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VOL. 20 JUNE 1986 NO. 2
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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
T he President's M message ............................................. 1
From the Secretary .................................................. 2
E ditor's C orner ................................................... 3
L legislative R report ................................................. 4
Am endm ents to the Bylaws ........................................... 5
Nom nations for Awards .................. ........................... 9
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................ 10
R etirem ents ....................................................... 13
N ew s C lips ......................................................... 14
1986 R union .............................................. C enterfold
Your Reporter Says ......................... .......... ............. 18
Alabam a..................... 18 M ississippi ................. 38
Arizona ...... ........... .... 19 North Carolina ............... 38
A rkansas .................... 21 N northwest ................... 39
California ................... 23 Panam a ............ ......... 40
Colorado .................... 28 South Carolina ............... 43
Florida .................... 30 Texas .............. ........ 44
Louisiana .................... 35 V irginia ..................... 45
Michigan .................... 37 The Younger Generation ....... 47
C congratulations ..................................................... 48
W here A re You .................................... ........... ...... 53
W weddings .......................................................... 54
Births ............................................................. 60
W ith D eep Sorrow .................................................. 63
Letters to the Editor. .......................... ..................... 69
Looking Back ......................................... .......... 76
A nnouncem ents ..................................................... 80
For Sale or W anted ................... ....................... 86
Jadan, Inc.................... 8 tiptoe publishing ................ 7
G.E.R. Doiles .................. 88 Artwork to Order ............... 7
Front Cover: Pen and ink drawing by John Morton, Austin, Texas, of No.
260, sister-locomotive to old 299. No. 260 is listed as last locomotive
to carry dirt from Culebra Cut, but has not been verified. Back Cover:
Tug boat "M.L. Walker" of PCC was put into operation on the Canal in the
mid-1970's. (Panama Canal Photo).
DATES TO REMEMBER
Jun 6 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 12:00 Noon, St. Bede's Episcopal
Church, 2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL
Jun 15 Annual Blanche Shaw Picnic, Agri Park, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Jun 19 "Pot Luck" Luncheon, Seniors' Clubhouse, Aiken, S.C.
JUL 3-6 PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, HYATT REGENCY TAMPA,
Aug 2 Ninth annual Pacific Northwest PanCanal Picnic Reunion,
Monitor River Park, halfway between Wanatchee and Cashmere
in Monitor, Washington. (See Northwest Report for details).
Aug 2 PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, Sahib Shrine Temple, Sarasota,
FL at 11:30 AM
Aug 3 Summer Picnic, PCSSC, Walter Knott Steak House, Knott's
Berry Farm, Buena Park, Calif. 10:30 AM 2:30 PM
Aug 30 Memorial Day Picnic, N.E. Florida, at Green Cove Springs, FL
at Harned's residence.
Sep 5 PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11:30
Sep 12-14 PCSSC West Reunion, Grand Hotel, Anaheim, Calif.
Sep 19 Pocono Reunion, Best Western Hill Motor Lodge, Tannersville,
Oct 4 PCSOFL Annual Picnic Meeting, Anderson Park, Tarpon
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
S(A Non-Profit Organization)
a2 To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
o P.O. Box 3738 HOLIDAY, FLORIDA 33590
The CANAL RECORD (USPS 088-020) is published five times a year in March, June, September, November and December by
Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 33575.
The membership fee is $15.00 annually. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
Second Class postage paid at Tarpon Springs, Florida and additional entry.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, P.O. Box 3738, Holiday, Fla. 33590.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals
and Canal Zone Friendship.
Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $1.50 postage to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida will become the property of the Society and will
be retained in our files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
225 Monroe Drive West
Holiday, Florida 33590
Printed by ROBERTS PRINTING, INC., Clearwater, FL 33575
The 1986 Reunion is a little more than two
months away from the date that I am writing this
report. It appears that everything is still on
track and this will be another very large and
successful Reunion for the Society.
Mr. Robert Dill, Roosevelt Medal holder, will
provide us with a very special treat by speaking
at the Reunion's Annual Banquet Luncheon. Both
President Reagan and Senator Paula Hawkins have
declined our invitation to speak at the Luncheon
due to previous canmitments.
The Hyatt Regency Tampa 519 rooms and the 265
rooms at the Tampa Hilton Hotel were completely
filled by mid-March with Society members. Rooms
are still available at the Ashley Plaza. Since we
exceeded our block of rooms at the Hilton, any
rooms which now become available due to cancella-
tions, will be assigned at their normal $95.00
The '86 Reunion forms are coming in at a
steady pace. Processing of these forms through the
various stages has, as usual, increased the
Secretary/Treasurer's workload by tenfold, and
completely tied down the Coordinator, Registra-
tion, Ball and Luncheon Chairpersons so that most
of their time (which is on a volunteer basis-no
compensation) is dedicated to the Society's
We tried to design the Pre-Registration and
ticket order forms to facilitate establishing a
registration list and to make name tags in
advance; the residence is to provide an up-to-date
address in case there is a question on the ticket
orders. Unfortunately, many forms have been
received with initials for first names (e.g., Mr.
and Mrs. J.D. Doe). We undoubtedly will receive
complaints from these members because their name
tags will read J.D. Doe and Mrs. J.D. Doe.
Remember-you completed the forms yourself!!
Among some of the other problems encountered
so far on the Reunion forms are: not including the
residence in the space provided, detaching the
forms and reducing the forms to a miniature size
on the copying machines-all of which has made our
job a little more difficult to process the forms.
In a continuing effort to improve the
Society's office systems, we are in the process of
purchasing a computer system for the Secretary/-
Treasurer. Among the many advantages, our own
computer system will permit us to print our own
mailing labels for the Canal Record and do away
with paying a Computer Service to do this for us.
The system will pay for itself in the long run.
Mr. Adrien "Kibby" Bouche completed a very
comprehensive investigation on the needs and
requirements involved in the establishment of a
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Panamn Canal Museun. He visited the administrators
of several museums in Washington, D.C. to gather
information and support. Kibby spent many hours on
this project to cover each minute detail, conclud-
ing with the finding that, even with reducing the
scope, it is an overwhelming project for a Society
relying on volunteers, in addition to requiring a
considerable outlay of funds. As a result, the
Society's Panana Canal Museun Project has been
terminated. Contributing to this decision was
membership lack of interest in the project. We
received a total of 11 Museum questionnaires
returned by our members. There were 9 in support
of the Museum and 2 against the Museun. This is
not enough interest to justify an operation of
this magnitude. Anyone still interested in a
museum should contact Mr. Bouche as this is
sanething dear to his heart and he'll probably try
to continue with it in another direction.
The Society's Blood Bank, because of regula-
tions imposed in 1983 which eliminated the payment
for human blood, was found to be obsolete and
ineffective. We were advised that we could not
purchase or pay for blood to help any needy
members. As a result, we have had to dissolve the
Society's Blood Bank.
The volunteers who give of themselves and
their time for the Society here in the Tampa Bay
area are rapidly thinning out and those who
graciously continue to volunteer their time and
efforts are getting burned out. I cannot praise
them enough for their dedication and hard work.
These members repeatedly help at meetings and the
Reunion activities. If more of our members don't
start getting involved, we are going to be facing
a problem of who is going to do the work for the
4,000 Society members, especially at the annual
In order to maintain the lowest possible
rates at the Reunion Hotels and to obtain the
Curtis Hixon Convention Center which gives us
unlimited space for an Annual Ball, I have already
signed contracts with both the Hotels and Curtis
Hixon Center for our July 4th, 1987 Reunion-at
the very same rates as the 1986 Reunion.
This is my last message as President of the
Society. I have had an enjoyable and interesting
year with an excellent working Executive Board-it
was a tean effort.
I have tried to keep you informed of the
Society's business through these messages and at
our meetings and as a result your feed back has
been helpful in keeping those of us on the
Executive Board on tract.
I appreciated the help of our loyal volun-
teers and want you all to know that it has been my
pleasure to serve you-See you at the 1986
I have cane full circle in this job and one
thing I can say, "I have never worked so hard for
so little in my whole life." The kind words from
many of you who have written to me have helped me
get through many of the rough spots, so I am
taking this opportunity to thank you, one and
It has been a year of constant change, all
towards improving our service to you, our valued
members. During this past year we have used two
different computer services. Since we were all
very new to the "computer world" it seemed that
this was the most logical place to start.
Unfortunately, the employees that key punch our
information into the computer were error-prone and
it has required countless hours of proofing and
correcting by myself and numerous volunteers. I
thought I had it licked; however, right after the
mailing of the March Canal Record I found out the
computer service had lost the latest tape with
approximately 600 changes of information on our
members. As a result, I have been besieged with
the return of ripped-off covers of the Canal
Record fran the post office, which increased the
workload and costs to the Society. It has been a
learning experience and the solution appears to be
the purchase of a home computer that will permit
us to do all of the things we are now depending on
from outside services. The Executive Board has
approved a micro-computer for the Secretary/Treas-
urer and I will be able to consolidate my efforts
and cut down on the lag-time I now encounter with
the computer service. I don't object to accepting
the blame for my own errors, but it has been
difficult to always have to use the common phrase,
"It's the caoputer service" even though in most
every case this has been true.
I have had a few "caustic" complaints from
members regarding the $2.00 delinquent fee. When
members do not pay their dues on time there is a
lot of extra work involved, not to mention the
additional costs to the Society. The Society
endeavors to keep the membership dues at a
reasonable rate for our members and feel that the
increased costs should be borne by those who do
not pay their dues on time. We do not send out
notices prior to the time dues are due, because it
is costly and we do not have sufficient employees
to handle the additional workload. Therefore, we
use the Canal Record as the media to notify our
members. We're a non-profit, social organization,
not a business, and we rely heavily on volunteers
to bring you news from all over the country,
monthly membership meetings, and the Annual
Reunion. Please assist us by paying your dues on
time or paying the delinquent fee, as required. I
value your comments and I only ask that they be
tempered with understanding and compassion for all
those wonderful volunteers who contribute so much
of their time to bring you pleasure.
There has been so much going on around here of
late, that I'm caught without a column lots of
late news and the printers are ahead of schedule!
We have 2 new Area Reporters to pass on to
you. I say "" because one of them was reporting
from Tallahassee, Fla. and has now moved to Tampa.
Mary (Kelleher) Tochterman has a new area and is
willing to keep on reporting! Her new address is
2803 W. Sligh, #1307, Tampa, FL 33614. On the eve
of putting the book together, she has yet to get
her new telephone number. A new Reporter in the
San Antonio area is Sue Cotton, 4915 Sierra Madre,
San Antonio, TX 78233. Tel: (512) 654-9298. And a
brabd new Reporter from Michigan! Anita (Daniels)
Asaussen, 513 Center, N. Muskegon, MI 49445. Tel:
(616) 744-8556. "Good on yer", as they say in
Australia. Welcome to the growing Canal Record!
The Society has received several letters saying
that delivery of the Canal Record is slow some
very slow. I took a look at the Air Mail rates to
all the outlying areas who subscribe, and to send
by air would be a huge expense. A years subscrip-
tion to Panama by air for instance, would cost
about $32.00 for postage alone. It would be worse
sending to Europe. It is unfortunate that State
Department mail has a circuitous route, to and
from, but one can do little to alleviate problems
in the Postal Department. We tried mailing CR's by
air once, and it didn't work. Some members paid in
advance, some later, some not at all. With a mail-
ing service handling our mail now (it got too much
and bulky for us to handle anymore) we can not get
certain CR's out and mail by hand. In the future,
we will not see books, labels or mailing at all
anymore like we used to. We can only remonstrate
Also had a few complaints that dues reminders
were not firm enough. Members were reminded five
(5) times in the December issue of the Canal Rec-
ord on pages 79, 81, Inside back cover, pages "C"
and "L" in the centerfold. The delinquent or late
fee is outlined in our Bylaws, printed in every
Annual Directory issue in November.
Good news! The Society has ordered a computer
for the Secretary/Treasurer in order to keep our
membership roster, mailing list and membership
particulars in a timely manner, not having to rely
on a computer service that has a lag-time of many
weeks, and is error-prone. By the time you read
this, it should be sitting by the Sec/Treas. while
we learn to operate it. The Society has also pur-
chased another electronic typewriter for our help-
er, Marje Foster. Now we can both type the whole
book and again, not rely on outside help and ex-
pense. Through the wonder of electronics, we will
keep pace with you growing members!
AIR MAIL RATES FOR FOREIGN MAIL
Austria $4.88 5.66 6.44 7.22
Barbados 4.20 4.86 5.52 6.18
Canada 1.12 1.30 1.48 1.66
Costa Rica 4.20 4.86 5.52 6.18
England 4.88 5.66 6.44 7.22
Ireland 4.88 5.66 6.44 7.22
Neth. Antilles 4.20 4.86 5.52 6.18
Norway 4.88 5.66 6.44 7.22
Rep. of Panama 4.20 4.86 5.52 6.18
Saudi Arabia 4.88 5.66 6.44 7.22
Spain 4.88 5.66 6.44 7.22
Switzerland 4.88 5.66 6.44 7.22
Shirley Boswell at her office/home. Make
room for a computer, Shirley!
Those members who send me newspaper clippings
hopefully will remember to include the name of the
paper and the date it was published. This would
make it so much easier to quote.
Some weeks ago I received an anonymous letter
in the mail. Usually they go into File 13 and for-
gotten. This one criticised a VOLUNTEER Area Rep-
orter of the Canal Record for not printing news in
her area. On the other hand, we got a beautiful
letter from Jim and Noralee Shobe pointing out the
fact that reporters cannot print much if NO ONE
sends them news. These reporters have all volun-
teered, get no pay except mailing costs. They have
not the means to write hundreds of letters asking
for news. So if members don't send them news, what
can they write about? I will stand behind anyone
who volunteers his/her services to the Society, so
let's not get our priorities crossed up. Area Re-
porters have given us a remarkable commodity the
news of friends. Let's not forget that.
Our many thanks go to John Morton of Austin,
Texas for his beautifully detailed pen and ink
drawing of old No. 260. John has been kind enough
to let us print his material, and we do appreciate
that. He also has an advertisement in this issue,
under "Artwork to Order", and as soon as I get
back from Panama, I'm going to avail myself of his
See you at the Reunion!
July 25, 1986
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On April 17th a three judge panel handed down
a decision rejecting NARFE's lawsuit challenging
the suspension and eventual elimination of the
1986 Cost-of-Living-Adjustment for Civil Service
annuitants under the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings bal-
anced budget law.
The unanimous decision upholds the right of
Congress to suspend the COLA after it becomes
effective. A 3.1% (OLA for federal retirees became
effective on December 1, 1985 and was to have been
reflected in annuity checks in January 1986.
Although the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings law didn't
become public law until December 12, 1985, it
imposed budget targets for Fiscal Year '86 which
were lower than those adopted by Congress. Because
of this, the 1986 001A was first suspended and
later eliminated. NARFE will appeal the three
judge panel's decision directly to the Supreme
Legislation addressing the issue of COLA's
for federal retirees has been introduced. Three
bills of interest are:
H.R. 4025 would exempt federal retirees'
(OLA's from automatic cuts under Granm-
Rudman-Hollings. It has been referred to
the House Committee on Government Opera-
tions where it is pending with no action
H.R. 4057 would restore the 1986 3.1% 0CLA
retroactive to 12/1/85. It is presently
pending in the House Goverment Operations
H.R. 4060 provides that the full COKA for
civil service annuitants should be made in
1987. The House Post Office and Civil
Service Conmittee held a hearing on this
measure on February 20th. No further action
has yet been scheduled.
The March CPI-W released on April 22nd was 321.4.
A moratorium has been placed in effect on all
dual addresses (Winter and Sunmer), effective im-
mediately. New requests for dual addresses will no
longer be accepted.
Those members delinquent as of February 1, 1986
who have dual addresses will no longer be given
dual address status.
Dual addresses will not be printed in the An-
nual Directory issue of the Canal Record, however,
a members dual address status will remain in
effect for mailing the Directory issue for the
Dual address members (winter and summer) sub-
cription of the Canal Record will be listed and
mailed to their summer address, starting with the
December issue, unless notified to the contrary by
This decision was approved by the Executive
Committee on April 23, 1986, due to the difficulty
and expense devoted to only 24 dual-address mem-
bers at each mailing.
Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws
To: Chairman, Bylaws Committee
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
From: President, Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Subject: Proposed Amendment to the Society's By-
Laws related to the office of Chaplain.
The office of Chaplain is an appointed office
which requires a very special type of person to
carry out its duties. At present, a member can
only serve two consecutive years in the office of
Chaplain. It is in the best interest of the Soci-
ety to amend the Bylaws to permit a member to
serve any number of consecutive years in the of-
fice of Chaplain.
I therefore propose the Article IV, Officers,
of the Society's Bylaws be amended as follows:
ARTICLE IV OFFICERS
SEC. 1 ELECTED OFFICERS:
a. Shall be President, 1st and 2nd Vice Pres-
idents, Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor.
SEC 2 APPOINTED OFFICERS:
a. Shall be Chaplain. Sgt.-at-Arms, Legislative
Officer and Historian. They shall be appointed by
SEC 3 ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICE:
a. To hold office a candidate shall be an act-
ive member for at least one (1) year.
b. No officer, with the exception of the Sec-
retary/Treasurer and Record Editor, shall serve
more than two (2) consecutive years in the same
c. No member shall hold more than one (1) of-
fice at the same time.
d. To be eligible for office of President, a
member shall have served at least one (1) year on
the Executive Board.
ELECTIVE OFFICERS (Not involved)
TERMS OF OFFICE (Not involved)
VACANCY IN OFFICE (Not involved)
PROPOSED Amendment #8
ARTICLE IV OFFICERS
ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICE:
b. No officer, with the exception of the Sec-
retary/Treasurer, Record Editor and Chaplain shall
serve more than two (2) consecutive years in the
c. No change.
d. No change.
SEC 4 No change.
SEC 5 No change.
SEC 6 No change.
I recommend the adoption of the proposed amend-
ment to the Bylaws. In my opinion, it is in the
best interests of the Society.
(Signed) Peter W. Foster
The Bylaws Committee recommends the adoption of
the proposed amendment to ARTICLE IV OFFICERS of
(Signed) Joseph L. Fickey, Chairman
R. Fred Huldtquist
James R. Shirley
To: Chairman, Bylaws Committee
From: Peter W. Foster, President
Subject: Proposed Amendment to the Bylaws.
There exists a group of 600 to 800 individuals
who make a habit of attending the Society's Re-
union every other year. Fortunately, this group
alternates so that only 300 to 400 do not attend
the Reunion in any given year. Unfortunately, this
same group, that does not attend the Reunion in a
given year, drops their membership from the Soc-
iety during that year. They then re-apply for mem-
bership the following year in which they wish to
attend the Society's Reunion. This practice places
an administrative burden on the Society and it
also increases the Society's operating costs.
It is the consensus of the Executive Board that
this practice of quitting and rejoining in alter-
nate years must be discouraged. As a result, the
Executive Board proposes a $15.00 re-instatement
fee in addition to the normal annual dues for
those persons who drop their membership one year
and apply for membership the following year. The
$2.00 Delinquency Fee will be in effect the year
they drop their membership and the $15.00 will be
in effect the following year. Neither fee will be
applied if they have not been a member for two
PROPOSED Amendment #9
ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
SEC 5 DUES OF THE SOCIETY:
a. Shall be fifteen dollars ($15.00) annually.
1. Ten dollars ($10.00) of this amount shall
be allocated for the Canal Record subscription,
including the annual Directory issue.
2. Delinquent members and new members' sub-
scription to the Canal Record will begin with the
issue immediately following their reinstatement or
election to membership.
b. Dues shall be due and payable to the Sec-
retary/Treasurer on January 1 of each calendar
c. Dues are delinquent after January 31.
1. A delinquent fee of two dollars ($2.00)
shall be imposed on dues payment not postmarked by
d. Dues for new members joining after July
1 shall be $7.50.
1. Five dollars ($5.00) of this amount shall
be allocated for the Canal Record subscription
which includes the annual Directory issue.
e. Any member delinquent in payment of dues
after notification by the Secretary shall be drop-
ped from the rolls, Canal Record subscription dis-
continued and all rights and privileges shall
f. Re-instatement may be effected by payment
of the current year's dues plus the delinquency
fee stated in Article III Section 5c.(1).
g. Dues of the Society shall be determined
by recommendations of the Executive Board.
1. Recommendations shall be presented to the
members at any Society meeting, as an amendment to
2. After presenting the recommendations at
the Society meeting, notice of amending dues shall
be published in the Canal Record and amendment
procedures established under Article XV, Amend-
ments, shall be followed.
h. Fiscal year of the Society shall be Jan. 1-
i. Multiple memberships residing in the same
domicile may request that only one Canal Record be
delivered to that domicile.
1. One member in a multiple membership dom-
icile must pay the full membership dues. Each ad-
ditional membership may pay the portion of dues
not allocated for the Society's publication, pro-
vided the following conditions are met:
a. Reason for elimination of the portion of
dues allocated for the Society's publication shall
be for health or age.
b. Approval of the Executive Board is required.
SEC 5 DUES OF THE SOCIETY:
a. No change.
b. No change.
c. Dues are delinquent after January 31 of the
year they are due.
1. A delinquent fee of two dollars ($2.00)
shall be imposed on dues payment not postmarked by
January 31 of the year they first become due and
received by December 31 of the same calendar year.
2. A re-instatement fee of fifteen dollars
($15.00) shall be required of those persons who
apply for membership during the calendar year
immediately following the calendar year in which
they dropped their membership in the Society.
3. Once a person has been a member of the
Society and has dropped his/her membership, they
must pay either the delinquency fee or re-instate-
ment fee, which ever applies; or they must wait
two consecutive calendar years (beginning with the
year in which they were dropped from membership)
before re-applying for membership into the Soc-
d. No change.
e. No change.
f. Re-instatement may be effected by payment of
the full current year's dues plus the delinquency
or re-instatement fee as required under Article
III, Section 5c-1 or 5c-2.
g. No change.
h. No change.
i. No change.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida's main pur-
pose is to preserve ideals and friendships formed
while working and living in the Panama Canal area
- not to promote its annual Reunion Ball. There-
fore, it is recommended that the proposed amend-
ment be adopted.
(Signed) Peter W. Foster
SHIP AND DUES
Committee recommends the adoption of
amendment to ARTICLE III MEMBER-
of the Bylaws.
(Signed) Joseph L. Hickey, Chairman
R. Fred Fildtquist
James R. Shirley
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RECOMMENDATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
The following is a recommendation for the DIS-
TINGUISED SERVICE AWARD for Mrs. Joan deGrinm nd,
Past Secretary/Treasurer/News Letter Reporter of
the Parama Canal Society of Southern California.
Mrs. Joan deGrnmond has served as Secretary/
Treasurer for the Panama Canal Society of Southern
California during 1974-1978 and 1984-1986. She has
also served as News Letter Editor, and as Area Re-
porter for the Canal Record during 1974-1978, 1980
-1982, and 1985-1986. During those ten years as
Area Reporter, she has covered one of our states'
highest memberships, giving each bit of corres-
pondence and contacts a special personal touch; a
very difficult and time consuming job. Outside of
her guidance and expertise in the operations of
the Panama Canal Society of Southern California,
she became the nucleus for the binding ties be-
tween the Panama Canal Society of Southern Calif-
ornia and the Panama Canal Society of Florida. She
has always gone the "extra mile" to present cur-
rent and interesting news for the Canal Record.
The relationship between her and the Record Editor
has always been exceptional. Her experience as
News Letter Editor has guided the Record Editor on
many occasions. It is largely due to her untiring
efforts that the bridge across the Continent has
become the cement that binds the West coast and
the East coast together.
David Le Roy Smith
P.C. Society of S.C.
Richard W. Beall
Editor, Canal Record
P.C. Society of FL.
NOMINATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
The Executive Board
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Mrs. Olga Disharoon has been Chairperson of the
Refreshment Committee for the past six years.
She has devoted her efforts and long hours to
providing a hospitable atmosphere for those at-
tending our meetings.
The success of her efforts can be judged by the
large attendance at the Carnavalito and Christ-
mas parties which have been under her capable
She has more than demonstrated her desire to
preserve Canal Zone friendships through her years
of service to the Panama Canal Society of Florida
and its members.
For this reason, it is my honor to nominate
Mrs. Olga Disharoon for the Distinguished Service
NOMINATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
The Executive Committee
Panama Canal Society of Florida
RE: RECOMENDATION FOR AWARD
The following is a recommendation for the Distin-
guished Service Award to Mr. Richard W. "Pat"
Beall, Record Editor of the Panama .Canal Society
Mr. Richard W. "Pat" Beall has served as Record
Editor of the Panama Canal Society of Florida for
the past 5 years. During this time he has held the
welfare of the Society, and the high quality of
the Canal Record, as his prime motivation. He has
given of his time and talents above and beyond
what could be expected. During his years as Editor
he has brought the Canal Record to a level of ex-
cellence enjoyed by our members.
For the above reasons, I recommend that Mr. Beall
be given the Distinguished Service Award.
Paul M. Disharoon, Jr.
Sergeant at Arms.
NOMINATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
The Executive Committee
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 3738
Holiday, FL 33590
REOMENDATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
The following is a recommendation for the DIS-
TINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD to Mr. Paul Disharoon Jr.
Sergeant-at-Arms, Panama Canal Society of Florida,
I recommend Mr. Paul M. Disharoon, Jr. for the
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD. Mr. Disharoon has
served as Sergeant-at-Anns for the Panama Canal
Society for nine years. During these long years of
service to the Society, Mr. Disharoon has served
faithfully, executing his duties in a dedicated
manner, regardless of distance traveled to perform
these services. During these nine years he has
provided continuity in his position and has become
a valued member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, and for the past two years, an honored
member of the Executive Committee.
He has always been cited for his cooperation
and expertise during Annual Reunions, Regular
Meetings and other affairs requiring his services.
George R. Fgolf
2nd Vice President
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
8 February 1986
Sheraton St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, Florida
The meeting was called to order by Mr. Peter
Foster, President at 6:00 p.m. Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
delivered the invocation and Mr. Beall read the
names of those who passed away since the last
meeting, followed by a moment of silence. Mr. Paul
Disharoon followed with the Pledge to the Flag.
The President welcomed Past Presidents, Mrs.
Anna Collins and Mr. Gene Askew, and the seventy
six members present, thanking Mrs. Olga Disharoon
and her committee for a beautiful job in prep-
aration for the Dinner/Dance.
The meeting adjourned at 6:06 p.m. for dinner
and reconvened at 7:20 p.m.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the
January meeting. Mr. Beall requested a correction
to paragraph seven, second sentence, which should
read, "He had indicated 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." The
minutes were approved as corrected. The Treasurers
report was read and will stand for audit.
The President stated he received a letter from
Jeame Stough, resigning as an Area Reporter be-
cause of political differences. He then read his
reply to members present who supported Mr Foster's
choice of President Reagan as our potential guest
He reported the Hyatt has received 433 res-
ervations and the Hilton had 38 for the 1986 An-
nual Reunion. He urged members to make their res-
ervations early. He also announced we will use a
professional photographer firm to take pictures
during the reunion. They will be set up to take
family or school reunions. Further details will be
in the March Canal Record.
It was announced that the Society Meeting place
has been changed to St. Bede's Episcopal Church.
Maps are available and will be published in the
next Canal Record.
The Income Tax Case has gone to the Supreme
Court and a decision is expected early next year.
Mr. Beall reported that he and Marjorie Foster,
his new assistant, were mocking-up the March Canal
Mr. George Fgolf stated he had a Tanpa Area re-
placement for the Telephone Committee and would
welcome any volunteers.
The Executive Board decided to obtain a lawyer
to advise the dissolvement of the Blood Bank.
Members were reminded the March issue of the
Canal Record will have a mail-in ballot for the
1986-1987 Slate of Officers.
The meeting adjourned at 7:56 p.m.
Following adjournment, a costume parade of mem-
bers present was shown. Mrs. Virginia Booth won
First Prize for best costume, while Mr. Roy Sharp
won First Prize for most original costume. Mr.
and Mrs. Ramn Mejdoub won the Tamborito Dance
Contest; Mrs. Roberta Egolf won a trip for two to
the Bahamas; Mrs. Shirley Camby won the dinner for
two at the Sheraton-St. Petersburg; a bottle of
Ron Cortez was won by Mrs. Bonneau, and among the
many other prize winners were Paul Disaroon, Mar-
jorie Foster and Shirley Boswell.
Dancing to the music of Charlie Cooper and his
Latin "Copra" Band followed until late into the
The Belle of the Ball Virginia Booth
of Ocala, Fla. Winner of Best Costume.
7 March 1986
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. Peter Foster called the meeting to order at
1:30 p.m. and Dorothy Yocum delivered the Invo-
cation, followed by Pat Beall reading the names of
those who passed away since publication of the
Canal Record. Mr. Paul Disharoon led in the Pledge
to the Flag.
The President welcomed Past Presidents, Mr.
Gaddis Wall, Mr. Eugene Askew, Mr. Victor May, Mrs
Anna Collins and Mr. Troy Hayes from among the 73
The Secretary read the minutes of the February
meeting, which will stand as read. The Treasurer
read the Financial Report, which was approved for
Mr. Foster stated the reason for changing the
meeting place to the present location. Price, loc-
ation and availability were considered. The Execu-
tive Board has agreed to purchase a microphone for
President Reagan has declined to be the Guest
Speaker at our reunion, however the Board has ap-
proved asking Senator Paula Hawkins as co-speaker
with Mr. Robert Dill, Roosevelt Medal holder.
The Audit and Budget Committee Report for 1986
recommendations were reviewed at the February Ex-
ecutive Board Meeting and the Board will follow
their recommendations. One recommendation was to
up-date Society equipment, approving funds for a
possible purchase of computer equipment for the
The Hyatt Regency is filled up and the Hilton
is 60%/ sold out.
All reunion registration and reservation forms
will be in the March Canal Record, as will the
write-in ballot for voting for the 1986-1987 Slate
Registration will be done alphabetically, which
appears to be more efficient. Mr. Foster and Mr.
Wheeler visited Tampa Visitor's Convention Bureau
and they should be set up to handle our regis-
tration in future years with a computer terminal.
Transparent badge holders were also obtained from
them for a savings of approximately $200.00.
Pat Beall reported the March issue of the Canal
Record was mailed today, beating the mailing cost
increase effective 3rd March. 4263 books were
mailed. The computer service estimated $450 to de-
sign a program to meet Post Office requirements
for 2nd Class mail. This report will be compiled
manually with a $10 run-off, instead, by the Ed-
Mr. George Egolf still needs volunteers for the
Mrs. Olga Disharon announced the Carnavalito
Dinner/Dance was a huge success, and hopefully the
attendance next year will be better.
The Blood Bank Committee met with a lawyer and
action may be expected with 30 days.
Mr. May stated he had contracted for 2 shuttle
busses for the reunion, to operate between the 3
hotels to Curtis Hixon Hall for the Ball for two
hours prior to, and after the Ball. There will be
no posted schedule and no cost to members.
Mrs. Anna Collins, Sunshine Committee Chair-
person has sent cards and/or visited Sally Crane,
Lorraine Schriftgiesser, Russell Jones, Irl San-
ders and Robert Geddes, who are ill. Muriel Whit-
man recently underwent surgery.
Results from the Museum Questionaire were not
favorable, with only ten (10) responses, with only
eight (8) in favor. The cost of funding or ini-
tiating a Society Museum has therefore become a
Ollin Mills will be the official photographer
at the reunion and will prepare booklets with the
photos for sale to members. They are set up to
take family or group photos and will provide the
Society with photos for the Canal Record at no
cost to the Society.
The meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.
4 April 1986
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
The meeting was called to order by the Pres-
ident, Mr. Peter Foster, at 1:30 p.m. Mrs. Dorothy
Yocum delivered the Invocation and Richard Beall
read the names of members passed away since the
last meeting, followed by a moment of silence.
Mr. Paul Disharoon led the Pledge to the Flag.
The President welcomed Past President, Ross
Hollowell among the 77 members present, and the
following long-time absent members were welcomed:
Betty and Jim Whitsett Clearwater, Fla.
Doris Cox St. Petersburg, Fla.
Almena McCoy St. Petersburg, Fla.
Vincent Reynolds Chesterfield, Ohio
Wilma Kirkpatrick Rochester, N.Y.
Martha Napoleon Bradenton, Fla.
Anita Thompson Tampa, Fla.
Daile Keigley St. Petersburg, Fla.
Ted and Anita Kaufer Tanpa, Fla.
The minutes of the March meeting were read, and
will stand as read. The Financial Report for March
was read and approved for audit.
Mr. Foster announced he received a letter
regarding the "no reservation" decision for the
Ball. The membership was in agreement with this
decision. An anonymous letter regarding a Society
Reporter and a letter of complaint regarding our
policy of imposing a delinquent fee was also read.
Sen. Paula Hawkins declined to be Guest Speaker at
the reunion due to her heavy schedule.
Registration at the reunion will be alphabet-
ical which reduces chances of duplications, and
will also simplify identification of former class
mates or co-workers.
The Executive Board approved up-dating the Soc-
iety equipment at the March 18 meeting. A study
was made of the two paid positions, resulting in
a new position established to support both paid
positions. In addition, the salaries were raised
to come in line with minimum wage: $600.00/month
for the Secretary/Treasurer and Record Editor and
$400.00 for the Assistant. The third position will
assure continuity as well.
Mr. Foster reported the Hyatt Regency has con-
firmed 519 rooms and the Tanpa Hilton has 50 rooms
over their original block. The Ashley Plaza still
has rooms available. Members should not delay in
making their reservations. 900 Ball tickets and
353 Luncheon tickets have been sold, resulting in
almost half of reunion funds collected. We must
consider a paid position as Reunion Coordinator in
the future because of the size of the reunions re-
quires 6 months total absorbtion.
Mr. George Fgolf still needs volunteers in the
Tanpa area. Problems in the Sarasota area are
Mrs. Anna Collins visited several members in
hospitals ans sent cards. Please keep her informed
of those needing services.
Mrs. Miriel Whitnan, Legislative Representative
reported a decision to challenge the 1986 COLA
Mrs. Boswell reported the Computer Service had
lost one of our tapes which affected our March
mailing labels. The complaint on the delinquent
charge was discussed, indicating it was only fair
to the total membership that this fee be paid by
delinquents rather than increase annual dues to
all members to defray the delinquent members costs
to the Society.
To Volunteer For
If you can spare two hours of your
time while at the Hotel, please help us
with REGISTRATION. Contact:
3103 Haverford Dr.
ClearMater, FL 33519
Mr. Beall reported on results of questionnaires
sent to Blood Bank members from January 1, 1983 to
present. Seven members donated their share to the
Society's general fund and two members requested
reimbursement. The remaining five members have
until April 24 to reply. If they don't answer,
their share will be donated to the Society.
Mr. Joseph Hickey, Bylaws Committee Chairman
reported unanimous approval of the proposed change
to Article IV Officers, and Article III Mem-
bership and Dues. These proposals will be printed
in the June issue of the Canal Record. Committee
members are Fred Huldtquist and Jim Shirley.
Mrs. Martha Napoleon presented an anonymous
letter sent to a Area Reporter. She volunteered to
serve as Laison for those dissenters in that area.
The membership voted to approve cost of mailing
letters to members by the Society. Mr. Foster re-
marked it was unfortunate that "volunteers" be
criticized as they rely on members to provide them
with the news they want included in the Canal
The Panama Tourist Bureau will present a per-
formance at the Panazonian Dance on Friday night
at the reunion. They will also have special tours
to Panama at cut-rate prices for members.
Mr. Carl Starke, Chairman for the August Lunch-
eon in Sarasota motioned that the Society sub-
sidize the August Luncheon by $1.62. Mrs. Jean
Mann seconded. Motion denied. He also indicated
the Telephone Committee should have notified mem-
bers of recent deaths of Society members. Pres-
ident Foster stated the Telephone committee was
not set up for this purpose, creating an more of
a workload on volunteers. The Committee will con-
tinue to notify members of up-coming meetings and
changes in Society functions as originally plan-
Mrs. Anna Collins volunteered to Chair a com-
mittee to begin luncheon-type meetings of covered
dishes or box lunches. Mrs. Foster will co-chair
this committee, starting with the June meeting.
Mr. Foster stated there was a printer's error
in the Chagres Golf Tournament form in the March
Canal Record. The address shown should read "140th
Street". Be aware of this change if you plan to
attend the Golf Tournament.
Mr. Bouche has turned over all the Museum cor-
respondence to the President. The Museum plan has
The meeting adjourned at 3:04 p.m.
Mr. Raymond N. Larson
Mrs. Virginia Leon-Guerrero
Mr. George H. Bergmann
Mr. Walter D. Bjorseth
Mr. Georges G. Bouche
Mr. Floyd V. Heaton
Mr. Kenneth W. Bryan
Mr. Kyle C. Andress, Jr.
Mrs. Joan O'Neil Bensel
Mr. hoses Cobb, Jr.
Mr. Gary W. Dale
Mr. Michael Peter Gordon
Mr. Thamas W. Grimison
Mr. David Laracuente
Mr. Ephraim B. Leon-Querrero
Mr. Clate M. Riddle
Mr. Howard R. Smead
Mr. Delbert K. Conover
Mr. John P. Corrigan III
Mr. Charles E. McKeever
Mr. James A. Meigs, Jr.
Mr. Alfred V. Simonsson
Mr. Jose E. Corco
Mr. George L. Vass
Mrs. Nelia P. Green
Mr. Carl P. Pugh
Mrs. Beverly C. Williams
Mr. Robert E. Eggleston
Mr. Eugene W. Brucato
Mrs. F. Patricia Arango
Mr. James C. Foster
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AN AMERICAN DIGS HIMSELF OUT OF
PANAMA CANAL JOB
By Arthur Golden
PANAMA CITY, Panama -
Henry Twohy's grandfather helped dig the Panama
Canal, his father commanded a U.S. military base
along its banks, and Twohy himself was born with-
in sight of the waterway.
Now Henry Twohy, 48, is in the process of work-
ing himself out of a job along the canal he loves
with a star-spangled patriotism.
Twohy is among the steadily dwindling number of
Americans employed by the Panama Canal Commission,
the U.S. government agency created by the Panama
Canal Treaties of 1977 to run the interoceanic
The treaties under which Panama gradually
will take over control of the U.S.-built canal -
ignited howls of protest at the time from politi-
cal conservatives in the United States.
The loudest outbursts came from Americans work-
ing on the canal, for whom the treaties essential-
ly ended a lifetime of job security and special
privileges such as discount shopping at U.S.
military commissaries, use of the armed forces
mail service and their own school system.
All that is history now.
"Most of the bitter people have returned to the
United States," Twohy said the other day. "I've
said goodbye to a hell of a lot of friends and
neighbors who were not going to adjust or go
through the trauma of making changes.
"It took a lot of soul-searching, but most of
us who remained have made peace with ourselves. We
decided to stay because we are agents for change."
"We're going to get our Panamanian counterparts
trained to the point where they can take over and
run the canal by themselves by the year 2000. We
want that transition to go smoothly.". ..
S. The other day, Twohy sat at the bar of
the American Legion Club on the banks of the can-
al, eating a fish sandwich and looking out a pic-
ture window that afforded a spectacular view of
the canal, the vessels passing through it, and the
It was a sight, the strapping Twohy had seen
countless times before, but one he never tired of.
"What a view!", he marveled.
Twohy is proud of the 50-mile canal, and he is
proud of his roots in it. "I guess you could say
I'm one of those old 'zonians' who think they kind
of own the canal," he chuckled, referring to the
former U.S. Canal Zone that was eliminated by the
"My grandfather helped dig the canal," Twohy
said. "My grandmother came down here as a nurse.
They met when he got malaria, and she nursed him.
They married here, and then he went into private
business on the Atlantic side of the canal.
"My father helped defend the canal as a com-
mander of a U.S. naval base here. I was born in
the Canal Zone, went to high school here and then
came back to enforce its laws."
Twohy joined the Canal Zone police force in
1965, eventually becoming a sergeant. Under the
treaties, however, area law enforcement was turn-
ed over to Panama, and Twohy found himself out of
a job. He went to work as a boarding officer, mak-
ing sure ships' papers were in order prior to
traversing the canal. Now he is a management
trainee with the commission.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his current
position, Twohy said he was generally satisfied
with the way things had worked out so far. In
fact, he said, he is delighted by the fact that
some of his old Panamanian friends now hold mana-
gerial positions in the commission.
On leaving the club, Twohy drove his visitor
across the rolling hills along the canal to see
one of those friends, George Mercier, who as di-
rector of one of the commission's personnel divi-
sions heads up a staff of about 90.
"I believe that had conditions not changed
due to the treaties I would probably never have
advanced to the position I am now in," Mercier
said. "There was always that inherent tradition,
or whatever you want to call it, that high-level
positions were reserved for Americans."
Panamanian legislators recently voiced simi-
lar complaints to a visiting U.S. congressional
delegation, telling the congressmen that most of
the important jobs within the commission were
still being held by U.S. citizens.
The San Diego Union
February 23, 1986
(Henry Twohy was one of my
kindergarten kids in
S Cathy Schafer
/ San Diego, CA
FORMER SHIP PILOT'S MEMOIRS READ
LIKE AN ADVENTURE NOVEL
by Jacquin Sanders
St. Petersburg Times
Capt. Charles Stuart Townshend is not one of
your 90-year-olds who comes on too strong.
In fact, he comes on soft and kind of sneaky.
"I could probably give you a couple of interesting
reminiscences," he says casually.
"Do you want to hear about being kidnapped in
Philadelphia, 80 years ago? Or being in jail in
Italy, 70 years ago? or taking Queen Elizabeth
through the Panama Canal?"
He means the well-traveled British matron, not
the well-traveled British ship, though it happens
that Capt. Townshend was licensed for both endeav-
ors. At retirement in 1958, he was chief pilot on
the Panama Canal.
The Queen and Prince Philip were aboard the
H.M.S. Gothic on their was to Australia. Townshend
boarded ship on the east end of the Canal, piloted
it to the west end, and for his efforts received
from Elizabeth a gold'stickpin and no lip.
"Her conversation consisted of very little," he
recalls. "But all of it was polite.."
Over the years Townshend took every size vessel
through the Canal,"from a canoe to the Big Mo -
the battleship Missouri," he says.
"During passage through the Panama Canal, the
pilot is in full command. The captain is not al-
lowed to interfere in any way. To my knowledge,
this is the only place in the world where this is
so. In every other port, the captain is in com-
mand, the pilot is only an advisor."
These words are from the manuscript of a
lengthy manuscript that Townshend recently com-
pleted. He wrote it at the home overlooking Coffee
Pot Bayou that he has occupied for the past dec-
ade. sat in my comfortable chair and talked to
a tape recorder," he says. "Then I typed it all
up. Then my son corrected my English. Then I cor-
rected his English."
He doesn't seem to care greatly whether the
book finds a publisher. It was written for his
five sons and their children and to give himself
something to occupy his mind.
"A year ago my wife died, after 58 years of
marriage," he says. "It sort of broke me up. I
didn't seem to feel like doing a lot of things."
Townshend was born in 1896 in suburban Phil-
adelphia. The kidnapping he speaks of lasted only
part of an afternoon and seems to have left no
"I do not know how it happened, but I was a
bit too much for the kidnapper. Somewhere on the
Delaware River waterfront, he just up and walked
away from me. I found my way home."
Shortly afterward, his father left home, and
Townshend quit gramner school to help support his
younger siblings. In his late teens, he was ship-
ping out on merchant vessels, but going nowhere in
particular in his life. At 20, he married Estelle,
his first wife.
"She mnde me get an education." A high school
degree at night, courses at Temple and the Univer-
sity of Pennsylvania. Then he passed the examina-
tion for a third officer's license in the Merchant
During the first World War, he and all the
other officers on his ship were imprisoned in
Italy. The accusation: intending to sell a hidden
supply of gas on their ship to Italy's enemy,
Austria. After two weeks, Standard Oil, which
owned the gas, leaned on the Italian government,
and the men were released.
In 1921, Townshend took his wife and young
children to Panama. He worked as on officer on
tugs, got his master's license, and finally
learned the infinitely difficult job of piloting
ships through the Canal.
His first wife died in Panama, leaving him with
three small sons. A few years later he married
Margaret, and had two more sons.
Now the old pilot sits tall in his easy chair
and waits for whatever is to come. He is very
sick, and knows it.
Yet he looks absolutely marvelous, firm of fea-
ture, clear of eye, like a man sent over from Cen-
tral Casting to play an admiral. And he is not
alone. His five sons take turns visiting him. His
sister lives with him.
"I know that the end of the road is approach-
ing," he wrote, summing up in his book. "Death is
part of living and comes to us all. So let's cheer
up a bit. I believe my cup is full. Just a few
spills at times, but quickly filling again."
St. Petersburg Times
April 2, 1986
(Reprinted by permission of the St. Petersburg
ATLANTIC CREW TAKES ANNUAL CAYUCO
The 33rd annual ocean-to-ocean cayuco race took
place last week-end (March 21-23) with 36 trophy-
class boats and seven patch-boats competing.
The Atlantic side's "Scenic Route", crewed by
Capt. Alan Eckel, David Cohen, Luis Ortiz and
Hunter Tiblier took top honors with a time of five
hours 46 minutes and 22 seconds. Taking second
place was the "Due Process," with the same crew
that won the race with the boat last year. Third
place went to the "NIC" and fourth to "Utmost."
In the patch-boat category, the top three boats
were the "Almost", "Boyd Hustlers" and "Como Ti."
Participating in the race for the second year were
Panamanian Explorers, or Rovers, paddling the
"Rosa de America" and the "B.P." These youngsters
demonstrated they are teams to be reckoned with in
...and it was rough! The cayuco "Gone
Palante," with Warren Bell, Brian Smith,
Adam McDounough and Dirk Smith broke
three paddles during the race.
They were sponsored by the Elks and
K of C, Margarita.
Frank Robinson, leader of Post 21, described
the race as "very unusual and very rough," ex-
plaining that in his many years of association
with the race, he has never seen so many boats
brought in by the rescue boat. Meteorologist Mich-
ael Hart says, "It was bad winds, no question
about that." For both the first and second'
stretches of the race, winds reached over 25 miles
Panama Canal Spillway
March 27, 1986
CARR NAMED VA CENTER DIRECTOR
Alvis B. Carr Jr. has been named medical center
director for the Durham Veterans Administration
Medical Center, effective February 16, replacing
B. Fred Brown, who retired from government ser-
Carr, a native of Rocky Mount, has served as
regional director, Mid-Atlantic Region for the
VA's Department of Medicine and Surgery since Oct-
ober 1983. He previously served as medical center
director of the Westside VA Medical Center, Chi-
cago, from 1980 to 1983, and as assistant director
VA Medical Center, Richmond, Va. from 1978-1980.
Prior to joining the Veterans Administration,
he served 18 years with the Panama Canal Company,
which operated the civil government in the Canal
Zone. -Hislast four years in the Panama Canal Zone
were as assistant health director.
From 1950 to 1953, Carr served in the Coast
Guard. He earned bachelor of science and master of
arts degrees at East Carolina College. in 1969 he
was awarded a second master's degree in public ad-
ministration by Indiana University.
Carr is the recipient of a number of awards,
including the Distinguished Service Award, the
highest civilian award granted by the Panama Canal
Carr, son of Mrs. Bessie Carr and the late A.B.
Carr Sr. of Rocky Mount is married and has three
Rocky Mount Telegram
February 12, 1986
TITUSVILLE MAN WALKS FOR PEACE
By Louise Burr
Joe Dertien takes the first step in a very long
The Titusville man is one of 1,600 men and wo-
men who have put their lives on hold for 8 months
to march across the country in support of global
They leave Los Angeles today on the first day
of a 3,235 mile walk. Their goal: Washington, D.C.
on Nov. 15.
Along the way, those on the Great Peace Walk
will be joined by others, and by the time the ca-
valcade reaches Denver, where a rally will be
held, the ranks are expected to swell to 5,000.
Joe Dertien is a 29-year-old graduate of the
University of Central Florida who has a master's
degree in environmental civil engineering from
Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dertien was living in Gainseville last October,
between jobs and interviewing for another, when he
learned about PRO Peace (People Reaching Out for
Peace), the group sponsoring the Great Peace Walk.
Although he was offered an engineering job, he
turned it down to participate in the walk.
Since then, Dertien has lived in Titusville
with his parents, Donald and Patricia Dertien
working at odd jobs to raise the $1,000 needed by
(Don Dertien retired from the Panama Canal Com-
mission after serving as Marine Director and
Chief, Executive Planning Staff).
"I'm a pretty good handy-man," Dertein said.
His father, a retired Navy captain, confirmed it,
saying Dertien painted his house and the house of
a neighbor as well as doing other home-repair
On Feb. 18, Dertien took a plane to California,
where he joined others who were busy preparing for
their long trek.
The soft-spoken Dertien won't say much about
his own reasons for making the trek. "I don't want
to talk about myself," he said. "I want to talk
about the movement."
PRO Peace is a non-profit international citi-
zens group formed to promote disarmament. Dertien
said the organization is apolitical and supports
not political candidate or party. .
. .The marchers will have to assemble a complete
tent city every day, moving it 15 miles daily.
Over the 8 months they'll eat 4 million meals and
go through 25,000 pairs of shoes. The travelers
will take portable hospital facilities, a post of-
fice and banking services.
David Mixner, the executive director, in an in-
terview with USA TODAY, said 53 percent of the
marchers are women. The youngest person is a 9-
month-old baby, the oldest a 76-year-old man.
Thirteen percent are over 50, and more than 100
are children. They represent 43 states and nine
. The marchers' route will take them through
Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, New York City, Phila-
delphia and Baltimore before ending with a giant
rally in the nation's capitol.
At that time, the marchers will have been on
the road 255 days.
"But after all," said Joe Dertien, "what's 82
months for a good cause compared to a lifetime?"
March 1, 1986
INTERN ASSISTS SOLDIERS WHILE
Department of Defense employees could have an
advantage over others in the job world. Their ac-
caplishments and efforts are often recognized by
officials in high places and this could mean added
benefits for them.
A prime example of this kind of recognition can
be found at the Education Center here.
Kathleen McConaghy, who is training as intern
at the education center was elected secretary of
the Armed Services Continuing Education Unit of
the American Association of Adult and Continuing
Education at the National Education Conference
held in November.
McConaghy is presently training in the ASCEU
intern program. This program is designed to pro-
vide formal and informal training to all military
educators and trainers worldwide.
"The intern program provides training to create
an employee with the knowledge, skills and abili-
ties to assist the servicemember," said McConaghy.
"I'm learning all phases of the Army education
system such as personnel, counseling, testing and
budgeting. I'm being trained to manage an educa-
tion center." The intern program for civilian em-
ployees is not limited to the education system,
and according to McConaghy, there are other intern
programs throughout the DOD employment arena.
"There are intern programs for civilians working
in civilian personnel, equal employment opportuni-
ty and contracting management."
McConaghy, a native of Panama, and the daughter
of Mrs. Mathilda and the late John HcConaghy of
Clearwater, Florida, has been a civil servant for
the past 10 years. Since education is a top prior-
ity within the armed services, Army officials are
making sure that highly qualified personnel are
available to assist soldiers...
San Antonio, TX
December 20, 1985
We need you for the Reunion. If you
or your teen-ager will be at the Reunion
Hotel and want to make some extra vaca-,
tion money, please contact the Reunion
Coordinator, or, upon arriving at the
Hotel, register for baby-sitting at the
Your Reporter Says.. ...
Everyone and everything has been quiet here
in Dothan the past few months. Now that spring has
arrived things are beginning to pick up. The Zonta
Club of Dothan held an International Food Fair at
the Elks Club. The Canal Zone ladies had a chance
to show off their culinary expertise in Panamanian
cooking. Betty Huldquist made ceviche, enpanades
and sopa de gloria, Maggie Janssen-ceviche;
Annabelle Henderson-shrimp and rice; Mary Urey-
"ropa vieja"; Ida Dugas-temptation plantains;
Betty Kelleher, Joe Burgoon and Catherine Filo--
arroz con polo and Margaret Hern-sopa borracha.
I must say that our booth was the best, naturally.
Maggie Janssen and Betty Huldquist wore polleras
and montunos. I forgot to mention that Ara Norris
made delicious empanadas also(ask??).
St. Colunba Catholic Church in Dothan held
its annual tasting fair and many of former
residents of the Canal Zone residing here now
participated in that event. It is a great money
making event which the residents of Dothan look
forward to attending. Naturally, we had Panamanian
Laurel and Ennin Highley enjoyed a surprise
(overnight) visit with Alice and Bill Forrestrmn
who were on their way home (Warwick, RI) from
their Florida vacation. A few days later, the
Highleys left for Elizabethtown, KY to visit with
Ermin's nmther, Eumice Willett, and to help her
celebrate her birthday.
Tasting Fair St. Columbia Church. L-R:
Marty Bradford, Margaret Hern, Maggie
Janssen, Muriel McGriff, Rosemary Ander-
son, Catherine Filo, Jean Harris, Lois
Thomas, Nora Kridle, Babe Kessler, Ver-
onica Barrington. Not pictured: Lou Hunt
Jean Fears, Dolores Cleveland, Kay Wal-
Teresa (Raymond) Bemett of Indian Lake, NY
has been visiting her sister and brother-in-law,
Marie and Al Bierbaun. While here they visited
Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile and Pensacola, FL,
Panana City, FL; and Callaway Gardens, Columbia,
GA. After Dothan, Teresa continued to Sarasota to
visit friends and then will fly home.
Father Dan Renaldo (formerly of the Canal
Zone) visited with Marie and Jim McNanara and saw
some of his former parishoners and they were happy
to see him. Father Dan enjoyed some golf and at-
tended the parish breakfast at St. Columbia Church
where he saw some of his friends. He was on his
way back to Pennsylvania after completing a novena
mission in Florida
International Tasting Fair Dothan, At.
Pictured... Betty Huldtquist, Maggie Jan-
ssen, and Margaret Hem.
We welcane Budolfo (Fito) and Julie de Leon
fran Panama who have now made Dothan their home.
Julie worked for the Panama Canal at the Locks and
at the Hospital. Fito owned some bakeries in
Many of us are looking forward to the reunion
and hope to see our friends there. Until then .
. May the Lord bless you and keep you in good
Catherine (helan) Filo
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It warms my heart to see the close, loving
one-big family fellowship that has already
blossomed among the ex-Zonians of Arizona now that
they have found each other! Already, they have had
another luncheon meeting of their group, called
the Panama Canal Society of Arizona. This time, we
met on April 19, a Saturday, at the Luke Air Force
Base Officers' Club, just west of Phoenix.
Just getting in there, with the base on full
alert because of recent affairs in Libya, was an
exciting experience, rather like appearing in an
episode of "A Team"! Besides producing I.D. to the
gate sentries, we had to let them search our cars!
But we were glad they were taking such safety
measures, protecting us, and our meeting was well
worth the slight delay. Anne Parks, our chair-
person, with Fern (Horine) Dabil's great help, had
arranged a lovely luncheon, a businesslike agenda
of organizational issues, door prizes, and a
terrific slide presentation about the Canal using
Fern's slides and narrated by Bob Hazeldine.
The door prizes were Balboa Union Church 1986
calendars and a piece of Comnissary dinnerware (a
plate). Those present voted unanimously to meet
each April and October at some point approximately
halfway between Tucson and Phoenix since many
potential members and current members live south
or east of Tucson and north or west of Phoenix.
The meetings will be planned several months in
advance so that they can be announced in the
preceding issue of the Canal Record and advance
An Executive Board was elected, consisting of
Dr. Bob Matheney, Miriam Hirschl, Thras Relihan,
Fern Dabil, Peggy Bradley, and James Lvelady.
They will meet each May and November. Hazel
(Griffith) Berry was elected Secretary/Treasurer.
Anne Parks gave a very moving address in which she
commented on our close family feeling for each
other, especially those of us who grew up on the
Isthmus, enjoying a great way of life in a
community and culture that was unique, and
peculiar to our era. She said, more beautifully
than I can paraphrase it, that we grew up with
pride: pride in our homelandd, pride in the
American nation and government, and pride in the
great American accomplishments that comprised the
Panama Canal and its operation.
e luncheon were (an increase over the January
Anne (Trimble) and bCarles Parks, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Hazeldine, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Banan,
James Trlable, Art and Ruth Smith, Mr. and Mrs.
Goodrich Sihmons, Eloise Simpson, Rhoda and Ray
Brians, (Coral) Amn Strickler and her guest,
Marjorie Smrtz, Lillian O'Hayer, Lianne Everett,
Ethel Helen Munson, Fern (Horine) Dabil, Ben and
Helen Chishnlm, Ed and Grace MacVittie, Mr. and
Mrs. Doyle Evelyn and Bob Matheney, Bud and Judy
Goguen, Martha Griffith, Hazel (Griffith) Berry,
Gayle Markiewicz, Lela Ritchey, Mr. and Mrs. Ted
Englebright and their daughters, Beverly Frame and
Delores Harris, Rachel Martindale, Dr. Daniel and
Mirian Hirschl, Jane (Dickson) and Danny CO, Ken
and Wanda Middleton. The October meeting is
planned to be a luncheon at the Ramada Inn on
Highway I-10 at the edge of Arizona City, but
final arrangements are not yet completed.
Our group has been wonderfully cooperative
about sending in new items. On January 28, Ed and
Grace MacVittie went to San Diego for six days.
While there they visited with the Reverend Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Gussick. Mr. Gussick was pastor of the
Balboa Lutheran Church during the early 1960s.
They also visited with Arthur O'Leary, former
Assistant Comptroller on the Canal, and his wife,
Ora, and with Edward and Marie Browders. Ed was
the Assistant Engineering and Construction
Director. Carl and Blanche (Adler) Browne phoned
the MacVitties from Phoenix after their return
from San Diego, but the Brownes-who were on their
way to the West Coast-were not in Arizona long
enough for them to get together.
Dr. Bob Matheny reports that Dr. Frank Smith,
who worked in the Health Bureau with Bob, visited
the Matheneys in January. Frank, an avid bird
watcher, was enroute to Panama via the Pan-
American Highway from his home in Easley, SC.
On their way to Hawaii in February, Jane
(Dickson) and Danny Car stayed two nights in
Ontario, California, for dinner with relatives,
including daughter, Danielle, and her husband,
John McNulty, and Danny's two brothers, on one
night, and dinner at the beautiful home of Betty
Mae (Crooks) and Ronald Ingram on another. The
Ingrans were scheduled to leave for a month in
Panama (in the Balboa flats) about March 1. Betty
is as good a cook as her mother, Marguerite
Crooks, was, and both she and Ron have delightful
senses of humor. Their big, handsome son, Michael
(after Betty's father, Mike Crooks, formerly with
the Motor Transportation Division) and his
captivating little wife, Suzy, were also present.
Michael has a Master's Degree in Criminology, and
is an investigator of white-collar crime with the
State of California. Suzy is an aerobics teacher
as well as a professional graphic artist (under
the name Suzy-with-a-Y) who has done free lance
work for Disney Studios.
Suzy is already working on a special Father's
Day present for Ron: his first grandchild! She is
sure she will have it completed to deliver that
In Hawaii, we got in touch with Lois
(DeLilater) Bates, and discovered that her apart-
ment was in Waikiki only two short blocks from our
hotel. And a lovely, beautifully decorated apart-
ment it is, in Lois' well known good taste and
furnished with beautiful Chinese rugs and furni-
ture. Lois is now retired from an interesting
career in Goverrment service, during which she
worked in Saigon until evacuated from Vietnam.,
the Phillipines, Taiwan, and last in Hawaii. She's
as lovely, sweet, and active as you all remember
her when she was our Canal Zone Carnival Queen in
1941. (My brother, David "Dbby" Dickson, was her
trainbearer at the age of six). Lois doesn't
believe in retirement, still works as a legal
secretary two or three days a week for Honolulu
attorneys, walks a mile or two or swims daily, and
belongs to a dance club. We had a lovely lunch at
the Tahiti Lanae restaurant, after which Lois
drove us to see several sights we had missed on
our sightseeing tours.
Lois (De La Mater) Bates on the balcony
of her lovely Waikiki apartment.
On our return to Southern Caliornia ( a
second trip late in March) I tried to phone
Hapton Tedder. He was out of town, but on hearing
that I came fran the Zone, one of Ham's assistants
in his big electrical business got in touch with
his sister, Birdie (Tedder) Hele Cerbone, in San
Dimas. Birdie phoned to tell me that Ham and Clair
had gone to an unmapped, favorite, secret fishing
spot of Ham's in Mexico. They took Tommy and
Marion Rice along on the fishing trip in their
motor hone. Birdie and I had a long chat, in which
she said that she and her husband, Vince, plan to
attend the reunion in Tampa this July. Vince has
recently retired from his career as a designing
engineer with Lockheed, but it hasn't "taken" very
well--Lockheed keeps calling him back!
Ken Middleto again manned a gem identifica-
tion and facetting booth at the big Tucson Gen
show in February, and exhibited sane of his gems
and huacas. Betty and Russell Amis, enthusiastic
rockhounds and friends of Ken's, came from
Albuquerque for the show, as did Henry Sumoer-
freund, all the way fran Panama City, R. de P. We
had planned to get together with Ken, Wanda, and
Henry, since my father (Dam Dickson of Pedro
Miguel) used to do the engraving for Henry's
jewelry store, but Ken came down with the flu and
it didn't work out. In addition to all his other
offices with the Old Pueblo Lapidary Club, Ken has
now been appointed chairman and committee of one
in charge of all exhibits for the next gem show in
Jim and Carol Lovelady have moved into Tucson
frmn Sierra Vista to the house right next door to
his mother, Ida. They are now in the process of
buying a larger house just up the street from
Nancy (Crooks) Koepplinger, Betty (Crooks)
Ingram's cousin, proved herself to be a real
scene-stealer in January in a Tucson dinner
theatre presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan's
"Ruddigore." We can testify that, as Chief
Bridesmaid, Nancy not only sang outstandingly, but
got the biggest laugh of the evening. She also
sang at the Tucson Museum of Art on March 16, at
the request of composer Joshua Brady, singing
three wedding songs of his which she sang for him
15 years ago at a wedding in his family.
Peggy Bradley missed the April 19 luncheon at
Luke because she was going on a trip to sane
eastern states with a friend, after which she
planned to do sane traveling with her sister,
'opsy" Wood. Peggy's sister, Betty lndon visited
her in Tucson during March for a week. They took
me to lunch at a marvelous French restaurant one
day and found time later in the week to come over
to our place and visit with Danny and me. Betty
was going to barely have time to unpack and repack
her suitcases on her return to Washington, because
she and her husband, Richard, were leaving
immediately afterward for a three-week tour of
Dr. Daniel and Miriam Herschl on May 19,
1985 at their daughter, Janice's wedding
Anne and Charles Parks had the happy experi-
ence of flying to Germany on April 4, to attend
the wedding of their son, Matthew, and his German
fiancee, Heike, who is a fan of the Canal Record.
Meanwhile, Fritz Frey, of Sierra Vista phoned his
"regrets" about missing the meeting, since he was
just preparing to leave for Florida gain (he and
Betty are practically commuting: this is at least
twice so far this year!) on a business trip. While
there he expects to see Gene Gregg and other
former Zonian friends.
Betty (Gaines) Bartholomew phoned from
Seattle in March to say how much she had enjoyed
the March Record. Betty is now Executive Director
of the Chamber of CaGmerce of Lake City, a
flourishing suburb of Seattle, where Betty was on
the staff of the local newspaper for many years.
Betty's husband, Larry, had a stroke several
months ago, but has recovered so well that he has
even been able to resume their enthusiastic
square dancing. Betty's daughter, Gina Uschler, is
pursuing a successful and fascinating career
working with exotic animals.
Jeff Hirschl, one of Dan .
and Miriam Hirschl's sons
was also disappointed to
miss our meeting, but he
had flown to Korea on
April 16 on business. He
is a systems analyst and
chief trouble shooter for
a manufacturer of multi-
million dollar computers
and when one of those -
machines develops prob- Jeff Hirachl
lems, Jeff has to go, May 19, 1985
wherever it is!
Ray Piper of Green Valley was unable to make
the trip to Luke Air Force Base on April 19, but
phoned his regrets and reported that his brother,
Homer Piper of Columbus, Ohio, had recently been
to Albuquerque, NM, on a trip, and had detoured
down to Green Valley with his daughter, June, to
see Ray and his wife. Keep all the good news
Jan (Dickson) Ca
First thing on the agenda is a reminder that
the picnic and get-together of the Northwest
Arkansas group will be held June 15th at Agri Park
in Fayettevllle, AR.
Robert "Bud' and Betty Balcer have been
staying close to home as Betty is recovering from
a second cataract implant operation. From all
indications this second implant is as successful
as the first one. Bud and Betty are contemplating
another visit to England and Scotland in August
Evelyn Engelke enjoyed a visit from her
sister, Frances El.endorf, over the Easter
holiday, just prior to undergoing knee surgery at
Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville, AR.
Following Fran's departure for her home in
Illinois, daughter Judy Montanaro came to stay
with Evelyn until she is up and around and
February, March, and April have been a
confining period for Dorothy and Bruce Sanders. In
February confirmation was received that Bruce had
serious heart problems requiring immediate
surgery. This was not to be as they both came down
with the flue. In early March coronary bypass
surgery was performed at St. Francis Hospital,
Tulsa, OK with six bypasses. Son, Bruce III, flew
up fran Panana and was with Bruce and Dorothy in
Tulsa for the first week. Recovery has been
progressing smoothy and quite rapidly. Bruce and
Dorothy were overwhelmed by the considerable
number of telephone calls, cards, and personal
visits from their friends and take this opportun-
ity to express their thanks and appreciation. In
April they received exciting news from California.
Son Jack and his 10-year-old daughter, Jacqueline,
both passed their examination for Novice Amateur
Radio Licenses and are currently studying dili-
gently for upgrading to General class.
Jessie Newhard spent most of December and
January in the East visiting with her son, A.
Brian Albright and his wife Penmy, in Elgin, SC,
for the Christmas holidays. She also spent time
with her sister in Maryland; her brother-in-law
Dean Eppley and his wife Helen and her niece and
family in Virginia. In April she sold her home
where she had lived from 21 years ago and moved to
an apartment. Her new address is: 1004 NW A St.,
Apt. A, Bentonvile, AR 72712. Her son, John
Albright and his son, Martin, came from Denver;
her daughter-in-law, Penny Albright, from South
Carolina, helped her move. She is now comfortably
settled and invites her friends to come and see
Word from Karl and Fern Glass is that Karl
isn't too well and they are staying put. Their
fourth great granddaughter, Laura Bess Glass, was
born October 14, 1985, to Larry and Janet Glass of
Fort Smith, AR. She joins a sister, Sarah, three
years old. They attended the wedding of grand-
daughter, Kathy Hizon to Jamie Rounds on
January 25, 1986. They exchanged vows in Caulks-
ville, AR. Kathy is the daughter of Mary Glass
Hixon and Buddy Hixson of Paris, AR. The young
couple are living in Rogers, AR. Recent visitors
have been daughters: Kathy Mika of Rogers, AR.
Mary Hizon of Paris, AR; and Edna Knight of
Murfreesboro, IN. and grandsons Mike Nunley and
John and Polly Michaelis have just returned
from Mobile, AL where they visited with Bev and
Mary Creel. They they are off to Arizona to view
Halley's Comet and a visit with the Guptons. The
end of the month will find them in Houston to see
son Gregory and the first communion of grandchild
Addie Colclasure reports that grandson Danny
joined the Navy and reports sometime in May. Her
other grandson, Freddy, has been offered a music
scholarship at the University of Arkansas,
Fayetteville, AR. Has been busy getting garden in
and replacing some shrubbry. Looking forward to
high school class reunion in August and a family
reunion in June. Daughter Marian keeps busy with
her teaching in the Rogers school system.
Pete and Sue Warner are staying close to home
occupied with yard chores. Their youngest
daughter, Pamela Leidel, gave birth to a 8 lb.
11 oz. girl at noon, April 11, in New York. Mother
and daughter are doing fine.
The Harps-Harold and Jerry-had nothing
newsy to report.
Willard '"ed' and Kathleen Huffman cranked up
the Oldsmobile and headed for Hot Springs, AR to
attend two days of racing at Oaklawn. Tried to hit
the Classix for a bundle, but missed. Then on to
Wynne, AR, to visit Cathy and Willy and family.
Willy and dad entered a scramble golf tournament
and would you believe it-their team won. Willard
finally cashed in the City Bowling Tournament and
will be headed for Pittsburgh, Kansas, to partici-
pate in a bowling tournament and then later in the
month, to Springfield, MD for another tournament.
Red says his garden is in and the onions are up.
Virginia Favorite had a visit from grand-
daughter Wynne F. Pedlow and two children; Phillip
and hmanda, for a week in March. Daughter Virginia
Neist with Michelle and Sean fran Missouri spent
the Easter weekend with Virginia.
Etta Faye Terrell got together with friends
for Easter dinner. The group included Jessie
Neuhard and Virginia Favorite.
Bill and Charlotte McCue spent a couple of
weeks in February in San Diego, CA visiting with
Bill's Uncle Harry. While there, played some golf
with Charlotte's cousin, William Kann and wife
Doris fran Spokane, WA.
Red and Alie Nail took camper to El Paso, TX
to visit with Lynn Cook and son, Bud, and family.
Took in Carlsbad Caverns-the short tour. On way
back, stopped in Kerrville to see Jackie Lessiack,
but she was not hane. Then on to San Antonio for a
visit with Red's nephew. Next stop was Houston and
a visit with John and Florence Terry. Florence is
recovering fran six bypass surgery last year. She
is doing ok.
Ernest L. Cotton had nothing newsworthy.
Norbert 'Nobby" and Peggy Keller report that
Mrs. Sue Magee had a corneal transplant and is
doing great. Nobby had a cataract removed. Both of
them are looking forward to a family reunion in
Florida in July.
Betty McGilberry says she has been no place
and has had no visitors. Stuck in a rut.
Carl Newhard is planning a trip to Michigan
in July to visit son Bruce and family. Also, the
Michigan 500 is in his plans and then on to Ohio
to visit with son Sam and family.
Maxine and Dick Reinbold spent sane time in
Puerto Rico-San Juan in January and were reminded
a lot of Panama. On return saw son, Rich, Jr. and
new daughter-in-law Laura in Columbus, OH. Laura
spent Easter weekend in Bentonville.
Joyce May is kept busy with her job, and her
mon, Connie Engelke, is doing okay.
George and Edith Engelke are both well.
Our area has had almost seven inches of rain
for the month and a bad storm hit our area earlier
this month. The dogwood, red buds, and azaleas
were really beautiful this year.
Robert ud" Balcer
April has really been a rainy month in this
area, and quite cool, too. Still, vegetable
gardens are flourishing and the dogwood and
azaleas have been beautiful!!
Despite the wet weather (at this writing,
over 10" have fallen for the month!), it didn't
prevent Winona and Keith York from building and
moving into their lovely new home. It is built of
cedar and sits on the side of a hill. Their new
address is: 2724 Sheryl, Fayetteville 72703. Their
daughter, Cary, and three children now live in
Edinburgh, Scotland while their son, Kelly, has
returned to school in Texas City and is taking
Maxine Wrern, when asked about their doin's,
stated that nothing had been going on in their
area-she was just watching it rain!!
Mildred Higgins reported that Ed and she went
to Florida to see if they could spot the comet,
but it was too cloudy. They are hosting a UFO
meeting in May and then going to Virginia for
their grandson's wedding.
Virginia Hursh said that she had a FOR SALE
sign in her yard, now. She had decided it was high
time to move to a smaller place without so much
responsibility in the upkeep of the house and
property. Her new address is, after the first of
May, 2756 Barcelona in Fayetteville. As her
townhouse is smaller, she is now in the throes of
sorting and condensing her possessions-happy day,
Mary Codon spoke of having guests for a few
days. Marsha Jones, who lives in Fort Collins, is
going to babysit her grandchildren in Oklahoma
City. Her son, Daniel, though born in Alaska, went
to school in the Canal Zone and is a veterinarian
for the government. His father, Robert, was
conductor on the Panama Railroad while his mother
was a nurse. While Marsha is busy in Oklahoma
City, Dick Condon, is going to visit Robert in
The Maedls are busy with their many activi-
ties, both connunity and social. Petie is presi-
dent of NARFE and is going to Hot Springs to
attend the NARFE Convention in May. Both Carl and
she work at the hospital Thrift Shop every week,
so keep busy and out of mischief. They are driving
to Charleston, IL to spend several days with their
daughter, Pam, husband Vince and their family.
Surprises are always nice to receive and such
a one was the wedding announcement of Judy Palumbo
and Bob Gates!! (Their new address is not known at
this writing.) They were married in Somerset,
Kentucky on April 20th, with Luke in attendance.
Luke intends to continue on with his travels,
visiting relatives for three weeks.
Minnie and MIke Burton were delighted to
receive a surprise visit on Minnie's birthday from
Mike Jr., Caroline Burton and two girls. They
drove from Birmingham, AL just for the event!!
Happy Birthday, Minnie!
Don't forget our Blanche Shaw Picnic on
Father's Day, at Agri Park in Fayetteville, AR.
Families are welcane to come from 10, on, and all
enjoy the potluck meal with old and new friends.
Our Annual Business Meeting Luncheon was held
on March 2, 1986, with 73 members and guests
present in Walter Knott's Trophy Room at Knott's
Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. The invoca-
tion was given by our chaplain, Mr. Robert Leroy
Dill and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jack
derummond, president. Jack delighted the audience
with some "Bajan" jokes (wish I could do it; I
love it). Jack then read a list of the deceased
members and David Smith played and sang 'Let there
be Peace on Earth," in their memory. The financial
statement from 3/1/85 3/1/86 was presented:
Edith Winmer, President
Jim Will, Vice President
Kathryn Molinaro, Sec/Treas/NL Editor
Thelma Holloaell, Hospitality Chmn/Roving
Robert Dill, Chaplain
Adele Argo, Assistant Chaplain
David Smith then gave high praise, richly deserved
to Joan d~eGnmXnd for the excellent job she did
as secy/treas/NL editor.- (I have a hard act to
follow.) All outgoing and continuing officers have
done an excellent job and a hand was given to all.
Edith Wlmner, the new president was presented, and
concluded the meeting.
The sumner "Picnic" is to be August 3 at
Knott's Berry Farm. Cost of renting an area in a
park is just prohibitive. The Christmas Holiday
Luncheon will be on December 7, 1986.
Officers, PCSSC, for 1986-1987. L-R at
rear: David Le Roy Smith, Los Angeles,
President Emeritus and Chairman, Nom-
inating Committee; Mrs. Thelma Hollowell
of San Diego, Roving Reporter and Hos-
pitality Secretary; James M. Will, Long
Beach, Vice-President; Kathryn (Argo)
Molinaro, Hemet, Secretary/Treasurer and
News Letter Editor.
Front row: Robert LeRoy Dill of Hemet,
Chaplain; Mrs. Ennett W. Argo (Adele) of
Laguna Hills, Co-Chaplain and Miss Edith
Wimner of Northbridge, President.
Those attending were:
Adams, Robert and Ruth (Westman)
Argo, Emmett and Adele
Becktell, Charles. Guests: Richard
Becktell, brother, and Bill Elmendorf
of San Francisco.
Beers, Bill and Ruth
Bowman, Donna (Geyer)
Brown, Grace E. Guest: Joyce Levy
deGrummond, Jack and Joan (Ridge)
Dill, Robert and Rosa. Guests: Toni Fra-
zier, granddaughter and Aimee Ford,
Finken, Bill and Eileen (Cryan)
Fulleton, Bill and Rochelle and Bill Jr.
Fulton, Celeste (Powell)
Griffin, M.J. "Griff" and Lucille
Haugen, Joann (Hummer)
Hilliard, David and Mary
Hollowell, David and Thelma
Horine, Conrad and Norma and daughter,
Hoyle, Aileene (Smith)
Past Presidents, PCSSC, Bill Quinn of
Palos Verdes and Bob Adams of Laguna
Johnson, Don and Stephanie (Milburn)
Guest: Alice Milburn (C.Z. 1941-51)
Jones, Paul and Rose
Kariger, Bob and Nell
Kelley, Roger. Guest: Sandee Binyou
Lade, Mary (Cryan)
Lang, Col. Edmund
Martin, Mary Ethel. Guest: Oliver Dern-
Rose and Paul Jones came a long way from
Atascadero, CA., to be with their many
McGann, John and Lois
Molinaro, Kathryn (Argo)
Morse, Warren and Fern
Muller, George and Winifred
Provost, Robert and Millie
Seedborg, Hedvig. Guest: Elizabeth Kling
L-R: Rebecca Miller, a student at the
University of Wisconsin at Whitewater,
enjoyed her Christmas vacation at home
with her mother, Helen (Daniel) Miller
of Orange, CA. and her grandmother,
Ethel Helen Munson of Sun City, AZ.
Lakatosh, Adelina (Bottini) (friends of
Bill and Bos French)
Smith, David LeRoy, P.E.
Stone, Kenneth and Celine
Tinkler, Judith and Nancy
Townsend, Jeanne (O'Brien)
Underwood, Mary Kate. Guest: Elsa Gon-
Wanke, Mrs. Ethel
Wanke, George and Janice
Wanke, Ronald and Peggy
Will, Rita (Laurie)
Wright, Harvey and Mary Jo
Wright, Milton and Chubby
Mrs. W. Van Underwood (Mary Kate) of
Huntington Park, Ca.
George Waike won the door prize-a complete
cosmetic case donated by Merle Norman.
See's Candy, Donated by See's Candy Shops LA,
Winner Mary Kate Underwood
Summit Garden Print, Donated by Linda Geyer,
Winner Joan HEmmer Hainan
Mi Polera Print, Donated by Linda Geyer,
Winner Mary Kate Underwood
Chahara from Tole, Donated by Joan
deGrummond, Winner Nell Kariger
3 1986 appt books, Donated by Security
Pacific Bank, Winner Lola Cheesemi, Donna Geyer
Bomen, Joyce Levy
African Violet, Donated by Grace Brown,
Winner Alice Milburn
(2) Arby's Roast Beef Sandwiches, Donated by
Arby's, Winner Patrick Stone and Rita Wills
The freshwater seed pearl necklace, Donated
by Kathleen Steiner Bemmett was won by Dorothy
The "loteria" winners were Chubby Wright,
Bill Fullerton, Mary Kate Underood.
Al and Anm Houson are having a nice time in
Florida for the winter, with sunmer-like weather
in the low 80's. They saw the tragic launch of the
"Challenger" from their balcony: everyone was in
shock. They now have the Boston Red Sox in spring
training in Winter Haven.
The Wanke family of Whittier, Ca. L-R,
George (Dick) and Janice Wanke; Mrs.
Carl P. Wanke (Ethel Brownell); Ronald
and Peggy Wanke.
Ellen Jdnson of Alpine, CA, spent the
holidays in Panama and described the total as "a
lovely experience," but regretted that many of her
old friends are not there anymore. Harriet and Bud
Journey, Poulsbo, WA, sent us the new address for
Bud's another, Jane (Hall) Journey. Jane entered
the Christian Scientist Care Center in November,
is getting stronger every day, and would enjoy
hearing fran friends.
Marilla Pope Salisbury ("Suobonet Sue"), San
Diego, CA, completed in the 6th World Veterans
Games (track and field) in Rome, Italy, in June
1985. She earned 3 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze
medal. Says she's 78 years young and exercises
Bob and Millie Provost (Carlsbad, CA), have
moved into a triple-width mobile in Carlsbad, CA
and love it. Always lots to do to make things
livable their way. The Jeep remembers going to
sleep with the locusts in Panama; now he has the
Betty (Crooks) and Ronald Ingram will became
grandparents in June. Son Michael's wife Suzy is
doing the honors. Michael is a Special Investi-
gator for the State Insurance Fraud Bureau in Los
Angeles and Suzy is a commercial artist.
The Wright family standing, Harvey W.
Wright, Redondo Beach, CA.; seated, L-R:
Milton and Chubby Wright of Ontario, CA.
and Harvey's wife, Mary Jo.
Florence Peterson, Glendale, CA, writes of
losing track and then being contacted once more by
old friends, Kay and George Winquist. Kay also
heard from several members of her class of 1916 on
the occasion of her and George's 50th wedding
anniversary. Many happy more.
Hobart Stout, Van Nuys, CA, writes that
although work in the zone was interesting, he
enjoyed the companionship of many golfers and knew
many officials in Balboa Heights.
Mary Ethel Martin, Woodland Hills, CA, was in
Connecticut in February visiting Lillian Ryan.
They spent a week in Bunnuda before Mary Ethel had
surgery on her right hand.
Adele and Bmett Argo, Laguna Hills, CA,
enjoyed a visit fran their daughter Grace Argo
Allen and her two children Laurie and David of
Beaumont, Texas. They all got together with
Kathryn Argo Molinaro of Hemet, CA and had a good
chat. Plans were firmed up for Grace and Kathryn
to attend the reunion in Florida in July. Last
year's was so "unreal," you have to attend to
Jerry Molinaro, son of Kathryn Argo Molinaro,
who lives in Orlando, Florida was on his balcony
watching the Challenger takeoff from his balcony
with sane friends and cheering with the rest of
the world when it exploded. He phoned mam and was
very depressed. Florida residents, being so close,
take great pride and express great emotion in the
joys and sorrows of the Space Program.
"The Committee" of the Panama Canal West
Coast Reunion are hard at work to make this a
memorable occasion. M/M David Hollowell, David
Lane, Kenny Stone, Kathryn Argo Molinaro, Donna
Geyer Bonman, Conrad Horine, and Donna's sister
from Florida, Linda Geyer, of the beautiful
sketches, all met at the Grand Hotel in Anahein
for a tour and consideration. This type of work is
fun and such great people. Come join us.
George and Virginia (Townsend) Casssell of
Redondo Beach, CA, are planning a "See America"
trip in their new car instead of the European
Holiday that was planned. They hope to make the
reunion in Anaheim this year.
Doris (Brotherson) and Andy Hand recently en-
tertained several Canal Zonians, all former neigh-
bors of Pedro Miguel days, at a lovely dinner at
their home in Concord, California. Attending were
Blanche (Adler) and Carl Brone of Columbia, S.C.
and Carl's son, David Browne; Margaret (Enright)
Buniowski and her sister, Jane (Enright) Cuznier;
Pat (Kent) and Carl Wanke; Ethlyn Wood of Walnut
Creek and Grace and Grahan Brotherson.
The. summer "Picnic" is to be August 3 at
Knott's Berry Farm. Cost of renting an area in a
park is just prohibitive. The Christmas Holiday
Luncheon will be on December 7, 1986.
FUW OUR OM WING REPKFlt
The March luncheon at Knott's Berry Farm was
a wonderful occasion for early friends, Bill and
Bochelle Fulleton, son Bill, Fern and Warren
Morse, and Celeste (Powell) Fulton to dine
together. The Fulletons have three children:
Terry, a student at Wright State, Ohio; April, a
student at Colorado State, Ft. Collins, CO; and
Bill, an engineering student at UCSB, CA. The
Morse seventh grandchild, Katie Marie, was born
Sept. 12th to Pat and Janelle (Morse) Kribell,
near Irene, SD. Celeste is employed by a Los
Angeles school district.
Others had a lot of catching-up to do also.
Bill Beers and Lee Kariger had a reunion after 41
It was fun greeting Adelina (Bottini)
Lakatosh. She lived on Chagres St., Ancon, before
marriage, then Corozal and Curundu "when Curundu
was Curundu," she says. A recent trip took her to
Boquette; she felt she didn't dare go to the Canal
Area-too many changes One could hear the
screams tables away when she and Elsa Gomnalez
recognized one another. They had last been
together forty years ago at St. Joseph College,
Panama City, R.P.
Jim Will related that brother Bill adopted a
one-month old Cuna Indian child in February. Bill
is a teacher at Cristobal High School and has a
John McGann was all smiles. He had a
tie-clasp showing he had been awarded the much
coveted "Silver Snoopy" by the Astronaut Corps.
Our own hearty congrats go to him, as well! (See
letter of commendation.)
In March Jane Ellis entertained Paul (Jeff)
and Mary Lou (Steffes) Jeffries and David and
Thelma Hollouell with a very pleasant evening of
slides of her travels in the '60's, including a
good representation of the Canal Zone. Jane also
had earlier visitors. Elizabeth Sudron, of San
Antonio, had just returned from a tour of India,
and after bidding Jane adieu in Imperial Beach,
she spent time in Portland, OR. Also Mary
Vourneay, of Laguna Hills-who formerly taught at
BHS--came by for a welcome visit. Jane has been
quite busy with remodeling, rentals, gardening,
and square dancing (a hobby of seven years).
Elizabeth (Hearn) Folger is overjoyed that
sister, Lucille Hearn, is doing beautifully after
a recent hip replacement, and we add our good
wishes, as well. Zonians will remember Lucille as
an RN at Gorgas Hospital for many years.
Betty (Smith) Scears, of Hayward, makes us
envious of the Christmas shopping tour to Paris
and London her husband Ray gave her as a birthday
present. She and friends had an early start at
Galleria Lafayette. ("It seemed as if everyone
else in Paris was going the same.") They followed
that with the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre
Museum, lunch at Maxim's, several bistros on the
Champs Elysees, and Harry's Bar (Hemingway's
haunt). Their hotel was the Newton Opera (3 star),
near the Opera House and the Church of Madeleine.
They enjoyed the dinner cruise on the Seine, took
the Metro once, and a one-half day tour to
Versailles. Their time in London was short but
included shopping at Harrod's. Their hotel was the
Intercontinental within Hyde Park. ("Good thing we
had a 507 discount," she adds.) They even attended
a banquet their first night, at the Old Palace-
Hatfield House. Betty had booked a city tour,
which was cancelled because Queen Elizabeth was
going to Parliament, so after visiting Westminster
Abbey they walked over to Big Ben and waited for
Her Majesty. They saw her after a wait of 1A
hours-the highlight of the trip.
Keeping busy in retirement is one of those
things John and Beverly (Neville) Facetet never
have to worry about. John delivers Meals on Wheels
and is active in the Lion's Club Student Speaker
Program and the Flag Program. In addition, he
contributes time to the Grand People Program-an
opportunity for retired folks to speak to school
children. He shares his travels, often using
Panama and the Canal Zone as a basis, in addition
to other areas of the world he and Beverly have
visited. Beverly serves as a type of Gray Lady
with the Panerado Hospital Auxiliary, San Diego,
assisting patients in their hospital care.
John and Shirley (Crews) Finlason were happy
to have son and daughter-in-law, Frank and
Maritza, up from Panama for a month's stay
recently. Other Zonians, Bob and Delle Dunn, from
Kerrville, TX, also paid them a most welcome
All excited about the prospects of writing
for children, Janet Laschinger has been accepted
as a student for a correspondence course by the
Institute of Children's Literature in CT.
Ida McDade derives great enjoyment from her
church group, the XYZ Club (Extra Youth Zap, she
calls it.) They have potluck dinners once a month
and go on interesting tours. In April she and Rita
(Laurie) Will went to Descanso Gardens and Forest
Lawn Cemetery, the latter especially noteworthy
for its nuseun, religious exhibits, and churches.
Arriving in April for a month's visit to San
Diego were Thelma (Torbert) Sasso's brother,
Woodrow and wife, Ines, from Hallandale, FL. They
were guests at the home of the Sasso's daughter,
Anne Sullivan, and visited back and forth.
John and Margaret (Briscoe) Abele were
delighted with the recent visit of her sister, Ann
(Brisco) DAvis, from Mexico. Her husband, Tan, is
the son of the late Monett Davis, U.S. Ambassador
to Panama in the late '40's to early '50's.
Moises and Jean (Stinehart) de la Pena have a
fine arrangement for family visits: every spring
and fall they journey to Douglas, AR (and did so
in March) to see their daughter, Baily Tsuya,
son-in-law, Stephen, and three children, and each
July and Christmas the family comes to San Diego.
Moises, by the way, is recovering nicely from
recent back surgeries, and we send our good wishes
Ed Schloeder had an exciting time in Japan in
March. He went over to perform in-services on the
function, design, and operation of a special
generator he sold the US Navy at Yokuska. He
planned on two weeks, and they extended his
contract for two more. The Nissan Motor Co. gave
him the "Red Carpet Treatment: meetings, lunches,
dinners, and a tour of the Diesel Engine Factory,
where he saw an assembly line that produces 14,000
engines per month. Views of Mt. Fuji and Lake
Hakone were on the agenda, and he also saw a
Japanese castle constructed in 1043. He was amazed
at the amount of art and culture there but began
to miss the Mexican foods and the warmth of San
Diego, especially since i t was winter when he
arrived in Japan.
Terry Albritton recarmends the article, "Gone
but not Forgotten," in the April 14th issue of
Time Magazine. It is the story of the return of a
1960's Peace Corp. worker to the Cuna Indians.
Terry has been a bilingual teacher in the San
Ysidro district of San Diego for the past four
years. She and her two children (Tasha, 7, and
Travor, 12) are eager to join Ted and Myrtle
Albritton in Apollo, FL in July for a family
reunion. It will be a gala occasion, for Terry's
children have not seen their grandparents in five
years. All five Albritton children will be there,
along with grandchildren, so there will be many
little cousins to greet. Family members will then
attend the Florida Reunion.
Leaving their beautiful home at Bonita, CA in
April for Fort Lyon, 00 are Conrad and Noma
Horine. It represents a promotion for Conrad to
that of Chief Engineer of the VA Hospital there;
he was formerly associated with the VA Hospital in
San Diego for several years. We will certainly
miss them but offer our best wishes for success
and happiness in the new position and home, and
know that they are only an air flight away from
Pan Canal activities in Southern California.
Bert Morris wants to be sure you don't miss
the wonderful article, "Panama." "Ever the Cross-
roads," in the April issue of National Geographic,
page 466. Kenny Stone is all excited about the
article for if you look at the left side of the
picture of the cayucas going through the canal,
the man with the camera taking pictures is his
brother Malcolm Stone.
Blessings to all. Remember us with your news
Roving Reporter SOCA
For Canal Record, April 1986
Lyle deGrunmnd, BHS '29, of North Hollywood,
California, enjoyed a cruise around Panama aboard
the "Great Rivers Explorer" in February. It was
his first trip back in over 40 years, and he had a
great time. The Chief Steward aboard the Explorer
was Susie Rinehart of Seattle, Washington, the
daughter of James Leslie Rinehart (Generating
Station, Electrical Division, Miraflores) and
Margaret (Allen) Rinehart, and granddaughter of
the late Roy Rinehart, manager of the Tarpon Club,
Gatun, for many years, and Willian B. and Louise
(Kerr) Allen of Dunedin, Florida.
Michael and Tin (Cartotto) Bessa hosted a
"Carnavalito y Ping Ding en Rialto" in February.
Panamanian food and music (arroz con polio, care
en palito, records by Lucho et al), a pinata for
the kids, volleyball, horseshoes and Cerveza
Panama added to the carnival spirit. El pescado
was buried, with sardines and corn for all.
Zonians present were Rocky and Reeta Ridge of
Redlands; Lyle deGrn mond, Madge (deGrumond)
Freese, Betsy (Morrison) and ave Vosbu~gh with
daughter, Deanna, and Steve Cartotto, all of North
Hollywood; Rae Donaldson of Artesia; Jdm and
Helen (Daniel) Miller of Orange; Debbie and Lester
Spring seems to have sprung in Colorado. The
winter was one of our mildest. We did experience
14 inches of snow the week before our Annual Bus-
iness Dinner which created some concern for the
Colorado mini-society. Since we do seem to be
scattered throughout the state it presented travel
problems so that our attendance this year was not
up to par, but we still had a good group with
these new members:
Beth (Snider) Earnest
George E. Nordstrom
L-R: Zonians, Steve Cartotto and Tina
(Cartotto) Ressa, and Helen (Daniel)
Miller, right, at el carnavalito y ping
ding at the Ressas' in February.
L-R: Betsy (Morrison) Vosburgh, Lester
Oliver and Rae Donaldson, enjoying the
Carnavalito at the Ressas' in Rialto, CA
Oliver and baby daughter, Gail Kathleen, of Garden
Grove; Donald Marahl of Rosamond, and Jack and
Joan (Ridge) deGrumond of Laguna Hills.
Shea Smith, 14, was the winner in Florida's
Alachua County Spelling Bee in March. There were
32 contestants from 32 schools, representing
15,000 students. Shea, an 8th grade student at
Lincoln Middle School, Gainesville, will be vying
for honors in the regional competition in Jackson-
ville, and hopes to caipete in the nationals in
Washington, DC. He is the son of bosemarie
('Dusti" Ridge) Smith, and grandson of Bob and Pat
Laguna Hills, CA
Regular members were:
Bertha Jane (Becker) Law
Eleanor (Latermann) Becker
Helen (Edwards) and Ray Magan
Dave "Dabby" Dickson
Donna (Dickson) Hudson
Andrea (Byrd) and Lester Smith
Olette (Holz-Meister) & Bob McIntyre
Barbara (Geddes) and Ray Shaw
Gladys and Roy Graham
Margaret (Meigs) Molloy
Bette (Farrell) and Richard "Buckeye"
Officers were elected for 1986: President, Les-
ter Smith; Vice President, Roy Graham; Secretary/
Treasurer, "Buckeye" Swearingen; Reporter, Donna
L-R: Ray Shaa, Dan Meehan, Donna (Dick-
son) Hudson, Betty (Farrell) and Richard
We wish to thank B.J. Law for the great job she
has done as Sec/Treas. for so such a long time and
understand her choice to take a rest. Past pres-
ident, Eleanor Becker went to visit friends in
Oklahoma but due to an illness spent most of that
time in an Oklahoma hospital. Eleanor was dis-
charged and flew back just in time to be at the
dinner. Barbara Shaw, Past V.P., conducted the
meeting. As the new president, Lester Smith's
first duties will be to appoint a committee to in-
vestigate the date and place for the August get-
together. Bette Swearingen suggested that each
dues paying member choose a name from our address
list and personally invite them to join us on
these two annual occasions the Spring dinner and
the August gathering. This personal touch may
create more interest in our group participation.
Beth Earnest's comment after her first time
was, "After leaving the Canal Zone and moving
around a great deal, I didn't know where I be-
longed. I found out tonight where my roots are -
right here with you." Thank you, Beth, I think
most of us have that family feeling.
L-R: George Nordstrom, Beth (Snider)
Earnest, Marco Beteta, and Dave "Dabby"
I wasn't too sure that I would be in town for
our dinner, as I had made a trip back to Penn-
sylvania. It was not a vacation type trip but I
did get to have lunch with my aunt, Catherine
Beiter. She worked for the Army in Curundu and her
son, Jim Claxon graduated from BHS '46. Jim is
also in New Kensington; the father of two girls
and a boy, and proud grandfather of twin boys.
Prior to my "duty" trip east, my husband, Fred
and I had a nice week in Bahia Kino, Mexico. The
fishing was great the catching fish was not!
Mary (Cryan) Lade writes from Huntington Beach,
CA. and expressed interest in the Red, White and
Blue Troupe emblems. We are still getting bids but
it is difficult to know how many folks would be
interested and how to order. "Hellion" and Ray
Magan have done some investigating which we are
Another response to the last RECORD was a long
letter from Conrad Horine, CHS '44. Conrad is to
be transferred from California to Ft. Lyon, Colo-
rado as the Chief Engineer at the VA Medical Cen-
ter. We are pleased to announce that completes our
Canal Zone Swimming Team for the Colorado Senior
Games in Greeley on September 5,6, and 7. So far,
the team consists of: Dan Meehan, Captain, Bette
Swearingen, Conrad Horine and Donna Hudson. We
could use an alternate or two. More information
will be available after May 5.
In March, Margaret Molloy spent 11 days in Flo-
rida with her mother, Della Meigs, in Tampa. Also
visited with her daughter, Barbara of Boca Grande,
Gasparilla Island and enjoyed playing with her
granddaughter, Alice. Margaret's brother, Jim
Meigs just retired and they plan to move back to
Princeton, N.J. to be closer to their children and
grandchildren. Jim's youngest daughter, Barbara,
will remain in California.
L-R: Seated, Gladys and Roy Graham;
standing, Margaret (Meigs) Molloy; Ray
and Helen (Edwards) Magan.
Being a reporter does afford me opportunities
to pick up fascinating information about some of
our neighbors. Gladys Graham, for instance. Beside
keeping busy on their farm, they travel throughout
Colorado and Canada teaching Therapeutic Touch to
other professionals and lay groups in churches,
schools, etc. Gladys is a seasoned traveler and
loves it. She has toured one end of Panama to the
other and did her own Cuna dictionary in 1951.
Don't forget her cookbook of Panama Cuisine
either. She is some busy lady.
Speaking of busy. Bertha Jane "B.J." Law re-
ports on her Panama visit. "I left for Panama on
March 18 tp spend six days with my daughter and
family Valerie (McIntire), husband, Bud, and
children Daren and Adrea Dempsey. I made the trip
to see Val paddle in the 1986 Ocean to Ocean
Cayuco Race, which took part March 21, 22 and 23.
L-R: Lester Smith, Olette (Holz-Meister)
McIntyre, Andrea (Byrd) Smith and Bob
Val, along with Jean Brandenberg, Anna (Probach)
Strub, Dane Delashaw, Aggie (Probach) Granlich,
Jean Armbruster, Jackie Fearon, Mollie Williford
and Anita Seifert, an alternate, were the crew of
the "Slave Galley". Fran (Stabler) Meyer and chil-
dren Nikki and Craig drove me to the Atlantic Side
for the start of the race on Friday. The second
day of the race I spent on Billy Coffey's "Hardly
Rocking", one of the escort boats. Also aboard
were Karen Coffey, Denise Will, Sonja and Richard
Burchett and Bud Dempsey. The third day of the
race Bud, Daren, Adrea and I cheered in the cayu-
cos at the finish point in Diablo. I had a chance
to say "Hi" to Hugh Harvey, when he and Doug Crook
stopped by to see Val and Bud. Doug was down from
Florida for a fishing trip with Marsha and Donald
Kat. I also had a great visit with Bonnie (Bishop)
Steiner from Houston. She was visiting her brother
It was a wonderful trip but just too short! On
April 16, my husband Milt, dog Muneca and I start-
ed out driving to Pheonix, Arizona for the U. S.
Open Skeet Shoot. Milt has been a skeet shooter
for many years and we use the shoots to plan mini-
vacations to different states. This trip we saw
the Grand Canyon one word WW!!
If anyone is interested in a Class Reunion for
1938 and 1939, Margaret (Meigs) Molloy would like
to hear from you. Her address is: 840 S. Kline
Way, Lakewood, CO 81090.
Donna (Dickson) Hudson
Back to the Sewing Club gals: Grace Carey en-
tertained the Sewing Club on April 8. As usual,
with a group of Zonians, conversation was varied
Aura and Bud Erickson of Gulf Harbor, Bew Port
Richey are expecting a visit from her brother,
Hiram Huntoon and his wife, Marge, from Brandon,
Vermont. Hank grew up on the Atlantic side of the
Eleanor Buehler has just returned from Iowa
where she helped celebrate the 90th birthday of
her mother, Ruby Thorpe. Attending the party were
Beverly Buehler and Richard Grassy with their dau-
ghter, Sarah, and Judy Buehler Williamson and dau-
ghter, Kathy. Eleanot later spent ten days in St.
Cloud, Minnesota with Judy's family, returning to
Iowa to spend Easter with her mother.
Vera and Alton Jones spent a few days in Punta
Gorda with Margaret and Harold Sosted. They are
planning a short trip to Lake Placid for a visit
with Kelly and Bob Maynard.
Regular members who enjoyed the day at Grace's
were Vera Jones, Flora Madison, Florence Mallett,
Carlie Taber, Elma Sieferlein, Edna Wertz, Aura
Erickson, Edith Cotton, Ruth Ann Parker, Mildred
Harper, Mildred Sutherland, Eleanor Buehler, and
Sara Rowley, with her guest, Wilma Reynolds Kirk-.
Mildred Sutherland enjoyed a cruise in February
on the S.S. CANBERRA. Thirty days of seeing many
countries. She sailed from Los Angeles, up to San
Francisco; on to Hawaii: Suva: Fiji; Aukland, New
Zealand; Sydney Australia; Guam; Kobe, Japan and
Hong Kong. She said the highlight of her trip was
the overland tour of New Zealand which is a beau-
I went up to Lilburn, Georgia early in March to
meet my new great-granddaughter, Alexandria Nicole
Snow. I missed my daughter June by two days as she
arrived in time for the big event. Lori and Virgil
Snow are delighted with their new daughter. I have
had the joy of being with her and her family and
am looking forward to having another visit with
Alex and family again soon. I understand her other
great-grandmother, Muffie Stevenson is coming up
from Panama to visit with her too. Incle Davis
Stevenson is also quite proud of his niece. Lori
has sent Alexandria's birth announcement in an-
other section of the Canal Record, with her pic-
ture, taken when she was a day old.
Marge and Pete Foster received a surprise visit
from George and Helen Gercich, both of whom have
just retired from the Schools Division and are on
their way to California and a life of retirement.
Three of their girls are residing there and
they will arrive in California just in time to be-
cane grandparents by their daughter, Nina.
The Pan Canal group from Jacksonville
(actually N.E. Florida) gathered for a beautiful
day of picnicing and reminiscing, on April 19.
The powers on high looked favorably on our
plans, and graced us with beautiful weather
(typical of this area). Dan and Molly Jenkins
hosted the covered dish and BYOB gathering.
Arrangements had been made for us to meet at an
area of the Jax Naval Station.
Along with a vast variety of foods, we
enjoyed tapes, beer, horseshoes, beer, chatting,
beer, horseshoes, beer, and really had a beautiful
Ralph McClain and his "Harem".
Many who had indicated that they would be
there didn't show-and missed a great time. The
following are those I was able to count (sure hope
no one was there and not counted).
Maggie and Bob Windle, Dan and Doris (now
known as Georgiana) Harned, Danielle Harned, Bruce
and Diane Bateman, George and Lee Triable, Gordon
and June Gustafson, Al and Mabel Cannady, Mac and
Dorothy Hicks, Ken and Mikki Hicks, Bob and Betty
McCarrick, Sandy McCarrick and Terry Watts,
Richard and Ruth Mallet, Bill and Kathy Birnham,
Charles Salyer, John Mallett and daughter Jessica,
Eugene Carroll, Joe Garcia, Rose Crider, Susan
Engelke, Grace Barmwell, Sharon Gladden, Ralph and
Jane McClain; and let's not forget the numerous
children (mostly of attendees) Dan and Molly
The entire group less photographer.
Our annual Memorial Day Picnic will gather at
the Harned's in Green Cove Spring on Saturday,
August 30. All Pan Canalers are invited. If you
can come please let us know in advance-and please
Hope to see you all at the Reunion in Tampa.
Best always-and all ways!
Greetings to each of you from the Northwest
(of Florida, that is). Ruth and Caleb have roved
and are now living with son, Orin, Carol and
family. Their new address is 2450 Semoran Drive,
Pensacola, FL 32503, phone (904) 433-6492. They
welcome any of you who pass through this way and
hope you will call or even stay awhile. Orrin and
family with Caleb and Ruth spent Easter at Mary
and Steve's in Houston. Really had a good visit
and the cousins got better acquainted. The young
folks even took in Astro World. Caleb (CA0) and
family in Oregon are doing fine and hope to have
their two older children visit Pensacola in
August. Their youngest is only a year old-a
little young to travel. Both Ruth and Caleb are
very active in the Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ) here and put in many hours of dedicated
We were all saddened and shocked in March at
the sudden and unexpected death of Barbara Kiley.
She was a lovely lady and we will miss her very
much. More information on this can be found in the
section With Deep Sorrow.
Clarence and Laura True enjoyed a visit in
February fran their son, Bruce with his wife Mary
from Oregon and from grandson Mark with his wife
Debbie of California. They spent a couple of weeks
in the area and did a lot of sightseeing. Webb and
I always enjoy it when any of the True contingent
is in town (they are Mildred's brothers) for we
get a good chance to catch up on family happen-
ings. A couple of weeks ago Debbie True (Bruce's
daughter) flew in from CA for a few days. She
divided her time between visits to her granddad,
us and Russell Gillespie. Debbie had met several
young people in Panama during her visits there,
who now live in the Pensacola area and still keeps
up her contacts.
Webb and I have been on the go during the
first quarter of 1986. As soon as we returned from
the Christmas holidays in TX we headed for Orlando
and the Annual Organ Extravagenza. Enjoyed the
great music immensely and were thrilled to see Bea
Shears as mistress of ceremonies. She is the
National Chairwoman of AOAI (Amateur Organists
Association International) and a staff writer for
their Hurdy Gurdy magazine. We stayed over a
couple of days in Orlando to visit EPCOT and Sea
World. Didn't allow enough time for EPOOT. Will
have to see the other half on a future visit.
In February we attended a 2-day training
conference at the Hotel Hilton in San Destin, FL
in connection with the CLM International Marketing
Co. we are involved with. A fantastic weekend at a
fabulous hotel and the weather was perfect.
In March we took another quick unexpected
trip to Houston because our son, Jim, and family
were on TDY from Corpus Christi for three months
and we had an opportunity to visit both Jim and
John in the same area. Had the great thrill of
watching our grandson take his first steps! As
soon as we returned from Houston we headed for
Tampa and St. Pete. We had been invited by Georgia
Howard to furnish the music for her installation
as Queen of the Nile at Elam Temple in Tanpa on
Palm Sunday. I was at the organ and Webb was her
soloist. Chuch and Dottle Lavallee also came down
from Pensacola to participate in the big event.
Georgia made a regal Queen and handled everything
beautifully. The Shrine facilities in Tampa are
fantastic. Were happy to see Mary Bell Hicks and
the Askews while there. We stayed in St. Pete a
few days with Julian and Des Hearne. They are
great hosts. Webb and Julian played golf and Des
and I shopped and visited. We had thought
Pensacola was getting congested until we spent
time down there and contended with the traffic. By
traffic, I mean on the golf course, and in
restaurants as well as on the road! It seemed
quite peaeful up here in the Panhandle when we
Had an unexpected pleasure the other night
when we received a phone call fran Carl and
Harriet Serger who were enroute from Sun City, FL
to Austin, TX to vitis their son Stewe. We spent
the evening together and had a great time
reminiscing about old times, old friends and
catching up on news of our families.
In February Louie Dedaux's brother-in-law,
Richard Hogan, died suddenly in Kerrville, TX.
Louis went to Kerrville to be with his sister Iris
and brought her back with him for a visit to
Pensacola. When she was ready to return home,
Honey Fealey, Kitty Lessiak and Verla Greer drove
from Kerrville to Pensacola to pick her up. During
their visit, Barbara and Louie gave a lovely
dinner party and included Coach Doug and Jean
Litton as well as Webb and me as their guests.
Nothing beats the fellowship of former Canal
Zonians when they get together. On their way back
to Kerrville, the gals visited the Cassibrys in
Ocean Springs, Miss., who entertained them at
lunch. Barbara reports that Louie made a visit to
Orofino, Idaho, to visit Sue (Gabriel) and Neal
Compton and family for a fishing trip. They caught
steelhead but nearly froze to death in the
process. Louie is used to this mild FL climate.
While in Idaho he also enjoyed visiting with Sue's
parents, Capt. and Mrs. Gabriel.
Several of us Pensacolians are attending the
reunion this year. The Dedeauxs will be accoa-
panied by Louie's brother and sister, Iris and
Leon and Jon Dedeaux will be attending with his
girlfriend, Debra Hepler. Russell Gillespie is
also another young adult who will be there. Among
the "oldies" Webb and I will be around. See you in
Shirley Williams Cmacellor of Eureka,
California arrived in Florida for a three week
visit with her sister, Grace Williams arriving on
January 19 and leaving on February 9th. That was
the shortest three weeks in history, as we did not
have a chance to do half of what we had hoped for.
But we had a glorious time. She was able to visit
with her very dear friend, Ruth Palmer Clun, who
was a Canal Zone school-mate, and with whom only
correspondence had kept together for a long time.
We also thoroughly investigated the Sunken Gardens
and were deeply impressed with their beauty. She
plans to cane back to Florida this caning
Christmas so perhaps we can catch up on sane of
what we missed.
On Sunday afternoon, March 23, an open
Installation was held for the new officers of Elim
Temple No. 78, Daughters of the Nile, at the
Scottish Rite Temple in Tampa, Florida. Installed
as Queen of the Nile was Georgia Howard (Mrs.
Vance Hoard) who was, indeed a very lovely queen,
and will be a good success with her spendid corps
of officers. The ceremony was most impressive and
beautiful with music furnished by Mildred Hearne
as organist and Webb Hearne serving as soloist,
and was truly enjoyed by all. Georgia was very
happy that her Canal Zone friends were available
to take part in this ceremony with her. Indeed,
her family and friends were very proud of her.
A baby boy was born to Mark and Robin Collins
of Jacksonville, Florida on Decenber 6, 1985. The
baby's name is Jesse Denard Collins. Paternal
grandparents are Albert and Anita Collins of Ft.
Valley, Georgia and maternal grandparents Noel and
Trudy Gibson of Largo, Florida.
Nancy Ann Willians and Robert Walter Claribew
Jr. were united in marriage at Palm Lake Christian
Church in St. Petersburg, September 28, 1985. The
bride's parents are Elinor Mcullough and James
Williams of St. Petersburg, Florida. The groom's
parents are Bob and Ellen Clarihew, formerly of
Balboa, Canal Zone and now living in St. Peters-
burg. The bride was given in marriage by John
Corte. Attending the bride was Damu Hase as
maid-of-honor. Attending the groan was George
Wright. A reception was held at the bride's
another's home. The bride and groom spent two weeks
in Panama and were guests of Carl Tuttle of
Diablo, Panama. The couple are now residing in St.
During spring holiday time, Mirian Bissett
led a group of ten of her Spanish students at
Riverview High School (Sarasota), and five inter-
ested adults on a fantastic 13 day study tour to
Spain. The group was thrilled to view a special
dance troupe at the Monument Theater in Madrid;
attend a bullfight; stand alongside a 2,000 year
old still-working aqueduct in Segovia; witness a
Holy Week parade in Granada and go to the border
entrance to the Rock of Gibraltar. They also
enjoyed the time they spent in the casbah and
bazaars of Tangiers in Africa. Miriam reports it
as a great trip.
Allen and Kay Miller had a most enjoyable
trip to Colorado Springs, CO to spend Christmas
with their son-in-law and daughter, Donald and
Marjorie (Miller) Schiid. While there they also
visited former Canal Zone friends, Fred and Louise
In late January, they flew to Portland, OR to
visit their other son-in-law and daughter, Dale
and Martha (Miller) Hoskins, and young son,
Allen and Kay, whose motto is "go while you
can," took care of their grandson, Michael, so
Dale and Martha could spend two weeks in Hawaii.
The Reverend Jobn H. Smith, and his wife,
Vicky, spent a week in Sarasota with his parents,
Rob and Elsie (Neely) Smith. They also enjoyed
being with his uncle and aunt, Mike and Marion
(Neely) Greene of Sarasota and with his brother-
in-law and sister, Ron and Robbin (Smith) Larson,
and nephew, Danny Larson, of Bradenton.
Rob and Elsie Smith also had as their
houseguest, Ruth Zelnick of Hendersonville, NC.
Ruth also visited Trman and Betsy Hoenke, who
recently moved to Homosasa, FL.
Mike and Marion Greene enjoyed a week's visit
by his nephew, Ronald Fowler and his wife, Linda,
of Pensacola, FL.
Maxine Hitchcock recently spent a week in
Bethesda, MD with her son, Willian, and wife
Virginia. She enjoyed being with her grandchild-
ren, Cooper and Katherine, during their spring
vacation from school.
Bill Hitchcock is National and International
Sales Manager of Books and Journal Division, of
the American Chemical Society and has recently
returned from an extended business trip overseas
to Thailand, Australia and India.
Jeanne Burgoon drove to Deerfield, FL to
visit her son-in-law and daughter, Harold and
Karen O'Neill, and her granddaughter, Laura, and
her husband, Roy Fox. While there Jeanne attended
the BPOE installation in Ponpano Beach, when her
son-in-law was installed as an officer.
In April Jeanne flew to California to WIBC
Orange County National Bowling Congress to be held
in Anaheim, in which she will be a participant.
Bob and Dolores Hammetter spent Easter week
in Jacksonville, FL with their daughter and
family, Robyn (Hannetter) and Max Suter and two
Later in April, it almost looked like Bob and
Dolores were going the bike business, when their
daughter, Robyn, and sons, Alfred, and Ellery
drove over to Sarasota in their 4 x 4 Cherokee,
bringing with them five bicycles, two dirt bikes,
two regular bikes and a small motorcycle for
five-year old Alfred. Hubby Max joined the family
for the weekend, caning over on his motorcycle to
accompany his family on their return trip to
Bill and Maxine Dixon and Jay Cain enjoyed a
short visit with Fronie Fender of Bradenton, and
her houseguest, Sophie McLimas of Sheridan, WY who
formerly taught Home Economics at Cristobal High
Gerald ("Budd") and Eleanor Bliss of Camp-
bell, CA arrived in Sarasota after visiting with
their son-in-law and daughter, Steve and Margie
(Bliss) Stephenson and family in Newtown, CT, with
Budd's brother and sister-in-law, Curtis and Bmily
Bliss of Rockledge, FL for a two weeks visit with
Budd's sisters, Mayno Walker, Tinsie Barnes and
Gladys and their husbands. They enjoyed seeing
there were guests at several luncheons.
A climax to their Florida visit was the
surprise gathering of friends and relatives for an
early celebration of their Golden (Fiftieth)
Wedding Anniversary. (See Congratulations.)
Jdhnny and Gladys McLain spent the Christmas
holiday with their son and daughter-in-law, Dog
and Cindy Mclain of Fort Clayton, RP. They were
acanpanied by their daughter and family, Kudy
(McLain) Feintuch, her husband Dr. Yossi Feintuch
and young son, Ze'v, of Atlanta, GA. Dr. Feintuch
recently received his Ph.D. in History at Emory
University in Atlanta.
During their seven week visit Gladys and
Johnny were present to welcome their third
grandchild, John David McLain. (See Births.)
The group returned in late January to their
U.S. homes. In April, Judy and young Ze'v spent
two weeks with her parents, the John McLains in
Sarasota, before the Feintuch family leave for
Israel, where Yossi has accepted a teaching
Louise Pustis enjoyed a two weeks' visit with
her grandson, Joseph Pustis, during spring break.
He is in his senior year at Penn State, majoring
in Architectural Engineering.
Joseph is the son of Joseph and J.J. Pustis
of Springfield, VA. They are presently spending a
year in England where he is a consulting aero-
Bill Dixon visited their nephew, Philip
Hadarits and family in Augusta, GA. While there,
Philip and Charlotte showed them around the
grounds where the prestigious Masters Golf
Championships are played. En route back to
Sarasota they visited Bill's brothers-in-law and
sisters, William and Aurelia (Dixon) Hadarits in
Toombsboro, GA and Chester and Hilda (Dixon)
Harrold in Safety Harbor, FL.
Martha Messer of Venice enjoyed a week's tour
of the Caribbean, first flying to Jamaica and
taking the cruise ship, S.S. BRITNIS to Aruba,
Cartagena, Panama and San Bias. This was Martha's
first to Panama since 1951 when she left the
Isthmus with her husband, the late Robert Messer.
Martha's son and daughter-in-law, Charles and
Susan Messer, recently moved from Dallas, TX to
make their permanent home in Venice, FL.
On Sunday, February 23, 1986, 17-month old
Melissa Roth Banks, daughter of Arthur and Marilyn
(Roth) Banks of Tanpa, FL and granddaughter of Mr.
and Mrs. George Roth of Sarasota, was christened
at The First United Methodist Church in Sarasota,
by the Reverend Delmas Copeland.
Afterwards, the group of twenty-six friends
and relatives attending church and christening
service were dinner guests at the home of George
and Tonny Roth in Sarasota.
Many Zonians, particularly baseball fans, who
remember Stan Wasiak, would be interested in a re-
cent article in the Melbourne Times, March 1, 1986
about his baseball career.
It says, in part..."First off, there's the King
of Baseball Stan Wasiak. At the baseball winter
meetings he was pronounced as such. Wasiak was
honored for his achievements last season with a
night at Holna Stadium, a night at Dodger Stadium
and an escorted visit of the Baseball Hall of Fame
in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Last season, Wasiak set a record for the most
wins ever by a monor league manager. During his
36-year tenure, Wasiak picked up 2,502 victories."
Stan played for "Colon" in the Isthmian Base-
ball League in the early '40's when he was sta-
tioned at Ft. Sherman while in the Army during
World War II. The late Jinmy Campbell managed his
team and Mike Greene was an umpire.
Stan was also a very good boxer. That career
started when his commanding Officer, Col. Sweet,
in charge of the Service Boxing events needed a
fighter and pressed Stan into service, saying,
"You are my welterweight fighter." He won many
Atlantic siders may recall Col. Sweet married
Elizabeth (Betty) Moore, one of Cristobal High
School's most popular teachers. She taught Spanish
and English and French.
Gladys B. Hmpbrey
Hi, Steve and I just moved to Tampa from
Tallahassee in November 1985 and I will now be a
Tampa reporter. Steve accepted a position with FAA
and has had an opportunity to do some traveling-
he just returned from Panama and really enjoyed
going "home" after five years. While in Panama he
was able to visit and see Bev and Joe Wood, John
and Sues Husum, Bill Mcann, Mr. and Mrs.
Saarinen, Lori (Kent) Gibson, Louis and Robin
Huskd, Ramon Reyes and all the players on the
Saint Mary's softball team.
Keni and Lee (Nickisher) Gaul were in Tampa
recently visiting Tan Nickisher and Arthur Fgger.
All of them were the guests for dinner at Bill and
Laura (Hansen) Breaden's house. Keni and Lee just
moved to Miami and are excited about expecting
their first baby this summer.
Mary Jablonski and Keri Golvin traveled to
Panama at Christmas to be the bridesmaids in Linda
Snith's wedding. Linda married Michael Patton on
December 29, 1985 in a beautiful wedding ceremony.
Mike and Linda are now residing in Dothan, AL.
Also attending the wedding from Tampa was Maritza
Reyes. Mary, Keri and Maritza report that they had
a great Christmas'vacation in Panama.
Val and Monica Richey were in Tampa recently
during Spring Break visiting their brother Hobey
and wife Lisa (Wilkins). Monica will graduate in
May from medical school. Val has only two years
left of medical school and Hobey is a doctor in
Tampa. So if you ever need a doctor call the
John Husan traveled to Tampa from Panama
looking for a house to buy. His father, Ed Husum,
met him here and they looked around the Tampa area
at houses. They then went to Tallahassee and John
bought a townhouse.
I recently spoke to Jim Parthenais. He is
living in Miami and working as an auditor. He has
had an opportunity to do some traveling and really
likes it. Also received a call from Wilford (Rob
Morris; he is living out in California and does
not think he will be able to make it to the
Reunion. Spoke to Bill and Anna (Wolf) Kessler.
They are anxiously awaiting the birth of their
first baby this summer.
I promised the BHS class of 1978 that I would
organize our 10 year class reunion. Well, it's
only two years away and I'm going to start working
on it. If anyone wants to help or just has some
ideas-write to me!
Steve and I will be moving into our new house
at the end of May. So if anyone would like to get
in touch with me, my new address will be:
Mary (Kelleher) Tochterman
14038 Citrus Pointe Dr.
Tampa, FL 33625
We don't know what our phone number will be,
so I'll put it in the next issue.
Mary Kelleber Tochteman
Michael W. Cook (BHS '74) has spent the past
three years with the U.S. Air Force at England
AFB, just outside Alexandria. He's now moved north
to the 50-degree weather of West Virginia. Mike's
new address is Box 256, Clear Fork, WV 24822.
The Curriers in Slidell sent a little news
and picture. Last March a lovely surprise 40th
anniversary party was given for Lorraine and
Norman Currier by their children: No man "Sipper"
and wife Peggy (Harrington): Karen and husband
Mike Ranatza; and Robbie. Family and a host of
friends were present including former Zonians Gene
and Kathy (McClean) Basiliere, Dean and Lucienne
Bruch, Phyllis Dade, Betty Evans, and Kit and Dick
McClean. It was a great party and a good time was
had by all, especially the happy couple.
Norman and Lorraine Currier, in Slidell,
La., celebrate their 40th anniversary.
Via Mae and Richard Dirkgreve report from
Metairie that last June their friends, Helen and
Rick Markley, Corapolis, PA, became the proud
parents of Jason Earl, who weighted in at 8 Ibs.,
13.5 oz. Jason has a brother, Jonathan, 6, and
sister, Erin, 4. Helen is Marie Haky's youngest
daughter. In August the Dinkgreves, their daughter
and granddaughter flew to Las Vegas for five days
and four nights of whooping it up with fabulous
entertainment, food and gambling. Lady Luck must
have smiled on them because they're planning
another trip soon. In January Richard, Via Mae,
their daughter, grandson, his wife and their
great-grandson enjoyed a seven-day cruise to Gulf
of Mexico ports aboard the SS Bermuda Star out of
New Orleans. The weather was most cooperative and
they enjoyed more fabulous entertainment, food and
gambling. The excursion brought back many fond
memories of Panama Line trips. Lately, the
Dinkgreves have enjoyed a couple of visits from
Roland Casanova of Slidell, who made a return trip
to Panama in April. The Dinkgreves also report
that Audrey Boman has taken up residence in her
mother's house in Metairie, since her mother, Mrs.
Bert J. (Edna) Benoit, has moved into a Gretna
retirement home. Audrey, Richard, his daughter and
great-grandson have a little walking club. They
step out briskly at the local shopping mall for at
least 30 minutes a day, safely getting their
exercise while avoiding foul weather and yapping
No other Record reporter can be so lucky in
corresponding with such a great bunch of
ex-Zonians as yours truly. John R. Gough Sr. of
Marrero has sent us a lovely little 1957 book,
"Living at the Crossroads." The pay for this job
ain't nothing, but the surprise benefits will
knock your socks off. Thank you, John, I really
John and Kathleen Gough celebrated their 40th
wedding anniversary in February by planting six
more rose bushes around their home. After renting
government quarters on the Zone for most of their
lives, they are really enjoying their own house
and garden. They were married in Balboa and lived
on the Zone until 1979. They heard recently from
old buddies Robert and Claudia Hall of Pensacola
and hope to arrange a get-together soon. They all
worked together during the '40s for the U.S. Army
Engineers. Bob went on to become comptroller for
the Inter-American Geodetic Survey, retiring about
1972. Son William E. Gough III (BHS '67) recently
took a 10-day trip to Florida on his motorcycle to
visit ex-Zonian friends and relations and to
attend the Daytona Motorbike Festival. He saw
Frank and Nornen Finlason, Tarpon Springs; Keith
and Angie Talbott, and Robert and Sherry Rakin,
Homosassa Springs; Mary and Jim Hale, Seminole;
Phil Hale, Miami; Pete Hale, Titusville, Robert
Hanna Sr., Clearwater,; ex-Canal Pilot Capt. Jack
Stuart, Palm Harbor; Velma Agueria, Tampa;
Ephrain and Olga Angueria; and his own son,
William E. Gough IV, Fort Walton Beach.
John R. Gough, Sr. and Kathleen Cooke
Gough shortly after their CZ marriage in
The Greggs of Mandeville spent two weeks in
Zachary recently tending four active grandchildren
so daughter Lynn and husband, Dr. Clayton Brown,
could P&R in Costa Rica. The Browns met up with
Joey Smith, a classmate of Lynn, who has a finca
there. Gene writes they took in the land coast to
coast and mountain to mountain. Nancy Gregg works
offshore for Conoco and recently went to Denver to
play rugby. In November her team plans a trip to
New Zealand. Gene's pasero Jim Palumbo says the
gang in Panama continues to retire. Gene and young
Gene escaped to "wild, wonderful" West Virginia in
March to see Marian's folks and enjoyed the change
from Louisiana. Gene also reports that Bob and
Gail are still minding things in Alabama and that
Laura is coming up in June from Panama to take
French. Budget considerations have postponed the
start of school in Panama until Sept. 15.
Helen Munson, Sun City, AZ, enjoyed the
holidays in California with her daughter and
family. Samantha, 16, is a rhythmic gymnast now
and enjoys it very much. Rebecca, 19, is in her
second year at the University of Wisconsin
business school, Whitewater. Healthwise, we're
happy to report that Helen has made a good
recovery from October surgery.
Noted in a recent catalog from Publishers
Central Bureau, One Champion Ave., Avenel, NJ
07001, the video cassette of "Alice's Restaurant"
is now available for $34.98, Beta or VHS. This
color film starred our own Pat Quim (BHS '53).
The blurb reads: Revisit the counterculture of the
1960s in this witty, funny film based on the
legendary Arlo Guthrie folk song.
Plans for the BHS52 reunion in '87 are
shaping up nicely. Velma Medina Reilly is our
correspondent/detective in Panama and doing a
super job of tracking down our classmates there.
Freddie Raybourne has been furnishing her with
many good leads. Though none occurred recently, we
were still distressed to learn of the deaths of
Minerva Angulo, Canren Man and Marilyn Toledano.
Belated condolences to their families.
Peggy Sheridan, where are you? This reporter
would be happy to return your 1936 yearbook but
does not know your new California address. The
machine cut you off right after mention of the
move. Please drop her a postcard for the results
Capt. and Mrs. Henning J. Spilling of
Slidell on the occasion of their 40th
Cinda and Bob Spillig with daughters Megan,
6, and Amanda, 2, are back in Louisiana after two
years in New Jersey. Rob's been doing a lot of
traveling; Cinda, fixing up their new home.
Cinda's mom, Dona Helmericks, is in Germany again
visiting other daughter Susie and husband Ray
Duncan. Rob's parents, Capt. and Mrs. Henning J.
Spilling, celebrated their 40th anniversary in
March at a wonderful dinner with their family at
La Provence restaurant, LaCanbe. Bobbie and
Henning hosted a large party and Easter egg hunt
for their grandchildren this year.
Dona Helmerichs of Slidell, with grand-
daughters, Megan and Amanda at Easter.
Anne Grimm-Richardson of Naselle, Wash., has
been nominated for inclusion in "Who's Who in U.S.
Writers, Editors and Poets," a biographical
directory to be published by December Press. Anne
is a member of the Wahkiakun Pacific Writers
Association-Crossroads Writers International and
publishes Candle, a working person's Magazine.
Frances P. Walker of Marrero enjoyed a
four-week visit earlier this year in Panama with
daughter Patt (Mrs. Abdiel Flynn), her family and
other relatives and friends, including four
grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Gret and Will Warren of New Port Richey are
home for the moment after a lovely month's stay in
Balboa and the Interior, followed by a brief visit
with son Dave in New Orleans. We finally got
together there for a lovely home-cooked dinner and
lots of conversation. Here's a scoop for you that
wouldn't be appreciated by just anyone-Schweg-
mann's Giant Supermarket in New Orleans and Baton
Rouge sells fresh frozen yuca (cassava), ready to
boil or french fry, 79 cents for 1.5 Ibs., a
product of Costa Rica-and that's close enough. So
next time you're in the neighborhood, bring your
ice chest and load up. Dry ice is available.
Your reporter and husband Bob left North Mus-
kegon, Michigan January 8 and didn't return until
the last of March, in the hopes that the snow and
cold weather had gone away. We were wrong.
Anita (Daniels) Asmussen and Nancy
(Norton) Carter in San Diego, California
While on vacation we went to San Diego and did
the usual sights, and we saw Nancy Norton Carter.
Nancy and I hadn't seen each other since 1940, so
we had a lot of catching up to do.
A visit with Grace (Schack) Wilson in Dunedin,
Florida turned out to be great too, as Kay Ritchie
Patton was also visiting her. Again, I hadn't seen
Kay since high school days in 1941. She hasn't
changed in all those years looks great.
I am a wee bit disappointed that only two out
of the 19 members living in Michigan responded to
my letter announcing that I was going to be the
We won't be able to attend the July reunion as
we are having company from Texas.
Russ and Marianne (Field) Hockin, CHS'67, and
boys recently returned to Farmington Hills, Mich-
igan, after spending Easter vacation in New Port
Richey, Fla., visiting with Marianne's dad, Cy
Field and brothers, Mel and Ken and families.
Easter Sunday was spent at the beach with family
and dinner followed at "Grandpop Cy's" where his
72nd birthday was celebrated!
Another family reunion is being planned during
the Canal Zone reunion where brother Rusty, wife,
Josie and family will be attending.
After a beautiful week of weather in Florida,
the Hockins' stopped in Marietta, Ga. to visit
with old friends and neighbors then on to Mich-
The Field reunion at Easter. Front row,
L-R: Marianne (Field) Hockin and Chris
Field. Second row L-R: Tyler and Erin
Field, Garrett, Jaime, Ryan and Kevin
Hockin.- Back row L-R: Ken and Beth
Field, Grandpop "Cy" Field, Mary Emna
Field, Sean Field, Mel Field and Russ
igan to find snow on the ground!
Looking forward to July!
Anita Daniels Asmussen
If you're a member of the BHS Class of '52
and didn't get your copy of our Reunion news-
letter, contact class secretary Virginia Selby
Entrekin, Box 6, Whitfield, MS 39193.
A reminder letter to Lanmy's son, Eric C.
Gunn, at Kessler AFB, was returned marked "Addres-
see Unknown." Eric, where are you? Please do not
move without telling me. It ruins my day.
Susan Holcoab Hodge, who used to work in the
library at USM in Hattiesburg, has now moved with
her family to 473 Downing St., Jackson 39216,
where they hope to stay for awhile. She's eager to
subscribe to the Record and plans to attend the
Reunion in 1988 with her brother, marking his 25th
and her 10th high school reunions.
Duncan Laird Jr. of Ocean Springs reports
that as far as he knows no plans are being made
for a Gulf Coast picnic this year. Is that right,
(Cita? Lots of area folks are wondering. Duncan
has been busy around the house doing his own work
in repairing the hurricane damage, including new
roofing and exterior painting. Son and
Duncan Laird, Jr. and his son, Duncan
Bruce, on his 65th birthday.
daughter-in-law, '"Dnk" and Linda helped him
celebrate his 65th birthday and his neighbors had
a dinner for him the following night.
All's well at the Smiths in Osyka. The garden
is in, big honeydew and H2mQelon patch. Glen and
Nita Swan dropped in for a weekend in March while
on their way to Korea for a visit.
We have been enjoying one of the most
beautiful springs I have had the privilege of
seeing. The dogwoods, other flowering trees and
the azaleas are so lovely.
Betty Bentz flew to England with her friend,
Sally Strosnider. They will spend 18 days in
London and then take a tour to Scotland.
Barbara (Bonnano) Sanders from Panama was a
weekend guest of Norma and Sam Irvin. Barbara was
in Atlanta, GA, taking college courses for a
Betty Quintero spent five weeks in Maryland
with her daughters, Carol and Beth, and their
Geni Sander's daughter, Ginger Hanzel, from
Irvine, Calif., was with her for two weeks in
"Trudy" Kelly had her son, Thmas, from
Annandale, VA, with her for a week.
Jean Danirowsky spent Easter weekend in
Raleigh, NC, with her daughter, Barbara, and her
children. Barbara's oldest daughter, Carol, was a
contestant in the Miss National Teenager Pageant.
Carol's father, Gordon Sanders, came from Knox-
ville, TN, to be her escort on the night of the
Carol Lee Sanders, daughter of Mrs. Bar-
bara Sanders, Ahoskie, N.C. and Mr. Gor-
don Sanders, Concord, Tenn. See notes of
Western North Carolina.
Edna and Mim Million were houseguests of the
Doubrowskys for a few days in April. The Millions
were on their way to their summer home in Vermont.
Ruth Zelnick spent two weeks over Easter
visiting her sons, Paul and John and their
families in Little Rock, AR, and Tulsa, OK. The
first of May, Ruth will fly to San Antonio, TX,
for the 40th reunion of the I.A.G.S. She will join
up with Jean Bailey and hopes to see many of her
former co-workers in the Canal Zone.
Rick Runnestrand and his wife, Becky, from
Gainesville, FL, were my houseguests for a few
days in April. I enjoyed my freighter trip with
Emily and Howard Johnson very much. We were gone
50 days from the time we sailed from Houston in
December until landing back in New Orleans the
last of January. Our major stops were Cartagena
and Buenaventura, Columbia; Balboa; Guayaquil,
Ecuador; Lima, Peru; and Valparaiso, Chile.
Naturally, we enjoyed transitting the Canal both
ways. On our northbound transit, we were anchored
in Gatun Lake awaiting our turn to go through the
Gatun Locks. It was so beautiful there watching
the ships go by southbound.
Alice H. Roche
Betty (Bradley) London spent a week visiting
in Tucson, Arizona, where she also saw Halley's
Comet. Two days after she returned to her home,
she and her husband, Dick, were off to tour
England, Wales and Scotland. They rented a car,
armed with do's and don't maps, Bed & Breakfast
references, then off to tour the country and see
the sights. They had a marvelous time except for
their short stay in Copenhagan, Denmark. It was
bitterly cold, making it most uncomfortable to
sightsee. They are now home, back to normal,
reliving their most enjoyable trip.
Helen and Ralph Smith are now enjoying better
health. Helen suffered a heart attack last
November and has recouperated very nicely. They
plan to attend a ship (USS Chicago) reunion in
Norfolk, VA, in May, and of course our reunion in
August. They are members of the Puget Sound
Maritime Historical Society, where one of their
members has shown an interest in our NW reunions.
Hopefully we will all meet a Monitor River Park.
Jack and Lera Walker (Bellingham), are both
well and enjoying the visits of their daughters
and their children.
Jesse and Lucille Bunker flew to North
Carolina to visit Jack's mother. They will also
take in Virginia and Maryland visiting relatives
Jean and Dave Coffey bought their first home
since retirement and having a wonderful time
fixing it up.
Peggy Rankin (Takcna), phoned saying she was
feeling nuch better. Her daughter, Bonnie Macy,
visits Al and Peggy twice a year (March and
October). Their youngest son, Richy, plans to
visit in October, while their other two sons,
Robert and Bill are still on the Isthmus.
Tharks to the capable care of both my
children, Marcy and Jim, I recovered quickly from
my sudden illness in March.
Don and Maycel MaLean have returned from a
very enjoyable trip to Panama visiting their
daughter and family.
Our NW 9th Picnic Reunion will take place
August 2 (Saturday) 1986, at Monitor River Park.
The Park is located about halfway between
Wenatchee and Cashmere in the "pas tro" town of
Monitor, Washington. When you see a pedestrian
walkway over the highway, start looking for signs
of Monitor River Park. You will be turning left
into the park area. Don MacJan said there would
be signs directing you to the Canal Zone Picnic,
so should be easy to find. These directions are
from Wenatchee heading NW on Hwy. 2.
Our host, Don MacLean has requested those
interested in overnight accommodations (Motel/RV/-
Tent), to please contact him at (509) 884-4746 or
write to him at 2350 SE 8th St., Wenatchee, WA
98801, as soon as possible. Reservations are
Points of interest to the visitor to this
area: Did you know that Wenatchee is one of the
world's largest producers of apples? From
Wenatchee heading north, you will pass a very blue
long lake-Chelan. Seems to be in the middle of a
very dry land and a welcome refreshing sight.
Leave the Hwy at Pateros for Hwy 157-the North
Cascade Route-very beautiful scenery, and inter-
esting towns. Twisp is the area where Forest Fire
fighters are trained.
Back in Wenatchee, take Hwy 2 heading NW,
past Monitor River Park to Cashmere. Here is the
home of the Aplet and Cotlet candy, which was
started 60 or more years ago. leavenworth, is a
town with Bavarian architecture, fun to shop and
window shop. Heading out look for Route 207 for a
short jaunt, you will return to the highway, but
you will see beautiful Lake Wenatchee. Camping is
permitted. Back to Hwy 2, head West. Soon you will
be in a familiar name area, Stevens Pass,
elevation 4061 feet. It was named after John F.
Stevens, who worked for the railroad prior to his
Panama Canal duty as Chief Engineer (June 30, 1905
to March 31, 1907). He hiked throughout this area
until he found the best route for the railroad
line and tunnel through the pass. It is still in
use today. Further down the road you will come to
the town of Sultan, where if hungry, they have
yunny biscuits and gravy.
See you at the Northwest Reunion in August.
Martha B. Wood
Joe and Marcia Cicero visited Marie and Jim
Morris in Clearwater, Florida for the Thanksgiving
holidays. While in that area, they met with Eddie
Napoleon and Lambert Montovani and their wives.
Eddie Napoleon, Joe Cicero, Lambert Man-
tovani and Jim (Sniley) Morris and
Smiley's granddaughter, Jamie (Cori's
daughter) in Clearwater, Fla.
The highlight of their trip was being able to
spoil their 17 month old grandson, Matthew (son of
Craig and Stephanie Cicero). Joe and Marcia are
anxiously awaiting the birth of their second grand
child to Jim and (Ceryl Cicero in June. Marcia
says she is silently hoping for a girl this time
so she can buy frilly outfits.
Joe Cicero and Charley Newbury met at Lake
Dallas, Texas, where they proudly showed off the
Charlie Newbury holds granddaughter,
Megan (daughter of Patricia and Charles
Lenard) and Joe Cicero holds Matthew,
(son of Craig and Stephanie Cicero).
The Cicero's then spent a delightful Christmas
in Texas with all their four sons and families.
Former Zonians attending Shannon Dailey McPher-
son's wedding on March 23, 1986 were: David Hol-
lowell of Dothan, Ala.; Tammy Nickisher, Art Egger
and Yane Leves of Tanpa, Fla.; Penny (Hall) and
Freeland bollowell, Jr. and Bob Dailey of St.
Petersburg, Fla.; Betty (Olsen) and Bob Boyer (who
took a video tape of the wedding) of Largo, Fla.
and Laura Kbsik of Panama.
The "Star & Herald" on April 7, 1986, showed a
lowering of gasoline and diesel prices effective
Gasoline 95 from B/2.24 to B/1.98
Gasoline 95 Public Transport B/1.86 to B/1.67
Gasoline 87 B/2.10 to B/1.90
Gasoline 87 Public Transport B/1.78 to B/1.59
Diesel (Light) B/1.20 to B/1.10
Houses in Canal Area may be up for sale, says
the "Star & Herald" of April 15, 1986. A bill
calling for the sale of living units in 11 Canal
Area towns reverted to Panama, was recently dis-
cussed at a meeting between Panama's Housing Min-
ister and the National Legislative Assembly's
The bill, covering five towns on the Atlantic
and six on the Pacific sides, must first be ap-
proved at a cabinet meeting before passing on to
the Legislative Assembly for debate.
So far, 2,700 housing units have reverted to
Panama, and there are over 2,000 applications for
homes still pending.
Among the towns with housing units that could
be up for sale are Gold Hill, Margarita, Santa
Cruz and France Field on the Atlantic, and Pedro
Miguel, Alto de Jesus (Diablo), Curundu and Balboa
on the Pacific side.
The Annual Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race emphases
changes over the years, says Jan Riess of the
Southern Command News of March 27, 1986. When the
first cayuco races were held, the goal was fun.
Today, the emphasis is competition and personal
This unique race has been an annual event for
Explorers since the 50's, and this year, 130 teens
and adults participated in it.
The race lasts three days beginning on a Friday
at 2 p.m. on the Atlantic side of the canal when
all cayocos are inspected. The first leg of the 37
mile race begins at 3:30 p.m. that day.
Contestants face the toughest part of the race
beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday the 20 miles be-
tween the south end of Gatun Locks and Gamboa. The
water is the roughest here, and where teamwork,
harmony, endurance, persistence and mental for-
titude come into play. Sunday, the paddlers are in
the water about 7:30 a.m. for the final 9 mile
stretch from Gamboa to Diablo where they ate low-
ered 85 feet through the Pedro Miguel and Mira-
Miraflores Lock upper chamber. Trophy
boats first two rows; Patch boats in
last (3rd) row.
During the race, private boat owners monitor
the crew's progress and check for safety.
The 1986 results were as follows:
ALL FEMALE CREW
Rosa de America
"Due Process", 2nd place cayuco. Time:
5:52:11. Front to back: Edward Winkler,
Bill Winford, Keith Jordan, and Carl
"They don't have to win," Frank Robinson, Race
Coordinator, said of the participants. "It's the
knowledge that you have the ability to stick in
there and do it, that makes it all worthwhile."
ducted the auction with most of the items for
auction from the set of General Hospital which in-
cluded many wardrobe items signed by many of the
cast. One of the big items brought $250.00, was a
dinner night with Chris, and was bought by high-
bidder Dee Robertson of Los Rios. Other auction
items were donated by the Tourist Bureau of Panama
and Gordon Dalton Travel Agency of La Boca Road.
Chris witnessed the famous race aboard the VIP
boat with General Taylor. Chris was honored and
selected "King of the Slave Galley," an all female
patch boat, by their crew of eight.
Chris was much in demand here for appearances
during his two week visit. These visits were to
David International Fair, inaugurating the Fair
with Panama President DelValle; the MSA Carnival
at Fort Clayton; Balboa Dive Club, and the Cayuca
Race Banquet; SCN TV and Radio.
"Scenic Route" 1st place. Time: 5:46:22.
L-R: Hunter Tiblier, David Cohn, Allen
Eckle, Lucho Martiz.
Mary Lou (Dailey) Lang
011 (507) 52-5800
Chris Robinson, alias "Dr. Rick Weber, General
Hospital," a close friend of Ed and Jean Armbrus-
ter, recently visited Panama at the invitation
from Ed. Chris was invited here to help raise
funds for the annual Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race,
sponsored by the Panama Canal Council of the Boy
Scouts of America.
Chris Robinson with Cleve Soper, Chief
of Graphic Branch.
An auction was held in the Balboa Stadium the
night of the boat parade and pep-rally. Auctioneer
Hank Thopson assisted by Chris Robinson, con-
Chris Robinson with Ed Armbruster and
General Woerner by chopper after Canal
He was guest of General Fred Woerner for an
over-flight of the canal by helicopter; guest of
IPAT at Contadora and special luncheon at the Con-
tinental Hotel; went to Bambito in the Volcan; to
San Bias; Fort San Lorenzo; Miraflores Locks; El
Valle; went swimming in Lake Gatun, catching 198
keepers with his party, and took a cayuco ride to
the PCC hydro station Chico, at the headwaters of
the Chagres River with Frank Robinson and Ted
Arias, Met. & Hydro Branch.
The only thing not planned for his itinerary
was sleep, of which he got little.
However, his parting comment was, that it was
the most incredible vacation ever taken and he
would be back.
Along with Chris on this trip was Leslie Egan
from Los Angeles, and Irene and Joe Chelbana from
It is wonderful to be in South Carolina at
this time of the year. In spite of ups and downs
in tenpeatures this winter, warm when it should be
cold, and cold after the electric blankets had
been put away, the dogwood and azaleas have been
spectacular-as though they relished the departure
from normal temperatures.
Our last meeting was held at Ryan's Steak-
house in Aiken and was attended by Cony and Mel
Menges, Jack and Phyllis Woodzell, Grace and B.J.
Hartley, Dorothy and John Everson, Virginia and
Frank Smart, Dorothy and Harry Willenbrock, Peggy
and Don Hutchison, Verna and Andy Kapinos, Bernice
and William Hill, Billie and Bob Roue, Fina and
Frank Balinski, Lorna Shore, Evelyn and Hward
Hilborn, Kay Pierce, Russell Percy, Trudi and Lee
Clontz. After a satisfying lunch, and much "catch-
ing, up" on the news with those present, it was
decided to have a "pot-luck" luncheon on
June 19th, at the Seniors Clubhouse in Crosland
Park, Aiken, for our next meeting.
Nora Green reports that before she and
harles drove to Florida at Easter time to visit
friends and relatives in Clearwater and St.
Petersburg, their son came from Portage, Michigan
in February to spend two weeks with them, and
while here helped to celebrate his father's
On March 1st, Marge Boland of West Coluibia
drove to Aiken with her son Donald and enjoyed an
afternoon at the play given for the benefit of the
Heart Fund. She was accompanied by Trudi and Lee
Clontz and Evelyn and Hokard Hilborn. Donald
Boland was delighted that a house he has restored
was included in the April 3rd Tour of Homes set up
in celebration of the Columbia Bicentennial. On
their daughter Kathy's spring break, Don and
Geneva and Kathy traveled to Pensacola, FL to see
their daughter Jean. Enroute they spotted a car
with Panamanian identification, and managing to
get the driver's attention, found out he was the
son of C.Z. pilot Russell Gillespie.
Lucille Davis (Journey) who is living in
Titusville, FL visited Charles and Marian Gulm
(Smith) who is now retired from the Savannah River
Plant. While Lucille was here, Peggy Hutchison
dropped over for an afternoon.
It was good to hear that Jerry Cox, husband
of Dianne Cox (Hutchison) has returned to Charles-
ton from sea duty in the Mediterranean.
Evelyn and Howard Hilborn
Dorothy and John Everson
Blanche and Carl Browne are presently at home
after much packing and unpacking--having spent
three weeks in Panama in January visiting the
Matheneys and Majors. They traveled to El Valle
and Taboga, which they report is expanding with
condos, and spent a day at Gatun Lake fishing and
swimming. The Matheneys surprised Carl with a
birthday party at Fort Amador. February 1st they
took off for Phoenix to visit friends and
sightsee-then on to San Francisco for an over-
night stay and a cable car ride. In Concord,
California, they were guests of Doris and Andy
Hand, and Carl's son David. They spent same time
with Dot and Roy Kennedy while they were at Ocean
Isle Beach, N.C. Later they drove to Tallahassee,
FL to visit Phyllis and Chris Gunderson in their
new home, and also spent an evening with Lorraine
and Tom Spencer. In Clearwater the Browne's stayed
with Lin and Jackie Hall (Boaen) and while there
attended a St. Patrick's day dinner given at the
home of Lorraine GilmDre (Terry) for a group of
Ex-Zonians. They also spent a week in St.
Petersburg with Louis and Ray Caldwell. Carl's
granddaughter Kathy Waylett came to see them for a
Lee and Trudi Clontz enjoyed a day at the
Masters watching a practice round-and found out
later that the girl caddie they saw (Ken Green's
sister) was a "first."
In March, Robert and Iris Waggoner traveled
to Coco Beach, FL to meet their daughter Patricia,
who came in from Las Vegas. Patricia's family will
relocate to Coco Beach later this year when her
husband, Harry Dockery, Jr., retires from the Air
Force. The senior Dockerys came in from Sebreing
to spend some time with them.
Karen Lotterhos, the Catron's granddaughter,
flew in from Mississippi to spend her spring break
with her grandparents. While on a trip to Florida,
Jim Catron and his son Billy played in a golf
tournament at Lago Mar, Daizie, FL and ended up in
a playoff in their flight.
Leo and Gabriela Badoaky have recently
returned from Panama where they spent several
enjoyable weeks visiting Gabriela's family and
The Annual Hill Country Zonian's Christmas din-
ner is being organized by Les and Muriel Johnston
and their committee. They are planning for a gala
evening with surprise entertainment and promises
of fun for all. We are happy that the Christmas
dinners will continue as everyone looks forward to
those worthwhile gathering. The details will be an-
nounced at a later date. For further information
write or call Les Johnston, 4 paradise Ave., Ker-
rville, TX 78028. Telephone (512) 256-8513.
How many of you recognized Leo Goulet in the
Gerber Baby Food telecast on national T.V.? Leo
was assuring people of Gerber's continued high
standards, quality control and great interest in
the health of babies and any others who use Gerber
Baby Foods, after the publicity of finding glass
in Gerber Baby Food. Leo, a former Zonian, was the
youngest of six children in the Goulet family. The
others are Mary Zagone, who lives in Alamagordo,
N.M.; Macel Thomson, Memphis, Tn. (brother-in-law
J. Morton Thomson was Asst. U.S. Attorney in the
Canal Zone); Theresa Wright, Melbourne, Fla., and
Rita in St. Petersburg, Fl. Arthur, now deceased,
had a law practice in South Bend, Indiana. Leo
has followed his father in pursuing a career in
merchandising. Mr. Goulet was employed in the Com-
missary Division during his many years in the Can-
al Zone and was General Manager for the last 19
years of his life. Leo, too, worked for the Com-
missary Division before he went to work for Gerber
products in 1955 in the International Division. He
lived in Panama with his family for several years
and then spent several years in Caracas, Venezuela
before being transferred to Gerber headquarters
in Fremont, Michigan as Executive Vice President,
General Merchandise. In 1982 he was named Pres-
ident of Gerber Products. Leo is married to the
former Carol Ruoff, and they have two daughters
who live in Texas. Beverly is an attorney in Dal-a
las, and Stephanie lives in Mesquite with her hus-
band, Carlos Alonzo and new baby daughter, Kris-
We congratulate Jack Burns on his recent
awards. Jack is superintendent of Hunt Independent
School District, Hunt, Texas. He was the recipient
of the International School of Busuness Officers
Association award in January 1986 and the Texas
School of Business Administrators Association in
February 1986. These awards are the highest honor
in the field of School Business Administration.
Jack has also been named the Chairman of Crime
Stoppers in Kerr County. Crime Stoppers was organ-
ized in June 1985 and became official in September
1985. They have met with a great deal of success
to date. Between 30 and 50 thousand dollars woth
of stolen goods have been recovered; 20 to 30
thousand dollars in drugs; and 15 to 20 arrests
have been made. Jack is the son of June Burns and
the late John T. Burns of Kerrville and formerly
of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Joan and George Fitzgerald overnighted with the
Ezra Smiths on their way home to Kiawah Island,
S.C. Sorry we missed you, George and Joan.
Nealie Van Siclen moved "back East" in February
to St. Petersburg, FL. Bob Van Siclen and his wife
Nancy, flew to Kerrville to help pack and drive
with Nealie to her new home. Honey Fealey had a
Despedida at her home for Nealie which also gave
Bob the opportunity to visit with old friends: the
Bob Calvits, Pappy Griers, Dale Bishops, Richard
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) to 5:00 PM
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
Hospitality Suite 9:00 AM to 5:00 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).
Hospitality Suite 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
JULY 6, 1986 SUNDAY
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM (Atrium Lounge).
Vendors: 9:00 AM to 11:00 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 Bal, 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 alphabetically according to the first letters of their last name.
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 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 SOLD OUT
Tampa Hilton 813-223-2222 SOLD OUT
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.
Withtheavailabilityofso many low
airfares, subjecttocertain restrictions,
you riay 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.
800-468-7022 Refer To Easy Access Number:
(In Florida 800-282-0244) IEZ7P17 IEA 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 W
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Compare your 1986 Reunion Discount Rates with
the present 1985 rates, below;
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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)
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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 club 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 V2 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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you can spare two hours of your time while at the Hotel,
please volunteer for Registration. Contact: DOT HERRINGTON, 3103 Haverford
Drive, Clearwater, FL: 33519. (813) 796-8120, or contact at the Reunion.
Make check/money order
payable to R.E GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM
HULDTQUIST July 3, 1986
Mail to: Name (print)
8447-140th St. N. Address
Seminole, FL 33542 City State Zip
Golf & Luncheon Persons @ $30.00
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)
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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.
4. Briefing of the Panama Canal Treaty Tax Exemption Status by attorney David Kiyanoga.
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 member 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
LATE NEWS FLASH!
The Harbor Island Hotel is now accepting reser-
vations for the Panama Canal Society Reunion, from
July 2 July 6, 1986. Single and Double rates are
$45.00; additional persons are $10.00 each. Please
indicate that you are with the Panama Canal Soci-
ety group; your arrival date; time of arrival, and
length of stay. Reservation requests will be con-
firmed on a space available basis after June 21.
Telephone: (813) 229-5000
Harbor Island Hotel
725 S. Harbor Island Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33602
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 tickets 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 incomparable; 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
Tickets and name tags will be filed
alphabetically according to the first
letter of the members/guest last
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 PI
LAN TO ATTEND THE 1986 REUNION, PLEASE FILL IN AND
PRE-REGISTRATION FORM. COMPLETE THE BALL AND
3N FORMS IF THEY APPLY TO YOU.
Date/Post Fee Rec'd Dues Paid Lunch Ball
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
1. 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
Tickets 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:
I M1 /'(emmlhPr RPt'.]PnrP
I Tickets are $10.00 per person if purchased at the
(._) I do not want Ball tickets. Hotel (Hospitality Suite).
-I Do Not Detach
(_) I do not want Luncheon tickets.
BANQUET LUNCHEON TICKET ORDER FORM
Tickets are $12.00 per person.
IPlease 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.
I Aulember% R s encer
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 AGAIN!
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 DESTROY!!!
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 corner. 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 corner of Jackson St.
C. From I-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 corner 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.
BABY SITTERS WANTED: Baby sitters are needed for the Reunion. If you or your
teen-ager will be at the Reunion Hotel and want to make some extra vacation money,
please contact the Reunion Coordinator, or, upon arriving at the Hotel, register for
baby-sitting at the Hospitality Suite.
10 MINUTES NORTH
ON 1-75 /
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NEXT EXIT EAST
HENRY B. PLANT
Ft. Brook Parking Garage
P PUBLIC PARKING GARAGES
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IN DINING GUIDE
ARROWS INDICATE FLOW OF TRAFFIC
LAST MINUTE FLASH!
SPECIAL DISCOUNT TOUR RATES ESTABLISHED FOR SOCIETY MEMBERS TO VISIT
We have just been advised by Edna Fabrega of the Gordon Dalton Travel Agency in Panama that she was
successful in obtaining a special discount fare, hotel and car rental rate for Society members to visit
Panama after the 1986 Reunion.
You must be a Panama Canal Society of Florida member and provide your membership card number to obtain
the following discount rates:
MIAMI-PANAMA-MIAMI via Air Panama...$269.00...Half price for children under 12 years. Reservations and
tickets must be made and purchased for 2 persons. 30 day Excursion...Discount rate good from July 1, 1986
through June 30, 1987, with the exception of "Black-out" period from December 15, 1986 thru January 15,
Those members taking advantage of this special tour rate will also be offered the following discount
Avis Car Rental unlimited mileage with air-conditioned Nissan March..................... $23.95 per day
Choice of Panama Hotels discount per night rate:
La Siesta-Caribe or International..$44.00
Holiday Inn or Continental..........$93.00
Those interested may make reservations through our local travel agent and have them contact:
MARGO TOURS, P,O. Box 473, BALBOA, REP, OF PANAMA, TELEX 3181 ANSWER
GODAL. TELEPHONE PANAMA 64-9796
Additional information will be provided at the 1986 Reunion in Tampa.
AS OF APRIL 1, 1986, ALL GUEST ROOMS AT THE HYATT REGENCY TAMPA AND
THE TAMPA HILTON WERE RESERVED. ANY ROOMS ASSIGNED AFTER THIS DATE AT
EITHER HOTEL MAY BE AT THE FULL $95,00 ROOM RATE.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY Please reserve the following accommodations-
JULY 3 6, 1986 Arrival Date Number of Nights Departure Date
SHLEY PLAZ\ Rates: Single $40 -Double $40
ASI n L t L 1 -Triple $40 __Quad $40
(formerly Holiday Inn) Please guarantee my reservations by the following:
1-4 & 275 @ Ashley Street Exit Name One night's deposit $ enclosed or
I111 W. Fortune St. M sr c
Tampa, Fl 33602 O Am Ex 0 Visa O Mastercard
(813) 223-1351 Address Card Number
Exp. Date Signature
Complmentary Airport Limousine Exp. Date Signature
retiarawnt andLounge City&State Zip Reservations must be guaranteed to be
Banquet & Meeting Facilities-1O000 honored. Reservations will be subject to
PoolWhl Phone( ) availability if received after: June 20, 1986
Check-in Time: 3:00 PM
Check-out Time: 12:00 PM
PANAMA- CA NAT EX Kt IVE BY-
ANNUAL RUNN 230425,
TAM f;"W25 252-5133
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30 DAYS TO ONE YEAR
$379.00 (20% Discount)
DURING JUNE OR JULY
Hogans, Harvey Rhynes and Fred Wells'. The Ker-
rville Canasta group presented Nealie with an or-
iginal Sue Graham painting of the Bluebonnets in
the Hill Country. It is a lovely painting and a
permanent reminder that she is missed.
N Wa -
Nealie Van Siclen with her gift of Sue
Marilyn Carter left the end of January for
Oklahoma to be with her daughter Rene Collins and
the grandchildren to await the arrival of Rene and
Rick's fourth child (see Births). Marilyn returned
home long enough to catch up on the housework and
ride in the Sesquicentenial Wagon Train before
kissing Wade goodbye and heading for Houston to
meet daughter Kim and John Baird's baby girl, Reb-
ecca (see Births).
Mattes and Selwyn Orr drove from their home in
Colorado for a visit with his brother Bob and
Eloise Orr in Luling, Texas and sister Marion and
Fred Wells in Kerrville.
L-R: Anna Patchett Calvitt, Gene White
Litton, Audrey Benoit Bowman, Julia
Wilson Ridge, "Pappy" Grier, "Honey"
Bergman Fealey, Marion Orr Wells, and
Jeanne Flynn Stough.
Audry Benoit Boc~an was in Boerne, Texas to
visit her son Ronald and meet his fiancee (see
Weddings). Audrey was guest of honor at a Coffee,
hosted by Julia Ridge in her home, to meet old
friends and former neighbors. She had recently
retired from the Panama Canal Commission and is
undecided as to where her retirement home will be.
We would like to see Audrey settle in the Hill
And speaking of settling in the Hill Country,
we welcome Elsie and Ray Larson who retired in
December from the Panama Canal Commission. They
are busy rebuilding their home on the banks of the
Guadalupe River near the Les Johnsons who were
their neighbors on the banks of the Chagres River
in Gamboa. Roy and Mary Carpenter have relocated
from League City on the coast, to Pipe Creek in
the Hill Country, between San Antonio and Kerr-
The Rhyne Srs. visited the Rhyne Jrs. in their
new home in Miami. They were transferred from El
Paso, Texas to Miami, Fla. where Harvey Jr. is a
U.S. Customs Inspector. The Rhynes visited their
daughters and families in Cardenas, Panama during
the Christmas holiday season. They had a wonderful
trip down memory lane revisiting the old familiar
places: Madden Dam (where they began their married
life 41 years ago), the French Bazaar in Colon,
Gorgona, Coronado, San Carlos, Rio Mar, Las Guias,
Santa Clara, El Valle, La Venta (now Farallon) and
Penenom6. They also spent a beautiful day in Chepo
as the guests of Luigi Mantovani at the Duque
finca. The interior people are friendly and gra-
cious; the weather was delightful; and the beaches
and scenery the very best. It is useless to men-
tion the changes in the Canal Zone it is sad, it
hurts, and it is finished!
I am looking forward to seeing all of my
friends at the Reunion in July. It has promises of
being the biggest and best yet see you there.
Now I will start my short article...I mean...
A correction first regarding my report in the
March issue on Sis Hayes Phillips. I said, "Sis
Hayes (Atlantic side) and her father, Frank Hayes
was principal of Cristobal High School." Well...
wrong! I. got my "Franks" mixed up! It was Sis
Hayes' sister, Margaret, who married Mr. Franks
who was principal of CHS when yours truly was go-
ing there. Anyway, sorry about my "Frank" mix-up.
I tried many time to get in touch with Gretchen
Staples Kroll of Fairfax, Va...and no answers. I
was so sorry to hear about her father, Herbert
Staples of Louisville, Kentucky passing away. I do
believe she is spending more time with her mother
at this time...helping her out and just being near
iarles Biele of Annandale, Va. and his family
had his mother, Marjorie, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
visiting him for a few weeks. The late Commander
Biele and his family all lived for three years or
more at Fort Amador, and as the two children were
growing up they thoroughly enjoyed the type of
carefree, healthy life that the C.Z. offers.
Charles has a Navy career and works at the Pen-
tagon and his sister, Marjorie-Jean lives in Rhode
Island, teaching handicapped children. Marjorie,
his mother, recently enjoyed a visit to Panama on
one of the "Love Boat" cruises, all by herself...
but she enjoyed. Also, she says, "No luck with the
Loteria, but it sure was fun anyway!'
News about one of the De Marrs. At one time,
Glen De Marr was a C.Z. police officer on the Pac-
ific side...Ancon and Balboa from 1975-1980. He
worked the walking beats along the boundary, traf-
fic car, and the boundary car. Anyway, during the
emotional duties of helping in the change-over of
police duties to the Panamanians, he decided to
leave the Zone. Then he located in Mesa, Arizona,
where he went to work as a police officer from
1980-1986. He was a crime scene officer with a
specialty position as a hostage negotiator. Just
this January he resigned and moved back to Arl-
ington, Va., his old home ground...to join his
brother, Barry Boggs De Marr's investment and tax
planning firm called "Financial Forecasts." It is
located in the northern Virginia area (D.C.) and
it currently has two offices...Arlington and Alex-
andria, with plans to open a third office this
summer in the Fairfax/Reston area. So far, he ap-
pears to be happy! It took a lot of courage to
leave a good position in a police career to start
an entirely new one...a new life!
Estellita De Marr's four men! Cheers and
ole! L-R: Victor, Barry, Glenn and Jim
Can we talk? Curious and sad about the Canal
Zone Statesiders Reunion of Washington, D.C.? I
checked with Pat and Ted Norris, the president of
the club, as to what has happened to our Metro-
politan Reunion? How do we stand? Everything has
been so quiet. Our local reunion has been func-
tioning beautifully for 11 years with various
meeting places each year...Sometimes in hotels in
Alexandria, Officers' Clubs in Arlington...and re-
cently these last three years is has been held
successfully at the Ramada Inn. Also our last pic-
nic was held at the spacious home of Jack Duval...
recalling his interesting hobby of trains, and it
was a nice turnout for those living in the close
area. What happened? Last year the Virginia Re-
union was to be at the Ramada Inn again...but...it
was cancelled! A last minute change due to the
fact that when the deadline day came, there were
not enough reservations made to meet the guaren-
teed number that Ramada had requested...so, com-
mittee was forced to cancel! How sad, because they
had worked so hard and knowing that the last two
years' functions were fun and successful, we knew
this one would have been the "tops" too, because
we had the "Bamboo Lane," Sonny Seixas orchestra
for our tipico music that stirs us up real good!
Also the "Conjunto Foclorico Panameno" in their
authentic costumes for the traditional dances.
Alas! Your reporter called Ted last week to
find out how things were...qu6 pasa...had he heard
from anyone as to what the area people want to do
about our local reunions? He said, "Stella, you
are the only one who has called me! Thete has been
no response and we don't honestly know what to do.
We have boxes with all the reunion's paraphernalia
just sitting here...ready to go if we could hear
from the members as to their ideas and wishes. We
had a good thing going and it seems to have dis-
appeared, which is sad because our get-togethers
would keep the Zonites that couldn't get to the
Florida "biggie"...to keep our locals in touch and
happy." It really was fun...and such a happy time
to have and enjoy "right in our own backyard" as
the song goes! So what do you think? Do write to
Theodore (Ted) R. Norris and committee, 1906 Prout
Place, Falls Church, VA 22043. Tel: (703) 893-6853
at least to say "hello". Who is Ted? he is a good-
looking, fun loving, honest person...how is that
for a description? He was a police officer on the
Zone...now a hard-working letter carrier for the
Postal Department in Rosslyn, Va. Do I get a fifty
for this, Ted? NO! He really is nice...the whole
committee was super...I can only remember Liz Zent
Beall.. .Vickie (van'Tveld) Horning, Don Boland,
Barbara Fritz Reyle, Rosemary Millett Gilead, and
Joan Evans Burton...I can't dig for all the up-to-
date names right now...so forgive.
Why the name change "Statesiders?" Everytime I
used that name they would say, "Where is that
held?" and I'd have to explain. We are all State-
siders, but with the addition of the state or city
it already establishes the area, so that people in
other states can be alerted and come and enjoy a
Virginia Reunion or D.C?
A happy springtime affair!
Stella Boggs De Marr
Time for another issue already! It's hard to
believe just how fast time flies!
Got a real nice note from Cathy (Carlisle)
Weigle just after my report for the last issue was
mailed! She, husband, Jerry, and daughter, Lisa,
spent the holidays in Panama with Cathy's mom and
Jim Todd. A lot of their time was spent in
Coronade where Cathy was able to rekindle an old
friendship with Carol (Ross) McBride. The last
time they saw each other was 13 years ago. Carol
and husband, Mac, have three children (Stephanie,
Ryan and Lauren). Cathy and Jerry also lunched at
the Napolie with Mary (Norval) Hinek and spoke on
the phone with Titi Cole and Bmily Daniels. The
day before the Weigles returned stateside Rosemary
Christian arrived in Panama to visit with Joe and
Pat Christian. In Cathy's words '"Mm and Jim were
the finest hosts anyone could ask for-kept our
bellies full of ceviche, shrimp, lobster, cho-cho
and micha bread!" Speaking of Coronado, she says
"the country is still as beautiful as ever and the
way of life there is so ideal-if you like sun,
water, friendly people, shopping for fresh veggies
at the 'huge' market in Bejuco, and fresh seafood
delivered to your doorstep!" I don't think there
would be too many arguments with that!
Carol (Baker) GoodWin writes that she,
husband, Mike and son, Brett, enjoyed visiting
with Bev. and Floyd Baker in Washington State
during August 1985. While there they also saw
Steve Herring who was staying with Paul Baker
between shipping assignments. Carol says that her
parents along with her sister and brother, Beth
and Paul will be at this year's reunion but that
she and her family will be unable to attend.
Ralph and Susan,(Willis) Hepne send greetings
from Frewsburg, New York! They recently enjoyed a
visit frao Tony Barr (up from Aiken, SC) who said
he wanted to see sane snow! Ralph says he wasn't
disappointed as they get about 140 inches each
year so during his visit he took in some ice
Tony Barr on Ralph Hepner's snowmobile.
fishing, snowmobiling, sled riding and a visit to
Niagara Falls! Ralph and Susan report that they
are kept busy with work and their children Ken (8)
and Heidi (4). They are currently looking forward
to visits from Ken and Doris Willis (fron
Margarita) and Ed and Dottie Hepner. Ralph hopes
that if you are ever up in their area you will be
sure to look them up!
Barber (Betcher) Barkeim wrote that she was
in the middle of preparing a Panamanian dinner in
Minnesota. She has found a store in Wisconsin that
sells Yucca and chayotes. Besides being treated to
a good dinner the Barkeims are experiencing their
spring colds along with one tonsilectomy just
recently performed on her 7 year old, Justin. Barb
reports though that she has got her reservations
already for this year's reunion!
Well, that about does it for news this issue.
As always this reporter is looking forward to the
reunion which again sounds like it's gonna be a
real wing-ding! Till July-take care and keep the
L #m "7
JOHN T, McGANN HONORED
National Aeronautic and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
Mr. John T. Mcann
12520 Lakewood Blvd., Apt. 1
Downey, California 90242
On behalf of the NASA Astronauts, I wish to ex-
press appreciation for your outstanding support of
the Space Shuttle Program.
As a member of the Space Shuttle team, your expert
service has been a valuable contribution toward
achieving success of the Space Shuttle Program.
Your accomplishments have been recognized by top
management, both by the NASA and Rockwell Inter-
national. We would like to add our own personal
thanks for your dedication to quality and excel-
lent performance by presenting you with the Astro-
nauts' "Silver Snoopy" Award as a symbol of our
Roving Reporter, CA.
CHERYL (DERAPS) BECOMES R.N.
John T.' McGann with astronaut David
Griggs, who presented John with the As-
tronaut's "Silver Snoopy" award in ap-
preciation of outstanding support of the
Space Shuttle Program.
I would specifically like to commend your individ-
ual contribution in performing as the Facility
Project Engineer responsible for upgrading and re-
habilitation of facilities at the Downey site of
the STSD in support of Shuttle activities. Your
efforts in coordinating facility projects, such
as, the reroofing of Building 001 and rehabilita-
tion of the lights, restrooms and air conditioning
systems of Building 305 resulted in minimal incon-
venience to those employees working on critical
Shuttle projects. The long hours you spent in
keeping the program on schedule and your excellent
job of coordinating with all involved parties is
Cheryl (DeRapps) James
(heryl (DeRaps) James became a Graduate Nurse
at a ceremony on the campus of the Central Florida
Community College on December 20, 1985.
Cheryl's mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs.
D.C. Parker and her brother, Brian DeRaps and his
wife, Michele, attended the graduation.
Cheryl was notified on April 10, 1986 that she
is now a licensed Registered Nurse and is employed
at the Citrus memorial Hospital in Inverness, Flo-
FIRST FEMALE CHIEF ENGINEER
Surfboard sparked Jan6's love for
by Charlotte Elton
Penelope Earl Janm made Panama Canal history
last month when she became the first woman to
achieve the position of chief engineer (towboat).
Ms. Jan6's familiarity with floating equipment
began with a surfboard, an important factor in her
taking on activities considered non-traditional
for women. "My mother encouraged me," she says.
"When I was 14, I loved to surf, and she would say
as long as I kept my "B" average, I could go to
Ms. Jan6 first arrived in Panama in a single
engine plane from Chicago, at the age of 2. After
graduating from high school and a year's study at
the Canal Zone College, she went back to the U.S.
and earned a degree in Latin American studies at
the University of Texas in Austin. She put herself
through school by working in a variety of jobs,
including woodworker, tree trimmer and Volkswagen
mechanic. When she returned to Panama in 1975, she
took a job driving a dump truck while waiting for
an opening as an apprentice electrician with the
Panama Canal Company.
Penelope Earl Jand, right, the first
female Panama Canal chief towboat engi-
neer, is congratulated by Capt. Sarah
Terry, the first female tugboat master.
The apprenticeship gave Ms. Jan6 experience
working at the Pedro Miguel Locks and in the mar-
ine electric shop at the Industrial Division at
Mt. Hope. It was there that Ms. Jan6 became fam-
iliar with marine engines and also came to know
Sarah Terry, then enrolled in the tugboat master
training program, who encouraged her to apply for
marine engineer training. Ms. Terry last year be-
came the first woman to work for the Canal as tug-
When asked how she felt about her achievement,
Engineering Training Officer Donald L. Lipan des-
cribed Ms. Jane as "dedicated, interested and com-
petant." In fact, she has found encouragement from
most of her co-workers, although some people still
feel women don't belong in boats. "You need a lot
of patience and it takes practice finding the
right thing to say in reply to some of the remarks
I get," she says.
The trusty surfboard is still an indispensable
part of her equipment and accompanied her on a
well deserved vacation to Hawaii, after the grad-
uation ceremony held at the end of February for
the new marine engineers.
Panama Canal Spillway
March 14, 1986
DOROTHY AND BILL ROSE CELEBRATE
Dorothy and Bitll Rose
Dorothy and Bill Rose, 24 year residents of
Eustis, Florida, celebrated their 50th wedding an-
niversary with a renewal of their vows at St. Mary
of the Lakes Church in Eustis and a reception at
Club Rudo in Mt. Dora, Fla. on February 5, 1986.
The couple were married February 5, 1936 at
Balboa, Canal Zone. They have three daughters:
Mary M. Sewell of Pearl River, La., Patricia G.
Bagg of Memphis, Tenn., Dorothy C. Rose of Eustis,
Dorothy resigned from the Housing Division with
15 years service which included service with the
District Quartermaster, Pedro Miguel, and the
Housing Division, Balboa.
Bill had 28 years service with the Mechanical
Engineering Division, Pedro Miguel; Dredging Div-
ision, Gamboa; Motor Transportation Division and
lastly the Panama Railroad in Balboa.
DEAKINS GOLDEN WEDDING
Roger and Violet (Randall) Deakins
On January 18, 1986, Roger and Violet Deakins
celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at the
home of their son and daughter-in-law, Randall and
JoElla (Jenkins) Deakins, in Cocoa, Florida.
Many close friends and family came to celebrate
with the happy couple, including Violet's sister
and husband, Verne and Arlene (Randall) Bowers, of
Former Zonians attending were Marien Hall, Mary
Iou Crawford, Diana Hallinan, Margaret Nordstram,
Ken and Alice Daly, Bill and Gladys Weigle, Bill
and Sylvia Wigg, Roger and Kay Howe, Jim and Rita
Hayden, Don and Ginny Miller, Ted and Buily (Mead)
Center, and son, Ted Henter, Jr., Pat Munchbach
and son, Robert, Nancy Dean and son, Derek, Rogers
sister Leta (Deakins) Robinson and daughter Vaudie
Dunning, Kody and grandson, and Rogers niece, Dar-
line (Walker) Eden and family, Mark Smith, George
Kessel III, and the Deakins' grandsons, Rick, Tim
and Tan Deakins.
Also attending were friends from England, Mr.
and Mrs. Alan Hunton.
The former Mayor of Cocoa Diane Tingley Gunn
sang the Anniversary Waltz as the anniversary
The only family members not attending were son
Terrell and his wife, Sue (Mathinson) and their
children. Terry and family recently retired from
the Panama Canal Zone and now works and lives in
MAINZ BOWMAN ENGAGEMENT
Natalie Cecile Mainz and Ronald
Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Main, Jr. of Boerne, Tex-
as announce the engagement of their daughter, Nat-
alie Cecile, to Ronald Christopher Bowman, son of
Mrs. Audrey B. Bowman of New Orleans, Louisiana,
formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone, and the late Mr.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Boerne High
School and is presently employed with the National
Bank of Commerce, Boerne, as an accounting clerk.
The prospective groom is a 1973 graduate of
Balboa High School and a 1978 graduate of St.
Mary's University of San Antonio, Texas, with a
master's degree in Public Administration. He is
employed as the City Administrator of the city of
The wedding is set for 3:30 p.m. on June 14, at
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Leon
GALLIN GENNARI ENGAGEMENT
Julia Elizabeth Gallin of Titusville, Florida
and Anthony James Gennari of Orlando, Florida have
announced their engagement and will be married
next fall in Titusville.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Capt. and
Mrs. Alvin L. Gallin of Titusville, formerly Mar-
ine Director in the Canal Zone, and she is a grad-
uate of Florida Southern College and employed by
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich of Orlando.
The groom-elect is the son of Eva Gennari and
the late Mr. Gennari of Crestwood, N.J., a grad-
uate of Kingsboro Community College of Brooklyn,
N.Y., and employed by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich of
ABELLERA GUNN ENGAGEMENT
The engagement of Bonnie Gunn and Arnold Abel-
lera is announced.
Bonnie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Landon
H. Gunn, Jr. of Apopka, Florida and Mrs. Dorothy
Lawing of Ashville, North Carolina. Arnold is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Abellera of Hollis-
Bonnie graduated in the 1977 class of Balboa
High School and has a B.S in Recreation Leadership
from Western Carolina University. She is currently
working with Maryland Park and Planning Commission
as a Recreation Center Director in Prince George's
Arnold attended Radford University as a crim-
inal Justice major and is currently employed with
the F.B.I. in Washington, D.C.
A September 21 wedding is planned at Mt. Vernon
Unitarian Church in Alexandria, Virginia.
CMDR. A.D, JONES ASSUMES COMMAND
On February 7, 1986, Commander Albert D. Jones,
USN, son of Frances D. Jones and the late Donald
R. Jones of Sarasota, Fla. assumed command of
Training Squadron Ten, Pensacola, Florida.
Ondr. Jones is married to the former Lola Marie
Frauenheim. They have three daughters, Tara, Lisa,
Former Canal Zonians attending the very im-
pressive Change of Command ceremony at the Naval
Aviation Museum in Pensacola, which houses many
vintage Navy aircraft, included Commander Jones'
mother, Frances D. Jones of Sarasota; Foy and
Kerner Fraunenheim of Largo, Fla.; Neil Frauenheim
and sons, Darren and Ryan from Merritt Island, FL;
Commander Albert D. Jones, USN, at his
Change of Command ceremony.
Lola Cheesenan of Brea, Calif.; Mike and Marion
(Neely) Greene of Sarasota; Caleb and Ruth (Egolf)
Clement and their son, Comnander Orrin P. Clement,
USN, and his wife, Carol from Pensacola.
Cmdr. Jones' sister, Dona (Jones) Brophy and
her husband, Capt. John Brophy and daughter, of
Diablo Heights, R.P. sent a congratulatory cable
for the special occasion, as they were unable to
attend the ceremony.
IRWIN MALIN ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart J. Irwin of Tallahassee,
Florida announce the engagement of their daughter,
Terry Ann Lieser, to Edwin Robert Malin, both of
The bride-to-be is also the daughter of Samuel
Lieser of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Ed is the son of Edcin and Gloria Malin of
Jacksonville, Fla. Ed was formerly with the Elec-
trical Division and retired in 1980.
Terry is a 1975 graduate of Deerfield Beach
High School, Deerfield Beach, Florida and is em-
ployed by Stuart's. Ed is a 1972 graduate of Bal-
boa High School, Panama, and received his bachelor
degrees in psychology and electrical engineering
from Florida State University. He attends Ohio
State University working towards a masters degree
in electrical engineering.
The wedding is planned for September in Talla-
WARREN BELL APPOINTED TO
Betty receiving appreciation award from
Congressman Michael Bilirakis.
dental exams made of children and given to the
parents, and the Child Safety Day even received a
visitor from Sea World....Shamuu was there to
visit and play with the children.
CICERO ELZIA ENGAGEMENT
Warren M. Bell
Warren Bell, son of Carol A. Fritz of Marietta,
Georgia and Michael Bell of Gatun, Panama, has re-
ceived an appointment to the Merchant Marine Aca-
demy, King's Point, New York. He will report to
the Academy on July 8.
Warren graduates from Cristobal High School in
June, and was awarded his scholarship on the basis
of his scholastic achievements, character and test
scores. His hobbies are computers, scuba diving,
surfboarding and all water sports.
He will attend the Annual Reunion of the Panama
Canal Society prior to reporting to King's Point.
He is the grandson of Mrs. Elizabeth A. Beall
of Alexandria, Va. and Richard (Pat) Beall of
Clearwater, Fla. and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bell of
AWARD TO FRASSRAND
Betty K. (LeDoux) Frassrand recently was the
East Pasco County Chairman for a Child Safety Day
sponsored by Congressman Michael Bilirakis. There
was a program on each side of the County on the
same day and Bilirakis was able to attend each. It
is hoped that this will become an annual event as
the Child Safety awareness spreads throughout the
Participation in the Child Safety Day ranged
from Sheriff Office officials fingerprinting the
children, exhibits by area Boys and Girls Clubs,
a booth set-up by the Pasco County School Board,
Mark Cicero and Dena Elzea
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cicero announce the engage-
ment of their youngest son, Mark, to Dena Elzea.
Mark and Dena both work in Dallas, Texas where
they will be married on September 12, 1986.
50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Ted and Emley Henter celebrate their
On March 7, 1986, Ted and Mel (Little) Henter
honored Bnley and Ted Henter on their Golden Wed-
ding Anniversary with a surprise sunset cruise on
the "Belle of St. Petersburg."
About 41 guests were able to attend: Virginia
and "Red" Townsend, Mireille and Dick Erbe, Eileen
and Houston Esslinger, Lynn and Butch Nebring,
Lauren Sadock and Steve Nehring, Mary Little, Lar-
ry Ainsorth, Marie Corrigan, Gloria and Jack Cor-
rigan, Lil and Terry Corrigan, Dorothy and Ned
Neville, Marian Bowen, Cyndee and Russ Bowen,
Rebecca and Andy DeBattista, Violet and Roger Dea-
kins, Betty Robertson, Suzanne and Jack Lubera,
Norman Robertson, Alberta Smith, Diane and Robert
Smith, Fred Meade and Ken Smith.
Guests enjoyed the lovely sunset, dancing and
food and then continued the celebration at Einley
and Ted's home in St. Petersburg.
Emley and Ted were married on March 7, 1936 at
Balboa Union Church, Canal Zone.
ELEANOR AND BUDD BLISS
Eleanor and Gerald "Budd" Bliss, Jr. of Camp-
bell, California were the guests of honor at a
surprise family gathering for an early celebration
of their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary at the home
of George and Mayno Bliss Walker in Sarasota, Flo-
rida, hosted by his brother Curtis H. Bliss, sis-
ters Tinsie Bliss Barnes, Gladys Bliss HuIphrey
and Mayno Bliss Walker of Florida, and sister,
Zonella Bliss Field of San Fernando, California.
Besides family members and a few local friends,
cousins Dr. and Mrs. Paul Brown of Clermont, Fla.
and the Rev. and Mrs. William Beeby of Titusville,
Fla., former Pastor of Balboa Heights Baptist
Church, were also present.
A program of "This is Your Life" story was pre-
sented, as well as a "Book of Memories", consist-
ing of congratulatory notes, cards and pictures
from family members and friends, was given to them
to peruse and enjoy.
A fine afternoon of hearing special familiar
music tapes, reading cables and messages, receiv-
ing phone calls from family members and other
friends, and reminiscing, was greatly enjoyed.
"Budd" Bliss graduated from C.H.S. in 1923.
Where Are You?
My relative, Fred Francis Farrell, served in
the Panama Canal from February 1906 until his
death on August 1915. I am gathering the family
history. I know he qualified for the Roosevelt
Medal #1261, #756 (First bar) #509 (Second bar)
and #376 (Third bar).
Are there any certificates for being in the
Society of the Chagres?
Is there a copy of the Federal Census 1910
which might show my relative?
Is there a map available where Tivoli Hill,
Gorgona, Empire and Balboa is shown? And their
I will be glad to pay for any information.
Mrs Diane Kropp
3003 Country Club Dr.
Pearland, TX 77581
Looking for the whereabouts of Margaret Moebus.
Would vert much appreciate her address.
Please send to:
PSC Box 920
APO Miami, FL 34005
Anyone with a line or present whereabouts of
Merwin A. French, (or his brother, Robert)?
Merwin is a graduate of CHS'40, was employed by
the Storehouse Division, served in the U.S. Navy
and was stationed in the Canal Zone. Left the Zone
in '46 to attend Syracuse University, graduating
in '60, at which time he moved to California.
Any information would be much appreciated.
44 Pine Street
Chatham, NJ 07928
Tracy L. Spradlin and Kurt T. McQuillen
Tracy Leigh Spradlin and Kurt Thmas McQuillen
were married on February 15, 1986 in San Diego,
Tracy is the daughter of Margaret (Stevens) and
Lloyd Spradlin, formerly of the Canal Zone and
presently in San Diego. Calif.
Kurt is the son of Pat and Dave McQuillen of
Seattle, Washington, who spent many years in the
Canal Zone on the Atlantic side.
Wayne Forrest, formerly of Coco Solo, served as
best man. Kelly Santy of San Diego, was maid of
Ushers were the groom's brother, Devon McQuil-
len and the bride's brother, Brett Spradlin.
Also in attendance were brothers, John and Ryan
Spradlin. Tracy's grandparents, Louise and Woodrow
Spradlin and Kurt's grandfather, C.C. McQuillen
Other family members included Tannis and Neil
Satternhite and daughters, Mercy and Tisha. Out-
of-town guests were Ruth McArthur, Nancy (Rankin)
and IDve Foringer, Guillerno and Jos6 Payne, Wilma
Forbis and L.C. Snow.
A "Zonian" reception followed at the home of
the bride's parents which included dancing to
Lucho and with empanadas!!
Christina Isabel Braun and Kirk Duane
Christina Isabel Braun and Kirk Duane Beckhorn
were united in marriage on September 28 at Christ
Church, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Selections
from the New Testament were read by Katherine
Braun, sister of the bride, and Richard Cauthers,
cousin of the bride.
The bride is the daughter of retired Colonel
and Mrs. Gustav J. Braun, Jr. of Alexandria, Va.,
formerly of Pedro Miguel, Canal Zone. The bride-
groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Duane W. Beckhorn
also of Alexandria.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Katherine Braun served as her sister's maid of
honor. Bridesmaids were Dr. Benita Atiyeh, Susan
Bosworth, Sally Chappel and Dr. Pamela Grich. The
bridegroom's brother, Jay Beckhorn served as best
man. Groomsmen were Stan Haynes, Stephen Russell,
Edward Scher and Scott Keller. Following the cer-
emony a reception and dinner were held at Fort
McNair Officers' Club, D.C.
Former Canal Zone residents who attended the
wedding included Harry and Gladys Hatch, Ruth
Diver, and Richard and Rosemarie Cauthers.
The bride is a graduate of Duke University,
Harvard University, and the University of Virginia
School of Medicine. She will begin her internship
in medicine in August 1986. The bridegroom is a
graduate of Colgate University and the University
of Virginia School of Law.
The bride is the granddaughter of the late
Ralph and Isabel Cauthers, former residents of
Pedro Miguel. Mr. Cauthers retired with 35 years
of service and was a recipient of the Roosevelt
Linda Marie Smith and Michael Patrick
Miss Linda Marie Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs
Gilbert M. Smith of La Boca, Panama, and WOC Mich-
ael Patrick Patton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael
Patton, Balboa, Panama, exchanged marriage vows on
December 28, 1985 at Fort Clayton Chapel, in Pan-
ama. Rev. Brian M. Cox, a close family friend and
former Zonian from St. John's Parish, Westminster,
Maryland, officiated the nuptial ceremony.
Julie Smith, sister of the bride, was maid of
honor. Bridesmaids were Sandra Smith, sister-in-
law of the bride; Keri Colvin, and Mary Lou Jab-
lonski. The best man was Brian Friedman. Groomsmen
were Bill Joyce, Billy McGann, and Danny Modica.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at
the Fort Clayton NCO Club. For the occasion, Larry
Smith, brother of the bride, was the master of
ceremonies. David Smith, also brother of the bride
and Russel Stramberg were the disc-jockeys pro-
viding music for the afternoon wedding festiv-
ities. Many Zonian friends who were home for the
Christmas holidays were among the many guests.
The couple will be residing at 2216 N. Denton
Rd. Apt. E-2, Dothan, AL 36303, while Mr. Patton
completes the helicopter pilot training at the
Army Aviation School at Ft. Rucker, Alabama.
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Morales announce the mar-
riage of their daughter, Roseanne, to Alan M.
Thornton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Thornton of
Wednesbury, England. The wedding took place in
Savannah, Missouri on February 25, 1986.
The young couple will live in Marshall, MO.
where Roseanne is a social worker for the State of
Missouri, and Alan is a printer.
Sandra Sylvester and Lawrence C. Smith
Miss Sandra Sylvester, daughter of Colonel and
Mrs. Ernest J. Sylvester of Slidell, New Orleans,
and Lawrence C. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert
M. Smith of La Boca, Panama, exchanged marriage
vows at a nuptial ceremony on Saturday, July 6,
1985, at Sacred Heart Cgurch, Tampa, Florida.
Maid of Honor was Tracy Gofer of Cardenas, Pan-
ama. Bridesmaids were Nanette Kaufmann, Tracey
Cladas, and Rene Sylvester, sister of the bride.
Bestman was Michael Reardon and groomsmen were
Kevin Joyce, Danny Saltzman and Tom Connor. All
were the grooms friends from the former Panama
A reception followed the ceremony at the Mac-
Dill Officers Club in Tampa and was attended by
several former Canal Zone residents and many of
their Zonian friends.
Mr. Smith is employed by Carson Plumbing and
the couple is residing at 3202 Colwell St. #2708,
Tanpa, FL 33614.
Holly Ann Pederson and David Bivin were married
on December 14, 1985 in an afternoon ceremony at
Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas.
Holly is the daughter of Mr. Chris L. Pederson
of Dallas and the late Mrs. Pederson. David is the
son of Capt. and Mrs. Kenneth Bivin of Diablo
Former Zonians present was bridesmaid Margaret
Bivin; best man Bill Bivin; usher Donald Bloemer;
Angie Bloomer and Bruce aman.
Holly and David are now living in Duncanville,
Texas, a Dallas suburb.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at
the Richardson Hilton Hotel where an evening buf-
fet was presented. A three-tiered wedding cake was
topped with a "Lladro" bride and groom figurine,
a gift from Mrs. Carmen Reimann, grandmother of
the bride. Lt. Morris lent a helping hand and used
his Annapolis saber for the cake cutting.
A rehearsal dinner, hosted by parents of the
groom was held at Davies, a popular Dallas res-
taurant. A cocktail buffet for all out-of-town
guests was also held by the bride's parents two
evenings before the wedding, and "a good time was
had by all."
Shannon Dailey McPherson and Austin
Shanno Dailey McPherson and Austin Holiday
Fletcher were married on March 23, 1986 in St.
Patricia Ann McPherson, Shannon's sister, was
her maid of honor along with two bridesmaids and
a flower girl, Nikki Dailey (a cousin).
The couple went on a honeymoon cruise to the
Bahamas and now reside in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Austin is from College Park, Georgia. Shannon,
a former Zonian, is the daughter of Mary Lou
(Dailey) and Peter Shea lang of La Boca, Panama.
Family members of the bride (all formerly from
the Canal Zone) were: Charlote (Wahl) and Earl
Dailey (grandparents), Lydia (Morse) Shannon
(great-grandmother), Mina (Adams) Dee (step-grand-
mother) and Robert Wahl Dailey (uncle).
Bliss Ann Morris
Bliss Ann Morris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.
Robert Morris of Richardson, Texas, became the
bride of John Connerton of Binghamton, New York on
January 11, 1986.
The bride was given in marriage by her father
in an evening nuptial mass at St. Mark's Catholic
Church in Piano, Texas.
Victoria Lynn Morris, sister of the bride, was
the maid of honor and five friends and sorority
sisters of the bride were in attendance.
Lt. Will Rob Morris, brother of the bride, Rita
Connerton, sister of the groom and Chuck Albright,
the best man, gave the readings based on "Love".
Head usher was Carlton Alan Morris, brother of the
The newlyweds honeymooned in the Bahamas on a
private yacht and are now at home in Dallas.
Familiar faces at the wedding included Chris
and Mark Adualto, Louis Archuleta, Margaret Bivin,
Capt. and Mrs. Robert Bloemer, Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Ciepela, Capt. and Mrs. Art Farrell, Mr. and Mrs.
Dan Haneswort and family, aunt and uncle of the
bride, David Lleras, Fritz Min, Beth and Carl
I. I r, *!
Joy Louise Rogers and Donald W. Mann,
married Sunday, April 6, 1986
Joy Louise Rogers and Donald Wayne Mann of
Sarasota, Fla. were united in marriage on April 6,
1986 in the garden of their new residence in Sara-
The bride was escorted in marriage by her
father. Colleen Arm Hennessy of Tampa, Fla. was
maid of honor and the bride's only attendant.
Larry Howell of Sarasota served as best man;
Tiffany Suet was the flower girl and Christopher
McLain, the ring bearer.
Following the ceremony, a reception was at their
home. The three-tiered cake was cut with the same
cake knife that the groom's parents used at their
wedding. The best man toasted the newlyweds and
Debbie Mann, sister of the groom presented the
couple with movies she had taken during the wed-
ding and other festivities.
Donald is a foreman with Burnup and Sims, and
Joy is secretary to SECO Construction in Sarasota.
The couple returned from a short wedding trip
and are now at home at 3226 Lazy Ridge Road, Sara-
sota, FL 33580.
Out-of-town guests included the groom's aunt
and uncle, Cindy and Donald Hiphrey from Palm
Bay, Fla. and his cousin, Carole (Walker) Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Kosik
Carol Ann Sullivan and Kyle Eric Kosik were
married October 19, 1985 at the Ramada Inn in Do-
than, Alabama. A short ceremony was held with a
champagne brunch immediately following, attended
by 100 guests.
Lynn Marie MacLaren, sister of the bride served
as matron of honor. William Ashton Sullivan, bro-
ther of the bride, served as best man.
Out-of-town guests included: Gladys Sullivan,
Ft. Lauderdale; Nina Kosik, Panama; Rma Brown,
Laura Kosik, Keri Colvin, Linda Smith, Mary Jab-
lonski, Susie Kelleher, Jane Leves, Tanpa; Paul
Biernn, Miami; Carrie Rosenblatt, Atlanta; Kim
and Tim Harndon, Jim Thmpson, Keith Mead, nory,
Susan and Laura Davis, Rod and Sharon Nichols,
Betty and Michael Baker, George Husum, Mary Toch-
terman, Luke Givens, Tallahassee; George Tochter-
man, Green Bay, WI.
Jim MacLaren, Oakland, Calif. (former head of
sanitation) was visiting Ron and Lynn MacLaren and
his new grandson, Brett, so was able to attend the
Kyle is employed with Sikorski Helicopters at
Ft. Rucker, Ala. as an A&P mechanic. Carol is an
administrative assistant for Couch, Inc., Dothan.
Along with family and friends were special
guests Joe Finnemn (La.), Jeff Fryer (Or.), Jaime
Barraza (Ca.), and Dennis Schreiber (Ca.).
bride of Andrew
Anna Elaine Galloway and Andrew Adams of At-
lanta, Ga. exchanged wedding vows on February 15,
1986 at the First Church of Christ in Atlanta.
Anna is the daughter of Karen Hunter of Texas
and Joseph E. Galloway of Atlanta, and the grand-.
daughter of Mrs. Wilhelmina K. (Billie) Galloway
of Sarasota, Fla.
The bride was escorted and given in marriage by
her father. The matron of honor and only attendant
was the bride's sister, Kari Jo (Galloway) Cassidy
of Atlanta. Serving as best man was the groom's
brother of Atlanta.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in
the Church reception hall.
The newlyweds left on a short trip and are now
at home in Atlanta.
Susan Kay Bell and Richard Byerrun were united
in marriage in a candle-light ceremony on October
12, 1985, at the First Methodist Church, in Yuba
The bride is the daughter of Captain and Mrs.
Ieonard E. Bell, formerly of the Canal Zone, and
the groom is the son of Mrs. Norman Phillips of
Susan was given in marriage by her father and
mother. Janet Cooper, sister of the bride, was the
matron of honor. Wendy Cooper, Linda Ruiz (Wil-
ford) and Maria Wrightson were bridesmaids. Dick
Byerrun, grandfather of the groom, was best man,
and Craig Byerrun, Don Cooper and Howard Hunt were
Susan Kay Bell and Richard Byerum
The bride graduated from Cristobal High School
in 1977, and from the University of California at
Chico in 1981. She is employed as a Probation Of-
ficer in Marysville, Calif. The groom is employed
by the United States Post Office, also in Marys-
Susan and Richard spent their honeymoon in Can-
ada, and returned to Yuba City to make their home.
Kathryn Ann Daniel and David Paul Steitz of
Houston, Texas, were joined in marriage in a
double ring ceremony on March 1, 1986 at the Clear
Lake United Methodist Church in Clear Lake, Texas.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
W. Patrick Daniel of Houston, and granddaughter of
Mrs. Wilhelmina K. (Billie) Galloway of Sarasota,
Fla. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul
Steitz of Pittsburg, Pa.
The bride was escorted and given in marriage by
her father. Tricia Daniel attended her sister as
maid of honor and Jane Steitz, the groom's sister,
served as bridesmaid.
Harry Steitz of Pittsburg, brother of the groom
was best man, R. Nathan was groomsman and the
bride's brother, David Daniel was usher.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at
the Watergate Marine Restaurant at Clear Lake.
Anna Elaine Galloway,
Mr. and Mrs. David Paul Steitz.
Kathryn Daniel and David Steitz
The bride, who received a degree from the Uni-
versity of Texas, is supervisor in data control
systems, GNC Service in Houston. The groom grad-
uated from Penn State and earned his masters de-
gree in Hospital Administration at the University
The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in Hawaii
and now make their home in Houston.
Out-of-town guests included the bride's grand-
mother, Mrs. Billie Galloway, and her aunts, Ruth
Gatz, Maxine Hitchcock and Robin Comer, all of
Sarasota, and another aunt, Alice Jones of Rose-
Sheryl R. Smith and 1Lt. Luke E. IDnciu ex-
changed vows in a double ring ceremony on March
12, 1986 at the Chapel of Peace, NTTC Corry Sta-
tion, Pensacola, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Capt. and Mrs.
Gerald H. Smith, formerly of the Atlantic side of
the Isthmus and now residing in Winchester, Tenn.
The bridegroom is the son of Earl and Elsie
Danciu of Lincolnshire, Illinois.
The bride was given in marriage by her brother,
Lt.j.g. Stuart J. Smith (CHS '78) of Virginia
Beach, Va. The bride's father, Capt. Smith, hard
at work as master of the "Omi Yukon" was unable to
Susan M. Smith (CHS'77) and Sharon A (Smith)
Kearley (CHS'72) attended their sister as maid of
honor and bridesmaid.
Marc Danciu, brother of the groom, was best man
and James C. Kearley attended as usher.
The bride is a graduate of CHS Class of '75.
The bridegroom is a Naval Flight Officer in the
U.S Marine Corps.
The couple spent their honeymoon at Pensacola
Beach, Pensacola, Fla. and will be going to Whid-
bey Island, Washington, for a brief tour of duty
prior to ultimate duty station of MCAS Cherry
Sheryl R. Smith and Lt. Luke E. Danciu
Forest (Wise) Harris and Raymond
Mrs. Forest (Wise) Harris of Balboa, Rep. of
Panama and Mr. Raymond Robberson of Tucson, Ari-
zona were recently married at the Davis-Monthan
AFB Chapel in Tucson, Arizona.
Mrs. Harris is the daughter of Polly and the
late Russell Wise, formerly of Balboa, C.Z.
Roy, a retired CW2, is presently employed as a
Computer Systems Analyst with MEDDAC at Gorgas
Army Hospital, and Forest is a Budget Analyst in
the Maintenance Division, Panama Canal Commission.
The couple reside in Balboa, Rep. of Panama.
Maureen Pescod and Richard Perez were united in
marriage on August 10, 1985 in Houston, Texas.
The bride is the daughter of Anna Bertha Pescod
formerly of the Canal Zone, and the late James
Pescod. The groom is the son of Mrs. Isabel Colon.
Maureen was given in marriage by her eldest
brother, Michael, of Dothan, Alabama. Evelyn Bat-
ista and Charles de Jesus, sister and brother of
the groom, were matron of honor and best man, res-
The couple honeymooned in Corpus Christi, Texas
and New York City, N.Y., and are now at home in
Out-of-town guests included Mark Pescod of
Charleston, SC; Bill and Aurora LeBrun and daugh-
ter, Laura, of Wymberley, Texas; Dr. Roberto De
Paz of Chicago, Ill, and Roberto Fuentes of El
Mr. Leon G. Greene of Panama City, Panama,
proudly announces the birth of his first great-
grandchild, named Rita Cecilia de la Guardia, who
was born to his first grandchild, Debora Ann
Greene and Rogelio de la Guardia of Panama City on
December 6, 1985.
David and Barbara Gangle
Sherer of Dothan, Alabama
announce the birth of
their second child, a
daughter, Heather Eliz-
abeth Sherer on November
3, 1984 weighing 7 lbs.
2 2 oz.
Heather has a big sis-
ter, Nicole Anniece, six
years old who waited so
Heather Elzabeth patiently for her arrival
Sherer. Dothan, AL Maternal grandparents
are Rudy and Marie Gaigle
of Dothan, AL. formerly of La Boca, Canal Zone.
,b Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Rob-
in Morland announce the
birth of their first
child, Alexandria Marie
Morland, on March 29,
1986 in Panama, R.P.
Mrs. Morland, the for-
mer Patrina Guarnieri, is
the daughter of Mr. and
Alexandria Marie Mrs. Nicolas Guarnieri of
Mortand Pana gh City.
Robin Morland is the son of Mrs. Gilbert Mor-
land and the late Gilbert Morland of Brazos Hgts.,
Laurel and Endn Highley are happy grandparents
again. Les and Annette Highley of Cardenas are the
proud parents of Matthew Weslet, who weighed 8 lbs
and 4k oz. He was born December 30, 1985.
Matt will have lots of helping hands with his
sister, Summer (5), and brother, John (3).
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Ernie Nenmn of Greenbrier, Tennessee.
Capt. Beattie and Temple (Naland) Hendricks of
Corpus Christi, Texas, announce the birth of their
first child, daughter Kelin Tenple, on November 19
Kelin was born during a visit by the paternal
grandparents, Al and Jean Hendricks of Oriental,
North Carolina, formerly of Diablo Heights, Canal
Great-grandparents of the new arrival are the
late Bert and Virginia Hendricks, (formerly of
Cristobal, Canal Zone.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bill
Gamnnon of Watonga, Oklahoma, and Mr. W.H. Naland
of Seattle, Washington.
Beattie, Temple and Kelin reside at 4617 Sch-
werin Lake, Corpus Christi, TX 78413.
| BABY CAKES
Bom March 3, 1986, 2:56 p.m.
This speaks for itself!
Virgil and Lori (Stev-
enson) Snow of Lilburn,
Georgia, announce the
S birth of their daughter,
Alexandria Nicole. She
was born February 21,
1986, weighed 8 Ibs. 14
1 v ounces and was 21 inches
long. Allie was born at
Alexandria Nocole Shallowford Community
Snow Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.
Maternal grandparents and June and Davis Steve-
nson of Balboa, Panama. Her great-grandmothers are
Sara Rowley of Clearwater, Florida and Muffie Ste-
venson of Panama. Paternal grandparents are Virgil
and laVoyce Snow of Griffin, Georgia.
After July, Lori will spend more time at home
with Allie as they own a video store that Virgil
manages. Lori currently is a buyer for Richway.
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas McLain of Fort Clayton,
proudly announce the birth of a son, John David,
on January 23, 1986 at Gorgas Hospital. He joins
a five year old sister, Diedre.
Mr. McLain is Music Director at Balboa High
Paternal grandparents are Johnny and Gladys
McLain of Sarasota, Florida.
James and (beri Gayer
McGuinness of Panama an-
nounce the birth of their
Second child, Sheena
Michelle, on September 3,
4 1985. Sheena joins her
f sister, Shavon Renee, now
Shavon Renee with 22 months old. Maternal
Sheena Michelle grandparents are Dick and
McGuinness Marilyn (Bevington) Gayer
of Torrington, Ct., formerly of Balboa, Panama,
and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert
McGuinness of El Cangrejo, Panama, formerly of
The two are great grandchildren of Jack and
Joyce Clarke of Sarasota, Florida.
Jacque and Charles Vowell of St. Johns, Arizona
are proud to announce the birth of a son, Kye
Arthur, on March 25, 1986.
Kye weighed in at 9 lbs 1 oz and measured 21
inches. He joins his almost-three year old sister,
Casey Anne, to the delight of his parents.
Kye's paternal grandparents are Libby Vowell of
Rogers, Arkansas, and the late Joseph Vowell.
Maternal grandparents are Ila Crowell of Ocala,
Florida and the late Richard Crowell.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brody announce the birth of
their son, William James Brody on February 1, 1986
in Columbia, S.C.
William's mother is the former Nancy Spiros.
Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Spiros
of Dothan, Alabama, and Mr. and Mrs. George Brody
of Columbia, South Carolina.
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John and Kim (Carter) Baird proudly announce
the birth of their first child, Rebecca Ray. She
arrived on March 10, 1986, weighing 7 lbs. 1 oz.
and 19k inches.
Maternal grandparents are Wade and Marilyn Car-
ter of Kerrville, Texas. Rebecca is their seventh
Roberta Sanchez, CHS Class of 1977 and formerly
of Coco Solo, is pleased to announce the birth of
her second son, Robert William, on February 27,
1986 at Shands Hospital at the University of Flo-
rida, Gainesville, Florida.
He weighed 7 lbs. 14 ounces at birth.
Robert James Slover with John (11) and
Virginia and Russ Hellamd of Albuquerque, N.M.
and Ann and Jim Slover of La Boca, Rep. of Panama,
welcomed their third grandson, Robert James Slover
on November 26, 1985 at Gorgas Hospital, weighing
7 lb. 13 ounces.
The proud parents are Marsha and Jim Slover of
Los Rios, Rep. of Panama. His two brothers, Jonn
11, and Charlie, 9, welcomed him home.
Capt. William Gillespie and Cheryl (Kresge)
Gillespie announce the birth of their son on April
18, 1986 at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Brandon William Gillespie weighed in at 9 lbs
2 oz and was 21 inches tall.
Paternal grandparents are Capt/Mrs. William
Gillespie of Hyannis, Mass. Great-grandmother is
Cannella Pintauro of North Stonington, Conn.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Kresge of Savannah, Ga., also Fulvia Estribi of
Miami Beach, Fla. Great-grandmother is Aurrelia
Correa Estribi of the Republic of Panama.
Marya (4) and Andrew Lusky. Andrew was
born October 26, 1985 in Portland, OR.
Michelle Lee Collins with brother,
Christopher and mother, Rene Carter
Rick and Renee (Carter) Collins are proud to
announce the birth of Michelle Lee, their fourth
child. She arrived on February 2, 1986 and weighed
10 lbs. 10 ounces. Michelle joins Elizabeth age
7, Christopher age 5, and Christina age 3.
Maternal grandparents are Wade and Marilyn Car-
ter of Kerrville, Texas. Michelle is their sixth
Paula (Blanchette) Hummer and Joseph Hiumer are
the proud parents of a son.
Russell Elliott IHumer, their first child, was
born on November 30, 1985 in Panama, R.P.
Maternal grandmother is Betty Blanchette of
Jack and Karen Burns announce the birth of their
first child, a son, John Curtis Burns, born June
Maternal grandparents are Helen and Curtis Ber-
nard of Dallas, Texas. Paternal grandmother is
June Burns of Kerrville, Texas and the late John
T. Burns, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone.
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Seymour I. Barkawitz,61, passed away February
23, 1986 in Isle of Palms, South Carolina.
Born February 25, 1924 in Charleston, he was an
honor graduate of the College of Charleston, also
studied at Columbia University, Middleburg College
in Vermont, George Peabody College and Vanderbilt
University. He was elected to the Athletic Hall of
Fame, College of Charleston and was an all-star
basketball player for South Carolina.
He was a teacher and principal in the Panama
Canal Zone for 29 years and earned many awards for
his volunteer work, especially with the Jewish
community there. He was an Army veteran of World
War II and a recipient of the Purple Heart and
Bronze Star. While in the Zone, he was awarded the
Panama Canal honorary Public Service Award-Gold
and was a member of Emanu-El Synagogue.
He retired as Principal of Curundu Junior High
School in January 1984.
Surviving are his wife, Leah Read Barkowitz; a
daughter, Edith R. Barkowitz, Tampa, FL; three
sons, Paul Barkowitz, Ft.Lauderdale, FL., Joseph
M. Barkowitz, Melbourne, FL., and Daniel T. Bark-
owitz, Isle of Palms; and two brothers, Harold
Barkowitz, Coral Gables, FL. and Donald R. Barko-
witz, Charleston, SC.
Marie M. Bennett, 66, of Orange Park, Florida,
died September 18, 1983. She was formerly married
to S.H. Sharpensteen and was employed with the
U.S. Army Finance Corps, retiring after 30 years
She is survived by a daughter, Carrie May
(Sharpensteen) Little of Ringgold, Georgia, and a
son, Leon N. Sharpensteen, Rogers, Arkansas.
Willian J. (Bill) Boehning, 73, of Tanpa, Flo-
rida, died April 2, 1986. He was a native of St.
Petersburg, however he spent most of working years
as a sheetmetal journeyman and foreman with the
Building Division and Maintenance Division of the
Panama Canal. He retired from the Panama Canal in
November 1970 after 21 years of government service
to the Tanpa Bay area where he enjoyed an active
retirement. He was a member of the Sheetmeatl
Workers Union, and of the V.F.W. since he was a
veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II. He
was a mason and belonged to Chagres Lodge in Bal-
boa. He was also a member of the Panama Canal Soc-
iety of Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys L.; a son,
Tommy of Tanpa; two daughters, Gretchen D'Ovidio
of Lutz, Fla., and Elaine of Tampa, and seven
The Society has been informed that both Cmdr.
and Mrs. L.O. Butts, of Alameda, California, are
deceased, by the Executor of their estate. To
other information is available.
Julius (Qeney, 63, of Middleton, Tennessee, died
February 11, 1986 in the Jackson-Madison County
General Hospital, Jackson, IN. He was born in Lub-
bock, Texas, but had lived most of his life in the
Panama Canal Zone. He attended Canal Zone schools,
graduating from Balboa High School and Balboa
"Fritz", as he was known by all, retired from
the Dredging Division in 1980 with almost 38 years
of service. He was a WWII Navy veteran; a member
of the B.P.O.Elks Lodge 1414; the IBEW Local 397;
The Panama Canal Society of Florida; and NARFE. He
served as President of the Gamboa Civic Council
and as Skipper of the Gamboa Sea Scouts; was a
member of the Board of Governors of the Gamboa
Golf and Country Club and was a pitcher for 23
years with the Pacific Softball League.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah; daughters
Kim Lauber, Sanford, Fl, and Julie Coco, Gamboa,
Rep. of Panama; three grandchildren, Jason, Kath-
eleen and Kristina Coco, all of Gamboa; his mother
Dolores Cheney, San Antonio, Texas; a sister,
Blanche Root, and a brother, Robert Cheney of San
Joseph T. Cope, of Raliegh, North Carolina,
diedFebruary 24, 1986. He retired from the Locks
Division in 1973 with 31 years of government ser-
His is survived by his wife, Anne Davis "Kitty"
Cope of Raleigh, N.C.
Richard E. Cox, 79, of Charlottesville, Va.
died March 31, 1986. He was born in Newburgh, In-
diana. From 1927 to 1930 he served as a master
sergeant in the Quartermaster Corps in the Canal
Zone and was subsequently employed by the Panama
Canal Company Supply Division, retiring in 1963
with over 33 years of government service. During
his 38 years in the Canal Zone, he was active in
the Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs and was
awarded the Silver Beaver for his dedication to
the Scouting movement. He also spent many years
researching the flora and fauna of the Panamanian
jungle. He was a member of the Theatre Guild and
starred in such players as "J.B.", "The Little
Foxes", and "Gaslight".
He is survived by his wife, Shirley: three sons
Lawrence C. of Sacramento, Calif., Rev. Brian M.
of Westminster, Md., and Kevin P. of Charlottes-
ville, Va.; two daughters, Kathleen C. Smith of
New Castle, De., and Eileen E. Cowell of Severna
Park, Md. and thirteen grandchildren.
Richard H. Crowell, 71, of Ocala, Florida, died
March 14, 1986 after surgery. He was a U.S. Navy
veteran of World War II as Chief Petty Officer at
the 15th Naval District, Amador, Canal Zone. He
returned to the Canal Zone in 1951 as an electri-
cian at Miraflores Locks, and retired in 1975 as
senior lockmaster. He was a Past Master of Isth-
mian Lodge; a member of Abou Saad Temple; member
of Scottish Rite bodies, and Past Patron of Fern
Leaf Chapter, O.E.S. #4, Canal Zone. After retire-
ment, he continued his masonic interests in Ocala
and was organist in Blue Lodges in Floral City and
He is survived by his wife, Ila and five chil-
dren; Dawn Parker of Spring Lake Heights, N.J.,
Richard Crowell Jr. of Granite Falls, N.C., Bonnie
Morrison of Jacksonville, FL., Jacque Vowell of
St. Johns, AZ., and Pamela Crowell of Ormond
Beach, FL., 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grand-
Qendolyn G. DeTore, 72, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died March 27, 1986 at her residence. She
left the Canal Zone in 1968 and was a member of
the Transfiguration Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband, Richard E.;
five sons, Rev. Richard H., Nigeria, Charles E.,
Chesapeake, Va., Gerarde C., Langley Air Force
Base, Va., Jon, St. Petersburg, and Joseph, Dayton
Ohio; two daughters, Nan Bell, St. Petersburg, and
Kathleen DeTore, Red Bluff, Calif.; a sister,
Abbie Walker, Va.; a brother, Richard McKeown,
Chula Vista, Calif., and nine grandchildren.
Eva N. Dockery, 71, of Austell, Georgia, died
February 10, 1986, at home. She was the widow of
Wilbur J. Dockery, Sr. who retired in 1963 from
the Terminals Division after 34 years of service.
She lived on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides
of the Isthmus. For years she was the agent in
Margarita for the Panama American newspaper.
She is survived by one son, W.J. "Jerry" Doc-
kery of Conyers, Georgia; two daughters, Beverly
Dockery Vaughn of Douglasville, Georgia, and Evita
Dockery Norton of Austell, Georgia; one sister,
two brothers and five grandchildren.
Clois Duffie, a well-known and popular employee
of the Panama Canal Commission Maintenance Div-
ision died in his home, March 10, 1986. He was
born in Vernon, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army
during World War II in the South Pacific and came
to Panama in 1971, working continually as an air-
conditioning mechanic and foreman.
"Duffie," was a well-loved figure in both the
Canal area and the Republic of Panama. He was an
active and respected member of the Balboa Elks
Lodge, Masons, Scottish Rite Bodies and Abou Saad
Temple. His many friends remember him for his
cheerful and generous spirit.
He is survived by his mother, Leatta Duffie; a
sister, Gene Murray of Ft. Worth, Texas, and his
daughter, Candy, who lives in Los Rios, R.P. and
who also works for the P.C.C. Engineering and Con-
Evelyn Fartman, 72, passed away April 12, 1986
in North Miami, Florida where she had made her
home for the last 12 years. She retired from the
Panama Canal Conmission where she worked for the
Personnel Bureau and Central Employment Office.
She was very active in both the Theatre Guild and
United Way Productions in Panama and was a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Evelyn is survived by four daughters, Adele
Farxnan, New Orleans, La.; Sheila LaBella, Orlando
Fla.; Carol F. Schwartz, Morganville, N.J.; Bar-
bara Schwartz, Hopatcong, N.J.; two sisters, Ger-
trude Schwartz, Miami Beach, and Ethel Hocker,
Redlands, Calif., and 8 grandchildren.
Flavel K. Farrington, 94, died December 18,
1985 in Tarzana, California. He lived on both the
Atlantic and Pacific sides of the Isthmus from
November 1909 to October 1923. He started with the
Isthmian Canal Commission and then transferred to
the Commissary Division; Supply Department, Panama
Railroad. His wife, Daphne Silvera passed away in
Survivors include two daughters, Valerie M.
Jeffers of Canoga Park, Calif. and Marjorie Huston
of Canoga Park, Calif.; a son, Floyd Flavel of
Tarzana, Calif.; and a nephew, William Weigle, Jr.
of Titusville, Fla.
William 0. Felton, 86, of Kenneth City, Florida,
died February 18, 1986 at Humana Hospital, St.
Petersburg. He was born in Muncie, Indiana. He
retired from the Motor Transportation Division in
the Canal Zone in August, 1961 after 18 years, 10
days of service as a machinist. He was a Protes-
Survivors include his wife, Gertrude; three
daughters, Renee V. Perry, Canal Zone, Betty Wat-
son and Dorothy Costello, California; a son, Paul,
California; a sister, Velma Anthony, Willcoz, AZ;
two brothers, Ronald and Maurice, Muncie, Ind. and
itentiary and Cristobal. He left the Canal Zone
about 1953. He was an active bowler and golfer.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys; a son and
daughter-in-law, Ernest and Margaret Heitzke; two
brothers, Romould and Victor; a sister, Irene Ras-
mussen; three grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Helen L. Flynn, 71, passed away suddenly January
22, 1986. Helen and Joe were married at St. Mary's
Church, Ancon, in 1941, after which they resided
in Pedro Miguel, later moving to Cocoli and then
to Balboa. Helen worked for the U.S. Army in Coro-
zal during this time. The family left the Canal
Zone in 1952 for seven years until the "waters of
the Chagres" beckoned them back. Joe retired from
the Engineering and Construction Division in 1971
and resides in Michigan.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph E. Flynn
and daughter Margaret (Peggy) Mattey, and grand-
sons Jim and John.
Leona Lillian Lutton Frey, 82, died at her home
in Sierra Vista, Arizona on November 12, 1985.
Leona and her husband, Fritz, resided in New Cris-
tobal and Margarita from 1936 through 1951, while
Fritz was employed by the Mechanical Division in
She is survived by her husband, Frederick C.
Frey, of Sierra Vista; two sons, Frederick (Fritz)
R. Frey of Sierra Vista and Thomas E. Frey of Cal-
ifornia; a brother, Samuel L. Lutton of West Vir-
ginia; a sister, Margaret A. Seafler of Dunbar,
W.V.; 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Herbert A. Greene, retired employee of the Pan-
ama Canal, died March 14, 1986 at Gorgas Army Hos-
pital following a lengthy illness. He came to the
Isthmus in 1931 when his father was assigned to
Panama with the U.S. Army. He retired from the
Panama Canal Company in 1976 after 36 years of
government service. At the time of his retirement
he was Chief Admeasurer in Balboa.
Survivors are his wife, Lavinia; a daughter,
Barbara Letchford of Bremerton, Washington; two
sons, Allen C. Sheppard of Balboa, Panama, and
Thomas R. Sheppard of Bothel, Washington, and five
Leonard L. Heitzke, 68, of Townsend, Wisconsin,
died suddenly March 9, 1986 in a hospital in An-
tigo, WI. He was born in Pulaski, WI. During WWII
and for fifteen years he was a Police Sergeant for
the Canal Zone Police, serving at the Gamboa Pen-
Richard C. Hogan, 68, of Kerrville, Texas, died
February 28, 1986 at a local hospital. He was born
in Mason City, Iowa and was a veteran of World War
II. He retired in 1972 from the Panama Canal Cam-
pany, where he worked in the Postal Division as
assistant postmaster at Cristobal, with 35 years
of government service. He was a Catholic.
He is survived by his widow, Iris Hogan; son,
Bill Hogan of Oklahoma City, Okla.; daughter, Pat-
ticia Swartz of Hanover, Penn.; step-daughters,
Leslie Winkleman, Mary Chiles and Lois Healan;
stepsons, Ralph Richmond, Michael Richmond, four
grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren; bro-
thers, Warren Hogan of Houston, and Edward Hogan
of Virginia, and a sister, Betty Hancock of Ma-
Enoch L. Hooper, 64, of Alexandria, Louisiana,
died December 20, 1985. He retired as District
Fire Commander for the Canal Zone Fire Division in
1976 after 32 years of service. He was a member of
the Cenla Pacemakers Kiwanis Club, serving as Sec-
retary-Treasurer and Past President.
Survivors include his wife, Judith Tipton Hoo-
per; six sons, Wade, Edward, Bryan, Keith, Kenneth
and Bruce; five daughters, Valerie, Vanessa,
Lynne, Gail, Gabriela; one step-son, Van T. Foster
and three brothers, Nathan, Hooper of San Leandro,
Calif., Frank Hooper of Salem, Oregon, and Louis
Hooper of Ft. Worth, Texas, and 5 grandchildren.
Katherine S. Hudock, 77, of Miami, Florida died
February 14, 1986. She was born in Chicago, Illi-
nois and retired from the Panama Canal Company
Payroll Section in 1968 and resided in Miami with
She is survived by her husband, Dr. George B.
Hudock, of Miami, and two sons, James S. Kraemer
of Gatun, Republic of Panama, and Nelson A.
Kraemer of Balboa Heights, Republic of Panama.
Willian E. Johnson, died at Sturdy Hospital in
Attleboro, Massachusetts on April 25, 1986 after
a long illness. He retired in 1970 as a tug boat
engineer on the Panama Canal tugs. He also worked
as a marine engineer on the "S.S Cristobal" at
Survivors are his wife, Ellen E. Johnson of Al-
pine, California; a sister, Eileen Gagnon; a bro-
ther, Lawrence Johnson, both of Attleboro; a bro-
ther, Richard Johnson of San Antonio, Texas, and
several nieces and nephews.
Joseph M. Kenray, 79, passed away July 31, 1985
in Seattle. He was employed with the Quarantine
Division, Margarita, Canal Zone from 1941-59, and
was then transferred to Los Angeles, California.
His wife, Helen was employed by the Schools Div-
Survivors include his wife, Helen, and a son,
Keith, both of Seattle, Washington.
Russell M. Jones, 81, of St. Petersburg, Fla.
died April 1, 1986 at Huber Restorium. He was born
in Hancock, Wisconsin and came to the Panama Canal
in 1934. He retired as mechanical supervisor of
Miraflores Locks in July, 1965 with over 30 years
of service. He was a member of Ancon Lodge AF&AM,
Scottish Rite, Abou Saad Shrine Temple and was a
past president of the Canal Zone Council of the
Boy Scouts of America, where he received the Sil-.
ver Beaver Award. Locally he was a dual member of
Northside Lodge 283 F&AM, St. Petersburg Shrine
Club, St. Petersburg Chapter 31 RAM, St. Peters-
burg Council 13 RiSM, Sunshine Commandery of KT,
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, and was past pres-
ident of the Panama Canal Society of Florida for
Survivors include his wife, Edith; a son Lowell
R. Jones, Sanford, Fla.; a sister Carrie E. Poad,
Portage, Wis.; eight grandchildren, eleven great-
grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.
James M. Keller, 58, of North Street, Michigan,
died March 18, 1986 in Port Huron Hospital. He was
born in Ancon, Canal Zone, attended Canal Zone
schools and Michigan State University. He served
in the U.S. Navy in World War II and was employed
as a chemical engineer for the Prestolite Company.
He lived in the Port Huron area since 1949.
He is survived by his wife, Lois J. Keller; two
daughters, Karen Gerstenberger, Port Huron, and
Katherine LaBadie, Jeddo; a son, Mark R. Keller;
his parents, Alice and William Keller of Rogers,
Arkansas; two sisters, four grandsons, a grand-
daughter, and several nieces and nephews.
Martha Keller of Walnut Creek, California, died
March 14, 1986. She was formerly employed by the
Service Center Branch at the Balboa Clubhouse and
the Administration Building and retired in June,
1961. She was 72 years of age.
Survivors include her husband, John Keller: two
children, Ann Keller Daykin of Walnut Creek, and
Donald Keller of Walnut Creek. She is also sur-
vived by two sisters and three brothers, eight
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Barbara A. Kiley, 64, of Pensacola, Florida,
died March 20, 1986. She was a native of Andover,
Massachusetts, moving to the Canal Zone as the
bride of the late Daniel P. Kiley, an employee of
the Lock Division on the Pacific side of the Isth-
mus. The Kileys left the Canal Zone in 1979 choos-
ing Pensacola as their retirement home. Barbara
was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, the Pan-
ama Canal Society of Florida, Keyboard Fun Organ
Club, Music Study Club, Lois McGill Duplicate
Bridge Club and Newcomers Club.
Survivors include her son, Patrick of Houston,
Texas; a brother, Al Dumas of Ripon, Calif.; three
sisters, Judith Leitz of Kansas City, Mo., Mar-
ilyn Scott of Seattle, Wa., and Janet Petrick of
Robert B. Kosan, 69, of 6936 Ninth Ave. N.,died
March 6, 1986 at Sun Coast Osteopathic Hospital.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, he came here in
1973 from the Canal Zone where he was a civil en-
gineer. He was an Episcopalian, a member of the
Panama Canal Society, Experimental Aircraft Asso-
ciation and Sunshine Flying Club.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth; his
mother Nellie Kosan, Pittsburgh;a brother Douglas,
Dayton, Ohio; a sister Alice Erixon, Sarasota, and
several nieces and nephews.
Walter H. Kuhrt, Sr.,86, died March 3, 1986 in
Altamonte Springs, Florida. Born in Staten Island,
New York, he retired from the Panama Canal Com-
pany as a Panama Canal Pilot with the Navigation
Division in October 1956 with over 29 years ser-
He is survived by his wife Helen; daughter
Betty and son, Walter Jr.
Elmer J. Nordstrom, 69, of Titusville, Florida,
passed away on January 22, 1986 after a sudden
illness. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and came
to the Canal Zone while serving in the U.S. Army
during World War II. He was employed by the Panama
Canal Company as a Rates Analyst in the Budget and
Rates Division for 34 years before retiring in
He is survived by two sons, William, of Miami,
Florida and George, of Ft. Collins, Colorado; a
daughter, Mary Ann Reynolds od Magnolia, New Jer-
sey; a brother, George of Indinapolis, Indiana; a
sister, Adele Paulauskis of Chicago, Illinois, and
Capt. Clifford B. (Cookie) Ocheltree, of Houston,
Texas, died on July 25, 1985 in Houston after a
long illness. He was a native of Iowa, and retired
as a Panama Canal Pilot in 1980 from Canal Support
Division with 36 years service.
Survivors include his wife, Claire of Houston;
2 sons, Kenneth and David, both of Houston; 2
daughters, Debbie Sykes of Gamboa, Panama and
Karen Armistead of Houston; and 3 grandchildren.
James H. Pennington, 70, of Guthrie, Oklahoma,
died March 1, 1986, on his birthday. He was form-
erly a policeman in Gamboa, Pedro Miguel and Bal-
boa before his retirement in 1967 with 31 years of
service. He was a Shriner with Abou Saad Temple,
and also a member of the Coast to Coast Motorcycle
He is survived by his wife, Juanda; one daugh-
ter, Penny Graham, of Lakewood, Colo. and a son,
Sam of Pittsburgh, Pa. and four grandchildren.
George G. Poole, 91, of Schenectady, New York,
died April 4, 1984 after a long illness. Born in
Phoebus, Va., he was assistant superintendent of
Gatun Locks, Canal Zone, retiring in 1953 with
over 28 years of service. After retirement, he was
civil defense coordinator for the state of New
York, retiring in 1964. He was a member of various
Msonic organizations in the Canal Zone and was a
member of Abou Saad Shrine Temple and the National
Sojourners. A world War II veteran, he was a mem-
ber of the American Legion, and was a retired Col-
onel in the Army Reserves and received an Army
Surviving are his wife, Auristela; a daughter,
Mrs. F. Earl Gardner, Schenectady; a son, George
G. Jr. of Falls Church, Va.; a brother, Gordon of
Hampton, Va.; three granddaughters, several great-
grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Robert H. (Buzz) Ratbgeber, Jr. 42, of Houston,
Texas, passed away on March 4, 1986 at West Hous-
ton Medical Center. Born in Ancon Hospital May 17,
1943, he had resided in Houston for the past 18
years. He will be remembered by his work with the
Alief Youth Association (AYA) which he helped to
create. He coached football, baseball and served
as commissioner of Tee-Ball. This past year he was
president of the high school Ramrod Support Group
for the athletic program. He was very active in
the American Medical International Association
Golf Tournament which is held in Houston in May.
This year the golf tournament will be held in his
honor with a scholarship fund being presented in
his name to Rice University.
He is survived by his wife, Charlene; a daugh-
ter, Kim; a son, Robert William (Rob); a mother,
Betty Morrison; a sister, Susan, and a brother,
Melvin J. Richardson, 86, formerly of St. Peters-
burg Beach, died February 6, 1986 at the Veterans
Administration Hospital in Long Beach, Calif.,
where he moved in 1985. Born in Ontario, Canada,
he came here in 1957 from the Panama Canal Zone.
He joined the Navy when he was 16, and was a Navy
veteran of World War I. He was a weather operator
with the FAA for more than 25 years and a member
of the Society of Wireless Pioneers.
Survivors include three sons, Donald, Lawrence,
Mass., Walter R., Long Beach, and Richard C., Oak-
land, Calif.; a sister Catherine Hall, Ontario;
two brothers, Fred, Pennsylvania, and Harold, Tex-
as; and four grandchildren.
Samuel Roe, Jr. of Dothan, Alabama, died March
18, 1986 after a brief illness. A native of Crist-
obal, Canal Zone, he lived in the Canal Zone until
his retirement in 1967 when he moved to Jackson-
ville, FL. He was employed as a police officer for
the Panama Canal for 33 years. He had resided in
Dothan since 1977. He was a dual member of Pytha-
garas Masonic Lodge #659, a 32nd degree Mason and
a Shriner. Full Masonic Rites were given.
Survivors include his wife, Betty of Dothan; a
son, Fred of Chicago, IL; two daughters, Lillian
of Dothan, AL. and Leslie of Gillette, WY; two
brothers, Bobby Roe of Los Angeles, CA., and Jimmy
Roe of Phoenix, AZ; a sister, Olga Spruerer, and
Irl R. Sanders, Jr., of Hudson, Florida, died
March 18, 1986. He was born in Glasgow, Kentucky
and retired from the Terminals Division in 1973 as
supervisor of maintenance with 37 years of ser-
vice. He was a member of Elks Lodge #1542, Canal
Zone; Moose Lodge 1429, Tarpon Springs; the Panama
Society of Florida and the Beacon Woods Golf Club.
Survivors include his wife, Doris; three sons,
Irl III of Wilbraham, Mass., Phil, of Houston,
Texas, and Robert, of Cristobal, Panama; a brother
John, of Palm Harbor, Fla.; a sister, Betty Let-
ourneau, of Grass Valley, Calif., and four grand-
Arthur E. Sims, 90, of Stuart, Florida, died
April 8, 1986 at Salerno Bay Manor. A native of
Jupiter, Fla., he spent much of his youth in the
Canal Zone where his father worked as an engineer
building the Panama Canal. Sims went to work on
the project himself at age 14 and worked at jobs
including foreman of a blasting crew. As a youth,
he shook hands in the Canal Zone with President
Theodore Roosevelt, and was a holder of the Roose-
velt Medal #6144-A. After their work on the Canal,
he and his father returned to Florida, and helped
construct a number of bridges in Martin and Palm
Beach counties. Prior to retirement, he was a
property maintenanceman; a member of the Stuart
Alliance Church; the Rotary Club; the Men's Garden
Club; and was active with the Gideons of Stuart.
He was also a Martin County and Stuart commis-
sioner, whose service spanned four decades.
Survivors include a son, Arthur J. of San
Jose, Calif.; a daughter, Grace E. Lucy of Norfolk
Virginia; a brother, Edgar of West Palm Beach; a
sister, Ethel Pierce of Boynton Beach; 11 grand-
children and 7 great-grandchildren.
Lucille L. Smith, 81, died on January 8, 1986 af-
ter a long illness. She was employed as a teacher
in the Canal Zone School system and moved to
Youngtown, Arizona,in 1964.
She is survived by her husband, Maxwell, for-
merly of the Employment and Placement Branch, sons
Thomas, N. Chelmsfor, Mass.,Robert, El Cajon,
Calif. and daughter, Beverly, Rockvale, Tenn.;
four grandsons, one granddaughter and one great-
Mildred Cotton Smith,80, passed away January
17, 1986, in Maryland where she made her home for
the past 15 years. She was the widow of David S.
Smith, who she met and married in the Canal Zone.
Born in Revere, Massachusetts, she went to the
Canal Zone as a young girl with her parents, Mary
and George T. Cotton and brother, Arthur T. Cot-
She retired from the Industrial Division and
was a active member for many years of First Bap-
tist Church in Balboa Heights, Canal Zone.
She is survived by son, Charles E. Smith, Har-
wood, Maryland; three daughters, Mrs. Paul R. Mc-
Donald (Mary Enma), Port Royal, Virginia, Mrs.
Kenneth C. Krogh (Judy),Dallas, Texas, and Mrs.
Jimmy D. Sunrall (Georgia), Mosspoint, Mississi-
ppi; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include her brother and sister-
in-law, Arthur T. and Dorothy (Wertz) Cotton, San
Diego; nephew, Fred A. Cotton, Panama; niece,
Dotty Cotton Manthorne, Daytona, Florida.
Charles F. Stanley, 67, of Fairhope, Alabama,
died July 31, 1985 of cancer. He was born in Taz-
well, Virginia and went to the Canal Zone in 1952
as an electrician with the Locks Division at Gatun
Locks. He retired in December, 1973 with 18 years
of service. He was a member of Sibert Masonic
Lodge; Abou Saad Temple and Coral Chapter of the
Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret, of Fair-
hope; sons David S. Miller of Margarita, Panama,
Daniel J. Stanley of Point Clear, Ala.; John M.
Stanley of Middlebourne, West Virginia; a daughter
Patricia K. Neabry of Cincinnati, Ohio, nine grand
children and four great-grandchildren.
Capt. Charles Stuart Townshend, 89, died April
18, 1986 at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida.
He was formerly the chief pilot on the Panama
Canal, retiring in 1958. During World War I he was
an officer in the Merchant Marine, after which he
took his family to Panama. He was a member of the
Sojourners Lodge, AF&AM, Cristobal, C.Z.; Tampa
Egypt Shrine Temple; Scottish Rite; Propeller Club
of St. Petersburg; Suncoast Archeologist Society;
Gabbers Club of St. Petersburg; St. Petersburg
Yacht Club, and the Panama Canal Yacht Club. (See
News Clips, this issue).
Survivors include five sons, Col. C. Stuart,
Cinnaminson, N.J.; Donald H., St. Petersburg; Wil-
liam E., Mountain City, Ga.; Alan H., Petersburg,
W.V., and John H., Pasadena, Texas; a sister,
Doris A., St. Petersburg, 12 grandchildren and 12
Alfred T. Veit, 92, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died March 27, 1986 at Sunny Shores Health Center.
He was born in Erie, Pa. and retired as a chief
marine engineer with the Dredging Division after
20 years of service in 1955. He was a member of
Elks Lodge #1414 and the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include his wife, Jessie J.; and sev-
eral nieces and nephews.
Marian Wagner, 68, died on February 25, 1986, at
her home in Peoria, Arizona, after a long illness.
She resided in the Canal Zone from 1943 until a-
bout 1964 and was a member of Fern Leaf Chapter,
Order of Eastern Star while on the Isthmus.
Mrs. Wagner was predeceased by her husband,
Frank, who was employed in the Locks Division at
the time of his retirement in 1964 with over 21
years service. She is survived by a brother, Ralph
Adams, of Midway, Ark.
George R. lhaler, 65, of Gainesville, Florida,
died March 27, 1986. He was born in the Republic
of Panama and graduated from Balboa High School in
1938. He was formerly a master sergeant in the
U.S. Army, serving in World War II and retired
after 30 years of service in 1974. Following re-
tirement, he devoted his talents to scrimshaw,
winning many awards for his delicate work. He was
a member of the disabled American Veterans and the
American Retirees Association.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Krueger
Whaler of Gainesville; four daughters, Joyce
Whaler Hibberts of Ridge Crest, Calif., Diana
Whaler White of Clermont, Jacquelyn Whaler of Vir-
ginia Beach, Va., and Geri Whaler Grape of Ches-
apeake, Va. and seven grandchildren.
Clara Miller Wright, 94, passed away February
15, 1986. She was born in Kewanee, Illinois, and
was employed as a beauty operator in Colon from
1918 to 1928, then joined her husband, Harvey in
operating the Day and Night Garage in Panama City
from 1928 to 1944. She also lived in Cristobal.
Survivors include a son, Harvey W. Wright of
Redondo Beach, Calif.; a daughter, Louise Hornaday
of Los Angeles, Calif. and in-laws, Milton and
Chubby Wright of Ontario, Calif.
Marie V. Wolf, 92, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died Tuesday April 8, 1986 at the home of her fam-
ily, Albert and Dottie Pate, St. Petersburg. Marie
was born in New York City on October 25, 1893 and
went to the Canal Zone with her family in 1910,
then worked for Curtis Dixon and the Commissary
Division. She married Frank H. Wolf, Steam Engin-
eer during construction days. While living in the
Canal Zone, she was active in the Episcopal Church
and was Honorary Life member and Past Worthy
Matron of Royal Palm Chapter, OES; Mother Advisor
of the Rainbow Girls; Rebeccas; American Legion
Auxiliary; and during World War II, with the USO
and American Red Cross.
Marie and Frank came to St. Petersburg in 1952,
commuting between St. Petersburg and the Canal
Zone until 1976. Frank passed away at Coco Solo
Hospital in 1963. Marie was a member of St. Bede's
Episcopal Church, Member of the Canal Zone Past
Matron's Society and the Panama Canal Society of
She is survived by two daughters, Dorothy Pate
of St. Petersburg; Rose Alexander Palmetto; two
granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.
Letters to the Editor
FROM CECE MARCEAU IN ENGLAND
The Eckerd College Study Center at 35 Gower
St., London, provides a house for up to 20
students per semester from its home campus in St.
Petersburg who wish to study abroad. Included in
this 20 are often 5 or 6 from other colleges and
universities throughout the U.S. We have 3 British
faculty members who come in and teach at the
centre. In line with Eckerd College's liberal arts
curriculum the students study art, theatre, and
British culture but courses in International
Management, Education, Psychology, History and
Liteature are also available.
As Resident Manager of the Study Centre my
responsibilities include liaison between the Study
Centre and the campus in St. Petersburg, fiscal
management and oversight of the maintenance of the
Study Centre (which can be considerable as the
house itself was built in the 1780s!), as well as
on-going organization of the program in London. I
supervise a cook and housekeeper and an average of
5 student workscholars per semester. These, of
course, are my "official" duties. My "unofficial"
duties include being a tour guide and general
resource person for info on London and England,
being a friend and advisor to the students when
they need one and helping the students to overcome
culture shock and homesickness. For most of the
students it is their first trip abroad and their
first experience with a new culture. I thrive off
of the students' enthusiasm and excitement when
they encounter, and conquer, this new and dif-
ferent environment. The joy of discovery and the
ensuing need to learn more is a fascinating thing
to watch. Living in the Canal Zone taught me the
value of learning about and understanding other
cultures. I do my best to pass on the benefits of
such an experience and to communicate to the
students the advantages it can provide.
Myself with several of the students at
the Greater London Council Thamesday
Festival, September, 1985. Playing tour
guide as usual. Across from the Houses
of Parliament. L-R; Cecilia Marceau,
Jimny Hawkins (Eckerd College), Doug
McMahon (Stetson University) and Heather
Sewell (University of the South).
Well, that's about it in a nutshell. As you
know, it has been quite a change of pace for this
tropical blooded Zonian but I wouldn't have traded
the experience for anything in the world. Having
been a student on this same program 2k years ago
made me want to return to experience what it would
be like to live and work here. I might add that
being a student here and working here provides two
very different perspectives into life in London
and England. The biggest benefit to this job has
been that I have been able to travel extensively
both in England and on the continent. The theatre
has become my passion (as 40 ticket stubs will
attest to) and I will sorely miss the theatres,
concerts and galleries when I leave. Unfortu-
nately, my work permit expires on June 30th and
after playing tour guide to Man and Dad in July
(they get an added extra: a Royal Wedding!) I'll
be back in the U.S. pounding the pavement looking
for another job. If anyone needs info or advice on
travel, etc., in London and England I would
be glad to help them as best as I can.
AN EXTENDED VACATION
It was pretty hectic for me since October 1985.
My brother Kyle Kosik married Carol Sullivan on
October 19 in Dothan, Alabama. The wedding was a
reunion in itself!! Those attending, were: Lynn
(with Ron); Luis, Eddie, Billy, Tnmny (with Kelly)
Helen Kridle and Bill Sullivan; Nora Kridle; Bud
and Lois (Kridle) Thamas; Gladys Sullivan; Nina
(Brown) Kosik; Emma (Van Clief) Brown; Gene Leves;
Joe, Charlie, and Emily (Riley) Newbury; Jim
Thompson; Mike Patton; Linda Smith; Mary Jablon-
ski; Mary, Sue, Walter Kelleher; Like Givens;
arion (Woody) and Elsie Woodruff; Roy Leeser, and
many, many more! Soon after the wedding, Kyle and
Carol moved to Dothan.
I went to Panama to visit my mother, Nina Kosik
for the Christmas holidays. While I was there, I
saw some old friends who also came home for the
holidays. While weddings were in the air, Lee
Nickisher married Kerry Gaul, Mike Patton married
Linda Smith, and Lisa Corrigan married Jerry Cur-
tis. During the month of January, I was busy going
to the Causeway, the old Yacht Club, and being
with some old friends. I extended my stay because
my mother moved to an apartment in Panama and I
stayed to help out. Just before I left Panama, I
enjoyed myself at Santa Clara, Coronado, and Peno-
name for the Carnivales! As usual, it was fun!!
When I got back to Tanpa, I went from here, to
there, and everywhere!! I went to Largo to visit
Doris (Ehrman) and Al Nonaco. I saw Shirley Avery
in Clearwater recovering from a car accident she
had in October. My grandmother, Ema Brown, and I
went to Winter Haven to visit Ruth, Ray, Ed and
Aloha (Holcomb) BaIumach. Then the week after
that, went to visit my brother, Kyle and his new
We will not make it
year. Will be in Alaska
to the Annual Ball this
and Canada, June August
We are leaving for a month in Panama Saturday,
February 8. I will visit my two daughters, Sheila
Dupree (Holcroft) and Jane Crouch (Holcroft), also
will go to Carnival. Taylor has a weeks fishing in
Pinas Bay. Will send in some news and pictures
about our trips later.
Best wishes for '86.
May Britt and Taylor Spurlock
Greetings from the land of beer, bratwurst and
the Bavarian Alps! Just wanted to say hello and to
thank the P.C.S.F. for the outstanding job you're
doing on the Canal Record. I really enjoyed the
last edition, about my uncle George Trimble remem-
bering everyone name, all the way back to his
little league baseball days! I have not seen him
since the '83 reunion. As a matter of fact that
was the last time I saw any Zonians, since I left
for Germany the following September.
I really enjoy Germany, the country is really
beautiful over here. I have not wasted my time
either. So far I have been to England, Scotland,
Austria, Switzerland, France and Spain. I liked
Spain the most because the weather is so much like
the weather in Panama. I have also seen a bit of
Czechoslovakia. My first year in Germany I was
stationed in Grafenwoehr, which is on the W.Ger./
Czheck border. Not much to see tho, just open
fields and guard towers!
I am now stationed in the city of Darmstadt,
which is about 15 miles south of Frankfurt. This
is part of the Rhein river region which is famous
for it's wine vineyards. There are many castles in
this area too, so many that I have not seen them
all in the year that I have been in this area.
There is one castle here in the hills overlooking
the city of Darmstadt that everyone has heard of
one time or another, believe it or not it is cal-
led the Frankenstein castle! And yes, it was the
basis of the book of the same name.
Something else you have all heard of and that
is the terrorist bombings going on here. It isn't
all that bad, altho I have had a couple of close
calls myself. Once at the Frankfurt international
airport and once at the Rhein Main airbase. The
worst part of all is the frustration we all feel
at not being able to strike back.
Well, I made it to the Oktoberfest this year
for the first time and it was great. Over 7 mil-
lion people attended this year in just 16 days.
That averages out to 437,500 people a day! So be-
lieve me when I say it was crowded. We met an old-
er couple from California there and they said when
they went back to the States, they would be driv-
ing thru Arizona and stop to see my parents. They
took some pictures and promised to deliver them to
Well I know that this is probably too much to
print in the Record so I'll just close by saying
if you ever visit Germany and you find yourself in
the vicinity of Frankfurt give me a call, I would
love to see anyone from the Zone.
FRASSRAND SEEKS OFFICE
Betty LeDoux Frassrand
has announced that she
intends to seek the Dis-
trict School Board seat
on the Pasco County
SchoolSchool Board. Betty
was candidate in 1981 for
this seat and although
44% of the popular vote
against an eight-year in-
Betty has since been
Betty LeDoux involved in many commu-
Frasarand nity activities and was
recently named in the premiere edition of Who's
Who and Why of successful Florida Women. Betty is
President of the Dade City Republican Club, Treas-
urer of Patriotism in Conservatism Political Act-
ion Committee and Fourth Vice President of the
East Pasco Junior Womans Club.
FROM THE HACKS'
Flora and Elmer Hack live in Northbrook, IL,
only a mile away from their daughter, Mary Beth,
her husband, Petie and children Becky and Jon-
Each season they print a news sheet on their
computer. It's called "The Bunny Press" and is en-
joyed by relatives and friends.
Every month we hear about happenings in Panama
from Agnes J. Crichlow. She worked for us in Ancon
for 18 years.
Flora and Elmer Hack
JANE JOURNEY ....FRIENDS PLEASE
Jane has been in a nursing home in Puyallup, WA
since last November. On April 1st she was moved to
a convalescent home in Winslow, WA., which is
closer to all her friends and family. She is
making good progress here.
I'm sure she would love to hear from any Panama
Canal friends. Please send to Jane Journey, Room
39, Winslow Convalescent Center, 835 Madison Ave.
North, Winslow, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.
Harriet Journey (Daughter-in-law)
KOZLOWSKI FAMILY DOING WELL
I am very happy to announce the birth of my
second grandchild, Elisa Marie Kozlouski. Elisa
was born October 13, 1985 and is the first child
of my son Paul and his wife Annette. Paul is now
a Lab Technician at the Thomas J. Watson IBM Re-
search Center in Yorktown.
Also, my eldest son John and his wife Nancy are
expecting their second child in August. I had a
chance to visit John and Nancy in Los Angeles and
I had a wonderful time. My grandson, Caleb, who is
six years old, is a very energetic, happy child
and he kept me on my toes the whole visit, espec-
ially when we ventured to Disneyland!
While in California, I also had the opportunity
to visit a very good friend from Balboa, Grace
Doahoo and her husband, Keith. Grace and Keith
live in Mission Viejo which is absolutely beauti-
ful. While there, I also had the chance to see
Grace's mother, Cecelia Klein and Grace's sister,
Ruth, both of whom are very well.
Back home in New York, my youngest daughter,
Sophia will be graduating from Pace University in
May of 1986. She will receive her Bachelor's de-
gree in Marketing and is on the Dean's List as
well as being a member of the Alpha Chi Honor So-
Additionally, my son Anthony is also on the
Dean's List and he too will graduate in May 1986
from Buffalo State College. Anthony will receive
his Bachelor's degree in both Psychology and So-
In all, the Kozlowski Family is healthy, happy,
Modesta C. Kozlowski
THE W.J. ROSE FAMILY
Here is sane news of our three daughters:
Mary Rose Seuell is the mother of two sons, ages
13 and 19. She is completing a 3-year term as an
elected member of the St. Tanmary Parish School
Board, and lives in Pearl River, Louisiana.
Dottle Bose moved to Florida in 1984 after serving
22 years with the American Red Cross, including
overseas tours in Vietnam and Okinawa. She is now
living in Eustis, Fla. and is the Social Services
Coordinator for Lake Hospice, Inc.
Patricia (Tricia) Rose Bagg has two sons, ages 19
and 21. She works for the William Wright Co. as
the only female manager of a distribution center,
and lives in Memphis. Tenn.
TINA (KILBEY) LUKEN COMES "HOME"
After 21 years away from "home", I decided it
was high time for a visit. On December 26, 1985,
my eldest daughter (Renee), son (Wayne) and I flew
down to stay with my sister, (Jolie A. Seeley) and
brother-in-law (Ronald L. Seeley) in their lovely
home on Ridge Road. Renee and Wayne were thrilled
to see first-hand all the things they've been
just hearing about for all their lives. My hus-
band (Bill) and middle daughter (Audrey) were un-
able to get time off from work to accompany us on
We were able to get together with a few of my
friends I hadn't seen in forever (see enclosed
picture). It was surprising to me how little they
Tina (Kilbey) Luken, Bob Russell, Cheryl
(Peterson) Russell and Amy Garcia Fisher
in December, 1985.
Jolie and Ronnie were superior hosts and we had
a wonderful and memorable trip! They planned it to
hit all my favorite spots El Valle, Rio Mar, and
a trip through the Canal at the top of the list.
A trip to the San Bias Islands had to be postponed
until "next time" due to airplane malfunction.
I was very surprised at the heavy security com-
plete with burglar alarm systems in the homes,
also on the tight security in the Administration
Building when remembering the open-door country-
type atmosphere I had grown up in when living
there "before". Oh well, nothing stays the same,
Tina (Kilbey) Laken
FROM THE JUDITH FERRI FAMILY
Enclosed is my mother's (Mrs Judith Ferri)
She is wondering if any of her old friends
from the Zone still remember her. She is the
widow of Capt. Henry G. Ferri who was a pilot on
the Canal, and they lived in New Cristobal from
1935 to 1957 when my father retired. Mother is
now 85 years old and she and I live together.
Both my sister, Henrietta Ferri and I (Judith
Ferri Sutherland) attended Canal Zone schools.
Henrietta also lives in San Francisco, she is a
widow and has two sons, Christopher Robinson and
Ray Robinson and three grandchildren.
I have four children, Stephen Sutherland,
Cherie Green, Judith Lau and laura Sutherland
and seven grandchildren. All of my children
visited their grandparents when they were in New
Cristobal. I left Cristobal in 1940 and returned
in 1945 where I worked at Coco Solo Navy Base,
Ft. Davis Sector Engineers and France Field Mil-
itary Intellegence. Cherie was born at Fort
I got divorced and married Sgt. Roy Suther-
land while I was back in Cristobal and left,
because my son Stephen contracted polio and we
were medically evacuated to the States. I too,
am widowed. Currently I am a real estate ap-
praiser with the Dept. of Housing and Urban De-
If any of my old classmates are in touch with
the Society, I'd love to hear from them, par-
ticularly Marian Snyder. Ada Crandall, Eva
Jeanne Doyle, Roseary Dignam, Gloria Leeser.
Just thought we'd let you know what's left of
the Ferri family. All are well here.
Judith (Ferri) Sutherland
822 35th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121
MUSIC BY A MIRACLE
DNAD nBHU R, a 24-year-old miracle, was born
1961 in Sumnit, New Jersey. At an early age, he
and his family noved to Coco Solo, Panama where he
received his secondary education. Even at a young
age, Donald was viewed by many as a child prodigy
for his musical ability. He displayed outstanding
musical talent on the keyboard, which increased as
he studied under some of the greatest music in-
structors in South America.
In 1979, Donald applied to and was accepted at
North Texas State University wherehe planned to
continue his music education. Shortly after arriv-
ing at North Texas State, he was sought by many to
play for school and private functions as people
heard about "the talented young man from Panama".
Donald's dream was for a renown pop group to re-
cognize his talent and offer him a gig-his dream
was to perform his music to many.
In December 1980, Donald began having severe
headaches. After being examined by his doctor, who
referred him to a brain specialist, it was diag-
nosed that Donald had a brain tumor. One nonth
later, Donald underwent a ten-hour operation for
the removal of the tumor, and later had radiation
as a follow-up of the surgery, all of which resul-
ted in light peripheral vision loss, memory loss,
and trauma to the brain cells. The prognosis-end
of music career!
Donald's love for his music did not diminish
even though his physical capacity had diminished.
He spent many, many hours in rehabilitative ther-
apy, and as his body grew stronger, his love for
his music grew even stronger. He had to reedu-
cate his fingers, his eyes, and many limbs of his
body, but for his music it was worth it.
Donald and his family recognize that his love
for music has been the driving and motivating fac-
tors in his recovery.
He has recorded a disc under A-C-D Produc-
tions. The two songs, 'La-Di-Da" and "Dad's Song"
were written and performed by Donald Bloemer. The
disc is being marketed in Dallas, Texas, and later
in the New York area. In the meantime, Don is
waiting patiently for the results of exposure
through radio stations.
CARLETON HALLETT SR. CELEBRATES
The Halletts' of Melbourne, Florida were re-
cently surprised by a visit from Clifton, Doris
and Charles Hallett. The occasion was the 80th
birthday of Carleton Hallett, Sr.
A party was held at the home of daughter Judy
(Lawrence) Hallett in Lake Worth, Florida. Those
attending were: Carleton Hallett, Jr. and wife
from Melbourne; brother Clifton and wife from CA.;
brother Charles and wife from AZ., and sister
Doris Gabriel (Hallett) also from CA. Doris Hal-
lett was mentioned in the last Canal Record as a
charter member of the Rainbow Girls, Balboa As-
Also attending were grandchildren, Kelly and
Kurt Rkert and Deivia, Edna and Sandra Hallett.
Carleton Hallett, Jr.
NEWS FROM THE KERNS
Capt. W. R. Kern and Mary Lou, former Zonians,
recently purchased a Budget Rent A Car franchise
which covers all of Galveston County. They own and
operate the business and they own all the vehi-
cles and plan to expand their business in the near
future to have facilities in Texas City and La
Good luck to the Kerns in their new venture!!
PANAMANIAN POTLUCK ..,.
Since we needed an excuse for a party, we de-
cided to have a Panamanian Potluck for Jerry Day-
kin's birthday and declare him an honorary member
of BHS. However, as plans for the party progressed
it turned out to be a "Welcome to California" for
Judy Curtis Richards who was visiting from Penn-
sylvania and "happy birthday" for Mary Billiard.
Actually, we didn't need any excuse except for
long-time CZ friends to get together!
Rear: Don Keller, L-R: Ray Nickisher,
Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke, David Hilliard,
Judy (Curtis) Richards, Bill Black, Har-
old Sorrell, front: Steve Archie and Ann
Back row, L to R: Blanquita (McNatt)
Shields, Judy (Curtis) Richards, Allison
(Davidson) Scrabis, Laura (Walston)
Sanders, Phil Sanders, Steve Archie and
Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke. Front: Diane
(Staples) Backowski, Ann (Keller) Daykin
David Hilliard and Ray Nickisher.'
So, on Saturday, January 25, Don and Sheila
(Gilbert) Bolke hosted a Panamanian Potluck at
their home in Lafayette, California. With Lucho
in the background and everyone contributing to the
usual array of tons of food including seviche,
Johnny Mazetti and flan, with a goodly quantity of
Panama beer (thanks Harold) we had a party!
Dave and Mary Hilliard came up from Los Angeles
and Judt Curtis Richards was there from Pennsyl-
vania; Steve Archie was delighted to find high
school friends in the Bay Area; Tony Dyer dropped
in for awhile from Los Angeles; Ray Nickisher
brought his famous "La Venta" cocktails; Paul and
Blanquita (McNatt) Shields, Harold and Charlotte
Sorrell from Sacramento; Allison (Davidson)
Scrabis, Don Keller (Allie and Don were the con-
tributors of the seviche .... yunmmm!), Paul and
Diane (Staples) Backoski; Bill and Sally Black
drove up from San Jose; Jerry and Ann (Keller)
Daykin, Phil and Laura (Walston) Sanders (who are
new grandparents!) and Don and Sheila (Gilbert)
Bolke.....it was such fun, we're going to try a
picnic in May....hopefully the group will grow!
Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke
FROM ANN AND JIM SLOVER
Ann and Jim Slover, La Boca, R.P...... Happy New
Year to all our friends.
This past year, I just did not have time to get
cards out with all that happened in November. In-
stead of our usual trip to the States in November,
we went in October so we could be home for the big
event of the year. We left October 7 and flew to
Seattle where we spent a very busy week with Sue
and Dan Wells and Nancy. Nancy had moved to Sea-
attle in July and is very happy, though she hasn't
decided if she wants to teach full-time anymore.
We then spent 10 days in Texas with my mother
and Jim's family and then on to Florida for ten
busy days. We visited with the Gramlichs, the
Buehlers and our dear friend, Lil Panzer who left
here in June and now we miss her.
We kept the house in Inverness that Nancy had
and enjoyed relaxing there as we looked for a lot
for our house. Since Robbie came, I'm afraid these
two grandparents have put off retirement for a
while. What fun it is having a baby in the family
We still plan to build in Inverness, just don't
know when. We keep so busy that it is hard to find
the time to get to the lake, but when we do, we
sure enjoy it.
Jim, Russ and the 2 older boys spent one Sat-
urday out while they were here. We were delighted
during the summer when Bucky Buehler came for a
few days and then Al Bissett and his friends came.
The kids are all fine and Marsha and J.L. are
rather busy these days....Robbie keeps them all
Anyone coming this way, be sure and give us a
Ann and Jim Sloaer
La Boca, R.P.
They say it's just a drizzle,
But the charcoal fire's a fizzle,
And my hair is all a-frizzle.
Still, the natives must be right,
For they've lived here a sight
Longer, and know a might
More than me, about this rain.
But I know I get a pain
In my knees, and need a cane.
When they say it's only misty,
Yet I feel I need a whiskey
To ward off a pesky
Cold. And when this tricky
Pseudo-rain called "Bajareque"
Wets me right up to my dicky,
Then I better end this verse.
It and the rain are getting worse.
Mary V. Baldwin
June 11, 1985
Republic of Panama
ESTELLE LUSKY FROM OREGON:
"Hello," from Oregon!
How many of you are coming up to the Expo '86
in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, this sum-
If anyone comes this way, stop in Oregon en-
route, it's a beautiful State!
In the meantime, I'm writing the "Story of My
Life" at the Senior Center and Chemeketa Camunity
College of Salem, Oregon. The emphasis is on my
17 years in the Canal Zone, 1845-62, and the in-
dependent research I've done in 1976 and '77,
leading up to the 1978 Treaty with Panama. That
is, "The Give-away of the Canal by ex-president
Jay, Carole and family are doing well in Walnut
Creek and Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Charles, Linda and family had a new addition,
Andrew Alexander on 10/26/85 in Portland and Bea-
I sure keep up with the Canal Record! I am in
the Salem, Oregon, phone book.
Mrs. Estelle J. Lusky
END OF AN AUSTRIAN ADVENTURE
Judy Palumbo writes from Austria that she
will soon be leaving there since the school is
closing April 4 due to lack of funds. She is plan-
ning on visiting her Dad, Luke Palumbo, former
teacher and popular Coach in the Canal Zone Atlan-
tic side schools. Luke resides in Arkansas.
Judy plans to marry Robert W. Gates, a minis-
ter and longtime friend from Kentucky. Right now,
they are in the process of looking for a new
Church, possibility overseas.
(For those of you who were not aware, Judy has
been working at the Austrian Alpine International
LIFE AFTER LEAVING THE ZONE
Harry K. Simmons wrote from Menphis, Tennessee
where he retired in 1965.
Harry left the Canal Zone in March of '53 and
went to work at Eniwetok Atoll on the Island of
Perry. Frmn 1953 to 1965, he worked on Eniwetok,
Christmas Island and Johnson Island where they
were testing the Atomic Bomb and Missiles.
No families were allowed but Harry returned
stateside every 9 months to a year, and returned
to Memphis for good in 1965.
Several years ago he bought an apartment there
and has had the pleasure of a few visits from some
of his Canal Zone friends.
He mentioned that one of his neighbors in the
apartment complex is a Mrs. Julia Holmes who went
to the Zone in 1926 with her husband Clarence, now
deceased. While there she worked for the Store-
house and Locks division and retired in 1965.
AN UPDATE FROM THE ROSS FAMILY
To end the '85 season, we spent the Christmas
and New Years holidays in Panama with our children
Our son, Capt. Don Ross and our daughter, Carol
McBride, live in Balboa. Don is a Tug boat Captain
and Carol works for Public Relations for the Navy
at Fort Amador.
We arrived back in Florida on the 5th of Janu-
ary and found a death in the family. Mrs. Ross's
sister in Atlanta had passed away, so we had an-
other trip to make.
Now that things have settled down, I have gone
back to work at Tyndall Air Force Base Golf
Hank & Marty Ross
Panama City, FL
March 12, 1986
Need some help with identification! So far, No. 1 (far left) has been I.D. 'd as our
Coach Grieser." No. 4 from left: Elizabeth Hirsh.' No. 8 is Joyce Haldeman, No. 12 is
Enma Van Clief, No. 17 Rita Driscoll, No. 19 Roberta Jacques, No. 20 Betty
Golden, No. 21 Elaine Bohan, and last on the right Helen Van Clief. If you can
furnish more names, please write to Elaine Johnson, 704 Morningview Dr., Jonesboro,
Arkansas 72401. We'll appreciate your assistance.
The Dredging Division Champs near 1930
Top row L-R: John Claiborne, George Cas-
sell, Gus Medinger. Standing L-R: Bob
Kilcourse, Bob Engelke, Benny Reese, Bob
McQueary, Jerry Mathues, Jack Carey,
Danny Trower. Kneeling L-R: S.O. Specht,
A.H. Cook, Jack Stoudner, Milt Horter,
Dick Stoudner, Charlie McGee, Riggs
Forrest. Front L-R: Andy Van Siclen,
Ernie Horter, Milt Horter, Jr.
Submitted by Bob McQueary
St. Petersburg, FL.
R.R. McQueary, some time back.
CHARLIE HEIM'S STORY IS TRUE!
Thanks for the invitation to verify Charley
Heim's fish story in the December Record. His com-
ment on being prone to exaggeration is a monumen-
tal understatement. However, I envy his prodigious
memory for retrieving incidents from the dusty
corridors of time. "Uncle Willie" Hollowell is
another who can take one on a stroll down "Memory
Lane" with his recollections of people and places
from way back when, by contrast, I have trouble
recalling what I did yesterday and have been
struggling for several weeks to dredge up some de-
tails of the Big Fish story.
In a recent letter, Charley reminded me of an
incident I had long forgotten. We were hunting the
back roads of Fort Sherman Reservation one dark
nite, back when the Army had units scattered all
thru the area. As our Jeep topped a steep gravel
road, a Puerto Rican sentry loomed suddenly in the
headlites, thrust a shotgun in our faces and hol-
lored, "ALTO". While the other three of us tried
to duck thru the floor of the Jeep, Charley had
the presence of mind, bolstered by a six pack or
so, to immediately holler back, "Sanidad de Guerra
Inspeccion por Mosquitoes". The guard was so star-
tled he dropped his gun, saluted and waved us on.
Ah, but that is another story. (Pat, if you think
I am trying to weasel out of this one, you are
To return to the question at hand, I remember
fishing the Cristobal breakwater on numerous oc-
casions with Charley and Bob Douglas, the Fireman.
Several times we lost a hand line from what I as-
sumed to be one of the large gray or hammerhead
sharks that regularly cruised the area. Also, I
remember when Charley brought a huge iron hook
which we baited and tied to the boat with a inch
line. At he end of that day, when I tried to pull
in the line, it felt like it was hooked on a sunk-
en log. With the help of the other two, we were
able to inch the line in, when finally a mons-
trous denizen of the deep surfaced a few yards
away. It was obviously a fish, light brown above
with longitudinal rows of regularly spaced white
dots or circles. Charley was not exaggerating the
size as it was at least twice the length of our
14 ft. boat. However, we did not see the mouth as
it was snagged near the tail. I thought we might
tow the foster home, but when I gunned the motor,
the strain of the enormous fish loosened a few
nails, and then we heard some sharp noises as if
the transom was splitting. I would have been over-
joyed to bring home a 30 ft. fish to show off to
the local crowd, but it was then about 4 P.M. and
even if the boat held together, we could not have
made Gatun Locks landing by dark, so reluctantly
decided to cut the rope. Also, the beer was fin-
I later learned this fish was a Whale Shark,
which are known to reach 50 ft., but do not bother
people as they have a small gullet and feed on
small fish and seaweed. But to give an example of
how Charley magnifies a story, the outboard motor
was only 25 horsepower rather than 40 in retro-
spect. "It was no big t'ing", we only lost one
fish that day.
The above is a true account to the best of my
recollection. By the way, Pat, what was the ques-
RON LITTLE KNIFE MAKER
by Kitty Peterson
Ron Little hasn't made a knife in over a year.
(He died May 26, 1977) But readers of knife-maker
articles would find that hard to believe. Leading
publications that feature such stories still sal-
ute his skill. His knives which originally sold
for $10.00 each now bring $400.00. The price is
How did this Lyons, Ga. native get into a field
that has spotlighted him in such books and maga-
zines as: GUN DIGEST: GUN WORLD HUNTING GUIDE; OUT
DOORS IN GEORGIA; AMERICAN BLADE; GUN DIGEST OF
FOLDING KNIVES and a number of FIELD AND STREAMS?
Flower lovers of Vidalia, Ga. may well ask
that question. Twenty years ago he was a popular
florist dealing with a gentle art. He and his wife
Carrie, whom he met in the Canal Zone while stat-
ioned with the U.S. Army in Quarry Heights, pur-
chased the VIDALIA FLORIST on Jackson Street...
(Carrie May Sharpensteen Little is the daughter
of the late Marie Murwin Bennett and Sharpy Sharp-
ensteen of Rogers, Ark. Marie was employed by the
U.S. Army Finance Corps in the Canal Zone, and
Sharpy was employed by the Dredging Division.
Carrie lives in Ringgold, Ga. and has three child-
ren, Barbara Ann, Rhonda Marie, and Robert Bruce
Little. Carrie is a BHS'56 Graduate).
...He had talked about going back to college
for five years, but even his wife was caught off
base when he made his decision at 10 a.m., sold
the house at 2 p.m., got accepted at the Univer-
sity of Georgia, and found an apartment in Athens,
Ga. all in the same day.
With that kind of determination it does not
seem out of character for him to become a knife
maker, since a knife was what he needed. His
thesis, "Sex Ratio and Reproductive Performance of
the Clark Hill Deer Herd" called for a lot of re-
search research which helped him pass his oral
thesis with a grade of 98 which had not occurred in
the previous five years.
That research called for him to dress and study
a lot of deer. To get that experience he stationed
himself at the more popular checking stations and
offered to dress free of charge any of the deer
that had been killed, averaging 40 to 60 per day.
One can also imagine how desperately he needed a
good knife to gralloch that many animals.
He read an article about handmade knives which
mentioned George Herron of Aiken, S.C. Ron bought
one, but $17.50 was too much to pay for a second
knife so he persuaded Mr. Herron to show him how
to make his own.
With a used charcoal cooker for a forge, and
his wife Carrie's hair dryer as bellows to keep
the coals alive, Ron started the hobby that was to
add a shade of inmrtality to his name.
member of the Knifemakes Guild he had a fine nat-
ional reputation, and always put out a knife that
felt better to one's hand. His knives carry beau-
tiful handles of white, maroon and natural wood
micarta, and exotic hardwoods such as cocobolo,
angico, African blackwood and Becote. India Stag
was used in some handles and the frame and bolster
materials were of brass and silver nickle.
1e I. i
At a knife show.
Buffing a custom knife.
In the beginning he used 0-1 steel and had the
knives treated by a commercial firm, and continued
until he became what Sid Latham, a top sports
writer called, "one of the outstanding folder
...Other hunters began to use Ron's knives and
before long, collectors were after them. Each of
his knives was custom made, one-of-a-kind, and
carried a serial number. In all he made in excess
of 800 knives.
Of number 357 which he purchased at the 1976
Knife Exposition in Dallas, Texas, writer B.R.
Hughs was highly complimentary and his partner
Jack Lewis who co-authored an article on Ron for
the GUN DIGEST BOOK OF FOLDING KNIVES wrote, "Ron
Little first came to our attention in the 1976
Knife Exposition held in Dallas. There were some
200 knivemakers at the show...and for a heretofore
unknown's work to catch out attention required
something special. Little's work was impressive".
So impressive was Ron's work that there was a
long waiting list for his knives while he was
alive and the demand is even greater now. As a
They all have eye appeal, but Ron insisted that
they were not designed for "eye" appeal, they were
to do a job and they proved themselves to be ex-
cellent "working" knives.
Working in his basement with his wife sitting
on her perch on the stairs and his children on
hand, preferring to observe him than to watch
television, Ron Little crafted his pocket-size
knives of 0-1 or A-2 steels with a Rockwell hard-
ness of 58 or 60 respectively. With his son's hop-
scotch mat on the stair rail to keep grinding dust
and sparks from hitting the washing machine and
dryer, he worked away.
In the 31st Anniversary 1977 Deluxe Edition of
GUN DIGEST, Sid Latham described his work as
"using the finest heat treating system and cryo-
genic tempering, even magnafluxing the finished
steel to check each blade".
But the final at-home test came when he turned
the knife over to his son to open. If the boy
failed, Ron took the knife and oiled it until even
a child would have no trouble.
Ron Little will not make any more knives, but
the name of Little could continue for his interest
was shared by his family which now lives in Ring-
gold, Ga., Ron's home when he died. Bruce, age 10,
and a member of the program for Gifted Children
has selected knifemaking as an independent study,
and his mother is encouraging him to pursue it.
Rhonda, 6, hasn't decided what to do about knives,
and Barbara Ann was not born until four days after
her father's death.
Regardless of what the younger Little's do
about knifemaking however, the name Little will
live. In "The Acid Test" Jack Lewis wrote: "His
artistry and craftsmanship will remain for future
Some of his custom-made folding knives,
Those who know knives agree. When a Hall of
Fame for knifemakers is built, Ron Little will
most assuredly be included.
The Vidalia Advance
Aby 25, 1978
It is said there are three ages of women:
youth, middle age and "you haven't changed;" but
change is the name of the game. Consider.
Graduates of the Class of 1935 were before the
pill and the population explosion, which, inex-
plicably, went hand in hand, so to speak.
We were before television, before penicillin,
polio shots, antibiotics and frisbees, before
frozen food, nylon, dacron, Xerox, Kinsey. We were
before radar, fluorescent lights, credit cards and
a ballpoint pens. For us time-sharing meant
togetherness, not computers; a chip meant a piece
of wood; hardware meant hardware, and software
wasn't even a word.
We were before panty hose and drip-dry
clothes, before ice makers and dishwashers,
clothes dryers, freezers and electric blankets;
before Hawaii and Alaska became states, before men
wore long hair and earrings, and women wore
We were before Leonard Bernstein, yogurt, Ann
Landers, plastics, hair-dryers, the 40-hour week
and the minimum wage. We got married first and
then lived together. How quaint can you be?
In our time, closets were for clothes, not
for coming out of, and a book about two young
women living together in Europe could be called
"Our Hearts Were Young and Gay" .
Bunnies were small rabbits, and rabbits were
not Volkswagens. We were before Grandma Moses and
Frank Sinatra and cup-sizing for bras. We wore
Peter Pan Collars, and deep cleavage was something
butchers did pizzas, Cheerios, frozen orange
juice, instant coffee and McDonald's were unheard
of. We thought fast food was what you ate during
lent we were before FM radio, tape
recorders, electric typewriters, word processors,
Muzak, electronic music disco dancing-and that's
not all bad.
In our day, Coke was something you drank,
grass was mowed, and pot was something you cooked
in. We were before day-care centers, house-
husbands, baby-sitters, computer dating, dual-
careers and computer marriages.
In our time, there were 5 & 10 Cent Stores
where you could buy things for 5 and 10 cents. For
one nickel, you could make a phone call or buy a
Coke or buy enough stamps to mail one letter and
two postcards. You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for
$650, but who could afford that in 1935? Nobody! A
pity, too, because gas was 10 cents a gallon.
If anyone had asked us to explain CIA, Ms.,
NATO, UFO, NFL, SATs, JFK, BMW, ERA or IUD, we
would have said alphabet soup. We were not before
the difference between the sexes was discovered,
but we were before sex change. We just made do
with what we had, and we were the last generation
that was so dunb as to think you needed a husband
to have a baby.
The essay title? "A Different World, but in
Many Ways the best of Times."
And they may have been.
ZONIAN FINDS FIRE TRUCK
WEST COAST REUNION
Septanber 12, 13, 14, 1986
Gk2d Botel, Nhmber one Hotel Way, Anaheim, Calif.
I am a Zonian and although I am not a member of
your Society (my mother is), I thought you would
be interested in the enclosed photographs of a
1931 Ford roadster pick-up restored as a Canal
Zone Fire Division vehicle.
It was photographed by my brother-in-law in a
shopping mall in Gretna (New Orleans), Louisiana,
a year or so ago.
I do not know whether or not this vehicle or
the door emblem are authentic as this era of ve-
hicle was before my time. Perhaps some Canal Zone
old-timers could tell whether the Fire Division
ever had a vehicle like this.
I do not know who the owner is (he may be one
of your member), but the windshield inspection
sticker indicates that the antique is registered
16903 Whitebrush Loop
Austin, TX 78717
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GRAND HOTEL I
Number One Hotel Way
lAnaheim, California 92802
I PANAMA CANAL WEST COAST REUNION
I September 12,13,14, 1986
Roem rate $60.00/room # rooms
IRate guaranteed to 8/12/86 # people_
DATES OF ROCM RENTAL
S AIL ROMI RESEVATIONS DIRECTLY 1TO HIEL
80L w -- -
Friday, Sept. 12, 1986
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Re
Saturday, Sept. 13, 1986
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Re,
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
8:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 14, 1986
10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
gistration & No-Host Bar
gistration & No-Host Bar
No-Host Bar and Dinner
Dancing to the Music
of TITO Mouynes
Brunch, Slides or Film
Raffle, Loteria, TITO.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Call the Committee:
Kenny and Celine Stone(818) 361-1964 OR David Lane
(619) 743-0989 OR Donna Bowman (714) 498-9131 OR
Kathryn Molinaro (714) 652-0264 OR David and Thel-
ma Hollowell (619) 424-5704; Tom and Marian Rice
WEST COAST REUNION
September 12, 13, 14, 1986
SGrand Hotel, Anaheim, California
DINNER/DANCE: $29.50 per person
BRUNCH: $11.50 per person
Please make the following reservations for me:
Name and Address of each person:
$34.50 after 9/3 $
I Brunch, $11.50/person $
Total enclosed $
Checks payable to: Panama Canal West Coast Re-
union. Mail checks to David Lane, P.O. Box 2697,
Escondido, CA 92025.
DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 3, 1986
(Area Code) (Nu .......ber)..
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10TH ANNUAL GAS HOUSE GANG
INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
OLYMPIA SPA GOLF RESORT HOTEL
Highway 231 South Dothan, Alabama
October 6 Practice Round Check in at Pro
Shop for Tee Time.
October 6 8:00-10:00 p.m. Music for Dancing
October 7 9:00 a.m. Shot Gun start for MEX-
ICAN BEST BALL TOURNAMENT.
October 8 9:00 a.m. Shot Gun start for MEX-
ICAN BEST BALL TOURNAMENT
October 8 7:00-8:00 p.m. Free Cocktail Party
8:00 p.m. Awards Dinner (dress
PERSONS NOT UNDER PACKAGE PLAN:
Tournament and Entry Fee $15.00
Non-Member $17.85 Green Fees and cart daily,
Members $7.35 daily, cart fees and tax incl.
Banquet $15.60/person, tax and gratuity incl.
Tournament and Entry Fee $15.00
The Golfers Special Package for 3 days, 3 nites
includes 3 rounds of golf, cart and green
fees, Dinner on Monday, Tuesday and Awards
Dinner and Cocktail Party on Wednesday nite,
with choice of dinners from regular menu on
Monday and Tuesday, Breakfast on Tuesday and
Wednesday. $177.72, all taxes and gratuities
NON-GOLFERS PACKAGE PLAN:
$41.39 nightly per person and includes all of the
above with the exception of golf.
The above plans are for inner-court rooms only.
If you prefer your room on the golf-side, add
$2.00 per night per room. The tournaments will
consist of a 4-man team (A,B,C,D players). Send
entry fees and room reservations to Hugh Norris,
P.O. Box 953, Dothan, AL 36301. Hugh will make
reservations for you and your roommate. Room de-
posit is $25 per person and your check should be
made out to the Olympia Spa. Confirmation of res-
ervations will be made by the Spa. Entry fee check
should be made out to Hugh Norris and sent along
with names and handicaps of golfers. Package Plan
reservations should be received no later than Sep-
tember 10, 1986. Any reservations received after
that date will be held to fill in any cancel-
lations. Be sure to specify arrival date when you
send your reservations. If we have 104 golfers or
less, all players will tee off at 8:30 a.m. both
days. If you plan on a round of golf on your de-
parture day, green fees, cart and tax will be
$17.85 payable in the Pro Shop.
Let's make our Tenth Anniversary a bang-up time
as we look forward to hearing from you and seeing
you in October.
Hugh Norris, Bud Thomas, Bill Sullivan, Joe Bur-
goon, and Jim Comma, M.C.
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TENTH ANNUAL GAS HOUSE GANG
INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Dothan, ALa. October 6,7,8 1986
Send to: Hugh Norris
P.O. Box 953
Dothan, AL 36301
Please reserve room(s) for me.
] My room deposit of $25/person is enclosed,
made out to OLYMPIC SPA GOLF RESORT HOTEL.
My arrival date is:
] My entry fee of $15 is enclosed, made out to
*Hugh Norris (address above).
[ Non-Package Plan people wishing to attend the
Dinner pay $15.60/person, payable to Hugh Norris
The following are in my party:
SI am registering under the Golfers Package
 I am registering under the Non-Golfers Pack-
DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 10, 1986
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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.
CHS CLASS OF '68
Where are you? Plans are being formulated for
a 20th reunion in Tampa at the Society's Annual
Reunion in '88. Send your whereabouts or anyone's
you know that graduated with us, or friends of
CHS '68 that would have graduated with us, that
left just prior/during Senior year that you would
like to come. Send info to:
Renee (Ballou) Krimminger
5917 Cherrycrest Lane
Charlotte, NC 28210
Well, here's your opportunity! a task force
consisting of John Deming, Judi Days Bugge, Bev-
erly Boman Wood, Didi Brener 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
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, Frark, Woody, Willie, Tan
Morris, Jobey, Sam, Chuck, Scott, Pete, Dotg, Tom
and Frank sidestepped every lineman and brought us
the football championship! That was the year Bar-
bara Chiefalo, Lois Thanpson 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
June 15. 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 your follow-up letter to
Need hotel rooms? Your ETA DTA
Need Transportation from airport?_
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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
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.
PAST MATRON'S LUNCHEON
PANAMA CANAL REUNION
All Past Matron's of the Order of the Eastern
Star and their guests are invited to attend a
luncheon to be held at 12 noon, July 4, 1986, in
the Regency V room of the Hyatt Regency.
Cost of the luncheon, including tax and gratu-
ity, will be $12.50.
Reservations and remittance must be received
no later than July 1.
Mail reservations with checks payable to:
Eleanor Buehler, P.M.
2501 Stonehaven Place
New Port Richey, FL 33552
Call if further information is required.
Effective the next deadline, JULY 25, 1986, all
announcements printed herein must be limited to a
quarter (k) of a page, for the usual NO-CHARGE
rate. Those announcements larger than one-quarter
page will be charged rates similar to "For Sale or
Wanted" ads, i.e. $40 for half page, $60 for three
quarters page, and $80 for full page.
Escalating costs prohibit devoting extra-large
announcements space in the Canal Record at the
normal no-charge rate any longer. So please keep
your announcements to one-quarter page or less.
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 the July 4 week
end in Tampa. Plans are as follows: A cocktail
party is planned for Friday, July 4 at the Hilton
from 6:30 9:00 p.m., after which we will join
the Society's Open Dance. On Friday and Saturday
there will be a hospitality room available for all
class-mates to meet, reminisce, etc. There will
also be a bar in the hospitality from 4:00-6:00
p.m. both days. The interest and excitement grows
for all of us that I have been in contact with and
I sure would love to have everyone attend. Please
Susan Knapp Light
9905 Willow Cove Road
Huntsville, AL 35802
Home phone (205) 883-7511
July 25, 1986
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
PCSOFL AUGUST MEETING/LUNCHEON
August 2, 1986
Sahib Shrine Temple, Sarasota, Fla.
Please make reservations for me at $9.62
Super 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
N 0 .
Bee Ridge Rd
NOT TO SCALE
PCSOFL SEPTEMBER LUNCHEON
September Luncheon/Meeting September 5, 1986
Social Hour 11:30 am Buffet at 12:30 pm.
BALLROOM, St. Petersburg Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue
Joe and Anna Collins will again co-chair the
September Luncheon at the beautiful Yacht Club
located downtown, bordering Beach Drive and 1st.
Avenue North. Sorry, the club policy id NO GUEST
Parking is available one block west in front of
the Soreno Hotel. FREE parking is on the approach
to the Pier next to Doc Webb's Senior Citizens
The food served from the bountiful buffet, es-
pecially the shrinp salad and assorted desserts,
will please one and all. The Club's atmosphere
overlooking Tanpa Bay is a delightful place for
our members to enjoy the afternoon.
The cost is $11.50, which includes tax and
gratuity. We must have a minimum of 100 persons
Deadline for Reservations or Cancellations is:
September 1, 1986
BUFFET LUNCHEON RESEVATION
n September 5, 1986
IPlease make reservations at $11.50.
Total enclosed $
Checks payable to: Panama Canal Society of Fla.
Mail to: Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Holiday, FL 33590
SKI CLUB CANAL ZONE
ARE THERE ANY SKIERS OUT THERE?
Interested in a ski week in VAIL, COLORADO, at
a great price? If so, submit the following infor-
mation: What times of the year would be best for
you? Please. give three or more different weeks if
Richard Bock, Jr.
Vail, CO 81657
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, IN 38117
James B. Coman, Jr.
289 Adler Drive
Montgomery, AL 36116
John C. Clay
45532 Cedar Apt. D
Lancaster, CA 93534
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 Hally Bailey
Rt. 6, Rolling Hills, Lot 208
Biloxi, MS 39532
Andrea Garavanta Bellerose
395 Charleston Place
Land O'Lakes, FL 33539
Nellie Wood Engelke
Bent Tree Estates, 10066 82 Lane North
Seminole, FL 33543
Mary Sharp Kauffoan
122 Millard Drive
Goose Creek, SC 29445
Panm Re Herold
8930 St. Croix Lane
Matthews, NC 28105
BHS CLASS OF 1977
Any classmates of BHS'77, who would like to
consider a 10 year anniversary reunion in 1987,
please contact Thomas Irvin, 108 King George Cir.,
Charlottesville, VA 22901.
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 (Ehrman) and Al Monaco, Henry
and Connie Ehr an, Paul and Sharon Glassburn, Lan-
bert and Joyce Mantovani, Bob Zumbado 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
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REUNION DINNER/DANCE, BHS CLASSES
OF 1936 AND 1937
LAST CALL TO ATTEND
BHS Reunion Dinner/Dance
Classes of 1936 1937
Any graduates of BHS are
Welcome while we still have
a few spaces.
Join the Senior Group of your school
Send $25 check for each attending to:
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
BHS CLASS OF 1935
A no-host luncheon at the Hilton is planned for
July 3, 1986, at Tanpa. 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
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 Wi na York, Tel:
Charge for 1/20th (Approx. 3 x 1") page is
$4.00. 1/5th page is $8.00. Half page is $40.
Send all ads to PO Box 3738, Holiday, FL 33590,
c/o The Editor. Ads accepted from members only.
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
S$99.95. Enclosed is my check money order in
Sthe amount of $ Purchase Order No.
MAIL LE PAGE
TO: P.O. BOX 157
MANCHACA, TX 78652
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 Conmisary Book (or Xerox copy).
Early hunting license, Chauffer license, dog, etc.
Telephone Directory, pre-1930.
Book "Panama Canal A Trip".
Contact: Gene Hamlin, Box 577, Carthage, NC 28327.
Wanted: Tax-exeupt research library needs copies
of: Actas del Simposia national de antropologica
y etnohistorica de Panama (I-IV), Actas del sim-
posiun Internacional de Agricultura Tropical, Any
'runs' of Revista Loteria or La Antigua. We can
offer tax-exemption or up to 200%/ premium over
markey value or double your xerox charges. Lathrop
Memorial Library, Box 79, Murray Hill Road, Hill,
New Hampshire 03243.
For Sale: "Tropical Cooking" by Gladys R. Graham.
A 129 page Hand/Cook Book. Will mail directly as
a Christmas gift with your holiday greeting. Send
check for $6.00 to: Jean Fears, 627. Wimbledon Dr.,
Dothan, AL 36301.
For Sale: 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 Blas, 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.
Wanted: Brass Seal of the Canal Zone, 24" or 30"
diameter. Contact Leo J. Krziza, Box 70, San Luis
Rey, CA 92068
"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, 3127 Oakeller, Tampa, FL 33611.
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