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J. F. Warner
Ray W. (Bill) Wheeler
Mrs. Muriel Whitman
1st Vice President
Robert H. (Bob) Stewart
2nd Vice President
Shirley A. Boswell
Richard W. Beall
Peter W. Foster
Mrs. Betty LeDoux Frassrand
Joseph L. Hickey
Sergeant at Arms
The President's M message ............................................. 1
From the Secretary .................................................. 2
Editor's Corner ..................................................... 2
Legislative Report ................................................... 3
Preserve our Heritage ................................................ 3
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................ 4
Retirements ......................................................... 8
Reading and Reference Material Panama and C.Z ..................... 9
N ews Clips ......................................................... 11
W here Are You ..................................................... 13
1987 Reunion ................................................ Centerfold
Your Reporter Says .................................................. 14
Alabam a ..................... 14 M ississippi ................... 33
Arizona ..................... 15 North Carolina ............... 34
Arkansas .................... 17 Northwest ................... 34
California .................... 19 Panam a ..................... 35
Florida ...................... 23 South Carolina ............... 41
H awaii ...................... 28 Texas ....................... 42
Kentucky .................. 29 Virginia ..................... 43
Louisiana .................... 29 The Younger Generation ........ 43
M ichigan .................... 32
Congratulations ..................................................... 44
W eddings ............... ....................................... 51
Births ............................................... ........... 55
W ith Deep Sorrow .................................................. 58
Letters to the Editor ............... .................................. 64
Looking Back ...................................................... 72
Announcements ................. .................................. 78
For Sale or Wanted ................................................. 82
Canal Zone Collectables .. 87 Kaw Valley Films .. 86 Jaws Discount Seafoods .. 83
Front Cover: Aerial view of Miraflores Locks, looking South. Photo unknown.
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
June 5 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 P.M., St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
June 18 Pot-Luck Luncheon, 12:00 Noon, Seniors Clubhouse, Aiken, SC
July 2-5 PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, Hyatt Regency, Tampa.
August 1 Northwest Panama Canal Picnic Reunion, Millersvania State Park,
August 2 PCSSC Summer Picnic, Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA.
Lunch at 12:00 Noon.
August 7 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 P.M., St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
September 5 PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, Sahib Shrine Temple, Sarasota, 11:30
September 11-13 PCSSC West Coast Reunion, Bahia Hotel, San Diego, CA.
October 3 PCSOFL Annual Picnic, Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, FL.
October 6 Ocala Area Semi-Annual Picnic, Blue Cove, on Hwy. 484, one mile
from Dunnellon, FL.
November 7 Lucho in Atlanta II. Conformation and details to be published in
September issue of Canal Record.
December 5 PCSOFL Christmas Party, Hyatt Regency Westshore. Details later.
December 6 PCSSC Annual Christmas Luncheon, 10:30 A.M., Knotts Berry
Farm, Buena Park, CA. Lunch at 12:00 Noon.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Sa (A Non-Profit Organization)
a e X To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
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POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, P.O. Box 3738, Holiday, Fla. 33590.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals
and Canal Zone Friendship.
Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $1.50 postage to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida will become the property of the Society and will
be retained in our files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the
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Nine down and three to go no, it's not a
football game, or any game for that matter! It's
my way of expressing the months that have elapsed
while I have been in the hot seat I mean the
months that I have been privileged to be the proxy
of the prestigious Panama Canal Society of Florida
and also the months remaining of my tenure.
How quickly time passes it seems such a short
time since he last Reunion, and when you have re-
ceived the June Record, there will only be one
short month until the metamorphosis sets in the
1987 Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion; our
cups runnith over with elation, cheers and tears
of joy, and our hearts swelling with pride to be
counted amongst those whom must be chosen and
species of homo sapiens Zonies, Zonites, or Com-
missary kids, whatever!
Muriel Whitann, 1st Vice President and 1987
Reunion Coordinator reports that it's full speed
ahead, a clear cut transit for the 1987 Reunion.
The Hyatt Regency has been over-booked since the
end of January, and the Tanpa Hilton was booked
solid before March. The Ashley Plaza and the Har-
bor Island Hotels have limited space available. We
have negotiated with the beautiful new Hyatt Reg-
ency, Westshore Hotel, located at the South end of
the Courtney-Campbell Causeway. Your Coordinator
has obtained a block of rooms, and has also ar-
ranged for free transportation, to-and-from the
Headquarters Hotel and the Curtis Hixon Center.
Muriel and her ccnmittees have and are still
working hard on your Reunion, and the fruits of
their labors will be recognized during the Re-
union. There are many surprises and activities
planned for your pleasure.
Muriel also wishes to report that she has
finally taken delivery of the computer purchased
for the office of the Reunion Coordinator, and
after going back to school again, she has been
programmed sufficiently to enable her to expidite
the many facets of coordinating procedures re-
quired for a reunion of this scope.
Please do not forget to send in your Pre-Reg-
istration Form; fill it in correctly and enclose
the proper fees for each activity. Deadline for
tickets for the Luncheon and Ball is June 12.
To coin and old phrase, "Parting is such sweet
sorrow", however appropriate; this is my parting
Canal Record message,
The past year has been a most interesting and
rewarding experience for me. Frankly, I was flab-
bergasted by the duties and responsibilities re-
quired and expected of the office of President!
I confess that I did not always run a tight
ship and sometimes got off course, however, man-
aged to weather the storms, and the prizes we
sought and won became more significant.
The Officers and Executive Committee members
for 1986-87 were outstanding, and their dedication
to the principles and purpose of our Society were
ever demonstrated during my tenure.
With their guidance and conscientious partici-
pation, I have preserved.
Thank you, and God bless you all.
Ray W. (Bill) lWeeler
Hi, from computerland! Marge and I are working
hard to master the Society's computer and doing a
fair job of it. We are still having some problems
with the "program", but more in the area of incon-
veniences and delays than in absorbent cost to the
Society, as was true with the Computer Services.
So we feel we are making progress.
Our main objective is to iron out the wrinkles
and then go on to greater things with the computer
that will further benefit the members. I tell you,
teaching this old dog new tricks has been painful.
I feel like I have been learning a new language,
and that was never my strong point.
A reminder to all of you to continue sending in
your address changes and please make use of the
enclosed, self-addressed envelope for any corres-
pondence you have with the Society.
To those of you who are filling out the new
application form, it is much appreciated. Thanks!
Just when you need the typewriter the most, it
goes on the blink! Three keys don't work and there
isn't time to send it for repair. Such is life!
Several Plantain recipes have been sent to me
from Panama, but haven't had time to write them up
yet, nor do I know if there is room in this issue.
But they will be printed as soon as possible.
With this issue, we say "Good-bye" to Mary Lou
Lang, our exceptional reporter from Panama. She
and her husband are retiring from the Panama Canal
Commission. You've been great, Mary Lou, and best
of luck on your retirement!
We also say "Hello" and welcome Mary (Morland)
Coffey as our new Panama Reporter. I know Mary
will be as exacting as Mary Lou, and I'm sure the
Panama news will be just as interesting as before.
If you haven't voted yet for the 1987-1988 Of
ficers for the Society, don't forget to put your
name on the outside of the envelope so we can tell
whether you are a member. Once that has been ver-
ified, your name will be obliterated before the
ballot is opened at the Annual Business Meeting at
A reminder as per our mast head on page one
(1) of each and every Canal Record, it states that
"All photographs and correspondence sent to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida will become the
property of the Society and will be retained in
our files and archives." I am still sent stamped,
(sometimes not) envelopes and asked to return some
photos. I have made a few exceptions where rare,
historic, or those known not to have negatives,
have been returned, however, this is the only ex-
ception I will make. Whenever you take a photo-
graph that you want to send to the Canal Record,
take two pictures and remind yourself by saying,
"One for me, one for the Record." Thank you.
Many of us here are all agog about the possi-
bility of our 1989 Reunion being held in Panama,
to help in the 75th Anniversary of the opening of
the Canal. The Society's committee of three have
been asked to investigate all aspects reduced
air fare, reduced hotel rates, other accommodations
and programming. We are hopeful that something may
be worked out. It may be our last "hurrah."
Adrien Bouche's report on the US Army Corps of
Engineers building a museum sounds exciting, more-
so since the Society has twice considered the pro-
ject and had to abandon it due to lack of interest
and capability. At last the possibility exists
where Panama Canal artifacts and memorabilia may
go on display, and be cared for by responsible
people. We will not be forgotten.
Please pardon the mistakes in this issue (as in
all others), as your Editor hasn't felt up to par.
If you can forgive the errors, the rest of the
issue should be good reading and informative.
See you at the Reunion I'll still be in the
(Must be in by):
July 25, 1987
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On liay 6, 1987, the Senate adopted its Budget
Resolution for FY 198S. This Resolution provides
for a full COLA for Federal Retirees in 1988.
This spending plan also rejects the Administra-
tion's proposal that would lower the Government's
contribution to the Federal Employee Health Bene-
fit program. Previously the House had passed a
budget resolution which also provided for a full
COLA and rejected the Administration's FEHB pro-
The House and Senate Budget resolution will
now be the subject of a House/Senate conference
committee that will arrive at a final spending
blueprint for FY 1988. The conference is expected
to get underway by early June. The final budget
resolution will set binding spending and revenue
targets that will be a guide for the Authorizing
and Appropriations Conmittee in the coming months.
Please see LEGIS REP page 77
GUEST SPEAKER RICHARD A. WAINIO
The Guest Speaker for the 1987 Panama Canal
Society of Florida is Richard A. Wainio, Chief,
Economic Research and Markey Development Division
of the Office of Executive Planning, Panama Canal
Commission, with Cleveland C. Soper, Chief, Graphic
Branch of the Office of Public Affairs, Panama
Mr. Soper will assist Mr. Wainio in his pre-
sentation with graphics depicting the Panama Canal
and which have been shown in various cities in the
From the beginning of our part in the con-
struction of the Panama, there have been collect-
ors of the many and varied artifacts connected
with the operation and organization. Some of these
collectors have always had hopes that a place to
display and study their memorabilia and, in some
cases, unique treasures, would be found.
I feel that that place has been found.
My first efforts were very disappointing. A
trip to Washington, D.C. several years ago evoked
no interest at all form some, and limited interest
from others. I did not even attempt to contact the
people that I am now dealing with! I came home
totally disappointed and disgusted.
Several months later v '
I called ex-Governor
of the Canal Zone, W.E.
Potter. After listening
to my story up to that
point, he urged me to
write to Lt. Gen. J.K.
Bratton, Retired. In
very short order, I was A M. B
in touch with Dr. J.T. Adien M. Bouche
Greenwood and Mike Vice, both of the Office of
History of the U.S. Corps of Engineers.
Through them I learned of the plan to build an
$8,000,000 Historical Center and Museum at Fort
Belvoir, Va. This facility will include all of the
latest developments in the art of displaying,
storing, restoration and preservation of materials
Both have been very enthusiastic about the plan
to include our donations in that section of the
display to be devoted to the Panama Canal. A li-
brary and other appropriate facilities are to be
included for general and specific research pur-
I met with Dr. Greenwood and Mr. Vice at Fort
Belvoir on April 8, 1987. We had a long discussion
on the many aspects of the future relationship
between us the collectors and the donors and
At the appropriate time, I intend to donate my
collection to this museum. I feel that it will be
safe, secure and properly cared for by this organ-
ization. If you agree, please see me at the Re-
union or write to me later and I will help you
contact the museum.
I personally feel very strongly about this pro-
ject. I feel that it is my/our generation that
must do all possible to save the history of our
forefathers and their efforts and participation in
the construction of the Canal. I feel that we can-
not simply "sit back and let the kids do it". The
kids have families and must work for a living to
support their families. They do not have time to
devote to this project at this time...and when
they do find or have time, it may be too late to
save something that may be already lost or simply
disposed of. They DO have an interest in the place
and circumstances in which they were born and
Adrien M. Bouche
DIAMOND JUBILEE OF OPENING THE
Word has been received from the Isth-
mus the the Panama Canal Commission has
established a planning committee which
has begun to map out a calendar of
events for 1989 in celebration of the
75th Anniversary of the Panama Canal.
Around-the-year activities are being
planned to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee
of the Canal and the Tenth Anniversary
of the Panama Canal Commission.
First on the committee's agenda are
logo and slogan contests with plans to
announce the winners on October 1, 1987.
The logo and slogan will appear on Com-
mission correspondence throughout the
year and on memorabilia which will be
A super spectacular event is being
planned for August 15, 1989.
More news on these exciting events
will be forthcoming from Panama in the
REUNION IN PANAMA, 1989?
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. has
been officially invited to participate in commem-
orating this anniversary. The Executive Committee
has agreed that if the membership is in accord, it
would be most timely and significant if we would
plan to have our 1989 Annual Reunion prior to
August 15th the day that the S. S. Ancon tran-
sited the Panama Canal.
This is only a "feeling out" endeavor; there is
much planning and general ground work to be done
in order to be able to present the membership with
an acceptable plan or program.
I am very excited with the potentials involved
in this endeavor; it's something akin to going
back home again, and it would be our last hurrah
at the site of the Panama Canal.
Ray W. (Bill) Wheeler
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Highlights of Minutes
6 February, 1987
Sheraton St. Petersburg Marina and Tennis Resort
St. Petersburg, Florida
The meeting was called to order by the Presi-
dent, Mr. R. W. Wheeler, Sr., at 7:15 P.M.
Mr. Joseph Hickey led in the Pledge to the Flag
followed Dorothy Yocun, who gave the Invocation.
Mr. Richard Beall read the list of those deceased
since the last meeting followed by a moment of
silence in their memory.
The President welcomed the 133 members and
guests in attendance and Past Presidents, Mrs.
Anna Collins, Mr. Peter Foster, Mr. Al Pate and
Mr. Gaddis Wall. Long absent guests came from
as far as Ohio and Texas.
The minutes of the January meeting were read
and there were no objections.
The Record Editor gave a short report on the
status of the March Record.
Mr. Wheeler discussed the ever-increasing mem-
bership and the increase in workload for the
Society employees. He read a portion of the
Audit report recently submitted by the Audit
Committee in which they provided $7,000 for Capi-
tal expenses for 1987. At the January Executive
Board meeting the Executive Board allocated funds
for the purchase of a Computer and copying machine
for the Reunion Coordinator.
Top row, clockwise: Milt Halley, Marian Gregg, Gene Gregg, Joe Collins, Anna Collins
Joe Hickey, Mildred Hickey. L-R: Dot Pate, Tom Egger, Jean Kirk, Fred Kirk, Muriel
Whitman, John Whitman, Ginger Egger. 2nd row, L-R: Virginia Booth, Olga and Leonard
Caisse. L-R: Jane Huldtquist, Bob and Dot Herrington. Center row, L-R: Betty Chan
Snow, Julia Zablocki, Grace Carey, Carmel Boswell, Marcie Napoleon, Doris Etchberger
Sara Rowley, Aura Erikson, Ila Lee and George Fenton, Roy and Frances Sharp, Virgin-
ia and George Booth, Muriel Whitman, Dorothy Pate. 4th Row: Roy and Frances Sharp.
(Center): Ladies from the Conjunto; Bill Wheeler, Olga Disharoon, Dot Yocum. Bottom:
Julia Zablocki, Costume winner; Muriel Whitman; Virgina and George Booth; Olga
Caisse; Gaddis Wall.
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Left: Dancing to the music of Charlie Cooper and his Latin Copra Band. Right: Dick
and Helen Taoford, Dennis Tomford, Dorothy Bitter and Richard Tomford.
Mr. Wheeler stated that the Board had given
him a vote of confidence in finalizing the dates
and place for the 1988 reunion to be held in July
in Tanpa, as this is the most feasible time price-
wise and has proved to be a popular time atten-
Mr. Wheeler explained that he purposely kept
this meeting short so the members could get on
with the dancing to Charlie Coopers Latino band.
He thanked Mrs. O1ga Disharoon and her committee
for a job well done.
The meeting adjourned at 7:46 P.M.
6 March 1987
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. was called to order
by Mr. Ray Wheeler, Sr., at 1:31 P.M.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation and Mr.
Joseph Hickey led the group in the Pledge to the
Flag. Mr. Richard Beall read the list of recently
deceased members, followed by a moment of silence
in their memory.
The President welcomed the following Past Pre-
sidents: Mrs. Anna Collins, Ross Hollowell,
Eugene Askew, Peter Foster, Albert Pate and Gaddis
Wall. He welcomed the 70 members to the meeting
which included the following long-time absent mem-
Roberta Paterson Dunedin, Florida
Ann and Joe Snyder Cape Cod, MA
Elsie and John cDowell Valhalla, NY
Bob Van Siclen Seminole, Florida
Marie Corrigan Clearwater, Florida
The Secretary read the minutes of the February
meeting. As there were no corrections, additions,
or omissions, the minutes stand as read. The
Treasurer's report was read and will stand for
audit. The Secretary also read a letter of thanks
from Grace Williams.
Mr. Wheeler reported that the Carnavalito was
a huge success and the Conjunto of Panamanian
Dancers may be performing at the Annual Reunion.
He reported that Olin Mills had mailed out their
booklets. If anyone wants a correction to names
in their books, Olin Mills will mail out an over-
print. Please let Mr. Wheeler know.
Mr. Wheeler indicated that the Executive Board
approved the purchase of a computer for the Re-
union Coordinator at a price well below the amount
allocated by the Budget Committee for 1987. Mr.
Jack Carey motioned the Society purchase the com-
puter as soon as possible for use by the Reunion
Coordinator. Second by "l'c'" Ikmner. Motion
Mr. Pete Foster motioned there should be a change
to Standing Rule 16 to add Chairpersons of Re-
union Committees. Seconded by Sid Hayes. Motion
Mrs. Muriel Whitman reported the Hyatt Regency
and the Hilton Hotels are full. Arrangements have
been made with the Hyatt Westshore to provide
rooms at $47.00 per night for members which in-
cludes shuttle service to the Hyatt Regency during
Mr. Richard Beall delivered labels to the Mail-
ing Service and the books went forward on Tuesday
past. The Annual Directory will be printed in
April instead of November. This will more
correctly reflect our current membership.
He also indicated fresh Corbina is available
in the St. Petersburg area at the following
address: Jaws Discount Market, 5200 34th Street,
North, St. Petersburg, Florida, telephone number
(813) 527-0734 or (813) 527-1312.
Mr. Beall read the Legislative Report provided
by Mrs. Betty (LeDoux) Frassrand and the .6 in-
crease is the largest increase in over two years.
The Lump Sum Annuity payment time limit has been
extended for 30 more days. NARFE is continuing
to lobby against any cuts detrimental to Retired
Mrs. Anna Collins asked the members to come
early to the April Luncheon to socialize prior
to the luncheon since everyone must vacate the
room by 3 P.M.
The Executive Board looked into the workloads
of the Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor
and decided to establish an assistant to each of
the positions instead of one person split between
the two positions. Salaries for these positions
were adjusted to reflect the hours to be worked.
Mr. Wheeler told the members he has a copy of the
job description for the Assistant to the Record
Editor and asked if any member was interested in
taking over this job.
Mr. Wheeler indicated he had a letter from a
member requesting there be two Annual Reunions
each year. One for the young and one for the old.
He said the Society is made up of four generations
and we stand together.
There was a discussion about the Annual Direc-
tory coming out in April. Mrs. Anna Collins
suggested we publish a supplement in November.
This will be brought up at the nea-t Executive
Mr. Joseph Collins asked about the deadline
for sending ballots in for the 1987-1988 Society
Officers. Mr. Wheeler will look into this matter.
The meeting adjourned at 2:28 P.M.
3 April 1987
St. Petersburg Yacht Club
St. Petersburg, Florida
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc., was called to
order by Mr. Ray wheeler, Sr., President, at 12:25
Mrs. Dorothy Yocun gave the Invocation and the
group was led in the Pledge to the Flag by Mr.
Joseph Hickey. Mr. Richard Beall read the list
of recently deceased members, followed by a moment
of silence in their memory.
The Secretary read the minutes from the March
6 meeting and as there were no corrections, addi-
tions or omissions, the minutes stand as read.
The Treasurer's report was read to the members
and will stand for audit.
The meeting adjourned at 12:30 P.M. for lunch
and reconvened at 1:25 P.M.
The President welcomed the following Past Pre-
sidents: Anna Collins, Victor May, Jr., Eugene
Askew, Peter Foster and Albert Pate. He welcomed
the 99 members to the Luncheon and the following
long-time members and guests:
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dee Sarasota, Florida
Jennine and Bill Carlin Sarasota, Florida
Jane and Fred Huldtquist Seminole, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. G. Felps St. Petersburg, Florida
Nealie VanSiclin St Petersburg, Florida
Bob and Nancy VanSiclin Seminole, Florida
Lorraine Burkert St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Bob WIeeler Warner Robins, GA
Florence Mallett Dunedin, Florida
Shirley agie St. Petersburg, Florida
Genevieve Blinn St. Petersburg, Florida
Evelyn Koperski Holiday, Florida
Naomi Foster St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. Richard Beall reported the April Directory
would be ready for mailing around the middle of
April. The deadline for the June Canal Record
is April 25.
Mr. Beall read the Legislative Report provided
by Mrs. Betty (leDoux) Frassrand. The CPI-W for
February was 329.0, an increase of .04% from the
Mr. Wheeler reported the Computer had been pur-
chased for the Reunion Coordinator. To clear up
the confusion over the cost of the new computer,
Mr. Wheeler indicated the cost was $3,197.25, not
over $30,000.00 as rumored.
Mrs. Anna Collins reported she had sent several
cards to members who are ill.
Mrs. Collins then motioned the following: I
move that the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc., declare the ballot for Slate of Officers
1987-1988 as printed in the March, 1987 Canal
Record be declared invalid. Further that a letter
be sent to each member of the Society explaining
reason for declaring the ballot invalid, referring
to our Art. IV Officers, Sec. 4 By-Laws; and
enclosing a superseding ballot and a self-ad-
dressed, return envelope with the name of the per-
son designated to receive the March ballot. In-
structions must also be given for voting and the
deadline for returning ballot. Mr. Albert Pate
seconded. A discussion followed. Motion not
Mr. Wheeler introduced Second Vice President,
Mr. Robert Stewart, to talk about his many trips
to Panama to assist in the recent slide problems.
Mr. Wheeler reminded the members that the next
meeting of the Society will be held at St. Bede's
Mrs. Jane kildtquist reported a change to the
information printed in the March Canal Record re-
garding the cut-off date for sending in reserva-
tions for the Golf Tournament. The date will be
changed to June 12, 1987.
Mr. Wheeler thanked Mrs. Anna Collins for the
lovely luncheon and there was a standing ovation
from the members.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:15 P.M.
May 1, 1987
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
The regularly scheduled 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
followed by the Invocation bt Mrs. Dorothy Yocum,
followed by names of recently deceased by Richard
The Secretary read the minutes of the April
meeting, and stand as read, followed by the Treas-
urer's Report which will stand for audit.
The President recognized the Past Presidents,
Mr. Ross Holloell, Mr. Gaddis Wall, Mr. Albert
Pate, and Mr. Peter Foster. He welcomed the 58
members present, including long-time absent mem-
bers Mrs. Jeane Wheeler, Mrs. Jean Mann and Mr.
Mrs. Muriel Ibitman reported three hotels were
full for the Reunion and others were filling up
fast. She has added the Lincoln Westshore to the
list of hotels available, as was the Hyatt-Regency
Westshore, who will both furnish shuttle service.
Pre-Registration is coming in slow and requests
members to get them in. There will be lots of sur-
prises at the Reunion. The new computer is working
fine and to date has 1,300 Ball reservations and
440 for Luncheon.
Mr. Wheeler, as a member of the Society gave
the following message: "I sincerely believe that
we attend the monthly meetings mostly for the pur-
pose of socializing, visiting and talking with
friends and keeping abreast of events. There have
been occasions at monthly meetings, when I was em-
barassed, not only for my office, but for the as-
sembly as well, because of the not so pristine im-
plications voiced during discussions of proce-
dures. I beg your indulgence now, and in the
future to consider the well-being of the Society
first when confronted with a grievance. In the
spirit of good fellowship and respect, we should
attempt to negotiate, so to speak, at the Soci-
eties official level first. Then perhaps this
would eliminate most of the unpleasant demonstra-
tions aired at regular monthly meetings, which if
continued could only result in members boycotting
the monthly meetings."
The President received a call from Mr. Bruce
Quinn, Ombudsman of the P.C.C. regarding the year
round festivities planned for 1989, the Diamond
Jubiliee for the opening of the Panama Canal. The
P.C.C. is interested in the Society holding their
1989 Reunion in Panama at that time, and will do
everything possible to assist the Society if we
concur. Information will be in the June Canal Rec-
ord and a committee of three has been chosen to
pursue this issue.
Mr. Bouche met with representatives of the US
Army Corps of Engineers while in Washington. They
plan to build a museum and hope to obtain arti-
facts and memorabilia from members. The curators
will come to the members' homes, pack the items
and pay for shipping, once a place becomes avail-
able. In an emergency, they will make arrangements
to take your items immediately.
Mr. Wheeler asked the members if they would
like to have a covered dish luncheon at the June
meeting at St. Bede's? Vote was affirmative. As no
volunteers were available, the luncheon will be
handled by the Refreshment Committee, with the
help of some members. The meeting will begin at
11:00 A.M. with luncheon at 12:00 noon, followed
by the regular meeting at 1:30 P.M.
The meeting adjourned at 2:15 P.M.
Mr. Edward L. Brady
Mr. Richard L. Cahill
Mr. William C. Calkins
Mr. Thoma S. Clark, Jr.
Mr. Paul H. Coplin
Mr. John H. Dickman
Mr. Charles E. Faas
Mr. Harold B. Green, Jr.
Mr. Frank Guite
Mr. Fred E. Lirkogle, Jr.
Mr. Cecil H. Raybourn
Mr. Frark Riser
Mrs. Patricia A. Robinson
Mr. Kenneth A. Roscoe
Mr. John R. Robinson
Mr. Edward Brigas
Panama Area Personnel Board
Community Services Division
Community Services Division
30 years 11 months
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11 years 07 months
20 years 03 months
37 years 09 months
32 years 05 months
39 years 06 months
15 years 08 months
25 years 00 months
21 years 10 months
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19 years 04 months
28 years 10 months
37 years 05 months
Mr. Joseph M. Corso
Mr. Richard C. leer
Mr. Richard G. Steele
Mr. Juan Vazquez-Torres
Mr. Harrison E. Butterworth
Mr. Edward Dorado
Mr. Ralph E. Rnllog, Jr.
Mrs. Barbara H. Selvey
Mrs. Naomi A. Wolf
Canal Protection Division
Canal Protection Division
Construction Mgmt. Branch
Community Services Division
36 years 09
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23 years 00
38 years 01
39 Years 07
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30 years 10
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30 years 07
ARMY U.S. RETIREES
Glen R. Chance
Argelia A. De Garcia
James J. Eduards
Earl W. Hattauay
Mildred C. Haynes
Bernard G. McQuade
Harriette V. Norman
James D. Norman
Opal J. Brown
Catherine W. Goodrich
Carol L. Vidaurri
R. Antonio Suescum, M.D.
Robert D. Kbnnagan
Garfield G. Miller
Med. Department Activity
Troop Support Activity
Med. Department Activity
Med. Department Activity
Med. Department Activity
DODDS Panama Region
Med. Department Activity
Med. Department Activity
Med. Department Activity
Tropic Test Center
US Army Info Sys Command-Pan
Reading and Reference Material
Canal Zone and Panama
The following list of articles were printed in
the National Geographic magazine that pertain to
the Panama Canal. Original copies may be obtained
by sending your order and remittance to: National
Geographic Society, 17th and "'M Streets N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20036. All remittances must be in
U.S. funds or equivalent. Prices apply in the U.S.
and its outlying areas. Elsewhere, add 600 per
copy. Postage prepaid.
1973 and on
$15.00 per copy
9.00 per copy
5.00 per copy
3.00 per copy
1.70 per copy
The Jungles of Panama, by David Fairchild, XLI,
pp. 131-145. Feb. 1922.
Nature's Transformation at Panama: Remarkable
Changes in Faunal and Physical Conditions in the
Gatun Lake Region, by George Shiras, 3d, XXVTII,
ppl59-194, Aug. 1915.
Panama, Bridge of the World, by Luis Marden.
LXXX, pp. 591-630, Nov. 1941.
Redeeming the Tropics, by William J. Showalter.
XXV, pp. 344-364, Mar. 1914.
Who Treads Our Trails? by Frank M. Chapman. LII
pp. 331-345, Sept. 1927.
Exploring Ancient Panama by Helicopter, by Mat-
thew W. Stirling. pp. 227-246, Feb. 1950.
Exploring the Past in Panama, by Matthew Stir-
ling. pp. 373-399, Mar. 1949.
Hunting Prehistory in Panama Jungles, by Mat-
thew W. Stirling, pp. 271-290, Aug. 1953.
Panama, Link Between Oceans and Continents, by
Jules B. Billard, 402-440, Mar. 1970.
Robin Sails Home, by Robin Lee Graham. 504-545,
We Drove Panama's Darien Gap, by Kip Ross, 368-
389, Mar. 1961.
Battling with the Panama Slides, by William J.
Showalter. XXV, pp. 133-153, Feb. 1914.
The Dream Ship: The Story of a Voyage of Adven-
ture More than Half Around the World in a 47-foot
Lifeboat, by Ralph Stock. XXXIX, pp. 1-52, Jan.
23 years 11
34 years 08
39 years 03
18 years 07
18 years 01
21 years 02
18 years 02
30 years 01
20 years 00
19 years 06
18 years 01
23 years 02
18 years 10
31 years 00
Honors to Colonel Goethals; The Presentation,
by President Woodrow Wilson of the Nabiola Geo-
graphic Society GoZd Medal. XXV, pp. 677-690, June
Panama, Bridge of the World, by Luis Marden.
LXXX, pp. 591-630, Nov. 1941.
The Panama Canal, by Lieut. Colonel William L.
Sibert. XXV, pp. 153-183, Feb. 1914.
The Probable Effect of the Panama Canal on the
Commercial Geography of the World, by O.P. Austin.
XXV, pp. 245-248, Feb. 1914.
PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION:
A City of Realized Dreams (San Francisco), by
Franklin K. Lane. XXVII, pp. 169-171, Feb. 1915.
BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
The Interoceanic Canal Problem in the Americas,
by Dr. Donald M. Dozer, chapter of "Colloquium on
Latin America", Center for Strategic Studies, Geo-
rgetown University, N.Y.; Federick A. Praeger,
Publishers, 1965, pp. 51-78
Cadiz to Cathay: The Story of the Long Diplo-
matic Struggle for the Panama Canal, by Miles P.
Du Val, Jr. Stanford University Press, Palo Alto,
CA. 1947; Greenwood Press, Westport, CT. 1968.
Isthmian Canal Policy Questions, (Ho. Doc. No.
474, 89th Congress.) Government Printing Office,
Washington, D.C. 1966, by Hon. Daniel J. Flood.
Joseph Pennell's Pictures of the Panama Canal,
by Joseph Pennell. 1912, J.P. Lippincott Caopany,
The Panama Canal, by Frederic J. Haskin. 1913,
Doubleday, Page and Company, Garden City, NY.
The Untold Story of Panama, by Earl Harding.
1959., Athene Press, New York.
The Construction of the Panama Canal, by John
F. Stevens and William L. Sibert. 1915, Appleton
and Company, New York.
The Panama Canal: Heart of America's Security,
by Jon P. Speller. 1972, Robert Speller and Sons,
The Building of the Panama Canal, in Historic
Photographs, by Ulrich Keller. 1983, Dover Publi-
cations, Inc., 180 Varick Street, New York, New
Panama and The Building of the Canal, by Jerome
D. Laval. 1978, Graphic Technology Co., Fresno,
The Panama Canal Treaties Swindle Consent to
Disaster, by G. Russell Evans. 1986, Anandale
Books, 5010 Gosnold Ave., Norfolk, VA 23508. Cost
$19.95 plus $2.00 shipping.
Rails to the Diggings, by Charles D. Small, 11
Dandy Dr., Cos Cob, CT 06807. $25.00.
Born Primitive, by Marvel Iglesias and M. Van-
dervelde. Velde Press, 402 Lakeshore Dr., Emmets-
burg, Iowa 50536. $7.00.
Panama Canal Rail Equipment Diagrams; I.C.C.
Mechanical Division, by Burt E. Davis. J. Grigore
Jr., 425 South Harbor Dr., Venice, FL 33595. $12.
Tropical Cooking, by Gladys Graham. Jean Fears,
627 Wimbleton Dr., Dothan, AL 36301. $6.00.
Red, White and Blue Paradise, by Herb and Mary
Knapp. $16.95 in bookstores; $18.50 to mail. Herb
and Mary Knapp, Box 567, South Egremont, MA 01258.
The Secret of the Straight, by Julius Grigore,
The Coin and Currency of Panama, by Julius Gri-
gore, Jr. $12.00 autographed.
The Boquete Naval Orange of Panama, by Julius
Grigore. $14.00 postpaid.
Isthmus of Panama, Nicaragua, Canal Routes,
Etc., by Thomas Wright Hurst. $10.00 postpaid.
The Story of Panama Reflected in the Postage
Stamp Issue of 1942, by Albert F. Kune. $6.00 post
Greetings from Panama, by John K. Baxter, John
McGroaty, Mike Walsh. $12.00 postpaid.
List of Books and Articles in Periodicals Re-
lating to Inter-Oceanic Canal and Railway Routes,
by Hugh Morrison, Jr., with Appendix: Bibliography
of United States Public Documents. $12.00 post-
All above books may be ordered from Julius Gri-
gore III, PSC Box 35, APO Miami, FL 34002. Except
for the "Coins and Currency of Panama", all publi-
cations are soft-back.
Military Railroads on the Panama Canal Zone, by
Charles S. Small, 11 Dandy Dr., Cos Cob, CT 06807.
Taboga Island of Flowers, by Anita McAndrews
and Alison Date. $6.00, Donna Date, 3127 Oakeller,
Tanpa, FL 33611.
My Cat Stopped the War, by Wendel "Cinco" Allen
$2.50, Legends Books, Admiral Vernon Ter., Alex-
andria, VA 22309.
Panama Now Yearbook, Edited by Kenneth J.
Jones. $29.50, Janis Rankin, PO Box 1513, Sarasota
Panama and the Canal in Picture and Prose. 1913
$40.00, Lorraine (Husum) or Tod Allen, 1504 Chuli
Nene, Tallahassee, FL 32301.
What of the Panama Canal? by Hon. Willis W.
Bradley. Congressional Record, Vol. 94, Pt. 10
(Apr. 21, 1948), pp. A2449-53.
The Marine Operating Problems, Panama Canal and
the Solution, by Miles P. Du Val, Jr., American
Society of Civil Engineers Proc., Vol. 7 (February
1947), pp. 161-74.
Panama Canal, Its Marine Operational Problems
and the Solution. Address before the Pinnacle Club
of New York, NY, October 4, 1982.
Panama Canal: Evolution of a Plan, by the Hon.
Jesse Helms. Congressional Record, Vol. 124 (Aug.
25, 1978), pp. S14520-24.
U.S. Isthmian Canal Policy. Congressional Rec-
ord, Vol. 128 (March 30, 1982), pp. S3075-76.
Isthmian Canal Policy of the United States -
Documentation, 1955-64, by Hon. Clark W. Thompson.
Congressional Record, Vol. 110, Pt. 16 (Sept. 2,
1964) pp. 21467-75.
The Panama Canal, by Kaw Valley Films & Video,
P.O. Box 3900, 6532 Switzer, Shawnee, KS 66203.
THAT OLD PIRATE, CHARLIE.,,.
By Fran (Heim) Hennessey
The experiences of an American child growing
up in a Central American country can be entirely
different from those of a child growing up in the
United States. You not only have your own culture
to draw on, but also the culture of your adopted
country as an influence on your life. I happened
to grow up in the Panama Canal Zone a country
rich in history and lot of lore.
Part of the history of Panama comes from the
days of pirates that pilfered the coastal villages
and lore tells us of many buried treasures that
to this day have never been discovered.
When you are around eight years old and your
sister is about nine years old, you are easily
taken in by a fourteen year old brother. My sis-
ter Jeanne and I each had a dime bank that, when
filled, would hold $5. Now, Jeanne and I were
very close and we shared many secrets. We would
lay in bed at night making up stories to tell each
other about what we were going to do with our $5
when our banks were full. Money was not plentiful
in those days and it would take us up to a year
to fill our wonderful banks with those precious
Our big brother, Charles, came hurrying into
the house one day all excited. Right under our
house, which was built about four feet off of the
ground, he had found a treasure! He led Jeanne
and me, spoons to dig with in hand under the house
to share his good luck. He dug a hole about eight
inches deep and much to our amazement, there,
right in front of our eyes, was a treasure of
Charles made sure we knew the history of Morgan
the Pirate and the lore of the undiscovered trea-
sures he had left behind.
He also pointed out where more treasure just
might be buried. With our spoons digging and dirt
flying, sure enough, wherever he told us to dig,
we also would find dimes. Where Charles dug,
there was always at least four of five dimes and
Jeanne and I were rewarded with one, two or three.
To say we were excited is putting it mildly. We
could see those banks filling up fast, and the
thought occurred that we would even have extra.
At last, our dreams were coming true, we thought.
After a few hours of digging around, Charles
told us that was probably all there was and we
might as well stop. We ran screaming into the
house to tell our mother of our good fortune.
We very diligently washed our dimes and cleaned
them all up so that they looked shining new.
We ran into our room overwhelmed with excite-
ment to find our banks so that we could add to
our dreams. They were not where we had left them!
After much searching, we found them in Charles'
room. Can you imagine our surprise when we dis-
covered they were empty? After discussing this
with our mother, she didn't take long to realize
that Charles was the pirate.
That night Charles went to bed with the sure
knowledge that pirateering was out of date.
Jeanne and I went to bed as two much wiser little
girls. With our banks in a much safer hiding
place, we went to sleep with a whole new set of
dreams that did not include pirates.
Fairfield Bay N.a-.s
CANAL AREA PARTICIPATED ACTIVELY
IN PAST PANAMANIA CARNIVALS
Even before 1910 when it was officially insti-
tuted, carnival has been a popular tradition with
Panamanians. And until recent years, many American
residents of the former Canal Zone were among the
This involvement ran the entire gamut. Canal
Zone revelers participated in almost every flag-
raising ceremony; elected their own official
queens, including queens at the high schools, the
Palo Seco Leprosarium and the Corozal mental inst-
itution; formed street dancing "comparsas"; took
part in the parades; and buried the sardine.
Several Panama Canal Company employees represented
the Canal Zone in the Joint Binational Carnival
Panamanians and Americans worked together plan-
ning the festivities. The Caribbean Forces Command
(now the U.S. Southern Command) even got into the
act by providing flat-top trucks on which to build
the floats that would parade through Panama City
on the afternoons of Pollera Day (Sunday) and
Floats Day (Tuesday) and through Colon on the fol-
lowing Sunday. Residents of Canal communities that
were not directly participating came out in large
numbers to watch the Panama City parades pass by
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First place float The Panama Railroad
float drove off with the first prize in
the 1939 carnival celebrations. (I can
recognize a few, can you?)
During each of the years they were involved,
Canal Zone participants experienced the fun of
being a part of a Panamanian carnival. However,
the most rewarding year was 1939, when a float
entered by the Panama Railroad was awarded the
The Panama Canal Spilltay
February 27, 1987
FRED A. COTTON RETIRES
by Mercedes K. Morris
The familiar afternoon jogging figure of Gener-
al Services Bureau Director Fred A. Cotton won't
be around for much longer. After 24 years of ser-
vice to the Canal Agency, Cotton will retire on
April 3. The bureau's current deputy director,
Richard D. Morgan, was appointed to replace him,
while Electrical Division Chief Rene Van Hoorde
was appointed deputy director.
Cotton joined the Canal organization in 1963,
resigning his Army Corps of Engineers canmission
to become a claims examiner. Two years later, he
became the administrative services assistant for
the Civil Affairs Bureau. In 1969 he became the
assistant to the director and in 1975, deputy dir-
ector. His rise in bureau ranks ended when Frank
Castles retired and he was named director in
Richard D. Morgan, Fred A. Cotton and
Rene Van Hoorde.
"The key to being a good boss is to support
your people," Cotton says. He earned the confi-
dence of employees by practicing that management
philosophy, even when supporting their cause meant
taking an unpopular stand. One employee has des-
cribed him as "an outstanding Christian" and an
Recognizing Cotton's dedication and leadership,
his constant concern for the welfare of all emp-
loyees ans the selfless contributions he has made
to countless community activities that have im-
proved life for IstIhian residents, Administrator
D.P. McAuliffe presented him with the Panama Canal
Commission Distinguished Service Award on March 6.
...Plans for the cotton family include moving
to Schroon Lake in upstate New York, where they
will volunteer six months of the year to the Word
of Life camp, a Christian ministry to youth. The
retiring bureau director also finds the log house
business attractive. But above all, he says, "I
plan to return to Panama often to fish. Panama is
one of the most beautiful countries in the world."
The Panama Canal Spillway
March 27, 1987
McCULLOUGH COMES TO FILM
by David Constable
David McCullough was on the Isthmus this month
to narrate a film version of his best-selling book
"The Path Between the Seas. The program is
being prepared for the Public Broadcasting Systems
popular scientific series, "Nova."
McCullough did the narration during a south-
bound transit on the Royal Vikirg Sea last Thurs-
day. On Friday he visited the Panama Canal Com-
mission Administration Building, where he made a
courtesy call on Acting Administrator Ferando
Manfredo, Jr. He also stopped by the Office of
Public Affairs to chat with members of the staff
and autograph copies of his book for a number of
employees from other offices.
Fernando Manfredo, Deputy Administrator
of PCC with David McCullough, author of
"Paths Between The Seas," a NOVA Series
television special program.
McCullough said it will be a long time before
the film version of the Panama Canal becomes out-
dated. "It was written to last at least 10 years,"
he explained. Rights to the documentary have al-
ready been bought by the British Broadcasting Cor-
poration, and the series will also be aired in
It took seven years, visits to two continents
and scores of interviews to complete the book.
The Panama Canal Spillway
February 13, 1987
FEW BAGS OF MINT 1970 DISCUS
THROWER 5 BALBOA COINS FOUND
Several months ago, Chattanooga Coin Invest-
ments located a few bags of Panama 5 Balboas at
the prestigious Safra Bank in Encino, California.
It was judged to be a historic find by the nu-
mismatic community. The 1970 Discus Thrower 5 Bal-
boa coins were minted for the Pan American Games
of the same year.
Most experts agree that these coins were widely
dispersed and most of the meager 666,000 mintage
was melted during the silver boom of 1980.
At that time, scrap silver values for the coins
were as high as $50 each. Scrap dealers could not
resist the lure of such high melt values, there-
fore most coins were destroyed. The 5 Balbo con-
tains over one ounce of silver.
The Coin Wholesaler
CAME FOR CARNIVAL
Actress Jacklyn Zem-
an, better known as
Bobby Spencer on "Gen-
eral Hospital," visited
Panama for five days in
February to participate
in carnival. The tele-
vision program "Life-
styles of the Rich and
Famous" filmed her stay
in Panama. Chris Robin-
son, or Dr. Rick Webber
of the same series,
also came and remained
longer to present a
drama workshop and to hold auctions of "General
Hospital" items. A cocktail party at the Amador
Officer's Club was held in their honor and ar-
ranged by Ed Arnbruster and Cleve Soper.
The Panama Canal Spillway
February 13, 1987
Where Are You?
CHS CLASS OF 1945
I would appreciate receiving any information
regarding the following class members. Even a clue
might be of help. An address, phone number, a bro-
ther's, sister's or parents address would help.
Bernard De Long
Please send any information to: Leona Sanders
Snedeker, PO Box 3814, DeLand, FL 32723. Telephone
Your Reporter Says...
This winter has been a slow one here in Dothan.
Nothing much going on except for some of us going
on trips here and there. Eddie and I drove to
Tanpa the end of February and overnighted with
our ex-Canal Zone neighbors, Bev and Jim Brigmn.
It is always a pleasure to see them as they are
such gracious hosts. We then proceeded to Stuart,
Florida to visit our son, Eddie, Jr., and wife,
Becky. They both work for the STUART NEWS. They
wanted us to see the lot which they had just
bought and plan to build in the next few months.
While in Stuart, we took a side trip to Vero
Beach to visit with a dear friend from New York
who had rented a condominium there. While in Vero
we went to see the Los Angeles Dodgers spring
practice. Eddie contacted Tan LaSorda as they
had played together in Panama in the late forties
and early fifties. Tom remembered Eddie and was
really very nice. He asked about Carta Vieja Rum.
He posed with us (see picture) and gave us two
balls autographed by the entire club. He also
offered to get us tickets for some of the games
but we were not staying in the area that long.
Maybe next year. All in all it was a real ex-
citing visit. We wish Tomny and the Dodgers
success this year. He is a heck of a nice guy.
m M I I
Catherine and Eddie
Sorda, Vero Beach.
Arlene Abbott travelled to Panama to attend
the marriage of her son, Gary, to Gail Schrader
Parks on Valentine's Day.
Maggie and Johnnie Janssen and their grandson,
Sean Beck, drove to Merritt Island, Florida to
visit with Sean's paternal grandparents, Helen
and Rex Beck. While there they visited Vero Beach
and our mutual friend from New York. They also
saw Tan and Nancy Grimnison.
Vi Rudy, widow of Don Rudy, has returned to
Panama with her son, Don, Jr., to make her home
there. We wish her health and happiness.
The Zonta Club of Dothan (a woman's organiza-
tion involved in charities) will hold an Interna-
tional Night on the 27th of April. The ladies
from the Canal Zone and Panama have been invited
to present food from Panama. Last year we did
this and it was a real success. There will be
about twelve other countries involved. We even
sent to Panama for some of our goodies.
Our Catholic Church here in Dothan has a soft
ball team comprised mostly of former Zonians such
as Johnny Hem (son of Jack and Fran Hern), Joey
Burgoon (son of Gloria and Joe Burgoon), David
Hollowell (son of Freeland and Mary Hollowell),
Billy Sullivan (son of Bill and Helen Sullivan)
and Kyle Kbsik and Ron Maclaren (sons-in-law of
Bill and Helen Sullivan). They play other area
churches. Hope they give the Canal Zone a good
Bud and Joanne Allen just returned from Austin,
Texas where they attended the wedding of their
son, Stuart, to Nancy Oxender-Flint on March 28th.
They especially enjoyed seeing sons, Steve and
Bill of Austin, Brian and wife, Carol, of Milford,
Kansas, and daughter, Lori (Allen) Gayagas, with
her husband, Lincoln, and little granddaughter,
leah, of Olympia, Washington. Rick Diaz was there
We hope we will be able to attend the reunion
this year and we are looking forward to seeing
all of our dear friends.
Catherine (helan) Filo
After leaving Stuart, we went to Spring Hill,
Florida to visit our neighbors from Los Rios, Bud
and Alice Myers (Bud was a teacher at the
college). We had a delightful visit with them
and enjoyed Bud's cooking as he is now a gourmet
cook. We hope to see all of our good, dear friend
at the reunion.
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Good news! We have found or have been found
by five more additions to our Arizona ex-Isth-
mian family since our last report, plus having a
pair of twin members born into our "family".
The twin members were born to Janice (Hirschl)
Sondheimer and her husband, Dr. Stuart P. Sond-
heimer (see Births). The five adult additions are
Carl N. Berg, Lydia Czapek, Jaime Naranjo, Rick
Pasamnte, and D.C. "Dutch" Schlosser.
Carl Berg (BHS'60) is a claims adjuster with
American International Adjustment Co., transfer-
ring from their Portland, Oregon office to the
Phoeniz, Arizona office in search of sun! His wife
Patricia (Bartels) Berg, a medical technologist
from Elgin, ND., is left with selling their Oregon
home while children, Jennifer, Carolyn, Jason, and
Christian finish out their school year. They lived
in Tampa, Fla., in 1971 until moving to Oregon in
1976. "Actually," Carl says, "the Canal Zone will
always be home for me, whether or not the old Zone
is shown on the map!"
Parents Curtis L. and Margarita Berg now live
again in the Palma Ceia section of Tanpa, after
shivering in Oregon for three years. Their daugh-
ters, Janice (Berg) Swanstrom and Betty Berg also
live in the Tampa area with their families. Carl's
brother, Stan C. Berg (BHS'61) has lived in Phoen-
ix since 1971, teaching English Literature in that
area's high school. Stan got his B.A. at FSU in
1964, served in the USAF, then earned his MA at
Arizona State. Another brother, Franz G. Berg,
(BHS'63) lives in Lithonia, Ga. with his wife and
two daughters. He is an industrial carpenter and
specializes in finish (trim) work. Eldest sister,
Inez (Berg) Clark (BHS'59) and husband, Fred Clark
live in Curundu, R.P. Fred is an Army civilian em-
Since Carl calls Cocoli, CZ his hometown, he is
drawing a street map, poster-size, of Cocoli. He
offers them to friends if they contact him. Carl
last went to the Isthmus in 1969, and hopes to
make that "one last trip" with his family as we
We heard from Ken Niddleton, our right arm in
Tucson and busy lapidarist/gem identifier/faceter,
formerly from Pedro Miguel, about a lady here in
Tucson: Lydia Czapek. On the Isthmus, she worked
for IAGS, 15 N.D. Ft. Amador; was an out-and-
around employee of the Geology Section, Engineer
Division; and a member of the C.Z. Gem and Mineral
Society. Of course, she is a member of the Gem and
Mineral Society here.
Nancy Koepplinger (nee Crooks of Ancon) who in-
troduced us to Tobias Canto of the Interior, and
his wife, Lourdes, who works with Nancy at the
U. of A., sang on April 26 with Leonard Rosenthal
in an especially requested program of Gilbert and
Sullivan selections at the historical Church of
St. Michael and All Angels, in Tucson. Leonard
performs frequently opposite Nancy in the Tucson
G. and S. productions.
Rick Passamante (BHS'77) phoned. He is the son
of Tom Passamnnte and is now serving in the USAF,
at Luke AFB. He would love to hear from BHS school
mates, c/o his father at 506 N. Nysart Rd., #67,
"Dutch" Schlosser of Yuma, AZ., taken at
the foot of London Bridge, Lake Havasu
City, AZ. on April 7, 1987.
Jane (Dickson) and Danny Cox took a houseboat
trip down the Colorado River from Needles, Ca., to
Lake Havasu City and beyond their fifth house-
boating trip. So, while their boat was tied up at
the wall under the historic London Bridge, which
was torn down in London, England, and reconstruct-
ed, stone by numbered stone in 1971 in Lake Hava-
su, a man walking along the wall paused to ask
about houseboating. Jane and Danny replied a
conversation developed and they found that the
man was "Dutch" Schlosser, of Yuma, AZ., who was
stationed at Albrook Field in the early 1950's. We
hope that "Dutch" will come to the Arizona lunch-
eon meetings, now that he knows about them and his
name is going into the mailing list.
The same day, Jane and Danny phoned Marguerite
(Pate) Ashton, who lives in Havasu City, and met
her at the Old English Pub in the Old English Vil-
lage at the foor of London Bridge. She and her
late husband, Nate, retired from the Supply Divi-
sion, Mt. Hope, some years ago and came to the
Southwest. Nate had many colorful experiences
after that: he worked for a while as John Wayne's
bodyguard, and also appeared in the "Bonanza" TV
series; a Glenn Ford picture; and a Lee Marvin
picture. Their son, Warren Ashton, now living in
Corpus Christi, Texas, also appeared in a Glenn
Ford movie, "Heaven with a Gun". Warren is a grad-
uate of East Texas State.
Marguerite said that her daughter, Jaqueline
(Ashton) Cofer, lives in Cardenas, Panama. Mar-
guerite loves the sun, swimming, and attending the
activities at the Elks Club.
Hazel (Griffith) Berry, now of Phoenix, reports
that her son, David Berry took time off from his
position as staff assistant to Congressman Kyl of
Arizona's Fourth District, to fly out from Wash-
ington, D.C. for a week's visit before returning
to the capitol. Hazel's daughter, Jennifer, is a
Marguerite (Pate) Ashton, taken at the '. '
foot of London Bridge, Lake Havasu City,
AZ. on April 7, 1987.
Nate and Marguerite's former Mt. Hope co-worker
Dr. Bob Matheney, says that being Chairman of his
Condominium Association's Board of Directors keeps
him plenty busy, and visiting friends keeps him
and his wife, Evelyn on the go.
Ed MacVittie and his wife, Grace, express their
appreciation for the many cards and newsletters
from former Isthmian friends during the holiday
season. They also enjoyed a telephone call from
Bill and Marian Mallory on Ed's birthday. They
were happy to hear from the Donald Dates, and to
be brought up to date about the Dates' two daugh-
ters and their wonderful marriages.
Ed says they often see Pat and Gerry Doyle,
former Chief Architect with the Canal Zone). Gerry
is again mixed up in the remodeling of many old
historical homes and buildings in Arizona. His
latest is the renovation of the J.M. Evans House,
the oldest of Phoenix's three remaining Queen Anne
Victorian houses, Ed relates. It will get a face
lift, courtesy of a local developer in Arizona.
From Miriam Hirschl we hear that son, Dr. Ron
Hirschl recently was a featured speaker at an im-
portant Ameican Lung Association meeting in Reno,
Nevada. Ron is a resident in surgery at the Uni-
versity of Michigan Hospital, with a goal toward
pediatric surgery, and as such is doing special
research on E(MQ, a grave problem for babies and
small children. Ron's father, Dr. Daniel Hirschl
was Chief of Pediatrics at Gorgas Hospital.
Jane Cox's sister, Donna (Dickson) Dondanville,
moved from Golden, Co., to Sanford, Fl., in April,
in search of more sun and warmth and the many
former Canal Zone friends in that state. She drove
across country with only her miniature schnauzer,
Fritzi officially number on the Denver Broncos
football team as her protector and navigator.
Jane and Danny had driven to Denver for a Bon
Tom, H., Loring, and
Juan, Puerto Rico.
Tommy White in San
Mr. and Mrs. H. Loring White (Evelyn), now res-
idents of Phoenix, enjoyed a visit to their son,
CPO Ton White and his family in San Juan, Puerto
Rico. Tom is stationed there with the Coast Guard.
The White's vacation in San Juan was followed by
a visit to North Carolina and Hilton Head, S.C.
They also visited Leah Barkowitz and her sons in
Ed and Grace MacVittie
- an anniversary
With the summer coming on, it is the time for
the MacVitties to be on their way to Williams-
ville, NY., for the summer and sane visiting with
friends and relatives. They plan to visit Carl and
Blanche (Adler) Browne at their home in Canaan,
N.H. Carl will be meeting Ed at Cornell for the
reunion week in June, and shortly thereafter, Carl
and Blanche will take a trip to Alaska and the
Dr. Bob and Evie Matheney plan to stay in Ari-
zona for the summer, with perhaps a short trip
around the West. They are enjoying their new home
and welcome visitors. Since Bob is chairman of his
condominium and Ed has been re-elected chairman of
his, they meet frequently to discuss the many
factors necessary for harmonious management. Ed
has a breather from his golf chairmanship now that
the season is over, until the new season begins in
the fall. He promises a good golf game to anyone
who visits; just call.
Ed sent some Ancon Little Theater notices he
found in his file to Joe and Audrey Watson and Bob
and Pete Johnson, all of whom were active in the
theater. The notices were written by Ted Wilbur.
Ed says, "For those who remember Grace and me,
and now that we have reached our 52nd wedding an-
niversary, you can see that we are still happy and
enjoying life. Many friends from Sun City (AZ) are
going through the Canal, and I have been busy
giving them slide-tours and showing them pictures
of the Canal and the interior of Panama, which
give the tourists a better understanding of the
beauty of the Republic of Panama and the Canal
Jane (Dickson) Cox
The predominant question in the minds of many
Northwest Arkansans is: "Is is Spring or Summer?"
at this writing. After a freeze which caught most
of our peaches in this area, we had 80-90 degree
weather. The air-conditioners were humming and
summer clothes, complete with shorts were very
evident. The next thing we knew, it turned cold
again, and so what next? The trees are so fresh
in their newT green dresses and the azaleas, not
caught, are beautiful.
Luke Palumbo reported that he was having the
time of his life, learning how to use a tiller
in a large garden. Betty, his wife, and he are
doing very well. Luke took a trip to Lorraine,
Ohio to attend the funeral of his older brother,
Tony Palumbo. Luke is very busy with volunteer
work and sounded excited about the forthc.onrng
Panama Canal Reunion.
Frances and Andy Whitlock enjoyed a visit from
their son, Paul, for two weeks, followed by Andy
II and his wife from Forth Worth, Texas with their
six-month old son, Andy III. In May, Andree' Lee
Collins, their oldest daughter from St. Louis,
will be coming for a visit. Andree' intends to
pick up Jacky and her husband, Marcell Werebramck
from Mishawaka, Indiana to spend a weekend with
Bates Wieman from Fayeteville had her niece
and nephew, Mary Jo Yaeger, from Houston, Texas
and her brother, George Lowe, from Wilmington,
Delaware, spend a weekend with her, nuch to her
Mike Burton, Jr., is in charge of Sales and
Distribution with the Carrier and Bryant Corpora-
tion for the State of Oklahoma, living in
Birmingham, Alabama with his wife, Caroline, and
two children. Minnie and Mike Burton, Sr., are
locking forward to visiting them later.
Winona York announced tiat she is going to
visit her daughter, Kerry, her husband and three
children in Edinburgh, Scotlano for two weeks.
She is flying to London where her daughter will
meet her and take her around that fascinating
city, then on to Scotland. Kerry's husband is
manager of an American company which manufactures
Glen and Joe Conklin of Springdale are de-
lighted to have their daughter, Bonnie, and her
husband, William McClish, move to Bella Vista,
Atkansas. Their address is: #1 Quantock Hills
Drive, Bella Vista. AR 72714.
MILDRED HIGGINS had little news to report except
that Ed just finished repainting the kitchen.
They entertained the Shriner Members of the
Oriental Band and their wives at a pot luck supper
Elaine (Bohan) Johnson telephoned from Jones-
boro to ask if I would take some news. She then
wrote me about a trip she took to San Diego,
visiting her daughter and family for a week. She
saw Irene Laurie Will and Ruthie Brown Robertson.
The latter friend was from Pedro Miguel whom she
hadn't seen for years, so they had a good gab
fest. They visited Elaine's daughter, Betty
Hooper Phillips and two grandchildren, Andy and
Elaine. Mrs. Johnson attended Elaine's confirma-
mation with her son, Andy and his family.
Tomas Clavel, Panamanian Archbishop with
Elaine Phillips, granddaughter of Elaine
Elaine wrote that a close friend and neighbor,
Yola (Zinmerman) Bell from Panama still has family
down in Panama. Her husband, Dr. Bill Bell,
married Yola and they both worked at Gorgas Hos-
pital. Their youngest son, Earl, is an Olympic
pole vaulter and won the bronze medal in the last
Olympics. Hope it'll be the gold in the next
Robertson and Elaine (Bohan
Petie and Carl Maedl spent two weeks in March
in the southern part of Louisiana in the Cajun
and Evangeline country. They went down especially
for a family wedding. Petie said that they
visited the Queen Wilhelmina State Park and stayed
at the Lodge. From there they drove to
Murfreesboro to try their luck at the Diamond
Mines Park. They took several tours on their trip
and went on a Swamp boat and to where Tobasco
sauce is made. They plan to attend the NAR'F con-
vention ir. Fort Smith very soon.
Don't forget the Blanche Show Picnic on
Father's Day at Agri Park, Fayetteville, Arkansas
it will soon be here.
Welcome to one and all from the "Ozarks" where
the dogwwod is in bloom along with the redbuds,
tulips, and other spring flowers. Another reminder
that spring has sprung and that April 15 is that
day when Uncle Sam gets his due.
Just a reminder that the picnic and get-to-
gether will be held at Agri Park, Fayetteville,
Ark. on Father's Day, June 21, 1987. All those who
have or have had ties with the Panama Canal are
invited to attend.
Evelyn Engelke spent the Easter holidays in
Maryland with daughter Judy and family. While
there, they helped Evelyn celebrate her birthday.
Prior to leaving, Evelyn had lunch with Bea and
Worden French of Vermont, while the Frenchs were
in Rogers, Ark. for a family reunion. The Engelkes
and Frenchs were neighbors in the Canal Zone.
Etta Faye Terrell had surgery in March and her
daughter, Andra Oliver came up from Louisiana
while Etta Faye was convalescing.
Jessie Newhard had nothing of interest happen
since Christmas, but keeps busy.
Addie Colclasure traveled to Garden City, Kan-
sas, and was caught in that big blizzard that hit
the plains states in March. The roads were closed
due to drifts caused by the blowing snow. On her
way home, she stopped in Wichita to visit son,
David and family. David and wife, Lou, had been to
Panama during carnival. The "Zone" was not the
same, but they did enjoy the carnival. Daughter,
Marion was home for the spring break and grandson
Danny, in the US Navy, will be arriving in late
April for two weeks.
Virginia Favorite had a pre-Easter visit from
her daughter, Ginny Lynn. Then in late April, she
is off to Panama for a one-month visit with son,
George and family.
Jack and Joan Corliss are keeping busy with
their jobs. Their son, John, from St. Louis, Mo.,
was home for Christmas. They plan to attend the
reunion in July.
Mary Lou Engelke was on a visit to see her
mother, Kathy Crowell, in Maryland.
Willard "Red" and Kathleen Huffman spent Easter
in Wynne, Ark., with son, Will and wife, Kathy and
family. Red has the boat in the water at Beaver
Lake, hoping to get in some fishing. He has rad-
ishes and turnips in his garden. Daughter, Mary is
coming to visit and will stay with her brother,
Will, while Red and Kathleen take in the Florida
reunion. Their youngest son, Jinmy, is in the Air
Force and is stationed in Korea.
George and Edith Engelke are expecting their
daughter-in-law, Susan Engelke, wife of Dr. John
Engelke, from Marblehead, Mass., for a visit soon.
Healthwise, Edith and George are doing fine.
Vernon and Edith Bircher said they had nothing
going on when contacted.
Audra D[gan had no visitors nor had been any
The Harps, Jerry and Harold, are both busy, and
Harold is back to his construction work.
Peggy and Nobby Keller reported a new baby -
a four-nonths old Boston Terrier that kept them
busy. They are also going to the reunion in Flor-
ida. Peggy's mother, Sue Mgee is planning for a
trip to Panama.
Marilyn Annen is expecting son, Marty, home
from the Coast Guard at Gulfport, Miss., for a
week in mid-April. Accompanying Marty will be
Capt. Earl Sayer, pilot. Daughter, Marla and ex-
change student, Luniela from Honduras, visited
Disney World in March, with good "Canal Zone"
friends, Dick and Irene Andreus of Tanpa. Fla.
Betty McGilberry visited in Florida from the
last week in January thru the first week in March.
She visited old friends all the way from Jackson-
ville to Ft. Myers and had a very enjoyable time.
Had to get back to Arkansas to get taxes ready for
John and Polly Michaelis: Polly is getting
ready for a trip to Texas to visit son, Gregory
and family, then to Kerrville, to see friends.
The Sanders, Dorothy and Bruce are staying
close to home and taking care of the yard.
Daughter, Pamela Leidel and daughter, Katy came
from New York City prior to Easter to visit Pete
and Sue Warner. While here, they joined in to help
Pete celebrate his birthday.
Lee Cotton reports that a great time was had by
all at a family reunion in March in Rogers, Ark.
Those is attendance were: Worden and Bea French of
Vermont; twin brother Larry Cotton and wife, Sher-
ry and son, Bob; mother Edith Cotton from Largo,
Fla.; aunt Gena and husband, Herb Johnson from
Saddle River, N.J.; Lee's daughters, Casey Russell
and Kristen Brooks and grandchildren, Ryan and
Jamie Russell. Eureka Springs and Beaver Lake were
enjoyed by all, plus recalling "old" times.
Alice and Red Nail acknowledge a new grandson,
Bryan James Graves, born April 5, 1987 and weighed
7 lbs. 10 oz. at birth. Parents are Lisa and Steve
Graves of Rogers, Ark. His sister, Stephanie is
very proud and says, "He's a keeper". Maternal
grandparents are William "Red" and Alice Nail, and
paternal grandparents are Mr. amd Mrs. James
Graves, all of rogers, Ark. Red is on a trip to
Cullman, Ala., to visit family and to attend a
Betty and Bud Balcer enjoyed his brother's and
his wife, Charles and Elizabeth's two visits; one
in February and one in March. Also, we became
great-grandparents for the second time. Grandson,
Michael Pederson and wife, Vivian, became parents
of Joshua Samuel, born February 27, 1987 at Sun-
The Annual Business Meeting of the Panama Canal
Society of Southern California was held March 1,
1987 at Knotts Berry Farm.
The invocation was given by Adele Argo, and the
Pledge of Allegience was given and explained, line
by line, by Betty and Charles Pold, guests of Rosa
and Bob Dill. David Smith accompanied the singing
of the Star Spangled Banner.
A delicious luncheon of Swiss Steak and Boysen-
berry Pie was enjoyed by all present.
A Memorial Service for those deceased during
the last year was led by Missy Will. An original
song, written by David Smith for his sister Aileen
Smith Hoyle, "Trust in Him" made the whole memor-
ial a fitting tribute.
Frances Fitzpatrick, Nominating Committee Chair
person, reported that the same slate of officers
was going to serve another year and presented them
for a notion. Edith Winner, President; Jim Will,
Vice-President; Kathryn Molinaro, Secretary/Treas-
urer and Newsletter Editor; Bob Dill, Chaplain;
Adele Argo, Asst. Chaplain; Thelma Hollouell, Rov-
ing Reporter. A motion to accept the slate was
made by Bob Provost, seconded by Agnes Davis, and
the motion passed.
Bob Kariger was introduced and he in turn pre-
sented his father, Lee Kariger to his "extended
family" on the occasion of his 75th birthday.
Champagne was poured, a toast raised to health and
To the strains of "Here comes the bride", Jim
and Missy Will were introduced. Since they are too
bust to give us a blow by blow, we may never know
what the wedding was like, so this announcement
will have to do.
Bob Dill then presented the program "The Land
Divided, the World United". This same presentation
was well received at the 1986 Florida Reunion and
we enjoyed seeing it.
The door prize was won by Joyce Levy; a Lynda
Geyer print. The Loteria was won by Jo Ann Hagen,
Ray Will and Elizabeth Kling. A cap, with the Can-
al Zone Seal, donated by the West Coast Reunion
Connittee was won by Hedvig Seedborg.
Estrella de la Pena, an absent face for a while
returned to our happening. It was she who started
our Loteria many years ago and is she ever the
Those attending the Annual Business Meeting on
March 1, 1987 at Knotts Berry Farm were:
Emmett and Adele Argo
Donna (Geyer) Bowman
Moises and Jean de la Pena
Sara de la Pena, guest: Mrs. Cole Fer-
Estrella de la Pena, guest: Eva de la
Bob and Rosa Dill, guests: Charles and
Betty Pold, Tom and Betty Jo Bush,
Claus, Letty and Tanya Sondermann.
William and Eileen (Cryan) Finken
Francis and LaVerne Fitzpatrick
Elsa Gonzales, guest: Adelina Lackatosh
Mary (Acker) Hammond
Jo Ann Haugen
David and Thelma Hollowell
Aileen (Smith) Hoyle, guest: Ivil O'Con
Don and Stephanie (Milburn) Johnson,
guest: Alice Milburn.
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Collosal West Coast Reunion! This year will be
even better. All of the active committee are CHS
grads, but we'll get along with everyone.
Joan and Jack deGrimnid, Laguna Hills, enjoyed
a visit from the C.R Vosburgbs in February. "Vos"
and Inez drove their classy new motorhome from
their home in Batavia, New York, to North Holly-
wood, California, where they visited their son,
David and his wife, Betsy (Iorrison) Vosburgh, and
their adorable daughter, Deanna, now 2.
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L-R: "Vos" and Ines Vossburgh of Batavia
N.Y. alongside their motorhome with Jack
deGrmmnond of Laguna Hills, CA. during
the Vossburgh's visit out West.
The family spent Thanksgiving and Christmas
holidays together and enjoyed a delightful reunion
with Ines' niece from Hawaii. During their stay,
Steve Cartotto of North Hollywood had some most
enjoyable visits with them.
Jane Demny, photographer.
We are so lucky to have families. Grace Argo
Allen and children Laurie and David visited her
mother and dad, Emmett and Adele Argo in Laguna
Hills in March. They took Amtrak from Texas and
she says things have changed for the better. She
drove mom and dad over to see sister Kathryn Argo
Molinaro in Hemet and they had a good visit. Kath-
ryns daughter Ann Moore and two granddaughters now
live with her and so everyone (took 2 cars) had to
go see the new house that Kathryn is buying in
Hemet, at 25031 Jutland Dr., Hemet, CA 92344.
Arrangements were made for the Annual Trek to
Florida for Grace and Kathryn.
Tomn Bush, a guest of Bob Dill at the March 1
luncheon relates that his uncle was a Roosevelt
Medal holder also. His mother, Jesse L. Bush went
to school at BHS. She met Bob Dill at a Houston
INell Kariger When leaving David's home, they motored south
*iger and stopped over with us in Leisure World. They
ryan) Lade were anxious to see Mary Journeay, who also re-
ane sides here, so we all had a wonderful visit with
evy, guest: Aida Marrone her. Mary, Vos and Ines are long-time friends -
(Argo) Molinaro Mary and Vos were teachers together at Balboa High
Provost School and Canal Zone College for many years. Mary
(Snyder) Rice and Jack were neighbors in Acacia Place, Balboa
Seedborg, guest: Elizabeth Kling and Joan was a student in Mary's shorthand class.
Leroy Smith, guest: Marguerite The Vosburghs then visited in La Mesa, Calif.
onnor with Mrs. Richard Harper, who was a nurse, along
Celine and Patrick Stone with Ines at Gorgas Hospital for several years. On
te Underwood their way East and home, they planned to visit
Missy (Yarnell) Will relatives and friends.
Irene Will Jane (Hall) Journey wants to tell everyone
immer "hello" and she would enjoy hearing from friends
IBlanca Wolfenstein at her new address: Winslow Conv. Center, 835
Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Is., WA 98110. Tel:
a Union Church Calendars: The Woman's Aux- 206-84
Bob and Jane Denny of Oxnard, Calif. will be
f Balboa Union Church has been disbanded. of Ona, C w
Swl no l b a trying to get to the West Coast Reunion in Sept-
s will no longer be available. Bargueline .
has been our correspondent w e to ember. She is busy getting a building ready to
has been our correspondent wrote to Bob
S e o r open as a Portrait Arts Studio in Oxnard. Bob re-
say that due to a heart attack and a pace- ceived his 40-year Government Service Pin last
he was unable to inform us of the outcome.
S, year. Think he is getting ready to go fishing.
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Society meeting and they continued visiting in
California. Tom is now the chauffer and enjoys
attending Southern California Society meetings.
Kathryn Argo Nblinaro
FROM OUR ROVING REPORTER:
The has probably never been such a plethora of
activities at a March luncheon. The story of the
Pledge of Allegiance, described so graphically by
Charles and Betty Pold, led us down the path of
history. Jim Will's birthday drew a lot of atten-
tion. We, of course, paid tribute to members and
friends who have passed away during the past year;
the tribute was enhanced by a special message of
Missy (Yarnell) Will and a hymn by David Smith,
'Trust in Him". Edward Fitzpatrick conducted the
election of officers, during which all had decided
to remain in place for another year. Lee Kariger
was forced to celebrate an early birthday, but the
cake and champagne supplied by son, Bob, helped to
put him in a festive mood, and the rest of us as
Charles and Betty Pold present the his-
tory of the Pledge of Allegiance to the
Flag. (Photo: David Hollowell).
A birthday surprise for Lee Kariger,
presented by his son, Bob. (Photo: D.H.)
Panama Canal Society of Southern Calif-
ornia Officers, 1987-88: Thelma Hollo-
well, Hospitality Secy/Roving Reporter;
Adele Argo, Co-Chaplain; Edith Wimner,
President; David Smith, President Emeri-
tus; Robert Dill, Chaplain. Front: Jim
Will, Vice President, Kathryn (Argo)
Molinaro, Secy/Treas and Newsletter Ed-
itor. (Photo: David Hollowell).
Heduig Seedborg smiles as she shows off
her prize cap. (Photo: D. Hollowell).
after Jim Will's re-
Charles Becktell (BHS'50) was pleased as punch
that he and Sue had become grandparents for the
fifth and sixth times, with an adorable pair of
identical twin boys. David Lee and Charles Lee
Laborne were born to Lisa and Tommy Laborne of
Costa Mesa, CA., at St. Joseph's Hospital, Orange,
CA., on January 19, 1987.
Charles Lee (left) and David Lee, grand-
children of Charles and Sue Becktetl.
Can you tell them apart? (Photo. C.B.)
Jack Clay was happy to have visited his sister
and brother-in-law, Betty (Clay) and McRay Iover-
ter, Bellevue, WA., at Christmas.
Lending their support at the funeral of Archie
Gibson, in Dunedin, Fla., were Marion (Snyder) and
Entering the birthday swing were Bob and Millie
Provost who met cousins, Charles and Mildred McAck
and Al and Mary Jerbic for brunch and the Liberace
Museum. Bob was estatic about a restaurant he
called "Catfish Heaven", known to the natives but
not to tourists.
Marguerite and Iril O'Conor were discussing
their 47th wedding at the luncheon. Iril is a
cousin of Aileen and David Smith, and that's an
early Canal Zone name!
Celebrating becoming grandparents for the third
time (October 5) were Bob and Nell Kariger. Greg-
ory Robert Johnson was born to Kathy (Kariger) and
A smiling family group, L-R: Estrella,
Sara, Moises, Jean, and Eva De La Pena.
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Moises and Jean de la Pena were all excited at
having visited Hawaii in February. However, they
were also expecting a visit with their daughter,
son-in-law and grandchildren in Arizona (Jean and
Stephen T. Soya), with a side trip to see the San
Diego Padres during some of their exhibition
Margaret Buy was finally able to buy a lot for her
motor home at Surprize, Arizona, intending to be
there during the cool weather in San Diego. She
describes it as a huge complex, with golf, two
swimming pools, saunas, spas, stage shows. During
a recent celebration, conducted by Thousand
Trails, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were guests of
the banquet, and their son sang for the guests.
Margaret's brother, P.A. White, and sister-in-
law Dorothy (Ellington) White, are visiting their
son and daughter-in-law in Santa Rosa and upon
their return will get their seven-league boots
ready for a trip to Turkey.
It seem as if they can't get enough of the Car-
ibbean. William and Nelda Fleming are flying to
St. Croix to see their daughter, Carol (Fleming)
Davies. Carol is extension editor for the Univer-
sity of Virgin Islands and has been published in
the Smithsonian magazine.
Retiring on April 3 as Director for General
Services, Panama Canal Conmission, was Fred C.
Cotton, son of Arthur T. and Dorothy (Weitz) Cot-
ton. He is the last Cotton to be employed there
since 1903-1904. (Dorothy still has several nieces
and nephews living in Panama). He and his wife,
Jacqueline, plan to live in Schroon Lake, NY. We
wish them fair seas.
Herman and Nell (McCown) Henson returned re-
cently from Christ Church, New Zealand and toured
Queensland, Australia. During "spring break" they
had a visit from niece Mia (had, of Loyola Univer-
sity; the family is formerly from Gamboa. Her
mother is Idia Chad; her brother operates a travel
agency in Panama. Then came niece Leonie Critides,
who is getting a teaching degree this year, form-
erly from Las Cumbres. She was the daughter of
Pilot Captain Lee Critides.
"Bert" and Muriel Morris have found some inter-
esting hobbies along the way. He plays golf, but
both of them have found considerable pleasure in
tracking their ancestry for years. They give most
of the credit to LDS Library, Salt Lake City, for
results. Burt discovered for instance, that he is
a direct decendent of Thomas Jefferson.
Frederick L. Toothman has found a fascinating
hobby learning how to refine gold. (Any left-
over, Fred?). His wife, Maura L. (umman) is per-
suing studies in translation services at South-
western College, Chula Vista, CA.
Louis and Rita Katz feted June Burns, Catsy
(Taylor) Schafer, and Susan (Taylor) Pitney at a
lovely dinner on December 30, in San Diego. They
reminisced a great deal, as June worked at Fort
Gulick Hospital as an RN. Dr. Katz was then an
optometrist there in the US Army and Catsy worked
as an RN in Fort Clayton.
L-R: Susan Taylor Pitney, Catsy Taylor
Schafer, Rita Katz, Dr. Louis Katz, and
June Burns from Texas. (Photo: D.H.)
Betty Scears, of Hayward, reports a gathering
of the Snith clan on December 23-24-25 at the home
of Floree Madison and Clara Smith in Holiday, Fla.
The crowd included Ed, Clara, and Stephanie Smith
from Colorado Springs, Co., Betty and Bay Scears
of Hayward, Ca., Dudley and two daughters, Donna
and Colleen from Hudson, Fla., Joe Smith with dau-
ghter, Reda Ava and hubby Charles from St. Peters-
burg; Bob Smith and wife, Georgette, and Michael
and Georgette, also from Hudson; Ruth and Jim En-
right of Hudson; Ray Madison, his wife, Peggy and
two daughters, Phyllis and Allison. Lots of good
food and fond memories were shared by all.
Blessings to all, and remember us with your
Roving Reporter, PCSSC
The Brown Baggers from the Tanpa Bay area are
back in the news a gadding bunch, you'll have to
The Ernest Yocums will be celebrating their
49th wedding anniversary on June 12 and will be
taking a weeks trip to the Bahamas. Congrats to
Dottie and Ernie.
Marge and Pete Foster had houseguests from
Pittsburgh, Pa. recently. Namni and Bill Kiutz.
Bill worked on Gatun Locks.
Also heard that Drake and Collette (Foster)
Carlisle had noved into a townhouse in Clearwater
with their son, Wade. Drake is working for Smith's
Industries and Collette is working in Tanpa.
Grace and Jack Carey had houseguests in March.
Their son, John and his wife, Mary spent a week
with them. Their son, Mike and cousin, Matthew
Hall both joined us on a trip to Busch Gardens in
Tanpa. Matthew spent his spring break with his
grandparents, Grace and Jack. The carey's daughter
Karen Hall and friend Susan Holloway were visiting
them for a few days. So Grace and Jack really had
a super busy week or so.
Wilma (Kirkpatrick) and Vincent Reynolds have
been spending the winter here in Clearwater but
will soon be heading North. Wilma is still plan-
ning on the Pocono Reunion in September, so ya'll
My grandson, Kenneth Gerhart will be visiting
me for a few days in April. Kenneth is stationed
in Fort Belvoir, Va.
My son, Skip Rowley is coming up from Panama
the end of April and has promised to visit me,
plus visiting his sister Dorothy Gerhart in Silver
Spring, Md., and also his niece, Lori Snow in Lil-
burn, Ga. Away we go.....
I just returned from a trip to Silver Spring
where I visited Dorothy and Jim Gerhart and fam-
ily. Dorothy and Jim took me into Washington to
see the gorgeous cherry blossoms on all the trees,
and Dorothy and I went on a real paddlewheeler,
the "Cherry Blossom," which cruised the Patomac.
It left from Alexandria and was a lovley trip.
From there, Jim met us and we drove to Williams-
burg to visit the Busch Gardens, then back to
reality and home to Florida.
Last but not least, I had a card from Nellie
Hogi Armstrong who works for Marie Powell, a Real
Estate agent, so if you want to buy, give her a
Guess many things have been happening in this
area, but apologetically, I have been out of it
Got a call recently from Gloria Malin who told
me of an exciting trip she took to the COLE coun-
try. She visited her daughter and son-in-law,
Helen and Marvin (aristianson in Davenport, Iowa.
While there she welcomed her new granddaughter,
Any Marie (hristianson on March 16. Close to the
old adage, "beware the Ides of March". She also
told me that he son, Ed was married in September,
1986 to Terry Leiser in Tallahassee. After gradu-
ating from Ohio State with hi.s Masters in Electri-
cal Engineering, they have moved to the sunny
climes of Florida, and live at 1026 Leeward Place,
Apt. A-2, Melbourne, Florida 32935.
Gloria's other son, Adam,, and his wife Donna
(Meyerson) Malin, noved from Tallahassee to West
Palm Beach. Her daughter, Kathy, and grandson,
Shane, are close by living in Jacksonville.
Received a letter from one of the coming Real
Estate group, setting up practice in Jacksonville,
with the Calwell Banker Real Estate Group. Much
success to Winship and Rolie Dowell.
Although it was last August (seems like last
month), Jane and I spent a fabulous week in San
Francisco. Were actually so hectic that I was
unable to make contact with any of the Zonians
while there maybe next trip. We sure are
looking forward to the Annual Reunion in Tanpa.
See you there.
Florida Mid-East Coast
I knew if I waited until the last couple weeks
before the deadline, I would get caught and sure
enough, the week I planned on putting my article
together, I got the darned flue bug and was down
and out for a week...hopefully, this will get in
under the wire.
February and March were sort of "lost weekend"
months for me. Leo was in and out of three hos-
pitals having major surgery and then one complica-
tion after another. At long last, he is beginning
to look like himself again and swears he is
feeling great. As of now, we are both looking
forward to attending the reunion in July. I have
been busy with Joy Randall Maale planning for a
45th CHS reunion in 1990. You might think we are
starting a little early but it takes a lot of
doing to try to locate over 45 individuals who
haven't seen or communicated with one another for
over 40 years. So, far, we are doing pretty good
but I am going to add some names to the "Where
Are They" list elsewhere in the Record, so any
help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
I called Lam Derr (Mrs. Eugene) in Orlando
the early part of April and found she had only
been home a short time after a stay in the hos-
pital due to a crushed vertebra, but she indicated
she was doing much better. Lema has lived in
Orlando for twenty-one years, after retiring in
1966. Her husband was an engineer with Pan Canal
and helped build a number of the town sites on
the Zone. Lema's son, William Derr recently flew
in from Dallas, Texas for a visit, shortly after
receiving his Ph.D. in Communications at the
University of Arizona.
Helen Lnuise Dudak told me that she is hoping
to attend the reunion this year and that back in
the 50's she was a reporter for the Canal Record.
Helen is expecting a visit from Nancy Norton
Carter of California in the near future and that
she recently had a nice telephone visit with Bob
Arnold in Mississippi.
One of my CHS classmates, Dan Sanders, is
living part time in Orlando and part time in
Panama. Dan and Noemy have lived in Orlando for
four years and he commutes to Panama having
worked at Shaws for many years. Dan is hoping
to move permanently to Florida but unfortunately
the Government has not seen fit to issue him the
required Green Card in order for him to work here
and to become a permanent resident. The Sander's
youngest son attends Lyman High School and hopes
to attend college in the U.S.; their two older
sons had to return to Panama after their gradua-
tion and I know it has been very hard having a
divided family. Noemy told me how anxious they
all are to be a united family hopefully here
in the States. If any of you have any suggestions
as to how this problem can be solved, I surely
would appreciate hearing from you.
I also had another phone visit with a former
classmate, Benny Kuller, who also lives in
Orlando. Benny has only recently moved to this
area from Oregon and he gave me news about his
sister, Jeannie Perry, who I haven't seen since
she was living in Columbus, Ohio in the late '40's
and helping to put her husband through college.
Benny is hoping to attend the reunion this year
and hopefully he'll talk Ray and Pat (Kuller) Gill
into coming from Bakersfield, California if not
this year, perhaps the next.
Jim and Andy Mahoney from Deltona have done
quite a bit of traveling since the first part of
December first to Panama for a lovely long visit
and then to Miami to visit with Andy's sister and
niece. Later they visited Jim's sister and
brother-in-law at Sanabel Island. Andy is a na-
tive of Panama and Jim retired from the Air Force
and went to work for the Pan Canal Company in 1975
and then retired in 1985 and moved to Deltona.
Their daughter, Carol Susan DeVaney was born in
Panama and attend Episcopal Grade School and later
attended Curundu Jr. High. She now lives in
Virginia and the Devaney's have a two year old
Karen Jade. Jim and Andy were planning to attend
the reunion in July but have been asked to baby
sit for Karen and who could pass up an opportunity
like that. Andy told me that it is unbelievable
how much Panama has changed. There are so many
new buildings and high-rises. She was also
telling me about a cruise ship, the Fanatasia Del
Mar, which she understands belongs to one of the
Pilots. This ship takes half day cruises through
part of the locks and is most enjoyable.
Ed Hallinan of New Smyrna Beach stopped by for
a short visit last week on his way home from
Crystal River. We met Ed here in the States when
we took up sailing. Ed has a sailboat on the
Intra-coastal Waterway and was on his way to the
Yacht Club to start the annual Spring Cleaning.
Ed told us about his visit in April with his
daughter, Stephanie McDonald. Her husband,
Michael, is also a Zone boy from Gamboa. they
are living in Austin, Texas and doing quite well.
Ed's other daughter, Cristina Harden, lives in
Long Beach, California and she and her husband,
Gene, have bought property in Yosemite and are
planning to build there.
I was recently in the local Post Office to mail
a letter to Colon and checked to see if I had the
right amount of postage. The young man who waited
on me said, "I used tc live right across the
street from Colon" so naturally we started
chatting. I got his name and phone number so I
could call him later. It was Charles Healan and
he and his wife, Lois (Richand), live in Deltona
with their two sons and have been in the States
since 1969. Lois's mother, Iris Hogan, lives in
Kerrville and she recently took a course in
Geneology and has since been staying quite occu-
pied writing the family history. I am sure she
will include many stories that her father leon
Dedeaux had to tell about the early days of
building the Canal. Lois said she loved to visit
her grandfather in Gulfport, Mississippi and spent
hours listening to his wonderful tales. It is
great that Iris is putting it all down on paper.
Lois and Charles might not make it to the reunion
this year, but next year is a must since it is
their 20th Class Reunion. Lois told me that until
you attend the big reunion in Tampa, you just
dcn't realize what a wonderful experience it can
be and the joy of seeing and visiting with long
lost friends and classmates and co-workers. So,
hope to see you in July!!
Leona Sanders Snedeker
Wendy Amn Jeffcoat,
19, daughter of the late
Lt. Col. Marvin A. Jeff-
coat Jr. and Nancy (Mor-
ency) Jeffcoat of St.
Petersburg was selected
as a member of the Sun-
goddess Court for the
66th Festival of States
Pageant in St. Peters-
Wendy is a sophomore
at Florida State Univer-
sity where she is on the Wendy Ann Jeffcoat
Dean's List, a member of
the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and assistant director
of the Florida State Model Board. Wendy is the
granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Morency.
Good work and congratulations, Wendy. We are
proud of you.
We also have a new arrival! Gary and Linda
Pickenpaugh of Stafford, Va., have announced the
arrival of a son. Garrett Chase was born February
Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford, Staf-
ford, Va., and Mrs. Frank Pickenpaugh, st. Peters-
Gary is a graduate of BHS. Garrett was welcomed
home by brother Gavin and sister Carissa.
Congratulations to Gary, Linda, and grandpar-
The Brown Baggers had a regular get-together at
the home of Muriel Whitman on April 15. It was
a delighful party using an Easter theme. The guest
of honor was Nora (Hewitt) Green from Akron, South
Carolina, who was visiting her sister, Edna Ogel-
tree, also Margaret Sapp, who with her husband,
Charles, is here for the Easter holidays. The
others present were Chris Felps, Mildred Hickey,
Jane thldquist, Marge Foster, Dotty Yocun, Sara
Rowley, Dorothy Herrington, Wilma Kirkpatrick,
Mary Egolf, Grace Carey, Dorothy Pate and Grace
Williams. Kinda sounds like home, doesn't it?
Muriel Whitman, our Reunion Coordinator, had a
brief trip to Greenville, S.C. to prepare for the
reunion activities annual Tupperware seminar.
There probably should be a lot more news for an
area like St. Petersburg, but unless I'm called,
or told, I cannot put in articles about anyone,
regardless of what I might over-hear. Please make
a tiny effort to give me what you would like your
friends to know.
I plan to be at the Reunion, and will probably
be at one of the Registry tables. I'll be watching
Sunny Sarasota had the welcome mat out for many
family members and visitors from near and far.
Gladys and John McLain are enjoying a visit by
their son-in-law and daughter, Dr. Jossi and Judy
(McLain) Feintuck and their sons, Ze'v and Eran,
who are visiting from Israel. Dr. Feintuck, Pro-
fessor of History, is on the faculty of the Ben
Gurion University in Beersheva, Israel.
Dr. Frank 0. Baoman and his wife, Mary Ruth
(Davis) Bonman, of Durango, Co., spent two weeks
in the Florida area visiting with their aunts,
Marion (Neely) Greene and her husband, Mike; Elsie
(Neely) Smith and her husband, Rob, of Sarasota;
and Esther (Neely) Burk of New Port Richey, Fla.
Dr. Bowman, a member of the faculty of Fort
Lewis College, has recently retired, and his wife,
a public school nurse with the Durango Schools
Division, is also a recent retiree. Mary Ruth is
the daughter of the late Herbert C. Davis and
Lillie (Neely) Davis, former Zonians.
Mabel '%ae" (Cathbrn) Powell of Calgary, Al-
berta, Canada, has returned home after a two-month
visit in Salinas, Ecuador with her mother, Dora
(Walker) Catburn. During the Christmas holidays,
Mae was joined by her brother, Frank Chapan of
Guayaquil, Ecuador and by her husband, David Pow-
ell, who is President of Home Oil of Canada.
Enroute to her home in Canada, Mae also visited
with her aunt, Blanche and Walter Hartman of Sara-
sota and with other relatives, including Dinah
(Sasso) LaPorta and daughter, Debbie of Ft. Laud-
erdale and with George and Mayno Walker of Sara-
Fred and Bev Ebdon had a surprise visit with
Paul Barnett and his wife, and were joined by
Frances (Days) Jones, who all reminisced about
happy days and activities in the CZ. Paul also
visited his sister, Ethel (Barnett) DiVito and her
husband before flying down to Panama to visit his
cousin, Paul Gorin.
Al and Miriam Bissett also enjoyed as their
house guest, Betty McGilberry of Rogers, Arkansas.
Betty also visited other Zonites, Jim and Anna
Ebeney in Ft. Myers, before returning home in Ark.
Maxine Hitchcock spent Easter week in Bethesda,
Md. with her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and
Virginia Hitchcock and her grandchildren, Cooper
and Katherine, who were on their spring break.
Billie Galouay had a wonderful week's visit
with her great-grandson, 5 month old Wesley Andrew
Adams, and her granddaughter, Anna (Galloway)
Adams of Atlanta, Ga.
Jason Cain, 12 year old son of Michael and
Cherry Cain of Miami, Fla., spent Easter week with
his great-aunt, Jay Cain, and enjoyed seeing the
Mote Marine Laboratory and the interesting Lionel
Train Museum as well as other local attractions.
Jim and Edna Million, along with Joe and Rae
Ebdon, visited Truan and Betsy Hoerke in their
new home in Homasassa, Fla.
Mage Hall enjoyed a visit with her brother and
sister-in-law, John and Shirley Finlason of San
Diego, Ca., who were returning from a trip to
Panama and a visit with their son, Frank Finlason
and his wife, and to see and get acquainted with
their new granddaughter, Donna Lucy.
Jack and Zoella (Bliss) Field of San Fernando,
Ca., were winter visitors with their sisters,
Mayn (Bliss) Walker and her husband, George;
Tinsie (Bliss) Barnes and her husband, Barney; and
Gladys (Bliss) Humphrey, all of Sarasota. During
their stay, they shared the 40th wedding anniver-
sary celebration of her brother and sister-in-law,
Curtis and Emily Bliss of Rockledge, Fla. They
also visited with the Walkers' children, Carole
and Ken Miller of Tanpa, Fla., and Mabelle 'Iick-
ey" and Martin Fitzgerald of New Smyrna Beach, Fl.
An added treat was the visit in Tampa with a
cousin, Judi (Shrapnel) Scott of Pawtatuck, Conn.
Jeanne Burgoon attended the Annual Meeting of
the Woman's International Bowling Congress held in
Hartford, Conn. This is the 17th annual she has
attended. Jeanne is a delegate to the Florida
Women's Bowling tournament which will be held in
Sarasota this year, followed by the annual awards
banquet at the Hyatt Hotel.
Snokie and Mac McCullough spent December in
Panama with their son-in-law and daughter, Ed and
Joan Chman and son, Jason, at their home in Car-
denas, Rep. of Panama. Their son, Tom McCullough,
an electrical engineer with the US Navy in Spain,
joined the family for the Christmas holidays.
When Don and Karen (Hammond) McCullough and
daughters, Dan and Heather, of Millington, N.J.
visited his parents, Snookie and Mac McCullough in
Sarasota, and Karen's parents, the Shernan Ham-
monds in Clearwater, Snookie reported as follows:
THE McCULLOUGH INN
Glen Oaks, Sarasota, Fla.
The McCullough Inn, a four-star vacation Para-
dise, has had a NO VACANCY sign out for the month
Daun McCullough and two college friends made
reservations for the second week in April. Quite
a deal...room, pool, great meals and rental (free)
car. Dawn and friends also stayed in Clearwater at
the SHERMAN HAMMND LODGE. The girls have decided
Clearwater Beach and Lido Beach are almost as nice
as the Jersey Shore.
Karen, Don and Heather McCullough had reser-
vations and clean sheets for the third week in
April. (Did you know the McCullough Inn accepts
IW mI.. --' --.
Hulk Hogan, World Champion Wrestler,
with his grandmother, Mrs. Vernice Moody
of Sarasota, Fla.
Hulk Hogan, World Champion Wrestler, was in the
Tampa Bay area during a recent holiday and visited
with his parents and his grandmother, Mrs. Vernice
Moody of Sarasota, Fla. Mrs. Moody will celebrate
her 87th birthday in June 1987.
Don and Karen (Hanmond) McCullough reports on
a recent get-together at their home in Millington,
N.J. (off of exit 135):
We enjoyed a beautiful "Panama" day at our
house with Tam Coffin and Jerry Brennan. Lots of
cerveza and furrmemories of Cristobal High School,
the trees, etc. Since Don is "older" than Tom,
Jerry and I...he was "lost" in a lot of the con-
versation. He did, however, learn that I didn't
pine away while he was away at college. Tom, Jerry
and I found out that the worse thing we ever did
(??) was throw pebbles on the Margarita Theater.
We had spent our matinee dimes at the K. of C. for
a ham-buggah and R.C. Colas. (For our parents
reading this we are now too old to be sent to
our rooms and to Tom and Jerry...better late
Karen (Hammond) McCullough
Jerry Brennan CHS '67, Tom Coffin -
CHS '66, Karen Hanond McCullough CHS
'66 and Don McCullough CHS '65 in
Jay Cain and Myrtle Hughes enjoyed a luxurious
escorted Caribbean Cruise on the SS Nieu Amst-
erdam, Their various ports of call included: Ocho
Rios, Jamaica; Cozunel, and Georgetown, Grand Cay-
man, where they visited the Turtle Farm, and also
Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Lt. Will Hall, USN, stationed at Le Moore Naval
Air Station, Ca., recently participated in the
Navy Air Show at Luke AFB in Phoenix, Arizona.
While there, Will was the overnight guest of Paul
and Debbie (Carey) Suearingen and son, Brendan.
Paul is the son of Richard "Buckeye" and Betty
(Farrell) Swearingen of Ft. Collins, Colorado.
I'm looking forward to seeing you at the Annual
Panama Canal Reunion in July.
Gladys B. Hmphrey
The last few months have been very busy for
Steve and I. Our first baby, Andrea Leigh was born
on January 12, 1987. Steve's mother, Arlene Tocht-
ernan of Green Bay, Wis., was with us to welcome
Andrea and to help with the midnight feedings.
When Arlene left, my mother, Betty Kelleher of
Dothan, Ala., came to help. I don't know what we
would have done without them!
The Tampa Bay area was sorry to see Bill and
Laura (Hansen) Breaden and daughter Amanda move.
The Breadens left Tampa in January and spent six
weeks in Puerto Rico while Bill worked temporarily
there. They then moved to Pembroke Pines, Fla.
They are enjoying South Florida and seeing old
Canal Zone friends, Ken and lee (Nickersher) Gaul;
Fred and Terri (Hunt) Watkins, and Steve and Mar-
garet (Kelleher) Marsalona.
The bay area is happy to welcome Drake and Col-
lette (Foster) Carlisle and son, Wade from Texas.
Drake and Colette just got jobs and are enjoying
being near Colette's parents, Pete and Marge Fos-
Maritza Reyes, Sue Kelleher, and Lynn Dunning
recently traveled to New Orleans for Mardi Gras
and lots of partying. They had a great time and
are already making plans for next year. Sue Kel-
leher continued her vacation in Miami and Key West
visiting Angel and Patty (Kelleher) Arosemena and
their two sons, Kris and Andrew.
After Mardi Gras, Maritza Reyes traveled to
Jacksonville and visited with Bonnie Kent. Maritza
reports that she recently spoke to Laurie O'Connor
who just left Tampa to attend Bowling Green State
University in Ohio. She is looking forward to at-
tending the reunion in July.
In February, Cheryl and Lynn Dunning visited
with Fred and Terri (Hunt) Watkins in Miramar,
Florida. Also visiting the Watkins at the same
time was John Hunt. Lynn and Cheryl had a great
time even though it was a little cool.
In March, lots of Zonians had an absolutely
fantastic time when they took a one-day Reggae
cruise out of Tampa. Those who enjoyed lots of
sun, fun, and partying were: Patty Owen, Paul
Meyers, Adriana and George Ateek, Sue Kelleher,
Cheryl and Lynn Dunning, Adam and Donna (Malin)
Myerson and Jess Little.
Michelle Owens of Tampa and Donna (Malin) Myer-
son of Orlando traveled to New Orleans the first
week in April and visited with Rebecca (Harp)
Croft and her adorable daughter, Morgan. Michelle,
Donna and Rebecca had a great time seeing each
other and had a lot of catching up to do. While in
New Orleans, Michelle and Donna visited with Roger
and Diana Archibal and their new daughter, Alles-
Charlotte (Craig) Beyes and her son Ryan, spent
a week in North Carolina visiting her parents,
William and Margaret Craig. While Charlotte and
Ryan were there, they visited with her brother,
Jim and his wife, Ivy.
ILw and Willeen (O'Sullivan) Hodge are anxious-
ly awaiting the birth of their first child in Oct-
ober. They are very excited about the big coming
Recently I received a phone call from Gerald
Nowotny. He and his wife and new baby daughter are
getting ready to move to South Florida. Also heard
from Cori Morris. She is staying busy with her two
daughters. Diana Winford called in January. She
just moved to South Carolina and is looking for-
ward to attending her first reunion. We heard from
Jim Snyder who lives out in Washington. Jim is
staying busy with work and was happy to announce
that his brother, Tom and wife, Evelyn just had
their second child.
All members of the BHS Class of 1978 a re-
union is being planned for next year!
I hope everyone has a great time at this year's
Reunion in Tampa.
Mary (Kelleher) Tochterman
Aloha! I enjoyed hearing from Sandy Watts of
Kailua (across island), a PCSOFL member (with her
husband Terry, a Marine), who moved to Hawaii in
November. Sandy is the daughter of Bob and Betty
McCarrick of Jacksonville, Fla. Sandy and Terry
are hoping to do sane island-hopping in July, on
their first wedding anniversary.
Henry and Virginia (Ridge) DIlim had a grand
time last week with the visit of Haopton Tedder
and entourage, including his wife, her mother, the
Tedders' three sons and their wives, the Tedders'
grandchildren (the newest one is four months old),
and sane close friends total count, 28!. For
lunch and the engaging little Wednesday Hawaiian
show, the Dolims took some of them to the Honolulu
Elk's Club (the best of all Elk's Club we think).
The Tedders' photographer friend, who was with the
group, photographed them on their hotel room lanai
the picture for their next Christmas card -
against a background of beautiful Diamond Head.
The Dolims had five trips to the Mainland last
year, and this year, while Virginia's secretary
(from former FAA work) was here with her husband
for their wedding anniversary, they celebrated
their 46th wedding anniversary with a cruise among
the neighbor islands on the SS Constitution.
Virginia wonders whether there will be a 50th re-
union in 1988 for her BHS'38 class.
At the home of Bill and Jan (Kopersii) Taylor,
I had a welcome reunion with Jan's sister, Olive
and her husband Nick Nicholson, who had just re-
turned from a tour of New Zealand, a place I long
to visit. Among the more spectacular points of in-
terest were the fiord called "Doubtful Sound";
Kelly Tarlton's 'Water World", where pedestrians
are moved on a travelator through a transparent
undersea tunnel into a magnificent seaworld, un-
equaled anywhere, they claim; Manapuuri Power Sta-
tion (about 1,000 ft. undergroundd; a boat riding
deep inside the Waitcmo underground caves to the
Glow-worm grotto. And among the quaint and beauti-
ful locales, the old town of Kerikeri; the NE
coastline an endless pattern of bays, isles and
sparkling beaches; and the bucolic village of
Tutukaka (not Titicaca) on North Island, where the
Nicholsons once lived. Olive enjoyed reading the
Canal Record, and we had a fine time reminiscing,
with her infectious laughter, before they returned
home (Saratoga, CA).
The Hawaiian Open Golf Tournament at the Waia-
lae Country Club drew huge crowds in the typical
fine weather. Corey Pavin, who won the 1986 Haw-
aiian Open, made Hawaiian Open history by his
back-to-back winning of the 1987 Open. The first
back-to-back winner in Hawaiian Open golf history
was Hubert Green in 1978 and 1979.
Spectators at this exciting event often wear
shorts, bikinis, go-aheads (or go bare-foot),
funny hats (and those who have the day off may
give their names, whereas those who don't usually
don't). One time one of the female spectators was
sitting on the grassy edge of the green when a
golf ball bounced under her skirt, out of sight.
A worried marshal advised her not to touch the
ball. Whe the pro arrived to get his ball, he
reached for it, then changed his mind and asked
her to hand it to him!
My daughter, Katya and I attended the ceremony
dedicating the Vietnam Wall replica, on the Cap-
itol grounds in Honolulu. The grieved and weeping
visitors and the deeply moving notes appended to
names on the wall made an unforgettable newspaper
essay impossible to read without pain. We found
some special names....
The fight continues on where (or whether) to
build a convention center in Honolulu. Thousands
of us signed petitions against locating it at Fort
DeRussy, the last wide open space in the jammed
traffic and structures of the Waikiki area. Cur-
runt reconstruction is aimed at beautifying Kala-
kaua Avenue and sidewalks, and the Hilton Hawaiian
Village is being handsomely upgraded. The Kodak
Hula Show just celebrated 50 years' free enter-
tainment a longer running event than the famous
Agatha Christie play, "The Mouse Trap", in London.
(Wild, wicked, wonderful Waikiki!)
Through a Navy League woman friend, I was in-
vited as one of the 100 guests on a trip from
Pearl Harbor to Maui Island on the Navy guided-
missle ship, the USS Worden (full compliment of
410!) a nine-hour voyage, past Molokai and Lanai
Islands with a return three days later. Guided
tours of the huge vessel and equipment, demon-
strations preceded a grand picnic lunch, with
BBQ-ing on the fantail, and much Navy hospitality
as we climbed about the ship. My friend and I
stayed in the condo apartment at beautiful Kihei
beach, which belongs to my cousins, Bobbie (Wors-
ley) and Stan Richards, and decided to fly home
rather than arise about 3:00 a.m. to clean house
and return the rent-a-car for a 6:30 boarding of
the ship at Kahalui.
Madam Pele (the Goddess of Volcanoes) is still
venting her wrath through vents with an output of
about 600,000 cu.ft. per day, sometimes destroying
more private property and filling and paving over
with glistening black lava the popular fresh-water
swimming pool on Hawaii Island called Queen's
Bath. Lava flowing partly into the sea has spawned
a fast-growing new Hawaiian island ("Loihi"). It's
about 3800 feet below sea-level, so you should be
able to see it before too long (in about 10,000
The common struggle: If I can lose weight, per-
haps I will reward myself by attending the next
Florida reunion. Here's hoping I'm not gifted with
any more irresistable Hawaiian kaukau (food), such
as this lilikoi pie, or the two-crust coconut pie
(make with no cream or milk), or taro dim sim (all
HELP! How to clean old molas without removing
them from the frame???
Iois (DeLaMater) Bates
Its almost Spring in beautiful Kentucky, I
hope. After some unexpected surprises, Mother
Nature has finally given us some sunshine and warm
days. My cabbage plants were not too happy when
eight inches of snow fell on them a while back
but hopefully, they will recover.
When I received a letter postmarked Albuquerque
New Mexico, I was a bit curious, especially since
I don't know anyone there. Seems that Arnold
Talbott, formerly of Lexington has relocated to
New Mexico. He took a promotion and is now Chief
of Productions at Kirtland AFB. He misses Ken-
tucky, especially our famous "Ale 8". Arnold says
it is the finest soda pop for him and he still
remembers the taste. Look for Arnold at the 1987
reunion. He certainly will be there and at his
20th reunion of good ole BHS, class of '67.
Walter and Beverly Alves had a quiet winter
and are in good health. They plan a two week trip
to Agusta, Maine in May. Walter's great grand-
father Paterson was a native of that town and
since Maine is such a pleasant place, they are
looking forward to the trip. The latter part of
May will bring a visit from their granddaughter,
Terri's little girl. She will stay until sometime
Donna Stuebe has been a busy lady. Last fall
she volunteered to reorganize her church library.
Her first duty was to wipe away dust and cobwebs.
She found a new central location for the library
and had a grand time getting all of the books
catalogued. (They are now arranged according to
the STUEBE system). After all that activity, she
tried to slink back into the woodwork, but to no
avail. The rector asked Donna to be editor of
the monthly newsletter, and she accepted. Now
she is REALLY into everything sort of a roving
reporter. Donna is in favor of a Kentucky get
together. Anyone else?
When this issue of the Canal Record comes out,
Ken and I will have a doctor in the family. Son,
Ken, Jr., will graduate on May 16th from the Uni-
versity of Louisville School of Medicine. Of
course, as luck would have it, he will be going
to Peoria, Illinois for his residency in Emergency
Medicine. Looks as if we will still have to pay
for Health Care after all. Ken retired December
31st and still hasn't lost that extra 10 pounds.
In February, I flew to New Orleans. My father,
Fernand Espiau was quite ill. Ken came down and
joined me a few weeks later. I guess he missed
my cooking. Happily, my dad is better now, and
both he and my mother are enjoying a brand new
Plymouth Caravelle. New Orleans is so pretty in
February; all green in contrast to Kentucky's
brown winter. But you should see Kentucky now;
green and beautiful; worth waiting for. I hope
everyone enjoys the reunion. We will not be there
because that is the time we will Le helping Kenny
nove to Peoria. Fondest wishes to you all.
Have you started getting chain letters? Since
the March issue, this reporter has received five
- sane anonymous. If our Society mailing list is
being used for this purpose, you might like to
know the law. The New Orleans postal inspectors
handle this area and here's what they say. Accor-
ding to Title 18 of the U.S. Code, Section 1341,
it is NOT against the law to mail prayer or good-
luck chain letters. However, if something of value
is requested, no matter how small, even 50Q or $1,
then that IS against the law. If this activity is
reported to the post office, the sender will re-
ceive a letter of warning. You may get off the
hook by pleading ignorance of the law the first
time. After that......
Sue Barfield-Celette in Monroe spent a great
family Christmas at home with sons Eddie and David
daughter Doriane, parents Doris and LeRoy Barfield
sister Sarah and niece Elizabeth Cohen. With so
many presents and goodies under the tree, they
half-seriously considered moving the tree outside.
In March Sue made a quick trip to Florida. Her
grandmother, Dorothy L. Barfield, died on March 27
and Sue wanted to be with her father. Miss Dorothy
would have been 99 in June. Eddie, Sue's oldest,
is now stationed in Natchez, Miss., with the U.S.
Coast Guard, after successfully completing basic
training at Camp May, N.J. It's a two-hour drive
home so they see each other often. Davis, Sue's
younger son, is graduating in May and Sue isn't
sure how she'll get along without him as the fam-
ily handyman and mechanic. Of her daughter, Sue
says, "Look out world, Doriane finally got her
driver's license." Sue and Doriane are very busy
at presstime creating a lovely prom dress. Maybe
we'll get a picture next issue?
Had a lovly telephone conversation with Tibby
Nolan's mother, Mrs. Mary Espiau, of New Orleans.
They are so alike happy, chatty, pleasant folks.
Husband Fernand who will be 82 in July, is back
home now fran the hospital. Ken and Ginger Espiau
Rood came down from Kentucky to help out. Ginger
is busy with arts and crafts volunteer work, in-
cluding repairing and dressing up dolls for the
Salvation Army's Christmas project. Got a good re-
port on the Roods from Capt. Charlie Taylor, now
of Baton Rouge, who has fond memories and kind
words of his "horsey set" CZ friends. Ginger and
Ken's son recently left Louisville, Ky., for
Preoria, Ill., where he will intern and hopes to
specialize in trauma. Of the others, Wendy works
in a bank, Judy is a hospital administrator and
John is into computers. Tibby is a supervisor at
the Garland, (Texas) City Hall. She recently
lucked up and won herself a luxurious mink coat.
She and her husband are out square dancing when-
ever time permits.
Down in Marrero, John R. Gough Sr. has heard
from Bob and Mary Hanna of Clearwater, Fla. Bob
and John worked together in the Office of the
Comptroller and their sons grew up together. Bob
plays for three bands, putting on free concerts in
the Tanpa area. John's brother, Laurence '"arry"
C. Gough and a buddy, James Parker, both of Chi-
cago, came down in January, coinciding with a
visit from John's grandson, John R. Cough I, of
Fountain Valley, Calif. During WWII Larry and Jim
transited the Canal aboard a US Navy vessel and
James Parker, John R. Gough III and
Lawrence C. Gough during recent visit
with John and Kathleen Gough, Sr.
Army Sgt. John R. Gough III at re-
enlistment, now stationed at Ft. Polk,
LA. Born and raised in CZ, attended CHS
and plans to make a career in the Army.
Larry returned to the Zone frequently during the
'60s and '70s. John III and Bridgitte Am Matherne
of Marrero are engaged to be married later this
year. This reporter hopes to receive an official
announcement and picture for the next issue. John
III has re-enlisted in the Army as a sergeant and
will be stationed at Fort Polk, La. March brought
a surprise visit from John M. Stuart Jr. (CHS'69)
son of ex-Zone pilot Capt. John M. Stuart Sr. and
his wife, Judy, now living in Palm Harbor, Fla.
John Jr. works aboard a tanker, the USNS Sealift
Atlantic, that docked at Norco, La., when he found
a few hours for the visit. The ship made an
earlier port of call in Panama where he visited
his sister and her husband, Sally and Carlos
Selles. He also saw Charley and Barbara (Tcason)
Crnp, Jimand Kim (Atkinson) Ganzer, and Bob
Ed and Aloha Bambach, Winter Haven, Fla. wrote
John Gough Sr. in reply to his request for infor-
mation via this column in March about Madge Locke,
author of a book of poems, "The Trail of a Tropi-
cal Tranp." According to the Baumbachs, the Aloha
and Eileen to whom Madge dedicated her book were
her granddaughters by her daughter, Iris and Tony
Shatrosky. Tony, who died several years ago,
worked at the military cold storage plant and
lived in Curundu Hgts. and Miami. Coincidently,
Tony and John Sr. participated in several CZ Shri-
ner events in the '50s. The last the Baunbachs
knew, Iris lived in the Virgin Islands. John says
that the information received from his query,
"makes my treasured copy of Madge Locke's wonder-
ful book of poems about Panama and the Canal Zone
all the more meaningful for me." Thanks, John, you
made my day.
Marian Gregg, Georgia Crouch and Gene
Gregg visiting the Crouch's at Safety
"From the swanps of
Mandeville," our cor-
respondent Gene Gregg
reports that Clayton
and Lymn Gregg Brown
and friends are off for
a whirlwind 11 days in
Panama. Laura Gregg,
as "coordinator of log-
istics," will keep the
group in motion, but
not before she has a
fling herself through
Venezuela, Trinidad and
Tobago over Easter
break. News frame Gene's
Bob Coutthard and
pasero, Jim Paluabo, is
that Jim is in Florida Marian Gregg at
to observe student be- Mandeville, La.
havior on the beaches for the Easter rituals. Sci-
entific research, no doubt, as recently documented
on the Donahue Show. Marian leaves for Panama June
2 with grandchildren, Carlye, and Rayne Bron.
Helen Gregg graduates from LSU May 20 and Gene,
from Mandeville High May 26. Gene is on the school
swim team and in the first meet won and second and
fourth place in free-style events. He plans to en-
roll at LSU in the fall. Roland Casanova is off
for Panama in May to shoot birds in the Volcan at
the Pierce finca and to see George Nopp and other
paseros. Bob and Gail Gregg Weien, currently of
Waltham, Mass., are expecting in November, so Gene
will be scanning the sky for the stork that month.
Marian will go over to be with her. Bob graduates
from Harvard in June and they will be moving to
San Antonio. Bill Ward recently wrote from Indiana
that he and Geri are coming to Mandeville for a
visit shortly and intend to thrash Gene on the
Bud Hallett of Shreveport dropped us a line to
say he's in search of Boy Scout pictures, patches
and other memorabilia. He's been active in Scout-
ing for 44 years and visited the national office
in Irving, Texas, last year. He's working with Er-
nest Doclar, executive editor of Scouting magazine
on an article about the CZ Boy Scouts. He has
written to Doris and Nielson Etchberger of Dothan,
who were active in scouting on the Zone, and has
received some material from Catherine and George
Lowe of Wilmington, Del. Bud wants folks to know
he's staying at the Ashley Plaza during the Re-
union. Any materials he receives that are not to
be returned will be donated to the Scout Museum at
Philmont Scout Ranch. He grew up in the CZ and
after his freshman year at BHS, finished at a mil-
itary school, though his heart was with BHS'37. He
returned to work for the Corps of Engineers with
a reserve commission for five years working from
Bolivia to Costa Rica, ending up in Shreveport,
his wife's hometown, working for contractors and
retired ywo years ago. He attended his 20th con-
secutive Scouting Order of the Arrow state con-
The news is official. Sarita Harkness, presi-
dent, and Patricia ixmas, Secy, Women's Auxiliary
Balboa Union Church, have co-signed a letter stat-
ing that the increased cost of printing the calen-
dars made it impossible to arrange with another
printing house in time for the 1987 BUC calendars.
A committee has been asked to investigate and
assess the cost factor aimed at maintaining the
$5 price. We will be informed of any progress and
pass it on to you.
Bill Hatchett has moved from Edenborn in Met-
airie to 3732 Scofield St., Metairie, LA 70002,
and continues to write such interesting letters.
He says he never crases to be amazed at how strong
the bond of CZ friendships. This past year busi-
ness has taken him to Panama five times and were
tremendously facilitated by old friends and a few
new ones, all to which he is sincerely thankful.
Special thanks go to Ken Morris whose hospitality
and untiring friendship shall never be forgotten.
Fortunately, the trips were not all work and
Bill was able to get in several rounds of golf
with John Riley, Wendy Sasso and Jim Deslandes.
The highlight was when he teamed up with Mike Car-
penter to relieve Reggie Hayden and Joe Wood of
sane of their wealth. Reggie doesn't like to lose
and subsequently came to New Orleans for a rematch
with Bill and Jim McKeown. Come again, Reggie,
Bill says he can use the money. Back in Panama,
Bill is especially proud of his niece, LIori Kent
Gibson, husband Jay and their two sons, all invol-
ved in scouts, cayuco races, arts and crafts, and
the building of a home in North Carolina. Bill's
buddy, Harold Sorrell of Lake Tahoe, would make
a fortune filling orders for the sewatshirts he
sent Bill. The back has an outline of Panama with
"Panama Ski Team," and the front says "Ski Sosa."
Jeff Hennessy in Lafayette made this reporters
day when he wrote that the article in March's Rec-
ord was instrumental in putting him in touch with
several people he had not seen or heard from in 45
years. He and his wife Ruth will be staying at the
Hyatt for the Reunion and he looks forward to the
experience of trying to identify people he recalls
only as children. Meanwhile, he and Ruth are dri-
ving to D.C. to visit their daughters. Leigh works
for Congressman Jimmy Hayes and Kay works for a
lending agency. Son Jeff Jr. works in Austin,
It's always a joy to hear from Mrs. Juan Hidal-
go in Panama. Grandchildren Robert and Debbie cane
down for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Daughter
Wilma enjoyed a recent Caribbean tour and Mrs. Hi
dalgo is now looking forward to son Bill's return
from TDY in Texas.
Dr. Gus and Nelly Mellander enjoyed a three-
week trip to Puerto Rico earlier this year and are
looking forward now to the Reunion and is BHS
class get-together. After years of harsh winters
in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Gus finds himself
in beautiful Santa Clara County, 50 miles south of
San Francisco, home of "Silicon Valley," where he
serves as chancellor of the West Valley-Mission
Camunity College District, Saratoga, California.
Ed Parker gave us a call from New Orleans say-
ing he was on his way to Copperas Cove, Texas, for
Easter with his daughter, Cathy Fontenot, son-in-
law, John, and granddaughters Lindsey and Collett.
No ordinary Easter presents from this grandpa. The
girls look forward to lots of colorful beads and
necklaces from Mardi Gras. Ed says 76 parades rol-
led through the streets this year. When he was a
kid, there were eight. Ed enjoys radio chats with
buddies, Owem Smith, Osyka, MI., and Fred aybourn
and Jim O'Donnell in Panama. Another buddy, Lanky
Flores just came back from Panama and Roland Casa-
nova is going down in May.
BHS and CZJC buddy Velma Medina Reilly, Curundu
is one of the busiest ladies I know. A talented
crafts hobbyist, she enjoys making clever gifts
for friends and relatives. At work she keeps on
the fly, now in Texas, then in Honduras, sanetimes
sharp and snappy, sometimes in jeans and boots.
Hope to see her at the Reunion and when she comes
to New Orleans for a fall conference. Newlyweds
Tan and Brenda (Reilly) Scott of Boone, N.C., paid
a surprise visit in January, looking for same warm
sunny beaches. An active lifestyle must be here-
ditary. That was the Reilly's "baby," JAmn we saw
in the March 27 Spillway. She is the only veteran
crew member aboard the "Short Cut" entered in the
34th Annual Cayuco Race. Their sponsors are Dr.
Jorge Arango and Volvo Penta. Get the BenGay ready
and watch out big boys!
Capt. Charlie Taylor, Baton Rouge, informs your
reporter that the Bridge of the Americas (formerly
the Thatcher Ferry Bridge) was an answer to the
"Jeopardy" TV show around the first of April.
Since the last re-
port, Gret and Bill
Warren of New Port
Richy, spent ten days
Kathryn and son-in-law
Jim in California be-
fore joining 10 other
RVers for a big tour of
the Mexican Baja, where
all roads lead to the BitZ and Gretchen
beach. They crossed the Warren of New Port
border back into the Richey, Fla.
States at Mexicali and
for the Fountain of Youth Spa, Niland, Calif. Of
particular interest were the hot mineral baths
where they soaked the sand and salt away for three
days. The Spa's highly mineralized hot water, at
more than 4,000 parts per million at 136 degrees,
flows at 250 gallons per minute from a 600-foot
well. Many claim relief from arthritis and rheuma-
tism in the baths. After a few days in San Diego,
the Warrens will pay another visit to Kathy, then
head East for home, stopping to visit son David in
Patt Foster Roberson
Bob and I arrived in Panama February 5, and on
February 7, I celebrated my 66th birthday. I had
not been back in 8 years and the only thing I
found changed was the traffic. It was horrible.
Bob hadn't been back in 40 years and couldn't
get over how much Panama had grown. We spent a day
at El Valle taking slides of the golden frogs and
beautiful flowers. We went to the Union Club for
their typical Panamanian food and fashion show. It
was onr of those gorgeous nights, and to make the
night perfect, Lucho and his band. When he started
to play the "oldies" I couldn't help getting a
tear in my eye, remembering my younger years. How
lucky we all are that grew up there and to be able
to talk with old friends and renew memories.
On our way back, we stopped again in Dunedin
with the great host and hostess, Lee and Grace
(Schack) Wilson. Grace took me over to see Gert-
ude (McConaghy) Roberto. We hadn't seen each other
since 1945. She played the organ and the three of
us sang and had a good time.
Grace (Schack) Wilson,
Asmussen and Gertrude
I'm the shelter advisor for senior citizens,
secretary at El Centro Latino, teach Spanish to 1st
and 2nd graders here in North Muskegon, as well as
Spanish cooking for the adult classes and contri-
bute a weekly recipe column for our weekly news-
paper. On May 6 I will be wearing my Pollera,
showing slides of Panama and playing tapes of
Lucho's music for the Arm Chair series given by
senior citizens at the Muskegon Conmunity College.
Anita Daniels Asnussen
Got a nice letter from Catherine and John
Boswell of Hattiesburg. Catherine sent a copy
of the BHS '63 list of missing graduates to
Patricia Clarizio and hope she located some for
lesley Hendricks Litzenberger. Following a re-
quest in the March Record for help in locating
Millie and Oscar Hakanson, Beverly George
Franklin called with the telephone number for
their son, Louis, in New York, and son, Gregory,
in Ohio, and Leonard and Judy in Florida. Thank
you Beverly. Catherine hasn't reached any of them
yet, but hasn't given up either. The Boswell's
will be on their way soon to see John's 95-year-
old stepmother in San Francisco. Upon their re-
turn, they plan to spend a day or two in Hot
Springs, Arkansas, with Dot and Bud Sabathne, Mary
and Cullen Booth, and Dorothy and Dale Caylor,
all Cocoli neighbors who left the Zone in 1945.
Their son, Lt. Col. Gordon F. Boswell, his wife,
Helen (George), and daughter, Ashley, were trans-
ferred from Ellswc'rth AFB in South Dakota to an
Air Force base near London in January. Just as
their household goods arrived, Gordon heard he
had been selected as Best AF Missile Maintenance
Officer and was flown to Washington to receive
the Missile Manager of the Year award. They are
now back in England and enjoying weekend tours
of historical sites. Daughter, Deanna, and her
husband returned last September from three years
at an Air Force base near Oxford, England ana are
now stationed in Austin, Texas.
BHS '52 class secretary, Virginia Selby
Entrekin, of Hattiesburg, reports plans are prc-
gressing nicely for the get-together in Tampa
during the Reunion. Nancy Wells and Jane Madison
have sent in some good pictures for the Zonian
update. The president, Ray Davidson, and vice
president, San Maphis, have their heads together
on MCing a little roast about some in the class.
We will all miss the presence of Dabby Dixon who
passed away recently in Colorado. Dabby always
was one of the good guys.
Mrs. Thomas (Victoria Fuentes) Green, of
Sandersville, reports she is planning a two week
trip back to the CZ in May to see her family for
the first time in three years. She says James
and David are doing fine and are well.
Following Owen Smith's return from seeing his
mother up North, he and Gerda blasted off from
Osyka for Florida and the sunny Gulf Coast. They
visited Gerda's mother for a few days and then
went to see Owen's daughter, Carol Leigh, and the
kids. Hopefully, Norman will be home too. Gerda
works for the school district in MzComb and hopes
to be getting a word processor shortly. She's
also a gifted artist with works currently on dis-
play in the library.
Mrs. Jinmy (Georgia Smith) Sumrall of Moss
Point reports that since her "mini-reunion" with
Andrea Terrell Oliver and Ellen Clute Starkey,
she has heard from the other two in their CHS
fivesome. Emily Hearn Murphy's dad, Roy Hearn,
read the article and called it to her attention.
Georgia got a lovely long letter from Emily and
they have corresponded several times since January
and sent each other pictures of themselves and
their families. Emily resides in Belmont, Cali-
fornia. Then, last month Georgia got a call from
Marion Smith Morgan. Andrea had written to
Marion's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Smith, and
got Marion's address. Marion lives in Platt City,
MD. Over a recent weekend, they caught up on al-
most 29 years of their lives in a marathon phone
call. Georgia says it has been a dream caom
true. She couldn't have done it without the
Society and the Record. The CHS fivesome plan
a reunion soon and are already thinking about the
30th reunion of the CES Class of 1960 at the Tanpa
Reunion in 1990. Georgia has a good suggestion
for the Society Directory...."All female CZ brats
should be required to list their maiden names
along with their married names". And a tip for
reporters..."Keep sending reminders. It really
Besides being up to her armpits in grade-school
kids everyday, Shirley Zmner Suenson of Carriere
is working on the BHS '52 reunion and wishing
lin-iel liWitman would answer her several letters
of inquiry concerning an official Society photo-
grapher for the class get-tcgether. This reporter
is trying out the new point-and-shoot Minolta and
will bring it along for backup. Shirley's son,
John, is studying at Loyola in New Orleans and
comes homes most weekends.
Patt Foster Roberson
I really don't have much news to report this
time. Everything seems to be rather quiet after
the holidays. Probably the biggest surprise was
our record-breaking snowfall of 11 inches on April
3rd. We didn't expect that!
We lost another of our old and dear members
when Egenia Sawyer died on March 15.
Maemner and "Toi" tluff spent two weeks in San
Diego, Calif. with their daughter, Antoinette over
the holidays. While they were there, they visited
Barbara and Farren Pitman and Catsy and Vernmon
Ruth Zelnick and her daughter, Carol, and grand
daughter, nmily, with her for a week before the
Easter holidays. Then, Ruth drove to Tulsa, Okla.,
-to spend Easter with her son, John and his family.
Thaens Kelly, Jr. has retired from IBM in Wash-
inton, D.C. and has cane to Hendersonville to live
with his mother, "Trudy" Kelly.
Norma and San Irvin drove to Florida in Feb-
ruary and went to EPOOT and then to College Sta-
tion, Texas, to see thier son, John. In March,
they went to Charlottesville, Va. to see son, Tom
and his wife, Karen, then stopped over in Lynch-
burg, Va., to visit Margaret '"Dtty" Bramlett.
Jean and Adrien Bouche, Jr., spent a day with
Gene Clary in April. The Bouche's were on their
way back to Florida from Washington, D.C. Gene
also had a visitor from Minneapolis, Mn., Lorna
(Fmnberg) Raebel. Lorna and Gene had worked to-
gether in Quarry Heights and had a great time
talking about the Canal Zone.
On their way home to Vermont from Florida, Bea
and Wbrden French stopped in Hendersonville to see
Lillian and Bob Van Wagner and Marguerite and John
Shirley (Edwards-Gerchow) Sargeant from Mont-
oursville, Pa., was in Hendersonville visiting
relatives and spent some time with former school-
mates, Jean DoubroIsky and Ruth Zelnick.
Alice H. Roche
Here in the Northwest spring has sprung into
beautiful colors, while other parts of the USA are
still feeling the sting of winter.
Glen Lasher had surgery in March, and after
healing very quickly, he and Gladys took off for
Georgia and Florida, where they will visit family
John Towery, Carmen Freida Coy, Richard
W. Coy and Winnie Towery.
John and Winnie Taoery had visitors from Geor-
gia who were Richard and Freida Coy.
Betty Clarke (Las Vegas, NV) recently underwent
quadruple by-pass surgery. She is slowly recover-
ing, doing just fine, and very happy to be among
In 1986, my son, Jim Wood, was involved in
starting boys junior U.S. Volleyball Association
for Southwest Washington. Last year there was one
team registered at Prairie High School where Jim
is head coach for the boys volleyball program. This
year there were ten teams in Southwest Washington
with one team placing third in the USVBA regionals
held in Oregon. Jim and manager, Rueben Chong, are
setting the groundwork to establish a volleyball
membership association for SW Washington, to in-
clude all facets of volleyball, adult, co-ed and
junior, for development purposes.
Recently the Kansas City Major Baseball team
signed on a coach. None other than Ed Napoleon, -
couldn't have been a better choice. Congrats to
you, Ed. Ed's oldest son, Eddie, will spend the
summer at an archeological dig-site somewhere in
the Yucatan Peninsula. It is a summer work program
where you learn as you earn credits for college.
A Reminder Reserve August 1, (Saturday) for
the NW Panama Canal Picnic Reunion at Millersvania
State Park, Washington. If planning on attending
and needing more information, please contact Floyd
and Beverly Baker, 35774 27th Ave. S., Federal Way
WA 98003. (206) 927-0491.
Dick London of Washougal, Wa., would like to
hear from fellow ball players of the Albrook Base-
ball team, the "Albrook Flyers", circa 1950. Hope-
fully meeting again at the Reunion.
Lucille and Jesse Bunker are enroute to visit
their daughter, Jackie Knowlton and family in San
Luis Obispo, CA. On May 10 or thereabouts, the
Knowlton family will be blessed with a new ad-
dition to the family.
Martha B. Wood
Bob Best is back to all his old activities
following his heart attack in January. Following
a 3-week hospitalization at Gorgas, Bob (and Ann)
went to New York for a month for tests and recup-
eration. Although there was significant damage
to the heart muscle, Bob was thankful that he did
not require surgery. He says he plans on
following doctor's orders, diet and exercise.
After all, he's already scheduled to play softball
in the over 75 Years Softball League in St. Pete.
Bob had nothing but praise for the staff at
Gorgas and heartfelt thanks for all the prayers
and support from all his friends here in Panama
and throughout the U.S.
Larry Corrigan relaxing after riding
bike across the Isthmus. (Photo by Sue
larry Corrigan rode across the Isthmus on his
all-terrain bicycle on January 17, 1987. The At-
lantic to Pacific Ocean trip is believed to be
the first ever made on an all-terrain bike (or
mountain bike). Starting out with Transisthnian
Relay runners, he soon got out ahead of them and
completed the trip in 3 hours 50 minutes, a re-
markable accomplishment considering he had been
riding for only three months and had originally
planned to take 8 hours. The wide tires, light
frame and big seats of all-terrain bikes make them
easy to ride anywhere and they usually come with
15 to 18 gears. Larry highly recommends this bike
for exercise since it is more comfortable, safer,
more reliable and just plain fun.
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Members and supporters of Exolorer Post
21 take a soda break during their tube
float down the Boqueron River in March,
1987. Frank Robinson, Post Advisor, is
seen far left, with hat.
A Bogueron River tube trip is held annual to
add variety to post activities for Explorer Post
21 while members are preparing for the ocean-to-
ocean cayuco race. Trips to the watershed and
across the Las Cruces Trail are also planned with
this in mind.
The 34th Annual Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race
(sponsored by the Explorers) was held April 10
to 12. Mr. Mark Ostrander was the Race Master
and Frank Robinson was the Race Coordinator who
said approximately 200 teenager and adult crew
members in 45 cayucos attended the race. Teen-
agers piloted 37 cayucos with 4 crew members and
adult advisers piloted 9 patch cayucos with 6 to
10 crew members. They followed a route along the
Panama Canal from Cristobal Yacht Club to Gatun
Locks the first day. Then 23 curvy miles from
Gatun Locks under windy and choppy conditions to
Gamboa the second day. On the third day, they
rowed from Gamboa to Pedro Miguel and Miraflores
Locks (which they transmitted through Gaillard
Cut and finished at Diablo Ranp where about 2,000
cheering spectators, family and friends were
-' -" & 1>
Front row "Short Cut" with crew from
left: Eva Anderson, Joanne Reilly, Angie
Stephenson and Karen FahZgren. Back row:
"Bejuco" with crew from left: Joann
Eckel, Kindra Rankin, Karen Rankin and
Cindy Coykendall. (Photo by Art Pollack)
The "Snafu", 3rd. place boat, with crew
from left: John Soto, Shawn Frensley,
David Williford, and Edwin Vaughn.
.- *< Vt A% : ,t
Cayuco "And Then What?" and crew, from
left: Mark Horne, Kim Thompson, Jeanette
Aeker, and Wendell Sasso. (Photo by Vi-
_. *.. ..
In the Miraflores Locks by the Control
House are cayucos from front to back:
"Nic," 1st Place winner, "Prime Cut",
"Oddyssey", "Misconception," 2nd Place
boat, "Bruised Reed," 1st Place All-Girl
crew, and "Dear Dick". (Photo by Art
"NIC" 1st Place 5 hrs., 33 min., 44 sec., record
(Crew: Capt. Steve Malia, Carl Winkler, Bill
Winford and Greg Granlich.)
'Misconception" 2nd Place 5 hrs., 41 min., 56
sec. (Crew: Capt. John Ruck, David Stone, David
Walker and Nick Geddes)
"Snafu" 3rd Place 5 hrs., 44 min., 13 sec.
(Crew: Capt. Edwin Vaught, David Williford, John
Soto and Shawn Frensley)
"Utmost" 4th Place 5 hrs., 48 min., 17 sec.,
(Crew: Capt. Michael Anderson, Dennis Cowles, Jim
Wagner and Eric Little)
ALL FEMALE CREW
"Bruised Reed" 1st Place 6 hrs. Crew: Capt.
Denise Alberga, Kathy Nelson, Lynette Gonzalez
and Ashley Anderson)
"Situation Hopeless" 2nd Place 6 hrs., 0 min.,
57 sec. (Crew: Michele Kaufnan, Katrina
Winberg, and Teresa Martinez)
"Great Expectations" 3rd Place 7 hrs., 5 min.,
12 sec. (Crew: Capt. Jeannie Granlich, Stacey
Patton, Mitchie Hern and Christina Martinez)
"Mr. Most" 1st Place 5 hrs., 47 min., 23 sec.
(Crew: Capt. Roy Egger, Cristo Kitras, Kevin
Laakson and Richard Fgger)
"Almost" 2nd Place 6 hrs., 12 min., 28 sec.
(Crew: Capt. Greg Martinez, Ovid Rijskogel,
Victor Payne and James Lewis)
"Slave Galley" 3rd Place 7 hrs., 2 min., 34
sec. Crew: Capt. Molly Williford, Jean
Brandenburg, Fred Bales, Aggie Gramlich, Anna
Strub, Rick Dahlstrom, Terry Dow and Robbie
BEST PAINT JOB Trophy Boats
"Destination Unknown" 1st Place
(Crew: Capt. Connie Nickisher, Greta Cruso,
Christin Uddy and Sardi Holland)
"Situation Hopeless" 2nd Place
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Cayucos in locks from front to back:
"And then what?" with Jeanette Ackers,
Kim Thompson, and Mark Horne. "Later
Daze" with Dawn Brayton, Ralph Smith,
Seanan Holland and Tony Tweed in unknown
order. "Fujimo" with Pedro Bangas, Fer-
nando Graham, Dylan Denly, and Ino Rod-
riquez., Last cayuco, "Hotel Continental"
with Susy Apold, Lori Merrill, Christie
Dear and Walla Ferrell. (Photo by Art
"Rosa de America" 1st Place 6 hrs., 48 min.,
02 sec. (Crew: Capt. Heather Erickson others
"All the Way" 2nd Place 7 hrs., 55 min., 9 sec.
(Crew: Capt. Melissa Harvey, Lorena Teran, Ramon
Teran and Gonzalo Sosa)
"Southern Comfort" 3rd Place 8 hrs., 1 min.,
57 sec. (Crew: Capt. William Boytim, Trish
Dugan, Johann Brocddausen and Ali Schulman)
Cayuco "Situation Hopeless" with crew,
from left, Unknown guy cayuco enthusiast
then, Michelle Kaufman, Tracey Helin
(Capt), Katrina Winberg and Teresa Mar-
tinez. (Tracey became ill so only 3 pad-
dled in the race).
The new modern six-story Paitilla Mercantile
Center, a hospital-comnmercial complex costing
about $9 million, was opened in Panama in January.
It is linked to the Paitilla Hospital by a covered
bridge for pedestrians and has a parking area in
the basement for 500 cars.
Contadora Hotel and casino has been up for sale
since last year as it has been losing money for
months and is in a state of disrepair. According
to the Star and Herald of March 31, 1987, a group
of Saudi Arabian investors has offered to purchase
this hotel and the other one on Contadora Island.
The DENI of Panama has recently moved its head-
quarters into the old Ancon Laundry building.
Laundry operations had ceased several years ago.
The Elks Team, Pacific Girls' Softball League,
had a very successful season. The 1987 Champions
were undefeated with 16 wins and no losses.
and addresses are as follows (please keep in touch
especially if you have a change of address):
In the United States
Doris (Ehrnan) Monaco
1017 Sousa Drive
Largo, Florida 33541
Those who attended
March 5th were:
In Rep. of Panama
PSC Box 2472
APO Miami, 34002
the Union Club party on
The Elks team, Pacific Girl's Softball
League are standing L-R: Coach Enrique
Marquez, Reyna Royo, Connie Nickisher,
Jean Gramnich, Katrina Winberg, Sharon
Cobham, Eileen Marquez, Nancy Smith and
trainer Don Hodges. Kneeling are Vanessa
Amedee, Ingrid Diaz, Mari Boyd, Tania
Myers, Joann Reilly and Haydee Aguilar.
Missing team included Vicky De Los San-
tos, Dawn McArthur and assistant coach
The Balboa High School Class of 1955 had a
party at the Union Club in Panama City on March
5th. The gathering was in honor of two classmates
who were on a short visit to the Isthmus. The
honored "55" grads were Doris (hFnan) Monaco and
Joan (Hensler) Toscar. Doris, a resident of
Largo, Florida, was accompanied by her husband,
Al, and daughter, Lisa. Joan, who now resides
in the Daytona Beach area, was travelling with
her husband, Aaron. A group of 27 "55ers" were
treated to a delicious "comida tipica" (arranged
and selected by Araceli (Rubio) Cordmoez and Paul
Conversation during the evening covered various
subjects, some hilarious, some serious, some sad,
but all made up of lasting memories. during the
evening, Joe Wood read his very interesting and
entertaining "Special 1955 Memory Lane" paper.
He had presented this same paper to the BHS
"55ers" in 1985 during the Panama Canal Society
Annual Reunion in Tampa, Florida. There were 52
classmates at that Reunion celebrating our 30-year
All at the Union Club gathering were reminded
that in 1990 they will be celebrating the 35th
anniversary of their BHS class of 1955. Initial
plans are to hold several functions in conjunction
with the P.C. Society of Florida Reunion that year
The two organizing groups will soon begin meeting
and discussing their 35th. The group's contacts
Sonia (Aliponga) Dorfneir
Nina (Brown) Kosik
Iawrence Drennan, III
Doris (Ehnnan) inaco
Tilicia (Femenias) MlTag&
Jenny (ua) Stone
Joan (Hensler) Toscar
Canila (Iqpez) Miro
James Thmnas Ford
Carlos Garcia De Paredes
Isaac (Perez) Figueroa
Araceli (Rubio) Cordovez
Cesar Von Choag
art Joseph VoAell
Back row from left: Paul and Maritza
(Van Horde) Smith, Sandy Sanders, Jack
and Pat (Dunning) Hunt, Bruce Quinn,
Herman Erhart, Pete Lang, Beverly (Shir-
cliffe) and Skip Rowley. Front row from
left: Joe and Beverly (Bowmnan) Wood,
Kurt Menzal, Bruce Sanders, June (Rowley
Stevenson, Becky (Abel) Erhart, Rolando
and Myra Linares and Mary Lou (Dailey)
Lang. Seated are Ralph and Helen (Thomas
Merritt. Not pictured: Cleve and Odie
(Winberg) Soper, Gary "John" Riley, Mary
Lou (Allen) and John Maher and Davis
A mini-1954 BHS Class Reunion was held on April
12 in the home of Davis and June (Rowley)
Stevenson of Balboa, R.P., in honor of Helen
(Thomas) M~rritt and her husband, Roger, presently
of Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York. Helen, who had
not been back to Panama for more than 28 years,
returned with her husband during Easter week.
While there, they managed to transit the Canal,
visit the Miraflores Locks and Marine Traffic Con-
trol Center and renew acquaintances with former
Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis and sister,
Diane (Hutchison) Cox with their cousins
Doug and Richard Phillips.
During the week of January 16th through 26th,
Bob and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis of Cardenas
Village, Republic of Panama were visited by Vicki's
sister, Dianne (Hutchison) Cox, and her husband,
Jerry. This was their first time back to Panama
in nine years and they thoroughly enjoyed the warm
weather, fishing, seafood, and re-newing acquain-
tances with former friends, relatives and co-
workers. The highlight of Jerry's trip was an
overnight fishing trip to the Perlas Island on
John Frensley's boat the ODYSSEY where they filled
the kill box with Snappers, Groupers, and Amber-
jacks. This was Jerry's first deep sea fishing
trip and he plans to come back next year to catch
the "Big One".
According to Star and Herald articles on March
24 and April 2, the Panama Canal Comnission
offered 5 megawatts of electricity each day to
IHRE of Panama because of the local energy short-
age which caused major cutoffs of electricity
around the nation of Panama in March and April.
In addition, PCC also offered any parts or main-
tenance service available at its storehouse. This
two-week energy shortage caused the shut off of
electricity daily for up to five hours throughout
the country and caused some $.5 million in losses
to national industry and thousands more to private
The Star and Herald stated on March 24, 1987
that the PCC has begun studies on a design of a
new locks operating system which would computerize
all of the Panama Canal's mechanically-operated
locks. Mr. Van Hoorde, Chief, Canal Inprovements
Division, reported that this study is part of the
PCC's program of capital improvements and Pedro
Miguel Locks is the first slated to be modernized.
It is expected to cost as little as $1 million
The Smithsonian Tropical Institute in Panama
City broke ground April 3, 1987 for construction
of the new $7.5 million center (Earl S. Tupper
Research and Conference Center named after the
founder of Tupperware). Of real interest is the
fact the center will be built at the Ancon site
where the grand Tivoli Hotel once stood. The cen-
ter will consist of areas for growing plants and
caring for research animals, a laboratory, and
a 176-seat auditorium. This new center will allow
accelerated studies of the rapidly decreasing tro-
pical biological diversity.
Old Tivoli Hotel location new site for
Research and Conference Center. (Photo
I plan to retire June 30th and my husband, Pete
Lang, and I are going to leave Panama for good
on July 1st and go up to the Canal Zone Reunion.
I also plan to attend my 30-year Balboa/Cristobal
High School class reunion. Then we go on to Las
Vegas for a week and will settle in Clearwater,
Florida. Our temporary address is at my parents'
house, (Earl and Ciarlotte (Wahl) Dailey at: 5145
Huntington Circle, N.E., St. Petersburg, Florida
I have enjoyed immensely this last year as a
reporter and it is with great pleasure that I
announce my replacement, Mary (Morland) Coffey,
telephone: 252-5014. I know she'll do a fantas-
tic job! Good Luck, Mary!
Mary Lou (Dailey) tang
Tita (Clark) Dunlap stopped by a little while
ago with the good news that she recently earned
her yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do. She said Merrin
Gray is ahead of her just a tad, having recently
earned her green belt. This is probably a good
time to praise one of our Gatun kids, too,
Elizabeth Thmnpson, who is the proud holder of
a black belt. It is no wonder that Elizabeth is
a much sought after babysitter!
Speaking of babysitters, there's at least one
group of people on the Atlantic side that isr't
shrinking in size the graduating class of 200LL!
We did a head count the other day of all the
little newcomers who will be starting first grade
together in the fall of 1991, and here's what we
got: Christopher John Highley, Timny and Robbie
Stabler, lonique Herring, Mitchell Donohue, Jamie
Lee McLean, and possibly one or two others. We
can't help but wonder where all these little tykes
will be when graduation day rolls around.
The biggest news on the Atlantic side these
days, and possibly on the whole Isthmus, is the
34th annual Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race, which took
place on the weekend of April 10-12. Out of seven
Atlantic boats entered in the race through Ex-
plorer Post Ship 9, headed up by Sue Stabler and
DwaIne Brown, four finished in the top eleven
places. The "Gone Palante" finished fifth, the
"Prime Cut" took seventh, the 'Oddyssey" noved
up a few notches to eighth, and our newest boat,
"Comrand Perfonranc", owned by the CaiWamas family,
finished eleventh. Considering 35 boats were en-
tered in the trophy class, our kids did a super
Here are the crews of the Atlantic boats:
"Oddyssey David Flynn (Captain), Gene Taitano,
Bernard Josephs, Sean Sullivan and Kim Tumble
(Queen); "Gone Palante" Ronald Coleman (Captain)
Frankie Hoover, Ray Francis, Andrew Adma, Shelly
Boggs and Kristi Bjorneby (Queens); "Bejuco" -
Karen Rankin (Captain), Kindra Rankin, Joann
Eckel, Cindy Coykendal, and Angelina Palumbo
(Queen); "Comrand Performance" Darrell Caiama
(Captain), Gerald Corrigan, Paul Pedersen, Ariel
Keith, Bobby Lawrence (Alternate), and Luteia
Pedersen (Queen); "Scenic Route" homas Eckel
(Captain), Alan Eckel, Ralph Furlong (on loan from
the Pacific side), David Cohen, and Tiernan
Corrigan (Queen); "Victus" Scott Chisholm (Cap-
tain), Terry Mardis, Allen Snith, Felis Modestin,
and Yacenia Dawson (Queen); and "Prime Cut" -
Maurice Cohen (Captain), and three crew numbers
from the Pacific side, Warren Gibbs, Robert
Canters and Brian Beverly.
The Atlantic side also featured two big adult
boats this year. In the "Ever Hustlers" were
Sylvia Landrun (Captain), Grace and Jim Kraemer,
Linda Mazerolle, Marissa Zeimetz, Beverly Hoffman,
Ed and Samnie Raez, and Sue Stabler (Alternate).
Then, paddling the heaviest, widest, nost diffi-
cult boat in the whole race were the Atlantic side
firefighters in their boat called "The Boys from
119". Chief Wallace Teal, who thought this would
be "fun" for his guys, needs tc give a huge pat
on the back to George Brathaite, Rogelio Brown,
Percival Williams, Arturo Howell, Ricardo Ortiz,
Eugenio "Bobby" Roberts, Altamont DePass, Frank
Dutton, Miguel Ortiz, Claudio Mirdock, Carlos
Alexander, Angel Waithe, and Ieroy McKay.
One of two new boats in this year's Cay-
uco race, the "Command Performance", is
crewed by Captain Darrell Canamds, Ariel
Keith, Paul Pederson and Gerald Corrigan
who made an impressive 11th place finish
Crew members from the Atlantic all-girls
cayuco "Bejuco" are, from left: Cindy
Coykendall, Karen Rankin, Kindra Rankin,
and Joan Eckel.
Finally, if you can stand one more mention of
the Cayuco Pace (I did say it was the biggest
happening lately, didn't I?), I think it's inpor-
tant to mention that the crew of "Scenic Route"
was voted by the other captains in the race to
receive the "Best Sportsmanship" trophy award.
This boat WON the race last year but was beset
by real bad luck this year when Ralph Furlong got
sick during the second stretch. At the awards
ceremony, captain after captain after captain made
mention of the "Scenic Route" and what an inspri-
ration to everyone its crew had been during the
race. The "NIC" may have gone home with this
year's winner's trophy, but what happened to the
"Scenic Route" proves that this race makes winners
out of lots of people.
In this year's Roy Rhinehart Fishing Tournament
sponsored by the Panama Canal Tarpon Club, here's
how it stacks up so far: Bill Epperson, after
a few lessons from Tony Tiblier, is ahead with
a 113-lb tarpon ard a 21-lb. jack. Tony has en-
tered a 53-lb. snapper, Mike Riley a 21-lb. king-
fish and Mike Bell an 11-lb. 'cuda. The tourna-
ment ends on June 30th, so lots of things could
change between now and then.
Gatun pool is still going strong making sure
our kids get those "B" and "I" Badges. Recent
graduates in the "B" badge group are: Christopher
Herring, Nancy Trottman, Osiris Rios, Rencie
Woolsey (who also earned her "I" badge in the same
session), Ivi Keith, Jose Real, Allison Doubek,
Roger Braun, Travis Shernan, Laura Sao, and Manuel
Porters. "I" badges were earned by: Rencie
Woolsey and Denys Rios. Karen Palumo works a
lot with these kids and she says they are just
great! In the Swim-And-Stay-Fit Program, Doug
Finley recently reached the 550-mile mark.
Although by the time this write-up hits the
press, Cristobal High School will have already
held its 1987 graduation exercises, it's too early
for the school to release the nares of the grads
(in case one or two don't make it, they say).
So, I'll include the names of the class of '87
in the next issue and made do this time with the
names of the early grads. They are Karen Leggett,
Walid Waked, Eric Petroni and Oscar Gollego.
We've had a few visitors to the Atlantic side
lately, bringing us news of the "outside world".
Scott Louizeaux was here on TDY in March. He
wasn't too disappointed when a slight cold grounc-
ed him during most of his stay here. Gave him
lots of time to visit old haunts. Buckeye
Swearingen was here, too, although he spent much
of his time in the interior and on the Pacific
side. Tim Hearring and Lew Stabler kept him en-
tertained wtih old Electrical Division war stories
for one whole evening, though. Or maybe he enter-
tained them! Also here in March were Becky Gewin
and three-month-old son, Andres. Hubby, Juan
Hidalgo had to tend to business in Costa Rica so
was unable to make the trip.
Howie Laatz reports that former Atlantic side
Bridgotte Keith Thomas is the proud monra of a
daughter who turned one year old in February.
The little one's name is Keitha Marie, and she
and her family live in Ohio.
Ralph Boggs can probably express better than
most people what it feels like to have a son or
daughter welcared into the National Honor Society.
He's not alone, though, among the proud parents
of the following Cristobal High School students
who were recently inducted into the CHS Chapter:
Seniors Shelly Boggs, Missy DeBoer, David Flynn
Janina Mln, Allen Smith, Vanessa Sobers, and Gene
Taitano; and Juniors Andrew Adema, Vanessa
Greenidge, Scott Hoff~mn, Nicky Kuster, Gabriel
LaTmzares, Bina ayani, Angelina Palumo, Sandy
Renn and Danny Velez. Note how nany "Canal Zone
Brats" there are in the group!
We're still losing some of our number on the
Atlantic side, most recently, Yoli Hunnicutt Scott
who relocated with her three kids, Suzanne,
Jennifer and Patrick, to San Antcnio. Others say
they'll peel off as soon as retirement dates are
met. Last one out, turn off the lights, right?
With college terms in the U.S. ending soon,
saoe of our kids will be coming home for a while.
Leslie Griffin will come the end of April for a
three-week stay before returning to Pittsburgh
for summer classes and a job. Robert Mizrachi
arrives home about the same time. He'll hang
around for the whole surmner taking summer classes
at FSU on the Pacific side and coming back to the
Atlantic on the weekends for some surf time. Have
not heard much about others coming hone yet, but
will pick up on who came in the next issue.
We hear from Glenda Denpsey Kockel, in Washing-
ton, D.C., that a baby boy is due on or around
May 1. Her sister, Eleanor Johnson and hubby,
Peter, welcaned their son, Peter Henry, in March.
Gatun will have one more tiny person soon, too,
compliments of Janis and Rick Doubek.
The March 19th luncheon meeting at Wisteria
Manor in Aiken was enjoyed by twenty-four members
and guests. Those present were: Kay Pierce, Olga
Holmes, Evelyn and Howard Hilborn, Leona and Paul
Badonsky, Grace and B.J. Hartley, Blanche and Carl
Brown, Ethel and J.D. Tate, Russell Percy, Lorna
Shore, Bea Lee, Kathleen Burkett, Ann and Andrew
Harley, Trudi and Lee Clontz, Jane and John Steele
and Dorothy and John Everson.
Little did we know that this would be the last
time we would be with Dorothy Everson. She and
John left the next morning for Florida, and two
days later she suffered a fatal heart attack in
West Palm Beach.
Billy and Bob Rowe missed the luncheon, as they
had flown to California to visit friends and rela-
tives they hadn't seen in some time.
In January, Trudi and lee Clontz drove to
Clearwater, Florida and stayed several days with
Kay and Bill Butler... then went on to Anna Maria
Island to see Polly and Phil Downs.
Verna and Andy Kapinos report that their daugh-
ter, Linda Puchon, who had been on active duty
with the Air Force as a Flight Nurse, is now in
the Reserves. Her husband, Chuck, is presently
assigned to the Defense Command Agency in Washing-
ton, D.C., and they reside at 9512 Fairway Manor
Terrace in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
In March, Vicdd (Hutchinson) Boukalis flew in
from Panama and brother, Gary, from Texas, to see
their father, Donald Hutchinson, who was hos-
pitalized...and stayed until "Hutch" was able to
return home. Diane (Hutchinson) Cox drove up from
Charleston, South Carolina, several times while
her brother and sister were in Aiken.
I Wm W V%*&
Harry and Dorothy Willenbrook with their
daughter, Susan Wiseman, taken during
her visit to Aiken in January.
Sis York's "good time" during Master's week
was to have daughter, Norma, and her three grand-
daughters with her for the weekend.
Our next get-together will be Thursday, June
18th, at 12:00 noon...a pot-luck luncheon at the
Senior's Clubhouse in Aiken.
We welcome Bob and Hazel Blades who are happily
settled in their beautiful new home with a panor-
amic view of the Guadalupe River and Kerrville.
Hazel's sister and brother-in-law, Delores and
Hiram Overall, have been with them helping with
the move from Eallas. The Overalls travel in their
motorhome and were on their way early in May.
Mary Lou (Anthony) Ellis, CHS class '39, had
a surprise reunion with Anna (Patchett) Calvit,
HS '39, recently. Both Mary Lou and Anna live
in Kerrville but had not seen each other since
Cristobal High School days. Mary Lou would like
to hear from former classmates. She remembered
Janet Nesbitt, Fern Horine and Tan Ashton specifi-
Congratulations to Marilyn and Wade Carter on
their 30th Anniversary in February, celebrated
with a weekend in Corpus Christi at the Holiday
Inn. They were the "Guests of the Day" with their
names on the marquee and a complimentary fruit
basket, reminding then of the one they received
at the Hotel El Panama on their honeymoon.
I heard from Jeamn (Flynn) Stough recently and
learned that everyone was well and that she was
waiting for a visit from her sister, Babe (Flynn)
Kessler, of Dothan, Alabama, who was in San
Antonio to see her first granddaughter, Caitlin.
Caitlin is the daughter of Bill and Anna (Wolf)
Kessler. Bill is a lawyer and Anna followed her
father's (J.M. Wolf) footsteps and is a special
education teacher in San Antonio.
We are proud of Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan and Kathi
(Adams) Lessiack who won p:ns for bowling a 200
game at a State Bowling Tournament in Austin.
Iris bowls in five leagues here and won an award
for having a 182 triplicate.
Iris had her brother, leon Dedeaux and his wife
Claire, visit in February and brother Louis
Dedeaux and his wife, Barbara (Egolf) visit in
April. She took her visitors to Dallas to see
her children: Ralph, Mary and Mike Richond and
to meet her grandchildren: Greg and Christina
Richmond and Jessica Chiles.
Ted and Anna lee Young had a visit from their
daughters, Beth (Wright) McDowell and daughter,
Laura, of Austin and Nancy (Brown) Archbald and
her four children, Danny, Chris, Teddy and Cathy
from St. Louis, Missouri, during Spring Break.
Nancy's husband, Lt. Col. Walter D. Archbald, is
stationed in Stuttgard, Germany. Nancy and family
will join him at the end of the school year after
Danny graduates from High School. Anna Lee and
Ted are anticipating a trip to Germany after Nancy
and Walt are settled.
Honey (Bergpan) Fealey and her sister, Jean
(Bergman) Smith, had a post Easter visit fraij
their sister, Lois (Bergman) Carpenter of Phoenix,
Rita and Perry Washabauigh care to Kerrville
to visit Rita's family, Bill and Sue Graham.
I guess everyone is up to date on the horrible
cold weather we have had in the Washington, D.C.
In my last report, I mentioned that we were
trying to start up a Canal Zone reunion in our
area, but we had to cancel it because of snow. Now
we will try to plan again during the spring...or
summer! I hope we shall see!
Your reporter is looking forward to meeting
Mrs. Glenda lawsi) Kochel. Her husband is an Army
Major in the Medical Corps. They have been living
in Alexandria since July. She reminds me of my-
self! Still gets homesick for Panama, and she hap-
pened to call me to chat about the Zone and find
out if there is a Canal Zone social group that
gets together now and then. She was "homesick"!
Sometimes when I'm shopping I'll hear some Spanish
and I find myself following them around just to
listen to that musical sound. Glenda taught Physi-
cal Education in the Margartia School, also at Ft.
Gulick, while living in Margarita. Her two sisters
still live in the Canal Area. Elizabeth lives in
Panama City and Elinor Johnson and her husband,
who works for Fernie Shipping Co., live in Margar-
ita. She works at the Coco Solo Clinic and happy
to say, just had a baby boy! Congratulations!
More about the Kochel family...their son, David
attends Averett College in Danville, Va., and dau-
ghter, Stephanie is happy at Bushhill School and
a busy life of Girl Scouting...canping in the Pat-
omac woods...and Glenda's mother lives in Suffolk,
Va., and keeps up with friends through the Canal
Well, I did get to fly to the Atlanta Lucho
dance event and had a wonderful time seeing all
my friends. Frank Baldwin, Carol Fritz, Cindy
Stabler and many others. It was a great evening
and we hope it will be repeated next year! We
Recently in March, the Kochels enjoyed a friend
from Panama...Debbie (Duncan) Gohde, who was on
TDY. In another social event, a cook-out at their
home. They enjoyed having Liz Beall and another
Canal Zone friend, Virginia Lee, who lives nearby.
Sounds like Glenda won't be homesick now that she
has found friends, and is also expecting an ad-
dition to their family in May. Their latest news
is that they are moving again to 6036 Knight
Ridgeway, Alexandria, VA 22310, same phone.
Anita Collins and daughter, Alita, of Georgia,
flew to Panama to visit Zona (Boggs) and Harry
Domell during December at their home in the Santa
Rita area. It's after the Sabanitas check-point on
the Trans-Isthmian highway. A Week on the Atlantic
side. They also saw Vicki and Mike Green and their
new 6-month old baby, Zachary. Then they flew to
Costa Rica. They had a good time but recommend not
traveling during the holidays because a lot of
places, such as museums and store were closed.
Your reporter just returned from a Florida trip
visiting Caroline (Hulsebosch) Estelle...swimming
everyday in her pool and enjoying her new home by
the river in Ft. Myers, Florida. Also got to hug
George and Mayno Walker from Sarasota. Fun seeing
Gladys Imphrey, Tinsie and Barny Barnes, Blanche
and Walter Hartman...also visited Beverly and Fred
Ebdon. A quick trip, but it was great! Had fresh
oranges and grapefruits galore to take home. Also
picked a papaya off a tree to take home, and saw
two live aligators in the Whiskey Creek River!
Hope to get to the Reunion!
Stella (Boggs) De Marr
First off, I'd like to wish a big congratula-
tions to my friends Evelyn (Barraza) and Tom
Snider. Evelyn had a little boy in January! Kyle
Leland joined his sister, Kristen, in their home
in Washington. Ev dropped me a note recently to
let me know that the Sniders will be roving to
Atlanta sometime in August. First they will spend
a few weeks with Tom's family there in Washington.
Was surprised tc hear from another Snider a
few days ago. Patty Morgan dropped me a line to
let me know the Morgan clan had a lovely vaca-
tion with the rest of the Sniders in Washington.
Patty says that Bill is doing just great and im-
proving daily. She said Mike Snider is now prac-
ticing law in Wichita and Beth Snider and kids
are doing fine in Colorado. Patty was able to
spend a day skiing with neice, Shelley, during
a weekend ski trip in March.
Had a real surprise phone call a while back.
Answered the phone and found myself talking to
Kathy (Villareal) Kolenda from Spring, Texas.
She reports that the Kolenda's (Ned 10, Sally 3,
John 2, and husband, Joe) are all doing fine.
She is currently nursing at Sharpstown Hospital
in Houston. She also hopes to attend this year's
Kathy also shared a few bits of news: Ricky
Diaz is married and has a family. He's a jewelry
store manager in Greenspoint Mall in Houston.
Virginia Fealey is also married (Kathy can't re-
member her married name) and just recently had
Kathy (Grinnell) Thornhill also called with
some news. Firstly she and husband, Rick, just
bought their first house here in tampa so they
are busy getting moved in. Also passed along the
news that MaryAnn Manns was married on February
14th in Jacksonville, Florida. Congrats to
MaryAnn and her new husband.
Have also heard from Sue (McCullough) Burk a
few times. The Burks had to cancel a much desired
trip to Panama in April. But as the saying goes,
"Panama's loss is Florida's gain", they are now
hoping to attend the July reunion.
Well, there's the news. As I always say, keep
the news coming, this is your column. Til next
Linda Anne Magee
MAGEE MICHELSON ENGAGEMENT
John and Phyllis Magee of Panama, R.P. are
pleased to announce the engagement of their daugh-
ter Linda Anne Magee to Mark Andrew Michelson of
Linda is a 1981 graduate of Balboa High School.
In August 1986 she received her BS degree in
Therapeutic Recreation from the U. of Florida and
is currently working in Van Nuys Hospital, Van
Mark also graduated in 1986 from the U. of Flo-
rida with a BS degree in Finance. He is currently
working for Levitz Corp. in Anaheim, CA.
The wedding is set for December 30, 1987 in
Michael Graham and Keith Wallace
M. GRAHAM AND K. WALLACE GRADUATE
Michael Graham and Keith Wallace congratulating
each other on their graduation from Florida Insti-
tute of Technology on December 13, 1986.
Michael, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Grahan,
of Winter Haven, Florida, and Keith, son of Capt.
and Mrs. James B. Wallace of Kennebunk, Maine,
began school together in 1970 at the Coco Solo
Elementary School. Graduating from Cristobal High
School in 1982, they entered the Florida Institute
of Technology. Michael received his B.S. degree
in Mechanical Engineering and Keith his B.S. de-
gree in Civil Engineering.
Hereby Apply For:
E New Membership
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Post Office Box 3738
Holiday, Florida 33590
I, First Nickname (If Desired) Maiden
Last First Nickname (If Desired) Maiden Name
Spousel I I I I I I
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Nickname (If Desired)
Mailing Address (Street and/or Box No.)
ICity or County
City or County
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TIRED, PLEASE INDICATE YEAR) (X) Ret/Year X) Ret/Year
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D RENEWAL: $15.00 Annually (Jan. 1 Dec. 31) per family, including children under 18 years of age. ($10.00 of this
amount is for subscription to the Canal Record for the year. A DELINQUENT FEE of $2.00 will be imposed on dues not
post-marked by Jan. 31 of year due and received by Dec. 31 of same calendar year. NOTICES WILL NOT BE SENT OR
O NEW MEMBERSHIP: $15.00 Annually per family, including children under 18 years of age. Half-year
membership for joining late in year (July 1 Dec. 31) for $7.50.
D RE-INSTATEMENT: $15.00 shall be required of those who re-apply for membership during the calendar year
immediately following the calendar year in which they dropped membership. Total Fee: $30.00 ($15/Previous
Year + $15/Current Year.
Amount Enclosed $ Check M.O. Cash
NOTE: IF CHECK IS NOT MADE ON U.S. BANK, MAKE PAYMENT BY MONEY ORDER
SOCIETY PLATE & DECAL
Society Tag, $4.00
Society Decal, $1.50
Please Mail to:
Qty. Tags wanted
Qty. Decals wanted
Total Enclosed $
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 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM. (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: 8:30 AM 9:30 AM, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM, 6:30 PM 8:30 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 11:00 AM, 2:30 PM 4:30 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 hitman
1. Pre-registration, Banquet/Luncheon, Annual Ball, and Chagres Invitational Golf Reservation Forms have
been published in the March and June '87 issues of the Canal Record.
2. Registration tables will be set up Thursday through Saturday in the Hyatt's Tanpa Bay Galleria "A".
3. Registration will be set up for members and guests alphabetically.
4. Registration hours are shown in the Schedule of Events.
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. Members will sign for their
tickets upon picking them up.
7. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE BANQUET/LUNCHECN OR TO THE ANNUAL BALL.
8. NO TICKETS WILL BE MAILED. ALL TICKETS MUST BE PICKED UP PRIOR TO THE FUNCTIONS AT REGISTRATION DESKS.
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. All who plan to attend the Reunion should mail in a PRE-REGISTRATION Form. This form is published in
the March and June issues, and will permit us to have the registration lists and name tags in advance.
1987 REUNION RESERVATIONS
No Tickets Will Be Sold At The Entrance To The
Annual Ball Or The Banquet Luncheon
1. Reservations will be accepted only from members in good standing who have paid their 1987 dues.
2. ALL reservation forms must be sent in with a completed PRE-RECISTRATION Form.
3. Reservations must be in writing, using the appropriate form, published in the March and June '87
issues of the Canal Record
4. Hotel Reservation Forms must be mailed directly to the Reunion Coordinator, ~Mriel 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 lWhitman,
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 Whitman, 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 $43.00; 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. Afcer 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 Tanpa 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 Tampa 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 hotels and the Curtis Hixon starting at 6:00 PM.
3. Members arriving by air at the Tanpa Airport: Upon picking up your luggage in the baggage area -for
the Hyatt Regency Hotel, you may use the Hotel's shuttle bus service to the Hyatt. Those members
staying at the Tanpa Hilton or Ashley Plaza should use the direct-line telephone in the baggage area
and arrange for their hotel's shuttle-van for pick-up. This service to these two hotels is free.
4. The return trip to the airport from these hotels should be arranged with the hotel's Bell Captain.
The Limn 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 cane first served basis.
6. Applications refused will be returned to the requestor and all fees returned.
7. The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the sole right to reproduce or use the Society's
emblem, therefore use of the Society's emblem on items for sale by vendors is prohibited.
8. If the application is approved, an "Authorized Vendor's" card will be issued and must be displayed at
the table assigned to the vendor.
9. Due to the limited space, only one table (approx. 2x6 ft.) will be assigned to each vendor. After the
cut-off date, June 15, 1987, additional tables may be assigned at no extra fee if space is available.
10. The Society will not be responsible for arranging storage of vendor's materials. Store rooms are not
available at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
11. The deadline for receiving Vendors Application Forms is June 15, 1987.
12. As this is a membership function, attended by members only, vendors are requested to keep this thought
in mind when establishing their mark-up on items for sale. MEMBERS ONLY may work their tables. Non-mem-
bers will not be permitted to sell.
1987 REUNION ACTIVITIES
THURSDAY, JULY 2,1987
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON
Co-Chairpersons Fred and Jane Huldtquist
The Eighth Annual Golf Tournament information, details and reservation form has been published in the
March and June issues 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 NO a BYOB affair the Hyatt will have cash bars in the area. The Hyatt's restaurant will
remain open after the dance.
There will be a Native Panama Fashion Show, modeled by CHS '50 Class, conducted by Andy Lir.
Continuous live music will be provided by Tito Houynes at the organ and Charlie Cooper and his Latin
SATURDAY, JULY 4,1987 11:30 AM
ANNUAL BANQUET LUNCHEON
Chairperson Betty Malone
Doors open at 11:30 AM. Luncheon will begin at 12:00 Noon.
Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
Maximum tickets per member is ten (10). Ticket price not determined at this time.
Will be assigned at round tables seating 10 persons each. Seating is limited to 1,000.
.Will be published in the March 1987 Canal Record.
Cut-off date for sale of tickets is June 13, 1987 or the first 1,000 reservations, which
ever is first.
Cancellation requests must be received by June 30, 1987 for your money refund.
SATURDAY, JULY 4, 1987 8:00 PM
ANNUAL SOCIETY BALL
Chairman Bill Wheeler
Curtis Hixon Convention Center, 600 Ashley Drive, Tanpa, Florida.
8:00 PM to 1:00 AM.
Price is $8.00 per ticket. Tickets may be ordered in advance through the reservation form
printed in the March and June '87 Canal Records. Unsold tickets will be placed on sale at
the Hospitality Suite at $10.00 per ticket.
NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE CURTIS HIXCN 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 Miuynes at the organ, (Carlie Cooper and his Latino "Copra"
Semi-formal No Shorts.
IN B.Y.O.B. B~IB 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 $10.00 per ticket.
Cancellation requests must be received by June 15, 1987 in order to have your money re-
funded on the sale of Ball tickets.
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GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM
U July 2, 1987
:Make check/money order Name (print)_
*payable to RF. Huldtquist. Address
I Address I
Mail to: R.F. Buldtquist City State Zip_____
8447 140th Street N. Te
:Seminole, FL 33542 Telephone
Tel: 813-397-5846 GOLF & LUNCHEON PERSONS @ $30.00 TOTAL: $
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NO LUNCHEON GUESTlS PIEUI= THlIS YEAR IE ID LIMITD SPACE
mAGE 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.
SPlease 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
,purposes only. S
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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 12,
1987 and no refunds will be mnde 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 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.
TAKE THEIR GREAT FARES
TO OUR GREAT REUNION
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY REUNION
TAMPA FLORIDA JULY 02/06, 1987.
Only at Dalton's The official Travel Agency for P.C.S. Members
VIA EASTERN AIRLINES* VIA AIR PANAMA*
Good for travel in June, retum before Special departures in June, return within
September 30 th. 30 days.
Per person..... $345.00
For reservations call US or
Mr. Ed Armbruster 286-4988
Panama Canal Society Reunion
Per person..... $299.00
Good to travel in June,
return before September 30 th.
Per person....... $329.00
*Children under 12 pays only 1/2 of adult rate.
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July 1 6, 1987
CALL NOW AND
Delta Air Lines, in cooperation with Panama Canal Society Is offering a special
discount which affords a 401-701 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 8030 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!!
!1 So eas.-
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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-253 *One-way charges may apply. Refueling and taxes extra
SUBOCPACT like the GM
IMPACT like the GM
INW11MIAIIE like the G(
Pontiac GRand Am
ILL SIZE 2 IXOR like the GM
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
FL SIZE 4 DOOR like the GM
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
fMinimum 1 day rental required for rate. Unlimited
milage, weekly refueling, sales tax and optional
CIA, PAI and PEP are additional.
'1O SES RE OR G 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/W024600 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-oti 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.
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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 lust bring this card to the Avis counter when you pick
up your car.
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:
Canal Society of Florida, Inc., P.O.
Box 3738, Holiday, FL 33590.
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE 1987 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
I Use Only
Panama Canal S<
1. Member's Name (Please Print)
List name of each addition
Name (Please print)
society of Florida, Inc.
nal person in member's group.
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: $
Print your name and residence below:
1. (Member) Residence
I Tickets are $10.00 per person if purchased at the
(_) I do not want Ball tickets. Hotel (Hospitality Suite).
-I Do Not Detach
( ) I do not want Luncheon tickets.
BANQUET LUNCHEON TICKET ORDER FORM
ITickets are $12.50 per person.
SPlease reserve tickets for personss. Limited to 10 tickets.
STotal amount enclosed for Luncheon: $__
SList below names of all persons in your group, limited to 10 persons.
1. Member 6.
2. 7. _
3. 8. _
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Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 3738
Holiday, Florida 33590-9998
FARR RECEIVES EEO AWARD .1.1
The United States Department of Agriculture,
Agriculture Research Service, in their Employee ..,
Achievements, Honors and Awards Letter, dated Jan-
uary, 1987, lists Florence M. Farr as having been
honored with an EEO award at College Station,
Texas, of the Southern Plains District.
Ora and A.J. O'Leary
O'LEARYS CELEBRATE 50TH
Ora and A.J. O'leary celebrated their 50th wed-
ding anniversary on December 7, 1986
The family celebrated the occasion at their
home in San Diego, Calif.
The O'Learys lived on the Isthmus from 1951
through 1972 where Ora taught piano and was the
Church organist for many years at Balboa Union
Church, and as guest organist at various military
Mr. O'Leary (A.J. or Art) was employed by the
/ k Office of the Conptroller, Panama Canal Company
during this period.
Glenora Hale and William Mclnerney
HALE McINERNEY ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh D. Hale (Anne Edwards) of
Tarpon, Springs, Florida, announce the engagement
of the daughter, Glenora (Glen) Rae, to William
(Bill) McInerney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
MtInerney of Palm Harbor, Florida.
Glen and Bill both graduated from Tarpon .A
Springs High School in 1984. Glen graduated from n
Pinellas Vocational Technical School with a cer-
tificate in Computer Science in 1985 and is pre-
sently taking Computer Science related courses
at the St. Petersburg Jr. College in Tarpon
Springs. She recently gained employment as a com-
puter operator for the City of Tarpon Springs.
Bill graduated from National Education Center Antonia I Sinrns, son, Enrique Williams,
in Tanpa, Florida, with an AA degree in Computer a BHS grad now working for Delta at the
Aided Drafting. He is currently employed by O'Hare airport, Chicago, and Mrs. Ligia
Planned Irrigation in Oldsmar, Florida. No date de Armas, retired CZ teacher, now of
has been set for the wedding. Tampa.
A. SIMMS GOT "SILVER POETS AWARD"
Mrs. Antonia I. Sumns of Clearwater, Florida,
recently was presented, by the "World of Poetry",
the "Silver Poets Award" at the Hyatt Regency
Hotel in Orlando, Fla. for her poem, "The Happy
Furthermore, while watching the Lady Liberty
Program last July 3, she wrote another poem titled
"Lady Liberty", for which she received an appre-
ciatory letter from the White House. She was sworn
in as an American citizen in August, 1986.
Love, equality and wisdom;
That is what you represent.
You who gave us with the freedom,
Honor, dignity and respect.
You are Mother to the thousands
That come here day after day;
Orphans from other lands,
Surging for the rightful way.
The seven points that crown you,
Represent the seven seas;
And the torch that shines and guides us,
Talks of happiness and peace.
You are like the Constitution,
Like the Flag we love and care;
And you deserve all the attention,
That you get from everywhere.
Lady Liberty! I love you!
And I promise to defend,
All the good for which you stand,
With my life and my concern.
Antonia I. Simms
FIRST PLACE ESSAY IN FLORIDA
"Enclosed is a copy of an essay which won first
place in Florida by my daughter, Kristen. The con-
test was sponsored by the Florida coalition for
Auto Safety Now.
I have many good memories of growing up in the
Zone during the late 40's and 50's. My father was
a policeman and my mother was a nurse. (Jim and
Eletheer Catron). They live in Aiken, South Caro-
We have been in Madison, Florida, for twenty
years. My wife teaches mathematics and I teach
history and pilotical science at North Florida
Junior College. In addition, I am on the city
commission and am in my second term as mayor. Mad-
ison has kept the outlook that I remember existing
in the Zone.
I would like to compliment you on the Canal
Record. It is one publication that I look forward
Janes 0 Catron, Jr.
THE DIARY OF AN UNUSED SEAT BELT
(Or Why You Should Use Safety Belts)
I'm Sam Safety, a safety Belt. I live in a red
1981 Toyota with my wife, Suzanne and my two
children, Suzy and Steven. We don't get used very
often. I wonder why our owner doesn't use us. My
family and I just lie on the seat with our arms
dangling down in the piles of jackets, candy bar
wrappers, and coke cans, worrying about Bill
because he doesn't use us. We are on unemployment
like millions of other American seatbelt families.
Maybe if Bill knew that accidents involving motor
vehicles are the leading cause of accidental death
in the United States he would get us off unemploy-
ment and start wearing us. We are easy to use and
gladly work for nothing. He doesn't even have to
I think the fact that almost as many people die
in autcnobile accidents each year in the United
States as are living in Sarasota is a real eye
opener. That is about 46,000 seat belts whose
owners no longer have the opportunity to use them.
If Bull were in a wreck and lucky enough to sur-
vive, he might become one of the 1.7 million
people in the United States who suffer disabling
injuries from automobile accidents. It is esti-
mated that each year 12,000 to 14,000 people would
still be alive in this country if they had let my
friends and relatives work for them.
Engineers have worked for years to perfect my
design. I am probably the most important safety
device on your car. My family, friends, and I come
as standard equipment on all cars today. People
are the ones with the biggest responsibility for
their safety. They are the ones who decide whether
or not to take their seat belts off unemployment
and push that little button that may save their
lives. Only 39 percent of American seat belts are
working. The rest are on unemployment like my fam-
ily and me. Their owners have a higher chance of
being killed or seriously injured.
I am leaving you open on the seat hoping that
Bill will find you. I want him to know that I care
about him and want him to wear me so he will be
safer. Last year in the United States there were
about 46,000 reasons to use my family, friends,
and me. This year in Florida, there is one more.
It's the law.
Madison Middle School
Gonzalez, Hospital Commnder, decorated Dr.
Suescum with the Commander's Award for Civilian
Service and presented to him a key to the original
Gorgas Hospital. The nusic for the event was pro-
vided by ucho Azcarraga. Nostalgia and apprecia-
tion could be felt in the Ballroom as friends,
colleagues and patients wished Dr. Suescum con-
tinued success in his career in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Suescum has offices both at Consultorios
Medicos Paitilla (#512) and Clinica San Fernando
Tony Suescum, Dr. Antonio Suescum and
Ann Wood Suescum.
George and Kay Winquist
WINQUIST'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Our 50th Wedding Anniversary was celebrated by
a lovely surprise party given by Millie Roae, on
December 5, 1985, and was attended by several
friends from the former Canal Zone.
DR. ANTONIO SUESCUM RETIRES
On February 21, 1987, on the occasion of his
retirement from Gorgas Hospital, Dr. R. Antonio
Suescum was honored at a cocktail buffet which
was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott
Ceasar Park Hotel in Panama. Both the Gorgas Hos-
pital and the Panama Canal Commission Emergency
Medical Technicians praised Dr. Suescum's ability
as a physician and as a teacher as he had trained
all of them. The Emergency Room Nurses and the
Doctors gave testimony to his abilities as a Chief
and Supervisor. Never losing sight of the friend-
ship with the employees while continuing to per-
form with efficiency and loyalty to the Hospital
Lic. Fernado anfredo, on behalf of the Panama
Canal Comnission, presented Dr. Suescum and his
wife, Am Wood Suescum, with the Master Gold Key
to the Locks of the Panama Canal. Col. William
ERICA STUMVOLL EARNS DEGREES
Congratulations to Erica Stunvoll who received
JD and MBS degrees from Emory University in At-
lanta on May 11, 1987. Erica is a 1979 graduate
of Balboa High School. She is the daughter of
Richard and Dorothy Stumnoll (nee etzger, BHS
'57) of Curundu, Panama, and the granddaughter
of Armenia Metzger (nee Asparren, BHS '33) of
Ormond Beach, Florida.
Ted Renter, Jr., National Blind Water
Skiing Champion 1986, in wake crossing
and trick skiis, held at Sonesta Village
Orlando, Fla. October 11, 1986.
Ted will compete in England during
July 1987 for International Blind Water
Skiin Championships. Picture of Ted
doing a Slideside in Trick competition
which he won.
Emley Henter, 5 years old, daughter of
Mel (Little) and Ted Henter, Jr., at
Sand Lake, Sonesta Village, Orlando, Fl,
October 12, 1986, granddaughter of Emley
and Ted Henter, Sr. of St. Petersburg.
SPURLIN WINS AWARDS IN ST. LOUIS
Blake Spurlin, owner and operator of Gateway
Photography in Granite City was the recipient of
three awards for photographs entered in Profes-
sional Photographer Association of Greater St.
There were more than 80 entries in the contest,
which was divided into four categories.
Spurlin won an outstanding merit award for a
wedding picture; a blue ribbon for a portrait of
a child, and "best in show" in the illustration
division for a photo taken of the Gateway Arch
froman the Horseshoe Lake area.
Spurlin attended SIUC, where he majored in pho-
tography, and specializes in child portraits, high
school student pictures and small family pictures,
and does free-lance work.
Gene McGriff, State Farm Insurance Company
agent, has achieved 10 consecutive years of mem-
bership in States Farm's Millionaire Club, which
is one of the company's most prestigious accom-
McGriff opened his agency in Dothan, Alabama in
1976. His many accomplishments include State
Farm's Legion of Honor Award, leading agent in the
Dothan district, officer and member of Life Under-
writers, and has qualified for all of All State
Farm's conventions since becoming an agent.
McGriff is the son of iMriel (Moore) McGriff,
born and raised in the Zone and a BHS '36 grad,
and E.C. McGriff. Gene graduated from Dothan High
School and Auburn University, and is married to
the former Saundra Free of Dothan. They have two
daughter, Natalie Nicole and Courtney Michelle.
Herb and Eve
BREADENS CELEBRATE THEIR 35TH
William (Herb) and Eve Breaden will be celebra-
ting their 35th Wedding Anniversary on June 27,
Herb and Eve, former residents of Albrook, AFB
and Balboa, Canal Zone, are now residing in Gretna
Louisiana, while Herb continues to work for the
Panama Canal Comnission's Procurement Office in
New Orleans. They plan to celebrate the happy
occasion in Las Vegas while attending the Shrine
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad, With all our
Keith, Barbara, Gien and Bill
TERESA CASSERLY 100 YEARS YOUNG
Mrs. Teresa Casserly, wife of the late Doctor
Timothy L. Casserly, former Mindi Dairy Supervisor
celebrated her 100th birthday on March 27, 1987 at
her home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Those attending were her sister, nieces and
Anyone wishing to contact her may do so by
writing to her at 1459 Swantek Street, Pittsburgh,
PA 15204, or call her at 412-922-9013.
'W[I I lE!""
Thora Lee Bailey and Lt. David Sullivan
BAILEY SULLIVAN ENGAGEMENT
Dr. and Mrs. William T. Bailey of Richmond,
Virginia, announce the engagement of their daugh-
ter, Thora lee, to David Michael Sullivan, Lieu-
tenant, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. James L.
Sullivan of Hudson, Ohio.
Thora was born at Gorgas Hospital and attended
Canal Zone schools before transferring to the
University of Texas at Austin where she and David
first met. For the past six years she has been
living in San Francisco where she is an assistant
to the director of the Walter and Elise Haas fund.
David is a Naval Aviator currently assigned to
the aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz.
They plan to marry in San Francisco in August.
Cliff Layman and Nancy Lee
LAYMAN LEE ENGAGEMENT
Larry and Linda Layman, of San Diego, Calif-
ornia, announce the approaching marriage of their
son, Cliff, to Nancy Lee, of San Diego.
The wedding is planned for May 30, 1987 in San
Mrs. Teresa Casserly, 100 years young.
Wesley H. Townsend, front right, with
some of the other winners.
OUTSTANDING SENIOR CITIZEN AWARD
An 84 year-old Tennessee native received the
Ocala Jaycees' Outstanding Senior Citizen Award.
Wes "Red" Tounsend spent many years as a hy-
draulic engineer in the Panama Canal. After re-
turning to the States after retirement, Townsend
became involved with the Boy Scouts program again.
He is known as the "Oldest Cub Scout," and
still participates in camporees, doing his part to
make children feel comfortable away from home.
Townsend carries Life Savers, which he gives to
new boys at the annual camporees. After the boys
pop the mint into their mouths, Townsend tells
them to "save the hole for me, I'll be back later
(Wes is pictured with other Jaycee Award win-
ners of the Ocala area. He was the Commissioner of
Scouting in the Canal Zone for ma, years and was
known as "Mr. Scouting" there. He was also awarded
the Silver Beaver Award, the highest volunteer
Scouter award in 1959.)
Mike lives in Ferndale, Michigan with his par-
ents, Dave and Janet Roberts, and sister, Sandra.
He is the grandson of Beverly Kinsey who resides
in Dothan, Ala.
MICHAEL ROBERTS AWARDED THE
"ARROW OF LIGHT" AS CUB SCOUT
Michael Roberts from Cub Scout Pack 1307 re-
ceived the "Arrow of Light" award on March 23rd.
The "Arrow of Light" is the highest award a Cub
Scout can earn. Mike also became the second scout
in Pack 1307 to ever earn all fifteen achievements
from the Webelo handbook.
Michael Rinehart and Laurie Hollowell
HOLLOWELL RINEHART ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Freeland R. Hollaoell, Sr., of
Dothan, Alabama, announce the engagement of their
daughter, Laurie Jeanne Hollowell, to Michael
Benedict Rinehart, son of Mr. and Mrs. James L.
Rinehart of Panama, Rep. of Panama.
Laurie is the paternal granddaughter of Ross H.
Hollomell of St. Petersburg, Fla. and the late Mrs
Margaret R Hollowell. She is the maternal grand-
daughter of Mrs. Ruth L. Straus of Burbank, Calif-
ornia and the late Mr. Robert J. Straus.
Michael is the paternal grandson of the late
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rinehart and the maternal grand-
son of Mr. William B. Allen of Dunedin, Florida,
and the late Mrs. William B. Allen.
Laurie is a 1983 graduate of Northview High
School, Dothan, Ala. and is attending George C.
Wallace Comnunity College.
Michael is a 1979 graduate of Balboa High
School, Canal Zone, and is now serving with the US
The wedding is set for August 29, 1987 in
Capt. and Mrs. John Williams of Corpus Christi,
Texas, formerly of the Canal Zone, announce the
engagement and forthcoming marriage of their
daughter, Karen Lynn to Todd Stewart Edcards, son
of Mr. and Mrs. John Eduards of Hampton, Georgia,
formerly of the Canal Zone.
Karen is a graduate of the University of Texas
School of Nursing in San Antonio. Texas. She is
now employed by Clayton General Hospital in River-
Todd is a 1980 graduate of Balboa High School.
He served five years in the US Navy and is now
employed by the Georgia Pacific Corporation in
The wedding is planned for May 9, 1987 in Hamp-
John E. Randolph and Deborah A. Pollack
John E. Randolph and Deborah A. Pollack were
united in marriage in Miami, Florida on February
Following the wedding ceremony, a reception was
held at Signature Gardens.
After honeymooning in the Grenadines, the
couple returned to their new home in Miami, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. James C., Healy (Vicki McIn-
tire) with her parents, Leo A. McIntire
and Alene Mclntire of Tulsa, OK.
Vicki A. McIntire and James C. Healy, of Tulsa,
Oklahoma, were united in marriage Saturday, Jan-
uary 3, 1987, at 2:00 p. m., at Christ The King
Catholic Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Immediately
following the ceremony, a reception was held at
the Harvard Club in Tulsa.
The bride is the daughter of Leo A. MIlntire,
formerly of Balboa, C.Z., and Alene McIntire, both
of Tulsa, and the granddaughter of Walter and
Blanche (McIntire) Hartman, of Sarasota, Florida.
The bride was escorted and given in marriage by
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James
A. Healy of Tulsa.
Cheryl (MhIntire) Burkenper of Oklahoma City
attended her sister as matron of honor and Russ
Blackiaod of Tulsa served as best man. Patricia
McCann, Lori Martin, aureen Herman and les
Preston of Tulsa were the bridal attendants.
Groomsmen were John Healy, brother of the groom;
Rick tMCann, Mike Rossiter, all of Tulsa, and
Kevin Cox of Oklahoma City.
The bride is a graduate of Bishop Kelley High
School in Tulsa and is now pursuing a degree in
Business Management at the University of Oklahoma
in Norman, Oklahoma.
The groom graduated from Jenks High School in
Tulsa and received his degree in Architecture from
the University of Oklahoma. He has returned to
the University of Oklahoma to pursue a degree in
As Walter and Blanche (McIntire) Hartman would
not be able to attend her granddaughter's wedding,
they invited Vicki and her fiance, James, to come
to Sarasota for the Thanksgiving holiday. While
there the couple were honored at a bridal shower
at the home of Vicki's Uncle and Aunt, George and
Mayno (Bliss) Walker.
The newlyweds are at home at 3105 Ridgecrest
Court, Apt. 812, Norman, Oklahoma 73072.
Donald E. Bruce, Sr. and Shirley M. Wertz were
united in marriage at Titusville,, Florida on
March 11, 1987.
They are now residing at 1641 West Voltaire
Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85029.
Hazel Barber and Lloyd (Pete)
Lloyd W. (Pete) Peterson and Hazle Barber were
united in marriage at the First Christian Church,
Clearwater, Florida on February 22, 1987.
Those attending the ceremony were Pete's daugh-
ter, aheryl and son-in-law, Bob Russell; daughter
Jayne and son-in-law Rev. John Owens and two chil-
dren, Randy and Kathy; in-laws Robert and Mary
Hanna; Florence Kutzbach; Hoscoe Ad Keller Doug-
las; Pastor Dr. William Beebe and wife, formerly
Pastor of First Baptist Church, Balboa Heights, as
well as many old friends and those of the bride.
The couple honeymooned for week in Balboa, Rep.
of Panama; a week in San Jos6, Costa Rica, and a
week on a ship's cruise around the nearby islands
including the San Bias, plus an "extended" honey-
moon in a beautiful hotel in Miami due to over-
booked flight back home to Clearwater.
The couple will reside at 2379 Finlandia Lane,
Clearwater, FL 33575.
Lisa Marie Williams and Thomas A. Hunt
Lisa iMrie Williams and 1homas Allen Iunt were
married on January 3, 1987, at the Southside Bap-
tist Church in Lakeland, Florida.
Lisa is the daughter of Gerald and Alta Bea
Williams, formerly of the Canal Zone and presently
residing in Temple, Texas.
Thomas is the son of Jim and Virginia Hunt of
Lisa was given in marriage by her father,
Gerald B. Williams, former employee of the Systems
Division with the Panama Canal Company.
Bruce Spurlock of Ft. Worth, Texas, served as
Best Man. Judy Griffin of Bartow, Florida was
the Maid of Honor.
Don Miller of Midland, Texas, served as the
Usher with Carol Baldovski being the Bridesmaid.
The bride is a graduate of the University of
Arkansas with a BS Degree in Home Economics. Lisa
is presently employed with the State of Florida
as a Public Assistance Specialist IV. The Groom
is also a graduate of the University of Arkansas
with a BS degree in Geology and is presently em-
ployed with Eztel.
Lisa and Thomas now reside in Lakeland, Florida
at 2535 Prine Road, Lakeland, Florida 33809.
Gail Shrader Parks and Gary Edward Abbott were
united in marriage on February 14, 1987 at the
Balboa Union Church, Balboa, Panama.
The bride's parents are Capt. and Mrs. Earl
Shrader of La Boca, Panama. The bridegroom's
parents are Mrs. Arlene Abbott of Dothan, Alabama
and Mr. Edmard Abbott of Panama City, Panama.
Attending the bride was os mary Waelti, maid
of honor. The best man was Hugh Tbalms. Kisa Parks
served as flower girl.
SFollowing the ceremony, a reception was held at
the Ft. Amador Officer's Club.
The couple will reside in Balboa, Panama.
Oscar G. Wheeler and Holly M. Coe
Holly M. Coe and Oscar G. Wheeler were united
in marriage on December 17, 1986 in Hudson, Flo-
Holly is the daughter of Carol Johnson of Mer-
idian, Miss. and Edmnld Coe of Greaham, Oregon.
Oscar is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray
(Bill) Wheeler, Sr. of Bayonet Point, Florida.
Holly resided in Gatun and graduated from Cris-
tobal High School. Oscar resided in Margarita but
graduated from Hudson High School. Both are recent
graduates of the Temple of Praise School of Min-
They will reside at 358 Second Street, Leisure
Hills, Springhill, Florida 33526.
JitZayne Sorenson and Timothy Streeter
Jillayne Sorenson and Timothy Streeter were
married February 9, 1987 at the New Rose Theater
in Portland, Oregon.
Jillayne is the daughter of Norm and Fred Sor-
enson of Lake Oswego, Oregon. Tim, a 1977 Crist-
obal High School graduate, is the son of Elaine
and Jack Streeter of Ft. Espinar (Fort Gulick),
Rep. of Panama.
A touch of Panama in the form of seviche was
provided at the reception by the groom's parents.
Jeff Fryer, a Cristobal classmate of Tim's, was
among those attending.
Both Jillayne and Tim work as equity actors in
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Abbott the Northwest and currently live in Seattle.
Annette M. Collins, William E. Cronan
and Mrs. Mary A. Cronan.
Annette M. Collins and Willian E. Cronan were
married by Fr. Guillermo Garcia at the St. Louis
de Montfort Church in Santa Maria, California, on
February 21, 1987.
Will is the youngest son of Mary A. Cronan and
the late Willian J. Cronan who was a former Canal
Zone Police Officer. The Cronans are former mem-
bers of the Atlantic side Canal Zone community.
Annette is the daughter of Russell and Melodie
Collins, also of Santa Maria, Calif.
Relatives and friends were present at the cere-
mony and the Elks Club reception.
Those relatives and former Canal Zone friends
attending were: Josie and Rusty Field and Amanda
from Houston, Texas; Norine and Teddy Kaufer;
Cathy (Corrigan) and Antonio Barcia; Maureen lusuin
Shari Bellerger and children.
Will's cousin, Ray Husnm, served as best man.
The couple will continue to reside in Santa
Maria after a honeymoon to Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Virginia McLean and John P. Bartels
Virginia McLean and John P. Bartels announce
their marriage on January 12, 1987 at All Saints
Church, Jensen Beach, Florida.
Their summer address (June-October) will be:
15 Isle of Wight Road, East Hampton, NY 11937, and
their winter address (November-May) will be: 4351
N.E. Joe's Point Road, Stuart, FL 33494.
Andrea F. Stone and Lance W. Edwards
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Stone of Locust Grove, Ga.
are pleased to announce the marriage of their
daughter, Andrea Faith to Lance Wade Edwards on
September 20, 1986 at the United Methodist Church
in McDonough, Georgia.
Mr. Edwards is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ed-
wards of Hampton, Georgia, formerly of the Canal
Zone. He is a graduate of Henry County High School
in McDonough, Ga. and attends Griffin Tech. He is
employed by Howard Waldrop Contractors.
The couple are making their home at 268 Man-
chester Avenue in Hampton, Georgia.
B rI RT H S c
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn De Marr
Glenn De Marr and Laurie Severson were married
October 11, 1986 in Mesa, Arizona.
The groan is the son of Col. and Mrs. Janes De
Marr (Stella Boggs).
The newlyweds have just moved to Arlington, VA
to start their new life plus new careers. Glenn as
Tax and Financial Planner and Laurie in the bank-
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Puchon (Linda Kap-
inos) with their daughter, Sara Marie,
born December 15, 1986 at Andrews AFB.
Sara's sister, Michelle, welcomed the
addition to the family. Verna and Andy
Kapinos of Aiken, S.C., are the proud
Ruth (Hudgins) Raines
of Arcadia, FL. announces
the birth of s son,
1hxms Cody Raines, on
October 15, 1986. The
baby weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz
and was 20 inches in
length. Cody joins a sis-
ter, Victoria Erin, 7,
and a brother, Bradley
The maternal grand- Ruth Raines with
parents are George and Bradley, Erin and
Gladys Hudgins of Mat- Cody.
thews, West Virginia,
former residents of Margarita, Rep. of Panama.
Mrs. Ruth Estelle Hudgins, widow of the late Capt.
George K. IHudgins, Sr., of Msatthews, W.Va. is
Cody' s great-grandmother.
Grace and Nins Beller of Arcadia, Fla. are the
paternal grandparents and the paternal great-grand
mother is Mrs. Della Null of Red House, W. Va.
Billy and Cheryl Welty with their new
Billy and Cheryl Welty announce the birth of a
daughter, born in July, 1986 in San Diego, Calif-
ornia, where Billy is stationed as a member of the
Billy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Welty. Gus
was formerly a Police Sergeant on the Atlantic
side of the Isthmus.
Kim (Thrift) Davis, formerly of Diablo, and now
of Gainesville, Fla. and her husband Elgie havis,
announce the birth of their first child, a son,
born April 3, 1987. Elgie Jr. weighed in at 7 lbs.
Maternal grandmother is Mary Gordon and step-
father is Mike Gordon of Port Orange, Fla. Mater-
nal grandfather is Bill 'Thrift, also of Gaines-
ville. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Davis of Phoenix, AZ. Maternal great-grandmother
is Mrs. Charles Chase of Corozal, Panama, and mat-
ernal great-grandfather is Mr. Wallace Thrift of
Welcoming Elgie Jr. home will be his cousins,
Stefanie and Steven Catlett, also of Gainesville.
Mina Dee of Sarasota, Florida, announces with
pleasure that she is a "great-grandmother".
Her grandson, Thoas Lang and his wife, Kathy,
of Portland, Oregon had a son, Andrew Willian Lang
on February 12, 1987, weighing 10 Ibs. 10 oz.
Paternal grandparents are William and Mary Jo
Larg of Portland, OR.
Mina recently returned from Portland and says
that is was "great to visit there for such a
James (Buddy") and
Emily (Ambrose) George are
proud to announce the
birth of their first child
Michael Jameson George.
Michael was born January
20, 1987 in San Juan, P.R.
He weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz.
and measured 21 inches at
are W.L. (Jim) and Louise
George of Riverdale, GA.
(formerly of Cardenas Vil-
lage). Maternal grand-
parents are Esmeralda See Michael Jameson
Ambrose of El Cangrejo, George
Panama and William Arose of Austin, Texas.
Buddy, Emily and Michael will be moving back to
the States in July after a 3-year contract with
FAA in San Juan.
Kyle and Carol (Sullivan) Kosik announce the
birth of their first child, a son, Kalen Andrew.
Kalen was born February 9, 1987, weighing in at
9 lbs. 5 oz.
Amongst those to welcome Kalen was cousin,
Brett (28 months, son of Ron and Lynn (Sullivan)
Macaren and cousin Tomnny (13 months,) son of Tan
and Kelly (Brackin) Sullivan.
Maternal grandparents are Bill and Helen Sul-
livan of Dothan, Alabama. Paternal grandparents
are Nina Kosik of Panama and Gus Kosik of Home-
Proud great-grandmas are Dora Kridle of Dothan,
Gladys Sullivan of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Bnma
Brown of Tampa, Fla.
Lian and Julie Haggerty
of Memphis, Tennessee are
pleased to announce the
birth of their first son,
Daniel Lianm, on January 3
17, 1987. Daniel weighed
7 lbs. 13 oz. and was 21
inches long. He has blue
eyes and blond hair and
looks like his father.
His mother dislocated her
kneecap the day after he
got home and is now on
grandparents are Teresa Daniel Liam
D. Ramey of Daphne, Ala., Haggerty
and the late Daniel F.
Haggerty. Aunt and uncle are Lt. Col. and Mrs.
Robert U. Shultz (the former Kathi Hirt).
Stuart and Janice (Hirschl) Sondheimer
with their twin sons, Steven Mark and
Welcome to the world, Steven Mark and Scott
Michael Sondeimer, and congrats to our Arizona
These husky twin boys were born March 4, 1987
to Dr. Stuart and Janice (Hirschl) Sondheimer of
Tempe, Arizona. Steven weighed in at 6 lbs. 1 oz.
and Scott at 6 lbs. Both were 19 inches long.
They wisely chose an excellent pediatrician as
their maternal grandfather, Dr. Daniel Hirschl,
formerly of Gorgas Hospital.
Dr. Dan and Grandma Mirian Hirschl, now resi-
dents of Sun City West, AZ. are beside themselves
with joy, as are paternal grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Sondbeimer of Glencoe, IL.
Larry and Sara Keegan, of Greenwood, South
Carolina, proudly announce the birth of their
Richard Kevin McClure (Ricky) was born January
The happy grandparents are Jim and Laurie (Kee-
gan) Kidd, of Miami, Florida. (See Letters to the
William and Melody
McConaughey are pleased
to announce the birth
of their child, Erin
Christy McConaughey on
October 17, 1986. The
parents reside in Car-
denas, Rep. of Panama.
The maternal grand-
mother is Rosita Toler
The paternal grand-
parents are Richard and
Juanita McConaughey of
Steve and Mary (Kelle- bE ..
her) Tochternan of Tarpa, B! 1
FL. are proud to announce
the birth of their first
child, Andrea Leigh, on .
January 12, 1987. Andrea
weighed 8 Ibs. 11i oz. and
measured 202 inches at
are David and Betty Kel-
leher of Dothan, AL.
Paternal grandparents Andrea Leigh
are George and Arlene Tochterman
Tochtennan of Green Bay, WI.
The proud great-grandparents are Mabel Watts of
Dothan, AL., Hellen and Hobart Le~gerrood of Port
Charlotte, FL. and Johanna Tochternan of Green
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Lacy (nee Linda Muse) are hap-
py and proud to announce the birth of their first
born, a son, Brent, on March 24, 1987, in Newport
Brent's maternal grandparents are Robert and
Shirley (Million) Muse of Winter Park, FL. Mrs.
Muse was in Newport News for the birth of her
The proud maternal great-grandparents are Har-
old J. and Edna Million of Sarasota.
Donna (Hnphrey) Mann
of Sarasota, FL., proud-
ly announces the birth of
her first grandchild,
Leah Marie Mann, born on
February 9, 1987, at
Sarasota Memorial Hos-
pital, to her son and
Wayne and Joy (Rogers)
Mann of Sarasota. Leah
weighed 9 lbs. 6 oz. and
measured 21 inches at
Leah Marie Mann
The maternal grandparents are Mr. amd Mrs.
George Daniel Rogers of Sarasota. Gladys B. Hlqph-
rey is the paternal great-grandmother. Leah is her
first great-granddaughter and her second great-
Mark and Laurie (Edwards) Goodrich of Corozal,
Republic of Panama, announce the birth of their
second daughter, Abigail Jane, born on January 25,
1987. Abigail joins her sister, Megan Lee, age 3.
Happy and proud grandparents are John and Gail
Edwards of Hanpton, Georgia, and Eddie and Cath-
erine Goodrich of Florida.
Jeff and Kathy (Foster) Curtiss are proud to
announce the birth of their son, Ryan Jeffrey Cur-
tiss on January 31, 1987 at the Oakland Naval Hos-
pital, Oakland, California. The baby weighed 9 lbs
5 oz. and was 21%" long.
Maternal grandparents are Gloria and John Fos-
ter of Tampa, Florida (formerly of La Boca, Canal
Zone). Paternal grandparents are George and Betty
Qurtiss of Concord, Calif.
Ryan joins sisters, Lisa and Christina and bro-
John and Gloria Foster were able to spend three
weeks in California to meet their new grandson.
Seen here is little
Ara Nye Norris, who cele-
brated her first birthday
on April 20, 1987. She is
the daughter of proud
parents Lina (Rhoades)
and Jim Norris of Curundu /7
are Xenia and Joseph lho-
ades of La Chorrera, Pan-
ama, and paternal grand-
parents are Ara and Ikgh
Norris of Dothan, Ala.
Godparents are Terri
(Salyer) Frensley and
Dillon Lynch, of Panama. Ara Nye Norris
Mr. and Mrs. Herb W. Engele of Rogers, Arkan-
sas announce the birth of a son on February 17,
1987 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rogers.
The baby, who weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz. has been
Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. H.O. Engelke of
Springfield, Missouri, and Mr. and Mrs. O.R. Pri-
nce of Bentonville, Arkansas.
Mark and Gail (Johnson)
Wright proudly announce
the bir of their first
Wright was born November
6, 1986, weighing in at
8 ibs. 8 oz.
Grant is seen here
with his proud Granny
Johnson on Christmas Day.
His paternal grand- E
parents are John and Bar-
bara Wright of Juno Beach Granny and Grant.
Florida. Christmas Day 1986
Daniel Greg Whitehead was born to David
"Spider" and Adrienne (Morse) Whitehead on Novem-
ber 24, 1986, in Sasebo, Japan, weighing 8 lbs.,
Daniel is the 8th grandchild for his maternal
grandparents, Warren and Fern Morse of South
Dakota, and the 9th grandchild for his paternal
grandparents, Capt. and Mrs. Vernon Whitehead,
still in the Canal area.
Daniel joins his sister, Kristal, age 7, and
brother, Patrick, age 5.
David and Adrienne live in Sasebo, Japan, where
David is stationed for the U.S. Navy.
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Ema M. Barlow, 82, of Atlanta, Georgia, died
March 18, 1987. She was born in Colon, Rep. of
Panama. After retirement in February 1967 from the
Personnel Bureau, Panama Canal Company, she re-
sided at Presbyterian Towers, St. Petersburg, FL.
where she was active for many years in Social and
Volunteer activities, and was a member of the Pan-
ama Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by her daughters, June Barlow
Riesz of Fairfax, VA., Shirley Rae Bernat of
Riverdale, Ga.; a brother, Albert McKeown of St.
Petersburg, FL.; a sister, Elena Sasson of Carta-
gena, Colombia, South America, and four grand-
Evelyn Barrett, 73, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died February 10, 1987 at Largo Medical Center
Hospital. She was born in Waterbury, Connecticutt
and worked in the Accounting Division of the Pan-
ama Canal Zone, retiring in September, 1975 with
over 20 years of service. She was a member of the
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Seminole, Fla.
Survivors include her husband, William J.; two
sisters, Edith Sirica, New Rochelle, N.Y., and
Alvina Quatrano, Watertown, Conn., and several
nieces and nephews.'
Philip J. Baiman, 59, of Margarita, Rep. of
Panama, died in Gorgas Army Hospital on February
14, 1987. He was a graduate of Balboa High School
and Canal Zone Junior College, and served two
years in the US Armed Forces before returning to
the Canal Zone in 1955. Beginning as a part-time
usher at the Balboa Theatre, he continued working
in the Canal Zone in the Food Services Division,
with his final assignment within the Storehouse
Division for nearly 40 years. His certificated
awards of recognition and achievements through the
years were testimony to his devoted allegiance to
the Canal Zone and U.S.A. He was a Life Member of
the American Legion.
He is survived by three sisters, Hope Bauman
McGregor, Kelly Bauman Adams, Ruth Bauman Yeilding
and a brother, Fred J. Bauman, all of the U.S.A.
Alice S. Beck, 83, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died March 12, 1987 at Swanholm Nursing and Rehab-
ilitation Center. She was born in Des Moines, Iowa
and left the Canal Zone in 1957.
Survivors include four nieces, Marilyn Reiss,
Hopkins, Minn., Jane Reeves, Des Moines, Nancy
Greene, San Pedro, Calif., and Mary Sanchez,
Kaneohe, Hawaii, and two nephews, Peter Sterzing,
Marshalltown, Iowa, and Ralph Mullen, Minneapolis.
Nolan Allen Bissell, 80, of St. Petersburg, Fl.
died February 16, 1987 at Edward H. White II Mem-
orial Hospital, St. Petersburg. Born in Boyle,
Miss., he retired in 1953 from the Panama Canal
Zone where he was postmaster for the post office
department of the Civil Affairs Bureau. He was a
Past Master of all the bodies of the Panama Canal
Scottish Rite, Past Patron of Orchid Chapter 1 OES
and Past Executive Deputy of the International
Order of Demolay, all of Balboa. He was also a
33rd Degree Mason, Past Master of the Itta Bena
(Miss.) Lodge 520 F&AM and member of York Rite
Bodies, Greenwood, Miss. Locally he was a member
of Adah Chapter 219 OES, Grand Cross of Color,
Order of Rainbow for Girls, The Panama Canal
Society of Florida, St. James United Methodist
Church, Honorary Legion of Honor Demolay. He was
also a member of Egypt Temple Shrine and Court 89
Royal Order of Jesters, both of Tampa, and Past
President of the Billikens of Pinellas County.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Louise
R.; a son, Nolan A. Jr., Acton, Mass.; a brother,
Stephen A., Ocala, Fla,; a sister, Daisye Bissell,
Itta Bena, and a grandson.
Lewis F. Braden, 65, of Land O' Lakes, Florida,
died April 5, 1987. He was formerly a Control
House Operator on the Panama Canal; a US Navy vet-
eran of World War II, a 320 Mason of the Panama
Canal and a member of Elks Lodge #1414, Balboa.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Braden, who was
a Buyer for the Commissary Division; a daughter,
Carol Foley of Anandale, VA; a sister, Barbara
Tuttle of Fair Oaks, CA., and three grandchildren.
Walter A. Collins, 52, of Norman, Oklahoma,
passed away March 22, 1987 at Norman Regional
Hospital. Born in Amesbury, Mass. he came to the
Isthmus in 1944 with his parents and graduated
from Balboa High School in 1953. Later, he served
in the US Naval Air Wing and returned to the Canal
Zone in 1969 working as marine electrician, test
operator foreman, powerhouse operator and elec-
tric contract inspector, Atlantic Side. He left
the Zone in 1977 and was last employed as an in-
structor for US Post Office Training School, U. of
Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
He is survived by his wife, Daralene E. Col-
lins; three sons, Walter Jr. (Duke) of Middles-
burg, Fla., Michael V. of Dayton, Wa., and Mark W.
of Linda Vista, Ca.; and a granddaughter, Kristin
Susan; and a step-nother, Doris S. Collins of
Thousand Oaks, Ca.
tMry A. Connard, 84, of Pompano Beach, Florida,
died April 3, 1987 at the Manor Oaks Nursing Home.
She was born in Ireland and lived for 25 years in
the Canal Zone, moving to Pompano Beach after her
husband retired from the Navigation Division as
Pilot in 1964.
Survivors include her husband, Capt. John Con-
nard; her son and daughter-in-law, John and Mary
of Cardenas, Rep. of Panama; and three grandchild-
ren, Stephen J. of Ponpano Beach, Kevin T. of
Tampa, Fla., and Kerry Marie of Cardenas, Rep. of
Gerold E. Cooper, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died February 8, 1987. He was Captain of the
dredge "Cascadas" at the time of his retirement in
1968 after 37 years of government service.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel Getman Cooper
and his son, Gerold R. Cooper of Panama.
Mary L. Dennis, 62, of North Hills, Pennsyl-
vania, died at her residence on February 19, 1987.
She was born in Sheboygan, Wis. and was a regis-
tered nurse with the American Red Cross where she
was employed for 10 years. She came to Gorgas
Hospital as a registered nurse in 1947 and then
married her husband in 1949. She was a member of
the Glenside United Church of Christ, the Edge
Hill Squares, and the Glenside Chapter 339 Order
of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her husband, Robert E.
Dennis, Sr., formerly of the US Army Signal Corps
in Corozal; three sons, Robert Jr. of Collegville,
Bruce of Willow Grove, and Howard of Ocean View
Estate, Hawaii; and a brother, Carl Schleg of
Forrest G. Dunsmoor died in Santa Rosa, Calif-
ornia on January 9, 1987 following a lengthy ill-
ness. He came to the Canal Zone in the early 30's
with the US Army, then worked for the Panama Canal
Company, retiring in 1966 as Deputy Executive Sec-
retary with 36 years of government service. He was
also Administrative Assistant to the Governor, and
served Governors Seybold, Potter, Carter and Flem-
He was awarded Panama's Vasco Nunez de Balboa
and the Canal's Master Key Award and Distinguised
Service Award. He had also been the Executive
Chairman of the Committee for Aid to the Handi-
capped, Director of Selective Service for the
Canal Zone, a member of the Canal Zone Pardon
Board, and PCC Equal Fmployment Opportunity Of-
ficer. He had also been Chairman of the CZ Chapter
of the Red Cross and a member of the Board of
Civil Service Examiners.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; a son,
Gary; sisters Lucille Powers and Mildred Turner
and three grandchildren.
Inez Evans, 87, of Sun City, California died
February 7, 1987 of cancer. She was buried beside
her late husband, Jerry, in the Hemet-San Jacinto
Cemetery. They went to the Canal Zone in 1928
where Inez worked at Gorgas Hospital and Jerry at
the Commissary Division. They retired in 1956,
settling in Pacific Beach and later Sun City in
Survivors include a son, Bill, from Estes Park,
Colorado; a daughter, "Peg" Darden-Morfitt of
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and seven grandchildren.
Dorothy 0. Watson Everson, 73, of Aiken, South
Carolina, died March 22, 1987 in West Palm Beach,
Florida. She was born in Cristobal, Canal Zone and
spent most of her life on the Isthmus of Panama
until she moved to Aiken, S.C. in 1972. She was a
graduate of Weber College, Lake Wales, Florida.She
was a member of Orchid Chapter, OES, Balboa, Canal
Zone; NARFE; the Panama Canal Society of Florida;
and the Aiken Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member
of St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church.
Surviving are her husband, John Everson; a son,
Robert Everson, West Palm Beach; a brother, John
Watson; and nieces and nephews.
Dorcas 1Iomas Gregory, 77, of Tracy, South Car-
olina, died January 13, 1987 after an illness of
several months. A native of Lake Crystal, Minn.,
she was a teacher in the Panama Canal Zone for 30
years, beginning her elementary-grade teaching
career in the Canal Zone in 1941. On her retire-
ment, she moved to Tracy, S.C. and was a member of
the Tracy Golf and Country Club and an active
participant in the Happy Hackers women's nine-hole
golf group. She was also an avid bridge player.
Survivors include a daughter, Catherine Cor-
nette of Irmo, S.C.; three grandchildren, Kristina
and Robert Boyer, both of LaBoca, Panama, and
Morgan Cornette of Irmo, SC.; and three sisters,
Laura Matthews, Tracy, Margaret Swick, Arcadia,
Fla., and Edna Long, Southbury, Conn.
She was preceded in death by her husband in
1951, Thomas F. Gregory, who was manager of the
Chase Manhattan Bank in the Panama Canal Zone, and
by a brother, John R. Thomas of Lake Crystal, MN.
Burton John Hackett, 74, of St. Petersburg, Fl.
died April 10, 1987. He came to St. Petersburg in
1967 from his native Ancon, Canal Zone, where he
was a grounds maintenance supervisor for 33 years.
He was a member of Ancon Lodge AF&AM, Canal Zone
York Rite Bodies and Abou Saad Shrine Temple, and
a life member of BPOE 1414.
Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn E. Coffey
of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Elizabeth Hocker of
Hillsborough, California, and three grandchildren.
Walter M. Hartman, 79, of Sarasota, Florida,
died April 29, 1987 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
He was born in New York and was later employed by
The Panama Canal Company as an electrical engineer
and supervisor of a control tower in the Locks
Division. He retired in 1969 with 28 years of gov-
erment service. He attended St. Martha's Catholic
He is survived by his wife, Blanche; a stepson,
Leo A. McIntire of Tulsa, Okla.; two granddaugh-
ters; and two great-grandchildren.
James Everett Heady, 85, of San Mateo, Calif-
ornia, died November 23, 1986. A native of Okla-
homa, he was previously employed by the Panama
Canal Campany and upon retirement in October, 1956
he was Chief of the General Accounting Division,
with over 30 years of government service. He had
been active as a Mason in the Canal Zone and was
a Past Master of Canal Zone Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise; two
sisters and a brother, all of Oklahoma; and a
step-daughter, Joyce Pierson of La Parte, Texas.
Jack Henry Hearn, 83, passed away at his Carls-
bad, Calif. residence on February 5, 1987 after a
lingering illness. Born in Alabama, he came to the
Canal Zone at an early age and attended local
schools and began his sea adventures while still
a teen, working for the Panama Railroad Line and
the Standard Oil Company. In the late 20's he
transferred to the Panama Canal and trained to
become a Canal Pilot for 20 years, retiring in
1958 with over 32 years of government service.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel Krziza Hearn,
three sisters, Lucille Hearn and Elizabeth Folger
of San Diego, Calif., and Mary Hearn Moore, Dover,
New Hampshire; and a brother, Roy Hearn, of Morgan
Frances E. (Rose) Holmes passed away February
19, 1987 in Peoria, Illinois. She was an Illus-
trator for the Panama Canal Company and had her
paintings exhibited in the US, Europe and Panama.
She studied at the National Conservatory in Panama
and attended Canal Zone College. She later played
with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, the Central
Illinois Bach Society and the Illinois Central
Junior College Camunity Orchestra as a violinist.
She is survived by her husband, William R.; two
daughters, Erica and Erin; a brother, Henry Rose;
a sister, Carolyn; and parents, Cynthia Georgina
Butcher Rose and W.H.L. Rose.
Eleanor H. King, 74, of Riverside, California,
died March 14, 1987 after a lengthy illness. She
lived in the Canal Zone in the 1940's.
She is survived by her husband, John Belding
King, who was born and educated in the Canal Zone
and worked as an engineer for the Locks Division
before trandferring to Washington, D.C. Also sur-
viving are two daughters, Mrs. Barbara Grafton of
Riverside, and Mrs. Margaret Carson of Oregon City
Oregon; a sister, of Durham, N.C. and four grand-
Irma Irene Leeser, 83, of Pasadena, Texas, died
February 11, 1987 at Pasadena. She was a resident
of the Atlantic side of the Isthmus since 1929
until 1954 when her husband retired from the Mount
Hope Printing Plant. She was formerly a member of
the Gatun Order of the Eastern Star, and was a
member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Pasadena.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Leroi,
Sr., of Pasadena; a son, Charles L. Jr., of Clear-
water, Florida; a daughter and son-in-law, Gloria
and Michael Theologian of Houston; five grand-
children, Pamela J. (Leeser) Widdecke of San
Diego, Calif., Penelope J. (Leeser) Ellenor of San
Diego, Calif., Charles L. Leeser III of Houston,
Russell A. Leeser of Dothan, Ala., and Julie
(Theologian) Schmidt of Clear Lake City, Texas,
and five great-grandchildren.
Walter G. McBride, 68, of Memphis, Tennessee,
died March 10, 1987 at his home after a long ill-
ness. He retired from the Police Division as a
Lieutenant in 1970 after 33 years of government
service. He was also a retired Army Lieutenant
Colonel and a member of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida; a member of the Reserve Officers
Association of Memphis; a member of NARFE and life
member of BPOElks Lodge, Canal Zone.
He leaves his wife, Marjorie R. McBride; a
daughter, Laurie Anne Hazelip of Memphis; two
sons, Michael Granr McBride of Baton Rouge, La.,
and Peter Donald McBride of West Berlin, Germany,
and five grandchildren.
John D. "Juan" Mitchusson, 75, of Denison,
Texas, died at his home on February 8, 1987. He
was employed by the Panama Canal Company from 1941
to 1971, serving as supervisor in the Air Condi-
tioning and Refrigeration Department. A member of
the Balboa Elks Lodge, Lions Club and other civic
and charitable organizations, he was especially
noted for his work on behalf of needy children. He
was married for 18 years until her death to Cath-
erine Jackelen Mitchusson, head nurse of Gorgas
Memorial Hospital Clinic and they resided in Los
Rios with their son, Victor, who attended Balboa
schools. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane
A. Harris Mitchusson, whom he married in 1979; a
son, Victor of Cartwright, OK., a stepdaughter,
Katherine A. Harris of Albuquerque, NM; two grand-
daughters, Jackie and Angie of Denison; a stepson,
Kevin McCarty of Albuquerque; and three sisters,
Billie McKinstry of Denison, Lula Meeks of Bells,
Texas, and Murrell Mitchusson, Sacramento, Calif.
who worked with the Armed Forces in the Canal Zone
for 20 years.
Andreas Nicolaisen, 72, of Kerrville, Texas,
died April 19, 1987 in a local hospital. He moved
to Kerrville after retiring in June, 1973 from the
Railroad Divion of the Panama Canal after 33 years
og government service. He was well-known for his
sculpting and his home is surrounded by his wood
sculptures and other works of art. He was an act-
ive member of the Heart of the Hills Lions Club
and had dedicated many hours to the club and com-
He is survived by his wife, Margarita Cecilia;
five sons, Andy J. of Houston, Frederick C. of
Escazu, Costa Rica, Eric A. of Las Cumbres, Rep.
of Panama, Leslie S. of Kerrville, and Glen A. of
Austin; four sisters, Kistine Newell and Cecilia
Stasiewski of Bridgeport, CT, Louise Hurd of Ban-
tam, CT., and Ruby Nicolaisen of Litchfield, CT.;
two brothers, John, of Perth Amboy, NJ, and Jens
of Maricopa, AZ, and three grandchildren.
Ethel G. Olson passed away in Boynton Beach,
Florida on February 12, 1987, while visiting her
sister. She had lived with her daughter and son-
in-law, Linnea and Ronald Angermuller, in Mar-
garita, Balboa Heights, and Hendersonville, N.C.
since 1966. She was born in 1900 and lived many
years in Portland, Oregon.
She is survived by one sister, three daughters
and six grandchildren.
(2arlotte M. Page, 81, of St. Petersburg, Fla.
died March 25, 1987 at The Abbey. Born in Pennsyl-
vania, she left the Canal Zone in 1970 where she
was housing administrator for the US Navy. She was
also a life member of OES Coral Chapter of Cris-
Survivors include her husband, Thomas N.; a
son, Robert McSparran, Los Angeles, and a step-
daughter, Joan Smith, Gaithersburg, MD.
Verna E. Peeler, 83, of Riverside, California,
died January 26, 1987 at her home. She visited her
brother while he was stationed at Albrook AFB in
1936 and 1937, subsequently working as a register-
ed nurse at Panama Hospital, and retired in 1948
as head nurse there.
Survivors include two sisters, Viola May of
Fresno, CA., and Mabel Heindel of Pine Grove, CA;
and one brother, Calvin E. Peeler of Rogers, AR.
Captain S.W. Peterson, 74, of Ponpano Beach,
Florida, died January 26, 1987. He was a retired
Panama Canal Pilot.
If anyone knows of any surviving members, con-
tact Lee D. Harrington, 41 Sanford Ave., DeBary,
FL 32713, (305) 668-6181 Home, (305) 668-4456 Off.
Capt. Charles G. Rickards, 91, of St. Peters-
burg, Florida, died May 3, 1987. Born in George-
town, Delaware, he came to St. Petersburg in 1952
from the Panama Canal Zone, where he retired as a
captain in the U.S. merchant marine and a tug
master for the Panama Canal. He was a member of
Ancon Lodge, AF&AM, the Panama Canal Society of
Florida and the Master Masons Pilot Association.
A Navy lieutenant in WWI, he was a member of Andy
Anderson American Legion Post 125, Gulfport, Fla.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; a daugh-
ter, Lillian Hays, Gulfport; a sister, Ethel B.
Murray, Frankford, Del.; five grandchildren and
Grace Aloise Sanders, 96, died March 10, 1987
in Tampa, Florida. She was a native of Louisville,
Kentucky, and went to the Canal Zone as a bride,
together with her husband, and employee of the
Isthmian Canal Commission Health Department in
1910. They lived in several construction towns
along the canal including San Pablo. Gorgona and
Las Cascadas. From 1916 until her husband's re-
tirement in 1949 she was an avowed Gold Coaster
living in the Colon Beach Quarantine Station and
in New Cristobal. During retirement years, she and
her husband, the late Bruce G. Sanders, a Roose-
velt Medal holder who preceded her in death in
1958, lived in Gamboa. She left the Canal Zone in
May 1971 after almost 61 years of residence. She
was known to her friends as 'Aloise' and to her
family as 'Mom'. She had a rich repertoire of ex-
periences of construction day life, was an active
member of the Canal Zone Historical Society, and
an avid reader of and an authority on Panama Canal
She is survived by two sons, Bruce G. Sanders,
Jr. of Bentonville, AR., and Philip R. Sanders of
Benicia, Calif.; three daughters, Bernice Sanders
Hill of Aiken, SC., Virginia Sanders Kleefkens of
Tampa, FL (with whom she made her home), and Edith
Sanders Diaz of Cary, NC. A third son, Maxwell S.
Sanders predeceased her in 1982; fourteen grand-
children, two of whom (Bruce G. Sanders, III, and
Virginia Kleefkens Rankin) still reside in the
Canal area; 25 great-grandchildren, and one great-
George A. Sausel, 93, of Lakeland, Florida,
died March 23, 1987 at Imperial Village Care Cen-
ter. A native of Coon Valley, Wis., he came to
Lakeland from Tallahassee 22 years ago. He had
been a Lockmaster on the Panama Canal and was a
World War I Army veteran. He was also a member of
Ancon Masonic Lodge, Balboa, and Scottish Rite,
Valley of Balboa, Canal Zone, and a member of the
American Legion Post No. 101, Mason City, Iowa.
He is survived by his daughter, Dorothy Peter-
son, Leesburg, FL. and a grandson, Charles Andress
also of Leesburg.
EIgenia Sawyer, died March 15, 1987 in Margaret
Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, N.C.
It is believed she is survived by some nieces
Janes R. Scott, of Bridgeport, Connecticut,
died January 23, 1987 at St. Vincent's Medical
Center, Bridgeport. He was a longtime member of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, and was form-
erly employed at the Public Works Department of
the U.S. Naval Station at Rodman and retired from
there in 1966. He was a 320 Mason in the Scottish
Rite and a member of Ancon Lodge AF&AM.
He is survived by his wife, Nora B. of Bridge-
port; a son, Alan J., daughter-in-law Bernadette
and three grandsons, Michael, Brian and Kevin, all
of Westport, CT.
Carl G. Smith, 64, of Kerrville, Texas, died
February 11, 1987. Born in Illinois, he went to
the Canal Zone in 1943 as a Master Sargeant with
the US Army Finance Office and upon his discharge
in 1948, he was employed by the PCC with the
Treasurers Office. He married Jean Bergman in
1948. He later transferred to the Army Audit Agen-
cy in 1951, then to the US Army Office of the Com-
ptroller until he retired in 1977. He was a member
of the American Legion and VFW in the Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; a son, Carl
G. Smith, Jr., San Antonio; two brothers in Illi-
nois and one grandson.
Iva Harrell Standefer, 88, of Houston, Texas,
died January 17, 1987. She was born in Hightower,
Texas, taught school for five years, married, and
went to Trinidad for three years where she intro-
duced watermelons to that country. She later
followed her husband to Panama City, also residing
in Lacona, Rousseau and Cocoli, and was employed
by the US Navy at Rodman, Ft. Amador, and the
Naval Ammunition Depot, retiring in 1962. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Luke (Doc) Stan-
defer in 1952. She was a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Houston where she served as
She is survived by her son, Luke P. Standefer,
Jr. (BHS '45), of Houston; a daughter, Jo Ann
(Mrs. Norman F. DeLoof, BHS '49) of Seabrook,
Texas, and four grandchildren.
Ethel Wainio Staples, widow of Herbert Staples,
former C.Z. policeman who died on January 1986,
died of heart failure on February 4, 1987, a day
before her 79th birthday in Louisville, Ky. after
a short illness. She was a former employee of the
United Fruit Company, the U.S. Customs, and the
US Navy in the Canal Zone. She had been active in
the Women's Auxiliary of the American Legion in
She is survived by a son, Cody, his wife Kathie
and two granddaughters; a daughter, Gretchen Kroll
and two grandsons; a brother, Robert A. Wainio of
North Carolina; two sisters, Gretchen Melanson and
Alice Smith of Miami, Fla. and several nephews and
of Long Branch, N.J.; a sister, Carol, New Jersey,
and a brother, Harold of Houston, Texas.
Dallas B. Thornton, 78, of Lancaster, Texas,
died January 31, 1987 in Lancaster. He retired
from the Maintenance Division of the Panama Canal
Company in January, 1973.
He is survived by his wife, Grace Keegan Thorn-
ton of Lancaster; three brothers, Bill, Foster and
Judson, and two sisters, Frances Clinton and Eula
Marion D. Warwick, 76, of St. Petersburg, Flo-
rida, died February 26, 1987 at Menorah Manor. She
and her brothers, William and Charles Daniels,
owned Daniels Clover Specialty Co. from 1947 to
1982. Their father, the late Charles T. Daniels,
developed the business out of a hobby in the Canal
Zone where he worked for the Bell System. Mrs.
Warwick and William Daniels operated the business
which they thought was the only one of its kind in
the world. They grew about 6-million clovers at a
time. The business grew out of a lucky accident in
1938 when Mrs. Warwick worked for a lawyer in the
Canal Zone. In a birthday card to him, she en-
closed one of her father's four-leaf clovers to
him, whereupon he ordered 350 of them to send in
cards to the diplomatic corps.
Survivors include two sons, Edward E. Jr., Per-
kasie, Pa., and Richard, Palm Harbor; a daughter,
Margaret "Peggy" Strawn, St. Petersburg; two bro-
thers, William Daniels, Dunnellon, and Charles
Daniels, Great Falls, Va.; and nine grandchildren.
Lee (Liebel) Taylor died in San Diego, Calif-
ornia on December 22, 1987 after a prolonged ill-
ness. The Taylor family lived in Colon from 1941
to 1953; her husband graduating from CHS in 1947.
She was employed for ten years until just before
her death as office manager of Waddell and Reed,
San Diego, CA.
She is survived by her husband, Jack; and sons,
Jon, a pharmaceutical salesman, Marc, in construc-
tion, and Eric, a student.
Kenneth A. Thonpson Sr., 76, of Bradenton, Flo-
rida, died April 29, 1987 at L.W. Blake Memorial
Hospital. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., he came to Bra-
denton in 1979 from the Panama Canal Zone where he
was a machinist with the Panama Canal Conpany. He
was a US Navy veteran of WWII. He was a member of
BPOE 1542, Cristobal; Sojourners Lodge F&AM, Canal
Bodies of Scottich Rite Masons, Abou Saad Shrine
Temple, American Legion in Panama, and American
Radio Relay League.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth E.; two sons,
Kenneth A. Jr. of Huntsville, Ala., and Robert B.
George W. Winquist, 86, of Ft. Lauderdale,
Florida, passed away November 6, 1986 in Ft. Lau-
derdale where he and his wife lived for almost
twenty years. He spent most of his life in the
Canal Zone, having retired from the Panama Company
Fuerza y Luz, after fourty-four years service. He
was a member of Abou Saad Shrine Temple and the
Masonic Lodges of Troy, N.Y. where he graduated
from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was an
ardent sports fan, having played baseball in the
Canal Zone League and was a member of the Panama
He is survived by his wife, Kay; daughter, Ann
Lain, and granddaughter Elizabeth Lain; brother,
Karl Eric, formerly of the Canal Zone and now of
Oregon, and three nephews.
If you see or are aware of an obituary of
a former Canal Zone resident in your news-
paper, please clip it out and send it to the
Editor, Canal Record, after dating the clip-
Letters to the Editor
Standing, L-R: Elmer stevens, Vera Stevens, Evely Cullen, Harry Pearl, Jim Cullen,
Met Fox, Audry Cox, Herman Huss (visitor), Ila Crowell, Virginia Townsend, Dick
McConaughy, Jim Fox, Carol Anderson, Howard Anderson, Hilton Hughes, Frank Lee, John
Hare, Maria Moore, George Booth, "Red" Townsend, Ralph Curtes, Willie Moore, Marga-
ret Hughes. Kneeling, L-R: Virginia Pearl, Juanita MeConaughey, Garnet Anderson,
Deborah Lee, Marie Curles and Mary Hare." (Photo taken by Bill Daniels, the 4-leaf
NEWS FROM OCALA, FLORIDA B
The group of former Zonians living in Ocala,
Dunnellon and surrounding areas held their semi--
annual picnic on April 7, 1987 at the home of Jim
and Mel Fox in Blue Cove, a suburb of Dunnellon.
We were blessed with perfect weather, a beau-
tiful setting and a warm, nice friendly group of
Our next gathering will be the first Tuesday in
October (6th) and we invite all ex-Zonians living
in the area to join us in a day og good fellow-
Bring a covered dish and eating utensils.
Blue Cove is on Highway 484, one mile from
Dunnellon, next to the Rainbow River.
Ruth (Wright) Zelnick and Betsy (Ross)
Harry E. Pearl Hoenke at mimi-C. Z. Christmas reunion in
Ocala, FL. Hendersonville, N.C.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS...
by Charlie Heim
In the immortal words of Mark Twain, "Tobacco
is the lubricant of the body and good whickey the
liberator of the soul".
For over fifty years I was well lubricated and
liberated, but after heart surgery last year, I
have been compelled to give up that first cigar-
ette with that first cup of coffee in the morning,
but it really isn't that big a deal, as I had to
give up that first cup of coffee also. I do miss
that most enjoyable relationship that I had with
that good fellow John Barleycorn.
I am still able to walk down memory lane and
remember those hours that were spent in the numer-
ous watering-holes of Panama, with congenial com-
panions that also believed in Mr. Twain's phil-
osophy of liberating the soul.
The three beer gardens on the Pacific side were
places that offered excellent beer, good music and
My favorite garden was Jess Coffey's Atlas Gar-
den. I spent many a Friday and Saturday nights in
the friendly atmosphere of this garden. I seldom
had a date, and at one time overheard a conver-
sation that implied I didn't like girls because I
was reared in a family with eight sisters.
Personally, I have nothing against girls. In
fact, some of my best friends are girls. Of course
I wouldn't want one of my sisters to marry one. I
am not biased why, hell, I married a girl. In
fact, I married two girls. No, no, not at the same
time. At this particular time I was on a learner-
ship that paid the princely sum of $62.50 a month.
After retirement was taken out, I received $58.75.
On this amount of money it was hard enough to be-
come an alcoholic let alone wining and dining one
of the local debutantes on Friday or Saturday
At this time of my life we were also on the
Silver Roll. When we put in for a commissary book
we received a $2.50 green covered one. Well, one
night I took this girl to the Clubhouse to have an
ice-cream and a movie. I was damn embarrassed when
she spotted my little $2.50 Silver Roll commissary
book. You know, she never accepted another date
As each beer garden was constructed they became
more elaborate. The Balboa and Milwaukee Gardens
were beautiful, but to me they never gave me that
warm feeling I found at the Atlas.
Another oasis was Jimmy Deans at the Limit.
Jimmy was a gentleman from a long ago age. Jimmy
catered mostly to an older generation, those that
used Bay Run most generously as an after-shave
lotion and deodorant, and after a few libations
rebuilt the Panama Canal. It was worth more than
the price of a drink just to sit and listen to
them, and inhale that clean odor of Bay Rum. I
also remember the many mounted animal heads. This
was a real man's cantina.
Then there was Brady's and Kelly's Ritz. Miss
Kelly's original cabaret was on the Atlantic side.
I was in Kelly's one time and that was to see a
much publicized strip-tease act. Big deal ranem-
ber I had eight sisters.
I cannot move to the Atlantic side without men-
tioning the Elks Club in Balboa and the Pedro
Miguel Yacht Club. If a fellow could not enjoy
himself at either of these two places, he might as
well make reservations for himself in Hell, be-
cause he wouldn't even be able to enjoy himself in
On the Atlantic side there was Max Bilgray's.
This was the favorite oasis for almost everyone on
the Gold Coast. Mr. Bilgray was always dressed in
white, from his beautiful white hair to his shoes
and socks. One of his bartenders was Alphonse, one
of my favorite people.
On a Saturday nite when the Mamas shopped at
the commissary, which was a block from Bilgray's,
a lot of Papas would baby-sit their respective
heirs at Bilgrays and be served a pony of beer. It
is a damn wonder to me that half the Zone kids
didn't end up as prime candidates for Alcoholics
There was also Alex's. This was also a favorite
for most of the guys that would have a few after
work. Old Alex passed away and Jake Marchosky took
the place over, but Jake was ambitious and bought
Mr. Bilgray's beer garden. That was one hell of a
mistake in judgement, at least in my opinion. Jake
should have stayed at Alex's on good old Bottle
Mr. Bilgray put a fortune into his beer garden
but as soon as the newness wore of, it just did
not seem to appeal to the Atlantic siders. Jake
worked like a dog to make a success of the place
but to no avail. I understand it ended up as a
market. What a damn shame. It's enough to make a
grown man cry.
There were many colorful characters that pat-
ronized the cantinas on both sides of the Isthmus.
One of these was my good friend, Willie Diers.
Willie fought the old booze problem for a long
time. He bought a fine bar just catty-corner from
Bilgray's. About four o'clock on any given day,
good friend Willie would be up on cloud nine and
then would not let any of his friends pay for a
drink. Ye Gods, did that man have a host of
friends around four o'clock in the afternoon!
Yeah, old Willie went bankrupt.
Other great places on the Atlantic side to
hoist a few after the sun crossed the yard arm was
the Elks, the Gun Club, the Tarpon Club, and that
fine bar at the Washington Hotel.
Well, old friends, I have worked up one hell of
a thirst writing this, so I'll just say, "Salud,"
"Skoals", and "Prosit" and open up a can of Diet
Damn, isn't that nauseous?????
NEWS FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
When Don and Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke moved from
San Francisco to Dallas, Harold and Charlotte Sor-
rell inherited the dubious honor of keeping in
touch with the Northern California group and play-
First on the agenda was a meeting of the 1987
Panama Ski Team. Paul and Diane (Staples) Back-
owski, Gerry and Anne (Keller) Daykin, Allison
Davidson Scrabis, Charlotte and Harold Sorrell all
met at Lake Tahoe donning the official red
sweatshirts emblazoned, "Panama Ski Teanr' on the
back, and "Ski Sosa" on the front, they proceeded
to the slopes.
L-R: Charlotte and Harold Sorrell, Anne
Keller Daykin, Bob, Allison Davidson
Scrabis, Diane and Paul Backowski.
L-R: Ed Scott, Sheila Gilbert Bolke,
Owen Sutherland, Diane StapZes Backouski
Anne Keller Daykin, Harold Sorrell and
Cathy Mathis Melnikov.
They found by banding together in an official
looking manner and with a little bit of "J" Street
pushing, enough people were convinced this was a
real ski team and allowed them to go ahead on some
lift-lines! (If you're interested in shirts, call
In March, OMen Sutherland came to San Francisco
on a business trip and what is a business trip
to San Francisco without a skiing side-trip with
the "Ski Sosa Team?" So Harold Sorrell, Paul Back-
osdki, Gerry Daykin, Ouen Sutherland and Ed Scott
attacked the slopes.
Later, a group met at the Sorrells to enjoy
seviche, Johnny Mazetti, Panama beer and good
times! That group included Harold and Charlotte
Sorrell, Don and Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke visiting
from Dallas, Paul and Diane Staples Backowski,
Gerry and Anne (Keller) Daykin, Ed Scott, Owen
Sutherland, Charles and Louise Sorrell (Harold's
parents) and Paul and Kathy (Mathis) Melnikov.
Everyone had a great time and we're all looking
forward to Tanpa in July.
Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke
THE DETAMORE FAMILY SCATTERED
The Detanore family is pretty well scattered
these days. Jerry died of cancer in April 1984,
just a week after having been able to greet many
of his friends at the reunion. His wife, Patsy,
has bought a little, old house in Rex, Georgia,
near Atlanta, that needs lots of help and keeps
her busy with "fix-ups".
The oldest daughter, Barbara (Detamore) Col-
orni lives in Eilat, Israel where both she and her
husband, Angelo work for a marine biology lab. She
has a daughter and two sons.
Daughter, Dorothy (Detanmre) Kaufannm and her
husband, Jurg, live in the Cayman Islands where he
works for a Swiss bank.
Youngest daughter, Catherine is married to
Jerry Denton, formerly of the Canal Zone and an
employee of FAA. They live in Tanpa with their two
children, Heidi and Adam.
Christmas 1986 held a sort of mini-family re-
union, with the Dentons and Kaufmanns settled down
to greet Santa in Grand Cayman and being sur-
prised by the arrival of Patsy, courtesy of a sur-
prise airline ticket from Jurg. What a son-in-law!
In February, Patsy met her sister, Shirley
Clemens) Osmez and Shirley's son, Gary West in
Panama for two weeks of glorious dry-season sun.
Shirley had returned only once since leaving the
Zone in the late 1940's and Gary had never been to
Panama, so it was fun guiding them around. The
very kind loan of Steve Belok's Blazer made trans-
portation an easy matter; and the addition of Dion
(Lucky) DIgbherty, retired USAF and former Canal
Zone Judo Club instructor made the stay all the
The ostensible reason for the trip had been to
scatter Jerry's ashes over his favorite fishing
spot in Panama Bay. This was accomplished from
Steve Belok's boat, formerly uQs Nellis's "Orca",
on the Panama side of Flamenco Island where Jerry
usually managed to catch a few sizable corbina
every season. All attending raised a glass of rum-
and-coke to wish Jerry "Good Fishing".
Patsy (Clemens) Detam re
William P., McLaughlin with his 16 lb.
dolphin during his fishing trip.
Recently, while vacationing in Myrtle Beach,
S.C., I drove to a doughnut shop and spotted a car
in the parking lot with a Panama Canal Society
emblem on its front bumber. Needless to say, I
Keith Jordan and George E. Lowery on his questioned everyone in the shop until I discovered
boat at the Perlas Islands during a Roy Perkins from Manning, S.C. We had quite a talk
recent fishing trip. before we had to move along. I didn't think quick-
ly enough to ask him about the bumper sticker.
S r I am interested in obtaining one or two such
emblems, and have reviewed the ads in several
issues of the Record but haven't spotted them for
sale. Can anyone there on the staff or possibly
others you know tell me where they can be bought?
(An order blank has been sent you, John. It is on
the reverse of the pull-out Application blank, not
too easily identifiable, but the best we could do)
Incidentally, the photo on page 82 of the March
issue has several familiar faces. In addition to
Ken Vinton, the coach, I see Irl Sanders, Edgar
Borden and I believe, Ed Durban, Howard Will and
possibly Paul Beard. With a little help I'm sure
some of the other faces would suddenly have fam-
iliar names. I would guess it was the CHS Varsity
Christmas 1986. L-R: Allison Michelle, team photo for about 1933 or 1934 Caribbean.
Margaret (Lowery), Frank, Margaret John A. Palm (CHS '35)
(Shaw) and William McLaughlin, taken at #1 Dyer Drive
the McLaughlin home, FLoral City, Fla. Clifton Park, NY 12065
BROOKS AND WILDER
TAKE RILEY GOLF TOURNEY
Jim Brooks, of Ft. Lauderdale, FLorida, and
Dave Wilder, a local boy who not many people look
up to, shared the championship of the 8th Annual
John Riley Invitational Golf Tcurnament held re-
cently at its home site, the Coronado Golf and
Both recorded 157 point during the medal play
portion of this unique event. Points were
assigned on the basis of hole by hole play, then
totaled for all rounds played. The system, which
was developed by John Riley, was explained to this
writer several times but it takes a better man
than ne to understand anything that John Riley
tries to explain. For details on the system, one
must ask Robert Will. He is a veteran of many
local golf tourneys and very good at baring his
facts. Back to the winners, Jim Brooks, in an
act of pure sportsmanship, decided to give the
championship trophy to Dave Wilder, as Dave has
never won anything in any sports event during his
lifetime. Third place in the gross points cate-
gory was shared by four top notch golfers: Wendy
Sasso, Bill Coffey, Jack Hem and Robert Will.
They each recorded 152 points. There was also
a tie for 7th with Ken Morris and Pablo Fenochetti
gathering 150 points. Fenochetti is a past cham-
pion who never has regained his competitive edge.
Word has it that he may not be invited to next
year's event. Other finishers (and you can take
that any way you want):
9th John Riley 146 points
10th Hubert Jordan 142 points
llth Dick Roscoe 140 points
llth Bill Halvosa 140 points
llth Rolo Winberg 140 points
14th Tim Corrigan 136 points
15th Bob Mbrrissey 134 points
15th Ray Robberson 134 points
17th Mike Carpenter 122 points
*18th Jim Farnsworth 117 points
Winner of the Special Toilet Seat Award for last
Believe it or not, there also was normal golf
scoring. That is, you hit the ball and it counts
as one stroke, you hit it again and that is a-
nother stroke, etc. In this category, Jim
Farnsorth strcked the ball 332 times during four
rounds, to win the overall low gross score and
edge out Tim Corrigan, who posted 334.
Third went to Hubert Jordan with 343, while
fourth was taken by Dick Roscoe with 344 blows.
The five day attack on Coronado was closed out
with an 18 hole Mexican Best Ball tournament in
honor of Fernando Martinez. The top three teams
in this event were:
First Place: 7 under par
Tim Corrigan, Robert Will, Bill Halvosa, Wendy
Sasso and Mike Carpenter
Second Place: 6 under par
Dick Roscoe, Hubert Jordan, John Riley, Bill
Coffey and Bob Morrissey
Third Place: 5 under par
Jim Farnswrth, Jack Hern, Holo Wiberg, Bryan
Roukey, Ray Robberson, Dave Wilder, Jim Brooks
Ken Morris Pablo Finochetti and probably a few
As if five days of golf wasn't enough, the
group also held a putting contest. The winner
was Ray Robberson and runner-up was Jack Hern.
No one else could participate as the Coronado
rough and out of bounds had absorbed all their
At their annual awards dinner dance, which is
not anything to brag about, Dave Wilder was the
lucky winner of the special door prize. He won
a round trip ticket to Miami, Florida on People's
There were three stateside entrants to this
annual international gathering. All three are
Floridians who have played in the tourney several
times. There was this year's winner, Jim Brooks,
from Ft. Lauderdale; 1984 winner, Mike Carpenter,
from Ft. Walton Beach; and never a winner (but
he had a great set of golf clubs that he didn't
do justice to), Bill Halvosa, soon to be a resi-
dent of the tanpa area.
To sum of the annual trek, I can pass on one
of the combatants contents. Mike Carpenter said,
'There was never a cross word and it was really
fun." What else can 1 say?
RUTH STRAUS SURPRISED AT BIRTHDAY
A surprise party was recently held for Burbank
resident Ruth Straus. She and her late husband,
Robert resided in the Canal Zone for 182 years.
She now lives with her daughter and son-in-law
Mgaret and Richard EdFards, where her surprise
84th birthday party was held.
She received many flowers as well as a letter
from President and Nancy Reagan.
Those attending were Ruth's other daughter,
Dorothy and her husband, William Romeyn; grand-
children Paul, Bobby, Sharon and Susan Eduards;
Susan's friend, Matthew Davis of Woodland Hills;
and great-grandchildren Nathan, Andrew, and Adron
Eduards of Burbank.
More family attending were grandchildren George
and Katherine Deppe and IDrlene Deppe of Simi Val-
ley; Mary and Michael Burelson, and great-grand-
daughters Kim and J.J. Burelson, also of Simi Val-
Those unable to attend were daughter Mary and
husband, Freeland Hollowell, their daughter Laurie
and sons, David, and Freeland Jr. and his wife,
Penny Hollowell of Alabama. Granddaughter Lara
Gifford, daughter Ida and husband Jdhn Gifford of
Utah were also unable to attend.
"GENERAL HOSPITAL" STARS VISIT
ABC General Hospital's "Bobby Spencer", paid a
visit to Panama along with "Rick Webber," to par-
ticipate in this years carnival Parade and various
functions for the US Army's Morale Support Act-
ivities at Ft. Clayton.
Jean and Ed Arabruster hosted a cocktail party
the the Ft. Amador Officer's Club for Jackie Zeman
(Bobby) and Chris Robinson (Rick, who is presently
on leave from the popular soap).
This was jackie's first visit to Panama, Chris'
fifth. Jackie's short stay was taken up mostly by
the filming of the TV program, "Lifestyles of the
Rich and Famous" that came to Panama to film the
stars' visit here. Jackie really didn't get a
chance to see much of Panama as she had difficulty
getting time off from General Hospital, and was
disappointed in not participating in sane of the
activities the Armbruster's had planned.
Jean and Ed had met and befriended Jackie Zeman
when they went to Hollywood (where General Hos-
pital studios are located) at the invitation of
Chris Robinson several years ago. Chris provided
Jackie Zeman, Ed Armbruster, pilot, and
Karen Block at Page, Arizona, 1985.
an airplane for Ed to pilot Jackie and other stars
of GH from Hollywood to Page, Arizona, to help
Chris in a charity project designed to help the
American Indians. Ed and Jean have accompanied
Jackie on several of these three-day annual Indian
Markets and in so doing, talked to her at length
about Panama and extended an invitation for her to
Although we didn't get much of a chance to en-
tertain her during her visit, after limited ex-
posure to Panama and the Canal, "she vowed to re-
Chris did stay long-
er, taking advantage of
dinner and fishing in-
vitations extended by
some of the long-time
residents here, inclu-
ding Marsha and Al
Sprague, Bob and Judy
Aurich and MaDne and
Ray CoAnbs. The fishing
trips were provided by
SCN host Barry GrErmn
to the popular Gatun Chris Robinson,
Lake spot of Aranosi, "Dr. Webber" of
(over 300 lake bass in General Hospital.
less than three hours) and a trip in the Pacific
aboard the MSA's Black Stallion, hosted by Fred
Clark, Mac Keap, Dave Dickerson and LtCol Lee, all
from the Army's Coamunity Service organization.
Chris ended his visit by hosting a big "50"
birthday party for Ed at the Lobster Inn in Panama
City. Ironically, Jackie shares the same birthday
with Ed but had to miss the big party opting to
keeping her job with GH instead. Chris's parting
comment was "This has been the best vacation
in Florida. Approximately 60,000 people read the
INSIDE A.F.H.A. The State is divided into five
districts and it was at the Northwest District
Meeting and President's Council in Tallahassee, on
March 23-24 that I met Mary Griffin Lynch, a long-
time member of our Panama Canal Society of Florida
and who is Treasurer of the Tallahassee Comunity
Hospital Auxiliary. We certainly enjoyed visiting
for a few minutes and I asked an auxilian to take
"Bobby Spencer" and "Dr. Rick Webber" at
a cocktail party held at the Ft. Amador
Officer's Club, March 1, 1987.
Since retirement, Ed Armbruster has been busy
conducting trips for Gordon Dalton, his most
recent taking a group to Peru's famous "Lost City
of the Incas, Machu Picchu," Cusco and to see the
incredible "Nazca Lines" in southern Peru. Other
recent trips were conducted to "Angel Falls" in
Venezuela, Scuba trips to Haiti, Bonaire and Cura-
cao. Ed is also the coordinator for travel to and
from the big July Reunion in Tampa for people in
Panama. In the planning stage is a ten-day trip
over Christmas holidays to Macchu Picchu, Cusco
and Pino, Peru, Lake Titicaca and La Paz, Bolivia,
Foz and Iguazu Falls, Brazil, Posadas, Argentina,
Itaupu Dam and Asuncion, Paraguay with incredible
adventure and shopping at a fantastic low price.
If you want to see the unusual, do the exciting.
Look for one of Ed's trips.
Ed and Jean Amnbruster
ANOTHER CHANCE MEETING
Did you ever go to a meeting miles from home
and meet someone at the meeting that you have
known for over 50 years? Well I did!
I am now the Editor of INSIDE A.F.H.A. which is
the publication that comes out three times a year
for the Association of Florida Hospital Auxil-
iaries. It is an information, education and con-
sultation mazine for the Florida Auxiliaries. I
receive material for this publication from the
President, Florida Hospital Association and mem-
bers, the president and board members of the AFHA
and from the reporters of 160 Hospital Auxiliaries
Griffin Lynch and Anna
Back to my job (volunteer)...I am on the AFHA
Board; attend four board meetings a year in Or-
lando other than the Annual Meeting and attend all
District Meetings. I really enjoy this VOLUNTEER
job as Editor as I have met very interesting aux-
ilians and have listened to many dynamic speakers
within the organization and guest speakers from
the medical, business, legislative, police, and
educational world on Volunteering, crime prevent-
ion, marketing and public relations, child abuse,
drug addiction today, legislative bills, health
enthusiastic attitudes, health care, etc.
I'll leave you with a short poem and perhaps
members here will call or members from out of town
will write Muriel lihitman, Reunion Coordinator, to
let her know that they will volunteer at the Re-
union in July.
WHY BE A VOLUNTEER?
It's not for money, it's not for fame
It's not for any personal gain,
It's not for love of fellow man,
It's just to lend a helping hand.
It's just to give a tithe of self,
It' something you can't buy with wealth,
It's not for medlas worn with pride,
It's for that feeling deep inside.
Anna T. Collins
Past President and
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
FROM BEVERLY KINSEY
My daughter, Janet, has special permission to
be Scoutmaster for Troop 1307, rather than have
any boy turned away from scouting due to lack of
She had fourteen boys in her own pack. Three
other boys also made "Arrow of Light", highest Cub
Scout award, from her pack.
My son, Rick, made All-Star in basketball this
year and his team won the "Department of Leisure
Services Senior League" for the State of Alabama.
He is now off to a great job of pitching for
Northview High School this season.
My older girl, Diana, is also a Brownie leader
in Evans City, Pennsylvania; but then we were
always a scouting family. In 1966, Jan was pre-
sented the Girl Scout Medal of Honor for saving
Paul Fiori (5-year old) from drowning at Ft. Kobbe
BEECHNER SISTERS VISIT
My sister, Ada (Beechner) Shea, her husband,
Major Kevin Shea, and sons, Tiany, Colin and Ryan
(born February 1986) while they were stationed in
Hawaii, visited with us the last week in January
enroute to their new station where Kevin will be
the US Exchange Officer in Australia. They will be
there for 2 years.
Son Colin was also born in Hawaii in October
My mother, Rosa Beechner from Panama was also
here to meet the newest grandson before they went
Roger and Florinda (Beechner) Wells
Major Kevin and Ada (Beechner) Shea with
children, Tinny, Colin and Ryan (born
THREE GENERATIONS OF POLICEMEN
John and Vidd Adams of Detroit are very proud
to announce that their son, Todd has recently
(Nov. '86) completed training at the Detroit Met-
ropolitan Police Academy.
Todd has been assigned to the city's 2nd Pre-
cinct as a patrol officer.
Todd's father, John, formerly of Balboa, is
presently a 17-year veteran of the Detroit Police
Department, and his grandfather, the late William
"Bill" Adams was a retired Canal Zone police of-
son, Todd Adams, who recently
Police Academy training.
NEWS FROM THE KEEGANS
Due to my father's illness late last year, I
have been living here in Greenwood, S.C. with my
Inh June when school is out, my folks, my son
and I will retirn to Miami to live. My husband,
Jim is a manager with Eastern Airlines there.
During the Easter holidays we went home so my
folks could see Miami and look up some old Zone
friends. They had a lovely dinner with Ruth Fish-
baugh, Cal and his wife and kids, and are a little
more optimistic about moving.
My husband and I got together with Jim and Val
Baugbner when we first moved to miami and had a
great time together.
I also spoke to Adah Baugbner on the phone and
am looking forward to seeing her.
Although leaving Georgia and our married child-
ren was difficult for us, we are all looking for-
ward to seeing some of the Zone people that are
near us. We would like to hear from any of you,
and so would my parents.
Laurie (Keegan) Kidd
9932 S.W. 147th Place
Miami, FL 3319
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.
DR. GORGAS FIGHTS FOR LIFE
The battlelines formed and Gorgas now is at
the most crucial point of his career. The new
chief engineer, John F. Stevens, supported Gorgas
and said he would resign if Gorgas went.
But, other commission members urged President
Roosevelt to fire the doctor. The President
studied the formal recommendation, asking trusted
advisors for guidance.
He concluded that Gorgas was right, gave him
authority and ordered the Commission to make peace
Gorgas had won.
Now the largest part of the digging force was
assigned to Gorgas for sanitation work. Stevens
threw his efforts behind the campaign and by Sept-
ember they had stemmed the panic and routed the
dreaded yellowjack. The battle was short, drama-
tic, and ended in complete victory.
On a September afternoon in 1905, Dr. Gorgas
entered a room at Ancon Hospital where surgeons
were working on a cadaver.
'Take a good look at this man," he told the
doctors, "for this is the last case of yellow
fever you will ever see. There will never be any
more death from this cause in Panama."
His prophecy stood. For from that day, yellow
fever became a tragic page in medical history.
Corgas now aimed the full force of his army
of workers at the conquest of malaria.
He had conquered this plague in Havana and he
now made that his goal in Panama. The record
speaks for his success.
In 1906 there were 821 cases of malaria per
1,000 employees; in 1913 it had dropped to 76 per
But the record did not reveal the hard work
and careful planning Gorgas put into the sanita-
tion department. Nor did it reveal that his bud-
get, insignificant when compared to the gigantic
annual cost of digging the Canal, was often under
attack and sometimes regarded as an almost frivo-
In 1908, a clash in Administrative ideas ham-
pered Gorgas. He fought on with the drainage
and jungle-taming work.
Major General William C. Gorgas. Unknown
Great streams of insecticides were poured into
holes, ponds and swamps. But he felt that his
economy wave now forced upon him cost more in
terms of sickness than it saved in money.
The rate of malaria dropped each year, but the
decrease after 1908 was not as dramatic as between
1904 and 1908. He had brought malaria to a point
where it was a minimal threat to Canal construct-
Many engineers came to the Isthmus to
try their luck and provide expertise
during the construction of the Panama
Canal. This photo shows graves of early
French engineers at Paraiso Hill.
But the anti-malaria campaign in Panama was not
as successful as it had been in Havana where he
had practically stamped it out.
Gorgas himself was somewhat disappointed. Years
later he said, "...changes ordered by the Chairman
took the anti-malaria work out of the hands of the
sanitary authorities and placed it in the hands of
men who had no special knowledge of...the work. I
argued against these changes as forcibly as I
could, but to no avail."
But malaria was still declining, though not as
rapidly as Gorgas wished. He had transformed Pan-
ama into a sunlit land of health. He had buried
its reputation as the grave of the white man, a
frightful pesthole. The appalling loss of life
that had been at the heart of the French failure
yielded to the genius and determination of Gorgas.
He had made the land sweet, and countless peo-
ple owed their lives to him.
Now the Canal could be built.
Gorgas' decisive victory over disease had help-
ed solve many related problems facing the builders
of the Canal.
Workers who had fled the Isthmus began to re-
turn. Recruiting was easier.
But there were still many hurdles ahead. Little
work was done the first year, due mainly to organ-
The first Isthmian Canal Commission had visited
the area in April, 1904 to establish a government
and inaugurate the work.
After 15 days on the Isthnus, the commission
returned to Washington and appointed John F. Wal-
lace, a Chicago engineer
Less than eight months after the commission
was formed, it became apparent that a body com-
posed of seven members was impractical.
Divided authority destroyed its effectiveness.
While the ability and the moral courage of indi-
vidual members were never questioned, it was ob-
vious that a single directing hand was needed.
An executive committee was set up. It was com-
posed of the Chairman, the chief engineer, and
the governor of the Canal Zone. But soon after
the new arrangement went into effect, Chief
Engineer Wallace resigned.
Wallace was replaced by John R. Stevens, a hard
driving man who had pushed construction of a rail-
road across nearly 200 miles of war-torn Apache
territory in Arizona.
Before taking the job, Stevens made it plain
that he expected to be in complete charge of the
project. He said he could not promise to stay
until the job was finished, but agreed to remain
on the Isthmus until he had made certain of its
success or was convinced that it was impossible to
build a canal.
Stevens had been warned by Roosevelt that
"things are in a hell of a mess down there." And
they were. When the new chief engineer arrived
in July, 1905, work was virtually at a standstill,
bogged down in red tape. Morale was at its lowest
The Panama Railroad, an essential part of the
operation, was badly disorganized. Stevens imme-
diately recognized the problems. Construction
of the canal could not progress until supporting
installations were built.
He renovated the railroad, equipped construc-
tion caps, and built roads, water supply and
sewer systems; erected stocks and storehouses;
recruited skilled and unskilled labor, and
arranged for an adequate food supply.
The Canal project was subjected to harsh cri-
ticisms, not only in the United States, but in
Panama and Europe. Editorials clamored for more
Oblivious to all criticism, Stevens pursued
his task with determination and vigor. He knew
the Canal could never be built without proper or-
ganization and that the installations he was now
constructing were vital.
The critics were all but silenced in 1906, when
President Theodore Roosevelt visited the Isthmus
to asses Stevens' progress. He returned to the
U.S. and turned on the skeptics with vehemence.
"Where the slanderers are of foreign origin," he
said, "I have no concern with them. Where they
are Americans, I feel for them the heartiest con-
tempt and indignation; because in a spirit of wan-
ton dishonesty and malice, they are trying to ham-
per the greatest work of its kind ever attempted,
and are seeking to bring to naught the efforts
of their countrymen to put to the credit of
America one of the giant feats of the ages."
The biggest controversy in the early con-
struction days was whether the Canal should be
a sea-level waterway or a high-level, lock type
Canal. European consultants recommended a sea
level canal. But Stevens and his team of en-
gineers were convinced that a lock system was the
answer. It was a long, drawn-out battle.
Stevens went to Washington and defended his
theory against strong opposition. Finally, on
June 21, 1906, the U.S. Senate approved the lock-
Comparatively little excavation--only 2 million
cubic yards-was done in the first two years of
construction. But after the final decision to
construct a lock-type canal, activity was speeded.
During 1906, some five million cubic years of
earth and rock were removed.
In 1907, the Canal received another serious
setback which caused a new wave of criticism in
the United States. Both Stevens and T.P. Shonts,
the commission chairman, resigned. News of
Stevens departure was a shock to the Isthmus.
He had become a hero to his men. Ten thousands
workers-Americans and foreigners-signed a peti-
tion asking him to reconsider. His farewell party
was the biggest tribute ever paid anyone on the
Isthmus, including visiting chiefs of state.
I L I
Once the construction of the canal was
in the hands of the United States, a
number of engineers came and left the
project in an effort to restore organi-
zation and progress to the digging work.
This 1909 photo shows a curious group of
consulting engineers at Culebra.
Resignation of these two officials dictated
a complete reorganization and President Roosevelt
acted promptly. "We can't build the canal with
a new chief engineer every year," he said. "Now
I'm going to give it to the Army and to someone
who can't quit."
After exacting a promise from Stevens that he
would stay long enough for his successor to become
familiar with the job, Roosevelt turned the pro-
ject over to the Army Corps of Engineers.
He requested the Canal Commission to assign
Col. George W. Goethals as chief engineer and
Colonel Goethals never was seen wearing a uni-
form on the Isthmus. But his military training
was at once evident. A disciplinarian of out-
standing administrative ability, he demanded and
got obedience from all his subordinates.
During the first few weeks on the Isthmus,
Goethals was regarded with apprehension. He rep-
resented a new regime and the men were not ready
to accept military discipline after the easy re-
lationship they had enjoyed with Stevens.
Goethals was not the sort of man to fraternize
with his subordinates. But he commanded respect.
His decisions were clear cut, his orders precise.
No detail of construction or the general acti-
vities in the Canal Zone escaped his attention.
He was dominant, but understanding when the situa-
tion called for it. He sometimes was ruthless,
but always fair. He never was too busy to listen
to the complaint of an employee or arbitrate a
On Sunday mornings, he held open court at the
Tivoli Hotel and anyone who had a grievance or
a problem would be heard.
Goethals was deeply impressed with the organi-
zation Stevens had built up and the progress he
had made, particularly on the railroad and other
facilities. Now the way was paved to concentrate
on the Canal and building of the locks, which
was Goethals specialty.
'The Colonel" as he became known to everyone
on the Isthmus, watched the progress of the work
zealosuly. He made daily inspection trips and
paid surprise visits to offices and installations
in the field. His gasoline-powered railcar, var-
iously called "The Brain Wagon" or 'The Yellow
Peril," became a familiar sight.
Under Goethals, construction moved at a rapid
pace. It reached the height of greatest activity
in 1908, when excavation soared to 37 million
cubic yards. From then until 1912, when excava-
tion work was greatly narrowed, the total amount
of material removed was 165 million cubic yards.
With excavation becoming a secondary part of
the Canal project, work on Gatun Dam, the locks
and relocation of the railroad forged ahead.
Changes in lock location, widening of the cham-
bers from 100 to 110 feet and other changes in
the original plan increased the estimated cost
of the Canal by $36.5 million. In February of
1909, the commission submitted a total budget of
RAILROAD ROUNDHOUSE In its former
splendor appears the railroad roundhouse
of the Panama Railroad in Colon in 1894.
Without the railroad, the exploration
and conquest of the Isthmus would have
been impossible. The foundation the
early railroad builders laid, serves
modern port traffic today with the
transportation of containers of the
Final expenditures came well within this figure
and the Canal was opened nearly five months ahead
of a target date of January 1, 1915.
At the time, Gatun Dam was the largest earth
dam ever constructed. It was exceeded in size
by the Fort Peck Dam, completed in 1940 and still
the largest dam of its type in the world.
At the peak of construction activity, a force
of 2,000 men worked on Gatun Dam and approximately
100 train loads of earth were dumped daily. Four
huge suction dredges were used to form the hy-
draulic core and the completed dam contained 23
million cubic yards of fill.
To be continued.
Star & Herald, November 2, 1986
Star & Herald, November 9, 1986
J6nk6pinqs Westra Tandsticksfabriks
CANAL lONE MATCHES
MADE IN SWEDEN
EXPRESSLY FOR THE
SPANAMA CANAL COMPANY ,-'
Thanks to Jerry Gorin, CHS'34, of Paw-
tuckett, RI, and Carl Starke of Sarasota
Fl., we have the names!
Back row, L-R: Ray (Bill) Wheeler, Irl
Sanders, George Tarflinger, Junior Lock-
wood, Carleton Borine. Front row, L-R:
Charlie Pescod, Mandy Marchowsky, Mr.
Kenneth Vinton, Coach, Louis Barnett,
Working Boys Football Team. Balboa, C.Z.
Champions 1937. Known are: Earl Dailey,
Stanley Whaler, Tarflinger, Wertz, Lock-
ridge, Townsend. Can anyone help?
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"Ramblers" football team, BHS 1937.
Front, L-R: Jack Carey, -, Scotty Mich-
aelson, Harry Dowell, -, -, -, Joe Hag-
gerty, Logston." Back L-R: -, Archie
Byrne, Sullivan, -, Macon Michaux."
(Photo of Beth Lockridge Huls)
S-S. ". ~ _
Henry Greiser Honor Day Gamboa, C.Z. Many are recognizable in this photo. Date
is not known. Front row, L-R: Bill Hollowell, Policeman Foley, Mrs. Pedersen, Mrs.
Greiser, Henry Greiser, Liz Hirsch, -, Alan Ford, -, -, -, Ginny Foley. Others are
Helen Van Clief, Sara Pyle, Pete Green, Ginny Calvit, Johnny Foley, Riggs Forrest,
Ed Bleakley, ,ary Jo Rowe, Fannie Brown, Jacques, Flora Belle Moon, Carley Newhard,
Billy Zemer, Earl Dailey, Roger Adams, Caleb Clement, Van Siclen, Eddie Wood, Mack
and Jack Walbridge, Landon Gunn, Howard Engelke, Rend Conlan, Fern Kyleber, etc. Can
anyone name them?
The Balboa Commissary in 1915, the year
of its opening. Note Gold and Silver
entrances, horse and buggies and field
to the right.
The newly renovated Financial Management
offices Accounting Division and the
Treasurer's office was the former
Balboa Commissary (side view).
"You Can't Turn Back The Clock, But You Can
Wind It Up Again"
H. CLARKE LAYS OIL PIPE LINE
aHo d Clarke and gang.
Howard Clarke and gang.
This photo was taken on board the vessel I dove
from, installing the first submersible oil pipe
line in San Salvador. Photo was taken on June 8,
From left to right in the photo was the Chief
Engineer of the project; the Captain of the vessel
and a young engineer that was learning the ropes.
In the center with the hard hat diving suit is
none other than myself, Hoard Clarke those were
the days! We accomplished the job in about a month
and the vessels started to load up and discharge
oil. As far as I know, it was the first pipe line
in that area.
St. Petersburg, FL
from LEGIS REP page 3
On May 7, 1987, the House Ways and Means
Committee adopted a catostrophic health care
measure. Before the bill was approved by the
Committee however, the funding mechanism of
the plan was changed to eliminate the proposal
to tax the insurance value of Medicare Benefits.
LUMP SUM ANNUITY PAYMENT UPDATE
As an update to my report in the March, 1987
issue of the Canal Record with regard to Lump Sum
Annuity Payments, several options have come to
light on how a compromise revision might be
reached in the way these annutities for civil ser-
vice retirees are paid and taxed.
Option I: Would allow employees to receive their
contributions in a lump sum or operate under the
previous three-year-recovery rule, where the pay-
ment was tax free while the contributions were
Option II: Would allow only partial lunp sum pay-
ments. This plan would reduce both the Govern-
ment's outlay and the recipients tax burden.
In an effort to lessen the impact of elimina-
ting the three year rule, the lump sum option was
authorized. However, in an attempt to save money
in the short term, the Senate Budget panel has
set up two committees to look into combining the
lump sum rule with the three year provision.
There has been no decision as to whether or
not this change would be retroactive and, further,
these changes would have to be approved by the
House which is presently in strong support of the
lunp sum entitlement now in existence.
Please remember, these ideas are tentative and
are in the early stages of being drawn up. It
is expected that the IRS will issue a revision
to pamphlet 721 entitled "Comprehensive Guide to
U.S. Civil Service Retirement Benefits" in June
or July. The revised pamphlet will more specifi-
cally set forth the lunp sum annuity payment op-
1 hope everyone has an enjoyable Summer and
I look forward to seeing you at the Reunion.
Pedro Miguel School 5th Grade, April
1933. Back row, L-R: Shirley Hunters,
Suzanne (?), Betty Bradley, Annette
Evers, Doris Keller, Dorothy Holsaffel,
Mary Groves, Allan Conners, Louise Mary
Shirley, Muriel Evans, Tommy Jenkins.
Middle row, L-R: Adele Saiain, Cecilia
Dayton, Albert Covington, Neilson Etch-
berger, (?). Front, L-R: Dolores Pimento
Agnes Atkinson, (?), Jane Tomkins, Cecil
VanVelt, Henry Butcher, (?), Jack Schn-
ake, William Parsons. Fill in the gaps?
REUNION 50 YEARS FOR CLASS 1938
Balboa and Cristobal High graduates will be
welcome August 16, 1988 in Winter Park, Colo-
rado. When the snow and skiers depart, there is a
wonderful mountain town with all acconnodations
ans facilities perfect for summer visitors good
rates, served by AMTRAK, and located for conve-
nience of all former Zonites in all parts of the
country. You can't beat our central location, cool
beautiful summer days, golf course, mountain hikes
Margaret (Meigs) Molloy, 840 So. Kline Way,
Lakewood, CO 80226 (303-985-3267) wants to hear
fran all of you out there Normn (Evans) Harring-
ton and Margaret are already here!!
BHS 1947 REUNION
The Balboa High School Class of 1947, 40th
Anniversary dinner will be held July 1, 1987, at
the Hyatt Regency Hotel, from 5:00 PM 11:00 PM,
with dinner at 7:00 PM.
All classmates have not been found; PLEASE help
if you have names and addresses of any 1947 grad-
For more information, write to:
2020 E. Dolphin Dr.
Englewood, FL 33533
Mr/Mrs Ed Baimach
201 Lagoon Rd. S.E.
Winter Haven, FL 33880
PLEASE NOTE: This event is one (1) day prior to
the Panama Canal Society activities; make your
hotel reservations accordingly.
CHS '47 REUNION ON AGAIN
The CHS Class of 1947 proposed 40th reunion has
been revived and will be held in conjunction with
the Panama Canal Society's 1987 Reunion.
Pete Foster is attempting to contact each of the
CHS '47 classmates by mail. If you have not re-
ceived a letter from Pete, it's probably because
he does not have your address. Please contact him
immediately at: 2389 Citrus Hill Road, Palm Harbor
Florida 33563. Telephone 813-785-8555.
CHS CLASS OF 1951
We have gotten good response from classmates,
but there are still a few of you out there that we
have not heard from. Andy is coming with all kinds
of great ideas and he is expecting to see you all!
We have arranged a small get-to-gether at the
Hilton Hotel, Bay Shore Central on July 3, 1987,
frcm 5:30 P.M. 7:30 P.M. just prior to the Pana-
zonian Dance. It will be a cocktail party with
cash bar. The approximate cost per person at the
door will be $11.00. This includes lots of good
stuff Andy has sent up from Panama. We would ap-
preciate hearing from each of you with your def-
inite pland so we can go with it!! See you in July
Pat (Geddes) Risberg Shirley (Harrington) Boswell
1505 Wall Drive 225 Monroe Drive West
Titusville, FL 32780 Holiday, FL 33590
(305) 267-3962 (813) 938-7836
BHS CLASS OF 1952
URGENT! Reservations are due in immediately to
the Secretary, Virginia Selby Entrekin, Box 6,
Whitfield, MS 39193.
The class get-together at the Tampa Reunion,
July 3, 1987 is $25 per class member plus $15 for
date or spouse. This price includes food and a
copy of the Zonian Update. It's OK to send in $10
only for the Update if you cannot attend. For
special friends who are not class members and want
to attend, the cost is $15 without the Zonian Up-
date or $25 with it.
Make your wishes known to the Secretary and
enclose your check. Food arrangements must be
finalized right now with the hotel.
We may not be able to accommodate stragglers,
dilly-dalliers and assorted ne'r-do-wells, and
that's sad because we especially want them with
CHS CLASS OF 1952
I'm trying to locate all members of the Crist-
tobal High School Class of 1952 to see if a 35th
get-together at the 1987 Panama Canal Reunion is
feasible. Please send me your and fellow classmate
addresses that you may have. Also include any com-
ments or suggestions you may have.
There were five of us at the 1986 Reunion how
about all of us at the 1987 Reunion!
Nellie Holgerson Amstrong
5770 Dartmouth Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Tel: (813) 345-5056
BHS-CHS 1957 30TH CLASS REUNION
A cocktail party will be held at the Tampa
Hilton on Friday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m. This will
take place prior to the PANAZONIAN dance that same
evening over at the Hyatt Regency. NEW ITEM: There
is another 30th Class Reunion being planned in
Panama for September 17, 18, 19. More details will
be available in the next issue, but the dates are
firm. PLAN ON IT! For information on any of the
above, contact: Sheila Gilbert Bolke, 1608 Travis
Circle South, Irving, TX 75038. (214) 594-6050;
Kenneth Morris, PAC 0435, Box 37301, Washington,
D.C., 20013, (507) 52-2446; Mary Morland Coffey,
PSC Box 811, APO Miami, FL 34002, (507) 52-5014;
or Lou Prosperi, Box 1774, Panami 1, Rep. of Pan-
amn, (507) 64-8020.
30TH CLASS REUNION BHS/CHS IN '88
The BHS/CHS classes of 1958 are planning a 30th
year joint class reunion at the 1988 Panama Canal
Reunion. PLEASE LET US KNOW WHERE YOU ARE! Send
your name and address, and that of any classmate
you know about to: Mickey Klunder (Lavallee), 7220
N.W. 10th Place, Plantation, FL 33313, or Wendy
Corrigan (Cotton), 7601 W. John Cabot, Peoria, AZ
BHS CLASS OF 1962
The BHS Class of 1962 is planning a 25th Class
Reunion at the 1987 Panama Canal Reunion to be
held during the July 4 weekend at the Hyatt Reg-
ency in Tanpa, Florida.
If you have not already been contacted by me,
please let me know where you are so that I may
send you the information. Karen Schnidt Deming,
1319 Quincy Drive, Wilmington, DE 19803. Telephone
CHS BHS CLASS OF 1963
It's that time again! We are planning our 25th
Class Reunion and it will be a GALA EVENT!
Arrangements have been made with Adam's Mark on
Clearwater Beach, Fla. for this event in July,
1988. We have planned a dance for Saturday night
with 'AIcho". On Friday night, a 50/60 Rock & Roll
Party with prizes and awards. Dig out your Penny-
loafers, Hoop-skirts, Levis and Button-down
We are expecting a big turn out. You all have
just under two years to save up for this GALA
EVENT, so start now! We would like to see all our
classmates at this reunion.
Help us look for classmates!
Chris Skeie Leslie Litzenberger
8355 Quail Road Turnbridge Road
Seminole, FL 33543 Haverford, PA 19041
(813) 397-8305 (215) 896-6413
3826 Briarcliff Dr.
Douglasville, GA 30135
CHS CLASS OF '67 20TH REUNION
Hey Gang! If you are planning on attending the
Panama Canal Society Reunion in Tampa this July,
make sure to join us at our pool-side get-together
at the Tampa Hilton hotel.
It will be held Friday, July 3 at 1:00 PM at
the Hilton's outside pool. Cash Bar and spouses
and children welcome!
If you know anyone not listed in the Society
Directory, please pass this info to them. Hope to
see you there! Questions? Contact:
Marianne Field Hockin
Farm Hills, MI 48018
Dorothy Harper Catron
109-20 S.W. 40th Ct.
Davie, FL 33328
Nancy DeTore Bell
5033-45th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33714
20TH REUNION, BHS CLASS OF 1967
Please make your reservation for the Society's
Reunion as it appears in this issue. We will be
mailing you individually the reservations for our
class reunion. We are still looking for more of
you out there. Please forward your name to Pa=
Boe Herold, 8930 St. Croix Lane, Matthews, N.C.,
BHS CLASS OF 1968
Plans are underway to have a reunion of class-
mates from BHS Class of 1968 in conjunction with
the Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion in Tampa
in 1988. Can you believe it has been Twenty Years?
We are hoping to have a special event for our
class one night and enjoy the other Annual Reunion
We are starting early in hopes to reach as many
'68 graduates as possible to make our reunion a
great one! Please write to either of us below, or
give us a call. If you know of other classmates,
give us their addresses too. We will try to com-
pile a mailing list to send out information and
news. Let us hear from you SOON!
John Disharon, Chm.
117 N.W. Lincoln Cir. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
P.O. Box 879
Huntsville, AL 35804
Rae E. Donaldson
11634 E. 183rd St. Apt G
Artesia, CA 90701
4849 Alamont Drive
Montgomery, AL 36116
CHS CLASS OF '68
i WE NEED YOU? e
ADDRESSES ARE COMING IN
SLOW. SEND YOUR WHERE- 5
ABOUT TODAY. OUR 20TH :
REUNION ISN'T THAT FAR OFF. ;
ALSO THOSE WHO WOULD
HAVE GRADUATED WITH US.
RENEE (BALLOU) KRIMMINGER "
5917 CHERRYCREST LANE 2
S CHARLOTTE, NC 28210D *
BHS CLASS OF 1977
Any classmates of BHS'77, who would like to
consider a 10 year anniversary reunion in 1987,
please contact Thonas Irvin, 108 King George Cir.,
Charlottesville, VA 22901.
CHS CLASS OF 1978
As the saying goes, 'The early bird gets the
worn'. In an effort to locate all of the "worms"
from the Cristobal High School Class, 1978, Betty
and Stacy are in the process of gathering address-
es and planning our Class Reunion in 1988 so that
our reunion will be as successful and fun as our
Please write Betty or Stacy as the address be-
low and let them know where you are and what you
are doing. Or, if you have addresses of other
classmates, please send them also. Once we have
obtained addresses, etc., we will be sending out
information regarding our Class Reunion and a
questionnaire so that this reunion will be "our"
reunion and fun for all. We look forward to your
P.O. Box 1847
Soldotna, AK 9%69
Betty K (LeDoux) Frassrand
P.O. Box 1303
Dade City, FL 33523
BHS CLASS OF 1978 REUNION
The BHS Class of 1978 are planning a 10-year
reunion in Tampa in conjunction with the big An-
nual Panama Canal Society Reunion in 1988.
A big dinner/dance is being planned for one
night and possibly a one-day cruise on the ship
SeaEscape out of Tanpa. As soon as I get enough
addresses, a newsletter will be sent out. Colette
(Foster) Carlisle has offered to help. Please let
me hear from you soon! Mary Tochtermn, 14038 Cit-
rus Pointe Dr., Tampa, FL 33625. PX# 813-920-6786.
Will Hall would like to hear from members of
BHS class of 1979 interested in a class reunion.
Please contact him at: Lt. j.g. Will Hall, USN,
1146 Ashland, Le Moore, CA 93245.
PAST MATRONS LUNCHEON ON JULY 2
The Canal Zone Past Matrons Association, their
guests, and Canal Zone Eastern Star members are
invited to attend their luncheon, to be held on
Thursday, July 2, 1987 at the HYATT REGENCY TAM-
PA, in the Buccaneer Suite "B" from 12:00 noon to
Cost is $12.25 per person, tax and gratuity is
included. Deadline for reservations in June 28.
Send your reservations to Ruth Hicks, 12621-
138th Lane N., Largo, FL 33544, (813) 596-1646, or
to Edith Cotton, 4054 Church Creek Point, Largo,
FL 33544, (813) 584-8830.
JIM SCHEIBELER, CHS '53 WANTS TO
HEAR FROM CLASSMATES
Jim Scheibeler, 1953 CHS grad, is interested in
hearing from classmates and school acquaintances
at P.O. Box 711, Danielson, CT 06239.
SACRED HEART CHAPEL ANCON
INVITATION TO LUNCHEON TAMPA
All members, past and present are invited to
attend a buffet luncheon at the Bayshore East Room
of the Tampa Hilton Hotel on Friday July 3 at mid-
If interested, please contact: Joe Maravilla,
211 N 48th Avenue, Ocala, FL 32670 (904-694-5530)
or Rev. Francis A. Lynch, C.M., Box 329, Talla-
ssee, AL 36078 (205-283-2169) or Bud and Beverly
Williams, 3720 Imperial Ridge Parkway, Palm Har-
bor, FL 33563 (813-787-2831).
FASHION SHOW FEATURED DURING
Andy Lim, of Panama will present an Intermis-
sion Native Panama Fashion Show during the Pana-
zonian Dance, which starts at 8:00 PM, Friday,
July 3, 1987 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. These
outfits will be original creations of a Panama in-
spired design, such as Molas, Guaymi and Darien
These outfits are being made for those modeling
them who are models from Cristobal High School of
the 50's, and will be sold only to those who model
The Show will bring back many fond memories to
those who once worked, lived and played on the
Isthmus of Panama.
BAOLA & BATEA DESIGNS
E H A'TED FOR NEEDLEWORK
A dozen Mola and Batea designs
charted to work in cross-stitch
&/or needlepoint. Could be used
in a variety of ways. Paperback
only $2.25 (includes postage).
Renee Krirminger, 5917 Cherry-
crest Lane, Charlotte, NC 28210
SKI CLUB CANAL ZONE
ARE THERE ANY SKIERS OUT THERE?
Interested in a ski week in VAIL, COLORADO, at
a great price? If so, submit the following infor-
mation: What times of the year would be best for
you? Please. give three or more different weeks if
Richard Bock, Jr.
Vail, CO 81657
NORTHWEST P.C. PICNIC REUNION
The Northwest Panama Canal Picnic Reunion will
be held Saturday, August 1, 1987, at Millersvania
State Park, Washington.
For more information, contact Floyd and/or
Beverly Baker, 35774 27th Ave. S., Federal Way,
Washington 98003. (206) 927-0491.
GAMBOA PEOPLE WANTED
AT THIS REUNION WE HOPE TO HAVE THE BIGGEST
TURNOUT FROM GAMBOA EVER. Write to Peanut Howe at:
P.O. Box 534, Horse Shoe, N.C. 28742, if you can
come. LET'S MAKE IT!!
PCSOFL SEPTEMBER LUNCHEON/MEETING
September 5, 1987
Sahib Shrine Temple, Sarasota, Fla.
The September Luncheon/Meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida will be held at the Sahib
Shrine Temple, 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, Fla.
on September 5, 1987, starting at 11:30 a.m.
The menu will consist of Yankee Pot Roast,
Sahara Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Salad, Apple
Pie, with Coffee or Tea.
Cost per person is $10.00. Chairman is Mr. Carl
Directions are shown on the attached map.
PCSOFL SEPTEMBER LUNCHEON/MEETING
September 5, 1987
Sahib Shrine Temple, Sarasota, Fla.
Please make reservations for me at $10
per person. Total enclosed: $__
Make checks payable to: Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc.
MAIL TO: Panama Canal Society of Florida
P.O. Box 3738
Holiday, FL 33590
11TH ANNUAL GAS HOUSE GANG
INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
October 5, 1987 Optional Medal Play Tournament
8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
October 5, 1987 Music for Dancing, 8:00 p.m.
October 6, 1987 Shot Gun Start for Mexican
Best Ball 9:00 a.m.
October 6, 1987 Special Activities 5:00 p.m.
October 7, 1987 Shot Gun Start for Mexican
Best Ball 9:00 a.m.
October 7, 1987 Free Cocktail Party 7:00 p.m
till 8:00 p.m.
October 7, 1987 Awards Dinner (Casual) 8 pm
PERSONS NOT UNDER PACKAGE PLAN:
Tournament and Entry Fee $20.00 (includes
optional Medal Play).
Non-Member $19.08 Green Fee and cart daily,
Members $7.42 daily, cart fees and tax incl.
Banquet $15.00 per person, tax and gratuity
Tournament and Entry Fee $20.00 (includes
optional Medal Play).
The Golfers Special Package for 3 days and 3
nights is $203.00 per person and includes 3 rounds
of golf, cart and green fees; dinner on Monday,
Tuesday, Awards Dinner, and Cocktail party on Wed-
nesday. Dinners on Monday and Tuesday are choice
of regular menu. Also included is breakfast on
Tuesday and Wednesday. All taxes and gratuities
are also included.
NON-GOLFERS PACKAGE PLAN:
$145.76 per person and includes all of the a-
bove with the exception of golf.
The above plans are for inner court rooms only.
If you would prefer a room on the golf course
side, add $2.00 per night per room. The Mexican
Best Ball Tournaments will consist of a 4-person
team (A,B,C,D players). The Optional Medal Play
Tournament for men and women, will include prizes
for gross and net scores. Make your own 4-saoes
and tee times. Turn score in at the Pro-Shop upon
completion of play. Non-package member golfers
send entry and cart-fees to Panama Canal Golf
Classic, P.O. Box 9092, Dothan, AL 36304.
Non-member golfers not on package plan send entry
cart and green fees to same address. Package Plan
reservations should be made directly to the
Olynpia Motel no later than September 14, 1987.
For our non-golfing people, bridge will be
available. Further, you can take advantage of some
fine shopping in our new Wiregrass Commons Mall.
We will be sending letters to most of those who
have previously attended this Tournament. Included
will be Olynpia Spa reservation forms which should
be sent directly to the Spa and they will confirm
the reservation. Also included will be golf reser-
vation forms and these should be sent to the Pan-
ama Canal Golf Classic, P.O. Box 9092, Dothan,
Anyone who does not receive a letter and wants
to attend this function may write us at the above
address and we will send the necessary reservation
It's always fun getting together with our
friends and we're sure that this 11th annual
affair will be great. We are looking forward to
hearing from you and seeing you in October
Jim Riley, Bill Sullivan, Frank Anderson, and Jim
Effective the next deadline, JULY 25, 1986, all
announcements printed herein must be limited to a
quarter (k) of a page, for the usual NO-CHARGE
rate. Those announcements larger than one-quarter
page will be charged rates similar to "For Sale or
Wanted" ads, i.e. $40 for half page, $60 for three
quarters page, and $80 for full page.
Escalating costs prohibit devoting extra-large
announcements space in the Canal Record at the
normal no-charge rate any longer. So please keep
your announcements to one-quarter page or less.
Charge for 1/20th (Approx. 3Y2 x 1") page is $4.00.
1/5th page is $16.00. Half page is $40. Send all ads
to PO Box 3738, Holiday, FL 33590, c/o The Editor.
Ads accepted from members only.
WANTED TO BORROW: Pictures or slides of: Old
Panama, Square Trees of El Valle, Holy Ghost Or-
chid. Would like to make copies of either. Excel-
lent care guaranteed. Anita (Daniels) Asmussen,
513 Center St., North Muskegon, MI 49445. Tele:
For Sale: Ecuadorean rugs, Indian God design,
30"x44"; Bolivian vicuna fur stole what, like
new; imitation mink coat what, size 13, like new;
huaca jewelry; other mens/ladies gold jewelry;
silver jewelry (L. America), nothing over $50;
Corner wall shelves (India); sterling ashtrays (3)
appraised $210, for $30; NEVER USED ITEMS AS FOL-
LOWS: NUMDHA rugs (Kashmir) 3x4'; tan alligator
shoulder strap purse, 2 compartments; mola stuffed
bird/star, bell, etc. shaped (for pin cushions,
Xmas tree, etc); S. Bias ladies size Mola blouses;
4-pc towel sets (El Salvador) Indian design; cus-
tom made wide brim mola hats w/matching purses
(black background); set mens sterling hairbrushes,
Gorham Guardsman; monkey pod/mother-of-pearl 5-pc
bridge sets; other items. M.E. Banks, 1657 Killean
Court, Apopka, FL 32712
For Sale: Seal of the Canal counted cross stitch
kit. Kit includes pattern, instructions, needle,
floss and Aida fabric. Finished design is 12" dia.
suitable for framing or pillow. Price is $15 plus
$1.50 for shipping and handling. Jeanne M. Wheeler
12504 Wild Turkey Lane, Bayonet Point, FL 33567.
Tel: (813) 863-1489.
For Sale: HOOKED RUG KITS 3 patterns available,
Seal of the Canal Zone, Mola and Pre-Columbian.
Kit includes canvas with pattern, instructions,
rug yarn, hook, binding and needle with binding
thread. Finished rug is 45" round. Price is $150
plus $5 for shipping and handling. Allow 8 weeks
for delivery. Jeanne M. Wheeler, 12504 Wild Turkey
Lane, Bayonet Point, FL 33567. Tel: (813) 863-1489
Wanted: By homesick, heartbroken, Ex-Zonian:
1952 edition Balboa High School Zonian; Books by
Sue Core. Contact Anne LoFranco (Stapler), 218
Mallory Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305.
FRESHLY FROZEN CORVINA $4.50/LB.
WILL AIR EXPRESS, AT EXTRA COST,
MINIMUM 5 LBS,
JAWS DISCOUNT SEAFOOD
5400 34th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33714
Wanted: "The Jungle Whispers" by Kenneth Vinton,
and "The Secret of El Baru" by Patricia Markun.
Ronald Riefkohl, 816 Anderson Street, Durham, N.C.
EXPLORE THE WONDERS OF THIS FASCI-
NATING CRAFT. SEE THE WHOLE STORY OF
CUNA INDIAN MOLA ART AS THE WOMEN SEW
THEIR MOLAS TOGETHER. LEARN THE
SECRETS OF APPLIQUE AND REVERSE APPLI-
QUE AS THESE TECHNIQUES ARE SO SKILLFUL-
LY CREATED BY THE CUNAS.
THIS REMARKABLE SLIDE SET AND NARRA-
TIVE CAREFULLY GUIDE THE VIEWER
THROUGH A CLOSE, EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND,
ANALYSIS OF MOLA ART. THE SLIDE PROGRAM
EXPLAINS MANY MEANINGS AND TYPES OF
MOLAS, SET WITHIN A VERY VIVID AND
COLORFUL MOLA COLLECTION. THIS PRO-
GRAM IS IDEAL FOR EDUCATION ART STUDIES
AND ART ENTHUSIASTS.
35mm Color Slide presentation titled "TABOGA IS-
LAND OF FLOWERS" is now available for sale. The
program consists of 51 color slides plus printed
narrative. Price $77.50 and includes air mail
postage and handling. Allow two weeks for delivery.
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Yes, we would like to purchase color slide
set(s) of MOLA ART. I understand all sets include sixty
slides, printed narration and bibliography. Price per set is
$99.95. Enclosed is my check money order in
the amount of $ Purchase Order No.
MAIL G.P.I. LE PAGE
TO: P.O. Box 67
"How would you like to get away from the hot
Florida sunshine and spend a week in the beautiful
Carolina mountains? We have some time-sharing at
Alpine Village in Burnsville, N.C. we would like
to sell. The weeks are prime weeks such as the
Fourth of July, Easter, a week in May and June,
and a week at Thanksgiving. We loved it so much we
have built a home up there.
Anyone interested in learning more about the
time-sharing and our beautiful mountains, please
contact Pan Roae Herold, 8930 St. Croix Lane,
Matthews, NC 28105 or call (704) 846-2413."
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