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J. F. Warner
Carl H. Starke
Mrs. Betty L. Frassrand
1st Vice President
Mrs. Betty Malone
2nd Vice President
Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Richard W. Beall
Mrs. Muriel Whitman
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Victor H. May, Jr.
Sergeant At Arms
Mrs. Edna Ogletree
The President's Message ................................................ 1
From the Secretary..................................................... 2
The Editor's Corner................................................. .. 2
Legislative Report..................................................... 3
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................4
Retirements ......................................................... .. .7
Fourth Generations and Born in C.Z. 1904-1914 ..........................7
Reunion............................................................ .... .9
News Clips .............................................. ... .......... 30
Your Reporter Says .................................................... 33
Arizona .......................34 Mississippi.................... 47
Arkansas......................36 New Mexico ......................48
California....................38 North Carolina..................49
Colorado .....................39 Northwest.......................49
Florida.......................40 Oklahoma ........................50
Hawai i........................43 Panama ..........................50
Kentucky .....................44 South Carolina..................54
Louisiana .....................45 Texas ...........................55
The Younger Generation .......................... 57
Congratulations .................................................... 57
With Deep Sorrow.................. ................................. 69
Letters to the Editor.................................................75
Looking Back .......................................................... 80
Announcements...................... .............................. ...... 85
For Sale and Wanted ................................................. 88
Canal Zone Collectibles..93 Kaw Valley Films..88 The Flying Book..91
Hucron Promotional Industries..90 Zonian Amigos..92 John Bateman..91
Front Cover: Mr. Carl H. Starke, newly elected President of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida for the 1988-1989 term. Mr. Starke resides in
Sarasota, Florida, with wife, Viginia and daughter, Cassie.
Back Cover: Towing locomotives (mules) towing ship through locks chamber
drawn by Al Sprague, noted artist of Ancon, Rep. of Panama.
DATES TO REMEMBER
PCSOFL Luncheon Meeting, Sahib Shrine Temple, Sarasota.
PCSSC West Coast Reunion, Bahia Hotel, San Diego, Calif.
South Carolina September Luncheon, Sheraton NW, Columbia
Gulf Coast Picnic, Davis Bayou Campground, Ocean Springs
PCSOFL Annual Picnic, Lake Seminole Park, 10:00 A.M.
NW Arkansas Fall Dinner, Town & Country Rest. Rogers, AR
PCS of Arizona Fall Luncheon, (See Announcements).
PCS of Oklahoma Meeting, Mary Grahams' home, Tulsa, OK.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 P.M.
South Carolina Pre-Christmas Luncheon, Houndslake Coun-
try Club, Aiken, SC.
PCSOF Christmas Party Meeting, Holiday Inn, Ulmerton Rd.
PCSSC Annual Christmas Party, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 P.M.
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HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
2389 Citrus Hill Road
Palm Harbor, Florida 34683
As the newly elected President I wish to say
"Thank You" for your confidence in electing me and
the other officers. I am very proud and happy to
serve you in this capacity. I and the newly elect-
ed officers look forward to serving the Panama
Canal Society. We will continue to work for the
good of the members of the Society.
This past year was very interesting as I worked
with Muriel Whitman and her board and look forward
to a successful and prosperous year with the new
board. We will do our best, in a dedicated and
professional way, to lead our Society and will ask
the members for their help and understanding.
At this time I would like to introduce you to
the 1988-1989 Executive Board:
Carl H. Starke
Victor H. May, Jr.
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Sergeant At Arms
These people are all hard working and dedicated
members, and I am certain they will act in the
best interests of the Society.
I would also like to present the Committee and
Chairpersons for 1988-1989:
Audit and Budget
Jane Huldtquist, Chair.
Joseph L. Hickey, Chair.
Victor H. May, Jr.
Publicity and Adv. Pat Beall
Refreshments (mthly) Dorothy Pate
Eugene Askew, Chair.
Edna Ogletree, Chair.
Service Officer Eugene Askew
Victor H. May, Jr.
This past year I was the 1988 Reunion Coordin-
ator. It started out to be normal getting things
started and lined up, when I had a problem with my
heart. I mention this because without the caring
and enthusiastic help of two wonderful friends in
Muriel Whitman and Bill Wheeler, so many phases
just just would not have been done. I do not have
words to express my thanks and gratitude to these
two dedicated friends.
yze icLent A,
The success of a reunion is the dedication of
many chairpersons in all of the different areas
and allows people to get involved and learn just
what cooperation and interest can do to get a big
We will strive to make the monthly meetings
interesting and to conduct them in a businesslike
manner, and look forward to a very successful
year. In order to attain this, we need your indul-
gence and encouragement, with the support from
Carl H. Starke
Another successful reunion has come and gone!
I wish I could say it was all fun, but seems like
those of us who work at the reunion find little
time to visit and party!
I would like to thank the chairpersons of some
of the individual class reunions who had the fore-
sight to send their classmates applications for
membership into the Society so they could be pre-
registered prior to their arrival at the hotel. I
would like to see them go a step further (as a few
did) and send them information on the other re-
union activities. Many of them arrived late, un-
aware that there were other activities going on
and found it difficult to obtain tickets for those
activities, primarily the Panazonian Dance, since
many of them encountered airline delays and
arrived too late to buy tickets. We do try to ac-
commodate our members as much as possible but
there is always the possibility that we have to
turn people away at the door.
I am still compiling statistics for the reunion
and happy to state that we signed up close to a
hundred new members at the reunion itself. Unfor-
tunately, we still have over 500 members who will
be dropped at the end of this year who have not
paid their dues in two years.
We are accepting dues for 1989 at this time and
I'm pleased to say that many paid their 1989 dues
during the reunion. Avoid the Christmas rush and
send you 1989 dues now, it will save precious time
and you won't be as apt to forget during the busy
time of the year and it will assist me tremendous-
ly. My workload becomes so heavy in December and
January that I am sorry to say it puts a damper on
a time of the year which should be joyous!
I mentioned in one of my previous messages that
many ex-Zonians have moved into the Tampa Bay area
and invited them to attend our meetings. Unfortu-
nately, the attendance at the meetings is dropping
off more and more we did not have a quorum for
the June meeting!
We cannot stress strong enough the importance
of our members becoming more involved. If the
meetings are not held at a convenient time for you
to attend, then send us your comments. The Re-
unios are great, but they are not the backbone of
the Society, and will only continue to be great if
we have the participation of the members.
Try to attend the Saturday meetings, the Sep-
tember luncheon in Sarasota on September 10, and
the Annual Picnic on October 8, Shelter 5 at Lake
BRING YOUR FAMILY FOR A DAY OF FUN AND GAMES!
EVERYBODY LOVES A PICNIC!!
The 1988 Reunion whew glad it's over. Know
I missed a lot of people. Being on a working com-
mittee has its drawbacks always on the run and
not time enough to chat with friends. But did get
a few words in now and then. Too bad everybody did
not register. There must have been more than the
2,877 reported. How can we ever tell? The photo-
graphers did a great job for a change, but the
Hyatt itself has a few answers to give us. All the
committees did an outstanding job again. It's get-
ting more difficult to tie down the loose ends in
such a crowd.
OUR 1989 REUNION WILL BE HELD JUNE 29 JULY 1,
1989 in Tampa for those who need to plan ahead.
Looks like Oklahoma is starting a Society of
their own. They are having a meeting October 22nd
at Mary Graham's home to formulate plans. In the
meantime, Mary is acting as their reporter. Good
We also have some new reporters in Tanpa. Mary
Kelleher Tochterman has turned over the reins to
Maritza Reyes, 4814 Northdale Ave., Tampa 33624,
(813) 968-2885, and Sue Kelleher, 2803 W. Sligh,
Apt. #108, Tampa, FL 33614. (813) 932-1420. Wish
them luck too.
Lorraine Grose, our Largo reporter will accept
any news from the St. Petersburg area until a re-
placement can be obtained for the late Grace Wil-
liams, who suddenly passed away just before the
reunion, a sad loss.
Because of the increase in membership and the
quantity of news being submitted of late, I must
ask once again to please keep your articles as
short as possible. Some articles received are too
long and detailed to publish. Those are either
sent back to the writer to condense the article or
it is put on hold where hopefully, it may be in-
cluded in a future issue. One such article, two
typewritten pages, could have been digested into
two paragraphs. We don't have the time to condense
your articles for you, furthermore, we may leave
out something you think is important. We MUST keep
the Canal Record within certain bounds, dictated
by our budget. If we print everything that crosses
our desk, I'm sure dues will increase to cover the
cost of printing. Nuff said.
Looks like your editor is going back to school
again. The computer aspect of Desk Top Publishing
looks so good and cost saving, that we must get
into that program if we want to continue as we
are. Computers scared me at first, but the more
seminars I've attended, the more I'm getting into
it. Looks like the way to go let's hope my grey
matter still works in learning this new technique.
Again, this Reunion issue looks like a big one.
President Reagan has signed into law a bill
that under Medicare provides additional protection
against severe financial disaster for elderly
Americans facing serious illness. The law contains
provisions that prevent federal retirees from pay-
ing double for that increased coverage.
Meanwhile, two influential members of Congress
have sponsored bills to provide long term health
and nursing care for the elderly, including gov-
The Comptroller General states that it is the
employee's bad luck when a government employee's
check bounces because the government failed to
deposit a paycheck into his or her bank account.
The employee cannot be reimbursed for service
charges imposed by the bank. Although it is un-
fortunate, the ruling says there is no law or reg-
ulation authorizing the government to pay service
charges for its own negligence, says the Comptrol-
Both the House and Senate have passed legis-
lation authorizing a 4% pay increase for most fed-
eral employees to be effective in January, 1989.
The next federal retiree COLA is also scheduled
for January, 1989. Experts predict that the annu-
ity increase for retirees will also be around 4%,
even though some months still remain in the reck-
GRACE WILLIAMS MEMORIAL FUND
Through the generosity of members present at
the 56th Annual Panama Canal Society of Florida
Reunion held June 29-July 3, 1988, the Memorial
Fund designed to help in defraying funeral costs
and expenses of the late Grace Williams totaled
These costs included cremation, announcements,
flowers, Memorial Service and Repository. Those
monies not used will be donated to the Society in
Grace Williams' memory.
A special thanks to all those who so willingly
contributed for the cause of one of our needy
By many lands and over many a wave,
I come, my brother, to your piteous grave,
To bring you the last offering in death
And o'er dumb dust expend an idle breath;
For fate has torn your living self from me,
And snatched you, brother, 0, how cruelly!
Yet take these gifts, brought as our fathers bade
For Sorrow's tribute to the passing shade;
A brother's tears have wet them o'er and o'er;
And so, my brother, hail, and farewell evermore!
Dear Officers and Members:
We would like to thank all of you who so gra-
ciously contributed to Aunt Grace's Memorial Fund.
Due to her misfortune in not receiving any pay-
ment for her florist business, which was to pro-
vide for her retirement, Aunt Grace was not able
to plan for her untimely death.
Your generosity, kindness and help will never
We also want to thank Grace's many friends who
attended her beautiful memorial service that you
With Sincere Appreciation,
Colleen Lau and Gary O'Connor
(Must be in by):
October 25, 1988
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
May 6, 1988
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida was called to order by
Mrs. IMiriel Wlitman at 12:05 p.m.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the invocation followed
by Mr. Richard Beall who read the list of those
recently deceased. A moment of silence followed.
Mr. Harry Foster led the members in the Pledge
of Allegiance to the Flag.
Mrs. Whitman adjourned the meeting so the mem-
bers could enjoy their lunch. Meeting reconvened
at 1:25 p.m.
Mrs. Whitman thanked Edna Ogletree and her
committee for arranging the covered dish luncheon.
She welcomed 57 members present, Past Presidents,
Eugene Askew, Vic May, Al Pate and Bill Wheeler.
Long absent members present were: Al and Peggy
Stone, Alton and Vera Jones and Grady and Marge
Members celebrating their birthdays in May were
Grace Cary, Ernie Yocum and Frances Gilley.
Mrs. Jay Stewart read the minutes of the April
meeting in the absence of Mrs. Foster. They stand
Mrs. Whitman announced that she had appointed
a committee made up of Mrs. Jane Huldtquist,
Chairperson; Mrs. Dorothy Herrington and Mrs. Jay
Stewart to investigate the feasibility of pur-
chasing desk top publishing for the Society.
Mr. Beall reported that he was in the process
of assembling the June Canal Record.
Mr. Beall read the legislative report in the
absence of Mrs. Sheila Goudie, stating that a 2%
COLA adjustment is expected in January, 1989.
Mr. Carl Starke reported that all is going well
for the 1988 Reunion.
Mrs. Stewart read correspondence received by
the Society and a report submitted by Mrs. Foster
as to the number of reservations received for the
Ball, Luncehon and Panazonian Dance.
Mrs. Stewart read the financial statement and
it stands for audit.
Mr. Askew reported on a Social Security news
bit, stating that in the event of death, the
spouse may call the Social Security office without
a death certificate in hand.
Mr. Vic May commented on the campaign being
carried on by factions within the Society to vote
for write-in candidates and did not agree with the
method being used for this campaign. Mrs. WhiLman
agreed and pointed out that there is not a person
within the Society who cannot be replaced.
Mrs. Jay Cain requested an advance for the Sep-
tember luncheon to be held in Sarasota. Mr. Vic
May moved the Society advance her $100.00, se-
conded by Sid Hayes. Motion carried.
Mrs. Dorothy Pate read a funny story.
As there was no further business, the President
adjourned the meeting at 2:08 P.M.
June 3, 1988
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
Since there was not a quorum for the regularly
scheduled meeting, the President suggested a round
table discussion, and the business meeting was
conducted without the voting on any issues.
Mrs. Dorothy Pate gave the invocation in the
absence of Mrs. Yocun who was in Ohio for the
celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.
Mr. Harry Foster led in the Pledge to the Flag.
Mrs. iWhitnmn welcomed the members and Past Pre-
sidents, Anna Collins, Pete Foster, Vic May, Al
Pate and Bill lWeeler.
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the previous
Mrs. Whitman reported on issues taken up at the
monthly Board meeting. The Board had discussed
charging a registration fee for the 1989 Reunion
since so many of the members attending were not
buying tickets to the Reunion functions, however,
were being afforded the discounted prices for
their rooms. She reported that the Board had
approved the expenditure for the Reporter's Lunch-
eon to be held July 1, in conjunction with the Re-
Mrs. Whitman stated that the People Mover be-
tween the Hyatt and Harbour Island hotels would
run until 3:00 a.m., and that the Pralines Res-
taurant at the Hyatt would remain open until 3:00
Mr. Beall read the legislative report in the
absence of Mrs. Goudie.
Mrs. Foster read correspondence received.
Mrs. Collins reported that she had mailed sev-
eral get well cards to members in the month of
Mrs. Pate asked for volunteers for Registration
for June 30th.
Mrs. Foster read the Financial statement and
explained the transfer of funds.
Mrs. Whitman reported that she had talked to
David Lane regarding the West Coast Reunion and
he was encouraging a group from PCSFL to attend
their reunion in September. Mrs. Whitman said she
would look into group fares if enough members were
Mr. Pete Foster congratulated Mrs. Whitman and
extended the appreciation of the members for a job
well done during her tenure as President and asked
for a standing ovation from the members present.
lrs. Whitman thanked the members and reminded
them to please attend the annual meeting on July
1st at the 'iyatt Regency Hotel.
Mrs. Whitman closed the discussion at 2:09 PM.
Minutes of the Annual Meeting
Hyatt Regency Hotel
July 1, 1988
The annual meeting of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida was called to order by the President,
Mrs. Muriel Witman, at 10:17 A.M., at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel in Tampa, Florida.
Chaplain, Dorothy Yocun, gave the Invocation
followed by Mr. Beall who read the list of those
deceased since the last meeting, followed by a mo-
ment of silence in their memory.
Sgt. at Arms Harry Foster led the members in
the Pledge to the Flag.
Mrs. Whitman welcomed the 259 members present.
She appointed as Tellers, Mr. Pete Foster, Mr. Vic
May, Mr. Joe Collins and Mr. Kibby Bouche.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the
May meeting since there was not a quorum for the
June meeting. Minutes approved as read. Mrs.
Foster read the financial report for June and it
will stand for audit.
Mrs. Whitman instructed the Nominating Comni-
ttee to proceed with their vote count for the e-
lection of new officers.
Mrs. Whitman thanked her Executive Board for
their assistance and loyalty during her term of
office and also thanked the Budget and Audit
Committee for their help and expertise.
Mrs. Whitman reported that a committee had been
formed to study the feasibility of Desk Top Pub-
lishing and had recommended that Mr. Beall attend
school to learn more about the procedure, before
the Society purchases the equipment needed.
Mrs. Whitman reported that the Secretary/Trea-
surer had sent out over 1,200 delinquent notices
in February and reminded the members to please pay
their dues for 1989 in a timely manner and to do
so even before they left the Hotel.
Vice President, Carl Starke, commented on the
lack of chairs throughout the Hotel, the availa-
bility of tickets for both the Ball and Panazonian
dance for sale in the Hospitality Room, and re-
minded those attending the ball to check the bus
Record Editor, Richard Beall, welcomed the mem-
bers to the 56th annual business meeting. He re-
ported on the status of the Canal Record and the
seminar he had attended on Desk Top Publishing.
Editor Pat Beall delivers his report.
Seated L-R: Sheila Goudie, Muriel Whit-
man, Marge Foster.
Treasurer, Marge Foster, reported on the status
of the membership and encouraged members to pay
their dues early and to keep their addresses
Marge Foster delivering report. Seated
L-R: Pat Beall, Editor; Sheila Goudie,
Legislative Representative; Dorothy Yo-
cum, Chaplain; Carl H. Starke, 1st Vice
Legislative Representative, Sheila Goudie, gave
her Legislative Report.
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist reported that the 9th
Annual Golf tournament was very successful with
a field of 117 golfers. Since this was the last
year the present trophy could be used, it would
be replaced with a trophy in honor of Raymond
The Nominating Committee counting votes.
Back to camera, Al Pate, Committee
chairman, L-R: William Halvosa III, Har-
ry Foster, Bill Wheeler, Pete Lang.
Mrs. Foster read the proposal from Mr. Eugene
Askew for an Honorary Membership for Mr. William
F. Grady, and a recommendation for a Distinguished
Service Award for Mr. Bradley L. Pearson by Mr.
Richard Beall. Fern Horine Dabill moved that we
give an Honorary Membership to Mr. William F.
Grady, seconded by Mrs. Dorothy Pate. Motion
carried. Mrs. Anna Collins moved we present Mr.
Bradley L. Pearson with a Distinguished Service
Award, seconded by Mr. Yane leves. Motion carried.
Ir. Richard Beall accepted the award from Mrs.
h itman in the absence of Mr. Pearson.
Mr. Drake Carlisle made a motion that a conm-
ittee be formed to look into holding the regular
meetings on Saturday instead of Friday so that
working members could get more involved, seconded
by Mr. Pete Foster. Motion carried.
All 259 members in attendance at the
Annual Business Meeting.
Mrs. Sheila Bolke commented on the deplorable
treatment rendered toward the Society, in parti-
cular, the removal of furniture and wall hangings,
giving the hotel the appearance of a war zone.
Fern Horine Dabill moved the Society write a
letter to the Hyatt Regency protesting their ac-
tion, seconded by Mr. Angus Matheney. Motion
Officers elected for 1988-1989, L-R:
Betty Malone, 2nd Vice President; Betty
LeDoux Frassrand, 1st Vice President;
Carl H. Starke, President; Marge Foster,
Secretary Treasurer; and Pat Beall, Rec-
Mrs. Foster read a resolution in the House of
Representatives concerning the Panama Canal
Treaties. H.Con.Res. 281 was referred jointly to
the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Merchant Ma-
rine and Fisheries. Mrs. Fern Dabill recommended
the Society go on record as being in favor of this
Mr. Carl Starke and Mr. Richard Beall announced
the winning numbers for the many donated door
Mrs. Whitman recognized Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Dill from California and asked the Past Presidents
to stand for recognition.
Mr. Mike LaCroix announced that the East Coast
picnic would be held around the end of September
and invited those present to attend.
View of members attending with the Nom-
inating Committee at right, during the
Secretary/Treasurers Report by Marge
Mr. Bouche gave an update on the Museun project
and hoped that something definite would come for--
ward to make it a reality. Discussion followed.
Mrs. Whitman announced the results of the elec-
tion of officers and they are:
President Mr. Carl Starke
1st Vice-Pres. Mrs. Betty (leDoux) Frassrand
2nd Vice-Pres. Mrs. Betty Malone
Secretary/Treasurer Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Record Editor Mr. Richard Beall
Mrs. Whitman administered the oath of office
to the new officers.
Mr. Carl Starke accepted the nomination and
asked for a standing ovation for Mrs. Whitman.
Mrs. Sugar DiRoma moved the ballots be des-
troyed, seconded by Mrs. Dorothy Pate.
As there was no further business, the meeting
adjourned at 12:20 P.M.
FOR CLASS REWUIOV COORDINATORS:
The 1989 Panama Canal Society of
Florida will be held JUNE 29-JULY 1,
at Tampa, Florida.
Further details in December issue of
the Canal Record.
Louis G. Archuleta
Richard L. Burchett
Culver M. Call
Joseph L. Cicero
Gerald W. Coffey
Joseph P. Corelli
Harold R. Crawford
Mary F. Crawford
Richard 0. Egger
William H. Henderson
Gerald D. Jones
Roger C. Jones
Arthur J. Marien
Ronald J. Robertson
Frank H. Robinson
Don Carlton Smith
Henry B. Twohy
John L. Brophy
Dennis L. Light
Marcia L. Cicero
John J. Hackett
David R. Patton
Olga Y. Conley
Herschell W. Dempsey Jr.
Thomas J. Hannigan Jr.
Hugh E. Harvey
Adoniram J. Iglesias
Robert B. Kersul
John R. Lewis
Richard C. Teaman
Bernard K. Tibbots
Tulia E. Allen
Tha s V. Frost Jr.
Charles J. O'Brien
Robert L. Webb
1/1/88 Engineering Division
1/2/88 Locks Division
1/2/88 Maintenance Division
1/2/88 Office of Executive Administration
1/1/88 Maintenance Division
1/2/88 Canal Services Division
1/1/88 Engineering Division
1/2/88 Locks Division
1/2/88 Administrative Services Divison
1/1/88 Locks Division
1/2/88 Locks Division
1/2/88 Canal Services Division
1/2/88 Canal Services Division
1/2/88 Canal Services Division
1/2/88 Canal Services Division
1/1/88 Engineering Division
1/2/88 Canal Services Division
1/2/88 Fire Division
2/16/88 Canal Services Division
2/2/88 Industrial Division
2/3/88 Dredging Division
3/1/88 Office of Executive Administration
3/31/88 Canal protection Division
3/3/88 Community Services Division
4/2/88 Personnel Operations Division
4/19/88 Electrical Division
4/23/88 Printing Office
4/30/88 Locks Division
4/1/88 Canal Services Division
4/10/88 Canal Protection Division
4/30/88 Canal Services Division
4/30/88 Fire Division
4/9/88 Industrial Division
4/30/88 Canal Services Division
5/3/88 Administrative Services Division
5/20/88 Canal Protection Division
5/31/88 Administrative Services Division
5/31/88 Industrial Division
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4th Cenemtion Zonians
1. Maurice I. Kelleher, Locomotive Engineer, holds
Roosevelt Medal. Married to Mary Sweeney.
2. Sons, David I., Bernard A. and Maurice S. who
married Ruth P. Turck.
3. Maurice S's children: Maurice S. Jr., Bernard
R., Maureen S., Ruth Ann and Kathleen M. born
4. Maureen S. married James Hotsko, had sons James
and Matthew; daughters, Jennifer, Christina and
Kathleen M. married Ken Underwood; had daughter
Hillary and son Derek. All still living in Pan-
1. Jerry Steiner, former Treasurer of the Panama
Canal Company, married Dolly Allen.
2. Children: Jo Ann Steiner Robinson and Jerry
3. Children of Jo Ann Robinson: Debra (Robinson)
Smith. Children of Jerry Steiner, Jr.: Jerry
4. Children of Debra Smith: Carra Smith. Children
of Jerry Steiner III: Jerry Steiner 1V.
5. Children of Jerry Steiner 1V: Christopher Lee
1. Paternal great-grandfather: Howard H. Conover,
a Roosevelt Medal holder, worked as a carpenter
from 1905 until his retirement from Mechanical
Division in 1931. Deceased.
Maternal great grandfather: Gus Zidbeck, holds
Roosevelt Medal, worked as machinist for Mech-
anical Division from 1906 until retirement in
2. Paternal grandfather: Max C. Conover retired
from Panama Canal Company as General Foreman
for Maintenance Division in 1965 with over 42
years of service. Lives in Maitland, Florida.
3. Father: Richard M. Conover, retired from Panama
Canal Comnission in 1980 with over 32 years of
service. Was Executive Director, Panama Canal
Area Personnel Board. Living in Ocala, Florida.
4. Richard's children:
Michelle M. Conover, born in Gorgas Hospital,
lives in Trinidad, Calif.
Mark B. Conover, born in Gorgas Hospital, lives
in Goleta, Calif.
Paul A. Conover, born in Gorgas Hospital, lives
in Dallas, Texas.
Peter M. Conover, born in Gorgas Hosp., lives
in Chicago, II.
1. Marie Anna Zinnernan married Charles Edward Van
Clief and had two daughters, BEma Elizabeth and
Helen Frances. Marie and Charles are deceased.
2a. Enna Elizabeth Van Clief married John Lewis
Brown. Children: Nina Marie. Emma retired from
US Army and living in Tanpa, Fla. John is now
2b. Helen Frances Van Clief married Yane Levis.
Children: Charles Eugene and Frank Raymond.
Helen and Yane now retired and living in Tanpa.
3a. Nina Marie Brown married August Josep Kosik.
Children: Laura Susan and Kyle Eric. Nina is
employed by US Army in Panama. August (Gus) has
retired to Florida from FAA.
3b. Charles E. Leves married Theresa Livingston.
Children: Eugene Charles. Charles (Charlie) now
working for PCC Dredging Division. Theresa
(Terri) remarried and living in Philippines.
4a. Laura Susan Kosik married Gordon Lewis Ander-
son.Residing inTanp4 Fla.
Kyle Eric Kosik married Carol Ann Sullivan.
Children: Kalen Andrew. Residing in Dothan, Al.
4b. Eugene Charles Leves married Tammy Jo Espinoza
and now living in Chula Vista, Calif.
1. Jay L. Greene, Mechanical Division, arrived in
Canal Zone in 1907.
2. Leon G. Greene, Army Engineer as an architect,
arrived in Canal Zone in 1908.
3. Robert K. Greene born in Panama, attended Canal
4. Debbie Greene married Rogelio de la Guardia.
5. Rita Cecilia de la Guardia born in 1985.
1. A.M. Butcher (changed his name from Bouche),
Great-grandfather, came to the Canal Zone in
1907. Worked for the Canal on construction of
the Gatun Spillway and Hydo-electric Plant.
Retired in 1934.
James A. Hess Great-grandfather, father of
Marguerite E. Hess who married A.M. Bouche in
1919. Founder of Observatory at Miraflores;
also founded C.Z. Astronomical Society in
1929. Retired in 1938 as towing locomotive op-
erator at Pedro Miguel Locks. Roosevelt Medal
2. Adrien M. Bouche grandfather, son of A.M.
Butcher, came to the C.Z. in 1907. Local hist-
orian, plant prospector, miner, linguist.
First job for Canal was as office boy for Col.
Sibert in 1910; at 12 years old. Last Roose-
velt Medal Holder to retire, received when he
was 16. Retired in 1960 as Chief Control House
Operator at Pedro Miguel Locks.
3. Marguerite Y. (Bouche) Budreau Mother, dau-
ghter of A.M. Bouche, born in Gorgas Hospital,
was a Statistical Assistant for the Executive
Planning Staff. Retired in 1979 and now re-
sides in Panama City, Florida.
4. Lynn Marie (Budreau) Gritt Daughter of M.Y.
Budreau, born in Gorgas Hospital, moved to the
U.S. in 1979 and now resides in Panama City,
FL. with her husband, SSgt. Rick A. Gritt, who
is stationed at Tyndall AFB.
Four Generations Father, Terry (Hulk
Hogan) Bollea with daughter Brooke Ellen
Bollea; great-grandmother Vernice Moody,
and grandmother, Ruth (Moody) Bollea.
1. Thomas Kilpatrick Geddes, employed as Craneman
by the I.C.C. from 1906-1913.
2. Robert xTomas Geddes, employed by Panama Canal
Company from 1941 to 1973, retired as Filter
Plant Operator, Maintenance Division.
3. Patricia (Geddes) Risberg, lived in the Canal
Zone from 1941 to 1981, retired as Equal Op-
portunity Investigator, EEO Office.
Robert Thomas Geddes, Jr. born in Colon Hos-
pital, 1943, presently employed as Chief En-
gineer, Tug Al ianza aviationn Division.
4. Lori (Flores) Roche, Pat's daughter, born in
Coco Solo Hospital, 1957, graduated from BHS
Michael Robert Geddes, Bob's son, born in Gor-
gas hospital 1969, graduated from BHS in 1987.
Bom Of .LS.
1. Father: Fred W. Bradley, electrician, arrived
in Canal Zone December 3, 1912.
Mother: Emma Louise Eger, school teacher, ar-
rived in Canal Zone August 19, 1916.
2. Children: Betty, Peggy Bradley, Martha.
Martha married another Zoner, James A. Wood,
also born in Gorgas Hospital.
3. Children of Martha and James: Martha Anne and
James B. Wood, both born in Gorgas Hospital.
Martha Anne (Marcy) married Ed Napoleon, U.S.
James B. Wood married Susan Schlect.
4. Marcy and Ed's children: Edward Phillip and
Steven James Napoleon. Edward born in Gorgas
Hospital; Steve born in San Fernando Clinic,
James and Susan's children: Jesse, Alex and
Brittany Wood, children and mother born in the
"Seems I fit this category since I was born in
Gorgona, Canal Zone, February 12, 1911.
My father, Henry Clark Julien went to work on
the Canal about 1906, worked two years and then
brought my mother to the C.Z. as a bride. We lived
in Balboa in one of the 4-family cement houses and
then in a small cottage near the school, which I
attended until we returned to Ohio in 1918.
About 9 years ago my husband and I flew to Pan-
ama and I was able to find where we lived and re-
cognized many landmarks. Highlight of the trip was
a boat ride through the Canal, returning to Balboa
on the railroad, which I remember riding many
Would be interested if you hear from any others
who were born during the construction.
Nell Julien Richter
3435 Fox Run #304
Sarasota, FL 34231
Reunion Report 1988
The 1988 Reunion was very well attended; 2,877
members registered. From the way the hotel was
always crowded there must have been another 200 or
so that did not register.
Again, the Hyatt Regency was the headquarters
hotel, with four other hotels being used.
Registration started Wednesday night with Dot-
tie Pate and John Whitman doing an excellent job
with their committee. It is time consuming and at
times a little frustrating.
The Hospitality Suite was well attended and
turned in over $6,000 from sales and extra dance
and ball tickets.
The Golf Tournament was a great success with
117 golfers in attendance. The committee is to be
congratulated for a job well done.
The Panazonian Dance was well attended with
1,796 members enjoying the music of Tito and Char-
lie Cooper. Andy Lim put on an excellent fashion
Present at the Annual Business Meeting were 259
paid members. Many donated door prizes which were
given out as the ballots were counted.
The Annual Luncheon was held on Saturday, July
2. A delicious steak was enjoyed by 532 members in
The Annual Ball at Curtis Hixon Center was held
Saturday night with 2,251 present. The music was
furnished by our own Tito Mbuynes and his conjunto
from Panama with Charlie Cooper and his group
Security people at both dances did a very good
job controlling people from dancing with drinks in
their hands and kept gate crashers out.
It was reported to me, after the Reunion, that
the Harbor Island Hotel over-charged for parking.
The Holiday Inn changed personnel three times
during the on-going negotiations and the Reunion.
They could have cooperated more than they did.
There were no significant disturbances at the
Hyatt and things went very well. However, they re-
moved all the furniture from the ground and second
floors and tried to blame it on fire regulations.
The aisle was then blocked with a very large table
for selling food.
The 1987-1988 president, 1st and 2nd vice pres-
idents and Reunion Coordinator will have a meeting
with the Hyatt to iron out some of the complaints
The grand total receipts for the 1988 Reunion
$13,962.00 Net Profit to date.
In closing I would like to thank all of the
committee chairpersons who made this reunion the
success that it was.
The Reunion for 1989 is scheduled for June 29
through July 1 at Tanpa, Florida.
Carl H. Starke
Reunion Coordinator, 1988.
President Muriel Whitman and
Elect Carl H. Starke.
1. The Champions Doris Post and Arthur Egger. 2. Other winners, Lindley Hall,
Dick Roscoe, 4. Mel Smith, 5. Butch Hope, 6. Ed McArthur.
The Ninth Annual Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament was held June 30, 1988 at the Seminole
Lake Country Club, with a 9:00 A.M. "shot-gun" tee
117 players participated and enjoyed coffee and
doughnuts prior to playing a nice day for golf-
ing. Our decor was of a patriotic theme and an old
fashioned "cook-out" was held serving hamburgers,
hot-dogs, potato salad, and baked beans with all
the fixin's. This type of menu was well received
by the players, who were able to eat as soon they
The same format used in 1987 was used this year
i.e. Low Gross by age groups, being five flights
of men and one flight of women.
Generous donations of a calculator, clock rad-
ios and Parker pens were given by Al White. Two
dozen golf balls donated by Gerry Brennan of New
York; Donna Dondanville donated a football tele-
phone; Woody Woodruff brought bags of pecans and
brochures from the Troy Simns Pecan Co. in Dothan;
Dorothy Neville made and gave a cart seat cover;
the Panama Canal Society of Florida donated paper
placemats showing the Isthmus of Panama, and the
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1. Flight winners Ladies Jane Huldtquist, Flight "A" Peter Stuart, Flight "B"
Marc Stock. 2. Golfing Committee, L-R: Anna Collins, Bob Boyer, Betty Boyer, Doris
Post, Dorothy Neville, Joe Collins, Isabelle Gibson, Fred Huldtquist, Jane Huldt-
quist. (Missing: Ed Neville, Foy Frauenheim, Kerner Frauenheim). 3. Flight Winners
- FLt "C" Jim Orvis, Flt. D Bob Boyer, Fit. "E" Tony Jankus.
1. "A Family Affair," Scott Graham, Jerry Graham, Will Graham. 2. Winners Jim Schie-
bler, 3. Ray Dabek. 4. Tom McGuinness, 5. Closest-to-the-pin winners, Fern Dabill
and Jim Slover, 6. "The Gas House Strikes Again" Roy "Bocas" Leeser, Frank "Abie"
Anderson, Tom McGuinness, Ray "Bill" Wheeler.
Seminole Lake Country Golf Club donated boxes of
matches with their logo. To these thoughtful
donors the committee gives their sincere thanks.
Door prizes were given to non-winners in each
flight, and favors given to all participants.
The golf committee announced that the Larry
"Rocky" Ridge Trophy will be retired in 1988. In
1989 our new trophy will be named the "Ray Will
Trophy" in memory of a fine gentleman and golfer,
loved by all.
Once again the Men's Champion was Arthur Egger
shooting a fine 74. Woman's Champion was Doris
Currier Post shooting a fine 90. Both received
beautiful silver serving trays. Closest to the pin
on #3 Jim Slover; closest to the pin on #16 was
Fern Dabill, both receiving cart seat covers.
Ladie's division winners: Jane Huldtquist 92;
Margaret Windle 94; "A" Flight: Peter Stuart -
76, Ed McArthur 83. "B" Flight: Marc Stock 75;
Buddy Hallett 75; Craig Stoudner 76; Ray Ubben
- 77; Lloyd Roberts 77; Ken Gaul 78; Robin
Horland 79; Dick Roscoe 80; Gerry Brennan- 80.
"C" Flight: Jim Orvis 79; Butch Hope 79; Ray
Dabek 83; Jim Scheibeler 84; Leo Constantino
- 84. "D" Flight: Bob Boyer 80; Bob Johnson- 84;
Lindley Hall 88. "E" Flight: Tony Jarkus 79;
Tan McGuinness 81; Mel Smith 82; Ken Buehhlnan
- 83; Eddie Curtis 84; Jack Campbell 89; Abie
Anderson 91, and Hoyt Byrd 92.
We welcome your suggestions, comments and your
generous donations, so let us hear from you. The
entry fee may be increased next year because of
increased costs. The committee will keep you in-
Please remember to sign up early next year to
guarantee yourself a "spot" in the tournament. The
cut-off dates will be closely adhered to.
Looking forward to nect year and again ask you
to cooperate with the committee. PLEASE DO NOT
BRING SPECTATORS or CADDIES, etc. with you, due to
lack of room for them at the Club.
We thank you for your cooperation in the tour-
nament this year, because YOU made it a huge suc-
The Golfing Committee
Marion Greene, Dorothy Pate, Registra-
tion Committee Co-Chairman, and Michael
To avoid costly printing of all the names of
the registrants, the total from each state will be
listed below. Unfortunately, several hundred did
not send in their Pre-Registration Forms, so the
total count is closer to 3,200. We have no way of
knowing who they are.
District of Columbia
Rep. of Panama
Marge Foster, Sec/Treas. and Jennie Har-
rington (mother) still in charge!
1963 CHS-BHS CLASS REUNION
and Canal Area
THE "BAND" IS BACK!
The Classes of BUS-CHS 1963 had their 25th Re-
union at the Ashley Plaza, Holiday Inn Downtown
during the Annual Panama Canal Society's Reunion
in Tanpa, Florida.
During the festivities, 5 well-known musicians
from the past entertained us with several rock-n'-
The "Band" was a combination of several combos
that played at our high school dances, teen clubs
and social events in the Canal Zone.
On base guitar and leader is Dave Larrison;
lead guitar, John Millar; drums, Bill Foster;
piano, Warren Ashton, and of course the vocalist
was the ever-popular Bob Boring.
They brought back some memories that will for-
ever remain in our hearts.
We hope to hear more from the "Band."
(By the way, if anyone who attended our 25th
has some photos, please send them to Peggy Mattey,
address is in the Directory).
Jean (Dennis) Herbert and Jo
Konover assist at Registration.
1953 CIIS-BIIHS CLASS REUNION
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1953 CHS-BHS CLASS REUNION
Approximately 130 persons, including members of
the combined classes of BHS-CHS, and friends,
gathered Friday night of the Florida Reunion at
the Hilton Hotel.
Many squeals and hugs abounded, as friends, old
and new, recognized each other. Such an array of
people. Good food and the smaller crowd added to
Even though we combined the classes, the rival-
ry between CHS and BHS was still in evidence. CHS
won their cheer hands down. We certainly have be-
come close. Does anyone have an answer? Why do we
keep coming back, year after year?
The Class of '54 is scheduled for next year, so
watch for their announcements.
Thanks to all who contributed to the success of
this venture, including Mary Alce Hicks, Edna
Hart, Nancy Kariger, Jim Scheibeler (our photo-
grapher), Kathryn Argo, Vernon Bryant, and of
course, our adopted member #1, Darrel Eide,
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Clockwise, L-R: Pat Beall, Record Edit-
or; Sheila Goudie, Leg. Rep.; Betty
Frassrand, Asst. to Ed.; Ralph McClain,
Jacksonville, FL.; Sara Rowley, Clear-
water, FL.; Kathryn Molinaro, Calif.;
Lois DeLaMater Bates, Hawaii; Catherine
Filo, Alabama; Marge Foster, Sec/Treas.;
Carl H. Starke, President-Elect; Janis
Newlon, Austin, TX.; Arnold Talbott, New
Mexico; Stella Boggs De Marr, Virginia;
Gladys Humphrey, Sarasota, FL.; Lorraine
Grose, Pinellas Park, FL.
The Area Reporters Luncheon was held imnediate-
ly after the Annual Business Meeting in Buccaneer
Suite #3. Fifteen members attended. A light lunch
was provided and a general discussion followed,
chaired by the Editor, Canal Record.
The Editor opened by announcing the loss of one
of our respected reporters, Miss Grace Williams,
who had indicated she would attend the luncheon.
Her loss will be felt.
As is our custom, the President-Elect, Mr. Carl
H. Starke was invited to attend, as was the Secre-
tary/Treasurer, Mrs. Marge Foster.
The Editor briefed the reporters on the bene-
fits provided by Desk Top Publishing, which is now
in committee for review. He also stated that the
attendance to the Reporters Luncheon was really
not beneficial to the other half not attending. He
opened the floor for discussion. Next year, it may
be possible that the Reporters Luncheon be cancel-
led unless more are in attendance, and to provide
all reporters by letter of the progress of the
Many aspects of reporting were discussed and
collectively answered. The belief among reporters
is that the luncheon is beneficial to them and is
a worthwhile part of the Reunion. The feeling is
that the small group, behind closed doors can do
much to meld the team together, all thinking
toward one goal providing members with news from
Sheila Bolke and Sarah Cohen busy on
Once again, the Hospitality Suite was another
hub of activity during the 1988 Reunion. The vol-
unteers had little respite from the opening bell
to Saturday evening.
Volunteers were Sheila Bolke, Sarah Cohen, Edna
Ogletree, Betty Frassrand, Sheila Goudie, Dorothy
Yocun, Faith Brundage, and Jeanne Wheeler. They
did a great job working together and were instru-
mental in providing a service to members in the
sale of tickets, decals, license plates and infor-
The total receipts of the Hospitality Suite
amounted to $6,584.00 which was turned over the
Society the day after the reunion. The Hospitality
Suite also turned over $517.50 toward the Grace
Williams Memorial Fund, collected through generous
contributions from members present at the reunion.
Our telephone was kept busy in receiving and
providing information, becoming the nerve center
for the reunion chairpersons and coordinator. The
Hospitality Suite also became a meeting place for
members, who were able to chat and reminisce over
a cup of freshly brewed coffee.
The Tampa Convention and Visitors Association's
representative, Mrs. Margie Bernstein did a great
job dispensing information and brochures about the
City of Tanpa and its benefits to members in the
way of restaurants, shops, attractions, clubs,
golf courses, etc. available in the area.
We hope the increase in popularity will con-
tinue next year. See you then!
George "Flaco" Booth and wife Virginia
with embroidered shirts for sale.
The Tampa Convention and Visitor's Asso- *
citation's (THCVA) representative, Margie
Bernstein did a great job in assisting
members learn more about Tampa. Pete Foster touting cruise for Zonian
Amigos; Shirley Boswell with her Special
Occasion embroidered albums with Jeanne
Rank has it's privileges; Faith Brundage
and Sheila Goudie greet Chairman Pat
Eva ate seeing Moa items.
Eva Harte selling Mola items.
President-Elect Carl H. Starke, Guest
speaker Fernando Manfredo, Jr., and Pres-
ident Muriel Whitman at the Annual
Neville Harte with his famous Huacas for
sale, with descriptive literature.
Lucho Azcarraga presented a plaque of
Appreciation from the Panama Canal Soc-
iety of Florida for the many years of
enjoyment he has brought to Tampa. Pre-
sented by Muriel Whitman, President.
President-Elect Carl H. Starke with Past
Presidents of the Society; back row L-R:
Jack Morris, (1979-1980); Eugene Askew,
(1974-1976); Victor H. May, Jr. (1984-
1985); Albert F. Pate, (1982-1983. Seat-
ed, L-R: Peter Foster, (1985-1986); Anna
Collins, (1983-1984); Robert Dill, one
of five living Roosevelt Medal holders;
Muriel Whitman, (1987-1988).
OF THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
ARE HELD THE FIRST FRIDAY OF
*EVERY MONTH AT PLACES DESIGNATED:
SIN "DATES TO REMEMBER," INSIDE
ALL MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME
BHS 1978 Reunion
Standing: Renata McFarland, Albert Joyce
Will "Rob" Morris, Chantel McFarland.
Seated: Ed and Leona McFarland, Denise
Morten, McFarland friend.
Standing: Sarah (Bircher) Stromme, Kath-
ryn (Gilmore) and Philip True, Vielca
(Rivera) Wambold, Jeff Chaucer., Seated:
Sheila Rose, David Burns, Robert Redfern
Standing: Mike and Shawn Coffey, Rick
Mead, Beckie Ramsey, Kyle and Carol
(Sullivan) Kosik, Kathy (Mathis) Melni-
kov. Seated: Linda (Densmore) Hayes,
Linda's friend, Barkley Hayes, Paul Mel-
Standing: Buddy George, Beth Shaw, Dan-
iel DeGracia and friend. Seated: Emily
(Ambrose) George, Lisa (Williams) Keith-
Lucas, Anne (Weichert) Funk and husband,
and Liz Carter.
Standing: Jeff Lyle, Bill Fahy and Eliz-
abeth (Grimison) Fahy, Dylan Cox. Seated
Elizabeth (Burgoon) Lyle, Diana Rodri-
guez and husband.
Standing: Eric and Anita (Rodriguez)
Gurr, Madeline Johnson, Rita Sedillo and
Gandolf Burrns. Seated: George and Zenia
(Rhodes) Seiler, and husband.
Standing: Susan Hunt, Diane Lester,
Drake and Colette (Foster) Carlisle,
Bill and Anna (Wolf) Kessler. Seated:
Bruce Bateman, Kim Morris, David Hanni-
Standing: Jerry Carlton and friend, Cori
Morris. Seated: Stephanie and Craig
Cicero, Paul Alexitis, Jim Parthenais,
Lovann (Arnett) Scott, Debbie (Seldon)
Dobbins, Tina Barnes.
Standing: Alba Martinez, Roy and Char-
lotte (Craig) Reyes, Liz ?, Ray
Husum. Seated: Athena
and Mike Carlin, Darrow Cronin.
CHS 1978 CLASS REUNION
Thursday, June 30, 1988, the CHS class of 1978
celebrated their 10 year class reunion. It had
been 10 years and 29 days since we had walked a-
cross that stage on June 1, 1978. Organized by
Betty LeDoux Frassrand and Stacy Parker, it was
naturally an overwhelming success. Simplicity was
our answer, a sit down dinner dance cruise aboard
a paddle wheel boat along Florida's West Coast
would provide the setting for rekindling old
friendships, beginning new ones and playing "Re-
Pictures of children, wives and classmates
would be shown. We danced to LaBamba, raffled off
Panama mugs and Panama shirts, donated by Jim Pa-
lumbo. Stacy Parker would read the class prophecy
which we wrote ten years ago reminding us of the
people were were; a touch of sadness would hit
each of us as we thought of Richie Murphy and how
close his prophecy would read. We love you Richie.
Mike Cirulli would become a cop and a dad and he
and Craig Minshew would become roommates. Oscar
Sanchez would marry and cut his hair. Betty Kay
would marry Larry and become our 1st Vice Presi-
dent of the Panama Canal Society, reminding each
of us in the younger generation of our obligations
to the Society and reminding the older generation
that the Society would be left in good loving
hands. Mike Holt would move to Tennessee, marry
and remain there, Ricky Keith would punk his hair
out, LaDonna would marry and have two beautiful
daughters, Doris Ruble would marry and bring her
gentleness and quiet smile to all of us. Billy and
Nancy Theriault would be there together, attesting
that love does endure, even when young. Stacy
Parker would move to Alaska and never understand
why. We also remembered those who could not make
it to share the evening with us, Clayton Walker
would send his money and not make it (We hear you
are still gorgeous); family obligations would a-
llow Kirk Wallace to only spend a few hours with
us on Saturday, and my you look good Kirk. A job
would keep Stuart Smith from attending, and Lori
Ridge would remain at the hotel with her newborn
baby safe in her mother's arms in loving consider-
ation of her classmates. Thank you Lori, for your
thoughtfulness. Patti Austin would come to spend
Saturday with us and the PALS would be together
for one more night.
It was a night to remember and a night of mem-
ories to carry in our hearts as the boat docked
and a night when a bus ride home would be just a
BHS would challenge CHS to a volleyball game
and yes, BHS would be the victors. Coach Dedeaux
would officiate and happily scamper off when his
duties were done. Funny, how it didn't seem to
matter which side you were from anymore. Thanks
to both Collette Foster Carlisle and Mary Kelleher
Tochterman for creating another memory for us to
For us, it was a time of remembering, a time of
pure joy and a time to count the many blessings in
our lives each of you that called us "friend".
We thank you all for being there.
Betty LeDoux Frassrand
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CANAL ZONE ELKS, Back row L-R: Dave Kelleher, Father Brandenberger; Bill Carlin,
Ernie Yocum, Fred Huldtquist, Gene Askew, John Burchett, Nielson Etch-
berger, Ben Brundage. Middle row L-R: Mike LaCroix, Jack Corliss, Louis Dedeaux,
Bill Wheeler, Cullin Tomlinson, Harry Foster, Ted McGann, Al Pate. Front L-R: Tate
Setzer, Sherman Hammond, Ron Moore, Carl Starke, Lee Kariger, Dick Tomford, Syd
Hayes, Woody Woodruff, Bob Van Siclen.
Four Generations, standing: Jeanne Mal-
lett Wheeler, Richard Mallett, Rick Mal-
lett, Kim Mallett and son. Seated: Flo-
Lois DeLaMater Bates and daughter, Katya
"Skip" Rowley, Diane (Hickey) Irvine, Colin
Wendy (Cotton) Corrigan, Stephanie Beck Art C
May, Nancy (Kariger) Eide.
Father Kennedy, Joe Stabler, Frank Smith
Carl Starke, Cyrus Field, Helen
Vera (Lord) and Norman Davison
SCorrigan, Jack Corrigan, Joe Wood,
Steve Belok, Jimmy Wickham, Shirley Bos-
well, Barbara Dedeaux, Joanna Freudig-
mann and Toodles Setzer.
Part of Margarita Swimming Team, 1977:
Leticia A. Paul, Scott Slimon, Jeanne
Corrigan, Steve Fetherson, Kathy Corri-
gan, Keith Allaun, Betty Kay LeDoux, and
Bryan E. Paul.
Ginny (Perra) Kannupp, George B. Simns,
Charles Simms, and Cecilia (Simms) Perra
Capt. John Meeker, Edith Meeker, Betsy
Bivin, Shirley (Smith) O'Connor
Warren and Evelyn (Belanger) Wood
Roger Conley, Olga Conley, Claude Purvis
and Ethel Purvis.
Ann L. Pennock, Maxine Dixon, Bill Dixon
and Fronia Fender.
Gerry Brennan and Tommy Brennan
Kariger family: Darrell Eide, Nancy
(Kariger) Eide, John Kariger, Nell Kar-
iger, Marian Smith DeVore Kariger, Lee
Roy "Bocas" Leeser, Billy Lewelling and
Boyd. Charles Morris.
Back L-R: Edna Hewitt Ogletree, Virginia
Gren Machak, Margaret Hewitt Sapp. Front
L-R: Nora Hewitt Green, Helen Hewitt
Back row L-R: Cassie Starke, Carl Starke
Vic May, Sandy (May) Robinson, Tom Rob-
inson. Front: Virgina Starke, June May
and Jessica Robinson.
Stroop family: Back L-R: June Stroop,
Edward C.' Stroop, Bill Carmody, Gerald
Stroop, Lenieve Stroop, Lilia Stroop,
"Bud" Stroop. Seated: Rose (Stroop) Car-
mody, Ruth Stroop, Karen Stroop Wolfe.
Virginia and Herman Kleefkins
Muriel H. and William R. Poole
Edith Diaz, Arthur Diaz, Frances Bricky
(Coleman) Pattison, Sandy Sanders and
Bruce Sanders III.
Harry Foster, Mary McCullough,
Louise Barnes, Henri Skeie
Ted Kaufer, John Haywood,
wood, Dick Egger.
Freeland Hollowell, Henry Perry & "Red"
Albert Hanson and Bob Stewart
Fred Cotton, Jerry Fox, Marcia Fox,
erly Wood, and Joe Wood.
Nora Green, Clara Brayton, Irene Will
and Jack (Puss) Brayton.
Ed Kienzle, Doris Leeser, Frances Janet
Ponder, and Donald Ponder, (CHS'53).
Nena Nolte, Norman Demers, Ted McGann
and Cecilia Demers.
E. Corbin McGriff, Sr., Muriel (Moore)
McGriff, Margaret (Moore) Hern and John
F. "Jack" Hem.
Robert L. Ri
'e and Virginia (Morgan)
Met Henter, Ted Henter & Peggy Anderson.
Dorothy and Bill Benny with Nancy Van
L-R: Pauline Holmelin, Pauline Arnold,
Jean Kirk, Carol (Kirk) Knode, Richard
Oglesbee, Jeff A. Khouri, Scott Griffith
and Muriel (Kirk) Oglesbee.
Marge (Allen) Pepe, Susie (Allen) Magee,
Jerry Steiner, Dolly (Allen) Steiner.
Jo (Dennis) Konover, Grace (Jones) Carey
William Grant, Jr., Ed Jones.
Dorothea and Bill Clinchard, Nellree
Berger, Barbara Peterson.
Earl Daily, Ken
Atkinson, Bitsy Frensley
PiY YOUR 1989 DUES NOW! AVOID THE
MANFREDO PRAISES WORK FORCE
DURING CANAL SOCIETY REUNION
Borrowing his title from a 1915 article by Gen.
George Gothals, Deputy Panama Canal Commission
Administrator Fernando Manfredo Jr. discussed "The
Human Side of the Panama Canal" as guest speaker
at the Panama Canal Society reunion luncheon on
July 2 in Tampa, Florida. Over 1,000 society mem-
"The Panama Canal continues, to this day, to be
one of the great wonders and marvels of the
world," Manfredo said. "I am convinced that it is
on the human side of our enterprise that one finds
the secret of our greatness." Manfredo praised
past employees, from the original diggers to the
most recently retired, for their indomitable
spirit. He also assured his audience that the same
spirit is alive and well in the Panama Canal Com-
*. rv- g a "-..
Guest Speaker, Fernando Manfredo, Jr.,
Deputy Administrator, Panama Canal Com-
mission, delivers his address.
Mentioning the 1986 Cucaracha Reach slide as an
example, Manfredo reported that within hours, "we
were gently nudging ships through a small gap" at
the slide site. "And within 72 days, ahead of
schedule and projections, the area was essentially
cleared and the cut was restored to normal oper-
ating conditions." The deputy administrator also
praised today's employees both Panamanians and
Americans for their dedication to the Canal's
primary mission, especially evident during the
period of political unrest in Panama.
Founded in 1932, The Panama Canal Society seeks
to preserve friendships and ideals established
through an association with the Panama Canal. It
has over 4,000 members in the United States and
abroad in such places as Kerrville, Texas; Dothan,
Alabama; the Pacific Northwest; California; Flor-
ida; and right here in Panama.
At various locations throughout the United Sta-
tes, the society holds parties, dances and get-to-
gethers. Plus, it publishes the Canal Record five
times a year to help friends keep in touch.
The event that attracts most attention, however
is the big reunion in Florida. During the festive
five-day gathering, members come from far and wide
to renew old friendships, hold class reunions and
participate in activities like the annual business
meeting, invitational golf tournament, "Panazonian
Dance" and the luncheon (at which Manfredo spoke
this year). The reunion is so popular that this
year six hotels offered special-rate accommo-
dations, with the Hyatt Regency serving as head-
Organist Lucho Azcarraga receives a
plaque from Panama Canal Socoety pres-
ident Muriel Whitman during the society
reunion luncheon in Tampa, Fla. Azcarra-
ga was recognized for his many years of
entertaining members and his lively
playing at numerous reunions.
Photo by Arthur Pollack
The only requirement for membership in the soc-
iety, which costs $15 annually, is a past or pre-
sent affiliation with the Panama Canal. Persons
interested in membership applications or infor-
mation may contact any member or write to The Pan-
ama Canal Society of Florida Inc., P.O. Box 1508,
Palm Harbor, FL 34682-1508.
The Panama Canal Spillway
July 22, 1988
WE NEED YOUR
Overview of Curtis Hixon Convention Cen-
ter during the Annual Ball.
Tito Mouynes and his Conjunto
FOND FAREWELL Former students, staff and friends of the Gamboa Elementary School
gather for a group photo in fron of the school. The school closed this month after
50 years of operation. Photo by Armando de Gracia
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLOSES FOLLOW-
ING ITS 50TH-ANNIVERSARY YEAR
The Gamboa Elementary School closed its doors
for the last time on Wednesday, June 15, after
serving for 50 years as an important part of that
Opened in September 1937, Gamboa Elementary was
the third American school on the Isthmus pre-
ceded by Ancon Elementary in 1916 and Balboa Elem-
entary in 1917.
Built as a four-room structure, the Gamboa
Elementary School later expanded with additional
rooms. In the late 70's, it was incorporated into
the DODDS system under changes brought about by
the Panama Canal Treaty.
For such a little school, Gamboa Elementary
boasts a large number of alumni anf former staff
members. One reason is that in the "old days,"
many American Panama Canal employees got their
start in Gamboa. There are still families here
with second and third generation ties to the
school. Contractor Mark Dillon grew up in the
school, his wife, Marie is one of the teachers on
the staff, and two of their children lan and
Kelly are students. Another example is the Duf-
fus family. Dredging Division employee Bill Duffus
attended the school; his mother, Louisa, taught
there; and his daughter Fmily just finished first
grade. Former teacher and principal Robert White
continued serving the school as a volunteer fol-
lowing his retirement. His wife, Dottie, also
taught.at Gamboa, and their son Rob attended clas-
The Panama Canal Spillway
June 24, 1988
PCC PRESENTS PUBLIC SERVICE
The 18th Annual Panama Canal Honorary Public
Service Aeard ceremony was held May 4 in the Ad-
ministration Building rotunda. Both individuals
and organizations were recognized for their volun-
tary work to improve the quality of life on the
Isthmus and to further the objectives of the Pan-
ama Canal Comnission. "When their help was needed
by the community, they gave willingly and gener-
ously of their time and talents," Administrator
D.P. McAuliffe said. He presented the gold medal-
Frederick and Barbara Call
Deputy Administrator Fernando Manfredo Jr. pre-
sented silver medallions to:
The U.S. Southern Cammand Christmas sponsor-
Tomas P. Strider
Capt. Lewis L. Stabler
Dr. Marcos D. Ostrander
Jos4 Jaen, Jr.
Melva Elaine Iowe de Goodin
Bronze medallions were presented by Executive
Administration Director Joseph J. Wood to:
Henry B. Tohy
Stephan S. Belok
Robert M. Carlin
Jay and Llori Gibson
Daniel W. Goldsworthy
Capt. Robert S. Gray
Cleveland C. Soper III
The Kirkbride Family
Fred and Susan Lyons
The Crossroads Chapter of the Sweet Adelines
The Comnnission's Northern District fire-
The Panama Canal Spillway
May 13, 1988
TERRY CONTINUES PIONEERING IN
Becoming a pilot is no easy task, but Sarah
Terry has done it. On June 5, she became the first
qualified woman pilot at the Panama Canal.
She arrived in Panama by sailing here on her
own boat and joined the Canal organization in 1977
as a machinist apprentice. Since that time, she's
received a lot of attention for being "first." In
1978, she was the first woman to start training
under a towboat master apprenticeship, therefore
becoming the first woman towboat master. In 1986,
she was the first woman to be accepted to the
pilot-in-training program, which enabled her to
reach her latest milestone of becoming a qualified
pilot...Saying she finds her job exciting, she ex-
plains, very time you get on a ship is different.
Even if it is a ship you've been on before, the
circumstances make it different."...
Even with her many achievements behind her,
Terry still looks forward to many challenges
ahead. Her formal training is over, but there are
always new learning experiences on her job. What's
more, there is still another goal for her to
reach: becoming a senior pilot (Step 8), the high-
est rank that can be acquired by Canal pilots. She
plans on staying with the Panama Canal Commission
at least nine more years and hopes to be the first
woman senior pilot in the process.
The Panama Canal Spillway
June 24, 1988
AREA PROVIDES TASTE OF PANAMA FOR
REUNION OF CANAL "ZONIANS"
BY Todd C. Smith
Tribune Staff Writer
TAMPA Pat Beall spent 50 years working and liv-
ing in the well-ordered world of the Panama Canal
Zone. His fondest memories are not of the techno-
logical marvels of the canal, but of the people
who ran it.
His father, a canal worker (wrong, Ed.) pulled
Beall out of Balboa High School and sent him to
military school in Tennessee. "My friends made
sure I got the yearbook" from Panama, he said.
"That is the feeling among the canal people. You
can't very well divorce yourself from it; they
won't allow you to."
Beall and about 3,500 members of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida and its offshoot groups
- past and present U.S. civil servants who worked
and lived around the canal are in Tampa this
week for their annual reunion at the downtown
The largest concentration of retired "Zonians"
is in Pinellas County a place that reminds them
of tropial Panama, said Society President Muriel
Whitman of St. Petersburg. The Florida Society has
groups in other states, and in recent years the
annual convention for all of them has been held in
Members began gathering Wednesday. The reunion
culminates with a luncheon Saturday and a ball
The U.S. Government's struggle with Panamanian
leader Manuel Antonio Noriega and the ensuing
fears for residents is a prime topic of interest,
conventioners said. But for many, their real sad-
ness dates to President Jinmy Carter and his sign-
ing of a 1978 treaty giving the canal to the Re-
public of Panama in 1999.
Beall, who is the editor of the Society's quar-
terly journal, said "99 9/10 percent of Society
members would have voted against the treaty."
Many, especially those who remember the canal
from their childhoods, lament Canal Zone lawns now
overgrown and schools shut down.
"It makes us sad," said Whitman, whose grand-
father helped build the Canal. "I went back, and
I could cry. That was '73, and even then it was
Bill Will, who is now a teacher at Cristobal
High School near the canal, traveled to Tanpa for
the event. "I think the news has been exaggerated.
It hasn't been that bad." So he and his wife, Pat-
ricia, plan to stay.
"Some of us have got to stay and turn the
lights out," he said.
The group has no plans to issue a political
statement on the Panamanian situation, officials
"It's a social organization," said Beall, and
the reunion is to remember times shared in that
small, close-knit, isolated society that runs a
"It was quite a life," said Albert F. Pate, 73,
former supervisor of the Atlantic-side locks.
"Every ship that came through was different. I
never stopped being amazed at the canal. You
couldn't improve on it if you wanted to."
The Tampa Tribune
July 1, 1988
DREDGING DIVISION KEEPS PANAMA
CANAL OPEN, GAMBOA ALIVE
General Onar Bradley said of the US military
forces that they are one team in the game to win
no matter who carries the ball. He also mentioned
the importance of each player, whether shining in
the spotlight of the backfield or eating dirt in
the line. The same can be said of the Panama
Canal work force, in which it is the Dredging Div-
ision that has the duty of "eating dirt in the
Dredging has always been an integral part of
Canal operations. Without it, there could be no
Canal; and without the Dredging Division, one of
the Canal's most colorful towns might not exist.
The first seven million cubic yards dredged
from the route of the Canal was excavated during
the French construction period, in the late 1800s.
The work was done by suction dredges and by ladder
(endless chain bucket) dredges.
A lot has happened in the town of Gamboa
since this photo was taken in 1936
The United States began its Panama Canal dred-
ging operations in 1905, under the direction of
F.B. Maltby. Rebuilt French dredges were used ex-
clusively until March, 1907 when the Chagres,
joined the fleet as the first Canal-designed, US
constructed dredge. This dipper dredge was
followed in August and December, respectively, by
the seagoing suction dredge Ancon and a second
dipper dredge, the Mindi. The dredges operated
in the entrance channels until 1913, when the
Canal was sufficiently filled with water to enable
them to replace steamshovels. At that time, a
Dredging Division was added to the Canal organiza-
tion, with headquarters in Paraiso.
By 1923, it became apparent that division shops
and buildings would have to be replaced. John G.
Claybourn, the division superintendent, suggested
that the new buildings be located at Gamboa, where
the vessel mooring area would be safer and the
fleet more readily accessible to the Gaillard Cut
and Gatun Locks. In 1933, a committee recommended
in favour of the move.
Gamboa, which was named after a tree in the
quince family, was a relatively late bloomer among
Isthmian town sites. The forty-niners found a na-
tive village called Santa Cruz on the site, and
30 years later, the French built a bridge across
the Chagres River at that point. The area re--
:iinded in relative obscurity, however, until the
US canal organization built an earth dike appro-
ximately opposite the location of the peniten-
tiary. Gamboa rose to a position of prominence
when the dike was blown up by remote control from
the White House by President Woodrow Wilson on
October 10, 1913.
From June 1936 to June 1938, Gamboa's popula-
tion grew from 280 to 2,132 as the Dredging Divi-
sion moved from Paraiso and its employees from
Pedro Miquel. Though isolated, it was popular
with residents. They financed and built a golf
club, which opened in 1939, and a civic center,
which was used for a USO during World War II. By
1942, the population had reached 3,853, and resi-
dents were enjoying a thriving contunity life in
which water sports played a large part. During
the 1960s, peacock bass appeared in Gatun Lake
near Gamboa, having made their way from Las
Cumbres Lake, which had been stocked by Louis
Martinz for employees at Empresas Martinz.
IN the 1970s, part of Santa Cruz was torn down,
and the remainder was turned over to Panama in
1984, along with parts of Gamboa. Today, the res-
idential areas are inhabited by Commission em-
ployees, Department of Defense personnel and
The Dredging Division was updated many times
since its move to Gamboa with the purchase of
state-of-the-art equipment and the upgrading of
existing machinery with the latest technology.
It has undertaken projects to deepen the Canal
channel by eliminating curves. However, its most
important work has been to keep the channel open
by consistent vigilance and systematic excavation
of soil and boulders that constantly wash or fall
into the waterway.
Panama Canal Comnission
Balboa, Rep. of Panama
June 24, 1988
Your Reporter Says ...
In spite of the noise, shouting, confusion and
mass hysteria, those of us that attended the re-
union in Tampa managed to survive. I think most of
us had a very good time seeing and renewing old
acquaintances. I know I did.
I was most happy to see Emma Reynolds of Aiken,
S.C. and her sister, Elsie Blystone. Ermma was a
former neighbor in Los Rios whom I had not seen in
a long time. Retirement certainly has been good to
them because they looked great.
Eddie enjoyed talking over old times with form-
er police officers, especially Henry and Beaulah
Perry (no, she was not a police officer). We mis-
sed John McDowell this year.
We stayed at the Harbor Island Hotel and it was
so nice and peaceful there after the Hyatt. Our
daughter, Katie (Filo) Woods who lives in Dothan,
went with us and really enjoyed her 20th class re-
union, especially seeing Ginger (Wertz) and Tomny
Zornes who still reside in Panama. Ginger was maid
of honor at her wedding. She also enjoyed the com-
pany of Pat Fallon of Texas, a former classmate.
Mike and Cathy Filo with daughters Jessica and
Tricia of Dothan also went to get together with
Mike's "gang" from Los Rios, such as Mark McLean
of E. Wenatchee, WA., Frank Baker of California,
and Ben Cope of N.C. They had not seen each other
in a long time. Our son, Ed Jr. and wife Becky
also attended. They live in Stuart, FL. We also
enjoyed a quick lunch with Alice and Bud Myers and
Roger and Patty Michel from Spring Hill, FL. The
Myers were also former neighbors in Los Rios. We
always enjoy their company.
We are already looking forward to next year but
still wish it was being held in April.
Speaking of April, it was "at home" month for
the T.N. Etchbergers. Brother Bill and sister-in-
law Doris (Spry) Etchberger came from Virginia to
spend almost a week. Both Bill and Doris recently
retired so it was a resting vacation for them.
At the end of April, Neilson and Doris had a
surprise visit from Bert and Hellin Shelton from
Panama. Bert and Hellin had come from Panama in
February to help their daughter, Keila, move from
Dallas, Texas to London, England. Leila has just
been appointed training officer for her company
and she will be conducting training sessions in
the various branches of the company throughout
Europe. Hellin recently retired from service with
the Panama Canal Library. She and Bert are spend-
ing their time between Leila's home in Dallas and
the home of their son, Tino, in Houston.
At the end of May, the Etchbergers were on the
road again. This time they went to Houston to at-
tend the wedding of one of their Eagle Scouts,
William Russell More, Jr. After the wedding they
went on to Austin where they overnighted with bro-
ther Harry and sister-in-law Thelma (Oyler) Chan.
From Austin they drove to Russellville, Ark., and
spent a week with their son, Tan. During their
stay in Russellville, they had a short but very
enjoyable visit with Dr. Kenneth E. Lake who at
one time taught at the Canal Zone Junior College
and later served in the office of the Superinten-
dent of Schools. Dr. Lake is presently living just
outside of a little town called Jersalem, where he
and his wife, Edith, are constructing their new
In April, Jim and Ethel Sener had a short visit
from Betsy (Buderer) Bivin, wife of the late Ken-
neth Bivin. Betsy left Panama in early March and
moved to McComb, Miss., temporarily. She has not
decided at to where she will settle but would like
to return to Dothan to visit and look around.
Shirley and Frank Anderson of Gainesville, FL.
brought their son, Tyler Miles to Dothan for his
baptism and christening at St. Columbia Catholic
Church. The Rev. Francis Lynch C.M. of Tallasse,
Alabama, formerly of Sacred Heart Chapel of Ancon,
Rep. of Panama, performed the services. Tami Fears
and John Harris were the god-parents. Maternal
grandparents are Jean and George Fears, and the
paternal grandparents are Rosemary and Frank An-
derson, all of Dothan. AL.
Kyle and Carol (Sullivan) Kosik were among the
many from Dothan to attend the Panama Canal re-
union. It was their ten-year high school reunion,
so needless to say, they had a great time. They
would like, st this time, to thank Mary (Kelleher)
Tochternan, Colette (Foster) Carlisle and Sheila
Rose for all their hard work in making the BHS
Class of '78 Reunion a success. After the reunion,
Carol and Kyle spent a week in the Florida Keys
with Kathy (Mathis) Melnikov and her husband, Paul
who had come from California to attend the re-
union. Kyle's dad, Gus, was an exceptional tour
guide and took them to places only a native of the
Keys would know about. Although a great time was
had by all, it was good to get back to Dothan -
the "real world" and especially back to being a
mormy and daddy to 17-month old son, Kalen.
John and Mary Urey returned from Birmingham, AL
where John underwent surgery, and returned in time
to prepare for the arrival of their daughter, Lor-
raine and her children, Tricia and Brian, who had
attended the reunion in Tampa. Suzanne (Urey) and
Walter Kleefkins arrived from Oregon with their
granddaughter, Jamie, to spend a week in Dothan
and then on to Tampa to visit Louis and Virginia
Kleefkins. Also visiting in Dothan was Sheila
(Gilbert) Bolke of Texas who had also attended the
reunion. She was the guest of her aunt, Mildred
(Gilbert) Patton and John and Mary (Gilbert) Urey.
Mildred also had her brother, Bucky, and his wife,
Jackie, of San Antonio, TX. While in Dothan, I had
heard they did a lot of square dancing.
U EI L II JI
May birthday lunch in Dothan, L-R: Ara
Norris, Edna kovel, Barbara Schildgen,
Muriel McGriff, Marie McNamara. Not seen
are Martha Bradford, also a May birthday
Margaret and Jack Hem had their son, Jackie
and wife, Fran (Yost) for a visit before the re-
union and afterwards as well.
Louise Hunt also had family.
Eddie and I celebrated our 40th wedding anni-
versary on July 17. We were married in Charlotte,
N.C. where Eddie was playing ball with the Char-
lotte Hornets. It was 102 temperature. That I
will never forget. It has been a wonderful mar-
riage with three great children, Katie, Eddie Jr.,
and Mike, and four super grandchildren, Chris,
Matt Woods (Katie's) and Jessica and Tricia Filo
(Mike's). We also have two lovely daughters-in-law
Becky Filo, wife of Eddie and Cathy Filo, wife of
Michael. Cod bless them all. To all who wished us
well and sent cards...we thank you!
Catherine (Whelan) Filo
Who would think anyone would welcome the coming
of monsoons? We Arizonans are welcoming them now,
after over a month of hundred degree plus weather,
including Tucson's all-time record of 114.
Anne Parks tells us that she and her husband,
Charlie, are looking forward to another wedding
in their family. Their youngest son, Charles
Andrew, is to marry lovely Dana Meredith Iundebrek
the daughter of Kay and Alden Lundebrek of Star-
buck, Minnesota, on September 3. the wedding will
take place in the Inherrad Lutheran Church of
Starbuck. Charles is in Port St. Lucie, Florida,
working in a student program, in on-the-job train-
ing as a student plumber. Charles took first
place in a competition with all the trade schools
in Florida and is to go to Wichita, Kansas, to
take part in the national competition. Good luck
CharLes Parks and fiancee, Dana Lunde-
brek, June 1988.
Matthew Parks' wife, Heike, came out to Arizona
for a 21 week visit with Anne and Charlie, along
with son, Brian, age seven months,. She had pre-
viously visited with Matt's sister and brother-in-
law, Lisa and Craig Boatwright, in Florida. Matt
was in _he Army school in Virginia during that
time. After returning to Germany briefly for her
sister's wedding, Heike and Brian rejoined Sgt.
Matt at his noew post, Ft. Hood, Texas.
Linda Weldon was in Tucson in May, visiting
grandparents. She is the daughter of Dr. Weldon,
who is still in Panama. Larry Parks came down
from Phoenix-Glendale area to spend a day with her
while she was here.
Mary Ann (Carruthers) Honey and two friends
from Sun City came down to the Tucson area in June
to spend two weeks at Sun City Vistoso. Elizabeth
Phillips, wife of John Phillips, of Tucson had a
wonderful time with them, playing golf and lunch-
ing with them several times. Anong other places
in this area, the four ladies visited Oro Valley,
Tohono Chul Park, and went to Li'l Abner's for
country music and a dinner of barbequed ribs. On
Mary's last night here, Elizabeth (the former Sis
Hayes of Cristobal) gave what she called a C and
P party for Mary and her friends. C and P, Sis
explained, stands for cocktails and pizza. She
had been too busy with the visitors to do any
party cookery, so decided to get pizza instead.
What a cleaver idea, useful to all of us!
Sis and John will spend the month of August at
their daughter's lakeside cottage near Syracuse,
N.Y., fishing and boating.
Loring and Evelyn White, now residents of
Phoenix, spent five weeks in the British Isles in
May and June. They stayed in time-share resorts
in Stratford-on-Avon, St. David's, Wales, and Ly-
mington, on the Channel Coast, then two weeks in
bed-and-breakfasts, including one week in London.
They were enchanted by both village churches and
cathedrals, stately homes, museums, and London
theater. At one pub, they were surprised to find
themselves seated in a massive chimney. They
visited Nelson's ship, the H.M.S. Victory; walked
around York on its city walls; and saw the Pil-
grims' original church. Loring advises all pros-
pective visitors to Britain to buy the "Open to
View" ticket from the British Tourist Authority
in Los Angeles or New York before departing for
the United Kingdom. For $28.00, he gained ad-
mission to over 600 attractions for one month,
which saved him about $300.00. he also felt happy
that he elected to drive through the country;
though it was "costly and difficult", he said.
This is not, however, the opinion of Danny Cox,
who took one look at British and French traffic
and narrow roads, and said he'd be in a padded
cell after ten minutes of driving there.
Evelyn White outside Warwick Castle, in
Great Britain, June 1988
Speaking of Danny, he and Jane will celebrate
his August birthday by going to Bali, and will
spend the end of September and the first week of
October on a Mediterranean cruise from Venice to
Istanbul, the Greek Islands, and Athens.
More ex-zonians have turned up in the Tucson
area. Bill DuPee, who is Chief of Contract
Planning at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base here, and
his wife, Sue, live in Benson, AZ. James Courson,
who spent two years stationed at Fr. Gulick, is
with the Mitchell Mortgage Company in Tucson and
has a home out in the desert. The word "desert"
calls forth a mental picture of drab, brown, deso-
lation, but not so in the Tucson area. The desert
here is a beautiful panorama of green; palo verde
trees with green bark, evergreen shrubs, and mes-
quite trees, and myriad varieties of cacti, in-
cluding thousands of giant saguaros which are in-
digenous only to Sonora, Mexico, and southwestern
Arizona all backed by several ranges of green
and purple mountains. Y'all come and seet it; you
will love it.
In fact, a perfect opportunity for all of you
ex-Zonians to come would be October 15, 1988, when
our Panama Canal Society of Arizona will hold its
fall luncheon meeting half way between Tucson and
Phoenix. See details in the Announcements sec-
Jane (Dickson) Cox
The long, hot, dry spell in this area was at
long last broken by a few thunderstorms which
lowered the intense heat a few degrees for a short
period. Thank goodness! The best place to be com-
fortable was in swimming pools.
In the Fayetteville news, the Eldridge Burtons
reported of their trip to Mansfield, Ohio to
attend the graduation of Minnie's eldest son,
Jeffery Crooks. In June, they, with Frances
Whitlock, visited Mttielee White in Alexandria,
VA for a week. While in the area, they went on
a tour of Washington, D.C. with Mattielee's dau-
ghter, Jeanne An McGuinn and her husband, Char-
lie. They were fortunate to have such a guide,
for traffic there is a merry go round. These
tourists were thrilled to see the Jefferson and
Lincoln Memorial and to visit Mt. Vernon.
Dick and Mary Condon are busy getting settled
in their new apartment in Butterfield Trail
Village in Fayetteville. Their new address is
1923 East Joyce Street. Apt. 248, Fayetteville,
Virginia Hursch reported a weekend visit from
her neice from Portland, Oregon. She reported
everything else is fine.
Mildred and Ed Higgins have enjoyed many visits
from their children and grandchildren. Bart
Higgins returned to Fayetteville for his 25th high
school reunion. He is now in the Navy and sta-
tioned at Virginia Beach. Their daughter,
Patricia, dropped in on them from Columbus, GA.
Otherwise, they are busy working and watering
Luke Palumbo went on a two weeks trip, starting
with a visit to Willeta, Frances' sister, in
Missouri. From there, he went to Fairfield, Iowa,
to spend the night with his daughter, Judy, and
son-in-law, Robert Gates. While Judy and Luke
went East, Robert and his two sons went to Denver,
Colorado. Luke and Judy have visited Luke's folks
in Ohio and Spartan, New Jersey where his eldest
sister (94) lives. Onward, they traveled to
Lowell, Maryland to see Frances' sister and bro-
ther-in-law, then returned to Hubbard, Ohio
(Luke's home town). Finally, dropping Judy off,
he returned home.
Betty Palumbo's daughter, Vicky Terry, from
Bogota, Columbia, paid the Palumbos a visit for
several weeks. Vicki has been so excited about
her work there, that she signed up for another
Boots Smithson's only remark when asked what
she had been doing was, "Just trying to keep
Frances Whitlock spent two weeks in May with
her daughter, Marcel Werebrouck and son-in-law,
in Mishawaka, Indiana and saw four of her great
grandchildren. A little later, she went to St.
Louis, MD to stay with Andree Lee Collins where
she saw four more of her great grandchildren.
Now, there are fourteen more to go, Frances! She
then went to see Mattielee White, her sister, in
Alexandria, VA. When the Burtons stopped by,
Frances joined them on their trip to visit the
historical sights in Washington, D.C.
On July 27th, Frances is going to St. Peters-
burg, Florida, to stay with her son, Paul, for
three weeks, expecting to see Jane and Fred
Huldquist while there.
Bates Wieman is looking forward to a visit from
her son, Bud, from Dothan, AL. They are then
driving to Houston, TX to see relatives and
At the Panama Canal Zone Picnic: Bruce
Sanders, President. Seated: Mary Condon,
Virginia Hursh, Dorothy Sanders, Mildred
Frances and Keith York have had a lot of com-
pany this sumner. Keith's daughter, Gladys, and
husband, Jabier Perez came from Panama for a weeks
stay. Winona's son, Kelly Smith, is coming up
from Houston, TX for a visit later on.
Joanne and Sam Ognibene drove to Rochester, NY
for a huge family reunion, about 90 relatives were
there, and the week went by fast as they renewed
Lee and Harry Butz were delighted to host son,
Peter, Janice and their two sons from Sapulpa, CK
over the three day Father's Day weekend. Daughter
Esther Clair, and her husband, Bill, drove over
just for the day to attend the Blanche Shaw Pic-
nic and be with her family.
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At the picnic heading the line: Petie
Maedl, Carl Maedl, Peter Butz, Sr., Lee
Butz, Harry Butz, Winona York, George
Butz, Janice Butz, Bill Clair, Jason
Esther announced at the picnic that she called
a meeting of some nearby Broken Arrow and Oklahoma
Pan Canal Zonians to see about forming their Pan
Canal Society. Their first organizational meeting
is to be held on October 22 and anyone interested
in attending is welcome.
The annual sumner picnic/get-together of the
Panama Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas was
held June 19, 1988, at Agri Park in Fayetteville,
Arkansas, with the following in attendance: Mary
and Richard Condon, Elia and Bobby Stokes, Maxine
Reinhold, Evelyn Engelke, Ed and Mildred Higgins,
John and Polly Michaelis, Barbara Andrasek, Red
and Alice Nail, Kathleen and Red Huffman, Bill and
Charlotte McrCue, Jim, Pat, Nathan and Casey
Higgins, Dr. W.R. and Marjorie Scarborough, Mary
Glen Conklin, Winona and Keith York, J.R. and
Veva Folsom, Harold and Geraldine Harp, Peter,
Janice, George and Jason Butz, Bob, Wanda, Joseph
R. and Tony Hummer, Bruce and Dorothy Sanders,
Jessie Newhard, Carl and Petie Maedl, Etta Fay
Terrell, Ralph and Marie Shuey, Betty McGilberry,
Stephanie Graves, Henry Makibbin, Bud and Betty
Balcer, Virginia Hursh, Luke and Betty Palumbo,
Bonnie (Conklin) McClish, Maxine and Earl Wrenn,
Harry and Lenor Butz, Bill and Esther Clair, Sara
(Palumbo) Stephens, Donald, Spencer and Charity
Stephens, and B. Stokes.
Jack and Jean Corliss went to the reunion and
had a good time. Shirley Gavanaugh returned with
them for a visit and while here, Shirley visited
her sister is Bismark, AR.
Red Nail drove the motorhome to Florida to
attend the annual reunion. Sat in the hotel and
visited with everyone he knew. Alice stayed home
to oversee some redecorating of the homestead.
Addie Colclasure attended her family reunion
in June at Redrock Canyon near Hinton, Oklahoma.
Daughter, Marion, visited with Dr. David Loert-
scher and family in Denver, Colorado. He was a
teacher at the University of Arkansas. Son, David
and wife, Iou, came from Wichita, Kansas, and took
their granddaughter back home. Addie's sisters
from Goodland, Kansas, are expected in the near
future for a visit.
George and Edith Engelke are expecting son,
John and wife, Susan, from Massachusetts for a
visit. They have arrived as your reporter writes
this column. George and Edith are doing okay
Mary lou Engelke was surprised on her birthday
by a visit from her daughters, Sarah Engelke of
Jacksonville, FL, and Margaret Gallardos of Ros-
well, GA. A good time was had while both were
Evelyn Engelke is expecting the arrival of son,
John, and wife, laurie, and daughter, Joy, for a
visit. They are coming from California after
being with John's brother Bill in Salinas.
Willard and Kathleen Huffmnn visited son, Willy
and family in Wynne, AR, and looked over their new
home with swimming pool. Willard had a bumper
apple crop and one evening a wind storm leveled
the tree. Their next trip is to New York state
to visit Kathleen's mother.
Norbert and Peggy Keller had to postpone their
trip to the reunion this year because Nobby had
to enter the hospital for a pacemaker insertion.
He is now feeling a lot better.
Mrs. (Carles MaGee is in California visiting
her two daughters, Ann and Susie.
Your reporter was glad to talk with Pete Warner
when he called for news. Pete is doing really
good and has improved a lot. Daughter Pam and her
three-week old baby girl, Jennifer Anne are here
now and daughter, Phyllis is to be here in August.
Son, Stuart, is in Algeria and expects to return
to the states in a couple of months. Other son,
Robert is working towboats on the Thomm Bigbee
Just missed Maxine Reinhold as she had left on
her way west on a trip and expected to be gone
about a month.
John and Polly Michaelis are leaving the 15th
of August for Hot Springs where son, Gregory, and
family will join them for two weeks. Teresa
Michaelis, daughter of son, Zachary, will fly in
from California. Then it is on to Houston to
celebrate the 16th birthday of Angela Snyder,
daughter of Irene (Michaelis) Snyder.
Bud and Betty Balcer spent the week of the 4th
of July in Ohio visiting with their grandson,
Paul Pedersen, up to spend the summer with his
mother, Susan Burdette and husband, Richard. The
weather didn't cooperate with temperatures over
100 degrees most of the time we were there. On
our way back through Kentucky and Tennessee some
rain occurred, but doubt if it did all that much
good. Has rained quite a bit here in Northwest
Arkansas since our return and it was badly needed.
Bruce and Dorothy Sanders reluctantly missed
the high school graduation of their number one
granddaughter in California. Although Dorothy is
now responding to treatment, she is still using
one crutch and therefore they decided to forego
the Florida reunion as well. They entertained
their grandson, Curtis, with wife, Kim, of Allen,
Texas, over the Fourth of July weekend.
Getting together for the celebration of the
birthdays of Betty McGilberry and Bruce Sanders
on May 28, 1988, were: Marilyn Annen, Bud and
Betty Balcer, Mary and Richard Condon, Willard and
Kathleen Huffman, Gloria Malsbury, John Glenn,
Jessie Nehard, Dorothy Sanders, Etta Fay Terrell,
John and Betty Ault, Harry and lee Butz, Evelyn
Engelke, Bill and Charlotte McCue, Lyle and Ruth
Mertz, William and Alice Nail, Maxine Reinhold,
Beulah Smithson and Earl and Maxine Wrenn.
Robert J. (Bud) Balcer
FROM OUR ROVING REPORTER:
Wanderlust runs in their veins and many Zonians
have again taken to the open road and open sea.
Congratulations are in order for Terry Albritten's
son, Trevor, who flew to Spain for three weeks,
beginning June 27th. It was part of an Honors
program, entitled "Beyond the Basics" at Chula
Vista High School.
In June, Floridians Frances (Violette) and Roy
Sharpe paid San Diego a visit. Frances, Nancy
(Norton) Carter, Ruther (Brown) Robertson, and
Virginia (Gomnely) Hayes gathered for a gala lun-
cheon at the Horton House, one of San Diego's much
prized Victorian hotels.
After spending six months in Florida, Al and
Ann Houston stopped off in Missouri to visit Jack
Chase and family, Borgie Misenheimer, and Ken and
"It was wonderful", Dorothy (Wertz) Cotton said
of the Florida Reunion. Fernando Manfredi, Jr.,
speaker, from the Panama Canal Commission, was
outstanding." Rabbi Witkin and wife, formerly of
the Jewish Welfare at Balboa were there, also the
Cotton children, Fred and Jacquie (McCoy) Cotton
and Dorothy (Cotton) and Ken Manthorne. In addi-
tion, Dorothy and husband, Arthur, attended the
first reunion ever of the First Baptist Church,
Balboa. About 130 guests gathered for the affair
at the First Baptist Church in Tampa, including
the only pastor the Cottons had known during
their twenty-plus years of membership, William H.
Beeby of Titusville.
A recent trip via Amtrac took John and Shirley
(Crews) Finlason from San Diego to Salt Lake City
for three days and Seattle for three days, and
back to San Diego in 36 hours. In Salt Lake City
they visited with the William Nieves family, all
of whom are well. John and Bill worked together
for the Army Transportation Corps, Pacific side,
and Bill retired as a towboat master, Atlantic
Division. At Hood River, Oregon, the Finlasons
were fascinated by the colorful races, surf
sailing perhaps a spin-off of the Hobe Cat, only
with a surf board. The international competition
is held in Hood River in July. John said they had
a very enjoyable time, but in the future, they'll
travel with sleeping compartment accommodations
rather than coach.
John and Beverly (Neville) Fawcett flew to
Japan and returned via the Royal Viking Star.
During twelve days at sea, Bev played lots of
bridge, and John participated in the educational
activities. Enroute, the ship's crew performed
a surprise rescue of seventeen Taiwanese fisherman
and were met at San Francisco by ABC, NBC, and the
Consul of Taiwan, so there was extra excitement
The Fawcett daughter, Linda Griffin, was in-
vited by the government of Ecuador for a ten-day
visit in July to help establish women's centers
for abused women and children. She has also been
attending conferences in Milwaukee and Chicago.
All of this in addition to her position as Di-
rector of the Women's Center (for all San Joaquin
County) at Stockton.
It was a wonderful trip to the magnificent red-
woods of northern California for Arby (Mathews)
Call, daughter of Colleen Bennett and grand-
daughter, Brittany of Houston, also granddaugh-
ters, Erin and Brooke from San Diego. They covered
the Avenue of the Giants, Trees of Mystery, and
coastal areas all the way to Brookings, Oregon.
Arby and her two dogs occupied a tent, and Colleen
had a tent trailer which she pulled all the way
from Houston. "The only thing I didn't like was
that we were freezing all the time," remarked
Jack Taylor thoroughly enjoyed the Reunion in
Florida, especially the dance for Lucho, which he
considered "outstanding". Among the Zonians he
met again after forty years absence were Beulah
Simons whom he knew through her brother, Jack
Riley, CHS '46, Bill Willoughby, CHS '48, and Joe
Smith, CHS '45. Afterward, Jack flew from St.
Petersburg to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he
boarded a ship of the Norwegian Cruise Line for
a seven day cruise. Also aboard was Dr. Margaret
(Sylvester) Sinpson, BHS '47, now a counselor
for a high school at Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Both
of them enjoyed the various stops at Barbados,
Martinique, St. Martin, Antigua, St. John, and
back to San Juan. Jack remarked about the beauti-
ful aquamarine water, although he could not help
but compare Florida's white sandy beaches with the
volcanic sand he saw. Food was outstanding, and
he gained 7 pounds; but he found he couldn't take
the heat and humidity as he once did.
A most welcome surprise call came from Warren
Wathen regarding the West Coast Reunion. A native
of San Diego, from 1936 to 1942, Warren was em-
ployed as an electrician at Coco Solo, then served
four years in the U.S. Navy. He and his wife,
Loretta, were married in Panama City in 1946; she
was formerly a medical assistant at Coco Solo.
Beginning in 1950, he worked as a mule operator
at Gatun Locks for two years, terminating November
of 1953. He then worked as a contractor in the
States. Counting his Naval service and federal
employment, he retired at the U.S. 1,arine Corp Re-
cruit Depot, San Diego. Come join us, Warren and
Nelda (Torbett) Fleming is very appreciative
of support from Zonians during her bereavement
(husband Bill) and is "hanging in there," in her
words. She had become a grandmother for the third
time with Kira Ellery Fleming born to Colleen
Fleming (retaining her maiden name), January 28th.
Paul and Mary Lou (Steffes) Jeffries are as
busy as ever. She works as a seamstress at home
and does bookkeeping three days a week. Paul
teaches in a Regional Occupational Program for
high school and adult students.
An article in the June/July issue of a new
magazine, A Critique of America, claimed Terry
Albritten's attention. Entitled "Losing the
Panama Canal," it is written by a former Zonian
and member of the Florida society, T.A. Heppen-
heimer of Fountain Valley, California.
Your reporter recently had an interesting con-
versation with John W. Drew (Wife Esther) of
Santee. He has been in ill health for sometime
and would appreciate hearing from Zonians. He last
worked in the Mechanical Division, Balboa, as a
steamfitter from 1941 to 1947. Son, John Donald
Drew, graduated about 1935 from BHS and is an
architect in San Diego. The family lived in
Diablo Heights and attended the Lutheran Church.
His address is Mr. John W. Drew, 9905 Prospect
Avenue, Santee, CA 92071.
Remember us with your news please. Every item
about you and your family, including travels and
visits with beloved Canal friends, is important,
no matter how trivial it may seem to you. We
can't print it if we don't know it, so please call
Horray! You did it again. A great reunion in
Tampa. I saw so many nice people and we really
appreciate all the time and effort that was ex-
pended on our behalf. Thanks, Florida. Hope to
see many of you at the West Coast Reunion in Sep-
Please note that there is a date change for the
Christmas Luncheon. It will be held on December
18, 1988 at Knotts Berry Farm. The Del Rubio
Triplets and are still going strong. Hope to see
you all there.
Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro
The Colorado Canal Zone Club is awaiting the
arrival of former students of Balboa and Cristobal
High Schools, their relatives and friends to
celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Class of
Many were located only through the efforts of
Frances (Violette) Sharp, Alice (Strauss) Mclean,
Wilma (Wickens) Kennerd and Bill French. Many we
could not find some could not come because of
poor health, but the saddest news was of those who
had died. I knew that Chester Wine could not come
because of illness and a very sick wife, but have
just learned that he died. Chester was an all-
around class leader and popular with everyone. I
was so thrilled when he asked me to be his date
for a graduation night dinner at the El Rancho,
sponsored by some Army families. It was a wonder-
ful evening after dining and dancing for hours,
we made the traditional tour of Kelly's Ritz and
then they drove me home at 3:00 A.M.!
Our reunion will have a central meeting room
reserved for visiting, looking at old photos,
films, color slides and other souvenirs recalling
a life that was in a place like no other.
We had a Bienvenida/Despedida party in May,
honoring Colorado President Lester and Andrea
(Byrd) Smith, who were transferred to Atlanta just
as Bud and Val (McIntire) Denpsey and children ar-
rived from Panama to live near her family here.
Val was interviewed on TV about the hazards and
sorrows of leaving their Canal Zone home. She com-
peted in the great Cayuco Race and has brought a
film of that event which will be shown at the Win-
ter Park Reunion. Also welcomed were Bob and Nancy
Rosenberg (he taught school from Gamboa to Balboa)
and Captain John and Mary Stone (P.C. pilot from
1960 until 1986); Steve and Gory Rodel from Gatun;
and 13-month old Ashley Tung, daughter of Chung
Wai and Barbara (Geddes) Tung. Others present were
Marco and Lillian Betata, Mary Eleanor Becker,
Milt and "B.J." Law, Roy and Dot (Kalar) Kennedy,
Richard and Bette (Farrell) Searingen, Capt. Fred
and Mary Jane (Ugarte) Weade, and your reporter.
Doris (Brotherson) Hand visited Colorado twice
this spring first to see granddaughter Heidi
Mills McCotter graduate from East High, Denver,
and later to attend a traditional debutante event
when Heidi was a Central City Flower Girl. Doris's
husband, Andy, was not well enough to fly to Den-
ver, but Doris thoroughly enjoyed these "rites of
spring" with daughter Carole and the McCotter fam-
Margaret (Meigs) Molloy
This has been a very active sumner for many
folks in this area in fact, so active that it
has been very difficult to contact anyone to ob-
tain news for the Record. Everyone is traveling,
it seems, and I imagine most of their traveling
has been in the good old U.S.A. since we are
still having so .any problems overseas with ter-
I am happy to report that Dan Sander has been
with his family in Altamonte Springs for some time
now and Leo and I have had two lovely visits with
Dan and Noeme. The most recent was when they went
with us to the Seaside Music Theatre in Daytona
to catch our daughter, Lourelene in the show Pump
Boys and Dinettes a real toe tapping, heel
stomping yahooing country type musical. It was
We had a lovely trip to California in May and
visited my brother, David "Limey-boy" Sanders and
his wife, Mickie. We also stopped in to see Con-
rad and Norm Horine in Sepulvada, California and
then later spent some time with Helen Barsumian
Grimsley in West Hollywood. Helen taught school
in Panama during the early 40's and has stayed in
touch through the years with a number of her stu-
dents. She has made numerous trips to Panama and
manages to look up her old friends and students
on each trip.
We have also had a lovely visit with Bob and
Katherine (Bitsy Gates) Anson Et Seabrook, South
Carolina. They have just finished a 250 ft. dock
which runs into the Whale Branch River. Bitsy
hopes to drive down to DeLand in the next week or
two to catch a couple of our daughter's shows.
Herriet Thurgood has been attending Elderhostel
programs at John B. Stetson University here in De-
Land such interesting courses such as "Life
After Life?"; Extraterrestrial Intelligence A
Scientific Perspective and a nutritional program.
She told me that Randy Smith's wife, Sondi, is in
charge of the Elderhostel program at Stetson. I
called Sondi and she filled me in on their wonder-
ful upcoming programs. Fortunately for many of
us in this area, we can attend as connuters not
only is it less expensive, but it allows us to
meet many interesting people from all over the
country. Sondi has been working in this area for
a year and has had 13 successful programs. She
also combines this activity with her job in Con-
tinuing Education for Mental Health Professionals.
Sondi and Randy attend the reunion this year anc
they also attended Randy's 20th High School Re-
unior. Sondi told me that Elodie Salterio has re-
turned to Panama since the situation c'own there
has called down somewhat.
I had a lovely talk with Helen Dudak she al-
ways has lovely trips to tell about. In May,
Barbara Walbridge Drebing was in the Orlando area
to visit her sister-in-law, Mildred Walbridge and
Helen met them for a tour of Epcot. On the 26th
of May, Helen flew to Williamsport, PA, for a
visit with old high school friends, some she had
not seen since 1935. While there, she visited her
grandparent's old homestead and relived some won-
derful memories. Helen lived with her grandmother
while attending high school since her parents
worked in Bogota, Columbia and there weren't many
educational opportunities for girls in the 30's
in South America. Helen is now planning a trip
in September to China. She and a friend will fly
to China and visit the Great Wall and then they
will board the Golden Odyssey and will cruise the
upper China sea, visiting Japan, Korea, Shanghi
and they will end their 18 day cruise in Hong
Pat and Bud Risberg traveled from their home
Titusville, FL, via car, across the Southern Uni-
ted States during June. The first stop was New
Orleans, LA to spend time with Bud's son, Gerry
and his wife, Kristin, and grandchildren, Craig
and Leanne. Gerry is the Chief of the Canal's New
Orleans office. Then on to Houston to visit Bud's
daughter, Charmaine and husband, Greg Michaelis
and granddaughters, (~ristina and Stephanie. A
few days were spent in Amarillo, TX with Betty and
Bill Burns, playing golf at the beautiful Tascosa
Country Club and visiting with their family. A
family reunion for all the Risbergs was held in
Albuquerque, NM with thirteen of the fourteen bro-
thers and sisters there for the better part of a
week, with spouses, kids, and grandkids. Bud's
parents now have a grand total of 108 direct des-
cendents. The last leg of the trip was spent with
Helen (Kissam) and Howard Hall at their new home
in Woodland Hills, CA. Pat and Helen graduated
from CHS in 1951 and have enjoyed a long close
friendship. Pat and Bud made it back to Largo,
Florida, in time to babysit with grandchildren
Daron and lauren for lori (Flores) Roche, Pat's
daughter, and husband, Scott Roche so they could
attend the PC Reunion in Tanpa. Other family
members attending the PC Reunion included Bob
Geddes and son Mike, who is now a student at
California Maritime Academy and a 1987 BHS grad-
uate. Barbara (Gedes) Tung and her husband Chung,
and 15 month old Ashlyn from Denver, and Maureen
(Risberg) Paul and her husband Kevin, also live
Helen (Kissam) Hall, Bud and Pat Geddes
Risberg in front of Dodger Stadium, Los
leona Sanders Snedeker
Hi folks! It's good to be back in Florida a-
gain. This reporter just got back from almost two
weeks worth of vacation. I ended up in Detroit,
Michigan on a day that it was 101 degrees. Phew!
I had a good time and enjoyed reminiscing with
three of my high school friends and meeting their
husbands and children.
Stewart (Coach Stu) Brown had the pleasure of
a round of golf with two of his ex-students, Bill
Mounts of Washington, D.C. and Ed Wilder from
Houston, Texas, at the Mainlands golf course here
in Pinellas Park. Bill and Ed came down for their
25th Reunion and the PCS Annual.
George and Roberta Egolf had a two week visit
from their son, Bruce, his wife, Sue, and a friend
of theirs. They all went to Busch Gardens and got
plenty of sun.
George Black, Jr. is proud to announce his en-
gagement to Virginia Faulkner of Costa Rica. They
will be married August 16 in Pinellas Park and
plan on going to Hawaii for three weeks on their
honeymoon. Also, George plans on attending his
50th Reunion in Winter Springs, Colorado on August
Guests in the home of Edna (Hewitt) Cgletree
for a week were her sister, Nora Green and her
husband, Charles, from Aiken, S.C. and their dau-
ghter, Virginia Ann Machak, from North Augusta,
S.C. Also visiting Edna for two weeks was her
sister, Helen Alexander, from San Antonio, Texas.
Guests in the home of Constance (Clinchard)
Wright was her brother, Bill, his daughter, Connie
Telex, and her baby, (hristopher. Constance and
her brother, Gene Clinchard, were able to get away
for a few days to go to Melbourne, Florida to
visit with friends.
Guests in the home of Alton and Vera Jones of
Largo were Grady and Margaret Hardison from IcMin-
ville, Oregon. After their visit, the Hardisons
plan on heading up to Newburn, N.C., to visit with
some of Grady's relatives.
That's all folks. Hope everyone had fun at the
Reunion. Till my next report, "Vaya con Dios."
Lorraine (Sunshine) Grose
1988 has been a great year for the Sarasota
residents. The Panama Canal Society Reunion in
Tampa was well attended, old friendships renewed,
and many visitors came to our beautiful city.
We are very proud that our first Sarasota-Area
president of the P.C. Society is our own Carl
Starke of Kensington Park. Congratulations and
a wish for a most wonderful and successful year
Leo McIntire of Tulsa, Oklahoma attended the
reunion and spent a week with his mother, Mrs.
Blanche Hartman of Glen Oaks, Sarasota, FL.
Darrell and Nancy (Kariger) Eide of Bremerton,
Washington visited with her father, Lee Kariger,
and his wife, Marion, at their home in Windmill
Frank Naughton of Ft. Lauderdale, FL was a
guest at the home of Billie Galloway and Robin
Comer. During his stay, he motored to neighboring
cities and visited with the Dan Prolucci's and the
Ned Nevilles. Billie Galloway also had the
pleasure of visits from her granddaughter, Carrie
Cassidy, and children from Tennessee, and another
granddaughter, Anna Adams and son, Wesley, from
Atlanta, GA. That is always fun.
Bob and Lotti Orvis of Daytona Beach, Florida
spent several days with his mother, Mrs. Roger
Orvis, and also with them son, Bobby, who
is employed in this area.
Marge, Don and Melinda Kay Scheiwe from Monu-
ment, CO visited with Marge's parents, Allen and
Kay Miller for two weeks. Marge was happy to see
many friends at the P.C. Reunion. Allen and Kay
also had the pleasure of having Nellree Berger of
Signal Mountain, TN; Jennie Johannes of Houston,
TX; and Roberta (Johannes) Paterson of Dunedin,
FL; and all her family as guests for the 4th of
July. Roberta's family, with their children are
Jack and Linda Peterson of Island of Cyprus;
Bobbie and Gordon Reif from Chesapeake, VA; and
Kitty and Steve Neff of Farmington, NM.
Bobby Konover, daughter of Josephine (Dennis)
Konover of N.J., came to visit her mother in Sun
City, FL and with her sister, attend the CZ morn-
ing coffee group at the home of Jay Cain. Bobby
is head of the Department of Physical Education
and is the 7th Grade Principal Advisor of German-
town Friends School in Philadelphia, PA. She re-
ceived her under-graduate degree at the University
of Wisconsin in Madison, and is now acquiring her
Ph.D. in Administration at the University of Penn-
sylvania in Philadelphia. She is an official with
both the United States Field Hockey Organization
and the U.S. LaCrosse Organization. She spent a
week with her mother which included shelling at
the famous Sanibel Island, FL.
Fred Walker and his family of Balboa, R.P.
joined his parents, George and Mayno Walker at
their home for a Family Get-together. This
gathering also included a surprise Bridal Shower
for the newlyweds, Frank and Windy Fitzgerald of
Franklinville, NC, son and daughter-in-law of
Martin and Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald of New
Smyrna Beach, FL.
Independence Day visitors in Sarasota, follow-
ing the PC Reunion in Tanpa, included Myrtle
Hughes' family; her daughter Sandra (Hughes)
Claflin of Merritt Island, FL; her son Tom Hughes
and his wife Lorna of Deer Park, TX; and Ray and
Joan (Reed) Dabek of Houston, TX.
Marion Greene entertained at an "After the Re-
union" Coffee on July 4th. She has traditionally
hosted the C.Z. Monday Morning Coffee Group and
their visiting houseguests. The hostess greeted
the guests wearing an Uncle Sam hat, and the pa-
triotic theme was used throughout her home. Guests
were entertained with musical solos by Nellree
Berger including the songs, "God Bless America"
and the hostess' favorite hymn "In The Garden".
They also enjoyed accordion music by Stella
(Boggs) DeMarr who has recently moved to Braden-
ton. Other out-of-town guests were Sandra
(Hughes) Claflin, orna Hughes, and Joan (Reed)
Dabek, guests of Myrtle Hughes; Nancy (Kariger)
Eide; Marjorie (Miller) Scheime and her daughter,
Melinda Kay; Isabelle "Toodless" (Warren) Setzer
of Sun City Center, FL; Helen Daniels, houseguest
of Jay Cain and Allena (McHan) Kelly of St.
Petersburg, FL, whose son Vernon Bryant brought
her to join the group.
Rae and Joe Ebdon had a fine trip to Irvine,
California to visit with their son, Dick Ebdon,
and family. Rae and Joe had a fun time "Grand-
parenting" Jenny and Geoffrey Ebdon while their
son Dick and his wife were away on a business
Jay Cain had a week's visit at the home of her
newphew Michael Cain and his family in Miami.
They were joined by Michael's mother, Mrs. Nadine
Cain of Houston, TX, and Irene ladrach of Seminole
Florida. They later met with another former co-
worker, Edith Spencer of Miami, who entertained
with a personal slide show of interesting pictures
and slides of their days together in the Canal
Frances (Day) Jones reports of a wonderful trip
to Germany. Making this trip was a great idea.
She went with her sister-in-law, Elsa Jones,
(widow of Frank Jones) of Augusta, GA to visit her
son, Michael Jones, and his wife, Susan; they are
both Captains stationed in Ansbach, Germany. They
live off base in a precious little village called
Herrieden, on the side of a mountain at least
its a small mountain to a resident of Florida for
the past 14 years. They took a lovely trip to
Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, and would
you believe they drove to the very top of one of
Swiss Alps, namely, Fuella, and it was snowing
real snow...Frances states she has only ex-
perienced that a couple of times in her life. They
spent the last ten days of their trip in Madrid
and Toledo, Spain.
The many friends of Bill Grady will be happy
to learn that he is in a Retirement Home at Doves
Nest, 825 East Plum in Lakeland, Florida 33801.
He has a telephone in his room and the Phone Com-
pany gave him the same number he's had for over
25 years, it is (813) 688-1023. He would enjoy
hearing from his friends.
Gladys B. Huphrey
Hi! This is Maritza Reyes and Sue Kelleher.
Starting with this article, we will be replacing
Mary Kelleher Tochterman as a reporter for the
Tarpa Bay area.
Has everyone recovered yet? As usual, the re-
union was a great success. It was nice to see some
of the new faces such as Bliss (Morris) Connerton,
Tony Sarda, LIsette Rodriguez, Sara Bircher, Glenn
Tucker and Lisa (Adams) Tynnan. The reunion didn't
end on Sunday. George and Barb Husum had a bar-b-
que in Clearwater. Afterwards that evening a group
headed over to a Reggae Club in Tanpa. Those that
made it were Maritza Reyes, Albert Saarinen, Tim
Powell, John Martino, Barb and George Husum, Rick
and Keith Mead, Susan Thompson, Lynn Dunning. John
Carey, Jim Parthenais, Linda (Smith) Patton, Julie
Smith, Mel Carlin, Paul Biernan, Raul Quintero,
Keith Fearon, Mariane Tiblier, Jim Norris, Micky,
Nancy and Jenny Escala, John Reardon, Anne Hutch-
inson, Mary Claire Pascavage, Bobby Askew, Tracy
Balent, Susan, Kinny and David Sutherland.
Top L-R: Susan Thompson, Susan Kelleher,
Maritza Reyes. Bottom L-R: Tonya (Adams)
Boswell, Lisa (Adams) Tynan, Kelly Mor-
ris and Lynn Heddaeus.
At the end of April, we (Maritza and Sue) went
to New Orleans for the Annual Jazz and Heritage
Festival. We visited Tim and Amy Garber and their
two sons, Mitchell and Robert. We did the usual -
went down Bourbon Street, hit Pat O'Brians and the
new Hard Rock Cafe and ate everything in sight.
The Jazz Fest was held at the race track where we
were entertained by Los Lobos, Little Feat, Dr.
John and several other gospel, reggae and zydico
One Zonian left town on the 4th of July week-
end. Johnny Reyes visited high school friends in
Texas. In Austin he saw Elida (Guardia) Bonnett,
and in San Antonio he visited Eliza (Rodriguez)
Sintron. Johnny also took a side trip to see the
A Bay Shower was held for Sandy (Sylvester)
Smith in May by her sister-in-law, Linda (Smith)
Patton and Keri Colvin. Some surprise guests were
Lee (Nickisher) and Kenny Gaul and their daughter,
Nicky. Sandy's baby is due anyday now and she and
Larry are very excited.
We would like to welcome Adam Mitts, Tony Sarda
Kelly Morris and John Morris to the Bay Area, and
to say "goodbye" to Eric Fennel who has joined the
Navy. Also to Chris Malcomb who will be getting
married in Ohio this fall.
We would like to hear from anyone that has any
news, or an article they would like printed.
Please contact either: Maritza Reyes, 4814 Nor-
thdale Blvd., Tampa, FL 33624 (813) 968-2885, OR
Sue Kelleher, 2803 W. Sligh #108, Tanpa, FL 33614,
Maritza Reyes and Sue Kelleher
(813) 968-2885 or (813) 932-1420
Greetings from Chocowinity, North Carolina,
where among other places I'm visiting rela-
tives and friends on a two-month trip, to include
a month touring London and Western Europe, then
Texas and the San Franciso Bay Area, preceded by
a week with several friends living in Las Vegas
and the great 1988 Panama Canal Reuion in Tarp)a.
Hope everyone enjoyed the reunion as much as we
did. My daughter, Katya DeLaMater, brother, Billy
D., and my cousin, Arline Winerman, whom we also
visited in Sarasota. As I left Hawaii in June,
have not much people news to report.
Had a call from lorraine Judek of Santa Rosa,
CA who was seeking an address for Vivian Simmon
(of Austin, TX), whom she knew when Lorraine
taught Home Economics at BHS. Lorraine had just
returned from a two month visit to Panama after
Enjoyed a fine telephone visit with Ruth
Zelnick, whom I had hoped to see in May, along
with Jean Bailey, wife of retired Dr. Bill Bailey
of Gorgas Hospital, upon their return from a trip
to Australia, with a brief stopever in Honolulu.
Ruth said she thoroughly enjoys her Vermont home,
with three children and sometimes grandchildren
running in and out, and another beloved family
member, a white Labrador dog.
In Honolulu, the 14th Carole Kai Bed Race was
a hilarious parade of success (both for charity
and camaraderie among the teams). Enjoyed a com-
petitive polo game at Mokuleia which starred Mamo
Gracita, world reknown player from Mexico and one
of the four 14-goalers. He brought four magnifi-
cent horses with him and sold three of them the
There was a big birthday celebration for Kekai-
malu, the only living wholphin, hybrid dolphin-
whale, product of a brief fling between a false
killer whale (star of Sea Life Park's show) and
an Atlantic bottle nosed dolphin (a member of the
Japan Japanese investors are offering unheard
of prices for golf courses and club memberships
in Hawaii and also for agricultural land to
build golf courses. Membership at Honolulu Coun-
try Club costs Japan nationals $150,000.00 each,
not bad compared to cost of top-rated country
clubs in Japan which are as much as $3.5 million.
On the Big Island (Hawaii), lava from Kilauea
Volcano destroyed the last house in Papaahu. Two
rare Hawaiian monk seals from French Frigate
Shoals got a new lease on life at National Marine
Fisheries lab they have been flown to Kure Atoll
to help repopulate the island with the rare breed.
Tracy Johnson, granddaughter of Virginia
(Ridge) Dolim, Honolulu.
Virginia (Ridge) Dolim asks whether anyone sees
the resemblance between the enclosed photo of he-r
granddaughter and the latter's great grandmother,
Julia 'Goldie" Sullivan Ridge.
Lois DeLaMater Bates
Our "Bluegrass" state is as brown as the Canal
Zone in dry season. Ken last cut the grass May
15th. Our watering restrictions allow outside
water use only between midnight and 9 AM so I have
been getting up at 5 AM seven days a week just
trying to keep the trees, shrubs and vegetable
garden alive. I didn't even try to save the lawn.
I dread getting the water bill. Guess it'll re-
semble the national debt. I hope we don't go to
a water emergency state. I would hate to watch
Walter Alves in Henderson has had a very heart-
breaking time with the drought. He writes that
his corn is badly burnt it will not produce any-
thing at all and the beans are as bad. The farms
here are in poor shape too. Barbara Alves went
to the CA reunion with her children and had a
great time. She saw several people she had not
seen in many years. Barbara brought her little
grand-daughter back to Kentucky for a visit.
From the heart of the "Bluegrass" in Lexington,
Bertha Hayes, sent a welcome letter. Her son,
Col. John D. Hayes, recently retired from military
service after 29 years. Bertha's grand-daughter,
Janet, graduated in May from St. John's College
in Annapolis, MD. She plans to attend the Uni-
versity of Kentucky this August to study for her
Master's Degree. Bertha is happy because Janet
will be living only two doors from her. Grandson,
John Gardner, graduated from MacArthur High School
in San Antonio, Texas in May. Bill Hayes is pre-
sently in Paducah, KY where he is starring in a
movie filming there. He plays a preacher this
time in "In Country". A group of Bertha's ex-high
school students had a reunion party for them at
one of their beautiful homes in Lexington. The
students credited Bertha for the inspiration that
led them on to bigger and better things. After
taking a four day cruise to the Cayman Islands,
BWI, John enjoyed another PC Reunion.
Donna Stuebe and her sister just returned from
a trip to beautiful Natural Bridge and Jenny Wiley
State Park. They had a marvelous time hiking the
trails and she writes the food in the lodges was
delicious. They took some sidetrips down old
country roads and saw some real rural Kentucky.
Belated anniversary wishes to Tom Alves and his
wife of 18 years, Ruth Johnson Alves. Tom sent
a great letter catching me up on their activities.
After graduating from good old BHS in 1964, he
earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical En-
gineering. He and Ruth married on June 20, 1970.
Ruth received her Bachelor of Science Degree from
the University of Kentucky and works as a pedia-
tric/orthopedic nurse for Norton's Kosair Child-
rens Hospital. Tom heads up the Manufacturing En-
gineering Section at the Naval Ordinance Station
in Louisville. They share their home with two
bull terriers, one cairn terrier and one cat. Tom
has peaches, apples and a small vegetable garden.
Ruth raises irises, miniature roses, lilies and
assorted flowers. Both enjoy cooking; Ruth bakes
and Tom works on entrees, vegetables, and sauces.
They have been active in competitive shooting,
sailplane flying, dog showing and now amateur road
racing. Ruth crews and they take their car to
courses in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Tom wants
to say "Hello" to everyone he knew and grew up
with in the Zone.
Our daughter, Karen Ramsey, her husband, Hugh,
and our darling grand-daughter, Lisa, came for a
visit in June. Karen and Lisa were able to spend
two weeks with us. We had a great time visiting
the dinasaur exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum,
went to the zoo and just enjoyed all the fun
things in this area. Our son, Kenny Rood, was
able to take a few days away from his work at St.
Francis Hospital and come to Kentucky at the same
time. He is in his second year of residency now
and really keeps busy.
An update on the drought conditions. Since
8:00 A.M. today, we have had two and one-half in-
ches of rain and it is still raining. Maybe the
rain came in time to help the farmers.
Fondest wishes to everyone.
Robbie and Adele Farhman Adams sent a charming
announcement on the birth of their daughter, Elyse
Gabrielle (see "Births"). Adale is the daughter of
the late Evelyn Farbman who worked in Personnel
for the Panama Canal Co. for 20 years, the last of
which were at the Central Employment Office. Her
father, the late Sol Farbman, was a businessman in
Panama. Evelyn and Sol were well known in amateur
theater circles. Adele graduated from Balboa High
in 1969 and was employed by the Dept. of Army be-
fore moving to New Orleans. Currently she is a
homemaker, busy with her new daughter. Her husband
Robbie is an engineer.
Arby Mathews Call, San Diego, Calif., recently
enjoyed a camping vacation to the Jedediah Smith
Redwoods State Park in northern California. She
was accompanied by her daughter Colleen of Hous-
ton, and three granddaughters. En route the girls
also spent a few days at the state beach and in
the mountains near San Francisco. Along the way,
Arby hoped to call on Myrna Boynton Ericksen in
San Jose and Dr. Gus Mellander and his new wife in
Santa Clara. Arby heard from Casilda Castellanos
Larose, Hazelwood, Mo., recently. Casilda and hus-
band Carry were off on an Alaskan cruise this sum-
mer. Arby hopes to get together with other San
Diego BHSers, Joan Gibson Conover and Cynthia
Evarts Totty, soon.
Hugh M., Finlason of Waveland, Miss.;
Capt. Frank Finlason of Tarpon Springs,
Florida; and Mrs. William (Joy Finlason)
Grantham of Windemere, Florida.
Hilda Fletcher of Morgan City was in town in
June and gave us a call. Our schedules were not in
sync, so we did not get to visit.
In June Kathleen and John Gough Sr. of Marrero
attended a tea where the guests of honor were ex-
Zonians Capt. Frank Finlason and two of his child-
ren, Mrs. Joy Finlason Grantham and Hugh M. Finla-
son. The tea was hosted by Mrs. Isabel A. Breaux
of Westwego, who is also no stranger to the old
C.Z. Capt. Finlason piloted tugboats for the U.S.
Army in the Zone for many years and resided in Ft.
Gulick and Curundu. Since his retirement he has
lived at 627 Riverside Dr., Tarpon Springs, FL.
34689. Joy is a staff assistant in the College of
Nursing, U. of Florida, and resides with her hus-
band and four children. Their mailing address is
Box 1242, Windemere, FL 32786. Ex-Zonian Hugh is
president of Ultrasonics Technologies Inc., a car-
diovascular service company in south Mississippi.
He resides with his wife Nancy at 107 Mollere Dr.,
Waveland, MS 39576. Among the guests who welcomed
the Finlasons at the tea were Mrs. Beryl Breaux
(Cooke), Donald and Elizabeth Clemnons and Mrs.
Kathleen Breaux Duffour.
Just before the reunion in Tanpa, Bill Hatchett
of Matairie went to Panama with several old high
school buddies and did some diving and fishing.
State-siders accompanying Bill were Dorman Fulton,
Jim Selby and Larry Siegel. They were joined by
local boys Bob Fearon, Charlie Morris and Kenny
Morris. They spent three incredible days at San
Bias scuba diving, then three days of deep-sea
fishing off Contadora Island, landing many dolphin
but lost four sailfish. Bill found Contadora fair-
ly quiet as theirs was the largest visiting party.
Service was great and the island is spectacular,
he says. Anyone going to Panama should try to in-
clude Contadora. They topped off the trip with
more good food and drink at Charlie Morris' Shan-
grila, Gorgona. then, Bill says, it was off to
Tampa for "further overindulgence." He compliments
those still in Panama for continuing to be extra-
Conrad Horine in Sepulveda, California, is busy
as usual. He's handling publicity for the West
Coast Reunion to be held in San Diego September 9-
11. BHS Classes of 1943, 1948 and 1973, and CHS
Classes of 1948 and 1973 are planning reunions.
Tito will play for the dance and retired Navy
Capt. Harry Jerkins will speak at the luncheon on
his personal experiences as a POW at the "Hanoi
Hilton" for eight years.
Conrad has also prepared forms to update the
BHS-CHS Alunni Directory. Don't be laft out. Send
him a SASE at 16136 Lassen St., Sepulveda, CA.,
91343, and he'll gladly send you a form for your
own listing and to duplicate for your BHS-CHS bud-
dies just in time to include in your Christmas
cards. Everyone who ever attended BHS or CHS is
eligible for inclusion.
Sam and Coila Goodin Maphis of Boulder, CO.
Were in Louisiana June 11 for an open house at the
GSX Land Treatment Facility near White Castle. Sam
has been cnnmuting to this project since December
1985 when his engineering firm, Brisco-Maphis, ob-
tained a permit to operate the 900-acre non-hazar-
dous landfarm. It wasthe first facility allowed
under the stringent new regulations of the Louisi-
ana Dept. of Environmental Quality. As the largest
commercial land treatment facility in the U.S., it
handles industrial, municipal and agricultural
waste materials in liquid or solid form. Sam has
written an article on the project which is expect-
ed to be published in the August issue of Waste
Age. He has been a pioneer in land treatment tech-
nology for more than 16 years, and holds an M.S.
degree in engineering from the U. of Colorado. His
son, Sam IV, of Santa Barbara, CA., served as the
project's landscape architect.
The Rev, Fred Raybourn, Austin, Texas, writes
that he, too, thought he was buying a picture from
Olan Mills of the Class of '52 at the Reunion.
Arbulin Mathews Call and Shirley Zemer Swenson
also paid and got nothing. How many of us are
there who got ripped off? We have a new lead: Ken
Cotogno, Box 640307, Kenner, Louisiana, 70064,
(504-466-7975). He is supposed to have the pic-
tures. If you paid and want your picture, we sug-
gest you contact Ken. If anyone else has any leads
or suggestions to solve this problem, please con-
tact this reporter. Father Fred writes such beau-
tiful, inspirational letters. Regrettably, this
one closed on a sad note as we learned of the
death of Henry Cruz's father the end of May. We
offer our sympathy and prayers to Henry and his
What a pleasure to hear from "Shorty" Schexnay-
der over in Amite. A little gift of some luffa
seeds brought back fond childhood memories. Anyone
wanting to experiment with a few seeds may contact
this reporter. Shorty has slowed down his pace
these days because of breathing problems. He keeps
busy cooking for his brother who enjoys gardening.
We're hoping Rokand Casanova of Slidell can per-
suade the Schexnayders to come to the Gulf Coast
Linda Renfro Thatcher, New Orleans, dropped us
a note about one spectacular time at the Hilton in
Tanpa. She took the whole family (husband and 3
kids) and was especially happy to be a part of her
CHS'68 class reunion. The Thatchers are eagerly
looking forward to seeing everyone at the Gulf
Coast Picnic set for Saturday, September 24, at
the Davis Bayou Campground of the Gulf Islands
National Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs,
Miss. Linda's daughter, Nicole Nicolaisen, spent
the summer with Linda in New Orleans and, at press
time, they were planning to go to Kerrville, Texas
to visit Nicole's grandmother, Mrs. Andreas Nicol-
aisen. Nichole spend the rest of the year in Costa
Rica with her father, Fred Nicolaisen, CHS'66.
Indians, sunrises, sunsets, polleras, Boquete,
the Canal, poinsettias, the Prado these are some
of the glorious pictures in the 1989 calendar pub-
lished by the Women's Auxiliary of the Balboa
Union Church. It's sure to make you wish there
were more than 12 months in a year. If you want a
calendar, better hurry and send $6.50 to the Aux-
iliary at Box 3664, Balboa, Republic of Panama,
and get yourself on the mailing list to receive
notice when the new ones are ready. The 1988's are
already long gone.
Patt Foster Roberson
Surprise, Surprise...Betty (Comley) and Barney
Forgeson dropped in to see us but we weren't home,
however, I did call and we had breakfast together
and had a good chat. So nice to see somebody from
home. I have lived in Michigan now 42 years and
I still call Panama home. Am I the only one that
does this? Guess my prayers have been answered
because I am enjoying this sweltering weather.
Former CHS art teacher, Ed Koziol, who retired
in 1985, and his wife, Margarita (Rojas formerly
from Cartagena Colombia) recently returned from
a trip to Tennessee and North Carolina.
They visited Ralph C. Stone and his wife Rosa
(Pimentel formerly from the province of Ocu,
Panama) at their lovely home in Maryville, TN.
Ralph first arrived in the C.Z. with the U.S. Air
Force in 1949. After being discharged, he worked
with the locks security force in Gatun before be-
coming employed with the Canal Zone Police in Cri-
stobal. He retired as Major C.Z.P. Cristobal Dis-
trict in January, 1980.
Ralph and Rosa are lucky to have the families
of their children living within commuting dis-
tance. Erma (CHS '68) lives in Cookeville, IN
with her husband Rudy Kocib and daughter Sonia.
Ralph, Jr. (CHS '75) lives with his wife Theresa
in Knoxville. Both Ralph, Jr., and Theresa gradu-
ated from Tenn. Tech. U. Clara (CHS '76) and her
husband William M. Kirchner, both graduates of the
U. of Tenn., live in Merphis with their three
children, Victoria, Danny and Timny. Linda (CHS
PfY YOUR 1989 DUES NOW! AVOID THE
'77) lives nearby with her husband, Rocklin W.
King, Jr., and son Rocky in a house they've re-
cently built on a pretty mountain location.
The highlight of the visit was a trip to Cades
Cove, an open air museum that preserves some of
the material culture of early settlers of the re-
gion. Cades Cove is part of the Great Smoky Moun-
tains National Park. Along with the history of
the area, everyone enjoyed the many herds of deer
grazing on the mountain slopes.
Ed and Margarita continued on their trip across
the Smoky Mountains to visit their son-in-law
Dennis Potts, daughter, Mary, and grandchildren
Edwin and Dennis, Jr. The Potts family lives in
Fayetteville, NC. Dennis is with the Special
Forces at Ft. Bragg and previously was stationed
at Ft. Gulick, CZ for seven years.
On their back to Scottville, the Koziols
stopped in East Lansing, MI to visit their other
dauther, Liesel A. Koziol (BHS '85). Lisa is
finishing her Junior year at Michigan State Uni-
Hermelinda Kocib, Ra
Margarita and Ed Ko;
residence in Tennesse
lph and Rosa Stone,
ziot at the Stone's
Just received a letter from Louise Scigliane
Bauman. She writes:
"June 30 found me flying to Tanpa for the an-
On hand to meet me at the airport were my sis-
ter, Mary Leach, Janet Smith Bartlett and Mariella
Meggers McNally, who had just flown in from Atlan-
Met my parents, Mary and Louis Scigliane, sis-
ters and brother-in-laws Janet and Henry Garcia
and June and Bob Lane and daughter, Lorie at the
This was the first reunion all four of us, plus
my parents were all able to attend.
After enjoying the great time at the reunion,
we drove to Daytona Beach on Sunday to see Mr. and
Mrs. Jose Garcia, former Curundu residents.
Spent a couple of days in Atlanta and on 5 July
I flew home to Michigan."
So sorry that I can't seem to interest anybody
in having a CZ picnic here in Muskegon, any
suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Anita Daniels Asaussen
Thank heavens for Virginia Selby Entrekin of
Hattiesburg or our Mississippi news would be zip.
She saw Shirley Zemer Swenson of Carriere for a
short visit before Shirley left for a scenic train
trip to the Northwest.
Virginia, Joan Baron Lankin and Dianne Hanrahan
Coughlan had a wonderful time in July at Karen
Saum's home just outside Bangor, Maine. They
spent five days riding, hiking and boating up and
down the Eastern coast. They even went into
Canada. At noon every day they picnicked on some
coast, inlet or wooded area. Karen showed them
all the out-of-the-way places that were unfor-
gettable. They bought and cooked fresh lobster
and ate Karen's luscious goat stew. It was unique
to see daylight from 4:15 a.m., until 9:00 p.m.
Virginia says the best part was old friends from
Mississippi, Maryland and Texas meeting in Maine
with another special friend and having the time
of their lives. They were proud that they actu-
ally did it instead of just talking about doing
On the trip home, Virginia had a layover in At-
lanta and visited her brother, Jim Selby, who had
just returned from a three-week trip to Panama and
the Tampa Reunion. He and his buddies visited
friends still working in Panama and spent most of
the time fishing. Jim took pictures of all the
houses the Selbys used to live in that are still
around, and also visited his mother's grave.
On a trip to San Francisco to visit his family,
Henry Cruz of Edmonds, Washington ran into former
BHS '52 classmate, Betty Ruiz, who is a nurse as
is Henry's younger sister, Landy. Betty used to
work at Gorgas Hospital with Sheila Fearon and
Leona Hart. Betty, Landy and Henry had a nice
visit and lunch at Fisherman's Wharf.
Mabel Chatburn Pboell resides at 105-1815 Var-
sity Estates Drive N.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T3B3YF. In a recent letter to Virginia, Mae says
she visited Marie DiBella Allen in Miami Springs,
FL, on a return trip from Salinas, Ecuador, where
Mae's mother lives. She enjoyed seeing Marie's
pictures of the BHS '52 reunion and wishes she had
been able to participate.
Patt Foster Roberson
It was hot and sunny, a real eye-squinting
afternoon when the fancy volvo pulled up to the
portico of my apartment complex. The Colorado
license plat bore a telltale clue "ZVOLVO". Aha!
Quick, run the Rosenbergs are in town. Bob and
Nancy had come all the way from Boulder to attend
the Panama Canal Society of New Mexico's Reunion.
Saturday, the 4th of June, 34 former residents
of the great Zone were in attendance. The annual
gathering was held in the comfortable air condi-
tioned surroundings of the Banquet Hall of my
apartment complex. The outdoor events held in
previous years had required the attendees bring
a ship's anchor to avoid being blown away by that
well known denizen, the New Mexico desert wind.
The indoor festivities were a popular change.
Elsie King, Micky Varon, Hike (iavez and his son,
father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Chavez, sister
Sara and Norbert Hamnond and baby daughter. Mr.
and Mrs. Donald W. lillins, Karen Husum Clary and
her famous wit, Jackie Dorgan Meketa, Bill Arthur
and Dora Hardy, Art and Rosita Kirmer and lovely
daughter, Terri Blog, Suzanne Gorden Dyszyinski,
and a few other folks who said they were incog-
nito, and let's not forget the children, too many
to mention. Also, my fiance, Jane Gaston and
young Eric were first timers.
Vic and Made on Brown
The biggest surprise was the arrival of Channel
13, the local CBS television affiliate, who was
over an hour late, but Vic Brown and your reporter
gave them our best sides and the report was aired
that evening on the 6:00 p.m. report.
L-R: Bob Rosenberg, Karen Husum Clary,
Sara Hammond, Bill Arthur.
Betty Annis and little grandperson.
1988 New Mexican Reunion.
Betty and that spry looking Dr. Annis were all
over welcoming guests. Some new arrivals were
Lynn and Joe Williams. The old timers included
Vic and Hadelon Brown, Ondr. and Mrs. R.F. Vales,
Bob and Virginia Covington, May and George Glenn,
1988 New Mexican Reunion
The Reunion was a rousing success, so much so
that many attendees wanted to have a rematch for
after the end of the sumner. Sometime in Sep-
tember so put the idea down and we'll be in touch.
Now the scene changes, and we are at the big
daddy reunion in Tanpa, and people everywhere.
Among them is New Mexican, Mary Lerchen, and the
familiar face of Mike Chavez who was there to
attend his 20th high school reunion. By the way,
hats off to those great organizers, another super
job. Editor, Pat Beall's reporter's luncheon was
fun and meeting those new faces, and seeing Cookie
Newlon, who reports to you from Austin, was de-
lightful. Also, those who attended the Crossroad
Bible Church reunion were Rev. Gordon Gustafson
and wife, June, Fred Cotton and family, Ken At-
kinson, bill, Paula, Chris Snyder, fresh from
their long drive from Idaho, Ken and Dottie Man-
torn, the Sullivans, and Harry Stinson. We all
shared and enjoyed the get-together.
Well, as the sun sets on the 88 reunion, a
pause, a sigh, another year is past, with all its
pace so fast, please dear Lord, don't let me be
Arnold L. Talbott
The Panana Canal Society of Western North Caro-
lina had our spring luncheon on May 5. Among those
attending were some of our "sumnner" members, Janet
and Ross Cunningha and Marian and Lee Kariger.
This item from Diana Davis, Albermarle, arrived
too late for my last report: "Tank" Davis (CHS'63)
graduated from Western Carolina University with a
BS in Parks ans Recreation Management. He is work-
ing in Albemarle until something in his field is
Linnea and Ron Angermuller's daughter, Britta,
from Houston, and their son, Larry and his wife,
Liz, from Norfolk were here for a family reunion
Llori (Kent) and Jay Gibson from Panama spent
May and June in their house here in Mills River.
While they were here, Jo and Lloyd Kent, Boca Rat-
on, FL., spent some time with them.
Priscilla and Bob Dunn, Jr., with their child-
ren Randy and Katrina came up from Panama to spend
6 weeks in their home here. Adele and Bob Dunn,
Sr., from Kerrville, Texas, joined them for a
Betsy Bivin and her daughter, Margaret, from
Dallas, Texas, were houseguests of Betty and Bill
Dunning in June. Betty and Bill went to the re-
union and from there, flew to Germany to visit
their daughter, Cheryl. They will do some touring
while in Europe and expect to be home early in
Jeannine and Bill Carlin, Sarasota, FL., are
staying in the Dunning's home while they are away.
Their houseguests here have been Diane and Jim
Bradley and their daughter, Eileen, from Panama;
also Jackie (Carlin) and John '"Bucky" Gilbert from
San Antonio, Texas.
Janet and Ross Cunningham have had children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren visiting
them. Dick and Lynn Cunningham with their family
have been here and Judy and Ed Cunningham with 3
of their children will be here later.
Peggy Hutchison and Trudy Clontz from Aiken
were houseguests of Jean and Jack Dombrowsky for
several days in July.
Martha (Irvin) Tanner has retired from DOD in
Panama and visited her sister, Elizabeth (Irvin)
Quintero for several days in June.
We will have our annual picnic on August 4 and
we always look forward to seeing our "sumner" mem-
bers and guests.
Alice H. Roche
Peggy Rankin phoned to say she has her good and
bad days, yet she is feeling much better. Her
visitors this year were Richard and Tina Rankin
and family from Maryland. Bill Rankin will be up
sometime this year and his wife Ginny will follow
on his return to the Isthmus.
I received a card from Warren and Evelyn Wood,
(no relation), of Frazier Park, CA. It's so nice
to hear from friends of Gamboa days. They planned
and I assumed they had attended their first Canal
reunion in Florida. I know they had a great time,
This sunrer has been very busy and full. My
daughter, Marcy, and grandson, Steven Napoleon,
are here, along with my sister, Peggy Bradley.
We have been sightseeing, picnicing and touring
about. We drove and ferried to Victoria, Sidney
and Chemainus, B.C. had beautiful weather and
a grand time together.
When the K.C. Royals arrived in Northwest to
play against the Mariners, (Baseball). We drove
to Seattle to drop Marcy and the kids off for a
short visit with Ed Napoleon.
Jack and Iucille Bunker hosted a very nice
luncheon. Those who attended were Mrs. Lois
Hamilton, John and Winnie Towery, Betty London,
Peggy Bradley and myself. A very enjoyable after-
noon was had by all.
Was sorry to have missed a guided tour of one
of Astoria, Oregon's Historical homes by Mebs
Ausenehmer. I learned through another guide, Mebs
volunteers her time once a week to guide inter-
ested parties through the Flavel mansion.
I received a news letter from Floyd and Beverly
Baker as follows:
Memorial Day was the time of the annual gather-
ing at Bill and Marty Lohrs home in Sequim, WA.
Gathering Saturday for a big cookout were Cecil
and Donna Caudill, Phil and Welcia Wilkins, Don
ard Sandi Seymour, Floyd and Bev Baker, and Lee
Snider. Missing was Cathy Snider who was in Cali-
fornia attending son Bill's surgery to help him
walk again. A great day Sunday with Lee Snider
picking the winner of the Indy race.
A week later a reunion at the home of John and
Garnett Iclaughlin at their Lake Chelan Home. On
the way Friday, three couples met at Lake Easton
State Park. Saturday, we went on to Lake Chelan
to find a yard full of guests. We found Lee and
Cathy Snith and Cecil and Donna Caudill camped in
their trailers. Also there was Jim and Sherry
Hansen in their motor home. Floyd and Bev Baker
arrived next in their 5th wheel Trailer and next
was Bill and Marty Ihr in their truck camper.
Shortly thereafter Dale and Bonnie Fontaine rolled
in their new motor home. They were on the return
leg of a six month trip around the U.S. Last to
arrive was Ethel (Colman) Rich and husband, Art
who live near by. A fantastic weekend was had by
all with outstanding hosts.
April saw Floyd and Bev Baker off to Greensboro
North Carolina to visit daughter, Carol, and hus-
band, Mike Goodwin. We spent 12 days spoiling our
grandchildren, Brett, 4, and Leah, 9 mos. We had
one side trip to Fayetteville and over night with
Rusty and Sue T'rnbull. Weekend visitors at
Carols were Debbie (Carey) and Paul Sweringen and
Floyd and Beverly Baker
Thank you both for all your news.
My grandson, Jesse Wood, made the All Stars
Baseball Team for 13 year olds while Alex Wood,
(10 years) ran in the 400 meter relay for the
Hersheys State track meet.
Closing, I hope to see and visit with everyone
at the NW Reunion Picnic at Millersvania Park, WA,
August 6, 1988.
Martha B. Wood
The first meeting of the Panama Canal Society
of Oklahoma was held June 25th at the home of Bill
and Esther (Butz) Clair in Broken Arrow. Esther
organized it and was kind enough to hold it in the
Clair's new home. (They previously lived in
Jenks, Oklahoma) It was attended by Esther's bro-
ther, Peter Butz, and his wife, Janice, and their
sons, George and Jason, of Skiatook; Don and
Marilyn Sanpson of Collinsville; and Mary V.
Graham of Tulsa. Unfortunately, several enthu-
siastic local ex-Zonians were on their way to
Tarpa to attend the Florida Society Reunion. They
have promised to attend the next meeting and, if
so, this will almost double the Pan Can's Oklahoma
Everyone had a great time talking over remem-
berances of the old days especially "and in the
Interior". The pot luck supper was good. Bill
Clair stole the show when he showed a video re-
cently aired on Nova on the Panama Canal, its
history from the beginning to its present im-
portance to world commerce.
Our next meeting is set for October 22 in
Tulsa at Mary Grahams. We hope it will be well
attended by any and all former Zonians. Should
you have any questions, contact Esther Clair (Mrs.
William), 401 Hemlock Street, Broken Arrow, OK
My sons, Peter VanOveren, from Austin, Texas
and Christopher VanOueren and his wife, Vickie,
from Portland, Oregon, spent a long weekend with
me in Tulsa. Ginger Hansel of Austin came with
Pete. It was a fun time for we three had not been
together for several years. The only problem was
that the time was too short.
Mary V. Graham, M.D.
On May 23, 1988, John Williford, age 13, son
of Rosanne and Mickey Williford, caught a 64 lb.
red snapper on a 50 lb. test line in the Chagres
River. Incredibly enough, the previous record for
a snapper caught in the Chagres on a 50-lb test
line was held by Mickey, who performed that feat
nineteen years ago. Mickey's snapper weighed 63
lbs. 1 lb. less than John's. For this catch
John won first prize in the novice class in the
Roy Rhinehart Annual Fishing Tournament. The
Willifords, former residents of the Atlantic Side,
now reside in Corozal on the Pacific Side.
With people leaving Panama in a steady stream
these days, it is rare to hear about them coming
back. Such is the case with Bill and Ginger
Young. When Bill retired in December, 1984, Bill,
Ginger and sons, Dean and Stephen, left the Is-
thmus and settled in Ormond Beach, Florida. Now,
four years later, Ginger and Bill have returned
so that Ginger can qualify for her retirement.
She is under an 18-month contract here and is em-
ployed as a Budget Analyst for the U.S. Army in
Corozal. Bill was able to join Ginger here for
a few months but has now returned to Ormond Beach
to help Dean and Stephen prepare for college. Al-
so, Bill has been teaching some business courses
at the Community College in Daytona where both
sons have been attending. Dean is presently
waiting to be accepted at Auburn to finish his
degree; Stephen will enter the University of South
Florida in Tampa this fall. It is great to see
Bill and Ginger again, and we welcome them back.
The family plans to gather in Panama at Christ-
mas time, to include Ginger's mother, Dolores M.
Coffy, also of Ormond Beach.
Bruce and Sandy (Clinely) Sanders made a short
trip out to California the end of May to visit son
Douglas and daughter-in-law, Pan. Dough and Pam
have just purchased a beautiful home just outside
of Los Gatos. Although Doug was not able to
attend his 10th Class Reunion in Tampa, Bruce and
Sandy were there and enjoyed seeing many of Doug's
former classmates. Bruce and Sandy are anxiously
awaiting the birth of their first grandchild in
August, expectant parents being son, Curtis, and
daughter-in-law, Kim, who reside in Texas.
Willard Scott, right, the flamboyant
weather reporter on the NBC "Today" show
poses here with PCC guide Edgar Paulk
during his visit to Miraflores Locks.
The hat modeled by the television cele-
brity was presented by Marine Bureau Ex-
ecutive Assistant Douglas Schmidt. Scott
was in Panama over the 4th of July week-
end where he presided as the Honorary
Parade Grand Marshall.
The highlight for the Atlantic and Pacific side
communities this year was the visit of Willard
Scott, well renowned weather reporter on the NBC
"Today" show, who presided as the Honorary Parade
Grand Marshal for the 4th of July Parades. He was
as friendly, cheerful, and accommodating as he
could be, despite the fact that it rained the en-
tire three days he was here. He won the hearts
of young and old alike. Although his visit was
hosted by the U.S. Army South, as the executive
agent for the 4th of July community activities,
the driving force behind his coming to Panama and
the major credit for the successful visit goes to
Vicki (McCoy) Boatwright. In her professional
life, Vicki is the Chief of Comunity Relations,
Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Army South, and in
private life the wife of Robert J. Boatwright, Jr.
Thank you, Vicki, for a super job the visit
brought a lift to all of our spirits.
Pablito Duran, 50 years of age (BHS '55) died
in a tragic plane crash on July 3rd. Pablito was
piloting his twin engine Beechcraft plane from
Contadora Island to Paitilla when he crashed in
a severe rainstorm. The accident took place
shortly after Pable was advised by the tower not
to land at Paitilla airport. Radar lost him after
this transmission. The following day the plane
was found near San Jose Rock south of Flamingo
Island. Also killed in the crash were two sons,
Carlos, age 27, and Fernando, age 25 (BHS '81),
and a family friend, Carol Healy.
Services were held on July 7, at the Aantuario
Nacional del Corozon de Maria in Panama City. A
short mass said by 7 priests and Papal represen-
tatives was attended by 2500 relatives and fri-
Pablito's notable contributions to his country
and community included: Director General of the
Port Authority during the treaty transition period
1979-1980; Portuguese Consul in Panama; past Pre-
sident and member of the Panama Rotary Club; past
President of the Union Club; past president of the
Parent-teachers Association of the Javier College;
President of the Governing Conmittee and Founder
of the Nautical School of Panam; and member of the
National Conmission of Coffee.
Pablito was a loving and devoted son, husband,
father, brother, and friend. His love of life and
his fellow man was obvious to all who knew him.
He will be greatly missed.
Mary P. Coffey
Since my entry didn't quite make the last
issue my fault, I was late I'll pick up from
a few of the items in that write-up.
Panama's political and economic upheaval con-
tinue to pervade everyday life. In the Atlantic
townsites of Gatun and Margarita we remain largely
out of the mainstream, but out lives are still
affected, if just through the constant sense of
tension in the air. You may not be reading
about the "situation" everyday in the news anymore
but it's still here. We pray for the right solu-
tion, whatever that may be.
Congratulations are due the women's softball
team, the HUSTLERS, which we now delicately refer
to as the "OLD PROS", since our average age is
probably around 40. Anyway, the 'OLD PROS' won
first place in the Fort Davis League tournament
this year, beating out a team that had zero losses
for the season. The members of the OLD PROS, soae
who have played together for nearly 20 years, are
Grace Whitney Kraemer, Linda hzerolle, Iouise
Russon, Sue Stabler, Bonnie Willis Seeley, Penny
Wilder Caiams, Marisa Zeimetz, Gayle Fettler
Rankin, Elinore Lewis Johnson, Mary Mouw, Eliza-
beth Thompson, Margarita Parris, Marva Canpbell
and Stacy Herron. Coaches Robert Rankin and
Vincent Cafamas are pretty pleased with their
The PCC men did well this year, too, placing
third for the season and second in the tournament.
The guys were sponsored this year by H.I. Homa
Construction Co. and called themselves the Gold
Coast Team. They included Manager, Dick Bjorneby,
Walt Ilund, Bill Will, who both played and coached
and Alfonso Coley, Rick Doubek, George Favorite,
Charles Flockhart, Dan Garrity, Randy Grubbs, Fred
Highley, Adoniram Iglesias, Dan Mouw, Richard
Murphy, Wayne Seeley, Janes Taylor, Kerry Williams
and Lewis Wood.
Another small batch of "Canal Zone Brats" gra-
duated from Cristobal High School in mid-June.
Eleven of them, out of a class of 40 reside in
Gatun, including Andrew Adams, Michelle Calvo,
Joann Eckel, Ray Laatz, Gerry Lancaster, Mary
lawrance, Robert Lawrance, Anita Mazerolle,
Angelina Palumbo, George Patton and Elizabeth
Thampson. Their plans vary from hitting the job
market to heading for college either locally or
stateside. Ray Laatz has dug in already as of
July 11 as a plebe at the United States Merchant
Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Con-
This year's Roy Rinehart Fishing Tournament,
sponsored by the Panama Canal Tarpon Club, wrapped
up another successful season the end of June. The
big prize goes to Bob Poland for his 140.6 lb.
Chagres River Tarpon. in the Angler Class, Bill
Epperson caught a 125 lb. tarpon, Mike Andrews a
32.5 lb. barracuda, and Mike Bell swept the cate-
gory with a 38.25 lb grouper, a 44 lb. wahoo, a
51 lb. sailfish, a 29 lb. jack and a 51 lb. shark.
(Sid Coffin's not too happy with Mike's shark).
In the Ladies' Class, Bonnie Seeley caught a 70.5
lb. tarpon, Sue Stabler a 26.5 lb. barracuda,
Terri Kittrige a 48.5 lb. wahoo, and Bonnie Seeley
a 10.5 lb. jack. John Williford came out on top
in the Novice Class again this year with a 64 lb.
snapper (that's not a typo, folks, it really was
a 64 pounder) and a 16.5 lb. kingfish. Entering
his first tournament, Kenneth Palumbo caught him-
self a 26.5 lb. jack. Everyone will be appro-
priately recognized at the annual tournament
dinner at the Tarpon Club, coming up soon.
The fishing's still great in Panama as
you can tell from this wahoo Mike Bell
caught on a reef outside the Atlantic
Joe Stabler shows off the 30-lb barri-
cuda he caught in the Chagres during an
evening trip down river with Capt. Sid
Coffin this past January.
In honor of Sid Coffin's "you're almost 40
party" (his 39th really), and for Dorothy Hauser's
and Anastasia Kapatulik's retirement, a get to-
gether, potluck style, was held at Tim and Theresa
(Snider) Herring's house in Gatun. Guests in-
cluded Cody Howell and Eric Ernst over from the
Pacific side, along with Sue and lew Stabler,
This handful of lobster translates into
an all-you-can-eat bash at Sid Coffin's
house. Way to go, Sid!
Beverly and Marty Hoffinan, Donna and Randy Grubbs,
Wallace Teal and Jan Johnston, John Carey, Janet
Rigby and a large assortment of kids.
Jeff Adema was married in July in Orlando,
Florida, with a little help from his Dad, Eric
Adema, Coral Adema, and his brother and sister,
Andrew and Caroline. Congratulations, Jeff and
At the Fourth of July celebrations held on Fort
Davis this year, in spite of the most horrendous
rainfall any of us had seen in years, the Mar-
garita Elks Club booth sold completely out of pork
and chicken barbeque using Ed Bensen's recipe.
The ceviche, Butch Tobin's recipe, didn't make it
to closing time either.
We had to bid farewell to some of our number
this sunimer. Bob and Sheila Lawrance and their
kids, Bobby and Mary, left in June for their re-
tirement in Florida. They are sorely missed in
Gatun by the big "family" they left behind.
Leaving us, too, were Bob and Joan Webb, who took
off on the sailboat Bob built a couple of years
back heading for starters to Jamaica, Bermuda and
Annapolis, Maryland. Maryann and Derek Egger of
Brazos left, also, along with their daughters,
Karin and Lisa Palumbo, for a new home in Florida.
Planning to leave within the year are Cal Egle and
his son, Anders, Ken and Lorene Frazier, "'ed"
and Elaine Gilmore, Phylis DeBoer and her kids,
Greg and Missy, and Paul and Maximina Snyder and
their children. You can see our numbers are dwin-
Wallace Teal and Jan Johnston and Collette and
Richard Johnston have been enjoying a visit from
Jan and Richard's parents, former Zonians, Les and
Muriel Johnston, currently of Kerrville, Texas.
The grandkids, Beverly Teal and Theresa, Richie
and Scottie Johnston, have especially enjoyed
having Grandma and Grandpa here, as many other
Gatun kids. Les and Muriel are well-known in Ga-
tun for being "neat" grandparents.
Also visiting old friends and family is Betty
Snow. While staying with friends on the Pacific
side, she's also spent manydays on the Atlantic,
running around with her cousin, Andrew Lim, and
the rest of her family, including Angelica and
Lots of our Atlantic siders have been on leave
for the summer, but we're already starting to see
some coming home. Mike and Sheila (Carnes) Bell
recently got back with their daughter, Sarah, and
others are due in over the next couple of weeks.
It still gets pretty quiet here over the summer
After his recent graduation from Florida State
University in Tallahassee, Robert Mizrachi is home
for a brief vacation in the sun and surf before
returning to the U.S. for some serious job hunt-
ing. His dad and mom, Henry and Sunny (Morland)
Mizrachi, now have all three kids successfully
through college. Sunny's mom, Virginia Woodhull
Morland is currently at her stateside home in
Pinehurst, North Carolina, recuperating from
minor surgery to her foot.
Theresa (Snider) Herring went out to the west
coast after the Pan Canal Reunion. She took part
in a two-night campout with her brother, Bill
Snider and other members of his rehabilitation
center (for brain injuries). Then, she spent some
time with Glenda and Keith Allaun in Mountain View
California, and even took in a play where Keith
and Ginger Sell were members of the cast.
One of the happiest pieces of mail I've received
recently was a letter from my Godson, Brian Weaver
of Tallahassee. I don't get to see him often e-
nough and had no idea he was getting to be such
an artist. He sent me a chalk drawing that was
just magnificent. He also said he and his dad and
mon, Marty and Judy (Paulson) Weaver, were going
to Jamaica around the end of July.
Finally, I'm happy to say my daughter, Leslie
Griffin, is home for a few weeks after spending
three very special weeks at the Oregon Outward
Bound School. She'll be starting her senior year
at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in the
Susan K. Stabler
On June 16th thirty nine members and guests met
at the Seniors' Clubhouse in Aiken to enjoy a de-
licious potluck luncheon. Your reporter's only
regret was that there was no way should could par-
take of each and every one of those fabulous
Those present were B.J. and Grace Hartley,
Eletheer and James Catron, Cony Menges, Kathleen
Burkett, Bea Lee, Ann and Doc Harley, Verna and
Andy Kapinos, Evelyn and Howard Hilborn, Beverly
lard, Virginia Smart, Jean and Jack Dmibrowsky,
Annie Whitsell, Edna Me Reavis, John Everson,
Grace and Stade Carlson, Olga Holmes, Fina and
Frank Balinski, Billy Rowe, Bernice and Bill Hill,
Peggy Hutchison, Ethel and J.D. Tate and Trudi
Clontz, Jack and Phyllis Woodzell, A.W. Jackson,
Kay Pierce, Iorna Shore, Jane and Jack Steele and
Bill York dropped in to say "hello".
At a brief business meeting following the lun-
cheon, it was decided to hold the September lun-
cheon meeting on the 15th at the Sheraton, N.W.
in Columbia, S.C., and the December pre-Christmas
luncheon on the 7th at the Houndslake Country Club
"Reunion" seems to be the key word for the
spring and summer months, as a number of our mem-
bers journeyed to Tampa for the annual Florida Re-
union while others enjoyed family get-togethers
elsewhere. After Tanpa, Nora and Charles Green,
and daughter Virginia Ann Mchak drove South to
St. Petersburg and enjoyed a visit with Nora's
sisters, including Helen Alexander who came in
from San Antonio, Texas.
Peggy Hutchison drove to Tampa with Jerry and
Diane (Hutchison) Cox where they were joined by
Bob and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis and Ruth Powell
and Doris Hutchison, thereby creating a mini-re-
union within the Reunion. Enroute home, Peggy,
Jerry and Diane spent the night with Reba and
Rodney Higginbotham. In early May, Peggy attended
the NARFE S.C. State Convention in Sunmerville,
and later the same month went to Myrtle Beach with
Trudi Clontz to enjoy walking the sands and
shopping the malls.
For the July 4th weekend, Leona and Paul
Badonsky traveled to Tuscaloosa, Ala. with their
son, Leo, and daughter-in-law, Gabby, to visit
daughter, Paula leitch and family, their last
visit to Alabama as the Leitches are packing for
their move to Blacksburg, VA.
Verna Kapino reports that her son-in-law, Col.
Robert Smith, and family have been reassigned to
Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C. that Melissa
Smith is attending the Air Force Academy, and her
brother, Andy, is getting ready to go to the Air
Force Academy. Linda (Kapinos) Puchon has re-
turned home from two weeks reserve duty in Ger-
The end of April, Kay (Frangioni) Pierce flew
to Fort Jackson, Texas to spend a week with dau-
ghter and son-in-law, Jack and Kathy Hancock and
grandchildren Sarah, Melissa and Stephanie. Kay's
daughter, Jan Stallings, and husband came in from
Arlington, Texas to help celebrate Kathy's 30th
birthday. In mid-May, Kay spent a month with her
dad, Tony Frangioni, at Fort Walton Beach, Florida
where her mother, Naomi, was hospitalized, and
Jerry Pierce drove down several times. On June
6th, the family gathered with Tony Frangioni for
Naomi's memorial service Jerry and Kay Pierce,
Ralph and Marie Frangioni and sons, Ralph, III and
Greg, Kathy (Pierce) Hancock, Ben and Jan (Pierce)
Stallings, and Bob and Lorie (Pierce) Band of
Niagara Fally, NY with the first Pierce grandson,
"Bobby". Tom and Barbara Peterson also flew in
The Pierces' daughters and families came in
from Texas the last week in June for a week of
golf, and a few days on the coast near Frogmore,
S.C. where they enjoyed fresh seafood. While Ben
and Jan Stallings and Jack Hancock played the Har-
bour Town links at Hilton Head, twin granddaugh-
ters, Melissa and Stephanie and big sister Sarah
spent time at Hunting Island Beach.
Kay Pierce flew to Detroit, Michigan July 1st
as a delegate from the Diocese of Upper South Ca-
rolina to the Episcopal Churchwomen's Triennial
Meeting for nine days of sessions held concurrent-
ly with The Episcopal Church National Convention.
According to Kay, four days of 100 plus tempera-
ture in Detroit made South Carolina air condition-
ing feel mighty good. Meanwhile, Jerry Pierce and
his mother, Alice, kept busy at the swimming pool
and the Midland Valley Golf Course. Also, Alice's
vegetable garden has given her many hours of fresh
air exercise- enjoyment and marvelous vege-
Among J.D. and Ethel Tate's visitors in early
May were Bobby Adams and family from Cardenas and
later the same month, David and Jane Tate from
Spartanburg, who were joined by Marybelle Westman
and J.D.'s sister, Ray Calhoun.
Were anyone's ears burning when Jeanie Sanders
of Hendersonville visited Aiken? We hear that
when she and some other ex-zonians had dinner at
the Catrons, there was a lot of "rehashing" and
"remember whens" going on. In early July, Jinmy
Catron and family of Madison, Florida visited
Eletheer and Otis.
Bob and Billy Roue are delighted to have their
son Bobby as a weekend visitor these days, a re-
sult of a change in jobs which necessitated his
attending some classes in Georgia.
lorna Shore enjoyed her daughter Charlene's two
week visit in May and her July visit to Miami when
she was able to catch up with all her daughters.
She drove down with grandson, Stevie.
The latter part June, Marcie and Bob Jones and
two grandchildren stopped to see Nora and Charles
Green. They had been camping in North Carolina
and were enroute home to Colorado.
Ex-Canal Zone Teachers Re-Unite after 39 years.
When Vivian Simmons, Mary Donaldson, Doris
Sunmerlin, Carrie Gene Ashley and Dona Frye met
in Cocoli at assigned quarters 529 in September,
1949, it proved to be not only an adventure but
also developed into a cemented bond of friendship.
1949 at Paying Teller: Donna Frye and
Doris Sunmerlin.: In Guatamala, Vivian
Simmons, Carrie Gene Ashley, Mary Don-
1988 Mary Donaldson French of Califor-
nia, Donna Frye Helmerichs of Louisiana,
Vivian Simmons of Texas, and Doris Sum-
merlin Davis of Florida.
In May, 1988, they resumed their friendship
with a reunion in Austin, Texas, at the home of
Vivian Sinmons and one of the group said, "It
seems we've only been apart for a few hours."
They viewed slides of their many trips together
in Central and South America, sang all the old
songs they used to ring out in the late hours of
Cocoli, songs like "Pack up all your cares and
woe" on a Chiva winding their way to a picnic at
Sumnit Gardens, sitting under the Cannon Ball
trees. They reminisced the many weekends at
Gute's place at Santa Clara and grading papers on
the beach at Taboga.
The group made a tape to send to Carrie Gene
Ashley who could not attend.
Other news from Austin: Jimny and Karen
Mullins are moving to Tallahassee, Florida where
Karen's mother, Nel and Bud Green now live. They
will also be closer to Jinmy's folks, ary and
Earl Mullins, who live in Dothan, Alabama.
Janice M. Newlon
We welcome Bob and lois (Bergnan) Carpenter,
formerly of Prescott, Arizona and Kitty Schnidt
formerly of Pasadena, Maryland who have chosen
Kerrville for their home. Bob and Lois have
settled in Greenwood Forest near Lois' sisters:
Jean (Bergan) Smith and Honey (Bergpian) Fealey.
Kitty has located near her daughter, Jackie and
Dale Bishop and family.
Ed and Juanita Webster have had a busy sumner.
They visited relatives and friends in North Texas.
Then Juanita's brother came from Denison, TX for
a visit with them in Kerrville. Ed's Father's Day
was made extra special when daughters, Nancy
(Webster) Lindennayer of Maryland and Martha
(Webster) Baze of Austin came to spend some time
with their parents.
We have just learned that Clara chamberss was
in the hospital, but happy to report that she is
at home and doing well.
Shirley (Carlson) Givonetti, her date, Harry
Carlson, and her daughter, Patty Givonetti,
attended a family wedding in March in Hattiesburg,
MS. (See Weddings) Then continued on to Paris,
Arkansas to visit Shirley's aunt and uncle, Ray
and Polly Witt. Shortly after their return to
Kerrville, John and Eula Witt, Los Rios, R.P. came
to spend a week with Shirley and her dad.
Marion and Fred Wells enjoyed their grand-
children: Chaundra, Crista and Michael of Atlanta
Georgia while their parents, Allan and Kathy Jane
(Melanson) Wells, were in France.
Ed and Barbara (Rhyne) Stanford of Cardenas,
R.P. with their children: Eddie and Cheryl visited
Barbara's parents, the H.G. Ehynes in Kerrville.
It was a wonderful visit, timed to celebrate
Barbara's mother's birthday and her dad's Father's
Day. One day was spent seeing Sea World of Texas
in San Antonio, which we recommend to everyone.
Kathy and John Keenan with their son, Cody, of
Houston, joined the Stanford family in Kerrville
one weekend. They had a good visit and enjoyed
swimming and picnicking on the banks of the Guada-
lope River. The following week the Stanfords left
Kerrville for Ft. Worth, TX and a visit with Ed's
parents, Fay and Bill Stanford, and Ed's brother,
Larry and wife, Nancy (Basham) Stanford, and their
children, Jill and lee. Former Zonians, Carl Hurt
of Corpus Christi and Teddy Yost of Houston, spent
a day with Ed and Larry while Barbara and Nancy
did a bit of shopping.
Jeanne Stough furnished the following informa-
tion: Babe Kressler of Dothan, AL was in San
Antonio for the arrival on May 6 of her first
grandson, Tyler Ross Shaffer, just 10 pounds, 9
ounces, a true Texan and a most gorgeous specimen.
Mother, Tammy (Kessler) Shaffer is doing fine.
Other visitors for the event were, Tim Kessler,
now in the Coast Guard, Grandpa Bill Kessler from
Dothan, Mike and Rochelle Kessler from Dallas;
Bill, Jr. and Ana (Wolf) Kessler of San Antonio,
and of course Charley and Jeanne Stough. Ama-
zingly, the new baby boy delayed his arrival date
and obligingly was born on his mother's birthday,
May 6, the first mother/son birthday I ever heard
Congratulations to proud Grandpa Joseph A.
Bialkowski on the appointment of his grandson,
Edward A. Sayre, to West Point. Edward (Ward) is
the son of Capt. Earl A. Sayre (deceased) and Mary
Beth (Bialkowski) Sayre of Portland, Texas.
Sunmer is here, and we are fully enjoying it,
although we wish we had a little more rain.
June gave us three to four days of very heavy
rain, so much that we thought our golf course pro-
perty had turned into lake front property. It
wasn't enough, however, and we are now suffering
a moderate drought. It has been good for Wood-
creek in that the sunny weather is attracting more
tournaments and groups. Hopefully, the new few
weeks will bring us some relief.
So far, 1988 has been a very busy year. I quit
my job with the State of Texas and began my own
staff development/human resources consultanting
firm. Quite an experience; some money has been
made, but, best of all, flexibility of working at
home is great. If you know of anyone who needs
a full-line of human resources development ser-
vices, have them call RLB ASSOCIATES. The "R" is
for my partner, Mary Helen Rodriguez, a native of
Austin who specializes in employee assistance pro-
grams and other difficult management problems.
She has a Master's of Science in Social Work and
is a terrific lady. Her education compliments my
Bachelor's in Management and, personally, we com-
pliment each other. We can proudly say our cli-
ents are very satisfied.
laura continues to grow. She is an adorable
child who makes our lives very interesting and
full. She is into ballet and swimming. Her
ballet school had a sunner recital, and her class
did "When you wish upon a star," which was very
sophisticated and ambitious for five year olds,
but they outdid themselves. They even have two
boys in her dancing group.
Laura Renee LeBrun and her dance in-
structor. Laura is the daughter of
Aurora and Bill LeBrun of Wimberley, TX,
formerly of Balboa Heights, Canal Zone.
Bill keeps on practicing golf. Living on the
course makes it easy, and, although he is always
complaining about his game, he can't leave it a-
lone. he is also quite busy with the Lions Club
in Wimberley. If you visit us on Market Day
(first Saturday of every month) you can buy a snow
cone from Bill at the Lion's concession.
Julie and her husband, Pat Ryan, are the
closest of Bill's children. They are in San An-
tonio, about one hour from us. Their baby, Marisa
Belen, is now one year old and a beautiful child.
Pat is an attorney with Akin, Gunp, & Strauss, and
his field of practice keeps very busy and on the
road a lot. Julie has decided to concentrate on
Belen and fixing up their turn-of-the-century
house in the historic district of Miramonte.
Well, enough of us. Remember, call us or stop
by if you are in the Texas Hill County. You'll
enjoy it and so will we.
Aurora F. leBrun
Well, another successful reunion fades into
history and as always everyone reported having a
good time. Some of the news I picked up...Ann
(O'Donnell) and Steve Barger are expecting their
second child in February, Russell Gillespie and
his fiance, Leslie, will be married in December,
Scott Parker is still enjoying life in Alaska,
Myra Barraza and fiance, Ken Vidal, were just
married in Georgia, and the entire Snider clan
(all, excepting Bill, of whom were in attendance)
are doing fine.
Sue (McCullough) Burk and daughter, Chevaun,
were in for the reunion and to celebrate Mac and
Snookie WMCullough's 50th wedding anniversary!
While here, they spent a weekend with us during
which Maryann (Palmer) Bross and Abbie Allinder
(Ann Norval Mulbach's daughter) joined us for an
afternoon cookout. The big anniversary celebra-
tion was held July 15th, in Sarasota, and from all
reports was a big success! All of their children
and grandchildren were in town to celebrate and
Sue has promised me a good write up for the next
issue. We were unable to attend due to illness
so I would like to take this time co wish the
McCulloughs lots more happy years together.
My Aunt Clara (May) Chambers wrote that all is
well in ierrville and that she and Uncle Harold
are doing fine. Aunt Clara just underwent major
surgery last week and from all reports came
through with flying colors! The Chambers now have
6 great grandchildren ranging from ages 2 to 11.
In April, Aunt Clara was in Denton, Texas to cele-
brate the marriage of her granddaughter, Jody
Spafford. Jody is the daughter of Carla (Cham-
bers) and Joe Spafford. Included in the wedding
party were Jody's sister, Jenny, and Jolice and
Bill Weidenhoff, the daughter and son of Alice
(ChaWbers) and John Weidenhoff of Fort Worth, TX.
Got a note from Cheryl Olsen. All is well in
Washington and she is keeping busy with work and
all of her children activities.
A few weeks ago we attended my cousin, Ashley
Theeler's, 4th birthday party. Ashley is the
youngest daughter of Cori Morris. Also there to
wish Ashley a happy birthday was John Morris,
Kelly Morris, Marie (Cicero) and Jim Morris, Joe
and Marsha Cicero, Sue (McCullough) Burk, Chris,
Valerie and Mathew Holt, and June (Hanbelton) and
I must apologize to anyone who sends news in
to me that doesn't make it into this issue. I am
sending my report in early as we are leaving for
a New Jersey vacation on July 22nd. Rest assured
that your news will be in the following issue.
Till next issue...keep sendingin the news!
Sandy (May) Robinson
WENDY JEFFCOAT HONORED
Wendy A. Jeffcoat, the
daughter of Nancy A.
Jeffcoat and granddaugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles G. Mbrency of St.
Petersburg has been sel-
ectedas an Outstanding
College Student of Amer-
Wendy, a senior at
Florida State University Wendy A. Jeffcoat
is also a member of Alpha
Delta Pi Sorority, Director of the Florida State
University Model Board, a member of the Golden Key 95th birthday party 26 April 1988, at
National Honor Society, the Omicron Nu Home Eco- Pasadena Golf Club, FL. Jessie Matheney
nomics National Honor Society and a recipient of and great-grandchildren, Alan, Audra,
a $5,000 academic scholarship from Coors Brewing and Tamara Matheney, and her sister,
Co. for outstanding merit. Pauline Pender, 98 years old.
WARD SAYRE GOES TO WEST POINT
"I wanted to be all- .
around, not just concen-
trate on one thing," said
Ward Sayre, graduating
senior, concerning his
four years at Gregory-
Portland High School ,
Sayre was the recip-
ient of the W.C. Andrews -
Award this year. This
award is presented to the
highest ranking academic
athlete. He graduated 3rd
in his class of 269 with
a 98.9 average and was on
the winning varsity soc-
cer club as well as his
sophomore and junior year
at G-P. Sayre began play-
ing soccer at the age of
6 in Florida. He joined c.e.
the GPSA in the fall of th ean s ,
Beth Sayre and son,
1978 and has played soc- Ward Sayre
cer ever since.
He applied for entrance to the U.S. Military
Academy at West Point, and with the help of his
mother, he was accepted.
Sayre says, "I would like to keep up debate and
soccer at West Point." He will be leaving June 23
for his basic training at the Academy. Sayre plans
to major in political science.
Sayre's grandfather is Joseph A. Bialkowski, of
Kerrville, Texas, formerly of the Atlantic side,
Stacy and Lee Swearingen. Lee received
his MBA from Colorado State University
on May 13, 1988. He is employed by Gen-
Lee is the son of Bette (Farrell) and
Richard Swearingen of Ft. Collins, CO.
COL. JOHN D, HAYES RETIRES
Colinel John D. Hayes retired on November 30,
1987 after 29 years of military service.
He served in many areas of the globe during
which time he garnered a host of medals and com-
mendations including: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star
Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (Second Oak Leaf
Cluster), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with
First Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Unit Commen-
dation, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service
Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Rib
bon, Rep. of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal, Unit
Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Rep. of Vietnam
Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, Rep. of
Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal First Class with
Gold Palm and the Parachute Badge.
BOWERMAN GRADUATE OF KINGS POINT
Midshipman John S. Bowennan, whose family lives
in Cardenas Village, Republic of Panama, graduated
on June 20, 1988, from the U.S. Merchant Marine
Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., along with 213 members
of the Class of 1988.
A graduate of Balboa High School in 1984, Mid-
shipman Bowerman is the son of Capt. Emil F. and
Mary Ellen Bowerman. He was presented with a third
mates unlimited tonnage merchant marine license at
the graduation ceremony. He was also commissioned
as a U.S. Naval Reserve Ensign and was awarded a
bachelor of science degree in marine transport-
As part of his training, which offers a four-
year accredited program for men and women, includ-
ed a year aboard U.S. flag merchant vessels. He is
currently working in Newport Beach, California, as
a marine surveyor.
McCOYS CELEBRATE 40TH
Robert R. fMcCoy (Bob) and Anna Marie McCoy
(Marie) celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary
on June 5, 1988 with a party for over 50 guests.
The party was held at Speece Lake in Ellsworth,
Bob and Marie (the former Marie Speece) were
married on June 7, 1948 in the Cathedral of St.
Luke, Ancon, Canal Zone by Bishop Heber Gooden.
Marie was employed at the time as a Dietician at
the Margarita Hospital. Bob was employed by the
Electrical Division at Balboa.
Since they have lived most of their married
lives in the Canal Zone, the party theme was a
mixture of Panamanian and American cultures.
The party colors were yellow and white, the
wedding colors, with a touch of ruby red for the
The buffet table, too, was a mixture of Pana-
manian and U.S. specialties including empanadas
made by Bob, and sopa boracha made by Margaret
Sauvageau. The candles on the buffet were the
original candles used at the wedding.
The party was hosted by their sister-in-law,
Mrs. Joyce Speece, their niece Mary Speece and
Marie's sister Margaret Sauvageau, who was the
maid of honor at the wedding.
Roberta Mayoras, their daughter, April Lynn
Mayoras, their granddaughter and Bradley Speece,
a nephew, were dressed in Panamanian outfits and
circulated among the guests telling them of Panama
and Canal Zone life and customs. A VCR tape of the
wedding was played during the activities, which
was copied from old movie film and given as a gift
from Margaret and Joffre Sauvageau.
Out of town guests included Marie's 92 year-old
aunt Selma from Michigan, and Dave and Ann Sink
from Iowa. Dave was one of the ushers at the wed-
A VCR tape was made at the anniversary cele-
bration and given as a gift from Marie's brother
CAMPBELLS CELEBRATE GOLDEN
Walter and Dolly (Russon) Canpbell of North
Olmstead, Ohio were honored on the occasion of
their Golden Wedding Anniversary. They were mar-
ried July 12, 1938 in Cleveland. Ohio.
An afternoon party at the Dock Restaurant in
Lakewood. Ohio was hosted by their two daughters,
Penny Campbell Clarke and Carol Campbell.
Out of town guests were Jack Campbell from St.
Petersburg, Florida, and Joe and Carol (Russon)
Wright from Toledo, Ohio.
Both Dolly and Walter Canpbell were brought up
in the former Canal Zone and left in 1949.
Walter and Dolly (Russon) Campbell
MIRIAM BISSETT RETIRES STARTS
Ruby Miriam and Al Bissett of Sarasota report
a new life-style has just begun for them. After
Al's retirement from the Canal Zone in 1969, Mir-
iam started teaching Spanish in the public schools
system in Sarasota. She has just retired after 19
years of service here. During this time Miriam has
participated in foreign language activities state-
wide, and she has served as Foreign Language Dep-
artment Chairman at her school.
For special fun she has taken groups of stu-
dents and adults on educational trips to Spain 5
different times. She has the distinction of having
a school annual "The Brookside Barracuda" dedi-
cated to her. Also she has been honored with many
retirement parties and functions.
Her former students will remember she taught
Third Grade at Fort Kobbe, then transferred to
Balboa High School where she taught Spanish from
1959-1969. Innediate plans for the Bissetts in-
clude a trip to England and Norway this fall. On
their return Miriam will enroll in a Travel Agents
School and begin a new career early in 1989. So,
if you want to plan a dream vacation, call Miriam
and let her make the reservations for you!
At and Miriam Bissett enjoying Miriam's
NISKANENS CELEBRATE 30TH
Esther and Ed Niskanen of The Woodlands, Texas,
celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a
week's trip to Hawaii. They will be in Maine for
the summer until 7 October, returning home after
the Fall change of colors. They plan to visit Can-
ada and Nova Scotia during their stay in Maine.
Their daughter Debbie Niskanen Johns also lives
in The Woodlands with her husband Don and two dau-
ghters. Debbie does part-time modeling for Macy's,
Foley's and Dillard Department stores. She also
recently opened up her own business; Home Pediat-
rics Nursing Services.
Their son, Steven and wife Dee live in Norwich.
Steven plans to get out of the Navy at the end of
his tour in October.
STEVENSON GILLESPIE ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Karl Stevenson of Ft. Walton Beach
of Florida, are pleased to announce the engagement
of their daughter, Leslie Ann, to Russell Michael
Gillespie, son of the late Capt. William Gillespie
and Mrs. Grace E. Gillespie of Hyannis, Mass.
Leslie is a graduate of Florida State Univer-
sity and the University of West Florida and is
currently working as credit manager at Friedman's
Jewelers in Tallahassee.
Russell is a graduate of the National River
Academy and is currently sailing as Master aboard
the Exxon Nashville for Exxon Shipping Company.
The wedding is planned for December 3, 1988.
Leslie Stevenson and Russell Gillespie
VERNICE MOODY HONORED AT 88TH
Mrs. Vernice Moody of Sarasota, celebrated her
88th birthday with a family luncheon with her dau-
ghters Ruth Bollea and Bev Ebdon and their spouses
and with "Pop" Ebdon. She also enjoyed having a
large gathering of family and friends at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Ebdon, to share the
traditional birthday cake and ice cream. She was
honored with many lovely gifts, greetings from out
-of-town friends, as well as phone calls from her
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Vernice keeps well, enjoys a fime philosophy of
life and is very helpful to others.
Vernice Moody and "POP" Ebdon celebrate
her 88th birthday.
LIEBES IRVIN ENGAGEMENT
Norma and Sam Irvin of Horse Shoe, N.C., are
pleased to announce the engagement of their son,
John, to Julie Liebes of Dallas, Texas.
Julie will graduate in December from Texas A&M
with a degree in Health Education.
John has been accepted into the U.S. Naval
Flight Program and reports to Pensacola, Florida,
on August 15.
A new Year's Eve wedding is planned in Dallas,
Julie Liebes and John Irvin
Lieutenant Colonel Fernand M Espiau
LT.COL. FERNAND M. ESPIAU RETIRES
Lieutenant Colonel Fernand M. Espiau was
recently honored at a Retiree Activities Program.
He was the 832nd Combat Support Deputy Base Com-
mander, Luke AFB, Arizona.
He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but
spent most of his early life in the Panama Canal
Zone where his father worked for the U.S. Govern-
ment. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1955
and continued his education at Louisiana State
University receiving a bachelor of science degree
in physics in 1960, and at that time received his
commission in the U.S. Air Force.
He completed flight training at Webb AFB, Texas
and then graduated from the HH43 Helecopter School
at Stead AFB, Nevada.
He was assigned to the Air Rescue Service and
served tours in Thule, Greenland; Goos Bay, Lab-
rador; Misawa, Japan; Vietnam; Hickham AFB, Hawaii
and many CONUS bases.
Awards include the DFC, Air Medals, MSM and
Commendation Medal. He is married to the former
Betty Diaz and they have two sons, Manny and Matt.
Lt.Col. and Mrs. Espiau will make their retirement
home in Minneapolis, Minn.
JAMES MATTER, HONOR GRADUATE
Janes Mattey, son of
Jim and Peggy Mattey,
graduated from Gates-
Chili High School, Roch-
ester, New York on June
24. He was recently hon- i
ored at a sports banquet
as "Athlete of the Year"
for his various accom-
plishments in athletics.
Among those accomplish-
ments were: 2 year Var-
sity football, 3 years James Mattey
varsity basketball where
he placed on the "All County Team," 1 year Varsity
baseball, and 1 year Varsity track. While on the
track team, he made "All County" for the 400 and
200 meter races, his 1600 meter relay team broke
the school record, he was awarded a "Coaches
Award" and qualified for the New York State High
School Track Meet in Syracuse. He placed 11th for
the 400 meter run for the entire state.
He was invited to play football for Buffalo
State University where he will be attending in the
fall to persue an engineering career.
Jim's mother is the former Margaret Flynn and
grandson of the late Joseph and Helen Flynn of
BURBINES CELEBRATE 40TH
Thoaas and Silvana Burbine of 324 Harwood Ave.,
Littleton, Mass., former residents of the Canal
Zone, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on
March 6, 1988.
They met and married in Italy forty years ago
and have had a very interesting life.
Together with them in the photo are their sons,
Mark and Anthony and their wives, Susan and Mary.
Thomas and Silvana Burbine and family,
Mark and Anthony with their wives.
CALL PENE ENGAGEMENT
Roy and Arbulin (Mathews) Call, of San Diego,
California, and formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone,
are pleased to announce the engagement of their
daughter, Michelle Denise Call to John Anthony
Pene of San Diego. (Pronounced Penny).
Michelle attends Mesa College and works in
John is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Pene, of
Northridge, California, and will graduate from the
University of San Diego in 1989. He is a member of
the Police Reserves, and after their wedding, he
will enter the Police Academy.
A May 27 wedding in San Diego is planned.
Michelle Denise Call and John Anthony
Back L-R: Diana Huff, Michelle (Mclner-
ney) Field, Peggy (Hale) Huff, Glenora
(Hale) Mclnerney, Bill Mclnerney, Mark
Rulison, Mark Fields, Curtis Ditz. Front
L-R: Maria (Huffman) Hale, Carolyn Hale,
Lauren Hale, Christopher Field, Mark
Mclnerney and Douglas Hale.
Glenora Hale, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh
Hale (Anne Edwards) of Tarpon Springs, Florida,
formerly of the Canal Zone; and William McInerney,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McInerney of Palm Har-
bor, Fla., were united in marriage at the First
United Methodist Church in Tarpon Springs, on
April 16, 1988.
A reception was held at the AHEPA Club on Alt-
ernate 19 in Tarpon Springs, following the cere-
Bridal attendants, Canal Area residents, were
Peggy (Hale) Huff, matron of honor and sister of
the bride; sister-in-law Maria (Huffman) Hale,
bridesmaid; nieces Diana Huff, bridesmaid, and
Lauren Hale, flower girl. Also attending were
bridesmaids Carolyn Hale, Glenora's cousin and
former Canal Zone resident, presently attending
Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., and
Michelle (McInerney) Field, sister of the groom.
Groomsmen were Mark Rulison, best man; Douglas
Hale, brother of the bride, a Canal Area resident;
Mark Mclnerney, brother of the groom; Mark Field,
brother-in-law, and Curtis Ditz were ushers. Ring
bearer was Christopher Field, nephew of the groom.
Joining the bride and groom's parents for the
occasion was several of the bride's family and
friends, formerly of the Canal Zone. Former
Zonians in Florida were Glenora's aunts, Dottie
Sanders of Hudson, who attended the guest book and
Mary Hale, Largo; great-uncle T.J. (Pop) Ebdon Sr.
of Sarasota; Pete Hale, Titusville; cousins Jim
Hale, Seminole, Bev and Fred Ebdon and Rae and Joe
Ebdon, Sarasota; Jessie Anderson, Seminole; Dottie
and Jim Bryant, Lutz; Marina and Wade Huffmun and
Veronica Huffman, Longwood; Edna and Jim Million,
Sarasota; Elma Seiferlein and husband Sy, New Port
Richey; and Michael Smith of Palm Harbor.
Former Zonians, out of state were Emma Babb,
Hillsboro, Ca., and Kathy (Scheibe) Gabriel of
Houston, Tx. Dennis Huff, brother-in-law of the
bride, came from the Canal Area for the ceremony.
Also attending were Glenora's great-aunt,
Louise Randall, New Port Richey; her cousins Mary
Louise and Gene Cunney, Sarasota; William's aunts,
Helen Preston, Trevose, Pa., and Carol Reich and
cousins Angel, Donna, Phillip and Robert Reich,
Ivy Lane, Pa.; his uncle and god-father Charles
Reinhold, Philadelphia, Pa.; and cousins Adeline
and Robert Paige, Palm Bay, Fl. and Herb and Steff
Springston, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.; Mark McInerney's
finance, Tricia Remsen, Palm Harbor, and numerous
friends and co-workers of the bride and groom.
Glenora was born in San Fernando Clinic in Pan-
ama; lived and attended schools in the Canal Zone.
She is a fourth generation Zonian on her mothers
side, and a third generation Zonian on her fathers
Marguerite (Neal) Zumbado and Robert F.
Marguerite (Neal) Zumbado and Robert F. Zumbado
were married May 25, 1988.
Marguerite is the daughter of Virginia Hanna
Copello of Clearwater, Florida, and Gerald L. Neal
of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Robert is the son of the late Margaret C. and
Alan S. Wallace.
The couple are residing in Orlando, Florida.
Debra Ann Hepler and Jon Louis Dedeaux were
married in Robertsdale, Alabama on April 16, 1988.
The bride is the daughter of Jack and Delia
Hepler of Robertsdale, Alabama.
The groom is the son of Louis and Barbara
Dedeaux of Pensacola, Florida.
The wedding was at the bride's parents garden
in the gazebo built by Jack and Jackie Hepler. A
The bride was given away by her father, Jack
Hepler. Matron of honor was the bride's sister,
Cathy Couture. Best man was Russell Gillespie,
both of Pensacola.
Debra Ann Hepler and Jon Louis Dedeaux
Bridesmaid was Sonya Dedeaux, the bride's dau-
ghter. Usher was Chris Couture, the bride's nephew
and the flower girl was Karen Couture, the bride's
niece. Assisting the bride was Cassie Clement. At-
tending the bride's book was Candice Clnment. Re-
freshments were attended by Carrie Clement, Car-
rie Martinez and Denise Williams. Wedding director
was MaLinda Hawks, music by Travis Sands and Clay
Hawks. Bar tender was Dave Schwartz.
The groom had the traditional Panamanian wedding
cake made by his mother, Barbara Dedeaux. Guests
attended from all over. Mary Vaughn and George
Egolf representing the family; the Clements, Wil-
Imans, Littons, Rod Snyder, Tan and Jim Snyder, D.
LaPorta and K, Leslie Stevenson, Debbie True, Jim
McCarrick, Jeff Clarke and Tamny, Tim and Heidi
Bowen, the Blount family, Mike Coffey, Angel Mar-
tinez, Liam and Julie and Daniel Haggerty, and
The couple honeymooned in Pensacola with their
friends and will live in Pace, Florida, in their
newly built home.
George and Harriet (Keenan) Wollmers
George Wollmers and Harriet Serger exchanged
rings and were joined in matrimony in a recent
ceremony at United Methodist Church in Sun City
The event was blessed by family visitors from
all over Florida and the United States. The
groom's younger daughter, Mary Ellen Hall, acted
as both caterer and florist for the large wedding
reception at the Kings Point Clubhouse. Mary Ellen
came with her daughters and flower girls Adrian
and Megan, and her fiancee, Jim Hallett from Man-
hatten Beach, California.
The groom's older daughter, Roberta Harkey,
arrived from Orange Park and sang several pieces
at the wedding, including an effective rendition
of "The Lord's Prayer." She was accompanied by her
husband Bill and her children David, Scott, Gene
and Leah. George's nephew, Richard McFall, came
from Miami with his wife Ginny and son Kevin.
The bride's family was represented by her two
brothers, Howard Keenan with his wife, Janet from
Chicago, and Marvin Keenan with his wife Maxine
The bride's youngest son Andy and his wife
Caroline came from Alexandria, Va. Daughter Carol
Pickersgill came with her daughter Candace, from
Tequesta, and son Steve from Tampa.
Carol served as matron of honor to the bride.
The groom was attended by best man Vern Butter-
worth, and ushers Murray Benthall and Bob Schultz,
all residents of Sun City Center.
Gordon Anderson and Laura Kosik were united in
marriage on June 1, 1988 in Tampa, Florida.
Laura is the daughter of Nina (Brown) Kosuk of
Panama and the granddaughter of mmna (Van Clief)
Brown of Tanpa.
Gordon is the son of Sally Shurtleff Kirton of
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Berton Reubon Ander-
son of Fairfield, Virginia.
demy, Annapolis, MD. Lt. Will C. Hall
and Kimberly Sue Leach. Swordsmen are
classmates and colleagues of Will Hall.
All swordsmen are Naval aviators. Kevin
Barsness (Best man) in upper left corner
Kimberly Sue Leach and Lt. William C. Hall were
united in marriage on July 16, 1988 at the U.S.
Naval Academy Chapel at Annapolis, Maryland.
Kimberly is the daughter of Cmdr. Thomas and
Reva Leach of Exion, Ohio.
Will is the son of Bucky and Ann Hall, formerly
of Balboa, Canal Zone, now residing in Sarasota,
Kimberly graduated with a degree in Nursing
from George Mason College, and Lt. Will Hall is a
graduate of the U.S. naval Academy. Will is now a
Naval aviator and has recently completed a tour of
duty in the Indian Ocean aboard the USS Ent er-
prise. The bride and groom attended Balboa High
Kevin Barsness, formerly of the Canal Zone was
best man and Jean Buckley was the maid of honor.
Jill (Hall) Beaman was a bridesmaid and Lee Sear-
ingen, formerly of the Canal Zone took part in
The wedding was attended by family, friends and
many of the bride and groom's classmates and col-
Following a honeymoon in St. Croix, Virgin Is-
lands, the couple will reside in Le Moore, Calif-
Kathryn W. Dufner McNa me of Davie, Florida, and
Russell S. Irvin of Reading, Pennsylvania were
married at St. Catherine of Sinnia, Reading, Penn-
Nola (Swain) and Richard L. Boyer
Nola Elizabeth Swain and Richard Lindquist
Boyer were married June 11, 1988 at 12 noon at
Fremont Presbyterian Church, California.
A reception immediately following the ceremony
was held at the Clarion Hotel in Sacramento.
Maryann Palmer Bross traveled to California for
the first time to be Nola's matron of honor. The
grooms brother, Cameron Boyer was best man.
Both sets of parents were in attendance.
The bride's dress was made by Mrs. Alice For-
sythe, formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone.
The couple honeymooned in the Caribbean at
Curacao and St. Thomas.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Boyer will reside in Sac-
Nola received her undergraduate degree from
California State University and her teaching cre-
dentials from National University.
Richard received his undergraduate degree from
the University of California at Berkley, and his
M.B.A. from California State University in Sacra-
Nola is a math and physical education teacher
at Rio Tierra Junior High School. Richard is cur-
rently an administrative analyst with Sacramento
Kathleen Marie McDaniel and John Arthur Vogel
are thrilled to announce their marriage which took
place January 2, 1988 at St. Martin's Episcopal
Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Kathleen is the daughter of Capt. Joseph McDan-
iel of Southern Pines, N.C., and Rosalie McDaniel
of Matthews, N.C. John is the son of Jack and Lil
Vogel of Jacksonville, Fla. The joyful event was
shared by friends and members of both families.
The bride's family attending were: her mother,
Rosalie McDaniel; her brother, Archie McDaniel,
and her sister, Christine McDaniel Auten. Atten-
dance for the grooms family was near perfect; his
mother, Lil Vogel; three of his five sisters, Judy
Vogel Peary, Janice Vogel Branchaud, and Joan
Vogel Brink; brother-in-law Gary Branchaud, and
Chrisy-Hope Peary and Sally Branchaud. Father,
Jack, stayed home in Florida recovering from a
heart by-pass operation. A very special member of
the groom's family attended also! John's son,
Dennis, flew from California to help his dad cele-
brate. Dennis is John's son from his first mar-
riage to Debbie Armistead.
The honeymoon was postponed until February,
when John and Kathleen romanced it up at Sugar
John is a four-color lithographer for Capitol
Engraving of Nashville, Tenn. Kathleen is a high
school science teacher, taking a year's hiatus.
The happy couple reports that they are still
"honeymooning" at home in Nashville.
Mayra (Barraza) and Ken Vidal
On July 16, 1988 Mayra Barraza, daughter of
Evelyn K Barraza of Stone Mountain, Ga. and Ken
Vidal were joined in marriage at the First Baptist
Church in Watkinsville, Ga.
Mayra was escorted down the aisle by her older
Also in attendance were Evelyn (Barraza) and
Tom Snider and Ralph Barraza.
Mayra is currently putting her degree in Horti-
culture to use at Bee's Business Nursery in Athens
Georgia. Her husband is working as a Campus Pol-
iceman and studying for a degree in Landscape Ar-
Marilyn Bayse Holland and Ralph Allen
Marilyn Bayse Holland and Ralph Allen Shuey
(BHS'59) were married May 14, 1988 at the Church
of the Nativity (Episcopal), in Huntsville, Ala.
The reception followed in the church courtyard.
The bride is the daughter of James (deceased)
and Dorothy Holland of Huntsville, and the groom
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Shuey of Neo-
Maid of honor was the bride's sister, Gayle
Brashier Hall; the flower girl was the bride's
niece, Loren Brashier.
The groom's father was best man and also cup
bearer for the Eucharist ceremony.
Bayse is an associate project manager with
Scitek, Inc. in Huntsville, and Ralph is a program
engineer with the U.S. Army Missle Command at Red-
The couple reside in Huntsville between fre-
Davis L. Carlson and Michelle Hussey of Davis,
California, were married in Hattiesburg, Mississ-
ippi on March 30, 1988. The bride and groom wore
traditional Hawaiian leis which the bride's aunt
had flown in from Hawaii.
The couple will reside in Davis, CA., where the
groom teaches at the University of California at
Davis while working at his masters degree in
Ecology. The bride, also a student at USC, is
working towards a bachelors degree in Biological
David is the son of Florence Carlson of Hattie-
sburg, MS., and Herbert Carlson of Victoria, TX.
Mr. and Mrs. David L. Carlson
Former Zonian guests were Shirley (Carlson)
Givonetti and Harry Carlson, Kerrville, TX., Patty
Givonetti, Austin, TX., Don and Donna Sietz, Dave
and Mayra (Linares) Seitz, Hattiesburg, MS., Gary,
Sissy and Stacy Collins, GA., Betsy Bivins and
daughter, Margaret, Dallas, TX., Bruce Chan, Nor-
man, OK., David Payne, Tampa, FL., and Betty and
Vince Austin, Lexington, KY.
After the formal reception, a BBQ and mini-
reunion for the ex-Zonians was held.
Kenneth and Cathy Myers
Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Myers, formerly of the
Canal Zone, now residing in Lake Forest, Alabama,
and Colonel (Ret) and Mrs. William C. Comee of
Spring, Texas, formerly of Quarry Heights, are
pleased to announce the marriage of Kenneth R.
Myers and Cathleen Annett Comee on June 11, 1988.
The wedding took place at Klein United Metho-
dist Church in Spring, Texas, followed by a recep-
tion at the home of the bride's parents at 16010,
Kenpton Park Drive in Spring, Texas.
Todd Atkins and Karen Mizrachi
Henry and Sunny Morland Mizrachi celebrated the
marriage of their daughter Karen Mizrachi to Todd
Atkins in Brazos Heights, Republic of Panama, on
March 19, 1988. The outdoor wedding, which was
held at the home of Karen's grandmother, Virginia
Woodhull Morland, was originally planned for late
afternoon with an evening reception to follow. Due
to the political situation, however, with uncer-
tain electric power and a temporary curfew, the
plans were changed at the last minute to hold the
wedding at Mrs. Morland's around midday, with the
reception to follow immediately at the Fort Davis
Community Club. Guests were served a buffet dinner
and Tito Mouynes was on hand for an afternoon of
music for dancing in Panama's best tradition.
Todd's parents, Lynn and Betty Lou Atkins trav-
eled to Panama for the wedding, as did Karen's
sister Beth Mizrachi and good friend, Susan Bower-
man, who served as her attendants. Karen's brother
Robert Mizrachi came home from the wedding too,
and making his first trip to Panama especially for
the occasion was Karen and Todd's close friend,
Father Stanley Morgan officiated the ceremony.
When he asked Henry, "Who givith this woman to be
married to this man?", Henry answered, "Her mother
and I," which drew a giggle from the guests and
set the mood for the rest of the afternoon's fest-
Karen and Todd Atkins currently reside at 3311
N. 32nd St., Phoenix, Arizona, 85018.
Dennis J. McNamee and Barbara Anne Janison were
united in marriage May 9, 1988 on Mahe Island,
Barbara is from Nelson, New Zealand and is cur-
rently employed as a nurse in Riyadh, Saudi Arab-
Among the out of town guests were the long-time
Canal Zone neighbors of the Bocks, Helen and Geo-
cich of Irvine, California.
The couple left on a honeymoon trip to Jamaica.
They will make their home at Lake Lure, North
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Barbara Anne Jamieson and Dennis J.
Dennis is a computer operations specialist for
a High Tech Company in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
The reception took place at the Coral Strand
Hotel in Mahe, and was actually held in the swim-
The happy couple plans on returning home to
Jubail and will honeymoon in Singapore, Bankok and
Colombo, Sri Lanka, sometime in August.
Cynthia Carter and Robin T. Bock
Cynthia D. Carter and Robin Turner Bock, both
of Hendersonville, N.C. were married on March 19,
1988 in Lake Lure Inn. The Rev. Carl Burger of-
ficiated. A reception followed the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Gary and Bette
Carter of Hendersonville. She is a graduate of
Hendersonville High School and Appalachian State
University. The bridegroom is the son of Richard
and Norma Bock of Alamosa, Colorado. He is a grad-
uate of Cristobal High School, and he attended St.
Ca ley Aman(
'a DDane and Joanne Wruck
Wiskowski are happy to
announce the birth of
their daughter, Carly
Amanda, on January 21,
The Wiskowski's live
in Gamboa, Panama, where
Dane is employed by the
da Dredging Division.
Elaine (Peterson) and Mike Little of Balboa,
ama, announce the birth of their third child
first daughter, Chimere Elaine, born June 13,
3, at San Fernando Clinic. Chimere weighed
bs. 8 oz. and was 19 inches long. She joins
nas Michael (5) and Sidney Hunter (3).
Maternal grandparents are Tom and Barbara Pet-
on of Sarasota, Florida, and Paternal grand-
ents are Sidney C. and Erleene Little of Har-
gen, Texas. Maternal great-grandnother is Mar-
et Peterson of Sarasota.
Mrs. Vernice Moody of
Sarasota proudly announc- -
ces the birth of her 4th
great-grandchild, a great
Ellen Bollea, born May 5,
1988 at Women's Hospital
in Tampa, FL. to her
grandson Terry (Hulk
Hogan) Bollea and Linda
(Claridge) Bollea of Los Brooke Ellen Bol-
Angeles, CA. Brooke lea, daughter of
weighed 10 lbs. 1 oz. and Linda and Terry
measured 21% inches. This Bollea.
is their first child.
The paternal grandparents are Peter and Ruth
(Moody) Bollea of Tampa, Florida. The maternal
grandparents are Gail and Joseph Claridge of Los
Angeles, California. This is their first grand-
Kenny, Kenny III and Page Morris.
Proud parents, Kenny and Page Morris, flank
their son, Kenneth L. Morris, III, who was born on
April 7, 1988, weighing in at 8 Ibs. 11 oz., in
New Orleans. LA.
Maternal grandparents are Joe and Gloria (Sig-
le) Maisano of New Orleans, and Ken and Diane
(Vestal) Morris of Panama.
Vince, Carol, Dottie, Garrett and Mike.
Vince and Dottie (Sanders) Ridge of Center
Valley, PA., are proud to announce the birth of
their first grandson, Garrett Andrew, to son Mike
and Carol (Philhower) Ridge of Hackettstown, N.J.
Garrett was born March 9, 1988, and weighed 9
lbs. 9 oz.
Maternal grandparents are Bill and Janet Phil-
hower of Califon, N.J.
Lynn Cappon (Class of
'79) and Terry Blevins
are the proud parents of
Victoria Lea, their first
Victoria was born on
December 5, 1987 in McAl-
are Ron and Connie Cap-
Bill and Claire Brook
of Huntington Beach
California, proudly an
nounce the arrival o
their newly adopted dau
ghter, Abigail Sarah
born April 25, 1988. The
brought Abby home fro
the hospital when she wa
two days old.
are Bill and Bnily (Hor
ine) Brooks of Lutz, Fla
are John and Virgini
Chancellor of Augusta, G
Steve and Kitty Ne
(Paterson) are proud
announce the birth
their first child, Randa
Randall was born at S
Juan Regional Hospital
Farmington, New Mexico,
April 30, 1988. He was 2
inches long and weighed
* Abigail Sarah Bro-
Bill and Nancy Spiros
Brady proudly announce
the birth of their second
child, Bonnie Ann, who
joins her brother, Billy,
Bonnie Ann was born on
May 19, 1988 in Colunbia,
S.C. She weighed 6 Ibs.
are C.J. and Marge Spiros
of Dothan, Alabama, and
the paternal grandparents
are George and Gene Brady
of Columbia, S.C.
Maternal grandparents Randal Scott Neff
are Roberta Paterson and
the late John F. Paterson of Dunedin, Fla. Pater-
nal grandparents are Leslie and Bertha Neff of
Mr. and Mrs. BRian Carlson of Hattiesburg, MS.
announce the birth of their first child, Christo-
pher, born March 26, 1988.
Grandparents are Florence Carlson of Hatties-
[s burg, MS., and Herbert Carlson of Victoria, Texas.
O dNancy (Sdi
Tanmy Kessler Schaffer
is proud to announce the
arrival of her son, Tyler
Ross Schaffer. He was
born on May 6, 1988 (his
mom's birthday what a
great gift) at 12:30 A.M.
in San Antonio, Texas. He
weighed a healthy 10 lbs.
9 oz. and was 21 inches
are Babe (Flynn) and Bill
Kessler of Dothan, Ala.,
formerly of La Boca. Pat-
ernal grandparents are
Jen and John Schaffer of
San Antonio, Texas.
Proud parents and baby
Tyler reside at 9723 Har-
leyhill, San Antonio, TX.
Marisa Belen Ryan
on 1st birthday.
Robbie and Adele Farb-
man Adams of New Orleans
announce the birth of
their daughter, Elyse
Gabrielle Adams, on May
17, 1988. She weighed 6
lbs. 4 oz. and measured
are the late Sol and Eve-
lyn Farbman. Paternal
grandparents are Alvin
and Nettie Adams of Port
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Irwin
Frank of Granada Hills, California and Las Vegas,
Paternal great-grandparents are Ruth Frank
Abramson of Northridge, California, and the late
Tyler Ross Shaffer
and cousin Caitlin
Marisa Belen Ryan,
born June 29, 1987, is
the daughter of Julie
LeBrun and J. Patrick
Ryan of San Antonio,
are Bill LeBrun of Wim-
berley, Texas, and Pat-
ricia (Smith) LeBrun of
This picture was taken
on his first birthday.
- just 6 hrs
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Frank of Sherman Oaks, Cal-
ifornia announce the arrival of Paul Neil Frank on
May 21, 1988.
Ean Michael For- Melissa Rae
Ernie and LaDonna Forrest are proud to announce
the arrival of two grandchildren.
Melissa Rae Forrest is the daughter of Kelly
and Kym Forrest. She was born September 1, 1987,
in Dallas Texas and now resides in Rowlett, Texas.
Fan Michael Forrest is the son of Ron and
Elaine Forrest, born January 4, 1988, in Plano,
Texas and lives in Garland, Texas.
Wilhelmina Elizabeth Bohan, 76, of Hope Mills,
North Carolina, passed away May 23, 1988 at Cape
Fear Medical Center, Fayetteville, N.C. She was
born in 1911 in Ancon, Canal Zone, the daughter of
the late Captain Hans P. and Wilhelmina Boehm
Fransen. Her father was a master Senior tow boat
captain. He retired in June, 1932 from Pedro
Miguel, C.Z. Wilhelmina was known to her friends
as "Billie." She was married to the late Joseph
Earle Sandiford in 1929. Bille was married to the
late Grover Bohan in 1957.
Survivors are two sons, Richard Scott Sandiford
of Hope Mills, N.C. with whom she made her home,
and Joseph Earle Sandiford, Jr. of San Diego, Ca.;
Grandsons Randy and Timothy Sandiford of San Diego
and step-daughters Betty Saltzman of Mt. Hope, Ar.
and Elaine Johnson of Jonesboro, Ar.
George P. Bonneau, 70, of St. Petersburg, Fla.,
died July 25, 1988 at the Veterans Administration
Medical Center at Bay Pines. Born in New Bedford,
Mass., he left the Canal Zone in 1964 where he was
an inspector for U.S. Customs. Locally he was a
member of the Panama Canal Society and the Cath-
edral of St. Jude the Apostle, where he was an
usher. He was also a member of the Knights of Col-
umbus. During World War II, he served in both the
Army and Navy and was a member of VFW Panama Canal
Survivors include his wife, Digna R.; two sons,
Donald W. and Roy P., St. Petersburg; two daugh-
ters, Shirley A. Camby, St. Petersburg, and Mary
A. Canpbell, Clearwater; a brother, Wilson, New
Bedford; a sister, Louise Atkinson, Schenectady;
11 grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Aulean P. Bowen, 95, of Clearwater, Florida,
passed away June 20, 1988 at Palm Garden Health
Care Center. Born in Pensacola, Fla., she came to
Clearwater in 1986 from Coral Gables, Fla. She was
a member of Coral Baptist Church, Miami, and was
life member of OES Orchid Chapter #1, of Balboa,
Survivors include a son, William Jr. of Char-
lotte, N.C.; three daughters, Dorothy Hicks, of
Davidson, N.C., Billie Martin, of Safety Harbor,
Fla., and Jacquelyn Hall of Clearwater; eight
grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and three
Max C. Conover, 85, of Maitland, Fla., passed
away at home on July 24, 1988 after a short ill-
ness. Max was born in Buda, Illinois in 1903 and
went to the Canal Zone with his mother to join his
father, a Roosevelt Medal holder, in 1911. Max re-
tired as a General Forman with the Maintenance
Division in 1965, with over 42 years of service.
He was a member of the Masonic Order, Abou Saad
Temple of Ancon and a Shriner. Max had celebrated
his 85th birthday and 50th wedding anniversary in
Survivors include his wife, Alice (Blanton);
two daughters, Maxine MacDonald of Sanford, Fla.,
and Miriam Gross of Pampa, Texas; a son, Richard
of Ocala, Fla.; two sisters, Miriam Hudson of
Stuart, Fla., and Dorothy Guba of Baton Rouge,
La., and eight grandchildren.
ghters, Nancy Kresge of Tupelo, Miss., and Linda
Layman of San Diego, Ca.; a son, Boyd Bevington of
California; a brother, Richard Bell of New Bern,
N.C.; and seven grandchildren.
Mildred Ann (Mickey) Cook, 57, died May 29,
1988 at a Beckley hospital in West Virginia fol-
lowing a long illness. She was a member of the
Baileysville Baptist Church; retired from the U.S.
Civil Service where she was an executive secretary
to the director of Selective Service; and a member
of the Eastern Star in Balboa, Canal Zone.
Survivors include her husband, James N. Cook;
two sons, James F. Cook of Charleston, S.C., and
Michael W. Cook of Clear Fork; a brother, Joe Pat
Shannon of Welcome, N.C., and a granddaughter.
Arthur A. Cooley, of Ocala, Florida, died Feb-
ruary 17, 1988 of cancer.
Survivors include his wife, Edna (Curles), and
a son, Jeffrey, now attending Auburn University.
Daulton C. Cypert, died April 22, 1988 at Cow-
He was a retired car inspector with the Panama
Railroad in Balboa.
Paul M. Disharoon, Jr., 68, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died July 9, 1988 at his residence. He
was born in Norfolk, Va., and went to Panama at
age 4 with his parents. He graduated from Balboa
High School in 1939 and served an apprenticeship
as a machines, working in the Mt. Hope Industrial
Division until 1961. He served in the US Navy
during World War II and was stationed in Panama.
He retired in 1973 from the Power Branch of the
Panama Canal Company where he was a Mechanical
Foreman with 33 years of service. He was a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida where he
served with distinction as Sergeant at Arms for
He is survived by his wife, Olga H.; two sons,
Frank and John of St. Petersburg; and a granddau-
ghter, Audrey of Pinallas Park, Fla.
Joyce Bell Clarke, 76, of Sarasota, Florida,
died July 2, 1988. She was born in New Bern, N.C.
and retired from the Panama Canal Company as an
administrative clerk with the Supply Division with
over 23 years of service. She was a Protestant.
Survivors include her husband, Jack; a daughter
Marilyn Gazer of Torrington, Conn.; two step-dau-
Edward J. Duffy, 60, of Tupper Lake, NY died in
April at Saranac Lake General Hospital, where he
had been a patient one day. He was born in Astoria
in 1928, a son of Patrick and Delia Martin Duffy.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, and after
his discharge, he was employed as a security guard
for the U.S. Government at the Panama Canal, re-
tiring in 1983.
Surviving are his wife Geraldine (Foster), whom
he married in Balboa; two daughters, Theresa and
Patricia, both at home; two sisters, Mrs. Walter
(Rita) Gray of Tupper Lake, and Mary Baird of Bay-
ville, L.I., and several nieces and nephews.
Pablo "Pablito" Duran, 50, of Panama, Rep. of
Panama, died in a tragic plane crash on July 3,
1988 near San Jose Rock, South of Flamenco Island
in Panama. Also killed in the crash were two sons,
Carlos, age 27, and Fernando, age 25 (BHS'81), and
a family friend, Carol Healy. Pablo was born in
Panama City, graduated from Balboa High School in
1955 and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval
Academy, Annapolis, MD, from which he graduated.
He was Vice President of his family's coffee busi-
ness, Caf4 Duran.
Survivors include his mother, Fanny Jaeger de
Duran; his wife, Estela (De la Guardia) de Duran;
a son, Dr. Pablo Ramon, age 24; a daughter, Ana
Isabel, age 20; brothers Ricardo (Dicky) (BHS'58),
Roberto (BHS'64), Eduardo (BHS'72); and a sister,
Maria de Quijano. (See Panama Isthmian Newsreel
for further details).
Mary R. Fleckenstein, 92, of Kerrville, Texas,
died May 19, 1988. Born in East St. Louis, Mo.,
she was a member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by a son, W.J. Fleckenstein of
Kerrville, and four grandchildren.
Sarah Naomi Frangioni, 69, of Fort Walton Beach
Florida, died June 2, 1988, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Frangioni was born in Gladesville, W. Va.,
reared in Washington, D.C., lived in the Panama
Canal Zone for 27 years, and had resided in Clear-
water, Florida for 16 years before moving to this
area in 1985. She was past matron of Orchid Chap-
ter of the Eastern Star in the Panama Canal Zone.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph K. Fran-
gioni; son, Ralph K. Frangioni, both of Fort Wal-
ton Beach; daughter, Loretta Kay Pierce of Gran-
iteville, S.C.; five grandchildren, Kathy Hancock,
Jan Pierce Stallings, Lorie Band, Ralph K. Fran-
gioni III, and Greg Frangioni; four great-grand-
children, and Mrs. Milton E. Cross of Silver
Rita Gribbons died suddenly on June 5, 1988, at
Holy Cross Hospital, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. of a
blood clot. She was born in Chattum, Canada. She
trained in Boston general Hospital and went to
Detroit, working as a registered nurse in the Ford
Hospital. In 1937 she went to the Canal Zone and
served as chief nurse at Gorgas Hospital, later
appointed as director of the nursing staff, re-
tiring in January, 1966 after 30 years of service.
Upon her husband's retirement in 1967, they set-
tled in St. Petersburg for a year then moved to
Pompano Beach where they lived until her death.
She was a member of the Assumption Catholic Church
in Pompano; active in the Ladies Guild; a member
of NARFE and the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by her husband, William A.
Gribbons; a sister, Eva Walsh of Detroit; two nie-
ces, Peggie Girardot and Becky Lesneau of Detroit,
and a nephew, Frank Reynolds of Rochester, Mich.
Dorothy E. Hamlin, 92, was born in Cleveland,
Ohio and went to Panama with her mother and young-
er brother in 1909 as a 13-year old schoolgirl.
They joined her father, Charles Magnuson, who
worked for the Brown Hoist Co. for about 7 years
during construction days. Mrs. Hamlin graduated
from the Canal Zone Schools system in 1914 and her
diploma was signed by George W. Goethals among
others. She married Eugene E. Hamlin in 1917 in
the Canal Zone. She will be remembered by many
former students to whom she taught piano. She was
employed as a clerk in the accounting department
about the time of her husband's death. She retired
in 1958. She was then a self-employed piano teach-
er in Sierra Madre, Ca. for about 10 years follow-
ing which she moved to St. Petersburg, Fl., to be
a companion to the late Stohrer Everett. After the
death of Mrs. Everett she resided variously in St.
Petersburg, Largo, anf finally at Mease Manor in
Dunedin, Fl. She passed peacefully in her sleep of
heart failure on July 7, 1988. At the time of her
death she was the eldest living past matron of the
Orchid Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by a son, Eugene E. Hamlin Jr.
of Carthage, N.C.; a daughter, Janie Leffingwell
of Somers, N.Y.; two grandsons and three great-
Lyle R. Franklin, 77, of Deltone, Florida,
passed away May 26, 1988 at Florida Hospital, Or-
lando, Florida. He was employed by the Police
Division and later by the Motor Transportation
He is survived by his second wife, Aletha
(Lee). His former wife, Margaret, who was with him
in the Canal Zone, passed away a number of years
Helen Hannigan, of Annapolis, Maryland, passed
away on March 15, 1988 after a long illness with
cancer. She worked for the Quartermaster at Curun-
du, Canal Zone in the mid-1950's.
Surviving are her husband, William, Jr., form-
erly with Aids to Navigation, and a son, Michael
and his wife, Linda, who gave birth to their sec-
ond child (both girls) two days before her death.
Eva Jean (Doyle) Hanson, 65, born at Cristobal,
Canal Zone, died April 28, 1988 in Duarte, Calif.
after a long illness.
Survivors include her husband, Bob; six child-
ren; ten grandchildren; her mother Ida, and two
brothers, Lee and Jimmy.
William D. Hardie, 84, of Oceanside, California
died May 21, 1988 at a local convalescent hospital
He worked in the Administrative Branch of the Pan-
ama Canal for some 30 years.
He is survived by his wife, Olive (Magnuson),
who worked as a nurse at Gorgas Hospital for many
years; and a daughter, Edith L. Hardie of Richmond
Edward G. Haydel, 85, of Metaire, Louisiana,
died June 22, 1988. He worked 25 years in the Can-
al Zone for the Electrical Division in Balboa and
Pedro Miguel. He retired in 1964.
Survivors include his wife, Vivian; a son, Nor-
man C.; nine grandchildren, three great-grand-
children and four sisters.
James Webb Hearne, 69, of Pensacola, Florida,
died July 22, 1988. He was a native of Pachuta,
Miss., but had lived in Pensacola for 13 years
after retiring as a systems accountant with the
U.S. Armed Forces Southern Command in December,
1974, with 33 years of federal service. He was a
Balboa High School graduate of 1937 and will be
remembered as an outstanding athlete for many
years in baseball, tennis and golf. He was a act-
ive member of the First Baptist Church at Balboa
Heights, and was a baratone soloist who sang at
many community and church events. He was a member
of the Masonic Lodge in Balboa, the Scottish Rite
and the Hadji Shrine Temple.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred True Hearne
of Pensacola; two sons, James Webb Hearne, Jr. of
Corpus Christi, Texas and John Robert Hearne of
Memphis, Tennessee; two brothers, Julian S. Hearne
of St. Petersburg, Florida and William T. Hearne
of Birmingham, Alabama; a sister, Hayden Bushong
of Birmingham, Alabama; and two grandchildren,
James Webb Hearne III and Kristen Ann Hearne.
Robert C. Hurdle, 69, of Dothan, Alabama, died
June 29, 1988 in a Dothan hospital after a short
illness. He was a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and
served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He
then went to work with the Panama Canal Company as
a lock security guard, Canal Protection Division,
and retired with 36 years federal service.
He is survived by his wife, Orelia Hurdle, two
brothers and two sisters.
Capt. Howard R. Johnson, 82, of Seminole, Fla.,
died May 24, 1988 at University General Hospital,
Seminole. He was born in New York City, and was a
pilot for the Panama Canal for 28 years. He was a
Mason and a Shriner.
Survivors include his wife, Emily; a son, James
H. of Houston; and two grandchildren.
Landris Thomas Lee Sr., 72, of Picayune, Missi-
sippi, died April 10, 1988 at Forrest General Hos-
pital in Hattiesburg, Miss. He was a retired eng-
ineer from the Electrical Division on the Pacific
Survivors include his wife, Else G. Lee of Pic-
ayune; two sons, Landris T. Lee, Jr. of Huntsville
AL., and Frederick Roth Lee of Ventura, CA.; two
daughters, Cecilia Drennan of Slidell, LA., and
Angelia Heidnan of Ventura, CA.; two brothers, the
Rev. Landre P. Lee of Austin, TX., and Robert E.
Lee of Mobile, AL., who retired from the Police
Division; four sisters, Mrs. Clancy Roth of Wil-
iamsburg, KY., Laura Evans, Mabel Jones and Dursc-
herl Polk, all of Caesar, and two grandsons.
Jennifer Jean Livingston, 17, died May 25, 1988 in
She is survived by her parents, Bob and Kathie
(Nehring) McConaughey of Los Rios, Panama, and
Mike Livingston of Cardenas, Panama; maternal
grandparents Karl Nehring of Saulsbury, TN., and
Dorothy J. Nehring of Seattle, Washington; pater-
nal grandparents Richard and Juanita McConaughey
of Ocala, FL., and Valentine and Mary Lynch of
Tallahassee, FL; brothers and sisters Daniel
McConaughey of Tampa, FL., Cliff Livingston of
Tallahassee, FL., Monica Livingston of Los Rios,
Panama, and Stacey McConaughey of Maysville, GA.
Samuel Griffin McClellan, Jr., 77, of Seminole,
Florida, died April 24, 1988 at Largo Medical Cen-
ter Hospital. He was born in Gould, Arkansas. He
was a member of Sibert Lodge AF&AM, Gatun, Canal
Zone and a member of the Scottish Rite, Balboa,
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane; a son,
Griffin III, White House Station, NJ., a daughter,
Kaye MacDonald, Oswego, NY.; a sister, Jean Kohla-
has, San Mateo, Calif.; and six grandchildren.
Cecelia Strauss Mickle, 77, of Fairhope, Ala-
bama, died June 1, 1988 at her home. She was the
eldest daughter of John R. and Alice Strauss, a
former Roosevelt Medal holder. She was the widow
of Brig. Gen. Gerald S. Mickle.
She is survived by a sister, Alice McLean of
Dothan, Alabama, three nieces and four nephews.
Dorothy (Gloria) Fayard Mihacevich, 61, of Pen-
sacola, Florida, died April 12, 1988 in a local
hospital after a lengthy illness. She was a native
of New Orleans and had resided in Pensacola for
the past 23 years, coming from Hawaii. She was a
Baptist by faith and was a retired civil service
employee. She grew up and finished high school in
Balboa, Canal Zone in 1944.
Survivors include her husband, George of
Pleasant Grove; a son and daughter-in-law, Stephan
M. and Linda Mihacevich of New Orleans; and a dau-
ghter and son-in-law, Jodie I. and William Ster-
ling of Pleasant Grove and two grandchildren.
Oliver G. Paterson, 68, of Hudson, Florida,
died May 14, 1988 at Bayonet Point Medical Center,
Hudson. Born in Milton, Mass., he was a retired
supervisor in the Locks Division with 33 years of
service. He was an Army veteran of World War II
and Korea and a member of the Panama Canal Society
Survivors include a daughter, Esther Paterson,
Gainesville, Fla., and a son, Robert of Panama.
Miraflores Edna Smith Lockwood Petrey, 78, of
Vashon Island, Washington, died May 11, 1988. She
was born in Gorgona, Canal Zone, the daughter of
Harry G. (a Roosevelt Medal holder) and Bessie
Taylor Smith. She went to school in the Canal Zone
and worked for the Panama Canal Company as a cash-
ier in the Clubhouse, subsequently graduating from
Balboa High School in 1931. She has held many jobs
with the government at Bridgeport, Conn., and
Seattle, Wash. She was very active in VIVA and the
Senior Center, Grange. She was an Episcopalian.
She is survived by three daughters, Bettylois,
Harriet and Earlane; eight grandchildren and five
Capt. George Phillips, 82, died at 6:00 p.m.,
on August 3, 1988 at Virginia Beach, Virginia. He
was a Canal Zone Pilot during World War II for se-
veral years. He retired from the Dredging Divi-
sion as a Tow Boat Captain.
He is survived by his wife, Frances and a dau-
Karen Requa, 35, of Los Osos, California, died
July 18, 1989 in the Sierra Vista Regional Medical
Center, San Luis Obispo, Calif. after a cerebral
She was born in Crestline, Ohio and lived in
California since 1979, moving there from the Canal
Zone. She was a nursing supervisor at the San Luis
Obispo Men's Correctional Facility.
Surviving are her husband, Gary; a son, Russell
"Rusty"; her mother, Geraldine Schill of Crest-
line; maternal grandmother Mary Wachs of Crest-
line; and a sister, Debra Banks of Seffner, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene
"Pete" Schill in May 1988.
Eugene J. "Pete" Schill, 61, of Crestline, Ohio
died May 5, 1988 in Gallon Community Hospital
after a long illness. He was born in Crestline and
lived in Panama for more than 20 years. He retired
as chief of transportation for the Railroad Div-
ision of the Panama Canal Company. He was a World
War II veteran and a member of the VFW in Crest-
Surviving are his wife, Geraldine (Lyons); two
daughters, Debra Banks of Seffner, Fla., and Mrs.
Gary (Karen) Requa of Los Osos, Calif.; a grand-
son; two brothers, James of Lordstown and Donald
of Crestline; five sisters, Mrs. J.R. (Ruth) Coyne
of Mansfield, Mary Schill of Crestline, Beatrice
Hays of Denair, Calif., Sister Helen Schill of Los
Angeles and Mrs. Orville (Patricia) Schindeldecker
Elmer M. Stoakley, 81, of DeLand, Florida, died
May 17, 1988 in Valdosta, Georgia. He was born in
Hereford, Texas and went to the Canal Zone in 1950
to work for the Commissary Division, later trans-
ferring to the Locks Division where he retired in
1968. He left the Canal Zone in 1972 after his
wife Laura Mae retired from the Postal Division.
She preceded him in death in 1986. He was Past
Master of Army Lodge AF&AM, a 330 Scottish Rite
Mason, a member of the York Rite Bodies and a mem-
ber of the Kitchen Krew of Abou Saad Temple.
He is survived by a daughter, Mary Lynne Rowe
of Valdosta, Ga., a son, Thomas of Coppell, Texas
and a granddaughter and two grandsons.
Ines Torbert, 78, died at Memorial Hospital,
Hollywood, Florida, on July 21, 1988, after a long
She is survived by her husband, Woodrow G. Tor-
bert, who retired from the Accounting Division in
1976; her daughter Yolanda Kochman; a grandson,
two granddaughters, nine greatgrandchildren and
Clarence H. True, 95, of Pensacola, Florida,
died May 6, 1988. He was a native of Boston and
had resided in Pensacola for the past seven years.
He was a member of the First Christian Church; a
member of the Masonic Lodge in Miami and was a
lifetime member of the American Society of Civil
Engineers. He was first engineering job was with
the Panama Canal Company in 1915-1917, returning
in 1931 as an engineer during the construction of
Madden Dam. He remained in the Canal Zone until
his retirement in 1955. In 1935 he learned to fly;
was one of the early members of the C.Z. Astronom-
ical Society, resulting in his writing and pub-
lishing a book, "Navigation and Astronomic Data.
From 1944-46 he was an instructor of navigation of
the C.Z. Junior College Extension Division and an
Engineering Instructor in 1947. He was also a
Deacon and Treasurer of the First Baptist Church,
Balboa Heights. After retirement he was employed
as Structural Engineer with Ingalis Iron Works in
Birmingham, Al; Engineer with Radar in Miami, Fl.;
with Weed Johnson Architect, Miami and with the
Public Works Department of Coral Gables, Fl. After
10 years with the City of Coral Gables he finally
retired at age 80. His later years were spent in
traveling and visits with his children, scattered
in various parts of the U.S. He was also an avid
promoter of physical fitness.
Survivors include a daughter, Mildred T. Hearne
of Pnsacola; four sons, Robert Cliff True of Seat-
tle, Wa., William Judson True of Orlando, Stanley
Warren True of Cape Coral and Bruce Harvey True of
Grants Pass, Or.; nine grandchildren and seven
Raymond Will, 75, died May 27, 1988 in Laguna
Niguel due to complications of a long illness. Ray
went to the Canal Zone at the age of 4 in 1916 and
remained there until retirement in 1972. During
that time he lived mostly in Margarita, graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1931 and retired as
Harbour Master on the Atlantic side. Ray and Irene
also a product of the Canal Zone were married
there and raised six children; Bill, Jim, Lauray,
Robert, Darnell, Gary, and six grandchildren. Ray
also leaves a brother, Howard of El Cajon, Calif.
Ray was a lifetime member of the B.P.O.Elks,
#1542 of Cristobal. He was also a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Southern California since
Grace Johnson Williams, 82, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died June 27, 1988 at Humana Hospital.
Born in Kane, Pa., and came to Panama in 1908, at-
tended Canal Zone Schools and in 1927 worked as a
clerk for the Cristobal Commissary, then as cash-
ier, subsequently transferring to the Accounting
Section, General Manager's office, Mt. Hope. Then
taking a deferred retirement in 1943, she went in-
to thr florist business. Her shop was destroyed
during the 1964 riots and re-opened in Margarita
which she sold when she retired. She was involved
in many fraternal and community organizations. She
was the Noble Grand of the Cristobal Rebekah Lodge
#2, President, Elbert S. Wade Unit #2, President
of the Dept. of Panama American Legion Auxiliary,
National Executive Committee Woman, Worthy Matron
of Royal Palm Chapter #2 in 1943 and 1966, served
two three-year terms as Deputy of the Most Worthy
Grand Matron, General Grand Chapter, O.E.S. to the
Canal Zone, active in Order of the Rainbow for
girls, receiving the Grand Cross Color, active
member of the Sweet Adelines, Cristobal Little
Theater, active member of the Cristobal Woman's
Club, and was president three times of the Soropt-
imist International of Colon.
She is survived by a nephew, Gary O'Connor and
a niece, Colleen Lau, both of St. Petersburg, and
a sister, Shirley Chancellor of Eureka, Calif.
William G. Wilson III, 20, of Portland, Oregon,
died July 16, 1988 in a one-car accident in South-
west Portland. He was born in Balboa, Canal Zone
and moved to Portland with his family in 1969. He
graduated from Reynolds High School in 1986 where
he lettered in football. He also played hockey
with the Portland Amateur Hockey Association. He
was a soldier in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his parents, William G. Wil-
son Jr. and Nery R. Wilson; a brother, Michael of
Portland; paternal grandparents, William G. Wilson
Sr. and Irene Wilson, both of Portland; and mater-
nal grandparents Miguel Sombrano and Gabina Som-
brano, both of Panama City, Rep. of Panama.
Harry Moore Witt, 84, of Mathis, Texas, died
July 3, 1988 at Riverside Hospital near Corpus
He retired in 1959 from the Motor Transport-
ation Division of the Panama Canal, as foreman of
the Repair Shop, Cristobal Pier area. He also
served 5 years in the U.S. Navy. He owned and
operated Witt Refrigeration Service in Mathis from
1965 to 1983.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, "Lottie"
Witt; two daughters, Judy Chopelas of Mathis, TX.,
and Karen Witt of Gatesville, Tx.; a grandson,
Colin Chance Chopelas; a brother, Ray S. Witt of
New Blaine, AR.; and a sister, Mrs. Marvin "Penny"
Funk of Palm Harbor, FL.
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
ZORIE'S BUSY MONTH
The month of June was a busy one for Ruth and
Albert Zorie and their family of Satellite Beach
Daughter Stephanie Zorie, an attorney in Orlan-
do, was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court
of the United States, under sponsorship of the Phi
Delta Law Fraternity, of which she is a member.
She wanted her family to be present at the
swearing in ceremony in the Supreme Court Building
and for the cocktails and luncheon in the Rayburn
House, so Ruth and Al joined her.
Son Bob was off to a week of school in Texas by
Brabiff Airlines, for whom he works in Orlando, so
could not go with them.
Before leaving Washington, D.C., Ruth and Al
spent an enjoyable night as houseguests of Leona
(Lee) Merritt in Alexandria, VA. Lee worked with
Ruth in Forces Development as manpower Management
analyst in Ft. Amador and Ft. Clayton.
It seemed that suitcases were no sooner unpack-
ed from that trip and it was time to pack for the
56th Annual Reunion in Tampa. All four of the
Zories were able to attend that together and all
had a wonderful time. Seeing and greeting old
friends and meeting many new ones.
L. Ruth Zorie
Satellite Beach, FL.
Albert, Stephanie and Ruth Zorie after
the breakfast reception in the East Con-
ference Room, Supreme Court Building.
A MEMORABLE VISIT
Upon returning from a business trip to the Cen-
tral Rio Turbio Sugar Mill in Barquisimeto, Venez-
uela, I was fortunate enough to be able to visit
the Canal Zone on my return to the USA. I was the
grateful houseguest of Vincent, Penny, Darrell and
Dyonne Canamas, who opened their home up to me
during the Christmas holidays (I arrived shortly
before New Year's Eve 1987-88).
It was great a trip to remember! I was thank-
ful that I got lost leaving Omar Torrijos Airport
(formerly Tocumen) and headed directly towards the
"big hill." I had the opportunity to drive to
Cristobal and Gatun along the long way, along the
Locks. What fond memories returned.
I spent New Year's Eve at the Tarpon Club in
Gatun with the Canamases. There I met some of my
CHS'63 classmates. Photo enclosed. All total, I
must have met about 25 people that I knew.
I went non-stop the entire five days that I was
there: Pina Beach, fishing on the Chagres River,
Picnic at Gatun Yacht Club the memories kept
coming back. I visited and took photos of all the
houses where I lived on the Atlantic side, as well
as Cristobal High School (both Cristobal and Coco
Solo). Again it was great!
Once again, I would like to thank all of my
friends on the Canal Zone for making it a trip to
Ted (Robby) Davis
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Vincent Canamas, George Patton, Collin
Corrigan and Robbie Davis.
PiY YOUR 1989 DUES NOW! VOID THE
A GOOD AND BAD TRIP TO PANAMA
February 1, 1987
One week has passed since Trudi and I and Vic-
tor and Nancy Race returned from a journey to the
Republic of Panama, a trip that took place from
January 19 to 26. At times it may appear a bit
critical it is intended to be, but we did enjoy
certain parts of our sojourn into remote areas of
the interior of the country. Suffice it to say it
was a trip filled with pleasure and disappoint-
ment. I must point out that the disappointment was
mine because I was the one who could appreciate
the differences in what was once the beautiful
Canal Zone and what is now a run-down area, which
in parts are on the verge of deterioration and in
the foreseeable future, complete disintegration of
some of the most important parts of the country.
Our departure time from Miami was scheduled for
4:30 PM via Air Panama. An announcement was then
made that our plane would be delayed because of a
slight repair needed. We waited and waited and
waited and was then informed that we would leave
at 7:30 PM which was three hours late. Then we
were advised that the parts could not be found and
that we had to wait until the arrival of the next
flight from Panama at 7:30 PM and we would then
be on the return flight to Panama at 8:30 PM. The
plane from Panama was delayed also for no explain-
When the plane finally arrived, it too had a
malfunction and there would be another delay. It
was only because Victor made inquiries that we
learned what was the matter. So, arrangements were
made by the airline to room at the Airport Hotel.
That was one consolation, and they provided us
with a meal.
We returned to the gate at 8:30 PM hoping to
leave. 8:30 became 9:30, then 10:30, and finally
at 11:45 PM we boarded the flight to Panama. By
this time you can imagine how short tempers were,
not just ours but from all the passengers on the
plane, numbering about 50 in all. You would think
we would be tired and angry. We were.
But inspite of it all we were able to maintain
a sense of humor, passing the time telling stories
and complaining, telling jokes and complaining,
laughing and complaining, and doing everything but
tearing our hair out. We entertained a lot of pas-
sengers with our congenial attitudes and even had
a couple from Canada join our little group.
It is very difficult to describe how unconcern-
ed the personnel of Air Panama was about the en-
tire situation. This was our first experience with
anything like this and hope it is the last.
After boarding the plane the flight was pleas-
ant all the way. By this time no one felt like do-
ing anything but sleep, which was interrupted by
the serving of a meal. We eventually landed at
Omar Torrijos Airport about 2:15 AM, seven hours
Wednesday started by rising early because we
had a lengthy drive in front of us to Boquete.
Frank and Elvia De Abate led us in their car and
we followed in our little Toyota.
I must say something about the abominable traf-
fic conditions and the horrendous driving habits
of the native population. It is impossible to des-
cribe. You have to experience it, that is, if you
have a sturdy constitution and a sense of survi-
val. If you have a heart problem, stay at home.
Never in my life (especially at my age now) did I
ever expect to drive like the natives do. I ad-
justed quickly though, and when it was over I was
able to drive like a cab driver, hell-bent for
election and the devil take the hindmost. Victor
congratulated me on my dexterous achievements in
such short order. We were 21 days into the New
Year and they already had 18 deaths, which comes
close to one a day. Since returning home, I have
resumed my reasonable driving habits.
As we progressed further into the interior the
traffic conditions eased up a little and we had a
comfortable ride, stopping on occasion for gas and
relief. Gas costs $2.03/gallon, yet there must be
a million cars on the road. It's hard to figure
Upon arrival at the convent of the Franciscan
Sisters, we were greeted by the dear nuns who were
concerned four our safety because thay expected us
earlier. After a cordial greeting and hospitality
that only the sisters can give, they served us a
delicious supper which was truly welcome. We had
not seen the nuns for almost 10 years so the
greeting was truly enthusiastic. Following dinner,
we all assembled in the Social Hall where for many
hours we talked and laughed and enjoyed ourselves.
There were about 12 sisters waiting to greet us
and needless to say, it was a warm and hearty
Despite the language barrier we did well be-
cause Frank was our trusty translator.
Some of the nuns were elderly, others advanced
in age, and a few young ones, but all happy in the
work of the Lord. One young lady from Costa Rica
was in the Order for only a year, and extremely
attractive. It was understandable that she was a
bit shy and didn't understand the fuss made over
us. Mother Superior assured me she would tell the
young nun who we were and why they were so happy
so see us.
On the way back to Panama City we stopped at
David and bought some lottery tickets. Victor won
about $20 I think. Next stop was Santiago where we
had something to eat and gas up. As it grew darker
the driving became difficult on the two-lane road
where drivers knew no restrictions and disobeyed
all the sane laws of driving. Speeding, passing on
hills, crossing double lines and bright, blinding
lights were the norm. I drove, and as it grew
darker, my eyesight was diminished and was con-
stantly fearful we would have an accident. There
were no traffic signs indicating any kinds of
caution, stop, or anything else. It was dog-eat-
dog all the way. Courtesy on the road is unheard
of there. If you try being courteous, the drivers
behind you blare their horns incessantly. The
stretch of road from Arraijan to the Bridge of the
Americas was the most hazardous part of the trip.
With no street lights, driving on black asphalt
making conditions darker, and snake-like curves
for 7 miles against blinding headlights, it was a
miracle that we survived. I honestly feel that the
hand of Providence was resting upon us. All of us
echoed the same, "What crazy drivers!"
Sunday came. It was real quiet at the hotel
because there was no traffic. I guessed everybody
was at home sleeping or at church. We left and
went to Frank's house. From there we went to Mass
at St. Mary's Church where I was part and parcel
for about 30 years.
So, it is now almost bedtime on Sunday evening
and I must stop. I hope you enjoyed this epistle.
With love and best wishes to all who read this.
Fred and Trudi Mohl
Nancy Jeffcoat's home was the site of a mini-
reunion for former Gamboa residents. After party-
ing hardy at my twenty-fifth reunion, I was able
to get approximately 30 former Gamboa residents
together for a barbeque and a day of relaxation.
My parents, (Cuck and Marie Morency as well as
my sister Sandy (Morency) Abell and her husband,
Dick (who still lives in Gamboa) were able to at-
Anong the other guests were Anita (Willingham)
Hewitt and daughter Kristin from Clarksville, TN.,
Jane (Hearne) Krajcznski and husband Bob, sons
David and Steven from Fairfax Station, VA., Sue
(Roberts) Mullins, husband Earl and daughters Jen-
nifer and Shannon from Tampa, FL., Helen (Spector)
Gentry and husband Ron from Seminole, FL., Judy
(Hearne) Martin and husband Bob and daughter Kim
from Orlando, FL., Diane (Hearne) Baldwin, husband
Bob and granddaughter from Jacksonville, Fl.
My daughter Wendy and boyfriend Rick Morris,
popped in for a brief moment as well as Mr. and
Mrs. Spector and son Herb and wife Pan.
We all had a great time and hope next year we
can all get together again.
Nancy (Morency) Jeffcoat
R. WILLIAMS AND R. GILLESPIE MEET
ON MISSISSIPPI RIVER
You can take the Canal away from the men but
you can't keep the men out of the Canal, and this
photo proves it!
This is Randy Williams (left) CHS Class of '78
running as pilot, and Russell Gillespie, CHS Class
of '76 as Captain aboard the M/VExxon Nash-
ville. It is not quite the Panama Canal we're on
however I am still amazed that we ended up working
together, pushing over 1,100 feet of barges up and
down the Mississippi.
I'm hoping you can find a corner of some page
in the Record to print the photo and stats.
Randy Williams and Russell Gillespie.
Former Gamboa residents, L-R: Sue (Rob-
erts) Mullins, Nancy (Morency) Jeffcoat
and Anita (Willingham) Hewitt at Nancy's
home following our 25th BHS reunion.
Nancy (Morency) Jeffcoat, Jane (1
Krajczynski, and Sue (Roberts) Mu
CHANCE MEETING YUGOSLAVIA?
While traveling in Yugoslavia last month, my
wife and I met Gil Fritts and his wife, Onie,
staying at the same hotel in Opatya.
It was a coincidence meeting, 6,000 miles from
home, eleven years after leaving the Canal Zone.
If the picture is of any use to you, please
Capt. A.L. Gallin
Canal?" In a few moments the pilot replied, "The
Captain said yes, but doesn't know any details of
As many members know, the AZhajuela was one of
the two tugs on duty for many years at Cristobal
and she was built in the Balboa Mechanical Divi-
sion about 1932. She was hit during World War II
by a U.S. Navy flying boat patrol bomber taking
off very early one morning in Limon Bay. Most of
the crews of both craft were killed in the crash.
Perhaps some of your readers may recall their
I watched as the old tug trudged upriver to the
Stone Oil Terminal.
Since I didn't have a car to make a trip to
visit the Alhajuela to get some details on where
and what, she has been doing the last 30 years,
a friend phoned the Oil Terminal to get more in-
formation, but all they knew was that she had fil-
led up on badly needed fuel, picked up a single
barge and headed downriver for the Gulf of Mexico.
I thought it might be a pleasant surprise to
many of your ex-Atlantic siders to know that the
old Alhajuela is still sailing and hearing her
New Orleans, LA
April 23, 1988
Nancy Gallin, Gil Fritts,
and At Gallin.
OLD TUGS NEVER DIE
I had an interesting surprise a few days ago
while sailing down the Mississippi River on the
Paddle Steamer Natchez that might interest the
We were about eight miles below New Orleans
when I noticed an old style tug coming upriver
without a tow. I asked our Pilot, Cap'n Sam Cent-
anni, (a real ribba' man) if he recognized the
vessel and he replied, "Yeah, Fitzee, I think
she's an old Whiteman Tug (a company gone out of
business many years ago) that has come home to New
Awlins for her final rest."
The tug had a singular and rather vaguely fam-
iliar look to me with its tiny pilothouse and
stubby stack with an old-fashioned rake to it. I
noted a worn flag of the Republic of Honduras
flying, and from the way the tug rode in the water
it obviously needed fuel badly. I stidied the deck
house and noted on the forward main deck house
there was a metal eyebrow awning where deckhands
could stand under shelter from rain when handling
lines forward. I suddenly realized that I was
looking at the old Panama Canal Tug, "U.S. Alh-
ajuela. To confirm, I said to Cap'n Sam, "Ask
the River Pilot on the radio if the tug Captain
knows whether his tug ever served with the Panama
FROM NAOMI (ROSENBERG) BELL
I enjoy reading in the Canal Record about fel-
low Zonians, but most of the people mentioned I
don't know. So, I decided to write in and let you
know about my family and friends in hopes that
other friends will do the same.
This is Nacmi (Rosenberg) Bell (BHS'80) in San
Diego, California, where I live with my husband
Eric and two-year old son Corey, and our second
due in December. Since leaving Paradise, I've
lived in Florida and visited Hawaii, Guam, Korea,
Hong Kong, Japan, the Phillipines and Monterey,
California in the Navy. Now as a civilian, I make
my home in San Diego.
Mt little brother, Marc Rosenberg (BHS'87) came
to stay with us this summer. He is in the Navy now
stationed aboard the USS Midway, an aircraft
carrier in Japan.
Som eof you may remember our cousin Leila
Steinberg, who attended Canal Zone College with
me. She is now living in Rohnert Park, Calif. just
north of San Francisco. She works for a Chiro-
practor and has a beautiful baby girl named Talia.
My step-brother, Jeff Engelhardt (BHS'81) also
lives here in San Diego and just graduated from
San Diego State University.
My dear friend and partner in crime, Lita Hall
Kefhauver is now married to a Texan, Craig, who
works for Northrop in Ohio, where they live with
their two-year old daughter Natasha and a second
due in September.
Some younger Zonians we still keep in touch
with are Renee (Tiger) Acuna (BHS'87) who is still
in Panama attending P.C.C., and friend Willy Berm-
inghoff (BHS'86) also in Panama working for COPA
We would love to hear from you! Drop us a line
at: 950 S. Magnolia #5, El Cajon, CA. 92020, or
call (619) 447-4358.
El Cajon, CA.
FUN NITE AT BLOEMERS
A fun nite, by Angeline Bloemer, at my house.
A Farewell Dinner Party for Linda (Reimann) and
Robert W. Morris on April 15, 1988.
They moved on April 24, 1988 from Richardson,
Texas, to 35910 Ottawa, Cathedral City, California
The party theme was Panamanian dress, food
and Lucho music, Sitton coffee and Ron Cortez.
Front L-R: John Connerton and baby John,
Jackie Burza Luecke, Bliss Morris Con-
nerton, Robert J. Bloemer, Linda Burza
Childs, Steve Luecke, Mike Burza. 2nd
row L-R: Edi Farrell, Carlton Morris,
Art Farrell, Robert Morris. 3rd row L-R:
Angeline Bloemer, Irene Burza, Carolyn
Ciepiela, Betsy Bivin, Margaret Biava,
Linda Morris, and Ena Fischer.
SPUR OF THE MOMENT VISIT
I recently had occasion to see someone I knew
in Panama as I grew up during my high school days
at BHS...in the late 40's! I took a short trip
with my folks, Ralph and Marie Curles, of Dunnel-
lon, Florida, to see my son, Jeffrey at Auburn
University, for the annual "President's Day Parade
and Review" put on by the Army, Navy, Marines and
Air Force (both male and female). Jeffrey is in
his Junior year there on a 4-year Naval Scholor-
ship. After an impressive parade and awards cere-
mony, we toured the town and campus, shopped a
little and visited some of Art's family just about
an hours' drive north of Auburn.
On leaving the area on the following day, head-
ing south and home, we discussed the fact that
Edna Culpepper (Mrs. Gordon Culpepper) who used to
live above us on Tavernilla Street (the second
house we lived in) not too far from the area we
were traveling, so we stopped and called to see if
she was home. She was!
We had a wonderful reunion for about an hour or
so and enjoyed every minute of it! She resides
in Ochlocknee, Ga., and has a nice home.
I wish I could see more people that way...a
visit (one-on-one) so you can really enjoy remin-
So much for my line or two Keep up the good
work. I enjoy the Canal Record and the Reunions!
Edna (Curles) Cooley
CHS graduates at a Coffin family reunion
on July 4, 1988 at York, PA. L-R: Marj-
orie Coffin, '70; Joe Coffin Sr., '37;
Joe Coffin, Jr., '62; Jerry Coffin, '73;
Tom Coffin, '66; Lynn Coffin Cunningham,
'61; Jim Coffin, '40.
FRIENDS OF JIM DORAN, BHS'57
Jim Doran is currently residing at the Manatee
Convalescent Home in Bradenton, Florida and would
appreciate a visit or telephone call from old
friends and classmates.
Jim suffered a stroke on July 1, 1987 which has
left him unable to see or care for himself. He was
in a coma for about three months and now is well
enough to speak and reminisce.
I believe his recovery would be enhanced
through contact with friends; he can be reached by
dialing 813-746-6131. The best hours to call are
between 1:00 and 5:00 P.M.
Please don't delay your call or visit as it
will mean a lot to him.
M. James Driscoll
BOOK DISCLOSES SURPRISES
The other day I read a book called "The Boys
From Joes" by Nell B. Propst of Denver. It was
about a miracle basketball team that came out of
a small town (100 population) in Colorado. This
team, made up of half the male enrollment of 22
students, won two state tournaments (1929-1930)
and placed third in the National Tournament held
in Chicago in 1929.
What makes this story so interesting to me is
that the coach was R.L. Sullivan, later General
Manager of the Supply Division who retired in 1958
and Joe White was a player on the team. Joe re-
tired as Chief, Division of Storehouses in 1971.
Both Sullivan and White are highlighted in the
Incidently, Joe White's father was the founder
of Joes, Colorado.
Why my interest? R.L. Sullivan hired me in 1958
and I followed Joe White into the position of
Chief, Division of Storehouses.
9622 Hendon Lane
Houston, IX 77036
THERE'S AN OLD SAW,..
1916 BALBOAA BASEBALL BUNCH"
L-R: Grimmer, R.F. Huldtquist, 3rd B;
Walter Clements, Catcher; Harry Engeike,
pitcher; Steve Territer, 3rd B; E.L.
Emery, 1st B; Curley Jones, 3rd B; L.F.
Hallett, P and 1st B; S.C. Russell, P;
Zan Murphy, Outfield. What is the make
of the car? If you want a copy, contact
L.F. Hallett, Jr., 331 Yolanda, Shreve-
port, LA. 71105.
There's a saying about the pitfalls of being a
lender or a borrower.
But it wouldn't apply to old friends like Frank
A. Castles, Superintendent of the Division of
Schools and William J. Nickisher, of the Indus-
trial Division, who is retiring and leaving the
Canal Zone in June.
It finally found its way "home" to Wil-
liam J. Nickisher. Submitted by Trudi
Castles and Nickisher have had an old saw
between them for the past 19 years. Castles bor-
rowed it from Nickisher in 1948 when the Castles
were neighbors of the Nichishers in a 12-family
house in Diablo.
Castles used it to cut the Easter ham in two
pieces and it worked so efficiently that it never
found its way home. Not until recently, anyway.
It finally was placed (all gift wrapped) in the
hands of its rightful owner at the Nickisher re-
The box containing the saw had an inscription
saying that during the time that the Castles fam-
ily had possession of the saw, it had been used to
cut: 31 hams, 2 table tops, 1 finger, and 4 2x4's.
The message added that the saw has many more
years of faithful service and urged Nickisher to
be kind to it, since it had always been treated as
The Panama Canal Spillway
April 28, 1967
Submitted by Trudi Clontz
TABOGA OR BUST!
This article was submitted by Eugene
E. Hamlin, Jr. of Carthage, N.C. It is
lengthy and cannot be printed in one
issue, however it is noteworthy as many
of those involved are merrbers of the
Or was it "Taboga or Boom?" Why Taboga you ask?
No way to drive there but from ancient times this
little island in Panama Bay has been noted for its
peaceful and healthful aspects. Because of the
latter characteristics it served as a base for
shipping in the 19th century and more recently, it
was an "R and R" for the canal construction work-
Everyone went there in the "old" days when
daily launch service was available from the Balboa
Pier area. One remembers best a launch named "Cot-
inga" but not the cost of the round trip! Needless
to say, organizations of all sorts made trips to
Taboga. The Canal Zone Boy Scouts for example,
customarily camped on Taboga at the Tamawind Grove
near Morro Island, an island to which one can walk
on an exposed sand bar at low tide. Not only Boy
Scouts but the Girl Reserves, The Knighthawks, and
many others used Taboga for periodic outings. One
such group was the Senior Class of 1930.
On a clear, bright, typical dry season morning,
January 26, 1930, the class outing began with
three young stalwarts proceeding to the Balboa
Yacht Club and continuing by outboard motor boat
to Taboga about 7 A.M. These were Bob Adams, the
late "Swede" Westendorf and the late Willard Per-
cy. Their intentions were to provide ferry service
for the main body who were scheduled to arrive
later at the Taboga anchorage aboard a chartered
ex-yacht named "Big Bill." That threesome were the
only ones to visit Taboga that day.
Concurrently at Pier 19 in Balboa, arrangements
were being made to fuel-up "Big Bill," but some-
body in authority belatedly discovered that the
superstructure of "Big Bill" exceeded the allow-
able heigth for craft allowed to take fuel. This
float has a roof similar to all of the other float
at Dock 19 Boat Landing, and due to the heigth of
the roof of this float launches exceeding 12.5 ft.
from water line to truck cannot pass under this
roof to the gas line. All crew passengers and
chaperones then went aboard and the craft proceed-
ed to the Balboa Oil Crib under direction of Don-
ald Weigold (BHS Senior) and under the careful
supervision of Mr. George 0. Lee, science teacher
The boat tied up at the oil crib without inci-
dent and the 1i" fuel hose was put down into the
boat which was two hose lengths away from the sup-
ply line cut-off valve. Unfortunately when the
tank was full, there still remained a few gallons
in the supply line which over-flowed into the
bilge. The engine room hands who included Don
Weigold, Stanley Butler, Ed Lowe and Freddie Mad-
uro all assisted the operator in trying to "clean-
To back-track slightly, let's use the words
given to me in 1988 by Don Weigold himself, "I
will try to recall that fateful Saturday in Jan-
"The Juniors and Seniors making that trip to
Taboga Island boarded the "Big Bill" at the launch
ramp next to Pier 18. The "Big Bill" then pro-
ceeded to the oil crib to take on fuel.
After tieing up to the oil crib, the fuel line
was passed down to the engine room by a dock at-
tendant. Freddie Maduro, Eddie Lowe, Stanley But-
ler and I went below to help the colored captain,
any way we could, as he was operating the boat
alone. There seemed to be a lack of communication
between the pump operator on the land side of the
dock and the captain aboard the "Big Bill." Sud-
denly the gas tank was overflowing into the bilge.
I am not clear as to why the flow could not have
been shut off before overflowing, unless the cap-
tain thought the tank had room for a certain
amount of gas and that the operator on the dock
set the pump to deliver the amount requested.
The five of us in the engine room finally
cleaned up the spilled gas using rags and pails,
disposing of it in an auxiliary tank. The engine
room was loaded with gas fumes, as boats in those
days didn't have blowers to take the fumes out of
the bilges. The colored captain decided to get
underway, and tried to start the engine. It crank-
ed over OK, but wouldn't start. Then he took the
distributor cap off and wiped it with a rag still
soaked with gasoline. He put the distributor cap
back on and pressed the starter button. BOOM!
After an explosion like that, it is hard for me
to recall my thoughts at the time. I was wearing
white sailor pants and a white sweat shirt. The
latter saved me from the fate of Ed Lowe. He was
wearing a thin, short-sleeved shirt, and suffered
horrible burns from the waist up. The rest of us
had the skin burned off our hands up to the wrist,
and from the neck up. I still carry some burn
scars, but am just thankful to be here.
With my clothes aflame, I dashed up the compan-
ionway and dove overboard on the canal side. I
believe the other boys did the same all except
Stanley Butler. He evidently ran forward to escape
the flames in the engine room and was trapped in
His only way out was through a manhole on deck.
He made it OK, but I doubt if he could have gotten
through that opening under any other circumstan-
After jumping into the canal to extinguish my
blazing sweater, I must have gone into shock, as
I remember very little. Alice (Westman), who was
also on the boat, said two men from the oil crib,
in a rowboat, fished me out of the canal and took
me ashore. She says G.O. Lee stood on some dock
pilings and pulled the rest of the students from
the deck of the "Big Bill" up about 10 feet to the
dock. Everyone on that boat owes George 0. Lee
eternal gratitude for saving their lives.
From the oil crib, the badly injured were rush-
ed to the Balboa Dispensary for emergency burn
treatment, which consisted of covering our burns
with petroleum jelly to cut off the air. The pain
was horrible. Then to Gorgas Hospital for weeks of
treatment for first and second degree burns."
(To be Continued)
ONE OF THE "FINEST" A HERO
Dick Conley a C.Z. cop in 1935 was more
fleet of foot than flat of feet.
He walked the Balboa docks on the graveyard
shift during his first nonth. The time was mid-
night; the tide was low, when he heard cries for
He dove off the dock in the dark, scraped the
buttons off his tunic, lost his Stetson uniform
The man he saved was a tuna boat engineer.
The Governor put a commendation in Dick's file
for heroism. John McGroarty wrote a poem about the
youngest man on the force. Best of all the man
he rescued sent Dick a Christmas card every year.
Girl Scout Leaders at Luncheon. L-R: Mrs
Virginia Coffin, Mrs. Dorothy Allen, Mrs
Nancy Peterson, Mrs. Lurline Tipp, Mrs.
Lindsley Noble, Mrs. Evelyn Trottier,
Mrs. Faith Brundage, Mrs. Margaret Coate
Mrs. Betty Hornish, and Mrs. L.B. Magnu-
son. Girl Scout Council 1956, submitted
by Faith Brundage.
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LANDSLIDE BURIED STEAM SHOVEL
These series of articles describe
what life was like when the Panama Canal
opened for business 74 years ago. Con-
tinuing with the anniversary spirit of
looking back in time, we present these
eight part series that will focus on
highlights at the Panama Canal, 10, 20,
30, 40, 50, 60, and 70 years ago. It was
researched by Mrk Fanning, who worked
with the SPILLWY under the Balboa High
School Cooperative Work Experience pro-
*Apples were 5 a pound, while milk was 15 a
quart. The average price of pants was 800, and the
regular price of coats was 850. At the Tivoli
Hotel, the average price for a grade A room was
$4.50 a night, which included a bath, 500 break-
fast, 750 lunch and a $1 dinner.
*Rainy season setbacks included a small slide
of earth at Caimito, which overran the running
board of one of the steam shovels. It was two days
before it was operational again.At Santa Cruz,
another shovel was overrun by a flood in the Chag-
*An accidental explosion in the Cut resulted in
the death of two laborers. A small charge of pow-
der had been placed unknowingly near a 250-pound
charge of dynamite.
*Charles Sinnons, 31, was shot and instantly
killed while resisting arrest, by policeman Angus
McCormick at Gatun. He was an escaped prisoner who
had previously shot two people and attempted to
Panama Canal Spillway
August 14, 1987
Top row L-R: Babe Melansen, Weldy Ryan,
Dick Brown, Carter, O'Sullivan, At Bis-
sett, Robinson, Harry Dowell, Wally Bain
2nd row L-R: Prim, Sievers, Bobby Barnes
Eddie E?er, Carl Ruoff, Buckley, Tom
Harper. 3rd row L-R: Lefty Wallace, Rel-
ihan, Latham, Lew Mcllvaine, Earl Trout,
Waldrin, Bart Elich, Rowe, Sugar, Dave
Hathaway. Front row L-R: Don Bruce, Tom
my Bougan, George Engelke, Vincent
Clark, Gen Mgr, R.L. Sullivan, Dick Cox,
Charlie Shay, Chris (C.W.) Wirtz.
Photo circa 1946, Submitted by Lucille
Who \ry D
DAILY TRANSITS AVERAGED SEVEN AT
PANAMA CANAL 70 YEARS AGO
"The Canal Record of April 25 announced the
declaration of war by the United States against
*For the first time ever, an entire week passed
without a single new case of malaria reported
among employees of the Panama Canal or Panama Rail
*An average of five motor ships and two sailing
ships passed through the Canal per day.
*The Fnara and Saratcga collided on August 20
due to the failure of the engineers to respond to
signals from the bridge of the FAnra. The Sarato-
ga was towed to the Bush Terminal in Brooklyn, New
York, where it sank alongside the pier. The cost
of placing it in service again was estimated at
LIFE ON ISTHMUS PRESENTED
LITTLE LUXURY IN 1914
By Robin Baerg
When the Panama Canal opened on August 14,
1914, Panama was a newly developed, rapidly ex-
panding country. Swamps covered the land, and the
dense jungles were inhabited by Indians and wild
animals. However, trees were scarce in the Canal
Zone because of the construction effort.
Machinery used to build the Canal included
steam locomotives and steam shovels. Much of the
original equipment still functions efficiently
thanks to proper maintenance, although it is now
Sanitation was a major problem in 1914. The
abundant swaps were host to may diseases. Streets
and sidewalks were in the process of being paved
conditions was still such that Canal employees
were required to drink quinine daily to ward off
malaria. Cleaning began in the streets of Panama
and Colon, sewers were being constructed and
running water was installed. Everyone was told
not to let it stand where it could become stagnant
and infested with mosquito eggs. In homes, it was
PiY YOUR 1989 DUES NOW! VOID THE
common to see ants covering exposed food. Sugar
had to be set in a bowl of water and table legs
were wiped with oil-soaked swabs to prevent ants
from crawling up them.
Throughout the Isthmus, people were getting by
without many of the luxuries we enjoy today. Air
conditioning was virtually non-exitent. Wooden
living quarters, consisting of a framework with
metal slats on stilts to prevent them from
flooding or getting washed away in rainstorms,
were just beginning to be replaced by masonry.
Roofs were constructed out of sheets of aluminum
and all quarters in the Canal area were enclosed
by screens to keep out mosquitos and other dis-
ease-carrying insects. Panamanian homes were
open, with hallways ending in an archway and bal-
cony, which extended along a two or three-story
Aside from walking, modes of transportation in-
cluded the horse and buggy and buckboards, which
were four-wheeled vehicles with a springy plat-
form. Bicycles were widely used and horse-drawn
coaches, or carrometas, were a common sight in
in the streets of Panama City. Carrometas were
also used as ambulances, and there was even a
horse-mounted police squad. Children were taken
to school in wagons and, if they lived especially
far, they rode the railroad. Wagon caravans were
often seen crossing the Canal on the Thatcher
Ferry. Bridge of the Americas has since replaced
the ferry as a more efficient method of crossing
The style of clothing worn by people in 1914
has changed quite a bit. Tourists who flocked
to Panama to see the Canal helped keep residents
up-to-date with the latest in fashion and enter-
tainment. Historical photos show non-laborers
wearing three piece suits and bow-ties or neck-
ties. Those working on the Canal wore sus-
penders and shirts with buttons down the front
and rolled up sleeves. Shoes that laced up to
above the ankle were often worn, and for the
Canal laborers, heavy knee-high boots. Straw
hats were very popular most likely to prevent
sunburn in the blistering heat. Policemen were
comfortable in brown khaki uniforms.
Points of interest included the lavish
Tivoli Hotel, which had a dining room that could
hold 600. The beach at Toro Point, the Spanish
fort of San Lorenzo and even Taboga Island which
is still a major attraction today were also
frequently visited spots. Santa Ana Park in
Central Avenue and Cathedral Plaza were popular
places for townspeople to stroll and gather, and
young shoeshine boys roaming the streets were a
common sight. On weekends, bridge parties, moving
picture shows and the weekly lottery drawing were
Popular books of the time included "The Trail
of The Lonesome Pine" by John Forx, Jr., "The
Winning of Barbara Worth" by Harold Wright and
"Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey. The
popular Saturday nights at the Tivoli Hotel had
people dancing to "Moonlight Bay" and listening
to the new beat of Alexander's Ragtime Band.
Life on the Isthmus has changed dramatically
over the past 73 years with ongoing improvements
inmedicine, machinery, housing, transportation and
communications. Panama itself has also developed
quite a lot in that time and now enjoys a per
capital income higher than most in Latin America.
The Panama Canal Spillway
August 14, 1987
UPDATE TO HALLETT'S BON VOYAGE
PARTY, AUGUST 8, 1935
Thanks to Bud Hallett, Frances Violette Sharp,
Ruth Brown Robertson, Norma Stillwell Martin and
Margaret Bradley Martin, we have come up with most
of the "unknown names" printed in the June issue
of the Canal Record. Please refer to the larger
photo in the June issue for clarification.
Bon Voyage Party to Marjorie, Buddy and
Wallie at the Balboa Yacht Club, August
8, 1935. Back row L-R: Bill Daniels,
Toddy Lipsinski, Stanley Whaler, Camilo
Belasario Porras, Susan Ewing, Ned Dwel-
le, John Zirkle, Art Thompson, Dick Pot-
ter, Bob Dwelle, Norma Stillwell, un-
known girl, unknown boy, George Whaler.
3rd row L-R: Unknown boy, unknown girl,
Isabel Schloming, Margaret Bradley, Gen-
evieve Rose, Dorothy Maessen, Sara Fer-
guson, Thelma Ahlfont, Betty Golden,
Marion Hutchison, Buddy Phillips, Mil-
dred Phillips, Tom Roth, Ann Quinn, Bob
Daniels, David Smith, unknown boy. 2nd
row L-R: Muriel Waters, Betty Rath,
Elizabeth Rowe, Peggy Neville, Georgia
Reynolds, Marion Dugan, Betty Phillips,
Marjorie Hallett, Bess Stapleton, Fran-
ces Violette, Lil Monsanto, unknown girl
Aileen Smith. Front row L-R: Bob Van
Siclen, Jack Kromer, unknown little girl
Tbm Kromer, Wallie Frazier, Buddy Halle-
tt, Roy Dwelle, George Porras, unknown
boy, Harry Allen. Still 8 to go. How
BHS 1939 CLASS REUNION
"We're talking GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY" here, in
conjunction with the Panama Canal Society Reunion
in Tarpa, Florida for 1989. Plans are being made
now and we need your support in providing names
and addresses to make it a Golden Affair. Please
and telephone number plus the names and addresses
of fellow grads you may know. The summer of '89 is
not far away and to make this one of the "Best Re-
unions" ever, a lot of time is needed for plan-
ning. Please contact me (Carol LaCroix Church) at
1436 Starboard St., N.W., Palm Bay, FL 32907. Tel:
(305) 724-1299, or Robert Delano Martin at 4409
Malaga Dr., Austin, TX 78759. Tel: (512) 345-9473.
3103 Haverford Ave.
Clearwater, FL 34621
BHS CLASS OF 1945
Attention graduates! Mannie Quintero is com-
piling a list of our class where we are what
we've done what we are doing, etc. So many years
have gone by that many of us have nearly lost
touch. If you are a member of BHS'45 and would
like us to know your whereabouts and where-with-
all, drop Mannie a card to: 4375 Greenberry Lane,
Annandale, VA 22003.
BHS CLASS OF 1954 REUNION
We will celebrate the 35th anniversary of our
graduation in 1989, in conjunction with the Pan-
ama Canal Society Reunion. It will be our first
reunion since graduating, and we want to bring to-
gether as many of our classmates as possible,
including those who would have graduated with us
but did not for whatever reason. We invite all
members of the CHS Class of 1954 who wish to join
us. The persons to contact are:
CHS CLASS OF '69
We are planning a reunion in 1989 and we need
everyone's addresses. Please send your address and
any others you may have.
P.S. Parents of our classmates, could you also
give us a hand by sending us their addresses or
have them get in touch with us.
Maria (Kerley) Hernandez Glenda (Lewis) Kochel
291 El Dorado Parkway 6036 Knight Ridge Way
Plantation, FL 33317 Alexandria VA 22310
Marie (Wheeler) Partik Jerry Weigle
4820 S.W. 170 Ave. 1210 Tamworth Dr.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33331 Houston, TX 77015
BHS CLASS OF '69
The BHS Class of '69 needs to get organized for
our 20th Reunion!! We want your address, and those
of any other you have! Write to:
971 SW 7th St.
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Gail Goodrich Totten
4930 Trail West Dr.
Austin, TX 78735
June (Rowley) Stevenson
P.O. Box 37301, PAC 0102
Washington, D.C. 20013
In the U.S.A.:
Marguerite (Neal) Robles John (Jack) Corrigan
3226 Mulberry Drive 2414 Timbercrest Cir. W.
Clearwater, FL 34621 Clearwater, FL 34625
CHS CLASS OF '64 REUNION
Carol (LaCroix) Church has offered to assist
Robert Delano Martin in contacting as many CHS
'64 grads as possible for our 25th class reunion.
to be held in the summer of '89. We could use a
lot of help. To all CHS '64 grads reading this,
please send either Robert or me your name, address
CHS CLASS OF 1979 REUNION?
Since I will be returning to the United States
in February 1989, that same year will be my 10
year high school reunion from Cristobal High.
I would like to locate all my old classmates and
to find out if they would be interested in a re-
union, and if so, to contact me. Sgt. Lynnette
(Leni) Stokes, AFSOUTH Box 119, FPO New York, N.Y.
BHS'79 CLASS REUNION
Will Hall would like to hear from members of
BHS Class of 1979 who are interested in a class
reunion. Please contact him at: LT. Will Hall, USN
VA-22-NAS, LeMoore, CA 93246. (209) 924-2101.
8447 140th St. N.
Seminole, FL 34646
Rolando A. Linares, Jr.
P.O. Box 37301, PAC 0117
Washington, D.C. 20013
PCSOFL SEPTEMBER LUNCHEON/MEETING
September 10, 1988
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 10, 1988, starting at 11:30 a.m.
The menu is: A salad plate with Chicken and a
Ham Salad, Fresh Fruit, Rolls, Dessert, Coffee and
Tea. Cost per person is $8.75.
Chairpersons are Jay Cain, Marion Greene and
Directions are shown on the attached map.
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PCSOFL SEPTEMBER LUNCHEON/MEETING
September 10, 1988
Sahib Shrine Temple, Sarasota, Fla.
Please make reservations for me at $8.75
per person. Total enclosed $
Make checks payable to: Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc.
MAIL TO: Panama Canal Society of Florida
P.O. Box 1508
Palm Harbor, FL 34682-1508
Telephone Number: ( ) -
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NW ARKANSAS FALL DINNER
The Northwest Arkansas Panama Canal Society's
Fall Dinner will be held October 9, 1988 at the
Town and Country Restaurant in Rogers, Arkansas,
starting at 11:30 A.M.
Dinner will be Buffet style at $4.95 each plus
your choice of beverages.
The Town and Country Restaurant is located
across the street from Daisy Manufacturing Com-
NEW BHS-CHS INDEX
The BHS-CHS Index provides a ready reference of
your friends and fellow alumni. It is organized by
school and class with an alphabetical index in the
front. We would like to include your information
in the next issue. To get a listing form, just
send a self-addressed envelope to Conrad S Horine,
16136 Lassen St., Sepulveda, CA 91343.
There is no charge for your listing. The Rec-
ord will announce publication of the new Index.
Its cost will be nominal.
GULF COAST PICNIC
A no-host picnic will be held starting at 11:00
a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 1988 at the Davis
Bayou Campground of the Gulf Islands National Sea-
shore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
All ex-Zonians in the area or passing through are
cordially invited to attend.
For those with trailers or RVs, Davis Bayou has
campsites with electric and water hookups and a
dump station. For camping details, contact the
Assistant Superintendent, Gulf Islands National
Seashore, 3500 Park Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.
For picnic details, contact Owen or Gerda Smith,
PCSOFL ANNUAL OCTOBER PICNIC
The Annual October Picnic of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida will be held at Lake Seminole
Park, at Shelter #5, on October 8, 1988.
The Shelter will open at 10:00 AM, with lunch
at 12:00 noon, and the Regular Meeting to follow.
Chairperson Edna Ogletree says that those at-
tending are asked to bring a covered dish large
enough to share with others; their own knives and
forks, plates, cups or glasses and their own bev-
Drake and Colette Carlisle will be in charge of
the games, and there will be prizes and lots of
fun for all. Let's have a ball!!
SPACE COAST PANAMA CANAL PICNIC
The Annual Space Coast Panama Canal Picnic will
be held on Sunday, September 25, in Kars Park,
Merritt Island, Florida, starting at noon.
All Panama Canal retirees, former and current
employees of the Panama Canal Company, former and
current residents of the Canal Area and Panama, as
well as former and current members of other civ-
ilian and military agencies based in Panama, along
with their families and friends, who are living or
visiting in the Space Coast-Orlando area, as well
as all points north, south and west, are cordial-
ly invited to attend.
The picnic, sponsored by Central Brevard
"Zonians," will feature games and prizes for all
to enjoy. Picnickers should bring their own food
The Kars Park turnoff, located 3 miles north of
the Beeline Expressway (SR 528) on SR 3, is marked
by a traffic light and a sign indicating the way
to the picnic site.
Further information can be obtained by calling
Pearl and Walter Brown, (407)453-1375; Margaret
and John Klasovsky, (407)452-5162; Dorothy and
Mike LaCroix, (407)452-1425 in Merritt Island;
Janice Scott, (407)783-4316 in Cocoa Beach; Nancy
and Tom Grimison, (407)777-5762 in Salellite Beach
ARIZONA FALL LUNCHEON-MEETING
The Panama Canal Society of Arizona will hold
its Fall 1988 luncheon-meeting at the Casa Grande/
Arizona City Ramada Inn on Interstate 10, on Sat-
urday, October 15, 1988. The no-host bar will open
at 11:00 A.M. and the buffet luncheon will be ser-
ved at 12:00 noon.
The cost of the hot and cold buffet meal is
$7.50 per person, payable before October 10. Money
orders or checks should reach Hazel Berry, Sec-
retary-Treasurer, 3942 W. Koler Drive, Phoenix,
AZ 85051 before that date. Make checks payable to
the Panama Canal Society of Arizona.
Directions to this Ramada Inn: Drive north on
I-10 to exit just south of junction of 1-8, marked
"Sunland Gin Road." Ramada Inn is visible from
I-10 of the east side of interstate and is located
on Gin Road. If driving south on I-10, pass junc-
tion of 1-8 and take next exit just south of 1-8,
Sunland Gin Road, which leads you onto east side
Out-of-state former Isthmians are welcome.
PCSOFL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
December 10, 1988
3535 Ulmerton Road
Begin the Holiday Season by attending our own
festive Luncheon/Meeting at the Holiday Inn,
chaired by Mariel Whitman on December 10, 1988.
The Holiday Inn is located next to the Showboat
Dinner Theater on Ulmerton Rd. (State Road 688)
The Luncheon/Meeting starts at 12:00 noon. The
cost per person is $11.25. The menu consists of:
Tossed Salad, Chicken Sarasota, Rice Pilaf, Vege-
table, Hot Rolls, Beverage and Yule Log Dessert.
HOLIDAY LUNCHEON RESERVATION
(St. Petersburg-Clearwater Int. Airport)
3535 Ulmerton Rd. (SR 688)
Please make reservations at $11.25 ea.
SChecks payable to: Panama Canal Society of
Florida. Mail to: Panama Canal Society of
Florida, PO Box 1508, Palm Harbor FL 34682.
ZIP CODE TELEPHONE:
PABLO DURAN DIED 7/3/88
OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO PABLO'S
FAMILY AND FRIENDS. HE WILL
ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN OUR
BHS CLASS OF '55
PfY YOUR 1989 DUES NOW! VOID THE
Charge for 1/20th (Approx. 3x1") page is $4.
1/5th page is $16. Half page is $40. Send all
ads to PO Box 1508, Palm Harbor, FL 34682,
c/o Editor. Ads accepted from members only.
Albento aNt JaNet C7aNQ
Formrly of 6ambo Golf Club
Monday to Thursday
12300 Ulmerton Road 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Largo, FL 34644 Fri. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(813) 595-3233 Sat. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
(Under ALSTATE sign on curve) Sun. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For Sale: Canal Zone Boundary Markers, brass, 42"
diameter, 1" deep. States: "Canal Zone Boundary"
on top. $150-$200. Jim Fulton, 3566 Cosmos Street,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. (305) 622-5580.
Last chance to obtain a set
of the 100 "Limited Edition"
autographed stamp collection
and original photograph of
Comet Halley 1986 passage
over "Panama Viejo", at the
original $ 65.00 price. Only
a few sets remain and their
price will go up. Each num-
bered collection includes an
8 X 10 color photograph,
first day cover, souvenir sheet
and facts booklet, all auto-
graphed by author. Write Via Air Mail to Carlos A.
Rodgers, Jr., P.O. Box 6-4455, El Dorado, Panama,
Republic of Panama, for a free booklet which descri-
bes this award winning photo and the stamp designed
from it, issued by the Republic of Panama.
EXCLUSIVELY CANAL ZONE: The Canal Zone Study Group
is organized for the study of stamps and postal
history of the Canal Zone and the Isthmus of Pan-
ama. You are invited to send for a free copy of
The Canal Zone Philatelist and a membership form.
Please write: John C. Smith, 408 Redwood Lane,
Schaumburg, IL 60193.
The Panama Canal
Now Available on Videocassette
From the exploration of Panama by Balboa to the relinquishing of more than half of the Canal Zone to the
Republic of Panama, this 32-minute, color production tells the story of Panama and the Panama Canal. The
isthmus and its jungle Spanish exploration and colonization the Panama Railroad French failure and
American success in building a shortcut between the Atlantic and the Pacific hardships of construction .
operation of the canal today all are dramatically covered in this videocassette.
"I consider this film to be the best orientation film that is available on the Panama Canal and its history. I use it
frequently in my own presentations." MaGen David S. Parker
MajGen David S. Parker
U.S. Army Retired
Former Governor of the Canal Zone
VHS or Beta $20 plus $2 shipping and handling
KAW VALLEY FILMS & VIDEO
P.O. Box 3900, 6532 Switzer, Shawnee, Kansas 66203
Other Kaw Valley titles available on Videocassette:
Gettysburg: 1863 and Shiloh 34 min. $25 Alaska
Railroad (History of railroads The Grand Canyon of the Colorado
to the 1880's) 45 min. $30 Yellowstone National Park
The Oregon Trail 32 min. $20 Death Valley
The Mississippi 65 min. $30 Yosemite National Park
The 1880's 32 min. $20 Glacier/Waterton Lakes
Mardi Gras 17 min. $20 San Francisco
The Islands of Hawaii 32 min. $20 Seattle
Please enclose $2 per cassette for shipping and handling.
I am a collector seeking to buy old Oceanic
and Australian Aboriginal ArtTools and
Weapons. If you have any of these things for
sale, send me a list/photos with expected
prices. I can also obtain many other
antiquities including Ancient Egyptian
Artifacts, African masks Et Weapons, Old
Roman Glassworks and just about anything
else that your heart desires at prices lower
than those of the major auction houses. Let
me be your matchmaker! Write or call today.
2967 Gr-ace'wxood Road
Toledo, Ohio 43613
For Sale: Twelve page pamphlet entitled "Notebook
Sketches of a Zonite," by Jesse Hunt CHS'45, re-
calling years of the author's childhood on the
C.Z. available in September '88. Written for the
younger generation who have heard grandparents
speak of "the way it was" during 30's and 40's,
which will bring back menmries to some of the now
60+ year olds.
$2.50 each (Check or money order) payable to
Miriam A. Hunt S.C., 30 Lennon Ave., Yonkers, NY,
10701. Copies autographed if requested. Allow 3
weeks for delivery.
For Sale: Al Sprague Panama Canal plates: 1978
(No. 167); 1980 (No. 44); $100 each. Ellen Robert-
son, 4618 1st St. N. #105, St. Petersburg, FL
33703; (813) 526-8114.
Wanted: A 1951-1952 Canal Zone Junior College
year book (Conquistador) that I may buy or borrow
to make copies from, which were the years that I
attended. Please contact Charlie Becktell, BHS'50,
1760 Juno Avenue, Apt. "G", Anaheim, CA 92804.
-. .-. .-. .-_ _-_ _-_ _-_- -_- -_- -_1
COMPETITION BOOMERANGS FOR SALE
Two guaranteed to return boomerangs with info
on how to throw them and how to join local
groups for competition, Lnbelieveably exciting!
Only $15 for right handed throwers only. Leftys
can obtain the information including where to
buy special LH boomerangs for $4. Write toi
2967 Gracewxood Road
Toledo, Oh. 43613
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.
35mn 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.
Yes, we would like to purchase color slide
Sset(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
Sthe amount of $ Purchase Order No.
MAIL G.P.I. LE PAGE
TO: P.O. Box 67
Manchaca, TX 78652
FOR SALE: Better Health with BARLEY GREEN. Add
life to your years, and years to your life. $32.25
for 8-week supply. Distributors needed. Call or
write Lauray (Will) Griffin, Rt. 1, Box 203, Cres-
cent City, Florida 32012. (904) 698-2264.
FOUND: Found several (10) copies of October 1979
Panama Canal Review. Does anyone want to make an
offer? J.R. Doran, Box 2192, Balboa, Rep. of Pan-
Wanted: Humnel Figurine; Little child, sitting or
standing, reading the Panama American newspaper.
Please contact: Barbara Scott, 12705 S.E. 65th.,
Belleview, WA 98006.
Hucron Promotional Industries
'A CANAL ZONE BOY'S COMPANY"
by De Young ity/
by Doue Young
(2) HOW TO ORDER; Just circle print number #, the quantity you want, size, color and
total price. Please add V.75 per item order for postage & handling(P&H).
Print OQty. Description Size Color Print Color Price p & H Total
01 & 02 Christmas Cards 5 x7 white Black& Green $8.00
01 & 02 Christmas Post Cards ** 5 x7 White Black & Green $6.00
Black & Red
03 Panama Canal Reunion T-Shirts L ML White Blue & l $10.00
Wt XXL Blue & jifl $10.00
04 Canal Zone Native T-Shlrts S M L Whte& Red $10.00
XL XXL Gray
04 Canal Zone Native Hats ADJ Maroon White $9.00
12 Cards Per Box
(3) Method of Payment: Mall to:
0 Check O Money Order
"A GIFT IDEA for a FRIEND-
HUCRON Promotional Ind.
1368 Marsh Street
San Luis Oblspo, CA 93401
Please allow five weeks
The Flying Book X
PO. Box 465 So. Egremont, MA 01258 (413)528-1055
If you collect out of print books on The Panama Canal, or if you would like to start such a
collection, send us your name and address and we will put you on our mailing list.
We will search for specific titles-no charge, no obligation.
Blinder, Robinson & Co.., Inc. Deadline
INVEST ENTNKERS Next Deadline
TERRIL 1 GOUDIE (M ust be in by):
SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE b
311 PARK PLACE BOULEVARD October 25, 1988
SUITE 210 (813) 796-6958
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA 34619 (800) 777-4363
CRUISING ZONIAN AMIGOS STYLE
Who are these ZONIAN AMIGOS? They are all of us who have fond
memories of our life in Panama, our children, grandchildren,
friends and neighbors We represent THE CROSSROADS OF THE
WRLD!" PETER W. FOSTER
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
TRANSCANAL DIAMOND JUBILEE CRUISE 2389Citrus Hill Rd.
24 TO 48 HOURS IN PANAMA Palm Harbor, FL 34683
LODGING ON BOARD SHIP (813)785-8555
Celebrate the ultimate once in a lifetime Panama Canal 75th Anniversary on a
luxury passenger ship geared to accommodate the ZONIAN AMIGOS.
Bring back the memories of cruising with old friends like we did on
the SSAncon, Cristobal and Panama!!
(If Panama is politically stable and safe)
SWest Coast to East Coast. Ship used as your hotel in Panama.
S16 Fun-filled days. *Dancing to the Panama Beat.
24 to 48 hours in Panama. Celebrate with the Canal Commission.
5 to 8 ports. Departing around October 1, 1989.
CRates will be approximately $125.00 to $150.00 per day per person.
This Transcanal Cruise is dependent upon 350 of you responding favorably to this
notice by December 30, 1988. DON'T PROCRASTINATE RESPOND TODAY!!! Write a note or
call: Pete Foster, 2389 Citrus Hill Road, Palm Harbor, FL. 34683. Tel: 813/785-8555.
Include your name, address, phone number and approximate amount of tickets to be
THE ZONIAN AMIGOS
The 1988 Cruise has proved successful
with over 125 ZONIAN AMIGOS cruising
together now it's time for the 1989
plans to begin!!!
#The Family Cruise for all ages!
#Jazzy, Jivey, Flashy, Fun You name it
For Those That Are Young At Heart,
Middle Age and Full of Pep!
#A Cruise Director Assigned To Keep The
Young Children Busy!
#Caribbean Cruise about 5 days!
#Rates will be approximately $125.00
#A Happy Fun Loving and Relaxing Carib-
bean Cruise to the Panama Canal!
#Partial Transit of the Canal During Its
Diamond Jubilee Year!
#2nd Annual ZONIAN AMIGOS Cruise!
#A Cruise With Class About 7 days!
#Everything You Could ant Or Expect On
A Fun-Filled Cruise!
to $150.00 per day per person.
It is essential that I have a knowledge of the approximate size of each group by
December 30, 1988 in order to obtain the best rates when I begin contract negotia-
tions in January, 1989 for the ZONIAN AMIGOS block of cabins. If you are interested
in any of the above cruises, please contact Pete Foster. Provide your name, address,
phone number and indicate cruise preference (1st, 2nd and 3rd choice), also the
approximate number of tickets required.
A Proud Tradition
The Panama experience is not easily forgotten
by those who have shared in it.
Certainly, anyone who has ever seen the Panama
Canal cannot help but feel the power and purpose
of human achievement. Countless hours of strenuous
labor and loyal devotion made possible the real-
ization of this American engineering marvel. That
is what makes the "Big Ditch" one of the Seven
Wonders of the world. And that's what makes you a
part of a proud tradition. You are still part of
it. Share in it.
Canal Zone Collectible's products are made to
quality standards. You deserve nothing less. Belt
buckles, keychains, and tie-tacs are supplied in
a wide variety of finishes. Oxidized brass, Gold
plated brass, and Gold plated Sterling silver are
some of the finishes and metals available to you.
Our "Big Ditch" caps are just the thing you
need to show the world that you've "been there".
The "Big Ditch" caps have a black mesh/visor with
yellow front, and the "Panama" caps have a black
mesh/visor with light gray front.
Your complete satisfaction is guaranteed. Your
money will be immediately refunded on any undamag-
ed goods returned to us within thirty days.
Please order early. Some items have already
sold out. Allow 2 weeks for delivery. Make your
check or money order payable to: Canal Zone
Collectibles, or use your VISA/MASTERCARD credit
Note: Products shown in this advertisement are
.:not actual size.
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SAlfred Graham SHIPPING CHARGES
P.O. Box 12811 Orders to $24 .... Add $2.00
Overland Park, KS $24.01 to $48 .... Add $3.00
66212 $48.01 to $100...Add $4.00
IQty Description Costeach Total
Brass Buckle $15.00
Keychain-CZG, Brass $ 6.00
S Keychain- PCC, Brass $ 6.00
SOut Keychain-CZG,Gold PI. $ 6.00
ISould Keychain- PCC,Gold PI. $ 6.00
Tie-Tac, Brass $ 5.00
Tie-Tac, Sterling/GP $15.00
I ot Tie-Tac, 10K Gold $35.00
S Panama Cap $8.00
The Big Ditch Cap $ 8.00
ber Exp. Date
CONDO FOR SALE
WELCOME TO 3789
46TH AVENUE SOUTH, #303
ADDRESS: 3789 46 Ave. S, #303
Vista Del A r: Let the elevator take
you to the top floor of this building
which is a spacious unit of over 1900
Ssq.ft. Seperate entrance to one side.
Storage!!! Skylights!!! Balcony
overlooks water. $98,800
LIVING ROOM 14 x 17 WITH DINING AREA 8 x 14
p BEDROOM # 1 11 x 17 BEDROOM #2 11 x 12 BEDROOM #3 10 x
FAMILY ROOM: 13 x 28 May be partitioned into two Looms.
(Has a aiding door of mahogany)
LatAge torage area with built-ins.
S KITCHEN contains a 17 Cubic Foot Ftrostbtee Rejfigemator with Icemaken;
dishwasheA, disposal and two oven.
S BREAKFAST ROOM with built-in china cabinet
3 FULL BATHROOMS
Skyi)ght6 in kitchen and baths. A separate entLance on one side.
Batcony oveAtooks dock and wateA. Covered paAking is included.
Located on the top foot of a thAee story building with eLevatot
immediately outside. MaAina across the atAeet.
Close to beaches and to 1275; an easy commute to Tampa ot Satasota.
Pric.: $98,o00. TEL: (813) 864-4256
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For Sale: Twelve designs in prints, each drawing printed
in a limited edition of 100; matted, titled, numbered and
signed. The matted print fits any standard 11x14" diploma-
type glassed frame. The price of $7.50 each includes postage
New Item: Note cards, 4" x 52 ", single fold, envelopes
included, limited edition. Ten per pack, two each of the
following designs: "Interior Scene", "Side Street", "Tight
Fit", Cancion" and "Tivoli Hotel". Not available singly.
10518 N.E. Second Court Circle mat color choice:
Miami Shores, FL 33138 Tan Cream
(305) 751-4451 Grey Black
Please send the following:
1983 Edition Quantity Cost @ $7.50
Cuna Girl *
Panama Viejo No longer available
El Morro (Pelican)
Mi Pbllera **
Tivoli Hotel No Longer Available
1985 Notecards ($7.00) **
City State Zip
* Almost out. Give second choice.
** Buy 3 notecards @ $7.00 ea. and get
one pack free.
10% Discount on orders over $50.00
Allow 2 weeks for delivery.
For Sale: 55th Annual Canal Zone Reunion 1987
T-Shirts. Red and Black Mola design on white.
Large only. Famous brand made of cotton and poly-
ester. $5.00. 56th Annual Reunion T-Shirts. Blue,
Orange, Red and Black cat Mola design on white.
M, L, XL, each $6.00. XXL each $8.00 (Great for
Sleep Shirts) Add $1.00 for shipping and handling
for each shirt ordered. Ruth Zorie, PO Box 372118,
Satellite Beach, FL. 32937.
For Sale: Large Florida Waterfront Condos. Secur-
ity, pools, buses, beaches, shopping, quiet, cool,
convenient. CLEARWATER POINT: 2br/2ba, furn.,
$114,000; unfurn., $110.000, now 6 mos. seasonal
tenant. Bay view corner, 2br/2ba, $99,000, now
annual tenant. TOWNSHORES Penthouses, Buckingham
Bldg. (SW St. Pete area): 2br/2ba, $99,000, now
6 mos. seasonal tenant. 3br/2ba, 2,275 sq. ft.,
$136,500. Owner: David Zemer, 6060 Shore Blvd. S.,
c/o PH #3, Gulfport, FL 33707. (813) 345-5166.
For Sale: Seal of the Canal Zone counted cross
stitch and needlepoint kits. Cross stitch is $15
plus $1.50 for shipping. Needlepoint is $27 plus
$2.25 for shipping. Jeanne M. Wheeler, 12504 Turk-
ey Lane, Bayonet Point, FL. 34667. (813) 863-1489.
For Sale: MFJ Color Processor/Enhancer/Stabilizer,
with tint, color intensity, brightness, split
screen, noise cancel and enhance controls. Sharp-
ens and enriches all videos during recoding, edit-
ing, or playback. $150.00. Richard (Pat) Beall,
1408 Byram Dr., Clearwater, FL 34615. 813-461-1377
For Sale: HOOK RUG KITS 2 patterns available,
Seal of the Canal Zone and Pre-Colombian. Finished
rug is 45" round, 100l/o wool rug yarn. Price: $175
plus $5 for shipping and handling. Allow 8 weeks
for delivery. Ray W. Wheeler, Jr., P.O. Box 5058,
Hudson, FL. 34674-5058. Tel: (813) 856-2563.
Hair dull or thinning? Is your skin too dry or
oily? Are your nails chipping or peeling? Exciting
new state-of-the-art all natural products for
sale. This product will help prevent any of the
above problems. Also available is a non-surgical
facial lift. For more information call or write:
Holly Wheeler, 358 2nd St., Springhill, FL 34610.
(813) 856-1268. Distributors also wanted.
For Sale: Royal Doulton China; Old Leeds Spray,
D-6203: 15 Dinner Plates and 42 other pieces.
$350.00. Mildred Sutherland, 1632 Lake Avenue,
Clearwater, FL. 34616. (813) 581-1188.
USE THE ENCLOSED iPPLICfiTION i3BLNKS
TO UPDiTE YOUR RECORDS IN THE SOCIETY!
Pay Dues Now!
Doodle a note on your calendar
Make the Secretary's Day
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
RO. Box 1508
Palm Harbor, Florida 34682-1508
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on
Form 3579 to Box 1508, Palm Harbor, Florida 34682
2nd Class Postage
At Palm Harbor,
And Additional Entry