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VOL. 19 DECEMBER 1985 NO. 5
J. F. Warner
Peter W. Foster
Ray W. Wheeler
1st Vice President
George R. Egolf
2nd Vice President
Shirley A. Boswell
Richard W. Beall
Victor H. May, Jr.
Mrs. Muriel H. Whitman
Sergeant at Arms
The President's M message ............................................. 1
From the Secretary .................................................. 2
Editor's Corner ..................................................... 3
Legislative R report ................................................... 5
"And the Memory Lingers on" ...................................... .. 10
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................. 12
N ews Clips ......................................................... 16
Panama Canal Museum .............................................. 17
Retirements ............................ ............................ 18
1986 Reunion ............................................... Centerfold
Your Reporter Says .................................... ........... 19
Alabam a ..................... 19 NewJersey ................... 35
Arizona ..................... 21 North Carolina ............... 36
Arkansas .................... 22 Northwest ................... 37
California .................... 25 South Carolina ............... 38
Colorado .................... 28 Texas ....................... 39
Florida ...................... 29 V irginia ..................... 45
Louisiana .................... 33 The Younger Generation ....... 45
M ississippi ................... 34
Congratulations ..................................................... 46
W eddings ......................................................... 50
Births ............................................................. 55
W ith Deep Sorrow ................................................... 56
W here are You? ..................................................... 60
Letters to the Editor .................................................. 60
Book Report ...................................................... 68
Looking Back ....................................................... 69
Announcem ents ......................................... .......... 76
For Sale or W anted .................................................. 80
Monaco Real Estate ... 11 Jadan, Inc. (Travel) ... 60 tiptoe publishing ...... 9
Jadan, Inc. (Book) .... 5 Monaco Interior Design 9
Front Cover: "Seasons Greetings" pen and ink drawing, by frequent contributor to the Canal
Record, Bradley Pearson, Alameda, California. Brad has contributed his talent to Christmas
covers for the last three years.
the idea for
Capt. Bradley Pearson of Alameda, California originated
the back cover. His work for the Record is appreciated.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Dec. 6 PCSOFL Christmas Party/Meeting, Countryside Country Club, 12:00
Dec. 7 Kerrville Sixth Annual Christmas Dinner (See Announcements)
Dec. 7 Aiken, S.C. Christmas Dinner, Midland Valley Country Club
Dec. 14 Dothan AL Christmas Dinner, Holiday Inn, Dothan, AL
Jan. 3 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m., Walter Fuller Community Center,
7891 26th Ave. N., St. Petersburg
Feb. 8 PCSOFL "Caravalito"/Regular Meeting, Sheraton-St. Petersburg Marina
and Tennis Resort, St. Petersburg, FL. Dinner 6:00 p.m. Dance 8:00 p.m.
Mar. 7 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m., Walter Fuller Community Center,
7891 26th Ave. N., St. Petersburg
Apr. 4 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m., Walter Fuller Community Center,
7891 26th Ave. N., St. Petersburg
May 2 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m., Walter Fuller Community Center,
7981 26th Ave. N., St. Petersburg
Jun. 6 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m., Walter Fuller Community Center,
7981 26th Ave. N., St. Petersburg
Jul. 3-6 PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, HYATT REGENCY TAMPA, Tampa,
Jul. 11-13 Annual Reunion, Best Western Hill Motor Lodge, Tannersville, PA.
Aug. 1 PCSOFL Lunch/Regular Meeting, Sarasota (Details in March issue).
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Time sure does fly between these messages.
Since July 25, 1985, the deadline for the
September issue and October 25, 1985, the
deadline for this issue. As usual, much has
transpired and been accomplished.
We are trying very hard to move our special
activities around to different locations such as
Sarasota, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater and St.
Petersburg in order to accommodate the many
members in the Suncoast area.
The Sarasota Luncheon was a tremendous
success. Jay Cain and her Sarasota committee were
host to 160 happy members at the Crown House.
The annual picnic was held at Anderson Park
in Tarpon Springs and it was also a big success.
Over 140 manbers attended the picnic, which I
believe is double the attendance of any of the
picnics in the past five years. Bill Wheeler
headed up this comnitte and he did an excellent
job. Among the many door prizes were two gold
huacas (donated by Mr. and Mrs. Neville Harte),
a $50 savings bond (donated by the Barnett Bank)
and a "Getaway Weekend" for two (donated by the
Hyatt Regency Tampa Hotel).
Special activities coming up are the Christ-
mas Party on December 6, 1985, at the Countryside
Country Club in Clearwater and the Carnavalito
Dinner/Dance on February 8, 1986, at the Sheraton
Skyway Entrance Hotel on U.S. 19. Both of these
events should prove enjoyable to all attending.
They fit in to our plans to have more social
activities for the members in the Suncoast area.
We welcome your suggestions on other types of
activities which we can plan. How about a 3 or 4
day cruise for about $300 per person? At least
200 would hare to sign up for a cruise.
A Telephone Committee, chaired by George
Egolf has been organized. Response from members
has already proven that the committee is a
pleasant success. The Telephone Committee will be
used to remind members in their area of meetings,
special events and a response to questions about
the Society. The district assistants will make it
possible for members to obtain Society informa-
tion without having to make long distance
The Budget and Audit Committee (Jane Huldt-
quist, Chairperson, Dot Herrirgton and Harry
Golf) conducted an audit of the Society's
finances. They verified the financial records and
found them to be in order. In addition, they
commended Mrs. Shirley Boswell for her excellent
handling of the transitional period of her
position under very trying conditions.
The Budget and Audit Comnmittee submitted
several recommendations and comments. The Execu-
tive Board has taken positive action on all their
recommendations. As an example, the committee
recommended changing to a more stable banking
institution. As a result, we have changed all our
checking accounts to the Barnett Bank of Florida.
Among the Audit Conmittee's comments was the
possibility of an over run in expenditures for
the year. In order to help avoid this, we have
changed to a more reliable and less expensive
computer/word processing service.
By engaging the services of All Word
Processing Services (AWS) in January of this
year, we have saved a minimum of $1,200 per issue
on the Canal Record (a total of $3,600 dollars
savings for the years three issues). In order to
expand the per issue savings and improve the
address labeling and handling of the mailing of
the book, we have switched from AWS to Executive
Computer Services (ECS). A comparative example of
cost savings by this action is as follows:
AWS (3,600 member input)
$1208 Complete Membership File
Each Additional Member Add.
Each Change or Deletion
Each Mailing Label
ECS (4,000 member input)
$333 Complete Membership File
Each Additional Member Add.
Each Change or Deletion
Each Mailing Label
With ECS we will not only derive a consider-
able additional savings, we will also have direct
handling by a labeling and mailing service.
The Nominating Committee for the 1986/1987
slate of Officers has been established in
accordance with the Bylaws. Bob Herrirgton will
serve as chairman of this committee with Dorothy
Yocun, Paul Disharoon, Bill Stock and Harry
Foster serving as members. They will present
their recommended slate of officers at the
January 3, 1986 meeting, at which time nomina-
tions will also be accepted from the floor.
Ballots for the 86/87 officers will be published
in March issue of the Canal Record.
Tess Owen has taken over as Hospitality
Chairperson. Volunteers are hard to come by and I
appreciate Tess taking over this position.
As a matter of information, there are only
two salaried officers, the Secretary/Treasurer
and Record Editor, in the Society. Except for an
assistant to the Record Editor-no one else in
the Society is paid any wages for work performed.
Also, according to the Budget and Audit Commit-
tee's report we cannot afford any additional
salaried positions-unless dues are increased
(this is definitely not in our plans).
Please don't forget the Christmas Luncheon
(Muriel Whitman is the Chairperson) and the
Carnavalito Dinner/Dance (Olga Disharoon is the
Chairperson). Information on these two activities
are elsewhere in this issue of the Canal Record.
My 1986 Reunion Report is in the special
1986 Reunion Information Section.
Remember this is a Society to preserve our
Canal Zone Friendships, help us to continue by
attending our meetings and social activities.
( From the
By now you have all had an opportunity to
peruse through the November issue of the Canal
Record with all the names and addresses of our
nearly 4,000 members.
You will note there is a change in format in
the way your names are presented. This is the
price of computerization and our growing member-
ship. It is no longer possible for one individual
to perform these tasks manually and many people
were being "lost" due to an outdated system. We
hope, with the countless hours of volunteer help
and my own efforts of getting our membership on
the computer, we hae "found" these people and
they will now get their Canal Records on a
regular basis. My special thanks to Cel Marceau
for her many hours of volunteer work to achieve
Please, if you see your names or addresses
are not correctly listed in the book, let us
know. Many of you have written to us because the
labels on your Canal Records have incorrect
information and we do appreciate your response. I
have tried to answer each of your letters to
thank you for writing, but my workload is so
heavy I cannot personally thank you all. Just
realize that the information will be corrected
and we certainly do appreciate your taking the
time out to let us know. I would like to add that
all of the members that write to me, even if they
have a complaint, it is done in a courteous and
considerate manner-indicative of the "Zonites."
For this, I sincerely thank you.
After the September issue of the Canal
Record came out, I had several calls to tell me
what a good job we were doing with the book and
that the September issue was the best ever! Their
comments were "professional," "interesting,"
"loved all those pictures," "informative." I wish
I could take credit for even a little of this,
but the book is the sole efforts of our Record
Editor, Richard (Pat) Beall. Thanks, Pat, for
making the rest of us look so good.
My appeal for members to send change of
addresses is working. The response is great.
Again, thanks to you all!
"HOLD LIST" FOR CANAL RECORDS
The following members are on a "Hold List" for
the Canal Record and updating membership records.
Their issue of the Canal Record has been returned
to us for lack of proper address at a cost of 300
or of $1.08 (whichever the Postmaster decides). In
addition, a 144 post card has been sent them for
the correct address:
Corrigan, Gilbert B.
1421 Oldfield Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32312
Daily, Mrs. Judith
3942 Holly #3, Corpus Christi, TX 78415-3449
De Leo, Diane (Noble)
2404 Yorktown #103, Houston, TX 77056
DeMarr, Glenn K.
735 E. 1st Street, Mesa, AZ 85203
Hurst, Helen Marie
940 S. Walker, Apt. B, Okla. City, OK 73139-8611
Pearson, Eric Jr. and Lucy (Braden)
30 Sea Strand, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Peters, Scott E., Mr. and Mrs.
Box 1742, Tyndall AFB, FL 32403
P.O. Box 1226, Fairhope, AL 36533
Ridge, Allan G.
PSC Box 7056, Homestead AFB, FL 33039
Strawn, Florence, Mrs.
9977 Lemonwood Lane, San Diego, CA 92124
Ward, William K., Mr. and Mrs.
7421 Sylvan Ridge Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240
Whitsett, James J. and Elizabeth
307 Yoakum Parkway 3-209, Alexandria, VA 22304
Wilson, Harold J. and Marcia
1013 Rudgear Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94596
The Canal Record will not be mailed to the mem-
bers above until a correct address is received.
Would you believe? reservations are already
coming in to the Hyatt Regency Hotel for the 1986
We welcome a new reporter Ralph McClain, 2724
College Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205. Tel: (904)
743-5715. Happy to have you aboard, Ralph, they
say there is lots of news in Jacksonville happy
to be able to cover another corner in Florida. Too
bad it wasn't possible to include your name in the
November issue of the Canal Record, as the book
was already at the printers.
If anyone wishes to run for office in the Pan-
ama Canal Society of Florida, please contact Bob
Herrington, 3103 Haverford Dr., Clearwater, FL.
33519. Tel: (813) 796-8120. The Society has become
a thriving institution, and it takes a few hours
each month to keep it that way. What do you say,
A little trivia The Secretary/Treasurer's Re-
port in the March issue, 1954, of the Canal Record
shows that the Society had 1,130 members at that
time. Canal Records cost 450 each; working capital
per member was 770, and dues were $3.00/year. We
have come a long way, baby! We ALSO had about the
same number of members in office in the Society -
so that's why computers, typing services, mailing
services and assistants have come into the picture
to support our over-4,000 membership.
A "Living Will" is a document some people may
give consideration. It is addressed to "family,
physician, lawyer and clergyman", and to any med-
ical facility in whose care they happen to be, and
to any individual who may become responsible for
their care, welfare or affairs. It is witnessed
and signed by two people, with copies given to
whomever desired. It outlines their refusal to be
kept alive by artificial means or heroic measures
if no reasonable expectation of their recovery
from physical or mental disability occurs. It is
a well written, in depth document. It was given to
me, to be included in the Canal Record. If members
desire a copy, please write the Editor, Canal Re-
cord. Names will be held in strictest confidence.
The secretarial service we started using to as-
sist in typing the book seems to be working fine.
You shouldn't be able to tell the difference in
their typing and mine, except that mine will prob-
ably have more mistakes! As far as we know, the
mailing service is all set. The November issue is
coming off the press at the end of the week (which
they will mail) and at the same time, I will be
giving the December issue to the printers a busy
time of the year. The new computer service we took
seems to be doing much better than the previous
service, so things are shaping up.
My new assistant, Irene Chan (BHS '40) has just
arrived from Honolulu, Hawaii, and will be on the
payroll starting November 1. She will assist me in
all phases of getting the Canal Record together.
We are fortunate in getting someone of this cali-
ber, as she has had same experience in this field,
and more importantly, wants the job! Moreover, I'm
sure she will be of some help to the Museum Com-
mittee, as she has had a lot of experience in that
field as well. Welcome, Irene!
A very Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New
Updated October 4th, 1985
The week of September 30th was a busy week
in both Houses of Congress for federal employees
The House of Representatives passed H.R.
3384, the Federal Employees Benefit Improvement
Act of 1985. The bill is expected to pass the
Senate sometime in October. It contains the
Ensures that any health benefits rebate will
go to qualified retirees, as well as
Allows all survivor annuitants to remarry at
age 55 without forfeiting their survivor
Clarifies Congressional intent with regard to
survivor benefits for former spouses.
Removes the current 75% cap on the percentage
of health benefits cost paid by the govern-
On October 2nd, the Senate Governmental
Affairs Committee unanimously passed Supplemental
Retirement legislation for federal employees
covered by Social Security. This bill will be
considered by the full Senate later in October.
The proposal which had strong bi-partisan
support in Cammittee unanimously passed Supple-
mental Retirement legislation for federal employ-
ees covered by Social Security. This bill will be
considered by the full Senate later in October.
The proposal which had strong bi-partisan
support in Committee provides a three-tier system
of Social Security defined benefits and a thrift
plan. In addition, it offers employees two
retirement planning options: one option contains
a more generous defined benefit while the other
offers a more generous thrift plan.
The bill would allow federal employees hired
before 1984 to either remain under the current
retirement system or choose one of the two new
options. However, it does not alter the current
Meanwhile, the House Post Office and Civil
Service Committee will begin work on its own
version of the Supplemental Retirement bill.
After this panel along with the full Senate
and House agree to a bill, a conference committee
will have to work out a final compromise measure.
Updated Report October 23, 1985
The Consumer Price Index released on October
23rd by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is now at
320.5. This means that both Civil Service
retirees and Social Security recipients will get
a Cost of Living Admustment of 3.1% in the
annuity checks received in January 1986.
A proposal being considered by Congress to
eliminate the federal deficit by 1991 contains an
amendment which could affect future Civil Service
COLA's. The President could invoke his power
under the amendment to reduce or eliminate the
adjustment in future years. Civil Service pay and
fringe benefits would be exceedingly vulnerable
to cut-backs because so much government spending
would be off-limits to reductions. Excluded from
cut-backs under the provision would be Social
Security and interest payments on the national
debt which accounts for about one-third of the
national budget. The House passed a motion to go
to conference with the Senate advising conferees
to support a balanced budget concept. However, it
did not adopt any of the specifics on the so
called Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Amendment.
The House Post Office and Civil Service
Committee has been holding hearings on a supple-
mental retirement bill for post 1983 federal
employees, authored by two of its Committee
members, Bill Ford and Mary Rose Oakar. The plan
provides for a three-tier system of Social
Security, defined benefits and a thrift plan,
full annual COLA, mandatory employee contribu-
tions into retirement system, full eligibility to
retire at age 55 with 30 years service, and
funding of a supplemental plan and current system
would be combined in one retirement fund.
Officials of unions representing federal workers
and the National Association of Retired Federal
Employees generally favor the Ford-Oakar plan and
oppose the Senate version which was approved
several weeks ago by the Senate Governmental
Affairs Committee. Mril tan
"GAS HOUSE GANG" GOLF TOURNAMENT
Thanks to all of you who attended the Ninth An-
nual "Gas House Gang" Golf Tournament here in
Dothan, Alabama this October.
We don't want to brag, but we feel this may
have been one of our better get-togethers. Attend-
ance was less 80 golfers and 160 for the Awards
Dinner. With the smaller group of golfers, we were
able to tee off in the morning and have the after-
noons for whatever. It was a pleasure to welcome
all of the newcomers and hope they enjoyed them-
selves enough to come back. Our "old faithfuls"
returned, and it is always such a pleasure to see
you all. It is amazing how none of us get any
Suggestions were called for at the Awards Din-
ner and the consensus of opinion is that next year
we will play 2 days of Mexican Best Ball, which
seemed to be the most popular request. So be it.
Now for the winners Mexican Best Ball:
1st Place: Jack Dover, Ed Curtis, Dave Loe and
2nd Place: Jim Riley, Jack Brayton, Kirt McCleary
and Freddie Dube.
3rd Place: Tan Blake, Norman Anderson, Jim Snyder
and Bernice Jackson.
4th Place: John Stack, Joe Burgoon, Jim ~Iaam and
5th Place: Hanp Sprayberry, Rick Shapiro, Dave
Kelleher and Jean Townsend.
Medal Play Low Net and Low Gross for men and women
were Jack Dover and Lois Thomas.
2nd Low Gross Ray Bierbaun
2nd Low Net: Agnes Anderson.
We had nine winners in the Men's Flight and all
of the ladies came out winners. Closest to the
Hole on No's 7,11 and 16 were Ed Filo, Roscoe Col-
lins and Jack Smith.
Our thanks to Roy "Bocas" Leeser and our M.C.
Jim Canan for his consistently good M.C.'ing and
their entertaining stories. Dennis Gilbert from
Costa Rica told us a few stories, and admitted he
had a hard act to follow behind "Bocas" Leeser.
We managed to get a photo of some of the orig-
inal "Gas House Gang" (shown). The Rules for Mem-
bership into the Gas House Gang were (1) required
to be born in Colon Hospital, and (2) to reside in
New Cristobal and be BAD. Bud Ihomas didn't live
in Cristobal but met the other requirements, so he
was made an Honorary Member.
Some of the original "Gas House Gang" -
(L to R) Albert "2%Tig" Terwilliger, Jack
"Puss" Brayton, Donald "Pos" Parker, Al-
bert "Canvas Back" Collins, LeRoy "Bocas
Leeser, and Bud "Boris" Thomas.
We were also enlightened as to how the name
"Canvas Back" was bestowed on Al Collins. He did
a little boxing in his youth, but spent so much
time on the canvas, what could be more appropriate
than "Canvas Back?"
Next year we celebrate our Tenth Anniversary,
and hope you will all think seriously about join-
ing us. More of this early in the year, but it is
food for thought.
Thanks to you all for such a nice time of fun,
fellowship and togetherness.
Gas House Gang Cammittee
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carol, story and
j coloring book.
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIF,
Our Sunmer Luncheon was held on Sunday, July 28
in the Breakwater Room, Ports O' Call Restaurant,
San Pedro, Calif. Friendly chatter and a good din-
ner was enjoyed by all, while overlooking the ship
channel with many boats of all descriptions pass-
ing by. Greeters were Hedy Seedborg, Thelma Reppe,
Edith Wimmer, David Smith and Jack deGrumond. The
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jack deGrurmond,
president, and the Invocation given by Robert L.
Dill, Chaplain. Adele Argo, Co-Chaplain, read a
meditative poem entitled "The Person Next to You".
Mrs. Thelma E. Reppe of Long Beach, CA.,
was honored recently for her 11 years of
service to the PCSSC, as Secretary-Trea-
surer and Reporter/News Letter Editor.
The ceremony took place at our summer
luncheon, Ports O'Call, San Pedro. At
left is Jack deGrummond, President, and
at right is David LeRoy Smith, President
Emeritus, who presented Thelma with a
lovely floral arrangement.
We were honored to have with us two members who
were Panama Canal Construction Day employees -
Robert L. Dill, Mechanical Division, 1911-16, and
Flavel K. Farrington, Cristobal Conmissary, 1909-
In commemoration of the 71st Anniversary of the
Panama Canal Opening on August 15, 1914, Bob Dill
gave the following commentary: "To fully appre-
ciate the magnitude of this unprecedented engi-
neering feat, it is necessary to remember that its
completion in 1914 involved digging through the
Continental Divide, constructing the largest earth
dam ever built up to that time; designing and
building the most massive canal locks ever en-
visioned; constructing the largest gates ever
swung; conquering devastating landslides, and sol-
ving environmental and health problems of enormous
WEST COAST REUNION
If a high Noise level, happy faces, and dancing
feet are any indication of a good time, then those
Zonians attending the Panama Canal West Coast Re-
union had a jolly good one! More than 200 strong,
they gathered at the Catamaran Hotel, San Diego,
September 13-15, eager to renew early friendships,
praise the life that was, and dance the night away
to the music of Tito Mouynes and Alex de la Cruz.
The Committee was EVERYWHERE and did a splendid
job of making all arrangements and guiding the
activities. Take a bow: David Lane, Ken and Celine
Stone (especially for earning the seed money by
way of sale of Canal T-shirts and hats, etc.),
Conrad and Norma Horine, Tan and Marion (Snyder)
Rice, Donna (Geyer) Bowman and Kathryn (Argo) Mol-
Festivities began on Friday with the evening
registration in the Hospitality Suite near the
pool. Refreshments and delicious delicacies were
prepared by the ladies of the committee, all of
whose work enhanced the 'catching up" news and
conversations. Our joy was tempered, of course, by
the unfortunate accident suffered by Stella (Boggs
DeMarr. Shortly after her arrival, she fell near
the elevator and broke her right wrist! When next
seen on Sunday morning she was in a cast.
The Saturday afternoon registration was held on
the balcony of the Terrace Room. Ken and Celine
Stone were busily selling Pan Canal hats and em-
blems. Barry Koral, of Central American Imports,
brought a generous supply of Central and South
American clothing and gift items. The hotel even
stocked Cerveza Panama, so the bar did a rousing
A number of "firsts" were established. Jesse
and Mary Jane (Camley) Lacklen flew out from Ar-
lington, Virginia. Putting their early arrival to
good use, they had already visited San Diego's
Wild Animal Park and the first Sea World...Ben and
Flora (Navarro) Trotter and daughter, Mary Ann,
came down from Los Angeles, as did Emilia (Angulo)
Potter, daughter, Enily and son, Johnny Paxton and
all due to the "flyer" information being passed
along by a friend of Mary Ann's brother...And it
was a "first time" on the same coast for four of
the original Horine family: Carlton, Conrad, Fern
(Horine) IDbill, and mnily (Horine) Brooks.
Stella (Boggs) DeMarr, Arlington, Va.
and Janet (Nesbitt-Harness) Laschinger
of Imperial Beach, CA.
Memories were flowing thick and fast. It had
been 30 years since George Muller last saw George
Chevalier. Interesting also to learn that David
Hollowell (CHS '42) and George Muller (BHS '42)
were both in the 1943 Canal Zone Jr. College pro-
duction of Steinbeck's "The Moon is Down"....Phil
and Kathy Scheibe) Gabriel were especially glad to
be with us. They were observing their 15th wedding
anniversary, and Tito Mouynes had played for their
wedding!...And our wonderful Robert Dill was
sporting his Roosevelt Medal #6726.
fle, awards of Lynda Geyer's notepaper were made
to Betty (Clay) Hoverter, Dan Yielding, Terry Al-
britton, and Nell Kariger. Betty's donated etching
by Lynda Geyer ("Cuna Girl") was won by Helen
McGuinnes. Mary Am Trotter won the Canal Zone
Seal picture. Royce Lewis won a mola pillow; Lois
McGann won a framed portrait of the Love Boat in
the Canal; Paul Jones won a signed print of the
Canal done by Al Sprague, and Marion Rice con-
tributed a hand-made figurine, "Watermelon Man",
won by Ray Husun.
Bob and Nell Kariger, Long Beach, CA.
David Hollowell and Warren Stroop
Then as Conrad called out the possible years of
graduation for CHS and BHS, graduates were en-
couraged to stand for recognition. The range was
from Lee Kariger (CHS 1929) to Louis Payne (BHS-
1984), all to the applause and friendly ribbing
from their fellow classmates.
Bob and Rosa Dill, Seal Beach, Ca.
At the banquet that evening, Mr. Dill gave a
beautiful invocation, and Conrad Horine led the
flag salute. Each table had a winner for the din-
ner prize slides of the Canal Zone. In the raf-
Addie Ellis, Bill
Monsanto and Maureen
Monsanto and Maureen
Sheila Gilbert Bolke, Layne and Tom Ash-
ton and Catsy Taylor Schafer.
Of course, the scene had to be witnessed to be
believed people dashing from their tables the
moment the music with that special beat began.
Even tots Kari Broe, daughter of Marcella (Hilz-
inger) Broe, and Tcmmy Preston, son of Betty Pres-
ton gave us their versions of Panamanian dancing!
Many stayed and stayed until the 2:00 a.m. closing
as they were reluctant to leave.
Dr. Henry Adams, Loretta (Hirshfeld)
Adams and Susan (Taylor) Pitney.
On Sunday morning Zonians gathered for the
brunch. Again a prize was available for each table
- Canal slides. Raffle winners were Michael Young
and Bnily Porter (notepaper designed by Lynda Gey-
er), Ton McGuinness and Francis Fitzpatrick (two
prints donated by Barry Koral), Bill Trotter (a
belt), Joan Conover (toucan pillow), and Bill Mon-
santo (an Al Sprague framed print of the Canal).
Of the three lottery prizes, Enilia Porter won one
and in a sudden surge of luck, Tom Guinness won
two! He'll never live that down!
David Lane gave a resume of changes in the Can-
al area which he found during his visit there this
summer. We were then shown a motion picture loaned
by the Panama Canal Commission, entitled "The Task
That Never Ends". It was greatly enjoyed and ana-
lyzed, followed by more dancing to Tito's music -
tea dancing, if you will, American and Panamanian
style. Even after the music ended, many folks re-
mained until almost mid-afternoon, as though re-
luctant to allow the spirit of the Reunion to fade
quite so soon.
Anne White Tuthill, Fern Horine Dabill
and Georgiana Carnright Mau. At rear in
If you weren't there, we're sorry we missed
you. Watch for news of the 1986 gathering; it's
sure to be even bigger and better than this one!
PANAMA CANAL WEST COAST REUNION
Adams, Bill & Kelly (Bauman)
Anderson, W.S. Andy
Ashton, Thomas & Layne (Taylor)
Bastone, La Verne
Beers, William & Ruth
Blakely, Andrew & Carol (Newhard)
Bowman, Donna (Geyer)
Brayton, Don & Gladys (Wertz)
Broe, Marcela (Hilzinger) & Kari
Brooks, Bill & Claire
Brooks, Emily (Horine)
Browder, Ed & Marie
Bwy, Margaret (White)
Clark, Petie (Wardlaw)
Cochrane, Jim & Jane (Kaufer)
Conover, Joan (Gibson)
Cotton, Arthur & Dorothy (Wertz)
Crow, Gene & Betty (Turck)
Dabill, Fern (Horine)
deGrummond, Jack & Joan (Ridge)
deMarr, Stella (Boggs), Don & Glen
Dill, Robert & Rosa
Eide, Darrell & Nancy (Kariger)
Ellis, Adelaide .(Monsanto)
Fawcett, John & Beverly (Neville)
French, Jay & Diane (Sparks)
Fulleton, Bill & Rochelle
Gabriel, "Skip" & Kathleen (Scheibe)
Gonzalez, Diana & Juan
Grills, Joseph & Annabelle
Hilzinger, Carolina (Bringas)
Hollowell, David & Thelma
Horine, Mr. and Mrs. Carlton
Horine, Conrad & Norma
Hoverter, Betty (Clay)
Husum, Maureen & Raymond
Ingram, Ronald & Betty (Crooks)
Jones, Paul & Rose
Jones, Russell & Edith
Kariger, Robert & Nell
Kullberg, Eric & Virginia (Hughes)
Lacklen, Jess & Mary Jane (Comley)
Laschinger, Janet (Nesbitt)
McCullough, Nancy (Ridge)
McGann, Tom & Lois
McGuinness, Tom & Helen
Molinaro, Kathryn (Argo)
Muller, George & Winifred
Piotrowski, Joe & Britta (Jorstad)
Pitney, Susan (Taylor)
Preston, Betty & Tommy
Provost, Robert ("the Jeep")
Ressa, Michael, Tina (Cartotto), Vince
Rice, John "Ed" & Rosalind
Rice, Tom & Marion (Snyder)
Robinson, Joanne (Steiner)
Romeyn, William & Dorothy (Straus)
Schafer, Catsy (Taylor)
Schleicher, Jim & Nancy (Turck)
Spreur, William & Sissie (Roe)
Stone, Kenneth & Celine
Stroop, Warren & Regina (Rau)
Sullivan, Anne (Sasso)
Trotter, Ben, Flora & Mary Ann
Tuthill, Anna (White)
Vosburgh, David, Betsy (Morrison) Deanna
Wallace, Robert J.
White, P. Alton & Dorothy
Wiese, Edward, Nita & Kurt
Wine, Chester "C.B." & Joy
Wolfenstein, Bob & Blanca
Wood, Warren & Evelyn (Belanger)
Wright, Milton & Conelia ("Chubby")
Yeilding, Dan & Ruth (Bauman)
Young, Michael & Stephanie
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JOE WOODS SPEECH BHS'55 REUNION
JUNE 6, 1985
As the year 1985 draws to a close, one of it's
outstanding highlights was the Panama Canal Soc-
iety of Florida's Annual Reunion. For at least 110
people, grateful thanks are extended to the Soc-
iety for its help in bringing us together.....The
Balboa High School Class of 1955 in particular
wishes to thank Pat Beall and Pete Foster and all
their committee members, for their efforts in lo-
cating class members and planning with us our co-
ordinated BHS '55 Reunion Boat Ride during that
week. We ALL look forward to meeting again at the
future annual Society reunions!
For those who couldn't make it, and for those
who requested a copy, here is Joe Wood's speech,
given at the 30th. anniversary of graduation, on
June 6, 1985:
"I was asked by Herb Raybourn to make an an-
nouncement. He wants to know if anyone in our
class is 50 years old yet? You see, Herb, I told
you that you were the oldest person in our class!
Everywhere we look tonight we see old friends
who bring back great memories. Even though thirty
years have gone by, we can still recall special
events as if they took place yesterday. I'd like
to look back to 1955 to see if we can recall some
of the things many of us had forgotten.
In 1955, Jim Stevens was our Senior Class Pres-
ident; Charlie Imer, our Vice President; Pat
Steiner, our Secretary, and Burt Mead was the
Football Team's Waterboy.
Zip Zertein would scowl at us as we moved be-
tween classrooms; Miss Brigham was forever throw-
ing paperweights at Pedro Chaluja for improper
English usage; Miss Candee was always dodging the
airplanes that flew so low they looked like they
would hit the school; and Coach Stew Brown was
leading the baseball team to the Interscholastic
Championship. Coach Brown taught Eddie Napoleon
everything he knew about baseball. Eddie is now in
the major leagues coaching for the Cleveland In-
dians. Is it significant, Stew, that Cleveland is
in last place in the American League?
In 1955 the United States Air Force Academy
opened, and our own Larry Cotton was in that first
class of cadets. In that year, Jane Jennison and
Georgia McGuinn represented BHS at Girl's Nation
in Washington, D.C.
In 1955 the Ford Motor Co. introduced the first
Thunderbird; the first atomic powered submarine,
"Nautilus" was launched; Grace Kelly announced her
engagement to Prince Ranier; Disneyland opened in
California and Bob Zumbado became a Charter Member
of the Mickey Mouse Club.
In sports, Rocky Marciano knocked out Archie
Moore for his 49th. consecutive heavyweight vic-
tory, a record that still stands; two great horses
Nashua and Swaps, were trading victories in the
race for the Triple Crown; the Brooklyn Dodgers
won their first World Championship, beating New
York Yankees 4 games to 3, and a young golfer
named Arnold Palmer was beginning his professional
In Panama that year, the Panama Railroad was
100 years old; Pedro Miguel was closed as a U.S.
townsite; and, the first TV sets were sold at the
Balboa Commissary. President Remon of Panama was
assissinated at the old Juan Franco Racetrack; the
Remon-Eisenhower Treaty between the United States
and Panama returned Paitilla Point to Panama, and
it has since developed into one of the most beau-
tiful residential areas in the city; Vice Pres-
ident Richard Nixon visited Panama and the Canal
Zone; and, the first polio vaccine was given to
Canal Zone and Republic of Panama school children.
Elsewhere, Winston Churchill resigned as Prime
Minister of England, at age 81; Albert Einstein
died; and President Juan Peron of Argentina was
ousted from office.
The most popular songs of 1955 were: "The Yel-
low Rose of Texas"; "Love is a Many Speldored
Thing"; "Davy Crockett"; "Whatever Lola Wants";
"Sixteen Tons"; and "Rock Around the Clock", which
started the era of Rock and Roll. Of course, our
own German Band, with Vic Herr, Charlie Carden and
Steve Park kept things lively at BHS activities.
The hit movies that year were "On the Water-
front" with Marion Brando; "Marty" with Ernest
Borgnine; Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window"; "The
Seven Year Itch" with Marilyn Monroe; Jirrny Dean
in "Rebel Without a Cause", and who could forget
As we look back, each one of us has his own
memories of those days. The hoop skirts, the turn-
ed-up collars, the rolled -up jeans, the white
bobby sox and loafers, Senior Skip Day, the
Christmas Concert, the Junior-Senior Prom, the
football games and pep rallies, the cheerleaders
yelling "Bobo Ski Wot-n-Dot", the plays, the
teachers and our special friends.
It was 30 years ago tomorrow, June 7, 1955,
that we marched down the aisles of the Balboa The-
ater to receive our diplomas from Mr. Hotz. Vic
Herr led the BHS orchestra as we sang, "Seniors,
Stand up and Sing".
163 of us graduated that night. As Don Huff was
graduating from BHS, his mother was receiving her
diploma the same night from the Canal Zone Junior
College. Some of our classmates were undecided
about their future and their immediate concern was
to check out the El Rancho and the Atlas Beer Gar-
dens. Others had more definite plans. Pat Quinn
wanted to be an actress; Eddie Napleon wanted to
be in the Major Leagues and Henry Turlington
wanted to marry Sadie Williams. They all made it!
And are still at it! Of course, some didn't make
it. Five of our classmates, in fact, are no longer
with us. Sadly we remember the names of our good
friends, now deceased: Richard Gau, Doris Hender-
son, Ricardo Royo, Estella Gonzalez, and Ed Henry.
May they Rest in Peace.
An may we remember those lines of that song we
sang in the Balboa Theater 30 years ago."......We
turn our eyes to the dreams ahead, we've come to
the end at last. High School days are passed.
Years that were filled with our tears and joys.
The laughs and the loves of the girls and boys.
All of it gone too soon. We want to remember the
days from September to early June".
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Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
(Left) Greeters at the Sarasota Luncheon
were Mayno Walker, Carl Starke and
Gladys Humphrey.- (Right) Gladys Conley
disburses raffle tickets upon entering.
August 3, 1985
Crown House, Sarasota, Florida
The regularly scheduled meeting was called to
order by the President, Pete Foster, at 12:00 PM,
followed by the invocation and the Pledge to the
Mr. Foster welcomed members and recognized Past
Presidents, Mrs. Anna Collins, Victor May. Mr. Eb-
don, a Roosevelt Medal holder was welcomed. Guests
were asked to stand for recognition.
The President thanked Mrs. Jay Cain and her
committee for the luncheon, and recessed until
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the
July 5 meeting and the treasurer's report. As
there were no questions or corrections, the min-
utes were approved as read and the financial re-
port will stand for audit.
Mr. Foster announced the declination of Adrien
Bouche as Second Vice-President believing his time
might be more beneficial as Chairman of the Museum
Committee. Mr. George Egolf was introduced as the
newly appointed Second Vice-President for 1985-86.
The President indicated certain changes in the
scope of the Society is necessary, however, the
Board recognizes the needs of the nucleus of mem-
bers that originated the Society. Since the Re-
unions have grown to such proportions, he would
like to see us have other, smaller activities,
such as a night-time Carnavalito Dinner/Dance, in-
stead of a covered dish luncheon.
Mr. Foster reported on options available for
the '86 Reunion. After the Board visited the three
locations under consideration, on July 24 they
voted to hold the '86 Reunion at the Hyatt Regency
in Tanpa and the Curtis Hixon Hall for the Ball.
The schedule of events were revised to accommodate
the July 4 weekend.
Mr. Bill Wheeler will chair the Annual Ball and
he reported Curtis Hixon could hold up to 4,000
people. He also raised the question of Lucho's age
being a factor for future reunions. A show of
hands indicated the members would consider Tito
wouynes as an excellent choice for our reunions.
The President announced an attendance of 160
persons, and we might consider luncheon meetings
rather than meeting at Walter Fuller Community
Center. Muriel lWitman is Chairperson for our an-
nual Christmas Party/Meeting in December.
The Record editor stated the September book was
at the printers, full of pictures. He then enter-
tained the members with a "bajun" joke sent him.
Mr. Wheeler reported the October 5 Picnic will
be in Anderson Park a covered dish affair, and
starting at 10:00 am.
Mr Foster stated he had no volunteers for a
chairman for the telephone committee, feeling it
was an important function, resulting in increased
attendance to monthly meetings. Mrs. Anna Collins
agreed to chair the Sunshine Comnittee.
The Record Editor read the names of deceased
members since the last meeting. The membership, by
a show of hands, wish to continue this report. Mr.
Victor May announced he was working with mr. Gene
Askew to assist members in assisting with forms
required upon a death in the family.
Mrs. Beth Grady announced she had pamphlets of
N.A.R.F.E., available at entrance of meeting room.
The President turned the meeting over to Mrs.
Jay Cain, who presented Mr. Foster with a Key to
Success from all Sarasota members. Mr. Carl Starke
the Bajun Clown, disbursed over forty circus gifts
to lucky winners.
The meeting adjourned at 2:55 pm.
September 6, 1985
Walter Fuller Community Center
St. Petersburg, Florida.
The President called the meeting to order at
1:30 pm., followed by the invocation and Pledge to
the Flag. He welcomed 56 members to the meeting
and recognized Past Presidents Troy Hayes, Ross
Hollowell, Eugene Askew, Russell Jones and Anna
Collins. He then welcomed members:
Nivia and Trenton Price Seville, S.C.
Florence Mallett Dunedin, FL.
Jack Campbell St. Petersburg, FL
The Secretary read the minutes of the August
meeting, and the treasurer's report. As there were
no corrections or additions, the minutes were ap-
proved and the financial report would stand for
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enjoying the after-dinner raffle conducted by Dinner Chairperson, Jay Cain, at
the Sarasota Luncheon/Meeting, held August 3, 1985.
Mr. Peter Foster read the letter he sent to the
President of the United States, inviting him to be
the guest speaker at the '86 Reunion, followed by
the reply that we could make our request eight
weeks prior to the reunion.
The Record Editor reported he mailed out 3,940
Canal Records, the largest ever. He also contacted
a typing service to assist in typing the book in
the future. Also, the next issue will be mailed by
a mailing service rather than subject himself and
his assistant to the physical requirements of the
past. The Board has agreed to these changes. Beall
then read the names of deceased members, and Mr.
Foster asked for a moment of silent prayer.
The President reported the Board had invited
Lucho for the '86 Reunion, also that the Board ap-
proved offering door prizes for those attending
the Annual Business Meeting. Eastern Airlines is
offering a 37% discount for airline tickets to the
reunion throughout the U.S., Hawaii and Puerto
Rico. He will also check into getting a discount
from Air Panama for those living in Panama.
The Board approved a contract with the Hyatt
Regency Tampa for the 1987 Reunion. Details re-
garding hotels and airlines will be in the Decem-
ber issue of the Canal Record. Reservations to the
Ball and Luncheon will not be printed until the
March 1986 issue. Mr. Bill Wheeler reported all
was in order for the October picnic at Anderson
Park. He announced that a picnic in Titusville is
slated for September 14, for any members who may
wish to attend.
Mr. Foster reported the Income Tax case was
still alive and the next step would be to take it
to the Supreme Court.
Mrs. Anna Collins stated she had sent cards to
five members who were in the hospital.
Mrs. Olga Disharoon, Chairperson for the Car-
navalito said she was checking into hotels to have
a dinner/dance and more information would be sup-
Mr. Foster turned over the zip-code lists to Mr
George Egolf who will chair the telephone com-
mittee. This group will advise members of future
events, busing information and special meetings.
Mr. Adrien Bouche wrote a letter to President
Pete Foster, stating he had two offers regarding
the museum. He is already receiving donations and
will have to come up with a method of handling
them in a special account.
The President announced the Audit Comnittee had
just completed their audit through the end of July
and that the Board will act on various aspects of
this report at the September meeting.
Mrs. Boswell stated the Society was about to
change over to a new Computer Service as the pre-
sent one is not satisfactory.
Mrs. Anna Collins stated the photos she had
taken at the Sarasota Meeting would be turned over
to Mr. Beall, in the event any member wished to
Mr. Foster reminded the members that there were
left-over photos from the reunion available at the
Secretary's table at the room at the rear. He also
reminded them that there were ballots for voting
for a change in the Bylaws, and reservation forms
for the Christmas Luncheon to be held at the
Countryside Country Club.
The meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.
October 5, 1985
Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, FL
The regularly scheduled picnic/meeting was
called to order by the President, Peter Foster at
12:00 Noon, followed by the invocation and Pledge
to the Flag. Mr. Beall read the names of the de-
ceased, followed by a silent prayer.
Mr. Foster welcomed the 135 members present,
which included 25 long-absent members and guests.
Mr. Vic May was recognized as the only Past Pres-
ident in attendance.
The minutes of the September meeting was read,
and approved as read. The financial report was
also read and approved for audit.
(Back) Bob Hannah, Ruby Ford, Virginia
Copello, George Atlgaier. (Front) Mary
Hannah, Gerta Allgaier, Rube Seidman,
(Back) Bud Erickson, Harry Egolf, Mary
Egolf, Tilly Fessler, Paul Fessler.
(Front) Harry Foster, Carl Starke.
The President adjourned the meeting until after
the covered dish dinner. He noted that he would
pay special attention to the replica of the S.S.
Ancon that was prepared by the Jerome Striner's.
(See following article).
The meeting resumed at 1:10 p.m. following a
delicious luncheon. Mr. Foster stated his request
for membership in the Magic Kingdom for our mem-
bership was turned down.
The President stated the Board had acted on
several recommendations made by the Budget and Au-
dit Report, such as making payments to musicians
by check, starting in '87; a COLA to the Secretary
Treasurer, retroactive to date duties assumed; the
transfer to Barnett Bank of Society's limited and
unlimited checking accounts, and the change from
AWS Computer Service to Executive Computer Service
(Back) Ernie Yocwn, Dorothy Yocum,
Dorothy Hamlin, Alton Jones., (Front)
Jean Bensen, Vera Jones, John Wheaton.
Mr. Adrien Bouche forwarded a donation form a
member for the Museum fund, however the Board felt
a need to look into legalities prior to acceptance
of any donations in that regard. The check is to
The Blood Bank Fund has become obsolete and Mr.
May will chair a committee to investigate the dis-
continuance. A questionnaire will be sent to the
members of this fund.
The Telephone Committee appears to be very suc-
cessful. They will answer questions and advise the
members of coming events. Mr. George Egolf, Chair-
man, needs volunteers from the Dunedin area.
Mrs. Muriel Witman, Legislative Representative
reported the COLA is at 2.9%/. and is expected to go
to 3 to 3.5%.
The Christmas Luncheon reservation forms are
available from the Secretary. Mrs. Olga Disharoon
stated details regarding the February Carnavalito
will be in the December issue of the Canal Record.
Mr. Foster announced Mrs. Jean Wheeler could no
longer serve as Hospitality Chairman. Mrs. Tess
Owens will assume duties beginning with the Nov-
ember meeting. Mrs. Roberta Fgolf assumed the job
for today's meeting.
(Back) Anita Kaufer, Olga Disharoon,
Trudy (McConaghy) Roberto, Eva Harte,
Neville Harte. (Front) June May, Betty
Chan Snow, Virginia Starke.
Mr. Paul Disharoon and Mrs. Dorothy Yocum were
chosen by the Board to serve on the Nominating
Committee. Mr. Robert Herrigton, Chairman, ap-
pointed Mr. Bill Stock and Mr. Harry Foster as two
members selected from the membership. They were ap-
proved by the membership.
The November (Directory) issue of the Canal
Record is being processed at this time and is now
being proof read.
Mr. Foster stated the March issue will contain
the reservation forms for the 1986 Reunion. He an-
nounced flyers from Eastern Airlines were avail-
able for those interested in the 37% discount
fares for the '86 Reunion. Avis Rent-a-Car is also
offering a big discount for the reunion.
Numerous door prizes were presented to the mem
bers with lucky tickets. Top four prizes going to:
$50 EE Bond
2 Nights/3 Days-at
The Hyatt Regency
The Huacas were donated by Mr. and Mrs. Neville
Harte, and the Barnett Bank donated the EE Bond.
The meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.
A replica of the S.S. Ancon was brought to the
Panama Canal Picnic at Anderson Park, October 5,
1985, by Dolly and Jerry Steiner.
The hull of the ship was filled with Dolly's
macaroni salad. The superstructure was built to
shape with salad; portholes were cut from black
olives; smokestack was cut from a large carrot;
Dolly and Jerry Steiner, Dunedin, Fla.
with the "S.S. Ancon".
the name "S.S. Ancon" was cut from carrots. The
two penguins on deck represented Dolly and Jerry,
returning from their honeymoon in New York City
aboard the ship 53 years ago, October 5th, 1932.
U.S., JAPAN, PANAMA PLAN STUDY OF
ALTERNATIVES TO CANAL
U.S., Japan, Panama Plan Study of Alterna-
tives to Canal
The United States, Japan and Panama signed
an agreement Thursday to study "alternatives" to
the Panama Canal ranging from overland conveyors
to a new sea-level canal. Secretary of State
George Shultz and Foreign Ministers Shintaro Abe
of Japan and Jorge Abadia Arias of Panama signed
the document setting up a five-year study costing
about $20 million. Japan is the second largest
user of the canal after the United States. It now
takes about 20 hours to pass through the canal,
which has lock gates that can accommodate vessels
only up to 65,000 tons. The alternatives include
building a sea-level canal across Panama or
enlarging the present canal to meet the require-
ments of large ships. Non-canal alternatives
include pipelines to transport solid materials,
overland conveyors and "intermodal transport"
such as railroads or trucks.
St. Petersburg Times
Friday, September 27, 1985
DOROTHY CHASE HONORED IN MONTANA
Dorothy Chase of Winter Haven, a 50-year
member of Dance Masters of America, is in
Billings, Montana where she is being honored by
her former student, Vivian Bagnall, who is also a
member of Dance Masters of America. Mrs. Bagnall
is the owner and instructor of the Billings Civic
Ballet which has more than 200 students.
Because Mrs. Chase studied under the direc-
tion of the famous choreographer, Michael Fokine,
she has been asked to teach and demonstrate his
technique to the Billings Civic Ballet students.
Several parties and a formal reception are
planned in Mrs. Chase's honor. She will return
home in early July.
The News Chief
Thursday, June 20, 1985
AN UNSUNG HERO
A vital part of the communications team is
Warner Hoyle, a volunteer with St. Anthony's.
Warner is a former Chief of Customs of the
Pacific Terminal for the Panama Canal. He and his
wife, Rita, regularly give 40-hour weeks to St.
Warner Hoyle at work.
Warner took a lifelong interest in electron-
ics and puts it to use at St. Anthony's by
repairing telephones, pulling new phone and
computer cables and, at one time or another,
working in nearly every area of the hospital.
Dianne Connon, Chief Supervisor of Coamunica-
tions, calls Warner '"y right arm. He is a very
dedicated individual." Warner has accumulated
8,400 hours of volunteer time in his 10 years at
St. Anthony's Times
St. Petersburg, Florida
Panania Canal Mu eunt
No real progress to report at this time. BUT,
we do have need of information from our members.
To clear up any misunderstandings that may exist
- we ask that you DO NOT send any donations of any
kind just yet. This includes material items or
money. We are NOT yet able to store anything, and
since we are not yet legally recognized by offi-
cialdom, we cannot set up a bank account.
We do ask that you give all consideration to
donating memorabilia and artifacts in the future
when the time is appropriate. At this time, we
have no idea when that may be. After we are legal-
ly established in all respects, we will notifty
all concerned. At that time we may be able to ac-
cept donations; have a storage area and a bank ac-
We ask for your comments on the idea and con-
cept of a Panama Canal Museum. Do you think we
should have a museum? We have no idea where or
when we might actually have a building. The re-
sults of a trip to Washington, D.C. seem to indi-
cate that it will not be there.
Our next step is to contact all appropriate
agencies in the State of Florida to determine if
any of these are interested in "adopting" us and
our treasures. We also plan to contact all foun-
dations that are interested and active in support-
ing projects such as this.
For planning and discussing the subject with
interested parties, we must have some idea of how
much material really exists and that may be do-
nated to a museum.
We ask that you make a rough measurement of any
and all items you may be thinking of donating some
day. For any number of books, simply measure the
length of space they now occupy on your shelves.
Add all the amounts and give us the total in feet.
For items other than books, such as bottle col-
lections, shell collections, metal checks, stamps,
lottery tickets, locks locomotive bell, Tivoli
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This was a very busy summer for most of us
S. some going away for vacations and visits
while others having visitors and families. I know
it was an extremely busy one for the Filos. We
now have our grandsons, (hris (11) and Matthew
(7) living with mother, Kathie (Filo) Woods. I
never knew I had so much pep and "get up and go."
It has been a challenge but so far, so goods.
Stella Nita is another one with a busy
summer. Her daughter, Helen and husband Tim Hotz,
spent the 4th of July her and also with Helen's
brother John and sister Toni. Tim's son-in-law
was able to play golf with some of the Canal Zone
men. Mary Ann Nita flew up from the Zone and they
made a few trips one to Epcot with Toni and
her daughter, was born on September 7th. John and
Marcia Nita are the proud parents and grand-
mothers are Jan Whitney and Stella Nita.
Jim and Ethel Sener returned from a three
month trip in time for son, Ken's graduation from
Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School in
Pensacola, FL. They also attended his commission-
ing. They drove from Dothan to Los Angeles
visiting daughter, Bevery Driscoll and family in
Dallas; daughter Marjorie Sener in LA; Irene Chan
in Honolulu and their daughter, Ginny Webb and
husband Lt. Commander Dan Webb in Christ Church,
New Zealand. Also attending Ken's commissioning
were Major (USA Retired) Pastor 'Wally" Willian-
son of Dallas and wife, Dora, formerly of Ft.
Clayton. Wally video taped the graduation.
Jim and Nyra Riley had both sons and one
grandson with them this summer for a pleasant
visit. Jeff, teaching with the Department of
Defense in Panana, is spending a sabbatical year
in Tennessee in graduate school. Jim Jr. and
grandson, Jimmy, spent two weeks in Dothan and
Pensacola, FL. During this time, Jim escorted the
Panama Jr. Golf team while playing in Dothan in
the Future Masters Junior tournament and Southern
Junior tourney in Pensacola. Team member, Johnny
Nickisher, son of Will and Sally Nickisher of La
Boca, distinguished himself by finishing in the
top 20 in Dothan and a very impressive second
place at Pensacola.
Beverly Kinsey had a reunion with former
Canal Zone friends, Robert and Annie Boggs. The
Boggs are on a five year camping trip around the
States. Timing was perfect for Annie as she was
able to attend the ladies monthly luncheon of the
Panama Canal Society of Dothan. After leaving
Dothan, the Boggs were headed west with stops in
Houston, Kerrville, Los Angeles and most points
in between to see other former Zonians.
Jim and Joan (Holgerson) Collins are settl-
ing down after trip to Dallas to see their new
granddaughter, Heather Michelle, who was born on
July 4, 1985. Happy parents are Peter and Denise
(Meissner) Collins. Leaving Dallas they headed to
Wichita to visit with daughter, Julie and family
for a few days. Then it was back home to prepare
for John's wedding to Tina Robinette on August
30th. Julie and son Derrick were in Dothan for
the wedding. Now if Jim can get off they will
visit Jimny who is at school at Patrick AFB, FL,
before he returns to Germany and wife Kathy
Panama Canal Society of Dothan Officers:
Maggie Janssen, Vice President, Jim
McNamara, President, and Catherine Filo,
Vernon and Wanda Seeley had 26 people from
Panama City, FL staying at their home the day the
high winds from the storm "Elena" hit Panama City
Beach. Twenty one of them stayed over night.
Wanda said everyone went to sleep early because
there was no floor space to walk. The Seeleys'
back yard looked like a used car lot.
Mary Urey and Ida Dugas and Ida's daughter,
Leanna, travelled to Coral Springs, FL and spent
two days with Doug and Anita Smith before flying
to Panana for a month's visit with Tom and
Lorraine (Urey) Dgan. Highlights of the trip
were visits to Taboga, Coronado and tear-jerking
visits to old home-sites on the Atlantic Side, as
well as attending the Carnavalito at the Union
Club in Panama City. Many lunches and dinner
parties were given by relatives and friends and
Panama's excellent seafood was enjoyed almost
daily. It was wonderful seeing friends on both
sides of the Isthmus and their typical Isthmian
hospitality was as usual .wonderful!
Dennis and Christy Gilbert of San Jose,
Costa Rica visited John and Mary (Gilbert) Urey
and Milly (Gilbert Patton of Dothan for a week
and attended the Gas House Gang Golf Tournament
while here. Dennis and Cristy were on their way
to Houston for a family reunion with their five
Gene and Stella (Gilbert) Buonviri are
spending a month with their son, Joe, and his
wife in Amsterdam, Holland where Joe is stationed
with the Air Force.
We welcome the following new families to
Dothan--Ralph and Virginia Harvey who moved from
St. Petersburg, FL; George and Angela Burge
(Atlantic Side) and Paul and Vilma Evans. Paul is
Nyra Riley's brother.
Anyone traveling through Dothan the first
Tuesday of the month is welcomed to attend our
monthly birthday luncheon at the Olympia Spa,
Highway 231 South. Lunch is at 11:30 A. M.
Our Christmas dinner dance will be December
14th at the Holiday Inn. Santa Claus will be
there with all of his goodies.
I leave you with a tribute to a wonderful
friend, Joan Beldon. As many of you know, Joan
passed away in August. She was loved by all who
knew her always laughing and helpful. While
in the Canal Zone, Joan and Charles opened their
home to many children and teenagers for many
years. She was Grand Regent for the Catholic
Daughters of America and worked tirelessly for
her church. When she came to Dothan, she also
worked at the church making beautiful items for
their bazaar. She helped with "Meals on Wheels"
and was the church's Sunshine Lady and she could
sure spread that around. They also opened their
home to the youngsters of Dothan. We all loved
Joan and will miss her very much.
Flossie Fallon, Jean Harris, Rosemary
Anderson, Travis Wallace, Lois Thomas
and Elsie Woodruff. at the Dothan picnic
We had our fall picnic September 26th at
Omussee Park in Columbia, AL. There were about
ninety present. We copied Kerrville's loteria and
it was a great success, although the grand prize
winner was no other than a ticket vender. What do
you think? We trust you, Vera. We had horseshoes,
hitting golf balls into a small wading pool, Jack
Hem playing latin songs on his guitar. Annie
Rathgeber and Laverne Larrabee and Laverne's son
and family came from Tallahassee. Julie and Fito
de Leon from Panama were also there. Food was
great and the fellowship also.
Vera Ryan selling
Lottery tickets at our
lottery tickets at our
Earl and Mary Mullins, Mary and John Mallia
(Mary's mother and brother) flew from Dothan to
Austin, TX to attend the wedding of the youngest
son, Joseph to Debbie Foster (see weddings).
The wedding was also a reunion for the
Mullins family and a mini-reunion for the
Mallias. It has been thirteen years since all the
Mullin kids had been together with Mom and Dad.
Uncle Lou Mallia (Dallas, TX) had not seen the
kids in twenty-five years.
Mullins family... (Rear) Dan, Earl, Jr.
Cliff and Jim. (Front) Earl, Sr., Mary,
Kathy, Joe, and Robert.
After a week spent in Austin with the family
and friends, they went to Galveston, TX to visit
Mallia relatives. Mary Mallia had not seen some
of her in-laws in seventeen years and Mary
Mullins had not been there for forty-five years.
Tan Mallia, wife Kathy and twin sons, Kevin
and Kelly, drove from New Orleans to Dothan to
help celebrate the 84-years-young birthday of
Mary Mallia on September 26th along with Mary and
Earl Mullins and John Mallia. While in Dothan,
Tom and Kathy attended the wedding of Cecil High,
Catherine Whelan Filo
Our best wishes to the former Janice
Hirschl, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Hirschl
(Mirian), of Sun City West. Janice was married
this sunner and an account of the ceremony, with
photograph, is being submitted to the "Weddings"
section of this Record. Another lovely daughter
of an ex-Zonian, Michael, daughter of Dr. and
Mrs. Charles Glines of Tucson, is now in her
junior year at the University of Arizona,
majoring in animal husbandry! Drs. Glines and
Hirschl were both formerly on staff at Gorgas
Frederick "Fritz" Frey and his wife, Betty
Jane, of Sierra Vista, spent three weeks this
October on a trip to Florida, stopping off to see
Gene Gregg and wife, Marian, in Mandeville, La.,
across the causeway from New Orleans. When I
talked to him, Fritz was still excited about the
Cristobal High School reunion in March 1983 in
Dallas, Texas. One of the highlights of that
event for Fritz was getting together with Jim
Fernandez, Kirt McClary, and Delbert "Limey"
Harris. Fritz ended our conversation with, 'Tell
them (the readers of the Canal Record) I said
"Y'all come to Arizona for a safe reunion'."
Charles Anne (Trinble) Parks of Glendale,
Az., are looking forward to their son, Charles,
coming from his duty station at Ft. Bragg, for a
Christmas visit, and hoping their son, Paul, will
be up from Panama in January. She joins me in
hoping we can get a Southern Arizona group
together for Panama reunions of our own once or
twice a year.
The Coxes will "be married" on the "Sunset
Years" TV soap opera on their actual fortieth
wedding anniversary. In celebration of that land-
mark, they will actually renew their vows on
location at the famous Arizona Inn, before a real
ordained minister. The Arizona Inn, in Tucson, is
where the Duke and Duchess of Windsor always
stayed when in the Southwest of our (God's)
Jane (Dickson) Cox as "Carla", with cast
member on the set of "Sunset Years"
Danny Cox as "Brett" in costume, on set
of "Sunset Years" TV Soap Opera.
Also in Tucson, Ida Lovelady (Mrs. Rufus
Lovelady) had the pleasure of a three weeks'
visit from her son, Bruce Lovelady, and his
charming wife, Dee, with their daughter, Heather,
in June of this year. Bruce is recently retired
from the U.S. Air Force, and requested that his
last hitch be served on the Isthmus, since he was
born and reared there. His wife is still in the
Air Force (that is how they met and, indeed, on
the Isthmus) so they still love at Albrook Field.
Dr. Bob Matheney, of the BHS class of '37 is
planning to attend our class reunion in July
1986. He now lives in Sun City, Arizona, a quiet,
elegant retirement community, where his sweet
wife, Evelyn, devotes a lot of her time as a
volunteer at the Boswell Memorial Hospital. They
visited his mother, Mrs. Jessie Matheney, in
St. Petersburg, Fla. in June, July and August of
1985. He tells me that his brother, Angus
Matheney, of my age group, lives in St. Peters-
A heartfelt plea to all Arizona transplants
from our dear Isthmus: Please send me all your
family travel and activity news. As my sister,
Donna Hudson, in Colorado said, last issue-I
need all the help I can get! And let's form a
Southern Arizona get-together! Living in the best
of all worlds, we have a lot to brag about!
Jane (Dickson) Cox
Well, it rained, of course-but despite the
weather, the Panama Canal Society of Northwest
Arkansas met for the annual Fall Luncheon on
October 13th at Holiday Inn, Fayetteville, AR,
and enjoyed the special pleasure of friends
getting together with old friends. The brief
business session resulted in unanimous approval
of the incoming officers, Keith York as Presi-
dent, and Winona York as Secretary-Treasurer. And
after considerably more discussion, it was
decided to hold the 1986 Fall Luncheon on a
Saturday rather than the customary Sunday in
order that a larger number of meeting places
would be available for consideration.
Since returning from the reunion in Florida
and the visit with their daughter, Susan Bur-
dette, and her husband, Dick, in Ohio in June,
Bud and Betty Balcer have stuck pretty close to
home. Except that they did make a trip back to
Bud's home town of McGregor, Iowa for his 47th
high school class reunion. While in McGregor,
they stayed with his mom, Mrs. Edna Balcer, as
did his brother, Dr. Charles Balcer, who came
from Sioux Falls, SE to attend the class reunion.
Addle Colclasure keeps busy with church
activities and has her hands full "holding down
the fort." Grandson Freddy is in his senior year
at Rogers High School and plans to attend the
University of Arkansas next fall. Freddy and a
close friend have formed a computer company,
Implementor Software, Inc. Grandson Danny is
still attending Ouchita Baptist University in
Arkadelphia, AR. Daughter Marian is busy teaching
junior high math, GED courses for those seeking a
high school diploma and also teaching college
computer courses for Northwest Arkansas Conmmity
William Glen Craft and Lee retired two years
ago and moved from Fort Amador to Fayetteville,
AR, where they built a new home. They have three
children in Fayetteville and one in Tacoma,
Washington-and they miss Panama!
Mary Lou Engelke, daughter Kathleen, and
three granddaughters, Erin, Alison and Laura took
a brief trip to Seminole, FL, to visit her son,
Bob, and his family. Kathy had a special treat as
she was able to attend the 1965 BHS Class Reunion
with Bobby and Nellie (Wood). It was a fun trip
and they especially enjoyed their day at Sea
Nobby Keller is off for Morton, MS in
November to take part in another National Rifle
Association Training Counselor workshop. Peggy
has written and gotten reservations confirmed at
the Tampa Hyatt for the 1986 Florida Reunion.
Peggy's mother, Suzie Magee, continues her daily
jogging with Nobby!
In June, Jessie Newhard took off to Calif-
ornia to attend the wedding of the first
grandchild to be married--lori, the daughter of
Dr. and Mrs. QOar Franklin (Amn Nehard). She
spent a week in Visalia with the Franklins, a
week in San Diego with Capt. and Mrs. Andrew
Bleakley, Jr. (Carol Neuhard), and a week with
son John Albright and his family in Denver.
Joe and Margret Orvis came from Tulsa, OK,
to the NWArk Society luncheon. Margret finally
retired in May 1983 just before her mother became
ill and reports her days are busier than when she
worked. Their son Bruce is a Civil Engineer and
has his own consulting firm. He has four
daughters, two married, one attending Oklahoma
University, and the youngest still in high
school. Son Richard sells insurance, is married
and has a daughter and a son. Eldest son, Roger,
who retired from SAC, died in a plane crash in
1973. He left his wife and three adopted
children, now living in Georgia.
Ralph and Marie Shuey of Neosho, MO, had
sister-in-law Evelyn (Mrs. Ray) Shuey visiting
them in October for several weeks. Evelyn rode by
bus from Ocala, FL to Huntsville, AL, where Ralph
Shuey, Jr., lives and where Ralph and Marie met
the bus. After visiting young Ralph for several
days, the elder Shueys and Evelyn drove home to
Neosho. It was her home for fifteen years, but
after her husband's death, she decided to make
her home in Florida to be near her children, Roy
Bobby and Elia Stokes have been living in
Joplin, MO, but about year, and are still missing
the tropics. Daughter Jeneffer is married, in the
Air Force, and living in Spain; daughter Lynette
is in the Air Force in Sacramento; and Brenda is
in high school.
Toomy and Gena Thompson are still on their
Beefalo Ranch near Winslow, AR. Their son Steven
and his wife Eleanore have a beautiful, healthy
10-month-old son and are still in Panama. Stuart
in working is sales in Texas, Oklahoma, and
Arkansas. Elisa is with MISO in Panama. Elena is
in the Air Force and stationed in Germany. Bonnie
is in the Navy and stationed in Japan.
Ray and Polly Witt remark that their summer
was very hot and dry-but nice. They had their
three young granddaughters (Dony and Paula Witt
Adams daughters) with them for five weeks.
Ex-Canal Zoners visiting were Bev and Fred Ebdon,
Arlene and Howard Osborn, Paula Adams, Fern and
Karl Glass, and John and Eula Bryan Witt, their
son and daughter-in-law up on leave from the
Canal area. Also visiting from Florida were Ray's
sister and her husband, Penny and Marvin Funk.
John and Eula Witt, speaking for themselves,
said they were up on vacation from the Canal
visiting their children-Cissie, who is working
in Russelville, AR, and Ray H., who is in college
in Minnesota--and visiting with John's parents,
Ray S. and Polly Witt. They also visited
relatives Herb and Nina Carlson in Victoria, TX,
Harry and Lottie Witt in Mathis, TX, and Harry
and Rachel Carlson in Kerrville, TX. And they
add-only five more years to go!
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders observed their
fiftieth wedding anniversary on Panama Canal Day
(August 15th), and they celebrated the occasion
by spending the month of September in England,
Wales and Scotland. They flew non-stop from
Dallas to London's Gatwick Airport and returned
in the same manner via American Airlines. Their
first six days were spent in London during which
time they entrained to Canterbury and Dover, rode
the Tube and the red busses and enjoyed a short
boat ride on the Thames as they took in the
sights and attractions. Of course they went to
see the changing of the guard at Buckingham
Palace and were the first to arrive, two hours
ahead of time. Prior to leaving home, they had
been talking about an old friend with whom they
had lost contact, Naomi Sulc, who they last knew
was living in East Orange, New Jersey. While
awaiting the changing of the guard ceremony,
Dorothy struck up a conversation with a couple of
American ladies and during the conversation the
words "Canal Zone" cropped up, and one of the
ladies remarked she had only known one person
from the Canal Zone and this was when she was
living in New Jersey--Naomi Sulc, who died not
too long ago." Leaving London by train, they
picked up a rental car in Bournemouth on the
English Channel and set out to see the country.
Two hours later, outside the Naval Yard at
Portsmouth where they had gone to see HMS Victory
and the Mary Rose, they were cited for illegally
parking their car and required to pay a fine of
ten pounds. The beauty of the countryside, devoid
of billboards, the picturesque farms comparable
to the Amish farmland of the Lancaster, Penn-
sylvania area, the villages of the Cotswolds, the
hilliness of North Wales and the greenness of
Scotland were something to behold. The hospital-
ity of the people was fantastic as they went out
of their way to assist and provide direction. The
children were a pleasure. In Wales, their new
within-warranty Renault had to enter the garage
for five days. During that time, John and Mildred
Linguood of Heswall, friends whom they had last
seen twenty-five years ago (PSNC-Cristobal) came
to the rescue. John is retired bu4 serves as a
Justice of the Peace in Liverpool. Mildred was on
holiday. Dorothy and Bruce had intended to visit
them later, but instead were with John and
Mildred for those five days during which time
they visited Chester where Dorothy was kissed,
twice (publicly), by the Town Crier and two and a
half days in the City of York, which was on the
schedule on the return from Scotland. Scotland's
weather was, to say the least, rainy. They did
manage a visit to Edinburgh Castle, the Clan-
Tartan centre, beautiful Inverness, beautiful
Loch Ness (but alas, no monster), and the
beautiful highlands. They spent the last four
days in the vicinity of Gatwick Air Terminal, but
did take the train again to Dover via London
where they embarked on the Hovercraft for a non-
landing round trip across the English Channel to
Calais and return on a very foggy day. To those
who ask what they liked best, they say "the
people-so warm and outgoing, so considerate and
helpful; the antiquity which is so evident
everywhere; the little shops, the bed and
breakfast homes (where they stayed), the pubs
(not to be confused with our saloons) and the
food they offered; the children; and the ICE
CREAM. Bruce says he had Jolly Good Time, and
Dorothy says it was SIMPLY SMASHING!!
Frequent travelers Karl and Fern Glass spent
the month of January in Gatun, Panama, enjoying
their grandchildren, Misty and C. M. Landrun, and
their parents, Mack and Sylvia Landmn, and
enjoying the sunshine. They spent February in
Florida visiting friends and enjoying Imperial
Lakes at Lakeland. On their way home (to Diamond
City, AR), they visited with Mary and Tex Bristol
and Dr. Frank Schloeder and family of Montgomery,
AL, as well as daughter Edna and Bob Knight and
grandson, Mike Nunley, in Murfreesboro, IN. Young
Mike is a champion swinmer, and already as tall
as his granddad. April was a sad month when the
Glasses suddenly got word that their son, Karl,
Jr., had passed away of cancer on April 3rd. He
is survived by his wife, Joanna, and four
children, Karla Glass, of Washington, D.C., Larry
Glass, of Ft. Smith, AR, Mona Tervin, of
Clarksville, AR, and Marc Glass, of Conway, AR.
June found Karl and Fern back in Florida enjoying
all those many friends at the PanCanal Reunion.
After the Reunion, they stuck around a few days
to "help" granddaughter Mona's husband, Bill
Tervin, go into the Shrine at Sarasota. They also
stood up with great-granddaughter Martha Tervin
when she was baptized. Martha was born on
Oct. 13, 1984. Their first great-granddaughter
was born Sept. 1983 to Larry and Janet Glass. And
the third great-granddaughter, Malory, was born
Dec. 1984 to Mel and Michael (Mike) Mika. They
recently received word that their daughter-in-law
Kathy Glass, of Vancouver, WA, had spent a most
interesting week in Nicaragua translating at a
church conference and was joined in Panama by son
Dan and children, Karen, Laura, and Luis for a
most delightful eight-day visit with Sylvia and
Mack Landrum. After attending the NWArkansas
luncheon in Fayetteville on October 13th, the
Glasses spent a lovely evening visiting with
daughter Kathy and her husband Mike Mika and
grandchildren, Kathleen and Tim. Pat Mika is a
successful lawyer in Colorado Springs, and young
Mike enjoys his work with the Secret Service in
Little Rock, AR.
Audra Dougan viewed the fall foliage in New
England in October as she traveled on a conducted
bus tour of the region. The tour continued into
Canada and back down to Boston and New York where
they saw some of the famous sights of the cities.
It was a lot to see in eleven days, and though
very enjoyable, was also very tiring.
George and Edith Eigelke were doubly pleased
when their son, Dr. John Engelke, visited them
for a brief but productive week in August. While
Sewing Club Northwest Arkansas, (Back)
Evelyn Engelke, Jessie Newhard, Glen
Conklin, Dorothy Sanders, Lenor Butz,
Kathleen Huffman. (Front) Virginia Fav-
orite, Mary Condon, Betty McGilberry,
Maxine Wrenn, Etta Fay Terrell, Beulah
Smithson. (Not pictured: Petie Maedl,
Gloria Malsbury, Frances Palumbo, Geor-
gette Robertson and Alice Nail who took
there, he accomplished some needed rewiring of
their house. His visit was short because he and
his wife, Susan, were due in Washington, D.C. to
begin their sabbaticals from their teaching
positions in Massachusetts. John, who teaches
physical chemistry, astronomy, and other sciences
at Salem State College, is working on the subject
of meteorites at the Smithsonian. Susan, who
teaches in high school, is working on the subject
October visitors to the home of Harold and
Jerry Harp were former Gamboa residents Jim and
Betty Stewart from Manchester, IN, and Bob and
Faye Lee from Mobile, AL.
Carl Newhard didn't spend much time at home
last sunner. He was with son Bruce and family in
Michigan for a month, then with son Sam and
family in Ohio for a month, and back to Bruce's
for another month. Highlights were seeing the
Michigan 500 race, the international hot air
balloon races in Battle Creek, and a double-
header with the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. Son
Carl and family went up from Rogers, AR, to join
them for the balloon races, then went on into
Canada and back home by way of Niagara Falls.
At separate times during warmer weather,
Pete and Sue Warner welcomed their daughters,
Phyllis Gartenlaub from Long Island, NY, and Pan
Leidel from New York, NY. They also enjoyed a
visit with Bill and Skip Holloaell while they
were in town. Pete and Bill are both deep into
their respective genealogical charts.
Leon and Kathy Sharpensteen are going to
school again. Leon is studying diesel mechanics
and truck driving--adding to his knowledge and
skills with the possible prospect of becoming an
entrepreneur. Kathy is taking courses in business
and business law.
The Hufamns, Willard and Kathleen, took off
for Wynne, AR to visit Cathy and Willie and their
three lovely daughters, Cassie, Kara, and Laura
Beth. Willard took along his new set of golf
clubs given to him by a friendly neighbor, and he
and Willie enjoyed playing a few rounds of golf.
Willie had bought a golf cart and this made it
easy on the old fellow from Rogers. Later one,
they decided to go to Abilene and visit son Jimmy
who is stationed at Dyess Air Force Base. Willard
drove same golf balls and bowled with Jimny.
Willard wishes he could remember some of the
golfing tips provided by Al Escalante, the Latin
pro from Fort Davis.
Betty McGilberry, accompanied by daughter
Katie and her husband Jim Ames, flew to Calif-
ornia in July to attend a family reunion. They
flew into San Diego where they rented a car, did
some sightseeing, and visited relatives and
friends. Upon arrival at the airport, Betty saw
her luggage go by on the conveyor belt-and that
was the LAST she saw of it! So she started her
two week vacation with literally nothing to wear.
Says she considered spending it at a nudist
colony but reconsidered and did a little shopping
instead. Fran San Diego, they drove to Merced for
the family reunion, and ended their trip pleas-
antly by visiting Capt. Roger Swain and wife Toni
at their Tahoe cottage and their home in
Sacramento, where they turned in their car and
enplaned for home. In September, Betty was
pleasantly surprised when Bill and Skip Holloell
dropped in for a few days while on a trip to
gather genealogical information and visit friends
en route. During their stay, the Hollowells were
able to see a few other old friends, including
Tan Dunn, Pete and Sue Warner, Marilyn Amnen, and
Red and Alice Nail.
Peggy Acker, her daughter, Jeannette, age
17, and newly adopted Jennifer Acker, age 4, of
Diablo, R.P., visited Reg's mother, Mary Acker
Baldwin in Laguna Hills in August for 12 days.
They all also visited in Upper Michigan in July
with Mary's sister, Margaret Belland, and hus-
band, Lloyd, and with daughter, Sherry Acker Eid
and family in lower Michigan. Mary has just
returned from a visit with stepdaughter, Vicki
(Baldwin) Fischer and family in Hawaii for two
weeks, and will be returning to El Volcan,
Panama, in November to join her husband, Father
Adele and EBmett Argo were sorry to miss the
reunion, but Adele was expecting to have surgery
in October, so decided to sit this one out. A
speedy recovery, Adele!
Don and Gladys (Wertz) Brayton enjoyed their
recent visit with their son, Jack, in Berlin,
Steve Cartotto of North Hollywood and his
cousin Nancy (Ridge) McCullough of San Juan
Capistrano, enjoyed windsurfing on Mission Bay
after the reunion's Sunday brunch-perfect tech-
nicolor weather for this exciting sport.
Jack and Joan deGrumnnd-Again this sunmer
we took our trailer for a month in N. California.
At Trinity Lake's Wyntoon Park Camp Resort we had
an active time with Jack's brother, Lyle, fishing
on the lake in his boat, wild blackberry picking
and making preserves at camp. We got tangled up
with plenty of thorns; also, Jack and Lyle
contacted poison oak for an itchy rash. We caught
enough bass for lots of dinners-they give a good
fight! We enjoy being in the pines at camp on the
lake, and we had great weather-good air, and a
real change in countryside and activities.
Nancy (Kariger-Jorstad) Eide, Bremerton, WA,
was thrilled to see so many friends at the San
Diego reunion! She had hoped to see the Argos and
Irvings, former Atlantic side neighbors, there
too. The reunion was also a family affair for the
Karigers! Having a grand time at all the
functions were Nancy's dad, Lee Kariger; her
brother, Bob, and his wife, Nell Kariger of Long
Beach, and her daughter, Britta (Jorstad) and her
husband, Joe Piotrowski.
A Happy Birthday Greeting is extended to Bob
Dill, our society's Chaplain, who will be a nifty
ninety-six on October 23, 1985! Many happy
Steve and Lucille Fulop flew to New York
City in September, where they boarded the SS VERA
CRUZ for a seven-day tour to Montreal. Stopovers
included Newport, RI, with a visit to the
beautiful Hammersmith Farm Gardens; Nova Scotia,
and along the St. Lawrence Seaway with an all day
visit in Quebec. They enjoyed the train ride from
Montreal to NYC, and a good flight home.
Philip ("Skip"), CHS'65, and Kathleen
(Scheibe) Gabriel, CHS'67, our new members from
Huntington Beach, were visited by Skip's brother,
Tom Gabriel, during the Easter holidays. Tan was
their son's (Robert's) sponsor for confirmation.
In June, Kathy's mother, Ella Scheibe Seiferlein,
and husband, Sy, visited the family. They enjoyed
the Queen Mary tour; dined at several local
restaurants, including Alpine Village, and en-
joyed the beaches of Huntington. In July, they
had a wonderful visit from Kath's brother,
George, his wife, Kayna, and two beautiful kids,
Greg (2 years) and Christine (6 months), of
Zephyrhills, FL-they took in Sea World, San
Diego Zoo and Knott's Berry Fram-they certainly
made the rounds, despite the flu, also making the
In August, Skip, Kathy and family visited at
his parents' home in Idaho--with his mom,
Elizabeth Gabriel; his brother Tan, and grand-
parents, Mildred and Edward Gabriel. Skip's
father, Captain E. P. Gabriel, Panama Canal
pilot, was doing his 6/4 stint in the Zone then.
The family loved camping and trout fishing in the
beautiful Idaho countryside with Sue and Neal
Campton and their kids, Philip, Cassie and Shane,
of Orofino. Robert caught the biggest trout!
From Skip: "I very much enjoyed the San
Diego reunion in September-seeing old friends
and making new ones. Surely liked Tito Mouynes'
music! It was a memorable 15th wedding anniver-
sary celebration for us-especially since Tito
played at our wedding reception in the Canal
Maureen Husun came down from Berkeley for
the reunion, along with her brother, Raymond of
Santa Maria. Maureen is a real trouper to have
made the trip to be with friends, as she is still
recovering from injuries sustained in an accident
several months ago. She is coming along very
Joe and Vera Grace Irvirg would like to have
attended the reunion, but decided it was best to
give it up this time. Joe has made a remarkable
recovery, and is doing so well-but the trip and
all the activities might have been too tiring.
Paul and Rose Jones traveled from Atascadero
for the reunion, and always enjoy seeing friends
from Canal Zone days. They live close to the San
Miguel Mission, just north of Paso Robles, and
both enjoy their roles as docents at a nearby,
early-day residence, which is a state historical
Russell and Edith Jones came over from St.
Petersburg, FL, and were delighted to see many
friends at the reunion. Their nephew and his
wife, residents of Southern California, joined
them for the Sunday brunch. Russell is a Florida
Society Past President, 1980-82.
Royce and Sue Lewis drove over from Las
Cruces, NM, for the West Coast Reunion, as
they've done many times. They had several
visitors to their home just before and after the
reunion, so they were glad to have those free
days to take in the festivities in San Diego!
Michael and Tine (Cartotto) Ressa, with
sons, Vince and Steve, had a grand time out on
Mission Bay in a paddle boat after the brunch.
The family timed their vacation to take in the
reunion, and stayed over at the Catamaran for a
few days, touring around-including the San Diego
Zoo, and Mission San Diego de Alcala, the
"mother" mission in the chain of 21 founded in
California by the Franciscan order, as Vince's
class is studying the California Missions.
Warren and Evelyn (Belanger) Wood are making
hay while the sun shines-come winter, they just
might be snowed in! From their chalet in Pine
Mountain (Frazier Park), they spent a few days
with friends in Pismo Beach-all 300 rooms of
their hotel overlooked the ocean. They had a very
nice time at the San Diego reunion-especially
enjoyed seeing George and Winifred Muller of
Anaheim. Then off for their Alaskan cruise aboard
the ROYAL PRINCESS-'Weather was perfect; the
cruise, fellow passengers and ship's crew all
marvelous, and the food, WOW!"
Catsy Taylor Schafer, after attending the
San Diego reunion with her daughters, Susan
(Taylor) Pitney and Layne (Taylor) and her
husband, Tom Ashton, joined a fascinating tour of
English cathedrals. While on the trip, she walked
the Roman Wall (71 A.D.), and enjoyed seeing the
Viking center in York.
Bill and Jeanne Wood, new members in our
society, are glad to be in touch with the
California bunch. They attend the Florida reunion
about every two years, enjoying it very much, and
hope to attend some of our get-togethers.
Joan (Ridge) deGunmmnd
FROM CUR ROVING REPORTER
Things are a-poppin' for the Bob Kariger
family. Son Kurby has begun UCLA Medical School.
Bob is now Dean of Academic Affairs, Long Beach
City College, where he coached 20 years and
operated programs for the physically handicapped.
Nell has been promoted to Secretary in Adnissions
and Records in the same college, where she has
worked for the past several years.
It runs in the family: Our Roosevelt Medal
holder, Robert Dill, is busier than ever with
Panama Canal speeches to service clubs, but wife
Rosa is a Lady Lion and an official greeter, too.
She gave us a clipping from the Seal Beach, CA
Leisure World Newspaper, noting where David Leroy
Smith entertained the Leisure World Eastern Star
Jim and Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane were de-
lighted with the Florida Reunion, then took the
Panama Tour. They saw Andrew Lim at Fort Davis;
he operates Music Theatre Atlantic. They loved
the one day in Taboga, lunch at Las Tinajas in
Panama City, the bus tour of Miraflores Locks. On
their memory tour, they drove around New Cristo-
bal High School and Elementary School, saw an
early home on Colon Beach, also the Church of our
Lady of the Miraculous Medal, and Mt. Hope
Cemetery, where they looked in vain for her
father's mother, Molly Duffy Kaufer. She says the
Prado looked the same as when she left! Jane
added that Los Gatos, CA Museum this past sumner
had an exhibit of pictures from the collection of
Jack and Earl R. Parsons. Earl was an engineer
during construction days.
John and Lois McGann went to the Florida
Keys after the Florida Reunion. Royce and Sue
Lewis had a great time thereafter observing the
fiftieth wedding anniversary of a cousin in
All you Dallas members be alerted! Sheila
(Gilbert) Bolke's husband has been transferred
from California to Dallas, and she moves there in
June, after school is out.
Bill and Sandy Brunner, from Morgan Gardens,
Panama Canal Area, with their two children, Adam
and Holly, visited Bob Wallace for about a month
recently. The Brunners visited many friends and
relatives throughout California, as well as took
the children to see all the major tourist
Bill and Kathryn Quinn went to Seattle
during late sunnmer and visited with Dan and Pat
Nellis and Lee Kariger. Enroute out, they found
the Boeing Museun of Flight and then went to
lunch with Claire Comins and her daughter.
One day before George and Winifred Muller's
32nd wedding anniversary their first grandchild
arrived (Aug. 7th). Nathanial Glenn Muller was
born in Anaheim, CA to Richard and Tracy Muller.
Conrad, Noma, and Fern (Dabill) Horine
spent a nonth away from home this sunrmer doing
the continent-two weeks for Norway, Sweden, and
Denmark, followed by Holland, France, and Ger-
many. Norma said, "Most impressive was the view
from the very top of the Eiffel Tower, the
scenery everywhere, and whole blocks of ancient
David and I had a month of travelling and
visiting relatives-California and Nevada-during
the summer. We spent three inspirational evenings
attending the Billy Graham Crusade at Anaheim
(which broke all attendance records at the
Coliseum). They we played out the final hours of
the Garlic Festival at Gilroy, CA (yes, they do
make garlic ice cream, folks!). We gathered with
members of the Allen-Hollowell family at San
Francisco (see With Deep Sorrow). We ended up
spending a few days at Tahoe City, enjoying the
scenic wonders of state parks and national
forests, and then drove over to Reno to check out
the MCM Grand (it is "grand" but much too large,
in our opinion).
Imperial Beach, CA
For the past two annual dinner dance
reunions at San Diego's Holiday Inn at the
Embarcadero and the Catamaran Hotel, former
Zonians in Southern California and environs have
been dancing to live Panamanian and American
dance music, provided Lucho-style by organist
Tito Mouynes ("Moy-nes") and his conjunto.
Tito, whose name is of French Basque origin,
and his charming wife, Lina, live in Panama City
and have two small children, Ramon, 10, and Lina,
7. Tito has played piano since as long as he can
remember and in 1945 acquired an organ which he
played "until it burned out." Says he, "I love
Panamanian music! I learned it listening to
Lucho. I was a devout fan of Luch's." While
attending La Salle High School in Colon Tito
organized his first conjunto with the same set-up
as Lucho's: congo drums, caja typical, marachas,
guiro (gourd), and pandereta (tambourine) and
played at high school parties.
After attending Canal Zone Junior College
for two years Tito entered the University of
Florida in Gainesville and graduated in 1970 with
a degree in Electronics Engineering. He then
married Lina Munoz of Colon and returned to
graduate school for his MBA.
While they lived in Gainesville Tito con-
tinued playing at college parties there and in
Jacksonville, Atlanta and Knoxville. "There are a
lot of latin students there," he explained.
During the years 1967 to 1969 Tito travelled
between the United States and Panama on the
spring and fall "College Special" voyages of the
S.S. Cristobal. On board he entertained pass-
engers with his music.
Lina was born and raised in Colon and is a
1966 graduate of St. Mary's High School. She
worked for the Industrial Division and the Locks
Division. At present she is working for the Army
in the Civilian Personnel Office and has a total
of sixteen years of civil service.
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Alex de la Cruz (drummer), Lina and Tito
Mouynes (organist) of Panama, Rep. de
Alex, tympanist, has been with Tito 14 of
the 21 years he has been playing. Also from Colon
he graduated from the same La Salle High School.
Alex still lives and works in Colon.
At present Tito has two businesses in
Panama. One is in Connunications: "Radios,
two-way radio beepers and radio telephones." The
other is in chemical products: "I represent freon
for DuPont and concrete admixtures from Master
Builders. I wear four hats," says he. "When I see
a customer it could be for a radio, for freon
gas, for concrete admistures, or for booking a
Will Tito book another musical engagement
for Southern California in September 1986? "If I
am invited," he smiled. He's invited, folks!
Y'all cane, y'hear? Stay tuned for the date and
Donna Geyer Bcunan
San Clemente, California
Do Zonians ever love to get together? You
bet they do! I thought that many of us would be
burned out after the Florida Reunion but I was
wrong--again. What started to be a one day picnic
a few years ago has grown to be a fun packed
weekend for our Colorado group.
NERSAL k IN& I
(Back) Opal Earle (Lundy) Houghton,
Bette (Farrell) Swearingen, Mary Eleanor
(Laterman) Becker, Joyce (Zeeck) Mundell
(Front) Richard (Buckeye) Swearingen,
W.C. (Carl) Zeeck.
(Back) "Buckeye", Carl Zeeck, and Lester
Smith. (Front) Milt Law, Fred Hudson and
In August, thirty-four folks traveled to the
Quality Inn International Spa in Canon City, near
the Royal Gorge, for a weekend of playing
tourist, picture taking, swimming, relaxing in
the mineral water jacuzzis, dinner and much
congeniality. Those attending were:
Margaret (Meigs) Molloy
Ray and Helen (Edwards) Magan
Al and Norma (Evans) Harrington
Opal Earle .(Lundy) Houghton
Joyce (Zeeck) Mundell
Phillip Barrett and mother, Yvonne Barrett
Fred and Donna (Dickson) Hudson
Ray and Barbara (Geddes) Shaw
Bob and Olette (Holz-Meister) McIntyre
Lester and Andrea Smith
Richard, Jane (Wheaton) and Brandon Little
Roy and Gladys Graham
Richard "Buckeye" and Bette (Farrell)
Milton and Bertha-Jane (Becker) Law
Mary Eleanor (Latermann) Becker
Out of town guests included: Barb Shaw's
brother and family, Bob, Barbara and Mike Geddes.
Bob is tugboat Captain in Gamboa. Joyce Mundell
was escorted by her father, Carl Zeeck. He is a
retired Pedro Miguel-er now living in Texas.
Florida was represented by Donna Barineau, a
guest of the Barretts. Barbara (Evans) O'Shaug-
nessy was visiting her sister, Norma Harrington
and Lester Smith's parents, Bob and Terry Smith
attended. Lester's sister, Terri Flynn came in
Milt Law and daughter Valerie (McIntire)
Dempsey at El Rancho, Colo. Val's sur-
prise birthday gift from her husband,
Bud Dempsey was a week's visit from Pan-
ama to her parent's home in Lakewood,
Co. Parents are Milt and B.J. (Becker)
As usual, the "old country" is always
represented by jewelry from earrings to belt
buckles. Helen Magan wore a lovely Mola blouse to
the dinner and Barbara Shaw was stunning in an
authentic guayami indian dress. It has spurred
the idea of holding a special carnival costume
dinner in the future.
We really are proud of the rapid growth of
our mini-society. For instance, Phillip Barrett
joined us and he actually resides in Nebraska and
conmnutes. Don't forget to reserve time to be with
us in March for the annual business dinner--date
will be announced.
"B.J." Law submitted photos and captions.
Dona (Dickson) Hudson
Early in 1985, March 23 to be exact, the first
get-together in the Jacksonville area was hosted
by George and Lee Triable. After consultation and
many prayers, Mother Nature graced the occasion
with beautiful weather for a cook-out. Much food
and conversation and reminiscing was enjoyed by
Later '85, April 25 Rose and Steve Crider
(Wensler) held the gathering at their home on 7059
Knotts Drive in Jacksonville. Lucho's records en-
hanced the camaraderie of the group, who were act-
ive in recalling the "good times".
July Fourth in Jacksonville Zonians from Oca-
la, Jacksonville, Orlando, Port Orange, Floral
City and all around Northeast Florida gathered
for an old fashioned 4th of July picnic at Dan
Harned's home in Green Cove Springs.
The fun started at 9:00 a.m. with games, swim-
ming and music (it's amazing how well Lucho's rec-
ords hold up). "Egg on the face" was the norm as
young and old alike participated in an egg toss.
Few dropped out of the fun as the 3-Legged Race
followed. It took two heats to decide first and
second place winners. The clean-up and cooler"
game was the balloon toss. First and second place
ribbons were awarded.
After lunch and a rousing game of "anything
goes" volleyball, the afternoon mellowed into a
session of reminiscing among good friends, catch-
ing up on the changes and recalling good times on
the Zone. New friends were made as the most recent
generation met friends from Mom and Dad's school
The Jacksonville Branch of the Zonian Clan en-
joyed the day immensely..HOPE YOU CAN BE THERE THE
NEXT YEAR..don't worry about remembering names if
you come...George Triable will be there. He remem-
bers the name of every kid from first grade thru
all the Little League Teams, thru all the Balboa/
Cristobal/JC/AC football games, and on! Next year
he promises to match them with the faces in those
sport clippings and old photos.
3-leg Race: First Place; Ray and Mary
Kulig. Second Place; Lauray Griffin and
son. Presented by Bruce Bateman.
Egg Toss: Second Place; Bruce and Diane
Bateman. First Place; Tom and Kim Vas-
quez. Presented by Dan Harned.
First Place, Balloon Toss; Rory Summers
and Mike DeStaffino. Second Place; Lem
Kirkland and daughter, Marlene. Presen-
ted by Maggie Windle.
Those who attended the July 4 Picnic were: Mr.
and Mrs. Dan Harned; Bob and Maggie Windle; Pat-
ricia McGlade and son Willie; Andrew James (A.J.)
Loonie; Bruce and Diane Bateman; Rose (Hensler)
and Steve Crider; Melissa (Hensler) Sellers; Lem
and Jo Ann Kirkland and daughter, Marlene; Ken and
Kim (McCune) Hicks; Mark and Dorothy Hicks; Dick
and Leona McLarnan and son, David; Ed and Gloria
Malin; Jane and Ralph McClain; Ed and Catherine
Galuska; Joe and Frances Maravilla; George Booth;
Anna McGlade;Donna Davis (Anna McGlades' sister);
Pan Hicks Adams and daughter, Amy; Richard Hicks;
Dan and Sharon DeStaffino and sons, Lewis, Michael
and Patrick; Rory Sumers; Alicia Dorfman; Eliz-
abeth Weaver; Rebecca Weaver; Joe Garcia; Richard
Carrolll; Charles E. Carroll; Tom and Kim Vasquez;
Tom and Blanquita Toda and daughter, Marilyn; Geo-
rge and Lee Trimble; Davis and Lesseth Baswell and
Martin and Mimi; Ray and Mary Nell (Lee) Kulig;
Katie (O'Brien) Rueblinger; Robert and Laray Grif-
fin and son.
Colunbus Day was celebrated by the group on the
12th October at the home of Maggie (Williams) and
Bob Windle. A beautiful, sunny day, and the chil-
dren and adults really enjoyed the pool. Also cre-
dit to the excellent preparation of the barbequed
polio. Many covered dishes were enjoyed by the
group, along with music by Lucho, joy juice by
various distillers, seviche by Jim Slice and Bruce
Bateman, and the futbol game on the tube.
There may have been others, but I recall seeing
the following Zonians there: Bob and Maggie (Will-
iams) Windle; Bruce and Diane Bateman and daughter
Caroline; Bill and Cathy Binghan; Lee and George
Trimble; Steve and Rose (Hensler) Crider; Ralph
and Jane McClain; Dan and Georgiana Harned; Jim
and Sherry Slice; Gus and June Gustafson; Bob and
Betty McCarrick; Harry and Virgina Walton; Dan
and Molly Jenkins and two children; Harry and Vir-
ginia Wilton, and Ed Dolan, who came late, but
still had a snack.
Our final 1985 gathering will be at the home of
(if completed by then) Bruce and Diane Bateman. It
is tentatively scheduled in the lull between
Christmas and New Years. Announcements will be
This sunier our Sarasota members were
enthusiastic travelers, coming and going, visit-
ing families and friends and taking in the many
attractions offered in each area.
In early June, Al Bissett and Craig Halliday
of Dallas, TX, flew together to Panama. They had
four great days of fishing and then they renewed
friendships. Both would like to go back tomorrow!
July found Al and Mirian Bissett in England,
serving as godparents for a darling baby girl,
daughter of close friends in Horndean. Their
travels took them north to the lovely Lake
Country, where they spent several days visiting
friends; then on to Edinburgh, Scotland, and down
to Swansesa, Wales. After a car trip into central
Wales they returned to picturesque Arundal, near
the English Channel, and then home. A great
George and Mayno (Bliss) Walker flew to San
Francisco for a visit with her brother and
sister-in-law, Budd and Eleanor Bliss of Camp-
bell, CA. A family get together and picnic with
their children was a treat and greatly appreci-
ated. From there they flew to Anchorage, AK to
visit with their son-in-law and daughter, Jack
and Jeanne (Walker) Wagner and family and to see
their new Mountain Home in Eagle River, AK. They
did some sightseeing and went to the beautiful
Portage Glacier, saw salmon spawning and visited
the Providence House. The Providence House is
similar to the Ronald McDonald House and is a
lovely residential area for families to be
together during serious and terminal illnesses of
their loved ones.
While the Walkers were at the Anchorage
Airport for their departure, Dan and Pat (Rudge)
Nellis with their daughter arrived from Sequim,
WA for a visit with the Wagners.
The Walkers then visited with Mayno's
brother-in-law and sister, Jack and Zonella
(Bliss) Field in San Fernando, CA and with her
cousins, Bill and Dot (Hoffman) Allen of Seal
Beach, CA. They also enjoyed a luncheon and visit
with Catherine Storm of Tugunga, CA, long time
friend and Old Cristobal neighbor in the early
days. Seeing these many friends brought back many
memories of happy times.
Frances (Days) Jones spent three weeks with
her daughter and family, Capt. John and Dona
(Jones) Brophy and daughter, Charlene of Diablo
Heights, R.P., at their summer home in Castine,
Her son, CQdr. Albert D. Jones, USN,
stationed at Pensacola NAS, Florida, also joined
the group for a short visit.
Frances plans to spend the Christmas holi-
days in Pensacola with her son, and family,
Albert and Lola (Frauenheim) Jones and daughters,
Tara, Lisa and Ashley. Frances' oldest daughter,
Tara, is in her third year at San Marcos College
in San Marcos, TX.
Jay Cain spent a week in Wayne, NJ with her
sister Myrill Weicksell. Later in the summer
Jay's nine year old nephew, Jason Cain, son of
Michael and Sherry Cain of Miami, FL, travelling
alone for the first time, arrived by plane for a
week's visit in Sarasota. He enjoyed many of the
local attractions, especially Cars of Yesterday
and the Circus Hall of Fame. He also went
swimming in friends' private pools and particu-
larly enjoyed being with Johnny Ebdon of Napa,
CA, who was his own age, and with his parents was
visiting his grandparents, the Fred Ebdons and
Mrs. Louise Pustis.
Esther (Neely) Burk of Tarpon Springs, FL
visited her brothers-in-law and sisters, Rob and
Elsie (Neely) Smith and Mike and Marion (Neely)
Greene. She accompanied them to the Panama Canal
Society luncheon and meeting held in August at
the Crown House in Sarasota.
Early in the summer, Emo and Phyllis Everson
enjoyed a family reunion at their home when their
three sons and their families were all together
for the first time in five years. LTC John
Everson, USA; his wife Any Lynn (Walker) and son
John Christian, came from Galenhausen, Germany.
Randy Everson, with his wife, Beverly and
children, Justine and Katie, flew in from
Chicago, IL, where Randy is an engineer with
Union Oil Company. And Bernhard I. Everson, Jr.
arrived from Dallas, TX where he is employed with
a photographic company.
Emo and Phyllis Everson returned in October
from a two and a half week trip to Chicago, IL
with their son, Randy, and family. En route home
they visited his brother, Louis Everson and wife
in Hendersonville, NC. They visited Mrs. Marion
Lewis, widow of the late "D'ke" Lewis, former
Chief Quartermaster of the Panama Canal, who is
now residing in a nursing home in Hendersonville.
Dr. Arline (Schnidt) Winnenman and her
another, Emma Lee Schnidt, are enjoying their new
home on Siesta Key. Lee returned to Sarasota
after many years in North Carolina. Arline is on
a year's leave of absence from her position as
Assistant to the Superintendent of BOCES (Board
of Cooperative Education Services) in Long
In September they enjoyed a visit by Lee's
nephew, Bill de la Mater and his wife, Thelma, of
Balboa, R.P. They had an informal get together
for their houseguests and included Bill and
Jeannine Carlin and George 'Lanky" Flores, of
Arline and Lee are happy to be back in
Sarasota and being with Arline's Aunt Joyce and
Jack Clarke, as well as with dear friends among
the many Zonites here.
Bill DeLaMater with his aunt Lee Schmidt
and cousin, Arline (Schmidt) Winner at
their home on Siesta Key.
Alice Jones arrived from Rosedale, MS, for a
summer visit with her sisters, Ruth Gatz, Maxine
Hitchcock, Billie Galloway and Robin Comer.
Also visiting during that time was Maxine
Hitchcock's son and family, Bill and Virginia
Hitchcock and children, Cooper and Katherine,
from Bethesday, MD, for a two week vacation.
Billie also enjoyed a visit with her
granddaughter, Anna Galloway, and her friend,
Andy Adams, of Atlanta, GA.
While here the group took an overnight trip
over the scenic 7-mile Bridge to Key West, FL,
and the younger members also enjoyed the beaches
and other area attractions.
Jack and Joyce Clarke enjoyed sunner visits
with their children. Joyce's son, Boyd Bevington
of San Diego, CA, and her daughter, Marilyn
(Bevirgton) Gayer of Winsted, CT came at the same
time for a family get together. Later in the
sumner his daughter, Nancy (Clarke) arrived from
Savannah, GA for a visit.
In a phone conversation with Ruth (Hudgins)
Raines she reports that she is living in Arcadia
and would enjoy hearing from friends who remember
Ruth graduated from Cristobal High School in
1976, spent four years in Hawaii and the past
four years has been living in Arcadia with her
two children, Victoria Erin and Bradley, and
working at G. Pierce Wood Hospital there.
Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George "Bootsie"
Hudgins, Jr. are still on the Isthmus where
George is still working at Gatun Locks. Her
grandmother, Mrs. Ruth Hudgins, widow of the late
George Hudgins, Sr. resides in Matthews, VA.
Bev and Fred Ebdon have many trips to share
in their wanderings in their new 28 foot
First, a few short trips around Florida to
get used to the new camper, included going to the
Everglades and to Disney World with Al and Miriam
Bissett. Then they took "P'p" Ebdon along for a
trip to visit Fred's brother, Bill and wife,
Susie (Fahnestock), in Pass Christian, MS,
returning to Florida via the Coastal route.
Later, they started on an extended trip in
the company of Arleen and Howard Osborn of
Nashua, NH, and went to 'Winnie" Rallys in
Louisiana, Oklahoma and Bentonville, AR. Along
the way they visited with brother, Bill and
Susie, in Pass Christian, MS; Polly and Ray Witt
in New Blaine AR; Fern and Karl Glass in Diamond
City, AR and while at the Bentonville Rally
visited many friends in that area, including Lee
Butz and Jack and Joan Corliss.
After a stop in Branson, MO to take in a few
good shows, the Osborns headed for their home in
Massachussetts and the Ebdons turned West to
visit their sones, Paul and family in The Dalles,
OR and Jim and family in Napa, CA.
Another closer look at Mount St. Helens
makes it hard to imagine what happened but
"Seeing is Believing."
On the return, stopped in Fort Collins, CO
for a short visit with "Buckeye" and Betty
Swearingen, who both look well and keep plenty
Reunited again with the Osborns at the big
National Rally in Forest City, Iowa, with about
1200 units at the rally.
Hurried home from Iowa as both sons, Jim and
Paul decided to bring their families to Florida
for a short two week vacation. Arrived home one
day before they came and had a houseful.
Paul and Connie (Balnas) took in Connie's
BHS Class Reunion in St. Pete, while Jim, his
wife, Connie (Pustis) and children tried to wear
out the sand at Siesta Beach, and also visited
with Connie's mother, Louise Pustis, who also
lives in Sarasota. A trip to Disney World is
always a "treat" and they had a great time and
hope they can do it again.
Shortly after the kids left, Bev's mother,
Mrs. Verniece Moody, fell and broke her hip and
is presently recuperating at the Beneva Nursing
Pavilion, though it is expected she will be home
The camper will probably be anchored for the
rest of this year.
Gladys B. Ikcphrey
Dr. Robert and Evelyn Matheney, of Sun City,
Arizona, were with us for our Reunion, and taking
an apartment in St. Petersburg, were with us for
three months. During this time they were with Dr.
Matheney's mother, Mrs. A. G. Matheney. Evelyn's
birthday was celebrated on July 5th at the St.
Petersburg Yacht Club.
Alton and Vera Jones had a delightful couple
of weeks vacation in Virginia and North Carolina
visiting family and friends (former Canal Zone
members). Among them were Earl and Betsy Jones in
North Carolina, cousins of Alton Jones; George
and Frances Philips of Virginia Beach; Annie
Laurie Halvosa, her guest Jane Wooden Konecik, a
former Canal Zone teacher; also Luther and Essie
Jones, Alton's brother in Raleigh, North Caro-
lina, and Faye Luther and Essie Jones, Alton's
brother in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Faye and
Gene Hamlin, also in North Carolina. Quoting
Vera-"It was fun being with each of them, and we
were treated with typical Canal Zone
Herbert and Deane Rose of Rosemond, Calif-
ornia, paid a surprise visit to his cousin, Grace
Williams on September 28. She did not recognize
him at once as it was the first time in forty
some odd years that she had seen him. What a
gab-fest we had. It was wonderful. I love
William and Frances Violette had a very
happy trip to the British Isles including a visit
to Ireland, where she kissed the Blarney Stone.
After enjoying that lovely Island they went to
Scotland where they could enjoy both the High-
lands and the Lowlands, then on to England with a
stay in London. While there they met Lilia Booth
Griffin, a former classmate of Frances'. She was
about persuaded to attend the Class Reunion of
those graduated in the class of 1937 with
William's class of 1936 which is planned for the
1986 Panama Canal Society Reunion. Something to
really look forward to.
Jim and Barbara Slovef of Laurel, Maryland
are planning to move to Seminole, Florida in
December. Welcome to our home state.
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Mary Espiau phoned from New Orleans with
daughter Claudia '"ibby" Nolan Doni's Garland,
Texas, address, especially for the BHS'52 get-
together. Karen Ramsey, Greenville, Miss., also
sent it along. Mary brought us up to date on
husband Fernand's 80th birthday party July 26,
highlighted by a balloon bouquet with champagne
and congratulations from President Reagan. Tibby
and husband Ronald are planning a two weeks
Carnival Cruise in May to the Bahamas and are
still enjoying square dancing whenever they can.
Mary's daughter, Ginger Rood, Cincinnati, does
volunteer work for the Salvation Army, currently
dressing dolls for Christmas gifts. Ginger's son,
Kenny, is a medical student in Louisville, Ky.
Mary's son Fernand is an Air Force colonel
stationed in Arizona and daughter Pamela is
working toward an MBA at the University of New
George Fryer, New Orleans, is back from
Houma where he went to prepare for the U.S. Coast
Guard exam. No results in yet. He stayed with
ex-Zonians Donald and Dwayne Love and also saw
Todd and Kevin Morgan, and Stacey Phares. In
September, 1st Lt. Tom Finneman visited his
brother and family in New Orleans after complet-
ing an assignment in Honduras. In October,
Margaret Kienzle from D.C. was in town on
business, which brought Steve and Becky Casey
Sherwin over from Laurel, Miss., to see her.
Margaret, Becky, Cindie Sherman Moochler and
George are all 1975 CHS grads. Other ex-Zonians
visiting George lately include Donald Love, Randy
Phares, Rickey Phares and his girlfriend, Lena,
Happy news has been received from Bergueline
Goe, PSC Box 2773, APO Miami 34002, that the 1986
Balboa Union Church Women's Auxiliary calendars
are ready for mailing. The calendars are composed
of 13 historically related color pictures, chosen
from a private collection and printed by Warren
and Harper USA. The cost including postage is
$6.30 for one; $11.50 for two; $16.70 for three.
These make a meaningful, inexpensive Christmas
gift for ex-Zonian friends, and benefit a worthy
Marie and Gene Gregg, Mandeville, enjoyed
their annual trip to Dothan for the Gas House
golf session. Marian also got to see Enterprise
where Gail and Bob live. Fritz and Betty Frey,
Sierra Vista, phoned on their way to Fort Walton
Beach and will stop on their return. Fritz works
on an Air Force computer contract. Laura writes
from Panama that the excitement over many changes
continues with a fierce regularity. Roland
Casanova and June Clayton have stopped by to
visit. Gene was in Panama with Laura, so missed
the hurricanes. Marian, Gene, Helen and Nancy
were awakened early in the morning by Clayton,
Lynn, Carlye, Rayne, Hayley and Harrison who had
been camping out near Picayune and heeded a radio
weather warning. They all evacuated to Baton
Rouge and Zachary. Luckily, the storm brought
down only some leaves, branches and rain.
Elton Bell and Gene Gregg at Bell's home
in Santa Clara.
Anne Grinm-Richardson, Naselle, Wash.,
editor of Candle, seeks short contributions of a
regional flavor-why you moved to your present
location, what you like about it, and is
available there that other places don't have.
Submissions of verse should be 4-10 lines,
humorous or political preferred. All queries and
manuscripts must be accompanied with a SASE.
Payment is in the form of a subscription
extension and/or advertising discount.
Bill Hatchett hopes to attend the 1986
Reunion with all his BHS'56 classmates on the
occasion of their 30th anniversary. He takes this
means to call on the class officers to get the
ball rolling. He has solicited the help of Bob
Zunbado, Tampa, who was a prime mover of last
year's highly successful '55 gathering. Bill is
president of Hammer Inc., 2301 Edenborn #603,
Metairie, phone (504) 455-0205 (business) or
(504) 832-0822 (home), and is compiling a BHS'56
WA5YFA, also known as Ed Parker of New
Orleans, phoned in news of his recent visitors,
Cash and Mary Jane Paulson of Tallahassee, who
stopped in on their way to San Francisco. Besides
ham radio, Ed stays busy enjoying the antics of
his granddaughters Colett, 3, and Lindsey, 5,
daughters of Ed's daughter Cathy and her husband,
John Fontenot, of Fort Hood, Texas.
Bernard Woods, Lehigh Acres, Fla., writes
that he has a copy of Abbot's book Panama and the
Canal, which has been "done over" by a supervisor
friend in the Panama Canal printing shop.
Considering its age, he writes, it is in
beautiful condition. Following the death of his
wife, he has been clearing out their treasures
and offered this fine old book to us. We would
receive it for future placement in the Canal
Museum in memory of Mrs. Woods, but have received
This reporter is grateful to and thanks
publicly all her correspondents in Louisiana and
Mississippi who extended congratulations and best
wishes on the completion of her doctorate, and
welcomed her home to Louisiana.
Catherine and John Boswell, Hattiesburg,
write that they really enjoyed the September
Record, especially the pictures. They missed the
Reunion because in May they drove to Milwaukee,
then flew to England for a week with daughter
Deanna and her husband, USAF Col. Pat Barry. Then
they had four weeks in Scotland. Britrail took
them to Thurso on the north coast, then by air in
an 8-passenger plane to Fair Isle and the Orkney
Islands north of John O'Groats. They crisscrossed
Scotland southward, researching lineage in Dundee
and Aberdeen, buying bagpipes in Edinburgh and
kilts at St. Andrews, where dense fog prevented a
golf game. They enjoyed all the B&B's (bed and
breakfast) and met many interesting people. They
did not tour many castles, museums or cathedrals,
although they did see a few. They managed
something different each day, enjoyed the people
and hope to revisit friends made. They saw the
old Roman baths at Bath and Blenheim Palace where
Churchill spent his boyhood. They watched boat
owners lock their boats through river locks build
in 1914. Each had their own two handles to
operate the valves, then they opened the gates by
hand and locked their boats from river to river,
taking family and friends on weekend jaunts.
Several enjoyed looking through John's video
camera while he enjoyed their lockages. They
returned to Hattiesburg after visiting relatives
in Milwaukee. Shortly thereafter they hosted a
Round Dance Cuer couple from out of state and
another from out of town for a weekend during a
Round Dance Clinic in Hattiesburg. The Boswells
would like to hear from Canal Zonian Round
Dancers. In mid-October, Roark and Judy Sunner-
ford backed down the Boswell's 250-foot driveway
trailering a beautiful sleek red Fiberglass
raceboat Roark had designed and manufactured. The
Sunnerfords were returning home to Tennessee
after winning a Miami boat race. They stayed for
lunch after a tour of the yard, house and John's
Ngauge trains, then visited daughter Lynn and her
husband, John M. Turner, a Hattiesburg optome-
trist, who have two sons, William and David.
After a short tour around town, the Sunnerfords
were on their way again. Boswell daughter No. 2
Jean, is now living in Miami, after Puerto Rico,
Virgin Islands, Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, Vene-
zuela and Brazil. Her husband, Dick Green, is
with Texaco. From all their travels, their two
daughters are tri-lingual. In September, Cathe-
rine and John drove to Rapid City, S.D., for a
visit with son Gordon and his wife, Helen George,
and daughter, Ashley. Gordon is a lieutenant
colonel stationed at Ellsworth AFB. They toured
the Badlands in Gordon's new motorhome and
enjoyed Mount Rushmore. Ashley, a gifted pianist,
has recently begun clarinet lessons.
Elena Kelly, Hattiesburg, writes that she
and her husband are looking forward to the
arrival of daughter Carol and her husband Randy
Puzon from San Antonio for a Thanksgiving
holiday. By coincidence, Hurricane Elena arrived
on Mrs. Kelly's birthday, but fortunately brought
only a lot of rain and no damage. Carol's sister,
Janet, lives with her husband, Tony Hodges, and
children, Soner, 4 and Stephen, 1, in Jackson.
Virginia Selby Entrekin, Whitfield, got
together with BHS classmate, Shirley Zemer
Swenson, Carriere, for dinner and happy remins-
cences with Shirley's parents who were visiting.
Virginia teaches math at USM and will be moving
to Hattiesburg permanently with husband Rod when
he retires. Meanwhile, she's rounding up ad-
dresses for members of the BHS Class of 1952 for
a get-together in 1987. The announcement in the
last Record brought old Zonian tennis buddies
George Tochterman (Arlene McKeown's husband),
Green Bay, Wis., and Ray Davidson, Bryan, Texas,
back together. Sally Ackerman Estes, Oak Park,
Ill., heard the call and sent addresses for Marie
DiBella Allen, Diane Hanrahan Coughlan, Margaret
Strauss Edwards, Fred and Leona Hart Lee, Edith
Beauchamp Shutter and Sheila Fearon Weidon. Sally
edits Booklist, a review journal published by the
American Library Association, Chicago, and wrote,
"What fun, what excitement, what nostalgia," in
looking forward to the get-together. Another long
lost voice emerging from the past belongs to
David McIlhenny, Carlisle, Mass., who still
misses the Zone terribly and wonders if we all
suddenly get nostalgic about this age. The only
Zonian he's seen even remotely recently was Alan
Bissell-about 10 years ago. We expect to hear
from Alan's parents any moment with his current
address. Dave presides over AZREK, Inc., a small
software house in Burlington, Mass. Count in Bob
Metivier, Pawtucket, R.I., who wants to see if
everyone has stayed as young as he has-why of
course, Bob, or even younger! Virginia is looking
forward to hearing from the rest, especially her
old pal, Kayleen Vinton. Those still in Panama
are being located for addresses by Velma Medina
Reilly. Virginia says parents are good to inform
the "kids" when something like our get-together
John R. Gough, Sr., Marrero, reports his son
Willian E. Gough, III, has returned after several
years in Panama where he worked for contractors.
Bill now works as a production machinist in
Gretna. In August the Goughs entertained Canal
pilot Henning J. Spilling Jr., and his brother
Robert. Their dad, Henning Sr., is a retired
Canal pilot. Recently, John also heard from his
cousin, ex-Zonian John Finlason, San Diego, who
has become interested in family genealogy. In
September Frances Brown, San Antonio, visited.
John sent along some "goodies"-a 1959 Panama
Canal Review and a fascinating article, "In the
Wake of the Chagres," by Angel Rubio, from a 1954
issue of Americas magazine. Correspondents who
send us materials should know they will be held
in safekeeping until our Museun Committee can
provide a proper, permanent home. Museum contri-
butions will be made in the name of the donor.
Robert B. Spilling (ex-Zonian), his bro-
ther, Capt. Henning Spilling, Jr. (Canal
pilot) during their visit with ex-Zonian
William E.- Gough III in Marrero, LA.
Greta and Owen Smith of Osyka have picked
the last cantaloupes and canned the last peas for
awhile. Certa likes her new job as secretary to
the institutional services director of McCamb
Schools. Owen, meanwhile, has been helping
Gerta Smith shows off her
crop, Oskya, Miss.
neighboring farmers put up hay for the winter.
Owen's cousin and her husband, Jane and Lloyd
Cline, Waynesboro, Pa., visited recently as did
Glenn and Nita Swan from Chourdrant and Jim and
Fulla Foster, Marine Division, Panama. Kessie has
a look-alike playmate, another miniature dach-
shund, as yet unnamed.
Jack and Betty Searcy Rathgeber had a busy
summer and fall with houseguests and trips. Higgy
and Reba Alexander Higginbothan arrived in early
August. They took trips to Pennsylvania and
Atlantic City, N.J. to see the sights and saw a
show at Harrahs Casino.
In late August Joe and Louise Rathgeber
arrived for a visit with Jack and Betty and then
went to Bricktown, N.J. to stay with Norine
Rathgeber Lucas. In September Jack and Betty went
to East Hampton, Mass. to visit Dorothy Judd. Dot
drove them to New Hampshire where they went to
the top of Mt. Washington by gondola. Hope no one
got Mal de Mer swinging in the gondola.
Had a phone call and long chat with Sidney
Randolph about the good old C.Z. days. Sid lives
in Martha's Vinyard, Mass. He did not think I
would remember him and was surprised that I could
describe him as I remembered him. He is the
Captain of the ferry that runs between the island
and the mainland. He told me that he had attended
his first P.C. Reunion in June. He was in the BHS
class of 1935. The Dennises had a big gathering
for the wedding of Bob Dink and Mary's middle son
Bruce to a delightful young lady, Patricia
Maguire. We had some cousins of the Lyons family
join us for the long weekend. They are the
children of my Aung Melba Baker Lyons who lived
on the Atlantic Side. They arrived with our New
I will be leaving for my winter sojourn on
December 27th. This year I will be going to
Florida instead of Hawaii. Toddles Warren Setzer
twisted my arm to try Florida. I expect to see
some of you at the monthly meetings.
If anyone is in the neighborhood of 1011
Burbank Court, Sun City, Fla., please be sure and
stop for a visit.
Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New
Jo Dennis Konover
The P.C. Society of W.N.C. had a luncheon on
October 12th with an attendance of 35 members and
guests. We welcomed new members, Dr. and Mrs.
Charles Latimer of Greenville, S.C., and their
guests, Mr. and Mrs. James Sener of Dothan,
Alabama; Bill Duning's guest, Bob Stern, for-
merly of Gatun, Hedvig Sundberg from California,
guest of Janet and Boss Cunnigham, and Ruth
Paoell of Clearwater, guest of Betty Quintero. It
was good to have Marian and Bill DeVore from
Murphy, N.C., Bonnie and LeRoy Wilson from
Balsam, N.C., and Dr. Frank Smith of Easley, S.C.
We are deeply saddened by the unexpected
death of Ernest Zelnick, who suffered a fatal
heart attack on September 30th (see With Deep
Sorrow). Ruth and Ernie had been back in
Hendersonville for just a few days after spending
the sumner month in their sumner cottage in
Vernont. During this time, they met with Jean and
Chet Hill in Maine for a chartered sailboat
cruise. Their children, Carol, John and Paul,
with their families, all spent time with than
during the summer.
We extend our sympathy to Gene (Sexton)
Clary on the death of her husband, Wilt Clary
(see With Deep Sorrow).
Rae and Jo Ebdon of Sarasota overnighted in
Hendersonville in late August as guests of Jean
and Jack Donbrowsky. Then, the four of them drove
to St. Albans Bay, Venront, where the Ebdons were
guests of Betsy and Trumn Hoedke and the
Dcmbrowskys stayed with Edna and Jim Million for
a fun-filled week. In October, Peggy and Don
Hutchison came from Aiken, S.C., to spend a few
days with Jean and Jack. Their son, Dale, and
grandson, Jason, from Lakeland, Fla., spent a
week with them in August.
Taken on Hoenke's island in St. Albans
Bay, Vermont. (Front) Edna Million, Rae
Ebdon. (Back) Joseph Ebdon, Ernest Zel-
nick, Ruth Zelnick, Betsy and Truman
Linnea and Ron Angermuller flew to England
and spent the month of September touring there.
Shortly after their return, Ron and Dwight Van
Evera went to Dothan, Ala., for the Gashouse Gang
Betty Dunning and her sister, Freida Stoh-
rer, toured the British Isles and France in the
month of October. Bill's mother, Elva "J'"
Dunning from Tampa spent several weeks here. Bob
and Delores Leisy from Virginia visited the
Dunnings for a few days.
Carmen and Charlie Howe visited their son,
Dan, and family in Franklin, Va. Dan is working
as Production Manager for Bokins Manufacturing
Co. in Bokins, Va. Carmen and Charlie are proud
grandparents for the 10th time. "Peanut" (Howe)
and Don Bonner had a baby boy on Aug. 22nd (see
Births). "Peanut" heard from her friend, Sherry
(Payne) MaGee, Memphis, Tenn. that she also had a
baby boy, born Aug. 21st.
Betty Quintero has been a busy person the
past month. On September 17th Ruth Powell and
Isabel Gibson came up from Florida. Isabel went
on to New York and Ruth stayed with Betty. They
went to Aiken, S.C. for several days where Ruth
visited Peggy and Don Hutchison and Betty was a
guest of Dr. and Mrs. Szymonski. Then they went
to Banner Elk, N.C. for a week in the Blue Ridge
Mts. Norma and Sam Irvin went with them to stay a
few days, then Betty's daughter and her husband,
Carol and Pat Manning, from Maryland, were with
them the latter part of the week and Isabel
Gibson joined them before their return to
Peggy (Roddy) and Burley Pruett from Cape
Girardeau, Mo., were guests of Sam and Norm
Irvin for a few days in August.
Docia (Clisbee) Zavitkovsky, from Califor-
nia, spent a day with Ruth Sill. Ruth expects her
daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Ted Peck, from
Princeton, N.J., to be here for Thanksgiving.
It's the time of the year when we have to
say "Hasta la Vista" to our sumner residents.
BEily and Howard Johnson left in September, the
Cunninghans and Conovers will be leaving shortly.
Alice H. Roche
August 3rd arrived dry and warm in North
Bonneville, Washington, where 151 happy Zonians
gathered for their annual NW Picnic Reunion. Our
hosts, Clover (Shobe) and Jim Duffus are to be
thanked for a job well done. I know everyone who
attended enjoyed the day spent together. We had
twelve visitors who also joined us. From Calif-
ornia came Denise Martin, Carl and Nancy (Sulli-
van) Schorsch; from Nevada came Betty Clarke,
Lloyd and Edith VanKirk; from Arizona Harold and
Helen Young; from New Mexico came Arthur and
Linda (Hellumnd) Payne Jr.; and from Florida came
Marie (Schnidt) and Bill Park.
(Left) Marge and Gene Wehunt. (Center)
Those who signed in were the following: Earl
and Fran Almquist, Mebs (Boyington) Ausnehmer,
Floyd and Beverly Baker, Carl N. Berg, Roy Boggs,
Ceci Briem, Frederick S. and Doris Brown, Jesse
and Lucille (Hamilton) Bunker, Jimnie Clifton,
David and Connie Coffey, David and Frances J.
(Rabiteau) Coffey, Mike and Sisie Collins, Pat
and Henry Cruz, Cheryl Olsen Drake, Dorothy and
Neil Doherty, Tamny and Neil Doherty, Jim and
Clover Duffus, Paul and Connie (Balmas) Ebdon,
Darrell and Nancy (Kariger) Eide, Elizabeth
En~nan, John and Glenda Euell, Marvin L. Everest,
Ida Jane (Matheson) Farley, Dale and Bonnie
Fontaine, Kathy and Dan Glass, Marie Graham, Lois
Hamilton, Margaret and Grady Hardison, Ed and
Lori Herring, Steve Herring, Bill and Mary
Hodson, Denise O'Donnell Hollister, Jan (Doherty)
and Heidi Huff, Lee Kariger, Edward, Mellie and
Charlotte Kennedy, Bill Kent, Carl and Amanda,
Bryce Kimberline, Walter and Suzanne (Urey)
Kleefkens, Glenn and Gladys Lasher, Bill and
Marti Lohr, John and Joan Long, Warren and Ellen
Lyman, Don and Maycel MacLean, Mark and Elena
Maravilla, Toa and Marilyn Marsh, Robert and Mary
McAuslin, Evelyn Miesse, Charles D. Morse, Susan
M. Norris, Miraflores (Lockood) Petrey, Mike,
Inez, Nellie and Bill Plucker, Erika Reid, Al and
Anne, Allen, Michael Richardson, Jack and Anne
Rocker, Pat and Bill Scott, Harvey and Brenda
(Scott) Senecal, Lois J. Sharkey, Steve and
Debbie (Rowley) Shobe, Noralee and Jim Shobe,
Nancy Slover, Ralph and Helen Smith, Bettie Taht,
Mary and Dick Taht, Marty Vickery, Gene and Marge
Wehunt, Dan and Susie (Slover) Wells, Harriet
(Ioclaood) Wolfgang, Sue and Jim Wood, Martha
(Bradlye) Wood, Jim and Mary (Sullivan) Young.
Was just great seeing so many friendly faces
again. It was especially nice for me to see Marie
and Bill Park, as well as finally coming face to
face with Roy Boggs. Roy hasn't changed any more
than the rest of us-a little heavier, but he
still sports his cheerful smile.
Hosts for the 1986 NW Reunion will be
(Volunteered). Don and Maycel Malean of Wena-
tchee, Washington. Information for this event
will appear in the March RECORD.
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Anne and At Richardson. (Right)
(Left) Don and Macel McLean, hosts of
the 1986 N.W. Panama Canal Reunion.
(Right) Nancy (Sullivan) and Carl Schor-
Mike and Susie Collins, Cheryl Olsen
Drake, Steve Herring, Lori and Edward
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(Left) Bill Park, Dick Taht, Roy Boggs.
(Right) Bettie Taht, Mary Taht, Marie
After the Reunion, before returning to
Lynnwood, the Tahts and Parks stopped by to visit
Dick and Betty (Bradley) London in Washougal,
Washington. Marie was also able to see Peg, as
all three of us were together this summer.
Betty Clarke, Peg and I toured Mt. Rainier
National Park in the rain and fog,-so what else
is new? Sometimes one lucks out with good
weather, but not this time. We then toured Mt.
St. Helens again to see the changes. There were
many, as the trees are beginning to grow again,
and the wild flowers were in bloom. This day, the
sun was shining and the dust was in the air.
(Left) Linda (Hellmund) and Arthur Payne
(Right) Joan and John Long.,
(Left) Mark and Elena Maravilla. (Right)
Bryce Kimberling and Carl Berg.
In September, I took off for an Alaskan
tour; covering Anchorage, on Alcan Highway to
Fairbanks, Beaver Creek, Whitehorse, Skagway,
down the Lynn Canal to Juneau, Glacier Bay
National Monument, Sitka, the Inland Passage to
Vancouver, B.C. We flew, fussed, boated and
cruised. It was a beautiful trip, and the weather
cooperated with a light drizzle in Fairbanks and
a downpour in Sitka, the remainder warm, dry and
sunny. If you, the reader, haven't seen Alaska as
yet, GO. It's later than you think. It is a
While I was touring Alaska, Margaret and
Grady Hardison were visited by Perry and Rita
Washabaugh. They were touring in their motorhome
and visiting friends and relatives. Both looked
in excellent health and were enjoying life. They
also visited Mary Stephenson and An Laura
The Bunkers and Towerys were visited by Dale
and Virginia Norton (Florida) who were also
touring the Northwest.
Closing I wish to extend to each and all a
very Merry Christmas and a Happier, Healthier Ne~.
Martha B. Wood
Some of our members can be sighted daily
walking the mile track at our Recreation Center
on the south side. Among these are Nora and
Charles Green, Evelyn and Howard Hilborn, Bill
York and the latest recruit-Bob Rome,
towed by "Dinkie" his pet pooch.
Lorna Shore has had a fabulous summer-first
a trip to Alaska where she had a reunion with her
sisters from Alaska and Canada- which was
followed, upon her return, with a cruise on the
"Norway" accompanied by her daughter Diane and
her grandson Stevie.
Jim Catron made the local paper in October,
having made a hole-in-one at the Highland Park
Golf Course, duly witnessed by Bill York. He
recently returned from Panama where he enjoyed an
eight day fishing trip with his son Billy.
Eletheer Catron reports that their grandson Eddie
Lotterhos has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
In September Evelyn and Howard Hilborn
attended Evelyn's 50th High School Reunion at
Martin's Ferry, Ohio, and after visiting rela-
tives, returned home via the Skyline Drive and
the Blue Ridge Parkway, enjoying the fall colors
which were at their peak, and a short visit with
friends in Christiansburg, Virginia.
Peggy and Don Hutchison attended Gary
Hutchison's graduation from Louisiana Tech in
August. Gary and family have since moved to the
Dallas area of Texas. Bob and Vicki Boukalis
(Hutchison) also attended the graduation. Earlier
in the summer they visited Aiken and made a trip
down to Charleston to see Gerry and Diane Cox.
Gerry is presently at sea on the Saratoga. Ruth
Powell stopped by in October, and after her
departure, Peggy and Don took off for a few days
with Jack and Jean Dombrowsky.
Nora and Charles Green are delighted that
their daughter, Virginia Machak and family are
now residing in North August, S.C., having made
the move from Aliquippa, Pa.
Dorothy Everson is very enthusiastic about
the bus trip she and John made recently to
Canada, visiting many historic points enroute.
The September luncheon at the Ming Yat
restaurant in North Augusta was attended by 31,
including a new member, Bea Lee, a sister of
Grace Hartley. Also present were Bob and Billy
Roae, Dorothy and Harry Willenbrock, Hazel
Kilbey, DeWitt and Ethel Tate, Fina and Frank
Balinski, Eletheer and Jim Catron, Peggy and Don
Hutchison, Lorna Shore, Bernice and Bill Hill,
Verna and Andy Kapinos, Russell Percy, Ann and
Andrew Harley, Virginia and Frank Smart, Olga
Holmes, Grace and B.J. Hartley, Bill York, Nora
and Charles Green and Virginia Machek (Green).
The December Christmas dinner will be held
on December 7th at the Midland Valley Country
Trudi Clontz, Reporter
George and Catherine Laoe of Wilmington,
Delaware, came to Houston during October to visit
with sister, Mary Joe Yaeger. While here, they
were entertained by Betty Rathgeber, Flora Belle
Helmerichs and Irene Wright Hollowell. They plan
a trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for a family
reunion with the Andrew Whitlocks, Bates Morrison
Weiman and Minnie Brown Burton.
Helen Rae (Souder) and Bill McDougall are
once again in Houston, after living in Guatemala
City, Guatemala and Tulsa, Oklahoma, for several
years. They are happy to be near their three
daughters and five grandchildren. Father, Lou
Souder, is in good health at age of 87 years. His
hobbies are cooking, baseball and football.
Joe and Virginia Potochny of Pasadena,
Texas, flew to'Maine, in June, for the wedding of
their grandson, Jaime Frick. Mother of groom is
Mildred Frick. Mrs. John Redmond of Bowling
Green, Kentucky and daughter, Carol, of Joliet,
Illinois, were houseguests of Irene Wright
Hollowell, during month of September. Jean is the
daughter of the late Sarah Wright Rothwell.
Our President, Pat Coakley and wife Geni-
vieve, visited with Pat's mother, "Sweet Alice"
in Colorado Springs, Colorado, during summer
months. Brother, Jimie Coakley, retired USAF
Major and family are residents of Colorado
Springs, where Jimny is a high school teacher.
Joyce (Collinge) and Gary Minke, with their
four children, recently arrived in Houston, after
living in Indonesia for several years. Gary is
Chief Geologist for Amoco Oil and now assigned to
Houston Office. Joyce (Haldeman) and Roger
Collinge of St. Petersburg, Florida, were house-
guests of the Gary Minke family of Houston, for
the Thanksgiving holidays. There was a family
reunion with Mrs. Forrest Young, daughter Doris
Mary and Irene Wright Hollowell
Mrs. John (Florence) Terry is slowly recov-
ering from recent heart surgery. Tillie Levy
manages very well, living alone in her home, even
though confined to a wheelchair. Iva Standefer,
our Treasurer, is now recuperating from a broken
hip, in the home of her daughter. These former
Canal residents would enjoy receiving cards from
their friends of Panama Canal days.
Mrs. Walter (Peggy) Pollak, with friends in
Clifton, Texas, this summer made a tour of
Holland. Carolyn (Pollak) Tyssen and husband,
David, living in Clifton, Texas, toured the
Scandanavian countries of Norway, Sweden and
Denmark, during July.
Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and
Prosperous 1986! May all of the members of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. continue to
preserve American ideals and Canal Zone
friendships! God bless!
Irene Wright Hollowell
Sunner and the advent of fall have been fairly
quiet for the Houston area, at least for this re-
porter. August started off with a birthday party
for Mike Morris at the house he shares with Manuel
Catzoela "Catz". Lynn Saarinen was there agonizing
over the Texas Bar Exam, hopefully she is a li-
censed attorney practicing in the State of Texas
by now. Nancy ("Knick") and Chuck Sodkup made it
over from their next-door duplex. Glen and Diane
Baker were there on "Cloud Nine". Diane had just
won a radio station contest and they were leaving
for London in less than a week to be wined and
dined and entertained by ZZ Top. They had a won-
derful time on the trip, leaving daughter, Dan-
ielle, in Houston with Grandma. Others sharing
Mike's birthday celebration were Ed McArthur and
his girlfriend, Vicki; Tonya (Adams) and Mike Bos-
well, Ruth McArthur, Rae McConaughey, Jim McCar-
rick and his girlfriend, Kristin, and Drake and
Colette (Foster) Carlisle.
September 14 was a very busy day! Not only did
David Evans get married on that day, but also
Brian Christopher Boswell entered the world just
a few hours before David's wedding. Brians parents
Mike and Tonya, have recovered from the newness of
parenthood just fine.
We had a quickly planned visit from Marge Fos-
ter and Cel Marceau through the end of September.
They split their time in the Houston area between
this reporter and the June (Foster) and Monty Trim
household. Believe me, if anyone ever wants to
have the best houseguests, these two are the ones
to have visit. At the same time, Shirley Boswell
visited her children, staying with Debbie (Boswell)
and Phil Sanders and their girls, Marla and Shel-
ley. While here, she was able to see Steve and
Carmel Boswell and their son, Steve; and the new-
est addition to the Boswell family, Brian. She
also received the great news that she has another
grandchild on the way. Carmel and Steve will be
having another child in April/May of 1986.
Bill and Gladys Weigle came over to visit with
Cathy (Carlisle) and Jerry Weigle from Titusville,
Florida. They were here for their granddaughter
Lisa's second birthday party. Some of Lisa's party
guests included children of ex-Zonians such as
Marla and Shelley Sanders, and their mother, Deb-
bie; Wade Carlisle, and his parents Colette and
Drake; Karen, Cindy, Leigh Ann and Jill Carillo,
and their parents, John and Maryanne Carlisle.
This reporter apologizes for the narrow span of
people included in this report. Phone calls with
news and notices are more than welcome from anyone
wishing to contribute. Just call:
Peggy White Burke leads a most interesting
life. Peggy, Valedictorian of Balboa High School
Class 1939, is remembered as a classmate; an
acrobat, performing in shows in the Balboa
Clubhouse with her sister, Gene Litton; a member
of the Red, White and Blue Troupe, an athlete;
and all-round sportsman.
Her love for the outdoors follows her
through her life in Panama, Hawaii and now in
Peggy met and married her husband, Jack
Burke, 32 years ago in Hawaii. They both had
sailing and the love of the sea in common.
Jack Burke will be remembered for his
partnership in the "Venturer," an Alden schooner
out of Boston, with Bob Grant in Cristobal in the
After Peggy retired as Secretary to the
Chiefs of Staff at Hidkham and Kanahoe Air Base,
she and Jack set sail in their 72 foot boat
"Venturer" for Australia. While in Australia they
raced the "Venturer" which was lost on a reef,
leaving Peggy and Jack "beached."
They were fortunate enough to meet an
Australian who was building a boat and was
willing to sell it to them. They promptly bought,
outfitted, named the boat "Shiralee," and set
sail for Hawaii. From there they sailed to
California, down the coast of Mexico to Panama.
They visited with Gene and John Litton while
outfitting the "Shiralee" and making plans to
sail to Costa Rica looking for a retirement home.
Peggy and Jack found their safe harbor in
Punta .Arenas, Costa Rica. They dropped anchor,
bought a finca, put down their roots, and began
raising all kinds of tropical fruit. They had
found the best of two worlds.
Helen and Ezra Smith spent their summer
months fishing for salmon and trout in Montana
and New Mexico. They caught enough for Helen to
make her salmon roll, for which she is famous in
While berry hunting in the "big sky
country," Helen and three companions were chased
by a bear. Helen became "the leader of the pack"
when she outran the others to safety.
Bob and Dell Durm have their grandson,
Kenneth Fearon, with them. Kenneth is about to
begin training in Houston, TX as a manager-
trainee with the Kroeger Supermarket Chain. He
will finish his training in San Antonio and hopes
to be assigned to the San Antonio area upon
completion of his training. Congratulations,
Kenneth! Perhaps you will be instrumental in
bringing a Kroeger's store to Kerrville.
Grandson Keith Fearon spent his vacation
from his job in New Orleans here with his brother
Kenneth and Bob and Dell.
Betty Marshall is recuperating from a
lengthy illness. We wish you a full and speedy
recovery, Betty, and hope 1986 will be a healthy,
happy year for you.
Kathi Lessiack is anticipating her trip to
Pittsburgh for a visit with her grand-daughter,
Leslie Griffin, during Freshman Parent's Day.
Leslie, the daughter of Sue and law Stabler,
Panama, is a freshman at Carnegie-Melleon.
Sue and Bill Graham were "On the Road Again"
when they took off with Beth Waddell for Florida.
They drove Beth to her sister's home in Cape
Coral, then continued to Anna and Joe Collins in
St. Pete. The Collins entertained for Sue and
One of the highlights of their trip was a
visit with five sisters: Robbin Comer, Billie
Galloway, Ruth Gatz, Marine Hitchcock and Alice.
They drove to Jacksonville, Florida, for a
visit with Sue's sister, Helen Barrett. Then back
to Clearwater to visit Bill's sister-in-law,
Marion Grahan who is in a nursing home. Marion
had a fall and broke her hip. We wish her a
They met Beth Waddell in St. Pete for the
return trip home. Beth, however, is still going
at this writing. She met her high school friend
from their home town, Liverpool, Ohio, and they
are driving all over the East, looking up their
high school friends and enjoying every minute.
Gigi, Bill and granddaughter, Kristin
The following is another testament to the
wide spread popularity the Canal Record enjoys:
"Canal Record Reunites Lost Friends." In the
early fifties, Terry (La Pesh) Scheid convinced
Marilyn (Hansen) Carter to go to the Canal Zone
on a two-year contract to work at Gorgas
Hospital. After two years, Terry returned to the
U.S. and they lost contact with one another.
Recently Terry saw Marilyn's picture in the
Canal Record and their friendship has been
renewed. I wonder how many other lost friendships
have been restored?
During the first week of October, Marilyn
and Wade Carter were visited by their daughter,
Renee Collins, her husband, Rick, and their
children: Elizabeth, Christopher, and Christina.
Renee came bearing gifts of her home grown and
home canned vegetables, jams and jellies. Another
of their garden gifts was a 42 lb. watermelon,
enjoyed by all. Renee and family live in Broken
The honor of being selected for the Who's
Who of the South and Southwest has once again
been bestowed upon Marilyn Carter. She was
included in the 1984-85 edition and has now been
selected for the 1986-87 Who's Who. Congratula-
Marion and Fred Wells had Nellree Burger and
her another from Signal Mt., Tenn. visit them. Kay
and Allan Miller, Sarasota, Fla., also visited
the Wells. The Millers had been in San Antonio
with Ray and Jean Wilson.
Adelaide (Monsanto) Ellis of Ontario, CA,
visited her son David Ellis and family in
Houston, TX. Addie flew to San Antonio for a
weekend with her cousin, Thirza Guttnan, before
coming to Kerrville. Bea and Harvey Rhyne showed
off the Hill Country to her.
Bobbie and Barbara Baldwin went to King-
point, NY, for Bobbie's tenth year class reunion.
Grandpa Al Baldwin baby-sat Laura and Paul while
Bobbie showed Barbara the sights of New York.
Ted and Anna Lee Young were visited by their
son, Dwayne, and his wife Gloria (Burgoon) Young
After Dwayne and Gloria left for home, Ted
and Anna Lee took off for South Carolina,
Washington, D.C. and Oklahoma visiting the rest
of their family.
Ted has had two lens implants and doing
fine. Nothing can get by him now!
Lois and Bob Carpenter came from their home
in Phoenix, Ariz., to visit Jean and Carl Smith
and Honey Fealey.
Honey returned to Phoenix with Lois and Bob
for a short visit before flying to Oak Harbor,
Wash., to be with her sons and their families.
Honey plans on staying in Washington to get
acquainted with her two granddaughters, Jesselyn
and Jamie (see Births).
A little bit of Canal Zone trivia. The
penchant of the Panamanians to change the names
in the former Canal Zone continues. Diablo has
recently been renamed. The Panamaians now call it
Altos de Jesus, while the gringos call it Jesus
By the time this issue is mailed, the Sixth
Annual Christmas Dinner of the Hill Country
Zonians on December 7, 1985, will be history.
There is no doubt that it will be a great success
if the planning and preparations are any
It is fervently hoped that someone will come
forward and volunteer to take over the planning
and execution of the seventh annual party. The
present group of volunteers has worked long and
hard to keep these get together going. They are
running out of ideas and are tired.
All who have attended the previous get
together declare them lots of fun and
I would like to take a minute to thank all
who have given me their news and supported me in
trying to make these reports interesting. I do
wish more of you in this area would give me a
call or write with your news-stories-recollec-
tions-all of which are of interest to us.
My best wishes to all for a Merry Christmas
and a Healthy, Happy New Year.
The Canal Record is reaching out and more
and more lost sheep are coming back to the fold.
Beth Speir Coldiron (BHS 68) is back from Hawaii
and with husband Clark (Major USAF) and two
children Nathan (4) and Nicole (1) and is now
living in San Antonio. Beth's brother David
Speir, wife Davaris, and daughter Peggy (3) came
from Panama to visit last July. Beth hadn't seen
her brother since she departed Panama in 1980 and
this was the first meeting of the young cousins.
The Speir family then went on to visit Dave and
Pauline Speir in North Carolina before returning
to Panama. Beth also enjoyed a weekend visit from
Katie Filo Woods of McAllen, Texas in September.
Beth and Katie grew up across the street from
each other in Los Rios. Come next May the
Coldirons will be moving to Colorado Springs
where Major Coldiron will be stationed at the Air
Let's hear it for the Canal Zone Schools-
there were none finer! Remember the Turner twins
who went there, Diana and Richard, and lived in
Balboa and Ancon? Today Diane Turner Perkinson is
a doctor with the Air Force assigned to Wilford
Hall here in San Antonio and Richard is an
engineer working in Washington State. Richard,
with his parents Hugh and Lillian Turner,
accompanied us on our sentimental journey back to
Panama last June after the 1985 Reunion.
Paul Blades got in touch from Houston, TX.
Paul graduated from BHS in '59, left the CZ in
'64, and has been working for the Veterans
Administration in Houston for the past four
years. He would like to get in touch with
ex-Zonians in the Houston area; home phone is
It was a real treat to find again Reba
Colberg Payne. Although sad the occasion, her
mother's death, at 95, in Cibolo, TX. (See with
Deep Sorrow.) Reba lived on Ancon Boulevard
during our Balboa High School days ('38 to '41);
still plugging away as a nurse here in San
Antonio and would love to see old friends, maybe
at the reunion next year.
I just finished reading a delightful book
"Born Primitive," by Marjorie Vandervelde and
Marvel Iglesias. About her husband Lomie Mar-
jorie Vandervelde and Marvel Iglesias. About her
husband Lonnie and the San Bias, it is the last
book Marvel wrote before her death in 1984. Copy
can be had for $8 by writing to Velde Press, 402
Lakeshore, Emnetsburg, Iowa 50536; and thus we
can help continue the good work Marvel did all
life long for the kunas.
Rumor has it that Adrien Bouch is off and
running with plans for our Canal Zone Museum. The
last I heard he was in Washington, D.C. research-
ing the Military Musesum and the Smithsonian. He
needs the help of all of us. If our grandfathers
could build a canal we ought to be able to build
a museum before it all fades away!
After the reunion in Tampa last June the
following happy ex-Zonians went on to Panama like
a swarm of whistlin' gypsies eager for more:
George and Getty Bates, FL; Edna Brancone, CA;
Howard Buehler, SC; John and Jane Cochrane, CA;
Joe and Jim Cronan, CA; Bill and Rosemary Diez,
TX; Eva, Jerry, Pat, John, Shanmon and Caprice
Dockery, GA; Sara Bkholm, NY; Jose Ferrer;
Rosemary Millett Gilead, VA; Mary Graham, OK; Ray
Husum, CA; Dan Jenkins, FL; Isabelle Zemer
Lively, CA; Pat Boggs Lord, CA; DMw, Anthony,
Raymond and Carol Masino, FL; Tao and Thelma
Millett, MO; Gladys Moore, CA; Diane Munshaw,
Evita and Jon Norton, GA; Margaret Orr, NC; Ruth
Potter, CA; Janice Ross, CA; Eugene, Mercedes,
Robert and Lynn Salter; Jack and Shirley Sarge-
ant, PA; Mary Sepcic, John Snodrass, CA; Betty
Chan Snow, FL; Ken, Celine and Patrick Stone, CA;
Jeanne Stough, TX; Betty Sturgeon, NY; Grace
Stuart, NY; Albert and Iris Tervilliger, FL; Hugh
and Lillian Turner, AL; Richard Turner, WA;
Kathleen Turner, NC; Dave, Bev, Cassia and David
Vaughn, GA; and Ruth Bauman Yeilding, CA.
Left: Balboa Bill and Rosemary Diez -
Admin Building with view to the bridge.
Right: Playa Coronado Preston and Faye
Minton at their lovely villa on the golf
It's always fun to go back as a tourist, to
see and do all the things you neglected to do
while living there. The first bright omen was
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
HYATT REGENCY TAMPA HOTEL
Two Tampa City Center
JULY 3, 1986 THURSDAY
Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament and Luncheon; Golf at 8:30 AM.
Registration: 1:00 PM (Tampa Bay Galleria B)
Hospitality Suite Open: 1:00 PM (Buccaneer Suite).
Vendors Set-Up: 5:00 PM (Garrison Suite).
JULY 4, 1986 FRIDAY
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 to 9:00 AM (Atrium Lounge).
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 AM (MEMBERS ONLY) in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
Panazonian's Dance (Open Seating/No Charge): 8:00 PM 12:00 PM; Regency Ballroom
Registration: 9:00 AM 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM 4:00 PM.
Vendors: 12:00 Noon to 8:00 PM.
JULY 5, 1986 SATURDAY
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM (Atrium Lounge).
Registration: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM.
Vendors: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Banquet/Luncheon: 11:30 AM (Hyatt Regency Ballroom).
Annual Ball: 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM (Lucho Azcarraga at Curtis Hixon Center).
JULY 6, 1986 SUNDAY
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM (Atrium Lounge).
Vendors: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM.
Registration: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
Check-Out: 12:00 Noon.
1986 REUNION REGISTRATION
Chairperson Dorothy Herrington
1. Pre-registration, Banquet/Luncheon, Annual Ball, and Chagres Invitational Golf Reservations Forms
will be published in the March 1986 issue of the Canal Record.
2. Registration Tables will be set up Thursday through Sunday in the Hyatt's Tanpa Bay Galleria "A".
3. Registration will be set up for members and guests according to their residence by State and Foreign
4. Registration hours shown in the Schedule of Events is tentative. A final detail of Registration hours
will be published in the March issue of the Canal Record.
5. When you register, you will be issued your name tag and your PRE-PAID Society Banquet/Luncheon and
Annual Ball tickets.
6. TICKETS will be filed UNDER THE NAME and State/Country of residence of the member who orders the
7. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE BANQUET/LUNCHEON OR TO THE ANNUAL BALL.
8. Tickets not picked up prior to the Luncheon or Ball will be held at the entrance to the function. NO
TICKETS WILL BE MAILED.
9. GOLF Tournament tickets and Non-Society Sponsored (Class Reunions, etc.) functions tickets should be
picked up from the Chairperson of the function.
10. Registration during the Annual Ball will be limited to only those persons who have tickets to the
Ball and are permitted entrance into Curtis Hixon Convention Center.
11. All who plan to attend the Reunion should mail-in a PRE-REGISTRATION Form. This form (to be published
in the March issue) will permit us to have the registration lists and name tags made up in advance.
1986 REUNION RESERVATIONS
No Tickets Will Be Sold At The Entrance To The
Annual Ball Or The Banquet Luncheon
1. Reservations will be accepted only from members in good standing who have paid their 1986 dues.
2. ALL reservation forms must be sent in with a completed PRE-REGISTRATION Form.
3. Reservations must be in writing using the appropriate form, to be published in the March and June '86
issues of the Canal Record.
4. Hotel Reservation Forms should be mailed directly to the appropriate hotel.
HOTEL RESERVATIONS 1986 REUNION
HYATT REGENCY TAMPA The 1986 Reunion Headquarters Hotel, Tampa, Florida
TAMPA HILTON and ASHLEY PLAZA (Formerly Holiday Inn Downtown Tampa)
1. Room reservations and deposits should be MAILED DIRECTLY TO THE HOTEL.
2. Reservations may be made by either using the Hotel Reservation Form provided in this issue, or you
may telephone the Hotel's Reservation Desk at the following telephone numbers:
Hyatt Regency Tanpa 813-225-1234
Tampa Hilton 813-223-2456
Ashley Plaza 813-223-1351
3. To guarantee your room reservation you must send one night's deposit OR your Credit Card Number.
4. Room rates for one night (one to four person occupancy) is as follows: Hyatt Regency $45; Tampa
Hilton $45; Ashley Plaza $40.
5. Reservation Cut-Off date is June 3, 1986. Reservations will be accepted until the Society's Room
Blocks are filled. After the cut-off date, it will be on a space-available basis; in addition, the
Reunion rates cannot be guaranteed.
6. Hotel reservations submitted in writing will be confirmed in writing by the hotel up to the cut-off
7. Hotel reservations made by telephone will not receive a written confirmation.
8. The Hyatt Regency Hotel will have free guest parking. Overflow parking for the Hyatt will be in the
City's Ft. Brooke Garage (attached to the Hyatt by a covered concourse).
9. Both the Tanpa Hilton and the Ashley Plaza provides free parking.
10. Both the Tampa Hilton and the Ashley Plaza provides free Limo service to and from the Tanpa Airport.
11. Major credit cards may be used for paTment of all hotel services.
12. The Hyatt Regency has rooms that can accommodate Handicapped Guests. If you require one of these
special rooms,, please note your needs under the "Special Requests" section of the Reservation Form.
13. Transportation between the Tampa Airport and the Hyatt Regency Hotel must be obtained from the Cen-
tral Florida Limousine Service. Upon arriving at the airport and picking up your luggage, you should
go to any of the four Limo Service Booths just outside the baggage pick-up area and arrange for Limo
transportation to the hotel. The present rate is $3.50 per person, one-way.
14. Hotel check-in time in 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
15. Hotel guests arriving before check-in time or leaving after check-out time may request to have their
luggage placed in safe-keeping until the proper time. Arrange with the Bell Captain.
Chairman Vic May
1. The Curtis Hixon Convention Center is five minutes walking time (3 to 4 blocks) between all Reunion
hotels. During the evening of the Annual Ball, the Society has arranged for security guards to be
positioned along the walking route between all hotels for your convenience.
2. For those members who are unable to walk to the Curt is Hixon Center, the Society will have two shut-t
tie busses operating between the hotels and the Curtis Hixon.
3. Members arriving by air at the TAMPA AIRPORT: Upon picking up your baggage in the baggage area for
the Hyatt Regency Hotel, you should proceed to any one of the Limo Booths just outside the airport
baggage area and request service to the Hyatt Hotel. There is a fee of approximately $3.50/person.
Those members staying at the Tampa Hilton or Ashley Plaza should use the direct line telephone in the
baggage area and arrange for their hotel's shuttle-van for pick-up. This service for these two hotels
4. The return trip to the airport from the hotels should be arranged with the Hotel's Bell Captain. The
Limo Service has regularly scheduled trips.
5. The Reunion Coordinator has made special arrangements for our members to receive BIG DISCOUNTS from:
Eastern Airlines 37% discount, and Avis Car Rental 60% discount.
6. Discount round trip fares from Panama to the Reunion are being arranged through the Gordon Dalton
Travel Agency, 52-5132. Ed Armbruster has been named as Chairman for Panama travel by the Reunion Co-
ordinator. (Tel: 52-2503). Further details will be published in the March issue of the Canal Record.
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This year, your association headquarters is offering you the use of a special, unlisted phone number for
making travel arrangements to your meeting.
Eastern's convention desk is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM (Eastern Time).
You can call for flight reservations or fare information- and you can even include car rentals and complete
vacation packages along with your airline reservations.
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The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Post Office Box 3738
Holiday, Florida 33590
July 31, 1985
President Ronald W. Reagan
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20500
Dear President Reagan:
The Panama Canal Society of Florida respectfully invites you to be our speaker at the Society's 1986 An-
nual Luncheon/Banquet to be held on July 5, 1986 at the Hyatt Regency Tanpa Hotel in Tanpa, Florida.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. is a non-profit social organization of persons who were associ-
ated with the maintenance, operation and support activities of the Panama Canal. Within our Society are
present and former employees of the Panama Canal, retirees, military and dependents, both second through
fourth generations of those who helped in the construction of the Panama Canal.
The Society has a membership of over 4,000 persons. Approximately 1,200 reside in the State of Florida.
The remainder hail from the other 49 states and foreign countries.
Each month the Society conducts a monthly meeting on the Florida Suncoast. In addition, we hold an annual
reunion in the Tampa Bay area and this reunion is attended by, at least, 2,500 members and guests coming
from all 50 states and 8 countries. Our reunion extends over a period of four days and is primarily a
gathering of old friends and relations. It acts as a catalyst for many family, class and co-worker re-
The Annual Luncheon/Banquet, one of the main high-lights, is held on the Saturday of our Reunion Week.
It is normally attended by 700 to 900 of those attending our Reunion. Its primary feature is the guest
During the negotiation period of the present Panama Canal Treaty, our members, both retired and those em-
ployed at the time by the Panama Canal Company/Canal Zone Government, considered you to be their chanpi-
Although the Treaty is now past history, it would be the highest honor to have not only the President of
the United States speak to us, but the one person our members admired most during a difficult period of
The Panama Canal Society members hope that this invitation will favorably fit in with your busy schedule
and we can look forward to have you and Mrs. Reagan as our guests on July 5, 1986.
Peter W. Foster
WILL BE REFUNDED
ADVANCE PAYMENTS TO REUNION
ACTIVITIES BEFORE MARCH 1986
VENDORS CANAL MEMORABILIA
Chairman Paul Disharoon
1. Vendors must file a Vendor's Application Form with the Coordinator, 1986 Reunion.
2. Vendor's Application Forms may be obtained by requesting the form from Peter Foster, '86 Reunion Co-
ordinator, 2389 Citrus Hill Road, Palm Harbor, FL 33563. Telephone 813-785-8555.
3. A Vendor's fee of $100.00 per vendor has been established by the Society's Executive Board.
4. Only twelve (12) Vendors will be permitted to the '86 union, due to the small area.
5. Approval of Vendor's application will be based on the fact that the items to be sold are related to
Panama Canal memorabilia. Approved applications will be issued on a first came first served basis.
6. Applications disapproved will be returned to the requestor and all fees returned.
7. The Panama Canal Society reserves the sole right to reproduce or use the Soeiety's emblem, therefore,
use of the Society's emblem on items for sale by vendors is prohibited.
8. If the application is approved, an "Authorized Vendor's" card will be issued and must be displayed at
the table assigned to the vendor.
9. Due to limited space, only one table (approx 2 ftx6 ft.) will be assigned to each vendor. After the
cut-off date, June 15, 1986, additional tables may be assigned at no extra fee, if space available.
10. The Society will not be responsible for arranging storage of Vendor's materials. Storerooms are not
available at the Hyatt Regency.
11. The deadline for receiving Vendors Application Forms is June 15, 1986.
12. As this is a membership function attended by members vendors are requested to keep this thought
in mind when establishing their mark-up on items for sale.
1986 REUNION ACTIVITIES
THURSDAY, JULY 3, 1986
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON
Co-Chairpersons Fred & Jane Huldtquist
The Seventh Annual Golf Tournament is still in the planning stages. Final details and the reservation
forms will be published in the March '86 issue of the Canal Record.
FRIDAY, JULY 4, 1986 10:00 AM
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING OF THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
President Peter Foster
This is your Society we urge ALL members to attend and give your support and ideas to the membership
be there for the election of Officers, Bylaw amendments and Committee Reports.
COME TO THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING!!
1. Only members in good standing (1986 dues paid) will be permitted to attend the Annual Business Meet-
2. Upon registering at the door, MEMBERS will be issued a Gift Lottery Ticket.
3. Before adjourning the Annual Business Meeting, there will be a drawing for several gifts donated by
the memorabilia Vendors. In addition, the Society will provide two Grand Prize cash gifts of $150.00
each to cover the three nights stay at the reunion hotels.
Y1O MUST BE A MBER AND YOU MWST ATEiD THE ANNUAL BUSINESS ETING TO1 HEE VE YOUR GIFT R10 RY TICKET
MAKE REERVATIONS EARLY
FRIDAY, JULY 4, 1986 8:00 PM
SECOND ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE
Open Seating/No Charge
Chairman Bill IWeeler
The Society has planned this informal dance to take place in the Hyatt Regency Ball Room from 8:00 PM
until 12:00 Midnite. No reservations are necessary your name tag will be your ticket to enter.
This is NOT a BYOB affair the Hyatt will have cash bars in the area. The Hyatt's restaurant will re-
main open after the dance.
Continuous live music will be provided by Charlie Cooper and his Latino "Copra" band, and Roger Burns
at the organ.
WATCH THE JULY 4th FIREWORKS OFF HARBOR ISLAND!!
SATURDAY, JULY 5, 1986 11:30 AM
ANNUAL BANQUET LUNCHEON
Chairperson Betty Malone
Doors open at 11:30 AM. The Luncheon will begin at 12:00 Noon.
Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
Maximum tickets per member is ten (10). Price per ticket will be $12.00. The 1985 Reunion
Luncheon price per member was $10.00 per person, but each meal cost the Society $13.35.
The Society cannot afford to subsidize $2.00 per meal again this year.
Will be assigned at round tables seating 10 persons each. Seating is limited to 1,000.
Will be published in the March 1986 Canal Record.
Cut-off for sale of tickets is June 13, 1986 or the first 1,000 reservations, which ever
Cancellation requests must be received by June 30, 1986 for your money refund.
SATURDAY, JULY 5, 1986 8:00 PM
ANNUAL SOCIETY BALL
Curtis Hixon Convention Center, 600 Ashley Drive, Tanpa, Florida.
8:00 PM to 1:00 AM.
Priced at $8.00 when ordered in advance through the reservation form printed in the March
and June 1986 Canal Records. Unsold tickets will be placed on sale at the Reunion in the
Hospitality Suite, and will be priced at $10.00 each.
NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE CURTIS HIXCN CONVENTION CENTER.
Will be limited to six (6) per membership member (member, spouse/conpanion and four (4)
guests. They will be assigned on a first come-first served basis. Only 3,000 reservations
will be accepted. No table assignments will be made. Only tables reserved will be for the
Reunion Committee and Past Presidents.
Continuous live music by Lucho Azcarraga, Charlie Cooper and his Latin Copra Band, and
Roger Burns and his organ.
Semi-formal No Shorts.
NO B.Y.O.B. BYCB is not permitted. Drinks must be purchased from the Curtis Hixon Cash
Bars. Drinks will be priced as follows: $1.25 for Draft Beer and Wine; $1.75 for House
brands; $2.00 for Premiun Brands.
At the Curtis Hixon Parking Deck (for a fee) or parking meter spaces in the area which are
free after 5:00 PM. We recommend walking to and from the hotel if you are staying at one
of the reunion hotels (it's just a 3-4 block walk 5 minutes).
The Society has arranged for SECURITY GUARDS to be positioned along the routes between the
hotels and the Curtis Hixon Center.
The cut-off for reservations will be the first 3,000 reservations, or on June 15, 1986,
whichever is first. Any tickets remaining after June 15 will be placed on sale at the Hos-
pitality Suite in the Hyatt Regency at the cost of $10.00 per ticket.
Cancellation requests must be received by June 30, 1986 in order to have your money re-
funded on the sale of Ball tickets.
Chairman Bill Wheeler
The Panama Canal Society of Florida has enjoyed the reputation of being a fun loving, con-
genial group. Unfortunately, several of those attending the 1985 Reunion blemished our reputation
- IT WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN!!
In Cooperation with the Society, the Hotels will have a greatly enlarged plainclothed Security
Force. In addition instead of cancelling future Reunions we will first try apprehending and
prosecuting, to the fullest extent, those person performing disgraceful, unruly or destructive acts
while attending the 1986 Reunion. PLEASE COME TO THE 1986 REUNION TO ENJOY NOT DESTROY!!!
1986 Reunion Reservation Forms
1. Pre-Registration, Banquet/Luncheon, Annual Ball and Golf Tournament Forms, including all pertinent
details and instructions will be published in the March and June '86 issues of the Canal Record.
2. Any and all advance payments to the Society for its 1986 Reunion activities prior to the March 1986
publication of the Canal Record will not be accepted, and advance payments will be returned to the
3. Hotel reservations should be made as soon as possible. Select the hotel and make your lodging reser-
vation. For your convenience, Hotel Reservation Forms are included in this section. Mail the reser-
vation forms DIRECTLY TO THE HOTEL.
4. Hotel room rates for single to quad (1 to 4) person capacity are as follows: Hyatt Regency Tampa (the
Headquarters hotel): $45 per night; Tanpa Hilton: $45 per night; Ashley Plaza (formerly Holiday Inn
Downtown Tanpa): $40 per night.
DUES ARE DELINQUENT I FEBRUARY 1986
THE WHITE HOUSE
August 20, 1985
Dear Mr. Foster:
Thank you for your invitation for the President to the Annual Luncheon/Banquet of the Panama Canal Soci-
ety of Florida on July 5, 1986 in Tanpa, Florida.
We appreciate your extending this opportunity. We hope that you will understand that we are unable to
make a commitment for the President this far in advance. In order not to delay your planning, we suggest
that you proceed with your program not counting on his acceptance. If you wish, you may then feel free to
renew your invitation closer to the date perhaps eight weeks in advance for consideration at that
With best wishes.
FREDERICK J. RYAN, JR.
Appointments and Scheduling
10 MINUTES NORTH
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AT TAMPA CITY CENTER July 1-7, 1986 Single(s) person $45 King
For Revisbonsr Concellaions Conv Code (G-00500) Double() 2 Person $45 DeL-DBL
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State ZpCode (IF RATE REQUESTED IS NOT AVAILABLE
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I a QUAD $45 200 Ashley Drive ADVANCE CAN BE GUARANTEED
STampa, Florida 33602 THIS SPECIAL RATE.
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY PPlease reserve the following accommodations.
JULY 3 6, 1986 Arrival Date Number of Nights Departure Date
A U -LAZ Rates: Single $40 __ Double $40
Lno -- Triple $40 Quad $40
(formerly Holiday Inn) Please guarantee my reservations by the following:
I-i & 275 @ Ashley Street Exit Name One night's deposit $ enclosed or
111 W. Fortune St.
Tampa, FI 33602 O Am Ex O Visa [ Mastercard
(813) 223-1351 Address Card Number
Complimentary Airport Limousine Exp. Date Signature
Reslauraunt and Lounge City & State Zip
F,"re Park8anLoung e iY&Sta Reservations must be guaranteed to be
Banquet & Meeting Facilities-,o.1-00 honored. Reservations will be subject to
Whirpool PhoneI availability if received after: June 20, 1986
Check-in Time: 3:00 PM
Check-out Time: 12:00 PM
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Some of the restaurants found in the Harbor Island Market, Tampa, FL.,, including the
Columbia Restaurant (lower left). This attraction can be reached without a car from
the Hyatt Regency Tampa Hotel.
Stand Rosemary Diez. (Right) Panama City Margo and Donald
Grimm at the Holiday Inn.
(Left) Reunion in Panama Keta and
Thelma and Tom Millett. (Right)
burping into Ruth Raymond at the airport, an old
friend from the SAO Office at Fort Amador. She is
now Mrs. Alan Cornell, wife of our Military
Attache in Panama. At the Adninistration Building
we took pictures and visited with Diane Morris in
the Public Affairs Office. Diane found us some
old Panama Canal Reviews, the only ones left
October 72 in Spanish. Some other impressions:
It was the best time of year-the rainy
season. We got caught in it and it felt good, big
fat drops; some rains are wetter than others. Las
Tinajas is a new popular restaurant with delici-
ous native foods. The taxi drivers are the
scariest. From Paitilla to the Zone he passed
every other car on the highway, plus several
flocks of birds, and a few small planes. Gamboa
Golf Club is still open and served empanadas
sabrosas at 2:00 P. M. in the afternoon. The golf
course looked desolate and never saw a soul on
the streets of the town. Summit Gardens looked
the same, a dazzling array of color, 40 cents to
Didimo Gonzalez, Rosemary (Millett) Gilead,
Panama City Lunch at "Las Tinajas".
get in. It was a busy, active place; two men were
wrestling an alligator. The small bird cage and
peacock fern are gone but the famous mangosteen
trees are still there, covered with tiny new
fruit, not ready for picking until August. Madden
Dam is still busy churning away, in the middle of
the jungle with little children all around
selling baby alligators.
The first morning at the hotel we were
served a large glass of delicious, fresh Boquete
orange juice. How good, how nostalgic, how sweet
it was! At 6:00 A. M. the following morning I
called room service and eagerly ordered the same
again. No better way to start the day. When it
came I took a huge swallow, gasped, and spit it
out. It was bitter as limes and shrivelled my
mouth. Very unhappy I called room service and
complained, "I ordered orange juice and you sent
me grapefruit juice. Please send me orange juice,
emphasis on the "naranja."
"Aye, que tonteria eso hambre," she replied.
(Left) PRR Magazine
(Left) Panama City Shopping for guinaps.
lett. Ask Tom who caught
(Right) Contadora Tom and
the 40 lb. dolphin!
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belle (Zemer) Lively, Mrs. Ma
"Lo siento, senora, le mando otro." Soon there
was a rap on the door and the bell-boy delivered
another. It was the same bitter stuff and
hedonist that I am I called room service again,
"Idiots, you sent me grapefruit again! Send me a
glass of orange juice." She replied politely,
"Are you mad?" Bare-faced i-pudence but it made
me laugh. "Yes, I'm mad and I'm not going to pay
for this bitter stuff," not this little pea hen.
He came a third time, exasperated, and delivered
a third glass. I tasted it, made him taste it,
and continued my rampage.
"Hombre! This is not orange juice!" "Si, es
naranja." "No, it isn't." The bell-boy heard me
out, patiently stood his ground, then fixing me
with two big bloodshot eyes, delivered the
verdict in words which I shall never forget:
"Se termino la epoca." (is finished the
epoch out of season the time is gone.) That
stopped me and a tear came to my eye. Gone were
uth Yeilding. (Right) Panama City Isa-
ry Zemer, Jeanne Stough.
the days of bashing Cecilia, of parties in the
bohio, of shopping on Central Avenue and sailing
on the ANCON. The jewel in the crown was gone. It
was orange juice alright but made from green
oranges! Delighted to learn a new phrase, my
nerves instantly recovered their tone and my
temper its natural sweetness. He was talking
about oranges but I was thinking Time of the
Zonian. Se termino la epoca.
Jeame Flynn Stogh
Virginia's one-armed reporter sends a weak
"hello" or a weak "Ol1"...or just "owie oooh"!
I slipped on the parquet-floor area right in front
of the elevator at the hotel...broke wrist while
attending the San Diego Canal Zone Reunion...alas!
Phoenix, Arizona was a stopping place for a two
weeks visit before going on to the San Diego af-
fair. Enjoyed Fern Horine Dabill's home with a big
swimming pool, big yard plus great weather...where
we enjoyed several outdoor parties...especially a
Reserved Officer's party. Wine and cheese, to help
out money-wise...to help fund some of the new and
young officers just starting their career. Talking
about career...Fern's daughter, Carol, seems to be
following in her mother's footsteps in her love
for a physical therapy career. In March this year,
she graduated from the Army Baylor Master's pro-
gram in physical therapy and is now stationed as
First Lieutenant at Beaumont Army Medical Center
in El Paso, Texas, near Ft. Bliss. "Walk-a-proud",
I talked to Col. and Mrs. (Margaret) Gustav
Braun. Margaret lived in the Canal Zone from 1920
to 1950. Her mother was busy teaching school in
Ancon and Pedro Miguel...interesting friends such
as Sue Core...wonderful times and special memories
of trips on the "S.S. Ancon" and "Cristobal". It
was fun talking to her.
Their big excitement these past few months was
preparing for their daughter's wedding. Cristina
and Kirk D. Beckhorn got married in Olde Town Al-
exandria's Christ Church, September 28, 1985 with
the reception at nearby Ft. McNair, Washington,
D.C. A three week honeymoon in Switzerland and now
both are back in Alexandria...Kirk, a busy attor-
ney in Fairfax, Va. while Cristina is bust start-
ing her residency in Neurology. Wonderful! Proud
of your accomplishments and happiness to both of
Back to Margaret...I do want you to know more
about her. She graduated from Canal Zone Junior
College in 1947, then to Duke University....worked
for the Foreign Service, now teaches, plus a re-
cently received law degree, which she put to work
right away. She works for A.A.R.P. as a legal
counselor for the retired people, giving free le-
gal service once a week in Washington, D.C.
Miss Ruth Diver, another Alexandria resident,
has great stories about the Canal Zone. She worked
for Censorship and knew how to enjoy the beach
life on the Pacific side with a home in Gorgona.
She is in good health and has many friends who
pass through the area and either visit or call. A
recent visitor, Hester Garrett, formerly with Red
Cross at Gorgas Hospital and now living in St.
Eustatius, Netherland Antilles.
Another C.Z. visitor was retired Air Force
Manuel Joaquin and his wife who are living in
Spain, but vacationing here and seeing Ruth. Every
year the three get together...Ruth and the Brauns,
to celebrate Margaret's birthday in October. This
time at another scenic place at the Village Inn in
Lovettsville, Virginia. It's near the West Virgin-
ia border. Well, "Feliz Cumple Aios" Margaret, and
thanks for the news.
Also in October, your one-armed reporter will
be going to a very special event in Jacksonville,
Florida. A first baby shower for Robin (Gibson)
and Mark Collins, who are expecting in November.
I will be traveling with Albert and Anita Collins
and the party will be held at the home of Dr. and
Mrs. Paul H. Dowell of Jacksonville...o14! What
The gossip in the Metropolitan area...for those
living there...wondering if there will be a 3rd of
November, Panama's Independence Day celebration at
the Embassy this year. That is...if Panama's new-
ly appointed President doesn't make a change here
too. Last year...none. So we shall see.
Trying to get "back into life" again.
Stella Boggs DeMarr
Before anything else I must apologize to
Barbara (Betcher) Barkei,!. I received her last
letter one day too late to get her news into the
last record so here is her news a few months
late! Said she and her husband, Brian, thoroughly
enjoyed the Reunion and their subsequent vacation
here in Florida. They were able to take in EPOOT,
Disney World and Sea World. Upon returning to
Minnesota Barbara became busy preparing her
entries for the County Fair and as usual walked
away with honors-two 1st places, four 2nd places
and four 3rd places)! This next piece of news
will prove just how late this news is she
said three of her children had just started
swimming lessons! I'm sure they are not swimming
Received a note from Evelyn (Barraza) and
Tom Snider. They are now all moved into their new
home in Ocean Shores, Washington! They are about
three hours away from Tom's parents. They said
that Billy Snider is doing remarkably well and
there is a lot of hope that he will eventually
begin walking again!
Wayne West called me the other day. He and
his family have just moved into a 100 year old
house which they are refurbishing. He had a bit
of bad luck just recently when his first home
burnt to the ground! No one was hurt as they had
all just left to get ice cream! He reports that
all the Wests are doing just fine!
My sister, Vicki May, just finished spending
a week here with my parents, June and Vic May.
While she was here myself and my husband, T'a,
took our vacation so we all converged on the
parents for a week! The time was spent mainly
watching the baseball playoffs although we did
manage to take in Busch Gardens and a picnic!
Vicki looks good and enjoys her job as a
paramedic. She is currently trying to get on with
the Houston paramedics but to do so she must pass
the Firemen's tests and the darn hose refuses to
carry itself! She's lifting weights to remedy the
Well, again I thoroughly enjoy hearing from
all of you so please keep the news caning! By the
time you read this I hope you have all enjoyed a
very Happy Thanksgiving and are looking forward
to a Very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New
Sandy (May) Robinson
COACH LINDA (RAMEY) CROCKER NAMED
FLORIDA'S H.S, COACH OF THE YEAR
Coach Linda (Ramey) Crocker with her
Linda was born in the Republic of Panama and at-
tended Canal Zone schools there through Canal Zone
Junior College. After spending a year in Europe
pursuing her studies, she returned to Florida
State University, graduating in 1978.
In 1979, Linda began her teaching career at the
La Belle High School in Florida, which has a stu-
dent population of 500.
In 1985, the Girls' Varsity Team enjoyed an ex-
tremely successful season, which culminated in
District, Regional, Sectional and State champion-
In June of this year, word was received that
Coach Crocker had been chosen from all Class II-A
high school coaches throughout the state as "Coach
of the Year."
Linda lives in Fort Myers with her husband Mike
and daughter, Jamie Lee.
PATT ROBERSON RECEIVES PH.D
Patt Roberson of Baton Rouge, La., received a
Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of
Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, during the
August graduation ceremony. Dr. Roberson is a ten-
ured professor of journalism at Southern Univer-
sity and was recently elected as a senator to the
She has been a volunteer reporter for the Canal
Record since 1967.
TED HENTER WINS 1985 NATIONAL
BLIND WATER SKI COMPETITION
Ted Henter, of St. Petersburg, Florida and
Sheila Holzworth of Des Moines, Iowa were top win-
ners in the 1985 National Blind Water-Ski Champ-
ionships held at Lake Ray, in Winterhaven, Florida
during October 1-5, 1985.
In addition to being the 1985 National Champ-
ion, Ted won a trip to Norway to compete in the
1986 International Blind Water-Ski Chanpionships
which will be held in July.
Before the competition in Norway, Ted hopes to
arrive a week early in England to compete in the
British Nationals as a warm-up to the main event
Ted will have to brace himself, as we have been
told the water temperature at the lake in Norway
in July is 55 degrees, and probably around that in
Mary E. Henter
St. Petersburg, FL
JOHN R. IRVIN LICENSED
John R. Irvin graduates.
John R. Irvin, son of Capt. and Mrs. Samuel
Irvin of Horse Shoe, North Carolina, formerly of
Los Rios, graduated from the Texas Maritime Col-
lege (Texas A & M at Galveston) in August with a
degree in Maritime Transportation and was licensed
as a Third Mate in the Merchant Marine.
John visited with his family in North Carolina
for a few weeks after graduation. He expects to
move back to the Galveston area soon and invites
any Zonians in the area to look him up.
John's licensing as a 3rd Mate gives the Irvin
family three 'World Travelling Mariners:" Capt.
Sam, 2nd Mate San III, and 3rd Mate John.
SARAH P. HUGHES NAMED A "NOTABLE
WOMAN OF TEXAS",
Rick and I are expecting #1 baby in March, and
I've been named as one of the "Notable Women of
Texas". My bio is to be included in the text by
the same name!
Sad news, our mother, Mary Jane Polite passed
away in July. We miss her terribly.
Sarah P. Ikghes
The Woodlands, Texas
RETIRED MINISTER RECEIVES
by Lt.Col. Frank E. Feild
BALBOA (USSOUTHCCM PAO) The normally peaceful
atmosphere of the Marco Polo restaurant in Balboa
was shattered by the applause of amateur radio op-
erators recently, as they recognized a truly
unique man. For the first time in its history, the
Panama Canal Amateur Radio Association voted to
present a public service award.
Named in honor of its first recipient, the Wil-
liam W. Baldwin Award was presented "..for excep-
tional service to the Panama Amateur Radio Cmmu-
Father Bill Baldwin, a 77 year old retired
Episcopal minister, first came to Panama in 1941
and served for many years in the Panama Canal
area. Building a home in the mountains of "Nuevo
Suissa" between Volcan and Cerro Punta, he remain-
ed active in both the church and amateur radio.
In 1970, Father Bill organized the "Bejuco Net"
a daily assembly on the air of regional amateur
radio operators. The net links together the comn-
unities in Cerro Punta and the Canal area, and in-
cludes stations in Costa Rica, Colombia and aboard
private yachts in the Caribbean and Pacific.
Father Bill runs the net every day at noon,
seven days a week. He carefully records descrip-
tions of vessels visiting the surrounding water,
in order to support search and rescue operations
should they ever run into trouble at sea. Over the
last 14 years, countless yachtsmen have relied on
the Bejuco Net as a lifeline for information, nav-
igational assistance and emergency help. The net
has always been there when it was needed, thanks
to the dedication of Father Bill. He is well known
and deeply respected among the yachtsmen.
When the general membership of the Panama Canal
Amateur Radio Association met to establish its
first public service award, there was little doubt
who should be first to receive it. But the admira-
tion of the membership for Father Bill's efforts
to encourage the development and growth of amateur
radio in Panama led to their naming the annual
award after him.
After the ceremony, in a private moment when
the well-wishers had departed, the old gentleman
slowly got to his feet. Leaning on his cane, he
whispered in his soft, inimitable manner, "You
know, I think this is the first award I have got-
ten in my life."
The next day, he was back in his beloved mount-
ains, running the Bejuco Net from his ham shack,
and carrying on a tradition of exceptional public
EDDIE STROOP GRAND PRIZE WINNER
FOR HIT SONG
The Hidden Hits Song Festival presented by
Music City Songcrafter's of Nashville, Tennessee,
was successful in sponsoring its very first ama-
teur songwriter/lyricist contest. The contest of-
fered the amateur writers around the country the
chance to be heard and evaluated by professionals
in the music industry.
A panel of judges were chosen to evaluate the
entries...giving each one sincere consideration of
the words and music so as to give each contestant
a fair and honest critique. The judges were from
all areas of the music industry.
...After serious deliberation, the judges
finally found their winners. The Grand Prize win-
ning song "Two Hearts" was co-written by Eddie
Stroop of Houston, Texas and larry Swiderski of
Gainesville, Florida. They were flown to Nashville
where they spent a fun filled weekend at the ele-
gant Opryland Hotel, received tickets to the Grand
Old Opry and Opryland Park and received $500.00 in
cash as part of their prize. The winning song re-
ceived a one year publishing contract with Cook
House Music, an affiliate of BMI.
The talented writers were very surprised at
winning the grand prize. They both graduated from
the University of Florida and have been writing
team for at least seven years. Eddie and Larry
could not say enough about Nashville and its wann
friendly people. They are looking forward to com-
ing back to Music City USA soon...
Music City Songcrafters Release
October 22, 1985
Pictured above are Grand Prize winners
Eddie Stroop, Houston, Texas, and Larry
Swiderski, Gainesville, Florida, along
with several of the judges. Congratu-
lations to the winners and to their win-
ning song "Two Hearts".
KEN SENER, NAVAL AVIATION OFFICER
Kenneth D. Sener
Kenneth D. Sener, son of Jim and Ethel Sener of
Dothan,. Alabama, graduated February, 1985 from
Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School, Naval Air
Station, Pensacola, Florida. Graduation was fol-
lowed by commissioning exercises. Twenty one can-
didates finished the training out of a class of
fifty seven that started.
Ken graduated from Naval Flight Officer Basic
Training July 1985, also at Pensacola. He is con-
tinuing training at Mather AFB, Sacramento, Calif-
ornia at the Interservice Undergraduates Navigator
He was born at Gorgas Hospital in 1959 and
graduated from Balboa High School in 1957, and
then graduated from Florida Institute of Tech-
nology in 1982.
While stationed at NAS Pensacola, he sang first
tenor with the Naval Aviation Officer's Command
Chorus, flying around the States singing at var-
ious VIP functions including the televised Miss
USA contest. His comment was, "It was a tough
assignment but someone had to do it!".
RICHARD ZIRKMAN EARNS DOCTORATE
Richard A. Zirkman, Music Coordinator for the
Elyria City Schools, Ohio, received his doctor of
arts degree in Music from Ball State University
during the summer camencement exercises.
Dr. Zirkman, who earned his bachelor's and mas-
ter's degrees from Ball State University, wrote a
dissertation titled "Review of Educational Objec-
tives for Conducting Classes from the Undergrad-
uate through the Doctoral Degree." While at Ball
State he received a Carnegie Fellowship and a
music education scholarship and was tenor soloist
on Graduate Concerto Night.
WEST POINT GRAD
Mrs. Elizabeth Zirkman, Richard Zirmnan,
Caroline (Zirkman) Rice and Walter Zirk-
Dr. Zirkman's musical studies began at the Con-
servatory of Panama where he played piano and
violin. He later added trombone to his studies and
was active in many music and drama programs at
Balboa High School. He also organized and directed
the Army ROTC band. He was baritone soloist for
the music department's production of Roy Ringwalds
"Ballad for Americans" in the spring of 1961, and
was accorded the honor of being selected as an
Outstanding High School Graduate as well as re-
ceiving the National John Philip Sousa Band Award
and an Honorable Mention for the Diamond Mask
Award of the National Thespian Society upon grad-
uating in 1962. Later, he was college assistant
for the Panama Canal Government's Summer Music
Ed Letterhos, 13, of 106
Cedar Grove, has received
his Eagle Badge. He is a
member of Troop 88, which
meets at the First United
Methodist Church, Clinton
under the leadership of
Don Purvis. Letterhos is
in the ninth at Sunrer
Hill Junior High School.
H" e is the son of Penny
(Catron) Letterhos, BHS
S1Class of 1964. Ed receiv-
ed his Eagle Badge Sep-
tember 22, 1985. In add-
ition to Scouting, he was
active in Spanish Club;
Junior Historical Society
Ed Letterhos and 8th grade Mathematics
Team (State Champs); swim
team; piano; Honor Student; gifted program and the
Presbyterian Youth Fellowship.
Edward and Eileen O'Brien, Michael
McCain, Katie (O'Brien) Rueblinger and
Michael Dennis McCain of 4040 Green Willow Ln.,
Jacksonville, Florida, graduated in May, 1985,
from the United States Military Academy at West
Point, New York, and was commissioned a Second
Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Michael is the son of Katie O'Brien Rueblinger
and the grandson of Eileen and Edward B. O'Brien,
formerly of Cristobal, Canal Zone.
JERRY CURTIS AND MELISSA CORRIGAN
Lisa Corigan and Jerry Curtis.
Lisa Corrigan and Jerry Curt-is.
Jerry Curtis and Lisa Corrigan announce their
The bride-elect is the daughter of Larry and
Susanne Mitten Corrigan of Los Rios, Republic of
Panama. The prospective bridegroom is the son of
Jerry Curtis of Corozal, Republic of Panama and
Bonnie Bishop Steiner of Houston, Texas.
Jerry works for Richardsons Air-Company and is
a student of Ayers Institute in Shreveport, La.
Lisa works for Royale Airlines as a reservationist
JUAN MIGUEL GUHLIN HONORED
The Editor of Who's
Who in American High
Schools recently an-
nounced the selection of
Juan Miguel Guhlin to its
selected rolls. An award
of this honor is confined
to only five percent of
all Juniors and Seniors
in more than 23,000 high
schools. Miguel, who
ul in turned 17 this past Oct-
ober presently attends
Central Catholic High School as a Senior and has
been on it's honors list since the second semester
of his Freshman year.
In 1984, due to his academic standing he was
selected to attend the University of Texas Gifted
and Talented Course, a special summer course for
which he received college credits.
Miguel is Vice-President of his school computer
club; a member of the Future Business Leaders of
America and the National Honor Society.
He travels to Europe next year and hopes to be
enrolled at the University of Texas upon his re-
Miguel is the son of Jim and Ada Ghlin, San
Alyson Jordan and Mark Bishop exchanged wedding
vows September 7, 1985 in the First United Meth-
odist Church in San Angelo, Texas.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John-
ny Jordan of Monahans, Texas, and the bridegroom's
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bishop of Greenwood
Forest, Kerrville, Texas.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Jennifer Jordan of Austin attended her sister as
maid of honor. Bill Barrett of Midland, Texas,
served the bridegroom as best man. Keith Klein and
Kevin Long, both od San Angelo, attended as ushers
for the ceremony.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in
the church parlor. A rehearsal dinner was hosted
September 6 by the bridegroom's parents at the
Southfork Restaurant in San Angelo.
The bride and groom graduated from Angelo State
University in August. He is employed with the
American Wine and Import Company, and she with
University Savings in Austin, Texas, where the
Darlene A.' Van Wormer
and Paul J. Morton
Darlene A. Van Wormer and Paul J. Morton were
united in marriage on August 10, 1985, at the St.
Thomas More Catholic Church in Austin, Texas.
The bride's parents are Don and Sofie Herman of
Toledo, Ohio. The groom's parents are Jack and Jo
Ann Morton of Austin, Texas (formerly of the Canal
Attending the bride were bDona McClendon, maid-
of-honor; Dennis Austin, bridesmaid; and Nicole
Watts, junior bridesmaid. The best man was the
groom's brother, Lee J. Morton. Ushers were Tom
Gallagher (formerly of the Canal Zone), Michael
Van Wormer (brother of the bride), and Jim Robin-
The couple honeymooned in Disneyworld, Florida
and are now in their new home at 706 Clearwater
Trail, Round Rock, Texas 78664.
Robin M. Pritham and Ursula Bobst exchanged
marriage vows on July 7, 1984.
Robin is the son of Dr. Howard and Mrs. Lenore
Pritham, formerly of the Canal Zone. Robin com-
pleted his family practice residency at Ft. Bragg,
North Carolina. He and his wife are stationed in
Seoul, Korea, where he is working as a physician.
He is a graduate of Cristobal High School.
Out of town guests included: Mike and Jean
Weade with children Jason, Lynley and Nathan, of
Panama; Capt. and Mrs. F.B. Greene (Ruth Ugarte)
of Satellite Beach, FL.; Gayle and John Miller
with children Scott and Maribeth of Winter Park,
FL.; Lt. and Mrs. Tan Greene of Washington, D.C.;
Linda and Ken Medlin of Orlando, FL.; Jim Greene
of Gainesville, FL.; Charles Moya of Traverse, MI;
Helen and Ed Jones of Melbourne, FL.; Arliss Maya
and daughter Monica of Dallas, Texas; Hanna and
Jurgen Kupfer and daughter Monica of Panama; also
Jeanne Ringgenberg of Tucson, AZ; Capt. and Mrs.
Donald Kat and daughters Megan and Tania of Panama
and many of the guests included family and friends
of the bride and groom from Yuma, Colorado.
Mary Jane Weade Allen
-St. Gregory's Episcopal Church, Littleton, Colo-
rado, was the site for the marriage ceremony of
Mary Jane Weade and Russell Allen on June 15, 1985
Mary Jane is the daughter of Capt. and Mrs.
Fred M. Weade. He was a former Panama Canal pilot.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Loris
Allen of Yuma, Colorado.
Mary Jane was given in marriage by her father.
Rhonda Maya, her cousin, was maid of honor, and
the bridesmaids were Patty Collins of Reno, Nevada
formerly of the Canal Zone, Susan Silver of Gaith-
ersburg, MD. and Deborah Apodaca of Pueblo, Colo.
Loris Dean Allen of Yuma served his brother as
best man. Groomsmen were Matt Vincent of Houston,
Texas, and J.B. Kirchenshlager and Kirk Gisi,
both from Yuma. Flower girls were: Lynley Weade of
Panama, Jennifer Weade of Denver, Jenny Allen of
Yuma, and Maribeth Miller of Winter Park, FL., all
nieces of the bride and groom. Ring bearer was
Scott Miller of Winter Park, FL., nephew of the
bride. Ushers were Jason Weade of Panama, and D.V.
Allen of Yuma, nephews of the bride and groom.
Following the ceremony, a reception for 175
guests was held at the Ken Caryl Ranch House with
The bride is employed with Jefferson County
Schools, Colorado, as a Technical Arts teacher at
Deer Creek Junior High. The groom is employed with
Northern Oilfield Services, Inc. in Prudhoe Bay,
Alaska. A 10-day honeymoon was enjoyed in south-
Carmen Louise Littleton and
Edward Clyde Overstreet
Edward Clyde Overstreet III and Carmen Louise
Littleton exchanged marriage vows September 28,
1985 at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jos-
eph Littleton of Irving, Texas. The groom is the
son of Mary and the late Edward C. Overstreet, Jr.
of Tallahassee, Florida, formerly of the Canal
Jane Phillips, sister of the bride, was matron
of honor. Mary Littleton, also sister of the bride
served as bridesmaid. Lance Johnson was best man.
Paul Overtsreet, brother of the groom, served as
Edward is a 1977 graduate of Cristobal High
School and is currently in the Air Force stationed
at Charleston, South Carolina.
Carmen is presently employed by Motherhood.
The couple will make their home in Charleston,
The matron of honor was Liz (Carteret) Potts
and the bridesmaids were Martha Duncan and Arlene
Warden. The best man was Hans de Greef and the
groomsmen were Jerry "Aruba" Kervel and Jim hine-
Janice S. Herscht
and Dr. Stuart D. Sondheimer
Janice S. Hirschl and Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer
were married on May 19, 1985 at Temple Beth Shalom
in Sun City, Arizona. Following the ceremony a re-
ception was held at the Lakes Club.
Parents of the couple are Dr. and Mrs. Daniel
Hirschl of Sun City West, Arizona and Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Sondheimer of Glencoe, Illinois.
The bride, a quality assurarne nurse at Mari-
copa County Medical Center, received her degree in
home economics from Syracuse University, Syracuse,
New York. Her degree in nursing and her master's
degree in nursing administration were received
from the University of Texas, Houston, Texas.
The groom received his M.D. degree from the
University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, and
completed his residency in ophthalmology at the
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. He is
now practising ophthalmology in Mesa, Arizona.
The couple spent their honeymoon in Hawaii and
will make their home in Tenpe, Arizona.
Diana P. Duncan and Nicolaas Jan de Greef were
united in marriage on June 15, 1985 in Gainesville
The bride is the daughter of Silvia and Thom) s
J. Duncan, formerly of Curundu, and the groom is
the son of Mieke and Otto de Greef from the Neth-
Diana P. Duncan and
Nicolaas Jan deGreef
The reception followed at the Hilton Hotel. The
following Zonians attended: Cookie Newlon and Deb-
bie. Pollack from Miami; Mr. and Mrs. George Booth;
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Maravilla; Mr. and Mrs. Jorge
Marquis; Mike Trout from Orlando; Mr. and Mrs. Ed-
win Krueger and Mr. and Mrs. Tan Thompson from St.
Petersburg; Mr. and Mrs. Bo Smail, Linda Sherry,
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dorzback, and Mr. and Mrs. Ho-
bey Richey from Tanpa; Marc Malavasic from Talla-
hassee; Tan Vasquez from Jacksonville; Terry Potts
from Ft. Washington; Mr. and Mrs. Frankie Anderson
from Gainesville; Tom Duncan, Mr. and Mrs. Angel
Larrinaga, Petra (Zampsaur, Gaysell Carteret, and
Dr. and Mrs. Higuero from Panama; Pat Shehan and
Manuel Catzoela from Texas.
The couple drove to California for their honey-
moon, visiting Larry Parks, his sister, Susie and
her husband Manolin and baby son, Michael in Glen-
dale, Arizona; Brent, Tan, and Michielle (Capwell)
Trotter in Rancho Cucanonga; Mr. and Mrs. Carlos
Boctor in Walnut Creek; John and Kathy (Anderson)
Coiman in Los Angeles; Paul Renker in Napa Valley
and Leslie Cotton in San Diego.
The couple will spend Christmas in Panama then
return to Texas.
Sherry came from Galveston, Texas; Janice "Cookie"
Newlon from Miami, FL. and now residing in Austin,
Texas, and Kevin Pope of Austin. Other out of town
guests included Manuel Catzoela and Nico and Diana
de Greef of Houston.
Following the ceremony, a reception for one
hundred guests was held at the Hilton Inn, Austin.
Val Schroeter and her daughter, Suzie were in
charge of the guest book and presenting "recorda-
torios" to the guests.
Joe is employed by the Texas State Department
of Highways and Public Transportation and Debbie
teaches kindergarten at Anderson Creative Learn-
ing Center in Austin.
After honeymooning on South Padre Island, the
newlyweds are at home at 6213 Tiner Trail, Austin,
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Mullins
Debra Lynn Foster and Joseph Arthur Mullins
were married July 13, 1985 at St. Louis Catholic
Church in Austin, Texas. Debbie is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. B.G. Foster of Tucson, Arizona, and
Joe is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl E.
Mullins of Dothan, Alabama, formerly of Gamboa,
The bride was given in marriage by both her
father and mother. Matron of honor was her close
friend, Mrs. John (Kay) Andrews. The bridesmaids
were Mrs. Kathy (Mullins) Andrews, sister of the
groom; Mrs. Tina (Schroeter) Mullins, Mrs. Vernell
(Lukasko) Mullins, sisters-in-law of the groom and
Mrs. Teresa (Foster) Pokrant, sister of the bride.
Robert Mullins of Austin, Texas, brother of the
groom was best man. Groomsmen were his brothers,
Earl Mullins, Jr. (Charleston, SC), Dan Mullins
(San Francisco, CA), Dr. Cliff Mullins (Tyler,
Texas), and Jim Mullins of Austin, Texas. Scott
Foster, brother of the bride was the soloist. Jim
Andrews (brother-in-law of the groom) with the
assistance of his brother, John, took charge of
photography and video-taping the ceremony.
In addition to the groom's parents and family,
other relatives attending the wedding were Mary
Mallia (great-grandmother) and John Mallia (uncle
of the groom, formerly of the Canal Zone and now
residing in Dothan, AL.; Lt.Col. and Mrs. Louis A.
Mallia, Ret. USA of Dallas, Texas (uncle of the
groom) and great-uncle Ignatius Mallia of Austin,
Former "Gamboa Zonians" who attended the wed-
ding from Houston were: Marie Gibson, son Bobby
and daughters Holly and Joy; Paul and Melody (Gib-
son) Forrest, Jr. and children Damon and Tiffany
from Ft. Myers, FL; Kyle Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. Guy
Gibson and Pat Grynala. David Teller and his wife,
Dawn and John Lessiack
September 7, 1985
Dawn Renee Jenkins and John Keith Lessiack were
married on September 7, 1985, at a charmingly in-
formal outdoor wedding in the gazebo behind the
Butt-Holdsworth Library in Kerrville, Texas.
Her attendants were Dodie North and Ina Gold-
berg, both of Kerrville. His attendants were Bill
Vanatta of Kansas City, Missouri, and Cliff Sasso
of San Antonio, Texas (formerly from the Canal
Zone. The flower girl was Jessica Jenkins, niece
of the bride from Kansas City.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in
the back yard of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward
North. A typical Texas barbeque was served. A non-
typical addition was seviche, made by the groom
and enjoyed by all!
Dawn is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenowen
Jenkins of Kansas City, Missouri. John is the son
of Katherine Lessiack and the late Robert Less-
iack, and the grandson of the late Helen Yoder,
all from Kerrville, Texas.
John's sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Lew
Stabler, were present for the wedding all the way
from Gatun, Panama. Other guests were from Kansas
City, San Antonio and Kerrville,
After a honeymoon on the Texas coast, the cou-
ple is at home in Kerrville, Texas.
Terrie Strey and Brett Harmon
Terrie Strey and Brett Harmon were married on
June 1, 1985 in Grandview, Missouri.
Terrie is the daughter of Bob and Tina Strey of
Grandview. Brett is the son of Bob and JoAnn Har-
mon of Raymore, Missouri.
The candlelight ceremony was held at the Grand-
viwe Assembly of God Church and was officiated by
the groom's father. Following the ceremony, a re-
ception was hosted by the bride's parents in the
Church reception hall.
Guests formerly of the Canal Zone included Jim
and Wanda Pennington of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and
Marvin and Kierie Parker of Dalton, Georgia. Also
attending was Carl Tuttle of Diablo Heights, Pan-
After a wedding trip to Bermuda, the couple is
at home in Raymore, where Brett is Vice President
of Accounting and Finance at Home Collections, Inc
Madeline Anderson and John Davison were married
July 20, 1985 in a ceremony at the home of the
bride's parents in New Orleans.
Among those attending were John's mother, Mrs.
Mary Lee Davison, Fredricksburg, Texas, along with
his sisters Paula and Jennifer; Rodrick Snyder,
Texas; Jon Dedeaux and his girlfriend, Debbie,
from Pensacola; Lucy Blount and Ann Cirroli Fin-
neman from Mobile.
New Orleans' ex-Zonians were well represented
by Ralph Barraza serving as John's best man, also
Dave and Marsha Finneman, Joe Finnenan and girl-
friend Jeannine Eckles, Dave and Cindy Sheman
Moochler, Nancy (Mrs. Andy) Norval, and Fred
Nancy Ann Rankin
and David Robert Foringer
Nancy Ann Rankin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
William A. Radin of Gatun, Rep. of Panama, became
the bride of David Robert Foringer of Fullerton,
California, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Foringer of
Anaheim, California on June 22, 1985.
The ceremony was held at Hillcrest Park in Ful-
lerton, with the reception held at the home of the
The bride's sisters, Sandi and Karen Rankin,
were her only attendants.
The bride is the granddaughter of Alvin and
Peggy Rankin of Tacoma, Washington, and Louie and
Jibby (Sanders) Kleefkens of Tanpa, Florida.
Out of town guests included the bride's aunt
and uncle, Robert and Gayle (Fettler) Rankin and
their two daughters, Kindra and Jennifer.
Beverly J. Buehler and Richard G. Grassy, Jr.,
M.D. were married at the Bethany United Methodist
Church, Madison, Wisconsin on August 11, 1985. A
reception and buffet for family and friends fol-
lowed at the Nakoma Golf Club.
Beverly is the daughter of Eleanor and Howard
Buehler of New Port Richey, Florida.
Her attendants wre Kathy Williamson, daughter
of Judy (Buehler) and Sid Williamson, Sarah Grassy
and Theresa Grassy. Groomsmen and ushers included
Michael Grassy, Richard Grassy III, Paul Beuhler
and Matthew Williamson.
Beverly, who attended schools in Balboa, and
Ames, Iowa, received her B.S. in nursing from Ari-
zona State U. in Tempe, and her N.M. from the U.
of Florida. For the last five years, she has been
Director of Nursing, Surgury/Para-Natal Obstetrics
at Madison General Hospital.
Richard received his Doctor of Medicine degree
from Medical College of Virginia. He practiced
Pediatric Medicine in Madison and served on the
faculty of the College of Medicine of the U. of
They are making their home in Bismark, North
Dakota where Richard will be associated with the
Quain and Ramstead Clinic, and Beverly will con-
tinue to work in the field of hospital/nursing ad-
ministration at Medcenter One.
In addition to Beverly's parents, Paul Buehler,
Ft. Worth, Texas; Judy (Buehler) and Sid William-
son of St. Cloud, Minnesota and Mildred Sutherland
of Clearwater, Fla. enjoyed the week-end festiv-
Diana (Clarke) Evans was married to Keith Roy-
ster, October 5, 1985 in Carson City, Nevada.
Diana is the daughter of Betty Clarke and the
late Tan Clarke, Jr. of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Lt.Col. John Everson, USA, and Mrs. Everson an-
nounce the birth of a son, Michael Huntington Lynn
Everson on September 5, 1985, in Gelhausen, Ger-
many. The baby joins a brother, John Christian, 5
Mrs. Everson, the former Any Lynn Walker, is
the daughter of F.D. Walker, USN, Retd. and Mrs.
Walker of Longboat, Sarasota, Florida.
Paternal grandparents are Emo and Phyllis Ever-
son of Glen Oaks, Sarasota, Florida.
Mrs. Charlotte Eckert of Palmetto, Florida, an-
nounces the birth of her second grandchild on Sep-
tember 21, 1985, born to her grandson, David John-
stone and his wife, Sue, in Medford, Long Island,
The baby has been named John (Jack) Randall,
after his late great-uncle, and joins a sister,
Jan, who is 5 years old.
Paternal grandparents are David S. and Jacque-
line (McLaughlin) Johnstone of Blue Point, Long
Charlotte now has a third generation named for
her brother, Jack Randall, who at the time of his
retirement was Chief, Housing Division of the Pan-
Mary and Guy Fealey announce the birth of their
second child, first daughter, on October 7, 1985,
in Oak Harbor, Washington. Jamie Laurayn weighed
5% pounds at birth. Jamie joins her older brother,
Maternal grandparents are Fred and Marion Wells
of Kerrville, Texas. Paternal grandparents are
Honey Fealey and the late James Fealey of Kerr-
Renee (McDogIall) and Randy Rollo, announce the
birth of their first-born, Grant Randolph, in
Houston, Texas, during the month of September,
Maternal grandparents are Helen Rae (Souder)
and Bill McDougall. His great-grandfather is Lou
John and Catherine (Neville) Davidson of Sem-
inole, Florida, announce the birth of their first
child, a son, John Newell Davidson, Jr. at Bay-
front Hospital in St. Petersburg on October 15,
1985. The baby weighed 8 lbs. 12 oz.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ned
Neville of Seminole. The paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. McCoy Davidson of Tuscaloosa, AL.
Bob and Nell Toland of Largo, Florida, are proud
to announce the birth of their grandson, David
James Clark, 8 pounds 6 ounces, on August 15, 1985
Parents are Laverne Toland Clark, formerly of
Largo, and David G. Clark of League City, Texas.
"Peanut" Ho e and Don Bonner announce the birth of
their first son, Andrew Blake Bonner, born August
22, 1985, at Park Ridge Hospital, Fletcher, North
Andrew joins sister, Jolene and Jacklyn.
Maternal grandparents are Carmen and Charles
Howe of Horse Shoe, N.C.
Jeanette (Morales) and Bill Keepers of Diablo
proudly announce the birth of their son, Kyle
Garrett, who was born October 5, 1985 in Gorgas
Hospital, Panama. Kyle weighed 9 lbs. 10 ozs. and
will soon join his "big sister" Kendra, now 19%
Kyle's grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John A.
Morales of Maryville, Missouri, and Mrs. Anne and
the late Herman H. Keepers of Spartanburg, S.C.
litl0 eeAp #orrmue
Helen G. Aanstoos, 95, an area resident of Wash-
ington, D.C. and a former chief clerk of the old
War Department's bureau of censorship in the Pan-
ama Canal Zone, died October 14, 1985, of pnue-
monia at the Fairfax Nursing Center.
She was born in New York City, and moved with
her husband, Throdore Arnold Aanstoos to the Canal
Zone in 1914, where she worked for the War Dep-
artment during the early 1940's. Her husband died
Survivors include a daughter, Olive Ford, of
Hopewell, Va.; two sons, Matt, of Vienna, Va., and
Edward, of Atlanta, Ga.; 25 grandchildren and 14
Everett J. Allen died June 20, 1985 in Menterey,
California, and was inurned at the National Cem-
etary, Presidio of San Francisco. He was stationed
with the 14th Infantry, Ft. Davis from 1934-40,
and retired as a Master Sergeant at Ft. Ord, Cal-
ifornia after 31 years of service in 1957. He was
then employed by the Maintenance Dept. of the Navy
Post-Graduate School, Monterey, and retired in the
He is survived by his wife, Victoria Hollowell
Allen, and a son, Karl B. Allen, both of Therm-
opolis, Wyoming; a daughter, Rita M. Rand of San
Jose, Calif. and five grandchildren.
Joan Marguerite (Buttler) Belden, 65, died in
Dothan, Alabama on August 3, 1985 from cancer. She
was born in Columbus, Ohio, and went to the Canal
Zone in 1946 where she resided until January,
She is survived by her husband, Charles Belden,
Sr. of Dothan; a son, Charles Belden, Jr., and
grandson Charles Belden of San Jose, California.
Jack Burke died suddenly on September 23, 1985, in
Punta Arenas, Costa Rica. He was buried at sea on
September 25. He had been a resident of Costa Rica
for many years.
He leaves a wife, Peggy (White) Burke.
Wilton W. Clary, 69, of Hendersonville, North Car-
olina died August 25, 1985 in Ashville. He was a
singer and musician and had appeared on Broadway
as Curly in "Oklahoma" for a year. His other Bro-
adway performances included "Texas, Lil Darlin",
"The Barrier" and "3 Wishes for Jamie".
He had entertained at some of the country's top
supper clubs and had appeared in leading roles in
numerous summer musical comedy theatres through-
out the United States.
Surviving are his wife, Gene Sexton Clary; and
a brother, Charles A. Clary of Northridge, Calif-
Blanca "Granny" Colberg, 95, died July 6, 1985 in
Cobolo, Texas. A native Panamanian, she became an
American citizen when she married Carl Colberg who
worked for the Panama Canal Company. She was a
teacher at Instituto Pan-Americano in Panama City
for many years and continued teaching Spanish af-
ter she moved to Texas in 1954. She was "Granny"
to everyone which made her happy because she had
so many grandchildren and friends.
Survivors include a daughter, Reba Payne of
Cibolo, Texas; a son, Carl of New Orleans, La.;
three sisters and six grandchildren.
Gilda Cunningham, of Puerto Rico, died August 23,
1985 ip Puerto Rico. She married Jay A. Cunningham
two years ago.
She is survived by her husband, Jay; her par-
ents, a brother and other relatives.
Daniel M. Fggleston, Jr., 46, of Seminole, Florida
died August 20, 1985. He was a retired Lieutenant
Colonel of the U.S. Army, and was a computer sci-
entist at McDill Air Force Base, Tanpa, and an
adjunct professor at the University of South Flor-
ida. He was born in the Republic of Panama and was
a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Largo;
C.W. Post University Professors, and the National
Survivors include his wife, Deborah; two sons,
Daniel M. III and William A.; two daughters, Sta-
sie J. and Amelia T. Eggleston, and his mother,
Carmen Eggleston, all of Seminole; two brothers,
Robert, Rep. pf Panama, and Anthony, St. Peters-
burg; three sisters, Cecilia Haborak, Charleston,
S.C. and Teresa Mueller and Carmen Adamski of
Monica Farley, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
September 3, 1985 in Palms of Pasadena Hospital.
She was formerly a teacher in Canal Zone schools
and was a native of Minnesota. She was a member of
First Church of Christ Scientist.
Survivors include a sister, Isla Holmes of Sun
EBerson R. Fuller, 91, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died September 3, 1985. He was formerly an elec-
trician with the Panama Canal Company. He was a
member of Hiram Masonic Lodge, IBEW Local 26, and
a World War I Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Viola; two daught-
ers, Nancy Whitaker of Michigan and Joyan F. Reh-
berger of Jupiter, Fla.; six grandchildren and a
Judith Karen Gray, 41, died June 26, 1985 at Men-
docino Coast District Hospital, Ft. Bragg, Calif-
ornia of aplastic anemia. She was born in Colon
Hospital and received her education in Canal Zone
schools, graduating from Cristobal High School in
1960. She attended Canal Zone Junior College then
went to Woman's College, Greensboro, North Caro-
Survivors include her mother, Mildred M. Gray,
widow of the late B.B. Gray; her brother, Jim
Gray, her husband, David Alba of San Francisco,
California, and two stepdaughters, Cayo and Aixa
BEily B. Grier, 91, passes away August 17, 1985,
in Fullerton, California where she had made her
home with her daughter, Margaret Grier.
She was the widow of Samuel Grier Jr., former
Superintendent of the Motor Transportation Div-
ision. She is interred in Clearwater, Florida.
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret C.
Grier, Fullerton, California; a son, Robert B.
Grier of Kerrville, Texas; a sister, Margaret Bax-
ter of Chicago, and four grandchildren.
Oscar Richard (Dick) Hall, 66, of Watumpka, Ala-
bama, died June 19, 1985 after a lengthy illness
in St. Margaret's Hospital, Montgomery, Alabama.
He was born in Guild, Tennessee, served in the
U.S. Navy in World War II, Pacific area, and came
to the Canal Zone in January, 1951 to work for the
Electrical Division at Madden Dam. He retired in
He is survived by his wife, Nola M. Hall, Wet-
umpka, AL.; a daughter, Theresa M. Collingsworth,
Wuhan University, Hubei, Wuchang, People's Repub-
lic of China, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Willian E. Hall, 62, of Titusville, Florida, died
October 10, 1985. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio,
and retired from the Comptroller's Office, Budget
and Rates Division in June, 1973. He was a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Marian, of Titus-
ville; mother, Margaret Hall of Cincinnati; sister
Marge Lester, and niece Kate Lester of Fairfield,
Robert J. Helnerichs, 72, of Slidell, Louisiana,
died August 28, 1985 at Ochner Hospital, New Or-
leans, La. He was born in the Canal Zone and re-
tired from the Police Division as Lieutenant, Det-
ective in July, 1971 after 35 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Dona, of Slidell,
La.; two daughters, Susan (Helmerichs) Duncan of
Germany, and Cinda (Helmerichs) Spilling, Slidell,
La.; a brother, Otto Helmerichs of Annandale, Va.;
a sister, Rhoda, of Coronado, Panama, and two
Marion S. Herring ('Mbtor Ships"), 84, of Bowling
Green, Florida, died September 25, 1985. He re-
tired as a Marine Engineer with the Dredging Div-
ision in 1962. Arie, his wife of 39 years, pre-
deceased him in 1974. Until recently, he was act-
ive as the owner of an orange grove in central Fl-
Survivors include his wife, Pauline; a son,
Stephen A. (BHS '55) of Zolfo Springs; a daughter,
Linda of California and Nevada; a step-daughter of
Bowling Green; a brother and a sister of Florida,
and four grandchildren.
Baile E. Hicks, 62, of Largo, Florida, died Sep-
tember 23, 1985 at Morton F. Plant Hospital, Clear
water, Fla. He was born in Haywood County, North
Carolina and retired from the Panama Canal Company
as a dredge operator. He was a member of the North
Canton Baptist Church, Canton, N.C., and was a U.S
Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth; and a daugh-
ter, Mary F. Bisselkoen of Alexandria, Virginia.
Clarabelle Hilliard, 79, of Annandale, Virginia,
died August 23, 1985 in Dayton, Ohio. She went to
the Canal Zone in 1927 as the bride of the late
Ivan "Lefty" Hilliard. The Hilliards retired in
1964. During the last 20 years, she made many new
friends and enjoyed the Washington D.C. Metropol-
itan area. She also remained close to many Zonians
who frequently visited her to enjoy her hospital-
ity and sparkling personality.
She is survived by two sons, Jack of Beaver
Creek, Ohio and David of Valencia, California;
eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
William E. Hughes, 77, of Sarasota, Florida, died
September 12, 1985 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Dallas and came to the area in
1961 from the Panama Canal Zone where he was a
police sergeant with the Panama Canal Company. He
attended Faith Presbyterian Church; was a member
of NARFE; past patron of Coral Chapter, OES, Gatun
Canal Zone; Soujourners Lodge AF & AM of Cristobal
Canal Zone; Abou Saad Shrine Temple, Rep. of Pan-
ama and Scottish Rite Temple of Tanpa, Fla.
He leaves his wife, Myrtle; a son, Thomas of
Deer Park, Texas; a daughter, Sandra Claflin of
Merritt Island, Fla.; a brother, T.P. Hughes of
Dallas; a sister, Margaret Autry of Lakewood, CA.
and five grandchildren.
Eleanor Jane Hunnicutt, 91, died August 26, 1985
in San Antonio, Texas.
She is survived by two sons, L.B. Hunnicutt of
Balboa and Walter R. Hunnicutt of Colon, R.P.; a
daughter-in-law, Mary F. Hunnicutt of San Antonio,
five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Norman R. Hutchinson, 67, of Long Island, Portland
Maine, died September 30, 1985. He was an honor
graduate of Massachusetts Nautical School in 1938,
and was employed for 14 years with Grace Lines,
working up to Master Mariner in 1945. He served as
a pilot for the Panama Canal Company for 14 years
and assistant Port Captain, Cristobal for 6 years,
retiring in 1973. He was a member of the Taber-
nacle Church and Essex Masonic Lodge, both of
Salem; the Salem and Portland Marine Society, the
Panama Canal Society of Florida and the Massa-
chusetts Maritime Academy Alumni Association.
Survivors include his wife, Joan; four sons,
Norman R. Jr. and David N., both of New Hampshire,
and Martin K. and Scott C., both of Texas.
John E. Jennison, 76, died on August 24, 1985 at
his home in San Diego, California. He retired in
May, 1969 after 30 years of service as General
Foreman, Water and Laboratories Branch of the
Maintenance Division for the Panama Canal Company.
During World War II, he was a Chief Petty Officer
in the U.S. Navy and participated in the Normandy
He is survived by his wife, Anita; daughters,
Marilyn (Mrs. Gilmer Y. Waggoner) of Mill Valley,
California and Jane (Mrs. William C. Williams) of
Agana, Guam, and four grandchildren.
Capt. Samuel E. Johnson, 78, of Hiram, Maine died
suddenly at his home on October 14, 1985. Born in
Quincy, Massachusetts, he was a Captain with Moore
-McCormack Lines prior to becoming a Panama Canal
pilot, retiring in October, 1965. He was a member
of Masters, Mates and Pilots Association Inter-
national and was a retired Commander in the U.S.
Naval Reserve. He also served the Town of Hiram
for six years as a selectman. He was predeceased
by his first wife, Georgia, in 1969.
He is survived by his second wife, Bernice; his
daughter, Ahna Ayasse (BHS'55) of Hiram, Maine;
his grandson, Samuel G. Stone of Hiram; his grand-
daughter, Marcy A. Johnstone of Dexter, Maine;
great-grandson, Jeremy Samuel Stone of Hiram; his
sister, Agnes Jacobson of Conway, N.H.; three step
sons and a stepdaughter.
Robert W. King, 67, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, died
August 9, 1985 at Straub Hospital in Honolulu. He
was born in the Republic of Panama, graduated from
Cristobal High School, attended college in Calif-
ornia, and then returned to the Canal Zone. He en-
tered the apprentice program and worked for the
Locks Division until his retirement, except for a
two-year duty with the U.S. Navy. He was an avid
fisherman in Panama Waters and pursued this in-
terest in Hawaii where he made his home after re-
He was a charter member of Kona Lodge #836,
F & AM; a member of the Scottish Rite in Balboa;
Abou Saad Shrine'Temple, Ancon; a life member of
B.P.O.Elks Lodge #1414, Balboa; Kona Shrine Club;
Flotilla #13 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary; Kona
Outdoor Circle, and was also a member of the Board
of Directors of the Kailua-Kona Assembly #7 of the
International Order of Rainbow for Girls and a
holder of the Grand Cross of Color.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; two step-
children, Karin (Gil) Long of Raleigh, N.C. and
Major Wayne (Julia) Foscue of Germany; a brother,
John Belding King of Riverside, CA.; and two
nieces, Barbara Valle of Vancouver, B.C. and Mar-
garet Carson of West Linn, Oregon.
John Asa Kna, of Monroe, Louisiana, died Septem-
ber 9, 1985.
He is survived by a niece, Margie Williams, of
Betty Mae LeDoux, 59, of Deltona, Florida, died on
October 24, 1985, at Central Florida Regional Hos-
pital in Sanford, Florida.
Betty LeDoux left Panama in 1979 upon her hus-
band's retirement. While in Panama, she was em-
ployed in the early years by the Smithsonian Inst-
itute, and later by the Canal Zone Schools Div-
ision being a water safety instructor at the Coco
Solo, Gatun and Margarita swimming pools.
Betty was a member of the Emblem Club, Sweet
Adelines, and was active in the Holy Family Cath-
olic Church as a CCD instructor.
Betty is survived by her husband, Warren E.
Ledoux of Deltona; a son, William E. LeDoux of
Connecticut, and her daughter, Elizabeth (Betty)
Kay LeDoux-Frassrand of Dade City, Florida.
Frances Longpmre passed away in Sunnyvale, Calif-
ornia in August, 1985, as word received by Leo
Krziza. She was employed for many years by U.S.
Army H.Q., Ft. Amador as a secretary, and had a
background as a journalist and public relations.
She was active in Canal Zone civic affairs,
having been a member of the Citizens' Association
during the 1950's and 1960's.
She was the widow of the late Capt. Hal Long-
more, a veteran Panama Canal pilot and president
of the P.C. Pilot's Association for a number of
years. They were residents of the Zone at least
forty years, lived on Bohio Place, Ancon and on
Amador Road, Balboa, leaving in the late 1960's.
She is survived by a step-daughter, Linda Long-
more Meeth of Kew Gardens, New York.
Frank Malavasic, Jr., 69, of Melbourne Village,
Florida, died August 15, 1985 in Holmes Regional
Medical Center, Melbourne, Fla. He served 20 years
in the U.S. Navy after being commissioned an off-
icerupon graduation from Dartmouth College, and
retired as Commander. After an assignment in Adak,
Aleutian Islands, he was assigned to Panama Canal
area where he served as operations officer of the
Caribbean area. He retired from the Navy in Panama
and was given the position of Manager, or "Mayor
of Curundu", a position he held for 15 years.
He is survived by his wife, Marion; a son, Marc
of Tallahassee, Fla.; two brothers, George, of
Little Falls, and Michael of Finks Basin; three
sisters, Mrs. Michael (Sue) Kieloch, Mrs. Fred
(Lillian) Kaiser, and Mrs. Richard (Rosemary)
Warren, all of Little Falls, and many nieces and
Mary Alice Matthew, 84, of Apalachicola, Florida,
died at her home on September 6, 1985. She was the
widow of the late George Matthew who worked for
the Panama Canal and lived in Balboa Heights for
many years before his retirement. Mrs. Matthew was
buried in Arlington National Cemetary where her
husband was buried some years ago.
The only known survivor of "Mrs. Matt" is a
nephew, George Chapel.
Lowell "Jind' Mau passed away in San Diego, Calif-
ornia in January 1985.
He is survived by his wife, Georgiana (Carn-
right) Mau, of San Diego, California.
Nancy Kimball Pearson, 63, of Alameda, California,
died Septemner 19, 1985 in Oakland. She was a re-
tired accountant of California.
She is survived by her husband, Capt. Bradley
L. Pearson, and daughter, Ann Pearson of Alameda,
Ruth K. Peterson, of Clearwater, Florida, died
September 13, 1985 in Clearwater.
She is survived by her husband, Lloyd, a former
employee of the Panama Canal Company; daughters,
Jane Owens and Cheryl Russell; sisters, Mary Hanna
and Adelaide Keller; brother, Doug Kutzbach; and
Ruth retired from the Panama Canal Company
Claims Branch in 1966.
Thomas J. Pimento, 68, of Balboa, Rep. of Panama,
died August 18, 1985. He was born in the former
Canal Zone and during his 50 years of service with
the Panama Canal Company/Commission he gained the
reputation of being the best diesel mechanic on
the Isthmus and won many outstanding awards. These
included the "Certificate of Apprentice Longevity"
as the oldest graduate who had worked the longest
period for the Canal organization.
He is survived by his wife, Vera; four sons,
Richard, John, Gerald and Robert; his daughter,
Mrs. Charles Abernathy; seven grandchildren; sis-
ters, Carmen Naters, Clarice Pimento, Dolores Dodd
and Angela Cobb, and several nieces and nephews.
Mary Ann (Wirklosky) Rodriguez, 36, of Cerro Punta
Panama, died in July, 1985 while undergoing sur-
gery. Funeral services were conducted by Father
Bill Baldwin, and Mary Ann was buried in Cerro
She is survived by her husband, Golfin Rod-
riguez, and two brothers. She was the daughter of
the late John E. and Henrietta Winklosky.
Keith L. Sims, 59, of Clearwater, Florida, died
October 7, 1985. He retired from the Police Div-
ision after 34 years of service in the Panama Can-
al Zone. He was a veteran of Korea and was a Cath-
Survivors include his wife, Antonia; four sons,
Enrique E. Williams, Chicago, Ernesto A. Williams,
Germany, Jose L. Williams and Thomas E. Simms of
Clearwater; two daughters, Maria Constance, Atl-
anta, and Sabel Mills, Central America; his mother
Margaret LeBleu, Portland, Ore.; three sisters and
Rupert S. Turner, 74, of Tampa, Florida, died on
September 14, 1985. He was employed by the U.S.
Air Force in the Canal Zone for 34 years, and had
lived in the Bay Area for 15 years. He was a mem-
ber of Scottish Rite and VFW #3822 of Balboa, and
a member of Antioch Lodge #544, F&AM of Bruce, MS.
He is survived by his wife, Plulina; four sons,
Rupert S. Jr. of Texas, Jerry B. and Ted H. of
Tanpa, and Joby of Texas, and a brother, Ray, of
Ernest W. Zelnick, 68, of Hendersonville, North
Carolina, died September 30, 1985 at Pardee Hosp-
ital after a sudden illness. He was born in Chi-
cago, Ill. and graduated from the University of
Illinois in civil engineering. He worked for the
Tennessee Valley Authority and was Chief, Water
and Laboratories Branch, then Maintenance Engineer
and then Chief, Engineering Division with the Pan-
ama Canal Company until his retirement in 1974.
He was a member of Professional Engineers, the
American Society of Civil Engineering, Henderson-
ville Rotary Club, an honorary member of Essex
Junction, Vermont Rotary Club, Chagres Masonic
Lodge and Abou Saad Shrine Temple in Panama. He
also served as past president of the Rugby Garden
Club and as a member of the YMCA Board of Manage-
ment from 1979-81.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Wright Zel-
nick; a daughter, Carol Z. Richmond Simsbury,
Conn.; two sons, John Murray Zelnick, Broken Arrow
Okla. and Paul William Zelnick, Little Rock, Ark.
and eight grandchildren.
Where Are You?
I am interested in locating the following:
Richard Colston and A.C. Wallace, Jr. if any of
the members of the Society can help me out, it
will be greatly appreciated.
Both of the above were bowlers at the Diablo
Heights lanes in the 40's and 50's.
1203 N.W. 10th Street
Bentonville, AR 72717
Joseph (Ed) Lynch and family (BEma Potts Lynch and
The above mentioned are my paternal family that
lived and worked at the Pedro Miguel area, and as
Foreman on the Pedro Miguel Locks about 1909-1912.
I am very interested in obtaining any and all
information on this family.
Most of the children were of school age (Lucy
was 19 or 20; Thomas, about 14-15; James, 8 or 9;
Emily about 6 or 7, and Margaret ??).
I am seeking employment application info, pass-
port info, education, employment, etc.
Any help through your organization will be app-
reciated and paid for if necessary.
James F. Lynch
Beavers Road, Box 98, R.R.#3
Califon, NJ 07830
CRUISE PANAMA'S WATERS
7 days during Carnival, Feb. '86
Fun, informal cruising at group
discount rates to San Bias, Por-
tobello, through the Canal, to
Panama City, Taboga, the Perlas,
and Darien. Fly down and back
inexpensively at affordable "air
supplement" rates. Tour escorts:
Jane (Dickson) and Danny Cox
April 1986 Cruise from Los
Angeles down Mexican Riviera to
Costa Rica and Panama while
viewing Halley's Comet, also
informal and at group rate. Act
NOW! Write for details from:
7628 E. Turnquist
Tucson, AZ 85715
Letters to the Editor
PEDRO MIGUEL REUNION FOLLOW-UP
I would like to apologize for stating in my ar-
ticle about the Pedro Miguel reunion in the Sept-
ember issue of the Canal Record, that Naami Cur-
ling's address is in the Canal Record Directory -
S i when in fact, it isn't. I'm truly sorry if I
Caused anyone any inconvenience. However, I do
have Naomi's address and telephone number. If any-
one wishes to contact her, please drop me a line
or call me at the number listed below.
In the same article, there are also some dis-
r i r crepancies concerning the Roosevelt Medal holders.
To those of you who know that I made mistakes
about who the medal holders are in your families
I do sincerely apologize. I thought I was rep-
Catherine Jenkins, John Sims and Wanda orting the information correctly but, obviously
Sims. John, of San Antonio, visited I wasn't, and again I do apologize.
Catherine at Malverne, PA. for a happy I would like to take this opportunity to thank
reunion after seventeen years. all the former Pedro iguel residents who were able
to cane to the reunion and the Pedro Miguel activ-
ities. It was so good to see all those Pedro
Miguel friends together again a cherished memory
I really do appreciate all the notes I have re-
ceived and the pictures that some have sent. I
have tried to acknowledge all of them, but have
been extremely busy with lots of company ever
since the reunion. As soon as things get back to
normal here, I will be writing to those whom I
have not yet acknowledged.
Anne E. Hale
416 Admiral Cove
Tarpon Springs, FL 33589
"ELENA" FINDS VIOLETTES TOGETHER
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Violette had house guests
during the "Elena" weekend. Their son Jim and wife
Janelle, from Richmond, Virginia arrived on August
30th. Jim is a Senior Buyer for Best Products,
headquartered in Richmond.
The girls, Susie and Judy were also here from
West Palm Beach. Jerry and his wife, Trish live in
our area, and all were under our roof a good bit
of the time.
We were not evacuated and on Labor Day, every-
one pitched in to pick up the litter in the yard.
Mrs. Bill Violette
JAMES MEIGS MENTIONED IN
U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
Under Washington Whispers (page 17) in the 5th.
August issue of U.S. News and World Report, a
James Meigs is mentioned as a possible candidate
to fill a vacancy (1 Sept) on the Federal Reserve
This is A. James Meigs who grew up in Pedro
Miguel and I believe (perhaps before) graduated
from Balboa High School in 1937.
Jimmie has had a distinguished career as an
Economist and has authored (at least one book)
"Free Reserves and the Money Supply", published by
the University of Chicago.
His father was the late Al E. Meigs, his sister
Margaret Meigs Malloy lives in Colorado, and his
mother, Mrs. Al E. (Della) is a Society member and
lives in Tampa, Fla.
A. Nonny Mouse
A MEMBER IN NIGERIA!
The Society has at least one member in Nigeria!
I am working with the Nigerian Army as Chief of
its Research and Development Teasting and Eval-
uation. I've been here since early June '85 with
my headquarters established at the Nigerian Army
School of Military Engineering at Makurdi.
As you may remember, we had a coup d'etat on
27 August with one military government replacing
another. Things were exciting for several days un-
til things got sorted out. We have stabilized into
a normal flow of activity again.
One can certainly equate this West African
country to Panama's interior. It is quite enjoy-
able, although we will soon be entering the dry
season...dusty and HOT! There's about 5000 "ex-
pats" (European/Americans) in this populous coun-
Mail takes considerable time to arrive, ranging
from 20/35 days for letters. In fact, I just re-
ceived, via forwarding, June 85's RECORD. I thor-
oughly read and enjoyed the issue. You are doing
a good job with it!
Say hello to Mavis next chance.
Lt.Col. George R. Cockle
American T&EIS, Inc.
Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
THE GILBERTS OF COSTA RICA TRAVEL
Dennis and Cristy Gilbert arrived in Philadel-
phia August 25 from San Jose, Costa Rica for the
beginning of a whirlwind vacation...on the go con-
They stayed with their son and daughter-in-law,
Oldenar and Mary Vargas and their granddaughter,
Janine, who is now a high school sophomore. They
spent a week seeing old friends, then went to Del-
aware and visited with friends for a few days.
Then it was on to Virginia Beach, Virginia for ten
days with son and daughter-in-law Herb and Jane
Vargas and grandchildren Mike (junior at Old Dom-
inion University), Suzanne (freshman at college),
and Jeff (freshman at the University of Pittsburg
on a soccer scholarship and playing on the varsity
his freshman year!). Herb and Mary threw a party
for Debbis and Cristy with a wonderful Venezuelan
singer, lots of good fun and with Dennis's endless
supply of jokes, lots of laughter! They also had
a visit with Dennis' brother and his wife, Bill
and Mary Gilbert, as well as Bill's daughter,
Susan and Tito de Abate.
Then it was on to Houston to visit sons John
and Marlene Gilbert, and Dennis "Skeet" and Robin
Gilbert and their three children (Kevin 7, Andrea
and John 4). Then to Dallas to the Electro Medical
Research Institute for a series of ear treatments
over a two-week period under Dr. Bennett great
news! Dennis regained a considerable amount of his
Back to Dothan, Alabama for a visit with sister
Millie Patton, and Maria and Johnny Urey. Dennis
and Cristy attended the Gas House Gang Banquet and
had a wonderful time seeing lots of special and
Then is was time to head back to Houston, Texas
for a special family reunion it was the first
time all the family of "yours, mine and ours" had
ever been under one roof. Herb and Jane Vargas
arrived early Friday morning, then Don and Sheila
Gilbert Bolke arrived from Dallas, where Don has
been transferred, then Oldie and Mary Vargas com-
pleted the group John and Marlene Gilbert and
Dennis and Robin Gilbert of course providing the
housing and food! Everyone had a marvelous time
with a lot of special moments. It was terrific.
Sunday and Monday everyone left, then Dennis
and Cristy left for San Jose, Costa Rica on Tues-
day...exhausted but with lots of shopping, seeing
old friends, and some very special family moments.
Home for a rest!
SA a WFIV
Harbor Island Market, Tampa, Location of
various restaurants and shops.
THE KRAJCZYNSKI'S NOW IN TURKEY
Col. and Mrs. Robert Krajczynski (Jane Hearne),
recently of Colorado Springs, Colorado are now
stationed in Ankara, Turkey.
Their two sons, David (12) and Steven (7) are
greatly intrigued with the colorful street shops.
Nearly every afternoon they ride a bus to the Air
Base to take part in the group "Youth Activities".
The K's are all looking forward to many new ex-
periences in the next two years.
Their mailing address is: Col. Robert Krajczyn-
ski, PSC Box 572, APO New York 09254.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
THE ONE THAT GOTTA WAY
by Charlie Heim
I know that even before I start this story that
family and friends (if I ever had any) are going
to say that I was always prone to exaggerate all
of my experiences spent in my days on the Canal
Now, even Sir Isaac Walton would not believe
this story of mine, and the Good Lord above knows
that I'm no great fisherman but every once in a
while I get off my retired butt and go down to the
Lake Gregory and throw in a line, and hopefully
wait for some stupid fish to cling on to the bait
I have offered.
This particular day I took my grandson, Billy,
(that is my son's boy). He is six foot three inch-
es tall, so I seldom say "little Billy" anymore.
To hell with kids, let me get back to that fishing
story I was going to tell you about.
On this particular day, Billy caught a trout
that weighed about one pound. He was so proud, but
I found it necessary to tell him of my, and old
friends fishing experiences down the Chagres.
I guess I exaggerated the size and weight of
the Tarpons that Dave Marshall, Bob Douglas, Tyke
Cotton and others were able to catch and sell to
old Mary. Hell, when I told him the story of those
Tarpons that we caught, they gained thirty pounds
with each telling. (It's little wonder this kid
doesn't believe old grandpa anymore!)
Now to get back to my original story of a great
fish that was never landed, and this is complete-
ly true. I tried to tell Billy, but he had already
put me in a class of the greatest liars like Paul
Bunyon. Who needs grandsons that don't believe the
stories their grandpas tell?
This is the story I told that non-believing
grandson. Before I start writing this, write to
Marvin Keenan or Bob Douglas for verification.
Marvin and I went fishing at the Breakwater at
beautiful Limon Bay and we would fish one side of
the breakwater and lay a line on the other side.
Each time, this line would be demolished, hook,
bait, and all. We didn't know what sort of fish
lived down there, but we did know, that with our
collective grey matter we could out-wit any damn
fish that lived. (Little did we know).
I had my dad make a barbed hook that must have
weighed over a pound. We wrapped it with another
pound of intestines from the Colon slaughter house
and went searching for our fish that had given us
so much grief.
We (Marvin, Bob and myself) took out for the
breakwater in a panga with a forty horsepower mo-
tor. Little did we know that three pretty good
sized men and a forty horsepower motor would not
be able to cope with the fish we would later find
on this great hook.
We put our lines out and of course, the lure
that would trap this fish that had been our nem-
isis on other days.
After fishing for a couple of hours, we decided
to go home. Marvin began taking in the line that
we had dropped for that phantom fish. He said,
"Charlie, give me a hand we are snagged on some-
thing". Well, Marvin, Bob and I started pulling,
and little by little this monster of a fish app-
eared at the surface, next to our miserable little
panga which was about fourteen or fifteen feet
long. His mouth could have swallowed the whole
damn boat and with all of us.
We knew there was no way we could land him, so
we decided to haul him (or her) to the beach in
Marvin put the outboard at full forty horse-
power. The fish stayed at one end and the boat at
the other, and neither moved an inch until the
screws started popping out of the panga. Marvin
was forced to cut the line that held the creature.
Now, a fourteen foot panga is about three feet
wide. This fish, when we brought it to the surface
was longer than the panga and about half as wide.
It was a dann shame that we were never able to
beach this monster because I know that my grandson
does not believe the story, nor do those non-be-
leivers that told their fish stories (the ones
that gotta way) at the Tarpon Club in Gatun.
(Marvin, I have believed all of Charlie Helm's
tales so far, but you gotta verify this one! Ed.)
FOUR DAYS IN HOUSTON
by Frank A. Baldwin
to Paul and laura Baldwin, 17 October 1985
Most people go to the City of Houston to visit
the great Medical Center, seek employment, try the
big city, see the Oilers lose, tour the Astrodome,
get lost, and do about anything possible that
there is to do. My wife, Carmen and I went to
Houston to "baby sit".
My son and his wife were going to a class re-
union in New York and he called us in Miami to ask
if we would come to Houston and baby-sit for four
days. We were very pleased to do so and of course,
accepted. I then thought to myself, "we brought up
five of our own and even our baby in now 27 years
old, so there shouldn't be any problerd'. We went
to Houston and there was no problem the problem
The first few days we went through an orient-
ation period which made me feel like an astronaut
learning new procedures, regulations, gadgets,
food-stuffs, medicines (internal and external),
burglar alarms, contingency plans, neighbors names
with routes, doctors and so forth. I was very at-
tentive since I was convinced that I would be
faced with a written examination before we were
left with our grandchildren alone, however, we were
exempted because I presume we were very good stu-
dents and didn't talk back or play hooky...
During the orientation course, I thought to my-
self that I was going to make sane changes and
some straightening out that had to be accomplished
and never realizing that I was the one about to be
straightened out by my two grandchildren, ages two
The first morning we were initiated by our two-
year old, Paul, who developed diarrhea. Unfortu-
nately we did not have any dry-runs on this sub-
ject, nor did the procedures cover the maintenance
involved, but the medicine applied was successful.
The new type of disposable diapers were an inova-
tion to us, God Bless his Soul whoever invented
them you became so attached to them that you
hated to throw them away. After two days, Paul was
back to normal, and I was using Kaopectate.
One morning the five-year old, Laura, woke up
with a cough. She pointed out the medicine to me
and after reading the instructions wrong I got
carried away and gave her more than necessary, and
she fell asleep in the middle of breakfast. The
medicine was excellent and cured her pretty quick,
but she was knocked out, and for an hour I was
feeling her pulse, heart and what have you every
five minutes. She was fine aferwrds, ht I dd hae to
increase my high blood pressure pills that day.
We learned much more from them than they did
from us. I learned that they can put toys together
than it took me to think them out. I found out
that the boxes the toys came in are more compli-
cated than the toys. My conclusion at that point
was that toys marked "Ages 2-5" should be marked
"Ages 60-65". The kids know all about home gadgets
and how to work them. They seem to enjoy correct-
ing you when they see you start messing things up.
It's amazing how they know where everything is,
especially TV programs, scissors, razots, knives,
and electrical appliances.
SOUND is very important in their lives, weth-
er it's the garbage truck,garage door, mailman,
dogs barking, and what took the cake was when I
opened the door and the burglar alarm went off!
The expressions on Paul and Laura's faces was,
"How dumb can you get?"
DRESSING was interesting, especially Laura,
who knew what ribbons to wear with what. Boys do
not care what they wear, but my consolation was
seeing what the teeneagers wore or didn't wear in
BATHING was fun. My wife enjoyed bathing the
kids since they loved it, with the proper toys in
the bathtub you have no problem. I think I'm going
to buy sane for myself now that I'm back in Miami.
SLEEPING was no problem. They enjoyed their
'Texas Siestas" and went to bed at eight o'clock
sharp sometimes they tucked me in before they
FEEDING. It's quite different from years ago.
It's "a-la-carte" practically. The kids tell you
what they want for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Luckily they were not too particular how they
wanted their eggs cooked.
Am glad they have not been exposed to the term,
"Happy Hour", since this would create a conflict
of interest. At the Pizza Parlor, Paul, the two-
year old, asked the waitress, after waiting quite
a while, "Where the Pizza go?". This shook the
waitress up, but the service improved...
After baby-sitting Four Days in Houston, I know
now who was baby-sitting who! I heard more "Don't
do that, that's not the way, you're lost, etc",
coming from the youth side than from our side.
Nevertheless, it's a wonderful experience and you
get to love and appreciate your grandchildren much
more, even though you have been straightened out!
In conclusion, maybe more people from Miami
should go to Houston for four days and be baby-
THE TROOPS PROUD OF LARGE FAMILY
Four generations of Stroops
Edward Clyde (Red) Stroop, age 86; Gear-
ald Darte Stroop, Sr.'; Gearald Darte
Stroop, Jr. and Gearald Darte Stroop III
Pictured are four generations of the Edurd
Clyde (Red) Stroop Sr. family.
Clyde was Assistant Administrator of the Rec-
eiving and Forwarding Agency (R & FA) when he re-
tired from the Panama Canal in 1950.
He and his wife, Ruth, of 62 years have been
residents of Sarasota, Florida for 30 years. Most
of the family live in Sarasota.
Ruth and Clyde have five children: Rose Mar-
garet (Stroop) Holroyd, Sarasota, FL.; R.B.H. Bud
Stroop III, Ocala, FL.; Edward C. Stroop, Jr.,
Kissimnee, FL.; Gerald D. Stroop Sr., Sarasota,
and Karen (Stroop) Wolfe.
In addition, Ruth and Clyde boast of eighteen
grandchildren and twenty two and a half great-
grandchildren, which is a pretty wonderful record!
THE CHUCK SOUKUPS NOW IN
The huck Soukups have purchased a home in
Gainesville, Florida. Their son, Bob was dis-
charged from the Air Force and is attending a
trade school for plumbers.
Mr. Soukup is managing a restaurant at the U.
of Florida and they have excellent facilities at
the guest house at reasonable rates, so anyone
passing through or staying in Gainesville should
take advantage of these low rates.
Doreen Soukup will be attending the University
of Florida in the second semester. Debbie had a
baby girl on September 16, 1985.
COCANOWER AND TOCHTERMAN REUNITE
Jaime Cocanower and George Tochterman
Balboa High School graduate and Major League
pitcher Jaime Cocanower of the Milwaukee Brewers
is pictured with George Tochterman, retired Canal
Zone Police, at Milwaukee County Stadium.
George is proud of the fact that he umpired
many of the games that Jaime pitched for Balboa
High School, and was in the Brewers stadium to
umpire the North/South State of Wisconsin American
Legion All-Star Game.
Jaime resides in Little Rock, Arkansas in the
Green Bay, Wis.
DE GLASSES DEM DID FOUND
What de rass is going on dere wit you? I went
to de Texas side to see me family dem and when I
reach back I red a advertisement in de Society
book dat me highglasses did found.
How de rass me highglasses could be found when
you did know dat me highglasses did loss?
You recall when I went to see the big boss dem
in de hotel, an make a report dat me highglass
was loss and now you say it is found.
I believe you is running a racket on me and dat
it is you who teef me highglasses to collect a re-
I taught you was me friend but a friend don't
teef a next man's highglass to collect a reward.
A next ting is dat you hadvertise dat glass did
make in france. It don't make in france a rass. It
did make in de highglass section of de Balboa Com-
missary years gone so de people dem is not paying
no money for dat. When I left your housee to return
back to Halabama I did experience a lot of
trouble. I was driving me car on de roadside like
a blind man because me highglass was lost and I
don't no how de next car didn't mash up me ras
cause I couldn't see good.
I did get a terrible pain in me bladder and had
to pull off in one of dose road side rest camp to
get a relief. I leaped hout of me car and dash in
to de service and when I came out a big hugly ras
did grab me by de shirt and haccuse me of going
into de whomans service to peep on his wife. De
man was very vex an did want to trow a lash on me.
I did catch fright an beg him to give me a chance
and den I explain dat me highglass did loss and
since I could not see good I did make a mistake an
went into de wrong service. De man said "allright"
but if it happen again he would lick me down.
Hall dis trouble did cause because you gone wid
me highglass, and a next ting, I am tying hoff me
friendship wit you because you is a worthless rass
and de law is going to hear about de racket you is
running on me, make sure of dat.
A HALLETT GET-TOGETHER
Mae and Carleton Hallett, with daughter Judy
and grandchildren Kelly and Kurt were in Calif-
ornia for two weeks. While there, they visited
with friends and family in San Francisco, San
Diego and Los Angeles.
While in San Francisco, brother Charles Hallett
surprised us with a visit from Show Low, Arizona.
Carleton F. Hallett
35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEATRE GUILD
I've just received the enclosed from my nephew,
Bruce Quirn, and as it is ready for the 35th Anni-
versary of the Theatre Guild, I feel it's a news-
worthy item for the Canal Record.
All you officers of the Society are certainly
to be commended for the wonderful work you do.
"I am pleased to serve as the honorary chair-
man of the membership committee of the Theatre
Guild, especially during the Guild's 1985-1986
season it's 35th season!.
On December 21, 1950 in welcoming it's patrons
to its first production at the Diablo Heights The-
atre, the Board of Governors stated...'our belief
(is) that our organization will fill a very def-
inite need in the lives of residents of the Pacif-
ic Side communities.'
For 35 years the Theatre Guild has contributed
significantly to the lives of the residents of the
Pacific Side communities. Not only has it filled
a need to present English language works, the
Ancon Playhouse has been made available also to
many theatre groups to present works in the Span-
ish language. I cordially invite you to join the
Theatre Guild an important center of the arts in
the Republic of Panama.
Personally, I am looking forward optimistically
to its next 35 years of operations."
Lic. Fernando Manfredo, Jr.
Annual Memberships to The Theatre Guild may be
obtained by sending $20.00 to: Membership Comm-
ittee, THE THEATRE GUILD, Apartado 3648, Balboa,
Ancon, Republic of Panama.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
THE BUEHLER'S RETURN AFTER TWO
MONTHS ON THE ROAD
Eleanor and Howard Buehler, New Port Richey,
Florida, recently returned from a two-month trip
to the mid-West that included the wedding of their
daughter Beverly to Richard G. Grassy, Jr. M.D.
On their way north, they stopped to have break-
fast with Beverly (Smith) and Harry Lippert and
their son, Timothy in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Beverly and Harry are anxiously awaiting their
visas to begin a four year term in mission in
Manaus, Brazil. Beverly is the daughter of Lucille
and Maxwell Smith.
After the hectic weeks of preparation for the
wedding and in helping the Grassy's move to Bis-
mark, N.D., Eleanor and Howard spent several weeks
in St. Cloud, Minnesota, with their eldest daugh-
ter, Judy, and Sid Williamson. They enjoyed their
grandchildren Kathy and Matt, the abundant sweet
corn, and the early fall weather, finding it diff-
icult to return to the Florida heat.
The final stop was in Iowa where they spent
several days with Eleanor's another, Ruby Thorpe,
who is a resident of the Masonic/Eastern Star Home
in Boone. She was a frequent visitor both in the
Zone and in Florida as long as her health permit-
Shortly after their arrival in Florida, Eleanor
again packed her bags for a week-end trip to In-
dianapolis to attend the wedding of her nephew.
Now both Eleanor and Howard have settled into
a winter routine and the coffee is always hot.
THE FRANGIONI'S RELOCATE
Tony writes:...that after 16 years of residence
in Clearwater we pulled up stakes and moved to
Fort Walton Beach. The attraction here of course
was the fact that Ralph Jr., his wife Marie and
our two grandsons, Ralph III and Greg have been
here for some time and plan to be here indefinite-
ly. By living here, we have eliminated six to
eight round trips a year from Clearwater!
Our oldest granddaughter,. Kathy (Pierce) Han-
cock presented us with our second and third grand-
children, Melissa Kay and Stephanie Annette on 12
August, in Lake Jackson, Texas. Kay (Frangioni)
and Jerry Pierce are the happy grandparents, and
of course, Alice Pierce is a happy great-grand-
mother too. Now we'll be making trips to Lake
Jackson, Texas, instead of the "short" roundtrips
we used to make here from Clearwater!
We had an enjoyable visit with our family in
the Washington, D.C. area, and I attended the 50th
reunion of my high school class in early October.
Because of our long residence in the Canal Zone,
I saw dozens of classmates I had not seen in over
50 years. We are looking forward to another one
in 5 years...
907 Holbrook Circle
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
RUM CAKE RECIPE (GUARANTEED)
Before you start, taste RUM to make sure of its
good quality. Select a large bowl, measuring cup
and spoon, then taste RUM again. With an electric
mixer, beat one cup butter in large fluffy bowl.
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the RUM again. Add three large eggs, two cups of
dried fruit and beat until very high. If fruit
sticks to the beaters, pry loose with a screw-
driver. Taste RUM again. Add three cups baking
powder, a pint of run, 1 teaspoon of toda and a
cup of pepper. Sift in half pint of lemon juice
and fold in chopped buttermilk. Add strained nuts.
Add one tablespoon of scrown bugar, or whatever
color you have. Check the run again. Turn pan to
350 degrees, grease oven and pour the whole mess
in. Sample the RUM while waiting. Have a great
RUTH STRAUS'S 82ND BIRTHDAY FETE
On March 29, Ruth Straus celebrated her 82nd.
birthday with family at the home of her daughter,
Margaret (Straus) cFAards where she is living, in
Back row: Robert Edwards, Paul Edwards,
Cliff Moore, Bill Romeyn. (Second row)
Dick Edwards, Sharon Edwards, Kathy
(Moore) Deppe, Ida (Straus) Gifford,
Susan Edwards, Mary (Moore) Burleson,
J.J. Burlson, Lee Spiers, Dorothy
(Straus) Romeyn, Mike Burleson. (First
row) Margaret (Straus) Edwards, Lara
Gifford, Ruth Straus, Kim Burleson.
(front) John Burleson, Darlen Deppe,
Matthew Davis and Nathan Edwards.
Attending were: Three of her four daughters,
Dorothy Straus Romeyn and her husband, Bill; Mar-
garet Straus FAards and husband, Dick (formerly
of Gamboa), Ida Straus Gifford from Orem, Utah.
Grandchildren: Mary (Moore) Burleson, her husband,
Mike; Cathy (Moore) Deppe, Cliff Moore, Paul Ed-
wards, Robert Edwards (born in Ancon, C.Z.), his
wife Sharon, Susan EdAards and Lara Gifford.
Great-grandchildren: John, J.J. and Kim Burleson,
Darlene Deppe, Nathan and twins, Aaron and Andre
Guests: Matthew Davis and Lee Spier.
On the 4th. of July, Dick and Margaret Edwards
had a BBQ at their home. Attending were: Ruth
Straus, Carrie (Probeck) and Bill Edwards, Kirk
Edwards, Dorothy and Bill Romeyn, Paul, Robert,
Sharon and Susan, Nathan, Aaron and Andre Edwards
and Matthew Davis.
The twins, Aaron and Andre celebrated their 2nd
The fireworks display in Burbank was cancelled
because of the high humidity and extreme heat. So
many fires were being fought in California, they
didn't want to take a chance. Everyone had a good
time and the weather cooled off for us so we could
Margaret Straus Edwards
THE FRENCH'S FAMILY GATHERING
It has been 5 years since we got our three sons
and their families together with us. So on June 18
to 22, 1985, here in Castleton, Vermont, we had a
wonderful reunion. Charley, Woody and Lewis golfed
one day. The next day, Warden, his 3 sons and 2 of
his three grandchildren golfed together again. The
little one was 4 years old.
Needless to say, it was a happy time. The three
daughters-in-law and three granddaughters and I
spent the afternoon in the motel pool nearby. Only
our oldest granddaughter was missing, but she had
a job in Toms River, N.J. and couldn't take the
The French Brothers, L-R: Charlie, BHS
'59 lives in Rutland, VT, teaches in
Rutland High School; Woody, BHS '61,
lives in Toms River, NJ, teaches in
Brick High School, NJ; Lewis, BHS '63
lives in Stillwater, MN, works for 3M in
St. Paul, MN.
My mother, May Cotton, came home for the even-
ing and dinner. She is living in a Community Care
Home about 5 minutes away and is doing well now
after several falls last year.
Bea and Warden French
21-DAY CHINA VENTURE
Thirteen hour flight from Chicago to Tokyo.
Overnited in luxurious Portopia Hotel in
Next day boarded "Pearl of Scandinavia."
Cabin was spacious complete with two closets,
bath, refrigerator and two storage cabinets with
locks. Food, of course, was superb, and too much.
Sailed Sea of Japan and docked at Nagasaki,
Japan, site of atomic bomb. Tour consisted of
very old Catholic Church, Glover Gardens and
delightful museum where movies were shown of
annual dragon festival. Then went to a building
devoted exclusively to bomb destruction. The city
was virtually demolished. There were pictures of
before and after, also horrible pictures of the
effect on survivors. Four floors contained photos
and mementos. I lasted only three. From there we
went to Peace Park where there is an impressive
large Statue of Peace. The left hand is out-
stretched for World Peace, the right hand points
skyward indicating the atomic bomb and the eyes
are partially closed in prayer for the victims.
Nagasaki had been the third choice, but heavy
clouds canceled the first and high fuel consumr-
tion resulted in closer Nagasaki. Prices in Japan
are extremely high.
Following day we arrived in Dalian, China.
Third largest harbor in China and was occupied in
turn by Japanese and Russians. We had to wear a
badge at all times with name, name of ship and
visitor to Republic of China. Chinese representa-
tives came aboard so that our money could be
exchanged for the Chinese Yuan.
Toured Dalian, then visited the Zoo to see
Pandas which obligingly posed, beautiful giant
tigers that scanned tourists with an appetizing
eye, also one U.S. tiger(!). Stopped at a shell
factory that housed hundreds of workers. The odor
of varnish and shellac were overwhelming. Beauti-
ful pictures were made of painted shells. Then to
a Friendship Store containing merchandise of
interest to tourists: linens, jade, handsome
rugs, cloisonee, etc.-even furs.
Next day we drove through Hsingang, largest
container port with 7 million population en route
to Peking, a five-hour bus ride.
At Peking we spent two nights in Great Wall
Hotel, luxurious, one year old, water filtration
plant, Western food and excellent gift shop. We
had a Chinese dinner at a local restaurant which
is totally different from U.S. Chinese cuisine.
Following day we toured Peking, second
largest city and capitol for five dynasties.
Population is over 8 million with equal number of
bicycles. Then on to Forbidden City, residence of
Emperors. Contains 9,999 rooms. Thirteen layers
of pounded bricks forms the base of the large
compounds (Emperors were trusting souls). Go
through red-painted gates, 1st was Meridian Gate
into large courtyard leading to Hall of Supreme
Harmony (some 30 or 40 steps) where court was
held. Through another gate and courtyard to
Emperor's quarters. Officers quarters were lo-
cated in building on right. Another 20 steps.
Next day a two-hour bus ride to The Great
Wall-extends 3,400 miles, but not consecutive.
Three hundred thousand workers were employed
daily and as they died they were incorporated
into the Wall. On extreme Western Wall, spikes
were placed atop the wall railings to deter
Mongol invaders. Wall must be seen to be
believed. It is very high and left side is much
higher than right. It is NOT visible from the
Moon-too many clouds-that was a media state-
ment. Received a certificate.
From there to Ming Tombs, Tombs of the
Emperors-72 steps downward with a few statues at
the foot. Drove down the Avenue of the Animals
past large statues of High Court Chieftains, then
statues of animals (elephants, camels, etc.-
standing, then lying down. At midnight they
supposedly reverse positions as guardians of Ming
Following day to Summer Palace on a polluted
lake. Empress had a marble boat built as an
entertainment place. Also Temple of Heaven-blue
ceiling with gold leaf. Four red with gold leaf
pillars representing the four seasons surrounded
by 12 pillars representing 12 months. Contains
throne, table and chair; also second throne,
table and chair for ancestors.
Five-hour return bus trip to ship where band
welcomed us and we enjoyed a delicious Western
Next day to Yantai to see Confucius Temple
and small Museum. We also visited a private home.
Apartments go on seniority ai.d rent is about $3 a
month. Women retire at 60 and men at 65 with 75.
pay. Everyone is friendly and gracious. Apartment
we visited, man is a supervisor, wife a super-
visor of heavy equipment and one small boy. We
were served tea, fruit and cookies. In the living
room, there was a couch, cocktail table, and
chairs. One bedroom contained a small portable
TV. Master bedroom had an electronic large radio
and bed is set upon concrete. Small kitchen, heat
and hot water. Then to a tea party at a
children's school where we were entertained with
soft drinks, cookies and delightful dances,
singing and playing of various musical instru-
ments. They look like little dolls. Everyone in
China wears shoes and socks-only place not worn
is in the rice paddies.
Next day to Quingdao to visit an aquarium
and fish museum, then to Hotel for tea and a
delightful children's program.
Following day at Sea and over half the ship
contacted the Peking cough caused by dust, coal
burning fuels, etc. Not a cold, just a cough.
Then to Shanghai through the 12 million
population and bicycles to train station to
Suchow, very old city and home of silk factory.
Called Venice of China: many canals, barges and
Second day in Shanghai which is located on
Won-Ku River. Gang of four came from there. Have
a Bund, barking houses. Nanking Road is the 5th
Avenue. This was the Asian playground and British
occupied as evidenced by the buildings, etc. Saw
Jade Buddha Temple and Jade Factory. Also visited
large Friendship Store; broad avenues.
Next day to Xiamen: walking tour and a
On South (or East) China Sea which can be
Arrived in Hong Kong and had interesting
city tour visiting native market, Repulse Bay and
beautiful Victoria Peak with a tram ride to the
bottom. Many high rises, hotels and small ships
in Compound (bartering expected there). Stayed in
Royal Garden Hotel in Kowloon. Toured famous
Nathan Road: consists of all honky-tonk shops.
Twelve-hour time difference in China-oh,
that jet lag, etc.!
Departed Hong Kong for Tokyo-Chicago-Tampa-
Sarasota following day-three days in Hong Kong.
Gladys A. Conley
July 11, 1985
by Patt Roberson
Red, White and Blue Paradise: The American
Canal Zone in Panama, by Herbert and Mary Knapp.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984. 306
pages. $16.95 at bookstores, $18.50 with postage
in U.S., $23 with postage to Panama.
Their years on the Canal Zone (1963-82) do
not coincide with mine (1940-55). Their adult
perspective differs from my view as a child and
teenager. They were teachers; I was a student.
Still, much remains familiar and old eyes well-up
I trust books that end with "Notes" and
"Sources" and an index. It's reassuring to know I
can check out the facts if I choose. And it's
especially satisfying to recognize source
authors-Sue Core, Dorothy Moody, Jean Niemeier,
Kenneth Vinton, BHS classmate Gus Mellander,
The Knapps' book deals with a contemporary
history of a place we all know and love,
interwoven with their personal observations. Its
appeal is at once sentimental and intellectual.
We all had our time on the Zone and formed our
own impressions. While you may not agree with all
the Knapps' opinions, the basic gist remains and
we may be grateful for their valuable literary
effort. Ultimately we broaden our perspective by
acknowledging different views, whether we agree
The Amarillo Sunday News-Globe calls this
book "fascinating;" the Los Angeles Herald-
Examiner says "often wry and always interesting .
. forthright and informative;" the San Diego
Union, "impassioned;" Washington Times, "delight-
ful and astonishingly informative."
If you cannot make a trip back, reading this
book is the next best thing. I wish I had written
it. Finally, with Christmas coming, I can
heartily recommend this book as a gift for your
ex-Zonian friends and family, and one for
yourself as well. The easiest way to get a copy
is to send a check to the Knapps, Box 567, South
Egremont, MA 01258.
Pink parasol helps Halliburton
The Panama Canal has attracted a large number
of transiting "vessels" over the years, and some
of the most interesting have been of the human
variety. Capt. Alfred Brown of New York was the
first person to swim the Canal in 1913. Nine other
men have had this experience, but only two of
them-Richard Halliburton and Mickii Sen--obtained
permission to swim through the locks.
Richard Halliburton was by far the most well
known of this group. In New Worlds to Conquer, he
gives an account of his historic swim in August
1928: "I had visions of the newspaper headlines
next day," he wrote. "Canal challenger swims
hundred feet. Sinks exhausted. Drowns." Never a
strong swimmer, he was worried because he "hadn't
swum a hundred yards consecutively in three years,
used only an antiqiuted side-stroke obsolete in
1885 and didn't even have a bathing suit."
Nevertheless, he wanted to do it because it
represented a challenge, a novelty and a "great
adventure." This driving force had made him a
world traveler, had twice taken him to the summit
of Popocatepetl and would lead him to the highest
peak in Darien.
Mr. Halliburton decided to swim the Panama
Canal the first time he saw it. "Swim the Canal!"
Canal Zone Governor M. L. Wallace had replied to
the request. "Why, it's fifty miles!" But I don't
mean to do it all at once before breakfast," the
young man explained, adding that he could meet the
lock charges just as if he were a ship-according
Registered as the SS Richard Halliburton, the
strange craft measured five feet ten inches in
length and one foot in beam and had a tonnage of
140 pounds. The 36-cent charge set the record low
for Panama Canal tolls, which still stands.
As protection against the sharks, alligators
and barracudas with which the Canal was said to be
amply supplied, the commander in chief of the
American forces in Panama had loaned Mr. Halli-
burton "the sharpshootingest sergeant on the
Isthmus." Sgt. Thomas Wright, 6 feet 8 inches tall
and composed of 200 pounds of "tough physique,"
was to follow in a row boat.
The first lap of the swim, across the bay
from Colon to Cristobal, was completed without any
problems, except for the fact that the swimmer
took off with no warning, leaving his outriders to
gather up their equipment and follow along after
him as best they could. The second day was
different. Each time the locks gates opened to
release nine million cubic feet of water, the
deluge swept him backwards, so that he swam and
swam but made no progress. He tried clinging to
the shoreline, a great enticement to alligators,
he feared, but a chance he felt he had to take.
After seven hours of swimming, he had advanced the
three miles to Gatun Locks.
Meanwhile, several hundred people had lined
the locks walls to watch. "of the gallery of five
hundred or more people, scarcely one had any
sentiment for me other than ridicule," Mr.
Halliburton wrote. "They had gathered expecting a
sensational swimmer to rip across the waters .
They had seen an amateur, with no swimming form
whatsoever." One observer, named Isabella, gave
him her pink parasol to protect him from the sun.
He handed it to Sergeant Wright, who "raised it
above his pine-tree frame and settled back into
the boat to watch for crocodiles."
By the end of the fifth day, Mr. Halliburton
was running a fever and blisters were forming on
his sunburned skin. He insisted on continuing,
however, and on the following day he barely
escaped being run over by a freighter during a
rainstorm. The seventh day took them to Culebra
Cut. Arriving at the penitentiary just at lunch-
time, they decided to beg a meal off the warden.
The warden introduced them, telling the prisoners
how they happened to be there. "Whereupon," wrote
Mr. Halliburton, "the gentleman at my left rudely
suggested that I'd come to the wrong asylun."
On the last day, the eighth, Mr. Halliburton
swam across Miraflores Lake and passed through the
Pacific locks and out the Canal approach to
Balboa. Near the end of his swim, he was attacked
by barracudas but escaped unharmed by scrambling
onto the shore. Facing the choice of giving up
within half a mile of achieving his goal or being
possibly maimed or killed by barracudas, he
decided to go on.
The remainder of the swim was made beneath
the oar, almost touching the boat's side, while
the sergeant lashed the water behind him with the
pink parasol. Mr. Halliburton finished his swim to
the hurrahs of thousands who lined the shore to
watch him complete the transit. "A hundred arms
reached down to pull me ashore," he wrote. One of
them belonged to Isabella, the owner of the
multipurpose pink parasol.
THE PANAMA CANAL SPIKWAY
August 15, 1985
What Happened to the Bremen?
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE Bremen, the largest
passenger ship to transit the Canal until the QE2
toppled the record, March 25?
Some of the many rumors that circulated
during World War II are still heard today-she was
sunk by a British submarine, she sank off Denmark
with 15,000 German tropps aboard, she was scuttled
by her master to avoid capture.
All of these stories are false but the true
story of what happened to the Bremen after she
completed her record making transit February 15,
1939, is equally dramatic.
Aware of the tense world situation and with
war an immediate possibility, the crew of the
Bremen was anxious to return to Germany as quickly
On reaching New York, the 1,600 cruise
passengers quickly disembarked and the ship was
readied for departure within 9 hours after her
arrival. But before she could get underway,
President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that all
ships of potentially belligerent nations would be
searched for arms or other materials which might
make it possible to convert them into vessels of
war once they were at sea.
There were immediate protests from the owners
of the Bremen but to no avail and the U.S.
Steanship Inspection Service delayed the vessel
for 36 hours while a careful search was made,
which included ordering the crew to lower the
lifeboats for inspection.
The largest vessel of any kind to trans-
it the Panama Canal was the North German
Lloyd trans-Atlantic Liner Bremen. In
this view of the big ship in Gaillard
Cut, the Bremen gives the appearance of
completely filling the channel. Tugs
were used to assist the Bremen as it
moved through the Cut. The transit was
made without untoward incident.
The Panama Canal
August 15, 1939
Finally, on August 30, the Bremen was allowed
to steam out of New York Harbor only a few hours
before German tanks invaded Poland. With the band
playing "Deutschland uber allies and the crew
giving the Nazi salute, the huge liner passed the
Statue of Liberty and headed for the open sea.
Five days after her departure, two life-rings
from the Bremen were recovered off the coast of
Massachusetts and rumors spread that the ship had
been sunk by a submarine or had been scuttled.
Actually, as soon as the ship was out of
sight of land, her captain ordered the ship to be
repainted to help camouflage her. Lifeboats were
lowered halfway down the side of the ship. Seamen
stood in them and using long poles to which they
attached paint brushes, they covered the giant
liner with a coat of dull grey paint.
As the ship continued at full speed, lifeboat
drills and other emergency procedures were con-
stantly practiced and everyone was alerted to be
ready to scuttle the vessel. However, in only 8
days the liner was safe in the Russian port of
Murmansk and the Nazi press publicized the event
as a "victory over the British." Cartoons appeared
pretending to explain how it was done. One showed
the crew carefully stiching all the tablecloth
together, then hanging them over the side and
painting a rowboat on them to disguise the
In December 1939, the ship quietly made the
final dash for its home port of Bremenhaven.
Nothing more was heard of her until March 17,
1941, when the German radio announced that the
liner was afire. The beautiful luxury liner burned
for 8 days as all efforts to save her failed and
the firemen turned their efforts to saving her
sister ship, the Europa, which was moored nearby.
Although an investigation was held, the cause
of the fire was not discovered. SaLotage was
suspected but never proved.
Four years later, when the victorious Ameri-
can troops arrived in Bremenhaven they found only
three broken sections of the hull lying in the
water. The rest of the ship had been cut up to
provide scrap metal for the armament plants.
But the name of the Bremen remained on the
record books of the Panama Canal and when she
appeared in the news this year many local people
nostalgically recalled her transit 36 years ago.
Panama Canal Review
by Neville Hart
In searching old records for the location of
the lost gold mine of Tysingal I was able to ob-
tain the following information...that among the
many documents found in the archives of Spain,
great quantities of gold are located in the var-
ious rivers and streams in the Chiriqui Provence
of the Republic of Panama.
A few hundred years ago, the freat Carib Indian
tribes living by the banks of rivers were able to
remove great amounts of gold from the sand of
these swift running waters. In fact, one record of
1587 states that the indians extracted gold with
a calabash in very large grains, and a caciqui by
the name of Ucana would smelt the precious metal
and cause it to be cast into figures representing
aligators, snakes, frogs and birds. It was also
noted that it was the custom of the tribe to place
these golden objects with their owners in the deep
tombs in which their dead were buried. For, with
such a gift to offer the Gods, he would surely be
accepted into the domain of the spirit world.
The graves of the Carib Indians found in the
area of Chiriqui are considered to be the richest
in pottery and gold idols. These same records men-
tion a Captain MuRoz, who took from the tombs of
the indians such a quantity of gold as to fill two
sea chests, and wishing more of the same treasure,
he started inland with sixty men, leaving the two
sea chests buried at the base of a Ceibo tree.
However, having traveled hardly a league, he was
attacked by such numbers of indians that he was
forced to retreat to the sea where he made good
his escape, leaving his treasure of gold buried at
the base of the Ceibo tree, and there it remains
to this very day.
Within the Province of Chiriqui are beautiful
forests and rich valleys and plains. The crest of
the majestic volcano Baru seems to be hidden at
all times by large white clouds. Now somewhere in
this area is located the famous gold mine known
and worked for many years by the indians, as Tys-
ingal. In later years, during the Spanish conquest
the name of the mine was changed to "La Estrella",
The Star. A Spanish colony was formed in the year
1600 and the city of Concepci6n De Estrella was
The Spanish conquerors enslaved the indians to
work under forced labor in mining the gold of Tys-
ingal. Just about ten years later, due to the ex-
treme cruelty of their Spanish masters, the in-
dians rebelled and killed every Spaniard in the
area. However, a new detachment of Spanish sol-
diers was sent from Costa Rica to quell the rebel-
lion. In a very short time, the detachment of sol-
diers had gathered together 2,000 indians to work
the mine again, under worse conditions than be-
fore. So it was, that every indian in the area
gathered together, and once again killed every
person that could be found of Spanish blood. The
workings of the mine were completely destroyed and
the remains were covered to conceal the mine from
Then the enraged indians systematically destroy-
ed all Spanish living quarters and the Church of
Concepci6n, removing and concealing the gold bell,
until not a trace could be found of the town known
as Concepci6n. With the passing of time the mine
of Tysingal and the golden bell was just a memory
and the indians were allowed to live in peace.
But once again, at the turn of this century,
rumors were rampant throughout the Chiriqui pro-
vence, for it seems that a half-Spaniard by the
name of Revera who raised beef cattle, was married
to an indian woman. They lived in the small vil-
lage of Caldera. She was able to guide Revera
through jungle trails to a hidden mine shaft in
the side of a mountain. Revera saw, and touched
with his own hands, the gold bell of Concepci6n
which had lain concealed within the mine shaft
among the many scattered idols of stone and cast
gold. He also saw masses of gold in leather pouch-
es, of which his guide allowed him to take only a
few castellanos in weight. It was also recorded
that the house and farm of Revera was burned and
destroyed by the indians in punishment for enter-
ing the forbidden mine shaft.
After hiding a few months in the mountains,
Revera returned to build a new house, to buy furn-
iture and cattle that he was supposed to have ob-
tained from the Tysingal mine. It is well known
that the Talamanca Indians know of the location of
the Tysingal mine, but will allow no one to enter
their territory in search of the precious metal of
the Tysingal mine.
A few years have passed since I investigated
the mysteries of the Tysingal gold mine, but now
we have a sequel to the fabulous treasure of gold.
It seems that a prospector by the name of Van
Steck had discovered the gold mine of Tysingal.
According to his story, he accidently found a hole
in the ground ten feet deep. He cut a long pole
and climbed down to discover a man-made tunnel.
Van Steck said, "I found some Spanish swords, and
old bell and a pile of gold bars with the seal of
Spain stamped on them". The news traveled fast and
with the tangle of confused information, the re-
ports of intrigue and murder emerged....but to re-
turn to past history for just a moment. It was
about the year 1611 that a pack train of mules,
heavily laden with bars of gold was on its way to
meet the collection point of the Spanish treasure
fleet. They were attacked by hundreds of Talamanca
Indians. The Spanish guards were killed to the
last man, and the gold was hidden by the indians
where men could never find it.
For 300 years the location of the Tysingal mine
and the hidden gold treasure was lost to memories,
until the event of finding the mine tunnel by Van
Steck. Then came a news flash....the gold had al-
ready been removed by persons unknown...and.... in
the tunnel was found the body of Van Steck, killed
by a bullet through the head. The death weapon was
his own pistol which was found lying by his side.
The Police reported that Van Steck had committed
suicide, but many people today believe that he was
murdered while attempting to remove the gold. It
was also rumored that many of the people that fol-
lowed Van Steck to the mine were killed by the
Last year in the dry season, two local men of
the village of Bambito tried once again to retrace
the trail of Van Steck to the Tysingal mine, but
within a few days they were lost on the dense over
grown trail. A search party from Bambito was or-
ganized to try and find the missing men, but late
one evening, there came a faint, barely audible
message from their portable radio, "Return to Bam-
bito". Believing that the two men had returned to
the village, the search party also returned to
Bambito, only to find that the lost men had not
That same year I decided to talk to Louie Hart-
man, a bushman well known for his knowledge of the
jungle. He was now living on a coffee farm very
close to the supposed Tysingal trail. Louie agreed
to help me try and locate the Tysingal trail, so
with Pop Crouch and Mr. Brackney, who were expert
bushmen, we left Louie's farm and headed north
through the jungle till we found a well worn an-
imal trail leading up into the mountains.
We slept that night in a large cave. Over the
sandy floor were scattered broken stone idols,
possibly carved by the Talamanca Indians. In a far
recess of the cave in a sitting position, were
three skeletons with what appeared to be bullet
holes in their heads. Next day about noon, we
found three small huts with rusty sheet metal
sides which were riddled with bullet holes, and
the make-shift beds, tables and chairs had been
hacked to pieces with machetes. Everything had
About two hours later, we came upon a clearing
in the jungle. Here we found hundreds of indian
burial graves...some had been excavated. Now, ac-
cording to historical records, near Tysingal was
an ancient burial ground. Perhaps this was Tysing-
al. In any event, we decided to retrace our trail
to the sheet metal huts, for the nights are ter-
ribly cold in the mountains. We knew we were never
alone, for you could feel that someone was watch-
ing every move that we made. Next morning, due to
heavy rains, we returned to the farm of Louie
Hartman to make arrangements to return at a later
A month or so later, I once again paid a visit
to Louie with the hope of getting more information
on finding the treasure of Spanish gold. To my
great disappointment, the good weather changed
overnight to thunder storms and rain, making it
impossible to travel through the jungle. A few
evenings later I mentioned to Louie how disap-
pointed I was in the continued cold and rain.
Louie had a big fire going in his large living
room of his log house. In front of the fire was a
wild pig being roasted for supper. My two daugh-
ters, Flora and Joann asked Louie to tell them a
story. Much to my surprise, he said, "I will tell
you a story about a man called Van Steck and the
It seems, Louie said, that Van Steck paid him
a visit and requested Louie to go to the city of
David and spread the news around the bars and mar-
ket place that Van Steck had found the famous Tys-
ingal gold mine, and he would be willing to sell
shares in the mine to any interested people. Van
Steck showed all the would-be partners a small
gold bar as inducement to buy shares.
Now the rest of the story....When the body of
Van Steck was found in the supposed mine entrance,
beside him were old leather carry-bags and old
shovels and tools. These, with the bidy of Van
Steck, were flown to the city of David, where upon
examination the articles were found to be just a
few years old and not Spanish. The gold bar was
found to be gold-plated copper, and so perhaps
that is why Louie was not much interested in
searching for Tysingal.
The following year Louie came to my house with
a knapsack of gold idols or huacas which an indian
had found in a small cave in the side of a mount-
ain. His account of finding this exciting treasure
by the indian prompted me to make arrangements
with Louie to return to Chiriqui and investigate
Arriving at the village of Bambito, once more
we unloaded the jeep and placed all the camp gear
and food onto two pack horses, while we would ride
the other two horses. For in the past few months
the old Spanish road had been destroyed by bull-
dozers bringing mahogany logs out of the jungle to
the saw mill near Pop Crouch's farm.
We reached Louie's farm in one day of very
rough riding. The following morning we packed
enough food and gear for a few days, and headed
towards the peaks of two mountains, where, accord-
ing to Louie, the indian said the gold huacas were
found. About next day we were working our way
through a small valley between two mountains. By
two o'clock in the afternoon, we were out of the
valley and walking on a beautiful grassy plateau
surrounded by large black volcanic rocks. We both
knew that this was a very special burying ground
of the Talamanca Indians.
It was very cold on the plateau, so we built a
large fire that would last through the night. As
we made breakfast the next morning, the rays of
the early sun lit up the whole mountain-side be-
hind us. And there, to our great amazement was
highlighted a formation of stone steps leading up-
wards to the ruins of many old buildings. Very
excitedly we made plans to leave and return with
horses, tools and equipment, for this, for sure,
was Pica Blanca!
Returning to our camp to pack up our gear, we
were surrounded by indians, they were of the Guimi
Tribe of the north coast. Two of them came forward
and searched our pack bags, removing a bag of salt
which was given to the chief. Now they seemed to
be a little more friendly, so we gave them a few
gifts of odds and ends. Then with a few words and
hand signs, we were ordered to leave before the
sun reached mid-way. Louie and I had not gone more
than twenty paces when the chief called to us. A
young indian ran towards us and placed in Louie's
hand, a small gold frog.
We never did return to our platueau, for that
year, Louie was very ill. I never did see Louie
again, and I guess the secret of the location of
the Temple of Pica Blanca is still with him.
And so ends my part of the story of the search
for adventure and the golden treasure. I wonder
who will be the fortunate one to venture into the
forbidden land of the Talamancas, to seek with the
aid of the morning sun the treasure of the Temple
of Pica Blanca and the lost mine of Tysingal.
It's still there waiting and waiting....hidden
most of the time by large rolling white clouds.
A Weekend In Panama
December 6-7, 1941
I was born and raised on the Canal Zone; grad-
uated from Iowa State College; employed by the
Panama Canal under the Office of Engineers, and
from April 7, 1941 was on leave for one years
active duty with the Second Field Artillery Batt-
alion at Ft. Clayton as a reserve officer. I was
probably the first canal resident or employee to
go on active duty during the pre-war period.
I was ordered to special duty, December 6, 1941
to be Officer-of-the-Day at the Panama Canal Comm-
and Post of Quarry Heights. The duty was not a
distinguished award for acheivement, but a case of
appointment of the most available person. I was
Personnel Officer in the Headquarters Battery of
the 2nd. Field Artillery Battalion, a mule unit
that packed 75nm. howitzers through the jungles.
It was the first time the unit was requested to
name the officer for this duty, and I was picked.
I wonder if some friend at Quarry Heights had any-
thing to do with the appointment. I knew a number
of officers on the Conmand Staff.
It was my first experience as a commander of a
security force of Military Police. At noon, I was
dutifully on hand for the changing of the guard
and inspection of the troops. With high-topped
riding boots, spurs, Sam-Brown belt, and a wide-
brimmed tropical pith helmet, I was really a con-
trast to the guard detail in white leggings. I
looked like an Englishman of World War I vintage
in the tropics. My 225 pound bulk completed the
I made it through the ceremony. The inspection
followed. To uphold the honor of the field troops
in the best Army tradition, in which I had not
been trained, but in my best R.O.T.C. style, I
barked commands, snatched pistols, sighted through
bores for dust and rust, and jammed the pieces
back in the soldier's hands. After the men had
been properly escorted to their assigned post, I
had very little to do except to occasionally check
them for alertness.
My mind was on the big event of the evening -
The Panama Canal Department's Boxing Championships
at the Balboa Stadium. All the armed forces were
represented. My unit of 600 men managed to qualify
fighters in every event. This in itself was quite
an acheivement as the contestants were selected by
preliminaries from the 34,000 men of the Army, Air
units and Navy on the Istmus.
That evening the Balboa Stadium and the area
inside the running track which had been covered
with seats, was filled to capacity. There was no
concern for the safety of the high ranking off-
icers in the stadium. Most of the commanders were
there. I have often thought what the Japanese
could have done to the defense of the Panama Canal
with a little well-placed explosive under those
bleachers. Also, I might have been selected as the
officer responsible for the security of the area.
I don't recall anything in my orders that ment-
ioned the Balboa area. Apparently the only fact
that saved the officers was that if something
had occurred in Panama, it would have tipped off
the attack on Pearl Harbor. From my ring-side seat
I enjoyed the fights as the men of my unit won
fight after fight. I think they won every bout to
capture the championship. In our minds, we were
all singing the units' theme song, "The Caissons
Go Rolling Along". That song was later adopted as
the song of the Army.
After the fights, a secondary duty assignment
began. I had to inspect the hot-spots of Panama
City to see if the U.S. troops were behaving them-
selves. The names of many of bars and dance-halls
were familiar to me, but my actual familiarity
with them dated back to my childhood. When I was
six years old, the Ancon Inn, one of the most pop-
ular bars could be viewed from my second-story
balcony across "J" Street. With no trouble at all
I could see all the activity in my view over the
swinging doors. The frequent fights were my TV
shows in those days. I watched them intently every
night. Other night clubs on Central Avenue became
familiar when I was about twelve. The game of
bottle-caps was popular on the Canal Zone. It wa
played like marbles. The shooter caps were often
weighed with tar, wax or lead. I became a collect-
or of rare and unusual caps. There were about 500
different ones in my collection. I often traded as
many as a thousand for one. Where did I get that
large number? I picked them up behind the bars in
the city. About 5 a.m. most mornings I filled two
large cannissary bags. At that time, the bar-tend-
ers and dancers were having coffee or resting up
after the night's activity.
My 1941 inspection was not that exciting. No
fights occurred and I saw very little excessive
drunkenness. I was received from guard duty at
noon, December 7, 1941. There was no formal guard
mount, as it was Sunday.
As soon as I was relieved, I headed around the
hill to Ancon, where my mother lived on Culebra
Road, just below the rear entrance to Gorgas Hos-
pital. The two of us drove to our country place,
"Sugar Loaf", a name my mother gave it. It was in
Santa Clara about 65 miles west of the canal. We
had to make the visit to take care of the care-
taker. He needed pay and supplies.
After a swim at the beach and just before sun-
set, we headed back to the Zone. We had to wait in
line to get across the canal. The car ahead of me
had the dome-light lit and the occupants were
reading a newspaper. I became curious and went up
to them for a closer look. Imagine my surprise and
shock when I read the headline, "WAR".
After crossing the canal and arriving at Ft.
Clayton, I thought I should report to my unit. The
post was in complete darkness. I left my mother in
the car and reported. My commanding officer had me
check out a pistol and wear it. I was dressed in
white slacks, a pull-over net shirt with two-inch
black and white stripes, and white tennis shoes.
The only redeeming feature was that the men could
not see me.
All the screen porches and windows were covered
with blankets. The only lights used were flash-
lights covered with red plastic. My first problem
was to do something about my terrified mother out
in the car. That situation was finally solved by
going through military channels and getting the
Post Commander's permission to take her to her
Ancon residence. This I did with haste. There were
no other cars on the road.
At her house, I dressed properly, got my own
pistol and returned to Ft. Clayton.
There was very little sleep that night, as we
expected an attack.
William H. Grant, Jr.
Lt. Col. AUS Ret.
St. Louis, Mo.
RETIRED PRIMA STAYS ON HER TOES
by Christene Meyers
Arts and Travel Editor
She's danced on Broadway, kicked with the Rock-
ettes, performed with the Ballet Russe in England
and charmed Broadway audiences with favorite hoof-
ers such as Ray Bolger.
And retired ballerina Dorothy Chase has loved
The sprightly 67-year old artist and now teach-
er delights in the dance and in life itself. For
her, they're part of the same whole.
"I have a love affair with ballet," she says
with a broad smile. "I love people, I love dance."
Chase's career began under her maiden name,
Dorothy Hallberg, in Manhattan in 1921. She was
not quite four years old and her parents saved for
her lesson money, working 18-hour days in their
...When she was 15, she passed her exam for
membership in Dance Masters of America (she now
has her 50-year pin) and she met the first of two
men who would change her life, the famous chore-
ographer Michael Fokine....
...Dorothy's life was changed. The great Fokine
became her favorite teacher (she still has little
time for Ballanchine or the Italian school, pre-
ferring instead the flowing Russian style Fokine
introduced to her.) And through his influence, she
danced "Les Sylphides" and "Spectre de la Rose"
and other great parts....
...Not only did she dance the classical roles,
but she auditioned for the Radio City Music Hall
Rockettes and worked for her spending money with
them, while waiting for Ballet Theatre and other
..Dorothy's loyalty to ballet always brought
her back to that art form, but she danced with Ray
Bolger in "On your Toes," now enjoying a popular
revival in London and New York, and she danced in
"Louisiana Purchase," which broke ground for its
Chase met a second man who would change her
life and her address. Jack Chase came to New
York from the Panama Canal Zone, to meet his good
friend, Orest Sergievsky, a longtime dancing part-
ner of Dorothy's.
"I had been going with a medical student for
five years, but I fell for this man within three
weeks," she said. He went back to the Zone, we
corresponded for 16 months, he came up for five
days, swept me off my feet again and we decided to
...Dorothy did indeed go to the Zone, nursing
a painful foot injury that would keep her out of
dance for two years. Eventually, she opened her
own dance studio and taught for many years, until
the Chases retired and moved to Florida in 1971.
...They have two children now 40 and 38, and
Dorothy had many students, including Billings bal-
let teacher Vivian Bagnall, who grew up as part of
a Canal Zone family in the Zone....
..."If you keep young," says Chase, "you don't
grow old in spirit. And the spirit is what keeps
us all running".
The Billings (Montana) Gazette
June 21, 1985
"The Little Kindergarten" of Shirley Cox
at Cristobal in 1946. L to R standing:
Marcel Belanger, Freddie Dear, Mary Kat-
herine O'Brien, Bobby Fields, Anjia
Dollwsma and Kathleen Cox. (Seated L-R):
Celia Thompson, Patricia Sheddon, Eileen
Cox, Leonard Wertz, Chips Smith, Marion
Delaney, ,--,--. From Eileen (Cox)
PCSOFL CHRISTMAS PARTY/METING
The Panama Canal Society of Florida will hold
its annual Christmas Party/Regular Meeting on Dec-
ember 6, 1985, at the Countryside Country Club,
3001 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater, starting at
Cost will be $8.50 per person. Chairperson is:
Mrs. Muriel Whitman. (813) 544-0214
PCSOFL CHRISTMAS PARTY/REGULAR MEETING
December 6, 1985
Countryside Country Club
3001 Countryside Blvd.
Please make reservations at $8.50 each.
Checks made payable to Panama Canal Society of Fla
Mail to: Secretary/Treasurer
P.O. Box 3738
Holiday, FL 33590
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BHS '56 ORGANIZING 30TH REUNION
William J. Hatchett, BHS '56, seeks help in or-
ganizing a 30th anniversary of the class at next
year's reunion. He encourages each class member to
attend, pass the word, and send addresses and tel-
ephone numbers to him at 2301 Edenborn #603,
Metairie, LA 70001, home phone (504) 832-0822) or
business phone (504) 455-0205.
A Class Reunion for the Class of 1956 is being
discussed. A few folks have asked that one be put
together for the 30th reunion in conjunction with
the 1986 Panama Canal Society Reunion which is
scheduled for the July 4th weekend.
Interested graduates please forward all current
addresses for themselves and other graduates, to-
gether with any suggestions as to what you would
like to have planned, such as a dinner/dance, a
cocktail party, or a better date/time/location,
etc. should be forwarded to one of those listed
below. Also a small contribution to cover expenses
such as copying, mailing, etc. would be greatly
Ms. Susan Knapp Light
9905 Willow Cove Road
Huntsville, AL 35802
Tel: (205) 883-7511
Virginia Reinhardt Jeffries
Merritt Island, FL 32952
Tel: (305) 452-5645
Ms Ann Keller Daykin
3010 Stinson Circle
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Tel: (415) 944-0209
HILL COUNTRY ZONIANS CHRISTMAS
The 6th Annual Christmas Party is planned for
December 7, 1985, a Saturday, in the Medallion
Room, Inn of the Hills, Kerrville, Texas. Buffet
Dinner, Pay as You go Bar, Lottery Board, Door
Prizes. Cost per person $11.00. Cost for Children
under 6 is $6.00. Please pass information to other
Zonians in your area. Make reservations by Nov-
ember 7 and forward payment by November 20. Can-
cellations must be made by November 30 for refund.
If Motel reservations are required, a deposit or
a credit card number is necessary. If interested,
Iris D. Hogan
100 Wedgewood Lane
Kerrville, TX 78028
Kerrville, TX 78028
REUNION DINNER/DANCE, BHS CLASSES
OF 1936 AND 1937
July 3, 1986 Hyatt Regency, Two Tampa City,
Tampa, FL 33602
PAY AS YOU 00 BAR 6:00 to 7:30 P.M.
Dinner 7:30 to 9:00 P.M.
Music: Golden Oldies 9:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.
Cost: $25.00 per person.
Reservations, with check must be mailed to your
chairperson by April 1, 1986. Your cancelled check
will be your receipt. No refunds after June 10,
1986. After April 1, 1986, reservations will be
open to all classes for a maximum of 200 people.
We strongly suggest you make your hotel res-
ervations early as they go very fast after the
December issue of the Canal Record is received.
Hope to see you all there!
1936: Mrs. James Wood (Virginia Preston)
7636 133rd Street North
Seminole, FL 33542
William A. Violette
7595 Pine Valley Lane
Seminole, FL 33542
1937: Mrs. Roy Sharp (Frances Violette)
2600 Pinellas Point Drive South
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
COAST-TO-COAST RIDERS TO THE
Larry Mkhler is organizing a get-together for
former members of the Coast-to-Coast Riders and
others who would like to attend the Daytona 200
Race Week in March. Contact Larry at 4218 Peeks-
kill Lane, Fairfax, VA 22033.
CHANGE IN COSTS FOR MARRIAGE
Effective April 22, 1985, the cost per cert-
ified copy of a Marriage Certificate has been in-
creased to $2.00.
Fees and information on obtaining Birth or
Death Certificates and Divorces remain the same.
It is requested that this change be reflected
in your next issue of the Canal Record.
(signed) Elaine Durfee
Registrar, Vital Statistics
Panama Canal Conmission
The Panama Canal Society of Florida will hold
its annual Carnavalito on Saturday, February 8,
1986 at the Sheraton-St. Petersburg Marina & Ten-
nis Resort located at 6800 34th Street South (on
Highway U.S. 19) in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Dinner/Dance will begin at 5:00 p.m. with
a Cash Bar and Dinner following at 6:00 p.m. at a
cost of $12.50 per person.
The menu will consist of: Fresh Fruit Cup, Tos-
sed Salad with Choice of Dressing, Chicken Cordon
Bleu, Blended Rice, Green Beans with Bacon and On-
ions, Cake with Strawberries and Cream, Rolls and
Butter, Coffee or Iced Tea.
Deadline for reservations will be Tuesday, Feb-
ruary 4, 1986. Music will be finished by Charlie
Cooper and his Copra Latin Band.
Overnight rooms will be available at the spec-
ial rate of $40.00 per room, per night for one to
four persons per room. Please make reservations
directly to the hotel, (813) 867-1151) and ask for
Reservations. When making reservations, identify
yourself as a member of the Panama Canal Society
for the special rate. Your cut-off date for making
reservations at this special rate is Saturday,
January 8, 1986.
Come and join in the fun. The best costume wins
the Grand Prize!
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PCSOFL "CARNAVALITO" DINNER & DANCE
February 8, 1986
6800 34th Street South (US-19)
DINNER at 6:00 p.m. DANCE at 8:00 p.m.
Please make reservations at $12.50 each.
I Total enclosed:_
Make checks to: Panama Canal Society of Florida.
I Mail to: Secretary/Treasurer
SP.O. Box 3738, Holiday, FL 33590
ANCIENT ARABIC ORDER SOF THE MYSTIC SHRINE
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE ABOU SAAD
JUNE 30, 1986 to JULY 4, 1986: IMPERIAL SESSION;
Los Angeles, California. ABOU SAAD TEMPLE will be
staying at the Universal Hilton Hotel at Universal
Studios. We have fifty rooms available and we are
twenty minutes from the headquarters hotel. JAN-
UARY 15, 1986 is the deadline for reservations.
Room rates are $90.00/night. Deposit of $100.00 is
required to hold your room. Send check and reser-
vation request to ABOU SAAD TEMPLE.
JULY 4, 1986; ABOU SAAD TEMPLE DINNER & SOCIAL -
Egypt Temple, Tanpa, Florida. Tentatively set for
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Further details will be pub-
lished in the March issue of the Canal Record.
Past Potentate H. Vance Howard, Jr. is the co-
ordinator for this event.
AUGUST 14,15,16, 1986: SOUTHEASTERN SHRINE SESSION
to be held in Memphis, Tennessee. ABOU SAAD TEMPLE
will be staying at the headquarters hotel for this
session and we have fifteen rooms available. Room
rates are $80.00/night. APRIL 1, 1986 is the dead-
line for reservations. Deposit of $80.00 is re-
quired to hold your room. Send check and reser-
vation request to ABOU SAAD TEMPLE.
CHS 1946-1947-1948 CLASS REUNION
Let's plan a joint '46 '47 '48 CHS Class
Reunion in conjunction with the 1987 Panama Canal
Society Reunion to be held during the July 4, 1987
Classmates interested in organizing and plan-
ning a reunion should contact Pete or Marje Foster
at 2389 Citrus Hill Road, Palm Harbor, Florida,
33563, Telephone (813) 785-8555.
Co-Chairmen will be needed to represent the
1946 and 1948 classes.
20TH REUNION OF BHS CLASS OF 1967
Plans are underway for our 20th. Class Reunion
for the BHS Class of 1967. Place Tampa, Florida,
Date July, 1987, during the Annual Reunion of
the Panama Canal Society. If we do not have your
address, please forward to one of us below. We
will keep you updated on our progress.
Sue Halley Bailey
Rt. 6, Rolling Hills, Lot 28
Biloxi, MS 39532
Army Education Center
USMCA Wild Flecken
APO New York, NY 09026
Nellie Wood Engelke
Bent Tree Estates, 10066 82 Lane North
Seminole, FL 33543
Mary Sharp Kauffman
122 Millard Drive
Goose Creek, SC 29445
Pan Rowe Herold
8930 St. Croix Lane
Matthews, NC 28105
BHS CLASS OF 1977
Any classmates of BHS'77, who would like to
consider a 10 year anniversary reunion in 1987,
please contact Thomas Irvin, 108 King George Cir.,
Charlottesville, VA 22901.
20TH REUNION, BHS '66
Plans are underway for a 20th Class Reunion for the
BHS Class of 1966. It is to be held inJune, 1986 in San An-
tonio, Texas. We have located half of our class, so we still
have a good number to locate. Please send any information
on classmates or addresses of their parents to: Marge Brig-
adier, 3309 Padilla Way, San Jose, CA 95148.
January 25, 1986
CHS CLASS OF 1937
Would you believe it's almost 50 years since we
graduated from Cristobal High School? It would be
great to see you again possibly at the 1987 Pan-
ama Canal Society Reunion. We'll work it out! If
interested, write to:
Mrs. J. Morton Thomson (Macel Goulet)
4151 Nakomis Ave.
Menphis, TN 38117
James B. Coman, Jr.
289 Adler Drive
Montgomery, AL 36116
John C. Clay
45532 Cedar Apt. D
Lancaster, CA 93534
10 YEAR REUNION FOR CLASS OF 1976
The class of 1976 will be holding their 10-year
reunion during the sunner of 1986 in Houston, TX.
Plans are being made with the Ramada Hotel (South-
west/Sharpstown) for the weekend of August 8,9,
Anyone interested please contact those below as
soon as possible. We have not located a majority
of our fellow classmates or friends, so please
contact your friends and assist us in locating
c/o E.R. Malin
306 Raleigh Road
Jacksonville, FL 32211
Janet Mendenhall Wesley
Rt. 4, Box 980
Williamston, NC 27892
CHS CLASSES OF 1976-1977
HELP!!! The nine/ten year class reunion for the
1976-1977 graduating classes is rapidly drawing
close and response has been slow at best. Plans
have been made to meet in conjunction with the
1986 Panama Canal Soociety Reunion, July 3-6, 1986
Because of limited space available and the
- Fourth of July weekend, time is of the essence. If
you want to "do it up right", please contact Drake
Carlisle, 10442 Brinwood, Houston, Texas, 77043,
(713) 468-8064 at your earliest convenience. Thank
you for your help.
BHS AND CHS GRADUATES '40-'49
You are invited to join BHS Class of '43 for
their 43rd. Class Reunion. WE WILL RETURN TO PAN-
AMA stay at the Marriott Hotel $55 double occ-
upancy, $50 single occupancy, etc. FEBRUARY 27, 28
MARCH 1, 2. For additional information, write to:
Law Offices of James Kenealy
3575 Cahuenga Blvd. West. Suite 450
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Tel: (213) 874-8664
BHS CLASS OF 1952
The Balboa High School Class of 1952 is plan-
ning a 35th get-together at the 1987 Panama Canal
Reunion in Florida. The effort is being made to
obtain the location of all 175 class members. Int-
erested persons please forward any current address
they have of themselves or fellow classmates to
the class secretary. Start now making your plans
to have a terrific time in two years with good
friends. Raymond Davidson, President; Sam Maphis,
Vice-President; Virginia Selby Entrekin, Secretary
Box 6, Whitfield, MS 39193.
BHS '52 PLANNING 35TH REUNITING
The Balboa High School Class of 1952 is plan-
ning a 35th get-together at the 1987 Panama Canal
Reunion in Florida. Addresses are starting to come
in and those responding are excited and making
plans to attend. "Dilly-dalliers" are urged to get
on the mailing list by contacting the class sec-
retary, Virginia Selby Entrekin, Box 6, Whitfield,
Mississippi 39193, home phone (601) 939-0717
DUES ARE DELINQUENT I FEBRUARY 1986
Make Reservations Early
Charge for 1/20th (Approx. 3 1/4 x 1" page is
$4.00. 1/5th page is $8.00. Half page is $40.
Send all ads to P.O. Box 11566, St. Petersburg,
FL 33733, c/o The Editor. Ads accepted from
HISTORIAN/COLLECTOR WANTS TO BUY: Yearbooks for
the "Society of the Chagres" 1911-1917; Balboa
High School 1921 "Zonian"; I.C.C. Metal checks -
various shapes; Pre-1930 post cards of R.P./PC/CZ;
Coupon books of P.R.R. and I.C.C. and a "modern"
$7.50 Commissary book. E.E. Hanlin, Box 577, Car-
thage, N.C. 28327
Wanted: Brass Seal of the Canal Zone, 24" or 30"
diameter. Contact Leo J. Krziza, Box 70, San Luis
Rey, CA 92068
Wanted: "The Jungle Whispers" by Kenneth Vinton,
and "The Secret of El Baru" by Patricia Markun.
Ronald Riefkohl, 816 Anderson Street, Durham, N.C.
January 25, 1986
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For Sale: Limited number of copies of out-of-print
book, "Panama and the Canal in Picture and Prose"
published shortly after completion of Canal. All
copies in good condition. Contains 412 pages and
600 photographs of canal construction, the Canal
Zone and Panama. Also 16 color reproductions of
watercolor paintings. A true collector's item.
Send check or money order for $50.00 to Lorraine
(Husum) or Tod Allen, 1504 Chuli Nene, Tallahassee
Wanted: Brass Stirrups Colombian "Estribos".
Men's, ladies, children's, single or pairs. Should
be in good or fair condition. Wear and slight dam-
age is OK. Contact Leo J. Krziza, Box 70, San Luis
Rey, CA 92068.
For Sale: 1986 Balboa Union Church Calendars, with
13 historical never-before-printed pictures of the
Panama Canal construction days in Colon from
a private collection US Printer Company excel-
lent quality. $5.00 each plus additional $1.30 for
postage. Orders accepted by check or Money Orders
only. Bergueline Coe, PSC Box 2773, APO Miami, FL
For Sale: "Tropical Cooking" by Gladys R. Graham.
A 129 page Hand/Cook Book. Will mail directly as
a Christmas gift with your holiday greeting. Send
check for $6.00 to: Jean Fears, 627 Wimbledon Dr.,
Dothan, AL 36301.
For Sale: Recently received additional 2nd. Coll-
ector's Series, Panama Canal Belt Buckle, solid
brass, oval shaped, large raised lettering "Canal
Zone Forever", surrounding Canal Zone Seal. $11.00
each or two for $21.00. Please add $2.00 for post-
age and handling. Mike Carpenter, 770 Sundial
Court, #304, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548. Tel:(904)
Also for Sale: Desk Ornament/Paperweight, solid
brass, approx. 3"x2"x5/16" thick, with same de-
sign as belt buckle. Only 40 left. $11.00 each or
two for $21.00. Because of weight, please add
$2.50 for postage and handling with each order.
These items are beautifully done and are uncond-
itionally guaranteed. Mike Carpenter, 770 Sundial
Court, #304, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548. Tel (904)
For Sale: CHINA Minton Shaftsbury. Complete
set of six, minus 2 cups. Turkey and meat platters
and odd pieces included. All for only $400.00.
Call (813) 581-6948.
Make Reservations Early
WANTED: Panama Canal Material:
Postcards (non chrome) mint
Postcards, used with CZ stamp u
Roosevelt Medals (2 bar-need 1904
(3 bar-need 1904-1912)
(4 bar -
Public Service Medals Bronze
Books: "Society of the Chagres
Yearbooks" (don't need 1916-17)
"Makers of the Panama Canal"
"The Canal Record" 1907-1915
Old Yearbooks u
Scrapbooks and photographs
Old letters and stamped envelopes
Other Canal Zone memorabilia
up to $5.00 ea.
p to $15.00 ea.
p to $20.00
I am a private collector and the items bought will
not be resold, unless in the future I purchase a
duplicate that upgrades the condition of the item.
For the Yearbooks, please first contact the lady
who has run the ads in prior Canal Records.
Brad Wilde, U.S. Embassy La Paz, APO Miami 34032
For Sale: $8,000 BELOW RECENT FHA APPRAISAL: Pool
home, 2BR, 2BA, 2-car garage, split plan, custom
drapes; blinds; stone fireplace; police, fire,
paramedic alarm; fans; heat pump; tile roof;
sprinklers; custom decorated; established pro-
fessional landscaping. All appliances included.
Appraisal forms may be inspected. Selling for:
$69,800. Gaddis Wall, 9107 Spring Hill Drive,
Spring Hill, Florida. (About 15 miles north of
Port Richey on US-19. Tel: (904) 686-2485.
DUES ARE DELINQUENT
I FEBRUARY 1986
For Sale: Video cassette (VHS), Pictures in color
of the San Bias, Darien and Guyme Indians, and
Pacific side fishing. Approx. 1 hr. 40 min. Price
$28.00. R.E. Parker, 1417 Nebraska Avenue, Palm
Harbor, Florida 33563.
EXPLORE THE WONDERS OF THIS FASCI-
NATING CRAFT. SEE THE WHOLE STORY OF
CUNA INDIAN MOLA ART AS THE WOMEN SEW
THEIR MOLAS TOGETHER. LEARN THE
SECRETS OF APPLIQUE AND REVERSE APPLI-
QUE AS THESE TECHNIQUES ARE SO SKILLFUL-
LY CREATED BY THE CUNAS.
THIS REMARKABLE SLIDE SET AND NARRA-
TIVE CAREFULLY GUIDE THE VIEWER
THROUGH A CLOSE, EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND,
ANALYSIS OF MOLA ART. THE SLIDE PROGRAM
EXPLAINS MANY MEANINGS AND TYPES OF
MOLAS, SET WITHIN A VERY VIVID AND
COLORFUL MOLA COLLECTION. THIS PRO-
GRAM IS IDEAL FOR EDUCATION ART STUDIES
AND ART ENTHUSIASTS.
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
Sthe amount of $ Purchase Order No.
MAIL LE PAGE
TO: P.O. BOX 157
MANCHACA, TX 78652
Wanted: Brass tray, Round, 40" to 50" diameter. No
legs required. Must be made in India or Hong Kong.
Undamaged, etc. Contact Leo J. Krziza, Box 70, San
Luis Rey, CA 92068.
RED, WHITE, AND BLUE PARADISE: THE AMERICAN CANAL
ZONE IN PANAMA, published by Harcourt Brace.
$16.95 in bookstores or autographed copies from
the authors: $18.50 to addresses in continental
U.S.; $20.00 to APO and Department of State over-
seas (includes airmail); $23.00 to Republic of
Panama (airmail). An autographed copy makes a per-
fect gift for anyone who ever livedon the Zone.
We'll gift-wrap and mail. Enclose your own gift
card or let us know how you want the card to read.
Also let us know approximately when you want the
gift to arrive, and in any case, whether gift or
not, be sure to indicate to whom the book should
be inscribed. Herb and Mary Knapp, Box 567, South
Egremont, MA 01258.
For Sale: Twelve designs in prints, each drawing
printed in a limited edition of 100; matted, tied,
numbered and signed. The matted print fits any standard
11x14" diploma-type glassed frame. The price of $7.00
each includes postage and handling.
New Item: Note cards, 4k"x5-", single fold, envel-
opes included, limited edition. Ten per pack, two
each of the following designs: "Interior Scene",
"Side Street", "Tight Fit", "Canci6n" and "Tivoli
Hotel". Not available singly. $7.00 per pack.
Order three packs and get the 4th pack free. Use
Order Form. Orders will be filled beginning on the
1st of November, 1985.
i ORDER FORM
I ORDER FORM I
10518 N.E. Second Court
Miami Shores, FL 33138
Please send the following:
Circle mat color
ity Cost @ $7.00 ea.
El Morro (Pelican)
Tivoli Hotel No Longer Available
City State Zip
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tJAL ZONE, I
STHE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
e 3 Application/Renewal of Membership 0 .
Box 3738 -
Holiday, Florida 33590
I, hereby apply for membership (Renewal) to the r-----------------
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and enclose my $15.00 annual membership fee, for
e yearORDER FORM
SOCIETY PLATE AND DECAL
(PLEASE PRINT SHOW NAME AS YOU WISH IT TO APPEAR IN ANNUAL ISSUE) Society Tag, $4.00 ea.
Society Decal, $1.50 ea.,
Last First Initial Maiden Name Nickname
Last First Initial Maiden Name Nickname Please mail to:
Street Box __
City State Zip Code Name
CZ Affiliation (you MUST fill in)_
Amount Enclosed $_ Check__ M.O._ Cash
If check is not made on U.S. Bank, make payment by Money Order.
SState Zip Code
Membership fee is $15.00 annually, (January 1-December 31) per family, including
children under 18 years of age. $10.00 of this amount is for subscription to the Canal
Record for the year. Number wanted, Tags
Number wanted, Decals_____
Half-year membership fee is $7.50 (July 1 December 31) and is for new members only
who join late in the year. Membership renewal is $15.00/year. Total enclosed $
Delinquent charges of $2.00 will be assessed to those members who do not remit for renewal
membership fee postmarked by 31 January.
"TABOGA ISLAND OF FLOWERS"
by authors Anita McAndrews and Alison Date.
The island of Taboga is the subject of a book published
in Panama by co-authors Anita McAndrews and Alison
Date, both of whom lived on the island for over a year.
The book is a blend of acts, anetedotes, history and
poetry. It is illustrated with delightful pen and ink sketches by
Donna Date. Anita McAndrews is a well known writer who
has made Panama her home for many years. She is also a
successful painter and poetess. Alison Date is a kindergarten
teacher with the DODDS System in Panama and a fiber ar-
tist. This is her first published work. Donna Date is a Fine
Arts graduate of the University of Florida. This is also her
first published work. Both Alison and Donna are complete
products of the Canal Zone school system.
Anyone who holds fond memories of this beautiful
island will want to revisit it by reading this book. You may
purchase the book by sending $6.00 (includes postage) to:
Donna Date, Box 1962 APO Miami, FL 34003.
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I want to subscribe to CANDLE, a working
E person's Ragazine.
( ) $15.00 for a 1 year subscription
( ) $5.00 for a three month trial
'City State Zip_
Send this form to:
12 km E. of 101 at Wilderness
5CS-5 P.O. Box 206
5CS-85 Naselle, WA 98638-0206
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U.S. Postal Service
STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND CIRCULATION
Required by 39 U.S.C 3685)
I A. TITLE OF PUBLICATION 18. PUBLICATION NO. 2. DATE OF FILING
CANAL RECORD 0 8 8 0 2 0 0 0 September 24, '85
3. FREQUENCY OF ISSUE 3A. NO. OF ISSUES PUBLISHED 3B. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION
5 TIMES YEARLY MAR/JUN/SEP/NOV/DEC FIVE (5) $10.00
4. COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS OF KNOWN OFFICE OF PUBLICATION (Street, City, County, State and ZIP+4 Code) (Not printers)
225 Monroe Drive West, Holiday, Pasco County, Florida 33590
5. COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS OF THE HEADQUARTERS OF GENERAL BUSINESS OFFICES OF THE PUBLISHER (Not printer)
225 Monroe Drive West, Holiday, Pasco County, Florida 33590
6. FULL NAMES AND COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS OF PUBLISHER, EDITOR. AND MANAGING EDITOR (This item MUSTNOTbe blank)
PUBLISHER (Name and Complete Mailing Address)
The Panarn Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 225 Monroe Drive West, Holiday, Florida 33590
EDITOR (Name and Complete Mailing Address)
Richard W. Beall, 1408 Byram Drive, Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida 33515
MANAGING EDITOR (Name and Complete Mailing Address)
Richard W. Beall, 1408 Byram Drive, Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida 33515
7. OWNER (If owned by a corporation, its name and address must be stated and also immediately thereunder the names and addresses of stockholders
owning or holding I percent or more of total amount of stock. If not owned by a corporation, the names and addresses of the individual owners must
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EXTENT AND NATURE OF CIRCULATION ISSUE DURING PRECEDING ISSUE PUBLISHED NEAREST TO
(See instructions on reverse side) 12 MONTHS FILING DATE
A. TOTAL NO. COPIES (Net Press Run) 4050 4200
B. PAID AND/OR REQUESTED CIRCULATION
1. Sales through dealers and carriers, street vendors and counter sales 0 0
2. Mail Subscription
(Paid and/or requested) 3596 3940
C. TOTAL PAID AND/OR REQUESTED CIRCULATION
(SSum of 10BI and I B2) 3596 3940
D. FREE DISTRIBUTION BY MAIL, CARRIER OR OTHER MEANS
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E. TOTAL DISTRIBUTION (Sum ofCand D) 3602 3946
F. COPIES NOT DISTRIBUTED
1. Office use, left over, unaccounted, spoiled after printing 448 254
2. Return from News Agents
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PS Form 3526, July 1984
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
Next Deadline is:
DUES ARE DELINQUENT I FEBRUARY 1986
"Never Let Yesterday Use Up Today"
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 3738
Holiday, Florida 33590-9998
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on
Form 3579 to Box 3738, Holiday, Florida 33590.
2nd Class Postage
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