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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 C orner ..................................................... 3
Legislative R report ................................................... 3
M ail in B allot ...................................................... 5
A activities ........................................................... 7
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................ 10
N ew s C lips ......................................................... 13
Canal Zone in Uniform ..... ........... .......... ............. 14
R etirem ents ........................................................ 15
1986 Reunion ................................................ C enterfold
Your R reporter Says .................................................. 15
Alabam a ..................... 15 M ississippi ................. 35
Arizona...................... 17 North Carolina .............. 36
Arkansas..................... 20 Northwest .................... 37
California.................... 22 South Carolina ............... 39
Colorado .................... 29 Texas........................ 40
Florida ...................... 31 Virginia ..................... 45
Louisiana .................... 34 Younger Generation ........... 46
C congratulations .................................
B irth s ... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .
W ith Deep Sorrow ..............................
W here Are You? ...............................
Letters to the Editor .............................
Looking Back .................................
Announcem ents .................................
For Sale or W anted ..............................
Jadan, Inc............. ..... ... 5 tiptoe publishing .....................4
Artwork to Order ............................44
Front Cover: Mural in the rotunda of the Administration Building "Construction
of Miraflores Locks." Photo taken by Bill Diez, Houston, Texas. Back Cover: Tugboat
"M.L. Walker" of the Panama Canal Commission was put into operation on the Canal
in mid-1977. (Panama Canal Photo).
DATES TO REMEMBER
Jun 15 PCSSC Annual Business Meeting/Luncheon, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena
Mar 4 Ladies No-Host Luncheon, Olympia Spa, Dothan, Ala. 11:30 A.M.
Mar 7 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 P.M., St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
Apr 1 Ladies No-Host Luncheon, Olympia Spa, Dothan, Ala. 11:30 A.M.
Apr 4 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 PM, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL
Apr 12 Colorado Chapter of PCSOFL Business Meeting, Ramada Inn,
Wheatbridge, 1-70 and Kipling, 6:30 P.M.
May 2 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 PM, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL
May 6 Ladies No-Host Luncheon, Olympia Spa, Dothan, Ala. 11:30 A.M.
Jun 6 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 PM, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL
Jun 15 Annual Blanche Shaw Picnic, Agri Park, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
JUL 3-6 PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, HYATT REGENCY TAMPA, Tampa.
Aug 2 PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, Sahib Shrine Temple, Sarasota, Florida,
Aug 3 Summer Picnic, PCSSC, Walter Knot Steak House, Knott's Berry Farm,
Buena Park, Calif. 10:30 A.M. 2:30 P.M.
Sep 5 PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11:30 A.M.
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As of December 1985, the Society exceeded a
membership of over 4,000 a truly terrific begin-
ning for the New Year.
I hope everyone had a happy holiday season and
that all will have a prosperous and healthy year.
The Society ended 1985 on an up-beat. Our Dec-
ember luncheon meeting was attended by 120 members
(thanks to George Egolf and his telephone commit-
tee). Iuriel Whitan and her Christmas Luncheon
Committee did an excellent job in organizing this
most enjoyable event.
Financially, the Society's treasury was boosted
by an additional $13,000 more in receipts over its
Ending the year in the black reflects favorably
on the Society's Executive Board. It indicates
that the Society officers have kept the best in-
terests of the membership in mind, without having
to reduce our operations or services to members.
One of the contributing factors for the $13,000
in the black can be attributed to a $4,800 savings
in the cost of publishing the five issues of the
Canal Record. This savings was accomplished even
though we averaged over 310 more books printed per
issue and an additional 11 more pages per book. It
is a direct result of utilizing a computer ser-
vice, a typing service and the typing efforts and
advance printing preparations of the Society's
Record Editor, Pat Beall.
Administratively, we are moving in the right
direction (even though we went through some rough
times during the early part of 1985). I think 1986
will bring additional improvements towards our
goal of making our office systems more efficient.
Topping the list of improvements will probably be
Personal Computers for the Secretary/Treasurer and
the Record Editor.
Please take special note of the ballots for the
1986-1987 slate of officers in this issue. The
Nominating Comnittee, chaired by Bob Herrington,
has presented an excellent slate. Please take time
to fill out the ballot and mail it in Your Vote
The Executive Board would like to include a
special section in the Canal Record for news from
other Panama Canal Societys, organizations or
groups from other States similar to our Society
here in Florida. Unfortunately we need the names
and addresses of those other social organizations.
So consider this a request to let us know who
and where you are.
I've been advised by the 1986 Reunion hotels
that room reservations are flowing in have you
Florida Senator Dan Jenkins has passed a copy
of the Society's invitation to President Reagan to
be the Guest Speaker at the Reunion Banquet Lunch-
eon on to his good friend, Senator Paula Hawkins.
Senator Hawkins is a good friend of the President.
Senator Jenkins is a long-time member of the
Society and last year switched from the Democratic
Party to the Republican Party.
I contacted Edna Fabrega of the Gordon Dalton
Travel Agency in Panama and she is working hard on
the special Reunion discount airfare rates for our
members in Panama. We will offer (through Eastern
Airlines) $258.40 for 30 days or less (a 32% dis-
count) and $379.00 for more than 30 days (a 20%/o
discount) for those members who want to come to
the States early in the summer and stay through
the reunion, or to come to the reunion and after-
wards, continue on with an extended trip.
In addition to the special reunion airfare dis-
count rates, they are working on a special tour to
Panama immediately following the reunion. Ed Arm-
bruster is the Society's tour contact for those
members who live in Panama.
I have updated and revised the 1986 Reunion In-
formation Section. Included in the revisions is
the Pre-Registration Form. Also, if you are going
to the Banquet Luncheon or Ball, fill in the tick-
et order portion of the Pre-Registration Form.
I am taking extra security precautions for the
1986 Reunion to help prevent unruly or destructive
actions by a few of those who attended the last
reunion. These extra precautions carry an extra
cost on the overall Reunion funding and it is the
members who are burdened with this added cost. I
sincerely hope that after the 1986 Reunion is over
I'll be able to report that these precautions were
not needed and may be eliminated for future re-
HELP the Society retain its fine reputation -
I am asking each member to pass the word on to
those who are going to attend the 1986 Reunion to
COME TO ENJOY NOT TO DAMAGE OR DESTROY!
At the end of December 1985 the Society reached
a total membership of 4,003, a considerable in-
crease over 1984.
It has been an extremely busy year for me, how-
ever I feel many beneficial changes have been im-
plemented. Considerable time was spent in attemp-
ing to computerize our membership list for up-
dating our Annual Directory and printed labels for
mailing the Canal Record. Unfortunately, the An-
nual Directory for 1985 was the sad recipient of
erroneous information because of key punch errors
within the computer service, change of format
using husband and wife's names, and information
on the cards that had not been up-dated. The next
major project was to re-type all the membership
cards so the information would be compatible with
the computer service, and the information would be
more readable than the handwritten cards. As mem-
bers renew their membership for 1986, I am making
the necessary changes to the computer service and
correcting erroneous information on the new cards.
Hopefully, the 1986 Annual Directory will reflect
I have attempted to answer each of your letters
and welcome your comments and criticisms. The only
way our records can be correct is if our members
keep us informed.
My special thanks to all of those members who
took the time to write to me with current address-
es for several members we placed on a "Hold List".
Just another example of the attitudes of the
"Zonite" to look out for their compadres.
"HOLD LIST" FOR CANAL RECORDS
The following members are on the current "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 $1.08 (whichever the Postmaster de-
cides). In addition, a 14 post card has been sent
them for the correct address:
Pearson, Eric Jr. and Lucy (Braden)
30 Sea Strand
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Strawn, Florence, Mrs.
9977 Lemonwood Lane
San Diego, CA 92124
Wilson, Harold J. and Marcia
1013 Rudgear Rd.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Hurst, Helen Marie
940-B, S. Walker
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Plaisance, Lydia (Mrs. Joseph A.)
P.O. Box 1226
Fairhope, AL 36533
10926 Jollyville Rd. #1219
Austin, TX 78759
Butts, L.O. (Qndr/Mrs.)
2801 Bayview Dr.
Alameda, CA 94501
Smart, Frank and Virginia
Box 625 Silver Bluff Rd.
Aiken, SC 29801
January 23, 1986 will live in the minds of all
of us who believe in America, dedication to the
future, bravery, and sorrow. Sorrow for those in-
trepid seven who were lost in that tragic explo-
sion of the space shuttle "Challenger" on its
tenth trip into space, and for their families.
Having seen those disastrous smoke patterns in
the sky only minutes after the fatal lift-of,
exemplifies the fact that they stretched beyond
the reach of most of us, and taught us to dream.
My heart is heavy for those who perished in that
ball of fire, and for all those who were asso-
ciated with the space program. We have realized
many of the benefits already proven in space. We
should be hopeful now, that the efforts of those
involved will grow more meaningful to us and to
Welcome to Robert "Bud' Balcer who has taken
over as Area Reporter in Northwest Arkansas, which
gives Alice Nail a well deserved sabbatical. Bud's
phone number is (501) 273-3754. We all salute
Alice for an outstanding job well done and hope
for a meaningful respite from her labors.
My apologies to Joan (Ridge) deGrnmmnd for
listing the wrong phone number in the November
Annual Directory of the Canal Record. It should
read: (714) 855-6447. I'm truly sorry, Joan.
I'm also sorry that my assistant, Irene Qian
has decided to pursue a more demanding and full-
time line of work. I appreciate her motives and do
wish her all the best. Our loss, someone else's
Hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas holidays.
From the news that came in, that seems to be the
case. My friend, Frank (from WWII days), son, Dick
and my sister, Mavis Fortner enjoyed the Yuletide
at brother Don and his wife, Louise's home, with
his son, Brian. A Joyous occasion. Went to Dothan,
Ala. to visit by buddy, "Bocas" Leeser, to let the
old year out the back door and let the new year in
the front. In rurn, "Boca" visited me later to see
how the other half lived. An enjoyable exchange.
To those members who send me newspaper clip-
pings, I ask, please to note or attach the name of
the newspaper and the date. (Also the name of the
sender!) I am reluctant to print "anonymous" con-
tributions. It's not fair to the readers.
Looking forward to seeing you all at the next
Reunion. Hotel reservations are coming in and more
than a few letters indicate they will attend. Look
The Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Con-
trol Act of 1985 (Gran-Rudnan-Hollings) provides
for specific deficit targets beginning in fiscal
year 1986 and running through fiscal year 1991. As
a result, if the deficit target is not acheived in
given fiscal year, certain automatic budget cuts
would be triggered, including COLAs for federal
and military retirees. The recent deficit snapshot
based on reports by GAO, CBO, and OMB, has shown
the deficit to be larger than originally projected
by the Congress and administration. Based on this
snapshot the President will order a sequestration
order on February 1st and takes effect on March 1.
Once this occurs the federal and military retirees
COLA for fiscal year 1986 which was suspended in
January will be eliminated.
In signing the measure into law, the President
called for an early resolution of any constitu-
tional question surrounding Gramm-Rudman-Hollings,
including the lawsuit that challenges the COLA
cuts. A new bill, H.R. 4017, to provide a cost-of-
living-adjustment for the first $12,000 of recip-
ient's retirement and pension pay was introduced
on January 21st. It has been referred to the House
Committee on Government Operations for consider-
On January 17, the President vetoed H.R. 3384
which authorized health insurance premium rebates
for retirees, re-marriage at age 55 for all Civil
Service survivors and other changes in retirement
and health benefits. In his veto message, which
was represented to Congress on January 21, the
President stated he supports the proposed rebates
of health insurance premiums to be paid by insur-
ance carriers to federal annuitants. However he
could not approve the bill because one feature
would eliminate the current 75% ceiling on the
government's share of the premium of any individ-
ual health care plan of employees and annuitants.
He has urged Congress to act as soon as possible
to enact acceptable legislation that will permit
Federal annuitants to receive rebates of health
insurance premiums without delay. The House has
passed a motion referring the veto message to the
Committee on Post Office and Civil Service.
The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether
federal employees working for the Panama Canal
Commission must pay U.S. income taxes. At issue is
language in the 1977 Panama Canal treaties that
says the estimated 1700 workers are not subject to
taxation as a result of their employment in Pan-
ama. The government contends that this clause was
meant only to ban taxation by Panama while the
workers contend it also covers taxes paid to the
United States as well.
(0'Conaor v. U.S., 85-558, Coplin v. U.S., 85-559
cad Mattc= v. U.S., 85-560.0
St. Petersburg, Florida
JUST BEFORE GOING TO PRESS, THE PRES-
IDENT ANNOUNCED THAT A NEW MEETING PLACE
HAS BEEN OBTAINED, AFTER NEGOTIATIONS.
THE NEW MEETING PLACE IS ST. BEDE'S
EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 2500 16th Street N.,
St. Petersburg, Fla. A MAP, SHOWING THE
LOCATION IS ON THIS PAGE.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PANAMA CANAL
SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC. HAS CHANGED
IT'S ADDRESS, ALL FUTURE CORRESPONDENCE
SHOULD BE SENT TO:
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDAI
P.O. Box 3738
HOLIDAY, FL 33590
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Just who is "Meldeau Dampfer"
anyway? Why doesn't the author of
the continued story SOMETHING FISHY
(on the Panama Canal) appearing in
CANDLE, dare use a real name?
I want to subscribe to CANDLE, a working
( ) $15.00.for a 1 year subscription
( ) $5.00 for a three month trial
'City State Zip_
ISend this iorr MM-RICHARDSON
12 km E. of 101 at Wilderness
P.O. Box 206
Naselle, WA 98638-0206
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SLATE OF OFFICERS
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for the 1986-1987 term, as submitted by the Chair- on Caribbean, Alaska, Orient
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Nominating Committee Members are: Paul Disharoon,
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were made. It was moved and seconded that the
slate of officers submitted by the Nominating Com-
mittee be accepted as submitted.
Members are urged to exercise their right to M e Res
vote, by sending in the MAIL IN BALLOT to vote for Make Reservations Early
their officers for the coming year.
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Our holiday luncheon was held December 1, 1985,
with 86 members and guests gathered in Walter
Knott's Trophy Room at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena
Park, California. The Invocation was given by our
chaplain, Mr. Robert LeRoy Dill, and the Pledge of
Allegiance was led by Jack deGrumond, president.
Jack then welcomed everyone, including new members
Charles Becktell, BHS'50; Celeste Powell Fulton,
BHS'51; Bill Evarts, BHS'55; his sister, Louise
Evarts Soa, CHS'44; Anna White Tuthill, CHS'40;
Nell and Bob Kariger, CHS'50, and Joanne Steiner
It was a festive occasion, with wonderful en-
tertainment provided by Bob Mantzke, well-known
singer from the San Fernando Valley. He sang many
traditional carols and popular holiday tunes to
the delight of everyone, who in turn enjoyed par-
ticipating in the sing-along of familiar songs.
The president expressed his appreciation to Hedy
Seedborg and Aileene Hoyle, our greeters; Kathryn
Argo Molinaro, who sold raffle tickets; Stephanie
Milburn Johnson, who sold lottery tickets; Edith
Wimner, who arranged all the activities, and David
Smith and his sister, Aileene Hoyle, who created
the lovely holiday centerpieces. In one drawing,
there was a lucky person at each table who won a
Gladys Wertz Brayton won the door prize two
brunch tickets donated by Knott's Berry Farm.
The Raffle Prizes were won as follows:
Elizabeth Kling won a gift certificate for a 2-lb.
box candy, donated by See's Candy Shops, L.A.;
Nancy Tinkler won a silver bookmark, donated by
David Ordell, Beverly Hills; Mary Kate Underwood
won a silver saccharin dispenser, donated by David
Ordell, Beverly Hills; hubby Wright won a 1-lb.
package of assorted nuts, donated by Helen Daniel
Miller; Tanya Sondernan won a 1-lb. package of
assorted nuts, donated by Helen Daniel Miller,
Anna White Tuthill won a "La Carameta" print by
Lynda Geyer, donated by PCSSC; Aileene Smith Hoyle
won a gift certificate, donated by Nori's Potpou-
rri, Ports O'Call, San Pedro; Janet Nesbitt Lasch-
inger, Marion Hutchison Phillips, Alice Milburn
and Claus Sondernann each won a 12-pack of Bud-
weiser beer, donated by Francis Fitzpatrick of An-
The "loterfa" winners were Mary Kate Underwood,
Giovanna Rasch and Chris Streuly.
Kathleen Steiner Bennett, BHS'56, has donated
a lovely fresh-water pearl necklace with a gold
clasp, from her shop, "Kathy's Treasures" Fine
Jewelry, 16835 Algonquin Street, Huntington Beach,
CA. To benefit our society's treasury, Kathleen
Kathleen (Steiner) Bennett of Huntington
Harbor, CA. and her sister, Joanne Rob-
inson of Westlake Village, CA. attending
PCSSC's Holiday Luncheon, Knott's Berry
Farm. Photo by David Hollowell, CA.
suggested we might auction or raffle the gift at
our next luncheon on March 2, 1986. Thank you,
Kathleen, for your gererous contribution!
A sincere "thank you" to my friend from Balboa
school days, Evelyn Belanger Wood, BHS'41, for her
valued assistance at the registration desk.
By popular vote of those present, it was decid-
ed to have our Annual Business Luncheon at Knott's
Berry Farm on Sunday, March 2, 1986. Hope you'll
be with us!
Attending the Holiday Luncheon were:
Adams, Robert and Ruth (Westman)
Guests: Robert W. and Giselle Adams
and Robert F. Adams, age 2.
Aguirre, Isabel (Peterson)
Guests: Dr. Margaret Stewart and James
and Carolina (Canton) Law
Allen, Bill and Dot (Hoffman)
Argo, Emmett and Adele
Bennett, Kathleen (Steiner)
Brayton, Don and Gladys (Wertz)
Brown, Grace (Birkeland)
Guests: Joyce Levy and Geraldyne M.
Cotton, Arthur and Dorothy (Wertz)
Davis, Agnes (Reinke)
deGrummond, Jack and Joan (Ridge)
Dill, Robert and Rosa
Guests: Letty and Claus Sondermann and
Ellis, Adelaide (Monsanto)
Evarts, Bill and Polly
Fitzpatrick, Francis and LaVerne
French, Willard Jay and Diane (Sparks)
Fulop, Steve and Lucille
Guest: Ann Birchfield
Fulton, Celeste (Powell)
Griffin, Lucille and Griff
Hollowell, David and Thelma
Hoyle, Aileene (Smith)
Irving, Joe and Vera Grace
Johnson, Don and Stephanie (Milburn)
Guest: Mrs. Alice Milburn
Kariger, Bob and Nell
Laschinger, Janet (Nesbitt)
Miller, Helen (Daniel)
Molinaro, Kathryn (Argo)
Phillips, Noble and Marion (Hutchison)
Guest: Richard Phillips, son
Robinson, Joanne (Steiner)
Seedborg, Hedvig (Sundberg)
Guest: Elizabeth Kling
Smith, David LeRoy
Grace (Birkeland) Brown, Seal Beach, CA.
won the centerpiece at her table at the
Holiday Luncheon. Photo by D. Hollowelt.
Sowa, Stan and Louise (Evarts)
Tinkler, Judith and daughter, Nancy
Tuthill, Anna (White)
Underwood, Mary Kate
Guests: Marilyn Mohr, Louise Carpenter
Christene Schmitz, Chris Streuly and
Wood, Warren and Evelyn (Belanger)
Wright, Milton and Chubby
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL, Class of 1960.
BIS CHS C(ASS OF 1960
The 25th High School Reunion of the Class of
1960, Balboa and Cristobal High School, was held
in conjunction with the Panama Canal Reunion in
Tanpa from June 6-8, 1985. Many class members at-
tended the "Open Seating" Dance on Thursday even-
ing and began the renewing of past friendships.
A hospitality room was open to the Class of 1960
with snacks and ceviche (from Panama) during the
The Class of 1960 gathered around the Hilton
pool on Friday afternoon and attended the Lucho
dance on Friday night. Saturday was a day to visit
and relax culminating in a reception and dinner at
the Hyatt Regency. Gorgeous door prizes (includ-
ing mola towels, framed molas, clock of Panama,
mola purses, Panama prints, Rum Cortez, etc.) were
given out as well as favors of small Panama hats
and decks of cards. Each class member had a name
tag with his/her high school picture on it. The
Class of 1935, celebrating its 50th Reunion was
also at the reception and dinner.
Jim Will was Master of Ceremonies during the
dinner. Barbara Bartlett Garlitz read letters from
former teachers, read the prophecy written in
1960, dedicated thoughts to deceased members, and
presented Marvel Davison Townsend a gorgeous cer-
mic and cloth pollera (made by Mrs. Fred Perra) in
appreciation for chairing the reunion. Marvel
Davison Townsend gave a plaque of appreciation to
Joe Garcia for all his hard work for the reunion.
Class of 1960 members are reminded to notify
Joe Garcia at PAC-0401, Box 37301, Washington,
D.C. 20013, if they move (change addresses) or if
they obtain addresses from any other class mem-
bers. Hopefully, the 30th Reunion will be held in
1990. Plan to attend!
Those listed below appear in the accompanying
Barfield, ionel L. (Mike)
Batcheldor Jr., George D. (Bud)
Berg, Carl N.
Bisgrove, Patricia Rogers
Blevins, Jr., Ralph E.
Bright, Franklin 0.
Canupp, Virginia Perra
Cowell, Eileen Cox
Dolan, Edward V.
Dombrowsky, Dale A.
Dudley, Jeanette Read
Eberenz, Alexander D.
Egan, Betsi (Kapp)
English, Andra Nash
Fernandez, Carlos F.
Fewell, Christine Huff
Fulop, Douglas J.
Garlitz, Barbara Bartlett
Gelien, Pamela Becker
Greenwood, Ruthanne Himes
Gross, Mimi Conover
Hall, Dolores Wheeler
Harvey, Hugh E.
Hern, John F.
Hilty, Gerald A.
CRISTOBAL HIGH SCHOOL, Class of 1
Lawrence, Judith Butler
Lindenmeyer, Nancy Webster
Marshall, Jr., James
McConaghy, Kathleen M.
McConaughey, Robert H.
McGloin, Jr., James F.
McLeod, Jr., Frank J.
McLoughlin, Mary Anne Bowen
Morris, Richard H.
Olsen, Patricia Shouts
Pajak, Doug and Judy (Meyers)
Poole, A. Suzanne (Gupton)
Reyes, Sandra Allen
Rick, Celia Thompson
Rowe, Mary Lynne Stoakley
Scott, Alan J.
Snyder, Irene Michaelis
Stanley, Daniel J.
Thrash, Margaret Daniel
Townsend, Marvel Davison
Underwood, Raymond B.
Weigle, William E.
Marvel D. Townsend
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
1 November 1985
Walter Fuller Community Center
St. Petersburg, Florida.
The meeting was called to order by the Pres-
ident, Mr. Peter Foster at 1:30 p.m. Dorothy Yocum
delivered the invocation and Paul Disharoon led in
the Pledge to the Flag. Richard Beallread the list
of deceased members, followed by a few moments of
silent prayer by members present.
Mr Foster welcomed the 65 members and guests,
including the following:
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stern, La Vern, CA.
Mr. Robert Stewart, Lutz, FL.
Mr. Dick Roden, Tampa, FL.
Bill and Maxine Dixon, Sarasota, FL
Bill and Gretchen Warren, New Port Richey, FL.
Eugene Askew, Past President
Anna Collins, Past President
Troy Hayes, Past President
Victor H. May, Jr., Past President
The minutes of the October 5 meeting was read.
Richard Beall motioned a correction should be made
in para. 8 to correct name of computer services to
"Executive" from "Electronic". Minutes stand as
corrected. The treasurers report was read and ap-
proved for audit.
Mr. Foster indicated that Mrs. Boswell and him-
self had difficulties transferring Money Market ac-
count from Freedom Federal Bank to Barnett Bank.
He has also contacted Ron Seeley in reference to
the money given to the Society by the C.Z. Credit
Union. Mr. Seeley will either send us a copy of
the minutes wherein the gift was granted or will
send a notorized statement attesting to that
transaction. We will then be able to integrate
those funds into the general funds of the Society.
Mr. Foster announced he had contacted Mr. Rob-
ert Dill to be Guest Speaker at the 1986 Reunion.
In the event President Reagan accepts our invita-
tion, Mr. Dill has agreed to speak at our Annual
The Executive Board has agreed to dispose of
obsolete equipment currently held by the Secre-
The November issue of the Canal Record was re-
ported as ready for mailing and the December issue
is at the printers.
The Legislative Representative reported we were
to receive a 3.1% COLA in January, 1986.
The meeting was adjourned for a short period in
order to count ballots to Amendment to Bylaws #17,
and resumed the meeting after a 10 minute recess.
Muriel Whitman, Chairperson for the Christmas
Luncheon stated that plans were progressing at the
Countryside Country Club, with many door prizes.
A map will be in the December Canal Record.
Mrs. Olga Disharoon reported the Carnavalito,
scheduled for February 8, 1986 will consist of a
dinner/dance at the Sheraton-St. Petersburg at a
cost of $12.50 per person. Music by Charlie Cooper
and his band. The hotel will hold a block of rooms
for those wishing to over-night, for $40.00/night
with up to 4 per room. Details will be in the Dec-
ember Canal Record.
Mr. Victor May stated he is still investigating
the Blood Bank dissoulution, and had nothing to
declare at that time.
Mr. Foster indicated Mr. Adrien Bouch6 had con-
tacted three organizations regarding the Museum on
a recent trip to Washington. A questionnaire will
be in the December Canal Record, polling the mem-
bers as to their feelings, possible contributions
and how much space they would require, in order
for the Board to determine the feasibility of a
The President reported the Nominating Committee
will accept nominations from the floor at the Jan-
uary regular meeting in order to provide the slate
of officers for 1986-1987. The slate will be pub-
lished in the March Canal Record.
The Picnic at Anderson Park was very successful
with a larger group than usual.
Mr. Foster made a motion to amend Standing Rule
No. 9, which changes the address of the Society
from Box 11566, St. Petersburg, FL. to Box 3738,
Holiday, FL. Richard Beall moved the address be
changed, seconded my Ernest Yocun. Motion carried.
Mrs. Anna Collins, Sunshine Committee Chair-
person sent cards to Betty Jorgeson, Frank Lerchow
and Betty VanSiclen. Commander Collins is now re-
covering from surgery.
Plans have been finalized with Curtis-Hixon
Hall for the 1986 Reunion Ball. The Cost of the
Banquet/Luncheon will be $12.00 per person, with
Mrs. Betty Malone as Chairperson. Mr. Foster has
been able to obtain a 60% discount from Avis Rent-
a-car for the reunion. Details will be in the Dec-
ember Canal Record.
Mr. Joseph Hickey, Chmn. Bylaws Committee, in-
dicated the ballot count to Amendment No. 17 of
the Bylaws were as follows:
8 Votes .................INVALID
Open Season for Hospitalization changes is from
November 4 thru December 6, 1985. Members should
submit form to request an extension until they ar-
rive at a decision.
Mr. Foster reported the Society has changed
from All Word Services to Executive Computer Ser-
vices because of savings derived. The Society had
initially saved over $1,200 by going to AWS and
will realize even more savings by going to ECS.
These savings will enable us to increase news from
members in ratio to increase in membership.
Mr. Foster thanked the Telephone Committee
Chairman, George Egolf for excellent results.
He also announced the following tentative
schedule for our meetings:
December Christmas Luncheon
January Walter Fuller Comm. Ctr.
March-June Walter Fuller Comm. Ctr.
July Annual Business Meeting-Hyatt
September St. Petersburg Yacht Club
October Annual Picnic Anderson Park
November Walter Fuller Comm. Ctr.
December Christmas Luncheon
The meeting adjourned at 2:40 P.M.
6 December 1985
Countryside Country Club
Mr. Foster called the meeting to order at 12:15
p.m., followed by the invocation by Dorothy Yocun
and the Pledge to the Flag by Paul Disharoon.
Mr. Foster welcomed Past Presidents present:
Mr. Victor May, Jr.
Mrs. Anna Collins
Mr. Rob Roy
Mr. Ross Hollowell
He also welcomed the 118 members and guests and
the following long-time absent members:
Pauline and Philip Downs
Kay and Bill Butler
John and Edie Meeker
Special thanks was given to Muriel Whitman,
Edna Ogletree and Anna Collins for the lovely
luncheon. The meeting was adjourned until after
the luncheon at 12:40 p.m. and reconvened at 1:58
Mrs. Boswell read the minutes of the November
meeting. Mr. Foster requested correction on third
page, fourth paragraph. The $1,200 savings to the
Society was for each of 3 issues of the Canal Rec-
ord, totaling $3,600. Minutes stand as corrected.
The treasurers report was read and approved for
Mr. Foster announced we now have over 4,000
members, as of November 1985. He stated that the
December issue of the Canal Record would contain
details of the 1986 Reunion, including reservation
forms for the hotels. Reservation forms for Re-
union functions will appear in the March issue.
The January meeting at Walter Fuller Community
Center has been changed from January 3 to January
10. Fliers will be sent to members in the area to
inform them of the change. The Telephone Committee
will also alert members.
Nominations from the floor for 1986-87 Society
officers will be requested at the January meeting.
Mr. Foster asked for volunteers to hold office and
there were none.
Mr. Foster announced he had written to Past
Presidents inviting them to 1986 Reunion, stating
they may reserve a room on the Regency Club floor
for $45/night. However, the Executive Board voted
to pay for Past Presidents lodgings from the 1986
Reunion receipts. He stated that Standing Rule 16
authorized a complimentary room for the Guest
Speaker and felt this should be expanded to in-
clude Past Presidents and Board members. Mr. Leon
Warren so moved, seconded by Sugar Di Roma. Motion
carried. Mrs. Anna Collins moved that members of
the Board be included in Standing Rule 16, which
was seconded by Grace Williams. Motion carried.
Mr. Richard Beall read names of deceased mem-
bers, followed by a moment of silence. He also an-
nounced the December issue of the Canal Record had
been mailed that day.
Mrs. Olga Disharoon reported the Carnavalito
Dinner Dance in February at the Sheraton-St. Pete-
rsburg. Prizes will be given for best costumes and
a special rate for rooms for over-nighters.
A special airline rate has been obtained for
members coming from Panama thru Dalton Travel
Agency on Eastern Airline. 30/day excursion rate
will be $258 for Society members. Over 30-day rate
would be $379.
Mrs. Arma Collins reported she had visited with
George Martin, Tyke Cotton, Don Bruce and Frank
Lerchen in the hospital. She requested members
send cards to members who are hospitalized as they
do appreciate them.
Mr. Foster turned the meeting over to Mrs.
buriel Whitman at 2:40 p.m. to give out the var-
ious door prizes.
10 January 1986
Walter Fuller Community Center
St. Petersburg, Florida
The meeting was called to order by the Pres-
ident, Mr. Peter Foster at 1:30 p.m. Dorothy Yocun
delivered the invocation and Paul Disharoon led in
the Pledge to the Flag.
Mr. Foster welcomed the 53 members and guests
including the following:
Gilbert Sanzari, Bradenton, FL.
Lois and Ernest Van Horn, Hot Springs, AR.
Grace and Jack Carey, Clearwater, FL.
Richard Rohden, Tampa, FL.
Marjorie Gardiner, Brooksville, FL.
Dorothy and Winton Webb, Clearwater, FL.
and Past Presidents:
Victor May, Jr.
Mrs. Bosuell read the minutes of the December
meeting. As there were no additions, corrections
or omissions, the minutes were accepted as read.
The treasurers report was read and approved for
Mr. Foster stated the Society had saved over
$4,800 in 1985 over 1984 in the publishing of five
issues of the Canal Record. In addition, we aver-
aged over 310 more books per printing and over 11
more pages per issue. These savings were a result
of using alternative methods of typing the infor-
mation for the books, such as, a computer service
and typing service, also the typing efforts of our
Record Editor. We will continue to expand on the
Canal Record in proportion to our increasing mem-
bership and keep the costs in line.
Richard Beall reported his Assistant has re-
signed to obtain full time employment, however, he
has an excellent prospect for the job. He indica-
ted he had complaints from members that former or
current employees of the Panama Canal, who are not
members, are not being included in information to
the Canal Record. If the information is of inter-
est to our members he feels it should be printed.
He also asked that members give us as much infor-
mation on deceased members as possible, in writ-
ing, saving him time in researching and perhaps
not being able to obtain sufficient data. He said
he realized there were lots of errors in the Nov-
ember Directory due to countless problems and he
encouraged the members to write and request a cor-
George Egolf, Telephone Cnrmittee Chairman an-
nounced he is very satisfied with the results from
his volunteers and is in need of someone from the
Tampa area to make calls to members.
Olga Disharoon reported that the Carnavalito
Dinner Dance plans were progressing and Paul had
prepared a map to the Sheraton Hotel. The date for
reservations for the hotel has been extended to
January 18 and the cut-off date for the Carnava-
lito will be February 4.
Muriel Whitan announced the 3.1% increase in
the COLA has been frozen through February, with a
decision to be forthcoming in March.
Victor May, Jr. indicated he had been working
with Richard Beall on the dissolution of the Blood
Bank. Contact was made with the National Associa-
tion of Blood Banks and in 1983 it was determined
they could no longer buy or sell blood. He will
discuss the facts in more detail with the Execu-
tive Board before making a full report to the mem-
Our invitation to President Reagan to be the
guest speaker at the Annual Reunion is getting
backing from Senator Dan Jerkins through Paula
Hawkins. With additional prodding from sources on
the West Coast, we may still obtain his services
as our guest speaker.
Mr. Foster reported he had received a letter
containing documents authorizing the gift to the
Society from the dissolution of the Credit Union.
This will enable us to incorporate this money into
our general funds.
Members of the Income Tax Suits are currently
taking their cases to the Supreme Court. Congress
is trying to initiate a change in law 642 that all
Panama Canal Employees must pay income taxes, em-
ployed prior to and after the signing of the
Frade Baldwin contacted Mr. Foster regarding a
request from the Panama Tourist Bureau, Air Pan-
ama Airlines, and the Panama Brewery to come to
the 1986 Society Reunion and promote Panama. This
would consist of a performance of a Conjunto at
the Reunion, special air fares to our members, and
donation of cases of Panama beer.
Balboa Union Church calendars are available for
sale by Emily Brooks at today's meeting.
The President announced the Slate of Officers
for 1986-1987 and requested nominations from the
floor. There were none so Jack Carey motioned the
Slate of Officers prepared by Robert Herrington's
Nominating Committee stand as shown below:
1st Vice-President...Muriel Whitman
2nd Vice-President...Robert Stewart
Secretary/Treasurer Shirley Boswell
Record Editor........Richard Beall
The motion was seconded by Dorothy Yocun Mo-
The meeting adjourned at 3:10 P.M.
FEDERAL RETIREES' ORGANIZATION
CHALLENGES COLA SUSPENSION
A group representing almost 2-million federal
retirees said Monday it has filed a class action
lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of parts
of the new Gramm-Rudman balanced budget law.
"Taking a page out of a Dickens novel, Congress
and the President have played the role of Scrooge"
declared L.J. Andolsek, president of the National
Association of Retired Federal Employees. The
group filed suit in federal court Friday, chal-
lenging provision of the Granm-Rudman law that
suspended payment of a 3.1% cost-of-living adjust-
ment (COLA) for 1.9 million federal retirees. The
cost-of-living adjustment took effect in December,
the group said, and weas to be paid in January.
The adjustment was suspended, however, follow-
ing passage of the balanced budget measure on Dec.
12. The federal retirees group said the new law
constitutes seizure of property without just com-
pensation in violation of the Fifth Amendment. The
Granm-Rudman act does not affect more than 36-mil-
lion people earning Social Security, but military
and other programs are targeted for cuts.
St. Petersburg Times
December 24, 1985
NOTICES IN THE ST. PETERSBURG
I just got a copy of the roster for the Panama
Canal Society of Florida and am overwhelmed by the
size of the organization.
The listing of names, with one line for each,
takes 92 pages in a tightly printed booklet. Mem-
bers live in all states, District of Columbia,
foreign countries and in the Canal Zone area.
Each year they gather in the Tampa Bay area for
a convention that attracts thousands of members.
The group was founded in 1932 aboard a ship an-
chored in New York harbor when 14 charter members
agreed with founder John F. Warner to meet as
often as they could.
The organization subsequently moved its head-
quarters to St. Petersburg because many of the
Canal Zone employees had picked the West Coast of
Florida as a retirement haven.
Meetings of the St. Petersburg area members are
held monthly at Walter Fuller Community Center,
7981 26th Ave. N. President is Peter W. Foster of
Palm Harbor. His telephone number is 785-8555.
November 21, 1985
On Feb 8 at the Sheraton-St. Petersburg Marina
and Tennis Resort, 6800 34th St. S., the Panama
Canal Society of Florida will stage its annual
carnavalito at 5 p.m.
This is the largest locally based club I'm
aware of, with more than 4,000 active members from
across the country. I attended last year's carna-
valito, and learned a lot about the Panama Canal,
its environs, foods and people.
The event includes a dinner-dance and costume
contest. Tickets are $12.50 per person. For in-
formation call chairperson Olga Disharoon, 323-
5678. by Rick Rutan
December 26, 1985
Photo by ArthW Pobtack
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Administrator D.- P. M~Auliffe, right, gives a wanm
h~dshake to former Onbusman GeGorges G. Bbuch as
he presents him with an award for distinguished
service to the Panana Canal. W'. Boxih who re-
tired on Decerber 12, was the first Pcnara Canal
anbudsn and c held the post for six years.
SEC. 642. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN EMPLOYEES OF THE
PANAMA CANAL COMMISSION.
(a) General Rule. Nothing in the Panama Canal
Treaty (or in any agreement implementing such
Treaty) shall be construed as exempting any citi-
zen or resident of the United States from tax
under chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of
1954 and 1985 on amounts received from the Panama
Canal Commission. The preceding sentence shall
apply to all taxable years whether beginning be-
fore, on, or after the date of the enactment of
(b) Treatment of Employees of the Panama Canal
Commission for Purposes of Section 912. Employ-
ees of the Panama Canal Commission stationed in
Panama may exclude from gross income allowances
which are comparable to the allowances excludable
under section 912(1) of the Internal Revenue Code
of 1985 by employees of the State Department of
the United States stationed in Panama. The pre-
ceding sentence shall apply to taxable years be-
ginning after December 31, 1985.
Approved by the U.S. House of Representatives
The Canal Zone in Uniform
Lt. Col. Robert F. Zwnbado
Lieutenant Colonel Robert F. Zumbado, United
States Marine Corps (Retired), was born October 9,
1936 in San Jos4, Costa Rica, and raised in the
Canal Zone, graduating from Balboa High School in
1955. His mother, Margaret C. Wallace, worked in
the Amrican Embassy in Panama and his step father,
Alan S. Wallace, was a Canal pilot until his re-
tirement in 1956. Alan died in 1968 and Margaret
died in 1978.
Lt. Col. Zumbado received his Bachelor Degree
in Broadcast Journalism from the University of
Florida in January 1960. Shortly after graduation,
Bob earned his commission as a Marine Second Lieu-
tenant through an Officer Candidate Course in
Quantico, Virginia. Until his retirement as a
Lieutenant Colonel in 1980, Bob served in a var-
iety of command and staff assignments in many
locales and units including First Field Artillery
Group, Twentynine Palms, CA; First Marine Aircraft
Wing, Iwakuni, Japan; Second Marine Division, Camp
Lejeune, NC; Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort,
SC; First Marine Division, Danang, Rep. Vietnam;
Staff of the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific
Fleet, Hawaii; Third Marine Division, Okinawa, and
the Naval Training Equipment Center, Orlando, FL.
During his career he graduated from the Marine
Officer's Basic School; the Advanced Communication
Officer School, and the Marine Corps Command and
Staff College, all in Quantico, Virginia.
His military decorations include the Legion of
Merit, the Navy Commendation Medal w/Combat "V",
The Combat Action Ribbon, the Presidential Unit
Citation, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and
other service and campaign medals.
Bob, currently divorced, has two daughters. His
older daughter, Sandra, and her husband, Andy Her-
bert, made Bob the proud grandfather of Jason
Peter, May 25, 1985. Sandra, Andy and Jason reside
in Pleasanton, California. His younger daughter,
Deborah, resides in Orlando, Fla. and is employed
by the publishing firm of Harcourt, Brace, & Jo-
vanovich. Bob is employed by Eagle Technology,
Inc., Orlando, Fla. where he is head of the Train-
ing Analysis and Design Group.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Will Hall, USN, received
his "wings" in a ceremony on September 27, 1985 in
K'.ngsville, Texas, and has been assigned to Le
Moore Naval Air Station in California.
Will is to fly carrier-based A-7 aircraft.
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in
Annapolis, Maryland in 1983.
Will is the son of Anne and John (Bucky) Hall
of Sarasota, Florida, and the grandson of Mrs.
Madge Hall, also of Sarasota, Fla.
Lt. j.g. Will Hall
Edwin D. Armbruster
Michael P. Green
Jerry G. Harlin
John H. Stone, Jr.
Alfonso M. Smith
Canal Protection Division
Motor Transportation Division
Your Reporter Says...
I hope that Santa Claus was good to you at
Christmas time and that your holidays were blessed
and happy. We have all come back to normal, I
On October 18th, Elmer (Al) Bierbaun entered
Flower's Hospital for tests. He was then sent to
University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham where
he underwent open-heart surgery on October 29th.
He had a 4-way bypass. Al returned home on
November 7th and is recovering very well. You will
remember Al as a Canal Zone police officer for
many years and working the Hotel Tivoli beat.
Ara and High Norris spent Christmas in Miami.
They had much to celebrate as their son, James,
was married to Tina Mhades in Panama during the
Visiting his sisters Margaret (Moore) Hern
and Muriel (Moore) McGriff and their respective
husbands was Eddie Moore and his wife, Letty, from
El Segundo, CA. They were in Dothan the latter
part of October. While here Margaret and Muriel
had a cocktail party for them and invited several
of Eddie's classmates who now reside in Dothan.
There were also many of Letty's friends present.
Approximately 30 of Eddie's classmates and friends
were present some whom he had not see in
about 25 years or more. Eddie stated that they
could hold a class reunion because there were so
many of them living in Dothan. A most enjoyable
time was had by all.
Margaret and Jack Hern, Muriel and Mac
McGriff and several other "Zonites" took a
four-day trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn. Enroute they
stopped in Cleveland, GA, the home of the Cabbage
Patch Dolls and went through the hospital and were
privileged to see a baby born. From there they
went to Helen, GA where they enjoyed the October-
fest and had a delicious German dinner. They
proceeded through the mountains and the beautiful
fall foliage to Gatlinburg. While there they
visited Cherokee and also Silver Dollar City.
Everyone enjoyed the tour and are looking forward
to another one soon.
Muriel and Mac McGriff had all their children
home for Thanksgiving. Present were Geri and
Charles Davis and their four children from
Columbus, GA, Corbin and Sharlie McGriff and their
two children from Jackson, MS and Gene and Saundra
McGriff and their two daughters from Dothan.
Margaret and Jack Hern also joined then for
Thanksgiving. A wonderful time was had by all.
Corbin and family spent the rest of the week with
his parents. The McGriffs enjoyed having all the
children hone. It was like a family reunion. It
had been two years since they were all together.
Aimee Davis, daughter of Geri (McGriff) Davis
is following in her grandmother's footsteps.
Aimee, a freshman at Paccelli High School in
Columbus, GA is a member of the varsity basketball
team. She was high scorer in a recent game making
24 out of 28 points made by her team. Her
grandmother, Muriel (Moore) McGriff performed the
same fete when she played for Balboa High School
in her Junior year.
Margaret and Jack ern left for Panama to
spend the holidays with their sons, Jack and Dick
and families. Also going to Panama for the
holidays were Maggie and John Janssen to stay with
daughter and son-in-law, Lt. Col. Gene Beck and
family. Lou and Joe Hunt went to visit their
daughters and families and Fred Mead visited with
his family. I know they all enjoyed the nice warm
Mike, Linda, Karl and Susan Bashma spent the
holidays with Millie Patton and Martha Bradford in
Dothan, AL. The Bashams are now stationed at Ft.
After opening their gifts on Christmas
morning at Grandma Pattan they went for more gift
opening with Grandna Bradford and Kathy. They were
served a delicious breakfast and spent the morning
with the Bradfords. Then back across the street to
have Christmas dinner with Grandma Millie Patton.
They spent New Year's Eve with John and Mary
Urey, Ida DuIas, Douglas and Anita Smith who were
visiting Ida Dugas. The Smiths live in Hollywood,
The Bashams returned to Ft. Sheridan on
January 3rd and also returned to all that snow.
Mike, Carl and Susan enjoy the snow. Linda just
looks at it from the window. Linda is now working
for the U.S. Army at Ft. Sheridan and enjoys being
out in the business world again.
While in Dothan, Linda and Katie (Filo) Woods
enjoyed an afternoon together. They were class-
nates back at Balboa High School.
Belle of the Ball Dora Kridle with Bud
Catherine and Eddie Filo had their family for
Thanksgiving and it had been such a long time
since all had been together. Eddie Jr. came from
Stuart, FL where he is a reporter with the Stuart
News; Katie and boys, Christopher and Matthew are
now residing in Dothan as is Michael Filo and
wife, Cathy, and precious Jessica. Mike and Cathy
are expecting their second child in January. Also
joining the Filos was sister Mary (Whelan) Fault
from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil and Maggie and John
Janssen. Mary spent two weeks in Oswego, NY, then
came to Dothan and spent two weeks with sisters,
Catherine and Margaret. While in Dothan she was
the guest of honor at a cocktail party given by
her sisters. Mary then went on to Miami, FL for a
visit with daughter, Marisa (Dault) Cardenas and
husband, Hugo. She plans to go on to Panama and
visit with a childhood friend and classmate at
Balboa High, Julie (Durfee) Guardla. Mary plans to
attend the reunion for the first time this year as
it is her class 50th reunion.
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Santa's helpers Flossie Fallon and
Vera Ryan, with Dot and Bill Benny look-
The Society held its annual Christmas dinner
dance on December 14th at the Holiday Inn. Such
elegance I have never seen. Our Santa Claus
helpers (Flossie Fallon and Vera Ryan were on
their toes. Did not make one mistake in giving the
wrong gift to the wrong person. Our band was great
and many dancers were on the floor especially our
"Fred Astaires of Dothan," Bud iThms and Bud
Huldquist. A lottery was held and the first prize
went to Edna Kovel, second to George Fears and
third to Eleanor Buehler. Proceeds from the
lottery and some of the winnings went to the
Salvation Army Charitable organization. Bucky and
Eleanor Buehler were on their way to North Dakota
to spend the holiday with their daughter and
family and overnighted in Dothan. Bud and Lois
Thcmas happened to walk into the bar of the
Holiday Inn on their way to our Christmas party
and invited them to join us. I am sure they had a
good time. We enjoyed having them. A special guest
of Maggie and John Janssen was the Mayor of
Dothan, Larry Register and his wife, Sue. "Yountg"
Dora Kridle was seen tripping the light fantastic
with son-in-law, Bud Th~ms. Our great Santa Claus
was Phil Mattoon, retired manager of Montgamery
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Christmas Dance Lottery Winners: Edna
Kovel, Eleanor Buehler, George Fears.
If anyone is ever coming through Dothan,
please remember that the ladies of the Canal
Society have a no host luncheon at 11:30 a.m. the
first Tuesday of the month at the Olynpia Spa
which is located on Highway 231 S. The men meet
every morning for coffee at Bruno's Grocery Store
on the Ross Clark Circle.
I hope that we will be able to go to the
reunion this year and see some of our dear
friends. Until then God bless.
Catherine (Velan) Filo
Greetings to the frozen three-fourths of our
nation fran sunny, 77 degree (F) southern Arizona,
where southern Arizona ex-Zonians are getting
together for a reunion luncheon on Saturday,
January 18. The response has been incredibly
enthusiastic! A guest list and full report will be
submitted for the June RECORD.
Col. Edmud Mac Vittie and his wife, Grae,
now Sun City residents, had a nice trip this past
sumner to New Hanpshire. While there they saw Carl
and Blanche Brone; Tamy, Lorraine, and Courtney
Spencer; and Ed and Mary oolan, who had left the
week before for a European tour. Upon their return
to Sun City, they had dinners with Capt. Prince
and his wife, Cynthia, and with Dr. Bob and Evie
Matheney. Both of the Mac Vitties are avid
golfers, very active in the golf tournaments and
related activities of Sun City. Bill and Betty
Burns, now living in Albuquerque, NM, visited the
Mac Vitties early in November.
Ken Middleton (assisted by same beautiful
lady geologistss) was in charge of the gem
identification and facetting booth at the October
Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson. He told me that
his good friend, Hery Suerfreund, of Mercurio
Jewelers in Panama City, was in Switzerland at
that time, en route to Idaroberstein, Germany, for
that area's first big gem show, but plans to come
to Tucson late in January for the February Gem
Show here (the biggest in the country) in which
Ken will also participate. Ken is an active
officer in the Old Pueblo Lapidary Club of Tucson.
His wife, Wanda, is currently in Hawaii taking
courses in Polynesian people and culture at
Brigham Young University there.
Ken Middleton, former Pedro Miguel res-
ident, identifying gems at the Gem and
Mineral Show, Tucson Community Center,
October 25, 1985.
Jacque Vowell, now living in St. Johns, AZ,
wrote to say that she and her husband, Charles,
are expecting their second child in April 1986.
Her mother and father, Ila and Dick Crowell, will
visit them then to help care for their daughter,
Casey Anne. Jacque's sister, Pam Crowell, came to
St. Johns from Florida to spend Christmas with
them. Casey Anne really enjoyed all that doting
attention from Aunt Pam!
Jane (Dickson) and her husband, Danny Cax,
returned to Tucson on November 11 after an idyllic
ten days in a real Paradise: three days in
Papeete, Tahiti, and seven days cruising to
neighboring French Polynesian islands, among which
were Moorea, Bora Bora, Raiatea, Tahaa, and
Huahine. Jane was wearing a pareu and floral crown
and speaking French by the second day! Peggy
Bradley, formerly of Pedro Miguel as is Jane,
spent Christmas day at the Cox home. Peggy, a
long-time Tucson resident now retired from her
civilian career with the U.S. Air Force, is a
sister of 'opsy" Wood, the CANAL RECORD reporter
for Washington and the Northwest.
Ida Imvelady had a lovely Christmas with her
son, James, who has a home in Sierra Vista, AZ, at
her Tucson home for Christmas dinner, along with
his fiancee, Carol Antonlic, of Tucson. James is a
member of the BHS class of '58, and obtained a BA
in 1971 and MA in 1972 from the University of
Arizona, Tucson, majoring in English and Political
Science. He is a technical writer.
Another joyous Christmas celebration was held
at the home of Charles and Amn (Trimble) Parks in
Glendale, AZ, with eighteen family members at
dinner! These included Ann's father, James
Trimble, their sons Charles (here from Ft. Bragg),
Larry (a Glendale resident), and daughter, Susan,
who is to present them with another grandchild in
June, plus several grandchildren. Their son, Paul,
is still in Panama, and son, Matthew, in Germany,
is engaged to a lovely German girl, named Heike,
who reads the RECORD with great interest, accord-
ing to Ann. Their daughter Lisa (married to Craig
Boatwright) of Port St. Lucie, FL, will be out
here for a visit this coming summer, after the
Parks return from a spring visit in California
with Robert and Niza (Boynton) Grieg, on their
Many former Atlantic-side residents, especi-
ally Masons, will remember John Beatty, who worked
for Coca-Cola in Colon and was very active in the
Masonic Lodge. John is now with Coca-Cola of
Tucson. He phoned me, having obtained my name from
Janet (Adkins) Hefferan, who is sales and catering
manager of Innsuites (hotel) of Tucson. Janet
graduated from BHS in 1959, a year or two after
her good friend and riding-mate, Shirley Ann
(Ransame) Hartmen, now of Casa Grande, AZ. Both
girls used to stable their horses in Pedro Miguel.
Shirley's mother, Anna Mae Ransame, lives in
Tucson. Both John and Janet are enthusiastically
looking forward to attending our reunion luncheon,
at which we hope to organize a local society with
a view toward having at least two get-togethers
per year in Arizona.
Unable to attend are Frederick "Fritz" Frey
and his wife, Betty Jane, of Sierra Vista, for
they are visiting in Florida since the second week
of January. God bless them, and Fritz's father,
Mr. Frey, also of Sierra Vista; their holidays
were quite shattered by the loss of Fritz's mother
around Thanksgiving. We are awaiting details and
a photo of her for the next RECORD.
Having been informed, years ago by Ruth
Whitsett and more recently by Nona (Stillwell)
Martin, that Betty Whitsett, wife of Jim Whitsett
of Alexandria, VA is a "doll" (I quote verbatim),
I couldn't wait until our class reunion in July
1986 to meet her; so I phoned, having a matter to
discuss regarding the class reunion (BHS class of
'37). We had a long, friendly conversation, and
she is, indeed, a lovely lady. Jim is working like
a beaver for the good cause of our class reunion,
along with Frances (Violette) Sharp, of St.
Petersburg, FL, who tells me that Jim and Betty
are moving to Florida in mid-January.
LAST MINUTE FLASH!
The first Southern Arizona ex-Isthmians' re-
union was held Saturday, January 8, 1986, at the
Santa Rita Hotel in Tucson. It was a luncheon
meeting and was attended by:
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Banan of Sun City
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Piper of Green Valley
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hazeldine of Sun City West
Dr. and Mrs. Dan Hirschl of Sun City.
Jeff Hirschl, of Tenpe
Mr. and Mrs. Thmas Relihan, of Green Valley
Mr. and Mrs. Tan Hickey, of Sierra Vista.
Peggy Bradley, of Tucson.
Ken Middleton, of Tucson.
Mr. and Mrs. John Beatty, of Tucson.
Mrs. Ida Lovelady, of Tucson.
Mr. and Mrs. James Lovelady, of Tucson.
Elizabeth ("Sis" Hayes), of Tucson (Cristobal).
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Nancy (Crooks) Koepplinger and Peggy
Bradley at the welcoming table.
(iarles and Ann (Triable) Parks, of Glendale. k
James Trinble, of Sun City.
Martha Griffith, of Phoenix.
Lillian O'Hayer, of Sun City.
Janet (Adcins) Hefferan, of Tucson.
Ed and Grace MacVittie, of Sun City.
Dr. Bob and Evie Matheney, of Sun City.
Rachel Martindale, of Green Valley.
Gordon and Maggie Dalton, of Pinehurst, N.C.
Nancy (Crooks) Koepplinger, of Tucson. I
Jane (Dickson) and Danny Cox, of Tucson. 4
Ed and Alice Mix, of Sierra Vista. -
L to R: Janet (Adkins) Hefferan, Mrs.
John Beatty, John Beatty, Tom Hickey,
No official name for the group has yet been es-
tablished, but for the purpose of preliminary
identification the group was called, tentatively,
the "Arizona PanCanal Society".
Amnn (Trinble) Parks was nominated by Jane Cox
to head the group as President, or Executive
Chairman. The nomination was seconded and unan-
imously carried. To finance mailings and telephone
costs for "gathering the clan" for 1986, the group
agreed to pay $5.00 per year per household, to be
L to R: Bob Hazeldine, standing. Behind adjusted up or down later on, if necessary.
him: Ray Piper, Fred Banan, Mrs. Banan,
Mrs. Hazeldine, Mrs. Piper.
Everyone appeared to enjoy the reunion Imnense-
ly. Needless to say, the Bajun jokes flew fast and
furiously, and our time together sped by too
quickly. By unanimous vote, the group resolved to
get together twice a year, in Spring and in the
Fall, at a point rather centrally located between
the Phoenix area and the Tucson/Green Valley area,
dates and details to be announced in advance in
the Canal Record.
Clockwise.: James Lovelady, Ida Lovelady,
Mrs. Tom Relihan, Maggie and Gordon Dal-
ton, Rachel Martindale, Carol Lovelady,
(Jim's surprise to us, his new bride).
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Fnglebright were very much
disappointed that they were prevented, only hours
before the luncheon from attending, because Mrs.
Sa. Englebright had to be hospitalized unexpectedly.
Their friends will be glad to know that as of Jan-
uary 23 she is much better and out of hospital.
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The annual picnic get-together will again be
held on June 15, 1986, at the usual place: Agri
Park, Fayetteville, Ark. and any and all visitors
(ex-Zonians) are welcome.
This being the first attempt at reporting the
news from Northwest Arkansas by Robert 'IBu'
Balcer who agreed to let Alice Nail take a
sabbatical; I hope you will all bear with me. As
for the Balcers', Betty and Bud spent Christmas
once again in Ohio with their daughter, Susan, and
her husband, Dick Burdette. The weather was cold
and we had a white Christmas. On a shopping trip
to Belden Village Mall at Canton, Ohio, one of the
banks in the mall area was robbed and all
personnel vacated because of a bomb threat. The
robber got away.
Carl Neuhard was in Michigan between 30
September 1985 and 4 January 1986 visiting with
son Bruce and his family. There was plenty of snow
for cross country skiing in the woods in back of
Bruce's house. They all went sledding the last
night he was there. Son Sam and family came from
Tiffin, Ohio, on New Year's Day.
Susan IEgekle, daughter of Mary Lou Engelke,
came from Jacksonville, Fla. to spend the Christ-
mas holidays in Rogers, Ark., and everyone had a
very enjoyable time.
Betty McGilberry stayed home for the holidays
and reported no visitors.
Jack and Joan Corliss took a trip to Las
Vegas and were met by Bette and Buckeye SMar-
ingen. Jack hit a jack pot on one of the slot
machines that paid for the trip. Both of the kids
were home for Christmas.
Pete and Sue Warner report that they are
expecting a visit from daughters Pm and Phyliss.
John and Polly Michaelis returned home the
middle of Decenber to beat the bad weather that
never materialized, from a trip to the southwest
and Pacific coast. On the trip they visited
children, grandchildren, cousins, and friends.
While visiting in Montana they were stranded for
four days by a blizzard that forced the state
police to close the pass.
Ralph and Marie Shuey reported nothing doing.
Etta Fay Terrell and Virginia Favorite took a
trip to Dothan, Ala., looking over the possibility
of moving. They visited with Ralph and Virginia
Harvey while in Dothan. After checking out
Fairhope, Ala. they went on to Mobile, Ala., and
New Orleans, La. While in the land of Creole and
Cajun cooking, they visited with Russell Favorite
and his family. They also stayed with Andrea and
Paul Oliver, Etta Fay's daughter and son-in-law.
Lance Terrell and Andrea and Paul Oliver spent
Christmas in Bentonville with their mother.
Willard "Bed" and Kathleen lHffimn cranked up
the Oldsmobile and headed for Wynne, Ark. to spend
Christmas holidays with Cathy and Willie Huffin
and their three and one-half children. Cathy is
due in May with their fourth child. While visiting
Willie he showed us their new East Arkansas
Fitness Center which he and his partner-James
Murray-are opening in January 1986 in Forrest
City, Ark. Willard spends lots of time perusing
seed catalogs in preparation for spring planting.
George and Edith Engelke are both doing okay.
Stayed close to home for the holidays.
Norbert 'Nobby" and Peggy Keller spent a
quiet Christmas at home, but future plans include
attending the 1986 reunion in July.
Virginia Favorite spent Christmas in Panama
with son George and his family in Margarita. With
George working overtime on launch overhaul, her
activities were limited. She did get to spend one
day with Karen Palumbo and another with Molly
Williford. She also spoke on the phone with Joe
and Greta Vowell. On return trip home stopped in
Slidell, La. for a visit with son Russell and his
Joyce May, daughter, and Mam-Connie
Engelke--spent Christmas Day in Rogers with Mary
Iou Engelke and family.
Evelyn Engelke spent the Christmas holidays
with her two sons, John and Louis and their
families, in Panama. Enroute to and from Panama
she visited with her nephew, Russell Favorite and
his family, in Slidell, La. Evelyn says her trip
was a real pleasure. She enjoyed her family and
all the grandchildren; seeing many old friends
from Panama and others visiting Panama from the
states. In addition, she attended a real fun block
party in Los Rios on New Year's Eve; a Christmas
tree burn at Diablo along the banks of the Canal;
a band concert at Fort Amador where Christmas
carols were played and sung; a pre-Christmas party
with Mike and Ned Blemezhassett at their beauti-
ful home in the Santa Rita MDuntains on the Colon
side; brunch at the Marriott Hotel; and many other
affairs. Her trip to Panama was a good time from
beginning to end and she looks forward to
returning there again in the future.
In midNovember, Lynn Cook left the Ozarks to
make his home with his son, Lynn, Jr. (Bud), and
daughter-in-law, Caroline, in El Paso, Texas. The
trip was made in Red Nail's motor home. Subsequent
info from Texas is that all the Cooks have enjoyed
several forays into the desert in New Mexico (Lynn
is a naturalist; Bud a geologist); that Caroline
cooks a wonderful, hot, spicy rice dish, and that
Bud is hard put to best Lynn in a very competitive
game of Scrabble.
Robert '"Bud Balcer
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS NEWS
Spring will be bursting forth (hopefully)
when you read this, but, from all present
evidences, it's already here!! Our maple trees are
budding while Spring bulbs are poking up through
the soil and it's only January!!
Since I missed reporting for the last issue
(sorry!), sane of the following items cover
several months, but it's still good news!!
F'r instance, the stork dropped off Henry
Arnold Wrenn, second son and third child to Dr.
Keith and Mrs. Melissa (Arnold) Wrea, second son
and third child to Dr. Keith and Mrs. Melissa
(Arnold) Wrem on September 26, 1985. The maternal
grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Arnold of
Marked Tree, AR, and the paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wrenn of Springdale, AR.
Maxine and Earl Wren hosted Beth Waddell for
a week after Christmas. They enjoyed the New
Year's football games together, after which Beth
journeyed to Little Rock Air Force Base. There she
baby sat son Wally's children for two weeks.
Robert (Snowflake) Jones and his wife,
Marcia, visited with Mary and Richard Condon for
three days. The Jones arrived December 14th, on
their way to visit son, Dan, and his family in
Oklahoma City. The trip was a good reason to flee
the 14 inches of snow in Ft. Collins. Dan is
taking special veterinarian classes and was
working in Columbia, S.A. on the hoof and mouth
disease. Now he has returned to the U.S. because
of the anti-gringo atmosphere, there.
The latter part of August, Carl and Petie
Maedl enjoyed a week's reunion with their two
daughters and families: Pat and Jim Krough, Pan
and Vince Gutowski and four grandchildren, at
Atsokan Island on Rainy Lake in northern
Minnesota. Later the Maedls drove up to Winipeg,
Manitoba to visit Linda Reimer and Helen Goertzen,
former missionaries to Panama, at Salud and later
Santiago. Linda is now an active retiree in
Winnipeg while Helen has returned to Santiago for
another tour of duty.
In October, Catherine and George Loue, from
Wilmington, Delaware, and their sister, Mary Jo
Yaeger, from Houston, Texas, visited their Aunt
Bates Wieman, for ten days. During that time,
George showed his pictures of the Panama Canal and
the Huacas at the Adult Center in Fayetteville.
Florabelle Helmericks and Mary Jo Yaeger,
both from Houston, Texas, drove to Fayetteville in
November to spend Thanksgiving with Bates Wieman.
In October, Frances and Andrew Whitlock and
their three children were together for about a
week: Andree Lee Collins from St. Louis,
Jacqueline Belle Werbrouck and her husband,
Marcel, from Mishawaka, Indiana, and Paul Whitlock
from Orlando, Florida. What a marvelous time they
In December, the Whitlocks' grandson, Andrew
Whitlock II, graduated from the University of
Arkansas, and accepted a position with General
Dynamics in Ft. Worth, Texas. Andy II and his
bride of a year, Maureen Fger Whitlock, left
Fayetteville on January 3rd for their new home in
Ft. Worth, Texas.
Ed and Mildred Higgins went to Colunbus,
Georgia, to get acquainted with their two new
grandsons. They are twins: Joshua and Jared
Robertson. They had a good trip both ways and
stopped to visit with Peggy McKen ze and her
daughter, Marjorie, formerly of Pedro Miguel and
now at Manchester, Georgia.
Lee and Harry Butz welcomed their son, Peter,
and his wife, Janice, with their three sons, to
their home in Springdale, for the Thanksgiving
weekend. A delightful surprise was the phone call
from Harry's mother, Bruna Butz in Bambito, El
Volcan, Panama. She is fine, at 95, and everyone
of the family had a chance to talk with her.
Esther (Butz) Clair and her husband, Bill, of
Jenks, Oklahoma, spent a week during the Christmas
holidays in Springdale with Esther's parents Lee
and Harry Butz. Peter and Janice Butz, of Sapulpa,
Oklahoma with their three sons joined in the
festivities and an exciting time-a full house, in
Prior to this, the Senior Butzs took a
month's trip East, to Kingston, New York, visiting
family and relatives in the area of Pennsylvania.
They phoned Betty Purvis in Pittsburgh, hoping to
see her, only to learn she was getting married the
next day, a family affair, to Mr. J. E. Wolls!!
Life is full of surprises!! They tried to see
Verna Linkemni but learned that she was leaving
the next day for a visit to her sister in
California. From there she was flying to Portland,
Oregon to be with her daughters, Eunice and Ruth
and husband Wayne Smith. Wayne has accepted a call
from a young church in Fairfield, Ohio, where they
have begun their ministry. Will Linkemann, and his
wife Peg are doing well; he, in his computer
business, and Peg in the music department and
organist in Lakewood Presbyterian Church. Betty
and Fred (Essig) are in Asheville, NC where Betty
is organist at a Methodist Church and teaches
Theo Hallin had a glorious vacation with her
daughter, Elizabeth with husband, Tan and son
David, starting with a three day jaunt in San
Francisco. They went shopping, stores were crowded
and sidewalks jammed. They visited friends and on
Christmas Eve, attended the matinee "A Christmas
Carol" at the American Conservatory Theatre. On
Christmas Day, they worshipped at Grace Cathedral,
eating their Christmas dinner at the Fairmount
Virginia Hursh declares that she is still
around, even to visiting her sister, Elinor for
the month of December, in San Luis Obispo, CA.
They spent three days in San Francisco and joined
in with the "Grant" reunion, with nine other
relatives. Her Christmas was spent in Palm
We sadly announce the death of Frances
Paluabo (see Deaths) on December 5, 1985. Judy
Palumbo flew from Klagenfurt, Austria to be with
her father, Luke Palumbo, along with her brother,
Jimny, from Panama.
Todd Palumbo and his two sons arrived in
Fayetteville, AR, to spend the Christmas holiday
with his father. Sara and her husband, Donald
Stevens and three children from Clifty, AR, were
also with them.
Don't forget our Annual Blanche Shaw picnic
on Father's Day at Agri Park in Fayetteville. The
weather has always been cooperative and the fun
and fellowship; not overlooking the food, have
been well worth remembering!!
Bob and Ruth Adams were so pleased to have
their son, Bob, daughter-in-law, Giselle, and
two-year-old grandson, Robert Francis Adams, with
them for several weeks over Thanksgiving and
Christmas holidays. They all attended our Holiday
Luncheon. At Bob and Ruth's holiday party for
neighbors and friends, young Bob played Santa
Claus as a special treat for everyone, including
Zonians, Gladys and Don Brayton, Joan and Jack
deGruCmand, Marjorie French, Lucille and Steve
Fulop, Buddy and Marion Phillips, and Irene and
Ray Will. All of the family traveled to Pasadena,
staying over in their Airstream trailer, to view
the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day.
After their vacation, Bob, Giselle and young
Robert returned to Panama, where Bob is Chief,
Construction Management Branch, Engineering and
Bill and Dot (Hoffman) Alien say they're
doing fine! With Bill's church choir, board
meetings, L.W. Orchestra and Shrine Band, he is
busy and he also plays table tennis three times a
week. Dot is a busy homebody, but expects to
return to table tenis soon. Their tandem bike now
has 6,200 miles on it!
Helen (Kotalik) Barrett made several trips
with her senior citizens' group during this past
year. She visited all her family, and they in turn
were with her in Jacksonville, FL. Her son, Jack,
sent her a ticket to spend Christmas with him and
family in New Jersey. Jack had a beautiful home in
Orlando, but was transferred up north in August,
where he will be a Regional Manager with UPS.
Helen also spent a few days with daughter, Susan
and family before returning home. Her sister,
Rita, and husband Perry Washabough, are spending
some time this winter at Helen's, away from the
ice and snow in Sheffield, PA, where their
Bmily and Peter Bolton, Sarasota, FL, con-
tinue to get news and visitors from Panama, which
keeps them in touch. Their son, Jon Peter, who is
in real estate in Texas, is doing quite well. He
spent a few weeks with the family over the
holidays. Their daughter, Mary Gae, holds down two
jobs-one on the staff of the University of
Maryland Hospital, and moonlighting in "Doc in a
Box," a rather novel idea for child patients, to
dispel any fears they have of doctors and
Ed and Marie Braoder had a wonderful time in
November visiting their sons. Young Ed is a
Nuclear Engineer for a New Jersey power company,
and lives in Wilmington. Bill is with Norfolk-
Western Railroad in Norfolk, and built a hoae in
Virginia Beach, VA. The family celebrated Ed's
(Sr.) and Bill's birthdays with a dinner party at
the club in Norfolk. Ed and Marie's grandson and
his bride came to Rancho Bernardo in December for
a visit, on their way to Pearl Harbor. Stephen
made Lieutenant, USN, a year early-he is in
Carl and Blanche (Adler) Broune, Colunbia,
SC, expect to spend a few weeks in Panama in
Grace Brown invited two guests to our holiday
luncheon, both from Seal Beach, and one was
formerly of Panama-Joyce Levy, who was born in
Colon in 1916. Joyce had worked in the C.Z.
Licenses Bureau with Edna Tipton. Grace had read
about Joyce, a new resident, in their L.W. News,
met her, and they had fun with, "Did you know-and
on and on!"
Magagret White Buy traveled to Hawaii in
November to visit her son, DoI, and his family.
He is a professor in the University of Hawaii, and
Paula, his wife, is a high school English teacher
Nancy Norton Carter is in touch with the
following friends from time to time-Barbara
(Miller) and husband, Joe Green, who bought a
condo nearby in San Diego recently to escape
Arizona summers; Jan (Steves) Steele and husband
in Augusta, SC; Esther (Miller) is still living in
Sweden, where Carl is a chiropractor-they made a
trip to Minnesota and Florida in 1985 to see their
two grown children, and traveled to Leningrad as
well; Eloise (Brany) and Mhuck Cade are in the
insurance business in Reno, NV; Shirley (Dyer) and
John Erickson are having the time of their lives
playing grandparents in Santa Barbara; and Lolita
(Provost) Packard of Westminster, who just visited
Sara de la Pena spent two weeks with her
brother, Moises, and his wife, Jean, in San Diego
recently. Two discs in Moy's back were injured,
requiring surgery. He is doing well now! Their
sister, Eva, of Mexico City, is in Los Angeles
with Sara and Estrella for six months, and was a
big help to them during their recent move to a new
apartment. While here, Eva joins them in volun-
teering at Midway Hospital in Los Angeles. Their
brother, Dave, is enjoying his retirement. They
are planning a trip to Europe again this year.
Bob and Rosa Dill returned to their home in
Hemet in December, after living in Seal Beach for
several years. They are so happy to be near
members of their family, with whom they shared the
wonderful Christmas season.
Virginia (Ridge) and Haik Dolim are enjoying
the good life of retirement in Honolulu, with such
beautiful weather almost every day! They play
tennis three days a week, and walk to the 4-mile
loop on alternate days; and Virginia has a group
in their building that does pool exercises several
times a week, all of which helps their "weight and
partying programs." Virginia, secretary-treasurer
and Newsletter Editor, PCSSC, for many years, was
president of their Home Owners' Association this
past year. She and Hank traveled to Hong Kong and
area for two weeks in August, along with their
daughter and family-had a good time, especially
shopping and dining. They have two of their
grandchildren nearby and enjoy seeing them often.
Their son and family are still in the Air Force in
Alanogordo, and their oldest is getting ready for
college! Betty (Coaley) and Barney Forgeson of
Tierra Verde, FL, stopped for several days in
Hawaii on their way home from Australia and New
Zealand. The Dolims took them on a tour out their
way in Hawaii Kai, and all enjoyed a nice dinner
visit at their home, catching up on C.Z. news.
They hadn't seen one another since about 1942!
Rae Donaldson, San Dimas, hosted a party on
November 2 to celebrate Panama's Independence from
Colombia. Her Dad and stepmother, Bob and Elaine
(Payne) Donaldson of Rockland, Maine, were visit-
ing then, and enjoyed the evening along with other
friends from Canal Zone days-Betsy (Morrison) and
David Vosburgh, Maxine Karst, Steve Cartotto, Tina
(Cartotto) and Michael Ressa, Laura (Seeley Rydell
and the deGnrmmsds. Laura is School Psychologist
and LH Coordinator at Ocean View School District,
Huntington Beach, and is very happy in her work.
Maxine lives in West Los Angeles, and is in touch
with Kathy (Alexander) and Largo (Woodruff).
During the Donaldsons' visit, they spent some time
with Bob's son, Burt, and his wife in Thousand
Oaks, and with his other son, John, and family in
Adelaide Monsanto Ellis recently spent
several weeks with her son, David, and family in
Houston, TX. While there she made a trip to San
Antonio to visit her cousins, Thirza and Hema
Gutman, and finally got to see the Alamo! She
also visited cousins, Bea (Monsanto) and Glenn
Rhyne in Kerrville-"The hill country, an
interesting area, reminded me of Panama."
Frances (Talavera) and Vic Enyart celebrated
their 17th wedding anniversary on November 29 at
the Harlequin Restaurant in Costa Mesa. Our best
wishes to you both for many happy years ahead!
Britta and Evan Evans, Longboat Key, FL, are
enjoying retirement, Florida-style, on the Gulf of
Mexico. Since arriving four years ago, this was
the first time they had a "leave home" type of
hurricane-" 'Elena' on August 31 to September
2--we had a lot of flood-type grounds damage, like
the swimming pool, plants, garage, etc. Then along
came 'Juan', and the next month 'Kate.' Hey,
Panama was never like this! But all in all, we
were very fortunate and most thankful." Britta's
daughter, Toni (March) and her husband, Bill
Flagg, are a happy couple, and recently celebrated
their 17th wedding anniversary.
Eileen (Cryan) and Bill Firken keep busy in
Tustin, Fresno and Rosarito Beach. They also
visited Ireland again in July.
Vivian (Corn) and her Uncle, Ellmsorth
visited with her son, Jim Forbes (BHS '50), his
wife, Nancy, and children, Sue, Carol, Jamie and
Heather at their home in Vancouver, BC, this past
summer. Sue was on vacation from teaching at
Dawson Creek High School, so could bring her 2-and
4-year olds, Rae and Russle (Erma's great-grands)
down for a visit. Erma and Ells plan to go by
AMTRAK to visit Jim and family this sumner, also
taking in EXPO 86. Jim teaches at UBC. He left on
December 20 for two weeks in Korea with the UBC
volleyball team, as the University's representa-
tive. Nancy continues her work at UBC Medical
Library at Vancouver General Hospital. Last spring
Jim flew to Spain on university business; then
Nancy joined him for five weeks of touring
England, Amsterdam and Spain.
Erma also visited in July with her daughter,
Joan (Forbes-BHS '53) Astrin, in Reno, NV. Joan
is Evening Supervisor at a psychiatric hospital
there. Her three children are working in Reno.
Making the news: "Joan Astrin, R.N., has been
chosen as the 1985 winner of the Dr. Thomas F.
Frist Humanitarian Award for Truckee Meadows
Hospital in Reno. Her name will also be submitted
in national competition for all Hospital Corpora-
tion of America hospitals. She was chosen by her
fellow employees as making a significant contribu-
tion to patient care." Erma": It was a thrill and
a surprise for both of us!" Congratulations, Joan!
Erma writes, "For our Christmas, ten of us
from church had a potluck dinner-turkey and all
the trimmings, at our church; then sang old-time
songs and carols. It was fun!"
Lucille and Steve Fulop were happy to spend
some time with long-time friend, Am Birchfield of
Scottsdale, AZ, during Ann's visit with her son
and family in nearby San Clemente. Ann attended
our holiday luncheon with Lucille and Steve. Ann
is the former Anmette Laurence. She went to the
Canal Zone from Atlanta, GA, in the early 1940's,
and worked with Mr. (Carles Lester, Administrative
Services Branch, Balboa Heights. She was married
to Lou Reedy, who was with FAA, and lived in the
Canal Zone for several years.' It was a real treat
for Ann and Joan deGrunond to see each other
again after so many years.
Beverly (Betts) and Bob Gideon, La Porte, CO,
are currently visiting with her another, Dorothy,
in Laguna Hills, and in Fresno with her brother,
Charles Betts. Bob is caning along beautifully
after his heart problems last February!
Mrs. Doris (Cassell) Hansan had cataracts
removed and lens implants in both eyes-both
successfully-'Now I can really see to read and
write. It is such a blessing, and I never fail to
give thanks for it. My best wishes for a beautiful
year for the society.!"
Jack and Ethel (Krziza) earn send their
regards to all. Jack is getting along pretty well,
and he does get out for luncheon at his favorite
pub, "Dooley McClusky's" in Carlsbad at least once
Charlie and Hazel Helm really enjoy life up
in "God's country," Crestline, CA! 'We'll try to
make the society's business luncheon on March 2,
but are pretty well tied down to our mountain."
Am and Al Houston are in their home in
Winter Haven, FL, for the winter. They flew over
this time, as their car was hit by another in San
Diego, but no one was injured. Al was swimming two
to three times daily, while they had good weather
Luise (Rathgeber) and Joe Hunt, Dothan, AL,
are spending a month in Panama, and enjoyed the
holidays there with members of their family,
including daughters Janet Watkins and family, and
Jacque, and Joe's brother, Jack Hunt and family.
Joe and Grace Irving moved to Skillman, NJ,
in December, after residing in Leisure World,
Laguna Hills, for over 18 years. Before heading
East, they attended our Holiday Luncheon with
Bnaett and Adele Argo and their daughter, Kathryn
Molinaro, where they were wished a fond farewell
by their many friends. They also spent a week with
long-time friend, Marjorie French; a week with
Roger Irving in Scottsdale, AZ, arriving in
Skillman in time for the holidays. They are now
living with their son, Gary,. and family. Gary had
an eleven-roan home built, and Joe and Grace have
a two-roan apartment in it, with bath and
kitchenette. The Irvings have bewn members of our
society since 1967, and always supported our
activities. We'll miss you, Grace and Joe!
Margaret ("Maggi" Whelan) and John Janssen of
Dothan also went to the "Canal Zone" for Christ-
mas. They are visiting their daughter, Pat, and
her husband, Gene Beck, and family. Gene has been
reassigned for two more years, and is now Chief of
Staff at Howard Field. Pat keeps busy substituting
at Balboa High School art classes; she also won
first and third prizes in the Pen Women's Club Art
Show in panama recently. Maggi and John were
looking forward also to seeing her "padrino," Mike
Corco, who is now 86 and still going strong! Their
son, John, Jr., has been stationed in Korea, but
was back in Washington, DC, in time for Christmas.
Mary (Butler) Journay, along with her
friend, Rose, enjoyed being caught up in the
excitement of the Christmas season while touring
the Laguna Hills Mall-the bustling sound of
shoppers, and the sight of center displays and
overhead decorations "The lottery cane to
California this fall. Buying a ticket from the
check-out girl at the supermarket (and scratching
it to see if you have a winning combination) is a
far cry from buying tickets on "J" Street in
Panama and waiting hopefully for Sunday's drawing!
Hope to get a glimpse of Halley's Cmaet! Exciting
Lee Kariger enjoyed Thanksgiving with his
son, Bob, and his wife, Nell and family in Long
Beach. They attended our Holiday Luncheon, and
enjoyed seeing their many friends. Lee was in
Mazatlan, Mexico, for Christmas with his daughter,
Nancy, and her husband, Darrell Eide of Bremerton,
Maurice ("Bud') Kelleher vacationed with his
family in Dallas, TX, over the Thanksgiving
Father John Kennedy, C.M., has been assigned
to a newly-formed preaching team that will be
dedicated to giving missions in Spanish. The team
gave a six-week mission in Brooklyn, NY, recently,
and then went to Panama for six weeks. This year's
schedule will take them to Brownsville, TX;
Venice, FL; Kalamazoo, MI, and to the Northeast.
His new address is: St. Vincent's Seminary, 500 E.
Chelten Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144.
Margaret King, Brownsville, TX, attended her
first "Canal Zone" reunion ever-at Kerrville's
Holiday Dinner. "It was truly a super occasion! My
son and his wife, who live in San Antonio, came
with me, and enjoyed it, too." Margaret enjoys the
Canal Record so much-"It is certainly full of
news about long-time friends. I remember Knott's
Berry Farm well--it's where I went with my husband
on our first date. It is such a fascinating
Katherine (Kathy) Kirchuier, daughter of the
late Katherine and '"'Pat" (E.T.) Kirchmer
(Pacific Locks), lives in San Antonio, TX, and is
doing very well. Her brother, Ed, and family are
all well. He now has three children in college!
Two at Notre Dame and one in Ohio.
Mary (Cryan) Lade spent a few weeks in
Arizona recently, and was sorry to have missed our
Grace (McCaslin) Laurie of Palo Alto, CA,
toured with 24 members of AARP's Palo Alto Chapter
in August-they spent five days in London and the
countryside, and twelve days around Southern
England and Wales. They had a new Volvo Coach
(bus) with lots of room to stretch out. The
English and Welsh people were friendly, and the
food delicious. The travel bug has bitten Grace,
and she now plans on other trips with this group!
She spent Thanksgiving with her son, Jon, in Sini
Valley, CA, and her daughter, Margaret, of
Fullerton, joined than for a special day. Jon and
Margaret then spent two weeks with their Man over
the Christmas holidays.
Bill and Aurora LeBrun moved last summer to
the hill country of Texas, in Winberly. Bill truly
enjoys it, since their house is on the 7th
fairway-he always wanted a golf course in the
back yard! Aurora has been working since summer
with the State of Texas, and enjoys it. It's quite
a comute, though, but she shares it with Laura,
now 2 years, who goes to the babysitter in
Austin. They attended Kerrville's Christmas Re-
union, and shared the table with my brother,
Elbert rubberr" ) Ridge. They also saw Margaret
King, and enjoyed seeing so many friends and
sharing memories of Canal Zone days. Laura was the
youngest attendee, and thought the whole affair
Dell (Ryan) Lynch enjoys our newsletter and
passes it on to others interested in news of
"Zonians." Her son, Niel (Nathaniel) has a word
processor, so writes a lot-he recently completed
a desert mystery. He also uses the machine for
Dell's poetry, which is suhnitted for contests.
Helen (Daniel) Miller, her husband, John, and
daughter, Samntha, of Orange, CA, were visited by
their daughter, Rebecca, from the University of
Wisconsin at Whitewater, and Helen's mother, Helen
Munson, of Sun City, AZ-they enjoyed a wonderful
holiday season together. Helen and John also
hosted a party for a group of Zonian classmates
and friends during the holidays. Jack and I had a
delightful luncheon visit with them-and that day,
Rebecca was preparing to spend New Year's Eve with
friends in their trailer in Pasadena, awaiting the
Tournament of Roses Parade. Fran time to time,
Helen Munson sees other friends from Canal Zone
days, including Eloise (Munroe) Simpson, Shirley
Moffett, Cecelia Wensing, Evelyn Matheney and the
Bess (Stapleton) and Walt Morton, Prospect,
OR, have been spending the early winter and
Christmas holidays with their daughter, Margie
Tellkanp, and family in West Covina.
Lolita (Provost) Packard, Westminster, has
been helping her daughter, Bobbie, with her Girl
Scout Troop-weekend camping with the girls at
Featherly Park, near Corona, field trips, arts and
crafts, etc. Also, clowning for homes and hos-
pitals. She spent Thanksgiving with her daughter,
Juanita, and family in Los Gatos-took three
grandchildren, Tanya, Kristine and Kellie, with
her to see their cousins, Marie, Angel, Beca,
Jonathan and Jose. That left Heather and Michelle
at home-their turn next time! Imagine, Lolita
with ten grandchildren! She enjoys them all, and
they love being with her. This month Lolita is
enrolled in a calligraphy course for a week with
Elderhostel in San Diego. She and Nancy (Norton)
Carter will spend sane time visiting before Lolita
Noble (Buddy) and Marion (Hutchison)
Phillips' son, Richard, is currently on leave in
Southern California. It was a treat for friends
attending the Holiday Luncheon to see Richard
Bob and Millie (Crawford) Provost have sold
the ole homestead in Torrance, having opted for a
much smaller place in Carlsbad, CA, where they'll
spend the summers; they'll be in Florida for the
winters. Their children are here in California,
and many of Millie's folks are in Florida. Bob
would like to remind you folks to send him your
'bajun jokes and stories for the book he hopes to
Janice Caeron Ross of Long Beach and Pat
Boggs Lord of La Mesa made a trip to Las Vegas
over the Christmas holidays, a tradition for many
years, for an enjoyable time. They were back in
Califonia to see in the New Year.
Catsy Schafer wrote that during her three
weeks in England last fall, the tour group visited
24 cathedrals, and were usually invited to sit
with the choirs during Evensong. Such beautiful
music, especially at Canterbury, Salisbury, York,
Minster and Westminster. Catsy then traveled to
Baltimore, MD, to attend the 50th anniversary of
her graduation from Union Memorial Nursing School.
After the Alumni Banquet, the group toured the new
hospital; then enjoyed lunch at the Hopkins Club.
She then visited in Washington, D.C., with her
sister, who had arranged for them to tour the
State Department reception rooms. They are
magnificent-everything has been donated by U.S.
citizens, and the decor represents America before
and after the Revolution from 1740 to 1835. Anyone
visiting Washington should arrange the tour in
advance-it is free, and worth seeing.
Hedy (Suberg) Seedborg recently spent two
weeks with Janet and Ross Cunningham in Brevard,
NC. They have a lovely home on a lake, in
beautiful country. They drove Hedy to so many
wonderful places. To top it all was the drive on
the Blue Ridge Parkway, with the fall colors at
their best! She had luncheon with the North
Carolina members, many of whan she remembered, and
many remembered her sister, Dorothy. Hedy has
taken a number of tours lately, and the five days
in Lake Tahoe was fun!
Florence Berude Seiler, Laguna Hills, is
still very active as a volunteer-in the intensive
care unit and substitute duties in other areas of
Saddleback Conmmity Hotpital; she also assisted
at the Flue and Diabetes Testing Clinics recently.
She took time out last summer for a memorable
Scandinavian cruise. The visit over the holidays
from her son and his wife, Jack and Dorothy
Berude, was a bright spot for Flo. Jack is
president of a Sacramento-based company.
David Smith, Los Angeles, is enjoying his
singing career, which has been varied and chal-
lenging. His sister, Aileene Smith Hoyle, came
down from Redwood Estates for her annual visit
over Thanksgiving and Christmas, and she'll be
staying over for our Annual Business Luncheon. Her
son, Brian, and family spent Christmas week with
her and David, and "Uncle Boy" Ballard. David was
so pleased to hear from Marian (Dugan) Fleming of
Huntsville, Alabama-"Dear David, A nice thing
about December is letting friends know we
remember! Christmas is the time for memories, and
I recently saw a picture of you in the Canal
Record, and have listened to '0 Holy Night,' and
have remembered standing on the second and third
floors of Balboa High School, looking down and
listening to you singing the beautiful solo. So, I
have decided to write and say, 'Thanks for the
Tom and Lorrain Spencer are in good health,
happy and very active in Tallahassee, FL-Tan
playing golf several times a week; and Lorrain
playing bridge. She also enjoys their home and
gardening. Their son, daughter-in-law and grand-
son, Charles, Elsa and Eliot (age 3), spent the
Christmas holidays with then. They then left for
Venezuela, where they will spend six months at
their dig--while on leave of absence from the
University of Connecticut where they teach.
Courtney now has four years' service with the
city-he is rich as cream these days, working
overtime, cleaning up after hurricane "Kate." They
were lucky-no damage to the house; just a lot of
debris to clean up.
Colonel and Mrs. Alex Sutton, Jr. (Willibel),
Houston, TX, had a wonderful two months in
Heidelberg, Germany, with daughter and son-in-law,
Susan and Ted, and their two boys. It was fun
doing Germany, Spain and a Greek Islands cruise.
Daughter, Sandra, and son, Alex, and families are
in Houston, so the Suttons had seven of their nine
grandchildren around their Christmas tree!
Macel (Goulet) and Mort lb mson, Memphis, TN,
were happy to have their son, John, with them for
ten days on his return from Korea in early 1985.
He then returned to the Air Force Academy and
teaching, which he enjoys so much. 'Mary has our
only 'grand', a boy, 3A years old. We take care of
him two days a week after pre-school-he is a lot
of fun. Gary and Karen moved into their new home
in Downers Grove, IL, in October, so Elaine went
with us to visit them for Tharksgiving. Elaine
lives a mile from us, and has a nice home. Regina
passed her CPA in September--she is an accountant
at a local hospital, where Mary's husband is a
radiologist." In October, Macel and Mort made a
trip to visit his father in Pennsylvania.
Nancy Tirkler, BHS '66, attended the luncheon
with her another, Mrs. Melvin Tinkler (Judith). At
this writing they are spending a few weeks touring
Panama with Nancy's sister, who is joining them
from Costa Rica.
Earl and Olive Unruh, Bakersfield, CA, enjoy
our society's newsletters, which keep them posted
on their friends, and the latest news of interest.
Bill and Jeanne Wood, Clarkston, WA, hope to
came down for one of our functions soon. Their
oldest son, Ernest, recently earned his Ph.D. in
Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
He then went on a six-weeks' Safari in Africa.
Their middle son, Donald, was recently promoted to
Superintendent of three plants for Dow Chemical in
Elsie (Lawyer) and 'Woody" Woodruff, Dothan,
AL, traveled to Pinellas Park, FL, with her
brother and his wife, Bob and Ann Layer of Dothan,
to join in celebrating the 45th wedding annivers-
ary of their sister, Grace (Lawyer) and Jack
Morris, on December 8, 1985. The Woodruffs'
daughter, Darleen, her husband, Joe Hunt, and
children Lisa, Joanne and Kelly, spent their first
Christmas in Heidelberg, Germany; and daughter,
Linda (oodruff) Weir, and her daughter, Jennifer,
would be at home in California, so Elsie and Woody
expected to have a quiet Christmas.
Chubby and Milton Wright, Ontario, CA, often
drive up to Oak Glen, in the mountains above
Yucaipa--a nice treat for breakfast or lunch!
There was so much snow one day recently, the
restaurant did not open. Chubby and Milton drove
up the following day-it was a real winter
wonderland! They also enjoyed a luncheon outing in
Palm Springs recently.
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It may have been rainy and a little dreary
outside, but inside was Christmas warmth and
cheer. Beautifully arranged by Edith Wimmer,
assisted by David Smith, the December luncheon in
the Trophy Roan of Big Jakes Ranch House at
Knott's Berry Farm provided just the right spark
to get the Christmas spirit underway. We were also
royally entertained by baritone, Bob Mantzke,
director of the San Fernando Male Chorus.
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Not only members but guests were having a
marvelous time comparing notes and nostalgia.
Isabel (Peterson) Aguirre brought James and
Carolina (Canton) Law (BHS 1941) and Dr. Margaret
Stewart, Ph.D. Isbel and Carolina used to walk to
school together, Isabel from Ft. de Lesseps and
Carolina from Colon. The Laws reside in Torrance,
and Dr. Stewart resides next door to Isabel in
Grace Brown brought Joyce Levy and Geri
(Andrews) Littlefield. Joyce was born in Colon,
retired in Margarita 1981, from the License
Section. Geri went to the Canal Zone in 1932 as
the bride of Capt. J. Aubrey Andrews, Canal pilot.
It was such a pleasure to meet Judith Tinkler
and daughter Nancy. Judith was born in Costa Rica,
lived in Curunda Heights with her husband, Melvin,
and family. He was Chief Inspector of Maintenance
and retired after 26 years of service in 1967.
Nancy (BHS 1966) had one year of CZJC and is hard
at work now on her Master's Degree in Business at
Whittier College. Sister Emily (Tinkler) Pearson
(BHS 1967) has been taking sumner classes in
Southern California. The family was anticipating a
two-week trip to Panama. Dorothy Cotton was super
pleased to have a reunion with Nancy after fifteen
After more than two years of legal hassles to
retain ownership of a home near Rosarito Beach,
Mexico, Richard and Janet Laschinger are hoping
for a successful conclusion. The president of
their Homeowners Assn. presented a petition to an
aide of President Reagan during his recent
conference with the President of Mexico. They also
had some other recent surprises. Old friend,
Stuart COhaiar, screen and television writer, came
down from Los Angeles on Christmas Eve. Among his
credits are several "Mash" programs, also a recent
mystery story for Robert Preston. And a few days
before Christmas Macon "Speedy" Michaux called
from Bridgewater, NJ. She said, "It jarred me down
to my sox!" Both she and "Speedy" are BHS 1939
grads, and he is a retired dentist. A couple of
years ago, when he had a stroke, Harry Christ and
Zona (Boggs) Dowall put Janet in touch, and she
struck up a correspondence with him. He called to
say how much he appreciated the letters, is
recuperating well, and really sounded "up," she
George Chevalier retired Oct. 2nd with a
total of 34 years of government service (Air
Force, Pan Canal Police Dept., and 8 years with
Immigration and Naturalization Service). In
November he and wife Joan set off for three weeks
in Florida, Virginia, and Massachusetts. George
enjoyed going over Canal Zone pictures one night
at the home of Adrien 'Kirby" and Jean Bouche, at
Englewood, FL. Then he and Joan visited Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Maravilla for six days at Ocala,
during which time George Boothe also came to call
at the Maravilla home. Their next stop at Norfolk,
VA, was for business purposes, but they managed
the trip up north to Woburn, Mass. to visit their
son-in-law and daughter, Joel and Michele
(Chevalier) Haggerty (BHS '72), and new grandson,
"It was the nicest Christmas trip I've ever
taken, and I take one every year," declared Jane
Ellis of Imperial Beach. It was a six-day tour,
Dec. 23-29, and included three days for San
Francisco and environs (Sausalito, Muir Woods,
etc.). She was thrilled with the Christmas store
displays and the St. Francis Hotel which she
hadn't seen in thirty years. Next stop was
Willets, where they boarded the Skunk, an early-
day steam-operated railroad, winding through pine
and redwood forests to Fort Bragg, on the shores
of the Pacific. They then proceeded to Napa Valley
and San Joaquin Valley wineries, the city of
Vallejo, and home.
It's grand to have more Zonians in Imperial
Beach besides Ellis and Hollowell. We're referring
to new residents, Paul and Mary Jeffries. He
taught at CHS 1966, and two years later was
assistant principal of Jr.-Sr. High School at
Cristobal. In 1974 he moved to Curundu Jr. High
School, leaving in Jan. 1985. Mary was on the
staff, then management and programs of the Girl
Scouts, from 1975 to 1985. They lived at Coco
Solo, Los Rios, and Howard Air Force Base. Their
three children are: Steven (CHS 69), a Second Mate
on a freighter sailing from Tallahassee, FL to
Odessa, Russia; Douglas (CHS 72), Plant Manager of
the Engineering Dept., Standard Oil Co., St.
Louis, MD; Michael (CHS 74) in Quality Control,
Cipher Data, San Diego, CA. Paul says he is sure
many will remember him as a strict
Ida McDade hopes 1986 will be an improvement
in her life, and we're with her. She is recuperat-
ing from a cataract operation and a heart attack
(three days apart last Nov.). This after the
deaths of two sisters and a brother also during
It was a gala Christmas season for Jean
(Stinehart) De La Pena. Her daughter and son-in-
law, Jean and Stephen Tsuya, and three children
came over from Douglas, AR, for two weeks, and her
two sons, Jim and Richard, and their families
joined them for Christmas.
In case you've missed it, Bert Morris
recommends for your reading PANAMA ODYSSEY, by
William J. Jorden, formerly U.S. Ambassador to
Panama and former member of the National Security
Council. It was published by the University of
Texas Press, Austin, TX, 1984, and is especially
noteworthy for the treaty negotiations, according
Clifton and Ihelma (Torbert) Sasso recently
visited their daughter and son-in-law, Myrna and
Jack Dubroff (Major, U.S. Army), and two grand-
children, Deborah and Theodore, at Kitzingen,
Germany. Then the daughter and grandchildren
accompanied them, as a special treat, to Italy
(Rame, Venice, Florence, and Pisa). Thelma adds
that she and her husband have been residents of
San Diego five years and wouldn't think of living
any place else.
Conrad and Nonma Horine had fun switching the
Christmas dinner from the 25th to Christmas Eve,
since their children, Paul (down from San
Francisco), Patricia (from Los Angeles), Carol and
husband David Gooch, from Chula Vista, couldn't
arrange their schedules for the same length of
time. Then all attended the movie "The Young
Sherlock" on Christmas Day.
It's a whole new career for Frain Leves, and
we wish him well. He switched from the car
business to sales in mobile homes, at Ideal Hones,
Inc., Chula Vista.
Tony Huff, as of Oct. 1985, started her own
recruitment advertising agency in San Diego with
partner, Leslie Conway, called Huff, Conway and
Associates. They work with personnel managers and
human resource directors to place help wanted
advertisements. Both worked for other companies
previously and are eager to be their "own bosses"
for a change! Toni's sister, Edie (Huff)
Willoughby, is still a fifth grade teacher at
Double congrats are in order. Ed Schloeder
recently sold the U.S. Navy a specially designed
generator set to power a computer center at U.S.
Naval Air Station, Yokuska, Japan. He'll be going
over shortly to perform in-services on the
function, design, and operation of the prime power
system and is quite excited about it. Also he's
engaged to be married to Diane Rochette, from CT.
Malcolm and Faye Wheeler had a festive time
for one week over Christmas. Their son-in-law and
daughter, Leonyne and Dolores (Wheeler) Hall, and
grandson, Gary, came in from San Antonio, TX.
Jim and Jane (Kaufer) Gochrane, were over-
joyed to have their seven children and one
grandchild in for Christmas week. Jane still has
the position of librarian for the Mt. View
Library. Jim is retired fran Libby, McNeil &
Libby, but keeps busy with volunteer work,
producing TV programs for seniors, by seniors,
with seniors (educational and entertainment),
shown on Camunity Access, assisted by the
engineer of De Anza College. While visiting them
in late Dec., David and I saw one of their
programs, "Bay Area Indians," exemplary for
photograph and historical content, and then
enjoyed a lovely dinner together in a local
restaurant. Jane mentioned that Betty Snow (Clear-
water, FL) informed her that her cousin, Andrew
Lim, director of Music Theatre Atlantic, Ft.
Davis, has been awarded the Order of Vasco Nunez
de Balboa by the Panamanian government.
Blessings to all. Remember us with your news,
Incredible. Since December 11th, I've been
wondering if I would have any news from our
mini-group. That day, I was on my way to an Import
shop to pick up a mola I had ordered for my sister
for Christmas and the van in front of me signaled
for a right hand turn. He turned, stopped on the
shoulder of the road and as I proceeded he changed
his mind, pulled out in front of me to make a "U"
turn. My first auto accident if you don't count
the five fender benders with chivas before I got
my C.Z. license. I have alibis galore for not
reminding folks of our deadline, like no car for a
while, a mild concussion and neck sprain. However,
once the word got around some of you contacted me
with pictures and write ups. I'm so grateful to
all of you.
Opal Earle (Lundy) Hoghton is recovering
nicely from minor surgery and reports having had a
nice holiday season.
Roy and Gladys Graham are always active. Roy
is asking that anyone interested in a Panama trip
featuring a tour of the Volcan and El Valle,
please write to him to help formulate future
Jose Miguel and Donna Marie Johnson are proud
parents again. Little Joey, 21 months old, is now
helping care for baby sister, Andrea Theresa who
was born August 8, 1985. Jose and Donna are
looking forward to attending the nuptials of Tan
Fimenman, CHS 1974. Tom's father is Theodore
Fimeman with the Panana Canal Security Force.
Tom is a Lieutenant in the Mechanized Infantry in
Missouri, his fiance is Holly Cobault of Aurora,
Co. and the event is scheduled for this September.
Dan and Vallorie Meehan keep in touch with
Billy (Bouen) Martin, Biscayne Park, FL. Billy and
Dan were members of the Red, White and Blue Troupe
also. Vallorie is enjoying her antique shop in
Arvada while Dan is already training for the
Colorado Senior Games next September. Dan partici-
pates in the tennis and swimming events-there are
golf, bowling, track and many others. We discussed
what fun it would be if we could get enough
Colorado/Zonians, 55 years or over, to form a
relay swimming team this year. I have sent for all
the info if anyone is interested but we must
register before the end of July.
Lester Smith bought me a cup of coffee the
other day. Lester, Andrea and girls were taking
Jim Scheafer, BHS '67, up to Central City, an
original old mining town. Jim was with the
Electrical Division and is now working out of
Bay-St. Louis, Miss. with the Navy. What with the
temperatures here being in the 50's and 60's, Jim
and Les spend most of their time in the hot tub,
they say. Andrea and the girls went to Florida in
November to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt
Byrd. Lester followed in time for Thanksgiving and
Andrea's brother, Ron Byrd from the Atlantic side,
paid a surprise visit at the same time. It was
quite a reunion as the whole family had not been
together for quite a while.
Jim Scheafer and Andrea Byrd Smith at
the corner of Walk and Don't Walk.
Larry and Clayton Walker came west from
Melbourne, Florida for a Christmas vacation with
the Swearingens. Larry and Clayton are the sons of
Mr. and Mrs. Murray Walker, formerly of Margarita.
The boys went downhill skiing for the first time
and now they are experts.
Richard "Buckeye" and Bette (Farrell)
Suearingen had a pre-Christmas Holiday in Las
Vegas, Nevada with Joan (Van Fleet) and Jack
Corliss. They had such a good time they are
planning a return visit for New Year's of '87.
Evidently, they don't mind the Nevada State Law
that: "You can't bring any money out of the State"
- at least, that's what I've been told.
"Buckeye" Siearingen, Jack Corliss, with
Bette (Farrell) Suearingen and Joan (Van
Fleet) Corliss in Las Vegas. "Where's
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Jim Schaefer, "Sandy", Lester Smith. Hot
Tub, Flowers and Cerveza in Colorado in
Bob and Margaret (Meigs) Molloy had a full
house over the holidays. Daughter Barbara Dutton
and husband Ken brought baby Alice to spend her
first Christmas with her grandparents, her Aunt
Kathy Molloy was also home from Colorado State
University where she is in her second year.
Congratulations to Ray Magan in his retire-
ment from the Pueblo Police Department on December
1st. Ray served with the Air Force at Albrook
Field from April 1951 through November 1953. He
was an avid motorcyclist and an active member of
the Coast to Coast Riders. Ray married Helen
Eduards of Pedro Miguel on October 24, 1953 at St.
Mary's Church in Balboa. They came to Pueblo in
November of that year. Ray returned to his
previous job at C.F. and I., then worked for a few
years for Wonder Bakery. In September 1956 he
joined the Pueblo Police Depaertment as a street
officer before going into the Identification
Bureau. Since 1973 he has served in the Adminis-
trative Service section. As most of us remember,
Helen was never going to marry a "cop"; after all,
the Canal Zone force are the ones that gave our
little Helen the nickname of "Hellion." Time does
change sane things.
For all those who have asked me about Red,
White and Blue Troupe emblems-I have found my old
sweatshirt with the large insignia. If anyone is
interested in reproductions, please notify me. If
the response is good, I'm sure I can get some
made-either the large size or 'bathing suit" size.
Our next Colorado Society business meeting
will be held on Saturday, April 12, 1986 at the
Ramada Inn, 1-70 and Kipling at 6:30 p.m.
Remember, this is election of officers and dinner.
Contat "B.J." Bertha Jae (Beker) Law at
988-2221 or myself.
-And I thought we wouldn't have any news.
Donna (Dickson) Hudson
Elma Scheibe Seiferlein entertained the Sewing
Club at her home in Gulf Harbor, New Port Richey
recently. Special guests were Lois Van Horn from
Hot Springs, Ark. and Millie Grace Carey, grand-
daughter of Grace and Jack Carey, and Vera Smith.
The main topic of conversation was Christmas and
our travels. Mildred Owen Sutherland spent several
weeks in Boston, Mass. with her daughter, Marsha
Sutherland McNamara, and Bob McNamara and daugh-
ters Lissa and Kathy.
Vera Smith visited with daughters Carol Glass-
man and Betty Scears in California. Elma and Cy
Seiferlein spent part of the holiday in Ft. Walton
Beach with his daughter and grand-daughter.
Mildred Harper enjoyed Christmas in Davie, Fla.
with Dorothy and Bill Catron.
Eleanor and Howard Buehler braved the cold in
Bismark, N. Dakota to have Christmas with their
daughter, Beverly and Richard Grassy and daughter
Sarah; daughter Judy and Sid Williamson, with Kat-
hy and Matt, and also, son Paul of Ft. Worth, Tx.
Aura and Bud Erickson had as their holiday
guests, their daughter, Barbara Adamson and her
daughter, Alice; and also their daughter, Linda
Grace and Jack Carey had their daughter Karen
Hall after the holidays for a short visit.
Jeanne Wheeler and son, Oscar are leaving for
a week in Englitan, Texas with Sharon Wheeler
I havd a nice note from Winton and Dorothy Webb
who had enjoyed a visit from their son, Ted Webb,
his wife, Michelle and their twin daughters, Kath-
erine and Leslie. Ted piloted a private plane with
his family from their home in Kansas City, landing
at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport for a
post-Christmas family week-end.
I also had a note from Sharon DeVore Glassburn
in Clearwater, who sent a very nice write-up about
their son, Stephen.
The Department of Music of the University of
Central Florida presented Stephen Glassburn, son
of Sharon and Paul Glassburn, in concert on Jan-
uary 16, 1986. Stephen played the piano to a full
house with many having to stand, and the program
included Bach, Beethoven's "Pathetique Sonata",
Granados, Ginastera, and when he received a stand-
ing ovation, he encored with a rock number.
When Stephen was 13 years old, he played a
Mozart concerto with the Florida Gulf Coast Sym-
phony, and won the young artist competition. At
U.C.F. he won the University Talent Contest in his
sophomore year, winning $500. When he completes
his senior year he plans to attend graduate school
at the U. of Miami and major in piano jazz. At-
tending the concert in Orlando were his parents,
grandmother Deetz DeVore of Clearwater; Bill and
Marion DeVore of Sarasota; Roger and Margaret De-
Vore of Longwood; Mrs. Jack (Dorothy) Chase and
Borhild Misenheimer, both from Winter Haven, Fla.
Capt. Kenneth R. Gerhart, son of Jim and Doro-
thy Rowley Gerhart of Silver Spring, Maryland, and
grandson of Mrs. Sara Rowley, Clearwater, recently
handed over command of H.Q. Battery, 24th Division
Artillery in ceremonies at Ft. Stewart, Ga. on
January 24, 1985. He has been at Ft. Stewart since
1982 following his return from Germany.
Ken is assigned to Arlington, Va. where he will
work as an analyst for the Army Nuclear and Chem-
ical Agency. He is a BHS'73 graduate and attended
the U. of Maryland, both in Munich, Germany and at
College Park, Md;, graduating in 1978 with a BA in
Political Science. He was commissioned in the
Field Artillery in 1978 serving in a variety of
duties, and when asked to comment on duty in the
European theater, his reply was, "You have only to
visit a communist country once, as I did, to see
why the American way of life beats the Soviets
He looks forward to seeing his parents, brother
Brian, 13, and sister, Suzanne, 15, while the fam-
ily lives close-by in the Washington, D.C. area.
As for me, I have been doing a bit of traveling
too. After visiting Wilma Reynolds Kirkpatrick in
Rochester, N.Y., and meeting in the Poconos with
the Balboa High gang I went to school with, I vis-
ited my daughter, Dorothy and family in Silver
Spring, Md.; then in September, went to Panama for
two months. While in Panama, June, and Davis Stev-
enson, his mother, Muffie and I wene. on the Amazon
trip. I managed to spend Thanksgiving in Florida
and spent it with my niece, Joy and her husband,
Bruce Lindel. Then off to spend the Christmas hol-
idays again with Dorothy, Jim and family. Even
Kenneth was able to spend Christmas with us in
The start of the new year, 1986, includes
many comings and goings of Sarasotans for the
Jeanne Burgoon spent the Christmas holidays
in Deerfield Beach, FL with her daughter, Karen,
and her husband, Harold O'Neill. While there she
was also entertained by her granddaughter, Laura
(Timn) and Boy Fox in their home on Christmas Eve.
Mary Orr returned from her annual holiday
visit with her sister and brother-in-law, Marion
(Orr) and Fred Wells in Kerrville, Texas, and with
her brother and his wife, Bob and Eloise Orr at
their ELBO Ranch in Lurling, TX.
Enroute home Mary stopped in Atlanta, GA for
a visit with her nephew and wife, Alan and Kathy
Jane (Melanson) and their three children in their
lovely new home. Alan is a nuclear engineer and
has recently left on a business trip to Japan.
Elsie and Bob Smith have returned from a fall
visit with Rob's sister, Elva (Smith) Keenan in
Silver Spring, MD, and with their son, the
Reverend John H. Smith and family in Rutland, VT.
En route back to Sarasota, they visited
Claire Ogden in a nursing home in Pittsfield, MA.
Friends will remember Claire when she was house-
mother at the Bella Vista Children's Home in Bella
Louise Pustis was accompanied by her
daughter-in-law, Frances Pustis of Dayton, OH, on
a most interesting trip to Sao Paulo and Rio de
Myrtle Hughes joined her son and his wife,
Tan and Lorna Hughes for the holidays in Deer
Park, Houston, TX.
Walter and Blanche Hartra were pleased to
have a visit from her niece, Zona (Boggs) DoIell
and her husband, Dr. Harry Dowell, of Jackson-
ville, FL, who were accompanied by their daughter,
Vicki and Michael Green, of Panama. The visitors
later drove to Port Charlotte to see Harry's
brother-in-law and sister, Jim and Grace (Dowell)
Mina Dee has had a fine share of travelling
and visiting with her families. In the fall she
made a trip to Mamaroneck, NY to visit her
granddaughter, Helen Lang, who drove to the many
interesting places in the area.
At Christmas holiday time she was invited to
visit with her son, Bill Lang, and family in
Olynpia, WA. Having the children home, the ideal
weather and her son taking a vacation to be with
her, made everything perfect.
Joe and Rae Ebdon enjoyed a family gathering
with their son, Dick Ebdon; his wife, Kathy, and
their children, Geoffrey and Jennifer, in Irvine,
CA. Their other son, Maj. Thoap e J. bdon III,
stationed at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL,
also joined the group for Christmas. Other family
members included relatives from New York and New
Pop Ebdon, who recently celebrated his 97th
birthday, spent the holidays with his youngest
son, Bill and his wife, Susie (Fahnestock) Ebdon
at their home in DeLisle, MI.
The Kemper sisters, Billie Galloway, Ruth
Gatz, Maine Hitchcock, and Robin Comer of
Sarasota, and Alice Jones of Mississippi, flew to
Houston, TX for the Thanksgiving weekend with
Billie's daughter and son-in-law, Anna Katherine
(Galloway) and Pat Daniel.
Billie also enjoyed a special post-Christmas
with her great grandson, Christopher Allen, when
her granddaughter, Kerri Jo (Galloway) and her
husband, Marc Cassiday arrived from Atlanta, GA.
Jay Cain enjoyed her annual week after-
Christmas visit with her nephew and family,
Michael and Cherry Cain and Jason, in Miami, FL.
Also visiting were Mike's mother, Nadine Cain, who
flew in from Houston, TX, and Irene Ladrach of
Seminole, FL. The group had a pleasant visit to
Christmas Fantasy Landwhich was planned and
arranged for by Jay's great nephew, 10 year old
Several of our group enjoyed taking a
Hawaiian cruise touring the Islands on the S.S.
CCNSTITUTION, namely, Myrtle Hughes, Louise
Pustis, Fran Orvis, JayCain and Johnny KYzar.
Past Harris of California joined the group in
Hawaii. Jay had a great chipboard birthday
celebration. Jay and her cabin mate, Louise were
entertained by Dan and Amn Lichtenthal at their
Hawaiian residence. Dan is a retired judge from
New Jersey. He and Ann have enjoyed a lasting
friendship with Jay and the late Harry Cain for
many, many years that they all resided in New
Mayno and George Walker enjoyed a holiday
visit from her brother-in-law and sister, Jack
and Zonella (Bliss) Field of San Fernanco, CA,
who arrived for a visit with her other sisters,
Tinsie (Bliss) and Barney Barnes and Gladys B.
Humphrey, and ner nieces and nephews. During
their stay Jack held a meeting of the Florida
members of the Society of Australasia Special-
ists Oceania at the Walker residence.
They were also entertained with a family
gathering by her brother and sister-in-law,
Curtis and Emily Bliss at their home in
Mrs. Vernice Moody, who has been residing
in Sarasota with her son-in-law and daughter,
Fred and Beverly (Moody) Ebdon, has recuperated
nicely from a broken hip and has now returned to
Tampa, FL. She makes her home with her other
son-in-law and daughter, Peter and Ruth (Moody)
Bollea at 3106 Paul Ave., Tampa, FL 33611.
Edna Caipbell flew to Raleigh, NC for the
wedding of her niece, Susan Damaree to Ted
Cottrell. Shortly after her return to Saraota,
Edna and Nell Hiclamn of Clearwater, FL, enjoyed
a 10-day tour of the Orient which included Hong
Kong and Tokyo.
Barbara and Tom Peterson enjoyed a Christ-
mas visit by their soninlaw and daughter, Don
and Carol (Peterson) Heintz, and their daughter,
Christine, of Orlando, FL. Also enjoying the
holiday festivities was Tom'm mother, Mrs.
Margaret Peterson of Sarasota.
Bob and Delores Hametter spent the holi-
days in Jacksonville, FL with their son-in-law
and daughter, Max and Robyn (Hmmetter) Suter
and sons, Alfred and Ellery. During their visit
Bob showed pictures and slides of their recent
trip to India in Albert's classroom.
A morning coffee, hosted by Maxine Hitch-
cock, was a warm welcome to Mildred Mallahan,
who recently moved to Sarasota from Beaumont,
TX, with her husband, John Mallahan. They had in
Balboa, C.Z. from 1956 to 1966, when Mr.
Mallahan worked with American Bureau of Shipping
at Balboa. Mildred was employed in the business
office at Corozal and was a co-worker with
Maxine Hitchcock. The Mallahan's new residence
is: 3402 Medford Lane, Sarasota, FL 33579.
Will Hall and his sister, Jill, spent the
Christmas holidays in Sarasota with their
parents, Armn and John (Bucky) Hall and their
grandmother, Mrs. Madge Hall.
While here Jill drove her grandmother to
Tarpon Springs, FL where they visited with
Madge's brother and nephew, Frank, and Norman
Jill is in her senior year at Dickinson
College in Carlisle, PA where she is majoring in
economics with a minor in Spanish.
Will, Lt. JG, USN, is stationed at Le Moore
Naval Air Station in California.
Gladys Humphrey had a great family Christ-
mas in Palm Bay, FL at the home of her son and
daughter-in-law, Donald and Cindy haphrey,
where she could enjoy her great grandson, Glenn
Michael, celebrate his first Christmas, with his
parents, Glenn and Danna (IHuphrey) Cameron of
Palm Bay and his grandparents. Gladys' other
granddaughter, Dellrie Joy Humphrey, of Aurora,
CO, completed the family group.
Dell is a student at Aurora Comnmuity
College, majoring in physical therapy. She plans
to transfer later to the University of Colorado
to earn her degree.
With everyone having nice holiday trips as
well as visitors, makes a great start for 1986-
we wish the same for each of you.
A HAPPY AND HEALTHY 1986
Gladys B. Huphrey
Ernest and Dorothy Yocum were in Hampton,
Virginia, for the Christmas and New Years with
Dorothy's sister Rosalie Cook. While there, in
December they attended the baptism of their
grand-niece, Andrea Lauren Broskie. Another
sister, Violette Smith, from Ohio also was there
for this special occasion and to enjoy the
The first Brown Bag Meeting for 1986 was to
have been a Tupperware Party at the home of
Dorothy Herrington but the flu bug got there first
so plans were changed and we met for the party and
the luncheon at the home of Muriel Whitmn,
assisted by Edna Overstreet. The other regulars
attending were June May, Mildred Hickey, Vera
Jones, Dorothy Yocum, Marjorie Foster, Fran Stock,
Grace Carey, Cel Marceau and Grace Williams. We
were delighted to have Lois VamHobr from Arkansas
and her sister, Harriette Miller of Belleair with
us. We always have a grand get-together at our
Brown Bag Meetings on the first and third
Wednesday of each month at the homes of the
different members. If you are in town at that
time, call me, and I'll tell you where we are
I had a very happy occasion starting January
19 and lasting until February 9 when my sister,
Shirley Williams hancellor from Eureka, Calif-
ornia arrived for a visit with me. I can't tell
you yet what we did as this has to be turned in
shortly after her arrival. But you may hear all
about it in the next issue.
Mary Belle Hicks spent the Holiday in
Houston, Texas with her daughter and son-in-law,
Mary Alice and Ken Kelly, and her grand-daughters,
Marcia and Jay Kelly Cardenas and three-year old
great-grand-daughter Deandra Cardenas. She saw
Bill and Imo Hampton, Florence and John Terry, Iva
Standeger and Irene Wright while in Houston.
As I have frequently stated, I would like to
have more news as I know that there are many happy
things occurring here. PLEASE Call or write me
if you would like to share your joy.
I hope you will forgive me for not writing
sooner but we've been so busy! I can no longer be
the reporter for Talahassee because of our recent
move. My husband accepted a job with FAA at the
Tampa Airport just recently. At this time I am too
busy unpacking boxes and looking for a house in
the Tanpa area to be able to contribute anything.
However I would like to continue writing and be a
reporter for the Tanpa area.
We are currently living in an apartment in
Tanpa but we will be moving into a house by May.
Please just list my name as a reporter, and as
soon as I get my new address, I'll get it to you.
I hope this has not inconvenienced you. Please
let me know if I can be a Tampa Reporter. I tried
to get a Tallahassee replacement but no one was
Mary (Kelleher) Tochternan
Marvin Banton dropped us a note from New
Orleans, where he works for a major general
contractor. His younger sister, Sally, is in Ohio.
The Bantons were Zonians in Gamboa.
Sue Barfield-helette, West Monroe, along with
Doriane and David, went to Warner Robins, GA, in
January where Sue had the honor of installing her
niece, Sharon Susan Barfield, as Worthy Adviser of
Rainbow Assembly No. 6. Also attending were Sue's
parents, Doris and LeRoy, from Clenmont, FL, and
her brother, Mike, who presented Sharon with a
gavel that has been passed around in the family for
27 years. Doriane and David have taken up running
and weight lifting. In may they plan to camp out
and ride the rapids on the Buffalo River in
Arkansas. Tiroan LioSu, a sealpoint Siamese, has
joined the family which also includes Toshia, a
poodle, and Tassie, a cockateel.
Christmas cards always bring welcome news from
ex-Zonians near and far. Eleanor Bogart, 1583
Crofton Parkway, Crofton, MD 21114, spent a
fabulous September with former members of Ted's CZ
staff, traveling through the United Kingdan. She
spent Christmas in Hattiesburg, Miss., with her son
and his family.
Vicki Baldwin Fischer sent a lovely card and
long letter from Hawaii. Her husband, Greg, is a
captain at the shipyard. Their youngest, Rob, is in
the 9th grade. Kirstin expects to graduate in June.
Julie is a junior at Mount St. Mary's, working
toward a nursing degree. Marge graduated last June
in electrical engineering and works for McDonald
Douglas in Tempe, Ariz. On October 23, Sue and
Keith presented the Fischer family with a grand-
daughter, Lauen Marie. Mary is working toward an
MBA. Steve and Teri with Holly, 5, visited over the
holidays; Steve is with Hughes Aircraft. Vicki is a
volunteer at the Diocesan Office of the Episcopal
Church for Bishop Ed Broumig. She is looking for
BHS yearbooks for 1960-3. Let her know if one
Bergueline Goe, on the distribution end at
Balboa Union Church, and Lt. Col. Robert Karrer Jr.
writer, Isthnian collector and history buff, are to
be congratulated for their roles in getting out the
1986 BUC historical calendar--a real treasure. A
few are left. Send $6.30 for one or $11.50 for two
to Bergueline at PSC Box 2773, APO Miami 34002.
Robert is also the editor of the Isthnian Collect-
ors Club monthly newsletter, dealing with postage
stamps, postcards, books, etc., a great value to
collectors. Yearly dues are only $5 to Robert, Box
6094, Alexandria, VA 22306.
During the holidays, the Goughs in Marrero
heard from Olga and Efrain Anguewira, Doris and
Jean Burns, Hide and Bill Drew, Frank Finlason,
Shirley and John Finlason, Candy and John Harsany,
Wilma and Ed Kenerd, Dave, Joame and Lisa LeFort,
Betty Jo Opry, Pat and Bill scott, and Peggy and
Joe Wertz. Grandson John R Geogh III won't have
to pull any more KP duty since being promoted to
sergeant. He's stationed in Korea. Son Bill Geough
reads the Canal Record from cover to cover and is
ready to sign in for his BHS '67 reunion in 1987.
John stays busy in his garden and enjoys restoring
old radios and clocks.
Laura and Helen Gregg, daughters of Gene
and Marian Gregg of Mandeville, La.
In Mandeville, Gene Gregg reports Laura came
up from Panama for the holidays and he finally got
sane good cigars. Laura teaches at BHS. Clayton and
Lynn and their four are all fine in Zachary. Nancy
is still offshore with Shell. Bob and Gail in
Enterprise, AL, expect to transfer from Fort Rucker
to New England where Bob will go into an aerospace
medicine program for the Army. Helen is still with
LSU campus police in Baton Rouge and young Gee
lettered in high school football this year. Marian
and Laura hope to attend the Boquette Flower
Festival in March. The Greggs heard from Jim and
Karen Palumbo recently and were sorry to learn of
Jim's mother's (Frances) death on December 5.
Dona Helmerichs, Slidell, has returned after
five weeks in Germany with her daughter Susie and
husband, following Bob's death last August. Dona
extends thanks to everyone for their concern.
Shirley Hicks has packed up everything and
everybody and moved West-fran FSU to 1001 NW
Euclid, Lawton, OK 73507-where she has accepted a
position at Caneron University. She loves her first
full-time professional job as staff accompanist for
the choirs, opera workshops, vocal-pop ensemble and
individual students. She's also teaching two survey
courses. Lois cane home for the holidays from
Interlochen Arts Academy where she is a junior.
Upon graduation she plans to enroll at the
University of Michigan. Jeamine and the boys still
live in Manassas, VA. Susan no longer drives
18-wheelers. On September 24 she presented Shirley
with her fourth grandchild, Tina Marie Smith. Toamy
is off doing his own thing.
Janine Amn Nemn has moved from Metairie to
1022 St. Peter, #202, New Orleans 70116, and sent
along a charming picture of her sister, Nancy BHS
'78, who married a professional cyclist, Bill
Thiele (details under "Weddings"). Janine is
enjoying life in the French Quarter and looking
forward to Mardi Gras festivities. She invites her
friends to call her at (504) 524-3441.
Merlena Searle has all but left sunny Florida
for Colorado where she's helping to raise and love
a darling grandbaby who's now a year and a half old
Jeanne Stough, our faithful San Antonio
reporter, is earnestly searching for a copy of
Tracy Robinson's Fifty Years at Panama, 1861-1911.
It was originally published by the Star & Herald
Co., then by Trow Press. Give her a holler if you
Leland Broks, BHS '51, where are you? Bill
Underwood in Dalton, GA, wants to know. Last Bill
knew, you were in Germany. That was about eight
years ago. Leland's dad was a tugboat captain at
Balboa. Bill's big sister, Betty Jo, is in Chicago,
studying to be a paralegal. Bill is in the
wholesale nursery business and has promised to send
in sane addresses for his class reunion-soon?
Things are hopping for Fred Walnio as tax
season cranks up. He travels the area around
Lafayette working on taxes for oil and gas
Tried to catch up with the Warrens over the
holidays without success. Probably easier to bottle
sunshine. They enjoyed the time with son, Dave, and
grandson, Bradley. Dave is an Army civilian at the
New Orleans Army Out Port and a major in the Army
Reserve. Daughter Kathryn is employed as a techni-
cal research librarian in Xerox's Palo Alto Silicon
Valley. Her husband, Jim, is a printer in San
Francisco. The Warrens have now finalized plans for
a month's visit to Panan in February-see what I
mean about catching up with them?
We are grateful to Bernard Woods, Florida, for
sending along his valued copy of Abbot's Panama and
the Canal, found in Winmie's grandparents' home.
Bernard sends regards to Eduard Parker of New
Orleans who was one of his good friends from the
15th Naval District.
Robert Arnold, 85, of Columbus, wrote an
interesting letter and enclosed correspondence
from Wor. Edsel Waisbkey, secretary of the Libert
Lodge, A.F.&A.M., Gatun. Mr. Arnold served as past
master in 1960. Besides Masonic work, he has been
involved in AARP, NARFE, American Legion and is a
veteran of WWI. He went to the CZ in 1940 to do
electrical work on an 18-month contract that
lasted 27 years.
The Bosuells on Lake Serene in Hattiesburg
are expecting visitors from Milwaukee by March
and, when the temperature soars in the Deep South
this summer, they intend to take off for Calif-
ornia. John, meanwhile is building a 19-foot
Lightning Class sailboat and he and Catherine
continue to enjoy round dancing. They would like
to hear from other retirees who are round dancing.
Over in Union, the Chisolim are staying
active. Clairee writes that Doug's car racing won
Alabama State Champion, $100, a new engine and a
huge trophy. Brian came in fourth and the boys
must have 40 trophies between them. Clairee has
taken up quilting and gave all seven grandchildren
a quilt for Christmas. Now her three children want
quilts too. Clairee claims they didn't do "a lot
of gardening" last sunner, but did manage to put
up 124 quarts of tomatoes and tomato juice, 25
quarts of grape juice and pickles. Paul and Doug
have been deer hunting, so Clairee has been making
venison roasts and stews.
Lou, Angie and Alice Dossett of Hattiesburg
toured Texas over the Thanksgiving holiday, seeing
the Confederate Air Force in Harlingen, the Alamo
and braved the winter weather almost long enough
to see the celebrated Christmas lighting ceremony
on the San Antonio River. They visited with Paul
and Micki Kramer in Portland and had hoped to see
Ted and Hilda Tindall while in San Antonio, but
discovered the Tindalls had recently moved to Las
Vegas. Back in Hattiesburg Leavell and Elena Kelly
dropped by with Christmas gifts of delicious Costa
Rican coffee and a tin of Mexican jalapeno chiles.
Alice has started the second semester of her
sophomore year, studying biology.
Susie Ebdon, Route 3, Box 892, Pass Christian
39571, writes that following the death of her
mother, Mae C. Fahnestock, last October, she
inherited the family homestead. Susie's husband,
Willian, was reared in Gatun and Hugh Cassibry of
Ocean Springs is Susie's cousin. The Ebdons
haven't joined the Society yet, but hope to attend
some reunions soon.
Virginia Selby Entrekin, secretary of BHS
'52, is calling for addresses of former classmates
for a 35th get-together planned in 1987. Velmn
Medina Reilly is collecting addresses in Panama.
Their hard work is beginning to pay off. Next step
will be a decision on the activity to be planned,
probably a luncheon, but suggestions are welcomed.
Contact Virginia at Box 6, Whitfield, MS 39193.
Ouen and Gerda nSith, Osyka, welcomed Buck
and Barbara Krueger from Austin, Texas, for
Thanksgiving. Over Christmas the Smiths drove to
Florida to visit Gerda's mother and stepfather in
Bradenton, and Owen's daughter, Carol Leigh and
her family in Palm Harbor, FL. Along the way they
also visited with Mel and Gil Foster, Carolyn and
Bob Jonson, Consuello and Mel Menger, Bill and
Mildred Montgamery, Mary Jame and Cash Paulson,
and Ken and Ruth xhompson.
We did not have a white Christmas but by the
time this report is published no doubt we will
have awakened one morning to a winter wonderland.
Ruth Zelnick with her faithful guardian 'Tory"
traveled to Hartford, CT in October to be with her
two teenage grandchildren, Scott and muily while
their parents Jim and Carol Zelnick Goodwin were
away celebrating their 20th Wedding Anniversary.
The Goodwins enjoyed the Tour of Old Inns in
Nantucket, Mass. Over the Christmas and New Year
Holidays Ruth was with sons Paul and John. (Paul
and Jan and family in Little Rock, Ark.) (John and
Nancy and family in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Betty Bentz visited relatives in Minneapolis,
MN in October. She was with her son Alan and his
family in Stonington, CT for the Christmas
Mary (Sill) Peck and with husband Ted of
Princton, NJ visited Ruth Sill at Thanksgiving.
Ruth was the guest of Gene Sexton Clary on
Eugenia Sanders is enjoying the warmth of the
tropics for an extended vacation in Panama.
Betsy and Truman Hoecke, now of Homosassa
Springs, FL were the guests of Ruth Zelnick for a
short visit in December. Betsy had promised to
return for our annual sewing club Christmas party
and she didn't disappoint us.
Bill and Ruth Tillman's grandsons were home
from college for the holidays. Damy is a senior
at the U. of South Carolina in Columbia, SC and
Rusty attends the U. of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill. They are the sons of Shirley Tillman and Jim
Crafton. The Tilllmans are so fortunate to have
all of their family living in Hendersonville.
(Billy and Vicky with their children and Jiamy and
his wife Terry with their children.)
The Bill Duamitgs were in Tampa for the
Christmas holidays with Bill's mother Jo and his
sisters Vicky and Sandra. While there Betty had a
visit with her sister Carol and her husband Roger
Clara Jorstad enjoyed the Christmas holidays
with her daughter Judy and husband Fred Rose and
grandson John and his family in Huntsville,
Florence (Trudy) Kelley had the pleasure of a
visit of her son Tom of Annandale, VA during the
Maenner and Toi Huff were in Hastings on the
Hudson with their daughter Christine Huff Femewll
and her family for the holidays. Maenner remarked
that according to the weather report it was warmer
there than in Brevard, NC
Elizebeth Quintero drove to Silver Springs,
MD where she spent the Christmas and New Year
holidays with her daughters Beth and Paul Schidt
and daughter Ainxa, and Carol and Pat Maimni g and
son John. Enroute she had an overnight visit with
her nephew Tom and his wife Karen Irvin in
The Sam Irvins had the pleasure of their
three sons with them Thanksgiving. (Tom and Karen
froa VA, San Jr. and Jenny of Pisgah Forrest, NC
and John Robert who will soon be living in Panama
City, Florida. He will be associated with the
Marine Industries. During the Christmas holidays
John discovered for the first time the great fun
of snow skiing.
From the Hole family: On December 14th Canmen
Joudrey and aCarlie Hoe, Marion Howe, and the Don
Bomer's (Peamnt Hoe, their children Jolene,
Jacklyn, and baby Andrew were in Daytona Beach,
Florida where they enjoyed the Time Sharing Units
of the Llori (Kent) Gibson and family Jay, Lee and
Kris. While in Daytona they celebrated Christmas
with Bill Houe and his family, Sue, Chuckle,
Carolyn and stepson Billy. After the party
everyone went for a walk with the seagulls on
beautiful Daytona Beach. Some of the days were
spent visiting Disney World and Epcot Center.
Carmen and Charlie visited with Roger and Kay
Howe, Blanche and Charlie Rine and Beth and Wally
Trout. The Charlie Howes with Peanut and family
also visited in Orlando with Kerry (Kent) Young
and family Duayne, Michele, Reamne, and baby
Lillian Van Wagner had the misfortune of a
fall which resulted in a broken hip. She spent
Christmas in the hospital but I am happy to report
that she is recuperating very well.
Alice Roche, our regular reporter is
presently enjoying a voyage aboard the freighter
Joseph Lykes somehwere in South America. She
joined Hoiard and Emily Jobnson of Florida and
North Carolina in Houston, Texas where they
boarded the ship in Decenber.
I received many greeting with news, for which
I thank all.
Carolyn (Rowley) and Richard Dillon, Panama -
enclosed an article on the Flood that occurred on
the Atlantic side of the Isthmus. It was caused by
a tropical depression and dumped a tremendous
amount of rain on the Gold Coast for four days.
The drainage slough that runs parallel to the road
from Margarita to Mindi was plugged, preventing
normal run-off. Before the Treaty, this slough was
dredged to prevent plugging, and the jungle was
cut back and kept under control. Since this was
not done, the road flooded and eventually was un-
der five to six feet of water. The work force who
worked in Cristobal but who lived in Gatun, were
taken to work by launch. This service was for of-
ficial duty only. The Spillway opened all fourteen
gates to disperse the extra water. Do you know
where Ft. Black Christ or Ft. Espinar is? Well,
that was Ft. Gulick before renamed by Panama.
Here's another one Altos de Jesus? From the
Devil to Jesus Heights, you guessed it Diablo.
The new tug built in Minneapolis-St. Paul,
named "Paz", was due for delivery in December.
While being moved down river to LaCrosse, she,
well, she froze! She is stuck tight, so the new
date for delivery is sometime after the spring
The Dillon boys are both in college. John is
studying Art at Florida State University in Talla-
hassee, while Bob is into aerospace engineering at
Georgia Istitute of Technology. The boys spent
Thanksgiving with their grandmother, Elizabeth
Rowley in Alabama; then spent Christmas on the
Isthmus with their parents.
Dee and Starford Churchill, Jr., Calif. Their
daughter was married last year. Mrs. Dorothea
Churchill, Sr. is now living with them.
Anna and Joe Collins, Fla. Joe had back sur-
gury five days before Christmas. I hope he has re-
covered and feeling much better.
Bill and Marie Park, Fla. Were happy to see
old friends here in the Northwest at the Reunion,
and how much they enjoyed their visit here.
Tan Bender, Jr., Minnesota Got an early start
of winter in November with -200F. Well, November
was bad all over, but it has been very pleasant
Dorothy (Godfrey) and Dr. Ira Brandt, Indiana
- their second daughter, Laura and her husband,
Martyn Murray of Cambridge, England are in Seren-
geti National Park in Tanganyika. Here they will
be for 31 years studying several kinds of large
mammals. Elizabeth, their eldest, is expecting her
third child. Bill is still a bachelor living in
Phoenix, Ariz. while Rena, their youngest, is in
management training for JCPenney Co., and is en-
gaged to be married in August. Dorothy has been
serving on the Executive Board of the Embroiderers
Guild of America, and enjoying the people and the
John Towery, Sr., Calif. survived a fire in
his home, which started in the heat pump. He was
able to escape before being injured, and the fire
was halted before more damage was done.
Claude and Mary Thomson, Wash. Mary had join-
ed her twin sister in Florida for a visit and
birthday celebration. She also visited her mother,
then flew to Alaska to visit her son and his fam-
Roland and Isabelle Stemmer, Wash. They have
been traveling to Japan, China and Hong Kong. They
walked on the Great Wall of China, and saw all the
important sights, learned to eat with chop sticks,
yet with all their travel, they both came to the
same conclusion the good ole USA is the best.
Mark and Lucille Willoughby, Oregon Celebrat-
ed their 50th wedding anniversary, and received
greetings from President Reagan and Mrs. Reagan.
Last March they attended the Salute to the Reagans
to which, Lucille commented, "What a bash!"
Lucille (Journey) Davis is now residing in
Titusville, Fla. She broke her foot while moving
from Jacksonville, and the cast came off in Dec-
ember. Bonnie (Davis) and Ed Dolan and family were
also transferred to Titusville. Lucille had a
packed house over the holidays, yet I'm sure she
Sharon and Bill Pybas, Wash. They had visi-
tors in the summer who were Margaret (Will) and
Frank Ender. I'm sure they had a grand time catch-
ing up on the Zone news, and seeing each other
again. The grandparents, Lucille and Ray Bush live
nearby, and visit the grandchildren when they can.
Dorcas and George Cooper, Wash. very happy
living in Chelan, and would like to live there
permanently. They hope to attend the NW Picnic Re-
union this year in Wenatchee. Their sons, Richard
and David, with their families visited their par-
ents in July. The Coopers plan to spend Christmas
with Richard in Kennewick.
Alberta and Curtis George, Ala. celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary last February 15.
All of theur four children and their families
joined them for the festivities.
Dorothy (Knox) Thornton, New Mex. had a gall
bladder operation and seems to take forever to re-
gain one's strength. Now she is feeling better
than she has for years, and even into exercises.
She has quit smoking, as I have, and neither of us
care to fall intothat trap again, so have taken up
chewing gun. It helps.
Art and Helen Sutton, Illinois both are well,
Helen recuperating very nicely. Art talked to the
Johnsons (Ohio), and they are all well too.
Margaret Stanley, Ala.- Is doing fine, escaped
the hurricanes that swirled around that part of
the country earlier last year. She said she sees
the Georges, and all are fine.
Margaret and John Klasovsky, Fla. 1984 was a
bad year for John who had surgury for an abdom-
inal aneurysm in November, then a small stroke and
surgeries on carotid arteries in December and Jan-
uary, 1985. In July he was well enough to share
the driving to Ohio with Margaret. His 1-year
check-up was good and he has only a slight weak-
ness in his right arm. Margaret is fine, and busy
with her plants.
Dora and David Mcllhenny, Ariz. Each have
lost a younger brother, and to you both I extend
my sincere sympathy. Dora and David plan to head
East in the Fall, and hope to visit son, Dudley
and family. If they get to New York, they will fly
to England to visit Dora's relatives.
Jane (Dickson) and Danny Cox, Ariz. have
hathered together 40 ex-Zoners living in the area.
They gathered for dinner at a hotel in Tucson. (It
is a start and I'm glad it's taking hold). My sis-
ter, Peggy went and she enjoyed herself, even tho'
she didn't recognize anyone.
Paul and Olga Disharoon, Fla. Olga went to
Panama in September for 3 weeks, and was surprised
at all the changes. She played but didn't win the
lottery, had fun shopping for nice things that are
still available. She walked down Central Avenue
and didn't meet anyone she knew. Even the people
are different, many from Salvador, Nicaragua, Cuba
Gladys and Harry Hatch, Ala. Both are happy
in their new home and the warmer climate. The hu-
midity is still uncomfortable, but the snow and
the cold of New York is less desirable. In Oct-
ober they were in Washington, D.C.; November in
New York; Florida to EPCOT. They are looking for-
ward to their first grandchild in June.
Max and Earl Wrenn, Ark. A great time with
Marje and Bill Scarborough at a Black Angus cattle
auction last February. In the Spring, Earl was in
and out of the hospital with a slipped disc. This
continued until October. In September, Keith's
third child, (second son) was born. The happy
grandparents went to meet him. Sunmer visitors
were Ethel and Bill Staats, Wally Waddell, their
granddaughter, Tammy and George Roth, the Scar-
borough's and the Van Horns. They stopped to visit
Lottie Tinnin in Louisiana on their way home from
spending Thanksgiving with Chris and his family.
Marilyn and Tan Marsh, Oregon Their daughter,
Bille Ruth finished her Master's degree. Marilyn
mentioned that Coral Chapter #23, OES, will be
closing soon, due to lack of members. They flew to
Minnesota to visit Marilyn's mother, Mrs. Metzgar,
who is frail at 93, yet is well. On their return
to Oregon, they received a request for help from
their daughter, Edythe, who was to have major sur-
gery and needed someone to take care of her daugh-
Floyd and Beverly Baker, Wash. Had their an-
nual Christmas party, though the snow storm of the
past two weeks threatened to postpone the affair.
They had a very enjoyable time with those who came
and they were: Paul and Beth Baker; Lee and Cathy
Snider, with Jim, Tan, and Evelyn; Cecil and Donna
Caudill; Phil and Welcia Wilkins and Leslie; Don
and Sandy Seymour; Ted and Billie Paine; John and
Michelle Bundy; Bill and Marty Iohr; Mellie and Ed
Kennedy; Mary Ellen and Roy Knoop; Mike Bjorneby
and friend, Pattie; Cheryl (Olson) Drake.
Don and Maycel MacLean, Wash. The MacLeans
have been visiting their daughter in Panama since
November 1, and should be returning soon. (I do
not have any news re: the NW Picnic Reunion taking
place in Wenatchee, most likely in August. mbw).
Betty Snow, Fla. Betty was traveling in '85
to Egypt and Greece; to Washington, D.C. to visit
Col. James and Stephanie Walker. While there, Jim-
my McIlvaine and Walter Woo dropped by to visit.
They had a wonderful visit one night over sancocho
with Kathie and Pio Shultz. After the Florida Re-
union, off to Puerto Rico for a friend's wedding.
While there, she saw Trevor Simons and Dan Meyers
who had come to the wedding from Panama. Also ran
into young Bill Acheson. Thanksgiving weekend went
on tour to Santo Domingo, Rep. de Dominica. Those
on tour were Angelica and Bebi Wong and Sonny Miz-
Marcy and Ed Napoleon, Fla. Ed has a job
change no longer with the Cleveland Indians, now
with the Kansas City Royals, managing the "A"
classification Rookie Club. Marcy is thrilled be-
cause their home base is Eugene, Oregon. A good
two hour drive south of Vancouver, WA. She and
Steven are looking forward to hiking, camping, and
spoiling her neice and nephews. Ed, their eldest
son is attending the University of Florida at
Gainesville. He is majoring in anthropology and is
a sophomore. His younger brother, Steven, is also
a sophomore, but in high school. He has a Learner
Permit to drive, awaiting the day he can take the
car out alone!
Harriet (Hewitt) and Steve Dokken, Nebraska -
Harriet, or "Pinky" has been enjoying her three
children, her home, garden, husband and fun jaunts
in the area. Steve is still in the Reserves and
has to report once a year. His last tour was help-
ing to conduct a survey of the dental health of
the reserve units at Ft. Campbell, Ky., Denver,
and on to San Francisco where "Pinky" joined him
to celebrate their 20th anniversary.
So many young people are getting their drivers
learning permits these days, and I think "Pinky"
has the procedure down very well. So I shall re-
peat here; "I haven't been out driving with Kip
yet the roads are currently icy, and I found
when Cinnamon was learning to drive, that I do not
do well in the passenger seat with a teenager who
has that "cool" look at the wheel."
Doris and Neilson Etchberger, Ala. Between
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Virginia, the Etch-
bergers have covered a lot of territory visiting
their son and friends and relatives. Doris's bro-
ther, Harry Chan will be retiring this year and
where they will settle remains to be seen. Beverly
Williams will continue to work and be near her
Jane Sinpson, Calif. Jane has made a perma-
nent move from Morgans Gardens in Panama to San
A.J. Metzgar, Hawaii A.J. is doing very well
with his art, and is now in the process of buying
a home on one of the islands. He saw Wally Brians
recently, and all is well in Hawaii.
That's the news from the Northwest through the
Christmas cards I received this year.
Martha B. Wood
AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA
The 24 members and guests of the Panama Canal
Society of South Carolina, Aiken, who gathered at
the Midland Valley Country Club on December 7th
for their annual Christmas Dinner were greeted by
a warm, crackling fire, a beautifully decorated
Christmas tree, and gaily decorated tables. During
the social hour, name tags helped identify the
guests-Josey Tilley, Carolyn rucker (Holmes), and
Charles Morris who arrived with Olga Holmes-
Sandra Davis (Shore) who came with her mother,
Lorna Shore-and Diana Co (Hutchison) who was
visiting her parents, Peggy and Don Hutchison.
Also enjoying the delicious buffet were Evelyn and
Houard Hilborn, Grace and B.J. Hartley, Beatrice
Lee, Kay and Jerry Pierce, Anna and "Doc" Harley,
Trudi and Lee Clontz, Dorothy and John Everson,
Dorothy and Harry Willenbrock.
As coffee and dessert were served, John
Everson announced the slate of officers for
1986-87; President-Olga Holmes, Vice Presi-
dent-Evelyn Hilborn, Secretary/Treasurer--Kay
Pierce. After the vote was taken and the above
officers installed, Lorna Shore was recognized for
her years of faithful service as Secre-
tary/Treasurer, and Olga Holmes relayed greetings
to all from Sis and Bill York who were unable to
attend. Gifts were exchanged, and the evening
closed with more socializing by the fireplace-
against a background of taped Lucho music.
John Everson reports that their 13-day trip
last fall to Canada was just too short. Enroute to
Nova Scotia and New Brunswick they enjoyed a night
tour of Washington, D.C.-DuPont's Longview
Gardens in Delaware-and the Vanderbilt home in
Newport. Returning they stopped at a marble
factory in Vermont, and also while in Vermont
everyone had an opportunity to buy maple syrup at
the source. Over the Labor Day weekend, Dorothy
and John enjoyed a visit from their son and
granddaughter Kirsten. Dorothy's nephew, John
Watso, and family of Sarasota also stopped in
Aiken, and Mary Ann Watson, who has a scholarship
at Furman, went to the college for an interview.
In October Bob and Iris Waggoner, accompanied
by Mabel Phillips, traveled to Las Vegas to see
their daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Harry
Dockery and three grandchildren. Harry will
retire from the Air Force in August, and plans to
move to the Melbourne, Florida, area. In January
the Waggoners headed to Florida to visit their son
who is an assistant golf-pro at the Coco Beach
Golf Club and while there called on Mike and
Dorothy La Croix at Merritt Island. Inroute back
to Aiken Bob and Iris hoped to see the launch of
the "Colunbia" at the Kennedy Space Center-but
that launch was "scrubbed."
Peggy and Don Hutchison drove to Jackson-
ville, Florida, for a few days stay with Reba and
Rodney Higginbothan, and upon returning reported
that Rodney had raised a bumper crop of CHAYOTE! .
. and brought proof back with them. Their
daughter Diane Cos (Hutchison) flew to Mallorca
over the holidays to spend time with her husband
Jerry who is now assigned to the USS Caron. Her
son Wally is stationed in Virginia, and has been
able to brush up on his Spanish on trips to Panama
and South America.
While many of our members. celebrated the
holidays at home, others did travel to spent time
with family. Ethel and J.D. Tate headed for
Brownsville, Texas to be with their daughter and
son-in-law, Louise and Irl Schlegel Verna
and Andy Kapinos spent their Christmas in Maryland
with their daughter Linda's family, their newest
granddaughter, Michele, being the special attrac-
tion Dorothy and Harry Willenbrock made the
trip to St. Petersburg, Florida in mid-December to
spend several weeks with their daughter, Susan .
. and Mrs. Willard E. Percy (Russell) traveled to
Cordele, GA, to visit her daughter, Gay Pridgen
(Edards) and family. At a Christmas Eve party,
the Pridgens announced the engagement of their
daughter Leslie Ann to Mr. Dean Jobnson. Both are
teachers in Carrollton, GA and they plan a spring
On December 19th Kay Pierce (Franglni)
welcomed her oldest daughter, Kathy, and
son-in-law John Hancock as they stepped off the
plane frao Texas with daughters Sarah, Melissa,
and Stephanie. When Jerry Pierce came in from the
Savannah River Plant, he saw his twin grand-
daughters Melissa and Stephanie for the first time
since their birth in August, and Great Grandma
Alice Pierce was delighted at the opportunity to
enjoy three of her six great grandchildren for a
full week. Ed and Flona Gray (Pierce) also drove
in fran Arlington, Texas, in time to help decorate
the tree and string the outdoor lights. On
December 26th they celebrated the arrival of Kay's
parents, Tony and Nacd Frangiani, who came from
their new home in Fort Walton, Florida, to see the
newest Hancock babies and their big sister Sarah
before they returned to Lake Jackson, Texas. Tony
and Naoni saw the New Year in with the Pierces
before heading back to sunny Florida.
Evelyn and kHoard Hilborn entertained
neighbors and friends at an open house the
afternoon of December 14th at their beautifully
decorated home on Cardinal Drive, and on Christmas
day Peggy and Don utHchison and Trudi and Lee
Clontz joined Evelyn and Howard at their home for
a delicious Christmas dinner.
Among the others who stayed in Aiken were
Lorna Share, who was kept busy by her daughters,
as Bob and Sandy Davis and their very active
3-year old Adam arrived to spend time with her in
December, and later Charlene and Diane came to see
the New Year in with their mother Bob and
Billy Roue who were delighted to have their son
Bobby, daughter-in-law Doama and granddaughters
Stacy and Kelly join then for Thanksgiving .
and Eletheer and Jim Catron's New Year's Eve was
enlivened by the arrival of their daughter Pemy
Lottezhos and grandchildren Ed and Karen from
Fall in Houston started out with a Halloween
party at the home of Jerry and Cathy (Carlisle)
Weigle. It is an annual event for them and this
year was better than ever. You would have thought
you were back in Panaa--with all the vampire bats
hanging from the walls and ceiling. The assortment
of ghosts and ghouls included: Debbie Sanders and
Sue (Hirons) Lane, who cane together leaving the
men at home; Steve and Camel Bosuell; Mike Scott
and his girlfriend, Mitsi; Billy Kern and his wife;
Drake and Colette (Foster) Carlisle; John and
Maryann Carlisle; Rod Snyder (also known as
"Yoda"), and Richard and Sherry (Defrees) Tod-
unter, who had just moved to Baytown from Norfolk,
VA. Richard is no longer in the Navy and is
adjusting to civilian life with Sherry and their
Russell Gillespie regularly checks in with the
Houston group whenever he is docked in Baytown. He
has been up to Massachusetts to see his family and
came back with the news that his sister, Liz, is
now shipping out with Exxon as third mate and is
also engaged to be married. Russell is going
through the shock of accepting that his sister is
already to this stage in her life.
Mike Morris has gotten back in touch with
Scott and Julie Basso, who are both now in Houston.
Scott is married and has one beautiful daughter,
Stephanie. Mike spent Thanksgiving with the Basso
clan and enjoyed himself so much, that he went back
a few weeks later for a Christmas party before he
headed over to Clearwater, Florida for the
Jack and Marge Ruoff had a very special
Christmas season this year. They started it off by
attending the Kerrville Canal Zone Christmas party.
Of course they saw "tons" of Zonians, including
Donna (Graham) Elliott with her husband and new
baby. After that, they headed for Portland, Oregon
to spend Christmas with daughter, Gina (Ruoff) and
Duane Smeltzer and granddaughter, Lee Marie. They
managed to miss the fog that so troubled the
Northwest this year; in fact, Marge said the
weather was perfect. They spent Christmas Eve at a
lodge on Mt. Hood and were surprised to see Santa
caning down the mountain, complete with reindeer
and sleigh. What a sight that must have been for
someone from the tropics. While they were in
Oregon, they were fortunate to see Lori (Hetrick)
and Ed Bering, who have four beautiful children.
The rest of the Hetrick family were there sharing
Christmas with Lori and Ed.
Shirley and Jerry Boswell came over from
Holiday, Florida to visit Mike, Tonya (Adams), and
Brian Boswell; and Steve, Camel, and Stevie
Bosuell. Their daughter, Debbie Sanders and hus-
band, Phil, and daughters, Marla and Shelley, had
headed toward Florida to spend Christmas with
Phil's family. Marge (Harrington) and Pete Foster
also made the trek from Florida to see their
Houston family-Monty, June (Foster), and John
Trim; and Drake, Colette and Wade Carlisle. Tonya
Boswell had a special treat when her sister, Lisa
(Adams) Parks, from Olympia, Washington, and her
parents, John and Rose Adais from Panama all came
in for the holidays to see Tonya and Mike and get
to know their nephew/grandson for the first time.
While we were suffering colder temperatures,
Cathy, Jerry and Lisa Weigle were basking in the
sun of Coronado with her mon, Lou Carlisle and Jim
Todd. Cathy and Jerry were good enough to bring
John and Mary Ann Carlisle and Drake and Colette
Carlisle sane corbina, lobster and ceviche. How
good it was!!!!
For anyone ever needing legal services in the
Houston/Kingwood area, we now have two former
Zonians practicing in Kingwood--Ray McQuary, a
former Canal Zone judge, and Jolm Carlisle.
Apparently they have come up against each other
from time to time, but neither cemented as to the
Colette (Foster) Carlisle
The sixth Annual Hill Country Christmas
Dinner, held Decenber 7, 1985, in the Medallion
Roan, Inn of the Hills, Kerrville, was a huge
success--the biggest and best yet!!! One hundred
and forty reservations were made.
Honey Fealey was the prime organizer and
executrix, assisted by her committee: Iris
Hogan, Kathi Lessiack, Verla Crier, Marion
Wells, Gigi Fleckenstein, Helen Smith, Nealie
Van Siclen and Bea IRyne.
Honey was not able to be here to see the
fruit of her labors completed. She was busy in
Oak Harbor, Washington helping her son and
daughter-in-law, Guy and Mary, and grandson, Guy
Ethan, prepare for the homecoming of her newest
granddaughter, Jadie Laurayn.
Each of the 14 tables was decorated with a
Christmas Tree Centerpiece handmade by members
of the canmittee. The lapel ornaments given with
the name tags were also handmade by Honey and
Ed and Juanita Webster.
Les Johnstan, a mere shadow of his former
self, (see following story) was an excellent
Master of Ceremonies. He was assisted by his
wife, Muriel, with the door prizes and lottery
Marion Wells was "La Billetera" in charge
of the ever-popular "Loteria Nacional de Kerr-
ville" board. Verla Crier was in charge of the
candy-jar guessing game.
John Hayes, Chita Hanna and Jack Ruoff.
The handmade door and lottery prizes were
donated by: Sue Grahma, "Sumnitt Gardens"
painting; won by Jean Schneider. Les Johnston,
Canal Zone Rock clock; won by Gigi Fleckenstein.
Del and Bob Dunn, Montuno Santa Claus Batea; won
by Gerry LePage. Honey Fealey, Mola Picture
Frame, won by Bill Caskey, and Needlepoint
Candle Centerpieces, won by Patty Givonetti.
Kathi Lessiack, Needlepoint Angel; won by Rodney
Elliot. Anna Lee Yotag, Beaded Christmas Tree;
won by Donna Elliot.
Jasper "Jap" and Mary Long.
A good many guests from other cities
attended. To mention a few: Bob and Hazel
Blades, Dallas; Herb and Nina Carlson, Victoria;
Roy and Mary Carpenter, Pipe Creek; Bill and Jan
Caskey, San Antonio; Ed and Ellen Coyle, Austin;
Jack and Marylee Davison, Fredericksburg; Jenni-
fer Davison, San Antonio; Paula Davison,
Pflugerville; Rodney and Donna Elliot, Dallas;
Mary Lou Farley, San Antonio; Bucky and Jackie
Gilbert, San Antonio; Patty Givonetti, Austin;
Lennie and Lorie Phelyaw, San Antonio; John
Hayes, San Antonio; Florabelle Helmericks,
Houston; Tony and Louise Jonson, Ulvade;
Margaret King, Brownsville; Jim and Alice King,
San Antonio; Pat and Carol Kocker, Weslaco; Bill
and Aurora LeBrun and daughter, Winberley; Gerry
and Dona LePage, Manchaca; Jasper "Jap" and Mary
Long, Mercedes; '"ed' and Virginia MacDonell,
Wimberley; Barrel and Paula Martin, San Antonio;
Norma Mynercik, San Antonio; Henry and Eugenia
Lee, Austin; Bob and Gladys Gurner, Dallas; Bob
and Eloise Orr, Luling, Marry Orr, Sarasota, FL;
George and Fina Patton, Boerne; Jack and Marge
Ruoff, Kingwood; Betty Morrison Rathgeber,
Houston; Albert Ruoff, Austin; Ed and Betty
Sehik, San Antonio; John and Wanda Sims, San
Antonio; Charles and Jeanne Stough, Boerne; Pat
and Howard Urick, San Antonio; Elizabeth Sudron,
San Antonio; Ed and Eileen Wilson, San Antonio;
Ray and Gene Wilson, San Antonio; Ted and Anna
Lee Young, San Antonio; Mary Worley and Bill
Hathaway, Bandera; and Don Spencer, Port Mans-
field. Kathy, John and Cody Keenan had to cancel
their reservations due to the serious illness
and subsequent death of Kathy's mother, Dorothy
Orr. (See Obits).
Jean Schneider, San Antonio, with
prize, "Summit Gardens" painted by
"will keep it off this time."
Muriel has finished "running back and
forth" on IH-10 between her home and the UT San
Antonio. She has earned a Master's Degree in
Guidance and Counseling and is now teaching part
time at Schreiner College.
Bill and Aurora LeBrun and daughter.
Jan Johnson, with her daughter, Beverly,
left husband Wallace in Gatun for several months
while she attended Southwest Texas University.
She received a Bachelor's Degree in Education
and is now teaching eighth grade English on the
Atlantic side of the Isthmus. (Jan made the
Dean's List as a Cum Laude Graduate and Beverly
received straight A's during their stay in
Gerry Johnston of Phoenix, Arizona, left
the teaching profession to join Scott Foresman
Publishing Company. Garry is that company's
Arizona representative. His wife, Connie, is
teaching third grade. Both parents are nuturing
a new baby girl--Geniel.
This has been a banner year for Muriel and
Les Johnston and their families, particularly in
the field of education. Les entered a weight
reduction program at the Kerrville Veterans'
Administration Hospital; this pilot program is
being adopted throughout the United States in
other V.A. hospitals. It consists of unlearning
bad eating habits and learning good ones-
essentially a retraining program. Through it,
Les has lost 110 pounds and he is sure that he
Ellen and Ed Coyle, Austin, Texas.
Lionel and Gladys Johnston have moved fran
Studio City, California to Dallas. Lionel
continues to pursue a career as an actor and
Dallas is the entertainment city of the "third
coast." Gladys is teaching second grade in
Dallas; Lionel is teaching an enrichment program
through the public school system-in acting, of
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 A.M.
Registration: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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: 8:30 AM 9:30 AM, 2:00 PM 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
Vendors: 12:00 Noon to 8:00 PM.
Canal Record Area Reporters Luncheon: 12:00 Noon 2:00 PM
JULY 5, 1986 SATURDAY
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM (Atrium Lounge).
Registration: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM, 3:00 4:30 AM, (7:00 9:00 PM, Curtis Hixon)
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 11:00 AM.
Check-Out: 12:00 Noon.
(Special Drink prices at the Hyatt Regency Tampa during the duration of the Reunion will be $1.25 per drink for all house
brands, beer and wine. Premium/Call brand drinks will be $2.00 each. This special price will be available at all Hyatt outlets,
including restaurants, lounges and portable cash bars. Drink tickets will be valid for the duration of the Reunion. UNUSED
DRINK TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
1986 REUNION REGISTRATION
Chairperson Dorothy Herrington
1. Pre-registration, Banquet/Luncheon, Annual Ball, and Chagres Invitational Golf Reservation Forms will be published
in this issue of the Canal Record.
2. Registration tables will be set up Thursday through Sunday in the Hyatt's Tampa Bay Galleria "B".
3. Registration will be set up for members and guests according to their residence by State and Foreign Country.
4. Registration hours shown are printed in the above Schedule of Events.
5. When you register, you will be issued your name tag and your PRE-PAID Society Banquet/Luncheon and Annual
6. TICKETS will be filed UNDER THE NAME and State/Country of residence of the member who orders the tickets.
7. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT ENTRANCE TO THE BANQUET/LUNCHEON OR TO THE ANNUAL
8. Tickets not picked up prior to the Luncheon or Ball will be held at the entrance to the function. NO TICKETS WILL
9. GOLF Tournament tickets and Non-Society Sponsored (Class Reunions, etc.) function 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 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
4. Hotel Reservation Forms should be mailed directly to the appropriate hotel.
5. Deadline (Cut-off) date for receipt of reservations is June 12, 1986.
6. Total payment must accompany the ticket purchase reservations forms. One check/money order may cover all (including
dues) made payable to: Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
7. Reservations and payment of the Golf Tournament and Non-Society functions (Class Reunions, teas, etc.) should be
made directly with the Chairpersons of that function.
8. Mail Pre-Registration and reservation forms, including payment to: The Coordinator 1986 Reunion, Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc., P.O. Box 3738, Holiday, Florida 33590.
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 Tampa 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 date.
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 Tampa Hilton and the Ashley Plaza provide free parking.
10. Both the Tampa Hilton and the Ashley Plaza provides free Limo service to and from the Tampa Airport.
11. Major credit cards may be used for payment 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 Central 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 is 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.
Chairperson 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 Curtis Hixon Center, the Society will have two shuttle 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 is free.
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; Avis Car Rental 60% discount, and 32% off airfare from Panama.
6. Discount round-trip fares from Panama to the Reunion have been arranged through the Gordon Dalton Travel Agency,
Ed Armbruster has been named Chairman for Panama travel by the Reunion Coordinator, (Tel.: 52-2503). Further
details are published in this issue of the Canal Record.
CALL NOW 37% OFF*
AND SAVE! \.-\, Normal Coach Fares
*Full day coach fares for individuals traveling
roundtrip on Eastern from many cities
within the continental United States.
With the availability of so many low
airfares, subjectto certain restrictions,
you may be able to save more than 37%.
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.
And when you call Eastern, you can be sure of getting prompt, courteous
and up-to-date information. RiNI N
800-468-7022 ReferTo Easy Access Number:
(In Florida 800-282-0244) EZ7P17 EA STERN
NEED TRANSPORTATION WHILE AT THE REUNION?
Drive to your Golf Tournament or out to Dinner!!
By special arrangement...
Avis invites you
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) Number A/W 021703
Available One Week Before to
One Week After the Convention
F-6253 'One-way charges may apply. Refueling and taxes extra.
Call 1-800-331-1600 and
reserve your car right now.
Unlimited Mileage Included in All Rates
24-Hour Emergency Road Service
Clean, Travel-ready GM cars
Avis Honors Most Major Credit Cards*
Convenient Airport and In-town Locations
'Customer must meet standard Avis rental qualifications Including proof of finan-
cial responsibility. This card does not serve as credit identification.
TRYING HARDER MAKES
AVIS SECOND TO NONE.
@1983 Avis Rent A CarSystem, Inc. and Avis* 2/83 Printed in U.S.A.
Compare your 1986 Reunion Discount Rates with
the present 1985 rates, below;
TO RESERVE YOUR AVIS CAR
When you reserve your car, please give your AWD number
(shown below) to get your special savings. And present this
card when you rent your car.
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
AWD number (IMPRINT)
I TRYIG HARDM MAKES I
I AVIS SECOND TON WOE I
1984 Avis Rent A Car System, Inc., AVI
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 Coordinator,
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 at the '86 Reunion, 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 come 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 Society's emblem, therefore, use of the Socie-
ty'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 ft x 6 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. Store rooms are not available at the
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.
13. Vendor permits will be issued ONLY to members in good standing, who have paid their 1986 dues.
1986 REUNION ACTIVITIES
THURSDAY, JULY 3, 1986
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON
Co-Chairpersons Fred & Jane Huldtquist
The Seventh Annual Golf Tournament will be held at Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd., Seminole, Fla.
The entrance fee has been increased to $30.00/player which includes Greens Fee, Shared Cart Fee, Morning Refreshments,
Prizes and Luncheon. Investigation of courses closer to Tampa found them more expensive. It will be a shotgun start at
9:00 AM; players to be at the Club no later than 8:30 AM for registration, morning coffee and refreshments. Non-playing
Luncheon Guest fee is $7.50/person, to arrive at dub no later than 1:30 PM. They are welcome to come earlier if they desire.
Scoring will be the Official Calloway System. Because some players do not have an established handicap, this is the
only fair method.
Prizes will be awarded after Luncheon for Low Gross, Low Net, Closest-to-the-pin, and other spot prizes for Men's
and Women's Divisions. More women are encouraged to participate. Golf reservations limited to 132 players and 36 guests,
the Club's maximum capacity. Reservations accepted through June 20. No refunds or cancellations after that date. Make
Please list your foursome and include full payment with registration form. If you have no foursome, list anyone you
like to play with and the committee will try to honor request, otherwise you will be paired with others the committee feels
compatible. You will be required to furnish your own transportation to the club. Rental cars at special rates are available
thru Avis Rent A Car System. (See ad).
If you require receipt of entry fee, please send self-addressed, stamped envelope with your Golf Registration form and
check, otherwise you can consider yourself as playing. All pairings will be posted in the Hotel the evening of July 2 near
Submit registration form and check payable to R.F. Huldtquist, and mail to R.F. Huldtquist, 8447 140th Street N.,
Seminole, FL 33542. (Tel. 1-813-397-5846.)
DIRECTIONS TO LAKE SEMINOLE COUNTRY CLUB FROM HOTEL
Take 1-275 South over Howard Frankland Bridge towards St. Petersburg to Exit 15. Turn right and continue straight
on 74th Avenue (Park Blvd.) until you reach Park Street, a large busy intersection, where there is a tall condominium com-
plex on your left. Turn left for AY block on Park St. then turn right on August Blvd. and follow to clubhouse. Reverse direc-
tions to return. In early AM, allow 45-60 minutes travel time.
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
I -------------------------- ----------------
SMake check/money order
' payable to R.E GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM
I HULDTQUIST July 3, 1986
I Mail to: Name (print)
S R.F. HULITIQUIST
S 8447-14th St. N. Address
S Seminole, FL 33542 Ste
S Tel. 813/397-5846 Cty State Zip
I Golf & Luncheon Persons @ $30.00
I Guest Luncheon Only Persons @ $7.50
Total Enclosed -- -__
Please List Names Of Foursome & Handicap On Back.
(All Guest names should be listed on Back) (over)
FRIDAY, JULY 4, 1986 10:00 A.M.
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 Meeting.
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.
YOU MUST BE A MEMBER AND YOU MUST ATTEND THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING TO RECEIVE
YOUR GIFT LOTTERY TICKET
GIFT PRIZES WILL ONLY BE AWARDED TO THOSE MEMBERS PRESENT AT THE TIME OF THE GIFT
FRIDAY, JULY 4, 1986
SECOND ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE
Open Seating/No Charge
Chairman Bill Wheeler
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 remain 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
Guest Speaker Robert L. Dill, Roosevelt Medal Holder
TIME: Doors open at 11:30 AM. The Luncheon will begin at 12:00 Noon.
PLACE: HYatt Regency Ballroom.
TICKETS: Maximum tickets per member is ten (10). Price per ticket will be $12.00. The 1985 Reunion Lun-
cheon price per Imember was $10.00 per person, but each meal cost the Society $13.35. The Society
cannot afford to subsidize $3.35 per meal again this year.
SEATING: Will be assigned at round tables seating 10 persons each. Seating is limited to 1,000.
MENU: Giant Spud topped with Beef Tips sauteed with Mushrooms in a sour cream sauce; Julienne of
Gerkins and Smoked Ham, Broccoli Flowerettes and Water Chestnuts. Carrot Cake dessert with
Coffee or Tea.
DEADLINE: Cut-off for sale of tickets is June 12, 1986 or the first 1,000 reservations, which ever is first.
REFUNDS: Cancellation requests must be received by June 30, 1986 for your money refund.
NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE LUNCHEON
SATURDAY, JULY 5, 1986 8:00 PM
ANNUAL SOCIETY BALL
Chairman Bill Wheeler
Curtis Hixon Convention Center, 600 Ashley Drive, Tampa, Florida.
8:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Priced at $8.00 when ordered in advance through the ticket order 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 HIXON CONVENTION CENTER.
Tickets will be limited to six (6) per membership member (member, spouse/companion and four
(4) guests. They will be assigned on a first come-first served basis. Only 3,000 tickets will be sold.
No table assignments will be made. Only tables reserved will be for the Reunion Committee and
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. BYOB 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 Premium 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 re-
union 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 ticket orders will be the first 3,000 tickets sold, or on June 12, 1986, whichever
is first. Any rickets remaining after June 12 will be placed on sale at the Hospitality 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 refunded
on the sale of Ball tickets.
NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE BALL!!
The Music-Makers: Lucho, the ri;comparable; Charlie Cooper and his Latin "Copra" Band
and Roger Burns, who blended-in so well.
By providing us with the informa-
tion on the Pre-registration form,
you will allow us to prepare our reg-
istration lists and your name tag(s)
in advance, thus saving you time
upon registration. If you wish you
may include nickname or maiden
name for your name tag. Please
write out first and last name DO
NOT USE INITIALS (i.e. Mr. and
Mrs. J.B. Doe).
Important: At registration time all
the tickets for all persons listed on
the Pre-Registration form will be fil-
ed under the member's name and
State of residence of the member
Name Tags will be filed under the
State/Country of residence listed
next to their name on this form.
TICKET ORDER FOR MORE
THAN THE MEMBER'S LIMIT
OF 6 Ball or 10 Luncheon will NOT
BE ACCEPTED and will be return-
ed to the sender.
DEADLINE for ticket orders is
JUNE 12, 1986
Late comers may pick up their
tickets at the entrance to the
Luncheon or Ball.
If you want to sit with/near someone
at the LUNCHEON, please write
the member's name on reverse of
Luncheon Form. Seating will be
contingent upon the other member's
timely submission of their form.
MAIL the entire form above (with
check/money order if applicable) to:
Reunion Coordinator, Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc., Box
3738, Holiday, FL 33590. MAKE
PAYABLE TO: Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
NO TICKETS WILL BE
If you wish acknowledgement of
receipt of your form, send a stam-
ped, self-addressed envelope/post
card with your forms.
IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE 1986 REUNION, PLEASE FILL IN AND
MAIL A PRE-REGISTRATION FORM. COMPLETE THE BALL AND
LUNCHEON FORMS IF THEY APPLY TO YOU.
For Office Date/Post Fee Rec'd Dues Paid Lunch Ball
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
S1. Member's Name (Please Print)
City State Zip
List name of each additional person in member's group.
Name (Please print) Residence, State/Country
-I Do Not Detach
ANNUAL BALL TICKET ORDER FORM
STickets are $8.00 per person. Limit of 6 per member. Only 6 tickets will be issued
From this form.
SPlease reserve tickets for Persons.
ITotal amount enclosed for Ball Tickets: $
SPrint your name and residence below:
S1. (Member) Residence_
S() I do not want Ball tickets.
I Do Not Detach
(_) I do not want Luncheon tickets.
BANQUET LUNCHEON TICKET ORDER FORM
Tickets are $12.00 per person.
Please reserve tickets for personss. Limited to 10 tickets.
Total amount enclosed for Luncheon: $___
List below names of all persons in your group, limited to 10 persons.
1. Member 6.
3. 8. _
The Panama Canal Society of Florida has enjoyed the reputation of being a fun loving,
congenial group. Unfortunately, several of those attending the 1985 Reunion blemished our
reputation IT WON'T HAPPEN AGAINII
In Cooperation with the Society, the Hotels will have a greatly enlarged plainclothed Sec-
urity Force. In addition instead of cancelling future Reunions we will first try apprehend-
ing and prosecuting, to the fullest extent, those persons performing disgraceful, unruly or
destructive acts while attending the 1986 Reunion. PLEASE COME TO THE 1986 REUNION TO
ENJOY NOT DESTROYII!
DIRECTIONS AND OTHER REUNION INFORMATION
1. Driving To The Hotel: Hyatt Corner of Tampa & Jackson Sts., Hilton West Corner of Ashley & Jackson Sts.
A. From 1-75: Take the 1-275 South Interchange and follow instructions B. below.
B. From 1-275: North or South: Take Exit 25 (Ashely & Tampa Streets). Go South on either Ashley or Tampa
Street. Turn left (east) on to Jackson Street. The Hyatt is on the right side corer. To the
Hilton, take the same Exit 25 but go South on Ashley St. The Hilton will be on the right
(west) side of Ashley St. at the corer of Jackson St.
C. From -4: Take the 1-275 South Interchange and follow the 1-275 instructions B, above.
D. From SR-60: (Courtney Campbell Pkwy. & Kennedy Blvd.): Turn South on Ashley St. or Tampa St.;
To the Hyatt, turn left (east) on to Jackson St. and the Hyatt is on the right corer ofJackson
and Tampa Sts.; To the Hilton, stay on Ashley St. and at Jackson St., the Hilton will be
on the right (west) side of the inter-section.
E. From US-41: South: Turn on to SR-60 West and follow SR-60 instructions, D above.
From US-41: North: Turn on to 1-75 or 1-275 South and follow their instructions A or B, above.
F From US-19: Turn onto SR-60 or 1-275 North and follow their respective instructions D or B, above.
G. From US-92: Turn on to 1-275 North or SR-60 East and follow their respective instructions B or D, above.
2. Arriving Via Airlines At The Tampa Airport: Upon picking up your luggage in the baggage area, go to any one
of the four Limo Booths right outside the Airport Baggage area, and request limousine service to your hotel. The Central
Florida Limousine Service will transport you to the Hyatt Regency Tampa or Tampa Hilton. Their present fee is $3.50
per person, one way.
The return trip to the airport from the hotel should be arranged with the Hotel's Bell Captain. The Limo Service has
regularly scheduled trips.
Guests of the Tampa Hilton and Ashley Plaza should contact the Hilton's or Plaza's free limo service, telephones near
the baggage area.
A. Members who ARE staying as guests of the Hotel; The Hyatt will provide Free parking for all members staying
at the Hyatt for the duration of the Reunion. They will utilize The Hyatt Regency Tampa's parking garage first,
and upon the need of overflow, they will utilize the Fort Brooke city garage (attached by a covered walk-way to the
Hyatt), and a validation passport will be given to the member for complimentary parking.
B. Members who ARE NOT Hotel Guests: Parking downtown is relatively cheap and easy to find. The Old Fort
Brooke parking garage with 1800 spaces sprawling over two city blocks is immediately south of the Hyatt Regency
Tampa Hotel and has an enclosed concourse directly attached to the Hotel. The entrance is on Whiting Street
(one block south of the Hyatt Or Jackson St.), between Tampa Street and Florida Avenue. Rates range, on a reduc-
ing scale, from 60 cents an hour, to $3.75 for four hours and $4.50 for six to 24 hours. After 4:00 P.M. and until
4:00 A.M. each day, there will be a special event flat rate fee of $2.50 for any parking over three hours. In addition,
if you register with the attendant and pay in advance, you can come and go at your pleasure without additional charges.
There are other private parking garages in the area and they are well marked. In addition, city parking meter
spaces in the area are free after 5:00 P.M. daily.
C. Members staying at the Tampa Hilton and Ashley Plaza will be provided free parking, in their respective parking areas.
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
10 MINUTES NORTH
ON 1-75 /
WALT DISNEY WORLD
50 MINUTES EAST
NEXT EXIT EAST
Ft. Brook Parking Garage
P PUBLIC PARKING GARAGES
UC UNDER CONSTRUCTION
IN DINING GUIDE
ARROWS INDICATE FLOW OF TRAFFIC
PLEASE INDICATE ACCOMMODATIONS REQUESTED
YTAIIT REGEI n Y TIAMPA PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC. Nooi
Rooms BED TYPE REQUESTED
AT TAMPA CITY CENTER July 1-7, 1986 S ingle) 1 Peron $45 King
FO ROVISDor o ncelot Con. Code (G-00500) Doobe(.) m2 or $45 oBL-DeL
DlalDDrect(813) 225-234 tema lre witeheunB OPM e Triple(is) 3 Peron $45 e to limited number
acconmavadepostcr naccpoed of bed types besdding
Two Tampa City Center ced cord urwm I Quad(s) 4 person. $45 requests ars honored I
Tampa, Florida 33602 cornm ISUITE1BR $90 SUITE2BR $120 serveba.ls.
If Suites are Required. Please Contact hotel directly
-_____6_PM.B_ SPECIAL REQUESTS
HNorne e__ Guorontardb striarsdpnig t
IAddre _____ Guortdeed =nvcritscoMd AN Resevalmion Must Be In By. June 4, 1986
(I Ar____ Ex____st _0 ..rteV_ MtCo_) Reservations received after this date cannot be
Clty Cricat CrdanNumber guaranteed the convention rate.
S'tse a1pCode (IF RATE REQUESTED IS NOT AVAILABLE
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We congratulate Gerry Leage on the publi-
cation of his article, 'Mola Art of the Cuna
Indians" in the December 1985 issue of Arts and
Activities Magazine. Gerry is a former social
studies teacher at Balboa High School and is
currently an independent producer of educational
films. This article was adapted by Gerry from
his slide tape production of the sane name.
Harold Chambers, Marge Ruoff and Clara
Col. John Hayes of San Antonio (whose
parents were Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Hayes of
Margarita), gave us copies of the December issue
of the San Antonio Homes and Gardens Magazine.
His wife, June, is the Editor. A most interest-
ing issue, edited by a talented and beautiful
lady-a former Miss Mississippi.
Polly and John Michaelis stopped in Kerr-
ville for a visit with friends and former
neighbors. They were on their way to Houston to
spend the holidays with their daughter, Irene,
and son, Gregory, and their families.
Vic and June May came to Kerrville to
surprise his sister, Clara Chamders, and to join
in the celebration of Harold and Clara ChQiers'
Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary. (See Anniversar-
Tony and Louise Johnson.
Mary Orr has arrived for her holiday visit
with her family in Luling, Kerrville, and San
Valvalyn Greene Rudick was born in Colon
Hospital and lived in Gatun until 1948 when her
father, Clarence Greene, returned to Alabama
with his family. Lyn was in her sophomore year
in Cristobal High School when she left the
Isthmus. I ran into Lyn in Kerrville, sharing a
cannon interest-jewelry-and discovered that we
were both from the Canal Zone. Lyn is married to
M. David Rudick, MD, who has just written a
book, "How to be Physically and Mentally Fit
After Fifty." They divide their time between
their two homes in Kerrville and at Lake
Chapala, Mexico. Lyn would enjoy hearing from
any of her former classmates and friends who
lived in Gatun between 1935 and 1948.
This decoration is a joint effort of the
residents of 7225-A & B, Cardenas. Gerry
Cooper and John (Nenni) Hanna.
A few of us "transplanted" Zonians spent
the holidays elsewhere this year: Nealie Van
Siclen flew to St. Pete, FL; Dick and Iris Hogan
went to Dallas; Kathi Lessiack was in Panama
with her daughter and son-in-law on the Atlantic
side; Les and Muriel Johnston flew to CA for
Christmas and then on to Panama for a month; Bea
and Harvey Rhyne were in Balboa with their
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Oye, como va! This is "Estelita...Stellushinka
Vivianotch...Honey-Stella-Bella Boggs"...using all
her mood names to tell you it's "frio-frio" up
here! Each year it seems to be colder and "dem
bones" seem to talk back more each time. Oh, for
the good old sunshine of the Canal Zone...the warm
carefree days. It's so nice to think about it....
right? I know you will tell me to move to Flo-
rida.... .hmmm someday, sometime.
Right now I'm thinking about the nice visit I
had in Jacksonville, Florida...to Mark and Robin's
party reunion Anna Kredell family were among the
Canal Zone guests. The Kredells lived in Coco Solo
for years, right across the street from Dr. and
Mrs. Harry Dowell. Interesting to see them again
as handsome young successful men all living in
Jacksonville....some in the San Marcos Real Estate
business. I had all my notes with all their names
- (can't find!).
Well, to get busy with the local news here -
not a lot of news, but I do have a picture, and as
editor Pat Beall says, "It's better to have pic-
tures, the Record wants more pictures".
Liz Beall, Norman Dugas, Rosemary (Mil-
lett) Gilead and Doris Dugas, December
22, 1985 at Open House at the Dugas'
home in Annapolis, Md.
Liz Zent Beall and Rosemary (Millett) Gilead
attended an "open-house" at the lovely home of
Doris and Norman Dugas in Annapolis, Maryland on
December 22, 1985. They had a delightful evening.
The Dugas family are planning a trip to Spain in
February, after Norman retires. He graduated from
BHS in 1941, with Rosemary, and in my conversation
with Rosemary, she said, "I have my confirmed res-
ervation at the Hyatt in Tampa and my Eastern Air-
lines ticket.....I'm ready!" Are You? She keeps vi-
vacious and in good spirits with her job at the
Department of the Army, Inspector General Agency,
plus enjoying bowling every Wednesday with the
Corps of Engineers mixed league. The "highlight"
for the Millett family was their Panama trip...
friends, San Bias, Contadora, shopping at El Valle
and helping the economy at the linen shop on the
Fourth of July Avenue. Rosemary; brothers Johnn
Millett, and Tan and wife Thelma (Grandview, Mo.)
who will be celebrating their 40th wedding anni-
versary Wonderful! Congratulations!!
Tired of seeing Rosemary's name so many times?
Hold on there's more! Her granddaughter, Robyn
Lynn spent Thanksgiving with her. She is attending
college in Santa Barbara, California. Rosemary's
daughter, Kathleen, is temporarily working in
Staunton, Virginia with hopes of getting trans-
ferred to Norfolk, Va. sometime.
Dorothy Theriot from Mathews, Virginia, spent
Christmas at home this year instead of her usual
New York family visits. She would like to know
where Lydia Gravatt Nadeau is. We haven't heard
from her in years. Anyone know?
Etelvina and Jim Van't Veld, mother and brother
of Vickie Van't Veld Hooning held an open house on
December 29, 1985. Some ex-Zonians who attended
were Liz Beall, Pat and Ted Norris, Rosemary and
her daughter, Kathleen, and Bobbye Van't Veld Oli-
vier, daughter of the late Ethel Van't Veld Oli-
vier. The Van't Velds live in McLean, Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. John R. and Joan Ridge deGrumond
of Laguna Hills, California, sent me a nice letter
plus photos of the West Coast Reunion. So nice of
you! A hug! And thank you Joan.
Reba (Colberg) Payne, Pacific side gal, who has
been living in San Antonio for years, attended the
First Advanced Officers Course of the Transport-
ation Corps at Fort Eustis, Va. of which her late
husband was a member. She enjoyed seeing friends
she had not seen for twenty years. Reba deserves
a big huge star for raising her family all alone,
losing her husband, Jack (military) very early in
life. She has been working faithfully as a Nurse
at one of the major Army Hospitals in San Antonio
- don't really recall which one Alas! Anyway, my
love to you Reba Wonderful lady!!
(Sis (Hayes) Phillips (Atlantic side, and her
father, Frank Hayes, was principal of CHS at one
time) sends her greeting and news of their move
from Connecticut to Tucson, Arizona. After years
of wondering where Sis Hayes was, we finally were
able to catch up with her at the Class Reunion
held in Panama. She is still an avid tennis player
plus the golf bit. Hope you really like your "Sun-
shine" home, with all those beautiful colors in
your desert landscape the huge Saguaros. Sis, I
was in Phoenix in September and tried to contact
you several times. No luck maybe next time? Per-
haps I should "plant" myself in Arizona too to
In several back issues of the Canal Record I
mentioned Brian McNamee (College Park, Md.) that
he has a boat named "The Gatun" with a dinghy
named "The Gatuncita" anchored in Baltimore Har-
bor area? Well, that boat is now anchored in New-
port, R.I. where his Sperry Co. computer depart-
ment at Reston, Va. sent him on a six-month temp-
orary assignment. He is living on his sail boat.
It sounds so very romantic a once in a lifetime
experience to hear the sound of water lulling
you to sleep. Rhode Island, when you think of it
weather-wise it's burrrrr cold! I would call it
a hardship tour no? You're a real "Macho" man,
Dr. and Mrs. Robert B. Reppa hnm Jane and
Bob, So sorry I missed your calls...especially
in October, when Laverne and Ula Rose were visit-
ing you from Ojai, Calif. Bob says they came in
their motor home, stayed for a few days and sight-
seeing, reminiscing was the program. He had not
seen them since the late 1930's at Cristobal
High. Lavern had quarters next to Bob's parents,
Frank and Emma, on 5th Street, New Cristobal until
1950 when they all moved to the States. Lavern to
California and Frank Reppa to the Hendersonville
area. Sorry I missed out on your party for them.
On traveling from Georgia to Pennsylvania, I
did get to visit with my musical friends Mr. and
Mrs. Galen Larimore of Greenville, S.C. Also had
a good time seeing Olive Aanstoos of Hopewell, Va.
She was getting ready for a two week trip to Tuc-
son, Arizona. A week in the mountains and a spec-
ial party in Victorian clothes a theme party -
horseback riding golf tennis that's the was
to live! A bit of Hollywood glamour in the desert
area! Let's all go!! Andal4 Till "Proximo" -
Stella Boggs De Marr
(703) 920-0493 (c/o Barry De Marr)
Well, I hope this issue finds all of you
enjoying 1986! We certainly are!
Barbara (Betcher) Bazkeim wrote that, despite
horrible weather (wind chills of -50) and 3 kids
with the flu, she had a very nice Christmas and is
now looking forward to attending the upcoming
Finally heard from Beth (Wainia) Deaton! She
and hubby, Ted, moved to Wilmington, North
Carolina in August and says they love it! Their
neighbors include Jody Walnio, Dona Deaton and
Bill and Rose Deaton (Ted's parents). Ted is now
with the Corps of Engineers working on dredges and
Beth is teaching Pediatrics part time in a 1 year
LPN school. Their children Lisa (7), Neal (4) and
Lori (3) keep them busy!
Dr. Evelyn Barraza wrote that her daughter,
Evelyn Snyder, gave her the best Christmas present
ever when she arrived, unexpectedly, with her
daughter, Kristen, for the holidays! Dr. Ev woke
up one morning to find herself sharing her bed
with granddaughter Kristen!
Becky Woods wrote that she and Dennis are
doing fine. Mike Woods just returned from a 2 year
"visit" in Panama. Said he enjoyed it but it was
nothing like he remembered.
Hopefully by this time congratulations will
be due for Sheryl and Cbarles Alberga. They should
have become first time parents in February!
Joan Harris wrote that '85 was a good year
for her and Deley. Their son, Jack, is a
Lieutenant in the Navy and son, Skip, is havingg
up the ladder" in the Army.
Michele (Urey) and Mike Perez, along with
son, Ryan, spent '85 visiting with family and
friends. They also added on a room to their home
which gave Michele a good excuse to buy a lot of
new furniture plus a new car for herself!
Sue (McCulloug) Burk reported that Snookle
and Mac McCllough, from Sarasota, spent Christmas
with them this year. It was the first Christmas
since 1976 that they got together!
Kathy (Villareal) Kolenda surprised me with a
letter this Christmas! It's been a few years since
I last heard from her! She and her husband Joe and
children, Ned, Sally and John, live in Spring,
Texas. She currently works at Sharpstown Hospital,
in Houston, in Labor and Delivery. She has a year
left in college (where she is carrying a 4.0 grade
point average) and after that she says she is
considering Medical School! Currently they are
planning a vacation that will take them to either
Canada or Florida!
Dorothy Cheshire wrote that she, Alan and
Stacy were looking forward to a busy holiday
season! They were planning on being in their
church's Christmas Tableau with Dorothy being
Mary, Alan being Joseph and Stacy being an angel.
Well, as you can see, this reporter really
loves Christmas as she hears from all kinds of
people! I hope that this trend will continue on in
1986. Till next issue!
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SUPREME COUNCIL HONORS
by Ill. Charles R. Lavalee, 33rd Degree.
The 1985 Biennial Session of the Supreme Coun-
cil, 33 Degree, for the Southern Jurisdiction of
the United States of America (Mother Supreme Coun-
cil of the World), was held in Washington, D.C.,
from October 20-23, 1985.
The Supreme Council in Executive Session held
at 11:30 A.M. on the morning of October 21, 1985,
elected nine members of the Panama Canal Scottish
Rite Bodies as recipients of honors.
Elected to receive the Thirty-third Degree and
be coroneted with the rank and dignity of an In-
spector General Honorary of the Supreme Council,
33rd Degree, for the Southern Juristiction of the
United States of America were Bro. Fredrick N.
Boalt, 32nd Degree KCCH; Bro. Robert E. Redfern,
32nd Degree KCCH, and Bro. Ralph O. Sheppard, 32nd
Degree KCCH. Each of these brethern are active in
all facets of Masonry and have been particularly
active in the Panama Canal Scottish Rite Bodies.
Brothers Boalt, Redfern and Sheppard received
the Thirty-third Degree and were coroneted an In-
spector General Honorary as members of the Sov-
ereign Commanders Special Thirty-third Class. This
most impressive conferral of the Thirty-third De-
gree by the active members of the Supreme Council,
was held on Wednesday afternoon, October 23, 1985,
at 4:30 P.M. in the magnificent Temple Room of the
beautiful House of the Temple in our Nation's Cap-
ital. Members of the Panama Canal Bodies present
to witness the Degree were Illustrious Brothers
Dorsa, Garrido, Lavallee, Linares, McNeese, Rind-
fusz, and Tomlinson.
Elected to the rank and decoration of Knight
Commander of the Court of Honour were Brothers
Alcus A. Dean, Richard M. King, Gilberto Marrero-
Camacho, John D. Nolan, Elkin H. Thompson and Rob-
ert B. Thompson. All are active in the several
branches of Masonry on the Isthmus and have made
significant contributions to the Panama Canal
Scottish Rite Bodies, Scottish Rite Freemasonry,
and the Masonic Fraternity. These brethern will be
invested with the rank and decoration of Knight
Commander of the Court of Honour in an impressive
Ceremony of Investiture to be held on Wednesday
evening, December 4, 1985 in the Scottish Rite
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs.
Harold E. Chambers
On November 30, 1985, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM,
the children and grandchildren of Harold and Clara
Chambers, honored them with a Reception in the
Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church,
Kerrville, Texas, to celebrate their Golden (50th)
Many close friends and acquaintances came to
celebrate with the happy couple.
Host and hostesses for this affair were the
couple's son and three daughters and their
spouses: Richard and Audrey Chambers, McLean, Va.,
Alice and John Wiedenhoff with Bill and Jolice,
Ft. Worth; Joanne and Jeff Thonpson, with Janine
and Jeffrey of Kerrville; and Carla and Joe Spaf-
ford, with Jodi and Jenni of Denton, Texas.
Neither their son and wife, nor their children
and spouses: Ric L. and Peggy Chanbers of Phoenix,
Arizona; Lora and Dan VanEpp and Pan and Gary Bon-
ner, with the five great-grandchildren were able
During the afternoon, the couple repeated re-
dedication vows with the minister of the First
Harold and Clara were married on November 22,
1935 in the Banquet Hall of the Masonic Temple,
Cristobal, Canal Zone.
Vic and June May of Holiday, Florida, traveled
to Kerrville, Texas, so Vic could be with his sis-
ter, Clara, on this memorable occasion
TEDDER'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY
40TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY ON FILM
Hampton and Claire Tedder in 1945.
Hampton and Claire (Venning) Tedder celebrated
their 40th wedding anniversary on December 28,
1985, at the Red Lion Inn, Ontario, California.
Their invitation, and inspiration of Claire, read:
To a main event
Forty years together
We have spent
All of the Tedders
Will be on hand
We sincerely hope
You'll join the clan".
All of the family and a host of friends attend-
ed the joyous occasion, including former Zonians,
Ruth (Taylor) and Ren Conlan of Hesperia, Marion
(Snyder) and Tom Rice of Los Angeles, and Royce
and Sue Lewis of Las Cruces, N.M. Congratulations,
Claire and Harpton!
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Dorothy (Hoffman) and William H. Allen
celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniver-
sary on May 25, 1985 aboard the "Azure
Seas", cruising from Los Angeles to En-
senada, Mexico, San Diego and Los Angel-
es a gift from their daughters, Betsy
Kane and Nella ("Ttainks") Webster and
Danny Cox at
Jane (Dickson) Cox and Danny Cox were r-married
(rededicated their marriage) on November 16, 1985,
at the Arizona Inn in Tucson, by the pastor of the
local Unity Church.
The ceremony was filmed as a marriage ceremony,
the wedding of "Brett" and "Carla", an episode of
the cable TV soap opera "Sunset Years"; but since
it was aired the second week of January, 1986, a
few days after the Coxes' actual 40th wedding an-
niversary (1/3/86), they had a real minister per-
form a real ceremony in celebration of their an-
Danny, who still sings professionally from time
to time, sang "I Love You" by Cole Porter, for the
LOVELADY ANTONICK ENGAGEMENT
James R. Lovelady, son of Ida Lovelady and the
late Rufus Lovelady, will be married in a church
ceremony on March 13, 1986, to Carole Antonick of
Mr. Lovelady is a current resident of Sierra
Vista, Arizona. He is a BHS'58 graduate and also
graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson,
in 1971, then got his MA from that University (in
English and Political Science) in 1972. He is a
Ms. Antonick is a funeral director in Tucson.
The couple had a legal marriage ceremony on
January 12, 1986, but will proceed with their
plans for the church ceremony on March 13, because
many friends and relatives plan to attend.
The church wedding is to take place in Emmanuel
Baptist Church, Tucson.
TOM WILDER OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE
OF THE MONTH
The Marion County
Ocala, Florida has re-
cently selected Toman Wil-
der as "Outstanding Emp-
loyee of the Month" for
The award was present-
ed to Tom for his out-
standing work in the Drug
enforcement/Intelligence Tom Wilder
Unit by having 118 ar-
rests, the majority of which were felonies, over
the past 12-month period.
Tom has been employed by the Marion County
Sheriff's Department since March 1984, having pre-
viously been with the Ocala Police Department for
two years. In December 1984, Tom transferred from
the Patrol Division to the Criminal Investigation
Division as an Investigator with the Drug Enforce-
The award is presented monthly by the Sheriff
to an outstanding employee within the approx-
imately 300 man department.
Tom was born and raised in the Canal Zone,
graduating from Cristobal High School in 1976. He
is the son of Captain and Mrs. Albert L. Wilder,
former Panama Canal Pilot.
GRADUATE OF U. OF TEXAS
Carol Lynn Macdonell, younger daughter of Rod-
erick N. and Virginia Dixon Macdonell, graduated
from the University of Texas School of Liberal
Arts in Austin, Texas, in December, 1985.
She is presently employed at the Lyndon B.
Johnson School of Public Affairs Library while
continuing studies towards a Masters Degree.
Carol (Mendenhall) Williams was promoted from
city Accountant to the Finance Director for the
city of Washington, North Carolina, on January 1,
Carol has been with the city for the past ten
years. She graduated from Balboa High School in
1971 and received a degree in accounting from East
Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.
Carol has two children,'Carrie, 7, and Raymond,
3 years of age.
McPHERSON FLETCHER ENGAGEMENT
Shannon Dailey McPherson and Austin H.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Shea Lang of La Boca, Rep-
ublic of Panama announce the engagement of their
daughter, Shannon Dailey McPherson to Austin Hol-
iday Fletcher, son of Mrs. Ella Louise V. Fletcher
of College Park, Georgia.
Shannon was born and raised in the Canal Zone
and now lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is
the granddaughter of Charlotte and Earl Dailey and
the great granddaughter of Lydia Morse Shannon and
the late Matthew Shannon, all of St. Petersburg,
Florida. She is also the step-grandaughter of Mrs.
Mina Dee of Sarasota, Florida.
Holly was raised near Atlanta, Georgia and now
resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.
A March 1986 wedding is planned.
CARROLL SWEARINGEN ENGAGEMENT
Stacy Carroll and Lee Swearingen
The engagement of Stacy Carroll and Lee Swear-
ingen is announced. Stacy is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Kim Carroll of Chino, California and Ms.
Marquetta Bolles of Denver, Colorado. Lee is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Swearingen of Fort
Collins, Colorado and formerly of Margarita, Canal
Lee graduated in the 1979 class of Cristobal
High School and has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology,
and who is now doing his M.B.A. in Marketing at
Colorado State University.
Stacy graduated from Colorado State University
as a Landscape Architect. She is employed by City-
scape in Ft. Collins.
A May 25th wedding is planned at St. Joseph's
Church in Ft. Collins.
50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Mildred and Joe Hickey
On September 15, 1985, Barbara, Diane, Tom and
Joe, Jr., the children of Joe and Mildred Hickey,
gave a lovely 50th wedding anniversary party for
their parents at the Sheridan Rolling Green Inn at
About 100 guests attended, most of whom were
family and long-time Boston friends. A few former
Canal Zone friends also attended, including Father
John F. Tm1ulty, C.M., Ron and Florence Owen, Jean
Ouen Young and Frank and Ellen Castles.
The children also arranged an anniversary Mass
at St. Peter's Church in Dorchested, Mass. where
Joe and Mildred were married.
On October 26, 1985, Joe and Midred gave a
house party at their home in Clearwater, Fla. for
their old Canal Zone friends in that area to help
celebrate their 50th anniversary. About 50 Canal
Zone guests attended. It was a great get-together
and a good time was had by all.
Joyce Ann White and Douglas Lee Alderman
Joyce Ann White and Douglas Lee Aldenran exchanged
vows on October 19, 1985, at St. Raphael's Cath-
olic Church in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chop-
py White of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of the
The bridegroom is the son of Homer Alderman of
Clearwater, Fla. and Mrs. Matilda Terry, of Tanpa,
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Jacquelyn White attended her sister as Maid of
Honor. Wayne Alderman of Tampa served the bride-
groom as best man. Jerry and Jeff White and Gary
Aldernan attended as ushers.
Following the ceremony, the reception was held
at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
The bride graduated from the University of Flo-
rida and is currently working in the advertising
field. The groom is employed at Seminole Electric
Company as Assistant Manager.
The bride and groom honeymooned in the Poconos
Mountains, and will reside in their new home in
Mrs. Elizabeth Purvis married Mr. C.E. Woll on
Saturday, October 19th., 1985.
Their new address is: One Forchester Drive,
Apartment P H 1, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15241.
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Diana Pearce Boire and Robert Coulthard
Diana Pearce Boire and Robert S. Coulthard were
joined in marriage in a double ring ceremony on
September 14, 1985 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bob
previously resided in Panama City, Florida.
The couple will reside in Albuquerque, N.M.
Francis E. Fitzpatrick (BHS'34, CZJC'36) of
Granada Hills, California, and LaVerne Bastone of
La Crescenta, California, were joined in marriage
in a Low Mass st St. James the Less Church in La
Crescenta on October 19, 1985, in the presence of
family and friends.
They spent two weeks vacationing on the East
Coast seeing relatives and friends from Boston to
Washington, D.C. "Indian Summer was gorgeous to
view, and we were fortunate to have good weather,
except for the last four days when hurricane Juan
brought heavy rains to the Virginia-West Virginia
Anne R. Kienzle and Glen D. Grant announce
their marriage on October 21, 1985, in McLean,
Virginia. Anne is the daughter of Edward A. and
Grace (Roach) Kienzle of Raleigh, North Carolina,
and the late Ethel R. Kienzle. Glen is the son of
Mrs. Thomas 0. Grant of Beaumont, Texas, and the
late Mr. Grant.
Anne, formerly of Brazos Heights, Canal Zone,
is a 1970 graduate of Cristobal High School. She
will retain her own name for all social and legal
The couple continue to make their home in Falls
Julie (Grinnell) and Clinton Smith
Julie Grinnell was joined in matrimony with
Clinton Smith on September 14, 1985 at the Sher-
idon Rolling Green Inn at Andover, Massachusetts.
Julie is the youngest daughter of Barbara Grin-
nell of Tampa, Florida, and the granddaughter of
Joe and Mildred Hickey, who celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary at the same hotel on the fol-
lowing day. *Julie is working for a computer com-
pany in Connecticut.
Clinton is the son of Phoebe and Robert Smith,
of Branford, Conn.
Joseph W. Jr. and Carolyn Coffin, of York,
Pennsylvania, would like to announce the wedding
of their daughter, Nanrnette Jayne, of York, Pa. to
Andy Halliwell on October 5, 1985 at St. Joseph's
in York, Pa. Nannette's sister, Marjorie Coffin,
of Redline, Pa. played the organ. Her other sis-
ters, Marcia (Candy) and Lynne read the Epistle,
while her two nieces were in charge of the Guest
Book. Her brother, Tom Coffin, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
read the final prayer.
Following the ceremony, a wonderful reception
was held at the Talk of the Town.
Jon Coffin, of Gatun, Rep. of Panama stayed in
York an extra week after the ceremony.
Deborah L. Gollhofer and Paul David Quackenbush
were united in marriage on January 13, 1986, in
The bride is the daughter of David and Joyce
Gollhofer of California, and the groom's parents
are Paul and Sarita Quackenbush of Jacksonville,
Florida, formerly of the Canal Zone.
Kathy and Tnom Wilder of
Ocala, Florida are happy
to announce the birth of
their healthy bouncing
baby daughter, Samnntha
Samantha was born Dec-
ember 18, 1985 at Munroe
Regional Medical Center "
in Ocala, Florida. She iPom, Sanantha and
weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. Kathy Wilder
Paternal grandparents are Captain and Mrs.
Albert L. Wilder of Ocala, Florida. Maternal grand
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Harold Grise of Elkhart,
Indiana. Great-grandmother Christina Darr, also of
Nancy and Bill Thiele of New Orleans
Nancy Neman (BHS'78) became the bride of Bill
Thiele at St. Francis Cabrini Church, New Orleans,
on May 18, 1985.
Nancy is employed at Hibernia National Bank.
The newlyweds are at home at 6614 Ponchartrain
Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124.
Curtis Michael Paul Rivet was born to Curt and
Mary Rivet on September 6, 1985, in Hawaii.
A daughter, Kacie Laken Sinner, was born on
October 4, 1985 in Manning, S.C. to Sandra and
Born, on December 6, 1985, to Robbin (Rivet)
DuBose and husband, John Murray, a daughter,
Murray Renee DuBose, in Sumter, S.C.
Grandparents are Sandy (Bishop) and Robert
Ardis of Sumter, S.C., and R.P. Rivet Jr. of Pan-
Alabama; R.P. Rivet,
and H. Russell Ardis,
are Blanche Bishop of Dothan
Sr., Colon, Rep. of Panama,
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Chambers of Kerrville,
Texas, are proud to announce the birth of their
6th great-grandchild, Bryan Richard, born on Jan-
uary 7, 1986, to their grandson, Ric L. and wife,
Peggy Chambers of Phoenix, Arzona.
Bryan weighed 9 lbs. 3 oz. and joins his sister
Cyndi, who is 13 months old.
Paternal grandparents are Richard L. and Audrey
Chambers of McLean, Virginia.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Phillip
Ladd of Ft. Myers, Florida.
Mike and Mary Ann Riley
announce the birth of
their second child, a
daughter, born August 2,
1985 at Sacred Heart Hos- =m
pital, Pensacola, Fla. ,
Mary Brannan weighed
9 lbs. 3 oz. and was 22 -
inches long. She joins
her 5-year old sister, Mary Brannan
Michael Anm. Riley
Mary Ann is a First Grade teacher at Holley-
Navarre Elementary. She took off part of the sch-
ool year to be at home with Brannan. Mike is an
Art Director for the Label Company in Pensacola.
Mary E. Grimes of Pensacola, Fla. is the proud
Henry Arnold Wrenn was born to Dr. Keith and
Melissa (Arnold) Wrenn on September 26, 1985,
their second son and third child.
Maternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Sidney
Arnold of Marked Tree, Arkansas. Paternal grand-
parents are Earl and Maxine Wrenn of Springdale,
Arkansas, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Fern and Warren bMrse of South Dakota and Cal-
ifornia are pleased to announce the birth of their
Katie Marie, 81bs., was born on December 12,
1985 to Pat and Janelle (Morse) Kribell, who live
on a farm near Irene, South Dakota.
She joins two big brothers, Loren, age 7, and
Brian, who will be 3 years old March 17th.
Julie Blijien with Eman Dasar-Bagtien and Goayr
Long-time Canal Zone residents, Bernice and
Dave Baglien, now of Toccoa, Ga., recently became
the grandparents of two baby boys born just over
a month apart.
Evan Matthew Dawson-Baglien was born on October
21, 1985, to Julie J. (Baglien) Dawson (BHS '74)
and her husband, Dr. Gary A. Dawson of Onondaga,
Jon Carl Baglien Williams was born on November
26, 1985 to Beth (Baglien) Williams (BHS '70) and
R. Carl Williams of Toccoa, Ga. Bernice and Dave's
reaction to the births was, "Caramba!"
The elder Bagliens also have two granddaughters
in Erika A. Baglien Williams, age 4, who is the
daughter of Beth and Carl Williams, and Jeannette
Baglien Barnes, age 7, who is the daughter of Lynn
Baglien Barnes (BHS '66) and John Barnes of Mem-
Joel Baglien (BHS '76) enjoys his role as uncle
and during 1985 he travelled to Michigan, Tenn-
essee and Georgia from his home in Minneapolis,
Minn. to visit.
Steve and Margaret (Kelleher) Marsalona, of Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida proudly announce the birth of
their first child. Jennifer Elizabeth Marsalona
was born January 9, 1986 and weighed 6 lbs.
The proud maternal grandparents are David and
Betty Kelleher of Dothan, Alabama, and the pat-
ernal grandparents are Thomas and Angie Marsalona
of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Mark and Janet (Mendenhall) Wesley gave birth
to Jami Lynn, a baby girl on November 18, 1985.
Jami weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz.
They have a son, Matthew, age 3. Grandparents
are Capt. Ralph and Louise Mendenhall, and Capt.
Roley and Trudy Wesley.
Cecil and Renee (Ballou)
Kriminger of Charlotte,
North Carolina (formerly
of Margarita/Ft. Gulick)
are proud to announce the
birth of their first
child, a son, Carl James,
born at the Presbyterian
Hospital, Charlotte, N.C.
on November 13, 1985. He
weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz., 21
inches long and arrived
at 3:26 a.m.
Carl is named after
his two grandfathers (A
The maternal grand-
parents are the late Rosemary C. Ballou (Formerly
of Ft. Gulick, C.Z.) and the late Carlos Ballou,
(formerly of Margarita, C.Z.).
The paternal grandparents are James and Kathryn
Krinminger of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Scott and Lori (Flores) Roche announce the
birth of their first child, a son, Daron Patrick,
on October 18, 1985 at Morton Plant Hospital,
Maternal grandparents are Patricia (Geddes)
Risberg and George (Lanky) Flores. His maternal
great-grandparents are Robert and Florence Geddes.
Daron was christened at St. Teresa's Catholic
Church in Titusville, Fla. on November 29, 1985.
Barbara (Geddes) Shaw of Denver, Colorado was the
godmother and Thomas Schmenk of West Lafayette,
Indiana, was the godfather.
William and Laura Hanson
Breaden of Tampa, Florida
proudly announce the
birth of their first
child. Amanda Leigh Brea-
*** den was born on October
25, 1985, and weighed in
at 7 pounds and eight
4,. i ounces.
Mary and Terry Swenning, of Grand Prairie,
Texas, announce the birth of their second son,
David Matthew Swenning, on October 28, 1985. The
baby weighed 7 Ibs. 6 oz.
Grandparents are Thmaes and Ella Petersen of
Deerfield Beach, Florida.
David joins his older brother Patrick, who is
3 years old.
Pat and Bill (Scotty) Scott of Bellevue, Wash-
ington have added three new grandchildren to their
family in four months.
Gregory David Senecal was born on October 31,
1985 in Tacoma, Washington to Brenda (Scott) and
Harvey Senecal. He weighed in at 8 lbs. 15 oz. and
was 22 inches long. Blue-eyed and blond Gregory
joins his sister, Jacquelyn Ann (33 months). The
Senecals now reside at 12705 SE 65th Street, Bel-
levue, WA 98006.
On December 1, 1985, Pan (Scott) and Jim Reid
presented a little sister to Jamie Leigh 28 mos.).
Lindsey Nicole arrived at Gorgas Army Hospital,
Ancon, Rep. of Panama, and weighed 9 lbs. 8 oz.
and was 202 inches long.
Jamie and Lindsey's paternal grandparents are
Erika Reid of Tacoma, Wash. and the late Joseph
Reid. (The elder Reids lived in Coco Solo). Grand-
ma Scott was able to be in Panama at the time of
Glenda (Scott) and John Ewell proudly announce
the birth of their first child, Kevin Scott Euell
on January 22, 1986 in Bellevue, Washington.
He weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. and was 20 inches long.
The Ewell's reside at 4629 164th Street S.E.,
Issaquah, WA 98027
Catherine and Eddie Filo announce the arrival
of their fourth grandchild and second granddaughter
on January 21, 1986, in Dothan, Alabama.
Patricia Frances is the daughter of Michael and
Cathy Filo of Dothan.
Patricia has a sister, Jessica Ann, who is
three years old.
Lawrence ("Rocky") and Reeta Ridge of Redlands,
California, proudly announce the birth of their
grandson, Nicholas Tyler Wichman, on December 6,
The baby's parents are John and Debra Wichman
He weighed 9 lbs. 12 oz. at birth.
Ralph (Skip) Mendenhall, Jr. and wife, Carol
gave birth to Christina Marie, a baby girl, on
September 30, 1985. Christina weighed eight pounds
four ounces. They have another daughter, Susan,
Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David Hartman and
Capt. Ralph and Louise Mendenhall.
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Harry H. Allen, Jr., 70, of Reston, Virginia, died
March 22, 1985. He was a private lawyer in the
Canal Zone, often working in the Canal Zone Courts
system. He retired from his practice in the Zone
in 1979 to reside in Virginia.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Rocker Allen
of Reston, Virginia.
Claude M. Aycock, 81, died October 23, 1985. She
was a retired school teacher of Rocky Mount and
also a teacher for 27 years in the Panama Canal
Zone. She was a charter member of the Junior Guild
and was active in theatrical productions of the
Little Theater in the Canal Zone and the Tank The-
ater in Rocky Mount.
She is survived by one brother, John W. Aycock
of the home.
Ruth K. Bigelow, 76, of Pinellas Park, Florida,
died November 10, 1985 at the University of Mass-
achusetts Medical Center, Worcester, Mass.
She was the widow of Henry W. Bigelow, an
oceanographer who left the Canal Zone in 1955. She
lived on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides of
the Isthmus. She was active with the Girl Scouts,
a substitute teacher at Cristobal High School and
active in many other organizations.
She moved to Pinellas Park 15 years ago and was
active in many groups. She was a member of St.
Johns Episcopal Church in Clearwater.
Survivors include her daughter, Sally Bigelow,
Barrington, N.H.; a son, James Henry Bigelow, Lake
Oswego. Or.; three sisters, Dorothy Clement, Mon-
roe, Maine, Charlene Drury, Berwick, Maine, and
Eleanor Aldrich-Ames, Barrington, N.H.; several
nieces and nephews and two granddaughters.
Lester 'liuas Brennan, 89, of Hollywood, Calif-
ornia, died March 27, 1985. Since 1963, the Bren-
nans have been members of the Panama Canal Society
of Southern California, where he served as Vice-
President, and an active and honorary member of
the Board of Governors.
He is survived by his wife, Ann.
Constant (Connie) W. Chase, Jr., 73, of Seminole,
Florida, died December 6, 1985 following a lengthy
illness at Main Line Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center, Paoli, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1934 with
a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He married the
late Frederica Colbath Olsson and spent his prof-
essional life working in the Canal Zone. He re-
tired to Florida in 1973, the year following his
wife's death, and after 39 years of service, near-
ly all of which was with the Electrical Division.
He is survived by three children and five grand
children. The Daughter, Carole, teaches religion
at Elon College in Elon, North Carolina. The elder
son, John is employed by General Electric in Mal-
vern, Pa., and the younger son, Constant W. III,
is employed by the United States Government and
lives in Panama, Canal Zone. He is also survived
by a brother, Forster Elwood, of Portsmouth, R.I.
Agnes Christensen, of Greensboro, North Carolina,
passed away May 27, 1985, and was buried June 3 at
Arlington National Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, H.J. 'Chris'
Christensen of Greensboro.
Shirley E. Clymer, 82, of Lake Wales, Florida,
died January 30, 1986 at the Lake Wales Convales-
cent Center. She was a native of LaConia, N.H.,
and moved to Lake Wales in 1966 from the Panama
Canal Zone. She was a retired stenographer with
the federal government and a member of the First
Baptist Church of Lake Wales.
She is survived by a son, Ray Clymer, San Diego
California, and a sister, Margaret F. Wiggin, Lake
Lynne (Maude) Cook, 90, of Rogers, Arkansas, died
November 3, 1985, in St. Mary-Rogers Memorial
Hospital. She was the wife of Lynn R. Cook, Sr.
who retired from the Canal Zone Postal Service in
1950. She was a life member of the Order of the
Other survivors include a son, Lunn R. (Bud)
Cook, Jr. of El Paso, Texas; a daughter, Lucille
Nanny of Palo Alto, Calif; a sister, Mrs. Walter
Noneman of Raleigh, N.C.; four grandchildren and
five great grandchildren.
Ernest L. Cotton, 70, of Largo, Florida, died on
December 19, 1985 at Sun Coast Hospital. He was
born in Colon, Rep. of Panama and retired in 1970
as District Commander of the Fire Division in Bal-
boa, Canal Zone after 36 years of service. He was
a life member of Sojourners Lodge, AF&AM in the
Canal Zone; a member of Scottish Rite, Tampa Con-
sistory; the Panama Canal Society of Florida; Nat-
ional Association of Retired Federal Employees,
local chapter 845, and the American Association of
Survivors include his wife, Edith; twin sons,
Lawrence F., San Antonio, Texas, and Ernest Lee,
Rogers, Arkansas; a daughter, Susan E. Sutherland,
Apollo Beach, Fla.; his mother, Ida May Cotton; a
sister, Beatrice French, Castleton, Vermont; five
grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Burton E. Davis, 80, of El Cajon, California,
passed away on December 30, 1985. He was a drafts-
man/engineer with the Mechanical/Industrial Div-
ision, retiring in 1965 as Plant Engineer of the
Industrial Division. He was a member of Ancon
Masonic Lodge, a past officer of all the York Rite
Bodies and Past Potentate of Abou Saad Temple.
He is survived by his wife, Carmen; one daugh-
ter, Maria Teresa Obando, four grandchildren and
Grace Edmondson of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, died
August 23, 1985. She was the wife of Police Sgt.
Richard Edmondson, who was stationed on the Atlan-
tic side of the Isthmus before his death.
She is survived by her daughter, Lucille.
Flavel Farrington, of Canoga Park, California,
died December 18, 1985 at 94 years of age. He was
employed by the Commissary Division at Mt. Hope in
1909 and resigned in 1924 with fifteen years of
service and had the distinction of being a Roose-
velt Medal holder.
He is survived by his daughters, Valerie and
Marjorie, and a son, Floyd. There are also several
nieces and nephews, including William E. Weigle,
Jr. and several grandchildren and great-grand
Ethel V. Ferguson, 75, of Seminole, Florida, died
December 25, 1985 at Bayfront Medical Center. She
was born in Breckenridge, Minn. and left the Canal
Zone in 1972 where she was a teacher.
She is survived by a brother, David E. Ferguson
of Arlington, Washington, and a sister, Odessa
Hearne, of St. Petersburg, Fla.
James Louie Fulton, 75, of Palm Beach Gardens,
Florida, passed away July 11, 1985 at a local nur-
sing home. He was a resident of that area for the
past 18 years, coming from the Panama Canal Zone.
He was a member of, and former treasurer of the
Trinity United Methodist Church, Palm Beach Gar-
dens; volunteer with the United Way; past treas-
urer of the Boy Scouts in the Panama Canal Zone;
member of the Garden Lodge #366 F&AM and a Colonel
in the U.S.A.R., serving during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; sons,
James L. Jr., Panama Canal and Dorman L. of Minne-
apolis, Minnesota; a brother, William L. of Knox-
ville, Tennessee, and seven grandchildren.
Berta 'Mige" (Hunter) Hazzard passed away May 7,
1985 in a Nursing Home in Riverside, California.
She resided in Balboa, Canal Zone from 1924 to
1951. Upon retirement, she and her late husband,
Russell T. Hazzard (Foreman, Line Transmission,
Electrical Division Power System, 1940-1951) lived
in Altadena and Vista, Calif. They joined the Pan-
ama Canal Society of California in 1961.
She is survived by two sons, Fred (a member of
PCSSC) in Riverside, and Billy; two granddaughters
and seven great-grandchildren and three great-
Berta Hunter, of Altadena and Vista, California,
died May 7, 1985. She was married to the late
Russell Hazzard and was a member of the Eastern
Star and Daughters of the Nile. She left the Canal
Zone in 1951.
She is survived by two sons, Fred W. Hunter of
Riverside, Calif. and Billy; two granddaughters,
seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-
Catherine Parmeter Hutchinson of Washington, D.C.
and Pine Beach, New Jersey, died November 3, 1985,
in the Southern Ocean County Hospital in New Jer-
sey. She was the widow of Rear Admiral Edward S.
Hutchinson, U.S.N. retired, who served as Panama
Canal Port Captain in Balboa from June 1947 to
Kay was born in Iowa and went to the Canal Zone
at an early age with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Parmeter. She attended Canal Zone Schools.
Interment was in the Arlington National Cemetery.
Agnes (Tonneson) Janke, 72, passed away January
13, 1986 at Hackensack, New Jersey, after a brief
illness. She was raised in the Canal Zone.
She is survived by three daughters, Donna Ros-
sotti, West Caldwell, N.J., Pat Brupbacher, Para-
mus, N.J., and Sharon Wood, Carlsbad, California;
two sister, Florence Swartzell of Melbourne, Fla.
and Elizabeth Key, Dumont, N.J.; one brother, Jack
Tonneson, Los Angeles, Calif. and six grandchild-
Captain Axton T. Jones, 72, died of heart failure
in the hospital at Camp Pendleton, California on
November 11, 1985. He graduated from the Univer-
sity of Oregon in 1934; entered the US Merchant
Marine; in WWII he served in the US Navy comnand-
ing destroyers in the Pacific; was assigned to the
Pentagon after the war; later sent to Wiesbaden,
Germany, to command the Rhine River Patrol; and
later given sea duty during the Korean Conflict.
He retired from the Navy with over 20 years ser-
vice, and joined the Panama Canal Company in 1961
as Transportation and Terminals Director, retiring
in 1972. His wife, Dorothy, passed away in 1975.
Survivors include three sons, Dodd, in Long
Beach, Ca., Guy, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and
Douglas, New Orleans, La.; a daughter, Laurie, in
Panama; his wife, Elizabeth, Oceanside, Ca., and
Enid Gloria Kandrin, 66, of Dothan, Alabama, died
December 21, 1985 after a brief illness. She was
born in Colon, Rep. of Panama, and had resided on
the Atlantic side until coming to Dothan in 1979.
While on the Atlantic side, she was president of
the Ladies Elks, Lodge 1542 and president of the
She is survived by her husband, Mike, Dothan,
Lambert W. Kat, 78, of Dunedin, Florida, died Jan-
uary 6, 1986. He was born in Saskatchewan and re-
tired from the Navigation Division in the Canal
Zone in 1969 after 27 years of government service.
He was a retired ship master in the Merchant Mar-
ine, and was a life member of Elks Lodge 1414 in
Survivors include his wife, Helen T.; four
sons, Roger Kat, San Francisco, and Kevin and Don-
ald Kat and James Bradley, Balboa; a daughter,
Marion Linkh, Warwick, N.Y.; two sisters, Harriet
Amborn, San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Wilhelmina
DeJong, Marion, Mont., and eight grandchildren.
Clarence E. Lambert, died 22 December, 1986 in Las
Lunas, New Mexico. He was formerly the Foreman of
the Panama Railroad roundhouse in Balboa and had
27 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Viola; two daugh-
ters, Judy and Carnie, and a son, Kent Jr.
Ethel D. Makibbin died on November 14, 1985, in
Reno, Nevada. She was the widow of Capt. Tom Mak-
ibbin, former Panama Canal pilot, who died in May,
Archie Manikas, 62, of Fort Pierce, Florida, died
December 13, 1985 at Port St. Lucie Hospital. He
was born in Manchester, New Hampshire and retired
as a police officer with the Canal Zone Police
Department in 1962 with almost 13 years of ser-
vice. He was a Navy submarine veteran of World War
II; a member of the V.F.W. Post in Fort Pierce;
Masonic Lodge in the Canal Zone; the Panama Canal
Society of Submarine Veterans and the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. He was also a member of St.
Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Pierce.
Survivors include his wife, Marian G. of Fort
Pierce; a son, Arthur James of Fort Pierce; four
brothers, John of Detroit, Mich., Larry of Wood-
bridge, Va., George of Boca Raton, Fl., and the
Rev. Nick Manikas of Weiland, Mass.; two sisters,
Katina Costopoulos of Fort Pierce, and Ann Stachel
of Detroit, and twin granddaughters.
George A. Martin, 68, of Clearwater, Florida, died
December 2, 1985.He was born in Calypso, North
Carolina. He was a Captain in the Police Division
of the Canal Zone Government, and retired in July,
1970 after 32 years of service. He was a member of
B.P.O.E. Lodge 1542, Cristobal, the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, the National Association of
Federal Retired Employees and the American Assoc-
iation of Retired Persons.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; three
sons, Giles L., Centerville, Va., Gerald B., San
Antonio, Texas, and George G., Tampa, Fla.; two
daughters, Margaret Henshaw, Cincinnati, Oh., and
Elaine F. Smith, Clearwater, Fl., and seven grand-
Raymond W. Matson, 67, of Largo, Florida, died
December 16, 1985 at Largo Med. Center Hospital.
He was born in Sanborn, Minn. and retired with 37
years of service with the U.S. Government. He was
a mail supervisor for the Panama Canal and a post-
man in Belleair Bluffs from 1978 to 1984. He also
retired from the Marine Corps with 20 years of
service, including veteran status during World War
II. He was a member of VFW Post 3822, Panama and
American Legion Post 7, Clearwater, Fla.
Survivors include his wife, Nelida J.; a step-
son, Russell E. Stromberg, Panama Canal; a brother
Lawrence Matson, Ferndale, Mich. and five grand-
James "Jamie" McConaghy, of Clearwater, Florida,
died November 22, 1985. Born in Long Island, he
came to Pinellas County, Fla. in 1957 and was a
Survivors include his parents, James P. and
Elaine McConaghy; a sister, Karen Wilson; a niece,
Andrea Wilson, and a nephew, Timothy Wilson, all
John L. (Bud) Miller, 70, died last summer in
Woodlake, California. He was married to Fay Fuller
for 30 years. She died in 1979.
He is survived by three sons, Larry, Alan and
Bruce; and a sister, Barbara, in Yuma, Arizona.
Marjorie L. Miller, died in April, 1985, according
to word received from her daughter, Charlene M.
Barnard of Alexandria, Virginia. Marjorie's hus-
band, Robert Lew (Bob) Miller died in 1982 in Sun
City, Arizona, where they had resided for many
years. The family had lived in Cristobal, Pedro
Miguel and Balboa, Canal Zone. Bob was an elect-
rician with the Maintenance and Locks Divisions.
They were members of the PCS of Southern Calif-
ornia from 1959 to 1982.
Charlene will maintain membership in the Pan-
ama Canal Society in memory of her parents.
Elmer B. 'Ole" Oberg, 94, passed away on December
7, 1985 in a Denver hospital. He was a long-time
employee of the Canal Zone Postal Service and re-
tired in July 1951 as Post Office Inspector. He
had transferred to the Canal Zone Postal Service
from the U.S. Postal Service in Denver, Colorado.
On retirement, he returned to Denver to be with
his family. He was very fortunate and able to live
in his home until his death.
He is survived by a sister, nieces and nephews.
Dorothy Bray Orr, died December 1, 1985 in a Hous-
ton, Texas Hospital. She was a graduate of the
1937 class of the Canal Zone Junior College and
was employed as a teacher in the Canal Zone Elem-
entary schools. In 1972 she retired and the family
left to make their home in St. Petersburg, Fla.,
later moving to Tallahassee. She was the widow of
Elmer B. Orr.
She is survived by two daughters; Kathy Orr
Keenan of Houston, and Carrie Lee Nazworth of Tal-
lahassee, Fla.; three grandchildren; Henning and
Erika Spilling and Cody Keenan. The family re-
quests that any donations be made to the Lung As-
Frances Palubo, 71, wife of Luke Palumbo, died on
December 5, 1985 in Washington General Hospital,
Fayetteville, Arkansas. She worked as a substitute
teacher and later, as a swimming instructor at
Coco Solo Pool. She had 11 years service and was
active in the Margarita Union Church, and a member
of the College Club.
Frances is survived by her husband, Luke; dau-
ghters Judy Palumbo, from Klagenfurt, Austria,
Sara Stevens, from Clifty, Arkansas; two sons,
Jimmy and Todd from Panama, and ten grandchild-
Roxie G. Peters, 77, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died November 28, 1985. She was born in Pennsylva-
nia and was a registered nurse in Panama, Canal
Zone. She was a member of the Fifth Avenue Baptist
Church and the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include her sister, Ruby Boggs, St.
Petersburg; a brother, John Graves, Tampa; a step-
son, Claude Peters, San Bernadino, Calif.; and a
nephew, James Graves of Tampa, Florida.
Beatrice C. Sergeant, formerly of St. Petersburg,
Florida, passed away November 5, 1985 in Winston-
Salem, North Carolina. Born in Detroit, she spent
most of her life, beginning with elementary school
in the Canal Zone. She was the widow of the late
Captain Richard C. Sergeant, Balboa Port Captain,
who retired in 1968 after 30 years service.
Survivors include two daughters, Kaye Nifong of
Winston-Salem, N.C. and Carol Hoover of Camarillo,
California and five grandchildren.
Sister Gertrude Marie Shaughnessy passed away Nov-
ember, 1985 at the Maryknoll Nursing Home, New
York. She was born 83 years ago in Woburn, Mass.
and was baptized Mary Josephine. She joined Mary-
knoll in 1931 and received the name: Sister Ger-
trude. In 1947 she was assigned to Balboa, Canal
Zone and remained there for 38 years. Whether she
was teaching class in the Parish, or visiting the
patients in Gorgas Hospital or comforting the
lepers at Palo Seco, her love for people was quite
In 1976, she became the first religious to re-
ceive the Order of Vasco Nuez de Balboa, and then
again in 1978 was one of three individuals who re-
ceived the Gold Panama Canal Honorary Public Ser-
vice Medallion. On the occasion of her 50th An-
niversary as a Maryknoll Sister in 1981, she was
presented with the Panama Canal Master Key Award
in the rank of "Angel of the Locks".
She is survived by a sister, Nora (Mrs. James)
Dee of North Palm Beach, Florida.
Mildred C. Smith, 80, formerly of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died January 7, 1986 at Southern Maryland
Hospital in Clinton, Md. Born in Massachusetts,
she came to St. Petersburg in 1958 from the Canal
Zone where she worked with the Industrial Division
for nine years. She was a member of the OES and
Northside Baptist Church, both of St. Petersburg.
Survivors include her son, Charles E. Smith,
Harwood, Md.; three daughters, Mary McDonald, Port
Royal, Va., Judith A. Krough, Dallas, Texas, and
Georgia Sumrall, Lucedale, Miss.; a brother, Art-
hur Cotton, San Diego; twelve grandchildren and
Frank C. South, 78, of Dothan, Alabama, died Dec-
ember 7, 1985 in University Hospital in Birmingham
following a brief illness. A native of Metcalfe
County, Kentucky, he lived his early years there.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1932 and served four
years, after which he became an Army civilian emp-
loyee in the Cana Zone for 42 years. He retired as
a civilian comptroller for the Department of Army,
and has resided in Dothan for the past 11 years.
Survivors include his wife, Mary P. of Dothan;
a son, Frank C. Jr. of Spring, Texas; two daugh-
ters, Sherry S. Kellum, Birmingham, Ala., and San-
dra K. Martin, Tustin, Calif. and four grandchild-
Herbert L. Staples, 90, of Louisville, died Jan-
uary 25, 1986 at SS Mary and Elizabeth Hospital.
He was a native of Meade County and was a retired
police officer for the Panama Canal Company. He
was an Army veteran of World War I and a member of
American Legion Post 220.
Survivors include his wife, the former Ethel
Wainio; a daughter, Gretchen E. Kroll, of Fairfax,
Virginia; a son, E. Cody; a sister, Eunice Willett
of Elizabethtown; and four grandchildren.
Helen Starr, of Osage, Iowa, died December 8, 1985
at a local hospital. She was born in Osage and re-
ceived her master's degree from Columbia Univer-
sity in New York and taught school briefly in
Osage and Mason City. She later taught school in
Juneau, Alaska. For 29 years, she was a school
principal in the Canal Zone, retiring to Mason
City and later to Osage. She was a life-long mm-e
ber of the Baptist Church.
Miss Starr is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Sam
(Lois) Woolworth and Carol Starr, both of Osage.
Ethel M. Stetler, 97, passed away on December 17,
1985 at Flora, Indiana. She was the widow of the
late Elmer Stetler, former Chief Admeasurer who
retired in 1945. They lived on the Atlantic side
for 25 years and in Balboa for 8 years. She was a
life member of Eastern Star, Coral Chapter, and
after WWI, organized the American Legion Auxiliary
in the Canal Zone. She was a life member of Elbert
S. Waid Post #2; Volunteer Chairman, C.Z. Chapter
of the American Red Cross in Balboa during WWII.
She was also active in the Union Church and social
activities. She was preceded in death by her hus-
band, Elmer, in 1969, and her son, John E. in
She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth
(Betty) Stetler, Walnut Creek, Calif. aand Alice
(Mrs. James) Nolan, E. Wenatchee, Wash.; 4 grand-
children, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-
Louis A. Stilson, 95, of Orlando, Florida, died
January 13, 1986 in Orlando. He was formerly with
the Accounting Division of the Panama Canal Com-
pany as Assistant Commissary Accountant.
He is survived by his wife, Opal, and a daugh-
ter, Dorothy, and two grandchildren.
Richard W. Stoudner, 72, of Titusville, Florida,
died January 5, 1986 at Jess Parrish Memorial Hos-
pital in Titusville. He was an immigration officer
with the Customs Division and retired after 40
years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma, of Titus-
ville; a son, Craig Stoudner of Cleveland, Ohio;
a daughter, Dixie Lee Jeavons of Vermillion, Ohio,
and five grandchildren.
John C. "Jake" Thoapson, passed away at home in
Tampa, Florida on November 8, 1985. He retired
from the Panama Canal Company in 1970 with thirty
years of service with the Lighthouse Division and
the Dredging Division.
He is survived by two sisters; Onida Hauk of
New Mexico and Fay Morgan of California, and a
brother, Clyde Thompson of California.
Olive M. Van Fleet, 93, of St. Petersburg, Florida
died November 30, 1985 at Deluve Care Inn. She
left the Canal Zone in 1944 where she was a regis-
tered nurse, and served in France during World War
I. She was a member of Bethany Reformed Church,
Order of the Eastern Star and the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
John E. Wainio, 68, of Miramar, Florida, died sud-
denly at his home on January 30, 1986. He was em-
ployed as an accountant with the U.S. Army in Fort
Amador until his retirement in 1974. He has since
been active in the Episcopal Church and was the
treasurer of local Chapter #1090 of N.A.R.F.E.
Services were held February 1 at the Church of
Holy Sacrament in Hollywood, Fla.
He is survived by his wife, Annie; a daughter,
Kathy, and a son, John; a brother, Robert; and
three sisters, Gretchen, Alice and Ethel.
Burt W. ("Te'x) Watson, 72, of Prescott, Arizona,
passes away on January 18, 1986 at Prescott. He
originally came to the Canal Zone to play Winter
Baseball with the Colon Team. He was letter enp-
loyed with the Environmental Health Department of
the U.S. Army.
During World War II he served in the See Bee's
in the South Pacific area. He was a life member of
the B.P.O.Elks Lodge.
He is survived by his sons, Andrew and Peter,
and a daughter, Cynthie.
Arthur "Chief" Weikenand, 81, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died January 24, 1986 at Palms of Pasa-
dena Hospital of a heart attack. Born in Milwaukee
he became a veteran of the U.S. Navy during WWII.
He was a former cryptographer in the Canal Zone,
was a life member of BPOE Lodge #1542, Margarita,
and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association.
Survivors include a son, Donald A. of Seminole,
Fla.; a brother, Albert, and a sister, Clara Wis-
niewski, both of Milwaukee, and one grandson.
Bert A. Williams, 79, died June 16, 1985 in Oro-
ville, California. Bert lived with his family in
Curundu, Canal Zone from 1959-61, when he was emp-
loyed as an accountant for the Army & Air Force
Exchange Service in Ft. Clayton. His wife, Marion
was a registered nurse at Gorgas Hospital at the
He is survived by his wife, Marion, of 527 Sil-
ver Leaf Drive, Oroville, CA 95966; other survi-
vors are Berta A. Bryner, Fountain Valley, Ca.;
Richard A. Williams, Sicklerville, N.J., Marion E.
Williams, San Francisco, Ca. and David L. Williams
of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Winifred E. Woods, 74, of Lehigh Acres, Florida,
passed away August 2, 1985.
She is survived by her husband, Bernard F.
(Bernie) Woods of Lehigh Acres. Fla.
John A. Wright, 83, of Pinellas Park, Florida,
died January 16, 1986 at Humana Hospital-Sun Bay.
Born in Oswego, N.Y., he was a retired supervisor
of the medical storehouse in the Canal Zone. He
was an Episcopalian and a Navy veteran of World
War I. He was an honorary life member and past Ex-
alted Ruler of BPOE Lodge #1414, Balboa and was a
past Deputy District Grand Exalted Ruler of the
Canal Zone. He was also a member of the National
Association of Retired Federal Employees and AARP.
Survivors include his wife, Constance E.; two
daughters, Marie Gibson, Houston, Texas, and Ger-
trude Smith, St. Petersburg; a brother, William A.
of New Jersey; a sister, Elizabeth Scott, Water-
town, N.Y.; nine grandchildren and two great-grand
Where Are You?
BHS CLASS OF 1937
In spite of diligent efforts by the committee,
we have been unable to obtain any information or
current addresses for the following "lost" mem-
Lily Edith Cannon
Wendell Emerson Evers
John Wilfred Fitzpatrick
Arden S. Freer
Margaret Eliz. Goodwill
Judith Mary Gritz
,Polly ann Gulbransen
Harry S. Levy
Harry Oliver Pearson
James M. Pickett
Arthur J. Pirisky
Robert Bruce Pratt
George Paget Rance
John Franklin White
This reunion will take place July 3, 1986 at
the Hyatt Regency Tampa. If you have any infor-
mation about any of the above named, please for-
ward it to: Frances Violette Sharp, Ch., 2600 Pin-
ellas Point Drive South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712.
Phone: (813) 866-3237.
LOST MEMBERS OF CLASS OF 1936
LOST MEMBERS OF CLASS OF 1955
The class of 1936
Ethel V. Deeney
Eleanor A. Dennis
Donald A. Fero
Alan M. Greenlee
Mary Norene Gulbransen
Joseph W. Hatchat
Jean Anna Hall
needs help in locating the
Eva Alice Jackson
David C. Kelly, Jr.
Muriel Ruth King
Arthur H. Luse
Dwight Shurtleff, Jr.
William A. Worley
If you have any idea of their whereabouts,
James E. Fitxpatrick
Pat Smith Caldwell
Fred A. Smith
Eleanor Van Zandt
Virginia P. Wood
7636 133rd St. N.
Seminole, FL 33542
William A. Violette
7595 Pine Valley Lane
Seminole, FL 33542
If you have any idea of their whereabouts,
please contact Doris (Ehrman) Monaco
1017 Sousa Dr.
Largo, FL 33541
BHS'52 CLASS MEMBERS WANTED
Parents do you know where your children are?
We have special requests to locate:
Francis Richard Barr Robert Daisey
Eileen Joyce Brown Joe & Nancy Fuller
K. Jayne Butler Janet Gibbs
Robert Carlin Shirley Holland
Ray Clymer John Ladd
Joan & Joyce Crowder Marcus McKee
and others. All are identified as members of BHS
Class of '52 and are wanted by class officers to
receive invitations to a class reunion. Anyone
knowing their whereabouts is asked to contact the
class secretary, Virginia Selby Entrekin, Box 6,
Whitfield, Miss. 39193.
Peanut Howe Bonner wants anyone from Gamboa to
contact her if they know the addresses of any of
the Gamboa gang, such as Patricia Gonzalez, Annet-
te Kelly, Islay Aroyo, and Susie Munyon. P.O. Box
534, Horseshoe, NC 28742.
Edward L. Martens, BHS'51 (known in his Canal
Zone school days as Edward McKeown), would like to
get in touch with Vincent ("Vinnie") Lever, a
childhood friend in Balboa.
If you can help, please contact Ed at: 9255-271
Magnolia Avenue, Santee, CA 92071. Telephone is:
619-449-1474. Thank you!
Letters to the Editor
THE THEATRE GUILD
35 YEARS OF ACTING
by Patricia SBanson
The Theatre Guild was brought into exist-
ence in October 1950, by 32 founding members, a
group of people with a common interest in
promoting amateur theater. The first official
Theatre Guild production was presented on
Dec. 21, 1950, at the Diablo Heights Theater.
Three one-act plays were presented: 'Ways and
Means," "George" and "The Valiant." Due to the
closing of the Diablo Heights Theater, the Guild
moved to a temporary workshop at the former
Diablo Heights Dispensary, where "Harvey" was
performed in April 1953.
Finally, the desperate search for a "home"
for the Guild resulted in the acquisition of the
Ancon Playhouse, formerly a venereal disease
clinic used during the war. Not the most
glamorous history, but the building fit the
needs of the Guild. Many improvements have been
made over the years to make it the little
theater as we know it today.
The first play performed at the Ancon
Playhouse was, "Pretty Lady," which opened on
June 16, 1953. A new venture, "The Theatre Guild
On the Air," was launched over radio station
H.O.G. on December 6, 1954. A radio version of
Charles Dickens' "The Signalman" was given under
the direction of Len Worcester. Record perform-
ance attendance was set in May 1968 when "Only
An Orphan Girl" filled the house every night for
During its 35 years of existence, the
Theatre Guild has presented 181 different
productions. A total of 73 different directors
directed those plays. Our top four directors
are: 1) Bruce Quinn who has directed 19 plays
for the Guild; 2) Bill Gonzalez with 12 plays;
3) Adela Bettis with 9 plays; and 4) Frederic
Berest with 8 plays. 'My Three Angels" has been
the only play to be presented on three separate
occasions: December '58, December '69 and
Some of our more illustrious members are:
1) Rick Belzer who started helping the Guild in
the lighting booth at the age of 13. He now has
his own lighting company and recently shared a
Tony; 2) Ron Harper acted in several Guild plays
while stationed here in the Navy. He ended up in
two T.V. series, "89th Precinct" and "Planet of
the Apes." 3) Robert Loggia was in the Air Force
here and went on to claim fare in the CAT T.V.
series. His latest work was the movie "Scarface"
with Al Pacino. 4) Pat Quim, sister to our
Guild vice-president, studied with Lee Strasberg
in New York and went on to do stage work. She
starred in "Alice's Restaurant," "Shootout" with
Gregory Peck and "An Urnarried Woman."
People come and people go, but here at 'The
Crossroads of the World" the Ancon Playhouse
still stands, and the Theatre Guild is still an
active entity devoted to the promotion of
amateur theater. December 21, 1985, the Theatre
Guild will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary.
A very special evening is planned. More informa-
tion will be forthcoming as plans are finalized.
MY CRUISE TO PANAMA
Made my last trip "home" in October, second
trip in three years. My heart really broke to see
the place again, was even more run down than the
trip in 1983. A dear cousin of mine that had
heard so much about the Canal Zone wanted to make
the cruise with me in '82 so off we sailed on the
ISLAND PRINCESS. As the ship approached the Canal
all passengers were advised quite strongly to stay
on board. No tours were arranged as there were in
other ports of call. We docked at Pier 15 in Bal-
boa and she and I got off the ship to spend 10
days there. We had an apartment on Barnebey St.
We rented a car so I could show her the sights.
Would you believe, we traveled everywhere with
windows up and doors locked and even then we were
on edge. Icould not believe Balboa, the Admin.,
Albrook Field, the locks, everything was run down
I grew up in Balboa except for the three years
after my Father's death when I lived here in West
Virginia with an uncle, returning to the C.Z. in
1935. Truly it is heart breaking to see the place
now, it's unbelievable! Do have many pleasant
memories of what was such a beautiful place that
can't be taken away.
Have a good year and good health and happiness!
Mrarget H. Lambert
"DOTHANITE" VISITS PANAMA DURING
Fred Mead, currently a resident of Dothan, Ala-
bama, traveled to the Isthmus for the Christmas
holidays to visit with his two sons, Burt and Ron
and their families.
The picture shows Fred at Burt's house during
a Christmas party pose.
During his visit, Fred visited with many old
friends and hopes to return again soon for a next
visit. (Hope the lottery will survive while he's
At a Christmas party at Burt Mead's home
are, L to R: Selene Mead, Carol Morland
Mead, Burt Mead (seated), Pat (Dee)
Mead, Fred Mead and Ron Mead.
TO THE BHS CLASS OF 1955
On June 6, 1985, there was a reunion celebra-
ting the 30th graduation anniversary of the Class
of 1955 of Balboa High School. Fifty classmates
plus spouses and guests were there. In all, 118
attended. If you were there you'll never forget
it. If you were not, you were missed and someone
remembered you fondly.
When the reunion ended, I wanted to record and
share my impressions. However, I was on such a
high that it seemed best to let my emotions abate,
reasoning that the high would gush oversentimental
and seemingly superficial phrases through the
point of my pen. Six months have sped by and the
passage of time has not altered my feelings. The
poignancy of renewing friendships and even sweet
secret loves has given lasting substance to the
ethereal high of nostalgia and I'm not coming
down. So read my words, dear classmates, and find
them maudlin if you wish, but never superficial or
Without recounting details of our reunion, I
hope to recreate the flavor of it to moisten the
recollective eyes of you who were there while
whetting the appetites of you who were not.
Formally, it began with the issuance of our
senior pictures to be worn as name tags. Greeting
each other after comparing those 1955 photographs
with the current faces was wonderful. Oh, what ex-
traordinary white lies spilled forth. "You haven't
a bit," "you're not getting older, you're getting
better," "gray becomes you," and son on. On the
moonlight cruise we hugged, squeezed, and shared
pictures of children and grandchildren with more
loving fibs, "You look too young to be a grandma."
Burt Mead gained our attention and gave us Joe
Wood to keynote the festivities. Joe led us
through a nostalgic and bittersweet tour de force
during which he recalled the songs, movies, sports
stories, political, scientific and historical
events of 1955. Re reminded us of some of our in-
dividual successes, honored dead classmates, put
our class into historical perspective and made us
proud to be somehow part of the Canal Zone history
and each others' lives. When he finished his sub-
tly powerful message, there was little outright
crying but many an eyelid welled on the brink of
joyful tears. Burt took the microphone and pre-
vented the lachrymal deluge with his artistry in
gentle satire which balanced perfectly Joe's pre-
sentation. Amid laughter and tears, Burt deftly
choreographed door prize drawings. The booty con-
sisted of Panama and Canal Zone memorabilia con-
tributed by classmates and friends in Panamanian
commerce and Canal management. All prizes were
sentimentally valuable and many had real value as
well. A toast to Joe and Burt for a heartfelt job
masterfully done. Your classmates love you.
Oh, yes, there was a pool side party the next
day with more prizes and affectionate outpourings
for distant yet unforgotten friendships, but the
moonlight cruise was the gleaming gem of the re-
We Zonians are a significant part of U.S. His-
tory, a part which is owing to the capriciousness
of political chance will fade as the last gener-
ation of us gradually melds into the Continental
U.S. However, we shall remain as a breed, and make
no mistake about this, we are a unique breed. As
the breed procreates, your children, theirs, and
theirs in turn, must be enjoined to pass the Canal
Zone story and our way of life down through the
generations. Let us raise the children, grand-
children, and great-grandchildren in the way we
were raised to be passionate gringos, patriots
forever bonded by a sense of history not unlike
our country's founders. Yet, in our patriotic fer-
vor, let's never sever the bonds of kinship with
our Panamanian and Latin American classmates,
friends and loved ones whose ardor for their her-
itage is no less passionate than ours.
There may be future reunions of our class and
with this past one as the standard, they will be
fantastic. Until another one is formalized, let's
all join and support the Panana Canal Society of
Florida and continue the great friendships and
traditions which are iniquely ours as Zonians. The
next annual reunion of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida in July 3 through July 6, 1986 at the
Hyatt Regency in Tampa, Florida. Let's all be
A. LIM PIBLISHES COOKBOOK
"My Favorite Things",
cookbook is now on sale
at the Army Community
Service Building No. 232,
Ft. Davis. All proceeds
of the book are being
turned over to the Atl-
antic ACS Fund, which
will benefit the Armed
Services Personnel and
their dependents. For a
number of years the auth-
or, Andrew P. Lim, has given talks on tropical
fruits and vegetables at the "Welcome to Panama",
for the Atlantic Area. Upon a suggestion by Shir-
ley Weitershausen and Pat H msaker, all the re-
cipes and helpful hints were compiled and edited
into the cookbook, which also contains illustra-
tions of the many fruits and vegetables of Panama
drawn by Andy. Mr. Lim will personally autograph
copies of his book.
"The great man is he who hasn't lost his child's
Legally, his name was Ernest L. Cotton, but if
someone had called out to him, "Ernie" or "Ernest"
he would have looked around to see if his dad was
there. To his family, friends, in-laws and out-
laws, he answered only to the name of Tyke.
The last time I saw Tyke was about three years
ago when he and Edith visited us here in Calif-
ornia. We had developed our past middle-age
paunches and more than a few grey hairs. It was a
time to reminisce.
Do you recall, Tyke, when living in Old Cris-
tobal and befriending the little mouse that was
your bathroom companion in the morning?; the great
pride and happiness when Edith presented you with
those twin boys, Larry and Lee? Damn, they were
mischievous little guys flushing the commissary
book, piece by piece, down the toilet; making out
like green behind the dairy counter. I think at
times you felt they were prime candidates for
Gamboa, but just look at what fine men they have
proven to be.
I remember the afternoons we sat in front of
the Fire Station at four o'clock and people-
watched. Then of course the night we fought the
fire that almost destroyed the city of Col6n. Our
wonderful ride across the Isthmus on horse-back.
Hell, there are so many memories shared with you
that they would fill a book.
I sit here and wonder where you are. I can't
possibly imagine you with angel wings flitting
from one pink cloud to another (in spite of your
love of aeroplanes), and I know you are not stok-
ing furnaces for old Lucifer. Somewhere there has
to be a special niche for guys like us.
Sooner or later my time here on earth will come
to a screeching halt. Since I have a fear of fly-
ing, and I sure as hell am not in favor of shovel-
ling coal twenty four hours a day, make sure that
you save me a chair at your table, and once again
we can raise a glass and say to each other, "Good
Until then, old friend, rest in peace -
on December 16. They have two children and will be
stationed in Charleston.
Daughter, Ren6e (Rivet) Harvin and husband, Sam
came up from Ft. Stewart, Georgia.
Daughter, Robbin (Rivet) IuBose and husband,
John and two children traveled from Pinewood, S.C.
Daughter Sandra and Curtis Sinner were also pres-
ent with their two children.
Sandy and Robert decided they just might need
a bigger house! It was great having the children
home for the holiday and being together for the
Sandy (Bishop) and Robert Ardis
THE WHITE HOUSE
June 17, 1985
Dear Mr. Jenkins:
On behalf of the President, let me contend you
on your courage in switching from the Democratic
to Republican Party last year.
Let me also convey our sincerest apologies for
not getting you to the White House for a recent
commnmoration with some 200 others, who, like you,
are New Republicans.
Senator Dick Langley and U.S. Senator Paula
Hawkins both had taken steps to assure you were
included; I personally saw to it that your name
was on the invitation list as it left my office.
Yes, there is something of a bureaucracy in the
White House occasionally; I am particularly sorry
that from it, your invitation to the event did not
emerge. It was only in double-checking the list a
final time that we discovered the error. Please be
assured that this is not our usual caliber of
work. The event would have been enhanced by your
I am enclosing a copy of the President's re-
marks to the New Republicans, as well as the
tokens of appreciation you would have received at
Again, sincerest apologies. Please be assured
you are part of a growing wave, and to quote the
President: "We're happy to have you, and we're
richer for your presence.. You have our admiration
Please do not hesitate to let me know how we
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Sincerely,
There were nineteen for Christmas at the home
of Robert and Sandy (Bishop) Ardis.
Sons, Russell and Ashley and daughter, Scarlett
were out of school for the Christmas holidays,
also at home for the first time in six years. Son,
Curt Rivet, and his wife, Mary arrived from Hawaii
Ceci Cole Mclnturff
Special Assistant to the President
for Intergovernmental Affairs
The Honorable Dan Jenkins
P.O. Box 5069
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
NEWS FROM THE ZIRKMANS
We enjoyed reading all of your Christmas greet-
ings last year. Unfortunately it was March before
we got to your cards. December last year found
Walter not feeling well but determined to spend
Christmas in Nebraska with daughter Caroline, her
husband, and three of our grandchildren. Little
did we know when we planned our brief visit (we
would be home before New Year's Eve) that our stay
would extend till St. Patrick's Day.
On the day after Christmas, Walter had to be
admitted to the hospital with what turned out to
be a serious case of asthmatic bronchitis. The
doctors were soon on the right track to treating
Walter's problem, but then we ran into another ob-
stacle. As Elizabeth was leaving the hospital af-
ter visiting hours, she fell, breaking her hip.
Needless to say, this situation required surgery
and a rather long hospital stay followed by six
weeks recuperation at home with Caroline's family.
For some time the family room became Grandma and
Grandpa's room. Thankfully as we approach Christ-
mas 1985 we are both feeling in good health again.
However, we have decided not to travel this year.
Now for news of a brighter note. In August,
1984 the whole family gathered in Indiana to see
our son Richard receive his Doctorate degree in
Fine Arts from Ball State University. It was a
proud moment for all of us. Richard is in his
ninth year as Music Co-ordinator with Elyria, Ohio
schools. It looks like he is there to stay.
Stephanie, his oldest, began high school this
year. Heather is nine. Both girls seem to have
inherited their dad's musical talent. Heather is
already quite a pianist and Stephanie has been in-
vited to participate in several honor groups play-
ing violin or viola.
Caroline and the children are still in Omaha,
Nebraska. Caroline continues to teach sixth grade
and work with gifted students. Harold, our son-in-
law, continues to serve as a Lutheran chaplain in
the Air Force. He left in August for a 15 month
tour in Turkey. Eric, our oldest grandchild is a
junior in high school and is a member of National
Honor Society and in his spare time debates, plays
tennis, baseball, and toots a trombone. Bryan is
a sophomore. Alyssa is a big sixth grader now.
She enjoys ballet, ice skating, and Girl Scouts.
A big treat for us last summer was to have
Richard and his family come to New York for a vis-
it. It was the first time the girls had been to
our house and to N.Y. Time was split between just
visiting and being tourists in the Big Apple.
So, I guess it has turned out to be a good year
after all. We certainly are feeling better health
wise than we did a year ago and we discovered in
meantime that we could count on care and concern
from our children and grandchildren. I forgot to
mention that Richard and Stephanie flew to Omaha
to be there during and after Elizabeth's surgery.
We made many new friends in Omaha.
Walter and Elizabeth
JO AND LLOYD KENT VISIT PANAMA
Bonny, Lloyd and Jo Kent & Llori (Kent)
Gibson in Panama, 1985.
Last year on the 15th of December, Jo and I
flew to Panama to stay with our daughter and son-
in-law, Llori (Kent) Gibson and Jay. Our daughter,
Bonny was there at the time and we spent several
days water-skiing and tubing near Gamboa.
We thought you might like to use the enclosed
picture if you need to fill in extra space and to
show there is still pleasure for the people left
Have a Happy New Year and see you all at the
Jo and Lloyd Kent
Boca Raton, FL
GRACE (SCHACK) WILSON WRITES:
Enjoyed a covered dish luncheon in the Fall at
Elaine McConaghy's condo. Present were: Elaine,
Lorraine (Terry) Gilmore, Marie (Haggerty) Bwing,
Vonna (Hambelton) Huldtquist, Isabel Gibson, Olga
Disharoon, Gertrude (McConaghy) Roberto, Betty
(Chan) Snow, Irene man, Doris (Van Evera) Grahan,
Jackie (Bowen) Hall, Tess Owen, Tillie McConaghy
Kay (Ritchie) Paton spent two lovely weeks with
us. We ate a lot of Larry's ice cream!
All seven of our children, their spouses and
off-spring, made it home during the holidays. Not
too difficult, since they all live in Florida! We
now have three working artists in the family all
successful! Jim is a wild-life artist; Patsy is in
water-colors and calligraphy, and now Larry is in-
to clay, and also acrylic.
Grace (Schack) Wilson
FROM THE INZERS
Enclosed please find a picture of 4 generations
taken on Mrs. Campbell's 99th birthday.
Mother is doing fine here in Georgia, but after
living so long in Panama and in California, she
misses her friends and the warm weather. We are
glad she is here with us.
Thank you for your magazine and trust there
will be many more to come.
Jean C.F. Inzer
Jean Campbell Farrington Inzer, Ester
E. Campbell (99), Charles A. Farrington,
Lisa M. Farrington, Richard H. Farring-
ton, Christopher H. Farrington.
GERRY AND BEE WILLIAMS:
Our daughter, Lisa M. Williams completed her
classes during December 1985 and is now a Univer-
sity of Arkansas graduate.
We had the pleasure of having Clarence and
Elearnr Sykes of Diamond City, Ark. and Harold and
Jerry Harp of Bentonville, Ark. with us for our
Christmas Dinner. A good section of the Canal was
Harrison weather has been like Fall weather
through January 4. We did have one brief spot of
snow just enough to get some moisture in the
We enjoyed the Fall Luncheon on October 13 in
Fayetteville, but couldn't get Bee to write any-
thing down for the record, as she was too busy
visiting old friends.
Wishing you all a happy New Year.
Jerry and Bee Williams
TORSTENSON'S CHRISTMAS 1985
In a very short time we will welcome in another
year. The past year has been a busy but very good
one for us, and we hope it has been the same for
The end of June, Cliff's cousin, Aase, who is
a widowed school teacher in Oslo, Norway, and her
son, Baard, who is a medical intern in Trondheim,
Norway, flew into Minneapolis for a three week
visit with us.
Fortunately we had planned our itinerary well
in advance and were able to cover well over 3,000
miles to show them the United States from Minne-
sota to Michigan, then to Texas and back to Minn-
Mary, Bill, and grandchildren Nathan and Gil-
lian, joined us all up at Grand Rapids. After four
days, Cliff and I and our Norwegian visitors
started our trek to Michigan over the northern
After a 3-day visit in Michigan we set out for
Texas. The day after we arrived in Texas, Cliff
and Aase went to Austin and picked up our daughter
Carol who had flown in from California, and our
niece, Susan, who had flown in from Ohio. After a
3-day visit the girls flew back to their respec-
Three days later we headed back to Minnesota,
arriving on Friday and Aase and Baard flew out on
Sunday. They were certainly very favorably impres-
sed with our country. It was a busy three weeks,
but so well worth it.
We don't know what the next year will bring,
but it's sure to be interesting and fun.
To everyone we wish a wonderful holiday season,
and a happy and prosperous New Year.
DONA NOBIS PACEM
Cliff and Iucille Torstenson
CELEBRATION IN GEORGIA
The Panamanian Alliance of Georgia held their
festive Independence Day Dance, November 2, 1985
at the VFW in Decatur, Georgia.
Nearly one hundred eager members and guests
danced to the lively music provided by Los Her-
manos Blancos. Carolina, Rafa Benitez, Shirley
Mills and Jose Luis Ferrer, dressed in stunning
polleras and montunos, performed authentic folk-
lore dances. Hearty appetites were happily satis-
fied with the typically latin menu of empanadas,
arroz con polio, ensalada, platanos and flan.
Anyone interested in joining the Panamanian Al-
liance of Georgia, please call (404) 498-4606
(Del Brennan) or (404) 987-1822 (Cita Webb).
Mary S. Leach
"RED" MACDONELLS' 70TH BIRTHDAY
Rod and I certainly hated to miss the "Peter
Mike" Reunion in Tampa last year but the Macdonell
clan was very busy making plans for our own re-
union to celebrate "Red's" 70th birthday here in
All our children were able to come: Rod, Jr.,
from Los Angeles where he is an electrical in-
spector for the county of Los Angeles; Laurie from
Miami with her three daughters; Patrick and wife,
Martha, and three children from Aransas Pass,
Texas, where he works for Valero Refinery; Robert
and Paul from here in Wimberley where they have a
home construction company; Mark, who lives in San
Antonio and works for Lanier-Harris Business Mach-
ines; and Carol Lynn, our baby, who graduated from
the University of Texas in Austin, in December
1985. (See Congratulations).
I, d,Jr. ert, Lauie, Caoml, fr"isef & 'bn",
Ratridk, PauL and Mlrk."
A Texas-size barbeque was cooked by Patrick who
hauled his locomotive-size barbeque cooker all the
way from Aransas Pass. Over forty friends, neigh-
bors and family were present to wish "Red" a happy
birthday. In addition, Rod and I celebrated our
41st wedding anniversary while all the children
Bob 'tppy" Grier fram Kerrville & R'ed" MAaconeU
It was great having the whole family together
again, but the thought in all our minds, as they
went their separate ways was, "Who knows if ever
again". Now that our youngest child is well-
launched in life however, we can permit ourselves
the luxury of travelling to visit the children in
their own homes.
We are beginning to see more Canal Zone faces
in the Wimberley area and, of course, we enjoyed
the Hill Country Zonians' Christmas Party in Kerr-
ville this past year.
Hope you, personally, have a very good year and
thanks for the good work you do for the Society.
Virginia A. Macdonell
Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Knapp
South Egremont, Massachusetts 01258
Your impressive volume, Red, White and Blue
Paradise: The American Canal Zone in Panama, Skil-
lfully presents in convenient form a valuable col-
lection of interesting incidents in Isthmian life,
1904-1979, with authoritative documentation of
sources and with due credit given.
It is especially gratifying to note your use of
information from the perceptive writings of Wil-
liam Franklin Sands, my distinguished former pro-
fessor under whom I studied at Georgetown Univer-
sity and wrote my historical thesis, Cadiz to Cat-
Your book, by more permanently preserving so
many details in an important chapter of U.S. his-
tory, has prevented them from being forgotten
Congratulations! Keep up the fine work.
Miles P. DuVal, Jr.
MORE VISITORS FOR THE SHARPS
Commander and Mrs. Ed Kauffnan (Mary Sharp) of
Goose Creek, South Carolina, and their three chil-
dren, Anne, Earl and Vinh, were holiday visitors
at the home of Roy and Frances (Violette) Sharp in
St. Petersburg. The children enjoyed being able to
take a couple of horseback riding lessons while
Frank Sharp of St. Petersburg has recently
changed jobs and is now employed at the Adam's
Mark Hotel in Clearwater.
Frances (Violette) Sharp
St. Petersburg, FL
THE HAMMETTER'S TOUR OF INDIA
This tour of India included Kashmir, Nepal, Sri
Lanka and a short stop-over in Saudi Arabia. The
highlights of this trip are too numerous to list,
but not to be forgotten will be the Taj Mahal at
full moon-light, the luxuries house boat living at
Srinagar where it was 330 F. one morning, the two
elephant safaris where we saw numerous rare one-
horned rhinoceros as well as other wild animals,
the human cremation bit at the banks of the Ganges
in Varanasi, and the Tiger Tops jungle Lodge near
Katmandu, where live water buffalo bait are staked
out each night to attract the tigers. Flying
around and over the roof-top of the world (Mt.
Everest) and being able to take slide snaps from
the cock-pit was thrilling.
The deject poverty of Bombay and Calcutta is
unbelievable, as is the city road traffic, where
people and free-roaming cattle wander the roads
and sidewalks, and naturally pay no heed to an-
tiquated traffic lights or policemen.
Sri Lanka was the cleanest of the countries,
with familiar vegetation very similar to Panama's.
Of all the airports we've ever seen, none can com-
pare with the one at Dubai, Saudi Arabia, the
Pearl of the Gulf. The concreted runways were the
widest and longest ever, and the Airport's Duty
Free Shop Complex was reminiscent of Stateside
Bob and Dolores Hanmetter
Alice Mix (Brayton) and family had a
very pleasant family reunion for Thanks-
giving, 1985. From left to right are her
son, George Vernon Lowery and wife,
Shirley; son Donald Lowery with his
first grandchild, Allison Michelle Shaw
McLaughlin; son Robert Lowery; daughter
Margaret McLaughlin (Lowery); husband
Edison Mix; Alice Mix (Brayton); and
son-in-law William P. McLaughlin. Not
pictured is her son John A. Lowery, who
wasn't able to be there for the photo.
FRONT GERTRUDE BAUM, NORFOLK, VA.:
I hope that someday I will be able to attend
one of the meetings and meet the lovely people I
met when we were in the Canal Zone from June 1961
to May 1965, the happiest years of my life. My
husband and I were married in 1925 and had our
fortieth wedding anniversary on our way to New Or-
leans on the ship CRISTOBAL, as we came home for
retirement. Capt. Robert Baun and I made many
lovely friends and we belong to both Chapters of
the Eastern Star, and Rebekah Lodges on both sides
of the Isthmus, and believe me, those people were
all lovely and will always be remembered. Capt.
Baun passed away 11 years ago, and my life has
been lonely. Had he lived, we would have been mar-
ried 60 years. That's life.
We both enjoyed our stay in the Canal Zone with
the Dredging Division, and I hope I can keep in
contact with the people we knew through the Canal
I have a son and a grandson there now pilots
on the Canal. Robert Baum, Jr. and Robert III -
and they are happy there.
My love is extended to each one I knew there
and hope this year's reunion will be a wonderful
"RIO CHIRIQUI VIEJO"
Rio Chiriqui is always in haste,
Has to keep racing, no time to waste.
Doing the same thing, day after day,
It rushes, no loit'ring along the way.
I like a lazy river that ambles along,
Lulling me with its soothing song;
One that seems to be going nowhere,
And what is more, it doesn't care.
So why am I looking at you,
Could it be that I love Rio Chiriqui, too?
Watching water 'round the rocks churn,
I feel there's a lesson I should learn.
From haloed hills a voice speaks to me,
And says, "This is how it's supposed to be;
Sereneness and stillness, storm and strife,
Calm and conflict are both part of life.
So sometimes be busy, sometimes be still,
But in all you do, obey my will;
The moving river, quiet hills above,
Look at both of them and see my love.
Mary V. Baldwin
June 11, 1985
Republic of Panama
MORALES' TRIP TO NEW ZEALAND
In August of last year, I visited with "Irish"
and Ranona Ireland and their son, Dan, in Nelson,
New Zealand, where they have maintained a home.
Every several years, they go from their home in
Texas to spend several months there. Their daugh-
ter, Marti (Martha) is married and living in
Christchurch, N.Z. I talked to her on the tele-
Several friends, made in the years 1974-77,
when we were living in New Zealand, made me feel
very welcome with their wonderful hospitality.
Margaret and I will be moving thirty miles
south to Savannah in March.
John A. Morales
FROM THE HALLEYS
We are presently staying in Corpus Christi
since the middle of last November.
We visited Winnie's daughter, Coleen (Michael)
Wheeler, her husband, Neil, grandson, Neil Jr. and
daughter, Sara in Jacksonville, Fla.
Also spent a few days at EPOOT and Magic King-
dom in Orlando.
On the way to and from Florida, we stopped in
Biloxii, Miss. to visit my daughter Susan (Halley)
Bailey. Just stayed ahead of the last hurricane.
My son, Michael, wife Ora and son, Matt are
still in Germany. So is Winnie's daughter, Maureen
and her husband, Lt. Col. Dennis RBhler and grand-
sons, Dennis II, Matt and Bradley. Her son, Lt.Col
Danny R. Michael is stationed in the Pentagon and
lives in Reston, Virginia with his wife, Nicole,
son Eric, and daughter Cristelle.
Milt and Winnie Halley
El Paso, Texas
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Balboa High School Baseball Team, 1923-26 era. Standing L-R: Peter Robertson, Doug-
las Cross, Ralph Clements, Karl Knobbenshoe, Paul Sullivan, Wilson Morris, Phillip
Thornton, Andrew Whitlock, Nicolas Stanziola, Mr. Henry Bogda (P.E. Director, Balboa
Schools). Sitting, L-R: Lucas Zarola, Buster Burgoon, Elias Anastaciado (Elias, the
Greek), Robert Engelke, William Wedwalt, Charles Cross (Jiggs), P. Byrne Hutchings.
Photo, courtesy of George Chevalier, Chula Vista, CA.)
Marvel Iglesias was that indomitable little
American girl who, in college in the USA in 1933,
met and married Loamie Iglesias, Kuna Indian. She
spent the next 50 years in the San Blas, happily
feeding babies, administering medicines, teaching
the Kunas to read and write. Her whole life was a
prayer. She died in Houston last year and was
taken back to San Bias for burial with full honors
next to Lonnie, her beloved husband who had died
ten years previously. The following is her last
Christmas letter, written a month before she died:
Ailigandi, San Bias
My dear friends,
"You still here?" (meaning "Are you still
among the living?") is a salutation among oldsters
in San Bias. Every morning I thank God for a new
day in which to serve Him. Ten years ago this
month I was officially retired but just couldn't
leave-I felt the Lord leading me to continue; and
God has led you to continue to work along with me.
I am only a channel through which you can share in
missionary work in San Bias. I am listing some of
the highlights of our work together.
The Kuna Mission in Colon was kept open and
is now a church. Several who found Christ there
are pastors, professors and teachers in the
The books, "Beauty Is a Ring in My Nose,"
"Born Primitive," and "Nacido Primitive," have
blessed many, brought new friends to encourage
with their love and sacrifice and have portrayed
the Kunas as they really are. One friend remarked
after reading one of the books, "Now, I really
love the Kunas."
Kunas in the islands, the cities and along
the Bayano River are singing from a new blue hymn
book, proclaiming the gospel message through song.
Little did Joe and Juanita Myers dream as they
published the hymn book that Joe, seemingly so
strong and well, would so soon go to be with the
Lord. Since, Juanita has printed 2,000 copies of
30 more hymns. The Indians love to sing, "Shall We
Gather at the River," and some day Joe and Juanita
will be surprised at the number of Kunas gathered
because of the hymns. What an investment for God!
Long before I met Marjorie Vandervelde and
her doctor son, Gerry, they were interested in the
Kunas and sponsoring two graduates from Carson-
Newman University in a School of Nursing in
Panama. Both had hoped to be doctors but no door
opened. In three years Gregorio and Mack graduated
and returned to work in the Marvel Iglesias
Hospital. "Gregorio should be a doctor," doctors
often remarked, and Rosa Tazon, a retired Panaman-
ian public health nurse, did something about it.
She went to Honduras and pleaded until a door
opened for Gregorio and Leonardo. Recently,
Gregorio's pre-med courses were recognized which
means he should be a doctor in a year or so.
Leonardo is in the third year. A missionary in
Honduras recently wrote: 'They are both very
active in the life of Central Baptist Church. I
hope some of their qualities will rub off on some
of our own young people." A year later Milton
Morris, Jr. entered medical school in Puebla,
Mexico and is in the upper third of his class. The
three are committed to work among their people.
Non-Kuna doctors find it difficult to cope in San
Bias, leaving when their required time is up.
Christian Kuna doctors and nurses are desperately
needed. Mack is hoping for an opportunity to study
anesthesia. Educating three doctors is a big
undertaking. Fortunately, the cost per student is
less than $3,000 a year. We are so happy for
others who have become partners in this task.
Dr. Daniel Gruver was not permitted to
continue practicing medicine in San Bias, and Rosa
Tazon died two years ago. They with the help of
others started a feeding center for undernourished
babies and pre-schoolers several years ago (Pre-
ventative Medicine, they called it). The Gruvers
still contribute heavily to the Feeding Center as
well as to pastor's support. The job of planning
menus, ordering food and working with a committee
falls upon me. Every morning there is a deep
satisfaction in knowing 300 children are having a
cup of oatmeal and will have a hot lunch.
Group of San Blas Indians attired in
their gala costumes on Tiger Island of
Far away in Bismarck, N.D., the Gruvers have
with them an 18 year old Kuna girl for more
surgery and dental work. She was the first one
that Dr. Gruver operated on for harelip and
cleft-palate. Anxious to improve her appearance,
she postponed her graduation from high school for
a year, but is getting to study English while
there. I am glad to be a channel through which
they can work. What love! What compassion! What
sacrifice! Last fall after a short visit, I
pleaded: "Don't forget us!" Jane replied, "How can
we forget with five sitting at the table?" They
adopted four Kuna children and one Guaymi.
On the way to the Post Office I saw a two
year old crawling from a hut. Now that he could
crawl, the family no longer could hide him.
Noticing his web-fingers and club-foot, I felt
anger; for today, no child should have to grow up
so handicapped. When my husband's nephew, Dr.
Alicio, visited me, I asked if anything could be
done for the child. He assured me he could arrange
with the Children's Hospital in Panama City and a
doctor but what about transportation and lodging
for the mother. 'The San Bias Medical Mission will
take care of that," I replied. Now, when I pass
the hut, Danadio runs out to show me his de-webbed
fingers and straightened foot. Whenever his
grandfather comes home with fish or fruit, he
insists that his mother take some to "Mama" as he
calls me. Wish I could be around to see what plan
God has for this intelligent lad.
San Bias Island
For over 30 years Rev. W. Beeby, pastor of
the First Baptist Church in Balboa (and now living
in Florida, when he isn't teaching and preaching
in India or Europe), has conducted a yearly Bible
Seminar for Kuna pastors and leaders. After being
informed that he would be unable to come this
year, I contacted Rev. C. Koch, assistant pastor
of the First Baptist Church of Perrine in Miami.
He promised to come, but at the last moment had to
cancel and phoned Lonnie's brother Claudio,
director of Ethnic Missions in Phoenix, if he
could take the seminar. The Perrine Church paid
his expenses. Claudio arrived with his wife,
Margaret, his pastor Rev. Victor Kaneubbe, who is
one-half Indian and his wife, Ilene (both
singers). Bible Seminars conducted by Claudio in
Phoenix helped prepare him for the one here. The
Kunas fell in love with Victor and Ilene. All felt
that we had a spiritual fest. Claudio and Margaret
may take an early retirement to return to help us.
They left 20 years ago to educate their three
children. Pastor Beeby was with us in spirit and
sent a gift for each pastor, saying we love you
and pray for you. We thank the Perrine Church and
hope Rev. Koch can come at a later date.
Some have helped to build and repair
churches. When visiting here Joe and Juanita spent
a night in Plyonchico and saw the church needed
benches. So, now there are Joe Myers Memorial Gift
benches in the church. The economy is so low and
building materials are so high that our churches
can't keep up with the deterioration, especially
when each year some church is hit by a tropical
storm. God bless those who help keep Kuna Churches
Ten years have brought many changes: Dr. and
Mrs. Daniel Gruver are in Bismark, Naomi Page is
nursing in Tennessee, the Millers are volunteer
workers in the Tennessee mountains, Marion Robert-
son is buried near Lonnie, and Rosa Tazon died two
years ago. As you see, this leaves me. When lonely
I remember those for whom I am a channel and thank
God for the great privilege. I want to mention two
dear friends and co-laborers whom I miss so much:
Lillian Gregory and Marjorie Spencer. As a young
nurse Marjorie began helping a Kuna boy in the 7th
grade. She and her husband, Glenn, continued to
help Alicio all through high school, college and
medical school. A few years ago she came to San
Bias and met Alicio and for two weeks they worked
together as surgeon and nurse. How gratifying!
Even though he is now a Legislator in the National
Congress, he flies to San Bias to perform surgery
whenever needed. Up through last Christmas,
Marjorie And Glenn helped to give our Kuna Sunday
School children a happy Christmas. In February she
left for her Heavenly home. We pray that others
will take Lillian's and Marjorie's places.
There have been bonuses during the past 10
years. In 1978 Pastor Beeby sparked a Holy Land
trip, and through the gifts of friends, I had an
unforgettable trip and experience. Marjorie and I
had a week of rest and relaxation in Costa Rica
two years ago, last year in Mexico and this year
we were guests of Marilyn and Morris Groover and
Willa and Bedford Smith. A great bonus is the
excellent health care administered by five
specialists in Houston while staying with caring
and loving friends. Twice a year enroute I visit
friends and churches. This fellowship makes up for
living alone in San Bias.
But there will never be another year like
last year. Friends sponsored two celebrations to
honor me for 50 years of missionary work in
Panama. The dinner for 80 was an emotional
experience for all. The two men representing the
President of Panama who came to honor me with
Panama's highest civilian award, 'The Vasco Nunez
de Balboa Medal," said they have never felt so
moved during any other presentation. Personally, I
have never felt such love. This and my wedding day
were the happiest days of my life. I shall always
be grateful to Panama's undreamed of recognition
and to friends who initiated it.
Although I accepted it in the name of Lonnie,
the Kuna Indians and myself, I thought of those
who have worked with us and wondered how I could
honor them. The first ones to be honored were
Peter and Clenantina on their 50th wedding
anniversary in our church. For 45 years they have
been missionaries. They taught in our Christian
School. Peter preached, helped with the transla-
tion of the New Testament, translated over 1,500
hymns. As long as the Kuna language is spoken, his
hymns will be sung. What a contribution to the
Church of today and tomorrow!
These have been 10 glorious years-and now
plans for 1985?
(1) Continue to help pastors, medical stu-
dents, repair churches, begin new missions and
churches and plan a Bible Sneinar for pastors.
(2) Put new windows in the mission house that
Lonnie and I built 45 years ago. I have no other
choice as the old windows are beyond repair. This
house goes to the church when I no longer need it,
and a windowless house would be unusable. Esti-
mated cost $2,000.
(3) A celebration to honor Rev. Atilio Revira
and his wife, Alicia, for over 40 years of
(4) Through counseling I pray to be able to
encourage Christians and lead others to Christ.
One Sunday morning Carlos and Aurora walked
hand in hand down the church steps and on down the
street (a rare sight here). Still lovers after
more than 25 years of marriage. This was the first
couple to be married in our church. As I watched I
thought, "How can one measure an influence?" You
and I can never measure what has been done but we
can thank God for letting us have a part. I hope
this reminiscence will give you the same joy and
sense of achievement that it has given me and will
add to your Christmas joy.
I spend Christmas Day here alone reading mail
and will be looking for a letter from you. Please
consider this a personal letter as I prayed for
you as I addressed the envelopes in San Bias.
Juanita is printing it, but I won't be in Newport
long enough to add personal notes.
There are a few books left and can be ordered
from Marjorie Vandervelde, 402 Lakeshore Drive,
Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536 $7.00 a copy postpaid.
May the Christ of Christmas give you joy and
hope and blessing.
Lots of love,
Ailigandi, San Bias
Republic of Panama
"Molas" with beautifully colored designs
P.S. Some write to ask how contributions can be
sent. Checks made out to me can be mailed to the
above address. OR, if a receipt for income tax
purpose is desired, a designated check payable to
the First Baptist Church of Perrine can be mailed
San Blas Medical Mission
Miami, Florida 33157
This souvenir, along with a small medal with
the Seal of the Canal Zone Isthmus of Panama,
struck in camneroration of the Exposition, was
obtained by Robert G. Provost, BHS '38, at an
auction in North Carolina a few years ago. The
medal was inserted in a small block of wood, and
labeled, "Souvenir, Panama-Pacific International
Exposition, San Francisco, 1915." The label also
bears the signature of Agnes Sulliven, Otober 4,
1915. The reverse of the medal shows: 'Panama-
Pacific International Exposition, 1915 Souvenir
of Cocoabola Wood used as Railroad Tie across the
Isthmus of Panama since 1849."
A LIFE FOR EVERY TIE
OFFICIAL PANAMA SOUVENIR
PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION,
SAN FRANCIS00, 1915
The Panana Railroad, an American enterprise,
was started May, 1850, and finished on the 27th of
January, 1855. It was one of the boldest and
grandest enterprises ever attempted. Recruits were
brought from the four corners of the earth. The
sturdy Irishman, the hard-working German and the
European peasant did little but die of the
tropical fevers. One thousand Chinese Coolies
imported and set to work became so demoralized by
the daily deaths of their companions that they
were seized with a passion to commit suicide and
scarcely two hundred of them left the Isthmus
after a few weeks of work to die soon afterwards.
Fever haunted swanps filled to the brim with
disease through which the hundreds and thousands
of new workers forced their way through tangled
vines, knee-deep in mud, surrounded by death-
dealing insects, now drenched from above and again
to be roasted by the tropical sun, kept the
workers in a quivering and fearing state .
At night they dragged themselves back to
their quarters to toss until morning among the
pitiless mosquitoes. Nobody knew how to fight the
fevers, there was no Governor Goethals, nor Doctor
Gorgas to look after the men's welfare.
Everywhere did they die, on the wayside, in
trenches, on the way to their homes, in their
tents, and were buried wherever they fell. Others
would fill the hospitals, which day by day emptied
their deaths and filled themselves again with
"A LIFE FOR EVERY TIE"
So the Panamanian natives claim was paid, but
no monument marks the place in remembrance of the
brave lives given up.
We describe the horrible facts not to shock,
but to realize that human progress prevented the
recurrence of such horrors when building the
world's greatest wonder, the Panama Canal, when
the same black swamps and the same malaria stench,
with its fever carrying mosquitoes, had to be
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Tom Snider, Colin Corrigan, Jack Sanders.
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FIRST MEETING OF RAINBOW GIRLS
Balboa Assembly #1
May 15, 1926
Calvit, Virginia Irene
Clement, Virginia S. (Mrs. Wesley Town-
send, Ocala, Fla.) First Charity.
Clement, Elizabeth (Mrs. Lyman Smith,
San Gabriel, Calif.)
Clisbee, Docia (Mrs. Zazitkovsky, Los
Fransen, Wilhelmina (Mrs. Sandiford,
Harrison, Gertrude M.
Hodges, Beverly Virginia
Hutchings, Frances Amelia (1st. Pianist)
Jacques, Roberta M.
Johannes, Jennie, Austin, Texas.
Johnson, Agnes N. First W.A.
Morgan, Helen E.
Newhard, Rae J. (Mrs. T. Joe Ebdon, Sar-
Phillips, Mildred G.
Reiman, Else Louise
Smith, Flores E.
Van Valkenburg, Valeria
Willett, Adelaide E.
Woodard, Mary Catherine
Drill Master: Mr. L.F. Hallett
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by Jos6 T. Tun6n
The apparel of slave wanen and nursemaids during
the Spanish colonial era of the Isthmus has
become, with the passing of time, the national
costume of Panama and one of the most beautiful
and most admired typical dresses of the world.
Frmn its humble beginnings in the servants'
quarters of the wealthy of Old Panama, the
pollera gradually invaded the refined drawing
roams of high society, becoming a prized posses-
sion of all Panamanian women, from the rustic
maidens of the countryside to the highborn ladies
of the aristocracy.
There are those who claim that the pollera
had its beginning in Spain because of its
similarity to the modest dress worn by women in
the small towns of Spain in colonial days. And
still others will insist that the pollera
originated with fashionable ladies of Old Panama.
Las Polleras. Photo by Robert Harp.
The idea most accepted, however, is that the
dress was inspired by the garment worn by the
black slaves, later becoming the dress of the
women of the populace, evolving into what it is
today, the national costume for women and a
symbol of Panamanian nationality.
There are three classes of polleras: the
formal dress known as the pollera de gala; the
pollera montuna, the everyday dress: and the
wedding pollera, originally from Ocu area.
According to Panamanian folklore, the all
white pollera was worn by the nursemaids, while
other female servants wore the brightly colored
calico skirt that became the pollera montuna, the
The Fomal Pollera
The formal pollera for festive occasions and
holidays is made of fine white linen, cambric or
voile. At least 12 yards of material go into its
making. It must be pure white to form a
background for the blended tints of embroidered
designs of flowers, birds, garlands or other
combinations of designs, preferably of native
origin and feeling. Exquisite designs are made in
cross-stitch or by the use of a more elegant
needlework known as "talco en sombra," which is
characteristic of Panana. It consists of two
pieces of material sewn together. A design is
made on one piece of the fabric, and the design
is then carefully cut out and its edges hemed
with tiny invisible stiches.
The formal pollera consists of the blouse
(wider than the montuna blouse), the skirt and
the petticoat or petticoats, as one to three are
worn under the gown. The blouse of all three
polleras is white and worn off the shoulder. For
the formal dress, the blouse has a neckband at
the top of the bodice made of the traditional
'tundillo," the fine handmade bonelace made in
the Interior, and edged with lace. The band has
openings in the front and in the back, where wool
pompons are placed. The neckband is interwoven
with wool of the sane color as the ponpons. Two
ribbons, called "gallardetes," hang from the
waist, one in front and one in the back, and
match the color of the wool. The heelless shoes,
soft slippers in velveteen or satin, also are of
the same color as the wool pompons. No stockings
A beautifully embroidered ruffle of fine
wide Valencian lace is attached to the mundillo
band and falls to the middle of the bodice.
Another ruffle is added under the first one and
this falls to the waist, or to a little lower
than the waist. Both of these ruffles are
exquisitely embroidered or worked in "talco."
The blouse has push-up sleeves with an
embroidered ruffle, also trimmed in lace.
The skirt of the formal pollera is always
made of fine white material, fine enough for the
handwork on the petticoats to show through. It is
loose, full and long, reaching the ankles. The
skirt is two piece; the upper section canes to
the knees and is separated by an insertion of
mundillo lace, with the material gathered in such
a manner that it can be spread out and be
admired. Twice as much fabric goes into the lower
part of the skirt, making a circle. The edge of
the skirt is trimmed with about 25 yards of lace,
4 or 5 inches wide. The magnificent skirt is
gathered at the waist and tied by four narrow
ribbons, two crossing in the front and two in the
back, running through the button holes of two
gold buttons at either side of the waist.
The petticoats are handmade of very fine
white linen, as elaborate as the skirt, with
laces, cutwork and embroidery. Usually two are
worn with the pollera, sometimes three.
The hairdress is an important part of the
pollera. The hair is parted in the center and
tightly pulled back behind the ears, forming two
braids. The braids are covered with several pairs
of "tembleques," the glittering sprays of
flower-like filigree ornaments made of gold and
silver and pearls, their flexible stems "trembl-
ing" as the wearer moves. Two kinds of combs are
worn, one crested with elaborate gold work,
called "de balcony" as they resemble the design of
balcony railings. These are placed toward the
back of the head on either side. The others are
called "de perlas" because the gold work is
encrusted with pearls. These are worn a little to
the front of the head. Earrings are large, of
various shapes, in gold or silver, with rosettes
of pearls or coral.
Antique Pollera Jewelry
Several gold chains around the neck, from
four to eight, are part of the jewelry worn with
the formal dress. These include coral and pearl
rosaries, gold coins in filigree frames on plain
gold chains, a gold cross on a chain or a narrow
black ribbon, gold cords with religious emblems,
scapularies, and the "cadena chata," the flat
chain with a gold fish at the end. It is
absolutely Panananian in significance and,
according to legend, in the old days, when a wet
nurse had successfully weaned a baby, the mother
presented her with a cadena chata as a reward.
The montuna pollera with its colorful skirt
is worn with a Panama hat, known as "pintao,"
that is made in the mountain area of Cocle
Province. The slippers match the color of the
pompons and ribbons. The blouse is similar to the
pollera blouse but much less elaborate and with
only one ruffle.
The wedding dress is similar to the formal
pollera, but always all white, with the embroid-
ery and applique work done in white. The wool
pompon and wool woven in the top of the blouse is
usually a pale pirk or light blue. The petti-
coats, of course, are white, magnificently
embroidered and lace encrusted.
Panama National Costume
Although many women make their own polleras,
spending months and perhaps years to complete
them, most of the polleras are made by expert
seamstresses in the Provines of Herrena and Los
Santos, especially in Las Tablas. These women may
be seen sitting in their doorways making,mundillo
or embroidering sections of material. A number of
women may be working on one pollera which may
take a year to complete and cost several hundred
dollars, depending on the work that has gone into
its elaboration. Polleras are heirlooms, handed
down from one generation to another, and very
fortunate indeed is a young girl who inherits a
formal pollera and the jewels that go with it.
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.
CANAL ZONE PAST MATRONS LUNCHEON
The Canal Zone Past Matrons Association of Flo-
rida will sponsor a luncheon during the Reunion in
July. Date, time and place will be announced in
the June issue of the CANAL RECORD.
All Past Matrons and their guests are cordially
invited to attend.
For reservations, contact Mrs. Eleanor Buehler,
2501 Stonehaven Place, New Port Richey, FL 33552.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS PICNIC
The annual get-together picnic of the Panama
Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas will be held
at Agri Park, Fayetteville, Ark. on June 15, 1986.
All persons with any connections with the Pan-
ama Canal or Panama are invited to attend.
Please bring a covered dish and your own silver
ware. Chairpersons are Keith and Winona York, Tel:
BHS CLASS OF 1935
A no-host luncheon at the Hilton is planned for
July 3, 1986, at Tampa. It has been suggested that
members of our class congregate at about noon in
the cocktail lounge area adjacent to the regis-
tration desk at the Hilton.
We are having identification buttons made which
will be mailed in the relatively near future un-
less you indicate to the contrary. The buttons
will cost $1.25 each. If you want an extra for a
spouse, let me know.
As for the main event, we hopefully can be in-
cluded in the 1936-37 party. The cost for their
dinner dance is $25.00, and if interested, write
very soon to Mrs. Virginia Preston Wood, 7636,
133rd Street North, Seminole, FL 33542.
Carthage, NC 28327
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
Will Hall would like to hear from members of
BHS class of 1979 interested in a class reunion.
Please contact him at: Lt. j.g. Will Hall, USN,
1148 Ashland, Le Moore, CA 93245.
BOB HOPE WAS THERE ....
....that December of 1960. Now that I have your
attention....Yes, Bob Hope chose Mike Koncir and
Judy Days for their photogenic qualities to appear
in our yearbook as Mr. and Mrs. Zonian for 1961!
That was the year Buzzy, Frank, Woody, Willie, Tom
Morris, Jobey, Sam, huck, Scott, Pete, Doug, Tom
and Frank sidestepped every lineman and brought us
the football championship! That was the year Bar-
bara Chiefalo, Lois Thmpson and Debbie Bathke
graced the Football Throne. There were many stars,
each was a shining one in his special way. I was
swept with nostalgia when I read in my "Zonian"
the words of Steve Palasia, "Gee, Deed, won't we
have a lot to look back on when we're old and
July 4, 1986
Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Fla.
Will attend BHS'61 Dinner.
$ Total enclosed. $15/person
Please make your check out to either Judi
Bugge or Didi Rogers and mail no later than
March 31. We ask that you also forward to us
names and addresses of other classmates so we
may contact them.Include a self-addressed &
stamped envelope for our follow-up letter to
Need hotel rooms? Your ETA DTA
Need Transportation from airport?
Well, here's your opportunity! a task force
consisting of John Deming, Judi Days Bugge, Bev-
erly Bowman Wood, Didi Bremer Rogers and chaired
by George Garcia has been feverishly at work! Ar-
rangements have been made for a BHS'61 Reunion
within the Panama Canal Society Reunion at the
Hyatt Regency in Tampa, Fla. There will be a Hos-
pitality Suite available to our class the after-
noons of July 3, 4, and 5. A Dinner has been plan-
ned for Friday evening with a cash bar.. The total
cost per person is $30.00. Please complete the
following attendance form and mail it with your
deposit of $15.00 per person as soon as possible
Judi Days Bugge
765 Ocean Surf Dr.
Didi Bremer Rogers
11653 Capt. Rhett Lane
We are also trying to arrange for a reserved
section at the Annual Ball on Saturday, July 5,
featuring non other than Lucho Azcarraga! Please,
submit all the appropriate forms in this Record so
you won't be disappointed. We are Silver Jubil-
arians and plan to do a lot of jubilating! Be
REUNION DINNER/DANCE, BHS CLASSES
OF 1936 AND 1937
July 3, 1986 Hyatt Regency, Two Tampa City,
Tampa, FL 33602
PAY AS YOU GO 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 Mohler 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.
SPECIAL NOTICE TO BHS CLASS '55
Although no roganized class reunion is sched-
uled for 1986, we anticipate substantial attend-
ance by classmates at this year's PCS Reunion. So,
55'ers, let's meet at the Hilton Bar between 3 and
6 p.m. on July 4 for drinks and to talk about
another organized class reunion in the coming fu-
ture. How about next year for the 32nd anniversary
of our graduation? For that matter, how about our
35th in 1990? Doris (Ehmnan) and Al Monaco, Henry
and Connie Ehmian, Paul and Sharon Glassburn, Lam-
bert and Joyce Mantovani, Bob Zunmado and many
others will be there holding up the Hilton Bar on
July 4, waiting for the rest of you. As a parting
note, we are still looking for several classmates
to complete our class directorate. If you have any
leads, however slight, or addresses, please send
them to: Doris (Ehrman) Monaco, 1017 Sousa Dr.,
Largo, FL 33541. (See "Where are you" for name
Anyone wishing to help on Registration
at the 1986 Panama Canal Reunion, please
call or write: DOT HERRINGTON,
3103 Haverford Dr.
Clearwater, FL 33519
BHS CLASS OF 1977
Any classmates of BHS'77, who would like to
consider a 10 year anniversary reunion in 1987,
please contact aTomas 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 in June, 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.
PCSOFL AUGUST MEETING/LUNCHEON
August 2, 1986
Sahib Shrine Temple, Sarasota, Fla.
The August Meeting/Luncheon of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida will be
held at the Sahib Shrine Temple, Sara-
sota, Florida on August 2, 1986, start-
ing at 11:30 A.m.
The menu will consist of: Beef Bur-
gandy, Temple Salad, Parsley Buttered
Noodles, Rum Glazed Carrots, Fresh Rolls
and Butter, Apple Pie, Coffee Tea -
Sanka. Cost per person is $9.62. Chair-
man is Mr. Carl Starke (813) 955-5250.
Directions are shown on the attached
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PCSOFL AUGUST MEETING/LUNCHEON
August 2, 1986
Sahib Shrine Temple, Sarasota, Fla.
Please make reservations for me at $9.62
per person. Total enclosed: $
Make checks payable to: Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc.
MAIL TO: Panama Canal Society of FL.
P.O. Box 3738
Holiday, FL 33590
SFruitville Rd T 7
SBee Ridge Rd
NOT TO SCALE
ANCIENT ARABIC ORDER OF THE MYSTIC SHRINE
OA OF THE PANAA CANAL
Box 3668. Balboa Panama
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 kHoard, 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. Roomr
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.
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.
10 YEAR REUNION FOR CLASS OF 1976
The class of 1976 will be holding their 10-year
reunion during the sumner 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
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
Pam Rowe Herold
8930 St. Croix Lane
Matthews, NC 28105
30TH ANNIV, REUNION, CLASS OF '56
The Class of 1956 is planning their 30th an-
niversary reunion in conjunction with the Panama
Canal Society Reunion to be held July 4 weekend in
Tanpa. All former class members and spouses are
invited to attend.
A cocktail party is planned for the evening of
July 4 at the Tampa Hilton (200 Ashley Drive) from
6:30-8:30 p.m., after which we will adjourn to the
Hyatt Regency for the Panazonian's Dance.
We hope to have special tables set aside for
the class members. (More on that at a later time).
Please contact the following for more inform-
ation and for reservations.
Susan Knapp Light
9905 Willow Cove Road
Huntsville, AL 35802
St. Petersburg, Florida
JUST BEFORE GOING TO PRESS, THE PRES-
IDENT ANNOUNCED THAT A NEW MEETING PLACE
HAS BEEN OBTAINED, AFTER NEGOTIATIONS.
THE NEW MEETING PLACE IS ST. BEDE'S
EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 2500 16th Street N.,
St. Petersburg, Fla. A MAP, SHOWING THE
LOCATION IS ON THIS PAGE.
j St. Bede's Episcopal Church
38th Ave. N.
26th Ave. N.
1-- 25th Ave. N.
22nd Ave. N.
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
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
For Sale" 12x15 Chinese rug; 9x12 Chinese rug;
Noritake (Humoresque pattern) service for 12, with
extras; Chinese style dinner service for 8 (144
pcs); Nicaragua long fringed wedding hammock (not
used); Chinese linens (never used); 18K gold men's
and ladies jewelry including San Blas and mosqueta
jewelry; spoon collection (44 countries) with
racks; sterling holloware/flatware; pair high back
elephant leg carved chairs; E. Leitz/Wetzler 12x60
binoculars w/leather strap carrying case; C. Zeiss
theatre binoculars 31x15 w/blue velvet lined case;
PC Reviews (Spanish); long sleeve mola print
blouses w/matching hats (never worn); ladies wool-
en clothing w/elaborate hand embroidery work (Ecu-
ador); almost finished mola bedspread (large);
many other items. Write to: E.M. Banks, 8 Cypress
Drive, Eustis, FL 32726
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: "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.
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
the 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 BUE PARADISE: THE AMERICAN CANAL
ZMNE 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 Overseas addresses with
U.S. Zip codes (includes airmail); $23.00 to Rep-.
ublic of Panama (airmail). An autographed copy
makes a perfect gift for anyone who ever lived on
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: 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.
Wanted: "The Jungle Whispers" by Kenneth Vinton,
and "The Secret of El Baru" by Patricia Markun.
Ronald Riefkohl, 816 Anderson Street, Durham, N.C.
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.
Tivoli Hotel For Sale: Twelve designs in prints, each drawing printed
in a limited edition of 100; matted, titled, numbered and
^/ signed. The matted print fits any standard 11x14" diploma-
New Item: Note cards, 44" x 52 ", single fold, envelopes
included, limited edition. Ten per pack, two each of the
following designs: "Interior Scene", "Side Street", "Tight
Fit", Cancion" and "Tivoli Hotel". Not available singly.
10518 N.E. Second Court Circle mat color choice:
Miami Shores, FL 33138 Tan Cream
(305) 751-4451 Grey Black
Side Street Beige White
Please send the following:
1983 Edition Quantity Cost @ $7.50
El Morro (Pelican)
I 1984 Edition
--Mi Pollera *
Tivoli Hotel No Longer Available
S1985 Notecards ($7.00) **
SCity State Zip
Almost out. Give second choice.
** Buy 3 notecards @ $7.00 ea. and get
one pack free.
10% Discount on orders over $50.00
Allow 2 weeks for delivery.
WANTED: Panama Canal Material:
Postcards (non chrome) mint up to $5.00 ea.
Postcards, used with CZ stanp up to $15.00 ea.
Roosevelt Medals (2 bar-need 1904-10,
1905-11, 1908-14) $250.00 ea.
(3 bar-need 1904-1912) $350.00 ea.
(4 bar $600.00 ea.
Public Service Medals Bronze $75.00 ea.
Silver $150.00 ea.
Gold $300.00 ea.
Books: "Society of the Chagres
Yearbooks" (don't need 1916-17) $20.00 ea.
"Makers of the Panama Canal" $50.00 ea.
"The Canal Record" 1907-1915 $450.00 ea.
Old Yearbooks up to $20.00 ea.
Scrapbooks and photographs Depends
Old letters and stamped envelopes Depends
Other Canal Zone memorabilia Depends
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
HISTORIAN/COLLECTOR WANTS TO BUY: Society of the
Chagres Yearbooks 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914.
Balboa High School Zonian 1921 Edition.
Post Cards, Used or Unused, RP/PC/CZ
$7.50 denomination Commisary Book (or Xerox copy).
Early hunting license, Chauffer license, dog, etc.
Telephone Directory, pre-1930.
Book "Panama Canal A Trip".
Contact: Gene Hanlin, Box 577, Carthage, NC 28327.
"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.
Wanted: Brass Seal of the Canal Zone, 24" or 30"
diameter. Contact Leo J. Krziza, Box 70, San Luis
Rey, CA 92068
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APRIL 25, 1986
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
STATEMENT OF INCOME AND EXPENSES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCES AS OF
JANUARY 1, 1985 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 1985
January 22, 1986
Fund Balances at January 1, 1985
Checking Account (Unlimited)
Checking Account (Limited)
Certificate of Deposit (4-Year)
Certificate of Deposit (91-Days)
Certificate of Deposit (31-Days)
Certificate of Deposit (31-Days-Blood Bank)
Total Fund Balances as of January 1, 1985
Dues (Includes $13,095.00 prepaid dues-1986)
Annual Reunion 1985
Annual Reunion 1986
Other Society Reimbursables
Sales (Tags, Decals, Pins)
Sales (Canal Record)
Adjustment to Petty Cash
Transportation Allowances 1,219.32
Annual Reunion 1985 21,190.04
Annual Reunion 1986 541.18
Other Society Reimbursables 3,366.54
Canal Record Publication 24,561.29
Taxes Paid (Fed./State) 2,116.76
Postage (CR-3,011.88, Soc.-1,921.22) 4,933.10
Supplies (CR-582.02, Soc.-1,601.43) 2,183.45
Telephone (CR-214.38, Soc.-227.21) 441.59
Equipment/Maintenance (CR-504.00, Soc.-252.00) 756.00
Monthly Meetings 629.00
Cost (tags, decals, pins) 4,076.62
Petty Cash (CR-462.79, Soc.-150.22, Ref.-115.96) 728.97
Bank Charges 148.43
Capital Expenditures 946.41
Taxes Withheld (1,863.73)
Computer Services 4,543.36
TOTAL EXPENDITURES-1985 $90,020.74
Fund Balances at December 31, 1985
Checking Account (Unlimited)
Checking Account (Limited)
Certificate of Deposit (Exp. 3/2/87, 4-Yr.)
Certificate of Deposit (91-Days)
Certificate of Deposit (31-Days-Blood Bank)
TOTAL FUND BALANCES AS OF 12/31/85 67,515.18
* $123.41 difference in petty cash fund will be adjusted in 1986
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I ^l THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC. /o % I
Application/Renewal of Membership
Holiday, Florida 33590
I, hereby apply for membership (Renewal) to the ---------
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and enclose my $15.00 annual membership fee, for
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:
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
SNumber 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.
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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
At Tarpon Springs,
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