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VOL. 20 DECEMBER 1986 NO. 5
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J. F. Warner
Ray W. (Bill) Wheeler
Mrs. Muriel Whitman
1st Vice President
Robert H. (Bob) Stewart
2nd Vice President
Shirley A. Boswell
Richard W. Beall
Peter W. Foster
Mrs. Betty LeDoux Frassrand
Joseph L. Hickey
Sergeant at Arms
The President's M message .............................................. 1
From the Secretary ................................................... 5
Editor's C orner ...................................................... 5
Legislative Report .................................................... 6
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................. 7
A activity R report ...................................................... 11
R etirem ents ........................................... ............ 15
News Clips ......................................................... 15
And the Memory Lingers on.......................................... 18
1987 Annual Reunion ......................................... Centerfold
Your Reporter Says ................................................
Alabama .................... 21 M ississippi ...................
Alaska ...................... 22 N ew Jersey ..................
Arizona ..................... 23 New M exico .................
Arkansas .................... .25 North Carolina ...............
California ....................27 Northwest ....................
C olorado .................... 32 Panam a .....................
Florida ...................... 34 South Carolina ...............
H aw aii ...................... 41 Texas .......................
Louisiana .................... 43 Virginia .....................
Michigan .................... 45 The Younger Generation .......
C congratulations ...................................................
W eddings ........................................................
W ith D eep Sorrow ...............................................
Letters to the Editor ..............................................
Looking Back ...................................................
For Sale or Wanted ...............................................
Canal Zone Collectables .97 tiptoe publishing 20 Artwork to Order .
Front Cover: Pen and ink drawing of native Christmas by Brad Pearson, Alameda,
California his fourth Christmas cover, which we appreciate.
Back Cover: Panama Canal Towing Locomotive (mule) approaching ship about to enter
Locks chamber. Painting by Al Sprague, Ancon, Rep. of Panama.
DATES TO REMEMBER
PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon/Meeting, Holiday Inn, 3535 Ulmerton
Road (near Showboat Theater), 11:30 AM.
PCSSC Christmas Luncheon, Knotts Berry Farm. Gather 10:30 AM,
and Lunch at 12:00 Noon.
Christmas Dinner/Dance, 6:00 PM, Sheraton Inn, Dothan, Alabama.
7th Annual Hill Country Zonians Christmas Dinner, Medallion Room,
Inn of the Hills, Kerrville, Texas.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 PM, St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
PCSOFL Carnavalito/Regular Meeting, Sheraton Marina &
Convention Resort, 6800 34th St. S., St. Petersburg, FL 5:00 PM.
PCSSC Annual Business Meeting, Knotts Berry Farm. Gather 10:30
AM, Lunch at 12:00 Noon.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 PM., St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 PM., St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 PM., St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
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oV To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P.O. Box 3738 HOLIDAY, FLORIDA 33590
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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.
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225 Monroe Drive West
Holiday, Florida 33590
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The deadline for presenting material to our in-
trepid editor for the September Canal Record was
July 25. Can't believe that almost three months
have elapsed and the October 25 deadline for the
December issue is threatening!
My first official function for the Society was
the August Luncheon/Meeting held at the Sahib
Shrine Temple in Sarasota, Florida. Not having had
the occasion for more than fourteen years to re-
late to a group numbering over eight (seven sand-
bagging golfers), I must admit that I experienced
the qualms that the novice bullfighter must have
felt when facing his first bull or the moment t
of truth! However, the one hundred and forty-two
"Zonies" present were very kind and understanding
and I somehow persevered.
Since the Sarasota meeting I have presided over
the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Luncheon Meeting
(attendance 124), and the Tarpon Springs Anderson
Park Picnic Meeting.
The Preamble of the Society's Bylaws states, in
part, "that our Principles and Purposes shall be
the preservation of ideals and friendships formed
while working and living in the Canal Zone or Rep-
ublic of Panama".
The Code of Ethics states in part, "the spirit
of fair dealing, cooperation, and courtesy should
govern relations between members of the Society
and by accepting membership an individual assumes
an obligation to conduct himself/herself in ac-
cordance with these ideals".
It is very evident that the members attending
the monthly meetings thoroughly enjoy meeting
with one-another and keeping abreast of Society
functions, however, there is much concern in the
manner by which some members manifest their dis-
pleasure in the acceptance of proposals made by
the Executive Board to modernize, update and less-
en the work load of the volunteers in conducting
It was my intent to go into detail about these
concerns, however, at the October 22 Executive
Board meeting, the Audit Comnittee presented their
report, wherein, they have made comments and rec-
on(endations that express those concerns far bet-
ter than I could have done.
The Executive Board voted to print this report
in it's entirety with the consent of the Audit
October 22, 1986
Mr. Ray W. Theeler
Chairman, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Holiday, Florida, 33590
Dear Mr. Wheeler:
Your Audit and Budget Comnittee completed its
mid-year examination of the ledgers and accounts
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. on
September 21-22, 1986, for the period January 1,
1986 through and including August 31, 1986.
All ledgers (Receipts and Expenditures) were
audited, balanced and verified as correct and are
inorder. All check records, deposit slips, bank
statements, cash receipt ledger, bills and all
other miscellaneous records were taped and veri-
fied as correct. All three petty cash funds were
also verified and are correct.
As of August 31, 1986 our paid membership for
1986 stood at 4,074 and our delinquent membership
totaled 524. Also as of August 31, 1986 prepaid
dues for 1987 totaled 69. With the incorporation
of the dues envelope in the September issue of the
Canal Record, our committee understands that it is
a great success, and that the 1987 dues are coming
in at a rapid pace. We would like to take this
opportunity to commend Mr. Beall and Mrs. Boswell
for this excellent suggestion. As a matter of in-
formation 565 applications from new members were
approved as of August 31, 1986.
The Society continues to grow, and it is in a
very solvent financial position. We anticipate no
increase in dues at this time, and through the
modernization of our office equipment, i.e. com-
puter, electronic typewriters, etc. we anticipate
an even greater savings in the publication of the
Canal Record. It goes without saying that the ef-
forts of the Canal Record Editor and the Secretary
Treasurer have greatly affected the savings to the
Attached you will find our comments, recom-
mendations, findings and graphs explaining the
status of the Society from a financial point of
We would like to compliment Mrs. Shirley Bos-
well for an outstanding job. Her records were ac-
curate and neat and ready for audit. She was most
helpful to our committee and her fine attention to
details made our audit move swiftly. It was a
pleasure having everything in order and we would
like to express our appreciation.
(Signed) Jane Huldtquist, Chairman.
(Signed) Dorothy Herrington, Member.
(Signed) Harry Egolf, Member.
RECOMMENDATIONS, COMMENTS AND FINDINGS
OF THE AUDIT AND BUDGET COMMITTEE
OF THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Having completed our audit on September 22,
1986 for the period January 1, 1986 through and
including August 31, 1986, we the Audit and Budget
Committee respectfully submit the following recan-
mendations to the Executive Board for its approval
and implementation for good business practices
for the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
FINDINGS: Minor accounting errors and procedures
occurred on the January and March 1986 financial
statements when monies from the Freedom Savings
Bank were transferred to the Barnett Bank. This
had no effect on our total assets and the correct-
ed copies of the financial statements from January
through August will be given to the Secretary-
Treasurer to incorporate in the September and
October financial statements.
Thru the use of spread-sheets for salaries,
social security deductions, withholding taxes,
etc., Mrs. Bosuell has been able to provide back-
up documents for all checks issued by the Society,
and at long last we have a complete file with sub-
stantiating documentation for all monies expended.
Commencing in July, the computer has been used
to prepare the financial statements, and all
financial transactions are entered into the com-
puter and the new totals-to-date automatically
reflect on the statement. This is an example of a
great labor saving and accurate device.
Mrs. Boswell demonstrated the computer to our
committee as she entered the membership infor-
mation, making use of the new application form.
She indicated that the November directory would be
printed from this information along with the ad-
dress labels. This in itself will generate a great
savings to the Society, and also indicates that
the computer is beginning to pay for itself.
As a matter of information to the Executive
Committee and at the discretion of the President
to present to the membership, the question as to
whether an error was made on the Employee Quarter-
ly Federal Tax Return in the amount of $50.66, let
it be known that no error was made, and the IRS
refunded this money with apologies and interest in
the amount of $52.56 during the month of Septem-
ber. This check has been deposited in the Soci-
ety's general fund.
RECOMMENDATICN I: Our committee fervently recom-
mends that a reserve fund for our assets be estab-
lished as soon as possible to cover future re-
quirements of the Society. A study should be made
as to the life-expectancy of our office equipment,
i.e. computer, typewriters, copying machines,
furniture, etc. and the monies set aside for their
replacement in the future.
Along with a reserve fund for replacement of
office equipment, a substantial amount of our
assets should also be reserved for the sole pur-
pose of earning interest to supplement the dues
paid by our members. At the present time we are
relying on surplus funds from the reunion to off-
set our expenses. One has only to review the
financial statements and deduct the receipts and
expenditures of the reunion to obtain a truer
picture of our financial needs, bearing in mind
the projected budget for the year.
We cannot stress too much the importance of
interest earned on our assets, and have supplied
a graph to show the general pattern of decreasing
interest with our assets increasing. We have no
way of knowing just how long this will continue,
but our advice is to proceed with caution, and
reserve these funds until our economy seems to
Another aspect that should be considered in
reserving funds is the possibility of a "peaking"
in our membership. Currently, as of August 31,
1986 our delinquency stands at 524 and our new
membership as of August 31, 1986 stands at 565. It
would appear that one is balancing out the other.
Hopefully, our delinquents will come back into the
fold and we should hit the 4500-5000 figure by the
end of the year. Accordingly, our expenses in-
crease insofar as the Canal Record is concerned.
RECC(4ENDATION II: Our committee respectfully re-
quests that the Executive Committee reviews our
financial needs for 1987, and furnish this ccmnit-
tee with your recommendations, so that we may pre-
sent a more realistic budget in January 1987. An
analysis of future spending in all categories
would be appreciated.
In September, 1986, the President requested
comments from the membership in regard to the pur-
chase of a new computer to be used by the Reunion
Coordinator and the establishment of a Reunion
Coordinator's position. Our ccnmittee would like
to express our thoughts and viewpoints on this
Although these comments are out of the realm of
the Audit and Budget Committee, they ultimately
will relate to us from a financial standpoint of
In regards to the purchase of another computer.
It is our understanding that this computer would
be used to make all entries from a modified pre-
registration form from members and their guests
who plan to attend the reunion, those members re-
questing hotel accommodations which would be routed
through the Reunion Coordinator, ball reserva-
tions, luncheon reservations, bus transportation,
etc. With the use of the cnoputer, all hotel res-
ervations would be made by the Reunion Coordinator
and verification of their membership in order to
obtain the reduced reunion room rates. During the
last reunion, many non-members of the society pro-
curred rooms at a discount rate, who were not even
members of the Society. Besides knowing where
everyone is staying legally, much confusion would
be eliminated by routing reservations through the
coordinator. Print-outs from this same computer
would supply the registration committee with the
names of all pre-registered members, also the
luncheon committee, etc. This would be a very
efficient tool to the reunion coordinator. Un-
questionably our present computer can handle this
work, but will the Secretary-Treasurer have the
time, or will the First Vice-President have the
time to make these entries considering the dis-
tance between the location of our present computer
and the responsible person for the reunion. If we
are going to continue along the road of progress,
let's go all the way, or we are going to regress
into doing everything manually as we have done in
the past. No one has that much time to spare.
Funds are available for such a purchase.
Much discussion has been made concerning the
establishment of a paid Reunion Coordinator. Vari-
ous "pro's" and "con's" have been offered as to
why we should and why we shouldn't have one. Pres-
ently, we understand that discussion on this has
been "tabled" even though it was suggested at the
Annual Business Meeting in July and obviously
thought to be a good idea by the members present.
During our current audit, we reviewed the Reunion
Coordinator's file and realized the magnitude of
preparation that goes into and went into this past
reunion. It was by far the largest reunion we have
ever held, and whether or not we want to believe
it, many, many long hours by many, many people
went into making it the success it was.
1982 1983 1984 1985 1986
We have prepared a graph showing the increase
of attendance at reunions since 1981 and you will
see that we have gone from 1502 members in atten-
dance in 1981 to 3000 in 1986, or twice as many.
You will also notice that our membership has in-
creased from 2989 in 1981 to 4,074 as of August
31, 1986. This is certainly telling us something
and it behooves our Executive Committee to start
facing the problem "head-on", instead of "tabling"
an issue as important as this. We realize that 2%/
of our membership here in the St. Petersburg area
apparently seem to be quite upset over this issue,
and it must be resolved in the near future.
In the past the First Vice-Presidents have
taken on these responsibilities, and in the not
too distant past the entire running of the re-
unions fell on the capable shoulders of Mrs. Jean
Man, our immediate past Secretary-Treasurer, who
did an outstanding job. Mrs. Miriel Whitman, our
current First Vice President, has assumed these
responsibilities for the 1987 Reunion and we are
sure she will do an excellent job, but we must
look down the road at our 1988, 1989, 1990, etc.
reunions. Planning is almost important duty of our
Executive Committee and we cannot discount the
fact that many of our future officers will not
have the time to devote to this great undertak-
Perhaps the solution lies in our contracting
the services of an individual or individuals who
are members of this Society working closely with
the Executive Committee is the eventual solution.
In any event, it should be studied, taking all
aspects into consideration, and decided upon in
enough time to implement the decision by the time
1988, etc. rolls around. So much has been accom-
plished by our officers in the past few years, it
would be a shame to lose all their good works.
Presently, it is the opinion of our committee
that all monies in excess of the reunion expendi-
tures remain in the general fund of the Society,
as pointed out in a previous paragraph. Until we
reach the stage that reunion funds are no longer
needed to offset other expenditures, they should
not be used for affairs within the reunion just to
get rid of them. We cannot afford, at this point
in time, to do without them unless we raise the
dues, which would be difficult to explain to the
membership with so much money in reserve.
Our committee is definitely not in favor of
giving the Vice President a percentage of the sur-
plus funds from the reunion for reasons mentioned
in the preceding paragraph.
Other suggestions have been made as to ways of
spending our money, i.e. scholarships, financial
aid, cocktail parties, etc., some of which bear
some noteworthiness, but as pointed out by the
President, legal advice was sought, and we were
told that these types of enterprises would endan-
ger our Non-Profit Status.
Other suggestions have been made that would be
unconstitutional. If this be the case then let's
look into it and put this question to rest.
It would seem that there are many unanswered
questions here that need to be resolved if the
question of a Reunion Coordinator is to be re-
solved. Perhaps the President could appoint a com-
mittee that he would head, and incorporate as many
past presidents who would be willing to serve on
such a committee, include his Vice Presidents, and
representatives from the Bylaws committee and the
budget and Audit Committee. This would be a start
and this committee could work in conjunction with
the Executive Conmittee. Perhaps they could come
up with a solution, and eliminate the "haggling"
that is going on at the business meetings that
Lastly, we would like to commend Mr. Peter
Foster and his reunion committees for a job well
done at the 1986 reunion. These volunteers worked
tirelessly, to consummate their specific project
and deserve a lot of credit, rather than criti-
It would behoove every member to read and ac-
quaint themselves with the contents of this re-
port, specifically the paragraph entitled COM-
MENTS. If some action is not taken on some of the
Conments and Recomaendations before the 1987 Re-
union, it is programmed to ask for a vote concern-
ing certain of these issues at the 1987 Annual
Please remember this is your Society, take a
part, and active interest in it's well being. We,
the Executive Committee are endeavoring in all
conscience, and to the best of our knowledge and
abilities to govern the Society with the well
being of the Society our only concern. Your con-
fidence and cooperation being the only recompense
we sincerely hope for.
Ray W. (Bill) Wheeler
ANNUAL ISSUE BONER
MAINE MASSACHUSETTS SWITCHED
Once again your Editor has pulled a boner. (His
face is red). He thought he had cleared and proof-
read the book pretty well when he switched West
Virginia with Wisconsin, but he missed the Maine
- Massachusetts switcheroo. Thanks to some alert
readers, he must face the music again.
The Editor apologizes to those living in Maine
and Massachusetts, all 46 of them, and hopes they
will they will forgive him this time. If all the
members would make a pen and ink change in their
Annual issues, he hopes that those living in those
states will continue to enjoy correspondence as
a From the
I have just completed my second year as Sec-
retary/Treasurer of the Society and they have been
the busiest of my working career. I had no idea
how much work was involved when I agreed to take
on this "part time" job. Thanks to an innovative
President, Mr. Peter Foster and the cooperation
of the Executive Board, the Panama Canal Society
has taken giant steps in modernizing and stream-
lining its operations. This "cooperative" attitude
of the officers of the Society has carried over to
the membership and attendance at our local member-
ship meetings has increased by an average of more
than 33%, and the Annual Business Meeting in Tampa
increased by 2707/. The membership has increased by
12% and attendance to the Annual Reunion by 637%.
So, we must be doing something right! Of course,
this all increases the workload of the volunteers
and your paid employees, so the Society cannot
afford to ignore this growth and simply stand
still. We must make use of modern technology and
move forward. After all, we are members of a
unique group of people who lived and worked in the
Canal Zone, which has, literally been removed from
modern day maps. Let us all continue to work in
cooperation with one another to maintain this
By the time you read this article, you will
have already received your copy of the November
Directory. "It is different!" "The book is larger
than last years!" I am sure that this will be the
primary comments. I worked long days and nights to
make the printer's deadline for this issue of the
Canal Record, and since we are using a micro-com-
puter we do not have the flexibility to create
anything other than what you received. Hopefully,
time and experience with the new equipment will
enable us to make some changes in the 1987 Direct-
ory. Your comments will be appreciated.
The pull-out envelope and application form was
well received by you all. Thanks so much for
taking the time and effort to provide me with up-
dated information for the computer. Please note in
this issue of the Canal Record a further improve-
ment in the envelope and application form. Just
one more step forward.
Thanks to all of you who have written such nice
comments to me. Believe me, it is appreciated.
It's that time again the 'snowbirds' are here
and it's bumper-to-bumper traffic, long lines at
the grocery stores and restaurants and Christmas
is beckoning. It's also the time of the year that
two issues of the Canal Record are simultaneously
being processed. Thanks to our Secretary/Treas-
urer's computer, the November issue was almost a
cake-walk, compared to previous annual issues. She
did an excellent job, through many long hours, to
make it all come true. In all, we mailed 4,191
copies of the annual issue to members.
I only wish I could put my thoughts into words
like Shirley Boswell and the Budget and Audit Com-
mittee do. They seem to find the right words, and
I thought both the Secretary/Treasurers report and
the Budget and Audit Committe's report were well
said and well written (see President's Message).
With the increase in membership, the news is
also coming in faster, and more of it. (Think I
said that before!). Usually, the after-Reunion
issue is the largest, but this December issue may
look just as large at least it looks that way at
Because of the haggling over whether we may ap-
point a paid Reunion Coordinator, Muriel Whitnan
finally got the nod unpaid and she and Bill
Wheeler hurriedly drafted together the makings of
our 1987 Reunion. They did an excellent job in
short time, and the results are in the centerfold
of this issue.
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January 25, 1987
In the volume of mail and photographs we re-
ceived this time, we were unable to use some of
the photos because there were ink stains on them
from the photo laid on top of it, where the sender
wrote on the BACK of that photo. Writing on the
back of photos also creases the front of that
photo, creating a shadow effect when reproduced.
This is especially true when written with a ball-
point pen. Please attach a small caption, and then
attach with a SMALL piece of Scotch tape.
Marje Foster and I would like to thank all
those kind members who have written us saying they
enjoy the Canal Record. Believe me, we appreciate
it. We try and make it interesting and it is
always difficult to turn down a report because
it's too detailed and long, or not newsworthy, or
for any number of reasons. Our aim is to please -
and we know we can't please everybody!
We wish all our members a very Happy Holiday
Season, with Joy and Peace in the World.
A hard won victory was scored recently during
the 99th Congressional Session.
Congress adopted and President Reagan is ex-
pected to sign a budget reconciliation measure
which contains the Gorton Amendment. This critical
provision gives Federal COLA's the same future
protection from automatic reduction or elimination
already given the Social Security inflation ad-
justment. The Amendment will shelter Civil Service
and military COLA's from any sequestration order
authorizing across the board cuts required by the
Gramn-Rudman-Hollings law to be deficit targets
from fiscal year 1987 through fiscal year 1991.
The budget resolution for fiscal year 1987,
previously adopted by Congress, provides funding
for a full COLA on Federal annuities for January,
1987. The adoption of the Gorton Amendment cul-
minated a ten-month effort by members of the Nat-
ional Association of Retired Federal Employees to
restore COLA equities in the aftermath of the pas-
sage of the Granm-Rudman-Hollings laws last Dec-
Betty LeDoux Frassrand
Honorary memberships have been nominated by the
Executive Board to Grace Williams, St. Petersburg,
and to Dolly Barbour, St. Petersburg, Fla.
The are three classes of membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida; Active, Life, and
1. May be conferred on individuals, members
or non-members for distinguished or exceptional
service to the Society.
2. The names of individuals to be considered
for honorary membership shall be submitted to the
Executive Board and recommended by them to the
Society. After notice has been given in the Canal
Record, individuals may be elected to honorary
membership by a 2/3 majority affirmative vote of
members present and voting at any Society meeting.
3. Active members elected to honorary member-
ship retain their status, but are not required to
pay dues or assessments.
4. Non-Society members may attend meetings
and speak, but may not hold office, make motions
or vote. They do not pay dues or assessments and
are not subject to other obligations. They shall
receive a subscription to the Canal Record.
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
2 August 1986
Sahib Shrine Temple
The meeting was called to order by the Presi-
dent, Mr. Ray Wheeler, Sr. at 12:00 Noon. Dorothy
Yocum delivered the Invocation. Richard Beall read
the list of deceased members followed by a nmment
of silence in their honor. Joseph Hickey led in
the pledge to the Flag.
Mr. Wheeler welcomed the 142 members and guests
and Past Presidents, Anna Collins, Albert Pate,
and Pete Foster. Mr. Thomas Ebdon, Sr., a Roose-
velt Medal Holder was in attendance and stood for
Mr. Foster reported that over 3,005 attended
the 1986 Reunion, but there were several hundred
who did not register. The Luncheon and Ball were
well attended and enjoyed by the members. Total
receipts for the Reunion are $32,814, total dis-
bursements to date are $22,044, netting a to date
gain of $10,770 to the Society. Mr. Foster sugges-
ted this gain might be utilized in computer equip-
ment for the Reunion Coordinator to alleviate the
workload for the Secretary/Treasurer and facili-
tate the work of the Coordinator.
Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Foster and Mrs. Muriel lhitman
met with the Hotels following the Reunion and all
comments were favorable. The Hyatt Regency report-
ed conduct could have been better, however it was
great in comparison to other Conventions held.
The cost of damage to the Hotel was half as much
as last year. Next year there will be increased
security and names will be taken for publication
in the Canal Record and if needed the member will
be dropped from Society membership. He had a mul-
titude of compliments regarding the Reunion and
only two complaints. The Society encountered prob-
lems with Lucho living up to his contract and
costing the Society additional money. This will
be looked at very carefully for the 1987 Reunion.
Volunteers showed up in abundance at Registration
and this was appreciated. Mr. Robert Dill was a
good choice as our speaker and Mr. Dill was very
appreciative of the response of the membership
to his presentation. The Golf Chairmen reported
several problems, and will attempt to alleviate
these problems for the 1987 Reunion.
Mr. Wheeler adjourned the meeting at 12:30 P.M.
so the members could enjoy their luncheon and was
reconvened at 2:10 P.M.
The Secretary read the minutes of the July 4
Annual Business Meeting which will stand as read.
The Treasurer's report was read and approved for
Mr. Wheeler indicated the previous Board had
cleared up all old business and since the new
Board has not met yet, there is no new business
to report. He introduced the new members of the
Board and welcomed them to the Society's Executive
Mr. Richard Beall reported the September Canal
Record had gone to the Printers. This book will
contain a self-addressed pull out envelope for
the convenience of our members to pay their dues,
along with a new application blank which he en-
courages our members to use when renewing their
dues so that we will have up-dated information
for the computer. The entire book was typed by
Mr. Beall and Mrs. Foster on their new equipment.
He indicated he has three new Reporters and was
pleased to add them to the list. He reminded the
membership that the cut-off date for information
into him must be met because there is typing and
processing that must be done prior to submission
to the Printers. There will be increased costs
for mailing the Canal Record, due not to an in-
crease in the cost of postage, but a change in
the bagging by zip codes.
Mr. Wheeler reported that Mr. Foster, Mrs.
Whitman and himself had visited the various Hotels
regarding the 1987 Reunion contracts. He indica-
ted he had received many calls and brochures from
the Orlando area and as soon as they have complet-
ed arrangements for the 1987 Reunion, they would
look into Orlando as a possible site for the 1988
Reunion. At the Annual Business Meeting, a motion
was entertained and approved by the members pre-
sent to look into the feasibility of a paid Re-
union Coordinator. Mr. Wheeler will bring this
up as the first order of business at the August
Executive Board meeting.
Anna Collins asked the members to please inform
her of any of our members who are ill or in the
hospital, and reported that Don Bruce was in the
hospital for hip surgery.
Mrs. Boswell announced the current membership
is now 4,037 and growing. There has been a reduc-
tion in the returned covers of the Canal Record,
due in large part, to the members sending in their
change of address cards. She reminded the member-
ship about the change in format of the Annual Di-
rectory and asked them to bear with us this year
and we will fine-tune the format and the print
in 1987. She thanked her husband, Jerry for the
help he has given her as an all-around-handyman,
stand-in, sounding board, and for his expertise
in programming the Society's Financial Report.
Mrs.Betty Frassrand, Legislative Reporter read
a report which will be published in the September
Canal Record. She also read a letter from Con-
gressman Bilirakis regarding the members of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida and his support
for their annuity restoration.
The President announced that the ballots had
been tallied for Amendments 8 and 9; Amendment
8 was approved with 73 votes for and 3 votes
against; Amendment 9 was approved with 74 votes
for and 2 votes against. These changes to the By-
Laws will be published in the November Directory.
The President indicated that he still needed
volunteers to serve on the Nominating Committee,
however, no one from the membership volunteered
Mr. Carl Starke and his committee were thanked
for the lovely luncheon and the meeting was turned
over to him for distribution of the multitude of
gifts donated by members of the Sarasota group.
He was assisted by Mr. Roy Leeser.
As there was no further business the meeting
adjourned at 2:10 P.M.
5 September 1986
St. Petersburg Yacht Club
St. Petersburg, Florida
The meeting was called to order by Mr. Ray
Wheeler, Sr. at 12:20 P.M. Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave
the Invocation. Mr. Paul Disharoon led in the
Pledge to the Flag in the absence of Mr. Joseph
Hickey. Mr. Richard Beall read the list of deceas-
ed since the August meeting followed by a moment
Mr. Wheeler welcomed the 124 members, guests
and Past Presidents, Anna Collins, Albert Pate,
Troy Hayes and Victor May, Jr. Long time absent
members attending were:
Phyllis Crook.............St. Petersburg
Ann cConagy .............Clearwater
Jean Mann.................St. Petersburg
Jack & Gloria Corrigan... .Clearwater
Ed Napoleon ..............Bradenton
Jim & Marie Morris........Clearwater
Anthony & Julia Zablocki..Holiday
Beverly Shirley...........St. Petersburg
Harry & Thelma Cwan.......Austin, Texas
The Secretary read the minutes of the August
meeting, and were approved as read. The financial
report for August was read and approved for audit.
Mr. Wheeler read a note of interest to the mem-
bers regarding Public Law 91251 in which Office
of Personnel Management has officially declared
Survivors may now remarry at age 55 or older and
retain his/her survivor annuity as long as the
remarriage occurs on or after November 8, 1984.
The meeting adjourned at 12:35 P.M to partake
of the beautifully prepared buffet luncheon and
reconvened at 1:30 P.M.
Mrs. Anna Collins presented several members
with door prizes, among them a beautiful Batea
donated by Ed and Aloha Baumbach. The lucky recip-
ient was Margaret Martin.
Mr. Wheeler reported he had received several
letters regarding the 1986 Reunion and all corres-
pondence has been answered.
The Record Editor reported the Canal Record
was being mailed this very day. The Printers ran
into difficulties with using a pull-out envelope
for dues payments and this will be corrected in
future issues of the Canal Record. He announced
a new Reporter from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Betty
Mr. Beall read a report from the Legislative
Representative, Mrs. Betty Frassrand regarding
an amendment to insulate our annuity against cuts
enacted by the Granm-Rudman law through 1991. This
would not affect any changes to the 1986 Annuity
The President announced that the Executive
Board discussed the purchase of a computer for
use by the Reunion Coordinator, funds to come from
the profits of the 1986 Reunion. Costs and compa-
tibility will be reviewed.
The Board acted on the motion approved at the
Annual Business Meeting regarding the establish-
ment of a Paid Reunion Coordinator. Guidelines
and scope of duties will be presented at the next
Mr. Joseph Collins questioned the Executive
Board's authority under the existing By-laws to
establish a new position in the Society. The Pres-
ident will look into this and report at the next
Mr. Victor May, Jr. questioned the need for
a computer for the Reunion Coordinator since the
Convention Bureau of Tampa had indicated a service
would be available to the Society to handle the
Registration at the 1987 Reunion. He further ques-
tioned that there was enough time involved by the
Reunion Coordinator to warrant a paid position
and any surplus funds left over from our Reunion
would be better spent by assisting our members
via scholarships or financial help.
Mr. Wheeler indicated that in order to set up
such programs the Society would have to be able
to count on the funds and that is not the case
since every effort is made to break-even on the
Reunion. He is going to contact a Lawyer to look
over our standing with the Internal Revenue Ser-
vice and the question of Liability Insurance to
make sure we are handling our business in an ap-
propriate manner. Mrs. Jean Mann indicated that
the Society had been audited by the IRS in past
years and everything was in order. Mr. Wheeler,
however, feels that there has been sufficient
changes since that time to warrant the advice of
a lawyer. Mrs. Boswell reported that the Society
has been breaking-even or coming up with a surplus
from the Reunion, however, there is also the pos-
sibility that we could lose money and the funds
must be there to cover that loss.
Mrs. Anna Collins suggested the Society handle
the Reunion as a separate account and any surplus
be used to fund a Cocktail Party at the next Re-
Mr. Harry Fgolf, member of the Audit Committee
cautioned against setting up any kind of separate
account for handling of the Reunion or any other
Society function. He indicated that although the
Society Financial Report looked like we had excess
funds, in reality the Society would be spending
at a higher level than our receipts for the re-
mainder of the year. In past years it was neces-
sary for the Society to take steps to keep the
Society from operating at a "deficit".
Mr. Wheeler indicated that the Executive Board
approved Honorary Memberships to the Society for
Grace Williams and Dorothy Barbour for their many
years of service to the Society. The letters will
be published in the December issue of the Canal
There will be some changes in the Schedule of
Events for the coming year. The St. Petersburg
Yacht Club Luncheon-meeting will be held April
4, 1987 and the Sarasota Luncheon-meeting, Septem-
ber 5, 1987. Mnriel litman is in charge of the
Annual Picnic to be held at Anderson Park and will
be Chairperson for Christmas Luncheon-meeting on
December 5 at the Holiday Inn, St. Petersburg.
Olga Disharoon reported that the Carnivalito
Dinner Dance will be held on February 6, 1987 at
the Sheraton St. Petersburg. She will attempt to
get a special rate on a block of rooms for our
members. Last year was a huge success, fun-wise!
Anna Collins thanked those members who have
been contacting her about those who are ill and
had sent out numerous cards to members who were
ill during the last month.
Mr. Wheeler asked for a show of appreciation
for the beautiful luncheon hosted by Mr. and Mrs.
Collins. They received a standing ovation.
The meeting adjourned at 2:15 P.M.
4 October 1986
Tarpon Springs, Florida
The meeting was called to order by the Presi-
dent, Mr. Ray (Bill) Mieeler, Sr. at 11:36 A.Ir.
Mr.Joseph Hickey led in the Pledge to the Flag.
Mrs. Hr-iel Whitman gave the Invocation in the
absence of Mrs. Dorothy Yocum. Mr. Richard Beall
read the list of deceased since the September
membership meeting, followed by a moment of si-
lence in their honor.
Mr. Wheeler welcomed the 72 members and guests
and the long absent members attending were:
Fred and Iarie Dube........Clearwater
Marie Burns ...............Seminole
Steve and Catherine Enoch..Gatun,Rep.de Panama
Jim and Ruth Shirley.......Dunedin
Barbie Goodwin............. Tampa
Carol McClain.............. Dunedin
Wendell & Carmen Phillips..Clearwater
Past Presidents standing for recognition were:
Anna Collins, Pete Foster, Albert Pate and Victor
The minutes of the September meeting were read
and approved. The financial report was read and
approved for audit.
The Record Editor reported that the November
Canal Record will be larger than in the past but,
if necessary, this can be rectified in the future.
He pointed out, that thanks to Mrs. Boswell burn-
ing the midnite oil, she was able to enter all
4,011 members into the computer, enabling us to
use our own Computer run for the November issue
and also to be able to print our own labels, all
this at a considerable savings to the Society
since we will not have to use the Computer Ser-
Betty LeDoux Frassrand, Legislative Rep.
reading her report; Bill Wheeler, Pres.,
and Marje Foster, acting Sec/Treas.
Mrs. Betty Frassrand reported that among the
items Congress must consider before their adjourn-
ment on October 9, 1986 is the major goal of
exempting Civil Service COLAS from the Gramm-Rud-
man-Hollings budget cuts.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:03 P.M. so that
members could partake of the picnic lunch. Mrs.
Muriel Whitman raffled off the door prizes and
thanked those who so generously donated them. The
meeting reconvened at 12:43 P.M.
Mr. Wheeler thanked Muriel and her committee
for a job well done.
Mr. Wheeler reported that after talking to
Linda Dyer of the Tampa Convention Center, the
only Computer service they can provide our reunion
is for Hotel Reservations and further more, we
would be charged for all services and personnel
which they might provide.
Mr. Wheeler informed the members that the Board
members had voted to shelve the purchase of buying
a computer for the Reunion Coordinator for 1987.
However, since this will come up again in the fu-
ture, he asked for a consensus of opinion, not
a vote, as to how many members present were in
favor of buying one and the show of hands was in
Everyone gets in line for some of that..
... good food brought by members.
He then asked for a consensus of opinion, not
a vote, as to whether we should obtain the ser-
vices of a paid coordinator sometime in the future
and the show of hands was in the affirmative. Mr.
Wheeler pointed out that he was willing to shelve
this proposal also, but the Board feels that they
should follow the mandate of the majority, since
close to 400 members voted in favor of that motion
at the 1986 annual meeting. He further stated that
when Florida members, attending monthly Society
meetings are presented proposals or plans that
reflect up-dating/modernizing Society functions,
they should realize that we represent less than
2-Yo of the total membership.
Anna Collins expressed concern that funds may
not be available in the future for a paid coordin-
ator and pointed out that she had handled two re-
unions and was not compensated. She feels that
the Vice President should handle the reunion as
in the past and if necessary, an amendment be made
to the By-Laws to include these duties.
Mr. Foster expressed concern as to the problems
facing Nominating Committees in getting members
to run for office knowing they have to devote so
much time towards Reunion activities.
Mr. May suggested that the Vice President be
paid a percentage of the reunion profits but
pointed out that the present Society Computer has
sufficient memory to handle reunion activities.
There were other comments from the floor but
it was extremely difficult to record what was be-
ing said because of the heckling and remarks dur-
ing the time members were presenting their views.
Mr. Wheeler asked the members to please show
trust in the Board members they so freely elected
and once again asked them to submit their comments
in writing so the Board could take them into con-
sideration. He asked this at the September meeting
but had not received any written comments.
Mr. Wheeler and Mrs. Whitman obtained legal
advice concerning our liability insurance and our
non-profit status. He pointed out that our Corpor-
ation status protects the individual member from
liability at Society functions. The lawyer also
stated that in order not to jeopardize our non-
profit status, Society funds should not be used
for scholarships or charitable purposes.
Mr. Wheeler announced that our members were
invited to attend the Space Coast picnic at Mer-
ritt Island and would entertain a motion for the
Society to furnish a bus for this outing. Betty
Frassrand moved that the Society pay for the bus
for the October 12 picnic at Merritt Island; mo-
tion seconded. The members wishing to attend were
instructed to give their names and phone numbers
to Mrs. Foster, acting secretary and a chairman
would be contacting them about the arrangements.
The meeting adjourned at 1:43 P.M.
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ANNUAL PICNIC OF PANAMA CANAL
SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
On a hot, bright August 3, 1986, members and
friends of PCSSC gathered at Knotts Berry Farm
for a bar-b-que luncheon and a reunion of good
friends. President Edith Wimner opened the meet-
ing. Bob Dill, our chaplain led the invocation,
after which we all enjoyed a luncheon of ribs and
chicken and all the trimmings, as only Knotts can
cook. Luncheon and initial visiting over, Pres
Winner asked Kathryn Molinaro for some of the
highlights of the Florida Reunion.
In addition to general facts, she specifically
mentioned some of our own members who have helped
make the Reunions go. Jim Will, who donated the
gold putters for the golf tournament; Bob Dill,
who was the featured speaker at the Annual Lun-
cheon; and Joan deG mrnnd, who was honored at
the annual business meeting and presented with
a distinguished award for "service above and be-
yond", having kept relations very close with the
society in Florida and for an accumulated 10 years
service as secy/treas/newsletter editor for the
So Calif Society.
David Lane gave the update on our West Coast
reunion to be held Sept 12-13-14 in Anaheim, CA
and urged everyone to come and enjoy. Pres Winmer
then presented honorary memberships from our soci-
ety to David leroy Smith, for faithful and long
service, including president, vice-president,
singer, wherever needed; Bob Dill, the only chap-
lain that the So Calif society has ever had and
to Joan deGrumond, retiring secy/treas/newsletter
editor for "going the extra mile" in making our
society a success.
happy with her door prize.
The Raffle was a "Carameta" print by Linda
Geyer, won by Grace Brown. The Lottery was won
by Missy Yarnell, David Hollowell, and Mary Kate
Underwood. Some good footstomping songs were sung
by all, accompanied by David Smith, after which
we rode off into the sunset. (All Photos by David
Those attending were:
Adams, Robert and Ruth
Allen, Dorothy and Bill. Guests: Herluf
and Eleanor (Anderson) Neilson
Argo, Emmet and Adele
Bennett, Kathleen Steiner
Bowman, Donna Geyer
Cerbone, Birdie and Vincent
Guest: Alice Hele Glaze
Guest: Kimberley Lobato
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David Lane, Escondido, sells chances to
Janet Lasehinger, Spring Valley, and
P.A. White, Newport Beach.
Donna (Geyer) Bouanan, Oceanside; Marsha
Coffin and guest, Kimberly Lobato.
Dill, Robert and Rosa
Guests: Charles and Betty Pold
Enyart, Victor and Frances
Griffin, Lucille and Morris
Guest: Evelyn Wagner
Haugen, Joann Hummer
Hollowell, Thelma and David
Johnson, Don and Stephanie
Guest: Alice Milburn
Laschinger, Janet Nesbitt
Molinaro, Kathryn Argo
Guests: Ann Moore, Pamela and Sarah
P.A. and Dorothy White, Newport Beach,
and Kathryn Quinn, Palos Verdes.
Quinn, Bill and Kathryn
Seedborg, Hedwig Sundberg
Guest: Elizabeth Kling
Smith, David Leroy
Underwood, Mary Kate
Guests: Elsa Gonzales and
Guest: Margie Tallarita
Wanke, George and Janice
Wanke, Ronald and Peggy
White, PA and Dorothy
Guest: Missy Yarnell
Kathryn A. Nblinaro
10TH GAS HOUSE GANG TOURNAMENT
We hate to brag but a good time was had by the
group of great people that attended our 10th An-
niversary Gas House Gang Golf Tournament here in
Dothan, Ala. on October 7 and 8. The weather was
a bit warmer than we would have ordered, and the
bugs could have stayed home, but all in all, those
were minor complaints. Our participants arrived
from California, Utah, Texas, Illinois, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida,
Minnesota, Panama, Georgia, Michigan, South Caro-
lina, and of course, Alabama. By Monday evening,
the 6th, our group was well assembled and gathered
for dancing after dinner which they must have en-
joyed, for we hired the trio to play for an addit-
The tournament consisted of 104 golfers making
up 4-person teams for the Mexican Best Ball on the
7th and 8th. First place winning team for each day
was: Joanne Sullivan, Billy Sullivan, Lois Thomis
and Bill Sullivan. John Stack, Eddie Curtis, Bill
Carlin, and Edna O'Donnell. Second Place: Harry
Heintz, Bob Currie, Jack Carey, Joanne Sullivan.
Joey Burgoon, Jesse Gettle, Woody Woodruff and Les
Hutchinson. Third Place: Bill Hovertor, Bob Cur-
rie, Butch Ryan, and Joan Fitzgerald. Bill Sul-
livan, Harold Willett, E.J. Sullivan and Doris
First Place winners for each day: L-R:
Edna O'Donnell, Eddie Cutris, Bill Car-
lin and John Stack, Joanne Sullivan,
Bill Sullivan, Lois Thomas. Billy Sul-
livan missing from photo.
Second Place winners each day, L-R:
Harry Heintz, Joanne Sullivan, Jack
Carey, Bob Currie, Woody Woodruff, Jesse
Gettle, Les Hutchinson. Joe Burgoon is
missing from photo.
Third Place winners for each day, L-R:
Eddie Sullivan, Hal Willett, Doris Lee-
ser, Butch Ryan, Bill Sullivan, Bob
Currie, Joan Fitzgerald, Bill Hoverter.
Prizes were awarded for 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and
8th places, but since we were limited for space,
we must just say congratulations to all of the
winners. We were able to award over $2,000 in
prizes for the two days of play. Thanks to our
generous sponsors here in Dothan who made this
possible this year and for the past nine years.
Special awards were presented to three of our
faithful out-of-town Gas House Gang boys; Jim
Caomn, Bill Wheeler and Harold Willett who have
attended all ten tournaments.
Joe Coffin and his wife, Carolyn came from
Pennsylvania to see what our tournament was all
about and surprised us by providing anple Pennsyl-
vania sumner sausage for our cocktail party Wed-
nesday evening. Thanks Joe, it was absolutely de-
licious and our 182 dinner guests licked the plat-
Mr. Ted Hotz, former Principal of both
Balboa and Cristobal High Schools.
Another "first" was the presence of Mr. Ted
Hotz, former Principal of both Cristobal and Bal-
boa High Schools. We were all thrilled to see him
and pleased that he was able to participate in the
tournament. He looks terrific and we enjoyed his
speech and do hope he will join us again.
Our present tournament connittee announced
their retirement and Jim Riley has graciously ac-
cepted chairmanship for future tournaments. Thanks
Jim, we know you will do a great job.
The out-going Golf Committee, L-R: Hugh
Norris, 74 years, Jim Coman, 10 years,
Bud Thomas, 10 years, Bill Sullivan, 6
years, Joe Burgoon, 6 years.
Jimny Coman, our Master of Ceremonies,
doing his thing.
10-Year veterans of the Gas House Golf
Tournament and their wives, L-R: Abe and
Mickey Anderson, Jim and Frances Coman,
Bud Thomas, Hal and Elsie Willett and
Bud lThms again thanks his Conmittee, Bill
Sullivan, High Norris and Joe Burgoon for their
support through the years.
Jim Caman did his usual great job of Master of
Ceremonies during our Awards Dinner. Thanks, Jim,
and God bless.
Jim Riley promises us a bigger and better tour-
nament and we look forward to seeing you all next
Stay well, come back, bring your friends and
thanks to you all for making this such an enjoy-
Gas House Gang Golf Committee
SPACE COAST P.C. SOCIETY PICNIC
MERRITT ISLAND-TITUSVILLE BRANCH .
October 12, 1986 dawned beautifully and Mike
and Dottie LaCroix and their committee members
were on hand at Kars Park, Merritt Island, to wel-
come the early birds to our Annual Panama Canal
Our early birds arrived all 40 of them via
bus from the West Coast of Florida. This year, our '
registrar, Nancy Grimison, was on hand to greet
them and welcome them to our gathering. Good food and a hearty appetite....
Included in our West Coast contingent, was our
present Panama Canal Society President, Bill lie-
eler and his lovely wife, Jeanne. Former Pres-
idents Pete Foster and his wife, Marjorie; Aunna
Collins and her husband, Joe; Al Pate and his wife L
Ibrothy; Vic May and his wife, Jame, and so many
others it isn't possible to enumerate, also at-
tended. Needless to say, we were all happy and
honored that all of them would make such an effort
to attend our get-together.
Our registrars, Nancy rimison and Janice Scott
reported 160 participants before the day ended.
Our register shows folks from as far away as South p
Carolina, Jacksonville and Tallahassee.
A door prize was won by the person coming from
the farthest distance, Iris Waggoner from Aiken, ..... was had by all.
South Carolina. Another door prize was won by Jim
Hayden from Titusville, and Joan Hendrick, also
from Titusville, won the prize for guessing the
number of beans in the Bean Jar assembled and AREA
counted by John Klasovskey, whose wife, Margaret, RESERVED
supplied some of the shrubs and plants, along with
other camnitteemembers, given to those picnickers, "
who wanted them. L _
Merritt Island Picnic Committee, L-R:
John and Margaret KZasovsky, Rex and
Helen Beck, Dottie LaCroix, Sandra
Hughes Ciaflin, Janice Scott, Nancy
S. Grimison and Mike LaCroix.
After such a successful picnic this year, we
are all looking forward to an equally successful
Space Coast Panama Canal Society Picnic next year!
SAll of us on the Space Coast wish all our Pan-
Canal Society members and friends a Very Merry
Janice Scott Nancy Grimiaon, Regis- Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
trars Space Coast Picnic, Kars Park, Rex and Helen Beck
Merritt Island, October 12, 1986. Merritt Island, Fla.
Mr. Albert D. Burkett
Mr. James L. Fulton, Jr.
Mr. Ronald E. McKee
Mr. Rafael Rivera-Rivera
Mr. Harry Y. Can, Jr.
Mr. Walter Shuff
Mr. John Y. Wagner
Mr. Jack A. Waters
Mrs. Ruth R. Brown
Mr. John A. Garnsey
Mr. Frederick T. Hoppe
Mr. Gordon J. Onland
Motor Transportation Division
Canal Protection Division
Office of Personnel Admin.
26 years 04 months
28 years 02 months
16 years 06 months
37 years 09 months
15 years 04 months
30 years 09 months
27 years 05 months
18 years 09 months
16 years 10 months
30 years 10 months
18 years 00 months
21 years 08 months
BULLDOGS WIN JAMBOREE '86
CRISTOBAL (193d PAO) The Balboa Bulldogs cap-
tured the 37th Annual Jamboree, played at Cristo-
bal High School, Sept. 12, establishing themselves
as the team to beat in the DODDS Interscholastic
Displaying a balanced offense and an adequate
defense, the White team took victories over Red
6-0, the Tigers 7-0, and the Green Devils 7-6,
after dropping the first contest 0-6 to the Cou-
Tension mounted as the Jamboree progressed with
the Cougars and White in contention until the fi-
nal contests. When the Green Devils scored first
and led 6-0 in the last game, it appeared that
it might become difficult to determine a winner.
However, White brought the ball back down the
field and scored the tying points on a dive over
the left side of the line. A penalty on the try
for the point after touchdown made it necessary
for White to kick the point a second time. The
second try was also good and there was no penalty;
the Jamboree trophy belonged to White as time ran
Probably the most spectacular running play of
the night was Bulldogs Nelson Pineda's touchdown
run against the Tigers. Pineda broke through the
middle of the line about mid-field and blasted
toward the goal line, breaking three tackles and
outrunning all pursuit.
The league appears to have excellent balance
this year. Although showing some weakness on de-
fense, White displayed an excellent multiple-
The Cougars should be in the thick of the race
with an excellent defense and a good offense. The
Green Devils showed their staying power in the
final contest of the evening. Both Red and the
Cristobal Tigers are much stronger than they were
last year. Upsets could very well play a large
part in the league championship. The balance is
such that it is highly improbable that any team
will go undefeated for the season.
The standings at the end of the Jamboree were
Team Win loss Tie
White 3 1 0
Cougars 1 0 3
Green Devils 0 1 3
Red 0 1 3
Tigers 0 1 3
Southern Coxmand News
September 19, 1986
SECURITY STEPPED UP AT OMAR
New security measures were implemented last
week at Omar Torrijos H. International Airport to
ensure the safety of passengers.
The new measures include pre-clearance of bag-
gage at the airport counter and the screening of
passengers, but they are not expected to cause
significant flight delays.
It is recommended, however, that passengers
check in two hours before flight time.
The Panama Canal Spillway
October 24, 1986
TRAFFIC CONTINUES DESPITE MAJOR
Ships have continued moving through the Panama
Canal following a major landslide that dumped
thousands of tons of earth and rock into the navi-
gational channel at Cucaracha Reach south of Gold
Hill. The October 13 slide was triggered by steady
rains in the area. The Panama Canal Commission has
made every effort to minimize its impact on Canal
One-way traffic in the slide area and inter-
mittent delays to accommdate dredging have been
in effect and may continue for an indefinite
period. In the interests of safety, temporary re-
strictions on draft, beam and length were imple-
mented on a case-by-case basis. By this Tuesday,
however, deep draft vessels of up to the Canal's
normal maximum 39 feet 6 inches transited safely.
...The Commission and Great Lakes International
Inc. have entered into negotiations for dredging
services to assist in the removal of about 1 mil-
lion cubic yards of material. Two dipper dredges,
related equipment and operating personnel will be
furnished by Great Lakes International, Inc. on a
leased basis. The contract is for 90 days, with
the equipment expected to be on site and at work
in early November. The Commission will provide
logistical support. Engineering Division Chief
Numan Vasquez estimates that it will take from 60
to 90 days to restore the channel to its preslide
condition once full dredging is in operation.
...To help transiting vessels move past the
slide area, the Commission is providing additional
towboat assistance and special slide pilots. Capt.
aLuis Pascavage, acting assistant marine director
for operations, praises these pilots highly for
their "exceptional" work. Marine Bureau officials
extend the commendations to include all Commission
employees who have worked together so conscien-
tiously to minimize the impact of the slide on
The Panam Canal Spillway
October 24, 1986
PULSE RATE MONITORS RESPONSE
by J.K. Herzberger
Bethesda, Md. (Walter Reed Army Hospital) -
Your pulse is one of the most basic and valuable
tools for monitoring your response to training.
Your morning pulse rate can let you know about the
current state of your body.
After you recover from the shock of waking up
each morning, reach for your watch, lie back down
again and take your pulse. Unlike an exercise
pulse, which you take for 10 seconds and multiply
by six to get the rate per minute, take your morn-
ing pulse for a full 60 seconds.
What will you learn from taking your morning
pulse? According to most experts in the field of
exercise physiology, variations in morning resting
pulse rate are an excellent indicator of changes
in fitness levels. Changes in morning pulse rate
can tell you that something is not quite right
even though the specific cause for the change
can't be identified.
After several weeks, changes will be quickly
spotted. Upward trends especially more than eight
to 10 beat increases, could signal problems such
as overtraining with associated fatigue or even
something like an impending cold or illness.
You should cut back on the intensity or length
of your exercise session when your morning pulse
is elevated. Your body is signaling you that it
needs some rest and recovery time.
Using your pulse is just another way of listen-
ing to your body speak to you. Please pay atten-
Southern Ccmmand News
August 29, 1986
STRATEGY IMPORTANT IN CROSS-
Sales to foreign countries involve more than
translating product labels into another language.
The language difference may be the smallest and
least significant issue for the marketer.
"I look for the export to make sense on stra-
tegy," said Henry Adams-Esquivel, vice president
of Market Development Inc. of San Diego, a spe-
cialist in transcultural marketing, (Doctor of
Psychology) and has an advertising agency in San
Diego. He is a graduate of BHS'58, and his wife,
Loretta (Hirshfield) Adans, a graduate of CHS'58.
She is the grand-daughter of Julio Salas, former
Consul from the Netherlands.)
"Crossing takes unique marketing," he acknow-
ledges, "but it's more than marketing. The market-
er needs to stay on strategy. The systematic ap-
proach is more effective."
In refining his technique for 20 years, he
found foreign consumers who have been confronted
with fewer product choices than Americans nust
be educated to product benefits that might be ap-
parent in U. S. markets.
Soups are an example.
"Campbell has done a good job in developing
the canned-soup market abroad," he said. "Now here
comes Lipton, and no one has told the consumer
about dehydrated soups. Lipton has to acclimatize
the market to the product. They have to have some
sort of strategy.)
Some marketing problems can be anticipated,
Adams-Esquivel said, such as Anheuser-Busch's in-
tention to market Budweiser beer in Germany, a
nation of beer experts who consider American beers
little more than dirty water and attach little
prestige to any imported beer.
But it is possible, he said, to develop pro-
duct awareness in a foreign market. Hunt-Wesson
did that with its Rosarita brand refried beans,
now in first place in the Mexican market. "They
looked at the culture on its own merit and went
step by step through a strategic plan.".......
The San Diego Union
May 12, 1986
(Submitted by Thelma Hollowell, Roving Reporter,
ARMY GARRISON COMMAND ACTIVATED
by (herie Keel
50th PAD, FORSCOM
FT. CLAYTON (193d PAO) In accordance with
a new Department of the Army Regulation 5-3, the
193d Infantry Brigade formally activated the U.
S. Army Garrison Command Sept. 2.
The garrison command was activated to provide
care for the soldiers and their families while
focusing on Panama related problems.
"I want people to understand that I will get
personally involved in their problems and that
I will do my utmost to solve their problems", said
Col. Clyde N. Sedgwick, garrison commander, add-
ing, "My motto is that we provide our service with
a willing hand, an understanding attitude and a
warm smile. That's my primary individual goal.
So that we can eventually turn around what I per-
ceive in the rest of the Army as a negative atti-
tude about coming to Panama."
Southern Command News
September 19, 1986
TIPS FOR SAFE DRIVING FOR
We've all heard the jokes about elderly dri-
vers. Apparently, some of it's true.
"On a per-mile basis...drivers over age 65 have
a higher accident rate than all other drivers ex-
cept those 25 and younger," according to the book-
let "The older person's guide to safe driving."
On the other hand, older drivers have years
of experience, drive less and tend to be more cau-
tious a big plus.
The booklet, which is produced by the AAA Foun-
dation for Traffic Safety, includes a quiz to help
drivers determine if their chance of having an
accident is increasing.
Much of the information is just plain cormon
safety sense. But in the chapter "When should you
stop driving," author Myron Brenton warns that
drivers who are having problems should face facts.
"The longer your delay," she writes, "the great-
er the risk of a serious traffic accident."
The book can be bought for $1 by writing to
the AAA at 2990 Telestar Court, Suite 100, Fall
Church, Va. 22042.
St. Petersburg Times
August 25, 1986
THEY'RE TELLIN' IT TO A MARINE
AT LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE
BY TIM GILLMu
Long Beach City College athletic director Bob
Kariger learned about management the hard way...
in a bunker.
As a second lieutenant in the Marines in the
1950's, Kariger was put in charge of an engineer-r
ing and demolition group at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He
was 23. He supervised 60 men, some of whom were
master sergeants who were twice his age and had
World War II experience.
"I was not happy with the way things were
going," Kariger said. "So I called the entire
group together and we met in a bunker out in the
I said, 'I have a job to do. If you don't have
any pride, ask for a transfer because I like the
job done well and I like cooperation.' That kind
of cleared the air. I found out then it was best
to be frank."
Apparently, directness and direction are what
the LBCC athletic department needs, because Kar-
iger, 55, was selected to replace Russ Jordan in
May, when Jordan requested a transfer to the coun-
The athletic department faces numerous prob-
lems. Most prominent is a multimillion-dollar sex-
ual discrimination suit filed against the school
two years ago by some women and coaches within the
athletic department. The suit is pending.
LBCC previously competed in the Metropolitan
Conference, which has included numerous Los Angel-
es city schools at various times. This fall LBCC
switches to the South Coast Conference which is
loaded with powerhouses.
The two men's sports that were highly success-
ful last year track and baseball face trouble.
Track coach Ron Allice, whose team won the state
title, says he's frankly concerned about the ad-
ministration's commitment to athletics.
...The football team, which in the 1950's and
1960's was a powerhouse, hasn't had a winning
season since 1980.
...Kariger gave his most recent bunker speech
to the coaches, in May, when he took over as
athletic director. Most of the coaches are tenured
and in their 40s and 50s. His task, he feels, is
to bridge the gap between the athletic and academ-
...Based on a second meeting he had with the
coaches, on August 15, Kariger feels the attitude
in the athletic department is already changing for
"All their recommendations were positive,"
Kariger said. "They said we need to do this or we
need to do that. They weren't what others need to
...The integration of academics and athletics
would seem to be right up Kariger's alley.
He was associate dean over math and science as
well as social sciences before athletic director
responsibilities were added to his duties. And
before becoming associate dean, he was head of the
physical education department.
..."Bob is a man of enduring and endearing
character," said Nell (his wife of 31 years). "He
has always been blessed with an ability to be fair
and sensitive to how other people feel. He tries
to be impartial and has a genuine interest in
Kariger is personable and deft with people. And
that's probably why he ascended from athletic
trainer to associate dean and athletic director in
10 years at LLBC.
Long Beach Press Telegram
September 11, 1986
1935 CLASS REUNION
The BHS Class of 1935 began their reunion
during a no-host luncheon at the Tampa Hilton on
3 July. Registration hadn't yet begun for the An-
nual Panama Canal Society Reunion, so name tags
were made and placed on the following class mem-
bers and others who joined us: Gene Hamlin, Bill
Poole and brother, John (Jack) ('33), Lucille Tar-
flinger Robison, Ann Quinn Eder, Bill Fleming and
wife, Nelda (Torbet), Isabel "Izzy" Schlaning Qm-
mings and sister, Bea ('36), Reba Colberg Payne,
Genevieve Vivian (hristie "'hris" Felps, her hus-
band, George and daughter, Judith, Barbara Evans
O'Shaughnessy, Mildred True Hearne, Mary Netta
Orr, Wilma Wickens Kennerd and husband, Ed, Norna
Stillwell Martin ('37) representing her sister,
Jean Crook ('35), Mirian '"Mimi" Whitsett Cardi,
('34), Virginia Morgan Cooper ('37) and Ruth Bau-
man Yielding ('37).
Isabel "Iazy" (Schloming) Cwmnings,
Miriam (Whitsett) Cardi and Ann (Quinn)
That same evening at the Panama Canal Society
headquarters (Hyatt Regency), we continued to
party. The joint reunion of BHS '36 and '37 dinner
dance committee graciously permitted us to cele-
brate with them and everyone had a wonderful time.
It was nigh impossible to get an accurate head
count of the 1935 members among the 200 reser-
vations. In addition to those already listed, Lois
de la Mater Bates plus Jack KroNer and his wife,
L-R: Nelda (Torbet) Fleming, Pete Cor-
rigan, Gene Hamlin and Bill Fleming.
Other 35ers seen at the Reunion and may have
been at the joint '36-'37 dinner dance were: Bob-
berta Johannes Paterson, Tmn Halliday and wife,
Marge, Pete Corrigan and wife, Helen (Nash), Riggs
Forrest and wife, Dot. Others may also have been
there, but it was difficult to locate individuals
in the jumble of the 3,000 plus attending the re-
crnd tin Amolt ^ng- u
L-R: Wilma (Wickens) Kennerd, Bill and
Jack Poole, Ann (Quinn) Eder and Ed Ken-
Nelda (Torbet) Fleming and Mary Netta
Genevieve Vivian (Christle) Felps and
Lucille (Tarflinger) Robison.
Norna (Stillwell) Martin and Mildred
L-R: Barbara (Evans) O'Shaughnessy, Gen-
evieve Vivian (Christie) "Chris" Felps
and George Felps.
Those unable to be in Tampa were discussed and
sorely missed. Some members are still "lost", but
not forgotten and the search continues. Our task
eases as new members join the Society; other
classes cooperate with their located member list-
ings; in addition, folks write with helpful infor-
mation. Many thanks to all who have assisted in
Our 55th Reunion will come along before you
realize it (1990), so begin to plan. Hopefully, a
Florida resident will offer and/or agree to be our
coordinator; and all volunteers can begin at once
to line up.
We appreciate the efforts and results of known
photographers Bill Poole and Lucille Tarflinger
Robeson. Also thanks to the many who planned for
such nice functions.
The class members of '35 who have not yet sent
Lucille Cook Narney an autobio, as she requested
in 1985, kindly do so. At last report, Lucille
mentioned the response was so chiquitito/poco/
small, that she had about decided it was a dumb
idea. Her offer to compile something for distri-
bution to all should provide interesting reading.
CHS FIFTIES REUNION
Sometime in May of 1986 a few members of the
Cristobal H.S. Class of '56 decided that an at-
temp should be made to have a thirtieth class re-
union during the annual Panama Canal Society Re-
union in Tanpa.
Peggy Roddy Pruett emerged as the chief organ-
izer with law Taber and Margaret Leigh helping to
locate and contact members of the class.
Through the exchange of letters and phone calls
with members of their own class and other CHS
classes, trying to locate members of the class of
'56, a new idea came about where the class of '56
would host a "Fifties" reunion.
As there was always a great deal of interming-
ling and overlapping of friendships among the CHS
classes, the idea seemed like a winner.
The party was held July 4 at the Tanpa Hilton,
and what lacked in organization was more than com-
pensated for by enthusiasm. The original room
which had been re,;erved by Bob Daley ('56) had to
be doubled in size and an extra bar added as the
crowd swelled to 130 people.
There were 18 people of the host class of '56
in attendance. The most senior class was the class
of '37 represented by Olive Aanstoos Ford. All of
the classes of the '50's as well as several in the
'60's were represented.
Front row, L-R: Bob Dailey, Dick Horne,
Pat Leach Bjorneby, Adamary Anderson,
Margaret Leigh, Shirley Peterson Hugh,
Peggy Roddy Pruett. Back row, L-R: Rup-
ert Chin, Jack Dougan, Jay Cunningham,
Andrea Armstrong Bogue, Allen Robinette,
Lew Taber, Leonard Scranton, Diane Del-
aney Yarbrough, Sarah Barfield Cohen,
Robert McSparron, Medalon Garrett Grass-
au, Ed Lawrence.
There were two former teachers present: Adamry
Anderson Bright, who had taught almost everyone in
the room, and who was serenaded by Isaac Pelty-
novich, ('53) with a rendition of "You Made Me
Love You", and Eileen O'Brien, the popular phys-
ical education teacher who was there with her
daughter, Katie O'Brien McCain, ('59) and Katie's
daughter, Erin McCain, giving the family a dis-
tinction of having three generations present.
One of the highlights of the party was twelve
former CHS cheerleaders, including sisters Barbara
('54) and Diane ('59) Hickey leading the group in
the famous "We're From CHS And No One Could Be
Dick Horne ('56) and Rupert Chin ('56) photo-
graphed each class in attendance and the back-
ground music was tape recorded by Lucho Azcarraga,
compliments of Mickey Cunningham ('59).
It was evident that everyone at the party was
somewhat overwhelmed, but if there should be an
award of 'Most overwhelmed', it would have to go
to Bill Price ('55) and Andrea Armstrong Bogue who
wore looks which were a combination of exhilara-
ration and disbelief!
In the words of Mokie, the Hilton caterer, "It
may have not been one of the best organized, but
it was without a doubt one of the most successful
parties I have catered."
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Your Reporter Says... ..
Fall is finally here after a very hot summer.
July 28th the Society had a covered dish supper
with a meeting. Election of Officers were held.
Our new president is Edna Kovel; vice-president -
Flossie Fallon, and secretary-treasurer Cather-
ine Filo. Edna and Flossie have great plans for
our Society in the coming year.
Louis Mallia and wife, Ann, arrived in Dothan
on 5 October from Dallas, Texas to visit his
mother and brother, Mary and John Mallia, and to
enjoy the activities of the Gas House Gang Golf
Tournament. Mary Mallia took her daughter-in-law,
Ann, as her guest to the monthly birthday lunch-
eon. At the Gas House banquet, both John and Lou
saw out of town friends they had not seen in many
years. Among them was Lou's Balboa High School
Principal, Mr. Ted Hotz, whom Lou had not seen
since his graduation in 1949. Lou and Ann also got
together with his sister and brother-in-law, Earl
and Mary Mullins.
Eddie and I, our daughter, Katie (Filo) Woods
and her two sons, Christopher and Matthew, and our
son, Mike and daughter-in-law, Cathy traveled to
Stuart, Florida to attend the wedding of our son,
Eddie, Jr. The ceremony was lovely and so was the
bride. We are proud to have Becky as a member of
our family. Alice and Bud Myers and son, Gary, of
Spring Hill, Fla. also attended the wedding. Gary
and Eddie were classmates in school, and we were
neighbors of the Myers in Los Rios. It was real
good to see them. Eddie, Jr. is a reporter with
the Stuart News and Becky works with the same
The Canal Zone ladies monthly birthday luncheon
met on October 7 with 78 in attendance. Approx-
imately 20 were guests, as the luncheon date coin-
cided with the Gas House Gang Golf Tournament, and
many wives who were not golfing attended the
After the luncheon, a program entitled, "A Fun
Fashion Show" was presented. The models were re-
tired employees of the former Canal Zone Schools
Division. They were Joanne Allen, Rosemary Ander-
son, JoAnn Carr, Linda Colliver, Doris Etchberger,
Jean Fears, Margaret Hem, Marie cMdamara, Marge
Spiros, and the commentator was Frances Sanpsell.
The theme of the Fashion Show was, "What the Well-
dressed Lady Wears from Morning till Night".
The models all wore exclusive CREATIONS which
were originals, innovative and exciting. They
would fit the most rigid and ridiculous budgets
Everyone enjoyed this most unusual fashion show
and you could hear the laughter and glee of those
Luncheon, Dothan, L-R: Joanne Allen,
Marie McNamara, Jean Fears, Rosemary
Anderson, Margaret Hem, Jo Ann Carr,
Doris Etchberger, Marie Spiros and Linda
Received a letter from Kathie Johnstone who now
lives in Huntsville, Alabama. Kathie lived in Los
Rios on our street..Boqueron. She went to school
with our daughter, Katie. Kathie is the daughter
of Capt. Hank Johnstone and Evelyn Johnstone who
are now living in New Jersey. Kathie graduated
from Balboa High in 1968 and is trying to organize
a class reunion in conjunction with the Panama
Canal Society Reunion in 1988. She said, "The per-
son in charge of our class reunion to be held in
1988 is Harry Stinson, who lives in Montgomery,
Alabama, with his wife, Jane and their children".
L-R: Bill Whitten, Kathie Johnstone,
Harry Stinson, Jane Stinson.
During September, Kathie took a trip down to Fort
Walton Beach, Fla. for a week's vacation. She
stopped in Montgomery on the trip down and had
lunch with Harry and his wife to discuss the pre-
liminary plans for the reunion. "Harry and I had
not seen each other since we graduated in 1968,
over 18 years ago. Harry lived in Los Rios also,
and we rode the same bus to Junior High and BHS
all those years. We had an enjoyable lunch to-
gether and remembered old times at BHS and caught
up on what we had been doing these past 18 years.
The next weekend on the way back from Florida, we
stopped at Harry and Jane's house for another
visit, and we took pictures.
Our first and most formidable task is locating
as many of the 407 classmates as we can. We are
asking any of our class members to contact us and
to pass the word to other class members they may
know so we can hopefully locate a healthy percent-
age of our fellow-graduates. We plan to put an ad-
vertisement in the Canal Record and take advantage
of the new application/renewal form found in the
September Canal Record for annual renewal of mem-
bership, which asks for the 'year graduated'. We
hope to be able to use the Society's new computer
system to sort out our classmates and their cur-
The Panama Canal Society of Dothan will hold
its yearly Christmas Dinner/Dance on December 10,
at 6:00 PM at the Sheraton Inn. Our cocktail hour
will be from six to seven o'clock, then dinner and
then come join us for dancing.
All those who attended the Gas House banquet
really enjoyed themselves. Saw many friends like
Nora and Ted Melanson, Marie and Fred Dube, Lois
Affeltranger, our Panama Canal Society of Florida
president, Bill Wheeler, Virginia (Willett) Blount
who was a classmate of mine, and Jim and Eletheer
Catron. Jim was a police officer with Eddie. It
seemed like old home week.
We welcome the following new families to our
Dothan... arles and Joyce Fears, who moved here
from Georgia. Charlie was a captain with the Canal
Zone Police, and Houard and Marie Smead who lived
In the hush of this beautiful season, we greet
each other in the warmth of lasting friendship. As
we renew the bonds of our happy relationship, we
send greetings from our house to yours. HAPPY
Catherine (Whelan) Filo
It's been a while since the Record has heard
from me. I've been in the wilds of Alaska.
The Parker family has made Alaska their home
for now. Dad (Bobby), Mom (Teddy), Scott, Marc and
myself are all in Alaska now. Marc is a boarding
officer in Anchorage; Scott is a teacher in Tuluk-
sak or better known as the bush. Scott teaches
natives out there in the boonies. He is experien-
cing culture shock, and is a little lonesome. So
if anyone would like to write to him, he would be
thrilled to hear from you. I will enclose his ad-
dress at the end of my report. Dad still pilots
here in Alaska and Man enjoys her own home life in
Alaska. Mom finally made it back to a Reunion and
saw many old friends, some from our days on Sixth
Street in Margarita, and just had a blast.
I work at the local hospital in the Kenai/Sol-
dotna area, as an administration secretary. Alaska
is a beautiful state, and this sunmer I got a
chance to see more of it, as my boyfriend, Phil
took me up to Denali National Park, through Fair-
banks and up to a natural hot spring. It was a bit
chilly a couple of nights that we camped out, but
it was just filled with wide open country and
Alaska is not a stopping point for too many
Zonians, but we do manage to see a few now and
again. Steve Allen just left after living here for
about a year. Dr. Wallace Snyder came by last year
for a few days. I got to see Mike and Buzzy Bjorn-
eby for a weekend last year. Tan Stearns and his
parents came by last year also. Last year was a
busier year. Steve Herring managed to spend our
first Christmas in Alaska with us. Most recently
though, Capt. Billy Gewin and his brother, Russell
came to visit Moa and Dad. They went moose hunting
and fishing for salmon and came back with a lot of
laughs, but no luck with the wildlife.
I still hear from some of my Zonian friends,
but not as often as I would like, but then they
don't hear from me as often as they have been used
to either! Thanks to the Canal Record, I finally
heard from Kathy (Corrigan) Barcia. Kathy is mar-
ried now and living in Redlands, California until
La Donna (Lentz) Sarna and Michael had their
second child, Kimberly Ann Sarna on August 12,
1986. Kimberly weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz.
Boniie Jean (McNaughton) Toner wrote to me fran
Salisbury, MA to ask about life in Alaska.
Diana (Duncan) De Grief and her husband, Nico
are living in Panama now.
Patti (Austin) Pruett and her husband, Dewart
are living in Winter Park, Fla.
My last but very important message is to all my
classmates of Cristobal High School's Class of
1978. Betty Kay LeDoux Frassrand and I are trying
to locate our classmates, so that our 10-year re-
union will a great success. Please send us your
addresses, and any other of our classmates so that
we may get in touch with you. We hope to be hear-
ing from you soon. (See Announcements)
And for those of you who would like to write to
Scott: Scott Parker, c/o Tuluksak High School,
P.O. Box 115, Tuluksak, AK 99679. Until next time.
P.O. Box 1847
Soldotna, AK 99669
Found! Another fugitive from the Atlantic Side!
Atlantic Siders abound in Arizona! This one is
young Cameron larch, who lived in Coco Solo from
age 11 to age 16, 1974 through 1978, when his
mother, Kathryn Larch, was a Civil Service nurse
in the hospital there. Cameron is a hair stylist
in the Coldwater's Department Store Beauty Salon
in the Tucson Foothills Mall. He recently gave
your reporter the best haircut and styling she
has ever enjoyed.
During August, Bob Matheney and Ed MacVittie
collaborated in reporting that Ed and Grace Mac-
vittie went to Florida in the spring to visit Bob
and Pete Johnson, who have a lovely apartment in
the Ft. Lauderdale area (Covenant House in Planta-
tion), with a studio for Pat's painting. She has
had some showings and is doing quite well. Bob,
at that time, was recovering well from his first
bout with illness: quite a good record! While
there, the MacVitties enjoyed luncheon hosted by
Marguerite Hertgen, and attended by Ev Pettingill,
Bob and Pete Johnson, Betty and Lonny Van Siclen,
and Carl and Blanche Browne. Along with Al and
Carmen Baldwin, Grover and Freddie-Ann Matheney,
and the Johnsons, Ed and Grace also helped Carl
and Blanche celebrate their wedding anniversary.
In addition, the MacVitties visited with the
Dilfers, George and Beverly (Caoley), at their
ocean-view condo in West Palm Beach. Dr. Bob
Matheney adds a note: The MacVitties vacation each
year in Buffalo, N.Y., their home before going
to the Isthmus. Ed remains active in alumni af-
fairs at Cornell University.
Ken Middleton reported that his wife, Wanda,
had a seminar in July at San Jose State in Cali-
fornia, studying the Shaker Religion in America,
and History of the U.S. Supreme Court. She then
attended the Gilroy, California, Garlic Festival,
before flying home to Ken in Tucson, (with her
hand luggage packed with Certs, one must presume)!
Ken's busy as a beaver with his Lapidary Club
work. He is a chairman of Exhibits at the November
Gem and Mineral show in Tucson and is very excited
about one item on loan for the show: an ivory ele-
phant tusk, elaborately hand-carved in China by
three generations of ivory carvers of the same
family! He also reported that Margaret Dalton,
wife of Gordon Dalton, visited her son, Carl Posey
and his family in Tucson. Also Don Spencer, of
Texas, came through Tucson and saw Ken. Dr. Char-
les Glines' wife had a lung operation this sunmer,
but is recovering well at the time of Ken's re-
Jane (Dickson) and Danny Cox spent a week in
Southern California (celebrating Jane's recovery
from three months of minor but painful surgeries)
early in October. They stayed a night in Laughlin,
Nevada, at a lovely resort on the Colorado River,
losing money in poker slot machines; then spent
a day and a night with Betty (Crooks) and Ron
Ingram in their gracious home in Ontario, CA.,
where they saw their son, Michael, his wife, Suzy,
and the Ingrams' first grandchild, husky Wayne
Christopher Ingran. Afterwards, they spent a cou-
ple of days in Santa Barbara visiting daughter,
Danielle, and her husband, John McNulty, followed
by a couple of days in Escondido, CA, visiting
with daughter, Trish, and her husband Ken Oliver.
Jane's sister, Donna (Dickson) Hudson, who had
visited the Coxes in Tucson in June for a week,
returned for several days in mid-October. Donna
has become "hooked" on beautiful Tucson! One thing
that attracted Donna to return so soon was the
Arizona Panama Canal Society's fall luncheon meet-
ing, which she attended, as visiting lady from
Other out-of-town visitors to the luncheon were
Betty and Ron Ingram, from California. Betty and
Jane conspired mightily to keep the Ingrais'
luncheon reservations a secret from Betty's cou-
sin, Nancy (Crooks) Koepplinger. Their efforts
were well rewarded: when Nancy saw her cousin,
whom she has not seen for several years, she look-
ed as though she might require CPR! While in Tuc-
son the Coxes and Ingrains, Donna, and Nancy, had
several meals together, much talk and laughter
about the Zone and our school days, and enjoyed
Betty's accomplished playing of the Coxes' organ.
The Ingrams also entertained the Coxes for dinner
and Nancy for dinner on another evening, which
was Nancy's only evening free, since she is em-
broiled in rehearsals and performances of Gilbert
and Sullivan's "The Sorcerer" for all the rest
of October. Betty and Ron were able to attend one
rehearsal while in Tucson, for Nancy has a fea-
The October 18 luncheon meeting of the Arizona
Panama Canal Society, their Fall of 1986 meeting,
was very well planned by Chairperson Anne Parks,
and was held at the Arizona City Ramada Inn, half-
way between the Phoenix-Sun City area and the
Tucson-Green Valley area. Those in attendance vot-
ed to hold our April 1987, or Spring of 1987,
luncheon meeting in the sane place, because of
the fairness to all members for travel purposes,
being located half-way, and because the buffet
luncheon was delicious and the facilities excel-
lent. Very likely most future meetings will be
held there, judging by the voting on the subject.
Anne had planned a unique and very informative,
entertaining program, which was a talk and slide
show provided by Dr. Daniel and Miriam Hirschl,
assisted by one of their sons, Jeff. The subject
was their vast interest in the molas of the San
Blas Indians, which led to their befriending a
San Bias Indian lady and her four year old daugh-
ter, after which the San Blas family moved into
the Hirschl home for several weeks, sewing molas
into a fabulous bedspread for Dan and Miriam. That
was the precipitating cause of the main bulk of
the slide show. About 90 percent of the slides
showed what happened after the Indians became
friends and house-guests of the Hirschls'.
The Indians loved Dan and Miriam so much that
they invited Dan and Miriam to come to their is-
land and live with them for five days, to watch
and attend an important ceremony lasting the five
days, which each San Bias girl must go through.
They persuaded their chief to order all the In-
dians to permit Dan to photograph them whenever
Dan wished. The Hirschls must be the only Cauca-
sians, or non-San Bias persons, indeed, to have
such an honor and experience. The slides and col-
ors are exquisite, informative, unique, and often,
hilarious. We thank our dear, generous friends,
the Hirschls, for sharing this adventure with us.
Their daughter, Janice (Mrs. Stuart Sondheimer)
had planned to attend the luncheon and program,
but had to remain at home near her telephone and
suitcase because she was expecting twins momentar-
Following is a list of those who attended the
luncheon our largest turn-out so far:
Lillian (Chase) O'Hayer
Gayle (Bruce) Markiewiecz
Ray and Jeanne Piper
Fred and Betty Banan
Coral Ann Strickler
Jane (Dickson) and Danny Cox
Ann (Trimble) Parks
Bob and Marion Hazeldine
Alan and Natalia (Bender) Broderick
Ronald and Betty (Crooks) Ingram
Nancy (Crooks) Koepplinger
Dan and Miriam Hirschl
Jack and Elizabeth "Sis" (Hayes) Phil-
Alan and Natalia (Bender, of Pedro Mig-
uel) Broderick. Natalia is a travel
agent and Alan is a geologist.
Ed and Grace MacVittie
Evelyn Matheney (Mrs. Bob)
Donna (Dickson) Hudson
Louisa and Deena Cottini
Ken and Wanda Middleton
Jack and Sis (Hayes) Phillips
Hazel (Griffith) Berry
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Relihan
David and Dora Mcllhenny
Ted and Mrs. Engelbright
Beverly (Engelbright) Fraim
Russell and Mrs. Oberholtzer
Loring and Evelyn White
As shown by the list above, another out-of-
state guest was Homer Piper, visiting his brother,
Ray, of Green Valley, all the way from Columbus,
Betty (Crooks) Ingram gave an impromptu, very
informative talk on conditions as they found them,
on the Ingrams' stay in Panama for several weeks
in March, 1986. The main point that she wished
to share was that for $9.00 per night we can rent
one of the nicer, reinforced-concrete, tile-roofed
quarters we all remember in Balboa, fully furnish-
ed down to linens, cooking and eating utensils,
and color television. But it requires that we know
a currently employed employee of the Panama Canal
Commission who will sponsor us and make the ar-
rangements. In fact, the rent is deducted from
the employee's pay, and we, then, reimburse the
employee. The powers-that-be are covering all
After sharing this information, Betty was
swamped by questions from the floor about current
conditions on the Isthmus and she graciously re-
plied with factual information which indicated
that, although a return-home, brief visit is nice
for satisfying one's nostalgia and curiosity, once
is enough, and she met nobody who wants to live
In the U.S., the Ingrams travel in a large
house trailer with all the comforts (de luxe),
or their motorhome. On their October trip, in ad-
dition to Arizona City and Tucson, they visited
Barstow, CA, and many lovely places in Arizona,
including Lake Havasu City, Sedona, and Sun City,
where Betty's parents, Mike and Marguerite Crooks,
had their retirement home.
Ron and Betty (Crooks) Ingram at the
Arizona Panama Canal Society luncheon,
October 18, 1986.
Dr. Bob Matheney had planned to attend, but
he was called away suddenly by a family emergency;
we understood that his mother was ill. All present
sent their love, and best wishes, and prayers,
with his wife, Evelyn.
Keep the news rolling and the esprit de corps
building and growing ever warmer, as it has been,
Arizonans. And out-of-state former Isthmians, you
are most welcome to our functions; you will love
Arizona as we all love you. So, y'all come!
Jane (Dickson) Cox
Fall is here with bright, sunny days and cool
nights, perfect for football weather! Pumpkins and
chrysanthemums vie for attention as Halloween and
Thanksgiving approach. Christmas carols are on TV
already and before you know it, the snow will fly!
"To everything there is a season, and a time to
every purpose under the heaven". (Ecc. 3:1).
The Higgins reported that they were spending
the winter in Florida, staying with their son and
his wife. Otherwise, everything goes along as
Bill and Esther (Butz) Clair of Jenks, OK. had
a great scare when someone pounded on their door
at 1:00 AM one morning during the heavy rains.
They were tola to hurry and pack their belongings
and move to higher ground as their area was in
danger of being flooded! The dam was holding, but
250,000 feet per second was flowing and the peak
had not yet been reached in the Arkansas River.
They grabbed their clothes, budgie, 'Echo", along
with Bill's CPA material, packed both cars and
took off for a motel. They were taken in by a few
friends, and finally returned to their home four
days later. Damage was little, fortunately, in
their area, but others were not so lucky.
Many people spent hours packing sandbags, among
whom were Peter Sr. and Peter Butz Jr., of Sapulpa
Harry (Rickey) and his wife, Vida Butz, took a
two-weeks cruise on the Princess Line to the Car-
ibbean, stopping at Acapulco, going through the
Canal and visiting Cartagena, Aruba, Martinique,
St. Thomas and San Juan. The only flaw in the
otherwise perfect trip was having crossed the path
of Hurricane Paine on their way to Acapulco!!
In early autum, Carl and Petie Maedl drove to
Minnesota to visit Pat and Jim Krough and their
three grandchildren in Minneapolis. They spent an
overnight with Grace and Jim Pfau at Cormorant
Lake. Jim is still teaching part-time at Concordia
College in Moorhead. On their way to EXPO '86, the
Maedl's stopped to see Linda Reimer, former mis-
sionary to Panama. Linda intends to return to San-
tiago in October for a 3-month tour of duty. Petie
and Carl enjoyed the beautiful drive through Can-
ada and the three days at the Fair. On the return
trip, after a Maedl reunion in Washington over
Labor Day weekend, they visited Kenneth and Marie
Rector in Topeka, Kansas. Kenneth worked on the
third set of locks project in the early '40s.
The Maedls are enjoying a somewhat new life-
style at Butterfield Trail Village, Fayetteville.
So far, water aerobics is high on their list of
On August 14, Mary and Dick Condon drove to
Washington, DC from Springdale, AR. to attend the
funeral of Gilbert L. Foster, and to visit Wendell
Allen, both of whom had worked for the Locks Div-
ision during World War II.
May we take this time to wish you all a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year, with God's bless-
ing of good health in the year to come.
Greetings from the hills of Arkansas. The
weather finally cooperated with the dozen or so
'Arts and Crafts' fairs held during the latter
part of October. All the reports indicated great
turnouts and sales were better than ever. Crowds
at the various sites were estimated between 25,000
and 50,000 each of the three days the fairs were
held. The overall estimate of people attending was
between 250,000 and 500,000.
The following attended the annual fall dinner
of the Panama Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas
held October 13 at Wyatt's Cafeteria in Fayette-
ville, Arkansas: Winona and Kieth York, Etta Faye
Terrell, John and Polly Michaelis, Jessie Nehard,
Virginia Hursh, Petie and Carl Maedl, Dick and
Maxine Reinhold, Marian olclasure, Kathleen and
"Bed" Huffnan, Robert "Bud" and Betty Balcer,
Lenor and Harry Butz, Mary Gondon, Ed and Mildred
Higgins, Virginia Favorite, George and Dorothy
Boudreau, Evelyn Engelke, Dorothy and Bruce San-
ders, Jr., Carl Nemard, William T. "Red" and
Alice Nail, Addie Colclasure, Theodora Hallin,
Jerry and Harold Harp, Hobard and Jane Gould,
Beulah Smithson. From out of state were: Bobby and
Elia Stokes, Joplin, Mo.; Herb and Willa Engelke,
Springfield, Mo.; Georgia Gwim, Springfield, Mo.;
and Katherine B. Swiger, Clearwater, Fla.
Friends in NW Arkansas learned of the death of
Vilura Burdette, wife of Charles F. Burdette, in
June in Herington, Kansas. Chuck Burdette was an
employee of the Mechanical Division during his
time in the Canal Zone, and both he and Vi were
involved in bowling leagues at the Diablo Heights
News from Diamond City concerning Fern and Karl
Glass: Son, Daniel and his wife, Kathy with their
children, Karen, Louisa and Luis came to visit.
Daughter Sylvia Landrum of Gatun, Panama also came
to visit with her children, Misty and 'C.M.".
Daughter Edna Knight, of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and
son, Mike paid a visit as well, and also the Mika
family of Rogers, Arkansas.
Following a most enjoyable three-week trip to
Salinas, California, spent with son Bill and fam-
ily, Shirley and Billy, Evelyn Eagelke is now back
at home in Bentonville. One of the high-lights of
her trip was visiting old friends, Lil and Bob
Seiler, former Canal Zone residents who live only
minutes away from Bill.
Carl Nehiard visited with sons Bruce and Sam in
Michigan and Ohio from late June to the middle of
September. While in Battle Creek, Mich., with
Bruce and Karen, they took in the Michigan 500
auto race for Indy type cars and spent two weeks
touring the Northeast part of the U.S. Took in
every state except Rhode Island, and the highlight
of the trip was seeing Mount Washington, New Hamp-
shire. The trip up and down was made in first gear
and several stops had to be made to let brakes and
engine cool off. They also visited Lillian Ryan in
Windsor, Conn. and Louise Edmonson in Pittsfield,
Mass. After returning to Battle Creek, it was on
to Ohio to spend sane time with San and Ann.
The Huffmans Kathleen and "Rojlo took a
weeks vacation in September and visited Kathy and
Willy and the four grandchildren in Wynne, Ark.
After spoiling the new grandson for a couple of
days, they headed for Illinois and visited with
Willard's relatives. Then it was back home to
check the crops.
Marian and Addie Colclasure are keeping busy.
Freddy is at the University of Arkansas under a
music scholarship. If you catch a Razorback foot-
ball game on TV, you'll see him at half-time in
the marching band. Inny is currently at Groton,
Conn., serving a four-year hitch in the Navy. His
nuclear submarine, the USS ALBUQUERQUE, is sched-
uled to launch any day. Danny proudly says that he
is now one of the 'steely eyed sleepers of the
Marian was delighted recently to hear from a
long time Canal Zone friend Gloria Duke, daugh-
ter of the late Diablo Heights Clubhouse barber,
Earl Duke. She married about a year ago and is now
expecting their first child. Her married name is
Gloria Wilson and she lives in Houston, Texas.
George and Edith Engelke had an enjoyable visit
with son, John and wife from Marblehead, Mass. for
a week-end in October. John is a teacher at Salem
State College. Their son Paul from Siloam Springs
is a frequent caller. Both of them are doing OK.
The Howard and Jane Goulds have plans for a
December cruise that will take them through the
Bill and Charlotte McCue took a two-week trip
in early September to the Black Hills, Custer, and
Rapid City, S.D. Some golf was played when the
weather permitted. Places in Colorado and Kansas
were also visited.
In mid-july, Dorothy and Bruce Sanders enjoyed
an all too short whistle stop visit from Frank and
June Borden (refrigeration) of Ft. Worth, Texas,
who with some friends, were passing through Ben-
tonville in their motor home.
Again in late August they were pleased with an
impromptu get-together with Courtney, Tom and
Lorraine Spencer who were passing through from
Minnesota to their home in Florida. The Spencers
were their next door neighbors during their last
four years in the Canal Zone.
Early in September, Dorothy and Bruce drove to
Michigan for a ten-day visit during which time
they experienced first-hand the flooding rains
which fell at that time, and the rains delayed
their departure for three days. They went on to
Columbus Grove, Ohio, where they enjoyed an all
too short luncheon with Dorothy (Huffman) Smith.
They continued on to Cary, N.C. for an overnight
stay with Fred and Edith (Lolly Sanders) Diaz, and
then down to Aiken, S.C. for an overnight stay
with Bill and Bernice (Sanders) Hill, and whistle.
stop calls on Mel and Consuela (DeCastro) Menges
and Dorothy and John Everson. Then it was back
home via the quickest route.
In late October they drove to Tampa, Fla. to
see Bruce's mother, Grace (Aloise) Sanders, who
turned 96 in August, and Louie and Virginia (Jibby
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Sanders) Kleefkins. They returned home at weeks'
end in order to welcome their son and daughter-in-
law, Bruce and Sandy Sanders for a very short four
day visit. Their son, Jack, in Santa Cruz, Calif.
recently acquired his Extra Class Amateur Radio
License and his new call-sign WX6X and they
enjoy regular scheduled contacts with him on the
radio. Otherwise, things are quiet at the Sanders'
Jack and Joan Corliss report things "totally
quiet". Since their return from the reunion in
Florida, both of them have joined the ranks of the
From Mary Lou Engelke In April, a trip to
Baltimore was needed because of illness of her
mother. While there, sister, Betty, brother John,
and sister June and family dropped by for visits.
On her way back via Atlanta, Ga., stopped to see
Margaret and Charles Gallardo for a short time.
While there, daughter Susan from Jacksonville, Fl.
and son Robert and wife Nellie (Wood) came to
visit. Enjoyed Atlanta and Stone Mountain. In Sep-
tember, sister Claire and husband, Frank Bryan
came to Rogers, Ark. for a week. While there, took
in Eureka Springs and Branson, Mo. An enjoyable
visit was had by all.
Mrs. Sue McGee, accompanied by Heather Severy,
niece of Peggy and Norbert (Nobby) Keller, return-
ed home from California where she had been visit-
ing with daughter Susan. Heather enjoyed a two
week visit and got to take in the Arts and Crafts
Jessie Newhard keeps busy by taking things from
day to day.
Etta Fay Terrell, baby-sat Andrea and Paul's dog
and cat while they took a vacation to the Black
Hills. Son Lance came by in September while on his
vacation for a two-day stay. He was off to Wiscon-
sin, Minnesota and Canada seeking genealogical
This has been a bad sumner for "Red" and Alice
Nail. Red's health is somewhat better, but his ar-
thritis still bothers him.
Ralph and Marie Shuey left July 15 for Frank-
furt, Germany and a visit with Marie's sister.
They were met in Frankfurt by a niece, and the 120
m.p.h. car ride to their final destination was al-
most too much. A side trip to Austria, Innsbruck
and the Tyrolean Alps took one week. Their son,
Ralph, Jr. arrived in early September for a three-
weeks stay. He is interested in antique clocks, so
he spent some time looking for clocks and visiting
cousins, nieces and nephews that he hadn't seen in
over 30 years. Some maintenance was done to the
sister's house and the Shueys got back home on
October 13. The heavy rains earlier during Sep-
tember had gotten into their basement, but friends
and neighbors had it all cleaned up for their ar-
After the elections in November, John and Polly
Michaelis are taking off on a trip to Texas and
California to visit their grandchildren.
Bud and Betty Balcer spent the latter half of
the month of August in Ohio with daughter, Susan
Burdette and husband, Dick and their grandson,
Paul Pederson, from Gatun, Panama. While in Ohio,
they took in the Columbus Zoo and Sea World in
Aurora, as well as the Football Hall of Fame in
Canton. On returning home, they learned of the
death of Leo Presho, Bud's step-brother, in St.
Louis, Mo. on August 28. They left immediately for
McGregor, Iowa, for the funeral and to spend some
time with Leo's mother. They returned September 4,
really beat, and had to postpone their trip to
Great Britain because of a family medical problem.
However, they are trying again next year.
Virginia Favorite would like to report that her
son, Russell and family have been transferred to
the International Airport at Mississauga, Ontario,
Canada from New Orleans by the Customs Agency. His
new address will be 4357 Sawmill Valley Drive,
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L5L 3L3.
Robert (Bud) Balcer
PANAMA CANAL WEST COAST REUNION
SEPT 12,13,14, 1986
On a typically sunny California weekend, ap-
proximately 250 persons gathered at the Grand Ho-
tel in Anaheim for the West Coast Reunion, 1986.
On Friday nite the hospitality suite was soon
abuzz with "Do you remember?" and "Haven't seen
you forever!". The TV had a video going of '"he
Diggers", "70th Anniversary of the Panama Canal",
and "50th Panama Canal Reunion in FL"., courtesy
of David Holloell, his VCR and Kenny Stone.
By early Saturday afternoon the suite was
overflowing with people, sales goods and more reg-
Saturday nights banquet was truly this: Cevi-
che, Plantain, Arroz con Polio and Flan. A native
menu was promised and delivered, thanks to Donna
Geyers organizing and the chef at the hotel. Pana-
ma beer was available during the weekend, al-
though we didn't keep track of the consumption.,
The highlight of the evening until the wee
hours of the morning was Tito Mouynes and Alex
de la Cruz on the percussion. How the ballroom
reverberated! Dinner was soon all excercised away.
"Pirates of the Caribbean" arrived toward the
witching hour and swayed and clapped their way
through the crowd, lending a festive air. Thanks
to Toni Huff and her crew for that bright idea.
Other guests at the hotel were continually in the
doorway watching and listening. Remarks of "Who
is that group?" were heard the entire weekend.
Sunday morning most hardy souls were up for
the brunch which included our favorite empanadas.
more fun followed with a lottery and raffle. A
film was shown of the present day Canal and a
slide presentation by Pat Merceir of Upton and
Sons Expedition doing a World Circumnavigation.
Pat is the chief photographer and exploration or-
ganizer and her slides were of the Darien segment.
She hopes one day to lead trek tours through the
Darien. Music and dancing by Tito rounded off the
Committee members pose in cayuco and in
front of poster, both made by Toni Huff
and friends. Back, L-R: Tom and Marion
Rice, David and Thelma Holloell, Ken
Stone, Norma Horine, Celine Stone, David
Lane, Toni Huff. Front, L-R: Donna Geyer
Boanan, Conrad Horine, Kathryn Molinaro.
All photos by David Hollouell.
Four family reunions were held during the week-
end, Alberga's, Gercich, Horine and Kariger. I'd
be hard put to know who had the most fun of these
A most enjoyable time was had by all and if
you missed it you missed a really super time.
All our thanks to the hard-working committee and
the many volunteers who stepped in when needed.
My only comment is "When is the next one"?
L-R: Bill and Rt
Dabill, Fern Horine
Dill, Robert L.
Eide, Nancy Kariger
French, W. Jay
,th Beers, Marion and Bob
Horine, Shirley Anne
Horine, Dr. Larry
Jorstad Horine, Dr.Mary Ellen
Irish, Zula lee
Those attending were:
Anderson, W.S. "Andy)
Boman, Donna Geyer
Brooks, Fmily Horine
Brown, Grace E.
Jim Spallino, Mary (Cronan) Spallino,
Norine Kaufer, Katherine (Corrigan)
Barcia and Antonio Barcia.
L-R: Lena Mouynes, Bill Hollowell, Skip
py (Edna) Hollowell, Tito Mouynes.
Seedborg, Hedvig S.
Shipley, DeeDee Christensen
Smith, David L.
Whipple, Barbara Brown
Will, Missy Yarnell
Yielding, Ruth Baumnn
Molinaro, Kathryn Argo
Tan Heppenheimer, whose work as a writer calls
for frequent travel, says that one of his plea-
sures has been the chance to renew friendships
with former Canal Zone neighbors. On trips to the
East Coast, he has visited Lou Fattorosi, now
teaching English in a prep school in Eatontown,
N.J. During a recent trip to Seattle, he left a
weekend free to visit Richard "Butch" and Connie
Pennington, in Hermiston, Ore. Amid travel through
the Southeast, he has stopped off to see John and
Sandy (Weigle) Wainio in Chapel Hill, N.C., as
well as Veronica (Walker) Ross and her husband
LTC Jerry Ross of the U.S. Army at Ft. McPherson,
John D and Mary Fisher of Moraga, CA hosted
a Buffet and Gabfest at their home on June 6, 1986
upon the arrival of good friends Roy and Mary El-
len Knoop of Gig Harbor, Wash. Californians join-
ing in the fun included Lynn Nall Bieber, Dan-
ville; Norma Nall Burdick, Foster City; Bill
Badders, Alameda; Thelma homxas Waynan, Salinas;
Jean Iockwood Givens, Sunnyvale.
Hedvig Seedborg flew to Philadelphia in May/
June to visit Nellie Bruland Jansen. Her sister
Jeanette Jans had passed away in May (see obit).
While there we drove to Columbus, Ohio to visit
Thelma Reppe, past secretary of So Calif Society.
She seems to be comfortable and happy in her love-
ly one bedroom apartment. Hedvig also had a won-
derful visit with her niece, Carol Bruland Allen
who flew in from London.
Janice Cameron Ross writes that finally after
30 years away, she got to see Panama again in 1985
on a tour arranged by the Panama Canal Society
and loved every minute of it. She recently comple-
ted her second cruise aboard the Carnival Cruise
lines "Tropicale", the "Fun Ship". She was very
impressed with the convenience of boarding the
ship in San Pedro, not far from her home. The ship
stops at Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San
Lucas. She highly recommends it to anyone living
in So Calif.
Tom and Marion Rice.
Kathryn Argo Molinaro was in San Jose, CA for
the wedding of her oldest son Tony. This is the
1st time in two years that all of Kathryn's child-
ren have been able to get together, son Jerry from
Fla.; daughter Ann and two granddaughters from
Hemet, CA. "The wedding was beautiful and what
pleased me most was getting my family together
once more for a short while." While visiting other
relatives, Kathryn spent an afternoon with John
and MHry Fisher in Moraga, CA. Such lovely people.
You always feel like you've never left. John and
Kathryn lived in Gatun as children and the last
reunion was about 10 years ago. John's mother,
Mrs. Fisher lives with them now in her own private
suite. She is still active and loves having her
grandchildren around her.
A pirate with a prize: Sharon O'Brien
captures Bill Hollowell in his patriotic
Kathryn also visited Mrs. Helen Swearingen of
Winter Park, Fla. after the reunion. Helen says
hello to all her zonian friends. She stays busy
with gardening, dancing, volunteering at the hos-
pital and writing lovely letters to her friends.
John S. Butler of Claremont, CA wrote that he
first met Lewis Moore (see obit) in 1930, when
he graduated from BHS and went to work in the Ad-
min Building for Section of Office Engineers.
John, his wife Doris and Lewis had many good re-
unions after discovering about 20 years ago that
they both lived in the same area. Here's an in-
teresting PS: "I tell people I'm a man without
a country since my birthplace, "Bas O'Bispo",Canal
Zone is no longer a Place of Record. Last time
I registered to vote, I used Canal Zone, and they
made me correct it to FOREIGN BORN!
In her own words, "My name is Katherine (Cor-
rigan) Barcia. I moved to Redlands, CA in Dec.'68.
At that time I knew my best friend from elementary
school lived out here. Finally I got her phone
number and called Mary (Cronan) Spallino. We
talked for almost an hour, which seemed like min-
utes. We decided to get together for dinner, so
on August 30, at the "Cheesecake Factory", in
Marina Del Rey, we were reunited. Norine Kaufer,
also from 4th St. Margarita was included. We talk-
ed and talked and wondered why we were nervous
in the first place. We parted that night vowing
to always keep in touch."
Kathryn A. Molinaro
FROM OUR ROVING REPORTER
Shakespeare said it best: "And summer's lease
hath all too short a date. But thy eternal summer
shall not fade." Zonians are hale and hearty
enough to qualify, and certainly the memories of
this past summer are worthy of tucking into a
diary and perusing when the winter winds are blow-
First of all, the Aug. 3rd picnic luncheon,
held at Knott's Berry Farm, was a memorable one
not only was the food delicious, but the program
was enhanced by community singing and sparkled
with "togetherness", especially when we gathered
in a huge circle, clasped hands, and sang patrio-
Your reporter didn't have the opportunity to
get around much, having a cast on the left leg,
but she felt the vibrations. She and husband David
sat with Janet Laschinger, bDrothy and P.A. White,
Kathryn and Bill Quinn, among others, and listened
to the stories making the rounds. P.A. and Dorothy
had attended the wedding of their granddaughter,
Whitney White, to Dan Hicks at New Jersey, on June
14th. Both attended Princeton University. She is
the daughter of Barbara and Dennis White, he of
BHS '48 and a Rice University graduate as an elec-
trical engineer. In a moment of praise, P.A.
pointed to Dorothy and said, "This is the greatest
girl in Orange County!" And she replied, "You told
me, in the world!" Was his face red!
Bob Dill was pleased as punch to report that
his speech before the Florida luncheon was so well
received, some folks even asked for copies. This
time they brought Charles and Betty Pbld as guests
and while not Zonians he wanted us to know "they'
are our kind of people".
Then August 31 was a gala day for PCSSC member
Edward Schloeder and Diane Rochette, for they were
married in the colorful terraced garden to the
rear of Cafe Del Rey Moro, Balboa Park, San Diego.
The ceremony was followed by a lovely champagne
brunch, dancing and entertainment at the San Diego
Elks Club. In addition to numerous Schloeder fam-
ily members, guests with Zone connections were
Nelson and DeeDee ((hristensen) Shipley and David
and Thelna Hollowell.
For many Zonians, however, the ultimate was
achieved in attending the West Coast Reunion at
the Grand Hotel, Anaheim, CA, Sept. 12-13-14. Bob
and Marion Hazeldine came in from Sun City West,
AZ for their first ever and were busily drunming
up trade for the fall reunion of the Arizona
group. Bill and Skippy Hollowell flew in from Or-
lando, Fl for her first West Coast Reunion and
to spend a little time with brother and sister-
in-law, David and Thelma and to compare Canal
pictures and notes with George Chevalier of Chula
Vista; besides it was Bill and Skip's 46th wedding
anniversary on August 14.
It was also a superb time for family reunions-
Horine family with 19, even to small grandchil-
dren; the Lee Kariger family with 14 members; the
Alberga family with at least 6 members, and the
Gercich's with 7 members.
Ken Stone was tired but brimming over with in-
formation on the cruise he and Celine took from
Aug. 23-31 to Tahiti, aboard the S.S. Liberte
(Hawaiian-American Lines). Among the islands visi-
ted were Bora Bora and Morea. He said they were
beautiful and not too commercial, but he was sur-
prised to learn that the longest distance between
islands was 26 miles. Then it was back to the
grindstone. She is a teacher's aide for a local
elementary school near their home, and he is asso-
ciated with the sound department of 20th Century
Fox Studios. One of his recent films was "The
Proud of having circled the U.S.A. in 7 weeks
and 11,000 miles were Marion and Tom Rice and Jack
Clay during June, July and August. They even broke
in Jack's 1986 Astro Van. Their first stop was
Las Cruces, NM for a wonderful visit with Royce
and Sue lewis, then on to Richardson, TX for a
visit with Art and Edie Farrell and a looksee at
South Fork and the Richardson Women's Club (a his-
torical building). On to New Orleans French Quar-
ter for a day. They saw Abie and Rosemary Anderson
and Joe and Gloria Burgoon in Dothan, AL. During
the Florida Reunion they visited Marion's sister
and brother-in-law, Pat and Bud Parsons. They were
delighted to see the Albergas, Horines, and Kari-
gers while there, also Harlan (Hula) and Georgia
Crouch in Safety Harbor and Archie and Doris Gib-
son of Dunedin after the Reunion. Then on to Fort
Valley, GA, where they visited Albert and Anita
Collins who have a farm, and all picked the tast-
iest peaches. From there, their trail led to Knox-
ville, TN, where they visited Jack's cousin, then
across the Smokey Mountain National Park, NC, and
the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC and VA. Next on their
list was a visit with her brother, Jack Snyder,
in Vineland, NJ, and onto Atlantic City where she
laughingly stated "we left a contribution". They
then visited her sister and brother-in-law, Judy
and Bud Haver, in Delaware and saw the sights of
Water Gap National Park where PA, DL, and NY come
together. They even went looking for Jack's family
roots in Iowa and Ohio. Then on to St. Louis and
Kansas City, MD, into Winnipeg, Canada and across
to Calgary, to Banff and Lake Louise, the latter
two which Marion described as "just gorgeous".
At Bellevue, WA they spent two weeks with
Jack's sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Matt
Hoverter, also attended Expo at Vancouver, and
saw Victoria. At the conclusion of this exhausting
vacation, Marion went off for a rest of ten days
with her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ed and
Rose Rice, in Ensenada Beach, Mexico. It was a
relief to just rest, read, and watch the dolfins,
with no telephone!
Some of the tables at the banquet presented
interesting combinations. Larry Layman, Charles
Becktell, Bill and Rochelle Fulleton, Gus Nellis,
Celeste Powell shared the same table with the four
Hollowells. John Goff became a permanent member
after dinner, as he and 'Uncle Willie" Hollowell
traded Canal stories. We learned that for the past
three years, Larry flew down to Cabo San Lucas,
Mexico with an ultra light plane called a "weed
hopper", and he has won the race every year. Bill
and Rochelle became grandparents on Aug. 1 for
the first time when Baby Alexis was born to Bill
and Beverley Fulleton.
Seated with Toni Huff were Shari and Duncan
Ballenger, Tom, Frank, and Mike Young, Sharon
O'Brien, Kurt Wiese, Freddy Dietz, Josephine
Young, Maureen Husum, and Raymond Husun-live-wires
all. After the lotteria and door prizes were pre-
sented but during one of Tito's famous medleys
(at least 20 minutes long) the crowded dancers
segued from a Paul Jones, to a Congo Line, to Lon-
don Bridge, to Greek dancing, and even the Israeli
national dance, led by Lena Munoz. Then, hardly
taking a breath, Tito swung into the intro for
a large group of "Morgan's Pirates", who came
bursting through the door in costume and danced
in serpentine fashion throughout the room. It was
Toni Huff and friends. This captured the imagina-
tion of everyone present and was especially enjoy-
ed because so many of the young people were in-
volved. It was absolutely contagious and the most
fun of any West Coast Reunion!
Following this, more fun was in store as CHS
members lined up on the left side of the room,
and BHS in a scattered fashion lined up on the
right. CHS members performed their school yell
and school song and a Congo line, while BHS were
still wandering aimlessly about. No wonder-the
Reunion Conmittee was CHS!
One person who never stopped smiling the entire
evening was Joe Leon-Guerrero, Chief Warrant Off-
icer, U.S.Marine Corps, who came with his cousin
Ephraim Leon-errer o and wife Virginia. Both
cousins were born in Guam. Joe served with the
Anerican Embassy in Panama City 1970-72 and this
tine came out from Fairfax, VA on an Inspector
General's Inspection trip for El Toro Marine Base.
Ephraim works as an auditor for the Panama Canal
Commission and retires this year; his wife was
born in Panama. Joe said when he heard about the
West Coast Reunion, he was intent on coming. "I
wouldn't have missed it for the world!"
We were pleased to meet Josephine Young, mother
of the three Young boys. She is the widow of
Joseph Young, a Senior Master Sgt. at Albrook.
She lives part of the year in Del Rey, FL and the
rest in the town of Aptos, CA at Michael's add-
There were more surprises in store for the lun-
cheon on Sunday. As part of the program, Pat
Mercier, Corona, CA presented a slide show on a
Jeep Expedition through the Darien Jungle. The
terrain offered a lot of hair-raising experiences
for the people involved and the land vehicle call-
ed the Discovery. The organization with whom she
has been connected as Associate Director for the
past two years plans a two-week hike through the
same area in Dec-Jan and further adventures in
Jan-Mar 1987. Any hardy souls who wish to do so
may contact the company, Upton & Son Expeditions,
P.O. Box 192, Lone Pine, CA 93545.
Bill Beers was beaming. He and Ruth participa-
ted (along with 138 others) in the American Cancer
Society golf tournament at Rancho Bernardo, San
Diego, on Aug. 23. Both won low net for couples,
and he won low net for the men. But he was most
excited about son Bill, Jr. accepting the position
of Associate Director of Scripps Research Insti-
tute, San Diego. He has been a full professor at
NYU for the past several years, and his specialty
Marion and Robert Hazeldine were planning their
trip to his college reunion at what was formerly
Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon) University,
Pittsburgh, PA for Sept. 20.
It was such a pleasure to meet young Norine
Kaufer, of Newport Beach (CHS '76), for this was
her first reunion for the West Coast and her first
at Tanpa also. She is a bilingual teacher at a
Santa Ana school district and also teaches adult
education for Fullerton Ccm;unity College. She
is the daughter of Ted Kaufer, Tarpa and grand-
daughter of our late beloved Norine Kaufer, whose
memory we all cherish.
Sorry we missed you, Hampton and Claire Tedder.
We heard you were invited to the dedication of
the new wing of the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas
so were unable to be with us.
Others were sorry to miss the Reunion: William
and Nelda (Torbett) Fleming took a trip to Mon-
serrat, and in walking through a cave, she broke
two bones in an arm and dislocated her wrist.
Another sparkling couple, P.A. and Dorothy White
would have joined us, but they had already booked
a 23-day vacation for England, Ireland, Scotland
and Wales, beginning Aug. 29. John and Beverly
(Neville) Fawcett were resting up from two trips.
One involved a visit to Expo and the Washington
Cascades in late May and early June, also visiting
Walter and Vivian Mikulich. He taught at Balboa
High School, and she at Balboa Elementary School.
Then during August the Fawcetts took a fascinating
clipper cruise through Martha's Vineyard, Nan-
tucket, Mystic Seaport, Newport, etc. and ended
up at Hyannisport. Arthur O'Leary and Ora were
pleased with having Bill Burns visiting from Texas
during Sept. He was head of Graphic Branch in Bal-
Of course, in closing, we have to mention a
few amusing (?) circumstances at the Grand Hotel.
Guests were forever finding the elevators out of
order, particularly most of Friday evening after
registration, and then Marion, Ed and Rose Rice
and Jack Clay were stuck in the elevator ten min-
utes. Also Bill and Skippy Hollowell had breakfast
in a local restaurant at the close of the dance.
Then about 4:00 A.M., he decided to take a shower
and inadvertently set off the fire alarm. No one
came to his "rescue"-but think of what might have
happened had it been for real!
Blessings to all, and remember us with your
The Panama Canal Society of Colorado actually
had their first meeting in March of 1981 but the
group has chosen August as their birthday to co-
incide with the anniversary of the actual Canal
opening. This year we chose Steamboat Springs,
Colorado for the summer reunion. It was a pretty
good turn out with the following Zonians attend-
ing: Ron and Diane Dallmeyer, Ray Shaw and Barbara
(Geddes) Sham, Margaret (Meigs) Molloy, Richard
(Buckeye) and Bette (Farrell) Swearingen, George
and Lucille Hoffman, Roy and Dot (Kalar) Kennedy,
Capt. Fred and Mary Jane (Ugarte) Weade, Bob
(Snowflake) Jones, IDae (Dabby) Dickson, Donna
(Dickson) Hudson, Lester and Andrea Smith with
their two lovely daughters, Milt and Bertha Jane
(Becker) Law, Eleanor (Laterman) Becker, and Mark
and Roxana (Quiros) Pearsall.
The annual birthday celebration was shared by
six of the attendees. August produced some great
folks from our group, Milt Law, Mary Jane Weade,
Kimberly Smith, Dabby Dickson, Bette Swearingen
and me! The cake created a lot of attention plus
a few calories.
Lester Smith, Andrea Smith, Bette (Far-
rell) Swearingen, Buckeye Swearingen,
Milt Law, Roxana (Quiros) Pearsall, Mark Margaret (Meigs) Malloy.
Pearsall, Eleanor (Laterman) Becker, and After the reunion, it was back to work and one
B.J. (Becker) Law. night I had a very pleasant surprise. I looked un
Eleanor Becker and "B.J." law were presented
with Life Memberships in the Colorado Canal Zone
group for the support and work they have done to
keep us together. Eleanor is our "youngest" senior
citizen and can be quite a fireball.
There was quite a variety of interests and ac-
tivities. Margaret Molloy found an interesting mu-
seum, the Kennedys played golf. Friday night found
Trivial Pursuit addicts in the lounge. The Hof-
funns from Grand Junction are great kibitzers.
While some hardy souls went tubing in the cool,
clear river waters a few of us enjoyed the hotel
and there was Helen 'hickie" (Hobbs) Satriano
with a very handsome, tall man at her side. This
was the first time I had met Paul, her husband.
Naturally we didn't have time to really chat but
all was well with them and their family.
I could probably write a few more paragraphs
about my visit in Tucson, Arizona recently, but
since it involves the reunion luncheon down there,
I will let my sister, Jane (Dickson) Cox tell you
about it in the Arizona report, so be sure to read
all of the Canal Records articles.
Dabby Dickson, Fred Weade, Mary Jane
(Ugarte) Weade and Bob Jones.
Bob "Snoowflake" Jones, Donna (Dickson)
Hudson and George Hoffman.
For sanity's sake, a word of warning. Don't get
Buckeye and Snowflake together unless you like to
laugh OR having Bob and George in a hot tub!
Thank goodness Lucille and Bette are around to
help keep these Atlantic side guys in line.
Barbara (Geddes) Shaw, Andrea Smith, Ray
Shaw, Kimberly Smith (?) and Lester
Roy Kennedy, George Hoffman, Lucille
Hoffman, and Dot (Kalar) Kennedy.
I'd like to thank Dot Kennedy for sending in a
news note: "Roy and Dot (Kalar) Kennedy's oldest
granddaughter, Kristin Wennberg of Edmonds, Wash-
ington, has just been awarded the Hearst Publish-
ing Company schloarship for journalism for her
senior year at the University of Washington in
Seattle. Kristin is the daughter of Beth (Kennedy)
and Tim Wennberg. Congratulations, Kristin.
Donna (Dickson) Hudson
POST SCRIPT to Reporter's News:
Margaret (Meigs) Molloy and her husband Robert
took a cruise out of St. Petersburg, Florida just
before the PC Reunion taking along daughter,
Barbara and granddaughter Alice Dutton, 11 years
old, for a great trip with stops at Key West, Port
Antonio, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island, and Cozumel
Mexico. Commodore Cruise Line's 'Boheme' sails out
of St. Pete every Saturday afternoon, returning
the following Saturday morning and is the closest
to a trip to Panama on the Panama Line I have en-
countered since those glorious days. Food is su-
perb, most of the ship's stewards speak fluent
'Bajun', great snorkeling and scuba trips are ar-
ranged for every stop. Even little Alice is ready
to go again!! She was the darling of the ship and
we dressed her as Miss Liberty for the 4th of July
evening party and costume parade. We were back in
Tampa in time for the luncheon and the ball that
night but too late to see many good friends in
such a crowd. Caught up with brother Jim and his
wife, Lester, Graham and Grace Brotherson, and
heard about the wonderful reunion banquet so capa-
bly arranged by the Violettes (Roy Sharp helped by
loaning Frances' energies for the two years prep-
aration that it took to arrange that get together.
Back in Colorado this August, Norma (Evans)
Harrington and husband Al gathered the clan to-
gether for a 3-day reunion of her family 28
people in their home and 2 trailers parked in the
drive. Barbara (Evans) O'Shaugnessy from Florida,
her son, Harvey, his wife, son and daughter; Ed
and Muriel (Evans) Neale, with two sons; Uncle
Harold and Ruth Duncan came from California (Mrs.
Lil Evans' brother); plus Harrington daughter and
son and five children were all there. They had a
wonderful time then Harvey and his wife went
back to Washington, leaving their son, Neal, in
Boulder, Colorado, where he is now a freshman at
the University of Colorado, majoring in aeronau-
In September, Norma and Al flew to Tennessee to
visit Muriel, Ed and Barbara, to play bridge, they
Bob and argaret (Meigs) Molloy are leaving for
Europe November 5 to re-visit Turkey, where they
were stationed with the US Embassy and Military
Mission to Turkey from 1949 to 1951. Revisiting
the old sights and marveling at all the changes,
and looking up a few old friends who may still be
Margaret (Meigs) Molloy
In August and September, Edith Cotton made a
trip to Texas and Arkansas to visit relatives.
Her son Larry and his wife, Sharie showed her the
high points of San Antonio which included the Riv-
er Walk and the Alamo and she enjoyed all the de-
licious food, especially the FAJITAS. She recom-
mends you try them and says La Fonda is one of
the better Mexican restaurants in town.
She was met in Dallas by Jim and Colette (Per-
ret) Fernandez and Petie Fernandez, wife of Bob.
It was great seeing them after four years and be-
fore leaving Dallas, she visited Tyke's Aunt Bea
Fernandez and Aunt Florine Prager, the latter hav-
ing moved to Dallas from Berkeley, Calif.
Next stop was Rogers, Ark., by way of Fayette-
ville to visit with lee and Kaye Cotton. Since
their home is adjacent to Beaver Lake, she was
privileged to see some of the most beautiful coun-
try in the U.S. A special day was spent having
a picnic on a boat while sightseeing Beaver Lake.
All too soon it was over and Edie returned home
with lots of pleasant memories.
I also took a trip in September and visited
my daughter Dorothy Gerhart and her husband Jim
and family, who live in Silver Spring, Md. While
there I went with Dorothy and Jim and my grandson,
Capt. Kenneth Gerhart to a lovely Garden Wedding.
My grand niece, Bonnie Gunn married Arnold Abel-
lera, known as AJ on September 21 in Alexandria,
Va. While in Virginia, I spent a few days at my
grandson's home in Arlington and took a ride down
to Williamsburg and Jamestown.
Mildred Sutherland and Eleanor Buehler drove
up to Boston via back roads to see the beautiful
foliage and they said it was truly gorgeous. They
visited Milly's daughter Marsha McNamra for sev-
eral days and saw all the famous sights before
leaving for New York to visit Eleanor's son Paul
Buehler. They took in all the sights they could
squeeze in for the three days they were there,
prior to flying back home.
Isn't it great that we all have the opportunity
to travel and enjoy our United States?
Sunday, October 12, thirty five of our West
Coast Zonians, travelled by chartered bus to Mer-
ritt Island for a picnic with the East Coast Zoni-
ans. We had a great trip with our tour director,
Dottie Pate, keeping us busy with games and sing-
a-longs. It was a lot of fun, let's do it more
often, Dottie! To make it more enjoyable, Dottie
LaCroix graciously ordered and picked up some
scrumptious hot chicken dinners for our group.
Our President, Bill NWeeler and wife Jeanne
with their little granddaughter drove to Merritt
Island to be with all of us. It was a beautiful
day and we were reluctant to leave.
Florida Mid-East Coast
This has been a delightful summer for the
Snedeker family, being able to attend performances
at the Seaside Music Theatre in Daytona and watch-
ing our daughter Iourelene star and/or perform
in five of their six productions. Leo and Loure-
lene have been attending various auditions in
Tanpa, Miami, Atlanta and West Palm Beach. Leo
is at present rehearsing for THE ODD COUPLE at
the Shoestring Theatre in DeLand and was just
elected President of Shoestring.
Harriet Thurgood has recently turned over her
duties as President of the Fish Memorial Hospital
Auxiliary in DeLand, after two years in that of-
fice. She was telling me about a wonderful Com-
munication System that the auxiliary has purchased
and are encouraging older citizens who live alone
to use. The system is primarily for emergencies
but can also be a social contact, so that older
citizens who have no nearby relatives can feel
John and Betty Miller attended a family reunion
in Cloudcroft, N.M. in June and they are planning
(hopefully) another reunion at the 1987 C.Z. Re-
union next July. John reported there were approxi-
mately 38 at the family gathering he was the
oldest member there and his sister Katherine's
two week old grandson was the youngest. Walter,
George and William Miller were all at the gather-
ing, as well as their sisters Katherine Peabody
and Adrienne Nedxouse. Brother Jack and his wife
were killed in that terrible plane accident in
Saudi Arabia in 1984.
Roy and Ann Iattin are also residents of DeLand
and Ann is quite active on the Board of Directors
of the DeLand Children's Museum and also the Board
of the National League of American Pen Women. Ann
is quite an artist and has had her work exhibited
throughout West Volusia. Ann reminisced about her
years on the Zone and I am sure many of you remem-
ber Ann Lattin's School of Dance and the wonderful
"Little Show" which was put on once a year at the
Panama Hotel by her students and then during the
year for charity shows for the hospital and the
Jewish Center as well as part of various U.S.O.
Ivan and Nina Jenkins of Deltona attended their
granddaughter's wedding this summer in California
and they had a chance to visit with all of their
children. Later in the sumner their daughter Nancy
Jenkins Wright from Mumford, Alabama came for a
visit, along with Nancy's daughter Bonnie and her
husband Kenneth and the Jenkins great grand-
daughter, three year old Amer. Naturally, a visit
to Disneyland and Daytona Beach was a must. The
Jenkins are golfers and have played many of Flor-
ida's beautiful courses and in their travels they
visit with Chuck and Charlene Fowler in N. Ft.
Myers and Bo and Jeanne Mathews in Lutz.
Roberta Clark in DeBary tells ma that she and
Helen Light of Cincinnati, Ohio have stayed in
close touch with each other and talk at least once
a month by phone. Roberta still enjoys Bingo a
great deal a great old Canal Zone pastime.
Dorothy and John Brader in Casselberry report
that their daughter Diana Abbott attended the re-
union in July during her vacation from the Elec-
trical Division and then spent a week with them
that is, in between shopping sprees!
David J. Burkett in Orlando stays busy trying
to keep up with his 15 year old granddaughter but
he did find time to go to the reunion with Victor
C. Melant. David was discharged from the hospital
on August 19 after surgery but he was recovered
enough by the first of September to take a short
trip to Daytona to visit Wally and Beth Trout
along with Paul iitlock.
I had two lovely newsy letters from Aloah Bam-
bach reminiscing about her youth on the Zone
and the many people who were friends and neigh-
bors, such as the Orrs who lived on Tavernilla
and Louie Snedeker's family. Aloah would like to
know where Betty and Nary Snedeker are now so if
anyone knows, please get in touch with her.
Aloah's letters were great fun for we found we
had many mutual friends and acquaintances. As
Aloah said, "this is what I always enjoyed about
the C.Z., everyone had some friends of friends!"
Leona S. Snedeker
Much has happened in the Hearne household since
I last submitted a report. On September 2, we re-
turned from visiting Jim and John in Texas to find
that my mother, Laura E. True had died that morn-
ing at the Azalea Trace Health Care Center with
a heart attack. She was 91 last January and had
lived a full and active life until the last couple
of years. The whole immediate family was in Pensa-
cola for the funeral including five of the adult
grandchildren. I think it was the first time we
had all been in the same place at the same time,
so it was a real family reunion Mother would
have loved it! I was so glad that just the month
before, on August 13, Webb and I held a small
party for Dad and Mother (Clarence and Laura True)
on the occasion of their 69th wedding anniversary
which we thought was quite an achievement.
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69th wedding anniversary, August
1986 for Clarence and Laura True.
Clarence True with children, L-R: Bob
True, Bill True, Clarence True, Mildred
Hearne, Bruce True and Stan True.
Also in September, Webb's brother and sister-in
-law, Julian and Des Hearne from St. Petersburg
visited us for a few days and then we all went
to Birmingham for a visit with his brother, Bill.
Had a good time of fellowship together. As soon
as we returned from Birmingham it was time to go
co Dothan for the Gas House Gang Golf Tournament.
It is always great to visit with our friends from
former days and catch up on the family news. Par-
ticularly enjoyed talking to Frances Sampsell, and
through her, found a friend from my college years
whom I hadn't seen since 1942! Needless to say, we
had quite a reunion. Spent a couple of hours at
the home of Art and Virginia Nygard whom we hadn't
seen since they left the Canal Zone in 1974.
Caleb and Ruth Clement have been living with
Carol, Orrin Clement and their girls since last
December and have had a wonderfully hectic spring
and summer. Ruth and Caleb left the day after Palm
Sunday for Houston to be with Maryruth and family
for Easter. Orrin Clement and family arrived on
Good Friday, so they had a mini-reunion.
Reunion at Clements, Pensacola, in June:
L-R: Carol and Orrin Clement, Marty and
Judy (Paulson) Weaver, Cynthia and Leo
Carol and Orrin had a swimming pool installed
last spring, so you know most of the entertaining
was done in or around the pool. They held a garden
wedding and reception for Varol's brother and
fiancee; then a pool party the first day of school
vacation for Carrie and Candace's classmates. On
the Fourth of July they invited all of Carol's
family over to help celebrate the holiday. This
was followed with a weekend visit from the Talla-
hassee Paulson's and in August, all went there to
visit and celebrate Cash's birthday.
When August finally arrived, Ruth and Caleb
Clement had a long-anticipated reunion with their
family. First time in 7 years that all three of
their children and their families were together.
Carol, Barbara, Maryruth and Virginia C. happily
working together to get dinner on the table.
While Cub and his family were here, they were
surprised with visits from his former classmates
- Janie (Paulson) and Milton Martin and family,
and Billy Deaton and family.
Carol had everyone's sincere thanks and appre-
ciation for all her planning and delicious meals.
Tubing crew, L-R: George Egolf,
Housley, Leader, Caleb Clement Jr.
Caleb Clement and Louis Dedeaux.
Ruth and Caleb's grandchildren, L-R,
Front: Casey Clement (Orrin's youngest)
and Barak Clement (Cub's youngest). Mid-
dle row: Marilee Clement (Cub's), Drew
and Megan Clement (Cub's). Back row:
Carrie and Candace Clement (Orrin's) and
Dawn Clement (Cub's).
Caleb, Jr. and family arrived from Oregon on July
30; then Maryruth and children arrived a few days
later (Steve came later for a week of scuba diving
and fun). What a happy, noisy, confused time was
had. Jon and his fiancee, Debra, with her daughter
Sonya, and Russell Gillespie joined the activities
when they could. Ruth's brother, George Egolf came
for a week and Caleb's sister, Virginia Townsend
and husband, Wes came for a couple of days. For
three weeks there were 15 to 20 for dinner every
night. As Virginia said, she just enjoyed watching
In June, Louie Dedeaux's sister, Iris Hogan and
brother, Leon and Claire Dedeaux visited Pensacola
on their way to the Canal Reunion in Tampa. Iris
stopped off for another visit on her way back
after visiting her daughter, Lois (Richmond) and
Charles Healan and family in Deltona, Fla.
Everyone enjoyed seeing the young people who
stopped over at Russell Gillespie's during the
summer, either on their way to the Reunion or just
to visit. Some were at Ed Blount's wedding in
Mobile but wherever or whenever, it was good
seeing them. They included Russell's sister-in-law
heryl (Kresge) and her baby, Brandon; Russell's
grandmother; Cindy and Dave Moochler; Jim Snider;
Rod Snyder; George Fryer; Scott Parker; Ralph
Barraza; John Davidson and family; the Highley's;
Blounts; Reed Stinette; John Ridge and Debbie
L-R: Jon Dedeaux and Debra, Dave Mooch-
ler, Jill Paulson and Russell Gillespie
on way to the beach.
Sorry this news is limited to so few families.
I'm sure many interesting happenings have taken
place in the lives of other former Panama Canal
people, but if you don't submit the news, I can't
Our summer has been a long hot period and those
who did not go away to try and find a cooler spot,
did no more than necessary while at home. Others
are not back long enough at this time to let me
know where they were or what they did. I'll tell
you what I do know.
Jean and Ed Mann had a wonderfully exciting
summer. In July, a whole week in Reno, Nevada -
and that can be exciting. While there, they visit-
ed Lake Tahoe. She tells me that from the Nevada
side, one had to climb down quite a ways to get to
the lake, with mountain scenery all the way. On
the other side, there was California level -
with gorgeous homes along the lake-front, and in
the lake, there was just one island Emerald Bay.
I looked Emerald Bay up in sane of my books as it
sounded interesting. I found that Emerald Bay, one
of the most celebrated spots on the lake, is a
natural landmark. The road surrounding its western
end is notched out of a high cliff, a glacial
morain, and gives a full view of the large pendant
shaped inlet and Fanette Island, which rests like
a small jewel on the bay's shining surface..
August brought a cruise to the Bahamas with
their daughter and granddaughter.
All of this built up to September which was
spent at home impatiently awaiting the birth of
their new grandson. Sandy, the new mother, used to
serve as assistant to Jean at the Panama Canal Re-
unions. Congratulations to the Mann family.
On October 12, a group of 35 ex-Panama Canal
Zonites from the west central part of Florida
traveled by bus to Merritt Island where they were
joined by a good group from the eastern part of
the state and a delightful picnic was thoroughly
enjoyed by all. What a joy to meet with friends
not seen for a long time, memories renewed, child-
ren enjoyed and in such a beautiful area. The trip
over and back was a holiday in itself, with the
delightful arrangements made by our 'cruise direc-
tor', Dorothy Pate, who kept us awake both ways
with fun and entertainment. Arrangements for our
luncheon were handled most efficiently and gra-
ciously by Dotty and Mike LaCroix. There is anoth-
er write-up about this affair in another section,
so I will buzz off here. However, I will not for-
On October 15, the Brown-Baggers met at the
home of Marje Foster. Those present were Edith
Cotton, Celia Marceau, Sara Rowley, Jane Huldt-
quist, Chris Felps, Mary golf, Issy Gibson, Doro-
thy Pate, Dorothy Herrington, and Grace Williams.
These meetings are truly enjoyed and looked for-
ward to with a great deal of pleasure.
Isabel Gibson is off for a glorious trip to
Hawaii. She plans to leave November 2, and will be
away for two weeks. She will enjoy the beauty,
mystery and pleasure of the four special areas,
and we are all agog, waiting to learn which she
enjoyed the most. Have a wonderful time, Issy.
The Canal Zone Past Matron's Association of
Florida will be meeting on October 22 at "The
Pier" in Bradenton. This group has been in exist-
ance since 1953 and is still meeting regularly.
Frances (Violette) and Roy Sharp recently re-
turned from a trip to the Washington, D.C. area.
While enroute, they visited their daughter, Mary
Sharp Kauffman and family in Goose Creek, S.C.
Toured Williamsburg, visited Norna (Stillwell)
Martin in Leesburg, Va. and Margaret (CautL-rs)
and Gus Braun in Alexandria, Va. While visitLg
Margaret, they had lunch with Ruth Divers one day.
In addition to visiting the Smithsonian, Fran-
ces also spoke with Anne Ware, a former neighbor
in Sumnit, as well as Pat Markun, who expressed
interest in the Panama Canal Society.
On the return leg of their trip they stayed in
Lexington, Va. with George and Ila Fenton and saw
the Natural Bridge. In Gatlinburg, Tenn., where
they visited Roy's brother Charlie and wife, they
also had lunch with Lloyd and Barb Blaker, who
are now in business in that area.
Robert Neely Barnier of Phoenix, AZ visited his
aunts and uncles, Mike and Marion (Neely) Greene,
Robert and Elsie (Neely) Smith of Sarasota, FL;
and his aunt, Esther (Neely) Burk of New Port
Mike and Marion Greene entertained friends and
former classmates of Robert's father, the late
Robert James Neely (CHS '34). So Robert could know
a little more about his father's home, the Canal
Zone, each of the 40 or more guests told of an
amusing experience that happened to them while
on the Canal Zone. Julie Ann I~mois, granddaughter
of Esther (Neely) Burk of New Port Richey, visited
her Great aunts and uncles, the Greenes and Smiths
of Sarasota, and with them, attended the August
Luncheon and meeting of the Panama Canal Society
at the Sahib Masonic Temple in Sarasota.
Tom and Florence Dee had as houseguests, Fred
Mead of Dothan, AL. and his son, Ron Mead and fam-
ily of Balboa, R.P. Mrs Pat Mead and their daugh-
ter, Selene, then flew north for a canoeing trip.
Fred and Ron drove back to Dothan for a short vis-
it and returned to Sarasota for the August P.C.
Society luncheon and meeting at the Shrine Temple.
Fred later accompanied his family on their return
to Panama for a visit.
Rolando Linares and his wife, while on vacation
from Panama visited Tam and Barbara Peterson and
also attended the P.C. Society August luncheon
and meeting in Sarasota.
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Cooper Hitchcock, 17 years, of Bethesda,
MD. with his guide, Timny Carlisle, and
record bone fish.
Maxine Hitchcock's son and family, Bill and
Virginia Hitchcock and children, Cooper and Kath-
erine, from Bethesda, MD, made their annual two-
week visit to Sarasota in August. They went bone
fishing off of Sugarloaf Key, 17 miles north of
Key West. Bill and Virginia each caught a 7 lb.
bone fish on spinning tackle in the morning on
the Gulf side of the Key and their son, Cooper,
caught two bone fish on the Atlantic side in the
afternoon. One of the fish weighed 10 Ibs. and
was the largest fish caught in the Key this sea-
son. Cooper received a trophy and certificate for
the largest bone fish caught.
Jacquelyn (Schofield) Cassidy recently retired
after 22 years service with the Canal Zone Schools
Division (DOD) and is now a new resident at 1813
Fern Avenue, Sarasota, FL.
Happy days, great trips report Al and Miriam
Bissett: During spring vacation last March, Miriam
chaperoned some of her Spanish students on a trip
to sunny Spain. Al and Miriam and two other cou-
ples from Sarasota flew to Oslo, Norway in June.
Enroute during a plane change in Frankfurt, Ger-
many, they enjoyed a brief visit with Eric and
Jeannette Reinhardt. Eric was formerly with the
Supply Division in Balboa and retired three years
ago. From Oslo, the travelers went overland to
Bergen, and then on a mail boat cruise around the
North Cape up to the Russian border and then back
to picturesque Bergen. On their way home, the
Bissetts stopped over for a few days in southern
England to see their godchild. It was a fun-filled
Robert and Dolores Hannetter spent the coldest
4th of July in their lives when they visited Nor-
way's North Cape on their recent tour of the four
Scandinavian Countries. They tell us that the Land
of the Midnight Sun is fascinating and different.
Also not one Chevrolet automobile was seen in all
of Norway, but there were plenty of fjords (Fords)
Gladys Conley enjoyed a two-week shipboard tour
with the Alumni of Pennsylvania University group
to Vancouver World's Fair; to the interior of
Alaska; Fairbanks, McKinley Park, and Anchorage,
Alaska. While in Anchorage, she had a telephone
visit with Jeanne (Walker) Wagner, daughter of
George and Mayno (Bliss) Walker of Sarasota.
Carl and Virginia Starke and their daughter,
Cassie mLu, enjoyed a two-week vacation in Hawaii.
While there they flew to five of the main Islands;
Oahu, Molokai, Maui, Hawaii and Kauai and in Hono-
lulu they visited with our member/reporter, Lois
Robin Comer flew to Meridian, MS to attend her
Meridian High School, Class of 1930 Reunion. She
enjoyed seeing many former classmates and was in-
troduced at the Banquet and presented with a beau-
tiful bouquet of red roses as the class member
who came the farthest distance. She visited with
her cousin, Mary Louise and husband, Frank Burton
and was also especially happy to see her former
next door neighbor, in Enterprise, MS, Walter Boyd
who came from Texas.
Mina Dee's son, Pete Lang and his wife, Mary
Lou, drove his mom to visit with some of their
relatives. They had a great time staying with
Mina's brother and sister-in-law, Robbie and Pat
Adams in Pass Christian, MS. and also with Mary
and Freeland Hollowell with their children, Laurie
and David in Dothan, AL. Pete and Mary Lou return-
ed to Balboa, R.P. following their summer vacation
Louise Pustis spent the month of July in Eng-
land with her son, Lt. Col. Joseph Pustis, USAF
(Ret'd) and his family. Her 16 year old grand-
daughter, Jessie, who has spent the past year in
England, tour guided her grandmother around Eng-
land, visiting Buckingham Palace, the Westminister
Church, where Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's
wedding took place and many other places of inter-
est. They also saw the Queen Mother and Princess
Anne and her husband as they passed by in their
Mrs. Joe Pustis and daughter, Jessie, returned
to their home in Springfield, VA at the end of
summer. Col. Pustis will join them for the Thanks-
giving and Christmas holidays and then return to
England for completion of his contract.
George and Mayno Walker visited with their
daughter, Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald and family
in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and attended the Space
Coast Picnic at Merritt Island and enjoyed seeing
many former friends and co-workers. They also took
a tour, accompanied by Mayno's sister and brother-
in-law, Tinsie (Bliss) and Barney Barnes, to the
famous Florida attractions; Sea World and Cypress
Jay Cain and Myrtle Hughes overnighted with
Myrtle's daughter, Sandra (Hughes) Claflin, in
Merritt Island, FL and the group drove to Frank-
lin, N.C. for a ten-day vacation gem mining for
rubies. They reported the trip was most successful
and they they were elated with the perfect weather
and seeing the beautiful and colorful fall leaves.
Enjoying a tour over the Thanksgiving holidays
were Edna Canpbell, Myrtle Hughes, Betsy Noonan,
Jay Cain, Gladys Conley, Kay Brown, Franny Jones
and Louise Pustis. They stayed at the elegant
Royce Hotel in West Palm Beach, FL and on Thanks-
giving Eve attended the musical "On the 20th Cen-
tury" at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater. A
Thanksgiving Day buffet at the Elegant Breakers
was a beautiful climax for the most enjoyable fun
Best wishes for a Merry
and Prosperous 1987 to all
bers of the Panama Canal
Christmas and a Happy
the officers and mem-
Society from all the
Gladys B. Huphrey
The Clement-Paulson Ping Ding took place the
middle of August in Tallahassee. It seemed like
old times on Limon Place in Gatun with these two
families being together again. What made this
weekend so special was the fact that there were
three generations of each family together. The
Clement Clan included Ruth and Caleb, son Orrin,
wife Carol and daughters Carrie, Candace, and
Casey, daughter-in-law Virginia Clement (Cubbys
wife) with children Marilee, Dawn and Bereck,
grandchildren Drew and Megan Vaughn (Mary's child-
ren) and Barbara and louis Dedeaux.
The Paulson group included Cash and Mary Jane,
Judy, Marty and Brian ever, Leo, Cynthia, Lisa,
Naren and Dustin Paulson, Jane, Milton, Alan and
Jessi Martin, Jill and Mike Paulson and Cindy
Barber (Mike's fiance).
We all enjoyed a picnic at Wakulla Springs on
Saturday and barbecue at the home of Leo and
Cynthia Paulson to celebrate Cash's birthday.
Six Paulson and eight Clement grand-
children, August, 1986.
Caleb put on one of his famous "Bajan" acts which
was the highlight of the evening, and I must say
that Caleb is still the Master of the Art.
The Paulson's pool was renamed Gatun Pool. All
of the grandchildren are typical Canal Zone swim-
mers and Coach and Barbara Dedeaux were excellent
During the sumner we were also fortunate to
have many other Canal Zone friends stop to visit
us. Janet Jenner, daughters Christy and Jerrye
and four grandchildren, were here in August. Also,
Billy and Michele Deaton with their two young
sons. Bill Bailey came by to say hello when he
was in Tallahassee. Capt. Bill and Rose Deaton
spent a few days with us in September after visi-
ting their new granddaughter, Elise. (Proud par-
ents are Patrick and Karen Deaton). It was also
great having Carol and Joe Coffin visit with us
for two days enroute to Inverness. It is a fact
-there are no better friends than Canal Zone
TO ALL KZ5 HAMS:
We have a good group of hams that get on 40
Meters, Monday thru Friday on 7295 at 9:30 EST.
Give a listen and join the round table.
Mary Jane and Cash Paulson
Time sure has flown and it is time for another
Canal Record. This article is going to be short
-everyone that I contacted said they would have
a lot to contribute after Christmas.
In September, Dorothy Bryant flew to Oregon
for a three week vacation. She visited her daugh-
ter and son-in-law, Elizabeth (Betty Bryant) and
Theron Jule, and granddaughter, Sheri Bishop, at
their home outside of Gold Hill. Dorothy's three
sisters live in the Rogue River Valley area and
she enjoyed her visit with them again. One high-
light of her trip was to see her first great
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granddaughter, Stephanie Elizabeth Marie Howe,
who is now 18 months old. Her proud parents are
Kenneth and Bonnie (Bishop) Howe living in Ash-
land, Oregon. of course, Betty is a very happy
grandmother and glad to have them living so close.
Also, she is a busy Business Management Adminis-
trator for the U.S. Forest Service in Butte Falls,
in addition to helping to build their new home
in Gold Hill. Sheri graduated from Crater High
School in June and will be attending Rogue Conmun-
ity College in Medford this year. Jim stayed home,
did the regular Florida year work, and kept the
Tampa had two new families living here for a
short while this summer. Karen and Jose Salinas
were stationed in Tampa at MacDill AFB. Jose,
(BHS'76) and Karen just spent three years in
Alaska where Jose was flying for the Air Force.
They just left in September for Spain where Jose
will fly the F-16. They are expecting their first
child in January 1987.
Jose Salinas and Robert Donaldson in
front of an F-16 fighter jet in Tampa.
Another newcomer to the Tanpa area for a short
while was the Robert Donaldson family, Robert
(BHS'77) and his wife Millie (Alcaide) (BHS'77)
have spent the last three years in Korea where
Bob was flying for the Air Force. They have just
been transferred to Homestead AFB in Miami. They
have two adorable children, Michael, age 3 and
Katrina, 4 months.
Michael and Katrina Donaldson.
Steve Tochternan just came back from a trip
to Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama. He had a great
time in Panama and said his tour guide for Panama
was Billy McGann. Billy is still living in Panama
and enjoying it.
I am collecting addresses for the BHS Class
of 1978 Reunion to be held during the big Reunion
in 1988. Time is getting short and I need addres-
ses and any ideas anyone may have!
Hope everyone has a very happy and safe Holiday
In mid-August I returned to Honolulu from my
PC Reunion-centered trip, finding record-breaking
hot weather here in Hawaii nei, for many weeks.
Panama weather! Aloha week, in September, consists
of about ten days of great entertainment, day and
night. Most events are free, with the wearing of
the $2 Aloha ribbon, and are within walking dis-
tance of Waikikians. Nearly everyone has been lei-
ed, with either the flower necklace or the haku
(head) lei, and there are dozens of fashions of
weaving the blossoms and leaves together.
October 1st brought my copy of the Canal Re-
cord, covered with the nuy guapo face of President
Bill Wheeler and full of the happy fotos and re-
flections of the splendid 1986 Reunion. Still try-
ing to place some of the people pictured and re-
gretting that I missed so many I knew who attended
this year. Having a bad cold caused me to cut out
early from some events (including kissing and also
the Ball, but I had had a nostalgic piano concert
played by Lucho for a group of us in the cocktail
lounge of the Tanpa Hyatt).
I enjoyed so much the reunion party of BHS
classes of 1936-1937 which had included some of
us from class of 1935. Wish I could show my danc-
ing friends here the more animated and enjoyable
style of Panamanian dancing.
Saludos to Wilma (Wickens) Kennerd for her good
work locating graduates of BHS class of 1935. (I
promise never again to call her "Chickens Wickens"
as we did, 'way back when.) Wilma's info letter
mentioned two attendants at the dance who travel-
ed the greatest distance to attend the party and
reunion, one from Spain. Oye, Wilma: my travel
agent friend says I traveled farther, based on
mileage from Madrid to Orlando, "as the flow
In the Record's list of registered attendants
at the reunion I note that I'm listed as Louis
(a male!), whereas I claim to be female and still
have some proof of same.
While visiting my Worsley folks in NC, I had
a long telephone reunion with a dear friend of
Balboa times, Harriet Kalar tbNeal in Charlotte
(of the four popular Kalar girls). Was unable to
visit Marj (Foscue) King at her new home in
Raleigh near her daughter Karen Ing and family,
but substituted a fine phone visit. Another warm
phone visit with my close Balboa and BHS friend,
Elaine (Bohan) Johnson of Jonesboror, Ark. (Guess
it's been 35 years!) Elaine's husband died last
year; Elaine and her sister Betty (Dr. and Mrs.
Ben Saltzman) each have three children (and some
grandchildren, something I've not succeeded in
acquiring, though I've done my part).
An Orlando friend I esteem and correspond with
is Mrs. Anita Weltmer, the cerebral and sensitive
widow of "Westy", that extraordinary man who
taught so many of us "Peter Mike" (and others)
kids swimming, tumbling, canoeing and motorboat-
ing; how to drive car and motorcycle; healthful
habits and the appreciation of fine nusic. I won-
der how many remember the trips in his outboard
canoe up the Chagres and Cocoli Rivers and picnics
at Chorrera Falls and El Valle.
My several visits with my aunt Lee Schnidt,
and her daughter, Arline Winerman, at Siesta Key,
Sarasota (along with my brother, "Billy 17') proved
that Florida living can be as casual and enjoyable
as Hawaiian style (minus the mountains and trade
winds). In California, enjoyed a fine five-day
stay with Beverly (DesLodes) Stiles at her pretty
home in the pleasant setting of Santa Maria, ex-
ploring the area and Danish village of Solvang,
as well as visiting Mary (Foley) Cronan. In Hay-
ward, CA, I headquartered with my cousins Stan
and Bobbie (Worsley) Richards and her mother, Anna
Worsley across the street (who is the widow of
"Uncle Bob" Worsley (my mother's brother and is
also my father's sister). Bobbie's sister Jackie
(Worsley) and husband Rush Williams, of Monrovia,
were visiting, and a big barbecue celebrated
Grandma's 91st birthday. She even sang us a color-
ful song. I helped with editing of the book being
written on the adventuresome life of the ubiqui-
tous Robert C. Worsley, who went to the Isthmus
about 1912 and died a few years ago at the age
of 90. In Hayward, I visited Tan and Velvia
(Miller) Long, she a Cristobal childhood friend
whose father, Captain Sterling Miller, was a Canal
pilot; Jofina (Aliana-Davis) and Ray Macedo she
a Pacific Sider till about 1941; but I didn't make
it down the San Francisco peninsula where I'd
hoped to visit Lucille Nanny and others.
Have had calls from Hawaii visitors Harry
Foster, (Mrs.) Henri Skeie, and Barbara Coyle
(daughter of Ed Coyle), although we could not get
our schedules together. Did succeed, however, with
Carl and Gini Starke and daughter Cassie, upon
their return from a week's visit to the other ma-
jor islands where they enjoyed the swimming, surf-
ing and feasting. Picked them up at the Royal
Hawaiian Hotel and brought them to my place first,
then to the Elk's Club for lunch, and drove about
some, on the last day of their Tauck tour. (At
a previous PC reunion, he and I figured it had
been over 50 years since we'd met that mischief-
maker in Ms.Grahan's third grade Cristobal class.)
Wonder how many recognized the nice letter in
a recent Time magazine about Panama fruits and
vegetables written by Anita (Daniels) Asnussen,
in response to an article on the increasing pop-
ularity of exotic foods in U.S. (I bought one cho-
cho yesterday at about $3 a pound).
Just received Sitmar cruise brochures with a
picture and quotation of Jack Taber of Seminole.
Could that be the PCS FL member, CDR John A., of
Seminole, who must be related to Alice Taber, whom
I fondly remember?
Heard from Jean (Hall) and Bob Niekerk, of
Peoria, AZ (PCS FL members), who are now in the
business of selling merchandise through a catalog.
Recently enjoyed taking six straight hours of
shorthand dictation from Del Courtney, the famous
Big Band leader (to whose music my husband and
I used to dance about 45 (?) years ago in San
Francisco). Del begins his 11th year of tea dances
at the Royal Hawaiian Monarch Room Oct. 20 (5:30-
8:30) and will have many visiting entertainers
- a pleasant respite for visitors dance or not
- for an entry fee of $4.
The big bang blast of the old Kaiser Hospital
of Waikiki finally occurred Oct. 17th, after three
postponements in two months' time. Many people
were huhu (angry) over the delays of the "inplo-
sion" because they had planned big bang parties
and issued invitations, including the boss of Win-
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dows of Hawaii (USA's first revolving restaurant).
Universal Studios filmed the blasting and will
incorporate the segment into a Magnum, P.I. pro-
gram titled, "Paper Wars". Tom Selleck wasn't
there, but his $75,000 red Ferrari convertible
was, all covered with explosion dust. I've not
seen the well-liked Mr. Selleck, excepting for
a view of his okole (posterior) exiting my den-
tist's front door. However, I recently enjoyed
watching the filming at the Royal Hawaiian of a
scene for 'Murder She Wrote" with the captivating
Hope to have more news next time about visiting
Panama-type amigos and that they will let me know
of their interesting (and reportable) doings here
in the Islands.
My fervent thanks to all of those who created
that magnificent and memorable production, the
Panama Canal Reunion of 1986. Mahalo! (Gracias)
lois DeiLaater Bates
Pats on the back to Frank Baldwin Jr., Mariella
Meggers cNally and Mary Scigliane Leach who have
worked hard to organize a "Lucho in Atlanta" even-
ing with a '50s-'60s party the night before. We
regret the information was not received in time
to notify the membership before the Nov. 7-8 dates
but the organizers did do an extensive direct-mail
promotion. The hotel was satisfied that reserva-
tions were coming in nicely with half the rooms
booked at press deadline. Hope to see a follow-up
report in the next issue.
Happy news from Sue Barfield-helette who an-
nounces moving in August from an apartment where
she lived for five years to her very own house
a mile away at 112 Holly Ridge Drive, Monroe, LA
71203. Congratulations, Sue! We know the feeling.
Her brother Mike and wife, Sue Barfield, came by
in July when he retired from 26 years in the Air
Force. They got to see the house and took Doriane
home with them. Their nephew David came over from
England and off they all went showing him the
sights. In August Mike, along with nephew David
and daughter Sharon, brought Doriane home just
in time to start moving. The young people were
a big help and made an otherwise hectic time fun
and exciting. The day after they left, Sue's dad
LeRoy Barfield arrived to take charge of finishing
off the moving project. On Sept. 29, Sue's oldest,
Eddie, left for the Coast Guard at Cape May, N.J.
David has taken up carpentry at vo-tech school
and sophomore Doriane is doing great in school
and begging for her driver's license.
Lorraine Currier in Slidell reports her daugh-
ter, Karen Currier Ranatza of 821 Roseland Park-
way, Harahan, LA 70123, was elected city alderman
in September. Karen received 68 percent of the
vote and will serve a four-year term on the city
council. She teaches at Barbre Middle School,
serves as reading department chairwoman, 4-H Club
leader and sponsor of the school newspaper. Karen,
CHS'72, and her husband Michael, have one son,
John Gough Sr. in Marrero has sent a few more
surprise packages of printed materials concerning
the Canal Zone. Along with a Star & Herald and
some old Spillways is an article on howler monkeys
from Natural History, written by William E. Lundy,
who was assistant treasurer for the Panama Canal
Company during the 1950s and an avid naturalist.
From U.S.Lady, comes a series of articles about
driving to the Panama Canal, Maj.Gen. Theodore
F. Bogart's "Operation Friendship" and some de-
lectable tropical recipes. The general's widow
Eleanor, was this reporter's neighbor in Hatties-
burg, Miss., for several years.
One of the Spillways carries a charming front-
page picture of John's grandson, John Robert
Gough III, at age 4, standing beside a 144-lb.
tarpon caught by Capt.William H. Deaton of Gatun,
during Panama's 16th annual International Fishing
Tournament. Young John's other grandfather was
Lee R. Sparks, then manager of the Panama Canal's
Cold Storage Warehouse. Son John R. Gough II came
up from Panama in September. Neighbors Randy and
Pamela St. Pierre hosted a crab and shrimp boil
to celebrate John's 40th birthday, John Sr.'s 62nd
birthday and Randy's 34th birthday. Bill Gough
III spent a week in Coppell, Texas, with Thonas
E. Stoakley, a Zone boyhood buddy. Tom is married
to Connie Bellamy of Washington and they have two
children, Monica, 16, and Bryan, 11. Other ex-Zon-
ians Bill saw in Texas were former police officer
Thomas C. Robertson, Jr. (CHS'63) and Terry Web-
ster. The grandson with the fish has more recently
been discharged from the Army and returned to Cal-
ifornia after two years in Korea. Granddaughter
Linda Lee Gough recently became engaged to Gregory
Steven Layman of Laguna Hills, Calif. Besides re-
building old radios, John Sr. enjoys working in
his shop on school projects with neighborhood
children. One young neighbor, Brandi St. Pierre,
9, has been working under John's direction for
seven years and is a straight A student and
From Mandeville, Gene Gregg sends clips and
pictures and says that the swap is cooling off,
finally. The bash in Dothan of the Gas House Gang
was great. Next year will be No.11 under Jim
Riley's leadership. Bud Thomas is going to ad-
visorship. Gene was relieved to learn Hula Crouch
retrieved Gene's clubs in Florida and that's
what friends are for. Lymn and Clayton Brown along
with Carlye, Rayne, Haley, and Gene and Helen
Gregg were planning a week in Disneyworld at
presstime, while Marian and big Gene babysit
Harrison. Recent Mandeville visitors have included
Roland Casanova, June Clayton and Ed Parker. Laura
wrote from Panama that she took a boat trip from
Colon to Bocas then flew back to Paitilla. Said
the fiesta in Bocas was grand. She's teaching
Spanish, French and English at BHS. Gail and Bob
Weien up in New England like their countryside
place and are bracing for winter.
Kathleen Gough hamming it up
Louisiana Crab Boil.
at a Ed Parker and
at a Ed Parker and
Roland Casanova at Gregg's
Gene Gregg and Ed McFarland at Bob and
Gail Weien's apartment complex, Waltham,
Jeff T. Hennessy, 102 Westmoreland Dr., Lafay-
ette, LA 70506, phoned then wrote a wonderful let-
ter excited about having learned of the existence
of the Society and vowing to join in hopes of
hearing from old friends of 44 years ago. He is
the son of Lera Bryant Hennessy, who taught at
Balboa Elementary School, and Leo James Hennessy,
who was in the accounting department in the Ad-
min,; both now deceased. Two other relatives were
employed on the Zone: Kate Bryant Skillman, an
aunt now deceased, and John Thomas Bryant, a cou-
sin. After leaving the Zone in March 1942, Jeff
and his parents and two sisters, Kathleen and
Lera, settled in Monroe, La. A brother, who drown-
ed in the Balboa swimming pool, remains buried
in Corozal. Jeff was born in Gorgas in 1929 and
attended Balboa Grammar School. Had they stayed,
Jeff would have been graduated with the class of
1946 or 1947. Some friends he remembers are Sam
Meyers, Martin Olson, Carl Rozetti and Eileen
Suismmn. When the Hennessys left the Zone, Jeff
gave Eileen his parakeets (sounds serious). Jeff
and his wife Ruth made a sentimental journey back
to Panama in July, Jeff's first in 44 years,
Ruth's first ever. Their daughter Leigh is a world
class athlete who has won two World Trampoline
titles, 1976 and 1978. Since retiring from compe-
tition, she is coaching and doing well. At the
1986 world championships in Paris, two of her ath-
letes will represent the U.S. Since world champi-
onships originated in 1964, Jeff has coached more
trampoline champions than anyone else in the world
and rore U.S. champions than anyone else in the
U.S. In 1982 he retired from coaching and in 1986
from the University of Southwestern Louisiana
where he was an associate professor in the depart-
ment of health and physical education for 27
years. He has written four books and numerous ar-
ticles on trampoline and diving.
Got a nice note from Wilma Wickens (Mrs.Edward)
Kennerd, Dothan, Ala., advising on contacts to
reach Peggy Sheridan in California. That matter
is settled. Wilma also informs us that Tampa's
Ybor City has a Latin grocery and excellent
restaurant nearby. Both are listed under La Tere-
sita on W. Columbus Drive, not far from downtown
Hyatt. Luckily Wilma gets mail at a post office
box as they are moving again. She can't find a
darned thing essential, but is uncovering lots
of lost goodies that others might consider junk.
I'm with you, Wilma, some folks just have a bad
attitude about personal treasure.
Quarterly reminder letters to Michael Keim,
5916 Benjamin St., Alexandria, IA 71303, and to
Janine Arm Newnan, 1022 St. Peter #202, New Or-
leans, LA 70116, have been returned and this re-
porter would appreciate help in locating these
members. Michael's envelope was marked "undeliver-
able as addressed, fowarding order expired," and
Janine's, "no such apartment number." Can anyone
Laura Gregg and Karen Palumbo at the
French Quarter, New Orleans, La.
Dick Sena writes from Chaimette that his son
David (Navaille) and his wife Elaine spent a week
in August in Hawaii and have been extolling its
charm and beauty ever since. Daughter Rene
(Navaille) and husband Darrell Crawford have taken
their ski equipment from storage and are looking
forward to getting son Jereny, 3, on the begin-
ner's slope. The Senas heard from Ann and Paul
Robbins of Sterling, Va., whose European trip had
to be postponed because of illness. Ann volunteers
on the Conmunity Service Board and State Mental
Health Association. Via phone the Senas visited
with Susan and Gilbert Sanzari, Bradenton, Fla.,
heading for Expo'86 in Vancouver and planning a
fair-goers comparison to New Orleans'84.
Michigan is so lovely at this time of the year,
as the green leaves are changing to yellows.
I received a lovely letter from Susan (HcCul-
lough) Burk, which reads as follows:
"First let me introduce myself. My name is
Susan (McCullough) Burk and I moved to Michigan in
1978 after I married my husband, Jim.
My Parents are Mac and Snookle McCullough. I
grew up in Margarita and graduated from Cristobal
High School in 1976, after my father retired as
Superintendent of the Motor Transportation Divi-
I have two children, Sean 82, and Cbevaun 7 yrs
old. I work for a company called Uniforms Manufac-
turing and I do all the customer service work. We
supply work clothing for the government and big
corporations around the world.
The Panama Canal Commission is one of our chief
accounts and it is exciting when I call down there
and speak to someone with a familiar name. Their
reactions to my being from the Zone is unbelieve-
Being in Michigan, I miss out on a lot of news,
but here are some items I have heard:
Jeannine (Carlin) Clark, BHS '75, and her hus-
band, John, are expecting their first child this
I received an invitation to Ton (CHS '74) and
Holly Finnman's wedding in Colorado. They were
married in May, 1986. They now reside at Fort
Leonardwood, OK. Congratulations!
I spoke to Maryann (Palmer) Bross, CHS '74, who
was in a car accident in May, and she is still re-
cuperating. She and her husband, Mike, went to the
islands for a really nice vacation.
Maryann said that she had seen her mother and
dad, Louie and Marge Palmer at her sister Louise's
house in Florida. All are fine, and Louise, of
CHS '72, is busy being a mother to her two little
My mother and dad, Snookie and Mac, were here
for the weekend of September 20. My daughter tried
to get them to put on roller skates for her 7th
birthday party, but my dad prefers to have his
feet run-over. I will say they are great sports.
After a six-week trip to the west coast, they
were home for one week and then off to Newark,
Ohio to attend their 50th class reunion. Can you
imagine that! From Michigan they went to my broth-
er Don and Karen (Hammond) McCulloughs in New Jer-
sey. I think they have finally landed their feet
at home in Sarasota to rest".
I am finding it very rewarding teaching conver-
sational Spanish to 1st and 2nd graders. The adult
Spanish class is going real well too. I talked my
Spanish-speaking friends from Bolivia, Peru, Santo
Domingo and Chile in joining me in sharing our
native recipes with the public. The name of the
course was "Hands Across the Border Cooking Class"
and we have been asked to do it again next Fall.
Ethelyn Wimner, President of the Muskegon Fine
Arts Guild, invited me to attend their meeting and
wear my Pollera, and show slides on Mola Art.
Ethelyn is a former Canal Zone resident from Fort
Kobbe, and has done lovely water-colors of Panama
and she exhibited them.
Vera and George Gibbs of Grand Rapids, came to
the meeting to share memories of Panama. George
worked for the Panama Canal and vera played a lot
The mola slides were exceptional, and were pur-
chased through an ad in the Canal Record.
Vera Gibbs, Anita Asmussen and George
Gibbs.- Paintings in background are of
Panama (water-colors) by ex-Zonian Ethe-
I am not looking forward to winter, but have
accepted two part-time jobs as Assistant to Pro-
gram Director on Counseling on Aging, and Secre-
tary to the Coordinator of El Centro Latino.
Anita (Daniels) Asmussen
Catherine and John Boswell of Hattiesburg have
had a busy sumner building another boat (this time
a 19-foot Lightning Class sailboat) and enjoying
their family. Daughter Jean, husband Dick Green
and daughters Katie and Lisa, who are now living
in Miami after almost 14 years in Puerto Rico,
the Virgin Islands, Central and South America,
arrived for a visit in July. Son Gordon, wife
Helen and daughter Ashley arrived in their motor-
home from Ellsworth AFB, Rapids City, S.D., in
August, then continued on to Fairhope, Ala., to
visit Helen's parents, Curtis and Alberta George.
In September, Deanna and husband Pat Barry return-
ed from a three-year AF tour of duty in England
and settled in a new home in Austin, Texas. Buffie
and Daisy traveled with them by plane from England
and by car from New York to Philadelphia, Tennes-
see, Hattiesburg, New Orleans, Houston and Austin.
The American cocker spaniel and English spaniel
are now enjoying freedom in a new backyard. Daugh-
ter Lynn, husband John 'Trner and sons William
and David, who also live in Hattiesburg, joined
the fun entertaining all the family. In October
Catherine and John visited yours truly at the dome
house. They had witnessed earlier the six-hour
erection of the shell and were surprised with the
very different room arrangement possible inside
a dome and the utility bill that has been halved.
As the weather in the Deep South finally cools,
the Boswells will spend time outdoors working on
the boat, protecting shrubbery with pine straw,
gathering chestnuts and feeding the wild ducks
down at the lake behind their home. They look for-
ward to a visit from their Milwaukee relatives
in November and are planning a trip to Key West
August was a busy and interesting month for
Lau, Angie and Alice Dossett of Hattiesburg.
Rolando Linares and his charming family spent an
afternoon with them, bringing them up to date on
the goings-on in Panama. They were visiting their
daughter Mayra and her husband in Lunberton, a
small town south of Hattiesburg. The Dossetts also
enjoyed a recent visit from their former Panama
neighbors and good friends, Paul and Micki Kraner
of Portland, Texas, near Corpus Christi. The
Kramers were on their way to Pennsylvania to visit
Georgia (Mrs. Jimmy) Sumrall, Lucedale, writes
that a 'mnini-reunion" of three former CHS class-
mates and friends was held at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Paul (Andrea Terrell) Oliver in Metairie,
La., in October. Mr. and Mrs. Ted (Ellen Clute)
Starkey of Olalla, Wash., flew in for the weekend
and Georgia and Jimny joined them from Mississip-
pi. Georgia and Andrea, daughter of Mrs.Etta Faye
Terrell, were last together in 1958 before Georgia
left the Zone with her retiring parents, Mr. and
Mrs. David S. (Mildred Cotton) Smith. Ellen,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Clute, and Georgia
were able to get together several times in the
early 1960s while Ellen was attending college in
Richmond, Va., and Georgia was living in Arling-
ton. The 20-plus years have not changed the
friends nuch and they picked up just where they
had left off. As this was Ted's first visit to
New Orleans, the grand tour and royal treatment
were afforded him. Next year plans are to get to-
gether at Ellen's and Ted's on Puget Sound. Two
more "girls" are needed to complete this "mini-
reunion." Eminly Hearn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Roy Hearn, and Marion Smith, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Harvey Smith, all formerly of Margarita,
would complete this group perfectly. If anyone
knows their whereabouts, please contact Georgia
Sumrall, Box 711, Moss Point, MS 39563.
Mrs.Richard C. (Shirley Zemer) Swenson of
Carriere reports that her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Fmnett Zeaer, arrived from Panama for a visit in
September and October. They stayed "down on the
Mississippi farm" for two weeks and then Mary
Milloy Zemer flew to Boston to visit her sisters,
Isabel and Gertrude Milloy. Enmett and Mary were
reunited in San Francisco for visits with their
other children, Bill Zemer, Isabelle Zemer, Lindy
and Phyllis Zemer Wright, before returning to
Our Pocono reunion was held the week-end of
September 19, 1986. We started arriving at noon
on Friday and eagerly awaited to see who else was
coming. That evening we had a good time watching
slides of other years. The golfers retired early
as tee-off time was early Saturday morning.
We had some surprises in the way of entertain-
ment and interests. Stella DeMarr brought her ac-
cordian and she played at dinner Saturday and we
danced and sang.
We had the pleasure of seeing some very-very
old slides of The Canal, during 1909-1913 con-
struction days. Paul Kramer's father was on the
zone then serving as secretary to the various
Y.M.C.A.'s. His father took these slides and Paul
now has them. He has shown them and given talks
to many organizations. He knows the.history and
is an interesting speaker, the unusual thing being
that Paul has never lived on The Canal Zone. Our
thanks to Willie Kirkpatrick for inviting them.
They live in Willie's town of Rochester, New York.
L-R: Jack Brown, Northport, NY; Betty
(Searcy) Rathgeber, Glassboro, NJ; Pri-
scilla "Sibby" Hallen, FL.; Gene Hamlin,
Carthage, NC; Gloria Brown; "Auggie"
Schwindeman, Ramsey, NJ; Grace (Jones)
Carey, Ann Arbor, MI; Muriel and Bill
Poole, Lansdown, PA; Jack Rathgeber,
Jack Poole, Dottie and Vince Ridge,
Rosemary (Millett) Gilead, Arlington,
Va., and Pat and Bob Ridge.' Kneeling L-R
Sara Storey, Arlington, VA. and Jean
Left: Catherine Duff Lyng, Jean (Kalar)
McAndrews, Wilma (Reynolds) Kirkpatrick,
Jo (Dennis) Konover, and Olive (Kalar)
Krouse.' Right: Billy Michaelsen, Croton-
on-Hudson, NY. and Rosemary (Millett)
Left: Friends from Balboa Flats child-
hood days, Wilma (Reynolds) Kirkpatrick,
Rochester, NY, and Vincent Reynolds,
Chesterland, OH. Right: "Auggie" and
Eleanor (Hammond) Schwindeman, Ramsey,
We had a busy time catching up on the various
travels and activities of our group. Betty and
Jack Rathgeber made a trip to New England and
stopped to see Dot Judge. My sister Jean Herbert
also stopped to see Dot on her way to Maine.
L-R: Bob Ridge and wife, Pat, at far
right of Mirror Lake, NH; Bucky and Anne
Hall, Sarasota, FL; Vince and Dottie
(Sanders) Ridge, Center Valley, PA., and
Joan (Ridge) deGrummond, Laguna Hills,
Vince and Dottie Ridge had a new granddaughter
Kimberley, born to Steve and Ellen Ridge Jones.
She joins her two older sisters. Grandma was with
Ellen during the big event and she said it was
a thrill to see your grandchild make her first
appearance into this world. They live very near
to Dot and Vince. Their son Mike and wife Carol
live in New Jersey and are moving into their newly
built home around Thanksgiving. Son Kevin had been
assigned to an Air Wing aboard the USS Midway out
of Japan, but is now home and enjoying civilian
life. Daughter Sue is still at home, daughter
Nancy lives in San Juan Capistrano, Cal., and is
an R.N. working in Drug and Alcohol Rehab. They
enjoyed the Florida Reunion as well as a Ridge
Reunion. On their way home they visited in Dothan
and saw Bud and Betty Huldtquist, Bud and Joanne
Allen, buckshot Gilbert, Dick Duncan, and many
more. Stopped in New Orleans to visit with Mar-
garet Ridge Coffey and Jean, then on to Kerrville,
Texas to see more family including brother, "Bub-
L-R: Mac and Jean (Kalar) McAndrews, of
Moscow, PA, and Olive (Kalar) and Leon-
ard Krouse, Springfield, PA.
'Vink' and Mary Dennis' youngest Homwrd was
home for a six weeks visit. He has returned home
to the big island of Hawaii.
Among those attending our Pocono Reunion were:
Tede Duff Lyng, Jack and Betty Searcy Rathgeber,
Rosemary Millett Gilead, Sibby Hallan Pittman,
Jean Dennis Herbert, George and Catherine Imwe,
Wilma Reynolds Kirkpatrick, Augie and Eleanor Ham-
mond Schwindeman, Horace and Doris Nolan Lefferts,
Bob and Pat Ridge, Grace Jones Carey, Dottie and
Vince Ridge, Jack and Gloria Brown, Gene Hamlin,
Joan Ridge deGrunmond, Jack Poole, Francis and
Jean Kalar McAndrews, Bill and Miriel Poole, Len
and Olive Kalar Krause, Vince Reynolds, Stella
Boggs DeMarr, Anne and Bucky Hall, Mary and Bill
Michaelsen, Jack and Shirley Edwards Sargent, John
and Vera MGuire, Rick Nelson, Sarah Storey, Paul
and Audra Kramer, Eddie Curtis and grandson and
Josephine (Dennis) Konover, Princeton,
N.J. and her sister, Jean (Dennis) Her-
bert of Trenton, N.J.
L-R: Catherine (Duff) Lyng, Rochester,
N. Y.; George and Catherine Lowe, of Wil-
mington, DE, and Horace and Doris
(Nolan) Lefferts, Hockessin, DE.
Stella (Boggs) De Marr, Rick Nelson and
Sara Storey, all of Arlington, VA.
It is with sadness that I inform you of the
death of Catherine Ine. It happened just a week
after our reunion. I talked to George by phone
and he is holding up very well. He will go and
spend some time with Mary Jo Yeager in Texas.
George will be returning to Delaware for the next
year at least. We enjoyed being with Catherine
and she was her usual sweet, lovable self. We will
all miss her very much. Horace and Doris Nolan
attended the services.
I will again be at 1011 Burbank Court, Sun City
Center, Florida for the winter months. Come see
me! A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Jo Dennis Konover
On May 17, Panama Canal retirees and families
living in New Mexico got themselves organized and
had their first annual reunion. Credit for organi-
zing the reunion goes to Virginia and Russel Hell-
nund and their daughter and son-in-law, Virginia
(Hellmnd) and Arthur Payne, Jr.
One never thinks of rain in the desert, to say
nothing of an all day drizzle. However, the day
before the scheduled reunion picnic, a drizzle
set in and continued that night and the next morn-
ing with no signs of letting up. iattie lee White
saved the reunion from being a washout by offering
the Party Room of the Towers Apartment complex
where she lives.
Alford and Cloty Roos and their son, Olay Roos
attended, as did Lloyd and Esther Stevens. Others
who attended were Robert and Virginia Covington,
and their daughter and son-in-law Carolyn and
iheeler Green. Also attending were Steve and Kitty
Neff, Raymond and Catherine (MIller) Peabody,
John V. and Mdelon Brown, and Dan Curtiss, who
had been stationed at Fort Amador.
Jack and Marvine Davis brought our old favor-
ite, arroz con polio. Russell and Betty Annis,
and their daughter, Alison Almquist and her two
children were present, as was Karen Husun Clary
and her two children.
Linda (Hellmund) Payne and her two children,
Erin and Patty, spent three weeks in June visiting
her sister, Marcia Slover and other friends and
relatives in Panama.
Dora Hardy has built a new, comfortable home
in Placitis, New Mexico. She moved in last summer.
Since then she has had several visitors, including
Russell and Betty Annis have been visiting many
long time friends from Panama in their travels.
Recently they spent a week with Betty Clarke
Las Vegas, Nevada. On their way back to Albuquer-
que they also visited Amos (Bill) Bierwagen. They
had not seen Bill since he and Helen retired many
years ago. They had a good visit catching up on
the doings of old rock hound friends and, of
course, the various rock hunting trips taken by
the Panama Canal Rock Hound Club. Naturally the
present state of rock hounding in the U.S. was
Russell and Betty Annis also had an interest-
ing visit with Loring and Evelyn Vhite of Phoenix.
Evelyn had just returned from a stimulating trip
to Europe and lots of chatting was done about
favorite soots to visit in Europe.
Elmer Stoakley, of Deland, Fla., spent several
days with Russel and Virginia Hellnund, of Rio
Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Small spent several days
looking at real estate in the Albuquerque area
while they were visiting the Hellmunds of Rio
Rancho. However, Dr. and Mrs. Small have decided
to settle the Tucson area.
Tan and Darlene Gibson spent some time with
Russell and Betty Annis while looking for an area
to retire to. The Annis' have not yet received
word as to where the Gibson's will settle.
Roy Knoop of Gig Harbor, Washington, spent most
of the sumner at the Blackhawk School of Art,
Blackhawk, Colorado. While he was there Russell
and Betty Annis drove up and spent several days
visiting with him and admiring the art produced
by the students at the school.
The P.C. Society of Western North Carolina had
a luncheon on September 25 with an attendance of
35. Bob and Janet Winford of Lake Bowen, S.C.,
were with us as guests of Bill and Betty Dunning.
We are always so glad to see our "sumner" members:
Alice and Max Conover, Ross and Janet Cunningham,
Marian and Bill Devore, Bonnie and LeRoy Wilson,
and Emily and Howard Johnson.
Clara Jorstad was in Australia from August llth
to September 7th with the Elderhostel group. She
visited two universities in Melbourne and one in
Wagga Wagga. At the end of this tour, she traveled
to New Zealand where she enjoyed that beautiful
country for 11 days. She reports that the Austra-
lians and New Zealanders spoke so favorably of
their gratitude toward the United States for their
help and were all so friendly toward the American
tourists. Soon after returning home, Clara's
daughter, Judy Rose, and her husband drove up from
Huntsville, Ala., to take her back with them for
a week's visit.
At the Frenchs' in Castleton, VT. L-R:
Bea French, Jean Dombroasky, Rae Ebdon,
Warden French and Jack Dombrowsky."
From the Dombrowskys: "In September we had the
pleasure of driving to Northeast Canada with Joe
and Rae Ebdon of Sarasota, Fla. Highlights of our
trip were the spectacular scenic Cabot Trail and
the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Nova Scotia;
the ferries to Prince Edward Island and back to
New Brunswick where we experienced the Magnetic
Hill and viewed the Reversing Falls and then a
mini-bus tour of the beautiful city of Quebec.
We also had a 'small world' incident on the ferry
ramp to the Island. We noticed the car ahead of
us had a Florida license and in exchanging a few
words with the two couples, the Panama Canal was
mentioned. One of the men remarked that he had
had a brother-in-law who had retired from the
Canal with 30 years service; namely, the late
Marvin Ward who had worked on the Pacific Locks
with our husbands. After our visit in Quebec, we
were guests of the Jim Millions and the Truman
Hoenkes at their sumner homes on Lake Champlain
in St. Albans, Vermont. We also enjoyed a short
visit with Bea and Worden French at their home
in Castleton, Vermont."
On their way back to Florida from Vermont, Ed
and Mary Doolan stopped here to see Lillian and
Bob Van Wagner and in Greenville, S.C., to visit
Eula and Herbert Driscoll.
Betty Quintero had a busy week in the middle
of October. Her daughter, Carol, and husband, Pat
Manning, from Silver Spring, Md., were with her
and Mark and Kathie Manning and daughter, laura,
from Charlotte, N.C., came for a few days. Also,
Edith and Vernon Bircher, Rogers, Ark., were with
her for two days.
... NO&.A .
Ar Norma Irvin's, L-R: Betty (Irvin)
Quintero, Jean Dombrowsky, Alice Roche,
Ruth Prazak. Standing: Martha (Irvin)
Tanner, "Ditty" Bramlett, Norma Irvin,
Emily Johnson, Ruth Tillman.
Linnea Angernuller's another, Ethel Olson, is
now back here with Linnea and Ron in Zirconia.
Ron went to and enjoyed the Gas House Gang Golf
Tournament in Dothan.
Jack Hunt from Panama spent a week with Betty
and Bill Dunning. Also from Panama, Mark Baker
and John Hunt, who are attending Appalachian State
University at Boone, N.C., spent some time with
Margaret "Ditty" Bramlett from Lynchburg, Va.,
was a house guest of San and Norma Irvin for 3
days in August.
While Dorothy and Ned Neville were here in
early September, they visited with Betty Quintero,
Ruth Sill and the Charlie Howes.
Genie Sander's daughter, Ginger Hanzel, Irvine,
Calif., was with her for two weeks when Genie had
cataract surgery in October.
My daughter, Noralie (Roche) Shobe flew from
Bellingham, Wash., to spend ten days with me in
Alice H. Roche
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
HYATT REGENCY TAMPA HOTEL
Two Tampa City Center
JULY 2, 1987 THURSDAY
Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament and Luncheon; Golf at 8:30 AM.
Registration: 1:00 PM (Tampa Bay Galleria B)
Hospitality Suite Open: 1:00 PM (Buccaneer Suite).
Vendors Set-Up: 5:00 PM (Garrison Suite).
JULY 3, 1987 FRIDAY
Registration: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
Vendors: 12:00 Noon to 8:00 PM.
Area Reporters Luncheon: 12:00 Noon 2:00 PM.
Hospitality Suite: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Second Annual Panazonian Dance, 8:00 PM to Midnite.
JULY 4, 1987 SATURDAY
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM (Atrium Lounge).
Registration: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Vendors: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Hospitality Suite: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Banquet/Luncheon: 11:30 AM (Hyatt Regency Ballroom).
Annual Ball: 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM (Tito Mouynes at Curtis Hixon Center).
JULY 5, 1987 SUNDAY
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM (Atrium Lounge).
Vendors: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Check-out: 12:00 Noon.
1987 REUNION REGISTRATION
Co-Chairpersons Dorothy Pate and John Waitman
1. Pre-registration, Banquet/Luncheon, Annual Ball, and Chagres Invitational Golf Reservations Forms
will be published in the March 1987 issue of the Canal Record.
2. Registration tables will be set up Thursday through Saturday in the Hyatt's Tampa Bay Galleria "A".
3. Registration will be set up for members and guests alphabetically.
4. Registration hours shown in the Schedule of Events is tentative. A final detail of Registration hours
will be published in the March issue of the Canal Record.
5. When you register, you will be issued your name tag and your PRE-PAID Society Banquet/Luncheon and
Annual Ball tickets.
6. TICKETS will be under the NAME OF THE MEMBER WHO ORDERS THE TICKETS.
7. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE BANQUET/LUNCHECN OR TO THE ANNUAL BALL.
8. Tickets not picked up prior to the Luncheon or Ball will be held at the entrance to the function.
NO TICKETS WILL BE MAILED.
9. GOLF TOURNAMENT tickets and Non-Society sponsored functions (Class Reunions, etc.) tickets should be
picked up from the Chairperson of the function.
10. Registration during the Annual Ball will be limited to only those persons who have tickets to the
Ball and are permitted entrance into Curtis Hixon Convention Center.
11. All who plan to attend the Reunion should mail in a PRE-REGISTRATION Form. This form (to be published
in the March issue) will permit us to have the registration lists and name tags made up in advance.
1987 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 1987 dues.
2. ALL reservation forms must be sent in with a completed PRE-RECISTRATION Form.
3. Reservations must be in writing using the appropriate form, to be published in the March and June '87
issues of the Canal Record.
4. Hotel Reservation Forms must be mailed directly to the Reunion Coordinator, IMriel Whitman, 5711 -
53rd Avenue N., St. Petersburg, Florida 33709.
HOTEL RESERVATIONS 1987 REUNION
HYATT REGENCY TAMPA The 1987 Reunion Headquarters Hotel, Tampa, Florida
TAMPA HILTON HARBOR ISLAND and ASHLEY PLAZA
1. Room reservations and deposits must be mailed directly to the Reunion Coordinator, Muriel Thitman,
5711 53rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33709, and checks made pavble to REUNION COORDINATOR.
2. Reservations may be made by either using the Hotel Reservation form provided in this issue, or you
may telephone turiel Ihitmn, Reunion Coordinator, at (813) 544-0214.
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 $45.00; Tampa
Hilton $45.00; Ashley Plaza $40.00; Harbor Island $45.00 (two person occupancy) plus $10.00 per
5. Reservation cut-off date is June 3, 1987. 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 from the Reunion Coordinator up
to the cut-off date.
7. Hotel reservations made by telephone to the Reunion Coordinator will receive written confirmation
from the Reunion Coordinator.
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 Ashley Plaza also provide free parking. The Harbor Island Hotel parking
charges are $3.00 per day (added to room bill).
10. Both the Tampa Hilton and Ashley Plaza provide free Limo service to and from Tampa Airport. The Har-
bor Island Hotel provides Limo service TO the Tanpa Airport only.
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 Tanpa Airport and the Hyatt Regency Hotel is available through their own
shuttle bus system.
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.
Chairman Al Pate
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 shut-
tle busses operating between the hotels and Curtis Hixon.
3. Members arriving by air at the Tanpa Airport: Upon picking up your luggage in the baggage area -for
the Hyatt Regency Hotel, you may use the Hotel's shuttle bus service to the Hyatt. Those members
staying at the Tanpa 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 to these two hotels is free.
4. The return trip to the airport from these hotels should be arranged with the hotel's Bell Captain.
The Line service has regularly scheduled trips.
VENDORS CANAL MEMORABILIA
Chairman Bill Wheeler
1. Vendors must file a Vendor's Application Form with the Coordinator, 1987 Reunion.
2. Vendor's Application Forms may be obtained by requesting the form from Muriel Mhiitman, 1987 Reunion
Coordinator, 5711 53rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33709. (813) 544-0214.
3. A vendor's fee of $100.00 per vendor has been established by the Society's Executive Board.
4. Only twelve (12) vendors will be permitted to the 1987 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 refused will be returned to the requestor and all fees returned.
7. The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the sole right to reproduce or use the Society's
emblem, therefore use of the Society's emblem on items for sale by vendors is prohibited.
8. If the application is approved, an "Authorized Vendor's" card will be issued and must be displayed at
the table assigned to the vendor.
9. Due to the limited space, only one table (approx. 2x6 ft.) will be assigned to each vendor. After the
cut-off date, June 15, 1987, additional tables may be assigned at no extra fee if space is available.
10. The Society will not be responsible for arranging storage of vendor's materials. Store rooms are not
available at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
11. The deadline for receiving Vendors Application Forms is June 15, 1987.
12. As this is a membership function attended by members only vendors are requested to keep this
thought in mind when establishing their mark-up on items for sale.
1987 REUNION ACTIVITIES
THURSDAY, JULY 2,1987
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON
Co-Chairpersons Fred and Jane Huldtquist
The Eighth Annual Golf Tournament is still in the planning stages. Final details and reservation form
will be published in the March issue of the Canal Record.
FRIDAY, JULY 3,1987 10:00 AM
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING OF THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
President Ray W. (Bill) Wheeler
This is your Society we urge ALL members to attend and give your support and ideas to the member-
ship BE THERE for the election of Officers, Committee Reports and Society business.
COME TO THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING!!
1. Only members in good standing (1987 dues paid) will be permitted to attend the Annual Business Meet-
2. Upon registering at the door, MEMBERS will be issued a Gift Lottery Ticket.
3. Before adjourning the Annual Business Meeting, there will be a drawing for several gifts donated by
the memorabilia vendors.
YOU MUST BE A MEMBER, AND YOU MUST ATTEND THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING TO RECEIVE
YOUR GIFT LOTTERY TICKET.
FRIDAY, JULY 3, 1987 8:00 PM
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 in 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 Tito Houynes at the organ and Charlie Cooper and his Latin
SATURDAY, JULY 4,1987 -11:30 AM
ANNUAL BANQUET LUNCHEON
Chairperson Betty Malone
Doors open at 11:30 AM. Luncheon will begin at 12:00 Noon.
Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
Maximum tickets per member is ten (10). Ticket price not determined at this time.
Will be assigned at round tables seating 10 persons each. Seating is limited to 1,000.
Will be published in the March 1987 Canal Record.
Cut-off date for sale of tickets is June 13, 1987 or the first 1,000 reservations, which
ever is first.
Cancellation requests must be received by June 30, 1987 for your money refund.
SATURDAY, JULY 4,1987 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.
Price has not yet been determined. Tickets may be ordered in advance through the reser-
vation form printed in the March and June '87 Canal Records. Unsold tickets will be placed
on sale at the Hospitality Suite at a slightly higher price.
NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE CURTIS HIXON CONVENTION CENTER.
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 reservations
will be accepted. No table assignments will be made. Only tables reserved will be for the
Reunion Camnnttee and Past Presidents.
Continuous live music by Tito Mouynes at the organ, iCarlie Cooper and his Latino "Copra"
Semi-formal No Shorts.
ND B.Y.O.B. BYG is not permitted. Drinks must be purchased from the Curtis Hixon Cash
Available 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 stay-
ing at one of the reunion hotels (it's just a 3-4 block walk 5 minutes).
The Society has arranged for SECURITY GUARDS to be positioned along the routes between the
hotels and the Curtis Hixon Center.
The cut-off for reservations will be the first 3,000 reservations, or on June 15, 1987,
whichever is first. Any tickets remaining after June 15 will be placed on sale at the
Hospitality Suite in the Hyatt Regency at a slightly higher price per ticket.
Cancellation requests must be received by June 30, 1987 in order to have your money re-
funded on the sale of Ball tickets.
1987 Reunion Reservation Forms
1. Pre-Registration, Banquet/Luncheon, Annual Ball and Golf Tournament forms, including all pertinent
details and instructions will be published in the March and June 1987 issues of the Canal Record.
2. Any and all advance payments to the Society for its 1987 Reunion activities prior to the March 1987
publication of the Canal Record will not be accepted, and advance payments will be returned to the
3. Hotel reservations should be made as soon as possible. Select the hotel and make your lodging reser-
vation. For your convenience, Hotel Reservation forms are included in this section. Mail the reser-
vation form to: Muriel Whitman, Reunion Coordinator, 5711 53rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33709.
MAKE YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO: RINI(I 00(XUDINATOR.
4. Hotel room rates for single to quad (1 to 4) person capacity are as follows: Hyatt Regency (the Head-
quarters hotel): $45.00 per night; The Tampa Hilton: $45.00 per night; The Ashley Plaza: $40.00 per
night, and the Harbor Island Hotel: $45.00 (two person occupancy) per night, plus $10.00 per each ad-
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
5711 53rd Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
PANA -C SCEY- 2 T 1 -
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY JULY 2, THROUGH JULY 6, 1987
NAME Iplaseprnrtyppel COMPANY
cTY STATE ZIP PHONE
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STo confirm your reservation we accept only one of the following as means of payment:
SDEPOST ENCLOSED 0 CHECK 0 MONEY ORDER
SMASTE CARD NO EXP DATE
I VISA CARDNO EXP DATE
C AMERICAN EXPRESS NO. EXP DATE
C DINERSCUJB NO-. EXP DATE
C CARTE BLANCHE NO_ EXP DATE
DEPOSIT REFUNDABLE IF CANCELLATION IS RECEIVED (48) HOURS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL
PLSE CIRCLE DESIRED ACCOMMODATION
AC OMMODATION RATES
SINGE TIME OF ARRIVAL
SINGLE ___$45.00 LENGTH OFSTAY NIGHTS
DOCHECK IN TIME IS 3 PM
CHECK OUT TIME IS NOON
ADDTONALPENS $10.00 ROOM RATESSUBEFCTTO 7.25% SA TAX
ACCOMMODATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR CLASS AND ANNIVERSARY REUNIONS.
| PLEASE NOTIFY THE REUNION COORDINATOR.
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NO ADVANCE PAYMENTS TO REUNION
ACTIVITIES WILL BE ACCEPTED
BEFORE MARCH 1, 1987
I FEBRUARY 1987
Alex De La Cruz ('drwnImer), Lena ad Tito
Mouynes (organist) of Panama, R.P.
I YATTTA PLEASE INDICATE ACCOMMODATIONS REQUESTED
HYATT ZI lGE IIPTlAMV 7 PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC. No o
Rooms BED TYPE REQUESTED
MURIEL WHITMAN July 2 6, 1987 SSingle) 1 peson $45 King
5711 53rd Ave. N. Con. Code (-76691) Double(s)2Pesons $45 DSL-DBL
wallbe helddun 0 P.M. u Triple(s) 3 Persons $45 Due to limited number I
St. Petersburg, FL 33709 5ccomporsiade.p0c ,n cee of bed types, bedding
I c eacrd nu rd gi Quad(s) 4 Pero. $45 requests are honored
(813) 544-0214 aOued(}4Perfonr $ on a first come first I
(813) 544-0214 ---.o I Suite 1 BR $90 Suite 2 BR $1201 sere bUl.m
IIt Suites are Required Plea Contact hotel directly
Name ___ _Guaroantsebydvstnigh rde
Addn GuarCne caac te All Reservations Must Ben By: June 3, 1987.1
-- IReservations received after this date cannot be
I Credit Cad and Number guaranteed the convention rate.
I Ste Zip Code (IF RATE REQUESTED IS NOT AVAILABLE
Ex.pofon Dote NEAREST AVAILABLE RATE WILL BE CONFIRMED)
Arrnvd l At M FO GUARANTEED RESERVATIONS ONLY No charge for children under 18 years when sharing room with parents.
Check-4n Time 3PM Dote Time I understora d thoa I amn lable for oner nhs room and tax which W be
De__parture_________________ At ___ _M
D rt11 idonot srrietcacon Oarriva eedcated Additional person in room
Chck-out Time 1Noo Dote Time Name(s) of additional persons) sharing room.
CHECK IN TIME IS 3 P.M. Sin"'-
ACCOMMODATIONS PROR TO THS TIME CANNOT BE ASSURED Pone _
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
TAMPA HILTON, TAMPA, FLORIDA-. ... .J.7.. .... .......................19.. ...
PLEASE RESERVE: Reservations should be rec'd
0 SINGLE $45 3 weeks prior to arrival date
0 DOUBLE $45 TAMPA HILTON to guarantee availability.
0 TRIPLE $45 5711 53rd Ave N ONLY RESERVATIONS MADE IN
oQUAD $45 t pe r, Fe ADVANCE CAN BE GUARANTEED
St. Petersburg, FL 33709 THIS SPECIAL RATE.
NAME................... .............. ........ .. .............................................
CITY................................................. STATE ......................................
NAME(s) of other occupants....................................................................
DATE ARRIVING................................. DATE DEPARTING........................
All reservations held until 6 p.m. unless guaranteed by ONE (1) NIGHTS DEPOSIT
or MAJOR CREDIT CARD. TYPE...........................................................
#................................................... EXPIRATION DATE...........................
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY Please reserve the following accommodations
JU]I 2 -6, 1987 Arrival Date Number of Nights Departure Date
I ASHLEY PLAZ Rates: Single $40 Double $40
I' H T 1 Triple $40 __ Quad $40
MITHr L WH1~f N Please guarantee my reservations by the following:
5711 53rd Ave N. Name One night's deposit $ enclosed or
O Am Ex O Visa O Mastercard
ISt. Petersburg, FL 33709 Addres Card Number
Complimentary Airport Limousine Exp. Date _Signature
Re aurunt and Loung City&State Zip Reservations must be guaranteed to be
Banquet & Meeting Facilities-1-000 honored. Reservations will be subject to
PorlWhlpo"o Phone( ) availability if received after: June 3, 1987
Check-in Time: 3:00 PM
Check-out Time: 12:00 PM
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Our tenth annual Northwest Picnic Reunion took
place August 2 at Wenatchee River Park, on a very
hot day. Despite the heat, we had an attendance
of 156 including 20 visitors, each and all having
a great time renewing old and making new friend-
ships. Florida visitors were: Martha (Wood) Napo-
leon, Bradenton; Mac and "Snookie" MCOullough,
Sarasota; Joseph A. Wallace, Panama City. From
Boise, Idaho came Fred and Mary Hatchett; Don and
Barbara Jackson. Others attending were: Joan
(Doherty) Stoltz, Korea (Seoul); Robert and Shelly
Day, Troy, Mont.; Howard, Hazel and Mark Richards,
Nashua, N.H.; Gerry and Howie Laatz and family,
Panama; Perry and Rita (Kotalik) Washabaugh, Shef-
L-R: Paul Ebdon, Mary Hatchett, Grady
Hardison and Fred Hatchett.
The North-westerners who signed in were: Earl
and Fran Alnquist, Susan Aljquist, Bob and Marilyn
Arndt, Mebs Ausnehmer, Floyd and Beverly Baker,
Burdell and Donna Bunnell, Jim and Hannah (Rowley)
Byrd, Phil and Betty Casaus, Michael and Susan
Collins, George and Dorcas Cooper, Henry and Pat
Cruz, Duane and Billie Davis, Dorothy L. Doherty,
Frank and Marjorie Doherty, Neil A. and Tanmy
Doherty, hieryl Drake, Jim and Clover Duffus, Paul
and Connie (Balnas) Ebdon, Darrell and Nancy (Kar-
iger) Eide, Elizabeth Engman, John, Glenda (Scott)
and Kevin Ewell, Ida M. Farley, Grady and Margaret
Hardison, Ed and Lori Herring, Ann Laura Johnson,
Lee Kariger, Ed and Nellie Kennedy, Walter and
Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens, Martin and Kay Klontz,
John and Colleen Kotalik, Glenn and Gladys Lasher,
Bill and Marti Lohr, Neil Iohr, John and Joan
Long, Don and Maycel MacLean, Tom and Marilyn
Marsh, Bob and Joyce McAuslin, Vivian and Walter
Mikulich, Dan and Pat Nellis, Stephanie Nellis,
Kathy Nelson, Ann Niggins, Jim and Alice Nolan,
Gene and Lil Nott, Michael A. Plucker, Art and
Ethel (Coleman) Rich, Jack and Anne Rocker, Bill
and Pat Scott, Harvey and Brenda (Scott) Senecal,
Jim and Noralee Shobe, Nancy Slover, lee and Kathy
Snider, Tan, Evelyn and Kristin Snider, Jim Sni-
der, Claude and Mary (Plummer) lamson, Dan and
Susie (Slover) Wells, Martha B. Wood, Jim and Mary
Bill and Pat Scott
Our hosts not only hosted a successful reunion,
but Don and Maycel MacLean presented the Zoners
with a beautiful cake decorated with the Panama
Canal Seal. They also provided prizes which were
won by Barbara Jackson, $20.00; Bob Arndt, a print
of the Tivoli Hotel; Beverly Baker, print of the
Pollera; and George Cooper, a print of a ship in
the Miraflores Lock chamber.
Neil Doherty volunteered to compile a mailing
list and keep it current via computer. Floyd and
Beverly Baker volunteered to host the 1987 re-
union, while Jim and Noralee Shobe volunteered
to host the 1988 NW Reunion.
1987 Reunion Hosts, Beverly and Floyd
1988 Reunion Hosts, Noratee and Jim
Shobe. "mmmm... "
Hazel, Howard and Mark Richards
Ia I p .
Duane and Billie Davis, US Navy Nov. '39
to June '43., Married Billie June 16,
1941 at Pedro Miguel Church.
In the evening after the reunion, our hosts,
the MacLeans, hosted a pool party at the motel,
where we could continue visiting Zone friends.
I had a great time!
Gene and Lil Nott are leisurely heading for
Alaska. They will take their time a couple of
months or more before they return to their home
George and Dorcas Cooper are spending a month
in Texas visiting family and friends. They have
had a busy summer, yet took time out to attend
our reunion enjoying seeing old friends and making
Lee and Kathy Snider
Neil Lohr and Ann Niggens
I am sorry to learn the sad news of Neil Doher-
ty's sudden death in June. I wish to extend my
sincere sympathy to Dorothy and her family in
John McLaughlin had open heart surgery with
three by-passes. He is recuperating very nicely.
Bill and Skip Holloell were the guests of Ann
Laura Johnson for a couple days in August. A gath-
ering of friends met for dinner and had a lovely
visit with each other. They were: Margaret and
Grady Hardison, Tan and Marilyn Marsh, John and
Martha Stephenson. Bill and Skip looked great,
both cheerful and enjoying their short visit.
Ann Laura's other visitors were Perry and Rita
Washabaugh, who then left for a visit with the
Hardison's in McMinnville, Oregon.
Martha (Johnson) Stephenson sent in a bit of
news and here it is. "July 29 was not a long
enough day when five (CHS class of '59) 'Golden
Girls' met to catch up on 27 years of news arnd
reminiscing of high school years. It all began
when Martha flew to visit Jean (Owen) Young in
Sciticate, Mass., for a week. The visit triggered
the mini-reunion with Mary Lu (Washabaugh) Wag-
ner flying in from Sheffield, Pa., Diane (Hickey)
Irvine from Tewksbury, Mass., and Jean (Seaman)
Maher driving from Norton, Mass. To add to the
gathering, Pat (Lawson) Pinto sent pictures of
her family and she called from Philadelphia.
L-R: Jean (Owen) Young, Jean (Seaman)
Maher, Mary Lou (Washabaugh) Wagner,
Martha (Johnson) Stephenson, Diane
So, CHS Class of '59, get ready for a 30th Re-
union somewhere in 1989! Mickey Cunningham is try-
ing to update the address list. If you have been
out of touch, write him to let him know where you
are. His address is 23602 S. E. 468th Way, Enum-
claw, Wash. 98022."
Ann Laura enjoyed a week aboard a houseboat
on Trinity Lake, Calif., with Ora Mae Clayton and
the Hustons. They had a great time visiting to-
gether. Enroute to Reno, Ann Laura and Ora Mae
stopped to visit the Swains at lake Tahoe.
October brought visitors from Marion, N.Y. to
Glenn and Gladys Lasher. They are John and Peggy
Lasher, Ted and Marilyn (Lasher) LeClair. While
in the NW, they will visit their nephew, Tim lash-
er and niece, Connie Pennington.
Another former Zonian has surfaced Hank Gold-
mann, of St. Helens, Or. His mother was a teacher
on the Pacific side and his father worked in the
Industrial Division, Atlantic and Pacific sides.
Hank requested an application for membership in
the Florida P.C. Society, which I sent to him.
Neilson and Doris (Chan) Etchberger of Dothan,
Ala., have moved into their new home, having a
great time fixing it up. Their first house guests
were Harry and Thelm Chan. The Chan's, now re-
tired, reside in Austin, Texas.
I had a surprise call from the children of
Graham and Grace Brotherson of California, who
were passing through. Bruce and Diane (Brotherson)
Cameron and Ralph and Debbie Brotherson and their
children were homeward bound from EXPO and fishing
in Canada with friends. My son Jim and I met them
for a pleasant but short visit and breakfast.
My mother-in-law, Ethyln Wood has been most
uncomfortable this last month with a wrenched back
but is doing much better now and not pushing her
Olga and Paul Disharoon, St. Pete, Fla., flew
to the NW to sightsee and visit with me for three
weeks. We took off on a trip to Victoria, B.C.,
North Cascade route, Chelan, Wa., where we visited
John and Garnett MLaughlin for a couple of days.
Both are well and enjoying their lovely home over-
looking Lake Chelan. Floyd and Beverly had just
left from overnighting with them when Olga, Paul
and I arrived. We enjoyed an all day cruise on
Lake Chelan aboard the launch, "Lady of the Lake".
Olga made a very good Seviche out of Halibut, and
we all relived many pleasant memories of Seviche
feasts in Panama. The Bunker's, Towery's, Disha-
roons and I enjoyed a days trip east of the Cas-
cades prior to Olga and Paul's return to Florida.
We all had a great time together!
Aboard "Lady of the Lake" on Lake Chelan
Washington. L-R: Olga Disharoon, Garnett
McLaughlin, John McLaughlin, Paul Dish-
Paul Blades, son of Hazel and Robert Blades
and nephew of Merrill Webster called me from Mon-
tana. Paul and his family are presently stationed
at Ft. Harrison in Helena, Mont. The senior Blades
are also residents of Montana but soon to move
to Kerrville, Texas. Paul is assigned to the VA
Hospital as Chief of Volunteer Services. He is
a graduate of BHS '59.
Marty Krueger called from Anchorage, Alaska.
Marty sometimes works above the Arctic Circle in
weather 50 to 60 degrees below zero (and you think
your weather is bad). Wherever he wanders in the
Northwest, he totes two sets of survival clothing
just to be on the safe side. He sent some photos
and wrote, "Of course I realize that it may not
be possible to print both pictures, but my first
choice would be the one showing my Dad with the
Caribou rack. This bull was taken by my father,
Buck Krueger, while hunting with me in early Sep-
tember. We had been flown into the headwaters of
the Charlie River just south of the Yukon River
in Western Alaska. Dad had flown up to hunt with
me for three weeks. While Caribou hunting we were
subject to all Alaska had to offer, crystal clear
10 degree nights with Northern Lights, to sleet,
hail and snow to sunny, warm 60 degree days. Not
exactly the climate he taught me to hunt in as
a boy in Panama, but not one I'll be eager to
leave anytime soon. My Mom and Dad (Barbara and
Buck Krueger) live in Austin, Texas and I've lived
in Alaska since 1979."
Buck Krueger with Caribou bull taken in
Western Alaska, just south of the Yukon
River, in September, 1986
Carl Berg (BHS '60) of Hillsboro, Or. expresses
plans for an "overdue" family get-together in
Tanpa next year at the society's annual reunion.
Carl says he regrets not being able to be at the
reunion just passed, because he enjoyed visiting
so much with his classmates at their 25th class
meeting in 1985. That was his first experience
at a class reunion; he hopes the 30th class meet-
ing in 1990 will be as successful. His older sis-
ter, Inez Berg Clark (BHS '59), and her husband,
Freddie Clark, live in Curundu. Stanley Berg (BHS
'61) lives in Tempe, Ariz., and teaches high
school English. Carl's youngest brother, Franz
"Shorty" Berg (BHS '63) lives in Lithonia, Ga.,
and works as an industrial carpenter. Franz at-
tended the last two reunions in Tampa. Janice Berg
Swanstram (BHS '65) and Betty Berg, Carl's two
younger sisters, live in Tanpa and are anxious
to see their classmates at future reunions. Par-
ents Curtis L. Berg and Margarita Berg live in
the Palma Ceia suburb of Tampa and invite their
Zonian friends to write or call anytime. Curtis
worked for the United Fruit Company and for con-
tractors at Madden Dam, and later, at Rodman, NAD,
Albrook Field, and other locations during prepara-
tions for WWII, retiring from Navy Public Works
Carl also says he is looking forward to being
at next year's Northwest llth Annual Zonian Picnic
with classmate Bryce Kimberling (BHS '60) of In-
k' iTr*E W
Do you know who this cute little girl
is? The date is April 1927, taken in
front of the Pedro Miguel Clubhouse and
swimming pool. Her present name is Jane
(Tomkins) Heselton. (BHS '40)
From the Shobes:
"Boy, what a busy summer! Went to the Reunion
in Tampa in July, our Pacific Northwest annual
picnic in August and had lots of company.
We went to Cannon Beach, Ore., for a family
reunion of Jim's mother's side; there were about
45 of us in attendance. Jim's mother Clover Shobe
enjoyed the reunion with her four sisters, Manie
Williams Van Siclen, Vancouver, Wash; Bobbie
Williams McFerrin, Birmingham, Ala; Faye Williams
Farewell, Laguna, Calif. and Merle Williams, with
whom she lives, here in Bellingham.
Jo and Lloyd Kent were here to visit Jim and
Mary Young on Camano Island; Lloyd's Aunt Ruby
in Seattle and also spent a weekend with us.
The following week, Betty Malone and daughter,
Janice M Andino, came for a week. That Sunday,
Jack and Ann Rocker, their two daughters ana two
granddaughters came to see Betty and Janice. Also,
Randy and Sherri (Daisy) Henderson, (who are ex-
pecting twins in late January), came from Allyn
Louise Veney came from Seattle to see Jim's
Mom. She is 82, looks great and is living in a
Jim went hunting with Jack Rocker and Jim Young
but didn't bag anything. I took off for Henderson-
ville, N.C. Ruth Tillman had a lovely luncheon
for her sewing group and I was included, along
with Ruth Zelnick, Betty Quintero, Fmily Johnson,
Norm Irvin and Jean Dcnbrowsky. Ruth was honoring
Norma, Ruth Zelnick and my step-mother, Alice
Roche for their birthdays and a good-bye to Emily,
as she and Howard were leaving for Florida that
Our son Stephen and wife Debbie and their three
children are due to come for the weekend soon.
Son John is fine in Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
with wife Stephanie and their two daughters. Our
daughter Clover and husband Jim Duffus and their
two are all excited because Jim's parents, Jim
and ITuisa Duffus are moving from Maine to North
Bonneville, Wash next month. Welcome to them!
Closing for 1986 to each and all, thank you
for your news. May your Christmas be Merry and
1987 bring Happiness and Good Health to one and
Martha B. Wood
Bob and Gladys Saarinen of Balboa Heights, R.P.
received the happy news that his daughter, Lynn,
recently gave up her law practice in Houston for
a promotion in Dallas. According to Lynn, her new
employers, Scheinsfeld, Malley and Kay, are the
No. 1 bankruptcy law firm in Dallas. Lynn's cur-
rent address is 8201 Mandeville Lane No. 1201,
Dallas, TX 75231.
A new adventure television series called "Pan-
ama Bay" will hopefully have same impact as Hawaii
Five-O or Magnum PI. Starring in the series is
New "Panama Bay" television series is
discussed by (L-R) Bruce Quinn, PCC Dep-
uty Administrator, Fernando Manfredo,
Jr., Hal G.- Neely and Mark Wood, (LPTV
Enterprises International), and PCC Ad-
ministrator, D.P.; McAuliffe.
Jane Russell, Sheree North, Stuart Whitman, Sheb
Wooley, Rick Jason and Panamanian actor Adolfo
Arias. Filming supposedly started Sept. 29th and
it is planned to have 45 episodes over a three-
year period. Story is about a young woman who is
studying at Oxford, England and stumbles over a
secret galleon that was sunk during the Spanish
colonial times with a treasure aboard. She comes
to Panama to look for it and stays at the Hotel
Contadora, which will be used as the main site.
The Panama Canal and various other locations in
Panama will also be film sites. Two Americans,
who travel on their yacht to Panama, meet up with
her. There is mystery, intrigue, romance, chasing
and villans while characters attempt to uncover
the riddle of sunken treasure. It is expected to
be released in May 1987. Director is Stanley Lazan
who directed "Over the Top" movie with Sly Stal-
lone. Writer is Lon Vipperman (writer for MASH
and Air Wolf). Marc Wood is the Executive Producer
and Hal G. Neely is the Producer/Writer. Bruce
Quinn, PCC Ombudsman, is coordinating efforts and
work within the Canal Area. They are working
closely with IPAT, the Institute of Tourism in
Panama on this series in order to promote tourism
The casino in the Elks Club, Balboa (which had
been open for 3 years) has been closed due to not
making enough profit. About a year ago, they took
out the crap and 21 tables leaving only the slot
machines. The casino sign was taken down in Octo-
ber. It will be missed by some of the local hard-
Finilie Daniel had an exciting boating vacation
this year when she sailed from the San Blas Is-
lands, Aug. 17, on the 41-foot sloop, BEAR, with
Capt. Howard Mills and Karen Barkley (both from
San Diego and known around the Zone). With rough
weather all the way to Cmoa, Honduras, they drop-
ped the hook and spent 2 days exploring and sam-
pling the 16cal beer. Their next stop was Living-
ston, at the mouth of the Rio Dulce, Guatemala
and then they motored up to the Catamaran Hotel,
which is becoming a hot retirement/investment
spot. Howie's brother, Jeff, joined them and over
the next 2 weeks they visited Fort San Felipe and
sailed across Lake Isabel where they ventured up
a tributary, hearing and seeing the howler monkeys
and feeling very closed in by the jungle. Then
they visited Quirigua by bus and Guatemala City
in a rented car to visit popular market places,
Chichicateneango and Santiago Lake Atitlan. Emilie
encourages all to visit beautiful Guatemala no
problems with the military great bargain shop-
ping, climate, people and sights. Emilie is now
back to work with PCC in the Office of General
Counsel and looking forward to CHS 15-year reunion
in Tampa in '87. Emilie encourages all CHS'ers
to make an effort to attend.
For those members who have expressed interest,
the following streets in the "Canal Zone" area
have been changed by Panama to:
Avenue & 4th of
La Boca Road
Avenida Omar Torrijos
Avenida de los Martires (This
road extends from Frangipani
past Morrisons and to the
Avenida R. F. Chiari
Avenida Estado de Barbados
Avenida Estado de Jamaica
Avenida 7 de septiembre
Avenida Ascanio Villalaz
Avenida Soberana (Part of An-
drews Rd.from 4th of July
up to Q.H. now handed over
It may be interesting to note that whereas some
new street signs have sprung up, there are still
some old ones standing, sometimes causing some
confusion. Many, many street signs throughout the
Canal area have disappeared (souvenirs?) adding
to more confusion. Most people, whether U.S. or
Panamanian, still use the old names of the
streets. For example, a visitor friend of mine
told a taxi driver to take him to Avenida Estado
de Barbados and he did not know where to take him.
When he saw where it was, he said, "Hey, man,
that's La Boca Road." For those who have not
heard, the name of Diablo Heights has been offi-
cially changed by Panama to Altos de Jesus. Some
suspected diehard loyal Diablo teenage residents,
however, have not accepted this and have realtered
several newly made signs back to "Diablo".
A spare Miraflores Locks miter gate
floats through Pedro Miguel Locks on its
way to the Industrial Division in Mount
Hope for rehabilitation. Two such spare
gates were built for the Panama Canal in
1943 and are kept floating on standby in
Miraflores Lake. Both massive structures
will replace a pair of Miraflores miter
gates, scheduled for complete rehab-
ilitation next summer. With an 82-foot
height, 65-foot width, 7-foot thickness
and weighing 790 tons each, these are
the Canal's biggest and heaviest miter
gates, standing strong against the
changing Pacific tides.
Willian John Nickisher (Will) met his brother,
Raymond Nickisher, at this year's reunion in
Tanpa. Will then went with son, John, and Gus de
la Guardia to represent Panama in two Junior Golf
Tournaments, the Future Masters in Dothan and the
Florida Southern in Pensacola. Quite a few Zonians
came to the country club to cheer the boys on.
John qualified and finished in the top 20. Will
saw so many old friends there, too numerous to
mention. Then it was on to Pensacola where they
saw Steve Goodmn, Assistant Golf Pro at Tiger
Point. Steve is the son of well known former
Panama Golf Pro Dick Goodnan. John again qualified
and was one stroke out of 1st place. Then Will
and John went on to Tallahassee where they visited
Jim and Hilda Givens.
Will and John went on to Miami via Tanpa to
pick up eldest son, Tom, and joined Will's wife,
Sally (Harrold) Nickisher and daughters Lori and
Connie. They all stayed with eldest daughter lee
(Nickisher) Gaul and her husband, Kenny Gaul in
Pembroke Pines, Fla. Lee gave birth to lovely
Nicole Lynn Gaul (Nikki) on July 28th. They made
another side trip to visit son Tom and his room-
mate Arthur Egger in Tampa. They also visited Jim
and Marie (Cicero) Morris, Cori MNrris and her
two daughters; Gloria and Jack Corrigan, and Chris
and Valerie Holt in Clearwater. Then it was home
for a well needed rest.
Major landslide in Canal
Reach. Note huge boulder,
photo, in the Canal.
right side of
A major landslide in the Panama Canal on Oct.
14 at Cucaracha Reach south of Gold Hill (and
across from Contractor's Hill) caused one-way
traffic. It was not necessary to close the Canal
as the channel had 148 feet at its narrowest point
but PCC had to impose draft restrictions until
Enjoying Playboy magazine? Actually,
newly promoted Burton F. Mead and Wil-
liam J. Joyce are discussing financial
Congratulations to William J. Joyce, the new
PCC's Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Burt
Mead, new PCC's System Division Chief. Bill is
married to the former Mildred Gibbs and Burt is
married to the former Carol Morland. In the past,
both gentlemen have received special awards for
David (Fred) Mead, Burt's dad, visited the
Meads in the Canal Zone for 6 weeks. He was lucky
enough to be there to help Burt celebrate his new
promotion. Burt and Fred left in October to go
back to Dothan, Alabama. Then Burt went on to
visit his sons Ricky Mead, Keith Mead and Gilbert
Corrigan in Tallahassee where they painted the
town red in good old Zonian fashion.
"Mindi" ready to go The cutter dredge
"Mindi," white teeth bared for action,
prepares to leave the Industrial Divi-
sion following extensive renovations.
Photo by Arthur Pollack
the depth of the changed could be surveyed. A huge
boulder fell into the channel and it was feared
a second one on the bank could also become a prob-
lem. The last major slide at Cucaracha Reach was
in 1920 and it closed the Canal for four days.
Mary Iu (Dailey) lng
The Atlantic side population continues to dwin-
dle. As of a June 30, 1986, census report, the
Atlantic Canal-area is home to a total of 713 men,
women and children, compared to 3,742 on the Paci-
fic side. Atlantic siders are still a special
breed of folks, though, sticking together and
holding to the old traditions.
Jerry and Reidunn Petroni and family will be
leaving Gatun soon to take up residence in Flor-
ida, where Jerry, a Canal pilot, will begin a new
job. They will sure be missed!
Tim and Theresa (Snider) Herring are expecting
two visitors for Christmas. The first one, their
number fifth child, will likely stay around
awhile, playing with brothers Tan, ahristopher,
and Joey, and sister Mary, while the other visi-
tor, Theresa's mom, Kathy Snider, is coming to
help take care of the newcomer.
Sunny (Morland) Mizrachi welcomed a visitor
recently, too. An old friend, Jean Chassaignac,
came down to get reacquainted with Panama after
being away and living in New Orleans for 20 years.
Sunny and Andrew Lim showed her the sights on the
Atlantic side, and another good friend, Margaret
leigh joined them for many of their activities.
Lew and Sue (Lessiack) Stabler continue to be
ridiculously happy with their two new adopted
sons, Timothy James, age six months, and Jospeh
Robert, two-and-a-half months. The boys are fit-
ting right in to life in Gatun. Daughter, Leslie
Griffin, is having an excellent second year at
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, but
misses spending time with her new bros.
The Cristobal High School TIGERS are having
a great year so far, with wins recorded for the
football team and the girls' basketball team.
School population may be way down, 285 as of mid-
October, but school spirit is still up!
Some things never change!!
Car carrier traffic at the Panama Canal
has risen significally during fiscal
year 1986 and is expected to continue at
the current high levels. During the
coming year, this traffic could account
for some $62 million in tolls revenue.
Photo by Kevin Jenkins.
Remember Gemninal Escapa, the Margarita Club-
house barber? Well, he's set up shop in Gatun now
and has begun cutting hair for a new generation
of Canal kids. His shop is in the renovated base-
ment area of the old bachelor buildings near Gatun
Becky (Courtney) and Fred Highley are having
fun with their new family member, Christopher John
born in April, and they get a lot of "help" from
daughter Nikkidd, age two-and-a-half. Becky's dad,
Tan Courtney, made a trip to Panama recently to
visit his two grands.
Ned and Mike (Coffey) Blennerhassett and family
vacationed in Europe this past summer. One of the
best vacations they've ever had according to Mike.
Three Gatun girls are on this year's Cristobal
High School Homecoming Court: Tiernan Corrigan,
Missy DeBoer and Kristi Bjorneby. Their reign oc-
curs at the Homecoming Game on Friday, October
24. Congratulations, girls!!
The Gatun firefighters recently played host
to a group of preschoolers during Fire Prevention
Week open house. The kiddos, who got a first-hand
look at the life of a firefighter were: Joey and
Mary Herring, Sondra Doubek, Nildd Highley, and
Sarah Bell. As usual, folks at the Gatun Fire Sta-
tion outdid themselves!
Would be safe to say the Gatun American Legion
Club is no more. The only reminder of the old days
is a concrete slab where the building used to
Tug "PAZ", newest addition to the PCC
fleet, demonstrates its cruising speed
and maneuverability at the Canal's Pac-
ific entrance, following its August for-
mal acceptance ceremony.
Penny (Wilder) and Vincent Canamas hosted some
states visitors recently, among them Janet Cooper,
who now lives in California and who loved seeing
all the old sights. The Canamas invited lots of
Janet's old friends over for a BYO-steak party
one evening. She got to visit with Gayle and
Robert Rankin, Ginny and Billy Rankin, Sue and
Lew Stabler, Tim and Theresa Herring, Sid Coffin,
Al Chase, Tiernan and Alberta Corrigan, Mike and
Sheila Bell, Tita Dunlap, Mike Andrews, Ed Stan-
ford and several others. It was a good night for
traveling down memory lane.
Gayle (Fettler) Rankin is looking forward to
a Christmas visit from her parents, John and Vera
Fettler, and her brother, Kevin Fettler.
Some of our college kids will be home for
Christmas, too, including Greg DeBoer, Sandi
Rankin, Angie Robertson, Leslie Griffin, and Tracy
Kraemer, whose fiance is tagging along.
Brian Roscoe is coming home for one last
Christmas, after which he and his parents, Kenny
and Nancy Roscoe, will be leaving Gatun to settle
Jan Johnston and Wallace Teal will have a full
house over the holidays. Jan's mom, Muriel
Johnston is coming for a visit from Kerrville,
Texas, and daughter, Dawn Teal will be making her
annual Christmas pilgrimage home.
Word has been received from Pat McDonough in
Jacksonville, Florida, indicating all has gone
well with her move from Gatun to the U.S.A. That
is, all except for a "little" fire that totalled
her brand new car with only 75 miles on it. The
miracle is that no one and nothing besides the
car was hurt. She says both her kids, Beth and
Adam are doing well, Beth in her last year of col-
lege, Adam in his first.
Tom and Judy (Fears) McLean have a newcomer
in their household, little daughter Jamie, born
early this year. Her sister Michelle, age six,
couldn't be prouder.
Sylvia (Glass) Landrum flew to the states on
an unhappy, emergency mission around the middle
of October. She received word that her father,
Carl Glass, was very ill, and we have since learn-
ed that he passed away shortly after her arrival.
Much missed on the Atlantic scene are Glenda
(Denpsey) Kbchel, Stephanie and Dylan. We hear
that they are all doing well and enjoying new
lives in the Washington, D.C. area. Glenda's wed-
ding to Mike Kochel, celebrated at the Brazos
Heights Elks Lodge, was the event of the season.
And that's about it for this time. Hope this
puts the Atlantic side back on the map. There are
still a few of us here, holding down the fort.
Susan K. Stabler
Gatun, R. de P.
A beautiful day in South Carolina, Sept. 18,
found twenty of our members enjoying a buffet
luncheon at the Sheraton West in Columbia.
Those present were: Olga Holmes, Ethel and De-
Witt Tate, Grace and B.J. Hartley, Jack and Phyl-
lis Woodzell, Evelyn and Howard Hilborn, Eletheer
Catron, Dorothy and John Everson, Lorna Shore,
Leona Badonsky, Peggy and Don Hutchison, Billie
Roe, Don Boland, and Trudi and lee Clontz.
Congratulations were in order as Lorna Shore
was celebrating her birthday the day of the lunch-
eon, and Dorothy and John Everson had celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary on August 22, and
Grace and B.J. Hartley had hosted a party for
them. Later this year we hope to hear more about
Dorothy and John's present to each other a trip
to Australia and New Zealand. They expect to leave
November 9 and be gone about one month.
On the first day of August, Jerry and Kay
(Frangioni) Pierce began a two week vacation,
driving to Cleveland, Ohio, where they visited
relatives, then headed to Niagra Falls, N.Y. to
help their youngest daughter, Lorie, with last
minute details for her wedding to Robert A. Band,
Jr. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Kay's par-
ents, Ralph (Tony) and Naoni Frangioni, drove in
from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and the Pierce's
other daughters and families Jack and Kathy Han-
cock with their daughters Sarah, Melissa and Step-
hanie of Lake Jackison, Texas, and Ben and Jan
Stallings of Arlington flew in to join the fes-
On August 9, the families traveled to Honey
Harbour, Ontario, Canada, for a week of fishing,
boating, and just being together. Former neighbors
of Jerry and Kay, the Mooreheads, also were pre-
sent on the 12th when they all celebrated the
first birthday of the twins, Melissa and Steph-
anie. The proud Frangioni great-grandparents real-
ly enjoyed that clear, cool Canadian weather. The
Pierces and Frangioni's said their farewells at
Niagara Falls and journeyed together to Fairmont,
W.V., and from there Ralph and Naomi detoured to
Athens, Ohio to visit Naomi's sister. Jerry and
from the Officers of the 1anama (toanal otietU
40 ^ 0 r 014
Kay returned home to check on Alice Pierce who
had kept the home fires burning in Graniteville.
In mid-July Lorna Shore visited family in Cana-
da, accompanied by her daughter, Sandra Davis,
and grandson Adam. At the same time, Lorna's
grandson Stevie LeBlanc headed south and enjoyed
ten days of scuba diving in the Keys and the Baha-
Dorothy and Harry Willenbrock were pleased to
have their daughter Susan Wiseman with them for
two weeks in August when Harry came home from the
nursing home in Edgefield having suffered a
stroke some weeks earlier. As of this writing he
is making progress slowly and Dorothy is work-
ing hard to get him back on his feet.
The Dmbrowskys and Hutchisons have traded
visits recently. Jean and Jack came to Aiken for
a few days in mid-September and while here Jean
attended "Aiken's Makin's" Craft Show. I hear that
Peggy reciprocated by doing some Christmas shop-
ping while in Hendersonville this week.
Mrs. Russell Percy enjoyed having as house-
guests for a weekend, her daughter, Mrs. Henry
Pridgen, of Cordele, Ga., and granddaughter, Paula
Pridgen of Statesboro, Ga.
Aiken did have some representatives at the
Dothan gathering in October as the Badonskys and
Catrons attended the men to golf, and the gals
I thought this not-so-consistent reporter would
try to get one more article in from Houston before
Drake, Wade and I head for new horizons, hopefully
somewhere in Florida. Anyone in the Houston vicin-
ity interested in picking up where I am leaving
off, please feel free to contact me or Pat Beall,
Jack and Marge Ruoff now have their daughter,
Gina, and her daughter, Lee, living very close
by. Gina is teaching an elementary class in the
Kingwood Independent School District, having moved
down here from the great northwest. I saw Gina
and Lee at a 3rd birthday party honoring Shelley
Sanders' in early September at her parent's Phil
and Debbie (Boswell) Sanders' new home in Friends-
wood. Lisa Weigle, Wade Carlisle, John Trim, Brian
Boswell, Jennifer Boswell and Shelley's sister,
Marla, also helped her celebrate her birthday.
Marge (Harrington) and Pete Foster visited
Houston in September and were able to visit with
some friends from the past. Yolanda (Beverhoudt)
and Ralph Hauke are in Houston with their daughter
Blanche and son, Ralph. Ralph, Jr., is undergoing
treatment at the Medical Center, so they will be
here through January before returning to Panama.
It was great visiting with them and sharing
stories of Cristobal and Colon and the way "things
used to be". Ann and George Downing have also got-
ten together with the Haukes. Tony, who went to
school with Ralph, Jr., has taken him on a "tour"
of the ship channel and Ann has introduced them
to the finer arts of Houston by taking them to
the ballet. Yolanda and Ralph, Jr., also ran into
the Dabney Meekers from Margarita who are now re-
siding in East Texas. As coincidence will have
it, Ralph's physical therapist is dating the
Meekers' son and their daughter, Jamie lives here.
Lou Carlisle drug herself from her condo on
the beach in Coronado and spent some time with
all her children and grandchildren. Drake and
Colette (Foster) Carlisle, Jerry and Cathy (Car-
lisle) Weigle, Lou and MaryAnn Carlisle celebrated
John Carlisle's birthday in a Mexican (as close
as we could get to Panamanian) restaurant, then
went back to his house, put on the Lucho records,
and showed his teen-age daughters how to dance.
Cathy also recited some poetry in Bajun for John's
daughter, Karen, to use in one of her class pro-
The Secretary/Treasurer, Shirley (Harrington)
Boswell and husband, Jerry, took a break from the
society's computer and came over to check on their
Houston based family. Each of the kids got a lit-
tle of their time, and last report was that every-
one is looking forward to the next visit.
Ed McArthur celebrated his marriage to Vicki
Breaz on Saturday, September 18, 1986. The wedding
ceremony was very special in that it incorporated
a little bit of each of their culture, Panamanian
and Rumanian. During the reception/brunch, com-
plete with empanadas, this reporter recognized
t-e following Zonian faces: Kyle Gibson, Cookie
Noolan, Noreen Hanson, Valerie Krueger, Colin
Creole, Bob Menniger, Julie Bose, Jim Snider,
Stephanie Nellis, Rod Snyder, Chck and Nancy
(Knick) Soukup, Bonnie Steiner, Manuel Catzoela
("Catz"), Mike Morris, George Mikez, Pat Fallon,
David Evans and his wife, Carmen, Jim McCarrick
and many more whole faces I could not place with
names. Of course, Bobo McArthur and Eddy's nom,
and sisters, Iolly and Ruthie, and brother,
Richard were all in attendance. The end to the
perfect wedding was to be a departure by the bride
and groom in a hot-air balloon, but the beautiful
"dry season" weather that blessed the day made
it a bit too breezy to accommodate their final
plans. All the same, it couldn't have been nicer.
I should write a stirring final goodbye as my
brief stint as Houston reporter, but honestly I
am so excited about our move that I can think of
no regrets and plan on looking back on our stay
in Houston with happy memories.
Responses have been good to the notices that
were mailed announcing the December 13 Hill Coun-
try Zonians' Annual Christmas Party. Registration
and happy Hour begin at 6:00 PM and Dinner will
be served at 7:30 PM. Hope to see you all there
to start off the Holiday Season in great style.
Congratulations to Ed and Juanita Webster who
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently
here in Kerrville. They were married in Ector,
Texas September 3, 1936. Their daughters hosted
a family celebration. The Websters lived in Dallas
and Sherman, Texas before moving to the Canal Zone
in 1940. Ed worked for the Dredging Division, Navy
and Housing Division during his years on the Isth-
mus. He retired from Housing Division in 1970 and
the family returned to Texas. The couple have two
daughters: Martha Baze of Austin, Texas and Nancy
Lindenmeyer of Maryland. Martha has three sons
and Nancy has three daughters. We add our best
wishes for continued happiness.
Ed and Juanita Webster 5oth Wedding
Anniversary September 3, 1936 1986.
J.B. and Annette Fields, and their daughter
Jo-Ann drove to Bismarck, N.D. in July to attend
the Supreme Assembly of Rainbow Girls. While in
Bismarck, the Fields visited with Eleanor and
Howard Buehler and their daughter, Beverly. They
drove to South Dakota to see Mt. Rushmore, the
Black Hills and to see where work is going on for
the Crazy Horse Monument. Then on to Cheyenne,
Wyo. to see their eldest granddaughter and An-
nette's first cousin. On their return, they stop-
ped in Amherst, Texas to visit with Dr. Iouise
N.de Boer who is now a practicing physician there.
Annette reports that all three of them stood the
trip very well and enjoyed every minute.
Anna Lee and Ted Young have forsaken the city
life in San Antonio for a peaceful, beautiful new
home in Kerrville. Welcome home. We are so happy
to have you back in the Hill Country. Anna Lee
and Ted drove to Oklahoma to attend Anna Lee's
50th class reunion. Anna Lee says they are so hap-
py they went.
Joe and Lorene Bialkowski are actively involved
with the Hill Country Promenaders. They danced
with the group at a promotional demonstration at
our local mall during National Square Dance Month
in September. They also traveled to Missouri in
June to dance with the group. Joe and Lorene visi-
ted with Joe's daughter Charlotte Winn and his
two grandsons in Pensacola, Fla. recently.
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Joe and Lorene Bialkowski with Hill
Clara Chambers was visiting with her daughter
in Ft. Worth recently when she became ill and had
to be hospitalized there. She is back at home in
Kerrville now and getting along nicely. She sends
her love and thanks for all the "best wishes" and
prayers she received.
Helen and Ezra Smith escaped the Texas sumner
again this year. They hunted and fished in the
great Northwest, returning home in September.
Helen says she didn't have to outrun any bears
this year, although some were sighted. They were
home long enough for Helen to re-pack her suitcase
and she was off again for a visit with family and
friends in New York City.
Elsie and Ray Larson have just finished remod-
eling their home. They say the yard still needs
their attention, but they are tackling that in
between trips and visits from friends. Dorothy
and Ed Hepner, of Margarita, R.P., came to see
their new home. Elsie and Ray have returned from
Seattle and Spokane where they visited family re-
Marilyn Carter and Elsie larson hosted a lunch-
eon honoring Elsie's house guest, Dorothy Hepner,
and Mariel Johnston's two daughters-in-law: Connie
and Gladys. Connie is Gary Johnston's wife and
Gladys is Ionnie Johnston's wife. The girls kept
Muriel company while Les, Gary, Lonnie and Ray
Larson were hunting, fishing and fixing the fami-
ly's cabin in Wyoming.
Charles Newberry from Dothan, Ala. visited Les
and Muriel Johnston on his trip to California.
While here he also visited the Griers and Bishops.
Olga Nordstran had a visit from her brother
and sister-in-law, Julio and Freida Daomiguez of
Colon, R.P. The Dominguez' were on their way to
North Carolina to visit their daughter and family.
John, Kathy and Cody Keenan of Houston, Texas
came to visit the Rhynes and introduce Cody (19
months). Camille Eastham was here at that time
and they all enjoyed a good visit-and Harvey's
I was delighted to be of help when Barry Schoch
of Denton, Texas, called one evening trying to
locate an old friend and former neighbor for his
mother. As a result, I had a nice, unexpected tel-
ephone visit with Anna McFadden Schoch. Anna and
her husband Jerry are still living in their re-
tirement home in Santa Clara, R.P. This is what
our Society and Record are all about and I love
being a part of it.
I hope many of you were able to watch the Miss
Universe Beauty Pageant on TV, when it was held
in Panama. The consensus was that it was a magni-
ficent show. The scenes of Panama, the folkloric
dancers, and jungle theme were spectacular. We
are all proud of Panama. Sorry Miss U.S.A. (Miss
Texas) did not win. She was a 10 in our book.
As for now, I'm doing this report from Phoenix,
Arizona. Stella Boggs De Marr is here to attend
her son's wedding in Mesa, AZ. Glenn De Marr and
Laurie Seversen were married October 11, 1986...a
lovely girl and a beautiful evening wedding. Ex-
citement was everywhere in the preparations and I
stayed at my favorite resort Lt. Col. (Ret) Fern
(Horine) Dabill's home...travelling back and forth
from Phoenix to Mesa. I feel I'm getting that
'fever' of loving Arizona...just love that hot
When Roseary (Millett) Gilead of Arlington
heard that I was headed for Phoenix, she asked me
to be sure to visit the Toners who live in Scotts-
dale. Barney Toner, his sister, Eileen (Toner) Day
and his mother, Mildred. As a result of our trip
to their home, I realized my editorial mistake in
the March issue, giving everyone a good laugh....
Barney came out the winner because I had him mar-
ried to his mother and his sister placed as his
daughter...so uproariously he had fun ordering his
supposed 'wife' and 'daughter' around! Remember
that old fun dream TV show of "Queen for a Day?"
Well, Barney was 'king' for a couple of days! We
all became very chunmy after that, and it was all
'remember when?' Barney loved the Cristobal side
and entertained us with his stories...especially
about the Washington Pool...he just loved all the
girls...so pretty, and named them all, and he re-
called how the soldiers at nearby Fort DeLesseps
were constantly eyeing them from the embankment
next to the pool.
John B. Toner was a sheet metal worker on both
sides of the Isthmus from the time he arrived in
1934 until they left in 1948 and moved to New
York. Mildred, his wife, had three children, John
Neil, Barney and Eileen. Mildred looked very
pretty and as young as ever. They seemed to
thoroughly enjoy our visit. She remembered me,
and to Fern "Please come back to see us!"
Sara Storey of Arlington, Va. celebrated her
birthday in an unusual way! It was at the C.Z.
Pocono's Reunion in Tannersville, Pa. A beautiful
spot with a panorama in various shades of yellow
and delightful cool weather. The best part was the
Canal gang from the surrounding areas who were fun
loving!...Showed films, sang, danced, good food,
even some empanadas. They really surprised Sara
and another girl with a big cake and that happy
tune! It was the first Pocono reunion for Sara and
myself, and we are greatful to Rosemary Gilead for
asking us to attend with her on the weekend of
An interesting phone call about the Florida Re-
union! This really happened and is hard to believe
it actually happened as it did...so, to set the
story off...I do recall that at the Ball on Sat-
urday night during intermission, someone at the
microphone yelled, "Cinco Cinco is waiting at
che front!" I remember saying to my friends, "What
Cinco...why a number cinco?" Well, a gentleman by
the name of Wendell Allen who lived in Gatun and
worked on the Locks was nicknamed 'Cinco'. He also
knew the Styles family and Bobbie Styles worked
for him. Bobbie got in touch with him about going
to this 1986 Reunion...first time for him, and to
catch up on all these years. He came...roomed at
the Hyatt and looked around for signs of them on
the first night. Bobbie Styles is now married to
Eduard Fields, living in Santa Rosa, CA. Next day,
'Cinco' called them...will meet in the lobby. He
waited and waited....nothing happened. Eventually
he called them again, and was told to meet at the
Ball. He went early and waited at the front. No
dice. Finally he asked to have it announced on the
P.A. system. Well, again nothing happened! He was
exhausted...eyeballs and feet were worn out. There
was a spacing of 41 years there. On the Zone he
lived upstairs of the Post Office. Lee Kariger was
his boss and he did see Lee and his daughter,
Nancy...but no Bobbie! Sad and bewildered, he flew
back to Washington DC area.
Back at home he gets another call from Bobbie
and her husband...they are routing their trip thru
Washington, DC just to see him...could they meet
at the hotel? Fine!
Knowing this area, he arrives early...looks at
every car arriving...never spotting her. Could he
have changed that much, or could she?
He finally talked to the Doorman..."Yes", he
said, "The two of you were standing next to each
other"...Can you imagine that?
He did find them finally, happy and laughing at
the whole experience. He took them sight-seeing as
well and all ended beautifully.
Mr. Allen called to tell me his 'believe it or
not' story. Thanks so much, 'Cinco', you sound
like a lot of fun and you can laugh at yourself.
I really would love to meet you sometime...say...
at the Tropic Bar on Bottle Alley? I'll wear a red
dress...ginger-lily in my hair...sipping coconut
water from a freshly cut coconut with a straw..OK?
Stella Boggs De Marr
Time for another issue already?! I can't be-
Barbara (Betcher) Barkeim wrote that they were
in the middle of remodeling their kitchen (by now
it should almost be complete). Their home is 130
years old so she says it definitely needs a few
things renewed! She was also busy getting kids
ready for the beginning of the school year. Said
in August the weather in Minnesota was already
in the 40's at night and the 60's during the day!
Barbara Goodwin attended the Canal Zone picnic
(in Tarpon Springs, Fl.) with me in October. When
she got home that evening her eye began to bother
her and within a matter of hours it was swollen
shut! She wanted to know if this was a test for
those attending the picnic for the first time?
I assured her it wasn't so she said she'd be back
next year. Barb left the zone in 1972 when her
father was transferred stateside. She is currently
a Captain in the Air Force and is the Area Defense
Counsel at MacDill Air Force Base here in Tampa.
Got a real big surprise last week when I an-
swered my phone and found myself speaking to Bev-
early (Olsen) Bouche! Seems her husband, Bud, is
going to be in the Coast Guard here and they are
in the process of moving to Clearwater. Needless
to say I can't wait for the move to be final!
My sister, Vicki, came in for a weeks visit.
While she was here we all moved in with my par-
ents, Vic and June May and we all spent some time
at EPCOT and Sea World. Needless to say Jess thor-
oughly enjoyed getting to know Aunt "Bicki"!
Got a real nice note from Theresa (Snider) Her-
ring. She along with husband, Tim and their 4 (al-
most 5) children are still living in Gatun. She
would like me to pass on the following "tid-bits".
Her brother, Mike, is practicing law with a firm
in Kansas City. Sister, Patty is kept busy mother-
ing her 3 girls and working at St. Francis Hospi-
tal in Topeka. Patty just recently attended a sem-
inar in Denver and while there spent some time
visiting with sister, Beth and her children.
Brother, Jim, is living at home, in Washington,
with Mom and Dad Snider and brother Bill, while
working at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard. Brother,
Tom, is mothering/fathering daughter Kristen (or
'"ambo-ita" as grandma calls her) in their home
in Washington. Dad Snider spent some time, in Oc-
tober, hunting in Montana and'Mmn Snider is spend-
ing her time preparing for Christmas in Gatun and
the arrival of her llth grandchild (Theresa is
due on Dec. 24th)! Theresa also enclosed this won-
derful picture of her in-laws, Margaret and George
Herring (currently living in New York)! Along with
Tim and Theresa expecting in Dec. is Mark and
Heidi Herring expecting in November and Elaine
(Herring) and Rock Mason expecting in March! The
George and Margaret Herring are parents
to ten (10) and grandparents to twenty-
eight (28) soon to be 31!
As I have mentioned in the past, Billy Snider
is still on the road to recovery from an auto ac-
cident in October 1984. The following was submit-
ted by Theresa (Snider) Herring.
"It's hard to believe that on October 18, 1986,
two years have passed since my brother, Bill, was
involved in a serious car accident. Since then
Bill has undergone several serious operations,
6 months at the Good Samaritan Hospital Rehabili-
tation Center, 4 months at the University of Wash-
ington Rehabilitation Center and the rest of the
time has been spent at home with speech, occupa-
tional and physical therapists, as well as per-
sonal friends providing home care for Bill. Bill
has now returned to North Kitsap High School on
a part-time basis and is currently attending Green
Mountain Rehabilitation Medical facility in Bre-
merton while residing at home in Poulsbo, Wash.
Primary care is provided by my loving parents.
Their steadfastness, coupled with Bill's high
spirits, have produced miraculous results.
Although Bill's wheelchair is a necessity now,
he's developing leg strength to be walking in the
future. Bill's great sense of humor has sustained
everyone through these difficult two years. This
summer he attended two sessions at the Easter
Seals carp with rave reviews from his counselors
about his jokes.
Bill Snider at EXPO '86.
We believe with all our hearts that the pray-
ers and support from all our families and friends
have contributed immeasurably to Bill's progress.
Thank you and God Bless you all from Bill's proud
Now before I close I'd like to wish you each
a very Happy Holiday Season!
Capt. Dennis Huff, right, received his
limited license and a hearty handshake
from his brother, Capt. William Huff, Jr
who has been a Panama Canal pilot for
several years. Capt. Huff Dennis, that
is was promoted from a pilot-in-train-
ing to a limited pilot last month.
Photo by Arthur Pollack
TETTENBURNS HONORED ON 50TH
Mr. and Mrs. Howard T. Tettenburn of Keyser,
West Virginia, were honored June 15, 1986 on the
occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.
The event took place at the Emmanuel Episcopal
Church Parish Hall in Keyser.
Mr. and Mrs. Tettenburn retired in 1971 after
being employed by the US Government in the Panama
Canal Zone for 30 years.
They are the parents of a son, Thamas, a re-
tired lieutenant commander in the US Navy, who re-
sides in San Diago, Calif. They have three grand-
sons, Gary, Mark, and Wade Tettenburn, who also
reside in California.
The Parish Hall was decorated in the tradi-
tional gold and white color scheme. Floral
arrangements of yellow roses, white mums and baby
breath highlighted the buffet table and piano.
White bells and bows adorned the Hall. An arrange-
ment of photographs of the couple's life together
and their families was displayed. Tom Tettenburn
presented his parents with a corsage and bouton-
Approximately 100 friends and relatives attend-
ed the celebration. Out-of-town guests included
Maxine Leon, Anaheim, CA; Toni Leon, Denver, CO.,
and Thums and Lou Tettenburn, San Diego, CA.
THE JOHN SCHMIDTS CELEBRATE 50TH
John C. and Ruth E. (Barlow) Schmidt were hon-
ored on their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a
celebration at the Egypt Shrine Temple in Tampa,
Florida on July 25, 1986. The reception and dinner
were hosted by their son, John C. Schnidt, Jr. and
wife, Alice, of Huntsville, Alabama.
Gold dominated the decorations with gold flow-
ers and asparagus fern in conch shells adorning
the dinner tables, gold decor on the two-tiered
anniversary cake, and gold gladiolas and roses in
the floral centerpiece, presented by their grand-
children, Dearme Andrews, Pamela Schnidt and Step-
Following the dinner a program was presented
which included anecdotal stories supplied by the
guests, a review of 1936 events, a "Longly-wed"
game, and presentation of a memory book, special
gifts and greetings. The guest list included many
friends from as far away as California and New
Jersey, each of whom brought a yellow rose to the
Ruth and John Schmidt
July 25, 1986
Ruth's brother, Chester (Bud) Barlow, and sis-
ters, Carol (Barlow) Vezina, and Phyllis (Barlow)
Ladlamnn attended as well as John's sister, Ruth
Other family friends originally from the Zone,
included son, John C. Jr., brother-in-law, Jimny
Vezina and Pete Tortorici, and friends Leonard and
Olga Caisse, Jack Campbell, Bud and Gen Dyer, Joe
and Mil Hickey, Bob and Dot Herrington, Jim and
Elaine IcConaghy, Willie and Marie Moore, and Tom
Richard S.' Fisher and Jennifer Suzanne
JEFFRIES FISHER ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis B. Jeffries (Jinger Rein-
hardt) announce the approaching marriage of their
daughter, Jennifer Suzanne, to Richard Stephen
Fisher, all of Rockledge, Florida, on December 31,
1986 in Rockledge.
Jennifer is a graduate of Balboa High School,
and is employed by Protecol Film Lab and is at-
tending Brevard Community College, Cocoa, Florida.
Richard is a graduate of Balboa High School.
He is also attending Brevard Comunity College and
is a candidate for the Air Force ROTC Officers
Program, and is employed by Wal-Mart Stores.
Jennifer is the granddaughter of the late Vera
BARBER PAULSON ENGAGEMENT
Deanna Barber and Buddy Barber of Tallahassee,
Florida announce the engagement of their daughter,
Cynthia (Cindy) Joy Barber to larry Michael (Mike)
Paulson, son of Cash and Mary Jane Paulson of
Tallahassee, Florida and former residents of Gatun
Cindy attended High School and Jr. College in
Tallahassee and is currently attending Florida
State University where she is working toward her
B.S. in Finance.
Mike attended Cristobal High School through
1978 and then moved with his family to Tallahassee
where he completed High School in 1979. Mike re-
ceived his A.A. degree from Tallahassee Conmunity
College in 1983.
A morning wedding is planned for December 13,
1986, in Tallahassee, Fla.
also contributed articles and column to such maga-
zines as Orni, Science Digest, Popular Science and
Tom received his PhD in aerospace engineering
from the University of Michigan, and then winning
fellowships at CIT and the Max Planck Institute
for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, West Germany.
Tom is listed in "Who's Who" in the World and
was listed twice in "Outstanding Young men of
He lives in Fountain Valley, California at the
Cadet 1st Class Christopher L.- Jeffries
C. JEFFRIES, FUTURE AF OFFICER
Cadet First Class Cbristopher L. Jeffries, of
the United States Air Force Academy, will graduate
in May, 1987. Chris is the son of Curt and Jinger
(Reinhardt) Jeffries, now of Rockledge, Florida.
He is a 1983 graduate of Balboa High School,
and was a member of the Balboa Rams football team,
the Red Machine football and track teams, and the
National Honor Society.
Chris is majoring in biology and plans to go
through jat training immediately following grad-
uation, and pursue a Masters Degree in Genetics.
He has just completed Junp School and training
in a T-41 trainer at the Academy.
TOM HEPPENHEIMER AUTHOR
If you like books about science, or if you read
the science magazines from your local newstand,
you may know the name of Thuas A. Heppenheimer.
He is the son of the late Henry and Betty Heppen-
heimer of Coco Solo.
He lived on the Atlantic side (CHS '64), and
since 1978 has been an author and free-lance
Tom is currently writing his 5th book and has
Tom Heppenheimer and friend, Angela
Following a 23-year career with the Pan-
ama Canal, John IY. Wagner, seated, re-
tires, passing on the duties of Deputy
Director of the Office of Personnel Ad-rr
ministration to George Mercier, stand-
ing, the first Panamanian to serve in
that post. Mercier is a 1957 Cristobal
High School graduate.
Photo by Kevin Jenkins
Sandy and Chris Bensen
Debra Ann Hepler and Jon Louis Dedeaux
DEDEAUX HEPLER ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hepler of Pensacola, Florida,
announce the engagement of their daughter Debra
Ann Hepler to Jon louis Dedeaux, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Iouis F. Dedeaux of Pensacola, Florida, form-
erly of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Jon graduated from Cristobal High School with
the Class of 1977 and received his AA Degree in
Electronics from Eastern Kentucky University.
Debra attended Pensacola Junior College.
Debra and Jon are both employed with All Pro
Sound in Pensacola.
No date has been set for the wedding.
Sandy Howell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne
Ball, and Christopher L. Bensen, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Edward H. Bensen, were married at the Hut
Restaurant Garden in Buckingham, Florida, June
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Her maid of honor was her sister, Judy Williford.
Reba Crafton and Tamny Browning served as brides-
The best man was the groom's brother, Donald
K. Bensen. Billy Main and Ron Ball served as
The flower girl was Carolynn Williford and ring
bearer was James Howell. The service was performed
by Howard Bandolik.
The reception was held at the Hut Restaurant
with music furnished by Jerry Dyckes.
The couple reside in Ft. Myers, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Filo, Sr. announce the
marriage of their son, Eduard P. Filo, Jr. to Ms.
Rebecca Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen
Bilhrey of Muncie, Ind. They were married at the
Jensen Beach Community Church, Jensen Beach, Fla.
The maid of honor was Mrs. Sue Ellen Rice of
St. Augustine, Fla. and the best man was Mr.
Joseph Cronan of Orcutt, Calif.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at
the Schooner Oakes Clubhouse in Stuart, Fla.
Becky and Eddie are both employed with the
STUART NEWS in Stuart, Fla.
The wedding of Lisa Emery and Frank L. Sharp
took place July 26, 1986 at Blessed Trinity Church
in St. Petersburg, Florida.
A reception was held afterwards at the Pasadena
Among those attending were the groom's another
and father, Roy A. and Frances (Violette) Sharp;
Frank's sister and family, Mary (Sharp) Kauffman,
Commander Ed Kauffman and children, Vinh, Kevin,
Anne, Earl and Angela of Goose Creek, S.C.; Steve
Askew, served as one of the ushers.
Other former Canal Zone residents attending
were: Mr. and Mrs. Gene Askew; Mrs. Jessie Math-
eney; Mrs. Clara Saarinen; Mr. and Mrs. William
Violette; Susan and Judy Violette of West Palm
Beach, Fla.; Jerry and Trish Violette; Mrs. Joyce
Collirge; Fred and Bev (Moody) Ebdon, Sarasota,
Fla.; Alm (Symonds) and Tan Burrow; and Mr. and
Mrs. Warner Hoyle.
The newlyweds reside at: 4726 Fifth Avenue N.,
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713.
Loretta (Pierce) Band
Evelyn Amundson and James M. Cronan
A former resident of the Canal Zone and a grad-
uate of Cristobal High School, James M. Cronan,
was married to Evelyn Anmudson at the Church of
Our Savior in Santa Maria, California on July 12,
1986 with both family and friends present.
Jim is the son of Mary Foley Cronan and the
late William J. Cronan.
The newlyweds reside in Santa Maria and are em-
Evie is the daughter of Inez Sorenson of Min-
nesota and the late Mr. Sorenson, both former res-
idents of Santa Maria, California.
Shelley Frances Stewart and Thomas Gilmore were
married August 9, 1986 in the Encino Community
Church, Tarzana, California.
The bride is the daughter of Fred and Vera
Stewart, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone and pre-
sently of Bradenton, Florida. The groom is the
son of Beverly and Thomas Gilmore, Jr. of Detroit,
The couple is at home at 15353 Weddington
Street, Apartment D-220, Van Nuys, CA., 91411.
Loretta A. Pierce and Robert A. Band, Jr. were
married August 9, 1986 at St. Peter's Episcopal
Church in Niagara Falls, New York. The bride was
given in marriage by her father.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ger-
ald M. Pierce of Graniteville, South Carolina. She
is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph K.
Frangioni and Alice E. Pierce.
Carol Band of Youngstown, N.Y., a sister of the
bridegroom, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids
were sisters of the bride, Kathy Hancock, Lake
Jackson, Texas, and Jan Stallings, Arlington,
Texas; and Marie Conibear, Lewiston, N.Y., Tricia
Canfield, Youngstown, N.Y., served as junior
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Will-
iam H. Gull of Ransomville, N.Y. and the late Rob-
ert A. Rand. He is a grandson of Clera Raybon and
the late Mrs. Donald Rand.
Tan Heil of Niagara Falls served as best man.
Groomsmen were Rick Capiro, Allen Seefeldt and
Paul Higan served as junior groomsman. Sarah
Hancock served as flower girl.
Following a reception at The Crown Restaurant,
the couple left for a wedding trip to Florida.
They will live in Lewiston, N.Y.
The bride is employed by Goldome Bank, Buffalo,
New York. The bridegroom is employed by Niagara
Falls Memorial Medical Center, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Vicki and Harvey M. Johnson
Vickie van't Veld Horning, daughter of Mrs.
Etelvina van't Veld of McLean, Virginia, and the
late William van't Veld, became the bride of Mr.
Harvey M. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton J.
Johnson of Lakewood, N.J. on August 16, 1986, at
the bride's home in Falls Church, Va.
Cecil W. van't Veld, the bride's oldest brother
gave her away and her other brother, Hendrick
"Jinf' van't Veld was the toastmaster. Her niece,
Bobbie Lynne Oliver, daughter of Vickie's late
sister, Ethel J. van't Veld Oliver tended the
guest book and passed out wedding favors. Bill's
wife, Mary and Harvey's mother, brother, two sons
and daughter with respective spouses and three
granddaughters also witnessed the ceremony which
was followed by a reception for more than 70
friends in the patio garden. After being toasted
by family and friends and serenaded by music, the
newlyweds left for a honeymoon in the Poconos, PA.
Among the guests were former Zonians Rosemary
Millett Gilead, Liz Zent Beall, and Ted and Pat
Vickie retired from the CIA in February 1977
and stays busy doing volunteer work at the Fairfax
Hospital and playing bridge. Harvey is retired
from the Army and the Keuffel & Esser Co. that was
in Arlington, Va. He is presently employed by the
Office of Tax Notes, Falls Church, Va. and plans
to retire for good in 1989 and travel with Vickie
through the good ole USA.
The Johnsons will reside at 6726 Crest Place,
Falls Church, VA 22046, (703) 533-8514 and would
like to hear from friends near and far.
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Niskanen
Dorothy Best and Lt. Steven Niskanen, USN were
married on February 22, 1986 in Houston, Texas.
A reception followed at the Wyndham Hotel with
music by the Jack Truett Trio.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed-
ward Best of Spring, Texas. The groom is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Niskanen, also of Spring.
Maid of honor was Jennifer Best, sister of the
bride. Bridesmaids included three college friends
and Debra (Niskanen) Johns, sister of the groom.
Flower girl was Michelle nnona.
Best man was William Feller. Groomsmen were
Manuel Stinson, Robert Wood, BHS classmates; Thmn-
as Menona and Dermis Morris. Ring bearer was
Brent Evans, cousin of the groom.
A big Texas style BBQ and two luncheon buffets
were held by friends for all out-of-town guests
in addition to the rehearsal dinner hosted by par-
ents of the groom at the Woodlands Country Club
and a brunch was hosted by parents of the bride.
The bride received a B.A. in Political Science
from Michigan State University and a M.B.A. from
Texas Tech University. The groom received a B.S.
in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Acad-
After a trip to Cancun, the couple reside in
Connecticut where Lt. Niskanen is stationed with
the nuclear power submarines in New London.
Bonnie Gunn Abellera with new husband,
Arnold Abellera.- September 21, 1986, at
Bonnie Gmnn and Arnold Abellera were united in
marriage on September 21, 1986 in the Walled Box-
wood Garden behind the Mount Vernon Unitarian
Church in Alexandria, Virginia. A reception fol-
lowed the ceremony in the Remington Chapel and
The bride is the daughter of Mr. Landen H. Gum
Jr. of Orlando, Florida, formerly of the Canal
Zone, and of Mrs. Dorothy Lawing of Asheville,
North Carolina. The groom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Robert P. Abellera of Hollister, California.
The bride was escorted and given in marriage by
Matron of honor was her best friend, Caren
(Wanner) Ward formerly of the Canal Zone. Maria
Pinzon of Panama and Ruby Abellera, sister of the
groom, served as bridesmaids. Best man was John
Rabil of Springfield, Virginia. Groomsmen included
the groom's brother, Rommel Abelerra and the
bride's brother, Eric Gunn.
Zonian guests and relatives who attended were:
Joyce R. Gunn (Fla.), Landen and Edilma Gum (Fla)
Lisa Gumn (Mo.), Eric Gunn (Texas), Carmen (Wan-
ner) Ward (Texas), Sara Rowley (Fla.), Dorothy,
Jim and Brian Gerhart (Md.), Kenneth Gerhart (Va.)
Lupie (Herndon) Pfaff (Va.), Ted and Pat Norris
(Va.), Scott and Annette Elbertson (Md.), Dorothy
Laming (N.C.), and Maria Pinon (Fla.).
Pat (Hatchett) Thomas and Don Clark were united
in marriage July 12, 1986 at the home of Pat's
brother, George Hatchett, at Incline Village, Nev-
The couple met in Greece last sunner while Pat
was working cruise ships as Bridge and Backgammn
Director. Don has retired from General Electric,
Nuclear Division, in San Jose, California.
Family members present at the wedding were Pat
and Don's seven children and spouses and ten grand
children; Pat's parents, Mary and Fred Hatchett;
sister, Barbara and Don Jackson of Idaho; Vee
(Hatchett) and Jack MacLaren and son, John, Coral
Gables; Snookie and Mac McCullough and Judy Mc-
Cullough, Sarasota, Fla.; Joan and Ed Ohman, of
Panama; Wendy and Dennis Corrigan of Phoenix, Az;
Bill and Jerrie Helm, Weldon, Calif.; and Jeanne
Kalander, Vancouver, Washington.
About 60 family members of the couple attended
the wedding. Pat and Don will make their home in
Penn Valley, California.
They are going on an Alaskan Cruise (working)
and calling it their honeymoon, plus a visit to
EXPO and a trip to Lake Louise and Banff, Canada.
Laura Ellen Maher of Demarest, N.J., and James
R. Kearns Jr. of Williamsburg were married Jan.4,
1986 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Demarest.
Father Hilary Milton officiated at a double ring
ceremony. Angela Pittaluga was the organist.
The bride is the daughter of Helen Kaiser of
Demarest and the late Paul J. Maher. The groom
is the son of Lt.Col. James and Patricia (Steiner)
Kearns of Williamsburg and the grandson of Dolly
and Jerry Steiner of Dunedin, Florida.
Paul McGann served as the groom's best man.
The ushers were Stephen Davis, and Capt. Patrick
Kelly III and John F. Kelly, both cousins of the
Heather Carmen was the bride's maid of honor.
Serving as bridesmaids were Susan Squire, sister
of the bride, and Colleen Kearns and Annette
Kearns, sisters of the groom. The bride was given
in marriage by Sidney Squire.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held
at the Colonial Inn in Norwood, N.J.
The bride graduated from Syracuse University
in New York with a bachelor's degree in social
work. The groom graduated from Walsingham Academy
and from West Chester University in Pennsylvania
with a bachelor's degree in history.
Out-of-town guests at the wedding included Mr.
and Mrs.Court Bennett of Huntington Beach, Calif.,
aunt and uncle of the groom and Mr. and Mrs.Robert
A. Beers of England. Mrs. Beers is the groom's
After a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple
are residing in Virginia Beach.
Glenda (Lewis) Dempsey and Maj. Michael
Mrs. Glenda (Lewis) Dempsey of Margarita, Rep.
of Panama, and Major Michael P. Kochel of Omaha,
Nebraska were married recently, June 28, 1986 at
Lodge 1542 Elks Club in Margarita, R.P.
In attendance were the bride's sister, Eleanor
(Lewis) Johnson, brother-in-law, Peter Johnson,
daughter Stephanie, and the groom's parents, Mike
and Betty Kochel of Omaha, Nebraska.
Other family friends included son, Dylan, sis-
ter, Betty Lewis and her daughters, Rita and Jes-
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at
the Margarita Elks Club, attended by many friends.
The couple will be residing in Alexandria, Va.
with daughter, Stephanie and son, Dylan.
Marc Wayne Malavasic and Cecilia Marie Fuller
were married April 24, 1986 in Melbourne, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rob-
ert Fuller of Kalamazoo, Michigan. She graduated
from Bronson Methodist Hospital School of Nursing
in Kalamazoo and is a registered nurse at Holmes
Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.
The groom is the son of Marion Malavasic and
the late Cdr. Frank Malavasic, Jr. of Melbourne.
He graduated from Canal Zone College and the Uni-
versity of Tampa. He is employed by the U.S. Post-
al Service in Melbourne and is a Staff Sergeant
in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
The couple reside in Melbourne.
Front row: Michael Bownan, Scott Wood,
Brian Wood, Wade Bowman and Craig Wood.
Back row: Robert and Jill Bowman, Joe
and Beverly (Bowman) Wood, Natalie and
Ron Bowman, Audrey (Benoit) Bowman, Judy
and Burt Benoit.
Natalie Mainz and Ron Bowman were married on
June 14, 1986 at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas.
Colleen Patricia Kearns and Stephen Robert
Davis were married Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at
the Wren Chapel of the College of William and
The bride is the daughter of Lt. Col. James
and Patricia (Steiner) Kearns of Williamsburg and
the granddaughter of Dolly and Jerry Steiner of
Dunedin, Florida. The groom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. John G. Davis of Annandale.
Scott R. Davis, the groom's brother, served
as best man. The ushers were John W. Iavis, broth-
er of the groom; James R. Kearns, Jr., brother
of the bride; and Robert D. Melancon.
Annette M. Kearns, sister of the bride, served
as maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Laura M.
Kearns, sister-in-law of the bride; Elizabeth R.
Dolan and Elizabeth B. Snyder.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held
at Powhatan Plantation.
The bride is a graduate of Walsingham Academy
and the College of William and Mary. She is a
third-year law student at the Marshall-Wythe
School of Law. The groom graduated from Virginia
Tech and also is a third-year law student at Mar-
After a wedding trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica,
the couple will reside in Williamsburg.
Tan and Terri
(Overstreet, CHS '73)
Goodman proudly an-
nounce the birth of
their first child.
Laura Elizabeth was
born December 18, 1985
weighing a whopping
four pounds, and two
Laura was born in
while visiting Nana
Mary was overheard
saying, "One down, and
I hope many more to
Mr. and Mrs. Steven L. Grimes (Sandra Mann) of
Gulfport, Florida, announce the birth of their
first child, a son, Jordan Taylor Grimes, born on
September 26, 1986 and weighing 8 lbs. 14 oz.
"JT's" maternal grandparents are Ed and Jean
Mann of St. Petersburg, Fla. Paternal grandparents
are Billie Grimes of St. Petersburg, and Lester
Grimes, also of St. Petersburg.
Woodrow and Louise
Spradlin are pleased
to announce the birth
of their newest grand-
daughter, Journey Rei
McC ghey, born to
their daughter Reinita
Journey was born in
Houston, Texas on June
2, 1986 and weighed Jou agey Rei
7 lbs. 14 oz. MConaughey
Journey, seen here
at 4 months, makes her grandparents proud by
posing in her San Diego Chagres Cheerleading out-
Lyla Lou (Womack) Zimnerlee proudly announces
the birth of her first grandson, Christopher Brad-
shaw. He was born to Michael and Patti Robbins of
Fresno, California on September 29, 1986.
Christopher is the first grandchild of Mrs.
Lyle Womack of Prineville, Oregon.
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Brett Lee Almquist,
was born April, 1986.
He is the son of
Keith and Alison Annis
Alquist of Albuquer-
que, New Mexico.
He has an older
The paternal grand-
parents are John and
Peggy Amlquist of Hol-
liston, Mass. and the
are Russell and Betty
Annis of Albuquerque,
Saah Cox with Christina Eli-
sarah CCxC with Christina Etiz-
Kevin Cox and his wife, Sarah are happy to an-
nounce the birth of their first child, Christina
Elizabeth, born on August 28, 1986 at Martha Jef-
ferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Clyde
Mrs. Shirley L. Cox, formerly of the Canal Zone
and the late Richard E. Cox are the paternal grand
Eleonor (Lewis) John-
son and Peter Johnson are
the proud parents of a
daughter, Lauren Marjorie
born June 28, 1985.
The maternal grand-
mother is Mary Ivy Lewis
of Suffolk, Virginia, and
the proud godparents are
Glenda (Lewis) Kochel and
Michael Kochel of Alex- Lauren Marjorie
andria, Virginia. Johnson
Brett Lee AZmquist
Grayson and Elizabeth
(Austin) Gilbert are
proud to announce the
arrival of their niece,
Sara Christine Austin and
nephew Nathan Robert Aus-
Sara was born on Feb-
ruary 7, 1986 to John and
Sandy Austin in Houston,
Texas. Sara weighed in at
7 Ibs. 6 oz. and has her
father's red hair.
Nathan was born to Bob
and Patti Austin in San
Jose, California on July
23, 1986. Born a few
weeks early, Nathan's
weight was 4 lbs. 9 oz.
John and Sandy are
currently living in At-
lanta, Georgia, and Bob
and Patti are making
their home in San Jose,
A daughter, Nicole
Lynn Gaul, was born to
Kenneth Eugene and
Bmily (Nickisher) Gaul
on July 28, 1986 in
parents are Sally
(Harrold) and Willian
John Nickisber, Jr.
of La Boca, Panama.
are Bill and Rose Nic-
kisher of California,
formerly of Balboa.
parents are Jane Marie
John and daughter,
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. (Budd) Bliss, Jr. of
Campbell, Calif. proudly announce the birth of
their first great-grandchild, Taylor James Welch,
born August 9, 1986 to their granddaughter, Beth
Ann (Bliss) Welch and her husband, Jerry Welch, of
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald
D. Bliss III of Harrogate, England. The paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Welch of
Antwerp, Belgium. Betty Ruth Bliss was in Saratoga
for the birth of her first grandson and will soon
return to join her husband, Jerry in England.
Nicole Lynn Gaul
and Eugene W. Gaul of Halidaysburg, Pennsylvania,
formerly of Diablo.
Proud parents and baby "Nikki" reside at 10449
N.W. 3rd St., Pembroke Pines, Florida 33206.
Mrs. Wilhelmina K. (Billie) Galloway of Sara-
sota, Fla. is pleased to announce the birth of a
great-grandson, Wesley Andrew Adams, on October
12, 1986 in Atlanta, GA.
Proud parents are Andrew and Anna Elaine (Gall-
uaay) Adams of Atlanta. Wesley, their first child
weighed in at 9 lbs. 14 oz.
Maternal grandparents are Joseph E. Galloway of
Atlanta, and Karen (Clark) Hunter of Texas.
Bille Galloway was in Atlanta for the birth of
Wesley, who is her second great-grandson.
Christina (19 mo. ) and Natalie Nicole
Don and Debbie (Niskanen) Johns of Houston,
Texas announce the birth of their second daughter,
Natalie Nicole on December 5, 1985.
Natalie joins her sister, Christina who is 19
Maternal grandparents are Ed and Esther Nis-
kanen of Houston, and the paternal grandmother is
Mrs. Ruth Johns of Chicago.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Hartman (Blanche Walter
Hartan) of Sarasota, Fla. are proud to announce
the birth of their second great-grandchild, Eric
Francis Burkeper, born August 12, 1986 to their
granddaughter, Cheryl (McIntire) and Kenneth Burk-
enper of Oklahoma City, OK.
Eric weighed 71 lbs. and joins his sister,
Jessica Blanche, who is 18 months old.
Maternal grandparents are Leo A. McIntire and
Aline McIntire, both of Tulsa, OK.
Nonman and Kerry Robertson of Lake Park, Fla.
announce the birth of their second child, Jonathan
Carl, on February 5, 1986.
Jonathan joins sister Katherine Ida who is 3
Grandparents are Betty Mead Robertson of St.
Petersburg, Florida and Ret. Colonel and Mrs. Del
Jellun of El Paso, Texas.
Mary (Richmond) and Lee Chiles, of Kaufman,
Texas are proud to announce the birth of their
first child, daughter Jessica, on May 25, 1986 in
Jessica was so anxious to see her parents that
she arrived three months early, and weighed in at
2 lbs. 4 oz.
Maternal grandparents are Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan,
Kerrville, Texas and Paul Richinnd, Houston, TX.
Rosario "Buss" Capitelli, 71, of Metairie, La.
died July 26, 1986. He retired from the Panama
Canal Company in 1978, as chief, Procurement Div-
ision, New Orleans Operations, after 36 years of
service in the New York and New Orleans offices.
He leaves a wife, Lee Colino Capitelli; a
daughter, Paula Huber; two sons, Ralph and Dr.
Robert Capitelli; eight grandchildren; a brother
and three sisters.
Michael and Viddc (Dowell) Green of Santa Rita,
Rep. of Panama announce the birth of their first
child, Zachary Michael Green on October 26, 1986
at the Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.
Maternal grandparents are Dr. Harry and Zona
(Boggs) Domell of Jacksonville. He was the former
Chief Veterinarian of the Canal Zone Government.
Paternal grandparents are Marion and Dorothy Green
of Lake Shore, Miss. He was formerly with the Fire
Division in Balboa, Canal Zone.
The paternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Frances P.
Walker of Marrero, La. is a retiree of the Payroll
Division of the Panama Canal Company.
The proud new parents have been visiting with
her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Harry Dwell in Jackson-
ville and returned to their mountain home in Santa
Rita, R.P. during the holidays.
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Robert E. Bassett, Sr., 92, of Chesterton, Ind-
iana, died February 12, 1986. A native of Pitts-
burgh, PA., he served as Physical Director with
the Army and Navy YMCA on the Canal Zone from 1917
He is survived by three daughters, Claire Ham-
mett of Atlanta, GA., Gayle Schurko of Bethel
Park, PA., and Elaine Pell of Chesterton, IN., and
a son, Robert E. Jr. of Syracuse, NY, fifteen
grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Henrietta M. Bruce, 69, of Titusville, Florida,
died on September 20, 1986.
She is survived by her husband, Donald E. Bruce
and two children, Donald E. Bruce, Jr. of Riyadh,
Saudi Arabia, and Gayle Markeiwicz of Phoenix,
Arizona; one sister, Martha Griffith of Phoenix,
Arizona; one brother, David E. Potts, Carrollton,
Virginia and five grandchildren.
Gelestyne "Peggy" Cierry, of Clearwater, Fla.
died September 3, 1986 at Mease Hospital Country-
side. She was born in Poland and left the Canal
Zone in 1970 upon her husband's retirement from
the Navigation Division.
Survivors include her husband, Arthur C. Cherry
and two sisters, Lucyna Wisniewski, New York City,
and Teofila Staneszewski, Clearwater, Fla.
Roger W. College, 84, of St. Petersburg, Fla.
died October 29, 1986 at his residence. Born in
Falls River, Wisconsin, he retired from the Panama
Canal Schools Division in 1961 as Assistant Super-
intendent of Schools, with over 30 years of gov-
ernment service. He was a Methodist and a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce C. Haldeman
Collinge; two daughter, Joy Minke, Houston, Texas,
and Sara Ulrich, Algonquin, Illinois, and seven
Ida May Cotton, 89, of Castleton, Vermont, died
July 29, 1986 on arrival at the Rutland Regional
Medical Center. She was born in Grand Saline, Tex-
as. She was a member of Grace Congregational
United Church of Christ; an honorary life member,
past matron and secretary of the Coral Palm Chap-
ter, OES in Cristobal, Panama; an honorary member
and past president of the Cristobal Women's Club,
and a member of the Lone Pine Chapter, OES, in
She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest C.
Cotton on June 30, 1959; two sons, Ernest L.
Cotton on December 19, 1985, and Wendell G. Cotton
on December 22, 1962.
Survivors include a daughter, Beatrice C.
French of Castleton; three sisters, Beatrice
Fernandez and Florine Prader, both of Dallas, Tex-
as, and Linnie Harris of Key West, Florida; eleven
grandchildren, twenty seven great grandchildren,
two great-great grandchildren and several nieces
Ray Davis, 81, died August 18, 1986 at his home
in El Toro, California. His wife, Agnes Reinke
Davis resided in Cristobal from 1918 to 1936. Her
father worked on the drydock.
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
RO. Box 3738
Holiday, Florida 33590-9998
William J. Drgan, 90, of Sarasota, Florida,
died October 23, 1986 at a nursing home. He was
born in Morristown, N.J. and retired from the Pan-
ama Canal Company after 34 years of service as an
electrician with the Electrical Division. He was
a member of St. Martha's Catholic Church in Sara-
Survivors include two daughters, Jeannine Car-
lin of Sarasota and Jacqueline Meketa of Corrales,
N.M.; two sisters, Agnes McLaughlin of Cherry
Hills, N.J. and Marie Levick of Holland, Penn.; 14
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Thomns Bay Dugan, 42, died at his home in Los
Rios, Panama on October 11, 1986. He was born in
Sanborn, Indiana and came to the Isthmus with his
parents at the age of two. He graduated from Cris-
tobal High Scool in 1961 and attended Florida
State University and Canal Zone Junior College and
received a BS degree in Business Administration
from NOVA University.
Tom was a graduate of the PCC apprenticeship
program and was a General Foreman at the PCC Elec-
trical Division and received several awards for
outstanding achievement. He was a member of the
Balboa Elks Club.
Survivors are his wife, Lorraine (Urey) Dugan;
two children, Trisha and Brian Dugan; his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Dugan of Claremont, Fla.; a
brother, Richard Dugan of Coatesville, Indinana;
a sister, Mrs. Tom Brown of La Porte, Indiana and
several nieces and nephews.
John Earl Fisher, 66, died September 9, 1986 in
Piano, Texas following a long illness. He worked
for the former Panama Canal Company from 1953 to
1979, during which time he held the positions of
Assistant Chief Accountant; Chief, Accounting
Policies and Procedures; General auditor, and Dep-
uty Financial Vice President. He retired with 29
years of government service. He served as Comp-
troller of the United Way; was a member of the
Board of Trustees of Canal Zone College, a 320
Mason and a member of the B.P.O.E.
He is survived by his wife, Ena Salas Fisher of
Plano, Texas; three children, Toni Millard of Los
Rios, Panama, J. Robert Fisher of Dallas, Texas,
and David Fisher of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; one
brother, William Fisher, Oklahoma, and nine grand-
William F. Gachi, 66, of Jupiter, Florida, died
September 25 in Jupiter Hospital. Born in the Pan-
ama Canal Zone, he had been a resident of Jupiter
for 26 years, coming from Windsor, N.Y. His father
had worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers
during construction of the canal. Prior to retire-
ment, he had worked for civil service with the US
Navy in the Panama Canal for 25 years. He served
as umpire for the Little League and Pony League
in Tequesta from 1960-66. During those years he
worked at Pratt and Whitney. In 1966, he returned
to work for the U.S.Navy in the Canal Zone.
He was a charter member of BPOElks Lodge 2469,
a charter member of Moose Lodge 2237 and a member
of the American Legion Post 271 in Tequesta.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, of Jupiter;
two sons, William F. of Royal Palm Beach and Brad-
ley J. of Palm Springs, Fla.; three daughters,
Linda Dale Dorsey of Cleveland, Tenn., Robin T. of
Jupiter and Kim M. of Hobe Sound; one sister,
Annabelle Henderson of Dothan, Ala.; six grand-
children and several nephews and nieces.
Paul D. Giovanetti, 58, died September 8, 1986
in Kerrville, Texas. Born in Astoria, New York, he
went to the Canal Zone in the Army during World
War II and was a member of the Army band. He met
his wife in the Canal Zone (the former Shirley
Carlson) and they married in 1947 in St. Mary's
Church, Balboa. He was discharged from the Army
and moved his family to New York, returning to the
Zone in 1965, employed by the Locks Division where
he earned several awards of achievement. He was
very active in Little Theater and retired from the
Locks Division in 1976, settling in Kerrville. He
was employed as Safety Engineer in Sid Peterson
Memorial Hospital at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; two daugh-
ters, Terry (Giovonetti) Carroll of Sandy, Utah,
and Patty Giovonetti of Austin, Texas; a brother,
Edward of Hollywood, Fla. and six grandchildren.
Karl D. Glass, 76, died October 18, 1986, at
his home in Diamond City, Ark., following a lin-
gering illness. He was born August 23, 1910 at
Helena, Ala. He worked 15 years in coal mines in
Arkansas before going to Panama with the Corp of
Engineers during World War II. He retired from
the Canal Zone Police force in May 1972 after 30
years of government service. He was a member of
the Star-in-a-Circle Square Dance Club in the
Canal Zone and the Rustic Ramblers Square Dance
Club in Harrison, Ark. He was a member of the An-
con Masonic Lodge and the Abou Saad Shrine.
He is survived by his wife, Fern H., Diamond
City; a son, Daniel Glass, Vancouver, WA; four
daughters, Kathy Mika, Rogers, Ark; Mary Hixson,
Paris, Ark; Edna Knight, Murfreesboro, Tenn;
Sylvia Landrum, Gatun, Panama; a sister, Gatha
Harris, Wewoka, Okla; 17 grandchildren and six
great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
a son, Karl D. Glass, Jr.
Thelma Ruth GCdwin, 81, of Tulsa, Oklahoma,
died September 16, 1986. She was born in Indian
Territory, Blackdog Township, Osage County, OK.,
and taught school in Osage County, Southern Colo-
rado, and Indian Service, Yuma, Arizona. She also
taught elementary school on both sides of the
Isthmus for 30 years in the Canal Zone. She was a
graduate of Greeley Teacher's College, Greeley,
She is survived by a sister, Juanita Godwin
Viglia; sister-in-law, Barbara Bliss Godwin;
several nieces and a nephew.
Clarence W. Grannrm, 71, died October 5, 1986
in Las Vegas, Nevada. He retired in 1967 from the
Pacific Locks as a Locomotive Operator. He was
very active in the Elks and the Knights of Colunm-
bus in Balboa.
He is survived by two daughters, a brother and
Charles T. Jackson, 75, died July 16, 1986 in
San Antonio after a long illness. Born in Camden,
New Jersey, he went to the Canal Zone with his
family when he was five years old, and retired
from the Marine Bureau, Panama Canal Company in
June 1967. He was the recipient of a cash Incen-
tive Award while employed.
He is survived by his wife, Laura; a son,
Charles T. Jackson III of Shertz, Texas; daughters
Trixie Triplett of San Antonio, Myrna Pellegreen
of Shertz, Marilyn Lysaght of San Antonio and Ada
Butler of Oregon; nine grandchildren and four
CWO-4 Warren A. (Johnny) Johnson, 66, of Cape
Coral, Florida passed away on October 15, 1986. He
was stationed at Albrook AFB from 1968-1973. He
left the Canal Zone for Homestead AFB where he re-
tired in 1974. He was active in the Balboa Lodge
AF & AM, Scottish Rite, Abou Saad Temple, as well
as being an ambassador for the Temple. He was a
member of the Araba Temple of Cape Coral and the
He is survived by his wife, Martha K. Johnson;
a son, Major Greg S. and Capt. Lynda Johnson of
Langley, Va.; a daughter, Gail L. Wright and son-
in-law Capt. Mark C. Wright of Homestead AFB, Fla.
He is also survived by his mother, Lillian E.
Johnson of Chesterton, In.
Frank H. Lerchen, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died November 9, 1986. He was born in Deming, N.M.
and retired in 1964 as assistant engineer, Con-
struction Bureau of the Panama Canal Company after
over 29 years of government service.
Survivors include his wife, Martha; a son,
Frank H. Jr., Fairfax, Va.; a daughter, Mary L.
Lerchen, Albuquerque, N.M.; a sister, Marion
Nugent, Newport Beach, California; and a grand-
E. Catherine LoIe, 82, of Wilmington, Delaware,
died at home on Wednesday, October 1, 1986. She
and her husband had been married 49 years.
She is survived by her husband, George M. Lowe;
two daughters, Peggy A. Brooks of Wilmington, DE.,
and Kitty Racine of Rehobeth, DE.; also by two
sisters, a brother, and three grandchildren.
The death of Ruth Madden, wife of Thornton G.
Madden, of California, Kentucky, was learned by
friends in Northwest Arkansas. She passed away on
October 20, 1986 and was about 72 years of age.
Ruth worked with the Canal Zone Postal Service
at Rodman, Canal Zone during the 1940's. Thornton
worked as an electrician for the US Army and they
resided in Curundu, Canal Zone until retirement
about 1968. Since their retirement they have been
living on a 90 acre farm near California, Ky.
Siebert J. McCune, 59, of Winter Park, Florida,
died August 13, 1986 of a heart attack. He was
born in Vandergriff, Pennsylvania and went to the
Canal Zone from Rochester, N.Y. in 1953 to work
for F.A.A. until 1966 and returned during 1969 to
1975. At the time of his death he was still work-
ing for F.A.A. in Orlando, Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda; a son,
Mitchell, and a daughter, Kimberly Hicks.
Samel W. Meyer, 60, of Tampa, Florida, died
August 13, 1986. Born at Ancon, Canal Zone, he re-
tired from the Canal Zone Postal Service with over
33 years of service. He was a Baptist, a member of
Balboa Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Abou Saad
Shrine Temple, the Panama Canal Society of Florida
and American Legion Post #1.
He is survived by his mother, Virgie, of Tampa;
and one sister, Virginia Nygard of Dothan, Alabama
and three nieces, Laurie Yates of Columbia, MO.,
Janet Lane of Montgomery, AL. and Judy Perry of
Lewis Moore, 88, died August 19, 1986 in Pomona,
California. For over 30 years he was a civil eng-
ineer and director of supplies at the Panama
Canal. He was also involved in studies of expan-
sion and locations for a canal in the area from
Mexico to Colombia. Mrs. Moore died in 1981.
Grace Lawyer Morris, 72, of Pinellas Park, Flo-
rida, passed away August 16, 1986 at home after a
long illness. She was born in New York City to the
late Angus and Francis Lawyer and was taken to the
Panama Canal Zone at age three, where she resided
for 43 years. Grace was secretary to the Cormand-
ing General of the United States Army Air Corps
for ten years. She later became an insurance exec-
utive for the Stempel Insurance Agency of Panama.
Grace and her family retired in 1960 to Lutz, Flo-
rida where they resided until moving to Pinellas
Park in 1973. She was one of the champion golfers
in Panama, a master bridge player, an accomplished
organist, and a former member of the Red, White
and Blue Troup under the late coach Henry Grieser
at Balboa Pool. She was a member, and participated
regularly with the bridge and golf clubs of Main-
She is survived by her husband, Jack, of Main-
lands; a son, Richard, of Tampa, FL. who is an
electrical engineer with Sperry Corp. of Clear-
water; a granddaughter, of Amarillo, Texas; a sis-
ter, Elsie Woodruff, and a brother, Robert Lawyer
both of Dothan, AL., and several nieces and neph-
Gotfred P. (Bip) Nelson, 65, of Sarasota,
Florida, died August 22, 1986 at Sarasota Memorial
Hospital. He was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin and
came to the Sarasota area seven years ago from the
Panama Canal Zone. He was a veteran of World War
II, after which he attended the University of Wis-
consin, in Madison. He and his wife moved to the
Canal Zone in 1949 where he was employed as a
civilian employee with the US Air Force until his
He was a member of Abou Saad Shrine Temple in
the Canal Zone and Past Director of the Royal
Order of Jesters Court #18. He was also a member
of the Oriental Band of Sahib Shrine Temple, Sara-
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, who
worked for 30 years as a Registered Nurse in the
Canal Zone; his son, Jeffrey was born in the Canal
Zone in 1965 and is a senior at Eckerd College,
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Memorial donations were made to the American
Cancer Society and Shriners Crippled Children's
Sue (Core) Odom died in Auburn, Washington on
October 15, 1986. Private family graveside service
was held in the Gordon City Cemetery (Alabama),
and Memorial services were held the following day
(October 22) at the Northside Methodist Church,
Dothan, Ala. Mrs. Odom was honored by the city
of Dothan for her philanthropical work.
Many of her former students will remember "Miss
Core" as that wonderful and witty 6th grade
teacher at the Ancon Elementary School. She wrote
many books about Panama which include, "Maid in
Panama", "Christmas on the Isthmus", "Burial of
the Fish: A Legand of Panama", "Ravelings From a
Panama Tapestry" were among the many. She was a
teacher in the Canal Zone for 35 years.
While living in Panama, she married her husband
Dr. John D. Odom, and after his retirement moved
back to the United States, living in Columbia and
Dothan, Ala. until 1980 when she moved to Wash-
She is survived by three nieces in Washington
Gustaf A. Peterson, 91, of St. Petersburg, Flo-
rida, died August 14, 1986 in Fairfield, Ohio. He
was born in Troy, N.Y. and retired from the Panama
Canal Company as a power plant and transmission
line operator in 1958 with over 28 years of ser-
vice. He was a member of The Panama Canal Society
of Florida; Scandinavian American Friendship Soc-
iety and Sunshine City Camera Club.
Survivors include two nephews, Robert Cromwell
of Bloomfield, Conn., and Harold Page, Margate,
and three cousins, Charles Johnson, Donald Schroe-
der and Inez Sharp.
Julius Petersen, 88, of Hillside, New Jersey,
-died September 27, 1986. He was born in Denmark
and came to the U.S. at an early age. He served in
the U.S. Navy during World War I and in the U.S.
Army Transport Corps during World War II. He was
employed as a marine engineer by the Panama Rail-
road Steamship Company in New York City for many
years and retired in 1957.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Bohem; Madel-
ine and John Corry; Florence and Edward Swallow;
Elizabeth and Robert; Florence, Henry and August
Leo Lyle Presho, 55, passed away August 28 at
St. Mary's Health Center, McGregor, Iowa. He was
born in McGregor and attended grade school in Mar-
quette until 1940 when he moved to the Panama
Canal Zone. In 1945 he moved back to Marquette for
his last two years of school, after which he re-
turned to the Canal Zone for junior college, and
worked for civil service. In 1955 he moved to St.
Louis, Missouri where he worked with computers
until his illness.
Survivors include his mother, Edna Balcer of
McGregor; stepbrothers, Robert Balcer of Benton-
ville, Ark. and Dr. Charles Balcer of Sioux Falls,
S.D.; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Alice Boyd Preston, 72, died September 9, 1986
in Cincinnati, Ohio. Born and raised in the Canal
Zone, she was the widow of Harry F. Preston, Jr.
Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Olesek of
Miami, Florida; two sons, Harry F. Preston III of
Calabasas, California, and Boyd A. Preston of Mex-
ico City, Mexico; a sister, Annie Bartholomew of
Hot Springs, Arkansas; and four grandchildren.
Lawrence G. Ridge, 67, of Redlands, California,
died October 16, 1986. Larry ("Rocky") was born in
Ancon, Canal Zone and resided on the Pacific side
of the Isthmus with his parents, the late A.P.
"Larry" Ridge and Julia ("Goldie" Sullivan) Ridge.
His father was a recipient of the Roosevelt Medal
for his construction-day service beginning on Feb-
ruary, 1909. Lawrence was a graduate of BHS '37
and in early July he attended the 50th Anniversary
Reunion of BHS Classes 1936/1937 in Tampa, Fla.
He was employed with the Panama Canal Appren-
ticeship Program; served in the US Merchant Marine
during WWII; conducted a school for realtors in
Southern California, and worked for many years in
property management. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Societies of Florida and Southern California
for may years.
Survivors include his wife, Reeta Jo; sister-in
law, Edna Larkin; stepson, John Wichnan; step-
daughters, Loretta and Paula; and grandchildren,
Beth, Nicholas, Artie and Matthew, all of Red-
lands. Also a sister, Virginia Ridge Dolim, Hono-
lulu, Hawaii; two brothers, James G. Ridge of
Panama, and Paul Ridge of San Mateo, California,
and several nieces and nephews.
Jane Stoudner Levy Rios, 68, of Atascadero,
California died July 23, 1986. She was born in
Pennsylvania and worked for the Atascadero School
District for 15 years.
She is survived by three daughters, Pat Bill,
Gerry Hetrick and Pam Clark; two sons, Mike Leon-
ard and Les Rios and seven grandchildren.
Lee Randall Sparks, 71, died October 16, 1986,
in Glendale, California. He retired from the Canal
Zone in 1973, having arrived in 1942 as a butcher
at the Margarita Commissary. Just before retire-
ment, he was manager of the Corozal cold storage
plant. He was a lifetime member of BPOElks Lodge
#1414 in Balboa and attended Margarita Union
Church. His favorite sport was fishing at Perlas
and up the Chagres.
Survivors include his wife, Myrtle T., 1160
Thompson Ave., Glendale; daughter, Diane L. French
of Fountain Valley, Calif.; and 5 grandchildren,
John R. Goff III, Linda Lee Goff, Frank French,
Michael and Billy French, all of whom were born in
the Canal Zone.
Gilbert L. Steimann, Temple Hills, Maryland,
died August 13, 1986. He was employed by the Locks
Division at Pedro Miguel and Miraflores from 1941
to 1946, after which he transferred to the War
Assets Administration in Kansas City. He retired
as a civilian employee of the Pentagon.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara.
Lloyd E. Stevens, 80, passed away at his home
in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 22, 1986. He
was employed as a hydro-electric engineer in the
Canal Zone from 1945 to 1967 when he retired.
He is survived by his wife, Esther, whom he
married in the Canal Zone in 1965. A son, William,
who lives in Boulder, Colorado also survives.
Capt. Thornod B. Tellefsen of Arendal, Norway,
passed away on August 21, 1986, after having been
operated on for lung cancer. He was a Panama Canal
pilot for seven years, from 1967 to 1974, and
lived in Coco Solo during that time with his fam-
He is survived by his wife, Lillian and five
Laura Evelyn True, 91, of Pensacola died Sept-
ember 2, 1986 in a local nursing home. Mrs. True
was a native of Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada
and has resided in Pensacola for the past five
years. She was a member of the First Christian
Church of Pensacola.
Survivors include her husband, Clarence H. True
of Pensacola; four sons, Robert Cliff True of
Seattle, Washington, William Judson True of
Orlando, Fla., Stanley Warren True of Cape Coral,
Fla., and Bruce Harvey True of Grants Pass, Ore.;
a daughter, Mildred T. Hearne of Pensacola, Fla.;
a sister, Emmra Burpee of New Brunswick, Canada;
nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Ralph L. Ward, 65, of Carmichael, California,
died June 29, 1986 after a 6-month illness. Born
in Missouri, he spent 23 years in the U.S. Navy,
mostly submarines, then worked as a tow boat
engineer in the Canal Zone until his retirement in
1976. He was a member of Sojourners Masonic Lodge,
Scottish Rite and Abou Saad Shrine Temple. He was
also a member of Elks Lodge #2103 of Carmichael,
Survivors include his wife, Gail, of Carmichael
and daughters Bonnie Rogers and Margie Ward of
Oklahoma City, Okla., four grandchildren; sister
Nadine Laws of St. Louis and brother Gerald Ward
Homer M. Weeks, 87, of Lufkin, Texas, died Aug-
ust 30, 1986. He was born in Buffalo, N.Y. and had
resided in Lufkin since 1962. He worked in the
Panama Canal Zone at the beginning of World War II
and returned in 1945, working there until 1962. He
had taught at Texas Christian University and at
St. Patrick's Catholic School. He was also a
championship chess player.
Survivors include his wife, Vida Cameron, of
Lufkin; a son, Mercon A. of Mobile, Ala.; daughter
Vida Weeks Roth of San Pedro Sula, Honduras; three
grandsons, one granddaughter, eleven great-grand-
children, four nieces and a nephew.
Letters to the Editor
ZONIANS SHIP OUT
On Sunday, July 13, we boarded the schooner
Lewis R. French at Rockland, Maine for a week long
trip. We got our cabin assignments, stored our
gear and came back on deck to get our instructions
from the captain on how to flush toilets and the
use of the one shower (limited to two baths each
during the week). We slept on board in port that
night just to make sure we wanted to go through
with the sailing.
The entrance to our cabin was about 12 to 14
inches wide and you had to go through it sideways.
Inside, the standing area was about 28" x 18" wide
so it was necessary to take turns getting dressed.
The bunk had a foam mattress but the overhead was
only about 24" from the mattress so you had to
be careful that you didn't get up in a hurry or
you would burp your head on the deck beams. Since
our cabin was at the back of the schooner, you
could hear the waves splashing up against the
stern; it felt like you were in a toilet bowl,
waiting for someone to flush.
We sailed out of Rockland on Monday, travelling
only nine miles because there was very little
breeze. We spent the first night at North Haven.
The wind picked up on Tuesday and we were able
to travel 36 miles, stopping at the town of Vinal-
haven before heading on to Frenchboro, Long Is-
land. Each stop gave us a chance to do some sight
seeing and to stretch our legs.
On Wednesday, we sailed towards Bass Harbor
where the Captain bought 44 lobsters. We ended
up by Western Bay off of Mt. Desert Island, land-
ing on the shores of Hog Island where our cook
and messgirl prepared our lobster feast. They took
a #3 galvanized wash tub, placed it on rocks about
one foot off the ground so they could maintain
the fire under it. They put approximately one to
two inches of salt water in the tub, brought it
to a boil, put in the lobsters and covered them
with three inches of seaweed. They added a layer
of corn still in husks, and covered with as much
seaweed as possible, maintaining a hot fire for
twenty minutes. The lobster and corn, served with
hot butter, white wine and dessert was truly a
feast. Some of the passengers did not eat lobster,
so the cook made hamburgers and hot dogs for them.
The next day, as we approached the channel to
Deer Island, it reminded me of the Panama Canal.
The bridge connecting Deer Island to the mainland
resembled the Thatcher Ferry Bridge. It was exci-
ting going under this bridge into Eggemoggin
Reach, around Cape Rosier, and into Castine Har-
bor, sailing past Castine into Smith Cove where
we spent our fourth night. We travelled 21 miles
On Friday, we sailed over to Castine Harbor
and went into town. Docked at the pier was the
State of Maine training vessel for the Maine Mari-
time Academy. Under the name of the vessel you
could read USNS UPSHUR which brought back memories
of our trips aboard it when my Dad was stationed
in Panama. While in town, we visited Judge Baker,
who was not only the Judge of the District Court
in the Canal Zone, but also the Judge who married
Frank and I. It sure took him by surprise to see
all of us ex-Zonians and we enjoyed our visit with
him very much.
From there we headed towards Islesboro Island.
We spent the night in Gilky Harbor over-looking
the beautiful (and expensive) Islesboro Hotel with
five other schooners that had left Rockland the
same time we did. We had sailed 16 miles that day.
On Saturday, we left Gilkey Harbor in the fog
and headed back to Rockland, arriving about noon
Back row, L-R: Doris Burns (Marine Bu-
reau) Tulsa, OK; Jean Baker (wife of
Judge Baker) Castine, ME; Bob Donaldson
(Engineering Div.) Rockland, ME.; Eddie
Goodrich (Engineering Div.) Diablo, RP;
Judge Baker (Balboa Magistrates Court)
Castine, ME; Cathy Goodrich (Gorgas Hos-
pital) Diablo, RP; Jean Burns (Engineer-
ing Div. and Santa Claus) Tulsa, OK.
Front row L-R: Elaine Donaldson (Ac-
counting Branch) Rockland, ME; Gloria
Malin, Jacksonville, FL; Ed Malin (Elec-
trical Div.) Jacksonville, FL; Debbie
Lee (Marine Traffic Control) Dunellon,
FL; Frank Lee (E and C Bureau) Dunellon,
Our sailing venture was over but we all had
a great time, pitching in with the raising and
lowering of the sails and anchor, changing the
sails around to catch the breeze and even helping
out in the kitchen. The food was excellent through
out the trip, three meals a day, plus morning and
The weather couldn't have been better, cool
and sunny every day.
Our group consisted of the Malins, Goodriches,
Donaldsons, Burns and Frank and I. The other twel-
ve passengers commented on how happy we all were
together. Needless to say, they learned a lot
about the Canal Zone and the treaty.
We spent Saturday resting up, then continued
on to Quebec City to enjoy the rest of our vaca-
Debbie (Mkray) Lee
Jackie (Dunn) Fearon ('58) and
Joan (Lawler) Harris ('58) at July '86
Reunion discussing times and planning
for 30th reunion in 1988 for a 'Mega
CHARLIE TAYLOR IN LOUISIANA
Capt. Charles Taylor, with his children, Greg
and Pami, have relocated to Louisiana after the
passing away of his wife, L'Dora, resulting from
an automobile accident. Capt. Taylor is also re-
cuperating from his many back operations.
His new address is: Capt. Charles H. Taylor,
12126 Excalibur Ave., Baton Rouge, IA 70816. His
telephone number is: (504) 293-3707.
THE MONZONS VISIT THE RINDFUSZS
My parents, William (Bill) J. (BHS Class of
1940) and Rosita Monzon visited in Dothan, Ala.
from 15 may through 10 July. Still living in Pan-
ama, Republic of Panama, Bill and Rosita vacation-
ed and attended several special occasions for
their grandsons, John (Jack) William and Jared
(Jerry) Alan Rindfusz.
The first occasion was Jack's high school grad-
uation on 6 June from Northview High School. Jack
plans to go to R.E.T.S. (Radio, Electricity, Tele-
vision School), Electronic Institute in Birmingham
Alabama beginning with the October class. A two-
year school, he receives an associate of science
degree in electronics engineering upon graduation.
The next occasion was the awarding of the Scout
Eagle Badge to younger grandson, Jerry on 23 June
in Dothan. He is 14 years old and was quite proud
of his achievement inasmuch as he received his
Eagle at 14 and his brother Jack received his at
15 years of age in 1983 before leaving the Canal
While in Dothan, Bill and Rosita visited with
numerous former Canal Zone families and Bill also
frequented Bruno's and the Waffle House for cof-
fee. Several side trips were made to Montgomery
and Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Ga.; and Panama
City, Fla. In Montgomery, we visited with Bill and
Jonie Sue (Dyer) Durkin and five children. Jonnie
Sue is the daughter of J.C. and Mabel Dyer, form-
erly of both the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the
Isthmus. We had a great time and reminisced about
the good times we all had.
It has been three years since I saw my parents
after leaving the Canal Zone in 1983. Their sad
departure was the same day President Reagan visit-
ed Dothan on 10 July!
Front, L-R: Rose (Monzon) Rindfusz,
Jerry, and Rosita Monzon, (Rose's mom).
Back: Bill Monzon, (Rose's father), Ed
Rindfusz and Jack Rindfusz.
After one day of rest, my sister, Irene M.
(Monzon) Barnes arrived to visit us for two-weeks.
It had also been three years since I had seen my
sister. We had a great time visiting and catching
up on news from the Panama area. We had a week to
ourselves. My brother-in-law, Bob Barnes arrived
with my nephews, Bill (19) and Kevin (15) on July
20. They had been visiting Bob's sister and bro-
ther in Houston, Texas. Irene and Bob are still
working for the Panama Canal Commission.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our family coming
to visit with us and hope my parents will move
up to the States soon.
Rose M. (Monzon) Rindfusz
Nancy Simon, formerly of New Cristobal,
Jody and Tom Herndon, Panama railroad,
Live Oak, Florida, June 1986.
FRITZ MUNN WITH ADDISON POLICE
More and more Zonians are showing up in the
Dallas/Ft. Worth area from the BHS Class of '80.
Andy Vhitlock and his wife, who is expecting their
first baby very soon; Maureen gger; Ken Pierce
and his wife, Diane Baker; Mark Cicero and his new
wife, Dena; Mike McKean is going to an aircraft
mechanical school here.
I am now with the Addison Police Department,
which is a suburb of Dallas. If you all want any
news from the younger generation here in Dallas/
Ft. Worth, I'll be glad to send it in. (Reporter
for Younger Generation is: Sandy Robinson, 2753
SR-590, Clearwater, FL 33519. Please send it to
7000 Holly Hill, #147
Dallas, TX 75231
EVA COLLINS VISITS ENGLAND
Mrs. Eva S. Collins and her daughter, Mrs. Jay
C. Green of Georgetown, Delaware, returned on the
18th July after a 2-month trip touring England and
Scotland, and visiting friends and relatives.
Twelve days were spent in London where they
visited the Guild Hall and Silver Vaults and had
afternoon tea at the Ritz, among other interesting
sights. We also went to the "Cat and the Fiddle",
reputed to be the highest "Pub" in England.
We sailed and returned on the QUEEN ELIZABETH
II, which is a fabulous ship and a holiday in
The weather was very good to us cool but not
wet. It really was a great holiday but must admit
we were glad to get home to Delaware again.
Eva S. Collins
FROM THE WATHENS OF SAN DIEGO
Hello to all Sure sorry we couldn't make the
last reunion, hopefully the next one!
Loretta is recovering from a broken left leg
and knee at this time (Sept. '86). Coming along
pretty good with the use of a walker. No, I didn't
push her she fell!
Had a nice telephone chat with Dick Swearingen
in Ft. Collins, Colorado a couple of months ago.
They are doing fine.
Have lots of fruit trees in our back yard, with
some avacados and usually have a pretty nice
Warren and Loretta Wathen
San Diego, CA
Loretta Wathen and some of her completed
projects. Warren J. Wathen in their back
yard, San Diego lots of fruit trees
"What are we having for dinner, Mama?" asked
"Arroz con frijoles," replied his mother.
"Aw Mama, today is Thanksgiving and we're
supposed to have turkey," pleaded Henry.
"You are just a little Panamanian boy so you
won't have a gringo feast and besides, I need to
help your father prepare the birds for shipping to
Miami, so I do not have time to cook a big meal."
explained his mother.
So Henry, unable to refute the explanation,
but deeply hurt as a twelve-year old Zonite that
enjoyed good food, could only return to his room
to pray for a better Thanksgiving.
We were living in our new home in El Cangrejo
just two blocks up the hill from Via Espana on
Calle Eric del Valle. The front of the house was
at street level but the lot sloped steeply down
the back for two floors which allowed for garage
and work rooms underneath. The large back yard was
fenced and several large cages containing animals
and birds that I had collected and purchased in
Panama were there these were sold to zoos in the
United States, and the profits augmented my pay as
a postal clerk in the Canal Zone.
The shipment that I was preparing was for the
Waite Bird Farm at Boynton Beach, Florida. It in-
cluded many toucans (Ramphastos), tanagers (Thral-
pis palmarum) and a curassow (Crax-rubra). The
curassow was sold to me at the Ancon Post Office
by Sr. Paco Gomez, a farmer from Gatun Lake area.
Paco said the bird was quite tame and had been
eating with his chickens. He called it a 'pavo
real' which according to my 'diccionario' is a
peacock, but to Paco and me he was a royal turkey
or a pavo real (real pavo). It was a beautiful
black bird weighing 15 pounds and turkey-shaped
with a yellow crest of recurving feathers.
The cages I built for air express were light
but strong enough to withstand handling. I had
almost finished when my wife came down to where I
was working. She pointed to the cage for the
curassow and said it was too small. The bird was
walking nearby, he was quite tame and allowed to
range freely. He had never attempted to leave the
fenced yard, I only put him in a cage at night for
"The cage is exactly the right size," I said.
"I'll show you".
I picked it up and placed it before the curas-
sow. He must have been startled by the box being
thrust in front of him. He flew up I tried to
grab him my wife also tried to catch him, but
the bird just flew out of reach. Just outside the
fence stood a tree trunk that had been struck by
lightning the year before. It was black, without
leaves and about thirty-feet tall, and there on
the top stood the curassow.
He had been fed and watered. It had full plu-
mage and was capable of flying a mile or more. How
do I get him back? If I climb the tree he will
take fright and fly. Aha! I have a .22 rifle with
a telescope sight and am an expert shot. I'll just
crease his head and he'll fall and I'll grab him.
I get the gun, rest it against the railing of the
back stairs of the house, sight through the scope
to the bird 70 feet away and gently squeeze the
trigger. Down falls the pavo real! We run over. to
where he fell he's wounded in the neck.
"Maybe it could be sewed," my wife observed
"No. The only sewing will be done after he is
cleaned and stuffed," I said.
And so we phoned some friends and had a delici-
ous Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone there declared
it was the best turkey ever tasted.
Henry's prayers were answered, and now some 36
years later, Henry firmly believes in the power of
George M. Hall
Retired C.Z Postal Clerk
North Miami, FL
THE VIOLETTE 1986 HAPPENINGS
The 1986 happenings in the Bill Violette family
included visits from Bill and Amnette Doaing (nee
Violette) and children Alison and Andrew. Susie,
Judy and Jerry were all here and attended the BIG
They were so impressed, all have joined the
Jim and Janelle Violette will wind down 1986
with a visit over the Christmas holidays. Jim
hopes to attend his 20th Balboa High School re-
union next year at the Hyatt, as does Bill Deming.
Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Violette
THE GALLAGHERS MOVE NORTH
Well, we finally made the move to Pennsylvania.
We are right in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch
country. We bought a three-acre farm with a large
Mary Amn and her horse are enjoying it. We also
have a goat named Frank.
Any of our Panama Canal friends are welcome to
visit and enjoy this beautiful country setting.
Dorothy, John and Mary Ann Gallagher
680 S. Ridge Road
Denver, PA 17517
Lee Wilson, Grace (Schack) Wilson, Guy
Young, Barbara (Lavinghouze) Young, at
THE WILSONS VISIT THE GUY YOUNG
Lee and I did an Arts and Crafts Show in the
beautiful pine woods of Perry, Georgia. It was a
great show and lots of fun but the icing on the
cake was seeing Barbara (Lavinghouze) and Guy
Young, (BHS Class of '40) after an interval of
about 40 years!
We had two wonderful visits that week-end with
Barbara and Guy, who are the same considerate,
warm people they always were.
I'm trying to lure them south for next year's
Grace (Schack) Wilson
NAVY LT. PETER S.K, HAYES TO FLY
Navy Lieutenant Peter S.K. Hayes, Jr., 1978
graduate of Balboa High School, has just received
orders for Jacksonville Naval Air Station.
As a recent graduate of the flight program in
Pensacola, Fla. and Corpus Christie, Texas for
Naval Aviators, Peter will be flying P-3's at his
new duty station.
THE CONNERTONS MOVE
In August, John and Bliss (Morris) Connerton
moved into their new 3-bedroom home in Frisco,
Texas (15 miles north of Dallas).
Their new address is: 8200 Willow Creek Drive,
Frisco, TX 75034. Tel: (214) 377-3668.
THE GREIG (BOYNTON) CLAN
It has been some 5 years since I wrote on an
update of our large family doings.
As Bob and I are semi-retired and redirected
our interest to extensive travel, we have been
able to visit all our relatives on the American
continent, North, Central and South America.
Last year we started from the Amazon, through
Peru, the Galapagos, Ecuador, Panama visitedd all
the Leach family, Bill DeaMater, Skipper Rowley,
Rhoda Foxx and the Urriola's), made the '85 Panama
Canal Reunion and driving there and back to Calif-
ornia we visited with the Charles Bensons (nee
Mary Snedeker) of Tucson, AZ., the Charles Parks
(nee Ann Trimble) and her family in Glendale, AZ.,
the Curtis Darden tribe (they are my first cousins
of Tallahassee, Fla.), the Alpha McKee family of
Miami (Rose Herrings and Thomas Herrings children
too), my sister, Rena's two children, lake and
Tess Givens, now going to Florida State Univer-
sity, Ben [arden (Jack and Mabel) retired C.Z.
Police Chief, now of Fayettesville, N.C., Anne
Marie Falcone (Schultz) and family of Cornwall
Heights, PA. Also visited Ellie (Foley) Husun of
Tallahassee and really renewed old tales of BHS.
The Kochers (Lois Baumiack) of Dallas, PA., the
Tom Schwartz's (Lillian Norris) of Elmhurst, IL.,
Peggy Tobin (nee Christman) of Fairfax, VA., Mrs.
M/Sgt Tex Weathers (Margaret) now of California,
John Givens and Gail (forgot her maiden name) but
they were both BHS graduates. John being Rena
Boynton's son. They now live in Boulder, Colorado.
Mark Givens is in Altus, OK. with the armed ser-
The most memorable event was the recent wedding
of Chris and Joanna, son of Charles Norris and
Charlotte Dye (now deceased). The outstanding open
air Gazebo wedding held in Benicia, CA. found so
many ex-Zonites that it was a reunion in itself.
Attending were Lillian (Norris) Scheartz, Jean
(Stillwell) and Bruce Crook of Ukiah, CA. with
their kids, Bruce Jr., Liz Minton, all of Calif-
ornia, Ara Norris (Mrs. Hugh Norris) of Dothan,
AL., Chuck and Vidd Norris of Valencia, CA.,
Bnmett (Skip) and Anne Dye from Washington, and
Charles and Charlotte's other children, Cindy and
Carol Norris, and of course us, Bob and Niza Boy-
The six Boynton children of Conductor George
(Pop) Boynton of the Panama Rail Road, deceased
some 30 years now, all still live in California,
specifically Santa Clara County. George (BHS '49),
Rena (BHS '50), Myrna (BHS '51), Rudy and Edna
graduated in Santa Clara County, CA. Mam (Maria)
still drives, travels, attends and is very active
in all senior citizen affairs in San Jose.
Our California Governor Deukmejian appointed me
to serve on the Board of Dental Examiners until
January 15, 1988. It is indeed an honor. Congrat-
ulatory letters have poured in from everywhere,
from both political parties and from my peers in
the Health Care field as well as from family and
friends. Looking back on past issues of the Canal
Record, I find that so many of us from BHS and CHS
have attained high honors in the USA. Speaks so
well of our Canal Zone school system, doesn't it?
P.S. Our son, Lance, born in Gorgas, presented us
with our 5th grandchild, two of his, and the other
three from our two daughters, Linda and Lorna.
Niza (Boynton) Greig
San Juan Bautista, CA
BARBARA CUNNINGHAM LAID UP
I have been ill, off and on since January and
unable to attend meetings. In fact, I was in the
hospital twice this year. My sister and husband,
Martha and Paul Cowell of New York were here the
first time from March 17 to April 10.
Son Jay made lots of trips to and from Ft. Lau-
derdale to see me and he is now unofficially a
resident here....at least for a while.
I missed out on some family affairs during this
time. Brother Frank L. died May 6 (already in Can-
al Record). Jay's son, Jay A. Jr. graduated from
high school and entered Marine Boot Camp in San
Diego. My granddaughter, Barbara Ann (daughter of
Linda Jane) married Shawn Sith on June 27 at the
home of her parents. "Jack" Griffin (father of the
bride) performed the ceremony. On August 16 Janet
Ruth Cunningham and Clifford Iuud were married in
Hialeah, Fla. My grandson, Timothy Patrick Cun-
ninghan (son of Mike) and his Karen were married
September 28 in Novato, California. I have no par-
ticulars on any of these events as yet.
Both Mike and Jay were here for the Annual C.Z.
reunion and truly enjoyed it. I went one day and
saw many friends. Noticed the crowds are younger
Daughter Linda Jane Griffin and her two sons,
Joshua and John J. III came to see me August 20
and returned home the 24th. They drove from Lit-
tlerock, CA. to here and back which was quite a
trip! They stopped to do some sight-seeing and
visit with friends and relatives along the way. I
don't think that Joshua will ever forget Grandma's
as he managed to break his wrist in two places
while skate-boarding across the street!
I am sorry I can't give more specific details
on the above events. I have missed seeing everyone
at the meetings. One of these days I'll be sure to
Barbara J. Cunninghan
St. Petersburg, FL
(Get well soon. Ed)
HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE ADVANCED IN
NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY
Patricia M. Kearns, Health System Specialist of
USAF Regional Hospital Langley, Langley AFB, Vir-
ginia, was advanced to Fellowship status in the
American College of Healthcare Executives at its
52nd Convention Ceremony held August 3, 1986, at
the Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, Ontario,
The College is a Chicago-based international
professional society representing more than 20,000
healthcare executives. Ceremonies in Toronto
marked the 53rd anniversary of the group which was
founded in 1933.
Fellowship, the highest level of professional
achievement in the College, is achieved after dem-
onstration of education, experience and leadership
in the healthcare field over a period of several
years. As a special project, fellows must complete
a series of case reports or a thesis on a subject
related to healthcare management. Mrs. Kearns'
advancement thesis "Ambulatory Health Care: From
Origin to Quality Assurance" included a model for
quantifying health care. She has contributed ex-
tensively to the health care literature and has
served as a consultant for the Air Force and other
DOD agencies. Mrs. Kearns will now be privileged
to use the letters FACHE after her name in all
professional communications, indicating she is a
Fellow of the College.
Pat is the daughter of Dolly and Jerry Steiner
of Dunedin, Florida. She graduated from Balboa
High School and the Canal Zone College. She
received her B.A. degree from Incarnate Word Col-
lege in San Antonio, Texas and her M.S. degree
from Trinity University in San Antonio.
JOHN DISHAROON'S LETTER WRITING
John Disharoon has been teaching school in
Pinellas County for the past 15 years. He is a
graduate of BHS '68 and the U. of South Florida,
class of '72.
Several years ago, he decided that the writing
skills of his elementary students needed drastic
improvement. He decided to embark on an approach
that could be fun for all. Thus, an idea was born.
In his school they call the idea Mr. "D's" letter
John has his classes write to famous celeb-
brities and notables each week as an extension to
their English classes. The biggest thrill for the
students is to receive a response to their let-
At this time they feel they have been able to
communicate effectively through their writing.
The children seem to enjoy the project immensely
and are, of course, excruciatingly careful in
their spelling and grammar skills. After all, who
would want to write a letter to the President of
the United States with grammer and spelling
The following is a partial list of the notables
who have responded to the correspondence of John's
Thomas "Tip" O'Neill
Sandra Day O'Connor
V.P. George Bush
Senator Howard Baker
The Queen of England
Eddie Napoleon is a former Zonian and first
base coach of the Major League Cleveland Indians.
Eddie was gracious enough to visit with John's
students last year. He had much to say about the
ups and downs of the Big Leagues.
THELMA REPPE MOVES AGAIN!
Just imagine, I have lived in the same apart-
ment for 30 years in Long Beach, Calif. and now I
have moved twice in a year. Went to Columbus, Ohio
in November 1985 and in October 1986, I moved to
Friendship Village of Columbus, 5800 Forest Hills
Blvd., Apt. #C-305, Columbus, Ohio 43229 Tel:
This is a life care retirement facility, and I
sincerely hope I have made my last move. It's good
to be near my family and I'm making new friends
here in FVC.
Last May I had a visit from Nellie (Bruland)
Jansen and Hedy (Sundberg) Seedborg. Hedy was
visiting Nellie in Pennsylvania, and they came
along with a friend from Phoenix and drove over to
In August I went with a new friend on a 3-day
tour to Nashville stayed at the Opryland Hotel
and enjoyed all the sights and sounds there.
Called Bebe Sanford and had a good chat with her.
In October, enjoyed a 2-day visit from Vonna
(Hambleton) Huldtquist, who had driven from her
home in Florida to visit the James Morris family
in Virginia, then to Canton, Ohio, and to Columbus
to be with me in my new location.
Just before I left Cardinal had a very short
visit from Elizabeth (Shorty) and Jim Morris, June
and Vic May.
I was surprised that Ohio wasn't represented in
the Canal Record and had to let folks know Ohio
is still on the map, despite cave-ins on two of
our principal streets!
Almost forgot In June I met Ama Wright of
Gulfport, Florida, in St. Louis, and we flew out
together to Albuquerque, N.M. where we had a great
visit with Mattielee White. Saw Jean Anne (Wite)
and Cbarlie McGirm and their eldest daughter,
THE CURTIS GEORGES HAVE VISITORS
We had a brief visit with our daughter, Helen
Marie and son-in-law Lt. Col. Gordon Boswell and
granddaughter, Ashley Beth. They live in Ellsworth
A.F.B., South Dakota. It was so nice to have them
visit us, although too short.
Our son, Daniel, is arriving this afternoon
from the Zone for a visit. We are driving to the
airport to pick him up. Don't know how long he'll
be with us, but hope it will be at least 2 weeks.
Enjoy reading the Canal Record. When it arrives
I sit down and read it from cover to cover. It is
very well written.
Our four children are scattered. We don't get
to see them as often as we would like. Our oldest,
Carol An, lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Danny is
is Panama. Beverly Lou lives in Indiana, and Helen
Marie in South Dakota.
Tom Herndon, former PRR conductor, pick-
ing Bluegrass at Live Oak, FL., June '86
ALBERT McKEOWN VISITS UP NORTH
Albert McKeom of St. Petersburg, Fla. had a
beautiful 3-week trip North this sumner. He left
in late July for New York City where he visited
his nephew, Mayer Sasson and his wife, as well as
a surprise visit from his sister, Elena, who is 87
years young from Cartagena, Colombia. Also there
for a visit was his niece, Sarita and her husband
who were visiting from Bogota, Colombia.
After a 3-day visit, Albert flew to Fairfax,
Virginia to spend 10 days with June Barlow Biesz
who was celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary.
After a gala celebration, Albert visited Williams-
burg, Virginia as well as taking in most of the
tourist sights in Washington, D.C.
His niece, Shirley Barlow Bernat and her son
also came for a few days from Riverdale, Georgia
where she resides with her family.
From there, Albert flew to Destrehan, Louisiana
where he visited his nephew, Jinmy McKeoun and his
wife, Denise and family where he was given a fab-
ulous time seeing the sights in and around New
Orleans, as well as the good cooking there. Rest
up, Albert, we hope to see you on another jaunt
HEIM ALMOST MAIMS PRESIDENT
I have in front of me the September issue of
the Canal Record and I am looking at your smi-
ling face. Hell, as a newly elected president you
should be looking like the cat that ate the can-
As I sit here remembering those very wonderful
days of our youth on the Zone I think that at
one time I could have been responsible for having
killed a future president.
I guess we were about fourteen years old, and
spending a week up at Max Boggs' banana plantation
in the Higante region of Gatun Lake.
You and I were after caymans I had the .22
and you said, "Hey, Heimie, give me a shot". I
handed the gun to you barrel first with my
hand over the damn trigger. When you pulled on the
barrel it went off. I heard you go "ugh" or sane
other stupid grunt. I thought I had killed you -
but a few minutes later you laughed, and we went
If I remember right that same night we also
had a 4-foot cayman in the dam cayuco that we
thought was dead but later was very much alive
and we damn near ended up in the lake with all of
his brothers and sisters!
When we finally decided to call it a night, we
rowed back to the shack, when you stepped out of
the cayuco. Your one sneaker fell apart the damnn
bullet had split the sole of that shoe as slick as
a knife could. Do you remember this? So as I say,
I damn near killed a future president.
Anyhow, Bill, my very best wishes for your of-
fice and the best to you and yours.
June of this year I had open heart surgery.
They had to replace the mitral and aortic valves
- years of too much smoking too much booze and
too rich foods was the main cause of this so it
was only fair since I had made such a pig of my-
self for well over 50 years that they did replace
these valves with pig valves. I do find myself
saying, "oink-oink" every once in a while.
Well old friend, I just thought I should wish
you the best. If you should ever get out to Cal-
ifornia make damn sure that our home is one you
will not only be more than welcome, but I would be
grossly insulted if you did not spend sane time
My love to your Jeanne.
P.S. If you serve wild turkey on Wild Turkey Lane,
hell, I might even come to Florida for a visit
with you! A
THE ROUND TUIT
Now, at last they are here! Just what
you were waiting for ROUND TUITS!
Cut yours out and keep it! Guard it
with your life! Never lose it! Be sure
you do not let anyone take it from you!
These tuits have been hard to find,
especially the round ones. But now by
special arrangement, everyone can have
one of his own.
It will answer the problems for those
of you who have been saying, "I will pay
my dues as soon as I get 'A Round Tuit'.
1987 is bound to be a wonderful year,
now that each of us has A ROUND TUIT.
HEMET Robert Dill pointed a bent finger to an
old black-and-white photograph of what looked like
a huge river bed without a river.
"This is what it looked like before it was fin-
ished," he said. Then, moving his finger slowly to
a picture of a massive flowing waterway, he said,
"this is what it looked like afterward." And his
eyes beamed a quiet pride.
Dill, who will turn 97 in October, is only one
of four Americans still living who was given a
medal by then-President Theodore Roosevelt for
helping in the construction of the Panama Canal -
a structure considered one of the greatest engin-
eering accomplishments in history. President
Roosevelt issued medals to 7,400 Americans who
worked for more than two years on the canal's con-
Of the four living medal holders, only one is
older than Dill. "But not much older," he said.
Dill celebrated his ninth birthday during the
Spanish-American War in 1898. He has seen the
passage of 18 United States presidents and two
world wars. He has lived through an era of fan-
tastic change and progress. But in nearly one cen-
tury of life, he said, there is nothing that com-
pares with his experience on the Panama Canal.
"It was the most valuable experience of my
life," Dill said, still pointing to the second
An eight-year resident of Hemet, Dill first
traveled to Panama with a friend in 1911. He was
22. Armed only with a degree in accounting and a
spirit of adventure, Dill spent his first years on
the Canal as a machinist working on heavy equip-
ment. He later worked as an accountant for the
'The engineers and workers did things on the
canal that had never been done before," he said.
The finished structure was "one of the wonders of
The Panama Canal, built by the United States at
a cost of $380 million and thousands of lives,
stretches 51 miles across the narrow strip of land
separating North and South America. Upon its com-
pletion in 1914, the canal shortened a ship's
voyage between New York City and San Francisco to
less than 5,200 miles. Previously, ships making
this trip had to travel around South America a
distance of more than 13,000 miles.
Bob Dill, Hemet, CA. and David &nith
accept Honorary Memberships in the Pan-
ama Canal Society of Southern Calif.
Workers labored for 10 years, using steam-
shovels and dredges to cut through jungles, hills
The greatest obstacle to building the canal was
disease. The combination of climate and unsanitary
conditions made Panama one of the most disease-
ridden areas in the world. An earlier effort by
France to build the canal failed partly because of
the proliferation of malaria, yellow fever and ty-
"People died by the thousands," Dill said in
slow, measured words. He paused and seemed to look
deep into his memory. "They'd send a crew of 25
men into the jungle and maybe 15 would come back."
An estimated 30,000 people died during the
French and American efforts to build the canal.
Dill himself contracted typhoid fever and spent
six weeks in a hospital. At the worst point of his
illness, he said, he was completely delirious and
had a fever of 106 degrees.
"They literally had to pack me in ice to get my
temperature down," he said.
But despite the drama of hardships, Dill pre-
ferred to remember the good feelings and memories
that came out of them. He explained that it was
because of the hardships that a tight bond de-
veloped among all the workers.
'The spirit of the people who worked on the
Panama Canal was indescribable," Dill said. He
straightened his glasses. "There was a special
something in them that you won't find in any other
group of people. We were a family."
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