isthmus by automobile,
by riding between the railroad tracks. We have carefully
studied out our plans and feel confident that we can do it.
We plan to start from Gamboa about 1:00 a.m. and ar-
rive in Gatun, about 4:00 a.m. Saturday April 2nd and
leave Gatun on the return trip 1:00 a.m. arrive at Gamboa
4:00 a.m. April 3.
We will not hold any trains as we will get off the track.
In case of an accident of any sort we will not hold the
Panama Railroad Company responsible.

Respectfully Submitted, of T portaton:
S"rry, tb. lr ot pe.-malble.

Actla GcnerIl m.nager. 3/31/37


Balboa High School Orchestra 1937
Last Row: Lewis, Mrs. Baker, Haggerty, Zirkle, Poston, Caldwell, Gamble, Dodson, Fair. Middle Row: Bender, Hernandez,
Cornwell, Wright, Daniels, Shelton, Haggerty, Makibbin, Grimm, Cheney, Hyde. Seated: Henrie, Fitzpatrick, Hamlin,
Shelton, Rocker, Dwelle, Chan, Wright, Sexton, Beall, Whitely.

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Reconstruction of this one of many annual C.Z. boy
scout trips to the U.S. back in the late 20's and early 30's is
based primarily on my memory. As a new 12 year old Boy
Scout member of Balboa Troop 2, events are rather clearly
etched in that memory. In addition, assistance has been
given by a few others who made the trip.
The trip seems to begin at the Cristobal Restaurant
where we all ate lunch, followed by the dosage of an anti-
seasickness pill which upset quite a few stomachs. After the
departure of the SS Cristobal, we were all herded to the
after-end atop the poop deck where bed rolls were issued
and an attempt to rig canvas covering began. This mainly
transpired after we were clear of the breakwater and were
encountering a stiff north wind and accompanying high
seas. Despite the wind, a rudimentary shelter was rigged
and we bedded down on a deck that was rising and falling,
probably 20 to 30 feet on a regular basis. Needless to say,
the combination of upset stomachs and motion generated a
high incidence of sickness, particularly among the younger
boys. Because of the high seas, most or all of the young boys
were shifted from the poop deck to alleyways amidship, ad-
jacent to the engine and boiler casings. I can distinctly recall
certain individuals "proudly" keeping track, or an account
of the number of times they'd been to the rail to upchuck!
Somehow we survived and arrived in Port-Au-Prince
where we purchased the usual billy clubs, junk jewelry,
alligator pears, etc. and discovered that nickle-sized
Panamanian 2 2 pieces would "work" in the 5< slot
machines available for recreation at the Base of the U.S.
Marines who were then stationed in Haiti. We were also en-
tranced by the diving boys alongside our vessel, who could
seemingly go to the bottom to retrieve thrown coins. Being
somewhat short of funds, our ruse was to wrap pennies in
silver foil to throw to them and a ploy not calculated to
generate good-will and friendship! The nights were rel-
atively quiet with the exception of some blanket snatching in
the alleyways and some sneaking up to the social hall to
play, avoiding the watchman who made rounds. To the best
of my knowledge our presence was never detected.
Upon arrival in New York, all of the duffel bags were
loaded into a large stake-body truck and then some boards
which served as seats were placed over them. We alternately
stood on the baggage or sat on the boards on the whole trip
from New York City to Hershey, Pennsylvania. We arrived
early in the afternoon with everyone doing what he could to
help set up camp located adjacent to the Pennsylvania
Railroad tracks. Our first meal was bought in town and that
evening, some of the more adventurous boys discovered the
amusement park, highlights of which was a roller-coaster
ride (5r). Some of us rode that roller-coaster too many
times, severely depleting our allowances. But we rode it in
every conceivable posture (except standing on our heads)
both with and without our eyes closed for the duration of the
short ride. The next morning, my friend Sherman DeVore
and I decided to see more of the amusement park and we
took off early to do so. Meanwhile, during our tour, all per-
sonnel had been rounded up to go to town for breakfast, and
of course two boys were missing. We got a pretty good bawl-
ing out upon our return to camp and as punishment, we
were assigned to carry buckets of water for a week, from the
model dairy below our campsite up to the cooks tent. Short-
ly after our arrival, the cook, an Army enlisted man,
deserted us but I cannot recall who took over the cooking

chores. It was probably Mr. Burgess, assisted by Louie
Kleefkins. The chronology of other incidents escapes me
but we did have fun! One day, Sherman DeVore walked
into camp juggling a couple of sticks of dynamite he found
over at a quarry where we'd go for a dip. Another time,
somebody removed the railroad's signal torpedoes from the
tracks alongside our camp. The Pennsylvania Railroad sent
investigators to our camp about that incident. Another past-
time of some of the older boys was to shine their flashlights
on the lovers who would park at night out on the golf course.
By day, some younger boys would look for golf balls and
turtles in the creeks.
A great highlight of the trip was a side trip to the Get-
tysburg battle ground, via Harrisburg, PA. We had the op-
portunity at Harrisburg to visit a large department store
where a Boy Scout could buy any kind of B. S.A. equipment
or clothing imaginable. Since pole-sitting was in vogue at
that time, we (or at least, I) saw our first real pole-sitter! We
all went on to Gettysburg and set up camp of sorts right on
the hallowed ground! For some reason this writer was sick
and did not accompany the main body to town that night,
where as I recall, they were treated to a movie. Next day we
stopped off at a huge Pennsylvania jamboree rite, and
among other things observed the ritual of the "Red Hand".
This concerned those scouts in swimming who were ex-
pected to come out of the pond "birdspeed" upon a given
signal. The last one out was required to drop his suit,
whereupon a hard, firm slap of a scoutmaster's hand left a
red imprint of the hand at the inflamed area.
Another highlight of being in Hershey, was taking the
tour of the candy factory where we were treated to samples
of Hershey's kisses and watched huge mixing machines stir-
ring that delicious chocolate preparatory to molding into
bars, etc. I can still see a belt, seemingly six feet wide mov-
ing along with hundreds of thousands of Hershey's kisses.
Many of us also experienced swimming in an indoor heated
pool for the first time in the buff, of course. Some of us
also rode a street car to a neighboring town named Palmyra
-just mainly for the ride! We were also very impressed by
the huge 12 cylinder automobile (I think it was a Packard)
owned by the Hershey family, driven by a chauffer. One
afternoon, a couple of the older boys ( 15 yrs. of age) got
into a discussion/argument about watermelons. Billy
Michaelsen ended up betting Bill Price 50c he could eat a
whole watermelon. Needless to say, considerable interest
generated a fair sized audience to see the outcome. The end
result was that Billy ate the watermelon (excluding rind) but
Bill Price reneged on the bet because some "pink" was still
showing! I don't know who paid for the melon though!

One very enjoyable aspect of camping at Hershey was
due to the presence of a N.Y. resident named Mr. Buck
who had been associated in some way earlier in the Canal
Zone by Jack Watson's dad, a highly placed Panama Canal
official. When he came to camp he naturally bunked in our
tent because ofJack Watson. A favorite trick of his was giv-
ing us youngsters a "whisker rub". But he was a charmer
and at night could tell stories that kept us spellbound.
I suppose we were at Hershey about three weeks
because in those days, the boat trip took 8 days each way
and we spent a day on the road each way plus a couple of
days in New York. It seems we were gone six weeks in all
and that would about add up correctly.
After our ride to New York, we set up a camp in a place
called Highland Park. The afternoon of our arrival was very
sunny and hot baseball games being in progress all over

the place. A black cloud came up and the ensuing storm
brought so much hail, it beat the tents to pieces. For most of
the Canal Zone brats, it was the first time we had seen hail
stones. Because of the damage to our tents, we were moved
into an old, dusty building at the park. I have little recol-
lection about the place other than the amount of dust in the
place seems like it was at least 4" deep! While we were
there, we were visited by an ex-Canal Zone scout named
Emo Everson who was attending college in Pittsburgh at
the time. He was possibly enroute there I don't know.
Of course, New York to many of us meant Coney
Island. In those days there were three outstanding roller-
coasters, named "Thunderbolt", "Lightning" and (?).
They were all about equally frightening, but one incident is
engraved in my memory. Ralph Palacios had never ridden
a roller-coaster before, and as these were among the highest
in the world, he was terrified by the ride. His hands gripped
the rail until his knuckles were white and they actually had
to pry his hands open once the ride was over. I doubt he ever
rode another.
The trip back on the SS Cristobal was pretty much the
same except there was little or no sea-sickness. An outstan-
ding event was presentation of the prizes won for tent in-
spection at Hersey. Our tent included Jack Watson, Stan
Whaler, and Tom Makibbin. We each were given a one
dollar bill for coming in third! One thing we learned to do
on board ship was to launder our uniforms using live steam
piped into buckets! Some of the older boys possibly learned
how to weave or make belts out of string. Various crew
members passed time making such belts by tying a series of
knots in the right places. The results were ornate to say the
least and were elaborate.
After all, we arrived home safe and sound and with
most, if not all of our allowances gone. It was good to be
home again.
The roster of men and boys on the 1930 trip to Her-
shey, PA. follows:

Tent #1
Mr. Klemmer, Commissioner
Mr. L.O. Burgess, Scoutmaster, Troop 2
Jack Chase
Tent #2
LeRoy Klemmer
Justus Klemmer
Alfred Chase
John Gallivan
Tent #3
William Diers
William Michaelsen
Ralph Palacio
William Price
Tent #4
Perry Washabaugh
Bobby Lewis
Ted Birkland
Louis Kleefkins
Tent #5
Gene Hamlin
Tom Makibbin
Stan Whaler
Jack Watson

Tent #6

Charles Arroyo
Louie Everson
Frank Washabaugh
Charles Bath

Written by
Gene Hamlin,
Carthage, NC

From Jack deGrummond, Laguna Hills, Calif.:

In April at the Annual Reunion in Tampa, Joan and I
heard that Sam Moody was ill, and now word has come that
he has passed on. We had a chance to chat with him on some
of our return trips to the Canal Zone, and remember when
he built the "Skipjack" at Pedro Miguel Yacht Club,
where he was the manager at one time. I was associated with
him as a member of the Balboa Yacht Club where we had
boats moored in the anchorage, and were officers of the club
some years ago. The Yacht Club was located on the bottom
platform under the American Legion Post #1 and rest-
aurant overlooking the canal entrance and bridge. I'm sure
that a lot of young people remember the Yacht Club as a
lively Saturday night rendezvous in later years.
At Amador in the early period before the Yacht Club,
the wooden building built out over the bank and boat area
below was operated by the Clubhouse Division of the
Panama Canal. The surrounding area facing the Club-
house was fenced in and contained buildings of the Quaran-
tine Station. The pier, then, was for official use only. Access
to the few boats at anchor was from the same concrete plat-
form now in use. "Old Joe" would row out in a panga
when the tides would permit. From this area, my brother,
Lyle launched his sailboat, the "Y Como", which he built
around 1928 under the cottage where we lived on Culebra
Road, Ancon. The cottage is still there, now used by St.
Luke's Cathedral. This one and next door are the only old
"quarters" that I know of now standing and in use.
During World War II, the U.S. Navy took over the
Clubhouse at Amador and revamped it for their Officer's
Club activities. After the war, the building became available
for Panama Canal use. The first arrangement I remember
was that the upper two floors were licensed to the Pacific
Sailfish Club, and the lower area licensed to the newly
chartered Balboa Yacht Club. Yachting was not the only ac-
tivity. The Yacht Club arranged for the use of the upper
floor of the Sailfish Club, and put on many nautically-
decorated and wild dances called "The Beachcombers
Brawl". There has never been anything like them! And
Sam Moody was right there with all of us. I guess he
operated his boat longer than most of us, and he represented
the early Yacht Club group.
Well, I want to say that we who knew Sam Moody are
sorry to hear of his passing. In our time, many a tide has
come in and gone out in the channel we knew so well. Let us
say that in his passing, he has just gone out with the tide. He
was part of it all....



Former Resident

Describes Life in

Panama in Early


Dear Editor,

An old friend and classmate of mine, Mrs. Benton
Rue, sent me a clipping from your newspaper which read
something like this, "Seventy years ago the Demarest Silver
Medal contest was held in the High School auditorium here.
The contest was won by Mildred Christle." I am that per-
son. It may be of interest to you and perhaps to others if
anyone of that vintage is still living thereabouts to hear a bit
about what has happened to me during the years which have
I attended Wilder College and later went to St. Peter
State Hospital for Nurses Training from which I graduated
in 1904. After a year's work at the Anoka Hospital, I came
back to Lakefield and married Charles L. Persons, who was
purchasing agent for the St. Petersburg Hospital. In the
summer of 1906, my husband received a civil service ap-
pointment to work on the Panama Canal. Of course, I was
eager for this adventure but the Canal Commission did not
encourage wives to come here as the housing facilities were
more or less inadequate for families. However, I did follow
him to Panama three months later and have lived here most
of the time since.
Coming by ship from New York, we docked at the
creaky old Pacific Steam Navigation Company's main dock
at Colon which was over-run with playful cockroaches and
not so playful rats. I was wearing a long-sleeved shirtwaist
with high collar and long black taffeta skirt. After comple-
tion of the disembarking formalities, we found ourselves a
carametta and drove through muddy Front Street to our
future home, the Palmer House, an old wooden two-story
hotel with dirt floors which had been built by the French.
The kitchen and dining room were on the lower floor with
the bedrooms upstairs. There were no toilet or bathroom
facilities at all. Our room at the Palmer House was about
twelve feet square with a small balcony on which the galvin-
ized washtubs were hung. (By the way, the men's under-
wear and handkerchiefs were always starched by the native
laundresses). The stove on which I cooked was a two-
burner kerosine oil stove. The small icebox was about two
feet square and held ten pounds of ice on which we kept but-
ter and meat when we could get them. A curtain in one cor-
ner of the room hid our wearing apparel. A small round
table, two chairs, and a bed completed the furnishings. The
bed was covered by a mosquito netting and the top of it fur-
nished a roosting place for bats.
Our assignment to family quarters came a few months
later and we had running water, hot and cold and a
BATHTUB (almost unknown article as cold showers were
predominant), some of the schoolteachers even used to
come to bathe at our house every once in a-while. Mr. Per-
sons worked at Mt. Hope and walked to work at 9 a.m. re-
turning on the Labor Train in the late afternoon. Later he
was transferred to Ancon (meaning bend or elbow in
Spanish) and worked for the Municipal Division and for the
Quartermaster in Balboa.

There was little fresh milk and the children were fed on
St. Charles formulas although many residents had goats
brought to the door and milked. While living in Cristobal,
we shopped at the native Colon market for the local fruits
and vegetables which we quickly learned to enjoy. As small
coins were not minted yet, we would receive change in
pieces of cut plug tobacco and small boxes of Swedish mat-
ches. When we had accumulated five or ten, they could be
used again at the market.
Cold storage foods were negligible; we had some but
not nearly enough until the completion of the commissaries
and cold storage plants being built by our government.
Now there are adequate commissaries and cold storage
plants in the Canal Zone and weekly shipments of food by
ship and occasionally even by air. Yet, we still enjoy the
many wonderful fruits and vegetables grown here. Panama
has many luscious fruits, among them are: cocoanuts, ba-
nanas, avocados, mangoes, guavas, oranges, tangerines,
grapefruit, all kinds of melons and the most delicious and
the sweetest pineapples grown. It is said that the Hawaiian
pineapple plantations got their start from the pineapples
grown on Taboga, an island twelve miles from the western
coast of Panama and only attainable by boat. It is a vacation
spot with very comfortable hotels, assuring one of quiet rest,
good food, and marvelous swimming in the waters of the
Pacific. Taboguilla Island, a small island near Taboga, was
the site of an old whaling station here many years ago.
The greater part of the land here is very fertile and
many fruits and vegetables grow wild. Most of the temper-
ate zone vegetables are grown here and many of the tropical
fruits and vegetables. Plantain which looks like an over-
grown banana and grows in bunches like bananas, is a fine
source of potassium. Sailors are often seen carrying a bunch
back to their ships thinking they are carrying bananas.
Sugar cane fields are seen in the interior. The cane is
brought to the mills in ox-drawn carts and milled there.
Quite a bit of sugar is exported. Also, tobacco and coffee are
grown in the highlands. However, I do not know if FOL-
here or not.
Panama exports many products including ivory nuts
from which buttons may be carved. Wonderful tomatoes
are grown here not the hyponic variety. Over a million
dollar crop is usually the expectation. This year, though,
owing to a very bad storm, torrential rains, flooding and
fierce winds, the crop of tomatoes has been declared a
million dollar loss. Huge banana plantations have had their
crops laid low and flattened as so much mown grass.
One orange grove had 675 thousand trees and the
orange concentrate is shipped from here in fifty pound con-
tainers. Tomato juice and tomato paste are also manufac-
tured here. There is a high import tax on all foreign pro-
ducts whose equivalent is manufactured in Panama, so that
Heinz Tomato Catsup retails at the super markets in
Panama City for $1.00 a bottle.
Chicken farms in Panama are doing a thriving
business and fresh eggs and good chickens are always
available. Dairy herds are being steadily improved with
stock from Texas and Durma. Big tank cars are seen on the
highways as in the United States and all health measures are
observed. Shrimping is also a big industry and many tons
are exported. While dining in Frankfort, Germany, several
years ago and being served a shrimp cocktail, I was told by
my host that the best shrimp come from Panama. A few
minutes later the waiter returned bringing the box in which
the shrimp had been shipped. We were delighted to see that

it was marked, "Exported from Panama." Panama has
many kinds of marvelous food fish.
Panama is a beautiful country. It has mountains, love-
ly valleys, beautiful rivers, extinct volcanoes, wonderful
white sandy beaches, huge forests, and heavy jungle ablaze
with magnificent flowering trees in various colors in the Dry
Season. There are many beautiful woods here over a
hundred and twenty-five classified hard woods. Lignum
Vitae and mahogany are plentiful. The original ties for the
Panama Railroad, laid in 1855 were of Lignum Vitae, a
very hard wood. Another beautiful and unusual wood is
Amaranth or Purple heart and ranges in color from deep
cream through all the shades of lavender to deep purple.
Among the oddities here are square trees and golden frogs
an interesting feature for tourists.
Jungle warfare and the art of surviving in the jungle is
taught in the Canal Zone by the U.S. Army to students
from our own forces as well as from the various republics of
Central and South America. In Panama City, horse racing
is a chief sport and these races are held every Saturday after-
noon and Sunday. Lottery tickets are sold here with the
drawings on Wednesdays and Sundays. Tickets cost fifty
cents each with possible winnings from one to a thousand
dollars if one were lucky enough to have all four numbers.
The first order of business here was to try to rid the
place of mosquitos and to make sanitary every place possible
as there was so much yellow fever, black water fever and
malaria. This was done by dragging oil-soaked mops
through any sluggish stream or low place in which mosqui-
tos could breed. Dr. Gorgas was chief of the Health Depart-
ment and Gorgas Hospital, an imposing structure filled
with competent doctors was named after him.
We saw the Canal from a scratch in the ground become
the famous waterway it now is. The work was dangerous,
tiring and at times most discouraging. For example, one
time there was a worse slide than usual in the Canal. The
engineers were in favor of giving the whole project up as the
work seemed utterly hopeless. Col. Goethais, after an in-
spection trip, said grimly, "Well, dig it all out again," and
then turned away.
Now that beautiful waterway which is the pride of the
builders and everyone ever connected with the work on is a
memorial to the intelligence, the hard work, and the stick-
to-it-iveness of those men.
Ships from all parts of the world pass through here -
the average rate is 40 ships per day. It is a thrilling sight and
one of great pride to see those stately liners and those huge
cargo ships pass through the locks so noiselessly, so quietly
and gracefully head out into the Pacific and on to San Fran-
cisco, the Orient, Thailand, New Zealand or Australia. Or
they head through the Canal to the Atlantic and to various
European ports.
We lived on the Canal Zone for a few years after the
Canal was opened. Then we moved into Panama City. At
that time, it was most difficult to find an apartment as there
were none available and only three or four hotels. Finally we
found one and happily moved in. There were four apart-
ments in the building with a central stairway. The rooms in
each apartment were all in a row with a small balcony in the
front part of the building. It was at this time we opened the
PERSONS Travel Bureau which is the pioneer travel
bureau in the city. It is managed now by my grand-
daughter's husband and that office handles many thousands
of tourists each year who come by plane and ship from all
parts of the world.
Life here has always been most interesting, entertain-

ing, educational and rewarding even though the work was
very hard. At first all travel was by ship from New York,
New Orleans and San Francisco and we had offices at both
terminals the Atlantic and the Pacific. Now, with the ad-
vent of the airlines, more tourists with short vacations come
by plane at all hours of the day and night. Panama City has
grown from a city of 49,000 to one of almost 412,000 and is
most progressive.

Lakefield Standard
Thursday, July 2, 1970
Written by Mildred C. Persons, who died in 1975, mother of
Shirley P. Smith and aunt of Genevieve (Chris) Felps. Sub-
mitted by Chris Felps.

Address of
to the Assembled
Panama Canal Force
Colon, R.P.
November 16, 1906


It was without precedent for a president to leave the
United States, but this work is without precedent. You are
doing the biggest thing of the kind that has ever been done,
and I wanted to see how you are doing it. I am profoundly
thankful that I shall be able to take back to the United States
the message that the nation's picked sons are carrying them-
selves so well here that I can absolutely guarantee the suc-
cess of the mighty work which they are doing. It is not an
easy task. Mighty few things that are worth doing are easy.
Sometimes it is rough on the men and just a little rougher on
the women. It has pleased me particularly to see, as I have
met the wives who have come down here with their hus-
bands, the way in which they have turned in to make the
best of everything and to help the men do their work well.
I want to say this word to you, men right through,
- to all of you who are engaged in the work of digging this
canal, whether you are here as superintendent, foreman,
chief clerk, machinist, conductor, engineer, steam-shovel
man (and he is the American who is setting the mark for the
rest of you to live up to, by the way), whoever you are, if you
are doing your duty, you are putting your country under an
obligation to you just as a soldier who does his work well in a
great war puts the country under an obligation to him. As I
have seen you at work, seen what you have done and are do-
ing, noted the spirit with which you are approaching the
task yet to be done, I have felt just exactly as I should feel if I
saw the picked men of my country engaged in some great
war. I am weighing my words when I say that you, here,
who do your work well in bringing to completion this great
enterprise, will stand exactly as the soldiers of a few, and on-
ly a few, of the most famous armies of all the nations stand
in history. This is one of the great works of the world; it is a
greater work than you, yourselves, at the moment realize.
Some of you, a good many of you, are sons of men who
fought in the Civil War. When your fathers were in the
fighting, they thought a good deal of the fact that the blanket
was too heavy by noon and not quite heavy enough by
night; that the pork was not as good as it might be; and the
hardtack was sometimes insufficient in amount; and they
were not always satisfied with the way in which the regi-

ments were led. Those were the things they talked about a
good deal of the time. But when the war was done when
they came home, when they looked at what had been ac-
complished all those things sank into insignificance, and
the great fact remained that they had played their part like
men among men; that they had borne themselves so that
when people asked what they had done of worth in those
great years all that they had to say was that they had served
decently and faithfully in the great armies. So you men
here, in the future, each man of you, will have the right to
feel, if he has done his duty and a little more than his duty
right up to the handle in the work here on the Isthmus, that
he has made his country his debtor; that he has done more
than his full share in adding renown to the nation under
whose flag this canal is being built.
Why, gentlemen, there never was a great feat done yet
that there were not some men evil enough, small enough, or
foolish enough, to wish to try to interfere with it and to sneer
at those who are actually doing the work. From time to time
little men will come along to find fault with what you have
done; to say that something could have been done better;
that there has been some mistake; some shortcoming; that
things are not really managed in the best of all possible man-
ners, in the best of all possible worlds. They will have their
say, and they will go downstream like bubbles; they will
vanish; but the work you have done will remain for the ages.
It is the man who does the job who counts, not the little
scolding critic who thinks how it ought to have been done.
I go back a better American, a prouder American,
because of what I have seen the pick of American manhood
doing here on the Isthmus. You will have hard times. Each
of you will sometimes think that he is misunderstood by
someone above him. This is a common experience of all of
us, gentlemen. Now and then you will feel as if the people at
home were indifferent and did not realize what you were do-
ing. Do not make a mistake; they do realize, and they will
realize it more and more clearly as the years go by. I cannot
overstate the intensity of the feeling I have (and therein I
merely typify the sentiment of the average man of our coun-
try) as to the vital importance of the task that you are doing;
and to each of you who does his share of that task there will
come in the end the proud assurance of vital duty well done.
This assurance can come to but a limited number of men in
each generation; and you are to be congratulated that you
are to be among that limited number. I do not pity you
because you have before you a hard task. I would feel
ashamed of you if I thought you wanted pity. I admire you.
I wish that any one of my boys was old enough to take part
in the work. I feel that to each of you has come an opportun-
ity such as is vouchsafed to but few in each generation. I
shall see if it is not possible to provide for some little
memorial, some mark, some badge, which will always dis-
tinguish the man who did his work well on the Isthmus, just
as the button of the Grand Army distinguishes the man who
did his work well in the Civil War. Another thing; in the
Grand Army the spirit that appeals to me most is the spirit
of full and frank comradeship among its members. Whether
a man was a Lieutenant-general of the army of the United
States, or whether he was the youngest recruit whose age
would permit him to serve in the ranks, makes no differ-
ence; if he did his duty well he is a comrade of his fellows,
and acclaimed as such in a spirit of full equality in every
Grand Army post. The point is not the position, but the way
in which the man handled himself in the position. So here,
whatever the work, whether it be that of chief engineer,
assistant engineer, machinist, foreman, or steam-shovel

man, the only question that need be asked is: Did the man
do it well? And to do it well, gentlemen, you must do just a
little more than merely earn the salary. Each man must have
in him the feeling that, besides getting what he is rightfully
entitled to for his work, that aside and above that must come
the feeling of triumph at being associated with the work
itself, must come the appreciation of what a tremendous
work it is, of what a splendid opportunity is afforded to any
man who takes part in it. As I came up the line through the
Culebra Cut yesterday, on one of the steam-shovels they
had cut the legend, "We will do our best to help you dig it."
I liked to look at that motto. That is the right spirit. Another
man called out to me as the train passed, "We are going to
put it through." That is the spirit I like to see, and it is the
spirit you have in you. .- yuu.
In any army, there are some men who, to use a homely
phrase, can't stand the pace. So, here on the Isthmus, there
is an occasional man who means well, but who does not
know how; there is an occasional man who does not mean
well at all; and when a man of either type gets out and goes
home it is much more comfortable for him not to say that he
failed, but that somebody else was not really a good man.
There will always be a certain percentage of men in any
work who for one cause or another become disgruntled,
become sulky, and then try to run down the work and run
down those who are doing it; and they are the natural and
legitimate sources of the misinformation and slander of the
yellow writers, of the men who preach the gospel of despair,
whether in magazine or in newspaper. If there is any
veteran of the Civil War here, he will tell you there were
"coffee coolers" in those days, too; there are some of them
to be found everywhere and at all times. These men as they
go home beten, will give a totally wrong impression of the
rest of the men down here, a totally wrong impression, not
to their countrymen as a whole, but to a few people of little
faith who measure the standard of you who succeed in doing
the work by the standard of those who fail in the effort to do
the work. We can disregard them. No man can see, as I
have seen, the character of men engaged in doing this work
and not glow with pride to think that they are represen-
tatives of his country. No man can see them and fail to
realize that our honor and interest are safe in their hands -
are safe in your hands.
In closing, all I have to say is this: You are doing a
work the like of which has not before been seen in the ages, a
work that shall last through the ages to come, and I pledge
you as President of the United States, every ounce of sup-
port and help and assistance that it is in my power to give
you, so that we together, you backed by the people of the
United States, may speedily bring this greatest of works to a
triumphant conclusion.


From The Life Story of "N.R." or 40 years of Ramb-
ling, Gambling and Publishing by Nelson Rounsevell

As we entered Panama Bay and approached Balboa
harbor on the twelfth day of April, 1914, I stood at the stern
of the "San Jose" (which long since went to the bottom of
the Pacific) and surveyed for the first time the scenery
around Balboa harbor. My thoughts, however were oc-
cupied with matters of more immediate importance than
scenery. I had one smooth dime left in my pocket and just

where my meals were coming from I did not know.
There is nothing more heart-breaking financially than
the experience of spending one's last dime. So in com-
pliance with an old gambler's rule, and just for luck, I silent-
ly and reversently threw that last dime into the channel and
watched it disappear in the foamy wake of the ship. Later in
the forenoon, trudging through the burning dust over the
hill to Panama City, I wished that I had the dime for coach
The morning was whiled away in the strange city in labor-
ious effort to decide whether it was better to go on job hunt-
ing among people whose language I could not understand,
or walk back to the ship in the broiling sun to mooch another
meal in the ship's galley. The urge which finally spurred me
to action was neither hunger nor unemployment, but a
craving for tobacco. The last chew which the ship's butcher
had given me that morning was but a dim memory, and it
was the thought of that plug which turned my face toward
Balboa and caused me to retrace my steps. The cook fed me
and the butcher divided his plug with me, which revived me
to quite an extent.
Going up Roosevelt Avenue, then but a dusty road, I
came to the Balboa carpenter shop. A. O. Herman, the fore-
man, sized me up and after asking a few questions said he
would put me to work just as soon as I could pass the neces-
sary physical examination and comply with the other red-
tape formalities.
Even the fact that I had no tools proved no handicap.
Herman offered to lend me tools from his personal kit to get
by on "till pay day" and gave me a ticket to the medical ex-
aminer. I was assigned to quarters in Corozal and provided
with a "meal book," which certainly looked good to me.
From the personal belongings hanging around my
room in Corozal I knew I already had a room-mate, and he
showed up soon after I arrived. "Where's your baggage?"
was his first question, and I pointed to the bundle wrapped
in an old newspaper which contained my other pair of sox
and a necktie. Without further questioning he evidently de-
cided that I was broke, and fished a twenty-dollar gold piece
out of his pocket and handed it to me with a cheerful smile as
he said: "That will keep you in cigarettes till payday."
Again the old superstition had made good. Throwing
my last dime away had certainly brought me luck in a hurry.
Here I was, ten hours later, with a job, a "home," a meal-
ticket and twenty dollars in my pocket. That night found me
in the happiest, most contented mood that I had known in
many months. It is unbelievable how happy the prospect of
work, food and a place to sleep can make one who has been
without those commonest of life's comforts long enough.
It is listed in Canal Zone records that I was employed
April 13, 1914, at 56 cents an hour as a carpenter in the
Mechanical Division; that I was a "widower" 37 years of
age; that on May 25, 1914 I was transferred to the Fortifica-
tions Divisions as Carpenter Foreman at $137.50 per
month and on June 1 raised to $150; that I resigned, effec-
tive July 26, 1914, was released from property responsibility
and "went to South America." The final notation says,
"Workmanship and conduct excellent no objection to re-
It is with no small degree of pride that I sometimes take
intimate friends down to the Balboa shops and into the plan-
ing mill to point out the location of the bench at which I once
worked as a carpenter. Then, in support of my story, I take
them to the north end of the paint shop and show them the
big white doors which I built and hung there in 1914.

When I was transferred to the Fortifications Division I
was assigned to quarters in Old Cristobal, where I lived
during the remainder of my stay on the Isthmus. I had seen
but little of Panama, and my only recollections of the nights
that I went to town are of fights in Coco Grove, gambling
games too crooked to be attractive to any except the rankest
suckers and crowds milling around an endless number of
From May 25 to July 26, I boarded a work train on the
Atlantic side of the Isthmus every morning and was carried,
along with a thousand or so West Indian laborers and a few
white foremen, out to "Margarita Island." There, in the
jungle mud, amid sand flies, snakes and alligators, my gang
of about 200 "carpenters" built forms into which other
gangs poured concrete for the rifle pits which still surround
the fortifications at Fort Randolph.
I might have held my job, followed in the rut for these
intervening 19 years and now be filling some easy berth on
the Panama Canal pay-roll, waiting for retirement with the
other old-timers, had it not been for the irresistible urge to
A few days after my resignation I sailed third-class on a
Peruvian ship for Callao, Peru. On my arrival I found all
the banks closed and the whole city bordering on panic
because of the World War, then in its infancy. Business was
at a stand-still, due to fear of impending disaster. After but a
few days in Lima, I was down to my last dollar and decided
that the American mining camp at Cerro de Pasco was the
most hopeful haven of refuge for me.
As sole passenger on a flat car of lumber on a Central
Railway train, I had an uncomfortable but thrilling journey
over that most spectacular of all railroads, traveling in 12
hours from sea level to an altitude of 16,665 feet to the
"Roof of the World," up among the snow-clad peaks of the
On that eventful journey I again threw my last cent
away and again it brought me luck.

El Morro (Pelican)



The Space Coast Annual Picnic, sponsored by the
Central Brevard "Zonites", will be held at Kiwanis Island
Park, (on Highway 520), Merritt Island, Florida on
September 15, 1984. All Pan Canal retirees, employees, ex-
employees and friends are invited. Noon to 6:00 p.m. Bring
your own lunch and refreshments. For more information,
call Pearl or Walter Brown. (305) 453-1375.


Some members of the BHS '55 Class have shown in-
terest in having a 30th Class Reunion in Tampa, Florida
during the Panama Canal Society Reunion in June of 1985.
We need help in finding classmates and getting their
current addresses.
Please contact: Doris Ehrman Monaco, 1017 Sousa
Drive, Largo, Fla. 33541.


I would like to know if someone is organizing the 20th
Class Reunion for BHS '65, in conjunction with the Annual
Reunion of the Panama Canal Society of Florida in 1985. If
you are, please contact me, and if not, please let me know if
you would like to attend and assist in putting this together.
All CHS '65 graduates are also welcome. We need you to
make this a success!! Margaret Knapp, 212 Y2 Garnett
Ave., Balboa Island, Calif. 92662. (714) 675-7065.


To be held in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society of Florida's Annual Reunion scheduled for 5-8
June, 1985 in Tampa, Florida. Plans are underway to hold
this "multi-class" reunion on the afternoon of 6June with a
Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency-Tampa, (site of the Socie-
ty's HQhotel) and continuing into the evening with danc-
ing in the hotel ballroom.
The committee presently has about 125 classmates lo-
cated and has sent letters requesting opinions/ad-
vice/desires, etc. Most important at this time is to continue
to locate members of these classes. Approximately 75% of
those contacted indicate a desire to attend.
In October, 1984, a letter with all details will be sent to
all known addressees for a firm commitment, and will pro-
vide the latest information on cost and other details.
Those not already contacted, please send names and
addresses to the following:
Class of 1949 Anne Carpenter Rathgeber, 3300
Vassar Ct., Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Class of 1950 John (Bill) Schmidt, 2739 Vassar
Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Class of 1951 Libby (Blitch) Gray, Rt. 17, Box
1388, Tallahassee, FL 32308.


Is anyone making any plans for our 20 year class re-
union next year? If not, we need to start now. First thing is
to locate everyone. Classmates, send me your address and
phone number. State if you are willing to help organize a
reunion. We'll need a committee to put it together. Don't
delay do it now! Phil Stewart, Rt. 2, Box 230, Braden-
ton, FL 33508 (813) 747-8038.


We would like to have a Pedro Miguel Reunion in con-
junction with the Panama Canal Society's Reunion in
Tampa, Florida, the first week ofJune, 1985. Please see ar-
ticle by Mississippi Reporter, Patt Foster Roberson on
page 40 of the Canal Record for March 1984.
We would like to hear from all members who were res-
idents of Pedro Miguel, saying that you will be there. It is
important that you contact us so that we will know how
many people to plan for. Please make an effort to contact
friends and family from Pedro Miguel who may not see this
We would really love to see all you folks who lived in Pedro
Miguel. You may contact:
Helen Edwards Magan Patt Foster Roberson
914 Alexander Circle 2915 Glen Drive
Pueblo, Colo: 81001 Hattiesburg, Miss. 39401
(303) 544-2845 (601) 268-8848
Anne Edwards Hale
416 Admiral Cove
Tarpon Springs, FL 33589
(813) 937-3696


Anyone interested in a 10-year Class Reunion? Bren-
da Scott Senecal is offering her assistance in locating and
providing addresses of BHS/CHS Class of 1975 graduates.
Her address is: 29032 38th Ave. So., Auburn, WA 98001.
(206) 941-2286.


Plans are being made to hold a 10 year Class Reunion
during the 1985 Panama Canal Society Reunion in Tampa,
Florida. If you are interested in attending the reunion or if
you have any current addresses of classmates, please contact
one of us:
Cherie (Danielsen) Lee Patty (Valentine) Kristoff
5515 Cactus Forest Dr. 5457 Tinsbury Ct.
Houston, Texas 77088 Columbus, Ohio 43220
(713) 999-8368 (614) 459-0160


FRIDAY: September 14, 1984
1:00 PM Golf Tournament
6:00 PM Registration & Hospitality Room
SATURDAY: September 15, 1984
2:00 to 4:00 PM Registration & No Host Bar
6:00 PM Cocktails
7:00 PM Banquet
TITO MOUYNES (til your feet
fall off or your legs give out!)
SUNDAY: September 16, 1984
10:30 AM No Host Bar & Registration
Greeting Friends!
12:00 Noon Panama Canal Society of Southern
California Luncheon

BOLKE AT 415-284-5227.

SOC. OF SO. CALIF. Please make the following reserva-'
tions for the Panama Canal Society of Southern California
West Coast Reunion, September 14, 15, & 16 at San Diego,
Banquet/Dance @ $25.00/person
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The Annual Fall Luncheon of the Northwest Arkansas
Canal Society will be held on Sunday, October 14, at
Wyatt's Cafeteria on Highway 71, north of Fayetteville, at
5:30 p.m. This is open to any former Canal Zone employee
and Armed Service Personnel serving there. There is no set
price and you pay for what you eat, as much or as little.
Please come and enjoy this happy event.

The October meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida will be our Annual Picnic on Saturday, October 6,
It will be held in Shelter #8 at Lake Seminole Park,
starting at 10:00 a.m. Lunch at 12 noon, with the meet-
ing at 1:30 p.m.
Attendees should bring a covered dish large enough
to share with others, as well as their own table settings, cups,
glasses and beverages. (County Parks do not permit alco-
holic beverages).
Chairman, Bill Stock promises a good time games
- prizes and best of all, just being with each other.

Terril Goudie of Metairie, La., announces that
Balboa High School Class of 1975 reunion is being ten-
tatively scheduled for Labor Day weekend, 1985. Location
is undecided at this time. All interested alums should con-
tact Julie Booz (BHS '75 Senior Vice President), 3110
Timber View Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Julie can also
be reached by calling her home (713) 980-8608 or work
(713) 240-5464.

The Golden Coast Pan Canal picnic will begin at 11:30
a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Gulf Island National Sea-
shore Park, Davis Bayou, Ocean Springs, Miss. Bring food
and drinks for your group. For further information call
Hattie Laird (601) 875-0994 or Chita Cassibry (601)
875-3698 or Hildegard Epperson (601) 875-3861 or Tom-
my Williford (601) 875-1315.

The Coast-to-Coast Riders motorcycle club rally has
been scheduled in conjunction with the 1985 Reunion in
Tampa, President Ray Magan of Pueblo, Colo., has an-
nounced. Letters detailing arrangements will be mailed out
shortly. To get on the mailing list, contact Larry Mohler,
4218 Peekskill Lane, Fairfax, Va. 22033.

The December meeting of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida will be our "Christmas Party" to be held on Fri-
day, December 7, 1984, at SPIFFS, 2201 1st Ave. N., St.
Chairperson Olga Disharoon will be giving you fur-
ther details and asking for your assistance at future
PCSOFL meetings. We will eat at 12:00 noon, and the
Meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. Olga may be reached at (813)


October 8 Practice Round Check in at Pro Shop
for Tee Time.
October 9 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM Shot Gun start
for Mexican Best Ball Tournament.
October 10 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM Medal Play -
Shot Gun start.
October 10 7:00-8:00 PM Free Cocktail Party
8:00 PM Awards Dinner (Dress casual)
October 11 Golf in AM for those wishing to play.
Your own foursome and tee time.
The Golfer's Special Package Plan is $170 plus tax per
person, double occupancy, which includes: Lodging for
October 8, 9, 10. Golf with cart, 18 holes October 8, 9,
10, 11.; Dinner on October 8, 9, and Awards Dinner on
October 10; Breakfast for October 9, 10, 11. All gratuities.
The cost for non-golfers is $120 plus tax and includes all of
the above except golf. Entry fee for tournament under
Package Plan is $13.
Tournament and entry fee $13.
Non-member $16.80 for green fees and cart,
Members $5.25 per day, cart fee.
Awards Dinner $15 per person.

We have 60 rooms set aside for us until September 20.
We are limited to 144 golf and 280 for the Awards Dinner.
Those under the Package Plan will be given preference.
Local golfers and guests, second preference; those at-
tending the Awards Dinner will be given third preference.
The Mexican Best Ball Tournament on October 9 will be
composed of a 4-man team (A,B,C,D players) with Medal
Play on October 10. Make your own foursome for Medal
Play if you wish. Send entry fees and room reservation
deposits to Hugh Norris, (address above) and he will make
room reservations for you and your roommate. Room de-
posit is $25 per person and your check should be made out
to the Olympia Spa. Confirmation of reservations will be
made by the Spa. Entry fee checks should be made out to
Hugh Norris and sent along with names and handicaps of
golfers in order to set up pairings. If you are making up
your own team for Medal Play on October 10, send us
your team members' names and handicaps. Package Plan
reservations should be received no later than August 31,
1984. Any reservations received after that date will be held
to fill any cancellations. Be sure to specify arrival date when
sending reservations requests.
In the past, all golfers have competed in Medal Play
under the CALLOWAY SYSTEM. At the end of the
tournament last year, the women requested a Ladies Flight
which we will have but still under the CALLOWAY SYS-
TEM. Hope this will be acceptable to all. Let's all come
out, have a good time and meet with old friends. Let us
hear from you and we look forward to seeing you in Octo-

Your Committee
Hugh Norris
Hugh Thomas
Joe Burgoon
Bill Sullivan
Jim Coman, our witty M.C.

Dothan, Ala., October 8, 9, 10, 11, 1984
Send to: Mr. Hugh Norris
P.O. Box 953
Dothan, AL 36301
Please reserve room(s) for me.
My room deposit of $25/person is enclosed, made
Yes D No O
My entry fee of $13 is enclosed, made out to Hugh
Norris (address above).
Yes O No O
Non-Package Plan people wishing to attend Awards
Dinner pay $15/person, to Hugh Norris, is enclosed.
Yes O No ]
I request this foursome for Medal Play on October
10. If no request, check here O.
Name Handicap
Name Handicap
Name Handicap
Name Handicap
S I am registering under the Golfers Special Package
Plan. Yes O No O
I am registering under the NON-Golfers Special
Package Plan. Yes D No O

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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
Tel: 512-447-1199
Rudy Crespo
1367-A Oak
San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: 415-621-1743
Vicki Sizemore Koenig
2503 Royal Vista
Killeen, TX 76541
Jacque Crowell Vowell
P.O. Box 2842
St. Johns, AZ 85936
Tel: 602-337-2151

A no-host picnic will be held starting at 11:00 a.m. on
Saturday, September 29, at the Davis Bayou Campground
of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ocean Springs,
Mississippi. All ex-Zonians in the area or passing through
are cordially invited to attend.
Those with trailers or RVs are advised that Davis
Bayou has 51 campsites with electric and water hookups
and a dump station. The fee is $10 per night, and $5/night
for "Golden Age" campers. For more information on the
park, contact the Assistant Superintendent, Gulf Islands
National Seashore, 3500 Park Road, Ocean Springs, MS
39564. For more information on the picnic, contact Hugh
and Chita Cassibry (601) 875-3698, or Duncan and Hat-
tie Laird (601) 875-0994.

If the name "Flat Out Snodgrass" means anything to
you, send your name to Larry Mohler, 4218 Peekskill
Lane, Fairfax, VA 22033 and let him know if you can come
to the 1985 Panama Canal Society Reunion in Florida.
Larry and "Choppy" White are co-chairing a roundup of
all old riding and racing buddies of the Coast-to-Coast
Motorcycle Club, along with their friends and families.
The number attending is needed for planning. Old movies
and photographs will be displayed. "Flat Out Snodgrass"
T-shirts will be ordered. Other ideas and suggestions are
welcome. As soon as plans are firmed up, Larry will get a
detailed letter to all on the list, so let him or "Choppy"
hear from you right away. "Choppy's" address is 1408
45th Ave., N.E., St. Petersburg, FL 33703, (813)
525-7568. Larry's phone is (703) 378-7148.

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
phone numbers.

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
Tel: 704-322-3466

Marvel Davison Townsend BHS '60
3528 N.W. 30th Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32605
Tel: 904-376-1386

Jim Will CHS '60
162 Covina Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90803
Tel: 213-613-8227

The BHS-CHS Index of Alumni is being updated for
1985. Corrections in information, particularly addresses
and telephone numbers should be sent to:
Conrad Horine
5728 Barley Ct.
Bonita, CA 92002
If you know of any alumni who is not listed, please
send Conrad the following information: Name, address,
high school, class year, telephone number, college at-
tended, major, degree, year granted, occupation,
employer's name, spouse's name (include maiden name),
number of children and grandchildren.

Plans are underway for the Society's 1985 Reunion
and volunteers for committee work will be most welcome.
The 1985 Reunion will tentatively be held sometime
around June.
It would be most helpful to know well in advance who
will be available to help make the 1985 Reunion as suc-
cessful as those in the past. It is not necessary to live in the
Tampa/St. Petersburg area to serve on a committee.
Please contact Pete Foster, 2389 Citrus Hill Road,
Palm Harbor, Fla. 33563; Telephone (813) 785-8555 if you
wish to serve on one of the following committees and state
your preference.

Transportation (Buses)

Card Party/Luncheon
Child Care

The West Coast Reunion, sponsored by the Panama
Canal Society of Southern California will be held Septem-
ber 14-16, 1984. For room reservations, write to Holiday
Inn, 1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, California,
92101-3385. For room discount, indicate that you are with
the Panama Canal Reunion. The Banquet/Dance is $25/
person; Luncheon is $1 1/person, and the Golf Tournament
is $5/person. Mail your reservations to Conrad Horine,
5728 Barley Court, Bonita, CA 92002. There will be
courtesy transportation to the Airport and Sea Port
Village. Two blocks from Tiajuana Trolley and downtown
San Diego. Make room reservations prior to August 24 at
the Holiday Inn. For 30% discount on air fares, call
Shirley Mills, (800) 241-6773. This applies to any car-

To our PSC, APO Miami (Panama area) members
and subscribers whose mail addresses are expected to be
changed as of 1 October, 1984: Kindly notify the Society's
Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Jean Mann, of your new mail-
ing address as soon as it may be immediately known by each
of you.
The annual issue is expected to go to the printer about
October 1, 1984, and it is hoped that when it does, that all
members will be listed with current mailing and/or home
addresses. Deadline for the annual issue will be September
25, 1984.

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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.
Tel: 813-682-6350.

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.

For Sale: "The Coco-Solo France Field Scrapbook"
which was published by the Coco Solo France Field RAC
for the "End of an Era" party on June 19, 1984. Many
interesting stories and pictures are in this 28 page booklet.
For your copy, please send Money Order for $2.50 (in-
cludes a $1.00 mailing charge) to R.J. Bjorneby, Box 593,
APO Miami, FL 34005.

For Sale: Two wooded lots in Port St. Lucie, Florida
- $5,000.00 each. James and Nicolasa Fulton, Jr., PSC
Box 2070, APO Miami 34002.

For Sale: Great Gift Idea! Colorful Mola-print towels,
black background, 36" x 72", 100% cotton. Limited sup-
ply, so order soon. $20.00 each plus $1.50 shipping and
handling. Will accept personal checks. Linda Geyer, 7120
Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida 33138. (305)

For Sale: Bing & Grondahl plates: Christmas 1972,
73, 74, 75, 76, 77; Mother's Day 1974, 75, 76, 77. Write:
R.L. Johnson, 2434 Brookside Ave., Kissimmee, FL

For Sale: Panama Canal Seal hooked rug, new,
$100.00. Emley Henter, 1372 49th Ave., N.E., St. Peters-
burg, Fla. 33703. Tel: (813) 522-5858.

Wanted: Large framed relief map of the Isthmus,
showing Canal Zone and areas adjacent to Panama. Will
purchase or swap my collection of large, colored, pan-
oramic and topographic scenic maps of the Isthmus and
Costa Rica, on heavy bond paper suitable for framing and
all in prime condition. John A. Michaelis, 906 Wren
Place, Rogers, Arkansas 72756.

Wanted: To photocopy old Canal Zone photos to
create new negatives. Will pay for postage in both direc-
tions by registered mail. Will furnish new prints or nega-
tives on owners request. All Canal Zone material appre-
ciated from construction to 1950's. Particularly short on
material on old Ancon and Cristobal in action between New
York and Cristobal and hopefully shipboard scenes U.S.
Army aircraft of 1920's through 1940's as well as general
military scenes and general scenes of community activ-
ities about townsites. George M. Chevalier, Box 905,
Chula Vista, Calif. 92010.

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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: Brand New Buckle. Second Collector's
Series Panama Canal Belt Buckles. Solid brass, oval shape, --
large raised lettering "Canal Zone Forever" surrounding MI.- -
Canal Zone Seal. Beautifully done and unconditionally 4, -1 !-' ""
guaranteed. $11.00 each or two for $21.00. Please add
$2.00 for postage and handling with each order. Mike Car-
penter, 129 Valencia Dr., Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548. Panama Viejo
Tel: (904) 863-1855.

For Sale: Twelve designs in prints, each drawing
printed in a limited edition of 100; matted, titled,
numbered and signed. The matted print fits any standard
11x14" diploma-type glassed frame. The price of $7.00
each includes postage and handling.

Lynda Geyer
7120 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, Florida 33138
(305) 751-4451

Please send the following:

1983 Edition: Quantity Cost @ $7.00 ea. I

Cuna Girl
Panama Viejo
Tamborito (Montuna)
El Morro (Pelican)
1984 Edition
Cuna Seamstress
Miraflores Locks
Mi Pollera
Tivoli Hotel
Gamboa Lighthouse
Summit Gardens


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Wanted: Anyone having pieces of Royal Doulton
Coachman or Hunting Scene patterns to sell, please con-
tact Alice Strauss McLean, 7874 Spencer, #15, Pasadena,
TX 77505.

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
(704) 693-3310.

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.


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P.O. Box 157
Texas, 78652

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.

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

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Application for Membership
Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

I, hereby apply for membership (Renewal) to the n -='1,
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and enclose my $15.00 annual membership fee,
for the year 1984. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for
one year. 01
Name (Spouse)

Street _Box

City _State Zip Code Please mail to:

CZ Affiliation

Amount Enclosed $ Check M.O. Cash _____I

ty Tag, $4.00 ea.
y Decal, $1.50 ea.,

Membership and subscription fee is $15.00 per year, per family. (One household) I
Please send money order unless check is on State's Bank I

Delinquent charges of $2.00 will be assessed to those members who do not remit for City
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 (total $22.50). 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: Anyone having pieces of Boda Swedish
Crystal, Pyramid Pattern, to sell, please contact Vera L.
Hanna, Box 1199, APO Miami, FL 34002.

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.

For Sale: Canal Zone Boundary Markers Brass -
4 2 diameter by 1 Y deep. Round and very rare hard
to get. James and Nicolasa A. Fulton, Jr., PSC Box 2070,
APO Miami 34002.

For Sale: The Cristobal High School Class of 1974
Ten Year Reunion Yearbook. The yearbook will be avail-
able for a purchase price of $7.75 on September 1. Please
forward check or money order to: Cheryl L. Olsen, 1422 S.
11th Ave., Yakima, Washington 98902. Please address any
queries to Cheryl, same address.


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 By Owner: Oroville, California. Three
Bedroom Home, two baths, 1500 square feet of living space
with two exhaust fans in attic. Wall to Wall carpet in all
bedrooms, hallway and living room. Custom kitchen with
all wood cabinets plus large breakfast bar separating dining
area and kitchen. Large Master Bedroom with 49 square
foot walk in closet. Rheem energy saver natural gas peri-
meter system combination Heating and Cooling and gas
hot water heater. Detached garage 24 x 32, Electric door
opener, work benches and cabinets. Property is on sewer
and water, fenced, spacious grounds for animals, R.V.
parking, Garden and etc. Driveway is asphalt 10 x 144 long
with asphalt parking area in front for 5 cars. Fruit and shade
trees adorn property. County taxes only. Just minutes from
town, excellent fishing area and retirement house. Write or
call George B. Schwindeman, 1126 West Side Drive,
Rupert, Idaho 83350. Phone (208) 436-6679.


The Chief Designing Engineer,
His manner correct, concise;
No task too great for him to dare,
His knowledge, profound and concise.

The Chief, as true as a square,
His escutcheon bears, "I Can";
Wherever the breach, he is there
To inspire, advise and to plan.

No wonder his project succeeds,
His words well wove, though few'
His Law, the Law of Medes
And Persians, to see the job through.

Reeves, his assistant, so thorough
And efficient in every way;
He knows not the word "tomorrow",
For the task scheduled for today.

Seipel, the expert on steel,
Kopersky of topography treats,
While Martin with Mitchell doth deal
And Eckberg, correct on concrete.

Edwards for Hydraulic forces
His plans sciences certitude
And Downing lines; their sources
To be sought in exactitude.

Stettin, skilled with pencil, eraser;
Wiegenstein, on the intricate lines;
Pineo, the SIP plan tracer,
and Tripp on Electrical designs.

Vaughn, Edwards, Downing and Dana call
Doctor MacDonald; learned on rocks,
Randolph, "The Iron Duke" of all
Engaged on the Third Set of Locks.

Bunger and Boggs, to the Duke in a flash
Klotz with Plan four, two, three, seven
While Duncan is seeking for "dash-"
Three, four, two, eight and eleven.

And the ladies do their part too,
Efficient, serene and sublime
Their creed, the mail must go through
And always exactly on time.

The phone, the indicators, ring!
And Marshall is taking that call
So silently, swiftly, to bring
Six sets for Miss French or Miss Hall.

Now John West goes by in a hurry
With messages hither and yon
Never confusion or flurry
As the work goes expertly on.
From the Star & Herald, circa 1940
Submitted by Robert Provost
Torrence, Calif.

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Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(USPS 0880-2000)
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733-1566

Mr & Mrs Douglas C. Schmidt
PSC Box 524

APO Miami, FL

POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on
Form 3579 to Box 1156, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733.

2nd Class Postage
At St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office


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