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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 .................................................. 2
Editor's C or er ..................................................... 2
Legislative Report ................................................... 3
Officers for Society 1987-1988 Ballot .................................... 7
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................ 8
R etirem ents ........................................... ............ 12
News Clips ......................................................... 12
W here Are You ..................................................... 17
1987 Reunion ................................................ Centerfold
Your Reporter Says .................................................. 18
Alabam a ..................... 18 M ichigan .................... 40
Arizona ..................... 19 M ississippi ................... 40
Arkansas .................... 22 New M exico ................. 41
California ................... 23 North Carolina ............... 42
Colorado .................... 27 Northwest ................... 42
Florida ...................... 28 Panama ..................... 43
Georgia ..................... 34 South Carolina ............... 49
Hawaii ...................... 36 Texas ....................... 51
Kentucky .................... 37 V irginia ..................... 55
Louisiana .................... 38 The Younger Generation ....... 57
C congratulations ..................................................... 57
W eddings ......................................................... 62
Births ............................................................. 63
W ith D eep Sorrow .................................................. 65
Letters to the Editor ................................................ 69
Looking Back ...................................................... 78
A nnouncem ents ..................................................... 86
For Sale or Wanted ................................................. 90
Canal Zone Collectables 93 Kaw Valley Films 98 Artwork to Order .. 89
J.B. International 92 Uniglobe Travel 97 Sentimental Journey 94
Richard A. Staab Lithographs 96
Front Cover: Photograph of major landslide of October 14, 1986 at the Cucaracha Reach
south of Gold Hill. Panama Canal Commission Photograph.
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
March 6 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 P.M., St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
April 3 PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, 11:30 A.M., St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
April 25 PCSOA Luncheon/Meeting, 11:00 A.M., Arizona City/Casa Grande
Ramada Inn on 1-10.
May 1 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 P.M., St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
May 2 New Mexico Annual Picnic, Coronado Park, west of Bernallilo, on
NM-44, 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
June 5 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 P.M., St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
July 2-5 PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, Hyatt Regancy, Tampa
August 1 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 P.M., St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
August 2 PCSSC Annual Picnic, 10:30 A.M., Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park,
Calif., Lunch at 12:00 noon.
September 5 PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, Sarasota, FL. (More details later).
November 7 Lucho in Atlanta II, Conformation and details to be published in
September issue of Canal Record.
December 6 PCSSC Annual Christmas Luncheon, 10:30 A.M., Knotts Berry Farm,
Buena Park, Calif. Lunch at 12:00 noon.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
o l To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P.O. Box 3738 HOLIDAY, FLORIDA 33590
The CANAL RECORD (USPS 088-020) is published five times a year in March, June, September, November and December by
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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
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HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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As I sit at my desk pondering what I should
dwell on regarding "The President's Message" for
the March 1987 Canal Record (Editor's deadline
Jan. 25), it occurs to me that because of the Hol-
iday Season there is little that has transpired
that is newsworthy since the last publication of
However, your 1987 Reunion Coordinator 1st
Vice President lAniel Whitman has been busy, and
reports that all functions are progressing satis-
factorily. Hotel reservations have been pouring
in better get yours in. It looks like we will
have another record breaking and successful re-
Please acquaint yourselves with the Schedule
of Events for the 1987 Reunion that has been pub-
lished in the December Record, and again in the
Your attention to detail in providing us with
accurate information on your Pre-registration
forms will enable us to prepare the registration
For your edification and monetary savings we
have been fortunate in having received some great-
ly reduced travel packages for the 1987 Reunion
- please note published ads in the Record.
I trust that you have all carefully read the
Audit and Budget Committees report that was pub-
lished with the President's Message in the Decem-
They have concurred with the Executive Board's
recommendations and they too encourage the pur-
chase of a computer for use by the Reunion Coor-
It is my fervent hope that by the time that
the March Record has been sent out that the Re-
union Coordinator will have a computer to assist
her in this many faceted endeavor.
I earnestly ask you to join me and your Execu-
tive Board in upholding our principles and pur-
poses of allegiance, or respect to the United
States of America, fidelity to our by-laws and
preservation of ideals and friendships formed
while working and living in the Canal Zone or
Republic of Panama.
Ray W. (Bill) Wheeler
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The response regarding the Annual Directory has
been very favorable. Thanks. A lot of work went
into putting that book together and while there
were a few errors, by and large it was far more
accurate than it's predecessors. The Office of
the Secretary/Treasurer closed down from December
14 through December 31 while we all took two weeks
off for Christmas. I returned to a multitude of
mail. Richard (Pat) Beall, our Record Editor
was kind enough to collect the mail from the Post
Office, alphabetize the envelopes and sort them
into categories. Thanks, Pat. Needless to say,
with a backlog of mail and more coming in every
day, we have been very busy. I keep waiting for
the slow times and the 30 hour weeks...maybe,
manana? The pull-out envelopes and application
blanks are working fairly well. I wish that all
of you would fill out the application blanks and
furnish us with information on the years that you
attended Canal Zone Schools. Many of you check
off the School you attended but not the year.
It would also be helpful to those hearty souls
who take on the job of locating class-mates for
The Society 's new computer.
Please remember we are not mind readers and we
only know what you tell us. Back when there were
2,000 members and Jean Mnn had many years of time
and experience with this job, this may have been
the case. We are currently up to 4,200 members
and I still feel like I am new at the job. My
hat is off to Jean and the many years that she
devoted to the Society. How she was able to hang
on so long without modernizing equipment, handling
all this work manually, is a mystery to me. Only
a very capable person could have accomplished this
It took me a while to get into the swing of things
Jean, but I found that you had an excellent system
and there was a very good reason for everything
that you did. Everytime I tried to take a short
cut, I discovered why you did things the way you
did. Walking in a person's moccasins really makes
a believer of you. Wouldn't it be nice if all
of us who criticize would save our judgments until
we did just that?
We need to continue to move forward and make this
the best Society. So, lets work together and pull
together and put petty personal feelings aside
for the good of all.
If the beginning of 1987 is an omen of things
to come, it's going to be a rough year. Membership
is escalating like there was no tomorrow (more
work for everyone), news is more than it ever was
at this time of year, and we're looking for more
help. Retired? I don't think so.
News has been coming in all the time even
well past the deadline, which is supposed to be in
my hands by the 25th of January. Two notices are
printed in each Canal Record to that effect in
each issue. I'm sorry if all the news does not get
in as you would like if it arrives after that
date. Our schedule with the printer, and our task
of typing it all out in those 5 days left before
the 1st of the month just doesn't hack it. All
news items arriving after the 25th are put in a
separate box for the next Canal Record. Sorry,
members. Just no can do.
Notwithstanding, we certainly still get our
share of complimentary letters. The Executive Com-
mittee has asked me to put all these kudos in a
column, underlining the compliment (or complaint)
together with the members' name. So, members are
hereby warned that what you say about us may get
into print! I think it's a nice idea I think
that those who take the time and trouble to write
us about the Canal Record, or the Society, should
be heard by all the members. So let's see what the
June issue of the Canal Record brings.
From the amount of mail coming in, there seems
little doubt that the 1987 Reunion will be a big
one and we have only just printed the activities
forms in this issue! At this rate, we should be
pushing 4,500 members by July!
Our Reunion Coordinator, inriel Whitman has
been very busy already, and after this issue, she
will be a lot busier.
Our Secretary/Treasurer, Shirley Boswell is
swamped with dues payments and new members. Her
tenacity and grit is what's holding this Society
together, folks. Have patience, your card will get
to you. This is not like the good old days when we
had 1,800-2,000 members.
We've got a new slate of officers nominated for
the 1987-1988 year. Make sure you exercise your
right to vote send in the Mail In Ballot when
you get your issue, so as not to forget it.
R.W. Pat Beall
Congress has now begun the difficult task
of forming a budget plan for fiscal year 1988.
The Administration's budget proposal has received
a cool reception on Capitol Hill.
The Budget Committees in both the House and
the Senate will have the primary task of un-
raveling the budget problem. These panels will
largely disregard the Administration's budget plan
and shape one of their own.
While the Administration's budget provides
for a full COLA for Social Security recipients,
it offers less than a full COLA on federal annui-
ties. The National Association for Retired Federal
Employees successfully argued last year and they
will again call for equal inflation protection
for all government retirement programs.
Therefore, I have received many calls con-
cerning H.R. 2663, the Legislation to provide
civil service retirement system credit for service
in the Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II and
for service in non-appropriated fund Defense De-
partment jobs between 1952 and 1966. I have ob-
tained a copy of this legislation and it states
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
OCTOFR 6, 1986
To amend Title 5, United States Code, to credit
time spent in the Cadet Nurse Corps during World
War II as creditable for civil service retirement.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Represen-
tatives of the United States of America in Con-
gress assembled, that (a) service described in
Subsection (b) shall be considered creditable civ-
ilian service for purposes of subchapter III of
chapter 83, or chapter 84 of Title 5, United
States Code; as applicable, in the case of any
individual who meets the requirement of subsection
(b) This section relates to any pay period of
training as a student or graduate nurse under a
plan approved under Section 2 of the Act of June
15, 1943 (57 Stat. 153), if the total period of
training under such plan was at least two years.
(c)(l) An individual may not receive credit for
service pursuant to this Act unless;
A. Within fourteen months after the date of
the enactment of this Act, and in accordance with
regulations under subsection (d), the individual
files appropriate written application with the
Office of Personnel Management;
B. At the time of filing the application un-
der subparagraph (a), the individual is employed
by the Government and subject to subchapter III
of Chapter 83 of Title 5, United States Code
(other than section 8344 of such title), or chap-
ter 84 of such title (other than section 8468 of
C. Before the date of separation on which
is based the individual's entitlement to an
annuity under subchapter III of Chapter 83 of
Title 5, United States Code, or Chapter 84 of such
title, as applicable, such individual deposits
into the civil service retirement and disability
fund the amount required under paragraph (2) with
respect to the period of training involved.
(2) The amount to be deposited shall be deter-
mined by the Office of Personnel Management in
a manner consistent with applicable provisions
of subchapter III of Chapter 83 of Title 5, United
States Code, Chapter 84 of such title, or Title
III of the Federal Employees Retirement System
Act of 1986, as the case may be, relating to de-
posits for earlier periods of civilian service
for which deductions from basic pay have not been
(d) The Office of Personnel Management shall,
not later than two months after the date of the
enactment of this Act, prescribe regulations to
carry out this Act.
Passed the House of Representatives 10-06-86.
UIW S[I ANNUITY PAMIT
Federal employees have been granted the right
to receive a lurp sum annuity payment upon retire-
ment. This applies to all employees under the
Federal Employees Retirement System and those who
would be covered under the old Civil Service Re-
Although it would be advantageous to take
the lump sum annuity payment and invest it in tax-
deferred Individual Retirement Account, the Inter-
nal Revenue Service has issue a ruling stating
that Federal Employees who choose to receive the
lurp sum annuity payment when they retire will
not be allowed to invest it in an IRA. Further
information regarding this ruling may be obtained
from Section 402(a)(5)(D) of the IRS Code.
Additionally, employees under the Federal
Employee Retirement System withdrawing their funds
upon leaving their Government position will not
be allowed to redeposit them for credit toward
retirement if they again become employed by the
Betty LeDoux Frassrand with newly elect-
ed Governor of Florida, Bob Martinez, at
a pre-victory celebration in Pasco
SPOUSE/SURVIWR PENSIC~ OFFSET
Civil Service Annuitants applying for Social
Security Spouse or Surviving Spouse benefits are
subject to the Social Security Government Pension
In 1977, the Government enacted the Pension
Offset provisions requiring that Social Security
benefits payable to a spouse or surviving spouse
must be offset dollar for dollar by any primary
or earned government pension or annuity received.
Persons were exempt from the offset if they
were eligible for a Government pension before Dec-
ember, 1982, and if they meet all eligibility cri-
teria for a Social Security spouses benefit that
were in effect in January, 1977.
In 1982, Legislation was enacted that pro-
vided that the pension offset would not apply
to Social Security benefits payable to a spouse
or surviving spouse for any month after November,
1982 for individuals who are entitled to a pension
before July 1, 1983 and who meet the dependency
test of one-half support.
The law was amended in 1983 so that persons
who became eligible for a pension after June, 1983
would have their Social Security spouse benefit
reduced by two-thirds of the amount of the public
pension instead of the dollar-for-dollar offset
provision of the original law.
In November, 1984, the two-thirds limit on
the amount of public pensions used for offset pur-
poses was extended to persons eligible for a Gov-
ernment Pension before July, 1983.
In summary, if a civil service retiree
applies for a Social Security Spouse or Surviving
Spouse benefit, the Social Security Office will
determine the offset based on two-thirds of the
annuity amount, match that amount against the
amount of a spouse or surviving spouse Social
Security benefit and award the annuitant a Social
Security benefit if the amount of the Social
Security benefit is greater than two-thirds of
the annuity amount. The amount of the benefits
awarded will be the difference between the two
Please note that ineligibility for a cash
benefit under the Social Security Spouse or Sur-
viving Spouse benefit does not prevent a civil
service annuitant from becoming eligible for Medi-
care Part A at the age of 65.
Persons who have become eligible for both
Civil Service Retirement and Social Security ben-
efits after 1985, may find their Social Security
Benefits calculated at reduced rates as a way to
eliminate "windfall benefits".
Social Security benefits are calculated by
using a formula based on average lifetime earning
in Social Security-covered jobs. The formula is
weighted to benefit workers with a lifetime of
low wages at a proportionately higher rate than
persons with relatively higher lifetime earnings.
It was found, however, that persons with short
periods of Social Security-covered work, which
included many Federal Employees and Retirees,
also benefited from the weighted formula. Thus,
these benefits became known as "Windfall" benefits
and provisions were enacted as part of the 1983
Social Security Act Amendments to address this
The "windfall" benefit reduction effects per-
sons becoming eligible for both civil service re-
tirement and social security benefits after 1985.
As long as a person is eligible for either Social
Security benefits or Civil Service Retirement
benefits before 1986, then the Windfall Reduction
does not apply to that person's benefits.
Several other groups will be exempt from the
Windfall Benefit reduction; they are
All Federal workers hired after 1983, and
covered by Social Security.
Social Security beneficiaries who became
eligible for Civil Service survivor benefits.
Persons with railroad retirement pensions.
The Windfall benefit provisions do not and
will not effect persons who became eligible before
1986 for either Civil Service retirement benefits
or Social Security Benefits. Based on their own
Social Security covered employment.
The Social Security Administration has a pam-
phlet entitled "How your Social Security Check
is Affected by a Pension from Work Not Covered
by Social Security", available at your local So-
cial Security Administration Office.
Please remember, your ballots are in this
book to elect the officers of Our Society for the
coming year. The Society depends on your very
important input in order to function in a way that
our great and unique Society will continue to grow
and prosper for years and years. Please vote.
TAX CASE DECIDED
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
O'CONNOR et ux v. UNITED STATES
CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT
No. 85-558. Argued October 14, 1986 Decided Nov-
ember 4, 1986*
Section 1 of Article XV of the Agreement in Imple-
mentation of Article III of the Panama Canal Trea-
ty provides that the Panama Canal Commission and
its contractors "are exempt from payment in the
Republic of Panama of all taxes...on their activ-
ities or property." The first sentence of 2 of
Article XV provides that "United States citizen
enployees...shall be exempt from any taxes...on
income received as a result of their work for the
Commission," and the second sentence exempts such
employees "from payment of taxes...on income de-
rived from sources outside the Republic of Pan-
ama." Section 3 provides that such employees
"shall be exempt from taxes...on gifts or inher-
itance or on personal property, the presence of
which within the territory of the Republic of Pan-
ama is due solely to the stay therein of such per-
sons on account of their...work with the Commis-
ion." Petitioners, United States citizen employees
of the Panama Canal Commission and their spouses,
sought refunds of United States income taxes
collected on salaries paid by the Commission for
certain years, contending that 2 of Article XV
constitutes an express exemption of those sal-
aries from both Panamanian and United States tax-
ation. The Claims Court agreed, but the Court of
Held: Article XV applies only to Panamanian
taxes, and hence petitioners are not entitled to
refunds of United States income taxes paid. Sect-
ion 1 of Article XV establishes the context for
the discussion of tax exemption in the entire Ar-
ticle, so that when 2 and 3 state that "United
States citizen enployees...shall be exempt" from
taxes they are understood to be dealing only with
taxes payable in Panama. If the first sentence of
2 were interpreted to refer to United States as
well as Panamanian taxes, then the second sentence
and 3 would also do so, with the implausible con-
sequence that United States citizens would be ex-
erpt not only from United States income taxes on
their earnings from the Commission but also from
such taxes on income from sources outisde Panama
and from all United States gift and inheritance
taxes. Not only is limitation of Article XV to
Panamanian taxes in accord with the Executive
Branch's consistent application of the Agreement,
but that application has gone unchallenged by Pan-
ama. Pp 3-9.
761 F. 2d 688, affirmed.
-Together with No. 85-559, Ccplin et ux v. Itited
States, and No. 85-560, MlttcK et ux. v. United
States, also on certiorari to the same court.
SCALIA, J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous
HONORARY MEMBERSHIPS GRANTED
After having been announced in the Canal Record
and approved by a majority of members present at
the following Regularly Scheduled Meeting, the
names of Grace Williams and Dorothy Barbour, both
of St. Petersburg, Florida, were approved for
Honorary Membership, at the January 9, 1987 meet-
Our congratulations to both Grace and Dorothy
for the past and continued service to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
REQUESTING ACCESS TO, OR COPIES
OF, MEDICAL RECORDS HELD BY THE
PANAMA CANAL COMMISSION
1. What medical records does the Commission have?
The Conmission has under its control the following
a. All outpatient medical charts from Gorgas
and Coco Solo hospitals for the years 1971-79 and
1964-79 respectively (i.e., last treatment was in
one of those years).
b. Outpatient medical charts from Gorgas Army
Community Hospital and Coco Solo Army Health
Clinic for persons whose eligibility to use MEDDAC
facilities terminated on March 31, 1982 and who
were last treated in the years 1980-1982.
c. Inpatient medical charts from Gorgas and
Coco Solo hospitals for the years 1955-79 and
d. Medical records from the Canal Zone Mental
Health Center for the years 1960-1979.
e. Pediatric charts from Gorgas Hospital for
the years 1971-1979.
f. Seaman's medical records from Gorgas and
Coco Solo hospitals for the years 1971-79.
2. What if I want more recent medical records?
If you (or the person whose records you are seek-
ing) were last treated as an outpatient after the
years) shown in paragraphs la. and lb. above, or
if your hospitalization occurred after the years
shown in paragraph Ic. above, the records are in
the custody of the U.S. Army Medical Activity,
Panama (USA MEDDAC, Panama), which now operates
the Gorgas Army Community Hospital and the medical
facility in Coco Solo. Direct inquiries about
these records to:
Gorgas Army Hospital
APO Miami, FL 34004
3. How do I get records from the Panama Canal Com
a. Write to the Chief, Records Management
Branch, Panama Canal Commission, APO Miami 34011
(from Panama, use Balboa, Republic of Panama ad-
dress), stating full name of patient, date of
birth, the medical facility where treated, whether
seen as an outpatient or inpatient, and approx-
imate date of treatment (in the case of outpatient
records, approximate date of last visit). Specify
what parts) of the record you are interested in.
When time is critical, you may request the records
in person at the current Records Section, Room 14B
in the basement of the Administration Building.
Whether you request the records in writing or in
person, you will be required to identify yourself
to the satisfaction to the Chief, Records Manage-
ment Branch or the Supervisor, Current Records
b. If you are requesting access to, or a copy
of, someone else's record either (1) you must in-
clude with your request a written statement signed
by the patient authorizing release to you or (2)
if the patient is a minor or a person who has been
declared incompetent, you must show proof that you
are the patient's parent or legal guardian.
b. The records will then be retrieved from a
Federal Archives and Records Center in the United
States. Normally, it takes about three weeks to
retrieve the records from the U.S. and review them
d. If no records are found, or if a delay is
anticipated, you will be notified and given an
e. If you are given copies of records, you will
be asked to pay a copying fee of $0.09 per page,
by check or money order payable to the Panama
Canal Commission (or by cash, if payment is made
4. What if I want to have the records sent to my
Copies of medical records may be released to the
physician currently treating the patient (or to
another party) if the patient himself (or the
parent or legal guardian of a minor or of an in-
dividual who has been declared incompetent) has
authorized such release in writing. The copying
fee may, at the discretion of the Chief, Records
Management Branch, be waived the first time the
records are released to a physician.
5. How can I get additional information?
If you have questions or would like more informa-
tion, call Mr. Reinaldo Perez, Supervisor, Current
Records Section, at 52-3118.
(The above form was sent to the Editor by Thomas
C. Whitesell, LTC, MS, Chief, Patient Admin Divi-
sion, Gorgas Army Hospital).
CLARIFICATION OF MAILING ADDRESSES FOR PANAMA CANAL AREA (PAC/AAC)
The November 1986 Annual Issue of the Canal Record printed Second Class mailing
addresses for the Panama Canal Area (PAC or AAC numbers). For First Class mailing,
substitute "Panama-DOS" with "P.O. Box 37301" and substitute Zip Code "20521" with
Zip Code "20013". A First class address should read: Mr. and Mrs. John Doe, PAC or
AAC 0000, P.O. Box 37301, Washington D.C. 20013. Second Class mailing is for mag-
azines, packages, etc.
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR ELECTION OF OFFICERS, 1987-1988
The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., composed of Mr. Joseph Hickey,
Chairman, Mr. Edward Bensen, Mr. Charles L. Leeser, Jr., and Mr. Peter Foster submitted the following
Slate of Officers for 1987-1988, at the Regularly Scheduled Meeting held January 9, 1987 at St. Bede's
Episcopal Church, St. Petersburg, Florida:
PRESIDENT Mrs. Muriel Whitman
1st VICE PRESIDENT Mr. Robert (Bob) Stewart
2nd VICE PRESIDENT Mrs. Betty LeDoux Frassrand
SECRETARY/TREASURER Mrs. Shirley Boswell
RECORD EDITOR Mr. Richard (Pat) Beall
Nominated from the floor were Mr. Carl Starke, for 1st Vice President, by Mrs. Anna Collins, and
Mrs. Betty Malone, for 2nd Vice President, by Mrs. Dorothy Pate. There were no further nominations from
MEMBERS ARE URGED TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE BY SENDING IN THE MML IN BALLOT& TO VOTE FOR THEIR
OFFICERS FOR THE COMING YEAR.
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Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
7 November 1986
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
The meeting was called to order by Mr. Ray
Wheeler, Sr. at 1:30 P.M. Mr. Joseph Hickey led
in the pledge to the Flag. Mrs.Dorothy Yocun gave
the Invocation. Mrs. farjorie Foster, in the ab-
sence of Mr. Richard Beall read the list of re-
cently deceased members followed by a moment of
silence in their memory.
Mr. Wheeler welcomed Past Presidents, Anna Col-
lins, Peter Foster, Albert Pate, Victor May, Jr.,
Gaddis Wall, Eugene Askew and Troy Hayes. Among
the 62 members attending the meeting were long
time absent members:
Drake Carlisle.......Houston, TX
Richard Mallett......Green Cove Sps,
Agnes Dalton.........St. Petersburg,
Doris Cox............St. Petersburg,
Sally Smith..........St. Petersburg,
Charles Smith.........St. Petersburg,
Mrs. Shirley Boswell read the minutes of the
October meeting, which will stand as read. The
financial report for October was read and approved
The Acting Record Editor, Mrs. Marjorie Foster
reported the November Canal Record was delayed
due to problems within the mailing service, but
they were due to go out today. The contents of
December Canal Record has gone to the Printer.
This book will be large because we are receiving
such good response from our Reporters and members
on articles and pictures. She cautioned members
against writing on the back of the pictures, mak-
ing them un-usable.
Mr. Wheeler reported that the Audit Comnittee
presented their mid-year audit report at the Octo-
ber Executive Board Meeting. This excellent report
was well received and the board requested the re-
port be included in the December Canal Record in
Mrs. Muriel Whitman, Reunion Coordinator re-
ported on the preparations for the 1987 Annual
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Society Reunion. Mr. Wheeler spent a day showing
Tito Mouynes, the "Panama Musician" for the Re-
union, around the area where he will be perform-
ing. Tito is very excited about this up-coming
event. Mr. Wheeler indicated the Board has decided
not to look to Orlando or any area outside of the
Tanpa Bay area for our Reunion in 1988. Work will
be going forward to plan the 1988 Reunion site.
Mrs. Whitman asked for volunteers from the group
to work at the 1987 Annual Reunion.
The picnic at Anderson Park was very successful
and well attended. The Space Coast members were
pleased to have the many members from the Suncoast
attend their picnic at Merritt Island.
Mrs. Betty Frassrand was unable to attend this
meeting so there is not legislative report.
Plans for the Christmas luncheon is moving
along and members are encouraged to get their re-
servations in as soon as possible. There will be
lots of special prizes.
Mr. Wheeler asked the membership about changing
the meeting date for the January meeting to Jan-
uary 9, 1987. The members were in agreement. Mrs.
Anna Collins volunteered to coordinate a covered
dish luncheon for this meeting.
Mrs. Boswell gave an up-date on Society busi-
Dues card to date
1987 Pre-paid dues
The first set of labels for the November Canal
Record was prepared from our own computer and we
will no longer use outside computer services. The
Typewriter used by the Assistant to the Record
Editor has been paid for as of the December Canal
Record, by not using an outside Typing Service.
The overall accuracy of the book has also improved
by doing the work in-house. Along these lines,
Mrs. Boswell indicated that we have been publish-
ing a larger book for a larger membership at less
than the cost of the Canal Records printed in 1984
and we hope to do even better in 1987.
The meeting adjourned at 2:10 P.M.
5 December 1986
Holiday Inn St Pete-Clearwater
St. Pete-Clearwater, Florida
The meeting was called to order by Mr. Ray
hleeler, Sr. at 12:10 P.M. Mr. Joseph Hickey led
in the Pledge to the Flag. Mrs. Dorothy Yocun gave
the Invocation. Mr. Richard Beall read the list
of recently deceased members followed by a moment
of silence in their memory.
Mr. Wheeler welcomed Past Presidents, Anna Col-
lins, Albert Pate, Peter Foster and Jack IMrris
who were among the 127 members in attendance.
Mrs. Shirley Boswell read the minutes of the
November meeting which will stand as read. The
Treasurer's report was read and approved for
audit. Mrs. Boswell indicated that the operations
of the Society would be un-manned during the last
two weeks in December and this would result in
delays in members receiving their 1987 dues cards.
Mr. Beall reported that the Mailing Service
was mailing 4,215 Canal Records this very day.
He thanked Mrs. Marjorie Foster for her excellent
assistance in preparation of the Canal Records.
He has copies of old Spillways, Southern Conmand
News and pictures taken at the Anderson Park pic-
nic for members to take home with them.
Mrs. Betty Frassrand read her Legislative Re-
port to the members. There was very little change
in the CPI-W in October. Bill HR-2663, signed by
the President provides civil service retirement
credit for services in the Cadet Nurse Corps per-
formed during World War II, and credit for service
in non-appropriated fund Defense Department posi-
tions between 1952 and 1966. Law P.L. 99-509
states that our retirement funds must be reim-
bursed for any earnings loss because of using the
funds to avoid default after funding resolutions
expired. This law also exempts civil service and
military COLAS from automatic cuts under Granm-
Rudman-Hollings. The COLA that will be reflected
in the January 1, 1987 retirement checks will be
Mrs. Olga Disharoon reported that everything
is moving along for the Carnivalito and there will
be lots of great prizes.
Mr. Joseph Hickey reported that there will be
a meeting of the Nominating Committee in December
to come up with a slate of officers for 1987-1988.
Nominations from the floor will be requested at
the January meeting.
Mr. Wheeler adjourned the meeting so the mem-
bers could enjoy the lovely luncheon. The meeting
reconvened at 1:20 P.M.
Mr. Richard Beall had a surprise treat for the
members in the way of a Video Tape of the Panama
Canal. This tape is available to our members and
anyone wanting a copy can obtain an order blank
from Mr. Beall.
The meeting adjourned at 2:20 P.M.
9 January 1987
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
The meeting was called to order by Mr. Ray
Wheeler, Sr. at 12:05 P.M. Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave
the Invocation. Mr. Wheeler adjourned the meeting
and asked the members to line up for the lovely
covered-dish luncheon prepared by the members.
The meeting reconvened at 1:30 P.M. Mr. Joseph
Hickey led the Pledge to the Flag followed by
Mr. Richard Beall who read the list of recently
deceased members. There was a moment of silence
in their memory.
The President welcomed Past Presidents: Anna
Collins, Albert Pate, Gaddis Wall, Jack Morris
and Eugene Askew who were among the eighty-seven
members in attendance. The following long-time
absent members were:
Charles Smith...............St. Petersburg,
Winton & Dorothy ebb.......Perry, OH
Mr. & Mrs. Washabaugh....... Sheffield, PA
Neilson & Doris Etchberger.. .Dothan, AL
Grace & Jack Carey...........Clearwater, FL
Jean Kirk.................... Springfield, OH
Jo Dennis Knover.............Princeton, NJ
Milton & Winfred Halley......El Paso, TX
The Secretary read the minutes of the December
meeting, and they stood as read. The Treasurer's
report was read and approved for audit.
The Record Editor gave a short report on his ac-
tivities over the Holidays which included helping
out the Secretary/Treasurer in picking up and
sorting her mail. He indicated the deadline on
the March Canal Record is January 25 and he had
already started on the typing. He read the report
from the Legislative Representative which contain-
ed a wealth of information for our members, one
item being that there is no freeze on our COLA's
for the first time in many years due to the effort
Mr. Wheeler indicated he would be bringing sev-
eral important issues before the Executive Board
at the January meeting, namely, the purchase of
office equipment needed by the Reunion Coordinator
to carry out the work generated by the Annual Re-
unions. (i.e. Electronic Typewriter, Copying Ma-
chine, Computer). The subject of a paid Reunion
Coordinator will also be on the agenda and if this
is not resolved prior to the Annual Meeting in
July, it will be brought before the membership
at that meeting for a vote.
Miriel Utitman reported the Hotel reservations
are coming in and cautioned members not to delay
in sending their's to her.
Mr. Wheeler called upon Mr. Joseph Hickey for
a report on the Nominating Coumittee, consisting
of Mr. Edward Bensen, Mr. Charles Leeser, Jr. and
Mr. Peter Foster. The Slate of Officers for the
1987-1988 Executive Board presented by the com-
mittee is as follows:
Robert Stewart .............st V-President
Betty Frassrand............2nd V-President
Richard Beall.............. Record Editor
The President asked for nominations from the
floor. Mrs. Anna Collins submitted the name of
Mr. Carl Starkey for the Office of 1st V-President
and presented a letter of acceptance. Mrs. Dorothy
Pate submitted the name of Betty Malone for the
Office of 2nd V-President and presented a letter
of acceptance. There were no other nominations
from the floor and the ballots will reflect all
Olga Disharoon told the group that there were
still rooms at the Sheraton available for the Car-
nivalto at the reduced rate and they should not
delay in making reservations.
Mr. Peter Fleitas from Air Panama was present
and gave a talk on what Air Panama can do for our
members in the way of lower airfares to Panama.
He is submitting a proposal to Air Panama for both
individual and group rates that will result in
considerable savings to members of the Panama Can-
al Society of Florida and he will submit informa-
tion for inclusion in the March Canal Record.
Mr. Wheeler advised the members that the Execu-
tive Board had approved Honorary membership in
the Society for Grace Williams and Dorothy Barbour
and it had been published in the December Canal
Record. He now asked for a vote by show of hands
from the members to approve the honorary status.
The vote was in the affirmative. Dorothy Pate ad-
vised the members that Grace Williams was very
pleased by this action, having read the nomina-
tion in the Canal Record.
Members were reminded that the Yacht Club
Luncheon would be in April this year instead of
The question of smoking at the meetings was
raised and perhaps some kind of solution can be
looked at to alleviate distress to non-smokers.
Mrs. Jay Cain indicated that the booklets from
Olin Mills were still not in the hands of members
who had ordered them. Mr. Wheeler will look into
Mr. Wheeler thanked Mrs. Anna Collins for or-
ganizing the covered-dish luncheon and she, in
turn, thanked all of those who assisted her.
The meeting adjourned at 2:16 P.M.
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Southern Cornmnd News
January 16, 1987
GALVIN REPORTED SET FOR NATO POST
Gen John R. Galvin, commander of the US South-.
ern Command in Panama which controls U.S. forces
in Latin America, will replace Gen. Bernard W.
Rogers as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in
Europe next summer, Pentagon sources said Monday.
Rogers is retiring. Galvan's replacement has
not been named. Pentagon sources said that Gen.
John A. Wickham Jr., Army chief of staff, was of-
fered the European command but turned it down.
St. Petersburg Times
November 25, 1986
PANAMA-BORN GIRL RELATES
EXPERIENCE IN TRAGIC EARTHQUAKE
IN EL SALVADOR
Star & Herald
October 18, 1986
EDITOR'S NOTE: Sharon Dawson, young daughter of
Herbert and Gail Dawson, well known Isthmian res-
idents, who was on temporary assignment for her
company in El Salvador, has written the following
account of her experience during last week's
severe earthquake in that city. A.H.K.
When I was first appointed by one of the pro-
ject officers at Triton, the small international
management consulting firm I work for, the last
thing I expected them to ask me was if I wanted to
work on a project in El Salvador. The political
situation of the country frightened me, but I knew
that this would be a beneficial career move and I
was finally being given a chance to travel.
I had grown up in the Republic of Panama, so I
knew I would have no trouble with the language or
the people. My friends were not so convinced. I
was going to be away from Virginia for almost two
months and they were convinced I was going to be
killed or kidnapped by the guerrillas. One thought
the next time she saw me I would be in a body bag.
El Salvador proved to be a very interesting ex-
perience...The Sheraton Hotel was very nice, my
room on the seventh floor had a fantastic view of
one of El Salvador's five volcanoes, and the hotel
employees went out of their way to insure my com-
The morning of October 10, 1986 was not much
different than any other since we had arrived ex-
actly one month ago. My co-worker, John Ellington
and I discussed our project, and the fact that
soon our study of the Central Reserve Bank would
be moving from the interview stage to the analysis
phase of the project.
As usual we were picked up at the hotel in an
A.I.D. (Aid for International Development) bullet-
proof, armed vehicle, and driven downtown to where
the Central Reserve Bank was located. We headed up
to the fifth floor where the partitions made up
our temporary office space and began to prepare
everything for the morning interview...
At a quarter to twelve I asked our secretary if
she would like to join us for lunch. Riva accepted
but wanted to finish a report she was working on.
So while we waited I started putting all the fold-
ers and important papers in my desk to be locked
Seven minutes later the nightmare began. The
typewriter hit the floor with a crash and Riva
fell on top of it. I could hear the rumbling noise
but still was not aware what was happening. I
stood up to help her and as I made my way around
the desk I was suddenly thrown to the floor on my
knees. I crawled over to Riva who was still trying
to get off the typewriter. I pulled her away from
the window and as we stood up I could see build-
ings around us falling down. That's when I real-
ized that this was no tremor and that there was a
strong possibility our building would fall, too.
I looked around desperately for a doorway to
stand under but they were all glass so that wasn't
safe. I clung to Riva, aware that any moment the
floor might give way and we would most likely die.
Dust from falling plaster made it difficult to
breathe. We heard glass shattering around us and
walls falling and people screaming and I felt so
helpless. The building shook as though it was made
of jello. Thirty long seconds went by and sudden-
ly the sickening rocking movement stopped.
Everyone screamed "Get out, get out!" and sud-
denly I was more afraid of being trampled or of
the stairway falling with all those people on it.
We were about 100 feet from our offices when I
realized I had left my purse which contained
almost all of my important documents. The idea of
going back horrified me but I knew I had to.
I did not expect the office to look the way it
did. In my skirt and heels I had to climb over the
typewriter and fallen partitions that blocked the
entrance to where we had once been sitting. A
quick glance and I saw the drawers from out file
cabinet on the floor, our chairs overturned and
our confidential documents all over the floor.
Frantically, I grabbed my purse and Riva's and
ran back to the stairway. We ran down in the dark-
ness amid screams of "Hurry hurry!!"
Once we were outside, the situation hit me and
I wanted to scream and cry but I didn't because I
couldn't see where I was going.
We were surrounded by high building and lamp
posts which I was convinced were going to fall on
us. The road had split open in front of the Bank
and all the store windows were broken. People ran
around aimlessly, not quite sure which way to go.
Mothers were screaming and crying fearing that
something had happened to their children. Many
people were bleeding and limping. Traffic was jam-
ming up as people tried frantically to get out of
the city and everyone seemed to be leaning on
Riva's car was intact so we piled in and tried
to make our way out also. The first after-shock
hit as we went through an intersection. It moved
the car so violently that I thought we had been
rear-ended. Luckily it did not last long and we
moved on...Outside the Embassy, Pete's Restaurant,
which we drove by every day, was now replaced by
the first floor of the same building. A crew of
SIN cable network were filming as they pulled
people from the wreckage. I couldn't bear to see
any more, so I took out my security pass and ran
through the Embassy gates. In a daze I told John
that we should go into the Embassy and see if they
would let us call our parents. A Marine stopped us
from going in explaining that the roof had fallen
and that all operations had moved to Ambassador
I hadn't thought that El Salvador's conmunica-
tions with the rest of the world had been com-
pletely cut off. The Ambassador told us that we
were being kept within the huge walls of the Em-
bassy due to some shots that had been fired be-
cause of a fight outside the compound.
Helicopters were continuously circiling the
area and the Marines ran back and forth to insure
our safety. By 3 o'clock we were put in cars and
taken back to our hotel. I didn't expect the Sher-
aton to look the way it did. Huge pieces of glass
protruded from the souvenir shops I had gone into
so often. The lobby, cluttered with broken plaster
and glass, was dark and seemed to be completely
deserted...A woman from the Embassy came around
taking the names of all Americans, making sure all
were not hurt so she could file a report with the
State Department in Washington. I begged her to
try to get word to my parents, Herb and Gail Daf-
son down in Panama. She confessed that there was
still no communication out of El Salvador but that
she needed the list for immediate release as soon
as they could get through...
By Saturday morning we had experienced close to
650 tremors of varying intensities. I felt as if
El Salvador would never again have a time when the
earth was not moving.
By late morning, I desperately wanted a change
of clothing, but the idea of going up to the
seventh floor terrified me. Even so, I knew I had
to go up to get my airline tickets so I could
leave the country. I didn't know how long that
would take. The main road had suffered extreme
damage and landslides and part of the bridge was
I forced myself to climb the dark broken down
stairway as I clutched my flashlight. I had taken
off my shoes so I could run if I had to, but then
I realized the hallway was covered with glass and
plaster, so I quickly put them back on. As I ran
down the hall to my room I suddenly became very
nervous and realized I was crying. My chest felt
tight and I couldn't breathe. I was afraid of
fainting I was so frightened.
When I finally got the door of my room opened,
the place looked nothing like the room I had left
that morning. My TV was smashed on the floor as
well as my water pitcher and glasses. There was a
huge crack in my wall and a big chunk of plaster
on the spare bed. My own bed was covered with
broken glass from the window and the balcony was
no longer there.
As I opened a drawer everything began shaking
again, but by the time I got to the bathroom door-
frame, it had stopped. Suddenly I didn't remember
why I was up there. Frantically, I grabbed my duf-
fle bag and opened all the drawers to take every-
thing I dared. Nothing seemed as important as get-
ting out again.
I tried to open the closet with all my business
dresses and suitcase inside, but it was jammed and
I was afraid to pull it loose. I ran back down the
stairs and didn't stop running until I was safely
out by the pool. I noticed that the electricity
had come back on and I felt a little safer.
Later that afternoon, the phone lines opened up
and I joined the mad rush to put a call through to
my parents, who at that point didn't know whether
I was dead or alive.
On Sunday afternoon I called the American Em-
bassy and asked to be put on a military hop to
Panama. Two soldiers were going to be transported
by helicopter to the international airport where
a C-130 would be bringing in supplies and return-
ing to Panama. I was put on the helicopter and re-
ceived special permission to fly home on the
While the plastic sheets for temporary shelters
were being unloaded from the plane, I watched
planes come in from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina
and Colombia bringing medical supplies, bread and
powdered milk and blankets. It felt good to see
the amount of relief that was being brought into
Before I boarded the C-130, I turned to look at
El Salvador, and I realized I probably would never
return. We touched down at Howard AFB at 3:30 a.m.
Monday morning and my parents were waiting there
Dear God, was it good to be home.
LOCAL ARTIST SWIMS FROM BALBOA
BALBOA "It's something I wanted to do for a
long time," local artist Al Sprague said after
swimming to Taboga from the Causeway last weekend.
Sprague made the trip in 42 hours, thanks to care-
ful planning that allowed him to catch the high
tide and currents "just right."
Although he says he's not much of a swimmer,
Sprague enjoys scuba diving and learned to use
flippers in the process. He relied on them and on
goggles during his swim. He also runs quite a bit
and started "heavy running" in August to build up
strength. A few weeks before the big feat, he
started swimming laps at the pool to condition his
Sprague says jokingly that "wanting to show
off" was the reason behind his aquatic adventure,
but he also did it as a forerunner to a "Macho Man
Swim to Taboga Race" he plans for next year. The
race will also be open to women. Sprague is work-
ing on a bronze trophy of a "Macho Man" for the
winner of the competition. Interested persons
should contact him at 62-1829.
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Starting Point. Artist AZ Sprague gets
ready for his swim from the Causeway to
Taboga. Photo by Kevin Jenkins
While all the rules for the event have not yet
been established, one requirement will be that
each swimmer have a boat to accompany him or her
during the race. The boat will serve as a support
base and as a rescue vehicle in case sharks make
unwelcome advances. Sprague saw two sharks during
his swim, but in true macho-man tradition was not
fazed in the least. "They were way down there," he
Southern Conrrmnd News
Noverrer 26, 1986
'COL. JEFFCOAT'S EAGLES' RECALLS
by Robert Samek
St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer
When they heard the song for the first time,
Nancy (Morency) Jeffcoat, formerly of Gamboa, and
her daughter could not hold back the tears.
On a cold day in December,
the Eagles lost their lives.
The children lost their daddies,
the mothers lost their sons.
Col. Jeffcoat's Eagles never
made it home.
'We were very surprised and emotionally shocked
(by the song)," Mrs. Jeffcoat, who lives in Semi-
nole, said Friday. 'We're very proud of it."
The ballad, Colonel Jeffcoat's Eagles, is a
touching salute to the 248 American soldiers who
died in the crash of their chartered jetliner one
year ago Friday in Gander, Newfoundland. They were
headed home to Ft. Campbell, Ky., for Christmas
after spending six months in the Middle East on a
multinational peace-keeping mission.
Among the victims was the American commander,
Lt. Col. Marvin A. Jeffcoat Jr.
Nancy Jeffcoat, his former wife, said a soldier
fran Ft. Campbell, Ed Lawson, wrote the song and
recorded it with a guitar accompaniment for the
Jeffcoat, a West Point graduate, was 42 years
old at the time of his death. He was a member of
the Army's 101st Airborne Division nicknamed the
"Screaming Eagles" based at Fort Campbell.
He and his wife were divorced in 1975, she
said, but Jeffcoat came to Florida as often as he
could to visit his daughter Wendy, now a student
at Florida State University.
"He was just a wonderful soldier," Mrs. Jeff-
coat said. "He absolutely lived and breathed the
St. Petersburg Times
December 16, 1986
PBS PREPARING FILM VERSION OF
by Joacuin Horna
David McCullough sifted his way through ar-
chives, libraries and museums to document The Path
Betwee~ the Seas, his extraordinary saga about the
construction of the Panama Canal. His search took
him to two continents, where he interviewed actual
participants in the American construction effort
and descendants and friends of many of the central
figures in the French and American efforts. After
seven years of hard work, the book was finally
published in 1977.
Ten years later, a movie version is being pre-
pared for the Public Broadcasting Systems, Nova.
The most popular scientific series in the United
States. Nova has been on the air weekly during
prime time for the last 13 years. McCullough him-
self wrote the script and will host the one-hour
program on the Panama Canal.
'We are going to tell the story through the
people who did it," says producer-director Carl
Charlson, a Bostonian with 20 years of experience
in documentary filmmaking and the winner of sev-
eral Emmy awards. Although he recognizes that this
is an engineering, technical and political story,
he feels that its human side is what makes it in-
teresting. "People care about people," he says.
In December, Charlson spent ten days in Panama,
working out camera positions and other details for
filming the program. He'll be back later this
month, a week before his eight-man crew9 to pre-
pare everything for the actual shooting at the
Canal which will take seven to ten days. Martin
Bell, a top New York documentary and commercial
cameraman, will be doing most of the photography,
with assistance from Luis Palomo, an excellent
local cameraman. The Panama Canal Commission Pub-
lic Affairs Office will also be involved.
The idea to produce this 16mn movie was born
when Nova's executive producer expressed an inter-
est in large engineering projects and in the Canal
specifically. Charlson, who had finished working
with McCullough on another series, said he might
be interested in the project. McCullough was in-
deed interested to take his book and work on a
The program will start with McCullough taking
a southbound transit. 'We will shoot from the air,
land, boat everything," Charlson says. As he
passes Gatun Locks, Gatun Lake, Gaillard Cut and
other sites, McCullough will tell the Panama Canal
story. Glass-plate negatives, from the days of the
French construction effort to the early 1930's,
and film footage will be used to bring history to
At the end of the transit (and the program),
the audience will hear about what has happened at
the Canal since construction times. The film will
condense the period from the Canal inauguration to
the present and will show some of the continuing
efforts to keep it operating efficiently. It will
also explain what is taking place now between the
United States and Panama, the increasing partici-
pation of Panamanians in the Canal organization
and the transfer of control to Panama in the year
Discussing the likely impact of the program
worldwide, Charlson says, "I think that it will be
aired many times over the years." Because of its
historical emphasis, it won't become dated very
The Panara Canal Spillway
January 16, 1987
SUN BONNET SUE JUST KEEPS RUNNING
by Fred Rehm
of the Star Staff
She's known as Sun Bonnet Sue to those who fol-
low track and field and especially the fanaticos
who keep pace with the masters competitions.
...Marilla Salisbury is a former missionary and
school teacher and grandmother from San Diego,
California who holds a number of masters age
records. The world standards aren't important. It
is the attitude and the spirit of competition that
is important to Marille. She's become something of
a celebrity in track and field and is full of in-
Prior to getting the so-called competitive bug,
which has enabled her to travel all over the world
she taught mathematics in a junior high school and
spent 2 years as a missionary teacher in Central
America Guatamala and Panama in particular.
Marilla, who competes regularly all over the
country, and who is already planning for next
year's World Championships in Australia, has no
plans on slowing down. She claims she is actually
getting stronger with age.
The San Juan Star
October 13, 1986
In the November "Letters to the Editor," Mr.
Nick Schwartz of Miami Beach suggested that many
seniors may have Uninsured Motorist (IM) and Med-
ical Payment (MP) coverages under their auto in-
surance that are unnecessary (at least as far as
bodily injuries are concerned) because there is
sufficient coverage provided by mandatory Personal
Injury Protection (PIP) and Medicare.
Mr. Schwartz asked, "Why, therefore would a
senior citizen on Medicare need any UM or MP
We Referred Mr. Schwartz's letter to the Flor-
ida Department of Insurance for review, and that
agency promptly responded with the following let-
I discussed your questions about uninsured
motorists (UM) and medical payments coverages for
auto insurance with an insurance specialist in our
Field Operations Bureau.
If a senior citizen, or any other Floridian for
that matter, has good health care coverage, that
coverage, along with personal injury protection
(PIP) should provide sufficient coverage for bod-
ily injuries. However, if an individual sustained
severe injuries in an accident, neither PIP or
Medicare would provide "pain and suffering" pay-
ments above medical expenses. Each individual must
determine whether they would prefer to save money
by forgoing UM coverage, or have protection above
medical payments in case of severe injury.
Your reader is correct about medical payments
coverage this type of coverage is usually essen-
tial only if the auto owner has no other health
I hope this information will be helpful to your
Senior Executive Assistant
Department of Insurance
The Senior Cac2aer
WILLIAM GARDNER HAYES -
VETERAN PROFESSIONAL ACTOR
The Junkyard Players' Fccfire is the first pro-
duction of the new year in Lexington, (Ky). It
opens on New Year's Day at the Opera House with a
cast that includes a veteran professional actor,
Bill Hayes; a novice to the stage, Ed Grady; and
a country music band.
...Hayes, the veteran in the Junkyard Players
production, has mountain ties in the Hindman area.
His family is from there. Hayes was born and
raised in Central America, where his father went
to find work on the Panama Canal. He graduated
from the University of Kentucky in 1964, and while
in Lexington founded the Third Floor Theatre,
which later became the Canterbury Players, a thea-
ter group that performed in the 1970's.
Hayes also graduated from the Yale University
School of Drama and has had a career as a profess-
ional actor. He was in the original company of
Grease on Broadway and worked in regional theater.
"I was kind of sheltered from the 'business'
side of the business for 20 years, since I was
working in regional theater Actors Theatre of
Louisville, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Long
Wharf Theatre in Connecticut where they take you
on face value.
"But Los Angeles is a whole different realm.
You have to know the right people and play the
right games. Since my mom and dad (William Gardner
and Bertha Hayes) now live in Lexington, I decided
to come back here. I'd like to settle here, and
get back into the 'fun' part of the theater."...
Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky.
December 29, 1986
A NEW BOOK
Miriel Mykland, a long-time isthmian resident,
has authored and published a book, entitled "Pan-
ama! as a matter of fact" which contains more than
800 fascinating and little known facts about the
country including history, government, politics,
flora, fauna, the Panama Canal and numerous other
categories of information. The book is available
at newsstands in the base exchanges and at the
Valent Recreation Center.
Sauthem Comard Nes
Navwber 14, 1986
Where Are You?
CHS CLASS OF 1963
Your help is needed to locate these classmates
from CHS "Mad Class" of 1963. Addresses and phone
numbers would be appreciated. Ladies names listed
are maiden names. If you have the slightest idea
of where these classmates are, or their parents,
or even the town you think thay may be located in,
send info to: Mrs. Bev Vaughn, 3826 Briarcliff Dr.
Douglasville, GA 30135. (404) 942-1032.
Jo Ann Jones
Lucia del Valle Ochoa
Pat Van Dyke
Mrs. Virginia Fong
Others that have asked to be included in CHS-63
are: Carolyn (Smith) Glassmas.
BHS CLASS OF 1963
If you have the slightest idea of where these
classmates are, please send in their address (or
their parents' address, or even the town you think
they may be in). Every little bit of information
helps. Send info to: Lesley Hendricks Litzenberger
at Tunbridge Road, Haverford, PA 19041. (215) 896-
6413, OR to Chris Skeie, 8355 Quail Rd., Seminole,
FL 33543. (813-397-8305. Thanks!
Maria Alfaro Chapman
Miguel Brenes IV
Mary Ellen Bunnell
James Davies II
Carol Ann Davis
Jean Ellen Dobbs
Harvey Fenimore III
Reid Garrison II
Rose Mary Jackson
Morris Maduro, Jr.
Johnnie Lee Parker
Joseph Perry, Jr.
Roger Rowe, Jr.
John Searcy II
Robert Starr, Jr.
Teri Ann Stephens
LOOKING FOR BHS GRADS OF 1947
Relatives and friends of any member of the BHS
Class of 1947; if you have knowledge of anyone's
whereabouts, PLEASE send them notice of our plan-
ned 40th Anniversary Reunion, July 1, 1987 at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tampa, Florida or send
their address to either:
2020 E. Dolphin Dr.
Englewood, FL 33533
Mr/Mrs Ed Bamuach
201 Lagoon Rd. S.E.
Winter Haven, FL 33880
XKING FOR CHS GRADS OF 1953
Sunny Morland Mizrachi is trying to locate two
classmates from Cristobal High School class of
If you have any information leading to the
whereabouts of Margaret (Joudrey) Smith or Betty
Tarr, please contact Sunny at: Sunny Mizrachi,
AAC 1078, Box 37301, Washington, D.C. 20013
Bob (Benny) Calvit would like to know the where
about of the following;
Marguerite Dryden BHS '34
Grace Harris BHS '35
Helen Dryden BHS '38
Please send any information known about the
above to: Robert C. Calvit, 110 Timber Lane, Kerr-
ville, Texas 78028.
Your Reporter Says...
I hope that all of you had a healthy and bless-
ed holiday. Many of our Dothanites had a quiet
holiday and a few went to Panama to visit with
children and grandchildren. Those that went to
Panama were Maggie and John Janssen who visited
their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, Gene
and Pat (Janssen) Beck: Margaret and Jack Hern
visiting with their sons, Jack, Jr. and Dick and
family: Lou and Joe Hunt visited their children
and grandchildren. They all said that they had
a grand time especially enjoying the fabulous res-
taurants now in Panama. Maggie Janssen was disap-
pointed because the lottery did not treat her
well. Maybe next time.
Our Christmas dinner dance held at the Sheraton
Inn on the 10th of December was one of the best
ones we ever had. There were 130 in attendance. Of
course, the ladies were beautiful and elegant and
the men handsome and ready to have a good time.
The food was delicious and the music kept us danc-
ing. Our tables were decorated with potted poin-
settas as center pieces which were given as door
prizes. I was one of the lucky winners. Phil Mat-
toon (ex manager of Montgomery Ward) was our Santa
Claus and he made a very good one in size and
looks. He was also a gabby one. We also had a
"loteria" and Eddie Filo won first prize, Flossie
Fallon won the second prize and Marie McNamara
won third prize. Some of the prize money was don-
ated to the Salvation Army. The new officers for
the year were installed...Edna Kovel, President;
Flossie Fallon, Vice President and Catherine Filo,
The highlight of the evening was a "conjunto"
of Panamanian ladies who live in Panama City, FL
who performed Panamanian typical dances for us
and I have to say they were very good. There were
also two men who performed with them. One of the
ladies plays the organ and she played "Pescao"
and other Panamanian songs. Bud Thomas really
showed off his dancing talent that night as did
Bud ildtquist. We plan to have these ladies back
Martha Bradford and daughter, Kathy, spent
their Christmas holiday with daughter and son-in-
law, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Stanford and grandchildren
Jill and Lee who reside in Coppell, Texas.
Maggie and John Janssen's daughter, Pat Beck,
who is currently residing at Howard AFB with hus-
band, Gene, held an exhibit of water color, oil,
charcoal and batik paintings at the Valent Recre-
ation Center in Ft. Clayton on November 18, 1986.
Pat is a promising young artist who is very inter-
ested painting Panamanian themes.
John and Mary Urey spent the sunner in Birming-
ham where John underwent radiation treatment. He
is doing very well now, but still goes to Birming-
ham once a month for a check-up.
In October the Ureys were called to Panama
because of the sudden death of their son-in-law,
Tan Dugan. When they returned to Dothan, it was
just in time to pack a suitcase and head west to
meet their grandson, John Wesley, and to spend
Thanksgiving holidays with Michael and Michele and
their two sons.
A note of interest for those who graduated in
1939 from Balboa High School. I received a Christ-
mas card from Bill Dodd who was married to Dolores
(Pimento) who lived in Pedro Miguel that she had
passed away in March in Washington, D.C. It was
very sudden. Those of us who knew Dolores remember
her as a very lovely and smart person.
We welcome Bernard and Brunhilde Petit who mov-
ed here from South Carolina and we say goodbye
to Fred Mead who moved back to St. Petersburg,
FL to be near his family. We wish you well, Fred.
A GLORIOUS EASTER TO ALL!
Catherine (ihelan) Filo
Would you believe 4.3 inches of snow in down-
town Tucson in mid-January, and more forecast?
Nor would I, having lived here over three years,
and just north of the Sonora, Mexico, border.
True, nonetheless, and it stayed on our shrubbery,
since our townhouse faces north, toward the beau-
tiful Santa Catalina mountains, for several days
of mid-forties high temperatures and night temper-
atures in the teens. A once or twice a year oppor-
tunity to break out fur coats, jackets, and hats,
and assess the damage moths might have done. None,
Like the old motto carved on antique sundials,
I like to record "only sunny hours", and it is
a pleasure to be able to report that a conversa-
tion with Dr. Bob Matheney has revealed that his
lovely, spritely mother, Jessie, whose presence
added much to the 1936/1937 class reunion in Tampa
in July 1986, is again quite hale and hearty,
burning up South Pasadena, Florida, as active as
ever, bridge weekly, etc. Go to it, Jessie, and
God bless you!
Charlie's brother, Joe Vowell, still on the
Isthnus, got transient quarters for them and en-
tertained them royally, even cooking a wonderful
seafood dinner for them. The Vowells enjoyed visi-
ting both sides of the Isthmus, but found it dif-
ficult to accept the less than neat conditions.
Depressing, but they found the growth of Panama
overwhelming. Charlie's friend, Bill Redmond,
was still there, and returned their August visit
by coming to Arizona to visit them for a week in
October, at which time St. Johns, in northern Ari-
zona, had its first snow, in Bill's honor. The
Vowells then spent Christmas in Arkansas with
Charlie's aunt, Libby Vowell, then also planned
to visit Jacque's nieces, Erin, Alison, and laura
Crowell, and their Mom and grandmother, Kathy
Crowell and Mary Lou Engelke.
Jacque (Crowell) Voell
tells us, from St. Johns,
AZ, that in August she
and her husband, aCarlie,
her mother, Ila Croell,
sisters, Dawn Parker,
Bonnie Morrison and hus-
band, Michael Morrison,
and sister, Pam Crowell,
met in Miami (along with
Jacque's and Charlie's
Charlie and Jacque two babies see photo)
Vowell's children. and flew on to Panama.
Kye is 8N months There, in accordance with
and Casey is 3. Jacque's father's last
wish, they held a quiet
memorial service for Mr. Crowell and scattered
his ashes in the Locks.
L-R: Charlie Vowell and Bill Redmond in
Diablo, Panama, August, 1986. Both are
Our own Arizona Panama Canal Society member,
Bob Hazeldine, we are so sorry to report, lost
his dear wife, Marion, in November (see With Deep-
est Sorrow section). Marion was indeed a lovely
lady; she attended all of our luncheon meetings
in Arizona so far, and will be missed by everyone.
Bob and Marion had already booked a return trip
to one of their favorite places, Hong Kong, with
another couple, for December 29. Bob kept his
promise to Marion and went, taking their daughter,
Janice Brewer along. Bob tells me that Janice
walked his feet off and did a prodigious amount
of shopping! They also got over to Canton on main-
land China, but I gathered that it was a one-day
November 4 to November 12 saw Jane (Dickson)
and Dnny Cox also in Hong Kong and for a couple
of days on mainland China, where they stayed in
the fabulous, luxurious White Swan Hotel, Canton.
Jane was delighted to be able to speak Chinese
all week; and, indeed, it was needed more than
one might think, since tour guides did not eat
with the group and waiters/waitresses did not
speak English. Therefore, since only chopsticks
were provided, all hands were thankful that Jane
could ask for X-number knives and forks, Coca Cola
or whatever. Yes, beer, too, which gets funnier
as it goes along! And what loot we brought back,
plus two beautiful lacquer, jade-inlaid cabinets
for the dining room, which (pleasant surprise!)
arrived two days before Christmas!
Danny Cox posing as a
outside Seven Banyan
Speaking of the holidays, Danny Cox's brother,
Stanley, was in Tucson as our guest over Thanks-
giving and Christmas, and we had the very real
pleasure of our dear Peggy Bradley's company with
us on Christmas Day. We asked her well in advance,
knowing how popular that little girl is, and how
many friends make demands on her time, for all
the holidays; but she could only give us Christ-
mas. Nevertheless, we know how busy she is, and
are happy for whatever time she can give us. She
is such a joyful little dear; one feels happy when
We had lovely notes from her sister, Mopsy
(Bradley) Woods, (Doggone, I never will learn to
call that girl Martha!) and from Eugenia (lhite)
Litton, and Noma (Stillwell) Martin, over the
holidays. You remember Gene White as the girl who
lived on White's Island, in Miraflores Lake (in
the Canal!), and, of course, Norma Stillwell, the
best dancer ever to go to Balboa High, and such
a lovely lady at the '86 reunion. (Well, she and
Gene both were!) They are warm, loving people,
as all our Isthmian family are; so says Danny,
and I agree. We also had letters from Fern (Mor-
gan) Peel in Mexico; Lois (DelaMater) Bates, Ha-
waii; Betty (Crooks) and Ron Ingram, in Ontario,
CA; John and Vera McGuire, and Tan and Marjorie
Halliday, all living in Pennsylvania, where Marj
is teaching dancing and Tom recently retired.
Jane (Dickson) Cox talking with Chinese
farm child, Nov. '86. Paper bag contains
Butterfinger bars Jane gave the child-
ren. She had to tell them it was candy.
They had never seen them!
Michael, Suzy and husky Wayne Ingram at
home in Ontario, CA. Michael is Betty
(Crooks) and Ron Ingram's son.
We hear from Ray Piper, in Green Valley, AZ,
that his brother, Homer Piper, and Homer's wife,
Carolyn, spent the fall of 1986 and the holidays,
in Albuquerque, NM, helping out at their daughter,
June-El's home, while she has been undergoing
treatments at a hospital there. During that time,
Homer visited Ray and attended our Arizona lunch-
eon meeting in October. Since October, Homer vis-
ited Ray again in early January; and then, since
June-El was much better, he and Carolyn went home
to Columbus, Ohio.
Ken Middleton reports that Henry Summerfreund,
former owner of Mercurio Jewelers in Panama City,
will be in Tucson for a few days beginning Febru-
ary 8, to observe the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show,
one of the biggest in the world, as I have report-
ed before. A Dr. Winstead, who is now in business
in a jewelry concern in Panama City with his son,
and who specializes in making replicas in gold
of huacas, will be in Tucson for a week, on a gem-
buying trip at the Show, beginning February 6.
Ken Middleton's and wife, Wanda's, daughter,
Valerie Ramey and husband, Garey, spent the holi-
days in New Orleans, doing their necessary oral
exams for their Ph. D.'s in Economics, then visi-
ted Ken and Wanda early in January for five days,
prior to starting a prodigious series of "fly-
back" interviews at universities from San Diego
to up-state New York and everywhere between, be-
fore selecting one in which to teach.
Ken Middleton also tells us that Don Spencer,
of southern Texas, near Brownsville, visited here
in Tucson as Ken's houseguest shortly before
Thanksgiving, and at that time was planning
a return trip to Panama.
From Tucson's morning newspaper, The Arizona
Daily Star, of January 12, 1987:
"Composer Joshua Brody's concert at the Tucson
Museum of Art offered music that played and sang,
but mostly danced"..."Brody also performed three
solo piano pieces, 'Four Haikus and Coda' for
piano and narrator, and 'Four Songs' for piano
and voice both with mezzo-soprano Nancy Koepp-
Yes, our own Nancy Crooks Koepplinger! This
composer especially likes Nancy's distinctive qua-
lity for his "Four Songs" and often has her per-
form them. He knows the effects he wants! His un-
usual ideas in musical composition, such as the
Italo-Japanese marriage of a free-flowing and de-
finitive Italian coda to the strict, 3-line, 17-
syllable Japanese haiku with its vague, undefined
ending, are revolutionary.
Nancy is also beginning some typing classes
at Pima Conmunity College here. And she has found
another Isthmian: he is a P.E. teacher named
Tobias Canto, from the interior of Panama. His
wife, Lurdes, works with Nancy at the University
of Arizona's Student Union cafeteria. We hope
Nancy will be able to get them to attend our next
Arizona luncheon meeting, at the Arizona City
Ramada Inn on April 25. See "Announcements" in
this Record for details.
Since our class reunion in Tanpa in July, 1986,
we have had two very informative letters from
Lionel Stenpel, who still lives in Bella Vista,
Panama City, and has, since our high school days,
been using his middle name, Rudy. He served as
an officer in the U. S. Army Infantry during World
War II, married a lovely Venezuelan girl named
Anita, and is now retired from a career in the
insurance business that his father, Max Stenpel,
had in Panama.
Rudy and Anita have two grown children: a
daughter, Ursula, and a son, Bernard. They were
planning a trip to Europe with Ursula (who lives
in London), Berni and his wife and children, to
spend Christmas and New Year holidays in the snow
in Bavaria, then on to Italy, Sicily, Spain, and
the United Kingdom, when they last wrote in Novem-
ber. In his retirement, Rudy with Anita's great
support is more active than ever, as a Catholic
lay minister and a leader in the Christian Demo-
cratic party. Both of them work valiantly in non-
violent efforts toward necessary change to restore
more peace and democracy to the land they love.
Also they enjoy travel visited Venezuela in
March, 1986 and frequently spend long weekends
at Santa Clara Beach with Berni and his family.
Rudy's brothers, Calvin and Courtney ("Cookie")
have joined him and Anita in their non-violent
Ane (Trimble) and Charlie Parks are quite ex-
cited with the news that their son, Matthew, and
his wife, Heike, will be transferred to a base
in the States this summer. Their son, Paul, will
be coming up from Panama for a visit in June. They
also report that son, larry, went to Panama to
visit Paul, Larry's daughter, Kisa Parks, and
Kisa's mother, Gail Shrader Parks, for the holi-
Please note the announcement of our Arizona
Panama Canal Society's next luncheon, April 25,
1987, and every former Isthmian whether living
in Arizona or a Society member or not please
come, if you possibly can. We'd love to see you!
We could not close without mentioning that our
holiday mail also brought Christmas greetings from
our beloved and supportive Editor, Pat Beall; and,
last, but by no means least, a beautiful, padded,
leather-bound executive reminder, appointment,
metric-conversion, and whatever-you-might-need
book from the tremendously successful Hampton
Tedder Electric Firm in California (where all the
people in California in our acquaintance have
traded for years) courtesy of our dear friends
and schoolmates from BHS, Ham and Clair Tedder.
A true highlight of our July trip to Tanpa was
seeing them again. Ham will be amused to learn,
via this report, that Danny Cox was mistaken for
him. There really is a resemblance. We hope to
see him and Clair soon on our next rip to Southern
Jane (Dickson) Cox
Winter has been trying to get us in its grip
and finally hit us with a few inches of snow and
below freezing temperatures!! As usual, the bulbs
were poking up their stems and forsythia putting
out buds. Poor things, they have a hard time de-
ciding what to do!
However, this doesn't affect some people. lake
Palumbo was married to a lovely woman, Betty Terry
on December 26, 1986. (see Weddings for details).
Then, sadly, Mrs. Bruna IMry Butz died on Nov-
ember 20, 1986, in her home in Bambito, El Volcan,
Panama at age 96. (See Looking Back)
Harry and lenor Butz flew down for the funeral
which was held on Sunday, November 23 in El Vol-
can. They were glad to see old friends, including
Father Baldwin, Victor Herr, Gladys Kucikas and
Rosemary Telemark. The Butzs returned on Thanks-
giving Day, after spending the night at the Hotel
Continental, near the airport. This hotel is now
owned by the former owners of the "La Siesta",
which is now a club for the Panamanian military.
The Continental is being renovated to be like the
Siesta and was delightful.
Andrew Augustus lhitlock III, the 19th great
grandchild of Andrew and Frances Ilitlock of
Fayetteville, Ark., was born to Andrew thitlock,II
and Maureen Whitlock in September 1986, at Fort
AND, the 20th one, Ashley Ruth Lundquist was
born to Jacqueline Wtitlock Werbrouck, in Cali-
Jack Mitlock, who is in the Marine Corps,
spent ten days of his leave with Frances and Andy
Whitlock, near the holidays.
Winona and Keith York had their son and daugh-
ter-in-law from League City, TX. over the Christ-
mas holidays. The Yorks are still working on their
home which has kept them busy along with enter-
taining their friends.
Theo Hallin flew to Irwin, Calif. for ten days
over the holidays, visiting with her daughter
Elizabeth and husband, Tom Wall and step-son,
Henry Hollins, Jr.
Ed Higgins and Mildred went down to Winter
Springs, FL to visit their oldest son, David who
had retired from the Navy. They were unexpectedly
surprised and delighted when an early 50th anni-
versary celebration was given them with the arri-
val of all of their children (except the Fayette-
ville one), 21 grandchildren and 5 great grand-
children!! They had a gala time, and returned to
Fayetteville, Arkansas on January 5, 1987 with
many happy memories.
Peter Butz and his family from Sapulpa, OK arrived
on Christmas Eve to spend the Christmas holidays
with his folks, Harry and Lee Butz in Springdale,
Esther (Butz) Clair and husband, Bill, spent
the holidays with Bill's folks in Quincy, Ill.
During their absence, Lee and Harry "bird sat"
their budgie, "Echo", who chirped all day to radio
We wish you all a Happy Easter and hope to see
you at our annual Blanche Shaw picnic on Father's
Lenor W. Butz
From Nortest Arkansas:
Greetings and salutations from the frigid area
of the Ozarks, at least, at the time of writing.
We finally got some snow but not until after the
holidays, and was only enjoyable for a few days,
but the frost on the trees was really beautiful.
Evelyn Engelke returned home recently after a
a 3-week holiday visit with her sister, Frances
Elmendorf, in Princeton, Illinois. One of the high
lights of her visit was a shopping and sight-see-
ing trip to Chicago with Fran. They shopped at the
Watertown Plaza that included shops like Marshall
Fields and Lords & Taylor. Upon their return they
were joined by Fran's sons, Dwight and John Elmen-
dorf of Washington, D.C. who spent Christmas week
with them. Evelyn also got telephone calls from
sons Louis and John and their families from down
In early November, Dorothy and Bruce Sanders
hosted a farewell pot-luck get-together honoring
Carl Neuhard who left Bentonville the next morning
to make his home with his son and daughter-in-law,
Karen and Bruce Neuhard of Battle Creek, Michigan.
Among those attending the send-off were Evelyn
Engelke, Charlotte and Bill McCue, Betty McGil-
berry, Etta Faye Terrell, Jessie Neuhard, Willian
T. (Red) and Alice Nail, Bruce Newhard, and the
guest, Carl Neuhard. A lively time was had by all
with much reminiscing of the 'Canal Zone' days.
Jack Sanders of Santa Cruz, California, with
his daughters, Jennifer, age 16 and Jacquiline,
almost 11, drove to Bentonville for Christmas.
Jack and Jennifer spelled each other while driving
thus spending only one night on the road in Flag-
staff, Arizona. They arrived at the Sanders' casa
in the wee hours of the third day. This was the
first time Dorothy and Bruce have had that much
family around them at Christmastime since leaving
the good old Canal Zone! The girls would have
liked to have seen some snow but that was not to
be. They applied themselves industriously with two
latch-hook kits which were ready for their dad and
grandma by Christmas. In addition, Jack and Jacq-
uiline, who have only recently obtained their Ham
Radio licenses made many contacts over the air and
attended one of the area's weekly Wednesday morn-
ing coffee klatches and met quite a few of the Ham
operators. Jack also found time to put up a 40
meter antenna for his parents. A few days after
Christmas they departed for home, spending two
nights on the road; one in Albuquerque, NM and the
other in Wasco, CA.
Jesse Neuhard spent the holidays with son Brian
and wife, Penny in Columbia, S.C., having a great
time. Returned home in time to greet the first
snowfall in NW Arkansas. Son John wife Judy and
daughters Mary Sue and Stephanie along with grand-
daughter Rachel celebrated Thanksgiving in Benton-
George and Edith Egelke doing fine. Edith
spent two weeks in hospital in early December when
she fell and an old hip injury acted up. They had
son Paul and his wife, Jan nearby to help out.
Paul and his family from Siloam Springs, Ark. were
here for Christmas.
Addie Colclasure is now all by herself. Her
daughter Marion is the recipient of a grant from
the University of Pittsburgh, Pa. She is taking
library science and will be the graduate assistant
to a professor. The grant is through the middle of
August. Son David and wife, Lou were home for the
holidays and are planning a trip to Panama soon.
Virginia Favorite spent Christmas, her birthday
and New Years Eve with daughter Ginny Lynn and
family in Maitland, Mo.
Jack and Joan Corliss went to Hartford, Ill. to
be with son John III over New Years. He works for
Conoco and couldn't get away. Joan also contracted
chicken pox and the house was quarantined.
Harold and Jerry Harp enjoyed a family reunion
in October. All of the children but one were home
and Bill's wife Susan came up from Panama. Daugh-
ter Rebecca Croft and two daughters from New Or-
leans. Three daughters from Colorado: Mary Harp,
Laurie Moreland with new son, and Jackie Terry and
Kathleen and Rojo Huffman warmed up the Olds-
mobile and headed for Wynne, Ark. to spend Christ-
mas with Kathy and Will Huffman and four lovely
ones. From there they hot-footed it down to Abil-
ene, Texas and spent New Years with son James who
is headed for Korea in March as a member of the
Air Force. Returned home to read up on the latest
in the new seed catalogues for spring planting.
Red also bowls in a men's league at Dixieland
Lanes in Rogers, Ark.
Daughter Pan and her 8-month old daughter came
to spend Christmas with Pete and Sue Warner.
Etta Faye Terrell journeyed to New Orleans for
three weeks over the holidays. She visited daugh-
ter Andrea and son-in-law Paul Oliver. Had hoped
to find sane warmer weather, but had no luck. Came
home in the midst of the first snow storm of the
Ernest Cotton reports a family reunion will be
held in March in Rogers, Ark. Expected are his
mother Edith from Florida; his brother Larry and
family from San Antonio, Texas, and the W.E.French
family of Vermont.
Nobby and Peggy Keller say everything was quiet
for the holidays. They expect Mrs. Sue Magee to
return in mid-February from California where she
has been visiting.
Polly and John Michaelis stayed home for the
holidays. Expecting a visit from Christa Typaldos,
sister-in-law from Chil6 sometime in February.
Mary Lou Engelke had the family at home for the
holidays. After the first of the year, Houard and
Eleanor Beuhler from Florida stopped by after
looking this area over. They enjoyed a nice visit
Bud and Betty Balcer spent Christmas in Ohio
with daughter Susan Burdette and husband, Dick.
They didn't have a white Christmas there either.
Enjoyed a great dinner on Christmas Eve and re-
turned home with an additional pound or two. While
in Ohio we enjoyed a telephone call from our son,
Paul Ihoads and family from Shreveport, La.
The following were contacted and either had
nothing to report or spent the holidays with their
families, friends or neighbors: Marilyn Annen,
Alice and Red Nail, Vernon and Edith Bircher,
Charlotte and Bill McCue, and Betty McGilberry who
said she is planning a trip to Florida soon.
Though it may be a trifle late, this reporter
would like to wish one and all a very Happy New
Robert (Bud) Balcer
Mary Kate Underwood, bringing us up to date
on her family, went to Las Vegas to see grand-
daughter Melissa Barr, daughter of Joann Under-
wood. In October, she flew to Houston, Texas to
be with her brother, her only living relative.
Son Bill "Sonny" Underwood, BHS '52 is in the re-
tail nursery business and doing so well he has
had to add another florist. His address is 1308
Underwood, Dalton, Georgia. Daughter, JoAn Under-
wood, BHS '49 is working in Ft. Wayne, Indiana
as a paralegal. Her oldest daughter, Maridel Barr
graduated from Golden State, in San Francisco as
a lawyer in December 1986. Jeanne Dalton, another
granddaughter is a surgeon in Chatanooga, TN. She
just completed her residency at Earlinger Hospi-
Bob Provost, who attended the December lunch-
eon, had a light stroke recently but is doing well
now. Bob, his wife and cousins Al and Mary Jerbic
just returned from Hong Kong, China, Macaw and
Korea. Included in their itinerary was shopping,
a convention, and the Grand Prix in Macaw.
Bill and Dorothy Allen just returned from
cruising the Mexican Riviera on the "Stardancer",
the day before the luncheon in December but they
managed to be there. "Hardly seems possible that
it was 45 years ago when we learned about Pearl
Harbor Attack We were dining at the Sail Fish
Club at Ft. Amador".
Mrtie Lisowski and Eleanor Barlow could not
attend the December luncheon, but not for want
of trying. They were just installed as Worthy
Matron and Associate Matron of Eagle Rock Chapter,
Order of the Eastern Star, and Sunday, Dec 7 was
a rehearsal for their first meeting.
CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON, DECEMBER 7, 1986
KNOTr'S BERRY FARM
Allen, Dorothy and Bill
Argo, Emmet and Adele
Capwell, George "Spike"
Dill, Bob and Rosa
Guests: Toni Fraser
Evans, Caroline Halvorsen
Finken, W. H. and Eileen
Fitzpatrick, Francis and LaVerne
Guests: Patty Fitzpatrick
Hollowell, Thelma and David
Hoyle, Aileene Smith
Johnson, Stephanie and Don
Guest: Alice Milburn
Kelleher, Maurice "Bud"
Guest: Esther Krziza Condry
Lade, Mary R.
Laschinger, Janet Nesbitt
Lewy, Gerda Halvorsen
Miller, Helen Daniel
Molinar, Kathryn Argo
Muller, George and Winifred
Provost, Bob "The Jeep"
Guests: Joanne Reccia Mays
Rice, Marion Snyder
Guest: Elizabeth Kling
Smith, David Leroy
Trotter, Tom and Michielle
Underwood, Mary Kate
Guest: Missy Yarnell
Wolfenstein, Bob and Blanca
Yeilding, Ruth Bauman
Christmas in Southern California tends to be
ideal, weatherwise with cool, blue skies. None
of this deterred members from joining together
for the annual Christmas luncheon, complete with
Santa. Bob Dill, our chaplain gave the Invocation,
followed by the pledge of allegiance and Star
Spangled Banner. The famous Knotts luncheon of
fried chicken, and boysenberry pie was enjoyed
by all. President Edith Wimner opened the meeting.
The members voted unanimously in favor of the re-
vised By-Laws followed by announcements that the
next Board meeting would be held on January 11;
the next luncheon meeting on March 1, 1987 will
be our regular annual business meeting and will
include election of officers. Bob Dill will give
his talk on the beginnings of the Panama Canal.
A Christmas poem was read by the assistant
chaplain, Adele Argo, followed by the singing of
Christmas carols, led by Missy Yarnell and Kathy
Molinaro, accompanied by David Smith, who also
sang a solo '" Holy Night", and at the end of the
group singing, he sang "Here Comes Santa", and
Santa did appear. "Santa" Ho, Ho'd merrily around
the room and then led the drawing for the door
prize, won by Marian Rice, a lovely print by Lynda
Geyer. The lottery was won by Grace Brown, Mry
Kate Underwood, and Bob Wolfenstein. The lovl"y
centerpieces, made by David Smith and Arline Smith
Hoyle were raffled off and won by David Smith,
Mary Lade, George Maller, Rosa Dill, Mary Kate
Undewood, Elizabeth Kling, Missy Yarnell, Tanya
Sondenann, and Patty Fitzpatrick. The book, "'he
Panama Canal", donated by Robert Provost was won
by Grace Brown-. "Santa" handed out goodies to all
the good little boys and girls, after which we
sang "Auld Lang Syne" and the lovely afternoon
Fran Rita Ridge I would like to thank the
many members of our Panama Canal Society of
Southern California and the Panama Canal Soc-
iety of Florida for their letters of sympathy
during my bereavement. Although I have known
most of you for only a short time, having met
sane of you just a time or two, it was good of
you to write to me in Rocky's memory. Your
thoughtfulness means so much.
FROM OUR ROVING REPORTER:
If there's one place to awaken the Christmas
spirit early with lots of color, it's Pan Canal
function. At least a quarter of the attendance
at the Christmas luncheon was resplendent in red.
Leo Krziza even wore a red coat and green shirt.
Of course, a delight to the entire crowd was David
Smith's solo of "Oh, Holy Night" and his acconpan-
iment of Christmas carols for community singing,
under the direction of Missy Yarnell (now Mrs.Jame
Will) and Kathryn (Argo) olinaro. As David segued
into "Here Comes Santa Claus", Francis Fitzpatrick
gave us the surprise of our lives as a fully cos-
tuned Santa. The longer he was "on stage" the bet-
ter his Ho, Ho, Ho's sounded! Several festively
dressed "elves" joined him to distribute gift-
packs of Christmas candy.
Co-Chaplain Adele Argo delivers her
Christmas address message.
delights in her table prize
Santa and "elves," L-R: Aileen &nith
Hoyle, Blanca Wolfenstein, Francis Fitz-
patrick (Santa), Edith Wimner, Missy
Yarnell Will, Leo Krziza, Kathryn Argo
Molinaro, Caroline Halvorsen Evans. Foto
by David Hollowell.
CaroLine HaLvorsen Evans, George MuLber,
and Gerda Halvorsen Lewy." Photo by David
"Elf" Leo Krziza delivers candy favors
to Joyce Levy. Phot by David Hollowell.
^Kn-- K- "- v j
L-R: David, Tom and Michetlle Trotter
Mille Reccia, Jeff Mays and Joanne Rec-
cia Mays. Photo by David Hollowell.
Grace Brown was so pleased that she, along with
daughter Barbara Whipple, sister Dorothy Hardie
and her daughter Betty Brenton, brother Ted Birk-
land and wife Polly were scheduled to travel
aboard the Explorer on January 8 through Darien
country, San Blas, and Portobello. The Explorer
is a shallow-bottom boat which accommodates 92
Conrad and Norma Horine were unable to attend,
having a new address at Fort Lyon, CO, but sent
their holiday greetings. They were anticipating
a white Christmas, along with visits from children
Patricia, Paul and Stan. (Carol and husband David
planned to spend the holidays in San Diego, taking
care of their plumbing business). 'The fort is
an old Indian Wars cavalry fort that was a Navy
hospital in the early 1900's. The house we live
in is made of adobe, or sandstone, and is 97 years
old. Originally it was officers' quarters. It's
a two-story duplex with quite a bit of room...We
save one gallon milk plastic jugs and drive 20
miles south of Los Animas to a public artesian
well that has great tasting water. We fill up
about 45 gallons each trip, and that lasts us 5
to 6 weeks...This is an area rich in history, so
we explore Bent's Fort, Kit Carson, Santa Fe Trail
and Ogam and petroglyphs in the hills."
Jan Laschinger reports that the editor who ac-
cepted her short story for Inky Trails Publica-
tions recommended to American Biographical Insti-
tute, Inc. that she be included in the Second Edi-
tion of The International Directory of Distin-
guished Leadership, under Personalities of Aner-
ica. She filled out the application form and has
been accepted, not knowing why unless it's because
of her recent course in writing. "Another Grandma
Moses, I suppose."
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Jane and Jim
Cochrane joined her sister and brother-in-law,
Nancy and martin LanFranco, and family at Redlands
for a joyful reunion. Nancy and Martin then spent
two glorious weeks over the Christmas holiday in
Hawaii. Jane and Jim had a festive Christmas with
their own seven children, two nephews, and others
(totalling 14), at their home in Sunnyvale.
Bonnie Ann Chevalier, daughter of George and
Joan Chevalier, of Chula Vista, was married Octo-
ber 25, in the Chapel of Circus Circus, Las Vegas,
to Clinton Spicer. She is a nurse at St. Mary's
Hospital, Reno, and he is employed in building
maintenance systems in Reno. Besides her parents,
other family members present were her sister and
brother-in-law, Laurie and Lawrence Ball, and
brothers Bryant and Evan. Bryant is a Federal Sky
Marshall in San Diego, and Evan is employed by
a San Diego restaurant. George recently retired
from the Immigration Dept. as an Inspector, and
Joan is employed by Navy Comunications Business
Office, Public Works Center, National City.
During October, David and Thelma Hollowell
drove to Thermopolis, Wy for a visit with his sis-
ter, Victoria (Hollowell) Allen, her son and
daughter-in-law, Karl and Lynn Allen, and their
daughter, Wendy. Wendy is a student at Rocky Moun-
tain College in Billings, Mr. Daughter Kim was
unable to visit since she is pursuing a Master's
Degree in Education in Albuquerque, N1, and em-
ployed on the side. The family enjoyed seeing the
Pacific Ballet, as part of the Connunity Concert
Series in Thermopolis. Then David and Thelma flew
to Orlando, FL for a gala Thanksgiving reunion
of the "Stormy" Jordan and Walter Hirsh families
of construction days, held at the home of Bill
and Skippy (Hirsh) Hollowell. There were 28 per-
sons represented, including seven first cousins
on the Jordan side: Jordan and Jim Mirray, FL;
Joyce (Rogers) McLean, MS; Phebe (Rogers) Edding-
ton, IN; Victoria (Hollowell) Allen, WY; Bill
Hollowell, FL; and David Hollowell, CA. Skippy
was happy to greet her sister, Phyllis (Hirsh)
Crook, St. Petersburg, FL, including son Douglas
and his family.
Travelling over from Douglas, AZ to San Diego
for two weeks of the Christmas holiday were the
daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren of
Mbises and Jean (Stinehart) de La Pena; Jean and
Stephen T. Soya with Stephanie, Ruth, and Shelly.
They were joined by other de La Pena sons Jim and
Rick, Rick's wife Carmen, daughters Wendy and
Jennifer, and Jim's wife Andrea. All were delight-
ed with whale watching, the Christmas Boat Parade
of over 100 decorated boats, and the original Sea
World. Rick is a teacher in Rowan Elementary
School in East San Diego, and Jim is a Post Office
employee in Bostonia; Jean has resumed her teach-
ing career in the junior high school in Douglas
as a reading specialist, having a Master's Degree
in that area. Stephen is an electrical engineer
in charge of the Douglas Monitoring Station for
Catsy (Taylor) Shaefer was hospitalized from
October 17 to the 25 for a total right hip re-
placement and reports she is doing well with a
cane. Her daughter, Layne (Taylor) Ashton, of San
Antonio, TX, came to visit and stayed until Novem-
ber 9. Then Layne and husband Tom spent Christmas
holidays with his mother, Mrs. Grace Belden, of
Dothan, AL. Catsy gives us additional news: Kay
(Davis) Scofield now lives in Saudi Arabia. Her
father was a conductor on the Panama Railroad.
Also Loretta and Dr. Henry Adams spent the Christ-
mas holidays in Panama.
All the way from Bournemouth, England to San
Diego came Doreen (Fleming) Bailey and husband
Anthony for a ten-day visit over Christmas with
her brother and sister-in-law, William and Nelda
(Torbett) Fleming. The Flemings went to England
two years ago, and this was the Bailey's first
visit to the U.S.A. Nelda, by the way, is still
undergoing physical therapy for her right arm af-
ter last summer's fractures, sustained during a
vacation at Montserrat.
Paul and Mary Lu (Steffes) Jeffries were over-
joyed to have son Steven and two children, David
and Michelle, on a two-week Christmas visit from
Barnegat, NJ. He is an officer in the Merchant
Marine, sailing from Jacksonville, FL to Odessa,
Russia. He was joined by brother Michael, wife
Laurie, and daughter Desirae at the Jeffries home.
Paul, by the way, is now teaching in the Vocation-
al Dept. of Southwest High School, San Diego, and
Mary Lou is busy establishing a seamstress busi-
ness, starting with square-dance costumes.
On January 13, San Diego City College, as part
of their travelogue series, presented a film on
Panama. Bert and Muriel Mbrris were happy to be
there and pronounced it excellent for the photo-
graphy and story content, not only of the Canal
but of the interior of Panama.
Blessings to all, and remember us with your
Holiday excitement has passed and Colorado
wishes they were in California for the Super Bowl
and some warm weather. However, it would be hard
to believe if you were here, that we are not ex-
periencing sunny climate as the whole area is
decked out in Orange for the "Broncos"!
Normally, I don't like to start an article with
my own personal news but I am making an exception
this time, to explain the change of name of your
reporter. Due to legal reasons, I will be listed
under my former widow benefits as Donna B. Dondan-
ville but I'm still me. I find the mail does not
reach me in time under the previous name of Hud-
son. Enough about that.
The first news that came in after the first
of the year came from Helen (Edwards) Mgan. We
previously reported the retirement of Ray Magan
as a police sergeant of Pueblo, CO. but evidently
he has proved indispensable as Ray has now been
named as Undersheriff. The way to go, Ray, we are
proud of you and your little "Hellion". As a mat-
ter of fact, "The Pueblo Chieftain" newspaper
headlined "MAGAN AT TOP OF BUCKALLEW'S STAFF'.
Ray's police career included service in the pa-
trol, identification and administrative divisions.
His training includes completion of a police ad-
ministration course offered by the Federal Bureau
of Investigation as well as a background in plan-
ning, forensic science, photography and federal
grants programs. His chief responsibility will
be preparation of the department's $4 million bWd-
get. Now that Ray is with Sheriff Buckallew's
department he and Helen will not be running the
Police Bingo games weekly as they have done for
a good many years.
Lester and Andrea Smith report that the Holi-
days were enhanced by a special visit from Andre's
folks, Hoyt and Francis Byrd of Clearwater, FL.
Les and Andrea took her folks on a lot of one day
trips to acquaint them with the wonders of Colo-
rado. This included a trip to the Air Force Acad-
emy in Colorado Springs to visit with Les' brother
Robert and his wife Carol (Kapinos).
argaret (Sullivan) WcMillan of Hawaii, was
in Denver the weekend of October 10-12 to attend
the wedding of her niece, Ann Wainstein to Brooks
Bond. Ann, daughter of the former Eleanor Sullivan
is curator for the Colorado Historical Society,
headquartered in Denver. Her husband is a highly
respected architect in this city.
Also in Denver were the parents of the bride;
and another aunt, Nancy S. Schorsch and her hus-
band from Ventura, California.
While here, Margaret got in touch with Dot
(Kalar) Kennedy for a short visit, time was so
short what with the wedding all; but the visit
Dot and Roy Kennedy had just returned from a
Caribbean cruise on the Carnivale Line ship M.S.
Holiday. This was their annual reunion with Dot's
sisters Jean, Harriett and Olive and their
spouses. Dot reports that all that good food and
entertainment plus such good company made it a
wonderful cruise for all. (take me with you next
All this great news from our area and I feel
I should report that my brother, David 'Dabby"
Dickson is going through a rough time. His first
back surgery was on December 5. He is facing two
more surgeries and has been in the hospital off
and on since that time. He would like to thank
you all for your concern and is very sorry that
he will have to miss the 1952 reunion this year.
While talking to Helen 'Chickie" (Hobbs)
Satriano, I was able to learn that her son, Tom
is now in Conmercial advertising and her daughter
Paula works for one of our grocery chains, while
daughter, Maria is with a Denver Optical company.
One busy family!
Another busy family is the report from Ray
Shaw. Son, Allan is in his next to the last quar-
ter at the University of Colorado, in Greely,
majoring in psychology. Mark is majoring in Elec-
tronics at Arapahoe Community and plans for an
Electronic Engineering course at Colorado State
in Ft. Collins. Ray will be leaving for Panama
at the end of January. While there he will be a
guest of Tan and Sue Suescum.
Opal Earle (Lundy) Houghton is doing just fine
and reports that brother leroy "Jinf' Lundy has
remarried and residing in Sunny San Diego.
Coila (Goodin) and Sam Maphis are looking for-
ward to the 1952 reunion in Florida now that they
have finished all the work on their cabin in
Roy and Gladys Graham kept occupied what with
Roy tending the "ranch" while Gladys travels with
her talks and seminars. Gladys was on her way to
Texas to give a seminar and lecture on Therapeutic
A big surprise came to me the other day with
all the Broncomania building in this city of Den-
ver. Evidently, a friend (?) of mine called my
name into a local TV station pertaining to my be-
ing a closet Bronco fan. Also, the fact that Dan
Reeves, head coach of the team and I have worked
on the same charities and were even winning part-
ners in a charitable golf event. Well, I had a
phone call from Steve Lusk of Channel 4 news and
the next thing I knew there was the News van in-
cluding camera crew in my driveway. The star of
the show was Fritzel, my miniature schnauser, in
his orange, blue and white Bronco sweater with
his number, which is one-half. You may have seen
Fritz's picture in the Summer reunion issue when
we were in Canon City.
A reminder to all you folks. The officers of
the Colorado Chapter are busy working on the March
Dinner and business meeting so plan on being at
the Ramada Inn at 1-70 and Kipling. The date, time
and menu had not been set at the time of this re-
port. I still hope to see everyone there and hope-
fully some new folks and visitors.
Remember to report all news or write to Donna
(Dickson) Dondanville. I'm still me.
Donna (Dickson) Dandanville
In December I went to the "Zone" for Christ-
mas with my family, June and Davis Stevenson and
Beverly and Skip Rowley and granddaughters Renee
and Adriane. While there I had lunch with Lucille
Tarflinger and Helen Kat, who was visiting the
Bradleys. Enjoyed delicious Corvino at the Pana-
mar. Old Panama looks great, more buildings un-
covered and shops nearby. Another day Trudy Homa
took Peggy May from Dothan, Ala. and I, with two
of her friends to the Union Club. Guess what, I
had corvino again. The day before I left for home,
I had a chance to go to Taboga. A nostalgic trip,
on a larger boat than the launches they used to
use. I walked the length of the Island and found
so many changes. Never did see a "Pina" but I did
see the beautiful flowers Taboga is famous for.
I couldn't resist stealing a beautiful triple red
and a yellow hibiscus. Had lunch at the Hotel Chu
and of course it was Corvino la Vino. Yum, Yum.
And for all the ole timers who read this, the
Aspinwall has been replaced by the Electric Plant.
Remember when the power was by barge by Morro Is-
land? Morro is deserted and overgrown.
Slide in Gaillard Cut (Photo by: Sara
Back in Clearwater and at a Brown Baggers meet-
ing, I did get a bit of news. Mil and Joe Hickey
had a very nice Christmas holiday. Their daughter
Diane, with husband Charlie and their children,
Cheryl and Michael came from Boston, Mass. to stay
with another daughter Barbara Grinnell from Tanpa.
New Years day Mildred and Joe had a sit down din-
ner for eighteen people including Diane's in-laws.
Harry and Mary Egolf had their daughter Kather-
ine Egolf for the Christmas Holidays. Katherine
came up from Panama. Mary said it was a fun time.
Tracy Glassburn Witek presented her Master's
Thesis Defence at Lehigh University in Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania on November 25, 1986. Dr. Parks of
the Geology Department pointed out afterwards that
Tracy is the first person to develop a technique
for reconstructing original digitized outlines
from Principal Components. The Principal Compo-
nents are generated by a shape qualification
method developed by Dr. Parks in 1979, and his
students have been trying since then to do what
Tracy has done.
Tracy also presented her thesis at a symposium
held by the Geology Department of the College of
William and Mary on November 14, where she had re-
ceived her B.S. in Geology.
Tracy is the daughter of Sharon (DeVore) and
Paul Glassburn of Clearwater, Florida.
Tracy and Dr. Stefan R. Witek were married in
a formal Catholic wedding in Mansfield, England on
December 27, 1986, and plan to eventually reside
in England where Tracy intends to continue her
studies to receive her Doctorate in Geology.
Bob and Maggie Windle were delighted to have
their daughter Patricia McGlade and grandsons
William (Willie) and Andrew James visit them. On
August 30 all went to the Jacksonville Area Panama
Canal Reunion Picnic. We had a wonderful time..the
kids did a lot of running and swimming, while the
adults did some reminiscing among good friends.
Grandma and Grandpa Windle helped Willie cele-
brate his sixth birthday on August 31 with his
Mother, Patricia and a few friends, Bruce and
Diane Bateman, Sandra Hughes Clafin, Andy and
The Windle's daughter Margie loonie and her
husband Bill stopped off in Jacksonville to visit
a few days and pick up son Andrew who made the
trip earlier with Aunt Patricia. Margie and Bill
continued on to Boston where they will make their
Three generations. L-R: Patricia McGlade
and son, Wittie, and mother, Maggie Win-
The Windles will see more visitors on October
30 when Marge Williams and her sister-in-law
Dorothy (Maurer) Williams will travel to Jackson-
ville to visit daughter Margarite at 463 Fox lane
in Orange Park.
Florida Mid-East Coast
The Snedeker clan gathered for Thanksgiving
and Xmas at daughter Lynn's home. We all enjoyed
getting acquainted with the youngest member of
the family, nine month old Bianca Snedeker, our
son Eric's youngest daughter. Our eldest, Ioure-
lene, and her family from West Palm were unable
to be with us for Xmas for she and her son Garrett
were performing in Oliver at the Florida Repertory
Theater. leo and I traveled to W. Palm early in
December with our grandson Michael Baro to attend
the show and to help Garrett celebrate his tenth
birthday. Bob and Katherine (Bitsey Gates) Anson
stopped by for a few days just before New Years
on their way home to Beufort, S.C. after a shake-
down trip with their new travel trailer.
Warren LeDox's daughter, Betty Kay Frassrand,
spent Xmas with him at his home in Deltona and
she is trying to talk him into attending Carniva-
lito in February.
I had a lovely phone conversation with Thomas
Mahon, also from Deltona. He wanted me to be sure
to send his best wishes to all his fellow workers
from the time he was at the Mt. Hope Marine Re-
pair Shop back in the mid 40's. I especially en-
joyed talking to him for my Dad, Eric (Happy)
Sanders worked in the same shop and Tom remembered
working with him. Tom took a quick trip in Decem-
ber to Long Island to visit his sister who is
I called Richard and Iouise Soyster in Orange
City and ended up visiting with their youngest
daughter, Diane. Richard and Louise were in the
Keys visiting daughter Susan Valentine, her hus-
band Rob (also a Zone boy) and their two children,
10 year old Ingred and 16 year old Aber. Diane
is the Registrar at the Emergency Room at Fish
Memorial Hospital in DeLand. She and her entire
family still miss the Zone after seventeen years
and they love visiting in the Keys because it is
as close to "home" as they can get.
Raymond Whitney of DeLand is a member of the
Sons of the American Revolution and has been
searching for years for his ancestral home. He
was reading the Yankee Magazine and came across
a picture of the oldest frame house (owned by the
Balch family) in the United States. Ray's ances-
tors were Balchs and came to America in 1623 on
the Phoenix and settled in Beverly, Mass. Ray and
Gertrude hope to travel to Mass. this Spring and
will visit the 90 year old gentleman who still
lives in the ancestral home. The Whitney's son,
Peter, is a Computer Technical Engineer and plans
to help his Dad record the family history in a
computer. Peter was the 2nd child born at the
Margarita Hospital. Ray's father was with the
Marine Corp. Panama Exposition in 1908 and Ger-
trude's father helped build the Gatun Schoolhouse.
Mavis Fortner (Beall) lives in Orange City just
behind the Soysters. I am sure Pat Beall will have
information about the Xmas family gathering at
his home and at Don and Louise Beale's. Mavis said
the family had a grand time and were joined by
Roy (Bocas) Leeser and Judy Myers and Pat's son,
Kenneth and Dorothy Manthorne of Deltona had
a full house over the Xmas holidays. Keith and
Martha Manthorne and their two children came from
Memphis, Tenn., daughter leslie arrived from San
Diego and daughter Traci from Lakeland. Dorothy's
brother, Fred Cotton and his wife Jackie and three
children were on hand as well as Ken's brother
and his wife and three little girls. Patty 1Mcoy
McCafferty drove over from Tampa with her husband
and small daughter. Patty is Fred Cotton's sister-
in-law and she was from Curundu. Everyone missed
having Dorothy's parents, Arthur and Dorothy
(Wertz) Cotton with them but they had stayed in
San Diego to spend the holidays with their daugh-
ter Nancy Horner's children, Michanne and Rhonda.
Dorothy and Ken are looking forward to visiting
in San Diego in the near future.
Dick Bell, also of Deltona, had a lovely Xmas
with his children but Any had to be in Panama as
her Aunt, Elisa Tourino had passed away. The
Bell's children Elizabeth and Martha were on hand
for Thanksgiving and Xmas but son Rick who is a
Lt. j.g. in the Naval Reserve was home for Thanks-
giving and had to leave the next day. Rick is the
2nd Engineer aboard Sealift Indian Ocean, the U.S.
Naval ship which carries aircraft fuel to the arm-
ed forces throughout the world. He spent the first
week in January at Rodman Naval Station in the
Zone and had a chance to visit relatives in Panama
- then on to Venezuela and possibly the Far East.
Daughter, Beth, works for Burroughs in Tallahassee
and Martha is a senior at the University of Cen-
I have gotten this report in by the skin of
my teeth since Leo suddenly started having Kidney
problems and is in the Orlando Regional Hospital
awaiting surgery. Our daughter Elise lives in
Casselberry so I am able to stay with her. I am
sure he will be fit as a fiddle in a few weeks
and we are both looking forward to the reunion
Leona Sanders Snedeker
Jean and Fred Kirk from Springfield, Ohio are
visiting with her mother Pauline Holmelin in St.
Petersburg and will be here until March. Their
daughter and family, Mlriel and Richard Oglesbee
and their sons, Steve and Scott were down for ten
days over Christmas.
John and Mnriel iWhitman had a family get-to-
gether on Christmas Eve. Those enjoying the even-
ing were Pauline Holmelin, Pauline Arnold, John
and Bill Arnold Jr., Bill Arnold Sr., Jean and
Fred Kirk, nMriel and Richard Olgesbee, Steve and
Scott Griffin, Bill and Clio Pickett, Dorothy,
Al and Debbie Pate, Ruth Saunders, Frances, David,
Gary and Missy Haile.
Pauline Holmelin really enjoyed having all her
daughters and some of their families with her for
the holidays. What a Happy Christmas!
I had promised to tell of the Christmas visit
of my sister, Shirley Williams (Cancellor, but
the visit had to be delayed. She was unfortunate
enough to have injured her foot, and her Doctor
said a visit at that time was a "No-No". I am
planning my Christmas later in the year and will
let you know when it occurs.
I received a most interesting letter from one
of our Panama Canal Society members that she asked
me to share with you. Lorraine Grose, nee "Sun-
shine Sousa", daughter of Retired Army Major Lee
Sousa, was a 1972 graduate residing in Ft.Clayton.
She now lives in Pinellas Park and has a most un-
usual hobby; she raises Iguanas. Two are quite
large (3 and 4 feet long) and have become special
pets. The male "Spooky" and female "Pepe"(Pepita).
Lorraine Grose's pet iguanas "Spooky"
and "Pepe", 3 and 4 feet long. An un-
Lorraine really loves her pets. She also has
a Dwarf Netherland Rabbit in the outside cage with
the Iguanas and she says they get along great.
The rabbit belongs to Lorraine's daughter, Chris-
tina, who obviously is also a lover of unusual
Christmas always has many families and friends
travelling hither and yon to share the holidays
Ronald and Robbin (Smith) larson hosted the
family Christmas dinner at their home in Bradenton
for her parents, Rob and Elsie (Neely) Smith, and
her uncle and aunt, Mike and Marion (Neely) Greene
of Sarasota. The Larson's son, Daniel Larson, who
recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was going
through basic training at the U.S. Naval Station
in Orlando, Fla., came home as a surprise for the
guests. Daniel has since completed Boot Canp
Training and is presently on home leave pending
his tour of duty assignment.
Billie Galloway and her sisters, Alice Jones
of Rosedale, Miss. and Ruth Gatz, Maxine Hitchcock
and Robin Comer of Sarasota, had a scenic drive
to Houston to spend the holidays with her daughter
and son-in-law, Anna Katherine (Galloway) and Pat
Daniel, and share in the family reunion. A fun
time was had by all..
Billie is now enjoying house guests in her home
as long-time friends, Ed and Grace (Roach) Kienzle
of Raleigh, NC arrived for several days' visit.
Ed was Manager of the United Fruit Company in
Cristobal during the 1960's.
Maxine Hitchcock's son and daughter-in-law,
who make their home in Bethesda, MD, recently flew
to New Delhi, India for a ten day tour through
India by train on the "Palace on Wheels".
Jeanne Burgoon had the pleasure of "holidaying"
in Deerfield Beach, FL with her son-in-law and
daughter, Harold and Karen (Magnuson) O'Neill,
and with her granddaughter, Laura Jeanne Fox and
husband. They had the traditional Christmas dinner
which was the first turkey dinner prepared by
Laura Jeanne, and served at Laura and Roy Fox'
A brief account of Fred and Bev Ebdon's wander-
ings, etc. Still managing to put a few miles on
the old camper. "After Bev's first lens implant,
we traveled to New Orleans in April to meet Ho wrd
and Arleen Osborn and other camping friends. Then
on to San Antonio to a full week's rally. On the
way home stopped by to visit brother Bill and
Susie (Fahnestock) Ebdon in Mississippi.
Home in time for Bev's second lens implant.
Then in September we pulled anchor and headed
north to visit the Osborns in Nashua, NH and at-
tend three Winnebago Rallys. A side trip to Lake
Chairplain for a visit with Jim and Edna Million
at their lake cottage.
Bev Ebdon, Sarasota and Arlene Osborn at
Joined up with Fred's brother, Bill and Susie
in New Hampshire and headed home by the short
route via Niagra Falls and Arkansas. Bev's short
route would be by way of Alaska. We parted com-
pany with Bill and Susie in Ohio. After a short
visit with Ray and Polly Witt in Arkansas, we
headed for Sarasota. Arrived home in time for Bev
to enter the hospital for major surgery. Bev is
doing great and ready for another trip in the
camper. We will take in a few rallies in Florida
before heading for Oregon in May.
George and Mayno (Bliss) Walker shared two
Christmases with their daughters. First to visit
with their oldest daughter, Mickey (Walker) Fitz-
gerald and family in New Smyrna Beach, FL at which
time they saw the many beautiful Christmas decor-
ations in the homes and business areas, as well
as to see the new property they recently purchased
to build a new home. That week-end the Fitzgeralds
Canaan Valley for a week vacationing and snow-
Later the Walkers visited their younger daugh-
ter and husband, Carole (Walker) and Ken Miller
in Tanpa for another celebration, which also in-
cluded and interesting trip to Busch Gardens.
Joe and Rae Ebdon spent three weeks in Irvine,
CA with their younger son and family, Dick and
Kathy Ebdon and Geoffrey and Jennifer, during the
holiday season. They were accaopanied by their
other son, Tom Ebdon, and Joe's father, Joe "PP'
Ebdon, who celebrated his 98th birthday in Jan-
uary. Kathy's mother, Mrs. Agnes Ruff joined the
family for Christmas, from Niagra Falls, NY.
Rae and Joe also visited her niece and family,
Capt. Andrew Bleakley, USN; his wife, Carol (New-
hard) Bleakley and two sons in San Diego, and with
Dick and Kathy and Tom, attended the retirement
ceremony at the U.S. Naval Station in San Diego
when Captain Bleakley retired from Active Duty.
The group was joined by Carol's brother-in-law
and sister, Onar and Ann (Newhard) Franklin, who
drove from Visalia, CA for the ceremony.
Rae and Joe's son (Tom), Maj. Thoms J. Ebdon
III, USAF, stationed at McDill AFB in Tanpa, FL
was also recently retired from Active Duty in Dec-
Mary Orr has returned from a two month's visit
in Texas with her brother-in-law and sister, Fred
and Marion (Orr) Wells and her brother, Bob Orr
and his wife, Eloise at their ELBO Ranch in Luling
TX. She also visited with her nephew, Fred Wells
Jr., who arrived from Perth, Australia for Thanks-
giving week in Kerrville, TX with his parents.
A nice surprise en route to San Antonio was
that while transferring planes in Houston, Mary
saw Malcolm and Faye wheeler of San Diego, CA and
Pat leBrun of Sacramento, CA who were en route
to visit their families for Thanksgiving and were
traveling on the same connecting (flight) plane.
A lot of "happy" talk was enjoyed by all.
Mary also visited her sister-in-law, Rita Orr
and son, Joe Orr; his wife, Sonia and infant
daughter, Ashley in San Antonio.
Another highlight of her trip was a visit with
long-time friends, Paul and Bertha Ficzeri, Jr.
in Universal City, TX. Paul formerly worked in
the Safety Branch in Balboa.
Gladys B. IHmphrey visited with her son and
family, Donald and Cindy tkmphrey of Palm Bay,
FL during the Christmas season. Other guests in-
cluded his sister, Donna (lmphrey) Mann of Sara-
sota and Jimny Palumbo with his daughter, Angelina
from Ft. Davis, R. P. The highlight of the holiday
for Donald and Cindy though, were their very spec-
ial guests, Lake Palumbo, Donald's Cristobal High
School football Coach and popular teacher, with
his bride, Betty, of Fayetteville, Ark. They had
a great time getting acquainted with Betty and
reminiscing about the Canal Zone, CHS activities
and especially the football games and "Coach's
boys". Luke is looking forward to the annual re-
union in Tanpa in July and hopes to see some of
Myrtle Hughes spent Christmas in Merritt Island
with her daughter, Sandra (Hughes) Claflin; her
two grandchildren and her great granddaughter.
The family group also visited Donald and Cindy
Hunphrey during their informal holiday "Open
Visitors to our beautiful sunny Sarasota in-
cluded many family and friends. On a recent trip
to Sarasota Bob and Lotty Orvis of Daytona Beach,
FL celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with
a dinner party at the hone of his mother, Mrs.
Frances Orvis. Guests included Mike and Marion
Greene, Walter and Blanche Hartnan, Jerry and
eneve (Dough) Stroop, Arline (Schnidtt) Wimner-
nan, George anky" Flores, Jeff and Jean Berg,
Bob and Lotty's son, Bobby Orvis and his friend,
Molly, and Bob's brother and his wife, Jim and
Julie Orvis, of Temple Terrace, FL.
Francis Orvis also had as her houseguest, Mary
Lee Dunham of Clearwater, who attended the C.Z.
Birthday Club luncheon, which Fran hosted at her
Lotty Orvis' parents, Isabel and Elton Bell
have returned to their home in Santa Clara, R.P.
following an extended visit in their home in Day-
Allen and Kay Miller had a nice surprise visit
from Jenny Johannes of Austin, TX and her sister,
Roberta (Johannes) Paterson. Roberta has recently
moved to Dunedin, FL.
Allen and Kay Miller's Christmas was extra
special as their son-in-law and daughter, Don and
Margie (Miller) Scheiwe of Monument, CO, brought
their infant daughter, Melinda Kay, to Sarasota
to share her first Christmas with her maternal
grandparents. The Millers hosted a Christmas "Open
House" to greet and welcome the family.
Lt. Comdr. Don Davis, USN and Lt. Will Hall,
USN were week-end guests at the home of Will's
parents, Bucky and Ann Hall of Georgetown Estates,
Sarasota. The officers were on an extended train-
ing mission and flew their A-7 Single jet planes
cross country from Lenoore, CA to McDill Air Force
Base in Tanpa. They are attached to VA Squadron
22, the Fighting Red Cocks stationed at Lemoore
Naval Air Station in California.
Bucky and Anne Hall and his mother, Madge Hall,
enjoyed a nice visit at their home with Madge's
brother, Frank Finlason, and her niece and husband
Bill and Joy (Finlason) Granthan of Tarpon Springs
Jeanne (Walker) Wagner of Eagle River, Alaska
shot her first moose while hunting with her hus-
band, Jack Wagner, in the Artic Valley Foothills,
AK on December 17, 1986. Not only was it a thrill
to get her first moose, but it was larger than
the one her husband got that day. Jeanne is the
daughter of George and Mayno (Bliss) Walker of
Jeanne Wagner gets her first
Well, it's great to be
of coconut trees, corbina,
back here in the land
plantain, hot michitas
Left: Charlene Brophy looking at Molas in Stevens Circle, old
Right: Side entrance of Balboa Cornmissary.
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Left: This is the building that used to house the hardware, sportswares, and so on.
Right: A railroad coach a permanent fixture to the left of Balboa train station.
Frances (Days) Jones returned to her home in
Sarasota in January after a Christmas visit with
her son-in-law, Capt. John L. Brphy; her daughter
Doma (Jones) Brophy and her granddaughter, Char-
lene. While there she sent a most interesting
letter to the Monday morning coffee group and
other reminiscing about her former home and the
many changes that have taken place. I'm sure the
old timers will enjoy her thoughts.......
Altos de Jesus, Panama
(Still Diablo Heights to us)
December 20, 1986
con Cafe Duran are your mouths water
nothing of the great dry season breeze
There have been many changes, some
not so good. I miss the nicely manic
and especially the old familiar faces
I'm lucky because a lot of those friend
faces are right where I live in Sarasot.
As much as I miss not seeing the
Hotel, the building that has been bui
piece of land for the Smithsonian Ir
truly lovely, and all across the rig
the building, growing in their gorgeous
are all the different colors there are
On the side of old Balboa C
where Cold Storage used to be (
All of you, who have left a person
in your life down here, will be happy tc
are resting in a beautiful spot. Coroza
has been fenced in, is beautifully man
the time. My precious Mother, Maria D
rests under a spreading Banyan Tree,
to her friend Mrs. Preston (Virgir
I can't say that I'm especially pl
this is probably my "Swan Song" to Pan
Dona, John and Charlene Brophy will be
in the not too distant future, but noboc
away our super memories how lucky
to have grown up in such a great place.
ing? To say
- hay, que
:ur lawns This year in Blairsville, Georgia, in the
- but then Smokey Mountains alongside the beautiful Lake Not-
ly familiar ley has been very delightful with a great many
a. favorable changes, mainly that the Clinchard fam-
old Tivoli ily moved to a new area Lakeside Village, just
lt on that nine miles north of the big city.
institute is One of our new neighbors turned out to be Bill
ht side of and "Freddie" Schuster who worked for the Hydro-
profusion, electric system in Pedro Miguel and Gatun in 1952
Sure to 1957, and what do you know? They lived in the
e, I'm sure
same house as I did in Pedro Miguel only a number
of years later!
We also have two other residents here that were
with the Army in Ft. Sherman, and another that was
with the Navy at Coco Solo. So when we get to-
gether, we have quite a chin-fest about the Zone.
Charlie Fears and Joyce decided to leave our
realm and go to Dothan, Alabama this summer, but
did you know that Charlie had to return here to
have his car serviced? In reality, he was lonesome
for Georgia! We do misss them but know they are
enjoying their new residence.
Bill DeVore and his wife Marion moved into this
area lately and reside in Belleview, N.C., which
is about twelve miles over the ridge north from
here. It was great to see them again, however our
* -. visits were not as often as they could have been.
It is always great to see long-time friends.
commissary This summer we had the pleasure of our daugh-
T think). ter's visit fran Palm Beach for a short stay. She
and her mother frequented all of the local stores
or persons hereabouts looking for bargains. Her stay was too
Know they short.
il Cemetery Shortly after the Reunion in July, Lee Kariger
licured all and his daughter Nancy visited this area and we
kys (Nanny) all got together for a Zone reunion of our own
right next here at home. Among those attending were Bill
nia Wood's DeVore and Marion, Lee Kariger and Nancy, Bill and
"Freddie" Schuster and a high school classmate of
eased that Bill's from Indiana, Charles and Nellie Smith, and
ama, since of course, Dottie and Bill Clinchard. I think we
departing rebuilt the Canal, and it was very enlightening to
ly can take our ego to listen to the 'Bajun' stories.
we all are In mid-summer, my sister Connie Wright visited
us after the loss of her husband, Johnnie Wright
During the first of the year. We toured the many
points of interest in this area and always ended
Fran Jones up at the Flea Market buying rugs. She must have
her house in St. Pete well covered.
rs IFphrey My Dental Assistant at the Ancon Dental Clinic,
Reporter Betty Sybik and her husband Edward, from San Anto-
) 955-1900 nio, Texas, visited us with their house-trailer
and Jeep, the "Jolly Grren Giant." Ed was an Air
Force employee and initiated the Jeep Club that
roamed places in the jungles of Panama that had
never been explored. Of course our conversations
were about the good old times at the Clinic and
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our numerous never-to-be-forgotten fishing trips
to the Islands and in the Lake.
One of the saddest times was when we learned of
the passing of Bill DeVore in November. We imme-
diately contacted the residence and learned that
Marion had been taken to the hospital the same day
and the house was closed. We did learn from the
local neighbors of the details. Memorial services
were to be held pending the release of Marion from
the hospital. We attended the Memorial services at
the Presbyterian Church in Murphy, N.C. and ex-
tended our condolences to the DeVore family.
An adjacent neighbor formerly from the Panama
Railroad whom I see and exchange greetings with
and news is Clyde and Marge Matheney from Margar-
ita. They were there in 1978 and presently living
just over the hill and up a rough mountain road
only for billy goats. We often see each other at
At Thanksgiving, we had the extreme pleasure of
the visit of our daughter Connie and her husband
of two years, named Mike Tellex of Palm Beach. We
had a wonderful visit with them and managed to
cover a lot of interesting places. The Flea Mar-
kets took a beating. We also learned in a round-
about way that Dorothea and I will soon be grand-
parents come this July. I cautioned her that this
little firecracker better have a short fuse on it.
Well, we are all enthused over the announcement
and looking forward to the big event.
Just before the Christmas holidays, my brother,
Gene and my sister came up for a visit. This is
the first time in many years that the three of us
have been together. Our Christmas party and dinner
was held at the Club where we joined other people,
exchanging presents and having a merry time all
evening. Gene and Connie both enjoyed the occasion
very much. We had our family presents-opening on
Christmas Day and exchanged gifts, remembering the
many times we did the same together so many times
in Gatun and Cristobal when we were growing up in
the Canal Zone. We hated to see them return to St.
Petersburg, but promised to be together again this
July at the Reunion.
We would like to extend an invitation to anyone
traveling in these here parts to drop in and see
us. You might like this place by the Lake, and we
would be glad to welcome you.
If'n the creek don't rise, will see'ya in July.
Bill and Dottie Clinchard
Rt 3 Box 3, Lakeside Village
Blairsville, GA 30512
Here I sit, listening to the combo "Three Scoops
of Aloha",munching on lau-lau (ono! (delicious)),
hoping for newsy inputs to itemize here from my
put-outs (I mean outputs), and blaming the lack
of news on my perpetual, pitiful and pernicious
Polynesian paralysis. This owing to having broken
a metatarsal bone in two places during a huge Hal-
lowe'en costume party at the Waikiki Shell, being
on crutches about six weeks and having to keep
the foot "higher than the heart most of the day".
("Doctor, what position do you recommend, while
receiving helpful friends and neighbors all day
Earlier, I had enjoyed working as a volunteer
for the Democratic Convention and as a precinct
official for the primary and general elections,
despite the dirtiest politics Hawaii has known,
including a smear campaign. Hawaii's new governor
is John Waihee (pron. Wai-hay-ay), and Pat Saiki
is the first Hawaii Republican congressperson
since statehood (1959). This akamai (smart), great
lady had a festive first day in Congress, although
the 4,000 orchids ordered for the occasion did
not arrive in time.
Christmas in Hawaii is much like Christmas on
the Isthmus, accented by distinctive music and
the hula-danced interpretations of the Lord's
Prayer, sometimes performed in a church. It is
so exquisitely reverent, there is scarcely a dry
Heard a newscaster on a Charles Kuralt show
claim that the "southernmost point in the United
States" lies in Florida, whereas we Islanders know
it is located at South Point, Hawaii Island ("Big
Island"), where the world's largest active volcano
Mauna Loa is located. Lava from the nearby Kilauea
Volcano, which has been erupting, in its 48th
phase, since July 1986, is still moving and tun-
neling, after having destroyed 29 homes and wreak-
ed millions of dollars in damage to roads and
utilities. The volcano is now 17 acres larger than
it was, changing the face of our island state.
The humpback whales have arrived; the weather is
now cooler, after the hottest summer of record,
which caused many a dormant air conditioner to
be turned on. The Triple Crown surfing champion-
ships were spectacular, usually with a high surf
of 20 to 25 feet the best surf in the world,
say my surfing sources. Betting is high on winning
of America's Cup by the STARS & STRIPES (which
I had the thrill of boarding on Waikiki Yacht Club
a year ago). And it snowed on Mauna Kea!
Attended the 41st Hula Bowl football game last
week, in a caravan of seven flagged autos full
of fans, and foods for the tailgate parties before
and afterward. As I told my daughter, Katya, I
don't appreciate football but I love "the stuff
in the middle..." She said, "Mother! It's 'half-
time'! Don't EVER say that in front of intelligent
people!" OK. And that halftime extravaganza was
superb, bring tears to the eyes of some crusty
gridiron fans as it saluted King Kamehameha I,
Duke Kahanamoku, Alfred Apaka, John A. Burns and
Hawaii's deceased astronaut, Ellison Onizuka.
University of Hawaii's beloved football coach,
Dick Tomey gave an emotional and tearful farewell
speech at UH, having accepted the contract to
coach the Arizona Wildcats.
Enjoyed having a delightful string quartet from
the Honolulu Symphony playing one afternoon in
my bedroom (music, that is) (the best location,
with the 20 guests spread around the bedroom and
living room). This was arrangeable through a se-
cret donor's $10,000 gift to provide the musicians
a chance to be heard and compensated during their
Lois DeLaMater Bates, Honolulu, wearing
a 45-year-old Pollera made for her Car-
naval queen of Canal Zone in 1940
At the last art exhibit of the "Roving Rem-
brandts" in Honolulu, Margaret (Sullivan) DtMil-
lan's oil paintings were outstanding (wish I owned
one). Margaret described a minireunion last year
of the three Sullivan sisters in Denver (with
Eleanor Wainstein and Nancy Schorsch at Elly's
daughter Ann's wedding, where Margaret met with
Dot (Kalar) Kennedy). A recent TV special featured
Margaret's daughter Kathy, highlighting her flying
and flying instruction on gliders. Kathy also
works for Hawaiian Airlines in Honolulu.
Now residing in this apartment house in Waikiki
is an intriguing and gracious lady whom I've known
quite a while, who lived in the Canal Zone about
ten years (from 1940): Liz Taylor (not "the" Liz).
She worked for the Panama Division of Corps of
Engineers and while there married Harvey Bledsoe
(of Motion Picture Service). She says she won lots
of bowling championship trophies and so thoroughly
enjoyed the tropical living there that she later
chose Hawaii as the most similar utopia in which
My daughter Katya DelaMatier is office manager
for an exclusive realtor here in Honolulu and
lives atop Wilhelmina Rise (will she?) with her
loveable Samoyed (a dog, you know). Son Paul en-
joys one of the management positions at the popu-
lar Honolulu (athletic and social) Club. He and
Becky have a nice home in the cool Manoa suburb
where they often put the fireplace to good use.
There has been no answer to my calls to Vir-
ginia (Ridge) Dolim for news about her and Henry.
Just had a call from Ruth (Clarke) Little, who
lived in Cristobal from about 1940 to 1950 and has
lived in Honolulu for about 26 years. Her husband,
Hi Little, was an Air Force general officer and
later a United Air Lines captain, died eight years
Ruth is joining the Panama Canal Society of
Florida and hopes to attend the next reunion.
She will be taking a cruise in May to China on
the Royal Vikig.
Saludos and Aloha,
Lois DeLaater Bates
Warmest greetings from cold Kentucky. I hope
everyone enjoyed a safe and happy holiday season.
Fmma Williams sent me a lovely Christmas card
from Louisville. Nice to hear from you, Emma. Also
from Louisville, Donma Stuebe writes that she and
her sister toured Kentucky this past summer and
had a marvelous time.
Received a nice long letter from Walter Alves
in Henderson. He was in Cincinnati in November
to attend the funeral of his uncle, a very fine
man of ninety-seven. My deepest sympathy to you
and your family, Walter. Even though they were
so close to our home they couldn't visit because
of a planned trip to Houston. Next time, I hope.
Barbara's daughter lives in Houston and her little
girl was one year old on November 29; in addition
to the birthday celebration, the family enjoyed
a pleasant Thanksgiving together. They returned
home to ideal weather on December 10. Barbara had
all the family there for Christmas dinner, except
Bill, Susan and their two sons who had visited
earlier in November. Deer season was good but
since Walter doesn't eat venison, he didn't kill
one. He and two others plan to hunt pronghorns
in Wyoming next fall, and he would like to hunt
some black bear again before he gets too old to
The season started before Thanksgiving for
Bertha Hayes in Lexington. Granddaughter Janet
arrived to spend the holiday weekend. Janet is
a third year student at St. John's College in
Annapolis, MD. In addition to shopping, sightsee-
ing, etc., they attended a play, "A TALENT FOR
MURDER", in which son Bill had a lead part. It
was the first time Janet had seen Bill on stage.
At the performance that night was an old college
friend of Bill's, Jim Varney, of the 'You know
what I mean' commercials. Janet also attended the
cast party which was a new and interesting exper-
ience. Christmas was saddened by the sudden death
of Gardner's brother Troy, in St. Petersburg. He
was a past president of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida. Just before Christmas Gardner's niece
Mary (Sid's daughter) and husband from North Caro-
lina stopped for a weekend visit on their way to
Chicago. They are very active in white water
sports and are presently conducting exercises in
Chile. Gardner's brother Sid (St.Pete) and wife
Bea spent two weeks in Corpus Cristi with daughter
Tina and family during the Christmas season. They
took a side trip to San Antonio for a weekend vis-
it with Col. John D. Hayes and his family. All
enjoyed the River City, the Alamo, and the many
interesting sights and places.
The Rood Christmas was very eventful. Daughter
Karen Ramsey and granddaughter Lisa arrived Decem-
ber 6 for a three week stay. her family is again
relocating. This time to Charleston, S.C. Just
last year they moved to Augusta, GA. Two days be-
fore Christmas Karen's husband Hugh flew in to
surprise everyone. Kenny spent as much time with
us as his schedule would allow. I really enjoyed
my granddaughter this year as I have learned to
speak two year old language. Our cockatiel, Jasper
had no trouble understanding her and answered her
back. Christmas day brought back lots of memories.
I had forgotten how much fun Santa Claus can be
and I was less of a scrooge than usual. Kenny will
graduate from Louisville School of Medicine in
may and we hope to gather the whole family for
the big event. He has applied to several hospitals
for residency but won't know until March where
has been accepted. I hope it will be close to us
as I plan to get lots of free medical advice. Ken
retired December 31 from FAA after 38-plus years
of government service. So far he has lots to keep
him busy and he needs to loose 10 pounds. The
scottie, Max needs to lose 5 so they do a lot of
walking around our lovely neighborhood. I suggest-
ed they jog, but Ken insists the dog's short legs
will get too tired. WE in Kentucky are looking
forward to spring. Best wishes to you all!
Christmas brought annual greetings and messages
from lots of old Zonian friends. Rolf and Joan
Poell Arndt, Perrysburg, Ohio, have been in their
new home since October following Rolf's transfer.
Joan enjoys being a "house potato" for a change.
Before Christmas she and her daughter Diana spent
a week in Los Angeles with Celeste.
Did you notice there were no Balboa Union
Church Auxiliary calendars this year? How many
years did we enjoy them? Their disappearance
occurred without explanation, but our word is that
charges for color reproduction drove the retail
price higher than the auxiliary was comfortable
with. An effort by interested parties will be made
to re-establish this fine tradition later this
Eleanor Bogart, Crofton, Md. spent two Septem-
ber weeks in Oxford with the Smithsonian Asso-
ciates. Her son, Ted and family, came up from
Hattiesburg, Miss. for Christmas. Eleanor was glad
to have a houseful for a change. Teddy, her grand-
son, and Trang had a fabulous wedding in May, both
are in the computer field. Eleanor says a friend
went through the Canal recently and claims things
looked well cared for.
Henry Cruz, Edmonds, Wash., is looking forward
to the BHS'52 get-together at the upcoming re-
union. Take your vitamins, Henry, all the girls
are lining up for a spin around the dance floor
with the Best Dancer in the class. Sam will be
doing some MCing for the get-together and will
surely want to note the birth of Henry's first
grandchild, Michael, born to his daughter, Kathy.
"Diggers" was aired on PBS here July 30. This
feature-length documentary film tells the story of
the heroic West Indian laborers who worked on the
Canal. About one-third of them died from dynamite
explosions, landslides, malaria and yellow fever
during the 33-year construction period. This film
incorporates historic photos, archival footage and
interviews with surviving diggers. Both grand-
fathers of producer-director Roman J. Foster were
diggers. John Bosuell of Hattiesburg, Miss. taped
the program for this reporter.
Kathleen and John Gogh, Marrero, and his son,
Bill enjoyed a december visit from Thons E.
Stoakley, BHS'66, former CZ police officer and now
a supervisor with Customs and Immigration. His
Thomas E. Stoakley (BHS '66) and William
E. Gough III (BHS '67).
father, Elmer, retired some years ago from the
Locks Division, and his late mother, Laura, was a
Postal Division window clerk. Tom and Bill enjoyed
trading Bajun jokes and anecdotes over dinner,
then all spent hours viewing color slides and
early 8 x 10 photographs of Panama and the Canal
Zone. Grandson John R. Gough III (CHS) has joined
the California National Guard and coaches a junior
high school football team in his spare time. Over
Christmas he heard from ex-schoolmate Nick Rey-
nolds of Austin, Texas, while the Goughs enjoyed
notes and cards from many ex-Zonians. From his
endless reserve of CZ goodies, John graciously
enclosed a copy of some of his own poetry titled
"The Albrecht Touch" and a book of poems written
and illustrated by Madge Lock titled "The Trail of
a Tropical Tramp," published before 1939 and ded-
icated to Aloha and Eileen, selling for 30 cents.
John is seeking more information about Madge Locke
and may be interested to know, coincidentally,
that this reporter took dancing lessons at the
Balboa YMCA from a flamboyant redhead of the same
name in the early '40s. Anyone with more info,
please contact John.
Gene Gregg in Mandeville reports that the Loui-
siana winter weather has everyone down, including
him. Bob Coulthard, now living in Albuquerque,
stopped by on his way to an Alabama deer hunt with
his son. Gene hopes Bob gets that deer and drops
off a bite of venison on his way back. Gene and
Marian plan to jump to a Copa beat at the Florida
Carnavalito in February. Daughter Laura, teaching
in Balboa, toured Costa Rica over Christmas vaca-
tion. Gail and Bob up in Massachusetts claim to be
enjoying the cold weather. Helen graduates from
LSU in May and Gene hits it in September. Gene en-
joys babysitting the Brown brood in Slaughter when
ever he can namely grandchildren Carlye, 7;
Rayne, 6; Hayley, 3; and Harrison, 2. Their par-
ents, Dr. Clayton and Lynn Gregg Brown, are plan-
ning to join friends for a 10-day trip to Panama
Shirley Hicks out in Lawton, Okla., has now
completed her first full year of professional em-
ployment. In February she began serving as organ-
ist-choirmaster for a small professional church.
In May she finished a second Master of Music
degree at Florida State U., then visited Jeannine
and the boys, David, 5, and Patrick, 3, and Beth
and Jenny. Lois finished her junior year at Inter-
lochen Arts Academy in May and thinks she may at-
tend North Texas State U., Denton, next year. In
August, Shirley, her mother and Lois drove to Iowa
to see Susan, Ron and especially Tina Marie, Shir-
ley's fourth grandchild.
A card at Christmas from Kay and Roger Howe,
Titusville, Fla., was welcomed. A quarterly re-
minder letter to Gary S. LHtchison in Ruston, La.,
was returned rather than forwarded to their new
address in Hurst, Texas, and one to Michael Keim
in Alexandria, La., was returned marked "Unde-
liverable as addressed, forwarding order expired."
Anne (Rusty Stapler) LoFranco, Staten Island,
is cranking up big excitement for the BHS get-to-
gether in July. She's an administrative nurse for
New York City under its Home Care Program and this
will be her first reunion.
Ray and Helen Eduards Magan in Pueblo, Colo.
thought they would have more time after Ray re-
tired, but find they have less than before. They
did manage an October trip to Philadelphia and
Helen plans to attend the BHS get-together in
Larry Mahler and family in Fairfax, Va., drop-
ped an old motorcycle buddy a thoughtful note at
From Sun City, Ariz., Helen Munson writes that
she helped her sister and brother-in-law celebrate
their 50th anniversary in Wisconsin. Helen spent
the holidays in California with daughter, Helen
Frances and her family.
Neiman-Marcus in Dallas carries mola cosmetic
bags from the Laurice Keyloun collection, handmade
by Cuna Indians on the San Bias Islands. Colors
and designs vary, though all are a butterfly mo-
tif. Neiman-Marcus will select a one-of-a-kind bag
for you, each about 5 x 6", for $22.75.
Again, Janine Amn Neman's reminder letter was
returned, "No such apartment number." Help, any-
Diablo next-door neighbors, Vera and Lewis
Phillips, Selma, Ala., sent a thoughtful and ap-
prteciated card and note at Christmas. Lewis now
walks with the aid of a cane following surgery.
All the children were home for Christmas, except
Ken. He will be in Korea until March.
According to the Rev. Fred aybourn, Austin,
Texas, the BHS'52 Class will have the fanciest
souvenir name cards ever for the July reunion.
He's getting favorable reaction to all formats
he's designed, featuring class pictures from the
yearbook. Meanwhile, class secretary Virginia
Selby Entrekin has sent out a second newsletter
with information on Society membership, hotel res-
ervations and request for information to be in-
cluded in a Zonian yearbook update. Let her know
if you didn't receive a copy. (See Announcements).
"Ding" Stich, New Orleans, visited her daughter
Anm Barnes, son-in-law Rusty, and granddaughter
Kathryn Marie, 13, and Natalie Am, 4, in March on
Singer Island, Fla., which is near West Palm
Beach. Everyone was delighted over the December 3
arrival of John Russell. He is the first boy in
three generations on Ding's side of the family,
and she says it was love at first sight.
A very sad note was received from Sylvia Ston-
icher, Metaire, with the news of the death of her
father, Richard Dinkgreve (see 'With Deep Sorrow"
section). Having lived with Sylvia and family for
19 years, he is sorely missed. Sylvia writes that
he went into the hospital and was in intensive
care for 21 days. Please know our prayers are with
you and the family, Sylvia.
Gret and Bill Warren, New Port Richey, Fla.
spent Christmas in New Orleans with son, IDae. We
were delighted they were able to drive up to visit
us and see the new dome home. They also brought
marvelous gifts; souvenir PC Society glasses and
a book titled The Paran Caral: an's MAvelZous
Achievenb, a book copyrighted in 1914, and was
written by J. Henry Mowbray and Col. George W.
Goethals. The book is described as a full account
of the conception and construction of the Canal.
After the holidays, the Warrens plan to visit
their way out West along the southern route and
spend time with daughter Kathryn and son-in-law
Jim. Then, hopefully, they will get together with
their RV group for a month's trip into the Mexican
Patt Foster Roberson
We had a lovely Christmas as all our three
children made it home.
Bob and I will be arriving in Panama sometime
early in February to visit my cousin, Melva M.
Fernandez. I was in Panama 8 years ago and Bob has
not been down for over 39 years, so he is in for
a big surprise. I am very active here showing
slides and wearing my pollera, so I would like to
take a lot more slides in order to present them to
different other organizations in Michigan. I have
a hard time convincing people that square trees do
Bob has never been any further than Rio Hato,
and I would like to drive further into the inte-
I had a lovely note from Todd Lipzinski who
lives in Grand Rapids. I have never met Todd or
his wife, Alice, so this summer I hope I can get
all the ex-Zonians together for a picnic at Lake
From Todd Lipzinski:
For Thanksgiving, my wife Alice and I went to
Stockton, California to visit my son, John and
family. He is the Project Engineer, building a new
We visited my cousins, Mrs. Raymond (Mabel) Kop-
erski of Danville, CA., formerly of Cristobal.
Also Olive (Koperski) Nicholson of Sarasota, CA.,
daughter of Leon Koperski, formerly of Balboa.
On an earlier trip to Denver, Colo., we visited
Nancy Koperski, daughter of Edmond Koperski, form-
erly of Balboa. After the Reunion in Tampa, we
visited Robert and (Marjean Metzger) Koperski at
their home in Avon Park, Fla.
From the last Canal Record, you mentioned
George Gibbs of Grand Rapids. I called and intro-
duced myself and we had a nice phone visit. I am
looking forward to meeting them at a later date.
At my next opportunity, I will give you a call
when I am in Muskegon.
Regards, Todd Lipzinski
Anita (Daniels) Asmussen
Robert R. Arnold, Columbus, has sent in his
distinguished record of masonic and fraternal act-
ivities. He was born in 1897 and went to the Canal
Zone in 1940 with a contract for 18 months of
electrical work on the proposed new locks. Living
quarters were scarce and it was about three months
before he could get his wife and two sons down.
After Pearl Harbor was bombed, the new locks pro-
ject was shelved and he was asked to join the reg-
ular work force. His 18-month contract was extend-
ed to 27 years. Following are some highlights from
his long and illustrious career.
During the war he worked for Civil Defense and
conducted Red Cross first-aid classes. Over the
years he received the Distinguished Service Medal
from the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in
1965, the Silver Beaver Award from the CZ Boy
Scout Council in 1951. He became a 320 Mason at
the Scottish Rite Temple, Balboa in 1952 and a 330
Mason at the Supreme Council, Washington, D.C. in
1969. He joined the American Legion in 1926 and
before he left, was awarded the Distinguished Cit-
izen Medal by the Nathaniel J. Post, Gatun. In
1975 he was commissioned a Lt. Col. Honorary, Aide
de Camp, Alabama State Militia by Governor George
Wallace. in 1977 he acted as president of the
Eastern Shore Chapter, AARP, Fairhope, Ala. He
served as commander of Barracks 3248, Veterans of
World War I in 1979. In 1980 he was governor of
the York Rite College, Mobile. In 1983 in Wheeling
West Virginia, he received the Order of the Purple
Cross from the York Rite College.
Six Past Masters of Sibert Lodge at the
celebration of the 250th anniversary of
the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Park
Plaza Hotel, Boston, 1983. Front row L-R
are Curtis George and Robert Arnold. The
others are unknown.
Catherine and John Boswell, Hattiesburg, enter-
tained friends from Milwaukee recently that in-
cluded a few days of sightseeing in New Orleans.
The Boswells would like help in locating their old
friends, Oscar and Millie Hokanson. They lived in
Gatun for many years and retired in the early '70s
to Palatka, Fla. through December 1983. Catherine
has contacted the only other Canal retiree member
in Palatka, Mrs. Norton, former BHS teacher, who
kindly replied that she didn't know the Hokansons
in either the Zone or Palatka. The Boswells would
appreciate hearing from anyone who knows where
they or any of their children, Judith, Leonard or
Richard may be located.
The Ice Capades presented "Hooray for Ice!" in
Baton Rouge recently much to the delight of this
reporter as a guest of the Smiths of Osyaka.
Gerda, herself an experienced skater, added in-
teresting tidbits about the jumps, turns and fig-
ures as they were executed. It's a razzle-dazzle
family show incorporating the latest in laser
lighting and well worth seeing. In December the
Smiths were in Pennsylvania and Maryland visiting
Owen's mother, and Gerda's daughter, Karen and her
four children. Gerda and Owen spent five late-sum-
mer days on the beach at Bradenton housesitting
for Gerda's mom who was vacationing in Germany.
Then they popped in on Owen's daughter Carol, son-
in-law Norman, and children Toby and Kyle in Palm
Harbor. It's nice having half of Owen's family in
the states. Russ, Sheila and Jessica may be coming
shortly, says Gerda. Owen is busy planning the
spring garden and Gerda crochets and oil paints in
her spare time.
Jeuell Carrnright, Jackson, sent a Christmas
card with a note about her continued active par-
ticipation in church work. Over the holidays she
enjoyed caroling and seeing all the Christmas
lights with a group on the church bus.
Elena and Leavell Kelly, Hattiesburg, enjoyed
a quick tour of the dome house on a recent trip
through town. Both daughters, Carol and Janet,
with their families were in Hattiesburg for the
Kneeling is Ted Starkey. Middle row L-R
is Georgia Smith Sumrall and Ellen Clute
Starkey. Rear from L: Jinmy Sumrall,
Andrea Terrell Oliver and Paul Oliver.
Georgia Sumrall, Moss Point, sent a recent
photo of some Zonians living it up in the New
Orleans French Quarter. Doing the tourist scene
were Paul and Andrea Terrell Oliver, Ted and Ellen
Clute Starkey, and Jinmy and Georgia Smith Su-
rall. Andrea heard from the parents of Marion
Snith of Kansas City. Mrs. Smith (nee Peggy Bron)
has a brother, Ted Broun, in Pascagoula, which is
four miles from Georgia's office in Moss Point.
Sounds like another mini-reunion is in the works.
Patt Foster Roberson
The New Mexico Panama Canal Society is having
its second annual picnic May 2, Saturday. The pic-
nic will be held at Coronado Park, which is just
west of Bernalillo on NM 44. Bring horse shoes,
croquet sets, and fishing rods. The Rio Grande
River runs by this picnic area and a nice fishing
place has been developed. The canp ground is re-
served from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. For information,
call or write Virginia and Russel Hellnund, 4803
Delores Hidalgo, Rio Rancho, N.M. 87124, or call
Wendell Greene is back at Carolina Village af-
ter being hospitalized with a broken hip. We are
happy to report that he is recuperating very nice-
Betty Bentz spent Christmas in Connecticut with
her son, Alan and his family.
Betty and Bill Dunning have had several visi-
tors from Panama. Jack Hunt was here, Melanie
(Trim) Bales spent a few days with them as did
Cynthia Stahl. Betty and Bill went to Atlanta in
November to see, hear and enjoy "Lucho in Atlan-
ta". They spend Christmas in Tanpa with their fam-
Dr.Frank Smith and his wife, Doris, went to
Panama in January and will spend the rest of the
Jack Dombrowsky's brother, Alan, and his wife
Susan, from Miami Shores spent a week with Jean
and Jack in November.
Linnea and Ron Angenmuller had their son, larry
and his wife, Liz, from Norfolk, VA., with them
for two weeks over Thanksgiving. Linnea and Ron
went to Florida for Christmas and on their way
home stopped to see Mildred Gray in Atlanta.
Capt. Sam Irvin came home in the middle of Jan-
uary after being at sea for several months. Sam
was Captain of a ship doing hydrographic research
for the government. Norma flew to Honolulu in late
October to spend a week with him while he was in
port between trips.
Elizabeth (Irvin) Quintero had her niece,
Amanda Tanner, from Tallahassee, with her for a
week at Christmas.
Ruth Zelnick flew to Simsbury, Conn., to spend
Thanksgiving with her daughter, Carol, and her
family. She later drove to Little Rock, Ark., for
Christmas with Paul and his family and then on
to Tulsa, Okla., to be with John and family.
Carmen and Charlie kHoe spent two weeks in Boca
Raton in January with Jo and Lloyd Kent. They also
visited their son Bill and family in Ocala.
From "Peanut" Howe: "My family and I were in
Panama for Christmas and spent three weeks with
Llori (Kent) and Jay Gibson in Gamboa. While we
were there, we had an old Gamboa volleyball game
at Marilyn Wruck's house and a BBQ afterwards at
Cindy Morrotta's. We did a lot of skiing, tubing
and knee-boarding by Governor's Island. Christmas
was great with Llori having the traditional 12'
tree and lots of lights. It was spent with Llori
and Jay, Bobby and Priscilla Dunn and Jackie and
Bobby Fearon. I also got together with good old
friends, Patricia Gonzalez and Islay Lamberty.
Tears were shed by everyone thinking of how
it was when the Canal Zone was still our pride
Capt. and Mrs. 1homas W. McGraw of Clarkton,
N.C. had as their guests for Thanksgiving, Mr.
and Mrs. Rosco Collins (Bob and Marie) from Clear-
Alice H. Roche
News came from all over Washington, Oregon and
elsewhere, which I will share with you.
James and Lera Walker of Bellingham spent
Thanksgiving with their daughter Ginger Graham
in McMinnville, OR. Ginger had included a Panaman-
ian exchange college student for dinner. For
Christmas, the Grahams joined their parents and
sister in Bellingham. All had a good time and are
enjoying good health.
Roland and Isabelle Stenmer, (Mukilteo) had
visitors from Germany and Milwaukee. They showed
their guests our beautiful Northwest and EXPO.
Bev and Floyd (Federal Way), held their sixth
annual Zonian Christmas party at their home. First
time guests were Lincoln and Lori (Allen) Gayagus,
(Discovered stationed at Fort Lewis); Mark Parker,
traveling through; Steve and Katie Wingenback and
Jan I claughlin. Others in attendance were Tom and
Marilyn Marsh; lee and Kathy Snider with sons Tom
and wife Evelyn, Jim and friend Stefanie Nellis;
Phil and Welcia Wilkins with son Mathew and daugh-
ter Leslie, with soon to be husband Russ Shorten;
Don and Sandi Seymour; John and Michelle Bundy;
John and Garnett Mclaughlin with son Brian and
wife; Dale and Bonnie Fontaine and daughter Kim;
Jim and Sherry Hansen; Bill and Marty Lohr; Del
and Donna Bunnell and daughter Cheryl; Roy and
Mary Ellen Knoop and daughter Melissa; Steve
Herring; Mike Bjorneby; Paul and Beth Baker.
Sharon and Bill Pybas (Gig Harbor) purchased
a trailer for camping in 1987 and looking forward
to their first trip. Their children Matt (7 years)
is in the first grade while Kellie (4 years) is
in preschool twice a week and loves every minute.
James and Alice (Stetler) Nolan (East Wenat-
chee), found names of friends of former Zone days
in the Record Roster, and are now enjoying renew-
ing those friendships.
Dorcas and George Cooper (Chelan), enjoyed the
visits of their sons, Richard and David and their
families. Dorcas joined the Rebekah's and becoming
active in the orean*za'io-. I- Sette'-ber, the
C-op-rs headed toward Texas to visit family and
Dorcas' 91 year old Mother. Enroute they stopped
in Hays, Kansas to visit Bill Bush and family (ex-
military Zonian). Homeward bound they stopped to
visit and have dinner with Dan Holcomb's in Hil-
Jesse and Lucille Bunker (Vancouver), are vis-
iting their daughter Jackie Knowlton and family
in Atascadero, CA. Lucille's Mother, Lois Hamilton
enjoyed touring the East in the Fall for the
coloring of the leaves (Nature).
Ann Laura Johnson (Vancouver), has been "Snow
Dancing", but so far it hasn't done any good -
rain and sunshine is all that is coming down. Des-
pite some of our friends who will be angry, "Snow
Dancing" will continue by Ann Laura and myself.
Marilyn and Tom Marsh (Oregon City, Or.), en-
joyed a full summer and fall. Their visitors were
Barbara Clark; Jim and Grace Pfau; Annie and
Topper Boggs; Valera Sparks; Hazel, Howard and
Mark Richards. In October, Tom and Marilyn headed
south to California. They picked up their grand-
daughter Heidi, and took in Disneyland. Homeward
bound they traveled through the Redwoods with
Marjean and Bob Koperski. Settling down for the
winter, both are preparing for their installation
as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of Pioneer
"ha-ter #28 OES in Oregon City, OR in July 1987.
Dora and David M llhenny (Green Valley, Ariz),
David has been housebound for some time recupera-
ting from a cataract and lens transplant operation
and other illnesses. Dora has kept busy with her
gardening and trying to outwit the cottontails
that munch away on her efforts. They attended one
of the Arizona Zonian luncheons and enjoyed it
very much, hoping to attend the next.
Dorothy (Knox) Thornton (Almogordo, N.M.) keeps
active with Bridge and bus trips to the Grand Can-
yon and other interesting stops.
Maxine and Earl Wrenn (Springdale, Ark.). Earl
has battled a skin disease since last February.
In the month of October and after umpteen doctors
and tests, Dr. Chris Wrenn found a Doctor in Dal-
las who knew what it was and how to treat it.
Since it had a head start in making life for Earl
miserable, it will take equally as long to get rid
of it. In August, the Scarboroughs and Wrenns took
in EXPO via Saskatchewan Province, Victoria, BC.
Earl and Bill caught fresh salmon, now canned and
in their pantry's.
Gladys and Harry Hatch (Lillian, Ala.) traveled
to Australia, New Zealand, Colorado and other
areas of U.S. and A. They went to an Elderhostel
and took a course in Conputers. After returning
home they bought a computer and now are enjoying
it. Their highlight for the year came in June,
when they had the pleasure of meeting their first
grandchild a little girl.
Ourtis and Alberta George (Fairhope, Ala.)
drove to South Dakota to be with daughter Helen
and her family before they moved to London, Eng-
Dr. Ira and Dorothy (Godfrey) Brandt, (Indian-
apolis, Ind.) Their youngest daughter, Rena, was
married in August, and to make it a very special
occasion, their four children were all at home
for the first time in 14 years.
Lucille Davis (Titusville, FL) enjoyed her
daughters, Karen and Roger Schofield, (Saudi Ara-
bia), and Bonnie Dolan with all the grandchildren
who spend 10 days in Key West swimming and catch-
ing lobster for daily feasts.
Kibby and Jean Bouche (Englewood, FL). Their
son moved from Sacramento, CA to Clearwater, FL
last October, making Christmas so much better for
Make a note on your Calendars for the 1987
Northwest Picnic Reunion of ex-Zoners, which will
take place August 1, 1987, Saturday at MILLERSYL-
VANIA STATE PARK, located 12 miles south of Olym-
pia, Washington. Our hosts for this event are
Floyd and Beverly Baker. To make it convenient
for our hosts, send them a self-addressed stamped
long envelope, and they will send out the neces-
sary information in time for you to attend our
N.W. Panama Canal Reunion. Hope to see you all
Martha B. Wood
John and Mary (Morland) Coffey had their son,
Patrick Coffey, visiting them in Panama for the
Christmas holidays, having just graduated from
Texas A5M. Also visiting was Patrick's friend,
Paul Williams, son of Bev and Buddy Williams. Paul
is an electrical engineer with Rosser White in At-
lanta, Ga. Also visiting for the second time was
Patrick's former Texas A&M roommate, Matthew,
Brown. Danny Coffey is studying towards his elec-
trical engineering degree in Community College of
Southern Florida in Avon Park. He is also working
as a manager at Lake Placid Country Club. Michael
and Sbauw Coffey live in Tallahassee, Florida
where Michael is employed as Distrct Manager at
Curtis-Mathis. They are expecting their first
child in May.
James and Diane (Stevenson) Bradley had his
another, Helen Kat from Dunedin, Fla. visiting them
in Panama for the Christmas season. Also down for
the holidays were their sons, Jimmy and Michael
Bradley. Michael is studying business law at Flor-
ida State in Tallahassee. Jimny is a mate working c>
on the tuna boat, Anta2ia C out of San Diego, Ca.
He will return to school at Embry Riddle in Day-
tona Beach, Fla. to study aeronautics in Septem-
Ed Anmbruster said General Hospital soap stars
Chris Robinson (Dr. Webber) and Jackie Zeman (Bob-
bie Spencer Brock) will be visiting Panama for
carnival starting February 25. They will be in the
carnival parade. Chris will stay a couple of weeks
and Jackie only one week, unless they can talk her
into staying longer. Chris is now off the show in
the States. Ed said that so many of his 'friends'
are coming out of the woodwork wanting to see the
Lois (Stevens) Paredes, husband Fernando and
her son, Kieth Jordan, had visits in Panama from
Lois' other two sons during the holiday season.
Shaun Jordan, whi is in the Air Force stationed at
Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, New Mexico, came for
a two-week visit. He just served 2 years in Ger-
many. Hubert Jordan II came for one week with his
girlfriend, Kim, from Ft. Lauderdale. Hubert works
at Super Lube and goes to school nights at Talla-
hassee Community College where he is studying
Roy and 'Trila (Darden) Wilson and son Wade,
(2 years old) visited Roy's sister Ellen (Wilson)
Anderson and her husband, Gary, in Panama from
January 4 through 17. Roy and Twila live in Talla-
hassee. They enjoyed seeing old friends, going to
Coronado Beach and have many fine memories here.
Ellen's daughter, Christine Mallia, also had a
great visit here from December 12 through January
5. She is a student at the University of South
Florida in Tanpa.
For two consecutive years, the Panama Canal
Commission has sponsored a Christmas party for the
children of the Nuevo Caimitillo and Victoriano
Lorenzo schools located near Lake Madden. Millie
(Dominguez) Marquez, Transportation Branch insti-
gated, coordinated and was the backbone for plan-
ning these parties. Thanks to the generosity and
hard work of Commission employees, PCC was able to
sponsor 53 children from IPHE at their Christmas
party. Clown Nicholas L. Unger, Storehouse Divi-
sion, was great with the children as well as louis
(Louie) Reyes (who now works for the military) who
played Santa Claus. Also donated were a stove,
swing set, sanitary facilities and construction
materials to upgrade the Caimitillo School.
Millie (Dominguez) Marquez and Santa,
Louie Reyes at the PCC-sponsored Xmas
party for Caimitillo and Victoriano Lor-
Carl and Blanche (Adler) Brwne visited Phyllis
and Chris Gunderson in Tallahassee for a week
during the Christmas holidays. They came down to
Panama on January 4 and stayed until the end of
the month. They visited her son, Grover Matheney
and wife, Freddie Amn, who live in El Cangrejo, as
well as her daughter, Ellen (Matheney) Major and
her husband, Landis, of Paitilla. Carl retired
from the E&C Bureau as the Deputy Engineer in 1978
and they now live in Columbia, S.C.
Well known artist, Al Sprague, has a show
coming up at Lyford Cay in the Bahamas in March
1987. Bill Boyd (of Boyd Brothers) introduced Al
and set up this show.
Ella (Carter) Gercho, BHS class of '61, had
both of her sons, Gene and Jimmy Burch visit her
for the Christmas holidays. Gene is studying mark-
eting at Santa Fe College in Gainsville, Florida.
Jimny is a cadet at King's Point and in his second
year. He was on a merchant ship as part of the
crew for the last six months sailing around the
world. His ship transited the Canal and Jimmy
stopped off here to visit his mom and brother.
He picked up some exotic gifts during his travels
for his nmn, which included a Samurai warrior
sword and hari-kiri sword from Japan, stuffed mon-
goose from Indonesia, Egyptian paintings and a
calendar on papyrus paper, and traded a Swiss Army
knife for a Masai warrior in Africa. He said Sing-
apore was like a giant shopping mall and he went
on 2 safaris while in Africa.
EZla (Carter) Gerchow and her sons,
Jimmy (left) and Gene Burch.
John E. Schnidt, Jr. visited his brother, Dotg
and Sharon Schidt in Panama over the holidays.
John, a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant,
lives and works in Tallahassee where he teaches
Air Force ROTC at Leon High School.
My husband, Pete Lang and I, (Mary Lou Dailey
Lang) have had a lot of visitors from the States
recently. Our daughter, Shannon (McPherson)
Fletcher and her husband Austin Fletcher, came
down to visit for a week in September. It was the
busiest week ever with trips to El Valle, Coronado
Santa Clara, San Bias and Contadora. Then Peter's
twin brother, Bill Lang, from Oregon, came down
for two weeks in October. Then a 17-day visit from
Mary Lou's parents, Charlotte (Wahl) and Earl
Dailey of St. Petersburg, Fla. in October, with a
side trip to El Volcin where we saw Mrs. Bruna
Butz just before she passed away. Two days later,
Pete's mom, Mina (Adams) Dee, flew in from Sara-
sota for a two-week visit.
On December 13, Pete and Mary Lou flew to St.
Petersburg for a 3-week vacation for the holidays
to visit all of the family above (except Bill),
their daughter, Patti McPherson, Mary Lou's grand-
mother, Lydia (Mbrse) Shannon, and Mary Lou's
brother, Bob Dailey, wife Jessie and three of
their six children. Pete even played Santa Claus
for his 6-year old niece, Nikki aIiley.
Daughter Patti McPherson received her Bachelors
Degree in Speech Language Pathology in December,
1985 and had one semester towards her Masters De-
gree. She then completed travel school and now
works at GoGo Tours in Tanpa, Fla.
Betty (Fears) and larry Goldstein opened up the
Lemon Tree Gift Shop (which was in Albrook) which
sells international gifts from the four corners of
the world. It is now located at the Elks Club in
Balboa. Mike, their eldest son, is in his second
year of college. Son Mark is a sophomore at Balboa
High School. Betty is a 1956 graduate of Cristobal
High School and is the daughter of Charlie Fears.
The Cicero family. Craig and Stephanie
Cicero with their children, Joanna,
Matthew and Heather.
Marcia and Joe Cicero of La Boca spent 2 weeks
during the holiday season with their son, Craig,
daughter-in-law Stephanie Cicero and grandchildren
Joanna, Heather and Matthew. They had a great time
in Port Saint Lucie, Fla. where Craig and his
family moved from Texas.
The Nickisher family had four generations to-
gether at Christmastime in Panama: William J.
Niddsher, Jr. (Will) and Sally (Harrold) Nick-
isher, Will's father William J. Nickisher, Sr.,
sons, Tcwny and John Nickisher, daughters Lori and
Comie Niddsher, daughter Lee (Nickisher) and
Keny Gaul with their baby, Nicole Lym Nickisher
from Pembroke Pines, Fla. Tommy is going to the
University of South Florida in Tanpa and John and
Lori are going to Pan Canal College.
In front of "H. Sterns" Jewelry Store in
Rio de Janiero, Brazil are: Davis and
June (Rowley) Stevenson, Vicki (Hutch-
ison) and Bob Boukalis, Skip Rowley, and
Cheryl (Peterson) and Bob Russell. (Nov.
'86) Foto by Beverly (Shircliffe) Rowley
On October 31, Bob and Vidd Boukalis, Dave and
June Stevenson, Skip and Beverly Rowley and Bob
and Cberyl Russell flew from Panama to South
America for a 3-week vacation. After a 6-hour
flight they arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Yes, Inpanema and Copacabana Beaches, Sugar Loaf
Mountain, the Redeemer statue overlooking the
city, H. Sterns the famous jewelry store/factory
etc. were high on their itinerary. They stayed 3
nights at the Rio Othon Palace Hotel on Copacabana
Beach which gave them a bird's eye view of the
girls in their string (dental floss) bikini bath-
Their next stop was for a week's visit in Asun-
ci6n, Paraguay, where the Stevensons had lived
many years ago. Their Paraguayan friend, Acero
Zuccolillio, met the group and gave them the VIP
treatment. Most unique was a 3-day stay at his
fishing canp in Ayolas (on the Argentine border)
where each couple was assigned a boat and guide.
The catch consisted of beautiful El Dorados, Man-
gojus (catfish), Surubis, Salmon and Pacu. The
Boukalis boat ste the record with a 48 lb. Dorado.
By the way, the river they were fishing on was
full of Piranas.
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Bob and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis with
their prize "El Dorado" that weighed 48
pounds. Caught in the Parana River in
Ayolas, Paraguay, on border of Argentina
An avid bird-watcher, Bev Rowley and the group
went out on the Grand Chaco spotting birds native
to South America. Next, the group visited the
Iguacu Falls which border Argentina, Brazil and
Paraguay and makes Niagara Falls look small. They
also saw the Itaipu Dam project which will be the
largest dam in the world when completed. An un-
expected treat was meeting Mike Farrell, who plays
B.J. Hunnicutt in M*A*S*H in the hotel lobby in
Asunci6n. Of course the girls had their picture
taken with him!
Mike Farrell "B.J. Hunnicutt" in the TV
series 'MASH stands between Vicki
Hutchison) Boukalis, June (Rowley) Ste-
venson, Cheryl (Peterson) Russell and
Beverly (Shircliffe) Rowley in the lobby
of the Guarani Hotel in Asuncion, Para-
guay. (November 1986).
As the rest of the group traveled south to Mon-
tevideo, Uruguay for three days, Cheryl Russel
headed north to La Paz, Bolivia in route back to
Panama to return to work. While in Montevideo they
visited with Captain and Mrs. John Thurber, form-
er Marine Director with the PCC, and took in
Beverly and Skip Rowley in Bariloche,
Argentina, November '86. (Snow capped
mountains in background).
They then flew to Buenos Aires, Argentina which
is considered to be the Paris of South America.
Everyone enjoyed the countless parrillada restau-
rants which served enormous juicy grilled steaks
and spicy sausages smoked over wood fires, as well
as the terrific tango and gaucho shows. Their em-
panadas were delicious! Everyone bought suede
jackets except Vicki, who bought a brushed Nutria
fur. While in Argentina they flew to Bariloche,
which like Switzerland, is surrounded by snow-cap-
ped mountains and has buildings resembling Swiss
chalets, the aroma of chocolate from the specialty
shops and factories, beautiful evergreen firs,
bountiful golden colored shrubbery, blue lakes,
clear sky and 400 temperature. Bariloche is con-
sidered a major summer and winter resort area!
After almost a week in Argentina, they traveled
by boat across three glacial lakes and some bus
travel over the Andes to Puerto Montt, Chile. At
this point, they were only about 800 miles from
the most southern tip of South America, Cape Horn.
Their last stop was Santiago, Chile, which resem-
bles San Francisco, with its miles of vineyards,
abundance of seafood and magnificent coastal
scenery, fjords, lakes and snow-capped mountains.
After three wonderful days, they returned to
Panama, tired but happy, and recommend the trip to
everyone who likes to fish, shop, or just sight-
The El Panama Hotel is expected to be closed in
January 1987, hopefully temporarily. The hotel
will be on the 'auction block' for the fourth time
in March 1987. Other bids did not go through since
there was insufficient bidders and one bidder, a
UU.S. firm failed to make the required down-pay-
ment by the deadline. Banco Nacional has held the
deed to the hotel since last year and it is the
intent of the bank to keep it as a hotel, but that
is not a condition of the sale. There are many
fond memories at El Panama Hotel for lots of form-
er Canal Zone residents.
On the October Canal slide at East Cucaracha
Reach in Gaillard Cut, approximately 500,000 cubic
yards of rock and soil have been removed from the
Canal between mid-October and mid-December from
Canal and contractor dredges. Two contractors have
removed approximately 188,000 cubic yards of rock
and soil from the land beside the Canal between
November and January. In January, bids will be
open to contractors to start removing an addition-
al 1.2 million cubic yards rock and soil from the
land beside the Canal to stabilize the area and
prevent future slides, and is programmed for Feb-
ruary. Average daily transits decreased drama-
tically immediately after the slide, but was back
up to near normal levels in November and pre-slide
normal levels on Christmas Day. These statistics
were given out by PCC official Doug Schnidt,
Marine Bureau, and Mike Drennan, E&C Bureau in
Tyrone Erickson, marine traffic watch
supervisor; Senior Canal Port Captain
Michael Fanning; and Capt. Louis Pas-
cavage, acting assistant marine director
for operations, go over the day's trans-
it schedule. Careful and efficient plan-
ning by marine traffic controllers and
other Marine Bureau officials has been
a key factor in reducing the backlog.
The Panama Canal Spillway, 12/5/86.
Personnel Director Ronald L. Seeley,
left, shares some of the enjoyable mem-
ories of his career with Panama Canal
Commission Administrator D.'P.' McAuliffe,
right, and Deputy Administrator Fernando
Manfredo, Jr. Seeley was presented with
an award last week in recognition of his
30 years of service. Photo by Arthur
Pollack. Panama Canal Spillway, 12/5/86.
Mary LOu (Dailey) Lang
011 (507) 52-5800
Someone, Gayle Rankin, I think, said "Atlantic
siders do more before breakfast than most people
do in an entire day." Our small numbers mean that
for activities to survive, nearly everyone in in-
volved in everything.
As it turns out, Jerry and Reidunn Petroni and
family are not leaving Gatun for employment in
Florida. Chagres champagne will hold them here
for a few more years, giving son, Eric, some more
Panama surf time, not to mention a couple of years
at Panama Canal College. He'll be in good company
with some other Atlantic siders at PCC, namely
Lucho Ortiz, Lisa Palumbo, Jennifer Matthews,
Brian and Dirk Smith, Maurice and David Cohen,
Stacy Patton, Alan and Tan Eckel, Brian Boggs,
and Mike Bjorneby.
Other recent Cristobal High School grads are
doing other things. Bob Truible will enter the
US Army in February. Tracy Kraener will marry
fiance Jeff Oliver on August 8, 1987 in Waco,
Texas, and Dylan DmEpsey, who spent Christmas on
the Isthmus with his father, David Denpsey, is
attending Averett College in Danville, Virginia.
Dylan's mom, Glenda (Dempsey) Kochel, lives
with new hubby, Capt. Mike Kochel in Washington
DC along with sister Stephanie. All are looking
forward to a new addition to the family in the
next few months. Uncle and Aunt Peter and Eleaor
Jaohson and niece lauren still live in Margarita,
with a new arrival expected in March.
A contest for the best outdoor Christmas decor-
ations was initiated in Gatun this year. A rousing
rivalry developed between Chuck and Sally Flock-
hart and Vincent and Pe~ny Canamas, whose homes
face each other, but in the end, the Flockhart's
magnificent light display took First Place. The
Caiiamas nabbed Second and Jan Johnston and Wallace
Teal, Third. Honorable mentions went to Ralph
Boggs and to Tim and Theresa (Snider) Herring.
Andrew Iim and a committee performed the difficult
job of judging. Andrew also stays extremely busy
in his job with the military's Atlantic Music and
Theatre Office, directing or producing several
shows throughout the year.
Lesa Walker was home for the holidays to visit
with her parents, Lessie and Murray Walker. Also
home were John and Kathy Blenerhassett, who join-
ed their parents, Ned and Mike (Coffey) Blenner-
hassett in hosting the Blenner's annual Christmas
open house at their lovely "casita" on the hill-
side of Santa Rita. Everyone was pleased to see
Roy and Nicki (Harper) Dawson, who left their home
in Managua, Nicaragua to holiday with the Blenner-
hassetts. Nicki's sons, Andrew and Jason Harper
were on hand too. Tony Blennerhassett toughed
through the holidays out in San Diego, California,
where he works for a landscaping company.
Claud and lena Planchon spent the holidays in
the U.S. visiting with their children. They also
stopped in to see Miriam Calvo in Ruston, La.
Miriam's sister, Maite Calvo, was in Florida at
the Beach. Claud is back at work supervising
things in the Industrial Division Marine Electric
Shop, while Lena is holding down the fort at the
Cristobal Port Captain's Office.
Bill and Janice (Fain) Epperson and their
children, Angie, Billy and Aaron enjoyed having
Bill's parents, William and Hildegard Epperson
visit them in Gatun for Christmas. Earlier in Oct-
ober, Doris Carnes visited with her daughter and
son-in-law, Mike and Sheila (Carnes) Bell and dar-
ling granddaughter, Sara. Mike's son, Warren Bell
attends the University of Georgia at Athens. Ga.
At mid-year, Cristobal High School is still
the center of activity for Atlanticside teenagers.
This year's Hall of Fame, which was announced at
the Christmas Formal held at the Elks Club, in-
cludes Mr. CHS, Bernard Josephs, and Miss CHS,
Tiernan Corrigan; Best Personality, Gene Taitano
and Janina Mon; Best Dressed, Kerry Leggett and
Kristi Bjorneby; Most likely to Succeed, Alan
Smith and Michelle Jones; Wittiest, Paul Wilkerson
and Sheila Boggs; and Most Athletic, Rey Francis
and Vanessa Sobers. Vanessa is also the proud
winner of this year's Voice of Democracy Contest
and will be the first CHS student in many years
to carry the honor to Washington, D.C.
Directing student activities through the stu-
dent association are this year's officers, Pres-
ident Tiernan Corrigan; Vice President, Henry Jo-
sephs; Treasurer, Adonicio Hartley, and Secretary
Nicky Kuster. Also very involved in school life
are cheerleaders Kristi Bjorneby, Shelly Boggs,
Joanne Eckel, Jesse Dawson, Michelle Jones, Vanes-
sa Greenidge, Billie Joe Sabedra and Tanara Carter
who recently cheered the Tigers to their best
football season in many years. They ended up win-
ning at least a couple of games and tying one.
Go Tigers! In basketball, the girls tied for the
championship and came in second in the tournament,
all under the able coaching of Gayle Rankin. The
CHS boys are currently ahead in their basketball
and tennis seasons.
While the list is not all-inclusive, kiddos
recently making the honor roll include Ray Laatz,
grade 10, J. Laatz, grade 6; Dyonne Camias, grade
6; Darrell Cafamas, grade 9; and Arnando Kilborn,
grade 7. Other honors go to Gatun Pool graduates
Ton Herring and C.M. Landrun who recently passed
the test for their "I" badges, and to (hristopher
Herring, age four, who now holds his "B" badge.
Former Atlantic sider Bobby Best, who now re-
sides in Los Rios, is reportedly recovering in
Gorgas Hospital from a heart attack suffered in
early January. His wife, Ann (Cowles) Best, thanks
all who continue to offer prayers for Bobby's
Off the Isthmus, at least five former Atlantic
side families are currently nearly freezing to
death. In Kewanee, Wis., there's Maggie and Rich-
ard Leleaux, and Pat and Ernie Laurenzi and their
families. In Wilmington, N.C., there's Beth and
Ted Deaton, and the Barbette and Bill Steele fam-
ilies. In the great white north of Fargo, N.D.,
there's Cathy and Jim Hinz and their pooches.
By far, one of the most celebrated events on
the Gold Coast was the recent, (shall we say big
four-0 that's fortieth) birthday Gayle Rankin
had in January. Hubby, Robert Rankin presented
her with 40 roses (in sympathy?); an announcement
ran in the Star and Herald with best wishes from
her "younger" friends, and Alberta Corrigan sup-
plied flyers with Gayle's high school photo to
be handed out at CHS. Alberta also arranged for
a group of singers to surprise Gayle and her sixth
hour seniors with a special rendition of "Happy
Birthday." Gayle loved every minute of it.
Ken Willis is the Industrial Division's Safety
Representative on PCC's newly created Dive Safety
Board. Albert Cohen heads up the Industrial Div-
ision's Engineering Branch. The Industrial Div-
ision, under Chief Collin Corrigan, currently has
a full house with the dredge Christiasen in for
overhaul, the tug Paz undergoing repairs, and two
miter gates up on the synchrolift for scheduled
overhaul work. U.S. Ambassador Arthur H. Davis,
and a group made a visit there the latter part
Lucky Dunlap was "lucky" to escape unharmed
after a recent incident where his Corvette was
forced off the road. The Corvette didn't fair so
According to Dottie Hepner, who manages the
Fort Davis Community Club (former Davis NCO Club),
a new pizza place will open soon at Fort Sherman
and will be called 'The Garden Pizza Shop'.
This year's Gatun Gym Halloween party was or-
ganized by Stacy Flockhart, with lots of help from
Patti Wallace and Nancy Riley. Tim Herring hammed
it up as M.C., and Karen Palumbo, Lessie Walker
and Nancy Riley sat in the judges' hot seat.
Lew and Sue Stabler vacationed during January
in Kerrville, Texas, with Sue's mom, Kathi les-
slack, brother and sister-in-law, John and IDaw
Lessiack, and their niece, Jessica Jenkins. The
Stablers also visited with Sue Lane and her fam-
ily; with Robin and Alberta lane and their brand
new daughter, Chelsea Robin and with Ann and Ed
Marshall. Sue headed home via Pittsburgh and a
visit with daughter, Leslie, while Lew and son,
Tinmy continued on to Colorado to spend time with
Virginia Morland, Luz Alvarez, Tinny Plunkett
and Felisa Hinz continue their philanthropic work
through the Women's Club distributing food and
clothing to many of Colon's destitute every Thurs-
day. They also made their usual big push this year
at Christmas time soliciting bags full of goodies
from lots of Atlantic siders.
Dry season made an early appearance this year
and remains much in evidence. Although typical
for the Gold Coast, the grass remains greener than
elsewhere in the country.
Softball season is underway and youngsters and
adults alike are already practicing for this years
Cayuco Race, which will be held on April 10, 11,
It's Horse-Show time too, with some Gatun win-
ners including Jennifer Rankin, laura Kraemer,
Beverly Teal, Ponell and Honorine Millar, and
Howie laatz and Janis Eckel keep extra fit by
holding aerobics classes at Brazos Brooks Country
Club three times a week.
Finally, Janice and Rick Doubek are anxiously
awaiting their third child, who will join his
sisters, Allison and Sondra.
And, try Blanchette and Ray Shuey have finally
tied the knot!
Susan K. Stabler
Atlantic Area Reporter
011 (507) 43-5487
The Christmas luncheon on December 11, 1986
at Wisteria Manor in Aiken was enjoyed by 36 mem-
bers and guests. Those present were: Lorna Shore,
Russell Percy, Billie and Bob Rowe, Frank and Fina
Balinski, Josey Tilly, Hazel Kilbey and daughter,
Tina Lukens, Leona and Paul Badonsky, Eletheer
and James Catron, Phyllis and Jack Woodzell,
Evelyn and Hward Hilborn, Nora and Charles Green,
Sis and Bill York, Peg and Don Hutchison, Trudi
and Lee Clontz, Kay and Gerry Pierce, Andrew and
Ann Harley...and from the Columbia area, B.J. and
Grace Hartley, Bea Lee, Carl and Blanche Browne,
and J.D. and Ethel Tate.
Dorothy and John Everson are very enthusiastic
about the 33 day trip that took them to Tahiti,
Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. At Philips Island
outside of Sidney, they joined the "penguin walk"
at dusk when the penguins come out of the sea and
head to their burrows. In Australia they also went
to the Pelican Sheep Farm where they were treated
to a demonstration of how the dogs work the sheep
in response to varying whistles and then were
shown how the sheep are shorn. They made a trip
around the barrier reef. In New Zealand Dorothy
and John saw the Southern Alps, the tops of which
were covered with snow and ice, and in Milford
At the Christmas Luncheon, Left: Russell Percy, Lorna Shore, Hazel Kilbey and daugh-
ter Tina Lukens. Right: Phyllis Woodzell, Eletheer Catron and Leona Badonsky.
At the Christmas Luncheon, Left: Charles Green, Nora. Green and Bill York. Right:
Gerry Pierce, Andrew and Ann Harley, and Kay Pierce.
At the Christmas Luncheon, Left: J.D. and
Right: Bea Lee, B.J. and Grace Hartley.
Sound went through fjords to the Coral Sea.
Two other busy people (normal for them) were
Blanche and Carl Browne who, while in Canaan, N.H.
this summer entertained various visitors including
family members, and Bev (Comley) Dilfer, Mary Jane
and Jess Lacklen, Phyllis and Carl Gundersen. In
early September, Carl was notified by the Cornell
Alumni Association about a 10-day trip to Scotland
and he and Blanche took off on September 24. It
was primarily a golfing trip, but as carts were
not available due to the terrain, Carl was not
able to play, so they spent the time sightseeing
and returned to Columbia on October 18. Betty and
Barney Forgeson stopped by in November, and in
early December Blanche and Carl took a 3-day bus
tour to Nashville, Tenn. to see the Christmas
shows and decorations at Opry Land Hotel and vi-
cinity which Blanche claims were fabulous! They
spent Christmas with Phyllis and Chris Gundersen
in Tallahassee and were guests of honor at a buf-
fet party with many of their Canal Zone friends.
They will start off the New Year by going to Pan-
ama to visit Blanche's children Ellen and Grover
Peg and Don Hutchison celebrated the holidays
in Dallas, Texas with son Gary and family. They
visited Julie and James Boukalis in Weatherford
t---urlil f ,- 'u
Ethel Tate, with Blanche and Carl Browne.
and met their son Kenny, and daughter Cynthia and
family. Peg and Don also spent a day with Gladys
and Bob Turner, and Menzies and Billy T rner.
Christmas found Wally Doane in Charleston, S.C.
for a week with Gerry and Diane (Hutchison) Cox.
Diane and Gerry will be going to Panama to visit
Bob and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis.
Peg and Don Hutchison's son, Gary, with
wife Pat, and their two sons taken dur-
ing visit to Texas at Christmas
Others who headed to Florida for the holidays
were Bob and Billie Rowe who spent Christmas with
son Bobby and family in the Miami area; Lorna
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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).
Past Matrons Luncheon, 12 noon to 2:00 PM, Buccaneer Suite "B".
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
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 AM (MEMBERS ONLY) Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
Second Annual Panazonian Dance, 8:00 PM to Midnite. Includes Native Panama
Fashion Show, modeled by CHS Class of '50s. Conducted by Andy Lim.
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 lditnmn
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-REGISTRATION 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, Muriel 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, Miriel lWitman,
5711 53rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33709, and checks made payble to REUNION COORDINATOR.
2. Reservations may be made by either using the Hotel Reservation form provided in this issue, or you
may telephone Muriel litman, 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 Tanpa 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 Tampa 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 Tampa Hilton or Ashley Plaza should use the direct-line telephone in the baggage area
and arrange for their hotel's shuttle-van for pick-up. This service 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 Limo 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 Whitman, 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, Jume 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 Motynes 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 Committee and Past Presidents.
Continuous live music by Tito Mouynes at the organ, Charlie Cooper and his Latino "Copra"
Semi-formal No Shorts.
ND B.Y.O.B. BYB 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 Whitnan, Reunion Coordinator, 5711 53rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33709.
MAKE YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO: REH ION COOIDINAIIR.
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
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY JULY 2, THROUGH JULY 6, 1987
NAME e pra o p~l COMPANY
HOSTATE ZIP PHONE
I I I
|i.GNTURE O] am arriving after 6 pm; please hold my room
on5711 53rd Ave. N.t
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
(813) 544-0214 PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY JULY 2, THROUGH JULY 6, 19871
To confirm your reservation we accept only one of the following as means of payment:
SDEPOSITENCLOSED 0 CHECK 0 MONEYORDER
I MASTER CAD NO EX DATE
0 VISA CARD NO EXPDATE
C AMERIpCAN TPRSS NO. EXPDATE
C DINERS CLUB NO. EXP DATE
DEPOSIT REFUNDABLE IF CANCELLATION IS RECEIVED (48) HOURS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL
PLEASE CICE DESIRED AACCOMMODATION
CDOIUBLE 45___CHECK IN TIME IS 3 PM
CHECK OUT TIME IS NOON
AD0moTIOAPESONS $10.00 ROOM RAMES SUStECT TO 7.25% SALES TAX
ACCOMMODATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR CLASS AND ANNIVERSARY REUNIONS.
PLEASE NOTIFY THE REUNION COORDINATOR.
mn GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM
July 2, 1987
Make check/money order Name (print)__
payable to R.F. dtquist. Address
Mail to: R.F. Buldtquist City State Zip
8447 140th Street N.
Seminole, FL 33542 Telephone:
Tel: 813-397-5846 GOLF & LUNCHEON PERSONS @ $30.00 TOTAL: $_
NO LUNCHON GUESS PliElri THIS YEAR IDE OI LIMITED SPACE
AGE GROUPS: (A) Up to 30 years (B) 31 to 45 years (C) 46 to 55 years (D) 56 to 60 years (E) 61 to 65
years (F) 66 to 70 years (G) 71 and up years.
Please list Names of Foursome and Age Group below, otherwise we will pair you as in the past:
NAME AGE GROUP NAME AGE GROUP
Professional Amateur NOTE: You may list your handicap, but it will be used for pairing
Ia a aaam ------------------------------------------am ---------------- a A
AI PLEASE INDICATE ACCOMMODATIONS REQUESTED
HYATT REGENCY lTAMFA PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC. No of
Rooms BED TYPE REQUESTED
MURIEL WHITMAN July 2 6, 1987 SneSinle) 1 Peon $45 King
5711 53rd Ave. N. Con. Code F-602 Double(s)2 Peson $45 DBL-DBL
ueCv norwe be held uri 600P M unle Triples) Person $45 Due to limited number
St. Petersburg, FL 33709 cc$mpor S. b 0 n:c:W of45 bed ts,
're C dcuranumr Quad(d) 4 Person. $45 requests are honored
(813) 544-o214 mrervtosfron a first come first
(813) 544)214 m, Suite 1 BR $90 Suite 2 BR $120 s"" b' mes.
SIf Suites are Required. Please Contact hotel directly
6PM_ _SPECIAL REQUESTS
Na" ______ Guarcanteedby lin t nighco
Addren --Guaronteed By my C rdt cad All Reservations Must Be In By: June 3, 197.
I CReservations received after this date cannot be
CiCed Cod and Number guaranteed the convention rate.
state ZiCode (IF RATE REQUESTED 18 NOT AVAILABLE
Enolot0 Dote NEAREST AVAILABLE RATE WILL BE CONFIRMED)
Afivol At __ M FOR GUARANTEEDRESERVATIONS ONLY No charge for children under 18 years when sharing oom with parents.
Checkln Time 3PM Dote Time I understand that I am lble for one rghr room and tax which we be
deducted from my deDosit. o bledtlo my cred cad n fte event
At___ M itdonotaribeor cancel ontheal~ dole intake Additional person in room
Tiec- meu 12 Noon Dote Time Name(s) of additional peson(s) sharing room.
CHECK IN TIME IS 3 P.M. s onatur
ACCOMMODATIONS PRIOR TO THIS TIME CANNOT E ASSURED Ione a
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
TAMPA HILTON, TAMPA, FLORIDA-.... .u.y....?-.........................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.
a TRIPLE $45 5711 53rd Ave. N. ONLY RESERVATIONS MADE IN
a QUAD $45 Pg, FL 3 9 ADVANCE CAN BE GUARANTEED
UAD $ 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...............................................................
S.................................................... EXPIRATION DATE..........................
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY Please reserve the following accommodations
JULY 2 6, 1987 Arrival Date Number of Nights Departure Date
oTPILAZ k Rates: Single $40 Double $40
S0 T E L. _..Triple $40 __Quad $40
I iRINL TElfYMANj Please guarantee my reservations by the following:
5711 53rd Ave. N. Name One night'sdeposit $ enclosed or
5711 53rd Ave. N.
S0 Am Ex O Visa 0 Mastercard
St. Petersburg, FL 33709 Addres Card Number
(813) 544-0214 Exp. Date Signature
Complimentary Airport Limousne Exp. Date Signature
ree urauniand ounge City&State Zip Reservations must be guaranteed to be
Banquet & Meeting Faciiliies-I-000 honored. Reservations will be subject to
Pool Whrlpol Phone ) availability if received after: June 3, 1987
Check-in Time: 3:0 PM
Check-out Time: 12 00 PM
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By providing us with the informa-
tion on the Pre-registration form,
you will allow us to prepare our reg-
istration lists and your name tag(s)
in advance, thus saving you time
upon registration. If you wish you
may include nickname or maiden
name for your name tag. Please
write out first and last name DO
NOT USE INITIALS (i.e. Mr. and
Mrs. J.B. Doe).
Important: At registration time all
the tickets for all persons listed on
the Pre-Registration form will be fil-
ed under the member's name and
State of residence of the member
Tickets and name tags will be filed
alphabetically according to the first
letter of the members/guest last
TICKET ORDER FOR MORE
THAN THE MEMBER'S LIMIT
OF 6 Ball or 10 Luncheon will NOT
BE ACCEPTED and will be return-
ed to the sender.
DEADLINE for ticket orders is
JUNE 12, 1987
Late comers may pick up their
tickets at the entrance to the
Luncheon or Ball.
If you want to sit with/near someone
at the LUNCHEON, please write
the member's name on reverse of
Luncheon Form. Seating will be
contingent upon the other member's
timely submission of their form.
MAIL the entire form above (with
check/money order if applicable) to:
Reunion Coordinator, Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
5711-53rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg,
FL 33709. MAKE PAYABLE TO:
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE 1986 REUNION, PLEASE FILL IN AND
MAIL A PRE-REGISTRATION FORM. COMPLETE THE BALL AND
LUNCHEON FORMS IF THEY APPLY TO YOU.
SFor Office Date/Post Fee Rec'd Dues Paid Lunch Ball
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
1. Member's Name (Please Print)
City State Zip
List name of each additional person in member's group.
Name (Please print) Residence, State/Country
-I Do Not Detach
ANNUAL BALL TICKET ORDER FORM
Tickets are $8.00 per person. Limit of 6 per member. Only 6 tickets will be issued
from this form.
Please reserve tickets for Persons.
Total amount enclosed for Ball Tickets: $
SPrint your name and residence below:
I 1. (Member) Residence_____
I Tickets are $10.00 per person if purchased at the
(_) I do not want Ball tickets. Hotel (Hospitality Suite).
Do Not Detach
(_) I do not want Luncheon tickets.
BANQUET LUNCHEON TICKET ORDER FORM
ITickets are $12.50 per person.
IPlease reserve tickets for personss. Limited to 10 tickets.
Total amount enclosed for Luncheon: $_
List below names of all persons in your group, limited to 10 persons.
1. Member 6.
3. 8. _
July 1 6, 1987
CALL NOW AND
Delta Air Lines, In cooperation with Panama Canal Society Is offering a special
discount which affords a 40%-70% discount to Tampa for attendees traveling on
Delta round trip to the meeting. All you have to do Is call this number 1-800-
241-6760, for your reservations 8:30 a.m. 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time Daily.
File Number J0316
This special discount Is available
ONLY through this number.
If you normally use the services of a travel agent, have them place your
reservations through our toll-free number to obtain the same advantages for
you. Remember some fares have restrictions and seats may be limited so call
early for reservations. Check with Delta for the best discount applicable to
*Certain restrictions may apply. Markets may vary.
NEED TRANSPORTATION WHILE AT THE REUNION?
Drive to your Golf Tournament or out to Dinner!!
0 1985 Avis Rent A Car System, Inc., Avis"
By special arrangement...
Avis invites you
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) Number A/W024600
Available One Week Before to
One Week After the Convention
F-6253 *One-way charges may apply. Refueling and taxes extra.
CAR GROUP DAILY WEEKLY
SUBOMPACT like the GM $27.00 $89.00
OC( ACT like the Q1 29.00 119.00
INBI DIIE like the GM 30.00 139.00
Pontiac GRand Am
FUIL STIE 2 DOOR like the GM 34.00 159.00
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
FULL SIZE 4 DOR like the GM 36.00 169.00
These special rates are available one week before
and one week after the Reunion and you may pick up
and return your car to any Avis rental location
throughout the state of Florida at no additional
'Minimum 1 day rental required for rate. Unlimited
milage, weekly refueling, sales tax and optional
CDW, PAI and PEP are additional.
T RESERVE 'IUR CAR and assure availability:
Call the special Avis convention toll-free number
1-800-331-1600. Please give the reservation sales
agent your Avis Worldwide Discount number (AWD#)
A/W124600 to ensure you receive these special
(Delivery to hotel, call 221-1666 on arrival)
Save with Avis
Special Savings, Comfort and
Convenience for Your Convention.
Avis invites you to enjoy special convention savings and
services. And remember, there is never a charge for
mileage on any Avis car. Plus, the GM or other fine car
you rent from Avis will be clean and travel-ready to help
get you down to business faster.
Call 1-800-331-1600 now to reserve your car and take
advantage of special convention savings. (Be sure to
give the reservation sales agent your convention AWD
number as printed on the reverse side.) Then just com-
plete the tear-off identification card and bring it with you
when you pick up your car. It's that easy.
Important: Even if you do not reserve in advance, be
sure to bring this I.D. card with you to your convention.
If you need a car at the convention, it will still entitle you
to the special savings. (Subject to the availability of cars.)
Call 1-800-331-1600 and
reserve your car right now.
Unlimited Mileage Included in All Rates
24-Hour Emergency Road Service
a Clean. Travel-ready GM cars
a Avis Honors Most Major Credit Cards'
Convenient Airport and In-town Locations
*Customer must meet sta idard Avis rental qualifications including proof of financial
responsibility This card ioes not serve as credit identification
TRYING HARDER MAKES 1 1
AVIS SECOND TO NONE.
1983 Avis Rent A Car System, Inc. and Avis" 2/83 Printed in U.S.A.
To assure availability and reserve your car, call
1-800-331-1600 immediately and give the reservation
sales agent the Avis Worldwide Discount number (AWD
number) that appears on the identification card below.
Then just bring this card to the Avis counter when you pick
up your car.
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON
Thursday, July 2, 1987
Co-Chairpersons Fred and Jane Huldtquist
The Eighth Annual Golf Tournament will be held at Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd. Semi-
The entrance fee will be $30/player which includes Greens Fee, Shared Cart Fee, Morning Refreshments,
Prizes and Luncheon. This year guests were eliminated due to limited space at the Club.
Due to scoring delays last year, the committee has changed the format of play in 1987. Each player will
be flighted by age group and still able to play with players of your choice.
Scoring will be done for medal play, and gross scores only in your flight will be considered for prizes.
There will be no net scoring, which causes the delay in computing from varying systems. We regret to have
to resort to gross play only, however other activities of the Reunion preclude lengthy computations. So
please indicate your age group on the registration form for each member of your foursome.
We ask that all players arrive at the club no later than 8:30 AM for check-in. Tee-off time will be 9:00
AM with a shot-gun start. We cannot accept late-comers. Reservations will be accepted through June 30,
1987 and no refunds made after that date. The field is limited to 144 players.
Transportation must be provided by the players to the course. Information concerning the tournament will
be posted at the hotel on July 1, 1987 so that you may contact other players for 'rides' or car rental.
Those requiring receipt of entry fee, please send self-addressed stamped envelope with your Registration
Form and check, otherwise you may consider yourself playing unless you hear from the committee. All pair-
ings will be posted in the Hyatt Regency Hotel on July 1, 1987 near the Registration Area.
DIRECTIONS TO LAKE SEMINOLE COUNTRY CLUB FROM HOTEL
Take 1-275 South over Howard Frankland Bridge towards St. Petersburg to Exit 15. Turn right and continue
straight on 74th. Avenue (Park Blvd.) until you reach Park Street, a busy intersection with a tall condo-
minium complex on your left. Turn left for 1 block on Park Street, then turn right on Augusta Blvd. and
follow to Clubhouse. Reverse directions for return. In early AM allow 45-60 minutes travel time.
NOTE: Professional Panama Canal golfers are welcome, however are ineligible for prizes inasmuch as this
is an amateur tournament. Please so designate on the Registration Form.
ANNUAL REUNION SPECIAL
DALTON 3o DAY FARE JUNE 27 to JULY 2
TRAVEL AGENCY AIR PANAMA
28-2555, 23-0425, PANAMA-MIAMI ROUNDTRIP $299.00
AIR PANAMA $329.00
ED ARMBRUSTER CHILDREN UNDER 1 HALF FARE
286-4988 EASTERN AIR LINES $345.00
Air We ce foP youl
Your old friend in the new days, Air Panama
Air Pan LOW FARES
Air Pa 0 SERVICE
Air P 0 GOURMET MEALS
Air OPEN BAR ONBOARD
RESERVATIONS: TOLL FREE NUMBER: 1-800-2-PANAMA
MIAMI: (305) 593-1131 SALES DEPARTMENT: (305) 591-8510 *
1987 Annual Reunion Sites
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P.O. Box 3738
Holiday, Florida 33590-9998
Shore who also headed to Miami to be with her
daughters. Sandy (Shore) Davis, and Lorna's grand-
son, Adam, drove back to Aiken with her.
Susan (Willenbrook) Wiseman arrived with the
New Year for a visit with Dorothy and Harry. Harry
is still working to overcome the effects of the
stroke he suffered last sunmer.
Leona and Paul Badonsky spent Christmas with
their daughter Paula and family in Tuscaloosa,
Ala., where they were joined by their son Leo
and his wife Gabby.
L-R: Susie Schroeder, Ann Dolan, Val
Schroeder, Buck Krueger, Barbara Krueger
Carolyn Cobb, Jo Ann Morton, Harry Chan
Joe Dolan, Thelma Chan, and Jack Morton
(not pictured: Ed and Ellen Coyle, Fred
and Susan Raybourne and family)
September luncheon in Columbia Jack
and Phyllis Woodzell, and Evelyn and
J.D. and Ethel (Westman) Tate spent the Christ-
mas holidays with their son, David Tate and family
in Spartanburg. Marybelle Westann has returned
to her Columbia apartment after an extended hospi-
tal stay for total knee replacement in both knees.
In early January the Tates had as out-of-town
visitors Robert and Ruth (Westman) Adams of Laguna
Hills, California Robert and Giselle Adams of
Cardenas, Panama. At a family reunion, the group
was joined by the David Tate family of Spartan-
burg, Marybelle Westman, formerly of Panama, Ray
Calhoun (J.D.Tate's sister), and Carl and Blanche
Browne. Bob Adams and J.D. drove to Aiken to visit
Jim and Caroline Westendorff, who were in the
Aiken hospital at the time.
Our next meeting is scheduled for March 19,
1987, and will be a luncheon at Wisteria Manor
Happy New Year from Austin, Texas and those
of us in and around the capitol city.
For some months a friendly group of relatively
new Texans have been getting together for dinner
at local restaurants. These pleasant occasions
are made possible through the efforts of Ann Dolan
who manages all of the administrative details.
L-R: Date Bishop, Jo Ann Morton, Santa,
Eva Harte, Jackie Bishop and Jack Morton
The size of the group will vary from month to
month, but Ann usually succeeds in gathering ten
to fifteen couples, which is a large portion of
the Zonians living in this area. While the sur-
roundings are different each time, the atmosphere
is always the same, for there is the noisy chatter
and laughter and the common bond that draws our
friends together for good times.
In December, a fine group gathered in Kerrville
for the annual Christmas function held by the Tex-
as hill-country folks and had an equally good time
there. With Les Johnson in charge of the occasion,
the program proceeded like clockwork through the
social hour, a delicious buffet, and the awarding
of door prizes. Even Santa was there to enjoy the
festivities, as can be seen in the accompanying
"Pappy" and Verla Grier took an exciting trip
to Germany in October to visit their son, 1st Lt.
Robert Grier, Jr., who is stationed in Nuerenberg,
Germany. After a long plane trip, some anxious
moments over their baggage, and inclement weather,
which cancelled their trip to England, they en-
joyed sightseeing in Switzerland, Austria and Ger-
many. The highlights were trips to the Black For-
est (the center for Grandfather and Cuckoo
clocks), a Bavarian King's residence, Berchtes-
gaden and Hitler's Eagle's Nest-spectacular view!
The trip home was without incident.
Bob Jr., Verla and "Pappy" Grier taken
on the Isle of Mainau in Lake Constance
Floral Owl in Children's Land. October
Edie Bishop of Rockville, MD visited her father
Dale, Jackie and Jeanne Bishop in Kerrville in
November. Edie works at the National Institute
of Health in Bethesday, MD. She was accompanied
by her friend, Steve Mnch, the assistant golf
pro at the Bethesda Country Club. They played golf
as often as they could. Dale golfed with them and
proved that his is not getting older-just getting
better! While Edie and Steve were in the area they
spent a day in Austin with her brother, Mark and
his wife Alyson.
Camille (Rhyne) and leo Eastham visited her
parents in Kerrville in November. They stopped
first in Miami where they visited her brother,
Glenn and Sonia Rhyne and family. They also visi-
ted Diane (Soyster) and Robert Valentine in Key
West, FL. In Dallas they visited Leo's sisters:
Tina (Easthan) and Mickey Kelleher and sons, and
Roseann (Eastham) and Jerry Bais and their family.
They also saw Valerie Krueger. When they left Tex-
as they went to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and
then on to Las Vegas to visit Solo and Leslie
Velez and family. Their last stop was San Diego
for a week with Sharon O'Brien before meeting
Barbara (Rhyne) Stanford in Miami for the flight
back to Panama. Barbara had been in Kerrville with
her parents for Thanksgiving and a week of Christ-
Bob and Del Dnnm have taken off on their trip
to California to visit family and friends.
Fred Wells, Phd., the Curator of Marine Mol-
lusks in Western Australia, Perth, Australia, was
able to visit her parents, Fred and Marion Wells,
after presenting a paper on Marine Mollusks in
Dallas, TX. Under the auspices of the Western
Australian Museum, Fred and Clayton W. Bryce have
published a book "Seashells of Western Australia."
We congratulate you, Fred.
June Burns flew to San Diego December 29, 1986
to attend the retirement ceremonies for Andrew
Bleakley, Capt. USN. Andy is from an old and well-
known family in the Canal Zone.
Bill and Pat Scott visited the Carters on their
way home in the Northwest. Bill and Wade had been
airplane pilots in the Canal Zone.
Anna lee and Ted Young celebrated their 25th
Anniversary in December. Their daughters: Debbie
and Joe Ford, VA, Nancy, Archibold, Md., and Beth
of Austin helped in the celebration. Our congratu-
lations to Debbie (Brown) Ford, BHS '69 for being
awarded the Commander's Award for Civilian Ser-
vice. (See awards).
Addie Ellis, Ontario, CA, visited her cousins,
the H.G. Ehynes in Kerrville and attended the Zon-
ians' Christmas party. She renewed old friendships
from her days in Gamboa, C.Z. When she left Kerr-
ville, she headed for Houston to spend the holi-
days with her son, David Ellis, and his family.
Bea Mhyne flew to Miami to spend Christmas with
her son, H. G. lRyne, Jr., Sonia, Erick and Taffy.
Bea saw a few former Canal Zone residents: Don
and Gloria Abbott and Will and Nancy Nordstron.
The weather reminded her of Panama-wet and humid;
the fruit, vegetables and flowers were reminiscent
of Panama--delicious and beautiful. It all made
Mary (Wells) Fealey and her daughter, Jadie,
visited her family in Kerrville and Jamie met her
Aunt Mary Orr for the first time.
Kathi lessiack held an open house in her home
for her friends to meet her two grandsons: Timny
(9 mos.) and Robbie (5 mos.). Timny and Robbie
are the sons of Sue (Lessiack) and law Stabler
of Gatun, R. P. Kathi's granddaughter, Jennifer
Lessiack, was able to join the family celebration.
Bill and Sue Graham celebrated their 38th Anni-
versary early in January with dinner in a new res-
taurant in San Antonio. While enjoying their em-
panadas (good, but not as good as Panama's, Sue
said), their comments were overheard by the couple
at the next table. It turns out that she was also
from Panama. Another couple from the nearby table
joined in as they had been in Bocas del Torro,
R. P. It was an exciting evening. Besides the an-
niversary, they were able to share memories of
mutual friends and familiar places.
mary Orr, Sarasota, FL, came for a pre-Christ-
mas visit with her family and friends. She was
the guest of honor at Honey Fealey's Christmas
luncheon and card party, co-hosted with Iris Hogan
and Kathi Lessiack. There were four tables of
Canasta and two tables of Bridge. Mary, in her
Santa's cap, was in charge of the gifts exchange.
Marion Wells, our Poet Laureate, composed and read
a delightful poem for the occasion. Marion was
persuaded to share it with you. It was a wonderful
party and really put us all in the holiday spirit.
HONEY'S CHRISTMAS CANASTA
By Marion Wells
Christmas in the tropics
Was sunshine and balmy winds
But the greatest joy of the season
Was to be with life-long friends.
Then we came to our retirements
In the Beautiful Texas hills
To lives filled with friends and enjoyment
In the lovely town of Kerrville.
But no matter where you spend Christmas
It's your friends that make the day
So on this festive occasion
We just want to say -
You friends here in Kerrville
Make our retirement lives complete
And you good friends both old and new
Are a group that can't be beat.
So A Merry Christmas to you
And a bountiful New Year
We're might glad we know you
And we're that we're all here!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
The 7th Annual Hill Country Zonians Christmas
Party, December 13, 1986 was a huge success. Thank
you, Les Johnston and your committee. There were
148 in attendance. Real lottery tickets for the
Panama Christmas Drawing were the lottery-board
prizes. Handmade articles were used for door
prizes. Each table's centerpiece was a bottle of
Ron Cortez (Que bueno es!) with a montuno hat and
shirt as a cover. Honey Fealey was given a special
gift of appreciation (Tivoli dishes) for all her
work and efforts in making the past Christmas par-
ties so successful. Joe Dolan was the recipient
of a Fireman's cap, donated by Fire Chief Wally
Teal. Clara Chanbers made the table decorations
and loaned the paintings of familiar Canal Zone
scenes that were used for wall decorations. Bill
Graham was our "official" photographer. We sin-
Ray (Santa CLaus) and EHsze Larson
Jane (Wilson) Caskey,
Wilson, Valerie Schroeder
Harry and Thelma Chan with Ellen and Ed
cerely thank him for the excellent pictures which
we have submitted for the Record. Ray larson was
a convincing Santa Claus. Mary Carpenter was the
pianist who accompanied us for the Christmas
Carols. les Johnston was the M.C. and did a can-
mendable job keeping the party going. liriel John-
ston composed the following prayer that was print-
ed on the program:
We thank Thee, Lord
for the lacy white of cherished memories
for the shining silver of new relationships;
for the burnished gold of old friendships.
We thank Thee, Lord
for the vivid green of the shared experiences
which bind us together in the rich crimson
of joyful expectation.
EdC&ard Marshall, McNair Lane and Ann
Muriel and Les Johnston
Norine (Rathgaber) Lucas, Dale Bishop
and Marge (Rathberger) Ruoff
L-R: Linda (Woodruff) Weir, Jennifer
Wier, Verla Grier, Marilyn Carter,
Jeanne Bishop, Del Dunn, Elsie (Lawyer)
Woodruff, Bea Rhyne, Iris Hogan, Patti
Givonetti Foreground: Marion (Orr)
Wells, Shirley (Carlson) Givonetti
The following out-of-town guests attended: Bob
and Ruth Adams, CA; Mary and Roy Carpenter, Pipe
Creek, TX; James and Florence Bird (and guests),
Austin, TX; Jane C. Caskey, San Antonio, TX; Harry
and Thelma Chan, Austin, Tx; Carolyn Cobb, Austin,
TX; Ted and Georgia Corin, Austin, TX; Edward and
Ellen Coyle, Austin, TX; Jack and Mrylee Davison,
Fredericksburg, TX; Ann and Joe Dolan, Austin,
TX; Rodney and Donna Elliott, Dallas, TX; Addie
Ellis, CA; Don and Dorris (Bleakley) Gilray, Cop-
pers Cove, TX; L. F. (Buddy) Hallet, IA., Eva
Gladys (Salterio) Turner,
(seated) and Menzies Turner.
Lorraine and Lisa Oxley
Harte, FL; F.M. (Tony) and Iouise Johnson, Uvalde,
TX; Florabelle (Moon) Helmricks, Houston, TX;
Ernest (Bucky) and Barbara Krueger, Austin, TX;
Paul and Micki Kramer, Portland, TX; Henry and
Eugenia Lee, Austin, TX; Gerald and Dona lePage,
Manchaca, TX; Tonas and Shirley Marine, San An-
tonio, TX; Dalyce (Lolly) McArthur, Houston, TX;
Jack and JiAnn Morton, Austin, TX; Mry Orr, FL;
Harland, Lorrain and Lisa Oxley, Austin, TX;
George and Rufina (Fina) Patton, Boerne, TX; Lemmy
and Lori Hiilyaw, San Antonio, TX; Rev. Fred,
Susan, Ioren and Brenden Rayboure, Austin, TX;
Valerie and Suzie Schroeter, Austin, TX; Edward
and Elizabeth Sebik, San Antonio, TX; Susan Smith,
San Antonio, TX; Richard Smith, Houston, TX;
Donald Spencer, Port Mansfield, TX; Carla, Joe,
Jenni, and Jodi Spafford, Denton, TX; Bob, Gladys
and Menzies Turner, Dallas, TX; Albert and Commie
Wanner, San Antonio, TX; Ray and Gene Wilson, San
Antonio, TX. Les and his committee are already
planning for the 8th annual. The date is December
12, 1987, same time, same place. Mark your calen-
dars from now and plan to join us. Y'all come now,
Eugenia and Henry Lee, & Muriel Johnston
L-R: Helen, Robert, Anna, Tim Calvit
Robert and Anna Calvit celebrated Thanksgiving
with their son, Tim, who came down from College
Station. Also for Christmas their daughter, Helen,
from Miami and son, Tim from College Station were
with them. The celebration was for Christmas and
Robert and Anna's 47th Anniversary. While here
Helen and Tim contacted Sue An and David Daven-
port and their friend Angie Bradford who were vis-
iting their parents Helen and Claybourne Davenport
in Bandera, TX. They came to Kerrville and con-
tacted Beth (Wright) Mcl~well, daughter of Anna
Lee and Ted Young. The six of them got together
and went out on the town in Kerrville, talking
of friends and old times. Dick and Juanita McCon-
aughey stopped by the Calvits for a short visit
in November on their way home from California to
Ocala. They sure looked good.
Mary Jane Woodruff Hamlyn, Anita Daniels
and Marta Hamlyn. It was Anita's and
Mary Jane's first meeting in 42 years.
Mary Jane visited while visiting her
aunt in Michigan.
FELIZ ANO! Felicidades all the time!
A gala celebration was given at the OAS (Organ-
ization of American States) by the Panamanian
Ambassador to the U.S., Jose Dominador Bazan and
his wife Maribel (Kodat) on the 3rd of November,
Panama's Independence Day. This was quite a super
affair! The best dancers and musicians were flown
in from Panama to entertain. We saw the prettiest
of polleras and the best natuve dances, cumbias
and tamboritos. You can't go wrong with a party at
the PanAmerican Building...spectacular, spacious
and romantic with its Atrium, a garden of native
plants and large, healthy banana trees with light
fixtures in the right places.
Princesa Castillo, daughter of Raquel Obaldia of
the Atlantic side, works at the OAS, and at this
moment is recuperating from an operation. Her
daughter, Marisa, says "all is OK." Another Gold
Coaster, fellow musician, Sonny Seixas who just
retired and now enjoying his family, is doing vol-
unteer work in a Washington, D.C. school nearby.
He and Dora just had a beautiful wedding for their
fifth daughter, Ann, who married Kenneth Smith.
Gerard Ender of Arlington recently graduated
from the University of Maryland and is now doing
television camera work, plus his side interest in
acting in various plays in Alexandria. I'm looking
forward to see him act in a play to be given at
Ft. Myer next month.
Olive "Stoosie" Aanstoos Ford is looking good!
She lives in Hopewell, Va. and I got to enjoy her
whole family this time! Her three daughters, Jean,
lives in Richmond, Va.; Frankie lives in Tallahas-
see, Fla., and Peggy lives in Jacksonville, Fla.
Hopewell is surrounded with water no wonder she
loves that town, and right across the street she
has a historical park. The whole Aanstoos clan
have deep blue eyes and heavy eyebrows.
Olive had me read a letter from Arthur Gegen-
heimer, Mansfield, Ma. and it certainly brought
back the excitement of our USO entertaining days.
A Holiday gathering at Rosemary Gilead's
home on December 28, for dinner and talk
about Panama what else? Back row, L-R:
Robert F. Gilead (son), Kathleen Gilead
(daughter), Harvey Johnson (husband of
Vicki van't Veld Johnson), Middle row,
L-R: John J. Millett (brother), Rosemary
Gilead, Vicki van't Veld Johnson, Eliz-
abeth (Liz Zent) Beall, Jim van't Veld,
(Vicki's brother). Front row L-R: Stella
Boggs De Marr, Etelvinia van't Veld,
(Vicki and Jim's mother).
A perfect 'Canalzonite evening' was enjoyed by
everyone at the home of Rosemary (Millett) Gilead.
We thoroughly enjoyed our hostess because her
son's present to her, was to keep her out of the
'cocina' while he fixed the 'comida.' We were
treated with delicious gourmet delights prepared
by her son, Robert and his wife, Terry. He loves
the interesting challenge of catering parties and
if he liked a certain dish in a restaurant he
would speak to the chef and get the recipe.
Mrs. Etelvina van't Veld and her son Jim were
there and the newlyweds, Vicki and Harvey Johnson.
Rosemary's brother, Johnny (Bucky) Millett, Jr.
was also there. He is a high school teacher at
Laurel, Md. Very sad to report that his wife,
Teresa died last September. They have four child-
ren, twins Johnny and Lewis, in college; a daugh-
ter, Marie, at home, and a son, Michael, in New
York. Rosemary's daughter Kathleen had us in
stitches all night, telling and acting out her
numerous stories about her co-workers in Miami.
The guests received an original painting done
by Elizabeth (Liz Zent) Beall. Her exquisite
paintings are done in a very different style. I
liked them! Liz says she has changed jobs and is
busier and happier on Capitol Hill. She is working
for Senator Dominici of New Mexico who is on the
Senate Budget Committee.
In the early part of December your reporter
picked up Fern Horine Dabill (Phoenix, AZ) at the
Atlanta airport. Our main destination was to go
and visit her brother, Larry Horine. It was rainy
cold from the start and the further we went, the
worse it got. Nothing would stop us because we
were headed for Boone, N.C. where the Horines live
in a resort atmosphere and their lovely home sits
on a hillside over-looking the Appalachian State
University stadium. At night it was a fabulous and
breathtaking view of the whole area.
Larry and his wife, Mary Ellen, are really
faithful Zonites. They are at all the reunions.
Their two sons are studying to be doctors, and
daughter, Mary Cheryl graduated from the Univer-
sity of North Carolina with a degree in science
and is now working in Boston.
Mary Ellen is Watauga County Director of Spec-
ial Education and Federal Programs. Dr. Larry
Horine; Ed.D Director of International Studies,
Professor, Dept. of Health Education Physical Edu-
cation, Appalachian State University, and leisure
We arrived on the first day of skiing season
and mingled among healthy young athletic enthu-
siasts. Trimming the tree was another great lift!
We even went jogging around the stadium one day!
Thanks for a marvelous intro to Christmas. We
know what to do for next December don't we?
Stella Boggs De Marr
Well, the holidays are over and here it is time
for another issue! I just love hearing from every-
body at Christmas so now I will share all their
news with you!
Patty (Snider) Morgan wrote that she and her
husband, Ken, are kept real busy keeping up with
their girls, Bridgette (5), leslie Am (3) and
Katie (16 mos.)! She was kind enough to share her
parents' Christmas letter with me. Mr. Snider
writes that Kathy (Mrs. Snider) has been very busy
working at North Kitsap Middle School library five
hours a day. Along with work she is also the prime
mover for keeping son, Bill's schedule on track.
She has also established a head injury support
group! Son, Bill, attends North Kitsap High School
four hours daily. After school he goes to Green
Mountain Rehabilitation Center for physical, occu-
pational and speech therapy. Then it's off to the
NK swimming pool for an hour of exercise. He is
able to walk into and out of the pool using the
hand rail and is up to doing 10 laps! Daughter,
Theresa, and her husband, Tim Herring are expect-
ing their fifth child at the time of this letter
(She was born Dec. 30, see birth announcements).
The rest of the Snider clan, Tom, Mike, Beth and
Jim are all doing well; each keeping busy with
their jobs and/or families!
Barbara (Betcher) Barkeim wrote that this year
she became a Deer "Hunter". Only thing is instead
of using a gun she used her van so it turned out
to be an expensive Deer! She still keeps busy
keeping up with her brood of five!
Becky Wood wrote that she and Dennis are doing
fine. Dennis and Fred Wainio keep themselves real
busy fishing. At the time this letter was written
everyone was planning on attending a surprise
birthday party for Fred at Billy Deaton's. I'm
sure a good time was had by all.
Dorothy Chesire wrote that she and Alan and
daughter, Stacy, spent Thanksgiving at Mrs. Che-
shire's in Andrews, N. C. Also there were Deborah,
husband, Alan and their two children and Janice,
husband Lewis and daughter, Robyn. On their way
up there they stopped in to see the Wests in Pros-
perity, S.C. They were able to visit with Alfred
and Norm, Wayne and Denise and their two boys,
and Guy, lesa and their twins.
Sue (M-Cullough) Burk wrote that the Burk's
weathered 1986 just fine! Their daughter, Chevaun,
is an honor student in the second grade. She also
belongs to the Choir, Brownies, Gymnastics and
Ballet. Quite a schedule! Son, Sean, plays T-Ball
and is on a Saturday morning bowling league. Need-
less to say Mom and Dad are kept real busy!
Although he did not send news, Steve Aponte
sent his new address. As of January 4, you may
reach Steve at HHB 42 FA BDE; APO NY 09169.
Well, Beth, I didn't receive a letter for pub-
lication so I'll just have to use some of the news
out of "My" letter! The Deatons are all doing just
fine! Lisa is almost eight, is a Brownie, plays
T-Ball and Soccer. Neal is in kindergarten, is
into tools, bikes, skateboards, GI Joe and "OP"
clothes! Lori is into gymnastics, Rocker Barbie
and Jem. Beth still teaches Pediatrics part-time
at Brunswick Tech. College. Ted is a mate on the
Dredges and still plays golf. Beth also wrote that
Kelly Wainio is now living nearby!
Well, I guess I've run out of news so till next
issue...Keep the news coming, this is your column!
DR. DEBORAH PATE, D.C.
Dr. Deborah Pate, D.C. DACBR, has recently
authored two articles on Chiropractic in two no-
table Journals. "Closing the Gap Between Chiro-
practic and Medicine" for the November 1986 Calif-
ornia Chiropractic Journal, and a persons inter-
view in the November 1986 issue of The American
Healing begins with accurate evaluation of the
patient's problems; thus the chiropractic profes-
sion can best serve it's patients by keeping pace
with every advance in diagnostic imaging and in-
terpretation. As chiropractors take their right-
ful place among other medical practitioners at the
forefront of the diagnostic field, Dr. Pate has
emerged as a leader, demonstrating chiropractic's
value and merit in a previously all-M.D. setting.
Meet Dr. Deborah Pate, Chiropractic Pioneer in the
field of diagnostics and medical imaging...
Dr. Pate completed a two year Radiology res-
idency at National College in 1984. She participa-
ted in a research fellowship program in osteoradi-
ology at the VA Medical Center in San Diego, Cal-
ifornia from 1984-85. She continues to do research
in osteoradiology at the VA in San Diego, provides
a radiologic consulting service for DC's, and
practices chiropractic in El Cajon, California.
Dr. Pate is a member of the ACA Council on Diag-
nostic Imaging, the American Chiropractic College
of Radiology, the California Chiropractic Associa-
tion, and is a Fellow in the International College
DEBORAH (YOUNG) FORD HONORED
Deborah L. Ford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fran-
cis T. Young of Kerrville, Texas, has received the
Commander's Award for Civilian Service. Lt. Gen.
Thurman D. Rogers made the presentation of a cita-
tion and medal in a recent ceremony in the Pen-
Ford was commended for outstanding contribution
in support of the office of the assistant chief of
staff for Information Management. In his comments,
Rogers praised Ford for her leadership, conceptual
skills, and ability to access the need and bene-
fits of good manpower management.
Ford has been a federal employee for 12 years,
and is currently working for the Military Traffic
Management Comnand at Falls Church, Va. She and
her husband live in Springfield, Va.
June (Foster) Trim
JUNE TRIM PROMOTED AT SPACE CTR.
Pete and Marge Foster are proud to announce the
promotion of their daughter, June A. Trim, to
Chief, Travel Claims Section at the Johnson Space
Center in Houston, Texas.
June started work at Johnson Space Center on
December 30, 1980 as a travel voucher examiner,
transferring to managerial positions, and has re-
ceived several Outstanding and Sustained Superior
Performance awards during the past six years.
June graduated from Balboa High School in 1970
and attended Canal Zone College. She was employed
as a Payroll Technician with the Panama Canal Can-
mission leaving the Canal Zone in 1980.
LTC GORDON BOSWELL HONORED
Lt.Col. Gordon Boswell, son of Catherine and
John Boswell of Hattiesburg, Miss., was selected
by Strategic Air Command as the outstanding Mis-
sile Maintenance Field Grade Manager for 1986.
Col. Boswell is 44th Strategic Missle Wing's as-
sistant deputy commander for maintenance-product-
ion. His teams perform maintenance on the 165 Min-
uteman II missile complexes. His changes provided
better working conditions and procedures for the
Col. Boswell's award recognizes his many
achievements, contributions and ideas which have
enhanced management efficiency and cost effect-
iveness for the ICMB misses maintenance programs
Deborah Ann Pollack
POLLACK RANDOLPH ENGAGEMENT
Arthur Pollack and Rosita Pollack announce the
engagement of their daughter, Deborah Ann Pollack
to John Ember Randolph, son of Gerald Randolph
and Karin Ross.
Deborah graduated from Balboa High School with
the class of "76". She received a BS in Elementary
Education at Florida State University in Talla-
hassee. She currently teaches third grade.
John is a Firefighter Paramedic with the City
of Miami Beach Fire Department and is a S.W.A.T.
medic with the City of Miami Beach Police Depart-
The wedding is set for February 14, 1987.
Dr. Mit Parsons
DR. MITT PARSONS PROMOTED
In October, 1986, Dr. Mit Parsons was promoted
to the Washington Office Staff of the United
States Forest Service as the National Fisheries
Ecologist. Dr. Parsons, a 192 Balboa High School
graduate, is the son of the late Leon Parsons and
Dorothy S. Bright. Leon Parsons worked for the
Panama Canal Company Terminal Division and Build-
ing Division from 1933 until his death in 1952.
Dorothy later married Valley Bright and worked
for the Electrical Division until her retirement
in 1971. She now resides in San Bernardino, Calif.
While in the military, Dr. Parsons was station-
ed at Coco Solo as a Lieutenant with the U. S.
Army Tropic Test Center. Following his tour in
the Canal Zone, he served with the 101st Airborne
Division in Vietnam and with the 82nd Airborne
Division in Ft. Bragg, N.C. He left the military
as a Captain in 1971.
After completing a master's and doctorate pro-
gram at Montana State University, he was hired
by the Panama Canal Conpany to teach at Cristobal
High School, where he taught from 1975 to 1977.
Dr. Parsons has been employed by the Forest
Service since 1978.
Mit and his wife Mary Lou and their two daugh-
ters Jana (age 9) and Gina (age 7) reside in Fort
Collins, Colorado. In addition to his duties as
the National Fisheries Ecologist for the Forest
Service, Dr. Parsons serves as the Unit leader
of the Wildlife and Fish Ecology Unit, a research
and development group in Fort Collins.
NELLIS WILLIS ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Nellis of Lutz, Florida,
are pleased to announce the engagement of their
daughter, Carrie Elaine to William Curtis Willis
of San Antonio, Texas.
Carrie E. Nellis and William C. Willis
Carrie is employed as a Cancer Radiation Ther-
apy Technologist with the Cancer Therapy and Re-
search Center in San Antonio, and William, who
holds a degree in Business Administration has re-
turned to the University of Texas at San Antonio,
for a degree in Electrical Engineering.
A wedding is set for late May in San Antonio.
Peic and Alan Wayne Andersen
PELC ANDERSEN ENGAGEMENT
Teresa Nanette Pelc is engaged to be wed to
Alan Wayne Andersen in a Valentine's Day ceremony,
February 14, 1987 in Reynolds United Methodist
Church, Ashton, Illinois. Parents of the couple
are James and Jeanette Pelc of Ashton and Laverne
and Louise Andersen of Rockford, Illinois.
The Bride-to-Be is a graduate of Ashton High
School and Western Illinois University. Her fiance
is a graduate of East High School, Rockford and
served four years in the U. S. Navy. Both Teresa
and Alan are employed by WTVO-TV, Rockford, Ill.
Jonathon Fugleberg and Nancy McLaughlin
FIRST ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE
Jonathan fIgleberg and Nancy McLaughlin, for-
merly of Pasadena, California, were married Jan-
uary 11, 1986 and celebrated their first anniver-
sary by hosting an open house in their recently
purchased home at 6715 Jadeite Ave., Alta Loma,
CA. Nancy graduated from Polytechnic School in
Pasadena and from Smith College. She is a para-
legal with Thompson and Colgate in Riverside, CA.
Jonathan, a graduate of The United States Merchant
Marine Academy holds a degree in Marine Engineer-
ing and is employed as a loss prevention consult-
ant with Factory Mutual Engineering of Fullerton,
Jonathan is the youngest son of Kenneth and
Fern Fugleberg (former residents of Gamboa, Gatun
and Balboa, Canal Zone), now residing in Clear-
water, FL. Jon's brothers, David (Lynchberg, VA)
and Stephan (Tampa, FL) attended the wedding as
groomsmen, and Jon's father, Kenneth was honored
as best man.
MORRIS MAISANO ENGAGEMENT
An engagement party for Page Maisano and Ken-
neth L. Morris, Jr. was held on Saturday, November
29, at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Maisano in
New Orleans. The festive occasion was attended by
a large gathering of close friends and family mem-
The bride's groom-to-be, a 1983 graduate of the
University of New Orleans, who is currently pro-
gressing through the managerial ranks of the U.S.
Postal Service in New Orleans, is the son of Ken-
neth and Diane Morris of Panama. The bride-to-be
is currently completing her studies at the Univer-
sity of New Orleans. Her mother is the former
Gloria Sigl of the Canal Zone.
and Kenneth L. Morris, Jr.
Maternal grandparents, Kay and Travis Wallace
of Dothan, Ala., and formerly of the Canal Zone
were among several out-of-town guests who attended
the engagement party.
The couple is planning an October wedding in
BRUCE MORGAN O.S.U. GRAD
Bruce Morgan, the son
of Richard Moean and
Julieta Preciado de Nor-
gan of Balboa Heights,
graduated December 19
from Oklahoma State Uni-
versity in Stillwater,
Oklahoma. Bruce, a Na-
tional Honor Society 1982
graduate of Balboa High
School, received his
Bachelor of Science in
with minors in Finance Bruce Morgan
and Industrial Engineer-
ing. He has accepted a position in the Management
Trainee Program of CONOCO, an intensive one-year
program conducted at different locations in the
U.S. His initial assignment is in Lake Charles,
Louisiana, where he started work in early January.
Bruce is engaged to be married in the spring to
Miss Nancy Paull of Tulsa, Oklahoma, also a grad-
uate of Oklahoma State University.
PATRICK COFFEY TEXAS A&M GRAD
Mary (Mortand) Coffey, Graduate Patrick
Coffey, and John Coffey at December
Patrick Coffey graduated from Texas A&M on Dec-
ember 13 where he received his bachelor of Science
Degree in Industrial Engineering. With Patrick at
the graduation ceremony were his proud parents,
John and Mary (rorland) Coffey of Panama.
Patrick plans to live in Texas where he will
seek his fame and fortune.
MOOLDYK TO BECOME NAVAL AVIATOR
Evan Jan Iboldyk graduated from Auburn Univer-
sity in March, 1986 and has been commissioned into
the U. S. Navy. Evan is now training for Naval
Aviator at Pensacola, FL. He attended Canal Zone
schools from kindergarten through high school,
graduating in 1979.
Evan is the son of Captain Maarten P. Mooldyk,
a Panama Canal Pilot.
Evan Jan Mooldyk being sworn in.
JEFFRIES HOLLISTER ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis B. Jeffries (Virginia
Reinhardt) of Rockledge, FL. announce the ap-
proaching marriage of their son, Clayton Scott,
to Deborah Jean Hollister of Cocoa, FL.
Clay is a 1983 graduate of BHS, attended Bre-
vard Community College, and is currently employed
by United Parcel Service and Wal-Mart stores of
Deborah is a graduate of Merritt Island High
School, Merritt Island, FL and Brevard Comunity
College of Cocoa.
The wedding is planned for March 28, 1987, in
Deborah Jean Hollister and Clayton Scott
(Must be in by:)
April 25, 1987
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory S. Layman. Mrs.
Layman is the former Linda Lee Gough.
The groom is the son of Mrs. Virginia Layman of
Santa Barbara, California and the late Ralph Lay-
The couple are residing in Santa Ana, Calif.
Julie Marie King and Mark Minter
Julie Marie King and Mark Minter Macdonnell
were united in marriage in the rustic setting of
the Don Strange Ranch in Welfare, Texas, on May
Julie is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John
Barre King of San Antonio, Texas. Mark is the
youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Roderick Noman Mac-
donnell of Wimberly, Texas.
The bride is a graduate of the University of
Texas, San Antonio, and the groom graduated from
Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.
Following a reception for 250 guests, the happy
couple departed for an extended honeymoon to Scot-
The couple will continue to reside in San Anto-
nio where Mark is employed by Lanier Corporation.
Linda Lee Gough and Gregory Steven Layman were
married recently in a civil ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of John R. Gough II
of Los Rios, Panana, and the step-daughter of
Willard J. and Diane (Sparks) French of Fountain
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dale Scott. Mrs.
Scott is the former Brenda Lynn Reilly.
Brenda Lynn Reilly and Tlomas Dale Scott were
married in Seminole, Florida, in July, 1986.
The bride is the daughter of David and Velma
(Medina) Reilly, of Curundu.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at
Spoto's Banquet Hall.
The bride is a December graduate of Appalacian
State University, Boone, N.C., and the groom is
employed at Chetola Resort.
Both graduated from Balboa High School, and
they currently reside at Village on the Green,
Unit 2A2, Route 4, Boone, NC 28607.
Dena Eleza and Mark Cicero
Dena Eleza and Mark Cicero were united in mar-
riage on September 12, 1986, in Frisco, Texas.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Cicero of La Boca, Panama, and the bride is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Chandler of Mis-
The best man was Larry Cicero of Providence,
Rhode Island; Jim of Carrolton, Texas and Craig of
Port St. Lucie, also brothers of the groom were
the groomsmen. Ushers included the groom's cousin,
Mike Morris, of Houston, Texas.
Former Canal Zone (Panama) residents attending
the wedding were John Morris, cousin of the groom,
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Basso, Mary Basso (formerly a
nurse in the Maintenance Division), Berta, Bobbie,
Chris and Mark Aduato of Panama.
After honeymooning in Jamaica, the couple re-
turned to their home in The Colony, Texas.
Luke Paluabo married Betty Terry on December
26, 1986. Luke added to his family with Betty's
two children and two grandchildren.
The couple went to New Orleans after a small
family wedding, and thence to Florida. They spent
three days with the Donald umphreys in Palm Bay,
Florida, which included New Years. Jim Palumbo and
daughter Angela joined them there.
Lukes new address is Route #9, Box 155B, Fayet-
teville, AR 72703.
Brenda Jean Stokes (Garcia) and Dominic
A. Rossi, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Joe Stokes are pleased to
announce the marriage of their daughter, Brenda
Jean Stokes (Garcia) to Dominic Anthony Bossi, Jr.
at Gate City, Virginia on November 17, 1986.
The bridegroom is the son of Jewel Ann Rossi
and the late Dominic Anthony Rossi Sr. of Gate
City, Va. He is a graduate of Knoxville High
School, Tennessee and is now a member of the US
The bride was formerly from Coco Solo, Canal
Zone and graduated from Memorial High School in
The couple will reside in San Antonio, Texas.
Boode and Julie (Putnik) Siain, of Carmichael,
California, are pleased to announce the birth of
their second child, a son, Marc Thmnas on November
Marc weighed in at 9 lbs. 14 oz. Marc was pre-
ceded into his new world by his cousin Courtney
Michelle Conole, Julie's sister Kathy's first
child, arriving about one hour before Marc.
Paternal grandparents are Roger and Toni Swain,
formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone, now living in
Citrus Heights, California.
Marc joins his sister, Anna, age 2.
Boode welcomes any former Zonian friends to get
in touch if in the Sacramento area at 2513 Mission
Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608. (916) 483-6699.
Mr. and Mrs. James
Cicero of Carrollton,
Texas, announce the
birth of their first
child Brittany Nicole,
born on June 24, 1986.
grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph Cicero
of La Boca, Rep. of
Panama, and maternal
grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Dale Carter
of Amarillo, Texas.
Modesta C. Kozlowski is proud and happy to
announce the birth of her third grandchild,
Lindsay Rose Kozlowski!. Lindsay Rose was born on
September 8, 1986 to John and Nancy Kozlowsky in
Los Angeles, California and is their second child.
Lindsay's older brother, Caleb Tobias is seven
years old and so very proud and protective of his
new baby sister.
"Pos" and Gloria Parker with their
latest grandchild, Derek Thomas DeRaps,
born July 18, 1986. The other two shown
are granddaughters Breanne and Meghan
Mrs. Jean Campbell Farrington Inzer proudly
announces the birth of her third grandchild, and
her mothers', Mrs. Esther Canpbell's third great-
grandchild, Cheryl Lymn Farrington, on October 10,
1986 in El Paso, Texas. She weighed 7 lbs and
measured 21 inces at birth.
Proud parents are Capt. Charles A. and Cynthia
M. Farrington. Cheryl Lynn joins a sister, Alisa,
and a brother, Christopher.
Fulvia Correa is
pleased to announce
the birth of her sec-
ond grandchild, a girl
born to her son, Rich-
ard Allen Kresge. Reb-
ecca ee Kresge was
born July 11, 1986 in
Her greatgrandmother .
is Tomasa Aurora Es-
tribi Vda. de Correa .
of El Dorado, Rep. of
Panama. Her uncle is Brandon William
Attorney General A. Gillespie with
Correa, also from the Cheryl Kresge
Rep. of Panama. Gillespie.
Pat and Jackie (Barker) Donaldson, with
John Patrick and his older brother, Rob-
Ana McGlade (Mrs. John R.) of Floral City, Fla.
is pleased to announce the birth of her third
grandson, the second son of Pat and Jackie
(Barker) Donaldson, July 28, 1986.
John Patrick joins his brother, 8-year old
The Donaldsons live in Corozal, Rep. of Panama.
Timnthy and Theresa
(Snider) Herring of Gatun
Rep. of Panama, have an-
nounced the birth of
their fifth child, on
December 30, 1986 in Gor-
The infant, who has
been named Monique Marie,
weighed 7 lbs 7 oz and
measured 21k inches at
Godparents are Edard Monique Marie Her-
and Lori (Hetrick) Her- ring.
ring of Vancouver, WA.
Maternal grandparents are Leland and Kathy
Snider of Poulsbo, WA. The Herrings were delighted
to have Kathy and her sister, Mary Lou Govaert
visiting in Panama for the blessed occasion.
Paternal grandparents are George and Margaret
Herring of Wappingers Falls, New York.
Upon her arrival home from the hospital, Mon-
ique Marie received a warm welcome from her bro-
thers, Thomas, age 6; (Cristopher, age 4; Mary,
age 3, and Joseph, age 2.
Stephen Smith (CHS Class of '69) and his wife,
Mary, now residing in Fredericksted, St. Croix,
Virgin Islands, proudly announce the birth of
their first child, a beautiful baby girl, Danielle
Julia Smith, born on August 11, 1986.
Paternal grandparents are Capt. Gerald H. and
Lorraine Smith of Winchester, Tennessee, formerly
of the Atlantic side.
Michael and Michele (Urey) Perez of Del Rio,
Texas, announce the birth of a son, John Wesley
Perez, on October 20, 1986. The baby joins a bro-
ther, Ryan Jeffrey, 3 years old.
Grandparents are Lt. Col. (Ret) and Mrs. Ernest
Perez of San Jose, California, and John and Mary
Urey of Dothan, Alabama.
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William Badders, 87, of Alameda, California,
died November 23, 1986 at the Veterans Admin-
istration Hospital in Livermore. He was interred
at the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Pre-
sidio. He retired from the Industrial Division as
Master Diver for the Panama Canal following years
of service with the U.S. Navy. He received the
Congressional Medal of Honor for his rescue of 33
sailors from the sunken submarine Squalus in 1939,
and also earned the Navy Cross and the Navy-Marine
Corps Medal for his bravery on this mission. He
retired from the Panama Canal in 1963. He was a
member of the Medal of Honor Society, the Army-
Navy Legion of Valor, and the San Francisco Sub-
marine Veterans of World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Lynn; a son, A.W.
(Bill) Badders; a daughter, Marie Roberts; four
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, all of
Joseph M. Bateman, 71, of Cape Coral, Florida,
died January 12, 1987 at his residence. He was
born in Baltimore, Maryland and retired from the
Panama Canal Company with more than 30 years ser-
vice as a machinist in 1973. He retired as Lock-
master of the Miraflores Locks. He was a member of
St. Andrews Church in Cape Coral; a member of the
Knights of Columbus and a member of Elks Lodge
Survivors are his wife, Carmen; a daughter,
Miriam; four brothers and six sisters, all of Bal-
timore, Md. and three grandchildren.
Ruth Bourgeois, of Escondido, California, died
November 5, 1986. She lived twenty years in the
Canal Zone, mostly on the Pacific side. She was a
member of the Women's Club in Balboa. Her husband
retired as a marine engineer on tugboats in 1970.
Both Ruth and Joe have been longtime members of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida and the Panama
Canal Society of Southern California.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph W. Bour-
geois of Escondido, Calif., and a sister, Grace
Adams, of Redding, Pennsylvania.
Jack Brown, brother of Frances Whitlock, passed
away December 9, 1986 at 72. He lived in Northport
Long Island and is survived by his wife, Gloria,
a son, Allen and a daughter, Linda.
Bruna Mary Butz, 96, of Bambito, El Volcan,
Pananm, died November 20, 1986 in her home in
Bambito. She was the widow of Leonard Butz, who
was a Roosevelt Medal holder and who retired from
the Panama Canal Company in 1946.
She is survived by a son, Harry, of Springdale,
Arkansas, and his wife, Lenor; 3 grandchildren,
Harry Jr. of Reno, Nevada, Peter Leonard Butz of
Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and Ester Leone Clair of Jenks,
Oklahoma; and three great-grandchildren.
(See 'Editorial Bruna Butz' in "Looking Back"
Benjamin S. Chisholm, 75, of Westbrook Village
of Peoria, Arizona, died January 4, 1987, at Bos-
well Memorial Hospital. He was born in Happy Jack,
Louisiana and moved to Arizona in 1971 from the
Panama Canal. He was an accountant for the Panama
Canal Company and retired in February 1971 with
over 28 years of service. He was a member of St.
Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church and the Lakes Club
of Sun City. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen
who passed away in July, 1986.
Survivors include a son, Ronald; two sisters;
and two grandchildren.
William H. De Vore, of Murphy, North Carolina
and Sarasota, Florida, died November 4, 1986 in
Murphy, N.C. He was born in Colon Hospital, New
Cristobal, R.P. and spent most of his life in the
Canal Zone. He retired from the Accounting Divi-
sion of the Panama Canal Conpany after 32 years of
He was a member of Chagres Lodge AF&AM of Bal-
boa, the Scottish Rite and was a 330 degree Mason.
He was also a member of the Panama Canal Society
He is survived by his widow, Marian Smith
De Vore, and several nieces and nephews, including
Rager De Vore of Orlando, Florida.
David E. '"Aby" Dickson Jr., 52, of Lakewood,
Colorado, died January 28, 1987 at St. Anthony's
Central Hospital, Lakewood, during surgery. He was
raised in Pedro Miguel, Canal Zone, and during the
1930's was the youngest member of the Red, White,
and Blue Troupe (See "Looking Back"). He graduated
from Balboa High School in 1952, after which he
left for college in Maine.
He is survived by four sons; David III, James,
Robert and Mark, all of Bangor, Maine; and two
sisters, Jane (Dickson) Cox of Tucson, Arizona and
Donna (Dickson) Dondanville of Golden, Colorado.
Richard G. Dikgreve, 74, of Metaire, Louisiana
died July 9, 1986. He moved to the Canal Zone in
1937 and worked for the Army, and in 1939 accepted
a position in the Electrical Division advancing to
office services supervisor until his retirement in
1967 after 30 years of government service. Richard
very active in Redeemer Lutheran Church in Balboa
and later helped keep Margarita Chapel going, ser-
ving in many capacities, at times as lay minister
After retirement, he and his wife returned to
their birthplace, New Orleans, to live with their
daughter and her family. Richard was a very active
member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Metairie
and spent the remainder of his time in his garden
or with his grandchildren, and eventually with his
great-grandson. He is survived by his wife, Via
Mae Demuth Dinkgreve; daughter, Sylvia Stonicher;
three grandchildren, Richard Sr., Robert and
Patricia; and two great-grandsons, Richard, Jr.,
and Robert's son, Kirk, who was born June 24, 1986
while Richard was in the hospital.
Peggy Donovan of South Bend, Indiana, died Dec-
ember 26, 1986 of injuries suffered in a car acci-
dent in Du Page County, Illinois. She was an
adoption specialist for Catholic Social Services.
Born March 14, 1938 in Panama, she had lived and
worked in South Bend after her graduation from
Saint Mary's College.
She is survived by her mother, Irene Donovon of
St. Petersburg, Fla. and two aunts.
Marie Dunlop, 94, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died November 30, 1986 at Suncoast Manor Health
Center. Born in Pittsburgh, she left the Canal
Zone in 1954 where she was an accountant. She was
a Christian Scientist.
Survivors include two brothers, Herbert Stapf,
Clearwater, and Andrew Stapf, Ashville, N.C.; a
niece, Betty Malone, St. Petersburg; and a nephew
E.A. Malone, Covington, Louisiana.
Mabel Dyer, of Dalton, Georgia, passed away on
November 8, 1986 in Dalton. The Dyers lived on
both the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the Isthmus
for many years.
Mabel is survived by her husband, J.C. Dyer, of
Dalton, Ga.; a daughter, Lonnie Sue Durkin and her
five children; a son, Gary, and his wife, Vicki
"Somewhere back of the sunset
Where loveliness never dies
they live on in the Cand of Glory
With the blue and gold of the skies."
Eldon C. Fritz, 69, of Grover, South Dakota,
died January 16, 1987 as a result of an auto-ped-
estrian accident in Marietta, Ga. Mrs. Fritz died
January 5, 1987 as a result of the same accident.
He was active in the Grover Farmer Elevator Board
and had been a Hamlin County Connissioner. He was
also active in the Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran
Church in Grover.
He is survived by three sons; Roger Fritz of
Hazel, S.D., Gene (and Carol Beall Fritz) of Mar-
ietta, Ga., and Kevin Fritz of Portland, Or.; four
sisters and nine grandchildren.
Gertrude M. Fritz, 61, of Grover, South Dakota
died January 5, 1987 as a result of an auto-pedes-
trian accident in Marietta, Ga. She was employed
in the Assessors Office for twenty two years and
was currently the City Assessor for Codington
County, South Dakota.
She is survived by her husband, Eldon; three
sons, Roger Fritz of Hazel, S.D., Gene (and Carol
Beall Fritz) of Marietta, Ga., and Kevin Fritz of
Portland, Or.; her mother, two sisters, two bro-
thers, and nine grandchildren.
John A. Garnsey, 53, of Tallahassee, Florida,
died October 28, 1986 at the Gorgas Army Hospital,
Ancon, Rep. of Panama. He served with the US Navy
for 17 years and later transferred to the US Army
in 1968, retiring in 1972. He joined the Canal
Commission in 1976 as Master of Tugboats and was
later a Pilot until his retirement in September,
1986. He was a member of Chagres Lodge, Abou Saad
Shrine, BPOElks Lodge 1414, Media Temple, Scottish
Rite of Watertown, NY, American Legion and VFW,
and the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie; a son, John,
and a daughter, Jeannine.
Florence Geddes, 69, of Ocala, Florida, died
January 12, 1987 in Monroe Regional Medical Cen-
ter. Born in New York, N.Y., she was a homemaker
and moved to Oacala from the Panama Canal Zone
after her husband's retirement from the Mainte-
nance Division in 1973. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include her husband, Robert T. Geddes
of Ocala; three daughters, Patricia Risberg of
Titusville, Fla., Diana Schmenk of Lafayette,
Ind., Barbara Shaw of Denver, Colo.; two sons,
Robert Geddes Jr. of Gambia, Rep. of Panama, Wil-
liam Geddes of Tulsa, Okla.; five grandchildren
and one great-grandchild.
Archie M. Gibson, Jr., 67, of Dunedin, Florida
died February 7, 1987 at the H. Lee Moffit Cancer
Center, Tanpa, Fl. He was born in Colon, Rep. of
Panama and graduated from Balboa High School in
1938, after which he served with the U.S. Navy
during World War II. He left the Canal Zone in
1950 for the U.S. and retired as an Engineer with
General Electric, and moved to Florida in 1979.
He is survived by his wife, Doris M. Gibson;
four sons, Archie M. III, James M., Michael A.,
and Christopher M.; four daughters, Patricia Gib-
son, Karen S. Punturo, Kathleen Blake and Virginia
Gibson; a sister, Isabelle A. Gibson, and nine
Jesse D. Hall passed away November 27, 1986 in
La Grange, Georgia. He went to Panama in 1946 and
worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers at Fort
Davis as a construction foreman. He retired in
1968 and made his home in La Grange. He was a 330
He is survived by his wife, Effie Hall of La
Grange; a daughter, Mary Lindemuth, and son-in-
law Ray Lindenmuth of Franklin, Georgia; two grand
children and two great-grandsons.
Troy Hayes, 85, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died December 16, 1986 at St. Anthony's Hospital.
He retired as a police officer in the Canal Zone
in 1953. He was Past Exalted Ruler of Balboa Elks
Lodge 1414. Locally he was an associate with the
Robert W. Hendry Realtors, a member of Central
Christian Church and was past president of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida during 1957-1958.
He remained active in the Society, being a member
of the Executive Board during 1982-1983.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; a daughter,
Mildred Bowen, Fontana, California; two brothers,
Sidney, St. Petersburg, and Gardner, Lexington,
Kentucky; a sister, Lula Hayes, Falls Church, Vir-
ginia, and a granddaughter.
Marion Alice Hazeldine, of Sun City West, Ari-
zona, died November 14, 1986.
She is survived by her husband, Robert T. Haze-
eldine, CZJC '36; and two daughters, Patricia, of
Houston, Texas, and Janice Brewer, of Austin,
Joseph Irving, 81, of Meredosia, Illinois, died
November 26, 1986 at the Barry Community Care Cen-
ter. He went to the Panama Canal Zone in 1940 as
an operating engineer and retired in 1966. He was
a member of the First Christian Church in Leisure
World, a Mason, the High 12, Shriners and High
Jesters. He was also a 29-year member of the Elks.
Survivors include his wife, Vera Grace; a son,
Gary Wade Irving of Skillman, N.J.; three grand-
children, Kim, Erin and Wade, all of Skillman, NJ.
hamas T. Jordan, of Mobile, Alabama, died
after a short illness on January 5, 1987 at the
home of his daughter and son-in-law, Joseph and
Marjorie Hall. He was a member of the Zion Baptist
Church in Mobile. He was a 320 Mason in Scottish
Rite and a member of Balboa Lodge. He retired from
the Panama Canal in 1953.
He is survived by three daughters, Marjorie
Hall of Mobile, Alabama, Dorothy Herrington of
Clearwater, Florida, and Tommie Lou Horter of
Austin, Texas; a son, Thomas M. Jordan of Ft Laud-
erdale, Florida; eight grandchildren and eight
Helen B. Kuhrt, 82, of Altamonte Springs, Flo-
rida, died January 8, 1987. Born in East Dorset,
Vermont, she moved to Altamonte Springs from Ver-
mont in 1958. She was the widow of Capt. Walter H.
Kuhrt who retired from the Navigation Division in
October 1956. She was a homemaker and a Protestant
and was a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida and Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include a son, Walter Jr., of Long-
wood, Fla.; a daughter, Betty Kuller of Altamonte
Springs; a sister, Alice Reed of East Dorset; a
brother, Robert Brock of East Dorset; seven grand-
children and two great-grandchildren.
Charlotte C. laurie, 98, died July 29, 1986 at
the home of her daughter, Irene Will. Mrs. Laurie
lived in the Canal Zone from 1919 to 1974. She was
employed by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, retiring
in 1954. She was very active in the Catholic
Daughters, American Legion Auxiliary and the Em-
Surviving are three daughters, Dorothy of Fla.,
Irene Will of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Rita Will
of El Cajon, Calif.; a sister, Kathryn Wynne of
Florida, 19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren
and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Jobn Layport. 85, of Carolina Village, Hender-
sonville, N.C. died November 4, 1986. He was a re-
tired executive from the traffic department of
AT&T, and a former professional football player
with the Cleveland Indians, after which he was
elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Survivors include his wife, Esther Hodges, a
former teacher in the Canal Zone; a stepson, Fred
H. Hodges of Chesapeake, VA.; and a brother,
Charles of Salem, Oregon.
Leroy each, 53, died in September, 1986 in San
Jose, California. The Leach family resided in Bal-
boa in the 1930's and then in Cristobal in the
1940's. His father, the late Ray Leach was a plun-
ber for the Panama Canal Company. Leroy graduated
from Cristobal High School about 1952.
He is survived by four sisters, Pat Koenig of
Monterey, Calif., Mary, of San Juan Bautista,
Calif., Maureen, of Reno, Nevada, and Lorna.
No further information available.
Mary R. Neuconer, 94, of Atlanta, Georgia, died
recently at Crawford Long Hospital. She was a
homemaker and widow of former Governor of the
Canal Zone, Brig. Gen. Francis K. Newcomer who
served as governor from 1948 to 1952. He died at
77 in 1967. Mrs. Newcomer was a member of St.
Luke's Episcopal Church.
Surviving are two sons, F.K. Newcomer Jr. of
Morristown, N.J., and Thomas R. Newcomer of Wash-
inton, D.C.; a daughter, Mrs. Becky Wyche of Atl-
anta; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchild-
ren. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery
in Arlington, Va.
Jean Strauss Oldham, of Carlsbad, New Mexico,
passed away January 13, 1987 at her home. She was
born in Gorgas Hospital to John R. and Alice G.
Strauss. Mr. Strauss was a former Roosevelt Medal
She is survived by her husband, John P. Oldham
of Carlsbad; a son, John, of Odessa, Texas; daugh-
ters Patricia Akers and Cele Yarbrough of Hobbs,
New Mexico; sisters, Cecelia Mickle of Fairhope,
Ala. and Alice McLean of Dothan, Ala., and seven
Ella A. Partons, of New Britain, Connecticut,
died October 31, 1986. She was a Registered Nurse
at Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone from 1954 to
1963. She also served in the Army Nurse Corps in
Europe during World War II.
There are no family survivors.
Julius Petersen, 88, of Hillside, New Jersey,
passed away. He served in both World Wars and was
employed by the Panama Railroad Steamship Company
for 40 years. He was born in Denmark and settled
in New Jersey 57 years ago.
Survivors include ten nieces and nephews.
Lenore Pritham, 68, of Greenville Junction,
Maine, died January 16, 1987 at the hospital in
Greenville. She was in the Canal Zone from 1949 to
1975 and resided on both sides of the Isthmus.
She is survived by her husband, Howard C.
Pritham, MD, Greenville; four sons, Frederick of
Greenville, Charles of Chattanoogs, Tn., Andrew of
Houston, Texas, and Robin of Seoul, Korea; one
daughter, Sarah of Stockton, California; one grand
son, two step-children and seven step-grandchild-
Richard Reinhold, 70, of Bentonville, Arkansas
died November 24, 1986, at Bates Memorial Hospital
He was born October 11, 1916 at Ancon, Panama
Canal Zone. He worked in management dry cleaning
and laundry services with several companies, in-
cluding United States Navy and Air Force and was
a member of St. Theodore's Episcopal Church. He
moved to Bentonville in 1982. He is survived by
his wife, Maxine, one son, Richard Reinhold, Jr.,
of Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Barbara Reinhold
and Shirley Reinhold of St. Paul, Minn., four bro-
thers and two sisters.
J. Palmer '-an[' Smith, 83, of John's Island,
South Carolina, died February 11, 1986 in Charles-
ton, S.C. He joined the Canal Zone Government in
1940 and the Health Bureau in 1941, serving as the
Chief of the Division of Sanitation. While in the
Canal Zone, he was a Mason, a director of the YMCA
and Senior Warden of the Episcopal Cathedral of
St. Luke. He retired in 1964.
Survivors include his wife, Gertrude Hall Sally
Smith; a daughter, Mary McGough, Huntsville, Ala.;
three sons, J. Palmer III, Radnor, Pa., Orlando
Flye, Seabrook Island, SC, and Dr. Peter Gaillard,
St. Louis, MO.; a sister, Marjorie Fowler, Cape
Elizabeth, ME; ten grandchildren and three great
Keith J. S-artzell, 79, of Melbourne, Florida,
died November 30, 1986 after a long illness.He was
born in Littleton, Iowa and internment was made in
Palm Bay, Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Tonneson
Swartzell; a granddaughter, Sherry Greckel, and a
grandson, Mike Greckel, both of Omaha, Nebraska.
LtCol Hward B. Urick, D.D.S. USA Retired, died
October 11, 1986 at Brooks Army Medical Center in
San Antonio, Texas, at age 56. He served in the
Canal Zone from 1973-1977 where he was Chief Den-
tal Officer at the Fort Gulick Dental Clinic.
He is survived by his wife, Patrice (Wallace)
Urick of San Antonio; two sons; three stepsons and
Joseph W. (Bill) Winn, Jr., of Crosby, Texas,
died January 4, 1987 in Methodist Hospital in
Houston from a heart attack. He retired after 242
years with the FAA in the Canal Zone. He is a Past
Master of Army Masonic Lodge in Balboa; a Past
Patron of Orchid Chapter #1, OES; a member of Abou
Saad Shrine and a past officer of the District
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. He was a HAM radio
operator assisting in emergencies with many hours
of service, and was employed as a radio electronic
technician aboard various merchant marine ships.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Crosby;
a son and daughter-in-law, David and Sue Winn of
Vidor, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Larry and
Katherine Baisdon of Bridge City, Texas, and four
Edison W. Wirtz Sr., 73, of Mills River, North
Carolina, died January 25, 1987 following a sudden
illness. A native of the Panama Canal Zone, he was
the son of the late William and Elizabeth Thore
Wirtz, and the husband of the late Freddie Lee
Austin Wirtz, who died in 1982. He graduated from
Cristobal High School and was employed by the PC
Company as an auto body repairman. He was also
employed by the US Army as an auto body repairman
and locksmith, retiring in 1967.
Survivors include a son, Edison W, Wirtz Jr. of
Mills River; a daughter, Sandra Gail Ekberg of
Elko, Nevada; two brothers, Jack of Hendersonville
N.C. and Bob of Arlington, Virginia; four sisters,
Elizabeth Stahler of Palm Bay, Fla., Margaret
Diehl of hendersonville, Geraldine Longshore of
Newberry, S.C., and Gertrude Vavak of Lake
Isabella, Calif., and four grandchildren.
Letters to the Editor
THE SPURLOCKS FLORIDA TO ALASKA
The Reunion this year must have been bigger
and better than ever before. Sorry we missed it.
We should make the one next year.
In my last note to you I promised to tell you
about our trip to Alaska and Canada. It certainly
was one of the best and most interesting trips
Taylor and I have ever made, with beautiful
weather and cool nights, a welcome change from
summertime in Florida, even if I had to use long,
thermal underwear for pajamas some nights.
We started out May 14 for Indiana, where we
visited Taylor's family, and after a week's rain
delay finally got to see "Indy 500". After that we
went to some other big car races in Ohio, and by
the time we left there it was early June. We saw
some beautiful scenery around the Great Lakes on
our way to Brainerd, Minn. There we had a nice
visit with Lloyd (Sonny) and Ingrid Anderson. They
live right on Gull Lake, a beautiful resort area,
and have a Swedish gift shop, "The Swedish Timber
House". We used to be neighbors in Balboa in the
'60s. Sonny worked at the Panama Canal CPO, and
Ingrid at Gorgas Hospital with Dr. Bailey in rad-
iology. We had not seen them for almost 20 years,
and were treated like royalty, with home baked
bread and home-made maple syrup.
From Brainerd we headed up to Canada. Drove
through the Canadian Prairie for 4 days, also
known as the "breadbasket of the world", to the
Canadian Rockies. We visited Banff and Jasper Nat-
ional Parks, drove through the Ice-fields and were
in a snow storm. What spectacular scenery! We saw
bears, mountain goats and stone sheep. At Lake
Louise we ran into Esther and Ed Niskanen (IAGS),
what a small world! We had a nice visit with them.
We had a few problems with our motor home,
which started in the Canadian Rockies while we
were visiting a hot spring (1050) at about 10,000'
altitude. The brakes went out, but taylor managed
to get us down the winding mountain roads safely.
We spent a day at Dinosaur National Park in Brit-
ish Columbia, featured on TV as one of the most
important places in the world, as far as dinosaur
archeologists believe. Very interesting, hot and
dry. Also visited the biggest Mall in the world at
Edmonton, Alberta. What a fascinating place. We
could have spent a week there. They even had a
Swedish store there, IKEA, where I managed to
spend some money. Inside the mall they have over
400 stores, a beach, aquarium with shows, a bull-
ring, zoo, skating rink and a huge amusement park.
There we saw the roller-coaster "Drop of Doom",
also known as the "Brain Buster", where a car had
jumped off the track only a week earlier and kill-
ed three people. That ride was closed!
The campgrounds in Canada are great, cost $3-$4
a night, have barbecue pits and free wood. On the
Alcan Highway, we traveled through Yukon Territory
where the scenery was also very beautiful. Lots of
mountains, wilderness, rivers, and forests. The
roads still leave a lot to be desired, and we
broke a steering stabilizer in a huge pothole, and
had to drive approximately 400 miles at 25 mph all
the way to Whitehorse, AK. before we could get it
repaired. Repair costs are outrageous. The scenery
coming into Anchorage is very beautiful, with mag-
nificent mountain tops and scarey, winding roads
way up in the hills, where you can hardly see the
bottom. The back of the camper would hang out over
the cliffs when meeting other cars on a turn. The
campgrounds in Alaska are free and very clean and
nice. But don't be surprised if you see a bear
when you get out of your motor home. It happened
to me, and I had to give up my daily walks in the
In Anchorage we stayed with LTC Kay Witt and
his wife, Lucy at Ft. Richardson. Kay used to be
my boss at HQ USAAC, Panama, and Lucy is the niece
of Gen. Ruben Paredes of Panama. They showed us a
great time, and all the sights. We went camping in
our motor homes the July 4 weekend. First we went
to see the beautiful Portage Glacier, then to Sew-
ard, where Taylor had a chance to go deep-sea
fishing for Ling Cod and Halibut. Then on to the
End of the World, Homer, a fascinating place, with
more campers and motor homes than we had ever
seen. A lot of people were traveling by motorcycle
and bicycle or hiking. We went clamming in Ninil-
chik, and got stuck in the mud. There is a lot to
do in the Kenai peninsula, and we want to go back
there some day. Kay prepared the best fried hali-
but and smoked salmon we ever had. Saw a lot of
moose at Ft. Richardson, including a mother and
twin calves. We had a great 2 weeks with the
Maj-Britt and Taylor Spurlock at Kenai
From Anchorage we headed for Fairbanks, visited
Denali National Park, went through North Pole, AK
on our way to Haines. We spent some of our best
days in Haines, watching more bald eagles than we
knew existed in the world, and the salmon was just
beginning to run about the time we left. That's
another place we have to back to. There, we also
went to a salmon bake at Hotel Hilsingland, owners
Swedish, where they had Eskimos performing native
dances. While in Haines we also took a ferry trip
to the little town of Skagway. On July 19 we got
on a big ferry, motor home and all, for a 3-day
trip to Prince Rupert. Along the way we saw lots
of whales, eagles and sea otters. We stopped at a
lot of small towns and from Prince Rupert we drove
to Vancouver, B.C. to EXPO 86.
Dirt road Denali National Park, Alaska
At EXPO 86 we spent 2 fascinating but exhaust-
ing days. Leaving EXPO, someone gave us the wrong
directions and we got lost in the afternoon traf-
fic, which was a scarey experience in our big
motor home. When we left Vancouver, we drove to
Cour D'Alene, Idaho to visit Bob and Joan Clark.
Bob worked with me at the Intellegence Div., USAAC
Panama about 20 years ago. After a few very nice
days with them we went to Yellowstone Park. We saw
Buffalo Bills' Wild West Show, also saw a lot of
deer and moose there. No bears. From Yellowstone
we headed for New Mexico where we visited Ruben
and Goody Martinez (He used to work in the old
Signal Section with you, Pat). We also tried to
contact Dr. Harold Albert in El Paso, an old
friend from Gorgas and the Isthmian Race Car Club,
but he just retired, we think. We then went to San
Antonio where Taylor also has relatives, and we
visited them, Carlota Fassett (IAGS) and Jack and
Myrna Pellegreen (Air Force in '60s).
When we left Texas I was getting more and more
anxious to get home and I made Taylor drive 900
miles the last day. We got home August 12 after
approximately 14,000 miles of driving and sight-
seeing. Quite an adventure. Next year we are going
up the East Coast to Nova Scotia, probably in July
We certainly recommend the Alaska/Canada trip
to all our friends adventurous enough to drive
4,000 miles at 30 miles an hour. It was a fascin-
ating and spectacular trip to say the least.
Hope to see our Canal Zone friends at the Re-
union next year.
Maj-Britt and Taylor Spurlock
North Port, FL
LATHROP LORING, 104 YEARS YOUNG
Lathrop Lorig, a former employee of the Panama
Canal Company, worked as a machinist in the old
Mechanical Division, Planning Department.
He is now 104 years old lives alone in his
own house, drives a 1972 Buick to run his errands
and is still going strong!
He lives in Yarmouth, Maine.
from Grace (Schack) Wilson
MARGARET MORRIS GETS AROUND
Mrs. Margaret Morris of Wallace, N.C. spent
three months this past fall with her son and
daughter-in-law, Bob and Linda Morris of Richard-
son, Texas. She also visited with her daughter,
Margie Hanesworth, of Piano, Texas, and attended
several of her grandson Brook's varsity football
games. His team from Piano Senior High School went
on to win the Texas Class 5-A State Championships.
In November Mrs. Morris flew to Panama for an
extended stay with her son, Charles, and his fam-
ily. Her address there is Box 1936, APO Miami, FL,
Happy New Year to All!
Margaret (Morris) Hanesuorth
APO Miami, FL
Getting off ship in Acapulco (12/22/86).
That is Gordon and Betty Levine on gang-
plank, behind us!
THE FORGESONS ON TWO CRUISES
The Forgesons had a super-duper 11 days' cruise
over Christmas on the Mexican Reviera from Los
Angeles and back, with port stops at Cabo San
Lucas, Matzatlan, Acapulco, Zihuantanejo (Ixtapa)
and Puerto Vallarta on Sitmars' beautiful ship,
the Fairsea. 'he weather, the ocean, the food,
accommodations, sightseeing and entertainment
couldn't have been better really the best cruise
ship we've been on for total enjoyment!
No sooner home, than we were off again on a
January 19 cruise on the Scanriavian Star out of
Tampa to Cozunel, Me.jco se we have covered lots
of Mexico in the past month.
It was great to be on the 'go' again after our
long 'stay-at-home' from May to October, 1986 due
to Barney's three operations.
Again we thank all .te friends who called and
wrote during Barney's "set-back".
Happy New Year!
Betty and Barney Forgeson
Tierra Verde, FL
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Frank A. Baldvin and seven grandchildren
practice in Boca Raton, Florida for the
1987 Carnaval in Panama.
CANAL ZONE PACIFIC POWER SQUADRON
On September 20, 1986, the Governing Board of
the United States Power Squadrons voted to with-
draw the Charter of the Canal Zone Pacific Power
Squadron. It will be fondly remembered by its hun-
dreds of members in its 37-year existence.
Canal Zone Pacific was formed by William H.
Clark, Jr., with a Charter being granted in Sep-
tember 12, 1949, to 15 charter members. It had a
history of education and service dating from its
initiation. Many former Zonians will remember the
Annual Basic Boating and Seamanship courses taught
by the Squadron.
The Squadron's valuable contributions to the
area were recognized by the presentation of the
Governor's Community Service Silver Award.
Membership grew to about 75 in the '60's, and
like all Canal Zone organizations had a large an-
nual turnover. The Treaty, of course, depleted the
membership, and at the end, there were 27 members.
These members included six left in Panama, and the
others scattered about in 10 states.
Charter Members were found: Bernard J. (Bernie)
Brown of Bridgewater, NJ; Robert A. Berry of Town-
send, MT; and Loren B. (Brodie) Burnham of the New
Port Richey, FL. area.
The original Charter has been kept by the Longs
and will be donated to the Canal Zone Museum when-
ever it comes into existence.
Question: Is this the last unit of a National
organization that had "Canal Zone" as part of its
Some Squadron members were willing to go on
forever, but the National organization said, "No."
John B. Lmg
Canal Zone Pacific Power Squadron
3100 Turner Rd. S.E., #623
Salem, OR 97302
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This was given to me by Marion nSith
DeVore Guinn. L-R: Riggs Forrest; (????)
and Sherman DeVore.Maybe Riggs can tell
you the story behind this picture!
Marion L. Davis
LYNNETTE STOKES IN NAPLES, ITALY
I wish to thank you very much for the member-
ship into the Society. I also wish to thank my
friend John Ridge for sending it to me. Thank you
John, I will send you something from Italy.
I am still in the Air Force and currently sta-
tioned in Naples, Italy. This is the Headquarters
of the Sixth Fleet. Since I am in the Air Force,
I work in NATO, the HQ of the Allied Forces,
Southern Europe. I work with, and deal with a lot
of personnel from different nations and I current-
ly work for the Provost Marshal. I work with Air
Force Security Police and Italian Carabinieri,
which have control of the installation and within
Italy itself. I have a three-year tour and when
completed, would like to get stationed in Florida,
where I would like to stay for a while.
I am here with my two-year old daughter Amber
Renee, who is of course, Grandma's little girl and
my greatest joy.
I will be getting engaged on December 8 (1986).
My fiance, Eric J. Thompson is from Ohio, and at
this time there is no wedding date. We will get
married here, spending the remainder of our tour
and then proceed to the U.S.
My sister, Jenifer (Stokes) Sparks is still
stationed in Spain with the Air Force. She and her
husband, Kirk will be leaving Spain in March for
Scott AFB, IL. I plan a trip in January to visit
before she leaves the European Theater.
My other sister, Brenda is currently in Virgin-
ia. She too will be getting married in the near
future to Dominic Bossi, also in the Air Force,
and they plan on moving to San Antonio, Texas to
his new assignment.
My mother and father, Bob and Elia Stokes are
still in Joplin, MO. They are doing just fine and
am still trying to talk them into Florida where I
think they would like the climate a lot better.
I'll keep trying.
I wish to say thank you again, and will con-
tinue to write and keep you informed on the Stokes
clan. If old friends would like to write, my ad-
dress is: Lynette (Leni) Stokes, AFSOUTH Box 119,
FPO New York 09524.
Good luck and keep up the good work. I know
that I truly appreciate it. Being away from home
and familiar things, the "Canal Record" does bring
back some good memories and a lot of pleasure.
Elisa Marie, the daughter of Paul and his wife
Annette, celebrated her first birthday on October
13, 1986. Elisa is such a happy baby and has such
a colorful and animated personality already! Can't
wait till she hits her "terrible two's!"
Sophia is becoming quite cosmopolitan as she is
working in New York City at the Gallagher Group,
Inc. Advertising Agency. She enjoys the city a
lot and says there is nothing quite like the Big
Frank is still doing very well in Dallas, Texas
as is Anthony in Buffalo, N.Y., and Camnnn Rose in
I admit that I celebrated my BIG 60 this past
November, and how! My gang threw me a surprise
birthday party and what a party it was! I was so
overwhelmed and surprised that I was speechless
for most of the evening. I had such a marvelous
time too, for many of my friends and family were
there to share my day with me.
All in all, the Kozlouski's are happy, healthy,
and still living life to the fullest.
Modest C. Kozlouski
PHEBE NEVILLE HAS HIP REPAIRS
Phebe G. Neville broke her hip and was operated
on October 4, 1986 to implant a plate and pin. She
has moved to a private room at the following ad-
dress: Mrs. Phebe G. Neville, Hillsboro Manor
Nursing Home, Room 110, 1700 Short East Hillsboro,
El Dorado, AR 71730.
by Diane Mason
NEWS FROM THE LOEHRS
Still enjoying the all-wheelchair home. Bill is
doing pretty good and is in Fitzsinmons Army Hos-
pital right now for surgery. Nothing serious. We
are just getting along in years.
Don and Ginger are both enjoying grandchildren.
Yes, all four of our grandchildren are married and
there are 31 great-grands for us. They are all
pretty special, but of course we are prejudiced.
Had James and Ciarlice Lee of Eagle River,
Alaska for a visit while she went to the hospital
for her heart. He was at Ft. Gulick and Ft. Davis
Also Lefty Menard (Ft. Gulick and former base-
ball player) was here.
We see Addie Colclasure fairly often.
Had an extended visit from Patsy Ryan that we
enjoyed very much. We were in Ft. Gulick and Ft.
Clayton during 1949-55 and retired from the Army
in 1959. Worked Civil Service till 1972. Have now
retired and have since put close to 500,000 miles
on two campers and three motor homes. Got lots of
pictures and happy mennries. Our best to everyone.
Bill and Dottie Loehr
Jim and Mary Suddaby, and Doris (Ehrman)
and At Monaco in Syossett, Long Island.
MONACOS VISIT THE SUDDABYS
Last October, while on a trip to watch the
leaves turn colors, Al and Doris (Ehrnan) Monaco
followed the Appalacian Trail from Georgia to Ver-
mont...by car. (Highly recommended in October).
Some side trips to see friends turned up Jim
and Mary Suddaby in Syossett, Long Island.
Al and Doris promised Jim they would take a
picture of his old home in Gamboa when they visit
Ana Ehnman this March in Panama. Doris' mother,
Ana spends November through February each year
with them in Florida; but this is the first time
Al will be in Panama, arriving February 28 in time
for Carnival. (Keep producing the Cortez)
Al and Doris Monaco
THE WOODS UNITE IN PANAMA
On December 15 we left for Panama with two of
our grandchildren, Robert and Jennifer Engelke.
Destination: Ann and Antonio Suscuns. Three days
later, Bobby and Nellie and the other two grand-
children, Angela and Christopher joined us. Tonito
Suiscn was there already. Three days later, Vir-
ginia Ann and Guillermn Suscun arrived from col-
lege and finally after a long time the whole fam-
ily was together.
We had a great Christmas. Nostalgia had it's
place as Nellie and Bobby had not been back home
for 11 years.
We stayed in an apartment Ann had reserved for
us and it worked out great. We visited old friends
- had a Christmas party Santa Claus himself in-
cluded B-B-Q's, etc. The visit played havoc with
our waist lines as our menus included delicious
goodies such as tamales, seviche, hams, turkeys,
fresh scallops, yams, carimanoles, roasted pig
(apple-in-nouth style). We even had a Chinese
lunch cooked by a real honest-to-goodness Chinese
We had a few days at the beach and in the El
Valle mountains where we had a place for 22 years.
The weather was marvelous. Cool, bright, sunny
days with the trade winds of summer. Seeing El
Valle again was a special treat. The Indian Sunday
market is as quaint as ever and the mountains may-
be even more beautiful.
On New Year's Eve we had a fantastic dinner at
the Union Club and then waited for midnight on the
terrace. Under the stars, by the ocean and gor-
geously done in silver and red with white lights.
Continuous music and midnite fireworks.
As we heard some of the ships blowing their
horns and saw them going through the Canal, we
also became nostalgic for the sea and cancelled
our plane trip back. Instead, we got reservations
on the "Stella Lykes" (Lykes Lines) and left on
the 14th for Miami, via Cartagena, Colombia, a 5-6
Front, L-R: Guillermo Suescwn, Robert,
Angela and Jennifer Engelke, Antonio
Suscum. Back, L-R: Robert and Nellie
Engelke, Virginia Suescum, James Wood,
Christopher Engeike, Virginia Wood, Ann
and Antonio Suescum.
All the planning, arranging for the eight of us
to cane down really paid off!! We enjoyed the
country, the weather and the reunion of the Wood-
From Panand, we hope 1987 will be a peaceful
and a healthy year for all.
Virginia and Jim Wood
A matter of priorities.
It was a dark, moonless night. The watch on the
bridge strained their eyes through binoculars to
focus on a dim light that appeared sporadically
between rain squalls up ahead. The giant ship was
steaming full speed into the inky blackness.
"Bearing's holding constant, sir," reported one
of the lookouts. A few minutes later the light was
steady, and the bearing was still unchanged. The
Admiral gave the order to signal.
"Alter course 100 to the north," flashed the
signalman from the bridge wing.
The message went unanswered for some time. But
just before the order would have been given to re-
peat it, the lookout saw the faint flash of a re-
turn signal. "They say 'alter course 100 to the
south', Sir," reported the lookout.
The Admiral was not pleased. "Signal them to
alter course 10 to the north," he said after a
few moments, "and that I have priority."
The signal was dutifully flashed. By now the
light was clearly visible without binoculars. The
lookout had no trouble picking up the return com-
"Alter course 100 to the south," read
the lookout as he translated the code. "I have
- higher priority."
Now the Admiral was annoyed. "Signal them
again," he ordered. "Alter course 10 to the
north. I have priority and I am an Admiral." The
signal was flashed smartly.
Again there was an anxious pause waiting for a
response, and then a squall cloud obscured the
light. Two minutes later the light came into view
again, much brighter and steady, bearing still un-
changed. The signal light was now visible to the
"Alter course 100 to the south," it said. "I
have higher priority, and I am an ordinary seaman
The Admiral was enraged. He stormed out onto
the bridge wing, leaning out into the cold and
biting wind. "Give me that thing," he muttered as
he pushed the signalman aside.
With uneven but emphatic slams of the signal
light shutter lever, he signalled the next message
himself. "Alter course 10 to the north. I have
priority. I am an Admiral. This is a battleship."
He stormed back into the relative protection of
the bridge. No one dared to speak. The light on
the bow was strong and steady, and growing bright-
er every minute. Finally the signal light carrying
the return message appeared, now clearly visible
to all on the bridge.
"Alter course 10 to the south. I have higher
priority. I am an ordinary seaman first class.
This is a lighthouse."
Submitted by Bradley Pearson
THE BAGLIENS REUNITE
...We had a family reunion in Georgia this past
August with almost all there! Four grandchildren,
four children, two sons-in-law and Bernice's
parents from North Dakota fourteen of us all to-
We had a pleasant week together despite a warm-
er than usual Georgia summer. Bernice and I drove
to North Dakota, picked up her parents and drove
them back here to Georgia via Minneapolis, MN.,
Onondaga, MI. and Memphis, TN.
After the reunion, we returned them to North
Dakota and then had to drive ourselves back to
Georgia all in all, a couple of months of visit-
ing and about 10,000 miles of driving.
The Baglien family reunion in Toccoa,
Ga., August 1986. Back row, L-R: Joel
Baglien, Julie Baglien, Beth Williams,
Lymn Barnes. Front, L-R: Bernice and
TEX BRISTOL AND WOODY FOSTER MEET
Tex Bristol with Woody Foster, two of "Canal
Zone's Finest" (ex-Police, of course), shown here
on Woody's property in Dunnellon, Florida.
Tex, a Dunnellon resident since retirement, and
accommodating as always, is giving Woody a helping
hand in selecting the best site for a home.
Tex and Mary keep healthfully busy on their own
country-spread, as you can see. Doesn't he look
Tex Bristol with Woody Foster
GLASSBURNS TO ENGLAND FOR WEDDING
Stephen and Tracy Glassburn are the son and
daughter of Paul and Sharon (DeVore) Glassburn of
Clearwater, Florida. Sharon, Paul and Stephen had
a festive Christmas in truly "Merry Ole' England".
The streets, restaurants and pubs of Nottingham
were filled with merry-makers and festive British-
ers. They had a Polish-British Christmas with the
Witeks who are very warm and generous prople.
After a week in Nottingham, the three of them
rode the train to London to spend another memo-
rable week doing the sights with Tracy and Stef by
day, while Tracy, Stef and Stephen took in the
evening and night-life of London.
Stephen experienced something few of us common-
ers ever do. He met Lord William Binns, who was
his age, and the Duke and Duchess of Manchester
(Binns) in a pub after Tracy and Stef left him to
finish his ale. He remained with his titled
friends after the pub had closed at the 10:30 PM
law time, but pubs don't close on Dukes.
Afterwards they took Stephen in their limo to
a private club filled with titled royalty. Stephen
said he met a beautiful Countess and he played the
white grand piano for about 20-30 minutes.
Stephan and Tracy Glassburn drinking
'bitters' at Tracy and Stefan Witek's
wedding reception in Mansfield, England.
After a fun evening with Bill (Lord Binns),
giving Stephen his phone number and address, he
rode with Bill, the Duke and Duchess in their limo
and was escorted to the door of the Regency Hotel
by their liveried chauffeur.
After Sharon and Paul, with their children
and newly acquired son-in-law took in the London
Zoo, Museum of Natural History, saw the Imperial
College (where Stef received his doctorate in Mat-
erial Ceramic Science), the Tower of London,
Harrods, Burberry's, etc. for a week, they and
Stephen flew home to Clearwater, Stephen to UCF in
Tracy and Stef Witek spent 10 more days with
his parents in Mansfield before returning to Beth-
lehem, Pennsylvania to prepare for a wedding trip
to Puerto Rico.
Two of Canal Zone's "finest", at Pier 18
Balboa. John McDowell and Sidney Hayes.
MONTY TRIM NABS 173 LB TARPON
Preston M. Trim (Monty), as his latest feat,
caught a 173 lb. Tarpon in the Tarpon Rodeo held
in October off Grand Isle, Louisiana.
Monty and another partner, Zonian "'arpor' Tan
Gibson fished aboard Jed Flemngs' boat, "Net Pro-
fit". Monty used a 40 Ib test line for this catch
and although 31 Tarpon were caught, this was the
largest boated this year.
Monty, son of Dorothy and the late Preston M.
Trim, Jr. was well known for his fishing in the
Canal Zone, leaving there in November 1980 to work
with the Coast Guard in Houston, Texas.
r pAyHOUSE .
Candlewood Playhouse, New Fairfield, CT.
based theatrical lighting firm that specializes in
off-Broadway productions. He is also one of the
partners in DHA Lighting, Ltd., a New York/London
based theattricle design firm that is currently
represented in EXPO '86 with the British and the
Washington State pavillions.
Four years ago, he started a second career pro-
ducing shows at the Candlewood Playhouse in Conn-
ecticut. One of these shows, Jesus Christ Sper-
star, will also do a national tour this year, and
will be playing in West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauder-
dale, Fla. for three weeks starting March 23, 1987
at the Zev Bufman theaters.
Rick is working on Starlight Express which will
open at the Gershwin Theater in February.
The Belzer's other two sons are Rob who is a
free-lance carpenter, occasionally working with
Rick at Candlewood, and Jim, a sales represent-
ative with "M" magazine. Rob lives in West Chester
county, N.Y. and Jim lives in Greenwich Village,
in New York City.
Preston M. Trim (Monty) with his 173 lb.
RICK BELZER IN SHOW BUSINESS
Rick Belzer enters his fourth season at Candlewood
Playhouse after three previous critically and art-
istically rewarding years. He is a Producer/Resi-
dent Lighting Designer. He began his career in the
theatre seventeen years ago in Panama City, Pan-
ama, and is the son of Richard and Sarah (Suzi)
Belzer of Sarasota, Florida. Since then he has de-
signed lighting for shows as near as Broadway and
as far away as Perth, Australia.
His three most recent assignments have been
Cats in Hamburg, Germany, an IBM show in Palm
Beach, Florida and assistant lighting designer on
the new ABBA/Tim Rice musical Chess which recent-
ly opened in London. For the past ten years, Rick
has been co-owner of Big Apple Lights, A Manhattan
Darrell Canamas, Tiernan and Gerald
Corrigan dressed to attend the 1986 CHS
Homecoming Dance, which was held at the
Margarita Elks Club. Tiernan was a
Princess on the Court.
The Panama Canal
Story of a Great
The Star & Herald has initiated a re-
view of the beginnings of the Panama
Canal featuring essays and selected doc-
uments dating back more than 100 years.
Information for these articles was com-
piled from an anniversary publication
for the 50th year of the Panama Canal,
articles of various newspapers in the
country and documents pertaining to the
canal. The series appear each Sunday
with authentic historic photographs from
Panama Canal Commission archives.
The Canal Record will attempt to dup-
licate these articles, possibly lacking
some of the photographs included.
Count Ferdinand de Lesseps, his family, and a
distinguished group of officials and guests sipped
champagne and cognac as the launch Toboguilla made
its way to a spot in Panama Bay.
Formal inauguration of the French construction
had been planned carefully, with all the pomp and
ceremony of the Old World.
But even this celebration was marred by mis-
Tides prevented the launch from reaching the
site. De Lesseps' young daughter, Tototte was
obliged to turn the first symbolic shovel of earth
from a box of sand on the deck.
The dream of a canal to connect the two might-
iest oceans was born in the mind of Charles V of
Spain in 1523.
Plans for an Isthmian canal were first drawn by
Alvaro de Saavedra, a Spanish explorer, in 1529.
By now, men recognized the advantages and com-
mercial value of a route that would avoid the
1,000-mile trip around Cape Horn.
In 1826, U.S. Secretary of State Clay consider-
ed the subject of enough importance to instruct
Congress to consider it. Clay told Congress:
"A cut or canal for purposes of navigation
somewhere through the Isthmus that connects the
two Americas, to unite the Pacific and Atlantic
Oceans, will form a proper subject of consider-
ation at the congress.
"That vast object, if it should ever be accom-
plished, will be interesting in a greater or less-
er degree, to all parts of the world.
"But to this continent will probably accrue the
largest amount of benefit from its execution; and
to Columbia, Mexico, the Central Republic Peru and
the United States, more than to any other of the
"What is to rebound to the advantage of all
America should be effected by conmon means and
united exertions, and should not be left to the
separate and unassisted efforts of any one power..
"If the work should ever be executed so as to
admit of the passage of sea vessels from ocean to
ocean, the benefits of it ought not to be exclu-
sively appropriated to any one nation, but should
be extended to all parts of the globe upon payment
of a just compensation or reasonable tolls."
Centuries had passed but no man dared meet the
monumental challenge until Ferdinand de Lesseps
fresh from his success as the builder of the Suez
Canal, organized the Compagnie Universelle de
Canal Interoceanique in March of 1881.
The possibility of a canal had been discussed
in Antwerp in 1871 and in Paris in 1875. De Less-
eps, neither an engineer nor financier, was a pro-
moter and a visionary.
He pictured a sea-level canal in Panama and he
thought his experience would make it an easy job.
He boasted in 1881 that the project would be com-
pleted in seven years.
In Africa, De Lesseps had moved sand. In Panama
he would encounter jungle, rock, and huge hills.
Immense landslides would plague him.
Africa was hot, but virtually free of disease.
Panama would be a pestilent hell where thousands
would sicken and die. And the rains would fall in-
to steaming jungle and create seas of mud.
Compared to Suez, Panama was to become a night-
mare of frustration, death and ultimately, failure
for De Lesseps and his followers.
Lack of foresight and the dread plagues of
yellow fever and malaria were to doom the French
White laborers died in weeks; unskilled natives
imported for the work were not as efficient and
also had a high death rate.
The most striking impression about the French
effort was not its failure, but the amount of work
done under incredibly adverse conditions.
De Lesseps' troubles began when he first tried
to raise money for his plan. He was a national
hero in France, but skeptics ridiculed his ideas
and an attempt to sell $80 million in stocks
Though 75 years old, De Lesseps decided to go
to Panama and have a survey made.
( Count Ferdinand d(e IA-,svps.
Photograph taken at time o his first visit to the
Isthmljn 1S7 0-80, in his 75th year.
Count Ferdinand de Lesseps was the
first to dare the monumental task of
cutting through the Isthmus of Panama
after gaining fame as the builder of
the monumental Suez Canal in Africa.
Col. George M. Totten, builder of the Panama
Railroad, made the survey, determining that some
$168,500,000 was needed for the project.
While Ferdinand de Lesseps was preparing to
raise money for his dream to build the Panama
Canal, interest was beginning to build in the
United States to ensure control and protection of
such a waterway.
In March 1880, President Hayes gave this mes-
sage to Congress.
"The policy of this country is a canal under
American control. The United States cannot consent
to the surrender of this control to any European
power, or to any combination of European powers...
"The capital invested by corporations or citi-
zens of other countries in such an enterprise must
in a great degree, look for protection to one or
more of the great powers of the world. No European
power can intervene in such protection without
adopting measures on this continent which the U.S.
would deem wholly inadmissable...
"An interoceanic canal across the American
Isthmus will essentially change the geographical
relations between the Atlantic and the Pacific
coasts of the United States, and between the U.S.
and the rest of the world. It will be the great
ocean thoroughfare between our Atlantic and Pacif-
ic shores, and virtually a part of the coastline
of the U.S.
"Our merely commercial interest in it is great-
er than that of all other countries, while its re-
lation to our power and prosperity as a nation,
to our means of defense, our unity, peace, and
safety, are matters of paramount concern to the
people of the United States," Hayes told his coun-
As Americans were pondering the project, De
Lesseps had Panama surveyed by Col. George M. Tot-
ten, builder of the Panama Railroad, who reported
that $168,500,000 was needed for the project.
DeLesseps left Panama with the report but be-
fore he arrived in New York, decided that Totten
had overestimated the cost by $30 million, and
that even more could be saved by economy measures.
Of $120 million for the project, he decided
that half would be reserved for American investors
and half for the French investors.
In New York, Washington, Chicago and Boston he
was cheered wildly but could not raise a cent of
the $60 million he offered in stock.
He went back to France and toured the nation in
support of the project. The $60 million was quick-
ly subscribed to and the company was formed.
The first workers arrived on the Isthmus in
1881 and nearly two years were spent mapping and
Between 1882 and 1888 digging went quickly, but
at a tremendous cost and with the loss of many
lives. Nearly 67 million cubic yards of dirt
were removed. At the height of work, 19,000 men
toiled on the Isthmus.
Now, after 7 years of work, De Lesseps and his
engineers realized their plan for a sea-level can-
al was impractical.
Plans were changed. A canal operated by a sys-
tem of locks was the new goal.
Work was pushed hard now, but financial trou-
bles caught up with the company and the French
courts, at De Lesseps' request, appointed tem-
The books were in a mess and $260 million had
been spent. The French people had lost faith in
A receiver was appointed. He tried to keep
going, but couldn't. While trying to form a new
company, he was forced to suspend operations in
Near the end of this period, there was public
outrage in France over strong rumors of scandal
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